Friday, August 31, 2007
are mtt satellites for suckers?
here is a quote from the post, "Are you +EV in the MTT you are trying to satellite in to?
This is a pretty simple question. Can you beat the MTT that you are going to try to satellite into long term? If the answer is yes, then pony up and pay the buy-in. If the answer is no, then find an MTT that you are +EV in or don't bother with MTTs. If you are ready to admit that you can't beat poker for a profit and you play MTTs just for fun, then play all the satellites that you want. When you win a seat, I will be looking to take your chips in an MTT that you should not be playing in based on your skill level.
Lets me explain it a bit further. If you can beat the MTT you are satelliting into for a profit, you need to be playing in that MTT, and not satellites to it. The MTT itself can be used as the satellite. You get a decent score and then use your profit rate to keep you above water and freeroll the MTT indefinitely. Now that's better than playing a satellite where you can't win any cash, right?"
as i read through the post asserting that mtt satellites are for suckers, i immediately thought of myself as rebuttal evidence. without satellites, i wouldn't know if i could "beat" the 32k, because i would never enter a $163 tournament on a $300 bankroll. in response to the post, don commented, "Satellites are worth it for big buy-in MTTs such as $163 and above. See LJ's scores on what $8.70 can get you. Your theory might work for $11 MTT donks or even $26 donks but not for big events"
blinders responded, "Again you should not be playing at this level if your bankroll can't handle it or you are not good enough."
In a later comment responding he said, "The argument that is always made is 'I turned $8 into a $1000+ MTT score.' The argument is complete BS as it ignores all the attempts before winning the seat and all of the other MTTs you did not get a seat for, but ran satellites, and all the MTTs that you won a seat for, but did not cash."
i think it's only b/c of all those previous experiences of winning (and sometimes losing) satellites and getting into higher buy in events (i considered it practice) that i was able to be in a position to turn $8 into $4300. i got countless hours of mtt practice as i played satellites and bigger tournaments, without losing an exorbitant sum of money.
i played exclusively sngs for my first couple years online (almost all $5), and i didn't play my first $26 mtt until i started playing the math around april along with bracelet races for the wsop. that was when i learned about tier 1 tokens, and for the first few months of playing them i won at least 1/2 i played, if not more. i didn't play my first guarantee until after i met bloggers in june and decided one night to one to play with "the big boys."
i was a horrible mtt player. i never cashed in the math until last month, well after the bbt was over, and i was second to the most losing player in the bbt. i lost well over $600 bucks in the bbt (not accounting for tokens). i did come in 3rd and 2nd in two bracelet races, but unfortunately those are the tournaments where there is absolutely no value to placing in the top three.
when i started playing guarantees (exclusively through tier 1 tokens that i won) i was overjoyed when i cashed. they were the biggest tournaments i played, and i wanted to learn to play better in them. i don't profess to be all that much better now, as i definitely consider my poker skills a work in progress, but i saw baby steps of success.
significantly, though, i had a very limited bankroll, and as i started playing more mtts and taking more satellite shots, i was definitely spending more money taking those shots than i had in the past. i wasn't playing sngs as much, and so i was winning tokens, but not necessarily adding to my bankroll. in essence, i was the player blinders describes - "The variance is too high for that level MTT. This simply means that your bankroll is not big enough. If you use the 100 buy-in rule for a MTT like the 50/50 (50+5 buy-in), you will need a $5,500 roll. So lets say your roll is just $1500 but you want to play anyway. So you play satellites. Do you guys keep track of your ROI in these things? Lets say that you could get a 20% ROI on satellites (I question this big time). So you use $1000 of your roll to win $1200 worth of shots at the 50/50. So you have about 22 buy-ins to the 50/50. You are still facing the variance issue here, and it is very likely that you will blow through all of those entries without a big score. You really have not fixed the variance problem of being under bankrolled for an MTT by satelliting in. You are nearly as likely to go busto satelliting into or just buying into an MTT that you are under bankrolled for."
last spring i decided to try satelliting into ftops, doing exactly what blinders references in his responses -- chasing a big score -- but also to put myself in a position to get more mtt experience, in a more talented (or at least richer) field.
i spent less than the total $300 buy in total in ftops satellites, and i made my first big score of over $500. it was the most money my ftp account had ever seen. it showed me that i at least had the potential to compete in bigger tournaments, and that tournament started with an $8.80 satellite, into a $55 satellite, into the $320 tournament.
i continued playing the blogger tournaments and the occasional 24k or 50/50, only playing the latter when i won a $2 or $3 rebuy satellite, but never did more than min cash in the 24k, and bubbled the 50/50 a few times. when i was working from home a few weeks ago i decided to take a satellite shot into the 32k. lo and behold, i got a seat. i was basically called dead money by chad who listed all the ballers playing in the tournament, but i played a fairly solid game (and cracked AA w/ KK) and finished 3rd. it was the second largest buy in tournament i'd played on ftp (second to aforementioned ftops) and i made about $4700 bucks. this is about a $4000 net on the amount i'd lost on ftp up to that point. i was a purely recreational player for a long time, and it wasn't until i started playing in the bbt/bracelet races that several times i threw $300 into my account. a lot of that went to satellites, though i lost $200 of that, at the time my entire bankroll, playing $1/2 w/ bloggers at the peak of irresponsibility.
cashing in the 32k gave me money to work with on ftp, without the stress of worrying that satellites might not always add to my bankroll.
a few weeks later (two days ago) i played the same tournament (this time stupidly spending more than the tournament buy in was worth, obv not very responsible) and again finished third for over $5000. there is NO WAY i would ever have felt the confidence (/stupidity) to enter a $163 tournament had i not been able to play in the tournament initially through satellites.
could these be two very large flukes? absolutely!!! but it would take me years to lose the money that i've won (and in fact, really can't happen, since a good portion has been withdrawn for loan payments) because i still do not play high buy in mtts very often. those two finishes give me confidence now to avoid satellites and buy directly in if i so choose, but i would NEVER be in that position without having played satellites for quite awhile.
that's my two cents on satellites to mtts. i guess you can call me a sucker, but as i pay down my student loans i don't feel like one.
Labels: mtts blinders
Thursday, August 30, 2007
first nl hold em hand of the night
Full Tilt Poker Game #3414324690: Table Ogden - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:19:22 ET - 2007/08/30
Seat 1: cyclops767 ($94.50)
Seat 2: GoodieGoodie ($135.30)
Seat 3: ChuckBC ($106.65)
Seat 4: BohmBawerk ($40)
Seat 5: toJongbraNdon ($111.70)
Seat 6: hilldar ($16.50)
Seat 7: chandoi ($44.65)
Seat 8: pvanharibo ($100)
Seat 9: STbonilegend ($27.35)
cyclops767 posts the small blind of $0.50
GoodieGoodie posts the big blind of $1
5 seconds left to act
pvanharibo posts $1
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to pvanharibo [7c 8s]
pvanharibo checks - i thought about raising here, since i was co, but checked cause i'm a wuss
cyclops767 raises to $4
pvanharibo calls $3 - why not see a flop?
*** FLOP *** [5c Jd 7s]
cyclops767 bets $9 - this seems like a standard cbet, though i should probably be careful cause i know nothing about how he plays
pvanharibo raises to $22 - let's see what happens if i raise him, i do have middle pair on an assy looking flop
cyclops767 calls $13 - hmmmmmm
*** TURN *** [5c Jd 7s] [3h]
cyclops767 bets $53 - this bet just seemed super fishy to me. i already showed strength. i thought for awhile about overpair, but it didn't feel right, and i definitely didn't think he had set. so...
pvanharibo raises to $74, and is all in
cyclops767 calls $15.50, and is all in
pvanharibo shows [7c 8s]
cyclops767 shows [Qh Ad] oh my god, my "read" was right!
