Inside the Mind of a Pro: Davidi Kitai @ 2019 WSOP (3)

Inside the Mind of a Pro: Davidi Kitai @ 2019 WSOP (3)


Back in Las Vegas! Davidi Kitai returns to us on the $5,000
6-max of the World Series of Poker. All lights are green
for our Belgian genius! Dave has been killing it
for the start of this tournament and is now hovering over 100 BB. Following a short break, it’s time
to attack the last session of the day. We’re counting on you, Dave! Yeah, he’s the only… He might be
the best one at the table. I like the last one too,
the one who pushed. – Good luck.
– Thanks, baby. OK, we’re back. We’re going to
continue down the same path. The goal is to get
my stack up as high as possible. I’m in a battle of the blinds
against this Hollywood producer. King-8 of diamonds.
It’s a nice hand. I prefer a limp. Usually this is
part of my raising range, but I prefer limping
against this player. He raises me 5.5x here. I’m going to call.
It’s a nice hand. It plays well. I feel like playing hands
against him. I am fine with this,
even if I am out of position. He has a lot of leaks
in his game, and if I hit,
I can get his whole stack. I hit top pair.
It’s a nice flop. He bets pretty big. He could obviously
have an overpair. It’s a battle of the blinds. It is pretty rare,
but he could have one. He isn’t the kind of player who bluffs all the time. He is more the type
who overplays his hands. I’m going to call. Turn: Queen of spades. He has some Queens
in his range. He could have
Ace-Queen or other Queens. He only bets 7,000. That’s a good sizing. I’m going to call. I don’t see myself
folding second pair here. There is a lot in the pot. I have a good kicker too. He could have worse 8’s.
He could have a pair of 6’s. We could be surprised
at showdown. Check back with pocket Kings. Wow! He really got max value.
I would have never called the river. He really used some good sizings.
You have to admit it. Just because he is a recreational player,
doesn’t mean he can’t make good plays. Here in this instance, he got me good.
He got max value out of me. Pretty annoying to lose 15,000 chips
like that, but it’s not a big deal. I still have a nice stack.
I’ll get there. I just have to be patient. Raise. This player who opens a lot
from the hijack, he opens to 2,000. I will call
with Jack-10 suited in position. It’s the perfect hand.
It’s a hand that plays very well. Heads-up. I hit second pair
with a backdoor flush. He uses a small sizing: 
2,000 into 6,000. 1/3 pot. I will call, of course, even if I noticed that this player
doesn’t c-bet when he doesn’t hit. But, I will call in the spirit
of maybe hitting my hand. I think I will have
the best hand here from time to time,
but that would be rarer. The turn is the 9 of clubs. I don’t think
I can call if he bets. He checks. Not much reason
for me to bet. There aren’t many hands
for me to protect against. River: 2
which changes nothing. He checks.
That is a good sign. Perhaps I may have
the best hand here, but a value bet
would be a bit thin. I could never get worse to call.
Ace-8 offsuit. The post-break period
is not going as planned. Sometimes a break can end the upswing
I was having at the table. But I am still very calm. I am still deepstacked. Raise. – How much was the bet?
– 1,900. Raise under the gun. The small blind
thinks about it. He calls. And I have
a premium hand: Ace-King. I will just call. A squeeze would represent
too much strength, and I don’t really want
to flip for my stack if he overplays
a smaller pocket pair. I will just call. I like it.
It disguises my hand. I am up against the two
weakest players at the table. They will never put me
on this type of a hand. Turn: 7 of clubs. There is a possibility
for a flush draw, as well as other draws. Perfect time for me to bet. I think they will put me
on a draw often. They won’t put me
on a very strong hand too often. Perfect time for me to bet.
There’s a lot of value in betting. I don’t see them folding a pair. A Jack, Pocket Queens,
these sorts of hands. I bet big right away. He could still have Aces
in his range, weaker Aces. I will opt for a big bet now
and a big bet on the river, too. The player in the small blind
is getting kind of short. He is thinking about it. All-in. Oh, he moves all-in. His bet is barely…. … 2 times mine, so I am
obviously not going to fold. There is already
a ton in the pot. I am always beating
Randall Emmett to my left. I am not folding for sure. Just calling
is the best play here. I don’t really need
to isolate the short stack. I will still be able
to get value on the river against the player to my left. I will still value bet
on most rivers. I am sure I am good here. I can still have the best hand
against the small blind. He could have worse Aces,
certain draws… The 10 of clubs.
That’s not the greatest card. All of the draws got there.
I shouldn’t bet anymore. I don’t have a lot of value.
I will check. Ace-10. Super tilting… That one really hurts. That’s a 40,000 chip pot. That really hurts to lose
that big of a pot on that river. He only had 3 outs. That was the ideal hand
to be up against. Very, very cruel. That hand has me tilted.
I have to forget it. I have to come back
to the present moment. That’s poker for you. I am happy with the way
I played the hand. I got my chips in good. I couldn’t get any more value.
Unfortunately, it is just a bad beat. I’m in a battle of the blinds. Time for another limp with Jack-10,
a hand that defends itself well post-flop. I hit second pair. I check. Turn, an Ace. I check. He bets. I don’t really know
what he is representing. I’m going for a gutshot. That was the plan.
I will check-call. But, I will still have
the best hand here a lot. There’s not much reason…
River: Queen. He doesn’t have
a Queen in his range. He would have bet the flop. Maybe he checked with an Ace. That can happen
from time to time. He doesn’t represent a whole lot. When a weaker player
doesn’t represent a lot, it makes me want to call. When good players
don’t represent a lot, they have it. But a weaker player…
I won’t fold against him. There, he mucks. Thanks. I am going to get them. I am going to get them for sure.
This is a good table. I have a very big edge at the table. Ace-3 of clubs
under the gun. I will open. Once again: 22 levels tonight, guys. We will take a break after level 20 to color-up to the 1,000’s
and then play 2 more levels. Raise. The button 3-bets me.
This one is tricky. I could fold considering that he might have
many hands that dominate me, but I am getting a good price. He made it 3x
with the blinds, antes and all. I think the odds
are too good to fold. As Mateos says, I will always have
30% with this kind of a hand. So, I will call.
I will see the flop then reevaluate. I hit an Ace.
I will remain cautious. I am not going
to go crazy on this flop. He c-bets just over 1/3 pot. I will call, of course.
I have top pair. I don’t see myself folding. There are many
strong hands in his range, but he is capable
of merging his 3-betting range. He could be 3-betting hands like KQ
or Broadways of all kinds. It’s possible I was ahead
before the flop, but now that I have hit my Ace,
I will be ahead a lot of the time. Turn: 4. That’s a good card. This will allow me to withstand
a second barrel a little easier. I have a gutshot. I don’t expect him
to barrel a bluff with no equity. I have a lot of Aces
in my perceived range. River: Queen of clubs. I don’t know
if there is much value in betting. On the other hand,
he will rarely bluff this. So, I have to bet. There are a lot of Queens
he could have in his range. He won’t call with a Queen
if I choose a big sizing. I don’t think so. He would only be
beating flush draws, which would be rather rare. There aren’t many of them. I have a lot more Aces
in my range. I won’t make
a big value bet. Just a small 5K bet,
1/4 pot, to make sure he calls. To make him want to see my cards
to make sure I have it. Voilà, I’m good. Perfect. A little pot.
One shouldn’t be too greedy. I saw he made some good folds
on the river at the beginning of the day. So, there you go.
I got as much as I could off of him. 10-7 offsuit on the button.
I will open. I really have
to open wide on the button. I have position.
I want to play in position. 10-7, that’s an easy open. The small blind folds. The big blind,
who seems to defend a lot, is thinking about it. He calls. Not a problem. Give me a favorable flop… Jack – Jack – 9.
