Archive Dec 2007: Possibly too level-headed

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Wait, *what*?

Sunday was a relatively pointless 0 for 4, some tough breaks blah blah blah, whatever. That isn't really the point of this post.

Since it's Dec 31 (and I'm about to log off the Internet to go have fun), people have been posting their yearly results. Yeah, okay, The Bryce won 2.5 million in nosebleed limit because he's God, a few people have 500K-800K years because they're freaking insane, whatever.

leatherass (a Supernova Elite who grinded 80 billion hands at midstakes) was breaking even on the year and needed a spectacular 100K month to get anywhere?

Daut44, one of the better 25/50 Stars regs (IMO) and a good tourney player, is up a total of 100K online?

Gobboboy is down money total on the year which *does* count his 250K (after staking) Aussie cash 2'nd place???

WTF??? How do I have higher numbers than any of these people? It's not like I play a lot and it's not like I'm *that* good!

I think I need to make a detailed bankroll management/skill management post and IM it to everyone I know. The fact that so many people are not keeping the money they win is unacceptable.

Back after these messages

Other than that one Sunday and a couple of tourneys today/tomorrow, I'm taking a break until the New Year. Nothing particularly important - I just wanted to be refreshed for January and the Borgata WPT.

Tallying up the year, it looks very good; even though I didn't win a six figure Sunday event like last year, I still had some huge scores and great results for how little I play. My new year's resolution, other than the cash thing, is to put in more hands in general and take those results to the next level. Aside from that, though, I'm pretty happy with my life and the way things have worked out.

Again, happy holidays, and, except for tomorrow, see you in '08.

Suuuuuunday

Short version: Went nowhere, only played one least bit interesting hand all day.

JackPotter2 is at seat 0 with 2770.
korrupt911 is at seat 1 with 475.
T LaZeR is at seat 2 with 3005.
BadAzzCop is at seat 3 with 2095.
Adanthar1 is at seat 4 with 2965.
phildar10 is at seat 5 with 3790.

Tmay_420 is at seat 6 with 1845.
RandalFlowers is at seat 7 with 2685.
Hixx is at seat 8 with 2645.
habash is at seat 9 with 2725.
The button is at seat 5.

Tmay_420 posts the small blind of 10.
RandalFlowers posts the big blind of 20.

JackPotter2: -- --
korrupt911: -- --
T LaZeR: -- --
BadAzzCop: -- --
Adanthar1: Qc Qh
phildar10: -- --
Tmay_420: -- --
RandalFlowers: -- --
Hixx: -- --
habash: -- --

Pre-flop:

Hixx folds. habash folds. JackPotter2 folds.
korrupt911 raises to 60. T LaZeR folds. BadAzzCop
folds. Adanthar1 re-raises to 210. phildar10 calls.

Tmay_420 folds. RandalFlowers folds. korrupt911
calls.

Flop (board: 7c 8d 8s):

korrupt911 goes all-in for 265. Adanthar1 raises to
530. phildar10 raises to 795. Adanthar1 thinks "lol" and calls for implied set value, then check/folds the turn.

Jeez, if he just slowplays one more street on an utterly nonscary board, he may well stack me somewhere, but no, he min3bets and gives me pretty close odds to draw to a 2 outer. I wish I'd have hit just to spite him :(

Anyway, after taking close to a week off, I'll at least take having the whole night to myself. No big deal. One more Sunday to close out the year on a high note :)

Back home and unjetlagged

Feeling way better about poker in general (although, of course, the guy from my last post wound up finishing fourth obv.) I even put in a Sunday where I built up some pretty big stacks [and then blew them off, one in spectacular fashion that will get my replacement CR vid tomorrow laughed at :p. I blame leftover tilt and/or the one big mistake of the month I'm allowing myself to make.]

Regardless, after a mandatory couple of days off to recover, I'll be back playing a big MTT schedule and probably mixing it in with some MSNL 6 max after New Year's. I need to get myself in a frame of mind to finally get over cash variance and just grind out some hands, because regardless of how good I am getting at MTT's and how much I'm going deep in big events, I can only get as aggressive as I need to get by learning to crush midstakes. I've always crushed every cash game I played in regularly except maybe high stakes razz, but most of that has been full ring and I've just never taught myself to play deep shorthanded poker without TAGging it up. That beats 6 max anyway, but I'd like to develop my LAG gear a bit more.

Up next, I've got an 'emergency replacement' CR vid tomorrow (already done), a couple of videos for a European mag of some kind in the next week or two, and the Borgata WPT event in January in between Sundays and whatever other tourneys I wind up playing. There should also be some stuff relating to tworags that a lot of people will like.

