First MTT Final Table/Win thread

    • tommygecko
      tommygecko
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      Joined: 11.08.2012 Posts: 1,229
      Hi guys! I'm not sure if a similar thread exists. But I really want to share my tournament experience in my first final table :D because it's so dramatic. Maybe you guys have experienced it several times but I've been playing only for a month and it feels AWESOME to make the final table. The only MTTs i played so far are freerolls and all these while I thought that there's a significant skill amount needed to make the final table. But today I learnt that luck plays such a huge factor, especially turbo/fast MTTs because the blinds go up so fast, at late stage there's hardly any poker played most ppl are pushing or folding, including me lol. I was playing a 888poker $200 freeroll with rebuys/addons. only top 60 get paid. Halfway through the 2nd hour i was only expecting to cash but I started. I even had to eat dinner before the first break and folded KK once :P

      Anyway this was my first lucky moment:

      Pacific, 50/100 blinds No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 7 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: 5,750 (57.5 bb)
      BB: 7,545 (75.5 bb)
      UTG+2: 1,895 (19 bb)
      MP1: 4,303 (43 bb)
      MP2: 1,985 (19.9 bb)
      MP3: 4,970 (49.7 bb)
      Hero (CO): 3,697 (37 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 3 6
      3 folds, MP3 raises to 250, Hero calls 250, 2 folds

      Flop: (650) 4 5 8 (2 players)
      MP3 bets 600, Hero calls 600

      Turn: (1,850) 6 (2 players)
      MP3 bets 4,120 and is all-in, Hero calls 2,847 and is all-in

      River: (7,544) 3 (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      7,544 pot
      Final Board: 4 5 8 6 3
      MP3 showed 6 9 and lost (-3,697 net)
      Hero showed 3 6 and won 7,544 (3,847 net)


      more than half of my freerolls end here but got lucky and hit two pair (shoved because of OESD though). First obstacle cleared. And halfway during my dinner I just felt like going back to my room to play a few hands. Turned out the be the best decision :D I played 2 hands:

      Pacific, 300/800 blinds, 80 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
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      UTG+2: 17,342 (21.7 bb)
      MP1: 24,752 (30.9 bb)
      MP2: 60,286 (75.4 bb)
      MP3: 16,299 (20.4 bb)
      Hero (CO): 8,472 (10.6 bb)
      BTN: 11,626 (14.5 bb)
      SB: 380 (0.5 bb)
      BB: 24,372 (30.5 bb)
      UTG+1: 5,537 (6.9 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 7 A
      5 folds, Hero calls 800, BTN calls 800, BB checks

      Flop: (3,420) 3 7 6 (4 players, 1 is all-in)
      BB bets 800, Hero raises to 7,592 and is all-in, BTN folds, BB calls 6,792

      Turn: (18,604) K (3 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: (18,604) J (3 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      18,604 pot
      Final Board: 3 7 6 K J
      Hero showed 7 A and won 18,604 (10,132 net)
      BTN mucked and lost (-880 net)
      SB showed 9 2 and lost (-380 net)
      BB showed 4 4 and lost (-8,472 net)


      only 10.6 bb left so felt that shoving was the only option once i hit TPTK.

      and
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    • tommygecko
      tommygecko
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      Joined: 11.08.2012 Posts: 1,229
      Pacific, 500/1,000 blinds, 100 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 8 Players
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      UTG+2: 17,262 (17.3 bb)
      MP1: 24,672 (24.7 bb)
      MP2: 60,206 (60.2 bb)
      MP3: 16,219 (16.2 bb)
      Hero (CO): 18,604 (18.6 bb)
      BTN: 10,746 (10.7 bb)
      SB: 15,900 (15.9 bb)
      BB: 5,457 (5.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 7 7
      UTG+2 folds, MP1 calls 1,000, MP2 calls 1,000, MP3 calls 1,000, Hero calls 1,000, BTN folds, SB completes, BB checks

      Flop: (6,800) 6 7 6 (6 players)
      SB bets 1,000, BB folds, MP1 calls 1,000, 2 folds, Hero calls 1,000

      Turn: (9,800) K (3 players)
      SB bets 1,000, MP1 calls 1,000, Hero raises to 4,000, SB calls 3,000, MP1 calls 3,000

      River: (21,800) Q (3 players)
      SB checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets 12,504 and is all-in, SB folds, MP1 calls 12,504

      Results:
      46,808 pot
      Final Board: 6 7 6 K Q
      MP1 showed 8 K and lost (-18,604 net)
      Hero showed 7 7 and won 46,808 (28,204 net)
      SB mucked and lost (-6,100 net)


      This was so sick. Wonder if I could have gotten more value? more than doubled up though so i was quite satisfied. Played very nitty after that until this:

      Pacific, 1,200/2,400 blinds, 250 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
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      MP3: 51,815 (21.6 bb)
      CO: 53,675 (22.4 bb)
      BTN: 44,990 (18.7 bb)
      SB: 74,792 (31.2 bb)
      Hero (BB): 38,358 (16 bb)
      UTG+1: 5,560 (2.3 bb)
      UTG+2: 38,317 (16 bb)
      MP1: 109,487 (45.6 bb)
      MP2: 70,227 (29.3 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J J
      2 folds, MP1 calls 2,400, 4 folds, SB completes, Hero raises to 9,487, MP1 folds, SB calls 7,087

      Flop: (23,624) 3 7 A (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets 11,812, SB raises to 65,055 and is all-in, Hero calls 16,809 and is all-in

      Turn: (80,866) 4 (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: (80,866) K (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      80,866 pot
      Final Board: 3 7 A 4 K
      SB showed 6 6 and lost (-38,358 net)
      Hero showed J J and won 80,866 (42,508 net)


      When the ace hit i was crap. Decided to c-bet, and then he shoved! In cash games easy fold for me but I was so short here. Almost wanted to fold but just decided to try my luck. Saw the 66 and I had a good laugh. Lucky me! At this point of time I was already certain I would cash. So i played nitty again. Until another lucky moment:
    • tommygecko
      tommygecko
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      Joined: 11.08.2012 Posts: 1,229
      Pacific, 3,000/6,000 blinds, 600 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      MP3: 140,536 (23.4 bb)
      CO: 186,579 (31.1 bb)
      BTN: 198,063 (33 bb)
      SB: 116,158 (19.4 bb)
      Hero (BB): 65,466 (10.9 bb)
      UTG+1: 7,660 (1.3 bb)
      UTG+2: 93,137 (15.5 bb)
      MP1: 37,083 (6.2 bb)
      MP2: 10,420 (1.7 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with T 2
      UTG+1 calls 6,000, 2 folds, MP2 raises to 9,820 and is all-in, 4 folds, Hero calls 3,820, UTG+1 calls 1,060 and is all-in

      Flop: (35,100) Q Q 5 (3 players, 2 are all-in)
      Turn: (35,100) T (3 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: (35,100) 6 (3 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      35,100 pot
      Final Board: Q Q 5 T 6
      Hero showed T 2 and won 35,100 (24,680 net)
      UTG+1 showed 9 K and lost (-7,660 net)
      MP2 showed A 4 and lost (-10,420 net)


      I was already on the big blind with only 2 super short stacks remaining so why not do a brunson and give it a shot :P Big pot and I think I was only one double up away from having a realistic shot at the final table. Then came the 2nd break. First time I survived till the 2nd break hehe. First hand after the break and I got AJo in UTG! I was so close to folding but decided to open with 1/3 of my stack(could be a mistake in my opinion), someone raised me all in and I thought i was going to die. Told myself if I want to make the final table I gotta call:

      Pacific, 5,000/10,000 blinds, 1,000 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      MP1: 297,548 (29.8 bb)
      MP2: 627,075 (62.7 bb)
      MP3: 388,322 (38.8 bb)
      CO: 164,548 (16.5 bb)
      BTN: 72,890 (7.3 bb)
      SB: 20,834 (2.1 bb)
      BB: 54,922 (5.5 bb)
      Hero (UTG+1): 118,946 (11.9 bb)
      UTG+2: 35,642 (3.6 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with J A
      Hero raises to 30,000, UTG+2 folds, MP1 raises to 114,000, 6 folds, Hero calls 84,000

      Flop: (252,000) 2 J K (2 players)
      Hero bets 3,946 and is all-in, MP1 calls 3,946

      Turn: (259,892) 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: (259,892) 3 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      259,892 pot
      Final Board: 2 J K 8 3
      MP1 showed Q T and lost (-118,946 net)
      Hero showed J A and won 259,892 (140,946 net)


      Turned out i had 3k left on the flop (lol). But when J hit the flop I was so relieved. And he when he showed QT I was so excited! Doubled up and had a big chance of making my first final table. So stoked haha.
    • tommygecko
      tommygecko
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      Joined: 11.08.2012 Posts: 1,229
      Pacific, 8,000/16,000 blinds, 1,500 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 7 Players
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      MP3: 200,813 (12.6 bb)
      CO: 102,129 (6.4 bb)
      BTN: 232,673 (14.5 bb)
      SB: 204,197 (12.8 bb)
      Hero (BB): 260,392 (16.3 bb)
      MP1: 32,418 (2 bb)
      MP2: 118,786 (7.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with A A
      MP1 folds, MP2 raises to 117,286 and is all-in, 4 folds, Hero calls 101,286

      Flop: (253,072) 7 Q J (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      Turn: (253,072) 3 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: (253,072) T (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      253,072 pot
      Final Board: 7 Q J 3 T
      Hero showed A A and won 253,072 (134,286 net)
      MP2 showed T A and lost (-118,786 net)


      First AA (i think) in any tournament for me. Came at the right time. So happy. Wished I wasn't the biggest stack at the table though. From now on every time i get a strong but non premium hand I felt I was going to get eliminated. Almost every hand a short stack shoves and I feel it's a mistake not to call with AJ+ or 99+ or even KQ.

