Wednesday, June 27, 2007

leaving yay!

I've been on a little bit of a downer live lately and that's been kinda annoying. Spending so much time in vegas has really warn us out, so we're leaving tonight. Same food, living out of a hotel room, gambool gambool all day, missing gf's...time to go home.

Monday, June 25, 2007

cannot think of a title

So, while the tournament I was crying about yesterday was the biggest crapshoot I've ever seen, it actually wasn't miserable at all and I honestly had a decent time playing it. I think I lasted only 4 hours or something, but everything mattered from the beginning so there wasn't that super mundane first 3 hours where nothing matters.

After busting out I decided to check out the rio 100/200 game, which was 5 handed at the time. Perfect. While not a particularily great game, it surely beat the 1/2 games at the bellagio on average. I won my buyin back and quit around 5am. Ian and schneider had came over to play 2/4 with a fish that I had set up but the floor were assholes and wouldn't start it for us. We agreed to play today at the venetian and exchanged #'s but his is and Israeli # so none of us can call him. I called sprint to have international calling added to my plan but it's still not working. Darnit. I gotta get a phone card I guess.

We came back and Ian and I played online. Chopped 100/200 action and I played some 50/100 HUHU vs some n00bs. Won a little and decided to ring em up and goto bed around 7 or something.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Prepping myself to be miserable for the next x hours...playing another stupid tournament - the $1500 lhe/nl mix. I have next to no interest in playing but I guess it's a cheap/easy shot at a bracelet and a nice little pay day. If only I wouldn't have left my ipod on the airplane it would be far less painful.

kill me now.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


I've been playing tons and tons of HUHU online and it just doesn't seem fair for my opponents. A big part of the success I've been having is knowing who to play when. A lot of the guys can play fine but they get on tilt and don't quit, whereas when I get in the same spot I quit much faster. Basically what I'm saying is along with the fact that I play slightly better than most of the people I play, I play more hands when I have a psychological advantage than they do. There are also a lot of guys who will sit with 600 who have almost no chance and will lose that and quit. That definitely helps too.

I only played like 2 hours yesterday live, where I won something like 26 bucks. I was in HUHU online mode which doesn't really work overly well at a live 100/200 game. Tariq and I took a break and went to dinner, but even when I got done with that I didn't feel like playing anymore. So instead I played a little online and started watching entourage. I thought the show started a little slow and while amusing, wasn't particularly great, but now that I'm a few more episodes in I'm really digging it. It's not deep or anything, but the antics are quite hilarious.


mmm tilting

After reloading for $600 8 times a guy finally threw in the towel. lol.

betabear: $##% it GG
Dealer: uglystyles wins the pot ($30)
Dealer: Hand #2743926767
uglystyles: ?
Dealer: betabear has 5 seconds left to act
Dealer: betabear has timed out
Dealer: Hand #2743926767 has been canceled
betabear: remmind me never to play u ever again
uglystyles: lol
uglystyles: do i know you?
betabear: no
uglystyles: ok
betabear: cant believe u got me on tilt, im so $&!!in stupid
uglystyles: ez to happen at HU
betabear: bye

Friday, June 22, 2007

money hating

I'd link to poker bob's blog but he hasn't started writing in it yet. This is definitely a case of money hating.

FullTiltPoker Game #2743024203: Table Kansas (heads up) - $30/$60 - Limit Hold'em - 23:35:59 ET - 2007/06/22
Seat 1: uglystyles ($553)
Seat 2: jelie767 ($642.50)
jelie767 posts the small blind of $15
uglystyles posts the big blind of $30
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to uglystyles [Ad Ac]
jelie767 calls $15
uglystyles raises to $60
jelie767 calls $30
*** FLOP *** [2d 6s 7c]
uglystyles bets $30
jelie767 raises to $60
uglystyles calls $30
*** TURN *** [2d 6s 7c] [Kh]
uglystyles checks
jelie767 bets $60
uglystyles raises to $120
jelie767 raises to $180
uglystyles raises to $240
jelie767 calls $60
*** RIVER *** [2d 6s 7c Kh] [Ah]
uglystyles bets $60
jelie767 raises to $120
uglystyles raises to $180
jelie767 calls $60
*** SHOW DOWN ***
uglystyles shows [Ad Ac] three of a kind, Aces
jelie767 mucks
uglystyles wins the pot ($1,079.50) with three of a kind, Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $1,080 | Rake $0.50
Board: [2d 6s 7c Kh Ah]
Seat 1: uglystyles (big blind) showed [Ad Ac] and won ($1,079.50) with three of a kind, Aces
Seat 2: jelie767 (small blind) mucked [5d Qc] - Ace King high

