Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Wil Wheaton: Finally

Yes I am still tingly. I have no idea how I did it. I won the Wil Wheaton WWDN! First place baby, after the ROUGH suckout to take eigth last week. Like I was just saying this is a good game. A great mix of some of the toughest and some not so bad players.

I had a rough road. I started out playing UpYoursPoker (CJ), and Bdr1968. Two tough opponents. Bdr ended up making the final table. CJ.. well, let's just say, the LuckBox had wound down for the day. If you ask me how I won this thing I can not really tell you. I will try though. Where is Dr. Pauly during these important events?

It started out a little slow. Won my first pot against Scary Ladies Daddy! Oh god, if I knew it was HER dad I would have folded. I had pocket 9's and flopped a set on a VERY scary straight/flush possible board. If this was ScaryLady then she would have bet me off the pot. A lesson for Daddy. Please don't hurt me ScaryLady. That got me up to 1900 chips. Our table was very aggressive pre-flop and it made it hard for me to lose alot of chips like I normally try to do. Pretty much I think I played small stack poker until the blinds got high. No major hands. Took down a few small ones. Took most of my pots before showdown. Bluffed a tiny bit.

On level VII the blinds started eating me and I was down to 2K chips with 200 blinds I changed it around to Big Pot Poker. All in pre-flop. Any and all hands. The first hand I made some chips on was against Frankl66. He raised to 600 pre-flop and I had AK so I pushed with my 2400 stack. I figured only a monster hand is going to call me and I needed chips. Worse case I am 50/50 AND I am putting pressure on here. This is very important especially towards the later levels. I also had been routinely raised by Frank. Hold onto that note. Frank routinely tried to take my blinds. So I routinely raised him all in and forced him to make a hard choice.

I then got switched to an even harder table. Iggy, Grob and TripJax. Three players I respect alot. To beat Iggy you MUST see how much he leans over in his chair. If he is almost falling off you got a good shot. Next hand I have Pocket QQ's vs jg-2323. He raises before me and this is where I play poker. QQ is a decent hand. So I re-raise his hand and make it 1400 to go. He thinks for a little. I assume if he has AA/KK then he call and tries to suckout. Either that or he insta-goes all in. Instead with the pause I was PRETTY sure I was looking at smaller pockets. I was indeed and my QQ stood up against TT. I now have 7K in chips and I am basically folding to the money. There were something like 7 spots until the money. I was not going to be a woos, but I would play only strong hands and play them as hard as I could but smartly. Iggy had been getting a little frisky so I re-raised him a few times to take some pots. Basically I raised a few hands to steal enough blinds to survive with a good stack until the final table.

One hand of note was when Iggy went out by pushing all in with AT. TripJacks had QQ and took him out. I asked Iggy later "Bored?".. the response was yes. I can see that. He is a much better player than that. If I had a 1 MILLION dollar bankroll the Wil Wheaton 250 would be pretty boring to me too. I only asked because I thought maybe there was some super secret poker tell that Iggy picked up on or something.

So I found myself at the final table with a decent amount of chips. It stood as follows:

Seat 1: bdr1968 (12112 in chips)
Seat 2: TripJax (32335 in chips)
Seat 3: SERNE (41222 in chips)
Seat 4: GRobman (15314 in chips)
Seat 5: L0K1 (5928 in chips)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (10987 in chips)
Seat 7: Trekgal (8077 in chips)
Seat 8: RandomSam (15455 in chips)
Seat 9: kaellinn18 (7070 in chips)

Basic strategy. Wait for a few people to go out. Play hard. Play smart. Hope to hell I win. I was waiting for Kaellinn18 to go out since he was a small stack but that would not happen until MUCH later. Great job. I again took alot of small stacks. Did well keeping ahead of the blinds and letting other people get pissed at Grob and try and take him out. I was more than happy to let the LuckBox Disciple suckout on people.

