How about I continue in this thread, for the sake of simplicity ? Mods can always edit the title, if they wish.
The Superstack Series is an international series of tournaments with events held in Melbourne (Australia), Riga (Latvia), London (England), and Birmingham (England). See www.superstack.net
for further details.
The Birmingham stages are of particular interest to me, because the Star City Casino where they are held is my local casino, only ten minutes drive from my home. The event in which I played was a $265 buy-in, but I qualified online via an $11 rebuy tournament, on which I spent $31. I have already qualified for the next Birmingham Event in October. If you would like to join me and try your luck, you will find the qualifiers at 888 Poker. Sign up using the Cardschat link here (http://www.cardschat.com/announcement.php?f=10), if you don`t already have an account there.
There were 95 entries for the Birmingham Event. I was told by the organisers that they had expected double that many and were disappointed. Maybe next time.
We started on Saturday afternoon 400 Big Blinds deep and with 40 minute blind levels, which gave space and time for some creative play in theory, but I was frustratingly card dead at first and made little progress. I didn`t win a significant pot until the last hand of level Three, when an opponent two seats to my right became too attached to his TPTK and paid off my set of 10`s. That allowed me to leave the table for the break at the end of the level with an above average stack and a positive frame of mind. Prior to that, I had been trailing and feeling as though it wasn`t my day to succeed.
During level four, I was dealt pocket Queens and took another big pot to become the dominant stack at my table. I didn`t know it at the time, but that was to be my best hand for several hours.
During level five, a relatively short-stacked opponent raised all-in from the button while I was in the big blind. I figured my K9o to be ahead of his range in that situation and called. He turned over K6o and my hand held.
Near the end of the first day`s play (level 9), I called another late position push, feeling even more confident with my pocket Queens, and was disappointed to see villain show Aces. A very pretty Queen on the turn saved me from losing a chunk of my stack and sent my unlucky opponent to the rail.
I then rounded off the day by relieving the table “wise guy” of half his stack with a stone cold bluff. Ha ha, I love poker sometimes. I ended the first day with 56,100 chips, average stack being 29,800 at that point.
Second day to follow ,,,,,,,,