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WSOP 2019: $470 O.E. @ Aria

June 6, 2019

Nope. Not a WSOP event. This is the loser’s bracket.

Joker, Ducky, and Sandman all moved on to Day 2 of the $1500 HORSE and I’m pretty jealous about it, but I’ll be cheering them on from afar and I’ll post updates here if they give me any. They are still 150 spots off the money and all three of them are barely average, or worse.

This tournament I’m playing is half Omaha 8 and half Stud 8. 25k starting stacks with 30 minute levels, so quite a bit of play, but it is a one day tournament.

Someone from Muckleshoot is on my immediate right and I saw the player from Palace that was at my HORSE table yesterday in the field also. Billy Dubz (and Mrs. Dubz) is in here too. So far there are 106 entrants.

Stud 8 hand, my board runs out A3-2sAs7s5-8 and have to chop with 9s and 7s when he has no open pair. Kinda sucks because it seems like I should be scooping that pot at a very high frequency.

Stack updates here on breaks and maybe some hands throughout this one.

Break #1: 30,500

One limper and I defend a raise with A872hhh. The flop is A65 rainbow and I check-call when the limper donks the flop and the other player calls. My hand is not great here; I have good high potential and a very weak low, but it’s enough to see turns and rivers.

The turn is a king that doesn’t open up a flush draw, so I check-overcall again and the river is gin: a 4! I’m looking to check-raise both players here but the preflop raiser folds when the other one bets. I check-raise and wind up scooping the pot with the nut high and a live deuce. I didn’t get a good look at her hand.

Here’s how you know your table is good: I have two pair and a flush draw on 6th street in Stud 8. One of my opponents has two kings showing and bets dark after we both call. The third player looks like he has a low draw and winds up raising on 7th street. I brick everything and the player that raised on 7th scoops the pot with a ten high straight and no low. Pretty sick that it can be bet and raised to me on 7th when I have up to 13 outs to scoop both of them.

Quarter a player with AAK2ss vs AQT2hh on 876h8h9x and then scoop the same player on the next hand with AQT9 on J93A5.

Cards are back in the air for HORSE Day 2.

Break #2: 34,500

Joker has busted the HORSE, short of the money.

Same with Ducky.

Not sure what Sandman is doing but he had the shortest stack of the three so he’s probably on his way to the final table.

Open AAT9ss and three players call, including both blinds. I c-bet KJ6ssd flop and two players call. The turn is the ten of diamonds. I wind up checking, but I should probably bet since I have two aces blocking the nuts, plus I have the nut flush draw. It checks around though and then it checks around again on the 3c river and the big blind scoops with AK3x. He turned a diamond draw so my turn check did not cost me the pot, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have bet.

7 up opens in Stud 8, I call with 75-8 with two hearts. There were no sixes or hearts dead, plus all the low cards are super live. The bring in 3-bets with the 7 of clubs and we both call. The three sevens in play are the only low cards that were out.

On 4th, the bring in has 7c2s, the other player bricks, and I catch a 3. We both call a bet from the bring in.

On 5th, the bring in pairs the 2, the other guy bricks and I catch a 9. She bets and we both call again.

On 6th, she has 7228, the other guy catches a low card and I get a 4 to make an 87543 low. She bets, he calls, and I call also. It’s not too hard for my low to be beat here.

On 7th, I catch a 6 to make a straight and a 76 low. I has monster! They check to me and the bring in calls and I scoop a big one.

I had a little rush right before the break but otherwise I was mostly card dead these last four levels.

Sandman is still in the $1500 HORSE. He has 30k with 168 players left. 113 cash and average stack is 45k.

Break #3: 16,500

Registration is closed. 165 runners with 23 of us getting paid and nearly $17k up top for 1st.

Every pot is pretty critical right now. I just defended in o8 and flopped the nuts with 753x on 864hh with no backup in a 3-way pot. I check-called flop and turn but the river was another heart and when it went bet and call in front of me, I decided to fold and the bettor had A73x with hearts.

