Welcome to the beginning of my poker blog. I'll write every once in a while about games I play both online and live. My main site is: Sayville Poker Tour, which contains information about local tournaments my friends and I play.
Sunday, February 22, 2004
  Ouch - PokerGrub Tourney

Played in Poker Grub tourney tonight. Finished a disappointing 26 (out of 32). Could never get anything started. Played poorly at the beginning when I lost more chips than I should have on marginal hands. Biggest hand that I lost I had AK vs AQ suited. Flush came on river. It was my fault cause I wasn't betting. I had a feeling after flop I should have raised big but I'm an idiot and did not do it. Don't really know why but I never found a groove. Final hand: AJ vs TT all in before flop. Flop comes with an A. Turn is a 10. Goodbye. 
  Tournament stats:
Tournaments entered: 9, Net profit: $51. Avg Place: 3.78

Played two SnG's yesterday. Finished out of the money in both. I was very tired and rundown yesterday so I figured I'd quit there because I wasn't at my best.

First one lots of people got knocked out in the first two rounds. I lost one hand early - had AK, raised 200 preflop. guy called with J 6 - then he had 150 or so left. Flop came Q 6 x. Didn't see any point to betting cause I knew the guy would call no matter what he had and otherwise he would prolly just check around giving me free cards. On flop and turn he made a couple min bets which I called (with another guy) trying to catch a king or ace where I knew I'd be good. Lost showdown to his pair of 6's. Got knocked out with J 8 in BB. flop came J 8 10. Went all in with 2 pair. Someone had the Q 9 for straight. I couldn't get away from the hand since I was the shortstack and couldn't wait for much better than 2 pair, even with the straight out there.

Second tourney blinds 100/200. UTG raises min to 200. I had AK suited in BB. Had 800 left. Figured I'd push it in there since his bet was only min and I had him on an A and a card lower than mine. The table had been real tight and folded to every raise I made. He thought for a long time, called and turned over 10's. It's going to be race. Ya I lost.

Today is the big day. Unfortunately, something is wrong with Party and it doesn't have any single table tourneys running. I wanted to finish up my SnG practice.

My plan for the next week:
Monday, Tuesday: no poker. Wednesday: Usual live tourney. Then I will start playing 1/2 and plan on moving up to 3/6 for a test run at that.  
Saturday, February 21, 2004
  Live Mixed Cash Game

Played a mixed cash game last night with a bunch of friends - 8 to be exact. It was limit where we rotate choosing the game (casino games only), then everyone deals one round of that game.

Pretty crazy game with a diverse group of players. Overall very loose aggressive wild zany. I love these kinda games as it gives me a chance to play something different than hold em. I wish Party had tables like this, where the game rotated between hold 'em, omaha/8, stud, razz, etc. Prolly a pipe dream cause how many people would sit a table like this. Well I know I would, often. Or how about some online multievent tournaments?

Nothing really exciting happened to me. Didn't play alot of hands but I was down in the beginning and came back nicely which made me happy. I included some pictures below.

Two hammer wins on consecutive hand. First one both Gregg and Tom stay in a hand raised preflop. Flop comes 7 3 2. Tom and Gregg go back and forth. Turn and river were blanks I believe (for this hand by blanks I could mean ace then a king). Gregg flips over 3 2 for two pair and Tom turns over the HAMMER for a bigger two pair. Awesome. Next hand, Tom and Gregg tangle again. Bet, raise, etc throughout the hand. Board is eventually 6 6 x 7 7. Tom turns over 6 x for full house. Gregg turns over 7 2 for the bigger HAMMER house. The hammer claims two hands in a row between the same two players. The hammer giveth, the hammer taketh away.

Today I need to play some more SnG's in order to practice for blogger tourney tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to this one. Interested to see how people play. Not too confident cause I know No limit tourneys are not my game and there will be a bunch of people better than me there. But you never know. I just hope I dont embarrass myself and make it onto all the blogs by some horrible play.

Doling out the chips

Shuffle up and deal

Tom, Erin and Phil.

Me looking err stylish.

Me looking err stylish again. Pass the Alize, I will only take one sip!
Thursday, February 19, 2004

I am continuing my tournament preparation. I'm really looking forward to getting back to limit games. These tournaments start to wear on me after a while.

Tournament stats:
Tournaments entered: 7, Net profit: $73. Avg Place: 3.8

I was home "sick" from work today. So I played in 5 $10 SnGs today. Started off poorly with a 7th then a badly played 3rd then a 4th. Finished off the day with a 3rd and a 2nd. I was playing nice and tight overall by the end of the day - once I started concentrating more. Both of the 3rd places were because once I got in the money I immediately started playing too aggressively. The opponents weren't that good so I should have been more solid. I basically went all in on the first hand. That's something to work on for sure so I can bank a couple wins.

I also played some $25 NL hold em while I was playing tournaments. Made a decent showing at it. Had a couple of classic hammer hands right in a row with some good commentary. Sadly enough for the first half an hour, I only won two hands, both with the hammer. Here ya go:

***** Hand History for Game 403440081 *****
Quminati: i've got caught bluffing enough that you would figure someone would call me
0/0 TexasHTGameTable (NL) - Thu Feb 19 18:32:47 EST 2004
Table Card Room Table 2631 (Real Money) -- Seat 4 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: lumps3 ( $22.25)
Seat 2: cinnamonbear ( $20.75)
Seat 3: il122 ( $29.95)
Seat 4: herschco ( $37.80)
Seat 5: Deceptikon ( $35.85)
Seat 6: bbenson5 ( $37.95)
Seat 7: Crow8 ( $18.85)
Seat 8: ssomega ( $7.50)
Seat 9: Quminati ( $43.85)
Seat 10: DoctorBee ( $15.75)
Deceptikon posts small blind (0.25)
bbenson5 posts big blind (0.50)
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to lumps3 [ 7h, 2d ]
Crow8 folds.
ssomega folds.
Quminati calls (0.50)
DoctorBee folds.
lumps3 calls (0.50)
il122 folds.
herschco folds.
Deceptikon calls (0.25)
bbenson5 checks.
** Dealing Flop ** : [ 5s, 6c, 8s ]
Deceptikon checks.
bbenson5 checks.
Quminati: hey whtchit before i give you a forth lump
Quminati checks.
lumps3 checks.
** Dealing Turn ** : [ 3h ]
Deceptikon checks.
bbenson5 checks.
Quminati checks.
lumps3 bets (2)
Deceptikon folds.
bbenson5 folds.
Quminati folds.
Quminati: =D
** Summary **
Main Pot: $3.90 | Rake: $0.10
Board: [ 5s 6c 8s 3h ]
lumps3 balance $23.65, bet $2.50, collected $3.90, net +$1.40 [ 7h 2d ] [ high card eight -- 8s,7h,6c,5s,3h ]
cinnamonbear balance $20.75, sits out
il122 balance $29.95, didn't bet (folded)
herschco balance $37.80, didn't bet (folded)
Deceptikon balance $35.35, lost $0.50 (folded)
bbenson5 balance $37.45, lost $0.50 (folded)
Crow8 balance $18.85, didn't bet (folded)
ssomega balance $7.50, didn't bet (folded)
Quminati balance $43.35, lost $0.50 (folded)
DoctorBee balance $15.75, didn't bet (folded)
lumps3: dropped the hammer!
Quminati: WTF

***** Hand History for Game 403463304 *****
0/0 TexasHTGameTable (NL) - Thu Feb 19 18:44:20 EST 2004
Table Card Room Table 2631 (Real Money) -- Seat 2 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: lumps3 ( $22.90)
Seat 2: cinnamonbear ( $20)
Seat 3: Yoghurt ( $24.50)
Seat 4: herschco ( $54.40)
Seat 5: Deceptikon ( $35.35)
Seat 6: bbenson5 ( $35.45)
Seat 7: Crow8 ( $15.75)
Seat 8: ssomega ( $18.75)
Seat 9: Quminati ( $52.35)
Seat 10: DoctorBee ( $9.75)
Yoghurt posts small blind (0.25)
herschco posts big blind (0.50)
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to lumps3 [ 2s, 7c ]
Deceptikon folds.
bbenson5 folds.
Crow8 folds.
Quminati calls (0.50)
lumps3 raises (2) to 2
cinnamonbear folds.
Yoghurt folds.
herschco folds.
Quminati folds.
** Summary **
Main Pot: $3.25 | Rake: $0
lumps3 balance $24.15, bet $2, collected $3.25, net +$1.25 [ 2s 7c ] [ high card seven -- 7c,2s ]
cinnamonbear balance $20, didn't bet (folded)
Yoghurt balance $24.25, lost $0.25 (folded)
herschco balance $53.90, lost $0.50 (folded)
Deceptikon balance $35.35, didn't bet (folded)
bbenson5 balance $35.45, didn't bet (folded)
Crow8 balance $15.75, didn't bet (folded)
ssomega balance $18.75, sits out
Quminati balance $51.85, lost $0.50 (folded)
Quminati: lol
lumps3: shoulda called me I wanted to see flop
Yoghurt: if u got the balls u deserve it, ;-)
Quminati: i had 8,3 off suite
lumps3: ya 8 3 o ain't playable
herschco: the hammer haaaaaaaaaa

