Thanks for the great turnout last night and welcome to Barbapaps, Beatfreak1 and JaneMaria! (Edit: This was our largest tournout ever for a private game - we are growing!)
I was happy to see Wollmar at the table as well. Bad luck getting your AA cracked Wollmar.
Feel free to post comments here on the blog and feel free to look us up online when you are playing. As MrSmith suggested yesterday, I'll send an e-mail to everyone with the details for the next private game rather than just relying on the blog.
I have written to Pokerstars support to find out what the deal was with us starting on two short tables. I'll update when I get a reply. (EDIT: I got a reply. The two table deal is a normal part of their system. They found it better to start with two short tables rather than start with 1 full table then have to break it up if a 10th player registers.)
Here are the hand histories for the final three players. I was lucky picking up AA vs JaneMaria's KK so early. I was getting good cards (and hitting the flop) all night. The next to last hand in particular was interesting. MrSmith slowplayed his monster AK preflop and flopped TPTK. I flopped top pair terrible kicker, but HU top pair is strong. I made a probe bet on the flop and got a nice reraise in my face. I was getting worried, but with top pair I had to call. The turn was a blank and I checked, but MrSmith made a small raise. I made a reraise making one last shot at winning the pot. MrSmiths call convinced me that I was behind. I would have had to fold to a river bet, but I got my miracle 6 on the river giving me two pair. Now I thought I was ahead. If I checked I thought MrSmith might play it safe and check as well. Moving all in was an ok bet size and looked like a desperate attempt to win the pot with a weak hand. Another lucky break for me.
Here are the standings after 3 games: