I have always done well in the Riverchasers events. My squeaky tight play goes nicely against the grain versus all of those crazy river chasers. I typically don’t play a lot of pots, and don’t get it in bad much as a result. Sure, to win an MTT you are probably going to have to get it in bad a few times and get lucky. I just do not like to rely on luck for more than a couple of hands over an MTT. Last night I just about luck sacked myself into a BBT4 seat in probably the craziest MTT I have ever played in. It was a wild ride and not very typical for how MTTs go for me. I got it in bad a bunch, got coolered a bunch, got lucky a bunch, and somehow found myself heads up for the title with the chip lead against HighOnPoker. Here is a recap of some of the craziness.
For the first hour I was very card dead and was treading water. Shortly after the first break, I managed to build my stack up to north of 6k when I pick up AQs near the button. I called a preflop raise, and an AQx flop dropped. We got it all in by the turn, and I was against AA. I am now down to T790 in chips and in big trouble. I shoved from (edit) the cutoff with J9o to try to get some chips to work with. CrackinAA called with A9 I think, and I out flopped him. I would then go on a mini run catching AA a couple times and quickly building my stack back up to 5k. I would then catch KK and crack AA with it by flopping a set. Around the second break, I had the chip lead, and HOP was actually still pretty short with just over 2k. Hoyazo had a ton of chips, and I was thinking about how cool it would be to go heads up with Hoyazo for the seat. When I have this many chips at this point I don’t get too crazy aggressive, but simply try to slowly build my stack as we head to the Final Table where anything can happen. It took a very long time to burst the cash bubble and get to the FT. Eventually I had to step up and knock somebody out. I would get the final table about third in chips with pretty equal stacks overall. HOP was starting to build an overall chip lead. I was treading water with pretty weak hands, and had drifted down to 6th in chips with 7 people left. I am only playing for the win at this point, so I needed to be a bit more aggressive than usual. The problem was I kept running into slightly better hands. I picked up A7o in the BB and jammed when the SB bet 3x to T3600. He would flip up AK and I would take a huge hit to my stack. An orbit later I got A7o in the same situation and again the SB raised to T3600. Again I jammed, and SB has TT. A couple of 7s on the flop would keep me alive. I like to jam this situation, because it can help you to get some walks later on, but I kept running into monsters. I would pick up A7o again later on and get it all in against ATo and river a split pot. The poker gods were clearly behind me. HOP did the bulk of the work, and we got down to heads up pretty quickly from there. I had about 17k in chips, while HOP was north of 100k. I asked if he had won a seat and would be willing to chop. I think he laughed at that point. He was jamming every hand to try to end it and I folded through a few week hands before taking my stand with QJs. HOP would flip over KK, and my night was over, right? Not so fast! The Poker gods dug me out again. I caught a couple of big hands and rallied right back to the chip lead. I asked again for a chop. I know that chopping was pretty controversial in earlier BBT series, but it had been done. I am only playing these things for the seat, and could care less about the cash prize. I would have chopped for 1st and gave Jordan 1st+2nd place prizes for the seat, which would have been something like a +$270 EV choice for him, since he already had a seat, but he declined. I am perfectly cool with that. After that it went downhill pretty quick. I kept making hands that were good, but slightly worse than HOP’s and bled away my chips. Those are the breaks. I can’t really complain, because I really had no business being in this situation. I simply luck sacked my way to bridesmaid in the riverchasers.