A Game That Will Live In Infamy: Hands 241–260

Bovada $2K NLHE 6-Max

I joined this 143-entry 6-Max tournament more than four hours ago (rule of thumb in online tournaments: 1 hand ~ 1 minute) and something like 135 players have fallen by the wayside. There were no composition changes at our table in the last group of hands, just jockeying for position as we get to the final table.

HAND 2411250/2500/250
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D8684.3K15
121SB5262.4K18
140BBAJ81.2K45
5UTG8783K22

We are getting down to the nitty-gritty at this point in the tournament. Only seven or eight players remain, the four players at our table have been here for a while, and the chip stacks have levelled out through either chance or tight play on the part of at least some of us. On this hand, action folds around to the Mutant Jack in the BB and he gets the chips.

HAND 2421250/2500/250485
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG9984.1K325173
121DJQ60.9K344927
140SBA583.2K24
5BB8282.8K10

D has a pretty good hand and calls my 7.5K pre-flop raise. We’re HU to the flop my statistically insignificant lead. There’s not much for him in the flop, though, and my 10K bet would eat a significant portion out of his stack, so he folds.

HAND 2431250/2500/250548J2
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BBJA96.1K58869198
121UTG9753.2K19
140D6981.7K13
5SB9J80K101492

This time it’s me with the Mutant Jack in the BB. SB limps in and I raise to 7.5K. Ever aggressive, he calls. We both check the flop, then I bet another 8K on the turn, which he calls. He’s drawing slim to a single remaining nine for two pair, which doesn’t come. I small ball it and don’t bet the backdoor flush. He checks and I win the showdown.

HAND 2441250/2500/250K4485
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SBJA112.3K5259281817100
121BBT452.9K17247282830
140UTG9A81.5K151700
5D9T64.3K16

I pick up some more heat with another Mutant Jack. UTG min-raises his ace, D folds a hand for a change, I call, and BB comes along. His game’s about to get rough. He should be betting his flopped trips hard. Instead, he elects to check and the turn comes along without adding anything to the pot. The pot has 16.3K in it before the flop, A bet of 8–10K (if was called) would have left him with a pot-size bet to make on the turn if it wasn’t, say, a king or a spade. An eight on the turn practically seals the deal for him. Mistake #2 is not making a bigger bet here than 6.9K. That probably wasn’t a big-enough bet on the flop, it’s not big enough here to keep out someone drawing for better than trips (though it’s big enough for UTG). The river makes my flush and I bet 15K, which he calls, only to lose.

HAND 2451250/2500/25042QQA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D67145K28
121SBK425.8K173672870
7BBAT129K27642813100
140UTG2976.2K19
5CO5T64K9

We’re now at the final table, with the biggest-stacked player sitting out this hand because they come in between the button and blinds. Between him (player 32) and player 7, they have 404K, nearly 30% more than the combined stacks of the four players at our table.

My suited connectors are the best hand pre-flop! I fold them anyway, which is good, because SB takes his loss in the last hand poorly and shoves 10BB with a nothing hand. BB calls with a very good ace. On the flop and turn, it looks like SB’s Hail Mary play might just work, but the low pair catches up with him on the river and he’s out in sixth place.

HAND 2461250/2500/250JA6T3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50HJ42144.7K8
32CO57275K23269900
7SB56155.6K171913
140BBA976K43557891100100
5UTG3463.8K9

The big stack in CO goes to work, raising to 6K (he’s another random number generator: 5,951), and both the blinds call. BB sets the hook by checking after the SB, and calling CO’s 10.2K c-bet. SB folds. Both players check the turn—CO is completely dead at this point—then BB bets 12.5K on the river and takes the pot.

HAND 2471250/2500/250
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTG79144.5K20
32CO6Q258.6K11
7DTK149.4K24
140SBQA99.1K37
5BB7K63.5K9

D limps in and gets raised to 12.5K by SB. BB folds, D folds, and SB wins another pot.

HAND 2481250/2500/250T7T9T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BBAJ144.2K41668595100
32UTG45258.4K18
7CO26146.6K4
140DK6105.1K26341550
5SB2660.8K10

D raises his suited king to 7.5K and I call with yet another Mutant Jack in the BB. His six is more or less irrelevant, since two have been discarded, but we’re still 2:1 going to the flop. We check it all the way to the river, and my ace is the decider.

HAND 2491250/2500/250
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB73154K17
32BBA5258.1K32
7UTG24146.4K11
140CO3T97.3K22
5D6259.3K18

Everyone folds to the big stack.

HAND 2501250/2500/25054A3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50DJA152.5K31657984
32SBK9260.4K27
7BB83146.1K15
140UTGT597.1K19352116
5COJ559K7

For some reason, UTG here is deciding to raise a suited ten-five, I call with the ace. On the flop, I check-raise UTG’s c-bet from 5K to 10K and he calls. I bet another 20K on the turn and he finally gives it up.

