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Slaves to fate

Sunday my run in the Million was cut short in 82nd. These three hands took me apart:

Poker Stars $200+$15 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t10000/t20000 Blinds - 9 players
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BB: t387978
UTG: t576253
UTG+1: t78438
UTG+2: t326300
MP1: t275780
MP2: t311466
CO: t398967
BTN: t189438
Hero (SB): t557064

Pre Flop: Hero is SB with K A
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to t76438 all in, 3 folds, CO raises to t396967 all in, 1 fold, Hero raises to t555064 all in, 1 fold

Flop: (t908372) 4 A K (3 players - 3 are all in)

Turn: (t908372) 2 (3 players - 3 are all in)

River: (t908372) T (3 players - 3 are all in)

Final Pot: t908372
UTG+1 shows Ac 7h (a pair of Aces)
CO shows Td Tc (three of a kind, Tens)
Hero shows Kd Ad (two pair, Aces and Kings)
CO wins t641058
CO wins t267314
Acey-Deucey said, "i had a 10...ONE OUTER"

Poker Stars $200+$15 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t15000/t30000 Blinds - 9 players
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BTN: t450048
SB: t334275
BB: t2190688
Hero (UTG): t583358
UTG+1: t308804
UTG+2: t353042
MP1: t591327
MP2: t1457483
CO: t308608

Pre Flop: Hero is UTG with T T
Hero raises to t70775, 2 folds, MP1 calls t70775, 5 folds

Flop: (t213550) Q 3 A (2 players)
Hero bets t101500, MP1 calls t101500

Turn: (t416550) 7 (2 players)
Hero checks, MP1 bets t120000, Hero folds

Final Pot: t416550
MP1 wins t416550

Poker Stars $200+$15 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t20000/t40000 Blinds - 8 players
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SB: t420048
BB: t378275
Hero (UTG): t412083
UTG+1: t704666
MP1: t697846
MP2: t845602
CO: t1465595
BTN: t221608

Pre Flop: Hero is UTG with T T
Hero raises to t408083 all in, 6 folds, BB calls t334275 all in

Flop: (t800550) A J 8 (2 players - 2 are all in)

Turn: (t800550) 7 (2 players - 2 are all in

River: (t800550) 6 (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: t800550
BB shows Kh Ac (a pair of Aces)
Hero shows Ts Th (a pair of Tens)
BB wins t800550

In conclusion, fuck tens.

Today after doubling up early in the FTOPS with set over set I didn't win a single pot for two hours and constantly ran my good hands into better ones.

Oh, the best part was that I had decided to quit for the day and had nothing left but the $55x3 on Stars (about half an hour in) and a couple of those $60/45 turbos. Needless to say I bubbled the last $60/45 and wasted another three hours to finish 13th in the $55x3 when my JJ < A4o (A river obv).

Also, I was bored during this time and sweated a few people in the FTOPS event, and watched them all bust (mostly on suckouts) not long after I pulled them up.

I feel like I don't have any control over my results and life is just fucking with me, finding a way to cost me every tournament in the most painful way possible. At least if I bust early I can go do something else.

Back to the drawing board, I guess. I feel some sliding back, so I have to correct that before I play again. Getting up tomorrow and getting some real exercise again (I had an exhausting weekend-- physically, that is) will help.

If you don't grind, you don't shine

And a diamond is just a lump of coal until it's been under pressure.

And other platitudes to make me feel better about the frustration of the last few days.

I've been trying to put in lots of volume, both to rebuild my online bankroll and to prepare myself for Vegas. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of close-but-no-cigar chances at scores-- slight cashes, money bubbles, and the like-- and even the occasional final table doesn't quite pan out. Tonight I finished 6th in the Stars $22r for $1600, which put me at +600 on the day-- which does beat losing, but it's a far cry from the big score I could have used.

I busted many things in painful fashion as well-- getting outdrawn, losing races, and being victimized by the Timex theorem more than once (essentially, your opponent always has the weakest hand possible that dominates yours). Just seemed like a day where I couldn't make the right decision in any close spot.

Of course, it was still a winning day, so it really wasn't even that bad, all in all. And yet, I complain. I'm my harshest critic and own worst enemy.

I need to find a way to keep my cool about poker. I can't do it consistently right now, and that bothers me, because it only makes me play worse and stay stressed and miserable and hate the game. Every time I think I've learned something about staying humble and patient, calm and levelheaded, I'm tested even more.

At this rate I'll be able to survive the end of the world. But it'd be nice to win a tournament first.

I'm taking tomorrow off; I've put in about 20 hours the last three days, and I could use the break, and some more time with my friends.

