Crown Melbourne Part 4

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Anyone play APL/888 pub tournaments?
 

MrKK

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Anyone play APL/888 pub tournaments?
I do. It's a bit of cheap fun and gets me out of the house one night a week. I don't have the bankroll for live NLH nor know enough interested folks to start a home game, so pub poker fills a void for me.
 

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I do. It's a bit of cheap fun and gets me out of the house one night a week. I don't have the bankroll for live NLH nor know enough interested folks to start a home game, so pub poker fills a void for me.
Do you play at the same venue every week or do you mix it up? Haven't played one of these yet, but I'm interested over the next few months, plenty of western suburbs venues I could rock up to any old night. Used to go to Crown like every 6 months in my late teens/early twenties for their minimum cash game buy in, but only played the occasional cash game with mates or at the footy/cricket club while drinking since.

Is it winner takes set prize pool amount or do they hand minor prizes to final table participants also? Also is it straight cash they pay out or do you have to set up an account or something?

How many chips do you normally start with/blinds etc?
 

JezzasOnTheAsphalt

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Do you play at the same venue every week or do you mix it up? Haven't played one of these yet, but I'm interested over the next few months, plenty of western suburbs venues I could rock up to any old night. Used to go to Crown like every 6 months in my late teens/early twenties for their minimum cash game buy in, but only played the occasional cash game with mates or at the footy/cricket club while drinking since.

Is it winner takes set prize pool amount or do they hand minor prizes to final table participants also? Also is it straight cash they pay out or do you have to set up an account or something?

How many chips do you normally start with/blinds etc?
It's not winner take all, assuming the numbers are decent, the last few remaining players all get paid. All in straight out cash.

Number of chips and buy in varies across venues, blind levels go up quickly though.

It's usually a good atmosphere and a relaxed night to have a drink and play some cards!
 

MrKK

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Do you play at the same venue every week or do you mix it up? Haven't played one of these yet, but I'm interested over the next few months, plenty of western suburbs venues I could rock up to any old night. Used to go to Crown like every 6 months in my late teens/early twenties for their minimum cash game buy in, but only played the occasional cash game with mates or at the footy/cricket club while drinking since.

Is it winner takes set prize pool amount or do they hand minor prizes to final table participants also? Also is it straight cash they pay out or do you have to set up an account or something?

How many chips do you normally start with/blinds etc?
They have a formula for number of spots paid, usually about 10% of the field. My local venue has a $500 prize pool guaranteed although I've never seen it not get enough players to cover it. We average 30-40 players with most of them regulars so it's fairly social.

Just be aware that the stacks start deep but blinds go up ridiculously fast later on and it's a bingo shovefest by the final table. Chip leader to start the final table will usually be around 15 big blinds. Treat it as a chance to have a drink and play some cards rather than a test of serious poker and it's enjoyable.

The special events you can qualify for have better structures.
 

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Yeah had a crack at one of my local venues, made it to the final table from about 25, came equal 4th, me and another guy were KOd by the second biggest stack when we were both short stacked through our round of blinds, so our hands were forced.

Was a decent night though, played for nearly 3 hours so I got my moneys worth, just missed out on the money, was for the top 3.

Conservative play does work I think up against more aggressive players who can lose their chips and stacks easily from underestimating their opponents, but I'd want more chips behind me at a final table, only had 82k with 15/30k blinds and 3k ante, shoved with aces first hand there, they held against A10, but didn't win another pot after that, got whittled down by antes and the next round of blinds, but a few were eliminated before I was. I could've folded right through and came third as 3 positions across from me someone else with a short stack was doing exactly that and had no intention of putting her chips on the line, but I don't think it would have been the right productive play, if my QJ all in against 9s would've paid off then I could've whittled away at first and second with 3 and a half big blinds after the non caller would've had to have shoved 2 hands later, but anyways.

I think next time I play I'd want to be relatively unscathed early on, pick up some pots here and there, but once the blinds go up to medium $$$ that's the time to take a risk, nail some cards, nail some bluffs and build a stack in order to be in good shape for the final table.

Think I shoved 6-7 times throughout the night, won 3-4 times, chopped once, lost twice including when I was eliminated. Had a king high flush early in, got rolled by 8s full of 9s there (river paired with a 9 from his pocket 8s), lol, didn't really recover from that one in order to play aggressively with some security in order of a decent stack for back up, had to play tight and measured after that, but I picked the right moments and had some luck at least. Lost a bit of cash early on being sucked in by chasing draws, but I seemed to get a few sets throughout the night at least, won a decent pot all in with a Broadway straight, had 910 OS, flopped a king high straight, ace came on the turn, the two callers had two pair each I think AQ vs JK, but no ten there, so no chop. Doubled up with a pair of jacks with an ace kicker, guy shoved on me with 107 on a J97 board, I think it was blind vs blind here, I felt he didn't have 108, so I was correct there, that double up saw me through to the final table.

But yeah, it's something I can probably do once a month or something, probably have more time for it later in the year. Good to last that long first up though, some of these people gamble for a living and play 3-4-5 times a week, among the more social/occasional players.
 
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