Not a bad flop for my hand. The good thing is I block a few of my opponent’s
potential draws that he could check-raise. It is good to block
a 10 and the 7 of hearts. These are good cards. This allows me
to make a classic c-bet. See if he can fold here. I picked a small sizing,
less than my pre-flop raise. We both have the same amount
of Jacks in our range. He calls.
Turn: 10 of hearts. That’s not bad.
He could have 9’s a lot. I could be tempted
to check back here, but I prefer to bet
since I have position. That way I can
check back the river. I think he will just call
if he has a Jack. In that case, I will still have
some outs just in case. He can still call with a 9. He could also call with hands
like Queen-9 or a 9 with a heart. These sorts of hands. So, I will value bet.
I will bet 4,000, half pot. The goal being
to check most rivers. I don’t expect him
to check-raise me a lot. He calls and the river
is the 6 of hearts. I have a flush. I don’t know
if that’s a good card. It could go either way. There’s not a lot of value
in betting anyway. I will just check. He had 9-4 of diamonds.
He really didn’t believe me. Perfect. I’m starting to rebuild my stack
after that hand with Ace-King. You don’t have to use the rack,
but I recommend it. Head directly to your new table. Do not put the chips in your pocket
or they will come out of the tournament. They are breaking the table.
That’s really too bad. This was a really awesome table. That is a little disappointing,
but that’s OK. Look who it is! – Alright?
– Alright. There are two French players
to my left at this table. Nicolas Dumont and Julien Martini.
I know them quite well. Nicolas Dumont is a very solid player
who makes very few mistakes. He is a bit short-stacked.
He will have some resteal spots against me. And Julien Martini is a very good player,
with lots of confidence. Very GTO. A pretty dangerous player. It’s a bit of a shame
not to have position on him. First hand, I 3-bet right away with KQ
to get myself comfortable. The player folds. That’s perfect. It shows strength to 3-bet
while you are still organizing your chips. I have to be focused.
I have to concentrate on my new table. I have to observe everything happening. This table seems a lot tougher.
The other players seem very competent. There is a Portuguese player
who I know a little bit. Very loose.
It’s not going to be like the last table. Ace-Queen from the cutoff.
A very strong hand. I will open, of course. Raise. It’s a nice flop.
Top pair. Check. A classic c-bet. Bet 2,500. Maybe a little bit
too much for this flop. He folds. That’s easy. I am going to want to tighten up
my ranges a bit at this table. I am going to be patient.
No reason to go crazy. I am folding a lot. Good game, Nico. He is replaced by Chidwick. That’s not the greatest news.
He’s been my nemesis on the circuit. He might be the best player in the world, so it’s not great having him on my left even
if he doesn’t have a huge stack. I will definitely have to play tighter
with these two players to my left. Pocket 8’s under the gun. I will have to open this. Raise. – How much are you playing? 80,000?
– Something like that, yeah. The player
in the small blind calls. The big blind too. 3 players. That’s not a bad flop.
There are three undercards. I block draws
with my 8 of spades. It’s a nice flop. The big blind
has a range advantage, and he can put me
in some tricky spots. The player in the small blind decides to donk bet,
which suits me just fine. That prevents me from getting
check-raised by the big blind. I am usually
good against him. I don’t know what
he could be donk betting with. He could be donk betting very strong hands
like 6-5 suited or some sets, but he could also donk bet
all kinds of weak hands. So, I will just call. I’m relaxed. There aren’t a lot
of cards that will give me trouble. Heads-up. Turn: 10 of clubs.
That doesn’t change a whole lot. He is hesitant to bet. I can’t really put him
on a lot of hands. His drawing hands like… ….7-8 of spades, 9-8 of spades,
those are hands that I block. I see a lot of people
betting their draws. He could have backdoor flushes.
I bet very big. Pot-sized bet. He could have backdoor clubs… This is a hard one to play. He bet the size of the pot. I don’t know.
I have a strong range here. I don’t know
if he expects me to fold a lot here. I am having trouble reacting
to these sizings on the turn. This is not the first time
that has happened to me. They make a pot-sized bet
and I am lost. I have to learn how to
react to these kinds of sizings. This is another spot
where I am blindfolded. This is annoying.
