Waterskiing and Poker

10/05/2005

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, POKER NIGHT!

Yep, once again Wednesday night is upon us, and around here that means poker night. We usually have between 9-14 players in our weekly game. $20 buy-in No-Limit Hold-em tournament. If we don't go to 2 tables only 1st and 2nd place payout. If we go to a second table we pay 3rd place also. Fun game, lots of consumption of the adult beverage type. I hope I don't have a repeat of last weeks all-in preflop with pocket AA getting run down by the other guy's pocket 77. We shall see, but considering you should only see AA once every 220 hands I am not "scheduled" to see them tonight.

Played on Pokerstars last night in a $1 MTT. Was doing well in the 2nd hour, but was tired as hell and not really into it. So I proceeded, semi-on-purpose, to make some bad calls when on a draw, which I didn't end up making. Getting a little low on chips, and decided to call the table chip leader's check, all-in raise, when I KNEW I was beat just to end the game for me. Had it been a bigger tourney buy-in wise, I'm am 100% sure my attitude would have been different.

Wish everyone luck and will hopefully have time (while at work of course) to do a tournament write-up tomorrow.

10/02/2005

Poker Championship

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9/30/2005

Long time no blog.

Well, I guess I need to start blogging once again. Thanks to AlCantHang announcing the Pokerstars Blogger tournament with a large package for the winner! This means I need to update and keep on blogging. What a side benefit to being a blogger, although not on a regular basis lately.

Have played well, as well as played poorly lately. I was totally broke one night so I decided to search for a free tournament on Party. Found one starting shortly after I began my search. It’s been a while back so some of the details are kinda fuzzy, specifically how many frequent player points it cost me to enter. But I do know this, it started with 1296 players (late night so not as many as usual for this size tourney), and I ended up getting 6th place for a profit of $75. WOOHOO! I played a great, solid game. I would have to say one of the best I have played. When I made it to the final table I unfortunately didn’t have a huge chipstack but was able to hang on and make 6th. Now if I could just qualify for the “big-one” on Sunday and play this well I would be a happy camper.

Last Wednesday at our weekly game, I was exercising my “Patience #1 Grasshopper…Patience!” mantra when I looked at my cards and found pocket Aces. I thought WOOHOO. Being in first position and knowing how the table had been playing I limped in, expecting someone to raise. As expected, there was a raise and two callers to follow so when it got back around to me I raised it a significant amount. It goes around the table and one of the other players goes all-in, and I’m thinking WOOHOO. Next player contemplates calling (whom we later discovered had KQc). Well, I seriously considered folding, NOT, and called the all-in. The other player showed pocket 77. I said outloud, “don’t worry, he’s going to suck-out on me”. Board came out with 3 clubs by the turn and the person who folded would have had a flush. I had the Ace of clubs and was praying for another club. RIVER, the FREAKING 7d. No club for me and the other guy makes trip 777. I was severely crippled in chips now and was eventually the first person knocked out of the tournament. I have to admit I was tilting a little bit and could have waited for a stronger hand to play, but it was not to be.

6/16/2005

Wednesday Night, Poker Night!

Last night at our weekly poker tournament started out well. Even after several Coor’s Light in the 90 degree heat of the garage, which gradually went down to 83, I exercised great patience in waiting for a hand. First hand I became involved in I had an open straight draw with KJo. Rainbow flop, and turn helped to alleviate the worry of a flush. Turn brought a Q, river brought the A, so I now had the nut straight. Brother-in-law made a large bet into me, and I said “all-in”, thinking that we may be splitting the pot. Well, brother in-law didn’t slow down to really look at the board and think about what I may have and called me with his top two pair, Aces and Queens. Showed my nut straight and more than doubled up, and knocked the brother-in-law out of the tournament. I say more than doubled up since we had a couple players that called pre-flop, flop, and turn bets before folding.

I continued to play well and finally got down to the final 3 with a healthy chip stack. Then the stupidity sets in and I loose a large percentage of my stack at an ill-timed bluff. Still healthy in chips but not as healthy as before. But a few hands later I had to outdo myself and bluffed all-in, and therefore all-out of the tournament at the wrong time. Patience #1 Grasshopper….Patience! I need to keep reciting this over, and over, and over.

Well, after I got knocked out in 3rd, I immediately went inside and jumped on Party for a quick game. I kept reciting the “patience” mantra while playing and did an excellent job of it. Played a $10 SNG single table tournament. The first hand I get involved in after folding for quite a while, I double up and take a player out. Details are kinda fuzzy on the hand at this point since many beers had been consumed by this time, but I made a K high flush by the turn to beat other players flopped 2 pair. The next hand I get involved in I had JcJd, with a flop of Js3d2d. I don’t want to let anyone draw to the flush for cheap and by the time betting was complete, one player with a smaller stack than mine was all-in, and the other folded. I called the all-in, having started with T$1690, and only having to pay T$570 when all the betting was complete. Turn was a Qh, and river was 5h. For a board of Js3d2dQh5h, no flushes possible. So what does the all-in genius have, why Ad 4s of course, for the 4-out suckout straight-draw. Oh well, I’ve been sucked out on before and I’m sure this won’t be the last time, that’s poker. I guess he also thought his Ace was an out if he flopped one, but nope, I had that angle covered unless he went runner runner.

