What Not to Do: I Make a Severe Blunder in a WSOP Hand
The 2016 World Series of Poker is just a week away, and with that in mind we’re continuing to review hands from last summer’s WSOP. Here again we return to the $1,111 Little One for One Drop to consider a hand that I definitely could have played much better.
We’re up to Day 3 in this event, at a point where the blinds are 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante and I have about 450,000 chips (so a 45-big blind stack). Meanwhile my tight-aggressive opponent in the hand has about 400,000, and he opens from early position for 24,000.
Sitting to his immediate left, I pick up and call the raise, and we watch a flop come . My opponent bets and I call, then after the turn he checks, I bet (on the small side), and he calls.
The river then brings the , pairing the board while also completing a possible spade flush, and my opponent checks again. I then bet about one-third of the pot, and when my opponent calls I know I’m beat.
Looking back, I think I butchered this hand on every street, so in a sense this video shows you what not to do. Take a look and see what you think:
It is quite easy to get fatigued after numerous long days at the poker table and make poor decisions as a result. Have you ever made a severe blunder that cost you a huge amount of chips?
Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,200,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.