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Thursday, October 23, 2008

donkaments must be my thing....

Because while I'm getting my ass handed to me every time I try to play any cash games (I wish I never learned about split pot games, arrrrgh.) I can still take down a donkament every now and again..

That would be Mookie number #3 this year. Not bad. It was so similar to last time too - I was quiet early (only one showdown in my first 100 hands) won some key races to build a stack to the final table, hit one standard suckout on katiemother to double through, and really got moving once I adjusted to having sprstoner on my left. Played LGkiev heads up again, and took it down on a fairly standard hand, flopped top two pair against his top pair.

I'll take a closer look later, but I think this was so mind-numbingly standard there may not be a lot to write about. We shall see.

EDIT for the record:

I start at a table with Hoyazo on my right, sprstoner, Joanne1111 - and manage to chip up to almost 6K without ever winning a showdown – made a couple of resteals, raised some flop continuation bets, that kind of thing. Make it halfway through hour two when I hit my first pothole.

Blinds 100/200, I have 5600 in the small blind with AKo.
Two folds, jeciimd raises to 600 with a similar stack, folds around, I elect to just call, and Joanne1111 comes along for the ride in the big blind with just 1255 more behind.
Flop QdJs4s. I check, Joanne shoves, jeciimd folds, I think and decide to gamble against her one pair hand. I call, she shows TT.
Turn Ace, yay. River King, not so yay. TT spikes a straight to hold, down to 3800.

I chip back up to around 4500 when I get moved to a table with MiamiDon, Carmen, LGKiev, and apparently Waffles under the Maniac57 account. I really can’t get anything going until this hand.

Blinds 150/300/25 seven handed. Carmen openshoves UTF for 4210, I decide to ship it in with AQo for only 3855. THEN LGkiev reships for 12K and I figure I’m hammered.

LGkiev shows [As Qs] (not so bad)
carmensincity shows [7h 7c]
heffmike shows [Ah Qc]
*** FLOP *** [5c 4s 8c]
*** TURN *** [5c 4s 8c] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [5c 4s 8c Kd] [Ac]

River is nice this time, up to 6k. Soon after that, I get a gift.

Blinds still 150/300/25, now eight handed. I have 6070 UTG with AKs and raise to 1000.
Lightning36 reraises to 3650 from the button with only 2500 behind.
I jam, he calls with AJo, doesn’t spike, and now I suddenly have 12k.

I start playing the stack well, raising enough blinds to chip up bit by bit (I had AA-QQ so many times in the tourney and got NO action every time, jeez) – then on the final table bubble I decide to take a coin flip.

Five handed, blinds 300/600/75, Miami Don openshoves UTG for 8500, I have 99, decide he has overs, and reshove for 15K. I hold up against his KTs and we head to the final table eighthanded.

Seat 1: katiemother (23,868)
Seat 2: -WYLDKARD- (4,938)
Seat 3: heffmike (24,751)
Seat 5: sprstoner (14,970)
Seat 6: -o-LuckTruck-o- (14,615)
Seat 7: NYRambler (25,794)
Seat 8: LGkiev (22,114)
Seat 9: bdidde (3,950)

I basically start playing like shit and let sprstoner brutalize me for no reason.

Blinds 400/800/100 seven handed. I have 21K and open raise TT to 2500 from the cutoff.
Sprstoner reraises from the button to 7200 with a 23K stack, blinds fold, and I have a decision.

Folding seems silly.
Raising really means jamming, and with these stack sizes 1) I think I get a fold like never and 2) I’m flipping at best – sprstoner is perfectly capable of threebetting me with air, but in this spot, doing it for a third of your stack preflop with the intention of folding to a shove.. I kind of doubt it. If I shove, I better win at showdown.

So, instead of either jamming and gambling, or being a nit and folding, I do the stupid dumbass thing and call, OOP, when I’m going to be lost after the flop and have to checkfold a lot of the time.
Flop Q95, two hearts, I check, stoner predictably shoves, and I fold like a moron.

