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WSOPc $400 HORSE @ The Bike – LET’S GET A RANG (Stack Updates)

December 5, 2018

2:41 PM: Ubering to The Bike right now with an ETA of 3:02 PM, so I’ll be just in time for a slightly late start.

Yesterday that $400 Monster Stack had a brutal $70 admin fee. 17.5% taken out is always lovely. It is the same today.

Looks like we will be starting with 15k in chips and blinds at an odd 50/75 for the flop games and 25 ante for the Stud games. Betting limits will be 75/150 in the first level and levels are 30 minutes long.

This is supposed to be a two day event and we are playing up to 20 levels today, but the structure sheet only has 14 listed levels so maybe it is really a single day tournament. 20 levels would take us to about 2 AM tonight. Not really sure what to expect as far as that goes. If we reach a final table at 11 PM, I would definitely not want to come back the next day to play it.

Of course I have to get there first.

There is unlimited re-entry through the first 12 levels and, unlike yesterday, I will be firing multiple bullets if I’m unlucky enough to bust early in a limit structure.

I will post stack updates here, for sure, and maybe the occasional notable hand, but I want to focus more on my table than on writing, so don’t expect many hands, but check back for progress updates!

3:09 PM: Everyone standing in line with me to register is at my starting table, including two ladies that have 50% of each other (as heard as they were standing in line). One of them is Carol Fuchs, an accomplished mixed games player with over $520k in lifetime tournament cashes. I’ve played HORSE with Carol before.

I actually recognize a lot of the players in this field. Other notables: Miami John Cernuto, Allen Kessler, Frankie O’Dell, and Wendy Freedman – all with over a million in tourney cashes. Plus Wayne ‘Kevin’ LaMonica, a total maniac that took 2nd in the $1500 HORSE when I finished 5th at the 2017 WSOP. Also, one of the players from the 30/60 mix just sat down in the field.

My starting table seems reg heavy, but so does the whole field really.

3:47 PM: I mention that I’m not supposed to recognize half the field when I come from out of state and Carol asks me where I’m from and I say, “Washington.”

She says, “you don’t say…” and I realize I have been trolled because…

UW vs #1 Gonzaga in Spokane at 8 PM (Pacific) tonight on ESPN. My boys are 15.5 point DAWGS so not a lot of hope here but still… a very exciting game for my alma mater tonight.

5:00 PM: Just above starting stack after four levels and coming back to betting limits of 250/500.

I won a good multi-way Stud pot and scooped a heads up pot, blind vs blind, in O8 with AQ83 on Q72J8.

That’s pretty much the extent of my excitement so far.

7:10 PM: 26.5k after 8 levels coming back to betting limits of 600/1200.

Most notable hand last four levels: Stud Hi, guy on my right completes with a 6 up and I raise with A4-4 with two clubs and all my cards live. This clears the rest of the field.

He is pretty early so I think he is more likely to have a big pair in the hole than split sixes and the fact I have an ace is a big factor here.

So when he pairs his 6 on 4th and puts a 1000 chip in the pot, I put a 500 chip in to call. Technically he can bet 1000 here because he has an open pair on 4th but he didn’t say anything and I’m guessing a single over-sized chip defers to the normal limit. The dealer gives him change and he starts to protest but quickly realizes he has no argument and we got to 5th street…

…where I catch a 4 and make trips. He still bets and while I do think I’m leading here a lot against two pair, I decide that I’m going to call down unimproved and save a couple bets when he actually does have trips.

I do brick out and he fires 5th, 6th, and on 7th he bets without even looking at his card. Eek. I never improve but I call and I’m good against KK66x.

9:21 PM: It looked like I was going to fizzle right out of this thing but the last two levels were a heat stroke for me.

57k after 12 levels. Registration will be closed after this break. We are coming back to betting limits of 1500/3000.

11 PM: 76k after 15 levels coming back to 3000/6000 betting limits.

Board says there are 30 players left. I think it said 12 cash with $9600 up top for 1st. Average stack is 48.5k.

Frankie O’dell is at my table now. It’s my first time I’ve ever played with him.

Here are some highlights:

“I’m on the Mount Rushmore of that shit.” – in reference to Omaha 8 or better.

“People don’t go five bets with me, bro.” – after he gets in a cut off vs big blind raising war holding AA33 and busts a short stack that had QQ32.

Hopefully there is more to come.

12:05 AM: There is no better feeling than the swift death. I came back from break and played the first three hands of Omaha. And lost all of them. Just like that I went from 76k to 43.5k and was suddenly below average for the first time in many levels. Maybe ever.

Then I defended in Stud 8 with 54-2 and caught an ace on 4th but my board ran out 254 while he was showing xx-6K6K on 6th.

That hand left me crippled and with three small bets left, I got it in with 75-A in Stud 8, got three callers, caught a jack on 4th and got isolated by a guy with 75-63 and he immediately drilled the 4 on 5th.

That busted me in 22nd, ten spots off the money.

It’s the best. Playing all day and busting just shy of the money. I love it.

That’s it for me tonight and since I can’t play a day 2 in the Omaha 8 tournament, I will not be winning a WSOPc ring this trip.

Most likely I will be playing cash all day tomorrow then flying back on Friday in time for the (hopefully) resurrection of the 15/30 game at Palace at 4 PM.

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PLO @ The Palace (11/28/18)

November 29, 2018

I’ve come to the decision to stop live blogging my PLO sessions. Interesting situations just don’t come up often enough. Most hands are pretty cut and dry. There’s a preflop raise and then there’s a flop bet and the hand is over.

Last night was a prime example of why I quit writing during PLO sessions. The game lasted a whopping 3.5 hours and I only played three pots that I thought worthy of jotting down.

I’m surprised the game broke so early in the night considering it started out full and strong enough. Starting lineup featured Part-Time, Charlie Hustle, Twinkie, Lee Markholt, one other PLO regular, and three randoms… plus a list.

Later in the night, Kate Hoang made an appearance in the game. That’s notable because we suddenly had a combined 11 World Series of Poker final tables in the game – and that’s just the ones I know about: Lee has 6, Kate has 3, and I have 2. I’m not positive about this, but I’m guessing that’s a Palace record for a single game.

Anyways, here are the only interesting hands I played on Wednesday:

Lee limps in, I make it $20 with AKQ3 single suited, a regular calls and so does Lee. I’m not stoked about isolating Lee with this hand, but it’s definitely a hand I’m trying to play with a suited ace and I don’t really think I should be limping it.

Flop is A64 rainbow, I bet $35 and only the regular calls.

Turn is a ten and my opponent is pretty sticky. My hand isn’t all that great, but I do have a gutshot to the nuts, so I go ahead and take a free card.

The river is a jack, giving me the nuts, and he checks again. There’s like $130 in the pot and he doesn’t seem strong at all, so I bet $25, hoping to either get paid off by a weak hand or maybe even induce a raise. He just calls though and I win the pot.

Yes, that was one of the three most interesting hands I played all night.

This is the very next hand and I open to $15 with KQJ5 double suited, there’s a call, and the regular from the last hand is on the button and quickly makes it $60. My hand doesn’t qualify for Tommy Angelo’s Waiting for Straighters strategy, but I decide to call anyway because I didn’t read that article until after I got home. The other player calls as well.

