Monday, June 30, 2008

Random Thoughts From a Busy Week and Weekend

Got no poker playing in last week. Z-E-R-O. So it was a good time for the bankroll. The main culprits? Work, Dad, and DAPGF.

Work is really in a weird state of flux. My assignment in Santa Ana came to an end on Friday. This is good for two reasons. One, I no longer have to go to Santa Ana. Two, I'm no longer bound by the inflexibility of the train. Three reasons why this is bad. One, I actually enjoyed riding on the train. I made some good friends, I could nap or read a book (or even, God forbid, work), and Amtrak serves liquor, including Arrogant Bastard Ale! Two, the work was super easy. And three, now I have to drive out to the Lake Elsinore area of Riverside County! At 14.5 mpg in my gas pig Jeep. I do get reimbursed for mileage, but the Jeep is a lease and I fully expect to rack up somewhere between $2500 and $5000 in mileage overcharges over the remaining 9 months of the lease. The reason I'm not sure what the mileage charge is going to be is my boss still hasn't told me definitively how much I'll be out there. We've known about this project and client for the past month, and I still have no idea what the schedule is. As of Friday around 10 a.m., I was scheduled to be up there by noon on Monday (I have a meeting with another client here in San Diego first). I got an email at 5:03 pm on Friday from my boss, saying "
I think we are free on Monday. I'll call over the weekend to coordinate." What the hell does that mean? And then beyond that, I don't know if I'm there one day per week or five days per week. Last week my boss said that at least for the first month it would just be the two of us handling this project. Which implies that I'm there 5 days per week. So long story short, I spent a bunch of time closing out one project, prepping for the new project, and in an effort to minimize fuel and mileage costs, me and DAPGF spent a bunch of time over the weekend looking for a beater car (early 90s Honda Accord, etc.) that will get 25-30 mpg and I can drive the wheels off of. Of course I couldn't find something to make a deal on, so I get to keep wasting time looking for a commuter box. Meh. Dad is also in a state of flux. As most of you know, my mom passed away a little over a year ago from cancer. What that has meant for my Dad (among many obvious things) is that he has felt that the house that my family has lived in for the past 19 years was both too big and too expensive for a single retired person. So he's been trying to sell it for the past few months. And at the beginning of June he accepted an offer on it. So we then went thru the drama of figuring out what his plans were. Stay in San Diego? Move someplace else where there's mountain streams to fish in? He wants to do the fishing thing, and he wants to move someplace cheaper than California, San Diego in particular. The Carson Valley area of Nevada seems to be a leading choice. But there are still a few variables in the mix, so he decided to rent a place in San Diego for a year, to give him time to figure things out. So we had to find a place. Then came this past week. First we had to help him pack stuff up. Then we had to help him move his stuff (he did have movers for the big stuff). Then we had to help him unpack. And by "we" I mean me (and DAPGF). He's in a very nice condo, about 2 miles from the house, so we'll see what happens. Finally DAPGF. She was actually the least impactful in one way, but hugely impactful to my poker time in another. There was only one issue, but it was time critical. DAPGF teaches one night a week at a local technical college. That is a night that I typically play some poker. I went off to work on Tuesday, all set to go to the gym after work to pick up heavy shit and put it back down, and then play me some poker. And I get a call while I'm on the train from DAPGF. It seems she had her schedule mixed up, and the summer session didn't start for another 2 weeks. So she wasn't going to teach, so we were going to have dinner, and I wasn't going to get to play poker. Uber-meh. Quite the week. Hopefully I can get a work schedule locked up, and then figure out what to do for a car. Then I might actually find the time to jump on the digital tables and sling some chips around. We'll see. For a change of pace on Friday, I shuffled up some Southern Rock on the mp3 player. The last five songs to come up on my way home for the last time from Santa Ana: ZZ Top - I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide Great White - Step On You .38 Special - Wild Eyed Southern Boys Eagles - In The City (Live) Jackson Browne - Running On Empty

Friday, DAPGF got us tickets to see Bonfire, an "early AC/DC tribute band" play at the House of Blues. As you might expect, there are several such bands named Bonfire, and this one is apparently out of LA. They actually freaking rocked! They totally looked and dressed the parts, but the best thing out of all of it was that the guy who was supposed to be Angus Young actually looked kind of like Gavin Smith! You be the judge:

Who knew?

