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Out of Mandalay Bay 1500

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: May 23, '07

We went out last night to Pure at Caesar's and got incredibly wasted. For whatever reason, I still decided to wake up for today's noon tournament despite going to sleep at 6 a.m. I should've stayed in bed. I woke up around 11:45 and got to the tournament 45 minutes late at 12:45. I played for one hour. I bought in and drew a starting table with all unknowns except for Kenna James to my right. They actually gave me the full 3000 starting stack, which surprised me. I nitted it up but was down to 1600 after winning just one pot that I took down PF with JJ. I limp called raises twice with 22 and 66, and I lost a couple hundred more with JT vs QJ when I checked in the BB and the board came A86J4. The bust hand is semi-interesting. It was folded to Kenna in the SB and he completed for 50 more. I checked Qd9c in the BB. The flop came 9h 8d 6d. Kenna bet out 200, and I found myself in a yucky spot with my stack size. I quickly announced raise, because calling is never an option here and folding isn't either for one bet. I could either raise to 700 and leave myself 800 more or just move all 1500 in. I finally decided on the latter. I felt like I could get action from worse nines, A8, K8, and he could make a marginal call with 76, 87 or K3dd type hands. I hate having to make a decision if I raise to 700 and he moves me in for my last 800. Anyway, he thought for about 5 seconds and said, "God I play bad," and I knew he had QQ, KK or AA. He called, I said, "You must have it then," and he showed me QQ. The turn was a 7, so I picked up 8 outs to chop, but river x good game. I'm going to nap for 90 minutes or so and then go watch Jon win a million bucks. So great to see Jon owning lately. There may not be a harder working 22 year old in poker. I remember the first day I played with him sometime in mid-2004 in PartyPoker Sit n Go's. After today, we will both be one-million dollar winners in tournament poker. It's been a long fun ride since the days at PartyPoker. Rooting for Jon to win and Darrel Dicken to finish second to make 60000 bucks...weeeeee SS

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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