A Hand Matchup from the 2011 World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Shootout
Final table, three handed, with the blinds at 15,000 and 30,000 with a 5,000 ante, Badecker raised to 75,000 from the small blind, Makowsy reraised to 175,000 from the big blind, Badecker called. On the Flop, Badecker checked, Makowsky bet 200,000, Badecker raised to 450,000, Makowsky called. On the Turn, Badecker bet 380,000, Makowsky went all-in, Badecker called.
Makowsky’s cracked Aces were especially brutal owing to his comfortable chip position at the start of the hand and the substantial amount of payouts at stake. But he played his hand well, luring his opponent into the flop as a 4:1 dog, and also waiting to protect his hand until the turn in spite of his opponent’s check raise. Of course he was already dead on the turn, but this is how you protect your hand from something like Ac-4h that might call an all-in on the flop but not on fourth street. Unfortunately for Makowsky a fourth club or other straightening scare card did not appear on the turn, so he was bound to push all-in and discover his misfortune. Makowsky finished 3rd for $151,379. Badecker went on to defeat Robbie Verspui heads-up ($228,334) to capture his first bracelet and $369,371.