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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ah, so ghey...

Sucked into another meme....

We think is written by a woman (65%).

el-o-el, right?

in other gheyness, out early in hour two of the mook in 36th or something. - I tread water for 70 minutes, chip up a teeny bit, finally at 60/120, raise JJ UTG to 360, folds to the BB who shoves for 3K, I instacall because I know I'm looking at AK or a smaller pair and wanna flip at worst.... and it's AKo, K on the flop. boo.

anyway, happy turkey day all... :=)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

so I haz a not free trip now?

Sunday night Jenn and I managed to head out to the free bar poker we enjoy - it was Tournament of Champions night, since we've both won a live tourney this session - you start with 30BB with 30 min levels... and I managed to win what was a three-table turbo SnG for a "seat" to a larger tourney in Vegas next fall...

Now, I have no idea if we'd actually do this, go all the way out there for a wacky freeroll, unless we'd have some other reason to go out there next October anyway for a 2010 WSOP seat... but it's nicer to win than not.

Among my stunning winning plays, were open shoving K4o into JJ FOR MY TOURNAMENT LIFE blind on blind for 8BB - and rivering a K - then shoving almost any hand preflop into limpers when we're all on short stacks and I cover... -

raise 43o into AQo, flop Q43 (!!!), turn Q, river a meaningless but fun 4.
raise 64o into 44 blind v. blind, board blanks
44 openshoves with 2BB., you reshove from the button with A5s, blinds fold, flop comes 54x.....

which helps your image when

EP minraises, you shove with QQ from the SB for 16BB, they call off their stack with T9s and you hold..
You raise AK, someone shoves AJo into you, you call and hold
Blind v. Blind, SB open shoves for 8BB, you instacall with A8, they show K8 and you hold.

I did actually make one decent fold., though.

Six handed, 1/2K blinds, I have about 45K and cover, Button is short, BB has around 30K. Button limps, I complete in SB with 94o, BB checks dark preflop, so I check dark on the flop.
Flop 945, two hearts. BB bets half pot, button folds, I call intending to get it in on any safe turn, instead of check raising..
Turn 8 of hearts (shit) I check, BB shoves about 20K into a 12K pot. I decide to preserve my stack and fold, because I'm either slightly ahead of a pair and naked heart, or crushed by a set/str8/flush. Very tight weak, but the most obvious draws got there, and I'm still getting shoved into.... so I dump the hand.

Finally, heads up, you limp T4o, BB checks, flop 736, checks through, turn 5, they shove 2X pot with a 3, you call with the second nizzles and hold.

So one, we've learned I'm a luckbox that plays push/fold pokah decently well (and stupidly aggressive) in shorthanded SnG situations - and two, that my new prescription sunglasses are goot luck in live situations - A first and third in these tourneys the last two times I've used them, lol,

Friday, November 21, 2008

luckbox engaged, captain...

So, since I have no mobneys on Bodog, I couldn't try to get the esteemed pro bounty in tonite's Bodonkey - and I rolled back to the land of bananas and Florida pokah, the AIPS series - double stack hold em tonite, just like the Mook.

Boy, I ran like every freaking monotheistic deity you can name.... first hour must have had KK or QQ seven times, flopped two sets, and never lost a pot. Had the chip lead for most of the second hour, then started the third hour by losing a couple of races vs. shortstacks when I got the money in good preflop. Had to become a shove monkey, then double through with KJ vs. TT on a AT9 flop (it checks through, I get it in when I bink a Q on the turn)

So that's one luckbox moment, but then I hit the stupid ridiculous orbit.

Seven handed, final two tables, at 500/1000/125...

-in BB with 27k. folds to SB, who shoves 10.5K. I call with ATo. SB has AQo.
board runs out K68 J T (yay, no, boo) I spike, but lose to Broadway.

-in SB with 16.6K. EP shoves for 9K, I have AKo and reshove. EP has JJ,
board blanks out, down to 7K

-fold the button

-open shove KK and get no callers.

-fold the hijack

-UTG raises to 5K, I reshove like a dumbass from UTG+1 with TT for 9K, button shoves over top of that for 10K. UTG calls.

and the board runs out...
luckbox engaged, captain. running smooth, sir.

