I hadn’t played on America’s Card Room, though a number of people had recommended it, but I thought I’d take a whack at their FREEBUY series running this week. Nearly 60 guaranteed prize pool events with no cost for the initial buy-in, but small charges for rebuys and add-ons. Not that I was going to do either of those things.
I lasted all of thirty hands in #4, a $5K guarantee that I entered late. About the same in the $500 guarantee #8. In #12 (another $5K) I made it up to 35 hands, probably because I got aces twice. #17 was less than 20 hands, despite starting at the very beginning of the game. #19 was 2 hands, though I will say that was a set over set loss. #20, a $5K, sort of made up for it. Not a big payday, but I’m happy with the results.
America’s Cardroom FREEBUY Super Series #20 $5K NLHE
Hand 5 9
UTG2 raises to 150, BTN 3-bets to 350, I call, and UTG2 calls. The flop is 4
Hand 11 J
I open to 180 and get called by BB. We check the board down Q
Hand 14 7
We’re seven-handed. I open to 180 and BTN calls. I c-bet 275 on the J
Hand 15 J
Open to 180 and everyone folds.
Hand 28 A
I open to 240 and BTN calls. The flop is T
Hand 34 J
UTG1 limps and I raise to 650. My nemesis (currently BB) calls. The flop is 5
Hand 37 K
I open to 300 and get a call from BTN and BB. The flop is an unfortunate 9
Hand 42 A
UTG2 limps in and I raise to 400. BB and UTG2 call me. The flop is 9
Hand 43 J
UTG limps, I raise to 1K, UTG shoves for a total of 1,655, and I call. He has Q
Hand 50 9
Action folds to me and I go all-in, since BB has only 715 behind his blind. He folds.
Hand 57 T
Right around this point, I had to go pick my wife up from work early. I felt no remorse abandoning a freeroll, and figured if I was still in when I got back, I’d still be in. Otherwise I probably would have played this hand.
Hand 72 6
My absence had coincided with the hourly break, so I didn’t miss as many hands as all that, but with only 11BB when I left, I did lose a substantial portion of my chips. No mind. This was the first hand after I got back, I was about to eat the blinds, so I shoved my 5BB. HJ re-shoved, and the BB got all-in, as well. The board ran out K
Hand 78 Q
UTG had a stack of 5.5K and limped in. I shoved for 12BB and the only call was from UTG. He had 3
Hand 82 A
Everyone folds to me, I raise to 900, and the blinds fold.
Hand 83 A
HJ goes all-in for 2,655 and I re-raise all-in. He has Q
Hand 84 K
UTG min-raises, getting called by UTG2, me, CO, and BB. The flop is 4
Hand 92 A
I open to 1,050 and everyone folds. Still, good to have aces twice in ten hands.
Hand 99 J
I open to 1,200 and everyone folds.
Hand 110 T
My opening raise is to 1,350. BTN re-raises to 3,150, the blinds get out of the way, and I call. K
Hand 111 9
UTG min-raises and gets called by BTN and SB. I come along and see a flop of 6
Hand 123 A
Sort of ridiculous. My third pocket pair of aces in 40 hands. Online poker is rigged! I bet 1,650, the BB goes all-in for 2,530, and I call. He has 6
Hand 125 5
I raise 3x and the blinds fold. By the way, if you wonder how I ended up on the button after only two hands, I can say that it wasn’t because of a table change. There appears to be a glitch in the ACR software when a player is knocked out of the small blind. I went from UTG on hand 123 to SB on hand 124, skipping BB.
Hand 128 9
I raise to 1,650, getting a call from UTG3. K
Hand 130 Q
I 3x to 1.8K and everyone folds.
Hand 134 6
Raise and everyone folds.
Hand 136 Q
UTG raises to 1,800, I call. The flop is 4
Hand 144 J
UTG1 limps, I raise to 2.6K, and everyone folds.
Hand 150 6
Everyone folds to me, I raise to 2,100, and BB folds.
Hand 160 T
UTG2 limps, I limp (uncharacteristically), and BB checks. The flop is 4
Hand 163 T
I raise and everyone folds.
Hand 164 A
I min-raise for some reason and get min-re-raised from the big stack at the table in HJ. I call and we see a flop of J
Hand 165 2
Action folds to SB who min-raises me from a stack of 12.5K. I call, thinking of PokerGrump‘s penchant for the deuce-four, and the flop is 4
Hand 166 J
UTG1 puts in more than half his stack with a raise to 3K. The big stack in UTG2 does that cute little min-re-raise thing and makes it 5K. I feel like all these chips are mine, and shove for 25K. UTG1 goes all-in, UTG2 folds, and I’m up against A
Hand 167 A
On average you get a pair of aces every 221 hands. This is the fourth time I’ve had them in 167 hands. That’s more than five times as often as average. HJ limps in, CO shoves for 7.9K, and I shove 37K. The blinds and HJ drop out, CO has A
Hand 176 T
Action folds to me, I raise 3x, blinds fold.
Hand 178 A
I open to 3.6K and the guy who used to min-3-bet calls from BB. The flop is A
Hand 180 K
I open to 3.6K, BB calls with 10.9K behind. The flop is 6
Hand 191 7
This never happens in my live games. Not to me, at least. I open to 4.5K as the table leader. Mr. min-3bet calls from HJ and we’re HU to the 7
Hand 207 K
I pop it up to 5.4K and everyone folds.
Hand 210 8
UTG and UTG1 limp in, I raise to 7.2K, and they both call. The flop is 6
Hand 211 J
A super-big hand. I raise to 5.4K and BTN calls. Both blinds fold. The flop is K
Hand 222 Q
New table as we’ve gotten into or close to the money at this point. Not a lot of money, but money, nonetheless. I open to 6K and get called by SB who has 34K behind. We check the flop, then he goes all-in on the turn with the board reading 3
Hand 229 J
I call a min-raise from one of the big stacks, in UTG1 then the other big stack, in HJ, bounces up to 12K. UTG1 folds, I call, The flop is 3
Hand 234 T
When action folded to BTN and he shoved 32K in, it just didn’t seem right. I had him covered by 25K and BB only had another 16K, so I wasn’t going out if I made a mis-read or got unlucky. Fortunately, neither of those were the case. BTN had Q
Hand 240 Q
HJ limped in, I raised to 9K, and everyone folded.
Hand 252 T
I open to 10.5K, BTN goes all-in for 78K, and everyone else folds.
Hand 257 T
I make it 12K, the big stack in SB calls and the flop is T
Only 16% VPIP, this game, though it seemed like I played a lot of hands. I made pre-flop raises with more than 12% of the hands I was dealt (both those figures include the period when I was away from the table). I went to showdown with 35% of the hands I played, and I won 80% of my showdowns.
257 hands. Four-and-a-half hours. 72nd of 4,692 entries, with 823 rebuys and 73 add ons.