Full Tilt $20,000 Rush Guarantee (1,500 chips)
Just five minutes in and I make top pair from the SB holding J♦Q♠ on a safe-looking J♥3♠2♠ flop after four of us have limped in. I bet out 100 as first to act, getting two callers. 6♠ for a turn and I bet out 300 more, again two calls. 2♦ is the river and I check, BB checks, UTG2 puts both of the blinds all-in to call, and I do. He’s been holding a set with 3♣3♥ in the pocket from the flop.
Out 622 of 714.
Full Tilt $9,000 KO Guarantee (2,000 chips)
A big one that got away from me. I had quite a setback on my 12th hand, holding Q♣T♣ on the button at 25/50. There was a raise and a call to 175 ahead of me and I probably should have ejected, but I saw the flop of A♦3♣Q♠ and decided to play it. UTG1 bet 250, UTG2 wisely got out, I called, and 4♥ appeared on the turn. Another 250 from UTG1 and myself, 5♠ at the river and I called his last 250 bet before he turned over 6♠A♥. That knocked me down to 735.
I’d dropped to just 435 ten hands later after some other action and J♦T♦ came into my hand. UTG called the blind of 60, UTG1 raised to 120, UTG2 called, I (UTG3) decided to make a move and made my tiny shove. That got called by UTG, UTG1, and UTG2. My role in the hand was over as I watched the flop roll out 3♠8♦8♠. UTG1 went all-in and drove the other two players out, then showed A♦Q♦, so any chance of a flush I had was shot; I needed a pair. J♣ showed up on the turn and an inoffensive 5♥ was the river. I bounced back to 1,830.
A♣T♣ on the next hand. We’d lost a the guy who’d played the previous hand with me to re-shuffling and I was UTG1. I open-min-raised to 160, getting four callers. The flop was 3♦7♥9♣, probably making someone happy but the blinds just checked and I bet 200 to open. Only the big blind dropped out. K♣ on the turn was interesting and I opened with another 200, inducing everyone to fold and making me an easy 1,245 profit, which put me just over 3,000.
Nothing much happened for twenty minutes. I’d drifted down to 2,250 chips when 7♦7♠ came into my hand. It’s not my favorite pair of cards but I was at less than 19BB and the Andy Bloch “Tournament Checklist” is all about going all-in with the small pairs when you’re getting short-stacked. Did I listen? No, I raised to 300 and there were three callers. The flop was 3♦2♣2♦. Checks from the blinds and this was where I shipped it, for 1,950. SB called, BB raised all-in to 2,750, then SB called that. SB had A♥4♣ for a one-ended wheel draw, BB had us seriously in trouble with 5♥2♥ and a set. 8♦ shoed for the turn, giving me a chance for a backdoor flush, and the river A♦ completed it. I took in 7K (but significantly did not learn me lesson about shipping with small pairs, something that comes back to bite me later).
The last significant hand was my final one, forty minutes later. I still had only 6,675. Blinds were 120/240/25 and I was BB. Picked up A♠Q♠. UTG3 goes all-in for 8,374 and I call. He’s got K♦Q♦, so I’m good unless he catches diamonds or a Kx. The flop is 9♦3♦J♦ and anything else is irrelevant. Could have gone the other way but it didn’t.
98 minutes, 87 hands. 1 bounty collected. ROU: -85%. Finished 829 of 3,687 players.
Full Tilt $20,000 Rush Guarantee (1,500 chips)
Another one-minute wonder. Called the 120 min-raise of UTG3 from BB on the second hand, flop was 9♦7♣2♣; I bet 120, he raised to 660; I three-bet to 1,200; he called. J♥ on the turn; I’ve got 180 chips, an inside straight draw, and an ace. Might as well. He calls with the A♥J♠. 9♣ for the river. I’m sort on my flush and short on my straight and out of the game.
One minute. Two hands. 1,013th of 1,196 players.
Full Tilt $36,000 Rush Guarantee Rebuy (1,500 chips)
Six minutes in with most of my starting stack I get 7♥7♠ again, this time in late position on the button. Two players limp in. I raise to 300, ten times the big blind. BB and UTG2 call. The flop shows up with 6♦Q♥T♣ and everyone checks. Another 6♣ on the turn. UTG2 opens with 340 and I call. BB has the sense to bail. Another over card on the river. K♦ and UTG2 bets 810 to put me all-in if I call. I bail.
