Archive for April, 2007

30
Apr
07

The 10/20 Attempt

For some reason yesterday, there weren’t many 2/4 or 5/10 tables running online. I really wanted to play so was on every 2/4 table until all but one broke. Then I was on the 5/10 (only to hit a huge hand but lose it all back when I had the nut flush and someone else hit a full house with my flush card), and it broke too. Now I could either play 1/2 or 10/20. So I sat down at the 10/20 table with about $1500. I was already down about $1000 for the day, so figured I’d just focus on this table and nothing else. I made a couple of hands, went up and down, and finally took down a big pot that left me with over $2000. About 3 hands later, this table broke too. So I did alright for my first time (technically my first time on this trip as I played 10/20 online before the law was passed). But after this table broke, it sucked as I didn’t have anything to play but still wanted too.

Other than that, Angie and I went to have dinner at the wings place. We ended playing their touch screen video games on the end of the counter – and about 6 hours later (!!!) finally left and went home. We had no idea we’d been there that long, but we sure had fun.

It’s definitely hot here. I was out in the sun this morning and felt light headed after about 15 minutes. Of course that might just be because I’m tired too or because I was picking up dog poop. :)

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29
Apr
07

Green Valley Ranch

Ok, it’s getting hot here. Angie and I had talked about going hiking at Red Rocks, but the forecast said it would be 74 degrees at 6am, and 91 degrees by noon climbing to 95 at 5pm. So we decided against that for this weekend. Instead we worked out and then went to Green Valley Ranch (GVR). It’s east of the strip so it took longer to get to. This is the casino that used to have a TV show based on its opening and a few of the people that work there. I played poker for about a little over an hour and was up $100, but ended down $100. Nothing to much to talk about except the guy to my left thought he was Joe Cool with his sunglasses and pretty much acted like he owned the table. I figured him to be a small time pro, but he couldn’t even lay down AK to a guaranteed set. (He’d already shown the other guy his K with K45 on the board – then the guy gave a big speech and just called.) He lost $200 on the turn and $200 on the river even though he said out loud "You have a set.")

We visited the GVR arcade as well, but it doesn’t compare to the fun we have at Red Rock Casino. Then at 9:51pm we raced across the street to Whole Foods (it closes at 10pm) to get a small flourless chocolate cake. Angie bought one the week before and it was awesome. We watched Rounders, had some cake, and then I played online. Nothing special there either except having KK beat by AK with TJ on the flop and a Q on the turn. Ugh. I dropped about $1000 online and then decided it wasn’t going to be my night and went to bed.

28
Apr
07

Week 8 Recap

Wow. Week 8. How did this happen? I’m two-thirds done with my sabbatical. It definitely feels as if it’s been a long time away from work and home – so long that I’ve started to realize that all the stuff we have in our house isn’t actually all that necessary (don’t even think it – the poker table is absolutely necessary :) ). This week was the best week yet, and April is turning out to be a great month even with the big losing day I had last week.

I played 5.75 hours live and 23.75 hours online (oddly enough exactly the same number of online hours as last week). The total profit for the week was $3825.63. My overall hourly rate is $23.99, and my daily rates $135.72. However, my hourly rate for this week was $129.68 – that’s pretty sweet. The stock price is just under $140 at $139.521 which is its high point for the trip. The online bankroll is at $9300.15 which is the also a new high point. I’m about $150 short of the high point of the live play high point.

I feel as if I’m constantly learning and evaluating my play. I’ve finished reading another two books that I brought, and am on to two new ones. The one thing I’m the most unhappy about is online hand history. Bodog doesn’t offer this. I bought a program before I left that was supposed to work with Bodog. It works, but it causes the poker client to crash as well. So basically I don’t have a record of my hands which sucks as I had planned on reviewing them each week to improve my play. I’m looking into switching to Full Tilt Poker’s site as they have this. It would also be good to have money on more than one site so if they games aren’t running, I can still play in multiple tables. With the law change, I’ll want to four-table (or more) when I get home and have my big monitor. The other thing that sucks is that I can’t calculate my BB/hour rate. This is usually the rate by which pros expect to earn over time. For a really rough calculation, if I assumed that March was all 1/2 table, my BB/hour was 9.6. If I assume April was all 2/4 tables online, then my BB/hour is 8.05. My live play BB/hour (I just assumed all 2/5 tables) is 2.8. I really don’t have enough hours live to calculate a true BB/hour, so that’s why it’s so much lower – the variance hasn’t worked itself out (or I suck at live play :) ). I’m happy with these numbers, but wish I had hands tracked as sometimes I’m playing multiple tables which means these BB/hour are true, but not per table.

