A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 161–180

Bovada $2K NLHE 6-Max

Two and a half hours since I joined the game and the tournament is halfway over (in terms of the number of hands dealt; less than 20% of the field remains). We’re in Level 12, late registration has ended, and the money bubble is just about to bust at 24 players. There were 143 entries.

HAND 161300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG9278.9K14
133CO2J9.3K21
105D8K18K27
19SB3A24.2K35
5BB8369.5K4

SB raises the ace to 1.5K and BB folds.

HAND 162300/600/60549J8
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BBJ378.8K18
133UTGQT9.3K26
105CO3217.9K7
19D6A25K25617887100
5SB2K68.9K243922130

Seriously, is it fair that the same player gets A two hands in a row? Even if it is just a crummy ace? D raises to 1.5K and gets a call from SB. UTG really should be in there with the Portland Nuts—and he would have won if he’d gone to the river—but D and SB check it down to the river and the ace takes it.

HAND 163300/600/6045A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBTK78.2K435976
133BBK79.2K61411
105UTGK717.9K6
19CO9Q27.5K31
5D9767.2K142814*

D opens to 1.6K with the suited one-gapper and I call with the best hand by far, along with BB who is in pretty bad shape. We both check the flop, though, and let D steal the pot.

HAND 164400/800/80
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D3676.4K17
133SB677.5K13
105BB8K17.8K28
19UTG4227.4K12
5COJQ70.8K30

CO raises to 2K and everyone folds.

HAND 165400/800/8097Q57
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50COKA76.4K30741480
133DQK7K18268692100
105SBJ616.9K14
19BBT427.3K23
5UTG9672.3K14

Just one of those things. I open to 2.4K, short stack on the button shoves, we go HU to the flop, and the flop doesn’t go my way. I need an ace and it doesn’t show up.

HAND 166400/800/80367
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTGJ369.3K22
133CO2815.5K13
105DAT16.5K32597
19SB2A26.5K7
5BB6772.2K264193

The suited ace min-raises and gets called by BB, then gets out-flopped by BB, who check-raises D from 4K to 14.8K. D gets the message and folds.

HAND 167400/800/807JKTJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BBQ769.3K183116130
133UTG7315.4K6
105CO8310.8K12
19D2A26K28
5SB9K78.5K36698487100

SB limps in against my BB and we’re HU to the flop. I make bottom pair with some backdoor draws on the flop and call a 1K c-bet. That slows SB down enough that I don’t have to pay on the next two streets as I pick up an open-ended straight draw, my two pair outs are negated by his own straight draw, and he gets a straight flush draw. 7 on the river might have been costly.

HAND 168400/800/80
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB8T67.4K23
133BB9215.3K14
105UTG7Q10.7K10
19COKQ25.9K31
5DJ480.7K22

CO raises to 2K and everyone folds.

HAND 169400/800/80AK46
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D8T66.9K15
133SBAT14.4K23366282
105BBQJ10.6K3441145
19UTG3A27.4K17232413
5CO3980.6K11

The suited ace raises to 1.6K and gets called by both blinds, so the hand involves all of the smaller stacks, on the cusp of the money. SB checks his top-pair-decent-kicker, BB bets 1.6K on a single-ended straight draw, UTG comes along with top-pair and some backdoor straight sraws, and SB moseys back into the party. Both blinds check the turn, UTG bets out 3K, then SB shoves the rest of his 11.2K stack. BB folds and UTG times out and is folded automatically.

HAND 170400/800/8026929
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50COJQ66.8K375056340
133D3424.1K11
105SB887.3K29504466100
19BB4T21.1K11
5UTG6780.5K12

I open to 2.4K and SB shoves for just over 10% of my stack. I call, and it’s an actual coin-flip going to the flop, none of that 45/55 monkey business. With the over cards and the higher spade draw on the flop, I’m actually ahead in equity, but it doesn’t come through, and I double SB.

HAND 171400/800/80Q3JKJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
74UTGK456.9K20
50CO7859.5K8
133CO7424.1K7
105D7915.7K8
19SBTT20.3K48879894100
5BB4980.4K913260

SB raises to 2.4K and gets a very speculative call from BB. BB inexplicably calls another 2.6K on the turn, with the bottom end of a gut-shot straight draw that would be beat by any ace SB might have, if it came through. They both check the river, and SB takes the hand. The sixth player at the table indicates that we’re now in the money, with four tables of six players.

