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A Hand From the Shooting Star

A strange set of circumstances

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Jun 08, 2009


I recently went to San Jose for Bay 101’s $10,000 Shooting Star event, and did well, coming in 29th out of 391 players. There were many highlights and noteworthy hands during my three days of play, including busting a couple of bounty players for $5,000 each. But by far the most interesting hand came on day three, when we were down to 30 players. To start the day, the remaining 36 players shifted to six-handed tables, which I think is an excellent wrinkle. It tests your ability to play under different circumstances, and ensures that you can’t just sit back and let your opponents eliminate each other. I thought it would work to my advantage, but my day did not start well at all. Early on, everyone folded to Vivek Rajkumar in the small blind, and he made a huge all-in overbet of my big blind. I looked down at ...

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