Monday, April 14, 2008

Frustration

So, I won my way into the $750K on Friday and decided to pass on that and run the Bracelet Race. 91 runners, 9 seats, 10th got $400. I finished 14th. My last hand had me with a straight flush draw on a10 high board and my opponent had K10. I missed my many outs which would have put me with a manageable stack. Had 6k with 400/800 blinds. Also took a beating at the .25/.50 tables last night. I had won over 5 buyins the night before and dropped 4 last night.

Notable hands included 77 on a 764 flop losing to turned quad sixes. 22 losing to 99 on a 942 flop. AK losing to K10 on a AK10 flop. Thank you river ten. I know one of my problems has been too much limping with pairs and suited connectors when I get into these passive tables where everyone is limping in. It all starts when the table limps around with 3-5 callers and I have a hand like pocket 3's or 910s. How often should pressure be applied in this situation, how often should I be limping along with these type of hands? Suppose I limp and one of the blinds pots it and everyone calls, at this point I'm stuck with pot odds knowing if I hit I'm going to take someones stack. But, do you hit often enough to make this profitable? This situation happened more than normal last night when I ended up on the right side of some very smart and agressive players while having the loose donkey's on my right. I'll see if I can get some hands up soon. I've actually been winning a lot, and beyond the coolers and suckouts I'm still up a decent amount for the month. The wsop package would have been nice, but I'll just have to wait til next time. Take care everyone.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

It's been a while...

For good reasons. There's been a crackdown at work on non-work related sites. This has put a damper on many of my daily musings, but has been put on the back burner now. Some of you may have noticed me playing blogger events for two weeks. I got lucky enough to win the Dookie and cash twice in the Mookie. I was able to do this because of my two weeks on Active Duty for the reserves. I was in a hotel 2 minutes from work for two weeks, so I was able to sleep in until 7ish which allowed me to play at the gawd-awful times of these BBT3 events. I'm going to try to sneak in a couple here and there, but its hard when they end after mid-night and I'm up by 4. Very rough.

I really hate April Fool's day because I end up being a gullible bastard at least once a year. Thank you to The Goat for making me a fool once again. My wife and I read the Goat's LOST post's religiously and I was in panic mode this morning to get my wife to check the DVR for the "bonus episode". Well played, sir.

I'm hoping to start this crappy part of the blogosphere again, but I know you won't be surprised if another month goes by without a post.

It helps that I've actually been playing poker. As evidenced by qualifying for Bronze Iron man this month. Going to work on getting the next level for this month and see how it goes. I've been abusing the .25/.50 PL/NL tables to the tune of $700 last month. Hope everyone is well and have a great week.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Yesterday Hand

This one turned out a lot different than I thought and none of the players had close to what I was thinking at the time.

UTG+1 ended up limping with 8's, not feeling like he could just call the reraise decided to put the pressure back on the BB who didn't seem overly powerful.

Short Stack had 10h7s and although he seemed like he was a decent player, this was a weird move when he had no fold equity and could have seen at least 3 more hands.

BB had pocket 9's with his insta call. I was shocked to not see at least Jacks, but I was expecting Q's, K's or Aces from his quick call.

BB was bereted for his move but it was a moot point really with the flop being 8, 9, A. The board bricked out and the BB became a monster stack while knocking out one player and crippling another. In the end, I told them both that even had the BB just called preflop, the money would have found a way into the middle with set over set. Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Interesting Hand

So this came up at a home game I was playing last weekend.

Blinds are 1000/2000

We are down to 11 players. At 10 we drop to one table with 4 getting paid. 1st is $400, 4th is 60 and it was $40 to enter. Not relevant to the hand, but a lot of these players love playing just to get their money back and not many play to win.

Solid player limps UTG+1. One fold and then another player goes all in for 4500. Folds to the BB who reraises 6000 more. BB knows the game but is not as experienced, has never read a book about poker and trys to win every hand. So, that makes a main pot of 12K and a side pot of 6K.

Solid player has about 20K left and goes all in. BB instacalls for his last 13K.

Anyone want to take a guess as to what they are holding?

I'll come back later today with results.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Not a lot of time these days

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to all!!!

I've been a busy guy these last couple of weeks but I did manage to make it up to Atlantic City last Friday. $50 +15 tournament and 6 of us ended up chopping the $5400 prize pot at the end.

Big stack guy had over a million in chips and took $1200 (first was originally $2200) and everyone else too $870.

