Saturday, June 03, 2006

Bloggers Rule Vegas

Okay there really is a story behind the mini-van and seeing it is the weekend I can probably squeeze the story through without too many readers laughing but I'm going to be a man and wait until early this week to post so everyone can have the chance to bust my balls.

So yesterday Chris and I played in the 2pm Tourney at Binion's unfortunately without Carmen who is taking a small break from the live games while she makes her job transition. Now we all know by now that Chris Final Tabled at Caesars and we all had a 10% stake in each other so I was feeling some pressure to at least hit the board and be able to pay Chris back. In no way was this an ego thing either, us trying to outdo each other, it was more for the blooger brotherhood, both rooting for each other and hoping someway we can final table together.

There was only about 60 players with the top 7 getting paid so the prize pool was just over $5000 with $1675 going to the winner. I was card dead early on then donked off some chips trying to bluff representing a flush into a calling station at which point I was forced to proceed very carefully. After the first break Chris and I both had around T1600 left out of the T2500 we started with. He went out in the beginning of Level 5 and came by to tell me he was heading to the craps table for a while but somehow he must have passed me some good blogger timing because I went on a run that propelled me to the Chip Leader.

In the BB HU against the SB my 3-4o hit two pair to his TP and I stacked him nearly doubling me up. I bluffed a big three way pot and finally I had some chips to play with. In MP I got A-A and re-raised an UTG mini-raise and three of us saw the flop which was rags and I went all-in and both players called with garbage so finally my Aces hold-up and I am the chip leader at my table by about T100. A few hands later in the SB I complete with 6h-8h and one limper, me, and the BB see an all heart flop. The BB is the player who has only 100 chips less than me and I slow-play my flush to perfection as the BB rivers the wheel, we get all-in and I stack him.

We got down to the final two tables and things got really tight. I got called trying to steal out of position with 7-7 and although I hit a set I bet too aggressively and folded out the other player before I could get more of his chips. Now my cards got so bad that I didn't even try to steal blinds for fear that the smaller stacks would be forced to re-raise all-in and my 3-T and 5-9, and 3-6 didn't seem like a good play.

We got down to 12 players and I finally got a hand A-T and made the 3xBB raise only to have the SB go all-in. My raise was to T3600 and to call him was another T6200 and I went into the tank. Call and win I'm easily the chip leader, I can coast to the money and have a real good shot at winning the thing. Call and lose I'm left with T4800 and in trouble, fold I'm middle of the pack and I still have a lot of scrambling to do.

By this time Chris had come back to rail me and a small crowd had gathered it was kind of cool actually. One of the players called time on me and I started my rap with the guy who was all-in trying to see if I could put him on a tell. Finally I saw some weakness and decided to I had him beat and called. I stood up and started pacing, even though this was a small tournament their was a lot of tension and pressure in the ait. He turns over As-3h. Nice I made a great read and felt better when the flop came 3d-7s-Ts. I went into a small celebration mood but it wasn't for long. Turn was Ks and I got back to the table right after I heard a huge gasp from the players at both the final two tables and the rail. River was 6s and for the second day in a row I got crippled with runner-runner-runner-runner spades.

The very next hand I get J-J and go all-in announcing, "I might as well tilt off the rest of my chips." hoping to get a caller. No such luck but it was break time which was must needed. A quick pep talk from Chris and I was able to get back in focus so I could try and at least hit the money.

Quickly after break two people were eliminated and we drew seats for the final table. I quickly negotiated a deal that places 8-9-10 got a hundred bucks back so at least they played for free and it would loosen up the final table. We lost four players rather quickly two which I sent to the rail so I was again near the top of chips. After two tense orbits and right before I was about to take the big blind I asked about a chop six ways. I had taken a hit when I called A-T with A-9 so we had two big stacks while the other four of us had equal small stacks. Luckily everyone agreed so we chopped it up six ways.

Awesome baby! Two tournaments and both Chris and I make the money. If only Carmen had gotten in the money or we all made final tables together would have made the results any better. Bloggers rule. I've known it for a while but the competition amongst bloggers who play in the Mookie, the DADI, and the WWDN is stellar. It's certainly helped me improve my tournament game and its been paying off both online and live.

Time to get ready to head to work, yes the fishtank known as the MGM. Hope everyone has a great weekend and stays profitable.


At 6:09 PM, Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

Awesome stuff Don. Congrats! I'll second Hoy and say I am so frigging jealous I can't be down there donking off chips while you guys sail on ta glory. Great job.

Now quit stalling us on the Van.

At 6:34 PM, Blogger "The Rake" said...

Congrats Don!
Bloggers really do rule Vegas!

At 8:56 PM, Blogger smokkee said...

note to self: play all spades against Don.

good job.

At 12:09 AM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

Great job ! How does the Binions tourney compare to the Caeasars ?

Interested in hearing from both you and Chris on the structure, talent of players, etc.

At 12:10 AM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

Oh and by the way, I think your name has moved from MiamiDon to MinivanDon.

At 12:18 AM, Blogger RoccoBoxer said...

Congrats on moneying at Ceasars. I like the Ceasars tourney - I played once in Jan of this year. I like the room. I enjoyed your blog about the big cash game with Shawn. That must have been awesome to rail.

I am interested in the MGM too, do you mostly play the $200 Max NL?

At 6:36 AM, Blogger drewspop said...

Lol Mookie, minivandon.

Don, great job man. That river suckout 4 flush was unreal. I couldn't believe it. I almost felt like it happened to me personally. You played a great job and I appreciated all the hospitality.

Btw, the van rides like a champ ;)

At 7:21 AM, Blogger DP said...

Hey, do you only play NL cash games at the MGM? What about the Bellagio etc.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Great work, Don. I've still never cashed in a live tournament in a casino, though I've only ever played in AC and Foxwoods. Very impressive weekend for you and Chris. Love the writeups.

At 5:59 PM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...



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