Friday, March 31, 2017

State of the Union

Good night at the Mohegan. I am now up $500+ over 25 sessions for a win rate of like 1.44BB/HR.

The last session was a plus $364 session so that helped the bottom line.

Nothing was too crazy. I started with $100 and quickly lost $70 to QQ vs 84. Yes I did raise pre to $15. I also think I lost the minimum. I did not lose the whole 70 on that one hand but that was the biggest hand. I think I probably lost $30-$40 on that hand.

I then was feeling a little spewy. First position comes in for $15, second position raises it up to $22. I decide to jam all in. The next spot re-jams and both guys call. So I am in it for $120. The hands turned out to be AA/AA/QQ and me with... Ducks. 22. Haha. Guess who won?

So now I am flush with my awesome victory. What else happened all night. I got paid off with Aces 3 ways vs AK and some shit hand. I lost a decent sized hand with AJ vs 22 on a JJ2 board. I was really close to not calling his re-raise and losing like $45 less... but I also am trying to get paid off on my good hands and not leave money on the table.. So probably could pick better spot to not see monsters under my bed but what can you do.

I chased a few flush draws in multiway pots and got paid off good. Other than that I bet my good hands strong and people folded.. Ending up $364 was pretty nice though since I only bought in for $100.. So basically almost won 4x my buyin. Would love to see some more nights like that or hit the high hand. I could live with around $100 an hour earn rate.

Otherwise still reading and trying to stop seeing monsters everywhere.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Back In the Saddle Again.. Again..

Played again. I took a short hiatus because A. I was a little pissed, and B. I was really busy making consulting money which is always much better than poker money.

I was slightly pissed because I play and play and play and make like $160 profit over all my sessions lol. Better than nothing. I started reading some poker books again too. I realize this describes my game perfectly "The tight-aggressive person who thinks that every flop holds a monster under the bed and thinks he should always win with his aces." Basically I hate to be wrong and do not gamble enough. It's hard to change that style though and not sure I would be more profitable. It's possible.

Tonight was interesting. I got smacked by the deck but sucked out on terribly. I did not let it effect me and made some big laydowns with Aces and other big hands that got cracked. I showed several hands all premium. I worked up to like $140.. then I decided to try and cash in on my reputation with someone I thought could fold. I raised pre-flop to like 15 and the flop comes KQT giving my AK top pair and decent draws to outs. I think I played this hand ok but needed more money behind. I lead out for like $25.. and got raised at which point I jammed in for my stack. In hindesight since my opponent raised me I probably did not have enough left to make him fold.. however I jammed anyways. He called me with QT and I did not improve. I may have the numbers slightly wrong but it was a good $78 for him to call my re-jam.

I may be just going by the result.. but I think there could be better spots. My read was right on 2 pair.. and I was trying to represent a set or made straight. I thought I had good fold equity though and was trying to be more aggressive.. anyways.....

It might be that I should just keep playing tight-aggressive and sort of weakish. It does pay off but the thing that hit me most was that if I can adjust my game and not go crazy I can really take advantage of limpers and call-folders and make a lot more. Not sure I can play that way but am going to keep reading.

The rest of the night was rather boring.. I tightened up. Got lucky. Got unlucky. Tried to hit the high hand jackpot every hour. Had my stacks incorrectly stacked and thought I had more than I did.. and ended the entire night with a slight profit of $27. Better than a kick in the balls.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nothing too Exciting

Nothing really exciting happening on the tables. Planning on getting the book suggested. Have not done so yet.

Last session I basically was down $3 till the last round. I always set a cutoff time of 10:00 so I can get to bed at a decent time. So I was on my final pass. I look down and have 77.. Someone raises and the flop comes 3 clubs with a 7. I pop it for 5 bucks just to end the hand basically. I get called 2 ways. Turn is a red 4. First position check, I check, last position check. River 4. First position bets 10, I raise to 20, then the last position jams.. First position folds, I instacall.. and my runner-runner boat beats the river Ace high flush. I ended the session up $140.

My hardest thing as always is seeing like people make $600-$1k at a 1/2 table.. and me just eeking out my small wins.. occasionally I get the $600 win.. I know realistic poker is small wins small loses.. and growth over time.. Not my specialty .. Every game I seem to lose around $100.. make a comeback.. and then either end up down a little or up a little..

