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May 2019 Week 2 Poker Wrap-Up

May 13, 2019

So in lieu of the live blogging, I took some notes during my sessions on the key pots I played so that I could possibly write about them later if I decided to do a review of my sessions.

Wednesday @ Palace

I went in a little early on Wednesday to get a few hours of 8/16 in before the PLO game started and only two hands really stuck out to me from the session, mostly because Part-Time continues to run insanely pure against me. I can’t even imagine what he thinks about it all, but I picture him going to sleep and having dreams about playing pots against me because he seems to cooler me or get there any time we lock horns. It must feel like free money to him.

On the first hand, there are some limpers, he raises from the small blind and I defend with 33 from the big blind. The flop comes down T83 with two clubs and three of us end up putting in a raise on the flop with Part-Time the one capping the betting. The turn card is an ugly six of clubs, completing the flush draw and a 97 straight, so I’m pretty happy to not get raised after it checks to me and I bet. I still have two opponents when the river is a 7. I have Part-Time squarely on an overpair at this point and I’m picking up vibes from the other guy in the hand that he doesn’t have a straight, so I go for some savage value here and only Part-Time calls. I table my set and then he tables a set of eights because obv.

The other hand of note, I raise with KT of spades under the gun and get 6-way action to a flop of QJJ with one spade. I decide to c-bet this flop and I get a call from the small blind before Part-Time check-raises from the big. He would play a jack this way, so I’m just looking to make the best hand now. I call and so does the small blind. The turn is the ace of spades, giving me the nut straight and a Royal Flush draw that will be worth over $10,000 if I can find a queen of spades on the river. Part-Time checks and I bet. I think the ace is a reasonable card to check-raise if you have a jack or better, so when he just calls it seems clear that I have the best hand. The other player folds. The river is a 4 and now Part-Time donks out.

What?

I basically always have the MUBS at this point when I play a pot with Part-Time and when I called on the flop, I was thinking about how I’m probably still going to lose if I make my hand and now here I am getting donked into on the river after being check-called on the turn. But since he called a raise from the big blind in a 6-way pot, he might have all the jacks in his range and that gives him way more combos of trip jacks than full houses and because of the board texture and the action, most of the hands that make boats are unlikely anyway. In fact, I think we can safely eliminate AA, QQ, JJ, and 44 from his range and when we do that, that leaves us with 72 combos of trip jacks and 18 combos of full houses. Even if we put some of the junkier offsuit jacks into his preflop folding range, he still clearly has trips here far more often than boats, especially considering how the turn action went. I didn’t need to do all this combo counting at the table – it’s pretty intuitive – to put in the raise, so I jacked it up and when he just calls I’m obviously never losing, but this is Part-Time vs Dark Knight so of course he turns over QJ here.

Result: -$18

PLO started at 6 PM and it was mostly uneventful for me. I gradually grinded to about +$400 before things started to sour. I managed to go on a four hour stretch without winning a single hand and bottomed out at -$600.

The first hand that started my downward trend I have K9xx in a limped pot from a blind, bet $20 on K92 rainbow, and my only caller is one of the McPoyle brothers from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:

The turn is a 6 and when I lead $50, McPoyle makes it $165 and this spot sucks because I think he’s capable of doing this with hands like K6 and maybe as bad as 62. In other words, he doesn’t know what he’s doing and if he has me beat here, I probably just have to pay it off. I call. The river is a ten and when we both check I assume I’m probably winning the pot, but he ends up showing a set of 9s.

I’ve put $1100 on the table and I only have about $370 of it left when I double through McPoyle while holding A665 with a suited ace in clubs and get it all in on a board of J74cc8 and hold even when the board pairs on the river.

Shortly after that, I get a rather large bluff through with KT97 on a board of QJ54 and get my opponent to lay down AA76 face up so I’m back to over $800 in my stack when this hand comes up:

It’s a raised pot and I have 9766 with a suit on a board of T86 rainbow and wind up getting all $800 of it in against The Crypt Keeper on the flop. There’s a third player also all-in, but he only has about $200 of it, so the side pot is way more important here. I have the nuts and bottom set for a redraw, but I’m not loving the spot. Crypt Keeper obviously has the nuts also and probably has a redraw with it and the other guy wanting to get his stack in is concerning as well. We run it once… the turn is an ace and the river is a queen and Crypt Keeper winds up scooping it all with J97x and felting me. The other player had 88 in his hand, so my scooping outs were actually pretty minimal, even for the side pot. That left me dusted and since the game was short-handed, not great, and it was almost 1 AM, I just called it a night.

Result: -$1082

Thursday @ Red Dragon

Ducky and I headed to Red Dragon to play some 20/40 Mix and I did something I don’t think I’ve ever done before: I lost almost $1000 while waiting for the game I wanted to play in to start.

Let me preface this by saying that the PLO game at Red Dragon is borderline ridiculous. I’m not talking about the action in the game… I’m talking about the structure of it. It’s a 1/3 game, so the blinds are $1 and $3, but it’s $5 to come in just like at Palace, but in this game the maximum buy in is $300, so the most you can sit down with is effectively 60 big blinds. That’s already really shallow, but in the game I was playing, almost everyone (myself excluded) was straddling to $10 on the button. This effectively reduces the maximum buy in to 30 big blinds and if a pot gets raised preflop, stacks are going in on the flop if anyone has a piece. I’m sure the game is still plenty beatable, but this structure definitely increases the short-term luck factor and probably drastically decreases a good player’s edge overall.

First hand that cost me my stack, I have AKQT with a suit in a straddled pot and make it $40 to go. I get two callers and flop a king high flush draw on 972 with two spades. I pot the flop and get it in against both my opponents. That’s obviously not good. One of them probably has the nut flush draw, so I’m likely in bad shape here. The turn pairs the 2 and the river is a 6, so I miss everything. One guy had the nut flush draw and made trip twos but the third player had 985x with no spades and his hand and scoops everything with a straight.

Second hand that cost me my stack, I make it $40 again with KKT9 with a suit and get two callers. I pot and get it in on Q83 rainbow and both players call. The turn pairs the 3 and the river is a 9. I’m up against AKKT and JT9x and the same player that stacked me in the first hand does it again by rivering another straight, even though I chop with a jack and three of his tens are blocked. Sigh.

My third time (nearly) getting stacked, it is not straddled, but there are three limpers, and I pot it with AKKT with a suited ace in clubs, and two players call. I bet 2/3 pot on AQ3 with two clubs and get one caller. We are super shallow after the flop betting, so I put him all in even though the turn pairs the queen and he has KQ53. So after thinking I kind of smashed the flop, I suddenly have one out to win this pot. It doesn’t come.

I think I lose another smallish pot before deciding I’d rather sit around and wait for Mix to start than to keep felting buy ins in this PLO game.

Result: -$978

The players on the Mix Game list weren’t willing to start short-handed so that’s what led to my PLO debacle. I actually started playing PLO at 2:55 PM and we didn’t start the Mix Game until 6:05 PM so it was a brutal (and painful) wait. In fact, I spent nearly an hour just sitting at an empty table.

But we did end up playing Mix and, goodness, I did not have a fun time. I spent most of the night losing every key pot I played and I think I bottomed out at -$1400 which certainly had me contending for my biggest overall loss in a single day.

