Bovada $5,000 NLHE Superstack (T5,000)
The Bovada $5K daily morning tournament is a pretty decent bang for the thirteen buck. Slow-ish structure and plenty of play.
In the first 40 online tournaments since I got back from my last trip to Las Vegas, I cashed eight times and made final tables in five tournaments between 150 and 500 entries. Just got to translate that to something big.
Hand 7 UTG T5,000 20/40
I opened my first hand of play to 120 and got four (4!) callers. The flop fell on both sides of me, but with that many other players in the mix, I was probably out-paired on the ten. SB bet 300, I called along with UTG3, and the turn was . SB led out with a bet of 600 (holding [tj] for the pair, with straight and flush draws), and I folded, along with UTG3 ().
Hand 8 BB T4,580 20/40
UTG2 raised to 140, SB called, and I (uncharacteristically with this hand) called.The flop was checked around, SB () bet 140 on the turn with the board reading and I was out of there. UTG2 called with but folded to a bet after missing the straight on the river.
Hand 9 SB T4,440 20/40
The early downward slide continued with what would have been the best hand. UTG1 limped in with , UTG2 raised 6x to 240 with , I called, and UTG1 stayed in. I folded to a bet of 360 from UTG2 on a flop of , but UTG1 stayed in and battled through the on the river. UTG1 pushed 1,140 into the pot with queen-high and the pair on the board and pushed off the ace-king. It’s okay. I made up for it later.
Hand 13 UTG2 T4,200 20/40
This isn’t a hand I’m usually playing from this spot, but it worked out well. I opened to 100, getting calls from CO and BB. The flop was , giving me middle pair and a flush draw. BB checked, I bet 140, and CO raised me to 740 with two pair (). BB’s timed out to a fold, and I made the call. The peeled off on the turn and I checked my fourth-nut flush. CO bet out another 900. We were almost even in chips, and I bet my remaining 3,360, which he called. I was fortunate that he hadn’t been playing , because the hit the river, but my flush held and I took an early chip lead in the tournament.
Hand 14 UTG1 T8,520 20/40
It seems almost unfair to give me aces the hand after double up, but I opened to 120, HJ—who was the player I’d doubled through—called (9d tc]) with only 340 behind, and CO tried to make a steal with by three-betting to 540. I four-bet to 2,500, HJ went allin, and CO folded. The board ran out , I had the higher straight.
Hand 24 UTG1 T9,490 30/60
I open to 180. UTG3 calls. BTN calls. The flop is . I check, UTG3 checks, and BTN bets 240 with . I call, and UTG3 with for the straight draw calls. Another on the turn and I put the others to the test with a bet of 400. The straight draw folds, but the moines are unbelievers. We both check the on the river that makes a flush possible, but my better two pair is the winner and my chip count is over 10,000.
Hand 36 SB T10,620 50/100
UTG1 limped in with . UTG3 likewise with . CO has an actual hand () and raises to 400. I re-raise to 1,500, the limpets fold, and the big ace calls. The flop is about as good as it gets for me: . I check to set a little trap and CO checks behind. I’m not crazy about the on the turn, but I bet 1,200 anyway, getting a call. I bet another 2,500 for the river and get another call from the pair of aces but my set of queens is still good.
Hand 45 SB T16,020 50/100
You hate losing a big chunk of chips to classically bad hands, but that’s what happened on this hand. UTG2 limped in, and I raised to 300, getting calls from BB and UTG2. The flop is , I bet my two pair for 480, BB calls. on the turn and what’s the chance BB has a better full house? on the river, I bet 1,000, he shoves allin for a total of 2,730, and with 3:1 pot odds, I have to call. Naturally, he has for a super boat.
Hand 53 SB T12,585 75/150
Same hand, same position, one round later. How weird is that? UTG1 limped in with and CO raised to 650with . I called. It was checked to the turn with showing, CO bet 800 and took the pot.
Hand 60 UTG T11,935 100/200
I’m still near the top of the tournament leader board, but this hand isn’t one that helps me get back on top. I open to 600 and both blinds call. They’re both ahead of me. SB has , BB has . SB checks his two pair and BB checks his top pair on the flop, I bet 800, SB calls, and BB probably kicks himself after folding when the appears on the turn. I don’t get an eight or a king on the river () and lose the hand.
