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Main Event Day 2

By: TheLangolier @ 18:03 (EDT) / 773 / Comment ( 9 )

Starting the day with 74 bb’s I felt confident coming in… there should be plenty of time to assess the table, devise strategy adjustments to exploit the players, and work on chipping up.  Alas, as poker sometimes goes, a monkey wrench got thrown into the works.
About an hour into the session I picked up pocket jacks and opened for a standard raise of 1.2K (blinds at 250/500).  The player on the button 3-bet me.  I had a strong feeling he was making a move, and decided to go with it.  Turns out my gut was right, he had Q4s.  Turns out my timing was wrong, he hit a Q and just like that I was below 30 bb’s. 
A couple more failed raises on pots I had to give up, and some blinding off, and my stack was in bad shape.  On the 3rd level of the day with blinds at 400/800 I have just over 10 bb’s with 8300 left when a very loose playing older gentlemen opens to 2100 in EP.  It folds to me and I look down at 88.  This guy has been playing super loose (any 2 suited will do) but his aggression hasn’t been too over the top, so I figure he’s got a real hand.  Still in his eyes a real hand here might be as weak as KJs to raise, so with 10 bb’s I feel like beggars can’t be choosers and I need to go with the 8’s, so without hesitation I ship it in.  Folds back around to him and he calls with 77… the board bricks out and I double back up.   Right at the end of the level I’m in EP and look down at JJ again.  I’m a little deep for just shoving although that would be reasonable with around 20 bb’s, but it’s not how the table was playing really, so I opted to standard raise to 1850.  The button (my Q4s nemesis) flats, and both loose old guys in the blinds flat as well, 4 handed to the flop.  It came 8h 5d 3h.  Check to me and I c-bet 3700.  At this point I’m committed and not folding JJ, so I’m kind of hoping the button makes a move again.  He deliberates and flat calls the 3700.  Both blinds fold so we’re heads up.  My read of his range includes mostly flush draws and smaller pairs at this point, with some small chance of a monster like a set that is slow playing… but with the 2 really loose older guys in the pot I didn’t think he was likely to slowplay.  The turn was the Ad.  Not a card I liked obviously as if he happened to hold the nut heart draw then he just sucked out on me with the ace.  I weighed my options.  I decided that if I checked and he was on a draw or small pair, he would likely check behind and take a free card, which I didn’t want to give.  So I bit the bullet and declared all in.  “How much, how much” he says… 10.7K”.   My heart sank a bit when he said “I have to call you”.  I fully expected to see Ahxh and be drawing to 1 out on the river.  What a pleasant surprise to see him turn over 8c7c for a flopped top pair with no draws.  I fade the 8 or 7 on the river and double up again.  After being on deaths door it felt really nice to go to dinner break with 35 bb’s. 
After dinner things did not go well.  After declining to 19 BB’s the almost final hand gave way.  Seat 1 had been playing super aggressive in a stupid way, and had tried to punt his stack a couple times already.  Like one where he raised in LP, the blind 3b him to 11K, and he shoved for 20K total (so no fold equity to be expected with the BB having just put in 11K and only 9K more to call).  The BB calls him and tables AJ.  He tables QJs.  (The 3b with AJ may seem loose on the surface, but like I said, it was not the first time the 1 seat did something crazy stupid for his stack so really the play was fine).  He survived when he hit a Q to double through the big stacked BB). 
So here I sit with 19 BB’s, and the 1 seat opens in EP for 3x on a 14bb stack.  He gets 1 caller, the 1 remaining loose old guy (other one busted already), and I look down at AK on the button.  Given the situation this is a really easy shove imo, and that’s exactly what I do.  The blinds fold and the 1 seat insta-calls all in.  The loose old guy mucks, and I find myself in a race vs. 77.  This time the 7’s get the better of me as the board bricks out, and I’m crippled down to 5 bb’s.  From there I folded rags back around to the blinds.  On my BB I look down at K8, and decide I probably have to go with this.  The decision is made easy when it folds around to the SB.  He’s a very aggressive young guy who has raised my BB every time blind v blind so far, and it’s no surprise when he raises again.  Given the range assessment of “so far every time”, K8 is well enough ahead of that range that putting the last few bb’s in with a nice overlay is easy.  Unfortunately for me K8 does not play well against the absolute top of his range, as I run into AA.  The ace on the flop seals it and I’m out at the end of day 2.
I want to thank everyone who followed my (too brief for my tastes) main event run, and for all the well wishes I received on twitter and via messages.  I wish I could have provided you with a more interesting and in particular more lengthy story to follow, but for now I suppose I’ll have to work on making that happen for next year.

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