Bubbleboy in Amnéville

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Amnéville (France), Direct Live Buyins, Live, Played so far...
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I once read that most of the time  not the bust hand that put you in that very last unpaid out of the money spot, but one (and sometimes more) hands and decisions you took earlier on throughout the duration of a tourney. Looking at yesterday’s tourney in Amnéville there was this one probably all-deciding hand:

94 players showed up on this again rainy Sunday, which was supposed to be a sunny day in the summer – not this year 😦 The value for this 150 € tourney is quite good having a look at the structure: 10,000 starting stack with 25/50 blinds and 30 minutes blind levels for the first nine levels until the dinner break are more than you normally get in Germany and definately not usual for other tourneys either. Also a very nice buffet in the casino’ s own restaurant is included – nice addon!

It took me until after the dinner break until I had more than just a below average stack, but was able to cruise through the first nine levels without taking huge hits to my stack. The rather pushy action started with the final two tables. With a stack of round about 45,000 and 1,500/3,000/200 I was facing an allin of UTG+1 and a call of UTG+2 with a pocket pair in my hands.

Blinds 1500/3000 Blinds + 200 Ante – 9 players
UTG+1: 23000, M = 3.65
UTG+2: 21000, M = 3.33
Hero (CO): 45000, M = 7.14
Pre Flop: (6300) Hero is CO with 9 of spades 9 of clubs
UTG+1 raises allin, UTG+2 calls allin, Hero ???

There I was with a stack just about average, 18 players left and 9 players going to get a payday of at least 285 €. If it was not for the snapcall of UTG+2, I would have went allin to isolate the smaller stack myself immediately. UTG+2 was rather loose in his play in the first levels, but calmed down with calling and raising as soon as the blinds rose. I did not see major skills in his game, but I gave him more credit than I might should have in this particular hand… and folded…

Flop: (48300) T of diamonds 9 of hearts 4 of diamonds (2 players – 1 is all in)
Turn: (t48300) 3 of diamonds (2 players – 1 is all in)
River: (t48300) 8 of clubs (2 players – 1 is all in)

UTG+1 shows A of spades J of hearts (two pair, Sevens and Fours)
UTG+2 shows A of clubs Q of spades (a pair of Fours)
UTG+2 wins 48000

The call would have meant wagering half of my stack with blinds already risen too high to be able to play another hand without risking to bust. On the other hand a stack of almost 100,000 would have been very, very likely more than sufficient to reach the final table and make the money. The rest of the story is told quickly: I lost two flips with 11 and 10 players left with AQ and three shorties doubled up on their very last hands with forced allins to be back in the game. That’s the way to not make the money and bust after 9 hours of play including breaks – well, at least I enjoyed the food…

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