Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sahara's Casino No-Limit Poker Tourney

Played in a $45 dollar with one $20 rebuy/add-on tourney at Sahara's in Las Vegas. This was pretty deep stack poker. We started with 6,000 in chips and blinds at 25-50 (20 minute rounds). Which, really is where I shine, since I have a lot of chips to make moves.

Already on the third hand, I had already tripled up. This was mostly because I wanted to play fast and aggressive in the beginning. The lose early or get lot of chips early mentality. This hand started out with 3 people on the flop after a raise from early position. I came in in the small blind.

The flop came out A 8 K with two spades. I had two spades in my hand and checked the flush draw. Big blind also checks to the original raiser. He bets out 600.

I re-raise him to 1600 and big blind tanks and looks me up, then decides to go all-in. Original raiser calls and I call. BB had 88 for a set and OR had AK for top two pair.

The turn brings a deuce of spades. My flush and river bricks for the both of them. I win.

Already I receive a loose player image because of my reraise/call in that hand. I have to say, these players were way to serious about this tourney and I honestly didn't care if I busted out early as it was only a $45 tournament, but here these guys were acting like it was the WSOP. I knew I could use that to my advantage.

I had been caught bluffing a couple times with the worst hand and even was called with A high in a decent pot. Certain players were starting to call me with mid-pair on showdown. I didn't let it bother me. The cool thing about deep stack poker is I can lose a few small pots and still be healthy. Also, I was a huge chip-leader at this point, having over 20k in chips with blinds only at 50-100.


The only time I was down was when I had JJ against someone's QQ. Apparently, he's a pretty well-known comedian named Joe Lowers in Las Vegas. I fought to get back my lead and was more active in pots. Even though, I had lost the chip lead, I was still third in chips at the table. I finally got back a massive chip lead when someone with JJ re-raised a raiser and I went all-in with QQ.


Soon enough, final table and we play until 5 players left. Then it went chop with me being third in chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Midnight Tournament @ Bay 101

welcome to my new poker blog! I was getting tired of switching back and forth between accounts so I condensed it into one login with my other blog.

Bay 101 midnight tournament with starting stack 10,000. 30+ players.

I came into the tournament not expecting to play tight, but it's what I ended up doing after making a few bad plays that I thought at the time were good and lost half my stack near the first break. I was also folding a lot on the flop and basically letting the table run over me.

Then I started adjusting strategies and limped in with strong hands to set traps.

Here are some hands I remember:

Hand one: In the big blind. UTG goes all in and gets a caller who also goes all in. Folded to me and I see pocket 9's. I figure I gamble as I was not going to survive if I kept folding hands at this blind level. I was up against A 6 suited and pocket Queens! But flop comes out 9 6 6 and I win the three-way pot!


Hand two: I received pocket queens UTG and decided to only call. Button also calls and little blind raises it up. I smooth call as does button. Flop comes out J 6 8 and we all check. Turn comes a Q and we check to the button who bets. Little blind raises it and I smooth call with my full house. Button folds. River comes out blank and little blind checks. I go all-in and he insta-calls with Aces. I win!


Hand three: Pocket 10's UTG and only call. Button, little and big blind all come to see the flop. Little blind goes all in on a flop of 7 8 2. Big blind folds and I call. He shows K 8 and misses the rest. I win!


I had slightly above average and was playing pretty tight until we got to the final table. Blinds were getting high and my average stack was bleeding and had no choice but to push all-in preflop. Always had one caller and I won every race even though I was behind. I was getting really lucky and put some brutal bad beats.

Pretty much I had not bluffed any hands at all right after the first break. I had only betted when I thought I was ahead.

Before I knew it, we were three handed and I was chip leader. We decided to make a deal and chop it three ways. While technically I was first, I will never know how it would have ended, but still happy for the win.

It sure made the drive home at 5am bearable.