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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!

men at work

May 7, 2008
Filed under: poker — bcd @ 5:49 pm

pardon the mess…futzing with the themes and trying to get things setup is a pain in the arse.  if i wasn’t so fscking lazy i would just rip the CSS out and re-write it.  but i AM lazy, so i will spend a little more time trying to either gussy up this theme or find another one.

anywho.  for shiggles i played in my first “skill” tourney last night, which was not only limit, but also Razz.  i attempted to prepare by pulling out the old, trusty Super System, which features about 6 pages written by some guy that is probably dead – possibly from self-inflicted wounds if he was primarily a Razz player.  after about 30 min i remember why i don’t play limit: it feels like card catching.  i know, i know, in truth there is a lot of skill in limit, but i don’t have any of that.  the one thing i did like about Razz is that you can see some upcards and make a guesstimate about what the other seven players maybe drawing to.  still, i only bested about half the field and that was mostly luck.

Monday i played in the Hoy and showed a perfect example of how not to play NLHE.  there literally was not a worse player than me, including the one person who went broke before me (in the Gigli.)  in usual fashion, i then settled down and played some random Guarantee Knock-Out tourney and made it into the money (while knocking a few peeps out too.)  i am beginning to player poker like Roy Oswalt pitches: erratic for the first few innings.

well, tonight is the Mook…gonna try my hand at that.  hopefully i won’t show my ass.

again, sorry for the look/feel.  i’ll get a round to fixing it shortly.


Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart.

May 6, 2008
Filed under: Uncategorized — bcd @ 9:58 am

just a note since i am at work and won’t be fixing things immediately:

i am switching over to WordPress. the (old) site can be viewed at

i will not be archiving the old site to WordPress…so if you want to read old post, you gotta use that URL.

goodbye Greymatter. you were a fine piece of blogware for your time!


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