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Saturday, February 27, 2010

actually remembered AIPS was today

and so I played for the first time in forever, because I keep forgetting when the tourneys are now...

I did not like going through AIPS IV without even a reasonable shot at a final table, much less a fourth banana. Perhaps this season will be better.

41 runners, straight single stack NLHE. I run my stack up to 3700 in the first hour and a top five stack before I hit a dry spot and bounce in level 4 in 24th place.

Hands for amusement/wtf value below.

Me: 1100
Villain: 1600
7-handed, I open in EP to 70 at 10/20 with KK, villain raises the button to 240, I jam, he snap calls with ATo and I hold.

Me: 3300
Villain: 1600, who has called my LP raises preflop from the SB and check/folded the flop 2-3 times.

Villain limps UTG for 100, all fold, I reraise to 400 from the SB with AKo, villain snap shoves 1600 total, I call, see 66 and don't win the flip.

Me: 1600
Villain: 1900
I open the CO with A9 to 275 at 50/100, button re-raises to 600, I fold.

Me: 1400
Villain: 3000
Villain opens the button for 450 at 75/150, I shove A3o from the BB, get snap called by AQo, I don't spike the three outer.

Question: Why am I trying so hard to muscle people around in AIPS preflop when their opening ranges, while including plenty of dominated holdings, really aren't all that wide?

Anyhow, the Summer Bankroll Challenge ends this weekend - and while I've managed to win a couple of 90-man SnGs on FTP in the last couple of weeks, the best I've done in a large field tourney is 95 of 1152 in the 28K nightly for a mincash. I'll try and make a couple more attempts, but Jordan looks safe for the moment.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

for my canadian friends -

please click me because YouTube won't let me embed this....

which is why playing poker is clearly a game of skill... lol.

Probably too meta, I know.

Monday, February 22, 2010

you mean I didn't get a special email?

You sure this didn't come from Nigeria?

Hi heffmike,

We are running a special invite only competition for bloggers in the lead up to SCOOP and we would like to invite you to take part.
For taking part and successfully completing the required tasks you will receive a free $22 dollar ticket to SCOOP in your account.
All you need to do is the following:

Other bloggers have already let me know I'm not as special as I thought.

Herding cats is the first thing that comes to mind.

I don't mind putting up a badge to keep Stars happy with the WBCOOP. It's a minimal issue, the badge can go in the sidebar where it belongs, I should do something to earn entry into a freeroll - AND I ONLY HAVE TO DO IT ONCE.

Asking any blogger to hopscotch around a five-step process, only one of which is detailed, is demanding for a whole lot of cooperation and free linkage for $22 of credit - not even T$ or bonus dollars you can clear and convert into real mobneys.

I haven't heard of one person who has had an even remotely positive reaction to this - which is somewhat sad - because, even though I play more on FTP, Stars' customer service and overall treatment of its player base is so, so superior to Full Tilt's it actually is funny.

If it wasn't for rakeback, the fact the average FTP table/tourney is so much softer than its Stars equivalent, and most blogger tourneys moved to FTP a couple of years ago - I'd move my action to Stars just because I think those two issues are so important, even if I'd be missing Rush Poker, automated deals, and softer games.

All that aside, I was going to play some SCOOP tourneys in May anyway, so maybe I do have a price and will ho' myself out anyway.

To be determined... ;-)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

notes roundup...

- Sinus colds and whatnot suck - almost as much as the three feet of snow in DC over the last two weeks, or the week and a half of school the kids have missed. I'm actually becoming an understudy for one of Dante's levels of hell with this...

- I finally did something in the Summer Bankroll Challenge (for once I didn't bad beat someone or BINK! when I needed it) so I got myself back on the right side of the P/L line this year for tourneys - if I didn't get sucked in by Rush Poker every now and again, I'd be really golden. Somehow I need to get it through my thick head no one folds toppair/overpair for 100BB at these tables no matter how much you try to get them to... :-(

/begin rant

- FUCK NBC. Look, I get the reasoning for the tape-delay packaging of the prime time Olympics, that's fine, whatever. However, NBC has like nine billion cable channels and a website?

Show the events live SOMEWHERE, muppets.

They've been screwing us like this for years. Live sports television is reality TV on steroids, because hey, it's like unscripted and shit and plays out in real time and youneverknow what will happen. Why hide that?

At least I live on Eastern time. Can't believe those on Pacific time ACTUALLY WAIT THREE MORE HOURS FOR THIS.

This being said, the Japanese skater performing to Jimi Hendrix almost makes me a men's figure skating fan, and at least I think I'm watching him live.

