Thursday, September 25, 2008

Maybe A Serious, Insightful Post..

Well the WCOOP overall was a complete failure. I didn't really do well in the $5k main event. I lost a big pot early vs ADZ with KK Vs AA.

PokerStars Game #20588949008: Tournament #200800033, $5000+$200 Hold'em No Limit
- Level III (100/200) - 2008/09/21 18:04:02 ET
Table '200800033 11' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: jerryson (37125 in chips)
Seat 2: NICOFAB (23635 in chips)
Seat 3: Cre8ive (28625 in chips)
Seat 4: jum_jum (31625 in chips)
Seat 5: ADZ124 (23355 in chips)
Seat 6: M.nosbocaJ (27000 in chips)
Seat 7: pokerfun4321 (16515 in chips)
Seat 8: MezmerizePLZ (24590 in chips)
Seat 9: dmmikkel (25035 in chips)
ADZ124: posts small blind 100
M.nosbocaJ: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Kc Kd]
pokerfun4321: folds
MezmerizePLZ: folds
dmmikkel: folds
jerryson: folds
NICOFAB: folds
Cre8ive: raises 400 to 600
jum_jum: calls 600
ADZ124: raises 1800 to 2400
M.nosbocaJ: folds
Cre8ive: raises 8000 to 10400
jum_jum: folds
ADZ124: raises 12955 to 23355 and is all-in
Cre8ive: calls 12955
*** FLOP *** [5s 8d 7c]
*** TURN *** [5s 8d 7c] [Ah]
*** RIVER *** [5s 8d 7c Ah] [Ts]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ADZ124: shows [Ac Ad] (three of a kind, Aces)
Cre8ive: shows [Kc Kd] (a pair of Kings)
ADZ124 collected 47510 from pot

I thought he would 3bet with a lot of hands, so I wanted to protect my hand, get heads up (get the button out), and I tried to represent AK so maybe he would shove it in with JJ/QQ/AK etc.. but he had Aces. I had a big discussion about the hand on pocketfives and some people brought in great advice and the best play is probably just calling his raise preflop. Therefore, if he is raising a lot of hands there then we get value from the crap hands he raises. Their advice was basically go with the kings on any decent flop, so basically you're not getting away from KK vs AA on good flops. I dont know how I feel about making it 6200 and folding, because people are smart/tricky enough to make moves and he doesn't HAVE TO HAVE AA if he does 5bet. I don't know. Pretty interesting hand given the dynamics of the tournament and being so deep.

Anyway, I have been waking up early the past couple of days. I have been up at 8:30am to work out and then get other stuff done during the day. It's a good schedule and I hope I can continue with it. I went to bed at 1am last night but tonight its 2:30am and I haven't gone to bed yet. I need to turn off this computer and go to sleep. But everything is going good in life. My sisters wedding was last weekend and that was a success and everything went well. I'm really happy for her.

Onto talking about life. This is the insightful post I was talking about in the title. I spend a lot of time thinking about life, not just my life, but life in general. I used to look at life as something so complex and hard to understand but it's really not as bad as I've made it out to be. I used to say when I was in college "I cant wait to get done with school so I can go out into the real world and do whatever I want to do." Well, I finished school and now I miss it. Everyone would tell me while I was in college that college is the best time of your life and enjoy it and I did. But I didn't think I would miss it. I thought I would be happy being an adult and done with all the responsibilities I had and didn't necessarily enjoy doing. Although you have to do homework and go to class, college is awesome because of the social aspect of it. You have people your age around you all the time, interacting, having fun. For those of you who are still there, really, enjoy it lol... I now sound like the people who told me the same thing.

This isn't just necessarily about school, sorry. This is about life in general. In life you just need to figure out what you want to do and do it. Don't make excuses, don't hold yourself back, don't be scared to fail. I think that if people put in the effort and have the determination and drive they can accomplish anything. I know all this sounds corny but believe me. Its like I had an epiphany, lol. I have made so many things complex in my life when they don't need to be. Life is what you make it. Be happy, do what makes you happy. Everyone's life is different. I know in my life I want to be rich and be able to have financial freedom so that I don't have that barrier in my way. I feel like money can give you the opportunity for a lot of things and I'd like to have that money so I can worry about the other things in my life I care about as well. Such as family, friends, incorporating both, etc. Other people are happy just living a simple life, having a family, working a job they enjoy and this and that. All this is fine. Everyone is different. Everyone needs to live their life. I also know I want to do great things in my life and accomplish certain things. I like a challenge and I know I will always challenge myself with something no matter what stage of my life I'm at.

Alright, that's my 1 cent on that topic. I know that's not the correct expression, but I have another cent I could talk about but I will leave it at that. It's getting late I should of went to bed a while ago. Thanks for the read, goodnight guys.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Near Death and WCOOP Failure...

The other day I woke up early and planned to get a workout in. I had a cable guy coming over between 2-5 and at about 11:15am I got on my bicycle and decided to ride to the gym. Its probably about 4-5 miles away. I was riding my bicycle and received a phone call around 11:30 from an unknown number. I answered it and they mumbled some words and I told them "Sorry, Wrong number." After the phone call I was stopped at an intersection waiting for my crossing light to change white. There was a car that was going to turn right, into the path I was going to go, and I took that into consideration when the crossing light changed for me to go. I started to go and I kept my eye on the car and they were completely stopped. They had been stopped for at least 5-7 seconds and I was now halfway across the intersection. All of a sudden, when I am a couple feet from their car they punch it and head right for me. Apparently the person had been looking left for oncoming traffic although all the traffic was stopped at a red light. So feet from hitting me they slam on their breaks and I slam on my breaks and there is a huge screech from their tires and the car misses me by about 2-3 feet. The lady is mouthing to me "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry!" I started to smile and shook my head and continued on my way. I had laughed in the face of death at that moment! Haha, not really.

