A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 41-60

Bovada $2K Guarantee NLHE 6-Max

The third installment of a 6-max tournament from start to finish, hand by hand. In the previous twenty hands, we lost a third player.

HAND 4175/15076K3J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB3T5.3K7
47BBQ82.6K17
50UTGKA15.6K34
44HJ5712.4K20
74CO5T4.7K8
45DJ210.8K13

I led with a raise to 450 UTG and everyone folded.

HAND 4275/150K7T3J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67D335.2K23254
47SBJQ2.4K263223*
50BB4K15.9K91833
44UTG8Q12.4K7
74HJ464.7K212439
45CO8K10.8K15

Three players limp into the pot and I pick up a large amount of equity on the flop. I lead out for 275 and HJ comes along with the flush draw, but we both fold to a shove from the open-ended straight draw of the SB after D folds the low pair. I could have afforded the chips, but my king’s too weak. There’s 1.15K in the pot before the shove, I have to call nearly 2K to win 2K and I had HJ behind me with another 2.5K on top of that.

HAND 4375/150AA99J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67COJ35.1K8
47D743.4K12
50SB6815.4K17
44BB2212.4K18495617
74UTGJQ4.3K33514483
45HJ6510.8K12

UTG min-raised and gets called by just BB’s deuces. It’s a dead heat before the flop, but even with a made pair, deuces are barely ahead. UTG bets 300 more and deuces call. The jig’s up on the turn, when UTG appears to figure out BB’s got a low pair and is probably counterfeit, bets 450 and gets a fold.

HAND 4475/150Q379J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67HJ885K182310
47COT23.4K7
50DAA15.4K437790
44SB4Q11.8K10
74BB6J5K17
45UTG7210.8K5

A pretty nice situation for yours truly. HJ min-raised his eights and I 3-bet to 1K. He was the only caller. He made a probe bet on the flop of just 300 into a pot of almost 2.5K and I walloped it with a 2K re-raise that ended the hand.

HAND 4575/1502TA88
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGJ53.8K5
47HJQ33.4K21
50CO6516.9K1418300*
44D7K11.7K4
74SBJK4.8K28
45BB7710.8K298297100100

I was feeling my oats after the jacks and I raised suited connectors to 450, getting called only by the pair in BB. I’m way behind even before the flop, but I use my larger stack and my image, and c-bet 500 when the ace hits. Absolutely stone cold dead on the turn, then I  bet another 1K on the river and the sevens fold.

HAND 4675/1505J977
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB5Q3.8K5
47UTGTA3.4K203317190
50HJQQ17.9K26678381100
44CO6K11.7K18
74DJT4.7K15
45SB449.9K18

Starting equities were remarkably flat since one of the other queens was already dealt out. UTG min-raised and I pushed it up to 1K—I’m sure people though I was just trying to run over the table at this point, just two hands after the aces they hadn’t seen. Not exactly fair. Everyone folded around to UTG, who shoved. I called the extra 2.4K and the board ran out a win for me, eliminating player 47 on hand 46. Ironic, I know. With three of the queens already in play blocking his Broadway draws, he was more or less limited to the aces to pull his fat out of the fire, but he did pick up a little equity on the turn with a gut-shot draw to the jack-high straight.

HAND 4775/150J7J82
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SBAA3.6K60889597100
50BBK721.6K6
44UTGKK11.7K1012730
74CO234.7K11
45D5T9.8K13

The starting equity for my pocket aces in hand 44 didn’t break 50% but with only five players and with one of the primary challenger’s set draws dealt out, SB’s aces are in great shape. UTG raises his kings to 450, SB 3-bets to 1.2K, UTG thinks he’s gonna do the second knockout in as many hands and puts SB all-in to call, and SB delivers the bad news. After the flop, the case king is the only hope for UTG, and it never comes, so player 67 doubles up.

HAND 4875/150J379J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67DA67.4K23
50SBK521.4K20
44BB9J8.1K25
74UTG4Q4.7K21
45CO729.8K12

Player 45 got seven-deuce two hands in a row: HA! This hand, BB gets a walk. Interestingly enough, he’s got slightly more pre-flop equity with jack-nine than anyone else.

HAND 4975/1509839J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67COQK7.4K374528*
50DA621.4K14
44SBAJ8.2K245572
74BBQ74.7K14
45UTGJ59.8K11

CO—riding the crest of his double-up—limp-calls a raise to 600 by SB and they’re HU to the flop. Neither one has anything but CO bets 825 when SB checks, and SB folds the better hand.

