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Poker :: Rebuy!
  submitted on August 3, 2008, 2:52 PM


I wake up today, very disappointed with myself. I went deep in the $3 rebuy ($40k Guarantee) on Stars last night, and ultimately busted in 27th after a poor attempt at a bluff. So instead of making a final table and sniffing at the $6,500 first prize, I left with $100 to show for my 6+ hours of play. Very frustrating, especially since I really have no one to blame but myself. That being said, it was nice to go deep in a tournament, especially one as large as this (4300 runners). The play in this was...not exactly great. I think only about 3200-3300 made it through the rebuy period, so right off the bat that's at least $3,000 in dead money. Top 800 or so paid, making it significantly easier to cash. The $3r attracts some pretty poor players, many don't seem to switch gears after the rebuy period, and tend to push or call all-ins with absolutely nothing. I was fortunate enough to be able to capitalize on some of this play, and also was able to overcome some mistakes on my part due to weak play by my opponents, so I thank them for that.

(EDIT: This ended up turning into a pretty long recap, but I have been known to do that, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise)

I was able to avoid having to rebuy at all, spending the minimum $9 (3,000 starting chips, 2,000 add-on at the break), in part thanks to this hand, fifth hand into the tournament:

POKERSTARS GAME #19309797727: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL I (10/20) - 2008/08/02 - 20:03:29 (ET)
Table '98287182 310' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: tranquillita (3000 in chips)
Seat 2: tetedepus (1380 in chips)
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (2880 in chips)
Seat 4: UtahNeadow (1450 in chips)
Seat 5: Rick D (1460 in chips)
Seat 7: pacbay (3060 in chips)
Seat 8: Chapi007 (4640 in chips)
Seat 9: SoCalPonds (3130 in chips)
pacbay: posts small blind 10
Chapi007: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ad Ac]
SoCalPonds: calls 20
tranquillita: raises 2980 to 3000 and is all-in
tetedepus: folds
Mike_Maloney: calls 2880 and is all-in
UtahNeadow: folds
Rick D: calls 1460 and is all-in
pacbay: folds
Chapi007: folds
SoCalPonds: folds
Uncalled bet (120) returned to tranquillita
*** FLOP *** [Kc 8c Js]
*** TURN *** [Kc 8c Js] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [Kc 8c Js 3d] [7s]
g-deadmoney is connected
*** SHOW DOWN ***
tranquillita: shows [Ah Qh] (high card Ace)
Mike_Maloney: shows [Ad Ac] (a pair of Aces)
Mike_Maloney collected 2840 from side pot
Rick D: shows [9c 9d] (a pair of Nines)
Mike_Maloney collected 4430 from main pot
Rick D re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $3.00

Aces in a rebuy period, especially the beginning, are always entertaining, because it's either going to lead to a huge pot, or a brutal suckout. Fortunately my rockets held up and I was already up to 7,000 chips early on.

I think my favorite people in rebuys are the players that push all-in pretty much every hand, and end up rebuying many, many times, but then choose to stop pushing as soon as they double up. So basically they will rebuy for $6, push all-in, lose the hand, repeat ad nauseum. Then, when they finally double up to a monster stack of 6,000 chips, they stop, as if they've reached their goal. Ignore the fact that it just cost them $40 to get there, they now have double their starting stack! tranquillita was definitely one of those people.

I unfortunately gave back a chunk of my stack when I shoved into an EP raiser and a couple callers with AK in the small blind, and the original raiser, the BB and I got it all-in with QQ, AQ, and AK respectively. I would have come out of it unscathed since AQ had 3,000 chips while QQ only had 1,500, but fortunately for me the case Q hit the flop and I lost the main and side pots. Whee. Back down to about 4,000 chips.

Unfortunately, not much else happened in the rebuy period, and after the add-on I was only sitting at 7,000 chips, not where I had hoped to be.

