A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 141-160

HAND 141250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG7353.4K9
105D359.5K21
19SB7Q41.8K46
5BB4269K24

After the fireworks on the last hand, nobody wants to get out of line with crappy cards and the new chip leader sitting in BB. It’s a walk.

HAND 142250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB3753.4K20
105UTG339.4K24
19D5J41.5K36
5SB4569.4K20

UTG jams his threes and everyone folds. I personally think it’s a little reckless to shove 18BB with a low pair and three other players at the table who all have you covered by at least 4x, but maybe that’s just me.

HAND 143250/500/5023473
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBA752.8K21
105BB8T10.3K13131
19UTGJJ41.5K4867141450
5D4469.1K1719858695100

I continue my war on ragged aces by folding my SB even after calls by UTG and D. BB checks the flop with two overs, UTG bets 1K on his over pair, and D just calls with his set. BB drops out. UTG leads out for 2.5K on the turn. He should be warned off a bit by the raise to 7.6K from D, but he makes the call, then checks the river and calls 10K from D’s full house. I think maybe he should have raised the jacks pre-flop instead of just limping in. What do you think?

HAND 144250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136COJ55K11
50DJ552.5K6
105SB599.8K8
19BB6T22.4K11
5UTGQQ89.1K64

A lot of times, the late entries into these tournaments will pop off with the first hand they get. Probably a good thing the new guy on my right doesn’t do that after the big stack in UTG makes it 1.5K, because with three fives dealt and one of the other jacks in my hand, he’d pretty much be relying on clubs to get him to a flush. Anyway, UTG raises and everyone folds.

HAND 145250/500/50263
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136UTG845K15
50CO3952.5K14
105D649.5K14
19SBTJ21.8K48718
5BB3290K92992

SB limps in again—after the beating he took limping the jacks just two hands earlier you’d think he’d have learned his lesson and bet his equity, he’s in about as good of shape as he can be after three folds—and BB flops two pair against him. SB checks, BB bets 625—not even 1.5BB—and SB folds.

HAND 146250/500/50AJ269
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136BB344.9K212523000
50UTG7Q52.4K17
105COKJ9.4K344587100100100
19D7J21.3K6
5SB4890.7K222910

CO opens to 1K and gets calls from both blinds. SB seems to be enamored of the suited gappers, plus he’s got both other players covered by at least 10x. I don’t know what BB’s excuse is, except for the fact that he’s the type of player who’ll enter a 6-Max tournament witih 10BB. The flop is incredibly good for CO: middle pair, nut flush draw, some backdoors. BB does have a gut-shot straight draw, but he’s only got three outs. The turn seals the deal for CO, SB checks and BB takes a stab at the pot for 500, leaving less than 3.5K behind. CO strings him along with a call, SB folds, CO bets minimum on the river, and BB finally gives up.

HAND 147250/500/50588Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136SB3K3.4K21382416
50BBA452.4K27627684
105UTG2T12.1K22
19CO7J21.2K21
5D7489.7K9

SB’s in chip-spewing mode. Action folds to him, he limps, I check my ace. The thing is, he has so few chips, even if I lose, it doesn’t make a significant difference to my stack, so I could call him with anything, much less and ace. He bets 500 on the flop, which I call. He checks the turn and I put him all-in to call. He folds.

HAND 148250/500/503K5
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136D8J2.3K121514
50SB4Q53.6K19
105BB9712.1K182120
19UTGTJ21.2K202520
5CO5A89.6K323845

Everyone limps into the pot except for me. CO makes middle pair, opens after the flop with a bet to 2.5K, and everyone folds.

HAND 149300/600/60Q49A8
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136COKJ1.8K29392180
50D3253.3K10
105SBJ711.5K16
19BBA620.6K32617992100
5UTG5391.6K14

CO has 3BB and shoves. He gets called by the suited ace in BB who, even though he’s third in chips at a five-handed table, still has ten times CO’s stack. BB picks up a flush draw on the flop, hits the ace on the turn, and CO never improves.

HAND 150300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG3Q53.2K19
133CO5415.4K16
105DAK11.2K33
19SBK422.8K7
5BB7J91.5K25

Late-entry player 133 appears to have done a little better in the ten or so hand’s he’s been in before he gets moved to the table. D shoves his short stack with ahkd and takes the pot.

HAND 151300/600/6047K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131BB285.9K14
50UTGA653.1K9
133HJQ715.4K16
105COK312.3K28
19D7A22.5K163384
5SBAT90.8K176716

We’ve got a full table once again. The suited king here is the only hand with equity significantly above the 16.7% average for six players, but he helects to fold after me (with my bad kicker and two other aces dealt, I have the least pre-flop equity of anyone). D raises his 7sas to 1.6K, getting a call from the ace with the better kicker. BB folds. This time player 19 doesn’t let the hand get away from him, bets 2K on middle pair, and SB goes away.

HAND 152300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131SB365.2K12
50BBQ453.1K17
133UTGK215.3K31
105HJJ412.2K13
19CO4T25K2
5DTT89.2K24

According to ProPokerTools, at least, the suited king has more equity than the tens. In reality, action folds to the button and the big stack raises to 1.5K to take the pot.

HAND 153300/600/602T6Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131D8T4.8K24
50SB9552.4K6
133BB3615.2K21407575
105UTG4812.2K10
19HJ2524.9K12
5COK990.4K28602525

I am getting the worst run of cards here. But I’ve got more than enough chips to be patient, with ten times the starting stack I can easily make the money with about ten players left to go. CO limps in and goes HU to the flop with BB. BB’s ahead on the flop but just check-calls a bet of 900 from CO, then check-folds to 1.9K on the turn. Maybe a bit too cautious if he’s going to make the call on the flop, but he does only have a bit more than 20BB. Commit!

HAND 154300/600/60J4369
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131CO484.8K9
50D6652.1K16191318100100
133SB5A13.7K11
105BB9912.1K294214
19UTGA224.9K8
5HJJK92.5K2739738200

The big stack raises to 1.6K with the suited king, I call, and BB just flats with his better pair. The flop does give HJ top pair, but I call the 2.7K bet to set-mine and go HU to the turn after BB folds. I’m in pretty rough shape until the 6h on the turn. I bet 5K and HJ calls me, then another 10K on the river and he pays me off.

BB made a huge mistake here, I think, probably due to not wantiing to go out near the bubble of the tournament. If he was planning to play the hand at all, he should prepare to play it for the max. He only had 20BB to start the hand. He has 1BB in, and calls 2 more preflop, but he should have probably just folded (if his objective was to just get to the money) or shoved in pre-flop. Yes, he probably would have gotten calls from both of us, but just dribbling away that much of your stack on the bubble is counterproductive to either making the money or winning the tournament.

HAND 155300/600/609A327
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131HJ784.7K21
50COJA73.4K1350505050
133D9813.3K24
105SB2410.5K18
19BB5324.8K13
5UTGAJ73.2K1250505050

Big stacks go to war the hand after I even things up. I call a raise to 1.6K, we flop top pair with the same kicker on a rainbow board. he bets 2.2K, I raise to 6K, he calls. He check-calls 8K on the turn and we both check the river to chop up the blinds and antes.

HAND 156300/600/60TJ6J5
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131UTGA64.7K15492000
50HJ8T74K16
133COA713.2K13
105D8510.1K4
19SBKJ24.1K355180100100
5BB5973.8K18

UTG shoves his suited ace, SB calls the extra 4.3K and he hits three jacks to knock out player 131 in 28th place. 4 to the money and I’m in the chip lead overall, if I remember correctly.

HAND 157300/600/602T65J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB3973.9K232922170
133UTG2413.2K20
105COQK10.1K42586874100
19D8K29.6K11
5SB8373.2K4131090

CO limps in with qskh. I know, he’s got less than 20BB and we’re on the money bubble, but seriously, if you want to earn chips, try to earn a lot of chips. SB calls and three of us see the flop. Neither SB or I bother to bluff to win the pot. It isn’t worth it.

HAND 158300/600/60J7K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB7K73.3K232983
133BB6613.1K28339
105UTGK511.5K9
19CO9A29.6K31378
5D3572.5K9

CO raises and ace to 1.5K, I call with the suited king, and BB just calls with his pair. Unlike the nines a few hands before, I don’t think this is a bad move (not just because the nines would have made a set on the river). I don’t think the sizes are strong enough to do much but set-mine. The flop is great for me, leaving only sets for the pair and backdoor draws for the ace. I check it, so does BB, but CO takes a stab with a bet of 2.5K. I raise to 7K and they both lay it down.

HAND 159300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D6879K14
133SB6J11.6K4
105BBKK11.5K58
19UTGAJ25.5K14
5COAT72.4K10

BB is hogging all the equity for this hand. UTG limps in. CO raises to 2.2K with a worse ace. BB comes over the top for his entire stack, UTG folds, CO shows his cards for some reason.

HAND 160300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO9678.9K11
133D7Q11.2K18
105SBTT14.8K29
19BB3324.9K19
5UTGTJ70.2K23

UTG limps in, D makes a “button raise” (‘cus that’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re short-stacked on the bubble, ain’t ya?) to 1.8K with 7sqd and player 105 has picked up another premium hand, so he shoves for 14.7K. UTG folds, and D would be all-in to call, so he folds.

Summary

It’s been an exciting batch of hands, no? I’m back on top at the table, we’re just about in the money, and I think I might be the tournament chip lead with about 25 players remaining.

  • 70% of the hands have been dealt to five players.
  • Two more players are eliminated and we’re on the cusp of the money.
  • VPIP/PFR for the remaining players: 5 (54%/26%), 19 (29%/9%), 50 (31%/22%), 105 (28%/19%), 133 (27%/9%).

