Friday, July 27, 2007

Just Cruising

I've been playing a little bit lately but nothing massive as I've been trying to keep myself balanced with poker and life. Though it seems that I just play more video games instead of's at least slightly better for my pschye I suppose (with the exception of playing old Sonic games...those are so fucking frustrating).

I've sent my money from Full Tilt over to Pokerstars. I've always liked Stars better and with Full Tilt crashing at the only times that I play on it I feel the shift is a solid decision.

I registered for my fall semester this Tuesday, I'll be taking the following classes:

Contemporary American Politics
Principles of International Business
Principles of Macro-Economics
Intro to Chemistry (Chem 101)
Boxing [I had to take some sort of PE type class...this seemed like the best option]

Also I've added a link to the blogs that I read, it's from my forum buddy acbarone and his quest to grind out a moderate living on SNGs. He's on the sharkscope leaderboard for playing $15/1 turbos on Stars, he plays under the name abarone68. He 12 tables and just crushes the game so stop by and say hello.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Running Deep in the Ferguson/Harry Potter

I've gone deep into the money of the Ferguson each of the last 2 nights. I've been playing well early a got a little lucky in the money both times. Tonight I finished at 17th and I'm pretty bummed about that right now. Though it did about double my roll on Full Tilt which is exciting. I guess it means I'll be able to play in the Ferguson a little more =)

This was the hand that did me in tonight. I actually lingered a little beyond this but I couldn't get much going and eventually flamed out after shoving K-x over a limper and running into the BBs AK.

Full Tilt Poker Game #3033068460: The Ferguson (22605418), Table 74 - 2500/5000 Ante 600 - No Limit Hold'em - 5:31:27 ET - 2007/07/23
Seat 1: MlK33_MO (54,643)
Seat 2: NXTBGTHNG (76,200)
Seat 4: hanapaa47 (39,151)
Seat 5: Rimarima (56,412)
Seat 7: Big_Bobo (70,640)
Seat 8: PANZERXXX (182,570)
Seat 9: DirtyOmahaDave (54,422)
MlK33_MO antes 600
NXTBGTHNG antes 600
hanapaa47 antes 600
Rimarima antes 600
Big_Bobo antes 600
PANZERXXX antes 600
DirtyOmahaDave antes 600
NXTBGTHNG posts the small blind of 2,500
hanapaa47 posts the big blind of 5,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Big_Bobo [Qd Qs]
Rimarima has 15 seconds left to act
Rimarima raises to 15,000
Big_Bobo raises to 70,040, and is all in
DirtyOmahaDave folds
MlK33_MO folds
hanapaa47 folds
Rimarima calls 40,812, and is all in
Big_Bobo shows [Qd Qs]
Rimarima shows [Ac As]
Uncalled bet of 14,228 returned to Big_Bobo
*** FLOP *** [Ks Kd Jh]
*** TURN *** [Ks Kd Jh] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [Ks Kd Jh Ad] [7s]
Big_Bobo shows two pair, Kings and Queens
Rimarima shows a full house, Aces full of Kings
Rimarima wins the pot (123,324) with a full house, Aces full of Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 123,324 Rake 0
Board: [Ks Kd Jh Ad 7s]
Seat 1: MlK33_MO (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: NXTBGTHNG (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: hanapaa47 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Rimarima showed [Ac As] and won (123,324) with a full house, Aces full of Kings
Seat 7: Big_Bobo showed [Qd Qs] and lost with two pair, Kings and Queens
Seat 8: PANZERXXX folded before the Flop
Seat 9: DirtyOmahaDave folded before the Flop

Nothing I could really do picking up QQ at a 7 handed table and being short. This guy had a sketchy connection so it took him a few extra seconds to call and that sort of pissed me off. Nothing like thinking you're ahead for a second only to get punched in the face by AA.

I've only played poker a few nights since I've last posted because I was reading Harry Potter and didn't want to be near any media outlet that would ruin the ending. It took me about 20 hours after getting the book to finish it (including some sleep) and now it's safe to be in contact with the rest of the world. The book was a little disappointing in some aspects, but overall I did enjoy reading it. I'm glad it's finally over as well. I wasn't sure how many years I could still read Harry Potter without feeling utterly ridiculous.

