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Old 01-13-2008, 05:30 PM   #1
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Trip Report - Showboat AC - The Tournament II

I'm in AC for work this week and was supposed to fly home on Saturday morning when something came up at work and I have to change my flight to go home next week.

So I make plans to play in Showboat's The Tournament II. Some Mike and Mike in the morning event (even though Mike and Mike were no where to be found). The buy-in was $225+25.

I registered Friday night in the poker room and went back to Resorts and played some online.

Saturday morning I woke up around 11am and got ready to head over to Showboat. For some reason I elected to skip breakfast and just get a Starbucks mocha frappaccino.

Made my way to the Orleans Room and quickly found my seat and met up with 2+2'ers AKBully, beaudog and ShutEmDown. I quickly get suckered (or so I thought at the time) into a lasts longer bet by Beaudog for $100. I actually had to go to the ATM because I only had like $10 on me. So I sign up for that thinking I would have been just as well spreading some peanut butter on that bill and eating it for my skipped breakfast.

The room was rather large with around 50 tables setup. They had some snacks and sandwiches for sale in the corner of the room.

The tournament ended up with around 475 entrants and the room was almost completely full.

We got started just a couple of minutes after noon. My table had a good mix of players in it. I had a legally blind older man to my left. I had two analysts who were talking about every hand. There was a tight agressive young asian guy. A very quiet older gentleman and a couple of nits.

We started off with t10,000 each. Play got off to a slow start especially with my cards. I played one hand early when I completed the SB with Ad2d. I ended up turning the flush and took down a small pot.

I played a couple of other hands but nothing spectacular for the first 75 minutes. At the first break I had about t18,000 in chips.

Met with AK and ShutEmDown at the break and AK had his Aces cracked and was down to about t1,600 and Shut said he was just playing horrible.

During the 2nd session I didn't have any huge hands but I did play a couple of small pocket pairs very well and was able to grind my way up to about t24,000 by the 2nd break.

Coming to the 3rd session I remember glancing back at the room and still seeing an incredibly large field and thinking to myself there's no way I have a chance to outlast these people.

I think it was during the 3rd session when they announced the prize pool and a $32,000 first place prize and they were paying the top 45 players.

I continued to grind through the 3rd session with no major hands and worked my way up to around t40k. I may not have even went to a showdown and I continued to play my small to medium pocket pairs very well and was able to grow my chip stack.

Up to this point my biggest pocket pair had been 77 and my strongest Ace was A7o. The fact that I had been able to still grow my chipstack was very surprising for me and I hoped that as the blinds increased that I would get a run of better cards as it became more important.

Shortly before the hour long dinner break I picked up 99 in MP2 and raised to 3x the BB with about t45k. I was called by the BB and the flop came K93r and the BB moved all-in immediately with KQo. I snapcalled and stacked him for about t40k.

After 6 hours of play I went into the dinner break with almost t80k about t17k above average. The only other two that appeared to be left in the lasts longer bet was myself, beaudog and an AC regular named Bob. We all had right around the same amount of chips and we decided to take $200 off the top of the $1,400 pot and slip the $1,200 between us and play out for the extra $200. Beaudog wasn't 100% sure we were the only 3 left at this point so we had to wait until the we came back from dinner to do a headcount. There were right around 70 players left at the dinner break and we had 25 more to go to hit the money.

I headed to the House of Blues Restaurant for dinner and had their caprese sandwich which was very good.

Headed back to the tourney and began the next session. A few minutes into the next session Beaudog confirms that we're the only 3 left and I get a big sigh of relief knowing that I at least just paid my entry fee into the tournament.

Very early in this session I had a couple of good hands and quickly built up my stack to about t125k. Shortly thereafer my stack had gone back down to about t100k and I got moved to a new table. This was my first move of the day and it happened after about 7 hours.

We finally make it to the money when this hand comes up. I have around t90k with the blinds at 3k/6k. I raise to 25k with AKo and it folds around to the chip leader at the table who calls in the BB. Flop comes 986r and he checks to me. I bet 25k and he just calls. I haven't been at the table long enough to have a read on him but I think he probably has two overs. The turn brings a offsuit 5 for a 4 card straight to the 7. I go all-in for my last t43k and he appears to be thinking about it as he's counting his chips out. He then proceeds to make one of the most casual calls of an all-in. I figure I'm screwed at this point and ask him if I'm drawing dead. He semi-slow rolls and he half-way stands up in his chair to see my hand. He gets a surprised look on his face and tells me "Actually...you got me." and flips over ATo!! I was shocked. I had to take a few minutes to pull myself together after that hand. That hand took me up to almost t200k and in great position.

A few hands later after an UTG limper UTG+1 pushes all in for about t90k and says something along the lines of he's just happy he's made the money. I look down at QQ and and shove all in over the top to isolate and I do. He flips over KK and and I'm a little sick. Flop is dry but I turn the Q and knock him out! That hand puts me close to t300k.

