Monday, October 27, 2008

Where does the time go?

I'm not sure when it got so hard to post. The new assignments at work keep me busy, and DAPGF seems to always have something to do when we get home. Not that there's anything wrong with that (wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean), but it does cut into the pokah and bloggah time. And the golf time, and the sleep time, and so on down the list.

So. I've actually had a bit of success recently at the tables, and doubled my bankroll. I've just been working on leaks in my game, trying not to get too loose later in the tournaments, and I have been getting lucky. Dumb calling station opponents certainly help. This was the first hand in a PLO/8 SNG that I wound up winning.

Dealt to iamhoff [9d 8h]
tikibars626: folds
Poker Own U: folds
Noid$614: folds
Bassinyou: calls 20
totem333: folds
12 oz m0use: folds
iamhoff: calls 20
WuTank: calls 10
d0r1t0s: checks
*** FLOP *** [8d 7s 4h]
WuTank: checks
d0r1t0s: checks
Bassinyou: checks
iamhoff: bets 40
WuTank: folds
d0r1t0s: folds
Bassinyou: calls 40
*** TURN *** [8d 7s 4h] [Td]
Bassinyou: bets 40
iamhoff: calls 40
*** RIVER *** [8d 7s 4h Td] [9c]
Bassinyou: bets 60
iamhoff: raises 140 to 200
Bassinyou: calls 140
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [9d 8h] (two pair, Nines and Eights)
Bassinyou: mucks hand
iamhoff collected 640 from pot

With blinds at only 10/20, 640 is a pretty nice pot to drag. And for the record, PLO is very much a "limp and see the flop" game. My opponent limped with Q9 off, so at the flop he had two overs (which is pretty much worthless in PLO), at the turn he had a gutshot, and at the river picked up 2nd pair, 3rd kicker. I guess he either thought I was bluffing, or figured that my river reraise was still small enough that it wasn't too much of a dent in his stack.

This one, the cards just fell my way.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Kh Qh]
d0r1t0s: folds
Poker Own U: folds
Noid$614: folds
Bassinyou: raises 450 to 600
12 oz m0use: folds
iamhoff: calls 525
WuTank: folds
*** FLOP *** [Kc 8s 8h]
iamhoff: bets 450
Bassinyou: raises 215 to 665 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 215
*** TURN *** [Kc 8s 8h] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [Kc 8s 8h 4c] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [Kh Qh] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
Bassinyou: shows [Td As] (a pair of Eights)
iamhoff collected 2680 from pot

And that's pretty much how that one went.

Here's a case where Presto really was gold:
That was an 18 player NLHE SNG, and I managed to win that one, too. It's not been all perfect, because despite the updates, online poker is still rigged, as evidenced by this:
and this:
As much as I love s00ted cards, T3 is not a hand I would normally play. I will, however, check my BB option, and did so. 57 s00ted is a hand that I'll limp if the pot is opened, but I would never open-limp with it. So imagine my chagrin after shoving on the river, to find a feather plucking str8 flush staring up at me from the next seat over.

Oh well, so it goes. The important thing is that I've actually made some progress on my b/r. Maybe I can actually build on that. See ya out there, peeps.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ups and Downs in the Land of Poker


Well peeps, we gots some good times and some bad times. A random sampling:

Here is one of many PokerStars patented river beat downs. Admittedly I shouldn't have played it quite the way I did, but I was ahead when the chips got all in. Unfortunately, the big blind villain hit the river button and tripped up his queens to crack my flopped two pair.
As I said, I shouldn't have been in the hand, but so it goes. I made up for it later. With the blinds at 600/1200, the pots get big quickly. I was able to take advantage of someone who raised with either AQ or QQ-TT and didn't like the K on the flop.

Dealt to iamhoff [As 8s]
littlee3812: folds
bigstackfats: folds
krupnugz: raises 2400 to 3600
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 3600
soarer1: folds
Riches2Rages: folds
chauncy: folds
*** FLOP *** [3s Kc 2h]
krupnugz: checks
iamhoff: checks
*** TURN *** [3s Kc 2h] [2s]
krupnugz: checks
iamhoff: bets 1200
krupnugz: folds
Uncalled bet (1200) returned to iamhoff
iamhoff collected 9600 from pot
iamhoff: doesn't show hand

If you don't take a swing at some of these passive tables, you probably won't win. Granted I was sitting on 4 to a flush and my bet represented a possible set of ducks, but it wasn't too likely I would've continued that hand if he'd bet. So it goes. Ultimately, I took 6th in the SNG, so all was relatively well.

