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May 29, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 12:17 pm

i’m still on tilt i think from busting out of the Mookie last night.  i basically called off my stack preflop with wired twos.  called off to the guy who not only has a TOC seat but also has something like 7 BBT3 final tables.  FMITGA!

what has me tilted is that i kinda thought about what i was doing and still did it.  i remember looking at twos in EP (might have even been UTG) and thinking, “i should fold these.  a raise OOP with twos is just horrible.”  and then i raised pot anyway.  WTF?

we were down to the final two tables.  i had scratched my way there and was about a median stack.  the previous hand i has raised in EP with AKs and bayne called in late position (SB, BB maybe?).  he must have been in the blinds b/c the flop came J-J-Q and he lead out and i opted to fold.  i was frustrated that i missed the flop, frustrated that i had been missing all the flops, frustrated that i was giving up so easy on flops; maybe that’s what lead to my meltdown.

i had aces five times and kings four times last night.  all five aces were either folded to me or folded to my 3xBB open.  yes, i made NO MONEY from the aces, other than blinds.  WTF?  three of the kings were the same way.  the fourth time i took out a short stack who had an M of less than 6.  i know that was tilting me.

i dunno what the issue was, just poor luck, i guess.  my VP$IP was between 24-30 pretty much the whole tourney, so i dunno how i could be looser.  i was stealing as much as i needed to stay at median.  FTP just couldn’t hook me up with an aces vs kings.  or kings vs queens.  everyone must have believed i had it or just was staying out of the way.  my tables were really tight…some with a VP$IP below 14%…including mine averaged in!

anyway, crashing like that just deflated me.  it was just a little past midnight when i busted out and headed to bed; the last time i looked at the clock was 1:30AM.  i slept like shiet and i am still pretty pissed at myself.  F S C K !

so i might just hang loose until the Big Game on Sunday.  maybe a couple of days away will soothe the savage beast.

Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.

May 27, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 4:40 pm

as an update: i got stuck for a moment in the Poker Stars Step 3s; finished twice in 3rd, both times getting it all-in preflop as a favorite only to get sucked out on.  third time proved to be a charm and i made my way to Step 4.

after making a run yesterday in the $8.80 double Shootout on Full Tilt and winning T$220 i thought i would be ready for Step 4.  think again.  i patiently waited till it was time to start gambling and promptly went out in 6th when i ran AJ into AK AIPF.  nice!  so i am back to Step motherscrathin Two.  ugh.

last night i also tried to blow a player off pocket tens on a rainbow flop that was eight high.  when the two came on the turn, i jammed with my AQ and got called and went out 2nd to last in the Hoy.  i am officially calling 2nd to last as “Jersey Girl”.  running out of chances for the ol’ TOC….


Poker Stars Steps to the WSOP

May 24, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 12:29 pm

i have started trying my hand at the Stars Steps, even though i haven’t probably played a SNG in a year.  at the time it seemed like a good idea!

i skipped Step One and went straight into $27 Step Two, which i promptly lost in like 7th.  nice.  on my second try i made it into Step Three.

at this point i though it best if i read something.  after scanning 2+2 i decided a book might be best.  so i picked up Colin Moshman’s Sit ‘N Go Strategy.  i also pulled out OPR for the 1st time, since judging from the 2+2 forums, a lot of SNG regs are going this route.

i’m about halfway through Moshman’s book.  so far nothing that has blown me away.  it is a solid book, but at this stage in my tourney life, i have encountered most of this.  i am guessing the last half will help me immensely.  i haven’t bought the SNG Power Tools yet and probably won’t, but i understand ICM and have since way back when it was a “new” concept.  heh.

at Step 3 i placed 3rd in my first try, which means the whole Groundhog Day extravaganza.  i also notice some crazy table selection going on, like this morning when i saw AJunglen7 playing with Dante_11.  there were also at least two other +ROI players at the table.  WTF?  defintely avoiding that shiet.

on my second try i won the Step 3, so i am in possession of a $215 Step Four ticket.  i was pretty unimpressed with the play at Step 3.  tight is right in the early stages and yet i saw some pretty loose play, esp calling all-ins.  it was a table with several Euros at it.  those crazy Euros.

i am guessing Step Four is going to be a little tougher.  i will of course try and practice some good table selection.  i also am going to read the latter half of Moshman’s book!


ultimate bet cheat dot com

May 21, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 10:14 pm

if you have been living under a poker rock, crawl out and head over to this is going to forward you to one of the most complete and well-written articles on the Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet superuser scandal.

it’s been said many places, but just in case you are new to online poker and thinking of playing for money: DO NOT PLAY AT ABSOLUTE POKER OR ULTIMATE BET.  just don’t.  you would be best served to head to Poker Stars or Full Tilt for your real money play.  trust me!

poker bots just want love

Filed under: poker — bcd @ 10:10 pm

i’m not sure if anyone saw this on digg, but Coding The Wheel has a great multipart series on building the perfect poker bot. this is a fairly technical set of articles, but even if you are a non-techie, the gist is still pretty easy to understand.