I don’t need this. I am not sure about this. He could obviously
have a strong hand, too. He should know
if I have an overpair, I would just call on the flop. Could he bluff this hand? Best case scenario,
he has a big draw. He could have led
a hand like Jack-10 with nothing on the flop,
then hit a 10. That’s not impossible either. Would he bet that big?
I don’t know. I will make a nitty fold..
No shame in being a nit. So sick. I feel like I am often folding
the best hand though. Raise. He opens again
to 2,500 from the cutoff. I am in the small blind
with Ace-10. I have two choices here:
either 3-bet or call. I can’t fold.
He should have a wide range. I decided to just call. Raising Chidwick’s blind,
that’s kind of… People wouldn’t dare raise his blind
with too wide of a range. 2 players. Check. I hit the second pair. It’s a flop
that hits my range a lot. He checks back.
That is a pretty good sign. Turn: 7 of spades.
That’s not the best. I don’t have any spades. I check, he checks.
He checks pretty quickly, which makes me think
he has a little bit of equity. River: Queen of diamonds. I check again.
That’s not a good card. I don’t see him value betting
just a Queen here. I think he would have bet
most of his Queens on the flop. What could he have to bet almost the size
of the pot again? What could he have? I think hands
like Ace-King are unlikely. He could have pure bluffs
from time to time. He could be transforming
his hand into a bluff. I saw him playing against
the other players a few hands ago. He showed a bluff, so I was able
to pick up on a few tells. I will watch him. I have to think hard
about this hand. A hand like Queen-8
makes sense. Could he check a 9 twice? He doesn’t represent a whole lot. If he doesn’t represent
a lot and he is a good player, that could mean he might have it. I want to hero call this hand. The question is:
does he expect me to call? I think he could
expect me to call. This board hits my range. I could have a bunch of two pairs.
I could have top pairs. He has to know he doesn’t
represent a lot by checking twice. Sometimes he could play tricky
by checking a 9 twice. I will fold. I didn’t spot any tells.
I didn’t see anything special. We’ll just fold
and wait for a better spot. Battle of the blinds against Stevie. Jack-5 of hearts. I will just limp. I hit bottom 2. I will bet like
I would if I didn’t hit. Turn: 4 of clubs.
There are a lot of draws. There are two
possible flush draws. I have to bet very big here. I don’t think
he would ever fold a King, and if he had a draw,
I am fine with a fold. I will overbet in this spot.
A small overbet. I represent a lot of flush draws
myself by overbetting. I can’t think of
too many hands that beat me. He could have
a hand like King-4. That might be
the only hand that beats me. He calls. That’s perfect.
The river is important. The 10 of clubs. He could have hands
like King-x of clubs, 5-x of clubs
from time to time. But that would be rare. I need to pick a sizing
to get called by a King. I could have hands like 7-6, 6-3
that bet the flop as a bluff. I could even have other draws.
I could have spade draws. I will value bet.
I can’t bet too big. I don’t think
I can induce a lot by checking. I bet small, 12,000. I bet a little bigger against Stevie than I would have against other players. I was too scared
to get bluffed if I bet too small. I had to choose a sizing I would use
if I had hit my flush too in order to achieve
maximum polarization of my hand. Unfortunately, he snap folded. Attention players, 15-minute break. Alright, a little break
would do me some good. This table… It’s not the same as the one before. Jimmy is in a huge pot. All that for this…
We brought the cameras and everything! Make us a dream, just a little! Call with King high.
He has Jack-9 all day. I have the worst table. This guy knocked me out of
about 10 tournaments or something. He is my nemesis,
as well as being particularly good. – He’s my nemesis.
– Yeah, you told me… – He has the upper hand psychologically.
– We’ve got a situation here. I have 90. I was at a table full of fish.
It was an absolute dream. But they broke the table… – You still love him?
– Yes, I still do. – You are not bored?
– What? He still loves you. He can testify.
