Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Poker Observations

I am a dabbler in the world of on-line poker. The only reason I have a PokerStars account is due to the WPBT Event #2 Satellite Events. I play 5+.50 sng's and I play the .10/.25 NL ring games. Occasionally I play a 10+1 sng or the .25/.50 nl ring games.

However I am unwilling to deposit money to play at levels that I usually play at the casino. I don't know why. I guess because once its in PS's then it is officially gambling money. As long as my bankroll is in my pocket then I can always spend it on other things, like the Mrs's birthday or a night on the town.

Then there is another reason. Fish.

I was dabbling at the $25 max .10/.25 NL ring game on P'Stars on Friday. I bought in for the full $25. I played a few hands and was down to about $15 when finally a real hand appears, AA. I raise to 3xBB get re-raised and then re-raise back. Flop is TQX. I push all in. Fish calls, with pocket 9's. Turn is a 9. AAARRRRRGGGHHH. Called like he knew it was coming. No odds, two overs on the board and I have raised, re-raised then pushed all in after the flop. Hello. Do you think your 9's might not be good in this spot? Here I am playing ABC and he doesn't get it. Lucky bastard.

Other observations. Don't play A, K, Q or J - rag. As the old adage goes, "What are you hoping for on the flop?

I caught trip queens twice this weekend. Once with pocket AQ and the second with pocket KQ. When I had AQ, my poor opponent had KQ, just bad luck on his part. That is a very tough laydown. When I had the KQ my opponent had Q2o. What? And he was the aggressor. I didn't have to bet, he did it for me.

The fish giveth and the fish taketh away. Play long enough and they giveth more than they taketh.

Last night I had a very similar situation to what Paul reported on. I had a guy in every pot for a 4-5xBB raise. He'd call at least one bet on the flop. He rivered me out of a decent pot. The coincidence is weird really. My AJo caught 2 pair his 92o caught two pair as well. I crushed him for his entire stake.

Monday, May 30, 2005

I saw it

I saw Star Wars: Episode 3 on Saturday. The Star Wars related child rearing question that has been on my mind since, well since longer than I've had a kid is this:

In what order will Little Chilly watch the two triologies?

Will it be how I saw them? Hope, Empire, Jedi, Menace, Clones, Sith.

Will it be in Chronological order? Menace, Clones, Sith, Hope, Empire, Jedi.

Or.....will it be
Sith, Hope, Empire, Jedi, Menace, Clones?

Thats right. The best 3 of the 6 part series are Sith, Hope and Empire. They fall in order, tell a great story and will hook you in and make you want to sit through clones even after the pain that is menace.

I think I might see it again at a digital theater in Vegas. Then again, maybe I'll just play cards.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Birthday Tooth

Yesterday was the Mrs. birthday. The boy delivered his first tooth as a special present. After weeks of slobber, tylenol, ambesol and crying finally we have the first tooth.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

You're not going to believe this hand I hit

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to good43 [7h 6d]
MR. SHAY: calls $0.25
Perfectset: folds
dbshibby: folds
DonJ: folds
milamber2121: calls $0.25o
DDpAUL: checks
Batmankw: calls $0.25
jonnyv86: calls $0.15
good43: checks (BB)
*** FLOP *** [7d 6s 6c]
jonnyv86: checks
good43: checks
MR. SHAY: checks
milamber2121: checks
oDDpAUL: checks
Batmankw: bets $0.75
jonnyv86: folds
good43: calls $0.75
MR. SHAY: folds
milamber2121: folds
oDDpAUL: folds
*** TURN *** [7d 6s 6c] [6h]
good43: checks
Batmankw: bets $2
good43: calls $2
*** RIVER *** [7d 6s 6c 6h] [7s]
good43: bets $3 and is all-in
Batmankw: calls $2.45 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
good43: shows [7h 6d] (four of a kind, Sixes)
Batmankw: mucks hand
good43 collected $11.35 from pot
Perfectset said, "ha ha"
milamber2121 said, "nh"
Perfectset said, "wow"
Perfectset said, "very nice"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $11.90 Rake $0.55 Board [7d 6s 6c 6h 7s]

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

I am going to Vegas

Yes I am going to Vegas. The STL Squad will be there in full force. This includes Me (Chilly), Marty (Melts in your Mouth), Dave (Your Mom), Brian (BMcC , thats pronounced Bee-Mac-See), and others who I have no link for.

