The key to going deep in a WPBT event is quite simple. Just ask Troublecat and Dr. Pauly. Get into a hand with me, lose 80% of your stack and then drive to the final table. In the last two events I have played, lasts nights HORSE and I think it was the HOY or the Mookie (yeah, mookie) last week that has been the key for a final tabler.
I take down a huge pot early against Absinthe it was my JJ to his TT or my QQ to his JJ, I don't remember and to the good doctor it was my turned set of JJJ versus his flopped TPTK. I guess I need to figure out how to stack these guys.
In the hand against Pauly I should have check called the turn and check-raised the river. In the hand with Absinthe he had me covered and we got it in pre-flop.
Playing HORSE last night I won a large pot in Holdem vs. the Doctor as described above. The majority of my large pots both won and lost were in Razz. I have played about 2500 hands of Razz over the last week. I think I am getting a handle on it. Most importantly I am starting to be able to tell when I am ahead/behind. Unfortunately I see a bit of FPS creeping in as I think I should be able to move people off hands. In the low limit Razz game they don't let lose of a rough 7 no matter what you are showing.
I don't have enough knowledge of O8 to know when to play preflop. I don't know when to call a preflop raise and when to muck top set. I do know that having the tourney host river a wheel against you is bad for your stack.
Stud8 I tried to play very straight forward, but still lost chips. My inability to scoop was the problem. 3 big or three small, but not three in the middle was how I played.
Stud, bah. Stud is stupid.
I took my boy on an airplane to see his grandparents for Thanksgiving. Notice I didn't say we. The wife had to stay home for work. He was a trooper. The flight was a mere 41 minutes but exponentially better than a 6-7 hour car ride. I can make it in 5.5 hours, but I don't stop to pee or cry because I am hungry. I felt a little sorry for the guy in the seat in front of me on the way there. He got his seat kicked constantly. I say a little sorry because:
1. every time his seat was touched he snapped his head around and gave me a look.
2. the plane was half full and he could have moved.
3. that dirty look thing again. I am a pretty big dude, don't give me dirty looks you metro sexual laptop on thanksgiving day douchebag. Say something to me, ask for a new seat or suck it up Nancy. Yes I know having a 23 month old kid kick your seat for 41 minutes sucks. I used to travel every week, believe me I know the horrors of other peoples kids while flying. Find a better solution than looking crossly over your Rivers Cuomo glasses. Seriously, has anyone ever been able to exude anger dressed like a yuppie Weezer fan? Are your cuffed jeans or your Steve Maddens supposed to strike fear into my heart? Besides that be nice or I'll have my kid puke on you.
Grandma and Grandpa have a big garden that had already been plowed under for the winter. The boy had access to my 30 year old Tonka trucks and 1000 sq.ft. of freshly plowed dirt. That is more than heaven for a two year old boy. We spent the weekend "owside" digging in the dirt. We also went to the mall to see Santa and a different mall to ride the carousel.
Other notes from the trip home. My cousin is a freshman in highschool. He is 6'1" and 265 lbs. He is a big boy, but I can still whip his ass. Freshmen are weak. I need to talk to his football coaches. Some of them were my coaches and some of them I played with in both high school and college. They had almost 50 guys out for freshman football but were playing guys both ways and leaving others to rot on the bench. Freshman football is about getting guys into the game and instilling a love for the sport into the players. Its about getting experience so that you can see what positions the kids are best at playing. It is not about win/loss. Freshman football is a farm team for the varsity. Also I need to make sure he goes out for track. I see shot put and discus in his future.