A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 121-140

Bovada $2K NLHE 6-Max

The tournament’s been running for more than two hours and I’ve been it (as player 50) for slightly less than that. I’ve held the table chip lead and been near the lead in the tournament overall for for most of the game at this point. Nine players have bit the dust at our table alone.

Fully 70% of the deals have been played five-handed, with fewer than 20% played with a full table of six.

HAND 121200/400/405A9
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64SB8721.3K8177
105BB8721.4K9187
50UTG6435.3K17
81COA527.1K326586
45D9T11.8K35

The only player with two cards above an eight, D has the most equity by a few points to start the hand. He folds though, after CO limps in. SB calls and there are three players to the flop. The ace is well ahead of the other two players, who are splitting a pot most of the time they’re getting any of it. After the flop, BB tries to represent something with a bet of 1.6K, but he gets slammed with a 3.2K raise from CO, who’s made two pair. The blinds fold.

HAND 122200/400/409J57Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
64DT820.9K283323000
105SB8519.3K6
50BB8935.3K23277479100100
81UTG2429.6K14
45CO7711.8K3040321

CO raises his pair to 1.2K, D calls with a couple spades, and I come along with the suited connector and the least amount of equity of the three of us. Things change drastically on the flop: I make middle pair with a flush draw, while D’s open-ended straight is pretty crushed, and the sevens that opened the hand are in horrible shape. I check it to see what people are going to do (there is a jack on board), and the others do the same.

The turn makes D’s straight but it also completes my flush, even giving me a straight flush draw. CO’s pair improves significantly but he’s still well behind. I check it again, the sevens bet out 2K, D calls, and I raise to 10K. CO times out and is folded, then D shoves and I call. He’s eliminated in 42nd place.

HAND 123200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
105DK619.1K28
50SB8759.7K23
81BBA529.6K14
121UTG745K6
45CO9Q8.5K30

New player at the table. Everyone folds to BB.

HAND 124200/400/4062TQT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
125HJ595K5
105CO5919K5
50DT359.5K17
81SBJA30K38546819190
121BBQ35K2027186981100
45UTG9J8.5K15191411

UTG limps in, though I really feel he should be raising that particular hand. SB just limps with the ace. What’s going on? That lets BB—new player at the table—into the action. SB goes to the flop with the best hand.

Because nobody’s taken a lead with a pre-flop raise, none of them bet the flop. The effective stack is only a quarter of SB’s stack, he’s got a good—very good in a 6-Max game—ace, and he’s still not betting. Then, after the turn, when BB bets his newly-made top pair for 800, he calls after UTG folds. They both check the river, and the cards that shouldn’t still be in the hand take it down.

HAND 125200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
125UTG435K13
105HJ9T19K33
50CO2859.4K5
81D8728.7K18
121SB326.8K9
45BB3Q8K22

HJ folds the hand with the most equity. I fold the hand with the least. SB raises his 32 and BB folds his dominating hand.

HAND 126200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB3859.4K13
77UTGAQ30K38
112CO746.7K15
19D9529.5K23
5SB6332.2K10

I’m moved to a new table where I’m still the chip leader and it’s my first encounter during the tournament with player 5, the eventual winner of the tournament. UTG raises his AQ and everyone folds/

HAND 127200/400/40KTJ6J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB3259K10
77BBA930.8K294846240
112UTG556.6K23525476100
19CO7Q29.5K13
5D7K31.9K25

UTG shoves his small pair and BB calls with the mid-level ace. BB picks up some outs to eliminate UTG on the flop, but on the river, UTG is doubling up.

HAND 128200/400/403J238
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50DQJ58.7K17255080
77SB2824.2K13
112BBJ913.6K15
19UTG7629.4K21
5COQA31.9K33755092100

CO raises to 1.2K and I call. The flop gives me top pair, but with two overs and the nut flush draw, CO and I are dead even in equity. I call another 1.6K. When he makes the flush on the turn and checks, I’m not suckered into the bet. I need a jack or three on the river and he knows it, I think. Then again, maybe he’s hoping I have a high club. He doesn’t bother to make a bet and takes the pot.

HAND 129200/400/4097AQ4
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO7A55.9K19
77D4K23.9K16
112SBTT13.1K18201200
19BBQQ29.4K328088100100
5UTG5635.4K15

I can’t believe how many chips I saved myself here. I open-fold a ragged ace five-handed. D raises his king to 1.2K and gets 3-bet to 3.6K by the tens in SB. BB has queens and more chips than either of the other two players and 4-bets 7.5K. D folds, SB shoves for 13.1K, and BB calls, of course. I was probably kicking myself on the flop, then patting myself on the back on the turn. I do wonder if I’d made it as far as the flop if I could have gotten the queens to back off with 16K behind if I’d bet the ace…. Player 112 goes out in 37th place.

HAND 130200/400/40
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTGK955.9K46
77COQ422.7K13
19SBQT43.9K29
5BB3Q35.4K12

I open to 1.2K and everyone with a queen folds.

