In our Poker Hand of the Week we analyze the sickest fold of High Stakes Poker Season 11 by Bob Bright with a Set of Queens against Rick Salomon.
Poker Hand of the Week Setup
This spectacular poker hand was played in High Stakes Poker Season 11 Episode 8, which featured Bob Bright, Rick Salomon, JRB, Andrew Robl and Jennifer Tilly among others.
They are playing 7-max $200/$400 No-Limit Hold’em and Rick Salomon has Bob Bright slightly covered at the start of our Poker Hand of the Week.
Poker Hand of the Week Action
Newcomer William Tjokro open-raises from early position to $1,200 with 10♠10♥ and Bob Bright just calls right behind him.
When the action comes to Rick Salomon he squeezed to $6,200 with the beautifully-looking J♣10♣ and both Tjokro and Bright make the call. Pot Size: $19,700
3-way to a flop of A♣Q♥3♣, which promises a lot of action as the preflop raiser Rick Salomon flops a flush and straight draw, while Bob Bright has Top Set.
It checks around to Salomon, who makes a $10,500 continuation bet, Tjokro folds and Bright just calls. Pot Size: $40,700
The K♦ on the turn is the perfect card for Rick as it completes his disguised straight draw and it’s music to his ears when Bright leads out for $30,000.
Rick takes a few seconds before counting out a large 5x raise to $150,000. Bright says “one hundred fifty thousand” and then folds his Set after only 20 seconds, while Rick Salomon wins a $220,700 pot.
Poker Hand of the Week Analysis
What a fold! Let’s take an in-depth look and try to find out why Bob Bright made it.
The hand starts with a standard UTG raise by Tjokro with Pocket Tens, absolutely non-standard is the call by Bob Bright right behind him, which could either be intended to set a trap or to induce a raise.
The latter happens as Rick Salomon makes a large 5x squeeze from middle position with Jc10c. Tjokro calls and Bob now has two options come back over the top, which I prefer as he has two opponents and there is a lot of dead money in the pot already, or to continue his trap-
He decides in favour of the latter by just calling, and we go 3-way to an action flop of AcQh3c. A combo draw for the preflop raiser versus a well-disguised middle set by Bright.
Bob checks and Rick makes a standard cbet of 53% pot, Bright just calls again.
Salomon then binks the gutshot on the Kd turn, and it doesn’t get any sweeter than this as Bright leads for $30,000.
Rick knows how tight Bob plays and figures that he has a strong hand. That’s why decides to make a large raise to $150,000.
However, this looks super strong after the preflop action and especially after Bright’s turn lead, so I would have preferred a smaller sizing here.
Bob Bright says “one hundred fifty thousand” probably to get a reaction from Salomon and quickly after folds his Set of Queens!
Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion
This is one of the sickest folds in the history of High Stakes Poker given that it is made until a loose-aggressive player like Rick Salomon, who can have a lot of hands here.
Is it a good and profitable play to fold Top Set on the turn against a loose-aggressive player? Definitiely not!
Even though Bob Bright was right in this spot, the better play against a loose-aggressive player in the long-term is to call the turn. For two reasons: Your opponent could be making a move, and you still have outs to improve to a Full House.