Uncalled bet of $5.50 returned to pvanharibo
*** RIVER *** [5c Jd 7s 3h] [6s]
pvanharibo shows a pair of Sevens
cyclops767 shows Ace Queen high
pvanharibo wins the pot ($187) with a pair of Sevens
cyclops767 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $190 | Rake $3
Board: [5c Jd 7s 3h 6s]
Seat 1: cyclops767 (small blind) showed [Qh Ad] and lost with Ace Queen high
Seat 2: GoodieGoodie (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: ChuckBC didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: BohmBawerk is sitting out
Seat 5: toJongbraNdon didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: hilldar didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: chandoi didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: pvanharibo showed [7c 8s] and won ($187) with a pair of Sevens
Seat 9: STbonilegend (button) didn't bet (folded)
of course, it was too good to be true. i sat down at another table a few minutes later and over the course of 45 minutes got stacked in exactly two hands. one was a bluff that i eventually had to lay down (i was trying to play position) and in the other hand i played 97s out of position (i know better now), turned an oesfd, hit a straight on the river with a third heart on the board and thought, that dude doesn't have a flush. well, he had AQ of hearts, so i guess i can make good and bad reads. : )
ended the night down $9, fairly disappointed with myself, but it's all a learning experience. thanks to alan for railing me and helping me dissect the first bad hand, and congrats to him for going deep once again in the 50/50. i see a final table very soon in his future.
Labels: cash poker
here is the transcript:
2:14 PM me: i'm gonna be in your ff league!
2:19 PM Alan: sweet
dead money. :)
in honor of this my team is manhattan deadmoney, and my fabulous logo was designed by blogger/pokerstar/graphics extraordinaire MOOKIE. how cool is this! even if i don't win the league, and live up to my name, i will definitely have the best logo.
Labels: deadmoney mookierulez
my torts prof goes national
i also found this segment from little britain, linked on crooks and liars, hilarious. they use it as a reference to the recent larry craig bathroom scandal.
Labels: larrycraig barryfeld minnesota
wed night poker
i also enjoyed watching recess "i am not a tournament donk" rampage* "luckbox" his way to a deep run in the 50/50, along with mike_maloney, who finished around 27th and made a great showing. mike recently wrote a post about lower cash limits being too low to test oneself, and i have to say i now agree.
while i was railing fellow bloggers i sat down at a .50/1 (yeah, i know, oooooooh big limits) and left up 85 bucks! admittedly a decent chunk of that came when i re-raised a shortie w/ AQ, they had JJ, and i won the race, but i went down after that, and then brought it back up shortly before going to bed. i'll know after a few more hands whether it was purely luckbox playing or whether i will do better at this limit than .25/.50, at which i was sucking, even last night when i lost 9 bucks before going to grab some drinks w/ my friend mike.
meanwhile i still can't really get pokeroffice to operate as smoothly as i'd like, so i'm thinking about investing in pokertracker. hoping to have some time on monday to figure all that out.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
mo rocca has never smoked pot
he wonders if it would help him w/ his blogging: "One recent Tuesday morning, soon after I moved into my apartment, my bedroom was filled with a pungency that can only be described as herbal skunk. (I actually looked on my terrace for a skunk. I would have hated for a lost animal to fall from 12 stories up onto the Manhattan pavement.) I soon realized, "Wow. My neighbors are smoking marijuana ... on a weekday morning." How brash. How unconventional.
Then about a week later, I smelled it again. But it wasn't just coming from that side. Someone from the down the hallway on the other side was also getting stoned. Meanwhile I was my usual stressed-out self, biting my nails, shuttling between CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, and E! (all the major news channels), trying to come up with a blog topic.
I'm kind of Type-A. I'm kind of a tight-ass. Maybe, I began thinking, I wouldn't be if I did a joint every now and then. Maybe blog topics would flow more freely. Maybe I could be as free as my pothead neighbors. (Yikes, I hope they're too stoned to read this.)"
fantasy football is ghey
at the same time, my friend bama invited me into her fantasy football league, so now i'm in not one but TWO!
let's be real, it's unlikely that i'm going to take down window lickers' recess time (at least my name will never ever compete) but i plan to have a lot of fun trying. and as i always say, if you can't walk the walk, you may as well talk the talk!
Labels: fantasy football
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
luckbox donkey suckout queen
at the same time i won a satellite into the 15k. when the 32k rolled around i decided to say what the hell and buy in direct. so yes, i spent $247 to get into a $163 tournament. silly donkey. on the bright side, i had my second third place 32k cash, this time for $5300 and change.
i lost a bunch of chips early, but scored when i was in the bb and the sb shoved on me for about 2400 w/ 94s right into my KK. weeeeeeeeeeeeee.
the rest of the tournament is honestly a big blur. i was up, i was down. i didn't screenshot it, but at one point toward the end i built my stack up to 240k after hitting a set w/ 77 only to lose half of it the next hand when i had 88 v. KK. i am posting some of the more ridonkulous screenshots below, and trying to post them in order, though i can't guarantee. at one point i had a nice chip stack and called a shortie's all in w/ AK. he had QT and hit a Q. he became my nemesis and i later lost a huge pot when i overplayed 99 (yes, still making that same mistake) and he hit a set of Qs on the flop. whoops, as i so eloquently expounded in the chat box. didn't save that gem, unfortunately.
shout out to alan, bayne, chad and don for railing me. someone asked who alan was he was and he and bayne were talking about how they're the railers who don't ask for money, and i wish i could quote them here but it was pretty effing funny.
meanwhile, i had built up a nice chip stack in the 15k but lost it all when i had TT and raised 3x bb. flop came 985, i bet out, got called. turn was another 9 and i bet out again, and dude shoved. i probably should've folded here, but instead i called and he showed T9. awesome. he hit one of his two outs on the turn. oh well.
i'm currently a decent stack in 55k, but anything can happen in these things, as all the people i sucked out on earlier in the 32k can attest to.
i probably won't be playing much online poker for the rest of the week, as i'm guessing work will kick my ass starting tomorrow, and i have plans for thursday night. fri night (or possibly sat am) i'm headed down to ac for the weekend, and hopefully some of this good luck i've been having will follow me there!
i'll leave you w/ a hand i just played in 55k. i was in bb w/ 55 (presto!) and co raises to 3x bb. the button jams for almost 5k. i have to fold here, either i'm racing or they have better pair, right? well, co calls, AND THEY BOTH HAVE A8. ewwwwww. of course a 5 came on the flop. i should know, presto is gold. i know blah blah rng coulda been different if i'd called. too results oriented. blah blah. that same dude is now jamming every hand. jesus.
i went out of the 55k in 76th place (54 paid). i got short stacked and jammed w/ QJs to a 3x re-raise in sb. he called w/ 66 and he won the race. in hindsight i probably should have waited until i could be first in the pot to raise (esp given that i just finished that round of blinds) and i might have picked up a pair or AK/AQ or better. i had just over 5k, and it was 1500k an orbit. oh well. in the past i would have folded to money, just desperately trying to cash, but i figured there was a chance the initial raiser would fold, and i do love me some QJ.
Labels: 32k score woot
so, i arrived on thursday night and had a room booked at the mgm. halfway through check in the woman asked me to meet her down at the other end of the counter. weird, but ok. she then informed me that i was going to the vip check in, and i'd been upgraded to some sort of loft. i was escorted to a super secret elevator bank (actually, it was just through a door behind all the other elevators) and made my way up to the 29th floor, where i was finally checked in. the bellwoman explained very briefly how to work all the various bells and whistles of the room using the handy electronic gadget, offered me some "welcome juice" made of mango and cantaloupe, and left me in a two story, glorious penthouse.
however, i did not go to the mgm to watch a flat screen tv while bathing -- i went to play poker! i was pretty tired, but headed down to the 1/2 tables and spent about an hour and a half donking it up. i got dealt very few hands, and got lucky in one of the only pots i played. i was in the one seat, and there was a very aggressive player in seat 6. he raised any pot he played, made large c bets, and took down a lot of pots where i was convinced he had air. i limped in early position w/ KTs (eeeeee awwwwww) and the flop came QJx. dude bet out, i re-raised him (taking my stand, damnit!) and he shoved all in. um, oops. still working out my odds, but i figured i was committed at this point (you can only buy in for 200) and a beautiful A on the river makes me a straight. he flips over a set of jacks (had not put him on such a good hand, obviously) and i feel a little bad for him as earlier i saw him lose w/ AA to KK when the dude spiked a K on the river. i left shortly thereafter up close to 100.
i went back up to my "loft" and while it was definitely nice, and apartment-like, it was also way more confusing than a regular room. it took me over 20 minutes to turn off all the tvs, lights and adjust the temperature, and i was wishing i could just flick a switch the way lights were turned off in the olden days.