/endrant

-One other thing, something Hoy laughed at me about in my last AC post. Yes, I'm enough of a regular Joe to want to pump my own gas, park my own car, wash my own clothes - not because I'm cheep, but I hate paying for trivial stuff I really should be able to do myself - it's a pride thing or something, I don't know.

Of course, I got in a conversation with a couple of coworkers (one NYC, one SF - yeah, it's a global company) where they told me sure, they dropped off their laundry and dry cleaning. At first, I thought that was so silly - until I realized that they lived in tiny apartments without washers and dryers, and I live in suburbia with a house and laundry room.

So, yeah, I guess this convenience/cost factor issue is all relative. I still would rather pump my own gas. I'm stubborn that way.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I haz an AC take too.

Timeout from online spewage to take a look at the live realm - all the poker movement in PA/DE/MD lately produced a couple of reasoned takes from Jordan and Riggstad.

The thing is, both of them are looking at it from a New York/Philly point of view. When you move further south down here to DC/NoVa- the logistics of Atlantic City become a much bigger problem.

No matter what, it'll always be a four hour haul door to door. Sure, you can speed, take shortcuts, hop a bus... whatever, unless a bunch of gnomes dig a tunnel under the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware, actually getting there will always be a sunk cost of time and money spent en route and not at the tables.

Of course, when it's the only option around in a 400-mile radius, hey, that's an acceptable price to pay. And when that changes...

AC has always taken advantage of a near-monopoly on East Coast gaming and coasted on that for years. It's like the newspaper industry - the fundamental, entrenched advantage the incumbent has over upstarts ends up turning the major players into dinosaurs, unable to adapt.

Once conditions change - the rise of the Internet, or other states suddenly competing in gaming - Goliath can fall a lot faster and harder than you can possibly imagine - Bizzaro Obi-Wan, if you will.

AC hasn't prospered because of appealing attractions, or inspired management, or the best gaming options. It's prospered by default - because the region surrounding it chose not to play the game. Until now.

I haven't been to AC since playing in a Borgata tourney back in January 2009. Now, I've got a family and a three-month old, so that would kill most poker junkets anyway - but if there was a room 60-90 minutes away, I'm sure I would have hit a short afternoon session or made a day trip by now.

Availability and convienence are far more crucial factors than people want to acknowledge. I love the Borgata - I think they run their room right and put together some wonderful tournaments and structures - but I can't afford to burn the travel time to get there.

Ok, so let's assume you decide to make a destination trip of Atlantic City instead. Maybe it's a family trip, maybe just you and the missus. Now you introduce all of the other factors - AC still is a bleaker, colder, more depressed and depressing area than other coastal options (Ocean City, Virginia Beach, Outer Banks) - hotel costs are just way overvalued for what you actually get - you can't pump your own gas anywhere in the state - every U-turn is a cloverleaf - Jersey players are the grumpiest people ever - blahblahblah, the whines get sillier the longer we go on.

I don't think AC can compete by going cheap; that doesn't address any of its disadvantages - and to be honest, you can't really incentive someone like me enough with comps or discounted rooms to overcome most of those problems. It's not enough that there's an outlet mall or carnival or pier or whatever new geegaw got built this summer - stuff like that is everywhere and just brings you parity with your competition. (I came all the way here for just this?)

What does AC offer that (name your casino/vacation spot) doesn't?

Honestly, if Charles Town or Arundel Mills or Delaware Park can just give me a comparable poker experience, one that's 80-90% good enough - well, I don't see why I'd be in AC again unless there's another great deepstack tourney Tab's running at the Borgata, or I just want to get out of town and eat a greasy White House Sub.

Market differentiation by going upscale, becoming a Vegas East with unique entertainment and gaming options - is probably the only path with any chance of long-term success - but I have a hard time seeing that actually executed correctly in Atlantic City.

If all these new states don't screw up gaming on their own - then yeah, the ship be sinking indeed.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

obv, rigged. obv.

So I "played" the Mookie.

In quotes because, after playing a fairly smart game for 2 1/2 hours, I decided to just start flinging poo around 12:30 and just see what happened.

It got really ugly five handed.

