With 2,023 entrants and a prizepool of nearly $2.7 million – with the winner collecting $413,000 – the WPTDeepStacks main event at The Star Sydney broke multiple records for the World Poker Tour .
The Sporting News senior editor Kieran Francis – an online poker struggler – was entered into the $1,500 buy-in Main Event to see if he could match it with some of the world’s best poker players.
With little-to-none live poker experience, I would need to finish in the top 253 players to ensure I got my buy-in back and win some prizemoney.
Entering in on Day 1C of the tournament, I wasn’t able to sit down until 179 players had been knocked out on that day because an unprecedented 700 competitors registered on that day – meaning there was way more players than seats available. After a three-hour wait, I sat down at the nine-handed table, and with big blind up to 600 chips already, I had only 50 big blinds in my starting stack of 30,000.
Early luck was needed for me to establish my chip stack and that came after 10 hands in the form of pocket 9’s from the small blind position.
After flatting a raise from under-the-gun in the small blind, and with another caller on the button, I hit a set of 9’s on the Q high flop that also had two clubs.
After a standard continuation bet from under-the-gun and a flat call from the button, I blasted in a three-times pot-size raise, with the original raiser calling and button folding.
The turn was another club, bringing in the flush draw, meaning the set of 9’s would now be behind to a flush if the original raiser was holding two clubs.
I – forced to act first from the small blind – jammed his stack in the middle, hoping to be called by the opponent holding a top pair Q, or possibly having one club and a flush draw.The opponent called, flipping over KQ with no clubs, meaning I more than doubled up his stack to over 60,000.At the conclusion of the hand, the player on […]
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