Hand by Hand

The Final Table Poker Club Fifth Friday $20K Guarantee (T10,000)

It’s been a little while since my last post. Lots of roofing going on the past month-and-a-half, not nearly as much poker. Both pursuits can be costly.

Met up with BP before this event at Ringside East, and things got off to a rocky start right away when I walked through the bar where I knew BP had a table, didn’t spot him, then IMed him to get him to tell me where he was (in the bar) and his response to my query was:

Bar
Bar
Bar
B
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Guess where I am?

We eventually got things straighted out, had some food and drinks, then headed over to Final Table.

I’m experimenting with recording every hand I’m dealt—at least for some tournaments—so here’s the record, with a nod to Gus Hansen’s Every Hand Revealed. I don’t have his talent for recording action and flops, but this is what I’ve got.

Hand 1. AQ UTG1
I’m in seat 8 on table 2. We’re ten-seated, but not all the seats are filled yet, I open-bet to 175 and win.

Hand 2. A4 UTG
I open with a bet to 150, everyone folds.

Hand 3. 95 BB
Fold to a raise.

Hand 4. KxJx SB
Called a raise of 150; folded post-flop when I didn’t connect.

Hand 5. 3J BTN
Folded.

Hand 6. T3 CO
Folded.

Hand 7. J7 HJ
Folded. Ten minutes into the game, T11,650.

Hand 8. Q4 UTG2
Folded.

Hand 9. 9T UTG1
Folded.

Hand 10. AK UTG
Raised to 125, both blinds called. Folded to a bet on a 395 flop.

Hand 11. KT BB
Re-raised from 250 to 450 and was HU with original raiser. Flop was a promising KxJKx. We checked to a turn of Q. I bet 800 with my made set, flush draw, and straight draw and got a call. A on the river made my straight but put a lot of ugly full house potential out there. Original raiser bet 1,300. We were using a variety of chip colors because of the size of the tournament and I bungled my call, ending up re-raising to 2,600. He thought about it, then called the raise and turned over AxTx and we split the pot.

Hand 12. 7x9x SB
Folded.

Hand 13. Qx7x BTN
Folded.

Hand 14. J4 CO
Folded. Blinds were now 50/100.

Hand 15. K6 HJ
Folded.

Hand 16. 57 UTG3
Folded.

Hand 17. 72 UTG2
Folded.

Hand 18. 97 UTG1
Folded.

Hand 19. Q4 UTG
Folded.

Hand 20. 83 BB
Folded. Stack is T11,525.

Hand 21. A7 SB
Folded.

Hand 22. 83 BTN
Folded.

Hand 23. T6 CO
Folded.

Hand 24. AJ HJ
PL, sitting three positions to my right raised to 225 and I re-raised to 450. Action folded back to him and he shoved. I folded. Mutant Jack fails me.

Hand 25. J2 UTG2
Fold.

Hand 26. AK UTG1
Opened to 250 and was re-raised to 700. Completely missed the flop and folded to a bet.

Hand 27. 49 BB
Folded. Down to T10,525.

Hand 28. QJ SB
Called a raise and missed the flop.

Hand 29. K2 BTN
Folded. Blinds go up to 75/150.

Hand 30. A3 CO
Fold.

Hand 31. QT HJ
Called a raise to 325 then folded to a bet on a flop of 852.

Hand 32. 78 UTG3
Called raise to 375 and saw the flop HU. Three overs with no spades and a bet and I folded.

Hand 33. Q8 UTG2
Folded.

Hand 34. 95 UTG1
Folded. About an hour into the tournament, down to T9,775.

Hand 35. A6 UTG
I raised to 400, getting two calls. The flop was 9Q6, I checked, then folded to a raise and re-raise, thinking perhaps bottom pair wasn’t where I wanted to be in this situation.

Hand 36. Q2 UTG3
Folded. Blinds now at 100/200.

Hand 37. A3 UTG2
Folded.

Hand 38. UTG1
Missed recording this hand, but something happened that cost me chips.

Hand 39. J7 UTG
Folded.

Hand 40. 89 BB
Called a late raise to 800, but folded when an early limper re-raised to 2,200.

