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295 Dollar Baby

FS05 Game 10 Recap

Wou-Tang has a posse. With my departure from Globe, Jeopardy’s upcoming one, and the Big Boss Man dropping from the ranks of the regulars, the GIK Clan has found themselves short on members.  However, Wou-Tang has set out to build a crew bigger and better than the previous generation. Recruiting players from all across the Globe, Wou-Tang introduced the Tour to his new clan members, Rob V, Tae, Izzy, and Caroline at Richville. With a new group backing him in the venue where he earned his nickname, the Wou-Tang set out to silently assissinate the rest of the field.

It was Izzy, a new GIK member, who sparked what has to be one of the craziest hands on the Tour since last season’s infamous AA vs. AA vs. QQ hand where King Richard sucked out a Queen on the flop to crack both Eastwood’s and Prefontaine’s Aces. This week it was Izzy going All-In with AJ only to be called by Carlo who held JJ who was then called by Max who held QQ and finally as Alison was last to act she proclaimed “I hope I have Aces under here.” And indeed she did and made the easy call. 4 players to the flop, 3 of them All-In, and Max (a distant second to Alison’s rockets) had everyone covered. Yet, once again the Queen reigned supreme when the Queen hit the flop. Max effectively ended Alison’s run on Final Tables while simultaneously clearing out half of his table.

Another player who finds comfort at a Richville Final Table is the Cooler. Controlling the action, the Cooler was clearly the table captain and chip leader. That was until Eastwood made a stand and delivered the one-two punch that would put the Cooler on life support. Raising to $1,600 under the gun, Eastwood came back over the top of the Cooler by committing the remaing $1,000 of his tournament life. The Cooler thought for a moment but finally decided that Eastwood didn’t have enough to push him out of this hand and made the call with KQ. To the amazement of the rail, Eastwood showed his T9. Eastwood was able to draw out a 9 to stay alive.

Now crippled and on the IV drip, the Cooler was suffering on the short stack where he finally had to push with KT. He was called by Eastwood who used his JJ to pull the plug and put Keith out of his misery.

The Cooler’s 4th place finish was quickly followed by Cheyenne’s 3rd leaving Eastwood to do battle with the Silent Assassin. Avoiding the deadly strikes of the Wou-Tang for most of the Heads-Up match, Eastwood was finally able to silent the assassin’s QQ with A5.

Even with a new Clan at his back, Wou-Tang was unable to avoid the knockout blow delivered by the Spring Season Champion and now two time winner, Chris Eastwood.

The Complex Flush Out Will Call

FS05 Game 11 Recap

Basic tournament strategy states if your opponents are going to draw on you, you need to make them pay. Well the Tour found out this week that there is no price Will Call won’t pay to hit his dear draws. On a night where he made High Noon look like Dan Harrington, Will Call hit an improbable yet amazing amount of his draws.

It started early on when I flopped the wheel only to have Will Call me all the way to the river with 8d6d where he hit the diamond to make his 8 high flush. Soon after he was moved to Table 3, where C-Mint was sitting on the big stack and controlling the action. He couldn’t control Will Call though who went All-In with Kh3h when he paired his King on the flop. Charles made the call holding KsKc for a set of Kings. With one heart on the flop Will would need to catch a miracle. The turn was the Ah and everyone just knew what was coming next…another heart and the miracle nut flush catch that Will Call was expecting.

From that point on Will Call seemed to call every bet that was to him if he was holding the ever precious “sooted” cards. Making another flush on the river–this time a 6 high flush–it began to become a huge part of his table image. The players were starting to become afraid to play with him anytime there was a flush possibilty on the board. Lo-Lo felt it was safe to go All-In on a rainbow flop but he was still called by Will who proclaimed “I need runner runner for the flush.” He didn’t catch his flush but he did river a straight to send another player to the rail.

The only player not afraid of the drawing power of Will Call was the First Lady. Making the play of the tournament, Jennifer was able to chop out the stack of the chip leader by simply making him pay for his draw. With a flop that contained two diamonds, Will Call led out with a $1,500 bet. The First Lady, who had witnessed the night’s craziness decided to push All-In with Ace-high knowing full well that not only was Will on the draw but that he would pay her off for the chance to hit it. And sure enough, he called with  no pair and a flush draw holding the Td6d. When the turn and river finally missed for Will he watched as the chip lead changed stacks to the First Lady.

With the C-Mint back to his old tricks of gathering chips and the First Lady making moves, Max and Will didn’t really stand a chance and both soon were eliminated by a Complex Crew that was hitting on all cylinders. The Final Showdown was a match up of two Complex Crew members deperately looking to get back into the winnner’s circle. The First Lady was hoping to prove to the Tour that she can take down her second win, while the Canadian Mint was looking to restore the legitimacy and fear that has been missing from his game since the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Heads-up was wild from the start. Charles held a 2-1 chip lead going in but that only lasted until the first hand when the First Lady went All-In with AQ and C-Mint called with K9. Jennifer’s AJ held up and she quickly took over the lead. But on the next hand holding AJ, the First Lady called C-Mint’s All-In. His pocket Kings held up and the chip lead changed hands again. Then on the very next hand, Jennifer pushed All-In with KT to be called yet again by the C-Mint who held K8. This time the dominated hand flopped an 8 and Charles was out in front until the turn brought the First Lady a 10 and the chip lead again.

It was an intense showdown that looked like it could go either way at any moment. And then the First Lady called the Mint’s All-In. The Mint held A6; the First Lady was dominating with AJ. Needing to dodge a 6 for the win, the First Lady’s heart sank as the first card off the deck was indeed the Mint’s 6. From there the First Lady was unable to rally back the lead. On the Final Hand of the tournament she moved All-In with JJ and C-Mint called and outdrew her with A3. Mint not only flopped an Ace but he rivered another Ace just to be sure.

With the Complex Crew holding down 3 of the top 5 in the Overall Standings, it’s good to see the Canadian has regained the game that has made him so Mint.

He Will Call

FS05 Game 12 Recap

Last week Will Call was as close as he’d ever been to his first Tour win when he caught lightning in a bottle to hit draw after draw. However, the cork came undone down the stretch and he lost all his thunder as the Complex Crew busted him in 3rd place. Looking for another shot at victory, Will came into Oak Street determined as ever.

Another player looking determined for a 4th Street first was the First Lady. Heading into the final game of the season, Jennifer held a one point advantage over Alison the Sandwoman for the Fall Season Title. The First Lady needed just to finish ahead of Alison in order to secure her first season title, but when she busted in 31st it opened the door to victory for the Sandwoman.

Now all Alison had to do to earn the title was make the final table. This proved to be a harrowing task that she nearly couldn’t pull off. Down to two tables, Alison found herself in a three way All-In with her tournament life on the line up a against a dominating hand by the Sandman. But the Sandwoman was able to escape the clutches of the rail when she hit runner-runner hearts to four flush her way back into the game. After this triple up, it was cruise control until the Final Table. She now only had to worry about finishing better than 8th but that worry didn’t last long as two players busted on the Final Table bubble to make a starting table of 7 and thus securing Alison’s Fall Season championship title.

Sandman’s Dirtbag Crew represented themselves well at Oak Street. As the Sandwoman finished in 7th with her season title in hand, Lo-Lo followed with a 5th place finish, and the Sandman began to pick up the pace and make a push for his 6th Tour win. The push became a shove as that was his only move heading into the Showdown where he was up against Will Call who was sitting on the big stack.  Significantly out chipped, the Sandman was forced to move on his first two opening hands. Slowly pulling himself back into the match, the Sandman shoved ’em All-In yet again with AQ. And as we all know, Will will indeed call (and rightfully so considering the stack sizes), this time with A8. In a dominating position, Vaughn was looking to make a huge push to try and gain some control. But the one thing he couldn’t control were the cards. Will Call hit not one, but two eights to send the Sandman home.

Week 11 saw Will Call use up all of his come-from-behind-steam early and he found himself fading down the stretch. But this week he was able to hold onto it a little longer. In true Will Call fashion, he earned his first Tour win by outdrawing the Sandman.

Oliver Twists His Way to First Major Title

Fall Brawl II Recap

Falls were made for Brawls. Seasons were made for Majors. And the Slosser brothers were made for playing short stacks.

