We are down to the final 64 players in the bracketed WSOP $3,000 heads up half NLH/ half PLO bracelet event! I'm really excited to be making a deep run in this event because I've had this event circled as the one I was looking forward to the most besides the Main Event and National Championships. I got a bye in the first round(running good!), and breezed through the second round before having to dig deep and make a huge rally to win the 3rd round match.
This tournament has an interesting structure. Basically each player starts out with the initial stack plus 2 extra barrels. These are given as 2 lammers that can each be traded for another starting stack. These can be taken at any time in between a hand, and of course one must be used if you bust. In my second round match I managed to take all 3 of my opponents bullets without having to use either of my 2 extra barrels.
In the 3rd round things started off bad. The very first hand of the match I flopped top pair v. bottom 2 pair on a 10 7 4 board. I flatted all the way and lost the minimum at least, but I still paid off 3 streets. Its hard to get away from top pair heads up. Then I wound up losing my first bullet when we got it in preflop with me holding AhQh v. 7h7d. His pair held and I was down to my second bullet in the first level.
In the second level, I bluff/committed myself with an overpair + flush draw and ran into a set. I bricked my 11 outs and had to dip into my 3rd bullet early in the match. Not good! Each bullet got $12k in chips, so I was now out chipped $36k to $12k, and he had 2 extra bullets to spare! But there was no way I was going to give up.
I fought back and eventually got one of my bullets back through a series of pots. My opponent then used one of his bullets to cover me, so he could go for a knockout blow. I lost a few pots and found myself back down to $12k again and we started some push/fold play with 10BB's effective. I finally hit a major turning point in the match when I limped the button for about $16k hoping to induce him to shove. I got exactly what I wanted and snap called when he moved in on me. My AK held against 57o and I was suddenly almost even with him after he redeemed his 3rd barrel. We then moved to PLO and I dropped the hammer! Before I knew it I was in dominating chip position with a 5-1 chip lead when the final hand went down and I sealed the deal with a wheel.
Tomorrow I'll be returning at 1PM to play against Tim West who is a very good player. I'm ready for the challenge though. This is a very tough remaining field and I can't wait to step up to the challenge and win my first career bracelet!
Joined: Mon May 07, 2012 3:13 am Posts: 97 Location: Las Vegas
Good luck tomorrow Scott!!!!! I will try to come rail you again tomorrow and maybe I can catch you in between matches so I can actually say whats up. Wish you the best and hope you get hit over the head by the deck . GLGL TID!!!!