This game was kind of good for me. It started out with my worse style: super aggro.. and I kept pretty even.. got down like $100 from a few overcalls maybe.. some AK missing.. and then having to fold to a flop bet.. and then got even and finally the table slowed down a lot and I made a good profit. It does get a little frustrating when your week looks like - -$85, -$42, +$142.. anyways getting used to the slower pace of poker live.. only playing Wednesdays..Running at a solid 2.6BB/hr.. sooooo I guess I have nothing to complain about but it sure looks like I do...

Hell maybe I will come back here next week and tell you I won the ATV from the Quads for a Quad contest I got a free entry to a couple weeks back. Poker and life are funny that way,

Friday, July 01, 2016

Pokering With The Drunks

Had a fun day at Mohegan and put together another nice win. It was a good win as I was down the first half of the session by $90.. and just hung in there. I was having fun chatting with another Red Sox fan and the table was good and social. At the beginning I made a few minor mistakes.. Letting myself get check raised on the river when the better move would have been checking behind. Small things like that. I got a few pairs and nothing hit. So I kind of lost money in the grind.

The second half the deck kind of smacked me in the face. A drunk guy joined the table and I was having fun with him. He was nuts. He could not stack his chips. He kept saying "You dun did that!" at people and "You dun did it now!".. and I would should back at him "He done did dat!".. Was hilarious and friendly drunk. I made a bunch of money off him. Made money from hitting quad 2's. First quads I have seen since I started playing this year. I also hit a straight flush with one card.. but that would not count for the HH.

I made some mistakes and got a little unlucky or else I would be leaving with $1,000 instead of like $240. I also took it easy on the drunk.. I was just enjoying his company and did not wan't to bust him yet.

The two biggest changes of fortune in the night were a hand where I had TT. The board ended  J3324. On the river drunk dude led out with $100 after checking the turn. I asked him if he was bluffing me. He turned away and would not look at me. I felt like he was TOTALLY bluffing me.. but I ended up folding. The pot was worth $300 or so... and I feel like I made a bad fold. The guy after me only had $40 left and he called winning the pot with 55. Curse you Fuel!

The other big thing I lost was when my quad 2's did not make the HH. I held the spot for like an hour but then got beat by quad 5's. I had no control over that and figured quad 2's was too weak to hold up.

I feel kind of bad that I left like $700 on the table between those two things.. But I am happy to put together a couple of nice wins.

Kids are off at camp. Life is hot and slow right now. Not too bad though.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Back In The Saddle Again

