Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I love 4.40s and I suck at NL cash

Wow. Dropped 3 buyins at the $50 NL tables Saturday night to drop below $800 in my account. I must be horrible. I shall not venture over the $10 NL cash tables for at least a month or two. I have dropped way too much money there. Just way too passive/calling stationish and when I make moves they seem to blow up in my face.

I got a lot of it back playing 1/2 6 max and then last night I cashed 2nd in another 180 person $4.40 person sit n go for $144. I was chipleader pretty much the whole tourney up until 6 were left. Then I was the shortstack with 5 to go and hit some hands and took a 2 to 1 chip lead a little while into heads up (started about 50/50). Screwed up by pushing with 33 over his preflop raise and his A4o outraced me. Then I pushed into his second nuts with an OESD and that was that. Oh well. I need to be more careful heads up when I have such an obvious advantage with tight players.

$1058 in the account. I'm gonna have to get 480 FPP points tonight to get to goldstar level. I guess I'll probably 3 table 1/2 6 max and try not to go on tilt. I also have another $20 rebuy live tourney tonight. Last week I blew the chiplead with 4 to go and bubbled. Whoops. Cashing for $500 there the night before my trip would be too sweet.

VEGAS TOMORROW. Woo-hoo! Staying through Monday with my buddy from Dallas. Can't wait. 1/2 NL and craps tables here we come.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

the doom switch

Ah - it's not really that bad but I haven't been able to avoid being sucked out on when all-in in tournies since I won the $4.40. It's kinda funny since it's small stakes but I have certainly not had any luck go my way. It happens.

QQ > KK aipf
1010 > AA aipf
K5 > 88 on a 543 flop.
A7 > A2 on a 26x flop.

Oh and I got it all-in poorly with Q10 on a 10 high flop and JJ held up. That was not good.

That's my last 5 tournies.

Had a great session of .5/1 horse followed up by a horrible session where I kept losing out on the river in stud. Love/hate that game. Down to $944 now from my high of $1036 mostly due to a 6 max NL session at $25 where I dropped 3 buyins where only the nuts would do.

I'll keep plugging away this week. Leaving for Vegas on Thursday.

Oh - we plan to stay at the Westin after spending our first night at the Imperial Palace. Got a good rate there for $49 thru an internet special. Got the Westin thru priceline for $60 (listed rate on their website is $175 for those dates).

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

$4.40 180 person a day keeps the bustaments away

I've been trying to play in one (and limit myself to one) every day.

Came in 63rd yesterday by busting out 2 or 3 hands after the 1st break (yes, 2/3 of the field is gone after an hour) with AA in the BB to 1010. aipf. Meh - it was time for that to happen I guess. It had been awhile for me in a tourney situation.

Took down my first 180 person tourney this morning. $216 boosts the bankroll over $1000 (cleared the bonus Monday night). Woot for me.

It's incredible how bad most players are heads up. I had a 3 to 1 chiplead but this dude never had a chance. Folded waaaaaaaaaaaay too much preflop. Amazingly tight. I've played a good amount of heads up sit n gos over the years so I guess I have a pretty good advantage over the average $4.40 donk heads up. I hope to exploit that advantage again very soon.

It was great not having the tourney chipleader on my direct left for once. That helped a ton. I was able to play aggressively with chips near the bubble. That helps a lot also. It was fun to finally have the chips to push people around a little on the bubble. It also helped to have people try and steal my BB when I had them outchipped 5 to 1. Hello? I would shove over the top at least 1/2 the time but they didn't get the message.

I was down in chips when it got 3 handed but I was able to stay patient and (again) shove over the top when the player to my right got too frisky preflop. That helped a lot. Made a nice call with A7 on a 56A53 board when he shoved with 106 sooted. I had checked the check/call button so it was an instant call for his last 90k chips.

Also played like 6 hands of $25 NL while waiting to go out to eat. 108o 1st hand 4 handed raised to $1 I call. 769 flop. Check, he bets $1.75 I raise to $3.50 he folds. 3 hands later same guy raises my BB and I call $1 more with 89o. Flop 896 two hearts. I check he bets $1 and I raise to $2. He raises to $5 I push for $20 more. He calls with.... A7 clubs. So he has an OESD and ace hi. 8 on the turn and it was over. He sits out and I get 33 and hit my set for zero action on next hand. Oh well.

$25 in 6 hands. I like.

Monday, May 21, 2007

10 days till Vegas

I like to update my blog after a good session. Saturday I had my 1st good session since late April. I was down to $140 (from just over $500) and deposited $600 to take advantage of the 25% reload bonus on Stars. Proceeded to lose another $200 playing $25 & $50 NL plus a horribly tilted .5/1 6 max limit.

I finally adjusted my .5/1 6 max play and made almost $100 Saturday afternoon while waiting for the 10 billionth hand to hit. Basically just tighted up a little bit and stopped calling down with crappy hands. You don't have to be fancy to make money at that level. Duh.

I think I'll be fine now as I clear the bonus. I've never failed to cash out over 1k when doing the $600 reload deposit. It would be nice to clear it in the next week so I can use the money in Vegas. Hopefully the PayTru card shows up so I can cash out via ATM.

I've been playing the $4.40 180 persons lately. 22nd, 43rd and a 10th just now. KQ>A4 aipf with same chip stacks. Oh well. I won 2 important races and it seems like that's all it takes to go deep in those things.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Playing a deep stacks tourney right now. 1st level:

(btw - 10 guys out in the first 7 minutes. Yes, 5k starting chips and 30 minute blinds. Wow.

Seat 4: Whatever (4920 in chips)
Seat 5: metking (6380 in chips)
Seat 6: Lori (5480 in chips)
Seat 7: Breeze (3430 in chips)
Seat 8: KicknBall (4700 in chips)
Seat 9: jonah (5600 in chips)
metking: posts small blind 10
Lori: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***Dealt to Whatever [2h 2c]
Breeze: raises 40 to 60
4 folds
Sixthson: calls 60
Whatever: calls 60
1 fold
Lori: calls 40
*** FLOP *** [5h 3s 2d]
Lori5: checks
Breeze: bets 100
Sixthson: calls 100
Whatever: raises 300 to 400
2 folds
Sixthson: calls 300
*** TURN *** [5h 3s 2d] [Ks]
Sixthson: checks
Whatever: bets 780
Sixthson: raises 1220 to 2000 **Wow. A4? Maybe I guess.**
Whatever: calls 1220*** RIVER *** [5h 3s 2d Ks] [4d] **gross. Or maybe it was a great card for me I dunno**
Sixthson: bets 2400 and is all-in
Whatever: instafolds
Sixthson collected 5150 from pot
Sixthson: doesn't show hand

lost 1/2 my chips there. Got 2/3 back on next hand when a guy's flush draw missed and I had top pair and OESD. Got more back 3 hands later by hitting top pair and calling down a little bluff. Sitting at 4400. Pretty typical for me. Can't cash in on the morons that are seemingly everywhere the first 2 or 3 levels.