Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Full Tilt Poker Game #4594222235: $6,000 Guarantee (Rebuy) (34221058), Table 41 - 3000/6000 Ante 750 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:41:35 ET - 2007/12/23*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mehr10sAK [Qc Qh]
Mehr10sAK raises to 18,000
thewood503 has 15 seconds left to act
thewood503 raises to 151,670, and is all in
Mehr10sAK: so sick
Mehr10sAK has 15 seconds left to act
Mehr10sAK has requested TIME
Mehr10sAK calls 66,586, and is all in
thewood503 shows [Jc Jh]
Mehr10sAK shows [Qc Qh]
Uncalled bet of 67,084 returned to thewood503
AnthonyMaze (Observer): hey
*** FLOP *** [Js 7c 4d]
*** TURN *** [Js 7c 4d] [3s]
AnthonyMaze (Observer): :-)
*** RIVER *** [Js 7c 4d 3s] [8d]
thewood503 shows three of a kind, Jacks
Mehr10sAK shows a pair of
thewood503 wins the pot (184,172) with three of a kind, Jacks
Mehr10sAK stands up
I think I played as well as I could have, and its just too bad that I got sucked out on, but hey that's poker. My Bodog Cash Game adventures are going pretty well so far, aiming to get to $200 by the end of the week depending on how much time I can get in at the tables. On one hand (25NL) I called a standard raise and flopped a set. We both got our money in on the turn and apparently he had a higher set (of Jacks) but I got a 4 on the river to make quads. I would have traded that one for the 3$ rebuy suckout (1.2k first prize), but it was still pretty nice to suck out on occasion. I'll try to post a vid this week. Happy Holidays!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Here is a hand where I flopped a straight and more than tripled up (Bodog Cash Games, 25NL, $15 buy-in):
Community Cards 8c 7h Js Ac Kc
da rat Showdown Show card: Three of a Kind
7 7 7 A K
ShipItMehrAA Showdown Show card: Straight
J 10d 9d 8 7
regtufnel Showdown Show card: Two Pair
A A J J K
ShipItMehrAA Hand result $ 49.90
Here I flop a straight and flush draw, and call 2 all-ins:
Community Cards 5s 7c 6c Jd Qc
Ulvtand Showdown Show card: Three of a Kind
Q Q Q J 7
EvilRODemeus Showdown Show card: Two Pair
6 6 5 5 Q
ShipItMehrAA Showdown Show card: Flush
Ac Qc 9c 7c 6c
Ulvtand Hand result $ 27.49 (side pot)
ShipItMehrAA Hand result $ 30.71 (I win the main pot)
I also flopped a straight to the ace for a small pot, and would have quadrupled up in another hand had I limped in and called a 5.5xbb raise with my A5o (which you almost never should do), but the hands above were the 2 big pots I won this evening. I am going to continue buying in $15 into 25NL unless I get felted, in which case I'll move back to 10NL. Hope everyone did their Christmas shopping already (so that the stores won't be too packed when I go, lol)! Its the weekend baby!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Update: So I couldn't help myself, and i bought in short for one last hurrah for the night ($10 into 25NL). I had K10 and called a big stack's bluff on the turn and river on a 4 10 A A 5 board to double up to $20 before I called it quits. He checked the flop, bet half the pot on the turn, took a while to think, and then put me almost all in on the river. He interestingly also bet $5.55, which felt like a tell translating to "this dude's a deuchebag, $5.55: you are trying to intimidate me out of this pot." I made a pretty good read, called him down (he had QJ for squadoosh), and took the pot to double up. I feel a little better ending the day up $7.
