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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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Yesterday was my first visit to France for a cashgame-only session. Arriving in Amnéville at 7:45pm I had to wait for 40 minutes until I was seated at the second opened NL2/4 table for the nite – besides that NL5/5 and NL5/10 were offered. I started out with a 250 € stack since only one player had a larger stack (~ 400 €) to play with.

Already one of my first hands was the start of what I would call one of the worst nights (in results) in cashgame I have had in the past years: 35o in the big blind was limepd around to me by four players including the small blind. I checked and hit the J-high rainbow flop with bottom two pair. My lead bet of 8 € was called by a guy in middle position. He minraised my 20 € turn bet to 40 € with a 10 appearing on the board to give both possible flush- and straightdraws. Intending to fold to anything that fit into my read on him holding a draw on the river, I called the bet, checked the 8 on the river, that made both straight and flush possible. He almost instantly shoved his remaining 110 € stack allin (almost potsize bet) and I folded more or less in pain.

88 happened to become my best hand of the night with unfortunately no payout whatsoever, when the 33483-board completed my boat and my river bet was not called in a so far unraised pot. I showed my hand to the table and received pocket aces right the next hand. Once again my 3bet preflop to 50 € (middle position raised to 20 € with only 70 € behind) was not called and I was back up to 240 €.

For some reason my hands to play the in big blind became some sort of a nightmare to me: 105 and again bottom two pair on a 105K-flop (unraised). Once again I led out on the flop, bet the 9 turn, was raised, re-raised him allin to represent maybe more strength than I should have and was called instantly again. He tabled QJo and my 35 % chance of improving to a boat or flush were not enough to take down that 430 € pot. I am not sure about my play in this hand and would like to get some feedback if a call on the turn to play check/fold on the river seemed to be a better option in case no diamond and no 5 or 10 appeared.

Down to just 40 € I doubled with AK through A10o. I thought about restacking another 200 € before the hand to reach the limit I was planning to invest (due to the restrictions I set up for the project). I did not, but had to when I lost the remaining ~70 € with a check-raised allin holding 89o (unraised preflop, big blind of course) vs. last positions 20 € bet. Unfortunately the player under-the-gun had the same intention and re-re-raised as well allin to cover us both and took down the pot after the initial raiser called with a set of fives.

The first 50 € of the 200 € restack went to my villains raising with AJo and KQo being the initial aggressor preflop in late positions, contibetting each pot without hitting and letting it go after getting two callers both times. In the meantime I was sitting at the table for only two hours. I wish I could call the development of my stack a rollercoaster after winning two small pots to have a stack of 180 € again, but it went further down the longer I played even though I felt comfortable with the other players. Maybe it was one of those sessions…

I was not able to get another strong hand with my second time holding 88, facing resistance pre- and postflop on a K99-flop (and then letting it go) as well as with 1010 raising to 18 € preflop and getting 3bet to 60 €. Villain was a rather tight player that I had not seen play a preflop 3bet so far, so I felt no pain folding my pocket. For some reason he tabled KK to me and even though I made the right decision I was down to 120 €. Only three orbits, a few limps and blinds later I looked at JJ. UTG straddled the pot to 8 € and one player called the straddle before I raised to 26 €. The small blind, who did not see my raise and initially tossed only 6 € into the pot to complete the straddle, called my raise instead as well as the caller in middle position. The flop of AQ5 was, to my surprise, checked by both of the players. I figured a bet that looks like protecting the pot against a flush or straight would be the best way to take down the already 90 € pot. The problem I had in that spot was my remaining stack of ~75 € – any bet that looked like a protection bet had to be at least 60-65 € leaving me with only 10 € behind. Therefore I pushed my complete stack and send the small blind into three minutes of tanking. He eventually called (middle position folded immediately), told me he had no ace and showed KQ to my disgust. I am not really sure if the too high bet made him suspicious, but after all he made the right and I left the casino after four hours of play with a loss of 450 €.

With the disasterous outcome of Amnéville Horror the bankroll has dropped to 4.086 €, which is still plenty to achieve the goals, but a headstart would have been nice. Next up is a 100 € deepstack freezeout on Sunday in Nennig/Germany, but I will not be able to play the 40 € +R +A live qualifier for Namur’s WaSOP Main Event (525 €). I have something in mind for the WaSOP, because I do not want to miss this awesomely structured tournament even though it is a relatively high direct buyin – I will let you know at the latest by next Monday how I will handle it.

First tourney, no cash, no worries! 73 players found their way to Amnéville’s 150 € Deepstack Freezeout on this rainy Sunday, which was pretty much the number of players I expected to be there. Even though it was only my third tourney played in Amnéville, I knew two of the players at my table to at least have a little information before starting to play.

It was already two levels of 30 minutes each into the tourney, when I finally had a hand to do more than just (try to) limp or fold. Pocket 7s were my choice of hand to call a small preflop raise against two other players to see a QQ5-flop, which I eventually had to fold after I called the continuation bet of the initial raiser and the 6 on the turn was aggressively bet, raised and reraised by the other two – the preflop aggressor won with pocket 6s vs. SBs Qx and my stack dropped to still comfortable 8,000.

Next up I made a what I would say was a very good laydown with 106 in the BB. Five limpers including the SB and me saw a 6Q10 flop with 100/200 blinds. Middle position was the first to bet 600, but instead of me being able to get some action, the SB raised to 2,100. I tanked for a while, but folded as well as MP behind me. The SB did not show, but said he had Q6, which was very well in his range. Another two blind levels later with barely hands played, the average climbed to 15,000, antes started to kick in and my chip stack moved down south to 6,000.

I was able to double-up with AK in PushOrFold-mode to 13,000 vs. AQo preflop allin, even though the flop gave villain straight outs with K10x. This was the highest chip count for the nite and it only took a few hands to drop back to 11k, which was my stack going into the second break after six levels. Pocket 7s (for the third time that nite) in the SB went to the muck yet another time in a battle of 3- and 4-betting vs. UTG and the BB to put me down to 8,000. Blinds of 500/1000/100 forced me to try to get chips back, but J7 was the first and only hand I was able to be first-in out of MP. Action was folded to BB, who slowroll-called with KK – no help, good game, out in 31st with no pocket higher than 7 and once AK in four hours of play.

I have not made any plans to play live the upcoming week, therefore I will be starting with the EUR-steps on Pokerstars. Goal is to start with 10x Step C (27 €) and play them up to as many Step E (215 €) as possible. This is supposed to become the basis of upcoming EUR-Qualifiers that could lead to e.g. EPT events or the Belgian Poker Series Finale satellites. Updates on the qualifiers will be posted in the Online Qualifiers section as well as on a newly created and not yet published part called Overview.