Sunday, February 12, 2006

Sengar Won the Pillow Fight

It took a marathon final table but Sengar posted his third Holdem Affair victory tonight.  The final showdown between Sengar, Corn Grinder, and LazerRic was truly a pleasure to watch.  No one could really land a solid blow.  As Corn Grinder pointed out “It was like three guys beating on each other with pillows”.  But slowly Sengar took control and came out on top.

It was a fun night full of some interesting hands and very good plays.  Unfortunately I didn’t contribute to the good play and busted out in 20th place.   There was one sequence of hands in the second hour that I thought was very interesting and so telling of how this game that we play can just drive you nuts.  We were down to 16 and the blinds were 150/300.  Coachstove was seated at one table with seven others when this sequence occurred.  

Hand 140 – Coach had 1390 chips.  UTG he woke up with pocket kings.  With only about 4 big blinds left in his stack all-in is the play.  All fold to Sengar in the small blind who goes all-in for his last 1285 because he has pocket Aces.  The flop nails Sengar with an ace and he doubles up and puts Coachstove in the intensive care unit.

Hand 141 and Coach is posting the big blind with his last 105 chips holding 3s 5h. Iteach1st called to see the flop holding Ac 8h.  The board ends up Tc 2d As 4h Ts giving coach the straight and he is doubled up.

Hand 142 – Coach is in the small blind.  He is all-in with his full stack of  315 chips.   Xtjbird13x and MagikCowboy call the extra 5 chips.  Coachstove held Jh Qh and the board ended up  Kh 7s Th As Jc.  That’s a straight for Coachstove and now he has tripled up to 945 chips.  He is out of ICU and can breath on his own now.

Hand 143 – Coach has Ac Th and is on a rush.  Five folds to him and he pushes only to have xtjbird13x  call him down holding pocket aces.  The flop missed them both and Coachstove was gone in 16th place.  Can you imagine running into the pocket rockets twice in a four hand sequence.  That has got to be a painful way to go out.  Bummer coach.

We seated the final table two hours and six minutes into the Holdem Affair.  Here are your players:
  1. Papoorboy =  11885

  2. Sengar = 8110 ( only 25 hands after being down to 2 BB)

  3. xtjbird13x = 6330

  4. Iteach1st = 6125

  5. gjones = 5020

  6. Corn Grinder = 4985

  7. LazerRic = 3825

  8. Jewelcard = 3425

  9. bugman22j = 3145

  10. winforlife = 2650

Hand 6 and Jewelcard was the first to fall.  With the antes 50 and the blinds 200/400, he was down to 1975 holding 6s 5s.  The flop came 4h 3s Ts giving the flush draw and the straight draw heads up against Corn Grinder.  All-in was the play and CG made the call holding As Kd.  Jewel, you made the right play.  You were actually 64% - 36% when the money went into the middle.  But this is poker and the Qc 9h completed the board to miss them both.  

Hand 25 was a huge hand.  Antes now 75 and blinds 300/600,  Corn Grinder raised to 1200, iteach1st pushed her last 600 into the pot, and then gjones pushed for 1820.  Corn Grinder calmly made the call.  CG had KK, gjones had 77 and iteach1st held 8c 2c.  The flop hit teach but the turn landed on Corn Grinder for the set and we were down to seven in one fell swoop.

Hand 32 and now winforlife was desperate going all-in with just Kc 7h.  But LazerRic had looked him up holding just 3d Jh.  The flop decided the hand, though, showing 3h 8s Qc.  Winforlife was gone in 7th place.

Just two hands later and we had ourselves a battle.  Xtjbird13x pushed all 5400 into the middle holding pocket fives.  Sengar made the call holding Ad Qh.  The flop missed them both but the turn was the Qd and tjbird was gone.  We had our money table.

At hand 39 bugman22j started a rush.  Holding pocket fives held rivered his boat to double up.  Hand 41 he got pocket aces and won another 2100.  He had climbed out of the bottom and was getting healthy.  Hand 42 found him completing from the small blind holding Kc 6h, hoping to catch a flop.  When the flop came 4d 6c Ah he check-raised Corn Grinder who came back over the top and bugman made the call.  Oops, Corn Grinder turned over 4s 4c to show his set.  That’s all it took to end bugman’s rush and send him packing with 5th place money.

The four sparred until hand 58 when Papoorboy found himself the short stack with only 8635 and needing to post the big blind of 1200 to start the next hand.  All-in was the right play with his pocket fours but LazerRic took the challenge and threw down As Qc to contest the pot.  The flop hit Ric with the Ad and that was all she wrote for Papoorboy.

This is really where the marathon started and where Sengar showed his skill.  After Papoorboy was eliminated, Corn Grinder was in the lead with 23820. LazerRic had 21035 and Sengar 10645.  Hand 60 Corn Grinder won a huge pot (16375) from LazerRic and it looked good for the grinder.  But all three were alive and crafty.

Sengar got aggressive and took over the lead by stealing hands whenever he could.  Then LazerRic landed a couple of big hands and took the lead back.  Sengar battled back only to have Corn Grinder blast back to the front.  At hand 100 Corn Grinder had the lead with double Sengar in third.  Hand 101 LazerRic took the lead and the next hand he was clobbered by Sengar to give him the lead.  They were pounding away with knock out blows but getting nowhere for their efforts.

Finally on hand 121, that’s 63 hands after Papoorboy went to bed, Sengar had worked a big enough lead that LazerRic was desperate posting the 2000 big blind with only 3060 left in the poke.  Sengar held Jh Tc and Ric 9c 4c.  The flop paired up Sengar and LazerRic was done for the night in 3rd place.

Corn Grinder battled hard but Sengar was too far ahead at that point.  It was 14 hands later that Sengar put an end to the battle when he flopped a monster holding 4h 2s to a 2c 2d 5c flop.

What a night.  Great game to Sengar, Corn Grinder and LazerRic.  That was excellent short handed poker.


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