Portland Players Club Noon $250 Guarantee Freeroll (2,000 chips)
The PPC is where I first played poker in a non-home game setting, and it’s where I started off my post-Black Friday concentration on live games with a couple of nice wins back in May. Since they went to their fall schedule—opening up with an 11am more-or-less-freeroll at a more convenient time than their 1pm summer start—I’ve been playing it on days when I can fit it in. It’s just so close to home.
PPC charges half their usual door for the early game, but if you pay the full door charge you get double the chips. Unlimited re-buys until the first break for twice the door, but you get 6,000 chips, and there’s a 2,000 add-on at break 1 for an amount equivalent to the door. It can make for some drastic play in the first hour, because an all-in with a regular starting stack can double you up to 4,000 but if you don’t catch your cards then you re-buy for 6,000 and you might be the largest stack at the table in the early stages.
I got my start in this game with a pre-flop re-raise holding K♥2♥. I paired the king on an uncoordinated flop, re-raised a bet of 300 to 1,300 and took it down.
Holding J♣T♣ in UTG2, I re-raised pre-flop to 300 and got three callers. The KxQx7x board had two diamonds. Two players checked to me and I bet 1,800 to win.
J♦9♦ made another straight draw on the flop and I pushed all-in after a 1,200 bet, winning another decent pot. By about 45 minutes into the game I had 9,350 chips.
There was 3,000 in the pot and I was in the hand with 4♥8♥. The 6x4x2x flop paired me and I went all-in again. Nobody called. By break 1 I had 10,700 and I got the 4,000 chip add-on.
AxJx in a hand soon after the break and I raised to 1,100 pre-flop getting one call. The flop was jack-high and an all-in won. By 1:55 into the game, progress had slowed, but I was up to 14,600.
Getting too cocky with T♥8♥ cost me big with only middle pair on the board, and twenty minutes later I was down to 6,200.
My stack had been further cut to just 3,000 when I went all-in with Kx5x. I got one caller, with Qx4x. The king paired and I doubled up.
Heads-up in BB with 2x5x with one caller and I got an open-ended straight draw on the flop. I pushed all-in and gained a little more back.
My Ax7x held up in an all-in against KxJx and I doubled again, putting me at 11,500 at break 2 with just five players left. I’d been the shortest stack at the table not long before, even shorter than the guy who’d had to go back to the office and left half-an-hour before.
In BB with Q♣9♣ I raised pre-flop, making straight and flush draws on the flop. A big bet pushed everyone out.
A risky call of an all-in of 10.500 with my current favorite hand—JxTx—knocked out AxKx and almost doubled me. Then I shoved from SB with 4x4x and took in blinds and antes.
I was re-raised to 6,000 (at 1,000/2,000), then went all-in with something I didn’t record and won. By this time I was the top stack at the table, somehow.
I took out the larger of the two remaining stacks calling an all-in. He had 4x4x and my hand was 8x8x. The other guy helpfully mentioned that he’d folded 4x4x, which really skewed the odds in my favor. I knocked out the remaining player on the next hand with Ax9x.
Three hours. +460% ROI. 1st of 13 players.
Portland Players Club Tuesday Deepstack (7,000 chips)
I hadn’t noticed that PPC was changing it’s schedule this week and came in expecting a freezeout. Got a smaller buy-in with two re-buys instead. Ah, well.
I got a 1,000 chip bonus for something-or-other, so I actually started with 8,000 like everyone else.
I raised to 150 with 5♣8♣ for some reason, then got a flop of A♠K♠Q♠. I bet again and got callers, but folded to a bet after checking a 2x on the turn.
Won with QxQx and a 1,200 pre-flop bet. By ten minutes into the game I was up to 10,500.
My AxJx paired on the turn and I called an all-in with AxKx. His king showed up on the river and I was down to 350 chips.
Picked up 5x5x and went all-in. I was good until the river, when my pair was counterfeited by queens and nines on the board. I re-bought (I shudder at the word) for 7,000 chips.
Played Jx7x from BB and made a set on the flop. There was a bet and call of 250 ahead of me, I raised to 1,000 and took the pot.
Raised to 325 with Ax9x, getting four callers. I bet 1,500 on a gutshot straight draw on the flop, was re-raised to 3,500, then three-bet all-in by one of the two big stacks at the table. I folded, and as the cards played out I would have lost.
Forty minutes into the game I was back down to 5,400, having lost a total of nearly 10,000 chips from my two buy-ins.
Got lucky with AxAx in SB and managed to double up; I was holding 7,800 at break 1, then added on 5,000 chips.
On the first hand after the break—with blinds at 150/300— I raised to 1,000 with AxQx after a single call. I was re-raised to 4,000 by CO, then I went all-in. He called with KxJx, I caught my queen on the turn. Five minutes into round 4, I was up to 28,200.
Bet out 1,200 on Q♣9♣ then folded after the flop left me disconnected. UTG with J♠7♠ and I min-raised, then called an all-in of 2,675 and lost.
Blew away another 16,000 in two consecutive hands with ace-high calling all-ins, then pushed with just about 5,000 left and JxJx. Got called by AxAx who connected in a big way with quads on the flop, getting him on the high hand board for the night.
Two hours. -100% ROI. 14th of 21 players.
Portland Players Club $200 Guarantee Freeroll (2,000 chips)
The structure for this game is similar to the early freeroll: you can start with a double-sized stack for a price, the re-buys are three times the regular starting stack, etc.
Nothing notable happened in this game, except for the last hand. I was the third player all-in, with K♦Q♦. The first all-in had a smaller stack, the second was larger. First all-in shoed JxJx, so I had two overs, but second all-in had AxAx, and just like half-an-hour earlier, I was knocked out by quad aces, when an even higher high hand came out on the flop.
20 minutes. -100% ROI. 9th of 10 players.
Only 34 winning days before EPT Prague.