Hand 62 SB T10,335 100/200
When you play bad hands, you have to expect to get outplayed. UTG2 and BTN limped in and I came along with my ace. The flop was an unpromising and everyone checked. I caught third pair on the turn , but when BTN bet pot-size for 800, I folded. He had . BB had there, I don’t know what he was thinking, apart from perhaps he was under the starting stack. S’all good, because every chip he saved, I’d take on the next hand.
Hand 63 BTN T10,135 100/200
The Mutant Jack is back! UTG opened to 1,300 and I put him allin, misreading his 7x raise as a small pair. It was . But I caught my ace on a board of and popped back up the leader board.
Hand 64 CO T14,820 100/200
I raise and get a call from the SB’s , The flop is and I bet and he folds second pair.
Hand 88 BTN T14,470 150/300/30
I’ve gone through an entire level without playing a hand, there are only seven players at the table, and while I might often fold eights pre-flop in a full ring, here I’m opening with a raise to 900 to take the blinds and antes. The eights seem appropriate for the hand.
Hand 89 HJ T15,100 150/300/30
I’m moved to a new table. I open to 900, called only by BB (). I c-bet the flop and BB—apparently very cautious— folds to the bet of 1,000, which represents about a fifth of his remaining stack.
Hand 104 CO T16,880 200/400/40
Another new table. UTG raises to 1,200 with and I smooth call. The flop has an ace, but it’s . I pick up two pair on the turn but that’s likely irrelevant on the river. we both have aces, but no spaces, and check it down to my win.
Hand 105 HJ T18,920 200/400/40
I raise and everyone folds.
Hand 106 UTG1 T19,760 200/400/40
Raise and folds.
Hand 111 CO T19,840 200/400/40
Raise and folds. So sad. But the win puts me over 20,000.
Hand 112 HJ T20,760 200/400/40
It really has been a great run of cards. Another raise where nobody calls.
Hand 119 BTN T20,630 250/500/50
Raise and folds. UTG2 dropped even before I bet. So strange.
Hand 121 HJ T19,290 250/500/50
A massive hand. I open to 1,500 and get a call from SB, who has about what I have in chips. We’re HU to the flop and I bet my top and bottom pair to 1,800. SB raises to 4,100 and I just call. There’s more than 12,000 in the pot. A hits the turn and while it’s possible there’s a five in SB’s range, I discount it. He makes a bet about a third of the pot size, which I call. The river is . Maybe he has quads, maybe he doesn’t, but he shoves the river for nearly 10,000. I call, and am relieved to see he just has , and he apparently didn’t think I connected with the board. I gain over 20,000 chips.
Hand 122 UTG2 T41,770 250/500/50
I raise, get a call from BB () and my c-bet takes it down on a flop of .
Hand 127 SB T43,120 250/500/50
I reraise UTG3 pre-flop and he folds .
Hand 134 HJ T44,850 300/600/60
This propels me back to the top of the leader board for a while. UTG3 min-raises right in front of me and I just smooth-call because sometimes I like to see what the flop brings with jacks (UTG3 has ). The largest of the four stacks behind me has half my chip stack, and the others are less than a quarter each, so whatever happens, I’m safe. CO goes allin for 6,630. SB just calls, with 14K behind. It’s too much action for UTG3, but I call the allin. Counting the dead cards from the other players’ hands, I’m a 68% favorite to win the whole pot. The flop is and SB shoves. I call and he has ; CO has . I’m up to 79%. The on the turn pushes it up to 90%. The river knocks both players out and I gain nearly 30K.
Hand 136 UTG2 T74,128 300/600/60
I raise to 1,800, UTG3 comes along for the ride, and HJ calls with barely that much behind. The flop is , I bet 2,000 and UTG3 drops out. HJ raises me by 71 chips with and I pay him off.
Haad 138 UTG T70,137 300/600/60
Still comfortably in the lead; the two largest chip stacks at my table have under half my stack. I make my usually raise to 1,800, getting calls from UTG2 () and BTN (). BTN is the larger of the two stacks, with about 13K. The flop is , I c-bet 2,500, the other ace folds, and BTN shoves for another 8,300. I call and pick up a useless straight draw on the turn , but a river counterfeits his low pair and he’s out in 122nd place.
Hand 139 BB T85,937 300/600/60
UTG min-raises with and about a third of my chip total. I’m the only caller. We both flop top pair with . We checked the flop together, I called his bet of 1,200 on a turn and a bet of 1,800 when his straight failed to materialize on the river. My kicker was good enough to play and I took the pot.
