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Muckleshoot Classic $750 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Stack Updates)

April 6, 2019

Last Sunday, I ended up skipping the $200 no limit Hold’em event in the Muckleshoot series, mostly because they are no longer rewarding extra cash for Player of the Series. I actually did pop into Palace for a few hours to take my shot at the $2000 Happy Hour Hand while I watched the Mariners game and ate a free meal, but I just played 4/8. I didn’t hit the Happy Hour Hand, but I did hit a jackpot and ended up winning +$366 in less than two hours. I left after the M’s game because someone hit the big jackpot.

That session closed out my March and I ended up having a decent, but slightly below average month. After a disastrous February, I’ll take it though, especially after dumping over $1700 in my first session.

Monday was a hiking day. We checked out the Twin Falls Trail near Olallie State Park in North Bend.

On Tuesday, I popped into Palace for a late night 8/16 session and ran super hot, picking up JJ-AA about ten times in less than five hours. Unfortunately, I won only one of those hands and that led to a solid -$485 to start my April.

I tried a bit of a different tactic after watching an online PLO video and decided to buy in short for my session, starting with $280.

My first notable pot came up when a wild and drunk player opened for $15 after two limpers and I decided to defend with KJ86 single suited. The flop was J54 with one of my suit and it checked to the wild player and he bet $60. He only had $40 behind, so I min-raised and that got it heads up. I turned a king and that was good enough to scoop the pot.

I open to $15 with AK64 single suited, the small blind calls, and the wild player makes it $60. Not folding against him, so I call and so does the small blind. The flop is A22 with two spades and one of my suit. The wild guy leads out $120 and I call. The turn is the 7 of hearts, giving me the nut flush draw, and he bets $200. I put him all in for his remaining $120 and he calls with AK86 and no flush draw. I take a look at his hand and have just enough time to say, “so I’m dodging two eights only?” before the dealer brings the 8d on the river. Ugh.

That hand crippled me, so I reloaded small again.

I open AQT6 single suited on the button and both blinds call. The flop is T65 with two hearts and one diamond and I wind up getting all-in with Part-Time for a couple hundred here. The turn is an offsuit ace, but the river is the 7 of hearts, which almost surely beats me and it does, as he turns over 764x with two hearts.

I defend with AJJ5 single suited and bet the pot and wind up getting it in on J65 rainbow against the wild player’s QJ86… so he’s pretty much drawing dead… but the turn is the queen of spades and suddenly he has two queens and spades to beat me. The river is the ten of spades and I get stacked by the drunk player again.

Multiple limpers and I make a pot sweetening raise to $20 from the big blind with AAK5 single suited and everyone calls. Flop is KK6 rainbow and Joker calls my $50 bet. The turn is another 6 and this time he calls $110. I have like $300 behind and I decide to check the 2 on the river. In retrospect, I should definitely be betting here. I have a case of the MUBS going on at this point in the session, so I have a feeling I’m beat here, but I’m never folding, so since I only have $300 left, I should be going for value for those times Joker shows up with worse kings here. If he happens to have K6, K2 or 66 somehow, well, I guess I just get to lose $300. But when I let him check behind with hands like KQJ9 and all those sorts of combos, it’s pretty terrible. He does check back, but he also has AK and we split the pot.

By this point, the wild drunk player has felted like 5-6 times and has lost somewhere around $2000 total… but he felted me twice and I got none of it back.

Joker makes it $20, I make it $70 with AAK7 and he calls. Flop is QT5 and I have around $500 behind, so I decided to check back the flop because I don’t want to get all in here when my Stack-to-Pot Ratio is over 3. The turn is a 7 and there is no flush draw available. Joker leads out with a pot-sized bet of $150. This could be a fold here, but I do have a gutter and a paired dangler to go with my overpair, so I decide to call and see if he fires again on the river. I feel like he probably knows I have AA in my hand, but I also feel like he’d have to think I’ll call $300 on the river if I call $150 on the turn. The river is a king, which is pretty interesting, as it improves my hand to kings and sevens, plus drastically increases the chances of my AAxx hand making a straight. I expect this card to get me a free showdown a lot of the time, but Joker comes out firing for the max bet of $300. Since I expected him to check a lot, it feels a little weird, but I highly doubt he’s bluffing in this spot and I make the fold.

We ended up playing 4-handed for a long time and I stopped taking notes. Every time I battled back a little bit, something stupid would happen and I’d be right back to a few hundred dollars in front of me.

