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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Holiday's coming up, going off the grid..

I scammed myself into heading out somewhere in the middle of the Eastern Shore to help out with a Boy Scout camp this week... even though I am not a big scouting/camping person, I'm being a good stepdad and making a contribution of my time and effort to the youth of America, yaddayaddayadda. I did volunteer to go help out at the shooting range, so hopefully I don't walk into a bullet or arrow or anything...

So I leave Wednesday, and come back to NoVa on the 4th - then planning on a D.C. adventure for fireworks that night... no Mookie or anything, and checking up on the WSOP ME will be limited for a couple of days. I have made some short-term investments for the main event - horses are definitely +EV - and will enjoy tracking things from afar.

Nice to see the run goot keep active for bloggers - Hoy makes a bigtime cash at the Venetian for 51K - it's just a matter of time before someone blows up again with an even bigger score, I'm sure.

Someday, I'll have the money and time to get out to LV and enjoy a quickie junket just like everyone else seems to have done this summer. I'm just not sure when :-(

Wife is happy her Verizon phone died, so she can conveniently get out her contract and get the new iPhone she's been wanting for weeks - as she says, "small price to pay for me carrying and delivering your baby girl ...lol"

BabyGirlHeff seems fine - I get told everyday how much she's moving around, but I can't feel anything from the outside yet. Beat.

I see Skills is PLO tonite. Probably one last goof around before camping for me.

Can I write many more sentence fragments? Probably not. Have a happy holiday all...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

checking in midweek

Well, managed to final table another MTT Tuesday - this time a small, NLO8 tourney on FTP - about 105 runners, I finish third for like +$250 in profit. I didn't intend on playing over four hours, but I forgot how long even a 100-man tournament can go with double stacks and split pots. God, no limit Omaha, whether high or high/low, is such a strange game. Get your gambool on and shove anything good preflop, I guess.

Mookie, I bubbled off the final table - not that it's a significant thing with only 27 runners - after I couldn't win a flip with 88 vs. the chipleader's AK. joelpokergod seemed fairly solid.

I got played back at a lot early - I guess now that there's no BBT, people aren't as wary of making raises and threebets without the nuts. I just stayed patient - ended up shoving 97 on a 678 board vs. Joanne1111's A8 in a limped multiway pot before the first break and got there on the river to double through.

I did lose a lot of my stack on the river twice: once to someone with a pair and big spade that four-flushed me on the river after I turned a straight and got it all in - that left me with four blinds at 80/160 but I managed to build back up to 9K or so in 40 minutes - the other time where I hero called a shove with A7 on a T7x flop and was good against AJo - until the Jack hit on the river.

Anyhow, I had my share of good hands that held, along with reshoving K4 into JJ when short and flopping two pair, so I can't complain. It's a game and it happens. However...

If you really think I'm a lucksack donk and suck, that's fine.
Just say so and don't get all cute and astute about it.

Karma has a way of evening out all the ruckboxing anyway :-)

Monday, June 22, 2009

notables from Sunday's FT...

Since this $11 is only a 1R1A, I do not take initial rebuy and save it for busto insurance - I get involved in some minor pots, but am otherwise quiet for first hour - I take rebuy and addon at the break, but only have 10K in chips, instead of the 9K I’ve bought.

The main keys of the night after hour 1 were these...

1) Win flips/fade two outers...
AK>AJ, JJ>AK, JJ>99, QQ>AK, AQ>TT, AA>AQ... you run this good and win all your 70%, 80% hands, you'll go far.

2) Betting into people postflop and getting them to fold.
I must have won nearly a dozen substantial pots by firing multiple barrels, or with a well-timed turn or river bet, holding just A-high or complete air. Those chips add up. Of course, I balanced these bets with actual value bets that got paid off too, so I had the perfect image, especially from the middle to late stages of the tourney

3) Make some "sick", or "awfuckit" reads...

Here I just decided top pair was good and I was going to go with it. No real reason.
Sometimes even I play hunches.

PokerStars Game #29639906650: Tournament #171772882, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level VIII (150/300) - 2009/06/21 21:19:48 ET
Table '171772882 18' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: martinmonaco (12680 in chips)
Seat 2: jake002 (9121 in chips)
Seat 3: GoeliO1 (15898 in chips)
Seat 4: heffmike (20063 in chips)
Seat 5: CUBBIES23 (6870 in chips)
Seat 6: robotu1977 (11440 in chips)
Seat 7: Diabolik7wlf (5057 in chips)
Seat 8: SyraDKE (42662 in chips)
Seat 9: Wjohnson33 (3010 in chips) is sitting out
martinmonaco: posts the ante 25
jake002: posts the ante 25
GoeliO1: posts the ante 25
heffmike: posts the ante 25
CUBBIES23: posts the ante 25
robotu1977: posts the ante 25
Diabolik7wlf: posts the ante 25
SyraDKE: posts the ante 25
Wjohnson33: posts the ante 25
Diabolik7wlf: posts small blind 150
SyraDKE: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Ts 3h]
Wjohnson33: folds
martinmonaco: folds
jake002: folds
GoeliO1: folds
heffmike: raises 650 to 950
CUBBIES23: folds
robotu1977: calls 950
Diabolik7wlf: folds
SyraDKE: folds
*** FLOP *** [Tc 4c 7d]
heffmike: bets 2000
robotu1977: calls 2000
*** TURN *** [Tc 4c 7d] [5s]
heffmike: bets 4575
robotu1977: raises 3890 to 8465 and is all-in
heffmike: calls 3890
*** RIVER *** [Tc 4c 7d 5s] [Qh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
heffmike: shows [Ts 3h] (a pair of Tens)
robotu1977: shows [6c 6d] (a pair of Sixes)
heffmike collected 23505 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 23505 | Rake 0
Board [Tc 4c 7d 5s Qh]
Seat 1: martinmonaco folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: jake002 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: GoeliO1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: heffmike showed [Ts 3h] and won (23505) with a pair of Tens
Seat 5: CUBBIES23 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: robotu1977 (button) showed [6c 6d] and lost with a pair of Sixes
Seat 7: Diabolik7wlf (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: SyraDKE (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 9: Wjohnson33 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Luckily, I got moved right after that hand and didn't have to fade the silly table image.