The 5 of us left each had between 200K and 250K with 20/40K blinds with 10K ante. In other words, it was a crap shoot. I'm really shocked that big stack walked away with only $1200, but he seemed happy. I was happy to make just under 2nd place money without having to get lucky the rest of the way.

Best play of the night saw me limp UTG with KK with 10 people left. There was a raise on every hand so I wanted to reraise when it happened instead of pushing everyone out. Of course there were 4 limpers. With 5/10K blinds there was over 60K in the pot. Flop was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, K 6 3 rainbow. Blinds check, I check and everyone else checks to the Cutoff who goes all in for 150K. Folds to me and I think about it for a little and call all in for my 75K. Everyone else unfortunately folds and he flips up A9o. I went from happy, to sad, to ecstatic all in a few moments. That gave me a lot of muscle as we dropped from 10-6 within about 25-30 minutes.

I was the last one holding out on the deal because one of the guys had about 80K and I wanted to see him gone before doing the deal. A couple of double ups put everyone at the same level with the ever increasing blinds and I got into the deal before things went sour.

Anyone have any thoughts on the deal? I wasn't entirely comfortable taking the deal because I was playing so well, but I think it would have been stupid to turn down the guaranteed big money with such huge blinds.

Sorry to Riggstad, since neglecting the blog for a couple weeks, I also neglected to read his comment that he would be in the area. Hopefully when I head back up in the end of January you can make it up.

Good luck in the New Year everyone!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Leeta Santos

Deadspin posted this site where you can plug your name in and they'll tell you what your name would be if you played soccer for Brazil. Call me Leeta Santos bitches.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Accident

Was in one last week. It was the other guys fault while driving down 270. I'm banged up and hoping the meds help ease my pain. Not much poker at all. Two home games last Friday and Saturday. Came out $10 ahead on Friday (ugh) and lost $40 on Saturday in the tournament. Couldn't push a calling station in the BB off his JackAce. I had KQ and fired on every street (I was in second place at the time, behind said calling station who had gotten there by calling off his entire stack with a pair of deuces for a huge all in on the flop, other guy had KK and lost to river deuce. His explanation was that he had an Ace kicker. Kick me in the nuts now.) Any way, the board was all low cards and I fired 20K on the river. He had about 25K left and called it off with Ace High. There was about 40K in the pot and blinds were 2000/4000 (numbers off a little I'm sure), so I can't come up with a reason for his play other than he was a calling station and I should have saved my chips. Oh well, we were on the final table bubble, with 5 getting paid (out of 18, so you need to win to get a decent pay out) and I was there to win. I'm going to AC on the 28th to play some tournaments at the Taj starting at noon and ending with the midnight tourney (depending on how I do early on and how I am playing). If you are around, drop me a line.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I wasn't asking much...

In fantasy news (avert your eyes if you don't want to read it), I only asked a couple things last night (being a Ravens fan and all). Either, (a) Lose huge allowing my two receivers, Moss and Welker to catch 4 TD's between them, giving me the win and a locked up playoff spot. Or (b) Win, but hold Brady under 2 TD's. Still making me a loser, but also making the third place team a loser and knocking him from playoff contention and locking up a spot (along with $150 minimum) in the playoffs for myself.

Of course I didn't get either scenario and I lost by a big margin and the other guy won after being down a single point with :47 on the clock.

4th down stop nullified by a time out. Awful.
4th down stop nullified by false start. Awful.
4th down incompletion nullified by a holding call by biased referrees. To be expected from a bunch of paid off New England Band Wagoners. They should have all been wearing Brady jersey's last night.

Makes me sick. Now I get to fight for my spot in the playoffs next week and the only way I don't make it is if I lose and the other two teams win. Not probable, but you never know.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Disappointing Finish

Ended up finishing in 10th in the PokerSavvy tournament yesterday. As you might remember, 1st place was a trip to the PokerStars PCA. I can't say I've ever played a tournament better. Very first hand I get all in with AsKs against KQo on a Ad6s7s board. I didn't need the flush to come through. From there I coasted to 8k chips during the first and stayed there until the second break. This was good for anywhere from 1st-8th place at all times. The third hour started the fireworks beginning with the previous hand. From there, I chipped back up to 10000 within two orbits. Then, with 10 people left the Cutoff raised and I went all in from the BB with QQ. He calls with AQ and one of the 27 Aces in the deck hits the river. Gone, with only 150 savvy points as a consolation. Will use that with some leftover savvy points for a $25 amazon card. Not a doubt in my mind though, if I win those two hands I win the package easily. The tournament was littered with bad players more than willing to give their chips away with middle pair/top pair no kicker. I would like to thank pokersavvy for putting this on, I read some complaints in the forum, but they hosted, I think, 14 tournaments worth $200-500 each as well as gave away a $12K PCA package and 5000 savvy points. I could not be more impressed, and if you get a chance, use the link and sign up. Lots of goodies for completing bonuses, like Ipods, gift certificates, and cash. Good luck everyone.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

PokerSavvy Freeroll

Still in, but this just happened.


