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LA Update

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Aug 14, '07

It's Tuesday. A couple of nights ago I played some 20/40 NLHE downstairs, and it went poorly. I like to nit it up in live cash and just bet/bet/bet for value. I played 5 pots with premiums and lost all of them and then flopped a flush with J9ss vs KQss yuck gg. Yesterday I went over to Bike to play the 1500. I don't particularly enjoying playing live here in Los Angeles. Most of the players who play the tourneys are mainly cash game players and they splash the pot nonstop. Chips were flying all over the place and players expose cards every other hand. They also treat the dealers like shit, which is something I cannot stand and will never do. Anyway, the tournament drew 175 players and I busted around 70th in the fourth hour. I was at a sneaky tough starting table with Lance Allred, Hasan Habib, and the Asian guy nicknamed "Spiderman". Early on I had to chop a 22BB pot AIPF with AK vs AT on a board of 7896T. 22BB pots are so crucial in shallow MTTs, but oh well. I hung around the starting stack at the first break and then came back and continuation bet-bluffed off some chips to a maniacal twenty-something who was taking shots of Petrone (sp?) tequilla at the table. I couldn't help but laugh at a practice like this at 4 p.m. on a Monday afternoon. I grinded to about an average stack, and then John Hoang got moved in. I lost a pot to him and was down to 4500 with blinds 1/200. Hoang raised a pot in MP to 600 and two clowns called in position. The SB folded and I found 76ss and of course called 400 more. The four of us saw a 7h 3h 2c flop. My 3900 remaining chips covered the other two but not Hoang. I have to get in on this flop if I'm going to play the hand. I led out for 1900 and Hoang minraised it to 3800. If he shows me an overpair face-up I know I'm a 4 to 1 dog, so I have an obvious call for 4.4 to 1. To my delight he showed me AThh, a type of hand I kind of expected to see. The dealer immediately put out the Kh on the turn though, and I was sent back to Commerce. I came back and played 1100 hands of 6max NLHE cash online and won three-quarters of a buy-in. Good luck to Adam who is still in the event at Bike from yesterday. They are in the final 18 and resume play tonight at 7 p.m. The winner gets 95 thousand.

Today, we woke up and went down to the fitness center downstairs. I was going to play the Omaha eight tournament at Bike today but changed my mind in favor of playing the online tournaments including the one-thousand on Stars.


Shannon Shorr is a professional poker player from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He finished fourth in the Card Player 2006 Player of the Year race. You can follow his progress at

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