Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Finally booked a winner in Biloxi

Bill and I headed over the the coast Friday night, to play at the IP and get some time under our belts for the tournament on Saturday. The IP has a promotion that if you log in 5 hours of live play between the times of 3pm and 11pm on the Friday night that you get in the $10,000 guaranteed tournament on Saturday at noon for $20.00. We got there right at 6pm and got logged in. I don't know whether I would recommend doing this if you are trying to play in the tournament on Saturday. It could cost you alot to get in the tournament if you have a bad session. I would say that its a good deal if you are planning on playing poker Friday night. If you are going to play poker Friday night just as soon be the IP.

I booked a solid winner on Friday night (FINALLY!!!). Bill and I were able to play on the same table and he was on my right in the 6 seat, and I was in the 7 seat. I did not start off well at all getting sucked out on numerous times, but I just sat there and stayed focused and tried to play solid poker. I made a run to the ATM machine and now was $600.00 deep in the game at about 10pm. Then the poker gods decided to shine on GeneD and cut me a break...I look down at AcAs in a 3 way pot. I jam on the flop, and I was called by a solid player with just top pair of 9's. Bill and I looked at each a little stumped that he would have called me there, but hey, "Ship it ot the Colonel". I drag a huge pot. While I am sitting there stacking my chips, I glance down at my cards that were dealt to me...What do you know...AcAs. Guy in the one seat that just arrived in the game with $400.00 raises to $45.00. I am really cautious now as I don't want to mis-play these babies and give any chips back. I smooth call here to see what kind of flop we get. The flop drops on the board as 9s7h3d. Yes!!!! That flop could not have helped him. He must have a big pair Jacks, Queens or Kings. He leads out $75.00. I jam here again and he says, "I guess it's going to be a quick night for me...I call" and he tables QsQc. The turn and river brick out and bam...There you have it. I cashed out at 11:15am with around $1400.00, and was looking forward to the tournament tomorrow and seeing Ray, Alex, Sam, Mitch and Brandon for Ray's Bachelor party.

We found out that if you get there early on Saturday and you play in the live games, you also get extra chips for the tournament. 8-11am you get 1000...9-11am you get 500 and 10-11 you get 250. Bill and I stayed at the Laquinta Inn that was brand new...Like they had opened 2 days before this. We were the first ones in the room, and it was comfortable. The breakfast hit the spot also. We head over and get in the cash games at 10am, and we both pick up and extra 250 in chips. I bust out early, but Bill takes 6th or 7th. The 2 crucial hands I had were with this "lunch box" that showed up last, sat to my left and new nothing about what was going on. He knew nothing about the Friday night deal or the extra to say he was not a tournament player. The first hand we get involved in I look down at 10c10s. He raises and I smooth call. Flop comes out 9c6s2d. He checks and I bet out 250 and he calls. The turn brings the 4s. He checks and I get 700 and he calls. The river is the Qd and he checks...I check and he tables AcQs. The very next hand I look down at KsKc and I am in the BB. Everyone puts in the 100 and it limps around to me, and I raise it to 700. Everyone folds except the villain to my left. The flop hits 10s7d2s. I jam and he insta-calls with pocket 10's. I need a King to survive. The turn is the 9s giving me the spade re-draw, and the river bricks...and thats a wrap. I head over the Beau and the Hard Rock to check things out while the rest of the crew finish the tournament.

I had one key hand in the cash game after the tourney. I was in with several of my bachelor party buddies. Brandon in the 2 seat, Sam in the 3 seat and Alex in the 7 seat. I sat down with $200.00 in the 4 seat, and instantly flopped a set on the first hand to bring my stack up to around $300.00. I worked my stack up to about $350.00 when i glance down and see pocket Aces. I immediately start to think of last night, and I have a bad feeling. Brandon raises form UTG to $15.00, and he only has about $100.00 left in front of him. I make it $75.00 to go and the guy to my left calls. Brandon sticks the rest of his chips in, and we both call. Flop comes out K-brick-brick. I look at Brandon because I am trying to get a read on whether he has the pocket Kings. Yea...I think he has them, so I jam to try to get some value out of the hand in a side pot with the guy to my left. He folds....Great!!! ...but not so...Brandon surely turns over the Kings, but the guy to my left folds pocket Jacks...Turn is a Jack...river a brick. It kind of sucked for me, but I was happy for Brandon. At least the money stayed between us, and it could have been worst if guy to my left calls...I take a big hit then.

