MTT grindaroo

    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Hey

      I've been playing poker for a about 3 years now, but long story short, I just started playing MTT's online a few weeks ago on FTP. It all started when I won a 2$ 309 man MTT paying 154$. I then started playing more and reading everything I could get my hands on about MTT's (unfortunately not on ps.com), and it started off kinda rocky but I've been getting some deep finishes in the last few days, but getting just short of the big bucks. Here are a few notables.

      23/180 SnG
      27/1008
      51/471
      10/215 with AA vs 88 all in pre (FT bubble, that one hurt)
      6/272
      6/180 SnG (not on chart)

      Here's my sharkscope chart, and as you can see the 154$ win was a big one ;)

      [img]http://www.sharkscope.com/SharkScope/DisplayGraph?GraphType=UserHistory&u1=icegooner&Network=fulltilt&Username=sswebsite&Password=&Currency=USD&TimeZone=8&ClientTimeZoneValue=MMGMT&searchTag=391.93888873793185&GraphWidth=540&GraphHeight=420&nocache=1237828581739&version=262&GeneralSearchType=SCHO&Filter=%20Sch.%20Only[/img]

      And here are some hands I'd like judged please! :P


      Hand #1

      Correct fold? I don't remember about reads or such :tongue:

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 100/200 Blinds, 8 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      BTN: 5,648
      SB: 5,374
      Hero (BB): 6,920
      UTG: 6,790
      UTG+1: 6,775
      MP1: 2,937
      MP2: 5,945
      CO: 6,657

      Pre-Flop: (300) A:diamond: Q:club: dealt to Hero (BB)
      UTG raises to 1,000, 7 folds

      Results: 500 Pot
      UTG mucked and WON 500 (+300 NET)


      Hand #2

      This is the FT of the tournament, and I haven't been in this situation alot. I had just gone from a 139k stack to this 101k stack when I misread an opponent with 77 on the BU (he slowplayed nines on a junk board), and I had been bullying a bit with my monster stack, if that makes a difference in the way this hand should be played. So, do I fold here to his shove or is this an easy call?

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 800/1,600 Blinds, 200 Ante, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      UTG+2: 82,138
      MP1: 51,058
      MP2: 20,085
      CO: 11,720
      BTN: 76,234
      Hero (SB): 101,439
      BB: 10,540
      UTG: 13,650
      UTG+1: 41,136

      Pre-Flop: (4,200) Q:diamond: Q:spade: dealt to Hero (SB)
      UTG+1 calls 1,600, MP1 calls 1,600, Hero raises to 9,000, 6 folds, MP1 raises to 50,858 and is All-In, Hero ???


      Hand #3

      This is a weird one, I know. Is my calling all right because I'm getting the right pot odds for the flush (and straight draw on the turn) or should I move in (if so, at what point) or should I just fold it on the flop inspite of good pot odds?

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 50/100 Blinds, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      UTG+1: 2,775
      UTG+2: 1,705
      MP1: 6,764
      MP2: 1,265
      CO: 6,237
      BTN: 3,584
      SB: 5,842
      Hero (BB): 2,405
      UTG: 2,495

      Pre-Flop: (150) 7:spade: T:spade: dealt to Hero (BB)
      UTG folds, UTG+1 calls 100, UTG+2 calls 100, MP1 folds, MP2 calls 100, CO folds, BTN calls 100, SB calls 50, Hero checks

      Flop: (600) 4:spade: K:spade: 5:diamond: (6 Players)
      SB checks, Hero checks, UTG+1 bets 600, 2 folds, BTN calls 600, SB calls 600, Hero calls 600 ----- 4/1 potodds

      Turn: (3,000) 8:diamond: (4 Players)
      SB checks, Hero checks, UTG+1 bets 800, BTN calls 800, SB folds, Hero calls 800 ------- 5.75/1 potodds

      River: (5,400) J:heart: (3 Players)
      Hero checks, UTG+1 bets 1,275 and is All-In, BTN calls 1,275, Hero folds

      Results: 7,950 Pot (7,950 Rake)


      Hand #4

      Shouldn't I lay this down? I have 25xBB stack so I can afford to fold it.


