Blogger Tournament Goodness

Finished 175th in the blogger tourney on Stars. Had a lot of fun, but the structure made life very difficult for me in the third hour. I had an average stack at that point, which was equal to about 15 big blinds. What.

One hand that happened early on was the following:

PokerStars Game #2874720503: Tournament #13081516, Hold’em No Limit – Level I (10/20) – 2005/10/23 – 16:13:25 (ET)
Table ‘13081516 168’ Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: Hero (2600 in chips)
Seat 2: mackieinva (2780 in chips)
Seat 3: Troublecat (1395 in chips)
Seat 4: Quackers (1910 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 5: aidave (1910 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 6: ticklemechip (1920 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 7: NZ Joe (1940 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 8: surflexus (1565 in chips)
Seat 9: canocorn1985 (1980 in chips)
ticklemechip: posts small blind 10
NZ Joe: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Hero [Th Ks]
surflexus: folds
canocorn1985: calls 20
hotcookie42: calls 20
mackieinva: raises 80 to 100
Troublecat: folds
Quackers: folds
aidave: folds
ticklemechip: folds
NZ Joe: folds
canocorn1985: folds
Hero: calls 80
*** FLOP *** [8d Kc Jc]
hotcookie42: checks
mackieinva: bets 240
Hero: calls 240
*** TURN *** [8d Kc Jc] [4d]
Hero: checks
mackieinva: bets 600
Hero: calls 600
*** RIVER *** [8d Kc Jc 4d] [7s]
Hero: checks
mackieinva: bets 1200
Hero: folds
mackieinva collected 1930 from pot
mackieinva: doesn’t show hand

I’m pretty sure I misplayed this hand on every street, including pre-flop. If I do end up getting to the flop, I think I should lead out instead of donking off a healthy chunk of my stack. Terrible.

Since Chris already won a seat in the Bahamas thing, I was shooting for 36th place: the iPod nano. Too bad I didn’t get it. Thanks to PokerStars for a fun tourney.

One reply on “Blogger Tournament Goodness”

You should probably fold preflop to the raise. You have a reverse implied odds kind of hand, and not one you want to play out-of-position for a healthy raise. Check-call on the flop is fine. Check-call on the turn is a little more iffy, but not terrible. I probably prefer a lead or a check-raise, or a check-fold, but check-call certainly isn’t ridiculous and can be a very good play against the right opponent. Check-fold on the river looks fine. Check-call would be OK too. Small bet might be best.

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