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Final 2018 WSOP Schedule

May 21, 2018

Here’s a link to my final 2018 World Series of Poker schedule. I’ll be targeting non-NL events all around Vegas. Events highlighted in green are the ones I’m 100% to play unless a deep run in something else prevents me from doing so.

Vegas Tourney Schedule

I am not selling action for anything except possibly the Main Event. I will know in the next week or so if that’s something I’ll need to do or not.

I can’t wait!

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Friday Frenzy! $15/$30 Live Blog

May 18, 2018

It’s a BLOG DAY.

4:04 PM: Happy to see 15/30 going bright and early today (well, at least since 3 PM)! Just missed the last open seat by seconds, but appears I might be getting in very shortly.

Current lineup: Chief Wiggum, Fleabag, Bill W, Part-Time… a new nickname Snack Pack… and an unknown.

Also, I’m pulling the trigger on this. The Gnat will be called TWO FACE from now on. It’s not a perfect fit but he qualifies in a lot of ways.

He’s probably been Bat enemy #1 for the last several weeks, so there’s that. However, unlikely attorney Harvey Dent, he’s never been a friend of Bruce Wayne. That ship had sailed long before he ever tried to say a nice word to me.

On the other hand, after playing the villain for the first several sessions with him, he did try to briefly extend an olive branch and while I was cordial, I was mostly standoffish because I already know – he’s not a nice dude; he’s a dick.

I’ve seen him berate dealers and cuss at players, but he’ll sing and whistle when he’s winning.

Congrats Gnat – you have been upgraded to a true Bat-villain. You are Big Bad Harv.

You are TWO FACE.

4:31 PM: So I sit down and post in cutoff, Flea opens, I 3-bet 66, the button calls and Bill W caps it from the small blind. Welp, I guess I’m gonna have to flop…

663

Checks to me, I bet (we are all in 25/50 Overs), button raises, Bill folds, Fleabag takes $50 to the dome, and I 3-bet. They both call. I lose Flea on the turn, but the other guy calls me down and I start my session off with not only a huge pot, but a $225 High Hand as well.

4:36 PM: Of course on the day I ordain Two Face a certified Bat-villain he’s slumming in 8/16 while we have an open 15/30 seat.

I guess his days of printing money at the Palace are in the rear view.

5:47 PM: I open under the gun with AA, Fleabag calls, Part-Time defends. Maybe one other player is in there. Flop is Q64 with two spades. Part-Time leads, I raise, Flea calls, PT 3-bets, and I cap.

Turn is ace of spades and PT still leads out. Hmmm. I don’t LOVE it, but I do think my hand is way too good to not raise here and if I wind up having to pay three big bets to see the river, it’s not the end of the world.

So I raise and Flea goes into the tank for… way too long. He finally calls, Part-Time 3-bets… sigh… I call, and Flea goes into the tank again. Are you kidding me? This dude is the biggest waste of everyone’s time I’ve ever seen in a limit game. Hilariously, he folds.

River is a blank and I pay off Part-Time’s Q3ss.

Naturally, Flea chimes in with “I knew you had it” and says something about me overplaying my hand. Oh my God. Please never change.

6:47 PM: Yaaaaaaaawn. There’s a call and raise in front of me, I 3-bet AK of clubs, Snack Pack caps it from the blinds. Everybody checks to me on K64 one club flop and two of them call. Turn is 9 of clubs and now Snack Pack check-raises me. So… I’m losing to like 99 only, yeah? Seems like a good time to take myself to value town, so I 3-bet and he goes ahead and caps it. I whiff river and pay off the 99.

Come.

On.

So much for the nice head start. I am now stuck.

6:53 PM: My friend Kung Fu Panda is in the game, but he’s getting a name change now also. I heard Snowflake call him Fan Boy last week and I guess it’s because he used to wear one of those tiny fans around his neck when he played poker. I like that name. Not exactly because of the reference but because it’s funny…. and there’s something derogatory about calling someone a Fan Boy.

Sigh. I limp along with A7 on the button and get two bets in four ways on A97 and in my head I’m thinking JT is the number one hand I’m looking to fade and BANG! There’s the 8 on the turn and they all check to me. How can I take a free card here? I can’t. I just CAN’T. So I bet and get check-raised by Snack Pack and then the original flop bettor leads out when the river is a 6, Snack calls, and I can’t even show my hand down.

Flop bettor has T9 and Snack Pack has 65.

Running hot all the sudden.

7:07 PM: I just flopped the nut flush in a raised pot.

The big blind defended pre and check-folded the flop.

SO I GUESS THINGS ARE TURNING AROUND.

7:37 PM: Snack Pack is straight murdering me. I have 99 vs his K8 on T96Q7. That is two 4-outers (granted he turned an 8-outer in this latest one) and one 2-outer he’s hit against me in less than an hour now – and every time I’ve been at the top of my range.

It has been quite painful.

7:49 PM: I open KJ suited under the gun, Bill W calls, big defends.

Flop is J74 with two diamonds. I bet, Bill W raises, the big cold calls, I 3-bet and they both call.

Turn is… 6 of diamonds. Of course it is. I check-fold and Bill W shows down KTdd.

And now I’m taking a patented steam walk around the building because things are starting to get absolutely silly.

8:10 PM: Here’s a picture of Snack Pack’s stack:

He bought in for zero green chips.

Actually, only one person bought green chips.

Spoiler alert.

It was me.

8:49 PM: Massacred Hit&Run when he opened and I 3-bet AA. Flop is AQQ with two hearts and he checks to me. It may seem like I have the deck crippled here, but it’s always worth betting the flop just in case he has a queen, plus most players are going to peel at least once with their gut shots and small pocket pairs here and he’s never folding a heart draw. So I go ahead and c-bet the flop and he does call.

Turn is the 3 of hearts and I expect to get check-raised here a lot. It’s why I bet the flop. People just don’t expect you to fast play AA here and they may give you unwarranted action. Whereas checking back the flop and raising a turn lead looks super strong.

I do get check-raised and he pays me $200 on the turn and river.

And then 20 minutes I get another $225 for the High Hand. That’s two top High Hands today already and FIVE High Hands in the last two days in 13 hours of play.

Okay, maybe I’m running decent.

9:18 PM: This place is cracking now. Second game looks on the verge. Snowflake, Jesus, Sandman, and The Leak all on the list and it looks about 9 deep from where I’m sitting.

Lots of Washington state LEGENDS up in here right now.

10:22 PM: Well that was crazy.

First, the Mariners staged an epic comeback in a game that they looked like they had already lost in the first inning.

Second, the homie Trevor253 was making multiple deep runs in the Rattlesnake Open PLO Low and Medium and I was trying to rail him. He ended up taking 2nd in the Medium for what was definitely a career high Global Poker score. Congrats bud! The pain of finishing runner-up will fade out by tomorrow.

Lastly, fools were just brawling in Palace. First time I’ve ever seen multiple blows connect and bodies moving so aggressively at each other. Kinda scary in this day and age. You really never know what people are capable of but you see it all the time on the news. Really not trying to catch a stray bullet because somebody rivered a gut shot against a set of aces.

10:29 PM: In other news, I got all those green chips back from Snack Pack.

10:30 PM: Because I bought them back from him before he left.

πŸ’ͺ🏻

11:07PM: Here’s how you trap yourself for the max in a straddle pot. Button straddles, I defend A4 of spades, there’s a call, a 3-bet, button 4-bets, I call, someone 5-bets and suddenly there are twenty bets in the middle.

Flop is T53 with two hearts and one spade. Not the kind of flop I’m ever folding on in a pot of this size… even with Overs in play. I call two bets cold. We are all still fighting for this monster.

