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Twice as Nice

August 8th, 2009 No comments

Last night saw 8 players take the action at the felt at the home game, and it was a similar story for Jordan who took down his 2nd First Place Finish in as many weeks. Jordan mixed a very patient early play, with a tight aggressive strategy late to chip up huge, and never looked back.

In the end, Janeth was the first player to be eliminated, followed by myself, and then by Jay. Tim would be the next to go on a hand that was really the swing hand of the night.

From early position Robert opened with a min raise, and Jordan re-raised in a 3 bet. Tim came over the top all in, and Robert let it go. Jordan found himself priced to call and made the chip commitment for virtually all of his chips and tabled AKos to Tim’s QQ. The anticipation didn’t last long, as the flip proved to be a big advantage for Jordan when a K hit the flop. No help for Tim on the turn or river meant that he was sent to the rail, as Jordan had him covered by a mere 6 chips.

That big pot gave Jordan a huge chip advantage, and when Andrew left in 4th, and Traci in 3rd, it left him large stacked against Robert heads up.

The final hand played out with all the money going in on the turn card with the board reading Qd-Jd-Ac-As. Robert made the shove, and Jordan made the easy call tabling Ad-9d for the winning set and having Robert drawing dead with Jh-8h. The river fell the meaningless 4s and Jordan took down is 2nd Pablosplace title in as many weeks.

Next week looks good to go, so we’ll see you all here.
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Last Night's TPT

August 8th, 2009 No comments

I haven’t been running well in tournaments the last week or so. For some reason, I’ve been running really good in the ring games, but tourney’s I’ve just run dry. Last night was no exception.

I couldn’t really get anything going early in the TPT, and then I was bounced in 15th after getting crippled on a bad move. I called from middle position with 4-4 after a player open min raised. The button and both blinds came along, and the flop came out 2-3-5. Action checked around to me, and I simply checked, which is where I think I made the biggest mistake in this hand. The button checked as well, and we all saw a turn card of a 7. This time, when action was checked back to me, I opened it up for about 1/3 the pot, and the button and SB folded. But the BB shoved all in. It was folded back to me for most of my stack and I went with a read that said he was on AK. I was wrong, and my opponent tabled 77 for top set. I was crushed, had a few outs, but the board bricked out and I was crippled down to 460 chips.

Two hands later I got it all in with Qh-Jh from early position, and had one raiser. Action folded around and I was heads up against 7-7. The board held up for the pair of 7′s and I was eliminated.

I’m not really sure yet as to why it is that I’ve been running so good on the cash games, but so bad in the tourney’s. I’ll have to take a look at some of my plays through my hand history’s and see if I can put it all together.

Tonight is the home game at Pablosplace. I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the gang. Cheers, P
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