We are playing 2-7 Triple Draw and an early position player opens, gets two callers, and I 3-bet from the small blind with 7652x, a pretty smooth one card draw to a seven. My opponents all call and wind up drawing 3, 2, and 2. I don’t improve after the first draw and maybe that means I’m supposed to check here out of position against a field, but I bet and got raised by the 3-card draw and both other players called. I called also. The raiser patted behind me and the other guys drew two again. On the second draw, I spiked a 4, giving me the fourth best deuce hand you can make and I was able to check-raise the field. The other pat hand raised back, clearing the field, and I capped it. We both patted again and I bet the river and got raised. He’s definitely saying he has the nuts or close to it, so I just call and sure enough he drew three to a wheel on the first draw. Pretty sick. It seems like I might have lost some unnecessary big bets here, but I’m not sure. If he made an 85, would he just call my check-raise and let the other guys keep drawing for one more bet? Would he just call with an 86? I’m not sure. I don’t know the player at all. I wonder what I would do in his spot. It should be pretty intuitive that I had a good one card draw and when I check-raise the field after the second draw, I clearly made my hand… and he still raised me. Maybe I should just be calling down at that point, even with a seven?

I was running pretty unlucky in general by this point already, so that hand definitely left my ears ringing a bit, but it wouldn’t even be the most frustrating pot I lost that night.

We are playing 2-7 Razz, someone completes with an 8 up in early position, another player calls, I make it $40 to go with 82-3, and a super splashy player calls $40 cold with a ten up. The 8 up calls, the other guy oddly folds, and the three of us head to fourth street. I catch a 7, the ten catches a 6, and the 8 gets a 4. I have the betting lead and the best board showing, so I bet, but it’s worth noting that the 84 is usually drawing smoother than me at this point. They both call. On fifth, I pair the 7 and their boards are T66 and 84K. We all bricked, but the dude with the made king fires a bet and I’m tempted to raise here, but as I mentioned earlier, he probably has a better draw than me anyway, so I just call. So does the T66! I catch another 7 and the 84K catches an ace (the worst card in this game). The other guy must have caught another pair or a face card because the player with the made king fires another bet and we both call again. Yes, this hand is pure insanity. I can’t wait to see how the dude with the T66J showing beats me in this hand. I get a 4 on my last card and make an 87432 and expect to be winning this pot most of the time now, but it’s not such a monster that I’m going to raise when the 84KA fires another bet on 7th. I call and so does the other guy that I have board locked.

I have my earbuds in and the river bettor says something after we call. I thought he might have said he had an ace and that makes sense because he doesn’t seem to want to turn over his cards. I wait him out a little longer and he’s still not showing so when the other guy tables his hand, I show mine as well. Then, after successfully getting us both to show our hands out of turn, this dickbag reveals a made 86 and I couldn’t help but blurt out, “why are you just now turning over that hand?” He said that he said he had an 8. Okay. Who gives a fuck what you said. Turn that shit over. We were both obviously sitting there waiting for him to do something. And then I end up showing because I don’t want the other player to think I’m slow rolling him. Dude makes an 86 and just gets called in two spots and doesn’t know it’s basically the nuts?

Note: The only thing I actually said out loud was what I put in quotes, but I was definitely thinking all the rest and the fact that I was pissed about it wasn’t exactly a secret. I mean… I’m already getting smashed in the game and now I’m being slow rolled in a massive pot? Ducky actually tried to defend this prick later, saying that he didn’t think it was that bad of a slow roll and I’m like HUH? Okay, he said he had an 8? That’s nice. Prove it maybe? If I heard him I would have said “me too” but I didn’t, so after he says something and neither of us react, it’s time to show the cards. Anything after that is egregious IMO.

I was honestly mad enough that I was tempted to call it a night, but after getting some fresh air, doing some breathing, and reminding myself there was a guy in there calling raises and reraises with a ten up in Razz games and literally giving money away, I was able to collect myself and make a nice recovery for the night.

Another 2-7 Razz example with the maniac: I raise with 54-3 and he calls me down on these runouts:

Me: 54-3723-x
Him: xx-7KT9-x

Bless his heart.

And one more hand just to show how it felt like the Poker Gods were conspiring against me on this night:

We are playing A-5 Triple Draw and I defend a raise with 642. All three of us draw two. I improve to a one card draw and decide to lead out and they both call. I draw one and they draw two again. I make a 6, bet and they both call. I pat and they draw two again (!). I bet and get a call, so I table my hand and that’s when the dealer is like, “there’s another draw left.” During the third draw, the dealer had to shuffle the burns and the muck to complete the action. This leads to an extensive argument and literally not one person at the table is in agreement with me, so I’m sitting there replaying the action in my head, wondering if I’m the only person that can count to three. Even Ducky is chiming in saying he thinks there’s another draw when he wasn’t even paying attention to the damn hand. What a good friend! Finally the dealer asks me if I want him to call the floor over and I just say no and let this dude draw for a fourth time against me while my hand is face up, figuring that if he missed, we can just move on. Fortunately, he did miss, but if he didn’t… yeah, we’re going to take a look at those cameras.

Result: -$352

Friday @ Palace

First hand of the day I 3-bet with AK and get a K97 rainbow flop against Master Splinter and Part-Time. We are in Overs and they both call. The turn is a blank and I get check-raised by Splinter. I call him down and there will be no Coast-To-Coast for me because he has a set of sevens.

And that sets the tone for my whole session. I won some raise-and-take-its and some raise-and-c-bet pots, but they were few and far between and I didn’t win my first showdown for 3+ hours. And then I won three straight. I think I bottomed out at -$1200 but rallied all the way back to nearly even before shit hit the fan all over again and I found myself all the way back down to -$1400.

Fortunately, I heated up towards the end of the night when the game got short.

Result: -$360

Saturday @ Palace

I actually got off to a decent +$500 start on Saturday, but it was short-lived. I had a lot of medium and big pairs and I can only remember winning with one of them. I’m talking like 1 for 15 with TT+. I had some hand examples from this session, but they are basically just bad beat stories and I’m ready to wrap this post up.

Probably the most notable thing that happened in this session was that we had a full game with three on the list when a big pot happened where FanGirl lost with trips to a flush on the river. After losing that pot, she didn’t take her big blind and quit the game. FanBoy announced that he was out too. Then Huey says he doesn’t want the big blind either. The next player takes his stub of chips and leaves the table. I post the big blind, but the player in seat 7 is frustrated, shaking his head, and decides to quit too. Just like that, five players have vanished. The floors have no clue about the crisis happening on our table, so they are taking their sweet time trying to fill the one seat they think we have open and I watch in horror as the first two players on the list end up passing on the game. I was willing to keep playing, even as short as 3-handed, but needless to say, we never got dealt another hand. How does that happen? Full game with three on list to a broken game in the span of a single hand. Absolutely sick.

Result: -$458

One of my good friends walked into the casino and I decided to hang out for a few extra hours and play some 4/8 with him. I ended up hitting quad fours for a $152 jackpot. And then I committed a white chip sin and took my opponents to Value Town on the river because that extra $16 I win in a jackpot hand is $16 that can pay for my Apple Music membership this month. It all adds up and I’m not one that thinks it is okay to draw arbitrary lines of decency when it comes to betting or checking bonuses. I’ve actually seen people bark at someone for betting a potential high hand on the river against them. Like dude… that might not even hold up. Let’s all calm down and play poker.

Result: +$88

Yup. That was a miserable week. What went right? Anything? I got off to decent starts in PLO on Wednesday and 15/30 on Saturday, but I spent almost my entire week losing my ass in every session I played. I mounted some comebacks and limited the damage a little bit, but this was one of the most trying weeks of cash game poker I’ve ever played.

