July 15, 2012
Although I'm dead tired from playing all day, I wanted to write a quick entry letting you know I advanced to day 6 of the main event! There's 97 players left, and I have 2.5M in chips. The average is ~2M I think, so I'm looking pretty good. Just got a look at my table draw for tomorrow, and it appears my table has a TON of chips on it. From the looks of it, it will probably be the featured table. The chip leader of the whole tourney with ~7M chips is on my direct right, which is certainly better than dealing with Vanessa on my left (which is what I had to battle for a couple of levels yesterday).
I want to do my best to rest up for tomorrow, and I've been writing down many of the big or interesting hands I've played for later review, which I'd like to include in some blog posts/articles later, but right now I'm having an argument with my roommate Chance about what the best line to take is regarding a hand I played towards the end of the night, and I want your guys opinion too.
Here's the situation. I got moved a few times throughout the day, and eventually landed on a table that included Isaac Baron, David "ODB" Baker, and a few other unknowns. I built my stack up from 1.1M to 2M pretty quickly, but then got back down to like 1.7M to begin this hand. I have some history involved with the villain in this hand. He and I have played a lot of PLO at the Aria (mostly 5/10), and he knows I'm a solid thinking player, that I make PLO training videos etc. He's sitting with 3M to start this hand.
Blinds are 15k/30k/4k. He opens to 65k from UTG+2, and I alled from the hijack with AKo. Could make an argument for 3b'ing, but there were two shorty's behind us and also Isaac Baron was in the BB and I thought there was a chance he could put the squeeze on, in which case I could back raise jam it. As it happens, we go heads-up to the flop.
Flop (211k): Th7d6s
He checks, and physically I thought he looked strong. I also thought he would cb air and overcards, and it seemed to me that he was checking with the intention of continuing, so I decided to check back, particularly since I don't have enough chips to threaten his tournament life, and I dont' want to burn a large % of my stack triple barreling a solid player on a thin bluff. I check back.
Turn (211k): Qh
We both check again. Same logic for checking back the flop applies here on the turn as well. Against fish I would bet here, but against competent players I think checking is better. Although, if I was against a fish I probably would've just stabbed on the flop.
River (211k): Jx
Here's where it gets interesting. Villain leads 85k. I raise 295k, thinking he must be value betting his slow plays and backdoored 2prs/sets, and assuming that my hand is under-repped since I didn't raise pre. And given that he knows I'm a thinking player, he could perceive me to have bluffs in my range, so then his range is inelastic here. Turns out... He makes it 595k straight.. Now, I have 1.3M total behind (excluding the 295k I already bet). Do we jam, or do we raise a smaller amount? If you raise smaller, what's your sizing and why? Any additional comments are appreciated.
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