      Pacific, 10,000/20,000 blinds, 2,000 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 8 Players
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      MP2: 232,620 (11.6 bb)
      MP3: 173,313 (8.7 bb)
      CO: 27,129 (1.4 bb)
      BTN: 460,091 (23 bb)
      SB: 210,197 (10.5 bb)
      Hero (BB): 341,178 (17.1 bb)
      UTG+2: 528,443 (26.4 bb)
      MP1: 63,424 (3.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with T T
      UTG+2 folds, MP1 calls 20,000, 3 folds, BTN calls 20,000, SB completes, Hero checks

      Flop: (96,000) 6 4 J (4 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets 48,000, MP1 folds, BTN calls 48,000, SB calls 48,000

      Turn: (240,000) 4 (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

      River: (240,000) 9 (3 players)
      SB bets 105,147, Hero raises to 210,294, 2 folds

      Results:
      450,294 pot
      Final Board: 6 4 J 4 9
      BTN mucked and lost (-70,000 net)
      SB mucked and lost (-175,147 net)
      Hero mucked T T and won 450,294 (275,147 net)


      Didn't lose here. Thank god no one had J. Best flop turn and river for me. Soon after there was only 10 players left. 10th still had a pretty decent stack. I knew I still have a significant chance of busting out at the last moment. I even tried to set mine pocket threes but lost about a quarter of my stack. I was 9/10 I think. 10th had about the same stack size as me. But suddenly I was in the final table. Someone from the other table shoved and lost. The background changed, there was some lights (Those who made it to a final table at 888 should know) It felt so special for me. I had the shortest stack and pretty soon I was in a difficult situation again. 2nd hand of the final table I think:
    • tommygecko
      tommygecko
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      Joined: 11.08.2012 Posts: 1,229
      Pacific, 20,000/40,000 blinds, 4,000 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
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      BTN: 433,370 (10.8 bb)
      SB: 662,976 (16.6 bb)
      BB: 216,313 (5.4 bb)
      UTG+1: 639,387 (16 bb)
      UTG+2: 534,220 (13.4 bb)
      MP1: 896,517 (22.4 bb)
      Hero (MP2): 304,325 (7.6 bb)
      MP3: 365,873 (9.1 bb)
      CO: 1,095,019 (27.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with Q A
      3 folds, Hero raises to 300,325 and is all-in, 2 folds, BTN raises to 429,370 and is all-in, 2 folds

      Flop: (696,650) A 2 J (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      Turn: (696,650) 5 (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: (696,650) 3 (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      696,650 pot
      Final Board: A 2 J 5 3
      BTN showed K J and lost (-304,325 net)
      Hero showed Q A and won 696,650 (392,325 net)


      It's crazy how i lose quite often with AQ and AJ and pocket pairs in cash games but almost never in this freeroll. Suddenly I'm 3rd. A few hands later I called someone's shove with AJ. Turned out he had AK and I lost. Became 6th I think. And this happened. Shoved KQ vs 99.

      Pacific, 32,500/65,000 blinds, 6,500 ante No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 6 Players
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      MP: 350,590 (5.4 bb)
      CO: 719,182 (11.1 bb)
      BTN: 973,274 (15 bb)
      SB: 1,207,497 (18.6 bb)
      Hero (BB): 352,563 (5.4 bb)
      UTG: 1,544,894 (23.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q K
      UTG folds, MP raises to 344,090 and is all-in, 3 folds, Hero calls 279,090

      Flop: (759,680) J 9 K (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      Turn: (759,680) 5 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: (759,680) K (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results:
      759,680 pot
      Final Board: J 9 K 5 K
      MP showed 9 9 and won 759,680 (409,090 net)
      Hero showed Q K and lost (-350,590 net)


      Man when the 9 appeared I was like 'this is it, my luck ran out'. I was so excited I even thought I won when i saw the 2nd K, lol. But of course i quickly realised he had full house. I was left with 1,973 chips. And I'm in the big blind next. At this point I was 6th. If you remember, I said I finished 5th at the start of this post. Seemed like my luck has just begun. It's getting late here got work tml so I will continue the story on Tuesday!! Haha sorry for being so overexcited pls pardon me :P
    • zobupasts
      zobupasts
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      Riiiiight... tl;dr but congratulations!
    • metza
      metza
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      Joined: 28.01.2012 Posts: 2,220
      Well done!!!!
    • ragney
      ragney
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      Joined: 02.08.2010 Posts: 2,417
      tl;dr

      [x] won his first $200 freeroll
      [x] OP forgot to post this on the blog section
      [x] std donkaments