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LAPC $570 H.O.R.S.E. @ Commerce

February 7, 2019

Chip counts here throughout the day. Maybe some hand histories.

I forgot to post a final score for my 40/80 session last night. Once I got stuck, I never recovered, fluctuating between -$1500 and -$500 for the rest of the night.

Well, at least until I took a break, sat back down and posted my big blind. Someone limps, a good prop player raises, a loose and bad player cold calls, and I look down at AQ offsuit. I don’t mind a 3-bet here, but I also don’t mind a call. It’s nice to have some good hands like AQ in my calling range from the big blind. Plus, AQo doesn’t play all that amazing in a 3-bet pot out of position against three players. So I call.

Flop is Q97 with two diamonds. I have the ace of diamonds in my hand. This is a slam dunk check-raise, so I go ahead and take that line and the prop player just calls and allows the loose player to call behind him for one more bet. I would expect him to raise anything better here.

And if he doesn’t, I would expect him to raise me on the turn. It’s a black ten. I bet and they both call.

River pairs the 9. As long as the loose player didn’t stick around with one of those, I expect to win this pot. I bet and only the prop player calls. I have the effective nuts here. Nothing he would play this way beats me and I am desperate need of a nice pot and some upward momentum.

And then he turns over pocket kings.

That sends me into shock and I collapse from heart failure. Or low blood sugar. Oh yeah, that’s my thing.

After they stab glucose into my fatty tissues and revive me, I finish out the orbit and cash out -$2060 for the day after 8+ hours of poker.

The game was pretty good, but I didn’t see much point in reloading since I wasn’t planning to play much longer and I just called it a night instead.

Starting stacks in this HORSE are 15k with 40 minute levels. I have Carol Fuches and Ron Ware at my starting table.

First Break: 12,475

Not a great start. I won a couple of Stud 8 pots with split aces, but they were both small. I didn’t win any hands in Hold’em, Omaha or Razz, but I also didn’t lose any big pots.

My most notable hand came up in Stud when Ron Ware completed with the 8 of spades up. I have A6dd-A, isolate, and he calls.

I catch a blank on 4th and he makes another spade. I bet, he calls.

Another blank for me on 5th and another spade for him. My hand isn’t developing and his board is a disconnected three flush. I’m going to get raised a lot when I bet here, I think, so I check it over. He checks back.

I make aces and sixes on 6th and he catches the jack of clubs. I’m pretty sure I have to lead here, so I bet and now he raises me? Okay. My hand is too good to fold, so I’m paying this off.

I brick 7th and check-call again. He shows me a flush and I’m pretty sure he had it on 5th street. Interesting check back.

Second Break: 9175

I just went on an epic cold stretch in this tournament. I won a couple pots in Stud 8 in the first few hands after arriving late in level one and here’s what happened before I won my next pot (didn’t even steal blinds or antes):

-four full 40 minute levels passed

-nine different variants passed

-3+ hours passed

At least I wasn’t active and losing every hand I played. I was just ice cold. In fact, I only lost one pot of significance, but it was a doozy:

We are in limit Hold’em and the cutoff opens. Folds to my big and I defend with JJ.

Flop is QJ8 with two hearts and one diamond. It checks around. Gross start.

Turn is the ace of clubs and I highly doubt he’s going to check that card, so I send it over again. He does bet and now I raise and he calls.

River is the ten of hearts. A very bad card for me, but I’m considering going for some very thin value. I decide against it and check. He bets. I expect most players to bet this flop with AK, a flush draw, or any straight draw against a single big blind defend, so not really sure I can fold, but at the same time, I don’t expect to be winning very often.

I make the crying call and this guy shows me the K7 of spades.

Oh.

My.

God.

The hand that finally broke the cold stretch is back in Stud 8. Ron Ware limps a king, guy on my right limps, and I decide to come along with a very marginal AhTh-5d with no hearts or pair cards dead.

No one raises and I catch the Qh on 4th. Ron bets with K9 showing and I peel.

On 5th he catches a blank and I get the 6h. I call a bet again.

6th street is the Ks for me. I call another bet.

On 7th I somehow catch a jack and make a Broadway straight. Amazing. Ron check-calls and is in disbelief when I show my hand. He shows kings and nines, but can’t produce a full house and I scoop a much needed pot.

I played one more hand of note, 3-betting to isolate with 88 in limit Hold’em, but I picked up two additional hitchhikers.

I tried to peel the AAT flop for a single bet, but a flurry of raises pushed me out and AT ended up scooping vs A8.

Coming back to 500/1000 betting limits with about ten big bets. Registration will be closed after this break.

BUSTED

One of the first hands back, I lose a 3-bet pot with AK to 33 after c-betting Q86 and giving up on 5-6 runout.

The hand that cripples me, I open AA74 double suited aces from under the gun in Omaha 8 and only the blind defends.

Flop is 854 with two hearts, so I have an overpair, gut shot, the nut flush draw and a weak low draw. I bet and he calls.

Turn is the 2 of clubs. He checks and I think for a while about whether or not I should bet here. I’m blocking A3 pretty hard and I’d expect him to lead that hand anyway. I decide to bet and he jacks me up. I call.

River gives me top set and a live 7, but I’m getting scooped by almost any 3x hand now. Maybe it’s a fold, but pot is big so I call and pray for a piece. He has 63 and that scoops me.

That left me with less than 2.5 bigs, which I got in two hands later with K643 double suited in a 3-way pot. I made the nut low but bricked a flush draw and had to settle for half the pot.

I opened under the gun in Razz with 63-4 and almost no low cards out and it folds to the bring in. He has a queen up and I know he’s going to bust me. I just know it.

He does call and shows A5 in the hole.

Amazingly, I make an 86 on 5th and he’s caught nothing but face cards and he’s drawing dead already.

A short while later, I open the 84-3 and get multi-way action. On 5th street I have 84-3J9, Ron Ware has 4Q5 showing and Craig Chait has 2QA. Craig has bet and Ron has called. I have 1.5 big bets left and while I do have the best made hand at the moment, I’m pretty sure I’m a favorite to get stacked here… so… obviously I go with it.

I pair the 9 and they both improve and that means I am drawing dead here like 99% of the time.

GG

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A Trip to Hell and Back

February 6, 2019

My last post was on Saturday when I played the no limit HORSE tournament and I had mentioned that I was considering going to Vegas for Super Bowl Sunday.

Well, I did.

And let me just say it is the worst decision I’ve made in 2019. So dumb.

