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Top five Mills hands

s0stndrd Well this tworags business looks like a lot of fun, so I figured why not and joined in so I could post my poker ramblings rather than on my usual blog..

Anyhow, a recap of five big hands from my recent Mills score...

Hand 5:

PokerStars Game #15693131861: Tournament #78436461, $200+$15 Hold’em No Limit - Level III (100/200) - 2008/03/02 - 17:13:27 (ET)
Table ‘78436461 734′ 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: vmnielsen (13312 in chips)
Seat 2: mrtunie (9000 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 3: s0stndrd (10213 in chips)
Seat 4: skyrotterdam (6725 in chips)
Seat 5: ForeverDean (6700 in chips)
Seat 6: davidroisme (10650 in chips)
Seat 7: ChromMan (12000 in chips)
Seat 8: dumba900 (11200 in chips)
Seat 9: Jalapenoz (19900 in chips)
ForeverDean: posts small blind 100
davidroisme: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to s0stndrd [Kd Kc]
ChromMan: folds
dumba900: folds
Jalapenoz: folds
vmnielsen: raises 400 to 600
mrtunie: folds
s0stndrd: raises 800 to 1400
skyrotterdam: folds
ForeverDean: folds
davidroisme: folds
vmnielsen: raises 2600 to 4000
s0stndrd: raises 6213 to 10213 and is all-in
vmnielsen: calls 6213
*** FLOP *** [Qh 8c 5h]
*** TURN *** [Qh 8c 5h] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [Qh 8c 5h 3h] [8d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
vmnielsen: shows [Ks As] (a pair of Eights)
s0stndrd: shows [Kd Kc] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
s0stndrd collected 20726 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 20726 | Rake 0
Board [Qh 8c 5h 3h 8d]
Seat 1: vmnielsen showed [Ks As] and lost with a pair of Eights
Seat 2: mrtunie folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 3: s0stndrd showed [Kd Kc] and won (20726) with two pair, Kings and Eights
Seat 4: skyrotterdam (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 5: ForeverDean (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: davidroisme (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: ChromMan folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 8: dumba900 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 9: Jalapenoz folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

Completely standard. Noone folds AKs and noone folds KK either. If this hand had taken place the day before when I was running like a fiery vindaloo the day after, I’m sure I lose, but it magically held up. Considering how brutal the table was, winning this flip was so, so vital.

Hand 4:

PokerStars Game #15693935678: Tournament #78436461, $200+$15 Hold’em No Limit - Level V (200/400) - 2008/03/02 - 17:45:46 (ET)
Table ‘78436461 76′ 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: Le Marquis (10600 in chips)
Seat 2: puravida1234 (33900 in chips)
Seat 3: PIT123456 (18200 in chips)
Seat 4: s0stndrd (22476 in chips)
Seat 5: WGC1234 (15525 in chips)
Seat 6: doctorzico (14550 in chips)
Seat 7: ppthebandit (14475 in chips)
Seat 8: three ladys (12975 in chips)
Seat 9: Tobsen (21850 in chips)
Tobsen: posts small blind 200
Le Marquis: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to s0stndrd [As 8s]
puravida1234: folds
PIT123456: folds
s0stndrd: raises 800 to 1200
WGC1234: folds
doctorzico: folds
ppthebandit: calls 1200
three ladys: folds
Tobsen: folds
Le Marquis: folds
*** FLOP *** [9c 5c Ac]
s0stndrd: checks
ppthebandit: checks
*** TURN *** [9c 5c Ac] [Ad]
s0stndrd: bets 800
ppthebandit: raises 12475 to 13275 and is all-in
s0stndrd: calls 12475
*** RIVER *** [9c 5c Ac Ad] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
s0stndrd: shows [As 8s] (four of a kind, Aces)
ppthebandit: shows [Jd Td] (three of a kind, Aces)
s0stndrd collected 29550 from pot
beth_poker7 is connected
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 29550 | Rake 0
Board [9c 5c Ac Ad Ah]
Seat 1: Le Marquis (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: puravida1234 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 3: PIT123456 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: s0stndrd showed [As 8s] and won (29550) with four of a kind, Aces
Seat 5: WGC1234 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: doctorzico folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 7: ppthebandit showed [Jd Td] and lost with three of a kind, Aces
Seat 8: three ladys (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 9: Tobsen (small blind) folded before Flop

