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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Vegas Or Bust Poker Tournament

Although Big Daddy and I were both a little late to the party, we had all 10 players seated at the ob round felt, ready to do battle in the third of sixteen league tournaments.

I had sacrificed a couple of blinds due to my late arrival, but I made it up on my first hand, plus a little, when I rivered a straight and took a few chips from J-Dawg.

After the opening hand I went card dead for quite a while, but managed to pick up a few pots without a battle. The table seemed to be playing tighter in this tourney than in the previous two and we still had eight of the ten players left when the blinds reached $50-100, which is the sixth level.

As the blinds grew, my hands started improving and I was able to win back to back pots with A-9, when everyone folded to my 2.2X BB open raises. With blinds now at $150-300 the extra $900 really helped my stack. I could tell Philly Phanatic, who was seated on my immediate left, was getting suspicious. My next hand was K-K and I raised again, with Philly coming along for the ride this time. I bet a little over half pot after a 9 high flop. Philly slid his entire stack in and after I called tabled A-9. He didn't improve and was crippled. A couple hands later I flopped two pair with my A-5. I checked, and Philly shoved. I turned another ace and Philly was gone in fourth place.

That left J-Dawg, Ollie the Accountant and myself. J-Dawg was short stacked and I had a small lead over Ollie. Figuring Ollie would have to fold all but his premium hands, because he wouldn't want to be eliminiated before J-Dawg, I started attacking his blinds, and by the time I busted J-Dawg, I had a 2-1 chip lead.

With blinds at $500-1000, we traded chips for a few rounds, when I peeked down at pocket eights. I raised to $2,200 and Ollie called. A well connected flop of J-T-8 caused a betting frenzy which ended with all the chips in the middle. Ollie put a 9 and a 10 on their backs, showing middle pair, plus an OESD versus my set of eights. I was ahead, but a seven or Q would sink my battleship.

The turn?

Queen. Damn.

The river? Jack, pairing the board.

Full house! WHEEEE!

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good : )

So, that's two tourney wins in a row. It's a long way from being over, but it's nice to be off to a good start!

Click here for the updated league standings.

Till next time, win the flips


  1. Good job!

    Hey -- I played the alien beaver slot game today. Got one bonus by having the images cascade four times in a row. Got the other randomly. I looked for a name on the machine but did not see one.

  2. Nice, way to take it down again.
    After looking at the standings..... Do you all just harass Chris non stop for donating and then leaving the tourney immediately?

  3. Good job. It's not over by a long shot, but now they have to chase you!