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Small time in a big poker town

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  • Small time in a big poker town

    I'm in Vegas part of this week playing as many tournaments as possible. The start was okay. I played the $105 entry Orleans daily and was out fairly early. I played a little loose on purpose, trying out a style that worked for me recently at a PSO NLHE win. It didn't work here. I kept running into other loose players with their straights and flushes.

    I played some 2 4 limit and won $40 fairly easily in about 40 minutes, although I found it kind of boring, so I switched to 1 2 no limit and lost a few tough hands. I may go back to that just to pick up some bucks.

    The evening was late and they announced an 11 p.m. tournament NLHE $85 entry. I decided to give it a try and it did not dissapoint me. A lot of action a lot of fun and a 5th place in the money. So the small pot brought me within a few dollars of breaking even for the day. There were 40 players.

    Final Table: The table was tighter than tight. A bit passive. I was in the middle of the chip count pack, and went along with the tight play folding almost everything that was not AQ or better, plus a few pocket pairs. A few steals when warranted.

    But the real story was the joke of the night. "The short stack always wins!" Even the Orleans poker tournament manager sat down and conversed with us about how incredible it was to not get anybody out of the tourney once we hit the final table. After 1 1/2 hours of 10 people playing, finally a short stack lost and we were down to 9. 1/2 hour later 8. An hour later down to 7. 7th left quickly (finally)

    Then my drama started with the money line at 5 and 6 people left.

    Blinds were now huge. Most hands were uncontested, someone raised and everybody folded. Lots have hands won by the BB. Stress was rising. People were talking a lot mostly about how the short stack kept winning. The short stack was held by 5 of the 6 remaining players, meaning that whomever was the short stack, kept winning something heads up and leaving the other player as the short stack. The chip leader at the start of the final table was one of the early outs! lol

    Really late now, blinds at 3000/1500. I was still in the middle of the chip count, 1 off of the button in strong position. I got an Ace Rag and decided to raise. It had worked several times in the past and seemed like a good idea. The short stack called me with AK and won the hand leaving me the short stack.

    I played one other hand in the BB but nothing else until a medium stack all of sudden went all in and got called by another medium stack, with me in the BB. (5 2 unsuited I had) I folded. The loser was covered, and I made the money. I looked down at my measly short stack of just 2500 chips, (average was around 30,000) and gratefully thanked the winner of the hand for his win that put me in the money.

    Last hand was as dramatic as any. Blinds were 4000/2000 with a 500 ante. 5 players. Average stack was 35,000. I had my 2500. I was in the small blind. The first 3 players all called! Wow, even better, I looked down at my hand and had at least a chance with Ah3h. A suited Ace meant an automatic all in for me, but with all the players I had a chance to get back in the tournament with a pot size of 12,500 if I won.

    Ah3h my hand.
    flop comes As Kh Th. Wow, two hearts, there is another short stack possibe win here!!!! A raise, a reraise, and the other shorter stack is all in. Now I also have a chance to move up if he loses. All the cards are shown, and there is another groan at the table. Everybody looks at me and someone says "Here it comes, short stacks gonna win again!!!" one player has QQQ the other has KJ. Two cards to go. Blank, blank, and I'm out.

    Final table to the 5th spot took 3 1/2 hours to play. I did not stay for the end. Much too late.

    I'm meeting up with Eddie the Ritz and Poker_fan for Omaha hi lo tournament at the Orleans today. We'll let you know how things go.

    Sorry for the long post, too much fun recounting this one.

    Jeff (jeff85257)

  • #2

    Thanks for the post and I could sense the passion and excitement in your experience. Wish I was in Vegas right now as we speak.


    Steve D


    • #3
      Sam (Poker_Fan99), Eddie, (Eddie The Ritz) and I entered the Orleans $80 Omaha limit 8 game today. We all played well but in the end Eddie finished 24th, I finished 20th and Sam finished in the money. (not sure where, because Eddie and I left to enter another tourney and it looked like that final table was going to take a while) We'll report results from that later. ~200 entries for that tournament.

      Eddie and I went over to Ceasars and entered the 7 p.m. NLHE $150. 197 entries, I lost my KK to an AQ when I was running an average stack most of the game. I was not sure I should have pushed the KK at that time, there was plenty of time and plenty of chips, but it seemed right at the time and the player to my left was calling just about all of the hands over the last 1/2 hour. 3 outs and he won. happens right!

