Thursday, January 31, 2008


After railing MiamiDon during his 19th place run in Wednesday's 50-50, and arriving home 3 minutes too late to play Riverchasers and preventing Donkette from winning so I decided to play 50-50. It has to be easier for me to play WWBD style than Don, plus I play KK a lot better than Don. During 50-50 I only got KK 4 times.

I raise from CO and get jammed fading jackAce:

2nd time UTG aggro raised, I smooth called from button, when he C-bet flop I raised and he jammed:
2nd Break I did take a snap shot of stats to monitor WWBD style, I believe the flops seen is so high because my BB was not raised as often as normal.
Statistics for 170 Hands
Street Saw Saw/Total
Flop 22 13%
Turn 10 6%
River 6 4%
Showdown 4 2%

Street Won Won/Saw Won/Total
Pre-flop 9 5% 5%
Flop 4 18% 2%
Turn 2 20% 1%
River 1 17% 1%
Showdown 3 75% 2%
In my defense the lost showdown was a checked down blind vs. blind hand where opponent flopped a flush. 3 hands I had shown down at 2nd break were flopped set, KK and KK.
My 3rd KK I made early raise and got jammed pre-flop:

Sadly 4th time I got KK I was UTG, raised and everyone folded :(
Was on girlie chat with LJ and sharing hands so I could have switched to WWLD style if I chose. I stuck to WWBD and got down to less than was in pot pre thanks to aggro to my right raising every 3rd hand, I did finally get a couple of pots and got back to 8 BBs, after I got back in decent shape with a race win 66 vs. AQ I picked up QQ UTG and jammed with no action. Having gotten back to 10 BB I needed to consider raising to get action but after being pushmonkey since 100 were left decided raise would have looked stronger than jam. Was at 8 BB when aggro raised UTG+1 to 5k and I chose to re-raise to 16k (all in) with jackAce. After long contemplation he called with QT soooted and hit Q on flop and I went out 36th.
I also played my 3rd SNG sat to FTOPS 2. 1 cash for $41, 1 out 1st hand to 4 card bingo player when double suited Aces were no good and tonight Ka-Ching:

It's late and could supply hand histories but bed calls.
My Super Bowl pick is Pats cover and the over, got to believe Plaxico should have kept quiet about the 17 points so over is the lock. Since Belichek has soft spot for Giants and Pats always win Super Bowl by 3 the over is the better of the two wagers.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

So close Mook

I cameoed in Mookie and then watched Mookie get to heads up vs. Surf. Disaster was averted and the curse continued when surf picked up KK to end. Congrats to MiamiDon for going deep in 50/50 with a WWBD style. Congrats to KOD for his return to $28k final table and 6th place finish.

I made a run at $3k O8 but exited 12th when I ran TPTK with gutshot into a bottom pair + oesd that hit trips.

I also got a preview of the spring edition of Dancing With the Stars, I can't wait to hear what Bruno has to say about this:

As a rebuttal to Don's theory I sent ScottMc three hand histories where I requested time to check my pot odds vs. assessment of outs. Clearly none were slow rolls as accused since I was chasing every time. Despite what my new buddy googol would suggest sometimes you just want to take some time to consider options at crucial times.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Skillz on Display

Played in the blogger skillz game. My feelings upon exit:
Bayne: I may need a ghostwritten blog post
sirfwalgman: "Motherfucking flush chasing s000ted donkey fucks"
sirfwalgman: you can use that

The hand that prompted this request:

Full Tilt Poker Game #5049007249: Blogger Skill Series (35811805), Table 5 - 200/400 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 23:28:00 ET - 2008/01/29
Seat 1: jeciimd (6,894)
Seat 2: Jestocost (11,711)
Seat 3: VinNay (5,270)
Seat 4: SirFWALGMan (8,369)
Seat 5: BuddyDank (7,709)
Seat 6: bayne_s (5,934)
Seat 7: corron10 (4,770)
Seat 8: riggstad (4,458)
Seat 9: dino_burger (3,477)
BuddyDank posts the small blind of 200
bayne_s posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Jh Js]
riggstad: word
corron10 folds
riggstad folds
SirFWALGMan: we meet again
dino_burger folds
riggstad: ha
jeciimd folds
Jestocost raises to 1,400
VinNay folds
SirFWALGMan folds
BuddyDank folds
ck31 (Observer): TV table here
bayne_s raises to 4,400
Jestocost calls 3,000
*** FLOP *** [3c 2d 5h]
bayne_s bets 1,534, and is all in
Jestocost calls 1,534
bayne_s shows [Jh Js]
Jestocost shows [Ac 7c]

Wow 1/3 of stack commited pre-flop with A7 suited and lacks the cajones to go ahead and raise me all in pre. WTF has to show up on the flop to fold at 6:1 odds?