"So how did you pull that off?", you might ask.

"Afterall your wife works like 65 hours a week, you have a 5 month old little boy and frankly you're not much of a blogger." you say.

We'll here are the details, and I am not making up any of this. It is all the honest truth.

First, the wife is on call the weekend that I am in Vegas. That means that she may get called into the hospital at any moment all weekend long. Usually this would be okay because I am there to act as parent in charge. In otherwords her being on call has transformed from me having absolute freedom into being grounded.

I needed a solution since I'll be in Vegas. I think I came up with a humdinger. I have two, yes one-two, lesbians coming to spend the weekend and help watch the boy while I am gone.

Second, the wife is exacting payback in July or August when she goes to Mexico for the weekend. Sounds like a good opprotunity for the boys first homegame to me.

Third, the lesbians have to go home on Monday and the wife works long hours that day. In come the Grandparents for a day of sitting.

Fourth and finally, I am just cute enough to get away with all of this.

When you see me in Vegas, you can call me Chilly. It really is my nickname. I've had it since 1991. I'll be the bald(ing) 265# guy standing next to Marty. Imagine my profile photo only 31.5 years older. Same hairline, same dumb look on my face, same level of cuteness.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

FreeRoll let down and a SNG

So I played Paul's Noble Poker Freeroll event last night. I had very few playable cards. I had pocket 4's and an AKo and that was it. I also got screwed on a table move. I posted a BB and played through my button and got moved to another table INTO THE BB. What a crock of shit. but thanks for the freeroll. I had fun anyway.

I did take down a pot with the hammer. Well really I stole the blinds with a 3xBB raise. Thanks to Al for the props, even if I did have to ask for them.

Otis and Al have the same boobs.

So I busted out early. I was sanwiched between two no shows and everyone kept picking off their blinds catching me in the middle. Big stack raised UTG when I was button or SB, I don't remember. I raised all in thinking "I'll show him". He called and down I went my 6-3 vs his AJ. I caught a 6 on the flop but the turn was a J. Buhbye.

So I went and took care of the boy for a while and then cleaned the house. Really just picked up a little. I was still poker had a poker jones so I sat for a 5+.50 SNG on PStars. Here is the first hand. Yes the first hand. I am the BB.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to good43 [Jc Js]
Southbreeze6: calls 20
Cue&Cushion: folds
holb: folds
mrjones&me: raises 80 to 100
vmax4alex: calls 100
LUCKY ONE789: folds
hargy4333: folds
kylene: folds
good43: calls 80
Southbreeze6: folds
*** FLOP *** [Jh 8s 9s]
good43: checks
mrjones&me: bets 200
vmax4alex: folds
good43: raises 240 to 440
mrjones&me: raises 540 to 980
good43: raises 420 to 1400
and is all-in
mrjones&me: calls 420 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [Jh 8s 9s] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [Jh 8s 9s 4c] [4d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
good43: shows [Jc Js] (a full house, Jacks full of Fours)
mrjones&me: shows [Qd Qh] (two pair, Queens and Fours)
good43 collected 3130 from pot

Yes I doubled up on the first hand and never looked back. I was up and down but never out of the top 3 for the rest of the match. What is ths guy thinking? Yes he has an overpair, but there is a straight on board. Maybe he saw the flush draw and was trying to get me to lay down?? Maybe he was high listening to pseudo-rastafarians play top 40 music? Yes his image was that of a Counting Crows album cover.

The last hand of the night I won with A-10s to make the nut flush. I raised preflop, on the button. Opponent re-raised all-in with KQo. I was in the lead the whole way and the river brought a flush.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot. During the freeroll a guy hit a royal at my table.

My pocket 10's flopped quads during the SNG. Thats 3 quads in a week.

The games we don't play anymore.

Reading this post and Felicia's comments about stud in general made me think of all the poker and other games that I don't play anymore. It is all hold'em all the time.

Black Mariah- This is a 7stud game with a twist. Low Spade in the hole splits the pot. If the queen of spades shows on the board everyone mucks and there is a re-deal. All the bets are still committed to the pot. If you already folded, you're still out. Sometimes called bitch.

