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Sunday, May 30, 2010

five alive..

So in my continual efforts to play as many low-buyin series as possible, I ran the AIPS Razz tourney Saturday afternoon, and the PokerSlut HORSE tourney Sunday night. Many parallels here:

-limit games
-small fields (21 for the Ante Up Nation's favored game, 11 for PokerSlut)
-I run well early and build a stack
-3 spots pay
-I hit walls and finish fifth in both, boo losing $11 over almost 5 hours of play.

AIPS was more annoying, simply b/c I'm trying to get Banana Four ( so sick that edwardm111 has won 4 of 8 AIPS this year, almost as nutty as oossuuu75 going 3 or 15 in BBT5) and I had such a smooth ride to an early chip lead, and maintained a small lead entering the final table. Then, as has happened a lot this year, I hit a wall, lost a decent pot and then never got going again.

Villain has shown a tendency to call down with weakish draws that can only beat the ass end of a bettor's range and pay off if they "get there'' and make a second best hand.

We're at 500/1000/50 with a 150 bring-in six handed. Villain covers me with 11K in chips, I have 10K.
K brings in, I raise with (A2)6, villain calls with an 8 up.
Fourth, (A2)63 vs. (xx)85 I bet/he calls.
Fifth, (A2)63A vs. (xx)852 I bet/he calls, pot now 4500.
Sixth, (A2)63A3 vs. (xx)8527, he checks... and this is where I probably botched, because I checked behind as...
-I figured he was calling down with his made 87 or 7 draw anyway, C/R a made 7, and I have a lot of reasons to see seventh for cheap - I probably get a C/R in if I make the 6, I'm certain -
...when I just should have repped the made six and bet out again regardless.

B/C when I brick seventh with a J and now he donks into me... well, while I should call with a bluffcatcher and make him show an 876 and snap-facepalm myself, I doubt he's ever bluffing enough to make it worthwhile even getting almost 5.5-1.

After that I'm like all-time bring in for a level, and when I finally get something, I jam 642 into 765 and don't get there to finish 5th.

PokerSlut was a little different but stranger. I chip up early, give it back in the Stud rounds, roach to an eight-handed final table, then just get pipped every O8 hand I play getting quartered three pots in a row... I survive through Razz before I can't fade people rivering me twice in Stud to finish fifth... which was fine, I wasn't playing that well or catching anyway.

But I look back a few minutes later - and there's a deal four-handed? lolol.

It's a friendly game and all that, so no worries... but man, I thought part of the fun of these games is playing shorthanded, then heads-up, and taking a donkament down to be a winnerwinnerchickendinner... not practicing for your next live tourney when the prospective bubble boy campaigns for a save and everyone agrees just to not be a dick.

Apparently, according to Snuffy, alcohol may have been involved. Surprise! Anyway, he's crushing this set, so good for him, I probably owe him something on a prop in a few weeks anyway.

Have a good Memorial Day all.

Pop is a veteran, so I'll call him up and say thanks, you should do the same to the military peeps you know as well...

Friday, May 28, 2010

no smrt handicapper here...

Well, that little odds post looked dumb when Hoy and LJ went out 16th and 18th after taking the best of it preflop and then having the flop hose them (JJ v. 99, AQ v AT) - and of course allinat420 completely bubbled in 6th when he ran AK into AA and KJs into AK. sigh.

So adamsapple19 was the only one of the four I highlighted who cashed: in 5th.

Good thing I don't predict/bet on sports or anything dumb like that.

Yay to the ME seat winners

Adam27x (plays a ton of cash, no joke, but also no blog/twitter to link up)

and to keepfloppin and adamsapple19 for the 2K in $T they scarfed up for 4th and 5th.

Good to see that the Poker for the Rail tourney might continue in a non-NLHE vein, according to Al's chat after the tourney....

All in all, it's a wonderful gesture by Full Tilt to put up these freeroll mobneys every year for the BBT.
Someday I actually hope to take advantage of them.... :-)

Meanwhile, I decided to run some Stars steps while railing the ToC... and pushed T$27 up to a $215 step 4 ticket, one more step away from a $700 WSOP ME Satellite entry - and I bubbled in 6th for nothing.

Hey, it's just -27, not -215, in the long run, but still... bleh.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

counting down to ToC

And so it ended with more three outers, more dominated hands jamming and getting there, after last night's Mookie.

Final stats are here, as promised.

More follow up on the whole BBT5 experience later this week when I have the time.

I'm not going to get too complex about handicapping the ToC - that can be found elsewhere - but here's my Cliff Notes...

It's a tournament, so anyone can win - you only have to get there once, not 80 or 90% of the time. Sure, it's a very deep, slow structure for a small satellite, but someone runs hot or cold with the deck over four hours of play, that can change everything.

That being said, there's a few players that have a solid record of online or live MTT cashes in some decent size buyins...


I'd be really surprised if these players didn't snag at least two of the five prize slots.

I think experience with end-game satellite play, and playing for five-figure prizes, will prove extremely valuable later tonight.

I'm sure I'll be proven wrong in 12 hours.

Will enjoy railing later tonite...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

and that's that.

done 63 of 101 in the Mookie, but at least it was a hell of a ride.

-get it in on the flop with AA vs. 76 on a 754 flop, hold for early double up to 6K.

-get it in on the flop with 55 vs. JJ on a 234 flop, don't get there, give it all back down to 2500.

Both hands were raised pre before they got to me, I reraised and got flatted, so it's not like I was tarping. Can't win every time.

-build back up over 4K, then donk half the stack off bluffing river with 42o on an AK755 board with a flush and almost getting AQ to fold - thanks Grump...:-)

-jam JJ into 99, double up again.

-somehow win a pot with King high when I donkbet the turn from the blinds in a limped pot, check the river with air, and MHIG.

-finally open AA with 16BB effective in LP, monkey VBPro, who covers, flats from the BB, flop K66 with two spades, I have the As, VBPro checks, I bet, he raises, and I'm like, fuck, did you really call me pre with a 6?
Yep, 64s. I turn a third spade but the board fills him up on the river anyway. Sigh.

Strange, it's the first really "bad beat" I took in the series. Usually I got coolered in a sick spot, or jammed a good hand into a better one (or shit hand into something decent), or lost a flip. Granted, I'm way behind when the money goes in, but I really can't fold in that spot given stack sizes anyway...

Oh, yeah, I took the final kick in the junk by playing the Dookie Razz too. Amazing how the made 7s and six-draws on fifth street never hold or get there. Should have been Gigli, wasn't, made the FINAL TABLE with like 1 chip, out 8/24.