      Full Tilt Poker, $2 + $0.25 NL Hold'em Sit n' Go, 250/500 Blinds, 50 Ante, 8 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      MP1: 9,492
      MP2: 5,739
      CO: 6,435
      BTN: 17,633
      SB: 34,431
      Hero (BB): 12,927
      UTG: 10,741
      UTG+1: 5,767

      Pre-Flop: (1,150) Q:club: A:heart: dealt to Hero (BB)
      UTG folds, UTG+1 raises to 5,717 and is All-In, 3 folds, BTN calls 5,717, SB folds, [color=red]Hero ???


      Well thanks for readying my pathetic blog :D Hope to get some good answers and tips!
  • 29 replies
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Just finished 22 out of 348 in my only MTT of the day, a 2$ MTT, still not making any real money, just barely getting my buy in back.

      I was eliminated when I tried to make a move with a marginal hand, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I probably shouldn't have tried to steal in this position in the first place.

      Here's the hand:

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 300/600 Blinds, 75 Ante, 7 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      CO: 7,990
      BTN: 14,690
      SB: 13,554
      BB: 53,937
      UTG: 10,778
      UTG+1: 20,315
      Hero (MP): 11,285

      Pre-Flop: (1,425) T:diamond: Q:diamond: dealt to Hero (MP)
      2 folds, Hero raises to 1,300, 2 folds, SB calls 1,000, BB folds

      Flop: (3,725) 3:diamond: 7:heart: 2:heart: (2 Players)
      SB bets 3,725, Hero raises to 9,910 and is All-In, SB calls 6,185

      Turn: (23,545) 3:club: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      River: (23,545) 4:heart: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Results: 23,545 Pot
      SB showed 5:club: 5:spade: (two pair, Fives and Threes) and WON 23,545 (+12,260 NET)
      Hero showed T:diamond: Q:diamond: (a pair of Threes) and LOST (-11,285 NET)


      Maybe my move was a little donkish and I should've just layed it down when he bet the pot on the flop, but I felt he was trying to push me off something like AK or AQ, but my shove would've probably been better if a facecard came on the flop, since I didn't put him a big hand. Ohh well, you live and you learn right...
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      I played one 2$ MTT today, a 668 man, finished in 61st place, making a whopping 3.34$ :rolleyes: Got absolutely no cards throughout the tourney, all I got was 1xAKo (I won the pot by check/raising on a bluff on the flop), 1xJJ (lost, folded when an A hit on the flop, opponent had AJ), and 4x99 (folded twice before the flop, folded one on the flop and flopped one set from the BB and doubled up).

      Those were literally the only hands I got throughout the entire tourney, which really sucked as it gave me no possibilty to win the thing.

      I got eliminated when I open pushed with 9xBB stack from middle pos with ATo and a co shortstack in the SB called with 89s, and ofcourse he hits the 8 to eliminate me.

      I keep cashing in these MTT but only just, was really frusterated by the lack of cards today, but I thougth it was amazing I managed to get into the money with no cards at all.

      I have a couple of hand from the tourney which I though were interesting:

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 80/160 Blinds, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      UTG+1: 7,244
      UTG+2: 3,452
      MP1: 11,184
      MP2: 16,400
      Hero (CO): 3,425
      BTN: 6,365
      SB: 11,260
      BB: 5,740
      UTG: 3,265

      Pre-Flop: (240) 4:heart: 8:diamond: dealt to Hero (CO)
      5 folds, Hero calls 160, BTN folds, SB calls 80, BB checks

      Flop: (480) 4:club: K:heart: 4:diamond: (3 Players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: (480) 4:spade: (3 Players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

      River: (480) A:heart: (3 Players)
      SB checks, BB bets 320, Hero raises to 3,265 and is All-In, 2 folds

      Results: 1,120 Pot
      Hero mucked 4:heart: 8:diamond: and WON 1,120 (+640 NET)

      I did my "call in late position just so it isn't so obvious when I steal the pot on the flop" thingy, but I was wondering if my shove was maybe the wrong play here? I felt he was bluffing, and he did not have a K or a PP so if he hit the ace I double up but if he's bluffing he's gonna fold anyway so why not try to double up?


