Well, I’m back after my week off.
Sunday I played I don’t know how many SNGs and failed to win any chips, losing about 300K in the process. It was aggravating. I wasn’t playing particularly poorly, just getting terrible cards and missing flops when I did get OK starting cards, and couldn’t get anyone to fold to any bluff I tried to make. Bad night. Should have heeded my “quit after 3 losses” rule, but I played a few more than that…
Today, I played two MTTs. The first one I busted on AJ, beat by AA, in the only hand I got into, after sitting out a couple orbits because I wasn’t getting any cards.
The second MTT apparently ended my drought, and I managed to win 2nd place. Took 2nd place out of 35 entrants, it was small because of XMas Eve, of course. The guaranteed pot was 1M chips, and first place was 400K, 2nd just 240K. I was SO CLOSE to winning it all.
I was ahead in the final hand, with trip 9s, my opponent had paired a Ten and went all in with 2 pair, TT99, and I had him dead to rights, but then the lousy river turned up another T, inverting our leads and suddenly he wins boat, over boat. TTT99 over 999TT, about as close as you can make it. Mine sunk. He was the slightly bigger stack, but if I’d won that hand I would have had nearly all the chips at the table, and could have played any 2 cards against him for the remainder of the tournament until I busted him.
This tournament was amazing. I flopped Quads twice: QQQQ and JJJJ, and there were TWO times when the flop came up QQQ. My first quads, Queens, was one of those, and no one would bet on that board so I only won 180 chips with Quads, which sucked. The Quad Jacks hand was so much better, someone went all-in on me and I cleaned them out. I had JJ all-in another time, and had to settle for a 3-way chop when the board gave everyone in the hand a Straight, but my starting cards were the best of the three. I also flopped 2 full houses. I went all in at one point in the middle of the tournament with a draw to a King-high flush, hit it, and busted out two players. Overall I played great, but definitely got lucky in a few spots where I really needed to. That last hand tho… man! Not much strategy to review here, just some very fun hands to watch.
The final hand: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456086806
I call a scary bluff with the better hand, KK33 over unmade straight, really afraid I’d get beat by trip 3’s, taking a massive pot: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456084796
Trip Kings on the river, calling big bets with top pair and a raggy kicker to bust another opponent holding AA. This was bad play, but I got lucky.
Flopped full house KKK55 to knock out 1 player, and cripple a 2nd: KKK55 over AA55 over 7755: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456080606
Guts call against a huge bet to hit a flush and win a very big pot, K-high diamond flush over KK over 66 to a Straight: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456079986
Hard luck 3-way chopped straight on the board, JJ nullified over TT nullified over AJ-suited that missed a Hearts nut flush by 1 heart. This one had me pretty angry because at the time I really needed the chips and going all-in 3-way with Jacks is super nerve-wracking, but at least AJ didn’t hit his fifth Heart to take it: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456079424
2nd flopped Quads hand of the tournament: JJJJ over QQ improving to a Broadway straight: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456077794
Second QQQ flop of the night, same table, just a few hands apart from the first: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456074598
Two other players contest AJ vs JJ, turn and river are an A and a J. https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456074493
Doubling up with trip 5’s: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456075248
Quad Queens, for all of 180 chips: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/456073386