I continue to play in LL MTT's online and have cashed in a few. Its not alot of money, but I do get to see alot of hands. Below are a couple of my online hands:

This one was the catalyst of this tournament. I think I got 148th out of several thousand people.
This is the type of hand you dream of when you are in a big tournament

PokerStars Game #15532451536: Tournament #77444934, $2.00+$0.20 Hold'em No Limit - Level IX (300/600) - 2008/02/24 - 22:42:44 (ET)
Table '77444934 219' 9-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: yorgi73 (14058 in chips)
Seat 2: mes_75 (4467 in chips)
Seat 3: GCPGeneD (10187 in chips)
Seat 4: cash_luck (6188 in chips)
Seat 5: pokercrook4 (7849 in chips)
Seat 6: mr_alterboy (5932 in chips)
Seat 7: callinC (4095 in chips)
Seat 8: MRSCHEEZE (7309 in chips)
Seat 9: rizzo888 (13173 in chips)
yorgi73: posts the ante 50
mes_75: posts the ante 50
GCPGeneD: posts the ante 50
cash_luck: posts the ante 50
pokercrook4: posts the ante 50
mr_alterboy: posts the ante 50
callinC: posts the ante 50
MRSCHEEZE: posts the ante 50
rizzo888: posts the ante 50
mes_75: posts small blind 300
GCPGeneD: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***Dealt to GCPGeneD [Kc Kh]
cash_luck: folds
pokercrook4: folds
mr_alterboy: raises 5282 to 5882 and is all-in
callinC: calls 4045 and is all-in
MRSCHEEZE: raises 1377 to 7259 and is all-in
rizzo888: folds
yorgi73: folds
mes_75: folds
GCPGeneD: calls 6659
*** FLOP *** [7c 8c 7h]
*** TURN *** [7c 8c 7h] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [7c 8c 7h 4c] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***GCPGeneD: shows [Kc Kh] (a flush, King high)
MRSCHEEZE: shows [Ad Ks] (a pair of Sevens)
GCPGeneD collected 2754 from side pot-2
mr_alterboy: shows [Ts Js] (a pair of Sevens)
GCPGeneD collected 5511 from side pot-1
callinC: shows [Qh As] (a pair of Sevens)
GCPGeneD collected 16930 from main pot
bodysnatchas is connected
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 25195 Main pot 16930. Side pot-1 5511. Side pot-2 2754. Rake 0
Board [7c 8c 7h 4c 3c]
Seat 1: yorgi73 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: mes_75 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: GCPGeneD (big blind) showed [Kc Kh] and won (25195) with a flush, King high
Seat 4: cash_luck folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: pokercrook4 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: mr_alterboy showed [Ts Js] and lost with a pair of Sevens
Seat 7: callinC showed [Qh As] and lost with a pair of Sevens
Seat 8: MRSCHEEZE showed [Ad Ks] and lost with a pair of Sevens
Seat 9: rizzo888 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

The hand that crippled me after this hand was A-J (Me) against K-J (Villain) ...we get it all in pre-flop...and a Kings hits on the river. If I win this pot I think I would have been chip leader.

"Does your boss know your using his house for a party? Cause I just put a call into him. Yeah, we went to school together. I helped cheat on his economics final or he wouldn't have graduated so he owes me big-time....You know another class I took at Harvard? Business Ethics. I don't steal other people's mother fucking clients, but in your case I'm going to make an exception. I'm going to take everyone; your B-level sitcom stars, your reality-TV writers, when I'm done with you, you're gonna be repping sideshow freaks. You need Jo-Jo the Dog-Face-Bitch-Boy? Call Josh Weinfuck, the lightweight pen-stealing fuckface" Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold on "Entourage" Episode with Gary Busey

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Another 2 outer and busted in Lake Charles

I played in the weekly re-buy tournament in Lake Charles last week, and could not get nothing going. You start with 2000 in chips, and the rebuys and AO's you get 4000. There was a LAG player on the other side of the table from me playing anything with an ace aggressively. I busted out the first time when I look down at AhQs in the CO seat. The LAG player raises 4x the blinds (100-200 i think). I jam here and the LAG player calls and tables As10d. Flop comes KsJs9c and has me still ahead. Turn peels off the 10s. He jumps up when he sees the 10, but wait as I just hit my straight. River comes out the 5s. That should have clued me in on what the night was going to have in store for me. I fire a re-buy bullet to no avail. I dump $50.00 into the tournament and decide to try my luck elsewhere.