That’s nothing, I get to play ATM again in an orbit.

Same blinds, stoner has 30K UTG, I have 20K in the big blind
Stoner makes a small openraise to 1900, folds around, I call with Kc3c because I suck.
Flop 664 with two clubs, I check, stoner bets half pot, I think and call
Turn 5, I check, he bets half pot again, and I fold, despite all my draws, because, again, I suck.

I prolly should fold preflop, or checkraise the flop with the intention of GAMBOOL and getting it in, or just check fold the flop, anything but what I did – instead I just spew more chips to stoner by playing like a little girl.

So soon enough, after dusting off some more blinds, I get my one big suckout.

Still seven handed at 600/1200/150, I open shove UTG for 12500 with Ah5h.
Folds around to katiemother in the big blind with 15800, and she instacalls with AQo.
Flop has a 5, and I spike to jump up to 26700, which is good enough for second in chips.

I make it past the bubble, and start turning up my aggression. Before I can get going, though, lucktruck saves me my stack here.

Blinds 800/1600/200
UTG: sprstoner (31,204)
Button: -o-LuckTruck-o- (33,766)
SB: LGkiev (39,078), is sitting out
BB: heffmike (30,952)

Stoner makes that small openraise again to 3800, lucktruck flats on the button, I come along with QTo.

Flop T72, two hearts – I check the weak top pair, stoner bets half pot, lucktruck shoves.. which was what I was going to do, since stoner was playing really, really loose and wide at this point but I fold instead.
Stoner calls with ATs (surprise surprise), and holds against lucktruck’s T9s.
Case ten could have cost me there big time.

We get down to three players, and I tarp stoner

Button: sprstoner (73,170)
SB: LGkiev (36,078), is sitting out
BB: heffmike (25,752)

Stoner raises to 3800, I flat with KK.
Flop Q84r, I check, stoner c-bets half pot, I think and shove my last 21k in, he calls with 86o and doesn’t get there, I double through to 56k

I start threebet shoving on stoner’s opens to avoid playing OOP with him, and it seems to work – he’s not as much of a problem for me – he’s a better player, I gotta do something to make up for that gap, and preflop shoves are one ham-fisted way to do it.

Anyhow, LGKiev ends up getting sprstoner’s chips, and we end up heads up again, just like last month…
Seat 3: heffmike (70,104)
Seat 8: LGkiev (64,896)

At one point he lost connection heads up and I just kept folding until he got back – after 20 minutes of heads up, we’re about at the same point, with only 15BB effective, when I spike.

Full Tilt Poker Game #8617908809: The Mookie (64804393), Table 6 - 2000/4000 Ante 500 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:53:27 ET - 2008/10/23
Seat 3: heffmike (64,004)
Seat 8: LGkiev (70,996)
heffmike antes 500
LGkiev antes 500
LGkiev posts the small blind of 2,000
heffmike posts the big blind of 4,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Jh 9d]
LGkiev calls 2,000
heffmike checks
*** FLOP *** [9h 8h Js]
heffmike checks
LGkiev bets 9,000
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike raises to 22,000
LGkiev raises to 66,496, and is all in
heffmike calls 37,504, and is all in
LGkiev shows [2d Jc]
heffmike shows [Jh 9d]
Uncalled bet of 6,992 returned to LGkiev
*** TURN *** [9h 8h Js] [Ks]
*** RIVER *** [9h 8h Js Ks] [7h]
LGkiev shows a pair of Jacks
heffmike shows two pair, Jacks and Nines
heffmike wins the pot (128,008) with two pair, Jacks and Nines
LGkiev: nh

And it’s over one hand later when my 86 holds over his 62. So yay me. I see I’m the first one to three titles this year – it’s a pretty good list of peeps with two – so that’s something of an accomplishment.

Anyhow, hope to blow some of it on the NumbBlowMe, and there’s an AIPS Thursday night as well – Not sure I can make it, but we shall see…

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