Poker: Roundabouts And Swings

I knew it couldnít last; after cashing in three tournaments out of three earlier in the week, including winning one, last night I could cash in only two. These were the special bronze and silver freerolls currently being hosted by Party Poker and WPT. The bronze tournament started at 19.00 London time, had 2,640 runners competing for the $1,000 prize pool, and paid 300 places. The silver started an hour later, had 1,149 runners, and paid 150 places, the prize pool was $1,500.

I finished 179th in the bronze winning $1.20, and 44th in the silver winning $4.80. Wow, a whole six dollars, you say. Well, not quite. I also entered the $6 stud again, and came nowhere. Lose $6 and win $6. Well, itís cheap entertainment if nothing else, and I do multi-task.

Enjoy the screengrabs, and if you donít play poker, donít learn!


August 17, 2012: Full house, all-in on the turn, uncalled.


August 17, 2012: Congratulations. Donít spend it all at once.


August 17, 2012: All-in pre-flop heads up and short stacked, aces win.


August 17, 2012: The short stack moves all-in after a raise by the suited connectors, and wins the hand.


August 17, 2012: Quad aces win the pot.


August 17, 2012: The pot is raised with K-6, our hero whacks it all-in, and much to his surprise, his queens hold up.


August 17, 2012: A timely fold. The re-raiser won the pot with a top straight: he had AK; the other guy had KQ.


August 17, 2012: Kings split the pot with kings. I once had kings against kings and lost; I couldnít quite believe it when the other guy hit the flush.


August 17, 2012: Congratulations. Donít spend it all at once.

[The above article was published originally as a blog on August 18, 2012 with 9 screengrabs; I thought I had added 10 but appear to have miscounted].


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