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Finally Embracing MTT Games!!!

Trying to recall some of the best moment while playing at Pokerstars, there is one particular event that comes to my mind and that was playing TCOOP #13. Not because I won a significant amount, which I did not. But because of the “elaborate” process I thought I had to go through to play in that event. I am a nit when it comes to bankroll and I have such an aversion to risk and variance that you will seldom find me in large field tournaments particularly a $33 one. But there I was...

I recently joined a bankroll coop group composed of fellow PokerSchoolOnline members. Each week we pooled a small amount (about a dollar a week). We then play a SNG in PS Home game to determine who among us get to play the resources we pooled together. I was lucky to win a share in one of our home game and received a small share to play a Sunday Storm satellite. It must be my lucky week and I won a $11 ticket. We unregistered of course and use the the Tourney $ to play a few more TCOOP satellites. I again managed to get a $27 ticket to a TCOOP event. A member of ours is already playing in that event so we decided to go for the TCOOP #13 which cost $33. The group members agreed to chip in another dollar each to add to our $27 T$ and so I was in!

I remember that day I excused myself not participate in our weekly coop homegame which usually starts around 5am because the TCOOP #13 started around 8am (if my memory serves me right). I need to have a good rest. But I was very excited that I think I did not get to sleep that much. There was a bit of pressure playing that game. First, it was a $33 buy-in game. If you have been playing micro games for years, that amount is quite a lot! Second, I was not just playing for my own money. So making a “donk” move in front of people railing for you I think is especially bad!

Early in the tournament, I was dealt a few big hands. An AKo on my 4th hand, a QQ on my 24th and another AKo on my 38th hand which I got all-in preflop. I raised UTG, everyone folded except for the button who pushed all-in. It took me a few seconds to call his shove. I was very glad I did not freeze up nor get scared of leaving the tournament early. Opponent showed AQ and I almost doubled up! I

thought I was already safe from bubble. I had a good stack but the game slowed down. No one seems to be getting eliminated and my stack slowly dwindles. I did not get any good cards good enough to steal with and many times someone has already raised before me. I finally settled calling a 2BB shove with my 5BB:

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This puts me safely ITM.  I managed to win a few more chips which pushes me up further.  Finally, I got blinded out and finished 392 out of 7749 and got $83 for my effort.  I got to keep half of it and the rest was divided among our group.  I think this is the biggest prize I've won in a big tourney so far and I can not forget the group railing for me. I did not play a perfect game but I think I did not play particularly bad!

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