A lot of times in cash games, I end up doing well in the beginning and then somehow giving it all away by the end, like I am renting a friggin car or something. I guess I am seriously going to A. stop multitabling and B. stop playing when i feel the slightest bit of fatigue. I really didn't think that I was tired, but I guess I was. Maybe I should just set an amount of time to play, and then get the hell out after that amount elapses. We'll see. I also just purchased Harrington on Hold 'Em Volume 2, which I plan on reading soon. I believe that this book will help me close my tournaments better and get to the final table/win, as I have gone extremely deep several times (see previous MTT posts), including one 3rd place for $300 and another 3rd in a live tourney for a couple hundred, but have not yet closed the deal. I need to spend more time studying the game. Particularly getting idiots to fold their draws...buts that's a whole another story. Enjoy your Friday folks.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
It all pretty much started with an 18-man sng at Full Tilt which I bubbled out of the money after having a huge chip lead. Then the roller coaster began. I tried multi-tabling a 10+1 MTT, and two SNGs. On the first hand of one of them I lost KK to AA. What a super deck. I also bombed out of the other two.
Then I ended up playing 50NL, flopping 2 pair with 2 hearts on the board. Each time I overbet the pot to give him bad odds to call, but he ended up calling. He was rewarded by his bad play on the river by hitting his flush, and I got stacked.
These things happen, but when it does, it really sucks. Well, there's always tommorrow I guess.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
These maniacs would routinely raise 10x, 17.5x, and even 21x the Big Blind. Who does that? I saw a couple all ins from people in early position, and I planned to wait for a good hand to stack off these donks. The saddest part of all is that I only broke even before this table dispersed. The best hand that I got was 1010, but upon raising this hand I was reraised to 12.5xbb by a guy a couple spots to my left. Despite the maniac tendencies at the table, my poker sense really felt like I was dominated by Kings or a higher pocket pair. I contemplated folding right there, but with the opportunity to stack him if a 10 hit the board, and the additional plus that I had position on him (i.e. would act after him, so I could get some information by his bet/check before I acted) I cold-called his raise. The flop came all undercards, and he bet the pot (~2.60). I pretty much felt he had me with KK or AA, so I folded right there. I was convinced that I would have a much better opportunity later rather than risk all my chips (inevitable) with my 10s on this hand.
I was down to like 8.50$ and decided to raise it up 4xbb with AQ, but I got 4 callers, and after someone check-raised my continuation bet (the flop missed my AQ), I went down to 7.40$. No problem though; I took down a few smaller pots sensing weakness each time via checkdowns, and I was able to take down a decent-sized pot to put me a little above my buy in (10$) when i cold-called a preflop raise of 3.5x with 88 and led out on the flop and turn despite 2 overcards and 3 spades by the turn (which I think helped me and scared the crap out of my opponent). After a couple rounds went by and people started to leave the table, I ended a few cents above my buy in. Not much, but hey I'm following proper bankroll management here! Most of the time I get to stack these guys, so I'm not worried, even if I get stacked myself. The only time you need to get mad at yourself is if you fail to make good decisions. Just make sure you get all your money in with the best hand(or at least objectively think you are), and everything else will fall into place.
I only got to play at another table for like 10 mins (so I could have some time to get this entry in!), but I made ~12.5bb; most of it was with KK when I got 4 callers after my 4xbb preflop raise and everyone folded to my pot-sized flop bet to take down a ~3$ pot. That was about it. I tried to get the microphone working today but there was a bit of a compatibility issue. Not to worry, I'll get it resolved and we'll have the vids up soon! Cheers.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
A couple hands later my 5x raise with AdQd brought along a couple callers, and the Ac7c10h paired my ace. Despite betting the pot (660), I got two callers, and the turn was a 5h. I then bet 2200, putting at least one of the players on a club flush draw. One player folded and the other called with....a club flush draw. Fortunately for me no club came on the river and I was up to 9.5k.
And that is the end for the good part of the MTT. I basically got no hands at all, and none of my steal attempts worked. The one time that I did pair my ace for a decent-sized pot, I had to lay it down because I was pretty sure my kicker was no good. So yeah, I placed 24/90 which was so-so. It was pretty tough having such a cold run of cards, but sometimes that's how they are dealt. I also placed 3rd in an SNG and got felted once in a cash game, and I immediately called it quits for the day. I'm getting better at knowing when to stop, because if you don't, you can kiss your ability to make good decisions and your bankroll both goodbye.