Turn is the king of spades and now we have some serious life. Fortunately, I only have to call one bet here and it’s from a new player…

…so when the board pairs with the five of spades on the river, I estimate my winning chances at 100%. I go the check-raise route and we have another new bettor, on my immediate left. There’s a call, I raise, and the river bettor pays me off with trip 5s.

11:25 PM: Hi baby.

11:34 PM: Two Face is playing 4/8 now. There are still two 8/16 games going and he has all his chips from 8/16 in front of him. Like $1000 worth. I think this is better for his ego. Lording over white chip players. Because his ego is definitely getting bruised in this game.

Good for him.

12:08 AM: The whole table is ROASTING Fleabag right now. I’m not participating but I am definitely enjoying.

Pretty epic hand that I wasn’t involved in. Flop is T96 with two clubs and there is a flurry of action. Turn is a blank and Flea bets, button calls and the third player check-raises. Flea says “I’ll get him out for you” referring to the third player and makes it three bets. The button is not phased and calls it all off. It gets capped.

River is a CLUB. I’m watching the button as the turn capper still leads and then Flea RAISES. Like wtf do you think the button has, fellas?

OH MY GOD. The button just 3-bet the river. I did not see that coming. First guy folds and Flea turns over his 87 of clubs to try to save some face before calling and losing to AK of clubs.

Then Flea starts berating the first player for leading the river… like that player somehow forced him to raise his inferior flush into someone that was quite obviously on a big flush draw.

So of course the rest of the table jumps all over him for trying to blame someone else for his stupid river raise… and it was quite hilarious.

12:56 AM: Here’s an odd one. I open cut off with A9 and Flea calls small blind and big blind defend. Flea donks out on my dreamy 942 two spade flop and the big blind raises. Well, I like my hand on this board so I 3-bet and the big caps it. Turn card is a blank and they both check to me. A little concerned but definitely have to bet here. They both call. River is another blank and they both check again. I bet, Flea folds, big says “I promise you’re good” and I know that’s true because how could I not be? I flip my hand and then he flips QQ. Haha. What?

1:21 AM: Sandman, Jesus, FanBoy, and Snowflake all in my game now.

And Tormund Swordsbane and Joker making special non-poker playing cameos. Joker is here with his fiancΓ©… Harley Quinn. She’s a real person, folks. I’m guessing a lot of people lost money on the under on that one.

2:25 AM: A nice go home pot: Snowflake raises, Jesus and Flea cold call, I defend QTo. Flop is QT4 with two spades. Sno bets, Jesus calls, Flea raises, I check 3-bet and Jesus ends up back capping it.

No spade please.

Turn is a 3. I bet, Jesus is all in, Flea raises, I 3-bet, Flea calls.

River king of spades. Sigh. Just a nightmare card. I might even be losing to whatever Fleabag was overplaying now. I check-call him. He tables 43 of spades for the side and Jesus turns over A8 of spades for the main pot.

And it looks like I’ll be leaving stuck now.

3:07 PM: I ran JJ into Snowflake’s AA on a 8 high board on my last hand of the night.

Final Score: -$350

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Why Not Wednesday: PokerNews Spotlight, CardPlayer Blurb, and Live Poker Live Blog

May 16, 2018

We bloggin’. Opener soon.

3:53 PM: So after shipping that Rattlesnake Open event last Wednesday, I was contacted by a Global Poker representative and he asked me some questions and said I was going to be featured in their upcoming press release.

I’ve seen at least four different articles come from this, including an appearance in CardPlayer Magazine. I’m hoping that little piece actually goes to print. It would be pretty sick to see a picture of my wife and myself in their actual magazine.

I also saw a blog post that said “he favors NLHE, but has also done well in…” Wait. Favors NL? Thanks for the super personal write up, guys.

This was all pretty cool, but then Valerie Cross from PokerNews reached out to me personally and sent me a bunch of questions to answer and I knew she was going to write something different. Something special.

I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s a link to her awesome article!

Global Poker Player Spotlight: Mike “darkknight17” Coombs

4:14 PM: Currently playing some live 8/16 LHE while waiting for the 15/30 or PLO to start. Currently 7 names up for 15/30 and PLO starts at 6. I may or may not play the latter, depending on lineup.

I have Chief Wiggum in this 8/16 game and a bunch of other 8/16 regs.

One of the first hands I won a monster pot when I had KK vs Wiggum’s QQ on T5223. We capped pre, went 3-bets on flop and 2-bets on the turn… all while having like thirty other people in the pot with us. I cleared almost everyone out with my turn raise and got another bet on the river and started my session with an immediate rack of sugar.

4:41 PM: Update on the Rattlesnake Open Player of the Series race:

I quit.

I was still in the top ten after min-cashing one of the three limit hold’em events on Thursday but then I went 0-3 on Friday and Saturday I gave a joke of an effort in the six events that day.

We had plans to spend Saturday with my wife’s side of the family for Mother’s Day and even though I had permission to stay home for the first three events, visit for an hour, and go back home for the last three events, I thought that playing on my iPad while hanging out for the first three events would be doable and then I can head home before the PM events and really focus.

Well, I ended up whiffing the first three and then we started playing volleyball and, my goodness, it was fun. I had every intention of going home to play but after two full games of volleyball I was having way too much fun with that.I registered the 5:30 PM and 6 PM events, sat out, and set my alarm for 6:15 so I could do the add-on for the first event. I did the add-on for the Low but never made it back in time for the Medium.By the time we were done playing volleyball, I had like 1.5 bigs in the Low and my biggest stack was in maybe 10 bigs. No surprise, I ended up whiffing and finished the day 0-6 and one min-cash in my last 12.I was still determined to fight come Sunday and I was eager to play the bigger buy-in deep stacks. Then this happened on the first hand of the $22 Low:Blinds were 10/20, there was a limp, the cutoff raised to 80, and then VooDooRange jammed 10k on the button. Go ahead, do the math. That’s a 500 big blind shove. And there I am next to act with pocket kings. If there was ever a time to fold KK before the flop… it wasn’t this spot. If I run into AA here in a $22 tournament, good day to ya. I’ll take my chances and see if I can stack up 1000 big blinds for hand #2.I tried to take a video but everyone else snap folded so I took a pic as fast as I could and the brutal beat was already well in motion.Pretty, pretty…. pretty sick.Then I busted the $110 Medium and went deep in the $218 High without any momentum and busted near the bubble while my wife kept asking, “are you almost done yet?”It was pretty clear that I did not have the green light for that evening’s events, so after going 1 for my last 15 and falling out of the top 20, I decided I was done making it a priority. I didn’t play the Sunday night events, or the events on Monday or Tuesday. It’s safe to say I have thrown in the towel and can go back to enjoying my life.

I will be clearing my schedule for the Main Events this coming Sunday, however.

5:38 PM: Under the gun raises and it folds to me and I call with J5hh because folding is LAME. Just kidding. This is a defensible and probably even standard fold but I feel just fine defending wide ranges against average 8/16 players – even when they raise under the gun. I’ll take my chances.

Flop is T52 with one heart and I go ahead and check-raise. He immediately goes to call, hitches, and decides to raise instead. I now think he’s heavily weighted towards bluffs, so I go ahead and call down when the board runs out K52T9. I’m basically beating all his airballs except AT, QJ, and A9, so I like my chances, even though the board didn’t run out great for me.

He shows AQ and I privately congratulate myself for correctly spotting weakness.