That whittled me down considerably. I’m at 660 13 minutes into the game when I get Q♥Q♦. UTG raises the big bet three times to 120. I re-raise to 280 but should probably be all-in here. SB calls, BB is all-in for 1,245. UTG calls, SB raises all-in to 1,560. UTG calls. Three all=ins. Here’s the cards. SB 8♦8♥, BB A♦K♦, UTG: J♥A♠. I was a 43% winner so far. The flop’s fine: 5♦6♣9♦. It put a lot of diamonds on the board for BB, as well as a straight possibility for SB. The 4♥ for the turn didn’t change anything, my win percentage was up to 57%. The 7♥ on the river completed the straight, though. Maybe an all-in pre-flop would have induced the eights to fold.
14 minutes, 37 hands. 683rd of 1,324.
Cake Poker Series 2011 Super Satellite (1,500 chips)
Nothing to say about this. I was stuck just below the starting stack size twenty-odd minutes in, got priced in with T♣A♦ and shoved, with J♣9♣ and K♥Q♥ calling—altogether we made a long straight—and the hearts won out.
24 minutes, 17 hands. 8th of 16.
Full Tilt 90-Player KO Sit & Go (3,000 chips)
No movement for twenty-five minutes here, I was in CO at 3,270 with the blinds up to 60/120 when everyone ahead of me folded. I held 9♦8♦ and min-raised to 240. Button and BB called. The flop just gave me bottom pair: J♦A♣9♥. BB checked and I bet 180. B called, and BB was gone. The turn was 2♦, giving me an ugly flush draw. I checked and B bet 600. Calling left me 2,250 behind. A tantalizing A♦ hit the river. I bet 1,000, concerned about pocket jacks making a full house. B must have thought he had it but he was far behind with J♥Q♣. That picked me up 2,300.
Q♣Q♥ made me the next jump a dozen minutes later. UTG3 raised to 540 at the 120/240/25 level. I was on the button and re-raised to 2,500, about half my stack. The blinds folded and UTG3 four-bet all-in to 3,540. I called with 1,740 behind and he showed J♣J♦. The flop went my way with 6♠K♣Q♦, and he was out. I was at 9,450. First bounty.
I caught one of the mid-sized stacks trying to pull something three hands later. I limped for 240 in after UTG called, CO called and SB as in. The flop was 6♣3♣T♠ and everyone checked. J♣ hit on the turn. SB bet 480, BB and UTG folded, I called and CO was out. The river was 4♥ and SB checked. Worried about a flush, I checked too, but SB had 8♣J♥, so I had the best of it and was just short of 11,000.
Just eight hands later I was UTG2 at 200/400/50. I open-raised to 800 with Q♦T♠ and the only caller was SB. Got a pair in the T♥6♠J♠ flop. SB bet 1,200 and I called. A turn 9♦ gave me second pair and a straight draw. SB bet another 1,600 and I called again. I made trips on the river with T♣ and when SB checked I shoved all-in. Amazingly enough, he called with 4♥4♣. That put me over 18K and made a second bounty.
The end was fast and violent just five hands later. I was UTG with 17,790, holding 7♥7♦. Blinds were at 250/500/50 and I opened with a raise to 1,250. A slightly smaller stack in UTG1 was the only caller, so that was good. The flop was a promising 5♦2♥8♥ and I bet another 1,250 but I probably should have gone bigger. UTG1 called. The A♥ on the turn pretty much shut things down as far as I was concerned. Flush draw and an ace on board? I checked and then folded after UTG1 bet 6,150. That took me down 2,550.
Next hand, I was in the big blind with just 2♠4♦. There was a raise and call to 1,000 and I decided to see if my low cards would hit anything, with pot odds of 6.3:1. The flop was T♦6♣T♣, when the initial raiser bet 3,650 I got out of there pronto.