Shortly after that Beaudog comes by to give me my extra $200 as he just got knocked out so I netted $600 in the lasts longest. That's about $600 more than I was expecting!

About two hands later I get AJo in MP2 and raise it to t30k. Highjack moves all in for about t105k total. It's t73k more to me to call and I'm pretty sure he has AK or AQ. After some thinking and a comment by him that I've been running good the past 30 minutes I make the "F-U" call and he flips over AQo and he holds up.

This is really the only big mistake I feel like I made in this tournament. I made a read, and the read was correct ut I decided to gamble as a huge dog in the hopes to get lucky. The risk-reward was too high and I should have just layed it down.

Back down to about t200k I decide to tighten up and float as far into the money as possible. This is when my wish was granted and my run of mediocre cards changed to a hot run. I picked up QQ and AK several times and played them strong. I didn't stack anyone for a while but I was able to pick up SEVERAL rounds of blinds over the next 30-45 minutes. Just as we're about to break into the final two tables the last woman in the tournament raises to t80k UTG. It folds to me in the SB with AhQh. Having her well covered I tell her I'm putting her all in. She calls and turns over KK. I turn an Ace and knock her out. This takes me up to somewhere between t500k and t550k going into the final 2 tables. I was paying close attention to the pay structure and there was only a 3 player gap from 16-18 so I make a point to NOT get knocked out in one of those places on a marginal play because it would mean the difference between about $750 and $950. I get to the new table and haven't played with anyone of them yet. They appear to be strong aggressive players but the table is probably about as tight as I would expect it to be this late in the tourney.

Almost immediately after we hit the next payout I am in the SB with QQ. The CO raises it to t70k with the big blind at t20k. Then, surpirsingly, the button smooth calls. From the way the CO had been playing he could be raising pretty light, but it was definately possible he had an Ace. The smooth call by the button concerned me more. I decided I didn't want to get all my chips in against two potentially big hands so I elected to call as well to see the flop with the intention of getting aggressive on a safe flop. The BB folds and the flop comes JJ7. First to act, I bet out t100k. The original raiser folds and the button pushes all in for a ****load. He's got me covered so I go into the tank. I figure that with the way the table had been going if he had KK or AA he definately would have re-raised pre-flop. AJ is a definately possibility, but I doubt he would have KJ or QJ. TT, 99, 88 are also definate possibilities. The pot was huge already and I had drawn a crowd waiting for my decision. I end up deciding that AJ is just as likely as TT or 99 or 88 so it's 50/50 for me. But I've made it into the $900ish pay level, plus I've already got $600 in my pocket from the lasts longest. So if I call and lose, I've got $1,500 but if I win, I'll have a great shot at making a deep final table run as the chip leader. This logic breaks the tie and I make the call.

I ask him if he's got a jack and he says yeah and very suprising to me is that I wasn't sick about it. I guess it's because I already knew there was a good chance he had it and I had already justified the call in my mind. The place went crazy when a Q hit the turn and I was the new chip leader with about $1.2million!

With the suckout of the tournament over with I decide to tighten back up a bit and coast for a while.

We grind it down to 10 players and we stay at 10 for about 15 or 20 minutes when I pick up 52o in the small blind. The shortest stack goes all in for less than a big blind and it folds around to me. I decide to complete the blind just to try to knock him out. Big blind checks and I hit a 5 on the flop. We check it all the way to the river which was a two. We had went check-check pretty fast on the flop and the turn. I thought it was forgone that we were checking the river and I said very quickly, check-I have two pair. He bet t50k! lol...it wasn't much so I called and he rivered the nut straight. Then we were 9 handed and final table. I wasn't sure of the exact stack sizes but I was either first or second in chips. We quickly got down to 6 handed with a guy who was being a jerk and didn't want to deal. He said he was here "for the endgame" and got burnt on a deal before. So we were all sort of gunning for him.

I was still in cruise mode because my payday had made it into 4 figures and I was happy as a hippo. I got distracted by something after I folded and looked back at the table to see the jerk's TT all-in against AA that had him covered. He got knocked out 6th for like $3k or $4k when a 6-way chop would have been like $11k or $12k lol.

We decide to start talking after that and decided on a 5-way chop for $12k each and to play out the additional $10k at $4k, $3k, $2k, $1k for first through fourth.

I knocked out 5th and 6th pretty quick then the chip leader (AA vs. TT guy) knocked out the 3rd place guy. He had me about 3 to 1 in chips and he asked if I just want to go all in and get it over with. I told him if he'd chop the last $7k then I would. He agreed and his K4 beat my J3.

We all went and got our cash, which was over $72k in total and walked back to the tournament area and split it up. I got $12k for the chop plus $3.5k for 2nd plus $600 for the lasts longest. I paid $200 for extra tips for the dealers and went back to the cage and got a check for $15,900 to take home to the wife!

All in all it was an unbelievable experience. I was so exhausted after 11 hours of poker but I was also so wired that I couldn't even sleep.

