Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bored and Blogging...

What's up world? I got a little bit to talk about I suppose. This week has been going alright so far. I had a pretty good day Monday, making two final tables, and have had some shots yesterday and today. The luck wasn't there in the end of the tournaments from Tuesday and today though. I'm getting there and that's all that matters.

I booked my flight for the Bahamas. I'm going a day early with my girlfriend on January 3rd. It will be nice to have a couple days of relaxation before I play the main event on Day 1b and ship her back to America lol. I'm excited to have her come out for a couple days and she is excited as well. I am definitely focused and ready for the tournaments out there and won't be distracted.

As far as my last blog about the free coaching I was looking towards doing something this Saturday night. I might have to change those plans because there is a $1k tournament at the Hard Rock this Saturday. It's a pretty good tournament that runs the last Saturday of every month and I will probably play that. If I survive in that I won't be around Saturday night. If anything maybe I could do it tomorrow night. I know that's kind of short notice but it's better than nothing. I could always do it again I suppose but I like the idea of a one time thing. Thursday is Christmas Eve so that might not be the greatest idea either. I guess I won't rush it and I will look to do something very soon before the Bahamas. I will keep everyone updated don't worry. I don't want anyone left out.

I'm kind of distracted and tired right now so I don't remember everything else I had to say. Hopefully everyone enjoys the Holidays and has a great time. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, whatever else anyone might celebrate enjoy it! Goodnight.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hard Rock/Free Coaching/Vote!...

Friday I played the $1100 buyin Hard Rock $175k guaranteed. They have two day 1's where if you bust out the first day you can buy in on Saturday again. All the survivors from Friday and Saturday return on Sunday to fight for the prize money. I played on Friday and didn't survive. I logged a bunch of my hands but I don't know if I should write about them. I had a couple interesting hands but the day didn't go my way and I lost about an hour and a half before play was over for the night. I decided to play again today. I had an even worse day.

I basically just hovered around the 20k starting stack until we got to 400/800/100a. It was the 7th level and the levels lasted one hour. We had just finished dinner break and the antes finally kicked in. I had about 14k. I shoved a couple hands and my stack was up to 16k. My table had one player who literally limped every hand and lots of people would limp behind him. He limped in 2nd position and another player limped in middle position. I had 33 on the button and moved all in. The first limper folded and the second limper snap called me. I thought I was in rough shape vs 88 or 99. He turned over ATo and won the race. It would of been nice to win that pot because I really couldn't get anything going today. I battled though and I cant complain. I didn't have many spots to accumulate chips today. I whiffed every flop and always had the second best hand. That's just how it goes some days.

I guess I am destined to win a huge tournament online tomorrow. I had two chances to miss some online poker tournaments tomorrow. Since I didn't make day 2 (which probably happens 10% of the time with two shots) I know I am supposed to play online tomorrow. Why else wouldn't I make it to day 2? :-)

That's just my wishful thinking. I haven't played online since I had that sick day Monday. I was in Orlando for some business and to celebrate my birthday with my girlfriend and friends. I'll talk more about all that later on in the week.

I am planning on doing some free coaching before Christmas if I can. I figure I will load up Ustream, Skype, etc. and give a free couple hours of coaching to whoever is available to watch. I guess it's just my way to give back a little bit for the Holidays. I am currently looking into a website I could use so that I could have as many users as possible. Once I find out some more information I will update the blog and let everyone know when this will take place. If anyone has any site suggestions that would be good for this let me know. I want to share my screen so I could go through a hand history from one of my tournaments but I don't think Skype conference calls allow for that and I'm not sure how many people I could get in one conference call. I don't want anyone left out. I think if I do it through Ustream you would only be able to see me and not my screen. I will try to figure it out but if anyone has any ideas let me know ASAP.

Also one last thing. Vote for my good buddy "Tim0thee" for TableRatings.com Mid-Stakes Cash Game player of the year! He has absolutely crushed the games on Full Tilt this year! He is currently second in votes. You can vote for him by going to TableRatings.com website for their player of the year. Here is the link. VOTE FOR Tim0thee for Mid-Stakes player of the year!!! He is a great guy and a great player and definitely deserves some recognition. I know the money he has won speaks for himself but I'm sure this is something he would like to win. Best of luck to him in the voting.

I'll update again soon. Lot's more to talk about!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Big Update...

I have a lot to talk about. All of this will be a poker related blog and most of it will be how I have been doing the last week. So if you don't want to read about my results please don't continue reading.

Last Sunday I made it deep in a bunch of tournaments. I bubbled a couple huge tournaments (100r, Mulligan, 163, one other big tournament) all on the money bubble which isn't a huge deal because there was a long ways to go still. I was getting deep and getting close at huge scores though. Then I got 8th in the 6max cubed that same day along with a bunch of other deep finishes.

Come Monday I got 7th in the 100 cubed turbo, and then bubbled the 163 on FTP in 11th place. Tuesday I had deja vu and got 7th AGAIN in the 100 cubed turbo AND bubbled Stars 162 in 12th place. I took two days off because I was mentally drained from all of the close calls. Friday I played again and bubbled the 100r 6max on FTP in 8th place I believe.

Saturday I took the day off again. My nephew had his first birthday and I spent time with my family and friends. I was ready to win something big on Sunday. Sunday came and I finished 21st in the Warmup (142k to first) and 25th or so in the 163rebuy on FTP (67k to first.) I was getting so close. I didn't want to have another typical Sunday. I was deep in a satellite for a PCA package. The package is worth a little over $15k. It contains a seat to the 10k main event, 8 days in the hotel, food voucher, and 1k spending cash. It was my last hope.

With about 45 people left this hand came up.

PokerStars Game #36665957995: Tournament #219296327, $665+$35 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XX (700/1400) - 2009/12/13 23:18:47 ET
Table '219296327 42' 9-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: kidsolid (9715 in chips)
Seat 2: Cre8ive (31275 in chips)
Seat 3: TheTaker (37817 in chips)
Seat 4: evo404hp (21121 in chips)
Seat 5: GavinGriffin (67748 in chips)
Seat 6: dragosgiu (78591 in chips)
Seat 7: newg_choier (77552 in chips)
Seat 8: NoMeNot (70788 in chips)
Seat 9: Luie Sojo (11719 in chips)
kidsolid: posts the ante 175
Cre8ive: posts the ante 175
TheTaker: posts the ante 175
evo404hp: posts the ante 175
GavinGriffin: posts the ante 175
dragosgiu: posts the ante 175
newg_choier: posts the ante 175
NoMeNot: posts the ante 175
Luie Sojo: posts the ante 175
Cre8ive: posts small blind 700
TheTaker: posts big blind 1400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [8h 8d]
evo404hp: folds
GavinGriffin: folds
dragosgiu: folds
newg_choier: folds
NoMeNot: folds
Luie Sojo: folds
kidsolid: folds
Cre8ive: raises 29700 to 31100 and is all-in
TheTaker: calls 29700
*** FLOP *** [7s 2h Ac]
*** TURN *** [7s 2h Ac] [8c]
*** RIVER *** [7s 2h Ac 8c] [Jh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Cre8ive: shows [8h 8d] (three of a kind, Eights)
TheTaker: shows [Td Tc] (a pair of Tens)
Cre8ive collected 63775 from pot

I'm pretty sure this is a standard shove in a satellite when you are this close to a package. I was lucky enough to hit a 2 outter and double up. I now had an even better chance of winning a seat because I was probably in the top 10 in chips with 45 people left. I then lost this hand...

PokerStars Game #36666091824: Tournament #219296327, $665+$35 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XX (700/1400) - 2009/12/13 23:23:42 ET
Table '219296327 42' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: kidsolid (12690 in chips)
Seat 2: Cre8ive (60425 in chips)
Seat 3: TheTaker (5317 in chips)
Seat 4: evo404hp (24821 in chips)
Seat 5: GavinGriffin (64948 in chips)
Seat 6: dragosgiu (80166 in chips)
Seat 7: newg_choier (76852 in chips)
Seat 8: NoMeNot (70088 in chips)
Seat 9: Luie Sojo (11019 in chips)
kidsolid: posts the ante 175
Cre8ive: posts the ante 175
TheTaker: posts the ante 175
evo404hp: posts the ante 175
GavinGriffin: posts the ante 175
dragosgiu: posts the ante 175
newg_choier: posts the ante 175
NoMeNot: posts the ante 175
Luie Sojo: posts the ante 175
dragosgiu: posts small blind 700
newg_choier: posts big blind 1400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Kh Kd]
NoMeNot: folds
Luie Sojo: folds
kidsolid: raises 11115 to 12515 and is all-in
Cre8ive: calls 12515
TheTaker: folds
evo404hp: folds
GavinGriffin: folds
dragosgiu: folds
newg_choier: folds
*** FLOP *** [6c Ac 4h]
*** TURN *** [6c Ac 4h] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [6c Ac 4h Js] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kidsolid: shows [Jc Jd] (three of a kind, Jacks)
Cre8ive: shows [Kh Kd] (a pair of Kings)
kidsolid collected 28705 from pot

Another standard spot. Now I was on the other side of a 2 outter. This pot would have put me well over the average stack for being in the money. I grinded my stack and eventually made it until there were 31 people left. The final guy busted and I had won my package!



I was super excited and still am. I have tried for the last month to win a package and I have been running pretty bad in all the satellites and sngs. It's poker though and I knew it was bound to go my way eventually. I am so excited I won the package. This is actually my first satellite win on stars to a live tournament. My last satty win for a live event was on Party Poker for my first WSOP main event.

Now on to today (or yesterday if we are getting technical) Monday. I got back from the gym a little late around 2:40pm and registered for the 100r and my typical tournaments. I took a couple beats early and wasn't playing my best poker. I wasn't paying as much attention as I should have been and my results suffered. I made it deep in a couple tournaments but didn't have any results. I went to my room and laid down. I knew I was playing bad and wasn't focused. I took a break and geared up to put in a good night session with a couple tournaments.

