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  • Spirit Mt PSO Live Tour

    Think I will write a trip report and just discuss hands and poker? They say there is a first time for everything, but this certainly isnt it. Nope, it will be pretty much a stream of conciousness rant with poker play pretty much an aside. For those of you without the patience to read the report, the gist is I played the tourney and finished in 4th place.

    As the title suggests, there was a Live Tour event yesterday, at the Spirit Mt casino in Grande Ronde OR. It is the lowest buy-in event on the Live Tour schedule and the last two years we have had 10-13 PSO'ers show up to play in the around 120 person fields. This year there were only 5. I know there are plenty of PSO'ers here in the Northwest, and I was suprised by the low turnout. I guess most of them arent cheap bustards like I am

    I do have a little problem with this tourney however, and that is the rake is mighty high. 20 bucks/player is not at all terrible, but they pull 3000 from the prize pool for a freeroll. The top 25 players qualify for said freeroll where they 'give away' 20k. Of course there are 8 feeder events, so they pull 24k to run said 20k 'freeroll' meaning they get 4k in rake for that event as well. Given that I knew I would be in Tunica on the day of this event, it bummed me out a little bit to be paying for it, although I guess worrying about finishing in the top 25 is a little premature before the tourney starts anyhow

    After a 5 hour drive Friday afternoon, I arrived at the Burger Barn in Salem OR, home of the world's best hamburger (the sign says it, so it must be true) Now I cant speak for the whole world, but they do make mighty good burgers, and have been a stop for me on every trip down that way. After a giant w/grilled onions and cheese, it was time to drive the last 30 miles to the casino for some poker. /end commercial

    I arrive and sit down into a really active 2-4 NLHE game. A lot of folks with more chips than sense and I build up a 400 starting roll to around 1200. Should have quit there, but went completely card dead and blinded off for a couple of hours. It seemed that it cost a minimum of 25 to see a flop and that is a tough thing to do with hands like 92o or j4s. Three hours in, I was down to about 1k then lost two big hands in a row. I counted my chips, found that I had 410 bucks, so I tossed the dealer the extra 10 and went to bed even, for 4 hours of play.

    Lets get to the tourney. 128 starters, $120 buy in gets you 2000 chips (2100 if you are a member of the players club, so thats the big duh of the day. One rebuy at anytime gets you 2k more chips for 100 bucks. 5 PSO'ers start AmazonSpirit, manofthehouse, ChessSafari, lion (king of the Big One) and myself.

    I dont what to say about this tourney, the deck was good to me, and I was in the zone as far as reading the players virtually from the start. The best example is the first hand I played. I laid down top 2 pair, correctly putting the reraiser on a set, and happily watched from the sideline while he busted 2 players with worse hands. And I managed to get all those chips a little later when he made a couple of silly plays. A hint about how I play, raising my nut flush all-in because you made a straight will not make me lay down the hand
    Steam reraising the next hand after I flop trips wont either. You must go home now

    A quick aside, as the first hand was being dealt, a guy one table over kind of shouts, "hey Bill, want a 20 dollar last longer bet? I am looking at him trying to figure out if I know him at all, when the guy next to me says "sure I do" Who knew there were 2 people named Bill in the world, much less at the same table in a poker tourney? 8O

    At the 2 hr break (end of the rebuy period) I had 10200 chips. lion 8400, and the other 3 PSO'ers were at between 3200 and 4500 (average chips at this point was about 4600) I had over twice the stack of the next biggest stack at my table, and declined the rebuy. One of my best poker buds thinks this is a stupid move, because the extra 2k in chips might help after you take your first beat for half your stack, but I never take a rebuy or add-on in situations where I a) have the biggest stack at the table AND b) am above average chips for the tourney. Thats just the cheapassed guy I am. Feel free to discuss, you likely wont change either of our minds

    The middle 4 hours I just played tight aggresive poker (is there a player in the world who claims to play loose passive?) and built my stack by loosing small pots and winning big ones. Nothing really interesting happened, other than ChessSafari, manofthehouse and Amazon Spirit coming by to announce their bustouts Actually Frank (ChessSafari) busted out after moving to my table (and sadly. I think I performed the coup de grace, although he was critically short stacked to begin with. Sorry again Frank)

    With around 40 players left, things really tightened up as people started ladder climbing for the 'freeroll' (top 25 remember?) and I started slinging my stack around. (At this point I had around 30k)
    No one seemed to want to play a hand so I just accumulated antes and blinds for a while. I hate when that happens lion actually bubbled the freeroll, taking 26th place after back to back horrendous beats. Of the underpair beating his overpair and his flopped 2 pair being stomped by a rivered set variety. Second straight year a PSO'er bubbled the freeroll in the Tour event, for you trivia buffs out there.

