Monday, November 02, 2009
I got bored last night.
I've been opening up a couple of small stakes PLO games on an almost nightly basis and playing my normal fast-paced, loose-aggressive, um, okay, I'm sitting back and waiting on the nuts and hoping somebody is foolish enough to pay me off. Anyway, I played for a while and was getting no traction and decided to look at the tournament lobby. I haven't played a tournament in 6 months on Full Tilt, but, what the hell, I scanned the upcoming tournaments.
$14+1 Super Turbo KO PLO Tournament - starts in 12 minutes and there are 45 people signed up. Hah, make that 46.
12 minutes later and there are 175 signed up and we're off to our first tables. The blinds are 15-30 and I have a starting stack of 300 chips. WTF? This is not what I signed up for. Apparently, it was what I signed up for, I just didn't know what the hell I was signing up for. Apparently, these are the crack tournaments I've heard a few folks talk about along the way on Google Reader.
Well, to say I played tight would be an understatement. I sat back and folded my first unplayable hand as 4 upstanding part-time poker professionals got it all in on the very first hand. One guy had a pair, but the genius with A-J-9-6 (complete rainbow) hit runner, runner 6's to take down the 1200 chip pot. Wow, I thought to myself, I guess I'm going to have to gamble.
I finally saw a flop with A-Q-Q-10 (one suit) and was lucky enough to flop my set. The same douche that won the first hand also flopped a set (middle set) and was pissed at Full Tilt when I won the hand set over set.
I continue my typical folding exhibition, check the tourney lobby and we are almost to the money bubble. I've folded way longer than this before, what gives, I thought to myself? I check the start time and the current time and guess what? I was right, we hadn't been playing 45 minutes yet and we were down to the money bubble.
27 spots pay, we are hand for hand with 28 left and I'm in 25th. Of course, by now, there are 4 or 5 LARGE stacks at my table and the blinds (which seemingly increase every fawking hand) are completely out of control. I pull up the other 2 shorties' tables and begin to keep tabs on them. One hand - fold, two hands - fold, thinking I can slide in there and then gamble. No such luck as I look down at A-A-J-10 double suited. I jam it in and, as these things so often go, I get called by a mega stack who has a 2 in his hand. Two more 2's on the flop and I'm gone....in 28th place.....no $1.25 profit for you folder-boy. I was so looking forward to super-sizing lunch today too, damn!
While I can see the benefits to these things, (they certainly don't take much time) they are definitely not for me and my style of play. (If you can even consider what I do these days a style)
Until next time, like my buddy Jordan, I fold.
posted by GaryC @ 5:09 PM, ,