Tuesday, October 28, 2008

BIG NEWS COMING SOON!...

I don't know why I have all my blog titles end in "..." but I did it from the start but I will keep doing it. I was without Internet for about 4-5 days until Saturday. I really hate Comcast. They are horrible. It took them like 2-3 days to be able to get someone out here to fix my cable and Internet! What kind of business does that? I flipped on them and told them my business was dependent on the Internet and basically it was just me wasting my breath. Big companies really don't care about the little people. What can I do? Switch to a new service. That'll show em!!!

Anyway, aside from not having any Internet, I've played some poker, no news there. Let me move on to the next paragraph.

I have been working on something for almost a month now and it is almost done so I am getting pretty excited about it and will let everyone know about it when it is finished. I am excited as well for the FTOPS coming up again (maybe I can get my first 6 figure score.) I haven't made any final tables in any WCOOP or FTOPS event, so I'm really hoping I can be on my A-Game and get hot for a couple FTOPS events.

The PLB bet with thedonator is coming to an end, and I think I'm ahead by a small margin. He's played a lot more than me lately and has caught up, so I will probably grind the last couple of days of the PLB contest and make sure I lock my win. I also plan on grinding hardcore in the month of November. When I say hardcore I mean hardcore as in 10-12 hours a day, glued to the monitor, crushing tournaments. So watch out. I really don't let poker take over my life, so I am going to try to figure out the best schedule to live my life around poker for the month of November so I can play 10-12 hours and still workout and do other things I enjoy.

Aside from all of that news, there isn't really much else to talk about. Sorry for the last couple of blogs being pretty lame. I just haven't been in the mood to write or come up with interesting topics to talk about. I promise I will have some better blog posts soon.

Alright guys, goodnight. Will let you know about the big news soon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Been Busy...

I have been pretty busy with a project I'm working on that I will talk more about later in another blog post. I haven't played too much poker lately. The streak I had actually ended the day after I posted, which I probably jinxed myself. I have gotten close in a couple of big events. I got deep in the 200r again yesterday placing 13th or 14th. I lost two flips in a row and I was out. Today I got deep in the 100r at night, which was 30k to first, and I lost a big pot. I'll explain how it went.

LosChiefs had about 120k in mid/late position, I had 90k in the small blind, and skalexjung had about 60k or so in the big blind. Los made it 5200 preflop at 1k/2k with 25 people left in the tournament (in the money). I had 22 in the small blind and called, skalex called as well. The flop came AQcc2d. I checked, ska checked, and Los bet 10k. Los had been pretty aggressive and its a pretty big flop for action regardless. I decided to raise here and made it 23850. Ska tanked it for a little while before folding (I Thought he mucked a hand like AT or something like that maybe AJ) and I was hoping los had AK or AQ. Los decided to just call. The turn came the Kd. I didn't really like the turn. But I really don't think Los would of checked with JT on the flop. And the flush draw missed as well. I am now hoping he hit QK or AK. I decide I still need to bet so Los doesn't check behind and I bet 28k leaving myself with 32k. I did this because I wanted the impression of fold equity to still be there if Los had maybe Kxcc or some kind of hand where he was semi bluffing. He moved in and I called and he ended up having QQ and he scooped the 100bb pot. Pretty frustrating, but oh well. I think everything is pretty normal with the hand, and I'm going to go broke there always. Just is annoying being on the losing side of the pot deep in a big tournament when I had a nice stack already.

Anyway, aside from poker I have just been working out and getting other things done. I will reveal what I have been working on in a week or so and let you guys into my project. I'm still ahead of stu in our PLB bet but he said hes going to bring it this week and try to beat me. So we will see what happens. Since I didn't play much in the last week or so he caught up a little but tomorrow I will get back to the grind and keep improving my results. Grinding really helps a lot with your game and your results and I need to continue to do it.

