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!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Frustrating but Busy

Poker has been a bit frustrating lately.. Booking small wins or losses. I want alllll the moneyyyyssss!!

I think I really need to learn to gamble more because that is where the money is at. Just as an example .. I was playing a nice 4 hour session. I was playing pretty tight and making decent decisions.. I did call off a few times I should not.. but overall playing well I think.. and I find myself down $100 .. no plays did I see where I would have made more money if I called or was in the hand. Arguably I could have been closer to even but like I said I did make a couple slightly bad calls.

So it's the end of the night and I suppose I am feeling a little frustrated but being professional and going to leave. My last hand of the night I straddle because whatever nothing else is working.. and I see T7. We see the flop like 5 ways and I flop a double gutter... I call the flop which is like 10 bucks.. it is four ways.. I call the turn fifteen it is still 4 ways... and I jam all in on the river. I happened to have hit one side of my double gutter.. Everyone folds.. and I end up going home break even (down a dollar) .. So I don't know... Chasing double gutters.. or playing tight... getting in on draws or waiting for made hands... Poker is insane.

I actually skipped playing this week. Not because I did not want to, but because my day at work was a bit stressed so instead of going and playing like an angry donkey (as opposed to my normal crazy donkey), I decided I would go see Captain America: Civil War. Awesome movie if you have not seen it.

I will be back on the tables next week deciding how to play and what adjustments I need to make if any. Peace.




Monday, April 25, 2016

Half Day of Work

Mohegan is doing 1k per 20 min HH jackpot.. So I swapped my days at work, and asked for a half day.. So noon-9PM I will have a shot at a grand every 20 minutes.. that would get the bankroll moving in the right directions! Wish me luck!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Variance Hammer - WHAP!

I played good the other night but alas playing good is not enough. Twice in the night I flopped sets and got it all in on the flop only to have my nemesis turn the K to match up with his two other Kangs.. Seriously rough.

I held in there but was never able to bring it back. I donked off about 1/2 a buyin by three-barreling an AJh vs a guy with KQ TPTK.. after I raised pre-flop.. flopped the two hearts.. I am not really sad about this play.. although firing off the $25 on the river I think I could have just saved my money. Pro Tip: Old Guys Never Fold.

I ended up losing two buyins but I am too upset. I mean I kept it together. Left with my loss. Just mostly being a pro which is important. I was due for some variance as I have been running pretty true -- in other words -- my hands that I have made have mostly held up outside a few flush chasers. The sad part is I am now a losing poker player.. down a half a buyin over around 12 sessions.. Ah well.. It's good for me to get out of the hotel and have a little social time.

One adjustment I may do is leaving a little earlier.. I like leaving at 11:00.. but then I get back around midnight and it takes a bit to snuggle in.. so the next day is kind of tiring.. I think I will cut it back to 10PM.. So basically play 5ish-10PM each night... One hour is not going to make a difference.

One nice thing -- the next time I go is actually going to be Monday. They are running 9AM-9PM every 20 minutes --- $1,000 high hand jackpot! If I hit that then I will be doing pretty good... and all these losses can offset the taxes. Mwahahaha! Wish me luck bitches.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sven

Went for a little session at Mohegan today. Ended up down seven bucks. I am pretty happy with how I played. I was into my third buyin pretty quickly. Not sure how it happened. I did not really play badly.. I did a jam with 77 vs A9 and got called.. slightly unlucky with runner-runner hearts giving me the 7 flush and him the 9.. I just missed every flop and every hand went south... but not majorly.. it just kept adding up I guess...

It finally turned around when I got Queens and raised 10... Flop comes Qxx... I bet, guy raises, I jam, he calls.. and my third buyin becomes a double up. I got pretty luck against his Aces, but no way am I folding Queens to a straight call... I probably go broke there if I do not flop a Q because it was that kinda day..

The next big hand against the same guy I flop a set of 4's vs his AK .. he bets flop and I jam... and stack him.. I do not think he even had a pair at that point in time...

That got me up by around 40-60... I donked off like 10-20, and then got into a hand I should not have been in which cost me my profits.. I am not unhappy about how I played it but I think folding at any point except the turn is good. I look down and see QT hearts. I call a small raise with it (which is slightly loose) and the flop comes KT with one of my suit... The initial raiser bets like $15.. and I call.. (Again I could have folded here)... then the turn gives me the 8h... which gives me OESD and Flush Draw.. AGGGGHHH! Guy bets out $35... and I blank the turn... Guy checks and he shows AK TPTK to take it down... I am not mad about how I played that hand.. maybe I could have played differently.. but I think I am just second guessing because I lost... If I did hit my draw I stack the guy for $100 more...

At that point I was down like $45... I played one more hand where I hit a set of Queens AGAIN and made it back to -7... at which time I decided to take a break for dinner... and since it was seven and I had a drive back, I decided to call it a night.

Overall happy that I came back from down a ton. Happy I was like fuck it, a small loss is fine. All in all a decent game... I really would like to know where that first $200 went... but I think I was just missing everything...