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What Not to Do: I Make a Severe Blunder in a WSOP Hand

Jonathan Little
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The 2016 World Series of Poker is just a week away, and with that in mind we’re continuing to review hands from last summer’s WSOP. Here again we return to the $1,111 Little One for One Drop to consider a hand that I definitely could have played much better.

We’re up to Day 3 in this event, at a point where the blinds are 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante and I have about 450,000 chips (so a 45-big blind stack). Meanwhile my tight-aggressive opponent in the hand has about 400,000, and he opens from early position for 24,000.

Sitting to his immediate left, I pick up {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and call the raise, and we watch a flop come {K-Spades}{7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. My opponent bets and I call, then after the {10-Clubs} turn he checks, I bet (on the small side), and he calls.

The river then brings the {10-Spades}, pairing the board while also completing a possible spade flush, and my opponent checks again. I then bet about one-third of the pot, and when my opponent calls I know I’m beat.

Looking back, I think I butchered this hand on every street, so in a sense this video shows you what not to do. Take a look and see what you think:

It is quite easy to get fatigued after numerous long days at the poker table and make poor decisions as a result. Have you ever made a severe blunder that cost you a huge amount of chips?

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,200,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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