Friday, April 7, 2017

Well Hello

Nice to see you. Hope all is well. Just checking in on ya.

Played some poker yesterday. Just for fun. Makes the game soooooo much easier. No pressure really. Makes the correct plays easier to make.

I sat down and the third hand in three players get involved in a hand. All three end up getting all in after the flop Board was 679 with two diamonds. Turn is a 6s but wait. The dealer did not see the third person yet to act. Card is dead. Third player calls. Dealer burns then turns what the river was going to be, a 2d. The remaining deck and the 6s are then shuffled. Burn and then the turn. Qd. I think one can guess where this hand ended up. Third guy never showed. One player had 77 for the flopped set. The second guy had 7d8s for the oesd and middle pair. His 7d was the only diamond in a hand. Set guy was understandably upset. The dealer was mortifies. She is considered to be, by nearly all serious poker players in KC, the best dealer in town. I have sat hours with her and she has never made small mistakes, let alone this $600.00 one. She apologized profusely. She takes her craft seriously and you could tell it would haunt her for a long time. The set player was upset but not abusive. He is a long time player and understands this is an outcome of the game that can and will occur.

Nice chat

See ya later?


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Stumbled back to this corner of the inter tubes. Got an email with my stat count. Got two page reads last week. Miss click me thinks. No poker playing. Think that might be over. Cant handle the variance. Most of the links here are dead or dormant. Poker Grump is still going. Impressive.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Down Time

I am taking some time off from this game. I went to Las Vegas at the end of September. Landed, checked in and went over to the Bellagio. One of the regular, tighter, guys in KC told me it was really easy to win money there. He played three days straight 1/2 and had cashed for a grand each day.

He was right. I ended up $1100 for the session. Went back to Planet Hollywood. Played for a bit and won another $150. Great start to trip

Woke up. Went and played a small tourney at Planet Hollywood. Ended up chopping 4 ways on a $1500.00 prize pool. Up over $1500 for the trip. Not even in town for 24 hours.

Then the wheels started to come off. Kept losing at the poker tables. Decided to play the Friday Winn $200 tourney

Sat down. Figured the lay of the land and played well. Six fifty year oldish men had just flown in for the weekend. One got seated at my table. He was nice enough. They were all nice. Well dressed. Successful looking gentlemen. They started ordering champagne. They were buying it for anybody in the room who wanted it. They had to of purchased fifteen bottles if they got one. The booze started to take effect. The nice gentleman to my left morphed into a lagtard of a poker player. He was raising every hand. No matter what. So I sat and waited. I finally get QQ. I limp. He makes his raise. Three others come along. Enough money for me so I push. He instant calls and we are heads up. His 33 flops a set and I rebuy.

I get moved to another table. I hit some cards and get back up. I have AKos Blinds are 300/600. I tighter gentleman makes it 2000. I decide to play it slower and flat. The guy two to my left throws in two chips. But whoops, the top one was a 5K chip. He obviously did not mean to do that. Another guy looks at him dubiously and flats. It is back to the original raiser. I am going to have a decision here. He has to raise, probably all in, and I need to read him and see if I want to gamble. So I stare at him. He thinks for a moment and then ....just calls. What? Original raiser? Obvious mistake by 5K guy. I did not read it at all as an angle. So it is on me. I do what I think is my only move. I go all in for around 30K more. At worst I think I am flipping. 5K guy instant folds. The dubious guy folds while bitching at the 5K guy. The original raiser......folds. The dealer pushes me the pot and says "nice hand".

I chip up. A guy to my right is the chip leader of our table over 100K. I have a little over 60K. He is on the button. He and one other limp I get QQ in the big blind. I make it 3x the blind. He is the only caller. Board comes small with two hearts. I bet 10k, happy to take it down. He calls, pretty quickly. The turn is an over, but a blank really, I have him on a draw. I am not going anywhere. I decide to check. He had been aggressive with position and checks to him all day. He does not disappoint. He fires a pot size bet. I hem and haw, then move in. He thinks. Openly counts his outs. He folds. I am now the chip leader.

I chip up to 134k. I have over ten percent of the chips with 25 runners left. I make a bad read with 33 and lose a bit. Down to 110K. Chip down When we get to the final two tables I am still in good shape. Around 80k. One of the chip leaders. Last hand before break I look down at AA on the button. Guy in early has about 40k left. He makes it 5k to go. Blinds are 1/2k. Couple of callers. I move in, happy to take the pot. Original raiser pushes. Others go away. Flop has a nine. I cant catch up. Go to break with around 38K. Pissed.

Get back. Fold my small blind. Get AJos in the big blind. Only one guy limps from middle position. Folded to me. I push. The guy left is the only one of the champagne guys. He has no poker experience. He says "Lets see how well I am running" and calls. He flips over Q6os for a third his stack. I fade all the cards but the river when he hits a queen. Ridiculous. None the champagne guys cared about the money. They were just fucking around. First place was 5K
Not a real poker player left. I should have cashed. QQ down to 33 AA down to 99 and AJ down to Q6 . Blah

Since then I have lost around $2800.00 Part of it my fault, but a lot of running bad as well. And people playing horrible against me and winning.

My last day at Hollywood in KC. 1/3 NL

I get 62os in the big blind. Get a pass. See a flop five ways. $15 pot. The flop is 6h2h5d. I bet out my two pair. Pot sized. One caller. Turn is the 8d. I read him on the flush draw. I make is $25. He calls. River is the Kd. I slow down and check. He makes it $40. I make the crying call and he turns over.......Td7d. You tell me what he is call that flop for? That is how I go. Few hands later. Get 88 utg. Limp. I have $130 left. See a flop of 87Jos. I check. Three others check. The button bets 3/4 the pot. I raise to $35. One of the other checkers moves in. Folds to me. What do I do here? I am pretty sure he has the straight. But I only have around $90 left. I make the call. He has the straight. I do not catch. This is not a bad beat. I am just running bad. Even when I flop a set I lose. My whole losing streak has been like that.

So I have not been back. That was October 15th. Not sure when I will go back.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We hit the bad beat

It happened. Jackpot $205,195. My table share. $6415. Three see the flop. 9s8s7h. Turn 8d. River. 6s. The oesfd was ahead on the flop and bet first. He has Ts7s. $15 on the flop into the pre flop limped pot. The set of eights 8c8h flats. The third guy with JTos bumps it to $30. The oesfd then does a crazy ass stupid thing, he moves all in for around $600. You get that? He bets that much into a $60 pot. The set guy now has a problem. He has $400 behind He tanks aaaaaaand folds. Oesfd guy effectively cost himself $52K. The quads guy lost $102K. He couldn't handle it and left soon there after.


Monday, August 5, 2013

AA Hold

Decided to set aside family time and play Friday night at Hollywood. I usually play during the day with all the old time grinders. Friday night brings out the casual player with casual money. I walk into the room and notice a big check sitting at the floor station. Damn. The bad beat was just hit. $304K and some change. I get a 1/3 seat immediately Second hand there I get KQ suited in middle position. I limp to see where the table is. Five of us see the flop of J T 3 rainbow. I take a stab with my straight draw and win. Two hands later I have ATos It is straddled on the button I limp. Two other callers to the button. The button, whom I have played with often, raises the $6 straddle to $30. Normally this is an pretty quick fold. But I have info on this guy and he over bets his weaker hands. The other two callers call so I go along for the ride. The flop is A Q 3. Checked to the button who thinks then moves in for $130 more. The others fold. I go with my read and make the instant call. 8 and 9 complete the board. He declares one pair and show A 4 My hand holds and I am on my way.

I get AA soon there after. I get my $15 bet called by a clearly recreational player on my right. We see the flop heads up Ad Jd 6c. He surprises me my betting into me $15. Now with experienced players this is them just trying to take the pot with the ace scare card on the board. This guy is not experienced. He has caught part of the board and is betting his hand. I decide after a bit to raise my top set to $50 My feeling was he had two pair or possibly a smaller set and was not going anywhere. Outside chance he was on a flush draw. He obliged and called. The turn was a ten. No diamond. I pushed and he called. River is the King. AQ just got there. I showed my set and he mucked saying he had the last Ace. Up to $800

Get AA again. Win a small pot. Get it again later. Raise to $15. Lady on the button hems and haws. Then stacks up her $130 and moves in. I am surprised when another player moves in for about the same. I flash my cards to my neighbor and tell them I have a bad feeling about this. I call. I am up against AK and JT. AA holds and I am cruising.

Lose some back. Lose some more. Back down to $800 Seriously considering leaving soon. Get 7s8s on the button Four limpers to me. I limp with my position. The blinds come along. Flop is Kc 5s 6d. Checked to me. I take a stab at it with my draw. Called in three places. The guy to my right comes alive and raises it to $50 I tank for a bit. I have observed his play since he sat down. This is a guy who is willing to play any two cards. He is aggressive and is not afraid to get his money into the middle. I decide to call. We are now heads up. The river is the 9c. Gives me the nutz. He promptly puts in $130 more. He has a little less than $200 behind. I put him in and he calls instantly. My hand holds against his 65os I am up to $1300 I call it a night soon after and go home.

Wife is waiting up for me at 12:30 am.

Very good night.

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Few Thoughts

I played 1/3 at Hollywood last Friday. I buy in for the usual $300 I work it up to $450 I get JJ in middle position Jacks are a hand that I play differently every time. If there is a raise in front of me, a lot of the times I will re-raise to see where I am. Many times I will open limp with them. Just depends on the table, my position and my mood. Ep player makes it $15 Do not know much about him so I decide to play my hand like a small pocket pair. I just call. The button makes it $30 Now this is the older gentleman who got QQ and AA on the first two hands dealt after our table opened. He also had hit a set. He was sitting around $800 He is the only player at the table who can bust me or double me. The original raiser calls. I call. Flop is Kd Jh 7c. Here we go. Early position checks. I check to the raiser. He bets out $75 Ep folds. I think for a second and re-raise to $200 Villain thinks and smooth calls. Turn is a blank. I move my last $200 or so in He sighs and calls. Brick river He flips AA and I am a little over $900 for the session. I play for a bit I get AA More and more I do not like this hand in cash games. I get married to it and get committed and lose big pots. With that in mind I often over bet them pre flop I am in middle position Three limpers to me I make it $35 to go. I get called by one limper. Love how a three dollar hand magically becomes a thirty five dollar hand. Flop is T 8 2 rainbow. He bets out $75 In my experience this bet is almost always a pair or a draw. A set almost always checks to the original better. I have a pretty good feel for this player as well. He four bet into the AA guy earlier with JJ He is loose. Everybody knew the guy had aces. Back to the hand, I ask how much he had behind. He said about $200 I go with my read and raise him to $150 He instant calls. The turn is another 8 He shoves and I make the reluctant call. He moves all in and I make the reluctant call. Ends up he did not have ABOUT $200. As I was expecting to have to call a little over $100 He actually had $160 behind. Shame on me for not verifying I lost the hand Any guesses to what hand he called $35 pre flop out of position with? Tell you in comments if anybody guesses I still ended up the day with a tidy $412 profit for the day. Would have been 1k if that hand holds

Played again yesterday. A grinding kind of day. No big hands really Just a guy that would chase draws for any bet. I had AA Make it $16 and get three callers. The board is KcTc2h I make it $35 and get one caller The turn is the 8d nothing too scary I make it $100 about 3/4 the pot. He instant called. River is the Ks Ouch. We check it down. He has 9c7c Should have bet more on the turn.

The most interesting had was a bit later. We have a Mississippi straddle at Hollywood. Meaning you can straddle from any position sans the blinds. I occasionally straddle from the button like I did for the following hand. I look down at As3s I has been limped to me in 5 spots. Many times I will raise here with any two cards but there are three loose guys that play any two cards for raises so I decide to let my option go. the flop is 2s 5c 9h I have the gutter. Checks around and I take the free card. The river is the oh so pretty 4s I now have the wheel with a draw to the nut flush. One of the any two card guys comes alive from the blinds and makes it $15 I am thinking about my action when an aggressive younger guy flats. This feels like a flush draw to me so I decide to flat as well in position. The river is the Js giving me the nuts. First guy checks Younger guy makes it $30 I think a few seconds announce raise and make it $80 I felt a min raise would be obvious and I had seen the young guy pay off bets like this. First guy folds and young guy takes a minute before folding. I think I played this hand wrong on the turn. I put him on the flush draw. I should have min raised there. The first guy might have stayed and the flush guy would most likely have stayed. That bet would have also masked my spade holding possibly. I do not know. Ideas?