In case you haven’t heard Carlos Mortensen won the WPT Championship, making him the first player to ever win both the WPT and WSOP main events. Very cool for him and a cool four million bucks to go with it.

28
Apr
07

The $20k Goal

I wasn’t feeling a lot like playing poker yesterday but wanted to push the bankroll past $20k overall. I played two sessions. During the first one I got hammered at a 1/2 table (I gotta stop playing these stakes cause it’s not enough money and I get careless), and then got hammered at a super aggressive 5/10 table. Not to be done in, I ran my $400 buy-in on a 2/4 table to over $1200 to break even for the session. Later in the night I quit my tables and was less than $7 from my goal. So I played really low limit ($10 buy-in and $25 buy-in) to quickly make $7. I lost my buy-ins at both tables (one on a bad suckout). I then went back to the 1/2 tables. I posted in late position and was dealt Q2. I checked, and the BB raised to $4. All 5 of us called and the flop was Q5Q. I bet $20 and got two callers. I bet $80 on the turn and got one caller. I pushed on the river and he folded. I had made $133 on the first hand. I played a few rounds and logged off with $100 over my goal. Sweet. The overall bankroll now sits at over $20000.

As for yesterday’s post on the law changing in Washington – if you are interested (as Art mentioned) in playing online, let me know and I’ll refer you. You’ll get some free money, I’ll get some free money, and I can help you get it all set up. Just let me know. (Or if you’re changing what site you’re playing on – I can help with that too.)

Angie and I went to the arcade again. The kid that works there knows us and gives us "extras". I think he gave us about $35 in tokens for $15 yesterday. He’s fun cause he knows we’re regulars. Angie hit a jackpot on her favorite ticket dispensing game and about went crazy yelling. It was 161 tickets. They had a new game that we played a lot and we ended up with 1676 tickets (or something like that). We decided to save a lot of them and build up for a bigger prize.

Then we went to dinner at BJ’s Brewpub. I’m not sure about you but I’d have picked a different name. However, it turns out that they have awesome deep dish pizza – so awesome that mine was free because it took them forever to bring it out. The manager came and talked with us, brought us an appetizer and took them both off the bill. That was very nice.

27
Apr
07

Washington State Wakes Up

Last June 7th, my world changed in a very crude way. Online poker became a Class C felony in Washington State. This seemed absurd as it’s the same penalty as possessing child pornography (not to mention the illegal sale of milk :) – likely another misguided law). Before I left I heard about a bill that was introduced that would allow a defense for any charges as long as the online gambling took place in your primary residence. As it turns out, this bill passed into law!!! WOO HOO! It is again legal (you should of course consult your own attorney as I am not one) to play poker in your home online in Washington. One of the articles is below.

http://www.pocketfives.com/3A53658E-F3D8-43C8-A0F8-310A1BE78AA0.aspx

You can also look on the government site to see the bill:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1243&year=2007#history

This is great news! Now maybe I won’t have to move out of state. :)

27
Apr
07

For the Women…

Ok, so it appears that only women are still reading the blog (or only they know how to post comments :) ). Props to Angie and Christina for still reading about my boring life. :)  (I’m pretty sure my Mom and Angie’s Mom are reading too, but they aren’t so fond of posting comments. :) )

Today is the final event of the WPT Championship. Think about it. There are six people left. Three of them will become instant millionaires and one will win almost four million bucks. It must be incredible to be coming to play today. I’d be shooting for third or higher. Going out in sixth will suck as the pay is considerably less.

I played online yesterday with my goal of making the online bankroll cross the $9k mark. I played 3 sessions, each a little more than an hour long. I was playing well, even though I got stacked three times when I flopped top two pair. I had QJ on a flop of QJ2. He had 22. Then I had KQ on a flop of KQ2 and he had 22. Then I had KQ on a flop of KQ8 and he had 88. Even losing my stack 3 times (on 1/2 and 2/4 tables as there weren’t many 5/10 tables running), I still managed to have a great day and won over $900. I made my goal as the online bankroll is now $9100+.