Flop is QJ7 with two diamonds which are not one of my suits. I do have a backdoor flush draw though. I also have top two. I’m honestly not sure what my plan is when I check on the flop. The player in between donks out for the full pot of $185 and the regular on the button folds. I have to admit I was pretty lost here. I think I had about $625 behind and I believe he had me covered. I suspected I probably didn’t have any fold equity and it was pretty brutal not having any diamonds in my hand, but I did have a king for a straight blocker at least. Holding top two, it was pretty unlikely I was up against one of the big sets and I saw this player check-min-raise with middle set earlier, so I felt like I probably had the best hand. The question was, did I want to play a $1400+ pot with a naked top two on a super wet board? Honestly… not really. I tanked for quite a long time, but ultimately I decided I had to go with and made it $485, leaving myself with around $140 behind. I’m still not sure about it, but apparently it was the right decision at this exact moment because something really unexpected happened: he folded.

This is a 3-bet pot to $60 preflop and I have double suited KKJ5 in the small blind. Five of us see the flop so there is $300 in the middle when the A42 with two clubs board rolls off. The ace of clubs is on board, so I have the nut flush draw here. I’m in the worst position and I’m deep with some of the remaining players, so I start by checking, the next player pots for $300 and Kate goes all-in for around $225. It folds back to me. The other player has around $100 behind, so this is just a math problem. I tanked for some time at the table trying to figure it out.

There was $300 in the middle before the flop and the flop action added another $525. It costs me $300 to continue in a pot of $825, but technically, if I’m going to continue with the hand, I’m going to put the other player all-in since I’m never folding on the turn, so my actual pot odds are $400 to win $925, or roughly 2.3 to 1. That means I need to win around 30% of the time to break even here. For the sake of simplicity – especially at the table – I use the method of multiplying the number of outs I have on the flop by four to determine how often I improve my hand. This isn’t exact, but it’s close enough. For example, if I have nine outs to a flush, I’m going to improve to a flush by the river roughly (9×4) 36% of the time. That would make this a clear call. Unfortunately, things aren’t that clear. It’s probably safe to assume that I don’t have the best made hand at the moment. The real questions are, how live are my set outs and how likely is it that at least one of my opponents has a flush draw? Since neither of these players 4-bet before the flop, I think it’s safe to assume a set of aces is not out there. I’ve never seen Kate play PLO so I don’t really know what her range looks like, but I think the other player can show up with the small sets here and maybe even a straight. He seems loose enough to put $60 in preflop with those hands. If I had to guess what I’m up against exactly though, I would guess someone usually has aces up and someone has a flush draw, possibly with a little extra equity. If that’s true, my kings are live, but I could be missing up to three flush outs. That would give me around eight outs twice and a roughly 32% chance of improving to a set of kings or a flush by the river. Add in the fact that I’m going to backdoor a straight some percentage of the time and I think I’m supposed to call here, but it’s very close. If a straight and a flush draw are out, it’s arguably a fold, but my backdoor Broadway and full house draws make it pretty close.

In the moment, I decided that I needed to improve and that I was almost certainly missing flush outs and thought I might not be getting the right price, so I folded. The board ran out with two clubs that didn’t pair the board and Kate won with a jack high flush holding JT86. I never got to see what the other player had.

I would love to see someone actually figure this spot out, but now I’m guessing it’s probably a call – and not just because I got there.

That would have been a nice $925 extra to cash out at the end of the night, but for a 3.5 hour session, I wasn’t mad about finishing at +$527 considering I had very few favorable situations and no big confrontations.

My current plan is to combine both PLO sessions on Wednesday and Thursday into one post, but I’m not optimistic the game is going to go tonight so I’m just going to go ahead and publish now. There are currently three names on the list and I heard one of those players say he was going to Muckleshoot tonight. Plus the PLO game hasn’t gone for the last three Thursdays. I thought it was a stretch to try and spread this game twice a week and my intuition looks spot on. It definitely hasn’t helped that The Crypt Keeper has been in Vietnam for the last several weeks, especially since a couple of his friends also stopped showing up when he left. I think PLO can flourish spreading it once a week, but starts to get spread thin if you try to do it more than that. Lakewood just doesn’t have the player pool for it and while the game has drawn in a decent amount of outside players, I don’t think there is enough interest to spread it multiple days a week.

Just look at the 15/30 game. It started off super strong, going once a week on Mondays, then we started expanding it to the point where it was running almost every day… and now it has reached a point where it is reliably running zero times a week. It is dead. With that said, there was discussion with The Man last night about trying to revive it, with the plan of spreading it on Friday nights starting at 4 PM. That makes a lot of sense to me. I think it would do well there as a once a week game.

It’s looking like this will be the fourth straight Thursday that the PLO game doesn’t run, so I might need to find a new option for this night of the week. I can’t really justify waiting around until 6 PM to see if the game is going to go or not. I think Thursday nights are usually good at Fortune, but I also might opt to stay home and play online… what I’m going to try not to do is play 8/16 when I know I really don’t want to.

Note: Just to be clear, I’m still going to blog about my PLO sessions, I’m just not going to do it while I’m playing like I do with Hold’em. I will take notes and write about it later like I have been doing for the past couple of weeks.

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$160 Big O @ Chinook Winds (Stack Updates)

October 25, 2018

First Big O tournament of my life. I’m excited! It should be fun and different. I will be surprised if I only fire one bullet in this thing. The $600 NL bounty is still open for 1.75 more hours so there’s some chance if I bust quickly in this I will hop in that.

Starting stacks are 12k with 30 minute levels and blinds starting at 25/50.

I have never cashed a tournament at Chinook Winds so it would be cool to break that streak sometime this trip.

With my phone records dating back to August of 2014, Chinook Winds is my 4th worse location and bricking every tournament here would make it my all-time worst. Only places I’ve lost more money at during that span are Commerce, Tulalip, and Aria.

Commerce is my worst during that stretch which is crazy considering I have a $5000+ cash there. Yikes.

1:00 PM: Cards are in the air!

1:55 PM: I see a flop of J65ss with AsQsJ92 with 5500 in the middle already and a player all in. I bet 3500 and one player on the side calls.

Turn is the ten of spades, giving me the nut flush and I still have the nut low draw. I go all in for 6800 and my remaining opponent tanks for a bit before calling it off with…

AQT32 with no spades. Lol. What a torch.

River is a 4 and he escapes with a quarter of the pot. Other player busts.

Up to 19k.

2:33 PM: Last hand before break:

Open to 425 at 75/150 with AK442 double suited and torcher from last hand is my only caller.

Flop is 854 rainbow and I bet 1k and he calls again.

Turn is a king that completes the badugi on board and he folds when I bet 3k.

That puts me at 22k during first break.

3:24 PM: Pretty sick one here:

I look down at AA83 and only sweat the suit of my fifth card. It is a diamond, which gives me a suited ace and weak hearts. There is an open to 600 at 100/200 and I make it 2250 and I still haven’t looked at my last card. He calls, leaving himself with over 12k behind.

Flop is J44 rainbow and he checks to me. I bet 4k and he jams on me. Uh. Guess I better look at that last card.

It’s the 4 of diamonds. Wow. I snap.

He has AAK73.

The turn is a king for a minor sweat, but I fill up with an 8 on the river to scoop the pot.

It really makes me wonder what I would have done if I didn’t look down at a 4. I would probably be inclined to put him on a 4 or jacks full. But before looking, my initial thought was that I probably have to go with it anyway so I think I wind up calling. But what a sick Sarge* card!

*Sarge card is a term coined after a famous PNW local Omaha player that routinely doesn’t look at his last card until he absolutely has to. In this case, I had a premium hand w/out even looking at my fifth card so it didn’t affect any of my decisions until I got jammed on.

I have just under 50k now. Next biggest stack at my table is 23k.

4:02 PM: Eek. 3-bet with AT532 double suited to 3k and big blind and original raiser call.

Flop is J64 rainbow and they both go all in in front of me; one for 9k and the other for 9600. Easy call here.

