Player A, on the small blind (first ante), found 4244 in his hand. He called, as a small bet for value against the big blind (higher ante). The flop came 4345!10. Just these two players involved, so A checked. Then the 4K fell, giving A his flush.
Player B had about 3,000 chips left. Player A, first to speak, now bet 2,000. Player B, who presumably had a king in the hole, called. And the last up-card was 46, giving A an unexpected straight flush: (4244)4345 !104K46
What should A do? Answer: not bet a cent! With four spades on board, player B is not going to call with his last thousand chips, unless he has a spade too. But in his excitement at hitting such a powerhouse, A bet the thousand. B folded, of course. As the hand was not seen to the finish, it could not win the best hand prize. If Player A had checked, Player B would have checked along and the straight flush would have been seen. And, as it turned out, lifted the prize.
The event was won by a young Dutch woman player Belinda Blokker. She had her share of luck, as you need to do, especially at the final heads- up stage. With blinds up to 30,000 and 60,000 chips, this duel is always a bit of a shoot-out. Her opponent bet all-in. Belinda had already committed 60,000 as big blind, plus 6,000 ante. If she surrendered the hand, her opponent would be back to level pegging. She looked down at her cards: 3, 7. As she put it: "One side of my head said: I can't call! The other side of my head said: I must call!" So she called.
I don't believe I could face exposing such a pitiful hand to spectators' laughter. But better players assure me it was the correct play. Against two higher cards 10, 8, Belinda was getting 3.5 for her money on a 2-1 shot. And what happened? The flop brought a 3 and a 7.Reuse content