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Out of Event #15

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Jun 06, '09

I'm out of the $5000 NLHE event on the first hand back from the first break. I really liked how I was playing today and got off to a nice start building my stack to 20,000 from the 15,000 stack. I got three streets of value against a guy when I raised 97cc from MP, and we got to a final board of 96692. Later, I won a multiway raised pot with 98o on the button on a board of 9869. With 20 minutes left in the second level, I raised T9hh to 300 from the HJ and Joe Patrick made it 900 right behind me. I found a 4bet to 3100 and JP called. Flop perfect KJ4 all hearts. I decided to checkraise. Joe bet 3500 and I moved him in for his 11500. He quickcalled with two kings, but unfortunately the turn was the 4d, and I did not hit my 1 out on the end, so the 30,000 chip pot was sent the other direction. It's the first time I've gotten unlucky in a big pot so far in the 2009 WSOP, so I'm at peace with it. I was down to just 3000 and got it in preflop with AJo vs AA on the first hand back from break. 883Jx. Tomorrow is my 24th birthday, and a big group of us have a cabana at Rehab for the pool party at Hard Rock. Should be a really good time. Monday is the $2500 shorthanded event. I cashed in that event last year and like my chances. Obviously I'd like to be off to a better start this WSOP, but it's foolish to take a sample size of 9 tournaments too seriously. All I can do is show up and play my best and hope it works out. 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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