Now onto my online interview with one of my teammates from college. Here's a pic of us (UMBC, America East [D1] Conference Tennis Champs 2007), with yours truly holding the trophy and our interviewee, CavalaoMontoya, kneeling with both arms raised (hell yea, we are #1). College was indeed a blast, culminating with us winning our conference my senior year. I hope some of you guys in the pic get to see this blog, and that you have a great season and defend our championship. BTW, where the hell are our rings?
"CavalaoMontoya" actually encouraged me to play on Bodog, and he frequently tears it up on the 12 and 20 dollar SNGs at BD. We were discussing poker via IM and he told me an interesting hand with him at the final table of a 20$ MTT. This hand made me feel a little better about my AK getting sucked out on vs. A8. Nevertheless, it was rather sickening to hear. Here is the story in his words (thank you cut and paste Gods):
CavalaoMontoya: "After playing solid for aproximately 4 hours in a MTT $20 on Bodog, I am at the final table with aproximately a 40,000 stack in front of me (chip leader has 45,000). Average = 25000. There are 5 people out of 155 and the winner gets 50% (of the prize pool) which was $500 bucks. So with 5 people left i got dealt KK on the button. The guy on my right raised to 4000 (blinds 1200-600). Thinking that he has AJ, AQ or even KJ for bodog players (LOL, so true) I reraise to 20000 expecting maybe a fold or if he called praying not to see an A. He calls and the flop could not be better for me. K 10 2. Looking at my set I check. He goes all in ...(idiot). I laugh, wait til the last second and call. I am looking at 100,000 chips, and everyone else at 20000, but.......
He hits his straight on the river. I go out of the tournament and win 40 bucks. I almost cried. LOL."
My buddy CavalaoMontoya is quite the poker player. Him and I used to battle it out in college during trips and in house games. He is a tricky player with an aggressive style, and judging from his recent winnings (2k in ~4 months), all from SNGs alone, He should be due to win an MTT one of these days. Hell, I hope we both are. I remember losing a race, my QQ vs AK, with 15 people to go, and if I had won that race, I would have been top 3 in chips. First paid 1.2k (3$ rebuy). I guess it wasn't meant to be that day, and neither was it time for CavalaoMontoya's big win. In time we will win the coin flips and the races, on on those days we will claim our prize and savor the victory. In time my friends. Thanks for the interview CavalaoMontoya.
Starting stack sizes are 1500 as always, unless its a deepstack tourney. I made a pretty huge call early on, raising with QQ and finding one caller. The board came Kd9d3s with two diamonds and I led out for about 2/3 the pot. My opponent calls. I then bet out about 1/2 the pot to continue and represent a big hand. The guy goes all in and I hit the Time button. I put him on a flush draw and call despite the King on the board. He flips up 9 10 for middle pair and I take the pot. A couple people type in "nice call" on the chatbox, and I'm up to 5k.
Then something very cool happened. I was dealt JJ and the blinds were getting higher (150/300bb), with me chipping down to 3k. A talkative guy to my left minraises to 600, and I immediately shove my jacks. Everyone folds and he immediately calls with...10d8d (LOL). He had me well covered with about 12k in chips. The guy types "misclick" and I say "really" to which he follows with "you think?" I thanked him for his misclick and I was up to 6k in chips.
I blind-stole my way to 9k, when I was dealt AA in early position. Not wanting to mess around and have a junk hand catch two pair or some crap at this stage in the tourney (~70 left) I raised it up to 3xbb (1800). A couple folds and then someone immediately shoves. My eyes light up and I snap call, and my poor opponent flips up KK. He doesn't hit his 2 outer and I double up to 18k in chips (top 10 at this point).