About 15 hands later

FullTiltPoker Game #2743079973: Table Kansas (heads up) - $30/$60 - Limit Hold'em - 23:41:37 ET - 2007/06/22
Seat 1: uglystyles ($1,238.50)
Seat 2: jelie767 ($1,454.50)
uglystyles posts the small blind of $15
jelie767 posts the big blind of $30
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to uglystyles [Ks Kh]
uglystyles raises to $60
jelie767 calls $30
*** FLOP *** [Jc 3h 4s]
jelie767 bets $30
uglystyles raises to $60
jelie767 raises to $90
uglystyles raises to $120
jelie767 calls $30
*** TURN *** [Jc 3h 4s] [5h]
jelie767 bets $60
uglystyles raises to $120
jelie767 raises to $180
uglystyles calls $60
*** RIVER *** [Jc 3h 4s 5h] [6d]
jelie767 bets $60
uglystyles calls $60
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jelie767 shows [9h Js] a pair of Jacks
uglystyles shows [Ks Kh] a pair of Kings
uglystyles wins the pot ($839.50) with a pair of Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $840 | Rake $0.50
Board: [Jc 3h 4s 5h 6d]
Seat 1: uglystyles (small blind) showed [Ks Kh] and won ($839.50) with a pair of Kings
Seat 2: jelie767 (big blind) showed [9h Js] and lost with a pair of Jacks

He dusted off like 1700 and with left with like 2k on the table. :( Still a nice donation though I guess.

update from vegas

Just waiting at a 30/60 HU table so I figured I'd make a little update.

I haven't played a ton of cash games since coming back, but I'm down a little bit at them. Online I've been crushing, so that's been nice. I was playing $200/400 yesterday and Ian J complimented me and said the "old bk" is fully back. Basically the "confident/relentless" bk is back, which is a big deal to me.

I played Crazy mike HUHU $100/200 at the Venetian last night too. He beat me for like $8500, but if we could have played another hour or 2 it's highly likely I would have came back, as I had him on "monkey tilt". He said he was able to get in everyone else's head yet he couldn't get in mine and instead I was in his head. Still, he got the dollars, so it's not super great.

After the match I went back to the bellagio at about 6am and saw a short-handed $300/600 game schneider was playing in so decided to hop in cause I was feeling really good and I liked the spot.

Played a bunch of big pots but quit 45 minutes later when the game got significantly worse up 500!!!! 1 big bet per hour at 3/6!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I ended up actually winning yesterday after a nice evening session. I focused on mostly heads up and it went well. I absolutely destroyed a guy for about an hour and then I don't know if a light bulb went off in his head, or he started really tilting or what, but he stopped doing the stupid things and started playing a lot tougher and I felt almost like he had an advantage. Pretty sure it was a form of tilt as he was down so much. When most players tilt HU they are terrible. That's pretty much the main reason to play a lot of reasonablish players...try to tilt them and if they do it turns into a landslide...but I've found there are a certain few bad players who's tilt game is much better because they 3 bet a lot more out of the big blind, they don't fold as much, they throw in a couple f-you raises and generally make your day tough.

Off to Vegas now.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Stressful stressful

Well I got out of the shower and for some reason just felt like I sat down and played. A moron sat 30/60 HUHU with me and proceeded to run up 2500 or so off me really quickly. Usually I'd quit but dean msged me about how horrible this guy was, and I agreed so I stuck to it.

An hour and a half, lots of frustration, and 372 hands later I had all the money, which was only a profit of 518 dollars after the rake. I was also getting pwned on other tables, so at one point was down $5500 on the day, which I haven't been online in a long time. Now I'm at -2300 which is completely tolerable and acceptable.

