Saturday, May 27, 2006
DebiMac Makes it Two
DebiMac made it two victories in the Holdem Affair tonight. She caught some hands early and spent most of the night with the leaders. She was in second place going into the first hour break and in third when the final table was seated. This gal is putting it together. Our hostess of the weekly, Thursday night Mac Attack has become a player to watch out for. Sengar is another player who has proven he can win in the Holdem Affair, but tonight DebiMac got the better of him in the heads up match. Spideytwo finished out the money table with an excellent third place finish. Gjones had the gut wrenching role of finishing on the bubble and Rocknfish finished fifth.
There were only seven people eliminated in the first hour of this week’s Holdem Affair. Twenty-one of our finest were still alive. This week’s story is almost boring in that DebiMac was in the running from the first orbit. By the time we hit the first hour break your leaderboard was shaping up in this way:
Shmakal = 5360
DebiMac = 3750
Unionthug = 3435
VegasSno = 2960
Sengar = 2510
Mellow Yellow = 2375
lisa1433 = 2320
d o double d = 115
Spideytwo = 1655
Rocknfish = 1630
It was 40 minutes later when the next eleven were eliminated. Some of the final table regulars were gone like Jennifear and Kate Starbird but take a look at this shark tank of a final ten. Talk about some familiar faces.
Sengar = 10070
Shmakal = 6905
DebiMac = 5425
Unionthug = 3860
Rocknfish = 3410
Spideytwo = 3340
msrinny02 = 3270
Mellow Yellow = 2425
Gjones = 2300
Bombadil = 995
Bombadil was very short stacked when we sat down at the final table but managed to put together a bit of a battle before he ran into gjones holding pocket jacks on hand 11. This was an excellent showing for the newcomer.
The very next hand pocket jacks weren’t all that successful for Mellow Yellow. All-in and he watched as Sengar turned over Js Qc. Looking good for the mellow one and when the turn showed 4h 9s 6s Td it looked very good. But that darn river brought the 8s and the straight for Sengar. Mellow Yellow was gone in 9th place and now Sengar was double Shmakal in second place.
Seven hands later with the antes 25 and the blinds 150/300, Rocknfish raised to 600 only to have msrinny re-raise all-in for 1595. But if that wasn’t enough for our favorite fish, gjones said he wanted in and pushed all of his 3570 chips into the middle. Rocknfish dove back into the pond and let those two fight it out. Msrinny02 showed As Jd and gjones Qd Qs. And the race was on. And it was over on the flop when that came Qc 7d 2s. That set was all gjones needed to send msrinny home in 8th place
Hand 21 was big. Sengar was the chip leader with 11695 and DebiMac had fallen back to fourth place with 5525. Sengar opened for 1225 and after two folds DebiMac pushed all 5500 to the middle. What is going on here? Sengar thought for awhile but decided that his Ac Qc just might be good enough to enter in this race. And he was right because DebiMac turned over Ks Jh at the starting line. Well, at least she wasn’t dominated. And that was the key – as the flop came 5d 6h Js. That Jack was all it took for DebiMac to rake in an 11625 pot and the chip lead.
Just two hands later Sengar, Unionthug, and Shmakal saw the cheap flop fall Tc 7h 7c. Sengar checked, Shmakal checked and Unionthug raised to 1075. Sengar check raised to 2150. Shmakal believed him and bailed out of the hand but Unionthug must have been suspicious because he fired back for all 2440 of his chips. Sengar called the re-steal. Unionthug showed Ad Jd – two strong over cards but Sengar had limped into the flop with 7d 9d and had hit trips. Unionthug had to settle for 7th place this week.
We were down to just six and now the real poker began. The only show down we saw for the next 20 hands was when Rocknfish and spideytwo both showed AKo to split a pot. Then Sengar took a big pot from Shmakal on hand 43 to take back the chip lead.
Hand 47 and Shmakal is battling back. DebiMac opened for 1700 and Shmakal came along to see the flop come Th 2c Qd. Remember now that DebiMac is one of the big stacks so when Shmakal pushed all 1980 of his remaining chips you knew he meant business. And yet, DebiMac made the call holding just Ac Jh. She apparently didn’t think much of Shmakal’s hand. But Shmakal turned over pocket nines. He had made the right play. But DebiMac still had ten outs. And I’ll be darned if one of those outs – the Kd didn’t show his face on the river. Shmakal was gut shot and gone in 6th place.
DebiMac and Sengar were starting to put some distance between themselves and the remaining three. The next few hands saw nothing but thievery until hand 55 when Rocknfish accepted Sengar’s challenge to rumble. Rocknfish had wagered it all on his Kc Qc – was Sengar really trying to steal? Oops, this time Sengar turned over a real hand, Ad Jd. The board ended up 9 high without a single club. Rocknfish was our 5th place finisher.
Okay, we are only paying three tonight. Who misses out? The sparing and dancing, and out right thievery went on for 33 hands. All the while, Sengar and DebiMac were comfortable with large stacks. But the antes were now 75 and the blinds 300/600. Spideytwo and gjones were fighting for their lives as the blinds crept up on them. Hand 86 saw gjones post the 75 antes and the 600 big blind from a stack of only 870. Sengar completed from the small blind and they saw the flop come 5h Kc 7h. Sengar, of course, just mini-bet 600 - that was enough to cover the 195 left in gjones stack. Gjones must not have minded too much though because he was able to turn over Qh Th. He had a solid flush draw and maybe two live cards. Believe it or not, Sengar showed 7c 3h for second pair. He had called with junk because of the very short stack that gjones saw himself left with. That paired up seven was just enough and Gjones was gone on the bubble this week.
Spideytwo had climbed back into the action and by hand 99 had 9000 chips to Sengar with 13000 and DebiMac with 19000. One of the truly enjoyable and down right amazing things about the Holdem Affair is to watch the play at the final table. So often you know darn well that they are playing each other as much as they are playing their cards. That is what real tournament poker is all about. And that kind of play sets up the next action hand. Hand 99, Spideytwo is UTG with As Js. He opened for 4700, nearly an 8BB raise. Sengar came over the top in response for all 13090. What would you do if you were in Spidey’s place? You just shoved half of your stack into the middle, maybe even hoping for a call so you could push the rest in on the flop and now someone has put you to the test! Well, our favorite superhero made the call. After all, there aren’t many hands better than AJ suited. But one of those hands is Ad Qd, and that is what Sengar showed. Each ended up with a pair of aces and, as so often happens in tournament play, it was the kicker that decided the hand. Spideytwo was gone in third place. Great game, Spidey.
Hand 100 and we are down to two players – DebiMac has 19105 and Sengar 22895. DebiMac shifted into high gear and tried to push around Sengar. But Sengar is an experienced heads up player. He has been here many times before. He let DebiMac take a few minimum pots but snapped off two or three larger pots to keep his dominant position. Hand 116 really decided the match. DebiMac opened for 1950 and Sengar replied with a push. Sengar held 4c 4s and definitely made the right play. DebiMac pushed back with Ks Tc – two over cards to the small pair. Sengar was ahead before the flop but that flop showed up with the Kc and that was all Deb needed to mortally wound Sengar.
The next hand was the last. Sengar was dealt Ah 6s and raised to 1950. Deb pushed him all-in and Sengar was happy to call. Until he saw Deb’s big slick. No sixes to bail Sengar and DebiMac posted her second Holdem Affair victory.
A wonderful night. I had a great time watching the action.
See you al next Saturday night.