Not exactly a stellar week on the felt. Maybe I should pack the whole poker-playing thing in and just write about poker instead. Oh, wait….
Final Table Portland Poker Classic $100K NLHE
I had some hopes for making some money in this to take down to Las Vegas at the end of the month, and for nine hours or so, things went pretty well.
Action got started at our table with just two players, with a third sitting down relatively soon and the rest of the seats taken as people wandered in. My friend BP was on my left, and was having issues with the player on his left.
I hit a little snag after flopping a set of fives and trying to trap, then losing to a flush. BP was struggling, and eventually I knocked him out. Got a table change off the fold-up to a real table, and things ran good. Six hours in, I was well over chip average with 100K. Then on a BB hand, I called a raise with 6
Took a couple hits, clawed my way back up to 140K, then at the 3K/6K level, I made an UTG raise to 17K, had a stack go all in for 93K in middle position, and called witih A
I had some hope. Even with less than 8BB, I’d just watched RB—the guy who eventually won the tournament, though I didn’t know that at the time, obviously—go from 40K to 200K in the course of an orbit. I missed my big chance, though, by laying down K
Eight hours and forty-five minutes. 42nd of 240 entries.
Bovada $500 PLO8 Turbo
Increased my stack by 50% buying in late, flopping the nut flush and winning the low on a side pot on the second hand I was dealt (4
Five minutes. 4 hands. 34th of 49 entries.
Bovada $300 O8
Got in with 15 big bets, called a raise in a multi-way pot with 7
Fourteen minutes. 6 hands. 37th of 41 entries.
Bovada O8 Bounty
Just a steady downward drift from starting stack, but at least I lasted longer than the other two tournaments.
Forty minutes. 20 hands. 18th of 18 entries.
Bovada 0.1/0.25 & 0.05/0.1 NLHE Zone 6-Max
Do you want to hear about how a river queen gave the guy with trips four of a kind against my flopped full house? Well, I don’t want to talk about it, either.
Six sessions. One hour and forty minutes. 277 hands. -360BB.
Bovada 0.1/0.25 PLO8 6-Max
Big hand in the first session was A
Two sessions. Sixty-eight minutes. 69 hands. -7BB.
The Game 1/2 NLHE
The first hour went well then got in a multi-way straddled pot with 3
Ninety minutes. -100BB
The now-infrequent home game where I first started playing NLHE. Got into it early with BW, the eventual winner. He took a bunch of chips off me in the second round and I got them back on the next hand, then he took me again not long after. I did get the high hand, but overall a poor showing.
Two and a half hours. 5th of 7 players. -69% ROI.
Encore Club $1.5K NLHE
Managed to get to Encore by the break after the home game bustout. Just about made the final table.
One hour and forty minutes. 11th of 29 entries.
Encore Club $500 NLHE
Third tournament of the night was not a charm.
Fifty minutes. 9th of 11 entries.
Final Table $1K NLHE
Just did my basic buyin with no addon. These are still suffering from the early cash table starts; today’s was right on the guarantee. The player in seat 6 was playing just about every hand and winning. I took off one chunk when I raised K
Two hours and forty-five minutes. 12th of 22 entries.
Final Table First Friday $20K
Encore Club announced a $20K opposite Final Table’s monthly event, with $80 buyin/live rebuy and $40 addon versus Final Table’s $100 buyin/rebuy and $50 addon. So I get to Final Table and sit down at the table and don’t notice that they’ve changed it to a live rebuy. Frankly, if I had noticed that before I handed over my money, I would have turned around and gone to Encore PDXPC (even though this will be my last Final Table $20K until at least August), since the max buyin there is $200 instead of $250. And I suspect the prize pool there might top Final Table’s as well.
I had Nu on my immediate left, and he went to work, as usual pulling in some big pots. I was quietly building my stack, then limped into a hand and made a pair of sizes on a straighty board. Nu and another player had called, at showdown I had the sixes with a king kicker, Nu had a pair on the flop with 4
Kind of wishing I’d gone to Portland Players Club to catch some Friday night Big O. It’s been a long time. I busted just a little too late to call Chad to let him know I was coming.
One hour. 72nd of 74 entries, but out waaaay before break.
Live rebuys will be the death of Portland poker. Mark my words.