Player 5 is putting money into more than half of the 35 hands he’s involved in, an aggression level he will maintain throughout the rest of the tournament. In this set of 20 hands, he had three pocket pairs, flopped two pair with 3c2d after he was limped to in the BB, called a min-raise with 4c8c, three hands with aces, a couple with kings, and limped 8s3d. He’s won chips in nine of 11 showdowns.

Kumbayf**kingyah

Today is the last day of Black History Month, and I want to use the opportunity to encourage US poker players—and those of us in Portland, particularly—to give themselves a little credit for being one of the unrecognized melting pots of American society.

Historically, Portland (and Oregon) has been a racially un-diverse city, one of the least-diverse in the nation. Only about one out of four residents isn’t white (less than one in five statewide). In a lot of places in town, you don’t see many African-Americans. They’re outnumbered even by residents and citizens of Hispanic and Asian ethnic origins.

But if you go into any of the poker rooms on either side of the Willamette, you’d never know how white it was outside, I’ve lived in Portland since 1987, and I can honestly say that even though I lived for several years with a woman who grew up in Compton, I’ve never brushed up against as many people of varying ethnicities as I have the past five years of playing in the city’s poker clubs.

That’s not to say that there aren’t racist remarks made at the tables or that everyone playing poker in Portland is some sort of “love thy neighbor” do-gooder. No, it’s just people. But they’re people who ignore their differences for a higher purpose: taking each other’s money. And really, isn’t that as good a reason as any?

A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 121-140

Bovada $2K NLHE 6-Max

The tournament’s been running for more than two hours and I’ve been it (as player 50) for slightly less than that. I’ve held the table chip lead and been near the lead in the tournament overall for for most of the game at this point. Nine players have bit the dust at our table alone.

Fully 70% of the deals have been played five-handed, with fewer than 20% played with a full table of six.

HAND 121200/400/405A9
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB8721.3K8177
105BB8721.4K9187
50UTG6435.3K17
81COA527.1K326586
45D9T11.8K35

The only player with two cards above an eight, D has the most equity by a few points to start the hand. He folds though, after CO limps in. SB calls and there are three players to the flop. The ace is well ahead of the other two players, who are splitting a pot most of the time they’re getting any of it. After the flop, BB tries to represent something with a bet of 1.6K, but he gets slammed with a 3.2K raise from CO, who’s made two pair. The blinds fold.

HAND 122200/400/409J57Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64DT820.9K283323000
105SB8519.3K6
50BB8935.3K23277479100100
81UTG2429.6K14
45CO7711.8K3040321

CO raises his pair to 1.2K, D calls with a couple spades, and I come along with the suited connector and the least amount of equity of the three of us. Things change drastically on the flop: I make middle pair with a flush draw, while D’s open-ended straight is pretty crushed, and the sevens that opened the hand are in horrible shape. I check it to see what people are going to do (there is a jack on board), and the others do the same.

The turn makes D’s straight but it also completes my flush, even giving me a straight flush draw. CO’s pair improves significantly but he’s still well behind. I check it again, the sevens bet out 2K, D calls, and I raise to 10K. CO times out and is folded, then D shoves and I call. He’s eliminated in 42nd place.

HAND 123200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
105DK619.1K28
50SB8759.7K23
81BBA529.6K14
121UTG745K6
45CO9Q8.5K30

New player at the table. Everyone folds to BB.

HAND 124200/400/4062TQT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
125HJ595K5
105CO5919K5
50DT359.5K17
81SBJA30K38546819190
121BBQ35K2027186981100
45UTG9J8.5K15191411

UTG limps in, though I really feel he should be raising that particular hand. SB just limps with the ace. What’s going on? That lets BB—new player at the table—into the action. SB goes to the flop with the best hand.

Because nobody’s taken a lead with a pre-flop raise, none of them bet the flop. The effective stack is only a quarter of SB’s stack, he’s got a good—very good in a 6-Max game—ace, and he’s still not betting. Then, after the turn, when BB bets his newly-made top pair for 800, he calls after UTG folds. They both check the river, and the cards that shouldn’t still be in the hand take it down.

HAND 125200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
125UTG435K13
105HJ9T19K33
50CO2859.4K5
81D8728.7K18
121SB326.8K9
45BB3Q8K22

HJ folds the hand with the most equity. I fold the hand with the least. SB raises his 3s2s and BB folds his dominating hand.

HAND 126200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB3859.4K13
77UTGAQ30K38
112CO746.7K15
19D9529.5K23
5SB6332.2K10

I’m moved to a new table where I’m still the chip leader and it’s my first encounter during the tournament with player 5, the eventual winner of the tournament. UTG raises his adqc and everyone folds/

HAND 127200/400/40KTJ6J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB3259K10
77BBA930.8K294846240
112UTG556.6K23525476100
19CO7Q29.5K13
5D7K31.9K25

UTG shoves his small pair and BB calls with the mid-level ace. BB picks up some outs to eliminate UTG on the flop, but on the river, UTG is doubling up.

HAND 128200/400/403J238
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50DQJ58.7K17255080
77SB2824.2K13
112BBJ913.6K15
19UTG7629.4K21
5COQA31.9K33755092100

CO raises to 1.2K and I call. The flop gives me top pair, but with two overs and the nut flush draw, CO and I are dead even in equity. I call another 1.6K. When he makes the flush on the turn and checks, I’m not suckered into the bet. I need a jack or three on the river and he knows it, I think. Then again, maybe he’s hoping I have a high club. He doesn’t bother to make a bet and takes the pot.

HAND 129200/400/4097AQ4
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO7A55.9K19
77D4K23.9K16
112SBTT13.1K18201200
19BBQQ29.4K328088100100
5UTG5635.4K15

I can’t believe how many chips I saved myself here. I open-fold a ragged ace five-handed. D raises his king to 1.2K and gets 3-bet to 3.6K by the tens in SB. BB has queens and more chips than either of the other two players and 4-bets 7.5K. D folds, SB shoves for 13.1K, and BB calls, of course. I was probably kicking myself on the flop, then patting myself on the back on the turn. I do wonder if I’d made it as far as the flop if I could have gotten the queens to back off with 16K behind if I’d bet the ace…. Player 112 goes out in 37th place.

HAND 130200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTGK955.9K46
77COQ422.7K13
19SBQT43.9K29
5BB3Q35.4K12

I open to 1.2K and everyone with a queen folds.

HAND 131200/400/40Q8A88
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB7756.6K48551050
77UTG6322.6K10
19D4443.6K1819950
5SBQ234.9K24268190100

The fours limp in, as does SB, and I just let them, like some sort of wimp rather than a guy with half the pre-flop equity and almost as many chips as the two of them put together. It all goes up in smoke on the flop, but everyone calls the 650 bet from SB. We all check the next two streets, and we’ve all got full houses, but the queen wins it for SB.

HAND 132250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB5655.5K16
77BBJK22.6K35
105UTG7215.4K12
19CO5Q42.5K17
5DT337.1K21

Player 105 is moved to the table (we saw him at the previous table about ten hands earlier). BB gets a walk.

HAND 133250/500/50TAT27
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50DKJ55.2K245873800
77SB3K23K8
105BBQ415.3K20
19UTG9642.5K26
5CO8737.1K22422720100

CO raises his suited connector and I call for 1.2K. We check it to the river when he catches a second pair and takes the pot.

HAND 134250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO7353.9K13
77D3Q22.7K22
105SB5T14.8K14
19BBK842.4K36
5UTG8T39.3K16

BB has the most equity, and everyone gives him a walk.

HAND 135250/500/50J34K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTGTK53.9K32472989
77CO2322.7K9
105D4914.5K16
19SB8542.9K22
5BBA339.2K21537111

I raise to 1.5K and BB calls. He’s a little ahead pre-flop, but pulls way ahead on the flop with bottom pair. We both check, then I bet 2K when I get the lead on the turn. He folds.

HAND 136250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
132BB945K20
50UTG3455.8K6
77HJ8622.6K28
105CO3A14.4K10
19DA742.6K22
5SB5237.7K13

HJ, with an unsuited one-gapper, actually has the most equity in this hand, even with two aces in play. He and I both fold, however, and CO opens to 2K with a pretty bad ace. D folds a better ace, despite having CO covered by three times, and both blinds fold. BB is a new stack; we’re nearing the end of entry, where a buy-in gets you 10BB.

HAND 137250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB9555.8K12
77UTGKK22.6K59
105HJK815.4K9
19CO8Q42.5K7
5DQ637.4K14

Just like that, player 132 is moved off the table for balancing. Thanks for the BB! UTG is one of the two shorter stacks, but he stiill has 44BB. He has kings and makes just a min-raise. Nobody bites. We’ve seen that story before.

HAND 138250/500/509K3KJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBJ855.2K18
77BBAQ23.3K355924160
105UTG2815.4K7
19HJ4T42.5K15
5CO9637.3K24417684100

CO tries to get into the hand for the minimum, but BB pops it up to 2K. CO calls with the 9d6d and catches second pair. BB tries a c-bet of 2.8K, but CO comes along, and floats the 4.5K bet when the second king hits on the turn. BB is out more than 9K. He might be able to get CO to fold with an all-in for his last 14K on the river (the pot is nearly 20K, so it wouild need to be big, since CO has almost 30K behind). He doesn’t, though, and the nine is enough for CO to take the pot.

HAND 139250/500/50A9262
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D8454.9K13
77SB5A14K31609689100
105BB6J15.3K18404110
19UTGK942.4K31
5COJ447K8

SB raises to 1.5K and gets called by BB, with couple of diamonds. maybe he’s inspited by the last hand. SB bets 1K, and BB raises to 4K, which SB calls. The difference here is that in the previous hand, player 5 outflopped player 77 and called his bets on two streets. He didn’t try to bluff him after he’d put in more than a sixth of his stack. BB manages to avoid more disaster when he actually hits something on the turn, but he doesn’t improve on the river (both streets are checked) and he loses the hand.

