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.25NL-45 player NLHE SNG

By: iggyo @ 19:47 (EDT) / 413 / Comment ( 0 )

YAY, I finished 1st last night $0.25 45-player NLHE SNG! Forgive me, it's been awhile so excuse the excitement. This all from some run of bad cards for the last 2 or 3 weeks so, it looks like things are turning around. I also finished in the money in another BankrollMob freeroll but not nearly good enough to elevate my leaderboard standings. However, I got bounced from the PSO Open Skill League tourney much earlier than I would have liked (I mean, we all want to finish first every time but realistically speaking). I made a few bad calls there as I was playing the SNG and the Bankroll Mob tourney at the same time and didn't give it the attention it deserved. There's only a week to go in July so I have some work cut out for me as I don't play full-time (I wish I did, but not yet).

I had some interesting hands in the SNG. There were hands that I could have won had I not folded pre-flop but we all know that we must look to making the right decisions at the time rather than the results that could have been. In one instance, I held a Q8o in middle position. I folded and the flop came 9h Th Jh. Yes, there is is a flush on the board and I did hold the Qh but there were 3 other players involved. Had I not folded, I would have limped. I may have taken a stab at the pot, but it was small and ultimately, the turn was a 8c and the river Qd. The 2 players left in the pot chopped. In another hand, I was dealt J4o in early position. It was raised 3bb right before me so I naturally folded. In the end, the board was Kc 7c 4d Jc Js which would have given me Jack full over fours and probably taken down a big pot. Again, it was still early in the tourney so there was no need to force things. This experience tells me is that the hands that you don't play may not affect your final outcome as much as you might think. There will be some spots where you're short stacked and hands like these would definitely help. I guess that's why some suggest you should play a little looser when you're short stacked. But for the most part, protecting your stack is more important and goes toward establishing a solid table image.

Here's a hand that I thought I played well and the turn worked in my favour. Too bad the villain didn't have more chips.

I doubled up here, putting my tourney life on the line. This player was trash talking with another because of a AQ 2 pair which he showed & folded to 4 spades on the board. Player 2 showed a 8h and mucks the other card. The folder says, "I know you had the flush, donk". Anyway, the trash talking continues for a few hands and I see the style of play change in the first player to a looser one. Then I get dealt this hand:

I re-raised all-in because a normal re-raise of 3x his bet was more than 1/4 of my remaining chips. I was really hoping he would fold but it worked out in the end. He said I was short stacked and he had to call.
Him: "you think AK is god" (I think he meant 'good')
Me: "better than KQ?"
Him: "well oyu where short stack so i had to call"
In my opinion, he did have the option to fold in that spot but I just replied, "Yeah".

In another hand later on, I go up against the table chip leader with AQo. Player 2 above comments, "bye iggyo" probably because I called him out for having no table etiquette. In another previous hand with Player 2, I raise pre-flop in middle position with KJs and get re-raised all-in from the button from this guy. I folded naturally. He says, "no etiquet yes money" and I reply, "you confuse chips for money". After winning the hand vs the table chip leader, I added a little taunt, "still here".

I then cripple the table chip leader with this hand:

At the final table, I am pretty comfortably in the lead. We are five handed when one of the middle stacks starts playing uber-aggressively with raises preflop and going all-in from every position taking a lot of blinds and limp bets. She takes down about 6 or 7 hands and builds her stack to 2nd place before she runs into this:

When it gets down to heads-up play, I recall the live training video that I watched right here:

And it worked to perfection! I was extrememly pleased with the way I ended the tournament with a good read on a gut-feeling. The flop betting was hairy. At the turn, I figure he's pot commited and would shove with anything so I reluctantly call.

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