Did I really even want to go? No. Not really. Why the hell would I make a 7+ hour round trip to play poker when there are plenty of amazing games all within a 15 mile radius of where I’m staying in L.A.? So I can watch a game I don’t give one shit about? I mean… I had already bet on Patriots when there were eight teams left and I hedged with the Rams in the actual title game, so I was guaranteed to make a little money, but still… I don’t care about watching the Super Bowl.

I suppose the theory was the games would be packed with tourists during Big Game Weekend and, while that maybe have been correct for Friday and Saturday, the poker room saw a mass exodus right before kickoff.

There was one 40/80 game and it was not good at all. I was looking around the table and I was pretty confident there was only one possible donator in the game. I was going to drop down to 20/40 but then I ran an ace high flush into a straight flush against the loose player and lost six big bets on turn and river and suddenly I felt like I had to stick around in this game a little longer.

Then the one loose guy shows me 99 on A76T9 in a massive pot when I had AK.

Then TT vs JJ in a big pot where we both had overpairs the whole way.

Then A4 vs 22 in a blind vs blind, no preflop raise pot on A62KJ. Fortunately, that hand went check-call, check-check, and check-call. I was really trying to sell weakness with top pair and, uh, I guess I got lucky I decided to take that line.

Then I opened KT suited and got heads up against the big blind on a T925T board when he had 99.

I mean, come on.

Finally, I 3-bet KK and got the J22JA runout against AJ. Again, sort of lucky because my opponent just calls flop and turn before I check-called river.

But by that point, I had won a single pot of significance when my JJ rivered a set against QQ (again, one bet on each street postflop somehow though) and I was stuck almost $2200 and I knew the goddamn game wasn’t any good. So what the hell am I even doing?

I picked up just shy of two hours of play and swallowed the -$2186 bludgeoning. Granted, it’s only a couple of racks in that game, but that financial loss is still pretty meaningful to me.

I was on flaming white hot tilt because here I am running ultra bad in a shitty game… in Vegas?… when I could have just stayed in L.A. and maybe get barbecued there as well, but at least I’d be in a good game and feel like my chances of turning things around quickly were highly possible.

Part of me wanted to blame Flipper for dragging me along on this dumb ass trip, but ultimately, I know I’m an adult capable of making my own decisions and I could have just said no, like my instincts were screaming to.

So this was my own fault. And nothing pisses me off quite like my own dumb mistakes.

It didn’t help that part of the allure was being able to make MLB bets while I was in Vegas BUT as anyone with any sort of foresight might be able to determine, the sports books were outrageously packed. I wasn’t about to wait in a line of 300 people to place bets.

Not that the Westgate Superbook had MLB win totals posted anyway. Nor did Bellagio.

What a waste.

So what did I do with my day in Vegas? I skipped out in the first quarter of the Super Bowl and took an Uber to a movie theater to watch Free Solo on an IMAX screen. I’ll post a review later but let me just say right now that it blew my head off. What an unbelievable story.

And then we went back to L.A. So… basically, I went on a 7+ hour road trip to dump $2200 in a bad game and not fight for it and watched a movie.

Stellar.

Never again.

Monday was the $570 Omaha 8 tournament in the LAPC and I had an amazing table draw.

One guy was playing almost every hand and raised blind under the gun at least four times, even when the blinds were getting big.

Another guy couldn’t even read the board.

Naturally, I couldn’t take advantage of the situation in the slightest. None of my hands were connecting hard and a lot of my good two-way hands were getting scooped when I had marginal hands for high because multiple players were in there with total junk that made better high hands.

It was frustrating.

The pot that crippled me found me defending the big blind with A732 with a suited ace against the loosest player at the table.

The flop was a very sexy J54 and I check-raised and barreled/punted off on Q-T runout. He called me down with KJ72. I think this is a fine line, but I called it a punt because this dude is not folding anything reasonable (or unreasonable, for that matter) and I should probably go passive when I brick the turn.

That hand left me with about one big bet as registration was closing. I had an opportunity to forfeit my stack and sit back down after registration closed with 15 big bets. I dunno. Thats pretty borderline. I asked tournament director Matt Savage if I could have the same seat if I forfeited and he said it would be a random draw.

I decided not to re-enter. First hand after the break, the mega loose player raised blind under the gun and I got my last 1100 in with AAK8 with suited ace, both blinds call and four of us see the flop, which is probably two too many opponents for me to get any piece of this pot.

The board runs out J83d5dJd, giving me the nut flush, but pairing the board as well. Of course, the blind raiser has the monstrous QJ83 and I’m one of the first ten or so players busted out of the tournament.

GG.

Then I sat down in a 20/40 Stud game about 90 minutes later and picked up $615 sugar on the first hand I was dealt in, drawing insanely live for The Coast-to-Coast Challenge, but it wasn’t meant to be. Somehow I managed to finish that session at -$555 in 2.75 hours.

Speaking of The Coast-to-Coast Challenge, Free Throw became the third player enshrined, going the distance in an 8 hour 20/40 session at Fortune for +$1k last night.

I spent yesterday at The Bike playing 40/80. I got off to a nice +$1500 start but then things went sour for a really long time and I spent most of the session stuck, bottoming out around -$1500.

The most curious thing that happened last night didn’t involve any hands. The Bike employs hosts for the different limits and multiple prop players. The hosts get to sit in the games indefinitely, but the props only get to fill seats when there is no list.

I got a front row seat to see the politics of this play out for a little bit. Apparently one of the props cut in front of two other props to jump back in the game and the host took exception to this and things got palpably heated between them.

Fast forward to a few hours later, when the host has gone home for the night, and the game is now full with no list and three props are playing.

A few players went walking and then the first person to leave the game… was a prop player.

And then the second player to leave the game… was a prop player… the same one arguing with the host earlier about getting in the game.

Meanwhile, one of the players walking… is a prop player.

So our 9-handed game quickly became 5-handed after two players left and two players disappeared – and 75% of the people leaving holes in the game are paid prop players.

Wait. What’s their job description again?

I thought it was pretty impressive to see the one prop getting in a public spat trying to get in the game and then abandoning it when it needed her most.

I’ll give the walking prop credit for coming back and playing deep into the night short-handed. We played with 5 or less until about 3 AM.

I finally got hot again when it was down to three of us and booked a +$1708 after 10.25 hours of play.

I’m playing at The Bike today. I’ve been playing about 3.5 hours already and got off to a decent start but then I dwindled and running QQ into KJ and… KJ… on QT5ss9sJ was enough to put me in the red. I once again bottomed out around -$1500, but they let me win my last two contested pots and now I’m stuck less than $400.