Guts- They way we played... was dealt 2 down. Everyone looks and mucks or stays at the same time. Usually the dealer counts down 1-2-3-drop. Those who don't drop are in the hand and have to bet. If you lose you match the pot, if you win you take the pot. If only one guy is in then he has to showdown versus a dummy hand. The pot is initially built with an ante structure.

Pitch- Read about it here. Let me tell you I played this before every home football game my junior and senior year in highschool. The last time I played was July 4th weekend, 1992. It a team game, like bridge, so you can always blame your play on your patner. This is the most fun I have ever had playing cards.

Five card stud and five card draw-This was poker when I was a kid. Especially draw. Thats what Maverick played.

7 stud. I played this aaaaalllll the time before hold'em.

The list goes on. Baseball, Midnight baseball, in-between (aka between the sheets), etc, etc......

Cereal and Poker

The boy has stopped sleeping through the night. The last few weeks has been a series of truly sleepless nights. He went from sleeping through the night to getting up at least once to eat. Mom has had it. The command has been given.


So last night we put a new tape in the video camera. I prepared the boys first bowl of rice cereal. 5 parts breast milk 1 part rice cereal. The wife went to the attic and retrieved bibs, spoons and bowls.

The cereal was mixed and heated. The boy was placed in a bouncy seat. A "tigger" bib around his neck. Mom perched with the camera. Dad with spoon and bowl in hand. First I should say that it took us some doin' to convince the boy that the bib is not a toy. He repeatedly pulled the bib up over his face, blocking all access to his pie hole.

As expected the first spoonful went running down his chin. The second had much the same result. The third was rejected with a thrust of the the tongue. The rest of the attempts were clearly played under protest. As the spoon neared his lips the boy proceeded to "Blow raspberries" making what can only be described as "cereal bubbles". Once the laughter died down the cereal was abandoned and the breast resumed. Boy 1 - Cereal 0.

Of course the rest of the night played out like you'd expect. I took a benadryl and went to bed. Claratin is not touching my allergies this spring. The wife was up at 4am with the boy.

Round 2 is tonight.


I got online last night and lost $5 playing the $25 NLHE (these are the .10/.25) tables on Pokerstars. I played some hands poorly early. I was gambling as I am prone to do when I think I am in for a short session. I was down to $3 from my $10 buyin. I checked my stats. I played 3.5 orbits and saw the flop 35% of the time. I am usually much tighter than that.

I decided that my image at this table was blown, so I picked up and moved. The new table I tightened up and tried my hardest to only see flops that I could see for a raise. After watching the table and seeing a guy make a bad, bad laydown, I picked a strategy. He laid down an obvious A rag with an A on board. Pocket nines took the pot with 3 overs on board. Don't play A rag if you are willing to lay it down. Mr Laydown started with the chat "OMFG" "Thats unbelievable" "You played that way???" etc. etc.

I made my table image a tight as possible. Mr. Laydown was was the button to my big blind. I won a bunch of pots from him. I only played very good to premium starting hands unless I was SB or BB. I was then able to push him out of pots whenever any scare card came.

For instance: I was in position and we were heads up after he was the only caller to my pre-flop raise. After the flop I had second pair. There was a flush draw on board that I had no piece of. I raised his bet on the flop and checked the blank on the turn. When the flush card fell on the river he checked into me and I bet 1/2 the pot. El foldo. I played every hand against him like I had or was drawing to the nuts. He always left me with odds and he let me take free cards whenever I asked.

It was so nice playing at this low limit table with a guy who didn't see the river with 3rd pair and knew how to make a laydown. I wish I had more time to get the rest of his stack, but alas, the boy woke from his nap and I was back to playing daddy. My new strategy for the lower limit tables is to find the tightest table I can and try to run over it. My old strategy was to find loose tables that I could pick up big pots on my premium hands.

Monday, May 23, 2005

How do you spend your work day??

Note to self. Play more, blog less. The most action I've had latley is the free poker I played on Bugsy a few days ago. I can't find the time or the energy.

