Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Such Skillz

I have no idea how I did it but I did this last night.

3rd place isn’t bad but I had the chip lead for a good part of the final table and was in great position with 4 players left. But it was a long journey.

Early on I stayed very tight. As players like Surflexus gained huge stacks with aggressive play, I lost ground. I finally got a nice starting hand with three diamonds and had the flush on 5th street. Two opponents were hanging with me and one hit a 4 outer to catch a boat. So some unlucky cards early put me in a bad spot. After losing a few more chips, down to 946, I more then doubled with a set but still had a short stack of around 2K. Eventually we arrived at the first break with me holding 2.5K.

So I’m a little below starting stack when we get back from break but I know a couple of good hands will get me higher on the leader board. This is about the time I missed everything and slowly chipped down. Sitting with 622 chips I find 7AA and get them all in the middle. I hit two pair and move to 2.4K but still need to catch a couple of hands soon. I chipped up a little until I find a spot to make a move. I get involved with a player who I know is chasing a low when I have a big pair. I kept the pressure on and he had to fold when his low missed. This about the time I started getting more involved. I had played very tight but now that the antes were getting large I could start using my image a little. I had 5.5K and ready to get lucky…or make my own luck.

After winning a couple of smaller pots I hit a straight for a scoop and moved to 10K. I folded xKK at some point a bit later after I raised and got two more raises behind me. One of the players ended up have rolled up Qs and would have busted me. So I have given away about 3K at this point but hit a big flush and get it back plus some to 12K. We are on the final three tables and I have a very solid stack but just about everyone can go bust in two hands with the huge bets. When we were down to 19 players I went on a small self created rush when I stole about 5 times in 9 hands. This was huge as I realized I could you my image to take down some hands. In all I went from 12K to 22 K in about 15 hands after busting a short stack. I stayed between 22K and 25K until I hit a nice one to move up to 30K. Can you think of a better time to get rolled up aces? So I look down and see three beautiful aces and get involved with the chip leader who is calling with a low draw. I put pressure on every street and we misses his low put hit two pair so I even got the last bet out of him. 44K and I can rock the house as we hit the final table.

I was in 1st or 2nd much of the final table and had a 20K lead on the 2nd place player. But, then things started to change a little as Hoy, CK and TJ chipped up. This put four of us at a big advantage. Then it was time for me to look at 333 and I eliminated Iwantitall and regain my 20K advantage with 61K.

Seat 1: ck31 (34,686)
Seat 2: hoyazo (40,252)
Seat 4: Tom Jefferson (41,654)
Seat 5: RecessRampage (17,880)
Seat 7: Bone_Daddy84 (14,311)
Seat 8: pokerenthusiast (61,217)

A bit later Hoy knocks out CK and we are down to five players. At this point I am getting some walks here and there and a random steal. I still have the cjip lead with Hoy close behind. Hoy then knocks out Bone_Daddy84 to take the a small lead. Then the hand that hurts me.

Full Tilt Poker Game #6053570660: Skill Series (40521504), Table 4 - 4000/8000 Ante 700 - Limit Stud H/L - 1:23:04 ET - 2008/04/16
Seat 2: hoyazo (77,199)
Seat 4: Tom Jefferson (27,704)
Seat 5: RecessRampage (31,180)
Seat 8: pokerenthusiast (73,917)
hoyazo antes 700
Tom Jefferson antes 700
RecessRampage antes 700
pokerenthusiast antes 700
RecessRampage: gg eric
*** 3RD STREET ***
Dealt to hoyazo [2s]
Dealt to Tom Jefferson [Js]
Dealt to RecessRampage [3d]
Dealt to pokerenthusiast [Qc Qs] [8c]
hoyazo is low with [2s]
Tom Jefferson: gg
pokerenthusiast: gg
hoyazo: gg
hoyazo brings in for 1,000
Tom Jefferson folds
RecessRampage completes it to 4,000
pokerenthusiast calls 4,000
ck31 (Observer): gg
hoyazo has 15 seconds left to act
Bone_Daddy84 (Observer): good luck all, i have to say, if i dont bust hoy,he bust me
hoyazo calls 3,000

