Sunday, September 30, 2007

Weekend Sports Wrap Up

I'm not a Mets fan but am very disappointed the NY Mets did not find a way to add 2 more playoff games to the sports calender this week. I am sure Hoy is pleased that his beloved Phillies have made the playoffs without an additional game, the Phillies also benefit because their 1st round opponent has to play their way into matchup.

If gambling on sports were legal in California I would have to wager on Colorado to advance to face the Phillies. Peavy vs. Fogg is advantage Peavy on paper but Peavy has not pitched at Coors this year, Rockies have momentum and old baseball saying is momentum is only as good s today's starting pitcher.

In Fantasy Football this weekend in my longest tenured league Vince Young was on a bye so I had to start Daunte Culpepper. By my read on Bill Simmon's Vengeance Scale his 3rd rushing TD as time ran out and pointing out knee was okay would rate an 6.3. Lead is approx 40, he has Maroney, I have Housh and Moss.

League 2 I trail by 12 opponent had McNabb and sack don't rate as negative, but I have Kenny Watson or Rudi and Maroney going.

League 3 is against Waffles, must crush him! I have 19 point lead and Gostowski, he has Housh.

League 4 is work league, I am playing worst team in league and trail by 16 but have Carson Palmer and Wes Welker going tonight while opponent is done

In FantasySportsLive I took a 2nd, Akers at Kicker, Harrison at WR were worse than expected. I struggled with whether to take Jets against Buffalo or Texans against Falcons, I chose poorly.

My favorite pro Football team is the Tampa Bay Bucs, their 3-1 start and signs of offense confuse me, did not see this coming.

Georgia Tech dominated in a game that only a Tech fan could have enjoyed watching. The announcers were almost ready to name Tech's punter the player of game but Tashard Choice ran just enough that they had an alternative. I believe I have seen a punter named player of game for a losing team.

Donovan McNabb was sacked again.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Question Of the Day

Is Alice in the Dank position or is the physician in the Dank position?

Artistry is of course provided by Scott Adams.

Bubbling Satellites

PokerStars Tournament #62363689, Limit Hold'em
Super SatelliteBuy-In: $25.00/$2.50
45 players
Total Prize Pool: $3850.00
Target Tournament #70000022 Buy-In: $1050.00
3 tickets to the target tournament
Tournament started - 2007/09/27 - 22:18:00 (ET)

Dear bayne_s,

You finished the tournament in 4th place.A $125.00 award has been credited to your Real Money account.Congratulations!

Thank you for participating.

I did not recieve an email for the $33 Rebuy WCOOP satellite where 3 seats were awarded. 4th got $320 and 5th got $290 and I finished 6th soon after I had raised from CO with JJ and been jammed by shorty with ATo and one of the 14 Aces in deck hit the flop to make me bubble boy.

I did also play a little PLO on FullTilt and for the 1st time in what seems like weeks got all in on flop with higher set in set over set confrontation and held on to win. After flopping set of Ts against set of 8s I won with Q hi straight flush against his K hi straight so it is never easy for me anymore on Full Tilt.

Happy Birthday AlCan'thang !

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Satellite Machine

MTT MTT SNG HU Satellite Overall Winnings:
$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3,333.00 $3,333.00

The above are my stats for the last 11 days on PokerStars. $273 of the $3333 are cash for just missing the seat and $110 are $T which are ~15% more valuable in marketplace than $W and in my mind are equivalent to cash since I play tournaments. I was out of pocket $113.60 before starting to play the sats exclusively with $W.

I have used $W to enter the Limit O8 WCOOP and Sunday's "2nd Chance" NL HE so my 0/2 cash rate is bad but not wafflesque.

I have also had 3 frustrating near misses to another 2k in $W when I got all in preflop with AAQJ against AQQJ and lost when Q hit flop, lost with QQJ5 against QJ64 all in pre when 6 and 4 flopped and lost a LHE hand with KK against KQ, we are all in on turn and river J completes gutshot.

Part of me feels like I should just keep attacking the satellites the rest of the week because being on the west coast with a job is not conducive to WCOOP play during week but the remaining weekend events have massive buyins. At this point if I build up the $W to enough to play Main Event I feel I would have to play rather than take the 20% conversion hit to get dollars. By no standard of bankroll management other than Ted Forrest should I be playing a $2500 buyin tourney. Alternative is to again target 2nd chance events. Will just have to wait to see where $W lead me.

A bonus of WCOOP satellite play is I should make "GoldStar" VIP this month. Is this better than being Gold in Full Tilt's IronMan challenge?

