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…

So sick, it makes me want to puke
Sunday April 15th 2007, 3:56 am
Filed under: MTT,No-Limit Hold'em,PokerStars,S&G,Shorthanded,Tournaments,Triple Shootout

What can I say…an interesting session today. Battled with donks back and forth and they got the best of me most of the time. Lost two headsup matches – the usual. No need to play anymore HU for the day as I can’t catch a break to save my very soul. I play a little six handed SnG trying to blow off some steam. That works out pretty nicely, I get down to headsup, but I’m down 1:4 in chips. Thirty hands later I’m the winner. Wheee…a W.

After that, I jumped into a Triple Shootout to the sunday million. The first two tables are mostly a blur.

First table

What stood out on the second table was my headsup opponent. He took out three players (including one that took out the first player), so we went into HU with me being at 1:3 in chips. He started to bleed chips though as I made one “great call” after the other and caught him bluffing and/or overplaying his hand time and time again. After a few short hands I was the chipleader. I had the chance to bust him when I moved in on him with A6 he calls with A4…chop…a few hands later I took him out though to advance to the finals.

Second table

Sitting at the final table I promised myself to not get involved unless I had a monster. I kept my promise for quite a long time until one player busted and I finally started to pick up some hands. I was still down to 1k in chips and as it’s a turbo it was make or break time. I moved in with 55 and the BB called me, after some deliberation, with QJo…alrighty…let’s not get unlucky here…5 on the flop…wheeee….so I double through and pick up some pots after that. Soon enough I’m the new chipleader and I try to knock out a shorty. I raise it preflop and instead of pushing, what I hoped he’d do, he calls half his stack…so he’s basically commited…hmm….I hold KsQs…flop comes down KJT rainbow…he pushes…now I’m sitting there with an open-ender and top pair and he could have any two…so I instacall….he shows? Q9o….well played sir, but wait, there are still cards to come. turn Q….river A…chop it…I’ll take that, but how come he flops the joint with a dominated hand there, damn it…that hand comes back to haunt me later on, don’t worry. I fold fold fold and the chopbox is picking up steam, he raises relentlessly and even when he get’s called he shows up with the best hand. Soon enough he’s the chipleader, there’s one shorter player and I’m in third. Then the hand comes up. Boy, I wish I would have just folded it, lol…then again…four-handed? Who am I kidding.

I look down at AKo in the BB and the chopbox comes in for the standard raise on the button. He got me covered by 14 chips…and I honestly think about pushing…but wait…why should I do that when there is one shorter player. Then again, only top two pay (third is bubble winning 2$ lol). Let’s just see a flop and see what happens. Flop comes down K98 with two clubs (I got the Ac). I think about it and there’s no way I think I’m behind here…if he got lucky (like he did on the hand against me and two hands later against another player K9 vs AK)…well..then at least I have a good rant on my hands. So I push and he insta-calls showing? 99…thank you very much…turn club..river blank and I’m out in fourth. So friggin sick. Yes, it’s a coinflip. Yes, I didn’t need to get involved (although with the 5min levels you gotta play some if you got some). So I’m still sitting here, puzzled. He makes a play from the button, so do I worry about a big hand here, not necessarily. I decide to make the call, leaving me slightly over 1.7k (blinds 100/200). I’m hitting the flop TPTK + backdoor flush draw. Should I check there? Now he pushes anyway so no way I’m getting away from that hand in that spot or am I supposed to believe that I’m behind against a button-standard-raise-range here? – I didn’t think so. So, was he lucky? Yes. Was I unlucky? Yes. Oh well…that’s the way it is. Story of my day. Played 204 hands of flawless poker, well, 203 if you discount the last hand and I’m sitting here with a bad taste in my mouth. (And yes, he won the ticket, surprise surprise) So sick, I could almost feel the T$ in my account. Damn! I hate it when stuff like this happens on the bubble…especially after kicking butt for 1.5hours and the chance to makes 215$ out of 2$ so close, so close and in such a tourney it’s not the money that stings (pretty obvious at a buyin of 2$), it’s the fact that you got so far and then crapped out of it. Sickening…feels like craping your pants right in front of the toilet door. I’m off to cry myself to sleep now…j/k…nn 😉

So sick

So sick