I’ve decided to put up a quick post here.
About me, I’ve currently been grinding 100% online MTTs and Heads-up formats.
I’ve been in a writing mood a lot more recently, so I’m hoping I can start to get some poker stories flowing again. This time around I want to get back to keeping things a little lighter. Besides I might only be full time another year, so might as well make the best of it.
Anyways, last night I happened to be playing a $100 freeze out MTT on the New Jersey online Party/Borgata site. I was playing a bunch of other tables at the time as always.
Soon out of the shadows emerged a rather mythical hand. Out of all the hands I encountered this month, I think this one best displays the pain that is my current poker existence.
Not only that, the villain happened to be Jamie Kersetter!
How do I know, well her screen name is ‘Jamie Kersetter’.
So unless she has some sort of large cult following I was completely unaware of, this is 100% her. I know of Jamie, but I’ve never actually played a hand three streets with her. This makes sense because I’ve played mostly cash games during my poker existence.
Despite the fact that I pay attention to almost zero poker media I still know of Jamie. I’ve heard her name at least a hundred times whether I like it or not. She seems to go out of her way to get attention for whatever reason. I've heard her name more than 'Phil Galfond' during the past fucking year. Come to think of it, the only poker names I've heard more which I have no association with are probably 'Phil Ivey' and 'Doyle Brunson'. What does this mean? I'd assume she's a winning pro who gets a ton of attention for whatever reason. Also, she was hired as a 'pro' on the Borgata online site I play on, so I have to be force fed seeing her name a good amount I suppose.
Anyways let’s start with the hand. Why not?
I mean what is a good poker blog without a hand review once every five years!
So let’s break the hand down by street (if you want a spoiler alert you can just scroll down to the raw hand history that I posted below my quick review. But what fun are spoilers?
I am in the Big blind, Jamie is in the Button. Jamie and I are both about 31bbs deep. We are approaching the bubble, but still a little ways off:
Blinds: 150/300 (ante 30)
Casual (UTG+1): 10,406 chips
Jamie (BTN): 9,378
Hero (BB): 9,630
We have a soft casual who limped UTG+1 here. I have his stats around 52/9. The 52 represents VPIP and the 9 represents the % of hands he brought in for a raise.
Next, we have Jamie coming in on the button with a limp behind.
I check my option in the BB with T9o.
I’m a little confused by Jamie’s limp here. However, I do have her stats at 16/9 over 140 hands, which is in itself a little puzzling for a professional player. It’s puzzling because you almost never see a VPIP/PFR gap this high, this indicates oddly passive play preflop at times. I’d expect her to still pretty much correctly auto raise pre-flop with AT+, 66+, most broadways, and most high suited connectors.
I think she could feasibly have a low pocket pair here, which would make sense. Perhaps a passively played low suited connector. Anyways on the the flop!
BOARD: Js Kd 3c
The flop comes out Js Kd 3c rainbow. I randomly pick up a gut-shot, but decide not to stab here. Everyone checks! Friendly table!
Board: Js Kd 3c Qh
I pick up basically the nut straight here with T9o, unless the passive casual limped early with AT.
I lead out $900 into $1590, casual folds, Jamie calls rather quickly.
We are now heads up. Now I definitely have the nuts. Jamie should be auto raising the button here with AT. I know this despite the fact I have almost no experience playing with her. She has been a pro for well over 7 years.
Her call is a little odd on KJ3 Q. I would expect all of the broadway hands to be raised pre-flop here. I’m ranging Jamie on something like a unicorn bottom set or perhaps a pair + straight draw. These seem to be the most logical to me.
Board: Js Kd 3c Qh 6d
The river totally bricks and I now lead $1200 into $3390. I kept my sizing pretty small here because I was ranging her with a lot of weak pair + straight draw hands that didn’t improve. Therefore, sizing big should pretty much get her to fold everything out here which I don’t want.
Did she call? Did she fold?