About halfway to the gym I get another phone call and see its the same unknown number, and decide not to answer, figuring they are trying the number they thought was right again. I then arrive at the gym and get another phone call from the same number. I answer it and the person is speaking more clearly this time. It's the cable guy and he says hes in the area. I had just stepped into the gym and I was really annoyed that he was 2 hours early and I told him he was supposed to come between 2-5. He said he was close and wanted to get it done so I told him I could not be home for 30 minutes. I had to leave the gym and ride the bike all the way back home to meet him. Luckily no near accidents this time.

The city I live in in South Florida is highly populated with elderly people. Most of them can not drive worth a lick and almost everyday there is someone who pulls out in front of you or cuts you off. They really have no clue what they are doing and don't know any better and shouldn't be driving. There is a point where you are just too old and your reflexes are not good to drive. Elderly should be tested again for driving licenses every 5 years or so when they hit 65-70. Just the other day I was in the right lane of a two lane left turning lane, and an older woman was in the left lane. We both were turning left. My lane led me to the middle lane and she was supposed to turn into the left lane. Well, she decided that my car was invisible and she tried to turn into my middle lane and I swerved over into the right lane just barely having her miss my car by inches. I was in front of her car and to the right and she still did not see me. Seriously... I don't know how that was possible but luckily it takes two bad drivers to get into an accident and I avoided it. This is a regular occurrence in this city.

Anyway, those are all the traffic and life stories I have. Some of my family have arrived into town for the wedding on Saturday so its nice to see all my aunts and uncles I haven't seen in a while.

As far as poker goes, it's the same. I play well, get my money in good, and lose. It gets frustrating but I'm trying to accept it still. I just don't understand when people make the stupidest plays and get lucky, that really frustrates me. Its one thing to lose AA vs KK, that's fine, but when someone shoves 69 suited vs your QQ and you lose then its frustrating. I feel like I cant win on pokerstars and they are out to get me, but I am going to stop saying all this conspiracy theory shit and start to be positive and not think that this website is rigged. Hopefully down the road I don't find out it really was rigged, haha, just kidding.

I also watched Joe Hachem bitch and moan on the WSOP episodes on ESPN and it made me pretty sick to see that. I know I have acted like that online recently and it's pretty sickening to think I've been a baby like that. It's hard when you want to win so bad and continue to play well and get close, but don't win. I got Heads up in the WCOOP Shootout today for my first table and then proceeded to brick an 11 outter to double the opponent up, then I got it in as a 60-40 favorite with 63hh vs Q3cc on a 632cc board. The turn was safe 7h so I think I improved to a 75% favorite (or 70% since he can now hit a 7 as well) and he rivered the Jc. Pretty frustrating and it always seems to go like that. I lost the 55r when I was top 15 in chips by getting it all in KK vs AKhh for 100 big blind pot at 150/300 and he flopped the flush. Then I raised the button at 300/600 with a 10k stack with 99 and the big blind shoves QTo and got there. I only played a couple tournaments today to focus on WCOOP but I'm playing great. I just need to keep focusing on my confidence, and working on my game, and I'm sure great things are to come.

I wish everyone good luck, and keep a positive attitude when you play poker. You are not the only one who gets unlucky. Everyone gets unlucky. Everyone runs the same over time. The poker sites ARE NOT RIGGED (I hope lol.) Continue to play and put in more time and effort to your game. The more you play the more results you will see and you will also see the "running bad/good" even out over time. Good luck to everyone and I will update again soon. Hopefully I've been saving all my luck for the $5200 WCOOP Sunday =)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ego In Poker...

One thing I've been meaning to talk about recently is Ego in poker and life in general. I think trying to separate yourself from your ego when you play is definitely something that can help your game. I know sometimes I get frustrated because I feel I'm being outplayed, or feel like xxx cant have a hand every time!!! I definitely sometimes make plays out of spite or just react and click buttons because I let my emotions and EGO get the best of me. You need to always use your brain and think about the situation and separate yourself from the players and what has happened in the past. I know you guys understand.

Last weekend, when I was driving back home to South Florida from Orlando, I realized that ego actually is involved in life more than I realize. I was on driving on the Florida Turnpike. This is a two lane highway in which you pay tolls to drive on, but basically for those who don't know the rules for driving or were never taught them, the left lane is supposed to be used for PASSING cars and the right lane is used to cruise in until you are going to pass the car in front of you. Fair enough. It seems like a good system. The only problem is when you have people that sit in the left lane when they are not passing a car. I understand sometimes there are many cars in the right lane to pass and then there is someone in front of you in the left lane as well, so its hard to get in front of everyone, but its still frustrating. Well anyway let me get to the point. I have gotten a lot of speeding tickets recently so I have been trying to drive by the speed limit lately. When I go to pass people that are in the right lane I don't speed by them exceeding the speed limit too much. Let's say the speed limit is 70 I might pass going 75. The problem I have is someone who is going 80-85 comes up behind me in the left lane and gets on my ass when I am passing. They immediately think I am a driver that sits in the left lane, and I just want to not speed (too much) and pass the driver in the right lane and move back in the right lane. Sometimes I will merge back into the right lane very slowly and they will breeze by me before I am even in the right lane yet. But this is another situation where I let my ego get involved because these other people want to ride my ass and try to pressure me to get in the right lane when I already have the intention to do that!