Board runs out J6479 and my opponents’ hands are A6442 and AK852, so I end up getting 1/6 of the pot while the guy with the worst equity on the flop gets 2/3.

Just got to second break with 51.8k and paid $80 for another 10k, so I will be over 60k coming back to 300/600 blinds.

4:35 PM: Last hand before the break is worth mentioning. There are two limpers at 200/400 and the button pots it for 2200 and she has less than 1500 behind, so when I look down at AJT32 I make it 5000 to isolate and see all five board cards, but the second limper ends up calling!

We check it down on 852QQ and he shows… 86542, which blew my mind. I got half of the whole pot with the nut low and the all in had a queen for half of the main pot.

But wow at that call. 🤯

5:03 PM: Registration is closed.

154 entrants

74 add-ons

~84 left

$26,656 prize pool

27k avg stack

I have 84.6k

Not sure how many cash, as the prizes haven’t been posted yet.

5:17 PM: I lead 2k from small blind on AQ7cc flop with AQ852 and a torcher calls

Turn pairs the queen and I bet the full pot. He snap calls again.

River is the 8 of clubs. I put him all in and he calls with KJ532.

They are trying to punt hard in this thing.

6:09 PM: Third break: 82.7k

Twinkie is busted.

7:05 PM: I bet 6000 on the flop with AKQT9 double suited on a flop of K92 with two clubs, giving me top two, the nut flush draw and a gut shot. The lone limper in the hand calls and the other blind jams for 11,800, leaving me with an option to call only, so that’s what I do. Other guy tries to jam but is told he can only call.

Turn is an ace and since I’m never folding here and the other guy only has about 30k left, I go ahead and lead pot, putting him all in, because if he folds here I will be happy about it.

He tanks forever and does fold.

The all in has a set of deuces and a low draw but the river pairs the 9, giving me a boat and a monster scooper!

Sick thing is if I sized slightly less on the flop this lot would have been 60k bigger.

Short while later, I end up getting all in 3-ways on 864 with AT973 vs A7544 and A883x…. and the board runs out ten and jack and I get 3/4 of another monster pot.

114.7k

48 players are left and average stack is 47.5k. $6864 up top for 1st and 18 players will cash.

7:53 PM: 121k on dinner break. 42 left. 54.3k is average.

9:13 PM: Yuck. I just got switched from a soft table where I had a dominating chip lead to a table where I’m third in chips and have the only WSOP bracelet winner in the building on my direct left.

Chip lead at my table has like 350k! 😮

I have 127.5k with 33 left. Average stack is 69k.

9:29 PM: Busted someone. 178.5k with 25 players left.

TORMUND SIGHTING!

9:47 PM: 20 players left with 18 cashing and someone just folded AQ532 with a suited ace to an open because “I’m not going out in 19th or 20th.”

10:08 PM: We are hand-for-hand now and the floor gets done saying that anyone that gets up and watches another table gets a one round penalty and as soon as the first hand is done two players at another table get up to spectate and are given a one round penalty. 😂

10:39 PM: Cashed it! 17 players left. Everyone gets at least $350.

11:32 PM: Busted someone. 12 left. 161k. Average is 215k. GTD $498.

11:45 PM: Peaking at 221k with 11 left.

11:53 PM: Stacked another player. My AQ932 double suited makes a wheel vs his AAQJ9 double suited.

Peaking at 312k with 9 left.

12:14 AM: It’s official! I have final tabled the first Big O tournament I’ve ever played!

Peaking at 330k and GTD at least $914 now and get this gem:

Looks like I’m tied for 3rd in chips. Unfortunately I have the chip leader (and best player as far as I can tell) on my immediate left.

Note: I’m slightly above average with 16 bigs, but the stacks smaller than me all have between 8 and 12 bigs, so it’s not like I’m at a big advantage right now. I could easily be the next player out.

12:33 AM: I don’t blame the staff for having a tip box by the payouts but… I imagine most players did the $10 dealer appreciation (6.25% of the initial buy-in) plus they are taking out an additional 3% for the staff from the prize pool.

That means that if no one leaves an extra dollar, the staff will be well compensated anyway… more so than your typical big field tourney staff.

1:10 AM: Players are busting in SICK fashion. There are 5 left. I am second shortest. $1716 GTD now.

1:25 AM: Sick double. I defend a min-raise with Q5532 with spades and three of us see the Q83 two spade flop. I only have 135k so I jam it in with my two pair, queen high flush, and bad low draw. I get called by a player with A64 with nut spades, so I’m in pretty rough shape but somehow the board runs out A and 4 and I scoop with a wheel.

So sick!

Just busted another player when my AQ762 makes queens up and nut low to crack his AAxxx hand.

We are currently looking at ICM chop and I have the most chips at the moment.

Nope. Game on!

I could have locked up $4900 if everyone agreed there, but someone decided to play.

4th is currently $2290.

1:43 AM: ICM chopping 3-ways and I have the chip lead. I’m taking $4999 for my efforts today.

We reassembled my piece of cheese game changer, but I can assure you I did not have four spades in my hand!

Leggo!

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$160 Omaha 8/B @ Chinook Winds in Lincoln City, Oregon (Stack Updates)

October 24, 2018

Cards will be in the air at noon. $160 gets you a 12k starting stack, with blinds starting at 25/50 and 30 minute levels. They are guaranteeing a $15,000 prize pool, so they need 94 entrants to avoid an overlay and this event has no re-entry. Looks like 100 have already registered though.

Twinkie drove down here with me, so he’s playing this event today. I’m sure there will be a couple others I recognize.

I was welcomed by a sore throat this morning so looks like I’m developing a cold just in time for me to kick off this series.

👍🏻

I will be posting stack updates here and maybe some hands here and there if they are interesting enough.

Leggo.

12:02 PM: First hand is notable because on a final board of Q6294 and four hearts on the board, a player check-raises the river with a naked two pair. Uh. He got scooped. I’m honestly not sure if he did it on purpose or not. TBD…

12:16 PM: Solomon Grundy sighting!

Oh man. Guy on my right is a motormouth. He hasn’t stopped talking for 20 straight minutes and he keeps looking at me for interaction. He’s a nice, happy dude just trying to have fun playing the great game of poker, but… I can’t handle all that.

Headphones going in.

Just saw QQxx vs 88xx on Q98Q8 and the river only went two bets. What in the world?

And now that I have my headphones in dude on my right is touching me when he’s talking.

Please make it stop.

12:32 PM: This is brutal. This guy literally just introduced himself, mentioned my headphones and basically said, as politely and non-passive aggressively as possible, that he “talks a lot” and that my headphones aren’t going to save me.

12:45 PM: And now he found a commonality. He asked where I’m from and I said Bremerton and then he asked me about Chips Casino, which is basically where I started my path toward playing poker full-time. Then he mentions Palace in Lakewood and that he helped run it in 2012, and that Big Daddy used to work for him, and that he’s responsible for getting Freddie’s closed and starting High Hands in Pierce County.

So now we actually have something to talk about.

Wonderful.

Gosh dammit.

12:53 PM: Things have been going well so far, so I have little to complain about, but here’s my first annoying runout:

I raise a bunch of limpers with A42x with a suited ace (haven’t looked at my last card) on the button and bet the Q87ss flop when I flop the nut flush draw and nut low draw with backup. I get three callers on the flop.

The turn is a jack and I decide to keep firing because I don’t think I’m likely to get check-raised and I don’t mind continuing to build the pot with my draw. Plus, I might have a pair! I only get one caller now.

River is an offsuit king and I can tell he’s prepared to call the river, so I look down hoping to see a ten, as any one pair hand is probably too weak to value bet here, but I have a 7 and check back.

