January 30, 2022 Featured Articles, Poker News, Poker Strategy Lars Liedtke

Poker Hand of the Week – Garrett Adelstein Escapes the Ultimate Aces vs. Kings Cooler

In our Poker Hand of the Week the two best hands in Texas Hold’em Pocket Aces and Pocket Kings clash and Garrett Adelstein somehow manages to escape the Coolers of all Coolers.

Poker Hand of the Week Setup

This hand was played at the high stakes cash game at Hustler Casino Live featuring Garrett Adelstein, Andy Stacks, Nick Vertucci and Gal Yifrach.

Poker Hand of the Week – Garrett Adelstein Escapes Aces vs. Kings Cooler

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They are playing 6-max NL $50/$100. Both players are very deep and Garrett has Andy clearly covered at the start of our Poker Hand of the Week.

Poker Hand of the Week Action


Gal Yifrach raises from UTG+1 to $300 with 8♠8♣, Andy 3-bets to $900 from the Hijack with A♦A♣ and Garrett 4-bets from the button holding K♥K♣. Andy calls and everybody else folds. Pot Size: $6,525


Heads-up to a dry flop of 9♦5♥5♣ rainbow. Andy checks to the preflop aggressor and Garrett makes a standard $3,400 (52% pot) continuation bet and Andy now check-raises to $8,400.

Adelstein asks for a count before calling. Pot Size: $23,325


The 3♠ on the turn is a blank and Andy checks for a second time, while Garrett takes another stab, but sizing considerably down to $6,000 (26% pot). Andy now check-shoves for $35,650 total, which is a little bit over pot size.

Adelstein goes deep into the tank before he ultimately folds Pocket Kings and Andy wins a $64,975 pot.

Poker Hand of the Week Analysis

Aces vs. Kings is the ultimate cooler in Texas Hold’em and let’s see how Garrett Adelstein manages to escape here.

Andy’s preflop 3-bet is standard as is Garrett’s 4-bet with Pocket Kings. Andy now has two options: Shipping it All-in or slow playing and disguising the strength of his hand. He goes for option number two.

The 9-5-5 rainbow flop is as dry as it gets and both players must believe that they have the best hand here. Stacks sets the trap by checking to Garrett, who makes a standard 52% pot cbet. Andy now makes a 2.5x check-raise and Adelstein just calls.

The turn is a complete blank and Andy gets tricky again by checking for a second time. Garrett is already more careful and sizes his second barrel down considerably to only 1/4 pot. Stacks now goes for the double check-raise or to be more precise for the check-shove.

This move is very polarizing to either the top of your range, which is Pocket Aces or A5s or a bluff. Adelstein knows Andy’s game extremely well and knows that he wouldn’t do that with air. Based on this read and their intense history Garrett is able to make this tremendous fold.

Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion

This hand is a perfect example how important reads are in live poker. Garrett and Andy have been battling at the live poker tables for several years and have a lot of history.

Garrett knows that Andy isn’t bluffing here, so he correctly assumes that he must be beat and that’s why he manages to get away from the ultimate cooler in poker.

Watch the Poker Hand of the Week from 54:36 here:

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