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Old Nov 06, 2006, 7:20pm   #1
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Picture a twenty year old kid who just discovered No Limit Texas Hold em’. As good as dead money, he is no more than a sucker. The kid is a fish about to swim into shark infested waters. But he doesn’t know these facts. He is only aware that he is going to be playing a card game that he has grown addicted to. Having no concept of money + fish + rebuy tourney = disaster. Lucky for him, he is currently low on funds so he only brings enough to buy in once.

So I hear about this rebuy tournament in Tecumseh…Tecumseh is a dot on the road, I don’t think they have any stores at all…just a run down gas station, a good 15-20 miles away from any other towns – “in the sticks”. My buddy I shot pool with, Tiny, was telling me about it:

“You want to get there about 45 minutes early to make sure you get in, they cut it off at 55 players. It will cost $55 to buy in, and they have a $10 all you can eat and drink…it’s good food and well worth the money. There are unlimited rebuys for the first hour, and at the first break there is an optional add on $40 for 5000 chips or the double add on $100 for 14,000 chips. Plan on spending close to $200”

Well I had no idea what he was talking about with the rebuys and addons but I did understand $55 buy in, and to be there 45 minutes early. The directions weren’t hard…2nd gravel road on the left passed the Tecumseh bridge, take the gravel road for about a mile or so, it’ll be a house on the right you can’t miss it.

So I finally get to this place and pull into the grass “parking lot”…atleast 20-25 cars parked out here. “This is going to be awesome!” I think. The poker house is a 2 story farm house …probably atleast 70 years old, and as I walk inside there are poker tables in every room. No more than 1300 square foot home soon to be jam packed with 50+ people. My friend didn’t lie – the food was great. Brisket, steak, potatoes, pies, cobbler, oh man was it great.

Well I did survive until the first break! Ha ha. I only remember a couple of hands…one time time I had AK spades, I don’t even remember if I raised or not…I probably didn’t. I don’t even remember what position I was in. It started with probably about 6 players to the flop, it was one of the first hands…everyone was limping in. Flop comes like 993. (by the way 5,000 starting chips) Some player bets about 500 then the player to my right raises to about 1500 or so…of course I call, I got big slick!!! Lol….anyway original raiser folds, so its down to me and the guy next to my right. Turn comes another 9…he bets another thousand…Of course I call him …river comes something else…he bets again and I call show down he has 62 off suit so big slick holds, of course the guy was like WHY WERE YOU CALLING ME WITH THAT!(hehe) I really had no chance of winning this tournament, but I didn’t know that. I remember during the break talking with the other players acting like I know what I’m talking about…talking about one hand where I tried to just go all in when a third diamond came on the river thinking it was the greatest play of all time, causing the whole table to fold except for the last guy who paired up his ten on the river…heheh I was telling that story and then the guy who had the 62 off suit against my ace king overheard me and repeated, “why did you make the call with ak?!?!” heheh

Well of course I had a great time, even if I did bust out shortly after the break. My walk of shame from the upstairs attic converted room was surely a walk of shame though heheh, but it wasn’t too bad. The Tecumseh tournament was normally a monthly thing, but they said they wouldn’t have it anymore because summer time was coming up and Lester, the guy who runs it, had other things to do all summer. So I had one contact that I was depending on to tell me when they started the tourney back up again, and he said he’d let me know.

Well months had passed and I forgot about the Tecumseh tournament…but was still playing poker at local tourneys(not casinos, no casinos around here just playing home tourneys) I also started playing on poker stars and joined the poker tips forum =) I never heard from the guy that was supposed to tell me when the tourney started back up but I heard from others that it was up and running….the first Saturday of every month!

So after about six months of playing on poker stars, local tourneys, and learning several things from pokertips.org forums, I felt I could win this tourney. Plus, I seem to have much more success in my live play than in my online play, so I felt I had a great chance. I had heard that they are also going to have a $100 freeze out tourney at noon, followed up by the usual $55 re buy tourney at 6:00. I was looking forward to both tourneys, but a little more I was looking forward to the freeze out.

