As we walked the isles in this packed WPTDeepStacks Day 1C we noticed one of our former bloggers at table 27 sitting on the button, so we stopped to see some action.
Piotr Wielopolski saw the table fold to an UTG raise to 2100 by Ami Alibay, and his call made it a one on one battle. The flop was dealt and Ami checked. With the benefit of position, Piotr was able to control the action. He led out with a bet of 2,500, which was called by Ami after a pause.
The turn was an and again Ami checked. Unless Ami was slow-playing his hand, this was another opportunity in which Piotr’s position helped him. In this case, his raise to 6,000 was too much and Ami folded, helping Piotr slowly build his chip stack.
In the next hand Piotr found himself heads up once again, this time against Yaseen Siddiqui in the small blind. When we joined the hand the pot was about 9,000 and the board was showing . In this hand it was Yaseen taking the initiative. Piotr called his bet of 2,800.
A came on the river, making a flush possible. Yaseen bet again, this time for 4,200, but Piotr must have put him on something less than a flush, because he called without almost any hesitation. Yaseen flipped over his 10-J, having paired his jacks on the flop. But Piotr won this hand as well, flipping over pocket Aces. In this case it wasn’t so much Piotr’s position as his killer hand that took down the pot.
Note: As we were writing this post Piotr busted in a 3-way battle, losing set over set after jamming on the flop. His three 4s were better than one of his opponents’ pair of Kings, but not the other opponent’s set of 5s.