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June 11, 2008, 8PM: Played 2 hours, 30 minutes, Lost $12.00 at Full Tilt Poker
$12 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (219th out of 1119 Players)
I like these but they start too late for me :(
Last Update: June 11, 2008, 8:26PM | Permalink (1 Comment)
July 20, 2008, 6PM:
WSOP Fantasy League Update
**Edit**I changed the date on this so that when the WSOP rolls around I don't have to go find this log.
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: May 11, 2008, 9:39PM | Permalink (27 Comments)
June 15, 2008, 7AM:
Just wondering if there is going to be another OPL tournament...
Last Update: June 15, 2008, 7:22AM | Permalink (1 Comment)
June 14, 2008, 8AM: Played 12 hours, Made $920.00 at Lucky Lil's - Butte
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em
This game was sick.. guy on my right bought in $1500.. said he would loose this an leave.. well, another $4000 and 12hrs later he leaves.
I had never played like such a rock in my life. I had Joe, an aggressive strong post player on my left and check raise all-in on the flop boy on my right.
So it was a perfect scenerio.. Joe would usually bet the flop.. feild would call, donk would move all in and I hadn't put in one chip yet.
Funny hand here.. feild calls pre.. donk makes it $50 to go.. I put him all in for another $120 or so.. folds around to him and he thinks about it. Since I was hammering him all night I show him my KK and will be happy earning the $70 in there. He then turns his hand up, the old 92 off and calls off another $120, I bust him and he buys another 1K. Unbelievable action this guy was.
*key notes.. Folded a ton of JQs, KJs, AJ, pair 2-8s pre which most would have lost. The game was not good to play these hands as most pots were over-raised pre and multi-way.
Last Update: June 14, 2008, 8:39AM | Permalink (2 Comments)
June 10, 2008, 9PM: Played 3 hours, Made $9.55 at Full Tilt Poker
$12 Buy-In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament (80th out of 1026 Players)
244 of 574 at 1st break. 61 of 238 at 2nd break. Get down to ~9x BB with blinds 600/1200. LP pushes for about half my stack and I call with QK in the SB. He shows 64s and hits a pair on flop, straight on turn, and better straight on river. Next hand I have 22 on the button. One before cut-off goes all-in for ~12k and I call my remaining stack of ~7k. He has A6o and boards pairs twice so my three pair loses. Sucks how everything can be looking so good with a potential deep run in each then I don't even make back what I put in to both tournaments.
Last Update: June 11, 2008, 3:25PM | Permalink (1 Comment)
June 8, 2008, 6PM: Played 9 hours, Lost $570.00 at Casino San Pablo
$6/12 Texas Hold'em
Less then 3 racks lost for a 3/6 chip game..
Bad but not terrible, frustrating as all hell.
Had every player pegged. Was cold as ice.. fold fold fold fold.. then pick up a hand, get it crushed, back to fold fold fold, pick up a hand.. miss, fold fold fold.. this cycle never ended the whole session until I "fabricated a rush".
Was frustrated, the typical hand taking down pots was 82s or J3 off etc.. so on the button I limped with 79s.. the BB raised, 7 callers, I 3 bet, gets capped, flop a str8 draw and flush draw and I never missed a bet or raise.. turn brick and I still capped it.. nailed the river to scoop a big pot.. I proceeded to play the next 3 hands in a row like this, never backing off, until I finally lost the 4th hand.
This was very out of playing character for my table image but I didn't give a shit at this point. The 2nd and 3rd hands that won were 94 off, which made trips on a flop of QJ9 turn 9 river x and Q2s with flop of K39 two diamonds turn a diamond for flush.
After this BS rush I returned to being cold as ice.. in retrospect this *should have* been the time to get up and take my small loss of $200ish.
Frustrating that no matter what I did or how well you played nothing would work, but it happens.
Last Update: June 8, 2008, 6:41PM | Permalink (2 Comments)
May 30, 2008, 10PM:
Ok my fellow OPL'rs, i am heading to vegas in a couple of days for my WSOP, I have 2 events to play a 2k NLHE and I think I will play the ladies event for 1k, I am also going to play a couple of the deepstack tourneys at the venetian and cesears.
So wish me luck guys and hopefully my next posts will be six figures.......
Last Update: May 30, 2008, 10:16PM | Permalink (5 Comments)
May 29, 2008, 12PM:
Depositing money on to Cake Poker can be painful. They do not give players from the United States many options to deposit. My debit card was declined, so I had to deposit using my checking account though eWalletXpress. I thought it would be instant, but I had to wait for the vendor to make a withdrawal from my checking account before it appeared in my account and I could transfer it onto Cake Poker. I started this on Monday, and finally, 3 days later, my starting bankroll of $100 is on Cake.
Last Update: June 2, 2008, 4:20PM | Permalink (1 Comment)
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 (10 Comments)
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 (2 Comments)