6:45 PM: Defend the 65o in a 4-way pot and donk the 743 flop, hoping to trap everyone for all the bets. I’m able to 3-bet the flop 3-ways and even though my man slows down, I have him pegged for an overpair, so I check the jack turn, expecting to get both players for a double bet. He checks back. Unfortunate. I’m confident of my read though, so when the jack pairs on the river, I go for the check-raise again and this time I get it. He shows TT and says the jack on the turn scared him. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

7:52 PM: Decided to pass on PLO. I dunno. Doesn’t look great and I’m cruising in this 8/16 game. My patience has been rewarded because The Gnat just sat down – and he’s in a singing mood! Let’s see how fast we can turn him into a crybaby.

Wait a minute… πŸ€” Did I finally find my Two Face? TBD…

Elmer also making an appearance again. Seems like I haven’t played with him in forever.

7:59 PM: To raise or not to raise? Two limpers, I raise KThh button, the big blind and others call. Flop is QJx with one heart and Elmer donks right into me. It’s been a while, but when Elmer donks the flop and you raise him, he will still usually donk the turn, so a free card play basically never works here and I think my hand miiiiight play better letting others call along, so I just call and the big blind calls also.

Turn is a ten and after Elmer bets and I call, the big blind check-raises. Gross. Thinking about the big blind’s range, it seems like folding here would be horrible. It seems like worst case scenario is K9, as I’d expect him to 3-bet AK preflop. So I go ahead and call and so does Elmer. River is a 9, big bets, Elmer folds and now I have to decide if raising makes any sense. Since I determined that K9 was the worst case scenario, I think I have to raise here, although he probably checks most of the time he doesn’t have at least a king. I raise, he 3-bets, I wonder how stupid I can possibly be, call, and he does show me ACE KING.

8:27 PM: Here’s The Gnat trying to free card play but getting owned for the max instead because he has zero concept of board texture and ranges. Multiple limpers, I raise JJ from the SB and five of us see the AJ8 two diamond flop. I lead, big calls, Gnat raises, I 3-bet, and Gnat caps it… let’s think about what he’s repping here: AJ, A8, 88, J8? Is he raising weak aces here? Whatever it is, his range is clearly DRAW heavy and he’s confused if he thinks that play is going to work on me. Not that capping the flop is much of a free card play. If there was any chance I thought he had a made hand, I would check-raise the turn, but he may consider himself victorious if I let him see the river for “free,” so I lead out on the turn, even though a 9 is one of my danger cards (QT). The big blind is also still in the hand. River bricks, I bet and Gnat is already showing the dealer his cards in disgust before the big blind does anything.

He’s also yet to push a bet across the line.

What a dick.

9:58 PM: Rocksteady opens hi-jack, I 3-bet AK, and three of us see A76 two spade flop. I bet and only Rocksteady calls. Turn is a king and I bet in Overs. He calls. River is a ten and now he check-raises me. What. This is not a turbo raise or a turbo call. I’m confused. I really feel like I’m losing to QJss only… maaaaybe 98? I’m sizing up the situation and the spidey vibes are saying call, but the limited combos I’m losing to and then the fact he would check-raise worse two pairs ultimately makes me put 3-bets out there. Now he starts thinking but again my senses are tingling, so I say “dude, if you have QJ just cap it already.” He does cap it and then shows me 98 of hearts.

Then the next hand I river the nut straight when someone else rivers a flush and no one bet the flop (when we both had good draws). I did just call that time, but I’m starting to feel the bleeding all the sudden. After being up between two to three racks all day, I am now up less than $200.

And The Gnat is high fiving people that beat me in pots. Mutha!

10:11 PM: And now I ran QQ into KK in a heads up Overs pot on a ten board. I am up $60. Wtfffffff.

Quicksand!

10:22 PM: I’m melting!!!

Just whiffed a flush draw/straight draw combo in an Overs pot and then Elmer beats me with 75 on Q98 flop.

Rocksteady opens cutoff, I 3-bet ATo and he caps. Flop is J93 and I have a standard peel here. Turn is a queen and I’m planning to raise this card, but he checks, so I take the lead, whiff the river, fire another bullet and get called by the hand I know he can’t call with: AK. This sends The Gnat into an orgasm.

Yes, Rocksteady won the pot, but this is a bad call down. What hands do I float with on the flop that don’t have AK beat? All the straight draws have made at least a pair now. All the pairs are still… pairs. I literally have to have AT only for him to win.

But it’s a total collapse over here so of course that’s what I fucking have.

Just defended 55, check-called the K42 flop and then the preflop cold caller bets on 2 turn, and I think my hand is pretty good here. The PFR folds so now I really like the situation. River pairs the king, increasing the chances I have the best hand even more, but when I check-call river he shows… 52 of clubs.

What in the world is going on?

It’s a BLOOD BATH.

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Working on -$400.

This is insane. Time for a walk.

10:42 PM: I actually might take off. I’ve been playing for 7+ hours already and I’m not too interested in playing 8/16 until 2 AM trying to get even. I’m kind of wrapped up in “Evil Genius” on Netflix, plus I scooped up “Rick and Morty” season three and watching either of those sounds way more appealing than chasing a loss at 8/16.

I’m way past my reload stage and I haven’t done that yet so that probably means I’m taking off if I don’t win my next few contested pots.

11:53 PM: I’m still here. Staging a bit of a comeback.

Let’s math: under the gun raises, four players call, and I defend KJo. Flop is AT8 rainbow. UTG bets, two call, and I call getting 15-1. Turn is a blank and it goes bet and call back to me. There are now 10 big bets in the pot and I’m about 11-1 against. I’m a little short on pot odds, but I almost certainly will make up that extra bet on the river and maybe two. With implied odds, I qualify. River is a magic queen and not only do I get a check-raise in against the bettor, but the third player in the pot pays off two big bets also.

Huge pot. I 3-bet KK on the button in a multiway pot and then four of us cap the 743 two club flop, with the small blind and myself doing all the raising. Turn is an ugly 6 and the small blind still leads out. This is a bit weird. Obviously I hate this card, but unless he flopped a straight I feel like there would at least be some hesitation before he bet into three opponents on this turn card. Elmer calls and so do I. River is a queen and the small blind bets, Elmer folds and it’s all up to me. I sort of expect to lose, but I’m definitely skeptical – I’m not convinced I’m paying off. I call, he tables K6, and it takes me a second to figure out I won the pot.

And just like that, I’m back to sugar status.

1:14 AM: Called it a night. Quite a rollercoaster tonight as I peaked around +$500, fell all the way down to -$400, and bounced back to finish at a respectable +$255. Basically three 3-rack swings in opposite directions. Crazy!

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Friday Frenzy: 15/30 LHE & Rattlesnake Trophy Hunting! (LIVE BLOG)

May 11, 2018

Since I last posted on Tuesday, something big happened: I finally won an event in a Global Poker series. If you’ve been following along here, you probably know I’ve had two runner-up finishes in the Rattlesnake Open already and I also took second in an event during January’s Grizzly Games as well. Needless to say, even though the money is nice, finishing in second is super frustrating – especially when things like oversized trophies and Global swag is on the line!

My final opponent in this tournament is super accomplished (based on his Sharkscope stats) on Global, but it didn’t take me long to see that I had a massive advantage over him in heads up play. He was playing very straight forward and letting me get away with murder, like getting folds in spots where it’s blatantly obvious that my range is weak and he seemed to almost never bluff. It’s pretty hard to win heads up if you are relying on having the best hand every pot. With a decent chip lead, I thought I was going to have to get very unlucky to let this one slip away… and then I did. I think I had about a 2 to 1 chiplead when we got all the chips in preflop with my AT vs his A2 and he spiked a deuce that held up and suddenly I had a 2 to 1 disadvantage. My wife was already asleep and my brother-in-law that lives with us was also asleep and I have to admit I was struggling to contain my volume after losing that hand.

