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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Of to France

Finally after 6hrs of play in a satellite for the EPT in Deaville, France.

PokerStars Tournament #4624413, No Limit Hold'emSuper SatelliteBuy-In: $360.00/$20.0098 playersTotal Prize Pool: $35280.00 Target Tournament #3251223 Buy-In: $2600.009 tickets to the target tournamentTournament started - 2005/01/22 - 18:00:00 (ET)
Dear Aces_Mike,
You finished the tournament in 1st place.You qualified to play in Tournament #3251223 and are automatically registered for it.See Tournament #3251223 Lobby for further details.In addition a $1,000.00 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

It was touch and go for a while, I lost two big pots early on with AK and was down to 1300 from initial 2500 chips. Patience prevailed and I climbed back up to 5000 without showing a hand. I dropped back to 4000 and when down to 30 or so I took a shot with 99 and it held up vs A10, shortly after I called an UTG raise with JJ. I had seen the guy raise from here with nothing so when the flop came 988 then 7 on the turn I called all his bets then a J hit the turn also bring a flush possibility. He moved in and I was up into the top 10 for the first time.

Patiently winning small pots here and there and also flopping a set of Queens vs a set of Jacks I made it to 2nd place with twenty left. It took forever to get to 16 players which was the bubble for the $380 consolation prizes. I was picking up no cards at this point and when I did pick up AK it cost me 6000. 9 places were up for grabs and I had been whittled down to 10th place with 11 left. I had 6000 and the blinds were 600,1200. A guy folded his small blind to me and was criticised by the other shortstack on the table. I was pleased when the guy replied ' Mike can play I did not want to double him up with a weak hand '. This seemed to satisfy the complainant who eventually went out on the bubble. I took as a sign to move in 3 pots in a row and was soon back up to 15000 and then Mr complaining reraised a big stack only holding QJ and found himself up against a lovelyBig slick which held up and I will be joining Milkybarkid in France.
Hopefully I can do better than my WPT effort although I don't ssuppose the Holiday will be anywhere near as good as the Bahama's !

Stay Lucky !