Saturday, December 31, 2005

TQB, redux

$15 Turbo SNG, third hand, we’d already lost the 8 seat. This funny-guy gave me this gift in the form of the Worst. Play. Ever.

(Warning: Hand History ahead, didn’t hit Print Screen quick enough)

PokerStars Game #3491655524: Tournament #17323467, Hold'em No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2005/12/31 - 15:55:23 (ET)

Table '17323467 1' Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: dacoachshark (1980 in chips)
Seat 2: Bstnbrat (3040 in chips)
Seat 3: jemqueens (1400 in chips)
Seat 4: idonkeykicku (1480 in chips)
Seat 5: TX Princess (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: BigSlickNut (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: j2z1 (1100 in chips)
Seat 9: scrappas (1500 in chips)
idonkeykicku: posts small blind 10
TX Princess: posts big blind 20

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to BigSlickNut [Kh Ks]
BigSlickNut: raises 40 to 60
j2z1: calls 60
scrappas: folds
dacoachshark: raises 140 to 200
Bstnbrat: folds
jemqueens: folds
idonkeykicku: folds
TX Princess: folds
BigSlickNut: raises 400 to 600     (Yes, I’m worried about AA, the MUTB, but figured he’d make this same move with JJ, QQ, AK, AQ, so I wanted to keep the initiative in the hand)
j2z1: folds
dacoachshark: calls 400

*** FLOP *** [Kd 2s Kc]    (TQB!!!)
BigSlickNut: checks
dacoachshark: bets 1380 and is all-in   (Um… OK!)
BigSlickNut: calls 900 and is all-in

*** TURN *** [Kd 2s Kc] [5d]
dacoachshark said, "wow"

*** RIVER *** [Kd 2s Kc 5d] [7h]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
BigSlickNut: shows [Kh Ks] (four of a kind, Kings)
dacoachshark: shows [Qh Qc] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
BigSlickNut collected 3090 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3090 | Rake 0
Board [Kd 2s Kc 5d 7h]
Seat 1: dacoachshark showed [Qh Qc] and lost with two pair, Kings and Queens
Seat 2: Bstnbrat folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: jemqueens (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: idonkeykicku (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: TX Princess (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: BigSlickNut showed [Kh Ks] and won (3090) with four of a kind, Kings
Seat 7: j2z1 folded before Flop
Seat 9: scrappas folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Come the flop, the only hands I could have played the way I did had him beat. I suspect he put me on AA and thought he could push me off thinking he represented AK as a possible hand. I don’t think I could have played it the way he did. I’d have been very scared of the trap and used a tester bet, or even checked behind, in his position.

How would you have played it in his shoes, holding the QQ? It’s tough, but he still had over T1300 in level 1, so a measure of prudence should probably have been in order.

But that’s just me.

As for the rest of the tourney, the 2-seat (who doubled up on the first hand putting all his money in pre-flop with JJ vs. AQo… whaaaaa?) kept attacking my blinds 90% of the time. He and I both lasted to the final 3, when I trapped him with the nut-flush and he called the river raise on the turn with 2nd pair. I had a 3-4X advantage heads-up and managed to bring it home again.

I’m nailing a lot of first places now in comparison to 2nd and 3rd. At first glance it looks like my short-handed and heads-up play is improving, but truthfully I’m getting heads-up with big chip leads, usually.

Oh, took a major shot (for me) in the wee hours last night, playing a $55+5 turbo. I dominated the table until I got crushed by a 2-outer (Aqs, with a flush-draw vs. Ajo) and eventually went out in 3rd. I still made nice change (for me), but it’s upsetting to be running the table when I’ve stepped up, staring a $267 first place (would have been my biggest ever) square in the eyes, and getting rivered. I’ve learned to mostly let the beats go by, but to get my hopes shattered that way is still a bitter pill to swallow. I still have some growing to do to let these type of situations just go. But, it was definitely a confidence builder, and I continue to see the advantages and benefits of selective aggression.

One thing I am noticing at the middle-level SNGs are more players that are obviously multi-tabling, just trying to hang on and cash. In the $55, I put 5 players on a “fit-or-fold” strategy, and just kept the pressure on. It was easy to lay down hands when they played back, because I was betting with nothing but air. But I nearly tripled-up before anyone either realized what I was doing or had a hand strong enough to stand up to me. It was a fantastic experience, and certainly showed me the benefits of staying focused at the table.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Either bloggers play tough or I suck

I'm going with bloggers playing tough.

