July 31, 2022 Featured Articles, Poker News, Poker Strategy Lars Liedtke

Poker Hand of the Week – Matt Stout Correctly Folds a Straight Flush!

In our Poker Hand of the Week, we analyze the potentially sickest fold of all time when Matt Stout laid down a Straight Flush in WSOP 2022 Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed.

Poker Hand of the Week Setup

We are on Day 2 of 2022 WSOP Event #45, a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. There are only 60 players left and the paid places are not far away.

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Villain has Matt Stout covered at the start of our Poker Hand of the Week.

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Poker Hand of the Week Action


We are in Level 20 with blinds of 10,000/15,000 and a Big Blind Ante of 15,000. Villain is under the gun, makes it 25,000 to go and gets four callers including Matt Stout in the big blind. Pot Size: 125,000


The flop of {q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} is pretty draw-heavy, but surprisingly gets checked through. Pot Size: 125,000


The {8-Diamonds} is one of the most interesting cards in the deck as it completes basically all the draws out there. Even more surprising is that all five players check once again. Pot Size: 125,000


The {a-Spades} on the river is another card that hits a wide range of hands and now hell breaks loose. Matt Stout leads for 100,000, the hijack raises to 300,000 and the button puts both opponents All-In for 800,000 effective.

Matt Stout is first to act and folds {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Spades} for a Straight Flush! The hijack calls with {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{x-}{x-} for the Nut Flush, but the button turns over {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for the Nuts and a higher Straight Flush to win a 1,825,000 pot.

Poker Hand of the Week Analysis

Unreal Fold by Matt Stout! Let’s take a close look what led him to this fantastic laydown.

Preflop is a typical situation for Pot-Limit Omaha as one player raises, then one calls followed by a cascade of calls as the other players get prized in.

PLO is a flop game and you can see the flop with a wide range, especially when you are in position.

In contrast, it is extremely rare that both the flop and the turn get checked through 5-handed on such a draw-heavy board.

On the river then becomes apparent, why this was the case. Not one, not two, but three players were slow playing!

After Stouts leads for 3/4 pot, the hijack makes a 3 x raise and then the button puts both of them All-In. This is an incredibly strong line in PLO and almost always means the Nuts.

In fact, there are not one, but two hands with 10d6d and Jd10d that beat Stout and he correctly figures out that the button must have him beat here, although he has a Straight Flush!

Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion

Only world-class players are able to fold a Straight Flush and Matt Stout shows that he is one of them.

The reason for this fold is definitely the action on the river, where the button puts both of his opponents All-in after a bet and a raise.

This line in Pot-Limit Omaha is almost always the Nuts, and since Stout “only” has the third best hand possible, he correctly lays it down.

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