      Here's the other one, the JJ hand that I mentioned earlier:

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 200/400 Blinds, 50 Ante, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      BTN: 7,260
      SB: 15,245
      BB: 3,065
      UTG: 5,880
      UTG+1: 2,240
      UTG+2: 5,780
      MP1: 15,265
      MP2: 7,520
      Hero (CO): 14,700

      Pre-Flop: (1,050) J:spade: J:club: dealt to Hero (CO)
      3 folds, MP1 raises to 1,200, MP2 folds, Hero calls 1,200, BTN folds, SB calls 1,000, BB folds

      Flop: (4,450) 7:spade: A:club: 4:spade: (3 Players)
      SB checks, MP1 bets 1,600, Hero folds, SB calls 1,600

      Turn: (7,650) 2:club: (2 Players)
      SB checks, MP1 checks

      River: (7,650) 9:club: (2 Players)
      SB bets 3,200, MP1 calls 3,200

      Results: 14,050 Pot
      SB showed 8:spade: K:spade: (Ace King high) and LOST (-6,050 NET)
      MP1 showed J:diamond: A:heart: (a pair of Aces) and WON 14,050 (+8,000 NET)


      Should I raise preflop or is this okey? I just wanted to see the flop, If I flop a set on an overpair I feel confident with my hand, but otherwise I just hate playing jacks. To many possible overs that can hit the flop etc. Just hate the jacks.
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
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      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      played a few MTT's today, just got eliminated from a 2$ deepstack one, 780 players, I finish in 108th, 72 places paid. Gutted about the way I got eliminated, I only have 8xBB in SB(been grinding my way through the tourney, getting no action with big hand and getting bad beat, all in with AJo vs A8, 8 on the flop), everybody folds to the BU, he bets 3xBB, I shove with KTs, BB folds and BU think for a long time (he has about 18xBB stack) and then calls with 34o. And he flops a pair and rivers a flush at the same time I make a pair of tens.

      I'm gutted about how harsh these MTT's are, I keep getting deep in these things, only to get eliminated by a worse hand.

      Man I hate poker sometimes.
    • timukasr
      timukasr
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      Joined: 26.05.2007 Posts: 1,820
      If you want to grind MTTs then you have to have nerves of steel.

      When I used to grind MTTs (I had time back then) I used to wake up at 10 am and go to sleep 4am (16 hours later). I played only tournaments (usually 9-14 tables) and it was pretty standard that I got bad beats on 80% of them that day and my ROI was -20% or maybe +1%. But that's the life of MTT grinder. One time you lose like 25 tourneys straight and the other time you ship one for $2k and are back on track.

      Gl!
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
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      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Your right about that, MTT grinding is not for the faint-hearted, but I think I can manage. Just gotta keep my head up high and keep playing my A game.

      Cheers for the response timulasr ;)
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      yet another bummer... Been playing great poker throughout the tourney, then I get absolutely no cards for about 50 hands, and I go from having about 1.8 times the average stack to having 0.8 times the average.

      Finally get AQo in late pos, have 18.5xBB stack, bet 3xBB, then a stack a little bigger than me shoves and I call. He has 99 hand flops a 9 and I'm out in 61st place out of 399, 45 paid.

      I'm getting so sick of this, especially since I play so little, I average 1 MTT a day on work days and then I play a few more on weekends (but I don't multi table svo I'm playing in a MTT for maybe a few hours, get in deep, get eliminated and start another one).

      I'm so frusterated with this sh*t...