In fact, nothing happened for most of the second hour, and my stack dwindled to about 5,000 chips, when I picked up Kings at the beginning of level 8 (15-minute levels). Like I said, I did not encounter much "quality" play in these:

POKERSTARS GAME #19312113601: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL VIII (150/300) - 2008/08/02 - 21:53:28 (ET)
Table '98287182 310' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: tranquillita (29380 in chips)
Seat 2: ciaofrank (16700 in chips)
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (4820 in chips)
Seat 4: rambler_0001 (21815 in chips)
Seat 5: Rick D (3835 in chips)
Seat 6: pugsly1961 (5390 in chips)
Seat 7: Pancoast Pa (7200 in chips)
Seat 8: Chapi007 (12890 in chips)
Seat 9: SoCalPonds (13615 in chips)
tranquillita: posts the ante 25
ciaofrank: posts the ante 25
Mike_Maloney: posts the ante 25
rambler_0001: posts the ante 25
Rick D: posts the ante 25
pugsly1961: posts the ante 25
Pancoast Pa: posts the ante 25
Chapi007: posts the ante 25
SoCalPonds: posts the ante 25
Mike_Maloney: posts small blind 150
rambler_0001: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Kd Kh]
Rick D: folds
pugsly1961: folds
Pancoast Pa: folds
Chapi007: raises 900 to 1200
SoCalPonds: folds
tranquillita: folds
ciaofrank: folds
Mike_Maloney: calls 1050

I know smooth calling for a quarter of my stack is suspicious, but I didn't want him folding to a shove, and I thought it might look a little better considering I was in the BB and had slightly better odds

rambler_0001: folds
*** FLOP *** [4h 8c Td]
Mike_Maloney: checks
Chapi007: bets 1800
Mike_Maloney: raises 1795 to 3595 and is all-in
Chapi007: calls 1795
*** TURN *** [4h 8c Td] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [4h 8c Td 7c] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mike_Maloney: shows [Kd Kh] (a pair of Kings)
Chapi007: shows [Jd 3d] (a pair of Jacks) (Well, they were sooted)
Mike_Maloney collected 10115 from pot

Jd 3d gotta love it.

I chipped up a bit, and in the third hour, level 10, I ran into an interesting hand:

POKERSTARS GAME #19312911761: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL X (300/600) - 2008/08/02 - 22:32:22 (ET)
Table '98287182 62' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: aceofpairs (19192 in chips)
Seat 2: nebulous9 (11515 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (13365 in chips)
Seat 5: PkrBre (46648 in chips)
Seat 6: Vikings2011 (20475 in chips)
Seat 7: starterbz57 (28130 in chips)
Seat 8: CaptainDuck (16947 in chips)
Seat 9: jessyj (14000 in chips)
aceofpairs: posts the ante 50
nebulous9: posts the ante 50
Mike_Maloney: posts the ante 50
PkrBre: posts the ante 50
Vikings2011: posts the ante 50
starterbz57: posts the ante 50
CaptainDuck: posts the ante 50
jessyj: posts the ante 50
CaptainDuck: posts small blind 300
jessyj: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Js Jd]
Proximo 45 is connected
aceofpairs: folds
nebulous9: folds
Mike_Maloney: raises 900 to 1500
PkrBre: folds
Vikings2011: folds
starterbz57: calls 1500
CaptainDuck: folds
jessyj: folds
*** FLOP *** [Ad 6c 2h]
Mike_Maloney: checks
starterbz57: checks

Not a great flop for me, but I thought I might still be ahead here. I've been c-betting pretty consistently, so I thought a check here might actually represent strength, like I was looking for a check-raise. His check behind was pretty weak to me.

*** TURN *** [Ad 6c 2h] [7s]
Mike_Maloney: checks
starterbz57: bets 1800

At this point, I was feeling pretty good about my hand, so I decided to further feign weakness and check again, to see if I could induce a bet. If he had bet strong, I may have still folded, but after I check the flop and the turn, all the villain can do is muster an 1800 chip bet into a 4200 chip pot? That's a weak, weak bet and is almost always a total bluff. I didn't buy it at all.

Mike_Maloney: raises 4700 to 6500
starterbz57: folds
Uncalled bet (4700) returned to Mike_Maloney
Mike_Maloney collected 7900 from pot
Mike_Maloney: doesn't show hand

Shortly thereafter, still level 10, I knock poor starterbz57 around some more:

POKERSTARS GAME #19313076149: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL X (300/600) - 2008/08/02 - 22:40:04 (ET)
Table '98287182 62' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: aceofpairs (20392 in chips)
Seat 2: nebulous9 (10165 in chips)
Seat 3: Proximo 45 (22486 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (16315 in chips)
Seat 5: PkrBre (34898 in chips)
Seat 6: Vikings2011 (19125 in chips)
Seat 7: starterbz57 (20687 in chips)
Seat 8: CaptainDuck (18297 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 9: jessyj (20650 in chips)
CaptainDuck: posts small blind 300
jessyj: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [9h 9s]
aceofpairs: folds
nebulous9: folds
Proximo 45: folds
Mike_Maloney: raises 900 to 1500
PkrBre: folds
Vikings2011: folds
starterbz57: raises 19137 to 20637 and is all-in
CaptainDuck: folds
jessyj: folds
Mike_Maloney: calls 14765 and is all-in

I know 9h 9s is not a great hand to take to the felt, but that push on the button is a serious overbet, and I can't help but think I'm at worse racing, and there's a good chance I'm way ahead of a smaller pocket pair. I felt like it was worth the gamble.

Uncalled bet (4372) returned to starterbz57
*** FLOP *** [6s 8d 3h]
*** TURN *** [6s 8d 3h] [Qd]
*** RIVER *** [6s 8d 3h Qd] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mike_Maloney: shows [9h 9s] (a pair of Nines)
starterbz57: shows [5c 8c] (a pair of Eights) (lol, nh sir)
Mike_Maloney collected 33880 from pot
Proximo 45 said, "tilt"
starterbz57 said, "NO" (lol again)

Freakin' great. They're just gifting me chips at this point. I punished the table a bit in level 11, picking up another 13,000 chips, including this gem:
POKERSTARS GAME #19313384310: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XI (400/800) - 2008/08/02 - 22:54:38 (ET)
Table '98287182 62' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: 23talterd (8447 in chips)
Seat 2: nebulous9 (6140 in chips)
Seat 3: Proximo 45 (18912 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (42129 in chips)
Seat 5: PkrBre (56490 in chips)
Seat 6: Vikings2011 (23847 in chips)
Seat 7: gagnon99 (9170 in chips)
Seat 8: CaptainDuck (15772 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 9: jessyj (22600 in chips)
Vikings2011: posts small blind 400
gagnon99: posts big blind 800
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [4s 4h]
CaptainDuck: folds
jessyj: folds
23talterd: folds
nebulous9: folds
Proximo 45: folds
CaptainDuck has returned
Mike_Maloney: raises 1200 to 2000
PkrBre: folds
Vikings2011: calls 1600
gagnon99: folds
*** FLOP *** [Th Jh 6s]
Vikings2011: checks
Mike_Maloney: checks
*** TURN *** [Th Jh 6s] [3d]
Vikings2011: bets 1200
Mike_Maloney: calls 1200
*** RIVER *** [Th Jh 6s 3d] [As]
Vikings2011: checks
Mike_Maloney: bets 5000
Vikings2011: folds
Uncalled bet (5000) returned to Mike_Maloney
Vikings2011 said, "got the ace?"
Mike_Maloney collected 7875 from pot
Mike_Maloney: doesn't show hand

I usually don't partake in much table chat, especially regarding what I was holding, but I was too amused at how tight this guy's image was, so I decided to make him feel better.

Mike_Maloney said, "Hope so"
Vikings2011 said, "thought so"
Vikings2011 said, "i had 99"
Mike_Maloney said, "good fold"
Vikings2011 said, "ty"
Vikings2011 said, "river get me then?"
Mike_Maloney said, "Yep, actually hit my straight"
Vikings2011 said, "o"

Fun times.

