Poker champ wins monster purse with lucky flop

The 2017 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event is over and the bracelet winner is Marti Roca de Torres of Spain, which says ” was among the least experienced players at the final table.”

He didn’t need too much experience with one key hand during the tournament, a huge win from Day 3. Let’s break it down.

Roca raises pre-flop with Jack-10 of spades with an 11,500-chip bet. Ole Schemion, with nothing but a 6 of hearts and 5 of clubs, calls the raise as the big blind, which gives him enough of a discount to see the flop.

Out comes the flop, and on practically any other hand, it’s great news for that 6-5 offsuit: It’s 7-8-9. But as you might have picked up, it’s horrendous news for Schemion … because Roca also has a straight, and it’s the better one. Uh-oh.

Here’s where you can get a lesson in how to bet with a hand like that: After Schemion checks, Roca throws in 13,500 chips. It’s not a HUGE bet, so it’s enough to entice his opponent. Schemion then raises, a power…

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