Still, I recognized that I was a favorite and I wasn’t too worried about things, but I also knew that another unlucky all in confrontation would result in yet another second place finish. I could really feel the pressure I was putting on myself. I have to admit that shipping one of these events was pretty damn important to me. I ended up regaining the chip lead through pure exploitative poker and eventually got him all in with another dominated ace and managed to hold on this time for the win! Much like when I lost the chip lead, I was struggling to contain my volume and excitement as I was quietly celebrating my win all by myself. I did it. Finally!

My first Global Poker trophy! I’ll post a pic when I get this thing.

Not only did I finally ship a trophy event, but I finally had success in one of their bigger buy ins and the actual win was almost triple my previous high on Global. This also put my online bankroll north of $6k and gets me out of the $3-$3.5k range I seem to get stuck in before falling back down. I didn’t set out to do a bankroll challenge or anything, but it’s worth noting that I have only deposited $300 on Global. I feel totally comfortable putting money on there now, but initially I was pretty skeptical about depositing any serious money online and now I’m hoping I’ll never have to.

This win also boosted me back into the Player of the Series race. After playing only one of the three events on Tuesday, I had dropped all the way down to 41st. Apparently you get 10 points for every tournament that you play, so the 11 events I’ve missed so far was having a dramatic affect on my place in the standings. Prior to Wednesday’s win, the 110 points I would have from playing those 11 tournaments was the difference between 41st place in the PotS race and being in the top 8. Pretty sick. After managing one measly min-cash on the day of the series I’ve been looking forward to the most (Limit Hold’em Day), I now sit in 10th place on the leaderboard. Now missing 11 tournaments is the difference between 10th and… 1st. Assuming I cashed zero times in the 11 additional tournaments (unlikely), I would currently have a 20 point lead over second place. Ugh. Who needs an extra $5000 I guess?

My wife still doesn’t seem to embracing the opportunity here. We are heading to her parents house for Mother’s Day tomorrow and then my parents house for Mother’s Day on Tuesday and then next Saturday we are apparently attending a wedding. As has been noted, missing tournaments has been detrimental and Saturdays and Sundays are especially important as there are six events each day. I basically have the green light to play tomorrow – either by visiting for an hour in between the day and night events or by playing on the iPad while I’m there – but I’m not sure how I’ll manage Tuesday and there’s no way I can play next Saturday unless she shows mercy on my soul and doesn’t make me go to a wedding for two people I don’t even know. I suppose if I fall out of contention by then it won’t matter, but if I’m in the thick of it, those last two days are going to be super critical. I can’t really blame her though, especially since I’m going to be gone for six weeks for the World Series of Poker, but I’m right there! I can ship this thing!

Something else interesting has happened because of my recent win. I’ve been contacted by both a Global Poker representative for inclusion in their upcoming press release and by PokerNews. I’m still waiting for questions from PokerNews, so not exactly sure what that will entail, but seems like I’m going to be getting some publicity in the near future. The PokerNews editor mentioned reading my blog, so hopefully they will include a link in their write up and if I happen to get any new readers please feel free to subscribe and follow along!

I am definitely NOT a fan of multi-tabling on my iPad while playing live poker, but I kind of have to do it. My live play volume has been waaaaay down this month – mostly because I’ve been staying home to play online. Even with the iPad multi-tabling, I’m still only on pace for just over 80 hours of live play for the month of May. That’s roughly half my normal volume. Kind of inexcusable. The $3500 cash was really nice and the chance at a $5k package is appealing, but the kind of money I can make in these online tournaments pales to what I make playing live poker.

So I will be heading to Palace shortly and hoping that the 15/30 game gets off the ground if it hasn’t already (I haven’t checked for a bit). Unfortunately tonight’s Rattlensnake events are all 4-max tournaments, so it is going to be really challenging to play live while playing 4-max on my iPad, but I did manage a 2nd place finish doing exactly that last week.

Expect this blog to be live for a little over an hour or so before I get involved in the tournaments, then I will probably go mostly quiet for a few hours, and then back to regular updates when I’m back to playing live only.

See you in an hour!

4:25 PM: Sitting down in 8/16 and should get an hour worth of updates in before online poker takes over.

I was hoping to play 15/30 all night but the game looks a ways off. There are 8 names on the list but one of them (the Gnat) is MIA and there are multiple potential flakers. Looks like I’ll be playing 8/16 for a while, which is probably for the best considering the distraction level I’m about to experience.

8/16 lineup: The Queen, FBI Guy, Grumpy (yay!) and some other random I’m not overly familiar with.

4:53 PM: Wonderful start. Admittedly playing a little sloppy so far and then I get to add this gem to torment: two limpers, I limp T8ss, someone raises, some blinds call, FBI Guy comes through with the limp-raise and six of us see the flop for three bets. It’s pretty nice! J93 with two spades and one heart. FBI Guy checks and I start the fireworks as the original PFR helps me get it capped with five of us still in. Turn is gin: 7 of hearts! We have the nuts. I go ahead and lead because the PFR screams of draws that check the turn and three players call me. River is a 2 of hearts and now the PFR raises me. Jx of hearts is my primary candidate to be losing to but instead this guy was capping the J9x two spade flop with four opponents holding the KThh. AS YOU SHOULD.

I have spotted them a rack of blue already.

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

5:10 PM: The Man is trying to start 15/30 super short-handed and as appealing as it is to play 3-handed with The Gnat, it’s going to be tough enough 3-tabling 4-max while playing in a full live game. That’s a pass from me for now.

5:15 PM: Here’s something that annoys me:

What the hell am I supposed to do with that chicken? Cut it up myself? Eat it like a Neanderthal? Seems like I shouldn’t have to ask the kitchen to cut my chicken in a way that makes sense for a salad.

5:25 PM: Sigh. They are starting 15/30 right as my tournaments are about to start and there are only four players that have bought chips so far. Spectacular.

This should be… interesting.

Finish 8/16 -$191.

5:29 PM: Part-Time, The Gnat and some random are in the game… and now The Man is sitting down to make it 5-handed while he’s working… because beating up on the floor man at 15/30 is what I want to do. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

5:57 PM: The Global tourneys all have two rebuys and one add on. I have been playing splashy in the Low, running my stack all the way down to 270 from 3k starting before building it back up 1800 and getting stacked when my AA ran into the mighty 74 blind defend.

On the bright side, I’m back up to 3k stack.

6:20 PM: On bullet #2 of the $22 Medium. I open 66 and guy with 30 bigs left jams on me. It’s a rebuy so I’m willing to gamble here. I somehow hold against his T2o.

He reloads and then stuffs 100 bigs on the button. I have 77 in the small blind and even though I’m flipping most of the time I can’t resist the gamble. It’s not a flop – I have his Q7 crushed. But he spikes a Queen on the turn and now I have 30 bigs.

A few hands later, he opens on button and I try to induce by making a small raise. He jams, I snap call, and his 44 holds to bust me.

And then they move that player that player the next hand… only to replace him two hands later!

No justice!

6:38 PM: Final bullet of Medium, as my 30 big blind reshove with AQ can’t shake AJdd and he makes a flush to bust me.

6:51 PM: And QQ < KT to bust the Medium. Sometimes you just run awesome.

I have about 30 bigs in the Low and same in the High.

7:03 PM: And out of the Low. 12 big button jam with A2ss loses to 55.

Then I get 16 bigs in pre with JTdd vs TT, flop a jack and lose to the one-outer on the river in the High.

Second bullet there.

And now my live game waits for me to bust two tournaments before going on pause. We are 5-handed… one player is felted… and two others are on break.

