Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
So today was the day. Nothing like a free tournament in a real tournament setting to get your juices flowing before a weeklong WSOP binge. Michelle came with me, and expecting the freeroll to have a not-so-friendly structure, we set the over/under for starting chips at 4K, and I took the under. To my surprise, it was 5K! But only 15 minute levels - and some crazy jumps later in the tournament.
583 runners, 60 getting paid. Now, to save you the suspense I busted around 85th, 25 short of the money but the most interesting part of the tournament was with exception of my bustout hand, I DID NOT LOSE A SINGLE HAND in the tournament. That's how bad this structure was. I did chop hands however.....FIVE OF THEM. Aq, Kj, and AJ twice. Also uncharacteristic, and probably was a major detriment to cashing. They were without a doubt the most interesting hands. At the second break I was short, but as short stack hero I brought it back up to 21.5K, but this structure was so bad(900/1800/200 to 1200/2400/500 anyone?) it seems like everyone was feeling the crunch. At 2000/4000/1000 I was at about 5BB and shoved with a4 with one caller, who showed 69os. Clear until the river, when he spiked a 6 - winning that would have probably gotten me to the money. Overall I was happy with the way I played, and feel pretty good going into Tuesday. Here's our tentative plan...
Tues. Cash/ WSOP $135 Daily Deepstack
Wed. Cash/ PH 6pm $100
Thurs. Cash/ Golden Nugget $125 or possibly Aria
Fri. we leave, but will stay the day depending on how well we do.
Cash is obviously the major variable, but the best option for chasing losses.
I'll be reporting soon from Vegas!
Friday, May 30, 2014
Yes, I havent been mentioning Bovada because well, the fewer on there the better, but if you follow blogs or podcasts at all, the cat is out of the bag and the fields are bigger than they have ever been, so no need to really keep quiet about it. I am going for a 4k goal because that would give me 80 buyins at $40, and would allow me to play for more cash and whenever I tip above 4K, I can cash out. It also frees me up to enter the $100K on Sundays if I don't sat in it. I've had a few decent cashes in that but its been two years since my $9K score there(I cashed a majority of that out). So, I'm at 2.6K now...I was up to 3.4 but went on a bad downswing. I've found that due to anonymous tables, I can pretty much max out at 2 tables a time to play close attention. My winrate has been horrible when I play more.
And the WSOP is set for me. Not on my bday this year, but later in the month, 6/24-27. As far as the actual WSOP is concerned, I will only probably play one daily deepstack and then spend my time at other establishments - probably a PH event, an Aria event, and one or two at the Nugget. Hopefully I'll make a deep run in something!
Friday, May 9, 2014
What is funny is that today, on my way out, I sat down at The Flamingo. I had decded to only play at places I had never been to before - I've now played at every LV Vegas property - and of all the rooms, I liked the vibe of Flamingo the best - best of all, they had little USB charger stations under the table. Nice luxury.
And I was playing well today - I sat down with $100 and ran it up to $345 at one point. I was down to about $205 when THIS happened. I'll be thinking about this hand.
I'm on the button with Ac7c. 3 limpers, and Villian in cutoff raises to 10. I call, as does everyone else (typical chasing like this happens a lot at this table.) Pot is 53.
Flop comes 4cQc5d. The villain pushes out 35. This guy had been very active. I didnt like this bet. It reeked of protecting something else besides the queen, or if he had it, he definitely did not want to see another club come. I call the 35. Pot is 103
The turn brings an interesting card, the 8h. I now have a flush draw and a gut shot straight. He now puts out 65. Now I do some math.
Presuming 9 clubs in the deck, one is the 6, so three more 6's and I have 12 outs to beat anything I think he might have, save a river that quads up a set he might be carrying, but I feel a straight or the nut flush will be the best hand here. So my odds are 3.8-1. Pot is 168 to call 65, so my pot odds are about 2.6-1. My implied odds if I hit are through the roof. Of course, I am supposed to fold, right? Not only do I call, I decide to go for broke.
Based on what I knew about this guy, he was a trapper. He had checked a flopped straight earlier and let someone catch a flush on him. He also checked down a set and feebly threw out a small bet to get a little action on the river when no one bit. So, my read was that he had some kind of big pair, or had possibly hit the Q hard with something like AQ. He wouldnt play a set the way he had been playing it. I didnt want the only way I won this hand was by hitting a club or a 6...I wanted to see if I could conceivably push him off of whatever he has as well. So, I shove.
To my surprise he calls.
The river comes with no club, no 6, and he tables - sure enough, AQ. Busto.
So, my main error was going for the flush in the first place, considering my odds. But I was down for the trip, and there was a lot of money in the middle. Not shoving over him and simply calling would have been a better play too, though it would have only left me with about $85. Looking back that would have been the better move, as I might still be playing there now instead of back on my couch in LA.
