July 8th, 2006

WSOP Event #13 -- $2500 NLHE -- Day 1

My day 1 was actually kinda boring. I didn't really have a lot of exciting moments. Most remarkably, I was never all-in and called!

My starting table featured a guy who was clearly playing in at least his first b&m tournament, if not his first tournament ever. He had no idea about the oversized chip rule, declaring his raises, when the action was on him, etc. About 20 minutes into the tournament he had 64 on a 532Ax no-flush board, raised after being bet into, but just called after being re-raised. Remarkably, that was the second time he had already made the nut straight to someone else's second nut straight. With the board showing KTxxJ, Chris Bigler bet out and he raised. Bigler showed remarkable restraint in just calling, showing Q9 after being shown AQ. Bigler would later triple through by limp-jamming utg with ATs and sucking out on the newbie's AJ and a probable KK, QQ or JJ from another player.

This table was quickly broken and I was moved to another table that had Gavin Griffin and Fabrice Soulier, but also some weak spots. I found no cards and the 3500 I brought to this table was down to the original 2500. An interesting hand occurred in the 50-100 level. A seemingly not very experienced older man immediately to my right limped for 100 from 2utg. His stack is only 1100 at this point. I make it 350 with AJ, it is folded around to him and he calls. The flop comes Q33, he checks, I jam, and after a long think he says "well, your pair must be bigger than mine" and folds 55 face up. I muck, and he grumbles a sarcastic "thanks for showing" to me. His anomosity towards me (and Gavin as well, who raised his big blind maybe twice) continued to grow despite the fact that I wasn't needling him in the slightest. On one hand, he finds JJ, makes a normal raise, I fold my garbage, and he gives me a speech like "I thought you'd come back at me this time." I say nothing. He continues, "you guys think I can't play, well I can play, I'll show you." Gavin points out, "I don't think anyone here's said or implied that you can't play, sir", though surely, we were all thinking it.

This sets the stage for the 100-200 level. Grumbly guy had come back to around 1700 or so. Everyone folds to him in the SB, he limps, and I find KQ and shove. He grumbles, rather quickly says "what the hell", and calls all-in with....T7s! I flop a queen and he is done. I am reminded of Ellix Powers' t-shirt: I got him so mad, he called me with ten-high!

Still in the 100-200 level I play a hand where I get really confused. The new player who replaces the guy to my right makes it 400 utg. He already did this once a couple hands ago so I don't want to infer anything from the min-raise. I have TT and decide to just call. Two players behind as well as Gavin in the BB also call. The flop comes 7-5-2. The raiser bets just 300. Argh. What to do? I have about 3500 or so, other guy has about 2500. I decide I have too much to fold, but I don't want to play a big pot with a mediocre hand, plus I can wait to see what the field does, so I call. Folded around to Gavin, who only has about 1800, and he thinks for a while and decides to call. The turn is an 8. Gavin checks, guy quickly moves all-in. I decide to fold and Gavin folds 43. 3-4 people at the table say that they are shocked I folded; they (somehow) figured I had a monster and would be insta-calling him when he pushed. One guy was upset because he folded 87, figuring I had a monster. I shrugged. The guy who won the pot badgered me for a little while about what I had. I didn't answer for a while then he later volunteered that he "turned a set of eights."

I then bust a short stack with 99 vs. 77 (the only hand all day where either I or my opponent was all-in and called).

I have about 7500 in the 150-300/25 level. A late position player limps, I limp with 9c7c on the button and Fabrice (who has a lot of chips, like 15k) makes it 1500 from the SB. Fabrice has been playing very solidly so far, but both the BB and limper fold, leaving me to call 1200 to win 2325 in position. It might be wrong, but I call. The flop comes Q72 rainbow and Fabrice checks. I check back. The turn is a Ac. He now bets 2000 and I move all-in. He tanks for a long time, says "set of sevens, huh?" and folds. Wow, it's a good day for my semibluffs!