I actually picked up some decent hands, but the raises didn't get called. Despite my showing down two hammers. I also had AA and KK, but those just sailed on by...

Ah well, playing with bloggers is always great for my game. Helps me plug some leaks. It was just bad luck for me that no one had a hand to call with when I was strong, but always played back at me when I was bluffing.

Ok, maybe I suck.

Thanks for setting it up, guys. Wish I could have performed a little better. Oh well, I'm just a contributor in blogger games.

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I have to admit a guilty pleasure. Sinful, really.

I'm hooked on the Turbo SNGs on Stars.

I think you get about the same, or better, play than in the normal SNGs on Party due to the bigger chipstacks. I don't play much short-handed ring games, but I imagine the strategy is similar. There's about 4 or 5 at every table that think these things are just crapshoots (so, why play - DUH?). Standard tight-aggressive play works wonders. If you can get a decent chipstack early, you can usually coast to the cash. If you're short-stacked, most raises will be called by the big stacks so it's just a waiting game. Post-flop play is critical early when dealing with the asshats. They call raises with anything then try to bet into you, so solid continuation bets have to be in your repertoire, whether you hit or miss the flop.

I'm running very well over the last 50 or so SNGs, and over the last 15 I cashed in 9 and won 7, along with a couple of cashes in multi-table SNGs. I'm mixing 15+1's and 25+2's, so the money actually means something now. This is also helping to keep me focused at the table. I think I'm going to keep alternating between them and not move up for a while. A downturn will come inevitably, and I really like playing at these levels, so I just want to continue bankroll-building now so I'll be able to weather the inevitable.

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Still nothing from the companies I interviewed with, except that I was 'still under consideration' at both before holiday vacations started. Which means, if they can't find anyone better in a reasonable period of time, maybe I'll get an offer. But, I did get a call from a major electronics OEM today. A quickie phone interview, and they want me to interview in-person. The office is in Central Florida, so that's really good. My old stomping grounds from my time at UCF. Keeping my fingers crossed.

(Ironically, my father started his career with the same company, rocketed up the career ladderover a 13 year period, then got fired for throwing his boss under the bus in a meeting when the guy took credit for his work. It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him.)

I'm also flying to Jersey the week after next for an interview with a major aerospace company. Mrs. Big is not thrilled at the idea of leaving Florida for Jersey. Understandable.

Don't go getting your panties in a wad, Jersey-ites (which exit do you live at?) You know I'm right. There's a reason y'all move down here in such large numbers. Well, that and the fact that 1 in 3 of you are on disability when you get here. How is that possible? A couple years back I was introduced to a couple of BuccaneerMike's friends that were obviously from the NY/NJ area and I immediately asked, "So, which one of you is on disability?"

The guy on disability was mightily offended. But, I was right.

But the job is, well, exactly what I've wanted for about the last 5 years. The kind of position required to get me to consider moving up north. So, I'm going, I'm listening, I'm trying to impress.

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Thanks to tripjax for the comments yesterday. Regardless of how I went out of the tournament, I was proud to make it that far.

And, yes, I got lucky also. Two hands, in particular. I went all-in with TPTK on a flush-flop, and got called by the made flush. I runner-runnered the full house. Ouch. Then, I got it all-in with 44 vs. the hilton sisters, and cracked them with a one-outer on the river. It's been said many, may times, but you don't go deep in the large-field MTTs without getting lucky once or twice.

Finishing them off is where the good players get separated from the lucky players. By that measure, I am still solidly in the lucky-player category.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Question for the techies:

I've picked up a particularly nasty Trojan today. It's the Trojan/Zlob, also known as Mssearchnet.exe and Nvctrl.exe. It's some kind of adware to get me to buy SpyAxe. First, it hijacked my IE home page. I've removed it with 3 different spyware-removers, but it keeps coming back when I re-boot. Mrs. Big tried removing the files manually, but that didn't work either. From what I've read, it's extremely difficult to remove, but nowhere can I find the magic formula for actually getting rid of the damned thing.

I've used McAfee's AntiSpyware, Pest Patrol, and SpywareNuker. Each time, it looks like the trojan has been found and removed, but when we re-boot, there it is again. I managed to get rid of the hijack portion, but I still get a little security pop-up from the system tray that's a fake message from the trojan telling me I'm infected and need to download software. It also seems to be changing some of the security settings on my PC, and it is definitely blocking competitor's websites.

