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Muck Fall Classic – $200 Omaha 8/Better (Live Blog)

September 27, 2018

Cards in the air. Updates here.

Vitals: 10k starting stacks, blinds currently at 75/150 in L3, levels are 30 minutes.

  • I recognize all but one player at my table. Two of them are nitty Palace O8 regs, one is a Palace floor, and the rest I’ve just seen around. I would probably rate my starting table as below average. I would prefer to play the early levels against a bunch of loose players.
  • I’m not really planning to post every little hand I play, but I will definitely at least post stack updates on the breaks.
  • Notables: Flipper, Blackjack, Muck dealer πŸ˜€, KIRBY PUCKETT (!), local legend Adam Coates, and three Palace employees
  • No Flexxx, no Bill W, no Tormund, no Joker.
  • Wtf?
  • No Sandman? No Fanboy?
  • 11:49 AM: Fun chop spot. I raise limpers with AA63 double suited and have to chop with a middle position limp of K992ddd after a flop of T52 with two clubs. CLUBS. I mean, not that it matters, but what in the actual fuck?
  • POKER IS ALIVE!
  • 11:56 AM: Player on my right just got his hand killed because he was on his phone and told me afterwards that it’s because he was reading my blog. That is the ultimate.
  • 12:00 PM: Riddler in the field now. I have 12k on first break. I’ve been by far the most active and aggressive player at my table so far and my stack has fluctuated quite a lot. I’ve increased it by 20% but I feel like I have run below average over the first four levels. The AA63 vs K992 on T52 is a good example of a spot I should always be scooping and instead I’m bet-calling the turn and needing to escape for half.
  • Absurd.
  • In other news, I forgot to mention last night but The Man has decided to spread the PLO game at Palace on Thursdays at 6 PM as well. My goodness I hope that becomes a thing. Playing in that game two days a week would be HUGE. My results in that game in the 1.5 years it has been spread are so good they can’t possibly be real and yet… here we are.
  • 12:25 PM: Blinds are now 200/400 and it feels like a good level to start exploiting my table’s overall nittiness by ramping up the aggression.
  • 1:22 PM: 18.3k on second break. Some good things definitely happened those last two levels.
  • Registration is now closed so I’ll post prize pool and entrant numbers when they are available.
  • 2:09 PM: Table change. Somehow I know zero players at my new table by name and I only recognize one of them. My last table was pretty tight and lame, so this should be better by default.
  • 2 of 3 Palace dealers BUSTED
  • Blackjack BUSTED
  • Flipper All In
  • Remaining Palace Dealer 6k
  • Riddler All In
  • Kirby Puckett 8k
  • πŸ˜€ 8k
  • Sandman in the field
  • 2:21 PM:
  • Adam Coats 20k
  • Riddler 3400
  • Flipper BUSTED
  • Sandman BUSTED
  • Dark Knight 21.6k
  • Peaking after opening button with AAsKs5s and getting called down by small blind on QsTs24J.
  • 2:39 PM: 18.1k on third break coming back to what I imagine will be 600/1200 blinds.
  • 3:01 PM:
  • Riddler BUSTED
  • 140 entrants. ~61 left. Average stack is 23k.
  • 1st is $4700.
  • Total prize pool is $22.4k. Total rake is $5600, or 20%.
  • 3:06 PM: I just had a little rush of good hands where I opened four times in a row and got to showdown every time… for a net profit of exactly 0 chips.
  • πŸ‘πŸ»
  • 3:12 PM: Just heard a story about a player checking back river with A234 on 24954 and then saying after the hand that he didn’t want to bust his opponent.
  • No worries.
  • But touching your phone while the dealer is pitching cards? PENALTY!
  • 3:22 PM: Yay. The slow dwindle… down to 12.4k starting 800/1600 blinds.
  • 3:29 PM: Gift shop is open.
  • Two limpers. I raise AA54 with clubs on button and 5 of us see K64cc flop. I get one check-caller and he puts me all in (for ~2.5 big bets) on the 8c turn with… KQc2c2.
  • KQ22.
  • Wow.
  • Very next hand, I open the cutoff with A986 double suited and the big blind calls flop and river (after turn checks through) on a board of AK338 with QJJ2.
  • QJJ2.
  • Amazing.
  • Just won another pot with AAQ2 double suited. Heater is on.
  • 49.6k
  • 3:41 PM: More heat. I have Ad73d2 on a final board of AT6dKd7d against another 32 (that leads river!) and QJ. So bets go in on every street and everyone puts two big bets in on the river and I get 3/4 of it all.
  • Palace Dealer 23k
  • Kirby Puckett 12k
  • Adam Coats 25k
  • Dark Knight 56.8k
  • 47 left.
