Tuesday, May 08, 2007

512 to 1

I final tabled the Hoy last night. It was my 9th time in the points in 9 tries. Getting into the points in a BBT event is no big deal. No more difficult than winning a coinflip. But winning 9 straight coinflips, that is 512 to 1. I am now 12th place overall, even though I have only played slightly more than 1/2 of the events. Me and Drizz are the only two in the top 20 with less than 10 entries. I also passed the smack talking, so-called MTT specialist Smokkee which feels particularly good. It would not come easy though.

My starting table was as tough as they come in a blogger event. It was a very aggressive table, and the combination of the constant preflop raising and my lack of anything remotely playable kept me from seeing any flops. Weak/Tight is now the new tight aggressive, or at least it seems to work better in these blonkaments. I got pretty frustrated about 1/2 hour in, and played back at MiamiDon who was rightly, relentlessly, attacking my big blind from his button. The hand history is below.

Full Tilt Poker Game #2376026316: Mondays at the Hoy (17511686), Table 3 - 30/60 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:35:32 ET - 2007/05/07
Seat 1: MiamiDon (2,230)
Seat 2: InstantTragedy (2,235)
Seat 3: Blinders (2,700)
Seat 4: Mattazuma (4,525)
Seat 5: AlCantHang (1,820)
Seat 6: jeciimd (5,410)
Seat 7: VinNay (2,620)
Seat 9: irongirl01 (5,460)
InstantTragedy posts the small blind of 30
Blinders posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Blinders [Ks Tc]
Mattazuma folds
AlCantHang folds
jeciimd folds
VinNay folds
irongirl01 folds
MiamiDon raises to 180 (here we go again)
InstantTragedy folds
Blinders raises to 420 (KTo is not great, but Don could have abything. He will put me on a big hand if I reraise)
MiamiDon calls 240
*** FLOP *** [Ad 7d 6s]
Blinders bets 500 (AK is a very believable holding for me, I will represent it)
MiamiDon: nut flush draw with a pair (I did not even catch this comment at the time)
MiamiDon: ready to go?
MiamiDon has 15 seconds left to act
MiamiDon raises to 1,810, and is all in (FAAAAWK)
InstantTragedy: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bdkjXU2wA78
Blinders: ready to go home???
Blinders has 15 seconds left to act
Blinders: not me (bluff got busted)
Blinders folds
Uncalled bet of 1,310 returned to MiamiDon
MiamiDon mucks
MiamiDon wins the pot (1,870)

This would drop me down to about 1600 in chips, but it was early. No reason to get overly concerned, but the streak is in jeopardy. I don't like what I did though. In these deepstack MTTs there really is no reason to make a big move like this in the first hour. If you are not catching cards it is better to just keep building a weak/tight image that you can exploit later when the blinds/antes matter. Shortly after the first break my stats looked like this.
That is 82 hands without seeing a river, only seeing one turn, and a squeaky tight 6 flops. I was not in good shape. I would catch some cards in the second hour and start to rebuild my stack. With the blinds starting to increase, and my stack at about 2k, I jammed from the button with 77, and got two callers. I would triple through. I would jam later from the button with KJo and get called by both blinds. An Ace would flop, but KJ would hold for a chop with Waffles of the other guys money. I would arrive at the final table as the short stack with the stats below.

2 showdowns, 3 rivers, 4 turns, and only 7% of flops, and here I am at the final table. Weak/tight is the new tight aggressive. I made a questionable fold on this hand, and called a jam from the other shorty on the next hand. I had QTo vs A2o, so I was not in horrible shape. Also with the dead money in the pot I could triple up to about 5k in chips, and some room to maneuver. I would not hold though and go home 9th.

Towards the end of the tourney, I jumped on a blogger 100NL cash game. After complete card deadness for about 1/2 hour, my nut peddling ways would pay off. I would flop the Nutz with 99 on a 9 high board, and double though against a flopped 2-pair that was drawing dead to all but runner/runner quads. I would flop the nut flush and build a nice $65 pot before a forth heart on the river would spoil my action. I ended up quitting up about $120 for the table. That plus a 10th place in a 90 player $10 S&G, would make for a decent night overall.


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