Yeah, don't let your emotions and ego get involved when you're playing poker.

Today I took down the $200 Turbo 6 max on Full tilt.

Feels good to have a nice score. That turbo tournament they run you have to get hands and get lucky. I folded a couple hands deep that I could of played and had some other situations where I could of panicked when I got short on chips but luckily I was patient and got my money in good every time in the big pots and they held up. I played the tournament a different style than I normally would. I think I've played it enough where I know how most situations are and how to handle the turbo structure. But anyway, yeah it was nice to be lucky enough to take down a substantial win.

Tomorrow is the 500 cubed in the WCOOP and I'm very excited!!! I am super excited for the upcoming WCOOP events. I haven't cared for too many of them really but the shootout, the plo tournys, and the $5200 and other holdem events really have me excited. Hopefully I can play well and we will see how the cards fall.

My sister is getting married this weekend so I'm not sure how much time I'll have Friday/Saturday to play poker. Lots of my family and friends will be in town so hopefully the wedding can go well and I can be prepared for the $5200 buyin tournament come Sunday. Not sure what else to talk about. I have a lot to do over the next couple of days for this wedding and everything else. Hopefully everything goes as planned and everyone is happy come Saturday night after the wedding.

If you guys have any suggestions or ideas for the blog or things you want me to talk about let me know. I will go over hands, give you guys a run through of the daily grind, whatever. Send the ideas over. Goodnight guys.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I'm A Hypocrite..

My last post might as well be deleted because today I tilted, cried, complained, screamed, shouted, yelled, moaned, berated, and was just an all around moron. I guess playing so much and getting so close so many times (Today I was in the top 30 in 3 big tournaments) is really getting to me. I need to stop making excuses first and foremost and just handle what is thrown at me, be a professional, and be mature. I'm not going to repeat everything I said in the last post but I have been an idiot the last couple of days and I really need to stop. I'm sorry again to everyone. You can make a mistake once and apologize, but if you keep making that mistake then your apology and your word means nothing.

On that note, let me show you a post from a pocketfive member on an experience he recently had. The post is from pocketfiver "shanetrain22"

"Maybe this should be put in OT, but I think it’ll be of more use here. Also, let me say first that I don’t consider myself to be a “preachy” kind of person. I feel that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and if someone disagrees with me on something, I’m generally happy to hear their personal contentions on the issue. Often times, I’ll even change my views on the topic. And to be honest, this is usually because I was ignorant about it to begin with. I’m saying this first so that people don’t read this post and think that I’m on a high horse, or say that I think my opinions/thoughts are “the way things are”. (note: I tend to ramble a bit when something is on my mind, so please bear with me. Also, Cliffs Notes are overrated imo, sorry).

Today I realized there are things that shouldn’t be “out of sight, out of mind.” And while I’ve certainly always known this, I haven’t always put it into practice. For example, last month the electric bill didn’t come in the mail. Instead of calling the gas company and seeing what happened, I just ignored it. Sweet, no electric bill this month! Wrong. And not that it’s all that expensive to begin with, but that’s obviously not the point. When the bill came this month, it had last month’s balance on it as well as a nice little fee. Could this have been avoided? Of course, and it should have been. Just because the bill got lost in the mail or someone accidentally threw it out doesn’t mean I’m not responsible for it. That’s just a selfish, immature, and ignorant way to be. And as I get older and mature more (by the way, I’m a 23 year old college student), these things become more and more evident. It’s scary yet invigorating at the same time to realize that I’m becoming less of a life noob these days. It’s about time!

Anyway, onto the story. After going to the gym with a few friends, I decided to do the smartest thing possible and go to Wendy’s. Yeah, whatever, I hadn’t eaten much today and a Spicy Chicken Sandwich meal just sounded amazing (note: I’m eating it as I type this up, and it’s delicious). So I go through the drive-through, pay & grab the food, and drive towards the exit to go home. I swing around the building and spot a couple people sitting on a bench by High Street (the main street that takes you almost everywhere here on campus). I’m not sure if these people were homeless or not (couldn’t see them that well), but this street and specific area is known to be where many less fortunate people hang out. I thought to myself, “I should just go ask them if they want some food, especially since I had that nice little score on Friday.” (Took down the 16k on FTP, obv brag post, just ignore it imo.) It was just a random "why the hell not?" thought. But for some reason I decided against it and just kept driving towards the exit. Before I turned onto the street that heads towards my house, I saw a man standing right there on the sidewalk. He was just a couple feet from my car, so I suppose this forced my previous thoughts to become my actions.

Larry is an older man, looks about 70 years old or so, and is obviously homeless. I know his name is Larry because I stopped my car and asked through the passenger side window if he was hungry. We exchanged names, shook hands, and he told me he hadn’t eaten in three days (whether that’s true or not is irrelevant; if I were him I would have said I hadn’t eaten in a week, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt lol). I asked him what he wanted and he told me a cheeseburger and small strawberry milkshake would be great. As he waited on the side of the parking lot I swung back around to the drive through. I decided to order him a large #3 (some big ass sandwich & fries), a large strawberry milkshake, two Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers, an extra large fry, and a caeser salad. I wanted Larry to have more food than he had ever eaten in one sitting before.

I drove back around the building over to where he was sitting, got out of my car, and handed him his food. The first thing he said was “This isn’t what I ordered,” which made me laugh a little. But he was very gracious. He thanked me, shook my hand, and then pulled out his wallet. I thought he was going to try to give me whatever spare change he had, but before I could say anything he pulled out a piece of paper. He put it on the hood of my car and told me he was a Marine in the Vietnam War. He had been in the service for three years and had been honored with 7 ribbons in that time. It was apparent that this paper, which proved everything he said, was what gave this man all of the pride and dignity he had left. It was his only possession that had any value to him.

Larry was a decorated veteran, yet was homeless. He told me that he had no family and had been living on the streets of Columbus for over 20 years. He also said that his birthday was later this month (he’ll be turning 53, but could easily pass for 80). After telling me that his birthday was coming up, he looked at me and said “Wonder if I’ll make it…” After saying that, he laughed a bit, probably out of embarrassment, but I know he actually wondered about this because of his tone. It was also the only time he had looked me in the eyes when speaking (prior to that he had been looking at the ground the whole time, even when I was talking). I told him I was sure he’d live long after his birthday, and that he was a strong, accomplished veteran. I hoped this would put a smile on this face, even just a small one, but he didn’t react at all. After a few more minutes of small talk I shook his hand again and told him he’d better go eat his food before it got cold (we were talking by my car while his food sat over on the side). He thanked me one more time and I drove away wondering if he’d be able to finish all that food – and if he could find a comfortable place to sleep tonight.

As I sit here now, finishing my fries and frosty, I wonder what kind of effect I had on Larry. This man had accomplished so much in his earlier life, far more than I have… so how much could one meal really mean to him? Did I do this for him just to feel better about myself? Because I felt guilty about luck-sacking my way through some random donkament? Because I’m able to throw around money in poker tournaments and cash games whenever I want to? Which isn’t to say I’m anywhere near as skilled/profitable as the ranked players on this site – and I only play small/mid-stakes tournaments and 100-200NL. Nevertheless, I am in a position to win a relatively significant amount of money. An amount of money that this homeless man hasn’t had in decades, and likely ever. It almost makes me think of my lifestyle as reckless. After all, I live off poker and I play with sums of money that would be life changing to a lot of people. And I’m just a small stakes grinder!

Anyway, maybe I should have just typed this whole thing in my blog. I know a few people read it, but I figured this would be a better place to tell a larger audience about something that really made me think about my lifestyle as a small stakes “professional” poker player. Also, I think after today I’m going to have a little more respect for money. And while I realize that not having respect for money is, to some extent, important as a poker player… I also know it can be easy to get carried away. The money I’m using to play is generally “out of sight, out of mind.” This isn’t to say I don’t follow good bankroll management (which I generally do). I guess I’m just starting to realize now how good I have it. And I hope others in situations similar to mine realize it too. The suckouts, the bad beats, the coolers, the downswings… they’re never going to stop. But look on the bright side… at least we’re in a position to handle the beats, brush them off, and do it all over again. MBN."

Shane is absolutely right. I am lucky to be where I am at, and things can always be worse than what they are. I have an occupation that allows complete freedom. I can work when I want, take days off, win ridiculous amounts of money, whatever I want it can be done. I take it for granted though. I don't appreciate everything that I have right in front of me. I am 23 years old, have a college degree, and I'm in complete control of my life; but I complain about losing poker tournaments and getting unlucky in hands. Hahahaha. That sounds so ridiculous. I could see crying and complaining if every time I got unlucky I lost a limb or got tazed or something. That's not the case. All that happens when I get unlucky is that I lose the pot and either lose the tournament or have chips to try to battle back. I've been acting so stupid lately and that's not what kind of person I am.

That's all I have to say tonight. I'm still acting like an idiot and it has to stop. I don't think I need to throw any extra motivation out there like $10 to every railbird that sees me say something inappropriate or anything. I think this needs to be something I need to be able to control on my own without any other influences. Back to the tables tomorrow. The WCOOP is killing me but its fun playing different games with players who don't always play those games as well. I will keep you guys updated on everything. Goodnight.

I'll leave you guys with an OLD song that I believe I sang at a retirement home when I was about 10 or something. Haha. I'll have to ask my mom to make sure the details, but I'm pretty sure I went into some retirement home and sang this song for the people there. I think it was like a school field trip type thing, when we did stuff like that for the people there, lol. I will find out the details tomorrow. Here's the video.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Latest Updates And Apologies...

I've had a couple close shots lately. I've made it to the final two tables or final table of a couple tournaments in the last couple days. I got 4th in the Saturday $200 PLO Tournament for about $5k and I've had some close calls in a bunch of other tournaments. Things just aren't coming together in the end and that's alright. It will all come together soon as long as I continue working on my game and adjusting.

Pokerstars is having their World Series of Online Poker, which basically means a ton of online tournaments with huge buyins and huge prize pools. I got pretty screwed today in every event. I will spare the details but basically today was a horrible Sunday just getting beat after beat and losing flip after flip in crucial, big spot situations. I got deep in the 55r and then proceeded to lose AQ vs KK, AQ vs A7, AK vs TT, and 88 vs AT. After all of that I was pretty pissed off and people had been making stupid plays at me all there and getting there, or just giving me brutal beats and I was so fed up. I was really disappointed I got that far and couldn't have a better finish in that tournament. I lost about $4k today in tournaments. I played some cash after and won so my losses weren't so bad.

Anyway, I blew up in the 55r chat at HitUr2Outer and some other people throughout the day and I would like to apologize. I definitely came off as a crybaby, a jerk, and unprofessional. If I'm going to make this my life I have to be able to handle the ups and downs of any given day. It gets frustrating but I really need to grow up and handle it. If people play bad, and get lucky, that's the nature of what I do; I have to live with it. So for that, and everything I have said in the past, I apologize to everyone. I am going to try to be professional from here on out, wish players good luck, good game, and move on to the next tournament without saying anything. It's going to be tough but I need to learn to control my emotions in this business.

