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at the proverbial end of the tunnel?

 Last evening I participated in one $2 SNG tourney, 9-handed on FTP. 

Analyzing what happened… I started out with a mistake…

—–Hand 1—–
[b][color=green]Hero’s M = 33.00[/color][/b]
Full Tilt Poker Game #5413953444: $2 + $0.25 Sit & Go (41191113), Table 1 – 15/30 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:14:34 ET – 2008/02/26
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Seat 1: Monty3038 (1,485)
Seat 2: cpk00082 (1,455)
Seat 3: MonteBusk (1,470)
Seat 4: asoyuf (1,545)
Seat 5: bassfsh5 (1,500)
Seat 6: ShawnTP (1,545)
Seat 7: doofyxxl (1,500)
Seat 8: moixa (1,500)
Seat 9: IIMAJIKII (1,500)
MonteBusk posts the small blind of 15
asoyuf posts the big blind of 30
The button is in seat #2
[b]Preflop: Monty3038 dealt K:club: A:heart:[/b]
[color=gray]bassfsh5 folds[/color]
[color=gray]ShawnTP folds[/color]
doofyxxl calls 30
[color=gray]moixa folds[/color]
[color=gray]IIMAJIKII folds[/color]
[b][color=red]Monty3038 raises to 150
[/color][/b]
[color=gray]cpk00082 folds[/color]
[color=gray]MonteBusk folds[/color]
[b][color=red]asoyuf raises to 1,545, and is all in
[/color][/b]
[color=gray]doofyxxl folds[/color]
[color=gray]Monty3038 folds[/color]
Uncalled bet of 1,395 returned to asoyuf
asoyuf mucks
asoyuf wins the pot (345)

Ok, maybe not a huge mistake but still, I think I should have been in there with AK and then I probably reacted properly… anyway… hindsight says I did ok.  
—–Hand 2—–
[b][color=#D8BC02]Hero’s M = 13.33[/color][/b]
Full Tilt Poker Game #5414208835: $2 + $0.25 Sit & Go (41191113), Table 1 – 30/60 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:34:04 ET – 2008/02/26
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Seat 1: Monty3038 (1,200)
Seat 2: cpk00082 (2,900)
Seat 3: MonteBusk (1,650)
Seat 6: ShawnTP (5,720)
Seat 8: moixa (985)
Seat 9: IIMAJIKII (1,045)
ShawnTP posts the small blind of 30
moixa posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #3
[b]Preflop: Monty3038 dealt Q:heart: A:spade:[/b]
[color=gray]IIMAJIKII folds[/color]
[b][color=red]Monty3038 raises to 180
[/color][/b]
[color=gray]cpk00082 folds[/color]
[color=gray]MonteBusk folds[/color]
[color=gray]ShawnTP folds[/color]
moixa calls 120
[b]Flop: K:spade: 9:club: 7:diamond:[/b]
moixa checks
[b][color=red]Monty3038 bets 200
[/color][/b]
moixa calls 200
[b]Turn: 9:diamond:[/b]
moixa checks
Monty3038 checks
[b]River: 5:diamond:[/b]
moixa checks
Monty3038 checks
[b]Showdown:[/b]
Monty3038 shows Q:heart: A:spade: a pair of Nines
moixa shows Q:diamond: Q:spade: two pair, Queens and Nines
moixa wins the pot (790) with two pair, Queens and Nines
[b]4:club: 3:spade:[/b] UTG ([b][color=#DB8202]M = 9.11[/color][/b]; [b]F[/b])

This hand kind of wasn’t great, I couldn’t let go of what i had, couldn’t put him on a range yet, should have folded.

—Hand 3—–
[b][color=#DB8202]Hero’s M = 9.11[/color][/b]
Full Tilt Poker Game #5414226040: $2 + $0.25 Sit & Go (41191113), Table 1 – 30/60 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:35:24 ET – 2008/02/26
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Seat 1: Monty3038 (820)
Seat 2: cpk00082 (2,900)
Seat 3: MonteBusk (1,650)
Seat 6: ShawnTP (5,690)
Seat 8: moixa (1,365)
Seat 9: IIMAJIKII (1,075)
IIMAJIKII posts the small blind of 30
Monty3038 posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #8
[b]Preflop: Monty3038 dealt 5:club: T:heart:[/b]
[color=gray]cpk00082 folds[/color]
[color=gray]MonteBusk folds[/color]
[color=gray]ShawnTP folds[/color]
[color=gray]moixa folds[/color]
IIMAJIKII calls 30
Monty3038 checks
[b]Flop: A:diamond: 5:diamond: 9:diamond:[/b]
IIMAJIKII checks
Monty3038 checks
[b]Turn: 8:spade:[/b]
IIMAJIKII checks
Monty3038 checks
[b]River: 2:heart:[/b]
[b][color=red]IIMAJIKII bets 120
[/color][/b]
[b][color=red]Monty3038 raises to 480
[/color][/b]
[color=gray]IIMAJIKII folds[/color]
Uncalled bet of 360 returned to Monty3038
Monty3038 mucks
Monty3038 wins the pot (360)

Got a little aggressive here and it worked… I think my table image at this point is pretty wild, since it is only hand 3.
—–Hand 4—–
[b][color=#D8BC02]Hero’s M = 10.78[/color][/b]
Full Tilt Poker Game #5414245530: $2 + $0.25 Sit & Go (41191113), Table 1 – 30/60 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:36:56 ET – 2008/02/26
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Seat 1: Monty3038 (970)
Seat 2: cpk00082 (2,810)
Seat 3: MonteBusk (1,680)
Seat 6: ShawnTP (5,690)
Seat 8: moixa (1,365)
Seat 9: IIMAJIKII (985)
MonteBusk posts the small blind of 30
ShawnTP posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #2
[b]Preflop: Monty3038 dealt T:club: J:diamond:[/b]
[color=gray]moixa folds[/color]
[color=gray]IIMAJIKII folds[/color]
Monty3038 calls 60
[color=gray]cpk00082 folds[/color]
[color=gray]MonteBusk folds[/color]
ShawnTP checks
[b]Flop: A:club: 6:club: 3:heart:[/b]
[b][color=red]ShawnTP bets 150
[/color][/b]
[color=gray]Monty3038 folds[/color]
Uncalled bet of 150 returned to ShawnTP
ShawnTP mucks
ShawnTP wins the pot (150)

This was me spewing chips for something too small…

Lets see, there is a hand where I made a big recovery, let me try to find it…

Oh, here is hand 5, where I screwed up big time…

—–Hand 5—–
[b][color=#DB8202]Hero’s M = 7.58[/color][/b]
Full Tilt Poker Game #5414301028: $2 + $0.25 Sit & Go (41191113), Table 1 – 40/80 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:41:15 ET – 2008/02/26
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Seat 1: Monty3038 (910)
Seat 2: cpk00082 (3,740)
Seat 3: MonteBusk (1,530)
Seat 6: ShawnTP (5,190)
Seat 8: moixa (1,625)
Seat 9: IIMAJIKII (505)
moixa posts the small blind of 40
IIMAJIKII posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #6
[b]Preflop: Monty3038 dealt A:diamond: 8:diamond:[/b]
Monty3038 calls 80
[color=gray]cpk00082 folds[/color]
[color=gray]MonteBusk folds[/color]
ShawnTP calls 80
moixa calls 40
IIMAJIKII checks
[b]Flop: 8:club: J:heart: J:diamond:[/b]
moixa checks
IIMAJIKII checks
[b][color=red]Monty3038 bets 320
[/color][/b]
[color=gray]ShawnTP folds[/color]
[color=gray]moixa folds[/color]
[b][color=red]IIMAJIKII raises to 425, and is all in
[/color][/b]
Monty3038 calls 105
IIMAJIKII shows A:heart: J:club:
Monty3038 shows A:diamond: 8:diamond:
[b]Turn: Q:diamond:[/b]
[b]River: 4:spade:[/b]
IIMAJIKII shows three of a kind, Jacks
Monty3038 shows two pair, Jacks and Eights
IIMAJIKII wins the pot (1,170) with three of a kind, Jacks

This hand helped the recovery:

(Yes coach, playing A-rag)

—–Hand 7—–
[b][color=red]Hero’s M = 2.71[/color][/b]
Full Tilt Poker Game #5414322707: $2 + $0.25 Sit & Go (41191113), Table 1 – 40/80 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:42:55 ET – 2008/02/26
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Seat 1: Monty3038 (325)
Seat 2: cpk00082 (3,740)
Seat 3: MonteBusk (1,530)
Seat 6: ShawnTP (5,110)
Seat 8: moixa (1,705)
Seat 9: IIMAJIKII (1,090)
Monty3038 posts the small blind of 40
cpk00082 posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #9
[b]Preflop: Monty3038 dealt 9:diamond: A:club:[/b]
[color=gray]MonteBusk folds[/color]
ShawnTP calls 80
[color=gray]moixa folds[/color]
[color=gray]IIMAJIKII folds[/color]
[b][color=red]Monty3038 raises to 325, and is all in
[/color][/b]
cpk00082 calls 245
[color=gray]ShawnTP folds[/color]
Monty3038 shows 9:diamond: A:club:
cpk00082 shows Q:heart: K:spade:
[b]Flop: 4:spade: 3:club: 3:diamond:[/b]
[b]Turn: 7:heart:[/b]
[b]River: 6:heart:[/b]
Monty3038 shows a pair of Threes
cpk00082 shows a pair of Threes
Monty3038 wins the pot (730) with a pair of Threes

Let’s see though, there was one particular hand I was wondering about…

I pushed twice on reasonable cards, won both pre-flop, now my table image is crazy.

Checked through my BB with J-8 off and still they held up…

And the scary recovery hand…

—–Hand 12—–
[b][color=#DB8202]Hero’s M = 7.39[/color][/b]
Full Tilt Poker Game #5414412691: $2 + $0.25 Sit & Go (41191113), Table 1 – 60/120 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:49:46 ET – 2008/02/26
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Seat 1: Monty3038 (1,330)
Seat 2: cpk00082 (3,365)
Seat 3: MonteBusk (1,130)
Seat 6: ShawnTP (5,180)
Seat 8: moixa (1,555)
Seat 9: IIMAJIKII (940)
IIMAJIKII posts the small blind of 60
Monty3038 posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #8
[b]Preflop: Monty3038 dealt K:spade: Q:diamond:[/b]
cpk00082 calls 120
[color=gray]MonteBusk folds[/color]
ShawnTP calls 120
[color=gray]moixa folds[/color]
[color=gray]IIMAJIKII folds[/color]
Monty3038 checks
[b]Flop: K:heart: T:diamond: 4:spade:[/b]
[b][color=red]Monty3038 bets 240
[/color][/b]
cpk00082 calls 240
[color=gray]ShawnTP folds[/color]
[b]Turn: 8:diamond:[/b]
[b][color=red]Monty3038 bets 970, and is all in
[/color][/b]
cpk00082 calls 970
Monty3038 shows K:spade: Q:diamond:
cpk00082 shows K:club: J:heart:
[b]River: 6:heart:[/b]
Monty3038 shows a pair of Kings
cpk00082 shows a pair of Kings
Monty3038 wins the pot (2,840) with a pair of Kings

Probably not the smartest move but it worked out… I’d really appreciate any comments on my play guys/gals, I haven’t heard much from you lately, not sure anyone is interested in this blog, and it will dissapear if not.  Thanks in advance!