Anyhow, yes, I will update the leaderboard before the ToC, probably late tonight after the Mookie just to get it out of the way - and will post something BBT5 related before tomorrow's 10pmET showdown just because. Given structure, should be 3 1/2 or 4 hours before it's all decided.

One quick thing. If you're checking the leaderboard, or been playing the BBT5... keep playing now. Play the Mookie, play the Very Josie, play the PokerSlut Tour, play whatever charity tourney OhCaptain is running soon, hell, if you love Stars play AIPS... and I'm probably missing something like the old crazy Friday night rebuys... but keep these blogger/community-type tournaments running. Just pick something once or twice a week and play a regular game.

It's kind of depressing to realize most of the people that come out for the BBT don't stick around and just play weekly to play. I like mobney too, but I make that playing randoms doing other things. I run these type of tourneys because I think it's good for the game, and for everyone's else game/sanity, and I will play as often as I can in the future, babygirlheff and life notwithstanding.

Anyhow, I'm basically disappointed overall, because I never even gave it a good, close run in this BBT5: 8th place is not a high water mark to be proud of. But w/e, it happens over the short-term.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

so, so annoying.

I am so frustrated.

I play smart. I never get action on any big pair and have to manufacture every pot I win postflop, I get to the final two tables with about 12K in chips and around 4/18 - yeah, we're all relatively short stacked, but w/e, I can make something happen here. Just need one decent pot to get the ball rolling.

And I proceed to get completely reamed, because people reship offsuit paint like it's the freaking nutz preflop to raises and jams. I get to watch people openraise 86o with just a 10BB stack and call off with second pair on the flop. Oh, and because no one understands Lightning's range, muppets double his short stack through twice before he jams BvB on me for 7BB and I have to call with KdJd -and naturally I'm behind Ad8d - and I flop J - and an Ace on the river..., there goes half my stack.

Shove 55 over an UTG limp and someone reshoves with AJo from MP. So smrt. Ace in the door.

Done 15th. So freaking pissed. Not even a stupid mincash. I'm just so frosted, b/c it's not like I should really be doing anything different.

I have been one pot away so many times in the last few weeks. One more shot Wednesday.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

two more to go.. (stats updated)

and the last Invitational was fairly uneventful.. I swear, I wish I had interesting spots to report and comment on, but really a fairly dry, bleh run.

Slowly chip up to T5500 in the middle of hour two... dump 2K of it by making an ill-advised check min-raise into the nizzles with the third best hand. Keep pushing the little man up the hill, end up a short-stack ninja yet again, get a ton of big stacks at the table to double through, and finally I get coolered here by an OK color commentator...

Blinds 150/300/25, I'm in the SB with T3350 and barely cover Ali Nejad in the BB, who just got to the table. I open raised him once and he folded, but big deal, it was one hand. Third hand BvB, it folds around to me with 97o, I think about stealing but complete, Ali checks.

986 flop, two spades. Well, can't ask for a better flop than that. I lead 600 into the 800 pot, Ali thinks and jams, I snap call thinking I have to fade a flush draw....

...Only Ali flopped the nizzles with T7o and I'm essentially fucked. Like I'm not felting TP/OESD in that spot. Oh well, pretty much the only flop I'm going broke on while basically drawing dead. I hang out for another orbit with 1BB before I finally toss it in with Ax vs. Ali's 66 and bounce. 30th of 106.

By the way, Ali's next three hands after he basically busts me? AA holds v A9 AIPF, fold, QQ holds v. KJ AIPF, up to 14K just like that. Sigh. But, to be honest, if I have a stack in that spot, I can survive the cooler. My own fault for not having enough chips 11 levels in to make a difference.

So basically I min-cashed one Invitational... between the vastly different player pool and the large number of dead stacks (I had at least two at every table each week I played) it sure played a lot different than the other BBT5 tourneys. Plus, I'm just not getting any action anymore, period. Every time I do, it is inevitably when I have air, not even an OK holding - or when I'm coolered/crushed like tonite. My timing has sucked the entire series run - and it's probably because I've tightened up way too much to adjust for all the landmines a BBT field inevitably has...

BTW, I'm not sure how, but kudos to USAF_Trevor for lighting the invitationals on fire - that's all he's played and here are his results... Six events, four cashes, over $550 in free money with one bubble.

Super kudos to CK for hooking me up with an Invitational #1 summary, so now the stats page is complete and updated with Sunday's results... woot!

And special shoutout to those who are 16/16 and played every BBT event so far
hoyazo, numbbono, columbo, cmitch, niktak

Two more shots. GoGo Monday night!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

aha, your unofficial BBT5 stats are here!

After the last post, where I tossed off the idea of looking back at my own BBT stats, I got it in my head to try to pull together an unofficial standings board. Well, I'm not the most smartest Excel worker, but I think I got something together that works.

You can take a look at the standings page here, sorted by mobneys won.

No surprise who's been crushing..


- I don't have the first BBT Invitational results outside of the final table b/c I didn't play in it, so that's the only hole I have in the sheet. If you have the summary file in your hand history, or can request an Excel summary from FTP Support and pass it along to me, I'd reallyreallyreally appreciate it.

-Since the payout structures are way tighter for the Mookie than the other two tourneys, figured it would be useful to have a points column (top 20%) to simulate a BBT3/BBT4 points race as well as a money column. Points are figured via standard Stars TLB formula, no rake included.

-Since there's no buy-in for the Invitationals, the way I figured it out for points calculations was to divide prize pool by entrants - which made those tourneys about $17-$20, slotted right in between the Mookie and PftR.

-Bubble means bubble for a ToC seat. Everyone feel for twoblackaces - he had a run of finishes - 3rd (bubble) / 47th / 2nd (bubble) / 5th / 3rd.

Other interesting nuggets.

Most times in the money:
5 - twoblackaces, BadBlood, riggstad, Astin

Most final tables
4 - twoblackaces, NewInNov, 10 others with 3

Most times in the imaginary points:
6 - twoblackaces, four others with 5

VinNay and TripJax have both a ToC Seat and a bubble finish.

If we had a points race, twoblackaces would only be 20-some points behind oossuuu754, and both are about 200 points clear of the field.

People doing really well without a ToC Seat, besides TBA.
BadBlood - 13 events, 2 final tables, 5 cashes,
riggstad- 11 events, 3 final tables, 4 cashes,
Astin - 13 events, 3 final tables, 5 cashes,
actyper - 7 events, 3 final tables, 4 cashes, 1 bubble
RNallin - 9 events, 3 final tables, 3 cashes, 1 bubble
Rake Feeder - 9 events, 2 final tables, 4 cashes
OtisDart - 7 events, 3 final tables, 3 cashes

People who wish we could start over, besides me.
edgie, 0 cashes for 14 events, one pts finish
niktak, 0 cashes for 14 events, one pts finish
Lucko, 0 cashes for 12 events one pts finish
Cracknaces, 0 cashes for 11 events, one pts finish
Waffles, 0 cashes for 9 events, one pts finish

Adam27x played one BBT5 tourney, won his seat, bink!

