Yesterday I registered for a €35 re-entry satellite for the RedBet Open Main Event. The tournament had a 10 seat guarantee and 53 entries were put together by the players for an overlay alert the King's Casinos are so famous for.
From the start I noticed the skill level had dramatically dropped in comparaison with the Eureka Prague Cup from the day before. I had the table much more under control and I must admit that I ran much better too. Most of the players on my first table were tight and passive. Only one Czech guy was difficult to put on ranges as he was playing many hands and acting very nervously all the time splashing chips and bouncing on his chair. My read: cocaine (likely), toilet emergency (not very likely as he behaved that way the whole night) or genuine beginner nervousness. Not a very dangerous player either way but I never like not being able to narrow a player to, at least, some sort of a range.
During the first levels, I hit two straights: one with AJ on Q5K 6T (:p I bet all the way and get a magic river) & another beautiful coup where I raise 95off in the SB in a blind battle. Bet-call on a 6h7hT flop, bet-call on a K turn and bet-call on a sweet 8 river.
With a starting stack of 5k, I am up to over 8k in a coule of levels and a little later, I open 700 on 100/200 and the nervous Czech moves in for 3.5k... call with KsQs. He has AT and wins on a baby board. Later in the tourney I decide for myself that I can fold to his shove but don't have the impression that it is a mandatory fold. What makes me tend to think that I can fold is the fact that we are playing a €35 re-entry satellite with quite a big overlay for a €225 event. It's not like it's life changing if I bust but I always put in a lot of thought to take decisions that I will be happy with when reviewing and analysing hands and dynamics.
By the time we reach 150/300/25, I have dropped to 6k... #comfortzone ... The structure is wild with levels lasting only for 15'.
I get back to 9.5k on blinds 200/400/50Time to open again on a table that is still passive after a couple of redraws. I raise Ad6s in the CO and I get a call from an oldschool 50-60 year old guy in the BB leaving himself 3k behind. The flop comes Qd8d6d and he shoves almost insantly before I insta-call. He flips over... a black QToff. Turn: 8c, river: Th. Down to 6k...
Shortly after, I open 1.4k on 300/600/75 with the intention to call any all-in with my 9s in early position. I guess I could have push-or-folded this hand after thinking about it. The button takes care of it for 4k. I call, he has AQ and does not hit. Back up to 10k!
Many players are getting super short with the bubble approaching and 5 players are below 8bb at 25 left. One of them pushes UTG with A7off for 3k in the same level. I push JsTs in late position with no stack covering me behind me expecting a fold from everybody. Fold it is and the board comes 8d6h2d 8c 6d >> up to 13k.
Another 5k stack shoves in late position on my SB at 400/800/100. I call with 4s and get a favourable board again with 227 3 3 as my opponent shows Q7off.
At 20 left (for 10 tickets), it's time to sum up the situation and to think about to manage this bubble approach. A few things have to be considered:
- some of the players still in are not necessarily very good at all. I have seen string bets, a guy wanted to check after his opponent had shoved in front of him... It is a bizarre mixture of beginners that don't know how to handle some of the most elementary situations in tournament Poker and well rolled sharks busted from the €1k Open Face Chinese event still running at that point.
To confirm my run good of the day, I bust another player with AA in the BB who had pushed in middle position with KToff and we are 17 left.
The actual bubble lasted for almost 3 levels as short stacks kept doubling up in sick confrontations amongst which the most spectacular were Q3>AK and J9>KK>A9.
I finally shipped a ticket for the RedBet Main Event in Prague during this re-entry satellite that I managed to play with one single entry of €35.
With this result, those who backed me already get 1/3 of their investment back. It's a good start... Return on Investment potentially looking good.
I also played an All-in or Fold Side Event that was not scheduled with my own bankroll for an awesome load of fun while drinking plenty of vodka on the rocks with Polish sickos who were delighted to shove every hand they played.
Busted 23rd before the money and railed Christophe Chris on his way to ITM in the €110 turbo deepstack event in which he finished 15th for 18 paid. All in all it was a good night!
Today is Pot Limit Omaha day, my favourite event of the series! I will try to keep you guys updated but I'm still struggling to get my mobile device to pick up the Corinthia Hotel's WiFi so it is possible I won't be able to post results live for the next events here. I am taking notes during the events and I will compile recaps after the tournaments if the WiFi gives me a bad beat.
Big up to Super SGO, Jose and Leandro still in the Eureka Prague Cup and going back to war in 2 hours (8pm) for the battle for Day 2.
+/-380 players still in for 231 ITMs.
#xmas1time also for them !!