There ended up being 24 players. This place has some weird rules and blind structure. The freeze out tourney you started with 20k chips. Any bet on the turn and river had to be at least double the big blind…very odd. Also these people have no idea how to handle situations like having dead small blinds, but other than that it was an okay tourney.(A bunch of hillbillies, but it’s okay they’re nice people!)

So I get there for the noon game, still feeling pretty confident. It was kind of difficult because I didn’t know anyone who was in this tourney, so I didn’t know how they played. Well I did know 4 guys that all came together but other than that everyone was new people to me…There are three key hands in this tourney. One came very early, in the first level:

A young guy about my age UTG limps, everyone folds to me in the BB, I check my k3. Flop is k 3 9, 2 diamonds. I lead out with 600 into a 500 pot and he quickly raises to 3000. I think for a while…then call. Turn comes non diamond blank…I check and he pushes all in for like 16k…It would have been nice to double up that early in the tourney it took me a while but I figured him for k9 and laid it down. I’m sure most of you would make this lay down…no reason to lose 16k of my chips and have about 2k left that early in the tournament. Luckily he showed k9 clubs, that felt good I was not involved with many other hands with him but he seemed like an okay player, he was probably trying to push me off a flush draw. Not much later, I was moved to the other table so I wasn’t involved in many hands with him, but in the final table my table image set well with this kid cause he folded two nines to one of my raises, I liked that.

After I lost about 4k in the pot with the other young guy, my chip stack was ranging from 12k-15k until one push with TT in middle position when the blinds were 1k-2k It was my TT vs KT…awesome! Well he flops a king so I’m like damn…then I spike a ten on the turn wooot! So my stack is around 28k now.

The third hand, and the one that sprung me in the tourney came a few hands after I had doubled up with pocket tens. I’ve got about 35k in chips, one of the four guys I knew in the tourney was sitting to my left with about 70k in chips. UTG he min raised to 4k, I think there was one player call, then to me in BB I call with a9. Flop is nice 9 8 3 rainbow and I lead out with 7k and he calls, other player folds. Turn is a queen…don’t like it. I check and he bets about 10k…I call and river comes an ace. He could have AQ, but not likely…he puts me all in for my remaining 15k or so. It took me forever…he knows I’m a tight player, I was thinking he was taking advantage of the queen trying to make me think he had one. I knew the river improved his hand because of his reaction and motions…but I still never put him on an exact hand I just couldn’t figure it out…I call and he flips over a8 for 2 pair, and so my a9 is good …woot!

This hand was a huge swing in momentum for me. From that point on I was healthy in chips, got to take down many pots without showdowns…everything just seemed to have went my way, and when I we got down to two players I agreed to split 50/50…first was $920 and second was $660. I won eight one hundred dollar bills exceeding my previous high of $540 win for 6th place in $10 a poker stars MTT.

The very last hand of the game was a very funny one. With 4 people left in the game, the 2 short stacks had very little left and I was trying my best to get the both out but they kept doubling up. Well in this particular hand I get 87 off suit I limp and get them both all in pre flop, one with 33 and the other with 44. Flop comes 5 k k, turn is a deuce, and river is a 5 giving me kings and fives with an 8 kicker…hehhehe.

With the re buy tourney still about an hour and a half away, it was time to enjoy some good home cooked food, heck yeah it was good! Visiting with people, I didn’t meet one jackass…out of about 55 people or so, which is pretty rare in my opinion!

The tourney started of quick at my table, with three all ins one with qq, one with 44, and other with like kj. One guy re bought 7 times at our table. There was one hand that stood out in this tourney =) With AA in early position I raise 3x, and one guy pushes all in with qq. I call. Of course just like any hand, I say “Well theres still 5 cards to come” expecting to see a queen on the flop. Flop comes A A 4, turn 2, river 3. Quad Aces giving me the high hand to win the high hand pot for the night if it would hold up for about 3 more hours. Quad aces with a FOUR kicker(hahah)

Well I got to the first break without re buying, but did take the $100 double add on to put me within a couple thousand the other table’s chip leaders. So if my High hand held up that would give me $150, just $15 short of covering my investment into the re buy tourney.

