This is an unofficial list of players from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia who have made Day 2 of the World Series of Poker’s first-ever Colossus event, based on results of the four entry flights that ran May 29-30. About 900 of the 3,500 in Day 2.
The flight to Las Vegas went well, at least. I upgraded to one of the exit aisles to get a window, met a potential business contact, then the fun began. Last time I’d rented a car, I’d had a wait in line that lasted as half as long as it took to get from Portland to here, so I made sure I got a different rental agency, only to realize that Thrifty and Dollar are the same company. So, fifty minutes in line, with all sort of extortion attempts to upsell.
Just made it to the Venetian for the start of the $400 buy-in. First hand I’m in BB ad I see AxAx. I 3-bet the original raiser, he calls and hits two pair on the flop, and while I play it semi-cautiously, I still loose a quarter of my stack in the first hand. My SB with 9x9x gets three over cards on the flop. A little while later–still in the first level, I have to lay down QxQx. It’s a huge tournament. The $30K guarantee ends up with about $30K for first place. I go out with just 2,400 of the 12K starting stack left, holding A♦8♦, with a re-shove from the slightly-less-short stack on my left with Ax7x, and the formerly short stack on my right holding K♣T♣. A Tx its on the river and it’s over for the short stacks.
Met up with DV and BP who are down here for the WSOP Colossus. DV had already busted the first flight. BP is playing Saturday, and invited us to meet up at Orleans for their Friday evening 7pm. Didn’t even make it out of level 2.
Media stuff at the Rio tomorrow, I think. Met up with some of the real names at PokerNews: Chad Holloway (I did not see a bracelet), Remko Rinkema, and Donnie Peters, among others. Hope to see you there!
I’ll be in Las Vegas tomorrow morning (29 May) for the first weekend to pick up my media pass. I hope to meet up with as many Pacific Northwest players down for the Colossus as I can, catch up with anyone who’s read the blog or one or more of my articles over the past year or so and liked it (or had a bone to pick with it), and other members of the poker media that I’m trying to weasel into. I’ll be tweeting info about OR, WA, ID, and BC players in restarts (and other info) with the hashtag #PNW_WSOP_15.
Last Thursday night, I ran up a 3x chip stack in the first level of a $10K guarantee by getting very lucky, then had nearly 100BB at the first break, only to have the whole thing come crumbling down twenty minutes after break when I screwed up getting AxAx and KxKx in the same orbit. I resolved not to make the same mistakes in today’s Memorial Day special event.
I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it until just before starting time; by the time I got to NW Portland, things were already starting, and there was a line up the stairs and out the door, so it was nearly the end of the first level before I was seated and our newly-opened table got going.
Hand 17♣8♣ UTG T15,000 100/100 I opened to 300 and got three callers, including both the blinds. The flop was A♣Q♣5♣, SB bet 1K and I re-raised him to 2.5K. Everyone else dropped out and we got all-in before the turn. He had an out, with the 2♣4♣, but the 3♣ didn’t come and I doubled up.
Hand 20A♥9♠ BB T30,100 200/400 I called a raise to 1K from UTG but folded after the flop.
Hand 21A♥2♥ SB T29,100 200/400 Limped into the pot with several others. The flop was all black, I folded to a bet but would have chopped with a 6-high straight on the river.
Hand 27K♦Q♣ UTG2T28.7K 200/400 I raised to 1.2K and got 4 calls. The flop was Q♦J♥9♦, I called an all-in who had QxJx but a Tx came to complete my straight had I took a big pot just before break. With the optional rebuy and add-on (25K total), I had 72.6K.
Hand 32K♥J♥ BB T72.2K 300/600/100 I checked pre-flop to several limpers, then called 2.2K on a low flop with two hearts and had to fold to a bet on the turn with no pair. Should have raised pre-flop.
Hand 36A♦J♠ HJ T68.7K 300/600/100 I called a raise and bet an all-diamond turn with the nut flush draw to take the pot.
Hand 378♣8♠ UTG4 T75K 300/600/100 I raised and called a 3-bet from HJ which ended up being 5♦7♦ who got it all in with a straight flush draw against my set. Second straight flush I was up against in less than 40 hands.
Hand 43J♠9♠ SB T114K 400/800/100 I limped into a flop of T♦7♦6♣ then folded to a 2K bet. The turn was 8♣ and the winner had a Qx9x for the ten-high straight that I would have beat.
Hand 44A♦Q♣ BTN T113.1K 400/800/100 I raised over 4 limpers, then called an all-in for 12.3K from KxQx. I made a flush on the river.
Hand 50A♦J♦ UTG2 T130K 400/800/100 Pretty much the peak of this game for me. The Mutant Jack! I raised 2.5K, got 2 calls, c-bet 3K and then checked down to the river with BB who won with Kx7x.
Hand 52A♦J♥ BB T124.2K 400/800/100 I would have played this but I folded to a pre-flop 3-bet of 12K.
Hand 55K♥K♦ CO T122.7K 400/800/100 Raised to 6K over 3 limps and took the pot.
Hand 59K♣J♦ UTG1 T127K 400/800/100 I open-raised to 2.5K, but folded pre-flop to a re-raise of 9.5K. A player who’d called my raise got all-in and lost to a flush made by the 3-bettor, who had QxQ♦.
Hand 66A♠6♠ UTG2 T122.5K 600/1.2K/200 I raised to 4K over a limper and took the pot.
