Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tournament of Champions? Huh? Me? I'm in!

EDIT - linked everyone, added cmitch to the list of railers. Thanks for the comments everyone.

I'll post details later. I'm exhausted. But I gotta do this now. 2:20am? Perfect. I'll get about 5hrs of sleep.

So I'm in the 27 seat (I believe it's actually 26 now since xxMagicianxx won two seats, right?) Tournament of Champions to compete for a $18,000 Australia package. To say that I got lucky tonight is an understatement. Honestly, I'm not even gonna try to tell you how I played well or whatever... because when you get the cards that I got, it really doesn't matter. The grossest of them all was this one...

Sellthekids and I are heads up and basically he's got me covered 2:1 in chips. We get it all in and I am waaaaaaay behind (Mookie said, 93% vs 7%... too tired to check) when he flips over AA vs my A6... and this madness ensues...

This leads eventually to the final hand where I complete from the SB with K7, he checks and I flop top two. I check to him, he shoves, I instacall and that's all she wrote.

Like I said, even getting to this point, I got very lucky. I only got sucked out on once when my KK lost to AQ for a very big pot. However, my chipstack was very healthy so I wasn't totally dead. I think I was down to around 20k with about 12 people remaining but I recovered. And again, I don't really tilt over bad beats so I let that roll off my back and just kept playing.

I'm not gonna go into details now since I'm exhausted but suffice to say, pretty much anyone can win a tournament when you get cards like this:

AA x 1
AK x 8
AQ x 4
KK x 5
QQ x 3
JJ x 5
TT x 1

I guess those are the premium hands. And for good measure, 99 x 2.

It was sick. I won several big hands with AK including this critical one...

5 players remaining

Seat 3: actyper (38,682)
Seat 4: RecessRampage (42,122)
Seat 5: sellthekids (40,976)
Seat 7: madbrooklyn (18,420)
Seat 8: RaisingCayne (129,800)
actyper antes 500
RecessRampage antes 500
sellthekids antes 500
madbrooklyn antes 500
RaisingCayne antes 500
actyper posts the small blind of 2,000
RecessRampage posts the big blind of 4,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to RecessRampage [Kd Ac]
sellthekids folds
madbrooklyn folds
RaisingCayne raises to 129,300, and is all in <--- from the button
actyper has 15 seconds left to act
actyper has requested TIME
actyper calls 36,182, and is all in
RecessRampage: holy cow
RecessRampage has 15 seconds left to act
RecessRampage has requested TIME
RecessRampage: I honestly don't know what to do here
RecessRampage: you both have PP right?
RecessRampage: I gotta call
RecessRampage: gl me
RecessRampage calls 37,622, and is all in
RaisingCayne shows [7s Ts] <--- no PP
actyper shows [Ah Th] <--- no PP

as you can tell, my hand readings skills were right on... :)

RecessRampage shows [Kd Ac]
RaisingCayne: i'm a donkey!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!
sellthekids: fold till the points?
Uncalled bet of 87,678 returned to RaisingCayne
*** FLOP *** [5c 2h 3h]
*** TURN *** [5c 2h 3h] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [5c 2h 3h 6s] [Jc]
RaisingCayne shows Jack Ten high
RecessRampage shows Ace King high
RecessRampage wins the side pot (6,880) with Ace King high
actyper shows Ace Jack high
RecessRampage wins the main pot (117,046) with Ace King high
actyper stands up

I guess for most people, it's an instacall? I mean the point is to win so obviously you have to call but I guess I always have to think about these things... I guess that's why I'm no good in tourneys. But at least I got it right.

Now the inordinate amount of good cards I got can only be attributed to karma. Today, I transferred some money on FTP to InstantTragedy since he recently purchased a gift for Doc Chaco in Iraq. I don't even know Doc but I support what IT was doing so I just wanted to help out. Well, maybe the poker gods saw my good deed and decided to treat me. Who knows. I got lucky and poker is so easy when you get lucky. Who ever said this game is skill based???? (sarcasm based on my post from yesterday)

I also want to thank everyone that railed me at one point or another and esp the final table. Buddy hammered on the radio was hilarious and that and all the table banter made the final table a very entertaining one. I am afraid that if I list the names, I'll forget but I'll give it a shot. Also, I'll link you all up tomorrow, not that most of you needs it since everybody probably reads your blog before they read mine. Ok, in no particular order, here goes. Again, thanks Chad, LJ, InstantTragedy, JamyHawk, Pirate Lawyer, MClarich, Schaubs, Lightning36, pushmonkey, cmitch... I'm probably forgetting someone and if so, I am very sorry. Let me know, esp if you want to be linked up. Also, thanks Mookie for pointing out how much of a dog I was in that A6 vs AA hand... errr, I mean thanks for hosting. Dammit... it's 3am. GG to all. And thank you again for the support and entertainment.


Gnome said...

Way to go!

Chad C said...

I would be happy for you if sellthekids was not my horse. That was some epic BS you laid on him!!!!! I cannot believe you hit that! Was LJ playing on your account or what???????

AnguilA said...

Congrats on being the biggest suckout artist for a moment! Bullets vs A6 heads up for the title...NO GOOT!

Mike Maloney said...

Gross, you really did take all my good cards. Congrats anyways!

Dremeber said...

Great call with the AK. Don't know if this would be a no brainer for al lot of people.

lightning36 said...

A-6 is da shitz! Well-deserved victory, Alan.

Wasn't Action Dan the one who said something like, "You can't win a tournament unless you win at least one big hand you shouldn't have?"

Yeah -- cracking the Aces was brutal, but don't forget the 1,000 hands that got you there.

Good luck in the TOC.

cmitch said...


I was rooting for you to win it - wish I could have stayed up lated enough to watch.


Astin said...


Like I said, everyone follows the same tune. I get the luckbox style down to a science, and now everybody else starts playing the same game. Sheesh. :)

Congrats! Now the rest of us get to feel the squeeze. 8 spots left.

actyper said...

NJ man! Asians rule this game.

Riggstad said...

Well Done Alan!!

jamyhawk said...

Welcome to the TOC! Great job last night!

Schaubs said...

I believe the comment you are looking for is....


I knew you could/would do it.

Luck was on your side last night, soak it in... Good Karma well used.

BigPirate said...

Great job!

mookie99 said...

I had the suits wrong so I was way off. You were only a 11% dog. :)

Congrats on the big win last night, TOC seat and title #2!

Shrike said...

A lot of fun to watch. Congrats.

Instant Tragedy: Just Add Water said...

Karma, my friend...


See you in Vegas!

Have a GREAT Suckout Day!

"I'd rather be lucky than good!"

lucko said...


And by that I mean congrats!!!

loona said...

Congrats on your win!

As for karma - the biggest win I ever had at a $1/$2 table ($1200 in about 4 hours of play) was when the dealer gave me $5 more than my buy-in. Of course I gave it back to her and while I'm not superstitious, I did attribute my good luck to karma.

Congrats again.


lj said...

you are not allowed to call me a luckbunny ever again you effing lucksac. congrats!!

ps you're totally hot for an asian

smokkee said...

A-rag is the shizz short-handed at the final table on FTP. everyone knows that. nice job!

BamBam said...

It all happened too fast to say anything last night RR. Great job and it was pleasure to see you on the 'felt' again.
Thanks for the chat when I needed it ! I'll never understand why people can't review the board and understand why someone's in the hand. Your chat was a nice surprise. Double Karma on you!

The worst player playing ! ;o}

Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Just dominatory man. I never thought you were behind to those pocket Aces at any point man.

Great job.

Ryan said...

excellent take down man.

gl in the TOC.