People who have won a tourney in BBT4 and BBT5
Shabazz Jenkins, hoyazo, pvanharibo, VinNay, jjok

People who have won a tourney in BBT3, BBT4 and BBT5

People who have won a tourney in BBT3 and BBT4, but not BBT5
Tuscaloosa John, Lucko, Columbo, Bone_Daddy84, Julkeus, Smokkee, Shipfaced12... and me.

I'm 55th on the money board with 1 final table and 3 cashes in 14 events - which I suppose is passable and within normal variance, but underwhelming.

I'm running the AIPS Razz tourney today, and will see if I can get something going in these last three BBT5 tourneys.

And sure, I'll update the stats page now that I see how easy it is. Woot Excel.

EDIT: LOLOLO it's the Razz qualifier freeroll, not the actual AIPS tourney, God I'm an idiot.
Plus, even though it's a Razz qualifier, it was a Stud tourney, which I hatehatehate. I wondered why people were playing a lot more wide open than normal. I flame out nicely before the first break.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

another one by the boards..

and there's very little to say about it.

I played the Mookie, slowly chipped up to about T6000 during hour two - I made more out of simply betting flops and turns, than when I flopped sets and two pairs - by hour two the only way I won any chips was by stealing them, because I wasn't catching cards or hitting boards, that's for sure - I limped into hour three, until these two hands show how much you really don't control in MTTs.

Blinds 200/400/50

Corron10 jams UTG+1 for 2555, folds around.
I tank fold 55 on the button with 4265 b/c I just feel like it's a really thin spot for me, a flip a best.
Cmitch with a big stack calls in the BB with A9s, Corron10 shows 77.
OK, smart me, why spew on a two outer or having to fade like four overcards?
Board runs clean, I would have almost 10K if I'm in there.

Two hands later, all fold around, I open jam A9o for 4165, corron10 wakes up with TT and I don't get there, 30 of 91, pffffffffffffffffffttttttttttttt. I make one thin call, he's not even there to take me out.

No hands of intrigue tonite. 15/18 down in BBT5.

I've been thinking about taking a look at trends over the last three years - who's getting better, who's getting worse (me) - too bad FTP doesn't generate summaries like the ones Stars does when you play a MTT, I could probably plug in results and mock up a pseudo-leaderboard like AIPS does pretty quickly... :-(

Anyhow, let me try to get the mojo back through PLO8 and go again Sunday.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

well, I'm getting there...

too bad I don't have two more months to work it out...

8/68 in the PftR tourney Monday, so first final table and third cash for BBT5, not horribad.

Of course I had to gambool/get it in bad a couple of times to make it so.

jam OESD/overs/flush draw withT9s on 87x flop into VinNay's AKo and get there.
then TT>JJ for 70BB preflop when I get frustrated with a minraising muppet I've seen a few times with an interesting playing history (if I didn't know better I'd swear he was someone's second account, remember emptyman/125will from BBT4?).
He pwned me hard, but Ten on the flop, I get to the first break with T9000 in 3/54, so not too bad.

I gradually build up and play smart/solid for a couple of hours - finally suck out vs twoblackaces when he raises the button and I defend the BB with A9o, and when the flop comes A9x I get him to jam into me with on the turn with AQ... and I get to the final two tables with a 20K stack, 3/18.

And again, the bottom falls out, only not as spewy this time,

-Raise 66, get jammed on for 9bb from CK, call off vs. 77 and don't get there. Freaking never playing 66 with shallow stacks ever again.
-Raise 77, get re-raised by table AGRRODONK from the blinds, call and fold an AQx flop,
-and suddenly, I'm down to 10K and treading water.

I actually try to play smart short-stack ninja poker, and it works long enough to get me to the final table with 20BB. But nothing good happens there either, and eventually I have to call a 7BB jam with A4s and whiff, followed by getting it in on the flop with J4 vs. Ks8s on a 7s4s2x flop and not fading the entire world of draws. Dunzo 8th.

I think I got what I could out of the run, Yeah, I gambool early but I think that's necesssary in these BBT tourneys where most players will call very light, or very tight. Waiting for a lock spot is death.

I'm adjusting slowly but surely. I just don't have a lot of time to bear fruit.

Mookie time Wednesday!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I do not like Frosty...

The 5th BBT invitational went a lot better than most of the blogger tourneys I've run in the last month. I actually made it to hour three for once.

Nitted up like crazy early on and couldn't get a damn thing going - finally got myself up to 8K with a boat v. nut flush, then spiraled down below 4k before I finally went on a heater...

Shove TT into 77, hold.
Fill up with K9 on AK99x board, extract some value.
call button jam with KK in the blinds, hold v A6s.
raise/call shorty shove with 44, hold vs. 33.
call CO jam with QQ in the blinds, hold v. A9o.

And you too can have 30K and a brief chip lead in a BBT event for like 10 seconds by doing nothing by playing your cards. Sure, I actually did some other things that were interesting, but no one wants to hear about that anyway...

When we got to two tables and passed the money bubble, the bottom fell out.

-Raise/call a button jam for 9bb with AQo, can't get there vs. 88.
-Raise/fold BvB to a 11BB jam (I never do this. I did it twice in this tournament. I think it was correct both times)
-Raise QQ, no action
-Raise/call another 11BB jam from the same villain, but this time 66 can't spike vs... 88 again.
-And as the blinds go up, I'm UTG with Q9s and 7bb, I shove and get called by the BB with AQ, and again, I don't get there and go from almost 2x average to out in two orbits.

13 of 112, which is good, and better than I've been doing - but still completely unsatisfying.

When I get that deep with that kind of stack - I expect to final table - I will take my chances once I get there. Not doing so is a FAIL on my part.

My play is better, or the cards are coming and I'm getting action - one or the other, or both. But I'm obv wasting my run goot mojo on everything else but this series.

See you Monday night.

my date night with a blogger

So, I end up running some errands all day Saturday, pocket the T$215 from the SCOOP satty, miss the HORSE tournament (which was probably good, because if I had a run like Grump I’d be on monkey tilt for weeks) get a haircut, and run another bar tourney where I end up second again (threehanded AJ can't hold v QJ allin pre, and AJ can't fade K5s on a AJx flop when the flush comes in - bleh) When I get home, I naturally decide to run the nightly $55s on Stars and FTP.