Beginning of level 12 now, blinds are at 500/1000/100 and I'm in pretty good shape, although I have a rather aggressive player to my left who has been gunning for me a bit, frequently calling my raises. I'd been waiting for a good chance to get back at him, although I didn't think it would be this easy:

POKERSTARS GAME #19313585788: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XII (500/1000) - 2008/08/02 - 23:04:25 (ET)
Table '98287182 62' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: 23talterd (6597 in chips)
Seat 2: halengoil (53074 in chips)
Seat 3: Proximo 45 (21829 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (44654 in chips)
Seat 5: PkrBre (67463 in chips)

Seat 6: Vikings2011 (19997 in chips)
Seat 7: gagnon99 (6520 in chips)
Seat 8: CaptainDuck (15797 in chips)
Seat 9: jessyj (20750 in chips)
PkrBre: posts small blind 500
Vikings2011: posts big blind 1000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [As Ac]
gagnon99: folds
CaptainDuck: folds
jessyj: folds
23talterd: folds
halengoil: folds
Proximo 45: folds
Mike_Maloney: raises 1500 to 2500
PkrBre: calls 2000
Vikings2011: folds
*** FLOP *** [Jd 6s Qd]
PkrBre: bets 52000
PkrBre said, "****"
PkrBre said, "sorry"
Mike_Maloney: calls 42054 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (9946) returned to PkrBre
*** TURN *** [Jd 6s Qd] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [Jd 6s Qd Th] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PkrBre: shows [4s 3d] (a pair of Tens)
Mike_Maloney: shows [As Ac] (two pair, Aces and Tens)
Mike_Maloney collected 91008 from pot
PkrBre said, "damn 1 miss click"

Gold. Sorry, I accidentally put you all-in with a misclick. Maybe he was just trying to bet 5,200 and added an extra zero. Either way, stupid time to pull that off.

This was the first time in the tournament where I had a legitimate stack, I was somewhere in the Top 30 or so, there were probably still over 1,000 players left. I stayed pretty tight for the rest of the hour and into the first half of the second hour, hovering around 90,000-100,00 chips. Here I picked up a decent pot against a shorty:

POKERSTARS GAME #19314446596: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XIV (800/1600) - 2008/08/02 - 23:48:38 (ET)
Table '98287182 62' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: cutter421 (66249 in chips)
Seat 2: halengoil (63685 in chips)
Seat 3: Proximo 45 (16648 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (93544 in chips)
Seat 5: PkrBre (29124 in chips)
Seat 6: Vikings2011 (15898 in chips)
Seat 7: nvdave (56395 in chips)
Seat 8: dogeatdoggie (5095 in chips)
Seat 9: jessyj (27226 in chips)
PkrBre: posts small blind 800
Vikings2011: posts big blind 1600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [8h 8c]
nvdave: folds
dogeatdoggie: folds
jessyj: folds
cutter421: folds
halengoil: folds
Proximo 45: raises 14898 to 16498 and is all-in
Mike_Maloney: calls 16498
PkrBre: folds
Vikings2011: folds
*** FLOP *** [6d 2d Ks]
*** TURN *** [6d 2d Ks] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [6d 2d Ks Kc] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Proximo 45: shows [Ad 3c] (a pair of Kings)
Mike_Maloney: shows [8h 8c] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
Mike_Maloney collected 36746 from pot

Shorty pushing from the cutoff, with my stack I am making that call every day of the week. His M is just above 5, his range is huge, and again, at worst I'm racing, but there's a good chance I'm ahead.

Okay, next level, level 15, here's my first big hand that I thought I completely screwed up and confused the hell out of me. I would later realize that my opponent really had no clue what he was doing, and would frequently overcall with nothing but a draw, but I didn't know that at the time:

POKERSTARS GAME #19314766101: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XV (1000/2000) - 2008/08/03 - 00:05:59 (ET)
Table '98287182 62' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: cutter421 (70099 in chips)
Seat 2: halengoil (108012 in chips)
Seat 3: steikas (93859 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (104442 in chips)
Seat 5: Typhoon_333 (5980 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 6: Urlacher#15 (46476 in chips)
Seat 7: nvdave (41645 in chips)
Seat 8: LE|F (185894 in chips)
Seat 9: jessyj (56752 in chips)
Urlacher#15: posts small blind 1000
nvdave: posts big blind 2000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [5s 3s]
LE|F: folds
jessyj: folds
cutter421: folds
halengoil: folds
steikas: calls 2000
Mike_Maloney: raises 7000 to 9000
Typhoon_333: folds
Urlacher#15: folds
nvdave: folds
steikas: calls 7000

This guy had been passively limping in MP/LP often, so I was really just planning on pushing him out of the pot.

