Friday, December 28, 2007
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Friday, December 21, 2007
I am writing this from an outsiders point of view. I have been blogging since really July. Yes my blog was created last December, but I really only started reading and writing since July.
There are 6 blogs that I have been reading for more than a year (Fuel, Lucko, Chad's, Al's Mookies, and Hoys) basically because they held actual poker content, were well written, and to the point (except hoys, but he's cool so I read him anyway)
When I started reading more of you in July, I realized something... more on that in a second
What I have come to realize is that in most of these events, you have to be extremely lucky to win. and not just lucky to catch cards. lucky to have your hands hold up, lucky to catch hands in the right spot, and be called, lucky to not get run down, and even lucky to catch up when behind.
Yeah yeah yeah, lucks got nothing to do with it. But in this case I think it has everything to do with it. Thats not saying that winning players are only lucker players. Obviously thats not the case. But this is what I have noticed...
A lot of blogs out there give good commentary on hand histories, playing styles, how to, and just good poker sense. Based on specific plays in tournaments and ring games, and just generalizations based on hypothetical situations.
I think with everyone reading the same blogs, the newer or less experienced players all learn at the same rate, or at least from the same information. This leads to very similar playing styles.
Poker is not a hard game to learn. Hell with everyone reading the same books, or someone else's cliff notes on it, it's more like an instruction manual. Everyone can follow the same roadmap and basically be the same player. You don't have to be super smart, or really good at math. Just add water really.
If thats the case then why would Hoy rip LJ for making a call with AQ vs. a jam. Maybe LJ knew that a resteal with a lesser hand there would be possible and decided that she was good.. which she was... (not to rehash an old argument :) )
My point is with everyone playing the same style, something's gotta give somewhere.
What I have noticed since reading more of you is that almost every tournament, I have seen and heard, or read replies that someone made a bad laydown (by their own admission). I think this happens because they know that if they win, it will be considered a suckout, or, just a bad call. Even if someone jams a preflop raise with A6, calling that jam with JJ might be considered a bad call. Especially early on or with deep stacks late, or whatever the situation that would really make JJ almost have to fold.
What clouds that judgement somtimes is the fact that someone might post something about a horrible call along the way of a MATH tourny, or Big Game, and would rather fold than go with a read, or risk being admonished in someones blog about how horrible they played, or are in total based off of that play.
There are some really good players among us, and some really wild players tend to show up every once in a while, but I don't think there is a huge gap between the masses. And, yes, the better players will ultimately get themselves in position to get lucky at the times they need to. But more than ever, and more than live, I think the bloggaments are a weird mixture of a little more luck than skill, and a little more skill than just showing up.
Jec has proven that solid, tight, aggressive poker makes it the way that most will win a lot of these events. I don't think I saw Jec get extremely lucky at anyone point, meaning coming from behind, or busting an overpair, more than the average perccentages should allow. But I also don't think I ever saw him get run down much either. he played extrememly well this series, as he did last series. The only difference then from being point leader with no money to point leader with everything would be what? A little bit of luck?
I look forward to BBThree... Stay tuned.
With two wins, the point leader and some cake under his belt, he must have felt pretty confident going into the TOC. And BOOOM, there it is!
Well done brother! Have a blast in Australia!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I placed 10th in points when I couldn't seem to find a way to luck sack myself into a win.
As evident in last nights Riverchasers replay (thanks Al) I think lucksacking was definately a good quality to have to win. Thats not a shot in anyway to anyone who won a seat. Tournaments are full of needing to hold up, or suckout. You need to be good enough to get yourself in a position though to be able to do that.
So Congrats again, and Godd luck again to everyone who will be playing... Australia is only one tournament away!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Al for putting all of this together. We donkeys have been treated like royalty, and probably have taken for granted what he has put together.
Al should never have to pay for another drink again. Ever. So ship him some soco, or at least love for being the guy who stepped up and got it done.
There is a lot of work that goes into getting these things up and running, and believe me, not much reward. Thanks Al, for getting this unbelieveable package together for us.