On Saturday, we went and saw the movie, Wanted. Freaking awesome! Killer action sequences, lots of death and violence, and Angelina Jolie's naked ass! That's all you need to know. And with that, it's time for bed.

See you out there, peeps.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hey! Real Poker Content! And Bonus Non-Poker Content!

DAPGF went to Vegas without me! Something's wrong about that situation, if you ask me. Actually, she left on Thursday and went to some conference or something. So the next best thing (at least given gas prices here in San Diego...$4.79/gal?!?) was to fire up the poker machine and see what might happen. I dinked around in a couple of freerolls on Tilt...a $75 token frenzy I lasted to 48th but only the top 6 payed, and the daily Razz freeroll. I actually did ok on the Razz, but once the blinds got up to (I think) 400/800, I got dealt (A2)3. I completed the bring-in and got raised and reraised. Well, I'm not going to give up A23, so I called. Then I got a 7, another round of capped betting, and then a 9 plus the betting. I wound up doing no better than A2379, and bled off almost half of my stack. Very next hand I get (45)2. I just called the bring-in, but the betting still got capped. I caught an ace on 4th Street, so I led out. Again, betting got capped. Then I caught a 5. It paired my hole card, but I figured with A25 showing maybe I could scare somebody. Nope. Then I paired my Ace. My only hope is the river, but I bricked with a K, and dropped from 17th out of 1300 down to somewhere in the 1200s. 3 hands later I get dealt (A6)5 and reraised until I was all in. No luck, and I went out in something like 1251st.

While doing that, I caught a 10 FPP $500 tourney on Stars. I was actually doing rather well in that. 3300 runners, top 648 paid. I was doing so well that I actually caught the hammer in the BB, and rivered 2 pair to take down a small pot. Another hand was this one:

Dealt to iamhoff [9h Kd]
rolled up22: folds
yeltrah22: calls 150
TVDad: calls 150
bthomas59: folds
Prunejuice13: folds
webmoosh: folds
TL_TUCKER: folds
iamhoff: calls 75 (2 limpers ahead of me, I'll call a K9off from the SB)
Zoppo: checks
*** FLOP *** [9d 6s Ks] (Booooom!!)
iamhoff: bets 150 (just a min-bet to see where I am)
Zoppo: calls 150
yeltrah22: folds
TVDad: calls 150
*** TURN *** [9d 6s Ks] [3d]
iamhoff: bets 450 (pretend C-bet of just under half the pot, represent a weak K, which I sort of have)
Zoppo: folds
TVDad: calls 450
*** RIVER *** [9d 6s Ks 3d] [9c] (cha-ching!)
iamhoff: bets 750 (I was actually trying to bet enough to put him all in, but I had 3 tourneys going and the bet timers were beeping on all of them, fortunately he just decided to shove)
TVDad: raises 75 to 825 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 75
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TVDad: shows [9s As] (three of a kind, Nines)
iamhoff: shows [9h Kd] (a full house, Nines full of Kings)
iamhoff collected 3600 from pot (ship it, beeyotch!)

Then I had to see if JJ really was OK. Turns out it was.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Jh Js]
midnightluv8 is connected
iamhoff: raises 1200 to 1600
rolled up22: folds
yeltrah22: folds
Ede2001: folds
bthomas59: folds
Prunejuice13: folds
webmoosh: folds
TL_TUCKER: folds
Uncalled bet (1200) returned to iamhoff
iamhoff collected 1200 from pot

