Tuesday, 28 February 2012
So, after my rubbish performance in Event 4: NLHE/PLO, I decided to try my luck at good old 8-game, also known as Event 6.
Now, im hardly Mr.Versatile. I probably know more about the Ugandan economy that I do about 2-7 triple draw, and Omaha too.
However, my self-confessed love for Razz and Stud Hi/Lo would leave me in good shape against people that didnt maybe know those two as well. So, stay away from Omaha I thought.
Right, so lets fast forward a bit, only 237 entrants, so nearly half of entrants will cash. I was sticking to my plan, destroy at Razz, Holdem and Stud, and stay away from 2-7 and Omaha. Cue around 120 left, 108 place, and we switch to Omaha. I limp in, and I flop the nuts. QJ10, rainbow flop, and I have AK. Just the one guy with me, and he gets all in. Now, more experienced Omaha players may know, that nuts on the flop arent exactly a guarentee. Indeed.
He had flopped two pair and also had chance to runner flush or hit a A for a split. He turned a full house, and I held my hands up. Down to 3BBs.
Few hands later, and I had manouvered myself into a position where I could limp into the cash if I so pleased, with around 13BBs behind me, however, after a quick chat with my mate, I thought, rather than limp in for a guarenteed $5.50 ticket, which I could pretty comfortably afford anyway, I might aswell go for it, and try and win something more worthwhile for my time.
Well, little more than 5 minutes later, and a pep talk Tweet to myself, I found myself shoving an Ace high flush draw in Holdem, and that was it, 114th place, 5 from the bubble, which might as well be the bubble for me.
So, a bit frustrating, but I stuck to my gameplan, and dont think you should change that whatever you are playing. Thats what i've learnt from that tournement anyway
So, my 10 tickets had arrived, and I was already thinking of how to spend my winnings from the SCOOP that of course I was going to not just qualify for, but win aswell. So, where better to start but Event 1. Straight up Holdem.
Event 1: Great start, won pots, bluffed some people, hit some outs, won some stacks, and I was sitting comfortably with 45 Big Blinds, 50 places from a cash, I decided to c-bet my AK on a J-8-3 board, only to be insta-raised. Time bank was made for this situation, and along came my Oscar nomination, I open up the chat box, and pour out to him that the "trip 8s" I was holding, we're going to be beaten by his trip Js.
Now, my bluff had obviously gone wrong, and with 30-something BBs behind me, this is an easy fold, and a fair play mate, you got me. Obviously I was hoping he had AJ, KJ, maybe 9-10, and thinking, yeah, I can make him believe I have trips, and i'll be around tournement chip leader with 150 people left.
What happened next was inexcusable. I shove my whole stack on Ace high, and he instantly calls, and I see he had JJ, top trips.
Thats how I felt at that moment. First tournement, great chance to cash a SCOOP ticket, but I bluff my whole stack off, a bit like Viktor Blom at WSOPE a few years back, as shown below.
So, 159th out of 570. Not bad at all, but considering I was about 34th when I bluffed my stack off, I might get nominated for WBCOOPs Fail of the Championship.