A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 141-160

HAND 141250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG7353.4K9
105D359.5K21
19SB7Q41.8K46
5BB4269K24

After the fireworks on the last hand, nobody wants to get out of line with crappy cards and the new chip leader sitting in BB. It’s a walk.

HAND 142250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB3753.4K20
105UTG339.4K24
19D5J41.5K36
5SB4569.4K20

UTG jams his threes and everyone folds. I personally think it’s a little reckless to shove 18BB with a low pair and three other players at the table who all have you covered by at least 4x, but maybe that’s just me.

HAND 143250/500/5023473
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBA752.8K21
105BB8T10.3K13131
19UTGJJ41.5K4867141450
5D4469.1K1719858695100

I continue my war on ragged aces by folding my SB even after calls by UTG and D. BB checks the flop with two overs, UTG bets 1K on his over pair, and D just calls with his set. BB drops out. UTG leads out for 2.5K on the turn. He should be warned off a bit by the raise to 7.6K from D, but he makes the call, then checks the river and calls 10K from D’s full house. I think maybe he should have raised the jacks pre-flop instead of just limping in. What do you think?

HAND 144250/500/50
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136COJ55K11
50DJ552.5K6
105SB599.8K8
19BB6T22.4K11
5UTGQQ89.1K64

A lot of times, the late entries into these tournaments will pop off with the first hand they get. Probably a good thing the new guy on my right doesn’t do that after the big stack in UTG makes it 1.5K, because with three fives dealt and one of the other jacks in my hand, he’d pretty much be relying on clubs to get him to a flush. Anyway, UTG raises and everyone folds.

HAND 145250/500/50263
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136UTG845K15
50CO3952.5K14
105D649.5K14
19SBTJ21.8K48718
5BB3290K92992

SB limps in again—after the beating he took limping the jacks just two hands earlier you’d think he’d have learned his lesson and bet his equity, he’s in about as good of shape as he can be after three folds—and BB flops two pair against him. SB checks, BB bets 625—not even 1.5BB—and SB folds.

HAND 146250/500/50AJ269
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136BB344.9K212523000
50UTG7Q52.4K17
105COKJ9.4K344587100100100
19D7J21.3K6
5SB4890.7K222910

CO opens to 1K and gets calls from both blinds. SB seems to be enamored of the suited gappers, plus he’s got both other players covered by at least 10x. I don’t know what BB’s excuse is, except for the fact that he’s the type of player who’ll enter a 6-Max tournament witih 10BB. The flop is incredibly good for CO: middle pair, nut flush draw, some backdoors. BB does have a gut-shot straight draw, but he’s only got three outs. The turn seals the deal for CO, SB checks and BB takes a stab at the pot for 500, leaving less than 3.5K behind. CO strings him along with a call, SB folds, CO bets minimum on the river, and BB finally gives up.

HAND 147250/500/50588Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136SB3K3.4K21382416
50BBA452.4K27627684
105UTG2T12.1K22
19CO7J21.2K21
5D7489.7K9

SB’s in chip-spewing mode. Action folds to him, he limps, I check my ace. The thing is, he has so few chips, even if I lose, it doesn’t make a significant difference to my stack, so I could call him with anything, much less and ace. He bets 500 on the flop, which I call. He checks the turn and I put him all-in to call. He folds.

HAND 148250/500/503K5
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136D8J2.3K121514
50SB4Q53.6K19
105BB9712.1K182120
19UTGTJ21.2K202520
5CO5A89.6K323845

Everyone limps into the pot except for me. CO makes middle pair, opens after the flop with a bet to 2.5K, and everyone folds.

HAND 149300/600/60Q49A8
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
136COKJ1.8K29392180
50D3253.3K10
105SBJ711.5K16
19BBA620.6K32617992100
5UTG5391.6K14

CO has 3BB and shoves. He gets called by the suited ace in BB who, even though he’s third in chips at a five-handed table, still has ten times CO’s stack. BB picks up a flush draw on the flop, hits the ace on the turn, and CO never improves.

HAND 150300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG3Q53.2K19
133CO5415.4K16
105DAK11.2K33
19SBK422.8K7
5BB7J91.5K25

Late-entry player 133 appears to have done a little better in the ten or so hand’s he’s been in before he gets moved to the table. D shoves his short stack with AK and takes the pot.

HAND 151300/600/6047K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131BB285.9K14
50UTGA653.1K9
133HJQ715.4K16
105COK312.3K28
19D7A22.5K163384
5SBAT90.8K176716

We’ve got a full table once again. The suited king here is the only hand with equity significantly above the 16.7% average for six players, but he helects to fold after me (with my bad kicker and two other aces dealt, I have the least pre-flop equity of anyone). D raises his 7A to 1.6K, getting a call from the ace with the better kicker. BB folds. This time player 19 doesn’t let the hand get away from him, bets 2K on middle pair, and SB goes away.

HAND 152300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131SB365.2K12
50BBQ453.1K17
133UTGK215.3K31
105HJJ412.2K13
19CO4T25K2
5DTT89.2K24

According to ProPokerTools, at least, the suited king has more equity than the tens. In reality, action folds to the button and the big stack raises to 1.5K to take the pot.