from the programming side, i gotta say that this is generally some deep programming stuff. Windows API programming is not for the light-hearted and you will more than likely have to use C++; no C# for you! but the articles are so well written and researched it almost makes you think you could do it. go ahead and try! heh.

also of interest is the list of books he recommends: i’ve gotta agree that the Flynn/Mehta/Miller book is one of the greatest written.

one part that i agree with is that programming security is something that should be exposed to the light of day. it serves a narrow purpose when people don’t want to highlight the shortcomings of technology and the implementations. several years ago this was how window’s hacks were treated, until the white hats came out and showed that publicizing the problems leads to better and more stable code (in the long run; in the short run – it can hurt!)

bookmark the site and check back for what appears to be weekly updates!

why Omatard sucks

May 20, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 9:20 pm

there is no best hand…till the river!

don’t squeeze the charmin

May 19, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 11:15 am

i think i may have found the softest satellite running on Full Tilt. i think normal player protocol would require me to keep this gem a secret, but hey, shouldn’t everyone have a chance at some free T$?

usually i play in the $26 and $75 Token Frenzies. these used to be pretty soft, sometimes even running with overlay. but in the last several months these tourneys have not only been filling up, they have been filling up with more skilled players. it might be a trend overall in online poker; the amount of fish are fading fast.

it used to be pretty normal to see people getting it all in with a flush draw on the turn or second pair on the flop. slowly but surely i have seen a decrease in the number of players who practice these poor plays; chalk this up to the number of sites out there that offer video training (Cardrunners, Stoxpoker, PokerXFactor, etc) as well as a shrinking in the pool of players overall as the UIGEA still impacts drawing in new players.

BUT – thank god there still are some donkeys! i have played for the last two Sundays in the satellite to the 50-50 that runs on Sunday. this is an $8.80 tourney to win $55. both times i have played i have won a seat. i then have promptly unregistered and used those T$ for another day, often time $75 satellites for the WSOP or FTOPS series.

last night was my second win; i also noticed Bayne picked up a win in the same tourney (IIRC, when his pocket twos in the SB fought off pocket kings in the BB! go mighty ducks!) i expect to see more bloggers play in these now that T$ are pretty much a better deal than tokens.  i dunno if my results speak to Sundays being weaker than other days.  YMMV.

speaking of: isn’t the implementation of T$ kinda the end for token frenzies? the T$ are much more useful, since you can slice and dice them into any amount you want. i can’t think of a compelling reason why i would want a $75 token instead of 75T$? bueller?


i got knocked the fsck out!

May 18, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 2:09 am

made a deep run in the $11.5K Knock-Out tourney on Sat night.  overall i was pretty happy with my play, even though i am disappointed with the result.

up till about the antes i was slowly falling into the bottom quarter of the ranks.  then once the antes kicked in i turned on the aggression, made some great reads for calls, and catapulted up to the top three.  i even held first for some time.

when we got down to three tables i took two beats from the same guy that put me in about 6th.  i ended up making a push on the table chip leader who called with top pair, shit kicker.  so is life, good call by him.

funniest part of the tournament came when i knocked out player Baby Shanks.  this player had a VP$IP under 18% so i pretty much wasn’t contesting hands unless i had a chance to make the winner.  finally we got into a hand where Baby Shanks raised under-the-gun and it folded to me in the BB; i called with a pair of sixes and ended up flopping a set on a raggy, rainbow board.  Baby Shanks bet the flop, hit the king on the turn and went all-in on the river.  the AK was no goot to my set.  that wasn’t the funny part.  the table broke and i got to a new table.  Baby Shanks followed and tossed out these remarks in the chat:

Baby Shanks (Observer): gh whore master
Baby Shanks (Observer): sneaky ##%!$
Baby Shanks (Observer): pig
Baby Shanks (Observer): !&$@

LOL.  too fscking funny.  yeah, sneaky!  isn’t that the point of set mining?

anyway, i am off to sleep.  maybe i’ll used these i’ll gotten gains for the FTOPS tomorrow.  we’ll see.


now i know what it feels like to be Astin!

May 15, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 2:21 pm

last night was the Mookie and i made another attempt at winning my TOC seat.  for the second time i made the final table, with almost the same result, going out in 4th.

there were 100 runners last night, a pretty thick field of the usual suspects.  unlike the last time i went deep, i was a card rack pretty much all night.  i got aces twice and kings once, although of those i got a walk in the BB with one occurrence of the aces and the kings.  nothing sucks more than a walk with a big pair, other than maybe getting action and losing with them!  early on i had several middle pairs where i was willing to flip; i got wired nines and tens all-in preflop and both times hit sets on the flop to win the hand.  i would later get it AIPF with wired 5s, flop a set, turn a full house, only to have RaisingCayne river a larger full house.  so sick!  RC you owe me a beer!

to tell you how well i was running, at the end of the first hour i had an M of 46 and was in the top 3 in chips.  ten minutes later, starting the second level post-break i had an M of 71.  it was a good ten minutes.  even after losing the full house suckout hand, i started the 100/200 level with an M of 34.

