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Poker :: $10r Recap
  submitted on July 6, 2008, 12:54 AM


As expected, I have been able to increase the amount of poker playing that I've been doing over the past month or so, which means I should probably start writing about it more. So for starters, I need to get up my recap from this tournament last weekend:


I was taking a page from LJ's book last Friday and "worked from home", which is usually the key to finding good results in poker tournaments. I have played very few rebuys before, and those that I did, I don't think I've ever had great results. The $10 rebuy started out well for me, and I just went from there. After picking up the add-on at the start of the tournament, it only took me 4 hands to knock off a half stack.

FullTiltPoker Game #6990605635: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 2 - 15/30 - No Limit Hold'em - 10:33:05 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 1: alsco8 (2,790)
Seat 2: Seingaltt (1,500)
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (2,955)
Seat 4: bigfranky2727 (2,970)
Seat 5: joeeb (3,285)
Seat 6: hitman304 (1,500)
Seat 8: RockoMan77 (1,500)
bigfranky2727 posts the small blind of 15
joeeb posts the big blind of 30
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ah Ad]
hitman304 folds
RockoMan77 raises to 90
alsco8 calls 90
Seingaltt folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 310
bigfranky2727 folds
joeeb folds
RockoMan77 calls 220
alsco8 calls 220
*** FLOP *** [As 3c 5h]
RockoMan77 bets 1,050
alsco8 folds
Mike_Maloney calls 1,050
*** TURN *** [As 3c 5h] [Kh]
RockoMan77 bets 140, and is all in
Mike_Maloney calls 140
RockoMan77 shows [Th Ac]
Mike_Maloney shows [Ah Ad]
*** RIVER *** [As 3c 5h Kh] [Qs]
RockoMan77 shows a pair of Aces
Mike_Maloney shows three of a kind, Aces
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (3,355) with three of a kind, Aces
RockoMan77 adds 3,000

Poker is easy when people throw their stack at you while you're holding the second nuts. Nothing else significant for the first hour, took down several pots with c-bets, and picked up the add-on during the break to sit at about 7,000 chips going into hour 2.

I think my favorite thing about this rebuy was that we had 48 runners, and 12 of them were eliminated in the first hour and didn't rebuy. 25% of the field simply was there to donate and give themselves virtually no shot at cashing. Simply brilliant. Here's the thing about a rebuy; even if you're one of those nits who like to play them, but don't want to spend money in them (Although if you don't want to spend money to begin with, don't play a rebuy), you can simply fold for the first hour, then take the add-on at the end of the first hour. You only have to pay the minimum of $30, and you can find yourself with 4,000-5,000 chips to do battle with going forward. And that's without even playing a hand in the first hour.

But I digress. So now, instead of 12.5% of the field getting paid, 17% gets paid, and for $30, I'm in a tournament with a $1600 prize pool. Neat.

After the break I was just above the average stack, and I sat back and played my standard game, which for those of you who know me is pretty tight, although I will pull some shenanigans if I have position. About halfway through the second hour I had an interesting hand come up. I liked the move at the time, although looking back I'm not sure if it was a great idea. I caught a break because my opponent was bad, and picked up a nice stack.

