Poker is usually not easy ….

Taj Poker Classic Final Table 1
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On November 16th, I participated in an online poker event on Full Tilt Poker.

The event was a freeroll for members of the blogging community members of the Twitter Poker Tour.

The event was called a Flearoll in honor of the administrator of the event, Paul Ellis, also known as “Fleapid” on the FTP site and @CoolWhipFlea in the twitter word. Paul’s blog is found at and is a source of great poker stories and news.

There were 9 people entered in the event and to make it interesting Paul invited a couple of FTP Pros, Rafe Furst and Steve Yea, to join us, giving us a total of 11 people in the freeroll. There was only one prize, a Step 4 ticket, valued at $75 to the winner.

The fun part, for me that is, was that for some reason or another only 4 live bodies showed up to play. There were two tables to start. The only live players on my table were:  Fleapid and Street3.  Also at the table were Rafe Furst and Steve Yea, but for some reason they did not show up and were sitting out.

Why it was fun?  Well, when both Steve Yea and Rafe Furst were in the big and small blinds, I would raise and they would fold. I would raise enough so that both Fleapid and Street3 would fold. I got to steal a lot of chips that way before it became obvious what I was doing.  By then I had enough chips to push around the table.  And then Fleapid had to sit out (Paul was covering the NAPT and had to take a break from poker).

With a combination of good hands and well timed bluffs, I was able to relieve Street3 of his chips and was moved to the final table.

At the final table there were 6 remaining players, myself and @CprPoker (Geoff Manning, owner and manager of the Twitter Poker Tour)  and four others that were sitting out.

It took about 15 minutes before there were just the two of us remaining. Fleapid came back back but only had $15 in chips left. He busted out chatting something about “bad beat” but maybe I imagined that part?

Geoff and I were heads up with practically identical chip stacks.  The battle took about an hour but in the end I had all the chips and won the coveted FTP Step 4 ticket with a value of $75.

Have you ever played an online poker freeroll and found most of the players sitting out?  Were you able to take advantage of the situation?

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One thought on “Poker is usually not easy ….

  1. online freerolls are pretty easy…It is almost beneficial to sit out the first few orbits as many many many players bust gambling because it is a freeroll!

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