Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WSOP-C Tunica HORSE Recap

On Saturday night in the poker room I mentioned to Jerry and Brad that if I could turn $200 into $1k in the cash games that I was going to stay an extra day and play the $345 HORSE event. It took a few hours at 1/3 to go from $200 to $500. After dinner I sat with $500 at a six handed 2/5 game and 20 minutes later the table broke and I had $900 in front of me. Close enough, I’m playing HORSE.

There were a total of 76 runners and just the final table of eight would be paid with 1st winning just under $7k. We started with 10k in chips and 40 minute levels with the game switching every eight hands. The early levels of the tournament meant pretty much nothing. The only good thing about them was figuring out who the idiots at the table were. I saw more defending in Razz with jacks and queens than I have ever seen in my life.

At the end of the first three levels I was sitting on 9.2k. In the 5th level there was one guy who apparently didn’t want to be there. He was gone for ages and comes back during Razz and says he want to complete dark. Well you can’t do that but he was the bring-in with the K and decides to complete. I’m next to act with 3 wheel cards and 2-bet. Everyone folds and he calls. Pretty sure you can guess what happens after this but I make a J low to his 10 and I lose a big pot. I was able to build back up a bit and at the end of the 6th level I was above my starting stack at 11.3k.

In the 7th – 9th levels is when play really picked up. I worked my stack up to 20k on one particularly sick read. In LHE I raised UTG with A-10 and just the BB called. Flop comes K-J-3 and the BB leads and I call. Turn is a 6, he checks and I check it back. River pairs the 3 and he leads again. The line he took really looks like nothing otherwise he is betting the turn. I called and he said “Good call, I missed diamonds” and my Ace high was good. I really would have looked like an idiot if he turned over something like 4-4 there. When we reached dinner break at the end of the 9th level I was sitting on 18k and when we came back the betting would be 600/1200.

Starting in the 10th level there was still six tables playing but not for long. We dropped to four tables fast and I was still on a slightly above average stack. When we dropped another table I was slipping below average. With 19 players left I doubled-up to 28k but was still kinda short.

With two tables left is when I started to accumulate some chips. When we were down to 16 I had half the average around 30k or so. With 15 remaining I scooped a big O8 pot to get to 42k. I flopped a flush draw, nut low draw and an overpair heads-up against an all-in player. I busted the 13th place player in a razz hand to climb to 65k when my opponent was all-in on 4th with 3 wheel cards and a brick against my 3 cards to and 7 and a brick. I binked a 4 in the river to make a 6 low to beat my opponents worse 6 to eliminate him. I recognized him from the tournament trail before. He is horrid when he loses and swore approximately 20 times before he left the table.

When we were 11 handed I lost a huge pot in Stud to drop to 39k and was in a bit of trouble. I was able to win quite a few pots in a row after that and when we were down to 10 people I busted the next player in LHE when he got his last 4 bets in pre with AK against my AQcc. Flop was QXXcc and he was dead to two outs. They didn’t come and I was up to 90k to start the unofficial nine handed final table.

Starting the nine handed final table I was in 4th or 5th in chips. In back-to-back Stud hands I was on the losing end to the same player and dropped all the way down to 48k. When we lost 9th place I was sitting 6th in chips with 44k with two players down to less than 20k. One of the short stacks got his last few bets in with QJ83 and wound up with runner runner boat to quad up to 80k. The next shortest stack let himself get so low that when he played it didn’t matter and he busted.

Before 8th was eliminated though I was able to double-up in LHE when I defended my BB with K-Q. Flop come queen high and I was able to get my last four bets in and was against A-10. Turn was a Q and I doubled to 73k. When we reached five handed I built my stack up to 120k which was good for 4th place but would bleed down a bit after that.

Once we lost 5th place and the blinds at 10k/20k I got my last 50k in the middle in O8 with Q-Q-8-6hh. All three opponents saw the flop and I ended up winning the low half after the ace river killed everyone else’s low.

My bustout hand happened in Razz. The Q brought it in and I completed with (A-Q)6 and the Q defended. 4th street brought me a Q and my opponent a J. I bet again and he called. On 5th street I catch and 2 and my opponent a 5. I lead again and he put me in for my last bet and I called. Hands were:

Me: (A-Q) 6-Q-2 vs Opponent (6-3) Q-J-5

On 6th I caught a wheel card and my opponent caught a 2. On 7th he flipped up and 8 for the 8 low and I was drawing live but peeled a J and I was out the door in 4th for $1,991. I think Razz is my El Guapo now.

I will take it. I think I still could have moved up to 3rd place and after that it would have been a lot of work to get any higher.

One hand in particular that I questioned my play was when we were four handed and the shortest stack at the table had 3 1/2 bbs left and raised UTG in O8. The two big stacks folded to me in the BB and after posting I had 4 bbs left with KJ66 single suited. If I put in 2 1/2 bets to put him all in that leaves me with 1 1/2 bbs if I lose but I have a chance to eliminate a player. The expert O8 player says fold and the other person I asked said fold as well. I ended up folding leaving myself with 4bbs and him with 5bbs.

Tournament equity wise I was wondering if I should play just about any four cards there. Either way I play the hand I will be 4th in chips if I lose or fold. It was the last hand of O8 and Stud games were up next which I like my chances in a little better. That was probably the dominating factor in my thinking.

The tournament recap is on the WSOP site now. Look at the chip counts. The short stack entering is the one who finished 2nd. Greatest luckboxing at a final table I have personally witnessed in a while. What made it a little worse was when he won he would yell ship it. From a 45 year old dude, seriously?

Next up for me will be the WSOP-C Main Event down in West Palm Beach at the end of the month.

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