I did make a really bad hero call near the bubble....

Raise A5s pre in MP for 4775 at 800/1600 with a 80K stack, BB shoves for 32K, I call off (if I lose I still have an above average stack) and don't get there v. AQo Brutally bad call.

But after this no one wants to play a big pot with me without the goods - I raise a couple of hands pre to steal, make more river bets with air and get folds, and get a walk in the BB twice to get back up to 72K

At this point we're in the money, but I only have a slightly above average stack, nothing too interesting...

But then I get involved in a lot of hands with a villain who is open minraising like every other hand. I let it go for a while until...

Hand 1-
He opens for 8K with 180k back, I threeball with two cards to 24K with 65 more behind, he folds.
Hand 2-
He opens for 8K, third guy in between us raises half his stack to 56K, I shove for 103 with AKo, third guy calls off with AJs, the board blanks, and I'm up to 225K
Hand 3
He opens for 8K with 150K back, I flat on the button with QcJc and 210K behind. Flop 862r. He minbets 4K, I raise to 18K, he min-threeballs to 32K.
I make the rare fourbet bluff and make it 98K to go. He folds, I show.

I win a JJ>99 hand to get over 300K, then make another good call to get over 475K

PokerStars Game #29643714198: Tournament #171772882, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level XVII (2000/4000) - 2009/06/21 23:53:41 ET
Table '171772882 71' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 2: TropiFish (105127 in chips)
Seat 3: heffmike (332597 in chips)
Seat 4: Houtenaar (170440 in chips)
Seat 5: mr.henriks (12801 in chips)
Seat 6: TeddyO15 (234104 in chips)
Seat 7: nickmc22 (258571 in chips)
Seat 8: EplMania (87157 in chips)
Seat 9: M. Wolfsheim (144714 in chips)
TropiFish: posts the ante 400
heffmike: posts the ante 400
Houtenaar: posts the ante 400
mr.henriks: posts the ante 400
TeddyO15: posts the ante 400
nickmc22: posts the ante 400
EplMania: posts the ante 400
M. Wolfsheim: posts the ante 400
heffmike: posts small blind 2000
Houtenaar: posts big blind 4000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Js Jh]
mr.henriks: folds
TeddyO15: raises 8000 to 12000
nickmc22: folds
EplMania: folds
M. Wolfsheim: folds
TropiFish: calls 12000
heffmike: calls 10000
Houtenaar: folds
*** FLOP *** [9h 7h Tc]
heffmike: checks
TeddyO15: bets 20000
TropiFish: folds
heffmike: calls 20000
*** TURN *** [9h 7h Tc] [Qc]
heffmike: checks
TeddyO15: bets 40000
heffmike: calls 40000
*** RIVER *** [9h 7h Tc Qc] [2s]
heffmike: checks
TeddyO15: bets 60000
heffmike: calls 60000
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TeddyO15: shows [As Kh] (high card Ace)
heffmike: shows [Js Jh] (a pair of Jacks)
heffmike collected 283200 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 283200 | Rake 0
Board [9h 7h Tc Qc 2s]
Seat 2: TropiFish (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 3: heffmike (small blind) showed [Js Jh] and won (283200) with a pair of Jacks
Seat 4: Houtenaar (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: mr.henriks folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: TeddyO15 showed [As Kh] and lost with high card Ace
Seat 7: nickmc22 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: EplMania folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: M. Wolfsheim folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Hey, I've underrepped my hand, but position multiway means a lot to me, esp in tourneys where people don't show the ability to raise/fold preflop.
However, I really can't get called by much of anything I beat if I lead, so I decided to pot control, play passive and let him either bluff off half his stack or value pwn me with a monster.

I keep running well - stealing blinds, restealing for value with big pairs, and snap calling short stack shoves and getting there - to get over 700K, and by now I'm noticing I'm top 3 in chips with less than 50 players left.. and I start thinking I can win this thing.

I finally crush Mr. Minraiser to get over 1 million chips and the tourney lead.

At 3K/6K/600, I open raise to 16775 with T9 in the cutoff, minraiser repops from the big blind.
I chat, "just stop now" and call anyway with my cheese.
Flop KQJr. Second nizzles is nice.
He leads 18K, I raise to 54K, he shoves for 272K total with Q3 (really?), I snap call and fade the runner runner suckout.

I get AQo to fourball shove for 50BB into my AA and I hit my high water mark of 1.5M

I spew a little five handed with KT vs JJ on a J96K2 board, but still have 1.25 M in chips as the final table begins

The first FT hand sets up the second one...