PokerStars Game #13605675535: Tournament #56524733, Freeroll Hold'em No Limit - Level VII (100/200) - 2007/12/02 - 13:42:31 (ET)
Table '56524733 2' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: *II* (10235 in chips)
Seat 2: Troelg (8458 in chips)
Seat 3: presdlee (8263 in chips)
Seat 4: Skip_TinMan (7620 in chips)
Seat 6: KlLLAH (10482 in chips)
Seat 7: NRiver (9905 in chips)
Seat 8: will987 (9737 in chips)
Seat 9: Is It My Go? (5815 in chips)
*II*: posts the ante 25
Troelg: posts the ante 25
presdlee: posts the ante 25
Skip_TinMan: posts the ante 25
KlLLAH: posts the ante 25
NRiver: posts the ante 25
will987: posts the ante 25
Is It My Go?: posts the ante 25
NRiver: posts small blind 100
will987: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to presdlee [2s 2d]
Is It My Go?: raises 400 to 600
*II*: folds
Troelg: folds
presdlee: calls 600
Skip_TinMan: folds
KlLLAH: folds
NRiver: folds
will987: folds
*** FLOP *** [As Ts 2h]
Is It My Go?: bets 1700
presdlee: raises 1700 to 3400
Is It My Go?: raises 1790 to 5190 and is all-in
presdlee: calls 1790
presdlee said, "wow"
*** TURN *** [As Ts 2h] [Qh]
*** RIVER *** [As Ts 2h Qh] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Is It My Go?: shows [6s 5s] (a flush, Ace high)
presdlee: shows [2s 2d] (three of a kind, Deuces)
Is It My Go? collected 12080 from pot
presdlee said, "what an awful play"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 12080 | Rake 0
Board [As Ts 2h Qh 4s]
Seat 1: *II* folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Troelg folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: presdlee showed [2s 2d] and lost with three of a kind, Deuces
Seat 4: Skip_TinMan folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: KlLLAH (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: NRiver (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: will987 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 9: Is It My Go? showed [6s 5s] and won (12080) with a flush, Ace high

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Stupid Blogger Tournaments


I don't know why I try. A baby flush draw with middle pair is absolute gold.

Yes, I'm a little pissy about it, fuck off.

Bee Movie

So, we took the girls to see 'Bee Movie' yesterday. It was a very funny movie the whole way through. Also, any movie that can keep the attention of a 3 and 2 year old for an hour and a half is a blessing for parents. Shockingly, the little one was also cooperative and the wife was able to watch the movie as opposed to her usual routine of feed, burp, walk, feed, change diaper, walk, clean up spit-up, movie over. I got tagged again by IamHoff, but I will spare you all 7 more useless facts and I think that post is 2 or 3 down if you are curious. I will probably be at Riverchaser's tonight since I have off tomorrow. See you then.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Down the home stretch...

School is over next Tuesday. That's all I have to say about that.

2 for 3 in token SNG's last night, I totally would have signed up for the MATH if I had known it was Turbo. Having off Monday, I didn't get online much, and when I did, I didn't read any blogs so I was unaware of this change. Very frustrating.

Also frustrating? Getting down to 30 in the 7K guarantee, and with 500/1000 blinds and 5000 chips getting called to the river by a big stack who had A8o. I had KQ and the board was K4567. In that order with no flushes possible. I led out preflop and on every street. Also had a third person in the pot for the flop and turn, and that still didn't scare off ole big stackin donk.

So, instead of having around 13K with 30 left I am out in 30th with nothing to show for it.

Does anyone else play in the WRGPT? If not, you should check it out for next year. I just doubled up today on our 5th hand. The villain's 75o was no match for A4 on an A62Q2 board. Still not when the call-bluff would work, but I would enjoy the insight one day. Good luck at the tables everyone.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ready for this shitty week to be over

Seriously, this week has sucked ass so far. Next week will be great working only 3 days. I have two live games this weekend on Friday and Saturday. I have multiple wins in very few tries for each of them, so here's hoping to another bankroll boost. Probably won't make the Mook tonight or Riverchasers tomorrow, I know I said that about the Math too, but I am jsut too damn tired recently and if I keep it up its going to be the death of me. Add in the fact that I've been playing like an assclown in everything NLH and it makes a good time to slow down. Probably will play me some Omaha hi/lo and LHE if the mood strikes me. Have a good week at the tables.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Tagged

Riggstad tagged me so my other reader must suffer through more of my drivel. Here are da rules:

A). Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog...

B). Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself...

C). Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs...

D). Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

OK, here goes:

1. I work 71 miles from home and drive a minimum of 3 hours a day.

2. I was the Senior Class President in highschool and my very first email address that year (this was in 1999, we were a little late to the internet thingy at my house) was presidentdavelee at yahoo dot com. It stuck and it is still my main email today along with a gmail version as well.

3. I was active duty Navy for 5 years and advanced to E-5. I’ve been in the reserves for about a year and have advanced to E-6. A large part of advancement is knowing your shit on a 100 question test. I was in the 95th and 98th percentile the two times I took it.

4. I have incredible luck at just about everything. I’ve won 5 or 6 radio call in contests and can seemingly get through at will. I’ve won concert tickets, baseball tickets, cd’s, heavenly ham gift certificates and mccormick and shmicks gift certificate. I know I’m forgetting something though.

5. I worked in a bar when I was 14 through 17. It was in Fells Point in Baltimore and was the best job a kid could ever have. The tips working the night grill (8pm-2am) were amazing. I was clearing over $80 a night (huge money for a 14/17 yo, sometimes it was 50, sometimes it was 250, you never knew) working 4 days a week during the summer.

6. In college I took a biology class that was supposed to be insanely difficult. The word on the streets (or in the classroom) was that no one had gotten an “A” in 4 years. I went into the final with a grade of 89.5 and was told by the teacher that he prefers to round down (prick). Didn’t fucking matter since I scored a 95 on the test.

7. My wife and I currently have a foreign exchange student staying with us until the middle of next year.

Pick 7: I am pretty sure this has made its way around to everyone and if you haven’t done it, consider yourself tagged.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Pokersavvy Freeroll

First picture is me kicking ass with 41 left.

Second picture is of the way the tournament ended. We were supposed to keep playing it out, but the tournament ended abruptly, no one at the final table made any money but,


We were all entered into a freeroll on December 2nd where 90 people will fight for a PCA Caribbean Main Event package. I can't wait!!!

Well, while I'm at it...

I think I should have been a bit more aggressive here. Except delete "think I" and replace "a bit more" with "a lot more fucking aggressive". Owell, obv I'm having a good day at the O8 3/6 tables today up over 40 BB.


PokerStars 3/6 Omaha/8 (10 handed) Hand History converter Courtesy of PokerZion.com



Preflop: presdlee is MP3 with Ad, 9s, 3s, As.

4 folds, MP2 calls, presdlee calls, CO calls, 2 folds, BB checks.



Flop: (4.33 SB) Jd, 2h, 5d (4 players)

BB bets, MP2 folds, presdlee calls, CO calls.



Turn: (3.66 BB) Th (3 players)

BB bets, presdlee calls, CO calls.



River: (6.66 BB) 7h (3 players)

BB bets, presdlee calls, CO folds.



Final Pot: 8.66 BB



Results in white below:

BB has Ah 4d 8d Kc (Low: 7, 5, 4, 2, A | High: high card, ace).

presdlee has Ad 9s 3s As (Low: 7, 5, 3, 2, A | High: one pair, aces).

Outcome: presdlee wins 8.66 BB.

Yee Haw

PokerStars 3/6 Omaha/8 (10 handed) Hand History converter Courtesy of PokerZion.com



Preflop: presdlee is BB with 8c, Th, Ts, 4c.

3 folds, MP1 calls, MP2 calls, MP3 calls, 2 folds, SB completes, presdlee checks.



Flop: (5 SB) 5h, 7h, Tc (5 players)

SB checks, presdlee bets, MP1 calls, MP2 calls, MP3 raises, SB calls, presdlee 3-bets, MP1 calls, MP2 caps, MP3 calls, SB calls, presdlee calls, MP1 calls.



Turn: (12.50 BB) 5s (5 players)

SB checks, presdlee checks, MP1 checks, MP2 checks, MP3 bets, SB raises, presdlee 3-bets, MP1 folds, MP2 calls, MP3 calls, SB calls.



River: (22.50 BB) Qs (4 players)

SB checks, presdlee bets, MP2 calls, MP3 calls, SB calls.



