GUKPT Brighton Trip Report
Bluff Europe Beginner
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Topic: GUKPT Brighton Trip Report
Posted: 04 Feb 2009 at 10:11pm
Hi all forum members,
I am sure within the last few weeks Phillip and I have got drunk and he thought that my doing a 'Gus'
(every hand revealed) for the 1st GUKPT would be a good idea...
So all I had to do was get a dictaphone right? All I have to do was stay in the tournament for a
decent amount of time right?
LOL, I nearly went out after 5 mins (literally) and 'sans-dictaphone' (made notes in my phone which
was a hassle), here's what happened...
(By the way, I hope you have some feedback on how (badly) I played).
So to set the scene, it was the main event of the Brighton GUKPT with a £1000 buy in. I like Brighton
as it's not too far from home, and I was fortunate enough to come 6th in this the year before. This
field attracted 235 runners, a slightly smaller but maybe stronger field than last year (more younger
I don't want to say that I have a formula for these type of events, but certainly having played a lot
of these has given me a good feel for how the players play, and how to adjust the structure. I usually
like to attack quite early at 25/50 blinds playing lots of hands that may win big pots and also go
after players that might want to protect their tournament life. As blinds go up, I normally just play
solid poker and wait for the antes to kick in. In reality, a lot of what happens depends on your table
draw and what situations the cards put you in.
So my table (I wasn't moved) was drawn like this:
Seat 1: Marc Coupar
I was fairly happy with my draw as there was some familiar and unfamiliar faces on my tables. I know
Paul and Laurance well (he was my room-mate and knew my game plan ), but I would just stick to it
and see how we went.
So onto the 1st and most important hand of the tournament for me. It's the one where there can be the
most discussion for a number of reasons. One orbit has gone by and 10 mins passed (no significant pots
have been played).
All fold to Panni in MP1 who limps for 50, I limp behind with 66 (I could certainly raise to 225 here
for a number of reasons but I decide that I am a bit OOP (out of position) and just want to play a
flop), 2 more folds and the button (Vince) takes a deep breath and makes it 300 to play. This is a
GREAT spot for me, as I really do NOT think that Vince is 'squeezing' here and think is a great
situation for me to flop a big hand against a potential overpair. Panni calls, and I obviously call.
Ad 6d 8h
Panni checks. Now, I have a decision whether or not to bet or check to the raiser. I feel that a this
point Vince will be playing straightforwardly and won't bet his JJ-KK hands. If he has AA exactly, I
think I am going broke. I am not sure of Panni's range here, but obviously I hope that someone has an
ace. I also need to get 200BB in here (10k starting stacks) so I thought the best way of building a
big pot would be to lead out. I also think that if Vince (the raiser) has AQ/AK here he may be tempted
to raise on such a wet (drawy) flop.
I bet 600 into 975
Vince looks disgusted, um's and ah's and then reluctantly folds. (He later said that he had QQ).
Panni INSTA calls
fact he could have a number of different hands. I am just delighted to have flopped and set and
looking to see what comes on the turn.
This now completes some straights and creates 2 flush draws now. The decision for me is whether to bet
or check. And, if bet how much?
Panni checks quickly, and I decide that in order to keep building the pot to an amount where I may get
all in (nearly) on a river shove, I decided to bet 1650 into 2175. There would be 5475 in the pot if
Panni calls and I would have 7450 left in my stack at the river, (annoyingly) over the pot.
I bet a bit less than full pot thinking that I still have the best hand and not trying to drive out
worse hands (like an ace). If Panni is still drawing to say diamonds, I want to charge him an amount
that makes it a misktake for him to call and still builds the pot. Retrospectively, betting a bit less
is still OK (like 1250) and can control the pot size a bit more if somehow I am beat. This however is
a more defensive tactic that I feel loses a certain amount of value in (rare) situations like this
So, I bet 1650 into 2175 and Panni INSTA check-raises to 4000 straight. Seriously f**k My Life! It's
2350 more to me.
Here's my thinking: I am against an 'unknown' player (someone I know very little about as we have
played so few hands thus far) and he could well have me beat. The hands that beat me could well be the
straight (as I don't think he limps AA or 88 preflop), so 79 for the obvious OESD (open-ended straight
draw) and 74 for the gutshot straight draw. This would mean that he would have to limp in with these
hands preflop and call a raise OOP. Unlikely but possible.
Now, against an unknown in a GUKPT, he could well be raising with a WORSE hand like a turned 2 pair
that he thinks is the nuts or even just top pair! This is definetly possible against all the players
that I have played with in the early stages of a GUKPT. I just think my hand is too strong to just
muck at this point.
There is a last possibilty that he could be bluffing (or semi-bluffing), with a hand like a pair and a
flush draw or pair and a straight draw or total air. I like playing live as you get a better feel for
how strong a player is and how much he likes his hand. To be honest, I am more of an online player and
make the best 'long-run' plays and normally don't put too much emphasis on these 'live' tells. I put
more emphasis on betting patterns and frequencies. However, that said, you really do have the luxury
live to think everything through at length and look physically at the person to see if you can pick up
on any let's say 'nervousness'. To me Panni is not giving too much away at this point, and as I have
said before I just think that my hand is too strong too fold.
So what to do? I have to call 2350 more and the pot contains 7825. I have spoken this hand through
with a number of fish (like Praz Bansi) and they we're like meh get it in? Well I decided that since I
wasn't folding, I would just call and maybe something like a diamond would peel off and he would get
scared (because that could well me in MY range) and check the river if I were beat. Again, it's a bit
defensive as if he were semi-bluffing, it would be better to commit his chips on the turn. Also, if I
had HIM beat, he might not want to pay me off if one of many scare cards come on the river.
Anyway, I call.
The river is pretty much a blank and Panni is first to act. I have 5100 chips left. He INSTA pushes
the river laying me 3/1 the call. So, I could go for another 1000 words what happens now, but
basically having to right 25% of the time I make the call and he shows me 7h4h for a flopped gutshot
and backdoor flush draw which hit a big turn.
I basically have the philosophy that I am trying to WIN the tournament, not so much 'protect' my
tournament life and am presented with a strong opportunity to double-up and build a good stack which I
feel I can use well at this stage of the tournament. I AM keen to press ALL small edges early on.
To balance this argument, some people may say that against a field where I have a good edge (how
quantifiable is this really?), I should be avoiding playing big pots against players who's tendecies I
am unsure of (I may well have gotten away from this aganist Paul Parker LOL). Having seen Panni play
really agressively later on, I think on balance I am happy with the call. As a last note, Paul said to
me that he felt my man was really solid on the river (from watching him) and that maybe I COULD have
found a fold. I would argue that I agree with Paul in that Panni WASN'T bluffing, but could well be
value-owning himself with a hand that my set beat (like Aces up).
So, I went to get up and wished everyone the best of luck and laughed about how short the blog would
be for Bluff and then found that I had Panni covered by 300 chips!
To be continued...
Edited by Nik Persaud - 05 Feb 2009 at 8:22am
Bluff Europe Beginner
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
|Quote Reply Posted: 04 Feb 2009 at 10:15pm|
I sincerely apologise for the lack of proper paragraphs. Hopefully one of the editors can edit the post for me (or at least show me how to do it), and then I can get the rest up .
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