HAND 153300/600/602T6Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131D8T4.8K24
50SB9552.4K6
133BB3615.2K21407575
105UTG4812.2K10
19HJ2524.9K12
5COK990.4K28602525

I am getting the worst run of cards here. But I’ve got more than enough chips to be patient, with ten times the starting stack I can easily make the money with about ten players left to go. CO limps in and goes HU to the flop with BB. BB’s ahead on the flop but just check-calls a bet of 900 from CO, then check-folds to 1.9K on the turn. Maybe a bit too cautious if he’s going to make the call on the flop, but he does only have a bit more than 20BB. Commit!

HAND 154300/600/60J4369
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131CO484.8K9
50D6652.1K16191318100100
133SB5A13.7K11
105BB9912.1K294214
19UTGA224.9K8
5HJJK92.5K2739738200

The big stack raises to 1.6K with the suited king, I call, and BB just flats with his better pair. The flop does give HJ top pair, but I call the 2.7K bet to set-mine and go HU to the turn after BB folds. I’m in pretty rough shape until the 6 on the turn. I bet 5K and HJ calls me, then another 10K on the river and he pays me off.

BB made a huge mistake here, I think, probably due to not wantiing to go out near the bubble of the tournament. If he was planning to play the hand at all, he should prepare to play it for the max. He only had 20BB to start the hand. He has 1BB in, and calls 2 more preflop, but he should have probably just folded (if his objective was to just get to the money) or shoved in pre-flop. Yes, he probably would have gotten calls from both of us, but just dribbling away that much of your stack on the bubble is counterproductive to either making the money or winning the tournament.

HAND 155300/600/609A327
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131HJ784.7K21
50COJA73.4K1350505050
133D9813.3K24
105SB2410.5K18
19BB5324.8K13
5UTGAJ73.2K1250505050

Big stacks go to war the hand after I even things up. I call a raise to 1.6K, we flop top pair with the same kicker on a rainbow board. he bets 2.2K, I raise to 6K, he calls. He check-calls 8K on the turn and we both check the river to chop up the blinds and antes.

HAND 156300/600/60TJ6J5
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
131UTGA64.7K15492000
50HJ8T74K16
133COA713.2K13
105D8510.1K4
19SBKJ24.1K355180100100
5BB5973.8K18

UTG shoves his suited ace, SB calls the extra 4.3K and he hits three jacks to knock out player 131 in 28th place. 4 to the money and I’m in the chip lead overall, if I remember correctly.

HAND 157300/600/602T65J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BB3973.9K232922170
133UTG2413.2K20
105COQK10.1K42586874100
19D8K29.6K11
5SB8373.2K4131090

CO limps in with QK. I know, he’s got less than 20BB and we’re on the money bubble, but seriously, if you want to earn chips, try to earn a lot of chips. SB calls and three of us see the flop. Neither SB or I bother to bluff to win the pot. It isn’t worth it.

HAND 158300/600/60J7K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB7K73.3K232983
133BB6613.1K28339
105UTGK511.5K9
19CO9A29.6K31378
5D3572.5K9

CO raises and ace to 1.5K, I call with the suited king, and BB just calls with his pair. Unlike the nines a few hands before, I don’t think this is a bad move (not just because the nines would have made a set on the river). I don’t think the sizes are strong enough to do much but set-mine. The flop is great for me, leaving only sets for the pair and backdoor draws for the ace. I check it, so does BB, but CO takes a stab with a bet of 2.5K. I raise to 7K and they both lay it down.

HAND 159300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D6879K14
133SB6J11.6K4
105BBKK11.5K58
19UTGAJ25.5K14
5COAT72.4K10

BB is hogging all the equity for this hand. UTG limps in. CO raises to 2.2K with a worse ace. BB comes over the top for his entire stack, UTG folds, CO shows his cards for some reason.

HAND 160300/600/60
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO9678.9K11
133D7Q11.2K18
105SBTT14.8K29
19BB3324.9K19
5UTGTJ70.2K23

UTG limps in, D makes a “button raise” (‘cus that’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re short-stacked on the bubble, ain’t ya?) to 1.8K with 7Q and player 105 has picked up another premium hand, so he shoves for 14.7K. UTG folds, and D would be all-in to call, so he folds.

Summary

It’s been an exciting batch of hands, no? I’m back on top at the table, we’re just about in the money, and I think I might be the tournament chip lead with about 25 players remaining.

  • 70% of the hands have been dealt to five players.
  • Two more players are eliminated and we’re on the cusp of the money.
  • VPIP/PFR for the remaining players: 5 (54%/26%), 19 (29%/9%), 50 (31%/22%), 105 (28%/19%), 133 (27%/9%).

Player 5 is putting money into more than half of the 35 hands he’s involved in, an aggression level he will maintain throughout the rest of the tournament. In this set of 20 hands, he had three pocket pairs, flopped two pair with 32 after he was limped to in the BB, called a min-raise with 48, three hands with aces, a couple with kings, and limped 83. He’s won chips in nine of 11 showdowns.