I'm not really sure about what else to write about. I don't want to get boring and mundane with my blog. I would like to give you guys some interesting content every time I post but that's not always so easy =) I believe I have a basketball game tomorrow at the YMCA. I had my ACL surgery about 11 months ago and I'm still not 100% but I am back playing here and there and working my knee out until it is fully recovered and everything is alright. We are 4-1 in the YMCA league and its nice to shake the rust off and be back playing again. I am still rehabbing my knee and improving its strength as well in the strength in my legs. I talked to a fellow basketball player who had the same injury as me. He plays college basketball and he said it took him a year and a half before he was 100% and back playing. He said I looked good for having surgery 10 months ago. It was reassuring hearing this from someone who has gone through the same thing I've been going through. Each day I wonder if I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing and I wonder if my knee is getting stronger and healthier, etc. Hopefully it doesn't take a year and a half to be 100% but the way things have been going for the rehab I don't doubt it. The surgery was pretty major and I guess I didn't have realistic expectations of when I would be back. I always thought I would be back in 6-8 months.

Oh well. That's it for now. Talk to you guys later. Goodnight.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Streak Continues But Disappointed...

Disclaimer: This is not a brag blog. This is just me stating what's been going on with me lately in poker. I'm not one to brag so if you don't want to read about recent success stop here.

I have a 5 day streak of at least making a final table everyday. I have 6 final tables in 5 days. It started last Saturday and continued through today (Next Sunday.) In between are the days I did not play poker. Here's how it looks:

10-4 - $55 NL (1r 1a) - 1st place
10-5 - $100 NL - 4th place
10-6 - $120 Knockout - 3rd place
10-9 - $100r - 7th place
10-9 - $20r - 9th place
10-12 - $200r - 7th place

It's pretty disappointing making final tables and finishing in the bottom (top) of them. I can't stand getting 7-9th place. It makes me so angry and frustrated. In the first tournament I won, it was deepstacked and I was patient and pulled out the win. In the $100 NL it was a tough 4 handed lineup with bdbeatslayer and pikappraider and I got it in 99 vs AT for a big flip and lost. So nothing I can do there. The Knockout I also believe I played flawless. I lost a 700k pot with 88 vs 55 to have 2/3 the chip in play 3 handed, then busted a7 vs a5. Again, I played that tournament to the best of my abilities. The 100r I lost a flip to moneymaker. Oh well. The 20r I lost KK vs AK (I had him covered) and then QJ vs J9 (vs shortstacks J9) and ultimately KJ vs 22 (I shoved button he woke up in BB and I bricked.) So I ran pretty bad at that final table and busted 9th.

Tonight in the 200r, I really wanted to win it. I played very well and never got my money in bad. I won a big flip AK vs QQ early to get chips and coasted with the stack. I got my money in as a 70/30 favorite for the most part when getting down to the final table I believe. I won AK vs A5, AK vs A4, AA vs A6. I did get lucky when I called a shortstacks allin with K5 vs his AQ. And I did get very unlucky on the bubble to chop AA vs ATo all in preflop. He flopped QJK and I turned the T. So that pot might of changed my tournament around as well. I would of had 180k going into the final table instead of 90k. I won a coinflip vs andy mcleod at the final table with 8 left when he raised the cutoff at 3.5/7k to 16k and I shoved A9o in the bb for 85k. He called with 77 and I rivered a straight and won the flip. He moved in the very next hand for 60k and everyone folded. The very next hand he moved all in again for 80k in third position and I had A9cc on the button. I had 180k and the average stack has 20bbs. I think the blinds need TT-AA and AK and AQ to call my reshove, maybe folding AQ. So that's 6-7 hands they need to call with that can beat me if they get one of those hands. And Andy shoving, well I think he knows that he can shove light and pick up a lot of chips in the blinds and antes and nobody is really deep where his shove doesn't hurt us, so I think hes shoving a lot of hands. Suited connectors, any paint cards, most if not all aces, etc. I don't know if he was tilted at all from losing the flip vs me either. So all in all I think my a9cc reshove is not bad and I think it was unlucky the BB woke up with AKhh. Andy had 77 and his shove (again) and the board ran out AJxJx to knock andy out in 8th and me and 7th.

