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Poker :: A disappointing final table...
  submitted on May 8, 2007, 4:09 PM

I swear I'll find something non-poker related to write about one of these days.

It's kind of nice to say that I made it to the final table of a blogger tournament and am actually disappointed with my finish. I used to struggle a lot in the blonkaments. I feel a lot better about my play these days (Still nothing great, but better), and I'm happy for the most part with my play in the BBT so far. 12 events, 6 finishes in the points, and 4 cashes, including 4 final tables and 2 second-place finishes. 7th overall in points, 1st in money earned, as I'm the only person who has raked in over $1,000 so far. My ROI on these is at 676%, which is great. After missing the points in 4 straight events, I've now picked up points in 2 out of the last 3 events (and the one I missed was a HORSE event, ugh, fucking Stud).

I would like to up my 'in the points' percentage. It's only at 50% right now, and I'd like it up closer to 75%. I don't know that I play well enough to keep it any higher than that. I do like that when I make the points, I'm hitting the final table and cashing 66% of the time. Making the final table is something I would really struggle with, as once I reached the last two or three tables, I had a hard time closing the deal and making that last push, so I'm glad that I've been handling that better as of late.

Anyways, last night was a pretty crazy tournament for me. Very first hand I end up with pocket 10s in the SB. Columbo (Who actually blogged about this hand) min-raised to 60 in MP. Folded around to me, I re-pop it to 150, he calls. Flop is 3c 5d 4d. I bet out 275, he re-raises to 888, I push, he folds. Hoy called my re-raise a terrible move, which I guess I'll have to look into it a bit more, maybe I had the wrong line of thought in the hand. I took his min-raise at face value, and to me it looked weak. Maybe AJ, AQ, maybe a low to mid pocket pair. I wasn't worried about pocket pairs higher than mine, because I thought he would have raised more than that preflop. So, the flop drops 5-high, and the only thing I'm worried about is trips. I bet out, and I tried to bet it out to make it look like I was strong. For whatever reason (and maybe this was my error), I felt like the re-raise was because he thought I was bluffing with AK or AQ and he thought his pp was good. I thought that was the most likely situation, and that there was a small chance he had trips. But I honestly thought I had the best hand, so I pushed. I tried to represent a stronger hand than whatever he had, which is truly what I thought I had, and that didn't end up being the case, but I won the hand. His actions preflop caused me to immediately discount a higher pocket pair. Is that the wrong line of thinking for me to take? Maybe it is, I'm not sure.

Anyways, I scooped a pretty big pot because of that hand, picked up another pot a little later when I picked up queens and won some money off of someone with tens, although they made a great fold on the turn. My first big hand was with ducks in MP, I limped, guy to my left limps, and we go the flop. I hit a set, bet out, he raises, I re-raise him almost all-in, he pushes and I call, and he flips over Q9 sooted for a flush draw. No pair, no trips, a flush draw. I don't understand that play at all. I get the raise, but once I put him all-in, are you really willing to call off all your chips on a Q-high flush draw? My set held up, and I jumped up to 7,000+ in chips. I bled some off towards the end of hour one after several pre-flop raises/calls I ended up dumping when someone playing after me re-raised and squeezed my sooted connectors out. Finished up the first hour at around 6,000 and in the top 10.

I don't remember anything significant happening in hour two, although Columbo did drop the hammer on some poor bastard's aces when he turned a set of sevens on him. Sick. I literally had pocket 10s five or six times during the tourney for some reason, although I don't think I ever saw aces or kings. I don't think I ever got below 17th or so on the leaderboard, and I spent most of my time in the top 10/top 5. I think when the points bubble broke I was in 3rd, and I stayed up there for a while, but once we got down to 2 tables or so, I struggled a bit, not getting much to play and blinding down to 7th or 8th.

We hit the final table and I was around 5th or 6th in chips with around 20,000. Blinders went out pretty quickly in 9th, and then the brilliant Wawfuls picked up a 2 for 1 and knocked out 7th and 8th in one hand, landing the rest of us in the money. We played six-handed for a while, when I woke up with queens in the SB. I raised the original raiser, who called. Flop was 8 high, I bet out, he pushed, I had to call, he flips over 9s. Turn's a 9, and I'm crippled at 3,500 chips with the blinds at 1,000/2,000. However, I make a huge comeback, pushing and doubling up a couple times, and continuing to push and scoop up the blinds. I actually had the chip lead for one hand after that whole ordeal, which I thought was a pretty good accomplishment. It all came crashing down when I ran my 89 sooted into Kings on a 6 6 10 flop with one flush card. I picked up the draw on the turn, but only picked up a pair on the river and IGH in 6th. Not really the best play by me, but I think he folds that if he doesn't have a pp. Although his bets were fishy, I should have seen it coming. I just got foolish and it cost me. That's what was frustrating about the final table. I had made a huge comeback, was third in chips, I didn't need to push there with a mediocre hand, but I was impatient. I should have known better.

Well, that's all for now. Probably won't play much tomorrow, maybe I can improve on my average finish of 44th in The Mookie on Wednesday. Oof.

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