I got pretty deep in the ring event in Rincon last night but came up just short of the money. I was literally shortstacked for almost the entire day so I was really proud of the way I hung in there and never gave up. I ended up in push fold starting in level 9, and made it all the way down into level 17 before I got knocked out. Talk about a grind! I actually pulled up over average for a total of like 2 or 3 hands at one point, and immediately lost a huge pot to put me back to shortstack. It was crazy. Right after dinner I came out swinging and won 3 medium sized pots in a row, and then just as I was finally comfortable again, MP raised, the button shoved, and I woke up to QQ. I re-shoved(since the button had about 60% of my stack, and MP folded. The button tabled JJ so I was way ahead. Then a Jack fell on the turn and I was back to short! Easy come, easy go lol.
I got away with a couple of plays when I was short, including dusting off the old stop and go play on two different occasions and having it work to perfection. But in the end I just couldn't overcome my lack of hands in good spots. i did my best to maintain my stack/grow with the blinds, but there's only so much you can do with a sub 15BB stack. Finally I met my demise when I open shoved 9BB on the button with A8o and ran into the QQ of the SB. I went out 31st, paying 24. So close! But I thought I played great and that last hand is about as standard as it gets.
Today was a good news day! I posted my first ever package on 2+2 to sell off some of my action for council bluffs and it almost completely sold out within an hour! That felt really cool since I've never sold off any of my action like that before. Thank you very much to everyone that contacted me about the package. I'll be selling off some of my action in this manner in the future so please contact me if you are interested in the next one.
I also had another piece of good, no wait, GREAT news! I played in the super satellite at Harrah's Rincon tonight and I won myself a seat to the $1,600 main event! I'm really excited to play tomorrow, especially since I have 100% of myself for this one. It was literally the easiest satty I've ever played, not even a sweat . I raced right out to over $130k chips when average was still like $20k, and then I just kicked back and folded for a couple hours. It was nice to be the guy at the table who had his seat locked up 3 hours before the bubble for a change.
I'll be playing day 1a tomorrow at noon on one bullet even though its a re-entry. I'm looking forward to this one big time, and as always I'll be updating on twitter @sdaviespoker.
Made it to day 2 of the Wsop circuit main event in Rincon! I had a very tough table draw with 2 tough, tricky, aggressive players on my left and also Gavin Griffin. However I was able to navigate through day 1a and build my 20k starting stack up to 49.2k to close out the session. We will be returning to the 500/1000/100 level, so I will have 49BB and an M of roughly 20 to start day 2.
The day started off pretty slow and I basically folded through the first 4 levels and my stack had dwindled to around 14.5k. Then a new player with lots of chips got moved to our tough table and he was like a gift from the poker gods. He sat right down and doubled me up, putting it all in on the turn with Ace high drawing dead to my set of 3's. No sweat! From there I worked my stack up to 49.2 playing small ball, winning a series of small to medium pots without ever putting myself at risk.
I'm looking forward to day 2 tomorrow and as always I'll be updating live on twitter @sdaviespoker.
I'm back in Vegas for a few days relaxing before heading off to my next tournament series. Yesterday I came back for day 2 of the wsopc rincon main event. I returned with an above average stack and felt I had a great opportunity to hit something big, especially since I had 100% of myself in such a big event(1st prize was $110k). I started off the day well, jumping out to over $70k when my first table broke and I got moved over to Freddy Deeb's table. I really liked the seat I drew because I had the player that doubled me up drawing dead yesterday on my right. He was one of the biggest spots in the tournament, I had position on him deep in the tournament, plus he somehow had a lot of chips again(to pay me off with ).