He wins with KK96ss.

Looks like a pretty good flop for his hand, yeah? How about no?

1:14 PM: Radio Mike just messaged me saying he hopes the guy on my right and I both make deep runs to the final table “connected at the hip like Siamese twins.”

What a jerk.

1:31 PM: First Break:

Dark Knight 12.2k

Twinkie 12.275k

1:53 PM: Here’s a spot that I think should be standard but I’m sure a lot of people routinely botch:

There are some limpers and I check Q977 in the big blind.

Flop is 762 with two clubs. I have top set. The small blind checks, I check, and it checks around.

The turn is the 8 of clubs. The small blind bets and I fold.

Good riddance.

2:05 PM: Guy on my right is embarrassing me now. There’s a discussion going on with the dealer about poker players being optimistic.

Dealer: Of course poker players are optimistic; you all think you are going to win this tournament.

Guy on my right: None of us think we are going to win this tournament.

Guy on my right: You know who’s going to win this tournament? This guy (points to me). He’s the best player at this table and I could tell that after 45 seconds.

Me: Uhhh….

Guy on my right: I’ll tell you this much: I’d swap 10% of me for 5% of you (and he has more chips). That’s how confident I am about that.

Me: Uhm.

I mean, that’s nice of him and all, but it is embarrassing. I don’t want that kind of attention and it’s a little disrespectful to the other players at the table.

3:18 PM: No super interesting hands these last three levels but I suppose it was slightly profitable for me.

Stacks at second break:

Dark Knight 14.5k

Twinkie 15.9k

Solomon Grundy 7.5k

Also, there has been a Flexxx sighting, I don’t know his stack size.

3:28 PM: Cool thing about playing in Lincoln City is that this is what your breaks can look like:

3:48 PM: What the hell is going on here?

Two limps, I complete with K652 double suited from the small, big blind checks.

Flop is K63 all hearts, I check, the other blind bets, and the limpers both call. My hand looks like it has potential, but all of it is super marginal and the pot is pretty small, so I fold.

Turn pairs the 6 and now I’m wishing I had my hand back. The big blind still bets, which is kind of weird, there’s a call and the next player raises. Now the big blind 3-bets, the middle player calls, and the other guy is all in for just under three big bets.

I have no clue what’s going on.

River is a queen and it goes bet and call.

Before the big blind turns over his hand, I say, “wow, I had K6 here.”

Big blind rolls 33xx, next guy rolls Q6xx, and the last guy has KKxx.

Holy shit! What a sick connection. And how credible does my hand sound after everyone shows? Lol.

4:14 PM: Open cutoff with AKJT double suited, hoping to just steal the blinds. The small blind calls and the big blind 3-bets, leaving himself with one small bet behind. No sense in 4-betting it since the small is clearly not folding, so I call and then the small blind 4-bets! Well, this got ugly real fast. Now the big is all in and I’ve been stair-stepped into a 4-bet pot with a hand that is barely worth one bet. I call again.

Flop is 533 with two clubs. Small blind leads out, the big is already all in and neither of my suits are clubs, so I just fold?

Sigh.

The small blind ends up showing 6432 which is a little weird and the big blind was on a total punt with KQJ4. Turn is a 6 and that ends the hand but it does cost me 2400 in chips in rather bizarre fashion.

4:21 PM: Mercy! My table broke and I no longer have the chatterbox on my direct right. I can now listen to music in peace and mind my own business.

I do have Flexxx at my new table though.

4:43 PM: 3-bets four ways before the flop and I have A862 with a suited ace and I get a pretty good flop for the situation with the board coming J86 rainbow, giving me the but low draw, bottom two, and the backdoor nut flush draw. The big blind donks, the original PFR folds, I raise, the small blind calls two bets cold, and the big flats.

Turn is a queen and they both check to me. I have less than two big bets left and I’m not sure I have the best high hand here, so I check back.

River comes a fucking ace. So now my low is nonexistent, plus clubs backdoored (not my suit). The small blind leads out, the big folds, and it feels like a pretty easy fold, but I start looking at the size of the pot and reluctantly toss out the call. He has A632 and my high is good.

Sigh. Seems like a good result but I lost half the pot on the river.

Then a series of suited A2xx and A34x hands got scooped and I was left with crumbs.

I make it 1600 from the small after one limp with AAQT, leaving myself with 75 behind. The big blind and limper both call.

The flop is an absolutely beautiful AJJ but the limper goes runner runner for a low with QJ32 and I have to settle for half of the main pot.

That leaves me with 2500 on third break and I will be coming back to a stack of 2.5 big blinds on the button.

5:11 PM:

Dark Knight 2500

Twinkie 24.8k

Flexxx 30k+

Solomon Grundy 15k

I will be all in sometime this next orbit.

5:45 PM: And I’m out. My all in gets scooped because someone had to limp the J532 from middle position and got the A33 flop.

Looks like 152 entered and I managed to bust in the first 33% so pretty good read from that dude calling my shot to win the tournament.

My health is less than 80% and likely to get worse, so I’m going to head back to my AirBnB and watch the World Series (and probably fall asleep) for a little bit. Maybe I’ll go play some live later if I’m feeling better.

Twinkie is still in with 21.4k. I’ll post his status if he sends me updates.

Solomon Grundy busted just before me and Flexxx was healthy at my table when I left.

6:50 PM: Twinkie sitting on 38k at dinner Break with less than 80 players left.

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Muck Fall Classic – $200 Omaha 8/Better (Live Blog)

September 27, 2018

Cards in the air. Updates here.

Vitals: 10k starting stacks, blinds currently at 75/150 in L3, levels are 30 minutes.