Sorry the post was so long but there's alot to write about in 11 hours. Also sorry for not being able to remember some of the early on hands.
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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Grats on the nice cash!

You hit some lucky cards when it counted, and that's a huge part of winning tourneys. I hope your wife is happy!
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:53 AM   #3
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Kos...Great report awesome ca$h. I was really bummed I was not able to play and say hi to e1.

Seems like Showboat has found a good way to run these to bring in good size fields and make for some nice payouts. Did they have the chippies with the big blind cards this time too?
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:57 AM   #4
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Nice report Kostas...When I walked by and saw you had a pretty healthy stack with only 3 or so tables left, I thought you'd make a nice run. Good stuff, now go buy the wifey something nice so she lets you go to the next one, lol.

Ham...they didnt have the boss models holding the blind cards...instead,they had girls wearing cheerleader outfits doing it...let's just say you really missed out
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:14 AM   #5
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Wow great trip report... Wish they ran more reasonably priced tourneys around here..
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:21 PM   #6
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Way to go Kostas!!!!!!!!!

When I went out (36th) I had a feeling you were going to make it DEEP!!!!!
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:24 PM   #7
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I was 5th at dinner break with 143k chips. but 14k was in pot preflop so my M was 10. I lost 65k or so on first when with a flopped pair and open end straight draw vs an overpair. treaded water for a little while and went out 55th with an A3s steal from cutoff called by AJo, I hit the 3 on turn he hit J on river, ouch. I felt shortstacked almost entire tourney. After first 3 rounds my M was never over 13 or 14, even though I was well above avg stack. I never saw pair higher than TT, and only set i saw was the 66 beating my top 2 pair with AK.
Good run Kostas. Good cash.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:37 PM   #8
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I was 5th at dinner break with 143k chips. but 14k was in pot preflop so my M was 10. I lost 65k or so on first when with a flopped pair and open end straight draw vs an overpair. treaded water for a little while and went out 55th with an A3s steal from cutoff called by AJo, I hit the 3 on turn he hit J on river, ouch. I felt shortstacked almost entire tourney. After first 3 rounds my M was never over 13 or 14, even though I was well above avg stack. I never saw pair higher than TT, and only set i saw was the 66 beating my top 2 pair with AK.
Good run Kostas. Good cash.
Yeah, I'd like to see a starting stack of maybe 15000 like showboat has for the saturday night tourneys, or at least longer blind levels.

Kos- what time did you guys finish up??
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Old 01-15-2008, 05:09 PM   #9
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Around 11pm I think. After we got paid and chopped and what not I think I was walking back to my room around midnight.

Shadow - that sux. I remember looking over at you leaving wondering what the hell happened to you so quickly.
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:31 PM   #10
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AK...
I agree that it would be nice to move up to $15K in chips and maybe move to a 30 minute blind...

Only downside I could see is that tourney would run very late, but maybe if it started at 10am (instead of noon), that might work...

The other alternative could be to play to final table or 2am (what ever came first) and then pick up at 12noon the next day (if its just final table, they could move the final table - or 2 - into the regular poker room)...

I'm going to be there this weekend, I'll talk with Chris (PR manager), you should also next time you're down...
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:04 PM   #11
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yeah they need more chips in play. Also they don't have automatic shufflers, and some of those dealers were so slow, and they were chit chatting with the regulars slowing the game up more.

I was playing not to coast into the money. I could have coasted into the money but you need to steal the blinds to stay afloat and I got caught.

I like the room it was in, wish they had some more monitors with blind timers, cos you couldn't see it from certain table seats. wish they had more chips in play. And thereis a major jump when they double the antes from 500 to 1000.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:34 PM   #12
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yeah they need more chips in play. Also they don't have automatic shufflers, and some of those dealers were so slow, and they were chit chatting with the regulars slowing the game up more.

I was playing not to coast into the money. I could have coasted into the money but you need to steal the blinds to stay afloat and I got caught.

I like the room it was in, wish they had some more monitors with blind timers, cos you couldn't see it from certain table seats. wish they had more chips in play. And thereis a major jump when they double the antes from 500 to 1000.
It seemed the levels were plenty slow enough early, but then all of a sudden we were in a turbo. That was kind of frustrating, especially since I was short. Every time I picked up some chips it seemed like the blinds doubled and I was just as short.

Congrats to Kostas, and it was nice to (briefly) meet some of you guys.

This was the biggest live tourney I've played so far. I was very nervous early on, but after a while I just settled in and played cards. I hated busting out 5 spots before the cash but if I woulda won my flip I would have had an average stack goin into the money, and anything coulda happened from there. Overall I had a great time.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:59 PM   #13
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Also they don't have automatic shufflers, and some of those dealers were so slow, and they were chit chatting with the regulars slowing the game up more.
agreed... what's the point of having 25 minute levels (5 minutes longer than their usual levels) if you lose 2-3 hands shuffling? Now I know they're not gonna sheel out for auto-shufflers on those tables... but maybe they could tack on another 5 minutes?
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absolutely awesome TR, congrats.
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