😴😴😴

7:08 PM: Weird hand against The Gnat. Some limps in front of me, I raise KJo on the button, and then The Gnat check-raises and caps on J95. He checks to me on a blank turn and I’m wary, so I check back. River is another blank and he checks again so obviously I have to to bet now and he check-calls mewith… AJ!

Unknown opens, I 3-bet 66 on button and he caps out of position. I call down on Q7752 and he shows me 22.

What.

7:35 PM: On break in the High and I added on 3000 chips for $50 to my 7000 stack. Meh. Not great value but whatever.

I just flopped sets in back-to-back huge pots in the live game. I’m crushing it but the game is on fumes.

7:51 PM: The Gnat just went runner-runner flush on me, so he’s obviously singing now.

Gosh dang, he’s so good!

7:57 PM: And I’m out of the High. Solid 0-3 showing tonight. 3-tabling 4-max NL while playing 5-max live poker is haaaard.

I basically never input my own bet. Just bet half pot, pot, or whatever preset sizings there are.

Plus I do cool things like this:

Yes, that’s me timed out and folded with the nuts.

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

My wife is here now and we are about to have dinner and then time to focus up on this live game.

8:38 PM: Well I was up $1500 in the 15/30 game but it’s come crumbling down quickly.

First I lost with AK on QTxK9. Then I folded JJ on A77xK. Then I had TT vs QcJc on T98cc and never improved. And just now I bet the K65 flop, Gnat raises all in to $20, big blind calls, and I call because that’s the only thing I can do. The 6 pairs on the turn and the big blind fires the first $60 Overs bet of the evening. I’m perplexed but call. River 9, same action, and he rolls K9.

Solid -$700 swing in one orbit.

10:13 PM: We have gone card dead, folks. I did pick up the QQ once and got out flopped by KT and then I missed the nut flush draw in a 3-bet pot, but those have been my only hands of note. After turning the faucet on for an orbit, my downswing has becomemore of a slow drip.

10:17 PM: And immediately after posting that last update, I 3-bet KK and it goes cap and cold call behind me. Four of us see the T33 two hearts flop and I get it capped with the preflop capper. One player calls two bets but winds up folding so we are in Overs for the turn action. I’m running kind of bad at the moment so leading out for $60 feels almost spewy but I’m only losing to TT and AA, so bombs away! I’m quite relieved to see him just call. The river is the queen of hearts and now we are only beating JJ. So I check and he checks behind with the one hand we still beat.

10:57 PM: The Tick, Gnat, and Flea are all in the building and I left my insect repellent at home.

11:14 PM: Kung Fu Panda in the game! Threatening to buy in for less than $400…

πŸ‘€πŸ‘€

12:22 PM: Kung Fu Panda and Snowflake are sitting next to me totally distracting me. I am crushing though. These guys keep commenting on how I win every pot I play, I always have it, they give me too much action, etc.

One big connection I have KJdd in a 3-bet pot and then get the QT3dd flop with Overs in play. Bink the flush on the turn and get six bigbets from my opponent.

Here’s Kung Fu Panda’s stack:

So you can see why he’s jealous.

1:57 AM: Snowflake is now in the game and he’s possibly wasted and telling everyone he’s going to 3-bet me every hand. I have a feeling my variance is about to get tumultuous.

The Leak is also playing in this game for some reason.

The Gnat felted. The Flea is in.

2:06 PM: This just happened: Snowflake is being so annoying that The Flea just asked for a seat change to move away from him.

The fucking FLEA wants to move because someone is annoying HIM!

3:15 AM: Session is over. Sorry for the lack of content tonight. Snowflake was sitting behind me and Kung Fu Panda and talking to us for hours before he got in the game and writing about hands became very hard to do.

It was a good, smooth session though. Very minor hiccups for the last several hours as I cruised to a +$2209 finish.

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A Surprise Live Blog! 5/8/18

May 8, 2018

I didn’t even know I was going to play live poker today but here I am, at Palace before 1 PM.

12:49 PM: Pretty rare I get to the casino this early these days and because of the early arrival I’m starting a pretty lame 8/16 game.

Starting lineup: The Leak, The Queen, a Palace dealer, an old Kitsap friend, a lawyer that saved me $10,000, and maybe two people I truly want to win money from.

Blah.

I thought today was the first day of the weekly Palace freeroll but it’s actually next week and I wouldn’t have qualified anyway.

Why? Because I saw the homey Kendrick on Saturday and then Shohei Ohtani keep the Mariners at bay on Sunday.

And here are the famous (infamous?) Safeco Field grasshoppers:

We didn’t buy them ourselves but someone in our section did and was passing them around to the whole crowd. A nice way to try something wild without spending money on it and wasting them when we realized they are as unappetizing as they look.

1:14 PM: Pretty great start! One limper, I complete A2cc, and The Leak checks her big blind. Flop is 543 with two spades and a diamond. I bet and my wife flats. Turn is the jack of diamonds and now she jacks me up. I call because I sort of enjoy quasi-slowrolling my wife when I know I have her crushed. For instance, when she pops the turn with J8 of spades or something and I get out of my seat at showdown to take a close look at it before rolling over my wheel and looking at her like πŸ‘€.

Well, I call her turn raise and then check-call again on king of diamonds river and there is no slow roll opportunity here as she rolls over the A5 of diamonds for the nut flush. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

A few hands later, there’s some limpers, the Kitsap player raises cutoff, I 3-bet with KQ and four of us see the flop. It’s decent, not great: QTT two spades. Two players check-call flop. Turn is jack of hearts, also not the greatest but I continue betting and they both call again. River is the 3 of hearts, completing a backdoor flush draw and the second caller leads out for his final $5. Easy call, but he rolls over the 95hh – you know, the kind of hand you can limp with and then call three bets with pre before peeling the QTT flop.

Solid.

Then I make a very loose play by cold-calling a raise and call with 54ss from the cutoff, then The Leak 3-bets from the button and we all call. Flop is KT2, all spades, and the first cold-caller leads out, I raise, and the other two fold. He calls. Turn 2: he check-calls. River King: he leads, I bang my head against a wall and then call. AK good.

Down less than $80 somehow though.

1:33 PM: Back to Kendrick. I saw him at the Tacoma Dome and the experience was underwhelming, so I decided to splurge this time and got some decent tickets. The experience was infinitely better. Not only were the performers about thirty feet away but the sound at the White River Ampitheater was a million times better than the Tacoma Dome – you could actually hear everything the artists were saying.

Anyways, while this was the TDE Championship Tour, artists like Ab Soul, Lance Skiiwalker, SiR, and Jay Rock had pretty short sets. This was definitely a ScHoolboy Q, SZA, and Kendrick show.

Probably the biggest takeaway from this show, for me, was finally appreciating how good SZA’s last album is. She basically has hits from start to finish.

Which is how every Kendrick album sounds, but you don’t need me tell you that.

My other takeaway is that I might not ever see another show at the Tacoma Dome. This experience was just so much better…

…until we had to leave. Holy shit. What a brutal experience. We got in our car around 11:15 PM and didn’t move more than five feet from our parking spot until 1:10 AM. Almost two hours of just sitting there wondering how it is possible that not one single car in sight is moving.

1:49 PM: And the other reason I haven’t been playing live as much this month? Because I’ve been trying to play as many Rattlesnake Open events as possible on Global Poker. I missed six events over the weekend and if it’s true that you get 10 points for every event you enter, then sitting those tournaments out are the difference between me being in 29th place (380 points) on the Player of the Series leaderboard and in a tie for 10th place (440 points). Plus, on average, I cash more than 1 in 6 times, so chances are I’d be squarely in the top ten if I didn’t miss any events.

Oh well. Guess I have to get there the hard way: by crushing. I’ve found it difficult to multitable on my iPad while playing live, but I somehow had my best Global cash ever while doing exactly that – in a 4-max format, no less!

