wpt 11 Hard Rock Hollywood Florida
by Leif | Published Feb 05, 2013
Was anxious to get out of the poker rooms locally and play an wpt event. Found my self in a pool of players once there. 940 players was the final count of players in the $350 event $250.000 gtd. I was happy to have made it in on day 1b and coudl take a day to relax and watch the grind going on. I was hoping for 180-220k in day 2 starting chips but pleased with 145k. I had played tight the first day, tighter than I ever played before. The game is vastly different then local tournaments for sure. I am happy to say my reading skills truly were on top and that playing with much better players than me at home had paid off.
I was seated with players of aggressive playing styles for sure. Once in the money I could loosen up a bit more and try to play a wider hand selection. Not until 35 players remained did I start to get some momentum with cards and chips. I made some big folds out of position and would have lost with qq to AK but did make 2 big mistakes. The first came when a short stack raised my qj suited ai with 125k. I had 400k and took a chance read him as weak but he had 88. The 88 held up and just 2 hands later I called of another 150k with aq to short ai with ak and he held. I was a bit worried blinds were now at 8000/16000
and had fallen to 350k. I was in early position with 33 and just called when midlle aggressive player raised minimum fold to me and I called. Flop came 64q I checked and he checked . turn came a 3 I min bet half pot and he called river came 8 I bet out 60k he instantly raised to 300k. I though for a minute and then called and won. I was then moved to another table after full day at the same table.
I continued to only play premium hands top 4 and layed down 100 to 99 pre to aggro and aq to a2 and ak a2 held with a 2 on flop .
I think th efolds got me on to the hand were I had kq and k of heart. I raised pre and got called by super aggro.
Flop came hhc I checked he bet called. Turn was another h so i bet out and he just flatted. River came a 4 heart and a q so i had k high flush and pair of q.
I bet 1/2 pot he raised me 600k and I called he showed no hand and folded stating I was a donk.
we now were down to 10 and moved to ft I had 2.150.00 and all wanted to chop.
I did not want to but it became a big thing and we decided to chop based on chip count.
I was 3rd in chip count and would get 20k 3rd place money without even play a hand at ft. Blinds were going to be 50k/100k I decided to just take the chop. But one guy would not chop unless he got the trophy and another wanted 5k more. I offered 500 and winner offered trophy to him !? he wanted another 900$ so if I gave up with 3 others some cash from my 21900 it would be done. I was now just saying na but just gave up.
By giving up the extra cash and take 20k I also gave up 3rd to become 4th with 570$ less than guy that was 4th lol.
But all in all I was happy and had a great result.
Just a 4 months ago came in as chip leader to wpt tampa and was out in 22nd on good hands to suck outs so I know what can happen.
Will now play wpt main event Friday and hope for a deep run in 750k gtd feb 8th 2013.