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.