PokerStars Game #29644840950: Tournament #171772882, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level XXI (4000/8000) - 2009/06/22 0:51:46 ET
Table '171772882 23' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: the FC kid (152016 in chips)
Seat 2: machland68 (721868 in chips)
Seat 3: TropiFish (318562 in chips) out of hand (moved from another table into small blind)
Seat 4: davcp (651629 in chips) out of hand (moved from another table into small blind)
Seat 5: Dodorox (139222 in chips)
Seat 6: 4my2boys (567137 in chips)
Seat 7: heffmike (1282288 in chips)
Seat 8: OptionDrake (549838 in chips)
Seat 9: lilnip15 (438440 in chips)
the FC kid: posts the ante 800
machland68: posts the ante 800
Dodorox: posts the ante 800
4my2boys: posts the ante 800
heffmike: posts the ante 800
OptionDrake: posts the ante 800
lilnip15: posts the ante 800
Dodorox: posts small blind 4000
4my2boys: posts big blind 8000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [8h 4d]
heffmike: folds
OptionDrake: folds
lilnip15: folds
the FC kid: folds
machland68: raises 14222 to 22222
Dodorox: folds
4my2boys: calls 14222
*** FLOP *** [Kc 6s 5s]
4my2boys: checks
machland68: bets 44444
4my2boys: raises 75556 to 120000
machland68: raises 75556 to 195556
4my2boys: raises 348559 to 544115 and is all-in
machland68: folds
Uncalled bet (348559) returned to 4my2boys
4my2boys collected 445156 from pot
4my2boys: doesn't show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 445156 | Rake 0
Board [Kc 6s 5s]
Seat 1: the FC kid folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: machland68 (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 5: Dodorox (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: 4my2boys (big blind) collected (445156)
Seat 7: heffmike folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: OptionDrake folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: lilnip15 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

After watching that, I couldn't give him credit for a big hand here.

PokerStars Game #29644870055: Tournament #171772882, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level XXI (4000/8000) - 2009/06/22 0:53:27 ET
Table '171772882 23' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: the FC kid (151216 in chips)
Seat 2: machland68 (503290 in chips)
Seat 3: TropiFish (318562 in chips)
Seat 4: davcp (651629 in chips)
Seat 5: Dodorox (134422 in chips)
Seat 6: 4my2boys (793715 in chips)
Seat 7: heffmike (1281488 in chips)
Seat 8: OptionDrake (549038 in chips)
Seat 9: lilnip15 (437640 in chips)
the FC kid: posts the ante 800
machland68: posts the ante 800
TropiFish: posts the ante 800
davcp: posts the ante 800
Dodorox: posts the ante 800
4my2boys: posts the ante 800
heffmike: posts the ante 800
OptionDrake: posts the ante 800
lilnip15: posts the ante 800
4my2boys: posts small blind 4000
heffmike: posts big blind 8000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Qd Js]
OptionDrake: folds
lilnip15: folds
the FC kid: folds
machland68: raises 14222 to 22222
TropiFish: folds
davcp: folds
Dodorox: folds
4my2boys: folds
heffmike: calls 14222
*** FLOP *** [Kd Td 7d]
heffmike: checks
machland68: bets 28888
heffmike: raises 48887 to 77775
machland68: raises 100002 to 177777
heffmike: calls 100002
*** TURN *** [Kd Td 7d] [8h]
heffmike: bets 302491
machland68: calls 302491 and is all-in
*** RIVER *** [Kd Td 7d 8h] [8c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
heffmike: shows [Qd Js] (a pair of Eights)
machland68: shows [9d 6d] (a flush, King high)
machland68 collected 1016180 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1016180 | Rake 0
Board [Kd Td 7d 8h 8c]
Seat 1: the FC kid folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: machland68 showed [9d 6d] and won (1016180) with a flush, King high
Seat 3: TropiFish folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: davcp folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Dodorox (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: 4my2boys (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: heffmike (big blind) showed [Qd Js] and lost with a pair of Eights
Seat 8: OptionDrake folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: lilnip15 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Fuck me. Instead of grinding things out, I play long ball against someone I know nothing about and screw myself.

I spent the rest of the final table floating between 600K-800K, basically. I end up openraise/folding preflop in some spots that were probably not good plays, but I really would have been making a mistake continuing with the hand, I'm pretty certain.

I do get it back over 900K six-handed at 10K/20K blinds - And then I win zippo after that.

*Flat a raise with 44 in position, fold the AQJ flop.

*Someone minraises, horrid SB calls, I call with J4. Flop J67, I let it check through, turn Q, I check it again like a dumbass and fold to the minraiser's 3/4 pot bet.
I like a bet/fold line somewhere much better. Bad donk me.

*Momo SB open minraises to 40K, I defend with JTo. Flop QJ4, he donks pot (80K) into me, I call hoping for a helpful turn to crack that hand.
Turn 5 is not it. He donks pot again, I fold, he shows AA. Wow, you are too good, sir.

*I open QQ from the small blind to 83K (up to 15k/30K now). BB defends.
Flop A72r. I check, he checks.
Turn K completing the rainbow. I check, he bets 88K, I reluctantly call.
River T. I check, he checks behind with AQ and now I'm in trouble with a 15BB stack.

I end up shoving my button with 413K and Ad6d... and the big blind calls with 77.
Despite the board running out 5x4x2d - 4d - can't get there with the 2c on the river, out in 4th....

I think I played the final table a little too passively after dumping so many chips early on against the flush. I liked what I was doing right up until then.

Next time, I keep standing on the gas and take it down....

what's a final table...

So I haven't been playing that much lately - pattern has been, play well in SnGs, donk off those profits in MTTs by playing like shit.

So, Sunday night, I decide to settle in and actually play some large field tourneys... I play horrible early (anyone watching me at the MSOP HEROS event must have thought I lost my mind) - get coolered (shove an eight-high turned flush.. and get snap called by a nine-high flush) before I mini-cash in the Fifty-Fifty (and ran into cmitch, who's in way deep as I type)

and actually make a non-blogger MTT Final Table..


