Maria Ho Folding a Set of Tens at WSOPE Main Event Stirs Debate

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Maria Ho Folding a Set of Tens at WSOPE Main Event Stirs Debate
09:44
15 Nov

It was a hand that players are still talking about and may continue to be dissected and analyzed for some time to come.

The €10,300 Main Event of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe in Rozvadov last week saw a key hand played out that involved Niall 'Firaldo' Farrell, Maria Ho, Kristen Bicknell and Rainer Kempe. Farrell and Ho both eventually landed at the final table, with the decision of Ho to fold her set of tens in the crucial hand playing a huge role in that outcome.

But could Maria perhaps have navigated her way to a deeper finish had she made the call?

Let's pick up the action in the video below that finds Kempe as the table chipleader. Keep in mind that just a few days earlier, Farrell had won his first WSOP gold bracelet and €745,287 ($867,591) in the €25,000 High Roller that also made him only the 8th player ever to win a Live Triple Crown with victories at WSOP, WPT and EPT events.


Players sounded off on a number of online poker forums with their opinions on Ho's decision to fold, as well as only flat-calling pre-flop. Take a look at some of those posts from a thread on Reddit.

"I think this was much more of an ICM and live read spot," stated 'tits-mchenry.' "I don't think she's folding if this was a cash game."
"I'm sorry. The flat preflop is terrible. The fold is terrible," posted 'grindingvegas.'
"I absolutely hate the call preflop for 20% of her stack with two people left to act," said 'talkcynic.' "It should have been a raise or fold."
"Good fold..not only can someone already have the flush but there's a straight draw too," read a post from 'Maggie Horner' on Facebook. "Not a good board for a set to put your tournament life on in a big game..."

Rainer Kempe finished in 22nd place for €31,337 ($36,461), while Kristen Bicknell hit the rail in 18th and earned the same amount. Maria Ho bowed out in 6th place for a payday of €174,365 ($202,875). Niall Farrell was next to be eliminated in 5th and won €239,639 ($278,822).

How would you have played pocket tens in that situation? Did Maria make the right move?


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