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Very Good Tournament Poker Story

March 16, 2010

I wasn’t planning on blogging about today’s tournament when I went to go play it, but after the way it unfolded, it’s become an impossibility not to talk about it.

I started off really hot in this tournament, but since I didn’t have the mindset to track my hands, I’m having a hard time remembering exact situations, but I’ll try to come up with a couple key hands.

I was really active in the first couple rounds and my stack size was adequately, but not greatly improved from the starting size. With the blinds at 75-150, I raise to 375 with AsTc. I get called in four spots and I’m already pretty uninterested in the pot. The board comes 632 with two spades though and I sense a bit of opportunity when it checks to me. I figure now is a good time to represent an overpair and fire out 700. I get one caller who has position on me. Not a terrible result. The turn pairs the 6 and conventional wisdom says that check-folding here is my best option, but I’m up against a thinking player and I felt like his call on the flop was more out of skepticism than actual hand strength so I felt pretty confident betting another 1200 on the turn. He mucks.

blinds 75-150, someone raises to 350 in front of me and I call with AdTd. A couple other people tag along and we see a KdQhJh flop four or five ways. It checks to the preflop raiser who bets a disappointing 375. Only one opponent is behind me and he has about 1200 left and even though I have the nuts, there’s no need to slowplay my hand in this situation for a number of reasons: there’s two hearts on the board, this is an action flop that expects to hit a lot of hands, pair+straight draw hands are probably coming, and there are several cards that can hit the turn that will kill my action, so I raise enough to put the guy behind me all-in by making it 1300 to go. Everyone folds to the preflop raiser who calls me, which was a little surprising considering I didn’t sense much strength from his flop bet. The turn is a disgusting Ah and my opponent goes all-in for his remaining 2300. I think for just a little bit, tell him I flopped the nuts, get his reaction, and call. He flips over Kh8s which is an amazing hand for me to see. Sure, he has outs to the nut flush, but I couldn’t been drawing dead against a made flush, or he could have been freerolling on me with the Th, so I was pretty happy with the situation. He misses the river and I scoop a massive pot.

blinds 100-200, two people limp in, I have 65os on the button and limp in and the flop comes 743 and the BB instantly goes all-in for 1500. Folds to me, I call and show him the nuts and his K7 is drawing virtually dead. This hand caused quite the stir at my table and the starting hand police were tossing out a lot of criticism about my hand selection. One of my annoying habits as a poker player is that I like to explain my play (as evidenced by this blog), but I bit my tongue and kept my logic to myself. I’m starting to learn that it’s better off to just keep letting my opponents think whatever they want and continue to let them hang themselves against me and misjudge what I’m doing. However, since I’m blogging for my readership, I’ll go ahead and explain my reasoning behind this hand. Let’s take a look at the situation: two people have limped in front of me not really indicating strength; I have the button and will get to see what everyone does before I have to act on my hand after the flop; blinds are 100-200 and I have over 10,000 in chips. While folding is certainly reasonable, calling in this situation is probably even better. The funny thing about this hand is that if my 65 were suited, I doubt anyone would’ve made any condescending comments about my hand selection. While I’d much rather be suited, the difference in value between suited connectors and unsuited connectors is blown way out of proportion. I’m willing to risk 2% of my stack in favorable situations when I could flop something that can bust my opponents. It’s not like I’m going to play a monster pot on a Q96 board.

Blinds 200-400, a tight old-timer raises to 800 under the gun. It folds to me and I have AK in the big blind. I think I have about 14K in chips at this point and I take a look at his stack and he’s still got about 5000 left behind. I feel at this point it’s important to note that I saw this player bet 300 on a QTx flop, bet 300 when the turn paired the Q, and bet 300 on the river, get called, and flip over QT for the nuts. I was kind of shocked to see him flip that hand over… and even more shocked when I saw his opponent flip over QJ. The old man’s betting sequence really didn’t indicate strength and if I was holding trip Queens with a Jack kicker, there’s no way I’m not raising him at some point. Anyways, that hand was in the front of my mind when I looked down at that AK. I think I’d only seen this player raise one other time in the tournament. Against many players, I wouldn’t hesitate to put them all-in in this situation, but I thought it was best to just call and see the flop first against this opponent. The board comes A54. Okay… I’m obviously not folding now, but should I lead out? The answer is clearly no. I’m going to put him all-in at some point anyways, so I might as well give him a chance to put some chips in the pot first. If he has me beat, so be it and if I let him hang himself with Queens and he spikes one, I still did the right thing. I check, he goes all-in, I call and my AK holds against his AQ.

