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Poker :: Just not my density last night...
  submitted on August 7, 2007, 9:29 AM


(Warning: Bad beat stories ahead)

It's kind of interesting to see how my expectations in MTTs over the year have changed. I think at the beginning of the year, I was just happy to make the money, anything after that was extra. Now, I tend to not care as much about making the money, I want to at least make it to the final few tables, and obviously get to the final table. Just last week I was playing in the 50-50, and I started out on fire. I doubled up the very first hand managing to get a guy all-in with JQo when I held aces (Not some donkey suckout like this guy). I was up to 6,000 chips in the first hour. But I was pretty card dead after that, and I took a big chance with about 250 left with a nut flush draw and an over which would have put me in the top 40-50 in chips and given me something to work with. Instead I lost the hand, was crippled, and ended up finishing short of the money. But that's because my priorities were different. Yeah, the big start was nice, but I wanted more from it.

Anyways, I had a slew of tournies going last night. At one time I had five up at a time (yikes), so I was glad when I got bounced from the $75 token frenzy, as that was probably the least important of the five. I also was in the 50-50, the $24k, the MATH and a rebuy satellite to FTOPS #1. I finished 13th in the rebuy, top 5 won a seat. I didn't rebuy, didn't add-on (Maybe I should have taken the add-on), so my investment was pretty minimal. The play was pretty bad, I just didn't get many situations later on to work with, and the blinds ended up being too much.

The 50-50 I finished about 125th or so. I limped into the money. I know this goes against what I was saying earlier, but if I'm in a situation where I end up with a short stack pretty close to the money bubble, I may just fold to the money and go from there, especially in something like the 50-50, which has a much slower structure and better payouts than, say, the $24k. I actually busted out with aces. A big stack raised before me, the shorty next to me pushed all-in which he had done every hand since the bubble burst, so I obviously called, and we had JJ vs. 77 vs. AA. Of course the big stack with the JJ 4 flushes me. It's too bad, I would have had some breathing room with a triple up, but nothing you can do but get your money in with the best hand.

The $24k I went a bit deeper and finished 70th. This was an interesting tournament because I was never in real shortstack danger until the very end when I busted, but I was never really in a dominant position either. I played pretty well, and came back from a pretty low stack to play for another 2+ hours early on. It's funny, I think I spent at least the last hour just looking for a hand to take to the felt. My M was constantly fluctuating around 7 or 8, so I wasn't in a real danger spot, but I wanted a chance to double up. So I literally was in this state of mind from about 400 people left on. I did just enough to stay in, and once we reached the money I was as high as 40th or so in chips at one point in time, but that was my peak. I lost a big hand, don't remember it, but I busted when I pushed on an EP limper, had the button come over the top, and EP called and flipped up aces. Button flipped up JJ, and my steal attempt with 53o looked foolish. I flopped a 5, but that was it for me. Good finish, but still a ways away from the real money. Frustrating to beat 1100 people, only to fall 60 short of a nice payday.

I know I warned about bad beats, and I haven't talked about any yet. That's because we haven't got to the MATH yet. But now we are here.

27 people showed up, top 3 get paid. I thought I played fairly well here, putting in some aggressive post-flop play to take down some pots. At one time I raised preflop with 8-10c, Jeciimd re-raised in the BB and I called. Flop comes down Q-J-8 or something like that, with two clubs. Jec has 2100 left and bets out 800, I think about it, count my outs and push for 3500 and he actually folds. I don't know if I was ahead there, but I had a lot of outs if I wasn't so I gambooled a bit. Another big hand came against Hoy when I had my one run of nice cards, finding AQ, 99, and AK in a short span. I raised on the button with AK (I had about 9,000 in chips at the time), Hoy pushed for about 7,000 total, I thought about it and decided I was probably ahead, maybe a coinflip. I actually half expected to see the hammer. Instead Hoy turns up KQo, and I avoid the suckout when his flopped queen helps me river a straight. We hit the final table, and I had the chiplead. Everything was going fine until we got down to four-handed. Then it all went to hell...

FullTiltPoker Game #3176966248: Mondays at the Hoy (23773822), Table 3 - 400/800 Ante 100 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:35:52 ET - 2007/08/07
Seat 2: columbo (14,838)
Seat 3: RaisingCayne (30,143)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (30,524)
Seat 5: HighOnPoker (5,495)
columbo antes 100
RaisingCayne antes 100
Mike_Maloney antes 100
HighOnPoker antes 100
RaisingCayne posts the small blind of 400
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ks Qh]
HighOnPoker raises to 5,395, and is all in
columbo folds
RaisingCayne folds
Mike_Maloney calls 4,595
(His M is a little over 3, and he's by far the short stack, his range is very wide here, and for a 1/6 of my chips I'm willing to bet that I'm ahead)
HighOnPoker shows [6s Kc]
Mike_Maloney shows [Ks Qh]
*** FLOP *** [8d Jh 7d]
*** TURN *** [8d Jh 7d] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [8d Jh 7d 5s] [9d]
(So gross)
HighOnPoker shows a straight, Nine high
Mike_Maloney shows King Queen high
HighOnPoker wins the pot (11,590) with a straight, Nine high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 11,590 | Rake 0
Board: [8d Jh 7d 5s 9d]
Seat 2: columbo (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: RaisingCayne (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (big blind) showed [Ks Qh] and lost with King Queen high
Seat 5: HighOnPoker showed [6s Kc] and won (11,590) with a straight, Nine high


