Saturday, March 31, 2007

Sunbob Comes From Behind

Okay folks. This is going to be a strange write up this week. Mainly because I was writing it while I played and I never busted out. In fact, I came from way down early at the final table to bust Hazy Cat to win it all.

We started with 39 tonight and we were down to 29 by the first hour break. Luckie In Luv was our chip leader but it was Hazy Cat that was the dominant force for the first hour.

Hazy Cat took back control of the lead in the second hour. But Luckie was right up there with him. I made a brief run at those two early in the second hour but fell back when a couple of plays went sour.

By the time we got down to 20, Hazy Cat was sitting pretty and Luckie was right behind him. Houn had climbed into third place and Glenso was fourth. I had fallen back to 13th place. We were just one hour and 33 minutes into the Holdem Affair.

The next ten are going pretty quickly. CoachstoveSr sent Papoorboy and Marti packing when his pocket tens went to quads.

Hey, I’ve been struggling with a short stack but at least I made it to the final table. One hour and 59 minutes into the event we found ourselves down to 10. And Hazy Cat is still our leader. Here is your final table.
Hazy Cat = 14675
Glenso = 9495
Dissident11 = 6695
Houn = 6110
Michele1024 = 6050
Coachstove = 5040
Luckie In Luv = 5145
Sunbob = 2500
Mellow Yellow = 2155
Wiiiiii = 1635

Wiiiiii was the first to go. Pocket nines don’t work against AJ when two more jacks show up on the board.

Now I’m the short stack. All-in or nothing will be my play. I just need to find my spot. But its time for the break and a few puffs on my cigar.

Okay, we are back from the second hour break. I have to make a play. The blinds are coming up and I have only 2525 with the antes 50 and the blinds 200/400. K Jo in the big blind. All fold to Coach on the button who raised – here I go. He had A2 and I spiked a jack. Double up time. I’m good for awhile now.

Coach and Mellow Yellow are the shorties now – 2590 and 2580.
I just busted Mellow Yellow when he pushed with A9 and I had A Jo. Lucky for me.

OMG, Luckie just pushed with KK and Dissident busted her when he caught a four card flush.

I just busted Coachstove when he pushed with A8 and I called with big slick. I’m now in second place right behind Hazy Cat.

Its bubble time. We are down to six and paying five. Can I at least cash tonight? We are at 300/600 and Houn has 3135. Let’s see how it goes.

Houn is gone – he just pushed with K9 and got called by Michele who paired her ace. I’m ITM and still in second place. Hazy Cat is pulling away from all of us though.

Hazy Cat just took out Dissident. The sick part is – I folded pocket sixes to the raise and push. The board flopped two more sixes.

Hazy just flopped a flush to knock out Glenso.

I just took Michele all-in with my 99 and she had AK. She caught a king. Now I’m the short stack.

A couple of timely steals and I’m back in the hunt.

I just busted Michele and I am in the lead – HEADS UP time.

Can you believe it – I can’t. I just caught a flush when Hazy Cat flopped two pair to bust him and win it all. Oh my. What a night. This has been the strangest story.

Great game everyone.


Saturday, March 17, 2007

LazerRic Cuts Through

Our old friend LazerRic showed up tonight in the disguise of Pecker Head. And he lived up to his new pseudonym by taking down the Holdem Affair field in a wild night of poker.

The roller coaster ride of playing hands on my table made Disney World look like a Des Moines fun park. Early on I was down to 200 chips then I was in 5th place by the first hour break. I eventually busted out in 12th place of this 36 person field. Rankdizzle was on the same ride and jumped off in 16th place after leading at least once.

Skippy2 was our first hour leader and by the time we set the final table Skippy was still leading the pack. I guess that table wasn’t as crazy.

Here is your final table:
Skippy2 = 14620
Pecker Head (LazerRic) = 12670
Papoorboy = 6305
Azale = 5225
Stevob19 = 4025
DebiMac = 2825
Winforlife = 2625
BirdsinDirt = 2400
SuperrSam = 2325
Princess1379 = 980

Princess was the short stack going in and after fighting into a full stack got clobbered by Azale with pocket queens.

BirdsinDirt is the short stack now. All-in with A9o and she flops 99A. Not short anymore. Winforlife had big slick but that was no match. Now winforlife is desperate with only 375 chips. The big blind takes him all-in, Q2 vs. 76s and he splits the pot. Small blind still has him desperate. Now BirdsinDirt is all-in with JJ against Pecker Head with A9 and the flop comes 9A9. What did I tell you about these tables? Birdie is gone.

The very next hand winforlife goes out to Azale when Azale spikes a 9 to pair up. BTW, in case you haven’t noticed, nines were the hot rank tonight.

SuperrSam pushes with pocket queens and is called by Stevob19 with A7o. The flop brings an ace and a seven and Sam is toast. It just didn’t pay to have the best hand on the flop tonight.