back to mgm friday afternoon and sat at a table w/ this donkey. got annoyed at him when he bluffed me out of a pot i would have won (w/ QJ, one of my favorite hands) and instead the pot got taken down by the friendly guy next to me who was holding QT. twice i got all my money in w/ him when we both had the same hand. in one we both flopped an oesd and top pair w/ 56, and then two overcards came on turn and river. i couldn't fold my hand, and couldn't believe he made the play he did! then later we both flopped top pair w/ AQ and ended up w/ all our money in the middle only to split. i went up to about 400, but then back down to 200 when i had a "really?" moment and thought the older asian gentleman next to me was drawing to nut flush when instead he actually held nut flush.
by this time chad had joined don over at the 2/5 tables, and i made my biggest mistake of the evening. yup, donkey lj decided to try her hand at 2/5. whoopsie!
second mistake of the night was raising to only 15 utg w/ AK. two callers, flop comes K5x two diamonds, i bet out, re-raised, then another re-raise. at this point alarm bells should be going off (TPTK NO GOOOOOOOT) but unfortunately i called (third mistake) and saw K5o and A3d for flush draw. i didn't hit an A and was out, just like that. i rebought (fourth big mistake of the night) and waited patiently. on my bb there was an early position raiser to 20 and three callers, so i called behind (pot odds??) w/ K8s. flop had two spades (my suit) and i called a small raise by the original raiser. turn made my flush and when he bet out i pushed all in. he quickly called and wouldn't you know it, he had A6s for a better flush. yayyyyyy! i sat out and observed the masters at work, and tried not to be too upset w/ myself. i was down on the night about 700, so combined w/ my small win from the previous night i was now down 600, which was all attributable to 2/5.
after a stop at denny's (who doesn't love a grand slam) i passed out, thoroughly dejected and disgusted with my losses. chad says i'm too results oriented, but i can't help it that i hate losing 700 bucks in one night! it's just gross to me, which maybe means i am not cut out for poker?
saturday was a non poker day, as i made my way around town and then had a delicious dinner involving bbqed steak and corn and salad. yummmmmm.
sunday don and i were supposed to meet up w/ chad at my favorite breakfast place, the big black bear mountain diner, but the wait was too long so we settled for coffee bean (my favorite coffee place, yay!) and a sort of gross breakfast sandwich from a place in the venetian. then we registered for the noon tournament. i was a little nervous, especially when i got seated w/ kod, but by the time the tournament started i was ready.
i went down in chips early when i called a raise out of position w/ 99 and folded to a bet for almost all my stack when a J flopped. i am not entirely sure i was behind, but figured i could wait and put my chips in when i had a better hand. that didn't happen for a long time, and i played look and fold for quite awhile. then i picked up AA in my sb, and raised to 400 after a few limpers (blinds were 50/100). in hindsight i probably should have raised more, but i was trying not to betray my excitement at my only good hand in an hour or two. everyone called and the flop came 633. i bet out and got one caller. turn was a blank and i bet the rest of my stack. he called me w/ 54s (oesd) and didn't improve, so i scooped a nice pot to put me up to about 9k in chips. i was def still a shortish stack at my table, but it put me at ease and allowed me to wait for another hand. i finally picked up 77 and raised to 800 in ep after the utg player limped (blinds were 100/200). i figured since i hadn't been raising much i'd have a chance at taking down the pot. nope. with one caller, chad re-raised to about 4400, and both utg and i folded. dude next to him either called or went all in. either way they got all their money in and dude had KT with top pair on flop, but chad had AA and scooped the pot. i was devastated b/c a 7 fell on the flop, and i'm convinced that if i'd just limped, i might have called chad's raise and taken down a sweet pot. oh well, there i am being results oriented again.
next time i got a pocket pair i limped w/ 88 and hit a set. check, tough looking guy with headphones bet out and i called. same on turn and i check raised for my last 2500 in chips. he fiddled for awhile and folded. next hand i picked up KK in earlyish position and raised to 4x bb. only headphone dude calls. flop comes JJT. i bet out, he re-raises quickly all in and i call. he shows Q9, and wouldn't you know it, an 8 comes on the turn. but, then a gorgeous king falls on the river, and i take the pot and all his chips with my full house. then our table broke and i got moved next to the dude (jesus) who took out don when he called off 70 percent of his stack w/ A8 to don's AK and four flushed him. awesome.
i don't remember many hands from this portion aside from calling a shortie's all in w/ AJ and being up against AJ and splitting. then i raised w/ AJs, and another dude pushed all in for 5100 more. i had about 26k at this point, and didn't want to risk 20% of my stack in a situation where i was either racing or dominated. he told me later he had TT, but who knows. i flopped a straight in my bb w/ 73o and got paid off as well as i think i could have considering the river put three hearts on the board. then i had J6 in the bb and jesus slow played his two pair enough for me to make a straight on the turn. only i didn't realize it cause i thought i had J4. i looked down after jesus bet on the river, realized i had a straight, and re-raised him from about 2800 for 5600 more. he called, half knowing he was beat and i took down another nice pot.
i coasted along as a big stack to the final table, not playing very many hands cause my cards sucked. at one point jesus raised to 5k in the sb to my A9 in the bb. i thought he was making a play and i re-raised him to 15k. he shoved all in and i folded. he showed AA, the second time he had the hand in about 10 minutes. a few minutes later he made a similar play in the sb, only this time i folded and he showed KK. a few hands later he showed AA again. fucking card rack!! a native american guy who had already missed his flight home pushed all in and i pushed myself w/ JJ. he showed 22 and four flushed me to take down the pot. i was steaming a bit and ran off to pee (i will never be able to make it the full two hours w/o needing a bathroom break, i do not understand how people do that and stay hydrated!)
i came back to find out that i had just missed a misdeal allowing me to see my next hand, and looked down at 99 utg. i pushed all in and it folded around to jesus in the bb. he called me w/ 55 and my 9s held up. yay! back in the game. i chipped up a little with a few more raises where everyone folded, and then i made a massive mistake. i raised in early position w/ KQ and got called by a fairly solid player in middle position who had a sizeable stack. jesus had gotten down to about 25k in chips, and he re-raised all in on top of my 9k raise. i called, STUPID, and solid dude folded. jesus had 99 and his hand held up. but, had i folded, green shirt would have called w/ his 88 and made a straight. boy did i regret that hand later!
i raised again a bit later w/ 55 and a small stack pushed over the top of me w/ 76s. i think he was sick of me raising, and thought he would get me to fold. he hit a 6, but i also hit a 5 (presto!!) and busted him. when we were down to 6 we agreed to each take 100 bucks and give to 6th place finisher, which took FOREVER to bust. finally we got him out and we were down to 5. our final table took a long time, with chips just moving from one player to another. at one point i raised in ep with AK, and was re-raised by a guy in an ftp hat for 20k more. i thought for a minute and pushed all in, and after awhile he folded. i heard him tell the guy next to me that i moved to fast, and he thought he had to be dominated. i'm assuming he had AQ or AJ, and i need to learn to slow down a little more. i clearly gave off a tell by moving all in too quickly.
then in the bb (i think blinds were 1500/3k with 300 antes) w/ T9 i checked the flop which came T9A, as did green shirt. the turn was a 3, and i bet out 4k. he re-raised to 15k, and after thinking (again, probably for not long enough) i pushed all in (i prob had about 45k total and this would have put him all in or close). in hindsight, i should have just re-raised him, and not gone all in. he told me later he had AJ, but at the time he just said, you must have a set of 3s, i can't believe i let that turn help you...that turn must have helped you. bummer, would have been nice to get more value, although of course anything could have happened on the river.
finally, finally we got down to three, and we agreed to make a chop. well, sort of. jesus was trying to hold out, cause he had just won a decent pot and had 110k in chips compared to green shirt's 80k and my 75k. we explained that it was still anyone's game, and we weren't going to let him walk away w/ more money than we felt he deserved. he was a lucky mofo and a small part of me didn't even want to make a deal w/ him. in the end green shirt and i split 2nd and 3rd for 3200 each, and gave jesus the remainder, which worked out to 3800. jesus was still on the fence, and even though his wife was saying "honey, don't be greedy" he was holding it up and we almost went back to playing, but green shirt agreed to give him 100 bucks out of his portion and jesus finally agreed (also, he looked at the cards which had been dealt to him in the sb, and i guess that helped. ewwww). in the end jesus didn't make green shirt give him the other 100 bucks, which was kinda nice.
