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Poker Tournament! [Oct. 22nd, 2006|01:40 pm]
Darth Paradox
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[music |Steely Dan - Deacon Blues]

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.

[User Picture]From: idothattopeople
2006-10-22 10:20 pm (UTC)
Dude, that's pretty exciting! I totally less-than-three Penny Arcade, and it's so awesome you got a laser cel! Congrats on doing so well in the tournament.
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[User Picture]From: carn_carby
2006-10-22 10:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats!!! You rock!!!! ^_^
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From: utricularian
2006-10-22 11:19 pm (UTC)
seattle's so much cooler than san francisco... dammit to hell

gratz tho!
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[User Picture]From: seorin
2006-10-23 03:30 am (UTC)
Congrats on the excellent games! I look forward to seeing your prize next time I visit you ;)

I may have seen a PA laser cel up close once but I honestly forget.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-10-24 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is indeed quite shiny.

On that note, how's Saturday?
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[User Picture]From: seorin
2006-10-24 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure what's going on this weekend, honestly. The fourth player in the Sunday game is in town this week and he will be flying back on Sunday, so I was thinking of moving the game to then if you are available. It could be normal or we could all gather here.

Either way I would be up for visiting you one of the two days this weekend. If Saturday is bad for game but good for visiting we can do that, or we could do the game on Saturday and then visit you on Sunday. We could avoid Saturday altogether and visit you on Sunday and I could run the game at your place from a laptop, too. I'm pretty open to suggestions.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-10-24 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, right, we'd discussed the game on Saturday earlier.

Saturday's fine for the game, then. And then Sunday we've got NaNoWriMo plans. And we'll just have to do the gaming thing another weekend...
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[User Picture]From: seorin
2006-10-24 11:47 pm (UTC)
Actually, after some discussion, I'm not sure he's going to be able to make the game this weekend no matter when it is. In fact, he'll be in Santa Barbara on Saturday.

So, considering that, the game can run whenever it's most convenient for you. I would like to visit so if you only have one day available I'd like to run the game from your place. It'll just be the four of us anyway.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-10-25 12:03 am (UTC)
Okay! Saturday at our place, then. You can show up any time, but let us know when you plan on being here.
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From: tcdohl
2006-10-24 05:32 am (UTC)
You were in the motherfucking Child's Play poker tournament, and you placed? Holy swear word! Holy really loud swear word!

Congratulations! You're not helping with quashing the impression that Seattle is some kind of geek social paradise, by the way.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-10-24 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thankye. I'm pretty damn proud.

And... there's a reason I'm not helping with that...
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