We are down to six and now it is DebiMac on life support. 100 chips and they are all in the middle holding J5o. Papoorboy has pocket eights and we are down to 5.

We have our money table and no desperate shorties. Time for poker.

With the blinds 300/600, Pecker Head is our leader with 17495 and Papoorboy is shortest with only 6380. The blinds go through pa and the 75 antes are eating him up. He can still be patient – but not for long. Stevob19 tries a steal from the small blind but Azale holds him off. Steve is in trouble now and is all-in on the next hand with Q8s. Pa called but Steve won the hand. Now Pa is down to 2330 and all-in with A8s vs Azale with big slick. But the table pairs his 8 and he doubles up. Stevob19 caught a flush from the small blind and doubles up to 6000. This is a battle, folks.

Pa is all-in from the button with no callers. Next, a pretty blind steal from the cut off for Steve to stay alive. Now Pa pushes his pocket tens and Steve falls with the call. Steve has to push now and gets two callers. Steve is gone in 5th place.

Pecker Head is still our leader but now Pa is in second. Azale is the short stack with 6600. But a button steal and he is back to 11300. This table is evening out. Azale with 10K to Pecker Head with 16K.

Just passing chips around for now, waiting for a chance. Azale takes a pot from Skippy and we have a new leader in Azale. Pa pushes A3s into Skippy with pocket eights. The eights held up and Papoorboy is gone in 4th place.

Azale and Pecker Head see a flop come K4K. Pecker Head takes the pot and gets back the lead.

There’s more sparring here than a heavyweight boxing camp. And Oliver Twist could learn a thing or two from the thievery. Pecker Head is getting the best of the sparring and has the lead now. Wow, now Skippy has the lead. Oops a fight broke out. Azale went after Pecker Head and failed. We are heads up now.

Skippy almost evened the gap but then PH pulled away again. No power plays here, this is sparring. Ops, spoke too fast. Wow, one knock out blow from Pecker Head and the match is over. Skippy had AKo and Pecker Head had QJs when the flop came QJ9. Skippy took the bait and Pecker Head took him down.

What a beautiful final table. A roller coaster ride of a night for all of us.


Saturday, March 10, 2007

MagikCowboy Rides Again

MagikCowboy was our winner tonight but its hard not to think that Agro is the story. It was a masterful battle by Agro to come back from the dead to finish in second place. But that would ignore the masterful play of MagikCowboy. He may not have been as spectacular or as exciting but he very calmly controlled the final table right through to the final hand. MagikCowboy was in the chip lead when we got to the final table and was still healthy when we got down to the money table. Patient, steady play was his strategy and tonight that was the answer.

Thirty-eight sat down this week and it was newcomer Ezekiel who led the pack after the first hour. BunaBoy1 was close behind and our gracious hostess Marti was in third place.

Ezekiel didn’t last through the second hour. This can be a vicious field and it took its toll this week. Marti was our bubble girl this week. The second hour just ate her up as well. MagikCowboy rose to the top as we approached the final table. Here is your leader board.
MagikCowboy = 15070
Big Lar8 = 11675
BunaBoy1 = 8690
BirdsinDirt = 4815
Agro = 4480
nutty = 3665
DaleT = 3570
Tai Pan = 2450
bugman22j = 1320
verbalkint = 1265

Verbalkint fell on the second hand when his ace/six fell to nutty with pocket eights.

Bugman22j fell on the very next hand. Ace Jack suited just isn’t good enough when Big Lar8 holds ace/queen.

BirdsinDirt held big slick but ran into MagikCowboy with King/ten. MagikCowboy caught the straight and our dirty bird was done for the night.

Tai Pan was the next to fall when he got clobbered by Big Lar8 and his big slick.

Agro was the last of our short stacks when we went to the second hour break. He won the first hand when they got back to get a little bit of breathing room. He patiently waited through three orbits and then doubled up through DaleT but he was still short. We were paying 5 tonight so it was bubble time. Being patient was a sound strategy for a short stack. The antes were eating him up when he got ace/king but DaleT turned over a slick of his own. King/ten flopped a straight and now he is a little healthier. The very next hand he won a pot off chip leader, MagikCowboy and now he was up to 7635. Breathing room with the blinds 300/600. Nutty is now the short stack with only 5235 in the big blind. But he caught a pair on the flop and won the pot. Agro has now gone from desperate to second place. Nutty and DaleT are both short.

The fortunes have shifted and now Big Lar8 is on the short stack with only 4980. DaleT is healthy now and in 2nd place with Agro close behind.

OMG, DaleT is gone. Agro saw the flop with him come down AQJ and pushed. DaleT had an Ace but Agro had KT and had flopped the miracle straight. DaleT bubbled this week. And the money table is set. Agro has gone from near death to the chip lead.