So, I'm asking for some suggestions. Between Mrs. Big and I, we've got about 6 hours invested in this thing and I'd like to be done with it.

Thanks for any help!

Monday, December 26, 2005

Anyone know this guy?

Anyone know this guy?

Dealer: Game #3446003807: BNB1919 wins pot (90)
elwood_dowd: rainkhan currently in 22 tourneys
dylan9444: i see that every night
elwood_dowd: yes
dylan9444: i think shes a computer program like weird science
elwood_dowd: that was the thought
Woodman3: is that true rainkhan?
elwood_dowd: I emailed pstars and complained
Woodman3: I have played with you several times
dylan9444: where is anthony micheal hall
elwood_dowd: told them rainkhan threatened the integrity of the site
elwood_dowd: they emailed me back
dylan9444: she has no chat on
dylan9444: what did they say??
elwood_dowd: they told me that it is one guy plating all the games
Woodman3: there is no way to play 22 games at the same time
dylan9444: lets take him down
dylan9444: lol
dylan9444: he is slow to react to calls
elwood_dowd: they said that they investigated him
elwood_dowd: he turned over all of his logs
dylan9444: oh well
elwood_dowd: they were still skeptical
elwood_dowd: he sent a video of himself playing all the tourneys
dylan9444: that is funny
Woodman3: i just counted and he is playing in 30 now

30 tables simultaneously?!?!?!?!

Finding it hard to believe anyone plays that many tables without some sort of software assistance. There were no time-outs from him at my table.

Online poker is rigged...

Online poker is rigged…

First hand. I know some of you don’t like hand histories, but check this one out – it’s unreal, as complete a cold-deck as you’ve ever seen:

PokerStars Game #3442141668: Tournament #17078062, Hold'em No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2005/12/26 - 16:55:32 (ET)
Table '17078062 1' Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: nimkiw (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: BigSlickNut (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: alohajune (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: BUTTERFLYMUM (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: KINGODMD (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: bsk2002 (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: al monaco (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: tsifknits (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: jakoto (1500 in chips)
Seat 10: jmboyer (1500 in chips)
BigSlickNut: posts small blind 10
alohajune: posts big blind 20

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to BigSlickNut [7h 5c]
BUTTERFLYMUM: folds
KINGODMD: raises 20 to 40
bsk2002: calls 40
al monaco: raises 160 to 200
tsifknits: folds
jakoto: folds
jmboyer: calls 200
nimkiw: raises 1300 to 1500 and is all-in
BigSlickNut: folds
alohajune: folds
KINGODMD: calls 1460 and is all-in
bsk2002: folds
al monaco: calls 1300 and is all-in
jmboyer: calls 1300 and is all-in
tsifknits said, "jesus christ" (We’re just now seeing their cards)

*** FLOP *** [8s Jd 4h]
BigSlickNut said, "wow!"

*** TURN *** [8s Jd 4h] [7s]
jmboyer said, "omg"
KINGODMD said, "that fing sucks"

*** RIVER *** [8s Jd 4h 7s] [2d]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
KINGODMD: shows [Kh Kd] (a pair of Kings)
al monaco: shows [Kc Ks] (a pair of Kings)
jmboyer: shows [Qd Qh] (a pair of Queens)
nimkiw: shows [As Ad] (a pair of Aces)
nimkiw collected 6070 from pot
nimkiw said, "wow"
tsifknits said, "lololol"
BigSlickNut said, "lol"

*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 6070 | Rake 0
Board [8s Jd 4h 7s 2d]
Seat 1: nimkiw (button) showed [As Ad] and won (6070) with a pair of Aces
Seat 2: BigSlickNut (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: alohajune (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: BUTTERFLYMUM folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: KINGODMD showed [Kh Kd] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 6: bsk2002 folded before Flop
Seat 7: al monaco showed [Kc Ks] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 8: tsifknits folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: jakoto folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 10: jmboyer showed [Qd Qh] and lost with a pair of Queens

(And yes, I was kidding about being rigged!)

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Holiday greetings, all. Hope you and yours are enjoying the day.

Got in a little $5, 45-seat MTT on ‘Stars last night before taking up Santa duties. Cashed again, 5th place. I was in significantly more danger in this one, for most of the tourney. Limited the moves and the blind defense. At least 5 times from around 35-left down to the money I was the (significant) short stack and managed to survive. Always had the best hand in this one when I needed it, fortunately. But, lord, the patience it required. I don’t think I played anything UTG until the final 6.