I see an older gentleman with his glasses down on his nose walking with a limp and a cane towards the 5-5nl table, and I stopped and I recognized the limp. was Flyboy moving through the place. Flyboy is one of the famous gamblers in the area, and is known for action...and lots of it. Whether you playing poker, gin or pool, if you want to bet high in the Southeast, Flyboy is who you are looking for. I personally watched him play pool numerous times for $1000.00 a snap one-hole. The poker room manager commented when I was buying chips, "You going to that 5-5 came aren't you...Flyboy...some people love to play with him and some people hate to play with him". There is another older LAG Asian player that is a local (Kim-Jo...I think is his name). There were 5 people in the 5-5 game and there was thousands on the table. I pull out $300.00 and sit down 6 handed...I liked the game, and I liked my chances. This was a spot were I knew I could make some money. I play tight, and fold often and watch as Flyboy and the LAG Asian guy takeover the table. They both have huge stacks and are gambling at every turn. There was a huge guy in the 4 seat (Over 300lbs) that they said started with $400.00 and had $1900.00 in front of him. Flyboy busted him single handedly over the length of 3 hands in a 15 min span. The guy left without knowing what hit him. The last hand went like this. Fly raises preflop to $20.00 everyone pitches except Big Boy who smooth calls.

Flop comes out KhQc3d. FB fires out $125.00..BB calls. Turn comes 7s...FB fires $250.00 and BB goes in the tank before calling after 2 minutes. River brings the 3h. FB has him covered and jams ...BB calls in agony and tables KcQs and FB turns over As3c...and that was a wrap for BB.

I am playing good, solid poker and staying about even. An hour and a half in I start to bleed down to $250.00. FB and the LAG Asian both have thousands in front of them. I am in the SB when I catch the hand I was waiting for...and turned out to be one to put me straight into following in Big Boy's footsteps right out the door scratching my head. I looked down at 9dQd. I am in the 2 seat and LAG Asian player in 5 with FB in the 6 seat. everyone limps and me and the BB knuckle also. Flop comes out 4dQhQc. I check and everyone checks around to the FB who fires out $45.00, and I call as does LAG Asian. Turn brings the 9s..."Yatzee". We check around to FB again, and he fires out $45.00 again. I pop it to $100.00 straight. LAG Asian player calls and FB folds. The river brings the As. I check, and he asks me how much I got left. I said around $100, and he puts me all-in. I call, and he says, "Thank You" and slaps down the 2 red Aces. He looks at FB and says, "That's how you bust those tight players". I don't know how I could not have gone busted there. Limped with aces, and he hit a 2 outer on the river. He had over $2000.00 in front of him, and I had $250.00. There is no way he is folding pocket aces.

There I was ...following in Big Boy's footsteps out the door wondering what just happened.

"They fooled you 1,000 times, just like they fooled me. But this time, I'll fool somebody. I'll stay in this race. I'm on my own and out for blood. Listen to me, you hicks! Lift up your eyes and look at God's blessed and unfly-blown truth" Sean Penn as Willie Stark in "All the Kings Men"

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Not much happening

Like the title says...not much happening my way. I have been grinding it out online in LL MTT's on Stars, and trying to see as many hands as I can. We are going to be having a local satillite to the Main Event of the Beau Rivages Spring Break Poker Classic coming soon. Those of you in my local network, you should be hearing something real soon. We are also working with a local company with another of the charity events. Hopefully, you will be seeing that on the site soon. I played at Boomtown last Wednesday when Bill had a nice finish. Have I ever said here how much I hate limit poker? I have. I have not seen people play so much trash in all my life than I saw last Wed. I mean, we all started out playing limit right? But man...I saw a guy raise pre-flop with 9-2 off...same with 8-2 off ...J-3 did not matter. I saw a guy raise preflop with 9-1o off suit and get 7 callers then he C-Bet the flop when the flop came out A-K-6. I mean one of the other 7 people who called had to have an Ace or King in their hand...on and on.