And just like that I’m down to 28.6k and 1/6 of my stack is gone.

And Sandman just busted the HORSE shy of the money.

Just dipped below starting stack for the first time since the first level. My third nut flush loses to second nut flush and lows brick out.

I’m so card dead. Finally get the 8s7s-2s and bring it in. Someone completes and there are five of us in and no spades dead. I call and get the 9h on 4th and it’s bet and raised to me and that’s the end of this hand.

I’ve had a couple good starters in o8 but I’ve chopped with both of them and I was lucky to do that as I caught a “fuck you” card on the turn both times.

Just got moved off a pretty good table and my new table looks way more competent.

I’ll be coming back from break with 8.5 bigs.

4th Break

Got it all in by river with AAT2hh on KT2h3h7h and had to chop with AK96.

Seems unlucky. I haven’t won anything resembling a pot in over two hours now.

3-bet an all in with split tens and get two hitchhikers with low cards.

They both catch big cards on 4th. Yay! I bet and they both call. Come on.

I bet 5th and only one of them calls and I’m all in against him on 6th. The all in player has open jacks and I have improved at all so I’m losing to him but the side pot is way bigger.

I’m up against 23-5K49 and he catches… a 9! I’m almost double but still pretty damn short.

7c6c-8c goes brick brick and I’m back to 15k.

Three more suited babies brick and down to 7.5k.

Triple up with split queens when I make a boat and neither of my opponents make a low. 25k.

Defend 6543 in a 3-way pot with bets going in on every street on an AQ725 board. Holy shit, I have 59k! Peaking for the first time in about six levels and that puts me right around average stack.

Crazy!

4th Break: 59k

Every pot is hypercritical. I went from roughly two big blinds to 3rd of 8 at my table in about an orbit.

And players are dropping pretty fast since we restarted. We’ve lost almost a player a minute so far. There are 58 left and 23 cash.

I’m peaking around 75k right now in Level 15, which is the first time I’ve been above average since Level 8.

Blind vs blind, complete A743 badugi and he checks. I bet AJ3 rainbow and he calls. Turn pairs the jack and I bet again. He calls. Not a fan of that development but he could have a low draw. River is a 9 and I check. He bets. This is a critical pot and my hand doesn’t seem strong but it would be brutal to get bluffed here and can have a busted low, so I put the call out and scoop the pot vs the bluff.

Then I scooped Barbara Enright in a 3-bet pot and suddenly I have 113k. Average stack is 76k and there are now 54 left.

Limped pot and my AJ52ss from small blind gets scooped by limper’s KQJJ on JT2s4sK. At least I got a free showdown.

Down to 73k and back to below average.

Start with 42-3 and it gets completed and 3-bet and I get the 42-323Q-7 run out but somehow find a way to scoop

Peaking at 123k.

5th Break: 93k

39 players left. I’m 0-4 in Aria tournaments (since 2014) so it would be cool to get on the board here. Also, Aria is my third worst location (since 2014) and a whiff here will make it my 2nd worst (Commerce is #1), so, uh, how about we clutch up and get a cash one time?

Billy Dubz has been at my table for a little bit and he just got crippled when his K9xx lost to Barbara Enright’s AAT8 on K922x.

Billy Dubz busts and I lose half my stack in the same hand. Down to 43k ten spots of the money.

Don’t do it to me, please.

Sigh. Complete bring in with 8s5s-2s and shorter stack gets all in with split jacks and I catch a 3d on 4th but can’t make a low or anything else and I have crumbs now.

I think that makes me 0 for 5 today with three suited babies, although I do think I had an 8 in my hand every time.

And I bust in 31st place.

Goddammit. There is literally nothing worse than wasting an entire day to fucking bubble a tournament. It’s 9 PM and I have NO mental energy left to try to jump in a cash game.