HAND 50100/200Q379J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTG848.1K13
50COA221.3K22
44D567.6K26
74SBJK4.6K23
45BBJQ9.8K16

Action folds to player 44 who raises his suited connectors for 600 then gets jack-king shoved in his face by the short stack in SB. Player 44 folds and player 74 takes the pot.

HAND 51100/200Q358K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB7T8.1K22
50UTGA621.3K20
44CO97
7K1935850
74D645.4K11
45SBQJ9.6K28659295100

I folded my ragged ace, CO raised a suited one-gap to 600 and got called by SB’s over cards, going to the flop with a bit of a disadvantage. SB checks top pair and CO bets 700, which gets called. Same thing after the turn for 1K, and SB check-calls one last bluff attempt on the river, for 2.5K, doing some real damage to player 44.

HAND 52100/200Q358K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB227.9K17*
50BB9521.3K24
44UTGT6
2.2K23
74COT35.4K21
45D2514.6K15

Everyone folded to the SB, who shoved deuces. I folded. I started the hand with more equity than SB; with the other players folded out, I had a 2% edge.

HAND 53100/2006QT8K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67D3A8.1K265913
50SBK821.1K19
44BB57
2.2K18
74UTGJT5.4K164187
45COJQ14.6K21

UTG min-raises and gets called by the best hand, held by player 67. The best hand turns to garbage after the flop gives the pair to UTG, who bets 600. D attempts to bluff with a raise to 1.2K, but UTG shoves middle pair and takes the pot.

HAND 54100/2006QT8K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67COT26.5K7
50DJT21K37
44SB92
2K12
74BB7Q7.3K25
45UTG7514.6K19

I haven’t done anything for a while. I raise suited jack-ten—with far more equity than anyone else—from the button and the blinds fold.

HAND 55100/200JQ88K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTG9K6.5K305710
50CO3Q21.3K16
44D42
1.9K22
74SB9T7.1K111381
45BBTQ14.6K21309

UTG min-raises his king and gets called by the blinds. SB doesn’t have a club, but he does have the non-flush nuts and he shoves. BB is in bad shape and elects not to risk half his stack; UTG ditches as well.

HAND 56100/200JQ88K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB2Q6.1K21
50UTGK521.3K22
44CO88
1.9K33
74DT57.9K13
45SB6514.2K11

I fold, CO shoves his pair, and nobody pays him off.

HAND 57100/200JQ88K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB7T5.9K25
50BB3Q21.3K23
44UTG85
2.2K11
74CO627.9K15
45DK814.1K27

D opened action with a raise to 600 and the blinds laid down.

HAND 58100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67DKJ5.8K14
50SB5421.1K14
44BBAA
2.2K507282950
74UTG777.9K1822/6810/775/92100
45COJA14.4K56/328/230/80

Suddenly, so many good hands—at least, most of them would be good under normal circumstances. UTG raises his pair to 600 and gets called by ace-jack. Perfectly normal. Then the short stack shows up with aces in BB and shoves 2.2K. UTG re-shoves and poor CO’s drawing very thin but apparently feels he needs to call another 7.3K (equity values after the slash in the chart are for the larger second pot between players 74 and 45. Player 44’s hopes are crushed when the sevens make a set on the river.

HAND 59100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67CO6T5.8K20
50D4A21K35
74BB5718K22
45UTGJ66.5K23

Just four players in this hand. UTG and CO fold, I raise my ace, and BB lets go of his cards.

HAND 60100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGQJ5.8K40
87HJA95K20
50CO2A21.2K11
74SB9217.8K4
45BB486.5K25

Player 87 comes in with a fresh stack and gets disconnected. I raise my crummy ace and fold the blinds out, although with UTG and HJ out of the picture and one of the aces gone, BB’s four-eight is just about as good as my hand. UTG’s hand had almost as much equity pre-flop as any cards can get five-handed.

Summary

  • Nearly two-thirds of the deals have been five-handed. Half of the deals have been won by the player with the most equity at the time of the deal.
  • Five players have been eliminated in 60 hands. The most recent of those, player 44 got unlicky in having his aces cracked, but he had been incredibly active in the five-handed deals, playing half those hands dealt and raising more than 40%.
  • VPIP/PFR stats for the remaining players with more than one deal (I’m player 50): 45 (27/7), 50 (33/27), 67 (31/23), 74 (28/16).