In for the max $31... and while I should be happy with a $1200 profit, I'm really annoyed I didn't take it down, especially when I enter the final table like this

PokerStars Game #29644870055: Tournament #171772882, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level XXI (4000/8000) - 2009/06/22 0:53:27 ET
Table '171772882 23' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: the FC kid (151216 in chips)
Seat 2: machland68 (503290 in chips)
Seat 3: TropiFish (318562 in chips)
Seat 4: davcp (651629 in chips)
Seat 5: Dodorox (134422 in chips)
Seat 6: 4my2boys (793715 in chips)
Seat 7: heffmike (1281488 in chips)
Seat 8: OptionDrake (549038 in chips)
Seat 9: lilnip15 (437640 in chips)

Freaking huge chip lead, and I dust a third of it off two hands in - QdJx can't get there against 9d6d on a KT7 diamond flop - and then I never really gain momentum back after that. But I really really really thought I was taking it down, and I don't like to get deep and not win.

Gotta love the 1r1a structures on Stars, though... a long, seven hour tourney, but avg. stack at the final table was over 50BB when we started - a lot of play was left late in the tourney, and that's always a nice thing...

I'll review later this week and see if there's anything of note from the tourney, other than I ran good and made some supergenius reads that actually worked for once....

But yay for night in the black...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

minor funny I forgot...

from Tuesday as Jenn and I are killing time waiting for the interminable sixth grade graduation ceremony to end. I'm doing the LJ sweat on my iPhone as she's playing a heads up hold 'em game on her cell phone - I watch as Shannon Elizabeth cracks her trip fours by rivering a flush and chuckle, and she tells me how the RNG is rigged, or something silly like that... :-)

A few minutes later she brags...

"Yeah, I beat that Elizabeth Shannon chick, or whatever her name is..."

Obv not a big American Pie fan. LOL.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

we've arrived? haven't we already been here?

So reloading Twitter and Pokernews updates got me through a way overly long-and-drawn-out sixth grade graduation ceremony Tuesday evening, railing LJ to her eventual 10th-place finish in the $1500 HORSE tourney for a nice five-figure profit.

(Minor rant: can we not try to make the simplest, most trivial events, like children freaking passing the sixth grade, into a two hour program? You reward everyone for doing what they are supposed to do, you devalue truly exceptional accomplishments. Soapbox out.)

And I'll take a slightly different tack from some other blogger reactions to this, along with CK's run last week...

Isn't it about time someone here made a deep run in a WSOP event?

Yeah, I know, small sample sizes in live play, anything can happen in a donkament, blahblahblah...

But dammit, this group has some pretty smart, aggressive, accomplished tournament players. Better than your average donk.
Definitely +EV in a standard WSOP field.

Given the fact that LJ and CK are also
-women
-who can play a strong tourney game
-and thereby throw off 99% of the other donkament meatheads expecting a pushover girly player..

I'm actually not surprised at all they made some money - especially in limit tournaments, where you can survive a stupid suckout, as it doesn't have to cost you your entire stack - and thus bring more skill to bear over time, even with shallow stacks.

Maybe the surprising thing isn't that LJ and CK got deep and cashed - but that it hasn't happened for some other bloggers before now.

Maybe, this group has actually been running bad before 2009, and this is the year skill, variance, and luck combine for a normal expectation...

I tend to believe the difference between bloggers and the live donkament pros isn't as big as everyone else thinks. Don't have low expectations... there are players in this crew who can definitely compete and hang in these large field tournaments.

In the meantime, I'll play bad in the Mookie tonite and dream about reporters live-blogging my play...

"Heff retires to grotto, out before break"

:-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

thoughts, I play silly, what else is new?

Let's see, in reverse order...

-Mookie, I play pretty meh because I'm just splashing around... I make some bet/folds in spots where I usually have it, but not tonite... finally shove 99 over a button open for 20BB and can't outrace AQ when there's an Ace on the river. - 21 of 32.

****************

- AIPS 8-game was a lot of fun at first - I should play this type of tourney more often - I figure out pretty quickly no one at my table is all that good at triple draw or omaha... I chip up to over 4K early - but I also forget how sticky most of these guys are in limit games and spew quite a bit in the later rotations.

Hands of note - not that I played particularly well here at all, but man...

PokerStars Game #29231257705: Tournament #136748169, $10+$1 8-Game (7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Limit) - Level XIV (100/200) - 2009/06/10 22:26:40 ET
Table '136748169 15' 6-max
Seat 1: edwardm111 (2220 in chips)
Seat 2: heffmike (2423 in chips)
Seat 3: C furbee (3466 in chips)
Seat 4: Seitz333 (1791 in chips)
Seat 5: nmaiorana (5065 in chips)
Seat 6: rdb64 (2985 in chips)
rdb64: posts the ante 20
edwardm111: posts the ante 20
heffmike: posts the ante 20
C furbee: posts the ante 20
Seitz333: posts the ante 20
nmaiorana: posts the ante 20
*** 3rd STREET ***
Dealt to edwardm111 [Kd]
Dealt to heffmike [Tc 2c Ts]
Dealt to C furbee [Qh]
Dealt to Seitz333 [3h]
Dealt to nmaiorana [4c]
Dealt to rdb64 [3c]
rdb64: brings in for 30
edwardm111: folds
heffmike: calls 30 (why am I even playing this in stud/8)
C furbee: folds
Seitz333: raises 70 to 100
nmaiorana: calls 100
rdb64: folds
heffmike: calls 70
*** 4th STREET ***
Dealt to heffmike [Tc 2c Ts] [Th]
Dealt to Seitz333 [3h] [2d]
Dealt to nmaiorana [4c] [Ah]
heffmike: bets 100 (well, let's go now, up against two potential wheels, time to play bad.)
Seitz333: calls 100
nmaiorana: calls 100
*** 5th STREET ***
Dealt to heffmike [Tc 2c Ts Th] [6s]
Dealt to Seitz333 [3h 2d] [2s]
Dealt to nmaiorana [4c Ah] [8s]
heffmike: bets 200
Seitz333: raises 200 to 400 (??, couldn't be rolled up, could he?)
nmaiorana: calls 400 (low hand, i guess?)
heffmike: raises 200 to 600 (one and maybe both are still drawing, may as well keep pushing it)
Seitz333: raises 200 to 800
Betting is capped
nmaiorana: calls 400 (again...)
heffmike: calls 200
*** 6th STREET ***
Dealt to heffmike [Tc 2c Ts Th 6s] [Kh]
Dealt to Seitz333 [3h 2d 2s] [Qd]
Dealt to nmaiorana [4c Ah 8s] [Td]
heffmike: bets 200
Seitz333: raises 200 to 400 (I will not be happy if he's full already, otherwise I'm crushing him)
nmaiorana: calls 400 (I guess he will coldcall again whether he's there or not with the low)
heffmike: calls 200
*** RIVER ***
Dealt to heffmike [Tc 2c Ts Th 6s Kh] [4h]
heffmike: checks
Seitz333: bets 200
nmaiorana: calls 200
heffmike: calls 200 (sigh, crying call, maybe I get half)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Seitz333: shows [2h Ad 3h 2d 2s Qd Qc] (HI: a full house, Deuces full of Queens)
nmaiorana: shows [6h 6d 4c Ah 8s Td 7d] (HI: a pair of Sixes; LO: 8,7,6,4,A)
heffmike: mucks hand
Seitz333 collected 2475 from pot
nmaiorana collected 2475 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4950 | Rake 0
Seat 1: edwardm111 folded on the 3rd Street (didn't bet)
Seat 2: heffmike mucked [Tc 2c Ts Th 6s Kh 4h]
Seat 3: C furbee folded on the 3rd Street (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Seitz333 showed [2h Ad 3h 2d 2s Qd Qc] and won (2475) with HI: a full house, Deuces full of Queens
Seat 5: nmaiorana showed [6h 6d 4c Ah 8s Td 7d] and won (2475) with HI: a pair of Sixes; LO: 8,7,6,4,A
Seat 6: rdb64 folded on the 3rd Street

Good to know I had a 4K pot scooped until
1) someone hits runner-runner with the case deuces but is still behind, followed by a running pair for a boat, and
2) someone else chases an 8-low/one pair draw with a dead six out there for half the pot, and gets there calling two bets cold three times.

But again, why am I playing TTx in a high/lo game? Moron me in the first place.

PokerStars Game #29231915223: Tournament #136748169, $10+$1 8-Game (Hold'em Limit) - Level XVIII (160/320) - 2009/06/10 22:51:58 ET
Table '136748169 15' 6-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: edwardm111 (2440 in chips)
Seat 2: heffmike (1796 in chips)
Seat 3: C furbee (4026 in chips)
Seat 4: Seitz333 (1688 in chips)
Seat 5: nmaiorana (7300 in chips)
Seat 6: rdb64 (700 in chips)
Seitz333: posts small blind 80
nmaiorana: posts big blind 160
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Ks Kh]
rdb64: folds
edwardm111: folds
heffmike: raises 160 to 320
C furbee: calls 320
Seitz333: calls 240
nmaiorana: calls 160
*** FLOP *** [8c Jc 5h]
Seitz333: checks
nmaiorana: bets 160 (Jack or better)
heffmike: raises 160 to 320
C furbee: folds
Seitz333: calls 320 (draw alert)
nmaiorana: calls 160
*** TURN *** [8c Jc 5h] [7c]
Seitz333: checks
nmaiorana: checks
heffmike: checks (yeah, not falling for that one)
*** RIVER *** [8c Jc 5h 7c] [2d]
Seitz333: bets 320
nmaiorana: raises 320 to 640
heffmike said, "unreal" (more because at least one guy as the flush - which makes the donklead and raise a bad move by someone - but yeah, overpair is toast)
heffmike: folds
Seitz333: raises 320 to 960
nmaiorana: calls 320
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Seitz333: shows [6c Kc] (a flush, King high)
nmaiorana: shows [Jh 8d] (two pair, Jacks and Eights)
Seitz333 collected 4160 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4160 | Rake 0
Board [8c Jc 5h 7c 2d]
Seat 1: edwardm111 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: heffmike folded on the River
Seat 3: C furbee (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 4: Seitz333 (small blind) showed [6c Kc] and won (4160) with a flush, King high
Seat 5: nmaiorana (big blind) showed [Jh 8d] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Eights
Seat 6: rdb64 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Anyhow, I continue to play like shit and bounce 50th when I can't get 345 in Razz to get there against an 87x draw. As good as I play against BBT/Full Tilt bloggers, that's as bad as I play against the AIPS crew.

This is starting to get a little frustrating. For some reason, I'm just not focusing that well in AIPS this year and end up calling down way too light against players who make thin value bets... like never. I am playing too much like the donkey avatar I have on Stars. Must run better next month in Stud/8 - I think I say this every month...

