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WBCOOP Update #3

By: domenko @ 10:11 (EDT) / 266 / Comment ( 0 )

My third session playing the WBCOOP schedule came to an abrupt end yesterday, shortly after my heads up match started. But I’ll start at the beginning.

The WBCOOP event #16 was the Triple Stud event. After coming in 11th place in the Stud high only event on Monday, I had a vague idea of the type of players I’ll be facing. In a short recap: mostly harmless. They played too many hands, badly. Chasing draws when the odds didn’t justify that, etc. Most annoyingly my opponents seemed to hit their overpaid draws more often than they should have. But, at times when I did win, I took down substantial pots, which enabled me to finish oh so close to the final table. My experience in event #16 was quite similar. But this time I noticed a lot of players weren’t paying enough attention at which game was being played. I quickly realised why. The levels were 3 minutes long, and some stud hands can take even longer than that to play out, especially multiway. So we would play one hand of Stud and the next hand would already be Razz. Plenty of players would miss that detail and continued playing their high hands, only to realise at the end that their Aces full of Kings were no good against a 8,5,3,2,A. Another thing I noticed, in Razz, was a bit of a surprise. I had a K showing and thus had to bring it in in a level where the antes were not insignificant anymore. I already had my check/fold preselection button checked, because there is no way I am ever defending in Razz with a K showing, since that allows my opponents to play perfectly against me. Although at that table, that was highly unlikely. To my surprise, all the low cards including an A mucked almost simultaneously, giving me a walk. I was happy to see that, but players, that should never and I mean NEVER EVER happen in Razz. Especially in a tournament where every chip counts. But that just shows you the quality of the average player in that event. I cruised along with a good stack well into the money, but as a result of a sickening Razz hand I was crippled and had to go with the very next one, which needles to say I bricked out, busting in 63rd place. That earned me another 20 points for the Leader Board and an $11 SCOOP ticket.

After a quick dinner it was time for the NLH heads up event. In the first round I was sat at an empty table. Good news. I only needed to beat two opponents to reach the money. But that was harder than it seemed. I lost my first match already. After my opponent made some pretty hefty bets on the river, ones which I now think I should have called, I was down to 800 chips from my starting 1500. On the last hand we played I was dealt two black 77 in the big blind and my opponent limped the button. I raised to 120, which he quickly called. The flop came 2h6dAh. I bet 120 into a pot containing 240. He called again. At this point he could have anything but an A. I think he would have shoved an A very quickly, and he wouldn’t limp with it PF. On the turn another beautiful A peels off and I know I have the best hand. The pot was 480 and I had 571 behind. I knew he would call my shove with any 2 or any 6 as well as any other pair or high card holdings. So I was very much ahead of his range having him drawing to 5 or maybe 6 outs. I shoved and he, of course, called, flipping over T2o. He was drawing to 5 outs and I was already gonna high five the cat when the river showed an ugly ass ten of hearts. My good friend who was watching my table and chatting with me on Skype screamed at his screen. At least I wasn’t alone in that. But, oh well. At least he didn’t go far. He busted in the next match. (:

That brings my total number of cashes to two out of 5 played events. I have a $22 and $11 SCOOP tickets, a ticket for the Main Event on the following Monday and 45 Leader board points. If I wanna make an impact on the board I will have to make a seriously deep run in the next five events I will be playing and hopefully I will be able to play the HORSE event on Sunday.

My next playing day will be Friday, when I play the 6max PLO and the big ante NLHE events.

Until then I will be practicing my PLO game and hopefully make a deep run in that one.


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