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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s been a week since my last update. As I mentioned last time I was facing an extremely busy week at work so poker had to take a back seat. In keeping with the theme of remaining consistent with this blog here we go:

Last we left off one of my friends was fighting for the chip lead at the Borgata 5K. Unfortunately he busted just before the money bubble. I really thought he was going to do some serious damage in this one but it wasn’t to be as day 3 was very unkind to him.

My Cash Game:

I ended last week ahead 3+ buy ins. This week I’m stuck a bit more than a buy in. There are so many hands that I want to post but I’ll limit it to a couple. I also want to be conscious not to post only bad beat hands so here goes. Here’s a loss first, I swear its hands like these that keep me from being a “successful” cash game player. If I could just learn to be successful against the donks I'd be dangerous. In this hand my top pair and true straight flush draw were no good. Have a good laugh and look at the results in white below.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $2 BB (5 handed) Poker Stars Converter Tool from (Format: 2+2 Forums)

SB ($118.40)
BB ($200)
UTG ($279.55)
Hero ($229.45)
Button ($97.40)

Preflop: Hero is MP with 7, 6.
1 fold, Hero raises to $6, Button calls $6, SB calls $5, BB calls $4.

Flop: ($24) 5, 4, 6 (4 players)
SB bets $112.4 (All-In), BB folds, Hero calls $112.40, Button folds.

Turn: ($0) 4 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($0) 5 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $248.80

Results in white below:
SB has 5s Td (full house, fives full of fours).
Hero has 7c 6c (two pair, sixes and fives).
Outcome: SB wins $248.80.

Now for a winner. I had a good read based on very limited info on my opponent. He had a pattern that I thought I saw developing pre flop. With big pairs he was flat calling and with 2 big broadway he was 3-betting. Ordinarily this would be spewy without a read.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $2 BB (6 handed) Poker Stars Converter Tool from (Format: 2+2 Forums)

BB ($64.75)
UTG ($218.80)
Hero ($175.55)
CO ($216)
Button ($135.30)
SB ($195.30)

Preflop: Hero is MP with 7, 8.
1 fold, Hero raises to $6, 2 folds, SB raises to $18, 1 fold, Hero calls $12.

Flop: ($38) 3, 6, 7 (2 players)
SB bets $20, Hero calls $20.

Turn: ($78) 3 (2 players)
SB bets $66, Hero raises to $137.55, SB calls $71.55.

River: ($353.10) J (2 players)

Final Pot: $353.10

Results in white below:
SB has Kh Ac (one pair, threes).
Hero has 7s 8s (two pair, sevens and threes).
Outcome: Hero wins $353.10.

Monday Tournaments:

It had been exactly a week since I was able to play a tournament. Monday was a little tight for time but I decided to throw caution to the wind by juggling everything else going on in my life and load up an afternoon set. Afterall I was jonesing to play after a week off. I was definitely a bit distracted while playing as a bunch of business issues popped up during my session. It just wasn’t one of those days that I could turn off the phone and inbox.

I played 6 events and was really only competitive in 2 of them. The 15K guaranteed on Full Tilt was going really well with 2/3rds of the field gone until a lagtard who was the only player at the table that had me covered decided that 77 was good enough to get it in with for all the chips pre flop against my pocket 10’s. The 7 high flop sent me to the rail. Ho hum.

My only cash of the day came in the Stars $20 Rebuy. To be honest it began pretty sloppily and I was battling a short stack for what seemed like forever. I am really trying my best to not become discouraged when it looks like everything is going against me in a session. I remember checking my info tab with @ 100 players to go (paying 45) and I was dead last in the tournament. I just buckled down and continued to play super tough with the short stack. A few hours later I was at the final table with a nice stack, I came in 4 of 9. Here was the defining hand of the tournament. We’re down to 6 and I’m in 3rd place. If I win this hand I’ve got the chip lead.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t8000 (6 handed) Poker Stars Converter Tool from (Format: 2+2 Forums)

Button (t52704)
SB (t173467)
Hero (t269994)
UTG (t182752)
MP (t330561)
CO (t444022)

Preflop: Hero is BB with T, T.
4 folds, SB completes, Hero raises to t28000, SB raises to t173467, Hero calls t144667.

Flop: (t349334) J, 8, 5 (2 players)

Turn: (t349334) 2 (2 players)

River: (t349334) 9 (2 players)

Final Pot: t349334

Results in white below:
SB has 9d 9s (three of a kind, nines).
Hero has Ts Td (one pair, tens).
Outcome: SB wins t349334.

After losing this hand I hung tough with the short stack again and battled back. I finished 3rd despite the big chip disadvantage that hand left me facing. The cash was good for $1800+. I walked away a bit disappointed as I felt that if my 10's held vs. the 9's I had a great shot at taking this one down. Oh well.

This day was a far cry from my prior few tournament sessions where I had been successful building a big stack in many of my events. To be a successful tournament player you need to be able to play well regardless of the circumstances. Short stack play is critical in tournaments and I’m happy that I didn’t throw in the towel on this one when I easily could have given up.

It doesn’t look like I’ll be able to play any more tournaments the rest of this week as I’ll be enjoying time with my family for the holiday. I want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, eat your hearts out guys, you only live once!

Oh and of course a Giants win on Sunday would move them to 8-3 so lets go Big Blue!



lakeoffire says

Nice comeback from the 10 10 beat. Nice hands, Doyle. Happy Thanksgiving.


harlem says

Cards will take on a new meaning after you spend time with your family for the holiday. What's important is family and winning.


harlem says

Nice that you were able to hang in there with a short stack and battle back from last place. It's easy to throw in the mental towel when you're not playing well so give yourself a pat on the back. As for the Giants, with the Vikings star rookie RB not playing we should win easily. Pay attention to the rookie RB for the Giants that will be receiving some reps in the backfield, if Jacobs and Ward get listed as DNP's, he's got game.


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