January 2008 Ramblings
January 21, 2008, 8PM:
Hellmuth isn't THAT good...
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steveinho [2d Ac 9h Ah]
TTDA calls $0.50
poskito has 15 seconds left to act
spidern90 calls $0.25
Steveinho raises to $1
TTDA calls $0.50
spidern90 calls $0.50
*** FLOP *** [7h 3c 5c]
Steveinho bets $0.50
TTDA calls $0.50
spidern90 calls $0.50
*** TURN *** [7h 3c 5c] [Tc]
Steveinho bets $1
TTDA calls $1
spidern90 calls $1
*** RIVER *** [7h 3c 5c Tc] [Ad]
spidern90 has 15 seconds left to act
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Steveinho shows [2d Ac 9h Ah] three of a kind, Aces, for high and 7,5,3,2,A, for low
Steveinho: spidern's 2-4 takes it
spidern90 shows [4c 5h 4h 2s] a straight, Five high, for high and 5,4,3,2,A, for low
spidern90 wins the high pot ($3.60) with a straight, Five high
spidern90 wins the low pot ($3.55) with 5,4,3,2,A
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $7.50 | Rake $0.35
Board: [7h 3c 5c Tc Ad]
Dealer: Hand #4949127008
Steveinho: like that call before it even came out?
the brief pause gave him away... he was scared to bet with the flush draw on the board... though i don't know why? thought he might get quartered maybe?
how awesome am i? discuss.
Last Update: January 21, 2008, 8:49PM
January 18, 2008, 8PM:
Call me superstitous...
Not sure that there's been any real level of concern over my lack of daily entries... I was playing a shit load in October and November, but started to run cold.
At first I started to blame it on blogging, kind of like having a shirt be unlucky... so, I did the SMART thing. No, I didn't take a break, I just stopped blogging.
Kept playing, whittled my online account down a fair bit... so once December hit, I stopped playing online except for the random day to give myself a break and concentrate on finishing school.
Fellow player on here staked me a few times at live games, and that was the only way I was really getting money for rent and random out nights.
I finally got my bachelor's in Journalism in December and have been happily unemployed since. I've been gradually picking up the online play more, but I'm reallllly encountering a lot of variance... both in my play and the cards.
Live I was running relatively well and getting paid off on semi-decent hands, so I kept getting staked... but the last three times I've sat down have ended pretty poorly... so, kind of on the look out for something part-time to fund the poker as well as kill time until I get a "real" job.
So... basically I stopped blogging because I blamed it for me running bad. Smart, I know.
If you'll have me back, I'll eagerly run my post count up a ridiculous amount.
Last Update: January 18, 2008, 8:35PM
January 15, 2008, 3PM:
Last night was a weird night. I went and played at the local house, having some fun with the regulars. I was doing well, but playing drunk. I got caught up in a big hand where I turned the flush, but wasn't big enough. For some reason I got pissed at the guy for not giving me a break....because of the friend thing. Then I realized that I never do that....not since the early days...I walked out pissed...kicked the door and was swearing a lot. Who was this man? I guess I was pissed cuzz I really should not have played since I am not in a really good financial position. Ahh another lesson learned!
Oh, and when I got home, I slipped and sprained my ankle...what a night! But now I laugh at myself!
Last Update: January 15, 2008, 3:11PM
January 15, 2008, 1PM:
i need to stop being such a crackhead for live.......lol. but really..
Last Update: January 15, 2008, 1:13PM
January 14, 2008, 12AM:
Possible Move Up
I am considering moving up from $1-$3 tournaments to $5-$10 tournaments. My online roll is not "technically" big enough but if I dropped down to $100 or so I think I would switch back to 1's and 2's. I am in school right now so I am not depositing lol. I have been losing interest a little and not always playing my best and I think it may be driven by playing so low. I have had pretty decent success over the last 5 months or so and maybe enough to play 5s and 10s but because I loaned money to a friend who had to give it back in cash it's no longer in my account.
I have always been good about sticking to fairly strict bankroll management, but I feel that my game is good enough to at least give it a shot. I am pretty busy this semester so my goal is to only play when I can afford to take 3 or 4 hours to play and also to make sure that I am in the right mind set to play. Other than that I need to get past my nitty-ass self enough to be willing to drop a 100-150 before moving back down if it doesn't work out.
