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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2007|02:36 am]
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8/16 at Garden City. Flop is kinda scary and I have trash, but for some reason I think I can take the pot. I bet. Guy raises. Guy is staring right at me. If you want to know what he looked like, turn to page 13 in Caro's Book of Tells. Looks like time for a bluff to me, so I three bet. He four bets. And he's staring straight at me. So I stare straight back.

We're heads-up, so I five bet.

He calls.

The turn is a nine, giving me one shitty pair. I bet, and he folds.

I never get away with this.

8/16 at Bay 101. I have JJ in early position (UTG+2) and we get four bets in before the flop. Flop is JT3 or something with two diamonds. I bet, left-hand opponent calls, early position raises. I go ahead and three-bet, because there are two diamonds, and both players call.

Turn is another baby but doesn't fill anything in. I still have the nuts. I raise, LHO calls, and the other aggressor raises.

It's one bet to call to me, I have the nuts, there are multiple obvious draws, and we have one guy along for the ride. Do I string him along or do I bet again?

When in doubt, raise. We lose the caller, and the other aggressor calls.

The river brings in a small straight. I figure the other guy has a big pair, based on his pre-flop action; I can't put him on the small straight, so I bet again. He calls with a set of 3s which are blissfully no good.

I took a beating in this game and came back on this hand to just a little less than even. I misplayed one hand (two pair, got raised on the flop, went for the check-raise on the turn but gave a free card instead, caught the boat on the river and checked it down going for a check-raise again -- oops) and probably several others.

The Bay 101 8/16 game seems to pay off bluffs much more than the GC game. Or it was really late at night and I was trying to recover some money before I went home. Probably both, actually.
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(no subject) [Sep. 24th, 2007|05:13 pm]
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I was in the mood to play some poker recently, so I did.

As always, excuse the lack of details, or rather, the lack of correctness of them. I am always wondering how if I'm playing tight, I keep writing up these trash stories. I guess I'm in the blinds a lot.

Garden City 8/16, half kill. Game is limpy/passive, as usual. I call with 76o for some reason; my recollection is that I was in the BB and it was just one bet more.

Flop 997. Icky. I bet out. I have not shown down a loser in a while, and I'm pretty sure I will get called by a 9, raised by an overpair—that's just what the locals always do.

Anyway, I get a couple callers, including the guy who looks just a little like Andy Bloch. Except he has greying hair, no facial hair, and doesn't play as well.

Turn is another small card, so I bet again. Andy Bloch Lite calls, and we lose one other caller.

River is something like K. I check, because I can't bluff (slowplaying a 9 is a real possibility) and I can't value bet. Andy Bloch Lite bets. I call, because the pot is healthy.

He shows 75o. I stare at a minute, because I really expected to see a slowplayed 9. But it's a 75o after five seconds, so I turn over my 76 and keep my hand on it.

"6 plays," I say. A.B.L. looks really disappointed. Claimed 88 and 98 bitch for the next ten minutes.

Same game, different session. I'm pretty cold pre-flop still, and I've turned a $300 loss into about a $100 loss. No big deal.

I find 97♠ in the blinds. Well, good enough, I call a bet pre-flop because it's like six way action.

Flop T♠9♣8♠ looks pretty good to me. Open for one bet to me, I open for a bet and by the time it comes back around to me, it's capped. Fine.

Turn is a 6♣. Well, good enough. Bet, raise, raise, raise. Four of us!

River is like a red K. Uh, okay. I bet, and I get one call from AT♣. Guy on my left claims he folded A6♠, which sounds about right.

This turns my night around and I leave, up about $170, not too long later.
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(no subject) [Jun. 24th, 2007|01:04 pm]
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I played the rebuy orgy tournament at Garden City today. It starts at 10:15 and I'm writing this at 1PM, so that can't be good.

$80 buy-in gets you T1000 in chips. Rebuy anytime you're <= 1000, including immediately, for $40 for T500 in chips. Add-on, $40 for T1000, at the end of the first hour (four levels). "Spread-limit" format means it's effectively no-limit — the max limit is 50x the minimum, so it's hard to even have that many chips.