I don’t go out this year. – Huh?
– He went out one night. – It’s thanks to you?
– No, he wanted me to go out and I said no. – It’s true!
– I’ve been bringing him to the gym. He’s on a diet.
He is focused. It’s because of me. You remember last year, when you wanted to buy me 1%
for a huge amount of money, you said: “He’s going to win!”? – But you didn’t win…
– I didn’t win… This year… He busted me from the Main Event. – Thanks to me.
– You had a hero fold. – Yeah.
– Yeah, right… – He told me that in Barcelona.
– Yeah. This guy is very hard to suck out on. Guess who is on my left…
The worst player of all the field. – Chidwick!
– Yeah… – He has momentum against you?
– He busted me from 10 tournaments. – I remember that hand from the 50K.
– I had Ace-Queen against Ace-King. – He had a pair of Kings?
– Yeah, two Kings. He registered the 50K last year. I saw him 5 minutes after and asked:
“What happened?” “I had top pair top kicker. I call and he has two Kings…
What can I do?” Yeah, I played bad. Every time, I never want
to fold against him… Always has the nuts. Every time I tell myself,
“next time he is going to bluff me” because he will tell himself…
but always the same thing. – I know the day he bluffs me, I will fold.
– Yeah, his 7-6 will hit… Alright, we’re back. We’re back at the table. Time for a fight.
There are just 2 hours left to play. I have to give it my all. I am very tired.
I have to focus on each hand. Ace-10 from the cutoff,
obvious open. It’s a raise to 2,700 I think. I mean, it’s up to you… Chidwick shoves. Something like 25 blinds. 25 blinds… How much is that? …26 blinds. That’s a lot, actually. The problem is that he is shoving
any hand he wants to play here. So, if he has a big premium
like Pocket Kings, he shoves. If he has Ace-King,
Ace-Queen, Ace-Jack, he shoves. He could obviously
have weaker hands. Hands that I dominate. He could have hands
like King-Queen, King-Jack. He could have worse suited Aces. He could have a small pocket pair
I am flipping against. It is hard to estimate
my equity versus his range. I think I am getting the right odds.
I think I am good. This has to be
the bottom of my range, but I really don’t want
to double Chidwick up. Plus, if I lose this hand
my stack will be in real trouble. I will be reasonable and fold. Chidwick raises a lot
from under the gun… in general. This time it’s my blind…
and I have Ace-Queen. I have no reason to 3-bet.
It would fold out weaker hands. I won’t induce anything.
I will just call. It disguises the strength of my hand.
He will bet when my cards hit. Unfortunately,
it is a mediocre flop. 10 – 5 – 2. He may c-bet his entire range
on rainbow flops like this. That means he will bet everything,
whether he hit or not. Since he opened
from under the gun. He has a range advantage. He bets pretty big. 4K. On a rainbow board. I can’t fold.
My hand is too strong. The turn is perfect.
The Queen of spades. That is better for his range. I expect him
to bet this card a lot. He doesn’t have a lot behind. He has just over the size
of the pot left. I am almost hoping he shoves. He bets 6,500.
He has 12,000 behind. I’m thinking about it. I don’t know what’s better,
calling or shoving. I think a call
would represent a lot of strength and he might give up
bluffing on the river. He could still have
a bunch of draws. He could have some equity. He raised from
under the gun after all. If I shove, I could represent a few bluffing hands
like 6-4 or 6-3 of spades. These sorts of hands.
He snap folds. I don’t know
if shoving was the right play. He had 12,000 left
and there was already a lot in the pot. It’s always nice to win pots
against him without going to showdown. It feels good. Great example of resilience, Dave. After that 10 on the river
that cost you a good chunk of your stack, and despite the arrival of Stephen Chidwick,
ranked n°1 worldwide, you still faced the music
without showing any signs of weakness, and you’ll be taking on the last two levels
of Day 1 with 80 big blinds in your stack. We can’t wait to see what happens in
the next episode of Inside the Mind of a Pro!

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