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BronzeStar 10 FPP - 22 January 2013

By: EvokeNZ @ 20:39 (EST) / 59 / Comment ( 1 )

Today is my birthday, but it's also my last day off work, so I'm trying to get some more poker in before normal schedules resume. I did some chores around the house - some weeding, watered the lawn, hemmed four pairs of pants (wow have you heard of the hem tape, how is it I just found out about it?!). 

Now I'm playing a lowbie alt in WoW and biding my time in a BronzeStar 10 FPP tournament. I'll live-blog this as I go, and then hit save when my game is over.

The number of entrants is 2833.

In the 10 minutes since the tournament started I played no hands and managed to get to the top third of the entrants pool. Slow and steady. It's hard to play any hands when you get madness like this:

Arguably they all had decent hands, though I wouldn't have gone all in on 77 with so many chips. What do you think?

On the flip side, here's a hand that was possibly worth playing, but I was out of position, and seeing how it turned out I feel it was a good fold:

Nice thing about this tournament is that it starts at 40 past the hour and the normal break is at 5 to. So only a 15 minute window before a break. 

In the 15 minutes since the game started, 565 people are already gone. I shouldn't gloat though, that's happened to me in the past too. Sometimes AA does not win the game. In fact, in my experience it never seems to. 

Stats up to now: 11/11 (that was just the one raise), but haven't seen the flop yet. One guy on my table has 92 BB, makes me feel yick. It's hard to play good TAG when you see people go all in on rubbish and double up over and over. Yeah I could have done the same, but my luck isn't as good (possibly because I don't believe in luck, so luck is annoyed at me?). Anyway, his stats on pokerprolabs are looking good, so maybe he's just good.

Alright, break is over, and the tournament has now been running 24 minutes, 1733 people left, I'm placed 1155th, and have just 13 BB left. A good hand must be coming soon!? A6o UTG, maybe not.

I check/fold a K7o, while a guy with pocket fours triples up against a guy with pocket jacks and some silly sausage with T6o.

AQo in the hijack, this is probably the best hand and position combination I've had since the tournament started. I'm pretty short on blinds, but still I'm rather scared, so I raise 3 BB and get three callers. The flop is terrible so I bluff and hope for the best. Two of the callers raise; I have 270 chips so no option but to call all-in. They have a mini bet-off and the river saves me!

Another hand I get is 88, but a big stack goes all in and I fold, he went to a showdown and had 65s, yuck. I get QQ and tie for a side pot with a lower straight, gosh, queens really don't like me.

Some more folding. I have only 7 BB left, but the money is now within reach - 827 entrants left, this tournament pays 412. My stats are 14/14, and the tournament indicator that I've been trialling this week has classed me as Tight and Passive. Time to turn up some aggression, but I'm so scared - it'd be terrible to blog about losing! Massive pots are moving around. Meanwhile, I rescue some villagers from drowning in World of Warcraft. Although between folding and writing this up, my character mainly idles.

Someone raises all-in and I have a 23o. No thank you good sir, I will not be subscribing to your newsletter, you can keep the complementary knife set!

Min-raise ATs UTG and get one caller. Get a flush draw and bet. It doesn't eventuate and I fold to his bet. He probably bluffed, but at least I'm not out. 

Ok, I'm all-in with my remaining 665 chips and 33. Not the best hand, but I can't last much longer with my two BB. Get a flush draw on the flop and two pair on the river to my already pair,  the villain had Q5 and wins by the kicker alone. Gutted, I'm out at 624th, which is far worse than my usual 100-300 range in this tournament. 

Well that's that. Next up is the PSO Open Skill League in 25 minutes. Let me know if you like this post and style, and if you'd have played any hands differently.

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