You might think that because I haven’t posted anything for nearly two months that things hadn’t been going very well. For part of the time, that might have been true–although that wasn’t a poker-related “not going well”.
The home game tournament series I play in has been on hiatus since before the WSOP, with the only event being a six-handed deepstack mixed Omaha tournament I put together (PLO, PLO8, Big O, and Courcheval, changing each level, a lot of fun). I won that.
Followed up the Carbon Poker blow-off with a deep run in a $1K 6-Max online game, then a 2nd and a 1st, for 1300% and 1800% profit, respectively. I made a small cash in a 1,000+ player field, then hit 3rd in a $1K. Because of other life things, I wasn’t playing live much (or getting much done on my WSOP database), though, which is where my bigger wins have come. Then I was in the top 4 chop of a $10K at Aces Players Club, for 1,400% profit, and took 2nd two weeks later in a 5-way chop of the same tournament for 1,200%.
Sunday, I got home from work and jumped right into the opening hands of Poker Maximus VI Event #8, a $70K guarantee. More on that below.
Had to miss the $50K reopening tournament for The Final Table in their new location. Stupid job.
But it’s back down to Las Vegas tomorrow morning for the Caesars Palace Kick-Off Classic Seniors Tournament, unless it’s got just a few people signed up by the 10am start, in which case I’ll save my energy for the noon $15K guarantee. There are a couple Maximus events in the evening if I bust one or both of the Caesars games, then there’s another $15K on Thursday.
Anyway, I was reasonably pleased with my performance in my first Maximus event, the first online tournament I’ve played for $100+ stakes since before Black Friday. I did something I’ve tried in tournaments before, using the field size and position stats to track my progress throughout the game. Sadly, they’re not part of the hand history data stream, so PokerTracker doesn’t store them, but they make an interesting accompaniment to the hand history.
Carbon Poker Poker Maximus #8 $70K NLHE
The top graph shows the number of players in the tournament (green) and my position in the tournament (blue). The red line shows the bottom of the cashing field, based on the final number of payouts (which wasn’t finalized until the end of the re-entry period).
The second graph is very similar, but shows my position in relative, rather than absolute, terms.
I entered about 15 minutes into the game, just after the beginning of the second level. My participation was 200 hands, I’m not going cover every one this time.
Hand 4 J
As you can see, there’s a huge drop from a mid-range field position very early on. UTG min-raises and action folds to me. I re-raise to 200, BB flats, and UTG re-raises to 460. I call and BB follows along. Almost 1,400 in the pot and the flop is 7
Hand 7 Q
I open for 150 and HJ flats along with BB. The flop is A
Hand 13 Q
This is the hand where the poker gods smiled on me. UTG, the winner of Hand 4, opens to 125. HJ calls and I re-raise to 475. UTG four-bets to 950. HJ folds and I get stubborn, going all-in. Naturally, exactly one round after having aces against my jacks when I’m in CO, he has A
Hand 19 J
Jacks again. Maybe they won’t lose this time. What am I saying? Of course they will. The CO min-raises to 200 from 62BB and I just call. 2
Hand 27 K
Someone else’s turn to lose with jacks. I raise to 300. UTG3 re-raises to 800 and it folds to me. I shove 42BB, UTG3 calls with J
Hand 37 A
The guy who lost to my AK opens to 300 from UTG2 and I defend. He bets 280 on the T
Hand 44 T
I open to 450 and get flatted by UTG2 and SB. The flop looks fantastic: K
Hand 45 9
Open to 450. Action folds to SB who shoves 1,642. I call and the board runs out 6
Hand 48 A
UTG2 opens to 525 and I raise to 1,200. He folds.
Hand 51 A
I open for 600. Everyone folds.
Hand 54 A
I open to 600. Everyone folds.
Hand 56 5
HJ min-raises and both blinds defend. The 8
Hand 59 T
UTG min-raises and I call, sort of wanting to make sure there isn’t too many over cards on the flop with tens. SB jams of almost 3,350. That gets rid of BB and UTG, and I take it head-on against 9
Hand 78 Q
I raise to 900 and everyone folds.
Hand 85 A
Open to 900 and the blinds fold.
Hand 101 5
Everyone folds and I call the BB. He checks and we see the 5
Hand 102 J
Just antes and a big blind in the pot before action. UTG1 min-raises, I flat, and we’re HU. Flop’s 2
Hand 115 A
I make my standard 3x raise from middle position. Nobody wants to play.
Hand 118 A
UTG1 min-raises with a stack slightly larger than mine. Action’s back to me and I 3-bet to 3,000. He calls and the flop’s K
Hand 120 K
Raise to 1,500 and everyone folds. Easy game, no?
Hand 127 K
I’m officially a cardrack. I open to 1,800 and everyone folds.
Hand 129 8
Open for 1,800 and everyone folds.
Hand 133 K
HJ bets 1,800 and I call. We see the A
Hand 136 J
Open to 1,800 and everyone folds.
Hand 150 J
I’m 55th of 166 players at this point. Not trying to do anything fancy, we’ve still got more than 50 players to go before the bubble. UTG3 raises to 1,800 and I flat. We see the flop HU, it’s 6
Hand 151 9
I continue my 3x raises with a bet of 2,400 and get called by BTN. The flop is K
Hand 159 A
Time for the Mutant Jack to do it’s thing. I open-shove with 14BB and get called by a stack of 59BB with K
Hand 179 7
As other players have chipped up and I’ve lost 20 hands of blinds and antes, my position in the field has dropped to 76th. We’re still almost 40 spots from the money bubble. Normally, I don;t like playing a pair as low as sevens on an almost full table, but I am BB. Action folded to one of the very short stacks at the table, CO with just 7BB. He shoves for 6,440. BTN and SB fold (they both have decent-sized stacks). I stand to lose a third of my stack if I lose, but I figure he’s in desperation mode and I might have the better hand by a margin. He has Q
Hand 183 Q
I open for 3,600, with the two larger stacks at the table having folded already. CO shoves for 17,100, gets an all-in call from BTN, and another all-in from BB. BB’s the smallest stack, with just 4BB before paying for the hand. SB was the most worrisome, since he had a stack just smaller than mine, but he folded. BTN has 9BB, and CO has 14BB, two-thirds my own stack. The pot has more than 36,000 in it, I’m getting 2.7:1 on my money, but if I lose (With KQ? Nah.), I’ll be down to 4BB with 31 places to go before the money. I fold, and as you might expect, everyone beats me. CO has AJ, BTN has KK, and BB has A6. The ace on the flop gives the whole thing to CO, but four spades roll out by the river and my king was the only spade of the four hands. A win would have put me at nearly 58,000.
Hand 186 Q
I open to 3,600. SB calls. The flop is 8
Hand 187 J
Open to 3,600. UTG2 shoves for 11,200. CO is all-in with just 4,300. I call with 11,450 behind. It’s me v 7
Hand 199 A
The cards have not been kind. Nor have the blinds. I have, however, managed to outlast enough bust-outs over the past dozen hands that I’ve reached the money with 4BB. Action folds to me, and I shove, getting called by BB, who started the hand with 34BB. He has 8
Hand 200 Q
UTG1 opens to 4,000 from a 25BB stack, and I shove 10BB. SB (who I’d doubled through in the previous hand) shoves 29BB, and UTG1 gets out of the way. I’m racing against 8
VPIP for this tournament: 17.2%. I won 48% of the hands where I saw the flop, went to showdown with 61% of the hands where I saw the flop, and won 64% of the hands when I went to showdown.
Four hours. 200 hands. 92nd of 710 entries. +82.6% profit.