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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. 
EDIT: After playing another main event and several more tournaments I amend my opinion from earlier.  I believe an all-in right there is the correct play.  I would prefer to pick up the blinds and antes right there, not get called and play a pot.  The worst case scenario just happened to come about, and I was up against a big pocket pair.  Even that being the case I'd rather take the chance that the 3 players left to act DON'T have a big pair, and if they do draw towards my ace or flush.  I now agree with my all-in play.(4/29/08)

Last Update: April 29, 2008, 1:47PM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for jaspinal

April 13, 2008, 8PM: Played 2 hours, Made $4.50 at Full Tilt Poker
$5.50 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (4th out of 15 Players)

Won a little from the bounty.  Helped he wasn't there so I just played the pots where it was likely that he was all in on the blind.  The first table was really easy as almost no one was there except for fluffi or they were really tight so I was just able to steal most of the time.  Some big hands that I had...flopped full house against fluffi with JJ on JKK flop but was only able to get a small turn bet by him out of it. Other big hands included QQ when yobresal goes all in for ~170, grlgs calls, I raise to ~600ish I think, Deiyou calls then grlgs calls again.  Flop is AKT and I have to fold.  Other big hand had KK all in pre against yobresal's 55 and he sucked out with a flush on the turn.  Hand I went out in I had A7 with a ~8x BB? BB minraises to 800, yobresal folds, grlgs calls and I decided to push.  I figured fluffi (BB) wasn't going to call because he was folding to my all-ins and was raising with some pretty weak hands but was worried about grlgs because he hadn't done anything like that and had also limped into my BB with Ace High according to him then folded so I thought he might call.  He did with snowmen and the flop came A78 so I could have won with an A but didn't fill up.  At least I beat nutschamp and thegoodlife was too scared to play.

Last Update: April 13, 2008, 8:58PM | Permalink (5 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for EightFive

April 28, 2008, 6PM:
WSOP Fantasy League Update

RyanMo6707 and I have drafted our teams.  Overall I like my team.  Ryan probably has a little more well-rounded team when it comes to different games, but a few of them don't play a very full schedule of tournaments.
My Team--------------------RyanMo6707's Team
Daniel Negreanu------------Phil Ivey
Phil Hellmuth--------------Allen Cunningham
Chris Ferguson-------------Erik Seidel
JC Tran--------------------Johnny Chan
Barry Greenstein-----------Gus Hansen
Michael Binger-------------Scott Fischman
Mike Matusow---------------Scotty Nguyen
Scott Clements-------------Howard Lederer
Erik Lindgren--------------Michael Mizrachi
Jonathan Little------------Huck Seed
I think my team has an edge in NL Holdem, because a lot of the guys will play more events and play them better.  Also, if I was torn before a few guys, I went with the guy I would like to root for the most.  That will make the 6 week sweat (or however long it is these days) that much more fun to follow.  Just over a month and I will hopefully have a points lead to post!

Last Update: April 28, 2008, 6:53PM | Permalink (2 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for TheWerm

April 27, 2008, 12PM: Played 12 minutes, Lost $25.00 at big daddys
$20 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (23rd out of 27 Players)

ahahahahah flush on river good all in guy.. on a draw......

Last Update: April 28, 2008, 9:26AM | Permalink (1 Comment)

From the Poker Blog for Dargan

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 (7 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for jfrostman

April 24, 2008, 7PM:
May 4th!

So poker people it appears that someone, I'm guessing Jesse, has set us up with a new tournament.  It's at Full Tilt.  Looks to be May 4th, a Sunday, at 11am Pacific time.  Get your asses signed up! Here's your chance at getting me back for that 65-35 hand rubytide ;)

Last Update: April 24, 2008, 7:21PM | Permalink (8 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for TheWerm

April 26, 2008, 12AM: Played 1 hour, 24 minutes, Made $146.40 at POKERSTARS
$11 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (4th out of 180 Players)

dammit i can't figure out how to upload my HH. I only lost like 3 hands total. Just had a great run. I got the e-mail of the hisory of the tourney then what..????
)<///> Big fish

Last Update: April 26, 2008, 12:17AM | Permalink (3 Comments)

From the Poker Blog for jfrostman

February 29, 2008, 2PM: Played 50 minutes, Lost $25.00 at Big Daddy's
$20 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (25th out of 36 Players)

I am officially a break even poker player.  I got lucky in one hand and then got unlucky to get knocked out.  What you gonna do? Mikey and his heaters lol.

Last Update: February 29, 2008, 2:11PM | Permalink (3 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 (6 Comments)

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)

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