  • I recognize all but one player at my table. Two of them are nitty Palace O8 regs, one is a Palace floor, and the rest I’ve just seen around. I would probably rate my starting table as below average. I would prefer to play the early levels against a bunch of loose players.
  • I’m not really planning to post every little hand I play, but I will definitely at least post stack updates on the breaks.
  • Notables: Flipper, Blackjack, Muck dealer 😀, KIRBY PUCKETT (!), local legend Adam Coates, and three Palace employees
  • No Flexxx, no Bill W, no Tormund, no Joker.
  • Wtf?
  • No Sandman? No Fanboy?
  • 11:49 AM: Fun chop spot. I raise limpers with AA63 double suited and have to chop with a middle position limp of K992ddd after a flop of T52 with two clubs. CLUBS. I mean, not that it matters, but what in the actual fuck?
  • POKER IS ALIVE!
  • 11:56 AM: Player on my right just got his hand killed because he was on his phone and told me afterwards that it’s because he was reading my blog. That is the ultimate.
  • 12:00 PM: Riddler in the field now. I have 12k on first break. I’ve been by far the most active and aggressive player at my table so far and my stack has fluctuated quite a lot. I’ve increased it by 20% but I feel like I have run below average over the first four levels. The AA63 vs K992 on T52 is a good example of a spot I should always be scooping and instead I’m bet-calling the turn and needing to escape for half.
  • Absurd.
  • In other news, I forgot to mention last night but The Man has decided to spread the PLO game at Palace on Thursdays at 6 PM as well. My goodness I hope that becomes a thing. Playing in that game two days a week would be HUGE. My results in that game in the 1.5 years it has been spread are so good they can’t possibly be real and yet… here we are.
  • 12:25 PM: Blinds are now 200/400 and it feels like a good level to start exploiting my table’s overall nittiness by ramping up the aggression.
  • 1:22 PM: 18.3k on second break. Some good things definitely happened those last two levels.
  • Registration is now closed so I’ll post prize pool and entrant numbers when they are available.
  • 2:09 PM: Table change. Somehow I know zero players at my new table by name and I only recognize one of them. My last table was pretty tight and lame, so this should be better by default.
  • 2 of 3 Palace dealers BUSTED
  • Blackjack BUSTED
  • Flipper All In
  • Remaining Palace Dealer 6k
  • Riddler All In
  • Kirby Puckett 8k
  • 😀 8k
  • Sandman in the field
  • 2:21 PM:
  • Adam Coats 20k
  • Riddler 3400
  • Flipper BUSTED
  • Sandman BUSTED
  • Dark Knight 21.6k
  • Peaking after opening button with AAsKs5s and getting called down by small blind on QsTs24J.
  • 2:39 PM: 18.1k on third break coming back to what I imagine will be 600/1200 blinds.
  • 3:01 PM:
  • Riddler BUSTED
  • 140 entrants. ~61 left. Average stack is 23k.
  • 1st is $4700.
  • Total prize pool is $22.4k. Total rake is $5600, or 20%.
  • 3:06 PM: I just had a little rush of good hands where I opened four times in a row and got to showdown every time… for a net profit of exactly 0 chips.
  • 👍🏻
  • 3:12 PM: Just heard a story about a player checking back river with A234 on 24954 and then saying after the hand that he didn’t want to bust his opponent.
  • No worries.
  • But touching your phone while the dealer is pitching cards? PENALTY!
  • 3:22 PM: Yay. The slow dwindle… down to 12.4k starting 800/1600 blinds.
  • 3:29 PM: Gift shop is open.
  • Two limpers. I raise AA54 with clubs on button and 5 of us see K64cc flop. I get one check-caller and he puts me all in (for ~2.5 big bets) on the 8c turn with… KQc2c2.
  • KQ22.
  • Wow.
  • Very next hand, I open the cutoff with A986 double suited and the big blind calls flop and river (after turn checks through) on a board of AK338 with QJJ2.
  • QJJ2.
  • Amazing.
  • Just won another pot with AAQ2 double suited. Heater is on.
  • 49.6k
  • 3:41 PM: More heat. I have Ad73d2 on a final board of AT6dKd7d against another 32 (that leads river!) and QJ. So bets go in on every street and everyone puts two big bets in on the river and I get 3/4 of it all.
  • Palace Dealer 23k
  • Kirby Puckett 12k
  • Adam Coats 25k
  • Dark Knight 56.8k
  • 47 left.
  • 3:59 PM: Table change. Down to 45 players. 21 spots pay. Three players from original table are at this one. 👎🏻
  • 4:17 PM: 🔥🔥🔥
  • 84.3k
  • 4:20 PM:
  • Kirby Puckett BUSTED
  • 😀 BUSTED
  • 4:31 PM: Open cut with A4cc76hh and get scooped by small blind on T85cc2T runout with bets going in on every street. He fires turn and river wirh AK32. So sick.
  • 63.5k
  • 5:00 PM: I got scooped in a large blind vs blind pot where I have AK64 vs KJJ2 on J85K8 and then I won a 3-bet pot with a c-bet and after all that smoke I head to dinner break with… 63.5k. Same as my last update.
  • 33 left. Average stack is 42.4k.
  • Cards back in the air in 66 minutes!
  • 5:34 PM: Ugh. I don’t expect most readers to understand coding, but for some reason my blog is formatting every time I press return to create a space as a new bullet point in a list. I noticed this when I checked the blog in my browser. It’s pretty tilting for me. So tilting, I logged on to the WordPress site via my browser and manually deleted every single list code. There were LOTS of them. And then I updated and they were gone.
  • And now they are back.
  • So… I guess this is just how it’s going to be today.
  • 🤷🏻‍♂️
  • 5:48 PM: Interesting note about the prize pool: once we are in the money every single place has a money bump.
  • They are only $25 and $50 bumps until 8 left, but still… pretty interesting.
  • 6:07 PM: Back in business. 28 players left, officially.
  • 6:14 PM: Brutal, brutal hand. I might have to blog it later, but I have 30k now.
  • Ugh. Here it is. I defend SB open in Big with KJ75 and call a bet on JT4.
  • Turn is a 5 and he checks to me… and raises. Huh? That’s super weird, but I call.
  • River is a 2. So the lows all got there and so did backdoor spades. He bets and I go into a long tank and eventually decide I can’t possibly be good for any of it here. I fold.
  • He shows AA63 (no spades).
  • Then I lost another blind vs blind spot on the next hand.
  • Then I opened JJ54 on button and gave up after the flop and checked down on AT53T vs an Ax hand.
  • Can I not have a total collapse on the bubble, please?
  • Is that too much to ask?
  • 6:47 PM: So. Much. Pain.
  • Defend Ac3cTh6h and get a flop of Q64cc.
  • I get scooped.
  • Down to 16.5k at 2000/4000 and 24 left.
  • Aiming for max pain here.
  • 6:55 PM: All in with A743 double suited on Q73ss against KTs5s2. He check-raises the third player out and gives me a huge chance to double. Unfortunately the river is the 8 of spades and I have to split with this hand for some reason.
  • 7:08 PM: Chipped up a tiny bit and then doubled!
  • 53k
  • A little below average with 23 left.
  • 7:19 PM: I am not going to lose money in this poker tournament today. I have snuck my way into the money. 21 left now. I am a bit below average still. Locked up $350 so far!
  • Time to spin it up!
  • Adam Coats and one of the Palace dealers also in the money. The Palace dealer plays in the PLO game at Palace sometimes so maybe I should give him a name but I haven’t had a stroke of genius yet.
  • 7:34 PM: There are a couple limps and I call SB with AJT9 badugi and the big checks.
  • Flop is KQ6 with two spades. I have a wrap and the ace of spades in my hand so I lead and only the big calls.
  • Turn is a 3 and he calls again.
  • River pairs the 6 and I fire 10k, leaving myself with 3k behind…
  • and…
  • ….he folds!
  • So close to punting my way out of here.
  • 17 left.
  • 8:17 PM: No love. Let the blinds go through me a few times before finally finding a hand I can open: AKK4 with a nut suit. I get three callers and wind up check-folding the A97 flop.
  • On another break. I’m down to 24k, blinds are going up to 4k/8k, and there are 13 left.
  • Danger! Need some run good. Soon.
  • 8:32 PM: Busted in 13th for $650. Blind vs blind. My AJT4 one nut suit gets scooped by 9554.
  • Riiiiigght.
  • Palace dealer has 130k or so with 11 left. Adam Coats with like 150k.
  • Not gonna stick around. I’m in contact with the dealer from Palace so maybe he’ll keep me updated.
  • Oh well. Player of the Series points! $10k up top for that now.
  • Update: Adam Coats chops it heads up I hear. Palace dealer finishes in 9th.
  • I am planning to do zero blogging tomorrow and any blogging I will do during the Main is going to be stack updates on breaks only.
  • Focus.
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    Muckleshoot $20/$40 Omaha 8 (Live Blog)

    September 1, 2018

    3:32 PM: Not sure if this is going to happen or not. Last time I was here Bill W told me they try to start this game at 3 PM every Saturday and he’s not even here right now.

    Big Daddy is going around trying to get the game off the ground short-handed, but one of the players is trying to block the game start.

    In all likelihood, if this doesn’t go, I’ll head to Fortune to play 20/40.

    3:42 PM: Today was Cold Shower Challenge Day #4. Yesterday felt a little cheap also because we went on a 7+ mile hike to the top of Tolmie Peak near Mt. Rainier and it was freezing at the top and I wanted to soak in a hot bath when I got home… and then I took a cold shower. It was easier than usual.