Back to vegas

Booked my flight this afternoon for tomorrow. The plan now is to stay til monday but you just never know. Could be longer, not likely shorter.

Took the rest of the day off yesterday as planned. Played a couple short sessions today but wasn't overly feeling it either so unless I play real late tonight, I probably wont play any more online til vegas.

We have softball tonight, which I missed 2 weeks of cause I was in vegas. That was dissapointing as I've really been having tons of fun with it.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

bad start

I suppose there is one good thing about starting a session out get to take the afternoon off! :)

Given the breakeven for 6 or 7k hands I think I'm just going to focus more on 15/30 for a little bit more to help disallow myself from getting back into a rut. Probably weak-tight but the 15 games are super good and should have me back on path for making a gillion very shortly. I'm also not going to push it...I'll just take more afternoons off and all will fall into place in due time.

stars heads up tables

If stars had heads up tables it would profit me nicely. So if you're bored and would like to help me - email and tell them you want to see heads up tables.


some time in mn

Since coming back poker has been completely breakeven. Maybe 6k hands as I've played a good amount (given how i only play 2-4 tables...usually 3 or so. It's definitely ok to come back down to earth.

I feel like 3 betting the flop and checking the turn is way back in style. Maybe people just do it to me cause they are sick of me check/raising so many flops, but man have I seen a ton of it and a lot of stupid ones, too.

This is a very standard hand it seems. In this case he didn't get there, but it feels like they are getting there far more often than they should.

POKERSTARS GAME #10467215866: HOLD'EM LIMIT ($30/$60) - 2007/06/16 - 16:25:42 (ET)
Table 'Natalie V' 10-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 2: bicyclekick ($1396 in chips)
Seat 6: Pongo69 ($1271 in chips)
Seat 7: poker_millie ($302.50 in chips)
Seat 8: bulld7 ($2424 in chips)
bulld7: posts small blind $15
bicyclekick: posts big blind $30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bicyclekick [3s 3h]
Pongo69: folds
poker_millie: raises $30 to $60
bulld7: folds
bicyclekick: calls $30
*** FLOP *** [2h 5h Ts]
bicyclekick: checks
poker_millie: bets $30
bicyclekick: raises $30 to $60
poker_millie: raises $30 to $90
bicyclekick: calls $30
*** TURN *** [2h 5h Ts] [8s]
bicyclekick: checks
poker_millie: checks
*** RIVER *** [2h 5h Ts 8s] [4s]
bicyclekick: bets $60
poker_millie: calls $60
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bicyclekick: shows [3s 3h] (a pair of Threes)
poker_millie: mucks hand
bicyclekick collected $433 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $435 | Rake $2
Board [2h 5h Ts 8s 4s]
Seat 2: bicyclekick (big blind) showed [3s 3h] and won ($433) with a pair of Threes
Seat 6: Pongo69 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: poker_millie (button) mucked [Kh Js]
Seat 8: bulld7 (small blind) folded before Flop

For those that were wondering, I would have called down most turn/river combos if he had fired both streets. I mean, if it comes running QJ I would almost surely fold, and if an ace would have come I would have probably mucked it too. I just see too much shit like AJ here (and in this case even KJ) as well as I like seeing showdowns with pairs to give too much thought to folding. I mean people might think I'm a loose fish when they have QQ and I payoff, but it'll stick in their head that I'm betting and raising without overly strong hands and most people are not great at adjusting to that kind of play, especially live vegas players (nothing against them, they just don't have to deal with it as much cause they don't play online or in LA as much)

Kels and I took a really bad beat the other night. I had purchased twins tickets on stubhub for row 2 behind the twins dugout for only 115 a piece and I got a phone call about 2 hours before the game saying something happened with the seller and we no longer got the tickets. WTF? luckily the way the twins do tickets is messed up, so they had better tickets at that point than they did a few hours before, so we still got reasonable seats.

Friday, June 15, 2007

internet gambling hearing video

barney frank ftw.

3 quick hands

I'm pretty lazy right now but I thought I'd share 3 hands I played today that while nothing special at all, I've been asked to post more hands and these hands I am much more likely to screw up when running badly.

