Sunday, April 30, 2006

Running hot

Just logged off a very successful session on AP's Omaha H/L $50c/$1 limit tables.
I was playing two games at the same time and there are so many loose, clueless players.
On the first table it took more than hour to get ahead and I slowly eeked it up to a $20 profit.
But once I'd sat on the 2nd table halfway through the session things really started to hot up.
There were a couple of clueless players and the pots were huge.
I won my first three hands and was $16 up v quickly and I left in an hour $43 up.
The bank roll now sits at $140 on Absolute, which means I need $160 more to clear my Blackjack losses.
I still have $130 of bonus left to clear and will have racked up another $20 or so of rakeback so I'm pretty confident.
Gonna take another shot at the omaha h/l tables after supper.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Gotta feel sorry for PDIZZIE, the victim in the last hand, cos this happened a few minutes later.

Stage #347989880: Holdem No Limit $0.10 - 2006-04-26 16:51:56 (ET)
Table: JAPONICA AVE (Real Money) Seat #3 is the dealer
Seat 3 - DASFX ($18.60 in chips)
Seat 4 - LIZTON ($52.80 in chips)
Seat 5 - HERO ($31.01 in chips)
Seat 6 - PDIZZIE ($29.11 in chips)
Seat 7 - SKAGIT ($10.80 in chips)
Seat 8 - LORD RONIN ($57.91 in chips)
Seat 9 - MATTYB3518 ($10.15 in chips)
Seat 1 - SHORT_GUY99 ($19.40 in chips)
Seat 2 - DOCTORWOLF ($20.65 in chips)
LIZTON - Posts small blind $0.10
HERO - Posts big blind $0.25
Dealt to HERO [9c 7c]
PDIZZIE - Calls $0.25
SKAGIT - Folds
LORD RONIN - Raises $1 to $1
MATTYB3518 - Calls $1
SHORT_GUY99 - Folds
DASFX - Folds
LIZTON - Folds
HERO - Folds
PDIZZIE - Calls $0.75
*** FLOP *** [7h Ad 8s]
PDIZZIE - Checks
LORD RONIN - Bets $2.75
MATTYB3518 - Folds
PDIZZIE - Calls $2.75
*** TURN *** [7h Ad 8s] [5c]
PDIZZIE - Checks
LORD RONIN - Bets $4.25
PDIZZIE - Raises $8.50 to $8.50
LORD RONIN - Calls $4.25
*** RIVER *** [7h Ad 8s 5c] [4h]
PDIZZIE - All-In $16.86
LORD RONIN - Calls $16.86
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PDIZZIE - Shows [Ac 8c] (Two Pair, aces and eights)
LORD RONIN - Shows [3s 6h] (Straight, four to eight)
LORD RONIN Collects $56.62 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($59.57) | Rake ($2.95)
Board [7h Ad 8s 5c 4h]
Seat 1: SHORT_GUY99 Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 3: DASFX (dealer) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 4: LIZTON (small blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 5: HERO (big blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 6: PDIZZIE HI:lost with Two Pair, aces and eights [Ac 8c - B:Ad,P:Ac,B:8s,P:8c,B:7h]
Seat 7: SKAGIT Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 8: LORD RONIN won Total ($56.62) HI:($56.62) with Straight, four to eight [3s 6h - B:8s,B:7h,P:6h,B:5c,B:4h]
Seat 9: MATTYB3518 Folded on the FLOP

Didn't like my 97s this time and so glad I didn't.
Absolutely outrageous play from Ronin. A few hands later I was dealt AA on the button and raised 5xbb behind about three limpers.
Only Ronin called on the button. Q-Q-7 flop which Ronin check raised and then led out with a big bet on turn.
Had to lay down - not worth the risk, the guy coulda had anything.

Sweet hand

REALLY enjoyed this one!

Stage #347980203: Holdem No Limit $0.10 - 2006-04-26 16:35:41 (ET)
Table: JAPONICA AVE (Real Money) Seat #9 is the dealer
Seat 9 - MATTYB3518 ($12.30 in chips)
Seat 1 - SHORT_GUY99 ($18.70 in chips)
Seat 2 - DOCTORWOLF ($19.15 in chips)
Seat 3 - DASFX ($19.80 in chips)
Seat 4 - LIZTON ($50 in chips)
Seat 5 - HERO ($11.27 in chips)
Seat 6 - PDIZZIE ($52.38 in chips)
Seat 7 - SKAGIT ($11.40 in chips)
Seat 8 - LORD RONIN ($59.33 in chips)
SHORT_GUY99 - Posts small blind $0.10
DOCTORWOLF - Posts big blind $0.25
LIZTON - sitout (wait for BB)
Dealt to HERO [9s 7s]
DASFX - Folds
HERO - Calls $0.25
PDIZZIE - Raises $0.75 to $0.75
SKAGIT - Folds
LORD RONIN - Calls $0.75
MATTYB3518 - Folds
SHORT_GUY99 - Folds
HERO - Calls $0.50
*** FLOP *** [2s 8s 5s]
HERO - Checks
PDIZZIE - Bets $1.50
LORD RONIN - Raises $5.50 to $5.50
QUANTICFIVE - All-In(Raise) $10.52 to $10.52
PDIZZIE - Calls $9.02
LORD RONIN - Calls $5.02
*** TURN *** [2s 8s 5s] [Ah]
PDIZZIE - Bets $11
LORD RONIN - Calls $11
*** RIVER *** [2s 8s 5s Ah] [10d]
PDIZZIE - Checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
HERO - Shows [9s 7s] (Flush, nine high)
LORD RONIN - Shows [3s 4s] (Flush, eight high)
LORD RONIN Collects $21 from side pot-1
HERO Collects $32.36 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($56.16:$34.16,$22) | Rake ($2.80:$1.80,$1)
Board [2s 8s 5s Ah 10d]
Seat 1: SHORT_GUY99 (small blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 2: DOCTORWOLF (big blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 3: DASFX Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 5: HERO won Total ($32.36) All-In HI:($32.36) with Flush, nine high [9s 7s - P:9s,B:8s,P:7s,B:5s,B:2s]
Seat 6: PDIZZIE HI: [Mucked] [Qd As]
Seat 7: SKAGIT Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 8: LORD RONIN won Total ($21) HI:($21) with Flush, eight high [3s 4s - B:8s,B:5s,P:4s,P:3s,B:2s]
Seat 9: MATTYB3518 (dealer) Folded on the POCKET CARDS