So aside from me being a little girl and crying about losing and players playing bad, poker has been alright. I keep getting close, keep having chances, and that's all I can do. I still have a lot to learn. I know nobody will ever know everything there is about poker but you just have to be able to learn as much about poker at the present time as possible. "At the present time" is the key to that statement. Like I have said before poker is constantly changing and you have to be able to make the changes before they become mainstream. Hopefully with me continuing to play a lot of poker I can realize tendencies and what's going on and adapt faster than the other players. I'm still working on that heater and I need to stay positive. There are a lot of big events with the WCOOP (pokerstars tournaments) where I could win a lot of money.

Anyway, aside from all of that, life is going pretty well. My sister gets married in about two weeks where I am the Maid of Honor. Luckily I don't have to wear a dress or anything... come to think of it I'm really not sure what I have to do lol. I probably should look into that more. I have been working out just about everyday as well trying to get my knee back to 100% and just improving my overall health. I am in good shape but there's always something to improve. All I do really is wake up, work out, play poker, throw in another activity here and there, sleep, repeat. Once I take down a huge tournament I will have time for other activities but I'm pretty motivated to make a lot of money, improve my game, and win a huge tournament. I just want to get on a wave and ride it to the shore.

So to recap, sorry to everyone I have offended at the tables. Sorry for crying, being a jerk, or just being plain stupid. Sorry for berating fish and sorry for yelling at people who have made crazy/stupid plays. I have done stupid stuff at the poker table as well and I should never criticize people ever. Nobody is perfect. Again, I'm sorry.

I'll leave everyone with a picture from the live tournament the other day. They took a picture of chip leader when we chopped it then another guy jumped in to get his picture taken so I figured it would be good for the blog, lol.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Okay, okay. I know my blog titles have been a little deceiving lately but I actually did have a live score yesterday. I chopped the tournament I talked about in the previous blog ($550 buyin 100k guaranteed) when we got down to 5 handed play.

The tournament was held at the Isle, which is the casino for the Pompano Dog Track. It was my first time there and I must say I was pretty impressed with the Isle casino. The dog track is old and run down but the Isle was just recently built and they have slots and a poker room. It's not that big of a casino but they probably have 40 or so poker tables. The casino is just really clean and really nice. I was completely surprised.

I walked up to the poker desk and asked if they were still guaranteeing 100k if they did not get 200 players and they desk said yes they were. Okay, great. I don't want to waste my time playing a $550 tournament that only has 100 players and no guarantee. Later on while I was registering the poker manager said it was only 100k guarantee based on 200 players. I really hate when casinos pull crap like this. They advertise everywhere that it is 100k guaranteed tournament and then throw some crap in like that. Of course everyone knows that 200 players in a $500 tournament is 100k in the prize pool, so when casinos say 100k guaranteed that means they are putting up the rest of the money if there isn’t 200 players. Oh well.

So it turns out they got 154 players, or 160 players. Something like that. Oh well, I'm here already, might as well play.

We started with 10k chips, with an optional addon for $10 of 1k chips, so 11k chips. The blinds went up every 30 minutes <<< Keep that in mind. The structure was crazy. 25-50, 50-100, 75-150, 100-200, 200-400 25a, 300-600 50a, 400-800 100a, 600-1200 100a, 1000-2000 200a, 1500-3000 200a, etc. I’m not sure if the last levels are exactly right but there wasn’t much room for play. When it got down to the end the blinds went like 4k-8k 500 ante, then 6k-12k 1k ante, then 8k-16k 1k ante, 10k-20k 2k ante, then 15k-30k 3k ante (where we chopped it).

So basically the tournament went fast, not too extremely fast, but definitely if you don’t have chips in the later/mid stages you are in trouble.

Anyway, my starting table was one of the first to break, and I kind of got a feel for how the players would be playing. One old guy kept reraising light. He was reraising raises with AQ and any pair. Normally stereotypes for older players are rock tight but this guy was tight aggressive, but after the flop he didn’t continue his aggression. So he was pretty easy to play against after all. I learned a lot from my first table about the players and then it broke shortly and I was moved to my next table.

The same old guy from above along with another guy from my first table were moved with me. The first significant hand comes up when this black guy from my first table (who another regular was giving him crap for being loose aggressive) and me get in a pot. He had just lost a pot the hand before and said he was steaming and tilted while the next hand was being dealt. I have about 10k in chips and it’s the last hand of 50-100. Two players limp, one guy makes it 300, and the black guy makes it 1400 on the cutoff. I’m in the small blind and look down at two red aces. I reraise to 4k and he calls pretty quickly. I don’t put him on much. I just know he’s tilted. The flop comes 973 rainbow and I think about it for a minute and decide to try to represent AK and check to him, hoping he will fire. He checks behind and the turn comes a Qd, putting two diamonds on board. I'm really not scared of the diamonds and I was thinking this Q might of hit him, so I check to him again, still making my hand look like AK. He checks again as well and the river comes 6c. I decide I need to bet at this point, because he isn’t going to and I bet 3500 of my remaining 6k I had. He has about the same left, 6k, and thinks for a while and folds. After the hand everyone was saying that we both had AK. I was laughing on the inside lol.

A couple hands later at 75-150 utg limps and about 4 others limp and I limp on the cutoff with 84dd. 7 People go to the flop which comes QJ5dd. The utg guy bets 800. I had played with him all day already so he’s pretty transparent, he has about 8k behind and I decide to call. The turn comes the 2d completing my flush and he checks and I bet 1200. He calls and the river pairs the board, the 2s. He puts on an act and then checks. Now I don’t think this is the type of player to put on a show here full on the river, so I tanked it for a minute to think if I should value bet or just check, and I decided it would be best to bet. If he raised the river I would probably fold. I bet 2k (he had 6100 left) and he thought about it for a while and called. And my flush was good and I raked in a nice pot.

The old tight player with bad post flop skills raised utg to 600 it mucks around to me in the small blind and I call with JTdd. Flop comes JJKcc He bets 1200 with out 6k behind and I decide to just move in on him and make it look like a draw so he could call with a K. He calls with QJhh and the board runs out 2 and the river comes the A to chop the pot.

Another hand at the same table comes up when I raise in 3rd position with 5s5h. I've been pretty tight only played about 3-4 hands at this table and shown down the flush, and the trip jacks, so I believe my image is pretty good. Anyway, the small blind calls and the big blind calls. The flop comes AJ7dd and the sb thinks about doing something and checks, bb checks, and I decide to fire. I bet 950 and the sb thinks about folding.. But he calls. At this point I'm 100% sure he has a Jack. The turn comes the Td and he checks and I decide to check as well. The river comes the Kd which completes everything and he checks again. I decide this is a good spot to bluff and I bet 1400. He about instantly calls me and slams down JTo on the table saying he knew he was right, lol. Then an argument ensued between the guy who called and another player, telling him how bad the call was. I just sat there.

I get moved to a different table and the first hand there at 200-400 25a I’m on the hijack with AcTd and I make it 1100. A woman in the small blind thinks for a little bit and calls. The flop comes KQ9ddd and she checks. I thought about continuation betting but I figured I'd rather see what happens on the turn and see what she does before I put more money in the pot, clueless where I'm at. So I check, and the turn comes the Ks. She checks again and I decide this is a good card to fire at, and bet 1400. She thinks for a little bit and calls. The river comes the 8d, completing my flush and she checks again. I didn’t see value in betting and figured I had the best hand at this point and checked. She turned over two Tens and my ATd took the pot.

I then get moved to another table and the blinds are now 300-600 50a. I have 16k in chips at the point, and I know some of the players at the table. In 2nd position a short stack moves all in for 2300 and I reshove AJo on the button. He has KT and I win that gamble. A couple hands later I raise in 2nd position with 9Thh to 1525 and the bb tanks it and it seems like he wants to make a play at me. He is considering what he wants to do and I get that weak vibe from him. He makes it 4k with about 11k behind. I decide to call him and see what he does on the flop, thinking he might just shut down if he's bluffing. He was an older guy. The flop comes Q25h and he checks. I check behind. The turn comes the Ks, he checks and I decide to check one last time, maybe to hit my J, because he might have paired the K with AK if he does have an actual hand. The river comes the Kc and he checks again. Throughout this whole hand he looked really nervous and uncomfortable and I just really don’t think he has anything. I decided to move in on the river and he mucked pretty instantly. I move up to 26k in chips. (I know my line there is pretty weird but against these guys I think I can get away with stuff like that.)

This next pot is probably the turning point of the tournament. I believe it was 400-800 50 ante and I raise on the button with 89o to 2150. The small blind calls and the flop comes T67ss. I flop the nuts. The small blind checks to me, and I bet 2450. He raises me 7k or 8k with 4k-5k behind and I think for a while and move all in. He looks pretty disgusted but calls all in with AsQh, for air. The turn comes the 5s and the river comes a black queen! But it was the queen of clubs and I hold up to win a huge pot.

I start to get more aggressive now that I have chips and I raise my third hand in a row with QJo from middle position and the button calls. He had just shoved on my preflop raise the hand before. The flop comes QQ4dd and I check to him, hoping he will fire. He checks behind and the turn comes the Ac. Sometimes I would bet here, hoping that he hit the Ace with AJ or AT but I wanted to see what he would do, if he had anything or if he would maybe bluff at it. He checks behind as well and the river comes the Ks. I decide to value bet to induce a call with an Ace or King, if he has anything and bet 3300. He thinks for a little bit and calls and shows AJ, and I scoop in another pot.

The blinds are now up to 800-1600 200a and it folds to me on the button with QdKh. Both the blinds have 12k and 20k. With the nature of the tournament I decided it was just best to shove, and I moved all in. The small blind folded and the big blind called with AQ. The board ran out AKJhh8h7d and I bricked a couple outs on the river to win another nice pot. Before the hand started I had about 57k in chips, so I am now knocked down to about 35k or so.

UTG limps at 800-1600 200a still and I know its weak but I decide to limp behind in middle position with A9o. We are 8 handed at this point. The button limps, sb completes, and the bb thinks for a second before moving all in for 10k-12k more. UTG folds and I think about it for a minute... This guy just got to the table a couple orbits ago and I'm not really sure what he has here, but I thought he could do it with a wide range of hands and my hand is pretty strong for a limp. And I decided to gamble and reshoved all in. He flips over AK and the board runs out 663A2 and I double him up and move down to about 25k.

It's now 1k-2k 200a and a guy in middle position makes it 10k. I have 25k and AKdd on the button and shove. He calls his last 11k (21k total) with AQhh and the flop comes KT3h, he tries to shake my hand on the Kh turn... and I pull my hand back while I see that it's not over. The river bricks the 5c and I move up to 50k.

