After winning back to back seniors events in the HPO series I was very excited to play the Columbus Hollywood Poker Open Seniors for a try at a hat trick.
The schedule came out in early/mid April and had a seniors, PLO and woman’s events. Just like all the rest of the HPO Regionals. About a week later I noticed the schedule had been changed. No Seniors. No Woman’s. No PLO.
I decided to make the 6 hour drive anyway and possibly win a seat for the HPO Main Event at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
The first event 5/16-17 was a 2 day $450 buy in. 331 runners competed over the 2 days. I made it until the second break.
Monday 5/19 was a $235 NLHE event that got 128 participants. We chopped the money 5 ways for $3749. I ended up 4th for the quest for the trophy. I busted out when I called an all in with AKo vs A9o.
Which ironically they had no trophies! Didn’t arrive in time. WTF?
Tuesday was another $235 and they paid 13. Finished 12th for a min cash.
Wednesday I played another $235, got schooled by local pro Shawn Cunix and bubbled. I was 4th on the leaderboard 4 points out of first and had decided if I cashed and got points I would continue to play.
I’m writing this several months after the fact and remember very little of the tournament. I had an uneventful tournament and went out pretty early.
Played 2 $140 daily’s for a min cash and a bubble.
Saw James Woods at the Seniors event and thought he must be in the area or be a local. Wrong. Turns out he’s a tournament grinder.
He has a little over $100,000 in cash’s and seems pretty active based on his Hendon Mob.
Coming off a trophy win at Penn National I was focused on the Seniors at Charlestown. I had met Lee Childs at Penn National and was very interested in picking his brain about some obvious leaks in my game.
A google search revealed that Lee runs a coaching program called Inside The Minds. Lee was offering a 1 day course the week before the Hollywood Poker Open so I signed up. The class was a small group of 5 of us and revealed some great information and insight into plugging my leaks and capitalizing on situations.
I had chipped up early and was playing position and situation to my advantage when I shoved all in against 5 limpers from the button with a 47o. Oops, 2 callers and my stack was crushed.
I thought I was covered and got up and left the table. The floor ran me down in the lobby and said I still had chips. I returned to 2100 in chips, I was the big blind and the ante of 300 left me 100 short of the BB. I got 6 callers and won the hand. Folded my SB and shoved and won on the button against 2 callers. I had chips again.
From there I continued to grow my stack and got to the final table as chip leader.
Stack on right is average.
Kept my stack in tact down to 5 players when the eventual runner up knocked out 3 players to take the chip lead. Head’s up went really quick. I turned up the aggro meter and he folded his way to 2nd place.
On to Columbus!
I was very excited about the HPO coming to Penn National. I play daily’s there 3-5 times per week and hoped to take down an event in my home poker room.
Played the first event, busted out early when my AKo ran into AA. A K high flop got me in trouble. When the beating stoped i had bled off a lot of chips.
On to my second event. The Seniors. This is the one I was really shooting for and steady play and a favorable flop with KK v AA paved the way for a trophy.
Played the Bounty tournament for a 7th place cash and standing on the leaderboard.
The Hollywood Poker Open moved to St Louis which was a little to far to travel. However the next stop was Charlestown, only 1.5 hours away. I wanted another Seniors trophy.