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-Interesting series of posts here by Loretta8, Riggstad, and Jordan about the BBT and the WSOP ME prizes Full Tilt gives out. Of note in all of it....

* Yeah, it's a little silly that the prize is 10K and not 12K like most of the ME satellite seats are, so I can see how that actually encourages a player to pocket the cash instead of paying their own way to Vegas.
Of course, since Al mentions in Jordan's post that "They gave me the prizes to do with what I wanted" - it's unfair to make this completely FTP's fault, because that assumes they're even paying attention. After all, 12K minus 2K does equal the third and fourth place awards, which flatten the payouts a little more and spreads the wealth - but since you can't directly buyin a player anymore, holding back the additional travel money for just two prize slots won't reduce the chance someone doesn't play the Main Event.
So what can you do? Sounds like this will not be an issue moving forward, as Al mentions something different will happen next year, whatever that will be. My guess is it will not involve a 50-odd tournament series.

* I didn't know what I was going to do if I won a seat. The wife was leaning on me hard to pocket the cash, although I felt like I really shouldn't do that for a series like this. I probably would have split the difference and played some Borgata deepstack event I can get to a lot cheaper and cashed out the rest for bills and baby stuff, but I was going to cross that bridge when I came to it.

* Given the cashout issues currently going on, good luck on anyone in the U.S. getting substantial funds out of any poker site by the Main Event.

* It's a wonder we even had a shot at these kinds of prizes to begin with - a 44-person blogger tourney with a 24K prize pool? - so keep it all in perspective. This is constructive criticism, not a controversy. Of course, I'm not sure when I'm getting the overall leaderboard bonus credited to my account either, but that's small beer too.

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Oh, latest ultrasound shows a healthy Baby Girl Heff... so suggestions for names are welcome, as Jenn and I have not come to an agreement on anything, other that we have about 15 great middle names to consider :-)

hey, come play Wednesday night!

1) We've got the AIPS 8-game mix tournament on Stars at 9pm ET - should be fun, already around 40 runners...

2) WTF, I'm the only person registered in the Mookie right now? Come play on Full Tilt tonite at 10pm ET.

It's for fun now, let's have some...

Monday, June 8, 2009

gg me....

Well, I fought as hard as I could Sunday night....

Stars $650 satty was pretty standard (I turned $27 into a Step 4A ticket, so this really was a virtual Lotto ticket) 48 seats for over 900 runners.

I flop a set with 22 vs. KK, boat up on the turn, get paid on every street and get up to the early top 10 in chips with 5K. This would be the high water mark...
Just very odd play in this tourney..
I complete the small blind at 60/120, big blind shoves for 40BB with 44?
Small blind raises, big blind threeballs, small blind shoves for 80BB with 22 and gets snap called by 88....

Anyhow, I really don't get anywhere as we hit hour two, I finally resteal a button open from the big blind with JTs for 18BB and get snap called by A7o and don't spike after a QQ9 flop, I'm out in the high 300s...

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In the BBT4 ToC. I had three main problems for the first three hours.

1) I never had a hand and when I did I got no action.
2) I kept having really tough players with stacks on my left, and it's hard to play free and easy that way.
3) I was playing pretty LOL. I called down three streets blind v. blind with TPNK against Jordan and got pwned by a flopped two pair, that's how bad.

Anyhow, I'm 34 of 41 at the first break, bleed down below 2K in hour two before I make a flush on the river, again blind v. blind with Jordan, and he check/calls my shove on the river with a flopped top pair.

I seriously have AQ like nine hundred times this tournament and never win a pot postflop with it - I either steal the blinds or have to fold post.

I actually fold AQ preflop three times from the blinds in the ToC - which I like never do - twice when there's an EP openraise and a LP threebet from karmarules, and I think a cold fourball shove is a really bad idea given stack sizes and reads (no flop, so I don't know for sure) and once when there's an UTG raise and a short-stacked Jordan in the BB that will get in the pot anyway (AQ no good vs. KJ and AT, by the way, after the river - I must soulread the deck or something)

Anyhow, it takes until 10:30 for me to get back over the starting 5K stack - I win a race shoving TT over kickyourace's open with AQ to get to 8K, then bounce back down below 4K again after making some pretty meh bet/folds on the flop. So, it's time to ruckbox.....

I open shove A7o with 3400 at 200/400/50, Jordan instacalls all in with KK. He has pwned me for months now ever since our heads up Mookie battle. I doesn't matter what I try because I'm always OOP, and he always spikes something.

Flop T76. Turn 8 (a little hope for a chop) River 7. I eliminate Jordan, and get to 7500.

Two hands later, Nightranger opens UTG for 1700, folds around, I shove AKo, he calls all in with JJ and I flop a K to get up over 14K and I feel like IT'S ON NOW baby as we get to two tables...

Of course the old problems crop up again.

- Hoy and jjok have a fuckton of chips on my left...
- I really don't have a lot of chips - I'm 6 of 18 with barely 20BB.
- I never have a hand or a spot to profitably open shove...

I mean, yeah, I restole a few times, basically treaded water, the only way I win a hand is by buying it and blowing peeps off the pot... but I end up blinding down below 10BB as the table runs shorthanded and I see 84o like every other hand.. I finally open shove A9 five handed, jjok snap flats with TT, I don't get there and I bounce on the final table bubble 10th of 44. Sigh...

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Despite this, I felt like I got the most I could out of this run - I'm comfortable with the open shoves, perfectly S.O.P. given stack sizes and spots. I rivered one big hand and sucked out another one vs. Jordan to double through twice, ruckbox me - but otherwise the play was fairly straightforward and standard.

