Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

May 23, 2007

One Game Away From WSOP!

I never thought I would say this, but God bless DC traffic. I got stuck at work a little longer than I expected today, and when I left, the traffic was just awful on the inner loop of the beltway. There was absolutely no way I was going to make it to choir practice at church, so I headed home instead. I got home about fifteen minutes before a satellite to the 100 Seat Guarantee was about to start. I know I said I was going to try and save the $75 token for a Blogger Big Game.

I tried. And failed.

I couldn't resist the temptation to try my skill against a bunch of donkeys to try and win a seat into what is definitely my best chance of getting a WSOP Main Event ticket this year. Twenty people ended up signing up for the satellite, meaning two people got seats, and three people got some parting cash. The game started off well enough, when I cracked some numbnut who limped in with AA. I flopped quad kings, and he goes bye-bye. Granted, I'm going to go broke there most of the time regardless of if he raised pre-flop or not, but it was most rewarding to bust the retard who limp-raised me.

From then on, it was fairly straight ABC poker with not too many memorable hands until the final table. There was a medium stack who was always re-raising people, and I knew he didn't have near the hands he was representing. I was a semi-short stack when I raised with 22 on the button, and this guy raises over the top of me from the BB. I pushed all in, and he called off half of his stack with J5. I kid you not. Oh, but it was s00ted, so it was ok. I doubled through, naturally, because the ducks are mighty. Fear them. He doubled up two other people before he busted.

I made it to the final six as the short stack with blinds getting crazy. I went on a small rush, pushing three hands in a row and getting action the third time. I doubled up with AQ against QJ and was up to fourth place. It was a good while before the bubble finally burst, and it took a lot of pressure off of me when it did; I hate the bubble. After that, I was able to be aggressive enough to chip up nicely. I was able to steal enough to where I was climbing up the ladder, and pretty soon I was in third place of three after the two other big stacks busted the other players who were playing too tight.

When we were down to three, I opened up quite a bit. One of the big stacks I was wary of, but the other one was not willing to commit the 80% or so of his stack it would take to bust me most of the time. It wasn't long before I was a slight chip lead, and the tight player was in my spot. The tight player got it all in with the other big stack AQo vs AQo, and the flop came three spades, giving the tight player the nut flush draw. It never hit, unfortunately, and they chopped.

The big stack eventually got it all in with the smaller stack again with 66 vs KT. It looked like the sixes were going to hold, but he got counterfeited on the river, and the shorty doubled. However, now the former big stack was hurting bad. It folded around a couple of times, and eventually the short stacked pushed. The other guy folded (ugh) and it was to me. I look down at 45s; it would cost me 1/5 of my stack for the chance to bust this guy. I thought about it until almost all my time was up, but even though my brain was saying no, all of my poker instincts screamed that this was too good of a chance to pass up. I would still be ahead of him if I lost, and the other player was too tight for his own good. I could survive.

Luckily, I didn't have to. When I called, he flipped up 78o. I spiked a 5 on the turn, and that was the game. Wheeeeeeeeee!



I'm pretty sure I made the right call there mathematically. I would like to hear your opinions on if you think that call was correct. I will win there 20% of the time against the range of any two cards, right? Even KK beats AA 20% of the time, so it seems to me I had to make that call. I'm really excited about playing in the 100 Seat Guarantee; this is the largest buy-in tournament I will have ever played. It's like the Main Event is so close I can taste it. Wish me luck come June 17th! Until next time, I will see you on the felt!

May 21, 2007

Weekend Update

It's been a rollercoaster ride recently, and, unfortunately, it's been mostly in the downward direction. I was bad beat out of almost the entire portion of my bankroll on Stars on Saturday, even after I dropped in limits. I was two outered on the river twice for my entire stack, both times with all the money going in on the turn. I also lost boat under boat twice for my entire stack. Generally not much you can do in those cases. So, yeah, I have a lot of rebuilding to do.

I played in the Daily Double on Full Tilt on Friday night, and I was doing extremely well. I was set for my first double cash, but I got three outered by some tard who called off 95% of his stack with ATo preflop ten seats from the bubble. I cashed in the other tournament, but I don't remember how I got busted from that one. I think I lost a race. The win wasn't even enough to cover both buyins, so I didn't really care.

