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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Knock Me Down With A Feather

I entered the WBCOOP 8-Game Mix tournament without any expectations whatsoever. Hey, free is free, right?

My strategy for the game was simple: press my edge in the games I know well, and play super-duper tight in the ones I don't. That, and catch some cards occasionally. (Poker is all skill, baby!) The turning point for the evening was getting paid by two opponents when my full house improved to quads. The coup de grace came in a stud rotation when I ran into three full houses in quick succession. THREE!

To my astonishment, I nevertheless managed to finish in fourth place, and grab myself a $215 ticket to a SCOOP event sometime in the future. I was the short stack when the six-handed final table started, but I was able to pull even before I met my boaty waterloo. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I didn't feel particularly outmatched as the field narrowed. I guess there just aren't that many 8-game whizzes in the blogger world.

There's something particularly satisfying about taking $0 and making something of it. How cool would it be if my freeroll rush extended to the next event as well?

Speaking of which: does anybody know whether I could register for a SCOOP event and then unregister and take the $T? On the other hand, I'm wondering whether the weakness of the field in the 8-Game Mix would extend to a similar tournament in the SCOOP. If so, it might be worth trying my hand at that instead of the more familiar NLHE format.


Blogger lightning36 said...

Congrats on your finish!

1/30/10 11:58 AM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Nice job.

1/30/10 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Truth is you probably played better because you had nothing to lose. I like the attitude, and here's hoping you can carry it on...

1/30/10 2:18 PM  
Blogger bastinptc said...

Very good, Sis! I should have been railing. Dang!

1/30/10 2:21 PM  
Blogger Shrike said...

Congrats on the result. In my experience you'll usually have more of an edge in a mixed game tournament (caveat re: structure) than a NLHE tournament, especially at the lower buy-in levels. But as the buy-in level increases, the disparity in the amount of dead money might shrink.


1/30/10 5:54 PM  
Blogger BWoP said...


WriterJen and I were cheering you on from her house, but PS wouldn't let us rail chat. (It said I needed a ticket, but I *have* a ticket. BOOOOO.)

1/31/10 8:12 AM  
Anonymous KenP said...

Deck was stacked. The rules say that it can't be converted to T$.

1/31/10 8:20 AM  
Blogger Tycou said...


2/1/10 10:25 AM  
OpenID Lance said...

You can't register with the ticket, unregister, and get cash back. You'll get the ticket back instead.

2/1/10 11:47 AM  

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