Thursday, July 28, 2005

More Tournaments

After the very quick end to the rebuy tournament last week, I went all of about 15 hours before getting back on the old horse. I played in a $30 rebuy tournament (two $15 rebuys and a $15 addon), and made it into the second half with a massive chiplead. I think I was sitting with over 16k in chips in an average field about 4k. As soon as we hit the second half, we got the most obnoxious old idiot in the world. This 50 year old guy, wearing a straw hat and absolutely reeking of B.O. (remember, it's been about 95 degrees every day for the last week). As soon as he came to my table, I went completely card dead. I made a few steals at the appropriate times, but got into no battles with anyone.

And then the blinds starting going up faster.

What?!?!?! You're going to increase the rate of the blinds because this building has to be locked up in two hours? Bullshit!

So we played, and we played, and I finally got a respectable hand. Blinds are 500-1000 and I find [Jd Jh]. Not the best, but hopefully good enough. 3 people limped ahead of me, so I made a 4xBB raise. Folded to the big blind who called, and the 3 limpers all mucked. I had the big blind covered by at least 4 or 5 thousand.

Flop [8d Js 4s]

I thought for a while, and decided to make a minimum bet into this guy. I'm pretty sure he'll read me for weak and come back over the top. Sure enough, he looks at me for a few seconds and pushes his stack in. It's another 4k to me. I call and we flip up.

Hero: Pocket [Jd Jh] (Set of Jacks)
Big Blind: [8s 2c] (Pair of 8s)

Turn [ Ks ]

River [3s ]

Runner runner flush.

Very next hand, I get AKo. It's raised ahead of me, and I jam for 5k. Same asshole calls me with pocket 5's. No help on the board, IGHN.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Disappointing Results

No Limit Texas Holdem
$50 buyin with a maximum of two $25 rebuys.
115 players
Starting stacks: T10,000

The tournament got off to a loud start, and by the end of the first hand I felt like the kid who just got all his lunch money stolen and was left in some alley after getting kicked in the junk.

Hand 1
Blinds: 100-200
Seat 1: T10,000 *Button*
Seat 2: T10,000 *SB*
Seat 3: T10,000 *BB*
Seat 4: T10,000
Seat 5: T10,000
Seat 6: T10,000
Hero : T10,000
Seat 8: T10,000
Seat 9: T10,000

Dealt to Hero: [ Kh Kc ]
Seat 3 folds
Seat 4 folds
Seat 5 raises T200 to T1000.
Seat 6 cold-calls.
Hero raises T1000 to T4000
Seat 8 folds
Seat 9 folds
Seat 1 folds
Seat 2 folds
Seat 5 raises T4000 to T10,000
Seat 6 folds
Hero calls T6000 (Pot is T21,300)
Seat 6 flips over [ Qs Qc ]

Flop [ 3h 5h 9c ]
Turn [ As ]
River [ Qd ]

Seat 6 wins T21,300.

And that's that.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Huge re-buy tourney tomorrow

Tomorrow will mark the first tournament I've ever played in with a prize pool over over $10k. About 110 players, most of them trust-fund babies. Can't ask for a better opportunity. Apparantly this tournament is held once a month, but the location varies. Have to make sure I get some good rest the night before. I realize for some of you this tournament is probably peanuts, but we all have to start out somewhere. Maybe in a few years I'll be chewing it up with the big dogs. Wish me many well-placed reads.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

WSOP and other poker news

Well.... I haven't exactly been as faithful to this blog as I should be. I've been on a recent binge of tourneys lately. Played some rebuy tourneys, a few shootouts, and way too many NL cash games. All said, I think I broke about even, maybe a little up. I'll try to be more reliable in the future, even though I highly doubt anyone's actually reading this...

WSOP updates at the end of day 4:

01 Tim Phan $ 3,244,000
02 Mike Matusow $ 2,561,000
03 Farzad Bonyadi $ 2,402,000
04 Steve Dannenmann $ 2,143,000
05 Phil Ivey $ 2,027,000
06 Tex Barch $ 2,025,000
07 Tiffany Williamson $ 1,992,000
08 Johnny Howard $ 1,806,000
09 Scott Lazar $ 1,629,000
10 Tuan "Tommy" Vu $ 1,571,000

Raymer was doing pretty well until yesterday, but suffered a 500k hit when he got into it with Bart Rice. Raymer had KQ and was outkicked by Rice's AQ with a board of 7235Q.

I'm putting my money on Ivey at this point. If he makes the final table *crosses fingers*, I think it's pretty much over. But, we'll see.