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The Ace Hole

"I immediately regret this decision."
Anchorman, Ron Burgundy, upon jumping into the bear exhibit at the zoo.

Over the last few months I've made a huge effort to avoid fonking my chips - and a chance at winning a tournament - at the hands of Ace Rag. I've started to call it The Ace Hole, 'cause that's what I feel like when I stuff my chips in the midle with it. There have even been a few times where I got away from situations where pot odds justified my money in the middle with it, but I still let the pot go. In almost every situation I ultimately made the correct move. Last night was an exception.

In the Blogger Bracelet Race, I let greed get in the way of keeping to my guns with my strategy. I don't recall exact details, but after a few limpers, and with blinds building up to 200/400, I pushed my 6k stack either on the B, SB or BB. I had A 7 and was called by A J and did not improve. I went out 17th, but I wasn't really concerned with where I placed. I was concerned that I completely went against my usual play and just suckered myself out of the tourney. As the hand ended, I pictured Ron Burgundy jumping into the bear pit in Anchorman. His quote noted above echoed throughout my noggin'.

Whenever I see limpers coming into my B, SB or BB, I immediately look at my push option to determine if those chips in the middle can be mine. Sometimes it makes sense to get my chips in the middle and take down the hand without a battle. However, when it goes against the strategy I've established to give myself the best chance to win a tournament, then it is just plain tarded to go against the grain. I'd like to say lesson learned, but I've done it enough times that I think I need to write a few more posts like this to burn it into my brain.



Tonight we get back to the Battle Of The Blogger Tournaments, with The MATH tournament, and I must say it's none too soon. At the last blonkey event, I just missed the final table and money, so I'm ready to get back on track. I'm currently at 15th on the leaderboard and I can smell a top 10 after this week.

On a side note, if you see ChapelncHill at your table tonight, be sure and tell him hello. That's my older brother and it's been cool having him play and/or rail in some of these events lately. We live far enough away that we don't see each other very often, so hanging with him on the virtual felt has been hella cool. This will be his 3rd or 4th online blogger event and he has even played in a G-Vegas live event at Bad Blood's house. He's the only other person in my family who probably thinks about poker as much or more than I. That said, in case you are reading this bro, here is the info to sign up...

posted by TripJax @ 1:02 PM,

2 Comments:

At 12:18 AM, Blogger BSN said...

Can't believe I got sucked out on holding the hammer!

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

I need to start playing more of these or I'll lose my spot.

 

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