It was another good night at the tables, I skipped the offer of beers after work to come home and play again, I seem to be running good at the moment so I'll ride this wave as much as I can. Things were pretty standard, except for one tricky hand, which we'll get to at the end.
To begin I joined the $3 rebuy satellite to the 500k GTD and the 180 $20 game that was about to start at 7pm. I ran hot and cold, the rebuy had hot cards that helped get me to T11,190 with blinds at $75/150 when we hit the first break, in 24th place out of the 139 who stayed in. But the deck was ice cold during the 180's first 60 minutes, I was down to T1090 in that with blinds about to go up to 100/200.
When we hit that first break at 8pm, I joined the SNG satellite on betfair for this evenings £10k GTD, at least I thought I did. 3 Hands in I realised it was actually a satellite for another satellite tomorrow. When I realised that I'd registered in the wrong sat I didn't put as much concentration into it and focussed on the MTT's instead, busting an early 7th.
The cards started coming in the 180 and the $3 sat after that break, and I built a decent stack in each, making the final table of the 180, on the third hand I got JJ on the button, UTG+1 raised, I pushed and he called with A10 off. The flop was 10 high, and when an Ace spiked the turn I was out with $61.20 for my efforts. After finishing that I joined another 180, it didn't go as well though and my QQ allin was busted by AK, I thought they were gonna hold but another ace on the river washed me away in 100th place.
Bubble time was getting close in the $3 rebuy now, 34 of us were left and 9 would get seats in the 500k. Everyone pretty much realised that the blinds were not hurting most of us, so the big stacks clammed up while waiting for the short stacks to bust. Soon we were down to 13 when I decided to call a shorter stacks allin with my pocket 6's, he turned over pocket 8's which held up and I'd lost 1/3 of my stack. By the time we got to 10 I was constantly switching places in chip count between last and second-to-last. It didn't look good, 2 of us were on around 50k and everyone else had at least 100k, they were just waiting for one of us to bust.
So here it is, the tricky hand. There are 10 people left, you've invested over 3 hours and a total of $15 in the tourney, 10th will get $6 back, 1st-9th a seat in the 500k. You're in the big blind and get dealt Jh Ad.
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PokerStars Game #3351212803: Tournament #16572927, Hold'em No Limit - Level
XVI (4000/8000) - 2005/12/16 - 18:17:24 (ET)
Table '16572927 18' Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: rljay (55990 in chips)
Seat 4: Snixen (80855 in chips)
Seat 5: toto295 (127224 in chips)
Seat 8: TanOrpheus (72742 in chips)
Seat 9: ollynorth (109680 in chips)
rljay: posts the ante 400
Snixen: posts the ante 400
toto295: posts the ante 400
TanOrpheus: posts the ante 400
ollynorth: posts the ante 400
toto295: posts small blind 4000
TanOrpheus: posts big blind 8000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to TanOrpheus [Jh Ad]
rljay: raises 47590 to 55590 and is all-in
I needed an eternity to decide what to do, I needed Harrington on Hold'em Vol 2 ! What would Dan do ? What would you do ?
I'll post what I decided and the results tomorrow.
I played one more tourney after this, a 30FPP sat to sat for the EPT in Paris, but was knocked out 48/540, which was still pretty good, but not deep enough to win a seat.