Sunday, May 24, 2009

Poker Wall is looming if I haven't already flaceplanted on it

Mookie was a disaster, thought I'd get cute with a nut flush draw and ran it into a set of Kings. That severly crippled me and I stayed tight until Almost had to push with A-7o, call by smokkee with Q-10 netted him 2 Qs on the frop and IGH.

Thought some pre-planned 4 day weekend live casino tourneys might break me out of my stupid funk, but alas it was not to be.

70 runners for Foxwoods 11am $180 tourney. 10k starting stacks. My table started off short handed, only 5 people, because either people hadn't found their seats or they had stacks for late comers. I got squadoosh during this time and the two times I did raise I got called pre and postflop and ended up giving it up. I did get one walk, and when I flipped my cards saw that I had A-A, awesome! Next hand I played I had A-Ko. Raised in MP, BB reraises and I call. Flop is 3 clubs and I have the Ac. When he bets the flop I instantly put him on Kc-Kx or Qc-Qx. I called the flop bet, the turn was nothing and he made a bet for about half my stack. No way I can call here so I folded and he shows Kc-Kx.

A few orbits later I pick up Q-Q as our table finally gets full. I raise 3x BB and guy to my right (newcomer who recently lost a big portion of his stack)calls. Aon the flop, newcomer checks, I bet and he folds saying my Aces with a better kicker are good. And thats basically it, I played the last hand before the break (A-8o) raised 3x. Button and BB call. A on the flop and I push the remaining 3k of my stack in. Both fold and I go into break with 6500.

On the break I finally catch up with blogger Poker Blaargh who was up from NYC with some buddies to check Foxwoods out. We chat for a lil and the break came and went faster than I knew.

2nd hand back from break I pick up J-J, same guy to my right raieses 3x BB to 1200. I call planning to push any Non-ace flop. The problem was Mr rock over in the SB decided to reraise to 2500. OR folds and I'm left with 1200 +50 ante out of approx 6500 stack already in the pot. I could fold here but I'm going to have double sooner or later, why not now? I push all in for my last chips and although Rock askd for a count and took his time he finally said "whatever. call" and he shows me the A-K i was pretty sure he had when he didnt insta-call. As has been noted in my excellent Newberry award winning posts "I Race Like SJP's Face" series, I do so live as well now when an A hits the flop. I had asked the OR what he folded and he said K-J.

So I won't lie, my whole game bothered me because I was at a sorely weak table. Although they did move 2 ringers to my table who dicussed the various ways they have beat the shit out of "friends" they loaned money to and didnt pay them back in a timely fashion. The first guy stated it was over 5k, the second guy stated it was over $500. I think the most important lesson I learned out of both of these stories was this: Not that I shouldnt borrow money and pay it back, but when the lender comes looking for you after you ditch, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT smile and wave as they walk towards you, this only makes them madder.

I shot the shit with Blaargh for a bit, then ants in my pants took hold and I signed up for the 1pm $60 turbo.
Not much to report on here as I won with JJ early. Then bided my time until I lost enough chips I had to push in with A-10hh, guy insta-called with K-Jo and obv he flops 2 pair.

My mental state is shot to shit, and I go looking to see if the 4/8 HORSE game was a go, the lady told me 9 were on the list and I would make 10. So I quickly signed up and waited about 5 mins for them to call the table. I headed over to grab my #5 seat. Only about 4 people off the list showed up and they didnt even bother to start the game. So with that, I headed upstairs.

I was down $240 from the tourneys so what better way to get back then go play roulette right? I plopped down, bought $80 in dollar chips and played Alissa and her fams bdays along with mine. 3rd roll 22 came in (my bday!) and I was up a litte, and continued to play. I continued to play until I had the remaining money from what i bought in + won all on the board. I bet Alissa's bday hard (Aliss and her dad's bday are into the middle column on top of each other so i play the 3 spots in between the two squares as well for them) and wouldn't you know 8 came in. I won $136, played $16 more and walked away with a $40 profit.

At this point one would be content with make 40 out of $240 back but not your hero, that would be too smart, so I sat down at possibly THE worst Big Texas Hold'em game ever. Note: This is the casino table game version, not an actual Hold'em game.
The mix of people at this table was eclectic and some of them were idiots. I won my first hand, lost 2 then this happened....
Thuggy dude gets pocket 4s. He doesnt want to pay to play the hand (if you want to stay in after you are dealt you must wager 2x your ante amount) well he says he was guaranteed a win in the bonus for his pocket pair and he felt he would lose if he played the hand. The other people at the table try to convince this a-hole to play his damn hand as its like true holdem, you just have to beat the dealer. This leads to a 10 minute pause in the action while the pit bosses dicuss if he can win the bonus without playing the hand. Eventually they rule he cannot win the bonus without paying for the hand (sidenote: his bonus pays 3 to 1, he had $1 on the bonus and $5 already as his ante) so the flop comes down with two 10s and I bet the remaining bets that I can because I was sooooo sure I had 10-2 underneath. Well I didnt and the dealer gave me a funny look as I just shook my head, I had 6-2 not 10-2. BTW pocket 4s DID win. The only win I made at this table was scoring a free pair of tickets to see Gladys Knight. I thought this would be a nice present for Alissa's parents.

So after giving back my $40 profit at Big TH, I move to a $10 BJ table. I get stuck with another horrible table and walk away down $30 from my roulette start. The fam decided its time to Mohegan! Her parents got a free pull for being such seasoned vets at the slots they got to do a pull for free moeny from $15 to $500. I decided to take my chance at the real Texas Hold'em.
Not much to note really at the table, I won a small pot with air, then get a fish to push on my A-K with Q-10 and he flops a 10. Lucky he ddnt have a lot of money in front of him. I took a decent pot off some wonky calling guy, and I thought I might paid off big when my 7s flopped a 7 with an A on board, but he finally smarted up and folded on the turn when he checked and I bet.
All in all, I ended up to my original starting point before i played roulette.

We ate dinner and I continued my penchant for table games, I played craps for 2 hours and was up $100. I gave $80 back and took a a $10 BJ table.
The table was nice, 3 players who all knew each other and they had a BJ strategy card at the table with them so I at least knew they were going to be playing optimally, but even with all that the dealer went on a heater and I lost $50. The people decided to leave and left me to play 1 on 1, and boy did I go on a heater. Playing optimal BJ I went from $50 down from my starting point to even for the day. That made me feel awesome.

Yeesterday made a visit down to Bethlehem, PA to visit my sis and mom. We stayed for a few hours then drove back. Even took a few minutes to drive by the new Sands Casino in Bethlehem, I'll do a post on how odd that is later.
Today I crapped out of the Brit when I pushed Ks into an A high flop when I knew clearly sophie2002 had an A-rag. Not only did he have A-rab but a sooted A rag with a nut flush draw on the flop.

Someday I may be a good poker player, nah wheres the fun in that....


Jeremy said...

That texas holdem table game is fun but if you don't win any hands you can go through some money pretty quick! My b-day is 22nd also so I always have chips on there. One time I was watching a table, debating whether or not to play and 22 hit 4x in a row! Great timing.