Then the wheels started to fall off:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Tc Qd]
rolled up22: folds
yeltrah22: folds
Ede2001: folds
bthomas59: raises 355 to 755 and is all-in
Prunejuice13: folds
webmoosh: folds
TL_TUCKER: folds
iamhoff: calls 555 (from the SB, with my stack, how can I not call this)
midnightluv8: calls 355
*** FLOP *** [Qs Ts 4d] (Booom!!)
iamhoff: bets 1600 (2/3 of the pot to start the sidepot seemed sufficient)
midnightluv8: calls 1600
*** TURN *** [Qs Ts 4d] [5h]
iamhoff: bets 2400 (time to put him all in or make him fold)
midnightluv8: calls 1785 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (615) returned to iamhoff
*** RIVER *** [Qs Ts 4d 5h] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [Tc Qd] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
midnightluv8: shows [9s Jc] (a straight, Nine to King) (and he chases his OESD and catches one of his outs on the river. Didn't I hear that online poker is rigged? I must have read it on the internet or something)
midnightluv8 collected 6770 from side pot
bthomas59: shows [9h 8h] (high card King)
midnightluv8 collected 2490 from main pot

Then I got sucked in by a really good slowplay:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Qc As]
webmoosh: folds
TL_TUCKER: calls 600
iamhoff: calls 600 (the last two hands I watched him limp AJs and ATs, so I figured I'd limp along and see if I connected to the flop first, which was my first mistake)
midnightluv8: folds
rolled up22: folds
yeltrah22: calls 600
Ede2001: folds
5feet: folds
Prunejuice13: checks
*** FLOP *** [Ah Kd 4h]
Prunejuice13: checks
TL_TUCKER: bets 600
iamhoff: calls 600 (Ok. On his last hand, when he hit the flop, he min-bet, so I put him on a medium ace, but not AK...even for him I'd expect more preflop)
yeltrah22: folds
Prunejuice13: folds
*** TURN *** [Ah Kd 4h] [Kc]
TL_TUCKER: bets 600
iamhoff: calls 600 (another min-bet, he must be on a weak ace and worried about his kicker, or he's on a draw to Broadway or hearts...didn't even give him credit for a K)
*** RIVER *** [Ah Kd 4h Kc] [8c]
TL_TUCKER: bets 3000
iamhoff: calls 3000 (Noooooo! He didn't have the K, dammit! Did he? Crying call time)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TL_TUCKER: shows [Kh Jd] (three of a kind, Kings)
iamhoff: mucks hand (and that's how you slowplay, or in my case, how you get greedy and try to suck up more chips than your hand is worth)

The very next hand I'm down to 2 and a half BBs and I'm UTG. I look down to see a s0000ted Tourist (A7), so I figure I may as well take my chances and shove. I got called by two runners. I flopped a 7 to keep me ahead of the dude playing A8off, but the other villain was playing Cowboys, and IGH in 777th, a little outside the money. Not the finish I was hoping for, but not a bad showing.

I went to the gym on Monday. My gym is located in the University Towne Centre area of La Jolla, an area very full of itself as evidenced by the "e" at the end of both Town and Center. So it's a bucks up area. It's also the closest major gym to UC San Diego. So I see the rich, cougar housewives and the sorority co-eds, with a typical ratio of 65 to 35, hot to not so much. Monday, though, I'm not sure what happened. Easily 95 percent scaldingly hot beautiful babies in there, sweating away. I'm not sure how I didn't drop the bench press bar on my neck or fall off the elliptical trainer. I really (no, really!) needed a cold shower when I got home. There's normally plenty of "Hotts", but it was like there was a convention in town or something.

Last 5 tunes to shuffle up at the gym:

Armored Saint - Can U Deliver
Testament - Electric Chair
Cinderella - Somebody Save Me
Disturbed - 10,000 Fists
Metallica - Frayed Ends of Sanity

Last 5 tunes to shuffle up on the train ride home today:

Aquabats - Super Rad!
Extreme - Do You Wanna Play?
Simple Plan - I'd Do Anything
Buck O' Nine - My Town
Sprung Monkey - Get 'Em Outta Here

Enjoy the weekend, peeps! It's hot here, so I'm at the beach! Bring on the waves!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Holy Crap! Actual Poker Content!

Yeah, it's been a while since my last post. I guess I've been too busy playing poker to actually post about poker. Wish I could say I've got some good results to show for it, but hey! Poker time is poker time.