Hand 71T♠8♠ BTN T122.5K 600/1.2K/200 I should have played this hand but folded to a UTG1 bet of 5.5K.
Hand 76A♦J♣ UTG2 T121.5 600/1.2K/200 Raised to 3.5K and won.
Hand 89K♣9♣ SB T119.8K 1K/2K/300 Called an 8K raise and saw a 3-way flop of T♠9♠2♥, then folded my middle pair.
Hand 92K♠A♣ HJ T110.1K 1K/2K/300 I called a bet of 6K pre-flop, then raised a c-bet of 12K to 25K on a KxQx6x flop. Okay, so maybe this was the peak. I went into break 2 with 133K.
Hand 103A♦9♥ UTG1 T129.5K 1.5K/3K/500 I raised to 9K, then folded to a 3-bet. He showed AxAx in a showdown that knocked a player out. The next two hands, players on either side of the winner in this hand had aces and won.
Hand 1106♦6♥ UTG2 T110.1K 1.5K/3K/500 I called 6.5K pre-floponly to have a pantheon of high cards spread on the flop. Folded to a turn bet.
Hand 116K♥Q♥ CO T94K 2K/4K/500 Raised to 12K and won.
Hand 129J♦7♦ BB T90K 3K/6K/1K Action folded to SB and he shoved 30K. I should have called this (see my final hand)but chickened out.
Hand 1308♦6♦ SB T83K 3K/6K/1K Guy on my right shoves again and I have to let it go. I get moved to a new table and hit break with just 61K.
Hand 144AxTx SB T51K 4K/8K/1K Two all-ins ahead of me and I fold, then get moved again. 36 players left and I’m 15 from the money.
Hand 146A♠A♣ HJ T44K 4K/8K/1K Chip average is around 184K and there are a couple stacks well above that at the table. I shove over a raise, BB calls me, and the original raiser gets out of the way, which is too bad, because I go up against JxJx and win, and the other guy says he didn’t hit the board, either, so I could have tripled up plus some. Still, the chips are more than welcome.
Hand 149 J♦Q♠ UTG1 T114K 4K/8K/1K UTG goes all-in and I fold.
Hand 154 A♣J♣ CO T97K 4K/8K/1K Another Mutant Jack. I shove and win.
Hand 155Q♥T♥ HJ T117K 4K/8K/1K I would play this, but UTG1 goes all-in and I have to fold.
Hand 156Q♥J♦ UTG3 T116K 4K/8K/1K I should have shoved here, but I just raised to 25K. UTG3 calls me with a big stack, the flop is king-high, a queen hits the turn and he goes all in. I fold.
Hand 1578♠T♠ UTG1 T89K 5K/10K/2K I’d like to call the short stack next to me, but I can’t.
Hand 170A♣T♠ UTG2 T33K 5K/10K/2K I go all-in and get called by KxQx, hit a ten and double.
Hand 171J♦7♦ UTG T100K 5K/10K/2K I hit my jack on the flop versus A♦K♦, but the ace gets there on the river (thanks a lot, Barry Greenstein!) and I’m busted eight spots short of the money.
The VPIP is a feeble 12.8%—I really hit a stretch of bad cards in the final three or four hours. Pre-flop raise is 8.8%, I’m was raising two-thirds of the hands I played, and I went to showdown with more than a third of the hands I played, winning 6 of 8. Just not many playable cards in the critical middle of the tournament.
Six-and-a-half hours. 171 hands. 29th of 176 entries.
This marks the latest in a bad run of live poker for me. I’m hoping to get all the run-bad out of my system before I make the trip down to Vegas for the summer. Good luck to all my buddies playing the Colossus. I’d been hoping to be there for the fun (if not the actual tournament), but this bad spell is poorly-timed.
Any Oregon/Washington folks who are WSOP-bound and interested in people knowing how well you’re doing, keep me updated and I’ll be posting news here on NW players. I have a media pass for the WSOP, and when I get down there, I hope to provide a sort of live update clearinghouse for anyone who wants to participate.
My latest piece on PokerNews is up after a long wait while their techies figured out how to embed the simulator. It shows how short-term variance in hand distribution affects the quality of starting hands you get during a session of poker. If you’re familiar with starting hand charts, most of it will likely be familiar, check out the article for an explanation. If you just want to play with the simulator, I’ve got it here, as well.
I hadn’t played on America’s Card Room, though a number of people had recommended it, but I thought I’d take a whack at their FREEBUY series running this week. Nearly 60 guaranteed prize pool events with no cost for the initial buy-in, but small charges for rebuys and add-ons. Not that I was going to do either of those things.
I lasted all of thirty hands in #4, a $5K guarantee that I entered late. About the same in the $500 guarantee #8. In #12 (another $5K) I made it up to 35 hands, probably because I got aces twice. #17 was less than 20 hands, despite starting at the very beginning of the game. #19 was 2 hands, though I will say that was a set over set loss. #20, a $5K, sort of made up for it. Not a big payday, but I’m happy with the results.
America’s Cardroom FREEBUY Super Series #20 $5K NLHE
Hand 59♣9♦ BB T1,000 25/50 UTG2 raises to 150, BTN 3-bets to 350, I call, and UTG2 calls. The flop is 4♦2♥5♦ and I shove. UTG2 folds, BTN calls with 1,275 behind. He has 7♠8♠, the rest of the board runs out Q♥K♠ and I win.