after accounting for sixth place money, dealer tips, and my percentage swap with chad and don, i made a profit of about $2100. not great, but not bad, especially for a $340 investment. so even with my losses at the 2/5 tables, and my $100 loss playing at mgm on monday (not even worth talking about, but it was a horrible table and i wish i hadn't played at all), i still ended the weekend up about $1400.
i am thinking i will try to play some more tournaments here in town, as there is a wednesday night $60 and a friday night $120 (played the friday night once and chopped for fifth place). i will not go back to salami for their tournaments, as unlike jordan i rarely cash, and hate the structure. rebuys at that turbo pace are not for me!
damn, this post is long. who do i think i am, hoy? time for nap!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
lmao and pwns
the shoe was on the other foot earlier tonight, when i finally broke down and asked for a proper definition of pwns. i thought of it as something akin to ass pounding, but chad was kind enough to refer me to wikipedia.
i got home in time for the last hour of the hoy, and laughed out loud at some of the beats i witnessed. i watched bayne's bottom set of 77s get cracked by katiemother's oesd w/ 96 that hit on river. then hoy got called w/ his KK by A8, and the flop comes w/ two 8s. the last hand i remember is a K8 v. A9, where A flopped, turn K, river 8. not sure why i found it all so funny, but i did.
played two short sessions of online .25/.50 and ended both up around $22. significant for me, b/c i rarely have consecutive "up" sessions. i'm really working on minimizing my losses while getting the most value for my hands. it's been a rough endeavor, not so much losing hand that i should be folding, but figuring out how to get people to pay off my sets. every single time i bet they fold! and whenever i do bet w/ top pair is always when THEY have the set!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
thanks to chad, formerly the sngmachine, now the new and improved mttmachine, for inspiring this clean up.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
first one i went a little on tilt. i limped utg w/ one of my favorite hands (which i won't mention in case anyone from the game stops by my blog) and some dude pushed all in for about 2500 (blinds 100/200) and we all folded to him. another orbit later, he does the same thing in my big blind. this time i see ATs and even though i know it's a crap hand, i decide to look him up, for my remaining 2k in chips. whoops, he had AQ and i did not hit a T. while i was glad i got to see what sort of cards he'd have to make that play with for 300 chips, i did not enjoy watching the rest of the tournament from the sidelines.
i woke up at 6:30am in order to get to work and finish a project by noon, so i was pretty tired, but i decided to stick it out for the second tournament, especially since the final two (said all in dude and this chick who is like supergirl -- clarinet playing, poker playing, former cheerleader, math geek, lawyer, investment banker, fantasy football, etc. etc.) decided to chop.
second tournament i finally pick up some cards (did i mention i was card dead first tournament) and doubled up early on when my JJ held up against AK (in fact i flopped a set). then i minraised in co w/ a shit hand (A2s) and got called by all in dude. i was just trying to pick up blinds, and figured they'd fold to fishy min raise. flop was KTx check, check. i would normally bet there, but was worried a bit that he was trapping me w/ a monster. turn and river were both rags, we checked it down, and he showed QJo and i took it down. horrible pot, and i thought perhaps he was tilting at his bad play in not trying to take pot away from me. i was just psyched to win anything at that point. a few orbits later i haven't been picking up hands and i got 44 in the co. i raised again 3x blinds, trying to pick them up once again. this time all in dude decides to re-raise me another 2k, leaving himself about 1400. i should probably fold there, and against a lot of other players at the table i would have, but i was pretty sure we were racing, and i decided i was not just going to give him 1800 of my chips, so i put him all in and he turned over KQ. granted, he must have thought i was weak, but i think KQ is generally not a hand you'd want to be re-raising anyone with.
thankfully my 44 held up and i felted him. i was then the huge stack at table, but proceeded to pick up NO cards. the few times i played hands i think i got lucky and hit a piece of the flop, and everyone folded to my bets. eventually we were three handed, and one dude was down to his last 400, but somehow made his way back into it. supergirl had also built up her chip stack nicely by simply going all in (blinds were about 300/600) and not getting any calls. i was getting cards i would have loved to play earlier in tournament (86s, 96s) but not hands i was willing to double somebody up with. eventually supergirl went all in from small blind, i looked down at 88, and we were off to the races. i held up, and then it was down to me and staten island guy. i hit a few flops and pushed him off hands, and then finally he went all in for his last 3-4k, i looked down at A7 and called. he had A2 and my hand high carded him. woooot. i only made about a hundo on the night, but was still psyched to come away a winner.
i declined to play cash, as much as i want to play more live cash, cause it was 11:30 and i could barely keep my eyes open. i came home, watched another FANTASTIC episode of weeds. so far the third season, while a little surreal at times (see sanjay coming out/having sex w/ uturn's ho) is hilarious and wonderful. i laughed my ass off, elizabeth perkins put in another fine performance as celia, and i am so disappointed when it's over!!!
i'm going to go eat some soup, possibly watch californication, start ace on the river, and hit bed. i cannot wait!
i will miss the mookie tomorrow night go out w/ a friend and some dutchies (kittichai, yummmm) and then thursday i leave for vegas, so probably not much online poker in my future. definitely hitting up mgm on friday, and thinking venetian for tourney and cash after i bust (i mean, win).
oh yeah, check out the poker dude on survivor. i was really disappointed w/ last season, with the exception of yau who shoulda taken that shit down, but this makes me a little more excited to watch next season.
Monday, August 20, 2007
red bull v. galaxy
as always, if i knew how to post clips, and they were available on youtube, i'd post here. instead i give you the mls press release.
the best was clint mathis. he used to be the golden boy of mls and us soccer, and after his goal he may as well have shouted, "REMEMBER ME?"
Labels: mls beckham redbull
kristen bell joins heroes
according to ew she'll play "elle, a mysterious woman who has ties to peter, H.R.G., and claire."
i can't believe it's the end of august already, new tv season for most shows is less than a month away!
Labels: heroes kristenbell
at the same time, as i thought i was about to double up in the me, i bought into the 50/50, the first one since ftops started. once i was out of me it felt like a complete waste, but somehow my tilted ass tripled up in first 10 minutes, and i then seesawed my entire way through. at one point i thought i was about to become huge stack, turned flush and two kings on board, i bet out turn, dude re-raises me, i re-raise him about 2500 more, but didn't jam, thinking i'd suck him in. ooops. river is a 4, i shove for my last 2800, and he calls w/ a pair of fours. yup, dude re-raised me and then called my re-raise w/ three to a flush and two kings on the board, and he rivered his four-outer. sigh.
i doubled up w/ some sketchy play, re-raised an early raiser w/ AQ suited, he jams, i call w/ AQs (eeeee awwwww) he shows KK and i turn an ace. back and forth, up and down, until i limp w/ 77, lots of callers, dude raises 4x, i jam like i have AA and he shows the actual AA.
i overvalue middle (even small) pairs waaaaay too much, it is a huge leak in my game, and it needs to stop. the whole point of limping was to try and see cheap flop, and i need to fold there. unequivocally.
congrats to lucko for cashing in the main event, and to cmitch who as i type this is still in it w/ a healthy stack. both of them have awesome blogs, and i've learned a lot even in the few short months i've been reading them. i will also just take this opportunity to link to fuel55 (another blog favorite) who was also railbirding (and called me sunshine!). he is organizing some sort of hu championship ("HUC5") so go over to his blog for more info. also props to katiemother for going deep in daily double, she is 18/54 as i type.
not poker related, but interesting article on the futility of the drug war in the washington post today, via drugwarrant.
the essence is this, "Thirty-six years and hundreds of billions of dollars after President Richard M. Nixon launched the war on drugs, consumers worldwide are taking more narcotics and criminals are making fatter profits than ever before."
and "In Washington, the war on drugs has been a third-rail issue since its inauguration. It's obvious why -- telling people that their kids can do drugs is the kiss of death at the ballot box. But that was before 9/11. Now the drug war is undermining Western security throughout the world. In one particularly revealing conversation, a senior official at the British Foreign Office told me, "I often think we will look back at the War on Drugs in a hundred years' time and tell the tale of 'The Emperor's New Clothes.' This is so stupid."
as numerous others before me have stated, if any other war the us was in lasted as long, and cost us as much money as the war on drugs, with so little to show for it, there is no way it would not be criticized on a daily basis and it would be the first thing discussed in any national/presidential debate, rather than a nonentity.