Hand 41. 53 SB
Folded. Stack sitting at T6,300.

Hand 42. 39 BTN
Folded.

Hand 43. CO
With the break coming up in a couple of minutes, I used this hand to beat the other 200 people in to room to one of the two bathrooms. It was probably AxAx.

Hand 44. Kx9 HJ
Folded.

Hand 45. 79 UTG4
Just outside the range of what I want to play ten-handed but I shoved and won with a pair of nines to put me up to T9,300.

Hand 46. T9 UTG3
Folded my last hand before the break.

With the add-on, I went into the next segment of the tournament with T14,300: 35bb or an M of ~17 (blinds 200/400/25). “Must take on more risk.” Easy to say when you don’t have the biggest stacks at the table on either side of you.

Hand 47. 59 UTG2
Too much risk for me. Folded.

Hand 48. Q6 UTG1
Folded.

Hand 49. 33 UTG
My first pocket pair of the evening, But not ten-handed with a short stack.

Hand 50. 75 BB
If I’d stayed in the hand, I would have won it with a flush, even with the 7.

Hand 51. 75 SB
Folded.

Hand 52. A2 BTN
Folded.

Hand 53. AT CO
Called raise to 400. Folded on Kx7x2x flop.

Hand 54. J2 HJ
Folded.

Hand 55. QT UTG3
Normally, I’d play it, but not short-stacked and ten-handed after a raise.

Hand 56. 62 UTG2
Folded.

Hand 57. 7T UTG1
Folded. Blinds now at  300/600/50.

Hand 58. 29 UTG
Folded. Stack standing at T12,950, down 6,000 from starting stack, bonus, and add-on.

Hand 59. AJ BB
Called raise to 2,250, folded on a 357 flop. TxTx took the pot after going all-in, I would have missed.

Hand 60. 42 SB
Folded.

Hand 61. 9J BTN
Folded.

Hand 62. J3 CO
Folded.

Hand 63. A9 HJ
Folded.

Hand 64. Q8 UTG3
Folded.

Hand 65. KQ UTG2
I opened to 2,000. PL called me and shoved on an ace-high flop that I didn’t connect with.

Hand 66. 28 UTG1
Folded.

Hand 67. 79 UTG
Folded.

Hand 68. 34 BB
Folded. T12,050.

Hand 69. 58 SB
Folded.

Hand 70. JQ BTN
Raised over a limp to 2,400 and the limper shoved for 5,850. I thought about it for a minute, then called. Limper’s 7x7x won.

Hand 71. 84 CO
Not a chance in hell.

Hand 72. K8 HJ
Folded. Blinds up to 400/800/75. I have T5,625 (7bb, M=~3).

Hand 73. T8 UTG3
Folded.

Hand 74. AT UTG2
I shove over limps, the biggest stack at the table with more than T50,000 calls with A7. The board runs out with a pair and an ace and a jack to make it another split pot. T6,200 for my trouble.

Hand 75. 76 UTG1
Folded.

Hand 76. 75 UTG
Folded.

Hand 77. A8 BB
Folded.

Hand 78. TT SB
I shove over a limp and get called by QxQx.

VPIP for the session: 26%, a little higher than I thought while I was playing it. Just two pocket pairs: the treys I didn’t play and the tens in my last hand. The average would have been between four and five (someone else was getting my pairs!) Only went to showdown six times, two of them ended in split pots with minimal profit, I won one, and lost three (including my final hand).

76 Known Hands by Pre-Flop Strength (Win/Chop) Percentile at 10 Players

  • Top 10% [A8s-AA]: 8 hands (10%)
  • 2nd Decile [J8s-Q9s]: 10 hands (13%)
  • 3rd Decile: 7 hands (9%)
  • 4th Decile: 6 hands (8%)
  • 5th Decile: 10 hands (13%)
  • 6th Decile: 7 hands (9%)
  • 7th Decile: 9 hands (12%)
  • 8th Decile: 5 hands (7%)
  • 9th Decile: 7 hands (9%)
  • Bottom 10% [72o-84o]: 7 hands (9%)

Three hours and twenty minutes, 78 hands. 144th of 204 players.