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Monday, May 02, 2005

At Least I Don't Have To Change My Flight....

It would have been the first time, I think, that I would have been happy to pay the fee associated with changing an airline ticket. But it was not to be.

Finished 3rd of 63 in last night's WPBT satellite. I didn't expect to be able to play -- everyone has times when they can't, and Sunday evenings are usually on my no-go list -- but with the weekend schedule mixed up due to a golf tournament, I registered with about 15 minutes to spare.

I'll try to avoid a blow-by-blow report (for a writeup worth reading, consult Tao of Poker), but things obviously went pretty well. I bounced up and down the first hour -- had a nut flush draw and a nut flush with gutshot nut straight draw both miss, but picked up a few small pots. Won a large pot and knocked out The Venetian late in the first hour with a turned nut flush against his slow-played flopped set of 8s. Knocked out Life's A Grind and Easy Cure (tequila shot on me) toward the end of the 2nd hour and went into the break as chip leader, although not by much. The third hour was a wild ride, but I was the short stack, on life support, at the third break. I push with Q8s, lose to T6o, and that's that.

No regrets. I had my chances to knock out both of the players who finished ahead of me. I had the eventual winner, ABVidale, right where I wanted him just before we reached the final table. I have him outchipped 2-1, he pushes with A6o, I have AKo. He catches a 6 on the flop and doubles up.

And then there was this hand with 2nd place finisher slim999:

PokerStars Game #1621747550: Tournament #7340806, Hold'em No Limit - Level XII
(1000/2000) - 2005/05/01 - 22:06:55 (ET)
Table '7340806 6' Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: ABVidale (27884 in chips)
Seat 2: on_thg (43542 in chips)
Seat 9: slim999 (23074 in chips)
ABVidale: posts the ante 100
on_thg: posts the ante 100
slim999: posts the ante 100
on_thg: posts small blind 1000
slim999: posts big blind 2000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to on_thg [Ad 2h]
S.t.B [observer] said, "nh"
Up4Poker [observer] said, "now this is interesting"
TripJax [observer] said, "parody"
ABVidale: folds
One_Outer_MN [observer] said, "wow, big change"
on_thg: raises 8000 to 10000
xupugh [observer] said, "table swing"
slim999: raises 12974 to 22974 and is all-in
on_thg: calls 12974
Up4Poker [observer] said, "whoa"
*** FLOP *** [9h 6d 8h]
One_Outer_MN [observer] said, "wicked fackin awesome"
HeyKidsItsBG [observer] said, "no, parody would be me swinging the big stick in
the final three"
Up4Poker [observer] said, "slim?"
HeyKidsItsBG [observer] said, "parity is what you meant"
*** TURN *** [9h 6d 8h] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [9h 6d 8h Td] [3d]
NegativeEV [observer] said, "7"
Up4Poker [observer] said, "nh slim"
*** SHOW DOWN ***
on_thg: shows [Ad 2h] (high card Ace)
slim999: shows [9s Kd] (a pair of Nines)
slim999 collected 46248 from pot
on_thg said, "nh"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 46248 | Rake 0
Board [9h 6d 8h Td 3d]
Seat 1: ABVidale (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: on_thg (small blind) showed [Ad 2h] and lost with high card Ace
Seat 9: slim999 (big blind) showed [9s Kd] and won (46248) with a pair of Nines

This move seemed to be pretty unpopular on the rail. I don't hate the play, even in hindsight -- I had taken the chip lead for the first time in quite a while on the previous hand and decided to turn up the pressure. I felt comfortable in my read that this was a re-steal, and it turns out to have been correct. I got it in as a favorite (it was only 60/40, but still as a favorite) and lost. If I win the hand I have better than a 2-1 chip advantage heads up. Sure I could have waited for a better hand, but it may never have come -- at the end, my last 12k chips or so were largely consumed while folding blinds and not stealing with 93o, 85o etc. The biggest error here in my opinion was the size of the raise. I could have made it 2.5x the BB and given slim999 less of an incentive to make his move. But what do I know?

I was only dealt a true hammer once that I recall, and it was five or six hands after losing that pot to slim999. I raised it to 3x the BB out of the SB, he called, and I ended up folding to a very unfriendly flop. Should have pushed preflop. Live and learn.

Well, it was fun. I saw a lot of good play, from the winners and also from folks like Derek at Poker in the Weeds, Joe Speaker and many others. I was not able to double the count of poker bloggers (and in my case, I use that term loosely) from Michigan in WSOP Event #2, but maybe we'll get another chance. Thanks to Iggy and the Up for Poker crew for putting it together. Good times.

{As an aside, I'll try to fix this post with links to various people later.}


Drizztdj said...

You played great last night. Too bad the cards didn't fall in your favor.

Huge Junk said...

Yeah, nice run to 3rd. I was really hoping you'd take it.

April H. said...

It was fun playing at the final table with you, even if I was only there for a few hands. Congrats on third.

Easycure said...

I still don't know if pushing with King Jack off was a good move, but I had been card dead for a while. I was vulnerable to a mediocre hand like that. I hit the raise button telling my wife, this one is gonna make me or break me. That flop was pretty for me, but not good enough to crack those rockets.
Next time I won't push as hard there, probably. I keep finishing higher in these tourneys....each time I learn a tougher lesson higher in the finishing order. I gotta figure I'll improve my end game eventually.

Poker Nerd said...

Damn you and your flush draw :)

When you check-raised me on the flop, I was pretty sure you had something that I had crushed, like an overpair, etc. I had been playing like a nutball, so I don't blame you for making a move.

On that A2 vs. K9 hand, I like your move a lot more than the all-in by slim. That said, if you had raised to just 7000 or 8000, you could have gotten away on the re-raise. 10,000 committed you. Once you bet 10,000, you might as well have just pushed in.

Joe Speaker said...

Nice work, man. You played very well.

Thanks for the props. That was some table we were at there. Top notch play all around.

A pleasure to sit with ya

Slim999 said...

Yep, it was the raise that did it. Your 8K raise said: "I want the blinds, but don't really want to play."

I figured either that, or low pockets, so, maybe I have a coin toss; or at least I'm giving you a chance to fold.

With the chips where they were (all three of us at the time virtually tied), a big move was in order.

Nice hand.

Incidently, I lost the first one on a similarly bad move (70/30) by the lowstack.

Pokerpundit (slim999)