Monday, August 17, 2009

Another FTOPS, No Jersey...

I missed a lot of the FTOPS events this time around. I had a lot going on and didn't get to play as many as I would have liked to. Oh well. I did manage to play this weekend including the $2500 6max Event. I was up to 8k early from 6k starting stack then ran a bluff that was picked off on the river. My last ~3k got all in preflop AA vs KK to get back to starting stack.

Full Tilt Poker Game #14050012220: FTOPS Event #22 (96538219), Table 72 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 15:42:26 ET - 2009/08/15
Seat 1: TheZadester (4,425)
Seat 2: TorontoToro (3,330)
Seat 3: liverpoolfc0985 (11,610)
Seat 4: Haidarych (15,780)
Seat 5: Thalai (4,125)
Seat 6: Cre8ive (2,730)
Cre8ive posts the small blind of 25
TheZadester posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [As Ac]
TorontoToro folds
liverpoolfc0985 folds
Haidarych raises to 130
Thalai raises to 300
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive raises to 2,730, and is all in
TheZadester folds
Haidarych has 15 seconds left to act
Haidarych folds
Thalai calls 2,430
Cre8ive shows [As Ac]
Thalai shows [Ks Kd]
*** FLOP *** [Kh 9c 6s]
*** TURN *** [Kh 9c 6s] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 9c 6s Kc] [8d]
Cre8ive shows two pair, Aces and Kings
Thalai shows four of a kind, Kings
Thalai wins the pot (5,640) with four of a kind, Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 5,640 | Rake 0
Board: [Kh 9c 6s Kc 8d]
Seat 1: TheZadester (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: TorontoToro didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: liverpoolfc0985 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Haidarych folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Thalai (button) showed [Ks Kd] and won (5,640) with four of a kind, Kings
Seat 6: Cre8ive (small blind) showed [As Ac] and lost with two pair, Aces and Kings

Now that the FTOPS is over I have to gear up for the WCOOP which will be coming up shortly. I'm still looking for a 6 figure score online. I will get back on the grind shortly I just have a lot going on at the moment. But I am excited to get back on schedule with life and playing and back to work improving my poker game.

My buddy actually won the FTOPS Main Event for ~450k so congrats to him for that. He's put in a couple of sick months at the WSOP and online racking up some big scores so congrats to him.

Yesterday I put in a full schedule online and got deep in the 163r on FTP. I lost with 28 left when I raised to 10k at 2k/4k UTG with AKo with a 120k stack and the button shoved 85k with KJhh. He spiked a jack and I was about crippled and lost the tournament. I had a couple other shots in some tournaments but nothing big. I took the day off today and MIGHT play tomorrow but I'm not sure yet.

My Sunday's haven't been going so great and I'm trying to figure out why that is. Maybe I'm not playing my best, playing too many tables, not focusing, etc. I might cut down on some of the tables I play and just focus on a couple tournaments on Sunday and see how it goes. It's tough to do that since there are so many good tournaments to play but it might be more profitable to play on Sundays that way. I guess I might experiment with some things and see what works best. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Other than all that news I don't really have much else to say. I'll keep everyone updated. Goodnight.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Weekend In Orlando/3rd in 100r...

I had a pretty busy weekend. My girlfriend just finished Nursing School so I went to Orlando to watch her graduation festivities for the weekend. I got to see some of my Orlando friends and some guys I used to play poker with. My buddy Reggie I want to shout him out. He say's he reads every blog haha. I've known him ever since I started playing in the home games around Orlando.

On Friday I went to a pinning ceremony, then later that night I went out with some of my buddies. Well since I am not drinking for 3 months I just had to enjoy the night being sober. Driving home to my friend's apartment (he will remain unnamed) he told me to pull over and that he had to throw up. We were 1 mile away from an exit so I asked him if he could hold it. He said he could. Now I should have learned my lesson years ago about talking to and listening to people who are drunk. Don't listen to them! So I kept driving and I see him start to roll the window down. He rolls it down about 1/3rd the way and I see his cheeks swell up like a chipmunk. I see some puke start to come out of his mouth while he puts his hand over his mouth and I finish rolling the window down for him. He puts his head out the window and proceeds to vomit. Some of it got inside the car. It was messy lol. We were going 70mph on the highway so it splattered around pretty good. We went back to his apartment and got the car cleaned and also ran it threw a car wash immediately. I won't out him but I did send pictures of him to one of our mutual friends. He said he was going to get revenge...but I don't know if he wants to start that war!!!!

