Stupid Stupid Stupid

Bovada $100K NLHE (T5,000)

This was my first attempt at the Bovada $100K Guarantee, and despite not cashing, I was mostly pleased with my play until the end, particularly since I’d gotten into the game by winning a seat in their weekly Lucky Draw satellite. My second attempt (coming soon) made it into the money, again through the Lucky Draw.

Hand 13 KT CO T4,940 10/20
Raised and got a call but the board was low and I folded to a turn bet from AK after a jack peeled off.

Hand 14 99 HJ T4,850 10/20
UTG1 raised to 105 with TT and I called, with BTN coming along holding 67. The flop was 73J which froze everyone. A J hit the turn and I bet 200 after a check from UTG1. We both checked the 3 on the river and I lost the showdown.

Hand 17 JQ UTG1 T4,545 20/40
I opened to 120, getting called by BB with QQ. The flop’s about as good as it can be for me in the situation: 245, and I c-bet 150, only to get re-raised to 460 by the black queens. I call that and a bet of 630 on the turn 6, but have to give it up when 4 hits the river. Down by 30% of my stack in the first half hour.

Hand 23 A8 BTN T3,275 20/40
Get moved to a new table. UTG (KT) raises to 100 and gets calls from UTG2 (TA) me, and BB with T7. The flop is 759, BB takes a stab at it for 80, I’m out. but he extracts some more from UTG and ends up winning the pot.

Hand 24 KA CO T3,175 20/40
UTG2 raises to 140 with TK and I re-raise to 500 to take the pot.

Hand 27 77 UTG1 T3,375 30/60
With this many people in the hand, I might just throw this away, normally, but I opened to 120 and took the blinds. BTN had 8A, the best hand in the mix.

Hand 37 A[ja] UTG1 T3,375 30/60
The Mutant Jack. I raise to 180 and get a call from UTG3’s Q9. Bet 300 on the 2A5 flop and it’s over.

Hand 48 48 BB T3,525 40/80
I’m not the shortest stack at the table, but  I’m second to the bottom. Third from the bottom UTG makes the mistake of limping in with QJ and letting me through to a K96 flop. I call his small bets down through the 7 turn and 8 river, then call a bet of 560 on the river and my small flush holds up.

Hand 49 QQ SB T4,605 40/80
UTG raises to 160 with JK and gets a call from A6 in UTG2. I clamp down for 2,800 and they fold. Back to starting stack!

Hand 57 KA BB T5,005 50/100
UTG1 min-raises with TA and fewer chips; I re-raise to 700 and he folds.

Hand 68 QA CO T4,980 75/150
UTG1 opened with 88 to 150 and called my re-raise to 500 without knowing both the other eights were already dead (as was one of the queens and an ace). I’m actually ahead of him in equity because of that. The flop runs 6JA, I bet 700 after his check and he folds.

Hand 80 AQ UTG2 T5,405  100/200
I opened to 600 and took the blinds.

Hand 88 77 UTG1 T5,405 100/200
I’ve been moved again, to the table where I’ll spend most of the rest of the tournament. There’s a guy who’s pretty loose on my right (although I don’t know it yet). We’re only seven-handed at the moment, so I once again uncharacteristically open-raise with my sevens. There’s an A9, a 3A, and a 98 out there, but nobody contests.

Hand 90  QK BB T5,705 100/200
SB opens to 477 (one of those) and I call. The KA5 flop slows him down, and we check it through to the river, with his QT picking up a pair but not making the straight.

Hand 97 AJ BB T6,484 125/250/25
This one stung. UTG1 min-raised with 66 (something I’d likely never do in that position in a full table). SB went all-in with 3,678 and, as usual, I called from behind his QA, sending my stack tumbling down near the bottom.

Hand 99 42 BTN T2,631 125/250/25
Never say die. Action folded to me and I shoved to take the blinds, which at this point were a not-inconsiderable portion of my stack.

Hand 100 JK CO T3,181 125/250/25
Sometimes you just pull the trigger and get lucky. UTG1 raised to 1,075 with JJ and UTG2 smooth-called him with AA. I shoved in, UTG1 went all-in for 5,810, and UTG2 naturally called, with 5K behind. The board ran out 89QAT, making Broadway for me and giving the jacks the queen-high straight, with the set of aces coming in third. With the various cards that were out of play in others’ hands, I was down to 7% equity in that hand, pre-flop.

Hand 105 TK BB T9,943 125/250/25
Naturally, I blew it almost as soon as I (virtually) stacked the chips. UTG3 raised with A8 to 525 and I called, along with BB holding J7. UTG3 checked the T89 flop, I bet 1,000 into BB’s made straight, he called, and UTG3 folded. The eight paired on the river, but I shoved with top pair on the straight and he doubled up, leaving me back below starting stack and feeling sheepish.