Labels: ftops me cmitch drugwar
Friday, August 17, 2007
the sequel is never as good as the original
tried a tier2 sng, and went out early when i overplayed my 77 against JJ and once i'm done w/ a 22 sng i'm done with poker for the night.
tivo seems to be working again after restarting router, but mac is still not connecting properly. so annoying!
um, i can no longer call myself a grammar nazi after having a glaring typo in the subject of this post for over four days!
no, i wasn't kidding
so, no jokes, i actually am staying in tonight to watch hsm2. and yes, i am aware that i am a supreme dork, not only for feeling this way, but for admitting it (and let's face it, for many other reasons). i think i should be home by 8pm, but i manually set my tivo to record disney channel from 8-10 pm just in case my work drinks run long.
i was supposed to have an assignment completed by tonight, but it's been an ongoing project for awhile, and i don't think the associate will care so much if i get it to her on monday. it means working tomorrow, but i've been such a hungover ball of uselessness today that i'd rather pound it out in 4-5 hours tomorrow (realistically how long it should take) than sit here tonight and wish i was home watching hsm2.
clearly my priorities are in order.
as for bday gathering, it was good, drunken times. lots of my good friends are out of town, but a bunch of people showed up and it was a nice random mix. the food was fine, but nothing great, and i think not eating enough of it is part of the reason for the extraordinary headache that is just finally lifting.
if i'm feeling it i'll join kat's donkament tonight, otherwise will probably be online playing something once the movie's over.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
i am a stock market idiot
too many problems
for some reason my laptop no longer connects to the internet for more than 10 minutes, and i just realized last night that my tivo is also no longer connecting. this is a problem, as the premiere of high school musical 2 is on friday, and i do not want to miss the second adventure of those crazy kids. :)
speaking of tv, the premiere of weeds this past monday was even better than i could have anticipated. often i get psyched for a show to return and it just doesn't live up to my expectations. not so w/ weeds. there were all these subtle lines and character movements that were blink and you miss moments, but that were so utterly hilarious. the scene of doug and dean comparing their penis size had me rolling on the floor, and while i never enjoyed zooey deschanel last season as kat, she was much funnier this time around (maybe cause it looks like she's not coming back?).
i watched the new david duchovny show that aired afterward (californication) and i'll watch it if i'm home while i'm playing, but i'm not sure it's going to become must-see for me (we'll put it on the c-list for now).
played a little poker last night after filing our mtd, and it was not a particularly successful evening. i got bullied by jamyhawk and the rest of my table at the mookie (although, i did go all in w/ the hammer when i flopped a flush draw that did not hit). i then sucked out on skidoo in two different hands, which felt absolutely awesome! the first time i had A4 and he put me almost all in and since i was down to only 1200 chips i just figured what the hell. he had 77, and i rivered a wheel. the next time he raised me again, i had AJ and jammed, and he called w/ AQ. of course a J came on the river. i was finally put out of my misery in a hand i can't even remember, but i did not have good cards, and i should've been out way earlier. down about 25 bucks on the night in cash, and donked my way halfway through an o8 tournament. i love the game, but do not play it very well.
no poker for me tonight, as i'm gathering some friends to celebrate my birth and drink. should be fun, although i'm disappointed that this guy is staying home to play poker rather than engaging in some good old-fashioned social interaction.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
while i'm still glad i went w/ cash, i do wish i'd played in ftops 8 only so that i, too, could have swapped percentages with bayne. now that was a good deal for chad! on the bright side, without any risk on my side (remember, no bets with bayne is the new rule) i have scored a dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area (la fondue in saratoga). that is +ev!
on the negative side, i had a lot of trouble falling asleep, and would get up every few minutes to see how bayne was doing. he'd be high in chips, then i'd come back and he'd call to river to see no low and go back down to 55k. finally around the fifth break i realized i'd be unable to work today if i didn't put all my energy into falling asleep. so sadly, i missed the (exciting?) end game, and the thrill of cheering bayne on to the final table. he railed me at the ladies wsop event along w/ don, and also was a great cheering section when i cashed in the 32k, so i was glad to repay the favor for at least a little while. goooooo bayne!
Labels: bayne woot ftops
but tonight, when i was set free shortly after 9, i decided to head over and see how things went. the first person i saw was a fellow blogger, we'll call him wallstreetpoker. i was seated at a different table, but asked for a change right away, and about two hands later was happily ensconced in a table full of young guys who were not incredibly stacked (chip wise). one guy at the table had about 500 or so in front of him, and one other seemed to have a decent stack, but most of the rest looked below 300. i could not have been more card dead my first hour. forget even shitty pocket pairs. J7, J6, J5 and J3 off probably made up 75 percent of my hands. lots of 63s and 62s. NOTHING. i lost about 40 bucks straight off playing shit like K8s to a raise after limping, and playing suited connectors that weren't anywhere near the flop.
then, finally, i looked down (on the button, i believe) at pocket kings. there were 3-4 limpers, and i popped it to 16. one caller. flop comes J83, he bets, i re-raise, he goes all in, and turn and river are rags. he said "i have jacks" and my heart stopped for a split second thinking set of Js, until i saw his QJ. yay me!
no more hands until i called a raise of 17 after limping w/ 77. dude hadn't played many pots, and i was really hoping for set. flop came 863. he bet out 35 w/ only 61 behind him and i folded. i do think he was ahead, though i'll never know. i think i needed to realize how little he had behind him and just fold to his big bet.
but...a few hands later he raised to 20 after a bunch of limpers and i looked down (i think in bb) w/ pocket aces. i smoooth called, and we went heads up. flop was Q high, i think w/ two diamonds. i checked, he bet out, and i check raised him. he pushed all in, and i happily called. he turned over pocket nines, which thankfully didn't improve, and i felted him.
i forgot to mention a woman who had sat down (they told me later a dealer there sometimes) who in her first or second hand had JJ cracked. she then proceeded to show 99 three hands in a row, and twice more throughout the night. at the point she showed her third pair of 9s, i STILL hadn't received one pocket pair, or any two painted cards together.
that changed after AA. i saw 88 which turned set, 33 which flopped set, and those 77s which i mucked.
i ended the night up 300 or so, which was fine by me. then i came home, went up 30 in cash, and bailed. i haven't played enough hands to make a proper sample, but lately my sessions have been on an upward swing. i think i'm playing tighter and smarter, and finally feeling like maybe, just maybe, i can beat this game.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
is a tuesday a tuesday without a hoy post?
last night sucked. i mentioned to bayne that i was going to play in the $55 satellite to ftops 8 tonight, and he immediately signed up for it. i then agreed to make a last longer bet with him, but since i knew he would likely win that one, i proposed a math one. i then completely forgot about latter last longer bet, got bored, and pushed with top pair into a set. whoops. i paid up, but now i can cross cash games, tournaments (aside from blonkaments, since that seems inescapable), and last longer bets off list of activities with bayne. chatting seems to be the main activity left, and that is fine by me. bayne is a good listener, super smart, and super fun to chat with.
incidentally, i did not win a seat to ftops 8. despite being below average almost the whole tournament i picked some good spots and always seemed to get back with chips. then, lucky me, i got moved to bayne's table. this was the beginning of the end. i made a couple ill-advised raises and got called or re-raised and then didn't hit flop. i had a big stack bully me, and just overall did not play good satellite o8. oh well, i will be lucky if i'm home by 9 anyway since we're filing a motion to dismiss tomorrow, although i'm still pretty bummed. i really thought i could get that seat.
also, don't get me wrong, i'm not calling bayne my nemesis (besides, he already has one). he's a really sweet guy (thanks for the bday gift bayne!). that said i am going to do my best to avoid playing poker with him in the future, and i am certainly never going to bet him again.
on the bright side i had a winning cash session and won a token and placed second in an $11 sng. i am going to try to mix up between $11 and $22 ones, and see if i can't stay patient and figure out a way to cash. I often build up chip leads, but sometimes make donkey plays and call when i'm beat, or don't get enough value when i have a hand.
Labels: bayne math o8
Monday, August 13, 2007
i think alan was in a tough sitch in his game, and you can't always count on people having a better hand than you. that said, i just read somewhere recently (ftp strat guide? maybe theory of poker?) that sometimes you just have to lay down what might be the best hand. you end up losing far fewer chips in the long run. uh, of course, i don't ALWAYS follow advice i read.
while i was playing in ftops i was also glancing at the clonie gowen pro chat that was open. one of the questions asked about how she once said you should fold 99 utg, and she reiterated that she agreed with that advice. when i was down to 10k in chips and saw 99 utg what did i do?
one day i will learn.