In one hand I had JJ. I raised preflop on the 2/4 table to $14. The flop was 753. I bet $25 and was called. The turn was a 7. Ugh. I bet $25 and was called. The river was a Jack. Perfect! I pushed all-in hoping he had a 7 or another full house. He thought for a while and called showing 33 for a lower full house.

Another fun hand was when I had A9s hearts. The flop was 753 (again) but this time all hearts. I had flopped the 2nd nuts. The first person bet the pot, the second person min-raised and I pushed all-in. First guy folded, and second guy called with 46s diamonds. (I’m so glad they weren’t hearts – I can only lose with the second nuts to a straight flush once on this trip without going crazy. :) )

I’m sure I’ll make it to the Bellagio sometime this weekend, but may hit up the arcade tonight with Angie at Red Rock so we can win some more tickets. :)

MSFT stock is up. Brian stock is up. It’s Friday. It’s sunny and warm (sorry – that one’s just for those of you not in Redmond). What more could you want? :) Have a great weekend and post a reply if you are still reading.

26
Apr
07

Blackjack Winner!

Yesterday I played twice online – once in the late afternoon where I was down over a thousand but quit when I was down a mere $18. Then I played again last night and made over $400. During that we went to the MGM Casino to meet Angie’s old manager for dinner. We arrived a bit early so I sat for 20 minutes and played blackjack. I started with $100 and left with $200 – perfect – that should pay for dinner. :) We were meeting them at someone else’s suite. A conference had just let out and the place was packed – there was a 20 minute wait to use the elevators. The stairs were locked but security finally opened them and we walked up to the tenth floor. The whole thing seemed ridiculous – if there was a big fire or anything, a lot of people are going to get hurt. You’d think they’d put in a few more elevators when they have such large conferences.

We ate at Wolfgang – dinner was ok – I had mussels. I had a great Chocolate Souffle for dessert though! We chatted and then went back to show her friend how to play Blackjack as I don’t think she’d ever really gambled (and I owed her a little for dinner and needed to break my $100 bill). So I figured I’d either win the $25 I owed her or lose $75 and give her $25. I managed to win $25, go up and down a bit more and then we left.

After that we came home and I played online for a little over 2 hours. Pocket deuces were my enemy as I flopped top two pair twice – once with QJ and once with KQ. The other card was a deuce both times and someone had a set of deuces. I lost my stack both times. I also lost a big chunk when my JJ lost to a set of fours with no overcards on the board. Someday I’m gonna be able to fold that. :)

I finally flopped a set of tens with AT9 (2 spades) on the flop. I bet, was called and then raised. I pushed all-in to get rid of the flush draw. The first caller called and the second folded. He turned up A9. The turn was a 9, and the river blanked giving me a better full house. That was a $1300 pot on a 2/4 table (which is unusually high). I didn’t have too many other big pots except my T8 with a flop of T82 (again 2 spades). Someone bet $16 (the pot), one caller, and I raised to $48. They both called. The turn was the 6s making a lot of the draws that were out there. He pushed for another $88. I typed in the window "You called with a flush draw? Wow." I then called his all-in and he showed AT (which is what I thought he had), with the Ace of spades (which I didn’t think he had). The river was a blank and I took down his pot to which I typed "lol guess not" in the window, but he had already left the table.

I was playing two tables towards the end of the night and reading Barry Greenstein’s book "Ace on the River". I think he could have used a better writer or editor but so far the book is entertaining. He wrote it for a section in Doyle’s second book but he wrote over 100 pages when Doyle needed 20. So he just made his own book. The book is different from most in that it covers more of the "life" of a poker player – skills and traits they need – definitely an interesting read so far. The next section focuses on advanced play so we’ll see what he has to say and if it’s anything new.

The WPT championship is down to 27 players and there are a bunch of well known pros left in the hunt. Check out cardplayer.com for details.

Oh yeah, and is anyone still reading this blog? (No one posted any comments on the hand I published.) Let me know if you’re all still out there!




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