So, with the WCOOP going on at stars, I have been playing a ton of online tournaments the last sevaral days.
And generally getting my nuts kicked in.
I've finished in the 10% just outside of the money in many of these yet only cashed once since my 2nd on saturday. Pretty much every conceivable bad beat for big stacks have happened. My personal favorite was in the razz tourney today with an average stack but playing high we cap it on 3rd three ways with my (A2)3 vs an 8 and a 5. I go K, K and have to muck on 5th for 1500 with 15k in the pot and about 200 left, money at 117ish. Thats kinda like getting AA and having 3 way action on a 89TJ with a 3 card flush board. I finished 163rd having not made a hand in three hours straight.
I played a really weird hand vs. Danny Wong yesterday in the 200r misclickament. He opened in the hi-jack (2 off the button) to 2400 in the 400-800/75 level. I had 36k to start the hand and he had me covered. I called with A J . Flop A K J . He bet 4666 and I called behind. I'm not raising here because i'm not going to get value from something I'm beating except maybe KJ and will put myself in a tough spot if he 3 bets AI. He could have some sort of KQ type hand, but again, I'm actually a dog to that hand on the flop. Much more value in just calling because it disguises the strength of my hand and I feel is the best mix of value/defense. The turn was a 9 . He checked, I had 25k in stack, and had to decide between checking or betting 8kish. I decided to check here because Danny is capable of CRAI here with anything and if that happens then I hate my hand and once again am in a crappy spot. Against this opponent who is both thinking and creative you have to mix it up a bit, and I felt that checking was right here with bet/call being a close second. The river was the 5 , he checked again, and now it was time to go to value town/induce a bluff. I bet 4420. This looks like a thin value bet or a busted draw bet based on the way that I played my hand. Plan A was to simply get paid off by Ax which made a bunch of sense for Danny's range, and possibly get him to interpret my bet as weak and then try and take the pot off me. He put me all in, 21k to call with about 46k in the pot. I time-banked the max and finally called simply because nothing really made sense there except something like A5, air, or QT. He had AK, and I was busted 360thish just outside of the money at 270th. Frustrating, annoying, whatever. There really is no way to avoid going broke in that hand unless I bet/fold the turn, but that's pretty weak against an aggressive opponent.
So, meh. AYA. Tired of losing 2k a day.
Tomorrows WCOOP is a $200 HORSE and a $500 PLHE. Donkaments, USC football, and throwing of wireless mice... all in a good Saturday.
Peace and good luck,
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