I placed in both a $26 token frenzy and a $75 token frenzy on Sunday, as well as boosting my bankroll a little bit at full ring $100NL. I was all set to play in the blogger Big Game last night, but I remembered that I had to get up early this morning to go to the dentist. I reluctantly unregistered; I was excited to play in that game, as hadn't played in it before. I loves me some deep stack poker. I will do my best to save that token for the next Big Game, but I have the feeling it will burn a whole in my pocket, and I will end up using it in either a satellite to the 100 Seat Guarantee or one of the larger cash guarantee tournaments.

I hope the cards are treating the rest of you better than they are treating me. That was one wicked swing of variance I took on Saturday. I hope that I catch the other end of that pretty soon. Maybe a nice big tournament final table? It could happen... Until next time, see you on the felt.

May 15, 2007

Tag, I'm It

I was wondering when this thing was going to end up hitting me. Almost everyone has had one of these posts up. I was tagged by Neil over at Geekster. So, here are my seven random facts.

1) I don't think I technically have OCD, but I'm definitely obsessive about some things. For example, I always have to push all the little tabs down on the top of the plastic soda lids you get at a fast food restaurant. Also, when I play tennis, I have to hold my racket so that the P on it is not facing backwards when I look at the racket.

2) I have been playing poker for over two years on one initial $30 deposit. I started by winning some freeroll SNGs over at TruePoker, but in order to use the money I won, I had to make the min deposit. I tossed in $30, and I've been going ever since. Looking back, I'm amazed at this. I was absolutely awful when I first started playing. It wasn't until about six months later when I started getting in to the blogger community that I actually started learning how to play in a more mathematically correct manner. Maybe that's why I get so many bad beats now; I used up all of my good luck at the start.

3) My first car was a black '86 Pontiac Trans Am. I had it for all of two days before my dad decided that it would be too fast for me. I never even got to drive it.

4) I have entirely too many hobbies. Among these are poker (obv), guitar (just started a few months ago when the UIGEA stuff went down), singing (I'm a tenor in my church choir) writing (haven't done much lately), video games (Nintendo stole my soul when I was 8), reading, and movies. There would be nothing I'd like more than to be able to quit my job so I could devote time to all of these. Right now, I have to pick and choose, and poker is definitely winning out.

5) I first got into singing because of two girls. We were standing in line for ice cream Deet's at VT when Fuel's "Shimmer" started playing over the radio. I started singing to myself, and one girl remarked to the other that she liked the sound of my voice. I ended up joining the singing group they were both a part of, and I've loved it ever since. I never did get the chance to date either of them, though, which was one of my goals when joining the group. They are both still close friends.

6) I may have invented the idea for a physics dedicated PC card. I posted the idea in a Half-Life 2 thread back in September of 2004. A little less than two years later, these cards were announced.

7) I was spelling before I was two years old, mostly because I watched a lot of Sesame Street and my mom read to me at night. One of the favorites of my parents and their friends was "ee-ex-one-tee spells door". Take a moment to marvel at my brilliance.

I think I'll end the tagging at this point, a la jjok, as I think most everyone that would do this has already been tagged.

May 12, 2007

Karma

Seat 1: CK the 1 ($105.85 in chips)
Seat 2: Amigo_II ($71.50 in chips)
Seat 4: Muletz ($107.60 in chips)
Seat 5: studboy1 ($98.80 in chips)
Seat 6: jrockhaf ($96.65 in chips)
Seat 7: DONK ($26.05 in chips)
Seat 8: kaellinn18 ($94.75 in chips)
DONK: posts small blind $0.50
kaellinn18: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kaellinn18 [Jh Js]
CK the 1: folds
Amigo_II: folds
Muletz: calls $1
studboy1: folds
jrockhaf: folds
juanxo18 has returned
DONK: calls $0.50
kaellinn18: raises $4 to $5
Muletz: calls $4
DONK: calls $4
*** FLOP *** [Jd 7c Qc] Woohoo!
DONK: checks
kaellinn18: bets $10
Muletz: folds
DONK: raises $11.05 to $21.05 and is all-in Flush draw?
kaellinn18: calls $11.05
*** TURN *** [Jd 7c Qc] [6c] crap
*** RIVER *** [Jd 7c Qc 6c] [5c] CRAP
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DONK: shows [Ah Kc] (a flush, King high) Are you kidding me?
kaellinn18: shows [Jh Js] (three of a kind, Jacks)
DONK collected $54.30 from pot
kaellinn18 said, "nice one"
kaellinn18 said, "lol"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $57.10 | Rake $2.80
Board [Jd 7c Qc 6c 5c]
Seat 1: CK the 1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Amigo_II folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Muletz folded on the Flop
Seat 5: studboy1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: jrockhaf (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: DONK (small blind) showed [Ah Kc] and won ($54.30) with a flush, King high
Seat 8: kaellinn18 (big blind) showed [Jh Js] and lost with three of a kind, Jacks

Three hands later...

