Archive for March, 2007

31
Mar
07

Week 4 Recap

Well, overall, yesterday turned out poorly. Perhaps I should just not play on Fridays. :) After the "great" start in the morning, I managed to earn about $300 of the $800 I lost back. But that still left me $500ish down. I did almost cash in the $12 buy-in online tourney, but was ousted when my AQ lost to KJ with a K on the river. (I even flopped a nut flush draw.)

So for the week, I played a lot more online at 27 hours, and played live only twice for 16.75 hours. My total profit was $157.36, which frankly sucks. My first month of sabbatical is over and I’m not quite where I would have liked to have been with the bankroll which now stands at $14479.28. My hourly rate is now $10.60 and daily rate is $68.25. I’ve played a total of 186.75 hours of poker so far! :)

On the bright side, Angie and I went hiking / mountaining today. We climbed some pretty steep rocky slopes and made it to the top of one of the mountains that is close to our house. I’ve posted pics of the event. Angie got quite scared at one point – although she doesn’t ski for fear she’ll fall off of the mountain. I keep telling her she won’t but I don’t think it helps. :)  We eventually made it to the top and the view was awesome. We’ll definitely go up and go higher next time. It was a lot of fun.

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30
Mar
07

Great Start

Well, it’s been a shitty morning already. I got KK and ran into AA. The very next hand I get KK again. Someone raises to $18 (on 2/4) in front of me and I push all-in. He almost folds, but calls with AJo. Of course the A hit the flop and I lost that one. I want that call every time, but at some point, my high pocket pairs have to hold up. It’s getting ridiculous online. If I have the higher pair, someone has a set. If I have the lower pair, I don’t get my set. And the one time I thought I was going to suck out with JJ vs. AA. I hit the J on the turn only to have him hit the A on the river. Can you say BS? So after holding the online bankroll at over $6k for a few days, it’s likely to drop significantly today. Ugh.

30
Mar
07

The Cayman Islands

Ah yes, this morning per Chris’s suggestion I pretended I was in the Cayman Islands and played online poker all day. :) Early on in the day I lost my stack once and lost most of my stack another time. When I quit in the morning I was ahead by $180. When I quit in the afternoon I was ahead by $364. However, when I quit for the day I was down $15. It was all due to one sick hand. I had 76s hearts. I had limped in and someone raised to $6. There were 6 callers. The flop was perfect A76. Someone bet $11. I raised to $22 (although it was meant to be $33 but the software didn’t take my input for some reason). The player behind me raised to $44. I called. The turn was a 6. Awesome card. I push the last $100+ of my stack in and he calls. He shows 77 and I’m drawing to one 6 for quads. It doesn’t come and my daily profit goes bye bye.

Speaking of quads, something is definitely up. In the past day and a half, I’ve flopped quads 4 times, and had them another 3. That’s pretty unusual. I’ve flopped quad Aces, 8’s, 2’s, and 9’s. I folded in one hand where I would have made runner runner quad 9’s, so it’s really 8 times. That’s insane for less then 36 hours. And as I think I mentioned in a previous post, I flopped quads in back to back hands at the casino – 8’s and then 2’s (or vice versa).

As for playing online when we’re in Vegas – it’s still nice to have a mix of online and live. I can see a lot more hands online, and can play for an hour, then quit, as opposed to driving 20 minutes to the Bellagio, and then playing for a longer session. This weekend I’m sure I’ll play at the Bellagio, but may play online again today, and then it’s basketball day tomorrow! Guinness and wings baby!

29
Mar
07

What can I beat?

Yesterday I only played online. I played 1/2 and 2/4 for 6 hours in two different settings. I also played a $50 buy-in tourney which I busted when I flopped a set and someone else flopped the flush. The second tourney I played in was only a $12 buy-in. I finished in 88th out of 153 after losing a 3 way all in to a bad beat. I had TT and raised pre-flop, and the one guy with only 800 in chips left pushed. I had about 2200. I called and a third guy called. The flop was 778. He bet 200 and I pushed all in. He thought for a long time and called. He had A8s diamonds. There was one diamond on the board. The turn and river were both diamonds and I miss my chance to get to the final table with a big stack. Ugh.

The cash game play was good. I played a lot of 2/4 and was two tabling 2/4. Today was the first day (I think) that I actually lost at the 2/4. Most of my losses were on my first hand when I called a raise with AQ. The board came AJT. The original raiser bet and I called him down to the river. He showed AJ. In hindsight, I could have escaped on the turn. What can I beat here? AK, AJ, AT, JT are all ahead of me (as are AA, JJ, TT but I didn’t put him on that). I tie with AQ, so it’s not really worth calling $200 total to the river. If a Q hits, it might not be good, so I’m really drawing to a K here. I should have folded. Next time I will. I’ve really been focusing on getting out of marginal hands and getting it in when I have a bigger edge. This seems to be helping my early losses in sessions which is good.

I did finally suckout on someone else instead of always being the victim. He had been calling raises with anything even after the flop. The flop would be Q83, and he’d call with A4 (no draws other than runner runner). I’d been waiting for a hand to take his whole stack. I raised with JJ and the flop came 882. I bet and he called. I bet the turn and he min-raised me. Well, now there are 3 clubs on the board, and I have the Jc. I call and the river is the final club. I’m pretty sure he has an 8, and he pushes his last $53 in. I call and take it down. He showed 85s diamonds. He called a pretty big raise with a marginal hand looking to snap me and he almost did.