Hand 11J♠9♦ BTN T2,110 30/60 I open to 180 and get called by BB. We check the board down Q♥5♥3♦Q♠3♥, he opens 9♥J♣ and we split the pot.
Hand 147♣7♦ HJ T2,125 30/60 We’re seven-handed. I open to 180 and BTN calls. I c-bet 275 on the J♦5♠8♣ flopped get a call. 9♣ gives me the ass-end of the jack-high gunshot straight draw. I really need a six here. I check-fold to an all-in from BTN that would have put me all-in.
Hand 15 J♦K♣ UTG T1,670 30/60 Open to 180 and everyone folds.
Hand 28A♦7♦ UTG2 T1,560 40/80 I open to 240 and BTN calls. The flop is T♦2♦3♥, I check-shove after BTN (same player who shoved on my in Hand 14) bets 300 and he folds.
Hand 34J♣J♦ CO T2,030 50/100/10 UTG1 limps and I raise to 650. My nemesis (currently BB) calls. The flop is 5♥4♣8♦, he shoves, and I think my jacks are good, so I call. He has A♣7♣ for an over card, a gut-shot, and a backdoor flush, but there’s K♠ on the turn and 2♣ on the river. so I double.
Hand 37 K♦K♣ UTG1 T4,250 50/100/10 I open to 300 and get a call from BTN and BB. The flop is an unfortunate 9♣A♥4♠. I c-bet 500, BTN calls, and I check fold to a bet on the 6♥ turn.
Hand 42A♠Q♦ CO T3,250 50/100/10 UTG2 limps in and I raise to 400. BB and UTG2 call me. The flop is 9♦J♦5♦, and with the queen, I think I might be good. They check it to me, I shove 2.8K into 1.3K, and they fold.
Hand 43J♦J♥ T2,505 50/100/10HJ UTG limps, I raise to 1K, UTG shoves for a total of 1,655, and I call. He has Q♠K♠, the board shows K♣3♠6♥3♥8♣ and he wins.
Hand 509♣7♣ SB T2,265 75/150/15 Action folds to me and I go all-in, since BB has only 715 behind his blind. He folds.
Hand 57T♠T♣ CO T2,300 100/200/20 Right around this point, I had to go pick my wife up from work early. I felt no remorse abandoning a freeroll, and figured if I was still in when I got back, I’d still be in. Otherwise I probably would have played this hand.
Hand 726♠J♠ UTG T1,275 125/250/25 My absence had coincided with the hourly break, so I didn’t miss as many hands as all that, but with only 11BB when I left, I did lose a substantial portion of my chips. No mind. This was the first hand after I got back, I was about to eat the blinds, so I shoved my 5BB. HJ re-shoved, and the BB got all-in, as well. The board ran out K♦8♦Q♦T♦9♠, nobody had a diamond, and my straight took the main pot. The largest stack with A♥Q♥ lost the most, and BB’s K♥Q♠ took a side pot for about a third of the chips he put in.
Hand 78Q♦8♦ UTG2 T3,685 150/300/30 UTG had a stack of 5.5K and limped in. I shoved for 12BB and the only call was from UTG. He had 3♠3♥, I made a flush draw on the flop, a gut-shot on the turn, and a pair of eights on the river and took in 8K.
Hand 82A♦K♦ BTN T7,460 150/300/30 Everyone folds to me, I raise to 900, and the blinds fold.
Hand 83 A♠A♣ CO T8,120 150/300/30 HJ goes all-in for 2,655 and I re-raise all-in. He has Q♦Q♣, the board is K♦7♣3♥K♥3♦ and I win.
Hand 84K♠T♠ HJ T11,435 150/300/30 UTG min-raises, getting called by UTG2, me, CO, and BB. The flop is 4♣K♥J♥, gets checked to me, and I bet 2K, two-thirds the pot. CO calls, and UTG shoves for just 243 more, with UTG2 getting out of the way. I call, and so does CO. We both check the J♠ on the turn, but I go all-in on the K♦ river, hoping to essentially wipe out CO if he can call with a jack. He folds, though, BB has 9♥Q♦ and I take the whole pot.
Hand 92A♦A♥ HJ T17,911 175/350/35 I open to 1,050 and everyone folds. Still, good to have aces twice in ten hands.
Hand 99J♠K♣ CO T17,816 200/400/40 I open to 1,200 and everyone folds.
Hand 110T♦Q♠ UTG T17,551 225/450/45 My opening raise is to 1,350. BTN re-raises to 3,150, the blinds get out of the way, and I call. K♣4♣2♠ on the flop, I don’t think I’m going anywhere there and check-fold to a bet.
Hand 1119♦T♣ BB T14,356 225/450/45 UTG min-raises and gets called by BTN and SB. I come along and see a flop of 6♦Q♦2♠, then check-fold to a c-bet and call.
Hand 123A♣A♥ UTG T11,531 275/550/55 Sort of ridiculous. My third pocket pair of aces in 40 hands. Online poker is rigged! I bet 1,650, the BB goes all-in for 2,530, and I call. He has 6♣5♣, the board is Q♦Q♣4♠3♥5♠ and I have to admit I sweated a bit on the river, even though I had him well-covered.
Hand 1255♥A♥ BTN T14,446 275/550/55 I raise 3x and the blinds fold. By the way, if you wonder how I ended up on the button after only two hands, I can say that it wasn’t because of a table change. There appears to be a glitch in the ACR software when a player is knocked out of the small blind. I went from UTG on hand 123 to SB on hand 124, skipping BB.