      I finished around 87th place and Eddie was still playing when I left with about an average stack.

      Need some sleep so I can play the Omaha 8 Ceasers big stack on Tuesday. I'll update the results after I hear about them.



      • #4
        nice post - keep them coming please!

        Good luck out there...


        • #5
          Sam reports that he came in 6th and cashed well. I'm not sure the amount, I'll let him post that.

          Eddie and I both played the Ceasars NLHE as mentioned above. Eddie did much better than I did but did not cash.

          On Tuesday the three of us entered the $235 entry Caesars Palace Big Stack Tournament for O8 limit. Sam and Eddie were out in the middle somewhere, I landed on the final table and chopped with all 9 players for $4000 win. Top 2 got more. 249 players. 5000 starting chips translates to a 15 1/2 hour tournament that other than a 1 hour dinner break and normal 10 minute breaks, was very long for all of us, thus the chop. The blinds were causing some big swings in chip stacks and at the time we agreed to the chop the first 2 leaders had 250,000 chips each, the next two including me had 120,000 and the rest somewhat less but nobody had less than 50,000. We had some trouble agreeing to the chop, but in the end, the one holdout, who "just wanted to play" lost a bunch of chips and suddenly decided it was a good idea. I was in 4th place in the chip stack but actually cashed a few hundred higher than 4th place would have normally paid.

          I might edit this some more later, right now its 6:30 a.m. and the tournament started at 2 p.m. yesterday, so I'm tired.



          • #6
            Folks, if you are reading these post you will notice that PSO players do very well playing for money in the real world. The players listed above are some of the better players at PSO, but it shows we all can do it if we work at it. Take advantage of what PSO has to offer and work on your game.

            Love the reports Jeff! Keep them coming.

            I'm looking foward to Vegas in about two weeks, as well as many others here at PSO. Good cards to everyone!
            2 Time Bracelet Winner


            • #7
              WTG all PSOers.... hang tough, win big.. report here.


              • #8
                An update from Wednesday

                I managed to get about 4.5 hours of sleep from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m. after the O8 marathon and then went to Binions with Eddie and Sam to play in the $160 Razz tournament. I quickly realized that being up all night from the Omaha tourney was a problem. I was in no shape to do a good job in this tournament. I went out pretty early. My attention to the poker tournament was just not there and I decided it was time to head home, so that's the end of this trip for me.

                Out of 150 players, the computers randomly put Eddie on the same table as me. The players at our table were of mixed quality. Some were truly bad, others looked like they knew what they were doing. One fellow next to me said hello as he sat down at the table to start the tournament and told everybody that he hadn't played Razz in over 30 years. Eddie took a lot of his chips early as he continued to play hands like Queen Ace Two with Queen up on the board. I just couldn't get heads up with him in any hands so he didn't help me at all.

                Eddie was still in the tourney when I left the casino so I'll let him post his results. Sam also went out fairly early with unlucky cards. In a loose game like this you can get sucked out on quite easily.

                Reflections on the O8 game...
                I again want to thank Eddie and Sam for being there at the Omaha tournament. I can't tell you how much it helps to talk during the breaks and relax a bit. At one point after tripling my chip stack late in the game we took a break. I was a bit excited at that time because I realized I had enough chips to easily make the money line. Talking the situation out calmed me down and made me ready for the next level of play.

                Sam gave me some valuable advice about playing super tight for a while waiting to get into the money, only taking advantage of excellent starters and excellent flops. "Play like a Nit" was his line. I did that and made the money line easily. Eddie's humor and ability to analyze hands was great and put perspective on some of my bad plays. It pays to have someone to talk to at a long touranment like this. Thanks again Sam and Eddie.



                • #9
                  Thats not exactly what I said :-)

                  I recommended playing like a nit when you got moved to a new table long enough to figure out how the players at your table played.

                  One of the key elements is being able to "know where the aces are". And being moved to a new table, it takes a while to figure this out.

                  I finally fallen victim to the cold I've been fighting all week, so I'm hoping I can shake this before tomorrows Deep Stacks HORSE tourney at the Venetian.




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