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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

all skillz, bay-bee

Yeah, so now that I'm done with my work for the month, I decided to donk around everyone's favorite free bar poker tournament tonite... and I finally manage to win for once. So, obviously played like an expert and pwned all comers, right? Let's see..

QQ>AK all in on the turn doesn't get called on a rag board
AK>JT when I shove over an openraise that's priced in and hold.
AA>KK after I open limp it one freaking time, get minraised, then shove and get instacalled.
KK>99 when the nines open shove into me four handed.
QQ>AK all in preflop to the same guy as before three handed

Yeah, all skill all the way, el-o-el. Tourney are for donks. Get hit with the deck and still barely get to heads up. That's why I play, I guess....

Anyhow, now life should be much more mellow and relaxing. Yay.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

nothing really changes, eh?

Had a quick chance to donk around online last night.
PLO8 still wonderful, NL tourneys.... not so much....
Some one tell me again how people manage to sustain an online bankroll?

Second hand of the 40K guaranteed on Stars.

Not that I'm playing great by any stretch of the imagination coldcalling, then shoving 100BB with AKo preflop... but, at least I'm doing something aggressive.. instead of calling a raise THREE TIMES preflop, including two allins, with 44.... or, for that matter, raising AKo out of position for 1/6th of your stack, then calling a shove.

Sigh. No one ever seems to fold small pocket pairs anymore, they always hope you have AK....

PokerStars Game #19747063292: Tournament #102283272, $25.00+$2.50 Hold'em No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2008/08/19 - 20:00:40 (ET)
Table '102283272 5' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: TOmoney420 (3000 in chips)
Seat 2: wrglyfeeld05 (2990 in chips)
Seat 3: upay4mytreez (2980 in chips)
Seat 5: Butlerj (3000 in chips)
Seat 6: FAceOfSpAdeZ (3000 in chips)
Seat 7: Albanycrew (3000 in chips)
Seat 9: heffmike (3030 in chips)
upay4mytreez: posts small blind 10
Butlerj: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Kd Ac]
FAceOfSpAdeZ: raises 30 to 50
Albanycrew: calls 50
heffmike: calls 50
TOmoney420: calls 50
wrglyfeeld05: folds
upay4mytreez: raises 450 to 500
Butlerj: folds
FAceOfSpAdeZ: folds
Albanycrew: calls 450
JohnnyBSpade is connected
upay4mytreez said, "LOl"
upay4mytreez said, "LOL"
heffmike: raises 2530 to 3030 and is all-in
TOmoney420: folds
upay4mytreez: calls 2480 and is all-in
Albanycrew: calls 2500 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (30) returned to heffmike
*** FLOP *** [6h 2s 3s]
upay4mytreez said, "44 eh"
*** TURN *** [6h 2s 3s] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [6h 2s 3s 7c] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Albanycrew: shows [4s 4c] (two pair, Fours and Threes)
heffmike: shows [Kd Ac] (a pair of Threes)
Albanycrew collected 40 from side pot
upay4mytreez: shows [As Kc] (a pair of Threes)

Mookie is a possibility tonite, we shall see.

Monday, August 11, 2008

really, still alive...

and just buried in Olympicness.....

Michael Phelps is a wizard.

Jenn keeps lasting longer than me in every tournament we play together.

I'm off to a Nats game this week, so no Mookie for me again.

Kids are back this weekend.

Party time will be over soon.


Monday, August 4, 2008

home game time...

Ok, so over the weekend Jenn and I stumbled into a home game I found via 2+2 - a nice, relaxed, low limit 1-2 HORSE cash game which was quite a bit of fun... I hadn't played a live mix game in over two years, since donking around a 6-12 game at the Venetian during the 2006 WSOP.... I ran really hot early, donked some of it back, but generally played a solid game - Jenn doesn't play a lot of the ORSE games, so she struggled a bit hand reading the split pot games, but we pocketed $20 in profit, so it was a good evening overall...

People were good company, no bad apples, pretty much everyone knew how to play all the games, so it wasn't like there was a soft spot or anything - just an opportunity to play something that wasn't unlimited hold them without having to find a 40-80 game somewhere in AC, if you're even lucky.

I definitely can't make it a regular event, but I'll try to get back there soon - host is trying to run a $20 rebuy tourney during Saturday afternoons, so once I'm done stripping wallpaper and watching photos from Beijing roll by this month, I may have to try that out as well....


Friday, August 1, 2008

do they know that you know that they know

Interesting hand tonite playing Stud/8 against someone who knew who I was, but I didn't recognize them... To be honest, it drove me a little nutz, but I think I made a proper fold.

Full table. 4s brings in, Jh, Qh, Qd fold. I decide to complete with (K5)K with only a Q, 8, and 5 behind. Naturally, all call, five to fourth street.

4th, I catch the Kc. Nice to haz three cowboys. Other boards
Qd2c - 8s5d  - 5d7c - 4s4h - so there are low draws out there, but I should be in great shape regardless. I lead. Only the Q2 folds, all call, four to fifth street...

5th, I catch 7s. Boards are
8s5d9h - 5s7c2h - 4h4h6s  - so one low got there, but rest are drawing....
I say something about "good, let's all chase half the pot" and lead.

But NOW the 859 raises, and the low three bets, 446 folds.... and I can't think of any hand that should be raising here but (76)859 for a straight - because I've shown no indication of folding - getting the low to threebet me isn't likely to make me fold unless I only have the open pair. Trips are unlikely here, and If I need the boat, two 5s and at least one 7 are already dead. As it is, I'm chasing half the pot.

So I reluctantly fold, 859 caps, low calls.

6th pairs both players, 8599 vs. 5727.  Bet/the low is all in, and I get to see the cards...

(88)8599 vs. (A3)5727. Ack. He filled up anyway, so if I want to be results oriented, I saved myself a bunch of bets.

As it is, I'm wondering as a general question - like rolled up 8s play or not? I think fourth and fifth are interesting spots.

Fourth. You have the best hand 99% of the time (though not here, lol). Shouldn't you raise, make the low draws call two bets, and start building a pot since you should be getting half of it the vast majority of the time and all of it if the lows brick?

Fifth: Now that the low is here, a raise into him may make him threebet and force out the high hand you're trying to milk for extra profit in the split pot. Maybe smoothcall, let the low raise, then trap my KK7 for another bet and threebet then? Certainly no one will be folding now and we're all committed to the river.

Maybe mr. eights is crafty enough to feel like he can drive out a better high draw or trip kings by repping the straight when the nine hits, letting the low threebet and forcing me to call two cold with a one-way hand  - or, maybe he's just value betting trips and got lucky that 1) the low threebet 2) I folded and 3) he filled up on sixth anyway.....

Finally, does anyone really fold trip Kings here? Am I an uber nit?

This is what I get for trying to show the wifey HORSE in preparation for a home game this weekend.