the hammer comments continued throughout the game. good stuff!

Quminati: fuuckin pocket deuces
Quminati: they never win
lumps3: ya you need one of those deuces to turn into a 7

Quminati: damn chicks with cowboys
Quminati: you seen her with the cowboysd, i thiknk she loves the hammer

Tuesday, February 17, 2004
  I played one $10 SnG on Party tonight. I was on quite a bad streak, losing 4 in a row. Now it's prolly been a month or so since I played any tournaments online because I no longer found them profitable or fun. Too many tough losses for too little profit and even less experience.

I fire up the Party and hop on a table. Start off playing real tight. This has been a problem in my current losing streak. I was mixing up my play and making what I consider to be strong plays, at least for me. Big all in bluffs when the other player is weak, etc. Problem is I would get called by hands that shouldn't have been in the pot but turned out to be winners. And I felt like more of an idiot cause to be busted with 2 8 offsuit, the fish must have thought I was a bigger fish.

I was playing this way attempting to practice for the relatively tough competition at the Blog tourney and in our SPT tournaments. Sadly enough I had to change this up. Make a long story short, in this tourney I was down to 160 with 5 players left. I caught some decent hands, got lucky and crawled back into it. I was mostly being a MIS (move-in specialist) and the table was tight so I stole alot of blinds.

When it got down to three players, I was still real short with about 1000 to the other players 3000 each. I again caught some good cards and kept going all in and managed to make it to heads up. It started out with him having about 6000 to my 2000 so I was just feeling lucky to be here. I actually paid attention the whole tourney so I felt like I had a beat on how he played, he wasn't that great, so I figured maybe I had a chance. Here is the pivotal hand:

***** Hand History for Game 399523239 *****
500/1000 TourneyTexasHTGameTable (NL) (TOURNAMENT 2338274) - TUE FEB 17 19:58:39 EST 2004
Table Card Room Table 4929 (Real Money) -- Seat 7 is the button
Total number of players : 2
Seat 4: COBRA_VENOM (4760)
Seat 7: lumps3 (3240)
lumps3 posts small blind (250)
COBRA_VENOM posts big blind (500)
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to lumps3 [ 4s, 2s ]
lumps3 raises (1150) to 1400
COBRA_VENOM calls (900)
** Dealing Flop ** : [ Qh, Td, 4c ]
COBRA_VENOM bets (500)
lumps3 raises (1840) to 1840
lumps3 is all-In.
COBRA_VENOM calls (1340)
** Dealing Turn ** : [ 7s ]
** Dealing River ** : [ Ah ]
Creating Main Pot with $6480 with lumps3
** Summary **
Main Pot: 6480 |
Board: [ Qh Td 4c 7s Ah ]
COBRA_VENOM balance 1520, lost 3240 [ 9d Jd ] [ high card ace -- Ah,Qh,Jd,Td,9d ]
lumps3 balance 6480, bet 3240, collected 6480, net +3240 [ 4s 2s ] [ a pair of fours -- Ah,Qh,Td,4s,4c ]

I had attempted at least twice to steal from small blind by making an exact bet of 1400. So I did it again here. I must admit, I don't know why I kept doing this. Typically he called and we saw the flop. After he bet the 500, I had a really good feeling my pair of 4's with the worst kicker possible was good so I went all in. Thankfully I was correct and I won the tourney soon after. I consider it a recklessly good read with the two big cards on the flop but that ace on the river was real scary.

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