One of the best early flops was
*** FLOP *** [2c 7h 7c]

TripJax said, "fear my hamma"
RandomSam said, "hammer flop"
TripJax: bets 3000
SirFWALGMan said, "scariest flop ever"
kaellinn18 said, "seriously"

Serene ended up either having the best hand or bluffinf TripJax out of that hand on the river. GRob's LuckBox was wound up tight with this hand.

CJ to Grob: "You have learned well my Padwan"

*** FLOP *** [Th 8d 9h]
bdr1968: bets 6400
GRobman: raises 16628 to 23028 and is all-in
bdr1968: calls 10690 and is all-in
GRobman said, "gutshot baby"
*** TURN *** [Th 8d 9h] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [Th 8d 9h Kc] [9d]
GRobman said, "lol"
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bdr1968: shows [Jd Jh] (two pair, Jacks and Nines)
GRobman: shows [Kh Jc] (two pair, Kings and Nines)

SirFWALGMan said, "He HAS learned well"
kaellinn18 said, "oh man"
bdr1968 said, "gg"
GRobman collected 44530 from pot
RandomSam said, "gg"
GRobman said, "box"
GRobman said, "box"
SERNE said, "gg"
GRobman said, "box"

I was down to 6K when this happy hand happened.

Dealt to SirFWALGMan [Qs Qc].

SERNE: raises 8000 to 8800
SirFWALGMan: calls 6837 and is all-in.
*** FLOP *** [3c 9c Jh]
*** TURN *** [3c 9c Jh] [5c]
*** RIVER *** [3c 9c Jh 5c] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
SERNE: shows [Ad Qh] (high card Ace)
SirFWALGMan: shows [Qs Qc] (a pair of Queens)
SirFWALGMan collected 15174 from pot

If it wasnt for that hand Serene might have been playing someone easier than me HU. heh.

I got lucky on this hand too. Luckbox tried to kill me with THE HAMMER!

Dealt to SirFWALGMan [Ah Qs]
GRobman: raises 3200 to 4000
SirFWALGMan: raises 9624 to 13624 and is all-in
kaellinn18: folds
TripJax: folds
SERNE: folds
GRobman: calls 9624
GRobman said, "why not?"
*** FLOP *** [9h 9s Qc]
SERNE said, "lol"
GRobman said, "damn"
*** TURN *** [9h 9s Qc] [6d]
SirFWALGMan said, "damn you shoulda told me"
*** RIVER *** [9h 9s Qc 6d] [Js]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GRobman: shows [2d 7h] (a pair of Nines)
SirFWALGMan: shows [Ah Qs] (two pair, Queens and Nines)
SirFWALGMan said, "i woulda folded"
kaellinn18 said, "well played"
SirFWALGMan collected 28698 from pot

kaellinn18 said, "you got lucky waffles"
SirFWALGMan: folds
SirFWALGMan said, "i know"
kaellinn18: folds
TripJax: folds
SERNE: folds
TripJax said, "indeed"
SirFWALGMan said, "this could be my night"

Little did I know how true that statement was going to be. After I beat his hammer GRob started to self destruct. His rather large chip lead starting leaking off and you could tell he was not on his game. It is a shame because when he is playing his game and winning he is a formidable foe. Hats off to you GRob, better luck next time.
A funny thing started happening too.. my fans started coming out of EVERYWHERE! I <3 you guys!

SirFWALGMan said, "the fact I have fans is a big score in itself"
kaellinn18 said, "we're all fans"
SirFWALGMan said, "not Felicia, lol"
kaellinn18 said, "haha true"
SirFWALGMan said, "I only want to win her heart"

Touching I know. I love Felicia and respect her opinions alot. Of course it would be nice if she could find one nice thing to say to me. Hmm.. Maybe I like abuse?

SirFWALGMan said, "damn I got the whole fan thing going on now"

I bluffed a HUGE pot at this point in time. I just sensed weakness and took advantage. I did have outs however.