As we start playing again they announce first to be $2100…and all the way down to 12th to get $100…would be a NICE pay day. Unfortunately, I only lasted about another 40 minutes where I was getting involved in a big pot, and played wreckless just “hoping they didn’t have it” instead of analyzing the hand. Blinds 500/1k and about 28k in chips I raise 3x in middle position get a caller on the button and the big blind calls. Flop was q t 6 all clubs…I get a check from the bb, I push all in hoping to just take down the pot…I don’t even have a club in my hand! Button calls with AA, one of the aces of clubs, BB calls with kt of clubs for the flopped flush. And the BB’s flush held up. I was drawing dead after the turn and busted out of the tourney. That bad play ticked me off, I hadn’t played a hand like that all night…never risked all my chips just “hoping they didn’t have it”…but I did in that last hand, and I got what I deserved.

Well I stuck around to watch how things ended…mainly to see if my quad aces with a four kicker held up =) And it did, yay! The guy who won the second tourney…his name was Karel. He just happened to be the same guy who split for first in the freeze out tourney. So he made atleast $2700 for the day, and not to mention a huge trophy that looks NICE. The next one is December 9th, and I sure plan on being there!
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Old Nov 07, 2006, 3:36am   #2
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Wow, cant believe i read that, i deserve a trophy for reading that.

Haha, nice experience man, thats something i need instead of these dodgy pub free poker games they have here. Oh well. At least u came out with positive money.
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Old Nov 07, 2006, 4:56am   #3
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Nice story Chris,
Well written and an enjoayble read. Well done with the freezeout.

Yeh like Xigol said over here in Australia we have these silly pub freerolls where 1st place is a slab of beer. There is better poker tourneys at the casino but i don't know if you guys have one up in brisbane.

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Old Nov 07, 2006, 5:45am   #4
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OOWWWW!!!!! My eyes hurt. Nice story though.
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Old Nov 07, 2006, 8:43am   #5
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Good luck next month and be sure to report.

I live in a state where we have to "play back in the woods" so I can relate to this.

But I have to say that while I love STTs and small online MTTs, for live play I only want to play cash games.

Not being able to reload at will in a house full of loose gamblers is like spending a weekend in a whore house with only one rubber.
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Old Nov 07, 2006, 1:30pm   #6
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Thanks to everyone who read it and replied! It isn't the greatest story but I figure most of you could put up with it since it had to do with poker.

Xigol yes you do deserve a trophy =D

jd, sorry about the eyes :\

Jimmy - I live right near Missouri/Arkansas state line, where you at? ha ha nice one about the whore house and one rubber thing...well don't worry there were cash games for sure. I sat down with a group of players where one at first said it was 200 max buy in, pot limit, dealer's choice... yet as the game started one guy is like i'm playing 800 back, another is like i got 700 back, another guy is like I got $6,000. Yeah so I left after the first hand lol...
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Old Nov 07, 2006, 5:34pm   #7
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Brisbanes casino is crap. Only have FL, 5-10 and 10-20. Two tables of each so impossible to get on. How I wish we had some good tourneys like chriscorn.
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Old Nov 07, 2006, 6:19pm   #8
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I'm suprised that you don't...I don't know the area you live but maybe try to look around a little? I live in a rural area...one time there was a $30 tourney with 50 people that has been put together a few times a year, another $30 put together by some other group of people that had about 40 players...and of course we have our weekly games all around here just about any day of the week. Maybe I'm lucky to live in this type of area...all the players who know eachother get word to others and it spreads about tourneys like this, or other similiar tourneys. Mostly "good ole country boys" which some are annoying but most are nice people.
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