Wednesday, January 23, 2008

All rise for the royalty

PokerStars Game #_: Tournament #_, $12+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level II (15/30) - 2008/01/23 - 22:19:27 (ET)
Table '_ 1' 6-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: (2095 in chips)
Seat 4: hero (3310 in chips)
Seat 5: (1965 in chips)
Seat 6: (1630 in chips)
hero: posts small blind 15
Seat 5: posts big blind 30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to hero [Qc 4c]
Seat 6: folds
Seat 1: calls 30
hero: calls 15
Seat 5: checks
*** FLOP *** [Jc 2c Kc]
hero: checks

Now, trapping here can be considered dangerous. You're potentially letting the singleton ace get a free card.

Seat 5: checks
Seat 1: checks
*** TURN *** [Jc 2c Kc] [Tc]

Damn! Sure enough. Now I have to worry about that ace, so I have to be prepared to fold the 2nd-to-nut flush if I get serious action.

hero: checks
Seat 5: checks
Seat 1: checks
*** RIVER *** [Jc 2c Kc Tc] [Ac]


The problem now is getting value. There's only 90 chips in the pot because I tried to trap on the flop and got scared on the turn.

hero: bets 50
Seat 5: calls 50
Seat 1: calls 50
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hero: shows [Qc 4c] (a Royal Flush)
Seat 5: mucks hand
Seat 1: mucks hand
hero collected 240 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 240 | Rake 0
Board [Jc 2c Kc Tc Ac]
Seat 1: (button) mucked [3c 9d]
Seat 4: hero (small blind) showed [Qc 4c] and won (240) with a Royal Flush
Seat 5: (big blind) mucked [6c 5h]
Seat 6: folded before Flop (didn't bet)

So that's how tonight has gone. Since it wasn't a cash game, I didn't get any sort of bonus for my Royal. And I netted a grand total of 160 chips on the deal. I wound up getting 2nd place - my only cash for the whole night - when I flopped top 2 and the other guy flopped a set. Every other time I got my money in good all night long, I got screwed. 2008 has been the suck so far, no doubt.

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