Hand 1289♥J♥ UTG2 T15,546 275/550/55 I raise to 1,650, getting a call from UTG3. K♣2♦3♠ on the flop, and I fail to c-bet. I get J♣ on the turn and check it, then bet 1,540 on the 8♠ river. UTG3 calls with the Mutant Jack A♦J♦.
Hand 130Q♠A♥ UTG T12,241 300/600/60 I 3x to 1.8K and everyone folds.
Hand 1346♣A♣ HJ T13,981 300/600/60 Raise and everyone folds.
Hand 136 Q♥T♠ UTG3 T15,301 300/600/60 UTG raises to 1,800, I call. The flop is 4♦4♠T♣ and I shove over a c-bet of 2,400 to get a fold.
Hand 144J♥9♥ HJ T19,456 325/650/65 UTG1 limps, I raise to 2.6K, and everyone folds.
Hand 150 6♥A♥ SB T22,241 350/700/70 Everyone folds to me, I raise to 2,100, and BB folds.
Hand 160T♦J♥ CO T21,561 400/800/80 UTG2 limps, I limp (uncharacteristically), and BB checks. The flop is 4♠K♠5♥. Everyone checks. K♦ on the turn, UTG2 bets 1,600, and I fold.
Hand 163T♦J♦ UTG1 T20,521 400/800/80 I raise and everyone folds.
Hand 164A♠5♠ UTG T22,361 400/800/80 I min-raise for some reason and get min-re-raised from the big stack at the table in HJ. I call and we see a flop of J♥7♣8♠ Then I check-fold to a bet of 1,600.
Hand 1652♣4♣ BB T19,881 500/1K/100 Action folds to SB who min-raises me from a stack of 12.5K. I call, thinking of PokerGrump‘s penchant for the deuce-four, and the flop is 4♥8♦4♦. I raise SB’s bet of 2.5K to 7K to make sure there’s no flush draws, and he folds.
Hand 166J♥A♦ SB T25,131 500/1K/100 UTG1 puts in more than half his stack with a raise to 3K. The big stack in UTG2 does that cute little min-re-raise thing and makes it 5K. I feel like all these chips are mine, and shove for 25K. UTG1 goes all-in, UTG2 folds, and I’m up against A♥T♦. The board is K♣9♥K♦3♥6♣. Probably not going to get away with that again.
Hand 167A♦A♣ BTN T37,166 500/1K/100 On average you get a pair of aces every 221 hands. This is the fourth time I’ve had them in 167 hands. That’s more than five times as often as average. HJ limps in, CO shoves for 7.9K, and I shove 37K. The blinds and HJ drop out, CO has A♠9♥ and I make a full house by the turn.
Hand 176T♥Q♣ BTN T46,096 600/1.2K/120 Action folds to me, I raise 3x, blinds fold.
Hand 178A♠2♠ HJ T48,736 600/1.2K/120 I open to 3.6K and the guy who used to min-3-bet calls from BB. The flop is A♣2♥4♣. He check-calls my 5K bet. I put him all-in on the 5♣ turn and he folds.
Hand 180K♥7♥ UTG2 T58,776 600/1.2K/120 I open to 3.6K, BB calls with 10.9K behind. The flop is 6♥2♣9♦ and we both check. 2♠ on the turn, he bets 4.8K and there’s just nothing there for me, so I fold.
Hand 1917♠7♣ UTG T51,936 750/1.5K/150 This never happens in my live games. Not to me, at least. I open to 4.5K as the table leader. Mr. min-3bet calls from HJ and we’re HU to the 7♦2♠7♥ flop. He’s been aggressive all along, and but he’s managed to recover from a couple of major set-back and has about 26K behind. I check my quads to see what he want to do. He checks, and the turn is J♦. I fishily bet 3K into a pot of 12.6K, and he calls. Q♣ on the turn. I make a half-pot bet of 9K and he calls! Unfortunately, this not being Bovada, I don’t get to see his cards.
Hand 207K♠T♣ UTG T68,766 900/1.8K/180 I pop it up to 5.4K and everyone folds.
Hand 2108♦8♣ BTN T69,846 900/1.8K/180 UTG and UTG1 limp in, I raise to 7.2K, and they both call. The flop is 6♠A♦3♠ and I know I’m done. UTG goes all-in, UTG1 (the min-3-better) only has 1.4 left, so he calls. I fold. It’s K♥A♠ for the big stack versus Q♣K♣ for the 3-better, who’s finally gone.
Hand 211 J♣9♣ CO T62,466 900/1.8K/180 A super-big hand. I raise to 5.4K and BTN calls. Both blinds fold. The flop is K♣Q♠5♣, giving me a gut-shot straight flush draw, among other things. I have almost 59K left; BTN has just over 17K. I make a teeny bet of 1.8K and get the expected shove, which I call. T♠ on the turn fills in my straight, and I beat his A♠A♣. This, children, is why you should 3-bet those things.
Hand 222Q♣T♥ UTG1 T84,156 1K/2K/200 New table as we’ve gotten into or close to the money at this point. Not a lot of money, but money, nonetheless. I open to 6K and get called by SB who has 34K behind. We check the flop, then he goes all-in on the turn with the board reading 3♣K♥5♠9♣ and I don’t feel like risking half my stack on a gut-shot, so I fold.