Right now I'm watching YouTube videos of old poker hands trying to fall's not working nearly fast enough.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tales from the OC Fair

I have been at the OC Fair 3 times in the last few days because I keep ending up in situations where I don't really have to pay for it. Here are a few of the more interesting moments:

- Jared, Natalie, and I are getting on this ride that will take us up in the air and flip us while were are doing full rotations. We're sitting all in a row and there is an empty seat to my left. At the last moment before the ride starts this big gal probably about 5'4" 200lbs. comes to the seat next to me. She's wearing a T-Shirt and mini skirt that maybe covers her goods. This is where the story gets have to be harnessed into the seat and this girl can't get the harness on because of her skirt. So after like 3 minutes her and 2 small-handed carnis finally get the harness on, only having to expose her for a moment. The ride then begins lifting us into the air. The seat rides up pretty hard and as we go up I burst out, "Oh God my balls." The girl next to me then responds, "You think you hurt? I have a piercing."

- Some girls we saw were so hot I'm surprised their boyfriends were even comfortable letting them out of the house. It was fun having all 6 of us (4 guys, 2 girls) stare as they walked by though. Seriously like fucking supermodel hot...and they let them out for a fair?!? That's a bad call.

- Deep fried foods have been putting a serious bad beat on me.

- For the first time we called one of those, "For a good time call..." numbers. I feel pretty bad for people that have their numbers put on those. Hello is this Jessica?...Yes...I hear you like to suck...*click*

- I was 1 for 1 in carnival games. I run goot.

- I saw deep fried twinkies, cheesecake, oreos, and snickers bars. It was the kind of stuff that makes other countries hate us and makes me proud to live in the US of A.

- We watched the pig races. I lost $20 to my buddy John, so rigged.

- While waiting for the pig races to start we saw this little boy start eating some of the pig treats. We were going to let him know to stop...but then we saw that his family was watching and laughing. I'm sure he'll blossom into a productive member of society.

You have to love the fair. Though I'm glad it only comes once a year.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

lmao bodog I traded in 2,010 player points over at Bodog for $30. I'm currently playing the $3/.30 turbo SNGs. I got my money in as a huge favorite a HUGE % of the time tonight except for when I ran into AA once HU and jammed into QQ blind vs. blind. So I tore it up for a $20 profit and I'm almost rolled to play at the level I'm at =)

I remember how much I missed Bodog though...the passive play is so refreshing. I'm less at the mercy of the cards when my opponents play like this.

In other Bodog related news, it's been about 13 [business] days since I requested my payout from at the worst it's about 3 weeks away. Though it would be nice if they could have been a little faster.

Monday, July 9, 2007

And it ends

I blew through my bankroll. It was my fault for losing my mind because of getting beat down really hard playing small SNGs and then moving up in stakes. I can't keep my interest in $2 games while I'm's easy to be interested at all times while I'm winning.

I fittingly busted out of my last 2 SNGs making my worst plays of the night. This is my last hand I'll play on Full Tilt for a while:

Full Tilt Poker Game #2894496526: $11 + $1 Sit & Go (Turbo) (22084797), Table 1 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 4:26:18 ET - 2007/07/09
Seat 1: Big_Bobo (1,625)
Seat 2: KJMN (3,820)
Seat 3: LuckyF8 (1,680)
Seat 5: anja1976 (2,210)
Seat 6: bkbetor (1,015)
Seat 8: polarjoe (2,455)
Seat 9: just hit it (695)
Big_Bobo posts the small blind of 80
KJMN posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Big_Bobo [Ks Qc]
LuckyF8 folds
anja1976 calls 160
bkbetor folds
polarjoe folds
just hit it folds
Big_Bobo raises to 1,625, and is all in
KJMN folds
anja1976 calls 1,465
Big_Bobo shows [Ks Qc]
anja1976 shows [As Ac]
*** FLOP *** [Kh 7d 5s]
*** TURN *** [Kh 7d 5s] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 7d 5s Js] [2c]
Big_Bobo shows a pair of Kings
anja1976 shows a pair of Aces
anja1976 wins the pot (3,410) with a pair of Aces
Big_Bobo stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,410 Rake 0
Board: [Kh 7d 5s Js 2c]
Seat 1: Big_Bobo (small blind) showed [Ks Qc] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 2: KJMN (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: LuckyF8 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: anja1976 showed [As Ac] and won (3,410) with a pair of Aces
Seat 6: bkbetor didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: polarjoe didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: just hit it (button) didn't bet (folded)

The next time I play poker will probably be the next time I decide to go with my friends down to Morongo. I'm still waiting for a little over $1k from Bodog so at least that will remind me that I might actually be a profitable poker player. Though I've pretty much lost my desire/drive/confidence at this point.