HAND 140250/500/5056979
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50COTJ54.9K7
77DQA19.7K395533210
105SB529.8K18
19BBJT42.4K6
5UTGJJ47K31456779100

Poor player 77 cannot catch a break. He’s got an ace for the third hand in a row, axqx two of those three hands. He’s got the most equity here, because all of the jacks are dealt out, so player 5 has less of a chance to catch a set. He’s got the only ace. and the only over cards. Player 5 won’t need a set, though.

UTG raises his pair to 1.4K (he’s actually one of those players that picks weird number combos, the exact value is 1,432). I call the raise, then D re-raises to 6.7K (6,728, exact). The blinds fold. UTG shoves his jacks, I fold, D calls, and they’re off to the races. Unllike most of these “coin flips”, the pair is behind in equity, heads-up.

The turn gives D a little bit of hope for at least a chop, if not an outright win, but on the river he’s eliminated in 33rd place and player 5 takes the table chip lead.

Summary

  • More than 100 of the 140 hands so far have been dealt with just five players at the table.
  • The cards with the most preflop equity continue to be a dominant force, winning more than half the pots so far.
  • Three more players hit the rail in this group of hands, representing an overall drop in the tournament of nine players. We’re only nine places from the money
  • VPIP and PFR for the remaining players: 5 (40%/20%), 19 (13%/7%), 50 (32%/24%), 105 (19%/13%). I’m still doing well at showdown, winning 13 of 16. Player 5 has only been dealt 15 hands so far in my records, but he’s gone to showdown 5 times and won all of them.

Player 5’s range is wide, even for 6-Max, and it will get even wider as we track more of his hands.

More hands tomorrow!

A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 101-120

I’ve played a hundred hands of a 6-max tournament. I’m player 50, we’ve only had four players at the table for the past couple of hands, since yet another knockout (the seventh from this table, so far).

HAND 101150/300/30
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BB7620.2K34
87UTG4K9.7K31
50CO8418.6K17
45SB328.6K18

BB gets a walk with the most starting equity.

HAND 102150/300/304Q576
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB3Q20.5K2931578189100
87BB959.7K192321
50UTG6318.6K12
76COA416.2K19211519110
45D8A8.4K21247

Player 76 is moved onto the table UTG. The suited cards are once again the best starting hand. I’m the only player who doesn’t limp into the hand. I would have had an open-ended straight draw on the flop. CO bets 1.4K with bottom pair and an ace, getting a check-fold from D (who would have ended up with the best hand on the river but has very little equity at this point). SB calls with the paired queen and three-card straight, and BB folds middle pair. They both check the turn—neither has a club—and SB bets 2.7K on his straight (which I would have made on the turn had I stayed in), getting a fold from CO.

HAND 103150/300/30
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64D2Q22.8K15
87SBJ59.4K7
50BBJ518.5K8
76UTG7K14.5K35
45COA28.1K35

UTG limps in, CO raises to 1.2K, and everyone folds.

HAND 104150/300/3042T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64COA822.8K14166
87D3Q9.2K8
50SBJJ18.2K506683
76BBJA14.2K171811
45UTG8Q8.9K11

I’m not the favorite preflop here, but I’m even odds against the other four. CO raises his ace to 900 and I 3-bet to 2K, getting called by both BB and CO. I’m in good shape with the two ragged queens out of the way, the aces are blocking each other, they’re the only over cards, but so many bad things can happen on the flop. The only thing I need to worry about after the flop are three possible sets: I bet 3K and both of the other players fold.

HAND 105150/300/3035QAQ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG3K20.8K10
87CO669.2K18201100
50DTT22.3K528089100100
76SB8212.2K9
45BBK88.9K11

I get pretty lucky here. The sixes raise to 900 and once again I have a pretty good hand. I push it to 2K again. SB and BB fold and we’re HU. He checks the all-diamond flop, I bet 2.5K, he shoves for another 5.1K. I’ve got him covered by 13K, and I’ve got a pretty good diamond. The ad on the turn seals the deal, and player 87 goes to the rail.

HAND 106150/300/30
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BBK720.7K13
50UTGAA32.0K70
76D5312.0K11
45SB5A8.6K5

Three good pairs in as many hands. Not a lot of chips made here when I raise to 900 preflop, but it is the stuff deep runs are made of.

HAND 107150/300/30
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SBQ420.4K18
50BBJ532.6K32
76UTG9Q11.9K36
45D928.4K14

UTG min-raises and takes the pot.

HAND 108150/300/30K8A4T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64DJ920.2K35
50SB7532.2K15
81BB7A22.2K1862566450
76UTG3A12.5K1338443650
45CO3T8.3K20

As so often happens, the hands that look best by conventional standards pre-flop—the two aces—are significantly behind something like jack-nine. I probably would have played it, but UTG limps in and the two aces are HU to the flop. Player 81, new to the table, is ahead to start, but steadily loses equity while betting 600 on each street until the th counterfeits his kicker and they chop the pot.

HAND 109150/300/30QJ2T8
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64CO6320.2K15
50DK732.1K222919160
81SB7A22.3K28718184100
76BB9412.6K17
45UTG548.3K18

I open my suited king to 900 and get called by the ace in the SB. Neither of us hits anything and we check it down to the river, where I lose the showdown. UTG should have called to make his flush!

HAND 110150/300/30
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTGJ220.2K28
50CO2931.1K17
81DT823.6K27
76SB6312.3K20
45BBT38.3K8

How bad do the hands have to be before jack-deuce offsuit has more equity than anything else? This bad. SB takes it down after three folds by raising to 900.

HAND 111150/300/30K92
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BB4A20.1K15
50UTG3A31.1K152711
81COTT23.6K607389
76D3312.7K2
45SB538.0K7

I opened my suited ace to 900 and called a 3-bet to 3.3K from CO, then check-folded to a pot-sized c-bet.

HAND 112150/300/303JK38
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB7419.8K16
50BBJQ27.8K21291680
81UTGT627.5K16
76CO7812.7K17
45DAJ7.8K30718492100

D raises the best hand to 900 and I call from BB. We both check the flop, then I check-call a 1.1K bet on the turn, and make a 2.5K bet on the river, which gets called. I lose the showdown. Just giving chips away!

HAND 113150/300/30
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64DK319.6K9
50SB8T23.3K16
81BB2Q27.4K22
76UTGJJ12.6K45
45CO3K12.5K8

UTG raised his jacks to 2.7K and everyone folded.

HAND 114150/300/3062JJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64CO6419.6K20
50DTK23.1K29527180
81SBQT27.1K2227158
76BBK413.2K12221412*
45UTGK712.5K16

UTG and CO fold, and I raise the best hand to 900, with calls from both of the blinds. I’m in pretty good shape going into the flop, but don’t follow through with a c-bet and open myself up to the bluff from BB when the scare card shows on the turn.

HAND 115200/400/408Q29
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTGA619.6K721145*
50CO7Q22.2K23
81D6926.2K15
76SBAK15.1K40798695
45BB8312.4K16

UTG raises his ace to 1.2K, and SB just calls him. With only BB behind and a suited ace-king, he just calls the raise! After the flop, SB check-calls another 1.2K. When UTG 3-barrels the turn for 3.2K, SB—who’s already put a sixth of his stack into the pot—folds and shows his cards, presumably to show how good at folding he is, but really to show everyone just how bad he is at 3-betting ore-flop. We don’t know whether UTG has him beat after the flop until the history’s published, but nobody who saw him flash the cards should think he plays well at this point. UTG doesn’t show.

HAND 116200/400/409585K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BB3422.5K17
50UTGQK22.1K2329188100
81CO4226.1K9
76DQA12.7K357182920
45SB2T12K15

Sort of a breakthrough hand for me. I open with a raise to 1.2K, and now player 76 decides to 3-bet, and goes all-in. It’ll cost me half of my chips if I lose, but I take the chance, only to find out I’m dominated. That all changes on the river, when I spike a king and we say goodbye to The Player Who Didn’t 3-Bet Suited Ace-King. Now, of course, people will think I don’t play well.

HAND 117200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB5222.1K18
50BBQ935.5K34
81UTGK626.1K29
45D7311.8K19

I actually have the most all-in pre-flop equity in this hand, but I get a walk.

HAND 118200/400/40642
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64D6421.9K18
50SB9J35.9K466814
81BB4J26.0K213286
45UTGJ611.7K14

Action folds to me, I raise to 1.2K, BB calls and hits middle pair on a low board. I check the flop, he makes a pot-sized bet, and I can let it go.

HAND 119200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG5Q21.8K23
105COK421.4K18
50D9634.6K30
81SBK327.4K17
45BB5911.7K13

Another new player moves to my right. Action folds to me, I raise (with the best hand) and take the pot.

HAND 120200/400/40Q2K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BBJ421.8K113429
105UTGT621.4K26
50CO2535.4K12
81D5K27.1K28
45SB8J11.2K236671

SB limps in, bets 500 on the flop, and wins.

 

Summary

I’ve been up and down (and back up) in this batch of hands, knocking out two more players along the  way. Player 45 has been at the table since it was constituted oin my first hand.

  • 64 hands have been won by the cards with the best equity as dealt (although that has sometimes been something peculiar. A number of the hands where non-standard starting hands were ahead in dealt equity, more conventional starting hands were the winners.
  • There have been 15 walks: one out of every eight hands.
  • 32 hands have been won by a single pre-flop raise, just over a quarter of the hands dealt. Combined with the walks, that’s 37.5%.
  • I’ve won 12 of 15 showdowns (80%) and another 20 hands without showdown, for a total of 35 wins in 120 hands. I’ve voluntarily put money into the pot in 38 hands, which seems like a pretty good ratio of wins to VPIP.
  • VPIP/Pre-Flop Raise values for the players currently on the table: 45 (28%/13%), 50 (32%/25%), 64 (22%/14%), 81 (38%/8%), 105 (0%/0%). Player 105 has only been on the table for 2 hands; 81 for only 13 hands. More significant are the values for player 64 (51 hands) and player 45 and myself, who have been tracked for all 120 hands.

More hands tomorrow!

 

My Time Is Coming: Report 5 or Chinook Chinook

Bovada 0.5/1 NLHE Zone 6-Max

A couple of 6-Max cash sessions before the PacWest 6-Max tournament. The first doesn’t go well. I’ve noticed that the guys who’ve cashed up in this game to $300+ (max buy-in is $100) tend to be overly aggressive, and I ran into one of those. I had tsas in BB and 3-bet to $9 over big stack’s $3 SB raise. I started the hand with under $40. SB calls me and after a 6sqd7d flop, bets $18. I go all-in for just under $30, pretty confident that it’s just a “go-away” bet, and he calls with ac3c. Naturally, the turn is 3d. I buy in again and get up to $75, then back down to $50 before I get it in against queens with jhth on a ahqh9s flop. The next session goes a little better, no big hands, just a steady climb in the balance.

Session 1: Twenty-three minutes. 85 hands. -100BB.
Session 2: Twenty minutes. 102 hands. +81BB

PacWest Poker Classic #1 $50K NLHE 6-Max

All my practice was for naught. The first level went great, we were 4-handed most of the level. A lot of the tables were as they kept slots open for late registrants, and you could hear plaintive cries of “Are they going to fill the tables? Why don’t they break some tables and fill us up?” all around. Seriously, if you’re going to play a 6-Max tournament, complaining about short-handed play has to be on e of the cardinal sins. Anyway, I’d doubled my stack in the first 40 minutes, in part because of a player who’d tried to bluff me off kings with a pair of sevens, but I made a couple of bad calls, one against a Portland reg who called my axkx BB raise from the SB with jx3x and tripped up on the flop (I hit the stupid king on the turn), and another where I made trip tens with tx9x but got crushed by a flush on the river from Kerry Moynahan. Another BB hand. Shot a second bullet after going all-in with a flush draw on qd9d against ad8d (great timing there, neither of us made even a pair). My last hand I raised acqc from UTG to 1.5K at 250/500/100, got 4 callers, shoved 11.6K on a qs9s5s board, and go called by ks8h which shouldn’t have even been in the hand, much less calling a 23BB shove for a third of his chips. The player next to me said “Good call” after the hand; I couldn’t tell if he meant it or if he just wanted to encourage that kind of play. Ah, well.

Three-and-a-half hours.

Bovada $20K NLHE 6-Max

Got into my room too late to late-reg for the Sunday $100K so I tried this event for the first time. Didn’t go much of anywhere.Made it to 58th (36 places paid)

Two hours and five minutes. 119 hands. 58th of 252 entries.

Bovada 0.5/1 NLHE Zone 6-Max

Played for a little bit before I headed back to the casino to check up on the tournament. Key hand: I had chipped up to over 80BB already, then called a 2.5x raise with ksjs from a 400BB stack (see notes above). BB was along for the ride. I flopped an open-ended straight draw  qs2dtc, everyone checked, the turn was 9c, giving me the temporary nuts, and I bet $4 into $7.5. The original raiser pushes it to $15.50, and I raised to $45, which he called. With no club on the river (2h), I put in the last $36. Maybe he thinks I missed the flush draw, he calls and rolls over jh8h for the lower straight. Then I got lucky and the buffet dinner for the poker players was still out at the casino.

Twenty minutes. 68 hands. +130BB

Bovada $5K NLHE Thousandaire Maker

No luck on this one.

Twenty-five minutes. 22 hands. Out before registration was closed.

Bovada 0.5/1 NLHE Zone 6-Max

Thought I might try to make my Thousandaire Maker buy-in back, but I ended up losing two buy-ins in quick succession. Lost most of one with ah3h when I raised and got called by 7djc in SB. I flopped the flush draw and turned an ace, he flopped two pair. After the second loss, I put in a third, then managed to battle my way back to a profit for the session, though my Thousandaire buy-in is still out there somewhere.

Twenty-five minutes. 94hands. +3BB

Chinook Winds 1/3 NLHE

Went back (again) to the casino to see about playing some live cash and see if my skillz would translate over. I got on both the NLHE and Big O lists. I was holding my own in the NLHE game, up and down, then down a little more before I got the call to Big O.

Thirty-five minutes. -12BB

Chinook Winds 2/2 Big O

I haven’t played much Big O cash, but I’ve played a fair number of Big O tournaments (thanks, Chadd!) I often chip up well in the tournament, then bust either low in the moneyor out of the money, so when I got a big hand in this game, I made my escape plan. I’d lost one decent-sized pot with a flopped set of aces, but then I had the perfect storm, with a suited ace (of diamonds) a deuce and a three. The flop had two diamonds and two low cards, so when people started pushing chips, I was shoving everything in as fast as I could. I had to share the low, but the flush came in, and I racked up before my BB.

Fifty-five minutes. +162BB

Bovada 0.5/1 NLHE Zone 6-Max

Did some work back in the room, popped into the Zone, got up to 75BB, raised qdqc, four-bet it, then called a five-bet shove from a larger stack with askc. I hit a set on the flop and the king on the turn didn’t save him.

Twelve minutes. 46 hands. +106BB

PacWest Poker Classic #4 $7.5K NLHE

This was actually the second real tournament of the series: events 2 and 3 were Main Event satellites. It got a decent turnout for a Monday in the middle of February at the Oregon coast, doubling the guarantee after all of the re-entries. I got off to a decent start and then had an extremely good hand against the eventual third-place finisher, Steve Harper, where I managed to get him to call off half his stack of yellow 5K chips. Somehow, by the next time I looked over at his stack, he’d built it up even taller. I blame him for the hand that cost me a better placing in the tournament. I had more than 100K (at about the time I took the photo below), and found myself with 3d5d in the BB. Most of the pots were raised, and I fully expected to toss the cards, but Steve limped in late position, and the table chip leader (I was second at the time) limped along from SB. The flop was tx4d2x, and when SB made a bet of 6K, I had the bright idea to raise to 20K. Steve ditched, but SB called, we checked the 3x on the turn and I whiffed the river. We showed down and he had axtx. If the river had been an ace, I think I might have gotten some more value out of that. I mean, instead of losing. I had an extended period of card-deaded-ness after that, hanging out in the <10BB space for the rest of the tournament. Made the final table and missed out on the opportunity to quadruple up (because it would have required me to go all-in with jxtx offsuit behind a raise and two all-ins), eventually getting it in with a king-high hand against an ace and a stack that could easily call my 4BB.

Ten-and-a-half hours. 8th of 129 entries. +297% ROI.

PacWest #4 $7.5K

Bovada $1K NLHE Super Turbo

Played this because I wanted to do something irrelevant financially late at night.

Thirty minutes. 121st of 184 entries.

Encore Club $8K NLHE

Got to the club at the first break, got stuck in the Batcave with a bunch of other late entries and chipped up a bit before the table broke. By the second break, I had about 50% more chips than average after knockout out a player who’d been at my 6-Max table on Sunday, Made a speculative call after dropping down a bit against an all-in with about a quarter of my stack when I was in the BB with 9xtx. Never managed to pick it back up and went out with kctc.

Three hours and forty minutes. 35th of 149 entries.

20160224 Encore $8K

Bovada $500 PLO8 Bounty

Had an early start on this game, when I flushed out against another player. He was knocked down to 320 chips but by the time I was out, he’d built up to over 10K.

Thirty minutes, 21 hands. 32nd of 36 entries.

Bovada 0.5/1 NLHE Zone 6-Max

I’d just been saying to a friend that I felt I was almost being set up by making as much as I had off of this game, then went on a 6 buy-in downswing. Managed to get most of it back. The last session was just insane. I’d set a plan for myself to get out if I got up to a 2 buy-in profit, I got close three different times, dropping back as low as below my initial buy-in twice, before I finally managed to close it out.

Nine sessions, two hundred minutes, 849 hands. -10BB

Bovada 0.25/0.5 Omaha Hi-Lo

Wanted to play a little limit, and it didn’t go well.

Fourteen minutes, 7 hands. -10 big bets.

A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 81-100

Bovada $2K Guarantee NLHE 6-Max

Part five of a 6-max tournament from start to finish, hand by hand. I’m player 50.

HAND 81125/250/25J9J83
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BBK712.4K121900
87UTGAT13.5K12
50HJAK15.1K213770
95CO645K21
74DKQ22.3K2025118
45SBAJ5.2K14198292

My suited ace-king is in an equity tie with six-four offsuit and king-queen; three of the aces are dealt out, as are three of the kings. Six-four is the only hand with two live cards. Anyway, I raise to 750 and get called by everyone but the already folded UTG and CO. I’m best going into the flop, but it hits SB hard and nobody bets. D is the only one with even a slim chance after the turn but he’s not about to call an all-in from SB, who takes the hand down.

HAND 82125/250/252KA83
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB2911.6K11
87BBJJ13.5K356912
50UTG3A14.4K223188
95HJ6Q5K15
74CO6521.6K10
45D597.6K7

I must have been feeling the sting of the ace-king loss, because I raised this crummy ace to 750. Action folded to BB’s jacks, and he 3-bet to 2.5K. And I called. After the flop, things change significantly, although I can’t be sure of that. My read was that he had a big pair, and as long as it wasn’t kings, I was probably good. I jammed my entire stack and he had to fold, but he showed the jacks to show how lucky I’d been, I guess. I’ve got the show feature turned off on my side.

