A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 61–80

Bovada $2K Guarantee NLHE 6-Max

Part four of a 6-max tournament from start to finish, hand by hand. We’re just over an hour into the tournament from where I started, a bit more than that from the actual beginning of the tournament. Around ninety players have entered the tournament (out of more than 150 before the end of registration), so there are fifteen or so tables, and five have been eliminated from this table. I’m player 50, in the chip lead at the table and near the lead of the tournament.

HAND 61100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BBJ35.8K17
87UTGQ65K25
50CO4K
21.5K30
74D73
17.7K6*
45SBT76.3K22

UTG and I fold our mis-matched cards and D makes a min-raise from the button with the absolute least amount of equity of any of the five players. And wins the pot.

HAND 62100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SB635.6K10
87BBT45K23*
50UTG J2 21.5K21
74CO Q3 18K20
45D956.2K25

Another attempt to steal with a less-than-optimal hand on the button, though player 45 does this time have more pre-flop equity than anyone else, bizarrely enough. The new guy in the big blind (he came in on hand 60, so this is only his third hand) shoves over a raise to 600 with a suited ten, and D folds.

HAND 63100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67D5Q5.5K13
87SB945.7K14
50BB 9421.5K7
74UTG 4718K17
45COKQ5.6K49

Good hand, 3x raise,, and player 45 takes back a little of what he lost. I’m certainly not contesting it; I don’t even have the best nine-four hand.

HAND 64100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67CO835.5K13
87D6Q5.6K27
50SB 9T21.3K36
74BB5518K15
45UTG255.9K9

Action folds to me in SB, I toss the hand away even though it’s pretty good. I didn’t feel any need to go head-to-head with the only player who could do me actual damage at this point.

HAND 65100/2003Q847
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67UTG2A5.5K11
87CO6Q5.6K32
50D4921.2K26
74SBA418.1K10*
45BBA85.9K21

Not often you’re going to see queen-six offsuit with the most equity, even five-handed. With three of the aces dealt, you can expect to see something unexpected happen. UTG lays down the weakest ace, the hand with the most equity folds, I fold a hand that I wouldn’t expect to be in better shape than three ace-high hands, and SB shoves with what was the second-worst hand of the batch. BB folds the better ace. He’s at risk against an unknown hand with just a middling ace.

HAND 66100/2009326A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67BB845.5K14
87UTG6Q5.6K23
50COK921.2K213674840
74DAT18.3K29642616100
45SBJ25.7K13

Just like to point out here for “online poker is rigged” conspiracy theorists that player 87 has had some variation of a queen and a six for the past thee hands. That’s got to be aggravating. Anyway, he folds that and I open to 600, getting called by the suited ace. Tables turn on the flop, but he sticks around when I c-bet 800, and another 1.5K after the turn. I incorrectly put him on tens to kings and bet another 3K on the river but he has the ace and that’s that.

HAND 67100/2007TA5Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
67SBA35.5K26425657760
87BB245.6K12
50UTGKJ15.3K3034424324100
74CO6J24.5K19232
45D255.6K13

87’s finally got something other than queen-six. I raise UTG, and the new table leader calls, along with the only ace. He bets 1K on the flop with top pair and I call with my nut flush and gut-shot straight draws. After the turn card, he shoves another 3.7K. I make the call and hit Broadway on the river to knock him out.

HAND 68100/20045K4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
87SB485.4K17
50BBJ921.4K32372815100
74UTGQA23.9K446372850
45COQ85.6K8

Dead button. Four-handed with jack-nine in the big blind? You bet I’m calling 600 from UTG’s ace-queen. We check it down to the river, where the jack seals the hand for me.

HAND 69100/2007Q34J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
87DA35.3K29
50SB8722.1K16
74BBJ823.3K21333
45UTG9Q5.6K346797

UTG raises to 600 and BB calls. The flop is not friendly to BB’s hand, and he check-folds to a bet of 650.

HAND 70100/2007284J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG8512.2K17
87COJ35.3K17
50D9222K24
74SBK322.7K275914
45BB486.3K164186

New meat on the table. SB opens with a min-raise and gets called by BB. SB makes a min c-bet of 200, gets raised to 600 by BB with top pair, then folds.

HAND 71100/2007284J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BBQ512.2K17
87UTG6J5.3K17
50COQ322K24
74DT722.1K27
45SB586.9K16

D raises to 400 and BB appears to have some sort of connection issue, forcing a fold.

HAND 72100/20048A4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SBJQ12K31
87BB7T5.3K173726
50UTGT322K10
74CO9Q22.4K196374
45D546.8K23

CO min-raises and SB disconnects with the best hand. BB calls. They both whiff the flop, CO bets 400 again, and BB folds.

HAND 73125/250/2548A4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64DK511.9K12
87SBTA4.9K31
50BB2222K21
74UTG6922.9K22
45COK46.8K19

Action folds to the button, who raises to 750 with the worst of the hands pre-flop, only to have the SB shove for half his stack to win the pot. I wasn’t about to play my deuces.

HAND 74125/250/2548A4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64CO7211.2K15
87D446K9
50SBK921.8K38
74BBT422.9K20
45UTG4J6.8K18

With the other two fours dealt, player 87’s pair has the least equity of the five hands out there (even less than seven-deuce), but action folds to him, he bets 750, and the off-suit king-nine is just outside the range I want to call with out of position.

HAND 75125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTG8211.1K16
87COQA6.5K37546372100100
50DT921.6K1619202800
74SB9J22.6K212717
45BBJ46.8K10

I get caught in my own trap. Along with SB, I call a raise to 750 from CO. On the flop with the nut flush draw, CO shoves for 5.7K and I take a risk and call. SB folds, naturally, I’m dead on the turn, and less than ten hands after recovering from a previous misstep, I’ve put my foot in it again.

HAND 76125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64BB7311.1K21
87UTG4614K17
50CO3615.1K8
74DK521.8K45
45SB356.5K8

D opens the best hand (the best hand by far is king-five!) to 500 and the blinds fold.

HAND 77125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB4210.8K14
87BB9414K22
50UTGK315.1K13
74COKQ22.3K33
45DQ86.3K18

The best pre-flop hand raises to 500 in CO and wins the pot.

HAND 78125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64D8610.7K22
87SB7313.7K12
50BB2615.1K10
74UTG6T22.8K22
45COQ36.3K34

Nobody likes their cards well enough to bet, and I get a walk in the BB with the worst hand.

HAND 79125/250/2566K2J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64CO4K10.7K18
87DK613.6K27
50SB4815.3K15
74BB3Q22.8K10
45UTGJQ6.3K30

UTG puts in a raise to 750 and everyone folds.

HAND 80125/250/2564993
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64UTGA510.6K20546984100
87CO2A13.6K12
50D8315.2K14
74SBT722.5K22
45BBKJ6.8K324631160

Some actual action closes out this installment after a bunch of raise-and-fold hands. UTG raises to 750 with a suited ace, and goes to the flop HU against BB, gaining the equity advantage by forcing out the other players. There’s no c-bet on the flop, but UTG makes a delayed c-bet for 750 on the turn when the nine pairs. Both players check the river, and the ace is good for the pot.

Summary

  • More than half the deals were won by the hand with the most equity pre-flop. One eighth were won by the second-best equity.
  • In 80 hands: a total of 5 walks, one chop.
  • Player 74 has a VPIP of 41% and a PFR of 27%, the most active player at the table. The two players who’ve been at the table since I got there (45 and myself. are 26%/9% and 30%23%, respectively, his stats are a bit more passive, though that can be a result of position and cards at this point of the competition.
  • I’m still at 82% on my showdowns.

Tomorrow is the Poker Calendar Roundup, so hands 81–100 will be available on Thursday.