When I said I wanted to change things up on my blog, I’m not sure this is what I had in mind. This took way longer to write than I was hoping for. But then again, I guess I had some abnormal stories. On the bright side, I got my volume way up.

Final Results: -$2956 in 44.25 hours

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An Update! And Status of the Blog

May 7, 2019

I’ve been giving serious thought to discontinuing the poker blog. Obviously, my volume of posts has been way down from when I was doing this very regularly and there are a number of reasons for this. First off, I started a bad trend when I came up with the idea of live blogging my sessions. It drastically increased traffic to my blog, but it also put pressure on me to keep providing consistent content and sometimes that can be very hard to do because not every poker session is all that interesting. Sometimes you get killed and sometimes you run super hot, but that doesn’t mean you play a bunch of pots worth writing about. “And here I had pocket aces and they held up.” Cool. Also, I have found that PLO doesn’t work as a live blog. I just need to take notes and talk about the hands later. And actually, I think that’s the point I’m at with limit Hold’em as well. I feel like I’ve done a fine job of coming up with good content while I’m playing, but sometimes I feel like I’m really forcing it.

And that’s the thing… I’m writing all this shit while I’m playing. That is just dumb. And for what? I don’t benefit from this in any way other than providing free entertainment to whoever wants to read it. I guess there’s some satisfaction in that, but not enough to shift my entire focus while I’m doing what is supposed to be my job. With that said, going forward, I won’t be doing live blogs of my cash game sessions because my focus needs to be on the game and playing as well as I can. Maybe once in a while, I’ll do a throwback live blog, but don’t expect them going forward. However, I will still provide live updates of my progress in any tournaments I play. I plan to take notes and post hands after my sessions, but I’m not really sure how I’m going to implement that yet. Maybe as a once a week post with how all my sessions went? I dunno.

Another reason I’ve kind of lost some interest in this is because a number of my opponents read my blog and some of them are making adjustments before my eyes and implementing my own strategies against me. This is probably a dilemma for any poker writer, but those people are at least making money selling books or writing articles. I’m sure that helps offset the annoyance of making your opposition better. So what’s a better use of my time? Writing free strategy advice that people that play with me can use to help their games or doing my own studying away from the tables and improving my game instead?

When I started doing regular poker content, my goal was to give insight on what it’s like to play mid-stakes poker for a living. I feel like I’ve done a decent job of doing that and that will be my focus going forward as far as my writing goes.

So yeah… sorry about all that. I’m sure some of you will be upset by this news, but devoting so much time to this just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I will still provide regular poker content, it just won’t be nearly as consistent as it has been the last 18 months or so.

I did wind up finishing April with my second losing month of 2019. It’s been a pretty middling year so far, mostly because I haven’t had a meaningful cash in a tournament yet. My cash game numbers have actually been really good so far.

This past week, my wife actually lit me up about my lack of volume recently and this wasn’t news to me, but I decided to dig into it anyway, just to see how I’ve been slacking. Here are some volume comparisons over the first four months of the last two years.

2018 live cash game volume (January through April): 632.75 hours
2019 live cash game volume (January through April): 412.75 hours
2018 Global Poker volume (Jan thru Apr): 270.25 hours
2019 Global Poker volume (Jan thru Apr): 188.5 hours
2018 live tournament volume (Jan thru Apr): 97.5 hours
2019 live tournament volume (Jan thru Apr): 111.25 hours

I don’t need to do any calculations here. I can eyeball those numbers and see that my volume is down almost 33% across the board. That’s insane. No. It’s pathetic. I know the biggest reasons are because the 15/30 game is going once a week and PLO has dried up, but that’s no excuse to just quit doing my job. I need to be in there playing 8/16 if I have to. My $22/hour lifetime win rate in that game isn’t anything to sneeze at. I can pay plenty of bills with that kind of income. And if I don’t want to play 8/16, I just need to head up to Fortune and play in that 20/40 game no matter how bad I think it is because here’s the thing: what one person thinks is a bad lineup, someone else out there thinks is a gold mine. I’ve heard people say the Palace 15/30 game isn’t that good and I look around the table and wonder wtf they are talking about. It’s an amazing game and I’ll make Fortune my next amazing game if I have to. I have a $33.62/hour lifetime win rate in that 20/40 game there and I’m sure I can do much better than that if I played regularly. I had planned to increase my volume there this year and so far I have logged a total of 9 hours at Fortune in 2019. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be making at least one appearance a week… so you know what? I’m going to start doing that.

I have felt inspired in May so far. Granted, I’ve already taken 3 of 7 days off, but I played 17+ hours of 15/30 this weekend and won $1200+ over two sessions and I forced myself to go play a full 8/16 session last night and booked a decent win. I took today off to go to the movies and make dinner, but I imagine I’ll put in 40+ hours over the next four days before celebrating Mother’s Day with my parents on Sunday.

My WSOP schedule is mostly finalized. I’m not exactly sure what day I will be headed down there, but I’m pretty much a lock to play the $1500 8-Game Mix, the Milly Maker or $1500 7 Card Stud, the $600 PLO Deep Stack or the $1500 Stud 8/Better, the $1500 Monster Stack, the $1500 Limit Hold’em, the $10k Main Event, and the $3k H.O.R.S.E. I’ve sold out the tournament package I came up with and I’ve also sold out my action for the Main Event – all amongst my close friends – but I still have another 15-20% I’d be willing to sell for the $3k H.O.R.S.E. if anyone wants a piece. Hit me up on Facebook or email at maccent17@gmail.com. My markup is 12%. Also, I will be playing some events on the fly if I don’t advance deep in the events I know I’m playing, so if you want me to hit you up for random pieces, let me know.

I will keep notes on my sessions this week and hopefully play enough fun hands to have something to talk about next week.

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First Red Dragon Trip & 15/30 Live Blog

April 26, 2019

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been feeling a serious lack of motivation while I’ve been slumping through my second losing month of the year. It’s April? The fourth month of the year? I’m sitting here with less than 20% of the winnings I had by this point last year. Granted, I had an epic February in 2018 and followed that up with a $25k+ series in the Muckleshoot Spring Classic. Winning one of those tournaments can’t be expected to happen every year.

It’s not really even the losing that has gotten me down. The local game selection has been depressing. Even though we moved in late 2018, Palace is still the closest poker room to my house and where I prefer to play, but the games I’ve relied on for my bottom line have dried up substantially. The 15/30 was running almost every day in April of last year and now Friday nights are the only day I know it’s going to go and even then it’s started to feel shaky lately. PLO was running twice a week and used to be mind-boggling good action. That game has gotten progressively worse, to the point where it’s almost all regulars (and multiple pros) and last week it was dead before 9 PM. I couldn’t even jump in an 8/16 game to get a full day of work because that game was dead already too. PLO has basically zero chance to survive the summer when a number of the players keeping it alive disappear to Vegas for the WSOP. I didn’t even bother showing up this past week and I might shift my priorities elsewhere on future Wednesdays. I mean… I want to do my part to keep it alive, but I don’t have much interest in locking horns with some of the best players in the area for a couple hours every week, hoping some live ones will sit down with us.

Last Thursday I did something I’ve been wanting to do and checked out the Red Dragon poker room in Mountlake Terrace, a few exits north of Shoreline. I was extremely impressed. It’s a nice, cozy room and they were super busy. The real reason I went out there is because I heard they had a 20/40 Mix Game that spreads quite regularly. Ducky and I made the trip and pretty much as soon as we walked in they fired up the 20 Mix game. We started off with a mix of Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, Omaha Hi, Razz, Badugi, Omaha 8, Stud 8, and Double Board Omaha. Later, we added Big O and Ace-to-Five Triple Draw and removed some of the other Omaha games.

