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Placeholder for the Quads, SJ, Kid tourney / trip up to Reno.
Putting the final edits on it now.
 

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SJ and I were planning on hitting a few of the tourneys that are part of the Peppermill Spring Tourney series, as well as the upcoming Pot of Gold series. The plan was in place to roll up there Monday afternoon and hit the 7PM evening $100 + $20 buy in NL event. While at the office, I get a call from the Kid saying he was heading up there as well and looking to carpool if possible. The Kid met us in Auburn at 3:15PM and we made trax up the hill. Rolled into the Reno Peppermill at about 4:45, checked into the hotel at the poker player rate of $35.00 / night, dropped our bags and mobbed down to the poker room. Which if any of you have been there, the poker room is no longer downstairs behind / next to the escalator. The room is still there, but the tables are empty and the lights are off. They are running the poker room upstairs in the Ballroom where they have their cash games going as well the tourneys. For the rest of you, if you have never been in the poker room… bring your friggin’ welding helmet. That place is a neon / mirror / annoying light prism from hell. You can not escape it.

Tourney Registration, paid, got our seating tickets, and had about an hour to spare until the tourney started. They are running cash games, so we figured we’d get a seat and try to free roll into the tourney and double up on the cash table. Their cash games were a weird spread. They were running $4/8 Kill and then the jump went to $10/20 and then to $30/60. Odd jump, as we were looking for something around the $6/12 or $8/16. I would have sat down at the $10/20 table, but didn’t want to be limited on time with the tourney starting in an hour. So I took a seat at the $4/8 table. Played for about 45 minutes and took one hand. Needless to say, at 4/8, I didn’t make my buy in. Was on rather cold cards and seated between two Dolts that have a personal vendetta against each other. Fantastic. I’d sooner jamb a pencil in my ear than sit between you two gems at a limit table.

Tourney starts, game on.
The blind structure is a *VERY* relaxed blind structure which is called a “Texas Tear Blind Structure”. Basically, the blinds never increase more than 50% going into the next round. More info can be found here: http://texstears.com/FNRE1.html They use antes as well at rather early stages (around round 6 or 7). The blinds were a bit weird around round 12 through 14 and didn’t follow their prior 10 rounds of increases. What ever. At least I’m not between frick and frack on the $4/8 table.

As far as the play in the tourney, I would get a great starting hand, and get no action on it. Late position, K/K, raise 4 BB’s and it folds to me. Early position, A/A, raise 3 BB’s, folds to me. A/Qs, limp in, give everyone the flop, check it, give them their draws while I have the nut flush, bet, fold. Same thing with two pair. Weird.
Later in the game, UTG, I get 10/10, raise 2X the BB, get callers. Flop comes 10, 10, what ever. Bet, call. Turn what ever, bet, called. I go all in blind heads up against a player (ok, perhaps a touch too aggressive) and he folds. I should have let him make a hand with the river card and see if I could have extracted some more chips from him, but I wanted to make my stake at the table. Which I guess I did, because when ever I raised, I go no action. After the ½ dozen nice starting hands, I went into what we in the poker industry call “Hagar”. I sat and watched the blinds increase and weed into my stack orbit after orbit with absolutely nothing. I attempted to limp in from later positions playing some marginal hands, (my all time favorite of course, J/9) and again, would either flop 2,2,7 or A,A,4 or anything that would hit everyone else, other than me. I survived another round or two and end up going all in for about 2500 (semi short stacked) with the best hand I’ve seen for a round or two (30 or 40 minutes). I’m fortunately in a later position and get A/Ko, make my shove and get a few callers. Flop, turn, river, gave me shit. Some cat with A/10 that called me, made his pair of 10’s and I announced “MUTERFU*%$R SEAT OPEN” and went to walk it off. I was a little bitter about it because for the most part the players on my table were all beatable players. Some runs of cards hit you, and others don’t.

I went up to the room to relax for a few, make a few phone calls, rub one out, relax and wait for SJ and the Kid to go heads up in the tourney and take the first prize of $7500 or so. They were still motoring through the field when I came back down about an hour later and they were still rolling with chips. The Kid was close to the felt and SJ was around 15K or so in chips. The Kid was in the same funk as I was in and shoved. SJ was doing well on another table. They started some single table $60 Sit–n-Go’s for those that were either out of a cash game or out of the tourney. Winner take all for $560 or so. I sat down in one of those while they were still playing. While there, the Kid busted out. SJ was still in. I made my way well through the SNG, however was to the felt several times. I doubled up three or 4 times and ended up being three handed. One cat was shorter stacked and another was the big stack by far. Three handed you are paying a blind all but one hand / orbit. I am on the button, I get (my favorite all time hand of course) J/9c and figure if I’m going to take a stab at it, this is going to be it otherwise I’ll potentially sit pay more blinds until I get another marginal hand and risk getting blinded out at 500/1000 blinds. Marginal drawing hand, same as with a flush, etc. etc., but we are down to three. I shove, I get a caller, (the other shorter stacked player) who flips over rockets. Flop, turn, river, bye bye….

I motor out of there to get a drink and put the flames out. The Kid was busted out of the tourney, but SJ was still a player. We knocked around for a bit, I went out to the casiNO to play some keNO, as we were after all, in ReNO…… a while later, I hear from the Kid that SJ busted out just outside of the bubble at around 25th or so. The bubble was 18. I don’t remember which / what his hand was but I can say, from knowing SJ he was a little bitter about it. I’ll let them fill in the details as they come.