I registered for the 100r, 1k, 162, and the 100 turbo. I also played the 50r turbo and the $117 super turbo later on at night. I ran pretty well in the 100r on Stars and ended up chopping it even heads up for almost 18k.



I was still deep in the 1k with two tables left. I didn't want to try to play the 1k and play a HU match so I elected to even chop with the guy although I am pretty sure I had an edge on him in heads up play. I wanted to bring all my attention to the 1k.

I made a bad shove with A9 into a medium stacked players open 6 handed. I knew it was a bad shove but I was finishing the heads up deal and still made the bad play. He turned over KK and I was lucky enough to hit an ace on the flop. I won't talk about all the hands I played in the 1k but I played my heart out and that was the only pot I sucked out in.

Stuart Paterson also made the final table with me. He had a pretty good stack and I was one of the shorter stacks. He got it all in in a monster pot below. Unfortunately his hand didn't hold up and he was eliminated in 8th place.

Full Tilt Poker Game #16815226758: $1K Monday (120270734), Table 27 - 2000/4000 Ante 500 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:49:47 ET - 2009/12/15
Seat 1: Dudderz (306,638)
Seat 2: DimJarnaby35 (44,105)
Seat 3: A__theKevlar__2 (303,787)
Seat 4: BigMoneyBogart (450,771)
Seat 5: aka_advanced (86,190)
Seat 6: hoodini10 (101,281)
Seat 7: Cre8ive (116,226)
Seat 8: Stuart Paterson (211,002)
Dudderz antes 500
DimJarnaby35 antes 500
A__theKevlar__2 antes 500
BigMoneyBogart antes 500
aka_advanced antes 500
hoodini10 antes 500
Cre8ive antes 500
Stuart Paterson antes 500
A__theKevlar__2 posts the small blind of 2,000
BigMoneyBogart posts the big blind of 4,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [8d 3c]
aka_advanced folds
hoodini10 folds
Cre8ive folds
Stuart Paterson raises to 9,885
Dudderz folds
DimJarnaby35 raises to 43,605, and is all in
A__theKevlar__2 calls 41,605
BigMoneyBogart folds
Stuart Paterson has 15 seconds left to act
Stuart Paterson has requested TIME
Stuart Paterson calls 33,720
*** FLOP *** [9c 4c 7c]
A__theKevlar__2 bets 259,682, and is all in
Stuart Paterson calls 166,897, and is all in
A__theKevlar__2 shows [Js Jd]
Stuart Paterson shows [9h 9d]
DimJarnaby35 shows [Qh Kh]
Uncalled bet of 92,785 returned to A__theKevlar__2
*** TURN *** [9c 4c 7c] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [9c 4c 7c Th] [Jc]
A__theKevlar__2 shows three of a kind, Jacks
Stuart Paterson shows three of a kind, Nines
A__theKevlar__2 wins the side pot (333,794) with three of a kind, Jacks
DimJarnaby35 shows a straight, King high
DimJarnaby35 wins the main pot (138,815) with a straight, King high

I ended up getting down to 6 handed play and I lost this pot to bust...

Full Tilt Poker Game #16815533996: $1K Monday (120270734), Table 27 - 2500/5000 Ante 600 - No Limit Hold'em - 3:16:12 ET - 2009/12/15
Seat 1: Dudderz (374,188)
Seat 2: DimJarnaby35 (216,540)
Seat 3: A__theKevlar__2 (310,620)
Seat 4: BigMoneyBogart (469,596)
Seat 5: aka_advanced (150,530)
Seat 7: Cre8ive (98,526)
Dudderz antes 600
DimJarnaby35 antes 600
A__theKevlar__2 antes 600
BigMoneyBogart antes 600
aka_advanced antes 600
Cre8ive antes 600
DimJarnaby35 posts the small blind of 2,500
A__theKevlar__2 posts the big blind of 5,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Qs Qd]
BigMoneyBogart folds
aka_advanced folds
Cre8ive raises to 12,226
Dudderz raises to 34,555
DimJarnaby35 folds
A__theKevlar__2 folds
Cre8ive raises to 97,926, and is all in
Dudderz calls 63,371
Cre8ive shows [Qs Qd]
Dudderz shows [9h 9d]
*** FLOP *** [5s 9c 6d]
*** TURN *** [5s 9c 6d] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [5s 9c 6d Td] [3s]
Cre8ive shows a pair of Queens
Dudderz shows three of a kind, Nines
Dudderz wins the pot (206,952) with three of a kind, Nines

Pretty unlucky. I got a great situation with pair vs pair and he hit his 2 outter. I did of course get lucky to get where I was but I wanted a better finish. I received about 16k for my 6th place finish. I have been getting so close to big final tables and I wanted this win. With 40bbs I would have been a problem and definitely had a chance to win the tournament. I had an amazing day. I can't really complain but if you don't win first you always want to do better. I fought real hard today and I am glad I gained my composure and put in a strong night session. I wish I could of had better results in the 1k but that's how it goes. That is tournament poker.

Today is actually my Birthday too. December 15th. It would have been awesome to scoop both tournaments for my birthday but I have to take what I can get. I guess I still have all day to win something else. Maybe the Pokerstars $1k? :)

That's it for now. That's how my last week of poker has been going. A bunch of bubbles with close calls and then I have put together a couple decent scores yesterday and today. There's always room for improvement and hopefully I can keep the success coming. Goodnight.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Close But No Cigar/Tiger Woods...

Close but no cigar. That's been the motto lately. Yesterday I went down to Miami to play poker and also have a coaching session while I played. He watched me play, we talked a lot of poker, I watched him play. We discussed a lot of things and hopefully everything we talked about will help him with his game. It was his first lesson but he enjoyed it and wants another session soon. He had a couple sweats watching me. I got deep in the first 100r on stars, 163r on FTP, Mulligan, 163 on FTP, 100 cubed 6max, and maybe one or two smaller tournaments.

The tournament I had the best shot of winning was the 100 cubed 6max on FTP. I think I played it real well. I was real focused and didn't have many tables left when I was deep in it. My hands were holding up, I was controlling pots, controlling tables, and manipulating opponents. With two tables left in the tournament I 3bet the button from the sb with K7o. He flat called and the flop came J34r. I bet about 33k into 70k and he folded. I showed the bluff. I had a tough table and I wanted to generate a crazy image. I had been playing solid at the table since I got moved there. The next orbit this hand came up:

Full Tilt Poker Game #16599608529: $33,000 Guarantee (1r+1a) (121372191), Table 47 - 2000/4000 Ante 500 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:35:58 ET - 2009/12/07
Seat 1: Bustable (208,001)
Seat 2: Cre8ive (292,132)
Seat 3: AJKHoosier1 (278,195)
Seat 4: bestlayever (165,872)
Seat 6: ryanghall (215,936)
Bustable antes 500
Cre8ive antes 500
AJKHoosier1 antes 500
bestlayever antes 500
ryanghall antes 500
Bustable posts the small blind of 2,000
Cre8ive posts the big blind of 4,000
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Kh Ks]
AJKHoosier1 raises to 11,000
bestlayever has 15 seconds left to act
bestlayever folds
ryanghall folds
Bustable folds
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive raises to 34,632
AJKHoosier1 has 15 seconds left to act
AJKHoosier1 raises to 277,695, and is all in
Cre8ive calls 243,063
AJKHoosier1 shows [Kd Td]
Cre8ive shows [Kh Ks]
*** FLOP *** [Ad 3s Jh]
*** TURN *** [Ad 3s Jh] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [Ad 3s Jh 3d] [6d]
AJKHoosier1 shows a flush, Ace high
Cre8ive shows two pair, Kings and Threes
AJKHoosier1 wins the pot (559,890) with a flush, Ace high

Pretty nasty. I would of had all the chips with 8 people left. I now had 3bbs. I doubled up 56s vs 57s. Then A4cc vs Kx. Then I won a flip and suddenly I was back up to 20bbs. Wow. Time for a comeback! I built my stack back up to 280k and this hand came up:

Full Tilt Poker Game #16600054911: $33,000 Guarantee (1r+1a) (121372191), Table 47 - 3000/6000 Ante 750 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:10:19 ET - 2009/12/07
Seat 1: Bustable (178,635)
Seat 2: Cre8ive (278,600)
Seat 3: AJKHoosier1 (543,403)
Seat 6: ryanghall (159,498)
Bustable antes 750
Cre8ive antes 750
AJKHoosier1 antes 750
ryanghall antes 750
Bustable posts the small blind of 3,000
Cre8ive posts the big blind of 6,000
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [8h 7d]
AJKHoosier1 folds
ryanghall raises to 13,250
Bustable folds
Cre8ive calls 7,250
*** FLOP *** [Td 4c 7s]
Cre8ive checks
ryanghall bets 18,250
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive calls 18,250
*** TURN *** [Td 4c 7s] [8d]
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive checks
ryanghall has 15 seconds left to act
ryanghall bets 41,500
Cre8ive raises to 246,350, and is all in
ryanghall calls 85,748, and is all in
Cre8ive shows [8h 7d]
ryanghall shows [Ah Ac]
Uncalled bet of 119,102 returned to Cre8ive
*** RIVER *** [Td 4c 7s 8d] [Th]
Cre8ive shows two pair, Tens and Eights
ryanghall shows two pair, Aces and Tens
ryanghall wins the pot (323,496) with two pair, Aces and Tens

Another unlucky pot but I still had 120k behind. I won't go on with my reasoning for the hands or my thought process cause I think it's giving too much away. But it was dirty. I doubled up the #1 and #2 chip (like 900k combined) leaders now and still had 120k and a chance to win. I thought that was a pretty sick factoid lol. I got the last of it in KJ vs AT and that was all she wrote.

That's how it went yesterday. I bubbled 3 major tournaments yesterday with 40k+ to first place on some nasty beats. It's just how it goes with MTT poker and people need to realize that. You can lose any given hand at any given time. It's a continuous race/coin flip/domination. Just keep fighting and if you’re playing well you will have some sweats at big scores.

