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10 hands from my 2014 WSOP Main Event

Since the WSOP Main Event is just around the corner, today I am going to share with you the first 10 hands I played in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. While I didn’t make an extremely deep run, I did end up cashing for $22,678. I actually recorded every significant hand I played in this tournament (54 hands) and made them into the book, Cashing the WSOP Main Event. If you like this blog post, you will love The Main Event.

As you read through the 10 hands, quiz yourself and see if you would you have made the same play I did. If you disagree with any of my plays, let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this page. Good luck!

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Hand 1

H  6♦-5♠     S  31,000     B  50/100     P  Button

Everyone folds to me on the button.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 100
Raise to 300
Raise to 600

 

I raise to 300. BB 50 year old maybe aggressive calls.

Early in a tournament, I am very prone to raise with a fairly wide range from late position, mainly to test the waters and figure out how my opponents are likely to react. If I face significant resistance, I know to slow down and if my opponents let me run them over, I know I can steal aggressively in the future.

7♣-7♦-4♥

BB checks.

Pot = 650

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 200
Bet 400
Bet 800

 

I bet 400. BB raises to 1,400.

Pot = 2450

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 1,000 more
Reraise to 3,400
Reraise to 6,000

 

I reraise to 3,400. BB quickly calls.

Talk about testing the waters! Any time the board is paired, you can expect some aggressive opponents to do their best to represent trips. While my opponent’s check-raise is likely strong, I thought he could easily be bluffing and would fold to a reraise unless he had a 7. When he called my reraise to 3,400 reraise, I was quite unhappy with my straight draw.

It is important to note that I could easily be drawing dead or nearly dead when my opponent has 7-4, 7-7, 4-4, 8-7 or 7-3. When he calls my 3,400, I am done with the hand. My plan is certainly to give up if I miss. If I complete my straight on the turn, I will check behind, opting to call if my opponent bets on the river. If my opponent checks to me on both the turn and the river and I have a straight, I will value bet. Notice I am already applying significant aggression without actually risking my entire stack.

7♣-7♦-4♥ K♥

BB checks.

Pot = 7,450

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 2,000
Bet 4,000
Bet 6,500

 

I check.

I am sticking to the plan.

7♣-7♦-4♥ K♥ 9♦

BB bets 4,100.

Pot = 11,550

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 4,100
Raise to 8,800
Raise to 14,000

 

I fold.

Since I have almost the worst possible hand, calling is not an option. Raising would also be insane, given my opponent likely has trips.

 

Hand 2

H  K♦-J♦     S  25,000     B  100/200     P  CO

2nd TAG kid raises to 450. LoJ calls.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 450
Reraise to 1,400
Reraise to 2,400

 

I call. Button and SB call.

Both reraising and calling are fine options. Especially with hands that flop well, such as big suited cards, I am very prone to call and see what develops. Even if I had K♦-J♠, I would probably call. I am not a big fan of reraising in multiway pots early in the tournament when I can see the flop cheaply.

K♠-T♥-6♦

Everyone checks to me.

Pot = 2,450

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 600
Bet 1,400
Bet 2,300

 

I bet 1,400. SB, 2nd,and LoJ call.  Button folds.

I think a value bet is certainly in order when my opponents check to me. When the SB, 2nd, and LoJ call, I realize I could realistically be behind at the moment and if I happen to be ahead, I can easily, and likely will be, outdrawn by the river. My plan is to probably bet again if the turn is a K, 5, 4, 3, or 2 and check behind on all other cards.

Notice that I make a point to develop a plan for future betting rounds on the flop. If you are mindlessly auto piloting, you will find that you are often confused or lost as the hand progresses. If you think ahead, your decisions will be much easier.

K♠-T♥-6♦ Q♠

Everyone checks to me.

Pot = 8,050

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 3,000
Bet 4,500
Bet 7,600

 

I check.

Because I could have been behind on the flop and I now lose to A-J, Q-T, and Q-9, I see no reason to bet. Once the turn checks through, if someone makes a reasonable bet on the river, I might make a crying call, depending on the read I get and the exact river card.

K♠-T♥-6♦ Q♠ 8♥

Everyone checks to me.

Pot = 8,050

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 3,000
Bet 4,500
Bet 7,600

 

I check.

I beat SB’s Q♥-J♠ and LoJ’s 7♠-7♣.

When everyone checks through on the turn, I expect to win a huge percentage of the time, as most players would bet with a better hand on the river. That being said, I don’t think there is a ton of value in betting as the only hands likely to call a bet are top pair and better. Since I lose to most decent Ks and I could conceivably be beat, I don’t think there is much value in a river bet. If I decided to bet, I would probably bet tiny, hoping to induce a light call from perhaps a Q.

It is interesting to note that the LoJ called the flop with 7-7, which is a terrible hand on K-T-6. I suppose he thought he was set mining, which is often a terrible play after the flop, mainly because he cannot count on realizing any sort of implied odds in a multiway pot.  Notice that if he gets lucky and peels a 7, I will only pay him off on one street if the river is a safe card. If he takes an aggressive line when he hits by leading or check raising the turn, he will usually scare off all hands worse than two pair, which is most of everyone’s range. He almost certainly has little to no implied odds, making his flop call terrible.