Tough opponent, but the shove after my turn bet just didn’t make any sense. It might be a loose call but considering the aggressive nature of opponent, I figured I still had outs even if he had my beat on fourth street, but as it was, he was drawing dead when the money got in the middle. No doubt I will pay him off like a crooked politician next time we tangle!

Hand 3:

PokerStars Game #15700018732: Tournament #78436461, $200+$15 Hold’em No Limit - Level XXI (7500/15000) - 2008/03/02 - 22:17:13 (ET)
Table ‘78436461 387′ 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: s0stndrd (350737 in chips)
Seat 2: jerlin (433811 in chips)
Seat 3: troyomac (593750 in chips)
Seat 5: UgotBodied (304009 in chips)
Seat 6: CashGalore (120362 in chips)
Seat 7: BunnieLee (414456 in chips)
Seat 8: crossfire163 (785524 in chips)
Seat 9: icecoldRivA (560099 in chips)
s0stndrd: posts the ante 1500
jerlin: posts the ante 1500
troyomac: posts the ante 1500
UgotBodied: posts the ante 1500
CashGalore: posts the ante 1500
BunnieLee: posts the ante 1500
crossfire163: posts the ante 1500
icecoldRivA: posts the ante 1500
icecoldRivA: posts small blind 7500
s0stndrd: posts big blind 15000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to s0stndrd [Td 9h]
jerlin: folds
troyomac: folds
UgotBodied: folds
CashGalore: folds
s0stndrd said, “nh cross”
søstradi is connected
crossfire163 said, “ty”
søstradi said, “phew”
BunnieLee: folds
crossfire163: folds
icecoldRivA: raises 25000 to 40000
s0stndrd: raises 50000 to 90000
icecoldRivA: calls 50000
*** FLOP *** [5d 8h Ts]
icecoldRivA: checks
s0stndrd: bets 90000
icecoldRivA: raises 378599 to 468599 and is all-in
s0stndrd: calls 169237 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [5d 8h Ts] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [5d 8h Ts 9d] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
icecoldRivA: shows [Kh Qs] (high card King)
s0stndrd: shows [Td 9h] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
s0stndrd collected 710474 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 710474 | Rake 0
Board [5d 8h Ts 9d 3d]
Seat 1: s0stndrd (big blind) showed [Td 9h] and won (710474) with two pair, Tens and Nines
Seat 2: jerlin folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 3: troyomac folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 5: UgotBodied folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: CashGalore folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 7: BunnieLee folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 8: crossfire163 (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 9: icecoldRivA (small blind) showed [Kh Qs] and lost with high card King

At the time, this was a monster hand. Pre-flop it just felt like a weak raise and I felt I could take him off his hand with a stiff raise. The call worried me a little but at least I had position on him. Flopping TPOK in a battle of the blinds is a pretty good hand and I decided I was betting it. I was a little worried when he came back over the top, but went with my gut and decided to put the rest in. I was delighted that my read was correct (nice for a change) and even more so with the nine on the turn. All I had to fade on the river was a four-outter and when my two pair held, I was back in contention.

