First post here; Free Titan money and a Final Table
So I've been reading the posts here for about a month or so and finally decided to join and not just lurk around. I won't do a big intro for everyone to weed through; I'll just get straight to the business.
I haven't deposited a dime into any poker site
whatsoever (already won around $150 or so at PartyPoker
from a free $30). At first I was playing in every freeroll I could and I played at Titan. I didn't much like the freerolls
there and never placed so I quit playing for a while.
I log into Titan yesterday after a 5 week hiatus and find they have given me $25 free to play with. I figure, "Hey, why not enter a pay tourney for once." So I check and one is about to start and give it a shot and I enter a $2500 Guarantee Turbo (rebuy and add-on) with roughly 350 entrants for $5+.5.
I tell myself I'm not putting any money into this past the buy-in and stick to my guns. I get lucky early hitting KK and raise 4X the BB, I get 3 callers and flop comes A, K, 3. I go all in and 2 call and bam, my roll starts. (One of the callers, by the way, was a rebuy donk and I ended up busting him 4 different times.)
It's getting close to the money and I realize it's not really going to be a game of poker but a game of luck avoiding the blinds. I go all in a few times trying to take advantage of tightness among the players; I get called a few times and double up enough to play comfortably.
Then the deck went REALLY cold on me and the best hands I ever had basically were paint with bad kickers. The very few nice hands I did get I went all in to steal because EVERYONE was playing uber tight.
Blah, blah, blah. The next thing I know, I'm at the final table, in 4th place in chips, and I am amazed. The VERY first hand 3 players went all in and 2 were knocked out. Then it became a game of pass the blinds until one more went out.
At this point I've dropped down to about 5th in chips amongst the last 8 players. I'm kinda shortstacked so I decide I want to try to win this since I'm already guaranteed at least $70... I wanted that $1,000 first place prize.
I knock out a player and double up through another and I'm kinda healthy... then comes the deathblow. I attempt to steal the blinds with a J9s but the BB (chip leader) calls. I'm still healthy so I figure I can lay it down if he check-raises me, but the flop comes J, 9, 4 and I go all-in. He calls and I'm hoping to double up yet again as I see A9... but he pulls out an Ace on the river and my tournament is over.
7th place @ $106 for my very first buy-in tournament isn't bad at all, though, I don't think. Here's hoping I can continue building a healthy bankroll with the free money .