Hand 144 UTG2 T90,277 400/800/80
I actually started with the best hand here. No aces, no pairs, and the other king was unsuited with an inferior kicker. I raised to 2,400 and everyone folded to the big stack. The closest competitor at the table was below 30K.
Hand 148 SB T90,997 400/800/80
Open-raise and win. BB had the Brunson.
Hand 149 BTN T92,437 400/800/80
I called a min-raise from CO and hit bottom pair on a flop, calling a 2,225 c-bet from him. He had only about 9K left, so when the made my straight, I shoved allin,, he called with (seriously?) and we split the blinds and antes after the river made our own kings irrelevant.
Hand 150 CO T93,717 400/800/80
UTG2 shoved allin as an open for 10,800. Action folded to me. The dealer had 20K and the blinds each had half that. I called, everyone got out of the way and I was up against , which wasn’t quite good enough on a board of . The chips put me up over 100K just as I was moved to another table.
Hand 154 UTG T106,027 400/800/80
A big hit. I raise to 2,400 and, maybe a little cocky, call an all-in raise from a stack of almost 30K. It’s a race, he has and while I almost make a straight on the river, his pair holds up. I’m still in the chip lead, but not by much.
Hand 157 BTN T75,192 500/1,000/100
Open-raise and win.
Hand 180 UTG T76,912 600/1,200/120
Went into kind of a quiet time there. Got passed up on the leader board by several people pushing up as far as 130K, but I was still up there. Both my big blinds had been walks. I raised this to 3,600 and everyone folded.
Hand 181 BB T79,552 600/1,200/120
How’d this hand get in there? BB is how. I did one of my few BB defends to a min-raise from BTN. I hit middle pair on the flop, and check-called a bet of 3,600 for some reason.We both checked the turn. Another queen ( hit the river and I check-called 6,780. Why? I do not know, but I’d been good all the way against . I guess he did have an open-ended straight draw, but blowing half your chips on that board with those cards?
Hand 184 CO T92,652 800/1,600/160
UTG limped in and I just called. The flop was , BB checked, UTG bet 3,300, and I raised enough to put both of them in. BB folded his and UTG gave up on his .
Hand 188 UTG1 T100,313 800/1,600/160
Simple raise and win.
Hand 204 UTG 96,193 1,000/2,000/200
Another little quiet period. We’re 7-handed at the table and I raise a little wider than normal, taking down the pot.
Hand 205 BB T100,393 1,000/2,000/200
Quiet time is over. I defend my pair against a UTG raise to 6,000 and a call from UTG1. The flop is kind: . UTG1 is the stack I have to worry about at more than 70K. UTG has less than 20K. I donk-bet 10,000. UTG has to put in all but 3K to call, and he shoves with UTG1 drops his and I open the set. on the turn and on the river and I’m back in the top ranks.
Hand 208 HJ T131,921 1,000/2,000/200
Open-raise and win.
Hand 209 UTG2 T136,321 1,000/2,000/200
I’m near the top of the leaderboard, but there are still people ahead of me, including the BB at our table who has over 150K. So I’m being cautious with this hand. I open to 6,000 and get a call from HJ, who has . We’re heads up to the flop. I c-bet 10,000—about 20% of his stack—and he folds.
Hand 219 SB T139,371 1,000/2,000/200
Action folds to HJ who shoves all-in with just 11K and I call. He has and doesn’t catch up.
Hand 234 BB T146,921 1,500/3,000/300
‘Mom & Pop’ in the blinds seemed to be the hand of the moment. UTG3 started off the action with a limp, then HJ raised to 7,150, getting a call from CO and me. When things got back around to UTG3, he called the extra. The flop was a juicy but dangerous . All of the players in the hand had more than 100K, and one of them had me covered. UTG3 checked, HJ (who had me covered) raised to 12,005 (so cute!). CO folded , I called with two pair, and UTG3 folded. CO was probably kicking himself when hit the turn and HJ and I checked. I probably would have had to fold to an all-in of more than 110K and missed the river . I bet 25,000 and HJ folded . UTG3 had originally called with .
Hand 240 UTG2 T181,276 2,000/4,000/400
I raise and win.
Hand 247 HJ T182,076 2,000/4,000/400
A loss! I raise and BB calls with the chip lead (260K) and . The flop is way out of my range but hit him incredibly hard: . We check it, he bets the turn but I don’t bite.