PokerStars Game #10432335401: Hold'em Limit ($30/$60) - 2007/06/14 - 13:58:26 (ET)
Table 'Ophelia V' 10-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 5: skilledyou ($1399 in chips)
Seat 6: bicyclekick ($1199 in chips)
Seat 7: Intrepidity ($1287 in chips)
Intrepidity: posts small blind $15
skilledyou: posts big blind $30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bicyclekick [Jc Td]
bicyclekick: raises $30 to $60
Intrepidity: folds
skilledyou: calls $30
*** FLOP *** [3s Ts As]
skilledyou: checks
bicyclekick: bets $30
skilledyou: raises $30 to $60
bicyclekick: calls $30
*** TURN *** [3s Ts As] [Qd]
skilledyou: checks
bicyclekick: bets $60
skilledyou: raises $60 to $120
bicyclekick: calls $60
*** RIVER *** [3s Ts As Qd] [9d]
skilledyou: checks
bicyclekick: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
skilledyou: shows [Kh 7s] (high card Ace)
bicyclekick: shows [Jc Td] (a pair of Tens)
bicyclekick collected $494 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $495 | Rake $1
Board [3s Ts As Qd 9d]
Seat 5: skilledyou (big blind) showed [Kh 7s] and lost with high card Ace
Seat 6: bicyclekick (button) showed [Jc Td] and won ($494) with a pair of Tens
Seat 7: Intrepidity (small blind) folded before Flop

PokerStars Game #10432364413: Hold'em Limit ($30/$60) - 2007/06/14 - 14:00:26 (ET)
Table 'Nashira III' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: Numbr2pencil ($1256 in chips)
Seat 2: bicyclekick ($1851 in chips)
Seat 3: loco90 ($7566 in chips)
Seat 5: imissparty ($2707 in chips)
Seat 6: TheForeigner ($3235 in chips)
loco90: posts small blind $15
imissparty: posts big blind $30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bicyclekick [Kc Qd]
TheForeigner: folds
Numbr2pencil: raises $30 to $60
bicyclekick: raises $30 to $90
loco90: folds
imissparty: folds
Numbr2pencil: raises $30 to $120
Betting is capped
bicyclekick: calls $30
*** FLOP *** [5d 4d Kh]
Numbr2pencil: bets $30
bicyclekick: calls $30
*** TURN *** [5d 4d Kh] [3s]
Numbr2pencil: bets $60
bicyclekick: raises $60 to $120
Numbr2pencil: calls $60
*** RIVER *** [5d 4d Kh 3s] [8s]
Numbr2pencil: bets $60
bicyclekick: raises $60 to $120
Numbr2pencil: calls $60
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bicyclekick: shows [Kc Qd] (a pair of Kings)
Numbr2pencil: mucks hand
bicyclekick collected $823 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $825 | Rake $2
Board [5d 4d Kh 3s 8s]
Seat 1: Numbr2pencil mucked [Kd Jd]
Seat 2: bicyclekick (button) showed [Kc Qd] and won ($823) with a pair of Kings
Seat 3: loco90 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: imissparty (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: TheForeigner folded before Flop (didn't bet)

PokerStars Game #10432390849: Hold'em Limit ($30/$60) - 2007/06/14 - 14:02:09 (ET)
Table 'Nashira III' 6-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: Numbr2pencil ($999 in chips)
Seat 2: bicyclekick ($2284 in chips)
Seat 3: loco90 ($7624 in chips)
Seat 5: imissparty ($2662 in chips)
Seat 6: TheForeigner ($3040 in chips)
Numbr2pencil: posts small blind $15
bicyclekick: posts big blind $30
Gator519: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bicyclekick [9d 8d]
loco90: folds
imissparty: folds
TheForeigner: folds
Numbr2pencil: raises $30 to $60
bicyclekick: calls $30
*** FLOP *** [3h 6c 4h]
Numbr2pencil: bets $30
bicyclekick: raises $30 to $60
Numbr2pencil: folds
bicyclekick collected $178 from pot
bicyclekick: doesn't show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $180 | Rake $2
Board [3h 6c 4h]
Seat 1: Numbr2pencil (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 2: bicyclekick (big blind) collected ($178)
Seat 3: loco90 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: imissparty folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: TheForeigner (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Thursday, June 14, 2007


I don't think I've ever left vegas not dead tired. /edit now that I think about it one time I did. I got reasonable sleep most of the trip, but over the last 2 days just 7 hours. We went to dinner and shows again so I didn't get to the poker room until 230am. I played 100/200 and a $200/400 game broke out but I wasn't interested in it.