  • 3:59 PM: Table change. Down to 45 players. 21 spots pay. Three players from original table are at this one. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  • 4:17 PM: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
  • 84.3k
  • 4:20 PM:
  • Kirby Puckett BUSTED
  • πŸ˜€ BUSTED
  • 4:31 PM: Open cut with A4cc76hh and get scooped by small blind on T85cc2T runout with bets going in on every street. He fires turn and river wirh AK32. So sick.
  • 63.5k
  • 5:00 PM: I got scooped in a large blind vs blind pot where I have AK64 vs KJJ2 on J85K8 and then I won a 3-bet pot with a c-bet and after all that smoke I head to dinner break with… 63.5k. Same as my last update.
  • 33 left. Average stack is 42.4k.
  • Cards back in the air in 66 minutes!
  • 5:34 PM: Ugh. I don’t expect most readers to understand coding, but for some reason my blog is formatting every time I press return to create a space as a new bullet point in a list. I noticed this when I checked the blog in my browser. It’s pretty tilting for me. So tilting, I logged on to the WordPress site via my browser and manually deleted every single list code. There were LOTS of them. And then I updated and they were gone.
  • And now they are back.
  • So… I guess this is just how it’s going to be today.
  • πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
  • 5:48 PM: Interesting note about the prize pool: once we are in the money every single place has a money bump.
  • They are only $25 and $50 bumps until 8 left, but still… pretty interesting.
  • 6:07 PM: Back in business. 28 players left, officially.
  • 6:14 PM: Brutal, brutal hand. I might have to blog it later, but I have 30k now.
  • Ugh. Here it is. I defend SB open in Big with KJ75 and call a bet on JT4.
  • Turn is a 5 and he checks to me… and raises. Huh? That’s super weird, but I call.
  • River is a 2. So the lows all got there and so did backdoor spades. He bets and I go into a long tank and eventually decide I can’t possibly be good for any of it here. I fold.
  • He shows AA63 (no spades).
  • Then I lost another blind vs blind spot on the next hand.
  • Then I opened JJ54 on button and gave up after the flop and checked down on AT53T vs an Ax hand.
  • Can I not have a total collapse on the bubble, please?
  • Is that too much to ask?
  • 6:47 PM: So. Much. Pain.
  • Defend Ac3cTh6h and get a flop of Q64cc.
  • I get scooped.
  • Down to 16.5k at 2000/4000 and 24 left.
  • Aiming for max pain here.
  • 6:55 PM: All in with A743 double suited on Q73ss against KTs5s2. He check-raises the third player out and gives me a huge chance to double. Unfortunately the river is the 8 of spades and I have to split with this hand for some reason.
  • 7:08 PM: Chipped up a tiny bit and then doubled!
  • 53k
  • A little below average with 23 left.
  • 7:19 PM: I am not going to lose money in this poker tournament today. I have snuck my way into the money. 21 left now. I am a bit below average still. Locked up $350 so far!
  • Time to spin it up!
  • Adam Coats and one of the Palace dealers also in the money. The Palace dealer plays in the PLO game at Palace sometimes so maybe I should give him a name but I haven’t had a stroke of genius yet.
  • 7:34 PM: There are a couple limps and I call SB with AJT9 badugi and the big checks.
  • Flop is KQ6 with two spades. I have a wrap and the ace of spades in my hand so I lead and only the big calls.
  • Turn is a 3 and he calls again.
  • River pairs the 6 and I fire 10k, leaving myself with 3k behind…
  • and…
  • ….he folds!
  • So close to punting my way out of here.
  • 17 left.
  • 8:17 PM: No love. Let the blinds go through me a few times before finally finding a hand I can open: AKK4 with a nut suit. I get three callers and wind up check-folding the A97 flop.
  • On another break. I’m down to 24k, blinds are going up to 4k/8k, and there are 13 left.
  • Danger! Need some run good. Soon.
  • 8:32 PM: Busted in 13th for $650. Blind vs blind. My AJT4 one nut suit gets scooped by 9554.
  • Riiiiigght.
  • Palace dealer has 130k or so with 11 left. Adam Coats with like 150k.
  • Not gonna stick around. I’m in contact with the dealer from Palace so maybe he’ll keep me updated.
  • Oh well. Player of the Series points! $10k up top for that now.
  • Update: Adam Coats chops it heads up I hear. Palace dealer finishes in 9th.
  • I am planning to do zero blogging tomorrow and any blogging I will do during the Main is going to be stack updates on breaks only.
  • Focus.
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