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Harrah's League Week 4

By: JWK24 @ 01:45 (EST) / 585 / Comment ( 2 )

There were 45 players that showed up tonight to play and I think I ended up at the toughest starting table.  Here was my assessment of the players. 

Seat 1 - guy that took out my QQ last week (solid player and in the overall top 10), Seat 2 - tighter average player that I've been with 3 of the 4 weeks now.  Seat 3 - unknown but took less than 1 orbit to label this player a LAG, check that LAAAAAAAAAG.  The first hour, the guy did not fold a single hand preflop (yeah, 100VPIP) and had a PFR over 90!  Seat 4 - decent player that I played about an hour with before.  Seat 5 - me.  Seat 6 - open, then unknown gets moved into it.  Seat 7 - tight, pretty passive player that won't give chips away.  Seat 8 - haven't played with but in the first three weeks, he's gone win, 2nd, 2nd.  Seat 9 - open.  Seat 10 - average, easy to read player that was at my table one other week for about an hour.

We start out and the first orbit is unevenful for me.  Seat 3 is in every single hand and the only one that is playing back at him is seat 8.  Unfortunately for him, seat 8 runs into a lucky ATC hand from seat 3 that hits the board and costs him 2/3 his stack.  Seat 3 for the first orbit has not only been in every single hand, but raised pre every single one of them.

The blinds now go up to 50/100 and I get a family pot on the SB as seat 8 raises to 300 and there are 3 callers (including seat 3) before me.  I look down at 33 and decide to call to setmine.  The flop comes 678 and with two players already in a betting war, it's an easy fold for me.

The next hand that I get is my next button as there is a limp, then seat 3 raises to 375.  I look down at ATs and decide to flat in position hoping the limper calls too, as I expect this to be a worse hand than me or a small pair, since the limp came from seat 2.  The flop comes K63 and seat 2 leads into seat 3 that 3-bets.  Another easy muck for me.

The next blind level, 100/200, starts and we lose seat 8 as he shoves an all-club flop with top pair and the K of clubs and is immediately called by seat 7 with the nut flush.  We get another player into seat 6 that is a total unknown to me (never seen him before, let alone played with him). 

Without seat 8 playing back at him, seat 3 wins 5 pots the next orbit.  I'm now in mid position and imagine this, the lag opens for 550.  I look down at AKo and decide enough with his 100VPIP and 100PFR since seat 8 left and 3-bet him to 1650.  It folds around to him and here goes his hollywood act.  He absolutely knows he just got his hand caught in the cookie jar and kills a couple min before he tries to act like he's mucking a big hand... yeah right?!

The next interesting hand is one that I'm not involved in, but it has a definite effect on the table dynamics.  Right before break, seat 2 limps and imagine this, laggro in seat 3 raises and is flatted by seat 2.  The flop comes 10 Q 10 and seat 2 checks.  Seat 3 fires a bet and after a few seconds seat 2 calls.  The turn is a third club.  Seat 2 checks and seat 3 increases his bet from the flop, which was higher than his preflop raise... and has seat 2 shove on him that ends with a snap call.  Seat 3 thinks he has him with Kx clubs, until seat 2 flips over a flopped boat with QT.  This now puts two stacks at the table that can take out seat 3, but he finishes the first hour with a 100VPIP.  I finish the first hour down about 350 chips from my starting stack.

The second hour starts and the antes kick in (100/200/25).  The first hand, a number of us almost fall out of our seats, literally.  Seat 3 actually open-folded a hand and when he did, seat 4 says "Wow!  That's the FIRST one!". 

The next hand I get involved in is later the first orbit.  Imagine this, seat 3 opens for 550 again and just like the last time, I look down at AKo again.  This time, since I don't have any green chips in front of me, I just raise him to 1600.  It mucks around to seat 3 that instantly folds this time.

We now get another new player, as seat 1 busts, that is one of the better players in the league (guy that won the hand with the flush draw that I missed in week 1 and was in the league last year).

Right toward the end of the level (1 min until the blinds and ante doubles), I'm in the BB and get seat 10 that open-shoves 2600 (13BB).  It's her third shove in the last 5-10 min too, as she's tight when she has chips, but loose when she has less chips.  It folds around to me with 2650 in front of me.  I look down a pair of black kings, which has to be way ahead of her range and snap-call.  I flip over my KK and she shows AKo, so I'm a 70%-30% favorite to basically double up..... until the flop comes rag A rag?!  UGH!!!!!  Needless to say my one out didn't hit.

I'm now crippled, down to 250 chips and have a 25 ante and 100 SB to pay, so no matter what, I'm priced in with anything.  There are 3 limps and when it gets to me, I look down and see Q8o and put my last 125 into the pot.  Seat 1 says to me "Did you even need to look at them?"  Obviously, my reply is "Not a chance, just wanted to know what they were."  I run into another monster, as I totally miss the board and run into seat four's 9's full of K's, so I'm out in 35th.

That makes two weeks in a row now where I've gotten premium hands and got stuck in the cooler.  QQ last week, KK this week.   Sooner or later this has to turn around and the percentages will work out in my favor (or maybe I'm just saving it up for week 10, when the WSOP seat is on the line).  My reads were really good tonight again and I made the correct decisions, just couldn't catch a break again.




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