WCOOP Day 17 ($215 6-Max Rebuy, $530 Courchevel, $44 Bounty Builder)

There was a $2100 Super Tuesday WCOOP, but I ended up not playing because I began my session at 7AM with the $215 6-Max Rebuy, and because other things were going well, I’d been playing straight through from then until the start of the $2100 and didn’t think I would still be sharp towards the end. Plus my experience from SCOOP was that mid-week $2Ks were not particularly good value, so I didn’t have too much FOMO. I’m struggling to find an interesting hand from the $215. This is the best I came up with. It may look like a … Read more…

WCOOP Day 16 ($530 NLHE, $109 NLHE Day 2)

Monday was going to be a day off, but since I was going to be playing Day 2 of the $109 anyway, I decided to reg a few other tournaments, including the $530 NLHE WCOOP. That one got off to a good start, but I soon ended up in a tricky spot that I’m pretty sure I misplayed. PokerStars – 175/350 Ante 45 NL – Holdem – 9 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com Hero (BB): 183.45 BB UTG: 165.5 BB (VPIP: 23.81, PFR: 16.67, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 42) UTG+1: 129.36 BB (VPIP: 25.42, PFR: 19.64, 3Bet Preflop: … Read more…

WCOOP Day 15 ($2100 Sunday Million, $215 NLHE, $215 Progressive Knockout)

I planned my schedule around the $2K (naturally), so I registered the warm-up quite late. That gave me time to go for a bike ride and a pastry in town before starting work for the day. I got off to a good start in it but then lost AK to AK. In the $215 PKO, I got quite ambitious in an early pot. I’m still not sure what to think of it – it’s so hard to decide how to value accumulation vs survival in these events. It doesn’t look great, but I think looking at each decision in a … Read more…

Episode 228: Jose Pachon

Jose Pachon is a professional poker player based out of Providence, Rhode Island, but his story begins in the 1970s in Pablo Escobar’s Colombia. We discuss his childhood in the turbulent country, how he came to America, and how he ended up playing poker professionally. Plus, Nate makes a return to the show! And a strategy discussion about flopping a straight on a monotone board! Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 3:50 – Strategy 16:31 – Jose Pachon 24:49 – Nate’s back! Strategy UTG + 1, MP, CO, button, and SB limp. Hero checks 5h 4d in the BB. The … Read more…

WCOOP Day 14 ($530 Progressive Knockout and $215 6-Max Rebuy)

I slept poorly on Thursday night, probably a combination of adrenaline from making a significant final table with drinking caffeine later than usual (because of the final table) and replaying (ok, beating myself up over) some key hands in my head. I hadn’t planned to take Friday off, but the offerings weren’t that great so I decided just not to play and to spend some time studying instead. Of course I did squeeze in a bike ride as well. Saturday started early. Usually I deal with that by late registering, but the 7AM event was a progressive knock-out, and although … Read more…

WCOOP Day 12 ($215 6-Max, $1050 Progressive Knockout, Big $109 Final Table!)

Mont Tremblant

I was excited for the $215 6-max that started at 10AM. Most of the short-handed events so far in the series had been higher buy-ins, and I was looking forward to the opportunity to play short with some weaker players. I lasted all of 15 minutes: PokerStars – 100/200 Ante 25 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 5 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com CO: 223.49 BB (VPIP: 35.71, PFR: 28.57, 3Bet Preflop: 16.67, Hands: 15) BTN: 256.49 BB (VPIP: 28.57, PFR: 21.43, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 15) SB: 250.62 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 6.67, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: … Read more…

WCOOP Day 10 ($530 NLHE and $215 6-Max Zoom)

Mont Tremblant

I took Tuesday as a proper vacation day. Emily and I drove to Mont Tremblant, a ski resort about 45 minutes north of where we’re staying, to hike and get dinner. It was a nice drive deeper into the mountains, with the leaves already beginning to turn. Resorts aren’t really our scene, but the place was nice enough, and the scenery was certainly splendid. Wednesday did not get off to a great start in the $500. Pretty early on, I lost this gem: PokerStars – 200/400 Ante 50 NL – Holdem – 9 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com … Read more…

WCOOP Day 9 ($215 Progressive KO)

I’d considered taking Monday off, but I was in the mood to play and I planned to take Tuesday off, so I went ahead and played. Nothing too eventful – this was probably the most interesting pot. Don’t think I could have won more than I did. Villain probably ought to bluff with his hand, though that majority won’t: PokerStars – 600/1200 Ante 150 NL – Holdem – 9 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com Hero (SB): 51.71 BB BB: 54.56 BB (VPIP: 21.21, PFR: 17.28, 3Bet Preflop: 5.41, Hands: 200) UTG: 41.95 BB (VPIP: 17.68, PFR: 12.53, 3Bet … Read more…