Sometimes having the chip leader at your table is a curse, other times it’s a blessing. In the case of Garry Jansen, this latest hand was a case of the latter.
It began with a raise from late position by one of our chip leaders Josh Kimmel. He opened with a 42,000 raise, and the only one to stay was the big blind Garry Jansen.
Josh bet 53,000 this time, an Garry wasn’t deterred, although cracks were showing, as he thought about it for a while. A came down on the turn. It was to be a decisive call.
This time Josh fired 125,000. Garry, looking at his chip stack, realized that if he were to call here, he was basically pot committed. He couldn’t have had more than 60,000 or 70,000 left, but instead of shoving, he only called.
This sort of play might have been a huge warning sign to Josh in a hand in which his opponent had more chips, but with only a small amount left for Gary to bet on the river it didn’t matter.
Whatever signs there had been to read were long past. With resignation, Josh called Garry’s inevitable all in river shove. He saw what he was dreading: two clubs in his opponents’ hand.
Garry’s was too much for Josh’s suited . In retrospect, Garry’s strongest play was the 53,000 call to see the turn. And although chasing a flush is a loser of a long-term strategy, it’s called gambling for a reason! Garry took the risk, and he reaped the reward.
It’s not all tears for Josh, however. His large stack allows him to lose a quarter million chips in a hand and still finish strong.