HAND 131200/400/40Q8A88
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB7756.6K48551050
77UTG6322.6K10
19D4443.6K1819950
5SBQ234.9K24268190100

The fours limp in, as does SB, and I just let them, like some sort of wimp rather than a guy with half the pre-flop equity and almost as many chips as the two of them put together. It all goes up in smoke on the flop, but everyone calls the 650 bet from SB. We all check the next two streets, and we’ve all got full houses, but the queen wins it for SB.

HAND 132250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB5655.5K16
77BBJK22.6K35
105UTG7215.4K12
19CO5Q42.5K17
5DT337.1K21

Player 105 is moved to the table (we saw him at the previous table about ten hands earlier). BB gets a walk.

HAND 133250/500/50TAT27
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50DKJ55.2K245873800
77SB3K23K8
105BBQ415.3K20
19UTG9642.5K26
5CO8737.1K22422720100

CO raises his suited connector and I call for 1.2K. We check it to the river when he catches a second pair and takes the pot.

HAND 134250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO7353.9K13
77D3Q22.7K22
105SB5T14.8K14
19BBK842.4K36
5UTG8T39.3K16

BB has the most equity, and everyone gives him a walk.

HAND 135250/500/50J34K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTGTK53.9K32472989
77CO2322.7K9
105D4914.5K16
19SB8542.9K22
5BBA339.2K21537111

I raise to 1.5K and BB calls. He’s a little ahead pre-flop, but pulls way ahead on the flop with bottom pair. We both check, then I bet 2K when I get the lead on the turn. He folds.

HAND 136250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
132BB945K20
50UTG3455.8K6
77HJ8622.6K28
105CO3A14.4K10
19DA742.6K22
5SB5237.7K13

HJ, with an unsuited one-gapper, actually has the most equity in this hand, even with two aces in play. He and I both fold, however, and CO opens to 2K with a pretty bad ace. D folds a better ace, despite having CO covered by three times, and both blinds fold. BB is a new stack; we’re nearing the end of entry, where a buy-in gets you 10BB.

HAND 137250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB9555.8K12
77UTGKK22.6K59
105HJK815.4K9
19CO8Q42.5K7
5DQ637.4K14

Just like that, player 132 is moved off the table for balancing. Thanks for the BB! UTG is one of the two shorter stacks, but he stiill has 44BB. He has kings and makes just a min-raise. Nobody bites. We’ve seen that story before.

HAND 138250/500/509K3KJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBJ855.2K18
77BBAQ23.3K355924160
105UTG2815.4K7
19HJ4T42.5K15
5CO9637.3K24417684100

CO tries to get into the hand for the minimum, but BB pops it up to 2K. CO calls with the 96 and catches second pair. BB tries a c-bet of 2.8K, but CO comes along, and floats the 4.5K bet when the second king hits on the turn. BB is out more than 9K. He might be able to get CO to fold with an all-in for his last 14K on the river (the pot is nearly 20K, so it wouild need to be big, since CO has almost 30K behind). He doesn’t, though, and the nine is enough for CO to take the pot.

HAND 139250/500/50A9262
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D8454.9K13
77SB5A14K31609689100
105BB6J15.3K18404110
19UTGK942.4K31
5COJ447K8

SB raises to 1.5K and gets called by BB, with couple of diamonds. maybe he’s inspited by the last hand. SB bets 1K, and BB raises to 4K, which SB calls. The difference here is that in the previous hand, player 5 outflopped player 77 and called his bets on two streets. He didn’t try to bluff him after he’d put in more than a sixth of his stack. BB manages to avoid more disaster when he actually hits something on the turn, but he doesn’t improve on the river (both streets are checked) and he loses the hand.

HAND 140250/500/5056979
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50COTJ54.9K7
77DQA19.7K395533210
105SB529.8K18
19BBJT42.4K6
5UTGJJ47K31456779100

Poor player 77 cannot catch a break. He’s got an ace for the third hand in a row, AxQx two of those three hands. He’s got the most equity here, because all of the jacks are dealt out, so player 5 has less of a chance to catch a set. He’s got the only ace. and the only over cards. Player 5 won’t need a set, though.

UTG raises his pair to 1.4K (he’s actually one of those players that picks weird number combos, the exact value is 1,432). I call the raise, then D re-raises to 6.7K (6,728, exact). The blinds fold. UTG shoves his jacks, I fold, D calls, and they’re off to the races. Unllike most of these “coin flips”, the pair is behind in equity, heads-up.

The turn gives D a little bit of hope for at least a chop, if not an outright win, but on the river he’s eliminated in 33rd place and player 5 takes the table chip lead.

Summary

  • More than 100 of the 140 hands so far have been dealt with just five players at the table.
  • The cards with the most preflop equity continue to be a dominant force, winning more than half the pots so far.
  • Three more players hit the rail in this group of hands, representing an overall drop in the tournament of nine players. We’re only nine places from the money
  • VPIP and PFR for the remaining players: 5 (40%/20%), 19 (13%/7%), 50 (32%/24%), 105 (19%/13%). I’m still doing well at showdown, winning 13 of 16. Player 5 has only been dealt 15 hands so far in my records, but he’s gone to showdown 5 times and won all of them.

Player 5’s range is wide, even for 6-Max, and it will get even wider as we track more of his hands.

More hands tomorrow!