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The first big hand of heads-up play has gone to Sam Trickett and he now has a roughly 1,850,000 to 550,000 chip lead.

In the hand in question, Trickett made it 35,000 to go with , Jonathan Duhamel three-bet to 102,000 with and Trickett made the call. “He doesn’t want to turn a value hand into a toilet one,” said Phil Laak.

The flop was a pretty tasty one given that it gave Trickett top pair and Duhamel middle pair and a flush draw. The action went bet from Duhamel, call from Trickett.

The fell on the turn, Duhamel now slowed down checking it to Trickett who cut out a bet of 147,000. “I love that size,” said Laak. “It give Jonathan enough room to move all-in,” but after a couple of minutes Duhamel just smooth-called. The completed the board, Duhamel checked again, “I don’t think he’s going to bet thin, I think he’s just going to check it back,” said Laak, but Trickett slid out a bet of 170,000 and Duhamel turbo-mucked.


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