One hour of glory…50 minutes of pain…
Sunday May 04th 2008, 12:46 am
Filed under: 7 stud H/L,Double Shootout,Limit,MTT,No-Limit Hold'em,PokerStars

That basically describes my Stud8-experience tonight. After busting out of a NL game early (again) I decided to switch gears. A Stud8-MTT seems to be the perfect fix and as one was starting right away, here I go. The first hour was nice, going in with the best coming out with the best…in between I was the chipleader and never lower than 5th in chips. Noice. Then the first break came…

First break

After the break I had the worst 50 minutes of Stud8 IN MY LIFE. Sick, sicker, the sickest. Then back to sick again. Unbelievable. I mean it was ppl trying to give their chips away (chasing the second best hand one way…fighting to maybe win half the pot if they got lucky)…and lucky they got rivering me thrice on seventh with 5 outs or less…pretty sick. But oh well, that’s how it goes…as we all know donkeys always draw…especially in limit. So I’m out in 42nd and still pretty sick about it. Nothing you can do though, so I’m off for the night and steaming…hope you have better luck at the tables…

out in 42nd

Maybe this could work for your and my benefit
Saturday May 03rd 2008, 3:12 am
Filed under: Opinionated,Poker Stuff

Inspired by ShoeMoney‘s Free Shirt Friday I would like to introduce the Free Stuff Day. How I envision this thing to take off is:

  1. You’ve got a site you want to promote?
  2. You’ve got some swag* promoting your site?
  3. Send it to us and we will post a pic of the swag and provide at least one link back to your site.
  4. Both sides win 😉

If you’re interested in sending us your swag, feel free to send it to:
Ingo Hildebrandt
ATTN: Poker-tastic Free Stuff Day
Neckargasse 7
71726 Benningen

If you’ve got questions and suggestions feel free to contact us at! Oh, and if it’s a T-Shirt you’re sending, please make it XL and include a note with the address of the site/blog on it (only necessary if it’s not on the T-Shirt). Thank you.

* Promotional merchandise for a band, record label, or other entity in the music business, usually distributed at concerts.

May include t-shirts, stickers, promo CDs, posters, etc. Often free, but not necessarily; a t-shirt or record purchased at a concert might still be considered swag, especially if it is a design or release that is not readily available in the mass market.

Many independent record labels throw in a handful of free swag when they ship out mail-order packages (stickers, sampler CDs, etc).

The chief difference between swag and regular merchandise is that its purpose is not to make a profit, but to promote the band/label, and reward its supporters by giving them something cool and unique.
Source: Urban Dictionary

Mood: slightly ticked off
Saturday May 03rd 2008, 2:44 am
Filed under: Casual Play,Heads Up,No-Limit Hold'em,Opinionated,PokerStars,S&G

Today was one of these days where you can just feel that something isn’t right. It all started out pretty good with two easy HU wins against opponents playing too tight…and once they couldn’t take it anymore I had a monster. Then it all fell apart. It was a mixture of 60/40 shots not going my way, with the occasional cooler and there were some errors on my part, too. I dropped the ball in two consecutive SnGs after being three-outered for a big pot. Oh well, the way it goes sometimes. At least I got my shit together in time to cash in the last one I played. Third…still pretty sick as I got three-outered again…so instead of headsup 5:1 in chips I’m crippled with 3BB…oh well…

So I logged off and went to a little barbecue/party. The crowd was a mix of the usual home game faces and some others. Once the majority of the “others” left, it was inevitable…pokah! It was wild and slow and fun, mostly. I can honestly say that this table was a new experience. Fourteen (!) players. As some teamed up those 14 became 11 (as five players built a three and two player-combo). I joked that I would push all-in on the first hand…and once I looked down at TT in LP…I chuckled…then pushed all-in. *lol* I won the blinds and limps. The rest is mostly a blurr…one player, who was so drunk that he left the table on a few occasions (to puke all over the host’s bathroom, yikes), basically steamrolled the table winning pot after pot and eliminating player after player: “What you got a set? Oh well…I got King high….I call the all-in”…*lol*…sure enough he runner-runners the straight, etc etc.

So sick. But anyway…back to my play. It came down to three crucial hands. I pushed in with KJo in the BB after the button and SB limped..button calls with QT…flop comes down KJx…turn? A….wheeeee…NOT…river is a blank and I’m crippled. Next hand I push in blind in the SB…cutoff calls…I river a straight with my J7o…next hand I push in blind on the button…get called in two spots…I river a Jack with my J3o….one opponent shows J4o…split pot as the lowest card on the board, a 5, plays…*lol*…two hands later UTG pushes for 1.5BB (!)…UTG+1 min-raises….folded to me…I look down at 66 and I push over the top…UTG+1 calls…showdown: UTG – KJo…UTG+1 – KQo…looking good…flop is all low…no 6 though…turn J…river blank….and I’m busto…and now I’m typing this…enjoy the following (not so) random pic dump and I’m outta here….

random pic dump

random pic dump

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random pic dump

A little poker…
Friday May 02nd 2008, 3:10 am
Filed under: Heads Up,No-Limit Hold'em,PokerStars,S&G,Triple Shootout

Not much play today, bank holiday today…big party yesterday evening….not really in the mood for much poker today. So I just played two 4 player HU matches…won one…lost one (after he got lucky on me thrice, but I’m not here to whine about that)…then I played a triple shootout to the sunday million. Won the first table easily…could have gone the other way though…the crucial hand was basically a cooler which ran my way on the river…three handed, preflop limp fest…I knuckle the virtual felt with 52o. Flop comes down 543 rainbow…TP and the OESD to boot…SB leads…I call…button folds. Turn 5. Wheeee….SB leads bigger this time…I pop it…he pushes…I insta-call…he shows A5o…lol….wheeeee…not…oh well…at least I got outs (three aces and four sixes to win…three fours and three threes to chop)…river A….wheeeee….

After that we played the waiting game as the final few tables folded and folded and made some horrible laydowns. How can laydown a hand headsup if the setup is: blinds 300/600…shortstack has 1045 and has the button….can you say instacall? No…fold…probably didn’t have a face card, lol! Oh well…finally they kicked each other and we are at table two…that’s when I met the vacuum. First he sucked out (on another player) making a horrible play…then he sucked in all the other chips at the table…I lost two flips to him in back to back hands…first my AJs vs his 88…I lost the minimum there (although he had a boat)…in the very next hand I look down at 88 and he wakes up with AQs…no joy and I walk…oh well…that’s how it goes…enjoy the random pic dump….and I’m out…