Significant difference from a Turbo SNG (these things are like crack for the action junkie) I played earlier in the day while on tilt from non-pokery things. Kept getting my money in with random hands and sucking out big time, tilting the whole table. Got second place. The only thing that ticked me off was the $3 pro on my right coaching the whole table and telling me how lucky I am. As if I don’t know. You know the guy, the one with the name ‘badass*’? The whole thing would have been great fun if I didn’t lose to ‘badass’ heads-up with AK vs. 99. Nothing worse than the $3 pro whipping me fair and square. I’d rather been sucked out by a virgin playing 2-3 offsuit.

Oh well. The kids have enjoyed their Christmas. My parental units, knowing this was going to be a lean Christmas, stopped by with a few extra Santa gifts for under the tree last night.

I’ve got great parents.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Poker-free

Spending a few days at the in-laws' house in Jax this week, which means no pokah. Nice, for once, to go away for a few days after running well. Yeah, yeah, I know you're supposed to stick and play when you're winning, but for me I'm feeling very satisfied and see this as a nice break.

Got a few non-poker things to blog about, though...

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Watched Shakira on SNL and Letterman over the last 10 days or so. She's doing one of those "I'm a serious artist" songs as she makes her rounds, so she's dressing in a way that seems to be showing less skin than normal. Hoever, each time, she still manages to lift her t-shirt and show off her belly and the curve of those hips.... mmmm.... that's it baby, dance with the one that brung ya'...

Shakira = 2005 BSN Best Cum-Belly Award.*

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So, what makes a good cum-belly?

Contrary to what you may think, six-pack abs on a woman is not a cum-belly. A great cum-belly is soft without being fat, smooooove skin, and cannot be pasty-white. It must have an Inny, no outties need apply. Finally, while a like a nice happy trail as much as the next guy, it just doesn't belong on a cum-belly.

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Does anyone else out there suffer from Bathroom Tourrette's? You know, when you're taking a piss and the only sound you can make is, "Fuuuuuuuuuuuccccckkkkk..." or when you're pinching one off, all youu can say is, "Muthafucka!"

No?

Yeah,... me neither...

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Caught the tail end of Howie Mandel's game show last night and got hooked real quick. Yeah, Math + Gambling + DonkeyIdjits is a recipe for success in my book. Interesting to think about it in the context of EV and all that junk.

Here's the situation: The woman had 4 cases left to open. Actually, she had 3 cases, with the 4th being the case she selected at the beginning of the game that was designated to be her last one. In each case was a sign representing potential winning amounts of 500K, 50K, $500, and $75. When she selects a case, the amount in that case is withdrawm as a potential winner and a new deal may (or may not) be offered. As soon as she turns down the deal, she selects the $500K case and it's withdrawn. The next deal offered goes down to $17K.

Here's my take: Obviously, she's in it to win the $500K. The deal offered was the about the average of the total prize amounts left. But, nobody wants to walk away with the $75 or $500. And, at that point, you aren't thinking about 50K either, you want the BIG money. But, to do this, you have to dodge the $500K case 3 times.

Yeap, that last sentence is the kicker that people miss. Everyone's thinking, 'hey, it's only 1 in 4 that I hit the bad case', but if you're ONLY playing for the 500K then you're actually being offered a 13K premium to walk away. The other part of the decision is that, if you miss the 500K case on your next selection, the next deal will probably be in the 250-280K range. So, there's a 3 in 4 chance you miss it this time to make 112-142K or 1 in 4 to lose 120K. What would you do?

Yeah, without any other outside influences, I might go one more time. Unfortunately, she got bad-beated by Howie and the mysterious "Banker". Put it into the real world, though (I can pay off all my bills, fund the kid's college education, and have a little left over for a nice Christmas), and I'm taking the money and running. But, as a pure gamble, I think you've gotta go one more time.

Or, am I thinking about it all wrong?

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*The guys all know what I'm talking about.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Self-analysis

Writing this one for me, so I have something to look back on as personal guide. Not really for you, just some thoughts on last night’s micro-MTT. Nothing to see here, move along.

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One of my favorite jokes combines Gambling and God. A man is down on his luck, out of work, the house is being foreclosed on, and the kids are hungry. He sits down to pray to God.

“God, please let me win the lottery so I can take care of my family,” he asks.

