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From the Poker Blog for SeriouslyThisTime

April 20, 2008, 12PM: Played 7 hours, 30 minutes, Lost $550.00 at Ceaser's Palace
$500 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (88th out of 508 Players)

Ugh!!!!! I was really confidant going into this tourny.  This is a great structure for me, just like the one I cashed in at Harvey's in November.  I've been playing my recent tournment strategy of somewhat tight play.  I don't force hands to come, but wait patiently and try to stay at 20+ times the Big Blind.  This tends to help me go rather deep frequently, but I don't usually have a lot of chips when I get there and need them.  They style seems to rely on me getting at least 60% winning percentage when the blinds get tough and the competition gets desperate. Perhaps I need to push a bit more when it gets tough like this, but in my experience that leads me to go out on a bluff and leave pissed off, wondering how far I could've gone. 
I was really sure I was going to cash n this event, I really couldn't believe it when I got busted outside the money.  In level 6 my AK went down to a short stack's AJ, and I was short on chips ever since.  I went to level 8, $400/$800 w/ $100 ante with $12,900 in chips.  Not bad, but not good, either.  I played the first 2 hands I was delt at this level, losing my raise the first and picking up the blinds and antes the second, so staying near even.  I then had to muck the next 20-30 hands in a row, not even getting a hand I could play with.  I was around 8,000 in chips when I picked up A 8 suited one off the button.  I barely had to think before I shoved all my chips in.  The button woke up with JJ and it was all over but the crying.
I'm not sure why I moved in instead of making a 3x raise of the BB, probably because I had mucked so many previous hands If I had made that raise and got re-raised I could've mucked.  I would've been really short stacked, but I could've seen a few more hands. 
EDIT: After playing another main event and several more tournaments I amend my opinion from earlier.  I believe an all-in right there is the correct play.  I would prefer to pick up the blinds and antes right there, not get called and play a pot.  The worst case scenario just happened to come about, and I was up against a big pocket pair.  Even that being the case I'd rather take the chance that the 3 players left to act DON'T have a big pair, and if they do draw towards my ace or flush.  I now agree with my all-in play.(4/29/08)

Last Update: April 29, 2008, 1:47PM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for TheWerm

April 29, 2008, 1PM: Played 1 hour, 30 minutes, Made $18.12 at POKERSTARS
$5 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (65th out of 2361 Players)

PokerStars Game #17083885491: Tournament #86445834, $5.00+$0.50 Hold'em No Limit - Level XIX (3000/6000) - 2008/04/29 - 16:38:41 (ET)
Table '86445834 82' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: gazlarge (32177 in chips)
Seat 2: Alterix (22465 in chips)
Seat 3: guggi14 (198944 in chips)
Seat 4: BigPerm85 (21638 in chips)
Seat 5: superbugsly (59032 in chips)
Seat 6: grampa420 (92977 in chips)
Seat 7: 123jeffrey (45967 in chips)
Seat 8: paulenas (13598 in chips)
Seat 9: txexhale (38898 in chips)
gazlarge: posts the ante 600
Alterix: posts the ante 600
guggi14: posts the ante 600
BigPerm85: posts the ante 600
superbugsly: posts the ante 600
grampa420: posts the ante 600
123jeffrey: posts the ante 600
paulenas: posts the ante 600
txexhale: posts the ante 600
guggi14: posts small blind 3000
BigPerm85: posts big blind 6000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to BigPerm85 [9d 8s]
superbugsly: folds
grampa420: raises 6000 to 12000
123jeffrey: folds
paulenas: folds
txexhale: folds
gazlarge: folds
Alterix: folds
guggi14: calls 9000
BigPerm85: calls 6000
*** FLOP *** [2d Ks 9c]
guggi14: checks
BigPerm85: bets 9038 and is all-in
grampa420: calls 9038
guggi14: calls 9038
*** TURN *** [2d Ks 9c] [Ac]
guggi14: checks
grampa420: bets 18000
guggi14: calls 18000
*** RIVER *** [2d Ks 9c Ac] [Ts]
guggi14: checks
grampa420: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
guggi14: shows [5d Kc] (a pair of Kings)
grampa420: shows [Ah Jd] (a pair of Aces)
grampa420 collected 36000 from side pot
BigPerm85: mucks hand
grampa420 collected 68514 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 104514 Main pot 68514. Side pot 36000. | Rake 0
Board [2d Ks 9c Ac Ts]
Seat 1: gazlarge folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Alterix (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: guggi14 (small blind) showed [5d Kc] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 4: BigPerm85 (big blind) mucked [9d 8s]
Seat 5: superbugsly folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: grampa420 showed [Ah Jd] and won (104514) with a pair of Aces
Seat 7: 123jeffrey folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: paulenas folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: txexhale folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Damn should of folded my BB oh well............

