Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

October 27, 2007

Deep Run; Crappy Prize

I started out playing in the $.10 rebuy tournament on FTP with the intention of doing nothing but pissing people off by bad beating them as much as I could. Well, I dished out a hell of a lot of beats on my way to finishing 59th of 3600.

I made a massive $3.57! Watch out world, my bankroll just got an uber boost!

October 26, 2007

It All Makes Sense Now

You may be wondering why I haven't been doing so well in the blogger events recently. Well, I have your answer:

I haven't been playing. I have trained my cat Roxie to play poker, but she has not been producing good results thus far. If this continues, I may have to resort to actually playing myself. This may prove difficult as I will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I will give her a couple more chances, but if things don't turn around, I may have to go with my backup, Max:

Don't even get me started on that drunk.

October 18, 2007

Another Mookie Final Table

I made it to my second consecutive Mookie final table and cash last night/this morning. Last week I came in third, and this week I jumped up a notch and ended up coming in second. For most of the tournament it was pretty standard play. My first big hand came when I flopped the nut flush with the suited lamer (AT) against jeciimd, who (unfortunately for him) turned the second nut flush with AK.

A few hands later I made a good read against NewInNov (I thought it was NewInNov, but apparently I busted him at the final table. I don't remember who I made the call against). He was on the button, and opened for a raise. I called with TT in the small blind to see what the flop brought. The flop was Jxx with two clubs. I lead out, and NewInNov thought for a bit before coming over the top all in for about 5x-6x my bet. I thought about it for a while, and something just didn't add up, so I called. It turns out he had an OESD; it didn't complete, and I vaulted into first place.

Not a whole lot more happened until the final two tables. I was able to keep a pretty good chip stack for most of the time. I ended up losing a decent bit of it when BuddyDank pushed all in pre-flop on a semi-short stack, and I called with AQ. I had his QT dominated, but a T on the turn sent the chips his way. This pain would be even more exacerbated later, since I ended up playing heads-up against him at the final table.

But not before I sucked out first. I was down to a semi-short stack, and the blinds were at 800/400 with whatever ante goes with that. I think 50. I'm in the big blind with A2c, when it folds around to Fuel55 who open pushed all-in from either the button or the hijack. I don't have the hand history with me, but I think that there was over 8000 in the pot, and I only had ~3000 left behind.

I had already witnessed Fuel open push with KTo twice, and he had done it several other times when he didn't get any action. With my stack the size that it was against a notably loose player from a steal position, I felt that this was the best place to make my stand. If I fold here, I have pretty much zero fold equity for when I have to push again, and I may not see a decent hand before that time comes. I bit the bullet, called, and Fuel turned up 44. (At least it wasn't 55.) The flop came with two clubs, adding to my outs, and I ended up hitting my ace on the river. I was quickly berated, but now that I have had time to mull it over, I still think I make that call every time given the mitigating factors I mentioned above.

After that, it was pretty much stealing to stay alive. Somehow I managed to make it to the final table with a 10k+ stack, and the first hand I'm dealt is AA UTG, the first aces I've seen all game. I raised it the standard 3x, and it folds around to Byron who thinks for a bit before pushing all in over the top. Insta-call by me, and he flips over KK to show the good old FTP cooler. No king hits the board, and I knocked out the first player at the final table to put us on the bubble. I don't think that hand ends up coming out any differently, as the flop was jack or ten high, and stacks were not deep at this point.

I don't remember the exact hand, but the bubble popped pretty soon after that, when I busted a short stack who had to push all-in. The final table proceeded pretty quickly once we hit the money, and soon we were at the final three with me, Buddy, and thepokergrind all sitting with almost exactly even stacks. At this point, we were deep-stacked compared to the blinds, so we got to play some actual poker. Three-handed seemed to last forever, and thepokergrind finally ended up finishing in third when his 77 fell to Buddy's QQ.