    Today I spent the most time under cold water yet. It’s a good way to be jolted awake but I’m still not finding any joy in the process and I still can’t stand under the stream for the whole duration… but I’m plugging along.

    So yes… yesterday’s hike:

    And some pics:

    3:55 PM: Still waiting for O8 to start and to get into the 1/3 spread game.

    After hiking last night, I tried to take a nap after showering but it wasn’t happening. I gave up and headed to the Palace and got in an 8/16 game at 9:30 PM.

    I had what felt like my first ever successful 4/8 O8 warmup at Palace and then spent most of the night running like garbage in 8/16 until it got 4-handed and all my opponents decided they wanted to play 20/40 Overs with me and I climbed all the way back to even and then some, finishing with a +$165 for the day.

    That closed out August of 2018, which ended up being my fourth best month of the year after a strong finish this past week. It was my fourth month of +$5000 or better this year but it was also the first month I played more 8/16 than 15/30. Ick. Speaking of which, the 15/30 didn’t go last night… on a Friday. Not good. But when you factor in PLO and 20/40, I still spent the majority of my live hours in bigger games.

    September marks tournament season again. Next week I’ll be playing in 2-3 events in the South Sound Championship at Little Creek. The Muckleshoot Fall Classic is the last two weekends of September. I’ll be missing the first few events because we will still be on our New Orleans-Houston-Dallas vacation but I’ll be playing all the rest. Then there’s the Fall Poker Classic at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City, Oregon the last week of October. I’ll be playing the last few events of that series but I haven’t even looked into booking a place to stay yet so there’s still some potential for flakiness there.

    4:17 PM: Just sat down in the 1/3 NL game with $300 and another $500 in my pocket.

    4:31 PM: 20/40 O8 has cards in the air finally. I played less than one orbit in the NL game and it was eventful. I won a decent pot with AJ in my big blind and then I really tried to take my lone opponent to value town with QQ on a 99793 board by betting $10, $25 and then $100 on the river but he folded.

    Then I raised one limper to $12 with the K7ss from the cutoff and the button, small blind, and limper call.

    The flop is 764 with one spade and two clubs. The small blind jams for $38, I call, and so does the button.

    The turn is the 8 of spades. I check and the button bets $100. That’s a bit less than 2/3 pot and I decide to call with over $200 behind.

    River bricks and I check-fold to multiple green chips.

    All in shows 53 of clubs and button has A5 of spades. Nice dodge.

    Finish that micro-session at -$39.

    4:55 PM: 20/40 O8 started 8-handed. There are two players I don’t know but recognize from last time, two players I don’t know at all, Bill W, a low limit player I know from Palace, and the higher stakes guy that plays PLO at Palace… time for a nickname!

    I gave my good friend the nickname The Crypt Keeper because he is into crypto currencies… but he basically never plays poker and this dude is way more deserving of being The Crypt Keeper because they have the same haircut:

    Not my first nickname transfer and it won’t be my last.

    5:05 PM: Bill W is on the button with the kill and checks when it folds to him. I have AJ33 with no suits in the small blind and decide to just call.

    Three of us see the K72 rainbow flop and I bet out. The low stakes Palace player calls from the big blind and Bill W folds.

    Turn pairs the king and I bet out, expecting the big blind to fold all of his naked low draws and a decent amount of his 7s and 2s with little low backup. He calls though.

    River is a queen and I think it’s close between checking and betting. I think he can fold a 7 here and maybe even pairs bigger than 7s and smaller than Qs, but I also might be “bluffing” with the best hand. I decide to bet and he rather reluctantly calls me which is hilarious because he turns over the AQ83… so he snap-calls $60 on the turn in this tiny pot hoping to win half with the nut low draw, but when he makes a big pair and the low bricks, he’s suddenly hesitant to put chips in. That’s a pretty solid understanding of Omaha 8 or better right there. 👍🏻

    Oh. If it wasn’t clear, I got scooped.

    5:26 PM: Limp UTG with A652 and bad spades. I think one other limps behind and it’s four of us to the 755 two club one heart flop. I bet and the small blind check-calls.

    Turn is the ten of hearts. I bet and he check-calls.

    River is the 9 of hearts. I consider checking back because this is one of those spots where my hand seems strong but there probably isn’t a lot of value in betting. However, I don’t know my opponent at all and I can only assume he’s terrible and since my hand is reasonably strong I bet it and he calls with… AQJJ with the AJ of hearts… for a flush.

    5:32 PM: Limp along in a kill pot on the button with AQ88 double suited. Not a good hand but I think good things can happen and it should be easy to navigate with.

    Flop is JT7 with two clubs and one spade. It checks to Bill W in the cutoff and he bets. I have three nut outs, three nines that might be good, and a backdoor flush draw. I’m not sure what my best play is here. It seems like I have a decent amount going for me, but I only have three nut cards and even that hand is vulnerable to flush redraws, my 9 might make KQ a straight and my backdoor flush draw is to the third nuts. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s best to fold here but I call.

    Four of us see the turn and it’s a red 9. Bill W stays in the lead and I debate raising here but I’m not sure how great that is. I settle on call and the other two players fold.

    River is a red low card and now Bill W checks. I bet and he folds QJJ4 with clubs face up.

    6:48 PM: This is going great. The last hour has been filled with multiple premium hands and basically zero pieces of a pot.

    A couple of the more comical ones:

    I opened the AQ52 with spades and got the Q83 with one spade flop… and got scooped.

    Just now I was able to limp from the small blind with AAQd9d and got the AdKd8 flop. I don’t expect to scoop very often after this flop, but it does seem like I should have the high pretty much locked up. I have top set and the nut flush draw and the premium low draws can’t make a straight to beat me.

    The turn is a seven. I bet and they both call.

    River is a jack and it feels safe to bet my high still, so I do, and I get called and then raised. We both call. The guy on my left has the low and the other dude… QTJ6. He doesn’t have any flush draws, not that it matters much. His hand is worthless after the turn. I honestly can’t even comprehend it. But here he is… helping scoop me.

    I am now sitting on a little over $1100 after starting with $1700+.

    The good news is… I’m still playing poker with that guy.

    7:12 PM: Bill W opens from the cut off and I 3-bet the button with AJT5 with A5 of diamonds. That’s an important distinction because…

    The flop is 632 with the 32 of diamonds. He check-calls me.

    Turn is a 4 and he check-calls.

    River is the 4 of diamonds and he check-calls and I have the pleasure of saying, “I have the nut high and the nut low.”

    Bill W raises the next three hands in a row also and I 3-bet him every time.

    First one he scoops me with TT64.

    The second one he says, “what you think I’m raising light?” And then we chop on AK866 when I have AJ63 and he has K975 badugi. 👀

    The next hand I 3-bet AAQ6 with nut diamonds and this time we get multiple hitchhikers.

    Flop is J62 with one diamond. It checks to the button and he bets. Everyone calls. I would fold here without the backdoor flush draw.

    Turn is the 8 of diamonds and the first player leads out. I’m only drawing to half but it’s to the nuts and this pot is huge. I call and so does everyone else.

    River is a queen and The Crypt Keeper leads again, Bill W calls and since it’s obvious The Crypt Keeper is low, I think calling here with Q6 is reasonable so I do but Bill W has QJ8x in his hand for bigger two pair.

    Very next hand I open under the gun with AAT4 and nut spades and get lots of action again because I’m sure my image is super splashy now.

    Flop is 844 with two hearts. I lead, someone raises, and I 3-bet. 70 players call. Maybe I shouldn’t be playing offense so aggressively. It’s not like I’m not vulnerable to lows and flushes here, plus I’m blocking my own full house draws by having two aces in my hand.