 

Hand 3

H  A♣-9♦     S  31,000     B  100/200     P  Button

Everyone folds to me on the button.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 200
Raise to 525
Raise to 800

 

I raise to 525. BB LAG French calls.

Notice this is the same player from the 6♦-5♠ hand. In my eyes, he has gone from being classified as a 50 year old possibly aggressive guy to a LAG French guy. Within a few orbits, I have made a much better classification of my opponent. In general, a random French guy is splashy preflop and doesn’t like to fold reasonable hands after the flop.

J♠-7♣-6♦

BB checks.

Pot = 1,150

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 600
Bet 900
Bet 1,300

 

I bet 600. BB calls.

This is a standard continuation bet. I would make this bet with my entire range because it allows me to continue building a pot when I have a strong hand and also allows me to get to the showdown relatively cheaply when I opt to not bet the turn.

J♠-7♣-6♦ A♥

BB checks.

Pot = 2,350

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 800
Bet 1,200
Bet 1,900

 

I check.

I probably thought my opponent would at least consider folding to a bet if an A, K, or Q fell on the turn. This makes betting a bad idea because I don’t want my opponent to fold. This should lead me to check behind, hoping to get one sizable street of value on the river, either by calling if he bets or betting when he checks.

J♠-7♣-6♦ A♥ A♦

BB checks.

Pot = 2,350

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 800
Bet 1,200
Bet 1,900

 

I bet 1,900. BB calls. I win.

I seriously doubt I needed to make trips to have the best hand on the river. I would probably make this same large bet size on most rivers, hoping to look like I am trying to push my opponent off his hand. You will find most “sticky” players who don’t like folding made hands or guys who think you frequently bluff will be fairly prone to call large river bets with a wide range, at least until you prove to them that you are mostly betting large on the river with premium holdings.

 

Hand 4

H  7♥-6♥     S  34,000     B  100/200     P  Button

CO splashy, likely weak limps.

 

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 200
Raise to 700
Raise to 1,000

 

I call. SB LAG French guy and BB calls.

Both raising and limping before the flop are fine when you have a hand that flops well. I generally don’t want to discourage my opponents from limping in with a wide range earlier in the day so I prefer limping behind, at least initially. As the limps become more valuable, I will tend to raise more often. If I were to raise, I would make it around 800.

A♠-4♥-2♥

SB bets 600. BB folds. CO calls.

Pot = 1,400

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 600
Raise to 1,900
Raise to 3,000

 

I call.

With a weak flush draw, calling is probably ideal because if I raise and someone continues, I am likely either against a made hand that is top pair or better or a strong draw that has me crushed. By calling, I keep the pot small and give myself the opportunity to get away on various bad turn cards while also making the pot large if I make my flush and everyone checks to me.

A♠-4♥-2♥ T♥

SB bets 1,500. CO folds.

Pot = 3,500

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 1,500
Raise to 3,000
Raise to 4,200

 

I call.

When the small blind continues betting on the turn, he almost certainly has an A or a better made hand. Since there is no real reason he could not have a flush and he may fold most marginal made hands if I raise, I think calling is by far the best option. Whenever a raise will frequently keep your opponent in with a range consisting of mostly hands that beat you without getting value from too many hands you beat, a raise is usually bad. Notice if he has two pair or trips, he will call the turn but will likely fold on the river if I continue betting whereas if he has a flush, he will likely call the turn then also call on the river. Raising the turn sets me up to be in a reverse freeroll situation whenever he has a better flush.

A♠-4♥-2♥ T♥ 2♠

SB bets 2,500.

Pot = 7,500

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 2,500
Raise to 5,500
Raise to 7,000

 

I call. I lose to his 4♠-2♣.

I don’t think there is much merit at all in either folding or raising the river. I still beat numerous worse made hands and, because my hand is severely under represented, I should expect my opponent to value bet many worse made hands. Raising doesn’t seem good because my opponent will call with any flush or full house and fold most hands worse than a flush. Calling is the only option that makes sense.

Some readers are probably screaming “By calling the turn, you let him outdraw you!” While this is true, notice my opponent would have likely lost the same amount whether or not he improved to a full house on the river. Given I am going to have the best hand on the river around 91% of the time when facing two pair on the turn, I am more than happy to allow my opponent to see the river card.

Assuming a 2,500 bet goes into the pot on most rivers, I will profit around 2,000 chips on average, which is huge. I figured out this amount by taking the total amount going into the pot on the river, 5,000, multiplying it by my equity, .91, then subtracting the amount I have to put in, 2500. Raising the turn perhaps allows my opponent to get off the hook, costing me this substantial bet.

 

Hand 5

H  A♣-Q♦     S  25,000     B  100/200     P  2nd

UTG splashy guy limps.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 200
Raise to 800
Raise to 1,200

 

I limp. Button world class TAG kid raises to 1,000. UTG calls.

Pot = 2,500

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 800 more
Reraise to 2,800
Reraise to 4,500

 

I call.

While I normally like to raise limpers, I am a bit cautious versus early position limpers because they often intend to limp-reraise. I also don’t mind limping in and letting numerous other players limp behind with marginal A-x hands I have dominated. As long as you play well after the flop, limping is probably the best play.