Blinds 200-400, folds to the small blind who calls and has 1300 left behind. I have 98os in the big blind. We’re on the bubble to the final table and with my stack size and the situation, it’s usually clear to put the SB all-in here.. but he hesitated a little bit before deciding to call and I felt like a shove from me was getting called 100% of the time. I check and the flop comes AA9 with two clubs. He instantly goes all-in. I actually ponder for a little bit about folding my hand although it seems a little bit ludicrous. Something was telling me that he had an ace here, but the club draw possibility convinces me to call and I’m drawing dead against A2.

That last hand was the final hand before combining to the final table and I entered the final table with about 16K in chips which gave me a top 2-3 stack with 10 people left.

Blinds 200-400, two people limp in, the small blind raises to 1200. I look down at JJ. The SB has 3000 left behind and the two other people in the pot frequently limp in, so I’m not too worried about their hand strength. This is a pretty obvious situation to put my opponent in the small blind all-in and race against him, so I make it 4200 to go. The limpers fold, my opponent calls and my Jacks hold up against AJ.

blinds 300-600, I had been kind of active the last couple of pots, raising and winning uncontested, so when I pick up QcJc under the gun, I decide to limp in since I’d really hate for someone to put me to the test preflop with a reraise and people have been getting away with limping anyways. A couple people limp behind me and both blinds let us see the flop which comes JT7 with one club. I’m already thinking about how much I’m going to bet when the small blind goes all-in for 5300. It folds to me and I go into the tank. There’s only 3000 in the pot, so his bet is slightly absurd, although any reasonable bet on his part would be for about 25-40 percent of his chip stack and probably commits him to the pot… so in a way, it does make sense. This is the same opponent that had the A2 on the AA9 board, which is something I didn’t forget. As I’m studying him, he grimaces very slightly like he doesn’t want a call. This is a pretty reliable tell that indicates strength and I’m now strongly considering folding. I count out 5300 and see where it would leave my stack if I call and lose. I’d still be in solid shape. My read is saying fold, but the devil on my shoulder is saying call. There’s another opponent behind me left to act and he has a lot of chips too, another reason to lean towards folding. Ugh. But I really don’t want to! I give into the devil and call, guy behind me folds, and the SB flips over an obvious 98 for the nut straight. The turn brings a glimmer of hope with the 8c, giving me 11 outs to win the pot, but I brick the river and double him up again. Great read, horrible execution once again.

blinds 400-800, two people limp in, and I have KQ in the small blind. I’m tempted to raise here, but the two limpers have been prone to gamble and I’ll be out of position in a big pot with a mediocre hand if either of them decide to call, so I just call the big blind and we see a K54 flop four ways. This is the perfect rope-a-dope scenario. My hand is now very strong, but it’s completely disguised and I have an aggressive opponent in the pot behind me. I check and it checks to the aggressive player and he bets 1400. I could raise here, but I don’t really care too much for that scenario. If I get called, I’m now out of position in a monster pot and not liking my hand as much, and if I get re-raised, I’d be really disgusted. I just call and the other two players fold. The turn is a 9 and now I decide to lead out for 2500. No need to give him the opportunity to take a free card if he has a hand like QJ, QT, Ax, etc. He’s clearly a little confused, but decides to call me. The river is a ten, which isn’t a great card, and I really don’t want to bet here… but if I don’t, I feel like this is the kind of player that will pounce on my indicated weakness and put me to the test with a big river bet. I decide to bet 3400 since I figure my hand is good and has a decent chance of getting paid off. He goes into the tank and really makes me sweat a bit. He asks for a count of my remaining chip stack and really looks like he’s going to raise me, which would be disgusting. After a while, it looks like he’s just going to call and now I like my hand and am hoping to get paid off. He ultimately decides to muck and shows a KJ and says I obviously have two pair. Wrong read, good decision though, sir.

