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/Mar/2013

WBCOOP Update #5

By: domenko @ 10:13 (EDT) / 91 / Comment ( 0 )

Let me start off saying that I love my pet cats. I really do. But sometimes, like just now, at 7.30 am on a Sunday morning, I just wanna put them in a box and ship them to China. If the bedroom door is open, they jump on the bed and purr louder than my alarm clock, or try to destroy some closets. But if the door is closed it’s even better cause they like to run against the wooden door, which sounds like thunder every 20 seconds. If they are feeling particularly randy, they decide to fight one another while leaning on the door or some poor piece of furniture, which will end up having scratch marks all over. But you know what baffles me the most? After their shenanigans getting one of the sleeping humans to get up and show them some love (or displeasure in my case) THEY GO TO SLEEP! Because fuck logic, that’s why. Oh look the sun is up, better go to sleep! You can tell I’m in a very good mood, right?

Now it’s done, I won’t sleep anymore. I have my morning coffee and a big glass of fresh orange juice. I might as well make the best of it, and write my WBCOOP update blog. (:

So yesterday I played two WBCOOP events. The 25 (deep stack NLH) and 26 (PLO Hi/Low). The first one started off pretty well for me, as I noticed a lot of people making very big big-stack mistakes. I recently reread Gus Hansen’s Every Hand Revealed, and it always surprises me how effectively he is able to play any two cards and do well. But of course if you try that approach in a normal relatively fast structured online tournament you wish you hadn’t. Stacks in those are just too shallow. Not enough room to play a lot of flops with marginal hands. But this tourney was different. We started off with a 250BB stacks, and levels would go up every 20 minutes. Now that is a lot of play! Following Mr. Hansen’s example I was in a lot of pots. I tried limping, I tried raising, I varied my raise sizes, just to see what worked best. It all did. MY table soon became suspicious regarding the number of hands I was involved in. But it took only one failed bluff for me to adapt. From that point on whenever I was betting it was for value. I didn’t have premium starting hands, but I saw the flop cheaply. If I made two pair or better I would run to get more money in the pot. I also got shoved on lighter than normal I think, but when that happened I usually mucked, unless I had a monster myself, at which point the table would call the other guy unlucky, that I just happened to get a hand.

There is another thing that stood out to me as very unusual. I had a player at my table, who played a total of 3 out of 42 hands he was dealt. And he raised all of them coming into the action. He was getting short with 11BB and shoved in early position. I found myself with JJ in late position and a big stack. What would you do? He probably has a monster. But hopefully AK or AQ and not AA, KK or QQ. I had a big enough stack to try and flip for a pretty nice pot. I called and everybody folded, and he flipped over QTs. Now, this is what confuses me. Why wait for so long in a tournament and fold everything, just to go crazy with a hand such as QT from early position. I was quite happy to see I was way ahead, but that smile was knocked off my face when he hit a flush on the turn. In retrospect I probably should have folded, but I had a big stack, he didn’t. Wasn’t too big of a deal.

But this wouldn’t be poker without aces getting cracked. And in my case in this tournament it was disgusting. Have a look.

http://www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-hands/Boom/2369745_79D08C5465

Let me just point out, that the reason why I limped the small blind is because that opponent shoved over my limp twice before and more importantly, because I limp practically 100% of my small blinds. Madness behind it is that when you have a bad hand, you get to see a cheap flop and try to improve, and even if you don’t, a less than half pot bet on the flop will win you the money in much more than 50% of the time. But if the BB likes to shove over your limps, you can trap her nicely with a big hand such as this one was. In this hand no matter what I would have done the money would have gone in the middle. But ouch, that river card hurt!

After my AA losing it was all downhill. I didn’t win a single hand after that. I ended up shoving with 99, just to get called by QJo (see what I mean?). Flop showed a Q, the river a J, and that was it for me. Out in 116th place, just 8 off the money. But i don’t think there’s much I could have done different.

My next hope of winning a WBCOOP event started just 10 minutes after my bust out of the last one. It was the pot limit omaha high-low split. One of my favourite games. On the first hand I got dealt AA47 with one suit. I thought people would be playing high hands more often than not i had a good hand that could win both ways against a high only hand. So I raised 5 limpers pre flop and I got 3bet, which I gladly called and saw the flop 956r. In my mind I had the only low draw, and probably the best high hand and if I didn’t I had a ton of redraws. So, I bet, villainy raised pot, I shoved for 200 more and he called, showing JJ93 double suited. So, I have the only low draw and straight draws to his jacks, but i have him crushed as it is with my AA. 3 on the turn gave him a flush draw and two pair, but made me a straight and a low, so I was freerolling. Offsuit K on the river and first hand resulted in a double up for me and a seat open.

Second hand I got AA58 again with one suit. I open raised and got called in one spot. Flop was 374 with two hearts. Wheel draw, and a made low, albeit the second best one. I bet he calls. Turn Q, no heart, I bet he raises 4x. I call. River a 2 of hearts. Giving me the nut low, and again I was freerolling. I didn’t think he would have had the wheel also, so I would be playing for a quarter only. So in my mind it was an easy call when he shoved. He turned over QA3K with no suit. And my wheel beat him, so I had a stack of 9k after two hands.

I saw some pretty bad plays during this tournament, and I was exploiting them whenever I could. People were playing too many high only hands and I was giving free shots at scooping big pots. I was in top 10 stacks for the majority of the tournament, up until we got down to the last 40 or so players. The bubble burst at 108, so we were well into the money. But I was playing for the win!

The biggest hand for me was when I had AA53 with one suit. I raised, villain called. Flop came 537dd I cbet, he called. Turn Ah, he shoved I called. He turned over 6794 for a flopped straight. I had outs. But not many. And I was in bad shape for the low as well. River was a 2d, which didn’t help me. So I lost a pretty significant pot right there.

We got over the next pay jump and I had a stack of about 11BB when I gambled with 5637 double suited. I lost it and I was out in 26th. A $16.5 SCOOP ticket and another 20 points for the leader board.

I have 90 points at the moment and that pretty much seals all my hopes for that venue. Even if I win the HORSE event today I would come in nice 3rd, tying, providing the guys around that wouldn’t cash at all in their last tourney.

But on the other hand there are still best blogger and best live twitterer awards up for grabs, I only wonder how they will decide who the best in that regard is. Even if I don’t win any of those awards, I have managed to grow my bankroll almost 40% in the last week by winning $71.5 worth of SCOOP tickets and I still have one more tourney to play today. The one I was most looking forward to. The HORSE.

This wasn’t intended as such a long post, but my fingers just did it on their own.

Hope you enjoyed it. (:

Cheers,
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