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    My Chicago Poker Open Summary

    This is part of an e-mail I sent to my backers. I thought I would share my experience with my forum brothers. I apologize for some of the noob level dialogue. Some of my backers are not astute players themselves.
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    Event #1

    What a shitty weekend. I played in the 2 scheduled events and 1 Second Chance Event.

    (the update turned out longer than I thought. If you don't feel like reading it all, at least scroll down to where I have provided asterix for an important message)

    Event #1 $240

    My goal for this event was to play tight in the early levels and keep the pots small. With the blinds being so small, it doesn't make sense to play alot of hands. If I were to play something crazy like 57 and hit, what do I stand to win? 800 chips maybe when we already started with $10,000? In the later rounds I wanted to lossen up a bit where stealing blinds is more profitable and winning pots postflop are more valuable. So I stuck to my plan. Unfortunately, my tight style caused me to miss some opportunities to win a couple of decent pots. One example...it was probably during the 3rd blind level (75/150 Blinds) where I looked down at pocket 4's. The first to act raised to 450. He probably had AJ, AQ, AK, KQ, or 55-AA. I was next to act. Most people would probably call with this hand. In most cases I call with this hand. I know of two online pro's who play small pocket pairs distinctively different. The first of the two likes to raise in early position with small PP in order to represent an Ace and bet out if an Ace comes on the flop. If he is lucky enough to flop a set or better, his hand is well disguised. Another online pro told me that he folds 22-55 when in early position. He feels there is too much risk playing these hands. Typically you play these hands only to try to make a 3 of a kind. If your set doesn't come onthe flop, you check or fold to any bet. Anyway, going back to my play tight/keep pots small gameplan, I decided to fold my pocket 4's. Of course, a 4 comes on the flop and a decent amount of betting ensues. My set of 4's would have taken down a nice pot. I didn't lose any chips, but as a result I didn't gain any either.

    Another hand that stood out is when I was dealt pocket Kings. I raised preflop and got 1 caller. The flop came J 9 6. He bets into me, I reraise and he calls. The turn was a 2. This time he checks and calls my bet. The river brings another 9. He checks. I check and say "what do you have? A 9?" Sure enough he caught his third 9 on the river. So sick how bad players sometimes get rewarded. But at least I was able to read his hand and save some chips. It was just about the only hand I read correctly.

    The hand that put me out came about 10 minutes after the dinner break. I had made it through 8 hours of play and was left with a smallish stack of around 18 big blinds(BB). This is still a workable stack and the perfect size for playing aggressive poker and preflop and stealing blinds and limpers. I was dealt AQ from early position (EP). A couple of hands earlier, just before dinner, I reraised the button raiser from the BB. The button raiser shoved his stack and forced me to fold. On this hand, everyone folded my raise except a kid in the BB. He was a competant player who had a good stack and was talking earlier about playing the $10/$20 cash games. The flop came KQ5 with two clubs. The BB checked. Normally I would make a continuation bet here, but a King is obviously within his range. I was not prepared to call a check raise for all my chips so I checked behind. The turn was a 9. Again the BB checked. Still I am not convinced that I have the best hand and felt that he could be on a club draw. I checked again. The river brought a 5 of clubs. Once again he checked. Now I was sure he didn't have a King. No way he checks all the way with top pair. Also, I am sure he didn't have 2 clubs or else he would have bet for value on the river. I bet 20% of my stack. The kid then grabs a handful of chips, not knowing how many, but enough to cover me and slopped them into the pot. There are 2 types of players who make sloppy bets like this. There are the guys who are wreckless and try to use their chips to bully people. Usually, an aggressive act like this indicates weakness. Even still, it's hard to continue on if you are facing a maniac who can afford to lose a lot of chips on a bluff. The other type of player who does this, is the one who is tricky and really knows what he is doing. It's the old "I know, that you know, that I know, that this means I'm weak" type of thing. Unfortunately, I had only played like 15 hands at this table and couldn't make any accurate reads on anyone other than stereo-typical assumptions like "this guys looks like a player" or "this older man probably only plays made hands." Anyway, having folded a few hands ealier to a reraise, I figured he was tying to bluff me off a hand. It didn't matter, because at this point I wasn't going to fold 2nd pair and top kicker when I was sure he didn't have a flush or a King. I called for the rest of my chips. He turns over 5 heart 6 heart. He made his set on the river. *gasp* I was partially right on my read but never expected him to play such trash like 56.
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    Event #2