This table breaks shortly thereafter, and I am moved to another table, which I am at for only about the last 30 minutes before dinner break. The last hand before dinner break we have an interesting hand. It is still the 150-300/25 level, and I have about 8500. The big blind is not present (cue foreboding music). We'll make this one quiz game format, although there are no precise answers, so I won't be giving any. I am 3utg. A couple other people have left as well, so effectively this is like 3 off the button as well. I raise to 800. What is my range? The guy immediately to my left makes it 2000 (he has me covered). This is perhaps too small of a re-raise, but let's ignore that. If you were him (and you've never seen me before), what is your range? It's folded back to me, and I go all-in. Now what is my range? He folds. What's about the best hand he should fold?

So I'm at the dinner break with 11.5k or so. We come back from dinner break and get broken again. I'm moved to the right of Men Nguyen, who has a lot of chips but few Coronas. I play for a long time at this table and I don't think I see a turn card for three hours. I raise people's blinds, they raise mine, sometimes I play back, sometimes they play back. My stack grows a little in this process. The one interesting hand I play is a squeeze play! In the 300-600/75 level, a player raises to 2000. He gets called twice. I go all-in for my 14k with 76s. The original raiser gives it a think, as does the first cold-caller. The second cold-caller does the courtesy of not pretending to think but gives me a speech about how obviously I'm making a move. "I don't have a hand to call," he says. Big semi-bluff #3!

I get to the first break after dinner with 26500. I've won enough small pots that I am nominated the "buy up all the green chips" guy at my table. Sadly it all goes bad from there. In the 400-800/100 level I open-raise just four times. I am re-raised and forced to lay down on three of them. The next level is 600-1200/200. Take a look at that. The ante is 1/3 of the big blind. With nine players at the table, an opening raise of 3x BB is 3600 to win 3600! With just 18k or so left, I vow to be pushing in with great regularity.

Sadly, the cards just refuse to cooperate. Every time I have an opportunity to open, the cards are just pure garbage. I do move in with A7s 4-off the button and get the blinds. Other than that I think I folded every hand. My best opportunity was 44 utg, which I folded and kinda regret.

A lot of silliness occurs during the "round-for-round" time that has replaced hand-for-hand. A guy with 15k makes it 3500 from 2-off. Quinn Do on the button re-raises to 12k. Folded around to the raiser, who tanks for a very long time, long enough that I consider a clock, and eventually folds AK face-up! Amazing. The very next hand though, I am in the BB. I don't care that we're on the bubble, I only have 11k after posting and I'm ready here to take a stand if I find anything passable. It's folded around to the same guy, and this time he moves all-in! Folded to me, and I find what would have been a monster for this situation: A7s. I would have gladly called anyone else, but I can't see how this hand is possibly not drawing to three outs tops against the guy who just folded AK face-up for his last 10 BB. I fold, painfully. A couple hands later, believe it or not, the same guy open-raises to 3500. Quinn again moves in on him and everyone folds back around to him. This time, the guy calls the floor over to find out if he calls and gets busted, will he still share in the prize money. The floor confirms yes, three people have busted. So he calls with JJ. Quinn has AK. No paint hits the board and the guy doubles up, his wife shrieks, he gets out of his chair and does the hockey low-fist-pump celebration, etc.

Finally this silliness ends. Our table breaks, I have no chips, and amusingly am moved to the right of my good friend Steve "ackbleh" Day who has even less chips! So, wish us luck, we'll sure as hell need it.

Terrence is doing well on day 2!

[by Jacqueline]

Terrence just messaged me on that he has 90,000 in chips, a nice, above-average stack, with only 49 players remaining.

You can follow his chip counts here but they are a little slow so when he messages me I will also update this post.

Go Terrence!

Update 6:55 PM: Terrence reports 186,000 chips! Card Player shows this too and that he is currently 6th in chips!

Update 9:50 pm: Just got back from dinner with Terrence. I think Card Player's current count of 214,500 chips and 5th place is up to date, since Terrence had been up a bit more before but said he lost a "somewhat big" pot just before the dinner break and had "200,000 and change" in chips left.

Meanwhile, Brad is keeping the PokerStars Blog up to date with Terrence reports in this post.

Update 10:45 PM: Terrence is now second in chips with 21 players remaining. In addition to the chip counts page I also suggest refreshing Card Player's live updates log and Brad's PokerStars blog post about Terrence frequently for stories about that big hands Terrence is in.

Update 12:55 AM: siyokoy just called me to let me know that Terrence made the final table and is 2nd is chips going into the final day tomorrow.

Good job, sweetie!!!!