Three events of note:

(1) UTG player, who seems pretty insane, raises to 900, says "Easy to call." Blinds are 50-100. I'm on the button with TT, and all fold to me. I have T2475 and rebuys are still available. This stack is pretty average, and the structure is fast.

What should I do?

(2) After a suckout, I have a pretty good chip stack, about 5k at the break. I elect to pass on the add-on, because adding 10% to my stack doesn't seem worthwhile.

I take AQ up against 99 and miss in a completely boring confrontation.

(3) I have T2800 left, and blinds are 200-400. I am in the small blind and am looking for an excuse to jam. There are two limpers to me. I have 85o and jam, figuring my trash is live and I have some fold equity and the pot is already pretty big.

But I was very wrong. BB folds, UTG raises all-in, limper folds, and UTG shows AA.

The answer to (1) is fold, apparently. I actually jammed and got shown QQ. No problem, though—I flopped a set.

(2) is more unfortunate. I assumed the add-on was really just a re-buy, but it's not. A rebuy is T500 for $40. The add-on is T1000 for $40. But I forgot to ask ahead of time, so by the time I realized I had to take the add-on, I couldn't.
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(no subject) [Jun. 18th, 2007|04:30 pm]
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I took another shot at the Garden City 5-200 on Sunday. It went much better.

I have KK, folded to me.  I raise to $20, call by one player on my immediate left. She had been talking with the staff about just being back from the Series and cashing in the 6-handed NL event. But I have KK so I'm not real worried. Flop K55. Now I'm REALLY not worried. She checks, I check. Turn KK5A. (ding!) She bets like 40, I call. River, some baby, she bets 80, I raise, she jams, I call.  Her AQo no good and she must buy chips.

The very next hand I catch a set and make a bunch more money.

I raise with AA and win the blinds. Shit; maybe I'm not stealing enough.  So three or so hands later, I have 65♦, I raise and get a caller. Fuck. Flop is like A64. Close enough for me. I make a pot-sized bet (~$40) and I get raised all-in. I'm in trouble. But it's just $40 more and I have 5 outs and he could be bluffing (yeah, right), uh, backdoor flush, uh, so I call. And apologize and show my 6. Then, when he river comes 5, I apologize again and take the pot. I swear I was playing that hand for table image. Right.

Last big win: I start the hand with about $900 and limp in with A8♠. Lots of limping here in general. Fiveish of us take a flop with two spades. I figure this flop is pretty good so I bet out ~$35, but I get raised to $100 to-go.

I don't think quite enough about his stack, IIRC, but he's pretty deep. His raise is about $65, there's about $65 in the pot, I have 9 spades and 3 aces to draw to. I call.

(Away from the table, I've decided this is a no-brainer call given the typical opponent, but at the time it seemed a little more marginal.  Which is fine because maybe it made good Hollywood.)

Turn is a spade, a cute little spade. Now, how to get paid off? I could try for the check-raise, but that doesn't seem right. I bet out $100, IIRC. He raises $200 (the max), I sneak a quick peek to make sure that was A8♠, and I re-raise him all in. River does not pair the board. I have the nuts. He claims he had a set. Man, I love getting paid off

I'm in late position with AK.  There's a raise UTG to 15 (3-5 blinds) and then a re-raise to 45.  I let it go, and he exposes AQ♥.  D'oh.

If I'm up N times the buy-in, and the list is short, should I just stand up occasionally to rathole some money? Given the structure, the last thing I want to do is have a 3-5 blind NL game turn into a $200-limit game on the turn. When I had $400, I felt a little nervous. When I had $1000, I felt pretty nervous, and I started steering clear of the other big stack.

I need to do some thinking about when it's okay to chase flushes in this game. It doesn't come up often, but it does come up pretty regularly. I've gotten paid off both at GC and Lucky Chances doing this, but I'm afraid to try it against my home game opponents who seem a little more wise to it.
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poker confessional [Jun. 11th, 2007|12:27 am]
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I played the 5-200 game at Garden City tonight. This is the closest thing to no-limit that's legal in San Jose. It went pretty badly, but I'm trying to work out what was luck and what I misplayed.

