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October 14, 2005

Played really well....

I played no limit texas holdem in a mini satellite last night, where the top 3 won entry into a tournament awarding seats into an upcoming WPT event at Foxwoods. Everyone started with 3000 in chips, and the blinds were 30 minutes.

I really played well, but seemed to get my cards early in the event, bringing my stack up to 4500 in the first couple levels. Then things seemed to go cold for me. Good hands to raise or call with, never connected with the flop, and I found myself down, at one point to 1200 in chips.

Making the best of hands that I got, I kept in the game, yo-yoing between 1200 and 2000 for over 45 minutes. I never got anything going, but I kept in the game, and kept my patience.

FINALLY, I got AJs and decided to push with it! At this point, we were down to 11, and the next out would see us combining tables. Let me say, that the previous 3 hands to this I had A rag and tossed them!

My AJs got called by a big stack ( remember, I had less than 2K ) with AQo. I thought I was in for it, but luck was with me, and a J hit the board and held! Now I was up to 4500 again!! and thats were I was when we moved to a final table.

I really did not play many hands at this table, as I had the Chip leader to my right making large raises at every opportunity!

On the Big Blind, this hand came up when blinds were 400/800 with a 50 ante:
Guy under the gun calls for 800 ( he has less chips than me )... Lady in middle position goes all in for 5800. Everyone else folds to me. I look down to find pocket Queens! I really had to think on this. I'm pretty sure the guy under the gun is going to call, and I have to think one of them has a big hand. I just cant let Q's go, so I call. As I suspected, the guy under the gun calls also! IT's A HUGE POT!

Guy under the gun flips J's, and the lady flips 6's! I'm in a dominant lead! Fortunately for me, my luck holds, and no one improves, so my Q's hold up, and I'm not over 13K in chips!

I play tight from here on out, but ALMOST lost my tournament to the chip leader with we were down to 5 players.
I'm the BB for 800 and the chip leader is the Small for 400. He just calls, and I look down to see A5o, so I check. Flop comes THREE KINGS. He checks, and so do I. Turn comes a 9. He bets 800, and I call. River comes an A!! I make the boat. He bets out 2000! I think for a sec and just call.... thank god I didnt raise, when he turns over the FORTH KING!
That hand hurt and I was down to 6K now!

Fortunately, for me, I didnt have to play another hand, as first the chip leader, then another player knocked the 4th and 5th position players out, and the remaining three of us all gained entry to this Sunday's event. I'm looking forward to it!

Posted by fatbill at October 14, 2005 11:13 AM


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