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Out of Bellagio 3000, Venetian 5000

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Nov 30, '07

I overslept and arrived 35 minutes late to the 3000 at Bellagio. I did not win a pot for the first 84 minutes. In the final minute of the 2nd level, Mike Mizrachi minraised to 200 and I shoved my final 1300, and he folded. This was my first pot to win on the day. I came back and hung around for a while until I had 1650 left in the BB. An unknown raised to 600, Tom West called in the HJ, and Justin Bonomo called in the CO. It was up to me to act for my final 1450. I found K4o, and had an interesting spot. I decided to get all of my chips in because I was certain to get it heads up, and I would be getting a sick 2.6 to 1 for my remaining 1400. A fold is criminal here if there's any chance I have two live cards. I minraised to 1000 to ensure that it would be RRd. The first guy folded and TW shoved. ZJ folded and Tom showed AKo. Brick out and time to go to Venetian. It was 3:30, and I thought the 5000 at V started at 3 p.m. I called over, and the thing started at 1 p.m. The floorman said I could get in though, so I headed over there and arrived with 9200 chips at 1/200. I don't mind this at all, as I'm very comfortable with this kind of stack. Nothing too exciting happened. I did have an interesting hand against Andy Bloch. A guy whose name I can't recall raised to 600. AB called in the CO, and I called 400 more in the BB with 87dd. The flop came 762r and I led out 1100 of my remaining 7600. The first guy thought and folded and Andy thought and called. It felt a lot to me like Andy had something like 98. The turn was a nice 7. I decided I was going to CRAI. Unfortunately for me, Andy checked behind. The river was a Q. I checked again with the intention of CRAI. Andy thought and then bet a tiny 1000 into 4000. I thought 10 seconds and then moved in for 5500 more. Andy thought a minute, called, and mucked. We were down to 10 from the 27 entrants with 3 paying. I was at a 5 handed table with Alan Sass in the 1, an unknown in the 2, me in the 3, Chris Ferguson in the 4, and David Lolis-Mitchell in the 5. I raised UTG to 1700 at 3/600 with ATdd and a slightly below avg stack of 20500. I played the hand out in my head before it happened, and I told myself if anyone, specifically Alan because of his stack (17400 it turns out), 3bet me then I was going to 4bet AI. It was folded to Alan and he raised to 5700. As I eyed his stack, I thought he had around 19500 total. Alan probably shows up with a big hand often enough that this hand was probably a mistake. I should have gotten him to count it down. I felt like I had the best hand, so I went with it. Alan quickly called with AK and I was crippled. I finished in 10th. We might hit a nightclub tonight to celebrate Mike's win at Bellagio. Tomorrow's a 5000 at Bellagio. A final table would be preferable.


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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