Happy holidays :)

Bellagio Day 3: lol, donkament

Buuuuuuuusto ~54'th for 29K (which, minus staking and makeup, means I made 1K on the series. Ship it?)

There were a bunch of hands, but the key four in a nutshell:

-Up to 200K by chipping up and never seeing a showdown, I raise QQ at 2/4K. Loose/bad Asian guy calls 1/3 of his stack in the BB, then stop and goes me all in on a J86 flop with the mighty 98o. It's good, so I lose 70K.

-Back to 200K by chipping up and never seeing a showdown, I eventually win a big flip with tens vs. AK, get up to 330K, then raise AJ from MP to 22K at 4/8 with a very tight image. Folded to the BB, who's been playing worse and worse all day as he's gotten drunker and drunker; he calls. Flop K J 3, he checks, I bet something like 35K to try to induce a shove, he snap shoves, I snap call and his K2 wins (sigh, way to CR your bluff catcher). This drops me down to 140K while he gets about 300K. Over the next hour, while I chip up one hand at a time, he defends his BB again with 64s and flops a boat vs. 99, calls a 9x shove with K3o and wins, and generally luckboxes a million chips or so. Well, okay then, at least I'm still in.

-Back to 190K when the following hand happens: MP3, who has been raising my BB from the button all day and generally trying to be aggro (it would work better if he didn't keep running into monsters behind him or I wasn't 3 betting him light; as it was, he'd steal my blinds 2-3 times, then I'd reraise him light and win them back so it would even out), raises to 24K at 4/8K. CO, who's new to the table, calls, I find ATo on the button and run my second squeeze of the day to 65K. MP3 tanks forever and (apparently) folds AQ.....but CO actually thinks and shoves?? Now I'm getting 2:1, can't really be against aces and eventually wind up making a pot odds call against 99 on the last hand of the level, then win the giant coinflip when the doorcard is a T. The rail berates me, etc., but they're bad at poker, and I've got 436K going into 5/10 at the best table in the tournament with a couple of really bad players, one of whom has a million chips. Also, my image is shot, which is perfect because the plan is to nit up the last 90 minutes and hit homeruns when I actually get hands.

-So, obviously, on the first orbit of 5/10K, the drunk guy raises to 30K, the button (MP3 from the last hand) calls, and I look down at AK in the big blind. Options: 1)just shove, 2)go for massive value because I'm "obviously squeezing", make it some really large number and PSB shove most flops (check/folding horrible ones like 876 or something). I pick option 2 and make it 150K, MP3 takes 15 seconds, says something like "I've got you figured out, you're squeezing, blah blah blah" and splashes a bunch of 10K chips into the pot.

Flop Q98, pretty perfect. I shove. He turbocalls with...JT; turn brick, river brick. Yes, that's right, he put 1/3 of our effective stacks in with jack ten soooooooted and flopped the nuts in a 900,000 chip pot (average stack at the FT will be 2 million). Then, with his new 1.5 million chip stack with 50 people left, he gloats and says how he knew I was squeezing.

I swear I've never been more tilted or pissed off while playing this game as I was for the next five minutes. I could deal with the bad side of a coinflip or a generic bad beat. This was above and beyond. I usually try to act with as much class as possible at the table, but the sarcastic "well played sir, you definitely had me figured out" I came up with was the least of what I actually wanted to say. If he'd been sitting next to me and not across the table I might have wound up arrested.

When play ended for the day, forty five minutes and two very well timed calls to my wife later, I was beginning to unwind while sitting with Vivek (who's still in) at the buffet when an older guy, who was sitting with me during a bunch of Day 1, totally randomly came up and complemented me on my play at the time. That helped, and I calmed down enough to grab another plate of food when Devilfish Ulliot, who'd also been at my table for the last hour or so and at a couple of my WSOP tables, also came up, told me 'nice play, unlucky' and the more important 'Gus Hansen got the guy to do the same thing you did with the nut flush draw and won a million off him - he's down to 300K now'.

And that's the story of why Gus Hansen is now the chipleader, some drunk asshole is almost busto and I'm blogging this at 1:30 AM instead of getting some sleep. Amazingly enough, I'm not even bitter or pissed off anymore - I played so well in these three days and got myself in perfect position to final table a huge event, was all in for all of my chips a grand total of four times and just wound up in the unluckiest possible spot the last time out after I got the guy to make a giant mistake. I'll be back; he won't. In the meantime, there are a bunch more tournaments to play.

In conclusion, lol donkaments.
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