Last night, I attended my first Eastern Poker Tour (EPT) No Limit Hold’em tournament at Jose Murphy’s in Worcester, MA.
Per the Eastern Poker Tour website, I arrived promptly at 7:00. Okay… first sign of a newbie. No one was there except for the EPT floor manager who was setting up. I had 30 minutes to kill, so, I paced back and forth, checked e-mail and made a call.
At about 7:30 there were enough players to start taking seats. I wondered back over to the floor manager who gave me $10K in chips and a seat assignment. Around 7:45 we got started. Blinds started at $100/$200 and increased every 15 minutes. No antes.
First hand I’m dealt KK. Whoah – I LOVE this game! I’m thinking, “Let this be a sign of things to come in tonight’s tournament.” Fun, but, dilemma. I want to play it one way, but, it is the first freaking hand – I am new to this crowd – and – I don’t know how any of them play. So I hold back and play it soft betting 2x the big blind and get a few calls. Flop and I bet 4x the big blind and get called again. Turn = another bet, another call. River = check check. Showdown…I win…everyone except me shakes their head in disgust. 🙂
So night goes on. I get shuffled around to three tables, and, eventually, I make the final table. More play and I find myself playing heads up with a very decent amount of chips – plenty to take it down. I’m fatigued, but, lucky for me my opponent has been visible and verbal all night, so, I have somewhat of a sense for his game. Only problem…once heads up, I go card dead. Hummm…a challenge against a guy who has been checking down winners all night.
Ultimately, I placed second. Went all in with a very decent hand. Opponent one-upped me with an even more decent hand. Board was a blank and he took it down. I got some points for playing, points for placing and some cash. Placing 2 out of 20 was great for my first time with the EPT.
Biggest Donk Call
I had a ton of chips and we were down to 3 or 4. A player went all in. Everyone folded, so, I called thinking that it was an opportunity to knock a player out. Only problem was I had 8 4 off. Okay, Okay. I was tired, cranky and wanting to go home. He won that hand (and was out within 10 minutes).
Best Story of the Night
Like I said, these guys play together 4 nights a week. When the tournament started, two of the players at my table had been in a very memorable hand together the night before. The one on my right beat the player across the table from me. His quad Kings squashed the other player’s trip Aces! Now that hurts.
Funnest comment of the night
While considering whether to continue in a hand, I took a few extra moments. Two players to my left who were still in the hand said, “Well?”. I responded, “Well, I got two behind me and I’m thinking about how you guys play.” They burst into laughter and one says, “How we play? You probably got freaking Doyle Brunson on speed dial.” (Oh, yeah, baby. I’d love that!)