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.