Stars tourney suckedsuckedsucked. I kept running into big hands and was done in an hour and change. FTP tourney was very amusing, mostly because I spent four hours and over 200 hands with twoblackaces as our table never freaking broke.

One, it was cool to play with him, but two, it got even better because of the table chat, when I got it in my head to start screwing with people.

It started after a hand where TBA open minraised and got three callers, including villain in the big blind,

Flop 887 with two diamonds, it checks around.
Turn 4c, villain donkbets pot, TBA calls.
River 6h, villain donks pot again, TBA tank calls with 65 for the turned straight.
Villain mucks Q8o and is NOT amused.

Villain then bones me a few hands later when he flats my AA preflop open with TT and spikes a QQT flop, and I double him up - and then the chat comes…

heffmike: i really hate this game
Gdempsey: I really hate ni@@ers
Gdempsey: like two black aces (obv reading too much into his avatar)
heffmike: good, you'll always be low class scum. congratulations.

Then I jam 55 into his UTG raise with KK for 11BB effective and spike a runner runner wheel to double through. So I decide to start fucking with the guy now that I’m freerolling. My whole goal was to amuse myself and keep provoking him to continue his dodo chat. I hate that I’m a dyslexic typist b/c one of my hands types faster than the other.

heffmike: prolly shouldn't drop n-bombs. FTP RNG has ears
Gdempsey: winning like a ni@@er suckout is one &&%% off biatch
Gdempsey: your mother has ears too...and I bust my nut all up in that
heffmike: you do know we all evolved from african monkeys, right? we all black sir.
Gdempsey: fa@@ot ni@@a
heffmike: slurpslurp
Gdempsey: I'm not biatch...
Gdempsey: there's a difference btwn black and ni@@er dumba@@
heffmike: you are not really gay if you only are a top and not a bottom. so I see your point.
heffmike: you are pretty smart afterall
heffmike: tell me more.

Gdempsey: you're you're thinking biatch
Gdempsey: being suckout freeloading ni@@er is different than being someone that contributes to society
Gdempsey: biatch
heffmike: oh, I see, he spiked when you slowplayed like a chump and now you are angry.
heffmike: I'm sorry about that
Gdempsey: nah...just pointing out a suckout ni@@er when I see one
heffmike: ok. now you will probably not win another pot.
heffmike: since he just got there (TBA just bet the river in a pot we all were in with like two UNO cards or something)
heffmike: lol
Gdempsey: wtf are you talking about?
Gdempsey: go smoke some more of whatever your smoking you smelly ni@@er

So I change the game because Asian epithets are more amusing. TBH, he rolled with it pretty well.

heffmike: actually, I'm a lirre asian man, so give me your best jap jokes sir.
heffmike: let's see if you have any game there.
Gdempsey: I live in slant eye nip
heffmike: wonderful. I'm sure you are a beloved character there.
heffmike: the japanese LOVE outsiders.
Gdempsey: yep...pretty much b/c we run the country since we f'd em up after they tried to act tough
Gdempsey: so fluck you and your dirty no soul havin asian ethnicity
heffmike: we aren't horses or sharks, we have souls. full of rice and karate, but souls nonetheless.
Gdempsey:'re all biatch a@@ slant eyed nips
heffmike: NIps? likethe cracker? they are quite tasty, better than cheez its.
heffmike: some japs probably invented it.
Gdempsey: probably...they are robots with no souls
Gdempsey: and nothing better to do
heffmike: providing tasty treats, cars, and cartoons are good enough, aren't they

But finally the fun is over…

Gdempsey: i've been warned for my you tattle tails can relax
Gdempsey: lol
Gdempsey: dumba@@es
heffmike: hahaha.
heffmike: wasn't me, I was enjoying you too much
Gdempsey: don't enjoy take it in the deuce
Gdempsey: lol
Gdempsey: I'm not comfortable with that
heffmike: I only let my wife do that.

.. and now I actually have to play pokah with one last fun moment just before the third break.

Blinds 120/240/25. Some momo open limps in EP, I make it 1125 in the hijack with a T4500 stack, villain jams for 2800.behind me

heffmike: i guess I need to make a bad call and get there.
Gdempsey shows [9c 9h]
heffmike shows [Kh Js]
*** FLOP *** [6h 4d Ah]
*** TURN *** [6h 4d Ah] [Jh]
*** RIVER *** [6h 4d Ah Jh] [6s]
Gdempsey shows two pair, Nines and Sixes
heffmike shows two pair, Jacks and Sixes
heffmike wins the pot (6,435) with two pair, Jacks and Sixes
heffmike: gg
Gdempsey (Observer):, terrible call. hiroshima...remember it biatch.
heffmike: ladies and gentlemen, gdempsey! reloading at an online payment processor near you!
heffmike: don't forget to tip him, he really does need it. GL sir.

At some point during that hour TBA made a really bad hero call when he led the river, got jammed into by runner-runner trips, and called with top pair. So he was down to 4BB when this happened.

twoblackaces raises to 625, and is all in
heffmike raises to 1,200
heffmike shows [Th Ad]
twoblackaces shows [Ac 4s]
heffmike: gl
*** FLOP *** [Kd 7d 2d]
*** TURN *** [Kd 7d 2d] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [Kd 7d 2d 4h] [Ah]

Hard to hit a flop any harder than that on my end and not hold. Two outs FTW.

We both basically stay out of each other’s way for the most part as we get to and through the money bubble – and then I get silly when he opens 3x from the cutoff at 400/800/100 with a 19K stack – and I resteal shove with a 17K stack and A4o…. and he snaps with AKs, flop runs out QK7AJ anyway and I’m toast in 124th for a min, min cash. Soon after that, he wins another big pot with a rivered flush vs. a flopped set and has a top 5 stack. FML.

I will say this: TBA’s got a very solid MTT game. He doesn’t get out of line very much, and when he does, he picks his spots very well. I’ve never seen someone be able to get stacks in the middle as a 70/30 favorite or better as much as he did (including my dumb ass)

I really botched up jamming in that spot as I don’t think he range is wide enough for the jam to be +EV. Obv he has a trivial call with AKs, but I don’t think I get him to dump enough rag aces and small pairs to make it worthwhile. Just a dumb move in a badly timed spot.

Maybe he sends me a piece later after he final tables this thing or something (he’s 6/26 as I write this) as I’m solely responsible for keeping him alive and gifting him a 40BB stack to work with post bubble.

All in all, it was the most fun I've had playing in a MTT in a longlong time. Wonderful stuff.

So, I can still play this game. As long as I’m not around a blogger.

That could present a problem over the next few weeks.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I copy grump..

