Pendleton Event #1 Write-Up

April 13, 2012

Ugh, it’s 4pm and I’m already doing a write-up for the first event.  You know that’s not a good sign.  Can’t say I’m displeased with how I played, I just had some bad connections at the wrong times.  Here’s a play-by-play of some of my more critical hands, as most of the other hands I play were open-raise and take it down, or open-raise and fold to a re-raise, or open-raise, continuation bet and take it down.

First orbit, blinds 25-50, I open to 150 with KK and next position re-raises to 450 and small blind calls.  I 3-bet to 2250 (too much?) and both players muck.

Blinds are 50-100 and I open to 300 with JJ.  Player to my right re-raises to 1250 and it folds back to me.  I already have a read on the dude from previous hands and put him on a bigger pair.  I look at both of our stacks and even though I think I’ll get his whole stack if I flop a set, I don’t think I’m getting the implied odds to try for it.  Also, if I flop an overpair to the board I might convince myself to change my read and get into serious trouble, so I just muck it.  He shows me two aces and says “I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you.”

Player to my right has been completely running over the table, opening almost every hand and betting recklessly after the flop.  I’ve been itching to get involved with him and haven’t found a good spot.  Folds to him in SB and he raises to 800 with blinds at 100-200.  I call with 5h3h hoping to hit a big flop in position against him.  It comes down 33T and he fires 1800.  He’s been playing crazy and I’ve been eyeing him for several hands so I feel like he knows I’ve been waiting to put him in his place and with that in mind, I might as well give him what he’s expecting and raise it up to 4000.  He instacalls and then instaships it when a 7 hits on the turn.  Pretty easy call for me and he tables A4 high, drawing completely dead.  NH sir, and thanks.


I have solid reads on my whole table and they are all playing pretty weak tight so I have been ramping up the aggression and raising with a wide range of hands Qs8s, Th9h, 7d6d, 62o, K2o, etc. and having good results… so naturally, the table breaks and I’m moved to a new one with all fresh faces. Folds to the button in my first orbit at the table and he opens to 1300 with blinds @ 200-400. I look down at AK. He has a stack of about 7000-9000, somewhere in that range. I have around 13-15k. Seems standard to make a pot-committing raise against his stack size, so I bump it to 4700, he ships, I call and he shows AA. Yay! Down to $5K.

Build my stack back up to over 8k at another new table. I open to 1500 with AdKd and blinds at 300-600 with a 75 ante. Folds to BB and he calls. Flop comes 923 with two diamonds. BB checks to me and I make a pot-committing bet of 4000. He check-raises all-in, I call and he shows Kh9h and I whiff my 12-outer and come upstairs to write this stupid fucking blog. Nap time!

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