Hand 107 AT BTN T4,446 125/250/25
I opened to 750 and took the blinds and antes.

Hand 109 89 HJ T4,971 125/250/25
Got a little frisky with an open to 750 and managed to take the blinds to get over starting stack.

Hand 124 33 BB T4,301 150/300/30
I promised not to look any gift horses in the mouth for a while. Treys aren’t my usual territory, but UTG raised to 680 with A9 uncontested and I called after watching my stack dwindle. He checked his middle pair on the K97 flop and let me get to the 3 on the turn. I checked, and he raised me all-in. He caught A for two pair on the river, but he was slow-play toast.

Hand 126 88 BTN T8,782 150/300/30
An action hand. The loose player in CO min-raised with J3, I called, SB came along with JQ (and 20K), then short-stacked BB shoved for 2,600. I was the only caller, hit an 8 on the flop and had the best hand in the mix, as it turned out. The win moved me up to the edge of the cashing field of 180 players, though there were still over 600 left. Caught a pocket pair of fours on the next hand but threw them away.

Hand 136 T9 HJ T11,869 200/400/40
Loosy McLooserson on my right min-raised with 57, getting calls from me and CO with 77. The fl0p is 634 and wallops the worst hand of the three, the sevens bet (I fold) and the straight walks him down to the river where he’s forced to call a bet by going all in and winning the hand, the poor bastard.

Hand 138 TT UTG2 T10,989 200/400/40
I open to 1,200 and everyone folds.

Hand 143 AK BTN T11,149 200/400/40
Loosey CO raised 8J to 800 and, having seen in him in action for a while, I re-raise to 3,000 which ends the hand.

Hand 146 AQ UTG3 T12,789 200/400/40
Loosey min-raises again with 9J. I just call this time, he checks the 77A flop and I bet 1,400 for another win.

Hand 148 6A UTG1 T14,469 250/500/50
I don’t hang around in this hand long enough. Loosey min-raises UTG, I call, UTG3 calls with JA/The flop is 872 and UTG3 bets 3,000 from a stack of 23K, blowing me of but failing to get rid of UTG. They both check a turn of 9 and 5 river, which would have finished my straight. UTG wins with 45.

Hand 167 9J BB T11,019 250/500/50
Ordinarily, I’d fold this none-handed, but action folded to The Loose One, who min-raised from SB with T3. I called to see the 58K flop, and folded to a bet of 1,200.

Hand 175 AT UTG T9,249 300/600/60
Opened to 1,800 and took it down.

Hand 185 QT BB T9,189 300/600/60
I wasn’t going to let Loosey take advantage of me again in the blinds. He min-raised with 87 and I shoved on him.

Hand 186 JJ SB T10,809 300/600/60
UTG3 raised to 1,320 with 9A. CO called with KT.n was all-in for the second hand in a row. Both players had me covered nearly three-to-one but didn’t call, a lesson I should perhaps have taken to heart.

Hand 192 QT UTG1 T14,169 400/800/80
I opened to 2,400, HJ called, holding 44. The flop was 323. I bet 4,000 and HJ shoved. I didn’t make the flush, but I caught a queen on the river and suddenly I was up in the middle of the cashing field, with about 100 players left to the money. A couple hands later, an all-in from Loosey kept me from calling a raise that would have gotten me to trips to knock him out.

Hand 200 9T UTG2 T28,338 400/800/80
Loosey was down to less than 3,300, and went all-in from UTG1. I called and went HU with AK. Not so loose when he’s short. I caught an open-ended straight draw and a pair of tens on the flop but a river king swung things the other way.

Hand 205  66 BTN T23,496 400/800/80
I opened to 2,400 and won.

Hand 208 AQ UTG3 T25,096 500/1,000/100
Annnnnd here’s where I blew it. I open to 3,000 and get a call from UTG4 with 33. BTN shoves with a little over 14K, more than half my stack. Do I fold or flip for more than half my chips? Or am I in worse shape? I shove, the threes drop out, and I’m up against QQ. The board runs out 38566. I could have folded with more than 22K left. Thirty players went out in the last seven minutes before I busted out. There were only seventy more to go, and even with things slowing down near the bubble, they could only linger so long, because the average stack was about 25BB.

Hand 211 QK UTG T10,705 500/1,000/100
Shove it in with less than 11BB. BTN calls with just a few more chips and AJ, I get a king on the flop an ace hits the river.

VPIP: 14.7%.

Three hours and forty-five minutes. 211 hands. 251st of 1,328 entries. -100% ROI.

Lots of poker coming up this next couple of weeks. Muckleshoot Casino has their series this weekend, the Deepstacks Poker Tour is at Chinook Winds all next week, Bovada’s Black Diamond series starts on Saturday and runs for a month, the last weekend of March is the Tulalip Poker Pro Challenge, and there’s so much more….