Last Update: April 29, 2008, 1:43PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for SeriouslyThisTime

April 27, 2008, 7PM: Played 6 hours, Made $36.00 at Ceaser's Palace
$175 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (16th out of 116 Players)

Well it wasn't a huge win.  While I was proud of myself I'm also pissed at myself.  I pulled a Scotty Nguyen.  Built up a substantial chip stack, then felt like I was invincible and could just bully people as much as I wanted.  I should have changed gears and been patient.  Snap off when I have the cards, and only bully in the right situation.  Instead I tried to bluff nearly every un-raised pot.  I had over $40k in chips, and was the tournament chip leader when there were about 45 people left.  2 rounds later I was down to about $22k and was just below the average chips stack, because I was being to agressive, wasn't preserving chips, and instead shoving raises out there to try and take down a pot as often as possible.  I didn't figure out how bad I messed up till on my way home and the next day.  I REALLY blew a chance at a strong finish in the tourny. 
My last had was a disaster, too.  I flopped second pair on the blind, decided to check-raise.  I check, my opponent bet out, I raised, he re-raised, I shoved in.  Why did I shove in with second pair? I was short on chips but I wasn't down to less than 5 big blinds, even after my re raise.  I blame it on to many hours a the table in one day.  It was 1am and I got to caesers at 9am.  That's a long day.
I blame my Scotty Nguyen performance on lack of tournament experience.  While my many many hours of live game experience net me the ability to play exceptionally well in many situations I still need to figure out what my personal best tournament strategy is.  I feel much closer to it than I did a month ago.

Last Update: April 29, 2008, 1:41PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for SeriouslyThisTime

April 27, 2008, 11AM: Played 1 hour, Made $485.00 at Ceaser's Palace
$55 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (1st out of 10 Players)

Yay! I finally won a satellite! On the second hand I got AA all in preflop vs. 10 10 and LOST.  Guy flopped a 10, and left me with only $75 of my 800 starting chips, with blinds at 25/25.  A few hands later I got all my money in and tripled up.  Couple hands later I doubled up again.  Then I just steam-rolled my way into the chip lead and into heads up as a 5 to 1 chip favorite.  Quickly ended heads up and took my seat in the day's main event.  I played agressive and tried to pick up lots of pots and gamble a little bit.  This strategy seems to work really well in the satellite events.

Last Update: April 29, 2008, 1:31PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for EightFive

April 28, 2008, 6PM:
WSOP Fantasy League Update

RyanMo6707 and I have drafted our teams.  Overall I like my team.  Ryan probably has a little more well-rounded team when it comes to different games, but a few of them don't play a very full schedule of tournaments.
My Team--------------------RyanMo6707's Team
Daniel Negreanu------------Phil Ivey
Phil Hellmuth--------------Allen Cunningham
Chris Ferguson-------------Erik Seidel
JC Tran--------------------Johnny Chan
Barry Greenstein-----------Gus Hansen
Michael Binger-------------Scott Fischman
Mike Matusow---------------Scotty Nguyen
Scott Clements-------------Howard Lederer
Erik Lindgren--------------Michael Mizrachi
Jonathan Little------------Huck Seed
I think my team has an edge in NL Holdem, because a lot of the guys will play more events and play them better.  Also, if I was torn before a few guys, I went with the guy I would like to root for the most.  That will make the 6 week sweat (or however long it is these days) that much more fun to follow.  Just over a month and I will hopefully have a points lead to post!

Last Update: April 28, 2008, 6:53PM | Permalink (2 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for berkeleyanders

April 27, 2008, 7PM: Played 3 hours, 15 minutes, Made $105.00 at Happy Endings
$2-$10 Spread-Limit Texas Hold'em

What a frustrating session for a win. I'm involved in 3 crucial pots and lose 2 and win 1. It is a 1-2 blind game.
1st hand: Have AA in middle position, player UTG calls, I raise to $7, SB calls and UTG calls. Flop KJT rainbow. I get checkraised by the SB and UTG cold calls 20. I call and the turn is a boardpair J. Checks around. River card is the 8, SB checks, UTG bets 10, I call SB calls. UTG rolls over 97o, SB has KQo.
2nd hand: I raise on the button with 89o, BB reraises and we get 1 other caller. Flop 982 with 2 clubs. I have 8c. It checks to me and I bet 10 and the BB calls. Turn is the Ac and I get checkraised and just smooth call. River 3c, BB bets I call and he rolls over AKo with the K of clubs.
3rd hand: Have AA on the button and make my standard raise to 7. Flop AQQ, Player in the BB fires out 6 and everyone else folds so I just call. Turn is a blank and he bets 10 and I put him all in for 17. Ofcourse he's the biggest donkey at the table and runs out of chips when he gets married to A4o.
The same player who called 20 cold with 97o pays me off in back to back hands with J high on both of them after I raise him on the river. It's kinda an odd play for him considering he's 1 of the only 2 decent players in the game. Kinda baffling.

Last Update: April 27, 2008, 7:59AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for just_mo

April 26, 2008, 1AM: Played 4 hours, Lost $110.00 at 52nd and Capehart home game
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Got into a new game today courtesy of Ben. It was kinda gay because they only let you buy in for 100 at first and raise it later when theres more on the table. I felt like I played somewhat bad tonight. I misplayed AT, paying off Ben's AK when he flatted my PFR.
One huge mistake I made was accidentally minraise bluffing though. I raised AJ to 15 after some limps when I was SB. Got 2 callers, a tight aggro BB and a fairly weak played on button. Flop was K73 with 2 clubs, I had Ac. I checked, BB checked, button bets 20. Looks like a weak steal attempt or a soft lead to see where he's at so I decide to go ahead and raise it to 60...whoops I accidentally raised to 40 since I didn't verbalize. He calls, turns 2c. I check. He bets 30 into a 90 dollar pot, I feel I'm getting the odds I need to I call, rivers a blank and I c/f to his AI.
Ben bruted me in a massive pot when it was down to 3 handed. I called his 6 dollar PFR with 7c6c, flop comes 6h6s5c. I c/c his 10 dollar bet. Turns a Tc. I lead out 20, he calls. Rivers 2c. I bet 45, he calls...Jc9c for the brutal runner runner when I had the blockers. Sick.

Last Update: April 26, 2008, 4:03AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for hammerman

April 25, 2008, 3PM: Played 1 hour, 5 minutes, Lost $11.00 at PS
$10 Buy-In Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Tournament (4th out of 10 Players)

Had a bit of fun and chatted it up, which is not my usual style at a table.  An idiot makes a raise and I call with A249, I know it is not a good hand.  But I also know he has AA.  So flop comes 9T4, I let him bet and I call, then bet all in on turn when low draw gets there.  He has AA3x and misses when a 4 hits on river.  Then he starts going off about how bad I play.  I let it go for a bit then let him have it.  10 hands later he is gone, which is unfortunate for me, because the players left 6 handed were the best players I have played with 6 handed, collectively.  I ended up short and was forced to gamble and lost.
Enjoyed this tourney for the trash talking and the competition and chat 6 handed.  There was a bit of strategy being discussed and everyone participated.  The closest I have been to a B&M cardroom conversation in a long time online.

Last Update: April 25, 2008, 4:33PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for DeiYuo

April 25, 2008, 12PM: Played 14 hours, 29 minutes, Lost $735.00 at Poker Stars
$7.50 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (4th out of 10 Players)

These are all my Step Tournaments for Stars I will consolidate the entry for simplicity.
Played in 134 Step 1's so for.
Top 2 - 33
3rd's - 16
4th's - 21
5th's - 22
6th's - 13
7th's - 10
8th's - 13
9th's - 8
I have;
5 EPT Step 2's
5 APPT Step 2's
0 PCA Step 2's
3 WSOP Steps 2's
0 LAPT Steps 2's
Played 26 Step 2's
Top 2 - 5
3/4th - 4
5th's - 7
6th's - 4
7th's - 2
8th's - 3
9th's - 1
Played 0 Step 3's
I have;
3 WSOP Step 3
1 EPT St3p 3
1 LAPT Step 3
*playing one of them at a time yeilds best results*
*Turbos suck ass and turns into a crap shoot but I have perfected them :)
Done with step 1's for now.. will play down my step 2's and will only return to step 1's if I start placing low in 2's.  Will spend a max of 1k on the step system for now.
STEP 2's
I'm finding step twos more difficult.. they still are turbos but people don't bust out as quickly.  So I can't fold down to 3-5 players and then "turn it on".  They also are more aggressive.  Also, to stay on track with money invested I will need 9 step 3's and it is looking like that may not happen :(

Last Update: April 25, 2008, 12:20PM | Permalink (4 Comments)
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From the Poker Blog for just_mo

April 25, 2008, 3AM: Played 5 hours, Made $180.00 at Pokerstars
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

One of the proudest sessions of my life....I recovered from the following horrific hand to slowly grind my way up for the next few hours and book a profit. Did without even getting lucky in a massive all in pot, the only all in I had being a semi bluff with a pair and straight draw that I CR'd AI after the turn after flatting the flop.
PokerStars Game #16978021011: Hold'em No Limit ($1/$2) - 2008/04/25 - 05:43:34 (ET)
Table 'Dalera' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: Rennwurm ($200 in chips)
Seat 2: cyberpeogh ($471.10 in chips)
Seat 3: 99overall ($275.65 in chips)
Seat 4: spxdes ($133.75 in chips)
Seat 5: Huha'sgirl ($288 in chips)
Seat 7: otomiko2 ($93 in chips)
Seat 8: RiverRd ($284.05 in chips)
Seat 9: Sarp Ovutmen ($38 in chips)
Sarp Ovutmen: posts small blind $1
Rennwurm: posts big blind $2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 99overall [8c 8s]
cyberpeogh: raises $6 to $8
Wyse leaves the table
99overall: calls $8
spxdes: folds
lordyefc joins the table at seat #6
Huha'sgirl: folds
otomiko2: folds
RiverRd: calls $8
Sarp Ovutmen: folds
Rennwurm: folds
*** FLOP *** [8h 9h 2h]
cyberpeogh: bets $20
99overall: raises $46 to $66
RiverRd: calls $66
cyberpeogh: folds
*** TURN *** [8h 9h 2h] [2d]
99overall: checks
RiverRd: bets $100
99overall: raises $101.65 to $201.65 and is all-in
RiverRd: calls $101.65
*** RIVER *** [8h 9h 2h 2d] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
99overall: shows [8c 8s] (a full house, Eights full of Deuces)
RiverRd: shows [9d 9c] (a full house, Nines full of Deuces)
RiverRd collected $579.30 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $582.30 | Rake $3
Board [8h 9h 2h 2d Kd]
Seat 1: Rennwurm (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: cyberpeogh folded on the Flop
Seat 3: 99overall showed [8c 8s] and lost with a full house, Eights full of Deuces
Seat 4: spxdes folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Huha'sgirl folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: otomiko2 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: RiverRd (button) showed [9d 9c] and won ($579.30) with a full house, Nines full of Deuces
Seat 9: Sarp Ovutmen (small blind) folded before Flop

Last Update: April 25, 2008, 5:42AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

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