$350+$50 Almighty Stack NLH
Level 11: Blinds 1500/3000/500 ante
Total Day 1B Entries: 120
Following a multiway pot where the BB led river and took it down uncontested, a silent and shaded player, Vanna Nuon, in mp opened to 6000 at 12/2400.
Sean Barringer in the three seat, acting immediately behind him, began to take his time. He leaned over and sniffed out the stack depth of the opener; he looked behind to check for aggressive players. Sean clearly wanted to enter the pot but still had the LP players and the blinds to contend with. It would be a risky flat, but he took the adventure.
However, the potential punishment began. John Botticello took the spot, three betting to 27,000, and the field and blinds folded.The stage is set- Nuon, Barringer, and Botticello in early and mid position: there’s the raise call, and reraise.
Nuon, the preflop opener lightly tossed in his cards, ceding to the 3 bet. After all, it will look strong, although Vanna wasn’t protected by being under the gun.
Barringer now confronted the problem he had created. Immediately, he took an interest in his implied odds, leaning over, just as he had agains the opener, to investigate the stacks: just covered, and with more than 50 bbs to play.
Sean called Botticello’s raise.
The flop came . The broadways had missed. Botticello now turned his head to Barringer, watching his every move – especially since a curious thing was about to happen:
Barringer now led, in a three bet pot, right into the aggressor for 21,000, just under half pot. Botticello now had all options – the disadvantage of donking, and decided on a call.
The turn was the , and now Barringer fired again, this time another slightly small 37,000 into about 90,000. One of Sean’s natural semibluffs just came in. Botticello, so frozen before, now looked visibly uncomfortable, his left arm gripping his right. Then, courage – he calls again.
The river was the strangest card of all, the . Sean paused, and now shoved for just under 100,000.Botticello contemplates the unusual line and river all-in from Barringer.
Botticello sat back. Barringer had taken a difficult line to account for. His nines were fewer, yet Botticello couldn’t have many full houses here given the action. Sean could have a flush, a few nines, a trapping overpair pre – or complete air.
Botticello now pushed away from the table to think.
After some murmurs between the players, Botticello ends the tension, dropping in a call!
Barringer flips up . A great card on the end for Sean, in many ways.
Botticello is left with a short stack, while Barringer doubles to over 300,000.
Afterward, Botticello claims a is all he had – a nonbeliever who got caught in a seemingly good squeeze spot, then gone all wrong.