Sunday, April 20, 2008

So So Close

It would have been nice to finally get my first "legitimate" MTT victory, but instead I end up a bridesmaid again:
















The old adage "you have to get lucky to win a MTT" applies to getting second place also; With blinds at 250\500 and about 30 or so players, I was only at 3100.

But then KJ rivered a straight against AT to get me to 6k.

Then J9 hit two pair against KK to get me to 11k.

Then AT held up against KQ to get me to 14k.

Then AT holds up again against KT to get me to 22k, and the thought of actually cashing starts to enter my mind.

But the luck didn't stop there:

Full Tilt Poker Game #6105543718: $4,000 Guarantee (45789084), Table 11 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 6:01:23 ET - 2008/04/20
Seat 1: rjmaz611 (3,873), is sitting out
Seat 2: Jeevz271 (43,921)
Seat 3: Stackedbundelz (6,694)
Seat 4: mclarich (28,840)
Seat 8: PassDaBlunt (48,422)
Seat 9: basbat (36,657)
Jeevz271 posts the small blind of 500
Stackedbundelz posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mclarich [Kd Ts]
mclarich raises to 3,000
PassDaBlunt calls 3,000
basbat folds
rjmaz611 folds
Jeevz271 folds
Stackedbundelz folds
*** FLOP *** [6s Ad Th]
mclarich checks
PassDaBlunt checks
*** TURN *** [6s Ad Th] [2d]
mclarich checks
PassDaBlunt bets 3,750
mclarich calls 3,750
*** RIVER *** [6s Ad Th 2d] [Kc]
mclarich bets 3,000
PassDaBlunt calls 3,000
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mclarich shows [Kd Ts] two pair, Kings and Tens
PassDaBlunt shows [Qc As] a pair of Aces
mclarich wins the pot (21,000) with two pair, Kings and Tens

Then, once we're in the money, down to about 15 left:

Full Tilt Poker Game #6105758702: $4,000 Guarantee (45789084), Table 9 - 1200/2400 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 6:44:23 ET - 2008/04/20
Seat 1: mclarich (33,790)
Seat 2: nolimitpower (32,518)
Seat 4: sbpower007 (41,296)
Seat 5: basbat (7,130)
Seat 7: Mrs Magoo (15,492)
Seat 8: Flying Guy (99,503)
Seat 9: coastrider (45,194)
coastrider posts the small blind of 1,200
mclarich posts the big blind of 2,400
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mclarich [9d 8c]
nolimitpower has 15 seconds left to act
nolimitpower raises to 4,800
sbpower007 folds
basbat folds
Mrs Magoo folds
Flying Guy folds
coastrider folds
mclarich calls 2,400
*** FLOP *** [8s 6h 5c]
mclarich checks
nolimitpower bets 2,400
mclarich has 15 seconds left to act
mclarich raises to 9,600
nolimitpower calls 7,200
*** TURN *** [8s 6h 5c] [Js]
mclarich bets 19,390, and is all in
nolimitpower has 15 seconds left to act
nolimitpower has requested TIME
nolimitpower calls 18,118, and is all in
mclarich shows [9d 8c]
nolimitpower shows [Qh Qs]
*** RIVER *** [8s 6h 5c Js] [7d]
mclarich shows a straight, Nine high
nolimitpower shows a pair of Queens
mclarich wins the pot (66,236) with a straight, Nine high

Next two hands I flop top pair with KQ then take a shorty out with AQ vs A3 to propel me to about 97k in chips.

After taking out 10th place when my A8 flopped trips against 77, the final table looked like this:

Seat 1: Stackedbundelz (4,528)
Seat 2: pocketdod (32,205)
Seat 3: chloealyce (38,079)
Seat 4: mclarich (115,930)
Seat 5: Flying Guy (147,499)
Seat 6: PassDaBlunt (35,356)
Seat 7: Jeevz271 (56,827)
Seat 8: coastrider (23,594)
Seat 9: jlowme (67,982)

The chip leader was playing very weak and was taking a lot of pots with minraises & minbets on the flop. Then this hand came up:

