12-31-05 [poker]Played my first serious tournament in a while, a $30 three-table, it's the game I used to love and dominate before I started trying to switch to NL cash. I'm still a better tournament player than cash player, but I need to switch to cash because the profit potential is so much better. Anyway, I think it's one of the best tournaments I've ever played. The very first hand of the tournament I fucked around a bit with KJ and lost 1/4 of my stack. Immediately I realized I was being a moron and settled down and the rest of the way played solid and smart, good value poker, with just a few little bluffs here and there where called for.
In the endgame, one guy LONGFINGERS got a huge huge chip lead on everyone else and was running over the table. I had to avoid confrontation with him because there were some super short stacks at the table (I hate that situation). I managed to survive and got into the heads up. Starting the heads up, he had the chip lead on me, about 23000 to 7000. I totally punked him a few times, he was being stupidly over-aggressive and loose, and I got the chip lead, about 20000 to 10000. We traded steals and resteals a bit. A few hands later, this happened :
Seat 1: LONGFINGERS (12756) Seat 3: chukb (17244) LONGFINGERS posts small blind (400) chukb posts big blind (800) ** Dealing down cards ** Dealt to chukb [ Ks, 4d ] LONGFINGERS raises (1200) to 1600 he min raises on the button, he does this with any two chukb calls (800) I certainly call with king high ** Dealing Flop ** : [ 2s, 8d, 4h ] chukb checks. Middle pair is a monster heads up with the blinds this big. I check planning to raise, he'll bet here 100% of the time. LONGFINGERS bets (2000) He bet continuation reliably. chukb raises (15644) to 15644 chukb is all-In. I've got him. LONGFINGERS calls (9156) LONGFINGERS is all-In. He calls with A5 !!! ** Dealing Turn ** : [ 7c ] ** Dealing River ** : [ 3s ] Creating Main Pot with $25512 with LONGFINGERS Creating Side Pot 1 with $4488 with chukb
He spiked his gutshot, omg. Of course his two overs were also good, but he had no way of knowing that. That pretty much did it. Anyway, 2nd place isn't bad, and that one profit is better than my hours of cash play today, in which I kept getting in with donks and they'd show up with crazy hands and beat me.
With my current crappy cash game skills, my tournament win rate is much better, plus the variance in these small tournaments is much lower.