The 4SPT Majors are where players come out to shine and this year’s Fall Brawl II was no different. We had Alison “The Sandwoman”, Kevin “Seattle Slew”, Chris “Eastwood”, and King Richard all looking to become the first player to win a season title and major championship. There was Dino “The KCBP”, and Charles “The Canadian Mint” looking to become the first ever two time major winners. Von Sandman and Richie Rich both sit atop the Tour all-time win list, but neither have secured a major title. So many storylines that all failed to follow through, as this year’s Fall Brawl II had a final featuring two players battling for their first ever 4SPT win.

Feigning disinterest for much of the match by reading a book at the table, Oliver quickly found himself sitting on a severe short stack. Down to the felt with only $125 left–just enough to cover the big blind and ante–Oliver found himself in a spot remiscent to that of his brother’s first win. As fate would have it, Oliver would begin his short stack comeback by doubling through his brother Max.

As we all all remember, it was Max’s first win that truly defined the chip and a chair notion. Back then, Max found himself All-In with just enough to cover the big blind and ante. So it was like a passing of the torch as the author of the poker corner article‘Short Stacking and Other Things’ helped to jump start a run that would not stop until the finals. Soon after his double up, the Rabbit Eater was moved to Table 2 where he quickly hopped up to the chip lead, acculumating chips and head hunter bounties at a rapid rate.

Oliver was able to carry this momentum through to the Final Table where he collected even more bounties and amassed a stack of more and more chips. With the Fall Brawl II Championship Belt and first Tour win in sight, the Rabbit Eater faced the Storm Heads-Up. For a moment, it looked like the Storm would be able to stop the force that was pushing Oliver to the finish but on this night there was just no denying the Rabbit Eater. And when Oliver filled up with 6s full of Queens, the win and Championship became official.

Playing with a heavy heart, Oliver was able to shine through the dark clouds of a Storm to brighten up the Tour with his first Major Title.

New Tricks, Same Old Dog

WS05 Game 1 Recap

To celebrate the arrival of the second Winter Season 4SPT schedule, we decided to shake things up a little bit. In the past year and a half that we’ve been hosting games, the level of play seems to get increasingly tougher as each week passes. Therefore, I felt it would benefit everyone to add a few more chips to the mix and get us all playing within a schedule closer resembling that of what is being played at casino tournaments. I conferred with the 4th Street Poker Tour Rules Committee and devised a new schedule that I feel keeps the balance of the home game feel (keeping it within the 4-5 hour range) while adding a new dimension of play (deeper stacks and more chips in play).

With all the new chips in play, the action was fast and furious. This came as a surprise to the Rules Committee. We actually thought increased starting chips would slow the game down a little at the start. However, the aggressive players proved that theory wrong by coming out of the gates firing away.

Two players who took the most advantage were Cheyenne “The Fist” and the Laurent “Mad Dog.” Early on the Fist was knocking people around and taking pots, building an ever increasing chip lead. But the Mad Dog was able to keep pace with him all night long, chasing him down to the end like a Mad Dog to wheels. Dominating all night long, Cheyenne looked to be well on his way to his first Tour win. At any given time it looked as if his stack had to be double that of anyone else in the field and there seemed to be no answer for his constant raising.

Beware the Dog.

Having two big chip leaders left us with a Final Table that had players hanging on to a thread for their tournament life. That thread would quickly snap as the Mad Dog tore through players at an astounding pace. Never meeting a starting hand he couldn’t call an All-In with, the Dog began to pick off the Final Table two players at a time. On two seperate occassions he was involved in a three-way All-In confrontation where he came out on top, thus eliminating four people in two hands.

Even the Fist looked a little stunned. Though we was able to steer clear of harms way, he recognized that the tables were turning. Where once it was Cheyenne using pure aggression to bully the rest of the field, it was now the Mad Dog who was putting the Fist to the test on every single turn of the cards. Soon the same feeling of helplessness that the Fist gave the Tour began to sink in and Cheyenne found himself calling off the rest of his now short stack with Jack high to give the Mad Dog his second Tour win.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I guess it doesn’t matter. Because the same old Mad Dog used the same old tricks for the same old results – a win.