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Aria $470 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8/Better (Live Blog)

June 2, 2018

So yesterday I didn’t have much of a plan and around 3-4 PM The Leak and I decided we were going to play cash games at Bellagio, but I dropped her off at the B and then parked our car at Planet Hollywood to skim on parking costs.

She informed me that the $20/$40 Limit Hold’em list was almost 25 deep and since I was walking through Planet Hollywood I decided to check out the $300 Triple Draw Mix (Badugi, 2-7, A-5) tournament I thought about playing. Well, it was 4.5 hours deep, but registration was still open and I could sit down with 15 bigs. Plus, I spotted Kevin Gerhart, a Run It Up warrior, in the field and asked him if he had less than the starting stack. He said “yes” and I thought, Hell, if this guy still thinks he has a shot, I might as well take one.

I actually managed to win some pots to start off on the right track, getting my 15k up over 30k but I lost a critical 2-7 hand that I never recovered from.

In the hand in question, I opened drawing one to a smooth 8 and a player I thought was capable called my raise and then patted after the first draw. I picked up on something that made me think he was snowing and when I made a pair of 8s after the last draw and he still bet, I gave serious thought to check-raising, but didn’t pull the trigger. He tabled a pair of 6s after I folded.

Sigh. That’s what I call having really good poker sense but not enough experience to know how to capitalize on it in a variant I’m not super familiar with.

I ended up busting in 17th or 18th place which was about ten spots off the money in what was a pretty small field of less than 70 runners.

Then I headed to Bellagio and immediately got a seat in a $40/$80 Limit Hold’em game. For those that follow my blog closely, you will know that I’ve only played a game this big once in my life and it was an utter disaster at Commerce back in January this year.

I suppose this session went better, but the game I was in wasn’t great most of the time. I played a little less than six hours and started off poorly down over a rack immediately and then around even for the rest of the time.

I did briefly play with Humberto “the shark is hungry” Brenes and Chau Giang, a former nose bleed stakes regular and likely future Hall of Famer, for an extended period of time, although he spent a lot of time out of his seat.

I would have booked a small win but I made a time game mistake. With the dealer push coming up in a few minutes, I posted my big blind knowing I wasn’t going to pay for the next half hour. Since I wasn’t going to finish the orbit I was about to pay the blinds for without paying more time, I should have just left right then.

Instead, I posted my big blind and my good friend The Crypt Keeper (whom hasn’t made a blog appearance in forever) raised under the gun and I defended with JTo.

I check-called the T9x flop, knowing his UTG opening range is weighted towards extremely strong hands and then I check-raised the turn when I made top two pair. He thought for a bit and then called.

The river was a king, which is an amazing card for his continuing range. I’m basically only beating AA and an optimistic line with AK at this point. Maybe AJ. No value in betting here and I can actually probably even check-fold against The Crypt Keeper because his bluff frequency is close to zero. I call though because that’s what you’re supposed to do and he shows me QQ for a straight.

I posted my small blind and played my button before the dealer change and then couldn’t take any more hands because I wasn’t paying time.

So I donated $360 to my buddy on a hand I shouldn’t have even let myself be dealt in on and that was the difference between a win and a loss yesterday.

-$230 in 5.5 hours which drastically increases my lifetime $40/$80 win rate to -$328/hour.

My plan was to play this Aria tournament today but we got in pretty late last night so I had to force myself out of bed and I did take my sweet time getting here.

I sat down about an hour after it started, but the structure is super deep and good, so still massive amounts of play.

Starting stacks are 20k and blinds were 100/200 when I sat down.

Blinds are now 150/300 and I have a little less than 22k with no super interesting hands of note yet. I recognize three players at my table, including a bald guy rocking a mullet – a look I would strongly recommend to Radio Mike if he’s reading this – but nobody I know by name.

Finally, some shoutouts before I publish:

-Snowflake got a nice cash (48th) in the $1500 O8 and The Sandman min-cashed it.