FullTiltPoker Game #6991358822: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 5 - 120/240 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em - 12:14:21 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 1: Daddyspirits (5,410)
Seat 2: trow28 (5,740)
Seat 3: Antiesel (8,175)
Seat 5: heblar349 (4,535)
Seat 6: candid25 (16,950)
Seat 7: Bareto69 (9,680)
Seat 8: Mike_Maloney (7,485)
Seat 9: Seingaltt (10,130)
Daddyspirits antes 25
trow28 antes 25
Antiesel antes 25
heblar349 antes 25
candid25 antes 25
Bareto69 antes 25
Mike_Maloney antes 25
Seingaltt antes 25
Bareto69 posts the small blind of 120
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [7s 7d]
Seingaltt folds
Daddyspirits folds
trow28 folds
Antiesel folds
heblar349 raises to 1,040
candid25 folds
Bareto69 folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 2,700 (Steal from the CO, I had been pretty quiet, and felt like I could put in a hefty re-raise in and take it down preflop; I went with 2,700 because it was about half his stack, so I figured if he calls he was committed, although I honestly expected either a push or a fold, flat call is kind of dumb)
heblar349 calls 1,660
*** FLOP *** [6d Js Kc]
Mike_Maloney bets 1,809 (Not a great flop for me, but with 6,000 already in the flop, I'm not getting away from this hand)
heblar349 calls 1,809
*** TURN *** [6d Js Kc] [5d]
Mike_Maloney checks
heblar349 bets 1, and is all in
Mike_Maloney calls 1
heblar349 shows [Ac Ts] (lol, nice hand. gg sir)
Mike_Maloney shows [7s 7d]
*** RIVER *** [6d Js Kc 5d] [4d]
heblar349 shows Ace King high
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Sevens
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (9,340) with a pair of Sevens
heblar349 is sitting out
heblar349 stands up


I guess you can get away with some hands when you have opponents like that. That got me up into the Top 15, and with the blinds always going up I was able to take down some pots, most preflop, mostly just staying afloat. Next big hand came at the start of hour three.

FullTiltPoker Game #6991632360: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 1 - 250/500 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 12:48:30 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 1: LightsOut4U (34,910)
Seat 2: aces_daddy (16,105)
Seat 3: ptownbrad (15,120)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (12,370)
Seat 5: ebancroft (9,975)
Seat 6: alsco8 (15,680)
Seat 7: rdon4873 (23,820)
Seat 8: bigfranky2727 (15,600)
Seat 9: smasheyy (10,140)
LightsOut4U antes 50
aces_daddy antes 50
ptownbrad antes 50
Mike_Maloney antes 50
ebancroft antes 50
alsco8 antes 50
rdon4873 antes 50
bigfranky2727 antes 50
smasheyy antes 50
ptownbrad posts the small blind of 250
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ac Kh]
ebancroft folds
alsco8 has 15 seconds left to act
alsco8 raises to 1,500
rdon4873 folds
bigfranky2727 folds
smasheyy folds
LightsOut4U has 15 seconds left to act
LightsOut4U is sitting out
LightsOut4U has timed out
LightsOut4U folds
aces_daddy folds
ptownbrad folds
LightsOut4U has returned
Mike_Maloney raises to 12,320, and is all in (UTG+1 makes the opening raise, I'm obviously going to re-raise here, but what's a good amount? 4,500? That's over a third of my stack, and I'm out of position the rest of the hand if he calls. Besides, there's already 2,000+ in the pot, so I don't mind just taking it down preflop, either. So I push, accepting that I might be racing, with the outside hope that the push looks desperate and might get a worse call)
alsco8 calls 10,820
Mike_Maloney shows [Ac Kh]
alsco8 shows [Qh Ah] (Ship it)
*** FLOP *** [2d Js Ks]
*** TURN *** [2d Js Ks] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [2d Js Ks 3d] [2s]
Mike_Maloney shows two pair, Kings and Twos
alsco8 shows a pair of Twos
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (25,340) with two pair, Kings and Twos


So that was a nice hand for me, bumped me up to somewhere in the Top 5 overall, and let me bully people a bit. A little later I busted a short stack trying to steal from the button with my Ac 8c in the big blind; I think he had 9-7 or something like that. Here was a fun mandatory call to bust a shortie hand.