    Turn is the 7 of clubs, so I check and now the Palace reg bets and a few of us call.

    River king and same action. Seems like he has A2 and he does… but he also has 65 for a straight and I get scooped again.

    Pretty fun stretch. Taking a break now and checking out the new taco truck in the non-smoking section.

    7:47 PM: Just realized it might not be clear who I named The Crypt Keeper… it’s the higher stakes dude that plays PLO at Palace and the bigger games at Muck. I’ve also seen him play 15/30 at Palace a few times. He’s definitely distinct and frequent enough at this point that he’s deserving of a nickname.

    8:52 PM: I scooped the first hand I had when I came back from my break but I’ve been ice cold since then.

    I just had the pleasure of having it folded to me in the cutoff in a kill pot while holding the AA55 with one suit. I jack it up and both blinds call.

    Flop is T32 and I get quartered by AQ75 because… I’m running pretty good tonight.

    9:09 PM: I raise one limper with AQJ4 and nut hearts, both blinds, and the limper call.

    Flop is QQ8 rainbow. Small blind donks, big calls, limper folds and I call, planning to raise the turn.

    Turn is a 7 and now it checks to me. Well damn. I bet and they both call.

    River is a 3 and I bet and they both call again.

    I scoop! I didn’t maximize but I’m happy to scoop a damn pot.

    10:03 PM: Took another break and as I’m coming back they call a seat for…

    SANDMAN!

    I post behind the button, Bill W limps, Sandman raises, and I 3-bet with A532 double suited. Sandman caps and it’s the three of us to the flop.

    It’s very, very good for me: J99. Bill W donks and Sandman calls. I do have one of each of my suit and while Bill W can have full houses or 9s here, Sandman probably doesn’t. I decide to take a card off.

    Turn is the jack of spades, double pairing the board and giving me a micro flush draw. Bill W checks now and Sandman bets. That’s kind of weird. I’m not really sure what to do here. Pot is huge but it’s not hard for Sandman to have both a jack and a better flush draw. Not sure about it but I folded and so did Bill W.

    10:28 PM: Sigh. This is fun. Limpers in front of me in kill pot and I call with AKKT with nut diamonds. The kill raises his option and six of us go to the flop for two bets.

    Board comes QT9 rainbow and with two blockers to the nuts, a gut shot, and a backdoor nut flush draw, I go ahead and stab at this high card board with my high card hand and everybody folds except the small blind.

    Turn is the king of clubs, putting another flush draw on board, giving me top set, but making a lot of straights for any holding with a jack in it. He leads out and I call.

    River is the 2 of clubs, completing a running flush and giving me a free showdown vs his AJ62.

    To recap, I whittle the field down to one opponent on the flop and he has two total outs to beat me and if he hits it on the turn I have a 10-our redraw to scoop him.

    What. The. Hell.

    Currently down over $800 and sort of in disbelief.

    10:55 PM: Can’t even run good when I run good. I have 6332 with hearts and spades in a raised multiway kill pot on A74h-5h and have to split with Bill W’s AhThJ3 when the river is the 4h. Goddamn.

    11:24 PM: It’s all bad. After losing back-to-back big pots – one to the 8652 powerhouse cold-calling next to act after I raise – I open in a kill with A652 and get the 877 flop. Someone donks into me and I raise and then hopelessly barrel off when the board runs out 877KJ. I table my hand and he makes the whole table look at it for 30 seconds like “what’s he got?” before turning over A72x. I thought it was a good flop for me but he flopped a monster. I’m sure if he had the A652 and me the A72x the board would have run out 877K9.

    I started with $1800. I have less than $400 now.

    11:36 PM: Reloaded $1500. I’m in this game $3300 now. 👍🏻

    11:44 PM: In an ironic twist, my buddy I used to refer to as The Crypt Keeper just showed up at Muckleshoot to play some poker. I told him I stripped him of his nickname and gave it to someone else and he asked me what I was calling him now and I said, “I dunno… a non-playing housewife?”

    12:29 AM: Limpers, Sandman raises, I cold call with 5432 one suit, other callers.

    Checks to me on T43 rainbow and next player raises. Two players call and I 3-bet. They all call.

    Turn pairs the 3. I bet and only the flop raiser calls.

    Can the low ever brick here so I can scoop a damn pot? No. No it cannot. Not only does it not brick, but it comes with a 2, so I don’t even have a low. I check and he checks back.

    This dude raised me on the T43 rainbow flop in a 6-way raised pot with… AK95.

    But I’m getting crushed in this game. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    12:47 AM: Bill W cashing out heaps. One of the fishies just colored up and is probably leaving soon. I’m starting to get tired and the game is deteriorating. Probably will be calling to soon.

    1:25 AM: A bad player cashed out and the worst player was felted and MIA. I was bout to leave… and then that player sat back down with $2000. Ugh. Pretty close to being out of here but I’m curious to see how splashy these chips are going to be. We are 7-handed now and I’ve gone ice cold.

    1:30 AM: I don’t get it. I open button with A882 with diamonds. Both blinds call.

    Flop is JT2 rainbow with one diamond. I bet and only the big calls. Not a good flop for me at all, but that’s beside the point.

    The board runs out JT238. I checked the turn but I obviously bet the river. He calls me on the flop and river with K754.

    My brain can’t compute any of it.

    1:42 AM: Raise one dipshit limper with AQ83 double suited from the small blind and double barrel 965ssK board with both players calling. I have second nut low draw and nut flush draw, so of course I get popped on the turn and the river is a red ten.

    Totally over it. This will be my last orbit.

    1:57 AM: Great times.

    Final Score: -$1976

    The most I’ve EVER lost in a limit Omaha 8 game. Wonderful start to the new month.

    I won’t be action again until Wednesday.

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    Pot Limit Omaha @ Palace (Live Blog)

    August 15, 2018

    Blog starting soon. 1/3/5 structure for this game. I’m starting with $600 on the table and the $1400 on top in my pocket for reserves.

    Slow start already. This could end up being an unexpected 8/16 session. There are currently only five stacks on the table at the moment.

    6:13 PM: Cards are in the air 5-handed. Part-Time and The Man have stacks on the table. Someone I’ve never seen in my life just sat down (with $200).

    Pot A! Open to 15 with AT87 all clubs (lol) and two players in position call.

    Flop 962 with two clubs. I bet 25 and they both fold.

    6:18 PM: I published my last post on Saturday afternoon and I was about to play a 15/30 session. It went quite pure. I cashed out +$2680. I started off thinking I might post some hands but decided against it.

    However, I did jot this one down. Someone opened and I flatted with AA from the big blind.

    I had already been caught bluffing in a big blind defending spot so I thought check-raising the 433 flop wouldn’t look too credible. I barreled off on the 5 turn and queen river and suddenly my opponent was raising me. I SNAP 3-bet it. Like the instant he crossed the line I threw $60 more in the pot. I’ve never been so confident about 3-betting one pair (technically two pair) on the river. He called and my hand was good.

    That’s all I have to report from that magical session. I ran pretty good. That’s all there is to say. It was my first win of $1k+ in the Palace 15/30 since May 11th, almost three months ago. That seems pretty bad, but I was in Vegas for about six weeks of that time and the 15/30 hasn’t been going very regularly. But still, in the three months before that $1k+ 15/30 win on May 11th, I had fourteen $1k or better wins in the Palace 15/30. 14!

    6:34 PM: Someone blind raises to $10, Part-Time calls, The Man makes it $15, and I cap the preflop betting by making it $50 with AKJ3 double suited. Part-Time and The Man both call.

