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Saturday, April 30, 2005

I'm On A Roll!

I’m on a roll!

I host a weekly No Limit Hold’Em Tournament in my home every Friday night. It’s listed on http://www.homepokergames.com/ so we have a steady stream of new players interested in playing in a local tournament. Over the last six months or so it has grown from a small single table format of 6-7 players, to upwards of 30 people spread over 4 tables on some nights.

Tonight we had 14 players competing for a first place prize of $330. Second and third were $160 and $90 respectively. The final table wound up with some of the best players in the area as expected, all about even in chips. I made a big move when my Hilton Sisters held up against Baby Burns AK off suit. That put me in the chip lead with only 3 players left. I eliminated John W. when my A4 spiked an Ace on the river to beat his pocket 5’s. Three hands later I had all the chips when I beat DJ who was basically about to be blinded out.

Victory! It’s the first of the year for me in my own home tournament, ack!
But, I’ll take it, baby I’m on a roll!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

A Winner at Last

Played in a $5 MTT with 678 other PokerStars fanatics. Worked my way into the top 100 and ITM, made it to the final table, and then final three. I eliminated them both on consecutive hands to win first place and $848.


Final Results from the Sunday $5 NL Hold'Em Tourney


The final two hands went as follows: I have about 460,000, the other players have about 250,000 and 310,000. Blinds are 6,000/12,000 and I'm the big blind with Ad 2s. Button folds and SB goes all in for 250,000. I call figuring I will still have over 200,000 if I loose. He turns over 6d 6h, I'm way behind. The FLOP comes [Jc Kc 8h], no help for either of us. The TURN pairs the board with [8d]. The beautiful RIVER hits...[Ks]. This makes his sixes irrelevant and my Ace kicker is the winner.

Now we are heads up and I'm dealt pocket 8's on the very next hand. My opponent goes all in, I call, and he turns over Ad 2c, sound familiar. This time the pair held up and even improved with an 8 on the flop.

All in all, it was a great way to kill 4 hours on Sunday. My overall stats for the tourney:
Dealt 338 hands and saw flop:
- 21 out of 52 times while in big blind (40%)
- 9 out of 48 times while in small blind (18%)
- 30 out of 238 times in other positions (12%)
- a total of 60 out of 338 (17%)
Pots won at showdown - 21 of 27 (77%)
Pots won without showdown - 51

Sunday, April 17, 2005

WSOP Satellite on Poker Stars

Poker Stars is running their 2005 WSOP Main Event satellites around the clock. Their $160 Double Shootout looks like a pretty good bet to win a seat.

81 players play in a single table sit-n-go format, the winners from each of these nine tables make up the final table. 1st place gets a seat in the WSOP plus hotel plus cash. 2nd through 8th gets $160 so you break even, 9th gets screwed with only $30.

They run $5.50 (R) satellites to the $160 satellite. These are fast paced turbo's with blinds increasing every 5 minutes. They last about an hour and an aggressive player with a little luck can win one of the 20-30 seats into the $160 Double Shootout. I've played about 4 of them and won a seat twice.

You can un-register and save the $160 for other selected tournaments, but you can't cash it out. All in all I think its a pretty good deal and a cheep realistic way to get a WSOP seat.