I won’t be able to push RecessRampage out so I only call. I put Hoy on the low draw for value.
*** 4TH STREET ***
Dealt to hoyazo [2s] [9s]
Dealt to RecessRampage [3d] [7d]
Dealt to pokerenthusiast [Qc Qs 8c] [5c]
hoyazo checks
RecessRampage bets 4,000
pokerenthusiast calls 4,000
hoyazo calls 4,000

Both still drawing.
*** 5TH STREET ***
Dealt to hoyazo [2s 9s] [Td]
Dealt to RecessRampage [3d 7d] [4s]
Dealt to pokerenthusiast [Qc Qs 8c 5c] [Ah]
pokerenthusiast checks
hoyazo checks
RecessRampage bets 8,000
pokerenthusiast raises to 16,000
hoyazo has 15 seconds left to act
hoyazo calls 16,000
ck31 (Observer): nice to see you BD
roochie m (Observer): gl all
RecessRampage has 15 seconds left to act
RecessRampage has requested TIME
Bone_Daddy84 (Observer): you too ck
RecessRampage folds

I try to isolate RR here and hoy calls. He is drawing to a straight or flush. Not happy that RR folded cuz I want his money in the middle also.

*** 6TH STREET ***
Dealt to hoyazo [2s 9s Td] [Ks]
Dealt to pokerenthusiast [Qc Qs 8c 5c Ah] [Qh]
pokerenthusiast bets 8,000
hoyazo raises to 16,000
pokerenthusiast calls 8,000

I hit my set and bet to see where he is at. He might be representing the flush but probably hit it. I can’t fold with 10 outs…not at this point.

*** 7TH STREET ***
Dealt to pokerenthusiast [Qc Qs 8c 5c Ah Qh] [6s]
pokerenthusiast checks
hoyazo bets 8,000
pokerenthusiast calls 8,000

I have seen 7 spades up so I figure a split pot. He had 3 more spades for the nut flush. Ugh…Not sure how to get away from this hand or if I should.

*** SHOW DOWN ***
hoyazo shows [As Ts 2s 9s Td Ks 3s] a flush, Ace high, for high
pokerenthusiast mucks
hoyazo wins the pot (114,800) with a flush, Ace high
No low hand qualified
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 114,800 | Rake 0
Seat 2: hoyazo showed [As Ts 2s 9s Td Ks 3s] and won (114,800) with HI: a flush, Ace high
Seat 4: Tom Jefferson folded on 3rd St.
Seat 5: RecessRampage folded on 5th St.
Seat 8: pokerenthusiast mucked [Qs Qc 8c 5c Ah Qh 6s] - HI: three of a kind, Queens

Now I hit the aggression button and start to steal more and fluctuate a little. I don’t care about anything other then getting my chips back or going home. I want a chance for the seat. I eventually knock out RR when I hit a boat when I was priced in to call with a pocket pair. It continued to apply as much pressure as my little stack had and moved back into 2nd for a bit and back to 76K…about 20K behind Hoy when I won with HI: a pair of Sixes; LO: 7,6,5,3,2. I have such skills. But I had to fold 2 pair on a boar of AKJT and I was all but done. TJ ended my night two hands later for my 3rd place finish.

I’m not unhappy with how I played. I used some Razz thinking in the later stages in that players tend to call less because the bets are so big. What could have been didn’t happen.

Congrates Hoy.


Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

You did a great job Dusty. I got super lucky there in that one big hand, no doubt. Not only to hit my flush after chasing for 16k in chips, but then for you not to hit your boat anyways to spike me on 7th. So much of it is luck deep in these things in the end, it sucks in a way. Great game though and I'm looking forward to seeing you win a ToC seat in your own right soon.

Riggstad said...


Unlucky... you were playing well

Go Phils!

Everybody gets a hit! WOOHOOOOOOO!

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