July 1st, 2006

Back in control of my computer

I'm not going to detail all the major hands of the day; it was shorthanded so I was playing a lot of hands. I'm not going to do it tomorrow either since I'm playing the $2000 NL. So, here's just the significant hands:

50-100: John Gale makes it 300, I make it 800 with QQ, he puts me in for 2k more, I call, he shows 88, I win.

50-100: I raise to 250 on button with QJ, SB makes it 750 total, I call. Flop comes T9x; he bets 1100, I move in for 2300 total, he calls with A7, I hit a king on the turn.

150-300/25: I have about 22k. Guy on my immediate left has something close to that. I make it 1000 from cutoff with Ks5s. Button cold-calls, both blinds call. Flop comes A93 two spades. I bet 2000, button calls. Turn 8. I bet 4000, he calls again. River Q. I bet 6000, he folds. Phew!

150-300/25: Last hand before dinner. utg who used to have a ton of chips but has spewed remarkably and clearly does not want to make it to the dinner break with his 8k stack makes it 800. I make it 2100 with AQ. All fold and he shoves. I call, he turns over A9, I win.

200-400/50: All goes bad after the dinner break. I lose small pot (I raise preflop with QQ, continuation bet a K-high flop, we check rest of the way and he wins with KQ) to Negreanu. Down to about 35k or so. Then I play the huge pot. Folded to SB who makes it 1200. I call with 8d7d. Flop AJ7 with two diamonds. He bets 2000, I make it 6500, he shoves for a total of about 28k, I call. He has AQ and wins the race. Down to 7k.

300-600/50: I've moved all-in a few times with the bubble nearing and work it up to 9k. Bubble breaks. I jam again from cutoff with A8. SB calls with KQ, hits a queen. We both make a flush but his is with the Q and mine with the 8.

Disappointing, but oh well, very happy overall with my play.

WSOP Event #6 - $2000 NLHE

Full table NL is *boring*!!!

This event is probably much higher in ev than yesterday's event, but much lower in fun. 6-handed you get to play so many hands. Not just because you can play looser opening, but there is never an "early" position raise or limp that you might have to respect. But the field is definitely softer.

Short day, not much of significance.

25-25: First hand of the day. MP limps, button raises to 125. Button is an about 40ish lady that seems pleasant, talks about how this is her first event, she's been trying some satellites, etc. Limper calls. Flop KJ7 rainbow. Limper checks, button bets 250, limper calls. Turn A, the second diamond on board. Limper checks, button bets 250, limper calls. River is a 3d. Limper bets out ~800, button calls. Limper shows 8d7d. Lady on button freaks out, calling him an idiot, called with just one diamond on the flop, etc. She continues to berate him via the dealer: "Tony, you can't do that, you can't reward the shitty players like that. Calling with one diamond." No one at the table feels compelled to point out the flopped pair of sevens until a few hands later.

25-25: Five hands later. "Lady" moves all-in for 625 with AJ. Button calls with AK. Nothing comes. We are sad to see her go.

25-25: I raise from early-mid to 75 with 8c7c. Button calls, one of the blinds calls. Flop 976 rainbow (one club). Blind checks, I bet 125, button raises to 425, blind folds. I consider a push but decide to call. Turn is a 2. I check, he bets 400, I call. River is a 5. I bet 625, he calls, showing JJ as he mucks.

25-50: One limper (the woman's nemesis from hand 1) and I raise to 200 with QQ. He calls. Flop comes 997. He checks, I bet 300. He calls. Turn is a J. He checks, I bet 500, he raises to 1000. I call. River is a blank, he bets 1100, I call, he shows J9.

At the break, I make a $10 last-longer with Matt H. He has me outchipped by a quarter.

50-100: I open-raise on button to 250 with 9h7h. BB calls. Flop comes QT8 with two hearts. He checks, I bet all-in for my 900, he calls with Q6, I miss everything. I walk over to Matt's table to pay him off and he moves all-in on the first hand. Two people are up against him. But Matt turns over KK and triples through, thereby validating my reckless play on the bustout hand.