Poker advice from the winner of the £100,000 Victoria Classic at the Victoria Grosvenor Casino. His analysis of one of his hands during this tournament are of interest to players that seek to improve their game. He was dealt a KQ and the player he ended up beating had pocket sevens. The play of the hand is what is important to learning to play better. He was the $400 small blind and the big blind was $800. The first player to act smooth called which told nothing about his hand. Big hands in that position will some times do that in hopes of being able to re raise a player who raises later. The other alternative is the player just has a two card connector or suited cards. The next player folded and then Frode a top Norwegian player just smooth called. Two late players called with hands that needed a miracle flop due to the size of the pot. The action moved to the winner of the hand who held KQ off-suit, which brought on the thought that it was time for a semi-steal. There were now 4600 chips in the pot. This was a high value pot at the time since th average stake was less than 20,000 chips. But could the winner pull off a bluff when there are four callers.
Since the middle callers did not raise and Frode did not raise, the hand situation looked like it may be a good time to try a semi-bluff. Without any raises, the drawing hand of KQ looks like a good time to raise. The eventual winner put in a raise of 5000 chips and Frode re-raised all in with 7400 more. The pot odds were 22,400 to my call of 7400. If he lost he would be at a severe chip disadvantage for the balance of the tournament. The winner felt that Frode did not have a big pair since he did not originally raise and the raise now suggested to him that Frode had a middle between sevens and nines. The winner figured that Frode did not have any of the hands that would out rank his KQ and if Frode had the smaller pair, his odds for making the hand were very good.
Many players would assume that Frode would be holding a big pair with the raise, but the winner had already discounted that high of a hand. His assumption of a middle pair was correct as Frode held a pair of sevens. All of the indicators screamed to the eventual winner that Frode held what he held.
The winner of the hand felt that he would be in a race with two over cards to draw too. The chips went in and Frode did not trip up his sevens and the winner of the hand caught a King in the flop. I Frode had not called, the raise before Fr ode's call would probably won the pot with out any contest which is the best way to win any pot as the win is without further risk of chips. This well analyzed hand is what the difference is between a solid tournament player and one the just depends on winning hands and luck to win. The offset to all of this analysis is Frode could have made an unbeatable set. However good players are observant about what other players do in the pots that they play. They are always attuned to the play that occurs whether they are in the pot or not. This information is valuable later when the pot is yours to win or lose.