I spent my Thursday at Foxwoods because I'd been itching to play a tournament. The plan was to play the 11am $120 tourney, with 10K in starting chips. Before the tourney started I played 5-10 Omaha and left pretty much break even, which would be my theme for the day. By the way, James Woods wasn't in the poker room and believe me I looked. But back to the tourney....
There were about 80 peeps in my tourney and though I lasted almost 5 hours I didn't cash, which sucks. I'm sad to say, I'm starting to believe that maybe I should just stick to the cash game. Blah. I dunno - Cash games are money makers and tourneys just haven't been money makers for me lately. Ugh.
I went into the tourney with the idea not to limp into many pots - I'd play my usual aggressive way, and come in raising, but only with big cards. That was the game plan but ironically, my beginning play was nothing like that. I folded the first 5 or so hands and then I was the big blind. I had 2-4, the mighty 2-4, I should say, which obviously reminded me of YOU KNOW WHO. Grrr. Everyone folded around to the button who raised it to 150. Small blind folded and I called. Flop was 3-6-Q. Hmmmm I checked and the button bet 200. I know I should've folded but that darn hand has hit for me so many times, so I called. Turn was a 5! I almost had this same exact thing happen to me in Atlantic City but there I hit a straight flush on the turn, and this was merely a straight, albeit a very well concealed straight. I checked and he bet 600 into me. Cue the bad acting...Hmmmm...and then I called. River was a non card and I checked again. This time he checked behind me, darn it, and flipped over Q-10 for top pair and was not too happy to see my straight. Heh.
Very next hand, I get 2-4, and now I'm the small blind. Someone limps in, I call and the BB checks. We are 3 handed and the flop is 2-2-A. I shiat you not. I bet out, tossing 300 in, hoping one of them has an ace but nope. The big blind folds and the other guy says "You like to play small cards, so I'm going to fold." Darn it! And for the record I don't like playing small cards, except The Grump. Anyway, very next hand is...10-7. Yet another hand that reminds me of Poker Grump. What the heck?!? Grrrr...And let me tell you, the Grump memories it brings back are not good - for an explanation of this go HERE. OMFG. Since the other two hands have been good, I play this hand on the button, but I completely miss the flop. Obv I must dump it and settle down. I was playing for a couple of hours when I got 8-9 and was having a hard decision on whether or not to fold it preflop against a standard raise, with a couple of callers before me. There was enough chips in the pot so I called.
Flop was 5-6-7 rainbow. I bet out, another peep raised, and yet another jammed all in. I jammed all in over the top of him as I had quite a bit more, thinking worst case we are tying but most likely I'm ahead. The initial raiser folded and I saw I was up against 5-6. 4 cards out there can kill me. 6 on the river does just that and I double him up. It killed me emotionally as well. How do I fold a top straight on a rainbow board? :( I played for quite a while after that and went out with K-K. I raised to 3 1/2 times the blinds - not a huge raise, and perhaps that was my demise. I got a couple of callers and the flop was 4-4-5. I immediately jammed all in and one guy called me, who had 7-7. I was THRILLED. Turn was a 6 and the river...yes, a 3. GG Josie. Not too much I could do there. It was just one of those days. I ended up at the bar, chatting with that Rob dude, and then hitting the cash table 2-5 cash just for fun. I brought a bit more cash than usual in case James Woods was there again, so I could play at his table. (I will do this, btw. Trust me.) Didn't win or lose many pots - Lost with A-K once, and won with it once, when I flopped TPTK against a guys pocket kings. heh. Left up mebbe $80 and took a rest. Down a bit for the day but I was beat. I played poker pretty much for 11 hrs straight and I was done. In the 11 hours I played I only got 2 pocket pairs, K-K and 3-3. Very odd.
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