Latley I've been blogging and reading blogs more than playing. Hmmmm. I need to play more. Maybe I can get in on Paul's freeroll on noble tomorrow. I am also going to get to the casino one or two days this week. I think I might be able to make the Wednesday $50 buy-in NLHE tourney at Harrah's. my boss is leaving town at 2 and the tourney starts at 3. The structure is a little fast, but I've been wanting to try my improved tourney style there for a while. Friday looks good too, as I have the day off and my parents might be in town to watch the boy. I hate playing early during the week as all the grinders are boring opponents. Thursday is out as we are headed out to celebrate the Mrs. birthday. Saturday is actually her b-day so thats out as well.

I need practice before vegas. Homegame anyone? Wednesday night might be good. 8-11. I can't host but I can play.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


I was reading this post over at the obituarium and it got me thinking about something. People who smoke. If you smoke, quit, if you don't, please don't start.

Here are some of my family members that met a smoking related end. Emphysema, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung Cancer you know those long painful deaths. Don't forget stroke and heart attack that got the job done before the others could.

Maternal Grandfather, Lyle Dean
Maternal Grandmother, Martha Gerry
Maternal Great Uncle, Roy
Maternal Great Uncle, Howard
Paternal Great Uncle, Ray
Paternal Step-GrandMother, Hazel

I don't smoke and I never have, just the occasional cigar (the last one was about 5 months ago when my son was born). My vices are in other places. I need to lose more than a couple of pounds. Now that's about as bad as smoking. It also very hard to do, just like quitting the cancer sticks. Think about that. The thing you stick in your mouth and puff on has a nick-name based on how its going to kill you. Keeping that naming convention in mind I guess WhiteCastles should be called belly-builders, or "Heartattack boxes". You think up your own name.

As I ramble through this I find that I need to make a point. Here it is. My grandmother wanted nothing more that to be a Great-Grandmother. From the day I announced my engagement she started asking about kids. We were at a football game together in 1996. I asked her "What do you want for Christmas?" Just then a 2 year-old girl in pigtails came walking up the steps holding her dads hands. "One of those" she said. Her Great-Grandson was born about 5 months ago. About 6 years too late. She died from lung cancer after smoking for 50 years.

I guess I should keep that in mind the next time I cruise by WC at 2 am. Whats more important, taking your son, grandson or great-grandson fishing, or eating another cheeseburger? Attending your granddaughters wedding or smoking that next cigarette?

Friday, May 20, 2005

Lion 42-Midgets nothing

My buddy over at the Danger Zone found this story. I don't know if its true, but if it is.....

Vegas Poker Room Reviews

Here they are. Pick your poison.

Good Luck.


So I am playing free poker on Bugsy last night. A little 1/2 PLHE. Yes Pot Limit. The only reason is that I had the Mac with me in the basement and I was too lazy to walk upstairs and get the PC. (Note, I only have laptops, a pc for work and a Mac at home. Bugsy is the only decent sight I have found that is mac compatible.) In the 60-90 minutes I played I was dealt pocket 5's 5 times. Yes five times I was dealt the speed limit, presto, the magic hand.

That is amazing enough you say, there can't possibly be more to the story. You're wrong. The first two times I held presto in my digital hands I TURNED QUADS. Not only did I turn quads twice, I also went from P1000 to P5800 + in these two hands. Faithful readers of IDSN will remember my missed quads at Harrah's a few weeks ago. This didn't make up for my missing a $700+ payday, but it was the first time I've been excited about free poker in a while. I ended up the night up P6500+.

Here are the histories. (boring, unless you are me and live in the land of play money glory, yes these are hand histories from a play money game.) Notice how in the first hand I have fireworks going off in my head because I flop a boat. Also notice how the same guy leads out at the pot, betting and raising both times. I put a hurting on this guy.

good46yds dealt down 5d 5c
mc7 checks
ragsnrockets raises 7 to 9
jb50 calls 9
RagsToRiches calls 9
good46yds calls 9
Tony-T calls 9
monstar09 calls 9
digithead calls 8
eightofclubs folds
mc7 calls 7
>>>DEALING FLOP<<< [ 2h 5s 2d ]
digithead checks
mc7 checks
ragsnrockets bets 72
jb50 folds
RagsToRiches folds
good46yds raises 216 to 288
Tony-T folds
monstar09 calls 288
digithead folds
mc7 folds
ragsnrockets calls 216
>>>DEALING TURN<<< [ 5h ]
ragsnrockets checks
good46yds checks
monstar09 checks
>>>DEALING RIVER<<< [ 7c ]
ragsnrockets bets 500
good46yds raises 197 to 697 and is all-in
monstar09 calls 697
ragsnrockets calls 197
good46yds shows four of a kind,
fivesmonstar09 mucks hand
ragsnrockets mucks hand
good46yds wins 3,026 with four of a kind, fives