      Here's the final hand... Should I fold here?

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 150/300 Blinds, 25 Ante, 8 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      UTG+1: 21,360
      MP1: 8,665
      MP2: 9,676
      Hero (CO): 5,555
      BTN: 1,890
      SB: 5,157
      BB: 6,020
      UTG: 7,898

      Pre-Flop: (650) A:spade: Q:heart: dealt to Hero (CO)
      4 folds, Hero raises to 900, 2 folds, BB raises to 5,995 and is All-In, Hero calls 4,630 and is All-In

      Flop: (11,410) 9:heart: 6:spade: 5:spade: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Turn: (11,410) 7:club: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      River: (11,410) J:club: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Results: 11,410 Pot
      Hero showed A:spade: Q:heart: (Ace Queen high) and LOST (-5,555 NET)
      BB showed 9:spade: 9:diamond: (three of a kind, Nines) and WON 11,410 (+5,855 NET)



      And here are a couple of other interesing hands from the same MTT:

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 10/20 Blinds, 7 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      CO: 1,490
      BTN: 1,500
      SB: 1,480
      BB: 1,500
      UTG: 1,500
      UTG+1: 1,500
      Hero (MP): 1,500

      Pre-Flop: (30) Q:diamond: Q:spade: dealt to Hero (MP)
      2 folds, Hero raises to 65, CO folds, BTN calls 65, SB folds, BB calls 45

      Flop: (205) 3:diamond: 8:club: A:diamond: (3 Players)
      BB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

      Turn: (205) A:spade: (3 Players)
      BB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

      River: (205) 5:club: (3 Players)
      BB checks, Hero bets 115, BTN raises to 230, 2 folds

      Results: 435 Pot
      BTN mucked and WON 435 (+255 NET)

      There is pretty much nothing I can beat here... If he was bluffing, wouldn't he bet more?


      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 50/100 Blinds, 8 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      Hero (MP2): 5,260
      CO: 1,065
      BTN: 5,840
      SB: 6,175
      BB: 4,040
      UTG: 7,665
      UTG+1: 4,525
      MP1: 4,850

      Pre-Flop: (100) K:diamond: K:heart: dealt to Hero (MP2)
      BB calls 100, UTG raises to 200, UTG+1 calls 200, MP1 calls 200, Hero raises to 900, 5 folds, UTG+1 calls 700, MP1 calls 700

      Flop: (3,100) 5:spade: A:diamond: K:club: (3 Players)
      UTG+1 checks, MP1 checks, Hero checks

      Turn: (3,100) 4:club: (3 Players)
      UTG+1 bets 1,500, MP1 folds, Hero raises to 4,360 and is All-In, UTG+1 folds

      Results: 6,100 Pot
      Hero mucked K:diamond: K:heart: and WON 6,100 (+3,700 NET)


      Should I play this different? maybe bet out on the flop? smoothcall on the turn? Or is this okey?
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
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      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Monster cooler... been playing brilliantly so far and then this happens (209/573 left and I have an average stack)

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 120/240 Blinds, 25 Ante, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      Hero (SB): 7,740
      BB: 18,605
      UTG: 9,845
      UTG+1: 2,355
      UTG+2: 20,791
      MP1: 7,775
      MP2: 5,685
      CO: 5,655
      BTN: 27,895

      Pre-Flop: (585) Q:diamond: 8:heart: dealt to Hero (SB)
      UTG calls 240, 4 folds, CO calls 240, BTN calls 240, Hero calls 120, BB checks

      Flop: (1,425) 8:club: 5:club: Q:club: (5 Players)
      Hero bets 720, BB calls 720, 3 folds

      Turn: (2,865) T:heart: (2 Players)
      Hero bets 2,400, BB raises to 6,600, Hero raises to 6,755 and is All-In, BB calls 155

