Monday, October 22, 2012

Beat goes on

Played again today. Dropped a buy in.

. KK cracked by T5. I am continually amazed by how many people check call at Hollywood. I get kings on the button. Four limpets in. Make it $25. Get five callers. Great. Flop comes with two tens. Bets and calls in front of me. I invest $25 more to spike a king. Fold after whiffed turn

AK utg. Make it $15. Folds to big blind who decides to defend. He flops trips. I lose the minimum when a king hits the river and I call

. Did make quad jacks. Had JJ. I limp utg. Looking to get it in. I had about $90 Argo guy makes it $20. One caller. I push. One fold. gro finally calls. Jack on all club flop. Turned quads. He had KQ. Other guy would have flopped a flush. If I had only had more money. Might have made more

. Did not donk off the the rebuy. God I hope the cards or me gets better soon

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Junk Punched at the Tables

I have been running incredibly bad lately. Mostly due to AA. The last five times I have had it, they have been cracked. KK cracked the last time I had it got taken by J3.

Saw that a 1/3 game had been going all night so I went to Hollywood. Sat down and promptly got AA. Bump it to $15 Two callers. Board is low cards kind of connected with two spades. Small blind bets $35 I bump it to $100. He calls we are heads up. The turn is a Js. He checks. I have the ace of spades. I move in. He calls. Flips K2s. I have $40 left. Next hand get 44. Move in. Called twice. Flop set and triple up. Play a while. Get KQh on the button Flop is Qd 5h Jh. Late position raises. I re raise. He moves in. I instant call for my stack that I had since built to $300. I should have probably slowed down and thought about it here. Loose call I think. What do you think. Fold here? Just call the initial bet? He had bottom set. River saves me with the flush and I am up a buy in. Should have bolted then, but the K3 guy was playing so loose and bad. The game was so good. I lose some pots. Flush vs full house. Down to $400. Waiting to pick up a hand. The K3 guy is in the six seat. The five seat had arrived and started running over the table hitting hands left and right. He had amassed his stack of $1200 in about thirty minutes. I finally get two black aces in early middle position. There is a raise ahead of me of $15. Sweet. I make it $65. Trying to isolate. The five and six seats both flat. The original raiser pushes all int. He had $101. Now here is where I am kicking myself. I would have liked to re raise but all I could do is complete the bet as per the rules of the game. BUT. I am almost sure the dealer had pulled in his original $15 bet meaning he doubled my raise by $1. I did not realize this later while driving home screaming like a mad man. Doing my best imitation of Old Man Parker working on his furnace. Let me know if you get the reference. Anyhoo I actually stopped the game to make sure I could not raise. The dealer said no, but I never double checked to see if she had dragged original bet in. I am learning. Flop comes 3d5c6c. I move in and the five seat calls. Six seat folds. Five seat says he has a ton of outs. Turn is the 7h. He flips over his cards to expose the 7c. River is the 9c. Straight flush. AA goes down in flames. Horse shoe firmly implanted up five seats ass. I am at my wits end. What are the odds of AA going down five times in a row. And it has been so dirty too. Vs 36os T3c 56c K3s. A lot of these guys are the first callers too. It is not like they were priced in. I think I am moving in pre flop next time just to book a win with them. I can accept set mining but come on, those hands? To compound the problem I lost with AA when I made a horrible fold. I put the guy on KK. The flop came 3K3. I checked and he bet. I folded the aces. In retrospect, no way he has KK here. He would slow play it. He confirmed the next day he has AK. He was just so tight. I could now see him calling my $35 bet on the straddled hand with anything less than a premium hand. Any advice for me. Should I take a break?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


I am getting better at being patient at the tables. I had a little hiccup last week. I was running so bad. Not bad just no cards. Boring. I lost two buy ins. Pushing my last $65 into what I knew to be a loss. I had AQ vs AT on a QTT flop. Knew I was beat but was so frustrated that I pushed. Should have folded and gone home with the $65 Played yesterday. Determined to be more patient. I am folding away. Down a few big blind. I get A8os in the big blind. Ep player makes it $10. Six callers. Hmmm. What do pot odds dictate here? I almost folded. Patience. Right? I called. Flopped top two with two diamonds. Ep player makes it $30. One caller. I push for $160 more. Ep calls. Other guy thinks then says I guess I make the worst call ever. No diamond, but the gunshot gets there. The other guy says I guess it wasn't the worst call ever. He hit the gutty. Love this guys play. Hated the outcome. How does a thinking player call $30 with a gunshot let alone go all in for it. He had exactly three outs. The diamond could not be counted. Anyhow he was short so I only lost $75. Two hands. later call small raise from the button with JTos. Flop is 789 two hearts. Ep guy from earlier bets $25. Same shorty guy from earlier flats. Pattern emerging. One other caller. I move in for my last $100. Ep calls. Shorty guy deliberates. Finally just calls. Other caller folds. Kc 4s. I win. Ep had flush draw again. Shorty had set of sevens. Raise KK from small blind. Make quads on the river. Play 34h for small raise. Flop comes A25 stack a guy. End up the session up a buy in Patience. Good. No patience= leaks. Fixing a hole right now

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hit and Run

I am playing poker as a part time job now. It used to be a fun diversion or hobby if you will. I really enjoy poker I used to play until my time to play had run out. This was mostly due to not knowing when I would be able to play next. It was all about maximizing the experience. Results were always secondary. Well not anymore. I can play whenever I want so results are now the driving factor. Went to Hollywood last night. Play a few rounds. Only played my blind hands. Half way through the third orbit I pick up AA in middle position. Two limp to me. I make my first raise of the night to $15. We are playing 1/3. Young gun on my left calls as do three others. So much respect. Flop is KdQh4s. Not my favorite flop five ways. Three checks to me. I decide not to c-bet this board with so many opponents. KQ or JT are definite possibilities. The young gun, who has position, makes it $45. One other flats. I consider pushing but decide to call and see. The turn is a 3c. Completes the rainbow and should help no one. Checks to the young guy who thinks then announces all in. The other guy tanks then folds. Something about the young guys demeanor and declaration made me believe I was ahead. I had him on AK in my mind. I called. River brought another 4. He flips KJs. I am now up $305. Hit. Do I run? I played longer and moved to the one seat. Played up and down for a while. Told a new dealer while folding a hand that I had not gotten AA in a couple hour. Very next hand I look down at AA in the small blind. Usually nice to take down a bigger pot uncontested But I was first to act due to the button straddle. I make it $16. Button calls. I cbet. He flashes 77 and folds Get AA again in middle position on straddled hand. Make it $21. Called in two spots from the button and small blind. Flop is 3h6hQc. Small blind makes it $30. He does this a lot if he catches any part of the board. I bump it to $90. The button goes into the tank. He almost folds. I see the small blind is ready to muck. Finally the button talks himself into pushing for $70 more. I call and he flips 7h8h. Love this guy. Same guy I flopped quad 9's on last week. I hold. Hit. Run? Naw. I stay. New dealer sits down. He wants to ghost ride my hand. I have 4c5c. I limp in the cutoff. We see a flop seven handed. Flop is Kd3c6d I got the gutter ball draw. It is cheked to me I make a $10 stab at it. One reluctant caller. Turn is the 9c. Thank you flush draw. I make a $20 stab. Faster call. River is the Tc. Got there. Value $20. Call. The table murmers at my hand. The dealer just smiles. I tell them I can't start with the nuts every time. Hit. Run? Hell yes. Three and a half hours and I am up $550. Good work if you can get it.