(I had a full post ready to go, and then my web host decided to go offline. Joy. This post is a distilled version of what I had already written.)

I finished 153rd in the WBCOOP on PokerStars. I was doing well until about two hours into the tourney, when I went all in with Big Slick (ace & king of spades) and my opponent had a pocket pair of jacks

*********** # 117 **************
PokerStars Game #23130684510: Tournament #170000000, Freeroll Hold’em No Limit – Level XI (125/250) – 2008/12/21 16:53:08 ET
Table ‘170000000 26’ 9-max Seat #3 is the button

Seat 6: AllJyn92 (3077 in chips)
Seat 9: Lytspeed (9055 in chips)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Lytspeed [As Ks]

AllJyn92: raises 2797 to 3047 and is all-in
Lytspeed: calls 3047

*** FLOP *** [8c 9s 5c]
*** TURN *** [8c 9s 5c] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [8c 9s 5c 6s] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
AllJyn92: shows [Jh Js] (a pair of Jacks)
Lytspeed: shows [As Ks] (high card Ace)
AllJyn92 collected 6739 from pot
Lytspeed said, “nh”

After that, I was short stacked, and had to make a move. Twenty-two hands later, I followed two other players all in with 99, which was good until the flop. When we showed hole cards, both had Aces, and one had AK. The flop held two kings, giving the latter three of a kind (kings.) I hoped for another nine on the turn and river to make a full house, but I guess I didn’t hope hard enough. He caught an Ace on the river to make his own full house.

Ah well. That’s poker. At least I won a ticket to a Step 3 tournament in the qualifier. That’s worth about $82 overall, and gives me a chance to win real money without having spent a dime.

But next year … next year will be different.

2 thoughts on “WBCOOP — Out

  1. As soon as those Kings came up, you were dead, no? You didn’t know the other kings were out there, but *two* more nines would have had to come up for you to beat them, right?. Not criticizing your play, just trying to learn.

  2. (In looking at the logs, I had the other players’ cards wrong. Both of them showed Aces, not Kings. Only one had a King. I’ve edited the post above to reflect that.)

    To answer your question, if not for the river card, I could have won the hand by getting just one more 9.

    Here’s how the final hand broke down (with the extraneous stuff removed):

    *********** # 139 **************
    PokerStars Game #23131573622: Tournament #170000000, Freeroll Hold’em No Limit – Level XIII (175/350) – 2008/12/21 17:18:59 ET

    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to Lytspeed [9h 9c]

    Lytspeed: calls 350
    Svenza: raises 3820 to 4170 and is all-in
    Norman79: raises 1775 to 5945 and is all-in
    Lytspeed: calls 3683 and is all-in
    Uncalled bet (1775) returned to Norman79
    *** FLOP *** [Kc 4s Ks]
    *** TURN *** [Kc 4s Ks] [Jc]
    *** RIVER *** [Kc 4s Ks Jc] [Ad]
    *** SHOW DOWN ***
    Svenza: shows [Kh Ac] (a full house, Kings full of Aces)
    Norman79: shows [Qc As] (two pair, Aces and Kings)
    Lytspeed: shows [9h 9c] (two pair, Kings and Nines)

    We went all in pre-flop, so I was betting on the (admittedly questionable) strength of my pocket pair (99). After pre-flop bets were placed the other two players’ hole cards showed AK and AQ, respectively. So, pre-flop, I had the hand won. Unfortunately, when the flop hit KK4, that gave one of the players three of a kind while I had two pair. At this point, I was behind, but I only needed one more 9 to have a full house.

    The turn card (J) had no bearing on the hand, but the river card (A) killed any hopes I had for getting a full house. In fact, it gave the player with AK a full house, Kings over Aces.

    In a perfect universe, if the river card had been a 9, I would have won the hand. I didn’t have to have four of a kind to win the hand, just a full house.

    Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect universe. 🙂

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