Final Pot: 26.50 BB



Results in white below:

presdlee has 8c Th Ts 4c (High: full house, tens full of fives).

MP2 has 2h Ah 4s 7s (High: two pair, sevens and fives).

MP3 has Ac 3s 5c Td (High: full house, fives full of tens).

SB has 2s 4d 3c 5d (High: three of a kind, fives).

Outcome: presdlee wins 26.50 BB.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Post Riverchasers

Okay, I tried for two weeks. Time for two weeks off of the blogger tourney's. I am definitely sleep deprived. That didn't stop me from trying to get into the FTOPS. Made a good run and was chip leader going into the short-handed final table. We got into the money quick then we battled for an hour and a half three handed. The guy who finished third was a complete limit donkey. The guy who won played a solid game though.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Too. Damn. Busy.

Got to play the Hoy. Played well for over an hour. Then played like ass.

I am backlogged at work.

I am backlogged for school.

Halloween is tonight and trick or treating is restricted from 5-6pm. What a fucking joke. They have a stupid parade that they are having from 7-8, so they want to restrict trick or treating to the day hours. Stupid people with their stupid ideas, I hope no one shows up to their stupid parade, I sure as hell won't be there.

I might be at the Mook though.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Mookie

This really should have went a lot better. I sucked out huge twice within a couple of hands. I said at the time I blamed the drugs, but really I was just getting tired and didn't want to be a short stack anymore. The drugs did a little, but more towards making me drowzy. After that I got a cup of coffee and decided to tighten up . I made it down to the money while knocking a few others out and then the major hand came when we had 13 left. Ricky raised in middle position and I had pocket Kings in the small blind. I should have pushed all in for 30K (he had 40K) but instead I just raised an Ace on the flop did me in when he couldn't fold the JackAce. So, two blogger tourneys in a row, two ITM, both times out with pocket Kings. Makes me sick. Thanks to Mookie for hosting, and Iggy for winning.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I'll probably be dazed on my Oxycodone, but...

I'm signed up for the Mookie, are you?

I am probably going to be the deadest money out there because of the possibility of falling asleep at the keyboard, but I guess that may have helped on Monday at the Hoy. I guess we'll see. I'm so tired at work right now they might find me passed out under my desk. I cannot wait for this pain to go so I can stop with the medicine. See you tonight everyone.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Monday's at the Hoy

I think this was only my 2nd or third time playing in the Hoy because of the gawd-awful start time, but I love the BBTwo format and want to start getting into them again. I will now, in honor of Hoy, give a short picture essay.


As evidenced, I didn't play a lot of hand, but when I did I won them early and often and when I did go to showdown they ended up wining most of the time. I made it to the final table as a medium stack. Dwindled down to a shorter (not short by the blinds yet) stack. And then this...

Joe Speaker said it before I could, but I think I threw up in my mouth. Happy with my performance though, as I'm taking oxycodone for the pain from the vasectomy.


Disappointing after playing so well to go out to the table donkey, but what are you going to do? I had fun everyone and I'm finally going to pack it in now that jjok and JoeSpeaker are heads-up. Thanks to Hoy for hosting, have a great day everyone.

Funny Story about Shit (Literally)

I'm at work. Damn me and my work ethic. I would've loved to take a day today but I really need to take one at the end of the week so I can get waived from my military physical fitness test on Saturday. Under normal circumstances it is a test that can easily be passed (1 1/2 miles in under 13:45, 38 push ups, 47 sit ups). Those are just the lowest levels you can get. But, considering I am still limping around with a very tender set of balls and I am not supposed to lift anything over 10 pounds, I think I am going to have some trouble. I needed to come in as well to get some homework done (yes, I do it at work usually, it's the best place to concentrate).

Funny story today that I heard on the radio. Apparently, at Frederick Community College the school decided that you should not be able to smoke outside of the building's anymore. So, the new policy is you can only smoke in parking lots. Most are about 50 feet away or so, nothing major, others can be as far as 50 yards, again nothing too bad, I guess. But that is coming from a non-smoker. Apparently, the smokers are not taking it as well. You see, they have decided to conduct a protest against this harsh rule by taking it out on the bathrooms. Some tactics include removing entire rolls (think the huge rolls you find at a mall) of toilet paper, urinating in soap dispensers, and spreading their feces about the entire room. A message is always written on the mirror (in excrement, of course), that the protest will continue until the ban is lifted.

I can't imagine a time when I was so upset that I thought, "Damn it, I am so pissed off, I'm going to spread my shit on the wall to show it". I can't imagine what they would do if they banned smoking all together.

There have been no news reports about this (perhaps fear of copy-cat shit spreaders) but the radio show (Elliot in the Morning) had 4-5 people on verifying it was still happening.
The suspects are still on the loose.

I found that extremely amusing this morning and managed to give myself the hiccups for the last 30 minutes of my ride. I'm glad I decided to come in, just so I could hear that story.

My weekend,

Besides holding ice on my balls for the majority of the weekend, I also got to play a ton of online poker.
















PokerStars Tournament #64766513, No Limit Hold'em
Buy-In: $10.00/$1.00
45 players
Total Prize Pool: $450.00
Tournament started - 2007/10/21 - 14:34:23 (ET)

Dear presdlee,

You finished the tournament in 1st place.
A $139.50 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

You earned 134.88 tournament leader points in this tournament.
For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at
http://www.pokerstars.com/tlb_tournament_rankings.html


Congratulations!
Thank you for participating.


Those are a couple of the highlights. I also ended up in Step 5 twice for the Pokerstars PCA package. Each time I was ousted in 6th place and knocked down a level where I proceeded to bust completely. I managed to collect a ton of FPP along the way of doing that and reached SilverStar status on Stars and am now within striking distance of gold. 2000 more with a 9 days left. Not completely crazy. Not probable though. I'm still very sore from the procedure Friday and was planning to go to work and deal with the pain, but I think I'm going to take a day today.
Have a great week everyone.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Weekend plans

Vasectomy...ugh.
PokerStars Steps to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. I love the step program on Party Poker and I'm looking forward to playing them on Stars.

I think I am 400 FPP away from Silver status for the month.

Need to transfer $500 over to FTP to play BBT2, might need help with this.

Win $75 token in a hurry.

Would be nice to win the first one so I can keep getting my beauty sleep (6 hours) as opposed to when I play blogger tournaments (3 hours if going deep, if I'm lucky to fall right asleep at my desk).

Oh, and that pesky 27 page draft paper due on Tuesday. Of course I've started, if by "started" you mean giving it a title and putting my name up top.

Me = Awesome.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tip from Google

So, I signed into my Gmail account and Google always has some tip up at the top. This tip was obviously tailored specifically for me.

You can make a lovely hat out of previously-used aluminum foil.

Indeed you can, I'm wearing mine now!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Home Game Funny Story

This actually happened a couple weeks ago and thought I'd share.

Before the game starts there are two new guys (to me at least) who show up. One is a big guy, looks like a lumberjack, the other looks as skinny as a rail and could have been (read: was absolutely) high. The skinny one is carrying 3 miller lite bottles in a six pack container. Nothing abnormal for people to be drinking beer at the game, so no biggie.

When we get down to 3 players I hadn't even noticed the guy drinking, but he was definitely not the best player. Hell, he wasn't even mediocre. He liked to limp in and min bet everything. So, my standard play was to play along and check raise every hand regardless. This worked 90% of the time. The other 10% he only called and I knew I was toast. Anyway, at least 5 times within an hour or so dude would knock his bottle over and it would clink around the floor until he picked it up. Only at the very end did we realize he had somehow switched from miller lite to a fifth of Jim Beam that was nearly polished off. There may have been a shot left. Not sure how much it had in it to start, but I am going to assume dude was completely blitzed at the end. Didn't show it too much as he just sat there the whole time looking dumb.

Yeah, probably not funny unless you were there, but still. I ended up winning that night taking a 150K chip lead against 5K. It only took one hand to finish him off. I'm sure it only took one more swig to finish off that bottle as well.

BBT2

This is taken directly from Alcanthang's site regarding the upcoming BBT2. I started to do the first BBT and was faring well until exhaustion set in from the late nights. I've done well in Blogger tourney's in the past, so I'm hoping to play 2-3 a week and get into the TOC for a shot at the package.


From Alcanthang:

Full Tilt Poker has given us an $18k Aussie Millions package to give away for our next challenge.
$18,000 Prize Package for you and a friendThe 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event begins Monday, January 14th and promises to be bigger than ever.

Play for your $18K prize package, including:

* Aussie Millions Main Event entry worth AUD $10,500

* 10 nights stay at the luxurious Crown Casino Resort

* Round-trip airfare for the winner and a guest from Los Angeles to Melbourne

* $3,000 in spending money

* Winner & Pro golf outings, dinners, winery tours, seminars and a bounty tournament

Pretty god damn cool if you ask me and I was stunned when they brought it up. This was the package I really hoped to give away but thought was lost since I started so late on the planning. An opportunity to send a player and companion to the Land of Oz for 10 days with a $10k tournament thrown in there.

