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Poker :: Mookie Recap
  submitted on August 16, 2008, 3:33 PM


So Wednesday was Mookday, and that meant another chance to prevent this guy from taking the top spot on the overall money leaderboard and winning his bet. I will give Waffles credit, this bet has certainly made the Mookie quite entertaining as of late, and it also seems to have elevated his play as well.

I was fresh off an 8th place finish at the Mookie last week, where I flopped top pair with my AJ, decided to slow play against Waffles since he had position and a big stack, unfortunately for me he turned trips when a 4 hit, and we then got it all in with me drawing dead. Unfortunate, but I'm pretty happy with my play there. The big thing about that tourney, though, was that I decided to play very tight. I didn't try to see cheap flops early on, expand my range of starting hands in position too wide, just tried to stick to the strong hands and go from there. I find this tends to have success in blogger tournaments, because we have many fairly aggressive players to play against. Although LJ told me the other day that she thought bloggers were too tight, I feel like it's the other way around. But then again, we're on different ends of the playing spectrum, so it makes sense that we look at the blogger community differently.

Anyways, it worked pretty well for me, as I had a low seen flop percentage, but a good won at showdown percentage. I decided to try and employ that again this week, and it again worked well, although I will admit, for the first hour, I was getting a disgusting number of premium hands. AA twice in the first hour (And a third time when we were down to 2 tables) AK once, KK twice, and TT twice. In the first hour! Ridiculous. However, the unfortunate thing is that I couldn't get action on anything to save my life. I feel like normally in a blogger tournament I am constantly being 3-bet preflop, check-raised postflop, whatever. Always facing aggression. And for whatever reason this week, I didn't encounter any 3-bets, and my continuation bets after the flop encountered no resistance. Here's a brief sampling:

Seat 1: stl_phily (2,765)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (2,795)
NumbBono posts the small blind of 25
stl_phily posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Jh Ac]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 150
stl_phily calls 100
*** FLOP *** [Qd 4c Js]
stl_phily checks
Mike_Maloney checks
*** TURN *** [Qd 4c Js] [Td]
stl_phily checks
Mike_Maloney bets 250
stl_phily folds
Uncalled bet of 250 returned to Mike_Maloney


Seat 3: SuiteAPlayer (10,130)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (3,470)
Seat 8: kruchal (2,200)
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 25
pokerpeaker posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Qh Ah]
kruchal calls 50
SuiteAPlayer calls 50
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 300
kruchal folds
SuiteAPlayer calls 250
*** FLOP *** [As 7c 9s]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets 700
SuiteAPlayer has 15 seconds left to act
SuiteAPlayer folds
Uncalled bet of 700 returned to Mike_Maloney


Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (3,870)
Seat 7: BrainMc (3,505)
Seat 9: NumbBono (2,995)
SuiteAPlayer posts the small blind of 30
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ad Ac]
BrainMc calls 60
NumbBono has 15 seconds left to act
NumbBono raises to 225
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 750
BrainMc folds
NumbBono folds
Uncalled bet of 525 returned to Mike_Maloney


Seat 2: J Haze (2,735)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (4,155)
BrainMc posts the small blind of 30
kruchal posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Kh Kd]
J Haze calls 60
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 240
J Haze calls 180
*** FLOP *** [3c 6c 9s]
J Haze checks
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets 570
J Haze folds
Uncalled bet of 570 returned to Mike_Maloney


Seat 3: SuiteAPlayer (10,575)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (4,365)
Seat 6: Astin (3,705)
NumbBono posts the small blind of 40
J Haze posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Kd Kc]
SuiteAPlayer calls 80
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 320
Astin calls 320
SuiteAPlayer folds
*** FLOP *** [9d 6s 3c]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney checks
Astin checks
*** TURN *** [9d 6s 3c] [3h]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney checks
Astin bets 400
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 1,200
Astin folds
Uncalled bet of 800 returned to Mike_Maloney


Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (5,335)
Seat 8: kruchal (2,945)
BrainMc posts the small blind of 50
kruchal posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ah As]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 300
kruchal calls 200
*** FLOP *** [3d 5c Ac]
kruchal checks
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets 650
kruchal folds
Uncalled bet of 650 returned to Mike_Maloney


Good lord. The only hand I got anything resembling playback was my KK hand against Astin where I had to check the flop and the turn to even get him to bet out, and then he just folded to my raise anyways. All my raising, c-betting, general aggression, all without having to show down any of my hands, and no one even attempts to look me up the whole time? Argh. I don't even know how that happens. So an hour into the tourney, and I was fortunately up to 5700 chips thanks to all the cards I was getting, despite not showing down a single hand outside of the blinds.

However, early on in hour two I gave it all back on a hand I had a hard time with postflop.