Still, I had 14,190 in the small blind. Suited connectors: 9♠8♠. That looked good. The only player into the pot ahead of me was UTG1, who’d min-raised to 1,000. I called. The flop gave me a dangerous pair: 8♣A♠A♥. I bet 750 and got called by UTG1. The A♦ showed on the turn and I had a full house. Did he have the other ace? I bet 1,000 and he smooth-called. 3♥ on the turn didn’t change anything. He needed the fourth ace or a pocket pair better than eight to beat me. He bet 7,500, I called, and of course he had A♣J♦. I was down under 4,000.
The last hand for me was at 300/600/75. I had K♥Q♣ in UTG1 and went all-in for 4,815. What’s Andy Bloch say? Fewer than 10 big blinds? Check. Open-raise with KxQx? Check. UTG2 called, everyone else dropped out and I was up agains the Mutant Jack: A♦J♦. The board was tantalizing with 2♥T♥8♣9♠8♥ but I didn’t make the straight or the flush and I was someone else’s bounty.
66 minutes, 77 hands. 2 bounties, no prize, ROI of -70%.
Cake Poker Internazionale 6-Max (20BB)
6♦6♣ on the third hand in CO. Open-raised to 3BB, called by SB. Flop was 8♠Q♣8♣ and we both checked to the turn 7♣. SB bet 4BB and I called. 7♥ river card counterfeited my pair and I was playing the board. Another 4BB bet from the SB and I folded.
8♥8♠ a little later in HJ and UTG raised to 3BB. I re-raised to 7BB and everyone folded. I was still stuck 6BB.
Down to 7.5BB fifteen minutes in and picked up A♣6♠ in the CO. UTG raised to 2BB, I called and B did as well. Flopped well with A♦8♣6♦, HJ and I checked, B put out a bet of 7BB. That was the end of it for HJ but I called all-in for less than the bet. He flipped 9♦8♦ and the race was on. No diamonds on the turn or river—Q♥5♥—and my two pair held up. Just down by 2BB now.
I was on the BB with 7♦8♠. Min-raise from HJ and a call from CO. I went along and got bottom pair in the Q♦7♥J♠ flop. I opened with a bet of 2BB, HJ raised to 5BB and I called for some reason. A♥ on the turn and it didn’t take the 3BB bet from HJ to get me out of there. Back down to 12BB.
In HJ with K♥4♥. Min-raised with a call from CO and re-raise to 6BB from B. I’m the only caller. The flop is 5♥6♣T♠. I check and B shoves his entire stack of 185BB into the ring. I call for some reason and he shows Q♠Q♣. T♦ makes the turn and my hopes for a backdoor flush are gone. The river J♣ ends this session.
Full Tilt $9,000 KO Guarantee (2,000 chips)
Started off with a bang eight minutes into the game with K♥J♥ on the button. UTG1 limped in and HJ min-raised to 80. I re-raised to 140, getting calls from SB, UTG1, and HJ. The flop was 5♥5♦A♥, SB checked, UTG1 bet 400. There was a fold from HJ and I re-raised to 800. SB folded, UTG1 re-raised to 1,675, and I made a dangerous call that left me with 80 chips. He had a set with 5♣7♣. The 4♠ on the turn looked grim, then a safe 8♥ made the river and I doubled up plus I got a bounty.
A similar hand on the button ten minutes later got me into trouble. Three limps were ahead of me with K♥T♥. I raised to 250, which got a call from SB and a re-raise to 450 from BB. UTG3 called, I called, SB called. The flop was A♣Q♠7♣. SB checked and BB bet 1,410 all-in. UTG3 fled the scene, I called, and SB folded. BB was way ahead and had me dominated with with A♦T♦ but a Jx could put me on top. Didn’t happen, though, and I lost 1,860 chips.
The blinds were 30/60 a little later, I was still around 2,500 chips and got 9♦7♦ in UTG2. UTG raised to 120, I called, and BB was in. The flop of J♣T♦Q♦ gave me flush and open-ended straight draws. BB checked, UTG went all-in for 1,205, I called rather than go over the top, because BB had me by 1K. BB folded anyway and I was heads-up against two pair: T♣Q♣. K♣ for the turn gave me my straight but opened up the flush for him. The river was 6♥ and I took another bounty, as well as 1,475 chips, which put me up to 3,995.
