Well, my WPT Niagara run just ended.
I started the day with 33,100 with 30min left in the 300/600/100 level, so I had plenty of room to play. My table draw was pretty great, I didn't have any notable players at my table, and the 2 people that had me covered were either to my right, or across the table.
I believe it was the 400/800/100 level when I was bluffed out of a decent sized pot. I opened to 2,200 with about 30k from MP, got 2 callers behind me, and then the BB called, so I was out of position vs 2 of the 3 opponents. Flop came KK5 with 2 diamonds, I had 7
. BB checked, I checked, player behind me checked to the button who bet out 4,500. The button was a decent aggressive player and also the big stack at the table. The BB folded, I called, and the player behind me folded. The turn was a black 3. I checked, button bet 16k of my 24k stack. I folded and he showed like 6 high or something. I really considered just sticking it in, but I hadn't played with him long enough to commit that much of my stack. I think calling the flop was marginal and possibly a mistake. I did end up getting a wealth of information when he showed the bluff though.
Just a few hands after I was bluffed out I opened the pot from MP+2 with TT to my standard raise of 2,200. It's safe to assume my opponents will think I'm opening wider here, so I was willing to 4-bet AIPF if someone 3-bet me. I was called in 2 spots, then an older man in the small blind shoves for about 20k total. Online this is a much easier re-shove, but there are a lot of things to think about. My table image was loose and my opponents probably thought I was steaming, but the SB hadn't played too many pots. If you know anything about poker stereotypes, then you know that people over 55 or so "always have it." This was also basically for all of my chips, so I took 2-3 minutes to make my decision. After thinking it through I decided that my opponent was aware of the table dynamic and was squeezing with a wide range. Not to mention there was around 30k in the middle and I had to call another 20k, so I was getting a nice overlay if he had AK.
Well, he had 53o and I doubled up to about 50k. There was a lot to think about with my table image (which always ends up being a puzzle of multiple level thinking for me), the money in the pot, my opponents image/range, etc.
Anyways I was floating around 45k when the next notable hand came up. Blinds were 500/1,000 with a 200 ante. With 3,300 in the pot preflop, and a fairly solid table image (I had folded for awhile after the TT hand), I opened the pot UTG with Q
to 2,700. It folded to the button, who was the player who bluffed me earlier. He called, the blinds folded and we went to the flop heads up.
It came down T86 with 2 diamonds, giving me a double gutshot straight draw. I bet out 4,500 into the pot of 12,000. Button minraises me to 9,000, I call. Turn came the Ah. I checked and the button bet 15,000. I decided he was bluffing again, making a bet that made it look like he was committed to the hand. I basically check-minraised allin, shoving for 35k total, 20k more. He folded. Definitely one of the sickest hands I've ever played, but I was very confident he was bluffing again. I mucked and that pot increased my stack to around 80k.
Then, I proceeded to run horrible and never won another pot. I opened a few times, was 3-bet and folded, and with the blinds and ante's costing 3,300 a round it was easy to fold down to around 65-70k.
The next hand I played was when LP opened for 3,300 at 500/1000/200 and I called from the SB with K
and the BB (who had around 40k) called as well. The flop was 7
, giving me 2 overcards and the 2nd nut flush draw. I checked, the BB lead for 6,500 and the CO called. I made my first check-raise of the entire day
to 22,000 - effectively committing my opponents. SB called (with 18k behind lol), CO folded. Turn came a red 6. I was obviously putting the rest of my opponents stack in (18k into the pot of 50k+) and he called. I showed my overcards and flush draw....he showed Q6o.....wtf. River blanked, and I lose a near 6 figure pot.
Then, out of nowhere a player who was new to the table started berating my play. He was at least twice my age. I just kind of ignored him, but it did bother me a little bit. If you can't tell by now, poor poker etiquette really pisses me off. I had just lost the biggest pot I'd played in the tournament, in an absolutely ridiculous fashion nonetheless, and I gotta hear some clown tell me I played my hand poorly. I just let him talk, because it's apparent he doesn't know math. Most people that read this will know, but for those that don't know, 2 overcards and flush draw are a favorite over his pair on the flop (when most of the money went in).
I was was left 20k and knocked out shortly after. I opened 2 hands later with KK to 2,700 and the button called. Flop came 763 with 2 diamonds. Ended up getting it in vs. 98, 5 on the turn, and I'm busto.
After the hand, the man who berated me earlier says something to the effect of "that's what you get." Without raising my voice I just looked at him and said "What's your problem." He just looked down at the felt and shut his mouth. I'm sure many others would've gone further and maybe gotten into a bigger argument or something, but I learned a long time ago that dealing with people like that just isn't worth it. I shook everyone else's hand with a smile and wished them good luck. As I was leaving the tournament room I could overhear people saying how I was half his age and had twice as much class as he'll ever have.
Poor poker etiquette really gets under my skin. This man was like 40 years old and acted like a 14 year old. Just sitting there with like 10bbs's and had nothing better to do but give me a hard time. Grow up dude. Seriously.
At any rate, I'm very satisfied with how I played. This was my 3rd consecutive Day 2, and I've (at least) 4x'd my starting stack in every single major event I've played. This one was extremely frustrating to lose because of how it went down. Building a big stack then losing two huge pots where I was the favorite on the flop is really annoying. This one stung a bit more because I was feeling really great and was having fun playing. Guess it just wasn't my tournament, w/e.
Well I better stop now before my rant gets too long.