I had a pretty sick day today too. I got 7th in the 100 cubed turbo on stars, 10th in the 163 FTP, and just busted the 1k on FTP in 23rd place. I could have played better in all of them but still lost some pots in standard spots. As long as I keep getting to the end it will all work out eventually. I feel like I'm playing well overall though and that's all that matters.

That's all the poker talk I gotta say. Keep pluggin away... Let's talk about the Tiger Woods situation.

So I was thinking about this whole Tiger Woods situation last night driving back from Miami. I am not saying what he did was right. I think Tiger and his family need to handle the situation ON THEIR OWN, just like any personal problem in any family. I guess he is a role model to the world, and since he is in the public eye, people think his life should be in the media. I don't know how fair that is to Tiger. He is a golf player. Probably the best golfer to ever live. He is still entitled to his privacy and to be able to live his life. It must be real difficult to be a celebrity and have to deal with all that.

Another thing that bothers me is how the media points all the blame on Tiger. He is the world's most famous athlete. He is a billionaire. You're telling me these girls didn't throw themselves at him? He has to have women throwing themselves at him at all times. They are all making it like Tiger is to blame. LOL. Cmon now. These girls wanted it too. That bothers me that the media is portraying him like that. Yes he committed adultery. He is HUMAN. He made mistakes. We have all made mistakes.

I guess I just have an issue with the media. They are able to twist and turn anything however they want and they are definitely doing it here. I mean it would be tough for any man in his situation to turn down all the girls that come at him. Of course it could be done though. I'm not saying he had to cheat. He has a family he needs to take care of and worry about. This is horrible for all of them. I wish Tiger and his family the best. I just wish he was able to take care of his problem with his family. I mean this is huge for him. He made a mistake. What if he really wants to change now and be a better father and husband and not make the same mistake again? The media is just ruthless.

There's always two sides to the story though and Tiger is definitely at fault. So are the girls involved too though. So much could be said on this topic. Oh well, who am I to judge or comment anyways. Just my opinion and I wish them all the best. He seemed like a good guy and good role model for people but you never know what people are like behind closed doors. It's hard being in the public eye and having people watch your every move. I can't imagine what it's like. Enough of all that though. Goodnight.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

So Much To Learn...

I just finished playing for the day. Had a couple cashes, couple bubbles. I got 18th in the $300 NL on Stars today. That was my closest call of the day. I blinded down and didn't pick up many hands in the end. Overall it was a decent day with some good action. I am still making mistakes. I don't know if I will ever get to the point where I feel like I am not making mistakes, but I can try.

Aside from poker not much is going on. It's 8:15pm right now and I have no clue what I am going to do tonight. It's pretty early but I'm already tired. Maybe I will go workout and see if anyone is around to do something tonight/hang out.

Let's see... What can I talk about? UF football lost today. I wanted to see them win it all again. The Heat lost last night on a crazy buzzer beater by Kobe Bryant. I guess I can talk a little bit about some other life thoughts. I normally stray away from being too personal or telling too many of my thoughts. Last night I was driving back from Orlando (I was up there for a couple days) and the thought came across my mind that I have so much to learn.

"I've got a lot to learn." It's a general statement but it has a lot of merit to it. The more I think about life and it's purpose, more and more thoughts run through my mind. There are so many interesting things that are worth knowing. There is just as much useless information out there as well. My brain is probably filled with more useless information than vital/interesting/worthwhile information. What's the point in that? Is my environment to blame for this? Am I at fault for not monitoring what stimulates my brain? I've been alive for almost 25 years and everyday I learn something new. The point I'm making is every time I think I have figured it out, I learn more and realize different things. I will never know it all. Some things can only be realized through experience. I thought that statement that came to my mind last night was pretty worthwhile and true. I do have a lot to learn.

Another major factor of life is perception. Everyone has a different perception on life. My life has different problems and factors than your life. My problem could be the polar opposite of your problem but they both might hold the same weight due to the individuals perception of that problem. Sometimes when I am driving I look around at people. Who are they? What is their life about? What are they thinking? I look at them and try to think about life through their eyes. Perception. That's all it is.

One of my professors in college made a statement that the meaning of life is for the individual to determine. The more I grow the more I understand that statement. Nobody knows how long we are here for. You just have to enjoy the time that you are here and try to make yourself happy. Some people want to be millionaires and have financial freedom, while other people might be happy working 9-5 and spending all their time with their family. It's up to the individual to figure out how they want to live their life.

I think I have always searched for an ultimate purpose to my life. When I was nearing the end of high school I thought college would help me realize that purpose. When I got to college there was no epiphany. I figured I would have to wait until I finished college and I entered the "real world" to understand. I'm two years graduated from UCF and the deeper I get into my life the closer I come to the conclusion that there is no ultimate meaning or purpose to life. I'm not saying life is pointless. Life is to be cherished. I am merely saying that I am not going to wake up one morning and realize the meaning of life, or the meaning of my life. I always thought it would smack me in the face one day but it won't. I just have to enjoy my time here and try to be happy.

I have challenges in life because I choose to have them. I control my life. I enjoy success. I am addicted to success. Success can be measured. It has feeling. The feeling of accomplishment is something great. Just think how dull life would be if everything was easy. I've had that conversation with a friend before. Here's what I wrote to him a couple years ago.

"I realized it tonight. Making dreams come true is hard. Living the normal life is easy. We could easily mold our way into society and conform, but if we keep fighting then success will be sweeter. Dreams are only fun because of the struggle to attain the dream. If the dream wasn't hard to do it wouldn't be as fun or self-fulfilling. Life is about challenges. I've conquered all of my challenges so far. Yet to fail. Now I fear failure. Failure is scarier to me than the feeling of success."

I've experienced failure plenty of times in my life. I've always bounced back. The only kind of failure I fear is failure of a monumental goal/dream of mine. Luckily I haven't experienced failure of that magnitude. I don't know if I ever will. I feel like if I put my mind to something I can overcome anything. Actually, I welcome failure. When I wrote what I wrote above a couple years ago I probably didn't feel that way. Now failure wouldn't bother me because I would learn and move on. Failure and success have to go hand in hand. If you never knew what it was like to fail how would you know what it's like to succeed?

So that leads me to my last point I will make. I also wrote this down in my phone at one point over the last couple of years. "You can't measure my success until I stop trying." Success is a never ending fight. If I don't win by TKO it will definitely be by decision in my favor.

I'll be playing online tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Decent Night...

Haven't blogged in a couple days. I watched my buddies' townhouse over the weekend with Brian. He lives right on the Intercoastal in North Miami Beach. It was a pretty relaxing weekend aside from the poker aspect. Like I said in the last blog I have been twittering. My page is open but follow me if you want to see my updates. I will try to keep all the bad beats out of them lol. I will probably talk hands and update my position in tournaments though. You can follow me on Twitter here.

I had a good night poker wise tonight. I won the 100r on Stars for $26k. I also got deep in the 100r 6max on Full Tilt. I didn't have the same good fortune in that tournament and finished 7th, bubbling the final table. That tournament actually had a bigger prize pool with first being $39k. I really wanted to do well in both but I will take it.



When I got Heads Up a well known player on the rail was talking trash to me. Saying I should chop even although I had a 3-1 Chip Lead. "An even chop is fair skill wise" he told me. I got it in for the tournament A3 vs AQ on a A93hh board and he rivered a Q. He then was about even. In the hand above I limp/called a 3x. I then grinded back. The chip lead changed places a couple times. I showed one bluff when I 3bet J2o and he called preflop. The flop came Q84 rainbow and we both checked. The turn was a 7 and I check raised his 76k bet to 220k or so. I figured this line looked the strongest and I told my friend I hope he bets the turn here. I showed the bluff and took a decent chip lead. Then I got it in QQ vs AT and held. Good thing I didn't take that even chop! Thanks for the motivation.


(This picture just so happens to also represent the person who fueled the fire.)



I'm sure you guys will be able to figure that little puzzle out lol. So yeah thanks for the motivation. "Faithfully, tell anybody who hated me, hastily, all it ever did was motivated me."

I will probably take the next couple days off and come back strong on the weekend. Thanks everyone who has contacted me about the Brian/Basketball situation. We're still doing what we're doing and hopefully something good happens. I'll keep everyone updated with that too. Need to have a good month in December. Not slow down like I did in November. Goodnight.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Short Update...

Hey guys. Been super busy with the Holidays and everything. I had a root canal done the day before Thanksgiving. Probably not the smartest idea. Luckily it didn't affect my dinner. My tooth is pretty sore now and I can't find any Advil.

I am going to play the Hard Rock $1k tomorrow. Hopefully I win it this time. It's been a while since I won it and I'm due. I have been very close every time there lately.

Follow me on twitter! I guess I was influenced to start doing this so I will most likely be talking about poker stuff when I tweet. Twitter page/follow me.

That's it for now update with hands and all that here later tomorrow.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Favor (Continued)...

I have been super busy all day. Woke up early, worked out and then had a dentist appointment. I need to have a root canal re-done to this tooth I already had one done to. I scheduled it Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Hopefully it doesn't interfere with my Thanksgiving dinner! After that my nephew and sister came by because she had to show me something. My nephew who is almost a year old is now walking and taking his first steps! It was pretty amazing to see him walk around here and there. He's growing up really fast. Just last week I could play with him and he would hold objects and not be too rough with them but now he's throwing them around. It's really crazy how quickly things change for babies.

Yesterday I played a bunch of tables and had a couple shots. I got 3rd in the 55r and took a couple nasty beats at the final table. I lost JJ vs A4o three handed which would have had be heads up about even in chips. I am playing well for the most part (when I can focus on individual tournaments.) I am excited to play more and more poker. I played one tournament today, which was a $33 rebuy PCA qualifier to win a seat to the PCA. I didn't win. After that I got back to editing video footage and handling a bunch of other stuff. It's now about 5am and I am just about to head to sleep. Approaching 20 hours of being awake.

