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Harrah's Joliet Week 6

By: JWK24 @ 02:52 (EDT) / 595 / Comment ( 1 )

Well, since I've not got 6 weeks officially into the books, I'm at worst case qualified for the semi-finals (still have a shot at getting a bye directly into the finals, but need 1-2 good finishes within the last 3 weeks).

Tonight wasn't that eventful, but a couple interesting hands.  44 people played. 

I started out at a table where I didn't have really any history with almost all of the players.  I knew one guy was loose, but smart, the rest were new.
The first level began and I only got one hand the entire level.  I picked up 66 from UTG+1 and made a std raise (3BB) that was called by 4 players.  The flop has 3 overs with straights and straight draws possible and a flush draw.  I checked, the betting went nuts, so I mucked it.

The second level starts and I'm still card dead.  About 1/2 way thru the level, I'm in the BB and get 3 limpers.  I look down and see AJ spades.  Since I std raised the hand last level, I did the same here, raising to 600 (3BB+1BB for each limper).  Everyone folds, but I knew that seat 1 had to have something with potential that he folded, as he went on for a couple min whining about me making a std raise.

The next hand I get involved in was actually the last hand before break (last hand of the 3rd 20 min level).  I get 88 from UTG and make a raise to 600 (3BB and was the table std open).  Then the fireworks begin.  Seat 10 (shortest stack at the table) shoves.  I was 100% ready to call his shove too, as I figured it'd be two overcards for a race.  Then it gets interesting, as seat 3 decides to shove too and has 4X the chips.  I had seat 3 covered by about 400 chips (which ain't much at 100/200 with 25 that starts after break).  I go into the tank for a couple min and muck my 8's.  Both players turn over AK (one suited, one not).  First thing I say to myself... ugh... mucked what's probably the winning hand... NOT.  A on the flop.
At least I made a good fold.  Ended up the first hour with 3125 in chips from my 4k starting stack.

The second hour starts and players are beginning to get knocked out.  The third hand in, I get a spot to try and steal the blinds with A4, so I make a std raise from the CO and everyone folds. 
Right when the blinds are going up to 200/400 plus 50, the floor moves me to table 8, seat 7 to even out the tables.  I get over there and sitting on the other side of the table.... JD.  
I'm at the table with JD for almost an hour.... but neither of us ever ended up in the same hand.
The 200/400 with 50 level passes and I'm totally card dead here too.  Muck, Muck, Muck, repeat from step 1.  No good situations for a blind steal either, as the short stacks are all shoving.
The 300/600 with 75 level goes by.... still card dead.  Looking to shove, but the best hand I had at this level was K5 off... to a shove and a call... which isn't playable.
Second break and I'm looking for anything to shove... anything where I have a halfway decent hand or in late position and can isolate someone... anything but a bottom 10% hand.

The third hour starts (500/1k with 100) and I'm still getting nothing. 
I get into the BB and acutally get to see a flop, as the SB completed.  If I had anything even remotely decent, I'd have shoved preflop, but I look down at 38o.  The flop obviously totally misses me and to top it off, the SB hits top pair and shoves.  I know he's got an overpair to my two cards, so I muck here too.
In the SB, I get 10 4 off.. another muck to a bunch of action from the table bigstacks.
On the button, it's folded to me and I get A9o.  First ace since I've sat down at this table, so with a whopping 1k in front of me, I shove.  The SB raises to try and isolate me.  The BB tanks for a min and then mucks.  SB flips over QQ.  Flop rag, A, rag.  Turn 9.  River is a blank.
For the next two times around the table, I'm looking for a place to shove again... nada for cards, nada for situaions to make a play at the pot.
I then look down and see K 10.  Best hand by far I've seen since the A9 and second best hand since I sat down in this seat about an hour ago.  I shove and am HU with the player to my left... the guy that I beat with my A9.  The flop is Q 6 3.  Not really any help.  Turn J.  I know I'm behind, but if all my outs are good, I've got 14 outs (four A, four 9's, three K, three 10's).  The river is a blank and the opp has A6 for a pair of 6's.
Out in 21st of 44 and dead last of the 3 of us from PSO.  Not what I was hoping for, but not a totally horrible finish either. 
I'd like to end up dropping it, but could live with it if I need to.  I'll find out where I'm at in the standings tomorrow night, but the things that I do know..... my scores now can't go down, as they take your top 6 scores and I now have six scores in, so they can only go up as the worst ones are dropped.  Next week's finish will replace week 5, as it's my worst score by a longshot and I have to do better.  Also, I'm still alive for the 25 pt bonus since I'm playing all 9 weeks.  
The biggest thing from tonight though is that I'm now qualified for at worst-case, to be in the semi-finals (11-61st that play down to the top 10 that transfer to the finals), as a player has to have 6 scores in to qualify and be in the top 61... I was 21st before today (13th before my horrible score from last week).

Good job to Dave (TheLangolier), that ended up in 7th tonight and has him in GREAT shape for a top 10 and a bye into the finals.

But..... the biggest congrats of the night goes to JD..... can you say BINK?!  Great job taking down the tourney.  Helps the bankroll and will move him up considerably in the standings.  


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