EPT11 Prague: Will Vanessa Selbst send us all to the Shark Cage?

Vanessa Selbst just played a fascinating hand on one of the outer tables, which took her chip stack to more than 3 million. The most intriguing aspect of the hand was a bet she made on the river, which was reminiscent of the kind of thing you see on the PokerStars Shark Cage.

On the TV show, players making aggressive action on the river also have to declare, by means of a concealed card, whether they are making a value bet or a bluff. If their opponent correctly picks off a bluff, then the aggressor has to spend an orbit in the Shark Cage. If the bluff gets through, then the player who incorrectly folded is penalised in the same way.

Here are the precise details of the hand Selbst just played, and we want to know: Was Selbst bluffing or making a value bet on the end? We know what cards she had (they have been revealed in the live coverage) but we want to know what was her intention with the bet on the end.

Tweet what you reckon to @PokerStarsBlog and we'll ask Selbst at the end of play today* what she was actually thinking. Will we all be sent to the Shark Cage?


Vanessa Selbst: Will she send us all to swim with the fishes?

-- The hand in question was one of the first in level 23, where blinds are 10,000-20,000 with a 3,000 ante. Selbst is in the small blind, with a stack of about 2.5 million. Oscar Kroon, the other player in the hand, is in the cut off with a stack of about 1.4 million.

-- Kroon opens to 42,000. Action is folded to Selbst in the small blind, who has 5♣5♦. Selbst raises to 102,000 and the action finds its way back to Kroon. He four-bets to 222,000. After a short pause, Selbst calls.

-- The flop is 7♠3♣4♣, which Selbst checks. She still has her small pair and has picked up an inside straight draw. Kroon bets 171,000, which Selbst calls, and they see a 9♥ turn.

-- Both players check, which takes them to a 9♠ river and Selbst now bets 360,000. Her small pair has "improved" to two pair with the second nine.

-- But if Selbst was on the Shark Cage here, do you think she is playing the "Value" or the "Bluff" card?

As mentioned, it's revealed in the live coverage on the main EPT Prague page what happened next. Kroon called, but mucked when Selbst showed her pocket fives. But do you think she was happy to see the call?

Tweet us @PokerStarsBlog and we'll count up the votes. Only Selbst knows for sure, and we'll ask her later*.

*Provided she is in the mood to talk. And provided she will tell us. We genuinely don't know the answer to this, so it's up to her if she wants to reveal her secrets.

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Howard Swains
@howardswains in Prague