For instance, I potted twice with 99xx on T9327 and got calls from both Wolverine and Joker on both streets and then Wolverine fired into both of us on the river. Shouldn’t ever be a bluff, so I made the reluctant fold.

Another example: I end up in a 3-way 3-bet pot with JJ32 double suited and wind up potting the 732 rainbow flop and getting called in two spots. The turn is a 9, completing the rainbow, and I potted again, this time getting one caller. The river is a 6, completing the only draw he can have on the flop, and he still checks it to me even though I have like $120 behind. I check back and he tables the A45x. Yawn.

Finally, I had JT98 double suited in a 3-bet pot and ended up getting my stack in vs Joker on J98 rainbow flop. I had two backdoor flush draws and three pair, plus a straight draw, but I was pretty sure Joker flopped a straight. We ran it twice and his QT held up on both boards.

That finished a -$1200 PLO session for me and looking back over these hand histories, it’s pretty hard to believe I lost that much. Super unlucky.

I took Thursday and Friday off to rest up and be as fresh as possible for Muck’s Main Event today.

10:22 AM: Standing in registration line. I will not be posting hand histories while I’m playing, so check back here for stack updates every few hours and maybe I will have some notable hands to talk about on breaks, but I intend to focus on the action at my table as much as possible.

10:43 AM: 20k starting stacks and blinds at 25/50 with 45 minute levels.

LOL @ the dealer calling me a “professional” when I sit down. That seems wildly inappropriate and unnecessary, whether it is true or not.

Only one player I know at my starting table and I recognize another one as probably solid. First glance my table doesn’t seem all that great, but we shall see.

11:13 AM: Sigh. Max Young, the most successful tournament player in the Pacific Northwest the last few years, just sat at my table, so…. that sucks. On the bright side, I get a close up look at how he’s transformed himself into an absolute tourney crusher.

1:09 PM: Played a big 3-bet pot with AA vs 99 and got two streets of value before checking back river on J33hhJTh. I wasn’t planning to check river because I thought she was pair heavy but with both the flush draw and TT getting there, I decided to check back thinking I’m only targeting KK and QQ for value.

A short while later, I got about 2600 in pre with AKss vs same player and her T9ss didn’t hit the board.

Then I had a player open to 500 at 100/200 and I 3-bet AA to 1500 and knew as soon as he started thinking that he was 4-betting and willing to stack off. He makes it 4400 and I put him all in for just north of 13k (65bb!) and he calls it off with AK.

93425

Sigh.

I’m over 30k, but I’ll have to get an exact count when I get back to the table.

33.6k

3:36 PM: 54k after eight levels and coming back to 300/600 blinds. Looks like roughly 155 left of 282 starting and average stack is somewhere around 36k. 42 of us will cash and come back tomorrow.

6:11 PM: Very last hand before the dinner break I open to 2500 from under the gun at 500/1000 with QQ and the very next player makes it 7500. Folds back around to me and we are both 40+ bigs deep and he’s a tight player 3-betting an under the gun raise from early position also, so definitely not looking to get stacks in here pre. I call.

Flop is KK6 and I check-call 6k.

Turn is a blank and he puts me all in. My opponent is Green River Gary and he is just never fucking around here. I am pretty confident if he had a hand like JJ he would check back this turn. So… I’m pretty annoyed about it, but I fold.

He gives me a courtesy show of the AK of clubs.

Sigh.

It was a pretty card dead two levels for me and I somehow managed to lose almost half my stack in the last orbit.

My table is unbelievably amazing though. Green River Gary is my toughest opponent and he is basically a straight-forward abc Reg. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take advantage of the situation so far.

I’ll be coming back to 28.1k and this is what things look like right now:

edit: I had QQ on the hand before break

7:27 PM: Taking a selfie with the winner of yesterday’s $400 event: The Riddler!

Congrats dude!

7:46 PM: Second orbit after the break, I’m in the big blind with Q4 of clubs and there’s a min-raise and caller in front of me, so I defend.

Flop is QT4 with two hearts and one club. I end up getting it all in against the PFR and he has… QT.

Good fucking game.

God. So frustrating to get such a gift of a table and instead of steadily chipping up the rest of the night, I’m going home with another brick in my backpack.

Cobra and I are heading to Pendleton, Oregon for the Spring Round Up tomorrow, so that should be pretty cool. I haven’t been there since spring of 2016 and I’m looking forward to it. My first event will be the $150 O8 on Monday.

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