Of course, he doesn’t win, so he prays harder.

“God, if you let me win the lottery, I promise I’ll tithe to the church along with taking care of my family.”

And still, he doesn’t win. Finally, he prays his heart out.

“God, please, I’ll give everything I win to the poor except what I need to keep my house and feed my kids. I just can’t understand why you don’t answer this prayer. I’ve been a good man, I keep all of your commandments, why don’t you answer me?”

And then the clouds part, the sun shines down on him, and God’s voice thunders down from heaven:

“Work with me here – buy a ticket.”

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I’ve done some conscientious study (Um, I’m sure you’ve never heard this before, but HoH Vols 1 & 2 are fantastic. Yeah, a real eye-opener, idn’t it?) the last few days and made conscious changes in my approach. I was already pretty satisfied with my decision-making, even during my bad run of beats last week, but I know the good players all manage to find ways to win in spite of the bad runs. So, I need to do so as well, instead of just leaving it in the hands of the poker gods.

I’m also checking the hand history on every hand that shows down during the tourneys because I get to see the cards played of any hand that is called at showdown and picking up on tendencies of the other players. And, like a good little boy, I spent some time studying my stats and hand histories from last night’s tourney win to see if I could glean some insights. Some things surprised me. Others didn’t. These lessons have been consistent with my SNG play as well, and are no great lesson for any of you. I’m not a slow-learner, but sometimes I need to refresh and a bad run is a good reason for some introspection. It remains to be seen if I can stick with it for the long run, but I do know the deck hasn’t exactly been hitting me in the face, yet my results have turned around 180 degrees.

Couple of observations:
  • Pot odds, pot odds, pot odds, are my friend. If the jokers are betting tiny amounts into my second pair, it’s worth it to see another card for the 5-outer. It pisses people off, but betting $50 into a $600 pot makes baby jesus cry. The best part is when they were betting with nothing and accuse me of making a bad call. Um, 12:1 to hit my cards? Ok, you’re right.

  • Blind defense: I am beginning to realize this is an art. I started writing out my strategies, but nobody’s interested in that stuff, right? Anyway, there’s something to be said for calling min-raises with any two cards in the early levels of tourneys. Easy to get away from after the flops with a small loss, or you win monster pots. Also, it helps give a looser perception than reality, and helps narrow the hands your opponents play at your blind. Last night, I only played 12% of my hands outside of the blinds, but only folded to steal attempts on my BB 33% of the time.

  • Post-flop play: Does the story add up? Am I getting good odds? Are they acting weak suddenly? If I hit my card, will it also be a scare card for me (don’t draw at the ass-end of the straight for all your chips).

  • 6/10 at showdown over 127 hands last night. I thought I did better than that, as there was only one hand I remember bluffing at on the river and getting called. And I BADLY misplayed that one. I only had one showdown in level 6, and not again until level 9 when we were getting shorthanded and I was trying to knock out short-stacks. Which means…

  • 24 hands won without showdown. Yep, almost 20% of the hands I was dealt in the tournament, I was able to win without showing my cards. Why? My PF Raise number was over 11%. That’s high for me. And when I defended my blind and hit the flop, I made sure I let everyone know, using a healthy mix of bets and check-raises. We’ve all heard it before, but aggression is g00t. My AF on the flop was 3.25. I really tried to define everyone’s hands at this point. However, combined with my blind-defense calls, my total AF was only 1.1. But, I suppose blind defense could be considered a type of aggression.

  • Sniffing out traps: When we were shorthanded and I was in an aggressive mode, the non-blind players tried to limp a couple times when I had very marginal hands. That worried me, and I checked behind. Each time, they were slow-playing pairs and big aces, and I avoided trouble. Down to 3 and limping into an aggressive player? My first thought is that they aren’t afraid I’m going to raise them like I did the last 3 hands. So don’t. This has made a HUGE difference in my SNG results during shorthanded play.

  • Sucking out: It’s not a g00t habit to get into, but if you’re going to do it, the final hand heads-up is the best place for it. (

Saturday, December 10, 2005

It's Raining Men

So, the eldest Biggette had a cheerleading competition this morning in Tampa. I thought it went very well, her team was much improved over the spring squad. At five and six years old, though, getting them in a straight line is an accomplishment.

Proudest moment: On the drive, Eldest Biggette was explaining that everyone gets a trophy, but she didn't think that was right and only the winners should get trophies. Good for her, I'm proud that she's starting to grasp the point of competing vs. participating.