The second time......
>>>DEALING HOLE CARDS<<Beadfreed calls 2
digithead calls 2
eightofclubs calls 2
mc7 calls 2
ragsnrockets raises 13 to 15
jb50 calls 15
good46yds calls 14
Tony-T calls 13
Beadfreed calls 13
digithead calls 13
eightofclubs calls 13
mc7 calls 13
>>>DEALING FLOP<<< [ 5h 3s 6c ]
good46yds checks
Tony-T checks
Beadfreed checks
digithead bets 2
eightofclubs calls 2
mc7 calls 2
ragsnrockets raises 125 to 127
jb50 calls 127
good46yds calls 127
Tony-T folds
Beadfreed calls 127
digithead raises 125 to 252
eightofclubs foldsmc7 fold
sragsnrockets calls 125
jb50 calls 125
good46yds calls 125
Beadfreed folds
>>>DEALING TURN<<< [ 5c ]
good46yds bets 377
digithead calls 377
ragsnrockets calls 377
jb50 folds
>>>DEALING RIVER<<< [ 6h ]
good46yds bets 2,380 and is all-in
digithead calls 1,089 and is all-in
ragsnrockets folds
good46yds takes back 1,291
good46yds shows four of a kind, fives
digithead mucks hand
good46yds wins 4,565 with four of a kind, fives

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Life Imitates Blog

The last 3 nights have quite been sleepless, but pretty close. The boy is teething. The boy has become to big and too strong to effectively swaddle. The boy is up 2-3 times a night.

Dad isn't sleeping much. Boy is undergoing extensive ambesol and tylenol therapy.

The only thing standing between my boy and the Benedryl is his mother. Somehow she thinks its a bad idea to medicate the little screamer so he'll sleep (blackout).

The Mom bought the Boy two new toys last weekend. Toy #1 is a kick 'n play piano. It ties to the end of his crib and he kicks the keys and make beautiful music. Toy #2 is a Baby Einstein Play Station. Sit the boy in the seat and he has 10 different things to play with. Man is it fun. The best part of my day is sitting and watching him go on this thing for 30 minutes. The unbridled joy and amazment that he displays is incredible.

Monday, May 16, 2005


Originally uploaded by good43.

Crack is bad

Originally uploaded by good43.
Don't do crack.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

3 suckouts to victory

So I played a 5+.50 SNG last night. After sleeping all day I couldn't sleep last night, so why not a
little poker? The title of this post says it all. I sucked out three times to victory. This is my formal apology to all of my victims last night. I suck and should be destroyed.

Here are the hands. I am the Hero, Good43.

Suckout #1: I am behind JJ vs. AA and all in. Ooops.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to good43 [Jd Jh]
good43: raises 200 to 300
InsuranceQ: folds
DW-1: folds
spilt6: raises 961 to 1261 and is all-in
Big Harsh: folds
Rivy: folds
good43: calls 940 and is all-in
*** FLOP *** [Qc 9h 6h]
*** TURN *** [Qc 9h 6h] [8h]
*** RIVER *** [Qc 9h 6h 8h] [Js]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
good43: shows [Jd Jh] (three of a kind, Jacks)
spilt6: shows [As Ac] (a pair of Aces)
good43 collected 2630 from pot
spilt6 is sitting out

Suckout #2: I again crack pocket rockets.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to good43 [6s Kh]
Big Harsh: raises 400 to 600
Rivy: folds
good43: calls 400 (I was BB)
*** FLOP *** [Ks 2h Qd]
good43: bets 1200
Big Harsh: raises 347 to 1547 and is all-in
good43: calls 347
*** TURN *** [Ks 2h Qd] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [Ks 2h Qd 5d] [6c]
Big Harsh said, "ouch!"
*** SHOW DOWN ***
good43: shows [6s Kh] (two pair, Kings and Sixes)
Big Harsh: shows [Ad Ah] (a pair of Aces)
Big Harsh said, "nh"
good43 collected 4469 from pot
good43 said, "sorry"