[b]Hand Of The Tournament[/b]

blinds 400-800, I raise to 2200 with AK and my loose, aggressive opponent from the last hand calls me from the BB. The flop comes T96 and he checks to me. Against a tight nit, I’d certainly bet here and expect him to fold the majority of the time. Against a loose-passive opponent, I’d try and check it down and hope I either catch or that my hand holds up unimproved. Against this opponent, betting is dangerous. He might read me for overcards and raise me off the best hand… he also might have me beat. So I check. The turn card pairs the 6 and my opponent leads out for 3500. I’m pretty sure he thinks I have exactly what I do have, so a bet here isn’t too surprising from him. I know for sure I’m calling, but I do a little posturing hoping I can sell myself for some sort of made, but not great hand. I’m trying to get him to think I might have something other than AK so he’ll have to think twice about betting the river if he doesn’t have a monster. I finally do call and the river is a Q. He doesn’t even take any time to think at all and tosses 5000 into the pot. He’s got about 6000 left which is worth noting. Now it’s time to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and I go into the tank. Let’s look at the evidence: I checked behind on the flop and indicated weakness; my aggressive opponent made a predictable turn bet; an overcard to the board hit on the river and my opponent didn’t take any time to think before betting again. If he had a ten or 9 in his hand, he’d have to be slightly worried that I could have hit the Queen and I think it’s highly likely he would’ve check those hands and hope to win a showdown against AK. I really made him sweat it out and he wasn’t giving off too many signs of strength. I counted out 5000 and I’d have about 10K left if I called and lost. There was 16,800 in the pot and I was getting over 3 to 1 odds to call and I thought there was a strong possibility he had me read for AK and was trying to bet me off it. I called, he shows A4 high and I scoop a monster pot with AK high. The table was pretty shocked with this development, calling my call very gutsy, and my opponent was really upset because he “knew I had AK,” but it all really made sense in my head.

After another round, I had built my stack up to 36K and was the massive chip leader with six people left and looking to cruise to an easy first place finish barring an unfortunate turn of events.

And then the fucking power goes out in the casino.

We are all ushered outside and told to wait until the staff decides what to do or the power comes back on. It’s raining, it’s cold, I’m in a T-shirt, freezing, and I desperately need to urinate. After about 40 minutes of waiting in incredibly uncomfortable circumstances, we are ushered back inside guided by a flashlight and told that they have decided to split up the prize pool six equal ways. Uhhh… okay, let’s look at this reasonably: the blinds are 500-1000 and the remaining chip stacks are me with 36K, 2nd place has 21K, 3rd through 5th have about 10K each, and 6th place has two big blinds left. I have 33% of the chips in play and I’m supposed to be okay walking away with the same amount of money as someone that has 2% of the chips? FUCK THAT. No one speaks up, so I say “can we at least discuss some sort of deal?” and the staff reluctantly agrees that we can and a couple of the other players start grumbling. I suggest noting our stack sizes and playing the tournament out at an agreed upon future time. The short stack instantly rejects that notion and we are back to square one. I’m not budging though and the poker manager starts tallying up the stack percentages. Someone offers to give me an extra $100 and split the rest five ways. I’m not thrilled with the offer, since I really feel like I’m going to win the tournament, but there’s always the possibility that I could finish 4th or 5th and not away with any money, so it’s actually a pretty great deal for me and I agree to it somewhat disappointingly. The other players agree also, but I feel annoyance exuberating in my direction from the poker staff and all of the players except one reasonable mind. Call me an asshole, but walking out of this situation with an even chop is not only absurd, it’s poor money management. I don’t play poker for several hours, putting my skills and intuition to the test, hoping I can make the final table and split the money with a bunch of strangers… I play to make money and provide extra income and financial freedom for myself. If I was charitable, I’d donate money to Haiti instead of using it to enter poker tournaments. Find a new hobby, you goddamn leeches; or knuckle up and finish what you started.

So… I finally got my first top finish in the Bremerton Lanes tournament, but it comes with an asterisk and I don’t feel fully validated. It’s been a good two day run for me as I’ve managed to pull in a week’s worth of income during my days off, but I still feel a little empty. I need to win this tournament the right way.

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NCAA Tournament – West Region Predictions

March 15, 2010

For the next several weeks, my blog is going to take a shift focus towards the NCAA tournament… my favorite event in all of sports. Today, let’s take a look at the West Region.

