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January 6, 2004

When It's Good, It's Great!

by Luckbox

I probably had my finest online session ever last night. It was 3 1/2 hours on Ultimate Bet and I played 6 different Sit and Go's.

The entry fees added up to $72 and 300 points (not play chips, but points that can redeemed as entry fees into tourneys).

The pay off? How about $260 and 1100 points. That's more than $50 an hour, and 800 bonus points thrown in. Was it the cards or my playing? I'd like to think the latter, but it's probably the former. Here's a taste of one of those SNG's:

First I'll start with the biggest hand of my $33+3, ten person, SNG:

Hand #69

Five of us are left. I'm in 3rd place, well behind the leader. In the big blind, I get K9.
The big blind of 100 is raised to 200 and I call. Three of us are in the hand.
The flop is 7s-9h-9s. Jackpot!!!! First bettor checks, I check, last bets 125. First calls, I raise to 1100. The guy who opened folds, but the original checker calls me. He's all-in.
Showdown time and I love my Kc-9s. Just not as much as his Ad-9d. Uh oh.
The turn is the Jd. I'm frantically trying to figure out how to win or split the pot. As I figured, just a K will do it for me.
The river hears my prayers because it's the Kh. Ouch for him. Nice for me.
I go on to win the SNG and take $150.

I was a 7-1 underdog after the flop. After the turn, I had just a 7% chance of winning. Lady luck, I thank you.

Now onto the $10+1, ten person, SNG:

Hand #1

I got started early with a pair of 5's in the big blind.
UTG raises to 35 and two of us call him.
The flop is 5s-3d-6d. That's pretty. It's early, I decide to slow play, risking the straight or flush.
The two behind me also check and the turn is the As.
I check again and the next guy opens with 110. Third guy folds, I raise to 220 and get called.
The river is a Q... of diamonds. Ugh. What the hell, I bet 550 and he calls.
I figure he hit the flush, but my set holds up. He had a measley A-Jo. I win 1650.

Hand #3

Just two hands later, and guess what? Another pair of 5's.
UTG raises to 35 and I'm the only caller.
Flop is 7s-5d-Js. Pretty. He bets 85, I raise to 170, he calls.
The turn is the Td. He checks, I bet 425, he calls.
The river is the Qd, diamond flush draw again, ugh. He checks, and so do I, not sure why.
I can see why he stayed in the hand, it's cowboys. But they still lose to me trip 5's and I win another 1275.

Hand #38

I hardly play the next 35 hands until I get cowboys of my own.
I'm UTG and I raise the big blind of 40 to 100. I get two callers.
The flop is 6d-Ac-5h. Happens every time.
Checked in front of me, I bet 320 and the guy behind me folds. The other guy calls. That sucks.
The turn is a Th. He checks, I check.
The river is the Jd. He bets 960, and I fold. He had the ace, right? Maybe not, but I go back to one of my New Year's poker resolutions.

Hand #62

We're down to just 5 players and I'm in second place next to the button. I get 8d-7d.
I call the big blind of 60 and four of us are in the hand.
The flop is 4d-5h-2d. I've got a flush draw with a gutshot straight draw.
First bettor opens with 60 and two of us call.
The turn fills my flush, it's the 6d. Now I've got a gutshot straight flush draw.
It's checked to me. I bet 420 and get a caller.
The river is the 9d. Ugh. Now and diamond higher than my 8 wins the pot. Too bad it wasn't the 5!
It's checked to me and I bet 1260 forcing him all-in if he's got it. He folds. I win 1260.

Hand #75

We're down to three players, and I'm in third about 1000 chips behind 1st and 2nd. I get Qs-Js in the small blind of 60.
I call and all three of us are in the pot. The flop is Qd-Jh-8s. Great! Unless someone has 9-10.
I check and one guy opens with 180. I call, the third guy folds.
The turn is the 4c. Good, doesn't help anyone.
I check, he bets 540, I don't think he's got it and I raise to 2160, he goes all-in and I call.
He turns American Airlines. Sucks to be him.
The Jc on the river fills my boat and gives me 5220.

Hand #116

I'm in first now on the big blind of 150 when I get ducks.
A guy in front of me goes all-in for about a third of my stack. I put him on overcards and call.
He had overcards, alright, they just happen to both be 6's.
The flop is 5h-7c-Kh. The turn is the 7h. The river is the 7d. He doubles up.

Hand #124

I'm about tied with first on the button when I get 7c-6c. I call the big blind and we're all in the pot.
The flop is 6d-9c-6h. Ain't that pretty? First guy bets 150, 2nd folds, I just call.
The turn is the 4d. No flush or straight yet. He bets 150, I raise to 300, he calls.
The river is the Th. Hmmm... now a 7-8 beats me. He checks. I bet 1350, and he calls. Uh, oh.
No problem, he's got just Kd-9s. I take in 4050.

Hand #144

I'm well in front in the small blind when I get 5's. I remember those. They're kind to me.
I raise to 400, get raised to 1200 and I re-raise him all-in. He calls.
Showdown and this time it is my pair vs. overcards: As-Jd.
The flop is Kc-Qh-Qs. Great, give him 4 more outs with the T's, thanks!
The river is the 4d. Good.
The turn is a harmless 2h. I win another 3540.

Hand #190

We're down to two and I've got a 2-1 chip advantage. I get 6h-6s and raise the big blind to 600. He goes all-in for 3380. I call.
Another pair vs. overcards. This time he's got As-Kc.
The flop is 4s-Ts-Tc. Good for me.
The river is the 2d. That doesn't hurt at all.
The river is the Qs, and that's it. Pass that $50 my way.

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