One thing I started doing is a new button strategy. If there is at least one limper in front of me and I'm on the button, I go into ATC mode. Being on the button, nobody has any idea what I've got or whether I hit the flop or not. I'll even call some semi-decent raises, depending on the stack, the cards, and the pot odds. And in the first tournament I tried it in, it worked fairly well.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: Silverfist (1630 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (1450 in chips)
Seat 3: schaoier (1380 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (3800 in chips)
Seat 6: DEEZNUTZ324 (2000 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (1480 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (580 in chips)
Seat 9: foldingtom69 (1180 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 10
foldingtom69: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [7d Tc]
Silverfist: folds
MaXeEm0e: folds
schaoier: calls 20
1LBS: folds
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 20
iamhoff: calls 20 (20 into a pot of 70, why not)
allornuttn: calls 10
foldingtom69: checks
*** FLOP *** [4s Jd 9s]
allornuttn: checks
foldingtom69: bets 40
schaoier: calls 40
DEEZNUTZ324: raises 40 to 80
iamhoff: calls 80 (with my flopped gutshot, I figured I'd call the typical min-bet. Even if the limpers fold, I'm still getting 3 to 1 on my money)
allornuttn: folds
foldingtom69: calls 40
schaoier: folds
*** TURN *** [4s Jd 9s] [3c]
foldingtom69: checks
DEEZNUTZ324: bets 200
iamhoff: calls 200 (seeing that I was sticking around, his c-bet of not quite 2/3 the pot smelled weak)
foldingtom69: folds
*** RIVER *** [4s Jd 9s 3c] [8h] (boooooom!!)
DEEZNUTZ324: bets 220
iamhoff: raises 460 to 680 (with a str8 on the board, I wanted to bet enough that he'd still feel compelled to call, so a raise to 3x his bet seemed reasonable)
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 460
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [7d Tc] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
DEEZNUTZ324: mucks hand (he mucked KdJc for TP2k and no connection to the spade draw. I thought he smelled weak)
iamhoff collected 2140 from pot

A couple of orbits later, I got to see how button limping can not only hide a junk flop monster, but can also camouflage a strong hand that catches the flop across the face.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: Silverfist (1110 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (1950 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (5875 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1740 in chips)
Seat 6: DEEZNUTZ324 (385 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (2835 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2320 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 15
Silverfist: posts big blind 30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [9d 9c]
MaXeEm0e: calls 30
1LBS: folds
ace 2478: folds
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 30
iamhoff: calls 30 (2 limpers, perfect. Bring on Helmuth! I got your cards, bitch!)
pompano954 is connected
allornuttn: calls 15
Silverfist: checks
*** FLOP *** [Ts 7h 9h] (Booooom!!)
allornuttn: bets 90
Silverfist: calls 90
MaXeEm0e: calls 90
DEEZNUTZ324: raises 265 to 355 and is all-in
iamhoff: raises 2450 to 2805 and is all-in (well, I didn't get him last time, I guess I get to now! There is a str8 draw out there, so let's see if we can isolate)
allornuttn: folds
Silverfist: calls 990 and is all-in
MaXeEm0e: folds
Uncalled bet (1725) returned to iamhoff
*** TURN *** [Ts 7h 9h] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [Ts 7h 9h 2s] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Silverfist: shows [2c 8h] (a pair of Deuces) (went for the gutshot str8 and backdoor frush, too bad. Ship it, bitch!)
iamhoff: shows [9d 9c] (three of a kind, Nines)
iamhoff collected 1450 from side pot
DEEZNUTZ324: shows [Td Qh] (a pair of Tens) (TPDK, backdoor frush, yeah, I'll take your chips too!)
iamhoff collected 1395 from main pot

