Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Super Tight beginning, Very Brutal Ending

I played in the Blogger WSOP satellite on PokerStars last night. When I sat down and saw that we had 5000 in chips with 1/2 hour blinds I assumed this thing would go 8 hours. With 5000 in chips and 10/20 blinds to start the implied odds are through the roof. I like to start tournaments tight, and loosen up as things go along, but the implied odds were begging for you to hit a big hand with a small pocket pair or suited connector. I wanted to take some chances, but as you can see below, I played about as tight of a first hour as humanly possible (3 flops, 1 from outside of a blind!)

Even with this ridiculous level of tightness, I finished the first hour with just about 5k in chips, and not far below the average. After the break, I would finally get a big implied odds hand, and get all of my money in as a huge favorite on the turn. It would not be my night. See below, but be warned, it is a bad beat.

PokerStars Game #4513344499: Tournament #21868191, Hold'em No Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2006/04/03 - 22:17:05 (ET)
Table '21868191 5' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: frogalog (6215 in chips)
Seat 2: lifesagrind (7075 in chips)
Seat 3: Blinders (4765 in chips)
Seat 4: bjtylerx (5565 in chips)
Seat 5: Maudie (5620 in chips)
Seat 6: grupper (3425 in chips)
Seat 7: albHammer (4745 in chips)
Seat 8: ArthurPDent (9030 in chips)
Seat 9: StatikKling (7920 in chips)
albHammer: posts small blind 25
ArthurPDent: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Blinders [4d 4h]
StatikKling: raises 100 to 150
frogalog: folds
lifesagrind: folds
Blinders: calls 150
bjtylerx: folds
Maudie: calls 150
grupper: folds
ArthurPDent said, "well the first thing to do, is get those distracting blondes off my screen"
albHammer: folds
ArthurPDent: folds
*** FLOP *** [4c Th Jh]
StatikKling: bets 350
Blinders: calls 350
Maudie: folds
*** TURN *** [4c Th Jh] [Jd]
ArthurPDent said, "AND that sexy Papa Smurf!"
StatikKling: checks
StatikKling said, "I love that icon"
Blinders: bets 700
StatikKling: raises 700 to 1400
Blinders: raises 1150 to 2550
StatikKling: raises 1150 to 3700
Blinders: raises 565 to 4265 and is all-in
StatikKling: calls 565
*** RIVER *** [4c Th Jh Jd] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
StatikKling: shows [Kc Js] (a full house, Jacks full of Tens)
Blinders: shows [4d 4h] (a full house, Fours full of Jacks)
StatikKling said, "nh"
StatikKling collected 9755 from pot
ArthurPDent said, "whoa"
Maudie said, "nasty"

Well that sucked, guess it was not going to be my night. The one good thing was, at least I got the bad beat out of the way early rather then after investing 6 or more hours. I also got to watch the second half of the NCAA title game without distractions which was cool. The tourney ended up going 7 1/4 hours (4:10am East Coast). I hope they have more with this structure. Its like playing a 2-day live event in one evening, and is great preporation for the main event.


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