Day 2!!!


Sorry it's been a while since I updated let's get right into Day 2....

At the completion of Day1 I "bagged" my chips, 29,500 with the blinds being 2000/4000 and the antes at 400.

I had almost doubled my Day1 starting stack of 15,000, but it was still one of the lowest stacks in the tourney after a full 13 1/2 hours of play (breaks and dinner time should be subtracted fom that total hours)

I arrived in time to grab a muffin from the "in Casino" McDonald's and review some notes. My poker references in my back pack were: (and I hope it's ok to mention these...if not...sorry! )

- Poker: The Real Deal by Phil Gordon

- More Poker Wisdom for All Players by Daniel Negreanu

- Crash Course in Beating Texas Hold'Em by Avery Cardoza

The Negreanu book has a very good section on preparing for LIVE tournament play - reulting in me bringing along a semi-full backpack of healthy, enegy-supplying treats.

The Cardoza book has a good section on playing with short stacks -- which was the position I was in at the start of Day 2.It's pretty standard small stack strategy - but stil a comfort to read and reflect before the 2nd day got started.

The Gordon book is the first poker book I ever read, so it kind of holds a special place for me.  It is in many ways a beginner book, but includes everything from Poker history, to poker math (simplified), some poker hand quizzes, and even a checklist on the issues you should consider before deciding to go pro.

A quick listen to my inspirational pump-up music, a read through the notes I had made for myself...Relax!...Play your Game, One Hand at a Time....and then it was time to sit down at the table.

Levels were now 1 hour in length (compared to the 45mins of Day 1), and the blinds were 3000/6000 with a 500 ante

A glance around the stacks at the table was a bit intimidating, mosty were far larger than what I had in front of me.  Many had quite a few 10,000 chips...I hadn't even scored any of those largest chips were the 5,000 ones.

Oh well, let's give it a shot...thrilled to be in Day 2...anything else right now is a bonus!!

I got some good cards early, and was able to build my stack up to 50K, and then up to 80K, and a bit more with some well-timed shoves.  I was hoping that my tight image from Day 1 would get a lot of players to fold....and they my raises and shoves.

Before I knew it, I was into the 2nd hour of the day, blinds now at 4000/8000 and the ante remaining at 500.

We were now down to 19 players (out of 158 starting players) with cash being payed out to the top 16 finishers.

I was dealt AK in late position.  A player in front of me opened the betting for 22K...just under 3x. I thought for a bit and decided to shove my AK. No other callers.  We flipped up the cards and he showed 10 10.  It's a race!!!!!.  Well, I never hit my A or K - his 10's held and I was done.

Here's how the hand was portrayed by a poker site, covering the tournament:

Hand-for-Hand Play Begins

 Level 17: 4,000-8,000, 500 ante SHARE
Dave Shiska made a preflop raise to 22,000 and an opponent pushed all in for 97,000 more. Action folded around the table and Shiska made the call.

Shiska: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}

The two were racing. The coinflip fell Shiska's way as the board ran out {j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{2-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Shiska collected the pot, eliminating the other player.

With 18 players remaining, play is now hand-for-hand until there are two more eliminations and the players are in the money.


I had estimated my stack as being about 85,000 - not the 97,00, so I wonder if they had made a mistake there, or if the mistake had been mine...more likely mine 


Many of the players in this tournament were regulars to this casino and as such, they were know by many of the others.  In my case, I was unknown - thus me being referred to as "other player".  

I was thinking of creating a new nickname for myself, "The Other One" 

I congratulated the Villain that had knocked me out and wished everyone at the table the best of luck.

A while later, after the dust had settled, I returned to watch what was now the final table.

My final hand was still in my mind, of course, so I asked one of the guys on the rail if I could ask him a question...should I have shoved or folded in that spot?

Most people seemed to feel my move was fine.  Some said they would have shoved. Others said they would have folded the AK.

Then, someone made a rather obvious point that didn't occur to me..."why not just call him"?

Geez - that makes so much sense NOW! LOL.  If I called and got to see the flop, I could decide how good my AK was....if I hit on the flop...a pretty easy shove...and if ready to fold to a bet from the villain.  Even if I had to fold, I would very likely have had enough chips to hang on to get a min cash of approx. $2700.00.

So, I went for the gusto, and was eliminated 3 from the money.  I don't feel too bad about that.  I see I could have made a better move, and it was an awesome learning experience.  As I won the ticket for free, the $2700.00 I "lost" was no net loss for me - still and even 0.00.

<to be continued>