I won a ticket to the PokerListing’s $15K EPT Steps Freeroll today based on my VPP points accumulated throughout the month. It was a nice, quite Sunday afternoon. I got a glass of wine, and settled in for what I expected would be a relaxing day (after all it was a freeroll) of online poker. I was joined by 1,761 other players from around the world.
On the very first hand, I picked-up pocket Kings, UTG. As I’ve mentioned before, K-K has not treated me especially well. Regardless, with the blinds at 10-20, I raised 80, to 100. The player in seat 8, Ty.Saba, called. Then, darioandres9, in the cut-off seat, went all-in for 2,000. After a brief pause, I called. And, was subsequently joined by Ty.Saba. Ty.Saba had A-9, both spades, and darioandres9 had Queens. The flop came: J-6-T. The turn was a 7 and the river an 8.
I believe that’s the first time that I’ve been knocked-out of an online tournament in the very first hand
With plenty of afternoon and wine left, I thought I’d try my “luck” again. I checked thePokerStars Tournament Lobby, and there was a “new” Mixed NLHE/PLO (6-Max) game starting in a couple of minutes. It cost a grand total of 55 cents to play. Out of 675 players; after 2 hours, and 11 minutes, I finished 66th for a total payout of $1.01 .