HAND 83125/250/25QQJKA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64D8411.4K10
87SB6211K17323655360
50BBAJ17.1K254858
95UTG8A5K112074564100
74HJ3T21.5K18
45CO2Q7.6K18

UTG limps in with a suited ace, SB limps with live cards, and I just check it, then hit a pair on the flop. SB takes the lead with a 500 bet and the flush draw. I fold, playing it safe on the paired board, even though as it stands I have the most equity, but UTG presses on. UTG pulls ahead on the turn and both players check, then UTG tries for a little value on the river but SB folds to a bet of 500. As it stands, I would have been chopping with two pair and the king kicker. Not a big loss for me but I bet CO and HJ were kicking themselves, since they would have gotten trips and a straight, repsectively. They were both actually ahead of the winner pre-flop.

HAND 84125/250/256TAKT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64COAJ11.4K336582320
87D7810.2K16
50SB2K16.9K10
95BBKT6.1K22351868100
45UTG897.6K19

The big stack’s moved off the table, so I’ve got a small lead over everyone else for a bit. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to fold to a raise to 750 by CO. BB calls with his king, and they’re HU to the flop. BB check-calls 750 with bottom pair, then strikes gold with one of the two remaining kings on the turn. They both check, and BB makes a full house on the river. He bets 1.8K and CO makes a good fold.

HAND 85125/250/2593JKT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG7Q9.9K27
87COJA10.2K345487
50DA816.7K22293
95SBA37.8K101710
45BB377.5K8

All three of the aces are on their way to the flop after CO raises to 750. A bet of 2.2K from top pair chases me and SB out of the hand after the flop.

HAND 86125/250/2593JKT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BB4Q9.9K23
87UTG3Q12K11
50CO3T15.9K16
95D5J7K27
45SB387.3K22

4cqc is a great hand when everyone folds to you.

HAND 87125/250/25Q45QK
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB8710.1K182228
87BB4T12K519498988100
50UTG4A15.9K40
95CO7T7K2036511120
45D977.1K182418

I fold, everyone else in in the pot for the price of a big blind. The suited ten has the best of it. Once again, I fold a winner. CO bets 1.3K with the worst hand and gets called by BB with the best. BB has CO’s number and check-calls another 1.8K with bottom pair on the flop. CO doesn’t fire another barrel on the river and BB’s fours are good for the win.

HAND 88125/250/25Q45QK
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64D5J9.8K22
87SB6T15.8K19
50BB6615.9K19
95UTG473.7K15
45COK26.8K25

A pretty even spread of equity overall. I get a walk with my sixes.

HAND 89125/250/25QAA33
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64CO2A9.8K22288998100100
87D5515.7K20349
50SB6416.1K12
95BBQJ3.7K30382200
45UTG826.8K16

The only ace dealt out raises to 750 in CO, getting calls from the fives in D and BB’s queen-jack, who has the most equity even after two players fold. That all spins around after Co makes trips on the flop. BB is pretty short-stacked at this point, under 3K. He checks his two pair. CO bets trips for just 750, the same bet as pre-flop, so less than 1/3 pot, inducing a call from the fives and a shove from BB. CO calls, D folds his fives, and the turn closes off any hope for player 95.

HAND 90125/250/2572TJ3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG9215.2K17
87CO6J14.2K24
50DK716K27387477100
45BB8A6.8K326226230

Back to me winning some chips. Dead SB. UTG and CO fold, I taise to 750 and BB calls. I make middle pair on the flop and c-bet 800, which he check-calls. He checks the turn and so do I. On the river he bets 1.6K and I pick off the hand with third pair.

HAND 91125/250/2572TJ3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BBAJ15.2K47
87UTG5214.1K18
50CO8419.2K18
45SB743.6K17

Dead button. Horrible feeling when you’ve got a good hand in BB and everyone folds to you, just horrible.

HAND 92125/250/2572TJ3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB8615.4K15
87BB7814.1K13
50UTGA719.2K34
45DKT3.5K38

Call me way too tight, but I fold my mid-level ace UTG, avoiding a shove from D (and also not giving him 3.5K of my chips until I have a better advantage. Both the blinds give it up when he shoves the king.

HAND 93150/300/3072TJ3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64D7T15.2K23
87SB8A13.8K25
50BB5319.1K17
101UTGQ45K22
45CO683.9K14

New player on the table and the blinds go up. Everyone folds to the ace in SB, he raises, and I fold.

HAND 94150/300/306579K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64CO7215.2K15
87DAK14.2K35806030
50SB4818.8K12
101BBTJ5K31
45UTGA83.9K7204097100

The first ace limps in UTG, and gets raised by the suited ace-king on the button. The blinds fold, and UTG ships his short stack, only to find out he’s incredibly dominated. It’s possible he’s hoping to catch an ace against a strong pair that might have raised him, but he wasn’t looking for this, most likely. Fortunately for player 45, the flop gives him the open-ended straight draw that gets there on the turn. Player 87 is drawing thin to a chop on the river, needing one of the two remaining eights.

HAND 95150/300/305K969
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG6215.2K10
87CO2310.4K7
50D6818.6K16
101SBQ84.6K324126240
45BB3A8.3K36597476100

The small blind limps in and the weak ace of BB lets him. Both hands were crushing the rest of the field, anyway. The flop gets checked, the turn offers a second, exciting straight hand possibility, but it’s a blank on the river, ace high takes it, and player 45 gets two in a row.

HAND 96150/300/305K969
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BBJ815.1K21
87UTGA910.3K32
50CO6418.6K22
101DT84.3K18
45SB288.7K7

BB gets a walk.

HAND 97150/300/308Q5A9
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SBJ715.4K24613216*
87BB4510.3K18396884
50UTG8T18.6K25
101CO2Q4.3K21
45D928.8K11

The small blind limps in and both blinds check the flop. SB bluffs the ace on the turn for 300, and BB gives up bottom pair.

HAND 98150/300/308Q5A9
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64D4815.8K18
87SB4J10K30
50BB4T18.5K8*
101UTGT24.3K16
45CO678.5K28

It isn’t often that you see jack-four with the most equity in a hand, even with six players, but three of the fours have been dealt out and the jack is the highest card dealt. I get a walk, with the least amount of pre-flop equity.

HAND 99150/300/30J5678
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64COAQ15.8K29727968100
87D569.8K14
50SB5718.8K15
101BBQK4.2K192821320
45UTGT38.5K23

CO raises to 900 and BB shoves with the dominated qdks. CO calls the remaining 3.3K and they go HU to the flop. The spades keep BB in a fair amount of equity through the turn, but the river doesn’t do anything to help the short stack and he’s eliminated.

HAND 100150/300/30J5678
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTGQ220.3K13
87CO6Q9.8K21
50D7K18.6K40
45BB948.5K26

Dead small blind. BB gets a walk.

Summary

Nine players have come and gone from the table. A couple have been moved off, but the bulk of them have been eliminated in the 100 hands covered by this history.

  • 51 of 100 hands have been won by the best dealt equity hand.
  • There have been thirteen walks.
  • More than a quarter of the hands have been won by a single, uncalled raise.
  • Here are the VPIP/PFR stats for the four players currently at the table: 45 (30%/14%), 50 (28%/21%), 64 (26%/16%), 87 (29%/20%).

That’s it for the first week of hands. More on Saturday.

#PNWPokerCalendar Planner for 24 February 2016

WSOP Summer Schedule

The big news this week is, of course, yesterday’s announcement of the full schedule for the 47th Annual World Series of Poker, which heralds the imminent release of the rest of the schedules from the Venetian, Planet Hollywood (the smaller Ceasar’s-run series), Golden Nugget, etc.

There are 69 bracelet events this year, including the Main Event and already-announced Colossus, Millionaire Maker, and Seniors events. Looking down the list are some new entries, including #53 Mixed PLO/Omaha Hi-Lo/Big O,  #54 Crazy Eights (an eight-handed $888 buy-in with three entry flights and $888,888 guarantee), #61 Tag Team NLHE (news of which linked a couple of weeks ago), and Big O is in the mix for both the Dealer’s Choice/Six-Handed events (#5, $1.5K buy-in and #11, $10K buy-in).

PacWest Poker Classic

There was some beautiful weather down at the beach for the opening weekend. Chill and windy, but sunny. But if you’re there, you probably won’t see much of it because you’ll be inside the windowless conference center. So here’s a picture. This is on the path down to the beach next to the casino; it’s literally a couple hundred feet to the right of where this picture was taken. Take your convertible down. I did.

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Everyone seems to be taking a week off from winning (except for me). Maybe they’re resting up for Chinook Winds! Just a little bit of news before the good stuff, then….

10th Annual Northwest Deaf Poker Tournament

Portland Players Club re-booted in A&L Bar, on the corner opposite its old location at NE 60th & Glisan, with the latest installment of the NWDPT. Attendance, as always, was good for three tournaments ranging from $50–100 buy-in, there were a couple of casks of Read My Lips Rye IPA from Grateful Deaf Brewing, available, and reports from the attendees were positive.

$100K Coming

Final Table has announced the 3rd Annual Portland Poker Classic for April 30th, a $100K guarantee. Also on the docket is a $20K guarantee-to-first-place game, on March 12th. More details to come, presumably. And, of course, a week from Friday is the First Friday $20K guarantee.

Hand-By-Hand 6-Max

In case you didn’t see it (and if you care), I’m running a series with equity evaluations and analysis of every single card dealt down to heads-up in an online 6-Max tournament from December. Twenty hands, five days a week, until the bitter end.

HAND 68100/20045K4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
87SB485.4K17
50BBJ921.4K32372815100
74UTGQA23.9K446372850
45COQ85.6K8

In Memoriam

Last weekend was the memorial service for Curt Lockard, a regular in Portland poker circles and former dealer at Final Table (among many other things), who passed away a couple of weeks ago. Lots of people knew him, he was always a friendly face at the table when I ran into him, and there are lots of people sorry to see him go.

