Go, Bob! Go!

Dedicating today’s post to Badih “Bob” Bounahra, my sentimental favorite for taking down the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event during next week’s November Nine Final Table.

Portland Players Club Noon $250 Guarantee (2,000 chips)

Got the 2,000 pre-add-on. Won the first hand with 57, hitting the straight on the flop and a straight flush draw on the turn. Pulled in over 1,500 chips from the pot and was still up over 5,000 chips after 15 minutes.

Went all-in with KJ with top pair and three diamonds on the flop and got called by a hand holding the A. Caught a third king on the turn and no more diamonds showed up. Then I won a couple smaller pots with just a pair of kings on one hand and sixes on the other. By forty-five minutes in I was up to 12,000 chips.

Got involved in a three-way all-in with just 7x7x against TxTx and Ax9x. The tens made a full house and I lost 2,400 chips. Lost some more drawing to a flush with just 42 and was down to 8,000 at fifty minutes.

Bet hard post-flop with QxQx from SB and again with AxTx that made a wheel on the river and took two pots down without showdown, which put me back up to 12,300 ten minutes later.

One of the players hit three full houses in the time I was at the table and I got caught by one of them, losing 1,600 on Tx4x with just top pair against his 3x3x. At break 1 I was down to 9,200 and added 4,000.

Slowly crept back up to 10,300 chips by the middle of the second hour, but got knocked out when I went all-in with 56 and middle pair when I was called by the big stack who had jacks for top pair. I think I almost managed to bluff him off, he would have taken a big hit if I’d managed to make a set or two pair, and he said he was expecting to see kings when he called me. But he did call me and he won.

115 minutes. -100% ROI. Finished 21st of 26 players. Pot was $615, including 16 re-buys, and over 50 addons (both pre- and post-).

Portland Players Club $200 Guarantee Freeroll (2,000 chips)

Got the 2,000 chip pre-add-on. Twenty minutes into the game I’d won a few and lost a few but I’d lost more quantity than I’d won, so I was down to 3,825. Then I picked up J9 and made two pair on the flop, with the third card being a diamond. My push got called and two more diamonds hit the turn and river, improving me to a flush and putting me up to 7,700 at the 45-minute mark.

Made a stupid mistake after calling 200 with KxTx. The ace-high flop didn’t have much on it for me, and I folded to a post-flop all-in bet of 500, but there were three callers and no more bets as a queen and jack ran out to make what could have been Broadway (and the nuts) for me.

Raised pre-flop at 100/200 to 500 with Ax6x and got two callers. Bet 2,000 on a flop of AxKxJx and took it down, then made a flush draw on the next flop with J2 and bet 600 for another win. At break 1 I had 9,100 before getting the 4,000 chip add-on.

I raised to 1,000 from 200/400 with AxTx and got a caller, hit the ace on the flop and bet 1,500 to take another pot, then things started to fall apart.

UTG with an up-and-down straight draw, I lost more than 3,000 with KxQx against AxTx. Dropped another 4,000 stupidly betting on Kx5x with a flop of Tx5x2x against the big stack of one of the better players in the house. I had to fold after the turn when he bet enough to put me all-in. He said he had AxTx and I have no reason to disbelieve him; he knows my fondness for JxTx.

JT cost me 1,200 after the flop whiffed past me. At 1:25 into the game, I was down to 4,400. Dropped another 1,200 on a weak ace.

Final hand was 9x7x. Blinds were 300/600, I was in BB and there were two all-ins ahead of me. If I was lucky, I could triple up to 8,000 or so. The big stack had TxTx, the other all-in had AxQx, and nothing came close to saving me.

Ninety minutes. -100% ROI. 12th of 21 players.

Only 32 winning days before EPT Prague.

Badih

Although I haven’t been posting much the past couple of months, it hasn’t been because I’ve stopped playing; just that I’ve been testing whether my note-taking during live games affected my play (apparently not). But I just wanted to note that the motto of the Poker Mutant is that “49 is the new 50” for the reason that I’m seven years older than the World Series of Poker, as is Badih “Bob” Bounahra, who’s a member of this year’s November Nine, in sixth place with 19.7 million chips. There is still hope for some of us old guys.