Well, to me, to talk about the WSOP Main Event is a little bit of a sad thing. It is the biggest tournament in the world and it seems that everything goes wrong for me.
As a professional poker player since January ’08, I played the Main Event 3 times only (had the chance to play before, but wasn’t ready with bankroll and skill issues).
In 2008, I was busted in Day 2 in a big pot where I was holding [Ax][Jx] in a [Ax][Jx][6x] flop. I was called by [Ax][Kx] and a [Kx] came on the Turn and all effort was gone.
It was a bluff attempt
In 2009, did a resteal with [Ax][9x] and got called by [Ax][3x]!? Yes, [Ax][3x]. I swear to god it was a bluff attempt. The flop came [Kx][9x][3x] leaving my opponent with only 2 outs and one of them came right away, again on the Turn card.
This year same thing happened. I will explain a little bit more about this play and as you can notice, everything was over in which street? Oh well, the Turn card, obviously!
This time I made Day 3 with a good stack around 70 big blinds (and maintaining) and then I lost a very significant pot and was down to 18 big blinds, after folding [Jx][Jx] on the river. The flop was [3x][8x][9x] and serious bets and raises going on until the Turn card that was and [Ax] and the River card that was a [Qx] (this time I thought I got cracked only on the River – LOL).
I had 30k left and the blinds were 200/800-1600. I was the big blind with as the UTG+1 opens to 4400 and the Button makes the call. They were both very skilled players, one balanced and other maniac. I decided to make the call from the big blind and we saw a flop. There was exactly 15,800 in the pot and I decided to move all in right there. I am not going to explain why I did this, but I was very happy with this play.
We have a showdown ladies and gentleman
UTG+1 folds and the BTN after thinking for a long time finally makes the call and shows [6x][7x], for bottom pair. We have a showdown ladies and gentleman! I play only against 5 outs (and the Turn card can’t be a Heart cause It would let me in a flush draw and my opponent with only 3 outs for the river).
My all in amount was an over bet of 25,600, totaling a 67k pot that would bring me back to 42 big blinds.
But once again (guess what?), the Turn card was a [6x], giving him trips with one of his 5 outs. But wait, it was a and I had 11 outs for the river, but I missed.
The comments after this play were “nice play” and “that’s poker”. And that’s exactly what my history in the WSOP Main Event’s is about. I have been playing really good and improving my game a lot (which is much more important).
I also really liked my behavior after these beats and I feel I am becoming a better professional in all senses. That shows that I am prepared to win big in the very near future.
It’s more than obvious that this “Turn Card Stories” are a very huge coincidence only. It was something that I realized analyzing and studying my plays and then I decided to write about it, because it has a very specific effect, as all the poker players always have nasty stories about the river cards.