I have had some people contact me about the last blog and I really appreciate everything everyone has said. We will see if anything works out. Those that have suggested something or sent me an email I really am grateful. Hopefully with all this work I am putting in recently I can help Brian get a job somewhere. Tomorrow I have to upload more game footage for him to the youtube page we created. Then I am going to attack the professional basketball world. They better watch out. I have done it before but this time I'm coming harder and won't stop until I have set out what I plan to do. Here's the new highlight reel from Brian's camp in Germany a couple months ago. He was named one of the Top 5 players at the camp. He's #20 in case you can't tell.



Youtube link in case the video above doesn't work.

I'll keep everyone updated on the progress and let everyone know how it goes. Thanks again. I will probably play some poker tomorrow and definitely a bunch this weekend. Maybe I will write another blog tomorrow too. I tried to pump this one out since I just finished editing his video.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Free Poker Coaching (I Need a Favor)...

I said in my last blog that I would offer some free poker coaching. Well this coaching is actually going to come at a price. I need a favor. My best friend (who is currently living with me) needs a job playing professional basketball. His name is Brian Macon. He played for Boston University for two years and Miami Dade CC before that.

-Miami Dade CC - 03-04 – 8.1ppg 6.5apg 2.6rpg 1.7spg 79.4FT% 41.5FG% 37.8FG%(3’s)
-Miami Dade CC – 04-05 – 10.1ppg 7.1apg 3.4rpg 1.9spg 85FT% 40.3FG% 41.8FG%(3’s)
-Boston University – 05-06 – 5.7ppg 3.9apg 2.8rpg 1.1spg 85FT% 32FG% 28FG%(3’s)
-Boston University – 06-07 – 4.6ppg 2.4apg 2.1rpg 0.7spg 76FT% 40FG% 35FG%(3’s)

His stats at Boston University aren't that impressive because he was playing hurt his senior year and was also wasn't in an ideal system for his game, but that's not the point. The point to the matter is he should be playing professional basketball somewhere. We have friends in the NBA, D-League, and playing professionally all over the world and everyone agrees he should have a job playing pro. We can't catch a break.

We have gone through multiple agents. We have gone to countless camps, tryouts, games... I've sent over a thousand e-mails. I've called people, I've done everything. Everything ever good we've had has fallen through. Brian made a team to play in South America and then that fell through, along with a bunch of other things that just didn't work out. I know the economy is bad and the basketball market is dry at the current moment, but I don't care. Brian would be a steal for a team and without a doubt make his mark and move up the professional rankings. Someone just needs to give him an opportunity. So that's where you come in.

I need someone who has any kind of connections, ties, or knows the brother of a sister of a cousin who walks the dog of professional basketball team owner. Anyone. We have dealt with a couple agents (and still are) but they haven't helped. We've basically been doing it all on our own. I have asked everyone I know. I have talked to GM's of teams (who said they agree Brian can play Pro ball he just needs to find a place to take him since the market is bad...) Everything. I don't know what else to do. I feel like representing him as an agent and getting it done on our own but enough of that. Enough rambling. Can you help?



Here's the link to his old College highlight tape if the video doesn't work above.

We also have some "New" footage which is from a camp I sent him to in Germany. His college stuff is kind of old and he is healthy now and one hundred times better. He was named One of the Top 5 players at the camp in Germany. Here is the game footage from the camp in Germany. He said his best games were the Bonn vs. Frankfurt game and the All-Star game. His jersey number is 20 and he played for Bonn.

Link for basketball games played in Germany.

We are also waiting on some footage from a tryout he crushed a couple weeks ago. So once I get that we will have some more recent videos of him playing.

If you can help send me an e-mail (Cre8iveCoach =~-AT-~= gmail.com)

I will offer some more free coaching down the road but this is most important. If you can't help me out with this problem there will be other chances. I know this is a long shot but people read this blog all around the world and you never know who knows who. It's a shot in the dark but it's worth a try. If I just wasted 30 minutes of my life writing this blog then that's alright too. We'll see how it works out. Again, I will offer some more free coaching in the future so don't fret.

On the poker aspect of life it has sucked. Sundays I have been running horribly and the last two nights I have gotten deep in both the 1ks. On FTP last night I came 20 something in their 1k and tonight I got 13th place in PokerStars 1k tournament. It's really frustrating getting so close to big scores. I lost JTss vs QK no spade on a JK9ss board and then lost A9 vs 44 blind vs blind in the FTP 1k. Tonight I lost AK vs TT with 13 left. It was a 130k pot at 1k/2k I would have been the chip leader. I battled back from 4k in chips and then got my last 30k in 44 vs AQ and lost that flip too. That's poker. Not complaining, just explaining.

That's all I gotta say for now. November grind is still going and I'm sure I'll be back at the tables tomorrow. Good luck everyone. Goodnight.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Gilbert's Syndrome...

(Continued from Sober Life/November Grind...)

Apparently I have Gilbert's Syndrome. No need to panic though. Basically what it means is that my body can't process bilirubin, which is a function of my liver. My bilirubin count is high and will always be high throughout my lifetime. Normally your body turns the bilirubin into bile and it gets flushed out of your system but my body doesn't do that. There are only a side effects and the disease/syndrome doesn't seem harmful at all. I read one study that said... "Researchers at the University of in Utah School of Medicine showed that men and women with high blood levels of bilirubin have an extraordinarily low chance of getting heart attacks and those with low blood levels were at significantly increased risk for developing heart attacks." That's good news.

Fatigue happens to be one of the symptoms of GS. I'm not sure if any of these symptoms apply to me. I feel like I live a pretty normal and healthy life. I know I am capable of sleeping 12 hours a day no problem lol, but that's probably due to being lazy some days. I'm not really the type of person to have something hold me back. Although this syndrome might affect my everyday life, I don't feel it. I guess that's my main point.

So that's that. I have to get checked again in two months. I am allowed to drink alcohol again in moderation. I don't know if I will drink though. I feel pretty good without drinking and I know I will hate the next morning if I do decide to get crazy one night. Haha. It's a good streak to have so far (coming on 5 months I think) so I might see how long I can take it. I still need to do more research on GS. There are a bunch of useful websites I just stumbled upon right now that I need to take a closer look at later.

I have been in Orlando the last couple of days and haven't grinded as much as I've wanted. I had car trouble one day, took Thursday off, and haven't played as much as I should have. It's pretty frustrating because I had a nice thing going on in South Florida with the daily grind. I'm only 13 days into November though so there is plenty of time left in the month. I have been thinking about maybe making a December goal like 100k profit, or maybe a PLB bet, -shrug- something. I'm not sure yet though. December is always a busy month with the Holidays and all so I'll figure it out in the next couple of weeks.

Tomorrow is the FTOPS $2500 buyin event. I'm pretty sure I'm playing it. Normally I play a bunch of tournaments but I think this time I'm just going to focus on the $2500 tournament. It's tough to one table when there are all these great tournaments on the Internet on Saturday, but you don't have a $2500 tournament on the Internet often. It is probably best to just focus on that one but we'll see. Maybe limit my play to 4 tables (with my main focus on the $2500.) I will actually be missing a great Hard Rock tournament this weekend, which sucks, But the FTOPS calls.

I'll just keep this update short. Next blog I am going to offer some free coaching lessons if someone can help me out with something. I will post about that later.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Real Busy...

Hey everyone. I've been super busy busting my behind trying to win this triple crown and put up some big scores. I have final tabled a couple tournaments on Cake but no wins yet. I had all the chips on the bubble of the UB 30r today but lost a monster pot AQ vs A4cc when a guy called 30bbs preflop when I shoved on him. Then I lost KK vs 99 vs AQ for a monster pot right near the bubble. I have one more day I think to win the triple crown and I'm not sure if I will do it. I'm not giving up though because I will still be grinding all of November so I'm sure I will have another shot.

Today was a good day. I didn't do as well as I wanted but I did have a good day. I made three final tables. Two were big final tables being the $300 6max on FTP and the 55r on Stars and one was a small tourny on Cake.





The 6max was pretty crazy. I got lucky in one pot where I 4bet shoved QJ vs AJ on the bubble and then I won a monster pot AA vs QQ. I made it to the final table with the shortest stack and doubled up KJ vs JJ. I then won a couple other smaller pots and got into a really sick hand. The button raised, the sb 3bet, and I made a 4bet with 88. I was intending to get it in vs the small blind. He was pretty loose and made some crazy plays. He instajammed on me with AT and he won the monster pot. I expected to see AQ/AK more than AT. I thought I would fold out hands like that but I guess he thought I was 4balling light, although I was pretty inline. Oh well. I then lost JJ to AA 5 handed to bust 5th. I could have played some hands differently but oh well.

In the 55r I was real patient and then ended up having all the chips 3 handed. I had 2.6m to like 300k and 400k. I think it was something like that. I ended up shoving T7dd vs AK and flopped a gutter and bricked to double up the guy in 2nd. Then the sb shoved QQ and I had AQo and he won that too. I definitely made a couple questionable plays when we were 3 handed and I need to go back and look at those hands. There is no way I should ever bust 3rd after having a chip stack like that. I'm not too mad though because I know I am playing better and getting better. I have a lot to learn still.

I will post about the Hard Rock tournament later. I have been super busy. It's not as detailed as I normally do it but there are some interesting hands. I didn't write down all the bets and everything because I thought I was going to be eliminated early lol.

If you've emailed me about coaching and I haven't responded I'm sorry. I have gotten a lot of e-mails recently and I have tried to respond in a timely manner. If it's been like 3-4 days and I haven't responded send me another e-mail because I might have read it and missed to respond.

The NOVEMBER GRIND IS STILL GOING STRONG!!! I will update more tomorrow/later. I have some other things I need to post and write about. I just haven't had time to blog at all really. Good luck everyone.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hard Rock/No Triple Crown...

This summary won't be as detailed as usual. I didn't write down all the hands how I normally do it. The tournament took place two Saturday's ago which was Halloween. We started with 11k in chips (1k addon) with 40 minute levels I think.

