sup guys! I had completely forgotten that it’s WSOP time, so at the last minute I decided to play the Accumulator event. I am still not over the flu, which has mucked around with my sleeping patterns and left me feeling pretty weak and miserable; I still haven’t been to the gym since I landed in Melbourne on Monday. But yeah, the triple buyin structure was just too attractive to pass up, as I expected that there would be loads of dead money in the prizepool and the structure was brilliant; easily the best 1k that Crown has run and I really think they should consider emulating the structure in their own events in future.
I played Flight One (Thursday) after squeezing a one hour nap in following the online grind. I had reasonable tables but just really didn’t make enough hands and spent most of the night between 18-25bb, only to lose a flip vs Alex (krasark) with 25 minutes to go in the last level (almost 3am). As most of you have probably experienced, a late bustout early in a series is always the worst as effectively you get no reward for your efforts, and get the minimum sleep before the next day (which has to be another 8-9 hours of playing if you make it through). I felt like I was getting really tired toward the end and misplayed some small pots, but for the most part I just didn’t really get anything going.
Flight Two was during the day on Friday which meant that it was always going to be the harder day of the three. My table started out pretty bad (bennybunny18, czar19, Octavian, Esfandiari and another online guy), but I managed to get in some good pots vs the fish. I had one spot where I opened AKo at 25/25 to 50, an older Asian guy threebets me to 150 and I call. Flop is 662r, I check call. Turn is a 3, check check, river is the Ace. I check, he bets 300 into 650, I tank and make it 1050, 3k effective. He tanks for a bit, says “I don’t think you would make that raise with just the Ace” and folds. I felt like he has AK so often in that spot so I might be able to fold out a chop (I considered making it even bigger), but yeh maybe he has AQ (or worse?) sometimes and I should be going smaller for value..either way I think raising is the right play there. I got most of my chips threebetting good broadway vs some European guy who was calling threebets with weak hands OOP, and left that table with about 6500 at the end of the 50/100 level. I also played a little ‘Lodden Thinks’ vs Antonio and lost some money prop betting over how much some old bloke thought I would shave my head for. Antonio is a good ambassador for poker; I am a verrrry reluctant participant in live poker, I do not enjoy it at all, but you can see guys like him have a really good effect on the table and it’s certainly much more bearable playing with that atmosphere.
I then get moved to what (at the time) was easily the hardest live table I’ve been on! To my immediate left are (local HSNLer) Luke Edwards and a bunch of good online guys/girls – random_chu, neverscaredb, Melanie Weisner and monster_dong. I manage to chip up slightly through the bb150 level, then I open KK in MP, Eddy flats, and dong squeezes from the SB about 45bb effective. I flat, Eddy flats, and the flop is 643r. Dong tank checks, I bet a bit over one-quarter pot, Eddy folds and dong rips it in. I call, he has 53o and turns the 7, gg for a ~95bb pot.
Flight Three was today (Saturday), and I was keen to make it count and pretty sure it would be really soft. Unfortunately there were a lot less recreational players firing one bullet than I expected. That said, the first half of the tourney I had quite good table draws and managed to chip up to 10k at the bb150 level. At that point I got moved to what was even a harder table than yesterday, and our table was last on the list to be broken which meant it would be a tough five hours of play to make it through. To my immediate left were WhiteRabbito and czar19, and Melanie Weisner, djk and Andy Hin were also on the table. Sometimes through the day we were seven and eight-handed which is just not really the spot you want to be in during a 1k event.
I managed to pick my spots really nicely and kept my stack between 50bb and 100bb for the most part. There are a bunch of significant hands. The first was a nitty older guy opens UTG+1 50bb eff, I flat AQs MP and czar19 (Bryan) threebets CO small with about 35-40bb. The nitty guy calls; if he folded I would snap 4b/c here but I get the advantage of having position on the deeper stacked older guy as well as his presence making it a bit harder for Bryan to just bluff it off. The flop is AA2r and it goes check, check, Bryan bets a tiny amount, old guy calls, I call. The turn is a 3; check, check, Bryan bets about a quarter pot, the older guy calls. Bryan has left himself with maybe a 30% pot bet on the river if I call which I think is highly suspicious; the nitty guy can easily have a bunch of really strong hands, it is clear at least one of us has an Ace and he really has no fold equity on a river bet. I go into the tank for a couple minutes, decide that something isn’t right and muck. Like I completely acknowledge the absurdity of folding the top of my range in this spot but given the old guys range and how I think Bryan will play the turn with weak aces or air vs two villains I just feel like it is a dumb spot where I can be in bad shape often. The turn is a K, Bryan lobs the rest in and the guy tanks forever and check/folds. I am obviously puking when the older guy folds, but I find out later Bryan had AK (older guy had JJ) and feel a little less nitty about giving it up; just one of those spots where my spidey senses were up I guess.
Later on Bryan opens EP, I flat JTcc in the BB 60bb eff and the flop is K94 with two spades and a club. The flop goes check check. The turn is the 8s and I make a big checkraise, Bryan calls. The river is an offsuit ten, I think about it for a bit and decide to check and end up calling a big river bet (thinking that most of Bryan’s value range should be checking here). Bryan has T9o and left me wondering whether following through small might be better than checking since he probably has more 9x than turned draws after a flop check. That one cost me a bit.
I win a flip vs Melanie squeezing AJo multiway and am back to 45bb with about 45 minutes left in the day. Against a table full of aggressive opponents it is tough to strike the balance between just nitting up and waiting to get a better table draw tomorrow, and finding spots to get it in good for lots of chips rather than sit on the sidelines. djk has loads and is opening almost every pot, and pots he doesn’t open are hotly contested between the rest of us, so I decide to mostly start opening hands that can call threebets or 4b/c. With less than 20 minutes left I open the BTN with ATo, Dylan (whiterabbito) threebets the SB (as he had done a couple times already)…I debate 4b/c but decide calling has merit if Dylan decides to barrel off. I get a reallllly marginal QJxcc flop, peel a cbet, then shove over a check on a 9c turn. I am drawing pretty thin when Dylan rolls over AxQc and end up again just shy of a Day Two berth.
The fact that I am pretty run down physically and played two super long days made me feel pretty flat by the time I got home. I will probably try and recover a bit for the rest of the weekend, might go to the Pies game tomorrow, then just stick with playing online for the rest of the month.