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Thursday, January 12, 2006

One Day.....

...I'll win the big one. By "big one" I refer to the 500K guaranteed, $200/$15, on PS every Sunday. I've really only played it 3-4 times due to my always being gone on the weekends, but each time I play it I seem to place a little bit higher.

This past weekend I played a $10R Turbo satellite, spent $50 and won my entry into Sunday's event on my first try.

(Note: Bill was gone this past weekend, went to the CES and the Porn convention in Vegas. OK, so he SNUCK into the porn convention, but as I told his friend Roy, who he went with, "Go, get him drunk, take him to a titty bar, have FUN!" Bill rarely goes anywhere so I was excited to get him out of the house. Sorry, darling, but it's true.)

So from Thursday to Sunday, Cherissa and I hung out together, I played some poker during the day, but then we would watch movies together, pigged out on junk food and just had some excellent mother-daughter bonding time.

So, Sunday comes and I settle down for, what I hope to be, a long day.

Almost 4,000 people entered this event and I remember being down to 150 during the 4th level, but was able to claw my way back up to the top. Next thing I know there's only about 100 people left and I was able to stay in the top 5 from 100 down to 30 players.

I'm not going to discuss any hands, I know some of you will be disappointed, but really, it was SO long ago and there's really only ONE hand that matters, so that's what I'll discuss.

I made a boo boo. I made a mistake. I called an all in player when I should have folded. I held the oh, so powerful, A J os. UTG position moves all in for what equaled to about 40% of my stack. I was on the button. I thought about it for a LONG time. I clicked the time button. Here was my thought process:

This player has been seen going all in with A rag a few times; this player does NOT have a powerhouse of a hand. I'm thinking she has a mid pocket pair OR she has an A with a kicker worse then my J. If I call her and I lose, then I will move from 1-2nd position in chips to 15th position with 30 people left. I will be able to build my stack up again; it won't be the end of the game for me. If I win, then I would have a HUGE chip advantage that would be able to propel me to the final table, if not the win.

It's my infamous "Risk vs. Reward" theory. Am I willing to risk being moved from the top to the middle of the pack in order to try and win enough chips to propel me to the final table? Yes, I decided I was. So, I called.

She showed 10,10. OK, so my read was right. Now, I had turned off AIM and the chat box about 30 mins earlier as I was getting quite easily distracted and I could just FEEL the chat box going bezerk with my call. So all I needed was an A or a J and I would be golden, of course, it didn't come and I've had to live with the repercussions of that call since then.

Being results orientated as most humans are, I do regret that call, NOW. Since one of my overs didn't come. However, if just ONE had come, I'd be golden. I would have been told, "WOW, good call!" But alas, it didn't come and I ended up sinking to 15th place and unfortunately, was unable to get back up again and ended up in 24th place for about $3,100.00.

In hindsight, I realize that I should not have been willing to lose such a healthy chunk of my stack for what I felt would have been a race. If I could do it all again, I would and could have easily folded.

You learn from your mistakes, or that's the goal anyways, and I have learned from this. As most players do when they make a mistake, you KNOW when you've done it and it racks your brain for DAYS. If I had lost due to a bad beat or just being unlucky, no problem, but because I basically did it to myself, then it's been hounding me for DAYS.

I take some comfort in the fact that I have learned from this, and out of almost 4,000 players, 24th ain't so bad! Last time in this event I placed in the 70's, so next time in this event, all the way baby!!!


Blogger Welshman said...

I thought you were playing some great poker, especially the hand you bluffed at when your spade didn't come but I was hoping you might mention the hand that you said elsewhere someone had talked you out of playing because it goes back to a previous entry where you said you weren't going to let that happen anymore. Feel free to tell me to mind my own business if you don't want to talk about it.

7:47 PM  
Blogger "MissT74" said...

Ah yes, that spade bluff hand, that was beautiful. Beautiful because my spade didn't come, but he still didn't call my bluff, that was nice.

The hand you are referring to:

I was in LP, almost on the button I believe and an EP raised all in, but not for too much. MP called, I was going to move all in with 8,8 before MP called. When the MP called, I was "talked" out of moving over the top or at least talking and the MP ended up showing 2,2 and winning the hand.

The reason why it ticked me off was because I KNEW this player, I had been playing with him almost all night and I KNOW I had him preflop. It might have been a race, true, but I know that my hand was better before the flop. I was pissed off at myself for allowing myself to get "talked" out of it, and this put me a little bit on tilt, as far as being friendly, so I turned off the chat box and AIM at that point and 5-10 mins later is when I pulled my AJ call.


8:55 PM  
Blogger TeamScottSmith said...

I'm just guessing that you didn't have 8 Kamekazies just before this tourney.

So, your read was right on the pair of 10's. If you could do it over, you wouldn't make the call with AJo. Question: What would you do if you had AKs? A more powerful hand, but still a draw. Not much better than AJo against TT.

11:38 AM  
Blogger bivy said...

Very nice finish - keep moving up! Not sure what to say about the AJ hand -- in all honesty, I probably make the same call. Is it the wrong one? Hard for me to call it wrong the way you described. Your in the money, and have your eyes on the win, not limping up a few levels.

Had you been behind in many racers prior to this one?

12:54 PM  
Blogger "MissT74" said...


I thought about that and I got to say NO, I would not have played it differently. So whether AJ or AK, I still would have lost the race. However, AK would not have "looked" like such a bad call as AJ did.


I had been extremely lucky with races up to that point, so it was just time for the luck to run out, I guess. LOL

2:53 PM  

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