BigLar8 is down to 1180 and has to push. MagikCowboy caught his flop and Big Lar8 is gone.

Nutty goes in with AJ against MagikCowboy with pocket tens. He flopped his jack but Magik caught the four card flush.

Agro and Magik double teamed BunaBoy the very next hand and Magik caught the flop. We were now heads up.

Hand 84 is the start and MagikCowboy has the dominant stack. But Agro stole the lead on hand 87. Wow, Magik caught a straight on hand 90 and wrestled back into the lead. MagikCowboy just wore Agro down little by little until by hand 112 Agro had only 3410 when they saw the flop. Magik took the pot and the next hand Agro had to go all-in with 7 5. MagikCowboy turned over pocket kings and it was over. MagikCowboy had never really been in trouble during the whole final table but, boy, you can’t say that for Agro. This was an exciting final table. Great game to all of you.


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Thunder3 Climbed the Ladder to Victory

Thunder3 climbed the ladder and took down his first Holdem Affair title this week. He went into the final table in seventh place but patience and sound play turned him into a winner.

It was a wild first hour on table #3 tonight. Jennifear was leading the way but it seemed like all of us were playing a loose strategy. That made for some wild hands and a lot of action. It must have been at the other tables as well because we started with 37 and we were down to only 24 at the first hour break. Here is your first hour leaderboard.
Jennifear = 4905
Azale = 4830
thunder3 = 3935
Tai pan = 3625
big lar8 = 3295
Holland13 = 3230
Sarge360 = 3175
Hazy Cat = 3020
Sunbob = 2940
WillBeRich = 2595

The action slowed down some with the bigger blinds in the second hour but not really that much. We seated the final table 1 hour and 48 minutes into the Holdem Affair. Big Lar8 was our big chip leader and I had climbed into second when I knocked out Spidey2 with my pocket queens against his pocket eights. Those blind battles can be brutal. Here is your final table.
Big Lar8 = 15425
Sunbob = 7895
Glenso = 5695
msrinny02 = 5610
Hazy Cat = 4790
Luckie in Lov = 4535
thunder3 = 3660
Sarge360 = 3550
Marti = 3510
HolyDuces = 2330

Our gracious hostess, Marti, was the first to fall from the final table when her all-in steal attempt with Kc Jc ran into thunder3 holding As Qh. A QJT flop gave her some hope but it was just a tease.

HolyDuces was the next casualty when Kc 9s just didn’t have enough power to overcome Hazy Cat with pocket tens.

Sarge360 got trapped when his Ad Jd saw a flop fall 2d 6h Js. Top pair and top kicker should be good enough on that board but msrinney02 held pocket sixes and had her set.

Hazy Cat ran into the chip leader on hand 42 when he pushed Jc Ts only to have Big Lar8 turn over Ac Js. The ace on the flop was all it took to send the mouser to the lounge.

We were down to six and paying five again tonight. Big Lar8 had done a good job of staying out of trouble with his chips but I hadn’t been as successful. I was the short stack now and needed to double up to stay in the game. But an ill-advised big blind steal with 7s 6s ran into Glenso and his pocket eights. I can’t tell you how many time Glen has knocked me out of a Holdem Affair but he did tell Marti and I that this was his 8th final table with the two of us. Well, this time he did it again. I was the bubble boy this week.

Money table time and Big Lar8 was still in the chip lead but my chips gave Glenso and solid second place. Thunder3 was right behind him. Luckie in Lov was fourth and msrinny02 was a solid fifth.

They battled for more than 30 hands before msrinny02 pushed in all of her chips with Ad Jh. Big Lar8 entered the race with his pocket eights and flopped a set. Rinny was done for the night.

Another 30 hands and it was Glenso that was feeling short. Pocket deuces should be good for a short stack push in a four handed game but it doesn’t do well against pocket aces. Thunder turned over the bullets and shot down Glenso for a fourth place finish tonight. Thunder was now in the lead with Big Lar8 right behind him and Luckie in Lov was the short stack.

At this point Thunder took control of the table. Luckie battled back and the poker gods laughed at Big Lar8. Thunder took down Big Lar8 on hand 153. Lar8 pushed holding 6d 7d and Thunder called with Ah 6c. The straight draw was there for Lar8 by the turn but the river just didn’t float his boat. We were heads up with Thunder3 in a commanding chip lead over Luckie in Lov, 43635/13365.

The heads up match went for 25 hands and just six hands in, Luckie rivered a full house to turn the tables on thunder. But Thor must have been watching over our rumbler because on hand 178 a pair of ladies held up for thunder and he regained the chip lead. The very next hand saw the flop come Ad Js Qd. Luckie held Jc 5c and pushed her second pair. But thunder held Ah 8s and top pair. We had our winner. Thunder3 had been in third place after first hour but had fallen to seventh by the time we seated the final table. Then he simply climbed the adder for the win. Excellent play Thunder.