So I cruised with that to the final table... and just went completely card dead and tightened up way too much. I had to raise/fold a hand, which sucks when the average stack is 15bb, and couldn't find a decent spot to resteal and rebuild the stack. - I just folded my way from 8th to 4th, finally shoving AQ into A2 for like 2BB and getting outflopped.

Oh well, at least a Mike got the banana, and I final tabled two of these events in a row. I really thought I was getting banana #4, especially after that 8 binked, but not meant to be.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

this won't take 10K in wordage...

but two hands from the Mookie last night, in the same orbit.

Full Tilt Poker Game #9066549346: The Mookie (68465931), Table 5 - 30/60 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:40:05 ET - 2008/11/19
Seat 1: heffmike (3,082)
Seat 2: tttomas (6,870)
Seat 3: hoyazo (2,665)
Seat 4: kevin_with_AK (3,475)
Seat 5: Zeem (2,605)
Seat 6: Joanne1111 (485)
Seat 7: ChampSampson (2,474)
Seat 8: wolfshead (3,088)
Seat 9: Joshuacarlsen (1,400)
tttomas posts the small blind of 30
hoyazo posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [3d Js]
kevin_with_AK folds
Zeem folds
Joanne1111 folds
ChampSampson folds
wolfshead raises to 169
Joshuacarlsen folds
heffmike folds
tttomas calls 139
hoyazo raises to 1,076
wolfshead calls 907
hoyazo: im allin bind on the flop
tttomas raises to 6,870, and is all in
hoyazo calls 1,589, and is all in
wolfshead calls 2,012, and is all in
tttomas shows [Ac Ks]
hoyazo shows [7s 7h]
wolfshead shows [Kh Ad]
Uncalled bet of 3,782 returned to tttomas
*** FLOP *** [9c Qc 9d]
*** TURN *** [9c Qc 9d] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [9c Qc 9d 5d] [5c]
tttomas shows two pair, Nines and Fives
wolfshead shows two pair, Nines and Fives
tttomas ties for the side pot (423) with two pair, Nines and Fives
wolfshead ties for the side pot (423) with two pair, Nines and Fives
hoyazo shows two pair, Nines and Sevens
hoyazo wins the main pot (7,995) with two pair, Nines and Sevens
The blinds are now 40/80
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 8,841 Main pot 7,995. Side pot 846. | Rake 0
Board: [9c Qc 9d 5d 5c]
Seat 1: heffmike (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: tttomas (small blind) showed [Ac Ks] and won (423) with two pair, Nines and Fives
Seat 3: hoyazo (big blind) showed [7s 7h] and won (7,995) with two pair, Nines and Sevens
Seat 4: kevin_with_AK didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Zeem didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Joanne1111 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: ChampSampson didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: wolfshead showed [Kh Ad] and won (423) with two pair, Nines and Fives
Seat 9: Joshuacarlsen didn't bet (folded)

Full Tilt Poker Game #9066637615: The Mookie (68465931), Table 5 - 40/80 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:45:40 ET - 2008/11/19
Seat 1: heffmike (3,082)
Seat 2: tttomas (5,449)
Seat 3: hoyazo (6,995)
Seat 4: kevin_with_AK (3,275)
Seat 5: Zeem (2,560)
Seat 7: ChampSampson (2,354)
Seat 8: wolfshead (1,109)
Seat 9: Joshuacarlsen (1,320)
Joshuacarlsen posts the small blind of 40
heffmike posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [As Qd]
tttomas folds
kevin_with_AK: gg jo
hoyazo raises to 240
kevin_with_AK folds
Zeem folds
tttomas: gg jo
ChampSampson folds
wolfshead folds
Joshuacarlsen folds
heffmike raises to 760
hoyazo calls 520
*** FLOP *** [6h Ah 4h]
heffmike bets 1,560
hoyazo raises to 3,120
heffmike calls 762, and is all in
hoyazo shows [7h 8h]
heffmike shows [As Qd]
Uncalled bet of 798 returned to hoyazo
*** TURN *** [6h Ah 4h] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [6h Ah 4h 2c] [9c]
hoyazo shows a flush, Ace high
heffmike shows a pair of Aces
hoyazo wins the pot (6,204) with a flush, Ace high
heffmike: jeez
heffmike stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 6,204 | Rake 0
Board: [6h Ah 4h 2c 9c]
Seat 1: heffmike (big blind) showed [As Qd] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 2: tttomas didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: hoyazo showed [7h 8h] and won (6,204) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 4: kevin_with_AK didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Zeem didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: ChampSampson didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: wolfshead (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: Joshuacarlsen (small blind) folded before the Flop

Now, it's early in a $10 tourney and Hoy has a lot of chips in Hand 2, so I'm not trying to make this out as a serious strat post. Just keep in mind, the guy who's entire reason for posting seems like "I'm a supergenius TAG, look at how these monkeys call and suck out on me every night..."

1) Ran a squeeze with 77 and advertised it (allin blind on the flop means I have a meh hand) and eventually got it in preflop for nearly 45BB, flipping with that middle pair.
2) Raise/called from early position with 87s - which I actually like in regular spots - except that I threebet an EP raiser from the blinds, only have 1.5x pot behind on the flop, and given stack sizes will prolly either bet/call a shove or check/fold on almost every flop - so there just aren't going to be a lot of flops where he'll be able to get the rest in with sufficient equity - and I'll pay him off.
He flops good, I probably completely whiff my hand and check/fold, putting him on a strong range. I flop good, Hoy probably whiffs and doesn't try to blow me off a hand and folds. Flop comes monotone with an Ace, I stack off drawing to a runner-runner boat. :-(

I just don't think I'm deep enough here to make this profitable; I haven't run numbers, so I could be wrong, but I think I need to have more like 4 or 5K behind here for implied odds to make this +EV.

But, let's get this straight right now. Neither play is a donk, silly play.

What they are, are aggressive plays with a wide range - yes, it's early in the tourney, strong players are looking to build a stack - but to sit here and say, oh, that guy is a TAG, he only raises big pairs and AK in this spot... pshaw. People do raise and call with a wider range than you think, period.

After all, I certainly wasn't worried that Hoy flopped a flush there - I was thinking he's got KK-JJ with a heart or has a big Ace with a heart - AxQh, AxJh, or AxTh. If he coolered me with set or AK, fine, but I should be in front, no free cards. After all, I can show up with AA/AxKh there too. Oh well, that'll happen. Hope he gets deep and writes it up well...

Anyhow, gonna try for a fourth banana tomorrow and see if the AIPS crew treats me any kinder...


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

because I need to push the banana photo down the screen

Mook was unremarkable. 14 of 47.

Spewed a lot of chips early calling and chasing, floated for a while, got lucky when someone decided to resteal with 96s vs. my AK and doubled through... then nothing happened... stacks were high and conditions for a decent resteal seemed nil. Probably being too nitty as usual.
Stop and go'd Lucko's button raise once (hard to do when you have 2K and he has 27K) but it didn't work a second time when I flopped a flush draw against his trip aces. I did runner runner two pair, big deal...

Monday, November 10, 2008

silly photo time

The third AIPS banana came in the mail today.

Mookie, can you start sending donkeys out for winz?

Anyhow, nothing else of note this weekend but leavesleavesleaves... More TK...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

add another one....

so, I got the wifey to play the Mookie and Dookie last night - neither one of us got anywhere in the Mook (we went out right after each other, 19th and 20th), but at least I can play HA Pot-Limit bad enough to win a 13 person Dookie. It's nice when you can hit every hand.

Played like a ridiculously silly ubernit in the Mook, though.
Blinds 15/30. PirateLawyer raises in EP to 90, wifey Photojenn flats, then Columbo threebet blasts it from the button with a pot-size raise to 405. You are in the small blind with AKo and 1600 in chips (everyone covers)

Why am I folding and not shoving? Besides the fact I suck?
Anyhow... it's all good.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

hey at least I voted this time

unlike 2000, when I lived in Florida and either

1) Conveniently used my newspaper job as an excuse and elected not to disturb the crucial objectivity journalism is known for.. or
2) Got lazy and flat out didn't vote...

I marked my little ballot.
We'll see how the next four years shake out... I'm not really excited or depressed - just curious.

I'll link out to a couple of posts that say it better.

Trying to run the Mook tonite. Whee.