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.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Double C's...

The double C's... Congratulations and Coaching. Congrats to one of my first students that I've been coaching. His name is Eugene. He final tabled a $500 Borgata tournament that had roughly 1000 players. He busted 10th but he was very short stacked and card dead. He did a great job.

He emailed me today and told me the good news and I was really excited about it. I just started coaching and taking on students. I had some people approach me about it. I figured since there was enough interest I would try it out and see how it went. This really makes me feel good that someone I have been helping out in poker has had some immediate success already. Eugene is already a good player so I don't know how much I contributed but I am very happy for him none the less.

I have a couple other students and people that I've been coaching and it's pretty fun. I take for granted some of the things I know in poker that come second nature to me. Even the basics of the game can be forgotten and coaching helps me get back to the basics and refine my game. If anyone is interested in coaching email me at "Cre8iveCoach -AT-" (Replace the -AT- with @ of course.)

Aside from that I had a decent day today. Had a couple bubbles, a final table, and almost a final table. I got deep in the 100r 6max on Full Tilt and got pretty unlucky in two big pots, then lost a huge flip AK vs JJ in the end for almost 100bb pot with 10 left or so. This was the worst beat I took with 3 tables left. It was a huge pot at the time.

Full Tilt Poker Game #14750692360: $100,000 Guarantee (Rebuy) (105271463), Table 43 - 1200/2400 Ante 300 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:20:24 ET - 2009/09/17
Seat 1: elanor (51,983)
Seat 2: gboro780 (171,960)
Seat 3: einstein007 (23,550)
Seat 5: Cre8ive (233,572)
Seat 6: THE_GOLDMINE (90,241)
elanor antes 300
gboro780 antes 300
einstein007 antes 300
Cre8ive antes 300
THE_GOLDMINE antes 300
Cre8ive posts the small blind of 1,200
THE_GOLDMINE posts the big blind of 2,400
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [2h 2d]
elanor folds
gboro780 folds
einstein007 has 15 seconds left to act
einstein007 folds
Cre8ive raises to 7,200
THE_GOLDMINE calls 4,800
*** FLOP *** [9s 6c 2s]
Cre8ive checks
THE_GOLDMINE bets 7,999
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive raises to 18,465
THE_GOLDMINE has 15 seconds left to act
THE_GOLDMINE raises to 82,741, and is all in
Cre8ive calls 64,276
THE_GOLDMINE shows [9c Td]
Cre8ive shows [2h 2d]
*** TURN *** [9s 6c 2s] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [9s 6c 2s 7c] [8d]
THE_GOLDMINE shows a straight, Ten high
Cre8ive shows three of a kind, Twos
THE_GOLDMINE wins the pot (181,382) with a straight, Ten high

ROUGH! I also lost AKcc vs his A3o for a 40bb pot before this hand took place. I came back from it though and really liked how I played this tournament/felt I played really well.

I have actually been staying at my buddy Jason Mercier's condo the last couple of days grinding WCOOP with him. He won the WCOOP 2nd Chance PLO 6max tournament yesterday, so congrats to him on that! We've had some decent results the last couple of days and I think I might stay one more day and play here until I head back home. He only lives about 40 minutes away from my house so he's not that far away. It's a pretty comfortable poker environment and I have a nice setup to play on. We've just been playing poker all day everyday and haven't really done anything else. I need to workout again cause I've already missed two/three days. I have been doing push ups and stretching in between breaks but I miss hitting the gym and the basketball court. I'll see how I feel in the morning if I decide to stay another day.

I guess that's all for now... Goodnight guys.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bloody Sundays...

I awoke from my sleep this morning surrounded by fog and loud gunfire. I could hear screams of horror, moans of death. I couldn't see anything. I stayed low to the ground to avoid the stray bullets. I was unharmed at the present time but still feared for my life. I couldn't see three feet in front of me. "Where am I?" I asked myself. I crawled through the grass while bullets whizzed by my ears. I could hear people around me. They were everywhere. I was on the battlefield.