I played the rest of the game pretty damn smart for a drunk and ended up taking second. Would write a little more about it but work beckons.
Good luck at the tables.

6/09/2005

Bloggers rule in Vegas!

After reading several of the blogs about the meeting in Vegas I became quite jealous that I did not attend. Hopefully the wifey and I will be able to make it to the next one, as I am 100% sure there will be a next one. I feel I need to start blogging again to be a “credible” blogger at the next get together. I know I don’t have any readers anymore (which means I lost one person, two max), but hopefully I can get regular with this blogging thing.

Haven’t blogged in a while since I was in quite the poker slump. I know, I know, “variance”. Well let me tell you variance is a true bitch, sometimes a bigger bitch than the Hilton Sisters can be. It’s not that I was losing a monumental amount of money, more just like letting it slowly bleed away in small doses. The biggest problem was I felt that no matter what I did I couldn’t win. I also noticed when the bankroll was low, I would play tooooo timid, not push the small edges, and definitely never bet enough to push someone off of their weak draw, which they always seemed to hit on the river.

Things are definitely turning around. I won a couple weeks ago in the “Jerry the Neighbor Guy Weekly Wednesday Tournament.” Our weekly tournament usually has anywhere from 8-15 people for a $20 buy-in. Winner take all, but usually a deal is struck and second may get his buy-in or twice his buy-in back.

The wifey and I took a little trip to a card room in Ebro, Florida. The nicest card room I have been in, but that’s not saying a lot since I haven’t been in a lot of card rooms. A friend whom has been in tons of card rooms agrees with my assessment though. They only have $1-2 limit hold-em due to Florida law, and it not being an Indian casino. These games can be quite loose. The wifey and I lost quite a bit the first time we went there, the next time not as much, and the third we more than doubled our money. It helped to read Small Stakes Hold’em. The downside of that cardroom is that you have to pay for your drinks, unlike Biloxi and Gulfport. I was quite happy with the third trip…buying drinks all night with the chips in front of you, and then cashing out for more than double your buy-in is quite satisfying.

Last Tuesday I went with a friend to Ebro again. Wifey couldn’t make it ie. No babysitter. We started playing at 4pm, played a 120 person tournament at 6:30pm and got knocked out within seconds of each other, and finally ended up at a table with a true maniac. He would cap it every round if possible with any two cards. He would bet, and everyone was so intent on trying to bust him they kept calling or raising. He went from one rack plus, with about $100 +/- dollars to about $380 in very short order. After a while I was down about $200 for the night, this being at about 10 p.m. which truly sucked. I had one more C-note in my pocket and almost didn’t tap into it when I went to the felt. Well, I got $40 more dollars in chips and waited for my shots. I didn’t just sit there and fold, fold, fold, waiting for premium starting hands. Helllll NO. They were getting cracked too often. The cards I played most were connected, and not necessarily suited when I had position. It was expensive to see the flop, $8, but if you hit it would be a monster since anywhere from 4-8 people would be along for the ride. It was truly insane, and if Maniac had any piece of the board or any draw, and I do mean any draw, he would raise it. Well it didn’t take long on this crazy table to make back my money for the night. I ended up taking quite a bit of the Maniacs money to end up almost even for the entire day. My friend took a chunk of money from the Maniac too. One old-timer sitting at the table to my left was totally steaming. No matter what he had, the maniac would draw out on him. I kinda felt sorry for him as many times as he bought in. I even took some of his money when he made the wheel on the flop and I caught higher straight on the turn. Can you say “re-buy”?

The long and short of it, playing at several different tables that day, and ending up at the maniac table last, really sunk home some key points in Small Stakes Hold’em (SSH). I felt like I made improvements by leaps and bounds in my post flop play with the maniac at the table. And utilized the “raise, raise, raise” with your strong hands and really strong draws. You do lose some when you miss, but by God, the pots were huge when you hit, which more than make up for the misses. When you do into some of the draws knowing you are going to hit “X” percent of the time it is easier to take when you do miss.

TELLS. I have really started to pick up and catch some tells on people. At the same time, the friend above whom has played in many large tournaments and placed in several, has basically been a coach for me. I have gotten a lot better at picking up some tells. Of course I have read Caro’s book and seen the video, but it has helped me to discuss them with someone else. He also watches me close to see if I am giving anything away. During the tournament he was completely surprised by the strength of my hands when we had to turn them over. Basically, I hadn’t given him any tells at all, and he even leaned over to the dealer and said “Look at my buddy trying to bluff at this pot.”
Boy, that’s a confidence boost when an experienced tournament player can’t pick up a tell on you. When I first met him, and found out we were darn near neighbors, I was giving him all kind of tells. When he started coaching me, the tells went away. He told me what tells he was catching on me, and of course I fixed them post haste.

Well, figure it’s time to go read a few more blogs, just to kill work productivity one post at a time.

