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April 23, 2008, 2AM: Played 45 minutes, Lost $3.30 at Poker Stars
$3 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (600th out of 1213 Players)
I hate pokerstars.
No, I don't believe it's rigged or anything dumb like that.
I hate the bad players.
I was sitting, waiting, not playing hands. Trying to break my recent string of poor play with sub-par hands. Finally pick up AA with 1k left. I'd been sitting at this table for about 30 hands, and hadn't played other than from the bb.
blinds are 50-100, I figure if I shove everyone folds, so I raise to 250, next player raises to 400, bb calls, I shove, both call. Flop is 7D 5C 9D. I have AD, so I'm thinking not too scary. They both have chips left, first leads out 900, bb comes back for the rest of his chips, and the mid pos calls. Go ahead and try and put them on something here, because what they had will shock you (especially bb).
mid pos has 1010, first one I looked at so I'm thinkin, ok, not the worst play ever, pretty bad, but still.
bb flips over 5D6D! Turn is 6C (of course), river D of some sort to make his flush. 56 Suited. I'm at a loss. How can you play against dumbasses like this who keep winning. GRRRRRR.
Last Update: April 22, 2008, 10:54PM | Permalink (5 Comments)
April 21, 2008, 6PM
Seperated Bonuses from Play.
Was talking with a friend of mine who has noticed that I have been playing a lot more. He asked how much I'm up/down since I started playing and at the time I proudly stated that I was $600 up from the last couple weeks of plays that I started really playing/keeping track. He then told me about how proud he was of his winnings but then realized that a lot of his winnings were from bonuses and jackpots. I had never separated my actual winnings from poker and winnings from hitting bonuses and jackpots. I realized how much actual came from bonuses and now am more determined to improve my game, measuring my earnings more so that way, playing with that knowledge I believe will help my game much more.
Last Update: April 22, 2008, 6:53PM | Permalink (0 Comments)
April 8, 2008, 5PM: Played 6 hours at Red Dragon Casino
$3/6 Texas Hold'em
Bought in with $80 assuming to stay for a long period of time. Stayed until 11pm. First couple hours, played on the side game where I built a nice stack off of some weaker players.
Went to the main table, lost the stack I made while over at the side table to some aggressive/good players. Started playing a real solid game. Built a net profit of $100 by 9pm. Got ready to leave but then hit *high hand of AAAJJ. So decided to stay until 11pm when the high hand gets paid out/ or until someone broke my high hand.
11pm, No one beat my high hand. Ended with $200 in chips with and $100 from the Jackpot.
*High Hand Promotion at Red Dragon: On Mon/Tues, the highest hand of the hour gets paid out a jackpot bonus of $100.
Last Update: April 22, 2008, 10:48AM | Permalink (0 Comments)
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)
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 (6 Comments)
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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Played with 59 players (# of hands): SolaSystem (404), fujiman1970 (250), Ivan7189 (212), Karl XII (181), hawgwild501 (176), homer184 (166), Kozuli (133), ScubaXX (125), Sooners_Tide (114), supfoolio (113) | View Hands to see all 59 players.
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)
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)
April 20, 2008, 1AM: Played 30 minutes, Made $2.28 at PokerStars
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)
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)