My first big online “win”
As my loyal readers know, I have become more serious about poker over the past year. This seriousness means I play a few cash games around town and then in a local pub league a couple games a week. I have done pretty well there, once winning two in a row (7:00 and 10:00 games).
A recent computer upgrade has led me to venture into online poker at Fulltiltpoker.com. I’ve been playing a couple times a week. I started in cash games and was lucky to break even. Then I started playing in larger tournaments with small buy-ins ($5, 10) and sit-in-gos (smaller tournaments).
Last night, I bought into a tournament for $10 with about 700 other people. After several hours of pretty conservative play, I started getting the cards I wanted and finally got a feel for online tournament play. I had one of the larger chip stacks for a couple more hours. There were two players that became my “friends.” Nice people who kind knew what hands I played (generally) and were chatty. That made the hours of playing a little more engaging.
Finally, it got to about 20 players, mostly around the same chip stack size. A few more go out, double up, etc. I see some nice hands and keep my big stack. I lose a pretty big chunk of it, battle on, etc.
Final table rolls around and I’ve made it. While originally I had just been hoping to get my money back (place top 60 of 700) I was really happy to make the final table (9 player total). After lots of folds, I get a couple good hands, a couple players go out and I’m still in it. Finally it comes down to six players, three of us are all about the same chip stack size. The other two happen to be the players who have been my “buddies” all along. Several plays go along and one of them busts out. I can see that my goal is 3rd. If I can just beat this other guy, I’ll consider it a win as the other two have us out stacked 8-1. Finally, he goes out, and I can relax in 3rd. I battle back a little and then lady luck stops and I’m out.
My third online tournament is over, it’s 2:30 a.m. and I just turned $10 into $780. No complaints from me.
CircleV Note: I won’t regale you with every top three finisher story, I swear. Just wanted to let you know about my first one :)