Saturday, March 1, 2008

$32k Mini-Cash (HA) (BB)

I had some free time tonight and decided to treat myself to the $32k Guarantee, which used to be the $24k Guarantee (at 8:00 PM) but I guess they've changed things up in the past month. The $24k is now at 2:00 PM, and there is another key difference that I noticed. The $32k had 1391 participants and pays top 135, whereas the $28k running now has 1394 and pays 216, similar to what the $24k offered. Not sure what the reason is for the difference, but personally I prefer the wider prize pool when playing a little above my bankroll.

Either way I got up around 21k in chips at one point in time, putting up around the top 50 with 300 or so left. Then things just went incredibly dry as the blinds got higher and higher, I got some unwanted action on a steal attempt or two, and eventually found myself going in to push-or-fold mode (mostly folds) and just trying to stay afloat around 10 BB's. I managed to just barely squeeze into the money, finishing in 132nd. Went out on 44 vs. K9o that called my stop-and-go attempt and rivered a straight. Nothing you can do though, and can't be sappy about a little profit for the night. Here are a few hands to glance over, nothing special really:

I'd just like to say that hands like this officially suck more than anything (well maybe not as much as losing to a 2-outer, but still)...

Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 250/500 Blinds, 50 Ante, 9 Players - Hand History Converter

CO: 14,580
BTN: 17,345
SB: 12,727
BB: 25,750
UTG: 16,580
UTG+1: 5,820
UTG+2: 5,135
MP1: 4,673
Hero (MP2): 15,520

Pre-Flop: (1,200) Qs Qd dealt to Hero (MP2)
3 folds, MP1 raises to 4,623 and is All-In, Hero calls 4,623, 4 folds

Flop: (10,446) Td 7h 8h (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Turn: (10,446) 6s (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (10,446) 9h (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: 10,446 Pot
MP1 showed 5s 5h (a straight, Ten high) and WON 5,223 (+550 NET)
Hero showed Qs Qd (a straight, Ten high) and WON 5,223 (+550 NET)

Here's a questionable one. This was right on the bubble, like just 2-3 more to go and I'd be home free. Do you play it safe or go for it? After folding crap like 3-7, Q-4, J-2, and 4-8 for at least half an hour I decided this was as good as a spot as I was going to get, and just stealing the blinds and antes would put me in a much better position to double-up once the bubble bursts and get aggressive for once. Of course that didn't happen...

Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 800/1,600 Blinds, 200 Ante, 9 Players - Hand History Converter

CO: 12,431
BTN: 11,126
SB: 59,609
BB: 16,888
UTG: 28,110
UTG+1: 15,385
UTG+2: 13,048
MP1: 54,747
Hero (MP2): 8,695

Pre-Flop: (4,200) Ts As dealt to Hero (MP2)
4 folds, Hero raises to 8,495 and is All-In, 4 folds

Results: 5,800 Pot
Hero mucked Ts As and WON 5,800 (+4,000 NET)

There were a few other hands that were pretty fun, but I had no part in any of them. One was 3 players to a 3xBB raised flop. Original raiser had AA, first caller had AQo, and SB called with 22. Flop came Q-2-3 and you can guess what happened. 2-outers were happening more often than not at the table I started at. AA vs. 99 all-in on flop, turned a 9. JJ vs. TT same deal, rivered the 10. Lots of people having rough nights, and me just kind of sitting there waiting for something higher than an 8 to play.

I actually have one more hand to share before I head off to bed here. This is just from a $5 SNG not long ago. One of the most ridiculous runner-runners I've ever seen, and I don't know what the lucky sucker was thinking with that JTs of his... must have just felt it coming :-)

Full Tilt Poker, $5 + $0.50 NL Hold'em Sit n' Go, 30/60 Blinds, 7 Players - Hand History Converter

CO: 615
Hero (BTN): 3,020
SB: 1,020
BB: 2,185
UTG: 2,710
UTG+1: 1,330
MP: 2,620

Pre-Flop: (90) Jc 5c dealt to Hero (BTN)
UTG folds, UTG+1 raises to 180, MP calls 180, CO raises to 615 and is All-In, 4 folds, MP calls 435

Flop: (1,500) 9c Ad 4h (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Turn: (1,500) Qd (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (1,500) Kd (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: 1,500 Pot
CO showed Ks Ah (two pair, Aces and Kings) and LOST (-615 NET)
MP showed Jd Td (a Royal Flush) and WON 1,500 (+885 NET)

Take care ya'll ~ B.

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