4/04/2005

Steaming TILT, and the KK assault!

Steamrolled a $24 sng qualifier to the $250K Sunday Guaranteed at Party. Started off well in the tournament and was up over TC2100 early in the tournament. Then I get KK in late position and raise the initial raiser. He re-raises, and this should have been my first clue that I was up against AA. Well, being the dumbass I can be, and being married to my hand I put him all in. Of course he has AA and even spikes an Ace on the flop, takes the pot and I am now down to TC7xx (700+change), but still in the tournament. I get KK again a few hands later. Call a raiser of course. See the Jack high flop, initial raiser bets a good amount and I push, not wanting him to draw out an ace if he has AJ. Of course he doesn't have AJ, he has JJ, and I'm praying for a King. No king for me and I am out of the tournament #1620.

Analysis: First hand I should have seen the warning signs and not pushed pre-flop. After seeing the ace on the flop I would have been able to get away from the hand and still been quite healthy in chips. Patience #1 grasshopper...PATIENCE! Second KK's, don't know if I could have gotten away from it, but could have just called his flop bet and then go from there. You can't win a tournament if you're not in it anymore. If he had bet enough to put me all-in on the flop or river, I'm still not sure I could have laid the kings down. But I still would have been in the tournament if I had gotten away from the first KK vs. AA earlier. Oh well.

After I busted out, I was steaming and played a couple SNG's, of course I had no patience and busted out quickly, and quite stupidly I might add. The smartest thing I did all day was shut the damn computer off and stop bleeding money away on tilt.

Patience #1 grasshopper...PATIENCE!

3/28/2005

Big Poker Weekend

Played a lot of poker this weekend. I have not posted in a while due to being pissed off about losing a HUGE post I typed in. New tactic so that won’t happen again, write it in a word document, copy then paste onto my blog. That way is something screws up during posting I will still have it on Word and can try again. Have done this before, but for whatever reason didn’t the last time and it really cost me.

Played with the wifey and the in-laws on Friday night. No-limit ring game style. I was catching cards, which helped, and could limp in to see a flop rather cheaply. One hand I had 69s, limped in. Flop gave me an open-ended straight draw rainbow. I bet and was called by everyone. Turn gave me the straight 3-4-5-6-7. So I bet large. Father in-law (FIL) was the only caller now. River was a beautiful 8. Still no flush possible on the board and no pairs, so I now have the nuts. I go all-in, kinda surprised when the FIL calls me after thinking about it for a while. While he was thinking the wife said, “Sure would be nice to have 6-9 right now.” After he calls he turns up A6s for the smaller straight, and I show him my nut straight. He later said he thought it would be a split pot. Well, rather than buy-in (once again, since he had to before after not catching cards) I gave him $40 worth of chips. This worked out great for me since earlier in the day he had bought dust covers for my car at $40. These covers are installed behind your wheel and keep the brake dust from building up on your wheels. Common thing you see on Ford Explorers and Expeditions, and I have one of each.

Saturday night I couldn’t sleep and got up to jump on Party. Started with $94, and played some $1/2 Bad Beat Jackpot. Not really the bankroll for it but WTF, if I hit the BBJP I would be golden. Started doing quite well. Made enough profit to open another table, and then another. One great hand that helped the bankroll was KJo. I happened to be in the BB and the time and there was one raise in front of me, with (I think) 4 other players who called the raise. So, pot odds were right and I called the raise to see what the flop would bring. Flop was 9TQ rainbow! Jackpot. I checked and expected the first raiser to bet, which he did. He had a couple callers and I just called it the first time, courting disaster of course. Turn was a harmless 4, don’t remember the suit. I checked it again and of course the raiser bet it. Now I start the raising. So now there is a raising war, with a couple people dropping along the way. River brought a J, which is a scare card for me if the initial raiser has AK. I check, he bets, and I just call it now, no sense in throwing good money after bad if I am beat now. Initial raiser shows QQ for a flopped top set and my hand is good. Pot = $112. Gotta love that.

Another nice hand occurred a little while later. I’m in early position and catch AA, and limp with the plan to re-raise if anyone raises it. It gets called around with no raise. Several players now so I know the strength of my hand has decreased with multiple players, that is until the flop of AKx. Top set, K kicker. I’m happy with my hand now. I check, other player bets, and I call the bet. Slowplaying once again and hope I don’t let someone draw to the better hand. Turn is a beautiful K, so now I am Aces full of Kings, and the only hand I really have to worry about is pocket Kings. I thought that was highly unlikely since no-one raised it preflop, or after the flop. So now the raising war begins. I win the hand for a nice $80ish profit.

I was playing a variety of starting hands, looking at the flop, and laying it down if I didn’t hit. My bankroll may have been larger had I played a little tighter, but overall I was happy with my play and some of the laydowns I made. Started with $94, and finally went to bed at 0630 Sunday morning with $354. Not a bad night!

I did jump on for a couple hours on Sunday and ran it up to $425. So overall, a great weekend of poker for me. I just hope it continues during our weekly Wednesday Night Poker Club tournament at Jerry the Neighbor Guys house.

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