On Saturday was the actual graduation ceremony. I woke up and got ready and watched the whole graduation. It was pretty boring since you're really only there to hear one name called out of x amount of people. After that went to my girls house for a BBQ and just hung out. I had to get back home on Sunday morning for my nephew who was having a christening. I made it to the church just in time and took my place. After that we had some people come back to my parents house for a little after party with some caterers and I decided to take a nap before I played poker.

I went to sleep at around 1:30pm planning on sleeping until 3:30pm so I could play the Sunday Million and all the other later tournaments but I didn't wake up til about 5:45. I hopped in all the tournaments I could like the 500nl, and other one's that were still registering. I just played all the later tournaments and I headed over to Stu's house to play. Hans was there as well. I got deep in the 500nl and some other tournaments but nothing special.

I got home from Stu’s at about 4am and immediately passed out. I woke up and went and worked out and hung around the house for a little bit. I decided to play poker at night instead of grinding all day. I missed the first FTOPS event but I was okay with that. I played the normal nightly schedule including the 1k FTOPS event. I got unlucky about 100 out of the money with QQ vs. AJcc for a 50k pot at 500/1k. He flopped a flush and I was drawing pretty dead. I think average was around 30-35k at that point so I would of been in great shape but that's poker! I did end up getting lucky enough in the 100r on Pokerstars to get 3rd place for about $20k.

Overall I feel like I played very well. I got into some really sick pots throughout this tournament. Here is one pot nearing the bubble where I just flat a UTG raise with QQ.

PokerStars Game #31490173193: Tournament #185961163, $100+$9 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XIV (800/1600) - 2009/08/10 23:44:37 ET
Table '185961163 9' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: Cre8ive (78121 in chips)
Seat 2: sms9231 (21201 in chips)
Seat 3: pittrounder (68006 in chips)
Seat 4: ErikTheKing7 (44634 in chips)
Seat 5: hwtd1 (46221 in chips)
Seat 6: twirlpro (35904 in chips)
Seat 7: Schappuscha (59198 in chips)
Seat 8: GeoffRas22 (94130 in chips)
Seat 9: Leanod (2143 in chips)
Cre8ive: posts the ante 150
sms9231: posts the ante 150
pittrounder: posts the ante 150
ErikTheKing7: posts the ante 150
hwtd1: posts the ante 150
twirlpro: posts the ante 150
Schappuscha: posts the ante 150
GeoffRas22: posts the ante 150
Leanod: posts the ante 150
pittrounder: posts small blind 800
ErikTheKing7: posts big blind 1600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Qs Qd]
hwtd1: raises 2200 to 3800
twirlpro: folds
Schappuscha: folds
GeoffRas22: folds
Leanod: folds
Cre8ive: calls 3800
sms9231: folds
pittrounder: folds
ErikTheKing7: folds
*** FLOP *** [8c 2d 4c]
hwtd1: bets 5825
Cre8ive: raises 8060 to 13885
hwtd1: raises 28386 to 42271 and is all-in
Cre8ive: calls 28386
*** TURN *** [8c 2d 4c] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [8c 2d 4c 2s] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hwtd1: shows [9c Kc] (two pair, Eights and Deuces)
Cre8ive: shows [Qs Qd] (two pair, Queens and Eights)
Cre8ive collected 95892 from pot

I held for a huge pot. And then I get into a pot with twirlpro. He's pretty aggressive and this pot was on just about the absolute bubble. I knew when I raised that he would most likely try to use the button and his position in this pot.