*** FLOP *** [3c 9d 8c]
steikas: bets 6000
Mike_Maloney: raises 24000 to 30000
steikas: calls 24000

Okay, I didn't take his flop bet seriously at all. I really felt like I was still ahead. But when he called my re-raise, I figured I really screwed up this hand.

*** TURN *** [3c 9d 8c] [Jc]
steikas: checks
Mike_Maloney: checks
*** RIVER *** [3c 9d 8c Jc] [2s]
steikas: checks
Mike_Maloney: bets 65242 and is all-in
steikas: folds
Uncalled bet (65242) returned to Mike_Maloney
Mike_Maloney collected 82800 from pot
Mike_Maloney: doesn't show hand

What a weird line. Villain limps preflop, calls a raise OOP, then bets/calls on the flop, then checks the turn and the river? What the hell is that? I was so lost on this hand by the river, and my push was probably a mistake, but as I discovered later, this guy will play the weirdest hands preflop, and will stick with them even if he only has a draw. I've got a good example of it later on.

Whoops, actually I guess it's the next hand. Up to level 17 now, 2000/4000/400. Weird player:

POKERSTARS GAME #19315208644: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XVII (2000/4000) - 2008/08/03 - 00:30:57 (ET)
Table '98287182 62' 9-max Seat #9 is the button
Seat 2: halengoil (73253 in chips)
Seat 3: steikas (50512 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (152722 in chips)
Seat 5: DavidMont (19238 in chips)
Seat 6: Urlacher#15 (32076 in chips)
Seat 7: nvdave (87190 in chips)
Seat 8: LE|F (280788 in chips)
Seat 9: jessyj (66385 in chips)
halengoil: posts small blind 2000
steikas: posts big blind 4000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [6d As]
Mike_Maloney: raises 6000 to 10000

Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm UTG. Table was fairly tight, so with my stack I was being a little more liberal with my opening requirements

DavidMont: folds
Urlacher#15: folds
nvdave: folds
LE|F: folds
jessyj: folds
halengoil: folds
steikas: calls 6000
*** FLOP *** [Qd Qs 9h]
steikas: checks
Mike_Maloney: bets 15000
steikas: calls 15000
*** TURN *** [Qd Qs 9h] [Kh]
steikas: checks
Mike_Maloney: checks
*** RIVER *** [Qd Qs 9h Kh] [Qc]
steikas: checks
Mike_Maloney: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
steikas: shows [8s Js] (three of a kind, Queens)
Mike_Maloney: shows [6d As] (three of a kind, Queens - Ace kicker)
Mike_Maloney collected 55200 from pot
LE|F said, "wtf"

wtf indeed. I really wanted to bet on the river there to avoid showing my hand, but seriously, what the hell is that? Once I realized that this was how the guy played I was a lot more comfortable dealing with him, but man, this guy just doesn't have a clue. Ultimately he ended up pushing his Kh Th into my aces (My aces really held up well in this tournament).

