Two Fer

The Poker Mutant is no Angela Jordison, but he’s had a couple of good poker days. Jordison is the Bend player who took the top prize in the first three events at the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up over the weekend, in fields of 537, 448, and 215, respectively (with the last being a shootout format). All told, on a total buy-in of less than $600, she won nearly $38K, and essentially clinched the series champion spot before it was even half over.

My own accomplishments are a bit more modest. After ending up with the most chips in the Final Table tournament Monday, I headed to Encore for their $1500 guarantee Tuesday night. My initial table had a couple of players I recognized. On my left in seat 6 was a stocky guy from Eastern Europe, a buddy of his was in seat 8.

Early on, I picked up [kx kx], raised, and called a re-raise from seat 8. The flop was jack-high, with a potential straight. I made a continuation bet of 1,500, and seat 8 raised again, to 3,500, which I called. The turn was [ah], I checked, and he put out 5K. I folded my kings, and he said he had [3x 4x].

A little over half an hour into the game, I raise [6d 7d] on the button over a couple limpers. Everyone calls. The flop is [qd jd 9d]. SB bets 2K, then BB shoves all-in. Then the first of the limpers shoves. Then the second limper shoves. There’s three diamonds on the board and two in my hand. Four players with substantial amounts of chips in the pot and eight cards between them, theoretically, we could all have diamonds, but it seemed unlikely, so I shoved my chips in. SB folds. BB has top two pair, the first limper has a straight draw, and the second limper has a straight draw with the [ad]. Nothing gets there, and I take out three players because even though I lost some chips laying down the kings, I’ve recovered enough to be the biggest stack. I have more than twice the chip average.

Seat 8 is pretty aggressive, but he’s bleeding chips with bluffs into players who he shouldn’t be bluffing into. Eventually it’s my turn. I raise with [ax jx] and he calls. We check a [tx tx kx] flop. When I bet the [ax] turn, he raises me and I call. The river is [ax], and I have the fourth nuts. He bets 5K, I call, and he folds.

By the time we get to the final table after four hours, I have a stack of 180K out of a total 850K chips in play. I build it up to 200K, and then tighten up (and go sort of card dead) for an hour. It takes from midnight until 1am to drop from ten to seven players. I have to make a couple of forays with marginal shoves to pick up some chips after blinding down to 160K, but soon I’m back up.



A critical point comes when I’ve drifted back down. We’re six-handed, the player to my right has been a bit overly aggressive and is feeling the pinch with about 90K and the blinds at 5K/10K/2K. I was SB, sitting on 160K, marginally the largest stack on the table, and BB was right behind around 140K. The button shoves, and I lay down [7x 7x], thinking  I don’t want to be flipping for two-thirds of my stack, just outside of the scheduled payouts (we’d all agreed to bubbles of $100 for sixth and $50 each for seventh and eighth after playing for five hours). BB called him with [6x 6x], a seven spiked on the flop, and I wasn’t the chip leader any more.

We played for a little while longer. There were two stacks below 8BB, and I think the big stack intended to see them drop off, but just before 2am the stack in third place doubled up through biggie into second place, we finalized the ICM chop we’d been discussing, and we went home.


Five hours and fifty minutes. 3rd of 38 entries. +864% ROI.

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