Blog will be updated as I have something interesting to say...probably just to brag about how awesome the Angels are.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

I just finished...

...what was probably my worst session I've ever had. I couldn't catch a break. It was so brutal. I lost back all of my profit from my previous limit hands. I went from up over 70 BBs to being down about 24BBs. I played over 1000 hands and just constantly ran into bigger hands and didn't get enough action when I had a big hand. I feel like I was playing well the entire time despite my spirit being slowly crushed. If I didn't think I was playing well I would have stopped, but I don't think I've ever had so many people hit so many hands against me.

I'm looking over hands in pokertracker and I just ran ungodly bad...I probably lost about 10 bets because of my mistakes, but to lose over 90 bets in one session?!? Come on...

I'm totally and utterly dejected about poker right now. I don't have the roll to handle this...I'm down to less than 100BBs in my roll. Rad.

UFC fight tonight though. I have some people coming over so that should be awesome.

Friday, July 6, 2007

I finally had one of those sessions...

You know the kind I'm talking about...where you see all your money going to people that aren't nearly as deserving. With how I was playing tonight I should have crushed the games, but I ended down a few bucks. I was actually up until getting bubbled on my last 2 SNGs of the night, but I'm not bitter ;)

I've still been mostly playing LHE and tonight was no different as I put in about 250 hands. I finally had AA cracked tonight. I was wondering when that was going to happen. I had won all 10 times I'd been dealt it since I started my database about 2500 hands ago. It was unfortunate that it was in a 12BB pot, but such is life. I had a couple other big hands cracked by hands that had no business being there, but for the most part it was a pretty straightforward session where I didn't catch many cards. I managed to squeeze out a small win by the end and I was proud of that because I was just getting straight up shit on for a while. I'm still having a little trouble playing AKo out of position. I've noticed that problem in quite a few of my hands. Where I'll open raise and then I'm 3-bet by someone in position. I don't think I'm capping enough in those hands and it's leading me to be lost post-flop if I don't hit. Obv everything is easy if you hit the flop. I do have a tendency to be an overaggro blind defender at times and that's something I have to work on.

This is a hand that I saved just for Smokkee because he thinks playing limit makes you a calling station. I had already seen my opponent overplay one hand earlier so that makes this call down easier, but he probably open raises AK-A9 here preflop so I'm sitting pretty good against what I figure his range to be. The K on the turn is a very good card for me because it's now less likely that he has AK. I'm still unsure if I should have just raised that turn to try for a "free" showdown or maybe a value bet oppurtunity on the river. What this hand really shows is that I don't get bluffed much =)

(I cleaned up the history a little to make it easier to read...I know some people had reading HHs...if you don't see the player after the top part - they folded)

FullTiltPoker Game #2865212529: Table Maggie - $0.25/$0.50 - Limit Hold'em - 3:23:30 ET - 2007/07/06

Seat 1: Nicks Baby ($5.25)
Seat 2: crawfer9999 ($11.05)
Seat 3: Big Slick x13x ($10)
Seat 4: BBeckerFan ($27.90)
Seat 5: luke skiwalker ($11)
Seat 6: IBAlonieS ($7.45)
Seat 7: grupmpynuts ($12.30)
Seat 8: Big_Bobo ($9.05)
Seat 9: crontor ($19.85)
crontor posts the small blind of $0.10
Nicks Baby posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Big_Bobo [Jc Ac]
luke skiwalker raises to $0.50
grupmpynuts calls $0.50
Big_Bobo calls $0.50
*** FLOP *** [As 8s 5d]
luke skiwalker bets $0.25
grupmpynuts calls $0.25
Big_Bobo raises to $0.50
luke skiwalker raises to $0.75
grupmpynuts calls $0.50
Big_Bobo calls $0.25
*** TURN *** [As 8s 5d] [Kd]
luke skiwalker bets $0.50
grupmpynuts folds
Big_Bobo calls $0.50
*** RIVER *** [As 8s 5d Kd] [2h]
luke skiwalker bets $0.50
Big_Bobo calls $0.50
*** SHOW DOWN ***
luke skiwalker shows [Ad Td] a pair of Aces
Big_Bobo shows [Jc Ac] a pair of Aces
Big_Bobo wins the pot ($5.80) with a pair of Aces
*** SUMMARY ***Total pot $6.10 Rake $0.30
Board: [As 8s 5d Kd 2h]
Seat 5: luke skiwalker showed [Ad Td] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 8: Big_Bobo (button) showed [Jc Ac] and won ($5.80) with a pair of Aces

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Today is Independence Day (obv) and I just want to give it up for this guy:

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A truer American there never was. 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes. We finally beat Japan in a sport they should have never had a chance in...Gluttony.