Dealt to SirFWALGMan [Jc Kc]
SirFWALGMan: raises 1600 to 2400
kaellinn18: calls 2400
TripJax: folds
SERNE: folds
GRobman: calls 1600
*** FLOP *** [9c Jh Ac]
GRobman: checks
SirFWALGMan: bets 7200
kaellinn18: calls 7200
GRobman: folds
*** TURN *** [9c Jh Ac] [Td]
SirFWALGMan: bets 16148 and is all-in
kaellinn18: folds
kaellinn18 said, "get your two pair?"
SirFWALGMan collected 22250 from pot
SirFWALGMan: shows [Jc Kc] (a pair of Jacks)
kaellinn18 said, "argh"
*** SUMMARY ***

SirFWALGMan said, "i had outs"
kaellinn18: folds
kaellinn18 said, "yeah"
kaellinn18 said, "that's what worried me"
SirFWALGMan said, "sorry but you gotta play hard to win"
SirFWALGMan said, "thats why I surf porn"

Against a good player that I respect I will apply pressure because I know they have athe ability to fold.

Some good Blogger and Wil bashing went on in this period of time. It was cool.

GRobman said, "who is wil?"
kaellinn18 said, "never heard of him"
SirFWALGMan said, "I just wish I could think like Otis"
GRobman said, "who is otis?"
SirFWALGMan said, "some clown fish that cant win anything"
kaellinn18 said, "would you people quit dropping these random names? we're trying to have a friendly game here"
kaellinn18 said, "otis"
kaellinn18 said, "wil"
kaellinn18 said, "who are these people?"
SirFWALGMan said, "My Boss Loves Wil"
SirFWALGMan said, "She wanted to do a Mrs. Robbinson on his Ass"

So like I was saying Grob disintigrates in like 10 hands. From 50K in chips to out.
I have around 36K in chips at this point.

Seat 2: TripJax (31689 in chips)
Seat 3: SERNE (42720 in chips)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (36148 in chips)
Seat 9: kaellinn18 (37943 in chips)

So it is basically tied up again and I have alot of work ahead of me. I invited Veneno to the table for some interesting side talk. Someone asked about the poison and Trip and I were glad to inform them.

SirFWALGMan said, "the bad suckout kind"
SirFWALGMan said, "its eeeirie"
TripJax said, "the stop beating me HU kind"
SirFWALGMan said, "she has mastered the suckout even more so than possibly Luckbox"
SirFWALGMan said, "she says her little thing, and WHAM, your Aces are no good"
SirFWALGMan said, "she is deadly"

at least I mentioned her blog:

SirFWALGMan said, "www.yosoyveneno.blogspot.com"
SirFWALGMan said, "her blog"

So I hang in there while TripJax and then kaellinn18 go out. Well played boys. It is then down to me and SERNE. Now I will say that Serne is a good player and I enjoyed (his?) play. However he got a little cocky and says on the table (paraphrased because I cant find the exact chat):

Serene: I play 500/NL. I am not worried about you.
SirFWALGMan: Ya, well, I play 500/NL with my $200 bankroll so that does not impress me!

So we go on break and Iggy tells me to shut up, stop chatting, and win this thing. Umm.. Ok. Damn drunk dwarves. So I settle down. I win the final table in like 5 hands. I would like to say it is because I played so well but truth be told I got a bunch of Ax hands in a row and was able to keep my superior hands from losing. I forced Serene to play for all of (his?) chips whenever I liked my hand. Why? Because if he was a great a mighty 500/NL player then I could remove some of his skill by making it a pre-flop/flop game. I also favor being aggressive HU. I have already made a bunch of money so I am going to push hard and your going to have to not make a mistake. Anyway, I beat (him?) very easily and took home my first WWDN. Like I said it had nothing to do with Serene and more to do with the cards. I respected Serene's game alot. Good game to everyone. I look forward to seeing if I can make it 3 for 3 on Thursday. Thanks for all my Railbirds and Bloggerdom rooting me on. I appreciate it more than you can know.