During the original BBT there was some positive and negative comments about the point system plus the number of people awarded points. For the BBTwo you won't have to worry about those points. We will be awarding the Aussie Millions package to the winner of a Tournament of Champions. So if you'd like to win the trip, you have to win one of the events during the eight week run. No worrying about making the points. No worrying about who made the most money during the challenge. Win an event and you are in the TOC and a shot at the Aussie Millions package.

So if you are interested in winning the Aussie Millions package, play them to win them.

But only so many people can win an event during this stretch so what about everyone else? We want everyone to play, enjoy themselves, and have a shot at winning something. Full Tilt Poker has given us the Aussie Millions Package but that's not all they're giving us.

FTP is giving us an entry into their weekly big Sunday guarantee tournaments whic we will reward to the Player of the Week. This is where that pesky point system comes in again. We will be using the same point formula as the last Challenge but this time around only the top 25% of players in each event will receive points. Whoever earns the most points during the week will get a ticket into the FTP Sunday Guarantee Tournament.

The point system will also be used to determine players to qualify for an end of challenge freeroll which is still being worked out.

There are just a couple more things to finalize and we'll get back to you with the details. I have an FTOPS Main Event seat to give away and we're just kicking around ideas of what to do with it. I also have an iPod Touch to give away courtesy of the folks at donkit.com. So many things to give away, so little time to figure out how to give them away.

So there you have it. BBTwo is about to kick off and it's time to reload your FTP account, start firing up those Token Frenzies, and strap in for an 8 week, 27 tournament challenge to see what you are made of.We are going to kick things off on Sunday, October 21st with the big prizepool in Miami Don's Big Game. The rest of the Blogger Schedule will go as planned except now the Riverchasers events will also be weekly during the challenge. The challenge will run for 8 weeks ending on Sunday, December 16th with another Big Game.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in comments or shoot Al an email.

If you don't have a Full Tilt account, consider signing up using the banner at the top of the screen.

Here are the tournaments you play to win:

Tournament: Mondays at the Hoy
When: Every Monday. 10pm ET
Game: NLHE DeepstackBuyin: $24+2
Password: hammer

Tournament: The Mookie
When: Every Wednesday. 10pm ET
Game: NLHE DeepstackBuyin: $10+1
Password: vegas1

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Poker Tour
When: Every Thursday. 21:00 ET
Game: NLHE DeepstackBuyin: $10+1
Password: Riverchasers

Home Game, Hero of the Week

I'm back, more on that later, but first I want to start out with a weekly feature that will run titled, "Home Game Hero of the Week". For some background, I play in a home game that occurs every Friday night near my house. This game consists of a variety of players ranging from great, to good, to bad, to awful, to downright sick how the fuck can you play those to cards together?



It's a good mix with the good players winning 95% of the time and the other players sneaking a donkey win or place every now and again. The game normally consists of 15-20 people and I'll introduce them all to you throughout the course of this series. This way, you'll understand some of their tendencies and be able to evaluate hands with me as we go further along in the series. I won't be specific with names at all, but I'll try to provide you all the information necessary to understand a certain player.



The Home Game, Hero of the Week will generally consist of the donkey that busts me, not just because it gives me a chance to wallow in my own self pity, but also because I will have the maximum amount of information for that hand. I will occasionally list hands I was not involved with as well, since these hands are often as important as the hands that I would be playing. Got it? Good. Moving on. The game this week consisted of 9 people (considerably low for normal). Starting stacks of 20K, Unlimited Rebuys for the first hour.



This week's Home Game, Hero of the Week involves Five-Gap. Derived from the term one-gap or two gap. Also derived from amount of space that is seen in his upper set of teeth. Examples of hands seen by Five-Gap include J/5, 10/4, K/8(insert any number after a K, Q, or A). These hands are gold for Five-Gap. Of course, soooted is preferred. At the time of his famed move, there were 5 rebuys from 4 people and we are now down to 5. Two places paid tonight, first place gets $250, second place gets $100. There are 420K chips in play and Five-gap has luckboxed his way into over 180K. With blinds at 400/800 he is in no trouble of easing into the final 2 for his first every payout.



