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From the Poker Blog for EightFive

June 6, 2008, 12AM: Lost $1.00 at Full Tilt
$1 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (182nd out of 873 Players)

3 limps...i'm in bb with T9 and 11xbb...had been playing pretty tight.....i shove...first of the three limpers calls for half his stack with QJ.....2 big stacks behind him and praying for a race....bad call, not to mention that from his end he is limping with a hand that he is willing to call off 50% of his chips with....these are the plays that allow my donkass to be +EV in these tourneys but god it gets sickening sometimes
bad night, frustrated...could have played a little better but whatever...will be back tomorrow

Last Update: June 6, 2008, 12:19AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for tdawg077

June 5, 2008, 10PM: Played 1 hour, Lost $33.00 at Full Tilt
$33 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (5th out of 9 Players)

Full Tilt Poker Game #6712958657: $30 + $3 Sit & Go (51022169), Table 1 - 100/200 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:13:58 ET - 2008/06/06
Seat 2: Windsong111 (2,255)
Seat 4: sonnyreno123 (1,225)
Seat 5: netao (4,940)
Seat 6: tedd_e_KGB (1,780)
Seat 8: tdawg077 (3,300)
sonnyreno123 posts the small blind of 100
netao posts the big blind of 200
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to tdawg077 [9c Kc]
tedd_e_KGB folds
tdawg077 raises to 600
Windsong111 folds
sonnyreno123 folds
netao calls 400
*** FLOP *** [6s 9h Tc]
netao bets 4,340, and is all in
tdawg077 has 15 seconds left to act
tdawg077 calls 2,700, and is all in
netao shows [8d Qh]
tdawg077 shows [9c Kc]
Uncalled bet of 1,640 returned to netao
*** TURN *** [6s 9h Tc] [As]
*** RIVER *** [6s 9h Tc As] [7d]
netao shows a straight, Ten high
tdawg077 shows a pair of Nines
netao wins the pot (6,700) with a straight, Ten high
tdawg077 stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 6,700 | Rake 0
Board: [6s 9h Tc As 7d]
Seat 2: Windsong111 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: sonnyreno123 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: netao (big blind) showed [8d Qh] and won (6,700) with a straight, Ten high
Seat 6: tedd_e_KGB didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: tdawg077 showed [9c Kc] and lost with a pair of Nines

Last Update: June 5, 2008, 10:16PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for pflyers1809

June 5, 2008, 11PM: Played 3 hours, 45 minutes, Lost $1.39 at Cake Poker
$0.10/0.20 Texas Hold'em

Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM, 9:00PM-10:45PM
Hands Dealt: 230
Ever had a day where you just were dealt crappy cards the entire day, and on the rare occasion you got a semi-decent hand, you could not even pair up on the flop? And on the very rare occasions you were dealt a decent pocket pair, it got ran over hard? Yeah, that was today for me. The loss does not look that bad, but as usual, the last 30 minutes of the session is what saved me.
Side Note: Took more attempts then I had planned, but I won a satellite for the FullTilt MSOP Event 15 on Sunday afternoon. Just like in the cash game, I was pretty much card dead the entire time. Next time, I will just buy-in to the tournament and save the frustration for the day of the event.

Last Update: June 5, 2008, 8:21PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for DeiYuo

June 5, 2008, 5PM: Played 6 hours, Made $135.00 at Casino San Pablo
$6/12 Texas Hold'em

