Thursday, March 23, 2006


Lately, in a fledgling effort to test game theory concepts (as suggested in Poker Theory), I've been picking a hand du jour that I will automatically open for a raise. I've used Q-9 and J-9. For no apparent reason, it's been K-2 the last few nights. I tell myself they're premium hands and play them that way. I've won decent-sized pots with them. Losses have been small and not disproportionate to the size of my stack. Getting more comfortable with the idea of looking to raise. Another step, I hope, on the Road to Poker Progress.

And now for some live blogging:

Just completed the first hour of the 8:10 p.m. $33 on Party. (253 of 570 left). I've built my starting stack of 3,000 into 7,605. Won a nice hand just before the break with queens, my best starting hand of the night. But I'm seventh in chips at the table. Four players are above 10K.

9:25 p.m. -- First orbit, nothing. Raised with K-3 sooooted. Big stack pushed all-in, I fold. Down to just under 6K. Par is 7,500. Blinds at 150/300.

9:30 p.m. -- Raised 4x the BB with slick. No calls. There are still a few fingers left in the bottle of 15-year-old Aberlour, but I'm drinking water.

9:33 p.m. -- Complete the SB with Q-10. Three players. Flop comes Q-10-x. I lead for 725 into a 1,200-chip pot. A big stack calls. Five on the turn. I bet 2400 and big stack folds. Check the turn and induce a bet? A better play, I think. Back up to 7,408.

9:37 p.m. -- Call another 800 with A-J from SB. Flop comes A-Q-A. I check, bet of 1K and I raise to 2,500. He folds. Once again ... smooth call might be better. Few hands later become fourth limper with pocket 5s. Blinds complete/check. Flop comes 3-5-7 with two diamonds. I bet 2,100 into a 2,400 pot and everyone folds. Up to nearly 12K. Got to be the set.

9:41 p.m. -- Get pocket kings. Smaller stack raises I put him all in for another 3,500. He calls with Kd-Qd. Flops a FREAKIN' ROYAL FLUSH. Back down to 7,500. Wow. Time for a drink.

9:45 p.m. -- Scotch is good.

9:47 p.m. -- Raise from cutoff with pocket 3s. Blinds, at 300/600, fold. Now 146 left. 60 places pay. Par is 11K.

9:52 p.m. -- Ace-9 on the button. Mr. Royal (3 to my right) opens for 1,600, I fold. Next hand, K-10o. I want to raise but player to my right beats me to it and takes the blinds. Two hands later, pocket 7s. I raise 3x the BB and get the blinds. At 8,305. About 140 left. Stack of 35K just seated at the table. Need some of that.

9:59: -- King-queen suited in the cutoff. Raise to 1,800 and blinds, including Big Stack in the BB, fold. Scotch is still very good. Developing expensive tastes. Wish I could afford them.

10:01 p.m. -- Blinds at 400/800/25. Stack of 20K plus just seated to my right. I've got 8,300. M is under 6. It's the "I need some cards" portion of the program.

10:05 p.m. -- Pocket 8s on the button. Stack of about 14K opens for 2,300. I fold. Very small stack calls what's left. Board makes two pair (jacks and queens) for pusher. There's 107 players left. Time for me to think about picking a spot to make a stand. Need some cards to do it.

10:11 p.m. -- Four minutes to the break. I'm on the button with 5,555. Fold J-7. Would like to get a hand before the break.

10:14 p.m. -- Get jacks in the cutoff+2. Player to my immediate right min raises, I push for my last 5,400. Big Stack pushes over 30K and min-raiser calls ... with aces. Big Stack has 8s. Ace on the flop and I'm gone in 93rd. Shit.


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