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Pretty Good Turn Card

I played in the $5200 buy-in World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event yesterday at PokerStars. My starting table was pretty brutal. The lineup was:

Joe “jcada99″ Cada
Jason “jcarver” Somerville (Taknopotin)
Geoff “GeoffRas22″ Rasmussen
Bryan “devo” Devonshire (badbeatninja)
Jason “TheMasterJ33″ Dewitt
Two other good online regulars and…
Former tennis star Boris Becker

Very early in the tournament when our stacks were 400 big blinds deep, I witnessed the following hand:

PokerStars Game #33081236533: Tournament #200909045, $5000+$200 USD Hold’em No Limit – Level I (25/50) – 2009/09/20 16:26:53 CT [2009/09/20 17:26:53 ET]
Table ’200909045 164′ 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: D.K.5 (18150 in chips)
Seat 2: KidPokerJD (22375 in chips)
Seat 3: TheMasterJ33 (19075 in chips)
Seat 4: Taknapotin (20825 in chips)
Seat 5: badbeatninja (19450 in chips)
Seat 6: jcada99 (20500 in chips)
Seat 7: Ozone23 (22300 in chips)
Seat 8: Boris Becker (10500 in chips)
Seat 9: GeoffRas22 (26825 in chips)
jcada99: posts small blind 25
Ozone23: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Ozone23 [4h 6c]
Boris Becker: calls 50
GeoffRas22: folds
D.K.5: folds
KidPokerJD: folds
TheMasterJ33: calls 50
Taknapotin: folds
badbeatninja: raises 200 to 250
jcada99: folds
Ozone23: folds
Boris Becker: calls 200
TheMasterJ33: calls 200
*** FLOP *** [7d 8h 4d]
Boris Becker: checks
TheMasterJ33: checks
badbeatninja: bets 500
Boris Becker: calls 500
TheMasterJ33: raises 1450 to 1950
badbeatninja: raises 3470 to 5420
Boris Becker: folds
TheMasterJ33: raises 13405 to 18825 and is all-in
badbeatninja: calls 13405
*** TURN *** [7d 8h 4d] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [7d 8h 4d 6d] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TheMasterJ33: shows [Kd 3d] (a flush, King high)
badbeatninja: shows [8d 8s] (three of a kind, Eights)
badbeatninja said, “sigh”
TheMasterJ33 collected 38975 from pot

And who is the chipleader heading into day two of this event? You guessed it! TheMasterJ33!

It was pretty ridiculous watching him get 400 big blinds all-in with a non-nut flush draw and no pair only to bink his draw against devo’s top set. But hey… more power to him. Gotta get lucky in these big tournaments.

As for me, I got Boris Becker all-in with pocket Queens against his pocket Tens. He hit a Ten on the flop to win a 100 big blind pot. The amount of chips I would have had if I had won that pot was more than I ever wound up accumulating. Despite that, I still went deep enough to think a cash might be possible. However, with 570 players left (306 paid), I got 17 big blinds all-in with pocket Jacks against Ace-King and yea… not my year.

But maybe it is TheMasterJ33′s year. It certainly seemed like it to me watching the way he was running yesterday. The 178 remaining players resume action in 30 minutes…


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