After I busted It was about 2:30am and I went for a bike ride around the neighborhood to think about the final table and poker. I kept replaying the A9cc hand in my head and I think its the right play. I think andy is shoving a ton of hands that A9cc can beat and I still have 100k if I lose which I can manage and if I win I am up to 260k with a top stack. Like I said earlier there isn't too much room for play since the average was 20bbs at the final table, so I think the gamble is right. If anyone else has any comments let me know. But like I said, only the blinds are behind me and I think they need one of the 6 or 7 hands to call. (TT-AA and AK possibly AQ.) So probably just unlucky, but still annoying.

My results have been pretty good lately and if I keep putting results like this up I'm sure people will be surprised. I think I've always been one of those 'under the radar' guys. Personally, I don't care what people think about my game or if they know who I am or if I am a ranked player or what not. I don't really feel like I am a respected member of the online poker community, but it doesn't bother me one bit. I'd rather be the outsider who does his own thing and creates his own trail. No lie, just know I chose my own fate, I drove by the fork in the road and went straight! Let me explain a little more...

I've always been a winning poker player. When I first started playing my freshman year in college, I was a winner. I watched moneymaker win the main event, got a couple books on poker, and started immediately learning the game. I played online for real small stakes at Absolute Poker and did well off the bat. After learning the game and winning money on AP, I put money on Pokerstars and won a couple small tournaments. I think being naive and new to the game helped me because I didn't understand everything about poker like I do now (bad beats, etc.) Aside from playing online I would go to home games around Orlando as well. I played in a 2-5 NL Cash game and also a 2 table SNG style tournament. I did really well in all of these games and this is where I started to really have a passion for the game. Poker was fun, and that is the main reason why I think I did well.

So back to tying this into what I was saying before. Sometimes I feel people look at me and feel like I can not play poker. I am not a good player, I am not a winning player, I am just a person who knows how to play, etc. That's fine. I am not a person who cares about what other people think. I DON'T CARE what other people think what so ever; but I care what I think about myself. That's the point of my last couple paragraphs. I am basically driven lately to prove to myself I can be who I want to be in the poker world and have the results I want to have. For a long time I have played online and not really put too much time and effort into it, but that has changed as of late and I am determined to tear up poker lately. I have always been able to succeed at anything I've wanted to do, so I'm not going to let poker be an exception. *EDIT* After re-reading what I wrote, I do care what SOME people think. I care what my friends think to an extent, as well as myself. I care what my family thinks. I also want to show other's who doubt poker being a reasonable and possible way to make an income that it is possible and I am doing it. I don't care what other people think aside from myself, family and friends basically.

This also leads me to another lesson I've learned about poker and tournaments. Poker is a lot of luck. The more you play, the more chances you have to take down a tournament. I have recently realized this. The more you play, the more you learn, the more chances you have to win. I used to not play enough to see the benefits of playing a lot. I used to play a couple tournaments here and there and always cry about my luck, losing a big coinflip late or something. Now I realize there are more tournaments, sometimes you're going to lose. Just play good, make the right decisions and try your best. This is what I have been doing lately and I have come to peace with losing coinflips, losing races, losing 80/20s, etc. Luck happens in this game we play and you have to accept it. Luckily I have started to accept it.

I kind of lost my train of thought after a couple of IM conversations during me writing this blog, but I also want to say that acceptance in poker is all about results. People don't accept you or embrace you until you start winning. It's pretty pathetic. Like right now I only talk to a couple people about poker. I have a lot of people's screen names on my AIM buddy list who are ranked players, or supposedly good players, but I don't really talk to any of them. If I won the 100r a couple times and the $500 NL and kept crushing, then I'm sure more people would start IMing me. That's just how people are with people who are winning at the time. They think that if someone is winning all of a sudden that person must have figured something out about poker and then they want a piece of the information. Don't hop on the bandwagon people lol.

