Thursday, July 29, 2004

Aces Cracked

Entered the Wednesday tournament again at Casino AZ.  I got there early and tried to win my entry fee in the 4-8 game.  Oops.  Really a boring table.  Nobody was talking to each other and there was some bad play but I was not getting any cards.  I felt like I might be able to push the table around a little.  I raised with A-10 on button and missed the flop.  I bet out and everyone dropped but one.  He checked again and I bet, still with only A high.  Finally he checks on the end and I check through.  He had KK in the hole.  What the fuck?  First of all he doesn't raise before the flop and then his pair is higher than anything on the board and he never bets it?  Very passive.

Another hand was I had 33 on button and it was folded to me.  The blinds start talking about chopping before I even bet so I raise.  The big blind decides to call.  The flop misses both of us but I bet and he folds.  I turn it over and the whole table can't believe I would raise with 3's.  C'mon folks, I'd raise my grandma with 2-7 offsuit if she's in the blind talking about folding.

The problem was my image at the table was now loose and I did not account for it.  I tried to bully a couple more times and was just called down because they were not respecting my raises.  I lost $120 before the tournament even started.

As for the tournament, I feel it was the best I have played so far.  I really only made one small mistake and it really didn't cost me anything serious.  I called with K-10 hearts on the button with a couple of limpers in the pot.  The flop had a King.  The first bettor led out and I didn't like my 10 kicker with another person to act behind me.  Eventually the first guy went all in and the guy behind me won with two pair (I think).  Anyway the first guy had K-2 and was trying to buy the pot.  I made a bad read but I got lucky because the guy behind me hit his hand.

Other than that, every steal I made worked.  I had KK one time and won a decent pot.  I had KJ and flop came Jack high and won that with a bet on the flop.  I got up to 3,000 by the time the blinds moved up to 200-400.  Obviously I was below average because there were 6 tables left, but the deck was slapping me in the face.  Horrible cards but I did manage to steal a couple of blinds to at least stay even.

Finally I am on the button and second off of the BB raises to 1200.  I thought that's a healthy raise!  Everyone folds to me and I am looking at AA.  Finally!  Now I can win a decent sized pot and maybe even double up.  I move all in for about 2600.  Everyone folds to original better and he calls pretty quickly.  He turns over KK.  He's not happy.  That was pretty much the hand I put him on.  So here comes the flop.  K-J-10.  Boooooooooooo!  Now I desperately root for a Queen or Ace but the turn and river are no help and I am out.  Somewhere between 50-60th place.

I keep trying to cheer myself up and say I couldn't have played it any differently but one of these days I need to get a good run of cards and see what I can do with them.

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