Still running bad…
Friday March 31st 2006, 12:44 am
Filed under: Casual Play,Full Tilt Poker,No-Limit Hold'em,Omaha H/L,PokerStars,S&G

…so this post is all about moaning – if you’re running good don’t read any further or my “bad luck” might rub off on you 😉
No matter what I touch these days, it all turns into crap. Played a Stars 180, flop my broadway, get crushered by a runner flush – out 148th. Nice way to start off a session. Change of scenery and game: FullTilt PLO8 ring game, I’m prepared to shout “Scoooop”, but either my hand get’s counterfeited or I even lose the whole hand (4 to the wheel on the flop, …no low)…sweet, bye bye 3 Buyins…

Back to Stars, another SnG, single table as the cheapo 180s aren’t running…J-9…flop 8-9-9…sure enough some CB holds A9…Ace on the turn (not that he needed it – just for good measure..) …damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [And yes I know that calling his big bet at the river is/was questionable…he might as well have had a crap flush already made on the turn which would have had me beat…but I did put him on Ax…which was true, didn’t think it was A9 though…]
running bad

Alrighty…enough moaning for today…off to watch the latest episode of Las Vegas… 🙂

Cards speak
Wednesday March 29th 2006, 1:28 am
Filed under: Full Tilt Poker,No-Limit Hold'em,S&G

Before I start to rant, I’ll just have a little comment: The one day break didn’t help. Turbo Token Satellite on FullTilt – 2nd hand and I’m crippled…how? Nut flush rivered by a full house…nice…pot sized bets (on the turn) don’t matter anymore these days…at least he had ten outs (3 sixes, 3 sevens, 3 kings, 1 ten) and sure as hell one of those hit…*insert sad smiley of choice here*


180 – Try 3
Wednesday March 29th 2006, 12:48 am
Filed under: MTT,No-Limit Hold'em,PokerStars,S&G,Tournaments

Hmm…getting closer, but still not far enough. Finished 13th of 180 in my third try. In the money, so nothing much to complain about, but it could have been a better tourney.

Short summary: Got off to a good start and was the table captain for most of the first hour, building a nice stack in the process (peak: 2nd in chips). After the first break I was literally card dead for almost exactly 55min (7 high, 6 high, 4 high, 5 high, for a straight 55min)…so I almost didn’t make the money at all. The last hand before the 2nd break doubled me up though…and I was back in the game, but when it mattered most I couldn’t catch anything (AJ vs KQ – King on the turn and IGHN)…so close to the final table, yet again… 😉

Why oh why does Stars hate me…lol…no really!
Monday March 27th 2006, 1:31 am
Filed under: MTT,No-Limit Hold'em,S&G

Tried a three-table 5$ SnG to finish of the day of playing poker and it all came down to my beloved and hate hand of Pocket Rocket, Bullets, AA, whatever you would like to call it. I play really tight for a few orbits not seeing a flop for the first ten hands. Some other ten hands in I hold AA in the BB, cheers Stars. EP min-raises, LP raises to 10xBB…as he’s a relative maniac I don’t even think about it and push (remember my announcement that I’m so All-In preflop with the next rockets I hold?). Sure enough he calls and shows A10…the rest can go with the old saying: a picture is worth a thousand words…

...and again

Crippled and on mega-tilt I didn’t even survive the next hand…I guess I gotta readjust my tactics when holding bullets: If there’s any raise before the flop, ponder about calling if it doesn’t mean I’m commited, then on the flop if there’s any possible draw – fold.

j/k 😉

This would make baby jebus cry…
Monday March 27th 2006, 12:38 am
Filed under: Full Tilt Poker,Humor,MTT,Tournaments

I’m currently watching a little bit of the action of the 200k guaranteed over at FullTilt…two things that made me laugh out loud so far: 1. The thing that made me choose the title of this post: If anyone should know that min-raises make baby jebus cry, it should be Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, right?! 😉

Jesus min raises

2. Playing at another table was Howard “The Professor” Lederer and one guy talks to him like he’s one of his buddies: “Hey Howie, I respect you more than the other pros, as you’re answering our questions and all” — “Hey Howie”?! Wtf?! I guess the same dude would be pissing his pants and would be all “Errm Mr. Lederer…errm…can I PLEASE have your autograph…errm…maybe?!” if he met him in public…the internet and internet poker is such a great place sometimes 😀

PS 180SnG the cheap version – Try 2
Sunday March 26th 2006, 5:45 pm
Filed under: MTT,No-Limit Hold'em,PokerStars,S&G,Tournaments

So, I gave the 4$ 180SnG on Stars another whirl and I cashed. 17th / 180….so nothing major (just under doubled the buyin), not really +ev for 2.5h of poker, but at least I play some good poker again. Early on people (aka Donkeys) bet every flop and sometimes you just got to trust your gut feeling (e.g. the first time I was All-In was holding AhJh on a flop with all cards lower than ten…some donkey pushed and I was sure that I was ahead…call…he shows KJo (aka “the donkey”) – wtf?). Picked my spots after that and was hovering around twice the average at all times (peak: 4th avg: 6th-12th). Then just at the bubble I sealed my finish.

