Holdem' For Habitat World Series 2008
So, here I was, back at Jake's for the 2008 Holdem' For Habitat World Series. If the memory of last year isn't as fresh in your mind as it is in mine, I'll recap: I finished third losing to a 12-year old boy with a bad all-in push. You know who remembers the person who finished third? The person who finished third. Tonight was a chance to redeem myself. I had qualified earlier in the year and therefore I didn't have to make a last ditch effort at the previous night's last chance play. I convinced a co-worked to go play and he actually knocked out last year's second place finisher Leslie James (of Rock 98.3) . Bingo, no return of her to cause problems. Had, Isaac the now 13-year-old qualified? Nope, he was not in attendance either. Seriously, the only two players who beat me last year were not playing. I know, I know, that's not how it works, but I didn't have that monkey on my back as I took my seat. For the record I didn't have a monkey on my shirt, or hat for that matter. I busted out a different hat: a fedora. I brought my Binions Casino chip protector (the casino that I actually played a final table in a cash tournament at) and my sunglasses. This was the World Series (of Jakes) but I was taking the classy approach. Now, this year was very different in the sense that I knew almost everyone playing. Last year I knew a few players, but the unfamiliarity made it easier to mix up my play and have them guessing whether I was bluffing, or just getting lucky. With the other players knowing me much better this year, it was harder to sneak under the radar. I will say that I made a mental note to change my style of play for tonight. I played a much more aggressive game and hit some good hands early on. It worked and I did stumble with a few hands, but kept enough chips to make it to the first round of losing a table and shrinking the field. I seemed to stay pretty even as more and more players continued to bust out. I did have a few all-in moments where I was able to double-up and boost my chip stack, but I wasn't on the edge of elimination all night long either. As we were down to two tables it started to look like making the final table was a reality. I was getting down in chips and went all-in once again. I was able to triple-up my chips and actually have a decent stack as the final table was set. One other man, Bob, who was at the final table last year, was the other big-stack. He was a tough player, and as other players continued to bust out, his chip stack grew more than mine. Soon thought we were down to four, and then a few hands later it was just Bob and I. Last year, I really regretted making a big push, prior to heads-up play. So, here I was, heads-up against Bob, and honesty he knew how to play heads-up. The blinds were getting very expensive and I was dealt Q 3. I knew it wasn't the best possible hand, but I had a high card, so I called his all-in bet (thinking he could be bluffing). He turned over A Q. I was doomed, but the flop came 3 Q A. Well, I was still doomed, but the cards were turned over slow and one at a time, so for a brief moment, I was behind, then a head, then behind again. Another Ace followed and I was done. So, last year I finished third and this year I finished second. Last year I won a printer and this year I won a printer. Last year I lost to a 12-year old boy and this year I lost to Bob, who I think is slightly older than 12. He finished 5th last year, so I actually have a slightly better finishing position average (it's all about averages in sports and poker is a sport). Of course, everyone remembers who finished first, and who will remember who finished second. Hmmm...probably myself and Bob. I guess that's an improvement.
I'll be back next year. First place is still within my sights.
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