Not long after I first went online I started to play quite a bit of poker (2002-2003), but my favorite game is Omaha Hi/Lo, not Hold'em which I really don't like to be honest. After losing several $1,000 I cut right back & have hardly played at all in the last 5 years - just the occasional dabble.
Anyway, I was going to the CAP industry event last week and decided to try to get into their $25,000+ free-roll event.
(NOTE: This event is for affiliates only!)
To get in I had to finish in the top 3 in one of 10 online freeroll satellites. Amazingly I managed to win the 3rd event I entered - and I was in!
The final was a NL Hold'em freeze-out multi-table freeroll with 64 players held over 2 days in London last Friday & Saturday. My target was to just try to make day 2. I play VERY tight - I NEVER raise pre-flop, so I figured I had a good chance. We all started with 5000 chips & 25/50 blinds which went up every 20 minutes.
These were my key hands in my Donk Diary:-
As in most games a couple of guys were bluffing with pretty big bets holding nothing, but I'm always scared I'll call when they really have got something, so I stayed out of most betting hands...
But then I got dealt KK - my favorite hand! I would have soft called it to the end, but the bluffer to my left went all-in after the flop, and so I had to risk most of my chips & call, despite a possible straight chance from the 3 low cards on the flop.
He showed QQ... whew!
But then the turn & river were both Spades, adding to 2 spades in the flop, and I realised he had the Queen of spades. For I split second I thought I was done for, but then I noticed I had the King of Spades & was saved!
Carried on the same tight way for 3 hours until at the end of day 1, amazingly not only was I still in the event, but I was also chip-leader (46K) with only 18 players left!
Day 2; The tables were merged & we started with 2 tables of 9 players.
I knew the rest were probably good players & so I would have to be a little bit more aggressive - but this lead to my biggest mistake...
I was holding A-Q and the flop came 10-K-A.
I made a small bet of 5K I think, but the guy opposite went All-in.
I should probably have thought longer, but I called (about 30K chips)
Of course he turned over J-Q and my only hope was a J on the turn or river - but it didn't come.
This left me kicking myself & with only about 15K left...
However, I managed to gradually build back up over the next hour or so until reaching the final table with the 2nd biggest stack.
Hung on & hung on as players went out 9th, 8th, 7th... In the money now!
Was down to the last 5 when the flop came A-9-3 & I was holding A-10.
The guy on my left (with a bigger stack) made a bet of about 20K (I think).
I went all in - and he called.
I was relieved when he turned over A-7... until the turn card was... a 7!
So I finished 5th & picked up $750 - not bad for 5-hrs work by a non-poker player!
The guy who knocked me out went on to win the event with a similarly sucky hand for the guy he beat;
I was standing behind him & saw he had J-8(?) Clubs. 2 Clubs came on the flop, and another on the turn with good chance of a straight as well.
The other guy bet 30K, and my guy went all-in.
I was a bit surprised at this, until the other guy turned over 10-4(?) Clubs.
What a bummer!
Their stacks were almost identical, by my guy had a few 1000 more & so won the $6,000 and $15,000 diamond encrusted bracelet first prize for a Jack-high flush over a 10-high flush.
The whole experience was fantastic, and I'm definitely going to try to get in the next one.
(Actually by finishing in the top 7 I have automatic entry into their next event - but I might not be able to go to it as it might be Amsterdam, Macu, Australia or South America...!)
I hope some photo's will be published soon - when they are I'll post a couple here!