Not a lot to report in the past week. The day before last week’s cash in the Friday Encore $11K, I’d chopped a $1K at Final Table, then I stopped into The Game for some 1/2 shootout action and picked up a profit of 60BB in an hour, even after losing another 90BB with a nut flush draw v. a set on the flop of my next-to-last hand. Went out on the bubble of our home game shoving Q
Tulalip Poker Pow Wow #5 $10K Added NLHE Main Event
This was the first big shot of this spring’s attempt to build something up. The drive from Portland took me almost exactly four hours, I got to the casino almost exactly at the noon start time, then it took me a few minutes to track down the new site of their poker room, since the signs still point to where the old location was.
Still, I was only about a quarter-hour late getting into the first 40-minute level. My stack went through a couple rounds of losing and recovering, then I got into a hand with A
That left me drifting down to a 15BB stack when the third level began. I can’t blame the bad performance on my cards. After three levels (two hours), I’d had A
During the second set of levels, I managed to stay between 8–12BB, taking a flier on 2
A couple notes from that set of levels.
The kid in Seat 1 I’d handed chips to early on had gotten himself in a situation similar to mine in later rounds, and shoved his chips at one point. The dealer announced his all-in and put the big yellow button in front of his stack. An aggressive older reg at Seat 7 had been talking to his neighbor while action folded around to his small blind, and just put out chips to complete without declaring a call. The dealer told him there was an all-in (about 12BB), and the reg mucked his cards. The dealer called the floor, who ruled the chips needed to complete the big blind call were forfeit, but that there was no call of the all-in. Seat 1 was upset about the ruling, as you could well expect. I have to admit, I didn’t speak up although I vaguely knew the TDA rule on it would be a call of the full amount.
39: Binding Declarations / Undercalls in Turn
A: General verbal declarations in turn (such as “Call” or “Raise”) commit a player to the full current action. See Illustration Addendum.
B: A player undercalls by declaring or pushing out less than the call amount without first declaring “call”. An undercall is a mandatory full call if made in turn facing 1) any bet heads-up or 2) the opening bet on any round multi-way. In other situations, TD’s discretion applies. The posted BB is the opening first round bet in blind games. All-in buttons greatly reduce undercall frequency (See Recommended Procedure 1). This rule addresses when a player must make a full call and when, at TDs discretion, he may forfeit the underbet and fold.
The operative words in B are “The posted BB is the opening first round bet in blind games.” The reg wasn’t heads-up, and the raise was not the opening bet in the round. Neither condition was satisfied, so it was one of those “other situations” where TD discretion is the deciding factor. I felt for the kid, who was grumbling about it for a couple hands before he was moved to balance the table, but in this case the TD had a choice.
Seat 4 came to the table after a re-entry, with tales of having just got back from playing at the Venetian, where he’d managed to get stuck $6K in just a few hours after running top two pair into bottom set three times. It was almost painful to see him get busted in the tournament with A
My time almost came just after the second break. We’d had 82 entries and the announcement came that there were 41 players remaining. A new player was moved into Seat 1. He was UTG on his second hand and raised to 2.5K at 400/800/100. I had A
It doesn’t take long for dreams to die. On the next round of the button, I was in middle position and called an early raise to 3K, with A
Two hands later, I have A
Four hours and forty-five minutes. -100% ROI.