So I decided on a whim to try one of the SCOOP $215 HORSE satellites this AM, after reading about Grump taking one down.

Not all that hard, actually - I was kind of surprised.

I hit a pretty big stack running AA into JJ in LHE that put me 2x average with 12 players left for 6 seats, so I just had to maintain my stack and not do anything stupid - actually that was the hard part for me.

I have some errands to run this afternoon, so I'm not sure if I'm going to play the $215 or just take the $T. We shall see.

I am lucky that the entire rest of the family is off to NYC on a Girl Scout trip, so it's soloHeff weekend here at the house. Ah, peace and quiet.

I did head out to a rare free bar poker night for me Friday (since the baby and a work schedule change, I don't get to do these things much anymore.) Basically two turbo 45-man SnGs.

I won the first one and finished second in the second one, playing the same woman heads up both times. I got it in good both times for all the chips, one time I held and the other I didn't. Skill game obv.

God, I forgot how easy it is playing live. I had like two decisions in six hours that took more than a second to ponder. I think one was calling off my stack to a pot-sized river jam with one pair, holding T4o, and knowing I was good. Such a nice change of pace from playing online where you actually gotta think about what you are doing every hand.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

hey, four card report...

Long story short, no cashes in either SCOOP PLO8 event.
I'm not even playing past 1030pm. Which is good and bad.

Of note, if you want the long story:

I basically miss the first hour of both tourneys and fire up the tables down to about 4700 of the starting 5K stack.
Things get moving quickly, though. First in the 109.

Villain is SuperNovaElite, but like never plays tournaments.
Hijack limps 40, Villain calls, I raise to 175 from the button with AT62 nut hearts, all fold, villain calls.

Flop 874, two spades, villain ck/calls 300.
Turn Tc, so I have top pair, nut low and a junk gutterball. Villain cks, I bet 600, he raises to 2850, and I figure I'm probably not behind that much given action and read, jam, and see 9753 with spades and a bunch of draws.
River is the 9d and I scoop a 9K pot.

Then in the 11.

Three limps at 25/50, I check from the BB with 9885.
Flop 974 with heart draw. SB leads for 200 pot, I call, two other momos call.
Turn is 6c, so at least I have the second nut straight, SB donks 1K, I flat, all fold.
River is the Ts, so I should still be good, SB check, I value bet 2K, he calls with a flopped set of sevens, no redraws or lows, nice 7K pot for me.

After that, I play just fine, but I really don't get a lot of momentum going, which has been an issue lately in MTTs for me. I can get that initial double up, but can't keep it going past that. It's probably a function of playing so many SnGs, where I don't have to accumulate that many chips to ensure a cash given structures.

Things move along, I get hosed/outplayed/whatever in the 109 by the same SNE..

SNE with 15K stack opens from the cutoff to 210 at 30/60, I flat the button with 8K stack and A763 nut diamonds, SB folds, BB with 5K stack raises to 780, SNE flats, and I feel like I need to call.

Flop 642r, which isn't bad. But the BB donks pot, then SNE repots, which puts me all in.... and I tankfold the current nut low with top pair. I figured one of these guys have me crushed...

But they flip over AT52 and A852 with nothing but backdoor draws and third pair. Sigh.

Turn 3h. Now I feel good for folding, I just got counterfeited.
River 5s. Nice two outer, I'd have the nut high if I punted my stack on the flop. Oh well.

Anyway, I get through the second and third breaks with around an average stack in both tourneys. Hour 4 hoses me in the 11.

I overlimp AKKJ with nut clubs after UTG and UTG+1 both limp for 300, I have 15K to start the hand. Blinds come along, five to a flop.
Flop K72r, checks around to me, I bet 1200 into 1500, blinds fold, both limpers call.
Turn is Jd putting up a diamond draw. Limpers check, I bet 5K into the 5100 pot, UTG tank folds, UTG+1 finally calls - he has me covered to start the hand. So pot's already 15K, I've got about 8500 behind.
River is the Tc and UTG+1 checks... and at first I think I should check behind - and I probably do in the 109, as I really shouldn't get called by anything I beat.
But in the 11, all sorts of hands will end up calling you here, nothing got there but the straight draw, everything else missed... so I jam and get snapped off by AQT3 with three diamonds for the runner-runner Broadway, and I'm dunzo around 2200 of the 7K field

At first I was like, WTF with that turn call... and I can see he has a ton of I guess there's enough equity - but then again, when he hits the low he'll be chopping, I probably won't pay off a flush, when he whiffs the river there goes half his stack for no reason in a limped pot... - so I don't know.
All I know was the guy that grinds $1-3 tourneys like it's his job and is -40% ROI pwned me with a spiked river card. - course he was done in the 1400s and didn't cash either.

In the 109 I make the fourth break and finally get over 15K after the first two hands coming back, then I misplay a hand and drop 4K, before finally going busto here..

UTG with 21K limps 500, I raise to 2K with A632 (probably bad given situation), all fold, UTG flats.
Flop K43 with two clubs, and UTG pots the flop... and I decide to gambool - I have nut low draw and one pair, hey, I have the Ac, so he probably doesn't have a flush draw either - and jam my last 5K on top of the lead. He calls with A942 with a nine-high club draw, and I'm basically boned.
Turn and river blank out, I can't even salvage a quarter of the pot, the pair of fours hold and I'm done 498 of 2041.

Both times, I basically got gambool with good, solid PLO8 holdings in spots where I'm usually notched when I get action. Again, not as patient as I should be, but that's pretty standard for me lately. I should be better that that. At least it only cost me $11 for the lesson with the points entry to the 109 - even though I should have learned all this stuff by now.

Let me try and clear my head for a little while and come back refreshed Sunday. Or maybe not.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

maybe I should just play regular tourneys...

AIPS: nothing happened of note, got that 1500 starting stack up to 3000 bit by bit, made the final two tables, had to bet/fold a flop and then jam A8s into JJ to go out 17 of 57.

Mookie: This was another completely unremarkable disaster. I swear, every time I get threebet lately I have the absolute bottom of my range. Just didn't do anything of note, finally decided to jam over the habitual minraiser at the table with 88 and 16BB (I'd done this 3-4 times already) and he finally had a hand with TT. I'm done 66/96, but I made the break again - pfft, joy.

What an complete noshow so far in BBT5. 11 tournies, one cash, one bubble, no final tables.

Funny thing is, everything else I'm running is fine and dandy.

* Ran up two Step 6 tickets on FTP from that $75 investment - which was probably one level too many, as there are a ton of tourneys you can play for a Step 5 $216 ticket - but only the weekly WSOP Sunday satty and the 150-man next month take a Step 6. So I guess I can take two shots and see what happens...

