Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A Skills Game near-miss
First of all, congratulations to F-Train, who deservedly won his ToC seat with a dominant performance. He built up a huge stack and never relinquished the chiplead at the final table. I thought I was well-positioned to mount a serious challenge but I scuffled with my only real significant play error to fall out of a solid 50K-ish 3rd place stack at the final table and down to a three-way crowd in the basement with six players left. I then found a good spot with dead money to overshove my 25K-ish stack over the top of F-Train's raise with a hand that has good equity against his range, but my KQJ9 rundown didn't improve enough for me to survive against what unfortunately turned out to be a ragged KKxx.
Along the way I did make two impressive hands. I got paid off as much as could be expected in the former ...
... but I scared away my customer in the latter with a turn check-raise.
Last week, it was CK busting me. This week, F-Train. I cry anti-Canuck conspiracy.
With two final tables in six events played, the BBT4 is off to a profitable start, but I've still fallen short of the goal: extending my ToC streak to three.