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League Week 3

By: JWK24 @ 02:03 (EST) / 80 / Comment ( 3 )

Thirty nine players showed up for week three.  I drew table 6 seat 7.  The table was interesting too.  Seat 1 was a tighter, pretty solid player that has a few final tables from the previous leagues.  Seat 2 was a very solid TAG (the one at the table to avoid without a hand).  Seat 3 was open.  Seat 4 was an unknown.  Seat 5 is tight and pretty passive.  Seat 6 is the loosest LAG at the table, maybe the loosest player in the whole league.  Seat 8 was an unknown on beer number who knows what.   Seat 9 was open and seat 10 was last week’s winner that I’ve now played with twice that seems to be a chip-up or chip-out type of player.

The night starts off quickly for most of the table, as the action is going from the beginning.  The first playable hand that I pick up is from the HJ where there are three limps in front of me.  I look down at AQ and make a standard raise to 300.  Everyone folds, so I win my first pot of the night, the only hand I play at this blind level.

The blinds now go up and here’s the first table monster hand.  Seat 10 raises, gets three callers behind, including the LAG.  The flop is Td 6s 4d.  Seat 10 shoves and seat 6 goes into the tank… and calls.  Seat 10 flips over pocket 10’s and seat 6 has pocket diamonds.  The turn’s a diamond and the river is a blank, so last week’s winner ends up last tonight.

Unfortunately, I’m totally card dead but pick up 66 on the button.  Seat 5 limps, which I liked seeing, as it let me limp behind instead of raising but seat 8 after getting his third beer in about a half hour decides to raise to 1100.  An abnormally large raise from a player that is playing tight-passive is a huge red flag.  Seat 5 mucks and I quickly follow. 

The blinds now go up to 100/200 and I getting even more card dead.  58, 68, 69, K5, repeat.  I saw each of those hands well over ten times each tonight. 

However, I pick up A3o from UTG.  It’s actually good to see that there are aces in the deck and an easy fold for me, but this turns into a MONSTER hand.   Seat 8 finishes his current beer and shoves.   Seat 1 then over-shoves, followed by another over-shove from seat 4.  Well, when it comes to seat 6 that can’t fold suited cards to start with, there are so many chips in the pot that he calls!!!  I’m glad I had trash there, because I’d have ended up in game of OSM (Operation Shove Monkey)!  Seat 8 flips over 33, seat 1 flips over kings, seat 4’s got aces and seat 6 has T8s.  There’s a little more background on this hand though.  The first week, first hand, the player in seat 1 had KK and got it all in preflop against AA and flopped a K.  Before the day started, we were talking and he had been saying that he’s run bad for months, except for that hand.  Sure enough… king on the flop!  At the end of the level is the first break and I’ve got 3275 chips from my starting stack of 4k.

We must have lost someone the last hand before break, to get down to 30 left, because I come back to find a full table and all the new players are unknowns.  I thought I was card dead before break, well, after it was worse.  The antes have now kicked in and I get to see a whole whopping zero flops the entire 20 minute level.  Not even a good steal opportunity, as the shorter stacks are starting to go crazy as they need to shove.  I also get a number of abnormal raises from the unknowns, like opens to 15-20BB, everyone folds and they flip over aces.  They’re really missing out on a ton of value with those, as obviously nobody is calling.  The worst overbet though was back at 50/100.  One of the opps opened for 3k, everyone mucked and they flipped over aces and won a whole whopping 150 chips, LOL!

The blinds now go up to 200/400/50 and the first orbit, I’m still getting absolutely nothing.  I then see a playable situation.  I’m in the SB and imagine this, have the LAG to my right limp (he was starting to switch between LAG and LP where he'd limp, then play aggro post-flop).  I look down at 66 and decide that with less than 4BB left and another blind increase coming soon, my best play is to shove and try to isolate the limper since I should be in a race with him (could have been better too, as I'd seen him play Q2s and K3s).  That was a good idea until the BB over-shoves.  Well, once again, this player can’t pass up a big pot with any suited cards and calls the over-shove with KT spades (definitely toward the top of his range).  I was totally correct that I’d most likely be in a race against him, however, when the BB shoved, I knew that would be a real hand, especially after I had seen her open for 15BB and flip over aces.  Sure enough, she shows pocket queens.  Unfortunately, I didn’t catch a 6, so I’m out in 25 th place.  Hopefully this will be one of my three drop scores, as we only keep our best 6 of the 9 qualifying weeks.  There are going to be at least 2-3 weeks like this in any tournament series, so hopefully I’ll be able to get some favorable cards or situations to play next week.

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