yeah, well, I start off 2009 playing 23 hands in the Mook and bounce in 47th.
Those 20 minutes were action packed, though.....
Openraise AKo to 135 at 20/40 in MP, get called by PouringReign on the button and Hoyazo in the BB...
Flop 972 all diamonds (I have Kd) checks around
Turn blank, checks around again.
River is 8d, I value bet half pot, button raises pot... I really really should fold what's effectively the second nuts here, but I decide the double checkbehind is weird enough to call the raise - and get shown Ad3d for the flopped nizzles.... Odd line for him to check the turn as well, because there's a very real possibility Reign gets checked to on the river and he gets paid nothing on any street - and only a king-high flush can even think about calling a river raise if either Hoy or I take a shot at the pot- but it worked, boo.
Very next hand, I raise the same 135 preflop with AA, Waffles reraises on the button to 600, I shove for 1640 because he's never ever folding here, he calls with QQ, turns a straight draw but blanks out... so I'm back up to 3300 again whee.
A few hands later, Reign openlimps UTG, Waffles limps behind, I call with 77 in the small blind and muhctim checks his option, four to a 9d5h2h flop.... I check, it checks around.
Turn 3d, I figure I have a hand worth betting and lede for 120 into a 160 pot, only Waffles calls.
River 6c. I check, intending to call some kind of Waffles bluff, since he shouldn't have much in this spot. He bets pot, which is a little big, but I'm a station and call to see...... 4c2c for the rivered straight.....
Ahem. I would have been happier to see him show up with 88 or T9 there to be honest, but that'll happen. Down to 2660.
Couple hands later, I openraise AKs to 165 at 25/50, muhctim threebets pots it to 570, I decide AGAIN (this is a running theme with me lately) to get it in with AK out of position for 50BB preflop and flip... Muhctim calls with QQ, I do not spike, GG me...
All I know is
calling 20% of your stack preflop with AK doesn't seem right at all,
raise/folding is just silly
shoving seems extreme but balances the spots where you have AA-QQ.
I just need to run better on flips - or avoid picking high-variance spots to build a big stack early in these tourneys.... riiight.
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