ITH VIP tourney

I was right that going deep in the VIP event would catapult me up the rankings. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that. Suited, on the other hand, followed my plan to a T. She finished 6th and is not 6th in the overall rankings. She plays a very solid, tight game that does well in ITH events. She got short-stacked in the middle, but doubled up twice and was back in the thick of things very quickly.

I made a few interesting (and probably bad) decisions with JJ. Early on chrisjp limped in EP, I raised, another player called and chris pushed. I was in a bad position and had to fold. In hindsight, I know that Chris knew I was in a bad position and would have a hard time calling and I really didn’t think Chris was the kind of guy to limp-raise a big pair in that situation. I should have played that hand for all his chips there. Much later in the event, I re-raised an early raiser with JJ. He had been a bit aggressive with pre-flop raises and I thought I had a good chance to push him off the pot. Instead, he pushed with KK. I knew I was in trouble, but the push wasn’t that many more chips and I had to call, in case he had AK. I never really recovered from that hand and busted out near the middle of the field.

We had a great weekend. I took Suited for little getaway to an amazing Inn and restaurant. We had a 20 year old Sancerre with our first few courses. To be honest, I never imagined you could hold a Sancerre for 20 years, but it held up surprisingly well.  It didn’t last quite like a classic white Burgundy would have, but it had a complexity you wouldn’t associate with Sancerre.  We also had a stunning half bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape from the amazing 1998 vintage.  One course that was particularly memorable was a diver’s scallop that was encrusted in bits of black truffle and was so good you wanted to cry.  We staggered up the stairs to our room and crashed into a food and wine induced coma.  It was a splurge, but well worth it.

I’ve been playing very few cash games since the ITH schedule started.  I’m not sure this is a good thing, since I’m probably not even in the top echelon of ITH tourney players, but I’m a regular winner in cash games.  Somehow, I’m really enjoying tourney poker lately, but it seems like I’m giving away some serious EV.  Especially since Suited is kicking my butt.

By Nsidestrate

I'm a hard-core limit ring game poker player who is becoming a degenerate sports bettor. I'm sure it will all make more sense if you read on.