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Event 1 at Borgata

by Roy Winston |  Published: Jan 15, '09

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Yesterday was day 1B of event one here at The Borgata. Day 1A began with around 600 players and today was filled to capacity with 900. I heard the two day total was 1,550. The buy in was $400, starting chips 25,000 and the structure was similar to the WPT main event except for 40 minute levels. I began the day at table 3, with a nice talkative group of players. I did a Phil Hellmuth and showed up in the second level, I figured why not skip the 25/50 with so many chips.

Several friends had played the previous day and told me it was wild crazy action, but my table was pretty tight and we didn't lose a player until the 5th level. I chipped up early with some good play and a couple of good hands, then I picked up 88 against the most aggressive player at the table and the flop came J 8 5. I bet the pot and he and one other called. The turn brought a king and I bet the pot and they both called. The river brought another king giving me a full house and he bet 20% of the pot and I thought he had 3 kings so I raised about 1/3 of the pot and he called showing K 5. I then lost a couple of more hands and was down to 11,000 in chips. I then won a bunch of small pots and gradually climbed out of the cellar and got to 60k. After Bobby, the aggressive guy at the table, and now the chip leader, raised from the button I re-raised from the big blind with AA. The flop came 442, turn 5 and river 10, and I was able to get all my chips in and he said he had QQ but never showed, and later said he had 55 but put me on a bluff. This was a break through hand for me getting above average to over 100k in chips. I had one other interesting hand against a guy who was loose passive and east to read. He had played AJ and A 10 several times like it was AA. I raised utg with 89 and he called from the cut off. The blinds were 1,500/3,000 and I made it 8,500. The flop came 5610, and I bet 16,000 into a 24,000 pot. He min raised and I thought for a sec and called. My read on him was weak and my intention was to fire the turn and take it away. The turn came an 8 and I moved in with 65k in chips into a 56,000 pot knowing the 9 missed him and he was weak. He instantly said call and my heart sank knowing I had made a big mistake. I showed my crappy hand and he shows 77. I couldn't believe it, I guess he put me on AK. I got a full double up to over 200k.

The last couple of levels went well and I finished with 365,000 in chips with about 350 players remaining when the fields combine today. We start at 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante so an average stack will have around 25 big blinds or an M of ten.

I would like to congratulate Michael Binger for taking second n the HORSE in Mississippi. I thought he only played no limit, he is truly a great player.
For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: www.oraclepoker.net or send him an email. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: www.oraclepoker.net or send an email to: winstonpoker@yahoo.com with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

 
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