Saturday, May 05, 2007

Marti Makes It Four

Marti, our gracious hostess, came through in the final table to post her fourth Holdem Affair victory. It was a great heads up match against WhoHasMyLytr that set the stage for a marvelous ending to this evening. Marti was the leader when they got down to the final two but Lytr fought hard and almost took it away. A gutsy call at the end was the deciding factor.

And here is my blow-by-blow commentary.

Twenty-seven started out tonight as Marti set up play on the flight deck. Thirty minutes into the Holdem Affair we were down to 24. I’m in the game tonight. I’m listening to my hockey team get wiped out in the second round of the USHL tournament. No final four for the Roughriders this year. Bummer.

At the first hour break we are down to 19. Agro is leading and Rshocker is in second place. I’m sitting between them with only 950 chips. We will come back from the break to 50/100 blinds. Oh well, that just means I can double up off almost anyone at my table.

The blinds have gone through and I’m down to 800. All-in or nothing time. Let’s see if I can get a hand. A Qo in middle position – let’s go. Gjones calls with 99 and hits his set. I’m done for the night in 18th place. Bummer.
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Okay, we are down to 11 and getting ready to set the final table. The blinds are 150/300 and on Table 2, gjones is the short stack with 1925. On Table 1, hawk39 is short with 300. Hawk just doubled up to 1925.
Now Bugman is short on Table 2. Bug is all in with AA and called by rshocker with QQ. WOW – shocker caught two queens for quads. Our final table is set.

Rshocker is our leader and here is your leader board.
Rshocker = 9615
Fatscotsman = 7105
Luckie In Lov = 4240
Marti = 3800
WhoHasMyLytr = 3655
Hazy Cat = 3510
Tai pan = 2935
Big lar8 = 2540
Gjones = 1650
Hawk39 = 1450

Big Lar8 is all-in with big slick against WhoHasMyLytr holding Jc 9c. But the flop came 9h Ad Js. That pair of aces looks good with slick but Lytr flopped two pair. We are down to 9 already and it is just the 5th hand of the final table.

We are at the second hour break after hand# 8, and WhoHasMyLytr has a slight lead over rshocker and fatscotsman. We will come back to 200/400 blinds and Tai pan will be our short stack with only 2435.

Hand 16 and Luckie In Lov pushed only to get nailed by rshocker flopping two pair. We are down to eight. Rshocker is now in the lead.

We are only paying three tonight.

Hand 22 and hawk pushed AQ into Marti with AK. Marti doubled up. Hawk is down to 1900 now.

Hand 24 and Tai pan is all-in with QQ but gjones has KK. Oops, Tai pan is gone.

Hand 26 and hawk pushed his 77 but fatscotsman spiked his ace to put him out. We are down to six. No more shorties for now.

Hand 27 and Marti is going against Hazy Cat. Hazy pushed on the turn and Marti made the good call to double up.

Wow, Hazy is out on hand 28, Fatscotsman hit trip kings to send him packing.

Hand 30 and Marti is in the lead.

Hand 31 and Marti called Lytr’s raise. Lytr pushed the flop and Marti folded.

Hand 38 and we have a battle of the blinds. Marti rivered a queen to take down the 5925 pot.

Hand 39 saw our leaders go at each other and now Lytr takes the lead.

Hand 46 and Marti took another from the Scotsman. He is short now and all-in with AJs on the next hand. Lytr made the call but Scotty doubled up.

Hand 49 and Scotsman paired his king to get some breathing room.

Hand 51 and Marti turns over QQ to take back the lead.

Blinds are 400/800 now.
Hand 55 - Gjones had 1010 in the big blind. He has to do something soon. Not this time. Marti has pocket sixes and takes the 9900 pot.

Hand 56 and Gjones pushed into rshocker who held pocket jacks. Oops, no help for the Jones and we are down to 4.

Hand 57 and rshocker pushed KK into Marti holding QJ. Flop brought a QJ and the turn another jack. Rshocker is gone and we have our money table. Marti is way ahead with 25K to 13K in the other two stacks combined.

Hand 63 and all see the cheap flop come 8h 5c Th. Lytr and Scotty bailed and Marti took the pot.

Hand 64 - Scotty pushed KJ into Lytr holding an ace. She paired and we are down to two. Marti has the dominant stack. (Or did you all know that?)

Sparring now. No one wants to push.

Hand 70 and Lytr showed the better hand. She is catching up.

Hand 73 and Lytr pushed Marti off the pot to take the lead.

Hand 82 and a fight broke out. QJ5 on the flop and Marti talked her out of it.

Hand 88 – raise, re-raise and Marti is all-in with QQ vs. TT for Lytr. Marti takes back the lead.

Sparring again.

Hand 98. Lytr pushed the river when the board showed a spade flush. Marti thought and almost timed out but made the call with just a pair of jacks for the win.

Great game, both of you. This was a fun one.

Another great week of tournament action. I’m sorry that I haven’t played in a few weeks but I’ll be back more often now. The hockey season is over and my Roughriders have been eliminated from the Clark Cup race.

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