Hopefully I can continue to fly under the radar and put up good results. My only win the last week was in a 50 cubed tournament for 6k so that's not that spectacular. I need to keep putting myself in position to win and then come out with some more first place finishes. In due time. Goodnight guys.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

PLB Bet, Television and Jay-Z...

I started talking about a PLB bet I have with Stu (thedonator) for the month of October last blog. It's going pretty well. The last 3 days I have made 3 final tables. Today I got 3rd in the $120 knockout on FTP. I got pretty unlucky three handed and should of won the tournament but oh well. Hopefully I can keep the streak going of cashing/final tabling/having a chance to win. I didn't play too many tournaments today but I know I need to play more tomorrow. It gets draining sitting in front of a computer for 10-12 hours without doing anything else except staring at the screen. I try to stand up and stretch and do some pushups and sittups from time to time but sometimes there is just no down time from clicking the mouse. I have a good lead in the PLB bet so far but there is a long way to go and one BIG tournament can change it around.

I don't get HBO but my buddy Hans showed me the show "Entourage" a year or so ago, I think last summer. The new season has started and it's an awesome show. I actually went and rented the older seasons and am in the process of watching them again. It's a really good series and I suggest anyone who hasn't seen it to go and watch it!!! That's basically all I have to say about that. The show is about an actor and his friends and their lives. It's really entertaining and the agent in the show, Ari, is my favorite character. His acting is incredible.

Anyway, off to some talk about music. If you guys have the time and like Jay-Z you should definitely check out this documentary about Jay-Z's first CD, Reasonable Doubt. It is definitely one of my most favorite CDs, if not my favorite, and the documentary lets you into the thought and passion behind the CD. You get to learn where Jay got his inspiration from and what his songs really mean. It's really interesting because it shows that there is more to his music than just what you hear. His music is amazing and this documentary is great as well. I suggest you all check it out. There is so much more behind good music then meets the eye and I can say I appreciate music and artists like Jay-Z. It's interesting because I caught a glimpse of his Vh1 StoryTeller's episode where he talked about the meaning behind his songs on his last CD American Gangster. To hear his insight about his work and how he can bring stories to life is just truly amazing. I will stop rambling and let you guys watch the documentary below. Its almost an hour long, but if you like Jay-Z or hip hop you will definitely enjoy it.



About to head to sleep. Will keep everyone updated on everything. Night.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Live Tournament HH and More...

It's been a while since I've posted. I've been pretty busy but I will get into all of that later in the blog. First I'm going to talk about a tournament I played a couple days ago, Friday, at the Isle casino. It was a $900 tournament with two day 1's and the final table concluding on Sunday. You started with 20000 in chips with an optional $20 2k addon. The blinds started at 25/50, the structure was good early then took a couple jumps.

I sat down at my table just as the tournament was starting and I knew some of the players. There were two people I know Pat and Mike. Pat is just1cool online (I talked about in an earlier blog) and Mike is TheBlade9. I had played with a couple other guys at the table last tournament at the Isle.

Since I had so many chips I figured I would splash around and try to get the table to open up a little as well. I wanted to create a crazy image so I could take advantage of it before the table broke since we were one of the first tables to break.

I watched the table, observed the players and then started playing a couple pots. In one pot I bluffed with 56ss on a QJ34dd board when I called 300 on the turn and fired at the river brick for 750 and got called by Q9. I threw my hand into the muck when he called. A couple hands later I had QT in a limped pot and the small blind bet out 150 the other 4 people in the pot called on a 9T3hh flop and I raised it to 750 to try to weed some people out and see what would happen. The small blind folded and the big blind reraised me to 1500. I decided to peel off a card because I didn't think that he would just call with a huge hand with 3 people left to act behind and the turn brought a 4d. He bet 2200 which I called again. The river came the 4s and he checked. If he had T3 ot 93 his two pair was now counterfeited or if he had a big draw he missed. I decided I would check as well because I wasn't too sure where I was at. The guy looked nervous during the hand but he turned over 9Tss and his nervous look must of just been his nerves for being in a big pot. Oh well, I had the wrong read.