-Tormund hit and ran the shit out of Johnny Chan and Robert Mizrachi last night, sitting down in a big mix game during the Big O portion and won a roughly $5k pot and then immediately left when the game switched. LOL. I bet they were PISSED.

-Trey (or Goatluv), a dealer from Fortune made a deep run (46th) in the WSOP Casino Employee event.

-Hal, a floorman from Palace is deep in the $600 Venetian No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Event. He reported that there are about 230 runners left out of a starting field of about 1600 and 154 spots pay. Looks like he’s starting Day 2 with about 30 bigs, which isn’t a big stack, but definitely workable. Good luck, Hal!

-Pacific Northwest Omaha superstar Kate Hoang is doing what Kate does: crush Omaha tournaments at the World Series of Poker. She is still alive with 36 left in the $1500 O8 and her stack looks to be about middle of the pack to start Day 3. Good luck, Kate!

Also – and I’m sure Kate will appreciate this 😳 – I spotted this gem of a thread on Facebook with 400+ comments of guys drooling over her.

1:21 PM: Today is a sad day. The Leak is leaving me for Washington and we won’t be seeing each other for the longest period of time since we first started seeing each other over six years ago.

I am going to miss her terribly and I can’t say enough what an amazing support system she is for me and my poker career. It takes a special person to let their husband disappear to Vegas for six weeks and grind poker tournaments while she’s at home and working. I try not to lose sight of the fact that I play a game for a living and I really do appreciate my wife letting me pursue this dream of mine.

I love you so much honey. I will try my hardest to make this time apart worth it!

1:31 PM: So I thought Bellagio had some pretty ridiculous MLB World Series futures, but when I was registering for this tournament in the Aria sports book I saw something that blew my mind.

They have the Mets at 10-1 to win the World Series and the Braves at 40-1.

Holy shit.

The Mets are a game below .500 with their ace on the disabled list and the Braves are in first place in the NL East and look like a much stronger team with a very good farm system that can help the big league club via promotions or as trade chips for someone like, I dunno, Manny Machado.

This line is stupid. I can’t comprehend what they are thinking.

I fired $100 on the Braves and $50 on the Mariners at 50-1.

🔥🔥💵🔥🔥

1:58 PM: Aria has the stream of the $3k Shootout on a TV and former Main Event champs Joe Cada and Joe McKeehan are at a final table full of sunglasses. Uhm. I like their chances.

2:08 PM: Just got word from Hal that he busted the Venetian tourney in 151st for a nice little cash to start his trip out. Congrats! Seat open at Aria, buddy!

2:17 PM: Wonderful. One opener at 300/500 blinds and I defend KKQ3 one suit and check-call on the K52 rainbow flop. Turn pairs the 5 and I get a check-raise in. River is an ace.

Sigh. What a horrible card. The low gets there and AA improves. I think for a while and maybe I make a mistake: I bet. I was thinking it’s pretty easy for him to have a hand he can call with that has a counterfeit low and my bet really only stings when he shows up with exactly AA. Of course that’s what he has though.

Actually it’s worse. He has AAT9. He doesn’t even have a low draw and the only way he can get any piece of this pot is with an ace. Ugh.

Momentum still evades me on this trip so far. Back to starting stack.

2:58 PM: Last hand before break I open from the cutoff with Q532 one suit. Big blind defends and donks on 986 two spade flop. I have good draws heads up in both directions but I elect to go with a call on this board texture. Turn is 7 of spades, giving me the third best low and a queen high flush. He bets, I raise, and he calls. River is my nut card: an offsuit ace. I now have a big flush and the nut low and he check-calls and I scoop a nice pot.

27.7k heading to 400/800 blinds.

3:22 PM: Unfortunate connection against the big blind. I have AT83 on QJ9 vs KTxx. On the bright side, I raised flop and checked back turn before calling on river. Back to starting stack.

