Caliche
or The Trials of a WSOP Wannabe
 

Posted by Alex Laforest in

Ok. Last year around May, we found the Team Canada freerolls, which created the Canadian PokerStars team to be sent to Vegas for the 37th WSOP. While I did try those freerolls, I didn't fare that well, mostly unaccustomed to the turbo blind structure.

Well, this year, Stars is again offering sweet sweet WSOP packages, and I figured I'd give it at least a decent shot. Having some relative problems with my cash game and my roll, I decided for trading my hard earned FPPs to give 3 tries to the WSOP Step 1 Sit'nGo (Donkago... actually, Turbo Donkago :P)... Quick wrapup of the first 2 tries: played uber aggressive, with the moto 'build a momentum and a stack'; shoved with A8s vs a shortstacker with a presto and lost the coin flip, which left me pretty much crippled. Ended up shoving with some bordeline painted hand that I don't remember... Aaaah yes, an offsuit big slick... Which didn't hit squat, busting me in 8th place :S. Second one, same strategy, same hand gets me busto, but it was my first shove so if it would have hit, I might have gotten through. That was in 5th place by the way, which is kinda the bubble (4th place pays a whooping 1,50$, 3rd gets a new buy-in to Step 1 and 1 and 2 move on to Step 2). That kinda pissed me off and got me on tilt AND on an open Vendetta against Donkaments all together :P... But, while talking about it with Nic, I reviewed my strategy and buckled myself in my 3rd try with the survivor mantra : "I got my fist, I got my plan, I got survivalism" [lol! NIN, Survivalism, Year Zero (2007)]. And then this happened:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t200 (4 handed) Poker Stars Converter Tool from http://www.flopturnriver.comFlopTurnRiver.com (Format: Plain Text)

Hero (t1270)
Button (t6600)
SB (t1890)
BB (t3740)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with 8h, 8d.
Hero raises to t1270, Button calls t1270, SB raises to t1890, 1 fold, Button calls t620.

Flop: (t5250) Tc, 6s, 9s (3 players)

Turn: (t5250) 3s (3 players)

River: (t5250) 4s (3 players)

Final Pot: t5250

Results below:
SB has Ad Kh (high card, ace).
Hero has 8h 8d (one pair, eights).
Button has Jh As (flush, ace high).
Outcome: Button wins t5250.


Busted in 4th, just out of the loop. Now, I don't really want to whine and bitch about the fact that I was the favorite, but since it might actually be my last 'WSOP-related' moment of 2008, I will simply paste the equity calculations I got from my Poker Stove :P.

Before the flop:



equity

win

tie

pots won

pots tied


Hand 0:

46.016%

45.89%

00.12%

+600k

1669

8d8h

Hand 1:

20.157%

19.29%

00.87%

+260k

11898

AsJh

Hand 2:

33.827%

32.96%

00.87%

+45k

11898

AdKh



After the flop (that one hurts):


equity

win

tie

pots won

pots tied


Hand 0:

65.227%

65.23%

00.00%

589

0.00

8d8h

Hand 1:

16.888%

16.39%

00.50%

148

4.50

AsJh

Hand 2:

17.885%

17.39%

00.50%

157

4.50

AdKh



And finally, just before the suckout :P:


equity

win

tie

pots won

pots tied


Hand 0:

64.286%

64.29%

00.00%

27

0.00

8d8h

Hand 1:

26.190%

26.19%

00.00%

11

0.00

AsJh

Hand 2:

09.524%

09.52%

00.00%

4

0.00

AdKh



Yeah, there is some luck involved in poker... I must not kid myself...

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