Man, they weren't even soooted. But not to worry, I still had a nice chipstack, still in good position...

FullTiltPoker Game #3177055081: Mondays at the Hoy (23773822), Table 3 - 500/1000 Ante 125 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:45:04 ET - 2007/08/07
Seat 2: columbo (5,751)
Seat 3: RaisingCayne (43,043)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (22,566)
Seat 5: HighOnPoker (9,640)
columbo antes 125
RaisingCayne antes 125
Mike_Maloney antes 125
HighOnPoker antes 125
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 500
HighOnPoker posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Kh Kc]
BOOM!
columbo raises to 5,626, and is all in
Excellent
RaisingCayne folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 22,441, and is all in
HighOnPoker folds
Mike_Maloney shows [Kh Kc]
columbo shows [3h 3s]
Uncalled bet of 16,815 returned to Mike_Maloney
*** FLOP *** [7d 3d 8d]
STOP THE MADNESS!
*** TURN *** [7d 3d 8d] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [7d 3d 8d 4c] [Qd]
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Kings
columbo shows three of a kind, Threes
columbo wins the pot (12,752) with three of a kind, Threes
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 12,752 | Rake 0
Board: [7d 3d 8d 4c Qd]
Seat 2: columbo showed [3h 3s] and won (12,752) with three of a kind, Threes
Seat 3: RaisingCayne (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (small blind) showed [Kh Kc] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 5: HighOnPoker (big blind) folded before the Flop


I mean, come on. Effing threes? So that hit obviously hurt my stack, knocking me down to 15,000 or so. But I held on, I actually had a really double up against Jordan when he thought his middle pair was goot against my pocket 10s, and he ended up getting eliminated. So, three-handed, RaisingCayne had been running over the table, and I had a great chance to knockout columbo...again...

FullTiltPoker Game #3177140953: Mondays at the Hoy (23773822), Table 3 - 600/1200 Ante 150 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:54:08 ET - 2007/08/07
Seat 2: columbo (12,892)
Seat 3: RaisingCayne (53,093)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (15,015)
columbo antes 150
RaisingCayne antes 150
Mike_Maloney antes 150
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 600
columbo posts the big blind of 1,200
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Kd Th]
RaisingCayne folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 3,600
(Three-handed I'm definitely raising with this on the button)
columbo raises to 12,742, and is all in
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney calls 9,142
(This was a tough call; I thought he could have an ace, but I also thought I could be ahead. In the end I decided I needed to make a stand instead of donking off chips to the leader, so I made the call)
columbo shows [8c Ks]
(Another nice read by me)
Mike_Maloney shows [Kd Th]
*** FLOP *** [8d 6s As]
(Gross)
*** TURN *** [8d 6s As] [8s]
(SO gross)
*** RIVER *** [8d 6s As 8s] [2d]
columbo shows three of a kind, Eights
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Eights
columbo wins the pot (25,934) with three of a kind, Eights
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 25,934 | Rake 0
Board: [8d 6s As 8s 2d]
Seat 2: columbo (big blind) showed [8c Ks] and won (25,934) with three of a kind, Eights
Seat 3: RaisingCayne (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (small blind) showed [Kd Th] and lost with a pair of Eights


That was pretty much all she wrote for me. I pushed with AQ and doubled up to 4,500, had to push again the next hand with J5 sooted, but couldn't improve against pocket 4s, and IGH in 3rd. Very, very frustrating final table. I really had first place in my sights, and I just felt like it was going to come down to RaisingCayne and I HU once we got down to about six people or so. I had HighOnPoker and columbo on the rails three times total, and couldn't get them out. I made good reads, I made good calls, but it wasn't enough. That was a tough loss to deal with. I really wanted that win. Nonetheless, congrats to RaisingCayne for the win. As I said, he really started steamrolling everyone once we got short-handed. He played aggressive big stack poker, and the rest of us cowered in fear and folded away. Nicely played end game by him.

So, all-in all, I ended up picking up a little over $250 in tourney winnings. Nice night, but the potential was there for a lot more, so obviously I'm a little frustrated that I didn't make it a little deeper.

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