WSOP- Here I Come!

I’ve put in a lot of work into my tournament game over the last month or two and I feel ready to crush at this year’s WSOP. I’ve watched a ton of training videos, both on tournament theory and actual game play, as well as reviewed a handful of past WSOP final tables. I think I have gained a pretty solid understanding of ICM and other tournament nuisances like adjusting to shallower play and short-stacked Nash shoving/calling ranges.

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Why You Should Avoid The Bellagio

I guess the moral of the story is don’t play at the Bellagio if you don’t have to. Fortunately for me, as bad as I ran off the felt I was able to run pretty well in game to the point where I now feel I’m well rolled enough for some deeper stacked 2-5 NL as opposed to the Bellagio’s $500 cap game. Hopefully I won’t have to return to there when I venture back out west in a few weeks.

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Bluff-Jamming the River when Facing a 2.5x Overbet

Given our read on the turn and the fact that jamming here only needs to work about 71% of the time to be profitable, I honestly think jamming any two cards as an exploit against this specific opponent is going to be printing money. My exact hand is also one of my best bluffing candidates, as I hold blockers to villain’s most likely 5x and 3x hands, which are what he’s representing when he goes for the 2.5x pot bet here (I think over pairs would likely elect to choose a smaller sizing).

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Bluffing with Pocket Kings

We have a pretty nice range advantage on this runout as we can have AA and QQ and our opponent cannot. We can represent some flushes as well, as we’d be taking this line with some of our weaker flushes. We also believe villain is capped at Ax given his check back on the turn. Furthermore, we block our opponent from having the nut flush and AK, giving us even more of a reason to put him to the test with his Ax type hands.

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Considering All of Your Options

I played for a total of 55 hours this week, smashing my old PR by over 10 hours. My degenning was not something that was really planned, but more a result of finding myself in a handful of dream games that I just couldn’t part myself with until the guys giving their money away were gone. My ability to play longer sessions and not quit when the game is great is something I’ve definitely improved upon since I first started playing. I used to just put in my 7-9 hours and call it quits almost regardless of the quality of the game. The reality of the situation is, however, that these dream games rarely assemble in Cleveland (especially at the 2-5+ levels) and when they do, I shouldn’t really ever be leaving them (assuming I’m playing my A-game or close to it).

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Fun Spot in Four Handed 2-5-10 NL

I feel pretty guilty not having put in much volume at all over the last two weeks, almost as if I’m taking advantage of the fact that I’m living at home and thus have little to no worry about living expenses. If I were living on my own, there’s just no way I could afford to take as much time off as I have been. All that said, it was very nice to spend some quality time with my girlfriend and my motivation to get back on the grind is definitely sky-high.

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Hero Call vs. an Undercover Reader

When villain raised, I was honestly very confused. I really just didn’t (and still don’t) see what hands he’s credibly repping. At the time, I thought AA/KK/AQ were basically the only value hands he could have here (AA/KK somewhat discounted as they’d often bet OTF). In hindsight, 35s may also be possible. However, I think at least some of the time villain would flat with those hands in order to induce a second barrel from me on the river.

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My Biggest Downswing

This was the first time tilt clouded my judgement enough to cause me to make an error I’d seldom make while playing my A or B games. Fortunately, I was able to recognize that I was way off my game and picked up my remaining chips directly after this hand and called it a day. I was (and still am) pretty disappointed in myself for making such a spewy play, but I will say that writing this post and thinking it all through has helped a bit.

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Can I Call a 3-bet on the River with TPGK?

Before I’m berated for considering making a pretty massive hero call with just TPGK, hear me out. While I do have a decent number of stronger hands in my range that I can call with here (TT, QTs, some QJ/44/66), I actually think KQ may be my best candidate to use as a bluff-catcher. This is because I believe Villain is basically polarized to either a straight or air when he takes this line, and KQ is pretty much the only hand I can have that blocks some of his straight combos.

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