    Flop is K42 with two spades (I have hearts and clubs) and Part-Time leads out full pot. Eh. Pretty easy fold I guess. I have top pair and a bad gutter, but not much else going on. Anything he’s potting the flop with probably has me in pretty rough shape.

    6:49 PM: We are 8-handed but it’s a very weak 8-handed game. Part-Time and Hit&Run, as their names indicate, are usually not long for the game. Hit&Run has already doubled up, so he’s one decent pot away from leaving. There are two other noob players. One of them has less than $400 and the other has played this game multiple times but never for even as long as an hour.

    We just filled the game with a ninth player but I’ve never seen him before and he has less than $200.

    It’s a full game that could easily be 5-handed in less than an hour. I’ll check in at 7:50 and see where we stand.

    6:57 PM: Oh snap. The Joker is on the list as a call in.

    7:16 PM: And we’re off! 7-way action for $5. I have KK86 one suit in middle position. It’s super marginal but if I can see the flop cheaply good things can happen against this crowd.

    Flop is AK9 with two hearts. One of the noobs leads $30 into $35 and he started with less than $200, so I’m happy to play for his stack. I make it $100 to go and Hit&Run calls it cold. The noob calls, leaving himself $65 behind lol. That’s actually poor planning on my part. If he 3-bet the flop all in I would not have the opportunity to 4-bet since I raised it $70 and his all in would only be a raise of $65 – not enough to reopen the betting for me. I need to be more aware of that stuff.

    Turn is a black 8 and the noob puts his last $65 in. I make it $365 to go and Hit&Run puts me all in for just a bit more. We agree to run it once and I don’t have to worry about what they have as the river pairs the 8.

    For show, Hit&Run shows QJT2 with hearts, for an inside wrap and a flush draw that missed.

    Nice $1k pot to start my night.

    8:00 PM: The Man opens $15, I call with T986 double suited, and five or six of us see the JT7 flop. I have the joint and it checks to me. I start with a bet of $50 and only one player calls, in position.

    Turn is the 4 of diamonds, giving me a flush draw to go with the current nuts. I make it $150 to go since it seems like he has a good drawing hand. If he was freerolling me, I think he’s raising the flop. He calls.

    River pairs the ten. I check and he bets $225. I snap call. He shows me JJ.

    I’m not sure how frequently he bluffs his AKQx type hands, so maybe my snap call isn’t that great. I have a ten though so I’m blocking full houses and I don’t think this guy is calling $150 on the turn with a naked two pair. I feel like I’m losing to JJ and 77 mostly and maybe some two pair combos that have other outs.

    This is probably bad, especially since his bluff frequency is probably way too low.

    8:43 PM: In a five minute span we went from a full game with two on the list to a 7-handed game and no list.

    8:50 PM: Possible punt alert. Multiple limps in front of me and I make it $30 with AQQ6 double suited and three of the limpers call.

    Flop is JT7 with a spade and a heart and Part-Time leads $125 with The Joker calling. They are both deep so I decide to take a card off with a gut shot to the nuts and two quality backdoor flush draws. Plus, I can possibly bluff on 9s or aces. I call.

    Turn is the 9 of hearts and they both check to me. I max bet for $300 and Part-Time snap calls. Gulp. I only have $150 behind so I’m suddenly hating my flop float. How good are my backdoor draws if I have to call a pot size bet for 75% of my remaining stack on the turn? Stupid. That’s not what happened but if the turn was a 2 of hearts or spades, I’m going to have to call $300 here.

    Anyways, Joker folds and I’m obviously not planning to fire my last $150 into a $700 pot after getting snapped on the turn. I whiff and check back. Part-Time wins with Q98x.

    Definite punt. Dumb dumb dumb.

    10:00 PM: The Riddler is making us 6-handed and The Man is absolutely murdering the game tonight:

    10:32 PM: I haven’t played very many notable pots since the game got short but The Riddler’s presence has sparked an all out needling war that no one is really in the mood for because The Man is winning all the pots.

    10:39 PM: The (other) players have all agreed to switch the game to Big O. I have almost no experience in this variant so this could get ugly.

    I finished the PLO portion of tonight’s session at -$119.

    Just looked up my stats and I have played 2.25 hours of Big O lifetime.

    10:56 PM: I just looked at the player on my left… and he was reading my blog.

    Then I looked on my right and that player was reading my blog.

    And the player on his right… was reading my blog!

    Wow. That’s a first.

    And… it took 15 minutes for a $2000 pot to break out and bust two players.

    11:11 PM: Joker wanted me to share this one:

    Final board is AKJ-4-4.

    Joker had KK326.

    The Man had A44T9.

    On the turn, Joker has set over set, the nut flush draw, and the nut low draw… and lost.

    I heard the flop checked around and I missed the turn action but on the river Joker led $100 and called a raise to $400, but that’s beside the point. What are the chances he gets scooped on the river?

    About 2%.

    11:42 PM: I played a hand. I had AKKQJ double suited in the small blind and got to see the flop for $5.

    Flop was 543 with two diamonds, giving me the nut flush draw. I have no intention of putting any money in this pot, but the flop checks around…

    …and the turn is the queen of diamonds. I have the nuts. I bet pot. Two players call.

    River is an offsuit ace. I bet pot for $100 and they both call again.

    I get half and they quarter each other with wheels.

    12:47 AM: Complete from the small blind with AQT54 double suited and The Riddler makes it $25 from the big blind. Four of us call.

    Flop is TT6 rainbow and I lead out for $80. Everyone folds except The Man.

    Turn is a queen and I’m pretty sure he has at least a ten, so I make it $200. He makes it $500. I have just over $800 left so I make another max raise and he calls.

    We both have QT. He has a king to scoop and I have an ace to scoop.

    River: Ace.

    $1600+ pot my way.

    1:02 AM: I limp early with JT432 double suited and five of us see the AJ5 with two diamonds flop. I have a pair, an inside wrap with all the nut low draws and a flush draw. I bet $25 when it checks to me and three players call.

    Wow. Wasn’t expecting that. Turn is a black six, giving me an uncounterfeitable nut low and adding some extra straight outs for high. I bet the pot when it checks to me, the next player makes it $300 to go, the guy after him is all in for less, The Man reluctantly folds and it’s back to me. I have a monster and the player making it $300 isn’t that bright so I have an easy max-raise to $600. He calls.

    The river pairs the jack, I max bet and he goes all in for a little bit more. I call.

    I split with the dolt in the side pot putting $600 in on the turn with a naked set and get quartered in the main pot when the other player shows up with a 32 low.

    Pretty amazing board to lose money on.

    2:34 AM: Another cool runout. I have AQJ53 on 642 with two diamonds. I have nut high and nut low with a flush draw. Turn is a 4 and my opponent has 44 in his hand.

    Meanwhile, The Man bets $300 on turn and river on a board of J858Q and gets called by my opponent from the last two hands. The Man tables J8 and his opponent tables a naked A2… with no low possible.

    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    🔥🔥$600🔥🔥

    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    2:56 AM: Down to four players: Joker, The Man, me, and the guy whose chips all three of us are trying to take. He has a little over $700. I’m ready to go home. I’m tired. I’m hungry. I have a car appointment at 10 AM… but this guy has no chance to cash out if we keep playing and it only takes one hand to get it all, so… here we are.

    3:49 AM: I wasn’t thrilled about the game switch to Big O but I’m happy we did that. I felt waaaaay more comfortable playing than I had in the past and it’s not just because I won this session. I just felt good about the decisions I was making. I wouldn’t mind playing a half PLO/half Big O game in the future.

    Big O Final Score: +$1114