Now hurry up and start on next year! :)
Friday, December 14, 2007
sunday is the big game... hosted by Don
and the skill game... hosted by Chad
and yet still, the TPG.nets $20 knock out tourny... lots of fun
I suggest playing all of them! Big game is the last chance to earn your seat for a chance at an aussie millions package
The Knockout tourny is a lot of fun as well with new players who we normally dont play with.
Skill game just looks like fun :) and seems to be set up for some bragging rights afterwards...
Lucko put up his Horse betting again, so head over there and jump in... Was always fun
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I had issues playing in it at the start, and would probably be about an hour late so I asked Snakster to play for me until I got back. He was up and down leaving me at around T2200 when I got there...
I made some moves getting up to T3000 and back down to T1500, when steals worked and didn't work.
I called a shorty with a big hand, and lost to get down to about 780 with another 200 in the BB
folds to the 3 seat who limps. I hold the all mighty suited hammer. and I jam.
folds to the limper who holds presto and this is what happens.
I wish I had saved the chat because the guy was livid. The next three hands I get AK, QQ, and AK
He limp calls my shoves all three times (and is out of the tourny after those three hands) .... in 8 hands I have 34k in chips.
these are the hands he called me with....
10 9s, 56s, A4
I ended up going out in 40th, ($50) for my effort, and just haven't stopped laughing since... tilting is sooooo much fun
Monday, December 10, 2007
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I figured we might be able to salvage a trip if I could get out of dodge on Sat, but once I realized that wifey would shoot me, and worse off, complain to her mother about the situation, I figured play this one safe.
I had sent Al a couple of text messages to let him know what was up. he had called me a few times but never left any message. I notice the missed calls. He had contacted a mutual friend to find out what was up with me, and I explained to her that I had sent him text messages. I asked her to contact Al for me, and that I would call or text him again. Never heard anything back from either of them, so I figured all was good.
Then griff calls me and explains that we don't have any texting service on our phones. (Of course not! Why would that even surprise me?)
I hate the fact that I missed what was sure to be a fantastic weekend. I was there last year, though not as an official blogger. I met some of you then, and would have liked to meet the rest of you this year. I guess that will have to wait until the spring/ summer gathering.
I run good.. fuckers
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I swear sometimes she lies in bed with the FT rng, eating a bowl of popcorn, with a remote in hand, switching the cards like tv channels searching for the most entertaining outcome. All the while laughing hysterically, stopping every now and then to grope each other because of the hornyness brought on by the laughter and devious deception.
I played very agressive last night and got to 4k+ very quickly. IT raised preflop and I re'd from the sb with 77. The flop came K x xr. Being first to act, I raised the pot. If he re's there I obviously fold, and I'm not too concerned playing back from T2400 which is what I had left after the raise, but he folded, and I win a relatively nice pot.
Second hand I play I see A9 s. I am oop and with a min raise and 3 callers I thought of actually stealing, but I figured a call fold to the same in later position would probably be the better play.
No one else calls, and the flop comes K 9 x
Everyone checks the flop, I pot the turn to two more checks in front of me, and I take that pot down. I stole 3 more times pre and I end up with just about T4200.
Then I pick up KK. It folds to me and I pot preflop. JJOK flat calls and we see the flop. Flop comes A K x two hearts. Now, he is short, so I decided to just bet the flop and hope he is drawing big or hit Aces up or something else worth dying with.
He flat calls. (hmmmmm?) The turn comes and I bet the pot once more, immediatley realizing that I was just fingered by the poker whore gods. He calls the rest of his money, and shows AA.
Hoy suggested that I should have folded, and giggled (I think he took pleasure in someone getting a taste of his reality), and the little girly chat box rang with pleasure. Its like I walked out of a room only to smash my face into a large piece of glass that I really couldn't see.
Anywho, right before or after second break I raised pre with 77 (just about pot, and almost 1/4 of my stack). sb and bb (JJOK) call. Flop comes and A x x . they both check, I shove, sb folds, and JJ tanks. He writes, "I think I owe you Riggs". I write, "no, FT owes me"... he times , and finally calls with A 8. I miss and go home (51).
