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Matthew Waxman Discusses Picking Off Toby Lewis’ River Bluff-Shove

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  • Matthew Waxman analyzes his correct call of a Toby Lewis bluff on Day 4 of the #PCA2016 Main Event.

  • You have a pair of nines on an eight-high board and your opponent shoves the river. What now?

The 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is back in action today with 19 players returning, each with an eye toward making the final table and ultimately claiming the trophy and $833,260 first prize.

Matthew Waxman Discusses Picking Off Toby Lewis’ River Bluff-Shove 101
Toby Lewis

It’s an especially talented group of players returning to action today, with Stephen Chidwick, Tony Gregg, Mike Watson, Ami Barer, Fabian Ortiz, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Fedor Holz, and Taylor Paur all among those making it to the tournament’s penultimate day.

Also part of today’s group are Matthew Waxman and Toby Lewis, two players who were involved in an interesting hand yesterday that saw Lewis put Waxman to the test for his tournament life and the latter managing to come up with the right play in response.

The hand came during Level 22 (blinds 8,000/16,000, ante 2,000) with 33 players left. As Waxman described to our Sarah Herring afterwards, it began with Waxman opening with a raise holding {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Lewis — who had Waxman covered at the time — defending his big blind with a call.

The flop came {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, and when checked to Waxman continued with a bet of 30,000. Lewis then check-raised to 80,000, and Waxman called. The turn then brought the {5-Spades} and a bet of 150,000 from Lewis into the 250,000-ish pot, and Waxman called, leaving himself just under 500,000 behind.

The river was the {8-Diamonds}, and when Lewis shoved all in, Waxman had a tough decision with his pair of nines. Listen to how he describes his thought process in the hand and how after a long time in the tank he was able to come up with what turned out to be the right call in a challenging spot:

Day 5 of the PCA Main Event resumes shortly at 12 noon ET today, and PokerNews will be on hand throughout the day and night providing live updates, photos, chip counts, and more as they march onward to tomorrow’s finale. Stick close to find out how Waxman, Lewis, and the rest of the stacked field fares today.

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