Seat 2: J Haze (1,745)
Seat 3: SuiteAPlayer (10,715)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (5,015)
Seat 5: pokerpeaker (4,475), is sitting out
Seat 6: Astin (3,085)
Seat 7: BrainMc (3,295)
Seat 8: kruchal (2,645)
Seat 9: NumbBono (2,410)
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 60
pokerpeaker posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Td Tc]
Astin raises to 360
BrainMc folds
kruchal calls 360
NumbBono folds
J Haze folds
SuiteAPlayer folds
pokerpeaker has returned
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 1,300
pokerpeaker folds
Astin folds
kruchal has 15 seconds left to act
kruchal calls 940
*** FLOP *** [Js As 6s]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets 1,344
kruchal calls 1,344
*** TURN *** [Js As 6s] [Jc]
Mike_Maloney: man that flop sucked
Mike_Maloney checks
kruchal bets 1, and is all in
Mike_Maloney calls 1
kruchal shows [6d 6h]
Mike_Maloney shows [Td Tc]
*** RIVER *** [Js As 6s Jc] [8h]
kruchal shows a full house, Sixes full of Jacks
Mike_Maloney shows two pair, Jacks and Tens
kruchal wins the pot (5,770) with a full house, Sixes full of Jacks

So, if I can get results oriented for a second, I hate that play by my opponent. I am re-raising from the blinds for over a quarter of my stack, knowing I am out of position. I'm not 3-betting light here, although there is the possibility of a squeeze play, so I'm not necessarily uber strong. Still, it's safe to assume I have a strong hand. Second, my raise means my opponent has to call off literally half of his stack to see the flop. And he's going to do that with 66? I mean, aside from hoping to hit a set, I can't see what that accomplishes at all. I really hate that call.

But anyways, I really get into an awkward position here post flop. My opponent only has 1300 left, and there is already a pot of over 3000, and the flop was completely awful for me, two overs, three flush cards (of which I have none), and now I'm first to act. Ultimately I decided to use the ace as a scare card, and hope he didn't have JJ and would fold. I figured he had to have some kind of a had to flat call that kind of raise, but it also didn't seem like he would have A-x, because AK would likely re-raise, and I don't see how you can make a call there with AQ or lower. I guess I was putting him on something like KK-99, and was hoping the ace would get him to fold. I don't know if that's the right play there, but again, because he just flat called off half of his stack preflop, it really screwed with me postflop when he doesn't have much left in his stack, but the flop missed me pretty hard. Anyways, turned out he just got real lucky on the flop and I ended up losing half my chips.

Anyways, seems like some of my early aggression did pay some dividends later, as I was able to catch the big stack to my right trying to push back at an unfortunate time:

Seat 2: J Haze (3,850)
Seat 3: SuiteAPlayer (9,090)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (2,370)
Seat 5: pokerpeaker (4,295)
Seat 6: Astin (2,545)
Seat 7: BrainMc (3,475)
Seat 8: kruchal (3,060)
Seat 9: NumbBono (4,700)
SuiteAPlayer posts the small blind of 60
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [9s 9c]
pokerpeaker folds
Astin folds
BrainMc folds
kruchal folds
NumbBono folds
J Haze folds
SuiteAPlayer calls 60
Mike_Maloney raises to 360
SuiteAPlayer has 15 seconds left to act
SuiteAPlayer raises to 9,090, and is all in
Mike_Maloney calls 2,010, and is all in
SuiteAPlayer shows [Td 6h]
Mike_Maloney shows [9s 9c]
Uncalled bet of 6,720 returned to SuiteAPlayer
*** FLOP *** [Jh 3s 6c]
*** TURN *** [Jh 3s 6c] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [Jh 3s 6c 5d] [5c]
SuiteAPlayer shows two pair, Sixes and Fives
Mike_Maloney shows two pair, Nines and Fives
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (4,740) with two pair, Nines and Fives

I couldn't hit the call button fast enough. I think I had pushed him around in the blinds once or twice before, so coupled with all my other preflop raises I had been making, I guess he felt like I was full of it. Good double up for me, and I was able to get back into things.

Not much action for me the rest of the second hour, although I had to fold a button re-raise with 88 to a push, and lost a race against Astin 77 < AK, and just like that I was down to 1900 chips. But fortunately I was able to get a big hand at the right time and pick up a nice pot:

Seat 2: J Haze (3,735)
Seat 3: SuiteAPlayer (19,388)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (2,307)
Seat 5: pokerpeaker (1,015)
Seat 6: DDionysus (1,820)
Seat 7: mclarich (15,380)
Seat 9: NumbBono (2,890)
J Haze antes 50
SuiteAPlayer antes 50
Mike_Maloney antes 50
pokerpeaker antes 50
DDionysus antes 50
mclarich antes 50
NumbBono antes 50
J Haze posts the small blind of 200
SuiteAPlayer posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #1
Mike_Maloney: bounty hunter
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Qs Qh]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
J Haze: nh
Mike_Maloney raises to 2,257, and is all in
pokerpeaker calls 965, and is all in
mclarich: hola new table
DDionysus folds
mclarich calls 2,257
NumbBono folds
J Haze folds
SuiteAPlayer folds
Mike_Maloney shows [Qs Qh]
pokerpeaker shows [8h 8d]
mclarich shows [7s 7h]
*** FLOP *** [Kc 2c 2h]
*** TURN *** [Kc 2c 2h] [9c]
mclarich: doh
*** RIVER *** [Kc 2c 2h 9c] [As]
Mike_Maloney shows two pair, Queens and Twos
mclarich shows two pair, Sevens and Twos
Mike_Maloney wins the side pot (2,584) with two pair, Queens and Twos
pokerpeaker shows two pair, Eights and Twos
Mike_Maloney wins the main pot (3,845) with two pair, Queens and Twos


