I survived day three of the WSOP Main Event despite actually losing chips overall on the day (started with 96k, ended with 90k). Blinds will be 2000/4000/500 tomorrow so I’ve got about 22 big blinds. There’s less than 900 players left and 693 finish in the money so tomorrow would be a pretty good time to use up some of my life runhot.
Luckily, I was never all-in today which keeps the total number of times I’ve been in all tournament at one (where I only had to fade one out once). I did, however, get about half of my chips into the pot in a coin flip situation with TT versus my opponent’s AK. He turned an Ace but I went ahead and binked the Ten on the river which felt pretty sweet.
I never got below 60,000 and never above 150,000. It’s been a pretty non-volatile tournament for me so far which is ideal; if you’re constantly having to survive all-ins, your luck will eventually run out. Since I’m pretty tired and we start day four in less than 12 hours, I’m going to keep this brief. I’ll only talk about one hand from the day, and it wasn’t even a hand I was in. If you’re interested in more specific hand content from the day, you can check my Twitter feed where I relay the details of some of the action throughout the day.
The most interesting hand for the day for me wasn’t even one I was involved in. It was probably the craziest thing I’ve seen at a live poker table.
A player opened the cutoff to 7,100. The button made it 18,000. The player in the small blind four-bet to 41,000 with AcQd. The cutoff folded and the button called.
The flop was Q76 with two clubs. The small blind player (Adam Katz) bet out 58,100. The button (Daniel Retallick) called. The turn was the 4c. Katz led out for 85,000. Retallick shoved 140,000 more (effective). Katz called (with top pair, top kicker, and nut flush draw). Retallick showed pocket Tens leaving himself one out (the Tc would give Katz a flush).
With 700,000 in the middle, while the average stack was 200,000, the Ten of diamonds came on the river! Retallick binked a one-outter for like $200,000 in equity! It was the craziest hand I’ve ever seen with my own eyes.
Adam Katz couldn’t have handled it any better. He let out some profanity, which was totally understandable, then said “good luck, everyone” and walked away. I would have found a box of puppies to punt across the room and I’m probably one of the more cool-headed players out there. I couldn’t believe how well he handled it.
For his part, Retallick was completely humble. He was shaking and could barely mutter a word. Everyone was in shock. It may well have been the craziest hand to take place in the room all day. You don’t wish that type of misfortune on anyone, but hey, that’s poker!
At some point in the next 16 hours, I’ll have either bubbled the Main Event or cashed. Gonna get lots of rest and hope the variance gods can somehow produce the latter outcome!