25 thoughts on “Incredible Call in Poker by Jason Mercier

  1. I’d say this was actually more a terrible play than a good call… Weak
    attempt at an aggressive play from Koskas

  2. I loved the body language after a minute of tanking. He went from heated to
    super cooler….and drinking from an empty water bottle lol

  3. sorry about that. yea it’s all about levels. If someone knew you are good
    enough to make that read like what mercier did, he might shove with the
    nuts.

  4. I think this is a pretty standard call. It takes a lot of balls to make at
    a final table of a kind I can only hope to have, but let’s put the money
    aside. Koska’s flop line is K/K on a rainbow flop, overbet/C on a brick
    turn, jam river practically instantly after the river card touches the
    table and pairs the board. This is the most ridiculous line ever for any
    kind of made hand, so unless he’s trying to play a master leveling game,
    even ace high starts looking pretty good…

  5. It is tougher and most of us wouldn’t always be capable of making the right
    decision with that much money on the line, but don’t you think Koska’s line
    is extremely weird on that board? He’s extremely polarized with his
    instajam, but there’s no monster hand that makes any sense to play that
    way. If it was at the stakes I play, which is admittedly low, and a villain
    took that line, I really think I’d strongly consider a hero call with ace
    high. Of course I’d probably wuss out at higher stakes.

  6. That kind of line to polarize your range makes more sense if your line up
    to the river indicates that your range is pretty strong hand and you want
    to balance it to some extent by making it look like it could include a lot
    of air, and provided the action so far indicates that the opponent has a
    hand with which he could call. Koska’s line on this board is just downright
    weird and suspicious and he’s been doing this repeatedly at the table.

  7. Standing up like that going all in shows his nerves, shows he doesn’t want
    to see a call, shows the bluff.

  8. This is why i lover poker, the is no correct answer. Each player can make
    theire own choice how to try to trap theire opponent.

  9. I totally agree, but if you reverse it. If you have the nuts, dont you
    wanna make yourself look weak, and then maybe going all in fast? 🙂

  10. in theory, yes….but good players know that a very quick all in/overbet on
    the river is a polarized bet; meaning they either have the nuts or they
    have nothing. so good players will think about the hand closely including
    the board texture, and arrive at the correct decision more often than not.
    shoving quickly against a tilted player is a great move though

  11. and also in general when people really have the nuts, they take a few
    moments to think about how to extract the most value…especially less
    experienced players.

  12. love all the people saying easy call….this is a FT of an EPT….the only
    thing that makes this call easy was the speed at which the guy went all in
    on the river(for his tournament life…if he really wants a call does he do
    it so fast?) and all the nervous antics afterwards….online i think this
    is an extremely tough call because you have no live-reads.

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