The good news is up until that point I played really good poker and came in the money. 8th place = $60 with a free buyin. So I guess I don't have to make that deposit after all Miami Don!
I started off fine, until I got A-K during the first hour. Flop was A-Q-7. There was a big raise preflop and a call. I make a bet after the flop and get a call. Turn is a king. I have top 2 pair. I bet big and the villian (COLUMBO) goes all in.
Now there was a big raise preflop so I just don't put columbo on the J-10 for broadway. I figure him for A-Q or A-J. I call. Columbo has pocket queens, which means trips and I double him up.
I am down to 665 in chips within the first half hour. Not good.
I buckle down and wait to double up.
I tell Columbo I'll be coming for him and my chips.
I have jjok to my right and he's bullying me cuz I'm shortstacked. Makes me fold a couple of times and raises my BB. I have 5-5....I might as well....all in.
He has cruddy K-5 and doubles me up.
Next critical hand is QQ. Columbo raises, jjok goes all in, and I jump all in right behind him.
I'm up against AK (Columbo) and 6-5suited (jjok) (yuck). I triple up! and before the first break I have 5,040 in chips.
I'm doing my thing and get 3-3. It turns into QUADS and I keep adding to my stack. I have a healthy stack and I'm enjoying my table but then poof I get moved. At my new table I have the chip leader to my immediate left (Doctor Chako) and Jim McManus (BIG Poker pro and poker author) to my immediate right.
Also I have Floppy brown nosing the poker pro. "I Love your books poker pro! Sign my deck of cards!!!" Well maybe he didn't say THAT, but it was close. LOL
The Doctor on my left is a ball buster. Has a huge stack and knows how to leverage it. I raise, he re-raises. Repeatedly. I feel trapped between the two and don't play many hands. These guys don't allow a call or a standard raise. Seems to me if you're in the pot you have to have the goods.
I wait till I do. I get some of the Doctor's chips. Then I get pocket 8's. At this point I'm getting too low. There's no one else in the pot so I shove all in preflop. One person calls with big slick.
Flop is K-K-8. Boat baby! Turn and river are good to me and I double up! Woot!
At one point I'm even the chip leader. Clicky on the picture so you can see just how much I rock!
I play patient tight aggressive poker. For hours and hours. I don't donk off any chips hardly, but then again I'm not in many hands.
Then........guess what happens?
Buddy Dank Radio wants to know if Very Josie is listening! Um, No, I'm not listening to the goddam radio, I'm playing a poker game! They ask me to put it on because they want to interview me!
So today I've had two people (Neo and Damo) tell me they're fans of mine. (Yep, FANS) Aaaaand I got interviewed!
Oh and this guy Damo....well you're not going to believe this, but dreams do come true. He's from Australia! I shiat you not! I bet he has one of those cute accents too. So Very Josie is waaaaaaay International.
Editor's Note: One of you guys isn't pretending to be a guy from Australia are you? Schaubs? Loretta? Waffles? Lightning? Better not be!!!
Okay I'm getting side tracked by an Australian named Damo...must get back to the game. Well, the interview.
Let's just say this Joanne chick who interviewed me had a personality like mine. She starts by asking my age.
"I"m 43 yrs old" I say. "Ohhh so you've been around the block a few times" says the darling Joanne.
The interview went DOWNHILL from there. I was no longer thrilled to be interviewed while I was trying to win a goddamm game.
Then she asks "What do you do for Waffles?" WTF
Very Josie says "I blow him".
The interview ends up being entirely about Waffles.
How do you know him? How long have you known him? How did you meet him? What's going on? Waffles is playing the tourney for you isn't he?"
Hey Waffles, that Joanne chick is really interested in you. Buddy didn't even seem to mind.
Anyway, I made the final table. Got to 8th place and then I gave away my chips.
I had Ace King. Flop was I dunno something low. Some fucking dog goes all in and for some reason I call. he has pocket 6's. I don't catch a pair and i'm out. I still dunno why I called. Shoulda known he had a pocket pair.
Anyway, I'm a little upset with myself for making that call but I'm really happy with my play up until that point.
Lucky Duck, you were right about feeling sorry for the pros. I lasted longer than ALL of them. Wish I had made that LLB (last longer bet) with Schaubs, but I guess there are plenty of Mookies for that.
Toldya I was gonna cash! Al Can't Hang even picked me to win the whole shcbang. I'm bummed that I didn't but I gained alot of insight into how many of these players play.
Feels like there's a hole in the blindfold.