My stack was immediately up to 25k in the first hour. I won JJ vs 77 on a T62 board. I raised UTG, bet the flop, and a shorter stack player shoved in 77. He was pretty solid so I was shocked to see him turn over 77 but I guess that's standard vs. me. I also won a b ig pot with 67 vs 89 on a 679 board.

I was at about 23k when this next hand took place. There was a guy to my right who was limping just about every hand. I was isolating him a lot of the hands I played. He limped for 200 and I made it 700 with JTcc. He then reraised to 2650 and I thought he had about 12k behind. He was covering another stack in his hand. I thought this was a good spot to pick up the dead money because I had isolated him enough and he was tired of it. I hadn't gotten out of line yet and all the hands I showed down were real good. I decided to jam all in, and he thought about it for a little bit and said "Oh well its Halloween I will go play with my daughters." and called and turned over QQ. He told me I made a good play and he would normally fold and etc. He had more chips than I thought and I went down to about 4k-5k.

My first table broke then I was moved to a new table. At 200-400 with an ante there were a lot of limpers and I moved all in on the button with QJo for 4k or so. One limper moved all in and another limper called all in. They both turned over AK and I was in good shape. I turned a straight and won that hand and was back up to having a decent chip stack.

There was one maniac at my new table who was playing every hand. I had his game pinned pretty much and we ended up getting all in on 689 board. I bet the flop with ATo he raised and I shoved on him. He called with JT and my ace high held up for a pretty big pot. I think this pot got me up to about 25k-30k.

I hung around the same stack, hovering below and above 30-40k. We were now down to 3 tables. My friend RAJ made it 3k preflop at 600/1200 and I called right behind him with 97ss and about a 40k stack. He had about 100k in chips. The flop came KT7ss and I flopped a pair and flush draw. He led the flop into me and with my stack my only play was to move all in. I couldn't really reraise the flop without him knowing I wasn't committed. So I thought an all in was the best bet. He ended up tanking all the way down to 2 seconds left (someone called the clock) and tabled KJ. I rivered the flush and won a nice pot to become one of the chip leaders.

We were now down to two tables and about 18 players. I picked up AA and just flat called a UTG raise. The flop came Q69 and he check called my bet. The turn was J we both checked, and the river was another 6. I fired big on the river and he called. The very next hand I picked up KK and raised. The same player from the hand before called and defended his BB. The board came Q423T and I was able to get three streets of value on this hand. I bet the flop, turn, and river and he called every bet. I had about 150k and the blinds were 1k/2k.

I made it to the final table with 210k at 2k/4k. There was about 1.1million in play so I had almost 1/5th the chips in play. I made it 9500 on the cutoff with KJo. The button was a real short stacked player who had about 33k after losing a big hand. He moved all in for his last 23k. I call and he has A8o. The board comes Q83Tx and I bricked a ton of outs to knock out the first player at the final table. I was now down to 170k.

I lost a couple smaller pots and finally I had about 140k at 2k/4k. UTG made it 12k and 2nd UTG called 12k. I looked down at AKdd. The blinds were about to go to 3k/6k. I decided to make it 34k to go preflop. UTG folded and the 2nd caller moved all in. I called. He turned over QQ and we were off to the races. The board came Jxxxdd and I missed A, K, or diamond on the river. The 2nd UTG player had me covered and I was eliminated in 8th place. I won about $3500 but first place was $35k. I ended up making a little since the buyin was $1100 but it was disappointing. I really wanted to win after fighting back from everything. I play that tournament a lot and haven't won it recently so it would be real nice to do that.

Sorry for the lack of details. I just didn't write them down at the time being and just was focused on playing at the time. Next time I will have much better details.

As far as the triple crown goes I did not end up winning it within the time period. I was actually playing tournaments that didn't even meet the 10k guaranteed rule lol. I was playing a $7500 tourny on cake that was a $10k prize pool when you included the bounties. So I wasted a couple days doing that. I think the triple crown is definitely attainable but I don't know the best tournaments to play on the smaller sites. Cake doesn't have many good tournaments during the day. UB has a couple that seem decent. If I put in the time and volume into the other sites I am sure I can win one. I will see if that's something I want to do and if the other sites have enough good tournaments on them to make me want to play on them. I don't like most of their software, so I don't really like playing there. I'll see in the next couple of days I suppose.

FTOPS is here and I took the day off yesterday (Monday.) I will be playing most of the events and hopefully I can get deep in one of them. I ran pretty bad overall on Sunday, getting my money in real good in a lot of spots and getting unlucky. I had a couple cashes but nothing worthwhile. Plenty more poker to be played in the month of November!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Going For Triple Crown...

Okay.. So far my November is going really well. At the Hard Rock on Saturday I ended up making the Final table but losing a monster coin flip with 8 people left. So that was pretty disappointing. I will write more about that tournament tonight when I don't have 10 tables up. So expect that tournament summary tonight or tomorrow.

On Sunday I put in another full day of poker and ended up running super hot and taking down the $100 turbo on Pokerstars. Shout out to "Reel_Em_In" who was sweating me on Stars when I took down the tournament. He might have been my good luck charm.



On Monday night I final tabled a $24 tournament with 1800 people on FTP. I was 1/9 going into the final table and I played one huge pot where I bluff shoved the river. I basically made a really advanced play with the nut blocker vs. a basic thinking opponent. Very stupid. I ended up busting 9th in that tournament after I donked off that huge pot. That was very disappointing. Coming into a FT 1/9 you should never get 9th. It was completely my fault and I really butchered the hand. First was 9k in that tournament. It wasn't huge but it would have been another nice win. Oh well.

Yesterday, on Tuesday, I got heads up in the afternoon FTP $163. I had the guy all in twice for his tournament life. A2o vs his JTcc and AQo vs 77. He won both. We started talking a deal. I had about 1mil to his 700k and we ended up chopping it. I am a wuss. The blinds were pretty big but I definitely had an edge over this guy. I cost myself some equity. I guess I am just scared to place 2nd after all that work. I am thinking about adopting the motto "No Chopping!" for the rest of November but I'm not sure yet lol.



So I've had 4 Final Tables in 4 days. Two wins, and two disappointing finishes. I am now on the hunt for a triple crown. I have 4 days to win on another site. I don't even play on other sites really so I just had to get money on them. Hopefully I can accomplish this. It's something I've always wanted to do along with get ranked and some other things. I've never put in the time and volume to do so. I have 4 days to win on another site and I know I will do it. I won't stop until I win another tournament for the triple crown!

I will update the blog later and talk about the Hard Rock tournament that I always either bubble or never win! Some pretty interesting hands there too. I have some good content for the blog this week. So I should have at least 3-4 posts because I will be playing a ton. Good luck to everyone! I will be grinding! NOVEMBER GRIND BABY!!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sober Life/November Grind...

A couple months ago I posted about some blood work that I had done. I had an elevated bilirubin which is a function of my liver. They told me not to drink alcohol for three months and stay away from high cholesterol foods/fried foods. I didn't drastically change my diet. I drank more water and stayed away from soda and tried to eat fast food less frequently. I have never been unhealthy really so I wasn't sure how to tackle that request.

Anyways, this morning I went in to get my liver tested again. I won't know the results of the test for a couple days. Being sober and not having a sip of alcohol in my system for almost three and a half months wasn't so bad. I didn't go out too often but when I did it was boring for the most part. I only enjoyed going to places that played good music since that was all I could vibe to really. Most of my friends would drink and I would just feel left out. On the flip side I feel really healthy and don't mind not drinking one bit. It's funny to be on the sober side of nightlife and see how drunk people act (including myself when I would drink.) I never drank a lot anyways. In college I would drink a couple times a week like any normal college student. Since graduating, I probably would go out once every two weeks.

I'm not sure what will happen with this. They might tell me that my bilirubin levels have gone down to normal levels and I shouldn't drink anymore. They also might say it is still elevated. For the latter I would probably be more worried. I have been in a medical situation where doctors couldn't diagnose what was wrong with me. That was very scary. I ended up having surgery because a doctor thought it COULD fix the problem. The problem went away but it could have just been because of time (one doctor said I might have aggravated something and to take a couple months off from basketball -- I was a sophomore in college and was in the gym everyday so I wasn't going to do that since he didn't even know what was wrong.) I need more information all around. I have done some of my own research on the bilirubin and some elevated levels don't mean much so I will just have to wait and find out what's going on. They did an ultrasound on my liver, gallbladder, and kidneys which they were all normal. I'm not worried. We'll see what they say.

I plan on grinding hard online in November. I am debating if I should try to play all 30 days in November or not. I might go insane if I do that. I need to work on my mental toughness anyways. The fields on Thursday/Friday aren't as good as other days of the week and they don't have as many majors on those days either. I don't know if I will take those days off throughout November. It would probably be better if I didn't and I played every single day. Whatever I decide I am going to stick to it and hopefully I can accomplish whatever goal I set out to do.

My schedule would be: Wake up 9-10, go to the gym, eat lunch, play poker, go to sleep. I would probably start around 1pm or 2pm and play through the whole night. It's tough to sit in front of the computer for afternoon and night sessions but it can be done. I would probably be playing 10-12 hours of poker a day on average. That would be pretty insane over a 30 day period. 300-360 hours of poker in a month. Wow. Haha, maybe I shouldn't be thinking of it like that. I have a couple days to decide what I want to do and then I'm going to attack November. Either way I think it will be good to put that much time into poker and I should be able to fine tune my game and fix some of my leaks. The game is constantly changing and you have to adapt with it.

There is also a $1k Hard Rock tournament this weekend on Saturday. They run it the last Saturday of every month so I will most likely play that instead of play online. Sunday will be November 1st and the first day of the grind. If I do play that Hard Rock tournament I will blog about it and post the interesting hands.

I don't have any plans for Halloween but I might be down for something when it comes around. If I don't get deep in the Hard Rock tournament I might get in the mood to do something. I don't have a costume but I can handle it on a whim.