But - I was happy about adjusting my play today. I was having more fun and was awake enough to pay attention. I had strong reads on everyone for the most part and felt like myself at the tables more than I had earlier in the week. In other words, I regained confidence in the abilities I knew I had. But, still made the aforementioned error.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Hello dear readers!
It has been an interesting a few days here in Sin City. I'm actually working here, which has meant some long hours not a whole lot of opportunity to play poker . When I have been playing I've been generally sluggish and quite tired, and as a result my poker play has been- well, less than stellar.
In fact, even though I have one more evening here, I can say with some confidence that this could be my worst outing ever at the tables here in Vegas . I am roughly $300 down after two long sessions(on at the venetian, the other at PH).
My first session, i dusted off $200 within an hour, with two key plays doing the primary damage.
Im in the 10 seat utg+1 and a fairly aggressive guy in the 6 seat has position. I open to $7 with 77 and i get three callers. He flop comes 3A3(not sure of suits, but a 3 flush never came). To thin the field up a bit I make it $15 and only get 1 call from the 6. I can't put him on a 3, but a suited aX is definitely in his range. I had seen him set mine and hit twice already, and he was a frequent 3better on the flop and turn with most any pair- the table was nitty and it was working a lot for him. Im going to assume moving forward this a fold if i see the same. The turn comes another ace. I decide to take about 5 seconds and do the mental hollywooding of deciding what to raise. The best way to take this, i think, was to rep the set and keep telling the story. I make it $25 and he calls. He's not the type to give me rope to hang myself, so im putting him on a pair. Im fairly confident he would have 3bet 1010-AA pre, so right now im thinking 88 or 99 have me beat, but he could be hanging on with 44-66 as well.The turn comes a 4 and i throw another $25 out , he calls and tables 88. Right read, wromg action.
The bustout hand was stupid, really.I have KdJd in mp and limp behind 2 other limpers. The button makes it 7 and i come along as well as the bb.
The flop is xkx with two diamonds. I check, the button makes it 15, bb folds and i call. This fellow had not been very active- i had about $95 behind and he had me well covered. The turn is a blank, and i check. He puts out 25 again. I eliminate a flush draw from his range as i doubt hed bet the draw this big. KQ and AK are possible, but it was getting late and i had to get up early- so i shoved my last 80. He took no time to call and tabled AK. Quite ashamed.
Planey Hollywood didnt do much better. Nobody seemed to be having much fun either. I did go up early with a K7 on the bb that hit the flop hard, and i felted the kq across the table from me. That jumped me up to $290, but then gave that amount back on this hand.
Young Ukrainian who had been quite aggressive is the villain. I have AsKd. I pop it up to 10 and the ukrainian calls. Flop comes K67 with two clubs. He has always led out so i let him dictate the call. He makes it 20 and i consider 3betting here(and i should have) but instead i call. The turn, no club and a blank. I try to confuse him a bit and lead out for 28. After a few seconds, he calls.The river fills out the flush with a 10 and he checks. I figure im good and bet 30, he calls and tables 89. Ugh.
I went up and down a bit after that, ad when the table dropped to 6, i left with $105.
My game feels off this week. My days have been long, and i may not play again this trip. I may play on my way ouy of town on thursday- ill see how i feel. This would be my first trip aside from the wsop where i might leave down.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I don't plan on hitting any tournaments unless my bankroll really swells up, and if I do, it will either be the Aria daily, or this really cool promotion they have at Planet Hollywood I read about - they have a Micromania table 1/1 blinds and a micromania tournament that is only $10 or something like that, WITH a guarantee. Pretty much all my bankroll can handle right now, with a lot of it tied up online. I haven't really mentioned it on the blog, but I am working towards a $4K goal online so I can register into any tournament I want without too much worry about my roll going down. Right now I am hovering around $2K and need a couple more good scores to get there.I haven't hit anything really big in 2 years (see my $9K online win back in the archives) but the little scores always help!
Monday, April 21, 2014
Of course, I'll be doing a trip summary once all is done.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
I really wasn't feeling like I was in the right mindset to play on Saturday, and was definitely not in a mindset to play for 8 hours and not cash. Most of the time I wouldn't mind that, as I enjoy the challenge of going deep, but things popped up the day before that made me realize how valuable the day off was - I get fewer and fewer ENTIRE days off where I don't have any obligations and as Saturday crept closer I simply thought of better ways to spend it.
The WSOP circuit event will come to the Bike in March, and barring one of their dailies, that may be my next big buy-in. In the meantime I'll play online or hit a casino if work takes me nearby.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Without giving any strategy away, I made some promises to myself about things I would ALWAYS do, and some things I would NEVER do - kind of like a mission for myself on this trip. In some cases, it worked out great, not so good in others, but overall I feel like this trip will really help my game for the future. So, the tally.