*Turned Stars points into a win and seat in the SCOOP PLO-8 M tourney Thursday afternoon ($109) - so I'll probably run that and the $11 and see what happens. The SCOOP structure is just way too long for anyone with a job/life/infant to deal with, but I'll try with a game I'm strongest at, one I made a deep run in last year.

*SnGs continue to treat me well, especially on FTP. $$$

So unlike last year, where BBT4 propelled me into a pretty good year, I'm basically funding BBT5 with everything else I'm doing. Good thing this series is a lot smaller and costs a ton less.

So, maybe I can actually make something substantial happen tomorrow, even if I never run goot on Stars.

Monday, May 10, 2010

oh, now laugh at me for not folding/jamming again.

I actually, somehow, flopped the nut flush and got 52s to stack off on the turn, along with some other hands, so I am freaking cruising at this point.
Then I cooler myself and punt 120BB like a dickhead.

Full Tilt p0ker Game #20742562510: p0ker from the Rail Tournament (158639449), Table 2 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:30:42 ET - 2010/05/10
Seat 1: RNallin (3,675)
Seat 2: ekrr (3,725)
Seat 3: asphnxma (1,262)
Seat 4: BadBlood (3,469)
Seat 6: lightning36 (6,700)
Seat 7: LukeChristoffer (4,695)
Seat 8: heffmike (6,744)
Seat 9: Adam27X (6,370)
RNallin posts the small blind of 25
ekrr posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [5h 5d]
asphnxma folds
BadBlood folds
lightning36 calls 50
LukeChristoffer folds
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike calls 50
Adam27X folds
RNallin folds
ekrr checks
*** FLOP *** [5c 9c 6h]
ekrr has 15 seconds left to act
ekrr checks
lightning36 bets 100
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike raises to 400
ekrr folds
lightning36 raises to 750
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike calls 350
*** TURN *** [5c 9c 6h] [3s]
lightning36 bets 1,675
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike raises to 5,944, and is all in
lightning36 calls 4,225, and is all in
heffmike shows [5h 5d]
lightning36 shows [6s 6c]
Uncalled bet of 44 returned to heffmike
*** RIVER *** [5c 9c 6h 3s] [8h]
heffmike shows three of a kind, Fives
lightning36 shows three of a kind, Sixes
lightning36 wins the pot (13,475) with three of a kind, Sixes
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 13,475 | Rake 0
Board: [5c 9c 6h 3s 8h]
Seat 1: RNallin (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: ekrr (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 3: asphnxma didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: BadBlood didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: lightning36 showed [6s 6c] and won (13,475) with three of a kind, Sixes
Seat 7: LukeChristoffer didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: heffmike showed [5h 5d] and lost with three of a kind, Fives
Seat 9: Adam27X (button) didn't bet (folded)

When does lightning not have me overset/hold 78 with this line? Fucking stupid.
I pot control the flop specifically to not spew into 99/66, then do it on the turn anyway.


58 of 68. Now I'm really pissed. All the silly resteals, the light stack-offs with 10BB in this series, they happen, especially the random way I play - but to do this is so so so bad, to not understand who you are playing, the situation, to think it over for a couple of streets and still make the mistake anyway... I had a golden opportunity for a deep run and chucked it.

Anyway, seven more shots left, whee.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

kind of groundhog day here.

made it just past the second break of BBT Invitational 4. 43 of 107 is not where I need to be.

I'm just not able to make something happen in hour two no matter what I do. I actually went over 100 hands without showing down anything, I either blind stole or had to fold postflop. Just carddead, never getting action with the rare big hands and always getting played back at when I'm light. Timing is not my friend at the moment.


After having far too many people flat my opens pre and donk the flop, I finally check-shove a flop for some chips, then decide to flip with AKs for 50BB (FTrain opens UTG, I 3x it from the button, he jams, I snap) and outflop JJ.

Then I get moved tables and I don't win another pot postflop for the rest of the tourney. I sink back down to 3K, steal my way back to 4500, play an oh-so trappy hand with PirateLawyer where I raise AQs, he flats KK in the blinds, and checks all three streets (I bet 985r flop, check behind on J turn and Q river). So I should be busto but survive another few hands.

After the break, I'm in the BB and oossuuu754 jams his button for 14K with a dead stack in the SB at 120/240/25. Knowing how wide he opens with a big stack, I go ahead and call off 9BB with K6o.

Once again, it's another one of those "doesn't matter if I have AA or 72" allins, as he shows 66 and the case 6 comes on the turn, and I finally busto.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

streak poofed quick..

Well, I had a streak of making every BBT5 break that lasted until tonight.

But I really should have been chipleader five minutes in.

Hand in question. Five hands in, still 15/30 blinds.
75% on the flop (wow), 86% on the turn.

Full Tilt Poker Game #20613571039: The Mookie (157063636), Table 7 - 15/30 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:04:46 ET - 2010/05/05
Seat 1: photojenn (3,690)
Seat 2: Joanne1111 (3,165)
Seat 3: DeepChitNJ (2,955)
Seat 4: adamsapple19 (2,955)
Seat 5: MrBugadog (2,970)
Seat 7: heffmike (2,820)
Seat 8: ravensfutbal (3,045)
Seat 9: Rakewell (2,400)
MrBugadog posts the small blind of 15
heffmike posts the big blind of 30
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [8s 4d]
ravensfutbal folds
Rakewell calls 30
photojenn folds
Joanne1111 folds
DeepChitNJ folds
adamsapple19 has 15 seconds left to act
adamsapple19 folds
MrBugadog calls 15
heffmike checks
*** FLOP *** [5s 6h 7d]
MrBugadog checks
heffmike bets 90
Rakewell raises to 270
MrBugadog raises to 990
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike raises to 2,790, and is all in
Rakewell has 15 seconds left to act
Rakewell calls 2,100, and is all in
MrBugadog has 15 seconds left to act
MrBugadog has requested TIME
MrBugadog calls 1,800
heffmike shows [8s 4d]
Rakewell shows [5c 6c]
MrBugadog shows [3s 4h]
*** TURN *** [5s 6h 7d] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [5s 6h 7d 2s] [5h]
heffmike shows a straight, Eight high
MrBugadog shows a straight, Seven high
heffmike wins the side pot (840) with a straight, Eight high
Rakewell shows a full house, Fives full of Sixes
Rakewell wins the main pot (7,200) with a full house, Fives full of Sixes
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 8,040 Main pot 7,200. Side pot 840. | Rake 0
Board: [5s 6h 7d 2s 5h]
Seat 1: photojenn didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Joanne1111 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: DeepChitNJ didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: adamsapple19 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: MrBugadog (small blind) showed [3s 4h] and lost with a straight, Seven high
Seat 7: heffmike (big blind) showed [8s 4d] and won (840) with a straight, Eight high
Seat 8: ravensfutbal didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: Rakewell showed [5c 6c] and won (7,200) with a full house, Fives full of Sixes

I love Poker Grump. He writes a great blog, and usually has a wonderful read for where he's at in hands, especially live cash games.

