Took part in my second ever big-stake tournament over at PartyPoker. $100 buy-in plus $9 entry fee. In case you’re wondering, the first foray into the wilderness that is a massive online poker tourney, I ended up finishing somewhere in the 380s. Didn’t last beyond level 3, didn’t even win a single hand except for maybe stealing a few blinds here and there. Would rather not talk about it, honestly.
This time, though, I played somewhat better. Although I made some noticeable stumbles – with the blinds at 50-100, I raised to 500 with a KQ off-suit in middle position. Really the best hand I’d had since the beginning of the tournament. Unfortunately, the small blind – who was down to 600 chips himself before the blind – reraised all-in. Already committed, I had no choice but to call. Lo and behold, he had pocket aces. Needless to say, he doubles up at my expense, I go from relatively healthy position to somewhat unhealthy, and the rest of the table starts looking at me like I have fins sticking out of my body.
Somehow, I manage to recover, and even knock a couple players out of the tournament with some kick-ass hands. I hit a King on the turn with my K-J about 15 minutes later, and soon after that a hand of pocket queens does one of the players who had been razzing me earlier. I got up to over 7000 in chips (when the average was around 3500) when the slow leak started. Miraculously, I was still staying above water, picking up a couple hands, and keeping a close eye on the leaderboard I saw that the number of players had dwindled down to about 64. Top 50 finishers cashed. I did a quick survey of all the tables, and lookee here – I’m in 50th place right now. So all I have to do is lay low, not get too loose, and I’ll pocket some money, right?
After missing a flop that cost me roughly 1/4 of my stack, I was down to a little less than 2500 chips. With the blinds at 300/600, that means three more rounds of blinds and I’m through. Next hand I get pocket sevens. I’m just after the BB, but since I figure this is probably the best hand I’m gonna see for a while and I’m nearing the point where even a monster isn’t going to win me much, I make my stand and go all-in. My only hope is that I get a caller with two overcards and suck out the coinflip.
I get one caller. He has two overcards. Problem is, they’re both aces.
Flop, turn, and river come up as I chant “seven… seven… seven…” to no avail, and I’m out. 61st place. 11 out of the money.
The good news is that after depositing $50 last Sunday, I’ve still got $80. The bad news is that 48 hours ago my account had about $375.
This could turn out to be one expensive hobby.