That's all I have for now. If anyone has any suggestions or advice about playing 360 hours in a month let me know! Just kidding. I probably won't do 30 days straight. Any advice is welcomed though. I'll update tomorrow or this weekend.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Aruba $5k Main Event Summary...

These are my articles from PocketFives from my Aruba Main Event. Check them out they should be an interesting read.

Aruba Poker Classic Day 1

Aruba Poker Classic Day 2

Aruba Poker Classic Day 3

Update more later...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quick Update...

Hey everyone. Let's see... I got back from Aruba a little over a week ago, last Saturday. On Monday night I went to the Miami Dolphins game with Stu and Rob/Mike Mizrachi. Congrats to Rob Mizrachi for chopping the Aruba Poker Classic $5k Main Event! Although he got 2nd after they chopped I'm pretty sure he made more money than the first place finisher. Let me say that the Miami Dolphins game last week was absolutely awesome. It was definitely one of the best Monday Night Football games I've ever seen. It was back and forth the whole time and the Dolphins pulled out a great victory.

I have played poker a couple days since I have been back. Yesterday was Sunday and I went over to bankrollme87's apartment. He lives pretty close by and I've been invited a couple times to play over there. Nipsman and moneyinbag also showed up and it was a pretty uneventful Sunday. I got deep in a couple tournaments but nothing worked out. After everyone was done playing we played a 4 person SNG and I was the first person out. We were just having some fun and since I never have a hand, I bluffed off all my chips.

I wrote an article about my Aruba Poker Classic $5k Main Event. It was just posted on Pocketfives if anyone wants to check it out. Here's the link. Aruba Poker Classic Article. I also did a Podcast for Pocketfives when I was in Aruba after I finished playing on Day 2 of the Main Event. You can listen to the podcast here.

That's about it for now. I will update within the next couple of days with some substantial information. Look out for parts 2 and 3 of the Aruba Poker Classic Article on Pocketfives.

Friday, October 9, 2009

I Chopped The Tourny!!!!

Sorry for the deceiving title, lol. I actually busted from the 5k Main Event today about 1 hour in. There were 3 hands that caused my bustout. I won't talk about those yet but after I busted the 5k at around 1pm I was super bummed. I wasn't mad because I felt like I played really well, I was just disappointed I bubbled and didn't do better. Especially since the tournament goes to 6 handed play at 36. So anyways I came back up to the room, told some buddies my hands, tried to get the big hand which was over 100bb pot out of my head, and I decided I would play the 1k side event at 3pm.

Well my buddy Matt wanted me to return a car with him so I went with him and we ate and got back to the casino around 4pm and I registered for the 30 minute level 1k tournament. I am fine with these fast structures because it's just like the isle tournament too I played last week. Well I ended up getting 7 handed being 2nd in chips (There wasn't much difference in stacks. First had 180k, i had 120k, and some stacks between 70-100 and two short stacks around 40k) The blinds were going to be 4k/8k/1k and we started talking a chop. The payout was real top heavy as a 7 way even chop would give everyone 15k. The regular payouts were 1st-40k 2nd-22k 3rd-12k etc.. So in an even chop everyone would get more than 3rd place which is crazy. The pay jump from 7th to 3rd was only 6k. So anyways I negotiated the deal and played with the numbers and everyone was happy. I wanted to play it out but I got 17.5k which is about 5k more than 3rd and 5k less than 2nd so it wasn't too bad. The structure was real bad and everyone wanted to do it. Always mixed emotions about chopping but after busting the 5k I will take it.

The 5k like I said...well it was real sick. I immediately got up to 165k. I won a nice pot off of Hellmuth and was picking up a lot of pots. I then ran a big bluff and Eric 'basebaldy' made an amazing call against me. After that I lost KQdd vs Hellmuths JJ when he was all in for 10bbs and then I lost set over set for my last 30bbs. I will talk more about everything in my tournament summary blog.

I'm going to get some food its about 2am. I'm happy I got a decent cash today but I am still disappointed about what could have been in the 5k Main. I had a lot of hope and expectations for myself in that but it didn't go my way. I am very confident in my plays I made and don't regret them. I feel like I played really well. I will talk more about it in the next blog. Goodnight.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

14th In Chips With 86 Left..

Okay. I am surprisingly in 14th place in chips. I was up to almost 180k in chips earlier in the day and felt like I was probably in the top 10-20 stacks. I then lost a couple real nasty pots. I played one hand bad towards the end of the day which cost me 20-25k in chips. I really am mad about that hand since I feel like I played mistake free for the most part the rest of the day.

Like I said I have 126k in chips (which is like 50k less than I had) and I am still sitting 14/86. Tomorrow is day 3 and Phil Hellmuth is to my DIRECT RIGHT. This should be fun. All I am going to do tomorrow is play my best, and try to make no mistakes. I have about 80 big blinds and the field is still soft. I really hope I can survive. We play down to 36 tomorrow and I can't wait to make it to the final 36. It goes to 6 handed play after that so I really will love that. I feel like my 6max tournament game is top notch and I am really ready to play for 750k. The top 45 players make the money, so we should only be playing for 4-5 hours tomorrow.

On other notes, of course I have a bunch of sick pots still. I went pretty card dead the last two levels and I just slowly lost a couple pots when I raised and got 3bet and then the big pot towards the end. If I would have ended with 150k I would of been happy but since I misplayed that one hand I was pretty frustrated. But I like my chances and like my stack after looking at the rest of them.

I am just trying to give quick updates for whoever is sweating. I am out of Club Arias because the drives were too long and I actually ended up missing 20 minutes of the first level today. I am now staying at the Radisson where the event is held. I will keep everyone updated with my progress. ON TO DAY 4! Goodnight.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Survived Day 1 of Aruba 5k Main...

I made it to day 2 of the Aruba Poker Classic. I currently have about 65k in chips and I believe the average is probably around 25-27k. We go into 200-400-50a (I think) on day 2. I was up to 73k-75k but lost a decent pot where I triple barreled with like 5 minutes left in the night. I had a pretty tough table all day. The three seats to my left were mostly occupied by Internet players and it was tough. I did well though and won a couple key pots and was able to acquire a nice stack. I wrote down some keys hands from today and let me tell you, there are some pretty amazing and intriguing hands! I won't post them yet because it could definitely hurt me in the tournament with players having extra information like that. It will be a great read when I get to write it all up.

Other than that I am just going to enjoy the island tomorrow. I will probably lay out in the pool or head to the beach or something. I want to relax. I didn't get much sleep last night and woke up at 10am on about 4 hours of sleep. I wanted to play today so I am glad I woke up and got over to the Radisson.

When I bought into the tournament Ultimate Bet gave me a bag full of goodies. In this bag there was a very strange item. Located in what looked like an over sized match pack was a condom. Now the last thing I would do would be to trust an online poker website to provide me with sexual protection. I don't know where UB got this idea from but the condom definitely doesn't look safe haha. Maybe just a practical joke on their part somehow. You open it up and it's bubble gum or something!

Anyways enough of that rant I just thought it was crazy that they gave something like that away. I would like to say all the dealers we had today were really good. The structure of the tournament is alright. I will have to see what the levels look like for the future days. I think we only got around 180 players today and there were roughly 110 left. I am predicting tomorrow gets 300-350 players hopefully. They said they were going to get about 500 for the main event. It won't be a million to first but it should be nice. Another thing that I thought was crazy is the fact that UB pays you through your UB account if you win and they don't give you cash. I don't know if that's really fair but that's how it is I guess. If you win their 10th Anniversary Main Event I doubt you will have trouble trying to get the money off their site but you never know.

That's all I will say for now. I can't wait to talk about this tournament. There have been some great hands for discussion. Hopefully I survive the Main Event 5-6 more days and can write one big summary about how I won the tournament! Wishful thinking but I will do my best. If I think of anything else to say I will update the blog.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Been In Aruba Two Days...

This was officially my second day in Aruba. I didn't do anything but catch up on some sleep and then play online poker all day. I didn't play too many tables but I got a good amount of tournaments in and played the bigger tournaments. It wasn't a very good day online and I only got deep in one $100 freeze out but no final table/win/anything.

Tomorrow I will most likely play in the $5k Aruba Poker Classic Main Event hosted by UlitmateBet. I haven't bought in yet. It's about 11:30pm and it's too late to buy in tonight. I haven't had a full meal since yesterday afternoon either lol. I woke up late for breakfast at the resort today and jumped right into poker. I bought snacks from a grocery store on the Island yesterday and that's all I ate so far. I ate yogurt, granola bars, peanuts, and some cookies the chef here made which were amazing. They were cranberry and coconut cookies and they were delicious. I also had about 5 vitamin waters. I wouldn't call a yogurt and vitamin water a good meal lol. Hopefully someone comes back to the resort soon and we can go get a bite to eat somewhere.

I'm currently staying at this private resort called Club Arias (http://www.clubarias.com) It's really neat. There are about 10 rooms and it's on the other side of the Island from the casino where the poker tournament is being held. That's the only negative thing I can say about this place. The whole staff, the owner, everyone involved in this place (like 3-4 people) are awesome. They have shown us around the country and taken great care of us. There is breakfast every morning and a 4pm snack (the cookies I ate earlier were the snack the chef made today.) The compound has one lounge pool that's really neat, a big jacuzzi, and a normal pool. They also have a lounge where I played poker all day today. If you go to the website you can see the pictures. The owner, Arias, has done a great job showing us around and teaching us about Aruba and everything that goes on around here. There are about six other poker players staying here too.

Yesterday Arias took us to San Nicolas where we ate at this local restaurant. It was great. It was a small restaurant with about 4-5 tables but the food was awesome. I had some chicken/rice dish and the chicken was seasoned really well and just the whole meal was great. I need to brush up on my Spanish though! I really see how important it is to know some of the native language in other countries. Of course some people know English to an extent but it's always important to be able to communicate if nobody can speak the language you speak. I am such a gringo here but it's alright lol. I also went over to the Radisson where they are holding the poker tournament. I ran into a couple poker players I know and got to see the resort and the other side of the Island a little bit. I watched the UM game at the outside bar and just hung out around the casino until everyone was ready to leave.

