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.
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.
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.
New player at the table. Everyone folds to BB.
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.
HJ folds the hand with the most equity. I fold the hand with the least. SB raises his 3
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 A
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.
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.
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.
I open to 1.2K and everyone with a queen folds.
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.
Player 105 is moved to the table (we saw him at the previous table about ten hands earlier). BB gets a walk.
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.
BB has the most equity, and everyone gives him a walk.
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.
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.
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.
CO tries to get into the hand for the minimum, but BB pops it up to 2K. CO calls with the 9
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.
Poor player 77 cannot catch a break. He’s got an ace for the third hand in a row, A
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.
- 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!