When the world class TAG kid raises, I think he could have a fairly wide range of decent hands, such as pairs, big cards, suited connectors, and the occasional bluff. I do not want to reraise because playing a huge pot out of position with a hand that could be dominated, especially when a lot of money goes in the pot, is rarely a good thing.

K♣-8♣-4♣

UTG checks.

Pot = 3,300

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 1,300
Bet 2,500
Bet 5,500

 

I check. Button bets 2,200. UTG folds.

Pot = 5,500

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 2,200
Raise to 5,300
Raise to 7,800

 

I raise to 5,300. Button reraises to 12,000.

Pot = 20,600

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 6,700 more
Reraise to 18,700
Go all-in for 12,000 more

 

I go all-in. Button quickly calls with Q♣-T♣. I win when the river brings the beautiful 6♣.

Check-calling with strong, obvious draws out of position is usually not a good idea because you will have a difficult time extracting value if you complete your draw and will likely face a turn bet when you miss. This should lead you to check-raise, hoping to maximize fold equity. When he made it 12,000, I did not think he was bluffing but I thought he could conceivably make the same play with A♥-A♦, K♥-J♣, or 7♣-6♣ and fold if I pushed all-in. Perhaps my push was overly optimistic but in the moment, I thought I had a touch of fold equity, which may or may not have been true.

I am sure some of you are thinking “Clearly he had a premium hand he wasn’t planning to fold.” While that would certainly be true of weak opponents, my opponent is incredibly good at poker, meaning he knows he should have some bluffs in all of his ranges. If he is ever bluffing, I think my push is acceptable. While I was certainly not trying to build a huge pot early in the tournament, once I check-raised the flop, I was completely priced into the hand.

I recognize that I mentioned in the Introduction that my goal was to not risk my stack early in the event. Notice that check-calling the flop makes it quite difficult for me to get paid off when I hit and check-raising puts too much of my stack in the pot to fold. When you are out of position with a strong draw that has almost no implied odds when you hit, it is usually best to take the aggressive line, allowing you to maximize fold equity, even if it risks your stack.

 

Hand 6

H  A♦-A♥     S  51,000     B  100/200     P  SB

LoJ same world class TAG kid (10,000) raises to 550. Button splashy (45,000) calls.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 550
Reraise to 2,100
Reraise to 3,600

 

I reraise to 2,100. LoJ folds. Button calls.

While I have not been too aggressive lately, it is still mandatory for me to reraise with A-A for value, even out of position. It is important to try to develop an aggressive preflop image early in the tournament to increase the likelihood you get paid off when you actually pick up a strong hand. Luckily, the button called.

J♠-4♠-3♦

Pot = 4,950

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 1,800
Bet 2,700
Bet 4,400

 

I bet 1,800. Button raises to 3,500.

Pot = 10,250

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 1,700 more
Reraise to 5,500
Reraise to 8,000

 

I call.

My flop continuation bet is fairly standard. Interestingly enough, no one noticed my opponent’s illegal raise size to 3,500 at the time, which is usually a sign of intense strength. When my opponent raised to 3,500, I thought he had either a strong made hand, most likely a J or better, or a strong draw. Against that range, calling is by far the best option because if I reraise, he may fold his marginal top pair hands, meaning he will only continue with made hands I lose to and draws that are getting the proper pot odds to continue in the pot. It is mandatory that I play my hand in a manner that keeps worse made hands in.

J♠-4♠-3♦ 9♣

Pot = 11,950

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 3,500
Bet 5,000
Bet 6,600

 

I check. Button bets 4,000.

Pot = 15,950

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 4,000
Raise to 8,800
Raise to 13,000

 

I call.

As on the flop, I do not want to check-raise my opponent off his worse made hands. While check-raising may push my opponent off his draws at this point, it also allows him to play perfectly with all of his made hands, continuing when I am crushed and folding when I am ahead.

J♠-4♠-3♦ 9♣ J♣

Pot = 19,950

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 4,000
Bet 5,900
Bet 8,800

 

We both check. I beat A♠-3♠.

(note: BB Folded A♣-K♣)

Any J is a particularly bad river for me because I now lose to all hands that had top pair on the flop, meaning I only realistically beat busted flush draws by the river. Seeing how most players aren’t trying to blast off early in the WSOP main event, my plan was to check-fold. Luckily my opponent did not want to fire the last barrel.

It is worth noting that the BB tanked forever before folding preflop. His fold was likely too tight with A♣-K♣, but he understood that I have not been overly wild before the flop, meaning I almost certainly have a strong hand unless I am all of a sudden getting out of line. I think he took that concept too far, but this goes to show you that it is very difficult to get action with your premium hands when you do not reraise too often before the flop.

 

Hand 7

H  Q♣-9♣     S  61,000     B  150/300     P  CO

UTG world class TAG kid (7,000) raises to 600. LoJ (40,000) and HJ call.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 600
Reraise to 1,900
Reraise to 3,000

 

I call. SB (60,000) and BB call.

Since there are numerous players in the pot against whom I have large implied odds, I don’t mind calling and seeing a flop in position with a hand that has a huge amount of potential. However, if only the UTG kid raised and everyone folded to me, I would definitely fold due to his small stack size the complete lack of implied odds. Always be aware of your opponents’ stack sizes as they can change easy calls into obvious folds.

