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Old 04-09-2015, 06:34 AM
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A couple of things....Here is the finalized blind structure:

All blind levels are 20 minutes in length unless otherwise noted.
100-200
200-400
300-600
400-800
*BREAK*
500-1000
1000-2000
2000-4000
3000-6000
*BREAK*
4000-8000
5000-10000 (30 MIN)
10000-20000 (60 MIN)
20000-40000 (60 MIN)

More importantly, a player won't be able to make the game which drops us down to 17 players...which drops us down to 2 tables of 9 and 8-handed respectively. How should I adjust my strategy now that I will be at a 9 or 8 person table vs a shorthanded 6 person table? I still plan to see cheap flops for the first few levels and run from there.

Edited to add: The player that is unable to make it was the smallest stack...leaving me as the official shortest stack to begin the tourney.
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The shortest stack but starting with a full stack (>100 big blinds). Pretend you just got moved to the table in a MTT and play your game. Adjust as stacks/blinds dictate.
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Don't over analyze this.
Play your normal game.
Get your chips in good.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:03 AM
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Well, another season is in the books. I played some of the best poker I could and managed to finish 8th....two out of the money. I have very few details notes to add, just a few entries I happened to jot down. My memory isn't the best either as there were many beers, shots and puffs throughout the night but it was a great time as usual.

I started out with a favorable table draw in terms of positioning. I feel I am better than most of the players who play there, and one of the dangerous big stacks was on the other side of the table so I knew I wouldn't be tangling with him much. My strategy remained simple....try to increase my starting stack of T27,500 by betting aggresively when I had a strong hand on each street and picking my spots against the weak/tight stacks that would probably fold the better hand facing any resistance.

Up until the first break, I had no notable hands to note but I picked up quite a few pots with a few c-bet barrels with air and picked on the blinds as they didn't seem too interested in any big, early confrontations.

By the first break, I increased my stack up to 42k, again, without even going to see a showdown. After break during the 1k-2k level, I thought this was an interesting hand, which I lost, but I didn't feel too badly about it because I usually would have fired a 3rd bullet on the river which would have resulted in me loosing ~ half my stack in one hand.

It was me in the BB vs the SB. I had about 40k and he had ~50kish

Folds to the SB who completes the BB for 2k. I have Q9s and decided to raise to 5k. I am happy to win right here, if SB calls, I don't mind seeing a flop with this hand and using my position to take it down. If I face a reraise, easy fold.

SB calls (10k in pot)

Q6K with 2 of my spades

SB checks, and I toss 3500, SB calls (17k in pot)

4 (non spade)

SB checks and at this point, I figure him for a TPWK or on a straight draw of some sort...I was kind of mixed here with my 2nd pair, 2nd nut flush draw. I was debating to check behind or fire another bullet out. I ended up tossing 7k in the middle with the intention of jamming if a Q9 or spade hits if the SB calls.

SB called (pot 31k - almost my total stack going into this hand...wasn't really expecting to play such a large pot with this hand)

River - rag

SB checks and I had to make a decision between all-in or checking. I chickened out and flip my 2nd pair....SB flips AKo and takes it down. I was kind of perplexed that the SB played it like this but it reaffirmed how passive a lot of these players are.

Once we reached the levels or 2-4k and 3-6k, I steal the blinds about 1-2 x per orbit. A few close calls but nobody decided to look me up.

4-8k with 12 players left and the chip leader moves to my table...2 spots to my right. This pretty much put an end to my stealing the blinds as he is one of the better players and is wise to my tricks. Directly to his left is the other huge stack at the table....until this hand occurs.

5-10k.....now the big stack that moved to our table earlier has a really strange habit of overbetting the pot PF at times (tourneys and cash games). It was blind vs blind with the 2 biggest stacks of the table (and tourney) and it folds around. the SB moves all in for ~150k and was insta called by the big stack BB.

SB - ATo vs BB - KQs

Qxx A K

Wow, one big stack is out and now the other big stack has 50-60% of the chips at our table of 5. However, before he could get too frisky, within a couple of hands, the other table has 2 players join the rail and we have the final table.

Blinds are still 5k-10k and I have around 80k

2 big stacks, 1 short stack and about 5 medium-ish stacks

Down to 8 and after getting garbage and hitting some blinds, that leaves me with 56k. I see A8o in middle position after it folded to me. I jam....folds around to SB who ponders and eventally calls with KQ. Q high flop and I don't improve and I am out in 8th.

I felt I did the best I could. I may have had 3 pp the entire tourney (highest being 8 , no AK..AQ twice and that was it. I was 0 for 1 in All in's, if I would have held up, that would have brought me to 125k and causing the table to go down to 2 short stacks and I would have cruised into the money and attempt to cause some damage.

I didn't see much after that as I migrated to the cashgame table. However, I did see this doozy of a hand.

Heads up between last years champ(BB) vs the big stack(SB)that was at my table who put out the other big stack I mentioned earlier.

The BB had SB covered slightly....3-2 chip lead. Blinds 10-20k and we see a call and check to see the flop.

232

check, check

turn 8

check, SB bets 25k, BB calls

river 7

SB bets 50k, BB raises to 150k, SB goes all in, BB calls

BB calls to show the big blind special - 72o for flopped trips
SB flips his cards over - 32 for the flopped full house

Crazy hand and the SB goes on to win with in a couple of hands and he would be the first 2x winner of this tournament.

All in all, a fun night with some great people and good drinks and lots of food. The game lasted about 5.5 hours with the cash game going on until the wee hours of the morning. I finished up $10 in the cash game lol

Appreciate the advice received and I wish I had some better cards to play with but that's poker.
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Nice report. Sorry you didn't get into the money...that's how it goes sometimes.

Sounds like fun, overall!
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Well...another year and another poker season almost in the books...the final game is tomorrow night. This final game will look much different for me than it did last year. Although I only was able to attend 9 of the 17 games, I had two 1st place finishes and two 3rd places which really helped obtain some much needed points.

Rather than starting with a weak 27,500 stack this year, I am working with 62,500 chips. Chip leader (x2) will be starting with double of my stack at 125,000. Bringing up the rear are a couple of stacks at 40k so there seems to be much less of a range for this finale.

Attendance was down this year which resulted in 16 people for the final game, however, two of those people are unable to make it so that puts us at 14 runners....paying out top 5 spots. Having said that, the average stack is about 74k so I am only starting slightly below average.

I am looking at applying the same strategy as last year and adhering to Paul D's advice by treating this as an MTT and moved to a table with a variety of chip stacks.

I really would like to win this one as this may be our final season....would be nice to go out on top and add the last season trophy next to my 1st season winning trophy.
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