Sunday, February 26, 2006

DebiMac Comes Through

DebiMac broke through and posted her very first Holdem Affair victory. It was a great money table. Deb battled from late position to dominate the table and record the win. Newcomer Dubie was second and Hemi Henry, msrinny02 and inxsdude rounded out the top five.

Thirty-four players entered the Holdem Affair this week. Msrinny was definitely the cream of my table the first hour. Twice I took her on with the best hand pre-flop only to have her hit trips and slap me down. Twice I battled back and then she took me out in the second hour. We were down to 21 when the first hour break let everyone head for the relief stations. Here are your leaders:
  1. Dubie = 8890

  2. msrinny02 = 3935

  3. whrlingdrvish = 3320

  4. Stevob19 = 3250

  5. aktim = 3205

  6. coachstove = 2905

  7. DebiMac = 2815

  8. Jennifear = 2810

  9. Jewelcard = 2280

  10. ThreesRWild = 2085

Like I said I was knocked out in the second hour but just to show you how frustrating this game can be – let me show you a hand that ended up being very decisive for me. Hand 99, and I have battled back to 2785 in chips from being down to 275. I’m actually in the middle of the pack and doing fairly well when I am dealt Tc Td in the big blind. Aktim raised to 300 and I called to see the flop come 7c Th 8c. Bingo – I hit my set. I checked and aktim potted it. I check/raised all-in and aktim was quick to call. He held pocket aces. Alright – double up here and I am the chip leader at my table. But the poker gods had another thought – Jh on the turn and the 9c on the river. The table showed a straight and we split the pot. The very next hand msrinny flops trip queens to relieve me of half my stack and ten hands later I’m all-in against her with pocket fours against her Ah Ts. She catches trip tens this time and I am gone. Don’t you just want to scream sometimes?

Msrinny was clearly the dominant force in the second hour. She totally crushed all attempts to take her on. We seated the final table 1 hour and 44 minutes into the Holdem Affair.
  1. msrinny02 = 21575

  2. Dubie = 5910

  3. Hemi Henry = 5100

  4. DebiMac = 4090

  5. whrlingdrvish = 4000

  6. coachstove = 3215

  7. inxsdude = 3130

  8. Jennifear = 1635

  9. Laeshalady = 1565

  10. annieboom = 760

This is where the story really starts. Hang in there with me because this is going to be a rough ride. I’m going to try to figure out just what happened.

Annieboom went out on the first hand. Pocket queens against coachstove holding big slick. Coach flopped an ace and it was over for Annie.

Hand 14 and msrinny puts it to Laeshalady – pocket Queens versus pocket sevens. Msrinny is up to 27610 chips.

Hand 20 and Jennifear is in the small blind and getting short. She was holding Tc 5s and when the flop came Kh Th 5h, she had two pair. All-in against whrlingdrvish and his 9h 8c. He calls with the flush draw and backdoor straight draw. He caught the 3h on the turn and Jennifear was gone. At this point Msrinny has 27535 and DebiMac has 2215 in chips. DebiMac went on a rush and won the next three hands to put her in fourth place.

Hand 30 and the flop comes 6s 6c 9s. Whrlingdrvish holds 9d 8d and pushes all into the middle. Hemi Henry is happy to call – he holds 9h 9c. Whrlingdrvish is gone from his first Holdem Affair in 7th place. Henry is now back in second place but way behind msrinny.

Hand 38 and coachstove is the shortest stack with only 2225 posting the small blind of 150. Only Dubie limps to him and Coachstove pushed on the steal holding Kh 7h. Dubie made the call holding Ad Tc. The board missed them both and the ace held for Dubie. We are down to five – the money table and DebiMac is short with 3440 and the blinds 200/400.

Hand 47 and it is time for DebiMac to make a move. Pocket tens look good for a push and msrinny is the only caller holding Ad Qd. The board missed them both and the tens held to double up DebiMac to 7430.