I chip up to 24k but thanks to the ridiculous blinds (600/1.2k) and one failed pot steal attempt I go down to 15k. Finally, an extremely loose bigstack with over 66k min-raises one from the cutoff. I immediately shove, and after a few moments he calls and shows A8o. I'm in great shape but...this is poker, and he hits his three-outer (an 8 on the turn). Everyone immediately starts lambasting him for his loose call, and that he is a lucky donk. On the previous hand, he called someone's all in with only an inside straight draw and hit his 4-outer on the river. Sometimes people get lucky. Real lucky. If I had won that hand I would have been top 5 in chips and in position for the final table. Final Result: 16th/301. Once again I played quite well, and at least this time I didnt go out making a bad call but rather with the best hand. Perhaps I could have smooth called, or reraised (in which case he would have likely called anyway) but I didn't really have enough fold equity, having only 15k in chips, so I think I played it correctly. Didn't really expect to get this far again in a tourney so soon (see yesterday), but then again I did. I likely will play again tonight or this evening. Until then, peace out. A8o sucks.
Full Tilt Poker Game #4522600515: $5 + $0.50 Tournament (34182355), Table 12 - 800/1600 Ante 200 - No Limit Hold'em - 15:03:44 ET - 2007/12/16
Seat 1: djrichla (38,938)
Seat 2: Sambuca44 (66,767)
Seat 3: BigLas24 (21,779)
Seat 4: Mehr10sAK (15,836)
Seat 5: Mr_Drada (13,628)
Seat 6: whitecloud55 (23,197)
Seat 7: M50 Rider (28,343)
Seat 8: JC_CC (29,543)
djrichla antes 200
Sambuca44 antes 200
BigLas24 antes 200
Mehr10sAK antes 200
Mr_Drada antes 200
whitecloud55 antes 200
M50 Rider antes 200
JC_CC antes 200
Mr_Drada posts the small blind of 800
whitecloud55 posts the big blind of 1,600
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mehr10sAK [Ad Ks]
M50 Rider folds
Sambuca44 has 15 seconds left to act
Sambuca44 raises to 3,200
Mehr10sAK raises to 15,636, and is all in
PAPA_TEFLON (Observer): weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Sambuca44 calls 12,436
Mehr10sAK shows [Ad Ks]
Sambuca44 shows [Ac 8c]
*** FLOP *** [5h 6h Qc]
*** TURN *** [5h 6h Qc] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [5h 6h Qc 8d] [7s]
Mehr10sAK shows Ace King high
Sambuca44 shows a pair of Eights
Sambuca44 wins the pot (35,272) with a pair of Eights
whitecloud55: damn man
Mehr10sAK stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 35,272 | Rake 0
Board: [5h 6h Qc 8d 7s]
Seat 1: djrichla folded before the Flop
Seat 2: Sambuca44 showed [Ac 8c] and won (35,272) with a pair of Eights
Seat 3: BigLas24 folded before the Flop
Seat 4: Mehr10sAK (button) showed [Ad Ks] and lost with Ace King high
Seat 5: Mr_Drada (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: whitecloud55 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: M50 Rider folded before the Flop
Seat 8: JC_CC folded before the Flop
Saturday, December 15, 2007
You definitely have to look out for the huge donks in the MTT's. Super early on, I was dealt QJo and elected to limp in. The blinds were 15/30 (the 1st level). There were two other callers, and the board came J10A. Everyone checked around, and the turn was a golden K. I bet around half the pot to look weak and perhaps solicit a call when this maniac dude to my left minraised me (240). There were now two clubs on the board and I didn't want to let him draw cheap so I reraised to 600. He went all-in and I figured that he had a queen for sure and we were going to split the pot. I call, and he flips up A3 with only one club. With four cards to a straight on the board he pushed all in with Ace and a crappy kicker. Some players puzzle me, but hey, thanks for the easy double up.
A couple hands later with 3k in chips I was dealt a shiny-looking AKs and raised it up 3x the Big Blind. I get one caller , and the board is Kxx. I bet pretty aggressively, and he calls. I put him all in on the river and he calls with KQ. My top pair top kicker takes the pot and I am up to about 5k.