First hand off break, a tightish player makes it 12k. I know from him showing down his hands that a 4x raise is stronger (the blinds are 2k-4k now) and I have AJo on the button. I think about it for a while and shove 39k more and he tanks it. I owe him a show because he showed me AA earlier when he raised 4x and I tanked about shoving QK suited on him, but mucked. So he asks me if I will show, and I tell him yes. He told me he had a pair, which made me feel better. He shows TT and I show my AJo and I take down the pot. The very next hand I move all in in the cutoff with QJss into three short stacks behind me and they all muck and I pick up the blinds and antes, which are huge at this point.

The button, which has a ton of chips as well, makes it 16k at 2k-4k and I look down at TT in the big blind. I shove all in for 75k and he tanks it for a while and shows AT and mucks. So I pick up another nice pot and I'm up to about 120k.

This guy I know Rich, he plays at the casino's I play at and he got deep and final tabled a WPT, he moves in for 19k at 2k-4k 500a in 2nd position and it folds to me in the Sb with AJ and I reshove, and the bb calls all in for less, 16k. They turn their hands over and Rich has A7o, the big blind has 58o and I have AJo. The board comes A75QT and Rich wins about a 60k pot and triples up while I move down to 95k.

A few hands later a tight player in mid position limps, I complete the sb with Qjo and the board comes K96. It checks around and on the 4 turn I bet 8k and take the pot down. Pretty standard/easy hand given the table and the players being so transparent.

The blinds are still 2k-4k 500a and I get AQdd on the button. I make it 10500 and the sb calls as well as Rich in the bb. The flop comes Q79dd and they both check to me. This is such a huge flop, and I know they will put it in with any piece of it, so I decide to bet it and pray that one of them will think I don’t have anything. I bet 16500 and they both muck. Oh well. Hands like that when the deck hits you it's hard to get action because you hit the flop so hard. I probably could of checked behind but with so much in the pot already, and the structure of this tournament, you need every chip you can get.

Some new players are moved to the table that are all bad as well and easy to play against. One of them limps on the cutoff at 3k-6k 500a and I move in with A2ss in the big blind after the sb completed. They both muck. (I had them both covered by a ton.)

Probably the biggest turning point for my tournament comes when this hand comes up with Rich. Now since I had doubled up rich when his a7 beat my AJ he had been moving in over my raises and just moving all in in general and gotten a healthy stack. I have about 110k at this point (I lost some chips in small pots or raising to steal and Rich shoving on me and me being forced to fold.) We have been about 8 handed and we are nearing the money with about 25-30 left and 16 paid. I look down at AhAs for the first time since I got them very early in the tournament and make it 15500 (3k-6k.) Rich calls on the button and the flop comes Q77hh. I love these flops when I have overpairs because he really will never have a 7 in his hand hardly ever and if he does have a hand like QJ or QK his other outs are killed. I decide the best way to play it is check to him and see what he does. I check and he instantly moves all in. He would never do this with a seven and I snap call him. He shows JThh and I show my Aces. The turn comes the Tc and the river bricks out 2d and I move up to 220k. I am one of the chip leaders at this point.

We now are in the money and we are down to 14 people playing 7 handed. I raise to 19500 at 4k-8k 1k with AJo and a short stack moves in for 39k with AKo. It comes 5522Q and we chop the pot. Then a few orbits later, with about 11 or 12 people left we are 6 handed and 2nd to act makes it 36k at 6k-12k 2ka. I shove AQo in the small blind and he tanks it for a while and shows AJ and folds.

We lose some more players and make it down to the final table. I have about 330k when we make it to the final table with the blinds being 6k-12k 2k ante with about 15k more minutes on the clock. One guy gets eliminated the first or second hand of final table play and people are trying to talk about a chop. The tourny director gives us the information that each unit is worth .04 cents and me and the other bigstack calculate our equity and see that we should be getting around 14-15k in a chop. Normal payout in this tourny is 24k to first 13.6k to second, 9k to third, 7500 to fourth and so on. It's really top heavy and 8th place is guaranteed like 2k. We try to work out a deal but the players have no clue about anything and no clue how our chips are valuable and worth more money and they keep arguing how one hand can change anything, blah blah blah. So we play on.

Another player gets eliminated and we are now 7 handed and keep trying to talk about a chop. One player says he doesn’t want to chop (which is fine by me) and we continue to play. The blinds are now up to 8k-16k 2k ante and a guy who had been very active at the final table makes it 52k from late position. I look down at AQcc in the big blind, and with about 20 bbs (I had roughly 340k he had 260k) I shoved on him. He snap called with AKo and his AK held and I go down to 80k. Everyone watching the tournament started screaming that’s why you should chop blah blah and the guy to my left was like see you should of chopped!!! I immediately flip on him and tell him to shut up and have some respect. I never disagreed to chop. I tell him that I just lost a huge hand and he shouldn’t even make a comment like that to me. He apologized (But obviously these morons love to see the bigstacks lose when there is no chop.)

I am now determined to come back and still win this tournament. I cant believe the morons on the rail or the morons at my table. The guy who won with the AK jumped up and all his buddies were screaming at me and everything and my blood was definitely boiling. I move my stack up to 140k when UTG raises to 50k and I move in with AQo. He calls with ATss and the board comes QT8s86 and I double up.

We lose another player and are 6 handed, and then the short stack guy who told me I should of chopped to my left, blinds down to about 2 bbs lol and he gets eliminated as well. We now are 5 handed with the blinds being 10k-20k 2k about to go up to 15k-30k 3k with only 1.5million chips in play.

The chip leader (who won with AK vs my AQ) has about 620k, I have 330k, another kid has about 330k or so and the other two guys have about 200k. We all start talking about a chop. We finally work something out with the chip leader getting 2nd place money for 13.6k, me and the other 350k stack getting 11.9k and the other shortstacks getting 10k and 9800. I really wanted to play this tournament out and gamble since 2 players were pretty tight and clueless about shoving light/calling light but with the average stack having 10bbs and me being card dead, I just figured it was better to almost get 2nd place money with 5 people left. So we all agreed to the deal and I worked out the numbers and negotiated it for everyone and everyone was happy and that was that.

