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By: TheLangolier @ 13:31 (EDT) / 534 / Comment ( 13 )

I saw an amazing hand go down this past weekend at the HPT event 1, $330+$30 (+$10 dealer add on) NLHE deep stack, that I thought would make for a fun blog.

We start with 32K chips and blinds at 50-100, so 320 bb’s deep, with 30 minute levels (which is why it takes only 2 days to finish, and not 8 like the WSOP main event which has the same structure but 2 hour levels).  The chip denominations in play at the start range from green 25 chips all the way up to a beige 10K chip (everyone starts with 1 of these).   The $100 chips were a charcoal grey and the 5K chips were a light grey color.  They were clearly different but might be easy to not distinguish if you had sun glasses on and weren’t paying attention.

So there was a player at my table in seat 4 who was playing very LAG, mixing it up a lot with raises, a few limps, and some fairly liberal 3 and 4 betting preflop.  He was quite loose pre, but I thought was playing well post flop, so he wasn’t just some nutbar… he knew what he was doing.  He wore these sunglasses with a white and red Miami Heat design on the outside, so you couldn’t see through them at all nor really get an idea of how dark they were for his vision.

So this hand comes up at 75-150… I am the SB (seat 10).  The UTG player in seat 2 opens to 400, tossing 4x $100 chips across the betting line.  The dealer announces “400 to go”.  The next guy folds, and the LAG checks his hole cards, and casually tosses 4x 5K chips in the pot.  The dealer, somewhat startled, announces with an inflection in his voice “raise to 20 thousand”.   The LAG now lifts his sunglasses up off his eyes, leaning in towards the table a bit, looking at the chips he’s just thrown in the pot a bit wide eyed.  Less than a second later, and he replaces the glasses, folds his hands like a martial arts blackbelt bowing before a match, and places them over his mouth, sitting stoically.  If you can picture the scene in your head, yes, it appears that he has just mistakenly put the wrong denomination chips in the pot and 3-bet to 50x the openers bet (and over half of his own stack). 

Action folds around to the 7 seat who has been an aggressive move maker, seeing a lot of flops and already having been caught making moves post flop (once by me hehe).   He looks at his hand and announces he’s all in.  The rest of us fold around to the original raiser, who quickly declares himself all in as well.  The LAG now snap moves the rest of his stack in and turns over, you may have already guessed it… AA.   It was really a clever “move” to induce stack action preflop 300+ big blinds deep.   Everything had to line up perfectly too, having the bet be 4 charcoal grey chips, having exactly 4 light grey 5K chips, the sunglasses on, the image.  And the sales job when the dealer announced 20 thousand, was just right.  Not too obvious, and a reasonable look of how one might genuinely react, instant surprise then a quick attempt to cover up their “mistake” by not over reacting.   He got lucky in that seat 7 had QQ, and the original raiser KK.  And his aces held to knock both players out and give him a commanding early chip lead. 

Had he made a standard 3b, with the image he was playing and the opponents big hands of QQ and KK, he may have eventually gotten stack action preflop anyway.  But his “fake mistake” I think would have gotten him large undue action from worse hands that would not normally give stack action preflop this deep, like TT or AK.   Brilliant.

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