Hand 256 UTG1 T160,276 2,500/5,000/500
I will point out that this is the third time I have ace-queen in seventeen hands (luckbox). We’re seven-handed again. SB has 49K, BB and UTG have about 145K. HJ has 13K. CO is the big stack with 270K, and BTN has 250K. I make a standard raise to 15K. Action folds to BB, who shoves almost 30BB. I call against his , hit an unnecessary queen on the river and almost double up, back into the chip lead.
Hand 258 BB T310,156 2,500/5,000/500
HJ min-raises with and I defend my blind. I call a bet of 11K on the [ jd] flop, then we check it down through the and get to a river. He bets out 33K and even with two pair, I can’t call against a possible straight. I wuss out and fold the Portland Nuts to a bluff.
Hand 260 BTN T285,656 2,500/5,000/500
There are only six players at the table at this point. I shove over an all-in of less than 44K, he has and if a had hit the river instead of a second , his nine would have improved an eight-high straight on the board.
Hand 269 CO T327,873 2,500/5,000/500
Tables have consolidated and my current one is down to eight players already. I make open the action pre-flop here to take 11K in blinds and antes.
Hand 275 BB T336,773 3,000/6,000/600
I normally wouldn’t defend this hand, even in BB, but I call a min-raise from UTG1 and then fold to a bet on the flop, which is good, because he has .
Hand 278 HJ T319,373 3,000/6,000/600
We’ve lost another player, but his chips were gobbled up by UTG, who’s now the table chip leader. I open this hand and win.
Hand 279 UTG1 T331,973 3,000/6,000/600
Red nines again in just eleven hands! Not as good for me this time, as I call a raise of 18K from short-stacked UTG for a quarter of his chips. CO calls and we’re off to a flop of . UTG and I check, then CO bets a third of his stack for 27K. UTG jams his last 68K in and I am gone. CO calls with and two more aces peel off on the turn and river.
Hand 285 HJ T301,973 3,000/6,000/600
Six-handed. I open to 18K, BTN calls with , I check a flop and he bets 20K, then folds to a raise of 40K.
Hand 292 BB T338,773 3,500/7,000/700
I defend to a min-raise from BTN and fold to a bet on a flop of . Stupid defense.
Hand 293 SB T324,074 3,500/7,000/700
At last! A hand I can do something with! UTG1 shoves for a bit over 15BB with and I make the call. The board is and I make a pair for the win.
Hand 297 BB T441,298 3,500/7,000/700
UTG opens to 20K with and is lucky SB disconnects with . I call, but the flop isn’t my bag and I fold to the Portland Nuts. Not aggressive enough.
Hand 299 BTN T416,398 3,500/7,000/700
Down to five. UTG limps in, then calls my raise to 25K. The flop is and he checks his . I bet 30K with overs and an open-ended straight draw, and he folds with about 120K left.
Hand 308 SB T431,598 3,500/7,000/700
I raise the small blind and BB lays down .
Hand 319 BB T423,398 4,000/8,000/800
We’re down to one at this point and action is once again nine-handed. I’m a close second in chips at the table, with two stacks around 250K, and the others 200K and below, though nobody’s incredibly short. Actionfolds to me and I get a walk.
Hand 327 UTG T424,198 4,000/8,000/800
I raise and take it down.
Hand 329 SB T433,798 4,000/8,000/800
BTN raises to 24,000 and both of the blinds (including me) call, so there’s a healthy pot brewing with 80K chips already. That’s half the size of what the other two players in the hand started with. The flop is and BTN bets 40K at it holding , with me calling for the Broadway draw. BB drops out figuring his isn’t going anywhere. I gamble on no flush with the in the turn and shove. BTN folds. I’m over 500K.
Hand 336 BB T522,398 5,000/10,000/1,000
SB open-shoves 175K with and I knock him out, making an unnecessary full house to push me over 700K. I have the chip lead by 300K. Seats 1 and 2 have about 400K, seat 3 is at 135K, seat 4 has 215K, I’m in seat 7, seat 8 has 145K, and seat 9 is at 260K.
Hand 343 BB T695,201 5,000/10,000/1,000
Another big blind defense I should have just tossed. SB limps in with , the flop is a tempting , we check the flop, the turn is , I call a bet of 10K, and then fold to a bet after hits the river.
Hand 345 BTN T668,201 5,000/10,000/1,000
Raise to 30K and win.