I then lose half my stack with AA, playing a very poor hand. I raise 3x the BB and get a couple callers. The board is 862, and I bet around 2/3 the pot, hoping to induce a raise from someone with top pair. Mistake #1. I get a caller, and the next card is a 7. I then check the turn: Mistake #2. He check behind, and the river is a 9. I check, and he bets 1/3 the pot (1200 into ~3600 pot). I reluctantly call, and he shows 10 8s for the 4-card straight. I played this hand very poorly and let the turn card scare me into thinking that he somehow turned a straight with a 45 or 910. I should have just shoved.
I go down to 1.4k in chips. There are 6 limpers and 900 in chips in the pot. I look down at Qh5h and my mind screams "Squeeze play!". So I go all in, hoping that either everyone folds or I get some hearts/queens on the board. Everyone folds, and I am back to 2.2k.
I moved to a new table, and promptly the dealer gives me AKo. There is a 3xbb raise from the cutoff position, and a call. I go all in, the original raiser calls, and one other guy calls. The raiser flips up QQ, and the other guy shows 55. Fortunately I win the raise, catching a K on the flop, and I triple up to 7.5k.
Many hands later, I get dealt 1010 in the BB. Everyone folds to the BB, who raises 4xbb. He did this often, and a couple times I defended my blinds with success (happening to have good hands both times). I elected to just call here, and the flop came rags with a King. There was already more than 4k in the pot, and I checked to him. He bet 1.5k. I called, feeling weakness with such a small bet and only one overcard to my 1010. Turn came a blank, and he bet 1.5k again. With such great pot odds (1.5k into a 7k pot), I called again. River was a Q, and my opponent bet out 3k. I had 8k at that point, and figured that A. there was no way in hell I was folding (3k into a 13k pot) and B. this guy is weak, but if he does have it and I call, I only go down to 5k instead of being knocked out (he was basically pot committed and would likely call my all in. So I call, and he shows AJo for Ace-high. I rake in the 13k pot and go up to 21k and am in the top 20 in chips (with about 90 people left).
Now for the hand that screwed me. With 24k and blinds at 500/1000 and 125 ante, I limped in behind a couple others with KhQh. Several limpers follow, and the flop is 9Q9. A couple people check, and I bet half the pot (~4.5k). A couple folds, and one guy min-raises me to 9k. At this point I should have had alarm bells going on as a minraise often means strength. Nevertheless with the enormous odds I called. As soon as the turn came, he immediately shoved for 8k. Now this really looked like a bluff to me, but I should have known that he was actually protecting his hand from the flush draw on the board. So with 16k in chips and an enormous pot, I called, and he flipped over 10c9c for trips. The river was no help, and I was down to 8k. What a blower.
I get moved to another table, and steal blinds a couple times against some enormous stacks. Finally I get caught going all in with 6d9d by AQo. The board hits none of us, and I am out in 15th/520. Not too bad but its a bit disappointing considering that I was close to a final table and was looking at around 600$ for 1st and a couple hundo guaranteed for the top 4. Oh well, that's poker. I made my buy in back plus a couple bucks, and I gained some more experience (i.e. fear the minraise, keep pots smaller without the nuts). The Bodog-Ferguson project is going as planned and I played fairly well on FT. Not too bad IMO. We'll get to the final table again in time.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Bodog is so money. It is just friggin insane what people push and make huge calls with at this site. After hearing some rave reviews about the fishiness of the players, I said to myself, "what the hell, let's see what I can do on here." So I decided to try and pull off a Chris Ferguson. For those of you who don't know, Ferguson is a world class poker player who managed to turn nothing (i.e. 0 dollars and 0 cents) into $10,000. That's pretty sick. He won a few bucks in a freeroll on FT and then followed the most stringent of bankroll management rules, like only playing with a max of 5% of one's roll in a cash game or SNG, and a max of 2% spent on tourneys. Obviously he had to break his rules in the beginning (there is no 8 cent tournament if you only have 4 bucks in your bankroll), but he achieved his goal and gave all the money to charity, which was a cool thing to do.
