February 6, 2021 Poker Strategy, Poker News Lars Liedtke

Poker Hand of the Week – How to maximize your value when flopping a flush

Poker Hand of the Week Setup

Our Poker Hand of the Week between Matt Berkey and Jake Daniels comes from the brand-new Poker After Dark episode “The Fantastic Five”, where both clash in a huge pot.

“The Fantastic Five” kicked off this week at Poker After Dark and it features Matt Berkey, Sam Soverel, James Romero, Jake Daniels and Lynne Ji, who we already know from High Stakes Poker Season 8.

Poker Hand of the Week – Matt Berkey flops the Flush and gets maximum Value

They are playing 5-max $50/$100 No-Limit Hold’em with a $100 Ante and a $10,000 buy-in.

Matt Berkey and Jake Daniels are both poker pros and regulars at ARIA, so they have quite some history and a decent idea how the other one plays. Jake has Matt covered.

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Poker Hand of the Week Action. 

Preflop Action:

Matt Berkey raises on the button with K♥8♥ to $300 and Jake Daniels 3-bets from the big blind to $900 holding Q♣J♠. Berkey calls. Pot Size: $1,350


The 9♥J♥2♥ flop is absolute gin for Berkey as he flops the King-high flush. To make it even better, Jake has top pair with a decent kicker and continues for $900. Matt just calls. Pot Size: $3,150


The 7♣ on the turn is essentially a blank and Daniel goes for another small bet of $900. Berkey again just calls. Pot Size: $4,950


The 5♠ doesn’t changes much and although Jake Daniels got called twice, he is not slowing down firing a bigger third barrel worth $3,600 (2/3 pot).

Music to the ears of Matt Berkey, who announces All-in for $5,800 total. There is already $14,350 in the pot and Daniels only has to call $2,200 more.

Although he is getting insane pot odds, there are hardly any hands he can beat. After asking for a count and tanking for a bit Jake ultimately folds and Matt Berkey collects a nice $14,350 pot.

Poker Hand of the Week Analysis

This hand is a great example, why it makes a lot of sense and can be very profitable to play your very strong or nut hands slow against loose or aggressive opponents.

By doing so you are keeping not only there decent hands, but also all their bluffs in and can maximize your value as Berkey gets three streets of value instead of only one or two would he have raised on the flop or turn.

Although, there is a small risk of getting outdrawn as the Ace of Hearts is definitely in your opponents range, it is worth it as you will be winning more money in the long run.

Last but not least, you are significantly strengthening your flop calling range by adding in some nut hands to your floats and your game becomes unpredictable and much more difficult to read for your opponents.

Watch the Poker Hand of the Week here:

Poker Hand of the Week – Matt Berkey flops the Flush and gets maximum Value

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