Tonight’s events start at 5:30 and they are a turbo format with no rebuys, so they won’t distract me for too long, even if I go deep in some.

2:23 PM: Three limps and a small blind complete and I raise the big with QJdd. Flop is T82 with one diamond, I bet and three call. Turn is 3 of diamonds and while I don’t barrel all my draws, this is one that qualifies. My equity seems great: queens, jacks, nines, and diamonds all seem like winners. I’m also not worried about getting raised on this board texture very often and when it does happen, I don’t care too much. I bet, two call, and the small blind check-raises. Shrug. I call and one other player stays also. River is an offsuit 9 for the mega nuts. I raise and my straight beats the small blind’s set of deuces.

2:32 PM: The Queen and The Leak have moved to the main game and the Palace dealer has cashed out so this game is much more my speed now. Fleabag takes a seat. And I’m going to add two new nicknames: Crentist (because he’s a dentist – “The Office” reference) and the Kitsap player will be Wolverine because that’s what he’s always been.

2:38 PM: Strange hand where it’s obvious some people think I’m always leveling. Some limps, Wolverine raises, I 3-bet KK, and five of us see Q82 with two spades. I get check-called and multiple spots and the turn is as safe as it gets when it pairs the deuce. Wolverine decides this is a good time to check-raise me and I think for quite a bit about whether or not I want to raise. He could feasibly have AA or 2x but both are very unlikely and he’s really only repping QQ and 88. I have a pretty clear advantage against his range, so the real question is whether or not I want the other player in. I should probably jack it up but I just call and so does the third player. River is a red 7 and I call and Wolverine shows all the signs of being caught in a bluff so I table and he flashes me AK high before mucking.

3:36 PM: Or maybe this is why he thinks I’m always leveling. Wolverine opens button, I 3-bet small blind with K8ss and then c-bet A52 flop and he folds. I flash him my cards, not because I think I bluffed him but because I want him to know how light I know he is.

Global tourneys start in ~2 hours. Mariners start in 30 minutes. Red Sox-Yankees start in 30 minutes.

Let’s.Go.

3:48 PM: Groan. I had The Flea on massive tilt, all prepped for epic hemorrhaging but then I raise under the gun with AA, he’s one of the cold callers, and he raises and caps Q73 two spade flop. I’m ready to lead out on blank turns but it’s the 4 of spades, so I check-call down, and he gets the pleasure of showing me the T2 of spades and instant tilt relief. Ugh.

Sometimes a feel good pot will calm people down but there’s a chance he will continue to unnecessarily get involved in pots I open. It’s the Flea way.

Wolverine out. Taz and Bingo Man in..

4:46 PM: Moment of realization at the table: dude I don’t know sitting next to me is rocking a Mariners jersey and then fires up the Red Sox-Yankees game on MLB At Bat right before I do and we kind of look at each other like πŸ€”. I’ve been posting in 2+2 forums semi-regularly for years now and I immediately start thinking of some of the baseball lovers on that site and sure enough this dude is a regular in the MLB thread. Since he likes the name bighurt that will be his name here as well.

4:56 PM: Fleabag gets another ugly one from me. This time I open the KTdd and he flops two pair with 84 on 874dd. I get two bets in multiple ways on the flop and then bink the 7d on the turn and then let Flea show down his 8 when the river comes a third 7 to give him a full house.

The Gnat is in the game… sitting next to The Flea… so the douchebag levels are about to go through the roof.

I’m tempted to bring up the Muckleshoot tournament that Gnat said he final tabled (but maybe didn’t even play), but that might actually require me to interact with these jack offs.

5:02 PM: Gnat and Flea are talking about seeing The Gnat play poker on T.V. someday. I could make this shit up, but fortunately I don’t have to. The content writes itself.

Holy shit. The Flea just turned another flush against me and then when I check-call river he turns to The Gnat and says “good lay down,” while tipping the dealer before turning his hand over. Goodness, I hate him so much.

5:12 PM: Dang. The Gnat moved to the main game. He is replaced by Action Bronson though. πŸ‘πŸ»

5:19 PM: Action Bronson immediately makes me feel the pain of his presence. The button straddles are on and I find myself defending the 75o and then putting in four bets on the 543hh flop. Board runs out 8h and 9h and Action shows the T2hh (not from the blind or the straddle).

Losing to flushes every hand. Losing with my flushes. Pretty cool.

5:37 PM: Good start to the Global Low: I 3-bet AK during the first level and the opener jams for a full starting stack. I call and lose to his K8o in a 160 big blind pot.

I didn’t even know it was a rebuy so early second bullet for me.

Oh it’s not a rebuy. There is one rebuy and one add on, which totally explains why he was willing to get 80 bigs in pre with K8o.

5:54 PM: Getting throttled in the live game now too. Action Bronson has drastically increased the volatility and so far it’s been nothing but pain for me. River a straight in a huge pot when he turned a boat. Then flop top top in another monster pot and lose to a 2-outer on the turn.

Sigh. Then I 3-bet AA in the Global-Low and get 30 bigs each in against KQ and lose to two pair. Down to 1.5 bigs now. I have 398 chips and I’m not doing the add on.

And my wife clearly wants me to come home so that’s what I’m going to do

GOOD SESSION.

6:10 PM: Won a big pot right before I left and finished at -$110 and lost two bullets in the Low. I didn’t really want to play today anyways so I’m at peace with leaving early.

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Friday Poker Action! Global Poker Deep Runs! Mutli-Table Madness! (Live Blog)

May 4, 2018

It’s currently 2:30 PM and my wife is no where near ready to leave the house, so I might have to head to the casino without her. There are three 8/16 games going at Palace with five on the list for 15/30.

This has been a week of other priorities. Live poker has not been my focus. On Monday I played another house game with a dealer’s choice structure and had a much better performance than my first time playing in that game, finishing with a +$309 result.

Tuesday I had my dog neutered and that meant I stayed home with him while he was in pain over the next few days. That didn’t stop me from participating in Global Poker’s Rattlesnake Open, however. I only played one event on Monday and busted pretty quickly and then I went 0-3 in the Tuesday events (and 0-5 overall). Not a great start. Wednesday I went 1 for 6, but the one I cashed was a pretty good one as I finished 2nd of 416 entrants in the $11 PLO-Medium for $596.96 and put myself in the top 25 of the Player of the Series leaderboard.

With a hefty cash under my belt already, I decided to bring my iPad with me to Palace and attempt to multitable the 4-max NL rebuy events last night while also playing live poker. Seems like a bad idea, right? Well, I realized I had my hands full playing two 4-max NL tourneys while also playing 8/16 LHE and I ended up skipping the 4-max NL-High. Playing on an iPad is difficult enough just playing one table. You either have to type in every bet you make or bet half pot, pot, or all in. It’s pretty annoying. Somehow I managed to make deep runs in both tournaments I was playing – without rebuying in either of them – while crushing the 8/16 game. I ended up busting the 4-max-Low event somewhat near the money, but the deep run was on in the Medium.

Meanwhile, the staff was trying to start a 15/30 game and I honestly didn’t really want to move up. My focus was completely sapped and I was crushing the 8/16 game on total cruise control. I made a bad, unselfish decision and started the 15/30 game – not because I actually wanted to play in it, but because I didn’t want to be the reason it didn’t start. That game is my game and I sort of feel I need to do whatever is necessary to make it go.

Bad call.

I finished 8/16 at +$769 and while I was going deep in the 4-max-Medium event it was hard to ignore the fact that I was getting absolutely throttled in the 15/30 game. I played for 3.5+ hours and I think I won one or two small pots and lost every single big pot I played. I remember losing with KK to A6 on the T6266 run out and then with KK again when the button decided to randomly cold-4 bet with T7hh and made a full house. It was all bad.

