Floating on Water: September 2007

Floating on Water

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Live Poker

Home from Atlantic City. Overall I was a small winner in the cash games but after you subtract hotel expenses, food/ dinners, and general spewing of money I ended up coming home with slightly less than I left with.

Although this trip was far from a gigantic success I plan on playing a lot of live poker in the next few months. My next trip will be Commerce in a couple weeks.

In my final session this trip I played one hand that really really pissed me off. I opened in early position with 88, a MP fish calls and a solidly playing BB calls. The flop comes J92 rainbow, I bet they both call. I am pretty sure the fish has nothing and is just peeling with whatever cheese he called me with preflop. The turn comes a 4 making the board J92(4), I bet, the fish folds and the BB calls. As soon as he calls I feel like he has a pair and is not folding, but unlikely to have a jack because he would have riased me at some point. So now the river comes off an ace, and it goes check check. ugh as soon as I checked I am pissed at myself..before I even see his hand, I am ready to jump off a bridge for not betting this river. Now I am waiting for him to show me his f***en nine and him scooping the pot. (If I bet this river, with my tight/ solid image, he would be hard pressed to now call with 3rd pair on this ace high board.) Luckily for me he shows me 66 and my 88 takes the pot. I guess this is just a nuance of not playing a lot of live poker and completely blowing a hand. Although I got lucky and didn't lose the pot, I made a major error that I hope I can correct/ eliminate by getting in more and more live hours and capitalizing on many basic real obvious live tells.

The next couple of weeks I plan on hanging out in the Boston area, watching the Red Sox hang on and win the AL East. I am also running a half marathon on October 7th so I will hopefully continue training and put up a solid time.

Monday, September 17, 2007

65% - 35%

I have been Atlantic City for about a week now. My laptop died before I left so I decided I was going to do the trip without any computer...that lasted about 4 days before I drove to BestBuy and picked up this laptop. Things are going ok down here, Im up a little in cash games, up a little online and cashed in the 530 WCOOP event yesterday for 3k to put me slightly ahead in tourneys for the last week. Kind of a funny bustout hand...I got it in with 9 high flush draw, but it turns out I was against a smaller straight flush draw.

PokerStars Game #12104622785: Tournament #70000005 $500+$30 Hold'em No Limit - Level XVIII
(4000/8000) - 2007/09/17 - 02:32:23 (ET)
Table '70000005 418' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: El RubioII (287573 in chips)
Seat 2: stormi22 (197053 in chips)
Seat 3: DalmatinacST (777520 in chips)
Seat 4: TheMasterJ33 (188267 in chips)
Seat 5: AB_illusive (336481 in chips)
Seat 7: ukgatsby (1626317 in chips)
Seat 8: tkap243 (531111 in chips)
Seat 9: SuitedAces (258272 in chips)
El RubioII: posts the ante 800
stormi22: posts the ante 800
DalmatinacST: posts the ante 800
TheMasterJ33: posts the ante 800
AB_illusive: posts the ante 800
ukgatsby: posts the ante 800
tkap243: posts the ante 800
SuitedAces : posts the ante 800
tkap243: posts small blind 4000
SuitedAces : posts big blind 8000

Dealt to SuitedAces [ ]
>>>Vlekski [ observer ] said, "nh"
RAISE El RubioII, 13000 to 21000
FOLD stormi22
FOLD DalmatinacST
FOLD TheMasterJ33
FOLD AB_illusive
>>>tkap243 said, "ty"
CALL ukgatsby, 21000
>>>tkap243 said, "ul"
FOLD tkap243
CALL SuitedAces , 13000

[ ]
wrecker is connected
CHECK SuitedAces :
BET El RubioII, 55000
FOLD ukgatsby
RAISE SuitedAces , 97000 to 152000
RAISE El RubioII, 113773 to 265773 and is all-in
CALL SuitedAces , 84472 and is all-in

cards     win   %win      lose  %lose       tie   %tie        EV
6c 5c 343 34.65 647 65.35 0 0.00 0.346
9c 7c 647 65.35 343 34.65 0 0.00 0.654


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SuitedAces : shows [ ] (a pair of Sevens)
El RubioII: shows [ ] (a straight Four to Eight)
El RubioII collected 546344 from pot

Total pot 546344 | Rake 0

[ ]
Seat 1: El RubioII showed [ ] and won (546344) with a straight Four to Eight
Seat 2: stormi22 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: DalmatinacST folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: TheMasterJ33 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: AB_illusive folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: ukgatsby (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 8: tkap243 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 9: SuitedAces (big blind) showed [ ] and lost with a pair of Sevens

If i did win this hand I would have been in pretty good shape with 150 people left. But I cant really complain as this was the fourth time my chips were all/mostly all in and I won them all, AK > QQ, AJs >KQ, JJ>AK.

Not really sure when I am heading back north. If there continues to be games in the poker room during the week I may stay until Friday or Saturday, but if the action is gone I may be making the trek north tomorrow.