Nice cooler in level 18:

POKERSTARS GAME #19315509671: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XVIII (2500/5000) - 2008/08/03 - 00:48:12 (ET)
Table '98287182 62' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: rambler_0001 (114858 in chips)
Seat 2: Geru L (90950 in chips)
Seat 3: carmelo55 (106439 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (195608 in chips)
Seat 5: DavidMont (41814 in chips)
Seat 6: Urlacher#15 (25152 in chips)
Seat 7: nvdave (40252 in chips)
Seat 8: LE|F (386545 in chips)
Seat 9: jessyj (44885 in chips)
LE|F: posts small blind 2500
jessyj: posts big blind 5000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [9h 9s]
rambler_0001: folds
Geru L: raises 10000 to 15000
carmelo55: folds
Mike_Maloney: calls 15000
DavidMont: folds
Urlacher#15: folds
nvdave: folds
LE|F: folds
jessyj: folds
*** FLOP *** [Ks Kc 9d]
Geru L: bets 10000
Mike_Maloney: calls 10000
*** TURN *** [Ks Kc 9d] [5d]
Geru L: bets 20000
Mike_Maloney: raises 150108 to 170108 and is all-in
Geru L: calls 45450 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (104658) returned to Mike_Maloney
*** RIVER *** [Ks Kc 9d 5d] [Ad]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Geru L: shows [Td Kd] (a flush, Ace high)
Mike_Maloney: shows [9h 9s] (a full house, Nines full of Kings)
Mike_Maloney collected 192900 from pot

Poker's a bitch sometimes. Of course, so is raising K-T sooted from UTG+1.

So this next hand was in level 20, and the only reason I bring it up is because I believe it's my only 4-bet preflop of the tournament. It's really not something I do much of, unless I have a big hand. I might have folded to the 3-bet, but my opponent had recently ramped up the aggression, frequently opening into the pot or re-raising people, along with a double up not too long ago, so I thought there was a good chance he was on a total steal attempt.

POKERSTARS GAME #19316057088: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XX (3500/7000) - 2008/08/03 - 01:21:41 (ET)
Table '98287182 113' 9-max Seat #9 is the button
Seat 1: Mike_Maloney (250358 in chips)
Seat 2: silkybob111 (321782 in chips)
Seat 3: jrb20 (403678 in chips)
Seat 4: calliblue (268900 in chips)
Seat 5: molrock (112975 in chips)
Seat 6: Waterboard (141800 in chips)
Seat 7: CougarZ (247086 in chips)
Seat 8: Mgusso554 (74474 in chips)
Seat 9: stevokok (176687 in chips)
Mike_Maloney: posts small blind 3500
silkybob111: posts big blind 7000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [7h As]
jrb20: folds
calliblue: folds
molrock: folds
Waterboard: folds
CougarZ: folds
Mgusso554: folds
stevokok: folds
Mike_Maloney: raises 17500 to 24500
silkybob111: raises 59500 to 84000
Mike_Maloney: raises 165658 to 249658 and is all-in
silkybob111: folds
Uncalled bet (165658) returned to Mike_Maloney
Mike_Maloney collected 174300 from pot
Mike_Maloney: doesn't show hand

I'm sure to some of you that are more aggressive than I am this is pretty standard stuff, but for me it's definitely something I struggle with.

A few hands later I picked up my biggest pot of the tournament:

POKERSTARS GAME #19316100835: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XX (3500/7000) - 2008/08/03 - 01:24:33 (ET)
Table '98287182 113' 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: Mike_Maloney (338558 in chips)
Seat 2: silkybob111 (232182 in chips)
Seat 3: jrb20 (391078 in chips)
Seat 4: calliblue (259800 in chips)
Seat 5: molrock (110875 in chips)
Seat 6: Waterboard (139700 in chips)
Seat 7: CougarZ (237986 in chips)
Seat 8: Mgusso554 (96174 in chips)
Seat 9: stevokok (191387 in chips)
calliblue: posts small blind 3500
molrock: posts big blind 7000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Kh Jh]
Waterboard: folds
CougarZ: folds
Mgusso554: folds
stevokok: raises 14000 to 21000
Mike_Maloney: calls 21000

Loose call by me, but I had position on him and felt pretty comfortable about playing against him postflop

silkybob111: folds
jrb20: folds
calliblue: folds
molrock: folds
*** FLOP *** [8d 4h 9h]
stevokok: bets 21000

Pretty good flop for me. His bet is pretty weak, and comes across as a c-bet, considering it's only about 40% of the pot. When you start getting deeper into a tournament, people with significant stacks can get very conservative, and won't commit to big decisions. Bets like this stick out like a sore thumb, and I felt pretty confident that my opponent was not strong at all, and with a strong drawing hand I felt this was an easy spot to ramp up the aggression.

