Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Blogger Recap

There is not much better than a blogger gathering here in Vegas and as always it was a fantastic weekend. For those of you who didn't make it, your loss, but hopefully you can clear off your schedule to make the trip next time. The fact that 120 invisible internet friends from all over the country can get together, drink, socialize, and play poker is amazing enough but the quality of friendships I've made in the last two years has just been unreal.

It is always nice to catch up with old friends and to meet new people for the first time. I do find it funny how there are certain core groups that hang out together yet nobody seems to have any problem intermingling between groups. Hell even the A-Lister's are about as cool as they come and they do a great job of being warm and friendly in welcoming everyone.

A big shout out goes to Falstaff for all the hard work behind the scenes in organizing this fine event. Major props too for scoring the Venetian as our tournament host casino. It's the finest poker room in all of Vegas and the structure you were able to put together was first class. I heard a few rumblings that the tournament was too long but I 100% disagree with that assessement so my hope is we keep things at Venetian for years to come. We are together for four days as a group and there is plenty of time to socialize so one tournament lasting 8-10 hours for those who went deep, is not a big deal and IMO the right way to do it.

The structure gave us plenty of time to really play poker and there were few times the event become a push fest and IMO skill won out over luck which is unusual with Vegas Casinos. They want to get you in and get you out and they do their best to give you a shitty structure. So again props to Falstaff for the hook-up and to the Venetian for being such awesome hosts.

For me personally Friday afternoon was spent playing cash at the Venetian then Friday night we headed over to MGM for more cash. I'm not a fan of the mixed games so after making the rounds and greeting everyone I settled into the toughest $1/2 NL cash game in all of Vegas with JJ, Chad, Scott Mc, Blinders, Otis and Weak. BTW we missed you Iak and Hoy and oh yea we missed the donations from the ever unlucky Smokkee too.

I was card dead and tried to force a couple hands and wound up down about $100 in the game. Poor Scott Mc took not one but two of the most brutal suckouts you'll ever witness in poker. In the first one he flopped the nut straight vs AA and got it all in only to see the board pair on the turn and an Ace on the river to lose to a full house. 90 minutes later he flopped a set of Qs on an AQx board and got it all in vs AK only to see a K on the turn and another Ace on the river. Live poker is rigged.

Saturday was the Winter Classic and as I mentioned above we played with a great structure in the best poker room in Vegas. 110 players started at 3pm with 6000 chips and 30 minute levels. I really felt like a played solid poker and proved to myself once again I'm a much better live player than online. I won a lot of uncontested pots, pushed a few people off hands, but made some very difficult and timely lay downs as I kept advancing deeper and deeper.

Once we got down to the final two tables I was somewhat short after losing a bunch of chips having to lay down QQ preflop. My position also sucked as I had Dr Pauly and Johnny Hughes to my right and they were beating me into most pots making it nearly impossible for me to shove and pick up the blinds and antes. I did resteal once of Pauly and finally got it all-in with AT sooted vs 66. A on the flop flush on turn and I doubled up and was right back in things.

I stayed patient, picked my spots, layed down 88, 66, and 55 to raises ahead of me, and before I knew it we were at the final table. I was probably 4th in chips starting the final table but the blinds were so high really the only move was jam or fold. Three players were eliminated when I picked up QQ in early position. I jammed and was called with AK. Those who know me understand QQ has been my ultimate disaster starting hand the last year, costing my thousands and thousands of dollars and true to form an Ace on the turn and I was crippled. Ironically I went out the very next hand having to play the BB blind losing with A3 to QQ.

So while I badly wanted to win the Winter Classic I did finish in 7th making it two consecutive final tables. If I win that one crucial coin flip I'm the chip leader with 6 to go and would have been in good position to get lucky to take the event down. Oh well it was an awesome 8 hours of tournament poker and we also had a blast from the past as SprStoner made an appearance for the Winter Classic. I look forward to playing with you live Shawn come January.

That's enough for now as I have some work to do and some errands to run. Tomorrow we'll get into the Sunday action at the IP sports book and the ultimate Slump Buster.

Don't forget tonight is full of added money.


At 3:35 PM, Blogger Chad C said...

Only bloggers would complain about the structure of a tournament being slow with added levels!!! OMG, I have to play poker and can't go all in every three minutes!!!!

At 5:51 PM, Blogger sprstoner said...

sucks you couldnt go a bit further man. but def well done!

i wanted to stay and watch, but i got tilted and needed to leave... lol

as for the structure, i didnt get deep but i noticed they skipped 100-200, but they had the other early venetian levels... def way better than caesars.

i might play the wynn tourney on the 28th (depending on baby stuff)... def be playing live a lot more in jan and feb.

At 11:27 PM, Blogger columbo (at eifco dot org) said...

that longer structure is the key to my success, not yours. But congrats on a great final table. QQ wins the race, and you might have taken it down!

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Johnny Hughes, poker writer said...

It was neat meeting you and playing against you. Everything about the tourney was perfect. Falstaff did a great job. A funny, brainy group of people were what I expected. A group that played well was not what I expected. I didn't have position. You had position. I was lucky to make my moves when you guys were card dead. The gift of paying 20 places was the only way I'd cash. Lots of fun.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Instant Tragedy: Just Add Water said...

You played great and it sucked that you got screwed with QQ twice.

But it was great to see you smile when the Cleveland game was over.

J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS (pause) SUCK (cheers).

Keep kicking ass!

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

I base my success on the slow play of the tourney. I love double stacks/slow structures.

Pleasure seeing you again Don!!


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