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Mostly a recount of my poker exploits along with a bunch of random other stuff just for fun.

Monday, June 18, 2007


I made my first WSOP cash tonight. Technically I wasn't actually in a WSOP event, but I did earn some cash as the result of it, so I'm counting it.

As I've mentioned before FullTilt has a fantasy poker league where you pick players to money in each event and get points based on the amount of cash they win. For each event the top 1000 fantasy teams qualify for a freeroll.

I qualified for event #3 I think but the tournament for that ran yesterday. Only 300+ of the 1000 people registered for the tourney, but I was on vacation and by the time I got to my hotel room I had already busted out in 167th place. Top 90 pay. Oh well. I did get a free hat for being in the top 50 in fantasy points.

I also qualified for event #7, the $2000 Omaha Hi event and with the freeroll running tonight. I We're now at the 2 hour break and we've just hit the money. So I have won at least $10 at this year's WSOP. Go Me.

Either last year I only qualified in Holdem events, or they mixed it up this year. Which ever game was played in the tourney for which you finish in the top 1000 fantasy players, that is the game that is played in the freeroll.

So I just cashed in a Omaha tournament. Sure 1/4 people who actually registered cashed, and I'm guessing most of them don't know what they are doing in Omaha, but I still cashed. And for the record I don't know what I am doing either.

I started off not having any clue what I was doing and dropping my stack to about half of what I started with. Then I went on a bit of a run, hitting my draws, picking up orphaned pots and stealing blinds from the abundance of people who didn't show up.

Then I started running into a number of aggressive players and didn't know what to do. I have no idea what kind of hand is worth defending pre-flop in Omaha, so I folded a ton, and limped into the money.

I managed to hang on for 27th place and a fat $10 for my efforts. If had lasted until 19th I could have doubled it at $20. I was hoping for a top 10 finish because the they are entered into a freeroll at the end where the winner gets a seat to the 2008 WSOP which is probably my best shot at making it. Alas it was not to be.

On of the problems with pot limit tournaments is that you can't go all-in pre-flop without some cooperation from the rest of the table, which meant the all-in tards were forced to play their hands which in turn made the tourney last longer. On the other hand maybe that helped be because even when I was bored and just wanted to push and end it I couldn't.

I'm registered for the Stud Hi/Lo later this week. That should be interesting. I suck at Omaha, but I look like an expert compared to my 7-Stud skills. Hi/Lo? I might as well close my eyes and mash on the keyboard.

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