Wednesday, March 08, 2006

2 Hours w/ Doyle Brunson

Nearly all of the World Poker Tour's season 3 alluded me. Work, the bar league and other activities conflicted with me catching one of my fovorite television shows. So I was delighted to open the brown package today that contained the 8 DVD set the best of WPT's season 3. The extras contain Shana Hiatt Bloopers and more importantly deleted hands. Episode 1 on the DVD is Bicycle Casiono's Legends of Poker, which Doyle Brunson goes on to win.

I haven't got to see alot of Doyle's play, but his results speak for themselves. I heard about this touney win and also of his 10th WSOP bracelet. I also got an opportunity to hear him speak to small group of people in New Orleans about a year ago. He mentioned how this tourney win really built up his confidence, he hadn't done so well in tournaments for a while.

This final table was especially interesting because when Doyle was Heads up with Lee Watkinson the total chips in play were over 200 times the size of the big blind. Lee had the lead when it got down to heads up. Doyle pretty much systematically destroyed Lee, and played what Mike Sexton referred to as "flawless" poker. Doyle does not play by the book poker. Hands that were especially interesting were ones where Doyle flopped a monster, a good example is when he flopped the nut straight (347) w/ 56. Doyle always takes his time to act and is very good at extracting alot of $ from his opponets. I'm not going to break down key hands but suffice it to say that getting inside of Doyle's head was educational. From a purely textbook viewpoint I feel that he risks more chips than he needs to at certain points but I could see how he was setting up Lee.

The final hand Doyle had Q9, and Lee Q3. They both flopped top pair and there was a possible flush draw on board (QJ7, 2 spades). Doyle checked, Lee bet 150k and Doyle went in the tank and went all in, Lee called. Doyle's hand held up. There are 2 factors that made the all in work here: first he was representing a flush draw, as this is how many players would play there, and secondly Lee was frustrated and made a rash call due to the fact that Doyle had gone all in several times recently and he had folded. The set up was perfect.

That Doyle is a sneaky, sneaky ultra aggressive player who is keenly aware of what hands he thinks you will have him on and see's these opportunities to trap.

I found Doyle's style fascinating and plan on watching this episode again soon, and break it down more thoroughly. Also I found a tell on stone faced Doyle that will come in handy the "next" time we play.


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