A Case of the Run-Goods

Dan “jungleman12″ Cates and Tom “durrrr” Dwan, both participants in last weekend’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship, finally got back together for two short sessions yesterday. Perhaps the two ran into each other at the taping, recognized each other, and reminded themselves that they had a challenge to finish. Either way, we saw more action and more of Cates dominating the game. In 348 hands, “jungleman12″ brought in another $122,050.

Let’s take a look at some of the hands from yesterday’s action!

Title of Hand

DurrrrChallenge – $200-$400 No Limit Hold’em

Button is durrrr with $33,199.50
Big Blind is jungleman12 with $48,789

Pre-Flop
durrrr raises to $1,200. jungleman12 3bets to $3,600. durrrr calls.

Flop (Pot = $7,200): 9h 8h 6h
jungleman12 bets $4,400. durrrr raises to $29,599.50 and is all-in. jungleman12 calls.

durrrr shows Ah Tc for the nut flush draw, two overs, and a gutshot straight draw.

jungleman12 shows 9s 8d for top two pair.

Both players agree to run it twice.

Turn A (Pot = $33,199): 6s
River A (Pot = $33,199): Qc

Turn B (Pot = $33,199): 3c
River B (Pot = $33,199): Qs

jungleman12 wins both pots for a total of $66,398.

Analysis

What a flop! The 3bet from “jungleman12″ was a little light, but given that both of these guys are super aggressive, we can chalk it up to regular behavior. The flop is all action and, given their history, you wouldn’t think either one was going to fold. They elected to run it twice and, given the small 55%-45% equity edge Cates had in the hand, we’re sure Dwan was probably a little upset that this hand didn’t get chopped.

Biggest Hand of the Day

DurrrrChallenge – $200-$400 No Limit Hold’em

Button is durrrr with $52,799.50
Big Blind is jungleman12 with $40,400

Pre-Flop
durrrr raises to $1,200. jungleman12 3bets to $4,400. durrrr calls.

Flop (Pot = $8,000): 8d 9h 6d
jungleman12 checks. durrrr bets $4,800. jungleman12 raises to $10,800. durrrr shoves for $48,799.50 and is all-in. jungleman12 calls.

jungleman12 shows Kd Jd for a flush draw and two overs.

durrrr shows 7d 7c for a pair and an open-ended straight draw.

Players agree to run it twice.

Turn A (Pot = $40,399.50): 8h
River A (Pot = $40,399.50): 9s

Turn B (Pot = $40,399.50): Qh
River A (Pot = $40,399.50): Kh

jungleman12 wins both pots. Pot A with Two Pair, Eights and Nines with K kicker. Pot B with a Pair of Kings.

jungleman12 wins $80,799.

Analysis

Another standard 3bet pre-flop hand and another action flop. With two overs, the second nut flush draw, and a backdoor straight draw, Cates had more than enough incentive to check-raise with a solid drawing hand. Dwan, on the other hand, had made a pair and was open-ended. Plus, he still had a backdoor flush draw of his own. Knowing all that now, the fireworks that occurred on the flop seemed pretty standard. For the second time in a row, we see the two run it twice in a hand that is basically a coin flip. Dwan had to think that Cates was running amazing in big hands during this session since his opponent was once again able to scoop the whole thing.



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