Posted by Adam Ralph on 05 Nov 2008 at 12:11
...but not the tournament, alas! No, I went out after four hours play after one stupid play that cost me big.
Things started well on day one of the Second Chance £100k tournament at the Circus Casino at Star City, Birmingham. I got involved in a few hands and increased my 10,000 chip stack to 11,500. But then the big boys, Stuart Rutter and Dave Colclough, arrived.
After the break I was dealt pocket kings. Feeling confident I raised three times the blinds on the big blind. Three people called and one re-raised. I re-raised again to 2,400 and ended up against one caller. Then came the flop (the first three community cards) and two cards I definitely didn’t want to see, A-A. I tried to sound out my opponent with a bet of 1,500 but he wasted no time in announcing all-in. Bugger. I folded but was relieved when he showed me a single ace.
A few hands later I was down to 7,000 chips and was dealt pocket 8s. I raised three times the big blind and was called by Dave. The flop came J-7-4 and I bet 1,500. Dave called. The turn (the fourth community card) showed a 7 so I checked. Dave checked and when the river was a rag (a perceived worthless card) I bet all in, as I had him covered and I thought I had him beaten - only to be called. Like a punch in the gut he turned over J-7. Ouch.
Now I felt like I was treading water with a few hundred house bricks strapped to my ankles. I looked at my miserable excuse for a stack and realised I needed to act soon with the blinds going up to 200 and 400. I went all-in with K-10 suited to steal the blinds and sort of hoping to get a caller. I got the caller but he beat me with an ace high when the board failed us both. I was out.
My luck changed though when I played my first £50 Pot Limit cash game with my own money. I was up to £300 in five minutes after winning with A-Q in consecutive hands. An hour later I landed K-6 on the big blind. One bloke raised to £10 and everyone folded round to me. I called and the flop came K-K-9. I checked and he bet £30. I called and the flop showed another 9. I checked again. This time my opponent bet £50. Knowing that only quad nines could beat me I called again. The river came, I checked and he bet £50. I re-raised him £100 and as I visibly shook my head, he called! I couldn’t believe it, especially when he just showed an ace!
Later still I was down from £500 to £280 and was dealt K-Q spades. I raised the pot, about £11, and the same bloke as before called me. The flop came J-7-4 (previously unlucky for me) with one spade so I bet £20. He called and the flop came 7 spades. I bet £30 and he raised to £90. The pot stood at £200. I was 2-1 on to see another spade (I think, if I can remember what Waldorf1 taught me) and if I called the raise, the pot odds were 2-1 (I think…I’m sure someone will correct me here!) So I called and the best possible card came, the ace of spades! I bet £100 and as he called he said, ‘You’ve got the flush haven’t you?’ Confirmation came when I turned them over and he punched the table and stalked off. I went away beaming with £650 worth of chips - enough to put a large hole in my pocket.
So this is me signing off for now. Many thanks to the people at www.CircusPoker.co.uk and to Waldorf1 for all his coaching. I might not have won the big one but I won more money then I ever have in any poker game to date.
This Thursday evening, Adam will be playing in an online qualifier for the ECOOP III tournament under the name of SMUDGER1980.