Winning Poker Tournaments Never Gets Old

by john on December 16, 2008

Winning Poker

So the Blogger Poker Tournament that I mentioned previously actually was made up of 7 events – 6 prelims with the top 72 people all advancing to the finals this Sunday.

Tonight was the second preliminary, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t just win the thing. And by winning I don’t mean finishing in the top 72 to get the seat, I mean finishing #1 to get the bonus package, which for first place added up to $1,186 worth of prizes. Pretty sweet!

Everyone at the final table was guaranteed at least $430 worth of prizes, which is exactly what 2-9 got as the payouts were not stepped as they usually are. The poor guy in 10th got $82, so as usual most of the money to be made was made at the final table.

Remember, this didn’t cost anything to enter other than to have a blog. Pretty sweet of Pokerstars. And I can play in the other prelims if I want, keeping whatever prizes I can take home beyond the final tourney ticket which I already now have.

I haven’t been playing much poker at all and it has been awhile since I’ve taken down a tournament with this many people – 559. Great feeling, that’s for sure.

For those of you interested in such things, here is the final hand. I think I played it pretty well – I ordered up that turn 4 like nobody’s business :-). Prior to the hand I had 76BB and my Baba_Jin had 40BB so we were still pretty deep stacked:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em Tournament, 6000/12000 Blinds 1500 Ante (2 handed) – Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

malice51 (SB) (t919561)
Button (t477939)

malice51’s M: 43.79

Preflop: malice51 is SB with 6, 3
Button calls t6000, malice51 checks

Flop: (t27000) A, 5, 7 (2 players)
malice51 checks, Button bets t24000, malice51 calls t24000

Turn: (t75000) 4 (2 players)
malice51 checks, Button bets t72000, malice51 raises to t144000, Button raises to t440439 (All-In), malice51 calls t296439

River: (t955878) Q (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t955878

Button had A, Q (two pair, Aces and Queens).
malice51 had 6, 3 (straight, seven high).
Outcome: malice51 won t955878

I was only at risk for all of my chips once the entire tournament, early on when I had 7k chips and ran my QQ into KK but rivered a Q to double up and stay alive. Well actually even then I technically wasn’t but it would have dropped my to only 400 chips so that would have been the end.

I really abused the bubbles, and felt as though I had a pretty good handle on my tables. I was at the top of the leaderboard for much of the tournament, at one point having about 3x what 2nd had. I was playing well and of course did get lucky a few times.

Really happy with my play – looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Dave (Memphis MOJO) December 18, 2008 at 6:22 am

Nice job, Malice51! You kept the pressure on – tough to play against. GL in the final on Sunday.

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