I don’t consider myself a mixed games wizard, but I was astonished at how soft that starting lineup was. I knew I was the best player in the game and I couldn’t even find a variant I thought someone might be better than me at. That might sound arrogant, but I like to think I make honest assessments. Part of the reason I’ve lost interest in the PLO game at Palace is because I know there are always multiple players better than me in it now. Anyways, almost the whole table in this mix game was playing exceptionally loose and the one guy I thought might be competent before the game started seemed like he was going out of his way to play horribly, particularly against me – like he wanted to put a gross one on me. I’m talking cold calling raises and drawing four cards kinds of gross. Fortunately, that bad beat never happened and I basically had that guy’s number the entire session.

I raced out to a +$2500 start and that wasn’t hurting my confidence any, but while I knew I was running good, I could also see the plethora of horrendous mistakes everyone else was making that helped get me to that lofty cushion. My heater extinguished, however, and I eventually got ice cold and the game got progressively worse throughout the night. It seemed like every time someone left or busted out, they were replaced by a better player and by the end of the night, I was looking around the table and thought everyone was mostly competent. So Ducky and I took off and I had to settle for a +$997 day.

I am looking forward to going back and plan to make a trip to Red Dragon at least once a week as part of my regular routine – even though it’s an absolutely brutal commute.

Last Friday I booked a -$1236 in a good 15/30 game and then I finished 16th in the Main Event of the Little Creek spring series on Saturday. That was yet another deep run that didn’t amount to a cash. Maximum amount of time wasted. Goodness that’s getting old.

I’ve come to the realization that I have a mental game weakness when it comes to busting out of tournaments. If I played 11 hours of 15/30 and lost $560, I wouldn’t be happy about it, but most of the time, I can just chalk it up to a poor day at the office and shake it off. But when I spend 11 hours playing a tournament and don’t cash… well, I find that EXTREMELY upsetting.

Or maybe it’s just because I haven’t been having any good results.

I have now fired 22 bullets in 17 tournaments this year and I have two cashes to show for it. Sort of. One of those cashes was in a tournament I fired two bullets at and I ended up with a net loss. The other cash was in a daily tournament… at a bowling alley… and I have to include that because if I don’t, then I haven’t cashed for a profit in a single tournament in 2019. I am currently down almost $7300 in tournaments this year for a sexy ROI of -91%.

Could this be the year that I finally lose money in tournament poker?

That reminds me… who wants to buy my World Series of Poker action?

Seriously. I’ll be selling a package here shortly when I get a better idea of what my schedule will look like. Uhm… I’m due?

Saturday was my last day playing poker in a casino, so that’s pretty much it for poker updates.

I posted some movie reviews yesterday. I’ve also been updating my TV Show Ratings and 2019 Album Ratings. It seems like most people have no idea what new music to listen to, so check that out if you want to stay up to date on good new content. ScHoolboy Q released a new album last night, so that’s what I’ll be listening to today.

I saw Avengers: Endgame last night. I’m going to see it again on Tuesday before writing about it, so here’s my quick, no spoilers thoughts: it was fucking awesome.

I will be live blogging my 15/30 session tonight, but it will also be the MLB debut of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., so I’ll be watching the Blue Jays game on my iPad while I’m playing for the first 3+ hours of my session.

Starting Lineup: Megaphone, Chief Wiggum, Part-Time, Ducky, and four non-regs

4:23 PM: I’m on tilt already. First off, Palace’s WiFi connection is fucking worthless. I can’t even watch Vlad Jr.’s debut on my iPad because it won’t connect so I’m watching it on my phone… which means I can’t type at the same time.

  • Also, first hand of the session, Wiggum straddles on the button, I 3-bet AK of spades from the big blind and somehow six of us wind up putting in five bets each before the flop.
  • The board runs out A76sTsT and I wind up losing to someone’s T8 offsuit after flopping top top and turning the nut flush draw. That same player CRUSHED me last week and hit and ran the game for around $1500+ in less than 90 minutes. She’s well on her way to doing same shit today. Pretty cool.
  • So… instead of winning a $700+ pot on the first hand of the day and having a nice cushion for my first Coast-to-Coast performance, I lost this monster pot to someone that is probably going to jet before 6 PM.
  • Sigh.
  • 4:40 PM: And I just lost to her again: flop top pair with JTdd, turn a flush draw, and lose to bottom pair. I have literally lost ten pots in a row to her, dating back to last week, and I don’t think she outflopped me in a single one of them. Wtf.

    5:23 PM: Ducky opens, the lady crushing me 3-bets, I call from the small blind with two jacks, and it’s 4-way action.

    Flop is 982 and it checks around.

    Great start.

    Turn is a king and I think that’s a card I should send around and it checks to my boss and she bets. I’m content to show this down with passive action so I call and that leaves us heads up.

    The river is a jack! I check. She checks. And shows ace fucking king. Holy shit. How is that a thing? It’s not like she’s giving me air. She bet heads up in the last pot, so… wtf? It’s just the Poker Gods randomly messing with me? “Even when you win… you lose.”

    5:49 PM: Raise some limpers with KJ of hearts and then c-bet 4-handed pot on T93 rainbow.

    The turn is a queen and I’m pretty stoked when Megaphone check-raises me since we are in Overs now and I get to make it $150. He calls.

    The river is another ten and that’s not cool, but when he checks it over, I go for value and he just calls and then mumbles about how “gut shot was his only out,” which could only be true if he had, uh, 93?

    Anyways, after spotting them a rack immediately, I’ve been given a reprieve on my session after these last couple hands and get to start fresh.

    6:31 PM: This game is flimsy already. We already have an open seat and no list and half this lineup could up and leave at any moment.

    On the bright side, Flea finally decided to make a return to red chip games.

    7:45 PM: Here’s a list of hands that its impossible to win a pot with: AK, AQ, AJ.

    Megaphone is at his Megaphoniest. He’s been running extremely good and garbage hasn’t stopped spilling out of his mouth for hours now. One time, he was rambling and I looked up to see that not one player was listening to him and then I caught the dealer looking off into space like “lawd, save me” and I burst into laughter.

    Nothing exciting to report. I’m getting a decent amount of big aces and losing with all of them. That sums up my first four hours so far. Currently sitting near -$500 again.

    7:54 PM: In related news, my phone is almost dead, I don’t have a portable charger, and the USB ports at my table aren’t working.

    8:53 PM: Here’s how good I’ve been running the last three months:

    I come back from a break talking to my wife on the phone and see like $600 in chips sitting between me and seat 9 and then Taz comes over and says “these are going here” motioning to me and I’m wondering if someone thinks I won a High Hand or something… and then he says, “I should just leave them here” and I respond, “I don’t get it” and finally it dawns on me that those are his chips and he’s making a joke that I’m going to win them from him anyway so why waste time and I’m like “bro, you haven’t been around here for a while, huh?”

    9:49 PM: Someone limps, I raise KK, there’s a call, button 3-bets and I cap this 4-way pot.

    I bet flop and turn on QT53 and still have three opponents when another queen hits the river. I don’t think any of them have one, so I go for value and get called in two spots! My hand is good and I have sugar for the first time today.

    Not bad. I was -$800 less than two hours ago.

    10:12 PM: Heater alert! I followed that KK hand up by flopping top set with AA in a multi-way 3-bet pot and then flopping a full house with 82 suited from the small blind in a limped pot and getting way too much action when my hand seemed pretty face up.

    Suddenly I am up $700.

    11 PM: Welp, this game is on the ropes. We are now 5-handed. Nice surprise from that aces full hand from earlier. It went up for High Hand with 19 minutes to go so I forgot all about it and it held up! Send an extra $400 my way.

    I’m not going to try and blog and play short-handed so I’ll post a final tally when we wrap things up here.

    Final Score: +$2085

    Short-handed was good to me, even with Ducky getting a J32 flop with JJ vs my 33 in a blind vs blind hand when we were 4-handed.

    Feels good though. Good enough to put my month back in the black.

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    Spring Round Up $560 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Stack Updates)

    April 13, 2019

    30k starting stacks, 60 minute levels, and blinds starting at 100/200.

    One thing of note: my table isn’t breaking today so I get to play with the same guys all day long and so far it looks pretty decent.

    Stack updates here on break.

    First Break: Cool start. So far, I’ve had to fold a set, two pair, and top pair twice. Plus, I bricked a combo draw against a player that bets too big, never folds decent hands, and is ripe to get stacked. Alas, she already punted the whole thing to the tightest player at the table.

    I’m sitting on 18.4k after two levels.

    Second Break: A punter finally punted to me. I knew the guy on my left was playing too loose and floating flops, so in a raised pot I c-bet with KJ on Q95 and sent it over to him when I turn the nut straight and he crams with… K5. He bricked his chop outs on the river and that got me back around 40k.

    Something else weird that happened… I open on the button and the big blind calls.

    The flop is Q75 and the big checks it to me, the dealer isn’t paying attention and knocks the table to burn and turn and I say, “hold on” and she stops herself and then tosses an All In button in front of me. I’m sitting there with a 100bb stack and an All In button in front of me with 5 big blinds in the pot… holding ten high. Fortunately, the dude didn’t snap call and I was able to correct her, but WTFFFFFF.

    39k coming back to 400/800 blinds.

    Dinner Break: Sitting on 53k and that might be the most chips I’ve had this series.

    Fourth Break: 43.8k

    Most notable hand I got 25 bigs in pre with AK vs AQ and he weaseled his way into a chop.

    Riddler sitting on 200k+!

    9:29 PM: Pretty wild couple of levels. I lose most of my stack to the dude I should have busted when he had AQ vs my AK, this time when my TT runs into his QQ.

    Then I double with 99 vs… 86 of spades.

    Then I get in a 3-way all in with AQss vs AQ and AK… whiff a flush draw but make a straight for half of the main pot.

    And just now, someone “trapped” me with 99 and limp-jammed on my raise. I had AK and snap called, flopped the nut flush draw and two overs and now I’m checking out of the hotel to get the fuck out of here.

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    The Return of The Legend: $230 No Limit Hold’em and $340 No Limit Hold’em

    April 12, 2019

    So yesterday I wasn’t planning to blog during the tournament (and obviously I didn’t) but then my starting table broke and I found myself moved to a new table where I got to play with The Legend himself, and witness firsthand one of the most highly anticipated returns to the felt the poker community has ever seen and I knew I owed it to fans across the world to document this historic event.

    But first, let’s have a look at how cash games went for me the last couple days after my last bust out on Tuesday:

    It just goes to show how much more consistent cash games are than tournaments. I would have had to finish in 3rd place of the HORSE tournament to top my earnings in the cash games the last two days. I ran pretty good in the games (just look at those o8 numbers), but still, I find it much easier to make 100+ big bets in cash than to finish 3rd in a reasonably sized tournament.

    Back to yesterday’s tournament.

    I made notes on most of my key pots and this first one was at my extremely favorable starting table:

    Blinds are 100/200 and someone min-raises from early position and I call from the small blind with T8 of diamonds and the big comes along as well.

    The flop is Q95 rainbow but with no diamond and the big blind donks out 600 right as the PFR is about to bet 600 himself. He ends up just calling and I’m getting 4 to 1 with my gutter and dreams of stacking fools if I hit my straight, so I call also. I think this spot is probably a little light and a diamond on the flop would swing it to a no doubt call, but I don’t mind reaching a little bit when I’m positive my opponents are capable of huge mistakes. Plus, who knows, maybe other good things can happen.

    The turn is a king and the big bets 600 again and the PFR folds. Well, this is a slam dunk bluff-raising spot. You can tell by his sizing that his hand is probably weak and he most likely has a weak queen. I’m not exactly sure how I’d approach this if the PFR called, but when he folds, this spot is ripe for a takeaway. I make it 2200 and win the pot right there.

    With blinds at 200/400, someone opens to 800 and it folds to me in the small blind with TT. You know what I would hate? If I 3-bet this hand and then my opponent 4-bet me. I’m not getting all in with TT pre here, so I decide to make sure I don’t have to face that obnoxious spot and just call.

    We go heads up to the 965 flop and my opponent bets 3000 into a pot of 1900. It’s not often that I tank to a single flop bet, but this is pretty weird. It’s an absolutely insane sizing and ultimately I just decide I can accumulate chips just fine in spots that aren’t so murky and make a painful and annoying fold.

    Same blinds, someone opens to 800 and I call with 98 of spades on the button and we go heads up to Q97 with two clubs. He bets 1200 and I call.

    The turn pairs the queen and he bets 1500. I actually like that card and make another call.

    The river is a blank and he fires another 2200. It’s worth noting his bet size hasn’t increased very much and that’s a sign of weakness, plus I’m doing some noninvasive studying of him (meaning I’m not trying to stare into his soul) and he doesn’t look comfortable at all. I make the call and he says I’m good and I don’t make him show his hand.

    And then the Poker God’s intervene and break my highly favorable table and move me to The Legend’s table. I already know he doubled early in the tournament and as I sit down he’s playing a massive 3-way pot on 774 and one of his opponents basically has a starting stack in the middle before folding and his other one stacks off with Q7. The Legend has A7 and it holds and before I even take a hand, he’s sitting on a stack of over 100k with the blinds at 200/400 like a true legend should be.

    ChowMein is also at the table and I lost a reasonably sized pot to him by flatting his raise with KK and hoping to keep his range wide postflop or induce a squeeze behind me, but instead I found myself playing a 5-way pot and seeing an all heart flop with no heart in my hand. I called a bet from ChowMein and we went heads up to another heart turn and both checked. He bet the river and I folded and he flashed me the king of hearts.

    I must have chipped down in some other pots because when this next hand comes up I have about 13k with blinds still at 200/400.

    Someone opens to 1200 from the cutoff and ChowMein makes it 3400 on the button. Like I said, I have 13k here and I pick up TT in the small blind. It’s pretty gross. I don’t love jamming 30+ bigs here with tens against a raise and a reraise when I probably have zero fold equity, but I also don’t love my table draw and this seems like a good spot to gamble and hope to double up or start fresh somewhere else.

    I jam and ChowMein ends up calling with AK of clubs and I hold.

    That cripples ChowMein and he busts a short while later, making the table quite a bit easier.

    I open to 1000 with KJ of clubs and The Legend calls on the button and so does the big blind.

    The flop is JT4 with two clubs. We smashed it. There are a lot of hands I would check here and I think this is a reasonable good hand to balance my checks with, as there aren’t many bad free cards for us. The Legend checks back.

    The turn is the six of clubs, giving me a flush and I bet 1500 and The Legend calls.

