A couple of late cancellations for the home league left three of us itching for some poker, so we headed over to PPC for the Deepstack tournament I never get to play. DV, KB, and I got seated one at each of the three tables.
I continued the tight(ish) play I’d determined to hold to on the weekend. The cards weren’t particularly helpful. The first hand I played was JxTx; I raised to 150 UTG and got a couple of callers. Qx9x on the flop gave me an up-and-down straight draw, but two clubs on the board made the flush possible. BB bet 350 and I was the only caller. An A♦ on the turn made two straight draws possible, one of which might have come through with the river 3♦. BB bet out 1,200 and I had nothing, so I laid it down. Even though I had a relatively quiet first level, I was down by nearly 1,000 at the end.
On BTN with Jx9x , I called with two limpers ahead of me and the blinds in the hand. The flop was a rainbow Jx5x6x and SB bet 150. There were three calls and I used my position to pop it to 600. Everyone folded.
On SB at 50/100 with KxQx for the second hand in a row (the first flop hadn’t contained a card higher than 5x), I raised to 300 and got three calls. The flop gave me top two and everyone checked to me. I bet 1,200 and took it without argument.
J, at the end of the table had amassed the beginnings of a truly massive stack and was playing lots of hands. I picked up 5x5x and we were heads-up for 150 chips each. The board got progressively worse for me, not quite giving me a straight but with four over cards; J ratcheted the bet up by 50 each street, so at showdown when he declared my Tx was good, even he was surprised when his 4x6x won with the paired 6x on the board. With my other pots, I was up a few hundred by the end of the second level.
I didn’t play any significant hands during the third level, but my stack dropped 700 chips from blinds and min-calls.
Decided to play KxTx UTG and min-raised at 150/300. The flop gave me a Broadway draw but the board was pregnant with flush possibilities. I called the final 400 knowing my king-high was beat by aces.
Managed to semi-bluff three players off a Jx8x7x flop from the BB holding Qx9x. Then a couple of hands later I was dealt A♣K♣ as BTN and raised, getting 2 callers. The flop was Ax7x2x and I bet to win the pot.
Called off 1,200 pre-flop with J♠T♠. The flop was low and diamondy; I tossed my hand at the first sign of a bet. By the end of level 4, though, I was back up over the starting stack, finally.
Entered the fray with J♦8♦ at 200/400 and by the turn I had a flush with the potential for a straight flush. I called an all-in from a player whose stack was just about my size and the flush held against his two pair.
Raised 1,400 from CO with AxKx but missed the flop and folded to a bet. With the near-double-up, I was up to 16,475 chip at the end of level 5, but there were a couple monster stacks at the table.
I automatically folded 8x3x from SB. Two players went hammer-and-tongs pre-flop, I would have made two pair on the flop, and I could have taken the entire pot with a full house on the turn. A pair of nines won. But who’s going to call off 15% of their stack pre-flop with 83o?
We were at 400/800. I had Ax8x in BB and I had a single caller. The flop fell around the eight for an up-and-down straight draw. I let him bet 1,000 and called. We both checked the turn, then the river put down an Ax. I bet 1,000 and took the pot.
Got into a bidding war that cost me over 7,000 chips with my T♣6♣ flush against a 9x5x full house. That knocked me down to 10,600 by the second break.
Played K♥6♥ from UTG1 and was heads-up against BB. The flop was Kx9xTx, he checked, I bet 1,000. We both checked the Tx on the flop. The Kx on the river gave me the nuts and I raised to 3,000 after he bet 1,000, inducing a fold.
Raised to 1,800 with Ax9x from CO. BTN re-raised to 3,000 and I called. The flop was nine-high and I shoved. BTN called and flipped AxQx. The turn was Qx and I lost another 7,100.
I was down to just 2,500 chips on the last hand before blinds went to 500/1000. I was UTG and looked down at 4x4x. I announced my all-in with a not-very-scary stack and waited for the end. Two callers flicked specks of chips off their giant stacks, then the other two fours hit on the flop. and I more than tripled up.
JxTx cost me another 1,000 off that stack from BB when I called a min-raise.
Shoved with AxQx and missed everything. I outlasted DV and KB by an hour or so.
Three hours and ten minutes. -100% ROI. 15th of 24 players.
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I was knocked out of the Deepstack just before the first break in the nightly freeroll so I popped over to one of the two tables running there. My first hand was T♣9♣ and I made a queen-high straight, knocking out one of the players and putting me up to 9,800 (from 4,000 starting stack with the pre-add-on) as we headed into the break.
I called two all-ins—the largest of which was 4,000 chips—with J♦9♦. I was in bad shape; the larger of the two stacks had J♠T♠ and the smaller stack had one of each of our low cards with the hand that had just made me a lot of chips: 9♣T♣. A jack on the flop and two clubs put me behind both of them, with only a 7% chance of a win (I actually had a better chance to chop). The small stack went away; the winning player was out in the next hand.
One of the regulars I’ve gotten to know, DL, was sitting on my left. He called my AxJ♦ all-in with JxJx and it looked like I was done but I drew to a diamond flush. He was on a self-imposed vow of silence at the table or I expect some choice words would have been heard.
Playing 9♣2♣ on BB, I made the flush on the turn and won another hand. Then I lostg 8,000 chips with Q♣9♣ going all-in after a queen-high flop that was called by a smaller stack holding 7x7x with a set made on the board.
Shoved again with Q♥9♥ and DL called me once again. Once again, he got the short end of the stick, when my queen paired to beat his K♥J♥. He even had my suit.
I was out on the next hand with 5x5x from BTN. I shoved my remaining little stack (small even after the double-up) and BB called me with 8x8x. No suckout on that hand. DL was out the next hand himself; I gave him a ride home.