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Out of Bellagio 2000 in 5th Place

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Oct 12, '08

Meh. This one was unfortunate, because I believe I played mostly flawlessly. Five handed I was second in chips behind Nick Binger. It was folded to Nick in the SB and he raised to 18000 at 3/6. I found AcQh in the BB and reraised to 58000. Nick thought 15 seconds and announced all-in. I hated my life, but it's a pretty clear call for my last 205000 as Nick can shove a myriad of hands here, especially since two of the players were short. Nick showed me AdKh. The board came JdTs4dQdX. I earned 15200 or something. Obviously I want to win the 113000, but it doesn't always work out that way. My finish will move me back inside the top 10 in the Player of the Year race, as I'll now be in the 9 hole. Overall, this little weekend trip turned out a little bit profitable, and I had a really good time.

Maybe when I get back to Alabama I'll put together a complete tournament report. I'll report one hand very quickly from day 1 that could've had me on the rail 90 minutes in. A guy limped up front for 100, Tommy Vu limped for 100, and a 40-something amateur raised the button to 500. I'd seen him raise a couple of limped pots. I found QQ in the BB and called 400 more cold. The others called. Flop 872r. We checked to the amateur and he bet 1500 instantly. I thought for maybe a full minute in the BB and moved in for 6200 total. I covered the limpers, but the amateur had me covered. I really, really hated having QQ here. It was folded back to the guy and he tanked for a longggggg time. Maybe two minutes, then he opened up two kings and threw them in the muck! I couldn't believe my eyes. I felt I had to show the Qs, so I did. In retrospect I don't think his laydown is THAT bad, especially if he knows who I am. He can almost ONLY beat QQ, as I'm almost certainly not slamming JJ or TT there. He's only behind a set though. Needless, to say I was delighted, and this is just another instance of how sick NLHE tournaments are. I should've been gone but end up at the final table.

I fly out at 6:30 a.m. and will make it back in time for two of my three classes of the day.


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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