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The 2500$ 8 game mix event drew 412 players this year, the field was big enough to make sure it was soft and small enough to give a good player a solid chance at a bracelet. My day 1 started off pretty great I made a lot of hands and thought I played really well, finished the day with 30k in chips with an average of 20k. Eli Elezra from High stakes Poker was on my table until he busted on a razz hand.


On day 2 I started off very good too, I won a huge PLO hand vs Marcel Luske and another player. In a raised pot preflop, I have AKJT and flops comes QJ3 off suit. We go all in 3 way and I make my straight on the turn which allows me to bust two players in one hand and more than double my stack.


The 8 game mix was divided between 6 limit games and 2 no / pot limit games. Of course the 2 big bet games are very dangerous since you can lose your entire stack in a single hand so I figured I would try and stay away from them. The thing is that everyone pretty much came to the same conclusion, especially as we went deep into the tournament. As a result, it was fairly easy to steal some small pots in those games, which I eventually did. Unfortunately my last hand was in one of those games : Pot limit Omaha.


I limped AA88 in middle position, reason I chosed to just call the big blind rather than raise is so the pot wouldn't be too big and I could get away for cheap if I miss the flop. The button has been very active, especially in NLHE and PLO, and raises the pot, small blinds call. Now when the action gets back to me the pot is already pretty big and my hand plays very well HU all in preflop, so I choose to re raise the pot (which is almost as going all in since we are putting 70% of our stack into the pot before the flop), button calls and small blind folds so we are 2 on the flop.


Flop comes KKT no flush draw. I bet my last chips thinking that if he has a king I am screwed anyway. He thinks for a while and calls, showing AQJ9. So he needs any Q, J or 9 for a straight, the ace would give me a Full house.


Turn came 2 and river 3, at which point I high fived my friend to celebrate dodging the draw and winning the hand. Took me a couple second to realize that the 2 and 3 completed a runner runner flush for my opponent So I lost that hand and was out 25th for just below 6 000$.


Pretty good run again but very disappointed with how it ended up, I could have gone a lot deeper but it just didnt happen Very happy with how I played, I am very confident I was in the top 5% of the field.


I spent a lot of time with other french high stakes player over the last few days. Its fun to see that I am not the only french player playing for big money and that there are other people in my situation.


We are gonna rent a car for a few days and go to calirfornia, visit LA and San Diego. A small break from Vegas will feel very good, not swinging thousands of dollars a day will be a relief for sure, even though lately things have been coming my way.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 1:25pm   #2
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I was 10/23 left when we started playing on day 3. My plan was to play very aggressive in the stud and razz round as those are the best 2 games to try and steal pots. Unfortunately it turned out that everybody had the same plan and the play was very aggressive and I had to tighten up. You can really see the average level of the field getting stronger through the tournament. Day 1 starts with a lot of player playing very loose and passive, they are in a lot of hands and check/call a lot. As those players are eliminated, the more solid player appears and the play is a lot more tight, very good spot to bluff and pick up small to medium pots. By the end of day 2, I would say that half of the field is really good and aggressive, they will fight for pots and make move on you. I guess this is a strong sign that the structure was very good since you could really see the average level increasing.


Unfortunately for me I lost a couple of stud high low hands where I had a lot of draws that all failed to hit. Down to 1 BB with 15 players left I somehow went on a heater and got back to almost the average stack, only to get into the stud high low round again and miss another ton of draws. I ended up busting 11th for just under 14 000$.


I am very happy with my performance overall, but of course being so close to a final table, and the bracelet is something that doesnt happen very often, so I may regret that miss shot for a long time.


As it turned out, luck changed dramatically for steven Tabb, my roommate, too. He made it very deep, Chipleader with 17 left in the 2 000$ NLHE. I had a decent % of his action and there were 550,000$ for first place, saturday was an intense sweat. He ran very poorly on the final 2 table though and busted 12th for 42 000$. He lost a huge hand with pockets 9 vs A2s all in pre flop and then a coin flip, again with 99 vs AJ this time and lost again.


I have also been playing a lot of mix games, mainly 50/100 limit with up to 12 games in the mix. With that many games it is very easy to get confused, especially as we have a couple of people who do not know the rule of every game. This is kinda surprising for a table where you buy in for arround 2500$ on average, but well very profitable obviously. I didnt run very good so far but somehow managed to break even.


I did get to witness the 2 most absurd hand I have ever seen. The first one was in the 50/100 mix games, we were playing LHE and a young aggressive player check/raise the KQ6 (all spades) flop. Old very loose passive player thinks for a while shows AdAh, complains about how unlucky he is and …..... calls ! Yes he shows his hand to the table and still call with 2 more card to come. The turn comes a blank and goes check / check. River is another blank, aggressive young player checks and old guy BETS.


I actually spread some coffee on the table when I heard “bet”, I mean he will NEVER be called by worse since his hand is literally face up. I guess he didnt realise that


The other funny hand is the most absurd fold ever. In the 1500$ NLHE WSOP event, an old guy that didnt play a hand for the first 90 min raises and gets 1 call. Flop comes 246 no flush draw. Old guy overbets the pot (usually a very strong sign that he has an overpair) and gets called. Turn comes an 8, board reads 2468. Old guy shoves for just over the pot, second guy thinks for ever and folds face up …........... 35 for the second nut straight. The only hand that beat him is 57, and he was playing against a guy that didnt play a hand for 90 minutes and overbet the flop. He tried to make a hero fold and ended up over thinking and folded the 2nd nuts.




After this long day of playing mix games and watching my roommate losing pots that were probably worth over 50K$ while being 70% favorite to win, we went back to the palms and played blackjack.


Now I have to say that we do count card at blackjack to get an edge on the house and beat the casino in the long run. We have been doing pretty good so far. We are having a pretty good session (up like 600$ each or something) when a pit boss ask us to step aside so he can talk to us.


It turned out that they realized we were counting (we have been playing here almost everyday for 15 days now) and wont let us play BJ anymore. We are still free to play anything else and walk arround the casino though.


While this is kinda annoying, it does feel good to see that the casino admit that you are better than them at their own game


Well that means I will spend more time at the cash game table I guess.


Sunday at 5 PM I am playing the 2500$ 8 game mix WSOP event. This consist of 8 different games that changes every 6 hands : Triple draw, all the HORSE games, NLHE and PLO.


As a mix game player I am very exited about this event and feel like I have a huge edge I am play all of those game on a very regular basis.


Hopefully it goes at least as well as the 1500$ HORSE
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 9:36am   #3
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Excellent read, thanks for sharing!
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 3:55pm   #4
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Solid read. I skipped the 1500 today Seb, woke up not feeling well and I didn't want to play without being 100%. Still on for the Main though obviously if you want to go through with what we talked about. Also, did I leave that bag of stuff from caesars I was carrying around at your place the other night? I'm fairly sure I did and I know I didnt have it when I left your place because I realised 15 mins later but didnt want to wake you up.

I'm arranging dinner with some friends for Thursday night so i'm going to post in the meetup thread and see if you/steve/skeptix/ozone/hhcmotu or anyone else wants to come along.
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Old Jul 01, 2009, 10:01pm   #5
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Finally got around to reading these. Thanks for translating them.

I'm surprised the casino didn't just ban you from their site. I guess they realize if you just stop playing black jack there, you can make them money by playing other games.
I'm still pretty surprised that not all of the casinos use a continuous shuffling system like some of them have.

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