Wednesday, June 3, 2009

WSOP Is Here...

"Sometimes I wanna make money, but sometimes I ain't motivated. Sometimes I think it's over-rated. Sometimes I'm thinkin I wasn't supposed to make it, but what I show is basic I normally poker face it." Joe Budden - Sidetracked

Whats up everyone? I just got out of the gym about an hour ago. It's now 5:30am. I've been working out late nights lately because my days are pretty busy. Ideally it would be nice to workout early in the morning but my schedule doesn't permit that yet.

Well the WSOP is here and I'm still in Florida. I have been trying to get some things finished up in Florida but the plan is to go out to Vegas next Friday. We'll see how everything goes here and that will dictate what's going on. Good luck to my buddy Jason Mercier who made the final table of the $1500 PLO tournament. He plays tomorrow so hopefully he wins it. He's won a lot of things already (Two EPTs, FTOPS, bunch of other stuff) but he doesn't have a WSOP bracelet, so why not? =)

Here's an interesting hand I would like some opinions on. It's from the Sunday 100 cubed on FTP. Erik had been VERY active in late position and I don't believe s00ted had done anything crazy up until this point. His shove is pretty big though and hes risking his 8k to pick up about 1k out there in the pot. He was also at one of my other tables in a Sunday tournament. It seemed after this hand he got more aggressive on the other table/this table. Maybe from Sunday tilt? But I didn't have that info at the time for my decision, so I can't say I thought he was tilting. I just think his shove is weak. Erik had been active but is he really just going to jam AK? Why wouldn't he 3bet to induce a 4bet from me or the BB. Whatariver was actively 3betting so you never know. I really felt like s00ted was shoving QK or AJ here or some 66-99 type hands.

So what do you guys do?

Full Tilt Poker Game #12548728833: $33,000 Guarantee (1r+1a) (92614695), Table 24 - 120/240 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:47:57 ET - 2009/05/31
Seat 1: whatariver1 (6,365)
Seat 2: ImUr_Hklbry (12,100)
Seat 3: charder30 (6,016)
Seat 4: ErikTheKing7 (18,593)
Seat 5: s00tedj0kers89 (8,337)
Seat 6: Cre8ive (14,929)
whatariver1 antes 25
ImUr_Hklbry antes 25
charder30 antes 25
ErikTheKing7 antes 25
s00tedj0kers89 antes 25
Cre8ive antes 25
Cre8ive posts the small blind of 120
whatariver1 posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Qd Ah]
ImUr_Hklbry folds
charder30 has 15 seconds left to act
charder30 folds
ErikTheKing7 raises to 620
s00tedj0kers89 has 15 seconds left to act
s00tedj0kers89 raises to 8,312, and is all in
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive has requested TIME

Also for people going out to Vegas or who are out there already, I want to talk about differences between live and online poker a little.

First off, the game is the same in terms of being dealt hands in situations and certain flipping scenarios, etc. The game/cards don't change from playing online to playing in live tournaments. What DOES change though are the players you're playing against and what they are capable of doing. It seems like every time I play live poker there is some new play that amateur players are making. Right now in the online world the new "play" is the check/minimum raise or just the play minimum raise in general. I have seen this play so often lately. I don't necessarily think it's bad, but it seems to be in a lot of people's playbooks lately. In a live setting I have seen old players 3bet with 44 and do other crazy things you would never expect from someone who you would imagine is tight.

I don't want to say the live game is a "tighter" game. In some cases it is. When you're playing for big money some people are going to freeze up and play scared and wait for huge hands. On the flip side of that some people are there to gamble, don't really know what they are doing, and just want to have fun. My whole point of this is that the game stays the same but you have to be able to adjust to what's going around you. It's like survival of the fittest and I know I am capable of adapting to my environment and will definitely survive.

Take a look at that hand above and post some comments on let me know what you would do. Goodnight.