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Written by: Dave Colclough (2004-12-30 22:41:49)
My last event of the year was the $15,000 entry Five Diamonds Main Event at the
Bellagio, Las Vegas. Finding the full 15 big ones for the entry fee, was a dent
in my bankroll. In the past, I have always done remarkably well in satellites or
super satellites, and nearly always win a seat in US main events. If anyone were
visiting a US festival, I would highly recommend playing in as many super
satellites as possible. The standard of play is usually the easiest that you
will find anywhere, and they are often played in a much more jovial atmosphere.
Almost 400 dreamers coughed up this huge entry fee to battle for a first prize
of over $1.7 million. Now, that's life changing! And anyone can win, or so they
say. Not this time. The best all round tournament player in the world, Daniel
Negranau, added the loot to his petty cash account. Daniel also secured the US
Player of the Year title at the same time, whilst I finished a threatening 200th
I had been having a good first day, building my chips up
to 60,000, before slipping back to 50,000. Daniel neatly extracted 10,000 chips
from me, having turned a 'set'* of twos. Calling Daniel for 6,000 on the river
was one of possibly three mistakes I made in this event. The other two mistakes
were not winning enough chips when I had the best hand.
When I am not producing regular good results I get very
analytical of my play, and very critical. I believe these attributes are vital
to remain a profitable player. Since winning the £100,000 event at the London
Victoria in July, I have only made 2 final tables in almost 70 events, compared
to a 25% average in the first half of the this year, and an incredible 33% average
last year. Keeping records is also mandatory in my book. These tell me something
is clearly going wrong.
It would be easy to say I was just running unlucky, having
finished just outside the final table in around 15 of these recent events. A
little bad luck usually leads to a few minor mistakes as well though. It is
important to recognise and minimise these before they lead to regular and bigger
mistakes. You would be amazed at how many full time professionals, or
ex-professionals, declare that they were unlucky every single time they are
knocked out of a tournament. Devilfish, possibly the best tournament player
in Europe, is actually a prime example of this. It is never his mistake.
Anyway, at the end of the first day I am sat with
around 50,000 chips and looking at Aces in my big blind. David Chui raises
in late position and Kido calls. I re-raise three times the previous bet,
and they both pass after long dwell ups. The very next hand, I look at two
Queens on the small blind, and Kido raises in late position.
It's late in the day, I was comfortable, Kido has more
chips than me, and had position. So, I don't really want to play a flop.
(If an Ace or a King hits the flop, I would have to check giving him opportunity
to steal). So I decided to over raise almost 5 times his raise, hoping he will
pass, and I will just pick up the chips in the middle. He thinks for a long
time (so I assume he doesn't have Aces or Kings) and then calls. The flop
appeared 9,9,3 and looked relatively safe. Surely he wouldn't call with a
pair as small as threes ?
He had called me pre-flop believing I didn't have a
second, consecutive big hand. So, I decide to trap check him. He obliged by
betting 13,000; something close to the pot. So I now move my whole stack in,
to be immediately called by his 9,10 of diamonds. This hand I do consider
unlucky. It wasn't a bad beat. The majority of the chips went in when my
opponent had the best hand. However, it was an unlucky sequence of events
that allowed me to lose all my chips.
The reason for mentioning Kido, who owns a dental empire
in Texas, and Devilfish in the same article though, was so that I could recall
one of those funny poker moments that seem to follow Mr.Ulliot about. It happened
in the early hours of the morning in a huge Omaha cash game. Kido and Devilfish
were the two big winners in the game, and both had over $30,000 in front of
them. They are both very out-going characters that had been enjoying the
banter all night.
A huge pot developed where Devilfish had raised Kido $20,000 with 'the nuts'**.
Kido though, had a huge flush and straight draw. Devilfish started to goad Kido,
“go on call, if you lose I will give you half back”. I assume Devilfish was doing
this because he thought that he was a huge favourite, with one card to come.
Kido though, was not to be out done, “I'll call for sure, under one condition.
If I win the pot, every time you meet me in the card room, you have to say 'Hi
Kido, you are the daddy,' and he picked up his chips ready to call, if he got
Devilfish's nod. After 30 seconds of thought, Devilfish decided the risk of
humiliation wasn't worth 20 large. It was only dollars anyway. And he told Kido
to pass his hand... I guess money isn't everything, even at the biggest poker
*'a set' is an oft used American term. If you sit with a
pair in your hand and the flop shows a third, then you have 'a set'.
**'the nuts' is the best possible hand at that time.
See you next week,