On the spur of the moment on Friday night, I decided to buy directly in to Event 1 of the FTOPS. Despite the fact that the buy-in was higher than my normal range, my reasons for this were simple:
1) I kind of wanted to.
2) I was going to be spending all night at the desk anyway, doing computery chores.
3) My confidence in my MTT game is fairly high right now.
4) My confidence in the ability of my $50 6-max NL tables to keep on donating donating donating, thus paying me my buy-in back, should I lose it? High.
5) I love playing in 'Event' tournaments, and I wanted to wash the taste of the last one (Stars' Main Event 2006), where I played like an idiot, out of my mouth.
6) I kind of wanted to.
So, I bought in, as did almost 2500 others. First prize: $92 grand and change. That's a spicy meat-a-ball, my friends.
I busted out around 800th, probably about an hour and a half before the money bubble, fairly happy with my play. I'd say I brought my A- game to bear that night.
Here's how my FTOPS went down, dredged pretty much from memory, and one hand that I'm putting under the microscope for all y'all.
1) Played tight and kept it right around the buy-in level until right before the break, when I doubled through a LAG who couldn't let go against my set when he paired his Ace on the flop.
2) Right after the break, I bet big with Jacks against a diamond flush drawer on a paired board . . . and the turn brought me the Jack . . . of diamonds, to fill me up while completing his flush. Wooooooooooot! Needless to say, I doubled again and was around 45th of 2000 runners.
3) A bad thing happened. We'll get to that in more detail soon. I made what I'm sure was the correct play given the situation, but it remains The Horribly Bad Thing That Happened (THBTTH). It actually was more memorable than horribly bad, but 'Thbtth' is fun to say and sums up my feelings on the hand rather concisely.
4) For about 40 minutes post THBTTH, I couldn't steal without being re-raised and couldn't hit the board. I slowly bled chips until I got into pushmonkey range with an M of about 4. I pushed, I got dominated, I went home. So it goes.
5) I played 40 min. of cash games and won half my buyin back already. Beeeautiful.
And Now For Something Completely Thbthh
Blinds: 120/240 Ante 25
My Chips: 10,692
Villain 1 Chips: 6,260
Villain 2 Chips: 9,424
So you already know that this isn't going to be nice for me. I think I played it correctly, but I am interested in what you all think. So sound off and tell me I am a donkey.
I find QQ in the cutoff. It folds to Villain 1, a looseish player who was getting a little low on chips, who raises it up to 840. Villain 2, relatively new to the table, simply calls.
I decide that A) I'm probably ahead, and B) I don't want to see a flop.
I re-raise to 2,400.
What do you think of this move? Correct? Not enough of a bet? Eh? Eh?
Villain 1 thinks, then re-raises all in.
This is not unexpected from this guy. My read is I'm probably ahead.
Villain 2 thinks, then calls.
The Raiser: A bit loose. I am reasonably sure I have him beat. I have a good feeling he's got an underpair.
The Caller: Haven't seen more than a couple hands from this dude. No idea.
What do you do? (Try to forget that you know I'm getting wounded here.)
1) All in? If so, why?
2) Fold? If so, why?
3) Just call? How stupid are you, and why?
A post tomorrow ought to finish this up.