Sunday, February 17, 2008

And just for good measure...

So later in the afternoon after my previous post, I jumped into a micro-limit 18 player SNG. I figured that enough time should've passed and the bad streak would be done. Or at least the river streak. And sitting comfortably in 2nd place out of 5, just outside of the bubble, this happened:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Ad As]
CASTLECLR: folds
62taner62: folds
iamhoff: raises 2400 to 3000
alexdetls: raises 2400 to 5400
cjantzen: folds
iamhoff: raises 1643 to 7043 and is all-in
alexdetls: calls 1643
*** FLOP *** [Qd Th Td]
*** TURN *** [Qd Th Td] [Jh]
*** RIVER *** [Qd Th Td Jh] [Qh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
alexdetls: shows [Js Jc] (a full house, Jacks full of Queens)
iamhoff: shows [Ad As] (two pair, Aces and Queens)
alexdetls collected 14936 from pot

OK, it wasn't quite a river, but it was the 2nd time my aces got cracked to send me home. Again, I'm not backing down with aces, so I'm not disappointed with my preflop shove. In an EXTREMELY dispassionate look at things with a hard eye at second-guessing, I suppose I could've smooth-called his reraise preflop. I'm on the button and villain is the SB, so on the flop he'd be the first to act. Being the big stack at the table (covering me 11,700 to 7100), he might have shoved on the flop. I don't know. The fact that he reraised my 5x PF raise with JJ (I guess JJ really R OK) tells me that he probably would've bet out. Maybe not, I'll never know. If he would've checked, either A) I shove (remember, I've only got 1600 at this point) and he folds, or B) I shove and he calls. The only way I see any way to have won is if he check/folded, and seeing how he played JJ preflop, I don't think he would've. Basically, it was just another massive bucket of Fail. And life goes on.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

It's Nice To See Some Things Don't Change

Like probably most of you, it had been a while since I'd played on PokerStars. We all know that online poker is rigged, and that PokerStars is the home of the infamous River button. But I had a little extra sitting around in the bankroll, so I decided to drop a bit into Stars and give it a run. 18 and 45 player SNGs, what I like and traditionally have done reasonably well in. Now all I needed was an opportunity to play. Lo and behold, DAPGF had to run some errands this afternoon! We now have motive AND opportunity. Sounds like a crime is about to take place. Actually 3 crimes.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Ac As]
iamhoff: raises 200 to 250
jobob7: folds
theburglar4: raises 400 to 650
funtimeharry: folds
papyguy: folds
A V0id In Me: folds
Hochkar@ter: calls 600
iamhoff: raises 505 to 1155 and is all-in
theburglar4: raises 765 to 1920 and is all-in
Hochkar@ter: calls 1270
*** FLOP *** [3c 4d 9d]
*** TURN *** [3c 4d 9d] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [3c 4d 9d 4h] [Kh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Hochkar@ter: shows [Ks Kd] (a full house, Kings full of Fours)
theburglar4: shows [Jc Js] (two pair, Jacks and Fours)
Hochkar@ter collected 1530 from side pot
iamhoff: shows [Ac As] (two pair, Aces and Fours)
Hochkar@ter collected 3490 from main pot

No way in hell do I fold aces preflop, I don't care how many raises and reraises there are. And I'm looking at a very nice triple-up, until the featherplucking river hit giving villain's KK a boat to crack my aces.

The second one was this:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Jc Kd]
Le_FRier: folds
Premier: folds
atsanicerack: folds
Gutbusta: folds
iamhoff: raises 150 to 200
farlzz: raises 650 to 850
MVPTomBrady: folds
iamhoff: calls 650
*** FLOP *** [Td 7d Jh]
farlzz: bets 353 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 353
*** TURN *** [Td 7d Jh] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [Td 7d Jh 6s] [As]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
farlzz: shows [Ac Kh] (a pair of Aces)
iamhoff: shows [Jc Kd] (a pair of Jacks)
farlzz collected 2456 from pot

Now, you might question why I was calling a hefty reraise with KJoff, but villain was in the SB and had been a reraising steal-monkey all over the place. I took it to be a simple steal from the blinds, and I had a sufficient stack to give it a shot. And when the money got all in, I was ahead. Unfortunately, someone pushed that damn river button and left me with less than a blind. Next hand my A2 went nowhere but home.

