The Blueprint: Brock Parker

Brock Parker made his second final table of the 2014 WSOP. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Brock Parker made his second final table of the 2014 WSOP. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Brock Parker took down his career bracelet last Tuesday night by winning the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship at the 2014 World Series of Poker. Parker had seemingly come out of nowhere back in 2009 when he won two bracelets in the span of four days and became a household name in the poker world.

The 32-year-old professional poker player from Maryland topped a field of 178 players to earn $443,407 that went along with the hardware.

Parker caught up with BLUFF on break in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event to go through his thought process on a few hands that he played at the final table. 

Parker Scoops a Three-Way Pot

The table was six-handed with limits of 40,000/80,000 and Viatcheslav Ortynskiy raised from under-the-gun and was three-bet by Shirley Rosario on the button. Parker cold-called three-bets from the big blind and Ortynskiy called as well. The flop was Q85 and action checked to Rosario, who bet and was called by both Parker and Ortynskiy. The turn was the J and Parker checks again before Ortynskiy takes the lead and bets. Rosario called and Parker called as well. The river is the 6 and Parker bets. He gets called by both players and tabled AJ42, giving him the nut flush and the nut low and he scooped the pot.

Brock Parker: “I’m going to be cold-calling some ace-deuce-threes, some ace-deuces. Something like that hand [that I had]. She was pretty aggressive. She was three-betting somewhat light and the guy was opening really light also, so my hand is pretty good. I think she has something either with aces or like ace-deuce-queen or ace-deuce-eight [when she bets the flop]. For her to be three-betting, she should be betting that flop I feel like.”

“If the board pairs and it goes bet and a raise and I feel like she probably has ace-deuce in her hand a lot, which I thought she did, but she ended up not having it [then I could fold]. I thought about getting out on the flop if it was going to be three more bets because of the way the stacks were, I didn’t really want to get short with too many short stacks. When I’m in for one bet every time, the hand kind of played itself out. It was the best river of my life.”

Parker’s Wheel Scoops Ashby

After Jason McPherson was eliminated in sixth place, the table was five-handed and limits were still 40,000/80,000. Action folded to Richard Ashby in the small blind, who limped in, and Parker checked his option from the big blind. The flop was Q42 and Ashby led out. Parker raised and and Ashby called to see the A fall on the turn. Ashby check-called a bet from Parker and the river was the T. Ashby check-called again and Parker tabled T65[3, giving him the wheel, which was good enough for the whole pot.

BP: “I didn’t think I wanted to [raise preflop]. My hand is decent, but I think he is going to have a similar type of hand limping into me. He probably had like two pair or a queen and a bad low draw [on the flop] some of the time. I would bet any low card [on the turn] because he doesn’t have like ace-deuce or ace-three or anything because he probably would have just raised into me. So I would probably just bet and figure I’m freerolling with my low. There aren’t a lot of turns I would check. If the queen paired or maybe a king or a jack, then maybe I would take the free one.”

Parker Flops a Set, Backdoors a Low, Scoops Ashby Heads-Up

Parker got down to heads-up play and Ashby was the only man standing between him and his third bracelet. With limits of 60,000/120,000, Ashby raised on the button and Parker defended his big blind. The flop was 973 and Parker check-raised. Ashby called the check-raise and called two more bets from Parker as the dealer peeled off the 6 on the turn and the A on the river. Parker showed Q533 and scooped the pot against Ashby’s 9863.

BP: “Any hands with wheel cards I’m going to defend. There are some hands I’d fold like a king-ten-nine-four or a jack-eight-nine-two, but it’s pretty slim heads-up because you are usually going to have some kind of low or wheel cards or some kind of nonsense. Obviously that is a pretty bad hand that I defended, but I hit the best board possible pretty much.”

“If it came like running diamonds, where I didn’t have a  good low, then maybe I would slow down, but heads-up with a set, I’m probably just going to be betting. I guess if the river was like the T then I would check. There’s only a couple rivers that I think I would check. Any board pair is fine, any heart is fine, and an ace is good because I had a reasonable low.”

“With his hand, I think you kind of just have to call down. His hand was justified the whole way and then on the river, you’re not getting scooped every time. You have two pair and a low. I probably would have called [on the river] if I were him. I wouldn’t have liked it, but it’s one of those hands where you get to the river and you just make a crying call. There are a lot of hands like that in heads-up O/8 where it’s like ‘Well, he can’t really have them both. I don’t have a great hand either way, but it’s tough for him to have them both.’ I had a lot of those hands go my way where I had him just notched both ways and I was really lucky.”

Parker continued to chip away at Ashby’s stack and eventually finished him off when he flopped a straight with 6542 against Ashby’s dry aces to take home his third career bracelet.

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