Well, we rolled up, represented, played our “A” games and made a showing. We came to play poker, so poker it was. We didn’t care for the games that were being played at the Pepp., so we rolled down to the Eldo to get on either the NL table or the $6/12 Kill game, both of which are juicy like a fresh picked melon by a dirty little debutant.

We get seated and another adventure is about to begin.
Look for the following Eldo Trip Report thread on Jabba the Hutt (aka: Fat Bastard) and Alabama Poker Lessons…. “Excuse me Sir, but you need to announce your raise before you string bet 9 times in order to give that $700 away”. Which really, honestly should have been a quote.

Still planning the next trip for one of those tourneys. I just know one of those trophies has my name on it.
The Peppermill does run a great tourney, well organized and structured, friendly dealers and staff.
(just don’t forget your welding goggles)
 

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beat 178 players, but that wasn't close to good enough. Paid top 18, I got booted in 26th with A/5 on the button. I had 3k left, blinds were 5 hundie and 1,500 hundie...didn't know if I'd see another ace before the blinds got back to me. Played 5 hrs for nada. Christ. I think I played a tad too tight in the last 2/3 rounds... should've been more willing to shove. Next big tourney is in March at the hilton... see you all there.
 

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Whoa, good tourney recap Quads.

We made excellent time going up there. Actually made it from Auburn to the border in about an hour. Checked into Neon heaven at Peppermill (who thought that bright neon blue and pink would be conducive to keeping players at the casino to gamble??? I wanted to get the hell outta there as fast as I could). At least the poker (banquet room) was neon-free.

So after registering for the tourney, Quads went to the 4/8 game, and SJ and I order some lunch and sit down at a $60 sit and go winner takes all thingie. Lunch comes... 2 BLTS and 2 cokes, that will be $30 after tip/tax? WTF? I guess the sandies have gold or something in them. $10 each after the food vouchers. Anyway... I bust out 5th in the sit-n go, and the table whines and bitches to SJ to chop, since they are relatively even stacked. He caves after they bitch his frikkin head off, and they all collect $130 or something. Not bad.

So the tourney rolls around, Quads and SJ are seated at the SAME table, me way all by myself. I make a slow start, and run my $1500 down to $400, then I get hot. Push with KK, triple up. 2 hands later, it's raised 2 times to me, I see KK again :D so I push for about $1500, the guy next to me who hasnt acted at all yet PUSHES for $4000, everyone else folds (good for me since I'm only collecting $1500 from them anyway), he shows JJ and I take a monster pot.

So it goes for another hour till our table breaks. I get put onto a huge stacked table, me having around $8k with the others well over $15k. 2 have over $30k. Ok so I have some work to do. This is where my tourney hopes go downhill. Blinds are up to 200/400 with 50 ante. The blinds don't increase for a couple of rounds, but the ante doubles. Weird. So I get nothing for another 30 min, the blinds go to 300/600 150 ante or something. Now I've blinded down to about $4500, the blinds are getting high. I see 22 in the hole (ok not the best hand but ive got to make a stand... each pot has $2400 in it BEFORE any betting). Folded to me in middle position, I pushed, folded all the way back to the BB, who thinks a bit, then says, AND I FRIKKIN QUOTE "Well, I've got a pretty bad hand, but I'll call" Ok dumbf***, you're gonna call 75% of your remaining chips on what you called a bad hand??? WTF? He flips over Q6, and of course there's a 6 on the flop... and I'm out in 36th. place out of 210. Not bad, but I'm still pissed. At minimum, he should have put me on big cards, which would have made him a huge dog. Even a middle pair and hes a dog... 22-55 is the only hands that its not bad, and I'm still about 52% to win. So he put all his tourney stakes on AT MOST a coin flip. Oh well...

SJ was watching all this and makes some quote about the dipsh**. I go and watch him play for a bit... the blinds go up to some ridiculous thing like 500/1500 with a 200 ante. WTF? How'd they go from 300/600 to that, especially since the whole time it was a "texas tear" liberal structure... oh well. So SJ gets cold, ends up pushing with his A5 instead of waiting to be blinded off in that orbit.. BB dip calls quite a bit more with K10 I think, hits a pair and it's over for us... I go find Quads, who went out earlier with AK vs. A10 (see above)... watch him go down to 3 ppl in a sit.n go, then we decide to run over and hit up Eldorado's 6/12 kill and NL game. Check out the future post on that from Quads, and I'll update accordingly. 3 words for this NL game: Jabba the Hut!

-David "The Kid"
 

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I went into what we in the poker industry call “Hagar”.
That's only a "half-Hagar" :wink:

Being cold-carded is only part of the full treatment. You have to mix in getting a few good hands cracked by fools on a longshot river (4 outer or less), winning the absolute minimum when you do manage to drag a pot and somebody raising you all-in every time you try to limp on a speculative hand.

Good job SJ. Too bad you didn't make it into the money, but it sounds like you made a great run at it. It also sounds like you learned a little something about your play which is a supreme consolation to not finishing in the money. To me, it's a much better feeling to get some knowledge out of an otherwise unprofitable experience than to walk away feeling like I just never had a chance.
 
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