      River: (16,375) J:heart: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Results: 16,375 Pot
      Hero showed Q:diamond: 8:heart: (two pair, Queens and Eights) and LOST (-7,740 NET)
      BB showed K:club: 9:club: (a flush, King high) and WON 16,375 (+8,635 NET)
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      OMG!!!!!!! Started multi tabling MTT's for the first time today, playing ABC poker... Well that didn't work because I didn't get any cards at all so all I could do was fold till I had 10xBB stack, and then shove. I get down to the final MTT I'm playing in, a 637 man deepstack. Since I got knocked out of the other ones I started playing brilliantly, got my self from 1100 to 17k in just a few dozen hands, stealing blinds, restealing, outplaying. when I have 17k the average stack is about 13k, 136 ppl left, and this happens:

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 200/400 Blinds, 50 Ante, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      UTG+1: 16,975
      UTG+2: 26,152
      MP1: 20,538
      MP2: 15,920
      Hero (CO): 19,390
      BTN: 9,370
      SB: 20,965
      BB: 3,984
      UTG: 2,107

      Pre-Flop: (1,050) K:spade: K:club: dealt to Hero (CO)
      UTG calls 400, UTG+1 raises to 2,250, 3 folds, Hero raises to 19,340 and is All-In, 4 folds, UTG+1 calls 14,675 and is All-In

      Flop: (35,300) T:heart: J:club: 4:club: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Turn: (35,300) 9:club: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      River: (35,300) 3:diamond: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Results: 35,300 Pot
      UTG+1 showed J:spade: J:diamond: (three of a kind, Jacks) and WON 35,300 (+18,325 NET)
      Hero showed K:spade: K:club: (a pair of Kings) and LOST (-16,975 NET)


      F*cking horrible, I can't believe hard it is to navigate through all these idiots! I knew I had him beat and I knew he would call if I shoved. If luck weren't a factor I'd win every hand (okey not really but I understand where Phil is coming from)

      I would have been the second chipleader with 38k, 95xBB. Been grinding all night with absolutely NO cards, then I get into the zone and play every hand I enter to perfection, and then get a beat like that. I can't believe this.
      It makes it so much worse that I haven't cashed anything decent in a long time.

      Maybe this stuff isn't for me.
    • alejandrosh
      alejandrosh
      Bronze
      Joined: 02.07.2008 Posts: 4,346
      relax this is the life in mtt grinding, I played mostly mtt on march and 18 to 25 non cashing streaks (or just making itm) were common , still it was the best month on my poker hobby (or career, however it's called)

      just remember to stick to brm , while playing these things, also that no matter how good you are the most common short term result is buyin into the tourney and finish out of the money.
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Well, just played the first MTT of the day, after about 20-30 hands the deck just died on me, but I grinded my way through the thing with blind stealing, restealing and just overall great play. Just before I got eliminated I ran over the last 50 hands and there wasn't one premium hand, I kid you not :evil: :) But that didn't matter, I was outplaying everybody, all my moves worked perfectly and I never went to showdown. Then 28 players are left (18 places paid) and I have just pulled off a huge resteal to take my stack up to 12k (avr stack 10k) when I get AKo. Here's the hand:

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 120/240 Blinds, 25 Ante, 7 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      SB: 13,326
      BB: 7,440
      UTG: 17,453
      UTG+1: 8,423
      Hero (MP): 10,770
      CO: 13,245
      BTN: 3,290

      Pre-Flop: (535) A:diamond: K:spade: dealt to Hero (MP)
      2 folds, Hero raises to 720, 2 folds, SB raises to 2,000, BB folds, Hero raises to 4,560, SB raises to 13,301 and is All-In, Hero calls 6,185 and is All-In

      Flop: (21,905) 8:diamond: 6:heart: 7:club: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Turn: (21,905) 6:spade: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      River: (21,905) 9:spade: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Results: 21,905 Pot
      SB showed Q:heart: Q:diamond: (two pair, Queens and Sixes) and WON 21,905 (+11,135 NET)
      Hero showed A:diamond: K:spade: (a pair of Sixes) and LOST (-10,770 NET)


      Should I have played this differently or is this okey? Maybe I should've folded when he raised to 2k? I don't know what the rule is on AK deep in MTT's? Should you just give it up? (bear in mind that it was my first premium hand in about 70-80 hands).
    • Kimber88
      Kimber88
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      Joined: 08.07.2008 Posts: 1,333
      No offense pal, but you sound like Phil Helmuth:

      "I play perfect poker and this idiot plays like shit. Unbelievable!" haha..