More Memory

While we’re at it, today would have been my mother’s 75th birthday. Despite her never saying anything about it, I don’t think she was particularly fond of my playing poker (the way I play, who would be?), but she liked it when I was writing, so I’m dedicating the Planner for today to her.

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Deal of the Day: Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up

Mid-April (4/7–17) is the time to drive (or fly) out to Pendleton again for a series of events. Pendleton has a staple set of events, with the only real tinkering being with the High Roller that they added a couple of years ago. This year’s schedule is similar, with opening events on Friday and Saturday (the 8th and 9th), the first of which should get more than 400 entries in a $120 buy-in (including entry and dealer bonus). Limit Omaha Hi-Lo on Monday, HORSE on Tuesday, Seniors on Wednesday. The High Roller ($1.1K) has finally been moved off the days with HORSE and Seniors (where there is some overlap between the player pools) to Thursday, which might make it too close to the Main (starting Saturday the 16th) for some, but if you go that long in the High Roller, you’ll probably be able to live with it.

This Week in Portland Poker

  • 2pm today at The Game, there’s a $40 buy-in, $20 add-on tournament. The winner there gets the travel package and an entry into this year’s Colossus tournament. Same thing Sunday at 2pm, with a freeroll for the package at 7pm Sunday. Saturday is another of the $10K Big Shot tournaments ($10K guaranteed to first place). A 70-player cap is in place for that event.
  • Encore Club is running two special events this week. Tonight at 8pm is an $8K guarantee ($50 buy-in, no re-buy, $25K add-on). Saturday night at at is a $25K guarantee ($100 buy-in/re-entry, $50 add-on). Friday night’s guarantee is $11K instead of $13K, because of the big game on Saturday. So if you’re not down at Chinook Winds….

Only a Day Away

  • The PacWest Poker Classic at Chinook Winds continues through Sunday. Today is Omaha Hi-Lo with a bounty tournament tonight. Tomorrow at noon will be the ever-popular Big O tournament: $150 buy-in with re-entry through 3 levels. Friday is a $175 no re-entry NLHE tournament, and Saturday is the entry day for the Main Event ($550 + $200 add-on).
  • Tonight at 7pm is the second satellite for the Muckleshoot Spring Poker Classic. Tonight’s satellite is $125. There are satellites on the next two Wednesdays. Sunday at noon is their end-of-month $150K buy-in, $100 add-on Deepstack. If you buy them both at the same time, you get extra chips.
  • Sunday at Tulalip is a $20K guarantee with a $230 buy-in (including fee and dealer add-on).
  • The LA Poker Classic at Commerce Casino continues through 3 March. The rest of this week is dedicated to satellites for the $10K buy-in WPT Main Event, which starts Saturday with just a single entry day.
  • At the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza through Saturday are starts for a $250K guarantee with just a $250 entry. It’s the last big event of the series before it ends on March 2nd.
  • The Card Player Poker Tour/Wynn Classic starts today in Las Vegas. Three signature events with $100K, $200K, and $500K guarantees, plus 10 more mostly $25K guarantees.
  • The World Series of Poker Circuit at Bally’s tomorrow, with a $365 buy-in $250K guarantee. 29 February is what I believe is the first $580 Big O WSOPC ring event (other stops have featured $365 Big O tournaments).
  • Friday is the Great Canadian Freeze Out in Calgary. Seven events from C$110 to C$550 over a week-and-a-half.
  • Next Thursday is the beginning of the Bicycle Casino’s Winnin’ o’ the Green and WSOP Circuit series that runs the whole month of March. Circuit events begin on the 19th, before that is Mega Millions XIV with 18 starting flights over 11 days and buy-ins ranging from $160 to $880 to get to Day 2 on 15 March.

Check out the Pacific Northwest Tournament Calendar for more poker.

A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 61–80

Bovada $2K Guarantee NLHE 6-Max

Part four of a 6-max tournament from start to finish, hand by hand. We’re just over an hour into the tournament from where I started, a bit more than that from the actual beginning of the tournament. Around ninety players have entered the tournament (out of more than 150 before the end of registration), so there are fifteen or so tables, and five have been eliminated from this table. I’m player 50, in the chip lead at the table and near the lead of the tournament.

HAND 61100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BBJ35.8K17
87UTGQ65K25
50CO4K
21.5K30
74D73
17.7K6*
45SBT76.3K22

UTG and I fold our mis-matched cards and D makes a min-raise from the button with the absolute least amount of equity of any of the five players. And wins the pot.

HAND 62100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB635.6K10
87BBT45K23*
50UTG J2 21.5K21
74CO Q3 18K20
45D956.2K25

Another attempt to steal with a less-than-optimal hand on the button, though player 45 does this time have more pre-flop equity than anyone else, bizarrely enough. The new guy in the big blind (he came in on hand 60, so this is only his third hand) shoves over a raise to 600 with a suited ten, and D folds.

HAND 63100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67D5Q5.5K13
87SB945.7K14
50BB 9421.5K7
74UTG 4718K17
45COKQ5.6K49

Good hand, 3x raise,, and player 45 takes back a little of what he lost. I’m certainly not contesting it; I don’t even have the best nine-four hand.

HAND 64100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67CO835.5K13
87D6Q5.6K27
50SB 9T21.3K36
74BB5518K15
45UTG255.9K9

Action folds to me in SB, I toss the hand away even though it’s pretty good. I didn’t feel any need to go head-to-head with the only player who could do me actual damage at this point.

HAND 65100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTG2A5.5K11
87CO6Q5.6K32
50D4921.2K26
74SBA418.1K10*
45BBA85.9K21

Not often you’re going to see queen-six offsuit with the most equity, even five-handed. With three of the aces dealt, you can expect to see something unexpected happen. UTG lays down the weakest ace, the hand with the most equity folds, I fold a hand that I wouldn’t expect to be in better shape than three ace-high hands, and SB shoves with what was the second-worst hand of the batch. BB folds the better ace. He’s at risk against an unknown hand with just a middling ace.

HAND 66100/2009326A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB845.5K14
87UTG6Q5.6K23
50COK921.2K213674840
74DAT18.3K29642616100
45SBJ25.7K13

Just like to point out here for “online poker is rigged” conspiracy theorists that player 87 has had some variation of a queen and a six for the past thee hands. That’s got to be aggravating. Anyway, he folds that and I open to 600, getting called by the suited ace. Tables turn on the flop, but he sticks around when I c-bet 800, and another 1.5K after the turn. I incorrectly put him on tens to kings and bet another 3K on the river but he has the ace and that’s that.

HAND 67100/2007TA5Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SBA35.5K26425657760
87BB245.6K12
50UTGKJ15.3K3034424324100
74CO6J24.5K19232
45D255.6K13

87’s finally got something other than queen-six. I raise UTG, and the new table leader calls, along with the only ace. He bets 1K on the flop with top pair and I call with my nut flush and gut-shot straight draws. After the turn card, he shoves another 3.7K. I make the call and hit Broadway on the river to knock him out.

HAND 68100/20045K4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
87SB485.4K17
50BBJ921.4K32372815100
74UTGQA23.9K446372850
45COQ85.6K8

Dead button. Four-handed with jack-nine in the big blind? You bet I’m calling 600 from UTG’s ace-queen. We check it down to the river, where the jack seals the hand for me.

HAND 69100/2007Q34J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
87DA35.3K29
50SB8722.1K16
74BBJ823.3K21333
45UTG9Q5.6K346797

UTG raises to 600 and BB calls. The flop is not friendly to BB’s hand, and he check-folds to a bet of 650.

HAND 70100/2007284J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG8512.2K17
87COJ35.3K17
50D9222K24
74SBK322.7K275914
45BB486.3K164186

New meat on the table. SB opens with a min-raise and gets called by BB. SB makes a min c-bet of 200, gets raised to 600 by BB with top pair, then folds.

HAND 71100/2007284J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BBQ512.2K17
87UTG6J5.3K17
50COQ322K24
74DT722.1K27
45SB586.9K16

D raises to 400 and BB appears to have some sort of connection issue, forcing a fold.

HAND 72100/20048A4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SBJQ12K31
87BB7T5.3K173726
50UTGT322K10
74CO9Q22.4K196374
45D546.8K23

CO min-raises and SB disconnects with the best hand. BB calls. They both whiff the flop, CO bets 400 again, and BB folds.

HAND 73125/250/2548A4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64DK511.9K12
87SBTA4.9K31
50BB2222K21
74UTG6922.9K22
45COK46.8K19

Action folds to the button, who raises to 750 with the worst of the hands pre-flop, only to have the SB shove for half his stack to win the pot. I wasn’t about to play my deuces.

HAND 74125/250/2548A4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64CO7211.2K15
87D446K9
50SBK921.8K38
74BBT422.9K20
45UTG4J6.8K18

With the other two fours dealt, player 87’s pair has the least equity of the five hands out there (even less than seven-deuce), but action folds to him, he bets 750, and the off-suit king-nine is just outside the range I want to call with out of position.

HAND 75125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG8211.1K16
87COQA6.5K37546372100100
50DT921.6K1619202800
74SB9J22.6K212717
45BBJ46.8K10

I get caught in my own trap. Along with SB, I call a raise to 750 from CO. On the flop with the nut flush draw, CO shoves for 5.7K and I take a risk and call. SB folds, naturally, I’m dead on the turn, and less than ten hands after recovering from a previous misstep, I’ve put my foot in it again.

HAND 76125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BB7311.1K21
87UTG4614K17
50CO3615.1K8
74DK521.8K45
45SB356.5K8

D opens the best hand (the best hand by far is king-five!) to 500 and the blinds fold.

HAND 77125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB4210.8K14
87BB9414K22
50UTGK315.1K13
74COKQ22.3K33
45DQ86.3K18

The best pre-flop hand raises to 500 in CO and wins the pot.

