It all started with a WCOOP ticket... (tl;dr included)

    • hendo2000
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      Hi all!

      I am (or perhaps was) a casual, micro 90/180 SnG player. I've been playing a while, transitioning through various game types, and I eventually decided that 90s/180s/MTTs were the games I was best at. So, with my $150 BR, I was playing $1 90s and working up a steady profit, despite my terrible volume, and trying to keep a blog about it :P

      During August, I managed to snatch two VIP Giveaway Tickets via the trivia freerolls, so I entered one cash and one WCOOP giveaway. I bricked the cash one, and the ratio of entries to prizes for the ticket giveaway was huge (roughly 4% of the field 'paid'), so I didn't even realise I'd won a $109 ticket until two days later! I had the option between Events 1 and 19, and I was intending to play Event 1, but I ended up not doing so in order to go out with my family. What a twist of fate that turned out to be...

      So, I fired up Stars yesterday to play Event 19, with the intention of just playing my best and hopefully scoring a nice mincash for a ticket that cost me nothing :) I made a good start, stacking two people in the early stages, both times when they stacked off with TPTK vs my overpairs. However, my early momentum faded and I ended up losing chips to blinds and a couple of frustrating river cards, until finally, still 1000 runners from the money, I got it in with the worst of it: 88 vs QQ. I thought my shot at a one time was over, but I binked an 8 on the flop for the suckout.

      I was extremely lucky to survive, and I wanted to make sure that I made the most out of this good fortune. Happily for me, this is exactly what happened, as I managed to substantially chip up without being all in again until there were around 500 runners left (1260 paid). Then I had one of those critical flips when you're fairly far ITM with an average stack - win it and you're set up to make a deep run, lose it and you'll have to be satisfied with your 2-3 buyins:

      Poker Stars, $100 Buy-in (1,250/2,500 blinds, 325 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      UTG+1: 84,831 (33.9 bb)
      Hero (UTG+2): 58,928 (23.6 bb)
      MP1: 91,716 (36.7 bb)
      MP2: 35,026 (14 bb)
      MP3: 43,811 (17.5 bb)
      CO: 144,821 (57.9 bb)
      BTN: 38,008 (15.2 bb)
      SB: 81,490 (32.6 bb)
      BB: 83,638 (33.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with A Q
      UTG+1 folds, Hero raises to 5,000, 6 folds, BB calls 2,500

      Flop: (14,175) 7 A K (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets 53,603 and is all-in, BB calls 53,603

      Turn: (121,381) 9 (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: (121,381) 8 (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: 121,381 pot
      Final Board: 7 A K 9 8
      Hero showed A Q and won 121,381 (62,453 net)
      BB showed T Q and lost (-58,928 net)


      Things kept falling into place for me from there on: won a flip for 2/5 of my stack AK vs 66, stacked a guy for 32bb after flopping bottom set vs TPWK. Four hands after I scooped that pot, this happened:

      Poker Stars, $100 Buy-in (2,500/5,000 blinds, 625 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      UTG+1: 67,356 (13.5 bb)
      Hero (UTG+2): 306,882 (61.4 bb)
      MP1: 57,608 (11.5 bb)
      MP2: 183,268 (36.7 bb)
      MP3: 97,703 (19.5 bb)
      CO: 152,279 (30.5 bb)
      BTN: 72,744 (14.5 bb)
      SB: 174,689 (34.9 bb)
      BB: 227,562 (45.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with J J
      UTG+1 folds, Hero raises to 10,000, 3 folds, CO raises to 24,975, 3 folds, Hero calls 14,975

      Flop: (63,075) 3 3 4 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets 19,383, Hero calls 19,383

      Turn: (101,841) 3 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO checks

      River: (101,841) 7 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets 107,296 and is all-in, Hero tanks off half his timebank and calls 107,296

      Results: 316,433 pot
      Final Board: 3 3 4 3 7
      Hero showed J J and won 316,433 (164,154 net)
      CO showed K T and lost (-152,279 net)


      I tanked the river for a solid 40 seconds. The guy had a 3bet of ~10% so he didn't really seem out of line. He'll bet the flop with lower PPs and AK/AQ that miss, and when he checked back the turn my intention was to x/c his half pot or similar river value bet, see AK/TT and smile, but then he jammed and it was pretty gross since he could potentinally check back the turn with QQ+ since the turn card basically gives him the nuts, and he still has potsize behind to jam the river. In the end I think it was the turn check back that made me call because it makes more sense to bet the turn with monsters since it gives your opponent more compelling odds to hero call the river. To some this might be a trivial snap call, I'm really not sure, maybe I was feeling more pressure due to being way out of my stakes :P Either way, took it down, and suddenly I was 8/260.