PokerStars Game #31490271743: Tournament #185961163, $100+$9 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XIV (800/1600) - 2009/08/10 23:48:26 ET
Table '185961163 9' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: Cre8ive (127492 in chips)
Seat 2: sms9231 (20751 in chips)
Seat 3: pittrounder (62868 in chips)
Seat 4: ErikTheKing7 (45384 in chips)
Seat 6: twirlpro (80034 in chips)
Seat 7: Schappuscha (53260 in chips)
Seat 8: GeoffRas22 (58076 in chips)
Seat 9: Leanod (1693 in chips)
Cre8ive: posts the ante 150
sms9231: posts the ante 150
pittrounder: posts the ante 150
ErikTheKing7: posts the ante 150
twirlpro: posts the ante 150
Schappuscha: posts the ante 150
GeoffRas22: posts the ante 150
Leanod: posts the ante 150
Schappuscha: posts small blind 800
GeoffRas22: posts big blind 1600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Ah As]
Leanod has timed out
Leanod: folds
Leanod is sitting out
Leanod has returned
Cre8ive: raises 2400 to 4000
sms9231: folds
pittrounder: folds
ErikTheKing7: folds
twirlpro: raises 6632 to 10632
Schappuscha: folds
GeoffRas22: folds
Cre8ive: raises 13053 to 23685
twirlpro: calls 13053
*** FLOP *** [6c 9c 3c]
Cre8ive: bets 57000
twirlpro: calls 56199 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (801) returned to Cre8ive
*** TURN *** [6c 9c 3c] [Jd]
*** RIVER *** [6c 9c 3c Jd] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Cre8ive: shows [Ah As] (two pair, Aces and Threes)
twirlpro: shows [6h 9h] (two pair, Nines and Sixes)
Cre8ive collected 163368 from pot

Lucky river for me but way lucky flop for him. The flop was horrible for me since I didn't have a club but either way vs. his range I knew I was in great shape to win a pot and after seeing what he held my read was pretty right there. I would of checked good flops to him and let him bluff probably but with him having a pot sized bet behind after he called my 4bet, shoving the flop was best for me.

I was chip leader when the bubble burst having 200k at 1k/2k. The field was really tough tonight and I basically just hovered about 150k until I made it to the final table. I had 150k at 5k/10k and won my first all in 9 handed AK vs. 77. I then chipped up and eventually we got 3 handed. Me, dyzalot, and sms (chicagocards.) I was down to about 300k to 800k (Chicago) to 1.9m (dyz) and ended up chipping up to 800k 3 handed when my bustout hand came up.

PokerStars Game #31494325259: Tournament #185961163, $100+$9 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XXVII (12500/25000) - 2009/08/11 3:24:25 ET
Table '185961163 13' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 4: sms9231 (536906 in chips)
Seat 5: Cre8ive (818368 in chips)
Seat 9: Dyzalot (1631726 in chips)
sms9231: posts the ante 2500
Cre8ive: posts the ante 2500
Dyzalot: posts the ante 2500
Dyzalot: posts small blind 12500
sms9231: posts big blind 25000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [4d 4c]
Cre8ive: raises 37000 to 62000
Dyzalot: raises 100000 to 162000
sms9231: folds
Cre8ive: raises 653868 to 815868 and is all-in
Dyzalot: calls 653868
*** FLOP *** [5d 3c Qh]
*** TURN *** [5d 3c Qh] [As]
*** RIVER *** [5d 3c Qh As] [Js]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Dyzalot: shows [Ac Ks] (a pair of Aces)
Cre8ive: shows [4d 4c] (a pair of Fours)
Cre8ive said, "gg"
Dyzalot collected 1664236 from pot
sms9231 said, "askdhas"
sms9231 said, "gg"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1664236 | Rake 0
Board [5d 3c Qh As Js]
Seat 4: sms9231 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: Cre8ive (button) showed [4d 4c] and lost with a pair of Fours
Seat 9: Dyzalot (small blind) showed [Ac Ks] and won (1664236) with a pair of Aces

