Cliffs: Very Josie HU challenge ends up 2-2. Best results for a challenger so far, sounds good to me.
Game 1 - back and forth for about 50 hands, I limp KQo at 20/40 down a bit, we see a 987 all spade flop, I have the Ks, and I check/call a pot bet. Turn's a blank, I check/shove into Josie's T6s, no spade - only the flopped second nut straight. I do not get there on the river. Down 0-1.
Game 2 - much quicker, four hands in, I raise AA to 2.5xBB, Josie 3x's that, I flat. Flop comes J77, she checks, I lead, she raises, I wonder, for realz? - and go ahead and shove. Josie calls with AJs, and I hold. Three hands later I manage to get her last 40 chips and even things up.
Game 3 - another quick one, Josie raises her button, I repop with ATo, she calls. Flop 987 with two spades, I check and it checks through. Turn 5c, I check, Josie pots it, and I make an ill-advised jam... right into Ts8s for the flopped straight flush draw with middle pair. I whiff the river again. Down 1-2..
Game 4 - This was the marathon - over 120 hands.. early on I raise JJ and Josie jams, I decide to flip and hold vs. AQo - so I've got her down to 180 chips and this should be OVAR, right...?
Well, I decide to be careful and not double her up too easily - eventually I minraise AKo, get her to shove A3o for 12BB and get fourflushed on the river - and after that, I get into the worst carddead stretch ever. I don't even hold bluffcatchers, I can't make a hand, and she starts climbing back... first to even, and then I'm down 3-1.
To be honest, I'm not sure what I could have done about it. Put it this way, I was fairly sure I was getting outplayed and outflopped. But, maybe I'm starting to learn some patience and not force the issue when things aren't going my way. I waited, waited, and finally got it in good preflop with TT vs. A4s and 77 vs. A8o and held both times to finally even things up at 2-2.
Since things were running so long (it took an hour to play 4 matches) we left things at that, dead even - which is probably for the best... I felt very evenly matched. I didn't even mind losing the two games the way I did, b/c I probably would have tried to get it in on the flop if I was playing more aggressively anyway.
I did change up how I usually play HU, and I noticed Josie changing gears at times as well. Mad, silly credit to her for cockroaching in the last game from T180 to a 3-1 lead. I wouldn't mind doing it again to break the tie - but to be honest, we both should probably be playing other people HU a lot more than each other.
Then I rolled into the Mookie and ended up in the longest bubble ever with some tuff villains - twoblackaces, highonpoker and buddydank. I had to get tarpy with big pairs, manufacture a ton of pots, keep jamming into shortstacks BvB and sucking out - and I finally get HU against Jordan with a decent chip lead - and piss it away jamming an OESD into top two pair on the flop, in a spot where I really didn't need to defend my blind in the first place.
Full Tilt Poker Game #26819874801: The Mookie (206713892), Table 2 - 500/1000 Ante 125 - No Limit Hold'em - 00:44:47 ET - 2010/12/30
Seat 4: HighOnPoker (19,130)
Seat 6: heffmike (25,870)
HighOnPoker antes 125
heffmike antes 125
HighOnPoker posts the small blind of 500
heffmike posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Jd 9h]
HighOnPoker raises to 4,000
heffmike calls 3,000
*** FLOP *** [Qc Ts Ad]
HighOnPoker bets 6,000
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike raises to 21,745, and is all in
HighOnPoker calls 9,005, and is all in
heffmike shows [Jd 9h]
HighOnPoker shows [Qd Ac]
Uncalled bet of 6,740 returned to heffmike
*** TURN *** [Qc Ts Ad] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [Qc Ts Ad 4s] [5h]
heffmike shows Ace Queen high
HighOnPoker shows two pair, Aces and Queens
HighOnPoker wins the pot (38,260) with two pair, Aces and Queens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 38,260 | Rake 0
Board: [Qc Ts Ad 4s 5h]
Seat 4: HighOnPoker (small blind) showed [Qd Ac] and won (38,260) with two pair, Aces and Queens
Seat 6: heffmike (big blind) showed [Jd 9h] and lost with Ace Queen high
Naturally the next two hands I flop a set to no action and another OESD that whiffs two streets to finish FIRST LOSER AGAIN. Would have been nice to get #6 Mook win to close 2010.
At least I feel like I stretched out my poker mind more than I usually do. Maybe if I applied that focus to real SnGs/MTTs, I'd make more money in 2011.
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