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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [ah kd] and takes the pot.
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 [7s as] 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.
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.
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!
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 [6h] 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.
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.
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.
CO limps in with [qs kh]. 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.
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.
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.
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 [7s qd] 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.
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 [3c 2d] after he was limped to in the BB, called a min-raise with [4c 8c], three hands with aces, a couple with kings, and limped [8s 3d]. He’s won chips in nine of 11 showdowns.