I made my way over to a wounded soldier. I don't know what they were fighting for or who they were fighting against, but it was a massacre. I grabbed his gun and started firing at the enemy. BAM. BAM. BAM. I let shots unload out the rifle without knowing who I was aiming at or what we were fighting for. All I knew was I was fighting for my life. I had to get out of there immediately. The next thing I knew... I was hit. A bullet cut through my flesh right into my abdomen. I couldn't move, I could hardly breathe. It was the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced. At this point I just wanted the pain to go away. I wanted to be back in my bed, asleep. Welcome to the game of poker and welcome to my Sunday.

Haha.. guess I was a little bored and felt like that little story would appropriately fit my Sunday today. I felt like I got beat up. Well I did get beat up. I probably didn't play so well and the deck was not favoring me either for the most part. I still am probably playing too many tables on Sundays. It's hard not to play all these good tournaments but it definitely has to be hurting me in the long run, hell even short run. Who knows. What I do know is that I did horrible today. I probably played bad too. I am going to look over some hands but I know I wasn't playing my best for the most part. I had the life sucked out of me in a couple tournaments.

Early on in the 1k this hand came up..

PokerStars Game #32807554662: Tournament #200909028, $1000+$50 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level II (30/60) - 2009/09/13 18:05:03 ET
Table '200909028 102' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: TheProphesy1 (14425 in chips)
Seat 2: KKgeoroAA (31527 in chips)
Seat 3: SOXFAN83 (13574 in chips)
Seat 4: GotURead (17615 in chips)
Seat 5: marmoottin (15115 in chips)
Seat 6: qjuice14 (15925 in chips)
Seat 7: Cre8ive (12370 in chips)
Seat 8: TimDawg888 (15909 in chips)
Seat 9: CPT CRUX (13540 in chips)
TimDawg888: posts small blind 30
CPT CRUX: posts big blind 60
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Kd 9d]
TheProphesy1: folds
KKgeoroAA: folds
SOXFAN83: folds
GotURead: folds
marmoottin: folds
qjuice14: raises 120 to 180
Cre8ive: raises 300 to 480
TimDawg888: folds
CPT CRUX: folds
qjuice14: calls 300
*** FLOP *** [Qh Tc Jd]
qjuice14: checks
Cre8ive: bets 650
qjuice14: raises 1125 to 1775
Cre8ive: calls 1125
*** TURN *** [Qh Tc Jd] [Qs]
qjuice14: bets 2895
Cre8ive: calls 2895
*** RIVER *** [Qh Tc Jd Qs] [4c]
qjuice14: checks
Cre8ive: bets 2220
qjuice14: calls 2220
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Cre8ive: shows [Kd 9d] (a straight, Nine to King)
qjuice14: shows [As Kc] (a straight, Ten to Ace)
qjuice14 collected 14830 from pot

I probably played the river bad. I had 7220 and there was about 10k or so in the pot. I definitely didn't think he would check river with full houses or better than K9. But it was hard to put together a hand he would c/r the flop with and fire the turn and then check the river. I think QK still bets any Qx combo bets still so I was thinking he might of had like JK or JT and the turn counterfeited his two pair so I decided to throw a small bet out there for value. I definitely didn't think he would flat a button 3bet with AK. After this pot I lost the last of my chips with AA all in pre. I wasn't running real good today but no complaints, that's just how it goes.

Tomorrow is another day and another WCOOP event. The WCOOP has been draining me out but I'm going to try to refocus and play better. For those who saw the hand in the last blog I will copy/paste some stuff that I posted on pocketfives about the hand. Here are the results (taken from pocketfives blog post):

"Alright.. Some good comments here. Now let me give you my two cents. We are very deep stacked. He raised under the gun. I have played with moorman a bunch and know he's really good. His range for raising under the gun is pretty loose, so me 3betting him out of position is tough because he can flat call me and I'm out of position vs one of the best in the world, or he can 4bet me and my hand might be in trouble. Although against a moorman 4 bet in this spot I probably wouldn't fold but that’s another discussion and irrelevant here.

Anyways, given the stacks, I am not trying to play a 200bb pot all in preflop with AK vs an UTG raise, because typically AK won't be in good shape. He would never get it all in with AQ against me. So I decided to just flat call and disguise my hand.