Suckout #3: I beat split Aces calling an all-in way behind with split 4's.
Notice how I get raised twice, check raised even, and it doesn't
phase me. This is the final hand.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to good43 [9h 4c]
good43: calls 300
Rivy: raises 600 to 1200
good43: calls 600
*** FLOP *** [Ad 3c 4d]
Rivy: checks
good43: bets 1200
Rivy: calls 1200 (nice trapping!)
*** TURN *** [Ad 3c 4d] [2d]
Rivy: checks (man, he has me figured out!)
good43: bets 2400
Rivy: raises 683 to 3083 and is all-in
good43: calls 683
*** RIVER *** [Ad 3c 4d 2d] [9d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Rivy: shows [Qs Ah] (a pair of Aces)
good43: shows [9h 4c] (two pair, Nines and Fours)
good43 collected 11066 from pot

If it makes you feel better I took my winnings and bought
into a .10/.25 NL ring game. I lost my $8 buy-in in about 30 minutes. I
called and went all-in pre-flop with JJ vs. KK. K in the window sealed
my fate.

Friday, May 13, 2005

San Francisco and Fevers

I'll start off by saying that at 3:00 yesterday afternoon I started to feel achey (achie? achy?) and had chills. I went home and laid down. Thankfully Grandma and Grandpa S. were in town watching the boy. I took ibuprofen after a short nap and started to feel a little better. I took my temperature and it was 99.6.

This morning at 4:30 I woke up and felt like crap. I took my temperature and ibuprofen again. Here are the numbers 800 miligrams of ibuprofen and 101 degrees of temperature. I immediatly picked up the phone and called my boss to say I wasn't coming in. Yes a voicemail at 4:30 am. I was up until about 9 and finally fell asleep until 2:30. I think my fever broke, but I don't have the energy to wander upstairs to find the thermometer to verify.

San Francisco

We went last saturday and came home on wednesday. We stayed at the Hotel Nikko downtown. Why downtown SF for 5 days? Mrs. Chilly had a conference, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists were meeting. Hmmmm, fun. We walked to the convention center the first day so she could register. What did we see? Two groups of protesters. The first was expected. The anti-abortion loons were out in full force. The signs that caught my eye...

The one with the names of murdered doctors, with the names crossed out.
The one with the name of a convicted murderer that said, "He only killed x...., you kill thousands everyday.

Hmmm. How do I get a CC permit?

The second group were just as serious, but with less of an edge. They were the anti-circumcision group.

Their funny poster was a large photo of a guy and a girl in a meadow kissing. The caption read "How much of this is he going to feel?" Now I have to say I am on board with this group. Even though they are a little to serious about it. Cirsumcision is a barbaric unneccesary procedure. There is no medical reason for it. But i digress.....

Online poker in the SF hotel room (ed note... blogger ate my post and only recovered to here)

I was incharge of the boy during the day. Our routine was the same each day. He'd wake up, mom would feed him while dad showered. Once dressed (insert image of naked me toweling off here) I would strap the boy into his stroller and go off to find the greasiest breakfast in SF.

After breakfast we'd return to the room for some playtime. Then it was nap/poker time. I can't play SNG's and babysit. He'd wake up just as I was on the bubble. Crickey, I was going out on the bubble or in third constantly.

I switched over to .10/.25 ring games. No chance of building any skills here, just your bankroll. Sit back and wait for the nuts. Don't chase and don't call off your stack.

I tilted a guy. I caught broadway on 5th street. He raged for 3o minutes and blew off most of his stack in the process. I had top pair (K's) and top kicker with a draw to broadway after the flop. I think he made 2 pair or the ass end straight on the flop. He should have bet me out instead of trying to milk me.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Friday, May 06, 2005

Hernias and Poker

A bunch of guys moved a 8 person hot tub last night. Nice. I hope that the Uncle Joe Stew thats going to be brewing on the "Hill" isn't unleashed on humanity. It could mean the end of us all.

Do you ever wonder who you're playing against online? So in a sit'ngo the first guy out had a J high flush with the A on board. The winner had AK off and made the nuts. This guy comes on the chat and is steaming for 5-10 minutes about "how could he have lost?" He had the ACE! Even after the guy that won the pot explained it too him he kept up with "But I had the ACE!"