sirfwalgman: but any ace any face baby

*** TURN *** [3c 2d 5h] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [3c 2d 5h 6c] [Qc]
bayne_s shows a pair of Jacks
Jestocost shows a flush, Ace high
Jestocost wins the pot (12,068) with a flush, Ace high
bayne_s stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 12,068 Rake 0
Board: [3c 2d 5h 6c Qc]
Seat 1: jeciimd didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Jestocost showed [Ac 7c] and won (12,068) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 3: VinNay didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: SirFWALGMan (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: BuddyDank (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: bayne_s (big blind) showed [Jh Js] and lost with a pair of Jacks
Seat 7: corron10 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: riggstad didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: dino_burger didn't bet (folded)

Jestocost jumped to chip lead with this stellar play but somehow despite having a 2:1 edge on 2nd place with two tables left managed to ride such brilliant decision making to not cash.

Don't spend the $2 bounty all in one place.

In Bodog blogger tourney I was Final Table bubble boy when I lost a race to ScottMc's jackAce.

At least I had the pleasure of completely outplaying MiamiDon early on.

CEM raised to 70, I smooth called with my 98 sooooted and Don in the Blinds called with AA.

Flop was JT7 (1 of my suit, 2 hearts) CEM bet ~pot, I min raised and Don raised to 960. CEM folded I raised (not called raised) for 2nd time on the flop and Don was crippled.

To quote sirfwalgman: "Motherfucking flush chasing s000ted donkey fucks" of course calling 70 chips with 2k+ behind is quite different than calling off 10 BB with chance of winning 4 more with a suited tourist.

Mookie is tonight, I may just shove every frckng hand with a face or ace so I can contend

Monday, January 28, 2008

w00t Math Cash

Took 4th in MATH when JJ in BB lost to QQ raise from button.

No hand in middle stages is memorable as I finished winning a point satellite into Brawl.

And I started playing blogger cash without getting crap for cards. I was in violation of rule #1 (no cash with LJ) but we ended night civil towards each other since bad beat I delivered was for a smaller pot and $16k in cashes in a week has mellowed her.

Tournament Details

* Day of week: Tuesday January 29, 2008

* Start Time: 9:05 pm ET

* Tournament Name: "Online Poker Blogger Tournament" at Bodog

* Entry Password: bodogblogger

* Buy-in + fee: $10 + $1

* Starting Chips: 3000 (Double Stack)

* Payout: Standard Bodog payout structure

* Bonuses: * T$109 bonus paid to the top 5 finishers.

* T$11 bonus paid to the 5 players that are eliminated prior to payouts.

* These bonuses will be awarded within 24hrs of the tournament completion.

* T$ = Tournament Credits. These can be used as a buy in to almost all scheduled tournaments at Bodog and have a ratio to cash of 1:1.

* T$ can also be combined with cash to buy in to tournaments.

Skill series is PL HE tonight

6:30 pm

Full Tilt

I am NOT the only one

Eric has joined me in the plays poker from work minority.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Introducing my new best friend googol

During an FTOPS #11 satellite I made a new friend:

googol: go bayne you idiot
googol: how many tables do we hanve to wait o ntoday
googol: 8 tables
googol: woww thats super
bayne_s: it's actually 2 tables
googol: I think site will agree 8 tables ids ABUSIVE
googol: keep making us wait
bayne_s: look again
bayne_s: there are 8 some are tournies weeks away
googol: no need however many you are on I will not wait on you every
googol: go powered you idiot
googol: not waiting for you to play MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE either
googol: BAyne I will let SITE deal with it
googol: I think they will agree it is ABUSEIVE
googol: not asking you aagain
googol: I am sitting out to report you
googol: please take your time bayne site will momiter ALL your tables
googol: worth one day of misery to have you lose mult atble priveledges
Dealer: poweredbyaces has 15 seconds left to act
googol: 'powered you are next
Dealer: bayne_s has 15 seconds left to act
Dealer: bayne_s has timed out
googol: I will ask you one time more please do nt make us wait so you
can ATTEMPT to juggle 3 tables
poweredbyaces: thats funny
poweredbyaces: last time i checked
poweredbyaces: it was MY clock
poweredbyaces: cry me a river
googol: see what happens when site seeeing you making 3 tables of
players wait every hand
googol: I will come find you tommorow and see how many you are on lol
googol: this moron mr david on FIVE TABLES WHILE ALL 5 WAIT
Dealer: poweredbyaces has 15 seconds left to act
googol: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
googol: I will be back powered keep it up
Dealer: poweredbyaces has 15 seconds left to act
googol: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
googol: I will be back powered keep it up
googol: powered show mw how smart you are please take your time you
will have an emill in am
googol: enjoy mult tables while you can
googol: lol
googol: this is what I was referring to
Dealer: poweredbyaces has 15 seconds left to act
googol: every hand on all tables peter

February 9, I am in FTOPS #6 & #7 ,

I still want to sat my way into #2 and #11.