A♦-A♣-J♣

Everyone checks to me.

Pot = 3,600

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 1,200
Bet 2,100
Bet 3,000

 

I check.

If I bet, no one is ever folding an A. That means if I bet and one of my five opponents has an A, which is somewhat likely, I am purely putting money in behind in a spot where one of my flush card outs is not live. That is not a situation I want to be in. Checking behind allows me to get a better idea about whether or not one of my opponents has an A and also lets me draw to my flush for free.

A♦-A♣-J♣ 7♣

SB bets 1,500. Only LoJ calls.

Pot = 6,600

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 1,500
Raise to 3,900
Raise to 4,900

 

I call.

Facing a bet and a call, I am fairly sure I am against some combination of A’s, strong flush draws, and flushes. Maybe someone has an overplayed J. If I raise, I imagine the only hands that will give me significant action on both the turn and river will have me beat. This leads me to call to see what develops. If the SB bets on the river and the LoJ raises, I am planning to fold.

A♦-A♣-J♣ 7♣ 5♥

SB and LoJ check.

Pot = 8,100

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 2,300
Bet 4,800
Bet 7,000

 

I bet 4,800. SB calls. LoJ folds. I win.

When both of my opponents check to me, I think value betting is mandatory. If I get check-raised, I will usually fold unless I get the vibe that my opponent is bluffing. I picked fairly large bet size in order to extract a large amount of value from an A while making it much tougher for one of my opponents to bluff check-raise, given the check-raise would have to be quite large.

 

Hand 8

H  T♠-7♦     S  72,000     B  150/300     P  SB

Everyone folds to me.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 150 more
Raise to 850
Raise to 1,150

 

I raise to 850 for the 2nd time in a row from SB. BB TP 50 year old (35,000) calls. He hasn’t messed around against me so far.

Whenever my opponent in the big blind is tight and passive, I make a point to pillage his blinds whenever possible, at least until he starts fighting back. I would likely raise almost any two cards in this situation.

T♦-9♥-6♥

Pot = 1,700

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 600
Bet 1,000
Bet 1,400

 

I bet 1,000. BB raises to 3,000.

Pot = 5,700

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 2,000 more
Reraise to 5,500
Reraise to 9,000

 

I call.

My flop bet is fairly standard with a reasonably strong hand. I would have probably bet this flop with any two cards.

When my opponent raises, I made what I think is my first major error of the tournament by calling. I had no reason at all to believe that my opponent was bluffing, or even semi-bluffing. His range is almost certainly top pair or better and perhaps strong draws. Against that range, my top pair with a gutshot is trash, especially out of position. I leveled myself into thinking my opponent was capable of attempting a risky bluff when in reality, he simply was not.

T♦-9♥-6♥ 4♠

Pot = 7,700

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 3,000
Bet 4,200
Bet 7,000

 

I check. BB bets 4,000.

Pot = 11,700

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 4,000
Raise to 8,000
Raise to 12,000

 

I call.

I compounded my error by continuing in the pot when the turn brought an innocuous card. I should have folded to this bet as well.

T♦-9♥-6♥ 4♠ A♦

Pot = 15,700

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 2,000
Bet 5,000
Bet 8,000

 

We both check. I lose to T♣-9♦.

Luckily the scary river card saved me from making an additional blunder. I imagine if the river was a low card, I would have called one more time.

This leak, assuming my opponents are capable of attempting to bluff me in excellent bluffing spots, occasionally plagues me when playing with amateur competition. It is worth noting that my play in this hand would be completely standard against a strong, aggressive opponent. I am working hard on eradicating this leak from my game. I must accept that some people simply are not going to try to run a bluff, even if the situation is excellent and I have been pushing them around for a while.

Hand 9

H  8♠-7♣     S  66,000     B  150/300     P  Button

Everyone folds to me.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 300
Raise to 700
Raise to 1,500

 

I raise to 700. SB TP (40,000) and BB splashy LAG 50 year old French calls.

As you can see, I tend to raise a wide range from the button.

6♠-5♠-4♥

SB and BB check.

Pot = 2,100

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 700
Bet 1,300
Bet 2,100

 

I bet 1,300. SB calls. BB raises to 4,000.

Pot = 8,700

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 2,700 more
Reraise to 8,000
Reraise to 12,300

 

I reraise to 12,300. SB folds. BB quickly calls.

This flop is nice! My continuation bet is completely normal, as I would tend to bet with most reasonable holdings on this board. There is no point at all in slow playing because it is quite easy for one of my opponents to have a decently strong hand on this flop as they did not reraise before the flop.

When the BB raises, I am thrilled because he probably has some sort of strong made hand. While a reraise may chase him away, given he is a splashy French guy, I think he will stick with me, especially since he has already seen me play a draw in an overly aggressive manner. When he calls my reraise to 12,300, I put him on a range of only premium made hands, perhaps two pair and better, and good draws.

6♠-5♠-4♥ J♣

BB checks.

Pot = 28,000

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 8,000
Bet 16,000
Bet 24,000

 

I bet 16,000. BB quickly calls.

The turn is equally beautiful as the flop. I make a bet for value, expecting him to continue with his entire flop range. Be careful to not bet too large in this situation. The worst thing you can do is bet so large that your opponent hero folds various two pair or weak drawing hands.

6♠-5♠-4♥ J♣ 3♦

BB leads 20,000.

Pot = 80,000

What did I decide to do? I don’t think I need to ask you what I should do in this situation.

I go all-in for 17,000 more. BB quickly calls and I beat 7♦-6♦.

When he leads into me, I assume he must be bluffing because leading with anything else is almost certainly terrible. Since my only options are to minraise or call, and I have the nuts, I put in the minraise. When he quickly called, I assumed he also had 8-7 but to my surprise, he had the 2nd nuts.

If I found myself in my opponent’s shoes on the river, I would have check-called to induce bluffs from busted draws. As played, he forced me to play perfectly. If I had a 7, I would call and if I had a worse hand, I would fold. It is as simple as that. My opponent took the exact worst possible line on the river. That’s lucky for me! Never forget, you have to get lucky to win a tournament.  This is a form of luck people often fail to consider.

Somehow, four hours into the event, this pot made me the chip leader.

 

Hand 10

H  6♥-5♥     S  140,000     B  150/300/25     P  LoJ

Everyone folds to me.

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 300
Raise to 700
Raise to 1,400

 

I raise to 700. Button new to table unknown 50 year old (60,000) reraises to 2,100. Both blinds fold.

Pot = 3,475

What did I decide to do?

Fold
Call 1,400 more
Reraise to 5,500
Reraise to 7,000

 

I call.

Both calling and folding are fine options. Due to the relatively deep stacks, I am fairly prone to see a flop with a hand that has a ton of postflop potential. When calling in similar situations, you must be careful to not give your opponent too much action when you flop one pair. You must be cautious when playing out of position because a lot of things can go wrong and very few things can go right. Reraising as a semi-bluff and simply folding are also both reasonable preflop options, depending on how I expect my opponent to react.

K♦-8♠-4♥

Pot = 4,875

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 1,800
Bet 2,400
Bet 4,000

 

We both check.

My plan was to check-raise this flop.  Whenever you have a gutshot and a back door flush draw in a situation where your opponent can only continue versus a check-raise with top pair or better, check raising is a powerful play, especially if you expect your opponent to continuation bet the flop with most of his range. If I had a reason to believe that my opponent was overly tight and would only continuation bet with top pair or better, I would plan to check-fold.

K♦-8♠-4♥ 2♠

Pot = 4,875

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 1,900
Bet 2,600
Bet 5,000

 

I bet 1,900. Button calls.

When the Button checks behind on the flop, I usually assume he has a hand worse than a K. Whenever I think my opponent has worse than top pair, I am not afraid to fire out two sizable bets, hoping to get my opponent off his entire range by the river.

K♦-8♠-4♥ 2♠ K♠

Pot = 8,675

What did I decide to do?

Check
Bet 3,600
Bet 7,200
Bet 9,000

 

I bet 9,000. Button calls with A♠-Q♥. I lose.

My river bet is mandatory given I thought my opponent had worse than top pair. I thought a hefty 9,000 bet would make him fold most of his range but apparently I was blatantly incorrect. Perhaps a smaller bet would have looked more value-heavy to my opponent. Most likely, he assumed I was a LAG kid who would blindly attack weakness. His adjustment was to check behind on the flop and call down on any safe run out. With A-Q, this probably isn’t the best idea because I would probably turn all small pairs into bluffs. Luckily for him, it worked out this time.

 

Congrats on making it to the bottom of this blog post! This was a long one. I hope you enjoyed it. If you want to study all 54 hands I played in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, be sure to check out Cashing the WSOP Main Event. If you are playing in the WSOP main event this year, let me know in the comments section below. Be sure to say Hi if you see me! Good luck!

 

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Tangan menyenangkan dari Main Event 2014 

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111WSOP sudah dekat! Anda dapat mengharapkan banyak konten pendidikan dari saya untuk membantu Anda mempersiapkan WSOP (atau seri turnamen besar lainnya) selama sebulan ke depan. Bagi mereka yang tidak tahu, saya berhasil menguangkan di Acara Utama buy WSOP 2014 senilai $10.000 seharga $22.678. Saya entah bagaimana memiliki processor yang memimpin di awal hari pertama tetapi tidak dapat mempertahankannya selama tujuh hari lagi. Irama yang jelek! Saya mengubah pengalaman saya di meja menjadi buku sejarah tangan, yang akhirnya menjadi buku terlaris di Amazon, merinci setiap tangan penting yang saya mainkan sepanjang turnamen. Contoh tangan berikut salah satu kettle kunci yang saya menangkan yang memungkinkan saya untuk mendapatkan uang. Jika Anda ingin mendapatkan bukunya, Anda bisa mendapatkannya di sini: The Main Event with Jonathan Little. Buku ini disiapkan dalam arrangement kuis sehingga Anda dapat menguji keterampilan Anda saat Anda mengikutinya. Jika Anda memainkan Acara Utama WSOP atau turnamen bertumpuk lainnya, saya sarankan Anda memeriksanya.

Tangan A ♣ -A ♦ Tumpukan 100,000 Blinds 2,000 / 4,000 / 500 Tombol Posisi

Semua orang membungkuk padaku.

