Monday, April 28, 2008

Celebrating Seconds

A second place finish in Saturdays with PaulyPlayed two MTTs on Saturday, both pot limit Omaha. Early in the afternoon I managed yet another mediocre showing in an AIPS event, this time finishing 28th (out of 72 runners). Was mostly too passive -- only partly due to an uninterrupted series of crummy starting hands -- and even though I lasted into the second hour I never could really wiggle myself out of the folding funk.

Later in the afternoon I bought my seat for Saturdays with Pauly, a $10-plus-$1 PLO tourney on PokerStars. Have played four or five of these suckers, I think, with my previous best showing being a tenth place. There were 29 entrants this time, meaning the top five spots paid.

After a little over two hours and about 180 hands, I somehow found myself one of two remaining players, sitting on the short stack with about 7,000 to my opponent’s 36,000.

“Gotcha right where I want ya,” I told him.

I’d been on the short stack the entire tournament, actually, having made a bad blunder early on that had knocked me all the way down under 500 chips (21st of 21 players at the time). Ultimately managed to chip my way back from the brink, though. Got extremely lucky in a hand just after the first break in which I was dealt QdKdAhTh. A player with over 7,000 raised from late position, I reraised all 1,185 of my chips, and he called showing 5cKsAsAc. Uh oh. At least both my suits were live. The board came 6s7s9d6d . . . Td. Whew. I was relatively healthy again with 2,520 (6th of 13 left).

I then managed to survive to the money bubble, which ended up taking twenty-plus hands or so. Kind of an interesting dynamic there, as one of the remaining six players had well over half the chips in play. At one point I noticed he had over 28,000 while the rest of us all sat in the 2,000-4,000 range. Finally one short stack knocked out another and we were in the cash.

Thereafter the big stack would end up losing a series of all-in confrontations with several players before going out in fourth. While we were three-handed I was the beneficiary of several nice starting hands, allowing me to survive to heads-up.

From there I only lasted five more hands against my big-stacked opponent, finally deciding to take my chances with Qc4c5sAs. I liked seeing my opponent’s hand -- Jc6hTcJd. Was actually about a 55-45 favorite preflop (according to Two Dimes). But the board brought me no aces, queens, flushes, or straights, and I took the $69.60 prize for second.

Wouldn’t say I played stunningly well, but other than the one early faux pas I don’t think I made too many missteps. Frankly the only obvious “skill” I might have demonstrated all tourney was simply being able to remain patient. I guess I did open things up a bit once we were three-handed, making a couple of decent plays there. (Though as I say, I picked up some hands then, too.) Very nice to make a deep MTT run, though. Been awhile.

Hard-Boiled Poker turns two years old todaySeems appropriate, actually, to have landed a second place just in time for my second birthday. That’s right. Hard-Boiled Poker turns two today. Hard to imagine it has only been two years, especially when I think of the many, many great folks with whom this here blog served as our introduction.

Was looking back on a post from early on, called “An Existential Pause,” when I stopped and looked around a bit. I quoted Raymond Chandler describing the detective story as “a man’s adventure in search of hidden truth.” Said then that “all poker bloggers were shamuses, really. Investigating themselves.”

At the time I wrote that post, the blog was only three months old -- “a mere babe in the blog wilderness, its identity still uncertain.” I suppose by now we’ve been walking upright for a while. Still a ton to learn, though. So continues the investigation . . . .

Thanks again, everybody, for following along.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Erwin Blonk said...

My blogs are mostly me talking to myself and I'm fine with that :) I like to put something down in writing, or as it happens, spoken word. It's fun to do.
Being me, I overdo it, having a tech/generic blog, a PLO blog and recently a Stud blog. I'm thinking about a blog with technical articles (for no other reason then trying to write technical stuff).

Besides taking second place in an MTT, your experience is like mine when it comes to tourneys :)

4/28/2008 8:36 AM  
Blogger Cell 1919 said...

Happy second birthday Shamus!

Great stuff as usual :)

4/28/2008 9:02 AM  
Blogger Dr. Pauly said...

Happy blog birthday. You're one of my first reads everyday!

And, thanks for playing in SwDP. Great job on second and an even better job hanging on with a short stack at the final table to get a shot at heads up play.

4/28/2008 5:26 PM  
Blogger Waldo's Wild Kingdom said...

Happy second Blog-Day! Weird how introspective it can make you.

4/28/2008 5:31 PM  
Blogger Short-Stacked Shamus said...

Thx, y'all!

4/28/2008 9:43 PM  
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4/29/2008 4:10 AM  
Blogger Tracoy said...

Happy anniversary, Shamus! Has been pretty worthwhile reading your posts, keep it up!

4/29/2008 3:11 PM  

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