Day #2 of the tournament is complete and four seats at the Final Table are now filled. Congratulations to John Tugwell for outlasting a field of players that included three other guys named John and 6 other very strong players. John registered late on Thursday night and once he got into the tournament he made the best of the opportunity.
This particular table went fast - we had barely started Level 5 when the tournament ended after just barely more than an hour of play. On the final hand, Matt Fuqua looked down and saw AA. Matt limped and saw the flop which had two hearts, which was good since he had the Ace of hearts. He knew he had the best of it and that he had better stop messing around, so he moved all-in, but John had two hearts and his chip lead was so signficant at that point it was cheap for him to call with his Queen-Five. When the Ten of hearts came on the turn and the river was blank, the day's action was over. Congratulations to John and a very hearty thank you to all of the players. Thanks especially to Hunter Cameron who rushed over at the last minute to grab a vacant seat and fill out the tournament.
Results of today's action are as follows:
Table #4 (start time 04/16/05 2:37pm - 77 minutes) 1. John Tugwell 2. Matt Fuqua 3. Rick Daly 4. Brady Hunt 5. John Schilling 6. Hunter Cameron 7. John Snell Robertson 8. Johnny Mac 9. Brian Hucke 10. Charles Dunshie
(incidentally, like Matt, Charles lost with AA after having the best of it when he made his all-in move. Unfortunately it was apparently an unlucky day for Aces!)
The next game in the tournament is this Thursday, April 21. We will be starting at 7:00pm and will be playing at a location in Bellaire. There are still two seats available - please email me if you want to play.
One final thought - I have received some inquiries from more than one participant about the possibility of just buying out a first round table and paying $1200 for a seat at the Final Table. This is in fact allowed under the rules and I am pretty sure that at least one person will end up doing it. If and when this happens, I will have to eliminate a scheduled first round date. I am not sure which one will be eliminated first, but I would at least encourage you to consider playing sooner rather than later so that you won't get shut out of the tournament completely. I will give ample notice in this circumstance, but your first notice is right now.
One day that is likely not to be eliminated is the two back-to-back tables scheduled for June 4. That will be the last day before the Final Table and the last chance to win a spot. That weekend is shaping up to be quite exciting. I have even received word from two different pairs of people who will be coming from out of town to play that day because they can stay the night in case they make the final table and with two tables being offered both have an equal chance to qualify for the finals.
Thanks for all of the interest so far, players. Word is growing and the tournament's success is looking more and more likely!
Well, I made a couple of big semi-bluffs at the beginning and lost half of my stack when I got calls that I wasn't expecting and and then pushed out of the pot when my draws missed on 4th street. The guy to my left (one of the other Johns) got a bigger stack early and was pretty aggressive and thus raised me out pre-flop a couple of times, too.
When we got to the 3rd blind level, I was down to T3000 from the T10000 start. I managed to limp in with A3s and flopped top pair with A-T-5. I checked and the guy across from me put me all in. I figured I was outkicked but I wasn't going to get any better chance after that, so I called. He had KJo and was semi-bluffing a gutshot draw to Broadway and caught his Queen on the river.