Thursday, August 28, 2008

First Mookie of 2008 Last Night

I played my first Mookie of 2008 last night, as a way of getting back the the virtual felt. I got nothing against the mookie, it just lands on a bad night for me. Mookie has done a bunch of the ads and banners for, and is a great guy, so I just had to play. I also wanted to be a part of the spectical that is the Wawfuls mookie challenge. I love it when bloggers set up tough goals for themseleves, and then go out and get it done. Wawfuls had ballz to set such a lofty goal, but he also had a plan. To move up the leaderboard in a blogger MTT, it takes 2 things, quantity and quality. First off, you have to play them all (quantity), and if you do this you have an advantage over all of those like me who don't play them all. Second, you have to play good (quality) poker. I think Wawful's game has grown a bunch lately, and he is finally seeing how to beat these things. Play solid ABC poker early and donk it up late gets it done in blogger MTTs. Wawfuls just needed to get his ABC game in order and stick to it early on, which he appears to be doing. Of coarse this is all speculation, as this was my first mookie of the year, so I really have no idea how he is getting it done. Unfortunately for me, Wawfuls would make an early exit on a cooler/bad beat.

My run in the mookie would be semi-interesting. I got no cards in the first couple of hours. Other than banging heads with Miami Don who was attacking my blinds relentlessly, and stealing from twoblackaces, I sat out much of the first two hours. When I got down to 2k in chips, I started taking a few chances, and was rewarded with some nice suckouts. I opened 3x to T600 with QJs, and was priced into a push from AK. I would spike a Q for a double through. I insta-called with KJo in the BB when it folded the the SB who pushed. SB had an Ace, but I would out flop him. I gave some chips to Schuabs when he jammed preflop and I called with 88. He had K5s and would make a wheel. So after a couple hours I was at around 3k in chips, basically where I started. Two orbits later I would have the chip lead. I caught TT and got all-in preflop 3-way vs AK and A6. I would spike a T and turn a T for quads, and a full triple up to 9k. An orbit later, I would steal the blinds with AJo, and AQs on consecutive hands, and then catch QQ on the next hand. After a limp of T600, I raised to T2400. I forget who it was, but I got reraised, so I jammed. Reraiser had the powerful AJo, and I doubled through to the chip lead with 18 players left (see screenshot below).

I few hands later, I caught AKo on the button, and there was a late position push of about 6k. Blinds were 400/800 with an ante. I thought for a while on this one, and basically figured that AA or KK does not push there, so at worst I am coin flipping with enough dead money to take the flip. I also figured there was a small chance I was up against a AK, AQ or AJ. I went ahead and called off about 1/3 of my stack. Julius Goat called as well. I was against QQ and 44 so I was very priced in, but a 4 would spike on the flop, and I would miss giving up my chip lead. I would get to the final table in about 7th place in chips. On the hand below I would catch QQ and be facing an open from Mattazuma, and a push from Loretta. Loretta had been raising a ton preflop, so I was not going to give credit for AA or KK there. I probably do not fold QQ anyway at a Final Table in the chip position I was in. So I called, and loretta had AA. IGHN.

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