I don't have any other plans other than playing this $5k and winning it. There are a couple other side events. A 1k NLH, 2k NLH, and 2k NLH 6max. Those tournaments aren't even on my mind right now. So that's all I will say about Aruba/Aruba Poker Classic and everything else for now.

I will keep everyone updated on my progress through the 5k Main Event. I probably won't post any hands until the tournament is over because I wouldn't want any of my opponents to get any extra information. Talk to you guys later.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Off to Aruba...

It's almost 6am in the morning and my flight leaves to Aruba at 11:15am. I am going to go play in the Aruba Poker Classic that is hosted by Ultimate Bet. A couple of my friends from Florida are going. Steve, Adam, Matt, etc.

They have a $540 nightly tournament and some other real good tournaments. There is a $5k Main Event, a 2k NL, a 1k NL, and a 2k 6max tournament. The goal is to only play one tournament, the 5k Main Event and not have a chance to play any other tournament because I will be too busy playing the Main Event. It runs the whole week and the final table is played Saturday, so that is my plan. The other tournaments seem like they will be good, especially the 2k 6max, but I have only one tournament I am worried about at this point. As far as I'm concerned it is a one tournament trip.

I should be able to get on my computer and get on the Internet and blog a little and stay connected to the world. I haven't heard much about Aruba so I don't really know what to expect. I'm pretty focused though and ready to go play a big live tournament. The 4th place the other day that I got was a nice warm up for what I'm about to encounter so hopefully I can have another good showing.

Yeah so I will be getting into Aruba around 3pm tomorrow so if anyone is going/knows anything about Aruba/or you run into me say whats up. Goodnight.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

$550 Isle Live Tourny Summary...

I took a little over a week off and yesterday was my first day playing. I decided to play a $550 buyin tournament at the Isle Casino in Pompano Florida. It had 162 entrants and was 25.5k to first place. The levels were 30 minutes long and everyone started with 10k in chips with a 2k addon for $20, so 12k in chips.

I played a couple pots early and my stack went up a down a little. The first real big pot I got involved in came down at 100/200. I made it 500 preflop with AKo in early position and got 3 callers. The flop came AJ5dd and I bet 1250. This tight kid that I've played with a bunch flats me and everyone else folds. The turn comes 6s and I decide to bet 2100. He snap shoved for like 5k more. I tanked it for a little bit and decided to muck. He's pretty tight and with his timing and everything I felt like it was JJ/55/AJ. I really didn't think he would shove combo draws on the turn and felt like he would get in KQdd on the flop, etc. He later told me he had AJ so hopefully I made the right fold there. I was down to probably 8k after this hand.

A couple hands later a guy limps UTG the button limps and I check 63s in the big blind. The flop came KJ2dd and we all checked. The turn comes 6s putting two spades out there and I lead for a little bet of 300. They both call. The river is the 6c and I bet 1k. The button who was pretty fishy made it 3k and I knew I was beat unless he was turning some missed flush draw into a bluff, which is possible but he was just so bad, so anyways I had to call and he had A6o and I was now down to 3300. Rough.

I shove my 3300 stack into the fishy limper from above and the blinds and everyone folds. The very next hand he limps UTG and I pick up AKo in mid position. I shove 3800 all in and the small blind calls with 1100 behind and the UTG limper moves all in. The sb calls all in with A7ss and the UTG player has JJh. Board runs out K93hhQh river bricks 7d and I am back up to 12k after a nice triple up.

I get moved to a new table and I blind down to 7500/8k. UTG limps for 400 and 2nd position makes it 2700. I move all in with KcKh and he calls with ATss. The flop was scary Q86ss and ran out 8h 5h and I doubled up to 16k.

Another hand came when this player who limped like 30% of hands in late position (remember him for the future of this post) limps at 300/600/50a and I raise the cutoff with AThh he calls and the flop comes 678hh and I bet 3250 with 12k behind, he thinks with his gutshot and decides to muck. I'm up to about 20k at this point.

A mid position player makes it 1500 who is semi active, the guy above calls in the cutoff and I call in the sb with 89dd. The bb calls also (who has all the chips like 80k-100k at this point) and the flop comes 674d. I check and the bb leads out for 2500. I decide to move all in for 15k more because I know the player and play with him a lot and he will think my shove is stronger than a raise and he will definitely peel a lot with his stack any hands he's betting the flop to see if turn improves him. I figured he’s mucking here like 95% of the time to me since he had noted how tight I had been playing this particular tourny and along with his bet sizing on this flop. I'm now up to 27k.

I raise KK UTG to 2100 at 400/800/100a and a mid position player shoves in 9k with ATcc and it runs out Q93dd7d8 to put me up to 37k.

A pretty interesting hand that came up happened at 400/800/100a where I raise the button to 2100 and this younger guy shoves all in in the big blind for 50k. I had about 30k or so behind and tanked it for a little while. His shove is really weak in my opinion and I thought he was doing it with hands he wouldn't know how to play to a 4bet if he did 3bet. He wasn't an advanced player or anything so its either like AK or like 22-55 or something. So I decided to muck although I think it's an interesting spot and he showed me a deuce. So he obviously had 22.

I raise hijack to 3100 at 600/1200/100a and the sb short stack shoves in 7k total with AT. I have AJo and he wins with KT6xx and I'm at 30k.

Blinds are now 1k/2k and guy shoves hijack for 12k. I call with ATo in the big blind and he has Q8cc. The board runs out QT7J....Ace! I scoop the pot on the river and move up to 40k going into 1.5k/3k when the average is about 45k.

I have about 55k and the cutoff shoves in 10k. I reshove the button with QTdd and he flips over A7o. The board runs out K55dJdA on the river and I'm up to 66k.

Here is definitely one of the most interesting spots I have been involved in in a live tournament. I am up to about 95k or 100k and the blinds are 3k/6k. There are 20 people left and 17 people get paid. I make it 14.5k in third position with 8s8c. The big blind calls with 36k behind. This is the same guy who would limp all the time in late position and everything. The flop comes Q93ss and he shoves all in for 36k. Initially I was like dang.. I'm in trouble here. Last time he moved all in (preflop) he had AA. He was pretty spewy/loose but when he typically but his chips in he had a hand. So I went into the tank. I ruled out JJ/TT because I thought he would shove them preflop. He also commented earlier about me not being scared to raise in early position and someone else at the new table we were at asked if I was an internet player, etc. So people were noting to me raising preflop. I also didn't think he would shove a Q or 9 because he would like to get value from me considering I'm either going to call his shove or fold anyways, so I felt like his shove didn’t include those type of hands either. Now JT/KJ/KT/A4ss type hands are all in his range. I then tried to think a little deeper inside of his head. I knew he was just a live guy from playing with him and he wasn't that deep of a thinker, so I also decided to include all small pocket pairs in his range like 22-77. I ruled out him having a set since he would definitely check or not move all in at least, and I can see him doing a stop and go with those type of hands since there is only one overcard (the queen) he's concerned about in his mind. He was also getting a massage and had his eyes closed the whole time during the hand. I thought that was a sign of weakness from him as well. I feel like I can read body language fairly well so I told him "I think I'm ahead here, my gut is telling me to call you." He didn't flinch and I stacked the chips to call. If I made the call I had 43k chips remaining at 3k/6k. I counted out the 36k and put it into the pot. He turned over 77 and I was ahead. The turn came the 3 and the river was a 7!!!!! Noooooooooo!!!! Rivered for 120k pot on the bubble!!!

Two hands later I'm not in the big blind and the hijack makes it 20k preflop. I look down at AJhh and shove in my last 43k chips. He calls with KJo and I hold. I get back up to 120k and we are still left with 20 players with 1`7 being paid. Average stack is 92k.

We have 20 people left still and a tighter short stack player raises to 16k with about 40k behind. It folds to me in the big blind and I look down at AA. I decide to flat. The flop comes 834cc and I check. He bets out 15k with about 25k behind and I move all in. He doesn't take much time to fold. Very next hand button makes it 20k with about 40-45k behind. He had been open shoving so him raising here on the bubble was suspicious. I looked down at A7o in the small blind and moved all in. He mucks and I was now up to 185k.

I raise to 21.5k preflop at 4k/8k/500a with AKhh and the guy with 77 from hand earlier defends his big blind again. Flop comes AQ7r and I bet 26.5k He mucks. Next hand I raise A8o UTG 6 handed and they all muck. 19 Players left.

It folds to the button and we are 6 handed 2 away from the money. The button is the guy from the 77 hand earlier and he moves all in for 69k total. I look down at K8cc in the big blind and go into the tank. I tell him "I'm pretty bitter about that 77 hand." and he starts responding all nervously. He's basically trying to talk me into a fold I can tell. He was notorious the whole tournament for limping in late position/button/etc with his whole range and since I was putting so much pressure on the bubble I figured he had to shove and that was his only play in his mind to win any chips. He seemed nervous enough that his range would be wide enough to make my K8cc a profitable call, so I decided to call. He turned over 33 and it came KK4JA. I was now up to 310k on the stone bubble with 2 tables left.

I chilled at the new table 9 handed and didn't do anything on the bubble except raise a couple hands since it was a new table and I had a lot of chips. Image/etc plays into that and people love to play back at you so it was best to just relax now. The bubble burst and two hands later I look down at KK in 2nd position and make it 21.5k. Guy in 4th position moves all in for 64k and the big blind reshoves for about 80-90k. I know one of them has to have aces so I decide to fold. Hahaha, just kidding! Was just seeing who actually reads this thing lol, of course I called. First shover has 99 and the big blind has AQo. Board runs out 346KJ and I am up to 475k with 15 left when the average is 110k.