Blogger freeroll

I thought I'd have a go at this one.
It starts at 1am which is a bit late, but its on Saturday so I think I can manage it.

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Win your share of $25,000 and a set
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Blackjack is goooood!

Just a quick update from work which is a little naughty, but heh I'm writing!
Braved Absolute again last night and their dreaded blackjack tables.
Had $20 from rakeback sitting in my a/c and sat on the 10c/25c NL table with half of it.
Lost it in about ten minutes to a v aggressive Swede who called my pre-flop ako raise with 76o and hit trips on the flop.
To be fair he sucked me in well.
I rocked up with my last $10 but slowly leaked it away until there was $6 left. The table had become v tight so I took the 'rational' decision to whack it on the blackjack table.
I then won several hands in a row (including blackjack and two 15 draws which 6s) and left with $35. Yeeeee - haaaaaa!
Won another Omaha H/L SNG and about $5 overall on several NL and went to bed with $45 in my account.
The rake is huge on Absolute - a $10 pot leaks back 50c to the site, compared to 25c at UB - but this means they can offer a great deposit bonus which seems to attract the odd fishie.

Sunday, April 23, 2006


It's been a fruitful three days since my last post and the blackjack debacle.
Returned to UB and run the $20 that was left in the account up to $150.
Been sticking to the 10c/25c NL tables.
I can't remember a bad beat and only had a big pr cracked once, which I laid down on the turn.
The only thing I think that I've been doing differently is being able to lay down when I'm behind.
The tables are dominated by rocks who sit for hours waiting for the nuts - they NEVER bluff.
I've got some good notes on most of the regular players.
I sometimes watch a hand unfolding when the rock wakes up and starts betting, shouting at the unsuspecting fish to fold. I've never typed it onto the chatbox but i've been close.
I sit down with $10 and buy in another $5 if I slip too low.
* UPDATE Ooops, just had to lay down my As again. Might have been a bluff but there was a flush and straight on the board.
The guy later told me he hit trips on flop.
Ended up $9 down before table broke up but still happy with my game.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I hate blackjack

O dear, its been a strange month for my poker bankroll.
On the poker front, I've been making steady progress and eeking out a profit most days.
However, my bankroll has taken a hammering because of blackjack.
About six months ago I had a brief foray onto The Gaming Club tables and lost my $50 deposit on the blackjack tables.
I decided never to deposit there again.
Then, Absolute start up their own blackjack tables which are easily accessible from the poker rooms and you can guess what happened?
First, I wiped out my $200 deposit. Reloaded $100, which I worked up to $140 playing poker in a couple of days while resisting the blackjack room.
But it kept calling me and I blew the lot in around 2 hrs which included a single $50 "please double me up bet" after I completely lost my head.
I have about $30 rakeback still on the site but I'm too scared to go back there :)

After the blackjack debacle, I've been playing Ultimate Bet again and staying on the NL Hold-em tables.
I had just $9 left there from my $200 deposit but I've run this up to $55. This included a a couple of six-pak SNG wins and a 5th place in an $1 omaha H/L PL tournie.
There were around 180 entries so I netted $15, i think, after being in the top 10 most of the tournie.

Despite the loss of the $300, I'm pretty confident about my Hold'em game. It's all about patience and not losing your head.
Its pretty easy to identify who will pay you off on a table and who're rocks.
The players on UB that seem to consistently win are rocks that bet hard with strong hands and I'm trying to copy that style.
I've also re-remembered how to lay down a hand when I'm behind.

As for work, we have a new editor who has fired no-one which is actually quite dull. After a couple of weeks of frantic work from the entire newsroom, its settled back down to 'normal' newspaper life...i.e an hour of frenetic typing intermingled with hours trying to sweet talk unsuspecting jo-schmo's into talking.
The paper is a lot busier, ie higher story count, which means more stories to write but Spring is also a good time. People are out more and doing shit, but haven't left for their hols.

Anyway, till next time

Monday, April 03, 2006

It's been a while

Oh yes it has.
Spent three weeks on my travels - in the UK and then in the US. Not a single hand of poker played.
On my return I got straight back on the tables and proceeded to squander around $150.
Sullked for a while, then got back on recently.
Played in a Noble Poker $10k freeroll last night, placing 45th for $25.
The most fun I had on my return was making the final table of a 2000 player freeroll on Absolute for a superb $2 - which equalled to around 50c an hour.
Total waste of time but its the deepest I've been in such a large tournie.
My MTT is definitely improving.
To be honest though, I'm really trying to cut down the poker habit as its affecting my life. I spend all day working behind a PC only to jump behind one as soon as I get home. Not healthy really.
I'm writing this from work so a longer update soon.