Naismith, on Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 1:03 PM, said:
I'm sure it's posted elsewhere, but could you recap the above hand?
Only since you asked, as I don't want to beat a dead horse, and it's just a bad beat story.I had 15k in the 3k NLHE WSOP event this year. I had a tough table with Noah Boeken, Dustin Dirksen, Jamie Gold, and Phil Gordon, listed in order of skill.
Anyway, Phil plays mostly a preflop game. He seems to base his strategy on his "ability" to pick up blinds rather than playing pots with people like most "pros". For example, his raises, instead of small ball 2.5x-3x, were upwards of 5x from any position. Well with blinds at 150-300 (25), he raised to 1400 twice and first got reraised by me with AK and he folded. Then he got reraised by Noah Boeken and folded angrily visibly showing his preflop frustration that people aren't "respecting" his raises and he hasn't won a pot in awhile. Dustin Dirksen also raised, called a reraise, then when Phil let out for a big continuation bet, Dustin shoved on him with 7 high with a gutshot (weeeee) and Phil angrily folded again. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and was showing his frustration. Maybe it was gameplan, but I doubt it.Anyway, so now after he is whittled back down to 5,500 and the blinds at a mere 150-300 (25 ante), in MP mind you, he open-shoves all of his chips sloppily into the pot. I mean, no matter what hand you have, this is a poor play. If you have AA, its very poor. If you have virtually any hand now, you are risking 5,500 to pick up 650. All because he just wanted to win one pot.Well I woke up with Ah-Ac on the button and obv called. He turns up 4h-4c. Dustin Dirksen said he folded a 4s. And what's the door card? 4d obv.
I lost a 1/3 of my stack there, but never really recovered, despite managing to hang on for 5 more hours.I took like a man, I don't think I even said anything about the outcome at the table. I take my beats well now (wasn't always the case). Of course, Phil was very humble in his victory, picking up the 4d from the flop, raising it in the air, and kissing it for the cameras. Classy.I don't want to sound like a Phil basher, because I do suspect a nice guy underneath there somewhere, I have faith in all people and that when adrenaline gets going, even the best of us do stupid things in life and in poker. So it's all good, if I go on to win the Main Event, I don't want all this phil bashing to come back to haunt me and start a raymer/negreanu-esq feud. He actually later apologized for the beat and at his own poor play, so you gotta at least respect that.