Monday, August 16, 2010

Mid Month Update

Funny how I hire a personal asst to free up time for me to play more poker yet I still have a hard time finding time to grind. I guess I need to allocate my time more wisely. Anyway I've put in 32.5 hrs on the felt for online cash games so far and doing well...

I'm just sticking to 6max and hu which plays more to my strengths than full ring. I did have the misfortune of playing some mix games, notably 2-7 triple draw, yesterday and dropped close to 4 dimes..yikes!

As for tournaments I'm beginning to hate them w/ a passion. I know it's hard to evaluate how you're running in them because HEM shows in chips and you might lose several flips in early stages and win one in the middle stages and show that you're above ev based on actual chip counts when in reality you could've gone 1-6 in flips. Anyway I'm way below ev in mtts based on my HEM but I knew that because I see all the damn flips, 3-2's, 2-3's, and 4-1's I'm losing in mtts. Take yesterday for example, 1st 4 tournaments in the 1st hr I bust out of 2 w/ QQ vs 55 aipf and AA vs 99 aipf. The rest of the day was pretty much the same. I was out of the 2 big ones (Sunday Million and FTOPs main event) relatively quickly.

I did manage a relatively deep run in the $530 Horse FTOPs last week...finished around 28th for about $1800 and knocked out a red pro for another $200. Just another "I busted a pro at FTP" tshirt to add to my collection. They were way more cooler when they sent you the tshirts w/ the actual pro you busted. I have one that says "I busted Rafe Furst on FTP". I like it because it's kind of random and some people don't know who the hell Rafe Furst is. My dream in poker, besides winning the WSOP main event, is to be on a live tournament table w/ Rafe while wearing that tshirt.

I do have to give a shout out to my buddy Joe Tehan (who's won a WPT main event before for a cool $1mil) for winning the $350nl tournament at the Hard Rock yesterday. He won $31k and change. I was fortunate to have swapped 10% w/ him because I played in it as well but busted on Saturday running KK into AA (typical). There was an awkward, kinda funny moment on the table where I was seated w/ Joe and Joe's ex gf. He opr utg, his ex shoves, he calls and she shows KK, he shows AA and busts her. I was just thinking it would've been great if his current gf, fiancee, actually dealt that hand but she was dealing at the table next to us at the time.

Anyway hand histories are fun to dissect or show, especially when they're close to 600bbs...

No-Limit Hold'em, $4.00 BB (4 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from

Button ($400)
Hero (SB) ($1141.40)
BB ($461.40)
UTG ($1187.10)

Preflop: Hero is SB with 9, 10
UTG bets $12, 1 fold, Hero raises $36, 1 fold, UTG calls $26

Flop: ($80) 8, 4, 6 (2 players)
Hero bets $55, UTG raises $110, Hero calls $55

Turn: ($300) 7 (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $240, Hero raises $993.40 (All-In), UTG calls $753.40

River: ($2286.80) J (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $2286.80

Hero had 9, 10 (straight, Jack high).
UTG had 6, 8 (two pair, eights and sixes).
Outcome: Hero won $2284.80

I'm gonna talk about limit vs no limit (hold'em) in an upcoming blog post for those interested in knowing the differences. I'm gonna use my experiences from my past, having playing limit hold'em for 5 years, and nl hold'em for 7 years. Hopefully I'll get that up this week.


  1. Love the blog! Listened to your first show on PokerRoad and was very intrigued. Now catching up on all your posts. Also following you on blogspot! I wish you continued success!

  2. looking at your hand for hand. What made you 3 bet with 9 10 off in the small blind? do you always do that with a semi decent hand when its folded to you for heads up play or was it a feel that you knew he was weak? If you don't mind telling me your thinking preflop with this decision.

  3. Thanks suitedpairs!

    As for the T 9 hand, I was just polarizing my range preflop and given that we're deep didn't mind 3betting w/ a speculative hand that is somewhat disguised and has good straight potential.

    As for that specific moment, I just felt like it was ok as he was opening a lot of pots and I was looking to play a big pot w/ him. Turns out he did misplay his hand which is the reason I was looking to get involved w/ him in the 1st place.

    As for T9o, it's not a good hand to 3bet w/...I prefer 98o because you're less likely to be dominated when you flop a pair and if you flop TJQ you should have the nuts because K9 will fold and AK will usually 4bet. In this instance for reasons I stated, I elected to 3bet w/ it though and nice when it works out!

  4. if u were to play nanonoko on pstars multi-tabling, do you believe your a favorite?

  5. Interesting question, but I'll give the guy props for crushing while playing even more tables than me. Also plays bigger than me too. We have some history and I'll answer that question in my next blog post. He is very good though. Short answer he's very good and he'll be a fav. right now (he beats me in 6max, but I think I'd beat him hu).