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.


OES said...

Yooooo. I sweated ya a lot for the 163r 6max for awhile and it was awesome to see ya run it.

Love your mindset and philosophy with MTT's. Bet ya you share that mindset with only a select few other players out there.

With Mr. Woods, I was simply just shocked to see this all go down. I understand your thing about media, but it's just inevitable. I love Tiger, but a good amount of respect is lost. I try not to be judgmental, but cheating on your wife is bad, and even more I think when you have young kids.

Tristan "Cre8ive" Wade said...

Yeah I agree with the Tiger situation. It's disappointing to see all that happen. I just hate how the media is in control of so much, but that's how it is. You have to really monitor what you believe. Hopefully Tiger can bounce back and learn from the mistakes. That's all he can do now.