i vacillated from 1st to 3rd during the ensuing ante rounds.  Evy35 was very active to my right and held the top spot for many a round.  she amassed a huge stack in a 3-way AIPF hand with AK, which hit.  PokerBrian322 also was running well and playing very tight, so i tried to stay out of his way.  speaking of tight, i think only myself and Evy35 were above 30% in our VP$IP.  i guess part of that for me was catching cards, although i made an effort to use my stack early to keep pressure on the other players.  translation: i was stealing pretty liberally and when getting called my hands stood up.  i like that kind of poker!

so if i was playing that way early on, what happened?  when we were down to the bubble i got moved to Hoy’s table.  Hoy had a below average stack and was playing aggressively.  i made an effort to stay out of his way, which also meant that i was allowing him to pop my BB at will.  i think what this meant most was that when we hit the final table, i was an average stack in 6th place.  it’s hard to say i should have played more aggressively on the bubble; i really had some shitty hands, but how often do the cards matter?  this is certainly an area i need to improve in.

when down to four JD Schellnutt was just rolling the table.  it was all Evy35, Mattazuma and i could do to stay out of his way.  JD was the only one of us who already had his TOC seat and he was well on his way to getting a second.  he pushed with almost any ace, hit his hands and wrecked havoc on our stacks.  i finally made a move with QJ suited and JD called with ace-little.  i turned a jack and he rivered an ace.  as the railed said many times last night, “standard.”  Matt went out in 3rd shortly thereafter leaving Evy35 and JD heads-up.

at this point, all of us on the rail figured and stated that a deal should be made.  Evy35 needed a seat and JD already had one.  Evy35 offered, but JD was silent.  after the match was done JD would say that he was multi-tabling and missed her chat.  whatever the reason, Evy35 ended up in second and JD picked up a useless second seat.

so here is a change i would like to see: when we have TOC seats that have no monetary value, i would like to see people who win more than one forfeit the multiples to the people in 2nd place in those tourneys.  now i know that this is essentially giving up EV, since winning multiple seats means further limiting the TOC field, but honestly, this is a blogger championship.  imo – the goal here should be to allow as many as people as possible the chance to win a seat; it is in Full Tilt’s benefit for more people to have a chance…and it is their money they are donating!  of course i feel this way b/c i don’t have a TOC seat and some players like Lucko have won 3!! wow – 3!

so all in all, i played my heart out, had some great cards, withstood some beats, won some races and the best i could do was fourth.  it still rings hollow today as it did last night.  of course, tonight is one more chance in the Riverchasers!  hope springs eternal!

a little bit of ugly goes a long way

May 13, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 11:34 pm

greetings. as you can see, i haven’t done much to the site as far as aesthetics; i haven’t even decided that this will be the theme that i use. heh. anyway, sometime i will get around to making it purty…or asking someone with graphical skills to lend a hand.

haven’t been playing a ton of poker. i did play the Hoy on Monday and went out in the mid-20s. not very impressive. pretty much the highlight was getting Loretta to blow up on my push with KK preflop. two hands previous helped set it up and Full Tilt was nice enough to grace me with kings within a reasonable time frame…oh yeah, and they held! since i am a whore, here are the hand histories:

Loretta’s BB vs my SB:

very next hand, my button push on Loretta’s SB:

one orbit later, i trap with kings:

you’ll notice the pissing war with my SB vs. his BB when i limped to complete. the very next hand with the button i return the all-in bluff – AJ is gold, Jerry! my bluff pot was actually bigger and i think he tilted a little. then came the kings. after he bounced he parted with a “retarded” comment, but i am sure he was describing his play; certainly not mine! unfortunately, Loretta is in the TOC and i am not. so who has the last laugh?

tonight was the Skill game; i wanted to play a little while watching the Astros, so even though i have NO CLUE how to play Omaha Eight or Better or Stud Hi-Lo combine that with the fact that the last game was Limit Hold’Em…well shiet, i just had to play. i dusted off the Super System 2 and skimmed Bobby Baldwin’s chapter on OEB and Todd Brunson’s chapter on SHL. the gist i got was to play tight, which left me to LHE to blow off my chips, which i did. heh. then the following hand came up:

the only thing i think i got right is that pre-flop my hand was supposed to be an above average hand. Baldwin says start with the biggest pair you can and aces it is. i figured the 6-4 would help draw to low if i had to and i was at least suited in one ace. so preflop it was 3-bet. i really had no idea where i was on the flop and turn…so once the hand was over i had to put it into a card calculator to see where i was; guess i was OK. until the river. heh. check out the percentages:



anyway, you won’t see me crushing any Omaha or Stud games anytime soon. i r suxorz.

i think it was Sunday night that i won a satellite into the 50-50, but opted to keep the T$. so nice that Full TIlt is now offering this. the war between Full Tilt and Poker Stars really is close. i still love Full Tilt’s interface more, so of course all my money goes there. i have no clue why people would play places like Absolute or UB. wtf?

alright, that’s about all i have time for. check back to how much more ugly i can make the site!

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