MATH is tonight, I will be registering for PLO $4k 1st so I'll see you there if my mult-tabling privileges have not been revoked!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Congrats OMGitsPokerFool

For taking down the 1st two pushfests solo and tieing for the 3rd. Congrats to Fuel on lucksacking his way to 4th by getting 2 table moves into the blinds. I have no idea who won Mookie but know it was neither Hoy nor Mookie.

My goal of winning $4k PLO was not reached but I cashed.

My effort in the $3k O8 ended on a hand where I flopped the nut high 3rd low with a redraw to a higher straight. Nut flush draw and 2nd flush draw capped betting on flop and turn 4 (which gave me higher straight but I no longer had best low, river 5h gave Nutflush bettor his flush and wheel. I was already all in on turn.

But in 0045 DS PLO a goal was reached:

Apparently Lee can be an FCD as well, he was short, I completed SB pre and bet pot on flop as there were 4 who saw flop. Lee jammed and I was only caller.

Testing the Cooler

MiamiDon has told me coolers are not omnipotent.

I will test that theory with the ultimate cooler vs. the ultimate curse.

Bayne: I want to wager $5 that Hoy or Mookie wins the Mookie tonight
Bayne: you get the field
Bayne: I get those 2
sirfwalgman: lol ok

It would have been wrong to take sides between Hoy or Mookie.

Streak broken

I busted out of $3k PL O8 without cashing. Hand that crippled me was AQQJ ds where I limp called a preflop raise for 10% of stack. Flop was KQT (2 spades, I did not have spades). SB bet 1/2 pot and I jammed him, he called with his A47T (with nut flush draw) and was rewarded with river flush. My FCD repellant has apparently worn off.

Went out of Blogger skill series mainly due to overplaying A3 against Chad, when he bet turn K I decided he had big cards and had 2nd pair rather than was betting TPTK and his A22K scooped. Next hand A36K where limp calling was all in finished me against Chad's A2JJ. Thanks for freeroll Drizz .

Mookie is tonight, password Vegas1 7 Pacific Full Tilt.

Daughter's take on Juno: "We don't need to see that movie, she should have used a condom?"
Fathers even when they certainly don't want to be grandfathers are never quite ready to hear some things.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cashed in $3k O8 for 3rd straight night

Was 40 of 40 at one point, 26 of 26 and then 19 of 19 with less than 2 BBs.
But for 3rd straight night I cashed in the 2315 $3k O8. Thanks for late railing B.W.o.P !

Tired and will pimp later. But I should be ready for Blogger skillz, I've already seen some of the worst limit O8 players ever tonight.

Should even be ready for Bodog with added money.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Mission Accomplished

No, not that mission.

Sadly I got a message from that lifeless tard RecessRampagethat his efforts 4 tabling $2/$4 NL 6-max had allowed him to win bet an hour before I cleared. I can only blame the 3 hours Saturday night where I was not playing cash tables becauseI was somewhat busto. I had already committed tokens to Blogger Horse and Big Game, had 27 cents left but was still alive in $3k PL O8. Saturday in PLO I managed to lose hands with an Aces over boat where opponent flopped quads and lost with quad 8s to quad Aces on river Ace.

Finishing 8th gave me a little cash to resume points quest but the lost time gave Recess the edge.

A four way chop in the Big Game gave me my 1st ever Big Game cash (VinNay, Chad and MiamiDon were others) Key hand was against VinNay, he raised my BB light but hit flop harder than me. Money went in on the flop but then I delivered a massive suckout.

MATH is at 10 ET Monday, I am a little crispy from points race but may show up. Part of me wants to just shut down PC for a few days but there are only 20 left in $3k Pl O8 as I write and I am 13th.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tried the Chad Sat again

Despite what some would have you believe, my workplace poker playing is restricted to lunch time and early evenings. 7:20 ET is latest sat into tonight's limit Avatar race so my chances of playing are quite limited unless I choose to Chad satellite in.

Step 1) Buy in short to PLO (this is poor bankroll managment for me since this is $3/$6)
Dealt to bayne_s [Ah As 7h 5s] AA ds other cards work together marginally
Sigi Stockinger folds
Kitaro folds
Julian Gardner folds
bayne_s calls $6 I don't believe in open raising much in PLO cash exception is 4 connectors
Pauillac raises to $27
lcdta calls $27
Draethen calls $24
jpaznstyle folds
bayne_s raises to $141 I do believe in re-raising to isolate
Pauillac calls $114 fawk
lcdta calls $114 fawk
Draethen calls $114 fawk

This sucks once first guy calls everyone else is closer to priced in because nothing is a big favorite in PLO pre.