I ended up getting a much better spot. The 100/200 game got down to a Japanese guy and I and he said he never plays HU and doesn't like it. This is where I have to try to do some good talking. I convince him to play 50/100 hu, but the dealer mistakenly mentions it to the floor who says we have to play 100/200. Fine, we'll play 1/2 and take half the bets back making it effectively 50/100. We play for a little when a new dealer sits down and makes a big stink about not allowing us to do what we're doing. He calls the floor over and they obviously take his side. The Japanese guy says "ok we play 10 more hands"

He's pretty bad at heads-up, but he at least understands he's supposed to raise most of his hands on the button. I put a bad beat on him and never mentioned the 10 hands business again and play continued. A new dealer sat down. Back to tipping I thought. Wrong. I'm sitting in the 8 seat and the Japanese guy in the 6. I win the first pot and toss her a dollar. no thanks, no tap, she just put it in her pocket. Ok, we'll try one more time and if not, meh, her own fault.

The next hand we make it to the turn and he checks and I fire out 8 chips. Only 2 or 3 make it over the line. "gotta get your bets over the line hunny" she barks at me rudely." WTF? We're playing a stupid HUHU lhe game it's quite obvious that I'm betting. Even if it wasn't obvious, some chips did make it over the line. Also, I was told by a different dealer the line only matters for NL anyhow. Fine, I wont tip you either. In the 70 hours or whatever I had played previous I hadn't stiffed a dealer yet, now 2 in one hour. I'm not sure if the Japanese guy was not tipping because he was annoyed like I was, or because he didn't know it's what you're supposed to do, or if he was just cheap, but he didn't tip either.

He had maybe 400 left when I got called for the main 100/200 game. I passed and just went to sleep cause it was like 530am.

put a little 2 hour session in tonight after getting home and won like 45 bets. I hadn't played 50/100 online in forever but a few retards from my 30 game moved to 50 so obviously I followed. Of course they didn't stay long.

I wish I was tired now, cause I don't feel like playing more poker and don't really have anything else I'm itching to do and if I slept, I would probably want to wake up and play. I guess I'll just pop in a movie and hope it makes me drowsy.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

incident and black chips

Tried sleeping last night but couldn't so I went down to the poker room at about 3am.

The events that transpired were quite interesting.

The 100/200 game broke so schneider and I played 50/100 HUHU which lasted 5 minutes before he got moved. I scouted the room and decided to play some 10/20 no-limit.

I sat down and handed the floor man a 5k chip and said "I'm playing 3000. I'll take 3000 in 20's and 2 1k chips." A man across the table asked me how much I was playing and I said 3000.

The man to my left borrowed me 400 so I could post my big blind and I did. I folded. On my small blind, the floor man came over and set my chips in front of me. I gave the guy back his 400, posted my small blind and folded. When it got to my button, I played a hand in which I announced "all-in" on the turn. The player called me and the dealer ran the cards. He had the best hand and I forked over my 3000 or so in 20's. He then noticed that I had 2 1k chips sitting behind my stack and demands that he get them too, as I had them on the table.

The floor comes over and decides that because I started the hand with the chips in front of me that it doesn't matter what I announced or anything even though my intentions were pretty clear, they have to protect people from angle shooting like this.

I can understand their ruling but it was realllllly infuriating at the time. I hadn't been as mad as I was in a long time. I didn't throw a fit or anything, I just said to the man "you can't look me in the eyes and tell me you didn't know I meant to play 3000 and you actually deserve the extra 2k."

After this I just walked away. Of course I imediately run into 3 people I haven't seen in a while and I'm very flustered and probably came across kind of rude cause I wasn't very friendly.

