Our Hero, medium-stacked with six players left, is dealt QQ (clubs, diamonds) in the small blind. The blinds are 75/150. All fold to the loose-aggressive cut-off, who makes a raise to 450. The button folds, and the Hero re-raises to 750. The big blind folds and the cut-off pushes all-in, which is only an additional 450 or so in addition to the re-raise to 750. The Hero calls. The opponent turns over KK (clubs, spades), making him a comfortable 81% favorite.

Flop: 4 of hearts, 7 of hearts, 8 of diamonds; the opponent is now a 90% favorite

Fourth street: 6 of clubs

Fifth street: 5 of hearts

With a straight on the board, our Hero and his opponent tie and split the pot.


With four players left, our Hero is the short stack with 8 big blinds or so left. Looking for a chance to double up, he is dealt a pair of aces as the small blind. The opponent first to act pushes all-in, and all opponents fold except for the Hero, who calls.

Our Hero proudly turns over his pair of aces, while his opponent turns over the ace of hearts and the nine of diamonds, making our Hero about a 94% favorite to win the hand. He breathes a sigh of relief and ponders what he’ll do with his newfound stack.

Flop: 6 of hearts, J of hearts, 3 of hearts

Fourth street: 4 of clubs

Fifth street: 10 of hearts

Our Hero’s pair of aces loses to his opponent’s ace-high flush. He sadly exits the tournament.