Mike_Maloney: raises 64000 to 85000
stevokok: raises 84687 to 169687 and is all-in
Mike_Maloney: calls 84687
*** TURN *** [8d 4h 9h] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [8d 4h 9h 9s] [6h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
stevokok: shows [Ah Js] (a pair of Nines) (Ace high no goot here)
Mike_Maloney: shows [Kh Jh] (a flush, King high)
Mike_Maloney collected 398174 from pot

As you can see, another stellar play from one of my opponents. Just to run some quick numbers, my raise to 85,000 meant there was around 160,000 in the pot, and I had my opponent covered. So when he pushes, it's 85,000 for me to call into a pot of about 320,000. With the second-nut flush draw and two overs, I am never, ever folding getting 4:1. I was actually a little disgusted when my opponent flipped over Ah Js because he literally had Ace high, but at the time had the better hand. Even still, that's an absolutely awful play on his part, and I was not going to be too thrilled if he won the hand because of it.

But, I hit my flush, and actually at that time I became the chip leader of the tournament, which was kind of cool. There were probably over 100 people left at this point. I continued to pick spots to accumulate chips, not trying to play too aggressive, as the escalating blinds made my stack still very vulnerable to a few lost pots. But I was able to chip up to 700,000, then 800,000 chips.

Here was a fun hand where I got caught trying to steal a hand, but I run goot so it doesn't matter:

POKERSTARS GAME #19316835730: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XXIII (6000/12000) - 2008/08/03 - 02:16:11 (ET)
Table '98287182 113' 9-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: Mike_Maloney (786161 in chips)
Seat 2: silkybob111 (77082 in chips)
Seat 3: jrb20 (459474 in chips)
Seat 4: woody414 (90166 in chips)
Seat 5: molrock (235150 in chips)
Seat 6: GoodOneFig (316511 in chips)
Seat 8: Mgusso554 (294748 in chips)
Seat 9: amomi (103999 in chips)
silkybob111: posts small blind 6000
jrb20: posts big blind 12000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [8c Jh]
woody414: folds
molrock: folds
GoodOneFig: folds
Mgusso554: folds
amomi: calls 12000
Mike_Maloney: raises 36000 to 48000
silkybob111: raises 27882 to 75882 and is all-in
jrb20: folds
amomi: folds
Mike_Maloney: calls 27882
Mike_Maloney said, "lol"
*** FLOP *** [Kc Ks 8d]
*** TURN *** [Kc Ks 8d] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Kc Ks 8d 6d] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
silkybob111: shows [As Qs] (a pair of Kings)
Mike_Maloney: shows [8c Jh] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
Mike_Maloney collected 185364 from pot

Oops. Oh well, AQ is for suckers anyways. :)

Lost a bit in level 24 (8,000/16,000/4,000) when KJ < A8. The next interesting hand was in level 26, where I used some position, aggression, and previous experience to push one of the chipleaders out of a pot:

POKERSTARS GAME #19317479019: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XXVI (15000/30000) - 2008/08/03 - 03:09:40 (ET)
Table '98287182 366' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: shearmichael (1430001 in chips)
Seat 2: krysone (451552 in chips)
Seat 4: GoodOneFig (444822 in chips)
Seat 5: LE|F (1255797 in chips)
Seat 7: ubermensch2k (656219 in chips)
Seat 8: Mike_Maloney (988102 in chips)
Seat 9: Yakapow (833924 in chips)
Yakapow: posts small blind 15000
shearmichael: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [4d 5d]
krysone: folds
GoodOneFig: folds
LE|F: folds
ubermensch2k: folds
Mike_Maloney: raises 45000 to 75000
Yakapow: folds
shearmichael: calls 45000

Opponent had been making it clear that he was not interested in having me steal a bunch of pots. I got away with it a couple times, but then I started seeing a lot more calls and 3-bets from him, so I knew he was making this call pretty light since I was stealing on the button.

