SUNDAYS POKER MARATHON
I was in Dublin yesterday with nothing much to do, so i decided to enter the fitzwilliam card rooms sunday 30 euro freezout. I started with 6 tables of 10, 4000 in chips and the blinds at 25-50.
Initially i couldnt believe the play at my table, out of the ten players at least six seen a flop unraised or not, this went on for the first 2 levels (40mins) during this time i played one hand (AA) and had my stack at about 5500 (all pre-flop) After this the field started to thin a bit, the deck was as cold as it gets so i decided to test my table image (hadnt played a hand in over half an hour) and re-raised a raiser with junk, and got the result that was required. So i made this play a few times, and still got no callers, still to see a flop, stack was about 8000.
Then it got down to the last 2 tables and i was looking kinda shortstacked so i had to make a few serious moves, got AA on the button, 6 limpers so i punch in 8XBB raise, table folds out and i have 12,500. (STILL NO FLOP).
My first flop was against the guy on my rhs, he had stolen my blind for the last 3 orbits and this time i was sitting on the BB with AKs.. He raised me and i reraised, we see a flop of AA2, (sweet) i lead out with a min bet and he folds. Stack of 17,500.
Next hand I was very very stupid and very very lucky, i still had to make a mistake and here it was. I had the button and open raised the blinds 3xBB only for the big blind to push all-in 15K, before i knew what i was doing i had called with KJo (doh!). Anyway i was facing pocket 10's, not as bad as it could have been, he flopped a set, and i hit a runner runner straight. Stack about 32K.
VERY next hand my AA held up against a 10K stack who was all in pre-flop with QQ.
Got down to the final 3 with 2nd chip stack, my BB pocket 5's hit a set on a flop of A J 5, i checked hoping to trap (HA!!) big stack pushes me all in so figuring him on an ace i call only to see JJ.
That took five and a half hours of poker, only one major mistake that i can see, i only limped twice !! But then again the payout was super shit 120 euro, come on !!! First got 680, second 280, and i got 120. Enjoyed the experience though, it was the first (bigish)live tourney that i gone so deep into. (Won many many single table games but they dont count.)
Realisations : Limping is very bad and should be punished, calling is every bit as bad (unless you have the nuts). Raising is good, betting is good. Re-raising is better. Table image is ultimate.