*** FLOP *** [Ac Kd 6s]
Draethen bets $232.65, and is all in
bayne_s calls $99, and is all in
Pauillac folds
lcdta calls $232.65
Draethen shows [Qd Tc Jc Td]
bayne_s shows [Ah As 7h 5s]
lcdta shows [5c Ks Qh Kh]

*** TURN *** [Ac Kd 6s] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [Ac Kd 6s 2s] [8s]
Draethen shows a pair of Tens
lcdta shows three of a kind, Kings
lcdta wins the side pot ($267.30) with three of a kind, Kings
bayne_s shows a flush, Ace high
bayne_s wins the main pot ($864) with a flush, Ace high
Draethen adds $240
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $1,134.30 Main pot $867. Side pot $267.30. Rake $3
Board: [Ac Kd 6s 2s 8s]
Seat 1: FINSTERFEX didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: bayne_s showed [Ah As 7h 5s] and won ($864) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 3: Pauillac folded on the Flop
Seat 4: lcdta (button) showed [5c Ks Qh Kh] and won ($267.30) with three of a kind, Kings
Seat 5: Draethen (small blind) showed [Qd Tc Jc Td] and lost with a pair of Tens
Seat 6: jpaznstyle (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: Sigi Stockinger didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: Kitaro didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: Julian Gardner didn't bet (folded)

That Limit Avatar race is a possibility (if I still don't want Persian food)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Omaha 8 questions

Questions sent in chat while raing B.W.o.P in $3k O8, 15th cash better luck next time.

Bayne: why does someone with nut low raise in O8 just because they are holding 2 threes. (A3 made nut low, I held nut flush)

Bayne: Why does same person raise AKK8 and keep betting when low hits?

Bayne: Why does he bet river, gets raised and calls with pair and using A8 for low when river card made oesd hit?

I don't know the answers to questions but dude dumped a decent portion of his stack to me. Rule of any split pot game is bet when you have high (that is unlikely to be split) or a chance to scoop.

The good news for recess is I only got in 80 hands of 8/16 O8 tonight due to tables breaking up quickly, good news for me is that I won 30 BB/100.

The bad news for recess was I got in 209 hands at 5/10 and bad news for me is I lost 3 BB/100.

I played Mookie and used up good cardma before 1st break. Had AA twice, KK twice and flopped quads with 44 against AA. I also flopped trips a couple of times. After break slow bleed.

Dookie I got off to good start but then went to final table as chip leader but bled off some chips with specultive hands. Then lost a hand to pokerenthusiast when 55 held up against my AKQ and then made a cardinal mistake of going over the top of an obvious AA with a ragged KK.

Riverchasers is tonight but it is Persian food at work, such a dilemma, if I play at work and bust early no problem, if I get home in time I eat some lean dinner with no chance of beef or lamb and can play in comfort.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

My least Skilled game

Blogger Skillz Game was Razz. Not my best game but I believe I Hoy-tilted Chad with this hand:

Full Tilt Poker Game #4875498127: Blogger Skill Series (35811771), Table 4 - 100/200 Ante 15 - Limit Razz - 22:24:18 ET - 2008/01/15
Seat 2: cracknaces (2,718)
Seat 3: NumbBono (2,669)
Seat 4: Jhartness (4,073)
Seat 5: bayne_s (3,334)
Seat 6: Evy35 (1,238)
Seat 7: BamBamCan (3,924)
Seat 8: riggstad (2,104)
cracknaces antes 15
NumbBono antes 15
Jhartness antes 15
bayne_s antes 15
Evy35 antes 15
BamBamCan antes 15
riggstad antes 15
*** 3RD STREET ***
Dealt to cracknaces [6c]
Dealt to NumbBono [8c]
Dealt to Jhartness [3h]
Dealt to bayne_s [Ah 4h] [2c]
Dealt to Evy35 [Qd]
Dealt to BamBamCan [7d]
Dealt to riggstad [5h]
Evy35 is high with [Qd]
Evy35 brings in for 30
BamBamCan folds
riggstad folds
cracknaces has 15 seconds left to act
cracknaces completes it to 100
NumbBono folds
Jhartness calls 100
bayne_s calls 100
Evy35 folds
*** 4TH STREET ***
Dealt to cracknaces [6c] [2h]
Dealt to Jhartness [3h] [Ks]
Dealt to bayne_s [Ah 4h 2c] [8h]
cracknaces bets 100
Jhartness folds
bayne_s calls 100
*** 5TH STREET ***
Dealt to cracknaces [6c 2h] [5c]
Dealt to bayne_s [Ah 4h 2c 8h] [3d]
cracknaces bets 200
bayne_s calls 200 *** 6TH STREET ***
Dealt to cracknaces [6c 2h 5c] [7c]
Dealt to bayne_s [Ah 4h 2c 8h 3d] [Ad]
cracknaces bets 200
bayne_s calls 200
(200 to win 1635 with implied odds I have 5 confident outs vs. 31 unseen cards)
*** 7TH STREET ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Ah 4h 2c 8h 3d Ad] [5d] I run gooot
cracknaces bets 200
bayne_s raises to 400
riggstad: what I meant was A 3 in the hole
cracknaces: are you serious
cracknaces has 15 seconds left to act
cracknaces calls 200
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bayne_s shows [5d 4h 2c 8h 3d Ad Ah] 5,4,3,2,A
cracknaces shows [Tc 4d 6c 2h 5c 7c 3c] 6,5,4,3,2
bayne_s wins the pot (2,235) with 5,4,3,2,A
cracknaces: LOLLLLL
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,235 Rake 0
Seat 2: cracknaces showed [Tc 4d 6c 2h 5c 7c 3c] and lost with 6,5,4,3,2
Seat 3: NumbBono folded on 3rd St.
Seat 4: Jhartness folded on 4th St.
Seat 5: bayne_s showed [5d 4h 2c 8h 3d Ad Ah] and won (2,235) with 5,4,3,2,A
Seat 6: Evy35 folded on 3rd St.
Seat 7: BamBamCan folded on 3rd St.
Seat 8: riggstad folded on 3rd St.