I got into the MGM around 5 on Thursday - long lines, but checked in, and then met up with Colby and Joe at the Hard Rock to eat dinner. I stupidly thought walkng there from the MGM would be 'fun' - let's never, ever do that again. We ate at this place called Culinary Dropout - pretty good, and felt like a NYC-type bar, so we were right at home there. We stopped by Planet Hollywood to potentially play some blackjack, but Colby's place was out by Green Valley Ranch, so we stopped by MGM to get my car, and we headed there for lower BJ and craps bets. Sure enough, $5 tables, so while they played blakjack, I naturally headed to the lower house advantage game, craps. Aaaand....
$-50. So, down so far, but I had planned to drive separately so I could see what they had to offer in the way of poker. So, we parted ways and I headed to the room. Only two tables going, so I sat at the 1/2 NL table with just $100. So, in brief, my very basic promises were to NEVER limp unless in the SB with odds, and ALWAYS bet out if I had a decent holding in position. I had lots of other promises I made, but I don't want all of you to become poker geniuses. Like I said, this didn't always weather variance, but in this session, it worked fairly well, as this table was as tight as a newborn virgin babe.
Right away, quad 4's, which I got $20 for via some promotion that I didnt quite understand, but I wasn't complaining. I then raise to $11 with 99, get once caller and bink a 9 on the flop with an AQ next to it. A mini-war breaks out and I stack someone with AQ, who couldnt quite believe that he lost the pot. I guesss two pair is always good in the Green Valley! I was now up $100 but technically $50 from the craps debacle, and I hovered around there for a while when just as quickly as I got there, the table broke. So, I went home.
I was pretty tired the next day, so I basically did nothing for the first part. Made a $50 bet on Clemson and won that, then went to meet Colby and Joe on Frmeont at this cool little place called Commonwealth. Great bar, great cocktails, a fun time was had - but I wanted to get a long session in so I ducked out early-ish. On to the MGM.....
Now, I will say right off the bat that I STILL don't approve of the MGM's move of the poker room to this weird alcove - so I can say with some confidence that next time I come to Vegas, it wont be my room of choice. But I was pretty happy wth how the session went, from 11-4, tidily doubling up from $200 to $400 without a whole lot of effort, utilizing some of my new strategums. I can't remember much of my hands ( I did a bad job of taking notes this trip) , but a significant pot came when I raised the pot with 7d8d and flopped a straight flush. Luckily the ace high flush was also at the table, so he got stacked.
-50+100 +200 = up $250
The next morning was my checkout day - so it was basically up to me to decide when I would go home. I thought about registering for the 1pm Aria $125, but since I'll be doing the Mega Millions at the Bike next Saturday I figured I could wait on tourney action. So, back to the MGM I went.
Much, much tougher table. I went up and down from $380 all the way to $47 at one point. This is where table selection should have come into play. I knew there were 3 tough players at my table. I sat back for about 15 minutes and observed the action - and saw that I'd be better off elsewhere - but I stayed. Evne though I marked off who I would avoid, I made a foolish error against one of those people. I woke up with KK and raised to $14 after three limpers. He called me. The flop comes JJ8. Not the best flop for me, but I make it $23, and he calls. The turn is a brick and he leads out for $50. Now, my analyitcal mind is telling me he has to bet this as a bluff because if he has nothing it is the only way he can take the pot by representing a J, but my other risk-averse mind won and I folded, at which point he tabled a4 offsuit. Totally bluffed, and I knew right away I had made a crucial error there. The other strong player almost always had two pair when I had top pair, but I will say I learned a lot in my hands with him, and with my new ideas in tow, I rose to a higher level. I had a lot of great play against some of the other players, and stacked a few guys, but despite my efforts I was down $50 from my original stack when this happened.
So, I've never won a bad beat jackpot or anything like that, but this promotion at MGM kept me there till 6pm - every four hours they draw a name from these tickets - you get a ticket in your name when you take to showdown any flush or better, win or lose. you sign the ticket and it goes in the bucket. Well, from 2pm to 6pm I had four tickets in there by 4, so I figured I should wait for the drawing. A little morose that I was down this session but commited to leaving after the drawing, I waited anxiously for 6pm to see if I could get lucky. The ticket was drawn - not me. But - this person had left! So - they drew again.....Table 3.....Jeff.....my name mispronounced (as usual)! I won! What you win is a chance at $3000.....you reach into a thing filled with envelopes, and each envelope has a dollar amount - most are $100, but some are $500 and even $3000. Well, I drew a $100, but hey - I won! I like winning.
And with that I went home. 250 -52 + 100 bucks free = +$298. Not my best Vegas trip, but respectable for the 9 hours I played total.
I'll be reporting next week on the Mega Millions at the Bike.