Monday, September 13, 2010

Mike's Math Lessons

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Pilgrim & Leah

Mike Leah (Las Vegas, NV via Canada) has been willing to gamble and math has helped him build an early stack.

On the first hand of the re-entry tournament, Leah and two other players go all-in "blind." Leah wakes up with J J and the hand holds. "I'm risking $400 to win 75 thousand chips," says the notable pro, "It's a re-entry tournament, why not?"

After tripling-up, Leah bides his time and uses math to guide him through another multi-way pot. An early position player shoves all in for 3k, 4 players call, including Sheree Bykfosky from the button and Dwyte Pilgrim in the SB.

After putting on his shades and counting a re-raise, Leah makes it 75k to go from the BB. Kent Bowley (Portland, ME) makes the call with only 28k, while all remaining players fold.

Leah: 7 5
Bowley: K10
3k short stack: 9 10

The board runs out A 3 4 6 J to give Leah a straight as he takes everything.

"I didn't think anyone was strong, but I also didn't think he (Bowley) would call," says Leah, who now has 150k. "It's simple math if everyone folds." Leah admits the odds are worse having to risk the extra 28k, but in the end it works out.

After Leah's table breaks he goes to 260k, but reports that he lost 200k pot with KK vs AK and is left with 60k.

Math says Leah was a 2 to 1 favorite to win the hand, but this time he's on the other side of the calculator.

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