    We are heads up to a board-paring six of spades on the river. Obviously, my first instinct is to bet, but then I start wondering what I can get value from and there doesn’t seem to be many hands. I thought he could have a busted one card flush draw though and maybe he would bluff with it. I thought he was more likely to fire a bluff than call a value bet, so I sent it over to him and he obliged me with a 3500 bet and I called. He shows KT and my hand is obviously good.

    I kind of wished I’d given some serious consideration to raising there. I never expected him to bet a hand like KT, so I figured if he bet, he’d mostly have bluffs in his range and it seems somewhat possible he could still have some ace high flushes in there as well. But after seeing the KT, I feel like I absolutely need to punish him with a raise. We have lots of history without having any actual history and the way I played this hand, I could easily see him calling a check-raise on the river. Maybe he gets away from it but I wouldn’t fault him for calling either.

    Two players limp at 300/600 and I make it 2500 on the button with AK and both players call. Yay!

    Flop is KJ4 and I bet 4500 when they check to me. If I’m beat here, I’m going broke. The stacks aren’t deep enough to find any folds. One player calls my bet.

    The turn is a 7 and I put him all in for 15k or so and he thinks a bit before folding.

    That puts my stack in the 40k region with blinds at 300/600, so I’m sitting on 65+ bigs at this point.

    Meanwhile, we are situated right by the podium where late arrivals and re-entries check in to find their seats and Cobra comes by for the second time and says, “Hey what’s up guys, I just woke up,” a line he already used the first time he re-entered and had to walk by us. 😂

    Two players limp at 300/600 and I limp along on the button with 96 of hearts and we go four ways to a flop of QT4 with two clubs and one heart. They all check to me so I try to pick the pot up with a bet of 1500 and two players call.

    I’m not going to barrel unless I pick up equity and the queen of hearts is a pretty great card for me to keep telling this story. I bet 4500 and only one player calls this time.

    The river is yet another queen. That’s a bad card, but when he checks, I don’t want to check behind and let him win with his KJ or J9 straight draws, so I bet 5000 with designs on trying to fold out those hands only. If he has a pair, he’s calling. He does call and I just pitch my hand into the muck.

    That hand sent me just below 30k.

    With blinds at 500/1000 I call a middle position raise with AThh on the button and a blind comes along also.

    The flop is KQJ with two clubs and they both check to me. I bet 4000, sizing with intents on jamming the turn, and both players call.

    The turn is an ugly 4 of clubs and they both check to me. It’s pretty gross, but I can’t check back here and possibly let another club or broadway card come off for free. When they both call, I have less than a pot-sized bet left, so if someone happens to have a flush here, I guess I’m just busting out. I jam. They both fold.

    I’m back over 40k now and when registration closes after level 6, I’m sitting on 46.5k. Meanwhile, The Legend has over 120k and I tell him that a true legend would forfeit that stack and start fresh just to prove he can do it again. He doesn’t oblige.

    I’m inactive until the 800/1600 blind level and find myself defending a middle position min-raise with QTo in the big blind.

    The flop comes down 875 with two diamonds and a spade. I expect this flop to whiff his opening range pretty hard and favor mine, plus I expect this player to react truthfully to a flop bet here, so I lead out 4500 and he calls. Well, that’s the last thing I expected. I figured he would fold most of the time and jam if he actually had something.

    I think with the stack sizes being what they are, I’m not going to try to bluff my way through this one after getting called on this board texture, but then I turn a queen (a second spade) and suddenly I feel like I probably have the best hand. The pot is almost 18k and he only has about 20k left, so I put him all in and he snap calls with… I’m not sure… it looks like A8… maybe it’s A9? The river is the 4 of spades and I win a very ni-

    Wait, what? He won? Apparently he had the A9 of spades and rivered a flush. It’s always a great feeling to not get a good look at your opponent’s hand before the river comes and not realize you lost the pot.

    That pot sends me back down to the 20bb range and on the very next hand it folds to a competent player on the button and he jams ~16bb. I look down at 33. I think this is a very close spot. I’ve looked it up since and if my opponent is shoving an unexploitable range (~34.5%) on the button with his stack size, then 33 is actually the worst pair I should call with.

    For him to be jamming 34.5% though, he needs to be shoving hands like K4s, J7s, T7s, T9o, and other suited hands down to 65. I think he’s shoving wide, but maybe not that wide so maybe 33 is a hand I should remove since it is at the bottom of my calling range. If I had 40-60 bigs here I certainly would have folded to maintain my stack size rather than engage in a coin flip situation. But with 20 bigs, I wanted to double up now and took the gamble. I called and held against his A8o.

    That puts me back at 40k when this next hand comes up.

    Dude playing really tight-solid in a small sample opens to 4000 under the gun with blinds still at 800/1600 and I look down at 99 in middle position. I’m sitting on about 25 bigs and this seems like a weird spot. Do I really want to get it in here against this dude that has opened two pots since he’s been at my table? No, sir. But 99 also feels too good to fold. I think I can flat here and re-evaluate postflop without necessarily putting myself in a set-mining only situation. I call.

    We go heads up to KK5 with two hearts and I call 4000 again.

    The turn is another king and he checks it over to me. It seems like I should be betting but I have a feeling this player is capable of checking better hands to me, so I check back, planning to re-evaluate on the river.

    The river is another king! That puts quads on the board. He checks it again. Ugh. I ended up checking here and letting him win with JJ. It’s interesting to note that I checked back the turn because I still thought he could check better pairs to me, but on the river I decided not to try to bluff him off those same hands that now lose to any ace. I thought if he had a hand like AQ, he would check this river, figuring he was unlikely to get value by betting but could by setting me up to bluff at it.

    At the time, I didn’t think it would be very credible for me to bluff the river since AQ was my only likely hand I could play this way and have the nuts on the river.

    In retrospect, I think I have to bet. How many pairs am I flatting with pre? Maybe JJ through 88? There are 6 combos each of TT-88 and one combo of JJ left. So that is 20 pair combos I could turn into river bluffs. There are 16 combos of AQ alone. If I’m ever flatting with hands like AJ suited or AT suited here, that gives me an extremely balanced range on the river to bluff and value bet with and since I’m probably never winning the pot when I check back 9 high, I think I had to bet here and I don’t think it would have required a large sizing since if I did have an ace, I probably wouldn’t go for a polarized sizing.

    Oh well. You live and you learn.

    I was back down to 20 bigs or so when it folded to the button and he opened. I had 66 in the big and decided to reshove, but this prick asked for my stack to be counted down before calling with QQ and I failed to improve and busted out.

    The Legend had about 160k when I busted and played extremely well from my observation. He was very calculated and took his time with every decision. He ended up finishing in 25th place for a small cash and after winning a Main Event seat in a satellite, that makes him 2 for 2 on the trip so far.

    After the tourney, Cobra and I had a nice little candlelight dinner together and some amazing steaks.

    I didn’t play any cash because I felt exhausted so I went and saw Pet Sematary and tried to rest up as much as possible for a new day.

    I feel good!

    This is a $340 no limit Hold’em event with 25k stacks, blinds at 100/200 to start, and 40 minute levels.

    Stack updates here on break.

    An Observation: We are at 200/400 and three players limp in… the big blind jams for like 10k. How is it possible that every single limper has something to think about? You thought your hand was only worth a one big blind limp and now suddenly it might be worth 25 bigs? Fuck outta here and fold your damn hands already.

    First Break: Sitting on just over 40k after three levels of play and that is pretty amazing considering I’ve whiffed with AQ four times, AK once and AJ once in raised pots. My table is playing loose, aggressive, and sticky, so I haven’t wasted any chips c-betting bricked flops when my opponents haven’t shown much tendency to fold.

    So maybe this hand wasn’t the greatest idea. Loose, sticky player limps at 200/400 and I make it 1500 with K4 of diamonds on the button.

    We go heads up to AQ4 with two diamonds and he check-calls 1500.

    The turn is a jack and I bet 4000 when he checks to me. I’m going to be pretty sick if he check-raises here but I don’t think it’s likely since I have an obvious range advantage and he probably needs like KT exactly to raise here. Mostly, I want the pot to be bigger if I get there on the river. He calls.

    The river is the 9 of diamonds and I don’t have to punt my stack. Yay! I bet 10k out of my 16k remaining rather than cramming because my polarized sizing haven’t been getting called… and he calls!

    That’s basically where all my chips have come from so far.

    Observation: Somehow the standard open size at my table has become 3.8x at the 500/1000 blind level. I’ve seen three different players do it in the last 15 minutes.

    Wtf.

    Second Break: 25.1k

    Geez. What does it take to get to 40k and keep building? I had a flurry of good hands in level 4 – TT multiple times, QQ, 99, and 77 – and managed to turn those hands into less chips than I started with. And then I just went two full levels without playing a hand.

    On the bright side, that 25 big blind stack I’ve been nursing the last twenty or so minutes was itching to get in the middle right as registration was about to close, so at least I managed to stay on a single bullet.

    Dinner break is at 5 PM, so we are only going to play a half hour so longer before then. I’ll be looking for good reshove spots with my stack size, like, you know, jamming 66 when someone has QQ.

    😁

    Dinner break is at 5:10 actually. One more full level.

    5:04 PM: And I’m out. Jam 15bb with 88 and run into AK and AA. Had a bit of a sweat when the board started T639 but no love on the river.

    I’m not going to lie. I feel a little discouraged. I just checked my ledger and I’ve now gone 18 tournaments in a row without a single cash. That’s pretty frustrating.

    Obviously, I am not running good, but I can’t pretend like I’m bossing these tournaments. I am simply not good at accumulating chips. I rely way too much on luck and there just aren’t many spots where you have a really good hand and someone else has a pretty good hand and you get paid off for heaps.

    I have done pretty well overall as a survivor in tournament poker, but I think it’s time to figure out how to level up.

    I’m going to take a break and decompress for an hour or two. I checked out the cash games and didn’t see anything appetizing. I’m sure the NL games are good and I should probably push myself to play them, but I feel like relaxing for a bit first. I haven’t hit the hottub up since I’ve been here so I might do that for an hour or so.

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    $175 HORSE @ Wildhorse in Pendleton Sweat Post

    April 9, 2019

    Wow. I’m already shellshocked. First off, this is only a $175 buy in. I’m not really sure why they would make the Omaha 8 a $230 BI and drop the cost on this one. They are in the same ballpark in my eyes.

    Okay, whatever though. That’s not going to dissuade me from playing. But imagine sitting down in level one with 20k and learning that blinds are 200/400! We are starting with 50 big blinds. And they advertised double chips for all their events! What kind of shitty structure did it used to be?

    Yesterday, the O8 event starting with 20k chips but blinds started at 100/200. I ended up making a deep run on my second bullet and with 40 players left – and 20 cashing – the average stack was 10 big blinds. Not like doubling the chips did much good there either.

    This is going to get really dumb really quick.

    My O8 event was a frustrating experience. I went two hours before I got any piece of a pot and I was down half my stack at the first break and I had only played like five hands.

    I never got any momentum going and busted at the buzzer before re-entry closed, so I bought back in and sat down with 16 big blinds on my second bullet.

    I immediately chipped up and was running good enough that the player on my right kept saying, “how are things going today, Mike?” and I was sitting there thinking, “uhm, well, I’m on my second bullet and we are still super far away from the money so… let’s save the run good needles for when it actually means something?”

    Sure enough, I peaked around 60k, which was about double average at the time, and that was the last of any momentum for me.

    Several hours later, I’m sitting on a short stack ten spots off the money and get my last 4+ bigs in with AQJ3 with a suited ace against AKJ4 and find no love.

    I’ll post stack updates here and maybe some hands on the break. Betting limits are already up to 500/1000 so going to need momentum early to stay relevant in this one.

    1:11 PM: Nothing like limit Hold’em to torch my stack. I defend 62hh in a multi-way pot and have to put in three bets on A43hh before calling another bet on 8 turn and bricking out. Then I get limp-raised in the next pot with AKhh in my small blind and check-call a brick flop 3-handed before check-folding turn.

    Just like that, half my stack is gone… because this structure is 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    1:33 PM: Sitting on exactly 10k after three levels for half a starting stack. I would hate to give up if I bust out before registration closes but the structure is so bad I’m not sure I can justify it, even at such a low price point.

    2:04 PM: Uhm. Can we play Razz all day? I’ve seen three different players limp with a face card up. Not defend their bring in. Voluntarily limp.

    2:42 PM: Was down to crumbs and managed to double up a couple times.

    Back up to 7600 with limit Hold’em coming up next hand! This is a superficial statement but I think LHE is the worst game to be short in when you are playing HORSE.

    2:53 PM: Folds to me on button and I raise with K9 of clubs with less than 4 big blinds.

    The big blind defends and I bet the flop without looking at it when he checks to me. He raises to put me all in and I call.

    Board is QQT and he has Q8 so that’s not cool.

    Turn is a jack!

    River is a king!

    Double up. Back to 9700, giving me 8 big blinds.

    3:22 PM: Registration is closed and I’m still on my first bullet. Unfortunately, I’ll be coming back to 5900 with betting limits at 1500/3000.

    3:49 PM: Got moved tables and found myself under the gun playing LHE with just over two big blinds. Fortunately, I picked up 44, but I got two callers and the K65 flop and one of my opponents had 77. The turn gave him a set, which is actually a good card for me, but I bricked the river.

    Fun times. Next event is no limit Hold’em on Thursday.

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    Muckleshoot Classic $750 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Stack Updates)

    April 6, 2019

    Last Sunday, I ended up skipping the $200 no limit Hold’em event in the Muckleshoot series, mostly because they are no longer rewarding extra cash for Player of the Series. I actually did pop into Palace for a few hours to take my shot at the $2000 Happy Hour Hand while I watched the Mariners game and ate a free meal, but I just played 4/8. I didn’t hit the Happy Hour Hand, but I did hit a jackpot and ended up winning +$366 in less than two hours. I left after the M’s game because someone hit the big jackpot.

    That session closed out my March and I ended up having a decent, but slightly below average month. After a disastrous February, I’ll take it though, especially after dumping over $1700 in my first session.

    Monday was a hiking day. We checked out the Twin Falls Trail near Olallie State Park in North Bend.

    On Tuesday, I popped into Palace for a late night 8/16 session and ran super hot, picking up JJ-AA about ten times in less than five hours. Unfortunately, I won only one of those hands and that led to a solid -$485 to start my April.

    I tried a bit of a different tactic after watching an online PLO video and decided to buy in short for my session, starting with $280.

    My first notable pot came up when a wild and drunk player opened for $15 after two limpers and I decided to defend with KJ86 single suited. The flop was J54 with one of my suit and it checked to the wild player and he bet $60. He only had $40 behind, so I min-raised and that got it heads up. I turned a king and that was good enough to scoop the pot.

