Here we are, one week into the Historic (I'm going to claim it's Historic, just work with me, OK?) Battle of the Blogger Tournament Series III - so important, and as we have already established, Historic, that I have bequeathed it roman numerals.
OK, I think I side-tracked myself there, so let me start over.
BBT3: it's happening.
I have been able to make three of the first five tournaments, a strike-rate of blogger event attrendance that I have not approached in a looooooooong time. I was unable to make Tuesday's tournament because... well, because I was busy getting drunk with All-Star. Wednesdays are bad for me in general, since I have my writing group, and now might have footy training that night (which means Tuesdays might look a bit iffy, if we move the writing group, but I digress).
So far my story has been one of consistency, but ultimately disappointment. I satellited my way into Miami Don's
Big Game, and managed to make it to the final two tables, busting in 11th (or maybe 12th). I suffered a couple of beats late; nothing outrageous, but the kinds of 60-40s that have to hold when the blinds are so massive in terms of your stack size for you to do much damage. I then got my money in a little earlier than I would have liked in the wash-up. The cash was nice, however, given the buy-in and the fact I managed to satellite into the event.
The first Hoy
event of BBT3 was interesting; I don't play much 6-max (either cash or tournament), but I seem to do alright in them, taking into account the small sample size. Second hand in I watched Mike
almost double against NumbBono with set vs overpair on the flop, while I chipped up a little early with some aggressive play. This allowed my to double through Mike (crippling him in the process) with my own set vs overpair on the flop. From this platform I was able to stay in the top few positions of the leaderboard for most of the way through the tournament, when I slipped to the middle of the pack, when I managed to trick someone into gifting me their stack. This put me in third with 22 remaining, with 12 cashing.
I busted in 17th.
I had made the points, but was again unhappy with the finish, especially given the position I found myself in late.
On Thursday I logged into Full Tilt for the Riverchasers tournament, fully expecting it to be NLHE. Not to be! PLO was the name of the game, and similarly to my 6-max NLHE game, PLO is something that I have not much played in tournaments (or cash, really), but have had some good results
. I do have a strategy for playing PLO (essentially it's as follows: see as many flops as possible as cheap as possible, try to flop a monster, get as much money in as possible; once the blinds get high, open-raise much more often to try and take down the blinds and antes, play AAxx in particular fast and furious before the flop), which I followed diligently, and allowed me to coast along before building a decent stack. I was sitting pretty, with 10 people left and a couple of shorties at my table, when I pulled a very questionable and out-of-position mostly-bluff-re-raise on the flop against the monster stack. It takes a lot of skill to get that much wrong, people! Strangely this move didn't work, and I busted on the money (and Final Table) bubble. Again I was in the points, but didn't get anywhere near as deep as I hoped.
So after it is all said and done, my consistent play has got me into 9th place on the BBT3 leaderboard
. I'm in the mix right now for the "end of month" prize, but I either need to keep being uber-consistent, or to at least take down a tournament, both which are easier said than done. Factor in work blowing up for me, and things become even murkier. Thankfully, given satellites and such, I am also in the black for the tournament series so far, which is also an aim I have.
The most interesting wrinkle for me so far has been the appearance of Scott Fischman. I noted his registering for the first event, which he duly took down after apparently sucking out against half the field. In his defense, from what I saw of his play, he was playing a lot of flops and taking down a lot of pots there and then, which built his stack up enough for him to play his draws and such hard and make a lot of questionable calls against short stacks. Again, people who played against him for longer may have a better impression, but that's what I saw happening. Despite playing in every event so far, Scott has not hit the points again, and it will be interesting to see if he keeps up his attendance.