Another recent tourney was the $40k guarantee rebuy madness on PStars. I was really pleased with my play during this tourney, although I did get quite lucky with some quality suckouts, such as hands like this:

Dealt to iamhoff [3d 7d]
bigstackfats: folds
armdplumber: raises 100 to 150
littlee3812: folds
xtigger44x: folds
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 150
marbeau: calls 150
Zwarte Gat: calls 125
Moxie77: calls 100
*** FLOP *** [Qd 8d 6d]
Zwarte Gat: bets 600
Moxie77: folds
armdplumber: folds
iamhoff: raises 430 to 1030 and is all-in
marbeau: calls 530 and is all-in
Zwarte Gat: calls 430
*** TURN *** [Qd 8d 6d] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [Qd 8d 6d 7c] [2h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Zwarte Gat: shows [7s Ad] (a pair of Sevens)
iamhoff: shows [3d 7d] (a flush, Queen high)
iamhoff collected 1000 from side pot
marbeau: shows [Js Qs] (a pair of Queens)
iamhoff collected 2340 from main pot

Like Daniel Negranu, I loves me some s000ted cards, especially ones that can connect. Another hand was this one.

Dealt to iamhoff [3d As]
iamhoff: calls 150
packpower04: folds
bigstackfats: folds
armdplumber: raises 150 to 300
littlee3812: folds
xtigger44x: folds
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 150
*** FLOP *** [Ad Ks 3c]
iamhoff: checks
armdplumber: bets 300
iamhoff: raises 300 to 600
armdplumber: calls 300
*** TURN *** [Ad Ks 3c] [5h]
iamhoff: bets 450
armdplumber: folds
Uncalled bet (450) returned to iamhoff
iamhoff collected 2025 from pot

The table had shown a propensity to limp, so a hand that I might normally fold, like A3off, became a live hand. A min-raise preflop made me think that someone with a medium pocket pair wanted to make a play. An ace or a high pair would've generated a larger raise, so I figured my A3 had a decent shot. And a flop of AK3 rainbow hit my hand perfectly. The correct amount of aggression and I take down another 13BB. One that didn't quite go my way was this one.

Dealt to iamhoff [9h Th]
bigstackfats: calls 400
armdplumber: folds
xtigger44x: folds
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 400
packpower04: folds
Riches2Rages: checks
*** FLOP *** [7d 3s 9c]
Riches2Rages: bets 800
bigstackfats: calls 705 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 800
*** TURN *** [7d 3s 9c] [Qd]
Riches2Rages: checks
iamhoff: checks
*** RIVER *** [7d 3s 9c Qd] [Kc]
Riches2Rages: checks
iamhoff: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Riches2Rages: shows [Ts 3h] (a pair of Threes)
iamhoff: shows [9h Th] (a pair of Nines)
iamhoff collected 190 from side pot
bigstackfats: shows [Js Td] (a straight, Nine to King)
bigstackfats collected 3690 from main pot

Sometimes I like to limp on the button with ATC...could be aces, could be the hammer, could be 9Ts000ted. You never know. Flop comes down giving me TPMK (Top Pair, Meh Kicker). BB bets enough to put UTG all-in. UTG calls, as do I. BB picked up bottom pair, meh kicker and tried to steal on a rag flop. UTG called only with a gutshot. So all the money got in and I was ahead. I survived the turn, but that damn river button hit and filled UTGs str8. I took the side pot, but lost about half of my stack. But for some silly reason, the gods decided to make it up to me. Short stacked, I took an uns00ted Dead Man's Hand and shoved.

Dealt to iamhoff [Ac 8s]
xtigger44x: raises 2620 to 3020 and is all-in
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 695 and is all-in
packpower04: folds
Riches2Rages: folds
bigstackfats: folds
armdplumber: folds
Uncalled bet (2325) returned to xtigger44x
*** FLOP *** [5d 7s 6c]
*** TURN *** [5d 7s 6c] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [5d 7s 6c Ad] [4c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
xtigger44x: shows [Kh Qd] (high card Ace)
iamhoff: shows [Ac 8s] (a straight, Four to Eight)
iamhoff collected 2165 from pot

Boom! Back in business! Followed up a few hands later by this gem.

Dealt to iamhoff [3h 3c]
iamhoff: calls 400
packpower04: folds
Riches2Rages: folds
bigstackfats: folds
armdplumber: folds
xtigger44x: calls 200
OutOfTheRed: checks
*** FLOP *** [3d Td 9c]
xtigger44x: bets 1475 and is all-in
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 1475
*** TURN *** [3d Td 9c] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [3d Td 9c 9d] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
xtigger44x: shows [7s Ts] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
iamhoff: shows [3h 3c] (a full house, Threes full of Nines)
iamhoff collected 4325 from pot

Who doesn't love boating up? And then there were aces. Five times out of 6 opportunities I had rockets hold up. This hand also happened to actually be a fairly large pot.

Dealt to iamhoff [As Ad]
littlee3812: folds
packpower04: raises 1070 to 1670 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 1670
soarer1: folds
cream14: calls 480 and is all-in
krupnugz: folds
bigstackfats: folds
skippy3481: calls 1070
*** FLOP *** [2h 3c Tc]
skippy3481: checks
iamhoff: bets 1200
skippy3481: calls 565 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (635) returned to iamhoff
*** TURN *** [2h 3c Tc] [5c]
*** RIVER *** [2h 3c Tc 5c] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
skippy3481: shows [Kc Qh] (high card King)
iamhoff: shows [As Ad] (a pair of Aces)
iamhoff collected 1130 from side pot-2
packpower04: shows [Qd Kd] (high card King)
skippy3481 is sitting out
iamhoff collected 3570 from side pot-1
cream14: shows [9s 9d] (a pair of Nines)
iamhoff collected 2620 from main pot

Unfortunately, my run wasn't meant to last. After having aces finally get cracked, and then 3 hands in a row of s00ted paint whiffing flops, I found myself down to less than a blind, in the SB. So I went for it.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [6c Ks]
Riches2Rages: folds
littlee3812: folds
bigstackfats: folds
OutOfTheRed: raises 2155 to 4155 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 700 and is all-in
soarer1: folds
Uncalled bet (2155) returned to OutOfTheRed
*** FLOP *** [9d 4c 6d]
*** TURN *** [9d 4c 6d] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [9d 4c 6d Td] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
OutOfTheRed: shows [Kh Kc] (a pair of Kings)
OutOfTheRed collected 600 from side pot
iamhoff: shows [6c Ks] (a pair of Sixes)
OutOfTheRed collected 5700 from main pot

And IGH. Out of 3300 runners, I went out in 347th, which was ITM. I had only rebought once (for the initial double up) and did the add-on, so even though my prize wasn't huge, it covered my buy-in. All in all, not bad. I wish I could say the same for other tourneys, though. Rockets failed me at hand 17 here.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Ad Ah]
Ernest Evans: folds
ranman402: folds
BJW1000: raises 45 to 75
wairarapa2: calls 75
hsoinc: folds
iamhoff: raises 225 to 300
linobill: folds
sirrich111: calls 285
TheNuts1169: folds
BJW1000: calls 225
wairarapa2: calls 225
*** FLOP *** [Ks 7h 4c]
sirrich111: checks
BJW1000: checks
wairarapa2: bets 600
iamhoff: raises 600 to 1200
sirrich111: calls 1200
BJW1000: folds
wairarapa2: calls 600
*** TURN *** [Ks 7h 4c] [4s]
sirrich111: checks
wairarapa2: checks
iamhoff: bets 1360 and is all-in
sirrich111: raises 130 to 1490 and is all-in
wairarapa2: calls 1215 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (130) returned to sirrich111
*** RIVER *** [Ks 7h 4c 4s] [Ts]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sirrich111: shows [7s 7d] (a full house, Sevens full of Fours)
iamhoff: shows [Ad Ah] (two pair, Aces and Fours)
sirrich111 collected 290 from side pot
wairarapa2: shows [Kc Qc] (two pair, Kings and Fours)
sirrich111 collected 8475 from main pot

So it's been a bunch of ups and downs. What else is new? Hopefully this week I'm going to get some live poker in at Pechanga. That is the one advantage of this assignment of mine...every time I go to the client's location, I pass right by Pechanga Casino....should be fun. See ya out there, peeps!