Eric Persson made a name for himself at High Stakes Poker Season 9 and now he is back at it. In our Poker Hand of the Week we analyze one of the best calls in recent times by him in a $830,000 pot against Matt Hanks on the brand-new cash game format No Gamble, No Future.
Poker Hand of the Week Setup
No Gamble, No Future is a new cash game TV format and brings the wildest poker players such as Eric Persson, Adi Chugh, Alan Keating, Pedro Velasco Adnet, Eric Hicks, Matt Hanks, and Jean-Robert Bellande to sit down on the same table.
They are playing NL$200/$400 with a $400 big blind ante and Eric has Matt covered at the start of our Poker Hand of the Week.
Poker Hand of the Week Action
Adi Chugh open-raises from UTG with to $4,000. Eric Persson then 3-bets from UTG+1 with to $16,000 and Matt Hanks calls from the Small Blind holding , Cugh folds. Pot Size: $36,800
Heads-up to a flop of , which gives Hanks middle pair and a backdoor flush draw, while Persson has an overpair.
Matt checks over to Eric, who makes a $16,000 continuation bet and Hanks check-calls. Pot Size: $68,800
The is a super interesting card, since it completes a flush draw and puts a 3-card straight on the board. Matt checks for a second time and Eric fires a $25,000 second barrel.
Matt Hanks does however decide to represent the flush with a check-raise to $100,000, Eric calls. Pot Size: $268,800
The now also pairs the board, which is another scare card. Hanks only has middle pair and decides to turn his hand into a bluff by shoving All-in for a little bit more than pot size ($280,000).
Eric Persson thinks for twenty seconds and then makes the call. And a great call it is as Hanks says: “You win” and Persson collects a massive $830,000 pot.
Poker Hand of the Week Analysis
Let’s take an in-depth look at this huge hand.
Clugh drives the action with a very loose UTG raise, while Persson’s 3-bet with Pocket Kings is absolute standard. That doesn’t apply for Matt Hank’s call with 107s. However, he does have position and a hand that plays quite well postflop.
Then Matt Hanks flops middle pair and a backdoor flush draw and therefore has to call Persson’s cbet.
The turn brings the frontdoor flush draw and Hanks decides to use this card to turn his hand into a bluff with a large 4x check-raise. Eric Persson does call very quickly though.
On the river the board pairs making potential Trips or a Full House possible and Matt continues to represent a big hand by shoving All-in.
The only problem about this play is that the river card hasn’t really changed everything accept for the fact that Trips now beat Persson’s Pocket Kings.
However, the only reasonable Six that Matt Hanks could have are two combinations of 65o for an Open Ended Straight Draw on the flop.
Apart from that, this card doesn’t changes much, in the contrary it actually benefits Persson’s hand as he now beats all Two Pair combinations.
Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion
Matt Hanks simply doesn’t represent much here, except for the flush.
Since Eric Persson didn’t believe him on the turn and the board paired on the river, which is actually good for his overpair, he logically also has to call the river and this is what he does.
Well played and good call by Eric Persson, who once again shows at No Gamble, No Future that he is a really good cash game player.
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