Monday, September 24, 2007

To Quote Alan "Building a new legend on Pokerstars"

Met PokerEnthusiast tonight and took him on a tour of the residential section of Redwood City, California. I finally decided my ability to find a decent sports bar or restaurant was futile so we headed the 15 miles south to Mountain View so I would have a clue about finding a place to eat and drink.
I would like to thank whoever busted Hoy, Nemesis and RaisingCayne to maintain my MATH moneyboard leadership.
I did get home in time to play a few hands of Limit O8 on my new favorite poker site Pokerstars. Don't think my decision making was any better than it has been on FullTilt and I was hitting some draws to scoop (where I at least had the other nut while drawing) unlike the donkey draws that have been happening on FullTilt.
Also played a little bit of 1/2 Limit O8 on FullTilt, dude 3 bet preflop with AJ77 1 suit, I flopped straight and called him down but no low came and board paired. Dude scooped pot typed "xnnx: & %$! you c u nt" in chat and exited the table after applying the donkey beat and ran from table like the unskilled luckbox wussy he probably was, Chad has destroyed my picturing of the mouthy in chat box as spindly pencil necks . Alternatively maybe this starting hand is in wheelhouse of groundbreaking new Limit O8 theory. The IronMan promotion is evil in that after you've been in the IronMan challenge a year you earn enough "Medals" each month with IronMan to get 2 $26 tokens. Full Tilt's Marketing is evil in it's genius.

Fantasy Football Sucks

In one league I need a big game from Vince Young tonight because I faced team with Ronnie Brown.

In 2nd league I will lose by 2 points because I started Tatum Bell instead of Brian Westbrook.

In 3rd league I started Chris Brown instead of Ronnie Brown.

In 4th league as long as Drew Brees does not go nuts I will win.

My participation in MATH tonight depends on PokerEnthusiast, he is in town and we will probably commiserate about busting out of WCOOP events while Final Tabling same event on FullTilt the same day. He in Razz me in O8.

I will need someone else to bust Hoy, Nemesis and RaisingCayne to maintain my MATH moneyboard leadership.

Did receive this email this weekend:

Hello Bayne,

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Remember, Full Tilt Poker offers a bounty for busting any red proplaying in a scheduled real money tournament. You can collect a bountymatching the tournament buy-in (not tournament fee) up to $200. Sit NGo's are excluded.
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Can't really take a lot of credit for busting Chip he was at ~4 BB due to a brutal suckout followed by a quartering at others hands when I minraised UTG with AA34 (1 suit) he jammed an A34Q which allowed me to reaise rest of table out and no low came.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Rebuy Fun

Saturday I made 3 attempts to play the $25+2 DoubleShootout Sats to WCOOP #14 when I accidentally stumbled across these $8.80 + R 2x-turbos. I suspect next saturday there will be something similar to WCOOP Main Event. 1 hour of rebuys with 5 minute blind levels made it important to play like Kat's Donkarama as the 4k chips adouble rebuy bought were trouble when last rebuy level was 800/1600 with 160 ante. Managed to win an entry in 2nd Sat I tried for a total outlay of ~$75. Decided since I am not Chad and my comments on Hoy's blog this week proved I am better off playing with big window on game which led me to unregister and take $W as Aussie Millions freeroll starts at same time as WCOOP 14 and FullTilt's $750k guarantee is starting hour and half later.

Will use $W to enter more WCOOP sats. So far one real $50 booby prize has been collected where I lost with KT to KT after we both flopped top 2 pair. Since sites for trading $T/$W seem to charge a 20% premium I will have to pass on that. If anyone wants to play WCOOP events or sats and is willing to buy at 5% discount let me know (cashmanbrian offers 3% discount on buys)

Georgia Tech continued it's streak of failing to win in Charlottesville since I got married. I have not figured out what led to this trend but wife has said there is no divorce only death (and she means me) so I can't help them.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Time to introduce a new System

I have decided the time has come to adapt a harmless aspect of Bush Administration into my poker play:

A Tilt Advisory System

Low = Green;
Guarded = Blue;
Elevated = Yellow;
High = Orange;
Severe = Red.

Logged on to Full Tilt early enough to play the RiverChaser's, Will not identify player who was a little raise happy buy he definitely moved my Tilt status to Elevated.

Managed to go out pretty early on hand where Emptyman limped UTG Astin raised from an EP and despite alarms going off in my head that UTG had AA I minraised Astin preflop with my TT. Managed to self cripple forcing AA all in and Hoy put me out of my misery with KQ vs. my AT with a river K.

I exited early enough that I entered the $28k, and at 2230 saw 64 people entered in $750k Guarantee Sat. MiamiDon had pointed out that these had an overlay every day this week. A jackAce was kind enough to double up my AK 1st hand and getting seat for Sunday was relatively easy. Cashed in $28k at 91st reducing tilt level.

Thirsday Night was a big night in the Bayne household. Premiere of Survivor China was the big event. The daughter can probably answer any trivia question about any previous season of Survivor. Right now she is in study phase to select her favorite to root for. I was born in year of Tiger, wife was born Year of the Dragon. Daughter is Mommy's girl so she is rooting for the Dragon Team. I am naturally relegated to rooting for Tiger. It's her rule I must oppose.

