Put a Spade In It

Full Tilt Step 1 Turbo (1,500 chips)

Trying to get back on the track. Aces in the first three hands and I win only the very first ([ac kc]) and that’s just 30 chips. Another ace with a lower kicker pairs. I have to back off [6c 6h] when triple paint shows on the flop, and [as qd] loses out to a pair of sevens.

Full Tilt Step 1 Super Turbo (300 chips)

I will never enter another Super Turbo so long as I live. You might as well just roll dice.

Full Tilt Step 1 Turbo (1,500 chips)

Lost 600 on the first hand when an ace showed up late, doubled up from 395 only because a guy with [3h ks] stayed in for absolutely nothing against my [ac js] all-in, then lost the whole thing with [kh ks] when [8h as] paired up.

Full Tilt Midnight Madness! (1,500 chips)

Entered into the tournament twice and neither went anywhere. Got knocked out the final time by a Mutant Jack that paired over my eights.

Full Tilt Step 1 Turbo (1,500 chips)

Played pretty conservatively for twenty minutes until I got [ah 5h] at 60/120 when we were down to six players. I raised to 240 from the cutoff and got a call from the big blind. The flop was [3d 4d 8c] and I bet another 240 after a check. He raised all-in and I called for everything I had. His [7s 8d] gave him a pair and the [kc] [kh] after the flop didn’t improve me any.

Full Tilt $10,000 Rush Guarantee (1,500 chips)

Another conservative game until the last hand. I got [qh qd] and raised from the big blind of 30 to 210 in the hijack seat. The button re-raised all-in for 1,410 and UTG+2 went all-in to 2,385. Either one put me in and with [qh qd] I took the plunge for 1,493. I saw [ks kh] and [kc kd]. Neither would improve but they didn’t need to. A pair of nines and a pair of aces on the board with an errant 6 and it was over.

Cake $1,000 Guarantee (1,500 chips)

Reasonably good going for fifteen minutes until I was dealt [jh qd] in the small blind at 25/50. UTG+1 raised to 100, UTG+3 called, and both the blinds went along for the ride. I got top pair with [td qh 5c] and bet 150. UTG+1 called but UTG+3 raised to 1,000. I wasn’t about to let him get away with that. But I should have. I called and the [9s] on the turn gave me an up-or-down straight draw. I put in my last 280 and he went all-in to call, 40 short of my stack. The [3c] didn’t connect with anything and when the cards turned over he had a a pair of queens, too, but with [kh] instead of an ace for the kicker. I managed to quad up on my next hand but somehow that’s not so satisfying when you’re doing it with only 40 chips.

Aces Players Club (5,000 chips)

I’d managed to almost recover from some early losses with a [6d 7d] that turned into an 8-high straight on the flop. On another hand I double-pair [ad 3d] and push all-in to drive off an A5 that only connects on the top. Then I got [jd jc] and raised to 250 with the blinds at 50/100. Several players came along and the flop was somewhat disturbing, with a [qc]. Everyone checked through that and the [ks] on the turn. [js] on the river gave me trips but at the far end of the table a player bet 1,000. I came over the top for 2,500 and everyone but him dropped out and he called. It wasn’t until he turned over his [5s 7s] that I realized there was another spade on the flop. A little while later I had [ac 9c] and bet hard but the big stack two places to my left got three spades (including [9s]) on the flop to flush out his [ks 5s], which I saw after I tried to bluff him off. I had a small chance with runner-runner 9s or aces or any combination thereof to make a full house, but it didn’t happen and I was out in less than an hour.

That’s nine losses in a row. I think the streak is off.

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