A little late with the Report this week; I was finishing up a couple of articles—including what should be the first item I’ve had on PokerNews in a number of months—and getting ready to pay taxes.
Final Table $20K NLHE
Encore late-announced a $20K against the longstanding First Friday $20K at Final Table. A friend texted me and asked me where I thought the bigger prize pool was going to be, and despite my preference for the structure (and chairs) at FT, this was my response:
Encore consistently outperforms FT on guarantees of the same size. Encore will probably pull players from FT. If its a live rebuy, average at Encore’s going to be equal to FT buyin+addon. FT’s had a few games on edge of guarantee over past year, they may miss tonight. Last month FT had $24550 in pot. Encore would need about 165 players to make that. I expect they’ll get near.
Back in the old days of the blog (and every now and then more recently), I used to note my hands in live games and write them up. Matthew, one of the dealers at Final Table mentioned it during the game, for which I want to give him a shout-out. It’s tough to do live. It takes away from your ability to concentrate on the hands you’re not involved in, but my memory’s never been eidetic. I like to tell people it’s hard to get a read on me because I can’t remember what my cards were five seconds after I looked at them. If I don’t not down details of a hand, likely as not I’ll forget about it. But I brought out MomentDiary for the First Friday $20K. Not every hand will have all the details—this isn’t an online hand history—but I got a lot of what happened. Hand numbers aren’t absolute, as bustouts and changing numbers of players at the table make things difficult to reconstruct exactly.
Hand 1 9
I started in seat 4, table 8. Seats 1 and 6 are open. I fold.
Hand 4 3
I don’t usually like low pair, but I limped in with this one, flopped a set, and made a little against seat 5, who was apparently playing every hand with a jack in it. It’s a system. He also had on a MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN camo hat.
Hand 10 6
I limped in along with several others and the flop was K
Hand 16 J
I make a raise to 1K over several limpers and get a couple calls. i bet on the flop and win.
Hand 17 T
Another raise over limpers, this time nobody calls. Up to 18.7K.
Hand 19 5
Call a raise and fold on the flop.
Hand 23 A
I raise and get reraised by an aggressive player now in seat 6. The flop is A
Hand 25 Q
I limp in, catch a three on the flop, nobody’s betting. I get a queen on the river and it checks around. Nobody can beat my two pair. Down to 7.2K.
Hand 29 Q
I open to 400 and fold on the flop.
Hand 30 8
Limp and fold on an ace-high all-club flop (I did not have clubs).
Hand 31 4
I raise to 500 and fold to a bet on a Q
Hand 37 3
Limped in with these for old-times sake. Folded on the flop. Down to 5K after the blinds.
Hand 48 J
Called 500 and folded to a 1.5K bet on a flop of A
I didn’t record the hand I busted out on just before the break and I don’t remember what it was (see what I was saying?) I went to get a re-entry and ended up in the same seat rather than taking a spot at one of the folding tables.
Hand 56 J
First hand after the break, I’ve got a new stack and add-on. I raise to 2K and get one call. The flop has an ace on it, with two under cards, I bet another 2K and he folds.
Hand 57 A
I flop two pair with three clubs. The turn is another club. But the river gives me another ace and I win with the full house over a high flush.
Hand 58 K
The only really big pair I get during the entire game. I made a biggish 3-bet over a raise from seat 2 (not the same as before) and he folded A
Hand 59 Q
Raised and folded on the 9
Hand 61 A
Two players were in for 1.1K, the hand worked well for me not long ago, but I folded to a bet from Aggressive6 on the red 8
Hand 70 Q
Called a raise to 900 and folded on 6
Hand 78 A
Three limpers. I folded on the 9
Hand 80 8
I somehow managed to stay good with a 7
Hand 86 9
I raised and got called by BB. The flop was 6
Hand 91 A
I raise over a limp, the limper shoves when action gets back to him, and I fold.
