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You won’t believe what Garrett Adelstein does in this Hustler Live hand!

Garrett Adelstein

In this PokerNews strategy column, I’m looking at a hand played by Garrett Adelsteina seasoned high-stakes poker professional, on the Huster Live Casino stream where he puts his opponent to the ultimate test on the river by betting enough to put him all-in.

His villain in this hand is Ethan, a player who plays much higher stakes than he is used to. Garrett then decides to do something he’s never done before, proving why he’s a fan favorite in the poker community.

With blinds $100/$200/$400Ethan raised to $1,200 under the gun with {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and a named player Trevor flat-call from the cutoff with {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. The action then folded to Garrett on the button, who 3-bet to $5,500. {j-Spike}{j-Diamonds}.

Ethan decided to call, which I think is the right play. His hand is too strong to fold and in 4-bet he risks being pinned down by Garrett. Trevor, meanwhile, made the right play and walked away with his king-queen disguise dominated.

The flop came {a-Spade}{5-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} to pair Ethan’s ace and he checks. Garrett followed with a $4,000 bet. With top pair and a good kicker, Ethan should check-call every betting round to keep Garrett with his bluffs.

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Jonathan Little discusses a hand played on the Hustler Casino Live stream

Incredibly, the bend brought the {j-Clubs} give Garrett a set and let Ethan draw dead. Ethan checked and Garrett appraised it up to $17,000. Ethan called, which again I think is the right play, despite it being a bad trick card as it improves hands like ace-jack that have now beaten Ethan.

The river brought the {10-Spades} and Ethan checks a third time. With $55,100 in the pot, Garrett pushed Ethan all in for $66,500, putting Ethan at risk while playing much higher stakes than he is used to.

What would you do in this situation?

The river is an excruciatingly bad card for Ethan because it improves the ace-ten and also Garrett’s most obvious bluff, the king-queen. Garrett has an easy all-in for just over a pot-sized bet and Ethan has a tough call.

Garrett then did something interesting in the hand, telling his opponent “I got it.” I think Garrett did it because he thought Ethan was about to make a big fold. I think in his mind it was pretty clear that Ethan had some kind of ace. I don’t think he was trying to be a “nice guy” and save his opponent money, I think he was playing smart trying to get his opponent to call.

Ethan folded, which I think is the right play considering the outcome and facing a traffic jam at the river. While Ethan ended up folding, you can make a play like Garrett did in this hand and it might work once in a while.

For more on this hand, check out my breakdown in the following video:

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $7,000,000 in live tournament winnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast on JonathanLittlePoker.com. Sign up to learn poker for free with Jonathan at PokerCoaching.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.