Saturday, May 12, 2007

Tai pan for his Sixth

Twenty-four hours straight at the live tables wasn’t enough for Tai pan. He had to come home and join us for the Holdem Affair. I guess what many would consider a marathon session was only a warm up for the man from the south seas because he showed us how it should be done tonight. Tai pan navigated the shoals and reefs of the final table and his ship came in for his sixth Holdem Affair trophy.

Here is my commentary for the evening.

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It’s Holdem Affair tournament time again. Another week down and deeper in debt. St. Peter don’t you call me cause I can’t go – I owe my soul to the UB store.

Thirty-three sitting down tonight. Jewelcard and Tai pan are here tonight, as well as some others I haven’t seen in awhile. Let’s have some fun.

Hey, I just hit quad sevens on the very first hand of the night, I hope that won’t be my last decent hand.

Oh my, I just sucked out on MDG. I called his all-in for 700 with 99. He showed AK and flopped an ace. I rivered a nine for the set.

Thirty minutes in and we are down to 28. Annieboom is our early leader.

Phipsi04 just hit quad fours. Looks like this might be one of those nights.

I just did it to myself. Pushed all in on a semi-bluff with a flush draw and Houn had hit his set. He wasn’t going anywhere and I didn’t hit my flush. I’m in deep trouble now.

I’m out in 21st place. My pocket sevens ran into Azale with big slick. That king on the flop was my undoing.

There’s the 2 minute warning and we are down to 19. Any movers in the bunch?

And there is the bell. At the first hour break we are already down to 18. Houn is our chip leader followed closely by phipsi04, Hooter Hanna, and Germanbabe.

Here is your leader board:
Houn = 5975
Phipsi04 = 5070
Hooter Hanna = 4870
Germanbabe = 4830
Tai pan = 4290
Annieboom = 3890
Azale = 3250
Mellow Yellow = 2530
Fatscotsman = 2030
Marti = 1960

I’m watching my buddy Jewelcard on table #3. He is down to 700 chips and will have to make a move soon. But he’s not the only short stack – gjones just pushed with his 1025 – no takers. Blinds are 75/150 now.

Jewelcard is UTG and here he goes. No takers and he stole the blinds. He survived the blinds and is back to 700. Let’s see what happens this orbit. There he goes from the cut off and gets a free ride. Jones is now at 950 and Jewelcard at 925. Jones is the big blind. Ah, Marti gave a free ride.

Here come the blinds to Jewelcard. UTG and he limps. Flop Js 7d As to 4 hands. Agro takes it down. BB for Jewel – Gjones pushes, and takes the blinds.
Gjones pushed again the very next hand. Success again.
Dang, Marti was down to 185 – how did that happen? 2 callers to her push. Agro took her out. Sorry, Marti, I was watching the wrong people I guess.
Agro has pledged this game to her honor. We shall see.

Jewelcard has 525 and here is the big blind again (100/200). That meanie Gjones pushed from the button and Jewelcard had to call with 8 7o. I’ll be darned, he spiked a 7 and won the hand.

Gjones had to push with a suited king and he hit his flush. Now bugman22j is the short stack. But four of the seven left at this table are under 10 big blinds. That’s tournament poker, folks.

Four see the flop come T36 rainbow and Jewelcard pushes. He takes the pot and is getting healthier. Bugman22j is in the big blind and only 565 after posting. He let it go.

Agro vs. Jewelcard and Agro takes the pot on the flop.
Bugman22j is out. Gjones took him down.

Let’s look in on the other table. So this is where the chips are to be found. All healthy here with phipsi04 and Houn holding court.

Back to the shortys on Table #3. Jewelcard has only 550 and he posted the 300 big blind just now. Gjones pushed with 99 and Jewelcard called with j8. The pair held and Jewelcard is done for the night.

We are down to 12 and the blinds are 150/300 with no ante until the next level, just before the break.
Stick-n-mud is out and we are dealing hand by hand.

Wow, Gjones just doubled up off Hooter Hanna. He is back in the game.

