Today I played in a first WBCOOP Event-1 NL Holdem tournament. Late registration was quite long - 90 minutes and it had 422 Entrants. When I started the tournament, I did not pull any big bluffs, or anything major, however was happy with my play. I was really card dead, every time when I had a flush, my opponent had a full house, situations like that. However, I was not frustrated about it, it was just a variance. One time I was even down to 2000-2500 chips, when the average chip amount was just above 11,000 chips. But I quickly recovered back, and continued my normal play.
In one of the hands I managed to get a 7 card flush.
After that I was bluffing with Pocket fives, on a board where flush and full house were possible to have. However, my opponent called a raise on a river with just Queen high and I took the pot (have not expected to win it at all).
Nothing much happened for quite some time, for the most of the time I had slightly lower than average chip stack, when shoved my small stack with Kings. It was only one person left to act and BOOM, what I see - it is a pair of Aces I'm against. Of course I was thinking that that's where my play is going to end, flop did not bring anything, neither did turn, but BOOM again and this time I got a king on a river! This hand woke me up a little and even made me laugh.
While playing I have noticed a player macijauskas, who is from Lithuania, my home country. I was surprised of how he managed to become a tournament chip leader (With more than 100,000 chips), then quickly lost a half of his chip stack, then went down to about 20,000 chips and then eventually finished in a 120th place. Quickly after that Pokerstars Pro player and a friend of mine Dave Philip was eliminated in a 114th place.
At that time I was still in a tournament. During the tournament never had way above the average tournament chip stack, but was happy about my play, I was not too passive. It took some time to reach the money (tickets with the money value), and quickly after that two more Lithuanian players got bust. In total, with me included there were at least 4 Lithuanian players playing in a tournament. After that stage I have not built my stack up till the average size, but was happy when I was guaranteed to win at least an 11$ worth SCOOP tournament ticket. Blinds were increasing, had about 12,000 chips left, when the average was 70,000. I shoved with AJ and lost to AA (however, managed to catch a Jack ha ha). So, was out in a 56th place, what is a very nice result, especially when I have not played poker for quite a while. I have won an 11$ ticket without making any investment, thanks to Pokerstars and their WBCOOP promotion.
After slightly less than 9 hours the tournament was over.
The TOP 3 results are as follows:
Thank you for reading, next WBCOOP Tournament I am planning to play in is an Event Number 5 - NLHE Shootout.
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Best of luck,