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From the Poker Blog for footloosebacon

October 1, 2009, 1AM: Played 5 hours, Made $1.00 at ship
$0.5/1 Texas Hold'em

Bought in for $75. Took a while to get the table to loosen up. People came about 2 hours into the game and were complete calling stations. Lost 2 big hands. Won an early hand with KcQc. 2 clubs on the flop with a qeen giving me top pair. I bet into an aggressive player and he called. Riv came Ac giving me nut flush. I bet $25 into him and he called with an under-flush. Made it up to about 180 at a point and got called on a semi bluff. 3 way with one person all in and I tried to shove the other out. no heart came so I fired off $40 and he somehow called me with just a top pair. Very nice call. My other hand I bluff raised after the turn and got shoved all in. Had to lay it down. Came away with 76 dollars 5 hours later... *sigh* I tried to play aggressive so most of my big hands were free rolls as Dolly would say.

Last Update: October 2, 2009, 3:12AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for motodude

August 26, 2009, 7PM: Played 1 hour, Lost $60.00 at imperial palace
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

a few of the people from last night were here.  one guy that played super tight yesterday was playing very loose here tonight because he was just in a different mood.  i lost a few bucks trying to scare him away like i did last night successfully, it just didnt work this time because he was in a different mood.  it was a quiet table when i got there, not much action. i should have left after 5 minutes.
need to understand that peoples moods shift at times and sometimes they can be very different players.

Last Update: September 29, 2009, 12:14PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for motodude

September 29, 2009, 1AM: Played 2 hours, Made $323.00 at imperial palace
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

i've found a good way to maximize value with a winning hand when playing drunks...  bet small amounts on every street.  3-bet when you think they will call, but min-raise if you think they wont. it works too if you add in some BS like "dude, come on you dont have anything, just fold already".  it puts them on the spot and threatens their ego so they call and then most likely lead out betting on the next street.  in their mind, they think of it as a $15 bet here, a $15 raise here, a $20 bet there, etc instead of $55 total. 
i caught some good cards, but i really maximized the value of them.
my implied odds test paid off tonight.  a few days ago i was debating weather or not i should call a medium-large sized preflop bet with a small pocket pair.  i figured out you should if you think your implied odds will pay off. 
monday nights after midnight arent too bad here at the imperial palace.  there was a full table, everyone was drinking, and everyone had at least $150 or $200 infront of them.  not one other local was there either, it was all tourists.
one thing i accidentally found was this...
i sat down at the table and some drunk guy asked me "are you drunk? because you need to be drunk at this table, no sober people allowed".  i told him i had a few shots before i got here (hehe) and when the waitress came, i ordered a beer but just had it infront of me.  if i would have said "no, i dont drink when i play poker", then i probably couldn't have gotten max value out of my hands.  i dunno, just a theory...

Last Update: September 29, 2009, 12:05PM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for motodude

September 28, 2009, 11PM: Played 1 hour, 30 minutes, Lost $109.00 at flamingo
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

I was walking from casino to casino looking for a rich-action game and came to the flamingo... the table i was eye-balling was pretty appealing... 7 people had beers infront of them. all of them had at least $150.  but the table was full.  so i decided to take a seat at the other 1/2 table and request a table change, only the table change never came.  i slowly lost money...  i hit a few good hands but wasnt able to maximize the value of them because there werent any callers.
so i sat around and slowly lost money at a dead table while i was waiting for a table change that never came.  ugh.  dont do that again.  i've been reading through my losing sessions and almost every losing session i started, i knew it wasnt a good idea to sit at this table.  choose your games wisely.

Last Update: September 29, 2009, 3:16AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for thegoodlife11

September 28, 2009, 5PM: Played 9 hours, Made $24,088.96 at Full Tilt Poker
$200 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (6th out of 4008 Players)

Best day in my poker life so far. Today i took 6th in the Full Tilt Poker big Sunday Tourney 750k guarantee!!! I Won 24.528.96 I got out with AK vs a7, However i played it bad, the guy raised 2.7 times the blind in first position, middle called him and I had a brain freeze and just called!!! I should of shoved both of them probably would of folded instead i got out floped by the initial raiser A 9 7 board(He flopped A7). He check raised me all in on the flop. This was my only big mistake of the tourney especially since i was short stacked at the table(with about 12 bb). Biggest cash for me of my life!!! Tourney fee was 200+16 and i lost 234 the day before playing 1/2 nl. This is the reason why my winning amount is a little off. So i was trying to make 5 thousand in 2 months, like the show 2 months 2 million. But in one month (September) i made 26,641 far more than my goal
"Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker."Mike McDermott

Last Update: September 28, 2009, 5:52PM | Permalink (3 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for motodude

August 26, 2009, 9PM: Played 3 hours, Lost $100.00 at mandalay bay
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

i would be a millionaire if i had better cards at this game here tonight.  these players SUCKED.  would call an $85 bet with A high and no draws.  I slowly lost money because i didnt get ANY hands.  these players were callign stations so i couldnt bluff them.  i should have left a litle earlier because they started noticing me playing tight after about 2 hours. the only good player there was seeing nit too.  we were making faces at each other across the table at how bad the others played. 
mandalay donks tend to leave at about midnight so try getting there a bit earlier
dont be afraid to leave sooner! need to leave sooner when the other players notice my strategy. 
try switching tables.

Last Update: September 28, 2009, 10:46AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for motodude

September 19, 2009, 9PM: Played 1 hour, Made $40.00 at mandalay bay
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

played pretty good. i got a mix of good cards and a mix of bad cards.  in the beginning there was a full table and people were drinking so i was doing pretty good.  studying my players, recognizing peoples betting patterns, etc.  after a while though i started to get a little distracted and found myself asking questions like "who raised preflop?".  at that point i should have taken a break or left.  if i would have left then, i would have been up $110.  but instead i stuck around and lost a few bucks here and there slowly.  the table shrunk, only 5 players and nobody really had money.  i should have left there, it would have saved me $60.

Last Update: September 28, 2009, 10:44AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for motodude

September 21, 2009, 7PM: Played 2 hours, Made $309.00 at mandalay bay
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Did pretty good ... made some good calls.  I thought things through, knew my players, left when I started to get distracted, didn't get lucky, I just had a combo of ok cards and good decisions.
I almost folded my winning hand to a few big bets but I knew my players well enough to make the right choice.
Be careful chit chatting with people though because it distracts u and u can't see who bets what.
Talking poker and saying things that proves ur a local helps give u respect when it comes to bets. Just don't abuse it.

Last Update: September 28, 2009, 10:43AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for motodude

September 22, 2009, 7PM: Played 1 hour, Lost $119.00 at mandalay bay
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Tuesday nights before 9pm are really dead here. There were only 3 people drinking out of 40 or so. Tight players with good bluffing skills. I got my ass pwned because I'm used to playing donks.
I lost about 50 on 1 hand where I was chasing a flush with the correct odds but just missed. I had a baby flush draw but I got a good read on the opponents and my read was correct at the showdown between the other players after I folded. That one would have paid off big. I gotta think about the long run....
I gotta only pick fights I know I can win. 
I had a feeling it was a dead game when I got there... I should have left sooner.

Last Update: September 28, 2009, 10:43AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for motodude

September 23, 2009, 10PM: Played 3 hours, Made $148.00 at mandalay bay
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

This game was crazy.  There were 2 AZNs there that were betting enormous pre-flop bets and continuation bets.  As long as you were the first to act, you could steal the hand from them.  With people like this you just need patience and tact.  They stuck to the same strategy the whole time and probably lost $1500 between the two of them.
After they left it was a calmer game.  One hand I did good at was the last one...  I had k10, flop came and i hit a pair of 10s.  there was a straight draw on the board but i read my opponent well enough to tell he didnt have it.
im playing fairly well lately.  i should try to practice more advanced moves though.  try to get better at continuation bets and experiment with a float play?

Last Update: September 28, 2009, 10:43AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

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