It does seem to me that 8:1 on money for 5:1 odds I have to call 6th street. Implied Chad tilt odds are just a bonus.

Failed in another effort ro satellite into FTOPS #6, three handed I flopped top 2 pair and a flush draw against bottom 2 pair, turn gave opponent boat and I take bottom cash of $78.40 ($3.40 net profit).

Mookie is tonight!

A Night of Tourney Cameos

I busted out of $4k PLO within 1st 20 minutes, I called a wrap + flush draw on flop, hit turn and pushed giving my opponent 2:1 odds to draw to boat. But EuroMath applies in PLO and he hit.

I restricted my appearance to MATH to around 11 mins. VinNay seemed a little aggro about stealing blinds so when he raised from CO and I had AA in SB I opted for trap. I got all my chips in on the J high 2 spades flop but Hank must be mad at me too and Vinny hit his Queens set on river. Setup to suck out in an instant.

I did win a $75 token in Token frenzy but it was quickly sacrificed when someone chose to draw to his overwrap on a paired board with flush draw present, my trips did not improve, my flush draw did not hit but straight came in. PLO fonkey took my chips and busted out 3 hands later drawing to a flush against a flopped boat.

I did make enough in cash to cover all tourney buy ins plus a little but more importantly continued to accumulate points at a high enough rate to force Recess into tarded decisions.

Congrats to Hoy for satellite win into FTOPS #10

Tonight Chad is hosting the Skill Game on FTP (Razz).

Tonight Smokkee is hosting the Bodog Blogger Tourney with added $T.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Ignoring the Evidence

Despite my January vow of focusing on Omaha, the knowledge that the points tard was working on Saturday led me to try to satellite into the $750k on Saturday. I also attempted an $8.80 36 player SNG into the Sunday Brawl.

The Sunday Brawl sat saw me wounded at Final table when I lost a 3 way pot with AA against AK and KJ when AK went Broadway. I fought back for 3rd and a big fat ZERO instead of the $32 2nd or entry. I did win the $750k sat but faced an intersting dilemma at seat bubble. 22 seats were awarded but 23rd was $198, temptation to take dive and use money for Brawl was high but two others at my table were diving for money too and since Chip Jett was still live I wanted to see if I could also pick up bounty during monkey push time.

I woke up Sunday morning and played a Brawl sat got sucked out on then put full HE skillz to test in Super-Turbo.

Played 2.75 hours in Brawl no KOs, no prizes despite being top 25 1st 15 mins on a flopped set aginst AJ on Ace high flop, then lost a coinflip to a KJo UTG raiser Played $750K for 2.5 hours only to jam a KJs from SB 2k chips 80/160 blinds and get called by a monster QT which flopped a Ten. 5 Hours of play a paltry 224 points earned and a complete ignoring of the evidence that says don't play Hold'em:

I did win a ~75 player $22 ^-max Omaha tourney Saturday, took 3rd in $2k Omaha KO Sunday and was 11th in Sunday night $4k guarantee. I tried a different approach and was in 4th place with 36 left and 36 paid. This is alien to my game and I lost a good number of chips when a favored draw did not hit only to get them back from overpair overplaying tard a bit later.

My FTOPS sats are 0 for 6 at this point with me catching 1 cash prize against Hoy.
Below is my reminder to focus on PLO.

But I also can see from this that 1 Big score can make all the difference!