FIRST ROUND


#1 Syracuse vs #16 Vermont: There’s some history behind this match-up. Vermont ousted Syracuse from the 2005 NCAA tournament in the first round and look to do so again. Not going to happen. Even with Arinze Onauku likely out with an injury, the Orange are simply a much better team. Syracuse

#8 Gonzaga vs #9 Florida State: The Zags should win this game. They’ve been a Top 15 team all year long and are pretty unlucky to be seeded this low. Even with the loss to St. Marys, this seems unfair. I’d be highly upset if FSU knocks them out. Gonzaga

#5 Butler vs #12 UTEP: Probably the most interesting first round match-up in the top half of the region. Both of these teams pretty much ran through their respective conferences (Butler 18-0, UTEP 15-1 in league play) and neither had a ton of success against good teams in non-conference play. Butler did pick up a win against Ohio State, but the Buckeyes were without Evan Turner, so even that comes with an asterisk. Also, their starting line-ups boast similar talent levels. I’m going to give a slight edge Butler in this game, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset. Butler

#4 Vanderbilt vs #13 Murray State: Vanderbilt went 6-2 against teams that made the field this year, with both losses coming against Kentucky. There was a point in time when I thought Vanderbilt was the best unranked team in the country, so to see them as a 4 seed here is pretty validating. Murray State is kind of a wild card. They stormed their way to 30 wins by demolishing the Ohio Valley Conference and California is really the only noteworthy team they played all year, but they only lost that game by five points. I’ve seen some people calling this upset, but I’m not going to be one of them. Vanderbilt

#6 Xavier vs #11 Minnesota: Minnesota is a hard team to predict; they are one of a very few teams that can say they beat Ohio State with Evan Turner in the line-up… but they also go destroyed by that same Buckeye team twice later in the season. They also hold wins over Purdue and Butler and went 1-2 in 3 close games against Michigan State. I haven’t really seen either of these teams play and even though Xavier is 2-7 against teams in the field, my hunch says they will out run and gun the Golden Gophers. Xavier

#3 Pittsburgh vs #14 Oakland: Pitt has been one of the more surprising teams this year. After losing a very key core of players from last season, I expected them to be a non-factor, yet here they are as a #3 seed. They went 3-1 against teams ranked in the top 5 at the time of the game. They are certainly capable of beating anyone. Regardless, I really want to call an upset here. I’ve been following Keith Benson all season and that dude can flat out play. With that said, Oakland played four games against tournament teams and lost all four of those games by an average of 27.25 points and I just can’t pull the trigger. Pittsburgh

#7 BYU vs #10 Florida: This should be the most exciting battle in the West in the first round. Florida has been a little inconsistent this year, but are capable of the upset. I really like their freshmen guard Kenny Boynton. BYU simply has more talent and should win this game though. BYU

#2 Kansas State vs #15 Northern Texas: I don’t know anything about Northern Texas except that someone on a site I post at has been saying they’ll upset someone in the first round of the tournament if they happen to get in… and here they are. Kansas State has been ridiculously strong all season long, however, and one of the more surprising teams in my opinion and I just don’t see them losing here. Kansas State

Pretty straight forward round in this region and I’m calling no upsets. The teams with the best chances of pulling off the upset are Florida and UTEP. I still haven’t completely filled out my brackets, but looking ahead, the second round is going to have some seriously tough match-ups. My top four favorites for the Elite Eight are Syracuse, Gonzaga, BYU, and Kansas State, but if the first round goes as planned, those four will be playing one another in the second round. Brutal.

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Royal Flush Online

March 14, 2010

This is my 10th career Royal Flush… all of them online and none of them in a B&M where I could win a ton of money from a jackpot. I run so gross! Click image to view the full size.

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3/14/09 – Bremerton Lanes AM Poker Tournament

March 14, 2010

Wow. I haven’t been this annoyed in a live tournament for a while. I made note of all the pots I played. I’ll let the hands do the talking:

blinds 25-50, UTG raises to 200, one player calls, I look down at QQ. I sometimes like to play QQ conservatively preflop, but I sensed a bit of weakness here and decided to make it 875 to go. The UTG raiser called and the other player folded and we saw a Q54, two spade flop HU. He checks to me. Its hard to make money on this kind of board given his hand range (AK, AQ, small pair). I could give a free card here and see if he can catch up a bit on the turn, but I decide to bet 625 and hope he has AQ or TT and gives me a little action. If he has a set, the money will get in eventually no matter what I do. He folds though and I thought about how I could have played this flop differently for quite a while… Oh well, +1125 on the first hand of the tournament is just fine.

blinds 25-50, several people limp, and the button makes it 250 to go. I have 77 in the small blind and decide to call since I expect most of the limpers to come with me making it worth it to try and flop a set. They all do call and the flop comes 954. Not too bad of a flop for me, but I’m out of position against several players including one I suspect has an overpair, so I just check. One of the limpers bets 200 and the preflop raiser makes it 600 to go. I fold.

