i played with the wall street poker
crew last night, and as usual had fun. i came in third in the first tournament when i somewhat luckbunnied my way into the money. we were four handed (all chicas, girl power, woot) when i was in the bb. ck
, to my right was in the small blind and it was folded to her. she thought for a bit and then went all in. this to me seemed like she had a marginal hand and just wasn't sure if she should be pushing. i determined that if i had any two decent cards, i was calling. i looked down at jackace and instacalled, she flipped over A5, and my hand held up. i could see where she was torn, b/c while A high looks pretty, if it's dominated it's dominated. i used to push all in when i played in a'dam w/ A rag a lot when i got short, and it almost never came through for me.
the next hand i was on the button and had KT. i have stopped playing this hand very often, but figured three-handed it was worth a raise. i had been raising a lot (and not showing, though i was raising w/ mostly pairs and two big paint cards) and abbie pushed over the top for 2800 more. (i had raised to 1800, blinds were 300/600). i couldn't lay it down and she showed AQ and i lost when a Q flopped (though i did flop an oesd). then i was down to just under 2k and two hands later called a raise w/ my piddly T8 which did not improve.
cash was another story. i am not a great cash player, and am learning, but i tend to make one move that obliterates me. it came late in the evening last night and my stack deterioration happened in two different hands. the first there were about six limpers, and i looked down in sb at AK. i think in hindsight i should maybe just complete (well, we were playing 1/1, so check). but w/ all those players i figured if an A or K did flop, i wanted to know i was good, so i popped it to 10. two callers, including darko, who decided last night i had a target on me and spent a lot of time talking shit to me. he's a very good cash player and shockingly it did not tilt me, b/c i figured if i ever got a hand on him i'd be able to make some money. sadly, quite the opposite was to happen, as the flop came Q9x. it checked around to me (hmmmm, i guess i was on button) and i made a pot size bet. this was a mistake. first off, i should have figured the checks could mean monster. secondly, there was no need for me to bet pot. i could have bet a smaller amount to find out where i was at. the player in b/w darko and i went all in for 9 on top. darko talked some smack, and repeatedly told me my AK was no good before shoving (w/ his 99 for middle set.) i folded, obviously, but lost $40 in the pot. i had been ahead for most of the night (except for an early dip) but this brought me down to about a 100 in chips (bought in for 130).
i am not sure why darko put me on a hand before he shoved, but i guess it was moot. i was not calling any kind of raise, so why not call the 9 more and hope an A or K comes so he can really clean me out? i think this sort of thinking is what got me in trouble w/ my KK hand w/ bayne
yesterday (online) where he limp called a big raise w/ A4s, hit a 4 on the flop, and then luckboxed his way into trip 4s on the turn. his luckboxery knows no bounds. as i commented on his blog, i should have isolated the shortie all in post-flop and gotten bayne out of the hand, but omg, how could i know he'd hit one of the only four outs that would unequivocally win him the pot (he had more due to backdoor flush and potential straight -- other dude had an A, so there were only two left out there).
but i digress. i knew i was going to leave soon, and finally looked down at JJ. i decided this was the hand for me, and i was going to go broke w/ it (smart huh). there was a small raise from the co, i popped it to 11, and jaime (bb?) re-raised me to 30. at this point he was sort of screaming AA, but i could not trust my read (donkey!) and pushed all in for my remaining 75 or so. he instacalled (w/ his AA, woo hoo) and even though we ran business after i turned a gut shot, it was no matter. i took my leave after that, and came home to watch tv.
ha! who am i kidding. i needed points. POINTS! i, like alan
and bayne, have found myself acting like a sucker for these stupid ironman points. unlike at wall street poker, it was a profitable night. i won myself a tier 1 token, but donked out early of a $6 turbo sng. i jumped in a $20 sng and took third. i also took third earlier in one, after bubbling two the other day for 4th place in both. soon maybe i will take first or second!
i played some cash, and ended up 2.5 buy ins, which for me is really good. i have had about five decent winning sessions in a row (including the one where bayne essentially stacked me w/ his trip 4s) and have been feeling fairly confident in my online cash game lately. i have been playing tighter, and laying down hands when i think i'm beat. i'm definitely not making as much money as i could, though, as i played flopped quad 9s horribly last night. i was thisclose to betting the flop, when there was a potential straight on the board, along with two diamonds for a flush, but i chickened out and it checked around again. i re-raised a bet on the river but only got one caller, who made his flush on the river. i should have made him pay to draw and rep straight (as bayne pointed out) and i may have even got re-raised by him on turn or river. damn. even the player who called me insulted my play, and since he was on tilt from an earlier play where he flopped a set of 5s (presto!) and i didn't lay down my AA only to river a higher set, i should have stacked him there. :(
i have a fairly busy saturday, and didn't make plans for tonight (uber dork!), so i may stop by kat
's donkarama once again (repeat?!).
oh, i nearly forgot. congrats to alan for his runner up finish in the huc. he is so proud it's his gchat status.
have a great weekend!