Monday, July 31, 2006
I spent all day going over what happened in my head. Obviously, I liked my decision-making, getting my money in with the best hands both pre-flop and post-flop. It's odd how often people try to make plays against someone that is obviously playing ABC poker. Getting KK busted by 2-4o when I hit a K on the flop and got all my money in THEN was the height of my ignominious morning.
I did go back on last night, and managed a recovery, cashing in 2 of 3 SNGs and busting in a third, low-buy-in game when I could not get a hand through level 6. Finally pushed A9 (my best starting hand through level 6) into AK there. Just one of those games, that's for sure. So, I wound up winning back about half of the morning's losses, thankfully. Also gave myself another boost of badly-needed confidence to be able to pull myself together and finish the week off at a profit.
It's a sick game we play sometimes.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
"Novice Poker Players Take 15,000-ft. Risk
JEAN, Nev. (AP)
-- In the skies over the desert outside Las Vegas, three amateur players and a would-be pro tried to keep their poker faces at 15,000 feet.
The rules: whoever won didn't have to parachute out of a plane. The losers did.
The Wednesday event was part of InterPoker.com's Extreme Poker series and was scheduled during the World Series of Poker tournament, which began June 25.
In Extreme Poker, novice players battle in online tournaments for the right to play Texas Hold 'em in strange locations. The first was played underwater. The second was played on a polar ice cap in Finland.
This time Patrick Neary, 23, from Prince Edward Island, Canada, Jamie Glasser, 24, from Chicago and Fraser Linkleter, 28, from London and Nick 'Stoxtrader' Grudzien, 29, from New York, piled into a Short's Skivan plane to try their hand
against Phil 'the Unabomber' Laak.
Grudzien was the lucky player who didn't have to hit the silk. But Grudzien wasn't about to fold 'em. No stranger
to risk, he went back up for a free jump."
Sunday, July 16, 2006
I received Swimming with the Devilfish a few weeks ago and read it right away; I’ve been distracted from my blogs, however, and have been lax about writing the review. We’ll remedy that right now.
Written by Des Wilson, the book is basically a profile of the biggest names in UK poker. The first part of the book is devoted to an extensive profile (or short biography, if you prefer) of Devilfish, easily the best known of the UK players on the circuit today. Devilfish’s poker story can also describe the history of poker in England over the last 25 years. We’re treated to his background as a criminal doing time, then follow him as he makes the rounds of games all over England, and eventually, the world. Watching Devilfish at various final tables the last few years, I was under the belief that the thug-ish persona was a creation utilized for both table image and marketing purposes; after reading his story, it’s easy to see that his persona is most likely toned down as compared to the reality of his life experiences.
Following this, Wilson profiles probably two dozen players representing the spectrum of poker experiences – the marketing of the Hendon Mob, the grinders, the dreamers, and the degenerates – characters familiar in poker lore. Each has a story, and Wilson does a great job in making each one likeable despite his or her failings.
The primary reason I found this book attractive was that it didn’t tell the same old stories about the same players we’ve all read about before – no Doyle, no Chip, no Puggy, so Slim… Instead, we’re introduced to people, most of whom are anonymous in the US. Several may be recognizable from EPT reports, a couple have made limited final table appearances on the US WPT and WSOP shows, but only a small few are known with any depth on this side of the Atlantic.
It is this which makes the book appealing – it is fresh meat for the poker-literature junkie, both new and familiar at the same time.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
… a turbo this afternoon. Blinds were high, 300/600/50, and I’d been on the short-stack right up until I got heads-up. In a turbo, of course, the short-stack is limited to push-n-pray by level 5-6. I’d been playing most of the time with an M of 5 or less.
Heads-up, I was at a 2-1 disadvantage when the other guy decides to chat.
“can u play”.
I type back, “Nope”.
He replies, “play”.
And I realize he means he wants us to see some flops and play.
As a much better player and blogger than me once said, “LOLOLOLOLOL!”
Um, yeah, I have an M less than 4 – sure, I’ll play post-flop. Not. That game allows the big stack all the advantage.
It is well-known that turbos are luck-fests, and skilled players can wind up very frustrated and broke by playing them. The problem for them is that they try to play them like a standard SNG, or god forbid, a MTT. They refuse to make adjustments to “their game”, because their game is the “right way” to play. They refuse to play short-stack aggression, because their hands don’t “fit”, completely ignoring folding equity, and fail to recognize that they are rarely less than 3-2 dogs and are usually getting 3-2 if their push gets called (this is the short-stack, not the medium/big stack). They ignore how people tighten up on the bubble, and just play their cards and seat position, not their strategic position. A short-stack that doesn’t exploit a timid medium-stack that just wants to fold to the money ignores tremendous opportunities to regain a competitive stack. In turbos, you must play the thinnest of edges and you MUST understand that fact. Go see Nerd’s archives for a much better explanation of the math.
As soon as I realized he wanted to play post-flop, I knew what I had on my hands. I pushed immediately, he folded. I manage to work up to an even stack.
I push a couple more times, and he counters the following hands with min-raises. Finally, I pick up 77 in the BB and he raises – 3X. I sniffed weakness. I’d been folding to min-raises, so why a 3X raise? I concluded he didn’t want a call. Of course, in a turbo with blinds at 300/600, I was pushing my 77 pre-flop regardless of what he did, but this time I knew I wasn’t just a little ahead, I was way ahead. He calls, as he had to, and flips K6. I dodged the 3-outer to win, and didn’t bother with the ubiquitous “gg” as I left the game.
I’m sure he’s telling his friends how stupid turbos are, and all about the effin luckbox that just pushed and pushed. I certainly hope he is, anyway.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
So, even though I haven't read any of the reports yet, go hit these places.
Pauly's Tao of Poker: 2006 WSOP
Poker Prof's 2006 WSOP
(Otis) PokerStars 2006 WSOP
(Spaceman) Bluff 2006 WSOP
I'm setting aside a bit of time to really read them, rather than skim - there's some damn good stuff there, for sure, and I don't want to miss a minute or word of it.
Obligatory Poker Note (OPN): Doing ok, but my shots to move up have been stymied by two bad beats on the bubble. But, it's going ok otherwise, I'm feeling good.