This hand at cash reduced Tilt Level to Green:

Full Tilt Poker Game #3625709043: Table - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:37:43 ET - 2007/09/20
Seat 1: bayne_s ($104.35)
Seat 2: Dreamclown96 ($111.80)
Seat 3: Innman ($113.05)
Seat 4: kaellinn18 ($117.30)
Seat 5: Tufro ($102.50)
Seat 6: western_home ($119.75)
Seat 7: hemipoker ($98.20)
Seat 8: willinpx ($135.50), is sitting out
Seat 9: Jigsaw29 ($56.80)
Dreamclown96 posts the small blind of $0.50
Innman posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [9c 8c]
kaellinn18 foldsTufro folds
western_home calls $1
hemipoker calls $1
Jigsaw29 folds
bayne_s calls $1
Dreamclown96 folds
Innman checks
*** FLOP ***
[7h 3c 6s]
Innman checks
western_home bets $2
hemipoker calls $2
bayne_s calls $2 loose call with 2 "overs + oesd"
Innman calls $2
*** TURN ***
[7h 3c 6s] [5h]
Innman checks
western_home bets $6
hemipoker has 15 seconds left to act thinking
hemipoker raises to $16
bayne_s has 15 seconds left to act
I can think too, decide to act like I want pot now with backdoor flush draw
bayne_s raises to $30
Innman folds
western_home folds
hemipoker has 15 seconds left to act
hemipoker calls $14
*** RIVER *** [7h 3c 6s 5h] [Ad]
hemipoker has 15 seconds left to act
hemipoker bets $65.20, and is all in
bayne_s calls $65.20 would be rude to think here
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hemipoker shows [4d 4s] a straight, Seven high
bayne_s shows [9c 8c] a straight, Nine high
bayne_s wins the pot ($205.90) with a straight, Nine high
hemipoker is sitting out
** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $208.90

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Don't Bluff Calling Stations

Played WCOOP # 8, made the mistake of representing a premium hand pre-flop (A245 ds), flop unfortunately came with 2 high cards but 2 of a suit. I bet flop, checked turn when high straight became possible and the bet river when flush card came. Thought I had told a consistent story but BB loved his Aces and called me down with a pair. I also had some bad chases of lows and/or flushes that did not come in. Peak chip stack had me at 99 of 481 and I went out around 330.

Made mistake of bluffing at a donkey in the Mookie whose AK though unpaired was still good at river. Later went out when I semi-bluffed T6s into KQ9 flop that I also had flush draw and same donkey called with JJ. Note to self: Next time you bluff in a blogger tournament don't tell player you are bluffing you will be jamming Hoy and RaisingCayne every chance you get before tourney starts.

2315 $3k guarantee was Limit O8, followed up Monday's "cash" with a Final Table. 9 handed at Final table average stack was 51k when we were at 5k/10k level. Hard to claim skill is a real factor when best starting hand might be 60/40 fav over what BB is forced to play. It really becomes pick a hand pre-flop and pray. Got money in good on turn got rivered (5 outs for scoop) went out 5th. I am sure I'll play it Friday too.

2 Tournies to pimp:
Tournament: Riverchasers Online Poker Tour
When: Thursday September 20th, 21:00 ET
Game: NLHE DeepstackBuyin: $10+1
Password: Riverchasers

What: WPBT Event #9, NL-DS
When: Sept 25th - TuesdayTime: 9:30pm PST
Where: Full TiltHow Much: $24 or token
Restrictions: Bloggers only, please.

Random Chat from WCOOP # 8

I think player to my immediate right has seen 75% of flops and is hitting his ugliest hands.
Another player at table put this in chat:

LorraineLove: "i'm starting to get the feeling there's been some ground-breaking theoretical developments in LO8 since the last time i played"

Today's Dilemma

I arrived home at 5:40 last night so again failed to play the Bodog Blogger tournament. One of these days I will get it together and get Bodog (with my account number) on my work computer so I can register and not be vulnerable to the selfish assholes that gridlock the Moffet Park Blvd. and Matilda Intersection.

Played 3 tournaments on Pokerstars instead.
$11 NLHE went out relatively early. UTG raised to 4x BB, since he had already raised 3 hands this orbit and seemed to be raising 1/3 of time he had 3 callers before it got to me in the SB. I held 99 figured I was ahead of half his range so shoved. UTG proudly re-raised all in with 33 everyone else ran away and riverstars rewarded him with a river 3.

$33 O8 SNG, 4 left 3 pay, I am 2nd in chips. I raise with A2JJ and suited Ace. Flop comes 34J. I bet pot am raised by the chip leader, I naturally shove and he calls with 449Q. Running hearts give him a flush and the bubble is mine.

I then played the $58 Satellite into WCOOP #8, $530 Limit Omaha 8. I was a little slow on the print screen and failed to capture my fold of AA24 ds due to a timeout. My intent was to fold. I don't think I have ever folded such a strong hand pre-flop but play was completely correct.

My dilemma is that I thought I would unregister and use $T elsewhere. Instead I have $W.
Is there a market for trading $W? What is the normal exchange rate?

I examined the WCOOP event schedule and could play PL Hold'em this weekend but it does seem wrong to use my $W in a format I have played maybe once versus alternative of pulling an LJ ("work" from home) and playing in what I have to feel is my strongest game.

Having read we-are-not-fish I realize it would be a gross bankroll managment foul to play in WCOOP #8 but FTOPS #8 was also a bankroll managment violation, playing in sat was a violation. Does O8 always get Event 8?

Edit: MiamiDon was very helpful in providing links to examine selling $W (best offer $463 for $530). Boss hated the idea of me playing tournament from office that could consume whole afternoon. He told me to go home and play tournament and put in vacation day request if I didn't make it back. Alan, funny difference with Stars vs. FullTilt is presence of $ during tournaments on chip counts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

High Stakes Poker

Warning post contains spoiler information on one hand of High Stakes Poker!

On last nights episode the amateur (referred to as Quiet Mike) raised pre-flop with a 23. I believe Phil Helmuth called raise with 44 to set mine the flop. The flop was 4 5 K and I believe betting action was then check by Phil bet by Mike, Phil raised to $30k (leaving $30k-$60k behind) and Mike shoved and Phil did one of his patented quick calls. Final Pot was ~$202k.

At this point Mike offered to run it twice. Phil declined but offered Eli Elezra the chance to "insure the hand" for $30k at 2.6:1. I felt fascinated by this on so many levels.

Running hand twice as 3:1 favorite means ~56% of time Phil wins both times, ~5% of time Phil loses twice and 39% of time they chop.

Insurance means Phil nets $170k 76% of time and nets $78k 24% of time.

If I am Eli Elezra and my bankroll is deep enough I insure Phil every time, he has just been presented a game of chance with a 13% house edge.

If I am Mike I am pissed because if Phil does not want to run it twice then I would actually prefer to offer him insurance as now instead of making $202k 25% of time I make $30k back and can make an additional $94k 25% of time.

I can now understand why the other pros are so giddy when they see Phil sit down at the cash table. He makes great reads and plays well but he has aspect of his game where the variance scares him and he is willing to give up +EV at payoff odds in line with house edge on casino bonus bets.

This would Tilt Me

Saw this last night when WCOOP Omaha Event was 10 handed. Raymer had 1.6 million chips, # 2 was less than 1 million. He lost connection for at least 15 minutes. My ISP provider would have been blistered, small items in house may have been broken. Raymer's outage lasted 10-20 minutes and he came back and won.

Had a red letter pro drop by my table playing the $3k guarantee limit O8 last night. MiamiDon suggested in girlie chat yesterday that if I am going to play Omadraw or even worse limit O8 that I stop publishing hand histories and just say got money in good got beat.
I raised Jim McManus BB with A23K (1 suit) he called Heads up defending his BB with J444 (1 suit), believe his BB represented 20% of his stack he was rewarded with 466 flop and no low came, I called flop bet and raised turn butting him all in when K came on turn which also allowed me to represent nut flush. I finished 18th but still shake my head over J444 call.
About same time playing cash after set over set flop since my set was Js I checked for deception and damage control turn gave me a gut shot and flush draw at which point I bet pot and was called. River gave me boat and opponent quads betting was he bet pot I raised a value amount and he raised pot. I made crying call despite my read screaming up against quads. This bad beat did not lead to tilting off bank roll because having played with GateauOrMort before I respect his play in general and he did have nut low draw + set on turn.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Questions from the Weekend

The daughter enjoyed her 1st dance, school does recognize that 7th graders are still kids for most part and also got one of those inflatable jumpy tents. She did not really tell me much about what happened but the wife heard the details and it was mainly jumping snacking and a little dancing and my normally shy daughter was hanging out with some of her friends. Daughter did get on my case upon return pointing out that "Stayed home, Mommy wanted to go out for dinner or snacks or coffee while I was at dance". Thanks for pointing that out after you got back.

Watched the Georgia Tech Boston College game Saturday Night and thought Patriots must be sharing their defensive signal stealing technology with BC. Their QB and line seemed to always pick up the blitzes and know the coverages. Georgia Tech did seem to have far superior punting game.

Finally registered for Hoy 's pick'em contest and immediately tagged the Bengals with the 16 confidence rating. How do the Browns score 51?

I also managed to face a fantasy football team that started Andre and Chad Johnson against me. Result pending but I am not optimistic.

On the poker front I played in the $5 rebuy satellites to Pokerstars 1830 $50k guarantee twice this weekend (with 2 seats cashed for $T) amazing thing to me was each night one player played it just like the donkarama. 1st night 1 player took 15 minutes to be in for 6 buy ins. Sunday a player was all in the 1st 3 hands and out 6 buy ins had a single buy in left and went out 2 hands later after dropping $30 in a sat for a $55 buy in tourney.

Has anyone else noticed that FullTilt RNG tends to reward those who go all in 1st without regard to what pot odds would be with a true deck of cards?

Does FullTilt's RNG have nothing better to do than kick me in the balls to boot me out of a tourney?

Warning rest of post may contain bad beat stories!

Dealt to bayne_s [8c 4s Ks Kh]
taynay folds
bayne_s calls 60
Abracapocus calls 60
def78985 folds
gopherpa folds
COMITAN32 calls 60
aylon calls 30
AAronnie checks
*** FLOP ***
[2d As Kd]
aylon has 15 seconds left to act
aylon bets 240
AAronnie folds
bayne_s raises to 1,020
Abracapocus folds
COMITAN32 folds
aylon raises to 3,360
bayne_s calls 1,170, and is all in
aylon shows [5s 7c Kc Ad]
bayne_s shows [8c 4s Ks Kh]
Uncalled bet of 1,170 returned to aylon
*** TURN ***
[2d As Kd] [Ah]

Dealt to bayne_s [Qd Qc]
Wood Floor Man (Observer): ghduuce25: ty donkey
sngmonopoly has 15 seconds left to act
sngmonopoly folds
40mousethatroared folds
Bud518 calls 40
diditmyway calls 40
bayne_s raises to 260
Haugtvedt16 folds
scapes9917 folds
ArkanSeb folds
duuce25 calls 220
Bud518 calls 220
diditmyway raises to 1,815, and is all in
bayne_s calls 1,170, and is all in
duuce25 foldsBud518 folds
diditmyway shows [Ts Js]
bayne_s shows [Qd Qc]
Uncalled bet of 385 returned to diditmyway
*** FLOP ***
[4s Jd 7s]
*** TURN ***
[4s Jd 7s] [9h] Here I thought "Fawk look at all the outs NFW I dodge them all"
*** RIVER ***
[4s Jd 7s 9h] [Ks]
diditmyway shows a flush, King high

For those not too disgusted with FullTilt the MATH is at 10 EST on Monday

Friday, September 14, 2007

Woot Friday

The daughter is going to her 1st dance at the Middle School tonight. Time goes by so fast, she can be a bit shy and I am not sure how many friends she has made so I hope she has a good time. I asked her about dance last night but her responses were "You are not going, no parents allowed" and "Go away, you are annoying me". Ah the joys of Fatherhood!

Last night LJ joined me at the cash table the difference between running good and running bad was demonstrated in the span of 3 hands.

Hand 1 Dealt to bayne_s 88
Pvanharibo calls $1
bayne_s raises to $4
3 folds
Bozo calls
3 folds
Pvanharibo calls
Flop A 8 4 Bingo
Pvanharibo checks
bayne_s bets $10
bozo calls
Pvanharibo folds
Turn A
bayne_s bets $22
bozo calls and is all in
bozo shows A T
river 4
Bozo wins with Aces over 4s boat

3 hands later
Pvanharibo is dealt TT
Pvanharibo raises to $4
Bozo calls
flop is Td 8d 4c
Pvanharibo bets $10
bozo calls
turn is Qs
bozo raises
Pvaniharibo reraises all in
bozo calls for now $80 stack
river 2c
Bozo shows Ad 4 (pair of 4s)
Pvanharibo shows TT (three of kind Tens).

Am always saddened when some bozo runner runners me for a big pot then gives my money away before I can get it back. Was happy that this time at least LJ was beneficiary.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Yeah a tourney win

Busted out of the $2 rebuy with this beauty of a hand 40th:

Full Tilt Poker Game #3546500455: $2 + $0.25 Rebuy (26994974), Table 11 - 300/600 Ante 75 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:10:38 ET - 2007/09/13
Seat 1: TYakadatruff (21,443)
Seat 2: D-Silbs (23,844)
Seat 3: fxdwg0175 (14,300)
Seat 4: McBeard (9,935)
Seat 5: jedifj (25,870)
Seat 6: bayne_s (6,630)
Seat 7: joe14808 (16,999)
Seat 8: jemiii (16,910)
TYakadatruff antes 75
D-Silbs antes 75
fxdwg0175 antes 75
McBeard antes 75
jedifj antes 75
bayne_s antes 75
joe14808 antes 75
jemiii antes 75
jedifj posts the small blind of 300
bayne_s posts the big blind of 600
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Kh 8h]
joe14808 calls 600
jemiii folds
TYakadatruff folds
D-Silbs folds
fxdwg0175 calls 600
McBeard folds
jedifj folds
bayne_s checks
*** FLOP *** [Ks Jh 2h]
bayne_s bets 2,700
joe14808 folds
fxdwg0175 raises to 5,400
bayne_s raises to 5,955, and is all in
fxdwg0175 calls 555
bayne_s shows [Kh 8h]
fxdwg0175 shows [3s Kd]
*** TURN *** [Ks Jh 2h] [3d] That's the way I roll recently
*** RIVER *** [Ks Jh 2h 3d] [4s]
bayne_s shows a pair of Kings
fxdwg0175 shows two pair, Kings and Threes
fxdwg0175 wins the pot (14,610) with two pair, Kings and Threes
bayne_s stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 14,610 Rake 0
Board: [Ks Jh 2h 3d 4s]
Seat 1: TYakadatruff folded before the Flop
Seat 2: D-Silbs folded before the Flop
Seat 3: fxdwg0175 showed [3s Kd] and won (14,610) with two pair, Kings and Threes
Seat 4: McBeard (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: jedifj (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: bayne_s (big blind) showed [Kh 8h] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 7: joe14808 folded on the Flop
Seat 8: jemiii folded before the Flop