I got involved with him fairly early when he raised in EP to 3.5x. He was actually fairly tight preflop, and seemed to make bigger than standard preflop raises in this stage of the tournament almost to discourage action. This was probably a good strategy for him since he played so bad postflop. I picked up 1010 right behind him and it's kind of a tricky spot. If I 3 bet here I still have the entire table behind me and I'm almost over-repping my hand. Based on what I've seen from the preflop raiser he is a jam or fold kind of guy when facing a 3 bet. We are both fairly deep(M over 20) so I don't really want to play for stacks here just yet, especially since I'm in position and can outplay him postflop and exploit a larger edge. I also don't really think any of the players behind me are going to squeeze, because his 3.5x EP raise is fairly strong, and my flat call here is relatively strong. I can also re-evaluate if a 3 bet comes back around to me. I could also just fold, but I'm still getting the right price to set mine even if I'm crushed here, and trust myself to lose the minimum on bad flops when I'm behind. Based on this reasoning, I decide to flat. Everyone folds and we go HU to the flop. The flop is J 9 4 rainbow. Villain fires out for 90% pot. Based on prior observations, I've noticed that he likes to bet bigger as a bluff, and smaller for value. We played quite a few pots together the day before, and I felt that he would shut down on the turn if he was just cbetting. So I decided to look him up here, and re-evaluate on the turn. The turn was a deuce(total blank), and he checks it to me. I thought about betting the turn just to take it down, but I really want to control the pot here. We are dealing with SPR of under 3-1 at this point(stack to pot ratio), and I don't necessarily want to play for stacks here. I also felt that checking behind on the turn might inspire him to take one last crack at bluffing the river. I check it back. River is an Ace, and villain checks again. Ugh, hello worst card in the deck. At this point I'm just showing down and hoping he doesn't have an Ace. I check it back, and he tables AK. Oops, I misplayed that one. Maybe I should of bet the turn I when he was just giving up, but I really wanted to control the size of the pot. I think it's close here. I just don't like betting because I'm not really value betting, but rather betting to induce a fold to prevent myself from getting outdrawn. I hate turning my hand into a bluff here so it has showdown value, but no real value betting value. I'd rather bet air or a bigger hand here on the turn, and check my medium strength hands for pot control. I'm still not sure if I made a mistake here, but I think it's close. Anyone have any thoughts on this hand?
The rest of my main event was sort of a roller coaster ride. After the 1010 hand I would up losing an all in with A4o v. KQ. Villain with the KQ kept shipping light, and I felt I had to call into a high variance spot to keep from being exploited(although I really don't want to call). I made the right call, but got the wrong result. However I bounced right back, cold 4 bet shoving 1010 over Freddy Deeb's raise and a 3 bet iso(which I had decided was most likely pretty light). It was a tough spot because I have no fold equity against the 3 bettor since I was giving him over 2-1 to call. He made a crying call with 77 and I held to double right back up! Then I lost a hand with flush over flush where we both got there on the river. Villain made a half pot value bet with the board pairing and I made a bad call to drop back down. Then I doubled right back up when I limped 1010 in the sb and induced the BB to jam 93o. Then I dropped right back down when I called a light shove with AJo and bricked out against 44. This was all in like 3 levels. It was a crazy day! Finally, with 64 players left(paying 36) I open jammed an M of 4.5 with AQo in MP and ran into the AKs of Freddy Deeb. I couldn't catch up and was eliminated.
I was a little disappointed in my result from day 2, and was left wondering if perhaps I played a little bit too high variance. Lately I've adjusted my game to try and concentrate on exploiting larger postflop edges and not to gamble as much. But my table was just so aggressive(3 bets nearly every hand) that I felt like I had to get in there and gamble with them in order to survive(and not be exploited). I just hate taking a bunch of coin flips when I can do so much more damage playing a lower variance postflop game. I guess I'd be singing a different tune if I had won my flips.
After I busted from the main I grabbed dinner with my wife and then jumped in ring event#12 at 5PM. I drew a fairly soft table overall with the exception of having Michael Souza on my left and Scott Clements on the other side of the table. I jumped out to a good start in this one, including winning my biggest pot of the day by calling down 2 streets in a 5 way pot with AQ high! The hand doesn't have much value to describe, it was just a weird line and I had a really good read on the villain based on previous history. Always feels good to call off more than half my stack with Ace high and be correct!