After a couple orbits and playing a bunch of hands I was now down to 17k of my original 22k and decided it was time to play better and get some chips. The perfect opportunity came when UTG limped for 50 and the guy in 2nd position (to my right) made it 225. I called with 77 and UTG called. The flop came KJ7hh. UTG checked and the raiser fired 900. I was pretty surprised by this bet and KNEW he had a huge hand here. Either AK AA KK or maybe JJ. I knew he liked his hand. My initial reaction to his flop bet was to just call and possibly call all the way if I put him on KK. He was a pretty tight player and wouldn't put chips in the pot without a hand. I decided the best option here was to just call his bet on the flop because I thought I could possibly be beat as well. The turn brought another 7, giving me quads, and the best possible hand. He made it 1600 and I raised it to 5k. He called pretty quickly and the river came 2s. I still had the best hand and all the draws missed. He fired a 10k chip into the pot and I pushed in my 11k stack. He called and I showed the nuts and he mucked his hand and I was up to 34k. The guy tried to claim he had KK lol, which I definitely don't believe. Obviously this guy had something. The most likely hand he had was AA, and that's what I think he had. After the hand he just said nice hand and didn't seem to upset at the time, but then a couple minutes later tried to say he had KK and how lucky I got. Although all the money went in when I knew I was ahead. My image paid off and I was now up and running.

My original table broke and I was moved to a new table that seemed very easy. I had about 40k or so at this point and the blinds are 75/150. A guy in 2nd position makes it 1k preflop and I hear one of the people at the table "Is it 44 again?" Giving me the impression that this guy will raise big on any hand hes going to play. I looked down at AQ and wasn't sure exactly what I should do. I figured I could call his raise and see a flop in position and see what he does. The flop came A79 he checked to me and I checked as well. The turn was a 6 and he checked again and I bet 1500. He called and the river was a blank and I bet 2500 and he called with JJ. I won another nice pot.

This new table I was at I realized was going to be very easy to play against. Most of the guys were tight and passive and weren't going to play back at me at all. I was raising limpers and winning pots and playing about 50% of hands, dominating the weak table. I raised a 200 limp with ATo to 600 and the flop came 896cc he checked and I checked behind,. The turn came the 8s and he bet 1500. I read him as weak and decided to call the turn. The river came 3d and he bet 2500. I really thought he was bluffing here, which he was, with the best hand 55. So he won the pot and I mucked my hand. I get in these situations sometimes where I read the players correctly but their bluffs can beat my hands which have showdown value. So sometimes I need to realize I can always raise in spots like this on the river, which I have actually been doing on the Internet lately.

I have a couple very interesting hands in this tournament I'd like to talk about and I'd like comments on what you guys think are the best ways to play the hand. I will write in italics the hands which I'm talking about. The next hand is one of them.