Scratch that… just ran KQdd into 88 in a kill pot on Q839J (yay, free showdown!).

Not planning to live blog this session, but I might post some hands if the urge grabs me and I’ll certainly post a final score when I’m done here.

With my HORSE event starting at 1 PM tomorrow, I’ll probably only play until around 1 or 2 AM.

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No Limit H.O.R.S.E. at the LAPC – Say What?

February 2, 2019

Honestly, I was skipping this event. I love HORSE. It’s my favorite game. But I don’t love no limit. I prefer limit structures, for all sorts of reasons, but mostly because I’m way better at them. Also, this tournament starts at 4 PM on a Saturday. Considering what I can make in a cash game on a weekend night (more on that later), why would I want to fire in a $350 tournament that starts late and might even last two days?

I wouldn’t. I would not want to do that.

But then I was at The Bike yesterday and someone recognized me from the LAPC and lured me into his conversation and asked me about the NL HORSE. I said something along the lines of “I’ve never played no limit for most of these games” and his friend that he was talking to (that was playing in the huge NL game on Live at The Bike) said, “yeah, that’s a good reason not to play it. I’ll take the under on 5% of the field having played a hand of no limit Razz.”

That basically translates to: don’t be such a pussy.

Okay, fine. I’ll be there.

The more I thought about it, the more excited and intrigued I got. It seemed like people would be flying out of this tournament because they’d be going all in in terrible spots or just because they are totally lost and I thought it would be a good idea to have unlimited rebuys until registration closed. Sure enough, there are unlimited rebuys.

Good. Now if I do something really stupid, I can just buy back in. I’m not going to be looking to punt my stack around and hope to get lucky, but I am willing to fire up to four bullets in this thing if I’m enjoying myself.

I also got to thinking about all the ways the big bet structure could change how the various games are played.

Let’s imagine a Razz hand. Someone opens with a 5 up and you look down at A2-3. For simplicity sake, let’s assume all cards are live. Pretend your opponent has 34-5. How big of a favorite do you think you are?

Here’s the answer:

You have the nut starting hand and you’re basically coin flipping.

Even against a rougher hand you’re not a huge favorite:

I’m not really sure how this should affect my strategy in a big bet structure, but against a large field of inexperienced and unpredictable players, I don’t think pushing small edges is going to be ideal. If someone opens and you 3-bet, they are unlikely to fold and look how big of an impact 4th street has on the equities:

Just like that, you go from a slight favorite to a sizable dog – even when your opponent catches a mediocre card like a 9. Unlike in limit, where you should usually still call here, they can bet enough to make your continuing decisions much tougher.

So the question is… when the stacks are deep, do we want to be bloating the pot on third street?

I don’t know. I think I’m going to be playing cautiously, mostly because I expect my opponents to have no clue what they are doing and that unpredictability is drastically going to increase everyone’s variance.

I feel like Hold’em, Omaha 8, and Stud Hi should come somewhat naturally to me in the big bet structure. Big pairs are going to be boss in Stud Hi.

Stud 8? No clue. I have a hard enough time trying to play that game well with a fixed betting structure. Honestly, my goal in this variant will just be to avoid losing heaps of chips. I’m just going to fold all the hands (not really)(but seriously, maybe).

I’m going to spend the next hour or so continuing to run sims in the various games to get a better grasp on my equities in certain spots.

But first, let me tell you about yesterday.

I checked in to The Bike just after 4 PM and immediately got a seat in a $40/$80 limit Hold’em game. Kiddie gloves are off. With a good amount of equity coming our way from the sell of our previous house, I don’t feel like I’m taking a shot at this level. I can play in it. I mean, shit, I haven’t even really gotten used to the swings at $20/$40 yet, but whatever.

Before I had chips, I was down $250. I played another pot in my first orbit and flopped a pair against an underpair but they turned a set… in a 3-bet kill pot.

Before I posted my first blind I was stuck $850.

Before I posted my second blind I was stuck $1400.

Before I won my first pot, I folded 44 to a raise and then watched the action go off multi-way and get 3-bet only to see this flop roll off:

That’s a pretty sick feeling when you’re stuck a rack and a half already, still looking for Pot A.

I started having flashbacks to my first $40/$80 session ever when I lost almost $2300 in less than two hours and rage quit because my body was literally shaking from tilt.

The good news was… I didn’t feel anything like that. I mean… I wasn’t thrilled about being stuck a mortgage payment in my first 15 minutes of play, but I was thinking about reloading, not bolting for the door and spending the next day walking around Disneyland by myself.

I didn’t buy more chips and I started winning a pot here and there but I was still stuck about $1500 three and a half hours into my session when momentum started to swing my way.

I picked up AA in a kill pot and it got raised in front of me. I jacked it up and the killer and raiser both called.

Flop was 992 with two spades and they both check-call a bet.

The turn is the 5 of spades and the killer leads out. The other guy folds. I’ve already established that the killer is the loosest (and probably worst) player at the table, however I did see him check-call flop in a similar spot earlier and then donk the turn with flopped trips. So I know he’s capable of having trips here (and probably flushes) with this line, but I also know he’s not be trusted. I call.

The river is a very unfortunate 4 of spades, putting four spades on the board and none in my hand, and he bets again. But I’m not folding AA in huge pots for one bet to a wild player, so I pay it off and he can only show a 53 with no spades and I drag a big one.

Then I get moved to the main game and one of my first hands I pick up AJ of clubs in a 6-way raised pot and flop the nut flush draw on a T76 board. I get three bets in on the flop and five of us see a turn that gives me the nuts. That clears the field down to three and my hand stays nutty on the river and I get one caller.

Just like that, I go from -$1500 to +$1200 in about 15 minutes!

Sick swings in this game.

I lost some dumb hands every now and then after that, but it was mostly smooth sailing for me the rest of the night.

My final score? +$5035 in 11.5 hours!

That’s good for my second best cash game session ever.

What a great start to my trip and a great first day of February, right on the heels of a +$10k month of January.

Feels good man.

Alright, it’s 2:15 PM right now, so I’m going to study up for the next hour or so and then get ready to head to Commerce.

Check back here after 4 PM for stack updates in the NL HORSE tournament and I’m sure I’ll also have some hands to write about.

4:11 PM: Might be hard to blog this. My table is 4-handed. There are 8 players in the tournament total. 😂

I can say I won 6 of the first 8 hands, all in Stud Hi, and two of them were pretty sizable.

Starting stacks are 12.5k but blinds are 25/50 with a 25 ante and 25 bring in with 20 minute levels.