I went 1-2 in $5 homegame freeze outs last night. The first game I was #1 out. I had A-10s against toolman. He limped and then called a my preflop raise. The board came down 9-9-7 or 7-7-9 or some crap like that, whatever it was I knew it didn't hit either of us. So why did he push all-in?

He had 2-2, thats why. I busted out and dealt the rest of the game.

Second game the dude pissed my off by slowplaying a flopped set of queens on the first or second hand. He made a boat on the river and sucked away a lot of my chips. I spent the next 20 minutes rolling the table to get back to even.

Sweetness was busting him out later on. For the day I was 2/3 in 1 table tourney play. $15.50 in buy-ins for a $42 return.

We really need to play some $100 ring games like they have going on in S.C. If you're willing to blow off $100 at the boat, why not give it to me...er... I mean play at home with your friends.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

SNG Victory!

I won my first PokerStars Sit'nGo today.

Here are a few key hands. Mostly my wins until it went H2H.

55 held up at showdown when the flop delivered a 5 K Q. Got called all the way down.

QQ held up after I pushed all-in after the turn. There were 2 diamonds on the flop, caller made an obvious draw call and did it again after the turn. I guess his pot-odds were good then. :) maybe a little to much VVP and not enough thought.

33 held up against a board of 10 10 6 9 5. All overcards and the 2 others in the pot were willing to check it down.

H2H I finally won when I flopped top pair with 10's. I made a steal size bet and got raised all-in byAJ. With no hand and no draws other than 2 overs! I set him up here. I made some preflop raises with a 2-1 chip advantage that I let him bluff me out of after the flop. He pushed all in agaist any large bet I made against a moderate to scary board. By feining weakness and blowing off part of my chip lead I was able to get him to make a move at the wrong time. Actually took less time than I thought it would.

This is the first time I played H2H and started with a strategy other than "Raise on the button." Wow, this strategery thing is cool. Better yet I didn't get sucked out on H2H like the last time I played a SNG.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

In case you're going to Vegas in June

A quick overview of Vegas Poker Rooms.

A quick overview of alternate activities in case you get tired of poker.


Originally uploaded by good43.
I dropped the hammer last night. On the button. Raised 3xBB, SB called. flop comes 2-3-5. I push with a pot sized raise. Fold.

Praire Meadows Poker Room

I went to the card room at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. I only saw 3-6 and 15-30 being spread. Neither game to my liking. They had no NLHE spread. They had an empty interest list for pot-limit. Overall my impression was that it was too bright, too small, too smokey and a little amaturish. This all from just watching and not playing, so I could be way off.

I didn't talk to the "manager". It just looked all wrong. It gave me the heebie jeebies. I figured the 3-6 game would be a series of bad beats and frustration from 10 way pots. I figured the 15-30 game would be a series of me getting my limit holdem cherry painfully popped.

I played online last night.

First a 10+1 sit n' go. I crapped out in like 7th place after my JJ on the button ran into AA. I was dow to like $165 and made it back to $600 but never had a chance.

I played a 5+.50 sng after that. I placed second. I won something like 19/21 hands heads up. Pulled into a tie from a 3-1 deficit. Just was creaming this guy, rolling him hand after hand. Then he pushed all in pre flop with A9 diamonds and I called with AKhearts. 9 on the flop and I pull away in second place.

Oh well earlier in the match I pulled a miracle 10 on the river to make a set to beat the Hilton Sisters.

After this I sat for a while at a .50-1 NL ring game. I managed to drop $8 in 30-45 minutes, only getting in on one pot not in the blinds. I caught no hands other than KK on the button. My raise was called 3x and an A came on the flop. I also think there was a little colusion. While I had my seat the player in the #6 and #9 seats would raise and then re-raise any raise by a new player. It just looked a little fishy.

So how is it going online anyway? I bought into PokerStars for $50 so I could play the WBPT Sat. Event #1. I payed $33 for that event. Since that time I have finished in the money in 4 sng's and out once. I lost $8 on a ring game. My cash balance is $21. Not to bad. I am up $4. not counting the $33, which I hd figured for a donation anyway.

Thurday is Cinco de poker. We are having a get ready for vegas poker night. Saturday me, Lil' Chilly and Mrs. Chilly are leaving for San Francisco. I better take my laptop. Lots of poker action in the hotel room while babysitting!