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/Jun/2014

PSOSOP - First Bracelet Win!

By: Christxof @ 18:55 (EDT) / 398 / Comment ( 2 )

I am happy to announce that, after the disappointing runner-up finish to Sapines back in event 8, I have managed to finally win my first tourney in a PSO Series of Poker event! I literally shouted "YES! YESSSS!" when the final few chips were shipped my way during event 13 (6-Max).

Winning my first virtual bracelet feels... ecstatic to me. Even though I don't actually have anything tangible, it just feels so great. That's why I wanted to share the five hands that I think were key to my eventual victory.

1) 3 tables left, KQs in the small blind. My raise is called by a fish who shall not be named to protect the innocent (although they know who they are - they sucked out on me in the shootout). I bet-bet-bet all three streets with top pair+2nd kicker and get called all the way by Q9, shooting me into the chip lead by a wide margin.

2) 2 tables left, AJs in the big blind. A LAG player, who was one of the big stacks, raised from the small blind, and I put in a bit more than a 3-bet, as he can be super-wide in this spot. And it's a miracle - I flop trips, and he donks into me. I call the first 2/3 pot bet, but when a potential flush card comes on the turn, I min-raise when he continues. I probably should have only called this bet as well, but my instinct told me that I probably wasn't going to get a 3rd bet out of him anyways. In any case, I'm a top 2 stack again after this hand.

3) Still 2 tables left, pocket Ts in the cutoff/utg 4-handed. I raise 2.2x, and the same LAG player with about 26bb left 3-bets to 5bb. I call in position, and flop top set. He does not c-bet. Because of how aggressive he's playing, and the fact that he didn't c-bet, it left me to believe that he either whiffed, or now had something like an underpair or overcards. Because I didn't think he would call even a probe-bet, I checked in position, as the board was dry. The turn put a flush draw on the board, and he bet 2/5 of the pot into me, which I called. With the pot up to 19bb and the villain only having 16bb behind, I'm pretty sure I can get all the money in on the river. The river pairs the board, the best possible situation for me. He bets only 1/4 pot, but because it's almost 1/3 of his stack, I put him all in, which he calls with A7o for middle pair. I am now the overwhelming chipleader.

4) Final table, 3-handed, pocket Aces in the BB. Button, a fish who played more later on, raised and I 3-bet. He only called, and on a 69Q two-hearts board, I c-bet, which is called. The turn is a 2nd 9, and because he probably has something and doesn't think I have anything (I've been aggressive the FT), I decide to check the turn with my overpair. Trap works - he bets 45% of pot and I check-raise. He folds, but I was only trying to get one more bet out of him anyways.

4.5) Not an official hand I should say, as I'm not sure it was a good play. 3-handed, in the big blind with ATs. The small-blind open-shoves 30bb on me. He's already done this with 20bb twice before on the FT on the button, which leads me to tank-call; he has KJo, and my ATs holds. However, it might have been a bad (or at least extremely high-variance) play, as I'm down to 8bb if I lose and 30bb is an AWFUL lot to call preflop. Someone might have fun dissecting it.

5) Final hand, heads-up, A9ss on the button. I've been playing slightly tighter than usual heads-up, on account of the other player calling a lot and rarely folding to c-bets. I min-raise, and it's called by the BB. Flop is 876 two spades, giving me a combo-draw plus overcards. I c-bet slightly less than 1/2 the pot, standard for me heads-up, and it's called. Turn is 10 of diamonds, giving me the 2nd nut straight (only J9 beats it), but also putting a diamond draw on the board. This time, I decide to let my opponent see a free card, as I doubt he has a flush draw and would probably not call a turn bet. The river is the K of clubs, and he bets 2/3 pot. I put him all-in and he calls, having spiked top 2-pair. I win!

It was an amazing game for me, and I feel so exorbitant that it worked out for me. After 5 events in this series, I've cashed twice - one win and one runner-up. I hope my streak continues.

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