Soon after this in Mookie went to felt with TT on an 8 high flop and discovered that NumbBono had QQ in SB to get knocked down to 100. A few hands later jamyhawk defended the 40 already in BB calling off another 60 with a 43 which of course defeated my KQ.

Was eliminated from the $3k O8 when I flopped 2 pair but 2nd shortest player at table called off all his chips to a 3rd bet on flop with an under pocket pair and 3rd low draw only to turn a set.

Got the rude surprise when the Dookie started of seeing 3000 chips and Drizz at my starting table. Fortunately I turned a full house early heads up with Drizz and the river counterfeited Drizz' nut low and gave me 3/4 of pot.

I eliminated jeciimd the 3rd time I got him all in on the river where I had strong high on a board with no low when a low failed to come on river.

InstantTragedy showed a lot of aggression with the big stack but managed to pick good spots to take chips from him. The bubble was long and grueling until our host Mookie finally seized the bubble. Heads up with Hoy I originally executed a plan of playing small ball with Hoy and exploit my time zone advantage. I decided this was too Patriot-like to continue and switched to a plan where I got my money in bad and sucked out, maybe Hoy is the one player on FullTilt running worse than me.

Monday, September 10, 2007

September 11

Long before Osama Bin Laden and his crew made September 11 a memorable date for everyone else it was a happy date for me to reflect on my life.

I went to Georgia Tech on a Naval ROTC scholarship. A perk of this was I also got to go on a summer cruise to Europe. I was on the USS Thorn a Spruance class destroyer that one would not confuse with even a Carnival cruise ship. My assigned space in ship was the middle bunk in a room with ~50 shipmates and the locler underneath the bunk. I did get to spend time in Siganella Sicily and Rota, Spain and Charleston South Carolina but 26 of my 30 days were spent at sea. The crew of the Thorn had been on deployment for 18 months and the Boatswain's mates had been standing every 3rd watch prior to Midshipmens arrival so the Captain decided to integrate the Middie's into the "Deck" crew and allow them to stand every 4th watch instead.

When not spending time painting, cleaning or picking up I was on deck watch where I either got the helm, one of the 3 lookout stations or to have the headset to CIC.

On Sept 11, 2000 my watch came up as the "mid watch" so for 2nd hour I was on the Helicopter pad with binoculars trying to spot other ships. This task was made a little more difficult than usual because we were passing through a Hurricane somewhere in North Atlantic. Being an arrogant lad I opted not to wear the safety harnass and just sat on the deck scanning the sea behind. Ship was doing 20 degree rolls as it sailed and I had pretty well adjusted to the implications of this as I walked through the ship and sitting on deck should have been no problem. The ship suddenly did a 40 degree roll and I went tumbling to one side of ship. I managed to grab the track for the hangar door and caught enough of a grip that I slammed into hangar door. At this moment something big slid by, I scrambled inside the Hangar as fast as I could because I did not want that thing sliding back at me. I notified the Airmen on duty that something big had gone by and he grabbed a flashlight and scanned deck and determined that a 1700 pound reel of cable had gone over the side. I also reported in to Augie (Not sure what is real name was but he was indeed called Augie) what had happened as all he had heard over headset was burst of panic some silence then me catching my breath. When my relief came for aft lookout duty we could not find the harnass.

Next morning when I was aft lookout again I saw grooves in deck 18 inches from Hangar door and scratches on the + anchor point in deck where harnass had been secured. As aft lookout I am the one who is suppsed to report "man overboard" but hypothermia sets in at 5 minutes and no way do they spot me in a Hurricane.

Been running bad at the tables lately but the last 26 years have been on 'borrowed time".

Went out of MATH in 5th, recess rampage jammed his mighty 77 into the JJ I was holding in BB. FullTilt's RNG still hates me so rewarded him with a 7 on flop. Congrats on lucksacking the bubble away from me Alan.

