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2015 WSOP Europe Hand of the Day: Kevin MacPhee Flops a Monster

Kevin MacPhee


  • Kevin MacPhee cruised to victory in the 2015 WSOP Europe Main Event after winning the WSOP Europe Hand of the Day.

The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe wrapped up in Berlin, Germany, Saturday with the final table of the 2015 WSOP €10,450 Europe Main Event.

PokerNews was on hand for all the action and as a part of our coverage, we are bringing readers a special "Hand of the Day" each day of WSOP Europe.

American Kevin MacPhee booked the win in Berlin to secure his second WSOP bracelet of the year and second major title in the German city, but not before he took control of the heads-up match with Spain's David Lopez.

With blinds at 30,000/60,000 and a 10,000 ante, MacPhee raised it up to 140,000 from the button with the {K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. Lopez called and the flop fell {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{8-Spades}, giving MacPhee a monster.

After a Lopez check, MacPhee fired out a bet of 110,000.

"He had been downbetting a lot of ace-high and paired boards," MacPhee explained. "There was a hand a little bit before where he downbet a {q-}{q-}{8-} flop and I had {q-}{7-} for trips. I check-raised and he tank-folded. So it became a bit of a leveling war here. When you downbet those flops that are really dry, people are getting good check-raise prices for bluffs and it makes it complicated. I think all the downbetting on ace-high and paired boards kind of forced him into a tough leveling situation in this spot.

"I didn't even want to bet the flop. I mean, why should I? I have everything and all the blockers."

Lopez check-raised to 285,000.

"I was really surprised when he check-raised," said Macphee, who simply called with his flopped full house, giving Lopez the rope to possibly hang himself.

The turn came the {Q-Clubs} and Lopez bet 495,000. MacPhee just called again. The river brought the {j-Clubs} and another bet from Lopez, this time for 1,070,000. MacPhee asked for a count of his stack, but just called once again.

"I played it so cautiously on the river," he said. "I really felt like he could only have better full houses, every worse king would fold and every flush would fold. Maybe I was wrong?"

Lopez turned over the {10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, having found the back door into a flush that wasn't good enough.

"He had a flush and maybe he had the one hand that he can't fold," MacPhee said. "Maybe I should have just min-raised like he did in a hand earlier. I don't know."

What MacPhee did know, was that he took a big chip lead after dragging the massive pot and had enough chips to cruise to the WSOPE Main Event win.

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