      I was shaking by this point: I'd entered this thing with the intention of maybe making a small $200ish score, now I was one of the big stacks with $400 already locked up, now looking at a potential four-figure score, maybe even more. I'm not loaded by any means, so even $1000 is a nice amount of money for me. I started chipping down a little bit, then I picked up AA and got max value as my opponent called down three streets including my river shove with 44 on QQ523. The very next hand, I proceeded to let a habitual bluffer at the table know I meant business:

      Poker Stars, $100 Buy-in (5,000/10,000 blinds, 1,250 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: 400,603 (40.1 bb)
      Hero (BB): 681,932 (68.2 bb)
      UTG+1: 828,943 (82.9 bb)
      UTG+2: 411,698 (41.2 bb)
      MP1: 382,699 (38.3 bb)
      MP2: 291,779 (29.2 bb)
      MP3: 376,076 (37.6 bb)
      CO: 177,514 (17.8 bb)
      BTN: 485,472 (48.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with A K
      3 folds, MP2 raises to 20,000, 2 folds, BTN calls 20,000, SB folds, Hero raises to 85,000, MP2 folds, BTN calls 65,000

      Flop: (206,250) 8 2 9 (2 players)
      Hero bets 87,500, BTN raises to 180,000, Hero raises to 595,682 and is all-in, BTN folds

      Results: 566,250 pot
      Final Board: 8 2 9
      Hero mucked A K and won 566,250 (300,000 net)
      BTN mucked and lost (-266,250 net)


      325k to just shy of 1 million chips in two hands; the nervousness was setting in again! There were less than 150 left now and I had one of the top 10 stacks. At this moment I seriously contemplated the fact that I could manage to make the final table. I've never had a feeling like it in poker before.

      It took another two and a half hours for me to be in an all-in confrontation again, my stack had been maintained at around the 1 mil mark, and a guy with ~350k (~10bb) jammed and I called, my JJ vs 77 held up. By this point I was no longer nervous, I'd been playing for nearly 12 hours and exhaustion was inhibiting my ability to be nervous, the stakes didn't register with me anymore.

      I kept on nursing my stack, but couldn't chip up at the same rate people were being knocked out and with 20 left in I was one of the short stacks. Things looked up when I got it in with KsKh vs AdJc, AJ7sss flop for the super sweat, and I scooped it when 2s hit on the turn and he bricked the river. My stack was up to average again.

      Down to the last 18 and my stack was around 2 mil and I needed a double up if I wanted to make the FT, but with blinds rising and no premiums thrown my way I had to keep myself afloat with steals and resteals, biding time for the opportunity to present itself. It was only a matter of time before I got caught. I shipped 17bb with KQ BvB, ran into aces, and couldn't catch another miracle.



      So now here I am: $3800 (~£2500) richer and fairly sleep deprived, with no idea what I'm going to do with it :P My first thought is to withdraw half and spend it on stuff I/my girlfriend want, maybe a holiday, maybe stuff for the house, I'm not really sure at this point, and the other half I'll leave on PS so I have a roll to play small to mid stakes MTTs with :) This plan is liable to change, but they're my initial thoughts.

