Floating on Water: May 2007

Floating on Water

Thursday, May 31, 2007

World Series of Poker 2007

Its finally here. As a kid, I would want all year for Christmas, then as I grew older and went to school you would wait for summer break, in college you wait for spring break/ spring week, and now as a poker player, you wait for World Series time. As Jesse Martin coined it last summer it is "Summer Camp" for adults.

April was a disaster for me, May began much of the same, but somehow the last couple weeks things turned around and it ended up much better than it could have been. Im glad to be heading west on a little upswing.

I just booked my flight and will be heading to Vegas Sunday night to play my first event which will be the $1500 limit holdem event Monday morning. Im not sure of how many events I will play, but Im guessing somewhere in the 8-12 range, including the main event. I am looking forward to a fun summer of poker, golf, and "exploring" what Vegas has to offer...

Friday, May 11, 2007

Queen of clubs, Queen of spades

The last thoughts that ran through my head, as I busted out of the foxwoods 3k deep stack event yesterday. I have made it a point to memorize my suites when playing live poker so I will not ever have to look back down. I have 62k in chips, a middle position player opens for 15k, someone flat calls and I move in, average is just less than 100k at this point with ~75 players left. The first raiser calls and the second player folds 99 face up. I am unable to fade a king on the flop and his KJ prevails, sending me back to Boston.

I really feel like I played well yesterday, never getting too involved and building my starting stack of 30k up to 120k at its peak. My first big pot came when I opened 10-10 in late position for 9k and the button moved in for 42k. I had to call 33 more with about 25 dead in the middle. I really didnt want to call because I had a big stack and loved my table. I had climbed from 70k to 120 without ever risking much. But getting almost 2-1 I called and he instantly asked me if I had "two overs?" Before this had time to sink into my head, he flips over 2-2, I am like duh I have 2 overs, maybe you should be more concerned if I have a pair ??? Anyway he wins the "race" with a deuce on the flop for close to 100k and Im back to an average stack struggling for survival.

Your options are much more limited when you dont have any extra chips in these tourneys. When I was double average I managed to get involved with a couple of the weaker players and pick up the pots when they gave up. But now being shortstacked I just had to wait for a playable hand, queen of clubs, queen of spades...

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Two rounds in the last couple days at Presidents Golf Course in Quincy, my nines were, 38-40, 45-37....lost one ball and it wasnt on the hole I made an elevan...F* swinging and missing from under a tree branch...

First time Ive broken 80 since summer of 05 ??? shooting some solid splits makes me want to play more...


Im sick of paying off the gutless nut peddler omaha players....

Full Tilt Poker Game #2390220274: Table Webb (6 max) - $5/$10 - Pot Limit Omaha - 22:36:36 ET - 2007/05/09
Seat 1: fairwead ($443.50)
Seat 2: umbomito ($1 314)
Seat 3: berdyfish ($400)
Seat 4: PLOPLO ($1 624)
Seat 5: ScooopIT ($732.50)
Seat 6: bryantward ($507)
ScooopIT posts the small blind of $5
bryantward posts the big blind of $10
5 seconds left to act
berdyfish is sitting out
Time has expired
The button is in seat #4

Holecards :
Dealt to ScooopIT [ ]
fairwead calls $10
umbomito folds
PLOPLO folds
ScooopIT calls $5
bryantward checks

[ ]
ScooopIT checks
bryantward checks
fairwead bets $30
ScooopIT calls $30
bryantward folds

[ ] [ ]
ScooopIT checks
fairwead checks
berdyfish has returned

River :
[ ] [ ]
ScooopIT bets $90
fairwead raises to $360
ScooopIT has 15 seconds left to act
ScooopIT folds
Uncalled bet of $270 returned to fairwead
fairwead mucks
fairwead wins the pot ($267)

Total pot $270 | Rake $3
[ ]
Seat 1: fairwead collected ($267) mucked
Seat 2: umbomito didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: berdyfish is sitting out
Seat 4: PLOPLO (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: ScooopIT (small blind) folded on the River
Seat 6: bryantward (big blind) folded on the Flop