He has easily busted (whether they rebought or left after the rebuy period) 6 people thus far. Some of the hands used to collect chips to this point include A2o, 22 unimproved, Q8, J4 and 54s. Five-gap has been known to play ultra aggressive with any hand, call down with any hand, and cannot be bluffed. He is the ultimate aggressive calling station. Five-gap is the ultimate limper. He has been known to call raises against tight players with ATC and this sometimes causes players to stop raising with hands like AK, AQ, JJ-88 because they know Five-gap will call and they are better off controlling the pot size. Just because Five-gap bets a lot, does not mean he does so well. T200 into a T5000 pot is normal for Five-gap because he does not understand pot odds or pushing people out.



A second player in this hand, The Boss, runs the game out of his garage and is an exact replica (minus a foot in height and mustache length) of the father from Orange County Choppers, Paul Teutul, Sr. His game is very much like that of a calling station, but a very loose calling station who will actually bet when no one else is inclined. He will call you down with top pair in most situations, but he is a generally smart player who has just not gotten into a lot of the strategy involved in poker. Consistantly, and I cannot say that strongly enough, gets into the bottom 2-4, with one win. Seems to always know when he is ahead and behind and difficult to read because of his loose starting hand requirements. Back to the hand, 5 players left and I am is sitting with 75K in the BB. I've played with Five-gap on three different occasions and have seen many of his spectacular moves to this point.



I'm dealt Jh4h and am ready to check my option, as the table has been as passive as could possibly be (one guy has had KK twice and not raised either time). Limpers all around and we see a flop of Js 4s 3h. Check from the small blind and I check looking to check raise whoever got a piece of the pot with my top two. UTG, The Boss, leads out for T3000 into the T4000 pot. UTG+1 folds, Five-gap calls, SB folds and I reraise T12000 more. UTG thinks for a minute and calls. Five-gap instacalls. I have T59000 at this point and need to put them both on a hand while the turn is the 8h. At this point I've narrowed Five-gap down to a shitload of hands. Hands that I am getting beat by at this point include JJ, J8, 88, 44, 33. He could easily (this is what I initially put him on) have top pair with a 9+ kicker where I would be 88% to win. He could very easily have two spades which would put me at 70%-30%. A straight draw is possible which would put me close to 90%, two lower pair which would put me at 90% or just bottom pair which puts me at 91%. At the time, I put him on either top pair, a medium pair that's not a set, or a flush/straight draw, maybe both but not likely.



I put The Boss on a flush draw, from previously playing with him and he tends to think more about calling with draws, than calling with his made hands. I was inclined to think at the time that one had a flush draw, while the other had top pair, most likely AJ, QJ, KJ, 10J as these are all hands played frequently by this bunch. The 8h on the turn made my hand all the more stronger, as I now have a redraw in case I am up against an unfortunate set. I want to know on the turn if I am up against a set, or whether they are drawing so I decide to bet T45000 into the T49000 pot. Looking back I should have just pushed or bet smaller to give myself some room to get away, leaving T15000 doesn't do me much good either way. I don't like it now, but I thought it would be effective to punish or push out the drawing hand and punish the top pair hand. UTG thought for two minutes solid and folded. At this point I am certain that he had the draw, but the bet would have effectively put him close to all in and he chose to fight another day. Five-gap instacalls again. I've seen this call before and it screams, "I have top pair and I will call you down don't bluff me". I've seen it before, and I'll see it again. Thus the reason that the 3c did not scare me. I really didn't want to give him a chance out of this pot without paying me off for the rest. I was certain that he had top pair, and if I was wrong I was certain his flush did not get there and he might be tempted to call me down with Ace high for the price and the pot being T139000.



I put my T15000 in and as I was counting it out Five-gap thought about it and I grew more and more confidant. After counting it out, he waited another 20 seconds before calling and waiting for me to table my 2 pair. To say he slow rolled me would be an understatement, first he placed his cards face down, then he turned them over, one on top of the other with the Ks showing. Then he slid that to the side to reveal the 3d which tripped up on the river. That one took a minute to register and I had to actively think to myself to stay calm because I did not want to scare off the fish for next time.



For that hand, Five-gap earns my coveted Hero of the Week award. The Hero of the Week award would not be complete without telling how Five-gap finished. I stayed til the end because I drove one of my friends to the game and was able to witness Five-gap play every hand for the next hour, doubling up every player and eventually busting in 3rd place with no money. After he left, The Boss and I talked about his play and it was not the first time that Five-gap had taken a monster chip lead into the last couple of players. And we're both certain this would not be the last time he takes a monster fall like the one this week.

Portal the Flash Version

This game is awesome. Portal the Flash Version. It looks like it's only been out a few days. There are 41 levels and it took me about 2 and a half hours to beat the whole thing. A well spent two and a half hours I might add.