November 13, 2022 Poker News, Poker Strategy Lars Liedtke

Poker Hand of the Week – Insane River Bluff by Bill Klein on Hustler Casino Live

In our Poker Hand of the Week we analyze one of the sickest bluffs in the history of Hustler Casino Live by Bill Klein vs. Brian Kim.

Poker Hand of the Week Setup

We are once again at the Hustler Casino Live Super high stakes cash game, which featured Bill Klein, Brian Kim, Aaron Zang, Francisco and Nik Airball.

Poker Hand of the Week – Insane River Bluff by Bill Klein on Hustler Casino Live

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The blinds are $100/$200 with a $2000 Big Blind Ante and Bill Klein got Brian Kim easily covered.

Poker Hand of the Week Action


Brian picks up K♥K♣ in the cut-off and raises to $1,000. Bill Klein also picks up a monster in the straddle with A♣K♠9♠ and surprisingly just calls out of position. Pot Size: $2,500


Heads-up to a flop of 10♠5♥4♥, which is great for Brian, who still has an overpair and bad for Bill, who completely whiffs. However, he still has two overcards and that’s probably the reason, why he decides to call Brian’s $1,600 continuation bet. Pot Size: $5,700 


The 5♦ on the turn doesn’t changes much and benefits the range of Kim. He consequently fires a $4,000 second barrel and Klein surprisingly calls again. Pot Size: $13,700


Another 5♠ on the river makes Brian a full house, while Bill still sits there with Ace-high. However, it is Klein, who leads out for almost pot size.

Kim puts out raising chips and makes it $50,000 to go and Bill Klein thinks for a few seconds before 3-betting All-in. This is a very strong play and it sends Brian into the tank for almost 2.5 minutes.

Ultimately, he decides to fold just to get shown a stone cold bluff by Bill, who collects a huge $190,700 pot with just Ace-high.

Poker Hand of the Week Analysis

What a bluff by Bill Klein. Let’s take an in-depth look at it.

I personally don’t like Bill’s cold call from the straddle with AKo versus a cut-off open. Ace-King doesn’t play well postflop, when you are out of position. A 3-bet is definitely the better option, but Klein just calls.

The flop is good for Brian as he still has an overpair. There is a flush and straight draw present, which Kim has to protect his hand from. That’s why I like that he sizes his cbet up to 64% pot. Klein has whiffed, but decides to see a turn.

The board pairs on the turn, which in general is good for an overpair. Consequently, Brian fires a sizeable 70% pot second barrel and Bill surprisingly check-calls again. This call already signals that Bill Klein wants to take the pot away on the river.

The river is another Five making Brian Kim a full house. It is however Bill Klein, who leads out with an almost pot size bet. Kim quickly raises 3x for value.

This is where it gets interesting as Klein does come back over the top and puts Kim All-In. That play signals great strength and is very polarizing as it stands for a nutted range or nothing.

Nevertheless, the only two realistic hands that beat Brian are Pocket Tens or a Five for Quads.

Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion

Great bluff by Bill Klein, but a bad fold by Brian Kim, if you consider the above. Pocket Tens would almost certainly have raised preflop out of position against a late position open and a Five would most likely have raised the turn to build the pot.

On top of that, Brian is getting favorable pot odds of 2.5 to 1, which means a call only needs to be correct every 3.5 time.

The two facts that Bill Klein is not representing much plus the great pot odds Brian Kim is getting are making this a fairly easy call and a pretty bad decision on Brian’s part.

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