    Event #2 $350

    This event started with $15,000 chips. I was in a bad mood from from the night before. Not so much from the tournament but more because I dropped a few c notes in the casino after I busted out of Event #1. I knew I could not perform well in this state of mind. Usually, I am very quiet and focused at the poker table. But today I decided to liven up and have fun with my table mates in order to get me in a better mood. It worked as I was having a good time and created a pretty good image for myself. From the conversations we all had at the table, it was assumed or public knowledge that I have played in a lot of live tournaments. Most people will also assume that you are a very good player if you have played in many live circuit type of events.

    It didn't take me long to make some fair assesments of the players I was seated with. Mr. I Play Any Two Cards and Lucky was seated to my left. Seat 2 was the internet kid who played tight and made continuation bets on every flop that he saw. Seat 3 was a woman who played very tight and won the Heartland Poker Classic in 2008. Seat 4 was a very tight player. Seat 5 was sooo funny. He a man in his middle 60's. I didn't really notice him until the first hand he got involved in. When the action got to him he started to fumble with his chips. He was stacking and restacking them until he was able to pull out the chips he wanted to raise with. The guy in seat 6, who played a fair amount of hands but seemed to be a decent player, reraise the older man. The older man continued to fumble with his chips and called. I chucked and said to the guy to my right "he's awfully busy." I sarcastically said "do you think he has a good hand?" At some point in time the man stood up out of his chair. The was something like 10 5 3. The man bet accidentally sending one of his chips rolling across the length of the table. More hillarity. He eventually sat back down. Long story short, he bet every street and was called all the way by pocket Ace. The old man turned over JJ. I couldn't wait for my chance to get some of his chips. Unfortunately he busted out soon after before I could get my share of his stack.

    Seats 7-9 were all standard players, although seat 7 was betting alot of hands and almost everytime he was first to act, or "Under the Gun" (UTG). I figured he was raising with a wide range of hands but I never got the opportunity to exploit this. My player reads never really paid off except for the one time I was able to check raise the kid in seat 2 on the flop with nothing but rags.

    The tournament ended in dissapointment after only 4 hours of play. I swear I have never missed so many flops in my life. I had many good starting hands. The premies I raised with preflop and the speculative ones I was able to see the flop with cheap. I can not tell you how many times I flopped the second best pair and had to fold to an out of position bettor. Hands like AK or 66 would miss completlety. My suited Aces came nowhere near to fruition either. The one time I did flop a good hand, a set of 8's, later turned into a full boat, paid me off close to nothing because I had to chop it with another player who had the same hand. Shortly before I busted out, specifically on a hand where I raised preflop with AK, I was bet into from an out of postion player where the flop missed me completely, I said outload kind of maniactly..."HOW CAN I GET OUTFLOPPED EVERY SINGLE HAND?!?!?!?!?!"

    The previous day, a guy at the next table apparantly won a big hand. He probably caught a 2 outer or something because he jumped out of his seat shouting and celebrating outload. Normal when you win a huge pot right? Especially if you got lucky. Well, the Tournament staff didn't care too much for his joyous outburst and rushed over like secret service and gave him a verbal lashing. Why is this important you ask? Well, in Event #2 I shoved all in when QJ suited hearts on a Qc 5h Kh board with two hearts and a straight draw. Unfortuantely there were 2 callers. Although I was behind to any King, I knew that I would probably triple up if a heart comes on the turn or the river giving me the 2nd highest flush. Bam! The turn was a heart. I can't remeber which card, but it didn't pair the board and it gave me the hand I needed. I only had to avoid a 4th heart coming on the river. That of course would give someone holding a non suited Ace of hearts the nut flush thus beating me. Aaaaaaaaand a heart comes on the river. I just know that someone has a hand like AhTc. After betting concludes between the other 2 participants, I ask who has the Ace of hearts. No one says anything. I look over at Seat 6's hand and see the dreaded Ah. I was already standing and proceeded to yell "FUUUUUCK!!!!!!!" Then I saw that he was suited and had me beat from the time a flush made it. ooops. Nevertheless, I was outflopped again and incredibly frustrated. As I wished everyone good luck, I see the tournament goons heading my way. I'm pretty sure that if they weren't too thrilled with shouts of joy, they weren't going to take too kindly to my Skin-emax type of behaviour. I didn't berate anyone, or throw anything, and any other thing like that. The table knew I was frustrated and probably like me in general as I was having fun most of the time there. So when the goons made it to our area, and as I was walking away, I believe that the dealer told them that there wasn't a problem and nothing to worry about.
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    Second Chance Event and Evaluation

    Nightly Second Chance $130

    I played this later Saturday night. Actually, I was really looking forward to getting into one of these. They are usually fille with bad players and offered great value in the fact that the winner would receive a seat to the Main Event which was valued almost as much as the first place cash prize itself. The drawback is you only start with $5,000 chips and the blind go up every 25 minutes. This structure takes away alot of postflop play. In our first 10 hands, we had 4 all ins. Nothing exciting happened here, and I busted out early.

    I played in 3 Single Table Tournaments on my own dime. These are the weakest of any live tournament I have played in. I absolutely crushed them the last time I was in Chicago. Unfortunately, they only ran 1 game at a time so I only played in 3 while there this time around. Honestly, I was either the best or 2nd best player in each one that I played. I dominated in 2 of the 3 and built nice sized stacks in 2 of the 3. Unfortunately, with $2,000 starting chips and 15 minute blind levels, 1 suckout can cost you the tournament. Prime example, in the last one I played, I had about $5,000 chips (approximately 25% of all chips in play), the button shoves all in for about $2,200 and blinds at 200/400. I look down and call with AA. He shows 10h 2h. He flops a 10 and rivers another. Just like that I am left with about 7 big blinds. I'm not the shortest stack at the table but am now forced to shove just about any two cards.

    That's how my weekend went. Honestly, I did not play my A game. In my opinion, closer to my C game, but I am of course hard on myself. My reads were waaaay off. I made 2 or 3 "hero calls", where I had a subpar hand and called a guys bet on the river having felt he was on a total bluff, and was wrong everytime. I felt I missed a few opportunities to chip up at times, and also felt I played a few hands wrong where a C bet would have pushed someone off their hand that would eventually hit on the river, or some bs like that.

    Saturday night, I bumped into the guy in Seat 6 who knocked me out of Event #2. He was a decent player from what I saw. We talked a bit and he said a few times that he thought I played really well. It's really encouraging to hear stuff like that from outsiders who have seen your game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dyehard View Post
    Nightly Second Chance $130

    I played this later Saturday night. Actually, I was really looking forward to getting into one of these. They are usually fille with bad players and offered great value in the fact that the winner would receive a seat to the Main Event which was valued almost as much as the first place cash prize itself. The drawback is you only start with $5,000 chips and the blind go up every 25 minutes. This structure takes away alot of postflop play. In our first 10 hands, we had 4 all ins. Nothing exciting happened here, and I busted out early.

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    u never told me about this type of donkaments. I think this was more than enough to get me there
    warning : this person is going up and down on elevators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rryu87 View Post
    u never told me about this type of donkaments. I think this was more than enough to get me there

    They are still going on. Have fun sir.
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