Anyways, after depositing 20 bucks on BD to screw around with, I actually feel like I can pull off a mini-Ferguson, although I am starting with 20 bucks and not zero (screw you, freerolls!). After less than a week's worth of play, my roll is up to $100. So I bet you're thinking, "Huh Mehr, follow that strict bankroll plan, did we? How in the hell did you grind up to 100 without following Ferguson's rules?" Well, the answer is that I doubled up like 435326 times. With the exception of one SNG, all I did was buy into 10NL games (that's .5/.10 folks) with half of a full stack (5$). Top pair top kicker is like gold on Bodog. People here will routinely stack off with top pair worst kicker on a straight and flush-heavy board. It's really not worth it bluffing here except for the occasional continuation bet. You basically come in, raise big with your AA-AQ, limp in with pocket pairs or suited connectors when it is cheap and/or profitable (i.e. many callers behind you), and trust your reads. Its a pretty good site to grind it out at the cash games, and they have huge overlays in the tourneys. You''ll take a bad beat or two though; yesterday some donk arrived at my table and went all in on the first hand. My poker sense tingling, I called his all-in re-raise with my AKo, and the maniac flipped up his all-mighty powerful J3o. I paired my Ace on the flop, and he paired his 3. Hooray I thought, he only has 5 outs. The turn was a blank, and the river was a beautiful Jack to give him the winning two pair. But hey, the other 90% of the times I take his whole stack. People like Mr J3o, I salute you.
Here's a hand for your reading pleasure (I busted out of a couple FT tourneys, and have one left for the night). Damnit why the hell did I check my straight flush on the river...!!! Sorry, as you can tell I'm playing...guess I shoulda value bet that one. Anyways, here is the hand:
I have a full stack (10$). I am dealt 3h6h in middle position. I call a 4.5x raise after two additional callers and the board comes 345 with one heart. The original raiser min bets (.10) and I call. Then an extremely loose player to my left reraises to 15x the original bet (1.50). I have bottom pair, and open ended straight draw, and a backdoor flush draw. The other two fold and, admittedly perhaps incorrectly (though I really though he had nothing), I call. The turn is a 5 of hearts, giving me a flush draw in addition to my straight draw. The guy to my left bets about half the pot (~2.50), and I call, figuring he is just continuing his attempt at a bluff. The river completes my straight (2 of spades). I check, expecting either a check behind or a shove. He does the latter, and I call. I win the hand, and double to 20$, but I badly misread the hand. He had 57, for trip 5s and an inside straight draw.
Mr. Trip 5s actually had set this up perfectly; unfortunately for him I hit one of my 16 outs on the river. In the previous hand he called a preflop raise and immediately shoved on the flop of KKx and showed the bluff. I certainly thought he was a maniac. But people vary their play, and often people get too caught up with their reads sometimes. It's all a mixture of pot odds, stack sizes, blinds (in a tourney), and reads. He should have probably bet more on the turn or shoved, as his half pot bet gave me good odds to call. Well, it all worked out. ShipTheMonies Bodog!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
This is Poker.
Limit your losses and maximize your gains. Know when to take calculated risks, and accept your decision regardless of the outcome. When you get your stack in with the best hand and you lose, you've done your job. Unfortunately for you, you can't control the flop, turn, or river.
This is Poker.
You can win 300 bucks in a tournament that took you 5 hours to win, and lose it within the span of ten minutes playing a stake way over your head and your bankroll. You can play the best poker of your life and still break even. You can take a bad beat and tilt away your bankroll, or you can say nice hand, reload, and wait for the next opportunity to stack someone at the table.
This is Poker.
Poker requires patience, skill, determination, objectivity, control, and discipline. But even if you have all these traits, it'll never guarantee that you'll always win every tournament, or never get unlucky, or always come out on top. But always remember that over a lifetime, you will be a winner. If you have talent, and you are determined to be a winner, and you are objective with your decisions and are willing to take the process one step at a time, you will be a winner. This is life.
This is Smart Stack Poker.