A third table just got cards in the air. Looks like we are up to 15 entrants!

5:25 PM: Steadily building. I feel very comfortable with the format and my table draw. There are six levels before the first break so I’m just going to type up the most interesting hand I’ve played real quick.

Stud Hi, 25 ante, 75 bring in… I start with K6ss-9s and someone limps in front of me with a ten up. There’s a king and six up, but all the spades are live. I make it 300. The king and ten up call.

On 4th street, the king catches a 5 of spades and leads out for 600. Ten catches a blank and I get the four of spades. I like it. I like it a lot. The ten folds and I decide to just flat. Maybe I can raise to get it in here, but we feel too deep still.

On 5th, I catch the ace of clubs and he gets another small spade. That’s annoying. I check to him and he bets 2000, leaving himself with around 8-9k behind. I think this is a pretty silly bet when I catch an ace because… I stuff it in his face.

How much do you like a pair of kings here? Shoot, how much do you like kings up?

He tanks for a while and says “kings up no good” and mucks it.

Sims coming…

Interesting. I would have thought I’m a bigger favorite on 4th street. When I get it in on 5th, I certainly don’t think I have an equity advantage, but the ace is such a good card to bluff with. He said he had two pair, and maybe he did, but it’s worth noting that my equity on 5th jumps up to around 41% if he just has a pair of kings.

First Break: 16.9k

Coming back to 75 ante (in all the games!), 200 bring and 250/500 blinds for the flop games.

Registration is closed and I’m healthy on bullet #1! Leggo.

Second Break: 6800

I’m pretty sure I didn’t win a hand for the entirety of those four levels.

Oh wait. That’s not true. I was all in for my tourney life in Razz with 92-4J7T against a board of xx-J78J and I had bet somewhere around 2.5x the size of the pot. I have a board lock, but it’s pretty obvious he’s drawing to an 87 here and you know what? I don’t want to be called. If I make a normal sized bet and he calls, I could find myself in a really weird spot on 7th street. He doesn’t know I have a 9 buried, so that’s nice, but still… I don’t want to face any pressure or lose this pot with another card.

It’s probably a good thing I jammed because he tanked for like two minutes with his junky board facing a huge oversized bet.

Of course I got short just in time for Stud 8. It seems like I should be jamming my whole range, but it’s weird because the starting pot size is smaller in the Stud games.

I’m basically trying to survive until Hold’em unless I find a super obvious spot to get it in.

I folded K3-K under the gun with only one small card out, but it was an ace. I’m probably supposed to get it in here but I don’t know, so I fold.

Then a 5d opens and a 5h calls. I have Qh2h-Ad and I don’t know what to do, so I fold.

There are two hands of Stud 8 left after the break and then I will have the small blind in Hold’em with approximately 4-5 bigs (unless I bust or double first).

67 entrants, 35 left, 9 cash, with $6250 for 1st.

I have about 25% of the average stack so…

Let’s run it up?

8:00 PM: I make it to Hold’em and I have 4.5 bigs after posting my small blind. Someone opens to 2.5 bigs, I jam with 66 and he calls wi-

Wait. He’s tanking. Wtf? Am I really going to win this pot without running the cards? What does he have to think about here? Nothing. He has nothing to think about. It’s a snap-call.

But he folds and I double up without a showdown. Holy shit.

Very next hand he opens again and the cutoff jams for slightly more than what I have. I look down at AK of spades and with my 10 big blind stack there is nothing to think about here. I put all my chips in. Opener folds and I’m in a race against…

AA.

Goddammit.

I don’t know why, but I feel pretty good about it and then I flop a flush draw and feel like I doubled up already.

But then… I brick out? How is that even possible?

Sigh.

Flipper convinced me to make a road trip to Vegas for Super Bowl Sunday and lured me with MLB Futures betting possibilities and, I mean, I’m not capable of saying no to that, so that’s what I’m doing tomorrow.

Which means I’m done playing poker today. We are probably going to be leaving pretty early, so I’m going to take it easy and go catch The Green Book at the theater and then head back to my spot.

No idea what my poker plans are tomorrow but I’ll be back in LAPC action on Monday for the $570 Omaha 8 or Better tournament.

Bricking is so fun!

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LAPC $350 H.O.R.S.E. @ Commerce (Stack Updates)

January 31, 2019

12.5k to start with 100/200 betting limits.

Yesterday sucked. I woke up at 4 AM to catch an 8 AM flight and I was in the $350 limit Hold’em at Commerce by 1:22 PM.

I never had any momentum and I think my stack peaked around 15k (from 12.5k starting). I managed to expertly bust out on the last hand before registration closed (for the second time this series in four events) to ensure that I got minimum value out of my second bullet.

I had 13.5k with blinds at 1000/1500 when I picked up KK under the gun. I jacked it up and got callers from the button and the big blind.

The flop was a very sexy KJ4 rainbow. I bet and only the button called.

The turn was a 9 and the button called again.

I’m not sure why, but when the button called on the turn, I had a bad feeling. Maybe there was a change in the way he put his chips in the pot or in his appearance that my subconscious was picking up on. Maybe it was just a case of MUBS (Monsters Under the Bed Syndrome).

Whatever it was, it was strong enough that I was seriously considering checking when the river bricked off. I had two big bets left. If I check-called and lost I’d still be in the tournament (albeit with one big bet left), but if I bet and called with the worst hand, I’d be out. But then I thought about how ridiculous it would be if I check and called with top set and it was good or if it checked around when I desperately need chips. It’s not like there was a front door flush draw this guy could bluff with and I can’t remember if the turn badugi’d or not.

So I bet. And then I called. And then I walked my ass right out of the casino and checked into my AirBnB where I was asleep for the night by 10:30 PM – one of the 4-5 times a year I fall asleep before midnight.

Oh. Yeah. He had QT for a straight.

I was back in Washington for roughly five full days and I only played ~5.5 hours of poker on Friday night, posting a -$142 in $15/$30 at Palace.

Saturday was spent fixing up our old house so we could put it on the market by Monday and we were so wiped we just stayed in and relaxed all night.

Sunday we hiked up the Little Si trail in North Bend and our little Pomeranians continue to be hiking superstars. Who’d a thunk?

Monday and Tuesday were more relaxing days before a long trip back to L.A. and we had at least three different parties walk through our old house and by Tuesday night we received three offers! And we reached mutual acceptance on one of them!

🤯

I really thought we might have to endure two months or so with our house on the market and we sold it in less than 48 hours. I am honestly stunned. I am not a religious or spiritual person by any means, but sometimes I really do feel like we are blessed.