At one point yesterday the online bankroll hit its highest point at $6194. I hope to push the total up significantly today and set a new high. I ended the day down $73 from yesterday’s total of $6100. I may just play online again today as I didn’t sleep very well and may need to take a nap. :)

28
Mar
07

The Rat Race

Angie came home yesterday. Apparently our house felt REALLY big and everything felt very fast paced in Redmond and at work. It definitely pays to make sure you take a time out and slow down to enjoy it. Life here definitely has very little stress even though everything isn’t ideal. The biggest stress I’ve had was a stupid vent that bangs when the wind blows. I know this sounds funny, but all night long for the past two days – BANG BANG BANG about every 5 seconds. I finally hunted it down and jammed a stick in it. It doesn’t move anymore. :)

I only played online yesterday for about 2 hours and was up over $400. I played one 1/2 and one 2/4. I’m still liking the 2/4 game more and more. It makes me think more about my plays and for some reason it seems like it’s easier to make money. I definitely haven’t felt like there have been as many suckouts as the 1/2 tables – probably because people are playing better. I’ve found I usually play better against players that are thinking about more than just their cards.

A couple of other minor points – my spreadsheet macro didn’t include the live play on 3/25/07, so I’ve edited the stock price for that day to be slightly higher (and correct). I’ve also added the other pictures of Angie and her poker pros from our trip in December in case you haven’t seen them, so check those out.

My parents were supposed to come this weekend, but they are sick so they are coming later in April now. I’ve got a couple takers on the poker game and party in Vegas – please let me know if you’re interested in coming.

27
Mar
07

Strange Weather

So I went for a run this morning (ok, it was really afternoon). When I started running, it felt like it was going to rain. A few drops fell and then it started to snow! Little tiny balls of snow were falling. By the end of my run, it had rained again, and the sun is now out. Definitely interesting since it’s above 50 degrees here.

I’m off to play online and then pick Angie up at the airport! I’m excited to see her!

27
Mar
07

The Missing $2000

I went to bed disheartened last night as I am missing $2000. I don’t understand how it happened as I’ve been very careful with my money. I came home and counted everything and it just wasn’t there. I was still up yesterday from playing online in the morning which amounted to a $3 profit, and then I went to the Bellagio and made $100, and then came home and made a few more hundred playing two tables of 2/4 online.

In the morning session, I flopped a set of 9’s with a board of T98. Someone bet, someone raised, another caller and I pushed all-in. The first bettor called with 67. The raiser thought for a long time and finally called with JT. Ok, so 67 has me beat but I’ve got outs. The turn was the 8. Bingo – pot’s mine. The river was a T, and JT takes down the pot. Are you serious? A 2 outer? Ugh. That’s a $600 pot that should have pushed our stock price higher. This is what caused my morning session to only be up by $3 – which at least means I won enough to break even, so that’s good.

I worked out and headed to the Bellagio. Paul is gone so I wasn’t sure who I’d talk with today. I saw a guy I met when I was here in December. He’s Swedish (or something close to that), and his friend went far in the WPT tournament that was running last December. Cool to see him again. He plays a lot of online sit-n-gos (SNG). An SNG is a tournament (most of them are single table) that starts as soon as 10 people have registered. The top 3 usually earn money. They are fun and take about an hour or so. Anyway, I sat down immediately and was told by the floor person that this was a good table. There was a decent amount of money on the table and a few people that proved to be donkeys very quickly. I got AA and the flop came King high with 2 diamonds. I bet and was called. I moved in on the turn when an Ace came, and he called with 2 diamonds. The river was a K, and I busted the first donkey. He was on his third or fourth rebuy since I had been at the table and left shortly thereafter. He lost all of his money on flush draws. This is a good lesson – if you’re going to put your money in with a draw, get it in before your draw hits, otherwise you’re not going to get paid off. He would call a huge bet on the turn when he didn’t have odds.

I was playing well and was pretty sure I was the best player at this table by a mile. A huge hand went down to bust the other big donkey. A set outlasted two callers with a straight and flush draw to take down a pot worth over two grand. Nice hit. I started with $400 and had over $1100 in front of me. I found AA and raised to $25. I got a few callers. The flop came J23 all diamonds. I had the Ad and I bet $65. One of the callers raised to $165. I pushed all-in. He thought for a second and called. He showed 23s hearts for two pair. Ok, so pre-flop I was almost an 82% favorite. After the flop when I got all my money in, I was actually still over a 51% favorite. I have a ton of outs here. The turn was a 6c, and the river was a 9h, and poof, about $1400 that should be in my stack is now in his. Ugh. After this hand I was still up $100, and left when the blinds got back to me.

Just in case you haven’t caught on – $600 from a 2 outer, and $1400 from an underdog hand equals the missing $2000. (I didn’t really lose any money. :) ) I really would have liked to push the stock up by over a dozen points – that would have been awesome. Instead, I’ll have to settle for 3 points.

On a separate note – while I was playing I was watching a heads up match on the $2k buy-in NL table. Dankness (his screen name) sounded familiar. I asked if he knew Paul and he said yep. So we chatted and he said he’d email me before he comes to Vegas. He’s coming to play $25/50 NL and I’m thinking I might be able to sweat him for an hour or so. He’s played golf with Paul Wasicka, so this might be another possible in to find a great poker mentor. He pretty much cleans up every day online – he was at $6k which means he’s up at least $4k on that table alone.




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