Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Success and failure

Last night I played a couple of tournaments at PokerStars, a $50 NLHE MTT and the nightly $35k guaranteed $10 rebuy. I had wildly contrasting fortunes in them both.

The $50 started with about 350 runners. I played my usual tight and aggressive game and after the first couple of hours I was looking in decent shape around the middle of the pack with about 100 players left. Holding AQo in the BB, it was folded round to the SB who pushed his shortstack into me. It cost me just under half my stack to call, and holding AQo I was well ahead of his range. I called it instantly and he flipped over A2, a good situation for me. Flop came 235 - ouch, he's hit one of his three outs. The turn was a Q, giving the lead back to me, surely I couldn't lose this hand now. River was another 2, bleh! To be fair to the guy, he didn't play his hand wrong, it was just one of those things. Now I'm quite short myself.

Then I went card dead for a while and didn't even get many stealing opportunities. I ended up with 870 chips with blinds at 200/400 and in 47th position of 47 (36 were paid). The guy who sucked out on me earlier was back at my table after our previous table had been broken up. He now had a huge stack and was in the top 10 in chips. I seriously was in need of help. Then I was dealt AKs in late position, the player to my right open raised to 1200, and I called my last 870 chips. Everyone else folded and he turned over K7o. My hand held up and I more than doubled my stack. The odd steal sees me limp into the money.

To cut a long story short, I ended up finishing 6th in the tournament for a nice cash! The guy who sucked out on me finished 14th or 15th. It was one of my better comebacks and I was very happy with my 6th place.

In contrast, my $35k MTT did not go well at all. I've been doing well in this tournament recently with a few cashes this month, including one final table. The first hour of these rebuys can often be crazy, with a lot of allins with marginal to weak hands. I tried to play the maniac strategy with bad results. I just didn't seem to be able to win a hand that first hour and ended it with the minimum stack having spent $191. OK, I've final tabled from that position once before, so all was not lost.

The second hour hadn't been going long when I picked up KK UTG. I raised to 3x the BB. One caller, another guy raises, yet another calls his raise - great, action for my big hand! I push my stack allin. The first caller gets out of the way, the raiser pushes his stack to isolate me and the other caller gets out of the way as well. Villain has AQo, he's drawing to 3 outs (probably less as one of the two callers likely had an ace). Needless to say, he hits one on the turn and I'm out 575th. Ah well, there's always next time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This Online Poker Tournament is a No Limit Texas Holdem event exclusive to Bloggers.

Registration code: 1362397


Welcome to my Blog. I finally got round to making a post.

This blog is going to mainly be about poker, might throw some other stuff in as well. I exclusively play Multi-Table Tournaments nowadays, mostly on Pokerstars and Paradise. I'll try and put some tourney reports up here (particularly if I do well ;-) ).