May 1, 2022 Poker News, Poker Strategy Lars Liedtke

Poker Hand of the Week – Eric Persson’s Sick 7-2 Bluff on High Stakes Poker

Eric Persson definitively left his mark on his High Stakes Poker Season 9 Debut. In our Poker Hand of the Week we analyze his sick 7-2 Bluff vs. Stanley Tang in a $145,500 Pot.

Poker Hand of the Week Setup

Our Poker Hand of the Week was played in the latest episode of High Stakes Poker Season 9, which features poker superstars Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Bryn Kenney and Garrett Adelstein among others.

Poker Hand of the Week – Eric Persson's Sick 7-2 Bluff on High Stakes Poker

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In our Hand of the Week the two newcomers Eric Persson and DoorDash owner Stanley Tang collide in a massive pot. The blinds are NL$500/$1,000 and both opponents are very deep with the effective stack size being 324 big blinds. Garrett has Jennifer covered.

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Poker Hand of the Week Action


Garrett raises from late position with {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Stanley Tang calls on the button with {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. When the action comes to Eric Persson in the big blind, he 3-bet to $12,000 with {7-Hearts}{2-Spades}. Both opponents call. Pot Size: $37,500


The flop of {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} is pretty draw-heavy and Eric decides to check as does Garrett. Stanley has flopped strong with top pair and a gutshot, but decides to check behind. Pot Size: $37,500


The board pairs on the {8-Spades} turn and now Persson decides to go for a delayed cbet of $22,500 (60% pot). Adelstein quickly folds and Tang just calls. Pot Size: $82,500


2-handed to the {j-Clubs} river, which puts a second pair on the board. Although Tang can easily have a Jack here as played, Eric knows he has to fire and he chooses a value bet type sizing of $63,000 (76% pot).

Stanley Tang goes deep into the tank and Eric starts talking to him and it worked as Tang folds, while Eric Persson wins a nice $145,500 pot with a sick 7-2 Bluff!

Poker Hand of the Week Analysis

Sick bluff by Eric Persson! Let’s take an in-depth look at it.

Garrett’s preflop raise from late position with Pocket Sevens is as standard as Stanley’s call on the button with Q10s. Absolutely non-standard is Eric Persson’s 3-bet from the big blind with 720, especially given the fact that they are not even playing the 7-2 game! Both opponents call.

On the {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} flop, Persson decides to not make a continuation bet as he has two opponents and this board texture hits the calling range of them pretty hard. It checks to Tang, who has top pair, a gutshot and a backdoor flush draw, but he, for whatever reason, decides to check behind.

On the turn the board pairs and Eric goes for a delayed cbet. Garrett gets out of the way and Stanley calls.

The Jack on the river double pairs the board and Eric has Seven-high. The only way of winning the hand is by betting and Persson bets 76% pot to make it look like a value bet.

Then he starts talking to Tang by saying: “In this spot you should do the opposite what you think is right”, which leaves Stanley Tang visibly confused and he goes deep into the tank for two minutes, while Eric continues his speech play.

And it pays off! After two minutes Tang folds his hand just to get shown the worst hand in Texas Hold’em and a very gutsy 7-2 Bluff.

Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion

While tanking and going through the hand Stanley Tang said: “I was trapping on the flop”, but all he really did was trapping himself and giving Eric Persson a chance to bluff him.

All he needed to do to win the hand was betting the flop with top pair and gutshot, when checked to. By not doing so, he opened the door for the board to pair twice as well as gave Eric Persson the chance to bluff him off the best hand.

The lesson learned here: Bet with your value hands and don’t slow play on wet and draw-heavy boards.

Watch the Poker Hand of the Week here:

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