Chad Holloway made headlines of his own last summer when the PokerNews scribe took down the $500 Casino Employees Bracelet Event at the 2013 World Series of Poker at the Rio this past summer. In his syndicated article he offers a peek into his mindset on how he set a trap for his final opponent and took home the title.
You can read the full article over at the Sacramento Bee website, but here’s a sample of what he was thinking.
The plan was simple: Preflop I would either raise or call a raise from him. If he was first to act on the flop and checked, I would bet. I won more than my fair share of pots doings this. However, if I was first to act – and this was laying the foundation for my trap – I would check and allow him to bet, which he did frequently. Every time I would respond with a big check-raise, usually one that was three to four times the size of his bet.
He folded frequently, but in the back of my mind I knew it was killing him to do so. It was only a matter of time before he pushed back when I had a hand, and then I’d stack him.
Of course, we know it worked as he took home just shy of $85k before Donnie Peters told him to get his ass back to work.