On the flop it is a good flop for him to bet. I assume he is betting with his whole raising range so I decided to call here, to see what develops.

The turn is another 5. Flush draws are now no good if he has a pair and I would not continue the turn with a flush draw for the most part. I'm pretty sure he knows this and this is why he decided to fire the turn again. I am basically folding out more of my range which would be all flush draws and maybe smaller pairs, so he decided to second barrel. It's still a good card for him to bluff but it's still a good card for me because It doesn’t really change the board for my hand.

Now to the river. The river is a relatively safe card as well. The flush draws missed and the board is pretty dry still. I decided to check again and he bet 9k into about a 6k pot. I thought about it for a while before I decided what to do. First, I know his preflop raising range from UTG is really wide. I know he's betting the flop and turn a bunch as well. Now the river bet is what makes the hand so interesting to me.

Someone above said my hand looks like 99-JJ and I completely agree. I thought he thought that was what I had. He was putting me on a TT type hand and felt that I would have to fold the river to an overbet 3rd barrel. I don't think moorman overbets the river for value with JJ/QQ and I have AK which has blockers against him having AA or KK. I am not saying he can't have AA/KK but the chances are lessened. So I thought for a while and decided this was just a bluff, with a hand that he felt didn't have showdown vs my range that I get to the river with. He could make this bet with 88/77 or 5x but like I said, I feel like he would of went for a smaller value bet... so after thinking for a little while I decided to call.

*** RIVER *** [5h 5d 8h 5s] [7c]

Cre8ive: checks

Moorman1: bets 9000

Cre8ive: calls 9000

*** SHOW DOWN ***

Moorman1: shows [Tc Ad] (three of a kind, Fives)

Cre8ive: shows [Kd Ac] (three of a kind, Fives - Ace+King kicker)

Cre8ive collected 24430 from pot

*** SUMMARY ***

I'm not trying to brag about making a good call vs. moorman or anything. He's a great player and very tough to play against. I'm just showing an interesting hand I played and my thought process behind it. I really like this hand because I thought it out well and he also was thinking pretty deeply too.

Any other comments are welcomed."

That's all I got for now. Goodnight guys.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I Got Crushed...

I got crushed on Sunday for the most part. The whole first 2/3s of my day I was getting demolished. Just losing, getting coolered, getting put in tough spots, all around it was a typical Sunday where nothing was going right. I was down probably 5-6k at one point because there were a lot of big tournaments going on and such. The best thing was I didn't give up. Poker has it's ups and downs and you cant stop fighting. There is luck and you have to be able to control your emotions and try to play every hand perfectly. Luckily I kept fighting and made a run in the 1k second chance and got 27th, and I also had a 20 something in the 200r. So I ended up making some money back but it still was a pretty rough Sunday.

I played some real crazy pots throughout the day. I will show you a pot vs. Moorman1. He's a real good player and real tough to play against. This is a hand from the 1k second chance WCOOP.

$1000+$50 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level V (75/150) - 2009/09/06 19:22:05
Table '192210576 13' 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: The-Toilet 0 (20862 in chips)
Seat 2: Slambamiel (3262 in chips)
Seat 3: Pokerccini (5349 in chips)
Seat 4: Cre8ive (17580 in chips)
Seat 5: MONSTER_DONG (10360 in chips)
Seat 6: Moorman1 (21206 in chips)
Seat 7: bonya37 (12835 in chips)
Seat 8: WestMenlo92 (4315 in chips)
Seat 9: sunf204 (18331 in chips)
The-Toilet 0: posts the ante 20
Slambamiel: posts the ante 20
Pokerccini: posts the ante 20
Cre8ive: posts the ante 20
MONSTER_DONG: posts the ante 20
Moorman1: posts the ante 20
bonya37: posts the ante 20
WestMenlo92: posts the ante 20
sunf204: posts the ante 20
Cre8ive: posts small blind 75
MONSTER_DONG: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Kd Ac]
Moorman1: raises 300 to 450
bonya37: folds
WestMenlo92: folds
sunf204: folds
The-Toilet 0: folds
Slambamiel: folds
Pokerccini: folds
Cre8ive: calls 375
*** FLOP *** [5h 5d 8h]
Cre8ive: checks
Moorman1: bets 800
Cre8ive: calls 800
*** TURN *** [5h 5d 8h] [5s]
Cre8ive: checks
Moorman1: bets 1800
Cre8ive: calls 1800
*** RIVER *** [5h 5d 8h 5s] [7c]
Cre8ive: checks
Moorman1: bets 9000
Cre8ive: ??

So basically I just flatted his UTG raise with AKo from the small blind. We are really deep and I decided I would play a pot out of position with him. The flop he cbet, the turn he fired again, and on the river he bets about 3k more than the pot which is about 6k. Maybe I could have folded the turn, maybe I didn't have to call. What do you guys think about the hand so far and what do you think of his river bet? Is it always the nuts and a nice value bet? Let me know your opinions and I'll tell you what I think.

I took yesterday off. There were only a couple of good tournaments and I was real tired from a good workout I had earlier in the morning. I worked out this morning again and am feeling really good. My knee is probably 100% I just need to strengthen the muscles around it, which I have been doing lately. I started jumping a lot more and trying to dunk again. I almost got a couple down today so hopefully by the end of the month I can have some more leg strength. Other than that I'm just at home trying to do something in the WCOOPS.

Today hasn't been going so well either. I tried to play real aggressive in the WCOOP 6 handed mix and it bit me in the butt in two hands. I had KJdd on a K78hhh flop and check/called a bet from the table nit and on the Kc turn he bet again and I either had to shove/fold. I could have called since I think its highly unlikely he bombs the river again as a bluff, but I shoved the turn and he had 77. I think I played this hand real bad and if anything should just call the turn. I don't know. My hand is pretty disguised but I just don't think hes bluffing the turn too often, but I could be wrong if he has the Ah or something. Oh well. I will be playing a session tonight if I don't last in my afternoon tournaments.

Everyone should also go buy the Jay-Z CD Blueprint 3. It's a little different style but I really enjoy it. There's a lot of hidden stuff in the lyrics so you might have to listen to it a couple times. I didn't like some of the songs but the whole album has really grown on me and I really like it overall. I think it's some of his best work. I'll leave you guys with a quote from a new Drake song called Fear, that is also an amazing song he did...

"But yall the reason for a lot of my devotion. You know I spend money because spendin time is hopeless. And know I pop bottles cause I bottle my emotions. At least I put it all in the open..."

It's a song about his friends and his life. It's pretty deep and the song is really good in my opinion. Check it out here.

Good luck in the WCOOPS for everyone who is playing. I'll be blogging.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lots to Talk About...

Hey everyone. Haven't posted in a while because I didn't think I had anything to post about. I took a little time off and only played here and there and was doing a bunch of other things as well. The FTOPS ended and I didn't play too many events like I talked about before. So I was in a little slump after that and last weekend I had a decent weekend. I won a tournament on Saturday and then got a 4th in another tournament on Sunday. I had some other random cashes and shots in tournaments but
they didn't go so well.

First place in the cubed turbo. Of course you have to get lucky to get far in this tournament and luck was on my side this day.

This tournament was really frustrating. I was on a huge roller coaster ride with a few tables left until I finally got my stack and kept it. I was a big chip leader going into the final table and really felt in control the whole tournament. I lost a flip 8 handed which knocked me down from 1.6m to 1.2m or so. Then we got down to 4 handed play (which I felt really comfortable to have a chance to take the tournament down) and this hand came up.

