Friday, November 02, 2007

AQ Gooood, AK Baaaad

Finally broke the ice in a BBT2 tourney, final-tabling last night's Riverchasers $10+1. Key hands that I remember:

Shortstack AK > AQ

Shortstack AK = AJ when board paired for the second time on the river

AQ > KK: had 25BB left in the 5,000/1,000/125 level, called a smallish raise on the button...A-T-x flop checked to me, I bet 6,500, called raiser's push for 8,000 more...thanks for thinking kings are good!

AK < AQ: with both of us hovering around 20BB in the 800/1,600/200 level, I opened for 5,600, AQ pushed, I called. And the envelope, puhleeeze...9-J-J-8-TENNNANANA, I'm out in a disappointing 9th.

So that three Riverchasers tourneys in the books, and three river beats...apropos, no?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nooner with a Pro

Sorry, fellow degenerate bloggers...but this isn't a hooker story! I work for an insurance company in Hartford (insurance? Hartford? big shock, I know), primarily with our retirement plan clients. My job is to counsel them on options once they retire or leave their job. Earlier this spring, I worked with a 401(k) client who recently left one of the Vegas Strip casinos. Come to find out he quit his dealing job to play poker full-time, and was making a very comfortable living for himself.

Of course I had to chat him up, totally jealous of his situation. He plays mostly limit hold'em - $30-60 and $40-80 - and makes frequent trips to the card rooms in Arizona, since higher limit games are easier to find out that way. And since he's his own boss, he gets to travel whenver the mood strikes. Pats/Cowboys game in Dallas, check. Game 7 ALCS in Boston, check. Side games at the WSOP circuit/WPT events, check.

So he happens to be in town for the WPT at Foxwoods, and called in to see if I wanted to meet up for lunch tomorrow to talk mutual funds and community cards. A chance to escape the cubicle, a long lunch under the guise of client meeting? Ummm yeah, count me in!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Donkey of the Day

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Full Tilt Poker Game #4008023349: Table Thom - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 20:52:11 ET - 2007/10/29
Seat 1: ($391.20)
Seat 2: ($224.05)
Seat 3: yours truly ($237.70)
Seat 4: donkey ($145.20)
Seat 5: ($200)
Seat 6: ($426.20)
Seat 7: ($135.35)
Seat 8: ($252.05)
Seat 9: ($234.05), is sitting out
small blind of $1
big blind of $2
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to yours truly [9c 9h]
yours truly raises to $7
donkey calls $7
calls $6
*** FLOP *** [7h 2s 3c]
yours truly bets $14
donkey calls $14
*** TURN *** [7h 2s 3c] [9s]
yours truly bets $20
donkey calls $20
*** RIVER *** [7h 2s 3c 9s] [4d]
yours truly checks
donkey bets $66
yours truly raises to $132
donkey calls $38.20, and is all in
Uncalled bet of $27.80 returned
*** SHOW DOWN ***
yours truly shows [9c 9h] three of a kind, Nines
donkey shows [5c 6c] a straight, Seven high
donkey wins the pot ($296.40) with a straight, Seven high

I thought the donkey was a tight player, and gave him credit for an overpair or set when he flat-called my flop bet. Turn made me very happy (supposed $20 value bet there), and thought I was super-good when I set him all-in on the river. Doh.
When did Blogger Become So Easy?!

One of the big reasons I haven't kept this blog up to date is due to my lack of HTML skills...but with this new template-for-dummies setup they've added, bloggey look nicey now!

Dinnertime, then probably crashing the Mondays at the Hoy tourney on FullTilt. Good luck to me...

Hoy-rrible update: out in Level 3...called EP raise w/KQs, flop K66, raised his pot-sized bet, he set me in, I called, he showed Aces, no lucky turn or river...definite pre-flop fold for me, bad Jim!

I'll make it to the first break in one of these BBT2's...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dusting Off the Cobwebs

Wow, it's been over a year since I last posted...can't even remember the last time I even looked at my sorry ol' blog. But I've been motivated to e-scribble for a couple reasons:

Wife's new website- Jen upped and quit her job, and is now focusing full-time on her candle/bath & body business. She started it on her own a few years ago, makes all the products herself, and just launched a website. Check it out at, use bonus code, I mean discount code "Aces" to get 10% off through December 10th!

Battle of the Bloggers 2- a great league/tourney concept (thanks AlCan'tHang!), and a viable shot at a free Aussie Millions package. Details here: ...figgered I should blog a little if I 'm going to play in blogger tourneys...

While I was typing this up, I just had my biggest score on the $1-2 NL tables at FullTilt...ran $200 up to over $800 (Aces cracked by quad 10's, now back to $700), guess I should blog more often?