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Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 26, 2004, 09:26:05 AM
I'll admit it, I'm not a very good poker player.  I'm decent, conservative to a fault.  If I get enough good hands, I can win a tournament (as I did last week).  But then, so can anyone else with decent hands.  My problem comes when I try to smell out a bluff or bluff myself.  I can be pushed around pretty easily.  Some days I notice my play is really good, other days it's just crap.

Anyway, in lieu of a blog, I will chronicle here my attempt to make some money or SOMETHING (anything) off of the several poker freerolls I play during the week.  I try to play a few a day, but sometimes my work schedule allows less or more.

First off, let's detail the sites I play, and why.

Absolute Poker:
- Site has 2 freerolls per day that fit into my schedule at 9 AM and 1 PM.  I usually just play the 9 AM one.  MWF they have No Limit hold 'Em tourneys at 9 AM, T and TH they have 7 Card Stud freerolls at 9 AM.  They flop times on the other days.  I am not a good 7 Card Stud player at all, but am trying.  The top 15 players in these freerolls win entry into another free tournament on Sunday night at 6 PM, where the top prize is $275.  Not bad, probably the best reward of all the freerolls.  Average turnout is around 600-700.

Ultimate Bet:
- Site has several freerolls that fit into my schedule, the main one being at 10:15 AM that if you place in the top 50 gives you a free entry into a Sunday at 1:15 PM tourney.  This Sunday tourney gives you a real money tournament entry worth $110 if you place in the top 10.  A bit longer of a road to actual money, but a $110 tourney entry is the gateway to some serious prize pools.  All of these tourneys are No Limit Hold 'Em.  The other freerolls I play here promise web site points (which can be used to enter small tourneys), and bonus money (which you can convert into real money by playing at real money tables... so far I have $3.75 in bonus money and 74 points at this site).  Average turnout is between 1500 and 2500 (the max).  So the competition is rough.

Jet Set Poker:
- A small site with very few real money players.  I wonder how long it'll keep going, really.  They have several tourneys also that reward web site points, which if you go up the chain far enough, can convert into money.  I have 33 points at this web site so far, and I've been playing there only about 2 weeks.  The main tourney I enter is at 10 AM, a No Limit Hold 'Em tourney.  I also like to play the 11 AM Omaha Hi/Lo tourney.  I am a decent Hi/Lo player.  It's always fun to watch people draw 3 Aces and look flabbergasted when they lose to a set of Kings.  Participants are max at 500, so that's good.

Poker Room:
- I hate the people at this site, but they have a 9 AM No Limit Freeroll which pays out $75 in bonus money to 1st place.  I guess I'd put money here to collect if I had to.  But I never play well or even try hard here.  1800 players max.

Poker Champs:
- A new site that's still in beta.  They're offering free money to the top 3 finishers in their freerolls that you can use without a deposit once the site goes live.  The most I've seen in a freeroll is 110 people, so the odds are decent.  The players are morons, but not all of them.  I've only played about 5 tourneys here so far, and finished 8th once, but no better.  The tourneys are every 2 hours.  Don't know the max level as they aren't anywhere near it ever.

The problem with playing freerolls is that your opponents are more often than not, morons.  And sometimes morons catch miracle river cards.  But we'll chronicle that as the thread moves along.

Hope you enjoy it.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Bronzetree on August 26, 2004, 09:39:04 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
The problem with playing freerolls is that your opponents are more often than not, morons.  And sometimes morons catch miracle river cards.


Which is what happens every single time I play at Poker Room. I've pretty much given up playing there. I can have a full boat and somehow or another, someone else will pull out a flush. Every time.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 26, 2004, 11:23:12 AM
Thursday, August 26th

Ultimate Bet, 8:15 AM, $500 Bonus Dollar pool Freeroll:

I take my seat and no sooner do I sit down, then I get dealt pocket Aces.  The holy grail of starting hands on my 2nd hand.  Knowing that itís important to knock the idiots out early, and knowing that many players will call all-in bets with a single Ace, I move in.  I get 2 callers of my $1000 all-in bet, both of whom have less money than me.  One has K-Qo (the little o denoting off-suit, or 2 cards of different suits), and one has QQ.  Even if a K comes up, Iím gold.  But, true to online form, the final remaining Q shows up on the river, and Iím quickly down to $160, while ace1961 collects up to $2800.  Itís much harder to win online with AA then it is in real life.  Iíve yet to determine if it is because of coincidence, poor play by me, or stacking of the deck by the sites themselves.  

5 hands later, Iím in middle position and am dealt A-Qo with my same $160.  There is one raiser in front of me who bumps up the small blind from $10 to $100.  I go all-in, and we get 5 callers after the raiser goes all-in as well.  4 people will get knocked out on this hand.  I canít believe some of the crap these people called with.  Thereís a 5-6d (d=diamonds, h=hearts, s=spades, c=clubs), A-2d, Q-Jo, and the raiser had KK. Oops.  Oh well, I wouldíve had to double up at some point to get back in it.  The board comes, and itís nothing over a 10 with no diamonds, and Iím out before I even get in the blinds.  Canít say I played badly, just took a bad beat on that first hand and had to be aggressive after that.

Jet Set Poker, 10:00 AM, points Freeroll:

2nd hand, I catch QQ, and slow play them, just calling them to the left of the big blind.  The flop comes up 2-5-5, and I bet 300 (starting with $1,500).  I get raised, and decide to go ahead and go all-in.  I lose to 5-7.  If I had raised before the flop, he probably folds.  Live and learn.  I finish 470th out of 500.  Ouch.

Ultimate Bet, 10:15 AM, Sunday tourney freeroll:

I win a couple of small early hands with Aces, then decide to go all-in against a pre-flop raise to $90 with my pocket 10ís.  I am called with pocket Aces, and drop to $695.  Still in it, but too aggressive before the flop as usual.  I fold for about a Ĺ hour, then draw pocket 10ís from the BB.  I am raised again pre-flop and decide to go all-in.  I am beaten AGAIN with AA, and am out.  Quick out in this one too, but knowing how people play, I am not too unhappy with how Iíve played.  Apparently, no one else has trouble winning with pocket Aces.

Poker Room, 9:00 AM, $750 bonus prize pool Freeroll:

I play well early on, forcing people out with low pair, and catching good flops.  One hand I knock out 2 guys with a good bit of money when my K-9 is rewarded with a flop of 10-J-Q.  One was holding K-Q, the other holding 9-3 trying to also catch a straight when they call my all-in.  Neither make it, and I triple up to $7,000.  I continue to catch 2 pair and trips on the flop, getting up to over $10,000 and into the top 30.  I start slowing down a bit, and throw away $1,200 stupidly calling my low pair of 6ís against a short stack who rivers trip Qís.  Iím 39th at the first hour break, and playing well, bullying the table which includes 5 of 10 players who are listed as ďAwayĒ.

First hand back, Iím dealt Q-6s in the BB, and call a $300.  Blinds are now $150-$300.  I win $2500 after rivering a flush, and am up to 26th.  Next hand, I have K-2o in the SB, and call.  Flop comes J-K-2.  Icymanx ($8,500) bets $300 and I re-raise to $2,000.  He re-raises to $3,700.  I seriously doubt I am beat with my 2 pair, unless Iím up against J-J.  I decide to risk it, and go all-in with my $10,500.  He calls, and reveals A-A.  So Iím good, unlessