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Monday, December 31, 2007

2007, buh-bye!

I guess it's time for a yearly wrapup like last year... - it seems to be a spreading meme on the blogs...

Anyhow, life wise, yeah, I got married, bought a house, inherited some kids - so all that was goot. I still have a job that pays, and that I'm good at, so all is fine there. I certainly can't complain about the real world -  (although if any of you have a winning lottery ticket send it over this way) - that's pretty solid.

But ah, the poker world. Hey, I started out the year with a four figure bankroll - and ended with one too - if you move the decimal point.....  ;-(

From last November on, I just got crushed. Didn't matter what I did, what I played. To be honest (and it's something that bothers me still) I'm still not completely sure if I ran into evil variance or the limits of my ability. I felt like I understood the game more and more, but kept playing worse - or at least the results were worse.

At least over the last few months, I've tried to reset things from ground zero, practice sound bankroll management, and basically become a nitty TAG to rebuild my fundamentals. I've basically quit playing NL cash for now, and have focused on cash STTs/MTTs and limit cash games (HORSE and anything that's not NLHE)

I know it's not the way to really play long-term, but I gotta start somewhere. I think I'm getting better (finally) - the results are better over the last few months - but I've been telling myself that for months now....

I haven't played live since March (which was a disastrous AC experience) because I haven't had the time or money to do so. Jenn and I are pondering Vegas trip this summer around WSOP time - though it would take a miracle run for me to satellite in to the Main Event like I did in 2006, so this visit wouldn't be partially subsidized by Full Tilt - but still, I think would be fun.

Anyhow - poker goals for 2008? - simple - play better, play smarter, and end the year in the black, not bright, nuclear-glowing red.

Life goals for 2008? - just maintain... - sounds like aiming low, but with so much to juggle and be responsible for, treading water can be a success in itself - anything else is gravy.

bye silly pig, hello rat!

(yeah Chinese New Year doesn't follow the Gregorian calendar, so what...)

Heff

Friday, December 28, 2007

ah, why I love and hate the game

I've spent most of the Xmas break sick as a dog - sinuses completely stuffed, chest clogged, can't really workout or do anything but lay in bed.... so I goof around with a 180-man SnG on Stars today - yeah, I hit my share of suckouts on the river (A5>JJ on a rag flop to a running wheel, don't ask, it was a silly move - and 77>TT on a JJx flop when I rivered a 7, AJs>KK preflop on a rivered flush - at least on all these hands I moved in first, for what it's worth)  - but this really, really sucks. I knew I was doubling though if I spiked, and yet, sigh.....

PokerStars Game #14161141382: Tournament #71863340, $4.00+$0.40 Hold'em No Limit - Level XIII (800/1600) - 2007/12/28 - 17:24:41 (ET)
Table '71863340 13' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 5: BTenutz (149082 in chips)
Seat 9: heffmike (120918 in chips)
BTenutz: posts the ante 150
heffmike: posts the ante 150
BTenutz: posts small blind 800
heffmike: posts big blind 1600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [3s 5s]
BTenutz: raises 3200 to 4800
heffmike: calls 3200 (suited junk, whatever, we're deep)
*** FLOP *** [8s 4d Ac]
heffmike: checks
BTenutz: bets 4800
heffmike: calls 4800  (standard bet, I float, hoping to spike ,or make a move on the turn)
*** TURN *** [8s 4d Ac] [2h]
heffmike: checks (bingo)
BTenutz: bets 8000
heffmike: raises 16000 to 24000 (I did this earlier and folded to a three-bet shove)
BTenutz: raises 16000 to 40000 (good, will he call now if you shove?)
heffmike: raises 71168 to 111168 and is all-in 
BTenutz: calls 71168 (yippie)
*** RIVER *** [8s 4d Ac 2h] [As]  (*$#&@!)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
heffmike: shows [3s 5s] (a straight, Ace to Five)
BTenutz: shows [Ah 8h] (a full house, Aces full of Eights)
heffmike said, "unreal"
BTenutz collected 241836 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 241836 | Rake 0
Board [8s 4d Ac 2h As]
Seat 5: BTenutz (button) (small blind) showed [Ah 8h] and won (241836) with a full house, Aces full of Eights
Seat 9: heffmike (big blind) showed [3s 5s] and lost with a straight, Ace to Five


Saturday, December 15, 2007

no three banana

but ran deep in the AIPS II Main Event, Not horrible. I'll accept 7th. I really, really thought I was going to get deeper, but it could have been worse, I didn't bubble like this guy....

Typical tourney play from me...
1) tighty McTight - 267 hands, see 31 flops, win 27 preflop, only see the river 11 times.
2) shove over top of a raise in hour 2 from the blinds, drawing to three outs (ATs vs KK) and spike a AAx flop.
3) after the second break. watch an UTG open shove for 20 BB... and I have AA. his 88 does not get help, and I hit the chip lead.
4) later, when Lee open raised in MP I flat call on the button with 88, and the blind shoves - Lee folds, I'm getting 2-1 on the pot and still have 10K if I call and lose - I hope he has AK, but I'm up against QQ -  but I flop an 8 anyway.
5) win a race AK vs. 88 blind on blind near the bubble to safely make the final table.
6) watch Lee bubble out shoving A5 into 55 in a blind on blind battle - sick. everything people say is true, a nice guy at the tables.
7) final table, nothing good happens - check raise AI on the turn against someone I know I have beat - open raise a couple of pots, get nine million callers and miss the flop - finally shove over top of a shortie's raise with A7s and watch the blind wake up with QQ... gg me.


A decent run this year - nothing at all like last year - but one banana and another final table, can't complain about that.

Anyhow, never made the BBT2 ToC - flamed out badly in hour one of both the Mookie and Riverchasers because I overplay top pair out of position.- otherwise, things are good, I hate leaves (mid December and I'm still raking them up) and time to go make chili now...

later - Heff

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

i hate

running good in tourneys and SnGs for a couple of weeks now, then giving it all back at freaking limit HORSE tables - unreal - It's not even one or two coolers, like on a NL table - just hand after hand of missing two-way draws, watching guys runner runner you for a scoop, or peeling the flop and spiking on the turn.
I actually thought I was getting somewhere in the last two weeks, instead of running in place. I guess I need more Force, less dark side on the blog. damm belichick.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

lord of the sith

I hate when I think things, say things, but never write them down - Jenn can vouch for me being out in front on this one, but someone else posted first... sigh.....

http://youbeenblinded.com/nfl-week-9-picks-the-showdown/

On a quick sidenote. I’ve heard or read people making reference to BillBelichick being Darth Vader. C’mon people, to quote Mark Jackson,“You’re better than that”. Calling Bill Belichick Darth Vader makes youseem like an idiot. Belichick is clearly the Emperor. He’s evil, wearsa hooded jacket, and he’s guiding his young protegee, the real DarthVader, Tom Brady.Remember, Darth started out good, but he fell victim to the temptationof the Dark Side… This also means that Tom’s son with Bridget Moynihanis Luke Skywalker, and that TB has a daughter that Bridget was wise tokeep from him….

at least I can provide visual evidence and advance things....

Thursday, December 6, 2007

aiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeee. so close.

    I didn't want to play the Mookie Wednesday, I actually wanted some sleep. But, I needed to take my mind off things, so I entered. Gee, it only took four hours to finish second..... Almost won my first Mookie, almost made the TOC. My transformation into a donkament ubernit early on is complete - I don't recall any notable hands one way or another until the final table bubble, when PirateLawyer open raised in the small blind at 800/1600 for 5500 and I decided to shove for 19K out of the big blind with A4s, lol. He of course called with AK, and I of course flopped a 4.

    Then I reverted back to the short-stack ninja stupid crap I end up doing at all final tables, because I never have any chips - any open raise is a shove. shoved Ax into 99, bleh, but the same guy called my shoves at the final table with KQo and QJo., so it didn't seem like a bad idea at the time. Open shoving 76s three handed for like 5BB, getting called by J6, and rivering a flush to stay alive was amusing to say the least.

    Got heads up with Pirate Lawyer down 3-1 in chips, but with some room to manuever - I usually like my chances heads up, but I didn't feel good about this matchup - I'd been shoving for so long I forgot how to play a flop. We played two hands, he raised his button at 2K/4K to 15K, I decided to shove for about 70K (dumbdumbdumb, he knows you resteal wide) with K4, and got called by AQ. Standard. Oh well, a good deep run that felt strangely relaxing and peaceful. Whee. Now I snoozey.

Heff

Friday, November 30, 2007

holiday season....

    Hello December (almost).... Let's see, I finally got deep in one of these deepstacked BBT2 tourneys in Riverchasers Thursday (5th of 86)  - basically by being a supernit uber-TAG. I actually folded AKs to a UTG raise and button shove from the BB (I covered the button, but not the UTG raiser) to complete my rock degree.
    I played basically like a 15/12 TAG, won two coinflips to double up twice, sucked out once openshoving AT into JJ with 9 blinds, and basically played smart until I had to watch my AQ<AJ all in preflop to a J on the flop, then open shoved 44 UTG five handed for 8 blinds....... and got cold called, not reraised, by someone holding 66 for a 1/3 of their stack on the button with the blinds behind. I flopped a 4, yay.




Sigh. At least he got owned by the King Of Donks for second. Anyway, the holidays were good. We got a tree the day after Thanksgiving, and it looks good. The kids and wife look good. Even the job may be semi-goot. Hopefully, it will keep being all good.

goodygoodygoody. I'm such an clown.

Heff

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

yeah, it's a bitch blog now.

  Playing smart in the Mookie. raising and restealing a lot, but playing small ball and feeling on top of my game. Early in hour 2, short stack shoves for 10BB, I shove over top out of the small blind for 30BB with AK..... and the BB goes allin with, you guessed it, the only hand he can do that with, AA.
   I so hate this game. Last week I played well but couldn't fade AK vs. QJ allin preflop, then had to open shove A9 for 10BB into 99 just a couple of players off the points bubble in hour 3.

   Someday there will be a cheery, happy post here. In the meantime, grumblegrumblegrumble.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

dueling tourneys - kapow! if you thought I sucked before....

Ok, in one corner, the AIPS series, where I've won twice over the last year, the sole double banana winner....

In the other, the fourth BBT2 tournament, where I might as well just randomly bet and raise without looking at my holding...

One PLO8, one doublestack holdem. Let's see if I can get deep in either one. Ha!.

104 runners in the Riverchasers tourney. 88 in AIPS.  Let er rip.

boy, that was fast. 87th in PLO8. another cooler. limped four way pot, I have AKQ5, flop comes K95. I lead out, original limper reraises pot. I don't like it but call. Turn 8, I check, he pots, I feel like I have to be behind, but call anyway. of course, he has KKJ2. dummy 1.

Level 2 of the HE event. I raise the button with K2 because I feel like it, the BB min reraises and I call., flop A52, check check, turn 8, check check. river 2, he leads for 400 into a 500 pot. I min reraise because I'm stupid instead of just calling. he shoves. I call KNOWING i'm behind and yes, get shown AA.

Oh, after that I'm short, stick my last 140 in the pot - against another AA. out in 99th.

I could not play any worse if I tried. This is why I've gone from playing 400NL a year ago to donking around in $5 SnGs now. Because I am stupid. and bad. and know I am beat, but try to make hero calls against villains who NEVER are bluffing.

Let me go beat myself up now.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

so sick of me me me.

   Level 2 of the Mookie, EP raises 3x the blinds, I make a standard reraise on the button with KK. I figure I'm getting fucked this hand anyway, as deep as we are. He calls, flop QJx rainbow. He checks, I c-bet 2/3 pot. He tanks, then reraises pot. I figure I'm getting slowrolled beat, but shove anyway like a dodo and get shown AA.
    I think last time I played I raised QQ in EP, had a button cold call, then I bet a ten-high flop, got min-reraised, shoved, and got shown TT.
    Before that, I'm pretty sure I got deep, open raised JJ in the small blind, got shoved into by the big blind's AK, called, flopped a J, but watched the turn and river come QT.

    I'm sure I've played horribly badly numerous times too - in fact, I probably play the worst of any semiregular player - but I swear this is the one tourney I play consistently where it doesn't matter what I do, some avalanche falls on my head to bounce me out. Basically, call me with any two cards preflop, because if you spike your two or three outer, I'm paying you off like an idiot. Oh, and if you actually have a hand? It'll hold, don't worry about it. I'll just stack off into you anyway.

    I would like to play well in this BBT2, but who am I kidding? I suck, or get coolered, or both. Probably, I get coolered because I suck.

    At least I still have a job for now. Woot.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I'm obviously not good enough or smart enough.

Yes, I know it is a $5 donk-n-go, I didn't raise enough preflop, that's a horrible flop for me, I should expect to get called by two pair/set/pair +draw often and be way behind, villain pretty much has to call the second push, yaddayaddayadda.

But nowhere near the bubble (7 players, 4 cash), and with over 20BB preflop - who the hell stacks off with T8? I'm obviously not any good at this game, because I can't figure out how you can do this. At least have KQ or QJ or ANYTHING reasonable here. There isn't any holding I have on this flop that T8 has a reasonable shot against - I have to have paint or a big pocket pair every time here to push a pot-sized bet into two callers on that flop in a raised pot. Sigh.

Seat 2: b_mazac (1685 in chips)
Seat 3: givecashmuny (4650 in chips)
Seat 4: heffmike (2160 in chips)
Seat 5: Osseus (3970 in chips)
Seat 6: sampitty (8320 in chips)
Seat 7: superstarock (4245 in chips)
Seat 9: fabian_lvl (1970 in chips)
heffmike: posts small blind 75
Osseus: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Ad As]
sampitty: folds
superstarock: calls 150
fabian_lvl: folds
b_mazac: folds
givecashmuny: folds
heffmike: raises 350 to 500
Osseus: calls 350
superstarock: calls 350
*** FLOP *** [Ks Ts Qc]
heffmike: bets 1660 and is all-in
Osseus: calls 1660
superstarock: raises 2085 to 3745 and is all-in
Osseus: calls 1810 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [Ks Ts Qc] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [Ks Ts Qc Td] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Osseus: shows [Th 8h] (four of a kind, Tens)
superstarock: shows [Jc Kd] (a full house, Tens full of Kings)
Osseus collected 3620 from side pot
heffmike: shows [Ad As] (a full house, Tens full of Aces)
Osseus collected 6480 from main pot
Osseus said, "HA"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 10100 Main pot 6480. Side pot 3620. | Rake 0
Board [Ks Ts Qc Td Tc]
Seat 2: b_mazac folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: givecashmuny (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: heffmike (small blind) showed [Ad As] and lost with a full house, Tens full of Aces
Seat 5: Osseus (big blind) showed [Th 8h] and won (10100) with four of a kind, Tens
Seat 6: sampitty folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: superstarock showed [Jc Kd] and lost with a full house, Tens full of Kings
Seat 9: fabian_lvl folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

all kinds of decks

let's see...

- played about as bad as you could play HORSE in the WCOOP Saturday - didn't even get to the second rotation, and bounced out in the 1400s like an idiot. Basically, in the Stud rounds, either people kept calling down though behind with marginal hands/draws and spiked a scoop on seventh - or I kept banging away on a semi bluff and they kept looking me up. Making trip sevens on fourth in Stud/8  - (77)47 - and getting scooped by a high-hand only straight containing the case seven hurt too. Oh, and I was trying to put together a hamster cage (don't ask) while keeping track of dead cards, which didn't help - but that's a lame excuse, I was donating my stack even if I was playing in a soundproof booth

Anyhow, structure was odd in that the first Stud rounds (60/120, 80/160) were a pretty big chunk of a 3K starting stack, so I was either going big or going broke in that hour the way I playing. Ick.


- trying to clean and stain a deck that hasn't had any maintenance done to it in billions of years sucks - I think my hand is turning redwood from all the drips and spills from the brush.

- AIPS this Thursday  - limit hold 'em.  Start with 25BB and at 100/200 blinds with 1500 staring stacks at the end of hour 1.. Whee - maybe I cap everything on all streets in level one and see what happens... :-)

- I can't think of anything else. Duke Dog never did this when I was there....

Friday, September 21, 2007

crazy math boy


Something came up the other night - a routine situation, but I kept analyzing it, so I'm going to use some math for once to figure things out.

