Monday, December 1, 2008

Bounty tournaments are fun, but frustrating

Played in a $4 sniper tournament (also called bounty tournaments) earlier Sunday night. $3 goes to the prize pool, $1 for each player you knock out. 667 runners, first place paid $480.

During the early stages, I had AA and KK twice. I won money on two of them. One AA, the other guy had AK and moved me all in. Ok, hurt me, I call. On one of the KK hands, I stacked another player.

When we were down to 22 players, I had around 66,000 in chips and ran into this nightmare (my third time tonight to hold KK):

I built back up when this hand played out:

I flopped two pair, but the villain flopped a higher two pair. This knocked my stack down to around 25,000. There were 10 players left, and I was now the short stack.

Then a few hands later, I picked up (on the button) Q Q, sweet. It folded to me, and I moved all in. To make a raise that was half my stack would look suspicious. Sure enough, I was called by A 3. At this point, I was a 71.14% favorite, but the flop was scary: 2 5 3. This gave him more outs. Three aces, four 4s and now two 3s are all outs. I was now down to a 66.36% favorite, according to the Card Player odds calculator.

The turn was the killer: 4, giving him a straight. The river was a meaningless K. I'd played more than four hours to place 10th, which didn't pay anything, but wait til next time! (I didn't get a snapshot of the busto hand, so here's the hand history.)
Stage #1337942561 Tourney ID 2116931 Holdem Multi Normal Tournament No Limit $6000 - 2008-12-01 01:05:46 (ET)
Table: 61 (Real Money) Seat #5 is the dealer
Seat 1 - 1CRACKMONKEY ($50,070 in chips)
Seat 4 - 40MONEYMAN ($86,921.64 in chips)
Seat 5 - MEMPHIS-MOJO ($28,981.27 in chips)
Seat 6 - OCHEWIE ($99,962 in chips)
Seat 7 - POGSONSROCKET ($68,678.34 in chips)
1CRACKMONKEY - Ante $600
40MONEYMAN - Ante $600
MEMPHIS-MOJO - Ante $600
OCHEWIE - Ante $600
OCHEWIE - Posts small blind $3,000
POGSONSROCKET - Posts big blind $6,000
Dealt to MEMPHIS-MOJO [Qd Qh] <== sweet, let’s go all in, a monkey will call
40MONEYMAN - Folds
MEMPHIS-MOJO - All-In(Raise) $28,381.27 to $28,381.27
POGSONSROCKET - Calls $22,381.27
*** FLOP *** [2c 5d 3d]
*** TURN *** [2c 5d 3d] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [2c 5d 3d 4s] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MEMPHIS-MOJO - Shows [Qd Qh] (One pair, queens)
POGSONSROCKET - Shows [As 3h] (Straight, ace to five)<= ace. Rag, sweet for me until the turn
POGSONSROCKET Collects $62,762.54 from main pot
POGSONSROCKET Collects Bounty Prize of $1
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($62,762.54)
Board [2c 5d 3d 4s Ks]
Seat 4: 40MONEYMAN Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 5: MEMPHIS-MOJO (dealer) HI:lost with One pair, queens [Qd Qh - P:Qh,P:Qd,B:Ks,B:5d,B:4s]
Seat 6: OCHEWIE (small blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 7: POGSONSROCKET (big blind) won Total ($62,762.54) HI:($62,762.54) with Straight, ace to five [As 3h - B:5d,B:4s,P:3h,B:2c,P:As] BOUNTY awarded: ($1)

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