Thursday, August 31, 2006

Happy trails to me

Raked a nice profit tonight riding the range at Poker Stars. HORSE has made limit poker fun again. I love playing Razz, O8 and stud hi/lo but am not interested in playing those games by themselves. A little knowledge about how to play those games can take you a long way at $1/2. Weirdly, I'm uncomfortable with stud, though. I'm never sure if my hands are good. The few pots I've monkeyed around in, they were not.

More from the grab bag. ... And an interesting hand from The Mookie. I had every reason in the world to lay down Big Slick preflop and did not. I gambled, lost and it cost me a bunch of chips I could ill afford to lose, contributing mightily to me busting out in 8th place. Sorry for the hand history, but there's too much going on to explain in narrative fashion. Plus, I'm lazy.

Seat 2: Tumid (3460 in chips)
Seat 3: Bone_Daddy84 (3685 in chips)
Seat 4: lifesagrind (10715 in chips)
Seat 5: love_elf (1850 in chips)
Seat 6: hacker59 (4420 in chips)
Seat 8: MacDaKnife (975 in chips)
Seat 9: NewinNov (5435 in chips)
love_elf: posts small blind 100
hacker59: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to hacker59 [Ac Kh]
MacDaKnife: raises 775 to 975 and is all-in
NewinNov: folds
Tumid: folds
Bone_Daddy84: folds
lifesagrind: raises 825 to 1800
love_elf: raises 50 to 1850 and is all-in
hacker59: raises 2570 to 4420 and is all-in
lifesagrind: folds

*** FLOP *** [8h Qs Qh]

Board: 8h Qs Qh 5s 7c

love_elf: shows [Jd Js] (two pair, Queens and Jacks)
hacker59: shows [Ac Kh] (a pair of Queens)
MacDaKnife said, "gg"
lifesagrind said, "****astic"
love_elf collected 2575 from side pot
MacDaKnife: shows [As Kc] (a pair of Queens)
love_elf collected 3900 from main pot
love_elf said, "whooooo hooooo"
Bone_Daddy84 said, "wow, jacks hold up"

Grind folded a queen of some sort, A-Q I guess. Not long after the hand he reminded me that alot of my outs were counterfeited, a fact I acknowledged. Mac's holdings were of no consequence and I decided to shove to push Grind out and essentially get Elf isolated heads-up. That I accomplished. Good job, Sport. A typical amateurish donkey play with Slick by me. Only three hands I can push with there, right? Aces, kings or queens (and a case could be made for folding queens).

There were no guarantees that Grind lacked a huge hand and would fold. And, criminy, Elf (a homegirl from NE Ohio, after all) had to have something.

A few (more) end notes:

Jumped back into NL last night, cashing out $15 to the good during a 30-minute session of .25/.50 on Stars. Whoooot. I played the way I believe I should, a little loose preflop and aggressive post-flop when warranted. Played some more NL tonight on Nine Poker, finishing off my Poker Savvy requirements. I lost a couple of bucks in another 30-minute session but made a nice laydown on the river with trip kings on a non-scary board. I thought my eight kicker was weak and folded to her $20 pot-sized river bet. She said she had flopped a set of 10s. If there is an obvious leak in my game, it's my inability to lay down those teasingly good second-place hands.

Finally, I decided at the last minute to invest some HORSE profits in tonight's WWdN: Not. Only 14 players, but the regular crowd of tough guys/gals were there.

I got into the money while nursing a short stack with a classic Riverstars suckout against even shorter-stacked GScottW. (Blind vs. blind, his 9-5 vs. my 6-5. The 6 arrives on the river.) NewinNov eventually took out Surflexus and held a 3-to-1 chip lead at the start of heads-up. I could not get any traction against him (he was playing well, obviously) and bluffed off my last 3K. He and I have gone at it lately in some of the blogger tournaments. The man is the World B. Free of the poker world -- not afraid to fire from long range. A good player on a mighty fine run at the moment.


Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

Good seein' ya at the Not, it's been too long since we hung out live or online. If I can just find a house, I will have free weekends to play TKs instead of driving to Buffalo for more torture.

9:47 AM  
Blogger NewinNov said...

Good game at the WWdN NOT yesterday. Had to be on my toes not to double you through. Nice progression with HORSE. Only played on $3 HORSE SNG on PS but it was a lot of fun. Stub is probably my weakest part.

9:56 AM  
Blogger jjok said...

Wait a second....I thought I was the only one allowed to win an allin with JJ.


9:59 AM  

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