My latest work for the PokerNews.com Strategy section:
Bovada $7,500 NLHE 10K Chips, 10-Minute Levels
A longish streak of non-cashes in live games drove me back into Bovada’s arms for the night, which resulted in a cash (at last!) but one that was a bit unsatisfying.
Hand 12 A
UTG1 limped in and I raised to 240. He called with 6
Hand 15 9
I raised to 180 and everyone folded.
Hand 40 J
I waited quite a bit for a hand like this to show up. Raised to 450, got a call from UTG3 (A
Hand 44 T
I limped into the pot with UTG (8
Hand 45 9
I raised over a limp by HJ (holding 3
Hand 47 6
Limped in along with the SB. He and the BB checked all the way to the river on a A
Hand 51 J
I opened to 600 and got a single call from CO. We both checked the 5
Hand 70 A
No action from me for more than a level. Action folded to me, I raised to 900, and BB folded his 6
Hand 80 K
I open to 1,200 and get folds from the blinds.
Hand 89 J
Many sphincters close shut on this hand. UTG opens for 500 with K
Hand 92 K
I make a horrible fold here after raising an UTG limp to 1,500. SB calls with 8
Hand 95 6
UTG raised to 1,800 with T
Hand 113 9
Another level had passed without anything happening to me. There were a couple of stacks about three times my size one seat to my right and two seats to my left, but we were six-handed for the moment and I was in a slim third place at the table. I open to 3,000 and get called by BTN with A
Hand 126 Q
I open to 4,500 getting called by BB with A
Hand 127 9
Everyone folds to SB, who raises me to 4,800 with 30K behind. I shove, presuming a standard bullying move from the SB big stack. He calls with Q
Hand 133 K
UTG1 shoves almost 25K and I reraise all in. Action folds to BTN who goes all in for 22,3K with Q
Hand 134 T
Sooooo, after busting down to less than 3BB, what do you do? UTG, the winner of the small side pot in the previous hand, shoves for 2BB, I reshove my tens, BTN, with 40K behind, calls, and the blinds fold. Nothing over a 6 on the board by the river and I triple up and then some.
Hand 140 9
Hardly out of danger territory at this point. So I’m glad nobody has much of a hand. Aside from the A
Hand 141 Q
I fold this otherwise playable hand to a raise from HJ and 20BB shove from CO. BB call ed, with less than 4BB total, and it was a 3-way battle with 2 players all in after HJ put in his 16BB. BB’s T
Hand 144 Q
They come back around if you wait three hands. I opened to 7,500 and everyone folded.
Hand 157 9
Down to 6BB. It’s shoving time. Nobody calls.
Hand 168 A
Seven-handed. There are three stacks on my right (UTG2, HJ, and CO) with 175K, 135K, and 166K, respectively, and I’m the short stack by far at this point. HJ opens for 8.6K, I shove my last chips in, BB gets out, and HJ calls with 5
Hand 175 A
Eight-handed after a table change. Two stacks my size, One with 140K in BB, and an array between 40K and 90K. UTG opens for 5K, UTG3 goes all in for 25K, HJ calls for less than a third his stack, action folds around to me and I pitch it to watch UTG3’s 9
Hand 176 T
Seven-handed after the loser of the HU is moved away. I go all in. UTG1 tosses the Mutant Jack, even with 40K behind!
Hand 181 Q
UTG folds a Mutant Jack, I open-shove my queens and nobody has anything to call with.
Hand 194 5
SB limps in after everyone else folds and I jam for about a third of his stack. He gives it up.
Hand 197 J
“Not enuf chip syndrome” is what you call this. I shove after action folds to me, BB has 360K and 5
VPIP: 13%. Pre-Flop Raise: 11%. Pre-Flop 3-Bet: 6.5%. Went to Showdown: 42% Won at Showdown: 75%. Won When Saw Flop: 47%.
197 hands. Four hours. ROI: 104%.