A disappointing Sunday, but not one without hope

So I decided to give it a full Sunday schedule today. Started at 1 PM (Central) with the $109r on Stars and the $240 knockout/warmup/I'm-not-sure-what-they-call-it on Full Tilt, and just ended with a 7th-place finish in the afternoon 11r-- I came in 3rd in chips and proceeded to lose all three pots I played.

So with that and a 150-something finish in the million as my only cashes on the day, I can call my day disappointing-- holding the promise of bigger paydays only to leave me short yet again-- but at the same time, I have reason to feel positive about my play. I avoided major mistakes and got value in good spots, and evaluated situations accurately (or at least I felt that way in retrospect). I also started noticing mistakes I was making as I played, and I think I did a good job of plugging them as I went along. This says good things about both my ability to objectively evaluate my play and to keep focused for long periods of time. I feel like it will get better the more I play-- which is good because I'll be spending the next month or so warming up for the WSOP.

Not much else to report at this time. I'll be putting in more and more volume as the month goes on so hopefully something good (both writingwise and in terms of cash money.)

busted LAPC ME

I won my first pot at showdown of the entire tournament at the 200/400/50 level. Then the next level I screwed up PF when gbecks opened 1800 in the CO and Fred Goldberg called the button. I had 66 in the BB and should have made it 7800 like my first instinct told me to; instead I flat called. Led 4k on a 432cc flop and gbecks called; when he shoved 2x pot on the 9d turn I thought it through and decided some sort of combo draw was his most likely hand and called. No, he had A5. The 6 turn just added insult to injury.

Just another painful reminder that one mistake is all it takes.

I'll probably play some cash for the next few days and then take off. Lingering around after a bustout is no fun.

edit: I had about 25k on my bustout hand.

survived day 1

I have 16,300 chips. I would very much like to have more but Michael Mizrachi runs like god against me postflop. To wit:

(all of these hands happened after the dinner break)

100/200/25. Nam Le limps in EP, another guy limps, I limp 74hh two off the button, SB completes, Grinder checks the BB. Flop is Q62 with two hearts. Grinder bets 625, I call, SB calls. Turn is 5h. Checks to me and I bet 1700. Only Grinder calls, and when the 9h hits the river he donks out 2k or so. sigh. I just fold, although maybe I should have bluff-raised. My hand isn't good anymore, anyway.

150/300/50. Grinder limps UTG, two off the button limps, I have KK on the button (side note, the first time I've picked up kings this entire trip) and make it 1700. Grinder calls and other limper folds. Flop comes Ah9h9x. Grinder donks 2500. Sigh. In frustration I call to see if he'll fire the turn. He shoves in his last 7500 or so on a 3h turn and even if I have "nut" outs I can't really fade that.

Later on, he limps, couple more limpers, I check KTo in the BB. Flop comes K72 with two clubs. I check because Grinder's always betting here; he bets 700, all fold, I call. Turn 4c and I lead 1600 (partly for value and partly to shut down action now that the board's getting scary). He thinks for a little while and calls. River is the 5c. Awesome. I wonder about bluffing here, but I have no idea how light he's willing to call me down. So I check, he thinks and checks and tables 42hh. Sweet.

I didn't pick up too many big hands, and every time I did I either won the blinds or got cracked. Here are the only other two interesting "big hands" I had.

25/50 still-- I pick up red QQ UTG and make it 200. UTG+1 calls; BB (by now the clear fish at the table) makes it 600. Yeah, looks like we're playing for a set here. I call and so does UTG+1. Flop is T97 with two diamonds and the BB leads for 2000. I drop it like it's hot; obviously he shows aces after the hand.

Now later at 150/300/50, two to my right limps and I try to make it 1300 with AQhh but grab a 500 chip instead of a 1k so it's only 800. Grinder makes it 2600 from the SB and my plan there is to just call and shove a lot of flops. Then the limper makes it something like 7500 cold. (This is the third time he's limp-reraised.) Now it's clear fold; Grinder also folds and the limper shows 33. He tells Grinder "I thought you were making a move because his raise was weak." Sigh. Who the hell knows what happens there if I make a normal raise.

I'm really tired right now. Every other tournament has started at 3:30 PM and played until 3:30 AM, which meant, despite the fact that I was getting up regularly between 10 and 11 Central time before I came here, I'm now suddenly on a 6 AM - 2 PM sleep schedule. And then they spring a 12:30 start on us. At least I registered the night before so I didn't have to get up early to do so, but I still got maybe 5 hours of sleep.

At least we only played five levels. And I didn't make any horrible mistakes. Gonna just rest tonight and come back refreshed tomorrow, hopefully with a better table draw. And running better.

Also, today was the first time I actually ate food on my dinner break, and I managed to drop 35% of my stack afterward (in just under two levels). I'm never eating dinner again. (I didn't even eat anything heavy or get sluggish. Food just makes me run bad.)
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