Shortly there after I got a seat at the 100/200 game and sat down. It got down to 4 handed and schneider was going to get moved to the main game, which meant he would goto sleep, which would mean i'd get moved and we like short-handed so I asked the other player if he'd play 200/400. Oh for sure he said. Problem solved. Now I really have a shot at getting that money back.

Nothing happened for any players for about an hour. Just passing chips back and forth. Then the 3rd player started unraveling. He made some good 2nd bests and clearly wasn't used to playing 3 handed. Schneider had a big advantage because he was to the mans left, and he would cold-call in the small blind a ton which forced me to tighten up on the button.

Since I was winning, a guy who had witnessed the whole no-limit event came by as he was leaving and commended me for how I handled the situation and said the world was righting itself by how I was doing. Perhaps. Was really nice to hear especially because sometimes when stupid things like that happen it's really easy to really lose your cool.

He kept pulling out 5k chips and he had about 1500 left when we had been playing maybe 3 hours when Hansu sat down. We played about 2 orbits and he busted and we decided it was late enough (now 8am or so) and we'd just take our win and goto sleep.

We cashed out and as mike and I left the poker room together we noticed the guy who lost all his money was leaving then too and we tried to take a different route so we wouldn't run into him but we ran into him at the elevators and man did he look dejected. He said a nice good night because he's a nice guy but you could tell he was down. Never feels real good when you see that.

Killed online again today. My poker confidence is just boiling over and it's interesting how much it shows in the results. Obviously I'm running hot, but my whole attitude is different and even kels noticed.

Now we're off to eat at the Eifel tower restaraunt then see blue man group again. Should be great. Back to minnesota tomorrow, back out here on tuesday.

Monday, June 11, 2007

limit holdem world championship

I decided to play the 5k lhe championship. We anticipated a tough field but it still sounded like a good idea. The field ended up being incredibly weak. It was like playing live 30/60. Lots of hopeless idiots with a few good players mixed in.

I didn't stand a chance...which is kinda a fine way for a tourney to be in a way...cause it only lasted like 7 hours and no other players would have done any better given the cards I got and how we were playing showdown poker pretty much.

The only remotely interesting hand came on the 300/600 level. A weird player limped utg, tboy83 (tommy, good player) limped next, a big moron who has the most chips raised, I called with AsJh in the 2 chip small blind, big blind folded, other 2 called.

Flop J64 with 2 hearts. Checked to moron who bet, I raised, tommy check 3 bet, moron called, I called.

Turn 8h

I checked, tommy checked, moron bet, I called, tommy called.

River 4d

I checked, tommy checked, moron bet, I called, and tommy folded.

The guy showed AK of hearts.


We decided to extend our trip to wednesday and we're seeing Le Reve tonight.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

A loss

I finally booked a nice loss yesterday. All 100/200. There was one situation that almost never comes up that happened.

I raised pocket eights and the guy to my immediate left called me and right after calling looked at his cards again without protecting them and I saw king jack. The small blind called and we took the flop 3 ways.

The flop came KT8 with 2 diamonds.

The small blind checked, I bet, the guy raised, small blind check 3 bet. Now it's an interesting spot. The king jack guy is pretty straight forward and I think that if I show enough strength here he can maybe get away from his hand and I surely don't want that, so I opted to call. He 4 bet and the small blind called. I just called. Since I felt like there was a very large chance he'd bet the turn if it wasn't a diamond I was going to check-raise.

The turn came a 5 of diamonds and the small blind came firing out. I called and the guy called.

The river was the 9 or diamonds and he bet again. I knew the guy behind me had the jack of diamonds and I really felt the small blind had a flush he would never fold so I folded.

The guy called and the small blind rolled over Q6dd to take the pot.

I know we often talk about how we're so sure a guy had this or that hand, but when you actually know a guys hand it's interesting. I'm sure there are some people who think it's bad to not say anything in this spot, and sometimes I do, but I'm already in the pot and he just showed them to me, it's his fault.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

when running well

I had a really funny thing happened last night...

A really nice weak tight guy (who folded an ace face up on the button when folded to him a few minutes before) raised and I 3 bet the jack ten right behind him. An acquaintance friend of mine who I've been beating up on called in the small blind and the nice man called.

The flop came A98 with 2 clubs.

The small blind checked, the man checked, I bet, the small blind check raised, the guy looked at the board and said to himself kinda a88 right? I wish one of those 8's was a 9 and mucked his hand. I 3 bet and the small blind called.

The turn brought another 8 and the small blind check folded.

The player to the right of the nice man then piped having seen the nice man's cards which were pocket nines. The man was super flustered. I said I had AQ cause there was no reason to create animosity between either him or the small blind who folded QQ. He stirred and stirred for about 10 minutes and asked kindly for a chip back, which he had earlier let Steph off in the big blind for 2 back. Obviously I didn't want to give them to him as I'm just not super generous to random gamblers I don't know but he seemed like a real nice guy who made an embarrassing mistake in which I came out about 2k ahead and I didn't want karma to kick me in the face so I tossed him a couple greens. Kind of a tough spot in a way. Maybe not for a lot of people cause they're super nice and giving, but when a guy you don't know asks for $$$ in a poker game when you're a pro it's tough in my opinion.


2 days ago I had a losing day, but I'd hardly call it one cause I only played for an hour and a half before grabbing dinner with david and then playing some golden tee with him and dusty. So, technically the streak was ruined, but I don't really think so because I didn't want to degen it up just to keep it alive and 1.5 hours hardly counts as a day of poker.

Anyhow, yesterday I played a few hours online and crushed again. Mostly 30/60 with some 15/30 HUHU sprinkled in. I ordered room service and told a super moron that I'd be right back i had to get hte door, but he obviously bounced. :(

When I got down to the card room at about 530pm I couldn't get on the $100/200 so I got in a $10/20NL game. My first orbit I picked up kings and raised and just the blind called and check raised a 966 flop with not a lot behind so I went all in and a K came on the river to beat his AA. Woops. I bluffed a guy nicely too. I raised Q9o in middle, just the button called. Flop AA5. I pot he calls. Turn J I check he bet 400 into like 700 maybe? I make it like 1260, he tanks and folds. A few hands later I got A7s and flop Q86 2 heart I check call. King of hearts on turn I check she small bets I check raise 3x or so, she calls. River bricks and I go all in and she shows 888 and folds. :( darn.

So yeah won a bunch at nl which is always fun. Also picked up a nice little win at 100/200 again too. Yay :)

Kels just got in the room so blah blah blah gotta finish up.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

5 for 5

Schneider and I went back down to the poker room at 2am. There was open seating at $10/20 no limit so I hopped in that. Got down to HUHU with a nice guy who told me he was pretty much trying to give his money away to me cause he has plenty and it's time for bed. I would have covered him but honestly I feel that my HU NL game is pretty weak so I stuck with my 2500 or so and he had mb 5k. I double through after about 10 minutes and then we had to goto the must move :( Still, stacking somebody at NL live is so much fun. Just handed me a pile of 23 100 dollar bills

Shortly thereafter moved to $100/200 and it was a fun game. Started full but quickly got shorthanded and I always like that. I was actually down a couple thousand at one point cause schneider beat me up but the poke gods have my back and I came storming back. Eventually the must move broke and I was last on the list so I had to wait like an hour to get in the game again, so I took that opportunity to call kels who was getting ready to goto work. 2 more days til she's here!

Time to grab a shower and some food and play some more.

other things

I woke up yesterday and tried really hard for a few hours to convince schneider to go to the pool as going alone just didn't have a great apeal. Didn't happen. Played 4 or so seperate online sessions but kept running bad and felt like my image was bad so I quit. Schneider brought his Wii and Ian J had talked about wanting to play sometime so I called him and he came up to play. It took us an hour or so to figure out hooking it up to the stupid hotel tv, but the Bellagio rocks and sent a person from engineering to show us how. Nice!

After an hour or so of Tennis Kirby texted Ian saying he just won another single table satellite (go figure) at the rio. We ordered room service and a couple bottles of wine and indulged ourselves in tiger woods. None of us had ever played before so it was really tough. I can see lots of potential in that game but for a bunch of n00bies without anyone who knows the game to explain it was very hard.

