Royal Flush GIrls

The one on the right grabbed my butt!!!


As you all know by now, I finished 22nd at the WPT Main Event at the Bike this weekend for 14k. It was a great experience and I was happy to share it with all my friends and family.

I have been asked to discuss the overall experience of playing in such a big event and making a deep run. I will first give you my thoughts going into the event, then talk about what actually happened.

After Ann won the seat and told me she wanted me to play it, I was really excited. I had played 4 WSOP events this year and I felt I would be more prepared than a lot of people that were going to make this their first really big buy in event. I didn’t think I would ever go as far as I did, but I did feel that I could adjust quicker to the pace and decision making process faster than a lot of the players. Not the pros of course, but the local guys who either decided to pony up the $3700.00 or the satellite winners.

After mulling it over for a couple of days, I posted on a web site called Stackem Coaching. They have a very solid coaching staff and since it is new, all the coaches answer all of the questions in the forums. Unlike 2+2, they actually are trying to help us improve our games, not just blast us and make Photoshop pictures.

My post basically asked the coaches if I should change my strategy going in to playing a more Kill Phil strategy. The KP strategy is to play over aggressive pre flop because the later streets the hand goes, the more of a chance a pro will out play you and it will be very costly to your stack.

John Kim, an online monster, wrote me back and said that I should play it like a cash game early because we were all so deep. We started with 300 BB and hour long rounds. He also said that since I was older, I should be able to find some 3 bet spots later in the event against the Internet Kids because they tend to give players my age more respect when we put the 3 bet in. Lastly, John said to really concentrate on what my image was and play to it the best I could. This was the most important piece of advice for me to really wrap my head around and this one thing helped me more than anything anyone else told me.

After discussing this with my buddy/backer/cash game coach Jim, we both agreed that this was the way to go. I would not really get involved with too many big pots early and try to keep the pots as small as I could unless I flopped a monster. I would try this for at least a couple levels until I could get a really good feel for the table and start building my image.

Well as they say, even the best laid plans don’t work out sometime. An Internet Kid (IK for short) decided he wanted to run the table and was raising almost every hand. He was making it 300 to go and would C bet every flop. Pretty standard play from the IK’s now a days.

I had only seen one flop for the first orbit and a half due to his raising every hand, when I picked up A8s in the cut off. The IK was the BB, so I decided to make it 250 to go. All folded to him and he 3 bet me to 650. Seeing what he was doing, it was an easy call for me to make because I had position and I knew I could float his C bet. The flop came out Ad 7s 3s. I flopped top pair and the nut flush draw. Nice. I was a little conflicted because I didn’t want to play a big pot, but there is no chance I am not getting in at least half my stack with this hand. So he C bets 700 and I flat him behind. The turn was the 2s giving me the nuts. He now leads the turn for 1800 and I feel he has A face. I made a mistake here by not raising because I was a little nervous about playing a big pot even though I had the nuts at the time. This was really bad thinking and I should have done anything I could to get him more committed to the hand if he had AK with the K of spades or flopped a set. The river came the Q of spades putting the 4 flush on the board. He checked, I bet like 3200, around half the pot, and he folded pretty quickly. The Q definitely killed my action which made me realize why I should have raised the turn. I was still pretty happy that I won my first pot and I could relax a little.

In the very next orbit, the same IK raised to 300 and I picked up QQ in the HJ. I 3 bet him to 675 and he called pretty quick. The flop came 8c9cQs. All skill right? LOL. He checked, I C bet 925 and he called pretty quick. The turn was a 2h. He checked again and I checked behind. I wanted to get two streets out of him and although the board was pretty draw heavy, I felt like he didn’t have a big draw because he would have checked raised me on the flop. Also, the way he was playing, I figured if a brick hit the river, he would try and take it from me which is exactly what happened. The 6h hits the river and he fires 2300 at the pot, I tank, and then make it 4800. He doesn’t take too long to fold. Looking back I still believe I played this pretty good because I got the two streets I wanted. If I thought he was on a draw, I would have fired the turn for value. If a scare card, say the 10c comes on the turn, I would have probably bet again to make him pay for any back door draw he might have picked up. Also if he would raise me at any point after the flop, I would have just check called him down. Hard to believe an IK ever has anything but of course when they do, they get paid off big time.

For the next 3 levels, I picked up some hands. In back to back orbits, I picked up AA in the BB and won two decent pots. I wasn’t playing that many hands, but it seemed like the table really gave me respect because I was showing monster after monster. Nice to be able to raise in late position with any two cards, c bet any flop, and take the pot down. One time late on that table the guy called my C bet and I had 10 high so I had to barrel the turn which worked and I won the pot. It is amazing what you can do when an entire table thinks you have the nuts every time.

Right before the last level before dinner, we were 2 minutes away from break and the level was 100-200 25 ante. There were 4 limpers to me on the button and I look down at AJc. I figured I could just end it here with my image so I raised to 1200. Huge raise for me and even though it may look like a steal, there was no way in my mind they could call me with anything less than a pair of 77 or better. To my amazement, the BB called and so did the 4 limpers. Over 7300 pre flop. Talk about bloated.

Well thanks to the card Gods again I drilled the flop. It came Ah2c8c. Wow. Again the nut flush draw with top pair. It checked all the way around to the CO and he bet 2k. It looked like a straight steal so I decided to flat and figured we would be heads up. Everyone quickly folded to an older player in the HJ that made the call. He was playing super tight and laying down (and showing) some big hands so at this point, i figured him to have at least A10 plus. The turn comes a K of clubs. Bingo. More skill right? The old nit checks, the CO checks, and I lead 4k into this now monster pot. To my surprise, the old nit check raises me to 12,500. Skyrockets go off in my head. The CO folds and now I need to need to figure out what the perfect raise would be to get him to shove on me. I like the raise here because older players, especially the tight ones, never check raise fold the turn. I tank a little and announce raise, and I bump him to 27,500. More than a mini but not by much. To my surprise again, he goes into the tank. I couldn’t understand how he doesn’t snap jam and of course I would have snap called. By this time the break had started and a few guys were hanging around our table to watch the end of the hand. About 3 minutes into his tank, he started talking out loud about what I had. he kept saying he wasn’t going to call he was only going to shove or fold. I didn’t say a word. Effective stacks to start the hand btw were about 55k for me and 45k for him. We were both pretty deep. Anyway, at the 5 minute mark into the break, he says he will fold to fight another day and turned over 45c. He had a straight draw flush draw on the flop. I still can’t believe he laid that down. He did not get a read on me he was just too tight to stick his chips in with a 5 high flush. I think he made a big mistake when he check raised me and folded, but that is for another discussion.

That’s it for day 1 before dinner break. At the break, the average was about 35 and I had about 75. To say the least, dinner was yummy.




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