Full Tilt Poker Game #18165961870: The Mookie (135782084), Table 3 - 400/800 Ante 100 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:34:57 ET - 2010/02/04
Seat 1: heffmike (10,270)
Seat 2: madbrooklyn (7,970)
Seat 6: lucko21 (22,778)
Seat 7: NYRambler (17,349)
Seat 8: hoyazo (13,633)
heffmike antes 100
madbrooklyn antes 100
lucko21 antes 100
NYRambler antes 100
hoyazo antes 100
heffmike posts the small blind of 400
madbrooklyn posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #9
NYRambler: gg edgie
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [3d Js]
madbrooklyn: gg
lucko21: gg
lucko21 folds
NYRambler folds
hoyazo folds
Joanne1111 (Observer): gg edgie
heffmike raises to 10,170, and is all in
edgie212 (Observer): gg, bad beat
madbrooklyn calls 7,070, and is all in
heffmike shows [3d Js]
madbrooklyn shows [9s 9d]
Uncalled bet of 2,300 returned to heffmike
*** FLOP *** [Qs 6d Td]
*** TURN *** [Qs 6d Td] [Jc] BINK #1
*** RIVER *** [Qs 6d Td Jc] [7s]
heffmike shows a pair of Jacks
madbrooklyn shows a pair of Nines
heffmike wins the pot (16,240) with a pair of Jacks
heffmike: gg
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 16,240 | Rake 0
Board: [Qs 6d Td Jc 7s]
Seat 1: heffmike (small blind) showed [3d Js] and won (16,240) with a pair of Jacks
Seat 2: madbrooklyn (big blind) showed [9s 9d] and lost with a pair of Nines
Seat 6: lucko21 folded before the Flop
Seat 7: NYRambler folded before the Flop
Seat 8: hoyazo folded before the Flop


Full Tilt Poker Game #18165996950: The Mookie (135782084), Table 3 - 400/800 Ante 100 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:36:54 ET - 2010/02/04
Seat 1: heffmike (16,390)
Seat 6: lucko21 (24,678)
Seat 7: NYRambler (18,999)
Seat 8: hoyazo (11,933)
heffmike antes 100
lucko21 antes 100
NYRambler antes 100
hoyazo antes 100
heffmike posts the small blind of 400
lucko21 posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Ah Jd]
NYRambler folds
hoyazo raises to 2,400
heffmike raises to 16,290, and is all in
lucko21 folds
hoyazo calls 9,433, and is all in
heffmike shows [Ah Jd]
hoyazo shows [Kd Kc]
Uncalled bet of 4,457 returned to heffmike
*** FLOP *** [2d Qs Ts]
*** TURN *** [2d Qs Ts] [Kh] (BINK #2)
*** RIVER *** [2d Qs Ts Kh] [8d]
heffmike shows a straight, Ace high
hoyazo shows three of a kind, Kings
heffmike wins the pot (24,866) with a straight, Ace high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 24,866 | Rake 0
Board: [2d Qs Ts Kh 8d]
Seat 1: heffmike (small blind) showed [Ah Jd] and won (24,866) with a straight, Ace high
Seat 6: lucko21 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: NYRambler folded before the Flop
Seat 8: hoyazo (button) showed [Kd Kc] and lost with three of a kind, Kings


Full Tilt Poker Game #18166040761: The Mookie (135782084), Table 3 - 400/800 Ante 100 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:39:21 ET - 2010/02/04
Seat 1: heffmike (27,073)
Seat 6: lucko21 (24,578)
Seat 7: NYRambler (20,349)
heffmike antes 100
lucko21 antes 100
NYRambler antes 100
heffmike posts the small blind of 400
lucko21 posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [As Ts]
ck31 (Observer): who is this rucko guy, and how did he get resurrected? secret temple with the japanese dude?
lucko21: how r u folding on those flops?
NYRambler raises to 2,200
lucko21: sigh
pvanharibo (Observer): the spring was clean that day
heffmike raises to 26,973, and is all in
lucko21 calls 23,678, and is all in
ck31 (Observer): ahhhhh, yes
NYRambler has 15 seconds left to act
NYRambler folds
heffmike shows [As Ts]
lucko21 shows [Kh Ah]
heffmike: $%$!e.
Uncalled bet of 2,495 returned to heffmike
*** FLOP *** [9s 2s Td] (BINK #3)
*** TURN *** [9s 2s Td] [6c]
lucko21: sigh
*** RIVER *** [9s 2s Td 6c] [2d]
heffmike: oope
heffmike shows two pair, Tens and Twos
lucko21 shows a pair of Twos
heffmike wins the pot (51,456) with two pair, Tens and Twos
pvanharibo (Observer): wow
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 51,456 | Rake 0
Board: [9s 2s Td 6c 2d]
Seat 1: heffmike (small blind) showed [As Ts] and won (51,456) with two pair, Tens and Twos
Seat 6: lucko21 (big blind) showed [Kh Ah] and lost with a pair of Twos
Seat 7: NYRambler (button) folded before the Flop

Maybe I need to quit picking on the short stack in these spots. Or not :-)

After that I obviously shot my wad and couldn't make the worst hand hold anymore.
I shouldn't really ever blow a 3-1 chip lead HU, but it happens.
Honestly, I figured that the RNG would keep hooking me up....

