First, see Katie's excellent blog here on the various WSOP controversies. I agree with just about all of the criticisms being made on the Twitterverse, and there's definitely an amusing side to aspects as well. For me at least it's just so inappropriate that it's kinda funny when the official WSOP account retweets that a player is a "complete bitch," or having a dealer so unprofessional that he literally won't continue dealing because the next table over is paying a large gentleman to do the worm and he finds this so funny he has to stand up to watch.
Anyway, on to some hands from my two bullets at the $1500 re-entry this past weekend.
I raise to $250 UTG with 8s8c, button flats, BB flats.
Flop: Qd Td 5s (Pot: $800)
BB checks, I bet $500, button folds, BB calls.
I'm pretty confident that if any blank hits the river it'll go check check and my eights will showdown; the Jd wasn't what I was looking for but I checked back instead of turning my hand into a bluff and lost to his AJ.
The next level I got involved in an all-in against a short-stack.
Very loose-passive 50-year-old in a suit limps MP1, I raise to $500 in the cutoff with ATo, SB shoves $2200, folded back to me. I tank, starting off by confirming that I'm getting between 3:2 and 2:1, then going over his range in my mind. I'd seen him shove about 4 times in the 40 minutes I'd been at that table, so figured he was on a range of at least any mid-high pair, strong broadway hands, mid-high suited aces, and offsuit aces that had me dominated. After about two minutes of thought I was pretty confident I was getting the price I needed against his range so I tossed in the chips and lost a flip vs 99.
I chipped back up some and busted at a wild table while looking to take advantage of major overlay.
UTG+1 raises to $850, two loose players call, I shove $5300 on the button with KQo, UTG+1 4bet shoves for about $10k total, everyone else folds.
I knew when I shoved that I was getting called the vast majority of the time, but usually it'd be heads-up with about half my stacks in overlay from all the dead money. UTG+1 was a reg so I didn't think he was on a particularly narrow range opening from early position. He had AJ so it was a decent spot but I bricked and busted day 1a.
Fortunately I had a great (super-soft) table on day 1b. Card-dead at first but chipped up a bit through picking good spots, then got involved in an all-in vs the table's short-stack.
MP2 open-limps, I raise to $175 OTB with 9 9, folds back to him, he snap-shoves for an additional $1075. He was a loose player who had just lost a couple of medium-sized pots playing poorly. I thought I was at least even against his pairs; didn't think he'd snap-shove KK+, and felt there was decent chance he showed up with a lower pair. Meanwhile flipping against overcards, sometimes he has something random/crazy like T8s and also getting reasonable price, so I called after about 90 seconds thought. He had AQ and I didn't hold.
Then I got involved a bunch with the player to my left. We both saw a flop in a multiway pot where I had 22. Flop came K45 checked, turn 2, I bet 75% of pot and he called, river 7 completing backdoor flush, I bet 55% of pot planning to fold if he raised since I'd been watching his postflop play pretty carefully and he was passive/cautious and I was convinced he'd only raise a flush or better. He called and showed 77 for rivered higher set. Then I opened AK UTG, he 3bet UTG+1, I 4bet shoved 19bb total, he called with AQ and I won the hand.
But he had the last laugh when he crippled me with AQ > KK, and I busted open-shoving my last 8bb with QTo on the button and lost to the big blind's AK. Still early and feeling very good, next event this Saturday $1500.