HAND 78125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64D8610.7K22
87SB7313.7K12
50BB2615.1K10
74UTG6T22.8K22
45COQ36.3K34

Nobody likes their cards well enough to bet, and I get a walk in the BB with the worst hand.

HAND 79125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64CO4K10.7K18
87DK613.6K27
50SB4815.3K15
74BB3Q22.8K10
45UTGJQ6.3K30

UTG puts in a raise to 750 and everyone folds.

HAND 80125/250/2564993
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTGA510.6K20546984100
87CO2A13.6K12
50D8315.2K14
74SBT722.5K22
45BBKJ6.8K324631160

Some actual action closes out this installment after a bunch of raise-and-fold hands. UTG raises to 750 with a suited ace, and goes to the flop HU against BB, gaining the equity advantage by forcing out the other players. There’s no c-bet on the flop, but UTG makes a delayed c-bet for 750 on the turn when the nine pairs. Both players check the river, and the ace is good for the pot.

Summary

  • More than half the deals were won by the hand with the most equity pre-flop. One eighth were won by the second-best equity.
  • In 80 hands: a total of 5 walks, one chop.
  • Player 74 has a VPIP of 41% and a PFR of 27%, the most active player at the table. The two players who’ve been at the table since I got there (45 and myself. are 26%/9% and 30%23%, respectively, his stats are a bit more passive, though that can be a result of position and cards at this point of the competition.
  • I’m still at 82% on my showdowns.

Tomorrow is the Poker Calendar Roundup, so hands 81–100 will be available on Thursday.

A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 41-60

Bovada $2K Guarantee NLHE 6-Max

The third installment of a 6-max tournament from start to finish, hand by hand. In the previous twenty hands, we lost a third player.

HAND 4175/15076K3J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB3T5.3K7
47BBQ82.6K17
50UTGKA15.6K34
44HJ5712.4K20
74CO5T4.7K8
45DJ210.8K13

I led with a raise to 450 UTG and everyone folded.

HAND 4275/150K7T3J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67D335.2K23254
47SBJQ2.4K263223*
50BB4K15.9K91833
44UTG8Q12.4K7
74HJ464.7K212439
45CO8K10.8K15

Three players limp into the pot and I pick up a large amount of equity on the flop. I lead out for 275 and HJ comes along with the flush draw, but we both fold to a shove from the open-ended straight draw of the SB after D folds the low pair. I could have afforded the chips, but my king’s too weak. There’s 1.15K in the pot before the shove, I have to call nearly 2K to win 2K and I had HJ behind me with another 2.5K on top of that.

HAND 4375/150AA99J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67COJ35.1K8
47D743.4K12
50SB6815.4K17
44BB2212.4K18495617
74UTGJQ4.3K33514483
45HJ6510.8K12

UTG min-raised and gets called by just BB’s deuces. It’s a dead heat before the flop, but even with a made pair, deuces are barely ahead. UTG bets 300 more and deuces call. The jig’s up on the turn, when UTG appears to figure out BB’s got a low pair and is probably counterfeit, bets 450 and gets a fold.

HAND 4475/150Q379J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67HJ885K182310
47COT23.4K7
50DAA15.4K437790
44SB4Q11.8K10
74BB6J5K17
45UTG7210.8K5

A pretty nice situation for yours truly. HJ min-raised his eights and I 3-bet to 1K. He was the only caller. He made a probe bet on the flop of just 300 into a pot of almost 2.5K and I walloped it with a 2K re-raise that ended the hand.

HAND 4575/1502TA88
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGJ53.8K5
47HJQ33.4K21
50CO6516.9K1418300*
44D7K11.7K4
74SBJK4.8K28
45BB7710.8K298297100100

I was feeling my oats after the jacks and I raised suited connectors to 450, getting called only by the pair in BB. I’m way behind even before the flop, but I use my larger stack and my image, and c-bet 500 when the ace hits. Absolutely stone cold dead on the turn, then I  bet another 1K on the river and the sevens fold.

HAND 4675/1505J977
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB5Q3.8K5
47UTGTA3.4K203317190
50HJQQ17.9K26678381100
44CO6K11.7K18
74DJT4.7K15
45SB449.9K18

Starting equities were remarkably flat since one of the other queens was already dealt out. UTG min-raised and I pushed it up to 1K—I’m sure people though I was just trying to run over the table at this point, just two hands after the aces they hadn’t seen. Not exactly fair. Everyone folded around to UTG, who shoved. I called the extra 2.4K and the board ran out a win for me, eliminating player 47 on hand 46. Ironic, I know. With three of the queens already in play blocking his Broadway draws, he was more or less limited to the aces to pull his fat out of the fire, but he did pick up a little equity on the turn with a gut-shot draw to the jack-high straight.

HAND 4775/150J7J82
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SBAA3.6K60889597100
50BBK721.6K6
44UTGKK11.7K1012730
74CO234.7K11
45D5T9.8K13

The starting equity for my pocket aces in hand 44 didn’t break 50% but with only five players and with one of the primary challenger’s set draws dealt out, SB’s aces are in great shape. UTG raises his kings to 450, SB 3-bets to 1.2K, UTG thinks he’s gonna do the second knockout in as many hands and puts SB all-in to call, and SB delivers the bad news. After the flop, the case king is the only hope for UTG, and it never comes, so player 67 doubles up.

HAND 4875/150J379J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67DA67.4K23
50SBK521.4K20
44BB9J8.1K25
74UTG4Q4.7K21
45CO729.8K12

Player 45 got seven-deuce two hands in a row: HA! This hand, BB gets a walk. Interestingly enough, he’s got slightly more pre-flop equity with jack-nine than anyone else.

HAND 4975/1509839J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67COQK7.4K374528*
50DA621.4K14
44SBAJ8.2K245572
74BBQ74.7K14
45UTGJ59.8K11

CO—riding the crest of his double-up—limp-calls a raise to 600 by SB and they’re HU to the flop. Neither one has anything but CO bets 825 when SB checks, and SB folds the better hand.

HAND 50100/200Q379J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTG848.1K13
50COA221.3K22
44D567.6K26
74SBJK4.6K23
45BBJQ9.8K16

Action folds to player 44 who raises his suited connectors for 600 then gets jack-king shoved in his face by the short stack in SB. Player 44 folds and player 74 takes the pot.

HAND 51100/200Q358K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB7T8.1K22
50UTGA621.3K20
44CO97
7K1935850
74D645.4K11
45SBQJ9.6K28659295100

I folded my ragged ace, CO raised a suited one-gap to 600 and got called by SB’s over cards, going to the flop with a bit of a disadvantage. SB checks top pair and CO bets 700, which gets called. Same thing after the turn for 1K, and SB check-calls one last bluff attempt on the river, for 2.5K, doing some real damage to player 44.

HAND 52100/200Q358K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB227.9K17*
50BB9521.3K24
44UTGT6
2.2K23
74COT35.4K21
45D2514.6K15

Everyone folded to the SB, who shoved deuces. I folded. I started the hand with more equity than SB; with the other players folded out, I had a 2% edge.

HAND 53100/2006QT8K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67D3A8.1K265913
50SBK821.1K19
44BB57
2.2K18
74UTGJT5.4K164187
45COJQ14.6K21

UTG min-raises and gets called by the best hand, held by player 67. The best hand turns to garbage after the flop gives the pair to UTG, who bets 600. D attempts to bluff with a raise to 1.2K, but UTG shoves middle pair and takes the pot.

HAND 54100/2006QT8K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67COT26.5K7
50DJT21K37
44SB92
2K12
74BB7Q7.3K25
45UTG7514.6K19

I haven’t done anything for a while. I raise suited jack-ten—with far more equity than anyone else—from the button and the blinds fold.

HAND 55100/200JQ88K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTG9K6.5K305710
50CO3Q21.3K16
44D42
1.9K22
74SB9T7.1K111381
45BBTQ14.6K21309

UTG min-raises his king and gets called by the blinds. SB doesn’t have a club, but he does have the non-flush nuts and he shoves. BB is in bad shape and elects not to risk half his stack; UTG ditches as well.

HAND 56100/200JQ88K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB2Q6.1K21
50UTGK521.3K22
44CO88
1.9K33
74DT57.9K13
45SB6514.2K11

I fold, CO shoves his pair, and nobody pays him off.

HAND 57100/200JQ88K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB7T5.9K25
50BB3Q21.3K23
44UTG85
2.2K11
74CO627.9K15
45DK814.1K27

D opened action with a raise to 600 and the blinds laid down.

HAND 58100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67DKJ5.8K14
50SB5421.1K14
44BBAA
2.2K507282950
74UTG777.9K1822/6810/775/92100
45COJA14.4K56/328/230/80

Suddenly, so many good hands—at least, most of them would be good under normal circumstances. UTG raises his pair to 600 and gets called by ace-jack. Perfectly normal. Then the short stack shows up with aces in BB and shoves 2.2K. UTG re-shoves and poor CO’s drawing very thin but apparently feels he needs to call another 7.3K (equity values after the slash in the chart are for the larger second pot between players 74 and 45. Player 44’s hopes are crushed when the sevens make a set on the river.

HAND 59100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67CO6T5.8K20
50D4A21K35
74BB5718K22
45UTGJ66.5K23

Just four players in this hand. UTG and CO fold, I raise my ace, and BB lets go of his cards.

HAND 60100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGQJ5.8K40
87HJA95K20
50CO2A21.2K11
74SB9217.8K4
45BB486.5K25

Player 87 comes in with a fresh stack and gets disconnected. I raise my crummy ace and fold the blinds out, although with UTG and HJ out of the picture and one of the aces gone, BB’s four-eight is just about as good as my hand. UTG’s hand had almost as much equity pre-flop as any cards can get five-handed.