Seat 1: CK the 1 ($104.85 in chips)
Seat 2: Amigo_II ($76.05 in chips)
Seat 4: Muletz ($102.60 in chips)
Seat 5: studboy1 ($98.80 in chips)
Seat 6: jrockhaf ($96.65 in chips)
Seat 7: DONK ($51.30 in chips)
Seat 8: kaellinn18 ($99.50 in chips)
Seat 9: juanxo18 ($69.40 in chips)
CK the 1: posts small blind $0.50
Amigo_II: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kaellinn18 [Ad Ks]
Muletz: folds
studboy1: folds
jrockhaf: folds
DONK: calls $1
kaellinn18: raises $3 to $4
juanxo18: folds
CK the 1: folds
Amigo_II: folds
DONK: calls $3 sure why not
*** FLOP *** [Ah 6h 2d]
DONK: checks
kaellinn18: bets $8
DONK: calls $8 yes, my little calling station...
*** TURN *** [Ah 6h 2d] [6s]
DONK: checks
kaellinn18: bets $20
DONK: calls $20 ...call me all the way...
*** RIVER *** [Ah 6h 2d 6s] [9c]
DONK: checks
kaellinn18: bets $20
DONK: calls $19.30 and is all-in ...to the bank!
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kaellinn18: shows [Ad Ks] (two pair, Aces and Sixes)
DONK: mucks hand
kaellinn18 collected $101.10 from pot
kaellinn18 said, "thanks for holding on to that for me"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $104.10 | Rake $3
Board [Ah 6h 2d 6s 9c]
Seat 1: CK the 1 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: Amigo_II (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: Muletz folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: studboy1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: jrockhaf folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: DONK mucked [Ac Qc]
Seat 8: kaellinn18 showed [Ad Ks] and won ($101.10) with two pair, Aces and Sixes
Seat 9: juanxo18 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

May 10, 2007

Spread The Word!

The new online gambling regulation bill, HR-2046, is going to be coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives soon. Notify your Congressperson that you want them to support it! Congress needs to see that the people are behind this. Even if you don't play online poker (what are you doing on my page?), the current law is a blatant infringement on the rights of your fellow citizens. Congress needs to hear our voices!

You can send a letter to your congressperson by visiting this page.

ARRRRRRRRGH

I am sick of bubbling in the Mookie.

That is all.

May 09, 2007

Cold Decks Suck

I missed out on satelliting in to what I think is my best chance at a WSOP Main Event seat the other night. I had managed to break my month long (I kid you not) Tier 1 token bubble/bad beat streak last weekend. (That's right, I hadn't won a Tier 1 token in a month, and not for lack of trying either. I bubbled so much it was ridiculous.) Anyway, I managed to turn the Tier 1 token into a Tier 2 token, and I decided to play the satellite for the 100 Seat Guarantee.

Only 24 people registered, so there were two seats awarded to the next tournament. I doubled up early with AK vs QQ on a K high board when I checked the flop and bet big on the turn and was in first place for a while. Then I get T6 in the BB, and I get to see a flop when two people limp, and the SB completes. The board comes T62 with two clubs. I overbet the pot to try and push out draws, and one person calls. The turn is non-club K. I bet big again, and opponent pushes all in. I get a sick feeling in my stomach as I'm forced to call (with most of my chips already in the pot) and see that the douche turned a higher two pair with KT. Ugh.

On the bright side, my bankroll building has been going quite well on both Stars and Tilt. I switched from super-variance 6 max to full ring, and I have been cleaning up. I am almost back up to a $1k bankroll! Less than $100 to go. Hopefully I will be able to hit that mark in the next week or so. Also, I'm going to see if I can't get another Tier 2 token to try for the 100 Seat Guarantee again.

I hope the rest of you are doing well. See you on the felt!