      Nice blog though and I wish you the best of luck..
    • alejandrosh
      alejandrosh
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      Joined: 02.07.2008 Posts: 4,346
      since SB could be 3betting looser than JJ+ , AK+ I'm indeed 3betting him and after that can't fold.

      you are not thaaaaat deep that going all in with AK in mp3 vs sb be a huge mistake anyway
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
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      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Originally posted by Kimber88
      No offense pal, but you sound like Phil Helmuth:

      "I play perfect poker and this idiot plays like shit. Unbelievable!" haha..

      Nice blog though and I wish you the best of luck..
      lol, I know it sounds that way, but it's true... It surely happens that I play like shit, but when I'm in the zone and playing every hand I enter perfectly and then get knocked out by some idiot it's really frusterating.

      The thing is that I just don't write about it when I play like a retard, you only hear of the hands I play like a champion :D

      Just been eliminated from another one... first lost the zillionth coinflip in a row with AQs vs JJ, then get KK the following hand AIPF vs 33 vs AJo and triple up. Two hands later I get AKo vs 88 vs AA AIPF. Ofcourse ofcourse.

      I appreciate the hand advice alejandrosh ;)
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Just finished a deep stack MTT, managed to grind my way to 13th place with no cards in the last two hours, only staying alive by stealing blinds and antes once an orbit... my stack was seriously 60-70k for like an hour, always just picking up b's and a's every now and then.

      So, finished 13th out of 645, winning $10,32, which is kind of sh*t :tongue:

      Pushed in middle pos with AT and got called by AJ, board 33AJJ.

      My 16-straight-MTT-without-a-cash-drought is over, although I really really wanted to make the FT.

      I served one bad beat throughout the entire tourney, shoving from SB with A6o into BB with AK, hitting a 6 on the turn :)
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
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      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Placed 5th in a small MTT just now, 279 players... Was the CL when the FT began, misplayed the last hand and am serverely frusterated with myself. Got $40.46, which is okey I guess.

      Here's the final hand:


      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 1,500/3,000 Blinds, 400 Ante, 5 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      Hero (SB): 109,590
      BB: 33,685
      UTG: 146,171
      CO: 63,488
      BTN: 65,566

      Pre-Flop: (6,500) K:heart: K:diamond: dealt to Hero (SB)
      UTG raises to 6,000, 2 folds, Hero raises to 15,000, BB folds, UTG calls 9,000

      Flop: (35,000) J:club: 3:club: 7:spade: (2 Players)
      Hero checks, UTG bets 35,000, Hero calls 35,000

      Turn: (105,000) 6:club: (2 Players)
      Hero bets 59,190 and is All-In, UTG calls 59,190

      River: (223,380) 8:club: (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

      Results: 223,380 Pot
      Hero showed K:heart: K:diamond: (a pair of Kings) and LOST (-109,590 NET)
      UTG showed K:club: 5:club: (a flush, King high) and WON 223,380 (+113,790 NET)

      I got too greedy there on the turn, I should've just shoved over his 35k bet. When the club hit I panic'd. But I'm obviously playing against an idiot, so I should've shoved on the turn, he probably would've called with something like QJ/KJ/AJ. STUPID ME!
    • timukasr
      timukasr
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      Joined: 26.05.2007 Posts: 1,820
      You were pretty much bound to bust on that hand, unlucky. These final table coolers are the worst things. I mean fuck 2 weeks of cash table downswing compared to these bad beats.
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      I'm still shocked that he played K5s that way... But like you said, I probably couldn't have done anything to not bust there, if I shove over his 35k bet on turn he'll probably call me, so doesn't matter if I played it risky and smoothcalled on the turn (although in hindsight it would have been the best move to shove turn).

