Jonathan Little in the past few weeks has been the protagonist of a really interesting hand at WPT Borgata . Not so much for the importance of the pot, but for the thought process and the excellent strategy with which the American player went to snatch the pot from a loose-aggressive . A commercial that shows all of Little’s class and that highlights some aspects of the rivals’ readings.
It is the perfect demonstration of how the turn is often the watershed of a hand in poker and how certain well-thought-out bluffs can give their results , without having to jeopardize the stack or permanence in the tournament. As usual Jonathan Little analyzes the hand from preflop, motivating every single action, to the point where he strikes the decisive blow.
The game in position on the Loose-Aggressive
Jonathan Little is busy on day 2 of the last main event of the “ $ 3,500 WPT Borgata “. The bubble has burst and is being played now to reach day 3, then aiming for more important steps in the payout. In the 6,000-12,000 big blind ante 12,000 level , the American opens the ball at 28,000 from utg + 2 with J 10 and can count on a total stack of 734,000 pieces.
Small bet on the flop
Jonathan Little and his rival are ready to see the flop: in the three community cards we find Q 5 5 .
“ This is a very favorable flop for me, with only one overcard present . As expected, my opponent opts for the check and I have two options in front of me, considering that the check behind I tend to exclude a priori. So my choice is divided between a small bet and a heavy bet “.
“ In the first case I know that on the one hand I can limit the damage on any oppo raise , but on the other hand I deliver fantastic pot odds to my rival. The heavy bet definitely brings out all those hands that have not tied and his call would be a wake-up call that I cannot underestimate for the continuation of the hand “
Eventually Little opts for a small size and comes out at 20,000 , a quarter of the pot. His opponent calls and the turn is folded.
Turn as a turning point
The two players start heads up on the turn and when there are already 114,000 pieces in the pot, a king falls in fourth street . It is a perfect card for Jonathan Little’s strategy which also sees a two-sided straight draw. Oppo “knocks” for the second time and the word returns to the American.
Little comes out at 100,000 and as expected his opponent lets go. The 114,000- chip pot adds to the American’s stack. Once again impressive is the clarity in the actions and the mental process that turns out to be spot on.