I'm raising just about every hand and its my third hand raising in a row and I actually have a hand this time. I have AKc and one tight kid calls. The flop comes A69cc. I bet 900 and the tight player calls. Now I automatically know this kid has AJ or AQ. I already have seen him put in large raises preflop with QQ KK AA AK type hands so I think his range here is strictly AQ and AJ. The turn comes the Jc and I decide to check. I have the Kc nut blocker but if this guys range is strictly AQ and AJ here do I want to bluff him off of AJ since I can represent the nut flush? Anyway, since he can still have AQ I decided its best to just check call his bet on the turn. I checked he bet 1200 and I called. So now he still either has AQ or AJ. I don't see this guy having a baby flush here with suited connectors or anything so like I said, strictly AQ and AJ. The river comes the Ks and I check into him again and he checks and had AQ. Now my question for this hand comes in to the fact that I should definitely be value betting the river. I shouldn't of checked it. I can beat both of the hands I put him on and he wouldn't fold AJ on the flush board and probably not AQ either given my image. It was a very bad check by me and I don't even know why I did it. I don't mind my check call on the turn but on the river I think I should lead into him since he can't raise no matter what he has since I hold the ultimate nut card the Kc. I don't know why at the time I didn't bet but I think if he is only capable of having AQ and AJ then I must bet the river, and if I don't hit my 2 pair then I should still check call if he does have AJ or AQ. Hopefully that isn't too confusing, seems pretty basic after thinking about the hand again.

The next interesting hand comes up when the cutoff limps for 200 the button limps and the sb completes. I check with 68hh and the flop comes 7c24hh giving me a gutshot straight draw and a flush draw. We check to the cutoff who bets 700. The sb calls and I call. The turn comes the Kc and the sb leads for 1200. I thought this was pretty odd to lead here but I knew he had a big hand. I figured my hand still has a lot of potential and I can still make a lot of money off of it. The river comes the 5c and the sb bets 3500. Now at this point I have the nut straight, but the backdoor flush got there. The small blind led when the flush draw turned. I thought he might of had A3cc or maybe a hand like 24cc. Some kind of mid pair or draw that happened to turn a flush draw and maybe hit on the river. Whatever he had I knew he liked his hand and I figured the best option was just to call his river bet with my straight. I'm not sure if the best play is to raise here or not. Tell me what you guys think. Why would he just call the flop bet the lead the turn? And also he fired huge into the river as well. He ended up having 777 but I think given the action in the hand I played it right. I could of raised him to 7500 or something small and if he reraised I would have to muck. It's probably best to just call. Let me know what you guys think. The guy was solid and didn't do anything too crazy so I definitely knew he had something here.

This next hand I decide to run a big bluff. I didn't really decide it as in "Oh hey let me bluff someone here in a big pot" but given the action, I knew what the player held (I thought I knew.) Anyway, 4th position limps I limp 6th position with Q2dd. The tight kid I talked about earlier made it 1200 to my left. He had been raising really big with his really big hands and showing them (AA QQ) and this raise wasn't as intimidating. I just felt like mixing it up and I decided to call the 1k raise out of position. The flop came 89ss4c and he bet 1200 after I checked. I decided to float out of position and see what happened on the turn. The turn came the 3c and he bet 1200 again after I checked. I was about 99% sure he had air here as in AK or AQ and missed completely (after making it 1200 preflop, on the flop, and on the turn.) I decided to raise to 4500. He called pretty quickly. I was worried at this point but I had seen this kid do some pretty stupid things in the hour or so at the table after flops. You could tell he didn't have much experience. But I just couldn't understand why he would call the turn. I guess my image played into this and he just didn't want to give up the pot. The river brought the 7s and I moved all in. He mucked saying man I had AK and I flipped over my Q2. The table had already been talking about how I was raising every hand etc so this added some fuel to the fire and I now realized I had to be careful in the pots I would be in the near future. People don't forget plays like that.

Exactly two hands later I get AKo and make it 600. The button makes it 2500. He has 32k behind and I have about 50k. The blinds are still 100/200. Now normally vs someone aggressive or someone who is capable of making a move I would reraise here. This kid though was tight as well and passive and I just knew he had QQ KK or AA here. He was pretty confident in his body language and everything. The thing that threw my through the loop was the fact that I have this maniac image and I finally have a good hand. I kind of laughed at myself and figured I didnt want to play out of position not really knowing if I would be good on K or A high flops, and decided to lay the AK down. Who cares. I have 600 in the pot and I know this guy is big here. I laughed and told the table this is the problem when you show a bluff and then get a hand, and flashed my AK and mucked. He showed QQ and said he was calling a shove.