With the stacks ranging from 7150 to 2580 the play has tightened up considerably. Anyone can hurt the other one. Will we make it through this blind level to the break before we seat the final table?
Nope. Azale just fell to xgames4me when he hit his set of fours. One hour and 57 minutes into the Holdem Affair, we have our final table.
Xgames4me = 14555
Tai pan = 7560
Houn = 6800
Phipsi04 = 5070
Big lar8 = 3860
Mellow Yellow = 3310
Hooter Hanna = 2760
Germanbabe = 2605
Gjones = 1780
Agro = 1200

That big set of fours has Xgames in a commanding lead. Here we go.

Hand #3 and Agro pushed with K Jo and got two callers. Hooter Hanna turned over pocket tens and they held up. Agro made it to the final table with Marti’s chips but couldn’t take her causer any further.

Hand #5 and Gjones pushes. No takers.

Hand #6 and phipsi is all-in with A T and spikes his ace to take down a 4520 pot.
Hand # 9 and phipsi pushed again at the 2 minute warning. No takers.
Hand #10 and Gjones pushes deuces from the button and Xgames called. The ducks flew and Jones is good.
Hand #12 – phipsi pushes pocket queens into Xgames with slick. An Ace on the turn and phipsi is history. Xgames4me is running away with this table.

The bell has rung and we are breaking for the second hour. When we come back we will have antes of 50 and blinds at 200/400.

We are back and the action is off to a slow start. Sparring is the best description so far.
Hand #19 and big lar8 doubles up off Xgames.
Hand #21 and fight breaks out between Germanbabe and big lar8. Lar8 hit his set but Germanbabe hit a straight. That hurt.

Hand #26 and Lar pushed his pocket fours with success to double up off Houn.
Hand #29 and gjones is on the felt. Xgames comes over the top to push the others out. Xgames showed A J and hit quad aces to send gjones packing. That is the third set of quads I have seen tonight.

Hand #35 and Germanbabe hit a set to double up off Xgames. Xgames is still in the lead but others are gaining.

Hand #39 and Hanna is taking on Xgames. She did it.

Hand #40 – Houn pushed JJ and ran into Tai pan with KK. Oops, what a way to go down.
Hand #41 – Tai pan hit a straight in a 3 way pot and we have a new chip leader.

Paying five tonight – its bubble time.
Hand #47 – big lar8 just went up against Xgames and spiked a queen to come from behind. Tai pan now has 20K and Xgames is second with 6500.

Hand #53 and the blinds are 400/800. Tai pan is the only one with more than 10 big blinds.

Hand #58 – Mellow Yellow pushed. Pocket aces are good enough and poor lar8 had jacks to make him call.

The very next hand the hands were swapped. Lar8 had the aces and Mellow Yellow had queens. MY is all-in now with only 550. Germanbabe checked her option from the big blind with 5 3 suited and hit a straight. What a way to go down MY.

We have our money table. That BB special was worth at least $13.20 to Germanbabe.

Hand #64 and Lar8 just snapped off a bluff from Xgames in a battle of the blinds to take the lead.

Hand #71 – Tai pan is back in the lead.
Hand #74 – Hooter Hanna all-in vs. Tai and Xgames. Xgames flopped a boat (with 5 3 suited) and took it down. Hanna settles for 5th place money.

Here we go – the blinds are 600/1200.

Hand #81 – Germanbabe pushed and big lar8 called on the flush draw. He hit and Germanbabe is history. Fourth place is her legacy. Big Lar8 is now our commanding leader.

Xgames4me was up then down and now he is back up again. I thought he was going to be toast a few hands ago but by hand #86 he is in the lead. Pressure is his key. Steal those blinds.

Hand #92 – here comes Tai. Doubled up off Xgames to take the lead.
Hand #93 – Wow, Xgames just had KK vs., Lar8 with AK. The AK flop was a killer.
Hand #95 – Big Lar8 is done for the night and we are heads up with Tai pan and xgames4me. Equal stacks.

Oh my. Hand #100 and we had a brawl. Tai pan with AK and Xgames with QJ. The flop brought a Jack but the turn an Ace. Tai pan took the hand and it was all over but the clean up. Xgames was done on the next hand and our favorite South Pacific Islander posts another Holdem Affair victory. That’s great. I get to post his picture again.

That was a fun one to watch folks. Maybe next week I’ll make it to the final table.

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