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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Full Tilt, the World Series, and Razz

I'm in for the HORSE tourney on Full Tilt. I was abled to get some funds transfered to my account. Thanks Paul! It should be fun.

I fired up PokerStars on Saturday night with hopes of playing in a WPT freeroll but quickly realized that I didn't have enough player points. So I signed up for a World Series of Poker multi table tourney instead. It was a $2 Turbo with rebuys and you got T1000 to start. Before the first break, rebuys were unlimited. Rebuys got cut off after the first break. They had one add on too and that could be purchased during the first 5 minute break. I bought in for the $2 fee and people were going crazy from the get go. Everyone was moving all in with the hopes of doubling up. If not, it was REBUY time.

I tripled up early in Level 1 (10/20) with JJ. I had T3130 in chips. After that, I sat tight for awhile and folded almost everything until I got KJo on the button in Level 5 (75/150). I had T2680 at that time. The flop was 9-Q-8. I bet in late position after a check. The guy called and the turn was a 2. He checked and I put him all in. He called and the river was a 4. He had JT and won with a straight. I doubled him up which left me with only T1240 just before the break.

It was REBUY time for me. I rebought in for another T1000 in chips. It was a minute before the break and now I had T2240. I didn't play any more hands. Then during the break I bought the add on for another T1500 in chips. Now I had T3740. In total, I got an extra T2500 in chips with the 2 rebuys. Now it was Level 6 (100/200). People were dropping like flies after the first break. Late in Level 7 (100/200 with 25 antes), I was dealt 33 on the button. I picked up a T2625 pot with this hand when my opponent folded on the river to my late position raise. I had T4600 in chips now.

At the beginning of Level 8 (200/400), I was dealt AA and 55 in back to back hands. I raised preflop each time and took down both pots on the flop with very little resistance. I had T6775 now. Pocket 6's scored me a pot later on in Level 10 (400/800). I needed that after throwing away some chips in Level 9 (stop limping preflop). I was back up to T7050 after getting knocked down to T4050. I got AKo dealt to me in SB. The button raised it up to T3855. He was all in preflop. I pushed and everyone else folded. The button had 99. The flop was 4-3-Q. Turn card was K. The river was a 2. I won T8960. After KO'ing this guy, I had T11,155.

In Level 11 (600/1200), I won a pot with suited connectors and had T13,555. In Level 12 (1000/2000), I got caught trying to make a steal and lost some chips. I had T8580 left when Level 13 (1500/3000) started. So far, I had almost played for an hour and a half. The blinds and antes were high and I and was getting blinded down by now. Level 14 (2000/4000) came and went fast. I was on the bubble. There was less than 220 people left. The tourney finally ended in Level 15 (3000/6000). I had only T3080 in chips at this point. I got lucky and held on. I was one hand from the BB. The last person got KO'd right before it. I finished in the top 203 and got a free seat to the $30 multi. The next multi was an hour away from the end of this tourney. I backed in but I didn't care.

There were 1,035 people in this $2 Turbo. The prize pool was $6,714. There were 1,670 REBUYS and 652 add ons during play. So the top 203 places got a free seat to the $30 WsoP Satellite. I was lucky enough to get one. The winners of the $30 multi get a free seat to the World Series Main Event at the Rio in July.

The $30 tourney had the same rebuy rules as the $2 Turbo only this one wasn't a turbo. There was 747 people playing with $50,520 in prize money. We had 667 REBUYS and 270 add ons in this one. 4 people get to go to the Main Event and the Top 15 get prize money. $11,000 goes to each of the winners of the 4 seats.

We got T1500 to start this one. I played tight early on and nothing big happened. I just folded alot of hands and watched everyone get picked off. I had T1200 when Level 2 was over. Any pocket pairs I got during this time missed the flop. I made a few too many calls in Level 3 and Level 4. I was down to T905 when I got QQ on the button. Two A's hit the flop and I folded to a bet. I had T605 in chips left just before the break. I decided to follow my rebuy strategy from the other tourney. The rebuys were $30 in this one. I spent $66 combined for the two tourneys. The rebuys gave you an extra T1500. I now had T2105. I folded everything until the break came. Then I bought the add on and got another T2000.

I had T4005 when Level 5 (75/150) started. I got KK dealt to me UTG. I raised T500 preflop. The very next guy reraised it up to T1650. Everyone folded to me and I moved all in. I was called rather quickly by a guy who had me covered. I was up against AKo. The board came down 8-7-3-5-7. I won and doubled up. I was 79th out of the 346 left in the tourney when Level 5 ended.

Shortly after Level 6 (100/200) began, I was down to T7410. I got ATs in late position. I called a small raise and 3 people saw the flop. The flop was K-4-T and two of the cards matched my suit. The raiser bet and we both called. The turn card was a T. One check and a bet. I raised all in and everyone folded. I won a T5100 pot with trips. I had T10,410 now and Level 7 (100/200 with antes) was getting under way.

I was doing pretty well so far but then I made a bone head move that cost me the tourney and a seat to the Main Event. I got JJ (death) dealt to me on the button. I was down to T9185 at the start of this hand. I raised preflop T600. The BB reraised it up to T2600. I should've folded. Instead, I went over the top of him and reraised all in. He called with AKs. It was a race and he had me slightly covered. I had a bad feeling and I was right. I made a bad move. I was hoping he had a small pair. The board was 9-A-9-9-K. His full house beat mine. I was KO'd in 280th place out of 747. Damn. That was a really bad move on my part. I don't know what I was thinking. It takes only one mistake and that was it. I blew it. No Main Event, no Rio for me. Oh well, it hurts but I had fun. Next time!

By the way, does anyone else besides me think Razz is the most fun game to play with play money?? I'm definitely loving it!! Sign up for the HORSE tourney now. Thanks Iggy!!


At 3/13/2005 5:03 PM, Anonymous mcgrupp said...

So close!

At 3/14/2005 10:28 AM, Anonymous Harold said...

Nice run. The key to not doing the same thing next time is remembering this hand when it happens again. I like to write myself notes and post them on my monitor. In your case, I'd write "Let go of TT, JJ, QQ to a reraise if it could cost all my chips." I like your move if you have him covered by more than 2-1. Of course, in either case, a call would've worked also. You would've slowed down when the ace flopped and saved yourself 6500 chips, and still had some chances to double up. Also, one final note: His raise is morely likely big cards than a small pair.

At 3/14/2005 1:26 PM, Blogger Derek McG said...

Thanks Harold! I totally agree with you. After having some time to digest my play and the hand in question . . . I don't know why I didn't put him on AK. That raise smelled of it. I should've folded or tried calling preflop instead of moving all in. Thanks for the advice!


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