Most embarassing moment: Watching my 6-year old do a routine to "It's Raining Men". Something about it just felt wrong. And now I can't get that damn song out of my head.

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"The WPBT Winter tournament is under way at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. The welcome introductions begin at 9:30AM and in order of appearance we heard from Tournament organizer Bill Rini, IP Poker Room Manager Mike Fay, Professional Player Barry Greenstein, writer and poker pro Charlie Shoten, Amy Calistra and author Michael Craig-The Professor The Banker & The Suicide King."
Color me green with envy, you fuckers.

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Hit a little rut yesterday. For some reason, I just couldn't seem to figure out where I was in any hand. Tried the 20+2 twice yesterday, and I'm becoming the all-time bubble boy. The difference between the 10+1 and 20+2, for me at least, has been the quality of the bubble play by the other players. Everyone understands the moves, but these guys are able to counter them, at least when it comes to me. I'm studying some more before I come back. I like my play up to the bubble, but I'm their bitch right now.

Still playing the 10+1's very profitably, though, so I'm doing fine and will stay there until I work on a few things.

Friday, December 09, 2005

QQ

QQ

Just had my Hilton sisters cracked for the first time in about 10 days.

By KK.

So, why am I blogging about it?

Well, two reasons: First, it’s unreal how good QQ has been to me lately. I was due to get ‘em cracked. But, second, it was how the hand developed and what the winner said. I raised 4X UTG, had a caller in MP, then the CO min-raised me. He had a caller on the button, then I came over the top all-in. It was still early, but my re-raise was about 2X the pot. I truly thought he had AK, given the min-raise. I wanted him to lay it down, and thought I could squeeze him. The guy after me in MP says, “AJ” and folds. The CO, of course, calls.

I picked up trips on the turn, but unfortunately my Q filled his straight. I had 60 chips left.

Then he said, “I thought he (meaning me) had AA, but I had to call.”

Which brings me to the point: In this situation, if you think your opponent has AA, and has played it exactly like it’s AA, do you call with KK? The rest of the table berated MP for saying his cards before the call since that would influence a decision in this specific situation, but forget that happened and just pretend you’re in that situation with KK.

I’m not complaining. I’m not good enough to lay down KK pre-flop either. Just wondering how the rest of you think.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Hooker, Isaac Hayes, and Captain Eddie

The Hooker, Isaac Hayes, and Captain Eddie…

No, they didn’t go into a bar. They are just characters from my whirlwind trip this week.

Oh, first things first: If you’re planning to rent a car, be sure your driver’s license hasn’t expired.

Ahem.

So, after my interview today, I stopped at a convenience store for a soft drink and a map. I wanted to see some of the town so I’d know it a little better if I have to make a decision to relocate in the near future (God-willing!). While filling my drink cup, I see a woman come in and immediately peg her for a hooker. Anyone that knows anything about hookers knows they usually aren’t dressed up like you see in Hollywood; they’re usually kinda grubby, don’t wear bras, and never carry purses. They also give you that bird-dog look when you drive by, where they kinda duck their head and look into your window and try to make eye contact with you.

So anyway, I pegged her as a hooker. Don’t ask me how I know all that stuff. Although, in this case, she still had a little meat on her bones so if she was a crack-whore she must not have been on the rock for very long.

Honestly, I suspected it but wasn’t sure until she started following me around the store. Maybe because I looked so out of place in a suit and tie, like I was going to be easy money.

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So, I take my map and soft drink to the counter, and Isaac effin’ Hayes in behind the counter! Seriously, this guy had the shaved head and dark sunglasses, and was really trying to push the look. But, the kicker is, the music coming over the store’s speaker was… you guessed it… the theme song from Shaft!!

He’s a baaaaaaaad mutha-

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So, anyway, I leave the store and go to my car and unfold the map, and I notice a movement in my peripheral vision.

The hooker.

At my passenger window.

They say these are the moments that define character: What would you do if you could do something that was wrong, but you know nobody would ever find out about it?

I just shook my head and gave her that, “gee, I’m sorry” smile. She gave me that “You fat fuck, you should be happy I was willing to LET you pay me to fuck you” grimace.

I’m not saying I feel good about myself; I just haven’t met a crack-whore worth losing my kids over.

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So, I’m at the airport. This is a small regional airport, maybe 20 flights total out of there each day. I’ve got a puddle-jumper direct to Tampa.