The blinds are now 200/400 and I am still active in a bunch of pots. I pick up KKs UTG and make it 1100. The bb calls. THe flop comes 743ss he checks and I decide to check behind as well. The turn comes the Jd and he checks. I bet 1650 and he makes it 4k with 25k behind. This guy was pretty solid and I wasn't sure if he had me beat at this point with a flopped set, straight etc. I wanted to put in a raise here but thought it would give away my strength too. I just called. He bet 6k on the river and again I decided the best thing was to just call (river 2c). I showed my KK and he mucked and said he had JT.

The very next hand Im in the bb with red 77. Hijack limps and the cutoff limps. An old tight guy makes it 2500 from the button. Blinds still 200/400. He is pretty deep and I am deep, so I decide to set mine. The flop is perfect Qh7s5d. I check and he checks. The turn is the 2h putting up a flush draw and I bet 3600. He calls. He is staring at me like hes trying to stare at my soul. The river comes the 5h completing the flush and giving me a full house. Im deciding what I should do. The guy is just staring at me intently. I know he has something and is very interested in this hand. I didnt think he had KK or AA cause I think he would of bet the flop, so I thought he might of ran into AKhh for the backdoor flush. He was a tight player and didnt put chips in without it. At this point I really thought he had AKhh because I didnt think he would check KK or AA and I didnt think he would be staring at me wondering what I would do with QQ. It was possible he could of had JJ as well scared of the Q on the flop. I didnt want to check to him because he either has JJ here or AKhh so I decided to bet big in case he did have AKhh. I made it 10300 (in case he did check kk or aa on the flop or have JJ, etc...) and he called instantly with AKhh and I was up to 83k. This hand I really wanted to check raise the river but I just wasnt sure if it was AKhh or what. The way he was staring at me kind of gave away his hand and how he liked his hand but wanted to know what I was going to do.. I dont know. Other players would of went broke there but that guy was a solid player.

We go on dinner break and Im raising a bunch of pots. The hijack limps and I complete the sb with 92o. The flop comes J96r and the hijack bets 1500. (This guy had already doubled up a player after limping with 33 on the hijack, seeing a flop of 664, betting 2600 into a 900 pot and the bb shoved it in for like 7k and he called off with 33) The guy was pretty bad. I called his 1500 flop bet. The turn brought a 4 and he bet 8k. I decided to muck but this guy definitely wanted to play back at me. I might of been good there but I gave it up.

A couple hands later me and this guy go at it again. I raise with 73ss in early position and he calls in the bb. The flop comes J72cc and I bet 2250. He makes it 5500. I decided to call and see what he did on the turn. The turn came Ts and he now bet smaller, 5k. I decided to look him up one more time and see what happened on the river. The smaller bets were weaker to me. The river came 3c, which made my two pair but completed the flopped flush draw. He now bet 10k and I called. He had a7 and I was up to 100k. This hand I guess this guy was bluffing the river? Lol, the guy was so bad I really dont hate my play here but I dont know whats best. I was looking for a spot to get all his chips and I mean this guy was just clueless. He fired fired fired and never really knew. I guess he was bluffing at the river or maybe he thought I would call him with something worse, which I might of if i didnt hit two pair but the guy had no thought process im sure behind anything he was doing.

The tight kid i mucked AKo to earlier limps for 800. He had limped before with AJ and some other hands but he had about 20k now. I had JJ in late position and raised limpers like I normally had been to 2800. It got back to him and he made it 6k with 14k behind. Now given my image and me raising every single limp I thought that this kid might actually be making a move here and I had fold equity. I shoved and he had AA and he own the pot. I was now down to about 80k again. This hand bothers me a little bit because the guy was a nit, but when you play a maniac style and pick up hands like that you want to believe people are making plays at you. I guess he might of played AK the same way or AQ, im not sure.