Upon following the maniac chick (who if sitting on her left she exposed one or more of her cards, would chase down any pair, any draw, even gutshots).
I found myself in an interesting game.  One of those, "we are all agro pre tight games".  That is to say, NO ONE limped pre-flop EVER, the 1st one in always raised.  Everyone carried themeselves as if they were pros.  I felt like I was in a 15/30-20/40 game back in the day at the Bellagio.  Calling was not an option either.  Everyone seemed like they had an ego or reputation to uphold amungst eachother.
There were 3 weak spots, besides the calling station chick I followed (who had taked severve black jack losses and was pushing poker like a craps table to get even - I witnessed this as she came to my 1st table) There was a wanna-be player on my right (would be aggressive in all the wrong spots, complain about beats that wern't beats, would shut down his tempo on the turn and expose his true hand strenth) and then the last weak player was on his right ( two to my right ) who played too many hands pre, such as any Axs or Kxs, any two face cards and any pair regardless of cost or position.
On my left was a dealer/wanna be player who could not fold a strong pre hand post and starting hand requirements pre was too tight.  Then on his left a versitile pro prop (one who knows all the players and adjusts HIS starting hands to those that entered the pot/are in the blinds) Then on his left a... how do I decribe her style... potentially extremely great player but just fucked the turn card up and fell apart there.  Her problem with this was she LOVED to check raise or raise the turn, too much.  This was a problem because she would sacrafice flop information by not betting or raising the flop and chose to do so only on the turn.  Which, when she was wrong, this cost her lots of chips as she would not dump the hand when 3 bet and call down.  This was so predicitbale behavior that I could check raise her on the flop and then check raise her again on the turn or even bet out on the turn knowing she would raise allowing me to 3-bet.
Then on her left was an "X-pro" that played way under his bankroll who did not give a shit. He was an action junky who was passing the time.  He would raise stab at pots to iso the bettor if he thought he was weak, would float steal pots and would open for raises pre to pick up the blinds.  He kept the game in motion.
Lastly was a decent prop I'd been playing with over the past 10 years.  His only weakness was checking monsters too much in early position post.. shit, one hand he checked the nuts on the flop 3 times trying to enduce bets :)
Then me.. my weakness the 1st hour was learning all this information and in the process got a few hands picked off because I was not pushing the right people out of hands.  I also ended up being the "gas station for the suckers" on a handful of nice pots, you know, the hand where you flop top pair or better and the donk never misses a bet or a raise with a 6 high flush draw and no pair :)
Once settled things started going my way and then the crew I had analyzed all went away to be replaced by daytime players.  Business guy in suit ramming the game an hour before work, retired donks griding off of soc sec money etc.
I had a $300+ win in this game at my peak, came down to the $135 and decided with the long sessions and swings this small win would be fine.  Winning another pot would not change things for me but losing one would be devastating to the time I had put in. 
It was time to go.
I normally don't go through all the player profiles/types but since playing online like a nut there is something so refreshing and simple about sitting with real people.  Everytime I learned something about a player I mentaly "opened the note box" on them and inserted information.
Though long winded I hope some of you read through this.  I can't explain how much knowing your opponents helps.
Live is awesome.

Last Update: June 5, 2008, 6:00PM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for TheWerm

June 5, 2008, 12PM: Played 36 minutes, Lost $60.00 at Northern Quest Casino
$3/6 Texas Hold'em

KK vs. 88 flop 872 turn 8 river K
i bet he raised i raise its all capped he has 88 wow.
then to kill me off AK vs. A5 flop AA10 turn F***in 5 river 4..
im running really bad in person can't chip up anywhere..
im playing really tight lately and just playin big hands and not gettin the turn and rivers i need, i hope i will float out of this bad run.
Im not complaining but i just can't get anything going lately, my reading over the last couple of weeks has been point on, its easy with the players who tense up and give you the death stare to put them on a big hand and my pressure seems to work. The river is not my friend at the moment. i wanna just not loose to coolers, YA KNOW!!

