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From the Poker Blog for DeiYuo

February 2, 2008, 7AM: Played 1 hour, 48 minutes, Lost $120.00 at Ceasar's - Las Vegas
$120 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (34th out of 53 Players)

Was not focused.. Jimmy and I decided to play like nuts, we did, I did not get lucky.  Made a great call one hand though as this player re-raised me pre, flop came down 23J all spades, I checked and he moved all in.  I said, "I call, show me your KQ" and rolled over A4 no spade.  He rolled over KQ of diamonds and was shocked AND my hand held up!
I blew that off quickly though after making a nut flush when a "play every hand" player limped with 94 off and flopped a full house :(

Last Update: February 2, 2008, 7:39AM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for Steveinho

February 1, 2008, 3PM:

This game is still in play, I'm curious for a reaction or two.
Seat 1: Steveinho (1,805)
Seat 2: MAMU13 (1,805)
Seat 3: BastianBooger (1,315)
Seat 4: ZCHIPMAGNETZ (1,140)
Seat 5: cocofran18 (1,465)
Seat 6: maiore (1,470)
Steveinho posts the small blind of 20
MAMU13 posts the big blind of 40
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steveinho [8h 9h]
BastianBooger folds
cocofran18 raises to 80
maiore folds
Steveinho calls 60
MAMU13 calls 40
*** FLOP *** [7s 4h 5h]
Steveinho checks
Now, let me just open by saying that I was hoping for a continuation bet here, because I planning on semi-bluffing with a big raise, and committing myself if anyone else came over the top.
Gutterball straight-draw in addition to my flush draw seemed lovely enough to get my money involved with.  Best case scenario, all fold... worst case, I'm in with a pretty damn good drawing hand.
MAMU13 has 15 seconds left to act
MAMU13 checks
cocofran18 checks
*** TURN *** [7s 4h 5h] [Tc]
Steveinho checks
MAMU13 checks
cocofran18 folds
Steveinho calls 320
Okay, it was a pot bet... I'm putting him on a pair of 10s.  I'm just looking for my draw to hit at this point.  It might not be a good money play, but it was too temping to lay down now that I was open-ended.
MAMU13 raises to 1,600
ZCHIPMAGNETZ calls 740, and is all in
Steveinho has 15 seconds left to act
Steveinho has requested TIME
My process is, if I hit my hand... it is definitely the best hand... if a 6 or a J hits, my straight is best... and I don't think either has a flush draw... so I'm saying to myself that, at best, I have 15 outs... at worst, a heart or a jack are gone... I'm thinking that, worst case, I'm looking at 12-13 outs.
I know the raise has to be a set, or a straight... I leaned towards straight, but didn't put set out of the equation.
So, it's still the same thing, hand hits... I win... hand misses, I lose.
I put the money in to get a huge stack early.
Steveinho: god, i'm behind, but i'm getting odds
Steveinho raises to 1,725, and is all in
MAMU13 calls 125, and is all in
Steveinho shows [8h 9h]
MAMU13 shows [3c 6d]
ZCHIPMAGNETZ shows [9c Td]
*** RIVER *** [7s 4h 5h Tc] [Kh]
Steveinho shows a flush, King high
MAMU13 shows a straight, Seven high
Steveinho wins the side pot (1,330) with a flush, King high
ZCHIPMAGNETZ shows a pair of Tens
Steveinho wins the main pot (3,500) with a flush, King high
MAMU13 stands up
Now, I'm not saying I played this hand well... I'm not sure.  Turns out, with his 3-6 straight made, a 2-1 dog, while the retard with 10-9 is drawing dead.

Last Update: February 1, 2008, 3:38PM | Permalink (4 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for NatePringle

February 2, 2008, 11AM: Played 1 hour, Lost $2.60 at Full Tilt Poker
$0.10 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Was up $18 early and then lost on this SICK hand:
Full Tilt Poker Game #5092960078: Table Mica (6 max) - $0.05/$0.10 - No Limit Hold'em - 13:42:31 ET - 2008/02/02
Seat 2: NICOLAI12 ($0), is sitting out
Seat 3: 6565khendo ($26.45)
Seat 4: checho01 ($6.20)
Seat 5: NatePring ($20.65)
Seat 6: a5chavez ($5.15)
NatePring has 5 seconds left to act
NatePring posts the small blind of $0.05
a5chavez posts the big blind of $0.10
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to NatePring [Qd Ad]
6565khendo raises to $0.35
NICOLAI12 stands up
checho01 calls $0.35
NatePring raises to $1.50
a5chavez folds
6565khendo calls $1.15
checho01 folds
*** FLOP *** [As 6d 2s]
NatePring has 15 seconds left to act
NatePring bets $2.10
6565khendo has 15 seconds left to act
6565khendo raises to $6.90
NatePring has 15 seconds left to act
NatePring calls $4.80
*** TURN *** [As 6d 2s] [Qc]
NatePring checks
6565khendo bets $9.70
NatePring raises to $12.25, and is all in
6565khendo calls $2.55
NatePring shows [Qd Ad]
6565khendo shows [Qh Qs]
*** RIVER *** [As 6d 2s Qc] [3h]
NatePring shows two pair, Aces and Queens
6565khendo shows three of a kind, Queens
6565khendo wins the pot ($40.75) with three of a kind, Queens
NatePring is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $41.75 | Rake $1
Board: [As 6d 2s Qc 3h]
Seat 2: NICOLAI12 is sitting out
Seat 3: 6565khendo showed [Qh Qs] and won ($40.75) with three of a kind, Queens
Seat 4: checho01 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: NatePring (small blind) showed [Qd Ad] and lost with two pair, Aces and Queens
Seat 6: a5chavez (big blind) folded before the Flop