I settled down finally and played a good game. I decided to go to Mohegan to get a little bit of a change of scenery. I really like Mohegan too it is pretty kick ass. I even won an entry into some kind of Fishing Boat raffle.... and I have like $100 in comps for stuff I guess.. don't know how that works.. As far as the game it was good, it was bad, it was ugly, and I did get lucky at points. The first table I sat at was a lot of fun. Everyone chatted and had a good natured time. I worked my way up a bit from my initial $200 buy, then I hit a snag. I got into two hands with the same guy where my two pair was sucked out on by his two pair when I bet it hard all the way to the river. It really fucking hurts when that 3 outer hits twice in a row but I held my shit together. The next hand I misplayed slightly but it paid off for me. First guy bets, I call with AK, and a third guy gets into the hand after me. The third guy was an old dooshey horse race better. He had head phones on the whole time listening to his fucking horses race, and he got the baseball game turned to his stupid fucking horsey channel. The flop came AT3. Seems like a great flop to me. Horsey dooshey bets out $20, then the next guy jams all in for his remaining $68. I figure that TPTK is probably worth $68 in a 1/2 game at times. I feel like I go too weak with AK sometimes. Anyways I cold call his bet expecting horsey dooshey to fold. Except to my amazement he cold calls too. The next card is a total blank. Horsey dooshey checks and I jam all in for my remaining $170ish. I figure he is on some type of draw and I want to get paid if he wants to draw. I know $68 for a draw is a big amount but that was my read. Horsey dooshey thinks, grumbles, asks if I want a call.. I respond "Play your cards how you want to". Then he finally whips his cards into the much grumbling and whining. The cards turn over and I am trying to win a $180 pot.. I am again T3o. I really never expected to see that but I am not really sad to see it as I have a few aces, a few kings and even a few queens as outs... I thought I was going to lose.. but the poker gods decided they loved me tonight and spanked a K on the river. Phil Ivey lost the hand and ended up leaving a few hands later. Our table ended up being reduced to like four people.. then it went back to full.. and then back to four people, at which time we decided to break the table and went our separate ways. The only other good hand I had at that table is when I 3-bet bluffed a kid into folding when I had a straight flush draw. He believed my $15, $25, $35 line and decided to finally fold. I was surprised he was so strong and also that he folded... but he probably remembered the two pair hands he sucked out on me with and figured I had him beat. The next table had a bunch of young guns who knew each other and were having fun. I liked that table too. I had one decent hand when I called some guys 3-barrel bluff with a really low flush... I thought I might be good but was not totally sure. I made a huge mistake at this table in paying off someone. I also played the hand pretty poorly because I was not sure where I was at.. I had JJ and I bet and was re-raised a small amount... I think I raised to $11, and he rr to $17... and we ended up 3 to the flop.. The first guy bet out $10 on the 9Tx flop... and I called instead of raising or pushing.. The third guy called... then the turn was another 9... and it checked around.. I knew I should have bet out.. but I was kinda frozen on the third guy... this line to me was sub-optimal but not horrible so far.. The river completed a flush... two checks.. and the original raiser bets out $45..... I got stubborn.. thought it through for a while.. figured he might be making a play on me....... and called... I feel if I folded here it would have been a good solid play instead of calling. So my stack of $350+ got diminished to $300... I would never make it back. The final play of the night I have Fuel's hand.. 55... Presto! I was already racked and ready to leave but the dealer dealt me so I was like fuck it. I knew this was a mistake.. The flop comes 5xx... I check.. and the other guy in the hand lays out $21. The flop had two of a suit... I was ready to leave or else I would have milked this hand.. instead I just jammed another $277 in... This was one of the young bucks who thought they were poker gods... they did not know they were up against a TRUE Poker GOD! This kid hemmed and hawed and was like damn that is too much money.. but I could win... Once he started talking things out I felt really confident. He told me he was on a flush draw vs my set... and I was at peace with whatever he did.. but I sort of preferred a fold... and eventually he did fold his flush draw. I racked up and left with my $118 profit. After being a donk for a couple weeks.. I will take it...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Stupid Poker

Just kidding! The past two weeks have been bad though. I think I have been pushing it too much. With the big win I am like "ACTION! BIG WINS! WOO HOO!".. haha. I just need to readjust back to solid poker and stop trying to win giant pots or play the more aggro style.. It just does not work right for me. On the bad side I gave back most of my winning from the huge pot.. but on the good side I am still up! It's good to recognize when you need to adjust. They call this game a grind for a reason.. you do not just win huge pots every day... you grind out small wins and losses and every once in a while the sexy fairy of big breasted winnings lets you motorboat her!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Who's the Donkey: Episode 1.

Finally had the night I have been waiting for. I am so "gamble" adverse.. which really hurts me I think. It felt like I did something wrong but thinking this hand over again I think I played it right but .. you decide... you decide.. Look down and see AK diamonds. Call 15$ pre-Flop. It's 3-4 ways. So like $60 in the pot on the flop. The flop comes 56J 2 diamonds. First guy leads out for $86. Next guy cold calls. I think this is an easy call with potentially 2 overs and a nut flush draw. So I kinda think it over and reluctantly call.. I am trying to gamble more but I still kinda hate it. So total pot is like $300. Turn is a really bad card.. A 6 black. So the board is now paired. First guy pushes his last $85. Next guy cold calls. He has $100 more behind. I cold call. This is where I think my call is kind of iffy.. but I can not fold a $460 pot. I call. River is a diamond. Second guy leads out for $40 of his $100.. I jam. He calls. The final hands are AJ for first position guy. Trip 6's for second guy. Nut Flush for me. So -- Comments? Whatever you say though I raked in a $800 pot with $200 of it being mine, and ended the night up $605 after playing a few more hours. Peace out bitches!