blinds 50-100, I raise in EP with AK to 250. One person calls me, next guy goes all-in for 900 and the SB shoves for 1825. Folds back to me. Folding seems wise.. but if I call and lose, I’ll have 2500 left which is plenty of chips to play with at this level, so I decide to gamble and try to build a big stack. They show QQ and JJ and I spike a King on the flop to build my stack up to 7700.

blinds 75-150, one tight-passive player limps UTG, folds to me OTB with 9s7s and I make it 425 to go. Small blind calls and the limper folds and we see a K83 flop HU. He checks to me and I check out his stack size. He has about 1300 left. Since I missed the flop completely, I decide to make a feeler bet of 350 and if he calls or raises, my following decisions will be easy. He folds though and I’m up over 8000 in chips.

blinds 75-150, a solid player UTG makes it 500 to go. I look down at QQ. I get a stack count from my opponent and he’s got about 3000 left, so I decide calling is best here. Someone floats behind me and we got 3-way action to a J93 flop. UTG shoves the rest of his stack in and I go in the tank. He just bet 3275 into a pot that has about 1700 in it. Before the flop, he asked me if I had Kings jokingly and then when I just called he said “wooo.. you scared me there.” I think he’s a pretty solid player and my instincts were strongly saying to fold here. I counted down my stack and I’d have over 4000 left if I call and lose. I felt a lot of strength from him and that he had a pretty good idea of what I had, plus his comments before the flop kind of indicated strength too. That being said, it seems like an easy fold in retrospect, but I decided to call just in case my read was wrong and because my stack would still be in solid shape if I lost. He showed Kings and wins the pot. Some people might think this is bad luck or a cooler, but I honestly think I should have and could have folded the hand. This is simply poor play on my part.

blinds 75-150 and I open to 450 with AK. One loose, bad player calls me OTB and we see a JJ2 flop HU. I decide to check the flop and see what he does, expecting him to check a large percentage of the time. He does check and the turn card comes with an ugly T. I decide to check again since a lot of hands he could have might call me now and I’m technically still drawing and I think he’ll check if I still have him beat. River is a 5 and I have no reason to bet for value or try to bluff him off the best hand here. I check and hope my hand is good. It’s not… he has A5 and scoops the pot. I was mad at myself after this one.

blinds 100-200 and here comes the most obnoxious hand I’ve been a participant of in a while. Two loose, bad players limp in and I look down at TT OTB. I decide to make a hefty raise to 1100 and I’m pretty shocked when both blinds call as well as both of the limpers. I’m really hoping for a ten on the flop or a board with undercards and I get my wish when it comes 985. The SB only has 100 left and puts it in. The BB makes it 1500 to go and appears all in. One of the limpers (my opponent from the last hand) puts in his remaining 2000, but looks weak. Back to me… I could fold here, but I really don’t feel like I’m beat at all, so I call. Then I’m annoyed when I discover the BB still has chips left when he puts in another 500 to call. He has another 500 behind and the extra 1000 was hiding in his palm. Thanks, man. Don’t worry, your stack size doesn’t affect anyone else’s decisions, you idiot. The turn comes a brutal 7 and the SB puts in his last 500. I call and we flip over our hands: K7 in the SB, QJ in the BB, and…. 96 from the limper. Are you kidding me? Calls a 5.5xBB raise preflop, puts in 2000 on the flop and spikes his fucking hand? Jesus. I do have an open-ended straight draw, but I come up short on the river and 96 scoops a 8500 pot and I get 1000 back. Now I’m pissed and down to 3100 chips when I should have a monster stack.

blinds raise to 200-400 and I fold my BB and SB and I’m down to 2500.

blinds 200-400 and folds to me OTB. I’d probably push with anything here, but A8 is like the nuts for me, so I shove and scoop the blinds.

blinds 200-400, two weaker players limp in and I look down at Ad5d with 3100. I push it all in since I need to pick up chips and expect to win the pot uncontested a large percentage of the time as long as no one behind me wakes up with a hand. Everyone behind me folds but the second limper surprisingly calls and shows me a gross-looking KJos. The way the tournament has gone so far, I’m 95% sure I’m going to lose the pot, but the flop comes favorable enough showing 843, keeping me in the lead, but the turn peels off a jack and I brick the river and get sent home.

I continue to run horribly in this tournament. I’m hoping that my luck can turn in the next couple weeks before I have to take a 3 month hiatus to finish my degree at The University Of Washington. I don’t want to take my break while I’m still in the red in a tournament I should be beating. Ugh.

