A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 21–40

Bovada $2K Guarantee NLHE 6-Max

Continuing the hand-by hand examination of a 6-max tournament. The first twenty hands saw the elimination of two players, at a point where the starting stack is still more than 60BB deep. A majority of the hands so far have been played five-handed.

I’m player 50, in SB for the first hand here, with a bit of a chip lead since I’ve had a good run of hands and taken out another player already.

HAND 2140/80
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47D9Q5.7K24
50SBA212.4K21
44BB489.9K12
59UTG555.3K23
45CO6K8.1K21

UTG’s pair gets folded because of a timeout. Interestingly, four of us are all about equal in equity, with the ace, king, and queen-high hands nested like matryoshka dolls. D raises the hand and we in the blinds submit.

HAND 2240/80
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47COTJ5.8K11
50D3212.4K12
44SBJJ9.8K40
59BB885.3K18
45UTG5K8.1K19

An interesting hand from a tactical standpoint. UTG folds, and CO makes a min-raise with a hand that’s perfectly acceptable for raising in a 6-max. SB has a great hand and the most chips of anyone remaining in the hand after I fold, and re-raises to 400. Then BB ships his 88 for 5.3K for a squeeze. CO folds. I don’t really see how SB folds the jacks, but he does. Even if he’s flipping or dominated (or loses to a worse hand), he’s not out of the tournament and he’s got most of a starting stack, with over 50BB. Hard to fathom for me.

HAND 2350/10057Q98
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47UTG235.6K14
50COA712.4K22
44DJT9.4K26371618100
59SB6Q5.9K17
45BBJK8.1K216384820

D raises to 300 with a suited connector and gets a perfectly respectable raise from BB’s king-high. He’s even dominating the JT. They both check the flop, then BB leads out for half-pot on the turn. And this is where he makes his mistake. He is in the lead, but it’s just a king-high hand. He doesn’t even have a decent draw, whereas D is open-ended to the nuts. On the river, BB check-folds to a bet of 825 from D. Note that D started the hand with the most equity, by a few points, and would have won in an all-in showdown with the other hands.

HAND 2450/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47BBA75.6K27
50UTG9812.4K11
44COKQ10.0K33
59DJ85.8K18
45SBT57.5K11

Another squeeze play from a BB, after a raise by CO and a call from D. BB shoves and takes the pot. If all three players are in the hand, KQ has a slight edge, HU between BB and CO, there’s just a 6% difference in equity.

HAND 2550/1005T6K7
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
47SB226.3K25227
50BB3T12.4K3230465379100
44UTG879.7K9
59CO785.5K12243130140
45D767.4K2323161770

CO decides to try to steal or trap by making a min-raise and gets everyone behind to call. I check top pair (it isn’t a great kicker), CO bets the open-ender for 400, D calls with middle pair, and I come along. We all check the turn K, although I’m pretty sure I’m still good and drawing to a good thing, Then I bet my flush on the river for 1K and get called by D with two pair. I actually started with more equity than anyone else, and stayed ahead the whole way.

HAND 2650/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67HJ2A5K24
47DJ76.1K18
50SB9614.8K16
44BB689.7K8
59UTGQ24.9K16
45COK85.8K18

UTG folds a queen, HJ folds an ace, and the new guy at the table min-raises his ace to take the pot.

HAND 2750/100J7A4A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67HJJ85.2K12
47COJA6.1K31608394100
50D9T14.7K16
44SB939.6K9
59BBK74.9K23401760
45UTG5T5.8K10

CO opens his JA to 250 and BB loses his mind, going all-in for nearly 50BB with K7. CO snaps him off, flops two pair, and makes a full house on the river, eliminating player 59 and taking us back down to five at the table.

HAND 2850/100Q8TK3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGQ45.2K6
47HJ4A11.1K36546780
50COK914.7K37463392100
44D2Q9.6K10
45BB265.8K12

I call a min-raise from HJ pre-flop, then another 300 when I have a gut-shot draw after the flop. After I hit top pair on the turn, I check behind for a little deception, then again on the river, being a little cautious with just top pair and a middling kicker. But I win.

HAND 2950/100A2A47
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BBQ45.2K23
47UTG6T10.6K4
50HJKT15.3K32657687100
44COJ69.6K203524130
45SB785.7K22

I raise to 300, get a call from CO, and we check it down to the river. Neither of us hit, but I have the king.

HAND 3050/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB8K5.0K22
47BBK710.6K15
50UTGQ515.8K28
44CO3T9.3K23
45D785.7K12

Player 45 picks up the exact same cards two hands in a row and decides to open up for 300 this time, after two players with more equity in front of him fold. Heck, everyone has more equity than he does.