But I was playing some amazing poker on my iPad, navigating my way to the final two again. I had the chip lead in my heads up match on Wednesday and I once again had a pretty sizable chip lead over my lone remaining opponent. With two agonizing second place finishes in Global series events already, I really, really wanted to close this one out. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. I got all in with 44 vs A9 for the match and he flopped top pair and I whiffed my club redraw. Then I had him all in again for the match with AJ vs his A9 and he flopped two pair. He had me all the way down to a 6:1 disadvantage and I evened the stacks again, but eventually I ran out of steam and finally he KO’d me when I snap-called my remaining ten bigs with KJ and his J9 flopped trip 9s.

Still, it was my best cash on Global to date: $1278.03. That puts my online bankroll at a new peak and also puts me in 9th place on the Player of the Series leaderboard. Needless to say, I will be bringing the iPad with me to the live game again tonight. I am going to the Kendrick Lamar concert in Auburn tomorrow and then the Mariners game on Sunday, so I’ll be missing the next twelve Rattlesnake Open events after tonight. That’s not going to help my POTS push, but I can’t stop living my life for this thing.

Also, this finally happened:

Yup. Only took me 239 tournaments to get a shark icon next to my name. About damn time! And I plan to keep it there.

As I mentioned, my 15/30 session was pure torture and threatened to undo all my good accomplishments for the day. The final damage: -$1492. Absolutely disgusting and, honestly, maybe I deserved it. With my focus completely on the online tournaments, I should have just stayed put in 8/16 and not moved up in limits over five hours into my session.

I’m heading to Palace shortly and I’m not exactly sure what kind of blog I will be doing today because I will be 3-tabling on my iPad while playing live poker starting at 5:30 PM, but I will try to post an update every hour or so. I don’t mind playing 15/30 if the game starts immediately, but if it struggles to get off the ground again and my focus is elsewhere, I’ll probably just play down tonight. I don’t mind splitting my attention, but what I do mind is getting destroyed in a short time period when I’m at the end of my day and feeling like I’m ready to leave a big loser when the game is primed for me to get my money back. The days of me chasing my losses into the wee morning hours are behind me. I typically like to be in bed before 3 AM, at the latest.

4:10 PM: Woof. Had to fight through some of the worst traffic I’ve faced in a while to get here. I’ve written about my issues with anxiety, traffic and being diabetic in the past – and I’d link it here if I could but I’m on my phone now and can’t. Search for it and check it out.

Link added: Anxiety: A New Mental Game Challenge

It’s still a thing. I can’t enter traffic without thinking about the possibilities of a panic attack. This has been going on for about 7 months now and I’ve been off and on medication to help me with this problem. Currently I am off it, hoping to fight my way through it with pure grit. I called my wife and she kept my mind occupied elsewhere for my drive and here I am.

The good news is I didn’t feel any real anxiety on my way here. There’s a difference between the threat of anxiety and actual anxiety and it’s pretty empowering when I can get through these situations without any real panic.

Anyways, starting 15/30 6-handed with Fleabag (Flea isn’t insulting enough), Chief Wiggum, Rocksteady, and a couple of non-regs.

I’m up a little bit after turning a flush on the first hand and then losing to a flush draw (that made two pair instead) on the third hand.

4:26 PM: Hopefully this game fills up. It would be really difficult to play 6-max poker while also trying to multitable on my iPad.

I’m already fed up with The Flea. I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing annoys me more than repeated tanking in limit hold’em. There are definitely some spots that require some real thought in LHE but they are few and far between. Taking 15 seconds every time it’s your turn to act just means you’re an asshole.

4:40 PM: On the bright side, the Snake Open events are all turbos tonight so shouldn’t take 5+ hours even if I make deep runs.

4:48 PM: Action Bronson makes us 7-handed and that’s good because it helps fill the game up and it’s bad because now I have to turn on my personality and I’m kind of in a mood to mind my own business today.

4:59 PM: So Palace got rid of one of their best promotions: Rakeback. Basically it amounted to $1.50/hour back to those so inclined to pick it up. Not much, but it’s MUCH better than not getting anything back, which is the new way of things. When you’re playing 160 hours a month, getting an extra $200+ back each month isn’t negligible. That’s our cell phone bill! Or with my wife’s hours it’s half our mortgage payment!

Instead of rakeback, Palace will be hosting a $5k freeroll every Tuesday at 7 PM. That’s my day off and my interest level in planning my night around it is 0% so… definitely not thrilled with the change.

I realize first place will probably be $2k or more and the field will be insanely soft, but I’m sure the structure will be garbage and I like having at least one day a week where I don’t feel compelled to play poker.

5:19PM: Everyone agrees to do a round of straddling at Action Bronson’s insistence… and then one player flakes on his turn. How stupid can you be? Dude’s name is ACTION for a reason and you don’t do things that upset people named ACTION. Put the fucking money out there.

Pro tip: if the whole the table is straddling and you don’t want to do it because you’re a nit or you think good players don’t do things like that, I have news for you: you are not a good player – you are a fish.

Sometimes you have to play loose once an orbit to keep everyone else playing loose every hand. The trade off is worth it.

$11 Rattlesnake Low starting in three minutes.

6:40 PM: Basically impossible to update right now. I’m out of the Low. Off to a bad start in the High. 20 bigs in the Medium.

7:01PM: Jammed like 12 bigs with 99 into 55 and QQ in the Low and the fives made quads.

Just jammed a little less than ten bigs in the High with 99 and got called by AK and AQ and they both flopped pairs and busted me.

I’m 29th of 70 left in the Medium, currently on break. I have 21.5k heading to 800/1600 and I thought we were ten spots off the money, but it’s actually 34 spots! Quite a ways to go.

I am honestly somewhat relieved to have less to focus on.

7:30 PM: Cashed the Medium. 12 of 32 left. Jammed my last 4.5 bigs with K8o and sucked out on 99 – and then got berated for my standard shove from the cutoff. I love how clueless some people are.

7:35 PM: Sigh. Crippled with AK vs A4 on K523 runout. Down to less than two bigs. Pretty annoying.

7:39 PM: Wow. All in in my big and double with Q7o. Then double again next hand with ATss. Back up to 8 bigs.

Down to 18 left.

7:49 PM: And I bust in 15th when I call off my last 4.5 bigs with AQ vs QJ and can’t fade another gutshot. That’s a cash of $117.85, which doesn’t even get me even for the three tournaments I played. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

That cash bumps me to 7th on the POTS leaderboard, but who knows where I’ll be when all these events wrap up.

7:57 PM: Took a walk around the building… now let’s see how autopilot did for me in the 15/30 game.

8:00 PM: Answer: Uhmmm… +$1434

I can beat these people in my sleep…

…when they aren’t crushing me.

This has been an auto-straddle game. Basically. I haven’t suffered much negative variance. I’ve lost some decent pots but most of my big hands are holding up and I’ve done exceptionally well on my straddles.

Oh oh. Action Bronson just busted and left. That could change the game dramatically.

And we chop the first hand after he leaves.

😴

And the next one.😴😴😴

9:33 PM: I’ve dwindled a bit as I’ve been mostly card dead since my tournaments ended. I did have one shitty connection where I got four bets in pre like 4-ways with AQ suited and the flop came down AK8 and everyone check-calls. The turn card pairs the 8 and I bet without thinking and as soon as I did I thought maybe checking was the better play. Notice I’m beating NO aces now. Rocksteady ends up check-raising the other guys out and I call down and lose to AK.

