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Strategy with Kristy: Jason Koon Discusses Hand From EPT Deauville

Jason Koon

Jason Koon started his poker career online and has found consistent success since transitioning to live. In five years he's accumulated a total of $1.2 million in tournament winnings. His most recent cashes are third in the Caribbean Adventure $10,000 Six-Max event and 39th in the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event.

For this edition of the Strategy with Kristy podcast, Koon discussed an interesting hand he played on Day 2 of EPT Deauville.

Here is a snippet from the interview:

"A player raises in early-middle position. The villain was an older French guy. Well, he wasn't a villain at all, he was a nice guy, but for the purposes of this hand history, he was the villain. He three-bets from the cutoff seat. I was in the small blind, and I looked down at two threes. Now, there are a couple good things about four-betting with pocket threes, and there are a couple very bad things. I did not have intentions of shipping over a five-bet as a six-bet. We didn't have that kind of dynamic. I didn't think he was that crazy of a player. I did think that the majority of the time he's three-betting there he's light [and would fold to a cold four-bet].

"He may be less polarized than a regular player. What I mean by that is whenever a good player is three-betting 100 big blinds deep in a spot like that versus an early-to-middle position raise in a field that's fairly soft, he's probably doing it with hands like kings, aces and maybe queens if he's got an aggressive enough dynamic, then flatting the rest. I've seen a lot of European players, in particular, three-bet hands like ace-jack, ace-queen, eights, nines, tens, jacks and then flat four-bets with them. So, rather than play for stacks, they just want to get more money in the pot with a hand that they think is best, but then when they get four-bet, they call because they think they have a good hand. It's a little more ambiguous, but in this spot I felt like my implied odds were very, very high if I hit a set in the case that he calls my four-bet. My hand plays pretty terribly out of position for what it's worth. Basically, on any board that is ace-two-two or king-five-x or I flop a set, my hand is going to be very hard to play."

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