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Out of HORSE in 5th Place

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Jun 17, '09

I'm out of the HORSE tournament in 5th place. My finish was worth $51,000. Things went pretty well for the first several hours as I took the second best chipcount to the dinner break as 9 of us remained. I was quiet for a while as we lost a few guys, and I had about 620,000 in chips with average 575000 with 6 left when we came back from a break. Things just went miserably in the final hour though. The average stack was only about 11 big bets, so you can't really afford to lose a big pot. That happened in stud 8 when I completed (Th5h)6h and James Van Alstyne defended his bring in with a 4. I caught a beautiful 2h on 4th and James picked up a 5 and called my 25000 bet. On fifth I caught another good one, the 4d and James caught a 4 and checkcalled (I think). On sixth I picked up a gross 9s and James the 6d. He led into me for 50k and I called. The river I caught the card I didn't want to catch, a black Ten missing the flush and the low but giving me a pair against James' open fours. James bet again, and since I had blockers against James' 6, 5, and 4 I felt like I had to call in hopes of getting half. James showed me a 3-7 straight though to scoop me and send me tumbling down to about 250k. James plays the game the way it should be played and is one of my favorite players. I hope he wins it. Later, in Omaha8 I opened the KhJhJs9d and Tad Jurgens called 25000 more in the big. Flop KT5 two diamonds. Tad led into me and I raised to 50,000 hoping to just get it close to all-in with my 135000 chips total. The turn was an awful Ace and Tad led into me again. I thought for a while and chunked it since there's a good chance I'm stone dead to a chop. He could have a hand like 5432 with diamonds I guess. Then, I made an inexcusable mistake in my big blind playing Omaha8. The guy Mitch Schock threw chips in up front and it was folded to Micon in the SB who tanked and folded. I looked down at the awful T722 and just assumed he'd raised it and threw my hand in the muck when I could've seen a free flop for my last 60000. I'm angry with myself, but I'm human and I guess mistakes happen. In razz I'd anted down to 50,000 after looking at high hands and then it was folded to me with an Ace up and I looked down at (lol) KJ. Mitch was the only player remaining with a King up. I obv still have to complete it though, and Mitch found (87) and decided to run it out for my last 50,000 to put me all-in. On fourth I caught a nice 4 and he caught a Q putting me in the lead. On fifth I paired my Jack and he caught an Ace to retake the lead. On sixth I caught a lovely 3 and he paired his 5. On 7th he opened up first and got a 5 to make a Q-8. I needed a 4,5,6,7,8,9 or T but I sweated a card that had no spots across that sadly ended up being a 3. I'm incredibly disappointed to get so close to a bracelet again and not walk away with it, but it is what it is. I had a really good time playing this tournament though and atleast I'm able to take some momentum into the rest of the events this summer. I actually was down to a single 1000 chip playing 4/800 razz late on day 1, so I'd sign for finishing 5th. I'll be back in action Thursday in the $2000 NLHE event. Thanks for all the support via email, facebook, twitter, texts, etc. It means a lot to me. 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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