Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I am the Lions of the felt

Just like opposing QBs seems to have their best day vs. the Lions defense (especially last year), donks seem to have their best day against me. Stacked last night against all odds. In an hour, have only committed my stack to 1 pot. Other than that, never had more than 8 big bets in a pot. Player on my left, watching the entire time, know this? I raise pre-flop. He re-raises. I push in my 50 BB. What do I have? What does he have?

Its EASY to put me on AA here. But did you put him on KK? Of course, but no. He had AK.
K-y-z-x-K. RIGHT. OK.

Enjoy your big day of stats vs. my 4-3 defense.

Monday, September 28, 2009

NFL and hard times

The Lions did the impossible and won a game on Sunday. But all is not sunny here and I am in the doghouse. Seems no one is immune from the stress of suburban living.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pacific Poker site

This room has been around for a while now and I've played there before. Traditional poker games are offered, including Omaha, and Seven-card stud. Like other poker sites, Pacific Poker offers free play for players who prefer not to use real money.

What I found out recently, is that they now have a browser based client that works for both MAC and WINDOWS PCs.

This makes it easy to quickly fire up online poker tournaments.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lions working on 2010 game plan

ok, I think none of us expected the Lions to go from 0-16 to the playoffs. The organization decided to go on a true rebuilding project and are planning for 2010 even before 2009 kickoff. The are playing the rookies, shed "project" players on the DLine and started a 4th round pick at DT. In addition, they married themselves to the idea that they could teach 5 offensive lineman to run block. After week 1, it looked like a train wreck. But in week 2, there were signs of life! The Lions could run the ball and they did often in the first half. It wasn't until in the third quarter when Kevin coughed up the ball that the wheels came off the bus.

Stafford "ran" the offense, but continues to look like the same Stafford in the bowl game last year. The difference is pro defenses dont drop picks nor leave receivers uncovered. Kid better learn faster.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

miniFTOPS shootout

3 handed, had AJ and A flops. lost good section of stack to AK.

Worked it back up to competitive and then went out how I OFTEN GO OUT... Losing to a call from two overs POST FLOP!!!! ARGH.

3 handed. AK button raises and I call with T8. Flop is 8 high. I CHECK RAISE his c-bet all-in.

He calls and is rewarded with a KING on the river. Did I mention this is a SHOOTOUT?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tight Plays and Dark Days

Saturday was league night and I brought my A game. I played my hit good hands well early on, and made it to the final table. With 5 left, I laid down AKs to a tight re-raiser. He had QQ and I ran from the race, like a little girl. Then, when a different player made the same move, I called with AK. He had JJ and on the river I hit the Ace. With 4 left, I laid down an AJs to an all-in pre-flop, only to be shown A8. But I dont feel too bad about that one...

I eventually went out fourth, when I picked off a steal raise with JJ and his K5 made a boat.

I am not always sure what drives these weird decisions to lay down AK or AJ 4 handed. I may just be way too tight and/or analytical.

But I did have a fun time at the final table breaking a player a few hands after he yelled at me for asking how many places we were paying. Seemed like a fair question to me with 7 left.

As for my Lions, woes be them. QBs continue to put up record numbers, and since we dont play Tampa, Oakland, or the Rams, its going to be a lean season for wins.

Still, 1 game does not a season make, so I will wait one more before crying in my soup.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Heidi!, Heidi ...Grandfather!, Grandfather!

For those of you who saw the title and it brought memories back of a curly mopped girls who sings, this post is not for you.

If you, however, remember the famous Raiders Heidi game where the end of the game was preempted by the evening broadcast of the Sunday night movie, then feel for me now...

Last night, SECONDS before fumble that sends the game into overtime, my local NBC channel was replaced by a YELLOW BOX. Not even show of content, just a color! It lasted far into the night and I had to hear about the victory without watching it.

A big AYKM (or WTF) to Dish Network and/or the Detroit NBC affiliate (WDIV).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

AIPS O8B and the Beatles

I consider this one of my better games and so I expected to make a decent run. Alas, I finished in the second bubble, ITM but missing the final table. Like with many/most O8B tournaments, hands were rare and difficult lay-downs came early and often. Towards the end, I made some decent reads where I knew the hands were close enough that I had to ride it out. On the last one, I was against Aces (I knew), but flopped a flush draw, straight draw wrap and a pair. I missed them all and that was that.

I also picked up Beatles Rock Band and so far its ok. The real test comes this weekend with more players and harmony singing, which should prove challenging and comical as the beer flows.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Big OMAHA question

How are you supposed to play a FLOPPED STRAIGHT in PLO with ZERO REDRAWS???

Board is KQT with 2 hearts and you have AJs and a pair like 88. Now, what is the proper play here????

Assume you act first and 4 saw the flop.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Got Balls? How about a cold-cock?

Full Tilt Poker Game #14568578834: $34,000 Guarantee (106895948), Table 57 - 1500/3000 Ante 400 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:24:00 ET - 2009/09/08
Seat 1: fehrio9le (42,829)
Seat 2: Duff McGuire (46,410)
Seat 3: Pede25 (47,244)
Seat 4: PureProfitFour (239,741)
Seat 5: bfstein1 (118,448)
Seat 6: columbo (88,105)
Seat 7: Fisker1810 (77,559), is sitting out
Seat 8: sofa mike (101,162)
Seat 9: JNETS (377,156)
fehrio9le antes 400
Duff McGuire antes 400
Pede25 antes 400
PureProfitFour antes 400
bfstein1 antes 400
columbo antes 400
Fisker1810 antes 400
sofa mike antes 400
JNETS antes 400
fehrio9le posts the small blind of 1,500
Duff McGuire posts the big blind of 3,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to columbo [Jd Jc]
Pede25 folds
PureProfitFour folds
bfstein1 folds
columbo raises to 8,500
Fisker1810 folds
sofa mike folds
JNETS raises to 27,000
fehrio9le folds
Duff McGuire folds
columbo has 15 seconds left to act
columbo has requested TIME
columbo calls 18,500
*** FLOP *** [Ad 8h 8d]
columbo has 15 seconds left to act
columbo bets 60,705, and is all in
JNETS has 15 seconds left to act
JNETS has requested TIME
JNETS folds
Uncalled bet of 60,705 returned to columbo
columbo mucks
columbo STEALS the pot (62,100)

Full Tilt Poker Game #14568665977: $34,000 Guarantee (106895948), Table 57 - 1500/3000 Ante 400 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:28:14 ET - 2009/09/08
Seat 1: fehrio9le (38,929)
Seat 3: Took Your Wife (29,991)
Seat 4: PureProfitFour (296,419)
Seat 5: bfstein1 (111,548)
Seat 6: columbo (116,305)
Seat 7: Fisker1810 (72,159), is sitting out
Seat 8: sofa mike (98,762)
Seat 9: JNETS (405,732)
antes 400
Fisker1810 posts the small blind of 1,500
sofa mike posts the big blind of 3,000
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to columbo [Qs Ad]
JNETS folds
fehrio9le folds
Took Your Wife folds
PureProfitFour raises to 7,831
bfstein1 folds
columbo calls 7,831
Fisker1810 folds
sofa mike folds
*** FLOP *** [9s Qd Th]
PureProfitFour has 15 seconds left to act
PureProfitFour bets 10,121
columbo has 15 seconds left to act
columbo raises to 27,000
PureProfitFour has 15 seconds left to act
PureProfitFour calls 16,879
*** TURN *** [9s Qd Th] [4d]
PureProfitFour checks
columbo bets 81,074, and is all in
PureProfitFour calls 81,074
columbo shows [Qs Ad]
PureProfitFour shows [8c Jc]
*** RIVER *** [9s Qd Th 4d] [5h]
columbo shows a pair of Queens
PureProfitFour FLOPPED a straight, Queen high

out 49th...