So it is... that last hand I was pretty much determined to get it all in there with any flop because 1) I was still steaming about the KKK
So be it... riverhcasers tonight, and Vegas tomorrow. 4 left! Get It Done!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
and if you miss tonight, you can try RPT tomorrow. Again, you know where it is. Don't be scared... just go.
See you there...
T minus 10, 9, 8
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I am getting pretty goddamn sick of this horseshit. That is just about when I get down to the later stages of any tournament, I tend to go completely card dead. I mean horseshit cards dead.
I played well, stealing when I should have, and holding up when I got it in. I think I got up to about 9k early to midway through.
I fnally got moved to a table where Cubanlinks was. He was apparently playing pretty loose, when I saw him call off a T1300 bet pre with J9. Flop came JJx. He almost doubled off of the intial bettor who had a large stack himself, and was nearly stealing anyway.
I tried to steal as well in the CU with Q10. He flat called. When the flop came Axx I checked because of the fact that any bet basically committed me, and I'm not blasting off the rest hoping he doesn't have an A. Any A in his hand has to call because I only have 6k left and there was 4k in the pot. He jammed my check, I folded and he showed the hammer.
I got back up to 9k when I raised pre flop in the highjack with A5s... madbrooklyn called and the flop came an A. I shoved, she called with a better kicker and I go to 5k.
This is when the next 5 hands, I pick up 23. in a row. 2 fucking 3. over the course of three more orbits I see nothing better than 5 2, 93, etc.. I picked up a suited K in there somewhere with a shitty kicker but had to fold to a jam in front of me.
I don't think I saw AA's once. I had KK twice, no Q's, no J's, and 10 10 maybe three times.
I want to find that software that tracks your "luck" statistics, meaning your dealt hands and then spits out a luck factor number. IF anyone can point me in the right direction.
I get down to T3400 and there is a raise and a call in front of me while I hold 10 7 clubs.
I shove and both call the other 1000 left.
flop comes diamonds with a 7, river comes a 10 and I hold to triple.
I have 12k now, and get right back up to 18k winning a hand against ? with ?...
I try another steal with about 3K pre and have to fold to a jam agianst a higher stack.
and card death sits back in. I blind off another 5k in chips, lose a hand to a shorty (22 v QK), and am forced all in with A 4 to jec's A7... IGH
I normally don't mind being card dead, but it seems in the later stages of these things its almost impossible to do anything with the really crappy shit, and when I finally get a suited paint with whatever kicker, I can't so anythign about that either because of pre action.
I don't mind jamming atc with folds to me, but I wont do it with 2 4, or just about 2 anything.
Oh well, it will be one of these times for me, but it has to be quick, since there are only 6 opportunities left.
Whiskigirl and Columbo (?) where heads up when I left and just about even in stacks. Whiski holds strong and takes it down.
with this finish I move up two spots to 5th in points, but who fucking cares anyway.
To ease my pain, I found this... (not safe for work) I suspect Evy will have just as much fun with this as I will :)
Monday, December 3, 2007
I never really remember feeling so frustrated way back when, like early 90's when I was playing this game.
It used to be mostly stud and Omaha, but Holdem was in the mix as well. It wasn't until about 96 that Holdem really started to become super popular, but I don't remember the frustration as prevelant as it is today. So be it... more players = more fish... Griff and I always have fun when we are at the same table with some of the shyt we see go down... Good Times
I won the pokergrinds $20 knock out last night with some pretty horrific suck outs of my own.
I raised pre with AJ d, and was jammed by someone holding KK. I didn't think he was that strong noticing his ability to steal several times so I called. flop came two diamonds and I filled on the turn.
Secondly, I called a shorty all in with A5 diamonds, while he held AK, and I spiked the 5. I had him by 5k in chips so it was almost an auto call.
Only 11 came out to play, so next week I hope to see at least double that. It is a fun tourny.
I think I knocked out 4 as well, so that was another $20 in knockouts (do the math)
Not too many chances left in the BBT so get involved and play the remaining 7 (?)
congrats to those who have won their seat so far...
Check out this guys blog as well. He is new, and promises to be a good read on an almost daily basis...