Then again, here I am sitting with 10k in level 3 of this HORSE tournament wondering how the hell you win a pot in one of these things.

I had a decent Stud round but I’m right back to running like crap in LHE.

I open TT and QJo cold calls next in and gets the QQ4 flop and then JTss whiffs the AQ9 one spade flop.

Momentum! One time please!

First Break: 9.7k

Second Break: 19.8k

Got over 20k and then Hold’em happened again.

I got a free flop from the big with A8 vs one limper and the small blind and we saw the A73 flop and the limper had A7. Then I lost with TT to KQ in a 3-bet pot when they turned a king. Then I had 66 vs AQ in a 4-bet pot (yes, he put a lid on it with AQ out of position) and gave up on Q98Q. Then I defended 22 on the last hand and check-folded KT8.

Good God. There are only 8 hands of Hold’em and I played half of them, losing half of my stack.

This is my best game… and I’m just hemorrhaging in it.

I was all the way down to 10k or so when I decided to call a raise on the button in O8 in a multi-way pot with AKJ7 double suited. Pretty questionable but it looks like it will go 6-ways and I have a decent high only hand.

Fortunately the flop is T83 giving me the nut flush. It checks to me and I get two callers. Turn is a queen and I am now heads up. A low gets there on the river and my opponent check-calls and somehow I am scooping this pot still (I do have an A7 for low).

Some more good news: registration is closed. I won’t have to fire two bullets today!

5:25 PM: Things have been uneventful. I just wanted to say I’m starting limit Hold’em with 19k. Let’s see if I can avoid getting tortured this time.

5:42 PM: I did it! 24.4k after 8 hands of Hold’em!

Third Break: 18.8k

Betting limits will be 1200/2400 after the break.

166 entrants. 21 cash. ~112 left. Average stack size is ~18.5k. Number of players left could be way off though.

$11.8k up top for 1st place.

BUSTED

Slow, steady drip with basically no hands of note. Just blinding and anteing out and immediately bricking any hand I did play.

I’m short in Razz. There’s a raise and call. I defend A2-K as the bring in with only two cards lower than a ten up. I’m super live.

I catch a 5 on 4th and am now heads up against two medium up cards. If I catch good on 5th, I’m raising to get all in.

But I pair the 2 and the guy fucking knows it. He has three medium cards up now and I’m two streets behind now. Probably. I fold.

My bust hand is bizarro world. I bring it in with a jack up and three people limp.

So I get to see 4th street at no extra charge. They all catch a king or queen. Jesus. I’m in the lead. I’m not far ahead though, so maybe this is a spot to check since I have very few chips and bricking on 5th could be devastating. But I bet.

I got called in two spots.

On 5th street I improve to 86-J35 and I’m facing boards of 6J6 and 4QA. I bet and am all in and I know the 4QA is calling but I’m shocked to see the 6J6 also continue on the big bet street. Unreal.

I make an 8 on 6th by catching a 2 and the J6 improves and the A4 catches a 9. I have the best hand. I just need to dodge…

… the J6 bricks, but the A94 improves to an 85. I have an 86. I need to catch a small card and I do!

But it’s another 2, pairing me, and I’m out with about 50 players left.

Razz is impossible. Poker is hard.

I hate this spot. I’ve already been playing poker for 7 hours today and I don’t typically start cash game sessions this late. But I also don’t really have anything to do tomorrow. I’m not playing the short deck tournament at 1, even though it sounds fun. There’s a T.O.E. (2-7 Triple Draw, Omaha 8, Stud 8) tournament at 5 PM, but I’m not sure how wise it is to lock up my Friday night playing a $350 tournament when going deep would also require me to come back for a Day 2 on Saturday.

I’m on the fence about tomorrow. I’ll probably just play cash games.

For studying purposes:

There is 3200 (two small bets) in antes plus 4500 (five small bets) from the three players involved on 3rd. Two players left on 4th and one big bet on 5th makes the pot 4.5 bigs bets. I’m getting 4.5 to 1 to continue, so I need about 18% equity to call here.

Basically, if he made an 8, I’m smashed. If he has a pair, a king, or a queen, I should call. I can call profitably if he showed me a made jack but not a made ten.

Here’s how bad that 5th street is for me. If I catch a good card, let’s say a 3, I’m 42% to scoop even if he has a made 8. That’s a sick swing there.

Ah well.

I decided to sit in a $40/$80 game, looking to avoid disaster and hoping to smash their faces in. My table is so juicy I have Barry Greenstein sitting at it!

I’m not going to blog hands though. I’m going to give this game my 110% attention.

10:52 PM: This $40/$80 game I’m in is amazing. Barry moved on to the next game and I’ve seen four different players in my current lineup open-limp! That’s something you mostly stop seeing at the $20/$40 level. It’s one thing to see one player at this level do it, but four?!?!

My mind is honestly blown.

I saw one guy open-limp the button and show 88. The next hand he open-raised the cutoff and showed A4.

I don’t even know what that means. He’s playing like 70% of the hands.

I’m admittedly running pretty good. Even after managing to lose with AJ of spades heads up on an A98 two spade flop (JT turned a straight) and QJdd to 98 after a AQJ flop, I’m still up $1400.

Here’s a fun hand: I open cutoff with 77 and the small blind 3-bets.

Flop is 653 with two hearts and that’s definitely a good flop for my hand. I jack her c-bet up and she just calls.

Turn is a queen and I check-back because I have zero interest in bet-calling here and I have to see a river.

River is an ace and she checks to me again. That’s weird. I’d basically be bluffing if I bet here. She’s definitely not going to fold a better hand here. I’m pretty happy to show down for free, so that’s what I do.

She tables QQ!

Sometimes you feel like you won even when you lost.

$40/$80 Final Score: +$1235 in 5.5 hours

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I Will Be on Live at The Bike Tonight!

January 23, 2019

I have arranged with The Bike to get on their streaming poker show Live at The Bike tonight. They locked up three seats for me, so Radio Mike and Joker will be on the show with me. The game is going to be 20/40 limit hold’em.

Here are a bunch of links to LatB stuff so you can start following the show now and have things figured out by the time I appear on it:

Live at The Bike live stream
Live at The Bike on YouTube
Live at The Bike on Twitch
Live at The Bike Twitter

I imagine the best place to watch it live will be on Twitch. I’m not sure the best way to watch the show after it airs though. I think you need a subscription one way or the other.

I believe we start playing at 5:30 PM PST and the stream starts at 6:00 PM PST with a half hour delay.