Below is the last hand I busted out of on Stars:

*********** # 1 **************
PokerStars Game #15362295112:
Tournament #77765244, $3.00+$0.40
Hold'em No Limit - Level XI (600/1200) -
2008/02/17 - 22:15:35 (ET)
Table '77765244 2' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: GCPGeneD (7335 in chips)
Seat 3: mka in da ho (13865 in chips)
Seat 7: PapaRon1 (5800 in chips)
GCPGeneD: posts the ante 75
mka in da ho: posts the ante 75
PapaRon1: posts the ante 75
GCPGeneD: posts small blind 600
mka in da ho: posts big blind 1200
*** HOLE CARDS ***Dealt to GCPGeneD [Td Kd]
PapaRon1: folds
GCPGeneD: calls 600
mka in da ho: checks
*** FLOP *** [3c Kc 5h]
GCPGeneD: checks
mka in da ho: bets 3600
GCPGeneD: raises 2460 to 6060 and is all-in
mka in da ho: calls 2460
*** TURN *** [3c Kc 5h] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [3c Kc 5h 5d] [7d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
GCPGeneD: shows [Td Kd] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
mka in da ho: shows [6h 4s] (a straight, Three to Seven)
mka in da ho collected 14745 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 14745 Rake 0 Board [3c Kc 5h 5d 7d]
Seat 1: GCPGeneD (small blind) showed [Td Kd] and lost with two pair, Kings and Fives
Seat 3: mka in da ho (big blind) showed [6h 4s] and won (14745) with a straight, Three to Seven
Seat 7: PapaRon1 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

YYYYeeeeaaaaaaaaaa...I must be playing bad. "mkaindaho" actually sucked out on the very next hand to win the tournament. This has been my life lately. When I can't get to a Casino, I play LL MTT's. I am headed to Lake Charles for work tonight, so I will fire a bullet at their weekly Wed re-buy tourney.

We are going on Goondingy's bachlor party this weekend, so I hope to have a couple of cool stories for you'll. We are planning on playing in a couple of tournaments, so hopefully one of us...Alex/Ray/Mitch/Bill...will do something in the tournaments.

I saw the movie "Even Money" last weekend. It was OK. Better than some of the other gambling movies. The quote below is what starts off the movie.

"But the truth is... we all want more. Some take a chance for the rush of winning. Some for love. But you can't have your dream without laying something on the line. The key is not to risk what you can't afford to lose. You might think you're different. But someday... you're gonna want more too. The question is... What are you willing to lay on the line?" Kelsey Grammer as Detective Brunner in "Even Money"

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Random Blog...

Not much going on lately as we are just wrapping up Mardi Gras down in the South. It always gets that way by the time Mardi Gras day comes around where you are glad its over. I want to Congradulate Virge on Satilliting into the first FTOPS event. We will be pulling for you.

I played at Shorty's Monday night, and broke even after about 2 1/2 hours. I was there when they started the game, and the following hand is what jumped off the session. I am in the 7 seat. The max buy-in is $300.00, and we start with 9 players with the blinds at 5-5. I am in the BB, and Mr. Tom from the golf course is to my left UTG. He limps along with everyone around to Nick in the 3 seat who makes it $20.00 to go. There are 5 callers including Jack S in the 9 seat and Mr. Tom. I pitch. Flop comes down 2c3h2s. Mr. Tom brings it out for $20.00. Everyone calls around to Nick who bumps it to $100.00. Everyone folds except Tom and Nick. Turn card brings the 8d. Tom knuckles and Nick shoves. Mr Tom goes in the tank for several minutes before he calls. He table 10c-10d...Nick tables KsQh...river is the Kd. Yeeeaaaaaaaa
I look around and sure enough...I am back at Shorty's. Nothing changes around there.

I have decided to stop posting about all the bad hands I play, and how unlucky I have been. Everyone hates bad beat stories. I played last night in my weekly $50.00 tournament in New Orleans. I got in a few crazy hands, and ended up busting out when I had 8 big blinds left when the blinds were at $500-$1000. I looked down at A-Js UTG with 11 people left, so I open shove and called by pocket kings...see ya.

...sorry for the spelling but it seems the spell check in bloger is hosed.

"Conspiracy theorists of the world unite" Will Smith as Robert Dean in "Enemy of the State"