July 7, 2006

Eighty Percent

Eighty Percent

WSOP $1500 Limit Hold ‘Em

I made it through 80% of the field in the $1500 Limit Hold ‘Em event yesterday. I stacked up to 9200 before losing several pots in a row. I had a very enjoyable table with lots of banter. I had been busting the chops of Adam Wallace, a nice Edmonton native wearing a New Jersey Devils hockey jersey to complement my Full Tilt one with “Quiet Lion” #5 on the back, when he raised on the button and I defended with Ace-Five of Clubs. The flop came Ace-King-Queen and he called my checkraise. The turn came Ten of Clubs and I check-called. I missed my flush and paid off his straight on the river. He showed Jack-Nine offsuit. I don’t particularly love his call of the checkraise on the flop but oh well. Then I raised in middle position with Ace-Nine of Diamonds and Jim Feldhouse, with whom I had also been bantering and recognized as a smart guy even before Jerrod Ankenman sauntered up to him and started chatting, defended his blind. The flop came Queen-Queen-Ten with two Diamonds and he check-called. The turn was an offsuit Nine so I checked behind him for the free flush draw, suspecting he might be slow-playing trips. The river was a blank and I made a questionable call of the river bet with Ace hi. He showed King-Jack for a straight. Then Adam raised in the hijack and I three-bet on the button with King-Queen offsuit. He four-bet and I put the rest of my chips in. He showed Ace-Queen. The board came all low cards and I was out of the contest in 125th place out of 701.

I unwound at the sushi bar at Little Buddha with a Palms roll and some Rombauer Chardonnay, then returned to the suite to watch Phil Hellmuth not win his 10th bracelet via the live Internet coverage at CardPlayer.com.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be very concerned if I held Ad 9d and the 9d showed up again on the turn as you describe.


1:48 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

I've corrected it, thanks.


4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What day have you chosen to play in the big one Richard and why?

5:23 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

I took the first day because I had some other things to do on the weekend.


5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, wasn't meaning to be nosey!

Just womndered if there was a big tactical reason why the pro's pick the day they do!

Good luck anyways!

6:11 PM  

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