Hand Review: Did Polk Shove Too Light for Value Versus Negreanu?

Doug Polk chose to play his pocket eights aggressively.

The ongoing $200/$400 heads-up no-limit hold’em match between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu has captured the eye associated with the poker globe, specially because of the dearth of other action of great interest on the market.

Two legends of poker fighting forward and backward for pots worth often a huge selection of thousands has obviously produced some interesting arms that merit a closer appearance from a point that is strategic of.

Getting an expert’s perspective on such a hand isn’t easy considering how HUNL that are few are available to you and qualified to comment critically on these stakes, but PokerNews did find a way to acquire one: Kevin Rabichow. The high-stakes pro and Run It as soon as Poker ambassador graciously decided to help break a pot down I found fascinating while covering the action.

Kevin Rabichow
Kevin Rabichow

The hand can here be viewed but also for those maybe not wanting to relive it in movie kind, here is the way the action goes:

Negreanu raised to $960 regarding the key and Polk reraised to $3,945. Negreanu four-bet to $10,800 and Polk called, bringing {a {6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}|a* that is(} flop. Both players checked and the turn was the {k-Hearts}. Polk led out $6,479 and Negreanu called. On {the {7-Spades}|the* that is(} river, Polk shoved for $32,132. Negreanu quickly called with {j-Spades}{j-Hearts} and won the showdown against {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} to scoop a $98K pot.

PokerNews: How exactly does being 125 bigs change that is deep strategy with these hands if at all? Is everything they do here standard?

Kevin Rabichow: The interesting decision preflop you adjust what you’re going to stack off compared to three-bet-call or just call as you get deeper is how do. Perhaps you three-bet significantly less than usual here but we nevertheless think this hand’s regularly a three-bet. Often you’ll five-bet all set for 100 bigs but perhaps not 125.

On the flop, we come across both players check. I suppose that is additionally standard that is pretty is there an argument to bet {j-}{j-} because this is a good flop for the four-bettor’s range, and aces and queens are potentially bad turns than can cost you a pretty big pot?

It’s common for button to bet range on this flop. The thing that is key it is king-high. As soon as the board comes king-high, the thing that is really important heads-up preflop ranges is that button will have all ace-kings and big blind never has any ace-kings. You can’t say that as confidently in other formats but in heads up you can.

Daniel should probably just bet. If Doug folds queen-jack or something with an ace you get some equity out of the pot and can charge a gutshot or open-ended straight draw in it. I believe it is just a little non-standard to not bet. If I became gonna check such a thing, my choice that is first would queens or jacks, though. {If you’re gonna play checks, this hand is up there.

After|This hand is up there.{k-Hearts}After if you’re gonna play checks} A* that is( turn, Doug leads one-third of pot. Is this for standard for protection and value?{8-}{8-}Doug is quite GTO-focused. He is attempting to simply play well and study from the solver. The solver would not check always quite definitely.

may be the sort of hand that really wants to lead little. It can be determined by what kinds of arms Daniel is checking straight back though.

We had seen Daniel sometimes check since strong as top set in these pots that are four-bet{k-}{x-}That makes it really tough if he’s checking

. What Doug has to ask himself is, ‘Is this tactile hand sufficient to bet for security?’ Not merely does it wish to clearly because it does. {q-}{x-}Keep in mind stuff like queen-six suited or ace-five suited are preflop bluffs and made a pair that is weak. That is area of the range that gets ignored heads up. Daniel’s gonna bluff with raggedy {k-}{x-}, {a-}{10-}. He may have couple of sixes or fives. If he folds away something such as

who has six outs that are clean that’s also great for him.

It’s kind of thin. I think it’s still clear the bet is fine.{7-Spades}We see a shove that is pot-sized the

river. I suppose it is for value? Is this too slim?

I think on top, it is a fairly shove that is normal heads up. In this situation, it’s a little thin. The thing that is key is Doug’s away from place. It is a value that is thin for one pot-sized bet, so that makes the math pretty easy. On he needs 33% to check-call if he was to check and get shoved. Typically you want to get called by a range you’re ahead of if you make a value-bet. When he shoves and gets called, maybe he’s got 43% equity. {a-}{6-}It gets weird out of position with these thin, in-between hands. But, he’s ahead of {a-}{5-}, {a-}{q-}, {9-}{7-} even which might hero. A rivered pair of sevens which is unlikely but maybe a* that is( hand that bluffed preflop may have gotten right here. There is items that he beats but it is most certainly not thrilling. {j-}{j-}But, Doug is somebody who bluffs a whole lot, and Daniel is likely to make hero telephone calls. Perhaps Doug does not think check executes well. Perhaps he is saying {if he has {q-}{q-} or

Daniel Negreanu
it’s a cooler, which I kind of agree with|I kind of agree with if he has


it’s a cooler, which}. I think Doug’s shoving for value fully expecting to lose more than time.[expected value]Negreanu won the pot that is huge jacks.

So, despite the fact that he may be beat more than 1 / 2 of enough time he is called, jam can remain beneficial to value?

You need to go through the

of check in general versus the EV of jam all together. He always gets called by better hands and sometimes by worse hands if he jams. When he checks, Daniel will check back the always fingers Doug beats. But, the concern is he shall bluff sometimes and he will value-bet all the better hands. {If he feels he cannot check-fold, then value-betting becomes worth considering.{j-}{j-}Does|Then value-betting becomes worth considering.{j-}{j-}Does if he feels he cannot check-fold} block-betting the river make any sense?{q-}{q-}From What I’ve seen of Daniel’s game, I think block is very likely the play that is best. That would probably be my first choice. I think it’s a play that is good. It is quite feasible Doug randomized for their sizing or simply sort of got trapped to make a greedy choice that is sizing.

Blocking river in a spot like this is definitely part of good strategy. The response that is likely’re longing for is Daniel calls with

. In the event that’s the play he takes also a small amount of time, that is an result that is amazing. We get extra value from fives and sixes and don’t lose the max against {j-}{j-} and {q-}{q-}.{6-}{x-}What do regular players need to understand about heads-up no-limit that makes this shove good? {5-}{x-}I think the framework within heads-up no-limit is to realize like


, even if we think Daniel is conservative, it’s not an majority that is overwhelming of range. We can not concentrate therefore quickly on that right part of his range. A lot of the time against a jam because preflop ranges are so wide, it’s important to remember that ace-high needs to call the turn and

and (*) need to call river. Simply acknowledging that the strategy that is overall heads-up no-limit players use in this spot isn’t overly focused on the top of Daniel’s range. There’s all this trash and all these other hands that are weak. (*)What parts of heads-up no-limit can fans watching just take and try to use for their games that are own(*)Honestly, it’s probably just aggression. Recognizing the value of finding bets and stacking off uncomfortably light. It trickles to the rest of your strategy. The benefit of Doug plays that are having this which are slim and appear crazy is you enable you to ultimately be aggressive because of the bluffs in your range in order to find thinner value wagers because of this. Your violence rises and also you win more pots. (*)Almost all players aren’t aggressive sufficient, even expert players. Six-max, tournaments…players are more often than not maybe not aggressive sufficient. Here is a person towards the top of the overall game regarding the stage that is biggest in which he’s seeking it every cooking pot. That is one thing well worth attempting to emulate, i do believe.(*)Sharelines(*)

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