3:29 PM: Registration is closed. 144 entrants. 126 left. $17.5k for 1st!

4:02 PM: Had a big connection with AK93 from the small blind. Limped pot and I lead out on 652 two diamond flop and two players call me. I have the nut low with a king high flush draw, so… loving this situation.

Turn is an offsuit 8 and things get funky. I bet and both players raise. I’m not really sure how to react to this, but I’m definitely not folding. I do feel like I can be getting quartered a lot of the time, even when I make my flush, but I still have a pretty robust hand.

Here’s a surprise: the river is the ace of diamonds. Okay, so I guess I had the nut flush draw. I also have a live three but that’s probably not a scoop card. Still, I should lead here because I’m guaranteed half and check-raising is dumb. I bet and only the button calls. He has 6432 for the nut low and the other guy claims to have had 74 in his hand.

This was a decent half pot but I chipped back down right away when I decided to give up my AJ54 when I paired my 5 on A925 rainbow board against a player that bet/3-bet the flop. She showed AA when I folded.

20.4k

Side note: the tournament area is not in the poker room, but out near the slots and cigarette smoke keeps wafting up my nostrils. So fucking disgusting. Can we please make this garbage illegal already? Yes, wishful thinking in a casino environment but breathing second hand smoke has to be my number one pet peeve.

4:20 PM: Sometimes you have to go gangster on them. One player limps, the button raises, and I make a very borderline defend with 7763 one suit.

Flop is KKJ two clubs and the button bets when it’s checked to him. I decide to raise as a bluff with my club draw as the remotest of backups if I get action. I think this is a good board to attack on and my hand is pretty worthless, so I can happily let it go if I get raised at any point. He calls.

Turn is the queen of clubs and he calls again when I bet my flush.

River is a blank and while I’m happy I haven’t been raised, my hand is not good enough to bet for value. I check and I’m probably going to call if he bets, but he checks back and my flush is good.

He is not happy.

Just switched to a new table and I only know one player. They call him Taxi. I chopped the Golden Nugget 8-Game Mix with him in 2016.

Peaking at 31.2k and coming back to 1000/1500 blinds after a break in a few minutes.

4:30 PM: Dealer in the box at my new table just interrupted a conversation about the outrageous rake (15%) in these tournaments and claimed that very few casinos in Las Vegas actually make money and a direct quote about Aria specifically: “this casino is so far in the hole it’s not even funny.”

Wouldn’t that be something?

5:14 PM: Kate Hoang update: she just took the chip lead with 21 left. Holy shit!

Meanwhile I’m peaking at 38.5k.

6:08 PM: Pretty unfortunate run out here: I have AK63 on 642TJ vs AK3J with a third player calling down with A852. Had a pretty good handle on 3/4 of that one and it slipped away on the river.

Just opened A754 from hi-jack and had to give up on QJ33K when I missed my flush draw and checked back the turn.

24k coming back to 2000/3000 blinds.

Blah.

6:54 PM: With the blinds at 2000/3000 I open with AJT2 with a suit and someone 3-bets me. I start the hand with 21k so I consider capping it, but I supposed there are flops I can give up on and preserve chips. I call.

Flop is KT3 and I check-call with my pair, gut shot and back door nut low draw.

Turn is a 6 and with only 9k left and multiple decent draws, I go ahead and get it all in there. He calls and tables AAK7.

River 9. Good game.

That bust out was with about 50 players left and makes three straight events where I never had much momentum.

On to the next one.

Headed to the Rio after that to sweat Kate a little and possibly play some cash games. Kate is currently third in chips with 15 players left.

8:28 PM: Sitting down in a $20/$40 Omaha Hi-Lo cash game with Tormund.

I believe Kate just final tabled the $1500 O8 event. I just got a notification that it will be streaming on Twitch. I will be tuning in.

False alarm: they are streaming the $100k High Roller on Twitch.