Sunday, July 18, 2004
Bad Day / Good Evening
Weekly League (MPL)
As I've mentioned before I'm helping organize a weekly poker league at one of the local lodges. Because this was our first time running these events at this lodge we figured it would be best to keep the numbers low and look to bump them up next season. Right now we're averaging 13 people a week...which works out well.
Every week we play a NL HE tournament and players get points based on their finishing position for the week. We need to get everything completed in 3 hours which makes for some pretty rapid blind progressions. Actually they don't increase that fast, but with human “novice” dealers and no timer you see a lot fewer hands per level than a normal online event.
The competition is split between lodge members who are relatively new to HE and players from my monthly Midland Poker Championship Series (MPCS). In general there are few solid players and the game is mostly filled with passive calling stations. After taking some brutal beats the first few weeks I've managed to take 2nd place in each of the last four tournaments.
A few weeks ago I actually had my best "chip and a chair" experience. I have $50 left and the blinds are at $25/$50. We're down to one table of ~8 players at this point. I'm in the small blind and find 46o and everyone folds to me. I pretty much need to play this shitty hand with 1/2 my stack in the middle already, but I choose not to hoping for something better or maybe someone else going out in front of me. I take a ton of shit for keeping the $25... Next hand I catch KQ and there is a raise before me. I throw in my last $25 and the blinds both fold. I'm up against an under pair (55 I think) and catch to quadruple through. Short version from then on is I end up the chip leader before finally bowing out 2nd.
Thanks to my solid performances as of late I've moved into a virtual tie for second in the weekly league. We've got seven weeks left before the banquet and prize distribution. Overall things have gone great. My experience from running the larger and more competitive, monthly tournaments has helped make this league run real smooth. The lodge is very happy with us and we'll look to move to a 3-4 table format next season.
Midland Poker Championship Series
Last night was our sixth of eleven tournaments in our championship series. In general the play is better than the weekly league, but still filled with novices. My mom flew into town Wed. night to visit her granddaughter for a few days. She was supposed to fly out Saturday morning, but due to flight complications on the way out she had her stay extended a day until Sunday morning. The great thing about this was because Grandma Royal was in town we had a sitter and Mrs. Royal got to attend another tournament. Mrs. Royal used to play regularly in our monthly game, but after Baby Royal arrived she has only been able to make one of these events.
Well, it was a great night for the Royals as I finished in 1st and Mrs. Royal pulled in 4th out of 22 players. Top five got the cash...which means Mrs. Royal was extremely pleased! As I've mentioned before we're both Chemical Engineers working in the same plant, though not in the same building. Winning money in poker tournaments is always a great conversation piece for Mrs. Royal with her mostly male colleagues.
Notable Hands, etc:
- I catch decent cards early and abuse the button to add about 50% to my stack through the first two levels.
- I misplace 75% of my stack on a brutal hand where my AKo loses to K9 suited when the river makes the flush.
- My only suck-out, and it was a biggy, occurred right at the start of level 4. The Blinds were $4/$8 and I had like $38 dollars left. I raised one off the button, the button re-raised and all few of my chips went in the middle. I really thought I was ahead and figured the button had Ax and was abusing my short stack. No... I run into KK! A beautiful Q on the flop doubled me up to about $80.
- Very next hand I limp in with ATd with four other players. The board makes two diamonds and I make a smallish bet. One player calls. The turn gives me the nut flush and the caller bets into me, I raise, and he goes all-in and I'm staring at the nuts. Damn does that feel good! All-in guy had KQd and managed to win the bad beat jackpot side bet thing thanks to that hand. No complaining on my part about losing a $1 to the bad beat!
- My AK takes down a huge pot against JJ.
- And biggest hand of the tournament. We're down to three players and I'm in second place a hundred or so behind first. Third place person is very short stacked compared to us. I pick-up K9c on the button and 3-4 times the blinds. The other big stack calls and I am not pleased. However, the flop hits me hard with 9 high and two clubs. The caller checks and I do not want to let him catch with his overs. I go all-in and he thinks forever and finally calls showing ATo with no clubs. Wow! What a horrible call and how great for me! He does not catch on of his four non-club aces or tens. I now have 85% of the chips and glide into a first place finish.
- Mrs. Royal was threatening to divorce me earlier in the tournament when she was on my left and I kept raising out of the SB into her BB. The table was very amused by our bickering. I finally told her to stop her bitching and go over the top if she thought I was raising with shit. That of course happened at the final table when my A7 ran into her AQ. That double-up and the 4th place finish seemed to ease the marital tension.
Okay, that’s enough crap for one Royal Blog. Iggy, I could care less if you write more or less about your poker playing. I'm just glad to see your blogging again!
I need to mention the Bad Day part of this post though. It looks like I broke my thumb again yesterday morning playing basketball. I damaged it last year playing softball and at a minimum I re-aggravated that injury. We'll know more next week after I get x-rays.
Not being able to shuffle sucks!
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