So a bit delayed on my final WSOP Circuit blog, but mostly because it was not memorable!   I played mid week on Tuesday night in the limit HORSE event.  I normally have a league game that night but get so few opportunities these days to play HORSE and it’s a format I really enjoy, so I went for it.   The event started at 5pm and ended up with 277 runners.  We played until about 2am for the night, and ended day 1 with 46 players.  I was up since 6am that morning and so tired, I seriously misplayed a hand in the last Razz round of the night, that left me in not so great of shape heading into day 2.  It was nice to get a good night’s sleep and return refreshed for our 2:30 afternoon start the next day.  Unfortunately it didn’t end nice.  With the levels at 4000-8000 I got my last chips in on the Stud round on 4th street with (J7)J8 vs (77)T9, which is about a 2-1 favorite, and although I made jacks up, my opponent caught a K, A, and A on 7th to make aces up and knock me out in 34th place.  The tournament was paying 28, so I was just short of the money.   It’s a shame, holding up that hand would have given me a reasonable stack and quite possibly, a final table run, who knows.  The player that knocked me out is a WSOPC Ring holder, and went on to finish 2nd in this event, so at least he put my chips to good use.   And since it was like 4, and I didn’t want to embark on a an hour+ drive in the afternoon rush out traffic, I stayed for a few hours and played 2-5NL, picking up a quick $500 double up (in the first 30 minutes) when I coolered KK with AA, and ending the session up about $700.  So at least the day was not a lost cause.

On Friday I returned for the Main Event.   They had a large field for this event, and it was a nice structure starting with 20K chips and 40 minute levels (moving to 50 minute levels, and eventually hour levels, later in the event).  Unfortunately I was never really able to get much working, and never had my stack over 25K.  I ended up going out during the 11th level, which is 2 levels after the dinner break (day 1 they played 15 levels so still fairly short of day 2).  Again I simply had no luck on my last 3 hands.  First I opened for a standard open UTG+1 on a 15 bb stack hoping to induce someone to 3 bet me, and a guy with 9 bb’s thought exactly that would be a good idea with KTo.   JJ < KTo when a king turns.   Then I put a super short stack who was in the BB all in with 55 and he woke up with JJ, knocking me back down to like 5 bb’s, after I had managed a couple successful steals.  And finally, in my BB a few hands later I get it in with AQ vs. an open raiser who calls my nominal shove and tables 55.  The flop was still flipping as it came JT3, but a 5 on the turn left me drawing to 4 outs and a brick river sent me home. 

I witnessed some truly atrocious play during this tournament.  A couple highlights, first there was the guy who had lost half his stack bluffing a nit who hand raised him post flop (duh, the nit flopped a set, maybe check-raising the turn all in wasn’t a good idea against this particular guy lol).  Then after this horrific bluff, in the next hand he got tangled up in, he check-raised 90% of his stack in on the turn, and folded when the guy put him the rest of the way in.  I almost fell out of my chair.  The guy to my left (who was a strong player) couldn’t contain himself.  “WHAT?!?” he exclaimed.  “I have not seen a hand played like that in all of my days”.  lol   And then there was a guy I called “the rookie”… the live training regulars know how much we stress using your chips wisely when you fall below 20 bb’s and putting a bunch in and folding is often a spew.  Well the rookie opened for 2.5x on a 10bb stack, and folded to a 3-bet by an active, aggressive player… not just folded, but folded pocket 9’s face up.  The very next hand on a 7.5 bb stack the rookie limped in and folded to a raise.  BTW this was also the genius who later on in level 11 thought it was a good idea to shove the KTo with zero fold equity over my early position open.   Sometimes their actions seem almost random.  And this was a $1675 buy in tournament.  There were a few very solid players at my table, but there were also a few that played like micro stake online randoms. 

The next tournament series to come to down is the Chicagoland Poker Classic in February, I’ll probably plan to play a couple of those, and see if I’ve used up my “anti-run good” in decent size live events yet or not.