Sunday, 31 May 2009

Mini Boom !

It had to happen. As soon as I made my last post about now attempting to be a cash game specialist, I promptly embarked on my most successful evening of online tournaments this year by a long shot. With Shazbo away on work duties in Manchester, I put in a solid 10 hour stint on the virtual felt, starting at 6pm Saturday and finishing at 4am the following morning.

I made 3 final tables, and cashed about 6 times in total. Full Tilt and Stars provided my usual blank returns, but I made hay on Ultimate, Party and a couple of the iPoker sites. I calculated I won about 3.5k USD in total by the end of my marathon session, but it wasn't without it's disappointments.

In one event where I placed second, I lost a virtual decider on Party with JJ v AT all in preflop. I then busted 3rd after losing an all in pre-flop on another site for 90% of the chips in play with AK v AJ. These outdraws proved costly, as the difference in payout between 1st and 2nd is always very significant.

I can't complain though, as obviously I won my face share of races to log these wins. I definitely changed my style to a more patient approach though, and this reaped dividends. In many tournaments I was quite happy to bumble along at the back of the field while the blinds were still small, whereas in the past I would have tried to make something happen.

My "favourite" moment of the evening occurred on Full Tilt. I raied pre-flop for about 20% of my stack with 55 and the SB and BB called. Flop was all sixes giving me a mini house. The both checked to me, so I decided to just bang it all in and get a useful boost to my stack as long as they weren't sitting on a 6 or a medium pair. SB folds, but BB thinks for a bit and then calls with A2. Unfortunately for me the next card was the case 6, thus meaning my quads with 5 kicker were no match for his quads with Ace kicker. :(

P&L GBP 2009
Live Tournaments (750)
Live Cash 1,118
Online Tournaments (1,314)
Online Cash (250)
Poker Festivals (675)
Rake (1,657)

Total (3,528)

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