All In!  

WildWon1982 34M
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4/30/2006 3:04 pm

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5/6/2006 9:59 pm

All In!

Wow, I'm sure glad no one tried to stop me from going to the casino this morning. Cause I fucking WON!

The tournament was Texas Hold 'Em, with a $100 buy-in. I was among 142 players. I started out real slow, folding the first 10 hands or so (kept getting 8-3 off and similar hands). As we went along, I busted two people at my table. There was one guy, who happened to be the one in front of me in line while registering for the tourney, who was on a tear. He busted three people, and had a commanding chip lead, then he was assigned to another table.

When my table was collapsed, we were down to about 70 players, basically the halfway mark. I had a decent stack. Then things went awry. Just before the first break, about two hours in, one of my opponents went all in with 10-10-7 on the board. I had A-7 in my pocket. So I've got two pairs with the highest kicker possible. Since he hesitated to move, I figured he didn't have a 10, so I called him, and I was right. He had 8-8. His second pair beat mine, and he took more than half my chips.

After the break, things were looking down. I wasn't getting any playable hands, and the blinds were getting so high that I was about to be blinded out of the tournament. I went all in once, and wasn't called, so I gained a few easy chips. Five minutes later, the blinds forced me to go all in again. This time two people called me, and I beat them both, tripling my chip stack. I had life again. I doubled up one more time (my Q-Q outlasted my opponent's A-K), and then I was assigned to another table (when they re-assign to even out the tables, they take the person who was about to post the big blind. It has nothing to do with the size of the stack).

At my third table (now down below 30 players), sat the one-time leader at my first table, now down in chips. He went all in when I had 7-7. I called, as well as another man, who put me all in, since he had more chips. I got a full house, sevens over kings, and busted my one-time rival, and crippled another.

When we got down to 20 players, it was announced that we were all in the money. Everybody would walk out with at least $35 more than they had when they began. I set to work. By the next break, we were down to 15 players, two of whom fell to me just before the break. Afterward, the next five dropped very quickly, and we were on to the final table. We get another break.

It wasn't until we were reseated at the final table, with our chips "colored up" (taking smaller values and multiple stacks and making shorter stacks with larger chip amounts) that I realized my position. I was now gauranteed $262. But that wasn't a concern. When they passed around a sheet for us all to sign, verifying our stacks, I found that I had more chips than my nine opponents COMBINED. However, there were two real big threats, who I played against earlier, and they had me worried.

I set to work, busting three people fairly quickly, since they had short stacks. One of my opponents was very aggressive (and was the 2nd highest stack to mine), and got me to fold a marginal hand after I had bet 20K, so I was worried. Another opponent busted the 7th place finisher. I took out #6 the next hand, leaving the five players that had decent stacks to begin with. Four hands later, I busted #5 and #4 at the same time. #4 was a revenge play, since he was the one who took most of my stack before the first break, making me sweat bullets.

We're down to three. Me, the guy who busted #7, and the aggressive guy. I took down Mr. Aggressive five hands later, my pair of 8s beating his pair of 5s. Then it was heads up. My last opponent didn't have much, and after three hands of me going all in to test him (and steal his blinds), he went all in with A-10. He bet into me, so I didn't have a chance to bluff. I had 8-2 of hearts. I called for two reasons: One, I had him well covered and could afford to lose the hand, and two, because th 8-2 was suited, I stood a chance at catching a flush.

The flop came down: 2-4-5. I paired my deuce, but my opponent only needed a 3 for an Ace low straight (what we call a Wheel Straight), or an Ace or 10 to beat me. Turn comes up 8. River comes up 9. It was over.

This was only the second live casino tournament I'd ever played, and I'd have been content to be the first one out, but instead, I bested 141 other people to win it all. My winner's take: $3500.

So yeah, thanks everyone for not trying to convince me to stay home.

MWWwantsmore 51F

4/30/2006 4:26 pm

Congrats to you, I played that game in Vegas!

docdirk 47M

4/30/2006 5:02 pm

Awesome dude!!! I can't even win at Solitaire! Which joint was the tourney in?

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

WildWon1982 34M

4/30/2006 9:28 pm

I won't name it, cause doing so might get disallowed, but let's just say this. There are two casinos (that I'm aware of) in CT, and only one has a poker room.

NSAAddict 42F

5/1/2006 5:10 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! So whatcha gonna do with the winnings??

WildWon1982 34M

5/1/2006 7:33 am

Nothing spectacular. Get rid of some old debts, put some back into my savings (for when the tax bill comes next year), and give some to my mother, cause she needs it more than I do.

mangomamiCT 41F

5/1/2006 10:16 pm

guess you didn't need me as your good luck charm ....

mycin62 54F

5/2/2006 7:37 am

WOW, awesome dude!!! Will you teach me how to play at the next meet & greet? I think that game is so cool.

WildWon1982 34M

5/2/2006 7:55 am

I still wouldn't mind having you sit on the felt, or wrapped around my neck...

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