Blogger Yoyo (Poker Poison) said...

Excellent Job!!! It is great to see you land on top.

10:36 PM

Blogger Joanada said...

Good job, congrats :)

- ScaryLady

2:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Nice job there Waffles...!!!

3:15 AM

Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Nice job Waffles. You played great at the final table. I think sucking out on me five times on our first table together was your greatest feat of the night.

3:40 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Ahh.. Hoyazo = Hammer Player. lol. Did not realize that last night. Um... Im sorry, but I did not suck out once. Bluffed you off a pot or to maybe.. but no suckouts for me last night. Just good. Solid. Poker. Actually no suckouts vs me either so luck was on my side.

5:47 AM

Blogger Jordan said...

Congrats, Waffle. You have quite a few final tables under your belt in blogger games. I'm impressed.

6:17 AM

Blogger TripJax said...

good game waffles...that was fun...i'm amazed i made it so far with a bounty on my head. you played quite well.

and hey, what's with the...

"If it wasnt for that hand Serene might have been playing someone easier than me HU. heh."

We were down to 4 at that point right...so you calling me easier??!! I'm just bustin' your chops...


6:24 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

No, actually, with as fast as I beat Serene either one of the other players would have been harder.

Just making the point that Serene gave me alot of chips when (he?) should have had an easy laydown.. which enabled me to hang in and take first.

6:29 AM

Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

I admit that you did not suck out on me 5 times. No suckouts, I don't know that I can agree with that either, but I was exaggerating I freely admit. Anyways it was great playing with you -- my last two WWdNs I haven't recognized anyone at my early tables -- and here's hoping that Thursday night's tournament brings me some better luck, and we can meet at le final table.

6:49 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

I honestly can not remember a single suckout the entire game.. maybe I am blocking it out.. but I do not remember a single i was behind the whole game. I actually did not have to show down alot either.

6:59 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Some players are tournament players, some are cash players.

Keep going with your strength, you're doing very well at these tourneys.

Congrats on the win!!

7:13 AM

Blogger katitude said...

Way to go SirF!! You rock!

(btw, will you be my poker mentor *grin)

7:34 AM

Blogger Garthmeister J. said...

Nice work mate. Two strong finishes in a row!

You going to play in DADIII on Feb 17?

7:36 AM

Blogger Matt Silverthorn said...

It was a pleasure playing against you last night Waffles. I didn't have your blog before, but I will link you up now.

I wonder what the river card would have been had I called that one push you made at the final table with my AQ. :-)

I look forward to playing with you in the future.


8:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job! That was a lot of fun, it usually is when you're getting good cards. Since I couldn't get it done, I'm glad you did.

99 is the new black.

9:07 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Matt, Great play. I made the move because I had outs, and because I felt you would lay down your hand on that board. If I was wrong then so be it. It was a pivitol hand in the game.. Like any tourney each action has an outcome.. I really respected your game at the final table, and how you took the smallest stack and stayed around until 3rd. Excellent game!

9:09 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

OMG Kat! NOBODY should learn poker from me.. having said that, if you want a few pointers I probably can give them to you.

9:10 AM

Blogger katitude said...

LOL @ SirF! Let's review.....YOU win...I don't. Yeah, I need pointers *grins.

1:17 PM

Blogger 23skidoo said...

Way to go Waffles. I was the unknown donk soldier at your first table. I racked up a lot of chips and gave em away at the end. I had a great time and will play again next week!

5:04 AM

Blogger iamhoff said...

Damn! Another one missed. Work sucks. Not that it matters...I probably would've gone out within the first few levels when my AA would get cracked by the hammer boat flop of 727! Congrats! How long did the tourney last...see if I can find any time to budget for it.

8:35 AM

Blogger Frankl said...

This is a late comment and wont be read (I just found your blog). But anyway - CONGRATS!!!


6:37 PM


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