Last Update: June 5, 2008, 5:56PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for DeiYuo

June 5, 2008, 5PM: Played 9 hours, Made $280.00 at Casino San Pablo
$3/6 Texas Hold'em

Game was "breathing heavy" all night, that is to say the game would fill up, be a ram and jammer then get short handed (4 players), calm down then slowly fill back up again.  This cycle occurred a about every hour or so.
This worked out great for me.  I was really the only one camped out in the game all night.  When short they through props in the game, which are like blinding machines (unless they are stuck in which case they turn into firecrackers).  We would play short 4-5 players and most real money players would play to tight or not adjust pot odds to short handed, call down with draws head's up without the mulit-way pot pre then muck on the river. 
As the game slowly filled back up the real money players would not adjust and slow back down, thus bleeding off chips to the new players.  The props would then get out of the game, the old players would go broke to the new players.. we would get semi-short handed again(5-7) and I would rob all the winnings from the new players.  They would take their small wins or losses and quit then the props would jump back in with me and one or two other "new winners".
This cycle continued all night until the morning day nit tight crew was showing up stabablizing the games.
At this point the 6/12 game was 8 handed anda super donk at my 3/6 table moved there. 
I chose to follow her :)

Last Update: June 5, 2008, 5:29PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for EightFive

June 5, 2008, 3PM: Played 45 minutes, Made $1.00 at Full Tilt
$0.05/0.10 Texas Hold'em

6 Max, Deep Stacked, .05-.10, 76 hands
I was stuck about $11 early after getting it in with AA on a Q96 rainbow board against an idiotically-LAG opponent.  He called with the T7 for a gut shot and T high lol....8-ball on the turn and I had to get back into it.
Some dude bluffed off a ton of chips when I had the second nuts and that got me back to a bout even.  Other than that it was small pots here and there and I finished with a small win.  Didn't really feel like playing cash anymore so I just stopped.  Don't know why I felt like it at the beginning lol.

Last Update: June 5, 2008, 3:17PM | Permalink (2 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for hammerman

June 4, 2008, 6PM: Played 1 hour, 30 minutes, Made $9.66 at PS
$5 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (71st out of 674 Players)

The following conversation happens just after I win the first round.  I was short the whole way and didn't get in a hurry.  I waited and knew I could take advantage of them later on.  Here is the hand and then the conversation.
PokerStars Game #17921523585: Tournament #90360553, $5.00+$0.50 Hold'em No Limit - Match Round I, Level VIII (150/300) - 2008/06/04 - 21:47:42 (ET)
Table '90360553 65' 9-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: throwfar76 (7128 in chips)
Seat 3: Hardmania (4872 in chips)
throwfar76: posts the ante 25
Hardmania: posts the ante 25
throwfar76: posts small blind 150
Hardmania: posts big blind 300
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to throwfar76 [4s 4c]
throwfar76: raises 600 to 900
Hardmania: raises 2100 to 3000
throwfar76: calls 2100
*** FLOP *** [Ad 8c 2d]
Hardmania: bets 1500
throwfar76: raises 1500 to 3000
Hardmania said, "piss off"
Hardmania: calls 347 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (1153) returned to throwfar76
*** TURN *** [Ad 8c 2d] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [Ad 8c 2d 7c] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Hardmania: shows [2c Kh] (a pair of Deuces)
throwfar76: shows [4s 4c] (a pair of Fours)
throwfar76 collected 9744 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 9744 | Rake 0
Board [Ad 8c 2d 7c Qc]
Seat 1: throwfar76 (button) (small blind) showed [4s 4c] and won (9744) with a pair of Fours
Seat 3: Hardmania (big blind) showed [2c Kh] and lost with a pair of Deuces
Hardmania [observer]: how an u all with 44 donk?
Hardmania [observer]: 58 hit a str8! ur farking blessed
Hardmania [observer]: not fair not right and u don't deserve it
Hardmania [observer]: I hope you choke dog and I hate you
throwfar76: have a good night
Hardmania [observer]: you have to agree that is is bullsh1t?
Hardmania [observer]: I outplayed you severely and you just got luky
throwfar76: I didn't think you had an ace and I was right
Hardmania [observer]: you were a massive short stack and hit miracle cards
throwfar76: when I got free cards I took advantage of them
Hardmania [observer]: I could've had pp or an 8
Hardmania [observer]: lucky and dumb guess
throwfar76: I didn't put you on anything, i was surprised to see you had a pair at all
Hardmania [observer]: you were obviously wrong
Hardmania [observer]: 44 and u call all in? Why would I bet if I had nothing? I had a gr8 table image and you just call all in?
Hardmania [observer]: What's worse is that you call a raise to 3000 and then guess I have nothing on flop. What were you thinking? Obviously you were only playing your 44
throwfar76: Obviously I am an idiot, you are amazing and I just got lucky
Hardmania [observer]: thanks so much, I feel so much better now....NOT
Hardmania [observer]: Plus don't forget I had you all in and you hit a Q on the turn to win a big pot and save your arse. Remember that hand? Don't suppose you do
Hardmania [observer]: That was a suckout
Hardmania [observer]: memory failing you?
throwfar76: No, just bored with your whining
All I can say is I just didn't believe he had an ace or eight.  When I put my chips in I was confident I had the best hand. I'll admit that I don't take great notes on people, but I do observed them.  Also, seeing what he had played pre for the tourney, I had basically committed myself to the hand in my head preflop.  If he had not pushed, I would have.
BTW, the QJ he spoke of was when I had about 7 BB left and the flop was 345 with two spades and I was suited spades.  I think it was a no brainer.
Anyway, now I am waiting to play the second round.
Lost with AK in bb to AQ.

