Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I played in an interesting tournament tonight at the Venetian/Palazzo. Play would continue until 90% of the field was eliminated, then cease. In other words, they wouldn't play for first, second, etc. The players who were left would each get $2500. It was called a Survivor Tournament and cost $300 to enter, so the house kept $50 from each player.
The structure was good, and it was an interesting concept, so I was keen to try it. I'm not sure what the best strategy is, so tried to play my normal game. I was eliminated, however, before the first break.
My bust-out hand was typical of tournament poker. I held ♠A ♠8 and called when there were three limpers to me. The guy behind me called as did both blinds -- a juicy pot for a limped hand.
The flop was rather good for me: ♣8 ♦8 ♣6. It checked to me, I checked and the guy behind me fired out a big bet. This folded back to me and I moved all in. Now the guy started shaking his head, but finally called and showed: ♣3 ♣2. Notice that he can hit his flush and still lose if the board pairs.
No, he didn't hit his flush, but the last two cards dealt were a 5 and a 4 giving him a straight. Good game, MOJO.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention there were 91 runners. Nine collected $2500 and tenth-place got their money back.
Photos taken with my P&S.