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South Sound Championship $340 No Limit Hold’em Main Event @ Little Creek Casino (Live Blog)

September 8, 2018

I woke up earlier than I was expecting today, so I shouldn’t be too late for the start of this tournament. Not too much to say right now. Buy in is $340 with starting stacks of 20,000. It’s a slow, decently structured tournament. I think the levels are at least 40 minutes long.

I have some decent history in this one, as I’ve mentioned before. I took 4th place in the South Sound Championship Main Event in spring 2014 for $4000 and this spring I got the second most money ($3420) in a 5-way chop. I’m hoping to avoid the big mistakes, run well, and make another deep run!

I should be in action somewhere around 11:15 AM.

11:24 AM: Sitting down now. It does look like rounds are 45 minutes. Re-entry is for three levels and I will fire all the necessary bullets.

Taking a look around the room I see: Joker, Solomon Grundy, Tormund, Bill W, Flexxx, and woah, a surprise appearance from my buddy and occasional travel partner Daniel. Daniel, Tormund and Flexxx are all at the same table. Joker said he wished he had a highlight cam for all the Tormund and Flexxx battles. Me too. That would be something.

I see a decent amount of other regulars I know also.

Current field size is 58. That’s insanely small. The spring Main Event had 92 players. I imagine more people will be trickling in, but at this point, I’d be surprised to see it top 75 entrants.

My table has Solomon Grundy, a Muck regular with an anger problem, and some dude going with the full Paul Volpe sunglasses, hoodie and Beats headphones look.

11:55 AM: First notable pot I open 65dd to 150 and get three callers.

I c-bet 250 on 8d33 flop and two players call, in position.

Turn is the 7d – a great card to continue firing at. I bet 750 this time and only one player calls.

River is a 3. I think this is a bad river to bet at. Granted, I’ve been repping an overpair, but after calling twice on this board texture I think he almost always has a full house and I don’t think he’s looking to fold very often. Maybe if I bomb it, but I’m not trying to torch off 33% of my stack just yet.

I check, he bets some amount and I fold.

12:02 PM: Sigh. Or maybe I am.

Open AsT to 250 and four of us to J65 all spade flop. Small blind donks 250 and I’m only caller.

Turn is a 4 and I raise his 600 to 2600. He calls.

Can I make a hand so I don’t have to bluff this off? No. No I cannot. However, the river is a 7, giving me even more incentive to think I might have some fold equity here. I bet 5k and he calls with 66.

Why call 600 and fold river when I can bluff off an extra 8k instead.

Solid. Very solid. I have less than half the starting stack already.

Jesus, I’m bad sometimes.

I should just jam the river and put max pressure on him. I know he can’t have the nuts. Not saying a jam would work here but I do think it’s a substantially play than betting 5k after he already called 2600 on the turn.

Plus, when he inevitably calls with his set even though a flush is out there and any 3 or 8 beats him, I can sit back down with 20k in chips!

12:21 PM: Two limpers and I make it 500 on button with TT. Both limpers call.

Flop is T86 rainbow and I bet 1500 (pot) when they both check to me. I’m looking to get my stack in here and there are lots of bad turns for me. I get called by the first limper.

Turn is a jack and opens up a club flush draw. I’m trying to determine a good bet size and I want it to be hefty. Problem is, pot has 4500ish in it and I only have 7500 or so in my stack. Any decent sized bet is going to be for around half my stack so I just go ahead and jam it in there and hope that his hand strength and my shitty image can combine forces to get me a call here. He folds though.

Back to 12k.

12:27 AM: Trying to find my place of Zen, I open-muck ATo UTG+1 and then AJo UTG the next hand.

💆🏻‍♂️

Assorted chips counts at first break:

TDK 12k

Joker 25k

Daniel 40k

Bill W 45k

Tormund 21k

Flexxx 35k

Solomon Grundy 18k

12:52 PM: And… I’m down to 33 bigs after whiffing a pair plus straight draw against what I felt was a top pair hand in a large-ish pot.

Not going to sit on this stack size. I will be gambling it up with only 34 minutes of re-entry left.

1:00 PM: I make it 700 after one limper with As9x and get two calls. Flop is QT9 with one spade. We all check.

Turn is the 4h and I call 1500 from the player to my right.

River is the jack of spades and she checks to me. I have about a pot-sized bet left. This is a super easy jam spot, especially with the re-entry dynamics. Once again, I have the nut flush blocker plus any king makes a straight and AK specifically is right in my range. I jam about 4600 and she tanks forever and finally calls with T8cc.

Sigh.

Second bullet. I’m back to 20k!

Alright, let’s calm this shit right down. I got the meditation playlist going now.

1:14 PM: I think the Seattle Mariners suffered the unofficial knockout blow to their 2018 season last night. The M’s had their ace James Paxton throwing and couldn’t beat the New York Yankees in a pretty must win game. Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics cruised to an easy victory over the Texas Rangers and increased their lead in the AL Wild Card race to 6.5 games with 21 games to go. At this point, the only remaining – and extremely small – slice of hope is the fact that we haven’t been mathematically eliminated yet.

It’s going to take a three game sweep of the A’s from the 24th through the 26th to even make it interesting – and that’s assuming it’s not officially over before then.

Amazingly, I have tickets purchased to three upcoming games already. Tomorrow vs the Yankees and games in Houston and Arlington vs the Astros and Rangers next week. I was hoping all these games would have significant meaning, but the season is basically over now. Still, I can’t wait to see the two Texas stadiums. It will still be a blast!

1:31 PM: Re-entry is closed. Joker is also on his second bullet and sitting at my table now. We decided to spice it up a little bit with a Last Longer bet.