The nice thing about micro-limit is, because not many people really understand it at this level, there's a lot of limpers. With this hand, I knew I could lead out limping and face minimal possibility of a reraise.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (2830 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (6275 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1690 in chips)
Seat 6: Takeemout56 (2455 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (3220 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2200 in chips)
Seat 9: pompano954 (2910 in chips)
ace 2478: posts small blind 25
Takeemout56: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [6s 4s]
iamhoff: calls 50 (s00ted 1 gappers, why not? Limp here and fold to a decent reraise)
allornuttn: folds
pompano954: calls 50
MaXeEm0e: folds
1LBS: folds
ace 2478: calls 25
Takeemout56: checks
*** FLOP *** [Td 7c Qs] (ok, backdoor str8 draw. I'll fold to anything decent)
ace 2478: checks
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: checks
pompano954: checks
*** TURN *** [Td 7c Qs] [5c] (or I'll just take the free card and give myself an OESD)
ace 2478: checks
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: bets 50 (let's see who still has something, and are they willing to try and take it down now.)OO
pompano954: calls 50
ace 2478: folds
Takeemout56: calls 50
*** RIVER *** [Td 7c Qs 5c] [3h] (Booooom!!)
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: bets 200 (a little more than 2/3 the pot should be enough to keep anyone playing QJ, QT, or JT hanging around)
pompano954: calls 200
Takeemout56: folds
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [6s 4s] (a straight, Three to Seven) (ur chipz. I wantz dem)
pompano954: mucks hand (mucked As 5s for the flopped backdoor frush and a turned pair of 5s.)
iamhoff collected 750 from pot

But not all was good for your hero.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: couriermike (1865 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (2430 in chips)
Seat 3: f1ferrari02 (5805 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (6325 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1290 in chips)
Seat 6: Takeemout56 (2970 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (2570 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2375 in chips)
Seat 9: pompano954 (3720 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 50
pompano954: posts big blind 100
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [5s 5h] (is Presto gold?)
couriermike: folds
iamhoff said, "vn"
MaXeEm0e: folds
f1ferrari02: folds
Takeemout56 said, "tx GF"
1LBS: calls 100
ace 2478: folds
Takeemout56: folds
iamhoff: calls 100 (a limper and can I not call?)
allornuttn: calls 50
pompano954: checks
*** FLOP *** [8c 6h 3d]
iamhoff said, "K9"
allornuttn: bets 200
pompano954: calls 200
1LBS: folds
iamhoff: calls 200 (these pot odds and a backdoor str8 draw, sure I'll call. Besides, I read somewhere that Presto is gold)
*** TURN *** [8c 6h 3d] [Qd]
allornuttn: bets 200
pompano954: raises 200 to 400
iamhoff: calls 400 (not really feeling the love, but I gotta trust Fuel)
allornuttn: folds
*** RIVER *** [8c 6h 3d Qd] [6s]
pompano954: checks
iamhoff: checks (I could've tried to sell the set of 6s, but the last hand I folded TPDK to a shove which probably looked like I was bluffing the pot...let's hope he was on a diamond draw)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pompano954: shows [Qc 8h] (two pair, Queens and Eights)
iamhoff: mucks hand
pompano954 collected 2000 from pot

Sometimes you get lucky and catch a Big Blind Special

iamhoff: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [5c 7d]
allornuttn: folds
pompano954: calls 150
couriermike: folds
f1ferrari02: folds
1LBS: folds
Takeemout56: folds
iamhoff: checks
*** FLOP *** [5d 2h 4d]
iamhoff: bets 520 and is all-in (after finding out that Presto isn't gold for me, I'm shortstacked and figure TP is worth a shove)
pompano954: calls 520
*** TURN *** [5d 2h 4d] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [5d 2h 4d 8d] [6d] (no better time for a str8 frush then when all the chips is in the middle)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [5c 7d] (a straight flush, Four to Eight)
pompano954: shows [6c 6h] (three of a kind, Sixes)
iamhoff collected 1415 from pot

Unfortunately it didn't end well. After chasing 2 frushes that flopped 4 to da frush but never materialized, and going thru 2 orbits of blinds, I woke up to 99 in the SB and shoved. I was in the lead against BB's A8o, until the turn brought an ace, and IGH in 17th place out of 45. Not as good as I'd hoped for, but I was generally pleased with my play. And it was only $1.20, so it's not a major deal.

Hope all is well out there, and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. You know who you are. And my sincerest apologies to anyone I forgot to link...enjoy the day.