Full Tilt Poker Game #6105857754: $4,000 Guarantee (45789084), Table 16 - 2000/4000 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 7:04:37 ET - 2008/04/20
Seat 1: Stackedbundelz (3,084)
Seat 2: pocketdod (16,705)
Seat 3: chloealyce (39,023)
Seat 4: mclarich (116,930)
Seat 5: Flying Guy (238,826)
Seat 6: PassDaBlunt (32,356)
Seat 8: coastrider (17,594)
Seat 9: jlowme (57,482)
PassDaBlunt posts the small blind of 2,000
coastrider posts the big blind of 4,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mclarich [Qs Ah]
jlowme folds
Stackedbundelz folds
pocketdod folds
chloealyce folds
mclarich raises to 12,000
Flying Guy calls 12,000
PassDaBlunt raises to 32,356, and is all in
coastrider folds
mclarich calls 20,356
Flying Guy calls 20,356
*** FLOP *** [8s 9d 8c]
mclarich checks
Flying Guy bets 101,068 (has to be an 8 or a pocket pair, right?)
mclarich folds
Flying Guy shows [As Jc] (nope)
PassDaBlunt shows [Ad Kd]
Uncalled bet of 101,068 returned to Flying Guy
*** TURN *** [8s 9d 8c] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [8s 9d 8c 6s] [Qh] (#(*#$&#$(#$!!!)
Flying Guy shows a pair of Eights
PassDaBlunt shows a pair of Eights
PassDaBlunt wins the pot (101,068) with a pair of Eights

I probably should have reraised once the shorty pushed to isolate instead of relying on the big stack to check down with no side pot & no made hand.

After watching my stack drop, I got lucky again when we got to 4 players:

Full Tilt Poker Game #6105941962: $4,000 Guarantee (45789084), Table 16 - 3000/6000 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 7:21:35 ET - 2008/04/20
Seat 4: mclarich (59,574)
Seat 5: Flying Guy (348,147)
Seat 6: PassDaBlunt (45,564)
Seat 9: jlowme (68,715)
jlowme posts the small blind of 3,000
mclarich posts the big blind of 6,000
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mclarich [Ts 9c]
Flying Guy folds
PassDaBlunt folds
jlowme raises to 12,000
mclarich calls 6,000
*** FLOP *** [9h 8h Qs]
jlowme bets 12,000
mclarich raises to 42,000
jlowme raises to 56,715, and is all in
mclarich calls 5,574, and is all in
jlowme shows [Kc Kh]
mclarich shows [Ts 9c]
Uncalled bet of 9,141 returned to jlowme
*** TURN *** [9h 8h Qs] [Jd]
*** RIVER *** [9h 8h Qs Jd] [2h]
jlowme shows a pair of Kings
mclarich shows a straight, Queen high
mclarich wins the pot (119,148) with a straight, Queen high

When we get to heads up, I was at a little over a 2:1 chip disadvantage and just couldn't get anything going. All my luck ran out & I went completely card dead, and everytime I tried stealing with air I got caught. The fact that it was also 4am probably had an effect on my end game too.

Hopefully this is a sign that I'm getting back into my MTT groove. Although I would never advocate getting as shortstacked as I did that late into the game, this game was a reminder that staying patient can pay off. Let's see if I can build on this and finally take one of these things down.

7 Comments:

At April 20, 2008 at 5:13 PM, Blogger Instant Tragedy said...

Still a good game my friend.

You can do anything you think you can. I look forward to hearing about your successful MTT victory coming within the next 4 months Matt!

IT

 
At April 20, 2008 at 7:40 PM, Anonymous Mookie said...

Congrats on the nice run.

 
At April 21, 2008 at 6:46 AM, Blogger Alan aka RecessRampage said...

Nicely done. Some of those hands were gross though.... I'm rooting for you and yet I puked in my mouth a little... :)

 
At April 21, 2008 at 7:59 AM, Blogger lj said...

great score -- you'll get that first soon!

 
At April 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM, Blogger RaisingCayne said...

Congrats on the score!

 
At April 28, 2008 at 12:22 PM, Blogger lightning36 said...

Nice cash! Everyone needs a little luck to win, but the secret is finding how to put yourself in that position on a consistent basis.

 
At May 2, 2008 at 10:29 AM, Blogger RaisingCayne said...

Matt... hope you're doin' well man. Check your e-mail, hope you'd consider makin' it down on the 17th. And we'll have to arrange another home game soon too.

Have a good weekend...

 

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