Let me preface things a little bit. First off, hello there everyone following GGPoker, my name is Scrimitzu and I’ve been playing poker for 9 years now, coaching professionally for 4 and started streaming more seriously and joined Team GGPoker on the 5th of September 2017.
It’s been a massively wild ride since then, because I had transitioned from cash game full time player to MTT grinder, and it wasn’t easy at first, but hard work really does pay off.
You see, before the Good Game Series had started officially, I had challenged myself to play some Black Series events as warm-up. I played 8 x Black $160 and 4 x Black $250. You know what happened? During the 8 days in which I played these tournaments and some others, I cashed almost nothing. It was a huge dip and I felt really unconfident about my poker game. MTTs can do that to you sometimes and I know that it seems like us guys got it good but if you only knew the work put in “behind the scenes” you’d have a better picture of what it means to be an MTT grinder. This happened right before GGS started.
Going into the series, I have to relay that I had absolutely no expectations. I was feeling pretty drowsy about my game, nothing was clicking, doubting my ranges, running all the time into hands that would dominate me. I remember busting one day 6 tournaments running into pocket aces. Feels bad, man!
Watch some Twitch poker highlights from Scrim’s mega month below, then read on for the in depth breakdown…
And now for what happened.
In the beginning, right off the bat I had a few really good runs. I managed to final table the GGS #028 and then got busted in a huge cooler in 4th place. This was really more than I had been hoping for the entire series, so at this point I was really happy and whatever would have happened moving forward, it couldn’t even bring me down.
But then the scores started raining down. It all started with a 9th place in the Black $150 for $488. After that, got a huge score in BTY $31.5 for $309. 5th in Deepstack ¥300 for ¥3333, ka-ching thank you Golden Dragon Tournaments!
I was already running pretty hot so I decided to take a shot in the BIG One. The Daily Black $500. This was epic because I’ve never played a tournament with this high of a buyin and the guys in my chat were stoked to see me play such high limits. We started by running pretty bad, fellow teammate Peter804 ran into some coolers at the same table and then went down to 1000 chips, back up doubled a few times, but in the end succumbed to very bad variance, I felt so bad for him.
We also got down to 3000 chips from a 10000 starting stack, but then luck turned around and we started gaining momentum. There were some sick hands, but I have to present you the sickest, so here it is:
We’re Final Two Tables, and Mapuchepoker who, mind you, has been sunrunning a fair amount vs me, opens UTG with 7 players at the table, I look down at AQ and find myself looking at my 20bb stack thinking, this is definitely a rejam. I push, everyone else folds and original raiser calls with AA. Mind you, the percentage of AQ winning versus aces is minimal. Now, flop came T75, and I started to shout for a Jack so I could get a straight draw and maybe have a slim chance to win. Turn was really good, we got a King, and kept shouting “Jack, Jackie, Jacko”, needing it for a straight on the river. It was a miracle. I got out of my chair, not believing the current situation. “Wh-h-hat?!”. There was also a bit of cursing involved, but mostly unintentional.
I also played the hardest hand ever here in a tournament. We were 8 and the bubble broke at Top 7 in the money with a minimum of $1100 awarded. This was exactly right on the money bubble. Enjoy!
We’re at the final table of the Black $500 tournament, I open 77 from MP, SB and BB call and the board comes T76. Jackpot! I bet half pot and SB calls. Turn comes an 8h to make the board T768 rainbow. We’re struggling at this point to question our existence. SB now proceeds to LEAD one third pot, and here I am praying the board to pair. Of course we call, and the river comes a 9, making the board, not in this particular order T9876. Our hand is practically dead, the guy shoves, he’s covering us, and it was a VERY tough decision, but in the end I managed to make the right call, and he tables T8 for the chop. He tried to turn his hand into a bluff on the river so I’d have to face the tough decision, not him. The big problem here is that I do have quite a few Jx in my range there, so he’d be left with four blinds a lot of the time and, basically, at heavy risk of bubbling.
Slowly afterwards, the money bubble burst and all sorts of happiness ensued. Same guy shoves HJ 21bb AQs and gets immediately called by JJ in CO, who was covering him. Flop came a daunting KKJ to give JJ the absolute win, AQ is drawing to very slim odds of running QQ or running AA, which is only fairytale material, the bubble bursts, and we get assured that we cash a minimum of $1100. YES!
More people busted out as we progressed, and then we saw a 5th place bust of Bryan Paris shoving BTN 86s running into SB’s 44. Board ran out blanks, adding a brutal four on the river.
Almost immediately afterwards, we got really lucky when SB big stack shoves T5o and BB decided to call with A9s black board and was BRUTALLY RIVERED by a 5, giving us the 3rd place and a HUGE payjump of $1100!
We finally busted out for our Twitch Channel BIGGEST CASH for $4100
That was that, but it was time for more GGS Events, and we ran hotter than hell in the GGS #082. It was an absolute pleasure to play the final table, ran into good hands and made some great laydowns, and, of course, some really nasty bluffs!
QQ was the hand that this time got us action, and we managed to ship our way onto the headsup! Right afterwards, I asked the person I was playing heads up with, knowing he’s a good player, to chop and he said that I was a nice guy and accepted!!!
Great ending to a tournament and cash for excess of $2400!
Right afterwards, in quick succession came the GGS #092. This was a sixmax event and having been a cash game player for most of my poker life, I felt more comfortable in this one.
Managed to get again to the final table! And then ran really well! Was super happy when I saw that EvanSama busted Boshko as I was also afraid of him as being a great player, and also let’s not forget the huge payjump!
AK was again the bearer of bad news as we managed a lucky bust versus Resolve who found AT.
Heads Up was very electrifying but I had a huge chip lead, so at this point EvanSama could not bring it back. This was the last hand and the one which gave us the win. This is my first win of an official event:
Of course we had a celebration right afterwards!!!
But you know what? I wasn’t done yet. GGS 92 win? How about we final table immediately the GGS 95 event? How about we get to last 3 and get aces and double up?
In the end, we couldn’t take this one down, it was a huge cooler but I already had achieved so much in the Good Game Series that a 3rd place was just the cherry on top for me:
Please take notice of the “AAAAAAAAAAAA A A A A A A A A A A” at the end which means “Nice hand Sir, that was a huge cooler but the best man won in the end and I hope you get to take it down!”. I just couldn’t express that at the current time.
All in all (nice expression for a poker player), it was one of the best periods of my life. The tournaments were blazing left and right with great rewards, massive guaranteed prize pools, it was loads of fun and everything just felt like it fell into place. I’m stoked to hear if GGPoker has more events in the future like this. I’d love to participate next time and play all of the events as this series I did miss two days. Sad Scrim is sad.
Until next series, see you at the tables.
Good Game and Good Luck in the Flips,