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Reviewing my first ever MTT win on Stars!

By: simonrdr @ 17:33 (EST) / 290 / Comment ( 0 )

Allright, it wasn't a big MTT, in fact, only one entrant bigger than my biggest win prior (the 40 player SnG's on 888 ). Allright, it was only a $0.55 buy-in. BUT, it was the TCOP home game, so level of play was significantly better than in a regular $0.55 buy-in. Plus it was a turbo, which is absolutely not my better type of tournament. So I'm really proud that I won it. Let's see how I managed to do it. I haven't reviewed the tourney since I played it so posting the hands I will try to remember what my thought process was for each one. 





First hand of the tourney I was dealt JJ, from MP, raised and picked up the first pot of the night!

After an orbit, where I picked up the blinds once with ATs, I picked up 66 from MP, facing an UTG limp by a very loose and passive villain.

I cbet the wet board and got called, and I shut it down, folding to a river bet.

Blinds were really going up fast, it was a turbo but blind levels increased every 3 minutes so it felt like a hyper. 2 blind levels later I pick up A3o from the cutoff and try to steal the blinds.

Not sure it was a great spot. The BB was playing pretty loose and very passive, so I don't think they would have folded to a cbet anyway. So another failed steal attempt.

Very next hand was interesting. From the HJ I get ATo and raise, and get called by the same villain from the previous hand. 

Flop is a better one for me, with a pair of queens on the board. I cbet and they call. Turn brings another 7. At this point, if they don't have the boat, my hand is pretty good with my ace, however, I'm not sure I can be called by worst here, so I check it back. River pairs my T, so at this point I play a better 2 pair than the board and I think 88/99/Ax can def. call a bet, so I value bet the river and get a fold.

I don't get anything for the next 25 minutes, and with 3 minute blinds that means that the next time I played a hand I was down to 33BB. So much for the deep stacks! 

I get KQs under the gun, and I raise it, and get called by timmy who ended up making the FT as well. He called my from MP.

Low, rainbow flop looked good for me so I cbet and got called. Turn was a 9, I checked it back and I spiked a queen on the river. I made a small value bet on the river, trying to extract from the smal pocket pairs that were clearly in his range. I didn't think he had a set because I would have definately bet the turn. He called me with 77 and I won a very nice pot.

I got a walk the next hand, won the blinds preflop with the same suited KQ as the hand from earlier, won the blinds again when I didn't get any action from AA (damn!) and stole the blinds a couple other times, as stacks got very short blind-wise.

The next big hand I played, I got AJo in the BB with 16bb and faced a non-shove raise from UGT+1 who had 13bb in a six-handed table. I thought I was a nice spot to 3bet shove, I thought I had pretty good fold equity. I was called by KQs and flopped 2 pairs and had to sweat two streets.

Got rags for the next 15 minutes, and was down to 10bb when I got ATs from the cutoff. Very standard shove, but got two callers from both blinds who I had both covered. I was ahead of them both but was still lucky to escape the 3handed all-in with both of them out, because on the flop it looked like I was only gonna win the side pot.

On the FT and money bubble, as 9 players were paid, I stole the blinds from the button with KTo. I was the chip leader on my table so I had to steal more!

Then we were on the FT and I go no hands again for 20 minutes, I got down to being the short stack, under 5bb, then, 7 handed I doubled up as an underdog with Q8o.

I stole a lot of blinds in the next 10 minutes, as players got busted out and we were down to 3 handed and I was the short stack again. I shoved 4bb from the SB with 76s and doubled up.

And then, I got a huge scare when I shoved 11bb in the sb with A7o and got called by A7s and had to sweat two steets to a flush.

And then, I won the last 3 hands


And so I won it! Even with only 41 entrants, I had to win quite a few flips to end up on top. It does help me put into perspective my results in bigger MTTs.





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