Nope, magic was in the air on this particular evening.
The party poker mega pro then decides to raise back from 1,200 to 3,000
Kersetter turns over ATs for the nut straight….
Before I go on, I would like to say that I should have shoved the river. For some reason I instinctively called because I remember her reputation from my inner circle as being ‘a really soft basically scared player’. However, she’s never supposed to have AT here. However, life goes on.
Hand break-down by street:
I’m going to say this as nicely as possible.
The way Jamie played this hand on every street was an absolute disgrace.
She could quite possibly be the only professional player in the year 2015 actually limping the button here with ATs pre-flop. But you know what, let’s call it a random mistake that’s fine. Fuck it for fun let’s even say she misclicked here pre-flop and actually meant to hit 'raise'.
Flash forward to the turn. How is this not getting raised for value again? Why am I just getting flatted here with the mortal nuts? Raising the nuts here for value is a basic concept that is known by every professional player on earth with the exception of apparently PartyPoker Pro Jamie Kerstetter.
Flatting serves literally no purpose. If anything the river will bring out a bad card that could kill her action.
Anyways, it’s fine. We’ve all misplayed a few streets here and there.
So on the river, she decides to nearly min-raise me back. Instead of 100% shoving where I am always calling.
This is again a basic concept to shove on me river. She has to hope I’m strong and decide to call off here the way this hand played out.
You know what, three strikes in one hand and you’re fucking out in my book.
So here we have every street butchered as badly as humanly possible by this attention whore joke ass pro. This one was a real gem. I could have graduated from med school with the time I committed to poker by now, but fuck then I wouldn’t have this hand to laugh at. Isn’t this really what playing poker is all about?
I would normally never write someone’s actual name out in a hand review on my blog (check my previous hundreds of posts). However, this felt justified. This is a specific attention whore pro who never deserved to be a pro in the first place. She was simply given free money and publicity because she is a female who happens to play poker. Her story is a complete bitch-slap in the face to every decent winning poker player who works hard on improving their game weekly, would love to be more known, but never gets attention (much less sponsorships for no reason). But don’t worry she will continue to survive and stupidly play on without ever improving. It’s hard to lose when you’re given free money every month.
Truly timeless stuff here:
partypoker - $100+$0|150/300 NL - Holdem - 8 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4
BTN (BTN): 9,378 (VPIP: 17.07, PFR: 9.76, 3Bet Preflop: 4.55, Hands: 83)
SB (SB): 16,267 (VPIP: 14.46, PFR: 5.36, 3Bet Preflop: 2.38, Hands: 246)
Hero (BB): 9,630
UTG (UTG): 19,785 (VPIP: 38.10, PFR: 19.05, 3Bet Preflop: 5.88, Hands: 42)
UTG+1 (UTG+1): 10,406 (VPIP: 52.72, PFR: 9.27, 3Bet Preflop: 4.44, Hands: 313)
MP (MP): 11,087 (VPIP: 25.41, PFR: 12.30, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 123)
MP+1 (MP+1): 10,870 (VPIP: 15.73, PFR: 8.05, 3Bet Preflop: 5.41, Hands: 89)
CO (CO): 7,297 (VPIP: 35.90, PFR: 20.51, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 40)
8 players post ante of 30, SB posts SB 150, Hero posts BB 300
Dealt to Hero:
fold, UTG+1 calls 300, fold, fold, CO calls 300, BTN calls 300, fold, Hero checks
Flop (1,590, 4 players):
Hero checks, UTG+1 checks, CO checks, BTN checks
Turn (1,590, 4 players):
Hero bets 900, fold, fold, BTN calls 900
River (3,390, 2 players):
Hero bets 1,200, BTN raises to 3,000, Hero calls 1,800
(Straight, Ace High)
(Pre 73%, Flop 87%, Turn 97%)
(Straight, King High)
(Pre 27%, Flop 13%, Turn 3%)
BTN wins 9,390