It was too bad they didn't have a bad beat jackpot in the tournament, because for the first time I can ever remember, I lost a pot with a bad beat eligible hand. I had raised UTG with AA, and Michael Souza, who was shortstacked(thank god) flatted UTG+1. I was really confused why he didn't just jam, but after the hand it all made sense. We ended up going 4 ways to the flop on an AKQ board and I got all in on the flop with Souza, who had flopped a set of KK. Sick for him. Then bam K on the river gives him quads and I lose with Aces full of Kings. I wasn't upset, in fact, I felt lucky that at least he was the shortest stack at the table(and I was the biggest)! If ever that's going to happen to me, that was the time to get it out of my system. Cool hand to see, but of course I would have rather been a spectator.
I wound up making a pretty deep run in the final ring event, building my stack up to around $45k(from $10k). I got moved to another table late in the night, and as it turns out, the guy sitting to my left was the person that bought 15% of my Council Bluffs package on 2+2. This was the first time we had met IRL, so it was just pretty interesting timing. He was a really cool guy and it was nice to be able to put a face to an online screen name. I wound up getting knocked out late in the night in 34th paying 15, when I ran 1010 into AA button v. blind for 30BB. Just a cooler situation there, so hard to get away from that big of a hand in that spot. I busted out around 1AM, so I jumped in the car and drove back to Vegas through the night with my tail between my legs after a rough day at the office.
I'm back in Vegas for a couple days off from poker. I'll be flying out to Omaha on Wednesday for the next stop on the wsop circuit at the Horseshoe in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I'm sitting on 82.5 player of the year points on the wsopc which would get me a seat to the WSOP National Championship bracelet event should the season end today. However, I think I'm going to need to do a little more work to lock it down since there are still 4 stops remaining. Hopefully I can lock it up in Council Bluffs so I can come home for the HPT Vegas next month, but I'm prepared to go to all remaining stops if needed. I'm so close to getting that seat(valued at $10k). The tournament is going to feature the top 100 circuit players, plus the top 100 WSOP players from the previous 2 years(who have the option to buy in for $10k, I'd be in for free). The event will be at the Rio during the WSOP and will be televised on ESPN! Getting into this event has been a major goal of mine for the last 2 years, and I'm so close right now I can taste it!
If anyone has any feedback on the 1010 hand I'd appreciate it. Also is anyone that reads this going to be heading to Council Bluffs?
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:16 am Posts: 3919 Location: Manassas, VA
The 1010 hand... It's marginal but I prefer to bet on the turn for many reasons:
- I want to take the pot down if ahead and my hand is unlikely to improve
- too many over cards can flip
- he might check/fold river instead of bluffing
- I don't see him check/calling rive with a worse hand since he should know that you know he's tight preflop. Thus when u float flop it looks strong
Now if you are pretty sure he bluffs river when missing then turn check back is fine. Otherwise I'd want a better hand where I know where I stand. Maybe KK. Check back also might be ok if you can tell diff between his bluffs and value bets by bet sizin or tells. I'm ok at that but not good enough to be comfy since I don't play live often
So turn check might've been ok if you could know to fold river there
Per the rest don't question your play. You want to avoid flips but sometimes it's inevitable. You're playing great. Keep it up!!
_________________ - pls excuse my typos... I'm prob on my iPhone
Hey Scott - I get your dilemma on the first TT hand you posted. You're right, it's not really a value bet since you're not likely going to get called by worse in that spot. I disagree though that betting the turn is turning your hand into a bluff. I think there's a third valid reason to bet - what people used to refer to as "protecting your hand". I think that concept is kind of disfavored now, but I'm not so sure it should be. Andrew Seidman talked about it in his recent update to Easy Game and as I recall he was saying that he thought this was indeed a valid third reason to bet (besides value betting and bluffing) but that it was difficult to articulate exactly why it was a valid reason to bet. I like to think of it as claiming your equity in a pot where you probably have the best hand now, but that hand is vulnerable.
Think of it this way, if you were sure that V was on a flush draw, would you bet to charge him for the draw or would you give a free card? This V was still drawing, he just had a worse draw.