I got too short stacked too early to really open up, and I ended up playing a really uber-TAG game for once as a result, and I was seriously card dead for most of the ToC - which is a pretty painful combination for 3 1/2 hours.

I was ridiculously disciplined - especially with the AQ folds... - maybe too nitty, but I feel good about them regardless of results - and managed to get myself to a place with half the field gone where I was one double up away from really making things happen with a top three stack. I can be satisfied with that.

There really was only one time I folded a big winner - and that would have involved spiking a three outer in a three way pot, so I didn't lose a lot of sleep over that one either...

It's interesting to note, while railing the ToC final table and checking my OPR research - sure enough, the majority of the final table was in the red for tournaments lifetime on FTP (some of those numbers aren't significant, small sample size) - including quite a few of the more than -5K players... That's tournament poker for you, what can you do? Probably pretty certain all those guys crush everywhere else they play....

Anyhow, a decent enough run... I guess I'll try to make bank the old-fashioned way now, $100 at a time, when I'm not painting walls and moving furniture, yadayadayada.

Oh, this was interesting on the prize bubble... Hoy herocalls with ATs.

Full Tilt Poker Game #12686149865: Battle of the Blogger TOC (93186563), Table 6 - 1000/2000 Ante 250 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:16:23 ET - 2009/06/08
Seat 1: hoyazo (42,623)
Seat 3: jjok (45,532)
Seat 5: karmarules (27,947)
Seat 7: ck31 (25,087)
Seat 9: actyper (78,811)
hoyazo antes 250
jjok antes 250
karmarules antes 250
ck31 antes 250
actyper antes 250
ck31 posts the small blind of 1,000
actyper posts the big blind of 2,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
hoyazo raises to 5,200
jjok folds
karmarules folds
AlCantHang (Observer): heh
ck31 folds
actyper calls 3,200
*** FLOP *** [4d Ts Qs]
AlCantHang (Observer): probably not
jjok: thanks for settign this up man......awesome stuff
actyper checks
AlCantHang (Observer): no sweat
hoyazo checks
*** TURN *** [4d Ts Qs] [9d]
actyper has 15 seconds left to act
actyper bets 8,000
hoyazo calls 8,000
*** RIVER *** [4d Ts Qs 9d] [3c]
actyper has 15 seconds left to act
actyper bets 65,361, and is all in
hoyazo calls 29,173, and is all in
Uncalled bet of 36,188 returned to actyper
*** SHOW DOWN ***
actyper shows [4h 4c] three of a kind, Fours
millerd33 (Observer): GOO CK!
hoyazo mucks
actyper wins the pot (86,996) with three of a kind, Fours
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 86,996 | Rake 0
Board: [4d Ts Qs 9d 3c]
Seat 1: hoyazo mucked
Seat 3: jjok folded before the Flop
Seat 5: karmarules (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: ck31 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: actyper (big blind) collected (86,996)

GG to ME winners actyper and jjok.
As usual, I give my chips to a winnerwinnerchickendinner.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I can do research too!

Crazy thunderstorms through Northern Va. made the Internet patchy enough to stop me from playing the Mookie last night.... noticed the field was pretty small - but even then I think this is being a touch alarmist... Mookie numbers should be fine in the long run, although we haven't heard from the big guy in a while...

One thing I was able to do in the last few days is research some results on officialpokerrankings.com, since it does a pretty complete job compiling tournament results on Full Tilt, from HU sit-n-gos up to the biggest MTTs. Now, it has it's shortcomings - it doesn't track that well before 2008, it doesn't track any cash play, you can't account for rakeback... but as a general tool to check if a player is profitable at donkaments, it'll do.

So I looked up everyone in the ToC plus a few other notable names just to see what I could dig up.

No, I'm not reproducing it here, you can find this infomation on your own, it's not a secret.
No, I wasn't checking any other sites, so if you are crushing Stars or BoDog, it's not reflected here.

Anyway, of the 44 players:

- There's about eight players that have been +%ROI in 2008, 2009, and lifetime: I'm lucky enough to be one of those eight, although I don't play high enough to make any substantial profits.

- Another eight or so are clearly profitable players lifetime, but may have had a negative stretch in 2008 or 2009. Some players' lifetime profits comes from one big tourney score - without it they would be in the red - I'm not sure if that makes their numbers any more or less valid than someone with smaller but more numerous, consistent cashes.

- At least 15-20 are -%ROI in 2008, 2009, and lifetime. Some by some pretty substantial percentages, more than -20%.

- There's 5-6 people with lifetime profits over 5K, topping out at around 40K. There's also 5-6 players who are in the hole over 5K lifetime, bottoming out at around 20K.

Past performance does not indicate future results, yadayadayada.

But it was a useful 30 minute exercise.

No plans to update until Sunday night, hopefully with good news.
GL all.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

OK, so I played Skillz

because I have a PLO8 weakness and got sucked into it... good to see 21 players after Riverchasers voided out Monday night.... I actually played pretty decent - PLO8 is so relaxing to me because it fits my mathematical mind pretty well - got up to 6500 or so, then played a big pot with Bayne...

I raise AQ22 single suited hearts UTG (normally I openlimp everything EP in Omaha but I was on autopilot) - he threebets me in MP, it folds around and I repot to basically put him all in because flatting OOP here sucks and I gambool - he naturally sticks it in the middle with
AA95 single suited spades and I don't get there to give him the 10K scoop. After that, I'm just a short stack that bounces 12th of 21. Fun nevertheless.

