In our Poker Hand of the Week we analyze the $1,109,000 pot from the latest episode of High Stakes Poker played by Rick Salomon and Charles Yu.
Poker Hand of the Week Setup
This massive pot was played in High Stakes Poker Season 11 Episode 6 featuring Rick Salomon, JRB, Andrew Robl, Rob Yong, Ferdinand Putra and Charles Yu.
They are playing the highest limits in High Stakes Poker History with NL$2,000/$4,000 6-max No-Limit Hold’em.
Rick has Charles easily covered with effective stack sizes being 163 big blinds.
Poker Hand of the Week Action
The mandatory $4,000 straddle is on again. Andrew Robl raises UTG to $15,000 with A♠J♥, Rick Salomon just calls in the big blind with 10♠10♦ and Charles Yu defends his straddle with 7♣4♣. Pot Size: $48,000
3-handed to the action flop of 3♣10♣5♥. Rick flops best with Top Set, which are the current Nuts, but Charles picks up a flush and straight draw, while Robl whiffs.
Nevertheless, he makes a $30,000 continuation bet after it was checked to him. Salomon now makes a large 4x check-raises to $125,000 and Charles check-calls. Robl folds. Pot Size: $328,000
The 8♠ on the turn doesn’t change anything, and Salomon now leads big for $270,000.
Charles, who only $511K behind, decided to chase and makes the call. Pot Size: $868,000
The A♥ oin the river is none of Yu#s outs. Rick Salomon puts him All-In straight away and Charles can’t call.
Rick Salomon wins the largest pot of High Stakes Poker Season 11 Episode 6 worth a massive $1,109,000.
Poker Hand of the Week Analysis
Let’s go through this big hand street by street.
Preflop is pretty standard. AJo is a raise 6-handed, Rick can call or raise with Pocket Tens and Charles gets extremely good odds with a Suited Gapper after Salomon called.
The 3c10c5h flop spells trouble for Yu, who flops a combo draw, as he is up against Top Set, the current Nuts. It checks around to Robl and his $30,000 continuation bet with air lays the foundation for this huge pot.
Rick then check-raises big to $125,000. Charles now has two options: Call or go All-In.
The second option has the advance that he has the turn and river to complete his draw and that he can realize his fold equity in case Rick is making a move.
However, he just calls. Most likely because Salomon’s check-raise against Robl UTG preflop raise and cbet is a sign of great strength.
The 8s on the turn is a blank and this is the most interesting street of this hand as Rick leads for $270K, which is more than half of Yu’s remaining $511k stack.
So the big question here is: Can Charles call profitably? Let’s do the math!
Yu has 11 outs, since we need to discount the 5 and 8 of clubs. He has to call $270,000 to win $598,000 giving him pot odds of only 2.2 to .
Charles would need 4 to 1 to break-even making this a clear fold on the turn. Yu does however call.
The river bricks and Salomon has an easy shove. Yu obviously has to fold with 7-high after having invested 67% of his stack.
Poker Hand of the Week Conclusion
Charles made a big mistake in the hand, which lead to this massive pot.
On the turn he has a clear fold, since Salomon bets close to pot size and he therefore simply doesn’t get the right odds to call.
Missteps prove costly in No-Limit Hold’em, also in this example. All the draws bust on the river and Charles has to fold after having invested more than two thirds of his stack.