HAND 172400/800/808JQ66
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
74BB4256.8K9112
50UTGTT59.4K25412828170
133HJ3A24K17
105CO8715.7K17
19D3325.7K8105
5SBJK75.3K2438657283100

I open to 2.4K and get called by D and both blinds. I c-bet 5K, SB check-calls, and the other two players drop. SB picks up all of their equity. We check down to the river and he takes the pot.

HAND 173400/800/8055T65
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
74SBJT54.4K8
50BBJK51.9K17
133UTG6823.9K13
105HJ7715.6K18
19COQA23.2K20331680
5DQQ87.9K25678492100

You’d think the queens would be further ahead in this hand, but with all of the over cards, they’re just a little better than the ace-queen. HJ min-raises and CO 3-bets to 4K. D pops it up to 23.1K, just enough to put CO all-in to call. HJ folds his paid and CO calls. The board runs out a full house for D. Player 19 takes 22nd place.

HAND 174400/800/80
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
74DTT53.9K44
50SBQ251K7
133BB4723.8K11
105UTGA413.9K25
5COQ2114.2K13

UTG limps in along with CO. D raises his tens to 7.2K. Everyone folds.

HAND 175400/800/8083759
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
74CO4257K13241600
50DT850.6K17
133SB3522.9K14
105BB9613K223036920
5UTGJT113.4K3346488100

UTG limps and CO comes along. BB checks his option and gets handed what looks like a great shot to get out of the basement, with the flop filling in what he needs for an open-ended straight draw. Everyone checks. BB makes the nuts on the turn. He just checks. UTG checks his gut-shot draw, and CO bets 3.2K with zero equity. BB just calls, leaving 8K behind. I think he should have shoved here. He has the absolute best possible hand at the moment and he should know it. There are no flush draws. If anyone is going to put any money in at this point drawing to a higher straight or a full house, now’s the time to get them to do it. UTG just calls. Then the 9 showws up on the river. BB bets 1.6K. UTG knows he’s got the nuts and bets 9.3K. BB goes all-in to make the call after CO folds, but now he’s dead. Player 105 goes out in 20th place for a min-cash.

HAND 176500/1000/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
74UTG5652.9K15
50COK350.5K33
133D6T22.5K22
5BBQ9131K30

The small blind is dead. Big stack gets a walk on the first hand of the new level.

HAND 177500/1000/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
74BB7452.8K16
50UTG7Q50.4K24
133CO5K22.4K14
5SBAK131.3K46

Dead button. CO takes a stab at the pot with the worst of the four hands, and SB raises to 22.3K, putting him all-in to call and leaving SB with nearly 110K if he wins. CO folds.

HAND 178500/1000/1008A74T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
74SBJA51.7K29458798100
50BBK250.3K23
133UTG9920K30551320
5D8Q134.9K19

UTG shoves his nines and SB is the only caller. He hits the ace to take the lead away immediately, then gets the flush on the river. Player 5 would have won it if he’d taken the risk. Player 133 is out in 19th place and we’re down to three tables and 18 players.

HAND 179500/1000/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB9549.2K6
52UTG5734.9K18
121COJ843K23
141CO2K9.2K29
140DT816.4K19
135SB9518.3K5

My new table doesn’t have any of the players from my other table on it and I’m table chip leader again, even though I’m way behind the tournament leader. My hand’s not impressive, but everyone folds and I get a walk!

HAND 180500/1000/1007TA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB9K50.2K18269
52BB5534.8K21405
121UTG7T42.9K21
141COQ49.1K11
140COQ516.3K6
135DTK17.7K243486

D limps in and I raise to 3K. BB and D call. D opens bidding for the flop after a couple checks, and we give it up in the blinds.

Summary

Over this set of 20 hands, the money bubble has broken and the tournament as a whole has lost seven or eight players off of what were five partial tables in hand 160. Now we’re at three tables, and there may have been eliminations already at one or both of the others.

I don’t have much information on the players at the new table. I do know that player 5—before I was moved off of his table—continued to be very active. I’ve been dealt 53 hands with him at the table. He’s committed money to the pot voluntarily on 30 deals (57%), and he’s put in a pre-flop raise 15 times (28%), winning 13 of 16 showdowns. My own stats seem weak by comparison: VPIP 31% and 22% PFE, though I have won 15 of 21 showdowns.

Tomorrow is the Calendar Planner, so the next batch of hands appears on Thursday.

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