HAND 2511250/2500/250
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50COQ2172.2K23
32D32258.9K12
7SB8K143.4K28
140BBA881.8K12
5UTGAJ58.8K25

Player 5 may feel a little frustrated—he’s only played one hand of the last nine!—because he shoves more than 20BB with AJ. With three players behind him each having nearly three times his stack (or more), perhaps not the safest move, but it works this time. Everyone folds.

HAND 2521250/2500/250
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTGJT172K13
32COT7258.6K26
7DJK141.9K32
140SB2579.1K21
5BB4T63.5K8

I’m quite surprised that D folds JK to my 7.5K raise here. I’m in far worse shape than I’d expect, with my top card dominated, and my bottom card duplicated. But I take the pot.

HAND 2531250/2500/25047TA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BBKQ176.7K2843275
32UTG7J258.4K10
7COAJ141.6K24577395
140D9T77.6K21
5SB2460.8K17

CO min-raises and I call. I fold to a turn bet of 12.5K, drawing even slimmer than I would think, with only one jack left.

HAND 2541250/2500/250A32QJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB7T171.5K24
32BB96258.1K11
7UTGK8148.9K24
140CO6Q77.3K25622989100
5D2859.3K163871110*

Player 5 gets very tricky here. CO raises to 7.5K with his suited queen and D calls him with just 28. It’s the two short stacks against each other, down to the bigger pay jumps of the tournament. CO is well ahead pre-flop. D catches bottom pair on the flop and calls 7.5K more from CO. CO checks the turn when he pulls back ahead. Then somehow on the river, when he’s already put 15K in voluntarily even before he made a pair, CO folds to a 17.5K bet from D. It just boggles the mind. But props to player 5 for sheer guts.

HAND 2551250/2500/25097KJA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50D98170K32
32SB73255.4K20
7BB2Q148.6K153046240
140UTGQT62.1K28705476100
5COT279K5

UTG min-raised and went to the flop with BB. Both players check the flop, with BB picking up the flush draw and UTG with a gut-shot draw. UTG makes the nuts on the turn, but BB leads out with a bet to 2.5K, then calls UTG’s raise to 7.5K. BB misses his flush, and without even a pair has to release when UTG bets 15K.

HAND 2561250/2500/250A9J46
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50CO32169.7K12
32DKT253.9K276333180
7SBA4135.9K23
140BBJ776.8K21376782100
5UTG5878.8K17

D min-raises and gets called by BB. Personally, I like a little heftier raise. I don’t want people calling with any old cards. With the antes making the pot over 8K, having to call 2.5K means BB is getting better than 3:1 on his money, and he’s likely getting good enough odds to call. A 3x raise reduces the ratio closer to 2:1. BB calls D’s anemic c-bet of 5K (into a pot of more than 13K), he doesn’t follow through on the turn, and by the river, BB’s confident enough in second pair that he bets less than a third of the pot (7.5K) and D gives it up. How’d this guy get to be chip leader?

HAND 2571250/2500/250A25KJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50UTGAT169.5K27617876100
32COJ8243.6K23
7DT6134.4K9
140SB7989.1K20
5BB4K78.5K223922240

I open to 7.5K and BB is sticky enough to call with his king and four kicker. He picks up a gut-shot on the flop, which is enough for him to check-call 10K. I get another 20K out of him on the turn. I wish I hadn’t been as cautious as I was and had tried to knock him out at this point. I just checked the river behind him and won the pot.

HAND 2581250/2500/250
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50BBT3209.2K9
32UTG75243.4K27
7COT3134.1K11
140DJ287.6K26
5SB2A40.8K28

I guess SB wasn’t happy about the result of the last hand, because he slams the ace for 16BB. I just fold.

HAND 2591250/2500/250
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50SB32206.5K16
32BB4J243.1K13
7UTG97133.9K26
140CO6J87.3K24
5DT544.3K21

BB gets a walk.

HAND 2601250/2500/2503AK
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
50DTJ205K192322
32SBK6245.4K16
7BB68133.6K19307
140UTGJA87.1K334771
5CO5844K13

UTG raises to 7.5K and gets called by me (D) and BB. On the flop, BB checks, UTG bets another 7.5K, and I fold my gut-shot. BB folds.

Summary

We never actually played six-handed at the final table, as a player was knocked out on the first hand, while the chip leader was between the blinds and the button. A string of decent hands gave me the chance to more than double my chip stack, putting me in contention with the chip leader. Between the two of us, we have more than 60% of the chips in play.

  • One sixth of the hands dealt during the tournament have been won by a single raise.
  • There was only one walk in this batch of hands, the average has been 2.5 walks per 20 hands.
  • The hand with the most pre-flop equity continues to win more than 50% of all hands dealt.
  • Overall VPIP/PFR for the remaining players: 5 (54%/30%), 7 (38%/6%, based on only 16 hands), 32 (13%/13%, based on 7 hands), 50 (32%/23%), 140 (32%/26%). Short-stacked, player 5’s play has changed dramatically, going from a VPIP of 60% to just 54% over 20 of 110 tracked hands.

Lots of fireworks in tomorrow’s chapter!