Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Absinthe on TV

So. Ryan at Absinthetics played in the WSOP Main Event, and finished ITM. Recently he confirmed that ESPN was going to show footage of him at the table with Jesus Ferguson. At approx. 5:11 p.m. on Tuesday 9/5, Ryan was on for approximately 30 sec. Jesus was short stacked and shoved with a T6 offsuit. Ryan looked thoughtful for a moment, and then called with his A8 s0000ted. He paired his ace on the flop and made the (not) baby Jebus cry. Congrats to Ryan for not only busting Jesus and making the money, but not doing something stupid on TV like spilling Corona on himself or something...

Monday, September 04, 2006

The one in which we channel George Carlin

To paraphrase, "playing limit stud is like watching flies fuck."

Slow slow slow slow! Get home from the bbq last night. DAPGF is tired so she's heading to bed. I have to walk the dog, but I'm not quite done yet. I sign up for a Stud-8 limit freeroll, just because it's the only thing really spinning up at that point. Now, the tourney was scheduled for 11:30 pm, so I signed up at 11 and took the dog for her walk, figuring that I'd be back before midnight and not miss too much. So I get back just before midnight and click "I'm back", only to realize that I've only bled off 50 or so chips. Now, blinds were just about to jump to 75/150 and I'm sure that I was due for the bring-in soon, but it's hard to believe that the action was that slow as to cost me that little during the time I sat out. So I doubled up on the first two hands I played, with a boat and a flush (no low on the boat and I scooped the low with my near wheel). So I'm back in the thick of things pretty quickly. Then the blinds really started to climb. At 400/800/25 I get dealt what could be a monster. 7s 5s in the pocket and the 4s as the door. Can we say huge woodie? I limp along with half the table. Next card is the 6s. Holy Carp! Visions of dragging a huge pot and tripling up start flashing thru my demented little mind. Here's the problem. Everybody starts betting. 2 players fold out, but I'm left with EP showing a nut flush draw in diamonds (A8d) on the board and EP's left showing two aces (the spade hasn't been seen on the board). I absolutely hate chasing draws, but with three cards to come, how can I get away from this. I've got several different outs. With 3 to come, I could theoretically make a set or quads, plenty of 2 pair options, outs for an OESD and for any flush, plus the mortal nuts of the straight flush draw. 5th street is a brick, and adds 1 diamond to EP and nothing obvious to EP+1. Betting gets capped. 6th street pairs my 7 (still no other 7s have been seen) and does nothing obvious to either of the other players. And betting gets capped and I'm all-in. The final card is yet another useless rag (Q if I remember correctly) and the cards flip. EP shows his nut flush and my 3s for his river card. EP+1 shows two pair with his aces and snowmen in the pocket, including my 8s. And to top it off, with 5th street being an offsuit 9, I didn't even qualify for the low!

Now, if I take the time, I can figure out exactly how many outs I've got, but I've not yet gotten into calculating explicit pot odds, so I have no real idea of what my pot odds were in this hand. Still, by 5th street I was definitely pot committed and wasn't going to back down then. With my opponents both showing aces for their door cards, I didn't think it likely that I was going to push them off their hands while only showing low cards, so I just called each bet instead of raising it, hoping to see the next card cheaply. Any thoughts on what I should've or could've done differently? Should I have just folded on the bring-in? 5th street? I haven't played a lot of stud, but I think I could've done a better job of defending my hand in a pot limit or NL situation, but that wasn't where I was. Any thoughts or insight from stud players would be greatly appreciated.

And with that, Happy Labor Day to the Americans! And Happy Monday to everybody else! I know it's a day off, but I've had enough fucking days off. I'd RATHER be laboring today! Tuesday brings a whole new set of opportunities. Here's hoping...

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Two quick thoughts...

"(Pacific Beach)...where the girls wonder if they're pretty enough and the guys wonder if they're drunk enough until later, when the guys tell the girls they're pretty and they girls tell the guys they're drunk and unprotected shafts spelunk apathetic mines." -Steve Caldes in San Diego City Beat bar review issue.

Such a visual description of an area. I read it and, having spent my fair share to time in this particular SD community, was instantly drawn back into the past 5 to 10 years of my life (pre Dear and Patient GF). If I'd known where I was going to be at this point in my life, I might have decided to do more spelunking than I did. That's not to say I've got dissatisfaction with DAPGF, rather with most of life. Life could be better right now, but at least things are starting to pick up. The job search is still going. I had two interviews last Thursday. The first one was for a job similar to what I've done in the past. Unfortunately they were looking for some technical experience that I don't have (soil compaction testing and other goofy civil engineering crap), so I'm not getting that one. The other one is for some government consulting work. I can't really go into a lot of detail, but it's a way cool opportunity. That interview seemed to go really well, and hopefully I'll hear back from them by the 12th or so. As always, think good thoughts people...I need it. I've also got an intervew coming up with another environmental consulting firm next Wednesday, and it sounds promising (I got a referral from somebody I know who already works for the company). I also turned down an interview for a project manager position managing the development of a terrorist training camp simulator at a military base out in the desert. The company was all ready to fly me up to the Bay area to interview, but I can't spend six months to a year living several hundred miles away from home and DAPGF, so I politely declined. If I was single, I would've jumped on it. The experience would've been hugely cool, and the money was stupid big. Logistically, it just wouldn't have worked. I guess now that the summer is ending, maybe companies are getting off their asses and starting to look at staffing for the upcoming year. Here's hoping...

I have come to hate getting pocket aces in freerolls, no matter what my position. In a freeroll, you just cannot push some yahoo off of a K8o, regardless of how much you bet. One tournament, 3rd hand, I wake up to AA in the SB. There's been 5 limpers, and having aces, I'm confident in my hand and don't want to scare everybody off...just the idiots with pocket pairs who might flop a set and fuck my world up. So I pop it to 140 to go (level 1, 10/20). The button shoves and I call, laughing as he flips over his Ks 8d. Flop comes down K rag rag with 2 diamonds. And yes he catches his runner runner, including my 3rd ace on the turn, to bust me. Another one that evening. Hand 1, I look down and find rockets in the BB. Now, I've partially learned my lesson of betting substantially to try and get the idiots out of a hand. At least if my aces get cracked, I want it to be by a legitimate hand. Someone with hiltons who flops a set or somebody playing AK picking up broadway. Unfortunately I'm still greedy and want some action, so I raise up the 4 limpers to 500 to go. Again, I get one caller (again, the button). Flop comes down J63 rainbow. I bet out 300 and butt(on) boy shoves. Because he limped preflop initially, I figured he didn't have wired paint or anything. Maybe a s00ted ace or something, and that he picked up TPTK or something. I call and he flips over J6 s0000ted, giving him 2 pair and cracking my aces for a 2nd time in one day! Any thoughts on how I play it the next time I get a monster? Shove preflop? Limp? Fold? Run and hide? I'm looking for some help people.

Enjoy your Labor Day holidays (or if you're in other parts of the world, enjoy the weekend. See ya out there.