Problem Ivey Versus Helppi

Blinds 1,500 3,000 Ante 500 Pot 9,000 Situation Final table of the 2004 Monte Carlo Millions tournament. You're in the big blind. Your playing partner is the Finnish star Juha Helppi, winner of the Ultimate Poker Classic in season 1 of the World Poker Tour. Helppi is known to be somewhat tight, but very dangerous. Phil Ivey has been playing well and has accumulated the big stack at the table. The rest of the table is a mixture of Americans, Swedes, and Finns, plus the Englishman Kevin...

Solution to Problem

Negreanu is first to act before the flop and picks up A 6T. It's a good hand heads-up, and since he'll be in position for the rest of the hand, it's a hand that's strong enough for raising. It's not so strong, however, that you're unhappy if you take the hand down right here. I'd raise with the hand, probably 100,000 or 120,000. Negreanu, however, likes to play these sorts of hands slow and small, so he just limps. It's a play consistent with his approach to this match. Question 50A The king is...