I played in the qualifying round #2 of the World Blogger Championships of Online Poker, also called WBCOOP, tonight to qualify for the biggie on Sunday. There were 559
Above are the final standings with three players left. Click to enlarge.
There were some other prizes too. If you finished 28th through 45th, you won a Step 2 Ticket (don't ask, I have no clue). If you finished 10th through 27th, you won a Step 3 Ticket. If you made the final table, you won a Sunday Majors Gold Package. Yes, that's what I won! Now, can someone please tell me what it means?
It was very cool to see all the bloggers. Wolf's Head was at my table, and we had a good time. Early on I played with BWoP, I've never met her, but feel like she's one of my favorite people, so I hated it when she lost a bunch of chips with 10-10. The flop was low cards, but the turn was a queen which hit her villain.
Then the Poker Grump came to the table. He played great. He snapped off a pair of aces, when the guy only made a simple raise. The Grump called with ♥7 ♦6 and flopped two pair and took the villain's stack. Then he flopped a set of 7s and won another huge pot. During all this, the Grump announced that he had a new invention that was sure to make him millions of mobneys -- the poker catheter! There were several rounds of catheter jokes. Hard boiled Shamus chimed in that "PokerStars could offer them for Fpeepees." Finally, the break came, and we could all make our pit stop.
Also, I played quite a while with Gadzooks64. She built up a big stack (some from me) and advanced to Sunday's biggie. Against her, I had ♥Q ♦Q and raised three times the big blind. From one of the blinds, she reraised me, I called, and we saw a flop. It was A-X-X and she checked. It looked like she was afraid of the ace, so I bet out. She immediately moved all in, and I had to fold. The Poker Grump remarked, "That's power poker." Gadzooks' reply was that that's better than [another kind of] poker. I had not been at her table before, but I wasn't really surprised at how tough she plays.
I didn't play against BamBam, but he came by and said hi when Gadzooks and NumbBone and I were at the same table. Speaking of NumbBono, he made a deep run. If you look again at the final standings I posted above, you'll see his name at 17th. MeanHappyGuy was there, as was the Lair of Lucypher, and lightning36. I was disappointed that I didn't see OhCaptain, but maybe I just missed him, or maybe he's still recovering from the Vegas Blogger gathering.
EDIT: Bruechips was there but I missed him. He qualified for Sunday and won a Step 3 ticket.
Early, this hand played out:
I raised from early position and this maniac made a big reraise. I hate big slick, but I had played with this guy long enough to see he was beyond aggressive, so I called. The flop gave me the nuts -- a Broadway straight. I checked to Mr. Maniac and he moved all in! Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus.
Then I lost mobneys on this hand:
I had been the short stack for most of the final three tables. This was the final table. Click on it to see my chips. Not so hot, right? Yep, I'm in last place.
I was about even on the night in my races. This was [EDIT]
This was a sweet doubleup:
I had dodged bullets all night, but this was the hand that killed me. I had pocket 9-9 (a great hand when short-handed) vs. 10-10, ouch:
I had a few chips left, but this was the busto hand:
ADDENDUM: MeanHappyGuy has questioned the hand in which I hit a straight to win a big pot when we were five-handed. I moved all in with ♣K ♣6. The villain called with ♠A ♣Q. According to the Card Player magazine Odds Calculator, the villain is a 60.41% favorite and I am 39.1% (it doesn't equal 100% because there can be split pots). I don't consider a 60/40 hand as really a suckout, actually. Yes, the villain's a favorite, but not by a whole lot.
Here's a copy of the hand record that I pulled off my hard drive. When you get to five players, the level of play should be pretty good, but do you notice a huge error by Baba_Jin? With AQ, he should move all in to isolate me (instead of just calling). By simply calling, he presented great pot odds for WMZeus to join the party. I make plenty of mistakes, but not something as simple as this.
PokerStars Game #22990450335: Tournament #124189659, Freeroll Hold'em No Limit - Level XXVII (4000/8000) - 2008/12/16 22:45:42 CT [2008/12/16 23:45:42 ET]
Table '124189659 17' 9-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: malice51 (499663 in chips)
Seat 2: Baba_Jin (390338 in chips)
Seat 5: WMZeus (128875 in chips)
Seat 7: MemphisM0J0 (83178 in chips)
Seat 9: United113 (295446 in chips)
malice51: posts the ante 1000
Baba_Jin: posts the ante 1000
WMZeus: posts the ante 1000
MemphisM0J0: posts the ante 1000
United113: posts the ante 1000
Baba_Jin: posts small blind 4000
WMZeus: posts big blind 8000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MemphisM0J0 [6c Kc]
MemphisM0J0: raises 74178 to 82178 and is all-in
Baba_Jin: calls 78178
*** FLOP *** [Tc 8d 9h]
*** TURN *** [Tc 8d 9h] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [Tc 8d 9h Th] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Baba_Jin: shows [As Qc] (a pair of Tens)
MemphisM0J0: shows [6c Kc] (a straight, Six to Ten)
MemphisM0J0 collected 177356 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 177356 | Rake 0
Board [Tc 8d 9h Th 7h]
Seat 1: malice51 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Baba_Jin (small blind) showed [As Qc] and lost with a pair of Tens
Seat 5: WMZeus (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: MemphisM0J0 showed [6c Kc] and won (177356) with a straight, Six to Ten
Seat 9: United113 folded before Flop (didn't bet)