Thursday, May 06, 2010


pretty psyched about this, esp since i almost didn't play. been awhile since i chronicled a tournament on this blog, it's kinda long.

background: on tues night i played the 9pm SCOOP L and M. L i busted out of quickly but i built up a stack in the M. next thing i know i'm cooking myself eggs at 2:30am cause i'm super hungry, then it's 5:55am and i'm on a break, and then at 6:30 i bustout around 140th out of 5400 or so. fml. i only got a couple random hours of sleep before i had to get up for work, and was not feeling great yesterday. i haven't even made the ft of a bloggament tho, so i figured i'd give the mookie a shot and try to play smart.

won a decent size pot off tba (gg dude) early then spewed a bit. i got those and more chips back when cmitch ~ called me w/ 99 after i flopped tp w/ AQ. they never believe i have it. :)

i won a small pot w/ 33 but for the most part played "fold" for the next hour or so of the tournament. also won a nice pot off brainmc when he folded to my river shove on a JT59K board. like i said, i always have it. won some chips v. a shortie, lost some reshoving a button raise w/ QT and somehow lost v. A4, then lost a flip w/ AK to TT to drop below 30 bbs.

i was down to 20 bbs and had a dream spot. third to act opened for 3x, fourth to act flats, and i have QQ in the bb. i ship, opener folds, and caller has AQ. i hold. yay.

then i lost another flip, this time w/ TT to lightning's AK. boo. down to 21 bbs. i chipped up a little to 23 and then the co decided to shove 10bss w/ 92o and my QQ held up. yay. shortly after i opened 44 from ep w/ ~ 25 bbs. torn on whether it should have been a fold, i had to call about 5 people at the table, which is prob too many so early to act. bb woke up w/ AA and i was down to 16 bbs.

just over an orbit later i was down to 13, blinds were up, and sb shoved 10.5 bbs on my bb. i called w/ 77 and won the flip v. his K8o. shortly after my friend dave shoved 15 bbs on my bb and i pretty much flipped a coin and decided to call. in almost any mtt i think it would be a mistake to call, but i was playing for a stack and hoped i was flipping. if i lost i'd still have 10 bbs and i was feeling confident.

indeed, i flopped a set w/ 55 v. his KTo and was up to 40 bbs. weeeeeeeeeeeee.

sb the next orbit i had JThh and shoved on lightning's 9 bb stack. he called w/ 66 and i won yet another bvb flip. i busted someone when they shoved for 1.5 bbs and my J4o beat A2o. i was up to 50 bbs when i lost a big pot to chippymcstacks.

i was on the button w/ K3o which i'm almost never opening, but i guess i was feeling frisky. he flatted from the sb. flop was KQ2cc. i'm pretty sure i'm ahead, but my kicker is terrible, so i checked behind. on the Q turn he bet 1600 into a 5100 pot, which was pretty much a snap call. i was def a bit worried about him having a Q at this time, but it also seemed like a line a weak hand would take just trying to take down the pot. when he bet almost pot on the T (non club) river i prob shoulda smelled the rat and just given up, but i got stubborn and called. he showed me 22 for a flopped set, turned boat. down to 34 bbs.

i added 14 on a hand i played horribly v. queensup. i raised from ep w/ A7ss and he flatted from bb w/ 13 bbs behind. i cbet a K93 flop and then called his shove. it was a complete donkey call i wasn't getting the right price v. anything. all i can say is i was feeling lucky, and so if you've made it this far you won't be surprised to hear an A fell on the turn (and an insignificant 7 even landed on the river). he had KTo and had flopped top pair. oops. 46 bbs. yay.

then i started winning pots. a lot of them. A4o shoved 9 bbs and i won w/ AKo in bb. i shoved 34o from the sb into the 7 bbs of the bb and rivered a pair on his AJo. won a flip w/ AJss v. 44. over 70 bbs.

playing five handed i opened QQ and chippy shoved 25 bbs. i won (omg) another flip, holding v. his AK. then i won a lot of pots and had a bajillion bbs. i won a lot more pots, then lost one w/ KK v. AK when an A came on the river. i still had a big stack.

i didn't play many hands early at the final table, and before i even realized it we were down to 6 or 7. i lost a small pot shoving Q7 from the sb into tba's 7 bbs and losing to his K8, but this was the start of him coming back from the dead.

i doubled riggs when i called off w/ KQdd v. his A9o, is questionable. he shoved 10 bbs on the button and i was sb, but it was a risk i simply didn't need to take. maybe i was having memories of the guy shoving 92o. then i lost another hand w/ KQ, this time to tba's KT. this hand was pretty brutal, cause if i won i'd be three-handed with a 13 bb stack and a 4 bb stack. i was feeling pretty confident until the T flopped. ouch.

then i had a gross spot v. tba bvb. i had 80 bbs and he was at 20, covering the other two stacks. i have K2hh. i hate folding, i hate raise folding, i hate raise calling and i hate shoving. i decided shoving was prob the most +ev (any math geeks wanna run numbers v. some ranges?) so i shoved into his 88 and somehow didn't bink a K. no joke, i was pretty surprised when i didn't river a K.

the 13 bb stack from earlier was up to 17 and raised 2.5x first to act and i shoved A8o from sb. he called w/ KJ and rivered a J. seriously ftp, can't you ever put it on the flop?

the fourth guy finally blinded out and we were three handed. i opened 88 from the button and the bb shipped 33 bbs. i don't play that much short handed (unfortunately) but thought three handed this was a call. also, i was running like zeus at flips. curious what my hand is v. his range. he had A9o and i won yet another flip. heads up. yay!

five hands into our hu match was this hand, ftw.

Seat 1: twoblackaces (91,262)
Seat 9: pvanharibo (205,738)
twoblackaces antes 300
pvanharibo antes 300
twoblackaces posts the small blind of 1,200
pvanharibo posts the big blind of 2,400
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to pvanharibo [Js 9d]
twoblackaces raises to 4,800
pvanharibo calls 2,400
*** FLOP *** [9c 2h Jc]
pvanharibo checks
twoblackaces bets 6,500
pvanharibo raises to 13,000
twoblackaces calls 6,500
*** TURN *** [9c 2h Jc] [4s]
pvanharibo has 15 seconds left to act
pvanharibo bets 16,800
twoblackaces has 15 seconds left to act
twoblackaces raises to 44,400
pvanharibo raises to 187,638, and is all in
twoblackaces calls 28,762, and is all in
pvanharibo shows [Js 9d]
twoblackaces shows [9h 4h]
Uncalled bet of 114,476 returned to pvanharibo
BamBamCan (Observer): Teeeeeeeeeeee...........Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.EH
*** RIVER *** [9c 2h Jc 4s] [4d]
pvanharibo shows two pair, Jacks and Nines
twoblackaces shows a full house, Fours full of Nines
twoblackaces wins the pot (182,524) with a full house, Fours full of Nines
*** SUMMARY ***
Duration 62s
Total pot 182,524 | Rake 0
Board: [9c 2h Jc 4s 4d]
Seat 1: twoblackaces (small blind) showed [9h 4h] and won (182,524) with a full house, Fours full of Nines
Seat 9: pvanharibo (big blind) showed [Js 9d] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Nines



i yelled so loud i thought i might wake lucko, but thankfully he was a log.

then tba and i traded chips back and forth for what seemed like a long time. his A2 hit bottom pair v. my AJ and turned into trips on the river. i paid him down w/ A high. i lost a pretty big pot to him when i had 77 and cbet an A high flop. i c/folded the K turn, figured he prob had me beat. then i three bet him w/ AQ w/ about 25 bbs, he called and we saw a flop of AT5. i cbet, he raised, i shoved, he called and showed A5. sigh. i was pretty fucking pissed, still thinking about the two outer on the river from the hand earlier. magically a T appeared on the turn, improving my mood considerably.

he was down to 19 bbs but lost a few pots and on the last hand i shoved T8dd into his 11 bbs and won a flip (obv) to beat his 66 and take it down.

cliffs: if you want to win a TOC seat, flip very, very well

this is for all the glee haters. you know who you are.


Blogger MackemPlus1 said...

Nice win pet!!!!

4:09 AM  
Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

gratz El Jay. Run good. Hmm. I should try that sometime.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Riggstad said...

You didn't mention shipping K6 into my BvB raise with A9.

That was the hand of the final table because at the time I had 50k and was second to your 130ish.

I called after deciding that you had shipped or repopped the last 5 hands in a row on bettors. It was evident you were just bullying and I called being ahead.

You hit your 6 and won the hand ending my night. I think everyone else was below 30k

I don't begrudge the ship. I actually welcomed it. I just ran horribly at that final table (79>AA).

and when did I ever ship 92o?

11:14 AM  
Blogger lj said...

rigg - you weren't the 92o, he busted to me. forgot about K6. i prob shoulda flatted you or just given it up, but i was soooooooted. was i the 79? gg.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Riggstad said...

no the 97s was troublecat who jammed into me. I was in the sb with AA I think he has 11bb's.

I overshoved into you hoping you would call marginally with like 186k but you didn't.

he flopped two pair.

I think from there I doubled on that KQ v A9 hand.

It was a fun tournament. when we were 10 handed I saw your stack holding 50% of the chips in play. I knew right there we were playing for second :)

1:27 PM  
Blogger oossuuu754 said...

Congrats LJ see u in the TOC.

8:56 PM  
Blogger lucko said...


9:20 PM  
Blogger Heffmike said...

this really was well done - insane aggression with a purpose... and yes, enough LOST posts, there should be more GLEE posts on Wednesdays across the board....

12:18 AM  
Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Hey LJ. I read about your engagement on Woffle's blog. I just wanted to pass along my congratulations.

5:17 PM  
Blogger jamyhawk said...

Great job getting in the TOC again!


2:56 PM  

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