We’re supposed to begin boarding when the gate agent’s walkie-talkie crackles and we all hear, “The first-officer is MIA.”

I say, “Quick, somebody check the bar!”

Yeah, I’m quick like that.

A few minutes later, the first officer comes strolling through the gate area carrying two Starbucks. He just looks at us and says, “The Captain made me.”

So, we board the little Beech and the lady behind me says in a panicked voice, “Where’s the bathroom?”

I just laugh. The gate agent made two announcements about the plane being too small for a bathroom.

I’ve flown puddle-jumpers too many times. I hate them. The novelty wore off a long time ago after too many wild rides. But, for some, this is the coolest thing that’s ever happened to them and I hear the same jokes I’ve heard a hundred times before:

“Hey, I asked for an aisle seat.” They are all aisle seats.

“Hey, I asked for a window seat.” Grrr…

“Hey, when does the beverage service start?” About an hour ago, from the looks of your eyes.

So, anyway, we all get seated, then the captain gets on the intercom.

“Thank you for flying with us tonight. I’m Captain Eddie (___). I could tell you that we’re going to try to give you a smooth ride to Tampa, but that would be a lie.”

Oh, Captain Eddie, please lay off the caffeine.    

Traveling...

Job Interview today. Wish me luck, I really want this one. Would mean a relo, but it's a good opportunity.

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Stupid-ass: Going on an interview with an expired drived license. You can't rent a car with an expired license. The rental companies are tied into DMV. Lesson learned the hard way. Mrs. Big took care of it for me over the web, but DMV's records need to update overnight, which means a quick shuttle trip back to the airport this morning before the interview to pick up the car.

Inconvenient, since I really wanted to get out and check out the (as yet undisclosed) town, check out housing options and such yesterday.

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Safe travels to all going to Vegas. I am supremely jealous, and will be looking for ways to take out my jealousy.

Say, is there a Wil-game on Stars tomorrow? If so, it should be the softest tourney of the year with everyone in Vegas... hmmmm... note to self: check Stars as soon as you get home tonight...

Monday, December 05, 2005

Dems Quads Beetches... and So's Dems!

Dems Quads, Beetches… and So’s Dems!

Unfortunately, I didn’t hit the Print Screen button quick enough, so the hand history will have to do. I felt really bad for her.

Ok, well, maybe a little…

Stage #240764212: Seven Card  Normal $1/$2 - 2005-12-05 19:23:13 (ET)
Seat 1 - D ($94.70 in chips)
Seat 2 - J ($43.70 in chips)
Seat 3 - P ($17.10 in chips)
Seat 4 - K ($66.85 in chips)
Seat 6 - C ($25.45 in chips)
Seat 7 - HERO ($10.30 in chips)
P - Ante $0.10
K - Ante $0.10
J - Ante $0.10
HERO - Ante $0.10
C - Ante $0.10
D - Ante $0.10

*** 3rd STREET ***
D - Pocket [H H Js]
J - Pocket [H H 3c]
P - Pocket [H H 5s]
K - Pocket [H H Jc]
C - Pocket [H H 3d]
HERO - Pocket [Kh Ks Kc] Woo-effin-hoo!
J - Bring-In $0.50
P - Calls $0.50
K - Calls $0.50
C - Calls $0.50
HERO - Raises $1 to $1 Telegraphing? Nah, they put me on 2 Kings, not 3. And I don’t want the draws getting cheap cards.
D - Folds
J - Folds
P - Calls $0.50
K - Calls $0.50
C - Calls $0.50

*** 4TH STREET ***
P - Pocket [H H 5s 5h]
K - Pocket [H H Jc 8c]
C - Pocket [H H 3d 4d]
HERO - Pocket [Kh Ks Kc 2h]
P - Checks
K - Checks
C - Checks
HERO - D Bets $2 Double-bet continues the theme of representing a single pair, trying to make the draws pay.
P - Calls $2
K - Folds
C - Folds

*** 5TH STREET ***
P - Pocket [H H 5s 5h Qc]
HERO - Pocket [Kh Ks Kc 2h Kd] I’m getting low on chips and holding quads – just got to make sure I keep her in until I get all my chips in.
HERO - Bets $2
P - Calls $2

*** 6TH STREET ***
P - Pocket [H H 5s 5h Qc 5d] Bingo! I know she’s sticking around
HERO - Pocket [Kh Ks Kc 2h Kd 4c]
P - Bets $2 See?
HERO - Calls $2