And the final for the day:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [4s Ac]
cuckyboy: folds
AZ SON: folds
SirNiro: calls 400
Ruggers15: folds
Bruisa: folds
Bk_Mithran: folds
JEDepies: folds
bumbumpeng is disconnected
bumbumpeng is connected
bumbumpeng: folds
iamhoff: checks
*** FLOP *** [5h 7d 2s]
iamhoff: checks
SirNiro: checks
*** TURN *** [5h 7d 2s] [3c]
iamhoff: checks
SirNiro: bets 400
iamhoff: calls 400
*** RIVER *** [5h 7d 2s 3c] [7s]
iamhoff: bets 780 and is all-in
SirNiro: calls 780
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [4s Ac] (a straight, Ace to Five)
SirNiro: shows [5c 5d] (a full house, Fives full of Sevens)
SirNiro collected 3585 from pot

I was the BB here, and checked my option. In a dispassionate review of hindsight, it would've made more sense to reraise on the turn, but I doubt villain would've folded a set of 5s. Either way, that damn river button hit one more time, giving villain a boat to sink my wheel. And now I remember why I haven't played on Stars in a while.

Stay Classy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Couple of things...

Jericho returns tonight!! 10 pm ET/PT, 9 in flyover country on your local CBS affiliate. Watch it and don't make me have to send more nuts to CBS again. Climb out of the malaise that is Dance Wars, The Biggest Loser, and Wife Swap. Watch a real show!

Actually played some poker last night. 2 45 player NLHE sngs, went out in 13th and 22nd. The 13th place one was a pain because I'd actually been playing some of my best poker in a while. The two hands that hurt me was, following 2 limpers with KTs, I flopped 4 to a flush (4s 6s 4d) and hit two pair on the turn. I bet it up, only to be smooth called by the BB. As it turned out, he checked his 42off BB special and ate half of my stack. My bad (take your pick) for either being in the hand at all with a KTs (following 2 limpers, mind you) or not raising it up PF. The death hand was 2 hands later, when I got all in PF with AQs. It wasn't too much for the BB to call me with his 95off and proceed to hit two pair. IGH. I was also in the mood to play some Stud, but no sngs were spinning up, so I found a 2 table HORSE sng to hit. So I busted out of the NL while still going in the HORSE one, and fired up another 45 player NL. I was just aggro-donkalicious in that one, and went out in 22nd place, after not being able to get away from my 2nd nut flush, knowing that Villain did in fact hold the ace. Yet the HORSE moseyed on. The final table bubble was almost comical, as those of you who regularly play HORSE know. Lots of people get short stacked at the same time. Sure as hell, the other table busted and they merged with our table as it was dealing. We were playing Stud/8 at that point, and the limits were 400/800. I wound up getting 4 people all in against me, and my deuce to six straight scooped the whole pot! I gave a lot back 2 hands later when my 8s full of 4s in Stud/8 lost to quad bitches. So we get down to HU, and Villain has me shaded 60-40 on chips. But I just turned into an aggro-monkey and stole blinds like it was nobody's business. HU, why not play ATC poker? End result, I freaking won and made back most of what I bought into the other sngs for.

A Taxi Cab Company of Orange County (yes, that's the official name) sucks at dispatching cabs on time. Tuesday and Friday I called for a cab 20 minutes or so ahead of when I wanted it, and 35 minutes ahead of when I NEEDED it, so I could catch my train back to San Diego. The first time the dude was just way too late, and picked me up at the time the train was scheduled to leave. No way to make it. The Friday one, the guy picked me up with what would've been enough time had he known where he was going. Unfortunately, I get the only white cab driver in Santa Ana, and he's apparently the only one who doesn't know where the damn train depot is! We pulled into the bus drop off area because it was closer to the train platform, just in time to see my Amtrak Pacific Surfliner pulling out of the station. Yeah. This was the wrong time of the month to explain to DAPGF (who was being neither D nor P at that point) why we were going to be late going out to dinner and so on. She teaches on Thursday night (Valentine's Day, for those who need the reminder) so we're celebrating on Friday. I think I'm going to leave work early enough to walk to the train depot (which is what I normally do), so that the only way I'll miss the train is if I get run over in a crosswalk or shot in a drive-by.

Last night at the gym, the last 5 songs to come up in the shuffle whilst on the elliptical hamster machine:

Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes to Midnight
Bad Religion - Los Angeles is Burning
Dream Theater - Pull Me Under
LA Guns - Rip and Tear
Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.) - Speak English or Die

Have fun out there, and Stay Classy.