Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Trying something new

4 tabling $25 NL 6 max the last 2 nights. $92 last night and $65 tonight and I don't feel like I played great in either session. I called off a ton of money early both nights on semi-tilt. Just bad decisions. There's no reason to play big pots without great hands. The players will hand me their money if I just stop with the hero calls early. Even with that I got one table up to $151. Crazy.

Anyway, I'll take the money as I get used to something new. That's a nice change. Moving down from $50 is a big difference. If I can stop doing stupid stuff I should be able to grow my bankroll at a good rate here.

It's nice being able to check raise a low flop with air from the blinds and then fire on the turn without thinking twice. I guess playing comfortably inside of one's bankroll will do that.

I remember back in the day (2003) loading up $50 on Party Poker and playing their $25 PL games - sweating every decision because it could be my last for a while. I like this better.

Bankroll up to $790 with $11 invested in a private sng tonight.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Heads up

This is what I do when I'm on tilt a little bit and sometimes it works out.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $1.00 BB (2 handed) Poker Stars Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

BB ($100.55)
Whatever ($95.05)

Preflop: Whatever is Button with 7s, 5d.
Button raises to $2, BB raises to $4, Whatever calls $2.

Flop: ($8) 6s, Th, 4h (2 players)
BB bets $9, Whatever calls $9.

Turn: ($26) 8s (2 players)
BB bets $35, Button raises to $82.05, BB calls $47.05.

River: ($190.10) 6d (2 players)

Final Pot: $190.10

Results in white below:
BB has Tc Ad (two pair, tens and sixes).
Whatever has 7s 5d (straight, eight high).
Outcome: Whatever wins $190.10.

BB said, "lol"
BB said, "is this real"
BB said, "did you just pay 9 dollars to see 1 card?"
Whatever said, "did you just lose a 189 dollar pot with one pair?"
BB said, "to ppair top kicker aint enough?"
Whatever said, "you tell me"

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Vegas '08

Well got in Friday night and my buddy was waiting for me at the airport. Hit the taxi line for a 30 minute wait for our cab. Met up with a girl in line and she eventually insisted on sharing a cab with us. That's makes back to back Vegas trips where someone wanted to share our cab. I guess our vibe just attracts those types.

Went out that night and didn't play poker until Saturday afternoon (at South Point). The reviews were pretty much right on about the place. 1/2 NL was fairly tight but there were always 3 or 4 bad players who would do things like make it 18 or 20 to go preflop. So stupid.

I was never under my original $200 (I forgot that max buyin is $300 there) and enjoyed myself immensely. The table talk was good and most guys were pretty nice/laid back although nobody was drinking. It looked like at least 6 of the 9 players there were locals. At least.

Cashed out up $220 or so after 3 1/2 hours just playing tight poker. Bluffed small 3 or 4 times and always showed. Never got fancy in big pots just large bets when I thought I was ahead. There was a huge pot early that didn't involved me that was 5s versus 3s when all of the money went in on turn on a Jack hi board with 4 overs. Soooo crazy.

I hit trip aces early with A10 in the blinds versus a late position A9 sooooted just calling the whole way since he was one of the few tighter/better player on the table. Later a guy 2 off the button made it $20 to go (he was the 3s earlier) and I looked down to find AA on the button. I repopped it to $60 and he called fairly quickly. I bet out $80 on a K hi flop and he thought forever before folding. Oops. Later had JJ against the other horrible player at the table and I flat called his $12 raise on the button again. I reraised him from $20 to either $40 or $60 on the flop and then bet out a spade flush that got there on the turn (had the J of spades) and he folded pretty quickly.

Same guy limped with 104 off and $20 to go guy raised to $10 with aces. J54 flop and 104 guy bets out $12 and aces flat calls. 10 gets there on the turn and we see a nice big funny pot.

Just very basic/tight poker and I avoided any really hard decisions at all. I wanted to play their 2/4 limit game but we left Sunday around noon for the Wynn. No time for poker.

Arrived at the Wynn and got the free upgrade to their 5 star Tower Suites. 59th floor freaking amazing/incredible view from the ceiling to floor windows. Unbelievable. Buddy broke out the guitar so we just hung there after lunch and cruising the casino. The wait list for the 4/8 limit game was 9 people so I just decided to try later.

Our next gambling was Monday morning at sunrise at the Casino Royale and their 20x odds on craps. Had a great couple of hours being the only shooters and made a few dollars. Nothing much. Checked out the poker room at the Wynn on the way in but the 4/8 wasn't running. A couple of the NL games were going but I hadn't heard great things about that no max buy-in game for a guy like me that was only gonna put up a few shekels. lol one of the South Point guys said he played there once and a kid sat down with $12,000 at the 1/3 game.

Oh the strangest thing I saw was the first night at Stoneys I guess.

My friend was 2 stepping with a girl and out of nowhere she pushed a guy that was walking by with 2 hands and then full out punched him in the jaw as hard as she could. The dude immediately apologized for grabbing her boob and walked off. Later we had to get ice for her hand as it had swelled up. A few songs later the boob grabber and her were dancing as if nothing had happened.