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Friday, September 15, 2006

 

Another Shark Poker Tour Win!!!

So, I decided to register for the Absolute Thursday tourney because I had nothing better to do and my girlfriend was at the library studying. I only had $8 and change in my account so I decided that it was a good investment. Even with all the great players in these tourneys, I figured I could play well enough to cash. And that I did, cash. My play was good accompanied by some luck!

The tourney began with Sharky sitting directly to my right, which is where I like him to be. He didn't leave my side the entire tournament, until he was bounced in 4th place with his A-Q against pocket 4s at the final table.

A few hands that were notable. I got J-8 suited early and decided to raise it up. Made 3 Jacks and had some chips early. I then got Aces about 5 hands later and got all the money in pre-flop against PATKIWI with pocket 9s. So, I had chips early. I made a good laydown against an all-in raise right before the break. I was back to where I started, but still alive and kicking.

After the break, I had to nake some difficult laydowns with 10-10 against a raise and re-raise. Then layed down A-Q on the button after the bb went all in. TALOND had pocket 9s.

I was definitely lucky with the following hand though. With a few limpers, thought I could take it down pre-flop. Nope!

ZACCHARY had been slow playing every monster, even with limpers in front of him. Dangerous, but it made him some money by slow-playing. KK twice, AA once against me in the big blind. I hit top pair on turn and he check raised me all in. That was the hand before the break. He showed and I made a great laydown there.

I played tight solid until the end of it against some very tough opponents, then loosened up when we got down to 4. I was bullying the table. Sharky was waiting for a hand, while the other 2 were tight players.

Down to 3 and this hand came up.

Absolute Poker ($3200 no limit). Hand converted by Check Raised hand converter



Preflop (0.09 bets ($300) in pot, 3 players): Hero is BB with

3 antes (100)

SB posts small blind ($800).

HERO posts big blind ($1600).

BTN folds.

SB raises $2400.00.

HERO calls ($1600.00).



Flop (2.09 bets ($6700) in pot, 2 players):



SB bets $1600.00.

HERO raises $12800.00.

SB calls ($10630.00).

$570.00 returned to HERO.





Turn (9.74 bets ($31160.00) in pot, 2 players):







River (9.74 bets ($31160.00) in pot, 2 players):





Summary:





SB has Two pair, Sixes and Fives [ ] and won $31160.00 (4.87bb)



HERO has a pair of Sixes [ ]




The very next hand!!!
Absolute Poker ($3200 no limit). Hand converted by Check Raised hand converter



Preflop (0.09 bets ($300) in pot, 3 players): Hero is SB with

3 antes (100)

HERO posts small blind ($800).

BB posts big blind ($1600).

BTN calls ($1600.00) [2.69:1].

HERO raises $5600.00.

BB folds [2.06:1].

BTN calls ($4800.00) [3.06:1].



Flop (4.59 bets ($14700) in pot, 2 players):



HERO bets $18040.00.

BTN calls ($18040.00) [2.81:1].





Turn (15.87 bets ($50780.00) in pot, 2 players):







River (15.87 bets ($50780.00) in pot, 2 players):





Summary:





BTN has Two pair, Aces and Sixes [ ]



HERO has Two pair, Aces and Sixes [ ] and won $50780.00 (7.93bb)






When we got down to 2 and I had a 4:1 chip lead on a formidable opponent in CARSONANCHAD!

Heads-up lasted 10 hands. He got lucky to stay alive with 10-J against my A-5. Then the last hand!

Absolute Poker ($3200 no limit). Hand converted by Check Raised hand converter



HERO ($51200.00) [ ] (SB)

BTN ($23800.00) (BTN)



Preflop (0.06 bets ($200) in pot, 2 players):

2 antes (100)

BTN posts small blind ($800).

HERO posts big blind ($1600).

BTN calls ($800.00).

HERO raises $3200.00.

BTN raises $22100.00.

HERO calls ($18900.00).





Flop (14.88 bets ($47600.00) in pot, 2 players):







Turn (14.88 bets ($47600.00) in pot, 2 players):







River (14.88 bets ($47600.00) in pot, 2 players):





Summary:





HERO has Two pair, Aces and Jacks [ ] and won $47600.00 (7.44bb)



BTN has Two pair, Aces and Nines [ ]






Nice to have pair against pair heads-up at the final table. I'd love to hear comments on these hands, whether or not you think they're good plays or not. Once again, I have to comment on the toughness of this game. I know it's only a $5 buy-in, but the level of play is outstanding every week. I got lucky to make it to the final table, but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Take care!

Keith

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