As many of you know, Radio Mike is the radio broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners AAA affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. Since he is a professional broadcaster he is considering trying to get in the booth with the commentators for a brief period of time. I am praying for this to happen, although he ensures me that “you’re not going to like it if I get in there.”

Then again, as I’m typing this he is now saying he might not do that. I think that would be a poor decision. Please, please get in the booth, buddy.

We ended up playing at The Bike last night after I busted out of the tournament and I went +$69 in 1.5 hours of $20/$40 LHE and then +$161 in 3.5 hours of $20/$40 Mix.

Come check the show out at 6 if you can. I will definitely not be blogging while I play today, so this is it.

Also, I’m not going to try and play my A-game on this stream. I’m planning to loosen up and be a little more creative for the sake of entertainment.

Wayne Chiang and Ronnie Bardah will be doing the commentary. I don’t know much about Wayne, but Ronnie is a LHE legend and also gained lots of attention for cashing the Main Event five years in a row and as far as I know that is still a record. Ronnie was briefly playing $20/$40 with us and said he might be talking a little shit on the broadcast but that it’s all in good fun. Joker ensured him that people have been berating his game for years already.

Should be fun!

Also, if this stream brings new people to my blog, please feel free to bookmark or favorite as I post very consistent poker content.

Lastly, although we are already playing, The Coast-to-Coast Challenge will start fresh on the show and even though the show is on the air less than six hours, never being stuck on the show will get a special exception and be considered a Bronze Level completion of The Challenge.

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$15/$30 Friday – 1/18/2019 (Live Blog)

January 18, 2019

I will have more info as the time comes, but it was confirmed to me today that Live at the Bike will take place on Wednesday starting at 5:30 PM, which I think means the stream will start at 6 PM.

The host told me his players usually show up early to play and drink before they get on the show, I’m guessing to increase the fun factor. It made me wonder if I told him I was eight and a half years sober if I’d still be allowed to play on the show?

I wonder…

$15/$30 Starting Lineup: Radio Mike, Ducky, Part-Time, non-reg, Flea, FanGirl, Master Splinter

14 names on the list and it looks like we are starting this game 8-handed somehow.

The Leak picked up AA vs KK on her first hand dealt in tonight and is still drawing live at the Coast-to-Coast Challenge. We are still waiting for our first completion.

I was under the gun for our first hand and Radio Mike was the big blind and we both lost after defending our blinds, so we are already out on the CtCC. Ducky is drawing live though.

4:25 PM: Ducky is out for The Challenge (it’s so hard!) but The Leak is still going.

Our game is full and the last player in is a maniac duck. I will refer to him as Daffy Duck for the remainder of this blog and maybe forever.

Just made top pair with a gut shot against Daffy’s AA and failed to improve so that was pretty nice.

I guess now is as good as time as any to mention that all nine players have Overs buttons for $25/$50 betting.

4:53 PM: Second round with Daffy Duck. I open with black aces, Ducky 3-bets in position and Daffy tags along. I decide to flat as is my custom when I get re-raised and I’m out of position, but with the hitchhiker, I should probably start capping in this spot more often. Maybe every time.

Flop is T84 with two hearts and a spade and I check-raise the flop and both players call.

The turn is a 9 of spades and this time I get check-raised by Daffy after Ducky folds. I call.

River pairs the 8 and I call his bet and win showdown against K7 of spades.

Maniac!

Very next hand I open with 77 with Part-Time and Flea calling.

Flop is A54 and Flea check-calls from the big blind.

He would raise an ace on the flop so when he leads on a queen turn, I’m not too worried about being beat. I ponder for a bit of raising is my best play as it denies equity to whatever he’s betting with and pretty much anything he can have has decent drawing chances against me, but I opt to just call down.

The river pairs the ace and that doesn’t dissuade him from continuing his ruse and I pick him off and he very slowly folds his cards face down.

5:21 PM: Dark Knight vs Daffy Duck, Round 3: You can never be too careful

Daffy opens and I defend with T7o. I fold this hand here against basically everyone else at the table, but against Daffy, I’m seeing a flop.

It’s pretty nice: QT7. I check-raise and he calls.

Turn is an 8 and we end up putting in four bets with Daffy capping it.

He’s definitely saying he has a better hand than me, so when the river puts a one card straight on the board with a 6, I’m in check-call mode. He shows pocket aces… because, you know, that is probably good here.

5:41 PM: One player limps, Radio Mike completes his small blind and I check with 86o.

Flop is A66 with two clubs, Mike leads right out, I raise and the limper cold calls $50 and three of us go to the turn.

The limper calls my bet with a 7 added to the board but Radio Mike drops out.

River fills me up with an 8, I bet and he pays me off wi- wait, what? He’s raising me? Tank time. I let a good 20 seconds go by thinking about this one and let him know: “this is a nit roll.” Even though my hand is super strong here, my instincts are leaning call . It’s weird he would open-limp any hand here from middle position but it’s not totally out of character. You’d think he’d raise hands like 88 and 77. I think limping any hand here is a mistake, but I don’t think he’s ever showing up with hands like K6 or Q6 suited here.

I can’t make sense of his range here, but he’s not a dumb player. I suspect he knows I have a six here so the fact that he’s raising me is cause for concern. I just call and he shows A6 suited.

6:11 PM: Coast-to-Coast update: The Leak is still going strong, sitting at +1.5 racks almost three hours into her session.

There’s been some debate on how many hours you have to play to qualify for The Challenge, with me insisting on 8+ hours and my friends with jobs saying that 6+ hours should suffice.

I’ve come up with a compromise. Tiers of completion:

Bronze Level: 6-8 hours

Silver Level: 8-10 hours

Gold Level: 10-12 hours

Platinum Level: 12+ hours

Six hours and never having less chips than you started with will qualify as a completion.

It’s worth noting that if you go 6+ hours without dipping below starting stack, but keep playing and fall below in hour #9, you have not completed The Challenge; no bronze medal for you.

But I get that not everyone can sit around and play poker all day everyday, so 6+ hours will get the job done.

6:54 PM: Created a page on the site for The Coast-to-Coast Challenge since I have a strong suspicion we are going to get our first entry into the club tonight.

The Leak is good to get it done. +3 racks nearing four hours of play.

7:51 PM: I am running pretty pure. My good hands are all holding up. I’m up two racks already.

What I really wanted to say is that we are almost four hours deep into this game and no one has left it since it started. Oh shit, right as I was typing this we lost our first player. Jinxed it.