Situation: BIG stack raises every hand and is successful with it as all the other players are shorstacks and I don’t get any cards higher than 8 for 1.5 orbits, this time I reraise to 6xBB with AQo though, all fold…he calls…board is all undercards…check…bet…call…turn is another undercard…so the board is all rags…he pushes…now at this point I’ve commited around half my stack…up: I think he might be holding overcards too; down: he might as well hold Ax, Kx, Qx…so chances are high that his kicker is playing….I fold…now I’m stuck in the nirvana of mediocrity with just under 7k in chips (top 10 all > 20k)…so I decide to fold into the money and take it from there…success and I’m at the final two tables…third hand: I hold 8d5d in the BB three limpers, I check…flop comes down 6d-6c-5h rainbow…I bet 1200…call call….turn is Kd…I bet 1200 again….push fold…action on me…now I’m sure that he holds Kx, but I’m desperate and 11 outs (9 diamonds and two fives) justify the call…if it hits I’m back in the race, if not I’m out….K on the river seals my fate…

itm stars 180sng

I guess I’m going to play those cheapos a little bit over the next few weeks…a final table cash (especially top 3) would really help my bruised bankroll at Stars…

You should know that you’re at the wrong table…
Saturday March 25th 2006, 2:32 am
Filed under: Absolute Poker,Casual Play,No-Limit Hold'em,PokerStars

…when someone is sitting with 90$ at a 0.05/0.10 NL HE table…

Hand that put me over the edge:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Ingoal [8h 8c] …
*** FLOP *** [8d 9h 6s]
Ingoal: checks
tulsabrian: bets $2
tulsabrian said, “uh oh”
tulsabrian said, “whatchu got meads”
Mieds: raises $4 to $6
tulsabrian said, “i smell something bad”
Ingoal: calls $3.70 and is all-in
tulsabrian said, “chit”
tulsabrian: raises $4 to $10
Mieds: calls $4
*** TURN *** [8d 9h 6s] [Ah]
tulsabrian said, “5 7”
tulsabrian: bets $80.05 and is all-in
Mieds: calls $1.60 and is all-in
*** RIVER *** [8d 9h 6s Ah] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
tulsabrian: shows [5h 7d] (a straight, Five to Nine)
Mieds: mucks hand
tulsabrian said, “ahahhaahha”
tulsabrian collected $15.05 from side pot-2
Ingoal: mucks hand
tulsabrian collected $10.55 from side pot-1
Ingoal said, “omg”
Nethor: shows [Ad Jd] (a pair of Aces)
tulsabrian collected $2.35 from main pot
Ingoal said, “trip 8s no good”
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $29.35 Main pot $2.35. Side pot-1 $10.55. Side pot-2 $15.05. | Rake $1.40
Board [8d 9h 6s Ah 5d]
Seat 1: Ingoal (big blind) mucked [8h 8c]
Seat 2: Nethor showed [Ad Jd] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 3: tulsabrian showed [5h 7d] and won ($27.95) with a straight, Five to Nine

Apart from that a little grind at some other tables and over at Absolute Poker, not much joy though…especially when you’re sitting at another donkey table with two players seeing the flop 75% and 78% of the time…and connecting time after time….even cracking your bullets…be damned! I guess playing with lots of cold medicine is really -ev for my game and costing me more nerves and money than usual…

Sidenote: bullets cracked by runner runner straights or flushes in the last few days: 3, I’m so All-In preflop the next few Aces I hold 😉

HUC3 – Round 1…try two
Friday March 24th 2006, 4:31 am
Filed under: Full Tilt Poker,Heads Up,No-Limit Hold'em,Tournaments

So, as the late brackets didn’t fill up in time, I jumped at the chance to play in the TiltMonsters bracket (Veneno, Jordan and Papi Justify). The first matchups were Veneno vs Jordan and Papi Justify vs Me. I took an early lead with some nice flops, but in the end couldn’t hold on as there’s not much point in hangin in pots where you missed everything and holding on to a x high (x < 10). The end came when my 5s6s ran into slowplayed AsKs on a 3 spade flop....damn! Out in 3rd as Jordan had already eliminated the commish herself, Veneno....So that's the HUC3 for me....dang....way to least it wasn't all that expensive...wait, it was (15$ for the pool, 11$ for the early hiccup tourney, 10.75$ for the real deal)...ah least I participated!!! I'm looking forward to the rest of the matches, as a railbird. Sidenote: Jordan lost to Papi Justify too....he will advance to round two. Congrats! Played in the HUC3 - Lounge game afterwards and promptly busted out just isn't my day...with that said: almost 5am again...yikes...time to get some sleep... Edit: Just received a mail from FullTilt Support…11 bucks have been credited to my account…nice…I guess that’s for the early HUC3-hiccup-match?! No comment about who initiated the transfer in the mail, so I’m wondering if that’s directly from FTP?

Thursday March 23rd 2006, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Full Tilt Poker,No-Limit Hold'em,Tournaments

Well…we were all there…at the same table though – what’s wrong with that picture – I guess someone at FullTilt doesn’t know what the term “heads up” stands for…*sigh*…we played the match quickly…and what can I say…the deck was kind early on…but even kinder to pokersweethome who pockets the 40 bucks – after all it was winner takes it all…*sigh*

Hand of the day: slow-played trip Aces beat by a flush (Colin (pokersweethome) holding the lovely 3d4d)…

I guess we’ll have to reschedule our first round match…let’s see when it will go down…

Mixing it up…
Thursday March 23rd 2006, 2:53 am
Filed under: Absolute Poker,Casual Play,Full Tilt Poker,Heads Up,No-Limit Hold'em,S&G

…sometimes isn’t such a good idea after all. I played a NL HE Heads Up match at Absolute Poker in preparation for tomorrow’s HUC3 match and I didn’t do all that good. Note to self: try to take your time and don’t let yourself be bullied around tomorrow. Trust your gut.

After that disappointment I went back to common grounds – to the low limit NL HE ring games at Full Tilt. I grinded out some bucks and cleared another bit of the bonus, so what do you do with the free money? Yup, play a SnG! Shorthanded NL HE sounded right so I gave it a shot. Bouncing up and down like a rubber ball for 45 minutes before Mr. Luckbox outflops me…out in 4th. Damn! Ah well, time to get some rest…I hope to see you all around at the HUC3 – Round 1 tomorrow…