David Lappin

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Oct 08 2021

Should He Fold Pocket Aces to a Close Friend? (Analysis)

When two friends clash at the poker table, it generally goes one of three ways: Some friends go after each other relentlessly; Others (consciously or unconsciously) try to avoid each other; And some just play their game and let the cards fall where they may. I ended up in this situation when I squared off vs my podcast co-host and friend Dara O’Kearney...

Oct 01 2021

Doug Polk Semi-Bluffs All-In With $3.7 Million at Stake (Analysis)

To mark the beginning of the 2021 World Series of Poker (which started yesterday), today's article zooms in on a key hand from the 2017 WSOP....

Sep 14 2021

The $2.5 Million Bluff That Changed The Poker World Forever (Moneymaker vs Farha Analysis)

Heads-up for the WSOP Main Event title. A bracelet and $2.5 million on the line. The poker veteran in a sharp suit, shirt unbuttoned, bedazzled with chains. The accountant with the implausibly perfect name, wearing a beige Poker Stars baseball cap and sunglasses. A bluff that will change the poker world forever....

Jun 22 2021

14 Players Away from €300,000 — Should He Hero Call This Hand?

When your opponent either has the nuts or nothing, it can make sense to bluff- catch with a marginal hand. Today's hand is an example of such a situation. In October 2018, The Battle of Malta boasted a then-record field of 3,816 players. British tournament specialist Andy Hills made it to the final table but, on his way there, he faced an excruciatingly difficult...

Jun 18 2021

$2 Million Up for Grabs — Can Dan Smith Get Fedor Holz to Fold?

In 2016, the $111,111 WSOP One Drop brought out a who’s who of poker’s elite. A stacked final table boiled down to two of the greatest players in the game’s history. With $3 million banked, Dan Smith and Fedor Holz took their seats to play for an...

May 28 2021

Should David Lappin Fold a Full House on a Devilish Board? (Analysis)

In November 2018, the Unibet Open took place in my hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Home advantage meant I was familiar with more of my table mates than I normally am on the live circuit. Late on Day 1, I was moved to the TV table, where I got into a very non-standard hand with Richie O’Neill, a regular on the Irish poker scene...

Apr 30 2021

How Would You Play Pocket Aces at This Final Table? (Analysis)

Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall is one of the most fearsome online and live poker players that the UK has ever produced. He is also one of the most ICM-aware opponents you are ever likely to face. That expert knowledge often comes to the fore on final tables, when ICM considerations play a big part in ultimate decision making. In 2019,...

Apr 13 2021

Should He Fold Trips vs An Aggressive Pro? ($25K High Roller Analysis)

I've got an interesting hand for you today, folks. Three huge factors were at play in this one: A $25,000 buy-in online is just about...

Mar 17 2021

Heads-Up for €29,620 — Should David Lappin Call with Jack-High?

For my fifth strategy article, I thought I’d put myself on the chopping-block and breakdown a hand from the 2018 Irish Open. I made the final table of the ‘JP Masters’, eventually finding myself heads-up against breakout poker star and WSOP Main Event 8th place finisher Jack Sinclair. The hand is the poker version of a game of ‘cat...

Feb 26 2021

Top Pro Plays Pocket Queens Passively with $2.7 Million On the Line

Dominik Nitsche is considered by many to be one of the best tournament players in the world, and for good reason. In his career, the German native has amassed $18,649,880 in live tournament earnings, including 4 World Series of Poker...

Feb 16 2021

How Being Scared Money Can Cost You Big Money (Hand Analysis)

Have you ever been scared money? It can do funny things to you. Some players adjust too aggressively and fire out loose 3-bets and 4-bets, afraid to trust their postflop skills. Others get too timid and look for reasons not to put chips in the pot....

Jan 20 2021

[Updated] Jungleman Hits $825,635 Straight Flush vs Phil Ivey’s Quads (Analysis)

Half-man, half-machine, Steve Austin was the original six-million dollar man. With superhuman strength and speed, he battled evil for the good of mankind. (I feel like I’m showing my age here!) In this hand, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates is a modern-day Steve Austin, his superhuman brain...

Jan 15 2021

Jungleman Hits $825,635 Straight Flush vs Phil Ivey’s Quads (Analysis)

Half-man, half-machine, Steve Austin was the original six-million dollar man. With superhuman strength and speed, he battled evil for the good of mankind. (I feel like I’m showing my age here!) In this hand, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates is a modern-day Steve Austin, his superhuman brain...

Dec 29 2020

Can She Fold a Full House Getting 7 to 1? (Analysis)

One of the many common cognitive biases is commitment bias. In short, commitment bias is our unwillingness to make decisions that contradict things that we have said or done in the past. In poker, that is commonly expressed as the feeling of being committed to a pot into which we have invested. Good poker players are good at dampening the effects of...

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