Full Tilt Poker Game #18166057577: The Mookie (135782084), Table 3 - 400/800 Ante 100 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:40:19 ET - 2010/02/04
Seat 1: heffmike (55,351)
Seat 7: NYRambler (16,649)
heffmike antes 100
NYRambler antes 100
heffmike posts the small blind of 400
NYRambler posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Qs Ks]
heffmike raises to 55,251, and is all in
NYRambler calls 15,749, and is all in
heffmike shows [Qs Ks]
NYRambler shows [5c As]
Uncalled bet of 38,702 returned to heffmike
*** FLOP *** [9d Qd 3c] (BINK #4)
*** TURN *** [9d Qd 3c] [Ah] (ok, maybe not)
*** RIVER *** [9d Qd 3c Ah] [Ac]
heffmike shows two pair, Aces and Queens
NYRambler shows three of a kind, Aces
NYRambler wins the pot (33,298) with three of a kind, Aces
NYRambler: lol
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 33,298 | Rake 0
Board: [9d Qd 3c Ah Ac]
Seat 1: heffmike (small blind) showed [Qs Ks] and lost with two pair, Aces and Queens
Seat 7: NYRambler (big blind) showed [5c As] and won (33,298) with three of a kind, Aces


Full Tilt Poker Game #18166164592: The Mookie (135782084), Table 3 - 500/1000 Ante 125 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:46:20 ET - 2010/02/04
Seat 1: heffmike (26,727)
Seat 7: NYRambler (45,273)
heffmike antes 125
NYRambler antes 125
heffmike posts the small blind of 500
NYRambler posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [9s 6s]
heffmike calls 500
NYRambler raises to 3,000
heffmike calls 2,000
*** FLOP *** [2s 2c 5s]
NYRambler bets 4,000
heffmike calls 4,000
*** TURN *** [2s 2c 5s] [9c]
NYRambler checks
heffmike bets 14,250
NYRambler raises to 28,500
heffmike calls 5,352, and is all in
NYRambler shows [Ac Kc]
heffmike shows [9s 6s]
ck31 (Observer): cruuuuuuuuuuuuuubs
Uncalled bet of 8,898 returned to NYRambler
*** RIVER *** [2s 2c 5s 9c] [7c] (oh come on, how does 96s not hold!)
NYRambler shows a flush, Ace high
heffmike shows two pair, Nines and Twos
NYRambler wins the pot (53,454) with a flush, Ace high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 53,454 | Rake 0
Board: [2s 2c 5s 9c 7c]
Seat 1: heffmike (small blind) showed [9s 6s] and lost with two pair, Nines and Twos
Seat 7: NYRambler (big blind) showed [Ac Kc] and won (53,454) with a flush, Ace high

So that's a second, no Mookie win #5. BOOOOOOOOO.

Although that one would have HAD to come with an asterisk.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

light fluffy joy here.

Cmitch inspired me. Only light happy moments here.

Easiest hand of poker ever. Followed by the silliest, 2 minutes apart.

Full Tilt Poker Game #18134229902: $24 + $2 KO Sit & Go (137145150), Table 3 - 20/40 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:22:04 ET - 2010/02/02
Seat 1: win21_win (2,535)
Seat 2: rook35in71 (2,820)
Seat 3: heffmike (2,865)
Seat 4: nick566 (2,925)
Seat 5: BrandonLang (3,525)
Seat 6: ONTILT0420 (3,060)
Seat 7: rumncoke77 (3,180)
Seat 8: TangoZulu (3,090)
Seat 9: warlord86 (3,000)
ONTILT0420 posts the small blind of 20
rumncoke77 posts the big blind of 40
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [5h 5c]
TangoZulu raises to 100
warlord86 has 15 seconds left to act
warlord86 calls 100
win21_win folds
rook35in71 folds
heffmike calls 100
nick566 has 15 seconds left to act
nick566 calls 100
BrandonLang folds
ONTILT0420 has 15 seconds left to act
ONTILT0420 calls 80
rumncoke77 calls 60
*** FLOP *** [5d 5s 7d]
ONTILT0420 checks
rumncoke77 bets 600
TangoZulu calls 600
warlord86 folds
heffmike calls 600
nick566 folds
ONTILT0420 folds
*** TURN *** [5d 5s 7d] [2d]
rumncoke77 bets 2,480, and is all in
TangoZulu calls 2,390, and is all in
heffmike calls 2,165, and is all in
rumncoke77 shows [9d 8d]
TangoZulu shows [Ad Jd]
heffmike shows [5h 5c]
Uncalled bet of 90 returned to rumncoke77
*** RIVER *** [5d 5s 7d 2d] [Tc]
rumncoke77 shows a flush, Nine high
TangoZulu shows a flush, Ace high
TangoZulu wins the side pot (450) with a flush, Ace high
heffmike shows four of a kind, Fives
heffmike wins the main pot (8,895) with four of a kind, Fives
heffmike: awesome
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 9,345 Main pot 8,895. Side pot 450. | Rake 0
Board: [5d 5s 7d 2d Tc]
Seat 1: win21_win didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: rook35in71 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: heffmike showed [5h 5c] and won (8,895) with four of a kind, Fives
Seat 4: nick566 folded on the Flop
Seat 5: BrandonLang (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: ONTILT0420 (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 7: rumncoke77 (big blind) showed [9d 8d] and lost with a flush, Nine high
Seat 8: TangoZulu showed [Ad Jd] and won (450) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 9: warlord86 folded on the Flop