I ran goot after MATH too:

Full Tilt Poker Game #3527134082: $33 + $3 Sit & Go (Turbo) (26938511), Table 1 - 60/120 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:04:49 ET - 2007/09/11
Seat 1: huckles (2,400)
Seat 3: PreferMemberFTP (2,465)
Seat 4: sportforshort (175)
Seat 5: juniorva2 (2,670)
Seat 6: pokerookie69 (1,350)
Seat 7: Taraandcolin (2,290)
Seat 8: Beernutts (850)
Seat 9: bayne_s (1,300)
Taraandcolin posts the small blind of 60
Beernutts posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Tc Td]
bayne_s raises to 420
huckles folds
juniorva2 has been disconnected
juniorva2 has reconnected
PreferMemberFTP has 15 seconds left to act
PreferMemberFTP raises to 2,465, and is all in
sportforshort folds
juniorva2 folds
pokerookie69 folds
Taraandcolin folds
Beernutts folds
bayne_s calls 880, and is all in
PreferMemberFTP shows [Qd Ad]
bayne_s shows [Tc Td]
Uncalled bet of 1,165 returned to PreferMemberFTP
*** FLOP *** [Js Th Jh]
*** TURN *** [Js Th Jh] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [Js Th Jh Qc] [Qh] Way to fricking lose a coin flip
PreferMemberFTP shows a full house, Queens full of Jacks
bayne_s shows a full house, Tens full of Queens
PreferMemberFTP wins the pot (2,780) with a full house, Queens full of Jacks
bayne_s stands up
The blinds are now 80/160
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,780 Rake 0
Board: [Js Th Jh Qc Qh]
Seat 1: huckles didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: PreferMemberFTP showed [Qd Ad] and won (2,780) with a full house, Queens full of Jacks
Seat 4: sportforshort didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: juniorva2 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: pokerookie69 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: Taraandcolin (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 8: Beernutts (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: bayne_s showed [Tc Td] and lost with a full house, Tens full of Queens

I am Ready for some Football

Despite losing the best player in college football and a 4 year starter at QB I am optimistic about Georgia Tech's prospects this morning.

1st test of season comes Saturday when Georgia Tech hosts Boston College. I like what I have seen from the line play the 1st two games, Choice is a fine starting Running Back but the young 3rd string back is the one carrying the ball in the clip. When you schedule the Div-1AA teams you are supposed to roll them. When you play Notre Dame this year you are supposed to roll them.

The QB play is a concern, thus far (according to Atlanta based observer Scott) "Bennett has looked as inaccurate as Reggie Ball". Boston College has not given up a lot of yardage on the ground so some passing will be required to keep defense honest.

Also gave some thought to the "Reggie Ball era" at Georgia Tech. Part of me always feels he was the worst 4 year starter in Division 1A history. I am sure part of reason for disappointment with his play was his freshman year's play was reminiscent of Joe Hamilton's freshman year. Hamilton improved every year while Reggie got worse each year. Makes me wonder what could have been if O'Leary had fled to his cameo gig at Notre Dame and Reggie had Ralph Friedgen's tutleage.

In my fantasy football matchups I have 3 close games and one where I am getting smacked. If Carson Palmer has huge game and targets Housh more than Chad I can pull off 4-0 week but 3-1 seems more likely. I did draft Peterson and Calvin Johnson for team that's getting smacked. Have Kitna on the bench so I have decent trade prospects for improvement.

Thanks for link to video Scott

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Do I blog too infrequently?

Earlier today I blogged a rant about misfortune of having big tree blocking my line of sight to DirecTV satellite. Problem this casuses is no Sunday ticket and I have to watch Raiders or 49ers in late game.

I pressed the "publish post" but don't see the post. Where did it go?

I suffered the "most public of my many humiliations" when I lost a HU match to LJ for the 1st time. She was so giddy from her success she even sat down at same cash table with me.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Do I gamble too Much?

1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
I am working at my 4th start-up.
At 1st one there were layoffs on two separate occaisions.
2nd start-up had a nice payoff, no layoffs, but was a sweatshop.
3rd start-up had 3 layoffs plus we had meetings on 2 other occaisons where it was announced that they were not sure they could pay us after tomorrow plus the final shutdown meeting where I got laid off but also got 2 months severance pay because they kept the East Coast optical product alive.

Answer would have to be yes, even if I didn't gamble outside of employment.

2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?

There was one additional time when 3rd company was arranging a funding round that the workers suspected a "no pay" meeting was coming. Dan and I took our wives to Las Vegas anyway. We booked flights, rooms and show tickets long before we suspected lack of pay was coming. Dan and the wives were near piano bar of New York New York while I was cashing some chips. The wife overheard Dan on cell phone asking a co-worker "if tomorrow was the last paycheck?". Home life was certainly not happy after wife learned we were in Las Vegas with this hanging over us. CEO had told me before we left that he was confident funding would happen, I believed him and it happened. Wife was pissed for ~7 hours. The but I'm up defense did not carry much weight at 7:00 pm when I was up $200, at 2:00 am with me drunk as shit and up $2000 more from -EV games wife was annoyed but anger had lost it's edge.