FullTiltPoker Game #6991709631: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 1 - 300/600 Ante 75 - No Limit Hold'em - 12:57:44 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 1: LightsOut4U (46,660)
Seat 3: ptownbrad (10,000)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (32,660)
Seat 6: alsco8 (3,464)
Seat 7: rdon4873 (21,295)
Seat 8: bigfranky2727 (33,451)
Seat 9: smasheyy (6,190)
LightsOut4U antes 75
ptownbrad antes 75
Mike_Maloney antes 75
alsco8 antes 75
rdon4873 antes 75
bigfranky2727 antes 75
smasheyy antes 75
ptownbrad posts the small blind of 300
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 600
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***

Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Js 7s]
alsco8 raises to 3,389, and is all in
rdon4873 folds
bigfranky2727 folds
smasheyy folds
LightsOut4U folds
ptownbrad folds
Mike_Maloney calls 2,789 (C'mon, they're sooted!)
alsco8 shows [Kc Tc]
Mike_Maloney shows [Js 7s]
*** FLOP *** [Jd Qd 7c]
*** TURN *** [Jd Qd 7c] [7d] (Yahtzee!)
*** RIVER *** [Jd Qd 7c 7d] [Qh]
alsco8 shows two pair, Queens and Sevens
Mike_Maloney shows a full house, Sevens full of Queens
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (7,603) with a full house, Sevens full of Queens
alsco8 stands up


Down to about 12 or so, and I'm sitting in the top 3 in chips, and feeling pretty good about my chances to cash. We hit the final table, and I think I was second in chips at the time. Shortly into it I took a nice chiplead with this steal attempt gone-wrong-gone-nice.

FullTiltPoker Game #6991819214: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 1 - 400/800 Ante 100 - No Limit Hold'em - 13:10:47 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 1: LightsOut4U (24,245)
Seat 2: Seingaltt (14,920)
Seat 3: ptownbrad (34,330)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (45,149)
Seat 5: myjuju (30,110)
Seat 6: Antiesel (9,110)
Seat 7: candid25 (36,215)
Seat 8: bigfranky2727 (45,121)
Seat 9: hitman304 (13,800)
LightsOut4U antes 100
Seingaltt antes 100
ptownbrad antes 100
Mike_Maloney antes 100
myjuju antes 100
Antiesel antes 100
candid25 antes 100
bigfranky2727 antes 100
hitman304 antes 100
myjuju posts the small blind of 400
Antiesel posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [8h 3h]
candid25 has 15 seconds left to act
candid25 folds
bigfranky2727 folds
hitman304 folds
LightsOut4U folds
Seingaltt folds
ptownbrad folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 2,000 (Sooted steal!)
myjuju calls 1,600
Antiesel has 15 seconds left to act
Antiesel has requested TIME
Antiesel folds
*** FLOP *** [Kh 4s 9h]
myjuju checks
Mike_Maloney checks (Why thank you, I will take a free flush card)
*** TURN *** [Kh 4s 9h] [Ah] (Whee!)
myjuju bets 5,700
Mike_Maloney calls 5,700
*** RIVER *** [Kh 4s 9h Ah] [2s]
myjuju bets 17,100
Mike_Maloney calls 17,100
*** SHOW DOWN ***
myjuju shows [As Jc] a pair of Aces
Mike_Maloney shows [8h 3h] a flush, Ace high
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (51,300) with a flush, Ace high

Guy left about 6,000 behind, and I opted to just make the call on the river since my flush was only 8-high. In hindsight this was a bad play by me, because with the Ah and the Kh on the board, I really shouldn't be too worried about the villain calling my raise preflop with higher flush cards. Not only do you leave chips out there, but you also don't eliminate an opponent when you have the chance. Weak play on my part.

Another big hand for me thanks to players loving to check and give me free cards.

