Well the $440 (4000 chips) went pretty much as scripted i guess. Played my best poker of the week, enjoyed it loads and stack went up and down to a massive extent as normal. So so so many pots i could put on here and i will try to remember them all.
First hand i call a utg min raise (25/25) on button with 45off and bb calls. Flop 45K i dont get outdrawn and raise flop and bet every street (jack turn, river 2) big against bb who cant fold the king, immediately 1500 chips up.
Get the desired image similar to the $330, in a lot of pots and spoke to jimmy "eyesight" on break who was at my table and he said he really didnt have a clue what holding i had all the time which was good to know. I bluffed some pots and got called and mucked but then got paid on 1 or 2 i did hit. Without any premium preflop hands (except 10s level 3 that easy muck preflop for 100) my stack yoyo from 4500-7000 first 3 levels and break i think i had 6 or 6500. Was sitting tighter then the first major key hand came against awful player on return at 100/200:
Limp AK 200 utg, utg+1 calls utg+2 lady makes it 1000, back to me make it 3000 total (playing about 6000) and she calls. Flops J65 allin she calls instantly AQ and i hold to go to 12k+ .
Next key hand next level with antes im bb, utg limps scandie button 1000, i make it 4000 to go total (scandis has 6500 and i know this and dont really want action). He takes a while then says ok lets gamble and moves in. He has JJ and holds against my AK, gutted at that point as definitely would been prob top 5 chipleader (141 entries) with over 3 x average stack 20k. Still 6500 (average) left and a couple of big slicks and resteal vs scandie pushed me back up to 10k within the next few levels (just above average).
I then lost 4000 playing JJ utg cute limping and losing to scandie who obv had a full house, wont go into detail but i was 100% happy with how i bet and played the hand to get information i needed to not lose more chips.
So another round and im shove poker desperate and finally get JJ utg when i was looking for any medium push to be honest. I shove 4000 or just over and bb takes ages, im thinking he doesnt have 2 overcards and i want call so when i clock it hoping call he does instantly but turns over KQ !!! , board comes QQ3xJ and im alive with a river.
I then go into card lucky mode and knock a couple of players out in next 20 mins with big slick and 10s and cos of the shove poker play i increase to a healthy 25,000 chips (double average and chippie at my table) .
It doesnt last though as 44 gets overraised just enough to let go, then i get 44 in my 800 bb when a 3400 is allin utg and i prob callin any 2 cards, he has 55. So many hands play themselves at this point and some would argue i could fold the next one but the next pot was huge key:
400/800 my sb and shortie 3500ish allin mid and russian cocky sort allin 7000 button. I have AQ and ive 12000 left if i lose this pot, obviously massive if i win it. Make the call shortie has J8 or sommat but russian has KK, im still drawing very live but no help comes and im knocked back as quickly as my stack had got big :(
Return after dinner with 11200 at 600/1200, 28 left pays to 18. Payout is so top heavy i couldnt care less about cashing but obviously would creep in if the opportunity arrived. But not to be as i folded 87off first bb hand then 6 handed i look at K4 in the sb folded to me and i shove as bb only has 6500 total. He has 77, again im live to hit but no such chance and im crippled on 3000 ish. Shove few hands later K8std to the good scandie players bb who is priced in to call. He shows 10,5off and the board comes 4,6,7,10,Q and im a goner.
After much disappointment and 10mins of fuming outside, i know i couldnt have played much diff. In the end the hands that almost played themselves lost me 4 preflop allins in a row which in any multi is just too much no matter how good you are.
BTW see Azimuts poker blog for some poker stories including the 7.4 earthquake that lasted 15 seconds or so in that $440 multi. MP3 player in and half asleep i didnt even notice but wondered why there were worried looking faces and a few people ran for the doors.
As Azimut told me proudly he made it outside through the doors as quick as possible. The expression on his face when i told him thats the worst thing you can do in an earthquake (cos of possible falling debris) was a picture though. He may still have been safer than me sat under a swaying chandelier though wondering wtf everyone was doing !!!
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