Phil Hellmuth Lost Game (Analysis) Liv Boeree (Analysis)

Some things in poker are more entertaining than Phil Hellmuth Rant. ‘Poker brat’ is the old school legend of the game. He has more than $ 23,000,000 in direct tournament victory and leads all time with 15 WSOP bracelets. But regardless of his success in that feeling, many people knew him better to surprise him after losing. It took us to the analysis of our hands today. And, kid, is it funny. His opponents are Pro English and altruism that effectively advocate for Liv Boeree. This game is $ 25 / $ 50 / $ 100 at night poker in America and a rolling camera. Let’s move on to action!

Phil Hellmuth Lost Game


Liv Boeree opened $ 300 with 5  5  (stack of $ 11,900) from piracy and folded to Phil Hellmuth who looked down on  a  (stack of $ 5,525) in Straddle. He decided to raise it to $ 800. Liv called it fast enough.

Preflop analysis.

From piracy, Liv will want to open around 20% from the size of $ 200 to $ 300. The pocket fives are included in this range, so that the selection of LIV and the size of the open-up is appropriate. 3 bets are mandatory for Phil with ACE, but the size he uses is not appropriate. Comurannya here must consist of hands such as JJ +, AQS, KQS, and sometimes hands like AJS, suitable ACE, suitable, and TT on several frequencies. Phil $ 800 is too small and will give his opponent good enough to call with profitable marginal hands, instead of forcing them to break even or lose calls. The Phil range will be very tight and strong and he will get out of position. This means he is given an incentive to 3-bets with a larger size to maximize the EV reach.

Size 3 bets that fit at least $ 1,000 and can reach $ 1,200. Given the smaller size of Phil used, Liv has a flat that is easy and profitable with pocket fives.


Flop comes K  J  T  And both players check. The pot is $ 1,675.

FLOP analysis.

Range 3 Phil bets destroy this board because it is likely to include every set and AQ. Because of its range of range, he must continue with aggression by betting its reach for at least 1/3 pot. By checking, he allows LIV to realize a lot of free equity if he has a hand like a pocket or a pair with a straight draw. After being faced with a check, Liv correctly interpreted the situation as a very unfavorable one because bets would not make enough folding equity. Check clearly is a superior game.


It turns 5  Make a board K  J  T  5 . Phil checked once again, Liv fired $ 1,100 betting and called PHIL made a pot of $ 3,875.

Turn analysis.

Phil missed another bet here. The examination is, once again, suboptimal because his hands are very strong and he can extract a lot of value and / or reject a lot of equity (if LIV decides to fold your hands like T9 or AJ). Liv betting is true and the size he uses is suitable for its range and his specific hand. He is looking to extract values ​​from hand like (maybe) KQ, QJ, AJ, and QQ. A little he knew Phil was trapping with his hands very represented. As played, Phil’s call is his best action because he can still dominate some values ​​of LIV reach. He has the potential to bet like this with KQ, and he might bully with hands like 98 or 87 suitable.


River appears 3  Make a K  J  T board  5  3 . Phil quickly checked and the Liv tank before betting $ 2,150 into a pot of $ 3,875. Phil quickly called and grinned to Liv to see his hand, just to applaud ironically when he turned it up. He then began asking introspective questions:

Why is Fu * k I even play in this Fu * King game?

After that, he continued to explain how he was above the skill level of everyone:

He watched me for four days bluffing Fedor (Holz) so now he calls me with an offsuit kq, I make it do that, and somehow they appear with a damn set!

I am deep, I understand what they think is very much, he calls with an offsuit! I know all this because I am very smart but it doesn’t matter, I still lose! Look at him laughing, he knows I’m dead!

River analysis.

Phil Examination Standard – There is no good reason to lead into aggressor in this run. Liv now has an interesting decision to make. What bet size should he use to extract the maximum value? This is a complicated question, where some answers can properly depend on the point of view you want to take. From the theoretical perspective, given that there are a few fewer pot-sized bets left, the LIV option is to push or re-check. This will allow it to extract the maximum value with its hands and cliffs with as many hands as possible. From a exploitative perspective, Phil can respond sub-optimally to encouragement by a folder. This means that shoving may be good when bullying, but it might also produce less EV when he is worth the bet.

What approach will you take in Liv’s place? Choosing the right approach – exploitative or theoretical – Given the situation is one of the most valuable skills that you can have as a poker player. Knowing your opponent’s tendency can cause far better decisions that have far higher expectations. We will never know what is the best decision, and that is something we all have to live with – in this hand and what we play in our session. The best way forward is experimenting and learning getting better in this complicated game section.


This is a fast fast hand from where we can once again learn that slow play doesn’t work almost as good as some players might think. Before you click, I will leave you a young message from your own legend:

Your generation doesn’t understand how good I am!