Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

February 23, 2007

Apparently, We've Been Doing It Wrong

How To Win At Poker

February 20, 2007

Showboat Casino: A Lesson In Aggression?

This past Sunday, I made a day trip to Atlantic City with my wife and some friends so that those of us who wanted to could play in the $53+$12 tournament they run on a weekly basis. We got there early with plenty of time to register, and it was a good thing too. They were a little understaffed, and the line quickly began to form out the door of the entirely too small poker room.

The tournament ended up with 86 entries, and we got underway at 11am. I did very well in the first hour, tripling up from my initial 10,000 to almost 30,000 even. I had a great time at my first table. The guy to my left looked like Chris Ferguson with shorter hair and a ball cap to replace the cowboy hat, and we had a good time chatting it up between hands. The far end of the table was pretty loose, and most of them ended up busting before the table broke sometime in the second hour.

Being moved from that table would be my undoing. I was in the tournament for over 4 hours, most of it spent at the table I was moved to. I was dealt three, count them, THREE playable hands the entire time I was there. And I'm being very loose when I say playable. I was dealt KK, KQo, and 67s. That was it for the entire time I was there. The rest were of the same ilk as 94o (which I was dealt at least five times), J2o, etc.

This is where I would like some advice from you tournament players. What do you do when you are dealt literally nothing for hours on end, and the rest of the table is always raising in front of you? There was literally almost no chance for me to steal, unless I were to pop a reraise in with 94o, which I'm really not keen on doing, especially since the table had a penchant for calling to the river. How do you handle this? Am I just doomed to not make the money in this tournament? How can you represent a strong hand to a person who more than likely is not going to fold or will actually have a good hand and knock you out?

I ended up finishing the tournament in 15th place. The hand I went out on was just painful. I was forced to push all in with 45 diamonds, and the big blind wakes up with pocket tens. The flop comes JJ7 with two diamonds. The turn is the 3 of diamonds, and I think I'm golden. River: 10d. IGHN.

If anything, I know I definitely played a lot better than I did at Foxwoods last summer. I made a lot of stupid mistakes then, which I easily avoided in this tournament. I'm definitely looking forward to the next time I get to play live. I was supposed to play at the Borgata on Sunday, but they raised their tourney buy-in for the holiday weekend, so we had to find somewhere else to play. I remembered that Jordan had played at the showboat before, so we tried it out. The poker room is small, but the service was great, and most of the players were pretty awful. If I hadn't been so excruciatingly card dead, I'm sure that I would have made it to the final table and the money. We'll just have to wait and see what happens next time.

February 14, 2007

Another iPod?

I won my first iPod online by finishing deep in Pokerstars' first blogger freeroll. I could always use an iPod Video, though...

I’m registered in the free BloggerPods poker tournament.
Poker Mac

Come out and play!

February 12, 2007

So Freaking Close...

I busted on the final table bubble when I ran TT into QQ. Ugh.

February 10, 2007

I Could Practically Taste It

I went deep in the Full Tilt $15k guaranteed tourney last night. I started out jumping into the top ten early on in the tournament when I got paid off for a couple of big hands that I hit in limped pots while I was in the blinds. I stayed in the top until I was dealt AA in the mid-game. I raised it up, but I totally botched the math. Apparently I missed a blind increase between the previous hand and this hand, so my raise only ended up being about 2x the BB instead of 3.5x. Oops. I ended up getting my aces cracked by 88, and I dropped into the bottom ten percent of the players.

However, I was not done. I was patient, and I managed to double up several times to get back into the top fifteen players as we headed into the money. I was definitely on my game and playing excellent poker, stealing when I thought the opportunity permitted so that I could keep ahead of the ever increasing blinds. I had a very laggy image built up when I was dealt KK in middle position. I raised it up, and I get called by only the BB. The flop is ten high. I overbet the pot to make it look like I'm stealing again, and BB comes over the top. I call, and BB flips...

Jack high. With a gutshot straight draw.

I don't need to tell you what hit the turn, but I was floored. I couldn't believe it. I mean, this guy did exactly what I wanted him to, and then goes on to hit a freaking four outer. If I win this hand, I am hitting the final two tables easily and most likely the final table as well. But, IGHN in 55th place. At least I managed to double my buy-in. I'm going to try and win some more tokens so I can play in that tournament again later this week.

Also, next weekend I'm taking a day trip to Atlantic City with a friend of mine. We're going to play in the $60 plus add on Sunday at the Borgata. Depending on how I'm feeling/how I do in the tournament, I may also play some $1/$2NL. We'll see how it goes.

Hope the rest of you are doing well. I'm hoping to play in the Mookie next week (I totally spaced out and missed the Hammer tournament this week). See you on the felt.

February 02, 2007

What To Play?

I won myself a Tier 1 Token last night on Full Tilt, and I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions on what tournament to play? I noticed that there are a lot of $24+$2 guaranteed tournaments, but they seem to have a huge range in prize pools. One was $2000, and I think the highest is $25k. Does the skill of the competition vary at all between these levels or is it all pretty much the same? Is any particular tournament especially soft?