I may make MATH tonight if I can get upbeat about HE again.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Mission 21k

My battle with Alan continues, I am rested headed into weekend but I know that lifeless tard is capable of 4 tabling $2/$4 6-Max for hours. Biggest leak in my points quest is dabbling in tournaments. The PLO KO at 1615 and the $4k PLO are weaknesses. As well as FTOPS Omadraw sats.
Chad and I played a sat yesterday with some unbelievable tards. I was eliminated by a tard that cold called 2 bets with A89T (ace was suited) but in fairness to that tard raiser had raised KKJ7 earlier (no suits).
Goal for weekend points is set will have to see how the points duel goes.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Return of OmaRoach

As Chad mentioned on MDIT Radio I may have been 35 of 39 as we approached the bubble, managed to double up to get safely in cash. I was probably 22 of 27 when bubble broke and then did my waiting patiently and climbing thing. When I did accumulate a few chips I couldn't hit flops but I was scraping enough that other people at table started to notice. Thought I would clip comments and some hand histories.

Diamond King 2: bayne survives another all in
ne2aces: I wish about 6 of you would leave
wammie (Observer): why not just wish for 8?
Diamond King 2 raises to 17,500
bayne_s calls 9,524, and is all in Blinds are 2500/5000, I am getting 2:1
Diamond King 2 shows [8d Ks Kc Kd]
Diamond King 2: lol chit
bayne_s shows [Th Ts 5c 2c]
*** FLOP *** [3s 7s Jh]
*** TURN *** [3s 7s Jh] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [3s 7s Jh 4c] [6s]
Diamond King 2 shows a pair of Kings
bayne_s shows a straight, Six high
Diamond King 2: bayne u have more lives
wammie (Observer): come on king
Diamond King 2: i cant kill em
wammie (Observer): i see that

Full Tilt Poker Game #4804254972: $4,000 Guarantee (35778917), Table 12 - 3000/6000 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 1:29:05 ET - 2008/01/10
Seat 1: azcatfan (61,646)
Seat 2: BananaFishZero (35,874)
Seat 3: Echo Don (38,062)
Seat 4: ahiram1339 (91,080)
Seat 5: leatherface9 (168,622)
Seat 6: tanker1919 (21,622)
Seat 7: Diamond King 2 (57,016)
Seat 8: bayne_s (24,048)
Seat 9: ne2aces (111,030)
Diamond King 2 posts the small blind of 3,000
bayne_s posts the big blind of 6,000
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Th 8h 8s Qs]
tanker1919: knew i should have just called
ne2aces folds
azcatfan folds
Diamond King 2: pretty good flop
BananaFishZero raises to 21,000
ne2aces: yeah
tanker1919: nh
bayne_s raises to 24,048, and is all in
If I fold I am 9th and have let 7th have my chips I have 3 cards that are grouped and double suited
ne2aces: ty
BananaFishZero calls 3,048
bayne_s shows [Th 8h 8s Qs]
BananaFishZero shows [9s 7d Kh Ks]
*** FLOP *** [9c 5h 4s]
*** TURN *** [9c 5h 4s] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [9c 5h 4s 3d] [8c]
ahiram1339: tough hand
bayne_s shows three of a kind, Eights
BananaFishZero shows a pair of Kings
bayne_s wins the pot (51,096) with three of a kind, Eights
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 51,096 Rake 0
Board: [9c 5h 4s 3d 8c]
Seat 1: azcatfan didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: BananaFishZero showed [9s 7d Kh Ks] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 3: Echo Don didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: ahiram1339 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: leatherface9 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: tanker1919 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: Diamond King 2 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 8: bayne_s (big blind) showed [Th 8h 8s Qs] and won (51,096) with three of a kind, Eights
Seat 9: ne2aces didn't bet (folded)
The 2 shorties were soon eliminated.

Diamond King 2: bayne yr the king of handing out the beats
pvanharibo (Observer): gooooooooo luckbox
Diamond King 2: i just threw up in my mouth
tanker1919: i think that is what is lacking in my game
tanker1919: sucking out
cracknaces (Observer): skilllllz
mookie99 (Observer): that bayne guy is crushing this final table
pvanharibo (Observer): GOOOOOOOOO BAYNE
Echo Don shows two pair, Aces and Sevens
leatherface9 shows three of a kind, Sevens
leatherface9 wins the pot (106,124) with three of a kind, Sevens
Echo Don stands up
At this point we are down to 5

Diamond King 2: bayne is going chaching
Diamond King 2 has 15 seconds left to act
Diamond King 2 folds
bayne_s shows [Kc 8s 9c As]
ahiram1339 shows [Ad Ah 5s 3c]
*** FLOP *** [4d Th Td]
*** TURN *** [4d Th Td] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [4d Th Td Kh] [9d]
bayne_s shows two pair, Kings and Tens
ahiram1339 shows two pair, Aces and Tens
bayne_s stands up 5th could not get one more suckout.
It is rare that someone else at table picks up on survival skillz!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

No Skillz

PLO with Bloggers was funnier than I expected.

Spent the 1st hour of tournament trying to figure out who knew how to play with 4 cards and picking up smaller pots.

Was in decent shape until I dumped a lot of chips to Columbo on flop where he had nut straight and higher straight redraw. I did have 2nd straight and live flush draw but my higher straight redraw pushed Columbo up a notch too.

Drizz crippled me later when the 3rd consecutive orbit he raised my BB AKQJ managed to lose to AKJT rather than chop the 42% of time it should.

Mookie is tonight 7:00 Pacific, password Vegas1. I unlike RecessRampage am willing to accept that I will only accumulate 7 points in order to spend time on virtual felt with fellow bloggers.

late Breaking Pimp

PLO tonight.

Giving bloggers 4 cards is bound to bring about some 7 way action if all the pretty faces and Aces get distributed right.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Bodog, FTOPS and PLO

Don't miss your chance to tilt Waffles on Tuesday.

Play Bodog's Online Poker Blogger Tournament Tuesday Nights!

Bodog invites Poker Bloggers to play in it's Online Poker Blogger Tournament with a total of $600 in bonus money.

If you are 1 of the 5 money bubblers, you'll have your $11 buy-in refunded and if you finish in the top 5 you will win an entry for Bodog's Sunday $100K Guaranteed tournament.

This poker blogger tournament runs weekly on Tuesday evenings and requires the password bodogblogger for entry.

Tournament Details

* Day of week: Tuesday January 8, 2008

* Start Time: 9:05 pm ET

* Tournament Name: "Online Poker Blogger Tournament" at Bodog

* Entry Password: bodogblogger

* Buy-in + fee: $10 + $1

* Starting Chips: 3000 (Double Stack)

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* Bonuses:

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After I busted out of MATH, I went searching for how Hoy had done in Monday $1k and stumbled across the next FTOPS schedule. Clearly this is final stage of evil marketing plan, make me play in December, to earn bonus that will drain me then take my hard earned bonus money in tourney entries.

I thought I would also present an Omaha situation that comes up more than you would expect:

Ideally in Poker everytime you call an all-in you are getting in money as favorite but in PLO goal is getting in your money good.

I will use a very straightforward PLO hand to explain:
Player A holds 4s5s7h8h.
Player B holds 8cJdQcKd.
Flop is 6d9dTc.
On the flop Player A has the nut straight, if he bets pot and jams a re-raise he is getting his money into the pot with the nuts. Clearly he is "Getting his Money in Ahead"
Player B has KQ high on the flop, but he has 14 straight outs + 5 additional flush outs + backdoor flush potential. Because of outs he is 75% to win. Player B can got to the felt with this hand because he is getting his "money in as the favorite", which is the preferred place to be.

If instead the betting is such that player A plays to keep pot small on flop and players still have money behind.

If turn is a brick such a 2h.

Player A still holds the nut straight, player B still has KQ high and 19 outs.
At this point if Player A bets pot, player B can look at his hand and see the 19 outs. Calling a pot size bet on the turn gives pot odds of 2:1 and player B's odds of hitting the hand are 42.5%.
Since odds of hitting hand are greater than payoff player B is still getting a favorable gambling situation so is "getting money in good".

Changing the hand of player A to

TsTh7h8h changes the odds so now the 2 hands are 50/50.

8d7cAdAc or 8d7dTsTh in Player A's hands makes situation worse for player B.

So Tired

I entered into poker death match with the points whore.
If I had stopped an hour sooner would have finished the day up! Sadly I had a nut boat vs. 2nd boat go down in flames to a rivered quads with money already in and a boat lose to a rivered gutshot straight flush after money went in on turn. I am sure there was sub-optimal play involved too but those 2 pots combined were $400. At least I cleared ~$100 bonus on day and kept lead vs. Alan in the race for being named biggest sucker at FullTilt.
I'll see everyone at MATH despite it consuming valuable points clearing screen space!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Skipped Riverchasers

Between 6:00 start time and desire to accumulate points with a PLO focus I opted out of Riverchasers. To keep the number of entrants the same I chose to back waffles. My taking a riverchasers beat tilts me and can lead to huge bankroll swings so the $11 investment was prudent and produced a spectacular rant!

Chad has provided excellent guidelines for pre-flop hand selection and play in a blonkament but sadly has not yet provided post flop guide.

Defending against the unimproved big Ace post flop is a key element missing from waffle's game.

I woke up this morning to my wife ranting at a waffles like level. I was groggy so 1st reaction is 1) did I hear a splash and I am guilty of leaving toilet seat up?
2) am I at fault in some other way?

A few minutes into rant when listening comprehension skills got to full functionality I realized that complaint was about the kid's school. It is Bay area so classrooms have doors opening to common areas that are outdoors. Apparently despite the 20-40 mph winds and driving rains kids still had to wait outside the classrooms until 8:15 bell. Making matters worse the 4 teachers per open area that supervise in morning had decided the weather was too harsh to stay outside themselves but did nothing to get the kids under shelter.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Mookie "Strategy" Guide

I saw this strategy guide of Chad's as a comment on Hoy's blog.

I think you need to devise a whole new plan if you want to win a mookie. Here is my formula for you;

1. Any two face cards see EVERY flop, no matter the price!

2. If anyone goes all in and you have Ace face anything you must call. This includes CALLING the 4th re raise all in with Ace any Face!

3. ANY PAIR is all in, even calling! Even if you get like 44 UTG on the final table you must raise that powerful hand and CALL all re raises!

4. ANY FLUSH DRAW IS ALL IN, calling or betting it doesn't really matter which! When I say any, I mean ANY, like FUEL55 Any two soooooooted!
5. MAKE ANGRY ALL IN CALLS! If you raise and someone shoves on you and you aren't even getting a good price call with T7, 87, A6 it doesn't really matter, just CALL anyway. In closing you have to learn to CALL more. CALLING is the most powerful play in bloggaments!

Full Tilt Poker Game #4717216539: The Mookie (35293529), Table 1 - 60/120 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:13:25 ET - 2008/01/02
Seat 1: lightning36 (5,515)
Seat 2: VinNay (4,710)
Seat 3: pushmonkey72 (3,360)
Seat 4: GCox25 (3,920)
Seat 5: madbrooklyn (6,030)
Seat 6: mookie99 (3,640)
Seat 7: wwonka69 (9,820)
Seat 8: GScottW (1,625)
Seat 9: bayne_s (3,410)
bayne_s posts the small blind of 60
lightning36 posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Ad Ts]
VinNay folds
pushmonkey72 folds
GCox25 folds
madbrooklyn folds
mookie99 folds
wwonka69 raises to 420
he is in CO so I am thinking he is on steal now attempting resteal
GScottW folds
bayne_s raises to 1,380
lightning36 has 15 seconds left to act
lightning36 raises to 5,515, and is all in Fawk he has to have something
wwonka69 has 15 seconds left to act
wwonka69 calls 5,095 Fawk he has to have something too
pushmonkey72: hummm
bayne_s has 15 seconds left to act
wwonka69: gl
bayne_s has requested TIME
bayne_s calls 2,030, and is all in 4:1 on money if Ace is live I have odds sadly I have misapplied rule 2 since Ten is not a face.
lightning36 shows [Kd Kh]
wwonka69 shows [Ks Kc]
bayne_s shows [Ad Ts]
*** FLOP *** [2d 7s 4c]
*** TURN *** [2d 7s 4c] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [2d 7s 4c Th] [Ac]
lightning36 shows a pair of Kings
wwonka69 shows a pair of Kings
lightning36 ties for the side pot (2,105) with a pair of Kings
wwonka69 ties for the side pot (2,105) with a pair of Kings
bayne_s shows two pair, Aces and Tens
bayne_s wins the main pot (10,230) with two pair, Aces and Tens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 14,440 Main pot 10,230. Side pot 4,210. Rake 0
Board: [2d 7s 4c Th Ac]

bayne_s: so priced in

wwonka69: whatever

pushmonkey72: can't argue bayne

wwonka69: you called off your whole stack to 2 allins with AT

lightning36: GuessFT no longer thinks I an Astin

wwonka69: i am sure we will get a post detailing the skill full call though

Here it is though I must point out term is skillful.

I coolered donkette with AA against KK to take chip lead but then bled off chips making a 2k call against Mattazuma getting 2:1 and losing coinflip.
I then raised QQ in EP only to run into Bacon Bikini Mary's KK then jammed with AQ against JustSalems LP raise with monster K4 suited. A flush hit and I go home.

Congrats to wwonka69 on win.

In Omaha DS I went out early with top 2 pair and an oesd to a FCD with a pair of nines and 95 flush draw with 1 card to come, in fairness to FCD it is PL and he was guaranteed 2:1 on his money with his 5th flush draw.

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Thank you for your play during 2007 and have a profitable 2008.


Full Tilt Poker

Another noted points whore got a similar e-mail, this of course led to a prop bet over who could clear more of bonus. At a nickel a point I think a near personal record 21k points is required.

677/day seems so easy to achieve, just what would I do with the 60 bonus medals.

The genius of the marketing is even if every player in a ring game is getting a nickel a point back from FullTilt they still clear 55 cents a point in rake while everyone is increasing playing volume. Odds of busting chasing bonus are sadly greater than zero.

I bubbled in Omahaha tourney in FullTilt. I went out from BB 31st with 27 paying. In a rare move I was an 85:15 favorite post flop with a pp, board pair, oesd and flush draw against a smaller pp, same board pair and lower oesd (with me holding 2 of his outs, with 2 other outs giving me flush). Offsuit straight hit turn and I fall short. Managed to salve my wounds playing 6-max PLO on a 1/2 $80 cap table. It was silly how often draws hit for me and missed for others for a 9 cap profit.