Aces Don’t Hold Up Twice At Hamburg Masters
I recently played a big tourney at the Hamburg Masters. It was a three day event that went to 3 a.m. on the first two days so it was definitely an event for night owls. In this tourney I made it deep and finished with a respectable 11th place finish but it was a roller coaster ride for me.
I lost my chips early on with pocket aces against pocket kings when the guy accidentally backed into a club flush with one of his kings and cracked my aces. I lost 75% of my starting stack in that hand in level 1.
I fought back, after 2 more setbacks that drove right down to half my chips after I managed to get back to my starting stack, but then things kind of calmed down for me and I could slowly but surely chip up. At the end of day 1 I was a little below average and not in a desperate position to go into day 2.
Day 2 brought no major surprises nor disappointments and after another marathon poker day I made it into the money and play was done for the day when the bubble burst. I was a little above chip average and actually in rank 6 entering the final day.
In day 3, I didn’t make it to the final table since I got aces again and again they were cracked by a flush.
So in summation, on day 3 I lost half my stack with 2 pair against a 2 pair that was dominated by mine but the river paired the board and gave the guy a boat. Then a few hands later I shipped it with aces (and I was really looking for a call since with aces you really can’t do anything else). I got the call from K-J of spades and the flop brought 2 spades, the 3rd spade came right on the turn and I was cracked by a flush! Well aces are ONLY an 80% hand!
So all in all I am very happy. I made it deep and was very short early on. I came in 11th and almost tripled the buy in AND I got a pic with the tournament director along with a glass of champagne! So all is good! Also, the food and drinks were all free for all three days and it was a gault millau cuisine which is very, very high end. We had lobster, filet, fish, truffles and similar delicacies every day so who can complain about any of that!