Last Update: June 4, 2008, 7:27PM | Permalink (7 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for EightFive

June 3, 2008, 9PM: Played 1 hour, 30 minutes, Lost $2.25 at Full Tilt
$2 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (50th out of 191 Players)

So a little bit ago I made wrote a blog about how I wrote down all of my hands from a tourney, only to accidently click refresh and lose it all.  Well I tried it again and I didn't screw it up this time.  Here is my tourney with my thoughts by the more interesting hands.  I condensed the obv 72 and J3 folds (you'll see what I mean).  Enjoy.
10pm....$2 NLHE...1,500 starting stack...191 players
Hand 1-7 Fold
Hand 8 Limp 55 MP, 70bbs, several limpers behind me and the flop comes KT2...SB leads, I fold.
Hand 9-24 Fold
Hand 25 AQ, MP with 34bbs...1 limp, I raise 3.5x...2 callers.  Flop comes 235 and they both check to me.  I checked because I didn’t want to get blown off the hand.  I also wanted to keep the pot small this early.  Also, if I hit an A or Q I am likely to be good.  Turn was a 6 putting a pos. straight on board.  Checked to me again and I figured I had to take a stab this time...I was called and then shoved on when the river came a 7.  I folded leaving myself with 18xbb.
Hand 26 Raise UTG +1 with QQ and 18bbs.  2 calls.  I am out of position.  T22 flop…I shove hoping to get a weak call but pick up the small pot to get me back to a manageable chip stack.  (Also there were 10bbs in the pot and I was shoving for 15 so it wasn't a horribly huge overbet) No need to get cute here just grab the decent pot.
Hand 27-37 Fold
Hand 38 SB with 22bb’s...UTG min raises to 100…MP calls…button shoves for 600...I have AQ and I think this is a very close spot to reshove and isolate the short stack's all in, esp. in a $2 tourney because their range is surprisingly wide in that spot I think (unless you have a good read on the player).  However, I have a pretty short stack and don’t want to get called by the two left behind me and think I can find a better spot so I fold.  Kind of tight not 100% about this play but that was my thinking and I didn't hate the fold at the time.
Hand 39-41 Fold
Hand 42 MP with 22bbs…I open for 3x with AQo...I get one call out of the SB.  Flop comes AJT and the SB shoves all in for about the size of the pot.  I could be beat here but there really is no way to fold and probably have the best hand so I happily call and he has A8.  It holds up to get me to 1800.
Hand 43-56 Fold
Hand 57 CO, raised AJo with one call and I was in position....Flop came T86...he checked...I made a c-bet and he insta-minraised me.  That is one of the most frustrating things in these tourneys b/c I really have no idea what to assume these players are capable of.  He could just be deciding to reraise any bet I make assuming I am betting every flop.  He could have a monster and want to get value.  I just don't know what level an unknown is thinking on and therefore can't do to much in this spot with only A high and an awkward stack.  Most times you will take down the pot with a C-bet here, but in this case I make a note that he reraised me in that situation and I can adjust for next time I play a pot with him. Anyways I fold with 1100 left at 40-80 blinds.
Hand 58-60 Fold
Hand 61 Shove 1100 at 40-80 blinds UTG with JJ.  Everyone folds.
Hand 62-75 Fold
Hand 76 Shoved AT for 10x…all folded.
Hand 77-82 Fold
