October 30, 2022 Poker News, Poker Strategy Lars Liedtke

Poker Hand of the Week – Brutal Cooler for Landon Tice in the EPT London Main Event

In our Poker Hand of the Week we anaylze the brutal cooler of Landon Tice vs. Julien Sitbon in the early stages of the 2022 EPT London Main Event.

Poker Hand of the Week Setup

We are in Level 1 of the 2022 EPT London Main Event, which means stack sizes are very deep with 300bb effective.

Poker Hand of the Week – Brutal Cooler for Landon Tice at EPT London

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The blinds are 150/300 with a 300 Big Blind Ante and both players have about even stacks at the start of our Poker Hand of the Week.

Poker Hand of the Week Action


We are in the first level of the day and Landon Tice raises to 300 from the button with {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}.  Samuel Ju calls from the small blind and Julien Sitbon just calls from the big blind with {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}.


3-way to a flop of {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. The blinds check to Landon, who makes a small cbet of 200, Samuel raises to 900 and Julien 3-bets to 2,500. Tice and Ju both call.


The {9-Hearts} shows up on the turn. Ju checks, Sitbon fires a 3,000 second barrel and again gets two callers.


The {a-Clubs} on the river spells doom for Tice. Ju checks and Sitbon makes a 13,500 value bet, Landon surprisingly just calls and Samuel folds.

Julien Sitbon turns over Nines Full for the bad news and Tice loses with an inferior Full House and is left short stacked.

Poker Hand of the Week Analysis

Brutal Cooler for Landon Tice. Let’s go through the hand step by step.

Landon’s preflop raise with A8o on the button is absolute standard 5-handed. What surprises me is that Julien Sitbon doesn’t raises with Pocket Nines after Ju called in front of him. His hand strength is way stronger than the opening and calling range of his opponents.

The flop comes perfect for Tice, who flops Trips with top kicker, while Sitbon has an overpair. He cbets very small in order to induce a raise from one of his opponents and the plan works perfectly. Samuel raises and Julien even 3-bets.

Landon can call or 4-bet here. The latter would give away the strength of his hand though, that’s why he just calls as does Ju.

The turn is the sickest card in the deck, since the preflop 3-bettor turns a full house. Sitbon fires a rather smallish second barrel of 1/3 pot as he wants to keep his opponents in the hand. It works as both of them make the call.

The river is cooler city for Landon Tice as he improves to a full house, but still only has the second best hand.

Ju checks, Julien Sitbon now chooses a value bet type sizing of 76%. Tice just calls probably with the intention to induce a raise from Ju, but the latter folds letting Landon escape from busting the Main Event.

Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion

A classic cold deck. The question here is could have Landon Tice done anything differently? The answer is not really, since this is just a cooler and it is already a great outcome that he didn’t lose all of his chips in this spot.

If someone could have done something differently in this hand then it is Julien Sitbon. He could have 3-bet preflop with Pocket Nines from the big blind against Landon’s button raise.

This 3-bet would have built the pot and probably let to the outcome of him winning all of Tice’s chips.

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