Will show up for Mookie fun tonite.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

BBT4 review and thoughts, blahblah

Ok, so the final standings are out.... Sixth for May, fourth overall for +400 in bonus mobneys.

Kudos to QueensUP, HighOnPoker, TuscaloosaJohn, Shabazz Jenkins - all you guys gave me a target to aim for I could never quite hit dead center...

I'll throw up BBT3 stats up to just for comparison.

BBT4









Wins FT In Pts In $$ Events Points $$$$$ Pt Avg.
2nd 1 4 6 5 19/20 687.2 $1,043.50 36.17 March
6th 1 5 6 1 18/18 378.7 $148.00 21.04 April
6th 1 5 7 5 16/18 476.7 $269.39 29.79 May










4th 3 14 19 11 53/56 1542.6 $1,460.89 29.11 TOTAL










BBT3








72nd 0 0 3 1 15/19 166.9 $18.26 11.13 March
44th 0 2 3 2 13/19 234.7 $134.85 18.05 April
5th 1 4 6 4 18/18 536.3 $574.32 29.79 May










25th 1 6 12 7 47/56 937.9 $727.43 19.96 TOTAL


A few things to take away from this..

-Hey, at least I was very consistent month to month. 2nd-6th-6th, with a win every month. I think Shabazz ran 5th-2nd-5th to do better. Damn, I wanted that fourth win to get on top of Jordan, though. Guess I'll regret this heads up match for a while....

-But, I played the last two months basically breakeven or a little below.. I rode the first month's cash profits hard, as I couldn't make any big money in April and May. I kept pointing and getting deep, but not making the top three in a Riverchasers or Mookie, where the real $ were this series. I'm not going to sneeze at 110% ROI though, including bonus.

-At least I'm playing better than I was last year. Nice to see a general upslope trend.

I'm still running in the mid-30% ROI on Full Tilt MTTs for 2009 even without the BBT4 results, so at least my success translates to non-blogger events too..

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Some quick words about the BBT4 and blogger tournaments in general.

I'll miss it, I'll be honest - Al would not BS around about this being the last roundup. The series motivated me to get better, play more consistently, work harder on my MTT game.
Not because a $10 or $20 tournament makes or breaks me - but because I love competition, especially with a group of people I've gotten to know (virtually) over the last few years.

The BBT4 was especially nice because I managed to strike up a few chat compadres, and playing in a community can be a wonderful port in a storm.

Online poker can be such a solitary experience. To have a few railbirds when you're deep in a tourney, blogger or not, can be the beam of sunlight in the otherwise dark, dank world of MTTs.

I know there are a lot of old schoolers who have hated the money grubbing, and the chat, and the more, uh, aggressive/douchebag attitude of the newer school players - and I've had my moments at times, I freely admit....

But I've got to say...

-BBT4 was pretty devoid of that catty drama compared to BBT3. It was the exception and not the rule. I enjoyed myself in this series.
Those that stayed away because they were worried about it or just fed up.. - well, I don't know what to tell you.
You missed out, and you were missed.

-Things change, nothing stays the same - communities evolve whether you want them to or not.
Adapt to it or choose to do something else, that's way cool.
But what's that Sopranos line - remember when is the lowest form of conversation?

Anyhow, I've had a ball the last two series. Thanks, Al. It was much appreciated.
Even though I'm worn out, if there's ever a BBT5 I'm still game.... :-)

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This weekend's TOC?
I'm not one to handicap the field or make any specific predictions, mainly because of this...

"Lapp, we need to beat (Kentucky) just once. If we played them one hundred times could we beat them once?"
(Villanova assistant coach Steve) Lappas thought for a moment.
"Maybe" was the best he could finally come up with.
John Feinstein, "A Season Inside"

The TOC isn't going to determine the best blogger player.
We just did that over 56 tournaments and three months of play, and even then there's a lot of short term variance.

All someone needs to do Sunday is hold over 42 other muppets over four hours of play...
Hell, we lose half the field in two hours, the average stack will only be 20BB.
All someone needs to do is run hot and win a few flips... one time.

I've played great and not even sniffed a final table in BBT4.
I've played like total muppet ass and won.

You can boost your odds by playing smart and putting yourself in good spots... hey, I didn't luckbox into every final table...
But even then, someone only has to spike that two outer, have the runner runner come in - once - and you hit the rail.

I'm not going to worry one way or the other about what happens... if I play well and smart and make good decisions, I'm comfortable going out 44th or 5th or 2nd.
But yeah, I think I've got a better shot than most of the field, I'm not going to lie.
I intend to play smart and focused - minimal chat, no BDR or other distractions - and give it my best effort.

I will predict this:

- One or two seats will go to a "respected" player - someone in the BBT4 Top 5, or with a long record of MTT pwnage.
- At least one, and maybe two seats will go to a "are you freaking kidding me" blogger who runs hotter than the Sun and gets it in bad at least twice for all their chips and sucks out.
- Some "unknown" player, probably a semi-pro slumming, or someone with a second rakeback account, picks up that last seat and pisses everyone else off, lol.

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So what now? Well, I can concentrate on the AIPS series a little more and try to get a fourth banana... and I still want to make sure Team Schaubs crushes and stomps for the rest of the 2009 Mookies...

But beyond that.. I'm not sure. I've got until October when babygirlheff arrives. I don't know where I should go from now.

Grind SnGs and slowly profit?
Take some more shots at large field MTTs and finally get past that last 5% of the field for the big mobney?
Learn cash all over again because I'm going to need those skills post-October?

I don't know. Not having a tournament series to play every week suddenly leaves me sans direct motivation.
Thoughts?