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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Party Poker

Aussie Open

I won two satellite seats on Party Poker the other day. One was for the Aussie Open and the other was for the Party Poker Million Crusie.

I played in a single table tourney to win the Aussie seat. I was the short stack with 4 players left in the STT. I held on until heads up and took down the big stack for the satellite seat. He had a 3 to 1 chip lead and was pissed when he lost to me. I won a $215 seat for the Aussie Open satellite. It was a MTT with 101 players. Joanne and AlCan'tHang watched me while I played. Thanks guys! I busted out in 16th place and the winner got a package for the Aussie Open. I lost a big hand in Level 6 when I pushed on the button with 99 versus JJ. There was 49 players left at this point. The girl with JJ was in EP and made a minimum raise. I fell for it and pushed. She called and I had her covered. I lost half my stack but eventually battled back to the top 10 in chips.

When we got down to 25 players, I was dealt 88 at the cutoff. Everyone folded to me. I raised with 88 and someone in the SB reraised me (minimum raise again). I knew something was up this time but I had them covered plus she was the shortstack at the table so I put her all in. Unfortunately, she had QQ and I lost a little chunk of my stack. I battled back but right before the break I took a big swift kick in the junk. I had 99 and was getting short stacked. I pushed all in and went up against KK. I flopped a 9 but a K hit the turn and I was left with T288 in chips at break. As Al said in the chat, nothing's worse than getting kicked like that and then having to sit through a break for 5 minutes. It was torture but oh well. I gave it a good run and was KO'd in 16th. I got nothing for my efforts. I just missed the money and someone else got the Aussie package.

Party Poker Million

I qualified for this satellite by finishing in the top 4 in a PPM V multi table qualifier. There was like 50 people in it and the top 4 or 5 paid. As soon as I won the free $162 seat, I moved all in and got KO'd in 4th place. I didn't care since I was moving on to the PPM satellite. I had already played in the Aussie tourney the night before so I was ready for this one. Only 84 people played in the satellite which sucked because we needed 90 for the WPT package. PP chopped the prize pool up 10 ways instead. Top 10 paid which was cool but there was no package. I did much better in this tourney. I finished in the money. I got KO'd in 9th place.

During level 4, I folded Q6o in the BB. There were 2 raisers when I folded. Both guys went all in preflop. It was AA vs KK. The board was 7-6-6-6-K. I would've cracked both hands. Damn!! It was a huge pot too. There were 48 players left at this point. In level 6, I moved all in as the shortstack with 55. I flopped a set and turned quads! I won a big pot since it was 3 way. I was movin' on up! 19 players were left by now. Next thing I know, I'm in the top 3 in chips before the break hits. Shortly after the break, everyone tighened up big time. Soon enough, we got down to 10 players and we all made the money. I figured people would loosen up but they didn't. I got caught making a blinds steal. My hand was alright but I shouldn't have tried it against the chip leader's BB. I had AJo and moved all in on the button. The BB called with QQ and I lost. I flopped a straight draw but my hand didn't improve. I was out in 9th place. I was hoping to get 1st place since it paid $3,500. It wasn't the package deal but it looked good enough to me! Unfortunately, it wasn't my day. I walked away with a decent win and had a nice run on PP this week. Next time!


At 8/14/2005 11:23 AM, Anonymous Maudie said...

Derek - congratulations! You are tearing up the tournaments :) color me impressed.

At 8/14/2005 1:50 PM, Blogger TripJax said...

excellent derek. i'm impressed. i love taking down a bigstack heads up. quite a good feeling...

At 8/14/2005 8:35 PM, Blogger Huge Junk said...

I knew you had it in you, after all, you got to see me play in person enough times for some world class skill to rub off...


At 8/16/2005 1:28 PM, Blogger Daddy said...

G-ville soon.

1. Bend
2. Carve
3. Repeat

At 8/17/2005 3:12 PM, Blogger Joanne1111 said...

Was fun to watch - you did an awesome job :)


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