Hand 229J♥K♠ UTG3 T73,636 1.2K/2.4K/240 I call a min-raise from one of the big stacks, in UTG1 then the other big stack, in HJ, bounces up to 12K. UTG1 folds, I call, The flop is 3♥A♣T♠, we both check to the 8♠ turn, he bets 11.5K on the turn and that’s as far as I want to go.
Hand 234T♠Q♣ SB T57,376 1.5K/3K/300 When action folded to BTN and he shoved 32K in, it just didn’t seem right. I had him covered by 25K and BB only had another 16K, so I wasn’t going out if I made a mis-read or got unlucky. Fortunately, neither of those were the case. BTN had Q♠4♠, the board ran out 5♣J♦3♠Q♦6♠—all of the low kicker queen combos except the one he had—and I knocked him out.
Hand 240 Q♠J♠ BTN T85,612 1.5K/3K/300 HJ limped in, I raised to 9K, and everyone folded.
Hand 252 T♦8♦ UTG1 T86,312 1.75K/3.5K/350 I open to 10.5K, BTN goes all-in for 78K, and everyone else folds.
Hand 257T♥A♦ UTG3 T68,412 2K/4K/400 I make it 12K, the big stack in SB calls and the flop is T♠Q♣3♠. He uses my fishy bet trap, betting 4K into a 31K pot and I go all in against his K♥K♦ to get knocked out.
Only 16% VPIP, this game, though it seemed like I played a lot of hands. I made pre-flop raises with more than 12% of the hands I was dealt (both those figures include the period when I was away from the table). I went to showdown with 35% of the hands I played, and I won 80% of my showdowns.
257 hands. Four-and-a-half hours. 72nd of 4,692 entries, with 823 rebuys and 73 add ons.
The Encore Club ran the first World Series of Poker-sanctioned satellite in Portland last weekend, with three more scheduled for the next three Saturday afternoons in May. The first was a $100 buy-in (T15K), with a live re-buy (meaning you could purchase it at any time before the first break, regardless of chip stack), and a $50 add-on (T10K) at break (the next three are $120 for the buy-ins and $60 for the add-on). The prize pool is guaranteed at $30K, with the first-place winner getting most of their prize in the form of a WSOP Main Event seat (worth $10K). Two players got $1,500 entries into the Monster Stack event (and cash), and four players received $565 entries to the new Colossus event along with some traveling money.
I got out of the habit of taking hand-by-hand on my live games a long time ago. I was using a neat little app called MomentDiary, which time-stamped each entry, but found that it took too much attention away from action at the table. This game, however, I resurrected my practice, using a small note pad and one of my favorite pens, a hexagonal Rotring ballpoint that I fell involve with years ago. It’s a great pen at the desk, not so practical when you want to put it away in-between each hand. This tournament didn’t go well for me (and was just the first of four tournament Saturday night that I bricked out of), but here it is.
Encore Club $30K WSOP Satellite
Hand 4Q♠9♠ CO T15K 100/100 We’ve stared off eight-handed and I call a min-raise, then fold after a 3-bet from BTN and a 4-bet from the original raiser.
Hand 10Q♥5♠ BB T14.8K 100/100 Called a min-raise with two callers, then folded after the flop.
Hand 144♠5♠ HJ T14.5K 100/100 Speculated to call 1.2K, then folded.
Hand 159♣T♣ UTG T13.3K 100/100 One of my go-to hands, but after this, I’m down another couple thousand.
Hand 20 2♠5♠ SB T10.9K 100/200 I limp into a five-way pot and inexplicably win with a pair of fives after everyone checks through to the river.
Hand 24K♣4♣ UTG4 T11.7K 100/200 I raise to 600 and get a couple of callers, then c-bet a A♣2♠3♣ flop to take the pot.
Hand 298♥9♣ BB T13.2K 100/200 Outside my range, but I call 700 and lose.
Hand 31K♣4♣ BTN T12.6K 200/400 This hand doesn’t work out so well for me the second time. I call a raise to 800 and fold on the flop.
Hand 367♦7♣ UTG2 T12K 200/400 I raise to 1,600 and win.
Hand 39 A♦4♥ BB T12.8K 200/400 UTG min-raises, everyone folds, I call, then fold to a c-bet.
Hand 40T♥8♥ SB T12K 200/400 We’re getting close to break and I take a flier on this hand, calling a 3-bet to 1,200, then folding on the flop.
Hand 41J♥T♣ BTN T10.8K 200/400 I raise to 1.2K, get 2 callers, then have to fold on the flop to a bet.
Hand 42A♦3♠ CO T9.6K 200/400 Last hand before break 1. I limped in and folded on the flop, then put my money on the table for an add-on. And I got the re-buy.
Hand 47A♦9♦ BB T34.2K 300/600/100 Raised to 1.8K. Folded on the flop.
Hand 51A♠J♠ HJ T32.4K 300/600/100 Got myself in deep here with the Mutant Jack. Bet 2.5K and got 3-bet to 6K, then had to fold on the flop to an all-in.
Hand 567♠8♣ SB T25.9K 300/600/100 Raised to 2K and took the BB and antes,
Hand 57K♦9♠ BTN T27.3K 300/600/100 Called a pre-flop raise, got a king-high flop and won.
Hand 59 K♣J♥ HJ T30.2K 300/600/100 I opened to 1.8K and got two callers. There was an ace on the flop, but a c-bet of 2K won the pot.
Hand 62A♣Q♣ UTG1 T34.6K 400/800/100 First hand of a new level. I have 43BB and I’m still short of the number of of chips I bought. I raise my semi-premium hand, get shoved on, and we’re off to the races, with me behind a pair of nines. The nines hold and I’m out of this satellite. The last five places were still playing it out well after midnight.
30% VPIP with 14.5% of hands raised pre-flop. Lost my only showdown.
62 hands. Two hours and twenty-five minutes. 142nd of 164 entries. -100% ROI.
I finally cashed in some player points and got a ticket for the nightly $7,500 with 10K in chips and 10-minute levels, then went on a sort of deep run.
Hand 7 K♣Q♦ HJ T9,840 40/80 Action folded around to me and I raised to 240, then called a re-raise from CO to 720. The flop was K♦3♣A♦ and the ace probably saved me, because I check-folded to a bet of 960. CO had K♥K♠.
Hand 117♣K♣ UTG T9,120 40/80 I raised to 240 and got a call from BTN (with 6♥2♥), I checked what was a pretty good flop of A♣2♣Q♦, he puts out an oddly-small bet of 207, and I call, hitting my nut flush on the Q♣ turn. I check again and he bets 1,014 off a stack of about 11K. I call, the 8♣ river changes nothing and he folds to a bet of 2,000.
Hand 124♥7♥ BB T10,701 50/100 UTG1 min-raises and we’re heads-up to a 6♥9♥3♣ flop. I’m ahead in equity on this flop against most hands—even good starting hands—and against UTG1’s K♠K♣ I’m about dead even, so I call another 200. The turn goes the wrong direction with a 2♣. Another 600 into the pot. I check-fold to a bet of 500 on the A♠ river.
Hand 136♥A♣ SB T9,701 50/100 I open to 300 and BB folds.
Hand 15A♦8♥ CO T9,801 50/100 I call UTG1’s raise to 300 along with UTG3, then we fold to a c-bet of 500 on a 4♣Q♣K♠ flop. UTG1 had 8♦Q♦, UTG3 had A♥6♥.
Hand 22T♠Q♠ SB T9,351 75/150 UTG1 limps in with 5♥6♥ and UTG3 goes to 750 with K♠A♦. I call and UTG1 comes along. I get middle pair and a gut-shot on the K♥T♣9♠ flop and call 1,800, then fold to a 6K bet on the 6♦ turn.
Hand 24A♦J♠ CO T6,801 75/150 My open to 450 takes the pot down.
Hand 29K♠Q♠ UTG T7,026 100/200 I open to 600 and get a call from 6♠6♥ in UTG3. He folds to an 800 c-bet on the 8♥Q♣J♣ flop.
Hand 308♠Q♠ BB T7,926 100/200 I get a walk.
Hand 38J♠T♥ UTG T7,926 100/200 I open to 600 and SB calls with 4♠2♠. He hits bottom pair on the 6♣4♥9♦ flop and check-calls 800, then folds to a semi-bluff of 2K on the 8♣ turn.
Hand 39Kx2♠ BB T9,526 100/200 Another walk.
Hand 427♥7♣ CO T9,526 125/250/25 I open to 750 and win the blinds and antes.
Hand 447♠7♥ UTG2 T10,051 125/250/25 Finally over starting stack again! I raise to 750 and CO calls with K♠9♠. We both check down until the board reads T♠T♦8♥Q♠K♥, and I check-fold to a 1K river bet. Back under starting stack.
Hand 458♦7♦ UTG1 T9,276 125/250/25 I open to 750, UTG2 raises 9♥9♠ to 2,500, then HJ shoves K♥Q♦ for 11.3K, leaving 1 behind. I fold and UTG2 shoves over the top. The nines win with two pair.
Hand 46A♥A♣ UTG T8,501 125/250/25 I raise to 750 and everyone folds. I can’t get as much with aces as nines can win!
Hand 47J♥T♥ BB T9,051 125/250/25 BTN limps in with 4♣5♣ and I raise to 750. He calls, and the flop is Q♣7♥T♦. We both check the K♣ turn, he calls 1,000, and we check the 4♥ river. I win a showdown to put me over starting stack.
Hand 53A♦J♦ UTG2 T10,841 150/300/30 The Mutant Jack is back! I raise to 900 and get a call from BB, holding 4♠5♣. A♣Q♥[ 7d] on the flop and he check-folds to a bet of 1,100.
Hand 62K♠9♠ UTG1 T11.2K 200/400/40 I raise to 1,200 and get called by BB with A♠9♣. He folds to a c-bet of 1,600 on a 5♠Q♦J♦ flop.
Hand 66K♥Q♠ BTN T12.1K 250/500/50 UTG2 limps with Q♦J♥ and I raise to 1,500, which he calls. The flop is pretty good for him: K♦3♦8♦, and he check-calls 2K. 4♠ on the turn and he folds to an all-in bet of 8.6K from me.
Hand 68K♣T♠ CO T16.6K 250/500/50 Table change on the last hand. UTG1 raises to 1,200, I call, both the blinds call. 4♦3♥7♣ flop, the blinds check and UTG1 shoves 6.1K with QxQ♦ to take the hand. The blinds had J♣8♣ and 3♦4♥, respectively.
Hand 69J♦K♠ HJ T15.4K 250/500/50 UTG2 limps in and I raise to 1,500. We see the flop HU: J♣K♥T♦. I bet 2K and he folds 3♦3♠.
Hand 70K♣A♣ UTG2 T18K 300/600/30 I open to 1,800 and get a call from CO with Q♥K♠. I c-bet 3K on the 4♦T♥6♣ flop and he folds.
Hand 73J♣Q♦ BB T21K 300/600/60 I call a min-raise from HJ and flop 7♣T♠8♦. I call another 1,200 to see the K♣ on the turn, and 2,400 to get my straight with the 9♣ river. I bet 5K and he folds A♥A♠.
Hand 74A♠8♠ SB T26.1K 300/600/60 BB and I call a raise to 1.3K by CO, who has 7♠T♦. He flops middle pair on the 7♥9♠2♣ board, I get out of the way to a bet of 1.7K, then he hits pay dirt when he bets trips after the 7♣ turn. BB had J♦T♥ for the gut-shot.
Hand 85J♠T♦ CO T22.8K 400/800/80 Action folds to me, I raise to 2.4K, BB calls with 5♣5♦, and I bluff him off his hand with a c-bet of 3K on the A♠7♦3♦ flop.
Hand 89A♠Q♠ UTG1 T26K 400/800/80 I raise to 2.4K and everyone folds.
Hand 99T♠J♦ BB T25.7K 500/1K/100 BTN raises to 2,225 and gets called by both blinds. He has A♦8♣, SB has 3♠A♥. The flop is 5♦J♣A♣ and SB bets his ace about 1/7 the pot: 1K. I call with middle pair and BTN is in with his better ace. 7♦ on the turn. Checked to BTN, who bets 4.2K. SB calls and I get out. 9♠ river, they both check and BTN wins.
Hand 101 A♠K♠ BTN T21.8K 500/1K/100 UTG1 goes all in w A♣7♣ for 12.8K and i re-shove. I have both blinds covered by a few thousand, and thy fold. The board runs out K♥2♠T♣9♠6♦ and I win. BB might be kicking himself for not calling with J♠Q♠ and the nuts.
Hand 106K♦T♦ BB T36.3K 600/1.2K/120 UTG2 opens to 3.6K with A♥T♠, getting calls from SB (8♦7♦) and myself. The flop is A♣2♦3♥, both blinds check, UTG2 bets 7.2K and we blinds fold.
Hand 1079♠A♠ SB T32.5K 600/1.2K/120 UTG3 raises A♦7♥ to 2.4K and HJ calls with4♦4♠. I call. We see a flop of 6♣J♦J♥, HJ bets 3.2K on the flop and takes it down.
Hand 114 T♥K♦ UTG T29.3K 600/1.2K/120 I open to 3.6K and everyone folds.
Hand 124J♠J♦ BB T28.9K 800/1.6K/160 I’m in seat 8. Table chip leader is UTG in 9 with 113.7K. UTG2 (seat 2) has 86K, CO (seat 5) has 65.2K. The rest of us are between 6BB (BTN) and 23BB, so there are potential shoving stacks as well as some big players who could do real damage to one of the larger stacks in the tournament. UTG min-raises to 3.2K with the old 2♣4♣ and I call. The flop is 9♦5♦3♥, so he’s flopped the open-ended straight draw and bets 4.8K. I shove 25.5K and he calls, the board rolls out 8♠ and K♦ and I double up.
Hand 129A♠4♠ UTG3 T58.3K 1K/2K/200 I open to 6K and get respect. UTG1, with just 4.5BB folded A♣5♣.
Hand 135K♦Q♣ BTN T58.9K 1K/2K/200 I open to 6K, BB shoves 28.2K. I call, he has 9♠9♣ and the board runs out T♦Q♦A♥5♠A♣.
Hand 138 8♦Q♦ UTG3 89.3K 1K/2K/200 I raise to 6K, BB calls with Q♠T♠, and he folds to my c-bet of 6500, about a quarter of his stack.
Hand 140T♦8♦ UTG1 T97.7K 1,250/2,500/250 I open to 7.5K and go to the flop HU with UTG3, who has K♣Q♠. He flops the joint with J♣T♠9♠, and goes along for my 10K c-bet. I’m lucky not to make my lower straight on the 9♦ turn, check, then fold to his bet of 12.5K.
Hand 1549♥K♥ CO T68.2K 1.5K/3K/300 UTG3 raises 3x with J♦9♦, I call, and BB comes along with 6♦A♥. Flop is 5♠9♠3♣, UTG3 bets 18K. I have him covered by 18K and shove for 58.9K. BB folds, UTG3 calls, and the rest of the board has 4♥7♥, which would have given BB—who started the hand with 102.2K—the winning straight.
Hand 165A♣8♣ UTG 139.1K 2.5K/5K/500 I open to 15K and immediately fold to a 95K all-in from UTG1, who has Q♦Q♣.
Hand 167 7♠A♦ SB T118.1K 2.5K/5K/500 Action folds around to me. BB has 3K more than me. I shove, he folds 6♦A♥.
Hand 1689♠9♦ BTN T127.1K 2.5K/5K/500 Everyone folds to CO, who shoves 24.4K with 2♣2♥. I shove to isolate. BB has one of CO’s outs (2♦7♣). HJ folded T♠2♠, so he’s drawing very slim. BB folds 8♥5♣. The board runs out 5♣K♥3♣5♦A♠. UTG2 folded A♦6♦ off a stack of 221.1K. If BB—the table leader with 227K—had felt adventurous, he would have knocked both of us out with trip fives.