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3-08-2010 Bremerton Lanes AM Poker Tournament

March 8, 2010

First off, I’d like to congratulate myself on my best showing in this tournament last week when I finished 2nd for $235. Today’s tournament was interesting to say the least. My stack was riding a rollercoaster throughout the duration.

Key Hands:

Blinds 25-50, 3 limpers in front of me. I limp OTB with As9s. Flop comes K43 with two spades. One of the blinds leads out for 150 and two people call. I pop it to 600 since no one has really shown strength. I get two folds, but the last caller stays with me. The turn is a blank and he check-calls 800. River is another blank and he checks to me again. I bet 800 and he calls and shows K9. Not really happy with my play on this hand. Not only did I dump off roughly 75% of my stack, but I didn’t read the situation very well. Throughout the hand, I put my opponent on a draw because of the way he was playing it. If that was the case, unless he caught a running pair, there’s no reason for me to bet the river, since Ace high is likely to be good. If he has a King and decided to call the turn, he’s never going to fold the river for the same amount as my turn bet. That’s just simple math and a bad play on my part. On the plus side, this player enters this tournament every day and this will be valuable information for the future. Unless he had some sort of dead read on me, his play here is super terrible. He was willing to play a huge pot for nearly all of his stack in the first level with top pair, weak kicker out of position. I stand by my flop play, but my turn and river play is pretty bad.

Blinds 50-100, a few people limp in, I have J3os in the BB and only 600 behind. Flop comes J54 and I just ship my remaining chips. I get a caller and figure I’m drawing to 3 outs but I’m ecstatic when he shows 99 and doubles me up.

Blinds 50-100, 1 limper, someone raises to 300, I have AQ and 1600 so I just ship it. The raiser calls me and shows KT and I hold and I’m roughly back to my starting stack.

After a few swings and misses my stack is down to somewhere around 2200. Blinds 100-200, two people limp in, the small blind calls and I look down at QQ in the BB. I could ship it here, but I’m willing to risk getting knocked out of the tournament for a little value, so I just pop it to 800. The first limper folds, but the button and SB both call. The flop comes beautifully with AQ9 and there’s no need to get coy since I figure someone has at least an Ace and I put my remaining 1200 in. I get called in both spots and my set holds vs AQ and JT and I triple up.

Blinds 100-200, a few limpers and I limp OTB with Ac9c. Flop comes J9x with a club. UTG bets 600, it folds to me, and I float the flop. The turn card is the Tc and he bets out 600 again. The bet size doesn’t scream strength and I strongly consider raising, but I think my current hand might have a shot of being good and I’d be sick if he re-raised all-in and I had to fold. The river is a 3h and he bets out 600 again, which is quite an annoying bet. Not only is he giving me great pot odds, but he’s shown relative weakness on the past two streets, which tempts me to raise once again. However, considering the last two bet sizes, I figure calling is best since my hand might actually be good. The way he played it, I feel like a 9 might actually be his most likely hand. He shows me QJ though (making a call likely if I did raise the turn) and scoops a third of my chips.

With the blinds at 200-400, it folds to the SB who completes and I check with 85. Board comes 974 and I take it down with a 700 bet. One person limps in the next hand, I call with A3os and the BB checks. Flop comes Axx and I check, BB checks and the limper bets 700. I go all-in figuring it’s unlikely for him to have an ace here. He folds and I’m back around 5000.

Blinds 300-600 and UTG doubles it to 1200 and it folds to me in SB with As7s. I check out his stack and he’s only got about 2000 left so I decide to take a flop with him. Flop comes 753 with one spade and I ship it and he folds.

Blinds 300-600 folds to me and I have about 10,600 now and make it 1500 to go with 8d7d. Folds to the SB who doubles it up to 3000. BB folds and this is a pretty wack situation for me. My hand is garbage and he’s made a raise that is begging for a call. On the other hand, I’m getting 3.4 to 1 to call and I have position and I’d still have around 7000 behind if the flop does me no justice… so I call. The board comes J87 and I’m ecstatic when he instantly ships it. He shows QQ and the turn comes a Jack and I’m out of the tournament. Ghey. 11th place, one off the final table.

Lastly, a sour note for those of you that have been following my poker posts. I recently cashed out all my money online and starting at the end of March, I won’t be playing poker at all for the next several months as I’ll be attending college to finish my degree at The University Of Washington and can’t afford to have any distractions. Sorry!