Thursday, October 04, 2007

Oct 2nd - £100+£10 NL Hold'Em (Western Club)

I heard Norman Chad say, in one of the current episodes of ESPN's WSOP 2007 coverage, that there are lots of times where A-K is the last hand a player will hold in any given tournament and once again I seem to run into a brick wall when I get this hand!

Fifty eight runners for tonights event and once again I played good and steady poker throughout the evening. At the moment I'm not walking away from tournaments thinking I could have played any better or that I'm making silly moves & bluffs cos I ain't. Its just that the poker gods are putting me in situations where I can't get out!

At the first break I held 8800 in chips (from a start stack of 5k). No big hands to speak of. I just chipped away and got lucky once or twice, as you need to.

The 2nd session started a little more fortuatously. Holding Q-Q in LP there was a raise & a re-raise before me. At this point I had only 6700 in chips so in some respects it was an easy push. The original raiser folded. The re-raiser called with 10-10. My Queens held and I was upto 16k.

A few hands later I was once again back to 8k.

This time I held 10d-9d. With blinds at 200-400 I called a mini-raise to 800 and 3 of us saw a flop of J-Q-4. First to act bet out 1200. I flat called. Next to act mini-raised to 2400 and we all called. Next card out was a 7...close but no cigar. First player checked. I checked. Next player bet out 4800. EP player called, as did I. River card was a....4!!! (Oh well never mind)

Despite this minor setback I struggled on but at the 2nd break I held 8700 chips and with blinds about to go to 400-800 I had to get busy!

I moved all-in, in LP, with Ac-8c, for 7k. Lucky for me, as it turned out, the BB decided to call the 7k with 7c-6c. My Ace high took it down!

So...back upto 14k when I get A-K in LP. There's an EP raise to 3k and I don't mess around and shove all-in for 13k. The player who'd earlier called my first all-in couldn't wait to get his chips into the pot! I'd run into A-A.

And so there you have it...another disappointing night out for me! I'm sure the cards will turn soon. Just goes to show the number of pot holes one has to survive if you're going to win at poker tournaments. Me...I just can't avoid them at the mo!

Entries -> 58 - Place -> 13th Loss-> £110 Profit/Loss for 2007 -> -£1323(As from 20th April 2007 rate of exchange is calculated at £1 = $2.00)


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