Trying to bluff Kristen Bicknell? Good luck, Rainer Kempe!
In this week’s column, two absolute crushers clash as Rainer Kempe tried to bluff Kristen bicknell in a $ 25,000 Super High Roller tournament at partypoker Millions.
This poker hand shows how important it is in the modern world of poker to know which hand combinations you should use to bluff. Having cards that block your opponents’ potential hands often makes the best candidates for bluffs.
The hand took place on day 1 of a partypoker MILLIONS $ 25K Super High Roller Twilight Till Dawn with the blinds at 5,000 / 10,000 / 10,000. The action fell back to Kempe (751,000) in the diversion and he opened for 25,000 with the . Bicknell (990,000) watched the to the big blind and called to see a flop of .
Bicknell checks and Kempe bets 45,000. It was a bit big, but it’s okay to use a slightly larger size when playing deeper stacked on coordinated boards. For Bicknell, a check raise would be reasonable if the stacks were shorter or if Kempe had bet smaller, but since they’re deeply stacked you need to be a bit more careful so just call here.
Bicknell called then checked when the dealership burned down and turned the tower. Kempe just had a straight draw, and if you think about it, he doesn’t have a lot of logical bluffs here. However, since he has the edge on the range and there are a lot of hands in that range that should value the bet, it allows him to bluff more often.
“Bicknell has an easy call because if she raised she would usually only be called by hands that dominate her.”
When the board is coordinated we usually want to increase our bet size, and Kempe has done this by betting 115,000. Bicknell has an easy call because if she were to raise she would usually only be called by hands that dominate her.
After calling, the finished the plank on the river. Bicknell checked for the third time and it was a decision point for Kempe. Should he either check and give up, bet small, bet big, or block everything for 1.5 times the pot size (566,000 to 385,000)?
It’s a risky scenario, but I think it’s compulsory enough for Kempe to go for the bluff here, especially with the backdoor color coming up. It is unlikely that a hand like will be called worse for a large bet, which would suggest that Kempe has at least two bet sizes on the river – a small bet and a big bet.
The question is, which one to choose Kempe with King-Ten? I would use my weaker confrontation hands for my bigger bet size, especially if they have a really goofy hand blocker like Kempe has. .
We’re trying to bend a queen, so how much will it take? That’s what Kempe should be wondering. It is important to note that Rainer’s range has a lot of hands that would like to value river bets.
Kempe ended up betting 195,000 which was a smaller bet on the river. Why choose this small size here? A small bet size makes sense from an exploitation standpoint if you think Bicknell would never fold a queen regardless of the bet size, but fold nine or worse.
As we know, Bicknell had the best pair with a good kicker and she called to win the pot of 775,000. It was a fun hand and Kempe gave her a brave attempt, but ultimately her bluff fell through.
For a more detailed description of this hand, check out my thoughts in the following video used with permission from partypoker:
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