Hand 349 UTG T686,201 5,000/10,000/1,000
Possibly the hand that cost me the win for the tournament. Chips among the hoi polloi have spread out a bit, so even though I’m not at what I had at my peak, I’m still 300K ahead. At least, I am at the start of the hand. We’re down to the last seven players. I raise and call a three-bet from SB to 80K. The flop is , and with no club and my best possible hand a very thin draw to trip kings or jacks, I fold to a bet of 177K from the .
Hand 350 BB T605,201 6,000/12,000/1,200
Then again, maybe it was yet another stubborn big blind defense. SB raises to 31K with and the flop is . Now, I do have bottom pair here, so maybe there’s a rationale for me to call another 33K, but when the shows on the turn, that doesn’t look like such a grand idea, and I fold to a bet on the river.
Hand 354 HJ T530,351 6,000/12,000/1,200
Only 60K separating me from the next-biggest stack. Just six players. I open with my ace and win.
Hand 361 UTG T529,151 6,000/12,000/1,200
I open, call a three-bet from BTN to 77K, flop [ 4d] and fold to an all-in from . Down in the mud with the rest of the gang again.
Hand 367 UTG T425,751 8,000/16,000/1,600
Five-handed. Seat 1 is up to 400K, seat 3 is at 435K, seat 4 is the leader with 715K, and seat 9 is on the bottom end with 290K. I open with my tens and win the hand.
Hand 375 BTN T428,951 8,000/16,000/1,600
CO has a but that’s the only card in any hand above a . I win.
Hand 376 CO T459,351 8,000/16,000/1,600
I open 3x and call a re-raise from BTN to 80K. The flop is , I check-call 100K with nothing. Turn and more nothing. BTN goes allin, I call, he has , I hit a on the river, and I’m in last place with 10BB.
Hand 380 BTN T134,031 8,000/16,000/1,600
I open-shove and take the blinds and antes. Seat 1 is at 385K, seat 3 is at 320K, seat 4 has crested 800K, and seat 9’s sitting on almost 600K thanks to me.
Hand 386 CO T132,431 10K/20K/2K
I shove and get no callers.
Hand 390 BTN T134,431 10K/20K/2K
CO (seat 4’s chip leader) min-raises with and I shove. He calls, the board runs out scary with mostly low cards and three spades by the turn, leaving me to catch a non-spade pair on the river, which obliges with and I double up.
Hand 392 UTG T302,862 10K/20K/2K
The (former) chip leader and I get into it again, with me raising , him shoving and me calling, to hit a ten on the flop and a flush draw by the turn. The pair is all I need, and I double through him a second time in three hands. He picks up another mid-level pair on the next hand, which finally holds, and cripples seat 1.
Hand 397 UTG T583,724 10K/20K/2K
Seat 1 is eliminated on the previous hand, so we’re down to the final four. Seat 3 has 645K, seat 4 has 490K, and seat 9 has 540K, so I’m back in the lead for a moment. I raise to 60K on this hand, CO calls with , but folds to a 70K c-bet after a flop of .
Hand 403 SB T619,724 10K/20K/2K
BTN raises to 40K with . I call, and BB calls with , so we’re both ahead of the original raiser. The flop is , giving BTN a gut-shot straight draw, I check without even a heart on the board, BTN bets 57,450 and he takes the pot. I’ve got 57% equity there. Grrrr.
Hand 407 SB T551,724 10K/20K/2K
I’m not the chip leader or even second in chips at this point. But I like this hand and raise it into the only smaller stack in BB. The flop is and I bet 75K on my draw, then call a total of 180K. on the turn and he shoves another 144K. I fold.
Hand 408 BTN T309,724 10K/20K/2K
UTG min-raises with , I call, and BB comes along with . The flop is , BB checks, UTG bets 57,600 and wins with the worst hand and chutzpah.
Hand 410 BB T265,724 12.5K/25K/2.5K
Everyone else is normalized between 600K and 700K. SB min-raises with , I call, and fold to a bet on a flop.
Hand 411 SB T213,224 12.5K/25K/2.5K
BTN raises with and I shove for less than 9BB. BB calls and BTN folds. I’m HU v . The flop gives me a lot of hope (and practically dead-even odds), but no five, ace, or spade shows up and I’m out.
Six hours, 411 hands. VPIP: 20%. 4th of 452 entries. +3,240% ROI.