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Poker Tournament!

Yesterday, after a full day of cleaning and such (the apartment's almost livable! Yay!), Sora and I (along with shardavarius, and xaandria came along too but go bored pretty quickly (sorry!)) went to the Child's Play charity poker tournament at the Comic Stop in Lynnwood. Gabe and Tycho were there, as well as Scott Kurtz, and Kris Straub was at the store but didn't actually play in the tournament.

The tournament structure was a bracket-style set of single-table tournaments. There were eight tables with eight people each - the winner of each table went to the final table.

As a result, as heads-up play dragged on, the last table from the first round finished at about 1 AM (from a starting time of 9 PM). My own table finished around 12:15, with a heads-up battle between me and another guy in which the lead changed several times. Finally, I got lucky for a couple hands in a row (after giving away several blinds while tossing away pretty much every hand I had for a while because I couldn't buy a frickin' face card) and won my table. (This is where I ran out to get food for myself and Sora, accompanied by my coworker Zac who happened to be at the tournament as well.) When I got back with food, Sora soon found herself in heads-up play, which she fought well but ultimately lost. Everyone was getting tired at that point, but we had another table ahead of us...

The final table went much faster. The eight of us all knew how to play the game, and we were cycling two decks. Once we got down to four people, nobody had really taken a dominating position, and people were starting to get a little bit punch-drunk. It was a fun game indeed, but I (unintentionally) sneakily built up a pretty big stack while nobody seemed to be paying attention. When the fourth player finally dropped, it became apparent that I'd taken the lead. The third player followed relatively quickly, and we went to heads-up.

I've developed my heads-up play pretty well, I think. It's always been something I've been good at - I tend to take first place at tournaments more often than second, but less often than third. In this particular case, we went back and forth for a while, until I went all-in (from slightly behind) with two face cards (KQo, I think). The other guy had KTo (again, I think), which put me in a pretty good position. The flop was, I think, K-J-x, and the river a queen, giving me two pair but him a straight draw. Of course, the ace came on the river, and he took first place.

The final two prizes were two Penny Arcade laser cels. One was the Cardboard Tube Samurai, and the other Dr. Rvaen Darktalon Blood. He chose the former, and I took the latter, and we finally got to go home a little after 3 AM. But it was a fantastic night, and all told I'm pretty happy with the way I played.

And then we woke up around 12:45 in the afternoon. Sleep was good.
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