Thursday, August 03, 2006


A dubious personal first for a bloggercentric tournament: I basically got called a fucktard donkey asswipe during last night's Mookie for a play with K-Q suited. Now as all four readers of this blog know, I have never hesitated at pulling out torture devices and punishing myself for my crappy play. But this is a case where I don't believe self-flaggellation is in order. I won the hand. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

In summary: I open from EP with Kh-Qh for 300 (50/100 blinds). Hoyazo calls off his last 105 chips from the button. Bdidde raises to 934, leaving himself (Area) 51 behind. Let's see ... I've got to call another 634 into a pot of 1439, giving me pot odds of just over 2-1. I make the call (and toss in the 51 that's sure to go into the pot) and I've got 650 remaining. Hoyazo's holdings are of no consequence, obviously. My only concern is bdidde. What are his chances of trying to steal here? I'm thinking they're about the same as my pot odds: 2-to-1. I obviously sit in mortal fear of A-A, K-K, Q-Q, A-K or A-Q. But something tells me his upper range his A-K. Not good, obviously. But I'll have chips, albeit not many, if I lose. Comebacks have been staged from smaller stacks. After mulling over all of this, I finally make the call.

Hoyazo has pocket 5s, bdidde pocket 10s. Cool. I'm a 39-to-43-to-18 underdog. The flop brings a king and the river a queen. I get a little lucky and I win.

Bdidde and tablemate NewinNov begin critiquing my play. (Wish hand histories kept observer chat, but bdidde pretty much called me an idiot). Not in the mood for unbloggerly decorum, I simply replied, "really?" and tried to leave it at that. NewinNov then chimed in: "but he had a gut feeling," and added, "and wasn't it .....sooted?" I don't know the guy, so I'm not sure why he felt the need to join the fray. It's okay, though. I ended the discussion with an innocent, "well geez guys. i'm still learning," which, from their replies, I assumed they believed was sincere.

Sure, I am still learning. Aren't we all? But fuck the false modesty, I'm going to say it: I think I've got some skills. Play enough of these freakin' blogger tournaments, you ought to learn something. Go aggro or go home. Supermodel has certainly found the non-blogging competition much to his liking. (What a freakin' heater he's on. Great stuff.) Was it a loose call on my part? Probably. A bad call? Hell, no. The prospect continuing play with a stack of 650 did not concern me in the least. Bigger comebacks have been made with less.

Despite getting crap for cards before and after that hand, I made it to the final table small-stacked. And then I managed to cash in fourth place. I played the hands I got the best I could. NewinNov overcame a significant chip disadvantage against jjok to win the thing. Good job, sirs.

But let me conclude by channeling the The Great and Powerful Waffles, a curmudgeonly kindred spirit: If you didn't like my play in that hand, gentlemen, tough shit.


Blogger jjok said...

very interesting.......

I find the discussion funny from the AA-limping NewInNov who also busted Waffles while holding KQ against AQ at the final table when Waffles pushed preflop.

11:42 PM  
Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Ya his play was far worse than your in my opinion. Nice runner straight though nev.

11:47 PM  
Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Oh and I am not curmudgeonly I am down right ANGRY!

11:48 PM  
Blogger drewspop said...

Not gonna jump into the fray other than to say I have seen your play time and again and it has all been solid.

For what it's worth, I think your best response is your last line, which I agree with totally man.

11:54 AM  
Blogger littleacornman said...

Good response PJ.Some people take themselves far too seriously.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

That is seriously bullshit. I'm a little surprised because NewinNov seems like a good guy otherwise.

They clearly didn't know who they were talking to, because they sound like idiots giving a guy who came within a hair of an ME seat in a freeroll the size of LongIsland lessons in play. Not to mention you are regularly final tabling/winning these fucking things!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Slimeface said...

Reminds me of a quote from Willie Nelson years ago, "If you don't like the way I look then look the other way".

12:05 PM  
Blogger Poker Jones said...

It was not my intent to bash these guys. I'm sure New and bdidde are fine individuals and talented poker players. But I was obviously irked when I wrote what I did. All water under the bridge now.

3:53 PM  
Blogger mowenumdown said...

My poker twin, an idiot? NO WAY! While you knew you were in a coin flip at best, you had a substantial amount in the pot, and you were getting odds.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

For what it's worth man, I think it was a pretty close call either way. I could certainly see laying down what you had to figure was the trailing hand at the time of Byron's reraise, even for just another 634 chips. I could also see you calling it, just for the pot odds. No reason to make a big stink about it then, since Byron simply didn't have enough chips to make this a clear laydown for you. Maybe if he had played better along the way he would have had more muscle with which to push you out of that pot.

Hopefully see you tonight. And yeah man, with how well you've done against the bloggers, nobody ought to be saying anything but congratulations to you in these things. Just my two cents.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Poker Jones said...


I agree wholeheartedly that it was a 50-50 call in that spot. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't.

7:56 PM  
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