Hand 177Q♥K♠ BTN T149.5K 3K/6K/600 CO opens all-in with 79.3K (a little over 13BB). It’s more than half my stack, but I call. He has A♥7♠, the board runs 4♥7♣6♠A♣3♦ and he makes two pair—more than he needs to win.
Hand 1803♥A♥ CO T68.3K 3K/6K/600 First hand at a new table. HJ limps in and I shove. He folds J♦8♦.
Hand 1888♠Q♠ CO T65.2K 3.5K/7K/700 UTG3 limps in, I shove. He folds T♦K♠.
Hand 194Q♦K♦ SB T76.5K 4K/8K/800 UTG min-raises Q♥J♣ off a stack of 80K. UTG1 has 286.5K and calls with 9♦T♦. I shove, UTG goes all-in, and UTG1 folds. The board is 2♠7♠4♠9♠Q♣ and, remarkably, UTG doesn’t have a spade, so I more than double with the king kicker. He’s all-in for the big blind on the next hand.
Hand 1976♦A♦ HJ T180.2K 4K/8K/800 Got so incredibly lucky here. UTG1 raises to 19.8K from a stack of 236.5K. I call. The flop is A♣A♠7♣. He bets 22.4K, I shove for 159.6K, and he calls. With A♥K♥. Turn is K♠. I’m dead. River is K♦. Everybody loves a chop pot.
Hand 198Q♦K♣ UTG3 T188.6K 4K/8K/800 UTG1 shoves a little over 3BB. I call, along with BTN. We check the board down: 3♣7♠2♦A♣7♣. UTG1 has a pair, with T♠8♠, BTN has A♥Q♣ and wins the pot with two pair.
Hand 209A♦3♦ UTG T138.8K 5K/10K/1K I open to 30K, BB calls with 8♦J♦. Flop is 4♣9♦A♥ and I shove. He folds.
Hand 2143♣A♣ UTG3 T156.8K 6K/12K/1.2K I open to 36K and everyone folds (including SB with A♠8♥).
Hand 226Q♣T♦ BB T126.4K 8K/16K/1.6K A table change that hit me with two big blinds on consecutive hands took a chunk out of my stack. I finally got a little back with a walk.
Hand 241Q♣Q♦ UTG T116.4K 10K/20K/2K A long hand drought at a crucial point—we’ve been in the money for a while—finally breaks. I shove my 5.5BB and get called by the mega-stack with 1.29M in the BB. He has the Mutant Jack. It looks like it’s a winner, with an ace on the 6♥A♥2♥ flop. The 6♣ turn does me no good, but 8♥ on the river makes a flush and I double up.
Hand 242J♥J♠ BB T256.8K 10K/20K/2K Elation is short-lived. CO goes all-in with A♦5♦ for 79.3K, I call, and he doubles up for me with trips on a board of 9♦A♣Q♥A♥3♦.
Hand 2437♥A♠ SB T177.5K 10K/20K/2K BTN limps with 2♠6♠ (and 1.15M). I say the hell with that and shove. BB folds Q♥4♦ and BTN folds when action’s back to him.
Hand 245 9♠9♣ CO T231.5K 10K/20K/2K Normally, I’d play this hand, but UTG2 shoved for 176.6K, I was intent to ladder up, and I made a good fold, because he had T♦T♥.
Hand 246 T♦T♠ HJ T229.5K 12.5K/25K/2.5K My turn for the tens. UTG3 has 1.18M and raises K♦4♥ to 50K. I shove, everyone folds, and I take it.
Hand 258Q♥K♣ UTG T272K 12.5K/25K/2.5K I shove and take it. J♥A♦ folds out of SB, even though he’s got me covered. Stacks at the table range from 171K to 1.3M, with the median at 373K.
Hand 259K♠J♣ BB T327K 12.5K/25K/2.5K BTN limps with A♥K♥ (429.7K), SB raises A♦4♥ to 75K (1.28M), and I come along, with BTN calling. The flop is 5♠A♣T♥, SB bets 122.5K, I fold, then SB folds to an all-in bet from BTN.
Hand 2649♣T♠ UTG T222.5K 15K/30K/3K I jam everything in and BTN calls with only 91K and 4♦4♠. The board is K♣2♥T♦3♥A♥ and I make a pair. Both the other fours were dead.
Hand 267Q♠A♦ BTN T322.5K 15K/30K/3K The table has only 6 players, we’re down to 19 players in the tournament. Seat 1 has 1.04M, I’ve got the button in seat 2. Seat 4 has 392.2K, seat 6 has 1.04M, seat 8 is table chip leader with 1.55M, and seat 9 has a respectable 564K. UTG (seat 8) opened to 68K, UTG2 called the raise, and I shoved for less than 11BB. UTG calls we’re HU to the flop. 5♦4♦8♥ on the flop is safe enough, but he spikes a T♣ on the turn and the 9♦ river is no help.
My VPIP was 20%; I raised 13% of my hands pre-flop. This game, only 26% of the hands I played went to showdown; I won 71% of the showdowns.
267 hands, Four hours and fifty-five minutes. 18th of 1,165 entries. +747% ROI over standard entry cost, entry into this tournament for me was via ticket.