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PSO Live Tour Event - Tunica

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    PSO Live Tour Event, Saturday, January 7, Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
    WSOP Circuit Event #3, $500+50 NLHE Tournament

    This is the largest event in the history of the WSOP Circuit – 1345 players. Of this huge field, 100 will get paid…the rest will walk away with nothing. The circuit also set and broke records each day for the number of single table satellites they ran preceding this event.

    My starting table was fairly quiet…no real maniacs, but we did have one guy splashing around in a lot of pots, limping in frequently and sucking out. He once got all in against KK with J9 and hit a third nine on the river. I’ll call him Splashy.

    Splashy was the chip leader and I was second in chips at our table when this hand came up. The UTG player was a lady who was pretty tight and had only shown down good hands…and was therefore short-stacked. I’ll call her Squeekie. She limped in (blinds were 100/200, no antes) and so did Splashy. It was folded around to me on the button. There was 700 in the pot with the blinds and I smelled weakness, so I decided to make a play…my cards were irrelevant, but I had to look at them in case anyone was watching. I happened to hold 64 offsuit. I made it 1000 to go, expecting to pick up the pot right there.

    The blinds folded, but Squeekie called…Splashy folded. So now there’s 2500 in the pot. The flop comes K43 rainbow. Squeekie checks to me. I know I have to bet…she’s shown weakness again and I have to continue to represent a hand, so I bet out 1000. She’s not got much more than that left….and she moves in. When counted down, it is only another 475 for me to call her all-in. There is 4500 in the pot. All I’ve got is a pair of fours, but there is too much money in the pot for me to fold. I see Tim watching this hand and I’m ashamed to show my hand, but I say “I’ve got to call, there’s too much money in the pot to fold for 475 (almost 10 to 1 on my call) but I’ve gotten my hand caught in the cookie jar. I’m obviously behind.” So I push my chips in and roll over my hand. Squeekie stands up and says, “No, you’re ahead” and shows A7 hearts. She gets no help on the turn or river and my pair of fours hold up. She’s out and I’ve increased my stack a good bit. I say a silent thanks to Aaron “TheHazyOne” because I never would have made a play like this before his mentor program.

    There was a lot of table talk after that hand and I had to make mental note to cross that play off my playbook as long as I was at that table.

    Players were dropping and being moved around, but I was still at my original starting table. Another key hand:

    I had raised from middle position with 88. Short stack behind me moved all in. I didn’t know if he was making a desperation play or not, but since I had him easily covered, I had to call. He showed AK and I was ahead…until the flop came with an Ace…then the turn was a King. But miracles do occur and he river was another beautiful snowman and I had a set of eights. He was gone.

    My first big mistake: a player had just arrived at the table. His first hand, he was UTG and made a BIG raise. I was confused because the amount of his bet was more than half his stack. I didn’t know anything about him, thought maybe he was trying to protect a middle pair. I was on the button and had AQ spades. I acted too quickly and moved all in (putting him all in). He called and showed AA – I was trapped like a bug in amber. That cost me 3000 of my stack, but I was still in good shape, just had to tighten up a bit and not make any more mistakes.

    Eventually my table was broken and I was moved to a new one where I didn’t know anyone. I was in good shape at this table and there were a couple of short stacks who were getting desperate. Unfortunately, I took a beating here. In one hand, everyone had folded to me on the button. Binds were 150/300, ante 25, and I had A8 offsuit. I made it 900 to go. The small blind folded. The big blind was one of he short stacks and he moved in – for 850. So I got 50 of my bet back, but he had JJ. I got no help from the board and he doubled up.

    Soon after, the short stack on my right moved all in. I had AK and I moved in also. Everyone else folded and he tabled A5 offsuit. I was happy until a five hit the flop. I got no help again and he doubled up. This was not turning out to be a good table for me.

    Things are a blur after that, just trying to survive. I get moved to another table and I’m back with the kid I double up with AA. He’s apparently redistributed my chips to other players and isn’t much better off than I am. We watch the screen as the number of players drops to 130…then 120…then 110. There isn’t much action at our table and I’m not getting any hands. Then with the screen showing 103 players remaining (remember, only 100 get paid) I look down at QQ. There are 8 players at my table and I’m UTG+1. There are a lot of people behind me yet to act, a couple with a LOT of chips. Blinds are 5000/1000 and I’ve only got about 10,000, so I move in and cross my fingers. Pick a spot on the table and stare at it. To my relief, everyone folds. I show my hand with a sigh of relief. The kid on my right, also short-stacked, (he was UTG) congratulates himself on folding AJ.

    Then the bubble burst and we have a round of applause for all of us making the money. We also get a short break…just long enough to call back home where my regular Saturday night game is going on and tell them I’ve made the money.

    After we resume, the blinds are up to 500/1500 with 300 ante. The next hand I play is also my last. There is 2400 in antes in the pot and I’m in the big blind. 1500 of my remaining 9000 in chips are already in the pot. All fold to the button (a big stack) who makes it 4500 to go. Small blind folds. There is 8900 in the pot and it is 3000 to me. I’ve only got 7500 left. I look down at A8 offsuit…I think the button is making a move on me and don’t really give him credit for a big hand. I can’t sit around forever while these antes and blinds eat me alive, so I move all-in. He calls, of course, since it is only another 4500 to him…and turns over A9 offsuit. I can’t believe how close it is and I start hoping for a split pot. Unfortunately the board is not cooperating and his kicker plays.

    I’m done in 94th place, earning a whopping $705, which Mississippi requires them to withhold 3% of, so I only get paid $684. So after covering my buy-in of $550, I’m up a whopping $134. Earning the seat in the PSO Live Tour Grand Final is by far worth more than any cash I earned. I tried numerous times in 2005 hoping for a repeat but was unable to come through. So I’m thrilled to be starting off 2006 with this accomplishment.

    IMPORTANT POINT: I was stone-cold card-dead during this tournament. For ten hours of play, other than two pairs of Queens, I had NO big Aces, no Kings, not even any Jacks or Tens. I had 88 several times and 77 a few times. I had AK several times and AQ several times, but they often cost me chips. I clawed my way into the money the hard way, making moves and trusting my reads.

    I’ll be at the Goldstrike throughout the WPO, blogging tournament results for, so I’ll keep you posted on what’s happening and I’ll be a spectator for the PSO Live Tour event on the 14th. Hope to see lots of you there!

  • #2
    Nice report Kae... I especially loved the 64o play.

    And always fold AQ to a big raise. AQ is the devil.



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