Labels: ftops pocketpairs
Sunday, August 12, 2007
as for ftops, i chipped up a bit early, only to donk it all away on a horrible semi-bluff gone wrong. doubled up when my 98s flopped a flush draw and i was able to see the river club hit and get paid off. i folded, and got folded to, nearly every time i raised. finally blinds were getting higher and i needed to double up, and re-raised an early position raiser w/ QQ. he called w/ 77 and i was back in business. shortly after i doubled up w/ TT v. AK. nearly same situation, except the 77 dude was the initial raiser and it was a bigger stack who re-raised, i jammed, and the 77 dude folded (tightwrap was his name, i think, and he later said he had 99). i continued to build up my stack until i called an early position raiser w/ KJ, and decided it would be a good idea to chekc raise him representing A. instead he re-raised, and i decided i could not call for my tournament there.
i was severely crippled, so jammed w/ AQ no callers. jammed from utg w/ 99, got called by AA, and left in 462nd place.
i need to learn to fold KJ to a raise there, and also not raise w/ medium pairs utg. same thing happened earlier when i had 88 and i called a shortie (my buddy tightwrap) who had AA and doubled him up. i definitely made some big mistakes, that luckily didn't end up costing me a cash.
i also finished third in the 90 person ds i was in, leading me to believe that 90 person tourneys are a nice complement to higher buy in deep stacks. i got horribly lucky in that one, though, sucking out w/ JJ v. AA and some other ridonkulous one that i can't remember.
with all of this poker i nearly forgot it was my birthday. it was probably the most low key bday weekend i've ever had. i committed to that ftops 6 sat last night, missing out on a dinner party with an old hs friend, and cancelled dinner plans w/ a friend tonight to celebrate my bday. there is a part of me that thinks it is weird/lame to forego social interaction to play, but then there is another party of me that realizes that i really wanted to play in this tournament tonight, i made it happen, and that i can make those kinds of choices. i will have a bday party on thursday, i will see my friend for dinner another night, and there will be other dinner parties.
work is gonna be hellish this week, so not sure i'll have much time for playing or posting...HA. who am i kidding. i'm sure i'll make time somewhere, a girl needs a break every now and then. hope everyone had a great weekend!
ooh, i forgot to mention last night. congrats to katiemother who i noticed was in a winners choice tournament and got down to the final three!!! only first prize paid out the 12k package, but i think she scored something like 1300, which is pretty sweet! congrats!
Friday, August 10, 2007
how would you play this
Full Tilt Poker Game #3211934805: $17,500 Guarantee (24006700), Table 55 - 250/500 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 16:23:30 ET - 2007/08/10
Seat 1: sailoreugene (5,365)
Seat 2: Al Capone23 (21,990)
Seat 3: Prodders (3,622)
Seat 4: pvanharibo (22,144)
Seat 5: OCS (5,033)
Seat 6: jterry666 (11,240)
Seat 7: El Nino 1 (8,473)
Seat 8: Denman2000 (13,180)
Seat 9: Big_Dipper51 (23,914)
sailoreugene antes 50
Al Capone23 antes 50
Prodders antes 50
pvanharibo antes 50
OCS antes 50
jterry666 antes 50
El Nino 1 antes 50
Denman2000 antes 50
Big_Dipper51 antes 50
Denman2000 posts the small blind of 250
Big_Dipper51 posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to pvanharibo [Ah Kd]
Al Capone23 folds
Prodders has 15 seconds left to act
pvanharibo raises to 2,100
OCS raises to 4,983, and is all in
El Nino 1 folds
Denman2000 calls 4,733
pvanharibo calls 2,883
*** FLOP *** [2c 3s 9h]
Denman2000 bets 6,000
Denman2000 shows [Jc Jd]
OCS shows [8d 8c]
Uncalled bet of 6,000 returned to Denman2000
*** TURN *** [2c 3s 9h] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [2c 3s 9h Kh] [4d]
Denman2000 shows a pair of Jacks
OCS shows a pair of Eights
Denman2000 wins the pot (15,899) with a pair of Jacks
OCS stands up
The blinds are now 300/600 with an ante of 75
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 15,899 | Rake 0
Board: [2c 3s 9h Kh 4d]
Seat 1: sailoreugene folded before the Flop
Seat 2: Al Capone23 folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Prodders folded before the Flop
Seat 4: pvanharibo folded on the Flop
Seat 5: OCS showed [8d 8c] and lost with a pair of Eights
Seat 6: jterry666 folded before the Flop
Seat 7: El Nino 1 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 8: Denman2000 (small blind) showed [Jc Jd] and won (15,899) with a pair of Jacks
Seat 9: Big_Dipper51 (big blind) folded before the Flop
i used to hate rebuys, even though i played one every week in amsterdam. but by the end i felt like i had the hang of them, and i have my own strategy that i utilize. i decided to take a shot at a $3 rebuy tournament last night, but a non satellite. i ended up 40th, which paid back my buy ins and a little extra for my next $2 rebuy. : )
i think i may still play the sats (esp that $2 50/50 when i'm home in time) but probably won't play the regular one again anytime soon.
i am struggling a bit w/ having this bigger bankroll. while i want to utilize it to take shots at bigger tournaments, i hate losing $22 in a sng cause some donkey with middle pair bets and then calls an all in w/ to my top pair and rivers trips. and i'm still having trouble with the thought of buying in direct to a $26 satellite. i know, it's crazy. i just don't want to look and see that i've dwindled down my win to nothing. i don't really know anything about bankroll management, and don't think so far i'm doing a very good job!
Labels: bankroll mgmt rebuys
Thursday, August 09, 2007
some thoughts and ftops 1
i didn't mean to sound like i was giving some victory speech with all my thank yous, but i really do appreciate everyone's support and railing, and it definitely makes a difference.
i got SUPER LUCKY. the AA v. KK cracking was a gift. the fact that the polishpokerpro or whatever his name was took out players 4 and 5 in one hand w/ a straight, cracking a set of kings, was extremely fortuitous. so...i'm just gonna soldier on, and try to move up a tiny bit in stakes and hopefully not prove myself too much of a donkey.
i played the ftops 1 sat last night, and was doing well, having chipped up, and then got crushed and taken out when my QQ was cracked by TT who four flushed me. god, i hate that!
i then took a huge step, for me, and bought directly into the $55 ftops 2 satellite. i love horse, and figured this would be my little "i cashed for my biggest score ever so i can throw away fifty bucks" tournament. i actually made it further then i would have guessed, and was above average until a hand where in stud hi (always my downfall, i should just fold) where i started w/ a four flush and watched my opponent get my suit on 4th, 5th, and 6th street, and i eventually had to fold when i didn't hit. after that i was just trying to keep afloat, and eventually i went out in o8. i finished 70th out of 199 and 46 paid, but the blinds were getting big and the bubble seemed to last FOREVER when i was railing chad.
so...the only ftops event i'm still the in the running for is #6, and i'm playing in the non turbo $55 sat on saturday night. if i can get out of work on friday night i may try to satellite into ftops event #3 also, but that's doubtful.
i played in the mookie and finished in the middle of the pack - congrats to don for taking down the tournament when his AA held up against jordan's AQ. there was lots of confusion over whether there was a chop when they were four-handed w/ alan and joemav, but i think in the end it was, and they played it out for the profile (and pride?).
congrats also to cmitch, hoy, and jgoat for cashing in ftops 1. i couldn't hear alan so well on the buddydank show, where apparently he was giving cmitch updates, so i didn't realize he was playing. i did watch hoy, who i think took some ridonkulous beats and i'm sure will be posting about them later. look forward to railing all those playing event #2 tonight!!