Basically I had battled back from about nothing and sms had lost a lot of his chips too. I thought dyz could be 3betting light here given the dynamics and how everything was playing out. I shoved my 4's and was racing against his AK and couldn't dodge the turn/river. I like my shove in this spot because I think I get a fold from dyz a good percentage and 44 three handed in this spot doesn't play so bad. I would of had a little over half the chips in play with first place being almost $36k but I'll take 3rd. I did all I could and I felt like I played really well considering how tough all the opponents were and some of the spots I was put in. The bubble of the final table was real tough. All players left were really good and playing solid. Luckily things worked out for me to get in a spot to take it down. Time to make some runs at the FTOPS events since I have missed a couple of them this weekend and this week. Goodnight.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Finally a 1st...

Last night I was lucky enough to win the $100 Cubed (1 rebuy 1 addon) 6 max tournament on Full Tilt Poker.

The final table was pretty crazy. I have a good story for everyone. I was the chip leader and we were 6 handed. Nobody busted out for a while and I picked up Aces on the cutoff at 2k/4k. I made it 10k preflop. The button called and the big blind called. The flop came KK5r and we checked to the button who bet ~16k. I called. The turn came a J and I was thinking about what to do when my Internet cut out. I hesitated for about 20-30 seconds thinking maybe my connection had just flickered and then I immediately hoped on the phone to get a hold of someone who could log in until I could fix the problem. I was also deep with 20 left in the $117 Super Turbo which goes really fast and you definitely can't miss any hands there!

I called one of my friends who will remain unnamed (for his lack of urgency and help lol) and he was playing on his account and told me to call another one of our friends. I told him I was in a big pot with Aces and to log in my account immediately! He hesitated some more, I asked how much time I had left, he said 30 seconds and I reset my modem. I got it back up and ran back to my laptop just in time to hear the checking sound from sitting out and the guy in the pot immediately betting to take the pot. I'm not saying the guy is at fault for trying to win the pot when I time out and disconnect but he could of either 1) Used a little of his time bank to wait for me. Using all of his time bank would give him a disadvantage so that's fine. 2) Check the pot down. It most likely is completely my fault for not having a second connection if something like this happens but it was frustrating logging back in right as I sat out when the guy immediately bet and it folded my hand. Just some online poker etiquette I guess and I would wait a little bit for someone to come back but I definitely didn't fault the guy for trying to win the pot. He said he had QJ so that pot actually cost me probably 120k in chips. There was 70k in the pot and he most likely checks the turn and calls a 40-50k value bet on the river. The other thing was he was to my immediate left and him winning that pot gave him slightly more chips than me instead of me having 200k more than him.

After I got back on I settled back in and a couple players switched stacks with double ups and I finally busted the first guy out of the final table. At 3k/6k they shoved 70k UTG and I had AKhh in the small blind and reshoved my 230k stack. They had QQ and the board ran out QJ9xT and I hit the gutshot on the river and won the flip/pot.

Another player busted and we were 4 handed. I called a 12bb small blind shove in the big blind with A5o when he held 77 and I spiked an ace and we were now 3 handed. Three handed play the guy to my left was min raising the button every time. The third player had now lost all but 97k of his chips at 5k/10k. The button min raised and the small blind shoved all in for 97k. I had AQo in the big blind and with about 420k stack I elected to just call here. I didn't want the button to have a monster and knock me out in 3rd. Cold calling is pretty strong too and I don't think the button ever ever shoves unless im beat. He was a solid player so I really liked my play here. The button ended up calling as well and we checked a T42JT board (or something simliar) and the small blind had A3o, I held AQ, and the button had 88 and won the pot. I was now heads up.

