Joe Hachem Discusses Epic Poker League Main Event Hand
Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem took part in the opening day of the Epic Poker League Main Event on Tuesday. The 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, who has earned over $11 million during his career, recounted a hand he played during the morning session.
With blinds at 300/600 100 ante, Hachem open raised to 1,800 from the small blind with A-9os and only the big blind made the call. “Going into this hand, what I knew about this player is that he hates to fold. I know that if I make any hand, I'm just going to fire on every street.”
The 9h-9c-4h flop improved Hachem to top set and he fired a 1,900 continuation bet. The big blind continued his interest in the hand. Hachem reveals that this flat call narrowed his opponent's range to a medium pocket pair or a heart draw.
The action followed the same pattern on the turned 4c. Hachem led out for 3,700 and the big blind made the call. “Again, I bet pretty small in comparison to the pot, but I was setting him up for a call on the river that I want.”
Hachem did not slow down on the 2d river, firing a final bet worth 12,800. The former World Poker Tour winner admits he may have moved all in if his opponent had not suffered a bad beat only a few hands earlier. The big blind went into the tank before calling and Hachem took down the pot.
“I guess the moral of the story is, play the player. If you know that some is going to pay you off, get the most of it.”