Preseason MTT # 1

Posted: June 27, 2011 in Direct Live Buyins, Nennig (Germany)
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Yesterday’s 100 € Freezeout MTT in Nennig’s Casino Schloss Berg had surprisingly to me two huge differences to the tournaments this casino usually hosts on Sunday. First, the casino has been a non-smoking casino for a couple of months now already and secondly the structure has been changed to a less turbo-like live gamblement: 6,000 chips and 20/40 blinds to start with for 25 minutes each level is a huge improvement compared to the 2,000 chips with 30 minutes blinds.

Nevertheless 90 % of the usual suspects in Nennig (mostly players from France and Luxembourg and only few Germans) play the tourney as if it was something similar to FullTiltPoker’s Kitchen Sink Rush HyperTurbo. Therefore it took only two levels to have the first 8 players hit the rail, which was almost 30% of the field with only 30 players paying the entry fee.

Knowing how these players would most likely play like, I figured it would be a good thing to sit back and relax for a couple of orbits and only play premium hands instead of getting into pots, with villains raising 8x BB and more with KJo or 55.

Well, with AKs and six (!!!) pockets all lower than JJ in the first two levels without improving the hand significantly my stack dropped down to 4,000. At least I was able to play tight from that point on – I did not see any Ax, pockets, suited connectors or one-gapper in late position for the next two levels and found myself quicker in PushOrFold-mode than I wanted to.

One doubleup and one level paying blinds later I was down to 8 big blinds with 77 facing a minraise from UTG+1, one of few players who was able to fold vs. 3bets – this time he wasn’t! He called my push with A9 and the flop gave him additional outs with two  right away. The third  on the river sealed my fate and I was out in 12th, just before the final table…

I will have closer looks to Nennig’s tourney schedule in the upcoming weeks and will definately add some of the tourneys to the remaining preseason games as well as the following project itself.


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