Labels: ftops 32k horse mooookie
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
i cashed in the 32k!
plopster22: so what you're saying is, i'm the donkey at the table
carchd: by far
in his defense, he also gave me advice about playing these types of big time tournaments, some scoop about who the top players are, and really helped me get my game face on. i KNOW he didn't expect me to cash, much less final table, and his reaction upon waking up from his nap was exactly what i expected. "carchd: holy crap. . . carchd: how did this happen though?"
ever since i read jordan's post about making that big score when he was home sick it's been a little daydream of mine. and today, thanks to a massive rainstorm that caused subway delays and made me feel i could get away w/ "working" from home, i turned $8.80 into $4,743. WOOOOT.
i played super tight for the tournament. i already posted about a few hands, and there isn't all that much to write about that i can remember.
during the first break i got an email from a senior associate on one of my cases, and had to spend an hour of the tournament doing legal research. that kinda blew, but i sent it off, and quickly made back the 2k of my stack that i lost while my attention was waaaay too divided. doubled up w/ 99 v. AK, and doubled up again but can't remember hand. i think i had AQ and bet flop, got called by KQ, who had flopped top pair. turn made me a straight, and we got all in, and i scooped up a niiiice pot.
i got SUPER lucky when we were down to two or three tables (i'm short on deets right now) when i ran KK into AA and hit a K. that was HUGE, and as everyone's told me, i was pretty much freerolling from there.
i went out w/ KJ when we were three-handed. there was a small raise on button, i pushed from sb w/ KJ, and he of course called me w/ AJ, and i'm out in 3rd. the worst part for me is the person who ended up winning was there cause of me. when we were down to about three tables he raised 3x bb, and i re-raised, he pushed all in, and i called. i had 66, he had AK. river = king. in hindsight i DEFINITELY shoulda called the raise, and then bet out on flop when it was all unders. or, i should have folded. any way you slice it, i effed that up. i was chip leader, and blew half my stack.
i played a bunch of other tournaments while i was playing 32k, mostly to keep myself from playing like a lag donkey, and i started this 90 person ds at 5:30, two hours into the 32k.
i bubbled a super sat to ftops 7, this one had me steaming. grrrrr.
in honor of my score i am treating myself to a big ftops #2 satellite, and i'm gonna play the mookie. i'm also going to enjoy a nice, cold beer.
Labels: 32k bigscore omg
32k players play gooooot
Full Tilt Poker Game #3192847700: $32,000 Guarantee (24002013), Table 9 - 250/500 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:52:42 ET - 2007/08/08
Seat 1: BIGFLOPPER01 (33,141)
Seat 2: shotskee (11,908)
Seat 4: coinoffers (6,513)
Seat 5: DRUNKENSTYLE (20,097)
Seat 6: anomik (5,310)
Seat 7: iamhustle (28,094)
Seat 8: Philosoph (18,345)
Seat 9: pvanharibo (29,480)
BIGFLOPPER01 antes 50
shotskee antes 50
coinoffers antes 50
DRUNKENSTYLE antes 50
anomik antes 50
iamhustle antes 50
Philosoph antes 50
pvanharibo antes 50
shotskee posts the small blind of 250
coinoffers posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to pvanharibo [As Js]
iamhustle calls 500
Philosoph raises to 1,455
iamhustle calls 955
*** FLOP *** [Qh 9s Ks]
Philosoph has 15 seconds left to act
Philosoph bets 2,488
Uncalled bet of 2,488 returned to Philosoph
LTheDestroyer (Observer): nh
Philosoph wins the pot (4,060)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4,060 | Rake 0
Board: [Qh 9s Ks]
Seat 1: BIGFLOPPER01 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: shotskee (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: coinoffers (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: DRUNKENSTYLE folded before the Flop
Seat 6: anomik folded before the Flop
Seat 7: iamhustle folded on the Flop
Seat 8: Philosoph collected (4,060), mucked
Seat 9: pvanharibo folded before the Flop
AK and AQ
Full Tilt Poker Game #3192718821: $32,000 Guarantee (24002013), Table 9 - 200/400 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:38:51 ET - 2007/08/08
Seat 1: BIGFLOPPER01 (18,106)
Seat 3: Panich33 (15,999)
Seat 4: coinoffers (7,788)
Seat 5: CR711 (5,265)
Seat 6: anomik (9,735)
Seat 7: iamhustle (21,494)
Seat 8: vacili (3,700)
Seat 9: pvanharibo (27,680)
BIGFLOPPER01 antes 50
Panich33 antes 50
coinoffers antes 50
CR711 antes 50
anomik antes 50
iamhustle antes 50
vacili antes 50
pvanharibo antes 50
CR711 posts the small blind of 200
anomik posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to pvanharibo [Ac Kh]
iamhustle raises to 800
pvanharibo raises to 2,400
iamhustle calls 1,600
*** FLOP *** [8h 2c 5d]
iamhustle has 15 seconds left to act
iamhustle bets 4,000
Uncalled bet of 4,000 returned to iamhustle
iamhustle wins the pot (5,800)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 5,800 | Rake 0
Board: [8h 2c 5d]
Seat 1: BIGFLOPPER01 folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Panich33 folded before the Flop
Seat 4: coinoffers (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: CR711 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: anomik (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: iamhustle collected (5,800), mucked
Seat 8: vacili folded before the Flop
Seat 9: pvanharibo folded on the Flop
and the other:
Full Tilt Poker Game #3192665046: $32,000 Guarantee (24002013), Table 9 - 150/300 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:32:57 ET - 2007/08/08
Seat 2: thoff101 (7,980)
Seat 3: Panich33 (8,924)
Seat 4: coinoffers (14,938)
Seat 5: CR711 (5,890)
Seat 6: anomik (10,110)
Seat 7: iamhustle (17,194)
Seat 8: vacili (6,900)
Seat 9: pvanharibo (22,400)
thoff101 antes 25
Panich33 antes 25
coinoffers antes 25
CR711 antes 25
anomik antes 25
iamhustle antes 25
vacili antes 25
pvanharibo antes 25
anomik posts the small blind of 150
iamhustle posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to pvanharibo [As Qd]
pvanharibo raises to 1,200
iamhustle calls 900
*** FLOP *** [7s 8d 2d]
BIGFLOPPER01 sits down
BIGFLOPPER01 adds 15,431
iamhustle bets 1,300
Uncalled bet of 1,300 returned to iamhustle
iamhustle wins the pot (2,750)
BIGFLOPPER01 is feeling angry
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,750 | Rake 0
Board: [7s 8d 2d]
Seat 2: thoff101 folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Panich33 folded before the Flop
Seat 4: coinoffers folded before the Flop
Seat 5: CR711 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: anomik (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: iamhustle (big blind) collected (2,750), mucked
Seat 8: vacili folded before the Flop
Seat 9: pvanharibo folded on the Flop
i don't know how to put him on a hand here!
9th hand of 32k i pick up AA, raise it up, one caller. flop K35 rainbow, bet out pot, everybody folded.
11th hand, i have A9 utg, and fold. bb raises to 120 (blinds 10/20), sb calls. flop 599. the two guys get all in, it's JJ v. AA. i woulda tripled up!! sigh.
i also bubbled a 15k satellite, that one killed. there were 4 left, 3 got seat. people kept doubling shorties up, and i hit top pair, guy w/ middle pair pushes me all in, i call. he rivers two pair, and i'm out. ARGH.
ok, gotta go concentrate on 32k. see you in ftops #1 sat tonight. yay for flooding!
