The Gutshot I didn’t want to hit!
In previous WSOP final tables I have placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th. So I hit the gutshot yesterday and placed 5th in the $10k Horse. Cashed $135,040.
I was an early massive chipleader in Day 1and finished the day 5th in chips out of about 140. Then day 2 I had a slow day and finished 15 of 23. So from that point of view 5th place isn’t so bad. But down to the final 8 I was chipleader with about 23% of the chips in play. So obviously disappointing from there even though the final table was stacked with great poker players. After reviewing all my hands from the final table I am pretty sure I could not improve on any of them by playing differently. So I won’t be too hard on myself considering my inputs into the pool of poker tournament randomness were as beneficial as I can manage.
Here is a link to an interesting hand.
I can’t really go into it without giving away too much, especially considering 7 card stud is still so sacred. It is very widely known that there are only a handful of top pros that can play this particular game at any high level. 7 card stud is a forgotten art. Anyway, check out that report. You don’t see this line too often with a board so benign. The set up: Opponent acts first on all streets. Raise 5th. Call 6th (very strong lead by Marco after being raised on 5), Bet 7th on bluff (when opponent is always checking to call)
So down to 5 players we were at the 60k-120k level with a total of 7.2m chips in play. 60 big bets total between 5 players. I had 10 of them when I found the AhKd in limit holdem. So I raised it up. the big blind Ian 3bet, I called. flop Th8s7d. He leads, I raise, he calls. Turn 6s. He checks, I bet (for value and other reason I can’t get into), he calls. river 9s. He leads, I cry call, and he produces the AsQs. Pretty ugly for me. That cripples me and a few hands later I find AK again with two bets left I get it in vs Ashby’s QQ. End of me.
Oh and by the way, before the 10k Horse event I cashed in the Razz event. So I am 2 for my last 2.
Cash Games: -$5,500