FullTiltPoker Game #6991884117: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 1 - 500/1000 Ante 125 - No Limit Hold'em - 13:18:25 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 1: LightsOut4U (22,670)
Seat 2: Seingaltt (30,305)
Seat 3: ptownbrad (40,990)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (72,949)
Seat 6: Antiesel (13,870)
Seat 8: bigfranky2727 (52,641)
Seat 9: hitman304 (19,575)
LightsOut4U antes 125
Seingaltt antes 125
ptownbrad antes 125
Mike_Maloney antes 125
Antiesel antes 125
bigfranky2727 antes 125
hitman304 antes 125
LightsOut4U posts the small blind of 500
Seingaltt posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Tc Qc]
ptownbrad folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 2,500 (Chipleader, 7-handed, easy raise with suited one-gappers)
Antiesel folds
bigfranky2727 folds
hitman304 folds
LightsOut4U folds
Seingaltt calls 1,500 (Even better, BB smooth calls and gives me position)
*** FLOP *** [Ks 9c 7h]
Seingaltt checks
Mike_Maloney checks
*** TURN *** [Ks 9c 7h] [Jh] (Thank you for allowing me to check and hit my gutshot)
Seingaltt bets 4,000
Mike_Maloney raises to 8,000
Seingaltt calls 4,000
*** RIVER *** [Ks 9c 7h Jh] [7s]
Seingaltt checks
Mike_Maloney bets 11,000
Seingaltt calls 11,000
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mike_Maloney shows [Tc Qc] a straight, King high
Seingaltt mucks
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (44,375) with a straight, King high

I'm interested in what people think is the right play here on the river. I bet 11,000 because it was about half of his remaining stack. I thought a push might scare him away, but I was hoping instead of just calling he would commit the rest of his chips. I'm not totally sure I maximized my value here.

I have a nice stack here, almost 2:1 to the 2nd place person, but I wasn't able to wield it for very long, as the money bubble burst a few hands later, with two shorties, one with Ac As and one with Ad Qd all-in pre-flop against 8d 8s who ended up turning quads, lol.

At this point we're sitting five-handed, and the good news is I'm one of two big stacks (There's one medium stack and two shorties), the bad news is he's sitting right to my left. I was concerned, because he seemed to be a pretty solid player, making a lot of moves in position and generally annoying me. However, once I actually got to showdown with him, I realized he was just really aggro, and not necessarily "good".

FullTiltPoker Game #6992068379: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 1 - 800/1600 Ante 200 - No Limit Hold'em - 13:39:34 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 3: ptownbrad (32,940)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (85,659)
Seat 8: bigfranky2727 (91,701)
Seat 9: hitman304 (42,700)
ptownbrad antes 200
Mike_Maloney antes 200
bigfranky2727 antes 200
hitman304 antes 200
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 800
bigfranky2727 posts the big blind of 1,600
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Js Th]
hitman304 folds
ptownbrad: 38 37 27 for like 3 laps and i get ak in bb and get a walk
ptownbrad has 15 seconds left to act
ptownbrad folds
Mike_Maloney calls 800
bigfranky2727 checks
*** FLOP *** [Kc 8d 5d]
Mike_Maloney checks
bigfranky2727 checks
*** TURN *** [Kc 8d 5d] [Td]
Mike_Maloney bets 2,000
bigfranky2727 calls 2,000
*** RIVER *** [Kc 8d 5d Td] [Jd]
Mike_Maloney checks
bigfranky2727 bets 5,500
Mike_Maloney calls 5,500
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bigfranky2727 shows [6h 2c] King Jack high
Mike_Maloney shows [Js Th] two pair, Jacks and Tens
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (19,000) with two pair, Jacks and Tens

So this hand led me to realize that he will frequently bet out at any sign of hesitation from his opponent, which I proceeded to exploit whenever possible, and caught him making several river bluffs with complete crap. bigfranky's aggression would ultimately be his downfall over the course of a couple hands.

FullTiltPoker Game #6992211812: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 1 - 1000/2000 Ante 250 - No Limit Hold'em - 13:55:35 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 3: ptownbrad (71,440)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (72,559)
Seat 8: bigfranky2727 (68,801)
Seat 9: hitman304 (40,200)
ptownbrad antes 250
Mike_Maloney antes 250
bigfranky2727 antes 250
hitman304 antes 250
bigfranky2727 posts the small blind of 1,000
hitman304 posts the big blind of 2,000
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [5d 8s]
ptownbrad folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 5,000
bigfranky2727 calls 4,000
hitman304 folds
*** FLOP *** [9c 7s 6c] (Flopped straights are gold)
bigfranky2727 checks
Mike_Maloney checks (Check 'cause I'm so weak)
*** TURN *** [9c 7s 6c] [2s]
bigfranky2727 bets 7,500
Mike_Maloney calls 7,500
*** RIVER *** [9c 7s 6c 2s] [2d]
bigfranky2727 bets 20,000 (At least he's a consistent aggrotard)
Mike_Maloney raises to 59,809, and is all in
bigfranky2727 folds
Uncalled bet of 39,809 returned to Mike_Maloney
Mike_Maloney mucks
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (68,000)


