Monday, October 19, 2009
Where's the fun?
I played in a poker tournament at the Horseshoe (shown above) Sunday. There were 120 players divided into Juniors and Seniors. They played down to 10 of each, then formed two final tables that had five each of Juniors and Seniors. At least that's what they announced. I didn't see it because I busted out with 41 left
We started with $10,000 in tournament chips. The levels were 30 minutes. Unfortunately, 10,000 was my high mark -- I never built up more than that. You probably think I had bad cards. Actually, I had A-A and raised and everyone folded. I had K-K and made a standard raise, and everyone folded. I had Q-Q, raised got two callers, but they folded when the flop was low cards and I made a continuation bet.
Then the hand that killed me. I don't remember what the blinds were, but I was in the BB, and I had around $8,600 in chips. There were two limpers to me. I had ♣10 ♦7. The flop was: ♦J ♥7 ♠7. If you read this blog, you probably remember that I don't slow play trips usually, but there was an aggressive guy behind me. I checked and he bet and the other player called, as did I. The turn was the ♣2. There are no flush draws, nor straight draws (except gut shot draws), so I checked again. The aggro guy didn't disappoint -- he bet bigger and the lady folded. What would you do?
I put him on a jack, and decided that I would get more money out of him if I just checked and let him bet the river. The river was the ♥J, ouch! I should have check-raised fourth street and taken it down. On the other hand, there were only two more jacks out that would give him a winner (or he could have hit his kicker), and in tournaments, you have to accumulate chips. Regardless of any rationalizing, this hand was a killer. Instead of winning a bunch of chips, I lost a bunch.
Now, I had around 3500 in chips. I built back up to $6,000, mostly through agression, but was never able to win a big pot. I saw a hand in which three players ended up all in. The winner had A-A, another guy had J-J, and a third had A-K. It's not about getting aces or kings. It's getting them and winning big pots.
Finally, I was down to $4000, and the blinds were 400/800/100. I was UTG and shoved with ♠A ♠9. A guy on the button called (instead of reraising to isolate, lol) and showed ♦A ♦J. C'est la guerre.
As I walked out, I turned around and thought about a photo I wanted to take. Then, I changed my mind and headed for the door. I was remember thinking: Poker is supposed to be fun. Why don't I feel like I had any?
Images by MOJO and taken yesterday with my P&S.