But this was a godawful fuckkit call on his part for 80BB effective in a tournament.

Limped pot, I pot the second nuts on a rainbow board to build a pot, there's a raise and reraise for a third of the SB's stack in front of me, so the likelihood of him folding to a jam is like 1%... AND I stick it in anyway?

Let's see, limped pot preflop with basically 90BB behind pretty much discounts any pairs TT and above - I'm only in for 90 chips plus the blind... it's very possible one of these guys spiked two pair or a combo draw with 87/86/46/45/etc. So what am I shoving into these guys with given that I'm getting called more often than not?

Bottom two pair basically sucks against that range, we're looking at sets/straights and combo draws, and maybe an overpair if you think I really suck. Hell, 56 is drawing dead against a decent portion of that range, even counting card removal for 55 and 66.

Anyway, I still have 20BB after the hand, so I float around for a couple of levels... I finally open AcTc in EP for 275 over a limper with a 1K stack, and Grump flats... which sucks given relative stack sizes, he has to have a hand here. Flop comes AK9 with two spades, which is great and sucks at the same time, I go ahead and jam pot into AdQd and bounce 90th of 99.

I sweated Jenn for a while, she got busted on this hand...

Photojenn limps Ah9h UTG for 100 with 4700 in chips, UTG+1 pots to 350, BB flats (LOL you'll see why), she flats.
Flop Jh8h5c. BB ledes 500, jenn minraises, UTG+1 folds, BB calls.
Turn Tc, BB tanks, donks 1K into a 3100 pot. Jenn jams for 3500. BB TANK CALLS with Js7c.
River bricks, she's out in 73rd.

I love everything but the flop minraise, I thought it should have been larger.
I really love people calling off and sticking 50BB stacks in the middle with TPNK and a gutter draw - hell, she's basically 50-50 on the flop and still 40-60 on the turn.
I hate when I told the wifey I'd ship her $50 if villain called and won while he was tanking, though.

So at least I had some fun Wednesday.

I really really want to play some SCOOP tourneys, but if they are taking 14-18 hours just to get to the final table... ugh, last year's PLO8 run freaking tilted me for days... I will have to reevaluate.

Halfway down the BBT5.

I still feel good despite only cashing once out of eight tourneys. If I get there, great, but I'm not going to worry about results. Do I like how I'm playing? If so, then it's all good.

EDIT: gogogo LJ FTW! What an awesome display of big-stack poker. Nice run.

hey, I have a small screenshot now.

Well, I either burned up all my rungoot or just set the table for the next few weeks.

Played 3 SnGs before I went to bed.

1/9 in one PLO8 tourney.
3/9 in another, where I went from 66% of chips in play to out in 5 very cooler hands.

And this.

Ended up having to put BabyGirlHeff down in the middle of this run - kind of nice reading her a story about Winnie-the-Pooh's colors while coasting through a 90-man. She fell asleep with about two tables left, and I took it from there.

I did make some nice coolers hold, KK over QQ, AA over 99 on the final table bubble - but had to zig and zag for a while as the short stack four-handed, but we were still deep (I had 20BB) for a 90-man so I had a little bit of time.

I got the worst player at the table to double me up twice (TPNK vs. the flopped nizzles, and an A5s vs. A7o hand where I had the nut flush draw on a AQ7 flop and binked it), went heads up with a slight chip lead, and crushed within 20 hands to finally close out a NLHE tourney for the first time in a while - even in SnGs I usually finish first in PLO8 and second in NLHE.

So, yeah, I'll take +787% ROI for 2 1/2 hours work, sure.

And one other thing - doing this is soooo much easier than taking down a BBT tourney.

Sure, there are still meh players out there - but as a whole, bloggerdom has gotten a LOT better at tournaments over the last few years. Even the worst blogger doesn't make half the mistakes you see at the $20-$50 MTT/SNG level all the time, night after night.

But hopefully I can catch a few boo-boos during

The Mookie at BDR.

and make something great happen as we hit the halfway point of BBT5.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

fake bubble...

long story short - basically make it to hour three in the BBT5 Poker from the Rail tourney by jamming AK into TT and flopping an A, then getting another UTG raise with AA some action and getting it in pre vs. AK and holding....

Stay afloat with my usual juggling of raising crap because everyone now thinks I'm an ubernit and then having everyone fold when I actually have something.. float between 8K and 10K forever, then I go out on the exact money bubble with this...

Full Tilt Poker Game #20565941551: Poker from the Rail Tournament (157326801), Table 8 - 300/600 Ante 75 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:28:31 ET - 2010/05/04
Seat 1: Julius_Goat (13,901)
Seat 3: riggstad (4,890), is sitting out
Seat 4: Julkeus (19,819)
Seat 5: BadBlood (19,269)
Seat 6: Bone_Daddy84 (15,850)
Seat 8: RNallin (4,971)
Seat 9: heffmike (7,223)
Julius_Goat antes 75
riggstad antes 75
Julkeus antes 75
BadBlood antes 75
Bone_Daddy84 antes 75
RNallin antes 75
heffmike antes 75
heffmike posts the small blind of 300
Julius_Goat posts the big blind of 600
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [As Jd]
riggstad folds
Julkeus folds
BadBlood folds
Bone_Daddy84 raises to 1,800
RNallin folds
heffmike has 15 seconds left to act
heffmike raises to 7,148, and is all in
Julius_Goat folds
Bone_Daddy84 calls 5,348
heffmike shows [As Jd]
Bone_Daddy84 shows [Th Ts]
*** FLOP *** [Ac Ks 7h]
*** TURN *** [Ac Ks 7h] [Tc]
*** RIVER *** [Ac Ks 7h Tc] [Ad]
heffmike shows three of a kind, Aces
Bone_Daddy84 shows a full house, Tens full of Aces
Bone_Daddy84 wins the pot (15,421) with a full house, Tens full of Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 15,421 | Rake 0
Board: [Ac Ks 7h Tc Ad]
Seat 1: Julius_Goat (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: riggstad folded before the Flop
Seat 4: Julkeus folded before the Flop
Seat 5: BadBlood folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Bone_Daddy84 showed [Th Ts] and won (15,421) with a full house, Tens full of Aces
Seat 8: RNallin (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: heffmike (small blind) showed [As Jd] and lost with three of a kind, Aces

I would rather the Ten hit before the Ace next time, thx.
Freaking make trip aces and still bubble.

