Thursday, May 25, 2006

Chalk Up Another One.

So the run continued into the day. I just chopped another tournament for $2750:
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I was the chip leader for the last half of the final table, and I was really on my game. I did nearly lose three handed when I ran into AA, but I came back to regain the lead. When one of my opponents finally busted the shorter stack, he ended up with 8,000 more chips than me, 50.07% of the total chips. As such, he got to set the terms of the deal. He wanted to take $3K and leave me with $2500, but I rejected that. I am not so arrogant to say I am better than him, but I know I am much more experienced heads up, I had excellent reads on him, and I think I would have won outright if we played. As it was, I got $7 less than he did and settled for a technical second place. No big deal.

All said and done, I deposited $500 into Party Poker last night around 10 PM. In less than 24 hours I turned that into $5093. Not bad! It is funny, I played a few $100 and $50 tournaments, but I kept bubbling in them. I made all of my money today in $20 and $30 tournaments. Feels good to have some game left! I think I need a break now.

I love a good $2 Rebuy!

***** Hand History for Game 4357695524 *****
NL Texas Hold'em Trny:24043905 Level:4 Blinds(100/200) - Thursday, May 25, 12:55:33 ET 2006
Table Speed Rebuy(707938) Table #23 (Real Money)
Seat 9 is the button
Total number of players : 9
Seat 1: kelthehel ( $54140 )
Seat 2: Hickory ( $5380 )
Seat 3: pearljam1012 ( $3000 )
Seat 4: vikum ( $710 )
Seat 5: yuqinwu80 ( $15490 )
Seat 7: GONETILTIN ( $8690 )
Seat 8: ammbo ( $3000 )
Seat 9: iamkingsosa ( $11840 )
Seat 6: WLIND ( $5850 )
Trny:24043905 Level:4
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to ammbo [ 7s 2d ]
pearljam1012 is all-In [3000]
vikum folds.
yuqinwu80 folds.
WLIND raises [5800].
MizTam has joined the table.
Player MizTam has been moved from table 76 to this table
ammbo is all-In [3000]
iamkingsosa is all-In [11840]
kelthehel folds.
Hickory is all-In [5180]
WLIND is all-In [50]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 7h, 4h, 5h ]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 7d ]
** Dealing River ** [ 4s ]
WLIND shows [ Kc, Ks ] two pairs, kings and sevens.
ammbo shows [ 7s, 2d ] a full house, Sevens full of fours.
iamkingsosa shows [ As, 9c ] two pairs, sevens and fours.
Hickory shows [ Qh, Ah ] a flush, ace high.
pearljam1012 shows [ Ts, Qd ] two pairs, sevens and fours.
iamkingsosa wins 5990 chips from side pot #3 with two pairs, sevens and fours.
WLIND wins 940 chips from side pot #2 with two pairs, kings and sevens.
Hickory wins 7140 chips from side pot #1 with a flush, ace high.
ammbo wins 15100 chips from the main pot with a full house, Sevens full of fours.
Re-buy: ammbo re-buys 3000 chips and the chip stack increases from 15100 chips to 18100 chips.
Re-buy: iamkingsosa re-buys 3000 chips and the chip stack increases from 5990 chips to 8990 chips.
Re-buy: pearljam1012 re-buys 3000 chips and the chip stack increases from 0 chips to 3000 chips.

Poker Is Funny Sometimes

So due to a big tax bill, a number of other expenses, and poor performance at the table, I cashed out all of my money from Neteller to cover things. I was beginning to wonder if I had lost something in my few months off, as I had only been back a few days and was steadily losing. I decided to keep $500 in Party Poker for the evening and see where I could take it. I ran it down to $280 on a few lousy SnGs and suckouts and finally decided to enter a few multi-table tournaments to stretch my poker dollar. I entered a $33 and a $22 80 and 705 entrants respectively. Results are below:
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A first and a second are not too bad for a guy who is rusty. I made a few mistakes, took a few (horrific) beats, but I came back from a 10 to 1 disadvantage in the first tournament and came from short stack with 5 left to second place in the second tournament. I don't know if I was on or if the poker gods decided to let me hit all of the hands I needed.
One quirky little thing, I folded 88 from the BB to three all ins at the final table of the second place. Had I called with marginal odds (I had plenty of chips), I would have busted the eventual winner. Funny how life works.
Anyway, I have a nice little shot of confidence in my game again. I may play a little more and see how I hold up with my rejuvenated bankroll. Thanks to all who read this and comment. You keep me running.
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