The immediate hand before break (before it goes to 6k/12k) the button shoves all in. He's an older guy but he only has 50k and he has moved in quite a bit in late position. I look down at Q9o in the big blind. I tanked for a little bit and everyone in the tournament had left to go on break. Nobody from my table was still there or interested in what was going to happen. Since it wouldn't affect my image at all with the table aside from the button shover, and the fact that I had a ton of chips/decent price/blinds going up/etc I decided to call. He turned over AKo and the board ran out KJxxx and he wins the pot. I am now down to about 420k where the average is 130k.

I raise ATo UTG at 6k/12k to 29k. I get two callers and the flop comes AJ3cc. We all check the flop and the turn comes the Th. It puts out two clubs and two hearts. I lead out for 50k after the big blind checked to me and the mid position caller calls my turn bet. The river is a nice brick 2s and I don't think he ever has QK here without shoving the turn with all those draws and put him on like QJ/KJ or maybe AQ. I decided to bet 120k on the river (he had about 260k total.) I probably should have bet the river for like 80k but I went for a bigger value bet he ended up folding and I was up to 565k. Same guy from above raises UTG to 30k with 250k behind and I shove JJ in the sb he mucks.

UTG moves all in for 38k and I call in the bb with QTo he has K8o and I lost at 6k/12k. Cutoff shoves all in for 64k I reshove in the sb with KQdd. He has A9o the board runs out K753 Ace on the river and I am down to 480k with 11 left.

With 10 players left a guy is all in for 3k in the small blind. I raise the button to 38k at 8k/16k. The big blind calls. The flop comes QT4r and he leads for 25k into me. I thought this was pretty weak and I thought a raise looked strong here with an allin player before we made the final table of 9..so I raised to 63k or so and the guy shoved in QK on me and beat the allin player who was all in for like a 15k side pot. I am down to 320k now and we are at the final table.

At the final table a guy makes it 50k in 2nd position. This guy already made like a 4x on the hijack and folded AKo to a sb shove (they both had decent stacks) and said we probably have the same hand. I wish that hand would have ran out really I cant imagine how these guys are mucking AK there but anyways, He makes it 50k and I look down at KK on the cutoff. I have 320k and I really thought about flatting here but the players behind me definitely would never squeeze and there is just so much money out there already I decided to move all in. The small blind called all in with JJ for about 80k and the other guy who made it 50k folds AQ and the board runs out QK9KQ and I have 445k with 8 left.

There is a guy who was just crippled the hand before with Top pair vs. set and he has 10k now on the button. I raise in 2nd position with A6cc to 48k at 10k/20k/2k. There is a player in the big blind who has 34k. I figured he would fold here and try to outlast the other guy who was shorter but apparently not. He ended up calling all in with J9o and I win the pot with T62Ax board. The guy who has 10k is now paying a 2k ante every hand and folding still so I raised the next couple of hands since people were scared to lose since he was about to be knocked out lol.

Guy to my left raises the cutoff to 54k and I shove AQo on button. He has about 400k I am up to 630k 6 handed with 1.9m in play. I probably should have cheese 3bet here to like 128k but I screwed up and just shoved on him. With so much money in the pot already and the structure the way it is I really don't mind taking 100k and putting it into my stack every time in these spots but If someone would shove light I should be taking those edges. Oh well.

I raise cutoff with AQo, button reshoves all in for 54k with JJ. I call his allin for 6k more (I made it 48k) and it comes Qxxxx and I win another hand. I raise AKo on button to 48k the older guy who was 2nd in chips calls in the big blind. The flop comes out J72r and he check folds to my 56k cbet. I am up to 750k now.

The button moves all in for 95k I look down at AQo in the small blind and call vs. his 77. Oh what do you know? I won another flip on a T83A4 board and am up to like 850k.

We are now 4 handed and this is where it gets super interesting so pay attention. It folds to me in the small blind, I shove all in with QTo. The bb has 140k and calls with K8o. He wins the pot and I am down to 715k.

At this point there are 4 of us left and the blinds are about to go to 15/30k/3k which means there is basically little room for play left. It is about 12:30AM and the casino closes at 1AM. We either have to finish the tourny tonight, chop it, or we have to come back and finish it tomorrow (on a Thursday.) I had no problem with any of the options and we started discussing a chip chop deal. I had about 40% of the chips in play and I would have taken a little over 20k with a deal. The original payouts were 6.1k to 4th, 9.3k to 3rd, 14.3k to 2nd, and 25.5k to 1st. The short stack saw he would only get 2k more than 4th and was on the phone with his backer and said no to the deal. Now let me explain some more. The guy to my left has been pretty straight forward with me the whole time. I had shown him some of my hands, he just wanted to get short handed and chop. I was cool with that too. The structure is pure bananas. Once the short stack said no to the chop the guy to my right got pretty upset because he wanted to chop. The short stack then proceeded to double up to 600k through the older guy at the table and wanted to chop. Now the guy to my right is like oh now you want to chop hell no blah blah blah... F this we are playing I am going to win this tournament now I am not chopping unless we chop even (which I wasn’t going to do at this point in time) and saying all this stuff. He was obviously frustrated.

So now he raises to 65k in the small blind at 15/30k/3k and I shove on him in the bb with K3ss. He had some betting tells that I picked up on so I felt like I knew when to shove on him light. He ends up mucking he had about 400k. I am up to about 760k now.

The kid to my left has 600k and moves all in on the button. The older guy in the small blind tank calls with 55 and the guy to my right almost calls with A7ss saying he wants to end the tournament and probably has the best hand etc, he was frustrated like I said. The button has AA and the older guy has 55 and the guy with 55 hits a set on the flop and doubles up to about 500k. The kid to my left is now down to about 350k.

The sb guy who is frustrated shoves all in for about 500k. I look down at A2o. This is one of those spots where I know its most likely I am ahead but I decided to pass up on this small edge to take a bigger edge. The other stacks both had about 300k and I had about 750k at the time. I figured it would be best to wait because they got pretty crazy after we said no chop and they were all moving in a ton. I shoved him my hand in hopes he would show me his but he mucked fast. I told him I know I had the best hand but he can have it and he replied with "You were ahead but I was live."

The very next orbit the kid to my right had just reshoved all in vs. the old guys UTG raise and now it folds to him again in the small blind. He has about 680k at this point and moves all in. I look down at A7o and have about 700k. I decided to call and he turned over ATo he wins on a T6JJx board and I am left with 15k in chips and lose the very next hand for a very disappointing 4th place.

I'm not sure about the A2 fold, although I'm pretty sure its correct, and the A7o call was super tough spot for me. These guys were going absolutely crazy since we were on a time limit or had to come back and play/not chopping too. It was just a crazy dynamic and I told myself I would just relax and wait for the bustouts and wait for some hands. It's pretty frustrating to get in a spot like that where it's real hard to fold. I think a fold would have been alright though, it probably is a fold actually. But that's always easy to say after the fact. It's too bad none of my friends were sweating so I could have some input on the dynamics. It really was crazy to see these guys just shoving every hand. If I win that pot I have 1.4mil in chips and the tournament is over. Like I said, it was rough and I probably could have folded but I was thinking about how I just showed the A2 the orbit before and how he seemed tilted and wanted to just end it and he was being overly active after the chop fell through. I mean it might be the right call given his range. He was not an internet player or anything. He was just a normal live casino player who was younger. I don't think he was real advanced or anything so I really think he could just be shoving any two there and it's possible I got unlucky. I will never know but I am still pretty bummed a day later.

All comments welcomed and appreciated. Goodnight.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vacation In Orlando...

I've been on a little vacation for about the past week. I have been in Orlando hanging out with a bunch of my friends and just taking some time away from poker and the other stressful things in life. I haven't spent too much time on the Internet and I don't think I've played a hand of poker since last Sunday after I busted the $5k buyin WCOOP.

I will be getting back down to South Florida in the morning and I heard there are two live tournaments coming up at the Isle casino. I will most definitely be playing these tournaments on Wednesday and this weekend. They aren't huge tournaments but I have been desperately wanting to play some live tournaments lately. I am really excited and am looking forward to Wednesday. I will log my hands so I can write up some good tournament reports when I have won/busted.

I'm excited to get back to playing poker online too. A week break was nice. I got to relax and not really think about poker too much. Some of my buddies came up this weekend to Orlando and I celebrated a couple of birthdays. Went out to downtown Orlando and then another club in West Orlando last night. I had a good time but I've been a bit bored going out lately. I'm still NOT DRINKING. It's been over 2 months now with no liquor and it's not bad at all. It's only bad when it's time to go out or other people around me are drinking. Hopefully I don't come off sounding like an alcoholic lol. I definitely can live without drinking but if you are in a social environment where all your friends are drinking then it can get boring. I have my doctors appointment at the end of October to see if my liver function levels have decreased due to no liquor consumption. It will be interesting to see what the next step is in the process if liquor/diet had nothing to do with it. I'm pretty sure they don't have anything to do with it but only time will tell.

I also got to play some basketball this weekend with the UCF team. They have a new practice facility and I have been in there almost everyday since I have been in Orlando shooting and working out with one of my buddies who used to play for them and now plays overseas. Michael Jordan's son plays on the UCF team. MJ was actually at their practice and watched them play on Monday but unfortunately I wasn't in there that day. That would of been crazy to play in front or actually play with Michael Jordan haha. I saw MJ my first or second year I was in Vegas for the WSOP. We were eating at FIX at the Bellagio and he was eating a couple tables behind us with friends. I didn't go up to him or anything. He was eating and I am not really one of those people who get starstruck (after all he is just famous for throwing a ball in a hoop, right? =)..) He's just human and I wouldn't want to invade his space like that. It was crazy to see everyone attack him and run up to him as soon as he left the restaurant. He is by far one of the best, if not the best basketball player to have ever played. His son wasn't playing in the runs the other day so I can't comment on his play although I've heard some nice things about him. I watched some of his high school games and he looked good. Hopefully the UCF team does well this year.

I will update Wednesday or Thursday hopefully I will have some good news about the Isle tournaments! Night.