Hand 95 6
Called a raise, flopped 5
Hand 98 K
Got a little hinky with a hand outside my normal full-table range, but I was in late position. I think I limped in after a couple of others and flopped top pair on K
Hand 99 8
Called a raise to 3.2K, folded on J
Hand 100 A
Raised to 3.6K, then folded on 2
Hand 105 8
Limped along with several others after UTG1 tried to raise but didn’t put enough in and it was deemed a call. Folded to a bet on a K
Hand 118 A
Raised to 3.5K and folded on an all-spade flop with no pair.
Hand 119 A
Raised to 7.5K over two limpers and took the pot. Our table broke after that hand and I moved to table 1, seat 5, where there were several massive stacks, one immediately on either side of me, another in seat 1, and one in seat 9, UTG2. We were down to 63 players.
Hand 122 8
I opened to 4K and got two callers, then BB 3-bet to 16.6K and I folded.
Hand 126 K
One of the big stacks in seat 9 limped in, and called my 4K raise. The flop was A
Hand 141 4
Several players limped in, so I took a chance and folded to a bet on the 9
Hand 142 A
I called in late position made 2 pair on the turn and shoved over a delayed c-bet from the big stack on my right. He seemed surprised. The chips put me up over 58K.
Hand 146 K
I opened to 5K and got 4 callers. The A
Hand 147 A
I raised to 5K and folded to another shove, this time from BB in seat 3.
Hand 156 8
This is the hand that cost me the money. Not because of how I played it, but because of how I didn’t. I gave some serious consideration to opening with it here but laid it down. Two of the big stacks were involved, seats 6 (UTG1) and 9 (HJ). UTG1 opened, HJ called. The flop was 7
Hand 162 7
I open-shoved suited connectors. So shoot me.
Hand 166 A
A top 5 player from the Hendon Mob Oregon All-Time Money List in CO shoves over a 10.5K raise from HJ (another big stack, who’s been raising from late position very regularly) and I shove for a little less. HJ folds and I’m racing against 2
Five hours and twenty-five minutes. 166 hands. VPIP: 21%; PFR: 10%; 19% of hands played won without showdown; 28% of hands played went to showdown; won 70% of showdowns. 32nd of 114 entries.
For comparison, here’s (part of) the screen from Encore at a similar point in the tournament. I apologize for the crop, I didn’t take it but some of the screens are difficult to shoot when there are players in front of them. Average buy-in at Final Table was $162; at Encore it was $169. Average share of the pot at Final Table (including overlay) was $175, for an 8% immediate +EV.
Bovada $500 NLHE Bounty
Played a couple of medium-low suited connector hands that cost me early on and slid downhill fast.
Thirty minutes. 24 hands. 41st of 50 entries.
Final Table $1K NLHE
Had to do a rebuy, but then the cards started coming. I hit set after set, and by the first break I was up to 50K, so I didn’t do the add-on.
Got to the final table with about a fifth of the chips in play. Doubled one of the players—James—twice, the first time when he took a chance with A
Five hours and five minutes. 2-way chop for 31 entries. +690% ROI.
Bovada $1K NLHE Turbo
About as Turbo as it gets. I late-reg. On the second hand, UTG raises to 10x the big blind with K
One minute. 2 hands. 202nd of 354 entries.
Encore Club $1.5K NLHE
Came in during the second level. Did the rebuy and add-on. Second hand after break, I raise K
Sixty-five minutes. 27th of 31 entries.
Bovada $1K NLHE Turbo
I late-regged with about 15BB and doubled up on hand 2 with Q
Fifty-one minutes. 48 hands. 80th of 416 entries.
Encore Club $8K NLHE
Encore late-announced this event after I’d posted the #PNWPokerCalendar in the morning. I had the night off work, and got the chance to play it, then blew up after building up a 50K stack (well above average at the point I busted) raising K
Two hours and thirty minutes. 71st of 113 entries.
Bovada $22 NLHE Satellite
First hand, UTG2 min-raises 7
One minute. 1 hand. 7th of 8 entries.
Encore Club $11K NLHE
I picked up A
We had a player in seat 6 who would get in a pot and then shove on the flop. She’d done this several times, and on a hand where I was UTG1 in seat 8 with A
Goofy called my 9
Three hours and twenty-five minutes. 49th of 101 entries.