£100 Monthly Deeper Stack Event – Luton, Nov 2010

30 Nov

Seven days later and I was off to Luton to play another No-Limit Hold ’em tournament and hopefully take down a guarantee prize of £2,500 for the winner.

Compared to the Genting Players Campionship this was a much smaller scale event with 47 players on a day – 1b – and 92 runners in total, majority of the players being locals and Circus Casino Luton regulars.

Although I was sitting at a male dominated table, it didnt take me long to get involved in their conversations and to feel at ease.
Baltic Blonde
Only 3 hands into a game and on a first blind level of 25/50 I was put in the first tough spot.
I was on the SB holding 9,10 and with two limpers in the pot already I elected to just call. Whereas BB checked and we got to see a cheap flop.

The board comes 10,10,J. Being first to act, holding trips and having 3 players to act after me I just decide to check. BB bets out 100 followed by a quick call from a mid position player and a button. I elect to just call along and re-evaluate my actions on the turn.
The next card comes a blank 6. This time I check with an intention to re-raise. BB and middle man just check behind, however the button quickly bets out 550 of the 600 pot. I decide to re-raise by 1,300k in order to start building the pot whilst giving the good odds for any weaker holdings. However I was in for a big surprise when I get re-popped to a total of 5,200k.

Wow, this is getting interesting now!

At that point i’m thinking that its very likely the guy has a 10 too, although a full house combination and a bluff are also possibilities. I guess A,J and K,J could be included in a guy’s range too.

After contemplating for a while I come to the conclusion that this is just one of those must call situations, especially when taking into account the fact that I still would have had 13k stack behind. In addition, his raise seemed way too big to me, its like he really didnt want a call.
So I call and the river brings a 2. Check, check and my opponent flips over A10 to take down the pot. Ouch!

One hand played and my 20k starting stack is down to 13k now. I will need a strategic change. I was surely going to play more hands and try harder to steal those uncontested pots to re-build my stack!

UTG +1 limps for 50, I make it 225 to go with Q,J when sitting UTG +2 and get a call from BB as well as initial limper. The flop comes 7,9,4 rainbow. I fire 550 into 700 pot representing a strong pair and receive a call from a BB only.
I am ready to fire again no matter what the next card is, as I had a strong feeling the guy was on some kind of draw. The turn brings a lovely Q, which makes my intented bet even easier. I quickly bet 1300 and BB surrenders. whoop whoop:)

We are on a level 2 now and the blinds are 50/100. There is a raise to 325 from a guys who sits on my right and I look down to find AK on the button. As I have been playing rather passive, I just decide to proceed with this image and just call.
The BB comes along and we get to see a flop of J,8,9. Both guys check and with unfavourable flop as it is I proceed to check behind. Turn comes 2, which does not change much and hence the checks from all of us quickly follows. The river brings a K.
Needless to say that made me feel better about my hand and a pot-sized bet seemed only appropriate. I happily bet 700 only to be instantly re-popped to 2,025. Grrrr…has he been trapping me all along or does he have AK too? I call and lose to trip Jacks.
Hmmmm…this is not going so well as I slipped down to approximately 11k.

I do get involved into a few pots and manage only to preserve my current stack before being moved to another table.

We are on a level 5, with blinds 200/400 and antes 25 and I am on a new 7-handed table. I am seated UTG and look at my cards to find A9s. I raise to 1,100 to take down the pot.

A few hands later and the same scenario happens. I have A10 this time and make it 1,050 but nobody wants to play and without any opposition I take down my second pot. However I can see that the guys are getting a little suspicious of my play and I better have a hand next time I opt to raise UTG:)

One orbit later and guess what, I am UTG and holding AK off in my hand! Just for consistency I bump it up to 1,100 and hope for a reraise. A villain in mid position says that he wants to see my hand and just calls, whereas BB after a few minutes of his own decides to make it 4,250k.
I suspect a squeeze and regardless it is a perfect spot to push the rest of my stack into the middle.

I move my last 10,575 chips in front and get an automatic call from the priced in BB. The guy turns over QJ which is better than a race which I feared, but would happily have taken at this point in the tournie.

The flop comes: 7,5,2
Turn is: 9
River: J!!!!!!

Not my game this one, everything from the start till the very end wasnt going my way. No regrets though and hopefully better luck next time.

Next stop Stoke….

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One Response to “£100 Monthly Deeper Stack Event – Luton, Nov 2010”

  1. Tony December 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    Unlucky! Getting spiked on the river is just one of those things. See you in stoke.

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