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Busted The Borgata Deep Stack

by Roy Winston |  Published: May 20, '09


The Borgata Deep Stack didn’t really go as planned. My table draw couldn’t have been better, very loose aggressive players, not too tough to read. I had an interesting guy on my left who I played in a cash game with at the Bellagio back in December. He is a lawyer who specializes in US Supreme Court Cases, and represented then Vice President Al Gore when there were those election issues in Florida. It is interesting to think where this country would be now if Gore had won, which in fact I guess he kind of did, and we wouldn’t have had to endure eight years of George Bush, but I digress. His style of play was as fast and loose as I have ever seen, making Gus Hansen look tight. It was interesting, because in a deep stack when you are starting with over 500 big blinds he basically saw every flop and when he hit he would crack big hands, and when he missed he would try to out play his opponent. He was all in several times in the first two levels! Eventually his system failed him, but it was fun to play with him and he was a really nice guy.

My style of play, which I believe to be a whole lot better, didn’t really perform much better. I lost KK to A 3 suited on a KJ3 flop early on and never was able to really recover. I was on the button with 6 limpers for 100 in front of me and raised to 900 and got two callers. After the flop the guy to my left, who was the super aggressive player bet 1,400 into a 3,000 chip pot. The mid position player called and I raised to 4,000. My thinking was, why not build a big pot, and with these two crazy loose players they will pay me off all the way. I bet 2/3 of the pot on the turn and was down to heads up with the mid position player. When the flush came back door on the river I had a hard time putting him on it and still value bet the river and he min raised me. I paid him off, having put him on two pair and I was pretty sure he thought I had AK. My last hand was also KK against 99 and although I guess I could have folded after the flop of 994, I thought it was a safe flop and with most of my chips already in, I couldn’t get away from it. I pretty much lost every hand I played, which was more than a little frustrating.

The night before I played the FTOP’s main event on Full Tilt and went pretty deep to around 490th out of about 4,500 players. I also lost most of my chips to quads against an over-pair, although this time it was all in pre flop. It was a great format with 7,500 starting chips and longer levels. I have been playing online quite a bit lately and have really enjoyed it. I have been playing a wide range of multi table tournaments and sit and go’s. As a matter of fact I’m ready to go play right now. One week to the WSOP!

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: or send an email to: 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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