It felt good getting the cash, although I missed playing online all day for the Monday tournaments, it felt good getting deep and playing well live. Although I wanted to go for the win and the 24k, I can't be upset at winning 12k with 5 people left. If there was more play in the tournament I definitely would of played. I hate chopping because I always regret it and always become frustrated that I do it after the fact, but I know this was the smart thing to do. I met a couple people at the Isles too (including one of the 5 that chopped - illuminati41) that play online poker and go to FAU. They were good guys and know some of the same people I know. It's a small world especially in the poker world.

So, yeah.. That’s what happened at that tournament. I finally did what I said I was going to do and took down a tournament. I actually have a picture from the tournament I will post once I get it sent to my email that is pretty funny. So hopefully I get that soon so I can post it to the blog. Other than that, I came 9th today in the afternoon $163 on FTP, where I got pretty coolered AJhh vs JJ(button) vs my BB. He potted it at 2.5k/5k and We both were about at 100k. I shoved and he had it and I bricked. I never have won that tournament, or probably never even final tabled, so it sucked getting 9th. I went card dead late in the tourny and it sucks to not get closer. I also got 15th or so in another FTP tourny to a moron. Back to the grind tomorrow. Hopefully I don’t bubble as many tournys and maybe I can actually take some down.

Goodnight guys. Oh and by the way my post about Hans must of inspired him because he just got 9th in the 1k on Stars. He lost a flip to bust, sucks. But he played very well to get there and hopefully next time he wins the flip and wins the tournament. Good job bro, keep it up.

Monday, September 1, 2008


I probably had the best Sunday of my life today in online poker. The money I won or lost today was exactly +$0. What this means is basically, I took the Sunday off. I had some friends in town and my girlfriend was in town, and when she left in the afternoon today I really didn't feel like playing any poker. It's hard to miss all the opportunities Sunday's bring but I probably saved myself from losing a couple thousand today, hence resulting in my best Sunday ever!!!

It feels good to take a couple days off but like I said in previous blogs, the grind is about to start. I am starting to enjoy the pain behind the daily grind of playing poker 10-12 hours a day and I know I will see results. But before I can start grinding, there is a live tournament tomorrow at a local casino. The buyin is $550 and there is 100k guarantee. I've never been to this casino (Pompano Isle) but I've heard good things about it. There is no smoking in the casino/poker room which is always a plus. The tournament you start with 10k in chips and 30 minute blinds but I have no clue of the structure. I'm assuming it will be pretty bad, but the players will probably be even worse. It will be fun to play some live tomorrow. If I don't do well I can always make it back home for the nightly tournaments and the 1k on FTP. The tournament starts at 12:30 tomorrow and I have no clue how long it will last, so I guess I will find everything out tomorrow and hopefully take it down.

So as you know my buddy Hans is one of the laziest humans on the face of the earth. I tried to convince him to go play the tournament with me and here's the conversation we had.

Hans: huh?
Tristan: 550 tourny
Tristan: at this casino tomorrow
Tristan: 100k guarantee
Hans: u playing?
Tristan: yes
Hans: what casino is it at?
Tristan: isle
Tristan: come play it
Hans: oh ya I've heard of that casino
Tristan: you gonna go, its not too early
Tristan: 12:30
Hans: nah prolly not
Hans: too small
Tristan: gonna be 30k+ to first
Tristan: and all donks
Tristan: but ok hansy
Hans: my cousin invited me on boat, not sure if I'm going on it
Hans: depends weather
Hans: but i wouldnt play even if i wasnt goin on boat
Hans: dont like live really
Tristan: why do you make excuses
Tristan: why not just say you dont want toplay it
Hans: uh read what i wrote donk
Tristan: if you weren't going on the boat
Tristan: you wouldn't play
Hans: are u retarded?
Hans: are u brain dead?
Tristan: no I'm just saying lol
Tristan: why even bring that up lol
Hans: Hans (2:52:56 AM): but i wouldnt play even if i wasnt goin on boat
Hans: Hans (2:52:56 AM): but i wouldnt play even if i wasnt goin on boat
Hans: Hans (2:52:56 AM): but i wouldnt play even if i wasnt goin on boat
Hans: Hans (2:52:56 AM): but i wouldnt play even if i wasnt goin on boat
Tristan: lol
Tristan: iknow
Tristan: come play win 30k
Hans: why would i ever do that when u can play online
Tristan: ok bud
Tristan: i knew i shouldnt even of wasted my breath telling you
Hans: good thing u didnt, just ur worhless fingers
Tristan: it could be 1mil freeroll HU tourny you vs blind guy and you still wouldnt play
Hans: sometimes the dumbest shit comes outta ur mouth
Hans: glad u have the blog
Hans: so u dont waste the dumb stuff u say
Hans: loool
Tristan: you should start a blog
Tristan: youd update it never
Hans: lol
Tristan: youll like next blog might wanna stay up for it
Hans: man i wish it was possible for u to update blog every couple hours
Tristan: oh dont worry its getting updated now
Tristan: hope you enjoy

LOL.. We like going at it with each other constantly. I get on him, he gets on me. Good times. I'll let everyone know how the tournament went and I'll save hands to my BlackBerry while I'm playing so I have some interesting hands to post. Goodnight guys.

Have fun on the boat tomorrow Hans!!!