Tuesday, December 28, 2004

I was remiss yesterday

..shame on me.. I hope everyone had a very nice and safe Christmas... I wish I could say mine was uneventful.. but alas, there is the minor fender bender issue.. which led me to not playing my normal poker last night.. my ex agreed to pick me up from the body shop, and to also pick me up for work, so I had to make sure I was in bed at a decent hour so as to be ready in the am, when she got there to pick me up... she was late... heh..

Anyway, i opened up a couple .25/.50 games on UB and just 'didn't feel it'..just wasn't there... so, I searched for a freeroll and UB had one for a TEC on sunday.. so, I closed one of the .25/.50 games and concentrated on the other, while waiting for the tourny to start.. it would start in an hour... after about 5 minutes of waiting, and winning one hand to put me 4 bucks ahead.. I quit, shut the computer down and laid down on the couch... woke up about 2 hours latre.. heh...went ahead and booted up the rig, and logged on to UB, I was still alive.. with T1240 ( started with T1500 ).. most of the table had 3 or 4k tho.... first hand I got while there to play was AKo, dbled up with that.. next hand was AKo, dbled up with that too.. so I am at like 5500 and now second in chips at my table, still way behind the pack tho.. then, UB client proceeded to move me around tables for the next 5 minutes.. would get two hands played, and then get moved.. suprisingly enuff, the button was always in the same place it should be for me.. I wonder if they do that on purpose... I finished about 110 or so, outta 2500.. had my stack up into the high teens for a bit, but just couldn't get anycards.. and when I did, Mr Big Stack over 100k made it very expensive to play most of the hands.. and I don't blame him.. I would have done the same.. payout was top 50 get a seat, so, he had lil to lose by playing hard ...... oh here is the sad part.. about 4 or 5 times, before i took my shot.. the other short stacks would move all in and everyone would fold... and usually, the blinds and antes would dbl these folks up.. I couldn't take them on with my cards... i still had enuff chips to maybe barely squeak in, and I didn't want to risk it, not after 3 hours of playing. Well, 2 hours of playing, 1 hour of sleeping.. anyway, finally, I get QJo, in the SB..and im down to about one round of ante's... do I wait a for a bettre hand, or do i go in with this somewhat marginal decent hand... I push.. everyone of them fookers call.. i type.. 'no one likes me', which got a nice laugh... didn't catch anything on the flop and I was out... happily. I played decent cards.. managed a few bluffs, and stuck out 12+ outters to the river.. was alot of fun.. just towards the end.. no cards.. they have these every night, so, prolly will try again tonight.. barring any unforseen events..

Hopefully get my car back from the body shop today.. they are fixing a mirror that got whacked off by a big truck couple weeks ago.. they are also gonna give me an estimate on the recent damage and let me know just how safe it is to drive..

Plus, I have 2 projects here at work that I have fallen behind on, um, because, well, um.. I just can't get up the gumption to do them.. good news is that once I do get the gumption, I can get them both done lickity split...


I think once I get my bankroll back in shape.. ie, after my car gets fixed.. i will try the cash games on party.. and hopefully make more of an appearance at the blogger table(s). was alot of fun the one time I was there.. I didn't even mine losing that one buy in.. heh.. cash games seem to be doing bettre for me then the tournaments were, at least on UB.. but, I still like tournament play bettre... not sure why.. there are alot of freerolls out there tho.. so, I can get my fix for free, maybe win or place, and still play the ring games on the side... start with the SnG's again once the roll is stabilized, so to speak...

There is a grass roots movement here to make an effort to get poker legalized in Texas..... TexansForPoker, the website was just put up, like yesterday, and is barebones at the moment.. but, the important part is there, the email address to sign up if your interested in helping out, or taking part in the movement.. thanks to Jeremy at Love and Casino, for the head up on this...

I figured out sumtin couple days ago, about bankrolls and poker... ya see, I hesitate alot to play certain good hands, because, I know if the flop is gay, it will end up costing me more than I care to pay, for instance, AJ or AQ.. they look nice, and they win there fair share...but, they can be dangerous hands... anyway.. what I was doing, after sitting down and buying in, was playing TPP.. tight/passive/passive.. waiting for the nuts, and then trying to get a nice lil payoff, about 3 or 4 dollars...( 6 or 8 BB's ), and then, I would loosen up with my winnings... example..

buyin 25 bucks.. few orbits latre, I'm at 22.75, and I get AA, flop is AAK.. I take down a 12 buck pot that puts me at about 29 or 30 bucks....

NOW, my mind tells me, I have some money to play around with....8 or 10 BB's i can play loosely with and if I lose it, well, I'm still even.... let me tell you, altho this works... it plays hell on the buttocks sitting there for hours waiting on the nuts... so, i reprogrammed my way of thinking.... and decided to just play loosely with those 8 or 10 BB's ahead of time...and if nothing came of it, then I would be fine with being 4 or 5 dollars behind... I was playing on credit, so to speak..... and this works too, and it goes faster so your butt hurts less.... and its more exciting too...

Then, I just sorta combined the two theorys into one, and played the fricking cards I was playing in the first place, 3 months ago and am still winning...

Somebody said, you have to willing to die, in order to live.... well, I forget that now and again... but it is true...

During the tourney last night.. I got 83o three times in a row.. and each time the flop eithre had an 8 or a three, and one time it had both... now, this ofcourse was a message from the Poker Gods, that I should play 83o the next time I get it... so, while I was waiting for the next great gift from the God's, I got to thinking.. hmmm, 83o, three times in a row... why do I never see AKo three times in a row, hmmmm, then, about 5 hands latre... there it is 83o, and bettre yet, I'm on the BB, and even bettre, no one raises... this is clearly a sign...so once I realize that my gift has arrived... I raise 3XBB, with 83o, out of position.. and I do it confidently.....and I get 5 or so callers...including SB, flop is:

AAK

imagine that.. SB goes all in and he has everyone covered.... I know two 8's are coming from the turn and the river, I just know it, all the signs were there, it had been foretold..... however, i also knew that three 8's don't beat 3 A's and if that guy went all in without an A, then he was an idiot...and I was pretty sure he wasn't an idiot... I muck, as does everyone else..... we never see the turn, we never see the river, and we never see his cards....., and he is silent, despite the protests from the table for him to tell us... 'What did you have?'.....

It didn't mattre what he had, what mattered, is what we thought he had....., good bet friend.

2 comments:

BadBlood said...

"I know if the flop is gay, it will end up costing me more than I care to pay"

That's classic stuff right there :)

mscmike said...

That's pretty much the way I try to play - tight when I'm short-stacked, then loosen up a bit after winning a couple of big pots.

The two main things I need to work on are 1. Stop playing the crap hands, and 2. If you get up some, don't keep playing loose until you go broke.... jeez.