A polite reference to the assets of an attractive lady earned me a free entry to a $10 multi table tournament on Party Poker…
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I had planned to save it until Sunday but upon browsing through the available games I saw a huge opportunity: a table with only 3 spaces taken, with the first cards due down in under 2 minutes.
I found myself in a satellite for the Daily Major, surrounded by absolute maniacs. All in pre-flop. All in pre-flop. All-in pre-flop. Rinse & repeat.
A few premium hands landed in the hole and I decided to make a couple of calls. Two villains dispatched and a comfortable chip lead was mine. At 1,500 chips I was 3* the starting stack when another maniac dropped in as a late entry.
With such random players I decided the best strategy would be to wait for one to eliminate the other and then use my circa 500 chip advantage to win the heads up battle. I would get some sleep and contemplate my strategy for the Daily Major: a tournament with a $100 buy-in and, in theory, some pretty decent competition (relative to what I am used to, anyway).
So far, so good, right?
Well, events didn’t quite pan out as expected.
I did win the satellite and it was as easy as I had expected given the playing style of my opponents. However I was then thrust straight into the daily major!
A quick tweet to @SixEightSuited (who you will note also won a free $10 buy in) confirmed I hadn’t actually done anything wrong.
— Anwaan Jiimiz (@SixEightSuited) July 7, 2015
Ok. So my plans of an early night were shot down. How seriously should I take this thing? Turns out the top prize is over $2000 the top 15 players get paid. About twenty times bigger than my biggest cash to date… *eek*
By the time I figured this out we were about half an hour in and I was doing OK. NO, more than OK. As it happens, I was IN THE MONEY!!
I had managed to steal a couple of blinds and win two all ins to more than triple my initial stack (which carried over from the satellite).
Admittedly one had been very lucky. I called an all-in on the turn to a board which I figured had missed my opponent. I had A9s and put myself on top pair (there was a 9) with ours to the nut flush. Turns out I didn’t have top pair – he was slow playing a bigger pair – but a lovely club came on the river and my opponent had an early bath.
The second all in was in accordance with the institution of Phil Gordon (at this point I can’t recall whether it was Poker: The Real Deal or Phil’s Little Green book):
“Re-raise to isolate”
My opponent, under the gun, went all in with a little over 1k chips. Blinds were around 200/400 at this time. I opted to go all in from middle position with pocket Jacks, figuring my short stacked opponent would be playing Ace-x, anything suited or maybe any high card. Everyone folded behind me and my opponent turned up big slick. Oops, we now have a coin toss!
JJ held out and I found myself in pretty decent position, as above.
From here, I tightened my game. Way, way too much and my stack was slowly being withered away by the blinds and antes. I made a large pre-flop raise in an un-opened pot from the button, save for one flat caller in middle position. My raise was too big and I committed myself to the pot.
Everyone folded except for the initial flat caller who happened to be the big stack: something I now realise I failed to consider at the time.
When the flop landed 3 3 J I went all-in. My opponent flipped up 9-3o. WHO THE HELL CALLS A BIG RAISE WITH NINE THREE OFF SUIT?!
As it happens, a big stack who figures a guy who hasn’t done anything for 20 minutes turns up with a half decent hand. By going in with a hugely speculative two cards he had the potential to catch someone out in a big way… and he did.
So I didn’t win anything, busting out in 34th place, but I really enjoyed playing. More importantly, I realised I was failing to consider what my opponents think I hold, not just what I think they hold.
Until next time…