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Stars Australia-only Millions satellite, WSOP Step 6 and misplayed Queens!

On the back of my Sunday Million win earlier in the month and being the first Australian to take down the big weekly Sunday tournament, PokerStars last night held a special $22 (ie one in 10 go through) Australians-only Sunday Million satellite with five seats added to the prize pool by PokerStars.

I can’t remember the last time I played an Australian-only tournament, but the event was certainly plenty of fun and held at a great time. Ty Lee Jones indeed! To the good folk at Stars: any chance of running this event regularly? I’m sure many Aussies really appreciated the chance to play a well-priced satellite at a Godly hour. And if you want to throw in extra packages again, I’m sure you wouldn’t get too many complaints from us Antipodeans…

Many thanks to everyone who shouted out to me during the event – whether it was for the score or my “Champagne Comedy” at the FT! Regrettably, the invite for anyone in South Perth to come around for beer was only good during the final table on March 2.

Lasted ‘til a little after the first break when I ran my AK from the BB into the CO’s KK when he raised and the SB flat called. Fairly standard and I justifiably didn’t hit a three outter. In the end, 21 seats were given out and there looked to be a few Perth players among the chip leaders including an amiable local lad by the name of “I am Christ” who took my abysmal jokes with good grace and reverence.

After taking a new approach to Stars’ WSOP Steps tournaments, I’m pleased to say that after starting with 10 Step Twos on Friday night, I managed to win my way through to a Step Six on Saturday night. Originally the plan was to play my Step Six on Monday along with the Sunday Mill but just as I finished my Step Five, I noticed that there was a Step Six with six players already registered out of the nine that are needed to get a game going so decided to just join that one.

Obviously table selection is something I need to work on as there was a pretty tough line up of hombres in the tournament – as my post-registration OPR’ing would reveal. Even better was my seat at the table to the left of Nordberg who was opening plenty of pots. Sigh. At least the slow structure – especially refreshing after weathering the turbo structure of the early Steps tournaments – meant that the need to pick up hands and +cEV spots wasn’t as pressing.

For those that don’t know, the Stars WSOP Steps program is a six-tiered tournament that players can join at any tier in the hope of winning a 12.5k Stars WSOP package. While it costs 2k to buy-in directly to a Step Six final, in theory a player could get to poker’s big dance for just a $6.50 investment to buy into a Step One and then winning their way through to the final. It’s a great idea and offers players with bankrolls of any size an opportunity to satellite their way into big events (Steps are also used in the LAPT, EPT and PCA events too) for a minimal outlay.

Anyhow, while most people have their eyes set on first prize, places two through to six pay out a cash prize ranging from $1500 for second and third through to $500 for sixth, so while that doesn’t look so hot compared to the $2k buy-in, for luckboxes (luckboxen anyone?) like me who make it to a Step Six through the feeder system, it provides an opportunity to turn a tidy profit. Anyhow, I end up busting to fourth after reraising Nordberg who’d been opening almost every pot with A5, only to collide head-on into his AJ. No surprises and tyvm mr s0stndrd, here’s 1k for your efforts. Lol ok gg etc etc repeat ad lib to fade.

And now for an obligatory “Look how bad I played this hand” post – early stages of 55k GTD running concurrently with today’s Sunday Million. Just broke previous table so no PT stats. Obviously I need Viagra for both my preflop and flop bets…

PokerStars Game #16197050391: Tournament #80995643, $50+$5 Hold'em No Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2008/03/23 - 17:41:25 (ET)
Table '80995643 166' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: theclown21 (1670 in chips)
Seat 2: Toreandre22 (3290 in chips)
Seat 3: Beund2 (3070 in chips)
Seat 4: VANish_604 (1475 in chips)
Seat 5: s0stndrd (2935 in chips)
Seat 6: HR_Dub (2620 in chips)
Seat 7: 666DAA (3070 in chips)
Seat 8: discobuch (6845 in chips)
Seat 9: 4Criminoles! (2025 in chips)
discobuch: posts small blind 25
4Criminoles!: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to s0stndrd [Qd Qh]
theclown21: folds
Toreandre22: raises 150 to 200
Beund2: calls 200
VANish_604: folds
s0stndrd: raises 500 to 700
HR_Dub: folds
666DAA: folds
discobuch: folds
4Criminoles!: folds
Toreandre22: calls 500
Beund2: calls 500
*** FLOP *** [Qs As Tc]
Toreandre22: bets 250
Beund2: calls 250
s0stndrd: raises 950 to 1200
Toreandre22: raises 1390 to 2590 and is all-in
Beund2: calls 2120 and is all-in
s0stndrd: calls 1035 and is all-in
s0stndrd said, "set v set cooler i think"
*** TURN *** [Qs As Tc] [8h]
*** RIVER *** [Qs As Tc 8h] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Toreandre22: shows [Ac Jh] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
Beund2: shows [7s 9s] (a straight, Eight to Queen)
Beund2 collected 270 from side pot
s0stndrd: shows [Qd Qh] (three of a kind, Queens)
Beund2 collected 8880 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 9150 Main pot 8880. Side pot 270. | Rake 0
Board [Qs As Tc 8h Jd]
Seat 1: theclown21 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Toreandre22 showed [Ac Jh] and lost with two pair, Aces and Jacks
Seat 3: Beund2 showed [7s 9s] and won (9150) with a straight, Eight to Queen
Seat 4: VANish_604 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: s0stndrd showed [Qd Qh] and lost with three of a kind, Queens
Seat 6: HR_Dub folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: 666DAA (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: discobuch (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 9: 4Criminoles! (big blind) folded before Flop

Still in Stars Sunday Mill and Second Chance plus UB 200k. Here we go again! insert web page name here

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