Summary

  • Nearly two-thirds of the deals have been five-handed. Half of the deals have been won by the player with the most equity at the time of the deal.
  • Five players have been eliminated in 60 hands. The most recent of those, player 44 got unlicky in having his aces cracked, but he had been incredibly active in the five-handed deals, playing half those hands dealt and raising more than 40%.
  • VPIP/PFR stats for the remaining players with more than one deal (I’m player 50): 45 (27/7), 50 (33/27), 67 (31/23), 74 (28/16).

A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 21–40

Bovada $2K Guarantee NLHE 6-Max

Continuing the hand-by hand examination of a 6-max tournament. The first twenty hands saw the elimination of two players, at a point where the starting stack is still more than 60BB deep. A majority of the hands so far have been played five-handed.

I’m player 50, in SB for the first hand here, with a bit of a chip lead since I’ve had a good run of hands and taken out another player already.

HAND 2140/80
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47D9Q5.7K24
50SBA212.4K21
44BB489.9K12
59UTG555.3K23
45CO6K8.1K21

UTG’s pair gets folded because of a timeout. Interestingly, four of us are all about equal in equity, with the ace, king, and queen-high hands nested like matryoshka dolls. D raises the hand and we in the blinds submit.

HAND 2240/80
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47COTJ5.8K11
50D3212.4K12
44SBJJ9.8K40
59BB885.3K18
45UTG5K8.1K19

An interesting hand from a tactical standpoint. UTG folds, and CO makes a min-raise with a hand that’s perfectly acceptable for raising in a 6-max. SB has a great hand and the most chips of anyone remaining in the hand after I fold, and re-raises to 400. Then BB ships his 8d8h for 5.3K for a squeeze. CO folds. I don’t really see how SB folds the jacks, but he does. Even if he’s flipping or dominated (or loses to a worse hand), he’s not out of the tournament and he’s got most of a starting stack, with over 50BB. Hard to fathom for me.

HAND 2350/10057Q98
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47UTG235.6K14
50COA712.4K22
44DJT9.4K26371618100
59SB6Q5.9K17
45BBJK8.1K216384820

D raises to 300 with a suited connector and gets a perfectly respectable raise from BB’s king-high. He’s even dominating the jdtd. They both check the flop, then BB leads out for half-pot on the turn. And this is where he makes his mistake. He is in the lead, but it’s just a king-high hand. He doesn’t even have a decent draw, whereas D is open-ended to the nuts. On the river, BB check-folds to a bet of 825 from D. Note that D started the hand with the most equity, by a few points, and would have won in an all-in showdown with the other hands.

HAND 2450/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47BBA75.6K27
50UTG9812.4K11
44COKQ10.0K33
59DJ85.8K18
45SBT57.5K11

Another squeeze play from a BB, after a raise by CO and a call from D. BB shoves and takes the pot. If all three players are in the hand, kcqc has a slight edge, HU between BB and CO, there’s just a 6% difference in equity.

HAND 2550/1005T6K7
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47SB226.3K25227
50BB3T12.4K3230465379100
44UTG879.7K9
59CO785.5K12243130140
45D767.4K2323161770

CO decides to try to steal or trap by making a min-raise and gets everyone behind to call. I check top pair (it isn’t a great kicker), CO bets the open-ender for 400, D calls with middle pair, and I come along. We all check the turn kh, although I’m pretty sure I’m still good and drawing to a good thing, Then I bet my flush on the river for 1K and get called by D with two pair. I actually started with more equity than anyone else, and stayed ahead the whole way.

HAND 2650/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67HJ2A5K24
47DJ76.1K18
50SB9614.8K16
44BB689.7K8
59UTGQ24.9K16
45COK85.8K18

UTG folds a queen, HJ folds an ace, and the new guy at the table min-raises his ace to take the pot.

HAND 2750/100J7A4A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67HJJ85.2K12
47COJA6.1K31608394100
50D9T14.7K16
44SB939.6K9
59BBK74.9K23401760
45UTG5T5.8K10

CO opens his jdah to 250 and BB loses his mind, going all-in for nearly 50BB with kh7s. CO snaps him off, flops two pair, and makes a full house on the river, eliminating player 59 and taking us back down to five at the table.

HAND 2850/100Q8TK3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGQ45.2K6
47HJ4A11.1K36546780
50COK914.7K37463392100
44D2Q9.6K10
45BB265.8K12

I call a min-raise from HJ pre-flop, then another 300 when I have a gut-shot draw after the flop. After I hit top pair on the turn, I check behind for a little deception, then again on the river, being a little cautious with just top pair and a middling kicker. But I win.

HAND 2950/100A2A47
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BBQ45.2K23
47UTG6T10.6K4
50HJKT15.3K32657687100
44COJ69.6K203524130
45SB785.7K22

I raise to 300, get a call from CO, and we check it down to the river. Neither of us hit, but I have the king.

HAND 3050/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB8K5.0K22
47BBK710.6K15
50UTGQ515.8K28
44CO3T9.3K23
45D785.7K12

Player 45 picks up the exact same cards two hands in a row and decides to open up for 300 this time, after two players with more equity in front of him fold. Heck, everyone has more equity than he does.

HAND 3150/1007J957
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67D825K17
47SBK510.5K15
50BB3215.8K14
44UTGQJ9.3K24291880
45COKJ5.8K30718292100

UTG raises to 300 and is dominated when CO calls. He flops top pair, bets 475 and gets called, puts in another 1,050 on the turn, and 1.9K on the river. CO rides it down all the way and takes the pot.

HAND 3250/1008Q99J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67COT55K12
47D7910.4K161825870
50SBQ315.7K16
44BBJJ5.6K35827513100
45UTGK39.7K21

Action folds to the button, who takes the opportunity to raise to 300 with 7d9s. BB re-raises to 500, and D elects to call, hitting middle pair on the flop. He calls the 625 c-bet from BB, and makes trips on the turn, calling another 1,050. Then he gets really unlucky when BB makes the full house and shoves. D loses more than half his stack on the trips.

HAND 3350/100674QA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGJ85K5718110
47CO424.8K19
50DT815.6K7
44SBTT11.2K375241630
45BBJK9.7K32414226100

UTG raises js8c to 300 and gets calls from two far better hands in the blinds. Everyone checks through the flop—which gives them all a flush draw and actually increases UTG’s equity with the straight flush—and then the turn, until the river when BB makes the nuts and gets SB to check-call a bet of 500.

HAND 3450/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB734.7K21
47UTGKA4.8K19
50CO4515.6K18
44D4T10.4K23
45SBAK10.8K19

Everybody gets a diamond for the second card! UTG raises to 300 and gets re-raised to 900 by SB, but then loses his connection or goes to sleep and folds due to a timeout. With their shared axkx hands, UTG and SB actually have less equity pre-flop than 7c3d or 4std. SB wins the hand.

HAND 3575/150
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB824.6K13
47BBT54.5K16
50UTG3415.6K13
44CO9J10.4K33
45DA611.2K25

CO opens the hand with the best equity pre-flop to 3x the big blind and takes the hand.

HAND 3675/150
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67DTA4.5K26
47SB7Q4.4K9
50BBK315.6K21
44UTG8610.6K20
74HJTJ5K8
45COQJ11.2K16

CO limps in and D shoves for 30BB, which I can’t really recommend with someone holding three times your stack in the BB. Gets through this time.

HAND 3775/150K66K7
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67CO3T4.9K15
47D2A4.3K2556400
50SB2815.5K10
44BB4610.6K14449697100
74UTGQ75K22
45HJ5911.0K14

D min-raises and gets called by the suited one-gapper in the BB. BB then check-calls 450 on the flop, which ought to be a warning sign to someone with no pair. I’ve heard people repeat a saying about not chasing flushes on paired boards. That ought to go quadruple for double-paired boards. D’s so entranced by the nut flush draw that when BB makes a value bet of 1K on the river, D calls it, thinking he has two pair with an ace kicker, instead of a hand that was crushed on the flop.

HAND 3875/150
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67CO364.9K17
47CO382.6K11
50D7K15.4K39
44SB8312.4K4
74BB835K13
45UTG5211.0K15

If I’d had any idea that my 7skd was so dominating…. Three players with the same crappy hand, and all of the threes are out. Instead, it gets walked to BB. For everyone who laughs about “It was suited”, look at the equity difference between the suited 8x3x of CO and BB and the same hand unsuited for SB.

HAND 3975/15076K3J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGK24.9K2336658289100
47HJ582.6K10
50COTJ15.4K23
44D4Q12.4K9
74SB6Q5.1K15271818110
45BBA811.0K19

UTG limps, SB came along, and the ace in the BB did not raise, which might well have gotten the two smaller stacks out of the hand. After the flop, both blinds check, UTG makes a half-pot bet, and SB calls with bottom pair. Action checks down to the river—UTG is being a bit cautious with his bad kicker—but he takes the hand at the end.

HAND 4075/150
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB355.4K13
47UTGK72.6K21
50HJAT15.4K30
44CO6212.4K8
74D284.7K12
45SB4J10.9K16

Player 47 is a little more snug than 67, though he’s only got half as many chips and his king’s not suited. He lets it go and I open to 450. Nobody else has anything decent, and I take the pot.

Summary

  • 25 of the 40 hands so far were played with five at the table. More than half of the five and six-handed deals have been won by the player whose cards had the most pre-flop equity.
  • Ten hands have been won with a single raise.
  • Three players have been eliminated from this table in 40 hands.
  • Overall VPIP and PFR stats for the current players at the table: 44 (37%/26%), 45 (30%/8%), 47 (36%/33%), 50 (30%/20%), 67 (27%/20%), 74 (20%/0%), though the stats for the last two are on short number of hands and none of them will be really meaningful until we’ve passed 100 hands. Of the four players who’ve been at the table since it formed, Player 45 is the anomaly, calling much more often than raising.
  • I’m 6/6 on showdowns.