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Poker - On my way back to conquer WSOP!!

Once again, the beginning of this story was May 11th post if your intrested.

 Well my last 3 outta 4 days have been pretty good overall. I haven't played much since I've been trying to get everything ready for my Vegas trip to play in WSOP Event #9 6 handed NL $1,500 buyin. I hada couple poor monthly results until last month. I think I really got my together and more focused now that I am in more of a routine with our new baby.  I've been wanting to squeeze in one live tournament before I left to kinda take the rust off live play.  It's funny how many thousands of hours I've played online you would think live play wouldn't really be much different. Not that I'm uncomfortable with live play, but you definately get a totally different feel for the table and I usually play a ton better when I am forced to be totally focused on one game with no distractions. Plus there's a whole lot more information you can gather that is just not there when you play online. As much success as I've had in online play I think I really do well if Iplayed more live events. Unfortunately, when you factor in drive time, gas, tips, heavier rake, longer tournaments, and the inability to multi task/table, it usually isn't worth it. Nonetheless I drove down with t_dawgonu to our local cardroom in L.A. to play in a Deep stack $200 buyin multi. There were about 100 players and I was dying to make up for having to leave the last live tournament I played right before the money with a good stack because wife's water broke (baby) as we approached the bubble.  My partner unfortunately ran into an unlucky hand. He raised AK early position and I'm not sure if he was reraised, but got some action and flopped like a KQ3. I guess there was some more action and he turned another K - KQ3K, and they both go allin. Of course the other guy had QQ and that's all she wrote for him. With a pretty nice slow structure I was able to really feel out my table and pick up on some pysical tells and tendencies early. Once the antes started kicking in I started to kick in my aggressiveness. I only had one big hand worth noting. I believe everyone folded around to me in the SB and I had a 57 offsuit. Most players are a big fan of limping in the SB and seeing a flop, but I rarely do. I usually either raise or fold unless I want to play a hand and am worried about making the pot too big. I also usually factor in whether I have chips than my opponent. You tend to get less resistance unless they're trigger happy. So in this case I raise about 3.5x the BB and he gives me a call. Flop comes 578, two clubs. Nice!, I flop 2 pair, but I'm rarely happy about bottom 2 pair, and I have no clubs. So I bet a big pot sized bet. He calls. I'm thinking he's got a 6 or a club draw. Next card was I believe a 2 no club. I make another pot bet. He tanks for a little bit and decides to raise a bit mor than 2X my bet.  It only made sense to me he was on a draw. He woulda probably raised me earlier with trips or a straight with clubs on board. It a l smelled like a draw and he didn't look that comfortable. So I figured now or never, no sense in letting him draw out if I'm ahead and I pushed allin, which was about 2.5x what he raised me. He sat and tanked for a long time and I knew I had him read write for a draw and was hoping he'd fold. I even started talking to him which I rarely do thinking it might get him to fold. I figured either way he's not getting the right odds to call anyways, but alas he claims he's gonna make a bad call and calls with 49 clubs. This was actually a better hand than I thought with the added 6 for a gut shot. Thankfully he missed and I look like a hero and then had ammunition to fire away at my tight table for the next few hours into the money. I eventually made it to final table, but all the money was in 1st-4th, 1st getting over $7K!! and 5-9th only getting about $400-700. I got KK one hand and a tight player limped and folded to my small smallish raise...sigh. The blinds now were pretty big and I was on the shorter side at about 9x the BB and alot of antes in the middle (about 40% of my stack worth overall) and a loose shover went allin and I had 99 on the button. I decided to call knowing the other guy would shove w/22-88 very easily and the blinds were gonna kill me. He showed AK and as my typical run lately flopped an Ace and I was sent packing after 7 hours to the rail with $400=$175 profit which I then split with my partner= $87.50. lol......sigh. The story of my last few months. I think most importantly, I played very well and feel good going to WSOP. I think I'll be happy with 9th place at WSOP if I could be so lucky :) From what I've heard it's record fields around 3,000 players!! So I'll take my lumps now in return for luck later. Gl all. Wish me luck. Donkeyherder .

If you would like to check me out you can look me up on a few sites, pokerdb.com shows big tournament results. I play under "Donkeyherder"(Pokerstars),"Chipstacker2000"(FULLTILT), "donkeyherder2"(ULTIMATE BET), "d0nkeyherder"(ABSOLUTE POKER), and a few others. I've never had a single losing year.  I won a seat to the 2006 WSOP main event and cashed in the top 10% of the field of over 9000 players.  I've made 78 Final tables, including 11 1st's (50-1555 players). Most of the time you'll find me grinding out Sit-n-Gos.

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