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Tunica Trip Report - Day 2


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Go here if you want to read about Day 1:http://www.fullcontactpoker.com/poker-foru...c=85841&hl=Day 2On Saturday morning I head over to the Gold Strike with a plan to play up to four $125 satellites to try and win 2 prizes that I would use to enter the $1060 “Mega Satellite” that evening. This tournament awards 1 seat in the $10,000 Main Event for every 12 entrants, and is expected to have well over 200 people in it.Perhaps my expectations were too high after winning the first tournament I entered the previous day, but I changed my plans after playing three $125’s. In all three we were still 5 or 6 handed after one hour, and the blinds are up to 300/600 with the average stack size of 3,300 to 4,000. To contrast this with my experience playing online Sit’n Go’s, after one hour we are typically 4 handed, blinds are 100/200 with a 25 ante and the average stack size is 3,375. When we compare these two scenarios, in these live tournaments 1) We have half the number of chips in our stack versus the cost of the blinds, 2) We are competing against more players, 3) For fewer prizes (in the online tournaments 1st, 2nd and 3rd are paid on a sliding scale). Consequently, luck plays a bigger factor in deciding who actually wins these live tourneys. In any event, I finish 4th or 5th in all three, and decide to change my plans.When I started playing tournaments last year, I switched my cash game play from Limit Hold’em to No-Limit Hold-em with good success, so I decide to head over to the main poker room and play a cash game. I have played very little live NLHE and none in a casino, so I decide to buy into a $2/$5 game with the minimum of $200. In this way I limit my losses if I am in over my head. Because of the World Poker Open going on, the poker room is packed and they have 6 extra tables set up in the lobby area. I get a seat at one of the lobby table in about 20 minutes which is unfortunate; while there is no smoking in the poker room, smoking is allowed in the lobby, and is it ever thick!After sitting down I do not play any hands in the first 30 minutes; I am not dealt any premium hands me and I want to get a read on the table. The table is very active with most hands being raised and lots of players to every flop. This hand is an example, and I was fortunate to not lose my entire stack. With 2 early limpers, a player in late position raises to $40, and it is folded to me in the small blind. I look down at 55; assuming I am behind to at least one of the other player’s pocket pair, I need 8:1 odds to play this hand and hope to flop a 5 and get three of a kind. Since I only have less than $200 in my stack, I cannot win enough to justify a call, so I fold. Both limpers call, and the flop is K5x! The raiser ended up having KK and, if I had played, I would have lost to a higher 3-of-a-kind. I play for 2 ½ hours before leaving for dinner, and win $57 winning 5 of the 6 hands I played outside of the blinds.After dinner, I again sit at a smoky lobby table…yuck. I buy in for the $200 minimum at a $2/$5 NLHE table. This table is similar to my first table; quite loose with most hands raised pre-flop. There are several poor players, so I loosen up and an up over $200 after 2 hours. At this point a new player arrives 2 to my left, and in talking to him I find out he is local regular. After 30 minutes he appears to be a somewhat aggressive decent player, and this hand comes up. With 3 limpers in front of me, I look down at QQ and raise to $40. After 1 fold, this player goes all in for over $1,000! Making things more worrisome, one of the limpers calls all-in (for ~$300) when the action returns to me. I decide that the raiser has a big hand and is expecting me to call. I fold, he turns over AA and the limp/caller turns over 66. (When I was leaving, I told him I folded QQ and he was stunned.)…dodged another bullet. I quit after 3 hours up $157.I head over to watch the Mega Satellite. They had 265 entries, with 22 people getting seats in the Main Event and 3 people getting cash. They were down to 30 players spread over 4 tables, and it was fascinating to watch the action as they were nearing the bubble. They had been playing for 5 hours at this point, and the tension in the room was palpable. I was watching the shortest stack in the room to see how she handled things. She had folded 3 orbits when this hand came up; UTG+1 raised, folded to her in the SB…. after thinking for while she went all-in, at which point the BB heaved a huge sigh. He hemmed and hawed, counted his chips and finally folded. The original raiser had the SB covered; he called and turned over AA. The SB turned over AK and is a huge underdog. The flop brings a K, another arrives on the river and the fellow explodes with curses. I notice that the floor manager and the security guard carefully watch this unfold but don’t make any move towards him. As he is now the short stack, in the very next hand he goes all-in with QT. The BB calls him with Q7, and a 7 comes on the flop to knock him out in 2 hands…talk about bad luck.I head back to the hotel and a much needed shower to wash off the smoke. ResultsTournaments: down $375Cash games: up $214Net: down $161Total for both days: down $306

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very good reads, with a little more experience, you sound like u can be a very good live playergood work although u ended up down

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I was watching the shortest stack in the room to see how she handled things. She had folded 3 orbits when this hand came up; UTG+1 raised, folded to her in the SB…. after thinking for while she went all-in, at which point the BB heaved a huge sigh. He hemmed and hawed, counted his chips and finally folded. The original raiser had the SB covered; he called and turned over AA. The SB turned over AK and is a huge underdog. The flop brings a K, another arrives on the river and the fellow explodes with curses.
Holy cow…the gal I watched get it all in as an 8:1 underdog and survive, not only won a seat in the Main Event, she made the final 18!!!http://news.pokerpages.com/index.php?optio...iew&id=1966For a video, check out the second one down on the right side on this page:http://www.cardplayer.com/tournaments/videos/6895/22577While you are at the CardPlayer video page, check out the Hellmuth exit interview...vintage Phil!
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monix, did you ever consider the 1-2 nl games in the same room you were playing ?? tunica is unique, b/c of the no limit to what you wish buy in rule..i would struggle with only $200 in front of me in one of the 1-2 games, much less the 2-5..i know my little brother was playing 1-2 the entire week we were in tunica..he said he would buy in anywhere from 300-400, and walked with 800-1000 on several occasions..

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monix, did you ever consider the 1-2 nl games in the same room you were playing ?? tunica is unique, b/c of the no limit to what you wish buy in rule..i would struggle with only $200 in front of me in one of the 1-2 games, much less the 2-5..i know my little brother was playing 1-2 the entire week we were in tunica..he said he would buy in anywhere from 300-400, and walked with 800-1000 on several occasions..
As I mentioned in my post, I had never played NL in a casino before, so I simply picked a limit that I thought made sense based upon my LHE experience and my bankroll.....I'll try different limits in the future.
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