WSOP Day 18 - Compncards Plays the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Event
Day 18 of the 2010 WSOP kicked off with the $2,500 NL Holdem Six-Max Event. Later in the day, Day 2 of the $1,000 NL and Day 3 of the $10,000 Omaha 8 or Better World Championship resumed with the Omaha 8 or Better World Championship playing out to the bracelet. However, this day for me was all about the 5 P.M. Event, the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better.
Poor Seat Eight
Day 1âs of any tournament are a grind, but a Stud 8 or Better tournament is doubly so. I sat down to my table in seat seven to seven other players I really did not know. One guy was apparently some online players and another was apparently a Vegas local that was well connected in the poker world, although he didnât appear to be that great of a player. Otherwise, the table was a pretty standard mix.
I felt so sorry for the guy in the six seat. I took a decent pot off of him during the first level that I thought might have tilted him a bit. However, my win was nothing compared to what happened next. He was involved in two big pots over the course of an hour where he lost a good chunk of his stack. The first hand, he was in a big pot where he had three queens on fourth street and was against two players. On fifth, based on the betting, I was sure he was against a made low and maybe even quads. One of his opponents had paired on fifth and check three-betted. I have never seen that for anything less than a made boat. However, this hand gave off âquadsâ vibes. Sure enough, he had quads.
A few hands later, this same player was showing three threeâs on sixth street. The pot was three bet on sixth. One player looked to be going low and the other player looked to be drawing to broadway possibly. On the river, seat six with three threeâs checked to the low hand and she bet out. The âbroadwayâ drawer raised. Seat six just called. The âlow handâ then three bet and the other player four bet. Seat six looked at me, then at seat eight and emphatically folded his cards. The low hand capped the betting and was called. The âlow handâ showed quad fours. The other player showed a six low.
Seat six didnât make the first break. He was down to about 550 chips and decided to put them in with buried kings. The lady with the quad fours called with A-9-8. Seat eight never improved his kings for high but did manage to get an eight low. However, just to tell you how bad he was running, his opponent held A-9-8-5-7 on fifth street. Sixth street fell a 6 and the river fell a 2 to give her a straight with a seven-low. Basically, she hit runner-runner to scoop.
Early Chip Leader
I had a pretty nice run of cards in the early round and was listed as the chip leader for part of the tournament. Of course, it was very early, but I can now say that I have been listed as the chip leader during the World Series of Poker. Of course, with that came the curse of using up all my run good early, or at least before dinner break.
After seat six was knocked out, we got a new player. It just so happened to be Tom âdurrrrâ Dwan. In a way, I was glad to see him show up as I tend to do better against better players. I know that sounds odd, but I can usually control the action better with good players and I can figure them out easier.
I talked to Dwan some at the table and for the most part, he stays pretty bored with the early parts of live tournaments. While for many of us that is the case, I think it is doubly so for him as he could never quit fidgeting with his Ipod and blackberry device, etc.
Of course, once Barry Greenstein showed up and started offering up side action on how long Dwan would last in the event, he perked right up. By the time negotiations were completed, Dwan had a last longer bet with Barry Greensteinâs girlfriend in the amount of $20,000. A new player came to the table and asked Dwan what the bet was about and he showed him his blackberry. He then asked Dwan which of the bets on the page he was looking at was for that event as there were several. Dwan took the blackberry back and said, âAll of theseâ and proceeded to scroll down multiple pages of bets. Suffice it to say that Dwan is more of a sicko than we give him credit for.
As far as the game, I did ok against Dwan. I scooped the first two pots against him with one being a sizable pot. The last one I had to let go on sixth street when I couldnât convince him I picked up a hand. I am now officially 2-1 heads-up with Dwan. Yay me.
Hero to Zero in 2 Levels
At the dinner break, I was listed between 10th and 15th in chips. Unfortunately, after dinner break, I did not drag a pot. One big draw missed against and all-in player with just a single pair and then I pretty much went card dead. It was very difficult to do much stealing at that table and only one steal attempt out of the ones I did try work.
Finally, I was all-in with A-2-3-5-5 on fifth street but ran smack into 6-6-4-4-4 of another player. I needed the case four, a seven, or eight to just chop. Sixth gave me some hope when I got a 2nd pair. Now if I catch a five I get a better full house. The river fell a ten and I was out.
I really hated the fact that I was knocked out of the event the way I was. I really had hoped to make Day 2 of this and get a shot at my 3rd career WSOP cash. It was not meant to be, but at least I can take away a few memories and a few stories.
Tomorrow, I am taking the day off. Melissa will bring you the updates so keep your browser pointed to pokerjunkie.com as we continue to bring you coverage of the World Series of Poker Las Vegas.