Hand 2:

PokerStars Game #15702018909: Tournament #78436461, $200+$15 Hold’em No Limit - Level XXVII (30000/60000) - 2008/03/02 - 23:59:48 (ET)
Table ‘78436461 906′ 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: s0stndrd (1862474 in chips)
Seat 2: citrus (1884977 in chips)
Seat 3: himpapawid (1750910 in chips)
Seat 4: Weimar (1853548 in chips)
Seat 5: mman_status (855638 in chips)
Seat 6: nilsson (120226 in chips)
Seat 7: petter85 (2458559 in chips)
Seat 8: troyomac (1845000 in chips)
Seat 9: Doyle122 (1222474 in chips)
s0stndrd: posts the ante 6000
citrus: posts the ante 6000
himpapawid: posts the ante 6000
Weimar: posts the ante 6000
mman_status: posts the ante 6000
nilsson: posts the ante 6000
petter85: posts the ante 6000
troyomac: posts the ante 6000
Doyle122: posts the ante 6000
nilsson: posts small blind 30000
petter85: posts big blind 60000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to s0stndrd [Qc Qh]
troyomac: raises 95000 to 155000
Doyle122: folds
s0stndrd: raises 265000 to 420000
citrus: folds
himpapawid: folds
Weimar: folds
mman_status: folds
nilsson: folds
petter85: folds
troyomac: calls 265000
*** FLOP *** [3h Qd 9s]
troyomac: checks
s0stndrd: checks
*** TURN *** [3h Qd 9s] [8d]
troyomac: checks
s0stndrd: bets 420000
troyomac: raises 999000 to 1419000 and is all-in
s0stndrd: calls 999000
*** RIVER *** [3h Qd 9s 8d] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
troyomac: shows [Ac As] (a pair of Aces)
s0stndrd: shows [Qc Qh] (three of a kind, Queens)
s0stndrd collected 3822000 from pot
petter85 said, “gg”
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3822000 | Rake 0
Board [3h Qd 9s 8d 4s]
Seat 1: s0stndrd showed [Qc Qh] and won (3822000) with three of a kind, Queens
Seat 2: citrus folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 3: himpapawid folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: Weimar folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 5: mman_status (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: nilsson (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: petter85 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: troyomac showed [Ac As] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 9: Doyle122 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

Utterly brutal hand for troyomac. After the hand and the flood of railbird chirping I gave some back and would like to apologise. I don’t normally like to talk it up but in the heat of the moment, having dudes tell me how much of a fish/donkey/luckbox I am after an unfortunate but standard hand just irked me enough to get my fingers a-typing. So guys, no hard feelings?

I felt troyomac had been opening a lot of pots and was certain my hand was best, so reraised to isolate vs any Ax hands behind me, though in honesty, if another person shoves behind, I don’t think I can fold with stack sizes and the amount in the pot.

Hit my gin card on the flop and check behind (funny yet embarrassing sidenote: a few hands earlier I shoved my AA that had hit top set into a fairly ragged board into two other pre-flop callers. I play cards so bad). The eight of diamonds that put a flush draw on the board was a real action card and with the check-raise, I figured troyomac for AdKd and couldn’t call fast enough. I was in better shape than I thought with troyomac having the bullets and I dodged a two-outter to scoop a massive pot and bust the poor guy.

Hand 1:

PokerStars Game #15703861880: Tournament #78436461, $200+$15 Hold’em No Limit - Level XXXVI (250000/500000) - 2008/03/03 - 02:14:27 (ET)
Table ‘78436461 338′ 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: colonelkosta (19250429 in chips)
Seat 3: himpapawid (6619701 in chips)
Seat 4: vm1124 (35512771 in chips)
Seat 6: DrunkPPlaya (6026306 in chips)
Seat 8: s0stndrd (8326737 in chips)
Seat 9: ShipThatIsh (4894056 in chips)
colonelkosta: posts the ante 50000
himpapawid: posts the ante 50000
vm1124: posts the ante 50000
DrunkPPlaya: posts the ante 50000
s0stndrd: posts the ante 50000
ShipThatIsh: posts the ante 50000
DrunkPPlaya: posts small blind 250000
s0stndrd: posts big blind 500000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to s0stndrd [8h 8c]
ShipThatIsh: folds
colonelkosta: raises 500000 to 1000000
himpapawid: folds
vm1124: folds
DrunkPPlaya: folds
ShipThatIsh said, “can i have an additional 5 minutes added to my timebank?”
s0stndrd: calls 500000
*** FLOP *** [Ah 3d As]
s0stndrd: checks
himpapawid said, “lolk”
colonelkosta: bets 500000
ShipThatIsh said, “i will pay $100″
s0stndrd: raises 1000000 to 1500000
colonelkosta: calls 1000000
*** TURN *** [Ah 3d As] [Kh]
s0stndrd: checks
colonelkosta: checks
*** RIVER *** [Ah 3d As Kh] [8d]
ShipThatIsh said, “2 minutes?”
s0stndrd: bets 1500000
colonelkosta: raises 5000000 to 6500000
ShipThatIsh said, “113 seconds?”
s0stndrd: calls 4276737 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
colonelkosta: shows [Ad 2c] (three of a kind, Aces)
s0stndrd: shows [8h 8c] (a full house, Eights full of Aces)
s0stndrd collected 17103474 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 17103474 | Rake 0
Board [Ah 3d As Kh 8d]
Seat 1: colonelkosta showed [Ad 2c] and lost with three of a kind, Aces
Seat 3: himpapawid folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: vm1124 (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: DrunkPPlaya (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: s0stndrd (big blind) showed [8h 8c] and won (17103474) with a full house, Eights full of Aces
Seat 9: ShipThatIsh folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

A completely sick and unbelievable hand. On the surface, this looks like complete spew and I’d have to agree, but the good colonelkosta had been playing so many pots and showing down so many mediocre - yet winning - hands that I couldn’t resist for a min-raise. I check-raise him on the flop because I just don’t believe he has an ace there and am expecting him to fold quickly but when he calls, I realise I’ve mis-stepped and am praying for a cheap showdown so I can scope his opening range. I gratefully accept the free river when he checks the king, but it’s the glorious two-outter on the river that causes a commotion through our small study. I’m obviously delighted when he shoves my value bet (yes I am an ATM and was paying AK all day) and snap-call to win a massive final table pot. This hand marked the beginning of the end for the colonel who proceeded to go busto in the space of three hands. Two of the hands featured an eight on the river to sink the English chappy including his AQ getting pipped at the river by a short stack’s A8.

All this just goes to show - it doesn’t matter how good you are at cards (or not in my case), to win tournaments you need to get lucky occasionally.

Or more correctly, just not get unlucky.

Comments

Anonymous says

What place did you come in?

03/18/08

lakeoffire says

Great score ! Did you win?

03/18/08

s0stndrd says

i somehow luckboxed first place finish in the Mills on March 2!

03/18/08

s0stndrd says

LakeofFire: thanks! yup took it down after taking a slightly -EV deal and winning the extra 30k in the middle - but you know, first time at the dance, locking up a six figure score and being able to pay off my mortgage... i took the safe option!

03/18/08

Anonymous says

Wow, thats excellent! Congrats and looking forward to more posts.

03/19/08

Anonymous says

Congrats on the win. I cannot afford to play that tourny but still try the 3 dollar sattellites. I watched that final table and you were playing really great. I hope to read more of your successes on this fourmn. Maybe we will be playing the Sunday 100G at the same table as I got in again for $1.10 good luck Marc

03/19/08

Anonymous says

You must be on cloud 9! Congrats!

03/19/08

s0stndrd says

thanks guys! Am still on Cloud nine especially after paying off mortgage yesterday!

Marc: not sure if can play Sunday hundred grand - the time (now that daylight savings is over) makes it pretty tricky to play as it's at 4.30am in the morning which is just too late to stay up for but a little tricky to wake up for as I'm usually groggy first thing in morning and a complete value spewbot (as opposed to the rest of the time I play..!) But who knowS! Hope you can turn your $1.10 into a big score and if you ever see me online, please say hello! :)

03/20/08

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