WCOOP Day 18 ($500 6-Max PKO)

I know it’s been a while, but I’m so close to finishing this review I figure I might as well go the distance. The only WCOOP event I played on this particular Wednesday was the $500 6-Max Progressive Knock-Out. I scored some early bounties, including with flush over flush and this one here:

PokerStars – 300/600 Ante 75 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

SB: 40.77 BB (VPIP: 34.18, PFR: 20.25, 3Bet Preflop: 7.89, Hands: 79)
BB: 36.24 BB (VPIP: 20.94, PFR: 14.34, 3Bet Preflop: 4.35, Hands: 277)
UTG: 58.62 BB (VPIP: 27.27, PFR: 12.04, 3Bet Preflop: 4.17, Hands: 110)
Hero (MP): 193.9 BB
CO: 126.23 BB (VPIP: 30.28, PFR: 21.22, 3Bet Preflop: 8.85, Hands: 867)
BTN: 53.83 BB (VPIP: 22.76, PFR: 13.82, 3Bet Preflop: 1.69, Hands: 123)

6 players post ante of 0.13 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.25 BB) Hero has 7d 7c
fold, Hero raises to 2.28 BB, CO raises to 7 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 4.72 BB

Flop : (16.25 BB, 2 players) Td 5c 4s
Hero checks, CO bets 5.04 BB, Hero calls 5.04 BB

Turn : (26.33 BB, 2 players) 6c
Hero bets 16.5 BB, CO raises to 114.07 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 97.57 BB

River : (254.47 BB, 2 players) 3d

Hero shows 7d 7c (Straight, Seven High)
(Pre 52%, Flop 69%, Turn 68%)

CO shows Ac Qc (High Card, Ace)
(Pre 48%, Flop 31%, Turn 32%)

Hero wins 254.47 BB

I ended up bubbling in a quite interesting spot. The all in Villain had a substantial bounty, large enough that I think it was worth the risk of bubbling to go after it. It’s important that I give myself the option to fold and sneak into the money if the flop doesn’t give me a shot of KO’ing the all in player – if I had to get all in myself before the flop, the decision would have been much tougher and probably I would have to fold.

What happened was the worst case scenario: I flopped well enough to get all in but ended up busting, collecting neither the bounty nor a min cash (though I was still in the black thanks to my earlier bounties).

PokerStars – 3000/6000 Ante 750 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

CO: 40.34 BB (VPIP: 31.50, PFR: 15.08, 3Bet Preflop: 5.36, Hands: 129)
BTN: 54.55 BB (VPIP: 24.55, PFR: 16.51, 3Bet Preflop: 10.00, Hands: 110)
SB: 78.86 BB (VPIP: 20.29, PFR: 12.32, 3Bet Preflop: 5.26, Hands: 354)
Hero (BB): 21.49 BB
UTG: 8.56 BB (VPIP: 26.67, PFR: 13.33, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 15)
MP: 35.36 BB (VPIP: 27.57, PFR: 20.06, 3Bet Preflop: 8.97, Hands: 347)

6 players post ante of 0.13 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.25 BB) Hero has Th 5h
UTG raises to 8.44 BB and is all-in, fold, CO calls 8.44 BB, fold, fold, Hero calls 7.44 BB

Flop : (26.57 BB, 3 players) 5d 6h 3c
Hero bets 12.92 BB and is all-in, CO calls 12.92 BB

Turn : (52.41 BB, 3 players) Ac

River : (52.41 BB, 3 players) Kd

Hero shows Th 5h (One Pair, Fives)

CO shows Ah 8h (One Pair, Aces)

UTG shows Qc As (One Pair, Aces)

CO wins 25.85 BB
UTG wins 26.57 BB

5 thoughts on “WCOOP Day 18 ($500 6-Max PKO)

  1. Can you explain your decision to lead the turn with 77 and then call off for so many big blinds? I think I get stuck treating hands like bluff catchers only once I check call a flop like this.

    • Yeah I think it’s a common tendency to be overly loose and passive, especially once you start down the road. Although it’s broadly true that the passive player on one street should probably remain passive on the next street, there are plenty of times where the board texture changes in a way that incentivizes the previously passive player to take the lead with some portion of his range. Generally that means turns like this one that favor that player’s range, where the previously aggressive player is likely to pot control medium-strength hands and give up on many bluffs.

      Honestly I didn’t expect a shove when I bet turn. There’s some protection value in betting, when Villain has like AQ (without the flush draw), but I also though I could potentially get him off of better by jamming some rivers. I tanked for a while before calling, because it was a surprising shove, but I decided that especially with the bounty calling was just too appealing.

      • Thanks, very interesting. I guess you have to think flush draws are a pretty big part of his range to stack off here. Do you think the shove from him makes that more likely? That is, would you expect a call or a smaller raise with AA, for instance?

        • Don’t forget there’s a bounty of him, that’s quite significant in terms of increasing the profitability of a call. I would not expect a shove from overpairs – it’s simply too likely that they are drawing nearly dead against my calling range. In fact my turn bet was in part designed to set up a shove on some rivers to hopefully get Villain off of an overpair.

  2. +1 on Steve’s Question.
    I am surprised you didn’t lead turn for less, 1/4 pot maybe, especially because / if the plan was too induce. Tricky, Tricky, me would have got leveled too! 🙂 Wondering if you would have played 88/99 the same way. How much the str8 chance and str8 blockers play a role.

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