June 22, 2007

Las Vegas Day Six - Heads Up goes Tits Up

Tuesday 19th June
Tournaments Played:
$5000 NLH Heads Up Championships, WSOP Event 31
$1000 NLH Freezeout, Bellagio Nightly

I wasn't intending to play the $5k heads up due to the large buy-in, but apparently my heads-up reputation precedes me as Rob Sherwood and his mate Dubai were willing to give me $1k each for a 20% stake each. I was very grateful for this and took the opportunity to play.

The organisation of the Heads-up tourney turned out to be an absolute farce, with an individual drawing taking place "FA Cup style" for 390 entrants, which took at least an hour, with the tournament starting two hours late. I couldn't complain too much though as I recieved a 'bye' into the second round. This meant I only needed to win two matches to make my first WSOP cash, and this seemed to be the best opportunity.

While the first round matches took place I went back to the hotel to chill, and came back to find my opponent was someone I didn't know, which I was quite pleased about having heard many pro names in the earlier drawing. I took an early lead and climbed steadily for the first couple of levels. Sadly this tournament is no-where near as well structured as the Barcelona Heads-Up Tourney, as the blinds went up every 20 mins. It was soon 300/600 and I was up $26k to $14k when I picked up 88 on the button and raised it up. He called and the flop came down 389 with two spades. He checked, I bet out 2k, he raised to 6, and I thought it was okay to move all-in here as I thought he was committed and calling. He flips over a red TJ, I'd certainly prefered to have seen A9 here! I'm calling for it to boat up on the turn, but it comes an ace; then the horrifying Q river giving him a straight. Those beats sure hit you in the guts.

Down to $12k I pick up AK off on the button at 400/800 and raise. He calls and it comes down KQ3 with two hearts. He checks, I bet, he calls. The turn is the 4h and he quickly plonks down $10k in chips, enough to set me all-in. I look down and find no Ace of hearts, which could well have led me to call. I have to make the pass here, assuming he has the flush, and flip my cards face up. He shows me Q4 of clubs for a turned two pair, another harsh outdraw then. I'm down to $7k and make an obligitory push with 89suited from the button, he calls with A6 off and there's an ace on the flop. I shake his hand, he was a nice chap and we'd been talking all the way through the heads up (until the 88 bad beat which shut me up a little!), but leave feeling rather agrieved.

(Note: The guy that beat me ended up finishing 3rd in the tournament, I don't know if this makes me feel better or worse!)

I decide to head to Bellagio to head to the nightly tournament which I was 2 for 2 in. On my first table there is a mid position raise, the cutoff calls, I call on the button with 6d 9d and the BB calls. It comes down 9 high with two clubs; potentially my worst flop. The cutoff bets out and I call to see what happens on the turn. The BB then makes this big, almost all-in raise. The cutoff folds begrudgingly. This is usually a fold, but my instincts told me this guy had a flush draw. I thought for a while and move all-in, stating my feeling out loud, hoping not to look stupid when he flips over an over-pair or something. But sure enough he had the Ac 8c for a flush draw, and my pair of nines held up. Quite proud of myself I manage to build to a little above double starting stack, including taking a couple of pots off the gentleman who knocked me out of the Barcelona Heads Up Championships last month, which was quite satisfying!

I'm then moved tables, and pick up JJ in mid position. There's an early limper so I make it 1500 at 200/400. The big blind calls, the limper folds. It comes down 579 with 3 hearts (I have no heart). He checks, and I check, intending to bet on the turn if it comes down a non-heart. It comes the 4s, and he bets 1400 into me. I quickly make the call and the river comes the Ace of clubs. He bets 2000. I figure he wouldn't bet this ace if he didn't have me beat as it's very possible I have an ace here. But I can't put him on an ace and I don't think he flopped the flush so I make the bad call. He flips over 56 offsuit for a straight. I hadn't considered this hand because of my reasonable raise pre-flop, I comment it was an odd call preflop and he muttered "well I had the chips". I'm now down to starting stack ($5k).

There's then a hand that really pisses me off. I wasn't involved, but I made an absent comment when two guys were in a hand and the board read A8A8A. The guy said "either you've got quads or you've got nothing". I said something like "well that's not quite true, he at least has a full house". I realise that I shouldn't have made this comment and that it was bad etiquette. I apologise to the players in the hand after the dealer tells me off. I know my comment was stupid and unnecessary, but so was the reaction from the rest of the table. In the middle of this big hand most of them go ape-shit, calling the floor over to try and get me a 20-minute penalty. This was from players except the two that were actually in the hand and may have been affected by my comment. The floor simply give me a polite warning which I take on board. I don't understand why these players would go out of their way to try and get me penalised, because I can't see how they would benefit. The blinds are 200/400 so they aren't exactly going to be making a whole load of chips from my absence. Anyway much to my satisfaction the player who was complaining the most went out a couple of hands later with AJ against AQ, what a shame!

After this debacle I'm in a hand where there is a limp in early position. I'm in mid-position with 99 and limp hoping someone raises so I can move all-in behind. My wish is their command as the BB raises to 2k and the limper passes. I move all-in pretty quickly and he makes the obligatory call, flipping over AQ off. The board comes AT223 and leaves me to walk off pretty disappointed with my day. Still, I believe I made all the right decisions in the pots I'd played today, so at least can feel happy that I'm playing good poker.

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1 Comment to "Las Vegas Day Six - Heads Up goes Tits Up"

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