Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Big Decision

I’ve just completed another NL Sit-N-Go tournament on Poker Stars, where I came to a big decision, thankfully I’ve read about similar situations before and made the right call, and I was relieved I did come the showdown.

It was 4 handed, the short stack had just over $500 in chips, I was the second short stack with just over $700 in chips, the chip leader had over $8,000 and the second had close to $3,000. The blinds where $75/$150 and where just about to go up again.

I’m holding JJ, my best hand for ages and I’m very aware that I’m soon to be blinded off and are considering going all-in, I know the chip leader will call who has been calling with the likes of K6 off suite and it was my best chance to double up. Then facing a raise from the chip-lead the short stack moves all-in and the second in chips makes the call.

This puts me to a big decision, maybe my biggest yet, I can either enter the pot with what at this time is a great hand and possibly win a large pot, giving me a real chance at second place, or I can fold and leave the big guns to take on the short stack and hope he comes of worse. Thankfully I chose to lay it down.

After another raise the second in chips folds, leaving it heads-up, both players hold aces with the short stack dominating A8 with AK. Both hit an ace on the flop but an 8 on the turn finishes the deal and I move into the money very relieved at my decision.

Soon after the blinds are up and I’m all in and get knocked out, but at this point there was very little I could do, I only had around $400 and the closest to me had over $2,000.

I think I played well and my full table game against lesser talented players has improved a little, but I’m annoyed that these things are more of a game of luck then skill, certainly for first place. Most of my opponents play too loose and hold out for hopeless draws and otherwise play very weak, but at least one is bound to get lucky and build a huge stack, this as been the case in all of these games I’ve taken part in so far, which puts me in a hard position later on, where I’m often the short stack, having picked my spots correctly early rather then gone out and got lucky.

Still I’m happy to finish in the money again.

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October 16, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unbelievable Sit-N-Go

I have just had the best tournament of my life, and also the most unluckiest. It was my first $1 + $0.20 single table tournament on Poker Stars. I became second in chip stacks very early, maybe my 3rd or second hand, by this time two people had already been sent to the rail.

I sat back and waited for my spots and played well, but after awhile, I was left in a tough spot being the short stack by a considerable margin as my other two opponents had just bumped up the other two remaining when the got busted after going all-in, but at least I was in the money.

EDIT – Just realized I’ve missed out a chunk of action, it was a full table of 9, so can’t be 3 handed yet… anyways I can’t remember that bit, must have been uneventful :p

So it was 3 handed, and I began to fight, I soon started building my stack and after much struggling with one particular opponent, became the second chip leader again. As many hands past, the now short stack moved all in, it was just me and him, I had him covered and was holding an open-end straight draw so I called. He held a flush, and sent me back down.

So I thought my way back up and became second chip leader again, short stack goes all-in again, I was in an even better position this time so call, he wins by a miracle. Not faced though, a chip and a chair and all that… I’m soon back up and even take the chip lead once or twice, only to loose it to the same person two more times, it was unbelievable.

Finally as the blinds increase yet further I am put all-in, and get busted by four of a kind, 3 fives showed up on the board!

Considering besides a few freerolls I’ve hardly ever played NL online I think I played amazingly and I’m very pleased with my efforts.

I can honestly say that I didn’t win this thing because I was unlucky, the chip lead throughout most of the game who eventually busted me got the lead very early and was pretty weak, I knew if I could only get heads up I would pummel him, but I never got that chance. Maybe next time.

PS: Just checked the times, it went on for over an hour and twenty minutes!

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , | 1 Comment