    I open to $15 with AK64 single suited, the small blind calls, and the wild player makes it $60. Not folding against him, so I call and so does the small blind. The flop is A22 with two spades and one of my suit. The wild guy leads out $120 and I call. The turn is the 7 of hearts, giving me the nut flush draw, and he bets $200. I put him all in for his remaining $120 and he calls with AK86 and no flush draw. I take a look at his hand and have just enough time to say, “so I’m dodging two eights only?” before the dealer brings the 8d on the river. Ugh.

    That hand crippled me, so I reloaded small again.

    I open AQT6 single suited on the button and both blinds call. The flop is T65 with two hearts and one diamond and I wind up getting all-in with Part-Time for a couple hundred here. The turn is an offsuit ace, but the river is the 7 of hearts, which almost surely beats me and it does, as he turns over 764x with two hearts.

    I defend with AJJ5 single suited and bet the pot and wind up getting it in on J65 rainbow against the wild player’s QJ86… so he’s pretty much drawing dead… but the turn is the queen of spades and suddenly he has two queens and spades to beat me. The river is the ten of spades and I get stacked by the drunk player again.

    Multiple limpers and I make a pot sweetening raise to $20 from the big blind with AAK5 single suited and everyone calls. Flop is KK6 rainbow and Joker calls my $50 bet. The turn is another 6 and this time he calls $110. I have like $300 behind and I decide to check the 2 on the river. In retrospect, I should definitely be betting here. I have a case of the MUBS going on at this point in the session, so I have a feeling I’m beat here, but I’m never folding, so since I only have $300 left, I should be going for value for those times Joker shows up with worse kings here. If he happens to have K6, K2 or 66 somehow, well, I guess I just get to lose $300. But when I let him check behind with hands like KQJ9 and all those sorts of combos, it’s pretty terrible. He does check back, but he also has AK and we split the pot.

    By this point, the wild drunk player has felted like 5-6 times and has lost somewhere around $2000 total… but he felted me twice and I got none of it back.

    Joker makes it $20, I make it $70 with AAK7 and he calls. Flop is QT5 and I have around $500 behind, so I decided to check back the flop because I don’t want to get all in here when my Stack-to-Pot Ratio is over 3. The turn is a 7 and there is no flush draw available. Joker leads out with a pot-sized bet of $150. This could be a fold here, but I do have a gutter and a paired dangler to go with my overpair, so I decide to call and see if he fires again on the river. I feel like he probably knows I have AA in my hand, but I also feel like he’d have to think I’ll call $300 on the river if I call $150 on the turn. The river is a king, which is pretty interesting, as it improves my hand to kings and sevens, plus drastically increases the chances of my AAxx hand making a straight. I expect this card to get me a free showdown a lot of the time, but Joker comes out firing for the max bet of $300. Since I expected him to check a lot, it feels a little weird, but I highly doubt he’s bluffing in this spot and I make the fold.

    We ended up playing 4-handed for a long time and I stopped taking notes. Every time I battled back a little bit, something stupid would happen and I’d be right back to a few hundred dollars in front of me.

    For instance, I potted twice with 99xx on T9327 and got calls from both Wolverine and Joker on both streets and then Wolverine fired into both of us on the river. Shouldn’t ever be a bluff, so I made the reluctant fold.

    Another example: I end up in a 3-way 3-bet pot with JJ32 double suited and wind up potting the 732 rainbow flop and getting called in two spots. The turn is a 9, completing the rainbow, and I potted again, this time getting one caller. The river is a 6, completing the only draw he can have on the flop, and he still checks it to me even though I have like $120 behind. I check back and he tables the A45x. Yawn.

    Finally, I had JT98 double suited in a 3-bet pot and ended up getting my stack in vs Joker on J98 rainbow flop. I had two backdoor flush draws and three pair, plus a straight draw, but I was pretty sure Joker flopped a straight. We ran it twice and his QT held up on both boards.

    That finished a -$1200 PLO session for me and looking back over these hand histories, it’s pretty hard to believe I lost that much. Super unlucky.

    I took Thursday and Friday off to rest up and be as fresh as possible for Muck’s Main Event today.

    10:22 AM: Standing in registration line. I will not be posting hand histories while I’m playing, so check back here for stack updates every few hours and maybe I will have some notable hands to talk about on breaks, but I intend to focus on the action at my table as much as possible.

    10:43 AM: 20k starting stacks and blinds at 25/50 with 45 minute levels.

    LOL @ the dealer calling me a “professional” when I sit down. That seems wildly inappropriate and unnecessary, whether it is true or not.

    Only one player I know at my starting table and I recognize another one as probably solid. First glance my table doesn’t seem all that great, but we shall see.

    11:13 AM: Sigh. Max Young, the most successful tournament player in the Pacific Northwest the last few years, just sat at my table, so…. that sucks. On the bright side, I get a close up look at how he’s transformed himself into an absolute tourney crusher.

    1:09 PM: Played a big 3-bet pot with AA vs 99 and got two streets of value before checking back river on J33hhJTh. I wasn’t planning to check river because I thought she was pair heavy but with both the flush draw and TT getting there, I decided to check back thinking I’m only targeting KK and QQ for value.

    A short while later, I got about 2600 in pre with AKss vs same player and her T9ss didn’t hit the board.

    Then I had a player open to 500 at 100/200 and I 3-bet AA to 1500 and knew as soon as he started thinking that he was 4-betting and willing to stack off. He makes it 4400 and I put him all in for just north of 13k (65bb!) and he calls it off with AK.

    93425

    Sigh.

    I’m over 30k, but I’ll have to get an exact count when I get back to the table.

    33.6k

    3:36 PM: 54k after eight levels and coming back to 300/600 blinds. Looks like roughly 155 left of 282 starting and average stack is somewhere around 36k. 42 of us will cash and come back tomorrow.

    6:11 PM: Very last hand before the dinner break I open to 2500 from under the gun at 500/1000 with QQ and the very next player makes it 7500. Folds back around to me and we are both 40+ bigs deep and he’s a tight player 3-betting an under the gun raise from early position also, so definitely not looking to get stacks in here pre. I call.

    Flop is KK6 and I check-call 6k.

    Turn is a blank and he puts me all in. My opponent is Green River Gary and he is just never fucking around here. I am pretty confident if he had a hand like JJ he would check back this turn. So… I’m pretty annoyed about it, but I fold.

    He gives me a courtesy show of the AK of clubs.

    Sigh.

    It was a pretty card dead two levels for me and I somehow managed to lose almost half my stack in the last orbit.

    My table is unbelievably amazing though. Green River Gary is my toughest opponent and he is basically a straight-forward abc Reg. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take advantage of the situation so far.

    I’ll be coming back to 28.1k and this is what things look like right now:

    edit: I had QQ on the hand before break

    7:27 PM: Taking a selfie with the winner of yesterday’s $400 event: The Riddler!

    Congrats dude!

    7:46 PM: Second orbit after the break, I’m in the big blind with Q4 of clubs and there’s a min-raise and caller in front of me, so I defend.

    Flop is QT4 with two hearts and one club. I end up getting it all in against the PFR and he has… QT.

    Good fucking game.

    God. So frustrating to get such a gift of a table and instead of steadily chipping up the rest of the night, I’m going home with another brick in my backpack.

    Cobra and I are heading to Pendleton, Oregon for the Spring Round Up tomorrow, so that should be pretty cool. I haven’t been there since spring of 2016 and I’m looking forward to it. My first event will be the $150 O8 on Monday.