Last Update: February 2, 2008, 11:19AM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for WhatsNew

December 2, 2007, 4AM:
Poker Stars and Full Tilt Hand History Uploading

Finally Rob sat on the couch and finished up hand history uploading for both Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars!
For now not much information is given to you, but remember this, the more hands that are saved the more information will be available to all of us later.
Hand Histories are also nice to backup and verify your online performance as well as to replay hands that were problematic and get opinions.
Uploading hand histories for these sites are the same as Party Poker is, Hand History Uploading Guide
*with Full Tilt Poker you must click the "Save My Hand Histories" box for them to be saved to your machine, the box is located in the "Main Menu" under "Options" and the last option titled "Hand History..." once open you can click the "Save My Hand Histories" box.
*for Poker Stars to save hand histories to your machine, log into the "Main Menu", click the "Options" tab, then close to the bottom the "Instant Hand History Options..."
There you can click the "Save My Hand History" box.
On both sites once in the Hand History menu you can choose where to save the Hand History files on your computer and also to set the length of time in which to save hand histories.

Last Update: December 2, 2007, 5:08AM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for DeiYuo

February 2, 2008, 7AM: Played 2 hours, 6 minutes, Lost $835.00 at Ceasar's - Las Vegas
$5 Pot-Limit Omaha

This was your ideal PLO game.  The players were very timid and "thought" they new how to play the game.  They were not aggressive(unless they had the mortal nuts AND a re-draw) and did not play back.  Which meant I could choose to limp pre with never a fear of the pot being raised or choose to raise pre and NEVER have one re-raise play back, EVEN WITH AAxx, which is standard and typical play!
What went wrong? I got, "unlucky".  I trapped the same player 3 times for his whole stack and each time he got there, each pot was from $700-$1200.  I win just one of those three pots and I'm even for the session if not ahead a bit.
His weakness was betting UTG/Early in a Raised pot with a 3 card straight draw and no pair or set.  If there was no raise pre everyone didn't give action.  So I would make a small raise pre and force players to put in chips.  Once they did they had a very very hard time letting go of draws, even if it was heads up and they were only drawing to a J high flush with nothing else working.
The first of the big pots was quite the stinger as I trapped two players for $300 +ish each.  Both had flush draws and neither had anything else other than runner runner BS.  What stung so much about this had was the fact that once all the chips went in on the flop ( I had middle set) we rolled our hands over.. one guy had 3 clubs in his hand, the other 2, the board had 2 and this girl said, "Shit, I folded 4 clubs" meaning there were ONLY 2 clubs left in the deck!!! It found it's way out though :(
The other two large pots was against the same player with his 68Tx with flop of 279 and me having 99TJ, I isolate him heads up, we jam the money in and somehow a 5 falls.
The last one was with him again and his three card wrap.. but I wisen up though.  I let him bet out pot, I just flat call and decide to wait, we get another caller behind us and when the deuce brick falls on the turn I drop the hammer down after he checks to me.  The caller mucks and the 3 card wrap boy calls off his $400 stack with only one card to come.  I figure playing this way I give him a chance to fold and I only have to fade one card rather than two. At this point though he still is about 40% hit rate.. it didn't matter though, he was running 100%.
I decide to cut my loss and get up.  At this point the losing isn't even bothering me, it is becoming habitiual.  He did say something to me as I left that made me proud of my behavior despite the fact I am losing my ass this trip, something like,
"You played pefectly but I kept getting lucky on you and you never got upset, it was nice to play with you".
Im sure that is easy to say when you have about 2K in front of you ;) but really though, tilt and angry upset pissed the hell off emotions used to (and still does from time to time) steam and vent from me when something like this would happen.  It has always been something I was never proud of and would always look back and want to change, I hope my mentality stays this calmer way.

Last Update: February 2, 2008, 8:19AM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for bboy594

January 27, 2008, 11PM: Played 6 hours, Lost $1,000.00 at Napa Valley Casino
$3 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

This pot was the biggest pot I've lost at this location.
I limp with QQ utg and the button (Nick) raises to $45, the sb calls (Jesse), and I call.
The flop comes Q24 with 2 hearts. Jesse checks, I check, Nick bets out $85, Jesse calls, I reraise to $300.
This is where it doesn't make any sense. Nick folds and Jesse puts me allin. He has about $5100+ in front and I have over $1800 total. Of course I INSTACALL!!!
turn was a 7, river was a 5 of HEARTS!!!, Jesse turns over 78 of hearts. I love the action but always hate the results.

Last Update: January 27, 2008, 11:38PM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for scorpioeyez

January 30, 2008, 6PM: at Absolute Poker
No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (420th out of 7170 Players)

Tournament started pretty badly but I managed to slow play through the first hour without taking too much damage and winning a couple of pots to keep myself competitive. After taking down a couple of big pots I was able to start playing a big more aggressively staying near the middle in terms of rankings.
The table I was at really let me get away with murder though for a lot of the second hour. No one wanted to call any of my pre flop raises which led to my stack doubling within just a few minutes.
I lost the final hand because I was stupid though. I openly admit that I just plain screwed up and it cost me my stack.
Blinds were at 600/1200. In late position I called the big blind with As5s. Flop came down [9s 5c 2d]. Three players in the pot. Check to me, I checked, last player bet 4800. We both call. Turn is [8d], once again check to start so I figured that my fives with A kicker were probably good since no one had bet more than the big blind (ya see why I called myself stupid?). I tried to steal by betting $4800 of my $16465, got called all around and went all in when the river came [3s]. Called all around again and first player flips over pocket KK.
I had it coming, it was a monumentally stupid play especially after I had seen her slow play AA just a couple of hands earlier.
Lesson learned I think.
Still, I placed in the top 500 out of over 7000. That's a decent showing for someone who is still trying his best to improve his game and earlier this week I placed 91th out of a field of over 7000. I admit that isn't really impressive since they're freeroll tourneys but it's a start.
Do have a question for anyone who is reading this... what are your opinions on rebuys? Do you use them? do you not use them? when do you use them or why don't you use them at all?

Last Update: January 30, 2008, 8:05PM | Permalink (2 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for scorpioeyez

January 9, 2008, 7PM:
Full Tilt Poker

So, after a few bad showings last week I stepped back from poker for a few days to think about my game. For a long time I played really loose at the tables (read: badly) then I started to tighten up and noticed some good returns. This strategy served me well in tournaments for awhile but I was finding that there were far too many nights where I just wouldn't get any good hole cards which would lead to me getting blinded out or playing too loose when I finally did get to play. Just gotta start finding that happy medium when I'm in tournaments I guess.
After a lot of research, I have finally decided that I am going to do some playing over at Full Tilt Poker. From what every single review I've read says, the competition there is a little tougher which I think will be a great way to improve my game. If I'm playing against good/tight players constantly plus playing my regular tournaments and S&G's plus watching pros play (always wanted to watch Mike Matusow play... don't particularly care for his style of play, but he's still slightly entertaining) I should see at least SOME improvement in my own play.

Last Update: January 9, 2008, 7:40PM | Permalink (2 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for EightFive

January 28, 2008, 6PM: Played 2 hours, 30 minutes, Made $1.06 at Full Tilt
$1 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (191st out of 2585 Players)

shoved from SB with K9 when it folded to me, i had 10x the BB even...i think i could have maybe looked for a better spot but with the big antes he only needs to fold 75% of the time for this to be profitable and given his stack not being much more than mine and being a fairly tight player, i think that he would fold at least 75% of the time there.  instead, this time he woke up with KK and i lose
the only thing that makes me think i could have waited was that i was in 5th of 9 at the table so i could have come over the top of smaller stacks and maybe been more successful but i think the play is +EV i am going to post on the forums and see what they have to say
edit: the forums overwhelmingly said that this was an obvious shove, so i guess that makes me feel a little better.  it's just been so long since i have had a good score i am starting to question my own play.  i've looked through hand histories and don't find any glaring mistakes but maybe just gamble a little more to get bigger stacks so that i am not looking for a good spot with 8-12x the BB for such a high percentage of the tournament.

Last Update: January 29, 2008, 4:18AM | Permalink (2 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for DeiYuo

January 28, 2008, 8AM: Played 3 hours, 12 minutes, Lost $536.00 at California Grand
$6/12 Texas Hold'em

Wow, they really tested my patience tonight!
They just would not fold and drew to eveything.  Nothing was a safe card, value betting the river was only if you had the mortals..  they loved to call down like donks and check raise the river with two etc.
Picked up when the action stopped, no way I would get back my money and didn't want to drive myself mad fighting over small pots.

Last Update: January 28, 2008, 8:32AM | Permalink (1 Comment)

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