Wednesday, September 14, 2005

WSOP Weekly

This week's WSOP episodes on ESPN provided some good action.
In the $5k NLHE event, the final table was a veritable murderer's row: TJ Cloutier, John Bonetti, Johnny "World" Hennigan, Tony Ma, Todd Brunson, internet stalwart Dustin "Neverwin" Woolf, and Gavin Smith, among others. Yikes! Bonetti is 77 years old! Holy cow - he does allright for an old man, and provided the line of the week when asked a question about golf:

"No - I play pocket pool," Bonetti replied.
"That's not what you mean," TJ chuckles.
"Yeah- pocket pool," Bonetti knows EXACTLY what he's saying - don't be fooled.
"Pocket pool is when you're playing with yourself," TJ tries to explain. Bono knows this of course, he was just making a scene and playing ignorant - which TJ completely missed. Great stuff.

Some hands to talk about: seven handed or so, Tony Ma mucks A-Q offsuit UTG + 1. Huh? Explanation? Stack size? Why? We need Mike Sexton to explain it to us, as Norman and Lon expressed disbelief, but offered no clue as to why Ma made that play.

A very interesting hand: Blinds are probably 5k-10k, and it's folded to Wang on the button, who makes it 30k with 9-9. TJ is in the SB with A-Q offsuit and comes back for 95k total. Wang thinks for a minute and calls.

flop: 5d 2h 3c and TJ quickly moves all-in, for about 2/3rds the size of the pot.

Wang thinks for a minute and makes the correct call.

Think about this hand: Wang's button raise doesn't necessarily mean anything, but he hasn't seemed to play a lot of hands - this is in fact the first hand he's played on camera. I know that the televised hands give a distorted view of play, but Wang appeared to be one of the tighter players at the table - coming in as the chip leader, simply avoiding confrontation, and getting whittled down.

So, TJ has a legitimate hand, and figures to find out where he's at by re-raising preflop. When Wang smooth calls, TJ figures he can't have JJ or better. On the flop, TJ has the 2nd-nut-no-pair, but doesn't figure Wang for A-K anyway. TJ figures if Wang has a hand like 6-6, 7-7, 8-8 it may be a difficult call for him to make. In fact, even with 9-9, it WAS a difficult call to make given the action- but Wang correctly worked through the logic in his head. I tend to doubt TJ would expect Wang to lay down 9-9 in that spot.

TJ catches a Queen on the river to stay alive, and eventually wins the event.

In the PL hold'em event, the final two players, John Gale and Brian Wilson fired pot sized raises back and forth at each other, and traded the chip lead. On one key hand, Gale raised with T-T, and Wilson re-raised the pot with 4-4. Gale again re-raised the pot, and Wilson came over the top AGAIN, re-raising the pot all-in. Gale had him covered and called. At this point, Wilson uttered the question of the week:

"Am I in big trouble?"

No Brian - I'm sure you're a huge fucking favorite here...

Of course Brian spikes a 4 and doubles through, and goes on to win the event. He was emotionally moved when he finally won the bracelet, and admitted "I am the luckiest guy in the world."

until next time,


Brett said...

Wanted to add this somewhere so you could see it: "Worst Beat I Ever Took"

basically i flop a set of 5's on a rainbow board 2 5 9.

It's H/L and I also have A 3. I bet the pot on the flop about $17 (it's a 50 cent table so you can only buy-in for $50). The other player pushes all-in on the flop with 10 10 10 4. Turns spikes a 10. no low comes on the river. First and last hand I played at the table. Seriously the guy has to be cheating or something!!#(&&*(@#

#Game No : 2712657958
***** Hand History for Game 2712657958 *****
$50 PL Omaha Hi/Lo - Wednesday, September 14, 22:21:06 EDT 2005
Table Table 36535 (Real Money)
Seat 7 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: Confiscator ( $94.97 )
Seat 3: tkoJoe ( $3.86 )
Seat 4: clam222 ( $172.81 )
Seat 6: CALLMEMRG ( $32.73 )
Seat 7: lex__diamond ( $52.58 )
Seat 8: ohiostate5 ( $46.12 )
Seat 9: mj82882 ( $51.30 )
Seat 10: rmv0585 ( $72.96 )
Seat 5: h0nus ( $50 )
Seat 2: unconscious ( $10 )
ohiostate5 posts small blind [$0.25].
mj82882 posts big blind [$0.50].
unconscious posts big blind [$0.50].
h0nus posts big blind [$0.50].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to h0nus [ Ac 5s 5h 3h ]
rmv0585 raises [$1].
Confiscator calls [$1].
unconscious calls [$0.50].
tkoJoe is all-In [$3.86]
clam222 folds.
h0nus calls [$3.36].
lex__diamond folds.
ohiostate5 calls [$3.61].
mj82882 folds.
rmv0585 folds.
Confiscator calls [$2.86].
unconscious folds.
** Dealing Flop ** [ 2c, 5d, 9h ]
ohiostate5 checks.
>You have options at Table 36791 Table!.
Confiscator checks.
h0nus bets [$17.09].
ohiostate5 is all-In [$42.26]
Confiscator folds.
h0nus: you got a set of 999?
h0nus calls [$25.17].
** Dealing Turn ** [ Ts ]
** Dealing River ** [ Qd ]
h0nus shows [ Ac, 5s, 5h, 3h ] three of a kind, fives.
ohiostate5 shows [ Th, 4d, Td, Tc ] three of a kind, tens.
tkoJoe doesn't show [ Ah, 2h, Qs, Js ] two pairs, queens and twos.
ohiostate5 wins $82.37 from side pot #1 with three of a kind, tens.
ohiostate5 wins $17.09 from the main pot with three of a kind, tens.
There was no qualifying low hand.
Game #2712667544 starts.

WhyNot said...

I've always wanted to be a part of the WSOP. Guess I should schedule my next gambling trip to Vegas before the event.