Monday, August 07, 2006

My Big Tourney

While I usually play very low stakes tourneys, I decided to give myself a shot at a higher buy-in yesterday. $330 at the Gold Strike, 90 players, 40 minute blinds.

Level 1 - blinds 25/25 - 600 in chips.
Started out slow but solid at my first table, there's nobody who's very agressive, but a couple of people playing way too many hands, cheaply.

Hand 13 - I make a 4BB early pos steal and get shot down by a loosy goosy who calls with Kd 8d and hits the flop well. I'm down to 5375.

Hand 16 - I call a raise to 125 in the BB w/ 7c 8c and flop the nut straight and check. When I 1/3 pot bet the turn, the initial raiser and the caller both fold :-( Chips=5625.

Hand 23 is the last hand for the level. My chip stack is still 5626.

Level 2 - Blinds 25/50

Hand 25 - I didn't write down the specifics, but I think I limped cheaply and bought the pot four way with second pair. Chips 6575.

Hand 39 - No notes, but I raise in the SB, and drop down to 5450.

Hand 41 - I call a raise to 225 by a very loose seat 8 who is called by seat 9, and I have pocket 3s. I know that if I hit, I can collect beautifully from these two. Seat 4 raises to 1225, Seat 5 calls, Seat 8 calls, Seat 9 calls, so there is now 5200 in the pot and 1000 for me to call w/33 and close the action. I've got the chips to do it, so I call and miss the flop. Chip count 4225.

Hand 41 - Last hand of level 2, chip count 4225.

Level 3 - Blinds 50/100

Hand 42 - I call a raise to 400 in the BB and miss. Chip count 3825

Hand 43 - I make a loose call and hit a straight on a flush board. I call down the agressor, who bets a lot of stuff, but knows what he's doing, and we show the same one-card straight. Chips 4025.

Hand 49 - In the BB I flop second pair, and bet 1/2 pot into 3 players, no callers. Chip count 4275.

Hand 56 - I raise 88 into the red-hatted CS in seat 9, and he calls. I make a continuation bet that he calls on an AQx board, no surprise, but it doesn't mean he has anything. We both check the turn, and he bets the river (a 2) about 1/3 of pot. I call with my 88 on this board with 3 overs, and he has a pair of 2s. Chip count 5150.

Hand 63 - I raise to 500 w/77 in steal position, and the flop is K8x with two callers, and I bet the pot on the flop. Seat 7 calls for all-in with an 8 and is getting up to walk away when I tell him he's ahead. He turns two pair, and I spike my set on the river. Chip count at the end of level 3 is 7450. Lucky.

Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 Chip count 7450

Hand 65 - I button limp in w/7d 8d and call a raise to 1000 from the BB and flop a runner-runner draw to straight or flush, and the raiser does not bet the flop. The turn gives me a straight flush draw, and the raiser goes all-in for another 2000, and I call. He's got a weak ace, and I turn the straight flush, 6 to 10. Chip count 11,150.

Hand 69 - I get into a dream situation w/89o against a CS where I flop trips, and he makes a weaker boat on the river, so I get another several thousand chips. Too busy to count and note, but about 15K in chips.

Hand 70, I call AKo and the player to my left pushes all-in for 3000, I call and am happy to see KTo in his hand. The ten hits, the ace doesn't. Chip count is now 12, 625.

Hand 74 - Up against the red-hatted CS in seat 9 again. I call his river bet when I river a small pair. He made a pair of aces on the turn that he didn't bet, and had aces up when he bet. That was virtually the only value bet I saw him make. Chip count 11,525.

Hand 75 - I raise w/AQo, miss and go away quietly multi-way. Chip count 10,925.

Hand 76 - Last hand for this table, which is a bummer as I felt I had very accurate reads on everybody.

Hand 77 - I am now in seat 10 of a new table.

Hand 78 - This is the hand that put me on tilt.

S9 calls 200, I raise to 1000 w/AKo and only s9 calls.
Flop xh Kc xh.
s9 bets 1000 (1/2 pot) , I raise to 3000, s9 calls.
The call smelled like a chase call, so I'm leary when the turn is an Ah,
I have two pair so a boat draw if I'm behind.
s9 Checks, I check.
Turn X (no boat for me) and S9 puts me all-in, he's got twice my stack.
I fold after a moment or two, and he flips 4c 6c and tells me that he put me on AK.

Fuck! That's some good play on his part, and I'm wondering how I could have played that differently. I'm now on tilt going forward, with the guy who put me on tilt on my immediate right. That's not so good.

Chip count is now 6950.

Hand 81 - Blinds up to 150/300 w/25 antes.

Hand 82 - I limp AKo utg, hoping to trap the trapper in the BB, who likes to raise frequently, from what I've seen in the last few hands. the SB goes all-in for 2500 in chips, BB folds, and I call. She turns over AJo and fails to suck out. Chip count back up to 8875, but I'm still on tilt.

Hand 98 - I haven't been involved in any further hands at this very agressive table, especially my nemesis in seat 9, who has turned over QQ, KK, AK and a few other hands, as well as been obliged to show a blind steal w/Q7o. He's got a huge stack.

End of level 4, blinds go up to 200/400 with 50 antes.

Hand 102 - This is where my tilt truly kicks in. I've got 7M and catch Ad Jd utg and push. A player has KK and insta calls for 80% of my stack and I'm down to 2M.

Hand 103, I'm in BB and I'm happy to see 8s 9s, and I call seat 9s raise. Seat 9 turns over aces, and I fail to suck out.