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Adam Alleman
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So on Friday (two days ago) I defended my thesis and got a huge monkey off my back. I thought a nice way to celebrate would be to play some poker. I have played a little and have been trying to improve my game. I have made up my mind that I like to tournaments the best. I figure I am only go to lose the buy-in and open tables can leave you card dead for a long time. I also find the open tables a little harder to bluff or semi-bluff and quite frankly they can be a little more expensive place to learn. So I chose the $55 tournament up the hill in Blackhawk at the Lodge, it’s about 40 minute drive from my house. Officially the entry is $50, for 4,000 chips, the extra 5 bucks goes to the dealers and buys you 3,000 chips, no brainer. I wouldn’t want to start the tourney short stacked and the dealers pissed off at me. My goal was to start out building a tight image and only start bluffing after the blinds go up. Well the first part of my plan worked great I was up to about 11,000 chips and was ready to change gears. Of course this is the time they move our table. I look over at a woman, at my new table, who must have had about 60,000 chips. She is relentless, raising preflop not letting anyone in. I miss played my AK against her and she put in a large raise after the flop with a Q as the high card. She was nice enough to show her QT to the table. So I never got to put the second part of my plan into action. Soon after this I was moved to another table. The talk of this table was the guy who had just taken out 2 players. He backdoored a full house, beating a straight (made on the flop) and a flush (made on the turn), he didn’t make the final table. One of the key moments came for me with a semi bluff on the button. I raised the 1,200 blind up to 3,000 with JT suited spades. The guy on my left was the only caller. The flop comes K J 8 with only 1 spade. The guy on my left pushes all in, maybe 6,000. I figured at this point I was too short stacked not to call, I knew he probably had a K and was ahead. I called and was right, I caught a T on the turn and a blank on the end gave me the pot. The other key play came, during the push period of the tournament. It seemed like every hand, someone was pushing with no callers. I pushed with KQ and around 30,000 chips. I got a caller and was a little worried when he turned over a pair of J’s, lucky me I hit a K on the flop and a Q on the river for good measure. I didn’t really enter another pot until I made it into the money. We tried to make a deal, but the chip leader didn’t want to, so we ended playing it out. I got knocked out in fourth, with five spots getting paid. I called an all-in with pocket 4’s, I should have given up my blind since the guy was a rock, and he turned over pocket rockets, no help from the board, meant my fun was over. I left the casino with $210, my first time in the money. Looking back it, I certainly got lucky and made a few mistakes, but had a lot of fun and increased my bankroll. I hope this is the first of many successful tournaments.
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John Greenwood
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Nice session report. Do you recall how large the field was?
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Adam Alleman
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Thanks, I'm glad someone liked it. 5 tables of 9, so 45.
 
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Chris Ferejohn
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How big was your stack when you raised with JTs? Your call for 6000 was pretty much mandatory, but unless you had a bigger stack than you are letting on, you probably should have just pushed preflop.

Well done!
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Adam Alleman
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I'm going to guess and say about 12,000, probably a little less. Pushing might have been the right move, but looking back, I doubt I would have doubled up. He would have folded. He had K rag, which he shouldn't have been playing anyway. But I got lucky.

Thanks!
 
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Hank Meyer
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With 10BB, shoving (pushing) becomes a grey area; however a 1200 BB means a 600 SB, and thus you had an 'M' of about 6....the range to just go all in. But it is easy to understand your reluctance to do so, and you might not have won anything but the blinds as it turned out...but who knows what might have happened next (since the cards would have been shuffled in a different, unpredictable way if all folded to your push)? Certainly calling was probably the right thing at that stage of the tourney, with middle pair, an unknown opponent and some random backdoor possibilities.
Nice report....concise, a few key hands, recognition of some good fortune (spiking the K, for example).
Staying away from the rock is always easier to do after the fact....I'm surprised the rock made it to the final table ...usually they bust out waiting for AA or KK, or if they do make the FT, they have about 4 BB and STILL wait for AA or KK!!!! OH well.
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Adam Alleman
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Thanks for the feedback on the report. Hopefully I am this excited after all my tourneys (only if I make it into the money!), and write some more. I was telling a poker friend about the tourney this morning and realized my mistake was already deciding I was going to push with my pocket 3's before anyone else acted. At least it was not a mistake that cost the entry fee .
 
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Adam Alleman
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Played again this week. I finished 6th. Four players were payed. Bummer, I felt a lot more comfortable, but really got hit by the deck when I got to the final table. Pushed with KQ off-suit and AJ called, a J hit the river for good measure. I actually thought I played better this week, oh well.
 
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