Full Tilt Poker Game #18134338368: $24 + $2 KO Sit & Go (137145150), Table 3 - 20/40 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:26:29 ET - 2010/02/02
Seat 1: win21_win (2,535)
Seat 2: rook35in71 (2,450)
Seat 3: heffmike (9,565)
Seat 4: nick566 (2,785)
Seat 5: BrandonLang (3,525)
Seat 6: ONTILT0420 (2,960)
Seat 8: TangoZulu (320)
Seat 9: warlord86 (2,860)
warlord86 posts the small blind of 20
win21_win posts the big blind of 40
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [Js Jh]
rook35in71 calls 40
heffmike calls 40
nick566 folds
BrandonLang raises to 500
ONTILT0420 has 15 seconds left to act
ONTILT0420 folds
TangoZulu folds
warlord86 folds
win21_win folds
rook35in71 folds
heffmike raises to 9,565, and is all in
BrandonLang calls 3,025, and is all in
heffmike shows [Js Jh]
BrandonLang shows [Ah Ac]
Uncalled bet of 6,040 returned to heffmike
*** FLOP *** [2h 5c 6c]
*** TURN *** [2h 5c 6c] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [2h 5c 6c 6d] [Kd]
heffmike shows two pair, Jacks and Sixes
BrandonLang shows two pair, Aces and Sixes
BrandonLang wins the pot (7,150) with two pair, Aces and Sixes
The blinds are now 25/50
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 7,150 | Rake 0
Board: [2h 5c 6c 6d Kd]
Seat 1: win21_win (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: rook35in71 folded before the Flop
Seat 3: heffmike showed [Js Jh] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Sixes
Seat 4: nick566 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: BrandonLang showed [Ah Ac] and won (7,150) with two pair, Aces and Sixes
Seat 6: ONTILT0420 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: TangoZulu (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: warlord86 (small blind) folded before the Flop

Ok, that was a disappointing month.

Basically, I didn't make money at anything in January. Dropped money in tourneys, dropped money in cash. All around boobooboo. It's probably the worst month I've had in a year, and all I can say is I feel like I was just a smidge away from having a normal +20, 30% ROI month. Very frustrating.

I'd have moments where I'd have the chip lead in the 50-50 two levels in, and then never win a big pot again and barely mincash. I am a magnet for running into one pair hands that won't fold when I miss 11 outs twice. I bubbled way too much in the SnGs that usually make bank for me.

I'm doing something wrong, but I'm not sure if it's playing too loose, too tight, not threeballing enough, threeballing too much, reading postflop actions incorrectly - what I do know is that whenever I'm playing someone in a big pot lately, they always have it. I'm not bluff catching very well.

Plus, I completely didn't even take the WBCOOP seriously at all. I spewed more often than not, winding it all up by punting a 35BB stack in the ME by shoving TT over a standard open. When I didn't get snap called I thought I might be up against 88/99/AQ - but instead, I couldn't spike vs. QQ and was eliminated in the 400s. I pulled an O-fer - did come close and basically bubbled twice... but SCOOP tickets weren't exactly the best incentive in the world.

At least I got $1.58 from MI_Turtle, so yay for small favors.

Today is the first day of the rest on the month, I guess.
Or the second day, actually. Who knew there was even a Staten Island Chuck to begin with?

Time to actually get out of the red for once.