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Strategy with Kristy: Jason Lavallee Discusses a Queen-High Call

Jason Lavallee

The latest guest on the Strategy with Kristy podcast is Canadian poker pro Jason Lavallee, a successful tournament and cash-game player both live and online. He recently won the PokerStars European Poker Tour London High Roller event for £357,700. During the final table, he played an interesting hand which resulted in him calling a river bet with queen high. Lavallee shares his thought process.

Here is the hand as written by live updates author Rich Ryan:

Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Jason Lavallee raised to 60,000 in middle position, and two players called — Carla Sabini on the button and Sorel Mizzi in the big blind. The dealer fanned {8-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, Mizzi checked, and Lavallee examined Mizzi's stack before tossing out a continuation-bet of 78,000. Only Sabini called.

The turn brought a second three — the {3-Hearts} — and Lavallee checked. Sabini quickly pushed out a small stack of pumpkin T25,000 chips, making it 100,000 to go, and Lavallee called.

The {k-Spades} completed the board, Lavallee knuckled again, and Sabini immediately reached for chips. She fired out 160,000 (less than 30% of the pot), and Lavallee chuckled before calling. Sabini showed {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a busted gutshot draw, and her fellow countryman tabled {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for a better queen-high.

One of the biggest leaks of non-experienced players is that they usually don't value bet light enough. Just in general, they play a little bit too polarized. They'll bet their really big hands or their absolute air, but they won't really know what to do the middle part of their range.

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