Anyways, hopefully the results will come and I will be able to stick to those for good. If anyone finds this post, may all your cards be live and your pots be monsters (puke, jk). GL
Last Update: January 14, 2008, 12:30AM
January 13, 2008, 6PM:
Don't think anyone reads my blogs but would love some help on this hand with some scenario's I have drawn out!
Does anyone else find this hand difficult to play or is it just me? I am finding this hand more and more unreliable for myself. Lately I have been limping and check/folding if I don't hit the flop. I would love others opinions on how they play it in a couple different scenario's.
For all these questions, you are on the button.
1.Preflop - everyone folds to you; call, or raise, and why?
2.Preflop - 4 callers ahead of you; call, or raise, and why?
3.Preflop - 1 player places a 3-5x BB bet ahead of you and everyone folds to you; call, or raise, and why?
These next questions assume you place the standard raise preflop while holding AK
4.Post Flop - 3 callers and the flop comes out as blanks for you. Everyone checks to you; check, raise, and why?
5.Post Flop - 3 callers and the flop comes out as blanks for you. 1 player bets and 2 others call right behind him; call, raise, or fold, and why?
And for the last scenario, lets assume you (on the button) place a preflop raise, and is called by the BB so you are heads-up in the hand.
6.Post Flop - flop comes out rags and the BB places a bet; call, raise, or fold? And why?
7.Post Flop - flop comes out rags and BB checks and calls your bet on the flop. Turn comes another rag. BB checks. Do you bet again? or simply check behind him hoping to get lucky on 5th street? and why?
Last Update: January 13, 2008, 6:26PM
January 10, 2008, 3PM:
My First Blog!
Always thought blog's were for losers who wanted attention posting "online journals." However after visiting the site decided that keeping attentive records of my play can be very beneficial monetary wise ;] So here I am.
I play mainly NL Tourny's but tonight after work will try a change of pace at a micro-stakes NL cash game. Hopefully it'll be a profitable night
Last Update: January 10, 2008, 12:09PM
January 9, 2008, 10PM:
Poker Forums (i.e. blogs)
I think it might be a good idea to have poker forums on OPL. It would make it easier for those within specific regions for example to learn more about players, thoughts, playing styles, comments and so forth as those within close proximity to one another. It would also boost the ability to plan and organize private home games with those in the same area... Just a thought.
Last Update: January 9, 2008, 10:29PM
January 9, 2008, 7PM:
Full Tilt Poker
So, after a few bad showings last week I stepped back from poker for a few days to think about my game. For a long time I played really loose at the tables (read: badly) then I started to tighten up and noticed some good returns. This strategy served me well in tournaments for awhile but I was finding that there were far too many nights where I just wouldn't get any good hole cards which would lead to me getting blinded out or playing too loose when I finally did get to play. Just gotta start finding that happy medium when I'm in tournaments I guess.
After a lot of research, I have finally decided that I am going to do some playing over at Full Tilt Poker. From what every single review I've read says, the competition there is a little tougher which I think will be a great way to improve my game. If I'm playing against good/tight players constantly plus playing my regular tournaments and S&G's plus watching pros play (always wanted to watch Mike Matusow play... don't particularly care for his style of play, but he's still slightly entertaining) I should see at least SOME improvement in my own play.
Last Update: January 9, 2008, 7:40PM
January 7, 2008, 9PM:
Poker Stars Atlantis Bahamas
Day 2 I guess. I'm not in the tournament area at all because I know what I am doing, so they stick me in high limit cash games. Mostly the 50-100 NLH which turns into a 50-100-200 game and the 10-25 or 25-50 PLO, all of which are fun to deal as I never image sitting in one of these games.
This limit is very entertaining as most these guys have nice sized rolls and are chatty little fuckers. Talking about anything from poker, golf, women etc.
The main event is down to about 200 players or so but whatever.
For those of you who play on stars, I recommend winning a seat sometime soon and coming here. There are many well knowns and pros and they are much more friendly then when they are in Las Vegas ;)
Last Update: January 7, 2008, 9:12PM