Full Tilt Poker Game #3187479010: Super Sat to FTOPS Event #6 (24280660), Table 2 - 120/240 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:29:09 ET - 2007/08/08
Seat 1: johngolf2000 (5,835)
Seat 2: PlCASS0 (13,530)
Seat 3: shades875pb (14,355)
Seat 5: lawnwrangler (3,145)
Seat 6: tomboy1936 (4,685)
Seat 7: schwarze20 (3,855)
Seat 8: pvanharibo (13,795)
Seat 9: BIGOTTERBE (14,300)
johngolf2000 antes 25
PlCASS0 antes 25
shades875pb antes 25
lawnwrangler antes 25
tomboy1936 antes 25
schwarze20 antes 25
pvanharibo antes 25
BIGOTTERBE antes 25
schwarze20 posts the small blind of 120
pvanharibo posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to pvanharibo [Kh Ac]
johngolf2000 has 15 seconds left to act
PlCASS0 calls 240
shades875pb raises to 960
schwarze20 calls 840
pvanharibo raises to 13,770, and is all in
shades875pb has 15 seconds left to act
shades875pb calls 12,810
schwarze20 calls 2,870, and is all in
pvanharibo shows [Kh Ac]
shades875pb shows [Ad Qd]
schwarze20 shows [As 8h]
*** FLOP *** [2h Jh Js]
PlCASS0: holy chit
*** TURN *** [2h Jh Js] [Ks]
*** RIVER *** [2h Jh Js Ks] [8c]
pvanharibo shows two pair, Kings and Jacks
shades875pb shows a pair of Jacks
pvanharibo wins the side pot (19,880) with two pair, Kings and Jacks
schwarze20 shows two pair, Jacks and Eights
pvanharibo wins the main pot (11,930) with two pair, Kings and Jacks
schwarze20 stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 31,810 Main pot 11,930. Side pot 19,880. | Rake 0
Board: [2h Jh Js Ks 8c]
Seat 1: johngolf2000 folded before the Flop
Seat 2: PlCASS0 folded before the Flop
Seat 3: shades875pb showed [Ad Qd] and lost with a pair of Jacks
Seat 5: lawnwrangler folded before the Flop
Seat 6: tomboy1936 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: schwarze20 (small blind) showed [As 8h] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Eights
Seat 8: pvanharibo (big blind) showed [Kh Ac] and won (31,810) with two pair, Kings and Jacks
Seat 9: BIGOTTERBE folded before the Flop
Full Tilt Poker Game #3187279117: Super Sat to FTOPS Event #6 (24280660), Table 1 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:06:33 ET - 2007/08/08
Seat 1: pvanharibo (5,760)
Seat 3: SirBostwick (4,385)
Seat 4: BIGOTTERBE (7,925)
Seat 5: tomboy1936 (11,740)
Seat 6: johngolf2000 (5,890)
SirBostwick posts the small blind of 80
BIGOTTERBE posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to pvanharibo [6h 6d]
tomboy1936 calls 160
johngolf2000 raises to 500
pvanharibo calls 500
tomboy1936 calls 340
*** FLOP *** [8s 6s Jc]
johngolf2000 bets 1,100
pvanharibo has 15 seconds left to act
pvanharibo raises to 5,260, and is all in
Uncalled bet of 4,160 returned to pvanharibo
pvanharibo wins the pot (3,940)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,940 | Rake 0
Board: [8s 6s Jc]
Seat 1: pvanharibo (button) collected (3,940), mucked
Seat 3: SirBostwick (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: BIGOTTERBE (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: tomboy1936 folded on the Flop
Seat 6: johngolf2000 folded on the Flop
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
to ftops or not to ftops
so now it's starting again, and i have not tried to satellite in earnest, but am conflicted b/c i don't want to dwindle my bankroll again, and am trying to do this sng challenge, but at the same time would love to play in at least one ftops event. i know i can do it, but i just don't want to lose my bankroll trying! reading something like hoy's post today just makes me long to play in ftops even more. i can't help it.
so...i think maybe i will break my two-day old rule, and give a few of the sng sats a shot. alan said the play was not so great in the $7 ones, and i would be so happpy to even win one satellite seat. event #6 is on my bday, and i thought about treating myself as a present to an entrance fee, but now i'm thinking the better gift might be buying in direct to the satellite if i don't qualify, and hoping i can turn that into a seat. i will probably flip flop on this twenty times over the next five days, but will try not to bore you readers with it all.
as excited as i was to get out of work and continue my sng challenge last night it was not meant to be. i had an AMAZING dinner w/ a friend, and was so tired by the time i got home that i couldn't even motivate to sit down for one game. i tried to go to bed early, but then wasn't able to sleep, so i opened my book (currently reading michael craig's book about andy beal) where i read that howard lederer and chip reese had gastric bypass. this intrigued me, so i hopped online to learn more. but then i had a couple emails, and started watching math, and before i knew it a half hour had gone by, so i went back to my bed to continue reading. it wasn't until i picked back up where i left off that i remembered why i'd gotten up to the computer in the first place. this sort of thing happens more often than i'd care to admit. so i hopped back on, couldn't find any fattie pics of chip reese, and only a couple of howard lederer, so i finally called it a night and fell fast asleep.
the book is awesome, and a super quick read. i'm almost halfway through theory of poker, but am holding off till i finish the craig book, which should be sometime before the weekend. after theory of poker i think i may refresh my memory by re-reading harrington, and haven't decided what my next book will be.
Monday, August 06, 2007
sng flush draw
i am doing a little sng challenge involving $6.50 turbo sngs. trying to play at least ten in a sitting. yesterday i mostly two-tabled, cause i spent some time watching the big game and railing chad in his various tournaments. also got too little sleep cause i couldn't tear myself away from watching astin and chad go deep in 50/50. on the bright side i played my 13th sng of the day and cashed for 2nd.
i don't have all the numbers with me, but i'm ahead in my first session. i cashed in 5/13, but since they were either first or second place i'm +ev. i am definitely getting a feel for them, and unless i lose a horrible race, people suck out on me, or i overvalue my pairs, i can hang. (in three different tournaments i lost top two pair to a straight, blech). i'm trying to see if this is a viable strategy to build my bankroll.
i also went out 19th/180 in one of those new 180 person $8 tournaments on ftp. i prob coulda/shoulda folded to a cash (18 pay) but i figured if i wanted to be in any kind of position to make more than 6 bucks i really needed to start doubling up. no big game for this guy, and no math either. i am really trying hard to stay away from mtts while i work on my sng game. i may still play those 180 person when i have four hours, or the 90 person double stacks which i enjoy, but that's it. all those ftops satellites were draining my bankroll!
Labels: sngchallenge ftops poker
Saturday, August 04, 2007
special shout out to alan for chatting w/ me until i left last night, he is the BEST. oh wait, that's me! "Alan: btw, you're the BEST!" (see gchat conversation dated 7/27/07 at 5:56pm).
yes, i've been citing documents for too long. this project was so never getting done last night, it is so much bigger than i realized. i am taking a break to enjoy a yummy carl's cheesesteak and then it's back to the grind. i am going to try and stay late to get as much done as possible cause i really don't want to come in tomorrow.
i played in a freeroll this morning and went out when this annoying, obnoxious big stack raised to 3400 and two smaller stacks (maybe 800 and 1200) called. i looked down at AK and decided i'd take a shot. he had 88, the shorties had JT and something i can't remember right now, and the 88 held up against my AK. bye bye me. it felt great to be back at nicelook, i really missed it, and am excited they're back up and running.
i'll try to go back tomorrow morning unless i oversleep again. i woke up at 10:55 and quickly threw on some clothes and hopped in a cab and made it just before they opened up a fourth freeroll table.
ok, back to the grind.
Labels: worktilt freeroll nicelook
Friday, August 03, 2007
luck v. lj
then tell me, how the FUCK does this happen? this is variance? this is just dumb luck?
i get 74 6/12 hands at one point, about 14 times over the tournament. 73 about half that, J2 about 10 times, and a whole lotta T3, T2 offsuit. this guy gets AA, AK, KK, QQ, 44, 55, NON STOP.
i got a pair once. QQ. i was STOKED. until the other dude turned over his AA. seriously? what the fuck!
i know nobody likes a whiner, but this is beyond unbelievable.
anyway, i don't think i played badly in the freeroll. considering that i got no pairs all night, and rarely ever got any paint cards (hmmmm, sounds like my evening at salami w/ this guy the other night) i lasted until the final two tables, going out shortly thereafter. i did a nice job of chipping up, and oh, just remembered the time i had AA and pushmonkey72 called me w/ AJ. sorry, i had pairs TWICE, my bad.
then i lost most of it w/ QQ v. AA. had i won that hand, or ignored my QQ (should i just assume that somebody has me beat in these things when three undercards flop?) i woulda been in great shape. instead i was shorty mcshort, and finally pushed on astin w/ a crappy KT. i coulda waited, but was still pissed at him for stealing my blind earlier. i woulda pushed on him the first time w/ my 53s, but i watched him suckout about four times, and figured he had me beat and i sure as hell wasn't gonna suck out on him. he had AQ when i had my KT and out i went in about 17th.
i haven't been playing much. played live on wed and met 23skidoo, who was quiet but seemed very nice. found out today that nicelook is running their freerolls again, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT. very psyched for that tomorrow, and once i finish watering mer's plants in her fancy new apartment in chelsea it's probably home to read.
i'm at work now (sigh) trying to finish up a project that's due monday. i had no time to work on it all week, so it's either slave away tonight or finish it over the weekend/monday. i'm gonna try really hard to finish tonight, cause i don't want it hanging over me. right now i'm on dinner break w/ some salt and pepper squid, dumplings and fried rice. yummmmmm.
Labels: freeroll astin luckbox chinese