    Now lets talk real tourney strategy. For a change This tourney pays the top 11 in amounts ranging from 4500 for first down to 297 for 11th. With 25 people left there are 2 huge stacks (70k+) a few medium ones and a lot of small ones as there are 388,000 chips in play. Why in the heck are people ladder climbing and nursing their short stacks? Now I dont know how the other big stack was playing (luckily, we were at different tables until we finally met at the final table) but DAYUM. I can only speak for the 9 (then 8, then 7 etc) players at my table but 4 of them should have been wearing signs saying "Take my chips. Please." The other 4 apparently couldnt read the signs I was raising between 1/3 and 1/2 of all hands and no one was willing to challenge me at all. At one point, with 18 players left, a guy with 10x BB left, mucked pocket jacks face up after I reraised him. (I happened to have AK, but still, I was raising and reraising WAY too many hands for him to think he was behind, much less in a coinflip) saying he wanted to make the money. (I guess it was a good play he finished 11th) I was in the Stu Unger position of having all the ante chips for the table and kept having to make change. What a sorry position to be in I would raise everyone would fold and I would collect blinds and antes 4-5 times a round. Then someone would play back and I would either double them up or bust them, but no one could put too deep a dent in my stack, and I was picking up more than enough uncontested pots to make up for the people who picked up AA, KK or AK suited, which seemed to be the only hands people wanted to play against me

    So we get to the final table. Of the 388000 chips in play, the guy two seats to my right (yay!) has 125000. I have just under 95000. The other eight players have like 160000 between them. And blinds are 1-2K with 500 ante. So I won the tourney, right? I sure thought I would. The other big stack did not have an aggressive bone in his body. I think he made 3 preflop raises the whole time until I busted. I kept on picking up antes and blinds, and sadly, went card dead. If anyone did play back, they doubled up. If I was ahead, they sucked out, if I was behind, I stayed there. I only won three contested hands at the final table (which does mean I busted three players I admit) Sometimes I didnt raise and someone else busted somebody. But I admit I was playing cop a little too often, and paid the price. With 4 of us left I had 100k the big stack had about 150k and the other two guys each had 55-65k Blinds are 2-4k with 1k ante. And I find AK on the button. I raised, the small stack goes all-in his 88 beats me. 2 hands later the big stack limps from the SB and I go all-in with KJs. His A6 holds up and IGHN. 4th. $1756. Not a terrible payday but I was actually disapointed because I honestly thought that it was my tourney to win. Oh well, the gods of luck that were so with me early must have taken a coffee break....

    I cant think of too many things that are done fully dressed more fun than playing a big stack in a poker tourney.

    Bill

  • #2
    Great report as always Bill. Thanks for sharing.

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    • #3
      Bill, your a great competitor, super representative and heckof a trip report writer.

      Thanks for hosting and clobbering the competition.

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      • #4
        WB,

        I like this report.

        but DAYUM. I can only speak for the 9 (then 8, then 7 etc) players at my table but 4 of them should have been wearing signs saying "Take my chips. Please." The other 4 apparently couldnt read the signs Smile I was raising between 1/3 and 1/2 of all hands and no one was willing to challenge me at all. At one point, with 18 players left, a guy with 10x BB left, mucked pocket jacks face up after I reraised him. (I happened to have AK, but still, I was raising and reraising WAY too many hands for him to think he was behind, much less in a coinflip) saying he wanted to make the money. (I guess it was a good play he finished 11th) I was in the Stu Unger position of having all the ante chips for the table and kept having to make change. What a sorry position to be in Smile I would raise everyone would fold and I would collect blinds and antes 4-5 times a round. Then someone would play back and I would either double them up or bust them,

        Wow, it's a shame you couldn't find any competition. :lol: :lol: :lol:

        Keep up the good work. To bad you only broke even in the ring-game.

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        • #5
          Heck, me breaking even in a ring game is like an average player winning 3 buy ins

          Bill

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          • #6
            Great report Bill! Pounding with the big stack is great fun.

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            • #7
              Great job, Bill! I got to witness some of it first hand. Aren't you glad I didn't laugh out loud when you remarked to the table, "OK, now that I have a tight image, let's play..."?

              I was doing OK until we joined tables, but it had nothing to do with you. I got pocket queens twice on the same orbit. The first time I made a big raise and everyone folded, and I showed the ladies because it was your big blind. The second time, I raised and an aggressive player (who I hope you busted later :twisted: ) re-raised me all-in. Normally I would have folded QQ to an allin raise but table conditions and stack sizes dictated otherwise. He had pocket cowboys. I headed home.

              I need to try that hamburg joint next time.

              Best wishes,
              Frank

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              • #8
                hmmmmm

                I don't know sounds like typical asshat play to me. I assume you will do as well in Tunica when I have a piece.

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