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The Mookie: TripDeux

On Monday I was down in the dumps about my poker game. I have not had a bankroll in months and had just wasted $50 at Full Tilt trying to win a $75 token for the Big Game. A mix of bad play, bad luck, and just not having my head in the game sent my tiny roll to the donks. At that point I was resigned to the fact I would not play in the Big Game and just need to take a break from online poker and get my head straight.

Then on Tuesday I got a much needed boost from Jordan at HighOnPoker. He had some advertising *play money* that was due to me and sent it to my Full Tilt account. For a split second I thought about cashing it out, but I decided I would try and give the token sng's another try. From that moment until today I have not lost a game I have played, culminating in my winning the Mookie last night. It was my second win at the Mookie, hence my ubergeigh title of this post. I also ended up winning a $75 for the Big Game token as well and have already signed up for it. Pimpage for that is below.

It's a damn good feeling after being in the dumps on Monday.

One of the worst things in poker is being sucked out on in a tourney and then finding out that the person that sucked out on you ended up winning the damn thing. Last night I feel like I played a very good game save for one donk move, which ultimately resulted in the beginning of my run to winning the damn thing. It also put Marxst in the postion I just mentioned above.

I don't remember the pre-flop betting exactly, but I believe I was in the BB with A8 and Marxst1 min-raised me. Now before I go further, please take a moment to read the
post I wrote back in August. Don't worry, it's a short post and I'll wait right here. Okay, with that duly noted, lets get back to the hand. I held A8 and the flop came down A 7 7. I believe I put a bet out and was raised, but I don't recall exactly. I do know that I pushed all-in and Marxst1 seemed to make the crying call only to find he was ahead with A T. I was yelling for a face card so we could split when the 8 fell on the river giving me the hand.

There are so many reasons why I don't like my play here, but in the moment I did what I did and got lucky. I jokingly told Marxst I was "channeling my inner Marxst," which was probably a low blow considering he was most likely mini-steaming. It was a tough hand Marxst, but I was very glad to win it. I respect his play and always hate to put bad beats on others, but it is part of the game. That doesn't make it right, but it is what it is. Ultimately, without that hand I don't win last night.

The rest of the tourney was sort of a blur until the final table which seemed to last FOREVER! I played a very patient game and only played one big hand early on. I was 2nd in chips with about 20k and had QQ. Huntsvegas pushed his last 9 or 10k in and I called. He had AcKc and hit his flush on the river.

I knew at this point if I could take hits like that and still be in it then I just needed to play my game, continue to build my stack, and then I could probably win it. When we got down to 3 players I knew if I could get heads-up I was going to win. It was not that I didn't think the other two were playing a good game, it's just I like my heads-up game lately. I've been playing a ton of heads-up SNG's these last few years and I have really worked on a style that seems to work.

Those still around last night to see us heads-up saw a pretty drawn out match. Lots of limping and small pot action. No matter who I'm playing I always feel like I have a chance to win, regardless of chipstacks. That's the beauty of heads-up. Even on a smaller stack, with just a few double-ups you can take over the match. I think I played a selective aggression game and found the right spots to battle. On at least two occasions I could have easily gone broke, but just played a little bit laid back and did not try to push the action when I did not have the ultimate goods. When I lost those two hands (of which I don't recall exact details) and still had chips to battle with, I knew I was going to take it down.

Damn, I hope all that doesn't sound like I'm patting myself on the back. I just had a good feeling once we were down to the final two tables and from then on I never looked back. It was a fun game and I was lucky to make it all the way.

I've got to throw a big thank you out to Mookie for consistently offering the best blogger tourney around. Check out his
blog post from last night to see the live blogging action.

Edit: A big thanks to DNasty and Poker Peaker for railing the final table and keeping me alert via chat. Very cool of you guys, especially since it was nearing 2am.

Okay, enough of that drivel. Two things need to be pimped here posthaste:



You have to click the DADI X banner and see the the larger version. Jordan did a capital job on that one. We at DADI headquarters are taking guidance from
MiamiDon with the new buy-in structure. His "Big Game" idea where you can use a token is just a hawesome idea and I'm really glad he is offering it. We decided to make DADI X a $26 buy-in since it seems to be rather easy to get the $26 tokens. We hope all will agree and make an effort to get a token (or just directly buy-in). We tried to make it far enough out that there would be plenty of time to get a token. I should have the tourney up in the private section by the end of this week.

That will have to do it for today (and probably this week).


posted by TripJax @ 10:40 AM,


At 11:39 AM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

Great job and congrats on the 2nd title. It was an excellent heads up match and it was nice watching some poker.

Congrats on the token for the Big Game, I'm gonna do my best to grab one and join the fun on Sunday.

Looking forward to the next DADI tournament.

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job taking that down. Your patience defenitely paid off.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger The Poker Enthusiast said...

Great job last night. When I saw you take the chip lead I knew it was over and went to bed.

At 12:05 PM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Attaboy! Good job, Trip! Times like this, I can't help but feel some residual pride.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger smokkee said...

funny, i felt the same way. if i could get heads up with you or Nov, the mOOK would be mine.

way to hang around and let me and Nov slug it out. you were very patient when we got 3 handed.

nice takedown Trip

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Miami Don said...

Congrats on the Mookie and the Token Trip.

It's amazing how quickly things can change.

See you Sunday.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger 23skidoo said...

Nice one Trip! congrats!

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Donkeypuncher said...

Hot stuff with the run.

Speaking of hot stuff and fighting the power, this should be the official video for DADI X.

God I love clips of that retarded kid from Life Goes On...

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Marxst1 said...

Trip... alls fair... great game congratulations!!!

you said" One of the worst things in poker is being sucked out on in a tourney and then finding out that the person that sucked out on you ended up winning the damn thing"

I actually don't mind that as much as the guy who gets dumblucky then proceeds to give my chips to everyone else on the table before donking out on 1 or 2 places higher than me. Now THAT pisses me off.

If it makes you feel any better I had much worse luck with bad beats than yours at the 2nd place mookie.

See ya next week.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger AlCantHang said...

Congrats on the win!

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on the Mookie win, Jax.

You didn't sound high on yourself at all. *cough*

No, seriously. We all know sometimes you just get "that feeling", and it sounds like you were just hitting on all cylinders. Glad everything turned around for you in all respects.

At 3:32 PM, Blogger WillWonka said...

Congrats 3Jacks.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger TripJax said...

Thanks for the props everyone. You all rizock.

Marxst...I have to agree...that is worse...when they donk just a few hands later.

I guess it is like the better ranked team getting knocked out in the 1st round of march madness. If the team that beats them goes all the way then it makes it a little easier to handle. But if they suck it up the next game then it all feels rather shitty...

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...


Lookitchooo! Mr. Bigshot Two Time Mookie Winnah.

Me jealous. And Tilty.

Nice work brotha.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger pokerpeaker said...

You played great, especially during the tough heads up match. Congrats.
I think I'm gonna try to win me some tokens!!!!

At 10:33 AM, Blogger NewinNov said...

Nice job on your win. It was a challenging HU match. Especially the nice calls on the river with bottom pair on the board when I bet out.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Pokerwolf said...

Nice win, Jax!

So, if you were "playing your game" how many drinks did you have? You must have been drunk because you placed third at the Friday night tourney at the Bash.


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