Hand 52 is a heartbreaker for inxsdude. He raised pre-flop and got it all in against Dubie holding big slick against Dubie’s pocket eights. The flop brought an ace but it also brought an eight. The turn ace gave inxsdude trips but it gave Dubie the boat. Inxsdude was gone in fifth place. The hand was huge for Dubie for he ended up with 18730 in a virtual tie with rinny at 18835.

Dubie took the lead on the next hand when his flopped pair of queens turned into trips on the turn running off Hemi Henry. For the next 40 plus hands they battled with DebiMac and Hemi Henry slowly draining the big stacks.

Hand 100 was a big one. Dubie flopped two pair and milked Msrinny for almost 4000 chips. That put Dubie firmly in the lead and knocked msrinny down to 13385 but still almost equal to DebiMac and Hemi Henry combined.

By now the antes were 100 and the blinds 400/800. 1600 chips just to see one - four hand orbit. Dubie hit msrinny again on hand 111. Dubie now had nearly 60% of the chips at the table.

Hand 115 and Hemi Henry took a nice pot from Dubie to climb into second place. But it didn’t last long. Just two hands later Msrinny raised to 1600 UTG and DebiMac pushed all 7030 into the middle in response. Msrinny rose to the challenge with her Kc Qh only to see DebiMac turn over Ah Kd. The flop came 9s Ac 2s and msrinny was dealt the crippling blow. DebiMac doubled up to 15260 and msrinny was down to her last 1455.

Rinny doubled up off Dubie on hand 121 and on the next hand was all-in with the flush draw to Dubie with pocket jacks. The fifth diamond didn’t show up for our lady and msrinny had to settle for 3rd place money. As I look back on the 120 hands, it was just a series of second best hands, played as well as anyone could, that did Msrinny in. This is a frustrating game.

We were down to three with Dubie leading with 31130, DebiMac second with 13560 and Hemi8 Henry third with 6310. They pushed the chips around, trading small pots for the next 20 hands. Then on hand 143, all three saw the cheap flop come 4h Jc Kc. Deb bet 3975, Henry bailed out and Dubie made the call. The turn brought the Td. DebiMac pushed in her last 7675 and Dubie made the call. Wow – big pot time. DebiMac turned over Jd Kh and had flopped two pair. Dubie showed Ac 8c and was hoping for the flush. The Ah was not enough for Dubie and DebiMac had doubled up. Folks – we now have a new chip leader.

Henry battled with Dubie for the next 14 hands. On hand 157 Hemi Henry took over second place. But then Dubie took it back just two hands later. DebiMac was carefully picking her spots and letting Dubie and Henry pound on each other. By now the antes were 150 and the blinds 800/1600. Hand 178, Dubie doubled up through DebiMac but the very next hand Hemi Henry doubled up through Dubie. Hand 181 and DebiMac failed again to knock out Dubie and this time doubled up Dubie into the lead – only to have DebiMac take many of those chips (and the lead) back just three hands later.

Hemi Henry lasted until hand 193. With only 2060 after posting his ante he pushed it all-in holding Ad Qd. DebiMac called holding Td 7h. That’s what you can do when you have 3 times more chips than the other two combined. The flop hit Debi very hard coming Jc Js Th. The final Jd on the river was totally unnecessary. Hemi Henry was gone and we were heads up.

The heads up match was only 15 hands. Deb had a 4:1 chip lead going into the battle but Dubie was determined to give her a fight. Dubie tried to push Deb but she pushed right back. The final hand was a great example of this. Dubie raised pre-flop to 4000 and Deb reraised to 6000. Dubie called to see the flop - 3h 3d As. DebiMac immediately pushed 12400 into the middle covering Dubie. Dubie held Ac 9c and had flopped top pair – of course he made the call. DebiMac turned over Jh 3c for flopped trips and it was all over.

DebiMac had won her first Holdem Affair. What an amazing final table. DebiMac was the short stack when we got down to five and won it all.

Folks, this one was a blast. They all are fun but this one was down right wild to watch and to play in.

See you all next week. Peace.

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