...especially when, you guessed it, when Presto is Gold!
In what can only be described as a mathematical anomaly, yours truly was dealt the blessed 55 three times over a four hand span. The first time, I was able to take down a decent pot by betting a paired flop, with the mighty presto underpair. The second, I had to fold to aggressive betting on a Broadway-possible flop. The third? Well, here's where the gold became a trophy.
Blinds are 500/1000, I'm sitting at roughly 15k, early position. I pop it to 3k with the mightly 55, and middle position shoves for either 5k or 6k total. It folds around to me, and having played this guy before, his range here can include a bunch of hands that are racing me. Of course, in this spot, it doesn't matter whether he has AKs or KJo, it's still a race. The blinds folded, so it's 2-3k more to win about 10k, so I call.
Up flips AA. Ick. Flops an A, but with two diamonds. Turn comes a diamond, and the river comes the lovely 7d, giving me the four flush, cracking the flopped set of aces. This hand ended up being my launching pad for taking down the 60-some player tournament. 2nd last week, 1st last night, bar poker is easy. Heads up took two hands. I came in a bit behind in chips, shoved the first hand from the big blind (opponent folded), and turned a flush on hand two (opponent was four to a smaller flush at the time). It feels good to nail my first bar poker win in several months. Normally, bad play get rewarded very well in these things. Raises are not respected, preflop bets of 5x the big blind get called by Q3 soooooted, etc. So yeah, it feels good. Ship the $20 bar/restaurant tab for next time, which pretty much equals what I gave out in dealer tips...
Of course, tonight is week three of Bodog's Blogger Tournament Series:
How it Works
The Bodog Poker Blogger Tournament Series is composed of a series of 18 qualifying tournaments that run weekly beginning Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 to Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008. The top 30% of finishers in each qualifying tournament will earn points based on their finish. These points will be used to rank players over 4 months of qualifying. At the end of the qualifying series, the top 18 players on the Tournament Leader Board will play in the Final Tournament on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 with the first place finisher winning a $12,000 WSOP* prize package!
Buy-in: $10 + $1
Prize Pool will be distributed as per Bodog's standard multi-table payout table. In addition, the top 5 players each week will also win T$109 to be used to buy-in to the $100,000 Guaranteed Tournament held every Sunday at 4:00 PM ET. The top 5 bubble players each week will win a free buy-in to next week's Weekly Tournament. (T$11 will be credited to these players' Bodog account within 24 hours after the completion of the tournament)
Buy-in: $0 + $0 (must finish in the Top 18 on the TLB to be invited)
Grand Prize: $12,000 WSOP* Prize Package with Team Bodog
2nd place: T$540 to be used to buy-in to (2) World Series or Players Choice Semifinal
3rd place: T$379 to be used to buy-in to (1) World Series or Players Choice Semifinal and (1) $100,000 Guaranteed Tournament
4th: T$270 to be used to buy-in to (1) World Series or Players Choice Semifinal
5th: T$109 to be used to buy-in to (1) $100,000 Guaranteed Tournament
Bodog Blogger Tournament Leader Board
The Tournament Leader Board will be available at http://www.bodoglife.com/promotions/poker/blogger-tournament/ throughout the course of the Bodog Poker Blogger Tournament Series. It will provide the point totals for every player that has played in the qualifying tournaments. The top 30% of players in each tournament will receive points according to finish which at the end of the qualifying tournaments will ultimately determine who will move on to the Final Event. The top 18 players on the TLB at the end of the qualifiers will earn their way to the Final Event.
How To Register
To register for the Bodog Poker Blogger Tournament Series, poker bloggers must first go to http://www.bodoglife.com/promotions/poker/blogger-tournament/ and sign in with their Bodog account information in the upper right hand corner. Once this is completed, they then must click on "REGISTER NOW" to register themselves into the tournament series. Bloggers will each have to do this once in order to play in the series. Once this is done, they then need to find the "Online Poker Blogger Tournament" in the software and register as they normally would each and every week.
Finally, Chad has returned the Blogger Skillz game to a game I actually quite enjoy - Pot Limit Omaha 8. Between the doublestacks and bounties, this one is going to get crazee. Come join us!