Daffy Duck went to the felt and reloaded for $2k, so… it’s understandable why everyone is glued to their seats.

Daffy just defended his big blind and turned his hand face up before the flop… for the second time. He’s also dropping repetitive “F-Bombs” and the dealers are getting a bit frustrated because they have to police but also know that Daffy is the life of the game right now and no one wants to see him get booted.

Our first player leaving is replaced by… Mighty Mouse.

As I was typing this, I rivered a flush in a 3-bet pot with KThh and made aces full of threes after defending my big blind with A3o.

Running pretty decent.

9:04 PM: Free Throw has arrived and he’s pulled up a seat behind Ducky and myself and he’s been talking about, uhm, shooting free throws for a good twenty minutes now.

I lean in to Radio Mike and say, “how does this happen?”

And he replies, exasperated, “it can’t be stopped.”

There is an anti-Ducky free throw bet in place. Free Throw has $400 and I have $100 on under 81 out of 100 free throws made for Ducky. I don’t see it, but he seems to think he has a chance.

9:49 PM: I open AA, Ducky 3-bets, and Master Splinter calls 3-bets from the big. I know I said I should be capping in this spot more frequently but this isn’t the same as having the splasher in between. I call again.

Flop is K93 rainbow and Master Splinter leads right out. Yikes. I raise him up because I should still be ahead here, but I’m a little concerned. Ducky calls and so does Splinter.

Turn is a blank and I get raised by Ducky. Thad’s fine. I’m calling his ass down. Maybe even 3-betting. But then Splinter comes out with a 3-bet and we both fold.

Lol.

Daffy Duck just stood up and shook my hand, gestures to his chips and says, “Mike, all you can eat.”

10:46 PM: Okay, fine Daffy, you don’t want to be part of the assorted duck family? You will be known as The Buffet from now on.

11:25 PM: The Buffet is closed. Radio Mike was waiting in line all night and everyone kept cutting in front of him and he couldn’t get anything to eat.

Well, he finally got to the front of the line and went from -$1000 to -$200 in two hands.

Also, The Leak has completed the Coast-to-Coast Challenge and is the first member of the club enshrined with a Silver Level performance of 8 hours. Not only that, but she did it with a +6 rack performance! Wow!

Congrats honey!

I coolered Master Splinter with AQ on an AQ74A when he also had an ace and that got me up for High Hand with 10 minutes to go. I offered Ducky my HH for $200 and he rejected it… then I totally forgot about it and was kind of shocked when the floor came over with $400 for me.

I’m done blogging for the night. The Leak is sitting behind me now and I doubt she will be wanting to stay much longer. I’ll post a final score when I cash out.

Final Score: +$1570

A rare night where husband and wife both win over $1k.

Got em.

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$15/$30 Fridays! (1/11/2019 – Live Blog)

January 11, 2019

The player I named Ducky last blog showed up wearing this shirt today. Gotta love it.

Speaking of Ducky, I did his write up in my Blog Nicknames and also added a write up for Black Turtle.

There are currently 25 names on the list for $15/$30 and a surprising number of players are in the building for a 4 PM start. Would you look at that?

I posted my 2018 Results on Monday so check that post out if you haven’t already.

I did try to play some poker on Monday but the Santa Claus Game didn’t go for the third straight week (surprisingly, there is an interest for this coming Monday) and I was planing to play $8/$16, but I got bored and ended up going to see Aquaman after 4.5 hours and booked a -$303.

Tuesday was an off day and Wednesday I was in PLO action. The game was super weak. It was only briefly 9-handed, never had a list, and most of the night was spent playing 7-handed. Still, it managed to survive all the way until 1 AM when I left, even after both Hit&Run and Charlie Hustle both booked it with +$500 wins after a mere 90 minutes of play.

I kept notes briefly, but eventually decided to not make a PLO post. It was a pretty sexy session: I finished at +$2360 in 6.75 hours. That’s a pretty big session and the weird thing is, I never had any massive confrontation. I was never all-in. Just steadily accumulating chips, with a couple of hands that collected max bets on the river.

When I got to Palace tonight there were 25 names on the list.

Starting lineup: Radio Mike, Chief Wiggum, Frankenstein, Part-Time, Huey, Ducky, Shit Man, and a 15/30 regular

After the game start, there are still 12 names on the list! Crazy. There are also no more tables for a new game.

Nice start here. I defend A5hh in a multi-way pot and peel the 873 one heart flop, pick up a beautiful 4 of hearts on the turn, and whiff it all.

Then I open QT and get heads up vs Part-Time and his KT drills a gutter after the J93 rainbow flop, so he gets to check-raise me on the turn obviously. He inexplicably checks the river (with no flush out) and allows me to check my top pair behind, so that was pretty nice.

4:41 PM: Goddammit. I just made Radio Mike’s year. I know I did. Yeah, it’s only the 11th day of 2019, but it’s still annoying to know that I contributed to his high point so far.

I open QTdd and he 3-bets in position. Flop comes JJ9 with one diamond and I check-raise then barrel off when I pick up a diamond draw and brick the river. He calls down with KK. Bring a king and see how much he likes his hand! Oh. Probably a lot. Nice dodge. It’s the small victories…

4:46 PM: Fortunately it hasn’t been a complete downward spiral. I’ve induced multiple “shit man”s from Shit Man already.

First, I limped small blind with 76o only to see him raise from the big, but I bested his AJ by rivering a one card straight after we saw a J74 flop.

Just now he opened under the gun with three small bets and it folded to my big blind, so I put him all in with 87o. The board ran out KJ97Q and I was good somehow.

He’s sitting on my direct left and I can see him continuously shooting me daggers in my peripheral.

4:54 PM: Since 8 of 9 players in this game have names and the lone one that doesn’t is a pretty frequent regular, I started thinking of something I could call him. Master Splinter immediately came to mind and I knew I liked it but I didn’t know why. I asked Joker if he could help me clarify and he came through:

“He’s soft-spoken and generally full of wisdom… in that he’s usually trying to convince you why he’s doing the right poker thing… he’s always teaching… his boring ways.”

Lmao. Love it.

5:56 PM: First big pot of the night:

Three players are in and it’s 3-bets to me in the big (edit: with KK). My capping range here is super narrow so I just call and someone else caps. Perfect.

Flop is K92 rainbow. Oh boy. It checks to last position and I have a moment of anxiety but she bets, I raise, Wiggum calls two cold, she raises, and I cap.

Turn is a ten and I dodge a raise from Wiggum and they both call.

River blank and she pays me off.