Apa yang saya putuskan untuk lakukan? )

Panggil 4,000 Naikkan jadi 8,000 Naikkan jadi 9,500 Naikkan jadi 12,000

Saya menaikkan menjadi 8.000. Orang Amerika Selatan buta besar meningkat menjadi 19.000.

Panci = 33.500

Apa yang saya putuskan untuk lakukan? )

Panggil 11.000 lagi Naikkan menjadi 40.000 Naikkan menjadi 54.000 Lakukan all-in untuk 81.000 lebih

Aku menelepon.

Saya memutuskan untuk memanggil preflop karena saya pikir BB, pria LAG dapat sama dari beberapa tangan sebelumnya (dia banyak menggertak), dapat dengan mudah menggertak dengan jarak yang luas. Hal terakhir yang ingin saya lakukan adalah empat taruhan dan biarkan dia lolos. Ingat, ketika tumpukan Anda agak pendek, Anda tidak perlu mengambil garis agresif yang membuat tangan Anda menghadap ke atas sebagai “kuat” karena Anda akan dengan mudah mendapatkan tumpukan Anda di dekat sungai dengan garis pasif yang tampak lemah.

9 ♣ -8 ♠ -5 ♦

Cek BB.

Panci = 44.500

Apa yang saya putuskan untuk lakukan? )

Cek Bet 16,000 Taruhan 20,000 Taruhan 42,000

Saya bertaruh 16.000. Panggilan BB.

Ketika lawan LAG saya memeriksa, saya memutuskan untuk membuat taruhan kecil, berharap terlihat lemah dan membujuknya untuk melakukan sesuatu yang konyol. Juga, jika dia kebetulan memiliki tangan buatan, saya pikir dia bisa mencari untuk check-rise un Lock, yang akan sangat bagus untuk saya. Saya tidak berpikir dia sedang mencari check-fold.

(9 ♣ -8 ♠ -5 ♦) -5 ♥

Cek BB.

Panci = 76.500

Apa yang saya putuskan untuk lakukan? )

Cek Taruhan 21,000 Taruhan 32,000 Taruhan 42,000

Saya bertaruh 21.000. BB langsung all-in untuk 41.000 lebih.

Panci = 159.500

Apa yang saya putuskan untuk lakukan? )

Lipat Panggil 41.000 lebih

Saya menelepon dan mengalahkan T ♠ -3 ♦.

Saya memutuskan untuk membuat taruhan kecil lainnya pada belokan untuk semoga membujuknya membuat kesalahan. Untungnya, kali ini dia melakukannya.

Terhadap pemain khusus ini, sama sekali tidak ada manfaat sama sekali dalam melipatgandakan ke kenaikan gaji gilirannya. Jika dia lemah, kencang, dan pasif, saya bisa melihat menemukan lipatan super ketat, tetapi meskipun demikian, saya mungkin akan membatalkannya dengan enggan.

111Jika Anda ingin mendapatkan akses ke 53 tangan kunci lainnya yang saya mainkan selama Acara Utama WSOP 2014, pastikan untuk mengambil bukunya. Anda bahkan akan melihat kehancuran ringan di mana saya membuat beberapa permainan spekulatif (buruk) berturut-turut. Meskipun saya jelas tidak bermain dengan sempurna, saya pikir saya bermain cukup baik. Saya ingin sekali mendengar pendapat Anda tentang play saya.

Jika Anda menikmati posting ini, silakan bagikan dengan teman-teman Anda. Semoga berhasil di turnamen Anda!

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The Dragon Stack WSOP Event

Look at all the people! Image © PokerNews.

Look at all the people! Image © PokerNews.That’s a great deal of folks!
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The 2014 WSOP introduced the idea of this”Monster Stack” championship, which offers each participant with a far bigger starting stack compared to usual.

Though it’s a famous fact among practitioners they have a bigger border with a bigger stack than some smaller pile, the Dragon Stack event was among the biggest of this series, bringing a whopping 7,862 gamers.

After I posted in my grief about Twitter, I was immediately faced with a great deal of folks spewing obvious ignorance. Somehow during the past couple of decades, amateurs obtained the idea stuck in their mind that heavy piles are great for them!

In this blog article, I will explain the Dragon Stack event is awful for amateurs and also what they can do in order to locate events that provide them the best opportunity for success.

Before I move, please understand I’m just hoping to spread the reality. While it is now apparent to me that innumerable individuals blindly think incorrect notions, if you’re a amateur player that cares for cash and you also find deep piled events comprising a few professionals, then you will soon locate your bankroll is now gone.

Playing Fun

the primary reason many amateur players appear to prefer deep piled events is since they enable”play.” For them, so that they get to sit down at the dining table for a lengthier duration of time prior to going bankrupt. That is, obviously, right, since they can shed more control before getting handcuffed with a short pile. In comparison to normal 1,500 WSOP occasions, in which you’re often crippled after dropping one somewhat significant kettle, obtaining a bigger stack in regard to large blinds allows for longer periods of play in the dining table.

That isn't a lot of chips!That is not a great deal of chips!

that I need to make it crystal clear that sitting in the desk for a lengthy time period shouldn’t be your target if you enter into a poker tournament, so assuming you take care of cash. If you’re simply searching for amusement, to finish a”bucket listing” thing, or to get a narrative to tell your pals, this report isn’t for you. Those who appreciate experience more than cash. There’s not anything wrong with this whatsoever. But, I attempt to assist people who wish to improve poker, not people that intentionally don’t care about wisdom and self-improvement.