Makes you proud to live in the US of A. Happy 4th everyone!


What I've really been trying to focus on lately in my poker game has been balance.

I've been trying to play different games to keep my interest and focus as high as possible during my entire session. A big problem of mine is when I'm playing a game that I feel I have a pretty good grasp on (i.e. SNGs/MTTs - at least at my stakes) and I run like shit. That tilts me like mad. I feel like I'm being cheated and it pisses me off. Nothing bothers me more than playing great and having the results suck. So what I've been trying to do is mix in games that I know I haven't close to mastered. I can shrug off my own mistakes because I know that I'm learning as I progress.

I mention all this because tonight I played some limit O8 and LHE to start the night. Omaha Hi/Lo has always had a soft spot in my heart. My biggest tourney cash for a long time was a 2nd place in a $10/1 PLO8 tourney on Party for about $300. I've played the limit variety a bit in tourneys but I'm definitely a newbie in the cash games and I feel like I'm playing decently at this point. The games get pretty nuts though as you see a lot of pots capped preflop and I've been at tables where the average pot size is up to 14BBs. I played ok for a during that hour making only one major mistake where I severely misplayed a hand preflop in O8 and then I proceeded to make a bad fold later in the hand.

I was still feeling good as I got ready to transition into the tourney portion of my night. I really like playing The Ferguson. It's only $1 entry and it helps get my MTT fix for a small amount. Also, it's a non-NL game twice a week which is always fun. I proceeded to donk off about half my stack early in that and was sitting at about 950 chips when slb jinxed me and I was hit by a 6 outer to get knocked out just before the break...that wasn't really that bad though. Just a bummer. Not long after that I began the SNG portion of my night.

I ended up playing 4 SNGs and some more LHE during that time. The problem was that I wasn't in a very good LHE mindset at that point and my play had been deteoriating throughout the night. I ended up playing pretty well in my SNGs but I was just playing like a madman on my LHE tables where I was running something like a 30% VP$P...that's just so bad a full ring LHE. I usually run around 17-20%. I forced a few hands that I just shouldn't have and had one cooler hand and I was suddenly on my way to destroying a night of good play.

I don't know how it is for everyone else when they're tilting...but it actually causes a physical reaction in me. My heart rate accelerates and my body heats up. I can actually feel myself tilting. There's no avoiding that I'm on tilt and I'm not going to be playing great. I also have the incredible ability to be completely unable to get up and stop playing when I'm tilted. It's bad, but at least I was playing limit right ;)

I decided to open up another table (I'm like the smartest guy I know). I immediately lose 2 pots on that table. I'm on the edge of losing it...then suddenly I'm able to get myself to stop being such an idiot and I refocus myself. It was bizarre. I just took a few deep breaths and I played great poker after that. I picked up AA and QQ for a few good pots. I was also able to apply some knowledge learned from this article to win a couple of nice blind defense hands. I didn't end up making a full recoup of my tilt losses but I'm very proud of myself for managing to come back and play my A game after just playing absolutely abyssmally.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

...from the end comes the beginning

So I'm giving this another attempt.

If nothing else I hate to give up.

I've been trying to manage with a meager roll sitting on Full Tilt right's going alright I suppose. I'm really trying to make a concentrated effort to improve without regard to results. This would be much easier if I didn't have the specter of going broke looming over my shoulder, but I think I've been doing a good job at not being results-oriented. I've been playing a TON of LHE as well as dabbling in a little limit O8 this evening. I feel like my game right now is much better suited to limit cash games rather then letting myself call off my stack with an overpair in NL. Using pokertracker and some LHE training videos I was able to spot a few leaks in my game that were just getting me killed. I feel like I'm playing pretty well a pretty good percentage of the time and while I'm trying my best to improve, I'm in a good place with how I'm playing right now.

I'm still playing a couple SNGs but I really don't want to get overloaded on them again...I can run bad so easily in SNGs and it's so easy to break bankroll control when I'm playing them that I don't really want to subject myself to that. I've played a couple small MTTs but no real results to report from there.

I'm not going to post any bankroll numbers down here or talk about any actual results here anymore. I'll try and stick to how I feel I played. That's all that matters and I need to keep that in my mindset...also I've recently become superstitious about how talking about my results affects my next session ;)

...this is my new musical obsession: