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From the Poker Blog for EightFive

April 21, 2008, 10PM: Played 35 minutes, Made $1.60 at Full Tilt
$0.10 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

I didn't play very long, but after reading about some of Barry Greenstein's cash game stories I was itchin to play some cash.  I am starting to think that playing some cash could be a good change of pace for a little bit and could provide a good break from the downswing I am experiencing in MTTs right now.  Hopefully it could replenish my bankroll a little too.  After cashing out most of my online roll I am lower than I have been in a long time, and seeing it grow again might just do wonders for my confidence.

Last Update: April 21, 2008, 10:51PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for EightFive

April 21, 2008, 10PM:
Weight Loss Bet

Recently there has been a running joke about how I have gained a fair amount of weight this year among my friends.  I think about a year and a half ago I weighed about 160 lbs.  Right now I weight about 183-185 lbs.  The biggest reason is probably how bad I eat.
Well I was talking to Jaspinal tonight and he bet me $20 that at the beginning of next school year (September 1 being the official weigh-in day), that I would weigh at least 25 lbs. more than him.  He weighs about 160 lbs. right now, or so he tells me.
He runs a lot as it is and want to get in better running shape.  He says he want to get down to about 150 lbs.  My guess is that he only gets to about 153, meaning I need to get to 177 to win.  This is definitely something I think I can do.  I definitely want to get in better shape and stop the snowball before it gets rolling.

Last Update: April 21, 2008, 10:47PM | Permalink (2 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for rubytide

April 20, 2008, 10PM: Played 5 hours, 2 minutes, Lost $130.50 at PokerStars
$0.50 Pot-Limit Omaha

wasnt playing good at all. decided to quit while there was still money left. just one of those nights when none of my good hands hit, got a couple of coolers. some key hands:
cooler turn and river
not sure why i get paid here, but not complaining
gave it all back to the same guy. bad raise/call by me
first straight flush in awhile
cant belive i missed. odds here

Last Update: April 21, 2008, 11:15AM | Permalink (0 Comments)
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From the Poker Blog for EightFive

April 20, 2008, 10PM:
WSOP Fantasy League

I realize that in posting this I give away what a loser I am, but oh well, I had fun with it.
Today I came up with a World Series of Poker Fantasy system where my friend and I pick a "team" of players much the way you do in other fantasy drafts.  I came up with a list of players using the chip counts from the WPT Championship that is going on right now, and a few other players I thought of.  This competition will be between RyanMo6707 (used to post on here) and me.
I also picked out 41 of the 55 WSOP events this year that will count toward the "league." I didn't include ladies, senior, or staff tournaments.  I also didn't include a few of the stud hi lo small buy in tournaments that take place on the same day as higher buy in no limit tournaments.  This was because 90% of the players in the draft pool will be playing the NL tournament, making the stud tournament much weaker.
The next step was to develop the scoring for this little competition.  A cash is worth 100.  A final table is 300.  3rd=500, 2nd=700, and 1st=1,000.  I also weighted the tournaments based on buy-in.  All tournaments under 5k will be scored with the previously mentioned points.  Points for 5k buy ins and 1k rebuys will be multiplied by 1.5.  For 10k buy ins multiply the points by 2, and for the 50k HORSE, multiple the points by 3.
I ranked roughly the top players that I want to draft.  Players near the top include: Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Allen Cunningham, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Barry Greenstein, Mike Matusow, and JC Tran.  Obviously these are players with a proven track record, and they also (with the possible exception of JC Tran) all know how to play all the games well.
I also would want to take a a few players like Isaac "Mr. Menlo" Baron, Michael Binger, Jonathan Little, Scott Clements, David Pham, Gavin Griffin, and Michael Mizrachi, because while they may not play all the games, they put in a huge volume during the WSOP.  Hopefully they will be able to rack up a lot of points.
I am not sure how much money we will have on this, but I will keep you guys posted (mostly just because it's fun for me lol) on how badly I am beating him.

Last Update: April 20, 2008, 11:35PM | Permalink (4 Comments)

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.

Last Update: April 20, 2008, 9:19PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for EightFive

April 20, 2008, 1AM: Played 30 minutes, Made $2.28 at PokerStars
Texas Hold'em

Decided to 2-table 1cent-2cent 6handed cash tables while listening to PokerRoadRadio (highly entertaining)...was kind of messing around a little bit and was amazed at how tight you could play until making a hand then just jam 5x pot into the middle and they call with mid. pair.  I was having more fun playing this then I have been playing tourneys lately so maybe I will fire up 4-5 tables of this tomorrow instead of playing tourneys.  Maybe I can make a few bucks and more importantly enjoy it again.

Last Update: April 20, 2008, 1:46AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for DeDobber

April 14, 2008, 5PM: Played 40 minutes, Made $75.00 at Full Tilt Poker
$22 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (1st out of 10 Players)

I hate FT.  I think it is a Vista problem, but I never know if my HH will be saved.  The history was saved for the private tourney yesterday, but not for this gem today.  And here I took notes about hands I wanted to discuss :(.
Oh well, I built a big stack and pushed everyone around for a while.  Then they got aggro so I backed off, but not for long.  Then things start going my way.  I take down a pot on the river with a one-card flush (4h), the guy did not even call.  Then I play aggro with 78 and hit 2pr on the flop.  And it gets better from there.
A guy tries to steal all in preflop with 59s? He runs into my A5s in SB.  I'm thinking it's bad to try that when big stack is one of the blinds?
Once four handed, things started REALLY going my way.  I knocked out 4th, 3rd, and 2nd on suckouts.  JAs rivered an Ace to beat some other pair.  I beat the next guy all in pre with 74 vs JK, and finally, to show just how well-aligned the stars are, I beat the last guy all in pre with 5J vs AJ.
I hate winning as much as I hate losing, cuz when I win it feels like dumb-ass luck.

Last Update: April 19, 2008, 9:30PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for DeDobber

April 19, 2008, 9PM: Played 30 minutes, Lost $24.00 at Full Tilt Poker
$22 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (4th out of 10 Players)

Bubble boy.  Played only like four hands.  Got a good stack and then had an average stack.  Picked up 27o in BB and raised a SB who was limping.  He calls and flop is 236.  He bets into me and I go over the top all in.  He thinks and calls with 7Ko.  Turn is 7, river is 3 to pair the board :(.  We both make two pair and his King holds up.  I guess that's what happens in donkey-vs-donkey.  I ran the numbers, and was 85% on the flop and "only" 80% on the turn.  Can't really feel sorry for myself on that one getting aggro with 27o, but maybe I should, since I knew the guy was weak the whole way (playing the player, not my cards).
I shoved preflop next hand with TQd cuz I'm pissed and get beat by A5s.

Last Update: April 19, 2008, 9:30PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for histino

April 19, 2008, 1PM: Played 7 hours, 30 minutes, Made $621.00 at Poker Stars
$5 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (5th out of 2760 Players)

PokerStars Game #16852390235: Tournament #84460425, $5.00+$0.50 Hold'em No Limit - Level XXVIII (25000/50000) - 2008/04/19 - 20:24:34 (ET)
Table '84460425 176' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 2: sgam63 (2757253 in chips)
Seat 4: rodas76 (2237437 in chips)
Seat 6: hustlingpimp (572978 in chips)
Seat 7: JZarse (995948 in chips)
Seat 8: NIUE1 (1716384 in chips)
sgam63: posts the ante 5000
rodas76: posts the ante 5000
hustlingpimp: posts the ante 5000
JZarse: posts the ante 5000
NIUE1: posts the ante 5000
rodas76: posts small blind 25000
hustlingpimp: posts big blind 50000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to hustlingpimp [As 6s]
JZarse: folds
NIUE1: folds
sgam63: folds
rodas76: raises 100000 to 150000
hustlingpimp: raises 417978 to 567978 and is all-in
rodas76: calls 417978
*** FLOP *** [Jc 8s Th]
*** TURN *** [Jc 8s Th] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 8s Th 9d] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
rodas76: shows [Qc Ks] (a straight, Ten to Ace)
hustlingpimp: shows [As 6s] (a pair of Aces)
rodas76 collected 1160956 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1160956 | Rake 0
Board [Jc 8s Th 9d Ac]
Seat 2: sgam63 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: rodas76 (small blind) showed [Qc Ks] and won (1160956) with a straight, Ten to Ace
Seat 6: hustlingpimp (big blind) showed [As 6s] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 7: JZarse folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: NIUE1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
You guys be the judge! please comment on final hand

Last Update: April 19, 2008, 5:29PM | Permalink (3 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for EightFive

April 19, 2008, 11AM: Played 1 hour, 15 minutes, Lost $2.25 at Full Tilt
$2 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (60th out of 190 Players)

This might just be a day full of poker.  Hopefully if I don't take a real bad beat or two I will keep playing good and play all day.  If I take a beat I may have to quick due to frustration though.
So, tourney number 1: 6 handed MTT.  Had AQ and AK on the first two hands and lost both so I was a little short right off the bat.  Little later I raised Q9s from the CO.  Flop came 876 and the SB who was the only guy to call led for the size of the pot (about 200).  I shoved for 960...he called with 74 and I hit a 9 to get to 2k early on.
Just lost a big race: QQ v AK preflop, coulda had a huge stack.  I have 2250 now at 50-100 so still able to make a run.
Squeezed with J8s, called by 77, lost.

Last Update: April 19, 2008, 12:40PM | Permalink (0 Comments)


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