I’m not going to the 2006 World Series of Poker after all… at least not on the Miller Brewing Company’s dime. The last two MBL tournaments were held this weekend. I never got going in the second tournament, finishing in 371st. But I actually lead briefly in the first tournament with 182 players left!
My first pot win shows just how much of a donkey-fest these freerolls can be. The blinds are at 20/40. With three limpers ahead of me, I raise to 100 with AJo. Two of them call.
***** Hand History for Game 33752916 ***** 2006-03-05 12:20:06.631 - 2006-03-05 12:22:10.423 Seat 1 is the button Total number of players : 9 Seat 0: helwoman ( 860 ) Seat 1: JoseRijo27 ( 800 ) Seat 2: schneids ( 800 ) Seat 3: cstalts ( 655 ) Seat 4: kevkev60614 ( 1000 ) Seat 5: knockout187 ( 1440 ) Seat 6: mindless ( 860 ) Seat 7: cali79 ( 3430 ) Seat 8: Crow ( 1055 ) schneids posts small blind . cstalts posts big blind . ** Dealing down cards ** kevkev60614 folds. knockout187 calls . mindless folds. cali79 calls . Crow folds. helwoman calls . JoseRijo27 raises . schneids folds. cstalts folds. knockout187 calls . cali79 calls . helwoman folds. ** Dealing Flop ** [7♣ 5♠ K♣] knockout187 checks. cali79 checks. JoseRijo27 checks. ** Dealing Turn ** [5♦] knockout187 checks. cali79 checks. JoseRijo27 checks. ** Dealing River ** [7♥] knockout187 bets . cali79 calls .
There’s two pair of low cards on the board, and no one has shown any strength up to this point. I don’t believe either of these guys has a five, seven, or king, but I do think that one or both has ace-x. I’m willing to call here.
JoseRijo27 calls . knockout187 shows [Q♦ 2♦] Two Pair [7♥ 7♣ 5♠ 5♦ K♣] . cali79 shows [Q♥ 3♦] Two Pair [7♥ 7♣ 5♠ 5♦ K♣] . JoseRijo27 shows [J♦ A♥] Two Pair [7♥ 7♣ 5♠ 5♦ A♥] . JoseRijo27 wins 730 from the main pot .
They both have queen-high!? What were they thinking? Those chips were simply a gift from heaven.
Ten minutes later, my pair of queens hold up against an all-in-er, and I have 2000 in chips. Twenty minutes after that, I go all-in with Big Slick after an ace flops. An equal stack calls. Even with four spades on the board, I win the hand to go to 4775. That’s good for 13th place at the first hour break. A pair of Jacks that hold up move me to sixth place. Then, I call a short-stack’s all-in move with a pair of sevens in the small blind.
***** Hand History for Game 33805324 ***** 2006-03-05 13:16:02.12 - 2006-03-05 13:17:18.338 Seat 6 is the button Total number of players : 10 Seat 0: shhmady ( 145 ) Seat 1: poposmob ( 1165 ) Seat 2: swimmergal ( 2560 ) Seat 3: pokeher ( 675 ) Seat 4: lutz07 ( 5275 ) Seat 5: Marina ( 1905 ) Seat 6: bb420 ( 1380 ) Seat 7: JoseRijo27 ( 7015 ) Seat 8: mjones ( 1585 ) Seat 9: ccmateo ( 3300 ) JoseRijo27 posts small blind . mjones posts big blind . ** Dealing down cards ** ccmateo calls . shhmady folds. poposmob folds. swimmergal calls . pokeher folds. lutz07 folds. Marina folds. bb420 folds. JoseRijo27 calls . mjones raises all-In . ccmateo folds. swimmergal folds. JoseRijo27 calls . ** Dealing Flop ** [3♣ 7♠ K♥] ** Dealing Turn ** [5♣] ** Dealing River ** [4♣] mjones doesn't show. JoseRijo27 shows [7♣ 7♦] Three Of A Kind [7♠ 7♦ 7♣ K♥ 5♣] . JoseRijo27 wins 3970 from the main pot .
That hand puts me in first place for the tournament! There’s nowhere to go but down from here. For the next hour, I slowly bled chips. The blinds are so large so fast that someone goes all-in every hand. It just doesn’t seem to make sense to gamble with nothing.
At the second hour break, I’m 37th out of 43, but I have enough chips to make a last stand. KQo looks as good as any hand I’ve seen in ages, so I push.
***** Hand History for Game 33834326 ***** 2006-03-05 14:06:47.188 - 2006-03-05 14:08:01.851 Seat 7 is the button Total number of players : 10 Seat 0: SF64 ( 31121 ) Seat 1: SgtStedenko ( 6961 ) Seat 2: JoseRijo27 ( 4190 ) Seat 3: spivey22 ( 7078 ) Seat 4: VicRomano ( 1360 ) Seat 5: 3fan ( 7115 ) Seat 6: Mellyn74 ( 3920 ) Seat 7: EdAk ( 3065 ) Seat 8: beemerrider ( 4702 ) Seat 9: 1Sock ( 10120 ) beemerrider posts small blind . 1Sock posts big blind . ** Dealing down cards ** SF64 folds. SgtStedenko folds. JoseRijo27 raises all-In . spivey22 folds. VicRomano folds. 3fan folds. Mellyn74 folds. EdAk calls all-In . beemerrider raises all-In . 1Sock calls . ** Dealing Flop ** [8♣ K♣ A♣] ** Dealing Turn ** [7♣] ** Dealing River ** [Q♥] EdAk shows [7♠ 8♥] Two Pair [8♥ 8♣ 7♠ 7♣ A♣] . 1Sock shows [J♥ 5♠] No-Pair [A♣ K♣ Q♥ J♥ 8♣] . beemerrider shows [A♠ J♠] One Pair [A♠ A♣ K♣ Q♥ J♠] . JoseRijo27 shows [Q♦ K♠] Two Pair [K♠ K♣ Q♥ Q♦ A♣] . beemerrider wins 1024 from the side pot #2 . JoseRijo27 wins 3375 from the side pot #1 . JoseRijo27 wins 12260 from the main pot .
This was insane! I have the third-best hand after the turn, and then river the queen! There’s four callers and four clubs on the board, but no one has a flush. I have new life and am in tenth place.
But as the river giveth, it also taketh away (and more so). I push with AJo, and a big stack with KT calls. The river card is, as you might guess, a king. I finish in 27th place.
Last Updated: Mon, 06 Mar 2006