11:04PM: Straddle variance: button straddles, a blind calls, Rocksteady 3-bets, I 4-bet 99, button and blind call, and Rocksteady 5-bets. Flop is 864 two spades. Rocksteady leads, I raise and everyone calls. Nice development, although Rocksteady did check-raise me on the turn in a similar spot earlier. Turn pairs the 8 and everyone check-calls me again. River is a jack and I lean towards betting this but something about this situation seems more likely than others for naked overcards to call down, so I check, the button bets, the other guys fold and I wind up losing to J6. Yay!

11:19 PM: I open QTss and five players call. Flop is QJT all clubs and I end up bet-calling the flop. Not the kind of board I’m trying to jam on with two cards to go. I’m actually planning to lead out on the turn if it bricks so when I end up making a full house with the ten, I stick to that plan and get raised again. I 3-bet. He caps. River is the ace of clubs. I check. It’s a mistake. He checks back. I’m not worried about my hand being no good but I should be concerned about how weak his hand is. I could see him taking this line with hands as weak as straights on the turn… and now I can see him taking this line with AQ… because I have now seen him take this line with AQ.

No. They don’t torch their chips to me at all.

11:44 PM: Same player opens, there some calls, I defend with two spades, one with a border (a face card) and the other a three liner (an 8, 7, or 6) – yes, we are playing this hand sweat style. Flop is Q72 with one spade. The queen is the spade, so I don’t have top pair, but I could have a 7. It becomes moot when the flop checks around and the turn comes ten of spades and the small blind leads out. Now I take a look and I call with J6 of spades. The PFR now suddenly wakes up with a raise and the small blind folds. I’m getting 8 to 1 so nothing to think about here. I call. River 4 of spades. I donk and he shows AA as he’s calling.

Good flop check.

12:09 AM: After maybe a month of passing on 15/30, Taz makes a return to the red chip arena.

12:13 AM: God. Of all the people I lose a super cooler to… Fleabag? Fucking FLEABAG? Dude is having a dream session and opens from mid, a bad player calls and I call on the button with A7ss because I’m trying to play pots in position against these yahoos. Flop is K97 one spade. I overcall. Turn is gin: a 7! Flea and I go four bets. If I had any respect for his game at all, I would just call his 3-bet on the turn, but torchers torch and I feel my hand is too good to call with. But then the river comes an ace and he still leads. Okay. I go into the tank. The ace doesn’t really change anything unless he’s in there donking around with K7 or 97. I finally just slide the call in and lose to 99.

A few hands later I run QQ into 98 on JT7.

A nice late session slide.

12:52 AM: My wife asked me to take her home and I was fizzling out anyway so I called it a session. Final score: +$1340

Going to see Kendrick Lamar and the rest of TDE tomorrow and I will probably put in a small session at Fortune beforehand.

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

May 2, 2018


Director: The Russo Brothers (Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: Winter Soldier)
Starring: Half of Hollywood

I’m going to attempt to do something difficult and review a movie that a) I feel like I need to see again before I have a firm grasp on how I feel about it and b) I’m not sure I can say much about without spoiling things. Here goes…

This is what we’ve all been waiting for. If you’re still with Marvel at this point, then Avengers: Infinity War is as big as it gets. My friend I saw this movie with is a comic book fanatic and I’m pretty sure seeing this movie ranked somewhere in the top five most anticipated moments of his entire life. This is where we’ve been headed since Robert Downey Jr. first became Iron Man all the way back in 2008 – when Marvel completely changed the movie-going experience by creating a massive shared universe that has stretched over a decade now. And if you’re still eagerly awaiting Thanos’ arrival on Earth then chances are it’s going to be very hard for Avengers: Infinity War to disappoint you.

But that didn’t stop Age of Ultron from disappointing, did it? Admit it, that was arguably the worst and most forgettable film in the ten years of Marvel’s nearly flawless run of box office dominance. It was also at that point that Joss Whedon passed the directing baton to the Russo brothers, whom have proven to be the most adept filmmakers in the MCU, with both Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War ranking in the top five Marvel movies to date.

I’ve actually read some criticism of Infinity War saying that it lacks character development. Something along the lines of the characters just show up and get involved in the story. What. Yeah, I forgot about the last ten years and previous 18 movies that have led up to this point too. Outside of Thanos, basically everyone else involved has had multiple movies worth of character development. We don’t really need it here. Hush.

So the basic premise here is that Thanos is the biggest and baddest dude from space and he has obtained what I believe is called the Infinity Gauntlet and he is after the six Infinity Stones that can be placed in the Infinity Gauntlet and when that happens, he can unlock unrivaled universe-erasing power. Not that he needs it: in the first sequence of the film, Thanos puts a severe beating on a few heroes and proves that The Avengers are already no match for him, Infinity Gauntlet or not.

It’s pretty easy to see how earth’s mightiest heroes get pulled into the fracas. If you’ve seen all the movies that have led up to this point (and you should have) then the following are not spoilers: Vision has an Infinity Stone in his forehead; Loki likely has an Infinity Stone and he’s currently traveling through space with Thor and the few surviving Asgardians; Doctor Strange has the Time Stone; and two other Stones are in space with people we’ve seen the Guardians of the Galaxy interact with. Needless to say, Thanos will have to go through some Avengers and possibly some Guardians to get all the Stones.

So that’s the gist of the plot and I have to say the execution mostly doesn’t disappoint. Infinity War is wonderful cinematic spectacle. At over 150 minutes and with a massive amount of characters to include, the film manages to be engaging and juggle screen time quite effectively. Sure, some of our heroes get less screen time than others, but when it comes down to it, this is Thanos’ movie anyways. I think I actually may have stepped out of the theater to use the bathroom at an inopportune time – particularly, when Thanos explained his reasoning for wanting to obtain the Stones and erase half of the universe’s population. So I really can’t comment on his motives, but if anyone wants to destroy half the universe, there’s probably a good reason for it, right?

I definitely enjoyed my first viewing of Infinity War. Like most Marvel movies, it blends action and humor to perfection and all the key players have an opportunity for a WOAH moment.

While Infinity War packs all the necessary punches, it also had a number of eyebrow-raising and eye-rolling moments. There are quite a few moments in the movie where a character has to make a tough (yet incredibly easy, all things considered) decision and makes an idiotic choice. What kind of hero would jeopardize the fate of the entire universe for one life? A shitty one. One that will be hard to root for in the future. Also, there’s a point where Doctor Strange looks into the future and says something along the lines of in 14 million possible outcomes, The Avengers only win in one of them. Is that really necessary? 1 in 14 million? When everyone in the theater knows the actual chance of an eventual Avengers victory is 100%? Do we need to be insulted like that? And if Doctor Strange can see into the future, and knows the one path to victory, then what is really at stake here? Nothing.

And that brings me to something I can’t really talk about. What I will say is that the film had no emotional impact on me. There are supposed to be huge moments of shock and sadness and I felt nothing. Because none of it seems real. None of it seems final. Because of the Soul Stone and the Time Stone and the nature of comic books, I just have a hard time believing that anything of massive consequence that happens in this movie can’t just be overturned at the snap of a finger. And because of that, my only emotional response was PFFFFFFT.

Still, I definitely enjoyed the movie. Fans of the genre should love it – and they do: it’s currently sitting in the top ten all time on IMDB’s Top 250 list (and that’s just absurd). If you haven’t been a fan of the MCU, this movie won’t change your mind. I’m looking forward to seeing it again and wonder if my opinion of it will change at all.

Replay Value: I’m ready for my second viewing already!

Sequel Potential: Avengers 4 has already been shot, I believe.

Oscar Potential: None?

Dina Meter: My wife enjoyed it.

7/10 (Highly Enjoyable)