A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 201-220

Bovada $2K NLHE 6-Max

When we left off on Thursday, we were somewhere between 17 and 13 players remaining in a 143-entry 6-Max tournament that started hours ago. I’m publishing equity charts of every deal five days a week until the very last hand. Play has been relatively tight (for 6-Max) in the early stages of the money, with a number of stacks in the Danger Zone making things, well, dangerous….

HAND 201600/1200/120
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB3855K22
52UTG9722.8K42
121CO4238.5K8
141D6211.8K14
140SB6419.7K13

When 97 had 42% of the preflop equity five-handed, you know there are a bunch of bad hands out there. I get a walk in BB—even 38 has better than average equity….

HAND 202600/1200/120
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBQQ56.1K33
52BB8J22.7K14
121UTG5638.4K14
141COTK11.6K19
140DA619K20

D opens his ace for 3.6K and I raise to 12K. He and BB will be playing for at least half their stack if they call the raise, and all their chips if they 4-bet. Even 3-handed, with an over card in each of their hands, I have less than 50% equity, so I want them to be taking a risk to call. They both fold to the re-raise.

HAND 203600/1200/120
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D5661.3K10
52SB6721.4K9
121BB9438.2K6
141UTG9911.5K68
140CO7215.3K6

My queens were only worth 33% pre-flop; up against weak hands the nines here are twice as good. UTG shoves his short stack and nobody calls.

HAND 204800/1600/160
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO4Q61.2K4
52D9A20.7K13
121SB7236.9K22
141BBQA13.8K37
140UTG9415.2K7
5HJT4163.2K18

How much must I have offended the Poker Gods to get a hand with just 4% equity? Particularly now that player 5’s back at the table? (This is an indication that we’re down to just two tables, with most of the carnage on the other tables.) D rips in 13BB after I fold and he’s lucky BB has some sort of timeout issue, because I’m fairly sure he would have called. Maybe he’s just letting himself get bullied so he can make the final table.

HAND 205800/1600/160AT4KQ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50HJ5361.1K12
52CO8A23.9K8
121DJ736K14
141SB2512K9
140BBJA15K11248411100
5UTGKK163K467616890

The big stack starts off with a UTG raise to 4.1K. Action folds around to BB, who shoves for about 15K, which UTG calls, naturally ehough. There’s a see-sawing shift in equity that ends with the small stack doubling up.

HAND 206800/1600/160
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG4960.9K9
52HJ4Q23.7K14
121CO9835.8K15
141D9K11.1K21
140SB5831.5K25
5BB35148K16

BB gets a walk. Again the short stack in D times out and folds a hand they should be playing, even into two larger stacks.

HAND 207800/1600/1609J5T2
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BBQJ60.7K2351414960
52UTG7923.5K13
121HJ5K35.6K23
141CO4210.9K15
140DQ830.5K1222515194100
5SB7T149.6K15278

D and SB limp in. I flop top pair, but on a monochrome board. My equity actually goes down on the flop; D’s dominated queen picks up a gutshot straight draw and the flush draw. I bet top pair for 2K, D check-calls, and SB folds. He makes the straight on the turn. I’m drawing to a chop at best, but I bet 5K, which he raises to 10K. I call, the river makes his flush, I finally give up and check and we show down.

HAND 208800/1600/1606J8Q4
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBKA47K28738433100
52BB7423.4K10
121UTG3935.5K14
141HJ5810.8K15
140CO7T46.5K16
5DAQ147.9K172716670

I’m only down for a minute. When player 5 opens for 4K from the button, I figure I’m doubling up or going out in the money, so I shove KA and he calls after BB folds. Everything’s fine on the flop, but the turn goes a bit wonky, until the river brings me a saving flush.

HAND 209800/1600/160
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D8A96.2K29
52SB3K21.6K20
121BB2435.3K6
141UTG9210.6K7
140HJ9646.4K21
5COT4100.9K17

I open to 4.8K and everyone folds.

HAND 210800/1600/16097QKT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO9A99.4K27615000
52D3T20.7K13
121SBTJ33.6K193950100100
141BB3510.4K12
140UTGJ246.2K7
5HJK6100.7K21

HJ raises his offsuit king to 4.6K and I just call. SB makes a creative decision to squeeze, HJ folds and I make the call. I make a pair but his draws are to everything, as he picks up an open-ended straight draw and a back-door flush draw. The king on the turn makes the straight. The fact that it gives him a four to the flush is irrelevant—I’m already dead.