*** RIVER ***
P - Pocket [H H 5s 5h Qc 5d H]
HERO - Pocket [Kh Ks Kc 2h Kd 4c 9d]
P - Bets $2
HERO - All-In(Raise) $3.20 to $3.20 Every last drop, wishing I had more.
P - Raises $2 to $4
P - returned ($0.80) : not called

*** SHOW DOWN ***
P - Shows [10d 5c 5s 5h Qc 5d Jd] (Four of a kind, fives)
HERO - Shows [Kh Ks Kc 2h Kd 4c 9d] (Four of a kind, kings)
HERO Collects $22.50 from main pot

*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($23.50) | Rake ($1)
Seat 1: D Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 2: J Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 3: P HI:lost with Four of a kind, fives [10d 5c 5s 5h Qc 5d Jd - B:5s,B:5h,B:5d,P:5c,B:Qc]
Seat 4: K Folded on the 4TH STREET
Seat 6: C Folded on the 4TH STREET
Seat 7: HERO won Total ($22.50) All-In HI:($22.50) with Four of a kind, kings [Kh Ks Kc 2h Kd 4c 9d - P:Ks,P:Kh,B:Kd,B:Kc,B:9d]

How sad for her… ;-)

Why?

Why would you wait until the turn to check-raise semi-bluff, when the turn wasn’t a scare card? I’m pot-committed, I’m calling with TPTK for T400 more into a T2000 pot. You were only getting 2-1 odds to hit that flush, so you couldn’t call but you think I’m laying down for T400 more? Maybe I should lay down to an obvious flush draw because there’s one chance in four that you’ll hit it? And I’ll still have twice the average stack if you do?

Ok, got that out of my system. I don’t do that at the table. We all know why.

Took a couple shots. Yesterday, I took a shot at the 20+2 on AP and bubbled. The bubble play was intense, with everyone playing strong and nobody making mistakes. I fought back from extreme short-stack to chipleader, then fell back down to where we were all within 1K of each other with blinds at 250/500. We played the bubble for 2 full levels and then some at that point. I got my money in slightly ahead with AT vs. A9, but the 9 on the turn sealed my fate.

Today, I took another shot at the MTTs with a $5 tourney. Came in 40/197. I was seriously pissed, making two critical mistakes late that made my good early play for naught. Nobody to blame but myself. At least I went out strong with a pair vs. pair pre-flop push on the button. SB woke up with the better pair.

SNGs continue to go well. Took a couple of beats, but still happy with my play and decisions.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

I could be all modest and shit...

I could be all modest and shit….

… but it’s Saturday night and nobody is reading blogs on Saturday, and this post will be buried by tomorrow’s post when y’all get back to work on Monday, so WTF.

I played freaking awesome this evening. There, I said it.

Played the 10+1 SNGs at AP, and decided I’d overlap them, starting one up when the first got down to the bubble. My bubble game is not very sophisticated – if it’s good, push; if not, fold. AP bubbles have a lot of weak play, so there’s tons of fold equity. So, I figured I’d take a chance and just know I wasn’t playing the early levels of the new game unless I had a big hand or a great situation to exploit.

Anyway, I went 2-2-1 in my own modified version of multi-tabling, without getting many big hands. I had Aces once when I was severely short-stacked in level 4 in the final game and doubled back up to a safe zone. Other than that, I had to do a lot of spot-picking.

So, one evening’s success has made me feel great. Since making the move to the 10+1 games, I’ve enjoyed a nice run. It’s only a couple of games so far (the 2+2ers say I need 500-1000 at a level to get an idea of success), but I’m enjoying the moment.

I think I’m playing a little better because the money is more meaningful. I’m also able to exercise a move now and then when I need to. While there are still tons of players that still think second pair is good, there are enough good ones that you can get away with continuation bets and the occasional squeeze play.

So, they’re more fun, also. I still play very tight, but I’m not above fooling around in the blinds in the early levels if I think I can get away with it. I just couldn’t do that in the smaller buy-in tourneys. I’m still only able to play 5+1 at Party, and their structures suck so bad, that I’m staying away except for 1/day just to mix things up a little. We’ll see how long my money lasts there. There’s only so much you can do when you’re in push-n-pray mode after just 30 hands. If you’re not pushing, you’re calling a short-stack who is. At least it helps to amp up my aggression a bit, but that’s about all I can say for it.