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My first time playing live.

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  • My first time playing live.

    After playing online for 5 years i finally played live this weekend for the very first time.

    Due to a family funeral i went back home to Southampton for the weekend.

    Funeral was on Friday so i managed to catch up with my mates on Saturday. One of them said he was going down to the Grovesnor casino in Southampton for a little tournament they play every Saturday lunchtime.

    The MTT was £25 to enter and a little disappointedly the turnout was smaller than normal (2nd week in January probably to be expected).

    Only 34 people enter which was fine for me i didn't care i just wanted to play. Sat down at the table and i have not felt nerves like that in my life. My friend finally told me at the last minute that when the tables are self dealing until final table. He then proceeded to tell me that on your deal the person to your left shuffles and the person to your right cuts, then you deal. I thought that sounds easy until i realised that i would have to shuffle for my opponent to my right 8O.

    Luckily i got to observe 3 or 4 hands before my deal. Even the silly things like posting blinds and burning cards have been automatic for the last 5 years now i phyisically have to do this myself.

    Starting chips were 2500 with blinds every 30 mins starting at 25/50. Didn't play anything the first level just really tried to observe the action and make mental notes on any hands that went to showdown.

    7 players on my table. General standard seemed to be quite good. Noticed 4 of them were referring to each other by their first names so figured this to be some of the regular faces here.

    Start of the 2nd level and my stack was 2350. I was BB and dealt 9s2c. Flop was 3 4 8. Only the SB/Me and UTG limper saw the flop. SB checks and i thought this is a good flop for the blinds so i bet 300 (pot), UTG thinks for a bit and then calls, SB folds. Turn comes 2. 900 in pot. No flush draw avaliable. I looked at UTG and he is starting to move some chips around, figuring i was behind i checked (seems weak in hindsight but i didn't want to busto so early on), UTG checks after a little thought. Turn brings a J, i check, UTG checks and i show my two's he turns over A4?????????? Limped UTG with A4, one for the memory bank.

    The next level finished and i hadn't really played much just kept getting loads of junk, but then.....

    I am dealt POCKET ACES, inwardly i am jumping around the casino, i am on the button, folded around to me and i just made the standard table raise of 3xBB, LOL as soon as i had my chips in there the blinds folded i was gutted.

    Blinds moved up to 100/200. I had JJ UTG 2. I raised to 800 in total and my friend from earlier(MR A4) raised pot. He had aquired a big stack playing some rather interesting hands like raising with KJ UTG then button went all in and he called all in with KJ. KJ Vs 88 he hit K on river (i understood the raise but not the call. The more this guy talked you realised he wasn't as clued up as he thought). I only had like 1300 left so was basically playing for my tourney life. I thought for like a minute or so and figured based on his earlier play AK/AQ would fit nicley into his range here. I called i turned over my Jacks and he turned over Pocket Kings (his first real hand). I was gutted, then just sat there and watched as one of the two J's hit the flop. Inwardly i was doing cartwheels, he started moaning and i just collected the chips and didn't say a word.

    The pot with the jacks brought me back to average. I played AQ for a raise and all folded just to try to keep my head above water. All of a sudden they announce we will have a 10 min break while they set up the final table. 2 players busted out at the same time and there were only 8 left, one of which was myself. I couldn't believe it. I went to the bar for a pint and my mate was telling me he was one of the two to bust, due to a suck out.

    Right final table blinds have moved up to 800/400 and i am short stack with 4400. Top 5 paid out. I think it was £380 1st, £210 2nd down to £65 for 5th.

    I figured i just need to be FTA with not much before i push. We draw seats for final table and i get seat 2 the sb. This was a nightmare for me as it reduced my chances of pushing with everyone else to act. Then one player starts to bet crazy raising and re-raising big. Within only 4 hands there are only 6 of us left. Then the player to my right raises all in. Massive over bet but is called by the big stack. Big stack shows QQ and over bet boy shows A9?. QQ holds up and i sneak into the money. very next hand i am dealt Q9, i push and am called by the bb who has A9 and wins with A high.

    I was absolutley made up with cashing on my first time. My mate was happy for me although he had told me he has played that 8 times and failed to cash :lol:

    Everyone there was very helpful with the occasional reminder about posting or cutting cards etc. Definetly put me at ease.

    I am back in Devon now but can not wait to play live again. Loved just handling the chips and the cards and actually seeing peoples expressions/emotions as the game unfolds.

    Can't wait for my next live game

    Alan.

  • #2
    Good trip report. Did you get the shakes at the start of the tournament?

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    • #3
      At the start NO.

      We got there a little early and i had a beer so that took the edge off.

      Only real nerves i had were the first time i had to deal, it was so obvious i was not only shaking but almost calling out loud the number of cards i had to deal to the number of players at the table.

      Really good expirence though.

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      • #4
        Congrats hacket on your money finish in yur first "live" event....sure there will be plenty more.
        Sounds like you haven't even played home games with chips/blinds etc b4?. I remember starting home games a couple of years ago and was amazed at how little i knew of all the proper running of em, definatley a big plus online all those cards and blinds flying about by themselves .
        So far the home games are my favourites and have been some of my most enjoyable games so looking forward to playing proper "live" myself soon.

        Good luck in the next one....

        WiredBull.

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        • #5
          Re: My first time playing live.

          Originally posted by hackett

          Start of the 2nd level and my stack was 2350. I was BB and dealt 9s2c. Flop was 3 4 8. Only the SB/Me and UTG limper saw the flop. SB checks and i thought this is a good flop for the blinds so i bet 300 (pot), UTG thinks for a bit and then calls, SB folds. Turn comes 2. 900 in pot. No flush draw avaliable. I looked at UTG and he is starting to move some chips around, figuring i was behind i checked (seems weak in hindsight but i didn't want to busto so early on), UTG checks after a little thought. Turn brings a J, i check, UTG checks and i show my two's he turns over A4?????????? Limped UTG with A4, one for the memory bank.

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          Not only was this a good one for your memory bank, but after the rest of the table saw your hand, this could have worked to your advantage later on also. I wouldnt have bluffed again for awhile if i were you, and i also wouldnt have slow played anything either.

          Congrats on cashing in your first live tourney!!

          Jim

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          • #6
            nic report and even better cashing!

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            • #7
              congrats on your cash, the grosvenor casinos are notoriously loose. I first started playing in a grosvenor and when I decided to play somewhere else I couldn't understand why there was nobody out after the first blind level lol.

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