      Thx for the comment Timukasr =)
    • icegooner4
      icegooner4
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.12.2007 Posts: 60
      Well just placed 3rd in a 311 man MTT, worth around $75. My second straight FT, and my 3rd straight cash. Not a bad turnaaround after 15 tourneys in a row without a cash.

      I think I did well to get 3rd, since I didn't have a huge stack at one point at the FT, managed to grind my way up, with one lucky double up after a stupid shove with KQo into AJo, hitting a K on the river. When we were down to three they had a big chip advantage on me, so it was hard for me to play any poker. Anytime I bet (every time with garbage, I didn't get any good hands at the FT) I got called and then bet/raised out of the pot on the flop. So I decided to push or fold with around 25BBs. I was shoveing most aces, just trying to stay alive. Then the last hand I shoved into the worse player out of the other two, who I knew would call with hands like KQ, KJ, KT, QJ etc. So I shove A7o with a 52k stack and get called by KT (he has about 240k, and the other player has around 130k), he flops a T and I'm out in 3rd. Overall I'm happy with the finish.

      Here's a hand which I enjoyed very much! :D

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 50/100 Blinds, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      MP2: 4,640
      CO: 2,675
      Hero (BTN): 5,880
      SB: 2,495
      BB: 4,685
      UTG: 4,780
      UTG+1: 1,015
      UTG+2: 1,515
      MP1: 1,920

      Pre-Flop: (150) 4:heart: 3:diamond: dealt to Hero (BTN)
      6 folds, Hero raises to 300, SB folds, BB calls 200

      Flop: (650) Q:club: 3:spade: 3:heart: (2 Players)
      BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: (650) A:club: (2 Players)
      BB checks, Hero bets 300, BB raises to 600, Hero raises to 1,750, BB calls 1,150

      River: (4,150) K:spade: (2 Players)
      BB bets 2,635 and is All-In, Hero calls 2,635

      Results: 9,420 Pot
      Hero showed 4:heart: 3:diamond: (three of a kind, Threes) and WON 9,420 (+4,735 NET)
      BB showed J:spade: A:spade: (two pair, Aces and Threes) and LOST (-4,685 NET)



      And here's one didn't enjoy as much, but was very pleased when he showed his hand.

      Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 200/400 Blinds, 50 Ante, 9 Players
      LeggoPoker.com - Hand History Converter

      BTN: 9,452
      SB: 17,182
      Hero (BB): 17,369
      UTG: 5,590
      UTG+1: 6,044
      UTG+2: 5,350
      MP1: 24,640
      MP2: 26,331
      CO: 3,869

      Pre-Flop: (1,050) 2:diamond: J:spade: dealt to Hero (BB)
      4 folds, MP2 calls 400, 2 folds, SB calls 200, Hero checks

      Flop: (1,650) J:heart: K:diamond: J:diamond: (3 Players)
      SB bets 400, Hero calls 400, MP2 raises to 800, SB calls 400, Hero calls 400

      Turn: (4,050) 9:spade: (3 Players)
      SB bets 400, Hero calls 400, MP2 raises to 5,650, 2 folds

      Results: 5,250 Pot (5,250 Rake)
      MP2 showed J:club: T:spade: (three of a kind, Jacks) and LOST (-1,650 NET)


      So, my bankroll is as high as ever at $248 after the last three cashs of 10$, 40$ & 75$. I'm just gonna keep grinding the 2$ MTT's and one day become king! :D
    • wasy8
      wasy8
      Black
      Joined: 29.01.2009 Posts: 1,507
      Maybe you should try the $5.50 one for PS members only - go to the private tab under Tournaments, and register for PokerStrategy English at 19:30. Password is rivered.

      Hope to see you there!
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