This is mostly for my future reference -- comments appreciated, but it's pretty much drivel.

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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2007|12:25 pm]
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(This was originally posted to ts4z but that wasn't what I meant.)

My poker results are improving. Turns out I play way too many starting hands.

I have made quad tens twice in under 48 hours. I haven't even played that much.

The other night, I decided to play the "midnight" Bay 101 tournament. It's actually at (gasp) 1:45 AM. I placed 3rd for a nice profit. Buyin $120 (100+15+5), cash-out $570.

This is a spread-limit tournament: the max bet is 40x the big blind, so that in the early levels, there is a cap on betting, but in the later levels, the cap is greater than the total chips in play. Wacky San Jose laws.

Memorable hands:

First hand: I fold some forgettable trash. Guy #1 raises, guy #2 calls. Flop JQK, bet, call. Turn Q. Somewhere along here the money goes in, and KQ, guy #1, has doubled-up on the first hand, cracking QJ.

KK, I limp in early position. Double-up raises and there are some more callers. I bet the max (2k, out of my stack of about 3k) and everyone folds.

After 3 levels, I have turned 3k into 7900 -- not bad. Actually, the deck was incredibly kind to me. Now, I'm sure I got a lot of good cards, but I have been really hot early in tournaments (three different YACHTs, several of pmilligan's monthly tournaments, etc.). Maybe it's chance, I guess, but I'm still pretty surprised.

I try to bust someone and lose a bunch of my stack.

Dealer change. New dealer is Eileen Milligan, which is nice. We get a ten minute break after level 6 and I talk to her. She points out that the "please use a rack to move your chips between tables" is not a suggestion but a hard-and-fast rule. Good thing I'd had money before, because I might have forgotten.

Now I'm pretty healthy again.

Actually, I spent the whole night not quite listening to (perfectly reasonable) directions from the floor, which was not real smart. Like, "Put your 500 chips in two equal stacks" to make the color up to 1k easy. No, I stacked them off in pairs so I could count them. Uhh....

Anyway, back to Eileen's deal: I try to steal from late positon with A2o, but run into AK. No problem. Eileen gives me the deuce on the river. Then the table breaks again.

I take TT against A8. I'm happy it's not a race. I can't see the window when the dealer spreads the flop, but several players gasp. I assume it's a A, but no, it's a T. The whole flop — TTA — was even more impressive.

Blinds go up pretty fast in the middle. Actually, I didn't think the structure was bad, but I was pretty deep most of the time.

Game gets incredibly tight when we get near the money. I'm not used to people trying to farm their way into a refund. I steal, somewhat selectively, but I am no longer getting hit with the deck. My steals pay off and I'm paying my blinds with their money. Yay Little Green Book.

I end up with about 30k when we go from two tables to one, which is well above average and almost a healthy stack. At the final table, I manage to peak at about 37k (57 players or so, so total chips is something like 160k).

Once we got into the money, the game loosened a little. But the short stacks were doubling up, and we kept not breaking them. I am looking for opportunities to steal, but I don't want to risk my stack with a big ace against a raise.

Finally, I find I'm on the button in an unraised pot. Blinds are 1500-3k, so I raise to 10k. One of the blinds jams. I have him covered, but I have three-six offsuit. It's a pretty clear fold, so I fold, and it hits the dealer's hand and flips over face up in the muck. Everyone sees it, I think, and the dealer turns it over. I laugh.

Seat five, on my left, turns to me and says, "Did you have King Queen?"

Finally some of the short stacks start going out. We get down to six handed. One fratboy-type, the nine seat, had been at my table earlier. He wasn't awful, but he was grinding his stack into the felt pretty consistently once the game got short-handed. I think I offered a ~$500 split and this guy vetoed it pretty disgustedly.

He was in the small blind, and I was in the big blind, when I heard him mutter, "I can't play this, he's just going to raise anyway," and folds. That was pretty much true, but I made sure to keep up appearances. I thought it was nice of him to confirm that I was playing him correctly.

