Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Winning Your First Tournament

Well it looks like Scarlett is about to win the first tournament she ever played, which is exactly what I did about a year ago. The bad news is that I still haven't won since then! (Only talking about non-satellite multi-table tournaments here.) That first win was just a $1 buy-in on Ultimate Bet (1,173 players), and then a couple days later in my third tournament ever I finished second in a $5 buy-in. I've only had three second place finishes since then, all in the past couple months, including Monday night in a $20 tourney on UB for $490. I'm a good heads up player, having had a lot of success in heads up SNGs, but in all four of those runner-up finishes in MTTs I was outchipped when it got heads up, usually by a lot.

Later today I'll be going to the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, IA. Probably gonna play some $2/5 no-limit. I'll update how it went tonight.

UPDATE: Bought in for $150 at the $100 minimum/$300 maximum $2/5 NL table. In two hours I got zero premium hands and my stack dwindled to about $90, then I called an all-in after flopping a double gutshot straight draw and a flush draw with J9 of hearts on a flop of Kh-Tx-7h. He had AK, which he limped pre-flop with (allowing me to limp on the button), and I missed my 15-outer.


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