HAND 211800/1600/160
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50HJ5J65.8K21
52CO6520.5K10
121D6873.9K10
141SBT78.7K18
140BBT446K11
5UTGK896K30

Nobody feeling good after the last hand. BB gets walked.

HAND 212800/1600/160
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG6Q65.7K16
52HJK520.3K19
121CO2A73.8K11
141D587.7K9
140SBA647.6K10
5BBJJ95.8K35

Action folds to the blinds, SB min-raises his ace, and BB jams with jacks.

HAND 213800/1600/16067464
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB8565.5K14
52UTG9620.2K5
121HJQA73.6K40793300
141CO7K7.6K20
140D9T44.3K18
5SB6999.8K42167100100

UTG raises to 4.8K and somehow gets called by SB with the least amount of equity of any of the players. Like some sort of evil magic, player 5 flops a pair, checks that and the trips on the turn when he’s got HJ dead, then bets half pot (6.1K) and gets called by HJ, who’s hoping for a chop of two pair on the board with another ace, not lose to a full house.

HAND 214800/1600/160JT564
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB2363.8K15
52BBA720K28571680
121UTG5K62.6K10
141HJ647.4K12
140CO3644.1K7
5DKT113.1K28438492100

D opens to 4.1K and BB shoves his ace for about 20K, which gets called quickly. D pairs up on the flop and stays ahead to the river. Player 52 goes out in 11th place.

HAND 215800/1600/160K5A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D3862.8K8
121BB4662.4K16356
141UTGT77.2K18
140HJ9844K16
5COKQ134.6K426594

SB is dead. CO raises to 4.4K, BB calls. CO c-bets his pair of kings and BB folds.

HAND 216800/1600/160
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO8K62.6K27
121SB6257.8K15
141BB587.1K11
140UTGT343.8K21
5HJ7J139.6K27

Dead button. We’re letting player 5 push us around! Someone stand up and fight! He raises to 4.5K and we all fold.

HAND 217800/1600/160
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO7J62.5K27
121DQA56.9K31
141SB925.3K11
140BBTQ43.6K18
5UTG62142.7K13

I raise my suited jack-seven to 4.8K and see what happens? D shoves on me with ace-queen. I fold.

HAND 218800/1600/160A8354
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG2757.5K16
121CO5964.7K22
141DKJ4.4K386724130
140SB6K41.9K8
5BB86142.5K16337687100

Looking back over his hands, it’s hard to tell where player 141 made his mistake, apart from not coming in deepstacked enough to play enough hands before being blinded away (he was among the last batch of players who entered, with less than 10BB to start). Now he has less than 3BB and he goes all-in, but nobody on the table is going to be hurt by a loss to him. I’d have called him with my 27 if I was in the BB (and won with a straight). BB only has to call 2.6K more, and while D’s ahead pre-flop, after that he sinks into the abyss in 9th place (see also the Summary).

HAND 2191000/2000/200
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB7457.4K25
121UTG2T64.5K15
140D2940.9K13
5SBJA148.1K47

SB steals my BB with a 6K raise at the new blind level.

HAND 2201000/2000/200
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBJ955.2K40
121BB2964.3K10
140UTG8240.7K25
5D6J150.7K25

I should raise, but I don’t even bother.

Summary

We’re below nine players in the tournament.

  • Five more walks in these 20 hands.
  • Between me and player 5, we took 60% of the pots in this batch. Player 5 got eight of them, and he wasn’t even in the first three hands.
  • VPIP/PFR for the players who were at the table when it was six-handed: 5 (59%/33%), 50 (30%/20%), 52 (22%/11%), 121 (24%/16%), 140 (19%/17%), 141 (10%/10%). Player 141 has been tracked for 40 hands throughout the tournament, playing ultra-conservatively for 6-max, but he’s gone now after letting himself get too short. On the other end of the range, well, there’s the tournament leader, player 5, who’s playing literally twice as many hands as me. Heck, he’s raising more hands than I’m playing, and I’m playing more than anyone else.

Four-handed play continues tomorrow as we battle toward the final table.