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Poker Pundit - Jeremy “Chipsteela” Menard - The PLB Contest

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Hey what’s up guys?  When you last heard from me I was shipping a pretty decent score in the Sunday Brawl and also a new house. After having one of the best weeks of poker of my life I was really starting to feel like I was getting the ball rolling and I could just continue crushing. It was at this time that a thread on the Pocketfives forums surfaced that brought up the idea of a team PLB contest between some of online poker’s greatest players. If you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, Pocketfives is a respected online tournament poker website with a large public forum, and also a world renowned ranking system for the top 100 players in online poker.

This contest was already garnering support from a few players ranked in the top 10 including Moorman1, Gboro780, DJK123, and Doc Sands. The list of players looking to get involved included basically the who’s who of online poker currently, so naturally I was looking to get in there and try to prove I could compete with these sickos. Who cares if I wouldn’t see sunlight for two weeks, pride was at stake.  

A few days after the thread was created there was a list of over 60 players all looking to put up the 1k buy in to get involved in the contest. It was decided that some people would volunteer to be captains and a snake draft format would be used to pick the teams, much like that used to pick fantasy football teams if you’re into that. It was to begin on November 1 and finish on November 11th, so it would include a lot of the FTOPS events that were going on that month. Basically how the contest works is that when a person cashes in a tournament they will be given points based on how well they finished, this score is also decided by the tournament’s buy-in and the size of the field. The top 30 scores from each team would be counted, with a maximum of 10 scores allowed by one person.  

With the insane list of players and the fact that there were only 12 teams, I was a little surprised when I got selected pretty early in the 2nd round. Regardless, I was stoked to get down to business. Some other notable players on my team included highly ranked players theczar18 and XXjondXX, a player who had recently been ranked in the top 10. Like me, these guys were no strangers to grindin’ out long sessions with 12 or more tournaments going at once, so I figured we definitely had a chance to take this bitch down.

The contest started on the perfect day, a Sunday. With the ridiculous amount of tourneys running I figured I could get a few decent scores and hopefully help my team get a leg up on the competition. As the day went by it became more and more obvious that this probably wasn’t going to happen. I did manage to take down a 30 rebuy tournament later that night on UB, and though I’m sure that score was intimidating to other teams whose members were shipping 5-figure scores no problem, we still had a long way to go.  The next day I found myself with nice stacks deep in some pretty big tourneys, but somehow, someway I managed to find a way to bubble an absurd amount of final tables. My favorite being when I lost A-Q to Q-3o, when a Brazilian player who was clearly playing on a level way above what many could dream of, decided he was tired of me raising and was going to make a play with a hand that has such great showdown value. Obviously he binked the 3 for a large pot, and I was left wondering if that hand was even real. Thankfully one of my teammates was able to win a 100 rebuy on PokerStars and put some points on the board, because I damn sure wasn’t getting’ it done.  It was time to crank up the heat.

I decided that if I put in some crazy volume then I would be able to make some decent scores, especially if I played some more mid stakes buy in tourneys with weaker fields. Though this idea was good in theory, the only thing it really accomplished doing was driving me to the brink of insanity. Over and over I would build stacks in tourneys, only to see my dreams get shattered as I found a way to bubble final table after final table. There were a few times where I had such large stacks where it seemed impossible for me to screw it up, but then some insane hand would go down that would result in yet another disappointment.

The other members of my team were having similar problems, and it began to look like we were doomed to mediocrity regardless of how well we were playing. It didn’t help that the team of basically all lagtard Euros was averaging at least a win a day and Doc Sands was running through tourneys like an angry hoard of Vikings raping and pillaging villages.

Finally the contest came to an end a few days later, right before I was going to swear off poker for the rest of my life. With the way my team was running collectively I don’t think we really had much of a shot, but we did actually finish in the top 7 which isn’t too terribly bad I suppose. Still, I had fun talking strategy with the rest of my team members and sweating them when they were deep, so it wasn’t all bad. I just wish that I could have closed a few of those tournaments I was deep in, since this was such a great chance to show the rest of the top ranked players that I am someone they don’t want to get involved with. Meh, that’s poker…

Alright guys, that’s all for now. Look for a full review of my experiences at the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure in my next few entries. With how epic this tournament has become in the online community, I’m sure I’ll have some good stories to tell.

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