PokerStars Game #32253767869: Tournament #188959520, $100+$9 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XXVII (12500/25000) - 2009/08/30 20:21:23 ET
Table '188959520 48' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: bobboufl11 (536792 in chips)
Seat 7: WestMenlo92 (941259 in chips)
Seat 8: Ice-F1968 (2404598 in chips)
Seat 9: Cre8ive (1175351 in chips)
bobboufl11: posts the ante 2500
WestMenlo92: posts the ante 2500
Ice-F1968: posts the ante 2500
Cre8ive: posts the ante 2500
Ice-F1968: posts small blind 12500
Cre8ive: posts big blind 25000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Jh Jc]
bobboufl11: folds
WestMenlo92: raises 32880 to 57880
Ice-F1968: raises 2344218 to 2402098 and is all-in
Cre8ive: calls 1147851 and is all-in
WestMenlo92: folds
Uncalled bet (1229247) returned to Ice-F1968
*** FLOP *** [4h Qh Th]
*** TURN *** [4h Qh Th] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [4h Qh Th Kc] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Ice-F1968: shows [Ah As] (a pair of Aces)
Cre8ive: shows [Jh Jc] (a pair of Jacks)
Cre8ive said, "gg"
Ice-F1968 collected 2413582 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2413582 | Rake 0
Board [4h Qh Th Kc 3s]
Seat 1: bobboufl11 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: WestMenlo92 (button) folded before Flop
Seat 8: Ice-F1968 (small blind) showed [Ah As] and won (2413582) with a pair of Aces
Seat 9: Cre8ive (big blind) showed [Jh Jc] and lost with a pair of Jacks

This was a very rough hand. The blinds were 12.5k/25k and I had almost 1.2 million. The chip leader had 2.4 million, which was about 100 big blinds. The button made it about 60k, the chip leader moved ALL IN for 2.4 million, and I snap called with JJ in the big blind. I literally thought his range was 22-88 and at BEST AK. The only other information I had on the player was at the final table when he 3bet a UTG raiser 3x the initial raise and the UTG raiser shoved in JJ and the villain called with KK. So in that instance he 3x'd 3bet/called and didn't just jam in. So when we are 4 handed and he just jams for 100bbs JJ is supposed to be a huge favorite over his range for shoving.

AA isn't supposed to be in his range. AA is such a monster of a hand, not just No Limit Holdem in general, but especially 4 handed. I say this because other people's ranges open up considerably in 4 handed play rather than in 9 handed play. So same goes for my situation having JJ. JJ is a monster hand 4 handed play considering the action in front of me too. I really felt in control for the end of this tournament and losing this way really bothered me. It bothered me the most because the villain played his hand in a matter in which he is ONLY getting called by other monster hands, and I happened to wake up with one of those hands I would call him with. To me this is way more unlucky than a KK vs AA situation. For this hand to go down this way: Button raising, small blind chip leader moving in for 100bbs, me having JJ in the big blind (with the information I have on the villain -- I knew he was splashing around a lot and pretty loose [he defended an early position raise at the final table with 67o and was playing a bunch of pots out of position] and also the 3x 3bet he did earlier with KK) there is no way I could get away from this hand. It's really one of the unluckiest spots I've been in deep in a poker tournament.

Hopefully that's not too much ramble and you guys can understand what I'm saying. Just the way the hand played out sucks. As far as ICM is concerned, it's very close. I talked to some people about the hand, not about the call (because I think it's an easy call with given information) and ICM factors might play into maybe possibly folding this hand. I didn't really even consider ICM when I was playing especially when this spot came up. Maybe next time I will take a little time and remember this situation and run some ICM calculations before I make a hasty decision.

I played the first WCOOP 6max tournament and got pretty far. About 8-9 hours in with 200-300 people left I played a hand really bad. I was pretty tired and just made a really bad play vs. a non-thinking player. With that one bad played hand it really ruined my momentum. I had a ton of chips the whole way through the tournament and this killed it all. I was a big stack then went to a short stack, chipped up, and then played another bad pot which knocked me out. That was pretty frustrating as well. The WCOOP has some great structures for their tournaments but I saw that the tournament lasted til 7am. It started at 2:30pm est and finished at 7am. So that is almost 17 hours of poker!!! That is really crazy for someone to sit in front of a computer for 17 hours straight. I think stars should do something about having their structures like this for single day tournaments. 17 hours of online poker has to be equivalent to about 3 days of poker for a live tournament.

I guess I have said enough for this blog. I have a lot more to talk about and will be updating the blog a few times this week. Hopefully can have some WCOOP success to talk about.