Now at 400/800 I make it 2200 with AKdd, guy had repopped me a couple times he was a good player he makes it 7k with 50k behind. I thought about making it like 24k or something but I wanted to close the door and put him to the test. I moved in. He tanked it for a couple minutes and didnt think I would do it with KK or AA he said and called with AK. We split the pot.

The donkey I was talking about before limps in 2nd position for 800 I have A9o in middle position and make it 2100. He calls. The flop is 942 and he bets 4k into me with about 12k behind. I move in and he calls with A6 lol. So hes drawing to some sick runners. The turn is the Ts making him drawing dead and I move up to 105k. LIke I said, this guy was really bad, and I dont think he cared or even knew what the hell he was doing.

Just1cool was now moved to my table and we normally stay out of each other's way. Im raising every hand and this hand comes up right before the dinner break. Everyone is telling the dealer to not deal with 15 seconds left but im like yessss deal!!! Im raising no matter what! I look down at AKo and make it 2200. The tight kid to my left calls and then just1cool Pat makes it 9k in the bb. I was pretty sure this was a move like 99/100 times here and I shoved on him (he had about 30k behind) and he instamucked. He was on a move and luckily I had a hand.

Back from dinner break the blinds are now 600/1200 100a (antes been in since 200/400) and I raise with KJ to 3200 tight kid calls to left and the bb calls. Flop is 89hh3s we all check. Turn is the As and I bet 6700 and take it down.

Here is the hand that screwed my tournament and made me lose momentum and probably tilt as well. Let me tell you first of all the people at the other end of the table, especially this one lady, are talking crap about me the whole time. They are talking about how Im raising every hand and never have anything and this and that. New people sit down, this lady tells them. I honestly couldnt stand her. The solid guy makes it 4k UTG the tight lady makes it 12k total with 28k stack. I have KK in the sb and tank it out. I asked them both how many they had. UTG raiser had 50k behind or so. I think for a minute and I know this tight lady has a big hand, I was just hoping neither of them had AA. I move all in, the UTG guy folds QQ (he played good -- the guy with AK vs AK earlier) and the lady calls all in with AK. She turns the ace and wins the 70k+ pot and I go down to about 75k. I am pretty pissed I lost to this lady in that fashion and pissed I dont have 150k right now.

Couple hands later I raise the cutoff with ATo and the bb calls. The flop is 442 and he checks. I bet 4200 and he makes it 15k. He has about 22-23k behind and I know he has 66-88 or something like that. So being the tilted idiot I am I decide to push him off his hand because he has to know I obviously have the goods here, cause most of the time I would. But of course he cant fold 77, what was I thinking and I brick an A or T twice and go down to 35k.

I then get all my chips in bad with AJ vs KJ on a K93J board and lose the tournament.

I played awesome up until a point. I opened it up a lot, abused spots and people that I knew I could take advantage of, and didnt get out ouf control either. Everytime I was in a pot I knew what I could and couldnt do. Then I let my emotions get the best of me and I got away from my gameplan and tried to push a guy off a hand where he probably will never fold because these guys are bad and thats why I have an advantage. So basically, I blew this tournament. I was pretty upset about it and defending my title and having a ton of chips and then losing but oh well. It happens, Im learning, and I just have to be able to control everything all the time.

As far as poker online it has been going alright. After the heartbreak on Friday I took down the 50 cubed on Stars Saturday.



Then today (sunday) I final tabled the 109NL on stars and got 4th after losing a flip. Things online are starting to come together and I am playing a lot of volume and learning a lot more about poker in general. I am getting deep and having shots at closing a lot of small tournaments. I am definitely gaining confidence and it is fun. Me and thedonator (stu) have a PLB bet for October, which he probably doesnt care much about, so hopefully I beat him lol. This post has been pretty long already I have been writing for a while. I have more to talk about but I will save it for tomorrow or shortly after that. Good luck to everyone and goodnight.