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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Let's play tourneys online all night, too!

Ok, so I did satellite into the WCOOP HORSE tournament on Stars, which started Saturday at 4:30. Just eight short hours later, I was in the money, whee!

A 1800 person online tournament, with 30 minute levels. I only finished 157th, but that beat 90% of the field, so that must mean something, (hopefully) besides I'm a luckbox donkament player.

Anyhow, simultaneously, I tried a deep stack NLHE tourney on Stars (5000 chips to start, 30 min levels at 15/30 to start) and finished 52 of 721 - again, minimal money, compared to the buy-in, but a good run nevertheless.

Which is great,  because I've had my brains bashed in over the last two weeks. All the good work since Vegas - gone. Right back where I started. It sucks. I feel like I'm just on the edge of a breakthrough - once I quit having everyone spike their draws on me - but it's trying nevertheless.

At least they let me play next to this guy for an hour. I hear he's ok at poker.


Friday, September 22, 2006

I should just play blogger tourneys....

It's good to suckout and be the winner winner chicken dinner, eh?

Friday, September 8, 2006

We hate satellites, too.

Satellite to a $650 tournament on Stars, a qualifer for seats at the US Poker Championships at the Taj in AC next month. First and second get a $650 buy-in, third gets $39 back from the original satellite buyin. Read is villain is an overaggressive donk who jams far too much.

Seat 1: heffmike (24650 in chips)
Seat 3: xxxxx (26284 in chips)
Seat 9: xxxxxx (30066 in chips)
heffmike: posts the ante 50
xxxxx: posts the ante 50
xxxxxx: posts the ante 50
xxxxxx: posts small blind 400
heffmike: posts big blind 800
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [6d 9d]
xxxx: folds
xxxxx: raises 1600 to 2400
heffmike: calls 1600 (defends because.. well, just because)
*** FLOP *** [Qd 8d Jd] (whoohoo, i have floosh!)
xxxxx: bets 2400  (goot)
heffmike: raises 6600 to 9000  (please overplay your hand)
xxxxx: raises 18616 to 27616 and is all-in (whee)
heffmike: calls 13200 and is all-in  (oh, wait, he has to have a redraw here)
*** TURN *** [Qd 8d Jd] [Kd] (*@$#&#!)
*** RIVER *** [Qd 8d Jd Kd] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
xxxxx: shows [Td Jh] (a flush, King high)
heffmike: shows [6d 9d] (a flush, King high - lower cards)
xxxxx collected 49350 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 49350 | Rake 0
Board [Qd 8d Jd Kd Ac]
Seat 1: heffmike (big blind) showed [6d 9d] and lost with a flush, King high
Seat 3: xxxx (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: xxxxx (small blind) showed [Td Jh] and won (49350) with a flush, King high
pokenum  -h 6d 9d  - td jh  -- qd 8d jd
Holdem Hi: 990 enumerated boards containing Qd Jd 8d
cards  win   %win  lose  %lose  tie  %tie     EV
9d 6d  676  68.28   314  31.72    0  0.00  0.683
Td Jh  314  31.72   676  68.28    0  0.00  0.317

Thought I was a bigger favorite than that, but oh well. That'll happen. Besides, hitting new bankroll highs daily, so maybe I should just be a cash game player for now.

Although this did turn out well, second week in a row at a final table...


Friday, September 1, 2006

Tournaments suck, but do I?

OK, so things have gone fairly well over the last two weeks. Ever since I got back from Vegas, been running really well in cash games - despite giving back quite a bit over the last couple of sessions, I've still grown the bankroll almost 25% this month. Good stuff.

I ended up buying into the FTOPS HORSE event and flamed out in a mighty way in hour but I did satellite into Stars' WCOOP HORSE event, the smaller one, on Saturday the 23rd. mmmm, 30-minute levels. Me loves the new cash HORSE and HOSE tables Stars is running now too. 5/10 HORSE goot!

I really haven't done much in tournaments this month. A couple of final tables, but no big cashes. This week I did play in a couple of blogger tournaments - I've always found them to be enjoyable, especially with buy-ins under $20.

I finished fifth in the weekly WWdN tournament - Wil Wheaton started this series on Stars about a year ago - I've won once, a couple of seconds.... a strong group of the original poker bloggers, where I really learned a lot of tournament strategies and moves. It sucks when you open push AQ five handed and get called by KQ - and they flop a K. Boo.

I played in the Ante Up Invitational with a couple of guys I used to work with in Florida last night on Full Tilt. After I stupidly bluff a preflop raiser all-in with 99 out of position on a KTT board (AK goot, I'm an idiot) I have around 1300 with blinds 40/80. 
AA under the gun, I raise to 200.
Button or SB (can't remember) reraises to 1300.
BB (one of the organizers) jams for 1800.
I call, of course. Button calls.

Me - AA
Button - KK
BB - AQo (??????)

anyhow, I can't fade two outs with a K on the flop, see ya in 58th. 

I hate tournaments.