In all parts of lifestyle, you can generally find a means to exchange money for expertise. The majority of the time for dinner I have mixed up kale, spinach, parsley, along with other veggies. Yum! But on a few days, I’ll head out to a too pricey restaurant and consume quite unhealthy (in comparison to uncooked veggies) meals. While I visit a restaurant, then I’m willingly trading cash, time, and wellness to get a wonderful experience and agreeable preferences in my mouth. While I do not do this too frequently, maybe once each week, I like it and will continue to take action.

This guy is clearly having fun. © PokerListingsThat man is obviously having fun.   © PokerListings

I presume many amateur poker players that are playing poker to get your adventure perspective the Dragon Stack occasion similarly to the way I see heading into some fancy restaurant for supper. There’s not anything whatsoever wrong with this. Attempting to educate me about nourishment and receiving a great value when it comes to dining outside at dinner is useless since both of these things aren’t my goals at the least amount, exactly enjoy some amateurs’ aims should not win cash in the long term.

I’m not on precisely the exact same page as these gamers looking for an adventure in the poker table since we’ve vastly different objectives. If I wish to save money, time, and wellbeing, I eat poultry. If I need to shell out less, relax, and eat cake, then I go to dinner. If you wish to make the most of your equity, particularly if it’s sure to be adverse (the aim, maybe, must be to shed ), you ought to play shallow piled events. If you wish to play poker with the experts, sit at a poker table for quite a while, rather than immediately go bankrupt, you need to play deep piled events. But you need to understand that you’re committing monetary fairness for expertise equity.

Obviously, it’s likely to get the best of both worlds, enjoying deep piled with a border, which is exactly what the experts do, but you have to accept you will need to devote a lot of time off from the dining table researching and in the dining table practicing to build up your own abilities. Many amateurs refuse to research away in the table and don’t have sufficient time to spend in the dining table. Should you really care about cash, you should be realistic with yourself about your own targets and your devotion to the match.

My issue happens when somebody tells me”I’m playing with the monster pile because the profound pile gives me an advantage” and “I play with a poker tournament each year.” It’s extremely difficult for this participant to be good in the sport.  I’m only being honest and combating ignorance. Sometimes the truth hurts.

Playing Money

If you’re playing the aim of attempting not to lose your buy, you have to be perfectly okay with breaking at any given stage in a championship. One of my very best times of this summer are if I float from inside an hour since I expect to choose the remaining part of the day away. I’d much rather split one hour to some tournament in eight hours to it, supposing I’m not in the cash.

It is easy to make bad decisions with a huge stack. © PokerListingsIt is not hard to create bad choices with a massive pile. © PokerListings

Many amateur players utilize the excess time given to them with hundreds of large dividers by waiting for good hands. The trouble with this is they frequently nurture an exceedingly tight picture and don’t find actions with their powerful holdings. Waiting around for a nut is futile if you simply win small containers. To be able to be successful in profound piled poker, then you need to acquire at least a bit from line and allow your competitors know you are not playing with just the nuts. Should they believe you’re capable of bluffing, then you’ll get paid much more frequently.

For instance, in the Dragon Stack occasion, I chose to play because of my massive perceived advantage, someone increased into 3 major blinds along with a man who’d to reraise within the duration of eight hours each of a sudden reraised into 12 large blinds in the button from his 75 large blind pile. I hunted down and discovered Q-Q. I sliced it with very little idea.  If my competitor was the least bit busy, I’d have escalated him up. Rather, I dropped nothing. I wasn’t amazed at all to watch him flip up A-A. For the album, in tournaments using powerful players that perform at least somewhat aggressively, ” I do not believe I’ve open built Q-Q within my entire life. My competitor’s play cost him about $1,000 in equity and that he did not even recognize it. He was only pleased to win the bud.

Many Math

Plenty of different amateurs asserted they do not enjoy playing short piled since they’re compelled to”reverse”. While obtaining it all with approximately 50 percent equity is not perfect, you’ll see that if you’re able to acquire all-in with approximately 55 percent equity or you may smash the competition in the long term. Believe it or not, it’s tough to do after piles becoming shallow.

I’ll show this concept utilizing oversimplified, but enlightening, mathematics. In such simulations, you’re made to go all-in each hand at a heads up game. Notice in a real poker tournament, once you buy all-in, it’ll often be against a single participant, which can be an identical circumstance. You have to realize that in the event that you’re too focused on obtaining your money in great, you may usually be blinding off, so which makes the mathematics considerably more difficult for you because once you win, then you won’t bust your competitors. This provides them the chance to conduct their pile straight up, occasionally breaking you initially winning nearly all their chips.

Hopefully you understand that if everybody has a 50 percent probability of winning every all-in, at an eight-person heads-up championship, everybody will acquire 12.5percent of their time. But if one man has a 55% probability of winning his moves, meaning all his competitors has 45% likelihood against him and 50 percent against everybody else, the participant with 55 percent will win the championship a 16.6percent of their time, which offers a hefty 32 percent return in investment. That is because all his competitors will merely win 11.9percent of their time.

If instead of just eight individuals, you can find 64, the participant with 55 percent will probably win 2.77percent of their time, which could seem minuscule, however is enormous in comparison with everybody else, that will just win 1.54percent of their time. In that case, the participant with 55 percent is going to have a 77% return in investment, and it will be greater than many high tournament players expect to own in a championship with a lot more individuals. Hopefully you instantly understand that if you’re able to always get your cash in great, you’ll get a bigger return on investment because the field size increases.

It is crucial to realize that if playing heavy piled, great players don’t acquire all-in contrary to an amateur with no hands which may reasonably conquer great, but not great, postflop palms, like A-A around 9-7-4-2. It may be tough to trust, but against somebody who’s a fantastic poker player, you don’t need to acquire all-in with one set hands in many situations when you’ve over 150 major blinds.

To make things worse for your amateurs, experts slowly grind their piles with minimal danger by stealing a great deal of pots which don’t belong to them. This permits the experts to find all-in as a substantial favored with more processors than their competitors, murdering the amateur’s opportunities in the long term. Notice at a 64 man flipping championship, in case a great expert has 60% fairness and everybody else is impartial, he’ll win 4.67percent of their time using a massive 199% return on investment. If alternatively, every one the piles are super brief, possibly the top a professional can expect would be to get about 53% equity average, cutting on his return on investment around 41 percent, providing the amateurs a realistic chance to win in the brief run.

That is the reason why heavy stacks are catastrophic to amateurs, presuming they care for money. In addition, this is why you find exactly the very same experts making heavy runs in important deep piled events on a constant basis while they set less than stellar effects in short piled events. The mathematics is inexorable.

How Can the Amateurs Do from the Monster Display Event?

If you find yourself each the Monster Stack closing table players around the Hendon Mob database, then you may observe that half of those nine players will be exactly what I’d consider to be fair pros or finish specialists from the 1,500 and smaller occasions. A couple of the players, including the ultimate winner, had hardly any live effects, but should you have a peek at the events that they had been playing before this occasion, you’ll see they had been playing mainly significant bets European championships. This tells me they’re almost certainly powerful players. If you’re an internet player who performs mostly online and in Europe however, you’ll get a way to come outside to amazing Las Vegas for the WSOP, then you’re likely exceptional at poker. One of those players had comparatively weak benefits and even thenhe had a few.

How Can You in the Monster Display Event?

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I have plenty of”hatred tweets” once I dropped, stating that if experts have such a sizable advantage, why did not I win? There’s a comparatively large quantity of variance at any poker tournament. How any person pro fared at case is completely insignificant. You have to take a look at the way we did as a whole. Considering that most probably eight out of the eight final table players had been mediocre specialists, we probably did much better than ordinary.

This said, I dropped my 15,000 starting pile to 30,000 without visiting a showdown over the initial 2 hours. From that point, I obtained tons to get a giant kettle with A-K as a 85% preferred at a place where I had been pretty convinced my competitor had A-K, A-Q, or A-J within an A-T-8 plank. He’d A-Q and obtained a Q about the lake, placing me straight back to 15,000. I ground my pile without a showdown for to 30,000, then I dropped with A-K vs A-J all-in prior to the flop to float. In just a few short hours, then I received my cash in as a 85% preferred to get two beginning pile bud, as a 73 percent preferred at a four beginning pile bud, and that I ground two starting piles.

I’m entirely satisfied with my performance. The true result (I dropped ) is immaterial. Keep in mind, if you’re playing poker for a living, then you simply care about winning equity. Money will arrive from the very long term.

Which Occasions Must Amateurs Play?

Thus, which WSOP occasions need to amateurs perform, if they’re searching for great value because of their championship dollar? They ought to play events having the maximum variance since those contribute into the many flips. This usually means the average $1,000 and $1,500 events which have shallow piles. The Millionaire Maker occasion is an outstanding choice for those amateurs appearing to play with a WSOP event since the piles are brief and the prize pool is so enormous. If you’re seeking to gamble challenging with some equity, that’s the event for you personally. Before purchasing in, recognize you’ve about a .014% probability of winning, presuming you’re a break-even participant.

Should they play with a traditional strategy, they ought to play events which don’t punish being tight with a deep pile. Since marijuana limit events don’t have antes, these are the perfect occasions for amateurs. Regardless of this truth, marijuana limit events bring a number of the smallest areas of this collection. This is just another instance of blatant ignorance on the job.

My books are a good place to start!My novels are a fantastic place to begin!

Notice the WSOP Main Event, that will be a large $10,000 buy occasion, brings plenty of gamers, and boasts the deepest arrangement of events played across the world. Here is the 1 occasion amateurs shouldn’t even look at playing. Rather, they appear in droves.

Obviously, the amateurs can invest their time studying the sport well before handling quite large purchase occasions, whatever pile size they supply. That would surely be a far wiser use of the money and time. Fortunately for me, the majority of individuals find studying to become dull. Poker is alive also.

After professionals cease becoming short-sighted and take that anything is great for the amateurs, and if they are aware of it or not, is great for the sport, they’ll struggle hard to spread the reality. Sometimes you need to ruffle some feathers and brutally attack ignorance on the way. I am ready to fight this battle.

Thanks for reading. In case you have any comments in any respect, don’t hesitate to talk about them.

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