In our Poker Hand of the Week we analyze one of the sickest reads of all time by Mikki versus Alan Keating, where he puts him All-in on the turn of a massive $282,000 pot with King-high and is ahead!
Poker Hand of the Week Setup
This hand was played at the Hustler Casino Live Super High Stakes cash game, which featured Mikki, Alan Keating, Matt Hanks, JRB and Stanley Tang among others.
The blinds are $200/$400/$800 with effective stack sizes of 165 big blinds and Alan Keating has Mikki clearly covered.
Poker Hand of the Week Action
After a re-straddle to $6,400 Alan Keating makes it $20,000 to go with K♣10♠. It folds to Mikki, who looks at KQ in the straddle and he makes the call. Just like that there is a staggering $46,000 in the pot before the flop is even dealt.
Heads-up to a flop of 2♠5♣7♣, which both of them whiff completely. However, that doesn’t stop Alan Keating from leading $25,000 into the $46,000 pot and Mikki calls with King-high! Pot Size: $96,000
J♦ on the turn and Keating shows no signs of stopping by firing a large $65,000 second barrel, basically setting Mikki All-In as he only has $93K behind.
Mikki thinks for a few seconds before announcing All-In with King-high and the craziest thing is he does have the best hand! It’s only $28,000 more to call for Alan and with $254,000 in the middle he is clearly pot-committed and makes the call. Pot Size: $254,000
They decide to run the river twice with Mikki being a massive 94% favourite.
The first runout brings the 8♦ securing Mikki half of the pot and the second runout is the K♦, which means Mikki scoops a huge $254,000 after putting it All-in on the turn with King-high!
Poker Hand of the Week Analysis
What a sick hand! Let’s take an in-depth look at it.
Given that there is a straddle and restraddle to a whopping $6,400 preflop, Alan Keating’s large 3.1x raise with KTo from the small blind does make sense as it is clearly intended to steal the blinds and there is a lot of dead money in the pot.
Mikki knows that and with KQo he picks up a hand in the re-straddle, which is way above the small blind raising range of Keating. That means he has two options here as Mikki has only 132K left. So he can call or go All-in.
A 3-bet is not a good option as he would be committed if Alan calls and then ships on the flop even if he completely misses the flop.
Mikki calls and there is already $46,000 in the pot preflop, while he only has $118k (2.5x pot) behind.
The flop is very interesting, because both of them completely whiff. Keating continues his preflop aggression with a $25,000 lead (54% pot) and Mikki calls with $96,000 in the pot and only $93,000 behind.
The turn is a meaningless Jack and Alan fires a $65K second barrel, which is equivalent to putting Mikki All-In and the latter ships over the top with just King-high! And the craziest thing is he is actually ahead as his kicker plays!
To be exact, Mikki is not only ahead, he is a massive 94% favourite with one card to come. Alan Keating only has three outs and the 8 and King of diamonds are none of them.
Mikki wins a huge and maybe even the biggest pot in poker history that was won with King-high.
Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion
Amazing read by Mikki. The fact that he calls on the flop and then ships over the top shows that he clearly believes that his King-high is good here and this after a lot of action pre and on the flop and a massive $161,000 already in the middle.
This hand is a great example how important it is to trust your read as well as to have the guts to follow through even if you don’t have a strong hand yourself.
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