Hand 83 Shoved with K9s on the button for 10x.  Folds.
Hand 84-90 Fold
Hand 91 Shove A7s in CO for 10x…folds
Hand 92-99 Fold
Hand 100 Shove 10xbb UTG with TT…no calls
Hand 101-105 Fold
Blinds just jumped to 80-160 and I have 1160.  Time to get in there with anything close.
Hand 106-116 Fold
Hand 117 I am BB for 160.  I have 760 behind and have Q2o.  MP raises…I can’t really wait anymore there is just too much in the pot.  I get it in and he obv calls getting like 5:1 and has JT…A miracle I am a favorite but lose the hand.  No big deal, was going to need to get lucky to get back into it.
I was suuuper card dead and couldn’t find a good spot.  Doesn’t really make for great reading of a tournament, but I think there is something to be said for your short stack shoving ranges in tournaments as they relate to antes.
I think its super important to realize that once they bring in the antes you not only need to be more aggressive in general when it comes to stealing blinds, especially in position, but this is the same when you are a short stack as well.  You should even be willing to take the worst of it with 8-12x the BB if the blinds will be folding relatively often because the extra chips in the pot greatly increase your equity.
This is the reason I held out so long to get it in.  Along with being card dead or facing a raise in front of me and holding something decent like Q9...without antes in the pot it makes it more profitable to fold (assuming you have 10-12x as I did) and be the one opening the pot or reraising with a stronger hand.  I don’t know if all of my folds were good or maybe they were too tight.  Each specific one would require running the numbers a little more closely but this is essentially the idea I am working with when I have a short stack.
Don’t know if anyone will find this helpful or will enjoy reading/debating it but it helps me analyze my own play and makes me focus while I play.  Maybe next time I decide to do this it will contain a deeper run or more exciting hands.

Last Update: June 3, 2008, 10:10PM | Permalink (4 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for pflyers1809

June 3, 2008, 7PM: Played 1 hour, 45 minutes, Lost $0.27 at Cake Poker
$0.10/0.20 Texas Hold'em

Time: 5:15PM-7:00PM
Hands Dealt: 125
Started out good, up about $2. Then everything went down hill. I was dealt good hands, but just could not win with them. Was dealt a lot of low/mid pocket pairs, did not hit one set on the flop the entire time. Pocket queens got ran over a couple of time, not by ace rag, but by flush draws that hit on the river. Am I the only one that calculates pot odds when on a draw? By 6:30PM, I was down $5. Final 30 minutes of the session saved me. Won a $3 pot with AK, and picked up a couple smaller pots to finish the session almost even.
Found myself breaking a self-rule of not "chatting" at the table after a bad beat a couple of times. It is hard not to do it, but I should not be taping the tank either. I really need to work on that. I also do it playing live, but it is more under my breath with a few curse words.
Planning to take tomorrow off and come back swinging on Thursday.
Side Note: On Thursday, might try to satellite into the Full Tilt MSOP Event 12 - Friday 8PM $15+$1.50 limit tournament and/or Event 15 - Sunday 3PM $10+$1 NL tournament if they are running any.

Last Update: June 3, 2008, 8:22PM | Permalink (0 Comments)


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