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Live League Week 7

By: TheLangolier @ 11:44 (EDT) / 665 / Comment ( 2 )

Week 7 ended short on a bid for my 5th final table, with a bubble effort, 11th place.  I’ve been under the weather for several days, which always affects my ability to play my “A” game, so I’m not displeased with the result. 

The numbers are dwindling now towards the end, only 42 runners again this week, so points are becoming even harder to come by.   JDean made another final table (congrats!!!) and was again the one to bust me.  Well, not really, again it was the blinds that busted me, but JDean was sure to be there picking the pieces of my broken stack. :)   At least it’s him getting the chip boost, if I can’t hang on to my own chips I’d prefer Dave or John get to use them!

An interesting little sequence of events took place for me in this one that I thought served as a nice reminder of the short term luck factor involved in poker in general, and tournaments in specific.   With 2 tables left (maybe 18 players?) I was down to a short “push or fold” stack when I picked up QQ.  Since there was no monitor to high-5, I just shoved without celebration.  Everyone folded to the BB, who was the table chip leader and had been on fire hitting hands.   He looks at his hole cards then quickly announces “call”.   Oh, great.   He turns over AKo and it’s a race.   Although I’m actually a 57% favorite in this matchup (which I will gladly take any day of the week), the way this guy had been smashing hands I felt like a 90% underdog.   Amazingly, for the first time since I’d been at the table, he missed, and I got a much needed double up.   A couple hands later, it folds to me and I look down at 2 red kings.  My stack was still short enough to just shove technically, but since most of these guys don’t understand that, I opted to make a more standard open looking for some action.  It folds around to the BB who was on a short stack (much shorter than mine) and he says “well I think I’m behind but I have to call”.  He turns over AcJc.  He was right, he’s behind.  And he was right, with as much money as there was in the middle and his remaining stack, he had to call.  The flop was 3 low cards with 2 diamonds, leaving him with 3 outs, and the turn was another diamond, reducing that to 2 outs on the river.  But the ace of spades rolled off, doubling him up and reducing me back to short stack push/fold status.   Turns out, after having a 95% chance to go to the rail with 1 card to come, he came back to win the whole thing.  Nothing wrong with the hand, the situation played itself.  But it as a good reminder of the fact that the short term luck element is ever present in MTT’s, especially fast structure ones!

2 more weeks, and then the day of reckoning!  :)  

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