Thursday, June 18, 2009

Two Days Early

The poker gods were smiling on me today.

Last night, I played in a few micro tournaments and took so many beats that I started up a dreaded bad beat post, with hand histories and all. I can't remember the last time I posted one of those. Instead of posting it, I slept on the post and kept it in draft form.

I woke up this morning and loaded up the $1 rebuy, $10k guaranteed on Full Tilt:

2,852 runners
5,186 rebuys
1502 add-ons
$406 added to the prize pool by Full Tilt to clear the $10k guarantee.

I ran, I rebought x3, I added-on, and eight hours later I final tabled. When I started getting deep in the tournament, I felt the poker gods smiling at me for keeping the bad beat stories to myself.

I've been playing this tourney for a solid week straight now, making the money maybe once. The great thing about this tournament is there is no rake, and I have yet to see the tournament hit $10,000--so FT has to add money to the prize pool to match $10k. Today's $406 is actually the least amount of money they've added to the prize pool all week.

Since this tournament and the other $1 tournaments on Full Tilt are so cheap, I've been experimenting with my play recently. Hyper-aggro, super-tight, and a few meshes in between. Today I found a groove, and some orbits I would amp up the aggro, and others I would play tight. The deeper I got, the easier reads on players became, and when the cards went dead I was able to steal and re-steal with about an 80% success rate.

Here are a few of the highlights:


Bad beats, taken, given.

Incredibly patient.

Folded to me in the BB when I had aces.

The ante is 5x bigger than the chips I started with.

Final Table!

Bought "Doggystyle" from iTunes and listened to it three times. Freeze!

At ease.

Must have seen 32o a billion times in the last two hours of the tourney.

TT, AK, AK, 88 four hands in a row at final table. Double up, steal, steal, bust a shortie, respectively.


Bankroll before the tournament:

Bankroll after:

I think my high-water mark was about 2.5 million chips at the end of the tourney, and all I could think about was swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. 2.5 million is 1666.66 times the buy-in, according to a calculator.

Now, if this had happened two days from now, the bankroll challenge would have been in the bank... now I've got some work to do. Do I go play a $1k SNG, play events around 5% of my bankroll, or stick to the $1 tournies?



Blogger BLAARGH! said...

Wow, congrats MHG! I'm off to a good start as well... I managed to dust off 1/2 my mookie win at 25NL last night!
Too bad you didn't take #1... sucks to get that deep and not take it down.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Schaubs said...


That is awesome man, good job!

I say you cash it all out and then go to your local Mukaluck Casino and let it ride!!

8:36 AM  
Blogger DrChako said...

Nice hit! Timing sucks, though.

Good for me!


9:53 AM  

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