*** FLOP *** [Ah 2d Th]
shearmichael: bets 120000
Mike_Maloney: raises 240000 to 360000
shearmichael: folds
Uncalled bet (240000) returned to Mike_Maloney
Mike_Maloney collected 426000 from pot
Mike_Maloney: doesn't show hand

This goes back to what I was saying about big stacks playing conservatively. shearmichael was Top 3 in chips at the time, and he was not a terribly wild player. So even when he bet out, I did not give him a lot of credit for a hand. As I said, he was mostly playing back at me, and I don't see him betting out here if he has an ace. If anything, a trap here would be more in order, so a check would have been more suspicious. Nice hand that moved me over the 1 million (!) mark.

Knocked a shorty out with my kings, pushed shearmichael off another hand holding third pair on an A-Q-9-7 board, but wasn't seeing much else.

So, level 27, we get down to our final three tables, and I ultimately make my fatal mistake. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000/4,000, we're looking at 96,000 in every pot, so even the chipleaders sitting at 1.8 million don't even have an M of 20, so every pot was important.

POKERSTARS GAME #19317622936: TOURNAMENT #98287182, $3.00+$0.30 HOLD'EM NO LIMIT - LEVEL XXVII (20000/40000) - 2008/08/03 - 03:22:41 (ET)
Table '98287182 366' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 2: krysone (1091104 in chips)
Seat 3: WastedMnd420 (511338 in chips)
Seat 4: GoodOneFig (431644 in chips)
Seat 5: LE|F (1856874 in chips)
Seat 6: win51888 (1284316 in chips)
Seat 7: ubermensch2k (503219 in chips)
Seat 8: Mike_Maloney (1202102 in chips)
Seat 9: Yakapow (1633551 in chips)
ubermensch2k: posts small blind 20000
Mike_Maloney: posts big blind 40000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [8c Tc]
Yakapow: folds
krysone: folds
WastedMnd420: folds
GoodOneFig: folds
LE|F: folds
win51888: raises 60250 to 100250
ubermensch2k: folds
Mike_Maloney: calls 60250
*** FLOP *** [Jh 9d Ks]
Mike_Maloney: checks
win51888: bets 175000
Mike_Maloney: raises 922852 to 1097852 and is all-in
win51888: calls 922852
*** TURN *** [Jh 9d Ks] [8s]
*** RIVER *** [Jh 9d Ks 8s] [6c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mike_Maloney: shows [8c Tc] (a pair of Eights)
win51888: shows [9c Kd] (two pair, Kings and Nines)
win51888 collected 2448204 from pot
win51888 said, "gg"

On one hand, I don't mind my thought process there. Check-raising an OESD has its advantages. The problem is, and I kept hearing this from the back of my head, it's a tough flop to pull it off. Let's say I'm holding 6-8 and the flop comes 7-9-2. A check-raise against the original raiser is much more likely to have success, because the flop probably missed him. A K-J-9 flop, on the other hand, is much more dangerous, and there's a decent chance he caught a part of it.

I had a couple options here. First off, I have no problem with my call preflop. It was a button raise, I have suited connectors, not a strong hand, but something I'm okay with playing here. The flop was not a great one for me, but it did give me a strong drawing hand. Any 7 gives me the nuts, and a Q probably gives me the best hand. A check here is okay, betting out might work too, although I would definitely have to fold to any aggression. His bet is a solid one, so I think I either have to call or fold. As I said, given the texture of the flop, trying to push him off the hand is a dangerous idea. I'm not thrilled at the idea of calling his bet, because you have to get away from the hand on the turn if you don't hit. Ultimately, my best play here was probably to check-fold on the flop and live to fight another day. I was sitting about 12th or so in chips, so I certainly was not in danger by folding.

Very unfortunate time to have a laps in judgment like that, as 27th place is really not going to get you any significant money. Still, nice to get that deep, been a while for me, and I felt pretty comfortable for the most part, so hopefully I can see some more of these in the future.

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