FullTiltPoker Game #6992218819: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 1 - 1200/2400 Ante 300 - No Limit Hold'em - 13:56:21 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 3: ptownbrad (71,190)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (107,809)
Seat 8: bigfranky2727 (36,051)
Seat 9: hitman304 (37,950)
ptownbrad antes 300
Mike_Maloney antes 300
bigfranky2727 antes 300
hitman304 antes 300
hitman304 posts the small blind of 1,200
ptownbrad posts the big blind of 2,400
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Jh Kd]
Mike_Maloney raises to 7,000
bigfranky2727 raises to 35,751, and is all in
hitman304 folds
ptownbrad folds
Mike_Maloney calls 28,751 (I'm not quite getting 2:1 to call here, but it's close, and again, he's pretty overly aggressive, so I have to widen his range here and make the call)
bigfranky2727 shows [As 8c]
Mike_Maloney shows [Jh Kd]
*** FLOP *** [Kc 3h Qh]
*** TURN *** [Kc 3h Qh] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [Kc 3h Qh 6h] [Tc]
bigfranky2727 shows Ace King high
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Kings
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (76,302) with a pair of Kings
bigfranky2727 stands up

55/45 dog, so it was a nice catch for me, but I still think I like the call there. If I'm completely off base here I would love to know.

Crap, looking over my hand history, PokerTracker missed a couple hands I wanted to throw up here. They were just a couple sick hands ptownbrad and I had. First was me being priced in to call an all-in with A-8, only for him to flip over A-A. Then, later on, the guy was in total push-fold mode like an idiot, and I actually had A-A, so I lured him in, and he pushed with some crap, and turned trips on me. Bastard.

We got down to three-handed for a while, I was never the short stack, although I think we ended up being even for a little while. Eventually I built my stack back up, and then third place pushed into second place, and we were heads up.

Heads up literally lasted 4 hands. Hand #1, I complete in the SB, he pushes. Hand #2, he folded the SB. Hand #3, I complete in the SB, he pushes on the flop. So, I can see how this is going to be, and just plan on biding my time until I get a hand. Fortunately, I find AK on hand #4.

FullTiltPoker Game #6992340798: $10 + $1 Rebuy (53034294), Table 1 - 1500/3000 Ante 400 - No Limit Hold'em - 14:09:41 ET - 2008/06/27
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (150,360)
Seat 9: hitman304 (102,640)
Mike_Maloney antes 400
hitman304 antes 400
hitman304 posts the small blind of 1,500
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 3,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [As Ks]
hitman304 raises to 102,240, and is all in
Mike_Maloney calls 99,240
hitman304 shows [Ad Qs]
Mike_Maloney shows [As Ks]
*** FLOP *** [Jc 5h 4c]
*** TURN *** [Jc 5h 4c] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 5h 4c 7s] [Th]
hitman304 shows Ace Queen high
Mike_Maloney shows Ace King high
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (205,280) with Ace King high
hitman304 stands up
Mike_Maloney stands up


And there you go. Pretty unspectacular tournament for me, there was never a time when I was in danger, or a shortstack, as I chipped up pretty early on, and after the rebuy period I just never felt the pressure. A big reason for that was that my hands were holding up, I was 7 for 7 or 9 for 9 at showdowns going into the final table. I felt pretty good once we were in the money, aside from aggro franky, the other players were pretty easy to play back at, and I thought I had a good shot of taking it down.

It was a good cash for me, biggest one I've had for a while, and it's just nice to get back into the MTT groove, I've been out of it for a while. I need to get some tokens and start playing some more of my favorite deep stack tourneys, or play the 50/50.

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