Speculating on some unsuited ace hands cost me over the next quarter-hour, so I was down to 3,115 when I got K♠K♦ as UTG. I min-raised to 160, getting four callers. The flop was 9♦6♠5♠. SB opened with a 240 bet that got BB to fold. I raised to 1,500, enough to put SB almost all-in but not necessarily scary for the others. They both folded, though, then SB pushed for 1,680. I paid the extra 180 and he showed a gutshot straight and an ace: A♥7♣. He got his ace on the turn with A♠ but that gave me four to a flush, which came in the shape of a 9♠. Up to 5,435 and another bounty.
On the 60/120 big blind with A♥9♥. B raises all-in to 683. SB calls. I call. The flop gives me top two pair: A♦9♠2♥. Right now I’m beating AxKx. SB checks and I go all-in for 5,142. SB folds, B has Q♦A♣, and the rest of the hand is irrelevant. I have almost 7,200 chips and another bounty.
Took a big hit on the big blind again at 100/200. Q♠9♠ in my hand; not one of my favorites. Action folded to the button, who raised to 700. I called and we were heads-up. The flop looked pretty good—7♠J♠7♦—and I opened with 750. B went all-in for 2,670 and I called. An 8♦ showed on the turn but the queen-high straight was going to be harder and pointless with T♠T♦ in B’s hand. The last card missed me: 5♥ and I was down to about 4K again.
I made a couple of attempts over the next ten minutes but nothing panned out. Finally, I got 4♣4♥ in UTG3. Action folded to me, I followed Bloch’s instruction on what to do when you’re under 15 blinds and open-raised all-in with the low pair. Everyone but the BB folded. He showed T♥T♦. The board ran out 8♥2♠3♠4♠3♣ and I came an Ax or a 6x away from a straight, but I was bounty-bait. The other part of the goal on Bloch’s “Tournament Checklist” is to win with that move.
105 minutes, 100 hands. 3,831 players and I made 939th. Four bounties and ROI -39%.
Full Tilt $20,000 Rush Guarantee (1,500 chips)
Just nine hands and nothing of note here. I was down about 300 from a K♣Q♠ play. My last hand was 8♠8♥. I raised all-in after a single limp at 30/60 for 1,230. The button isolated me by going all-in for more than 4K., showing K♥K♠. By the turn I had a little bit of hope with 6♠J♣T♠9♥ showing but a queen would give a straight to the kings. Instead, he got trips with a river K♦.
Four minutes. 1,385 players, finished in 617th.
Full Tilt 90-Player Sit & Go (3,000 chips)
Surprised I lasted as long as I did in this game. I was steadily downhill and under the starting stack for forty minutes until a Mutant Jack rescued me. Got A♠J♠ in the big blind at 60/120 holding 1,845 chips. UTG called and everyone else folded. I raised to 725. He three-bet to 1,330 and I shoved for 1,845, getting a call. Naturally, he was pleased, he had A♥A♦ and I looked like a goner. The 4♠5♠5♣ flop gave me some life, though. I hung in suspended animation through the 8♣ turn, then T♠ came on the river and I doubled up, leaving UTG with a little more than 3BB.
Got my own comeuppance in short order four hands later when I had K♥K♠ as HJ. Blinds were up to 80/160 and UTG min-raised. I re-raised to 995. UTG and I were heads-up after some folds, and he went all-in for 3,010. I called with 985 behind and he showed T♥T♦. The first card out was T♠, with 3♠7♠ making another nice flush draw for me, but it was J♦J♣ on the last two streets and I wasn’t the one with a full house.
I managed to build back up to about 1,800 but the blinds were getting big and I was down to 1,240 at 200/400/50 when I tried to make 8♣K♠ work for me. UTG raised all-in to 800, UTG1 and SB called, and I re-raised all-in. UTG1 called with more than 11.5K left, SB called holding another 27.5K. The board was Q♥6♦7♦9♦7♣ with the big stacks checking it down to the river. Nobody had much of anything 9♥A♣ for BB, A♠T♠ for UTG, but SB had a T♣Q♠ and the queen pair was good enough to take it.
63 minutes, 57 hands, one bounty. 32nd place of 90 players. ROI -85%.