      Thanks for reading :) Good luck at the tables.

      tl;dr:

      :diamond: $1/$2 MTT/MTT SnG player
      :diamond: Luckboxed a $109 WCOOP ticket
      :diamond: Twist of fate led me to play this event instead of an earlier one
      :diamond: Ran deep along with a cool guy I know irl, judgedredd13, who finished 5th
      :diamond: Finished 15th myself for ~3.8k
      :diamond: Interesting hands ITT
  • 20 replies
    • JJWic3
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      Well done! :s_thumbsup:
    • Leito99
      Leito99
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      Nice! well done!
    • iFortunatus
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      well done bet you're chuffed! It's great to win these kind of stories, yet to have my break :)
    • justkyle88
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      Nice boost to your bankroll ;)
    • dannywratten
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      Nice win sir, gratz!
    • 7h3r1pp4
      7h3r1pp4
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      gratz! :f_grin:
    • Lazza61
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      Well done Hendo. :D

      Nice work. :s_cool:
    • UPAY4DINNER
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      Sick, wp!
    • Alan883
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      Oh what a nice story. Well done sir.

      My first thought is to withdraw half and spend it on stuff I/my girlfriend want


      I am very glad you put yourself in the first place :f_biggrin:
    • TinoLaan
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      Very, very wp indeed!

      I enjoyed reading the entire story. Hopefully we'll see another one of these epic ships shortly! :)
    • qaz87
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      Originally posted by Alan883
      Oh what a nice story. Well done sir.

      My first thought is to withdraw half and spend it on stuff I/my girlfriend want


      I am very glad you put yourself in the first place :f_biggrin:
      Well done Sirs :]
    • ikkvr
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      gr8 story man well done :)
    • hendo2000
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      Thanks for the kind words everyone! To be honest I'm surprised that many people read it, thanks :f_biggrin: I've been thinking about my initial idea about what to do with the money and I'm going to run with it: leave $2000 on Stars, withdraw the rest, then play appropriate stakes of 180s and MTTs. This way I give myself a reward for my effort, and I also don't jump too far up in stakes at once, when doing so could lead me to being out of my depth.

      Originally posted by Alan883
      My first thought is to withdraw half and spend it on stuff I/my girlfriend want


      I am very glad you put yourself in the first place :f_biggrin:
      Oh of course, in fact she's actually insisting that I should spend it on me and me alone, naturally I'll still get her some stuff anyway :P I feel pretty blessed in this respect, I think if you can jump into bed at 5:30am having played poker for 13 solid hours, waking her up in the process, and your girl's response is not to punch you in the face, then you've got yourself a good deal in the relationship department! :s_cool:
    • capsize101
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      Nice report. To bad you didn`t make the FT. Anyway, make the best of your cash :s_thumbsup:
    • voidmind
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      GG ther sir. To bad you didn't make it ti the FT.
    • JCSeerup
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      For some reason I hate to see people like you who I can relate to make big scores because I don't make them myself, :( but at the same time it gives me hope that one day I could do it myself.

      Please don't get me wrong I'm still happy on your ways, it's a great score, just hope I can get to write a brag blog one day :D
    • hendo2000
      hendo2000
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      Originally posted by JCSeerup
      For some reason I hate to see people like you who I can relate to make big scores because I don't make them myself, :( but at the same time it gives me hope that one day I could do it myself.

      Please don't get me wrong I'm still happy on your ways, it's a great score, just hope I can get to write a brag blog one day :D
      Don't be downhearted, I've kinda felt the same way about seeing people with 4-figure scores before I hit this one. As long as you're playing well in the MTTs you play, you will eventually hit that one tournament when you win your flips, get in it ahead time after time, and the one time you get it in as a dog, you suck out.

      All you can really do is play at your A-game, the rest is up to the cards. But sooner or later you'll hit that deep run, you just have to keep plugging away.
    • Bricio
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      Nice! well done!
    • tommygecko
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      One of the best things a micro player can hope for! You can use this BR to really up your poker game and expand it into a much bigger bankroll.

      You might have felt slightly disappointed for missing the FT though (just imagine freerolling and winning 5 or 6 digits, so close too.) But after being so lucky with 88>QQ, can't complain I guess (that made you win like 3800 more too)

      Big congrats! Hope you are 100% happy about the result despite missing a potential 100k cash. If you believe in yourself there will be a even bigger day in the future (perhaps another moneymaker moment). Just leave things to fate and work hard!

      P.S I really envy you. Had my biggest cash in my life of $310.5 a week ago. But you are on a different level. I'm so jealous! :D
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