Then we played some 4 player tennis...kirby and schneider were no match for ian and I. Kirby went to bed so then Ian and I decided to play some online together. Played about 3 tables of 30 and won 150 bets in like 700 hands. LOL. Went from down 4500 to up 3600 haha. Some more Wii was in store so we finished out mario party game and called it a night.

Went golfing today at Reflection Bay. The temp was 102 so it was a little warm. I had never played a jack nicholas course before so it was pretty cool. The pin locations seemed extra hard given how small/narrow/bunker protected the greens were The hardest part tho was the rental clubs because of the lack of a lob wedge. It's just really hard to get a sand wedge over the bunker to stop without rolling 10 feet from 45 yards or else it will go in the bunker over the green.

Still a great time and I'm really glad I got to experience it.

I came back, showered, and went to play poker. The $100/200 game was ok at the start and I hadn't eaten much so I got the standard (for me) tuna sandwich and chili. An old guy sat down who had that old vegas nit look to him and I played one of those once per trip hands:

I raise in middle with aces, he 3 bets in the CO, both blinds call, I 4 bet, he caps VERY confidently, almost as if he was a young cocky kid. We all call.

Flop T53 with 2 diamonds. Checked to me and I bet, he flings out a raise yet again, sb folds, bb check 3 bets it, I call 2 cold, old man wings a 4 bet out there as if he has 5 kings, kid calls, I call.

Turn 3 of hearts, kid checks, I check, old guy bets again, kid calls, (ok now I know I have the best hand) I call.

River J of spades, kid checks, I check, old guy slingshots 8 chips out there, kid thinks for awhile, looks at me and then calls, I check raise, old man begrudgingly calls, kid folds, I win a sea of green. Num num. big 4/8 chip pots are so fun to scoop.

The game got really bad and I was tired so I came up to the room for a nap after like 2 hours. Winner of $133!!! Took a nap then played some more 30 on stars and man has it been going well

So far since coming to vegas, online:

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Now I'm gonna go back down and see how the games are. Maybe I'll play some more no limit if nothing else.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

The luck continues

There was a good $300/600 game going that I couldn't resist given how well things have been going and how i felt and how good it was so I played. I played a little $500/1000 when I was in LA in march but I only had $200/400 of myself and given how much $400 buy-in NL and 15/30 I've been playing lately it was a big step up. I gave it much focus and I was really happy with my play in general. Won half a rack and wasn't all the way feeling it and the game wasn't playing super great so I quit to play a 4 handed 100/200 game.

Dan Druff was majorly steaming and out of chips and playing with cash and when the last guy left it was me and him and he woulda played HUHU but said the fact they need to use the shuffle machines instead of a hand shuffle had him on too much tilt that he had to quit. Dammit.

I played an hour or so of 2 tabling $30/60 online today and it went really well. I don't get what people's deal is...they try SOOOOOOOOO hard to bluff me it's sick. Playing 2 tables it's so easy to pick up on. I think that was part of my problem, playing more tables I'd have no idea with the individual reads.

So...4 days, 4 wins. I don't even feel like playing right now so I came up here to just kinda hang out. I wasn't even really planning on playing today but schneider kinda talked me into it. I'm not sure what tomorrow will bring but I think I'm golfing on monday with Doug (gonores).

For now...some relaxation.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

I was right

I definitely used up my bad luck at home and all I had left was the good luck for vegas. A 3 day winning streak! lol. Good things happen to people who wait...and who talk to schneider a lot. Although he blew his brains in hard at $200/400.

It's been pretty fun out here so far. Some mn friends who now live in SD drove through last night so I hung out with them. We played some craps at the sahara where they got a free room. It was actually kinda cool cause it was $5 min instead of $10 or $25 so you just bet smaller but kept up max comebets/odds and covered more with less $ invested than normal.

As I was brushing my teeth a few minutes ago I realized I ate my meals today in the exact opposite order: for breakfast I had a steak and mashed potatoes at like 6pm. For 'lunch' (if you can ever call an 11pm meal lunch) I had a bowl of chili and for dinner (at 6am) I had english muffins with peanut butter/jelly and a bowl of rice krispies.

Bed time.