Turbo Pot Limit Holdem tourney, six handed, 80/160 level. Folds to the button, who pots it to 560 with a stack of 2675. I'm in the small blind, with 2435, and I repot to 1840 with JTs.
BB folds, Button tanks. finally shoves his last 595 in. I call, button has A7s
Flop comes AQ9, I don't catch the open ender, and I'm out.


What I've been thinking about are restealing ranges in general.

1) JTs too weak to resteal with in that spot?
2) Is A7s too weak to race your stack with in that spot?

Why I'm wondering is at the time I did it, I didn't think JTs was that bad a hand to run with there - I thought I could get a laydown from a hand like A7s - figured someone would need AT at least to call there, so I've got fold equity working for me, along with the dead money already in the pot, and even if called, most of the time I'm drawing very live and only a 40-60 dog.

Since everyone else thought I was a muppet, let's run some numbers.

I am assuming the BB folds to a raise and reraise. I'm not smart enough to figure out what happens if he gets in the hand, except that I'm probably crushed by AA/KK and it doesn't really matter.

240 in pot preflop, 800 after the button raise
2560 in pot after I repot
(raising 1780 to pick up 800, but really 2355 for 2675, since if button shoves I must call)
button must call 1280 more to win 2560, but effectively 1875 for 3155, since no one is folding at this point

So, first off, if I can get the button to fold 33% of the time, I get 800 with no risk, After all, he can be on a straight steal open raising the button six-handed, that's always possible.
Let's say button shoves the other 67%.

How do we do, hand range wise?
If button shoves with top 25% of hands (basically, AA-66, suited aces down to A4, and basically any two cards above a 9) - and I am repopping with only the top 10% of hands (AA-77, AT or better, and suited connecting Broadways)

Hand 0:     40.806%      39.03%     01.77%        24502707232     1112248122.00  
{ 66+, A4s+, K9s+, Q9s+, J9s+, T9s, A9o+, K9o+, Q9o+, J9o+, T9o }

Hand 1:     59.194%      57.42%     01.77%        36045861164     1112248122.00  
 { 77+, ATs+, KQs, QJs, JTs, ATo+, KQo }


That range seems fine for a SB reraise (basically, JTs is the weakest hand in that range, you wouldn't repot with anything much weaker than that)
It seems wide for a button shove, though. If we tighten it up to top 14% (which equates to raising 20% of hands and folding a third of them to a raise)


Hand 0:     45.979%      43.43%     02.55%        15648955748     918846504.00   
{ 77+, A7s+, KJs+, QTs+, JTs, T9s, ATo+, KQo, QJo, JTo }

Hand 1:     54.021%      51.47%     02.55%        18547076620     918846504.00  
 { 77+, ATs+, KQs, QJs, JTs, ATo+, KQo }

ok, for arguement's sake, lets say I have 55% equity and split the difference.

33%  button folds- +800                                                +264
the other 67% of the time, button shoves
55%, win  +2595                                                          +960
45%  lose  -2435                                                           -730
EV +494 chips..... ok, so it's gambly, but plus EV according to range.

However, we know what I 'm holding.

Hand 0:     62.515%      59.38%     03.14%          634415092      33544410.00   
{ 77+, A7s+, KJs+, QTs+, JTs, T9s, ATo+, KQo, QJo, JTo }

Hand 1:     37.485%      34.35%     03.14%          366973784      33544410.00   { JTs }

+264, +649, -1022  EV is -109.... boo..... and that's assuming I get a fold a third of the time, in a Turbo tournament where the button has 15-17 blinds.
It becomes slightly +EV if the button folds half the time, but that's supernitty and unrealistic, at least for online play.


Ok, so we've established that according to my range, it's +EV, but my actual holding is slightly -EV. If the button thinks I can play back at him light and widens my perceived holdings, I get called more often and the move drops in EV. Basically, getting the fold makes up most of the value here, so you gotta have a tight image, or have a button that hate races,

What about shoving the A7s? this is a little simpler, since we know no one folds here.
It's shoving 1875 to win 3155,so 1.68-1, or about 37% equity
Assuming I'm repotting with a top 10% hand.

Hand 0:     40.457%      39.09%     01.37%          361455376      12631074.00   { A7s }

Hand 1:     59.543%      58.18%     01.37%          537926636      12631074.00
  { 88+, ATs+,
KQs, QJs, JTs, ATo+, KQo, QJo, JTo }

Even then the A7s is getting the price to call, even though behind my tight restealing range. Basically, by potting and putting in a fifth of the stack preflop, villain is committed to race and stack off unless they know I am a supernit and am only restealing with AA-QQ.

Obviously
against JTs, A7s is way good, but we're dealing with hand ranges here. A7s can't know what I'm restealing with, and while there a non-zero chance I'm doing it with air, it's far more likely I'm repotting with a pocket pair 88 or better, or with a dominating Ace, leaving A7s with three outs. Even with that in mind, they should call for the price the pot is laying them, especially because there is a small but reasonable chance my holding may not be premium... it might be JTs....

Similarly, the only way that JTs resteal is +EV is if you can get a fold a good percentage of the time, at least a third of the time or more - and that probably doesn't happen in real life. Villain will call too often and race with marginal, but stilll better hands. Maybe on an NL table, where you can shove for your entire stack instead of repot and make the price too steep for a race, it would be better, especially with antes to pick up as extra dead money.

Still, I'm surprised by how well A7s does here vs. a tight restealing range at these stack sizes. It's food for thought, and why I did the exercise. It seems like in medium stack situations I need to call a little looser when open raising and facing a resteal and shove slightly tighter when restealing  - but that doesn't sound right, which naturally means it probably is right.

Anyhow, let's see if Saturday's WCOOP HORSE tourney turns out well for me. GL.

Heff

Monday, September 10, 2007

jenn knows futbawl too

while watching the 941st Peyton Manning commercial aired over the weekend, Jenn says.....

"I guess he has to make all that money to support Eli......"

Subtle humor, that wife.... :-)

Heff

Friday, September 7, 2007

changing gears, lol donkaments

So, one of the things I've been doing lately to change things up and reduce the tilt factor is switch to low-buyin MTTs and SnGs for most of my play.... While I'm not the best tournament player in the world, I can play a patient TAG game fairly well early on and get deep in a multi-table tournament, and also turn up the donk aggression and be comfortable at the shorthanded, short-stacked late stages of a sit-n-go.

I feel like if I practice good bankroll management, it should be profitable. God knows I see enough people make enough mistakes every time out..... Yeah, it's slumming in the basement of the poker world, but I don't have the time or energy to hang anywhere else at the moment.

Anyway, after a while it gets old getting cold-decked or two-outed for a substantial pot in a cash game, because most of the time it means you just got stacked for a buyin. At least in a tournament, stack sizes may protect you, because you have a shorty covered and it doesn't hurt too bad -  or if you're eliminated, it's just one tourney buyin as opposed to a cash table buyin.

We shall see. I feel like I'm playing well, getting the money in good - I keep taking silly 4-1 beats deep in tournaments where winning the pot would make me a chipleader and losing means I'm out - so I think I'm due for more tourney goodness soon, if I actually had the time to play them more often.

Time will tell.

Heff


Friday, August 24, 2007

one banana, two banana!

I can't do much, but I can play a split pot game....



I played OK - I pushed some thin edges, and (naturally) spiked a couple of luckbox hands - but I really, for once, felt comfortable and in charge at a final table. Mickey Jay played well too - we started heads up about even, I went up 3-1, then he did, and finally I rallied back and nailed it down. Woot! to the Ante Up! Nation.

1) don't forget to go here and vote.

2) check out the better half's blog because she's the best thing that ever happened to me.

Later - Heff.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

baby steps

OK, managed to finish 5th in the Mookie by being a short-stack ninja, open shoving for the last hour and a half, all while managing to run into AK in the blinds every time I jam six-handed...  I guess the only way I can make it deep in these tourneys is by being a nit (13% of flops seen, half what I usually do, and winning 30 hands without a flop) and shoving for value.... boring, but it seems to work.

Also made it to Stars' WCOOP Horse tournament through a Turbo satellite using just player points, so freeroll for me! - I barely cashed in it last year.... prolly will take longer than 8 hours to do that this year ... :-(

So whee for me - Heff

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

arrgh

Ok, so if you play a few tournaments over the last week or so, and manage to double through early (like first level), yet somehow manage to end the first hour with just your starting stack (because you're just a horrible donk who raises too loose, calls too light, and always thinks a value bet is really a "move" against him) and then bounce out in hour two way, way short of the money.... what do we do about this? Do we play better, tighter, smarter?

No, somehow the next tournament we play we manage to dust off 100BB in Level 1 with AK by repopping a button raise from the big blind preflop, then bet/three-betting all in on a J-high flop. Genius.

Heff

Monday, July 16, 2007

second best player in Reston. on a good day. maybe.

I could be him.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showthreaded.php?Cat=0&Number=11223795&page=0&vc=1
http://blogs.tampabay.com/poker/2007/07/meet-lee-chiild.html
http://blogs.tampabay.com/poker/2007/07/breaking-news-a.html

If I was smarter, younger, and a better player, sure.... NOT.

Reston's a big place, about 55,000 people, but it's not that big. Maybe we will cross paths someday. Hell, if I went all the way to Vegas last year and my Main Event starting table had two other Northern Virginians, I feel like I should have crossed paths with Lee at some time - but I don't get out much....

Anyhow, good luck to Lee, and maybe this means I have an added reason to watch the PPV Tuesday....

Heff

a whirlwind month

Ok, so in the last month...
-I've gotten married to Jenn,
-flown to Mississippi to be a pallbearer at Jenn's sister's funeral,
-flown to Colorado to see mountains and Jenn's birth father, who she hadn't seen in over 30 years,
-flown to California for a honeymoon to taste many wines with Jenn in Sonoma Valley and see the Pacific Ocean...

Yes, it's as whirlwind as it sounds. I also have a few other major things working in the background, and it's all making me thankful, yet concerned.

It's never easy when someone your age passes on. I didn't know Jenn's sister Emily that well at all - only spent extended time with her once - but it's always tragic to see someone go at a young age, period.

What made it especially poignant for me... because Emily had battled substance abuse problems for many years, a lot of reflection centered around the potential of her youth, and her potential for recovery and rebound in the future - but skirted around the reality of her present day struggles. I kept thinking throughout the service, before, during and after I helped carry her coffin, -  "What will people say when you leave the room?"  - in both the literal and figurative sense.

I want good things to be said about me. Accomplishments noted. Positive influence in others' lives. A strong example to live by. People can remember what I actually did, not what I could have done, not "what if?"

 And so I'm trying to be a better, warmer, bigger person and let go of a lot of the steaming, grumpy Heff while trying to actually accomplish bigger picture things. In short, I want to lead a better life.

Which is only sort of working. After a wonderful honeymoon where I felt relaxed and mellow, and I think Jenn and I really gained a deeper understanding of each other - it only took me being back home 24 hours to become the grump again. I think we both have been under a lot of emotional stress, strain and extremes - and me, I get easily irritated and annoyed when poked with a stick, so to speak.

 I can't stand unfulfilled potential, goals and tasks not being accomplished because of a lack of effort, not ability - and I'm letting it drive me completely nuts. I'm just so frustrated over so many things, even though we're in a very wonderful spot overall. Family worries me - mine, hers, ours. I worry about Jenn, and hope she's dealing with this well, and that I'm actually being helpful. Arrgh. This too shall pass.......

Anyhow, in poker news, I'm keeping track of the WSOP Main Event with some interest after my inglorious six-hour run last year... A deep Scotty Nguyen run would be the most entertaining thing to happen, although it would mean all the donks would start blabbering in bad pidgin-asian speak for months... - I think I will try to seriously grow the bankroll, or at least try to satellite into a FTOPS or WCOOP event again next month.... I swear, the more I play recently, the more I wonder if anyone really knows what they are doing - I'm playing more limit, more HORSE and O/8, and I see horrible, horrible plays every table I sit down at and wonder where the money is still coming from for these donks to keep playing - probably from me, they are the smart ones and I actually am the dumb, sucking donkey, but who knows.

The older and supposedly wiser I get, the dumber I really think I am.
But I will keep trying - both in life - and in cards - to be better.

(AIPS, Mookie, all this week, maybe?)

Heff

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Fourth of July, Cortez, Colorado

a pit stop on the way to Napa/Sonoma.... yeah, point and shoots don't do fireworks well..


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

completely ephemeral and superfluous poker content.

  There have been a lot of heavy, heavy things going on in our lives recently. I'm not sure what to say about them at this point. After our trip down to Mississippi later this week I'll probably be able to coalesce my thoughts a bit more. With that in mind, I figured the Hoy this week was more of a pleasant distraction than usual.
      
I really like the deepstack structure. I wish the Mookie played like this, but then we'd really be there all night... Anyhow, I chip up early, splash around a bit, get sloppy in a blind on blind battle with ChapelncHill (limp preflop, check call an AJx two heart board with QJ, get bet into on a J turn and raise too little, then block bet the heart river, but end up calling the raise anyway and get shown the nut flush - uberdonk heff, chapel learns much from this guy)
 
I'm down to 1900, get moved to Hoy's table, bleed some more, double through with KdQd out of the blinds vs. JJ on a Qc8c9x flop - and then do this.......
 
Full Tilt Poker Game #2771328819: Mondays at the Hoy (19464498), Table 1 - 60/120 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:07:07 ET - 2007/06/25
Seat 1: garthmeister (4,828), is sitting out
Seat 2: Wippy1313 (2,210), is sitting out
Seat 3: hoyazo (4,727)
Seat 4: cracknaces (6,012)
Seat 5: heffmike (2,500)
Seat 6: ChapelncHill (6,310)
Seat 7: Itsoroulette (4,716)
Seat 9: summer_babe (7,301)
heffmike posts the small blind of 60
ChapelncHill posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Jh Ah]
Itsoroulette folds
summer_babe folds
garthmeister folds
Wippy1313 folds
hoyazo raises to 360
cracknaces folds
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike raises to 1,300
ChapelncHill folds
garthmeister has returned
hoyazo has 15 seconds left to act
hoyazo raises to 2,499
heffmike raises to 2,500, and is all in
hoyazo calls 1
heffmike shows [Jh Ah]
hoyazo shows [Ks Kd]
*** FLOP *** [As Qs Js]
hoyazo: nice
*** TURN *** [As Qs Js] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [As Qs Js 3c] [5d]
heffmike shows two pair, Aces and Jacks
hoyazo shows a pair of Kings
heffmike wins the pot (5,120) with two pair, Aces and Jacks

uh, yeah. Honestly..
 
1) I temporarily forgot how deep I was - for some reason I still felt like I only had 10-12BB, instead of over 20BB. - so I got in my head that I wanted to play for stacks here preflop with what I felt was the best hand, especially after it folded to Hoy. I made up my mind when Hoy raised I was going to get it in preflop (a bad idea)
2) Hoy's openraising from the cutoff - that doesn't necessarily mean anything. could be monster, steal with air, misclick, whatever.
3) I reraise 1/2 my stack to rep a monster (more on that later) and let Hoy know I won't fold to a push getting 3-1 if he jams (I'm priced in even if dominated)  - so he may fold AQ-AT, or 77-TT, because he probably won't want to play for half his stack with those hands. Naturally, when he has a real hand I'm FUBAR.
 
Basically, I fucked up. At least I screw the pooch with aggression.
 
Anyway, the line sucks when he holds KK, of course. Hell, it probably sucks period. I should just call there and take a flop - and it probably all gets in anyway because I'm dumb enough to stack off with top and bottom pair on that board....
 
I float around some more and try not to do anything else stupid for a couple of levels. I shove over top of Wippy1313's 6BB push, but ATs<44. I'm down to 2700 at 100/200 when I pick up two Kings in the small blind. Iggy open raises in EP, I do the 1/2 stack reraise thing again from the blinds, since it looks stupid after the AJ hand.
 
Iggy shoves, I call, KhKx no good on a four heart board.... against AhAx... GG me in 26th of 54, coolered.
 
Given recent events, that's not even close to a bad beat. Say some prayers if you can.
 
Heff

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

ali stoled myz avatars, and Jdags pwns again.

It's odd, I hop on a 8/16 HORSE table on a lark, and before I know it, I get two guys in red type to sit down?



I'm not sure what it means that Ali and I use the same avatar.... :-)

This is what I get for trying to play back at a pro.

Full Tilt Poker Game #2716949909: Table Ali Nejad - $8/$16 - Limit Hold'em - 2:17:26 ET - 2007/06/20
Seat 1: heffmike ($430.25)
Seat 2: rugger55 ($125)
Seat 3: Clarabell ($131)
Seat 4: Ali Nejad ($597)
Seat 5: Lilah ($836.25)
Seat 6: CheckRaiza ($111.20)
Seat 7: Bati99 ($476.75)
Seat 8: John DAgostino ($439.50)
John DAgostino posts the small blind of $4
heffmike posts the big blind of $8
5 seconds left to act
Clarabell is sitting out
Time has expired
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [8s Kh]
Clarabell has returned
CheckRaiza folds
John DAgostino raises to $16
heffmike calls $8
*** FLOP *** [3d Jc 5c]
John DAgostino bets $8
heffmike raises to $16
John DAgostino calls $8
*** TURN *** [3d Jc 5c] [6d]
John DAgostino checks
heffmike bets $16
John DAgostino calls $16
*** RIVER *** [3d Jc 5c 6d] [As]
John DAgostino bets $16
heffmike raises to $32
John DAgostino has 15 seconds left to act
John DAgostino calls $16
*** SHOW DOWN ***
heffmike shows [8s Kh] Ace King high
John DAgostino shows [Ad 2d] a pair of Aces
John DAgostino wins the pot ($159) with a pair of Aces

heffmike: ahem. pwned.

arrrrrrrrrrgh  - that's a hell of a thin call there. I take the same line with two pair/set. I guess he really knew I had air or put me on something like QQ? I just wish he rolled over A4 there, or something more than A2. Anyways..... the other players were bad enough I still made $$$$.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

huh, final table a tourney? unpossible.....

I never get to play the Hoy because I'm usually working or busy on Mondays, but I had some free time and registered on a whim just before the tourney started.

Yay for double stack tourneys and some time to play in the first couple of hours!

I finished 4th of 55 for +7 buyins. Not too bad. Especially since I know most of the other players in the Hoy are a hell of a lot better tourney players than me.

  I doubled through bayne_s early when my KK flopped a set and turned a boat on a three flush board. I'm not sure what he had there, since my other computer doesn't save hand histories - prolly an underboat, maybe a flush (river was a fourth heart, but I don't think he stacks off on a paired board there)  Anyhow, that gave me enough chips to play patiently and weather a few allins vs. shorter stacks that didn't go my way. For some reason
Cracknaces, just owned me from my right, which really sucks. He thought I was a lot more ticked off than I was - sometimes I talk to elicit a response, sometimes it's just to needle, sometimes it's because I know I'm getting pwned out of position by a smart player.....

  When we got to two tables, I hit a rush of cards - I didn't get any action with KK, then AK, then AA, in three orbits, but still managed to chip up with all my other hands - I won allins when I was racing and when I dominated, generally had hands hold up when they were supposed to, and got out of the way when in marginal spots.
  I had the chip lead briefly during the final table, but lost it, then had cmitch double through on a self-described donk call with A9 in the big blind after I open jammed the button with 55 (I overbet for 20BB, but because the stacks were so shallow - everyone had between 20-30BB and there was a jam in 75% of the hands for about 45 minutes -  I figured FishyMcDonk folds a lot in the small blind and cmitch would be temped to call for 10BB with two big cards - which is what happened. I just didn't hold up.)


 Five handed, there's cmitch, FishyMcDonk, HighonPoker, Cracknaces, and me. I've got to be the fifth-best player there - hell, prolly sixth-best. At least I did what I could - I'm not the smartest player with a 15-20BB stack, and prolly got run over a lot. Since we're so shallow there really isn't room make moves or play postflop -  so I end up making larger preflop raises to commit myself if I get reraised and gain some fold equity - which isn't ideal. I gotta work on that.
  So, anyway, I finally open on the button at 1k/2k for half my stack, 10K, with KJo, cmitch shoves with 77, I call, since I priced myself in on purpose, flop K7x.... gg me. At least he took it down, so it's another time I manage to gift my chips directly to the winner.

Meh, I played well. Only one stupid suckout - 88 >QQ all in on an undercard flop when I river an 8 - so GG me.

Heff

Saturday, June 16, 2007

love and marriage

"Today was a good day" - Ice Cube......

I'm a sap. It's good to marry the one you love.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

i do actually play better than this, banana boys

well, Ante Up's LO8 tourney was this afternoon - 45 runners - I go out in 19th and should have done better. The crew can play some hold'em and loves razz, but geez they are horrible at split pot games. Too many people chasing multiple streets for half the pot in HU situations, too much junk in general.

I chipped up ok in the first hour, always knew where I was at in hands - twice I raise preflop with A234ds, flop a low draw, and end up on the river with nada but A-high - get moved during the break, chip up some more and feel good about my play - then I get silly and open raise KQQT and get three bet by a short stacked SB, Popeye 40 - I call, he leads a 925 flop. I decided to raise and get it in because he may not have AAxx, but A3xx or something - naturally, it's AAxx and I'm go from Top 10 to bottom 10 in chips.

I get into a pissing match with PokerGeek blind v blind with A24x (he raises from SB, I three bet, he calls, checks 666 flop, I bet, he folds, I show) but then he sucks out on me in two big pots in five minutes and I'm gone.

He raises AKQJ in the cutoff, I three-bet him AI with KKh24h, all fold, flop AA9, I don't backdoor a flush or low.

I raise AA58 UTG, blinds call. flop 3c69c, PokerGeek leads, I raise, SB folds, he calls.
Turn 7c. We get it in because we both only have two bets left, he shows KK24 with two clubs (arrgh) and somehow I can't make a better low on the river.

geez, he better go deep - this year's AIPS tourneys, I've had a disturbing trend of gifting chips to winners. - anyway, back to painting the kitchen....


Heff

Thursday, June 7, 2007

freaking gigli. dammit.

You know, it's really hard to be the first one out of a 51-person tournament. Unless you are me. I think it's the second time I've done it at the Mookie this year, and it's not even a bad beat.

Level 1, EP raises 3x blind, I reraise from 90 to 250 with AKo to isolate, all fold, EP calls.
Flop 9xx, two spades - he checks, I c-bet, he jams, I'm too stupid to fold, I have a third of my stack in, and convince myself he has a draw - which I'm barely in front of anyway.

I call, AK<QQ, boy I suck.

At least I had a decent time donking around the O8 and HORSE tables until the Dookie came around and I finished in the money for once, 3rd of 22 (sort of, I'm sure half the people forgot about the freeroll) - so I'm not a complete idiot.

My tournament game sucks lately. Even when I make a final table third in chips at a 180-man SnG, I finish 9th when AQ<22 on a A72Q9 board. We both slowplayed until the river.  Sigh. GG me.

Heff

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

ensign crusher departing.....

http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2007/06/so_long_and_tha.html

 Well, I've taken down the WWdN once or twice (I can't remember which), but haven't played in a few months since my work schedule changed.... I'm making a special effort for this one.

 Wil always put together a fun tourney, writes a wonderful blog and (I think) has deserved a little better than he's gotten over the last few years. This and painting the house - my Tuesday night... :-)

EDIT - naturally out in the first hour, 52 of 67.
get silly callingdown with second pair and bluff raising a c-bet to lose half my stack
have to reraise with KK/QQ/TT to pick up some preflop raises with nosubstantial action
lose AJ>AQ to a shortie's push over top of mypreflop raise
finally raise AK UTG and get two callers, flop Ah9xKh,I get it in vs. 9h8h on the flop - the heart doesn't come, but the 9 onthe turn smokes me. boo.

heffmike [observer]: wil, just busted - thanks for everything, for running the WWdN, and good luck to you, sir! :-)
Dealer: Wil Wheaton folds
Wil Wheaton: ty so much for playing, heffmike
heffmike [observer]: np
Wil Wheaton: very best of luck to you, sir

Thursday, May 31, 2007

OK, it's a new day.

Mookie, out 31 of 61, because I do silly things like come over top of preflop raises with JJ (open raise button, SB reraises, I shove and cover, he calls with KK) and AJ (EP raises 3.5 BB, I shove out of the SB for 20BB, he barely covers and calls with QQ).
Boy I'm a dumb donk.


Dookie, bubble out of a turbo HORSE tourney 4th of 10, because I'm heffmike, I guess.

I do play a two-table SnG, barely make the bubble with 2K of the 27K in play four handed - but end up taking it down, so score one for patience.....

And I completely waste two hours and change in a HORSE tourney to make the bubble and immediately go out for a $2 profit - arrgh, no more $5 tourneys.


Anyhow, the pop has been around this week to offer painting services - and it looks good. Now if I can just figure out how to not shock myself changing outlets, we're in business.

Heff


Monday, May 28, 2007

Flowers for Heff - but cheering up!

  With the WSOP starting up this week, I'm thinking back to 2006, and when I started this blog.
 
  Over about two years of play, I had taken an initial bankroll and grew it slowly but surely to over 7x it's original size. I satellited into the WSOP Main Event, though I did not make it past day one, had won a few online tournaments and was generally playing well, especially in cash games. I felt confident and sure that I was an above-average player - not a great player, but smarter than the average bear.
 
  I don't know what's happened since. After another tragic session last week (how do I manage to lose 40-50 bets at 5/10 HORSE and O/8 in just three hours) I have now managed to grind myself back down to the initial bankroll stake from 2004. I'm not playing any WSOP events this year - not that I was planning to, due to marriage/moving to new house/honeymoon happening right smack dab in the middle of it - but even if I had the time free, I've played myself out of affording those events for the time being.
 
   It's strange. I have to know more about the game than I did a year ago, but I'm playing worse than ever. I guess the games really have gotten harder since the UIGEA, and I'm not keeping up.
 
  Six months ago I was winning pots the size of my current bankroll now. I've gone from a winning 200NL player to getting routinely stacked at 100NL That's a really disappointing sentence to read.
 
It's like the only time I get action is when I'm crushed.
I have no fold equity whenever I raise or check raise.
I get three bet A LOT when I raise flops or turns and have to fold.
I am the king of pushing a second or third best hand in a big pot.
There's a theory, tongue-in-cheek, that says, "bet, bet, bet, because no one ever has anything."
Heff's Corollary is "bet, bet, bet, and never get called by a worse hand.":-(
 
  My last three live sessions in AC have been break even at best, huge dumpage at worst. The simple facts are, I've turned into a losing player, and I have no idea why.
 
 Jenn thinks it's because I've had so much on my mind this year, and just can't be as focused as I was in 2006. I mean, I think my leaks aren't technical, but emotional, and I'm making mistakes that I rationally know are wrong but do them anyway - but I can't be sure about this.
 
  All through this year, my tilt monkey anger has gotten worse and worse. I'm fine at the beginning of a session, but sooner or later someone spikes a card when I've got them crushed, or I miss a huge draw where half the deck makes my hand, or the villain makes a bad play and sucks out, or I jam into a virtual nut hand - and then I just go completely apeshit.
 
  I can't even begin to count how many brutal sessions started out with a small loss, then a couple of bad beats here and there, and then the avalanche ensues, and I run a two figure loss into three.
 
  I'm to the point now where I know I'm running bad and playing bad, but I can't tell how much of it is variance - how much of it is the price of being an active, aggressive player who would rather bet than check/call - and how much of it is just being a completely pissed-off idiot who is just spewing chips into better players who are trapping me, and only playing back at me with the goods and folding marginal hands.
 
  Obviously, I can stop playing for a while - I really won't have the time after mid-June to do much of anything for a month - but that won't exactly solve the underlying pokah problem. Arrgh. I just feel incredibly stupid lately, like the IQ points are just draining out of my head as we speak - Flowers for Algernon, or whatever.
 
  I'm always seeing the clouds and ignoring the sunshine in my life. Maybe I need a mantra or a mission statement - or Jenn's optimistic disposition :-)
 
Lloyd Dobler: "Why can't you be in a good mood? How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood once in a while?"
 
Maybe that's it!  Either that, or I need a pet squirrel.
 
On the other hand, over the Memorial Day weekend, I've done a lot around the house, hosted some friends from out of town, barbecued on a new grill, spent some good time with Jenn, and even finished second in a freebie bar tournament when I just relaxed, thought good thoughts and just played my game with a bunch of familiar faces.

Hey, even Hugochavezlovechild is in first place! (Go Magglio Ordonez, Oliver Perez)
 
So, maybe attitude is everything. or something like that.
 
T-minus three weeks to getting hitched. That should be fun... ;-)
 
Heff

Thursday, May 17, 2007

this is a pattern

16th of 61 at the Mookie this week. Again, can't really make a dent in things.

As I recall, had Smokee and later Waffles to my left, so I really had to tighten up, since they are smart enough/loose enough to float me a lot in position... Managed to make a lot of good folds early, (with Smokee laughing at me) then make a tough reraiase allin on the turn heads up, blind v. blind with Avoque. 

He open minraises in the SB, I defend with Q8o
Flop QJxr, I call 3/4th pot.
Turn blank, he bets 560 into an 800 pot, I shove for 300 more because I just don't buy he has a hand.
He calls with JTo, I hold up.

Moving onto the second hour I win a pot, lose a pot, open raise and shove to pick up the blinds a few times, when donk power strikes. Sorry Lightning.

Full Tilt Poker Game #2442653951: The Mookie - Bayne Wins (18344642), Table 4 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:26:08 ET - 2007/05/16
Seat 1: NewinNov (5,935)
Seat 2: butchhoward (3,400)
Seat 3: DontKnow (3,070)
Seat 4: crazdgamer (4,344)
Seat 5: misogynist (4,693)
Seat 6: sellthekids (3,850)
Seat 7: heffmike (2,620)
Seat 8: smokkee (3,245)
Seat 9: lightning36 (3,710)
smokkee posts the small blind of 80
lightning36 posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [As Jh]
NewinNov folds
butchhoward folds
DontKnow folds
crazdgamer folds
misogynist folds
sellthekids folds
heffmike raises to 500
smokkee folds
smokkee: never fear, Butch is here !
lightning36 raises to 840
heffmike raises to 2,620, and is all in
lightning36 calls 1,780
heffmike shows [As Jh]
lightning36 shows [Kh Ad]
*** FLOP *** [Kd Tc 2c]
*** TURN *** [Kd Tc 2c] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [Kd Tc 2c 9s] [Qd]
heffmike shows a straight, Ace high
lightning36 shows a pair of Kings
heffmike wins the pot (5,320) with a straight, Ace high
smokkee: standard
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 5,320 | Rake 0
Board: [Kd Tc 2c 9s Qd]
Seat 1: NewinNov didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: butchhoward didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: DontKnow didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: crazdgamer didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: misogynist didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: sellthekids didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: heffmike (button) showed [As Jh] and won (5,320) with a straight, Ace high
Seat 8: smokkee (small blind) folded before the Flop

Boy I suck. But at least I have chips.

Until I bluff the Hammer into trip 5s blind vs. blind, and fold
shove QQ into AK preflop, and lose
shove Kd6d on a Td8d6x flop and turn the flush
and AK into 99 preflop, and lose.

Arrgh. anyway, I steal/shove some more to stay afloat, finally shove A6o with 6BB and get called by butchhoward on the button with AA. somehow I manage not to suck out as a 6-1 dog.

GG me. Hey, I woke up at 545 this AM to go to NYC for business and got back to the house in Northern Virginia at 10pm on the dot. what do you want?

Heff

Thursday, May 10, 2007

arrgh, foiled again.

Well, it looked like a good night at the Mookie. I told myself to play tight, don't do anything silly, no big moves in the first hour. Oh well.

Full Tilt Poker Game #2390105247: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:22:42 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (1,805)
Seat 2: VinNay (915)
Seat 4: oossuuu754 (1,410)
Seat 5: mtnrider81 (1,905)
Seat 6: Bellyvilly (535)
Seat 7: heffmike (1,455)
Seat 8: UpForPoker (2,330)
Seat 9: katitude (2,885)
sellthekids posts the small blind of 25
VinNay posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #9
sellthekids is feeling confused
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Td Jd]
sellthekids: not safe out
oossuuu754 folds
sellthekids: CJs aroung
sellthekids: *d
mtnrider81 folds
Bellyvilly folds
heffmike raises to 165
UpForPoker folds
katitude folds
sellthekids calls 140
VinNay raises to 915, and is all in
heffmike raises to 1,455, and is all in
sellthekids: wow
sellthekids has 15 seconds left to act
sellthekids: y'alls aces cancel out?
sellthekids folds
heffmike shows [Td Jd]
heffmike: prolly live.
VinNay shows [9s 9d]
Uncalled bet of 540 returned to heffmike
*** FLOP *** [5c Js 3s]
*** TURN *** [5c Js 3s] [2h]
*** RIVER *** [5c Js 3s 2h] [4h]
heffmike shows a pair of Jacks
VinNay shows a pair of Nines
heffmike wins the pot (1,995) with a pair of Jacks
VinNay stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,995 | Rake 0
Board: [5c Js 3s 2h 4h]
Seat 1: sellthekids (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: VinNay (big blind) showed [9s 9d] and lost with a pair of Nines
Seat 4: oossuuu754 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: mtnrider81 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Bellyvilly didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: heffmike showed [Td Jd] and won (1,995) with a pair of Jacks
Seat 8: UpForPoker didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: katitude (button) didn't bet (folded)


VinNay was reraising light. I had him covered. I felt like Asian Gambool and wanted to chip up. Whatever. Donk call doubles through. Boy, I am an IDIOT.

Anyhow, continued to chip up until Waffles hit that table and pwned a river reraise in a blind on blind match with A2 on a T55Tx board. I suck. I'm repping the A-high hand he actually has...  And I don't recall saying anything notable here.... everyone knows he'll call heads up with A-high here.

Full Tilt Poker Game #2390390084: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 50/100 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:57:02 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (4,230)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,690)
Seat 3: Maudie (1,390)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,984)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (4,895)
Seat 7: heffmike (4,430)
Seat 8: UpForPoker (1,665)
Seat 9: katitude (965)
SirFWALGMan posts the small blind of 50
heffmike posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [8c Jc]
Maudie: i'm in trouble here
sellthekids: but i do like the Dead
UpForPoker folds
katitude folds
sellthekids folds
a104l9 folds
SirFWALGMan: arnt they dead?
Maudie folds
bayne_s folds
SirFWALGMan calls 50
sellthekids: i went to a whacked out religious college
heffmike checks
*** FLOP *** [Th 5s Td]
sellthekids: here in TX
SirFWALGMan bets 100
sellthekids: warps the mind
heffmike calls 100
*** TURN *** [Th 5s Td] [5h]
SirFWALGMan bets 100
heffmike calls 100
*** RIVER *** [Th 5s Td 5h] [3s]
SirFWALGMan bets 100
heffmike raises to 500
SirFWALGMan calls 400
*** SHOW DOWN ***
heffmike shows [8c Jc] (two pair, Tens and Fives)
SirFWALGMan shows [2h Ah] (two pair, Tens and Fives)
SirFWALGMan wins the pot (1,600) with two pair, Tens and Fives
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,600 | Rake 0
Board: [Th 5s Td 5h 3s]
Seat 1: sellthekids didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: a104l9 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Maudie didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (small blind) showed [2h Ah] and won (1,600) with two pair, Tens and Fives
Seat 7: heffmike (big blind) showed [8c Jc] and lost with two pair, Tens and Fives
Seat 8: UpForPoker didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: katitude didn't bet (folded)



Full Tilt Poker Game #2390399285: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 50/100 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:58:08 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (4,230)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,690)
Seat 3: Maudie (1,390)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,984)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (5,695)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,630)
Seat 8: UpForPoker (1,665)
Seat 9: katitude (965)
heffmike posts the small blind of 50
UpForPoker posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [4h 9h]
SirFWALGMan: wheee
katitude folds
sellthekids folds
a104l9 folds
sellthekids: holy methusala
SirFWALGMan: i cant fold
Maudie folds
SirFWALGMan: never
SirFWALGMan: ever
bayne_s folds
sellthekids: (bad spelling)
heffmike: no., really?
SirFWALGMan calls 100
heffmike:  :-)
sellthekids: wow
heffmike calls 50
UpForPoker checks
*** FLOP *** [Jc 5c Ks]
SirFWALGMan: since i worship the donkey gods
heffmike checks
UpForPoker checks
SirFWALGMan checks
*** TURN *** [Jc 5c Ks] [2h]
bayne_s: My Uncle went to Bob Jones University sure impact is similar
heffmike checks
UpForPoker checks
SirFWALGMan checks
*** RIVER *** [Jc 5c Ks 2h] [Qc]
heffmike checks
UpForPoker bets 100
SirFWALGMan folds
heffmike folds
Uncalled bet of 100 returned to UpForPoker
UpForPoker mucks
UpForPoker wins the pot (300)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 300 | Rake 0
Board: [Jc 5c Ks 2h Qc]
Seat 1: sellthekids didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: a104l9 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Maudie didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s didn't bet(folded)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (button) folded on the River
Seat 7: heffmike (small blind) folded on the River
Seat 8: UpForPoker (big blind) collected (300), mucked
Seat 9: katitude didn't bet (folded)



Oh and for some reason he thinks I'm screwing with him here when he went out with QQ vs. JJ. - I just know he tilt monkeys worse than me. He played fine. I know losing 80-20s drives him nuts, though

Here's the HH. Not sure where I piss him off, but like I said, he's Tilty McTilt.


Full Tilt Poker Game #2390585612: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:20:51 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (4,050)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,470)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,745)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,464)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,350)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (3,690)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,330)
Seat 9: katitude (1,270)
Maudie posts the small blind of 80
bayne_s posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [5s 2h]
Joe_13 folds
sellthekids: this deck have any paint cards?
SirFWALGMan raises to 480
heffmike folds
katitude folds
SirFWALGMan: i beleive it does
sellthekids raises to 1,680
a104l9 folds
Maudie folds
bayne_s folds
SirFWALGMan raises to 3,690, and is all in
sellthekids: ugh
sellthekids calls 2,010
SirFWALGMan shows [Qs Qd]
sellthekids shows [Js Jh]
*** FLOP *** [Th 9s 6h]
*** TURN *** [Th 9s 6h] [8s]
*** RIVER *** [Th 9s 6h 8s] [7c]
SirFWALGMan shows a straight, Ten high
sellthekids shows a straight, Jack high
sellthekids wins the pot (7,620) with a straight, Jack high
sellthekids: ouch
SirFWALGMan stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 7,620 | Rake 0
Board: [Th 9s 6h 8s 7c]
Seat 1: sellthekids showed [Js Jh] and won (7,620) with a straight, Jack high
Seat 2: a104l9 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Maudie (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: bayne_s (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Joe_13 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan showed [Qs Qd] and lost with a straight, Ten high
Seat 7: heffmike didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: katitude didn't bet (folded)



Full Tilt Poker Game #2390592828: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:21:44 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (7,980)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,470)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,665)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,304)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,350)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,330)
Seat 9: katitude (1,270)
bayne_s posts the small blind of 80
Joe_13 posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [7h 6c]
sellthekids: runner runner
Maudie: yeeha
heffmike: that'll get on the blog.
katitude: ooof
sellthekids: gg waffle
SirFWALGMan (Observer): haha
heffmike folds
katitude folds
SirFWALGMan (Observer): nice
katitude: gg waffles
sellthekids folds
a104l9 folds
Maudie folds
SirFWALGMan (Observer): great play there sell
SirFWALGMan (Observer): your a player
Maudie: that was an owie
bayne_s folds
Uncalled bet of 80 returned to Joe_13
sellthekids: lol
Joe_13 mucks
Joe_13 wins the pot (160)
heffmike: 3
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 160 | Rake 0
Seat 1: sellthekids didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: a104l9 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Maudie (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Joe_13 (big blind) collected (160), mucked
Seat 7: heffmike didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: katitude didn't bet (folded)



Full Tilt Poker Game #2390597087: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:22:16 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (7,980)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,470)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,665)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,224)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,430)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,330)
Seat 9: katitude (1,270)
Joe_13 posts the small blind of 80
heffmike posts the big blind of 160
heffmike: 2
The button is in seat #4
heffmike: 1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [8h Ah]
katitude folds
sellthekids folds
a104l9 folds
Maudie folds
heffmike: waffles go boom!
bayne_s raises to 560
sellthekids: c'mon i gotta push with those
Joe_13 folds
SirFWALGMan (Observer): yes you do
SirFWALGMan (Observer): ya i played so badly
heffmike folds
SirFWALGMan (Observer): 80-20
Uncalled bet of 400 returned to bayne_s
bayne_s mucks
bayne_s wins the pot (400)
SirFWALGMan (Observer): any day and twice on sunday
sellthekids: no - u had me
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 400 | Rake 0
Seat 1: sellthekids didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: a104l9 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Maudie didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s (button) collected (400), mucked
Seat 5: Joe_13 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: heffmike (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: katitude didn't bet (folded)



Full Tilt Poker Game #2390601832: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:22:51 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (7,980)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,470)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,665)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,464)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,350)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,170)
Seat 9: katitude (1,270)
heffmike posts the small blind of 80
katitude posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [5c Jh]
sellthekids folds
a104l9 folds
Maudie folds
bayne_s folds
sellthekids: but i couldn't fold
Joe_13 folds
sellthekids: right?
SirFWALGMan (Observer): of course I did
heffmike raises to 3,170, and is all in
katitude folds
Uncalled bet of 3,010 returned to heffmike
heffmike mucks
heffmike wins the pot (320)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 320 | Rake 0
Seat 1: sellthekids didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: a104l9 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Maudie didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: heffmike (small blind) collected (320), mucked
Seat 9: katitude (big blind) folded before the Flop



Full Tilt Poker Game #2390604880: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:23:14 ET - 2007/05/09
SirFWALGMan (Observer): i dunno
Seat 1: sellthekids (7,980)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,470)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,665)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,464)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,350)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,330)
Seat 9: katitude (1,110)
katitude posts the small blind of 80
sellthekids posts the big blind of 160
sellthekids: i mean, i need ITM
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Kc 4d]
SirFWALGMan (Observer): probably not
a104l9 folds
SirFWALGMan (Observer): ya I just made ITM
sellthekids: not points
Maudie folds
SirFWALGMan (Observer): i mean points
bayne_s: My instincts say a rantis coming
SirFWALGMan (Observer): lol
sellthekids: heh
bayne_s folds
Joe_13 folds
SirFWALGMan (Observer): why should I rant
heffmike folds
sellthekids: i am going to be ranted!
SirFWALGMan (Observer): he knows he made a mistake
sellthekids: weee?!
SirFWALGMan (Observer): nah
katitude raises to 1,110, and is all in
sellthekids folds
Uncalled bet of 950 returned to katitude
heffmike: you are famous now, sell.
katitude mucks
SirFWALGMan (Observer): yiou know you suck, no rant needed
katitude wins the pot (320)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 320 | Rake 0
Seat 1: sellthekids (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: a104l9 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Maudie didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Joe_13 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: heffmike (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: katitude (small blind) collected (320), mucked



Full Tilt Poker Game #2390610613: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:23:56 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (7,820)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,470)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,665)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,464)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,350)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,330)
Seat 9: katitude (1,270)
sellthekids posts the small blind of 80
a104l9 posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [3h 5d]
heffmike: internets infamy
sellthekids: lol
Maudie folds
bayne_s folds
sellthekids: maybe i can get to the final table now (Note, he did.)
Joe_13 folds
heffmike folds
katitude folds
sellthekids: heh
sellthekids folds
Uncalled bet of 80 returned to a104l9
a104l9 mucks
a104l9 wins the pot (160)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 160 | Rake 0
Seat 1: sellthekids (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: a104l9 (big blind) collected (160), mucked
Seat 3: Maudie didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Joe_13 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: heffmike didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: katitude (button) didn't bet (folded)



Full Tilt Poker Game #2390613803: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:24:19 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (7,740)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,550)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,665)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,464)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,350)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,330)
Seat 9: katitude (1,270)
a104l9 posts the small blind of 80
Maudie posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [2s 5h]
bayne_s folds
Joe_13 folds
heffmike folds
katitude folds
sellthekids raises to 560
sellthekids: i told u FTP loves scenarios
SirFWALGMan (Observer): lol
sellthekids: and ferguson wrote the rng
a104l9 has 15 seconds left to act
SirFWALGMan (Observer): Poker loves Scenerios
a104l9 raises to 1,550, and is all in
sellthekids: what do u think they teach at MIT
Maudie folds
sellthekids folds
Uncalled bet of 990 returned to a104l9
a104l9 mucks
a104l9 wins the pot (1,280)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,280 | Rake 0
Seat 1: sellthekids (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: a104l9 (small blind) collected (1,280), mucked
Seat 3: Maudie (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: bayne_s didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Joe_13 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: heffmike didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: katitude didn't bet (folded)

Anyhow.... Anyone shoves QQ there. It happens.  By the way, in case anyone thinks Waffles' revisionist history is real.... the two hands we played between A-high pwnage and QQ is no good. I don't think there's anything notable here, but obviously he saw something here no one else did.

Full Tilt Poker Game #2390529507: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 60/120 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:13:56 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (4,110)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,710)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,845)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,204)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,270)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (4,245)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,350)
Seat 9: katitude (635)
sellthekids posts the small blind of 60
a104l9 posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [9c 9d]
Maudie folds
bayne_s folds
Joe_13 folds
SirFWALGMan raises to 360
heffmike calls 360
katitude folds
sellthekids folds
a104l9 folds
*** FLOP *** [9h 3d Jh]
SirFWALGMan checks
heffmike bets 600
SirFWALGMan folds
Uncalled bet of 600 returned to heffmike
heffmike mucks
heffmike wins the pot (900)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 900 | Rake 0
Board: [9h 3d Jh]
Seat 1: sellthekids (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: a104l9 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Maudie didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Joe_13 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan folded on the Flop
Seat 7:heffmike collected (900), mucked
Seat 9: katitude (button) didn't bet (folded)


Full Tilt Poker Game #2390562354: The Mookie - Homey Don't Play (17983565), Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:17:59 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: sellthekids (4,050)
Seat 2: a104l9 (1,710)
Seat 3: Maudie (4,665)
Seat 4: bayne_s (3,464)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (4,350)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (3,605)
Seat 7: heffmike (3,890)
Seat 9: katitude (635)
SirFWALGMan posts the small blind of 80
heffmike posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [7c 8h]
katitude folds
sellthekids folds
a104l9 folds
Maudie folds
bayne_s folds
Joe_13 folds
SirFWALGMan raises to 480
heffmike calls 320
*** FLOP *** [Ac 4s 6c]
SirFWALGMan bets 800
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike folds
Uncalled bet of 800 returned to SirFWALGMan
SirFWALGMan mucks
SirFWALGMan wins the pot (960)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 960 | Rake 0
Board: [Ac 4s 6c]
Seat 1: sellthekids didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: a104l9 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Maudie didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: bayne_s didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Joe_13 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: SirFWALGMan (small blind) collected (960), mucked
Seat 7: heffmike (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 9: katitude didn't bet (folded)

Second hour, crusing fine, until I raise JJ in LP, get a SB cold call and the BB moves in for a teeny bit more., flop Qxx, I jam, SB folds, BB shows QJ. ARRRRRRRRRGH.

Next hand, I raise, BB jams, I call with K8s getting a billion to one, I flop an 8 on his ATo, he rivers a straight.

After this, I'm short and shove any reasonable hand.
Which works until we get to two tables.

I open raise, not shove, 77 to 1350 at 200/400/50. All fold to bayne_s, who raises to 4700 from the BB. I decided his range is big enough there to be AJ-AK as well as 88-AA and call, he shows 99, IGHN 17th of 75. Boooooooooooooo.

Oh, I was running good in the Dookie (I luvs HORSE) until I catch two bad in Razz and donk out in Stud in 16th after having a lot of chips early. Oh well, if this guy can finish 17th, not so bad.