1:41 PM: I c-bet a 3-bet pot with AA and didn’t get any additional action.

Just opened AJo to 650 and got multiple callers. I fired 1000 into over 2500 on the AJ6 flop and one player calls.

Turn pairs the 6 and this dude has been really active and I think he’s capable of trying to bet me off hands, so I decide to check and induce. I call 2600.

River is a total blank and I stay consistent with my line. He bets 4700 and it’s hard to imagine what hands he would be willing to call a check-raise with that I am beating so I call and let him showdown his AK before winning this pot.

I’m up over 28k and Joker just got smoked as I was typing this, so I’m a heavy favorite in our Last Longer now.

1:49 PM: Looks like final tally on entrants is 80, creating a prize pool of $26.8k and a first place worth $9.1k. 8 players are in line to make at least $939 – unless they bought in twice like some of us suckers.

Assorted chip counts with 20 minutes left in L4:

Dark Knight 29k

Joker 2k

Grundy 12.5k

Bill W 50k

Daniel O 30k

Tormund 38k

Flexxx 24k

1:56 PM: Joker is busted and I’m not going to lose $680. Bright sides.

2:03 PM: Little Creek Casino: where you can drop the loudest “F Bomb” ever and not even get a warning (that I saw).

2:08 PM: Just made a slightly bad call with A9o when UTG+2 jammed 8.5 bigs and showed up with AQ. I thought it might be close so I checked and ATo is the cutoff. I got a decent sweat with a J758 board on the turn, but I made a pair of aces on the river instead and doubled him up.

2:38 PM: I have to give Joker some credit. Last night I was saying I didn’t think he would finish in the top 80 of the tournament and he scrapped and clawed today and proved me wrong.

Kudos, Joker. I’m always underestimating you. 🍻

2:50 PM: Just called a 9 big jam with ATo on the button… and I guess I should have isolated because the big blind decided to come along with 74o and that hand obviously won the whole pot.

Very next hand I have AK vs A6cc on KJ5ccc flop and managed to get to showdown in a 3-way pot for a single 2100 bet on the flop.

Well done, buddy.

Down to 17.5k.

3:11 PM: 14.8k heading to 300/600/50. 24 bigs! We are getting dangerously close to a stack size where I might actually stop sucking.

Assorted Counts:

Dark Knight 10.5k

Grundy busted

Bill W 40k

Flexxx 26k

Tormund 14k

Daniel O 49k

3:54 PM: So frustrated. I’ve won three pots in almost five hours. It’s super hard to do well in poker tournaments if you never win a hand. The guy on my left is absolutely murdering me. He’s beat me in no less than six pots. Every time I open he has a hand and I’m yet to beat him in a hand. It’s so frequent and predictable at this point it makes me think he’s picking on me but the showdowns I’ve seen have been AK, AK suited, and AA. I think he’s just running good and my timing is amazingly atrocious.

I am down to about 7k which means I’m in pure push/fold mode when we come back from break. I imagine blinds will be 400/800 so I will have less than 10 bigs.

4:07 PM: Quick double! Jam AJo under the gun first hand back and get it through.

Next hand small blind jams folded to him for like 4k and I snap with 22 and flop a set vs his A9o.

4:28 PM: Woah. Some good things are happening. Flopped trip 3s with J3hh from the big blind in a multiway limped pot; jammed over four limpers with 99 on the button and got it through; and raised one limper with ATcc only to have a short stack jam on me with QJo and I busted him.

Back up to 27k.

Assorted counts 5 minutes before dinner:

TDK 27k

Tormund BUSTED

Flexxx 20k

Daniel O 65k

Bill W 38k

5:10 PM: Last hand before break I opened to 2000 with AJo and got two callers.

Flop was JT3 with two spades and I c-bet 4000 and the button made it 10k to go. I’ve already seen this guy get massively out of line in the short time he’s been at my table so I’m not considering any folds here. I jam and he goes in the tank and now I’m hoping he calls. He does. And it’s not good. He has AJ also but has a spade in his hand for a freeroll, but doesn’t bink it.

29k on dinner break coming back to 500/1000/100.

5:36 PM: Correction: blinds are 600/1200/100. Sheesh!

37 players left and average stack is 43k.

6:06 PM: Dwindled all the way down to 13.5k after a couple opens and c-bets failed. Jammed with AQ and doubled through 55 to get back near 30k.

6:42 PM: Forgot my charger at home so my phone is plugged into the wall. Peaking at 34k after getting a reshove through with KQdd.

7:05 PM: Lost a sizable pot with AJ and then a medium-sized pot when I limp behind on button with J4ss after a player I’m targeting limps in from hijack. I’ve tried isolating him before with zero success. Every time I’ve done it he’s donked into me on the flop and I’m sitting there with nothing. So I’m just looking to steal in position if it checks to me or maybe win a big pot if I connect hard. Honestly, it’s not a very good play.

Well, he check-calls 2000 on T42hh flop and then donks 8k when a king hits the turn. I’m boiling inside. This dude is just walking on water. Does he have a heart draw that made a pair? I doubt it. I think he’s just a total spewer and I’m trying to restrain myself from jamming on him in frustration but he’s had it every time I’ve seen so far. I reluctantly fold and he shows me the KdJc as a courtesy and I want to thank him by flipping him the bird.

God, why can’t he just hit a jack instead so I can double up.

So gross. So stupid.

8 bigs.

Dammit.

7:16 PM: First hand back from break I call off my last 8 bigs with KQhh and lose to AJ.

Flexxx has heaps with 24 left. Daniel O is healthy. Bill W is still in.

But I’m out. And I’m outta here. I’m sure Daniel will keep me posted if he goes deep and I’ll make some updates here.

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