65 left in the 32k

Full Tilt Poker Game #14568337265: $34,000 Guarantee (106895948), Table 57 - 1200/2400 Ante 300 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:12:17 ET - 2009/09/08
Seat 1: fehrio9le (30,030)
Seat 3: Pede25 (53,744)
Seat 4: PureProfitFour (187,342)
Seat 5: bfstein1 (161,147)
Seat 6: columbo (111,904)
Seat 7: Fisker1810 (90,759), is sitting out
Seat 8: sofa mike (106,862)
Seat 9: JNETS (341,156)
fehrio9le antes 300
Pede25 antes 300
PureProfitFour antes 300
bfstein1 antes 300
columbo antes 300
Fisker1810 antes 300
sofa mike antes 300
JNETS antes 300
Duff McGuire sits down
Duff McGuire adds 55,710
bfstein1 posts the small blind of 1,200
columbo posts the big blind of 2,400
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to columbo [Qd Js]
Fisker1810 folds
sofa mike folds
JNETS folds
fehrio9le folds
Pede25 folds
Fisker1810 has reconnected
PureProfitFour has 15 seconds left to act
PureProfitFour raises to 5,799
Fisker1810 has been disconnected
bfstein1 folds
columbo calls 3,399
*** FLOP *** [2c 7c 7s]
columbo checks
PureProfitFour has 15 seconds left to act
PureProfitFour checks
*** TURN *** [2c 7c 7s] [Jh]
columbo bets 7,200
PureProfitFour calls 7,200
*** RIVER *** [2c 7c 7s Jh] [Ah]
columbo checks
PureProfitFour bets 21,600
columbo has 15 seconds left to act
columbo has requested TIME

WELL??? (avg stack is about 85k...)


In the "motivational poster" vein:

"You are never as far ahead as you think."


A disappointing showing to say the least in the NLHE event.

Here is the all too familiar scenario:

You are not getting any great run of cards, but are playing solid and after about an 90 minutes you have maybe 4500 in chips. This is about average. The big stack is 23k and there are a whopping 9000+ players LEFT. Blinds are 100/200 and you are forced to surrender both. You are now slightly below average. Terrible hands and active players force another lean rotation. You watch as the cutoff re-raises an MP raiser. The MP raiser shoves in 20 BB with TT only to be shown QQ and he is out.

Its the next hand....

MP limper, button (previous QQ winner now with 8k in chips) raises again to 597 (yup, not 600. this was his habit). You have TT in the BB.

My thought process:
Pot is 1100. I have an M of 10-15, so I am looking for good spots, but not in a panic.

If I fold here, that is way too tight.

If I Call here, I have to play a middle pair OOP. After the flop, I EXPECT to see at least 1 over card. With 4200 in chips, calling 600 puts my stack at 3600 and First action. If I check, I have to expect a c-bet of 900 (into 1700). If I bet (800 ish) as a feeler/blocking/am I ahead? bet, he can simple call, which almost but but not quite commits me to the hand (1400 of 4200 invested).

If I raise here, I can end the hand now or I can take down the pot with a c-bet if 2/3 of the time. (assuming he does not have AA/KK). My raise would be to 1200 (leaving 3000 behind).

I decide I like the 3rd option here and make it 1200.

He shoves.

And its here I make a fatal mistake. I call. There is no way I am good here. He shows KK.

Now, if we BACK UP to the pre-flop decision and think about why I REALLY wanted to raise instead of call...

Its because I dont feel I can play small ball with TT in this spot. I have an M of 14 to start the hand and I let the fact that there are 9000+ players also influence me. How can I continue to bleed chips and hope to win this thing vs. so many players???

Either I can get dealt QQ and KK numerous times (as was the case with my opponent I would find out), or I can take some volatility to keep my M>20. and I decided to play it that way. It did not work out and I went camping.

(btw, the flop was all under cards!)

I talked to a very good player, and he says that he calls. But if he did raise like I did, that he would not fold to the 4 bet. Obviously, I must have agreed.

IF my M is 20+, this is an easy CALL pre-flop with escape route already mapped out.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

All the Blogger games gone?

Next week school starts again, which means weeknights at home. I started to look up the old standard blogger games, but it seems they are gone...

Mookie? gone
Riverchasers? gone

I did sign up for the Skillz rotating games on Tuesday the 8th. Last time I signed up, I was the only player :(

The Mookie is kinda replaced by the ANTE-UP series and a new Detroit online league on Wednesdays, so that is ok.

Is the blogger BIG game still around????

I have noticed on Sunday, Gambit may have a game at 9pm, but I did not find it on his site.

There is a low buy-in 2+2 forum PLO on Thursday, but its at 7:05pm which is an awful time. There is also the twitter poker tour that I have not tried yet...

Gadzooks used to maintain a google poker calendar, but I dont think its been updated in quite some time...

Any other leads? (See you in December!)