So Bone owes me $40 or so if he wins.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

disappointed but not annoyed...

the latest BBT5 run... actually fairly decent... even with bouncing out of the money again.

First hour of BBT Invitational #3 was nothing but ZZZZZZ. Started with 3K, ended with 2975. Watched a lot of people bust themselves hero calling and making really horribad plays, while all the good players scarfed up the chips. Completely carddead and looking like a Dewey Tomko-level ubernit.

Of course, first hand back from break, I raise AA UTG, Kevmath threeballs from the blinds and I figure there's no way he's spewing if I fourball or jam, so I just flat. Flop Q77, he leads pot, I have a super easy shove, and he has a trivial, cooler call with KK. So I double through. EZ game.

Might make a good 2+2 thread... Folding KK pre or something like that.. ;-)

I continue to safely chip up throughout the hour, actually play hands that aren't AA/KK/AK and get up to 10K and a top ten stack by the second break.

Third hour, I kind of tread water, we get to three tables and near the bubble, Hoy opens 3x from the cutoff, I decide to jam 20BB with TT, and he snaps with JJ.

FML. J on the flop too, boat on the turn, out in 24th...

.. which isn't all that horrible and I feel like I was making good decisions all the way through, being aware of image and hand ranges, zigging and zagging as needed.

There were spots were I should have pushed harder, but I just wasn't feeling it, and those instincts (LOL at this feel/sensory shit with online pokah) are usually right, and when I ignore them, I usually go busto...

So I'm think I'm in a good spot heading into the middle third of this series. Sure, I wish there were more tournaments, more (or any) non-NLHE tourneys, all the people invited to the freerolls would actually play, but whatever. We've got what we've got. Time to let it fly and see what you can do.

I do not have a screenshot to show...

You know, I'd like to be as cool as these three guys, and show off an MTT win, but

- I only play 30-40 a month, so good luck beating variance with such a small sample size
- I tend to be an impatient muppet at anything over two tables, and
- it's really hard when type of stuff happens to you

Full Tilt Poker Game #20513768833: $4,000 Guarantee (157480113), Table 13 - 300/600 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 2:19:42 ET - 2010/05/02
Seat 1: Stargazer0420 (41,028)
Seat 2: lil_tinky (12,951)
Seat 3: Str8 No Chaser1 (28,023)
Seat 4: velvet4u (66,847)
Seat 5: scag02 (26,430)
Seat 6: heffmike (16,745)
Seat 7: TxJack1959 (4,454), is sitting out
Seat 8: bwcoates (19,549), is sitting out
Seat 9: feefifofum (40,147)
bwcoates posts the small blind of 300
feefifofum posts the big blind of 600
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [6c Ac 4h Ad]
AliQOD (Observer): meh
Stargazer0420 folds
lil_tinky folds
Str8 No Chaser1 folds
velvet4u raises to 2,100
scag02 folds
heffmike raises to 7,200
TxJack1959 folds
bwcoates folds
feefifofum folds
velvet4u raises to 22,500
heffmike calls 9,545, and is all in
velvet4u shows [Ts 2s Th Jd]
heffmike shows [6c Ac 4h Ad]
Uncalled bet of 5,755 returned to velvet4u
*** FLOP *** [9s Ks Qs]
*** TURN *** [9s Ks Qs] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [9s Ks Qs 4d] [5c]
velvet4u shows a flush, King high, for high
heffmike shows a pair of Aces, for high
velvet4u wins the pot (34,390) with a flush, King high
No low hand qualified
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 34,390 | Rake 0
Board: [9s Ks Qs 4d 5c]
Seat 1: Stargazer0420 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: lil_tinky didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Str8 No Chaser1 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: velvet4u showed [Ts 2s Th Jd] and won (34,390) with HI: a flush, King high
Seat 5: scag02 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: heffmike showed [6c Ac 4h Ad] and lost with HI: a pair of Aces
Seat 7: TxJack1959 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: bwcoates (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: feefifofum (big blind) folded before the Flop

I saw villain play every hand earlier in the tourney, so I knew he didn't have a damn thing.
He basically snap fourbet with JTT2 and no fold equity in a hi-low game with a one-way hand.
-90% ROI lifetime, by the way.
Yeah, well, that'll happen.

Had another one in the Stars 70K when a guy 3x opened in the cutoff, I jammed 20BB from the big blind with AQs, and he snapcalled off almost his entire stack with A3o. KK3 flop, fun times for me. How he manages to make four figures a month, I have no idea...

Twice I managed to finish 27 of 27 in a three-table SnG.

First time, I check/called all in when I decided to let a Euro bluff into my sevens on a K95 4 T board... and I got shown T5, a T5 he called a flop checkraise with... nice read me, lol.

Second time, after jamming a river which gave me Broadway, and villain a rivered boat, for over half my stack, I only had 560 chips left at 10/20. So, next hand when MP and the button limped, I figured why not jam 99 (lol 25BB preflop jam) and let them monkey call me with whatever.

Instead, they both reshoved. MP open limped AKo, button overlimped JJ, I do not spike.

These are the times I really wonder if I'm completely doing this wrong - if I should be a little muppet that openlimps a ton and waits to tarp everyone like a nit - or maybe flings poo like a monkey at everyone and calls off/jams with crap trying to spike instead.

At least it was not a disaster of a night - I cashed just enough to take a small loss for the session.

Yay me. goheffgo.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

random late items:

- Yes, I'm still frosted by the Caps' collapse. Even more of a dagger to see the Pens got four power play goals in Game 1 and chased Halak. Yes, the same Pens that got swept 5-0 by the Caps this season - this regular season. More Brooks Laich, less clownishness, period. New season in five months...

-I noticed that Snuffy's been trying a full-bore assault on the new Steps at FTP this week. I've been running them, but in a much more limited, hit-and-run guerilla fashion, and managed to build up about $75 worth of buyins into a Step 6 and Step 5 ticket. Yay 900% profit that will vanish once I actually play something with the tickets...

-Trying to decide what I should call the Mookie now. After great deliberation, thought, and research taking, oh, about the time I took to type this, I have decided upon...

The Mookie at BDR.

Yeah, really original and catchy.
Peter Angelos is already thinking about lawsuits.
Probably take off like a led zeppelin, ha ha.

-I don't normally see Pokerwolf getting a lot of run in the bloggahworld, but this is a pretty solid and essentially correct read on the BBT5.

See you cats Sunday. I promise to only spew a third of the time; try and guess which third...