Heads up I was a 2-1 underdog in chips. I had about 350k-400k to his 700k. I doubled up in a pretty awesome spot. The guy was min raising every button and then not playing too aggressive postflop. He min raised to 20k and I called with 56hh. The flop came 4h7h2d and I flopped a straight flush draw. He bet 28k and I check raised to 78k. He shoved A4ss and I called being a 70% favorite to win the pot although I only had 6 high at that point. I could win with a 3, 8, heart, 5 or 6. A lot of outs! I turned a pair of fives with the 5d and the river was a Js. I ended up doubling up there and taking a nice chip lead. I grinded the guy down keeping the pots small and value betting thin. When he was short like 15-12bbs he kept limping the small blind. I got to showdown a couple hands and he was limping T5o and other random hands so he was limping with his whole range and since I now had him over 4-1 I started to shove on him. He limped for 12k and I shoved 97o and he snap called with AQ and I ended up winning the tournament there. I had a discussion with Hans about the profitability of shoving when he limps since he folds such a high percent of time and we kind of argued about it but we think way differently about the game. Maybe I will go deeper into that in another post.

I wish I had the hand histories but my Internet kicked out again after the tournament before I could save some of them. Hopefully my memory is pretty fresh and I got most of the details right. Felt good to win a tournament outright but I would of liked to see how Full Tilt's Chop system works.

I just did a Podcast for Pocketfives which will be up tomorrow. Other than that the FTOPS is here and congratulations to Hans for probably being the first person to Final table both super turbos on Full Tilt yesterday. He took 5th in the $59 6 max and 3rd in the $117. I ended up getting like 15th or something on a nasty beat QQ vs 36cc on 855cc board for a big pot. First place in that was 11k so that might of made my night better last night but I am not complaining!

Don't ever say you run bad Hans.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Weekend Poker Results...

My weekend was alright. I didn't play poker Thursday or Friday and then Saturday I put in a full schedule. I had 4-5 cashes and one final table. I final tabled the $100 rebuy on Full Tilt Poker and got 6th. Was pretty card dead at the final table, lost QKdd vs JTo to have average stack, bust out a player, and be 5 handed. Then I doubled A6 vs AK when I only had 5 big blinds. Ultimately I lost AQ (bb) vs KdT (sb) when he shoved all in for my last 18 blinds (Flop A56dd9dJd - running diamonds ouch.) So close yet again but didn't go my way. I also got 10th in the $200 Heads up on FTP, 18th in the $200 PLO on Stars, and I think a cash in the $55r on stars. It wasn't a bad day but anytime you make a final table you want to win it.

Now.. onto today. My Sunday was absolutely horrible. I ran really really really bad for the most part of today. Variance so they say. I have been running pretty good the last couple of weeks and definitely hit a road bump today. It was really frustrating losing some of the hands the way I did since I had gotten used to my hands holding up/running decent lol. Yeah it was really bad all day. I just was getting crushed by everyone. The day looked like a complete failure with no cashes until I had a couple tournaments left. I told myself stay positive and keep playing good. I busted two more tournaments and finally got some chips in the $163 on FTP. I ended up getting down to 12 or 13 people left in that tournament and ended up losing.

I shoved Q8o from the small blind for ~175k at 5k/10k into the chip leaders big blind (who had about 450k) and he called and had AQo and won. With 21k out there to pick up I don't hate my shove. The tournament really did get shortstacked towards the end but I feel like my edge is bigger in these tournaments than to pick a spot like that. I'll have to do some pokerstove calculations. I'm pretty sure I'm 35% against his range to call my shove (one of those unexploitable shoves us Internet players talk about.) It's probably a profitable shove but I'm sure its close. Even with 17bbs left in that tournament short handed I think I can get it in better than that.

That tournament was my only shot to have a decent Sunday and I guess I blew it. I'll be back at it again tomorrow and hopefully I shook off all the bad luck lol.

Other than poker I have just been going to the gym and hanging out with friends here and there. My ultrasound results said everything was fine but the doctor wants me to come back in 3 months and get my blood work redone. So until then they recommended I don't drink alcohol and I watch what I eat. No fried foods and other foods high in cholesterol. Going out will probably be pretty boring now that I can't drink so you will either find me in the gym working out or playing poker for the most part. Those are my plans for now. FTOPS is coming up too this week. Hopefully the little heater continues and I keep running good. Variance in poker is really crazy especially in MTTs. I was able to witness it first hand this week and it's a scary thing. I hope I stay on the positive side of variance for a long time! Goodnight.