After break things started off pretty slow at our table but quickly excelled. I had been raising a lot of playable hands on the button when people had been limping in hopes to hit a big flop and double up.
Most people are more content with limping behind, but I figured since the blinds were so low relative to our stacks, this was the easiest way for me to double up if I hit a big hand. Plus a lot of the time I would get 1 caller, fire the flop and take down the pot uncontested.
There was one hand where I had 4589ds at 200/400 and raised to 1700 on the button when a middle position player and Eli had limped preflop. First player folded and Eli called. Flop was Ax2x2x.
He checked, I bet 2450 and he instantly raised to around 7k total. My first instinct was to call and float since his line didn't make much sense but I decided that Eli was too much of a sicko and I didn't really feel like getting owned by a 2 barrel on the turn.
He showed Q10J7 and scooped the pot. Great value raise by him! :D
A few minutes later Eli and I got involved in another big pot where there was 5500 in the middle pre-flop, 4-way action, and I was on the SB with Qx8h6xAh. The flop came QQ8 with two diamonds and I checked, next guy checked, next guy checked and Eli bet 4800.
I potted it, it folded around and he thought about it for a few minutes and pushed all-in with something like QJ37 and I held.
At this point I was at about 100k and our table had broke. We played a few hands on my new table consisting of Rami Boukai (Arbianight), Dario Alioto, Mark Vos and Hazards and then went on break.
I ended up spewing down to about 80k and a really interesting hand emerged against Rami who's an extremely good PLO player but a little bit on the tight side.
I took this information into the following hand. Rami limped under the gun. Hazards raised on the hijack to 2800. I called from the SB with Ah5h7d9x and Rami called from the big blind. The flop came down Kh 6h 5x.
So I have the nut flush draw, a pair of 5s and a gut-shot nut straight draw. Hazards bets 5500. I call and so does Rami. The turn card is 7x. Rami leads for 18500, Hazards folds.
At this point I'm 100% confident that Rami has the nut straight (8, 9) from playing with him as often as I have online, I know he's very solid and usually has it when he bets.
There's no way he has a set here because he would have raised the flop and if he decided not to raise the flop he would have checked the turn to draw for a paired board. Obviously he doesn't have the nut flush draw because I have it so the only thing he can really have here is a straight.
So I decide to call the turn and shove any river that pairs the board or brings the flush. The river comes a 6. As I promised myself, I pot the river and Rami thinks for a good 10 minutes and finally mucks. I let out a sigh of relief.. what a great sweat he gave me!
Continue on to Part 2 for an extremely interesting hand that may have ended up costing me the tournament.
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