Into the third hour, the blinds were up to 200/400/50, so with a stack of 5,000 I needed to make some moves and climb up the leaderboard, which I was able to do by winning three hands in a row, shoving 8s 9s in the big blind to a couple limpers, shoving Ah 9c into the big blind from the small blind, and taking the blinds with Ks Qs from the button. Just like that I was up to 8500 chips, and finally felt like I had some breathing room once again. We were then down to two tables, and I found my third AA hand of the night and jumped up to 10,000 chips, although I gave back a few thousand when my 98 sooted was no good against 66 in the blinds. But I hung in there, got back above the 10,000 chip mark, and was in 6th place or so going into the final table.

Here is my one big suckout hand that I had during the tournament, which propelled me into the chiplead:

Seat 1: PirateLawyer (23,376)
Seat 2: DrewFours (18,375)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (17,074)
Seat 5: corron10 (26,648)
Seat 6: KngofKngs (19,678)
Seat 8: Julkeus (20,384)
Seat 9: NYRambler (30,465)
PirateLawyer antes 125
DrewFours antes 125
Mike_Maloney antes 125
corron10 antes 125
KngofKngs antes 125
Julkeus antes 125
NYRambler antes 125
DrewFours posts the small blind of 500
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [9s 8c]
DrewFours: ty
corron10 folds
KngofKngs folds
DrewFours: jit
Julkeus folds
NYRambler raises to 2,600
PirateLawyer has 15 seconds left to act
PirateLawyer folds
DrewFours: lol
DrewFours folds
Mike_Maloney calls 1,600
*** FLOP *** [6c 8s 7d]
Mike_Maloney checks
NYRambler bets 4,000
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 14,349, and is all in
NYRambler calls 10,349
Mike_Maloney shows [9s 8c]
NYRambler shows [7h 7s]
*** TURN *** [6c 8s 7d] [Tc]
*** RIVER *** [6c 8s 7d Tc] [Jh]
Mike_Maloney shows a straight, Jack high
NYRambler shows three of a kind, Sevens
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (35,273) with a straight, Jack high

Rambler had been aggressive in LP with his raises, which makes since considering he was in the chiplead. I hadn't been able to call his raises before, so I thought 8c 9s was okay to call, and I was okay with getting rid of it on a dangerous flop. I hit the flop pretty hard, with top pair and an open-ended straight draw, and I opted for the check-raise since Rambler was almost certainly going to bet out. Props to him for throwing out what looked to be a perfectly harmless c-bet, I didn't think for a second that he really had much of a hand. I figured even if he did have a hand I was probably drawing to 13 outs, but it turns out I only had 8. But I got lucky and hit one of them, and took over the chip lead.

I didn't get too many eliminations at the final table, although I did knock out AJ with AK when there were six left, to give myself about a 20,000 chip cushion over the second place person. Within about 10 hands 5th through 3rd was eliminated, and since I was not involved in those, I walked into heads up with NYRambler with a 100k to 60k chip deficit. HU didn't last too long, as Rambler was being pretty aggressive, so I decided to take a stand with another check-raise holding an open-ended straight draw, but karma's a bitch and I ran into KK this time, and couldn't find any outs:

Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (59,018)
Seat 9: NYRambler (96,982)
Mike_Maloney antes 200
NYRambler antes 200
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 800
NYRambler posts the big blind of 1,600
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [6c 7h]
Mike_Maloney calls 800
NYRambler raises to 4,800
Mike_Maloney calls 3,200
*** FLOP *** [4d 5s 5h]
NYRambler bets 6,400
Mike_Maloney raises to 54,018, and is all in
NYRambler calls 47,618
Mike_Maloney shows [6c 7h]
NYRambler shows [Kc Kh]
*** TURN *** [4d 5s 5h] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [4d 5s 5h Td] [Ah]
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Fives
NYRambler shows two pair, Kings and Fives
NYRambler wins the pot (118,036) with two pair, Kings and Fives

I don't really have any problem with my play there. Again, nice job on his part disguising the strength of his hand with a good-sized c-bet, and with his previous aggression it was hard to tell when he actually had a hand. I think my push is successful there a lot, and I got a little unlucky by running into kings. What goes around comes around, I guess. Good game by NYRambler, I felt like he played pretty strong throughout.

Felt good getting second in the Mookie, although I'm sad that I didn't get to sit with Waffles once. I guess there's always next week.

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