I should probably be calling 3-bets on flop and check-raising the turn here – especially since my hand is disguised – but I was hoping I could cap flop and still maybe get in multiple big bets on the turn. Also, if she 3-bets flop and checks back the turn for some reason, that is an utter disaster.

6:22 PM: First new album of 2019!

Big K.R.I.T. – TDT

I’ve been listening to K.R.I.T. since 2005 and he’s been one of the most consistently good rappers over the past decade and it still seems like the average hip-hop fan probably doesn’t know who he is.

I’ve heard three songs off this new 8 song album and they were all good, so this new project is off to a good start.

I want to do more regular music updates this year but I’m not exactly sure yet how I want to tackle that and it usually takes me multiple listens to settle on how I really feel about a new album.

8:01 PM: I guess I’m running pretty pure so far tonight. It’s funny how these things sneak up on you sometimes. I’m in $2k and this is my stack right now and it doesn’t seem like anything too remarkable has happened:

Although Radio Mike might disagree.

Master Splinter open-limps so I jack up the QJo from the cut, both blinds defend and he calls.

Flop is KT7 and I get check-raised by Radio Mike. Hit&Run calls two bets cold and I call.

Turn pairs the 7 and I’m the only caller this time.

River is an ace. He check-tanks and I know he’s always calling here because he knows I am capable of bluffing this card. He pays it off.

I feel like that’s a pretty standard hand but I haven’t updated in over an hour so…

One thing of note: there are 21 players on the list for this game now! Insane!

There are no empty tables and the lists for the other limit Hold’em games are super long… but… the $4/$8 Omaha 8 game is on the verge of collapse. I’m curious if they put another $15 game there or another $4/$8 (which has an even longer list!).

8:41 PM: Edited the 5:56 update to include what hand I had. My bad.

9:23 PM: Ducky raises in late position and Radio Mike defends.

Mike check-calls on Q87 and then check-raises when the queen pairs on the turn. I think the river goes check-check and Ducky wins with JJ and Mike showed the T9. A very ambitious play from Radio Mike. I actually like it. But he probably should have read my player profile on Ducky and noted the “sticky” label! 😂

I am no longer running pure. Very loose player limps, Ducky raises the cut, I 3-bet KJo on the button and they both call.

Flop is 875 and I check behind.

Turn is a jack, Ducky leads and the loose player is lining up a call. I’m leaning call here and ultimately that’s what I end up doing, as I don’t really mind keeping the bad player in. We both call.

River is a queen and Ducky still bets. With the other player in, this is a protected pot, meaning Ducky should never be bluffing here. I would expect him to check a lot of paired hands here, but he still might bet something like JT. The other player is lining up a call again, but I think my hand is too good to fold here, especially considering the pot size. We both call and Ducky tables a set of fives.

Damn. I guess I can still lose a pot tonight. Star mode has been deactivated.

10:30 PM: This hand happened a while ago, but it has sparked enough private controversy that I am now going to make it public.

I open from the cutoff with A2dd, Radio Mike calls from the small blind, and I mentally LOL at his flat call as the big blind also calls for one more bet.

Flop is T55 with two diamonds. Radio Mike donks right out. I mentally LOL again because it’s the second time in less than ten hands that he called a raise from the blinds and led into me on the flop. The big blind folds and I just call because I want $100 to go in if I turn a flush (we are in Overs on the turn but not the flop here, so I don’t want to take the betting lead).

Turn is a 9 and I call again.

River bricks me and he still bets. I know I should fold. I don’t think he’s bluffing here but this being the second time he has taken this line I’m just too curious. I say, “I’m about to give you $50 just to see what you play this way.” And then I do.

He turns over QQ.

I have been poking the bear via text and he has insisted that he 3-bet preflop but there were multiple instances during the hand where I laughed to myself because that didn’t happen. But he insists.

We have been arguing about it for like an hour now and he’s had someone standing behind him for the past three hours, constantly distracting him… nope. It’s not possible he’s mistaken here.

Maybe I’m the delusional one? Laughing to myself about his passive play mid-hand as I’m calling a third bet? I dunno.

11:05 PM: Woah. Last time I looked at the list – which wasn’t that long ago – it was still 10+ deep. There are now zero people on the list… and we have a seat open.

11:08 PM: My heater has definitely cooled considerably.

I come back from a break and post in the cutoff with 32 of hearts. There’s some limping, Ducky raises, I call, Bulletproof 3-bets it and we move on multi-way for 3-bets each.

Flop is K92 with one heart and I get to check-call for one bet. Four of us remain.

Turn pairs the deuce and we check to Bulletproof and he obliges with a bet. But then the maniac check-raises. Ducky folds and it’s up to me. There’s a flush draw on board now and I don’t really like a 3-bet here. It appears that Bulletproof has two outs, so I don’t mind keeping him in the pot and if the maniac does have a deuce, it’s worth noting that I don’t beat any of them. So calling seems like the best of both worlds here. Also, the flush draw on board is enough protection for my calling range that alarm bells won’t go off when I take two bets to the face here. I call and so does Bulletproof.

River is a blank and we both call the maniac. He shows T2 suited (from under the gun!), his kicker plays and he scoops the pot.

12:25 AM: There’s an early raise, two calls and I defend KT of diamonds.

Flop is KK5 with two clubs and I check-raise the PFR after the other two fold. I have some bluffs in my range so I’m not worried about him folding here but I am worried that if I just call he will check back the turn a lot. So I raise and he calls.

Turn is a ten, giving me the nuts. We put four Overs bets in. Yum yum.

River is a 9 and I want to bet so bad but it seems impossible that he could cap the turn and suddenly want to stop putting chips in the pot… so I try to get a check-raise in and he checks back with AK.

Game is 5-handed now and on the verge of collapse. Palace has decided to keep the PSJ drop at $4 5-handed, so there’s really no reason to play. Normally I stop chopping when games get 6-handed but the drop is so steep now that I would literally rather break the game than get raped for $5-$6 a hand playing this short.

They are willing to go $1 rake and $0 PSJ drop at 4-handed (making us ineligible for jackpots and high hands) and that’s awesome, but the transition from 6-handed to 4-handed is where games go to die.

And… as I’m writing this, the floor gets called over… says he can’t drop the PSJ 5-handed… and now the game is dead.

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Eh. Who needs this game running 5-handed for another 3 hours? Not the Palace! They can always start another game at this table. Oh wait. There are no lists.

Hopefully The Man reads this and sees that this hard-nosed stance is bad for everyone… except the dealers that are ready to go home.

Final Score: +$1026