We get down to four-handed. I have maybe 23k. Fratboy is UTG with 6k, blinds 3k and 6k. He goes all in and busts. 3rd pays 570, 2nd 10XX, 3rd 17XX (a save for 10th was taken from 1 and 2). I never really thought to angle for a deal once I locked up 3rd, but I had about 25k in chips and it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.

The next hand I have a suited king, go all-in, get called by one of the blinds, bust, and am in the line behind the fratboy. He says, "You were just waiting for me to bust, weren't you?"

"Yeah," I say, without thinking.

I wondered if he went home thinking it was personal.

Our table was back near the door. They'd chopped it by the time I got back.

Not bad for three hours entertainment. I might do it again, but it'd be pretty hard to be happy with my performance next time.

One question. If the tournament is listed as 100+15+5, and I didn't tip on my way out, how much of a jerk am I?
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(no subject) [Jun. 1st, 2007|02:53 am]
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I have been playing poker really badly lately.

I've been getting rivered a lot and otherwise just not doing well, but I've fixed any general bad luck by playing badly, too. Lots of stupid draws and poor starting hand selection, etc.

I don't even really have anything to say beyond that, unfortunately.
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(no subject) [May. 24th, 2007|01:49 am]
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(no subject) [May. 22nd, 2007|04:35 pm]
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8/16 holdem. I can't remember the details of this hand, but on the river, I called with a pair of nines, a busted draw that could beat a bluff on the end — and beat a bluff it did.

As I'm stacking the pot, a couple people start talking. Apparently I was an idiot for calling here. One guy said, "Did you misread your hand?"

What's the correct answer in this situation? In retrospect, I think it was "yes, I misread my hand" (and please bluff at me more), but instead, I said that the pot was huge.

I'd like to read another book like Middle Limit Holdem Poker, but slightly different. MLHP defines a concept, then illustrates by example. Usually, the first example illustrates the concept, the second illustrates a special case, etc.  It's a little predictble.

What I want is just the examples, and not in any particular order.

I'm aware of How Good is Your Pot Limit Omaha?  I think that's closer to what I want, but I haven't read it yet. (I know how good my PLO is. It's awful.)

The ideal book would be just a few decisions from a hand with the example on the next page. (I was far too tempted to read the solutions in MLHP, which were always the next paragraph.)  How Good... is formatted okay for this, I think,

Does any such book exist?
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(no subject) [May. 16th, 2007|01:20 pm]
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Haven't been playing quite as much poker the past few weeks, due to Jenn actually being at home, and my mom coming to visit before that.

What I have played, has been lousy.

I played the 3-100 spread-limit game at Garden City. I am going to try and steer clear of this game in the future. I have found the game somewhat rocky on a couple occasions, and even when you get people who are gambling a little, you can't make the big raises to punish them because of the $100 cap.

This, plus the fact that the rake makes it cost-prohibitive to limp at all, means the game is pretty bad. It would be okay if the stacks were bigger, or if the betting cap was $200, but as it is, I don't think it's playable.

I may try the 5-200 game, which should be better, but it's not even going all the time.

I saw exactly one happy fun gamb00lin' hand. Four players, three all-in, pre-flop. Hands KK, QQ, 33, board is like 3xxQJ, all hearts. >$400 pot, and the only really nice pot I saw. Glad I wasn't in it.

The 5-200 game may be more interesting, and closer to Lucky Chances' 1-1-2 game, but I haven't tried it. It wasn't running Sunday night.

I played two sessions of 8/16 recently, one where I was card dead and tilted off some extra chips at the end for a moderately large loss, and another where I was not quite so card dead and still blew a bunch of money. These games weren't bad, but I wasn't catching any cards. I've been pretty negative at this game lately.

Anyway, the usual.

One unusual thing: I saw a guy go on tilt because he lost $200. I mean, swearing-at-the-chiprunner tilt. We were laughing about his misfortune once he was out of earshot, but the punchline was that he ended up in a 3/6 game within a few minutes.

So, see, Dad, I did post something.
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