At this point Buddy and I had almost even stacks. We played heads up for a long time (maybe the longest heads-up battle in the Mook?). I would chip up slowly, but then lose it back, and we would be even again. I got caught making a move at one point, which dropped me down a bit, and put Buddy back up where I had been. Then the cards just wouldn't fall in my favor. I'd get a bunch of 2nd or 3rd pair hands and have to fold to raises and reraises on dangerous flops. I finally busted when I lost a coin flip with AQ vs Buddy's pocket 8s.

I had a great time playing, and thanks as always to Mookie for hosting. The 2nd place finish this week plus the 3rd place finish last week are definitely nice confidence builders heading into BBTwo, which starts on Sunday with the Big Game hosted by MiamiDon. Good luck to everyone in the coming weeks; one of us is going to Australia! I will see you on the felt.

October 13, 2007

For Fuel

October 12, 2007

Matt + Anesthesia = Amusing

So I had an endoscopy today to check for signs of acid reflux disease, of which there were some. I'm on medication now, so hopefully it will heal pretty quickly, and I won't end up with Barrett's Esophagus. The procedure itself went flawlessly, and I now offer you various quips from when I was coming off the anesthesia. Enjoy.

* The first thing I said after coming to: "I'm depressed. I dreamed about work. It was like I was never here."

* I claimed no less than three times that I had travelled through time. (The procedure was like a blink of an eye. They didn't even tell me they were turning on the anesthesia.)

* I requested that I be allowed to take the anesthesia home with me. My doctor expressed a similar desire for himself.

* Following an enormous belch, I was heard to say, "Sorry, I swallowed a camera."

* I looked at my watch and said, "I'm ready for my procedure." (My procedure was scheduled for 1:45; I was actually done at 1:45.)

* When my wife and I were left alone, I threatened to pull out my electrodes and "flat-line" myself to cause undue distress among the hospital personnel.

* Although I don't remember this one, apparently I yelled at the straw in my juice cup when I was unable to get it in my mouth in a reasonable amount of time.

October 11, 2007

And So It Goes...

It's been relatively uneventful for me recently on the poker front. I had a losing day sometime last week when I got it all in preflop with AA vs some dinky pair (6s or 8s or something). He not only flopped the set over me, but he rivered quads. Good times! The rest of the money I lost was when I had to fold mediocre hands to superior hands, and my big hands just haven't been getting paid of recently.

Other than that one losing day, I had several break even days. I would play a couple of tournaments, get nowhere, and win the entries back in the cash games. Earlier this week I played in three tournaments: the two Daily Doubles and a $3 rebuy. I got crushered out of one of the Doubles after I had built up a nice stack when some guy sucked out a straight or something like that, and I couldn't get anything going in the other Double. However, I went deep in the $3 rebuy and finished in the low 30s out of 600+ and ended up breaking even for the day.

Last night was my first profitable night in a long time. The only thing I played was the Mookie. I started off pretty slow, but ended up building a pretty good stack when I caught some guy making blocker bets to draw to his flush, and I went over the top with 3rd pair. Yes, my read was that strong.

I didn't suck out the entire tournament... until the final two tables. And boy did I suck out. My first one came when we were down to about 14 or so. I had 77 and a dwindling stack, and I ended up getting it all in against either TT or QQ or something like that. I nailed my seven on the river. At the final table I sucked out when I got it all in with TJs vs QQ. I flopped the queen high straight, and my opponent didn't fill to the full house on the turn or river, which I thought was pretty amazing. I also won with AJ over KK, but in fairness, all the money didn't go in until after the ace on the flop.

I ended up finishing in 3rd for $88 or so, which is not bad at all. This is the second time I've final tabled the Mookie, and the 2nd time I've cashed. It's also my best finish of the two times I final tabled. I seem to get close all the time, but for some reason I rarely go to the final nine. I had a great time playing with everyone last night, and I saw a lot of people I hadn't seen in a long time. Hopefully this is the beginning of an upswing. Good luck to the rest of you, and I will see you on the felt.

October 03, 2007

It's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

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