I am asolid 2 for 2 in the Gambler's Anonymous questionaire

Bankroll Challenge update:

FullTiltPoker Game #3456835417: Table Bonneville (6 max) - $2/$4 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2:53:08 ET - 2007/09/04
Seat 1: mick the hoon ($156)
Seat 2: bayne_s ($242.60)
Seat 3: Wrapme ($244.45)
Seat 4: Jduece19 ($138.25)
Seat 5: Torres1 ($229.60)
Seat 6: crusher19 ($635.40)
Torres1 posts the small blind of $2
crusher19 posts the big blind of $4
5 seconds left to act
mick the hoon posts a dead small blind of $2
mick the hoon posts $4
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [As Jd Js Ac]
mick the hoon has 15 seconds left to act
mick the hoon checks
bayne_s calls $4
Wrapme calls $4
Jduece19 raises to $16
Torres1 calls $14
crusher19 calls $12
mick the hoon calls $12
bayne_s raises to $102
Wrapme folds
Jduece19 raises to $138.25, and is all in
Torres1 raises to $229.60, and is all in
crusher19 folds
mick the hoon calls $138, and is all in
bayne_s calls $127.60
Torres1 shows [Kc 3c 7h Kh]
mick the hoon shows [2s Tc Ks Qc]
bayne_s shows [As Jd Js Ac]
Jduece19 shows [4d 6h 3s 2h]
*** FLOP *** [7s Ah 7c]
*** TURN *** [7s Ah 7c] [5c]
*** RIVER *** [7s Ah 7c 5c] [Jc]
Torres1 shows a flush, King high
bayne_s shows a full house, Aces full of Sevens
bayne_s wins side pot #2 ($151.20) with a full house, Aces full of Sevens
mick the hoon shows a flush, Queen high
bayne_s wins side pot #1 ($47.25) with a full house, Aces full of Sevens
Jduece19 shows a pair of Sevens
bayne_s wins the main pot ($572) with a full house, Aces full of Sevens
mick the hoon is sitting out
Jduece19 is sitting out
Torres1 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $773.45 Main pot $575. Side pot 1 $47.25. Side pot 2 $151.20. Rake $3
Board: [7s Ah 7c 5c Jc]
Seat 1: mick the hoon showed [2s Tc Ks Qc] and lost with a flush, Queen high
Seat 2: bayne_s showed [As Jd Js Ac] and won ($770.45) with a full house, Aces full of Sevens
Seat 3: Wrapme folded before the Flop
Seat 4: Jduece19 (button) showed [4d 6h 3s 2h] and lost with a pair of Sevens
Seat 5: Torres1 (small blind) showed [Kc 3c 7h Kh] and lost with a flush, King high
Seat 6: crusher19 (big blind) folded before the Flop

Hands like this help challenge big time!

Sunday, September 02, 2007


I made a deposit to Full Tilt account after my hiatus. I also cashed out some IronMan medals for $26 tokens.

My bankroll challenge is to take this $500 reload + 2 tokens + my rakeback mid month and restore bankroll to $7400 level I was at 10 days ago. Timeframe for challenge is to accomplish and or maintain by Winter WPBT gathering.

Things going well:
1) Dad has completed chemo for prostate cancer. We won't know for sure until PSA test in few months how well it is cleared up. According to Mom he looks pregnant. He told the daughter that "his boobie's were the same size". Look on the daughter's face was priceless.

2) I am not a University of Michigan or Notre Dame fan.

3) I entered pokerstars $100k guarantee (won in 70 FPP SNG), 16768 entrants. Means I have to be awake by noon but how long must this thing take?

4) Was 1 for 2 in super turbo SNG so I am in $750k for $50, need to bust a pro or cash or overall -EV

Things going poorly:
1) I have a cousin going to jail. He has drug problem and is not a criminal mastermind. He altered the routing number and account number on a check for $100. Apparently if he wrote check for $1 less it would have just been a misdemeanor, if he had not used a check with his real name and home address on it he might not have been caught so easily.

2) My wife has a huge bruise on her foot and probably 2 broken toes. She was exercising using a yoga ball and managed to kick a chair hard when ball shifted. Bad side of me being an engineer is 1st instinct in any situation is to point out how to add safety margin or efficiency to any situation.

3) In a fantasy football league where we must start 2 QBs each week I have Trent Green, Jake Delhomme and JP Losman on my roster.

4) $17.5k Guarantee AA < KK all in pre-flop IGHN. (only mentioned because I was creating blog entry during $17.5k)

Will miss MATH tomorrow due to live Fantasy Football draft. Good luck to all that are playing MATH.