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Live Poker League action

By: TheLangolier @ 13:15 (EST) / 625 / Comment ( 5 )

So last night started the first week of League #3 at the local Harrah’s casino near where I live.  

The way this league works is it runs for 9 weeks, with a tournament every Tuesday night.  It costs $50 a week, about 2/3rds of which goes towards the Finals, and the rest goes towards that night’s prize pool which pays 3 spots (so there’s something to play for each week, although the ultimate focus of the league is actually the Finals).  Every tournament you receive “league points” based on your order of finish, even the first player out gets some points.  You must play at least 6 weeks to qualify for the finals, and at the end of 9 weeks they take the average of your top 6 scores.  There are also some bonus points for playing 7 weeks, 8  weeks, or all 9.  The Finals is a 20 player freeroll… the top 10 players in the league rankings advance automatically to the Finals.  Places 11-60 play in a Semi-Final freeroll satellite, with the top 10 advancing to claim the other 10 Finals seats.   The Finals is a winner take all format, with the 1st place prize being a $10K seat in the 2012 WSOP Main Event.  The 10K seat is guaranteed, but if they take in more than 10K towards the finals during the 9 week league, they’ll pay out the additional money as cash prizes… for example in the first league they ran they paid the entire final table in the 20 player finals… 4th-10th got $100 each, 3rd got $200, and 2nd got ~$430.  

As some of you know,  I played in League #1, finished 8th overall for a guaranteed Finals seat, and won the finals… so I’ve got a seat in this year’s Main Event now.    I was informed by the Poker Room Manager that if I win any additional seats in any of their card room promos (including future leagues), I will automatically get $10K in cash since I already have a seat.   So I decided this was a pretty good value, and played League #2 as well.  That one didn’t go as well… over all I ran pretty bad and ended up missing the guaranteed finals seat barely, finishing in 12th overall.  Then in the Semi-Final  I busted out just short of the top 10, missing the finals altogether.   Oh well, there’s always League #3.  :)
We had 71 runners for the first week last night, including PSO members JDean and JWK24.  Unfortunately the night was uneventful for all 3 of us.  JDean went out early, in the high 40’s I think, a score that ultimately will likely get thrown out since only the top 6 scores will be used.  I went out 31st, and JWK 21st (at least that score will be a keeper).  Another poker friend who I turned on to this league, Rob (a solid player) took 2nd, scoring $350 and a start to the league points that puts him in an excellent position for one of those top 10 Finals slots.  

My bust hand was amusing… The blinds had just gone up to 300/600/75, and I was sitting on a short stack of about 3500.  A LAG who I know from prior leagues open shoves wide ranges when he gets short, shoved for 7K.  I look down at JJ and call all in.  It folds to the BB who tanks, hems and haws, counts out the call, squirms and takes forever, and finally makes the call.   LAG turns over 8s7s, and the BB flips up the other 2 jacks. lol  Great!  I’m playing for a single up!  (Yes I just made that up.  You know… vs. just the LAG I’d be playing to double up but now I’m playing to split the LAG’s money with the other JJ).  The flop came Ad Tc 9c, so the LAG flopped an open ended gut shot (Haha yes I just made that term up too!  He flopped an open ended straight draw, but the BB and I had all the jacks, reducing it to a gutter).  He turned the nuts when an offsuit 6 came, gg me. 

I thought you might like to follow along this one with me, so I intend to blog some of the more interesting spots that come up in this weekly league, or at the very least an update on my finish result each week… if nothing much eventful happens to make for an interesting blog I may just tweet my result for that week.  You can follow me on twitter @TheLangolier

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