HAND 3150/1007J957
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67D825K17
47SBK510.5K15
50BB3215.8K14
44UTGQJ9.3K24291880
45COKJ5.8K30718292100

UTG raises to 300 and is dominated when CO calls. He flops top pair, bets 475 and gets called, puts in another 1,050 on the turn, and 1.9K on the river. CO rides it down all the way and takes the pot.

HAND 3250/1008Q99J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67COT55K12
47D7910.4K161825870
50SBQ315.7K16
44BBJJ5.6K35827513100
45UTGK39.7K21

Action folds to the button, who takes the opportunity to raise to 300 with 79. BB re-raises to 500, and D elects to call, hitting middle pair on the flop. He calls the 625 c-bet from BB, and makes trips on the turn, calling another 1,050. Then he gets really unlucky when BB makes the full house and shoves. D loses more than half his stack on the trips.

HAND 3350/100674QA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGJ85K5718110
47CO424.8K19
50DT815.6K7
44SBTT11.2K375241630
45BBJK9.7K32414226100

UTG raises J8 to 300 and gets calls from two far better hands in the blinds. Everyone checks through the flop—which gives them all a flush draw and actually increases UTG’s equity with the straight flush—and then the turn, until the river when BB makes the nuts and gets SB to check-call a bet of 500.

HAND 3450/100
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB734.7K21
47UTGKA4.8K19
50CO4515.6K18
44D4T10.4K23
45SBAK10.8K19

Everybody gets a diamond for the second card! UTG raises to 300 and gets re-raised to 900 by SB, but then loses his connection or goes to sleep and folds due to a timeout. With their shared AxKx hands, UTG and SB actually have less equity pre-flop than 73 or 4T. SB wins the hand.

HAND 3575/150
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB824.6K13
47BBT54.5K16
50UTG3415.6K13
44CO9J10.4K33
45DA611.2K25

CO opens the hand with the best equity pre-flop to 3x the big blind and takes the hand.

HAND 3675/150
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67DTA4.5K26
47SB7Q4.4K9
50BBK315.6K21
44UTG8610.6K20
74HJTJ5K8
45COQJ11.2K16

CO limps in and D shoves for 30BB, which I can’t really recommend with someone holding three times your stack in the BB. Gets through this time.

HAND 3775/150K66K7
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67CO3T4.9K15
47D2A4.3K2556400
50SB2815.5K10
44BB4610.6K14449697100
74UTGQ75K22
45HJ5911.0K14

D min-raises and gets called by the suited one-gapper in the BB. BB then check-calls 450 on the flop, which ought to be a warning sign to someone with no pair. I’ve heard people repeat a saying about not chasing flushes on paired boards. That ought to go quadruple for double-paired boards. D’s so entranced by the nut flush draw that when BB makes a value bet of 1K on the river, D calls it, thinking he has two pair with an ace kicker, instead of a hand that was crushed on the flop.

HAND 3875/150
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67CO364.9K17
47CO382.6K11
50D7K15.4K39
44SB8312.4K4
74BB835K13
45UTG5211.0K15

If I’d had any idea that my 7K was so dominating…. Three players with the same crappy hand, and all of the threes are out. Instead, it gets walked to BB. For everyone who laughs about “It was suited”, look at the equity difference between the suited 8x3x of CO and BB and the same hand unsuited for SB.

HAND 3975/15076K3J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTGK24.9K2336658289100
47HJ582.6K10
50COTJ15.4K23
44D4Q12.4K9
74SB6Q5.1K15271818110
45BBA811.0K19

UTG limps, SB came along, and the ace in the BB did not raise, which might well have gotten the two smaller stacks out of the hand. After the flop, both blinds check, UTG makes a half-pot bet, and SB calls with bottom pair. Action checks down to the river—UTG is being a bit cautious with his bad kicker—but he takes the hand at the end.

HAND 4075/150
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB355.4K13
47UTGK72.6K21
50HJAT15.4K30
44CO6212.4K8
74D284.7K12
45SB4J10.9K16

Player 47 is a little more snug than 67, though he’s only got half as many chips and his king’s not suited. He lets it go and I open to 450. Nobody else has anything decent, and I take the pot.

Summary

  • 25 of the 40 hands so far were played with five at the table. More than half of the five and six-handed deals have been won by the player whose cards had the most pre-flop equity.
  • Ten hands have been won with a single raise.
  • Three players have been eliminated from this table in 40 hands.
  • Overall VPIP and PFR stats for the current players at the table: 44 (37%/26%), 45 (30%/8%), 47 (36%/33%), 50 (30%/20%), 67 (27%/20%), 74 (20%/0%), though the stats for the last two are on short number of hands and none of them will be really meaningful until we’ve passed 100 hands. Of the four players who’ve been at the table since it formed, Player 45 is the anomaly, calling much more often than raising.
  • I’m 6/6 on showdowns.