First Offline Tourny Experience
I played in my first real tournaments on Friday. They were organised by a local network of poker players....most players were pretty good and some very good. Here are the results:
T1 NLHE $40 R+A. 14 Players (1500 starting chips). Me - 14th!. I was the very first player to bust out. It was probably around the 3rd hand and I had pocket Jacks. I am in middle position. UTG calls, folds around to me, I raise 4 x BB, button calls re-raises to 8 x BB, I cap.
Flop comes 10 6 2 rainbow and I'm all-in. Button takes the longest time concentrating and finally calls. I turn over my Jacks to his Kings. It's all over red rover.
T2 NLHE $50 Freezeout. 18 players (2000 starting chips). Me - 1st. What a turn around. I was determined to just keep playin my own game even though I knew at least 3 or 4 players were better than me. I made it to the bubble play in 4th chip position. 4 places paid. 5th position didn't have enough to post the BB (by that time $1000) but found and beat 2 players in the pot with him so I became short stack. I played all-in with an A6 as I was going to get blinded out. I also found 2 other players in the pot with me. One had KQ, the other KJ. Luckily I found an Ace on the flop and won the hand. I threw away some moderately playable hands but stole 1 or 2 blinds with all-in plays on AX types of hands while the others went about knocking each other out.
All of a sudden I was heads up but very short stacked (90%-10%) against a player that had just come off a win in a 70 player tourney. I folded one or two blinds early on but when I wasn't folding, I was raising. I wanted to show that I would only play good cards. My raises however were all on crap but he folded to every one probably trying to get a pocket pair.
Heads up went about an hour and some and it was a wild ride but I don't think he stopped playin the cards the whole time. Meanwhile, I was playin him not my cards which just didn't improve.
He kept on hangin out for the right cards and I kept on pounding on him anytime he didn't catch anything. Anytime he raised post flop, I folded....not very often.
Anyway, it felt great to be a winner on my first time out and I even ended up winning in the cash game after to boot!
The experience was very different to playing online due to the pace of the game being slower and concentrating on trying to pick up on tells
(didn't find any and I don't think I gave any away but I'm not sure).
I'll be back soon enough even though I know that I was pretty luck to win that first night.