MSPT Main Event Report
Yesterday I played in the $1,100 MSPT Main Event and only lasted about 4 hours. The event was structured with $30K starting stacks and 40 minute levels throughout. I was on a mini roller coaster all day but was hanging tough – until it went bad that is. Let’s see what you think.
Hand #1 (Level 1)
Blinds (50/100) My Stack $30k
From the button I was dealt
There was a HiJack-1 raise to $400 and a call from the cut-off seat. I 3-bet to $1,600. The initial raiser said out loud “Ace King; huh?” and called as did the cut-off.
Pot - $4,950
Both of my opponents checked to me and I made a two-thirds pot C-bet of $3,200; I felt that I had the best hand there most of the time and I still had a good amount of equity against almost any range – I guess I could have checked and re-evaluated the turn, but I think a C-bet earns the pot there enough to be profitable. The initial raiser min-raised me to $6,400.
Now I didn’t know if he was just playing me, or if he actually had something. Bottom line, it was a pretty skillful play regardless and I was left in a tough spot – in the first level I found a fold and moved on.
Hand #2 (Level 4)
Blinds (25/100/200) My Stack $21.5K
All right, so I lost a third of my stack already – things were going well.
From the small blind I was dealt
There was a middle position open raise to $650. Now this was kind of a big raise, that player had been raising to $550, in that level. The player of concern was pretty weak and I thought the extra big raise meant weakness, at least on some level. He was called by two other late position players, so regardless of what I thought of his range I was obviously going to set mine in that spot. I called and so did the Big Blind.
Pot - $3,500
Good flop – I checked to the raiser not wanting to bet him out of the hand. He fired out $2,100 after the big blind checked too. I elected to flat call in that spot, as he was a pretty straight forward player, I wasn’t really worried about straight or flush draws and was already honing in on a pocket over-pair for his range; though I suppose he could have something like
Pot - $7,700
Again, I checked to the aggressor. He bet $6K. The eight on the turn didn’t drive me nuts despite the fact that I didn’t think he was drawing – it still wasn’t a great card for me. Plus, I didn’t feel that with my stack size I would fold to anything on the river, so I just elected to get them in. He tanked for a while and called with
Pot - $45,200
So that was nice, but then things started to go bad – and there didn’t seem to be anything I could do about it.
Hand #3 (Level 5)
Blinds (25/150/300) My Stack $42K
There was an early position open raise from an old man that had zero chance of winning, to $800. He was terrible and his bet sizing had not been conforming to any sort of standard all day. He seemed to just pick a random number in his head. That said, he did put more chips in with weaker holdings – it was a 100% accurate tell that I had already made note of.
Anyway, he got called by both the hijack and cut-off and I elected to flat as well set mining from the button with
Pot - $3,900
The old man led out for $1500 and I elected to flat and let him donk off with AJ or something similar, the hijack seat called as well.
Pot - $7,400
He checked to me and I decided to bet to get value, from even his two-pair combo’s and bet $6K – he moved all-in for ~14K.
K10 huh – wow! I didn’t do the math at the table – I guess I should have, but I just thought it to be an obvious tournament call situation. In hindsight though, I had 10 outs, or roughly 20% equity and I really needed 22% equity to continue ($8K/$35.4K) – it’s tight, but I probably should have folded there.
I called and he started whopping a hollering, apparently oblivious to the fact that I still had a decent amount of equity there.
Pot - $~35,400
Hand #4 (Level 5)
Blinds (25/150/300) My Stack $33K
I had been being pretty aggressive at the table. As always there was a lot of limping going on and I had been making 4.5X plus raises to punish the limpers all day. Additionally, as usual, if I opened the pot it was for a raise. So, I knew I needed to offset my range a bit. I did get away with two stone cold bluffs from early position throughout the day, one with
and the other
but I didn’t have to show either of those hands – and only played them at a time where the table had lost interest and was watching football games and stuff like that.
Anyway, there was an open-limp from middle position and I elected to limp with
from the hijack as well. I was actually planning on giving those chips away, I was just trying to offset my range and figured I was getting a cheap price to do so; and if something good happens, the so be it. Then the dealer button followed my punishing the limpers lead and raised to $1400. Everyone called back around to me; 3 calls in all and I was looking at $1K/$6.1K. So I flat called as well.
Pot - $7,250
Well – ok. It checked around to me and I elected to check – probably with the intent of check raising, but I wanted to be careful there. The original raiser on the button bet $6K. Both blinds folded and the middle position caller reluctantly called the $6K.
Ok, so I thought I was ahead there. I couldn’t put in a King in the buttons’ range, why would he bet, and if he did would he bet near pot? He could have AA maybe, or something like that, but I knew my King was ahead.
Additionally, the middle position player reluctantly called, as I said above, and it was clear he was a non-factor, he would fold. The pot was already around $20K and I only had around $30K behind – I figured they’re all going on one way or another and 3-bet shipped all-in.
The button tanked for two solid minutes and finally called with
to take all but $3K of my stack.
Even seeing his hand, I don’t know how he made that call – even if I knew he had K10 I had to have a lot of fold equity in that spot. Seriously, I can’t believe he called and can’t believe even more he led out for near pot on the flop. I don’t get it – maybe I’m missing something here but, shit! I guess he played it right, because that basically ended the day for me.
Hand #5 (Level 5)
Blinds (25/150/300) My Stack $3K
The next hand I was dealt
and open shipped all-in. The same player from the hand above called with
and spiked an ace to end my day.
It feels like I didn’t do anything wrong - Anyone?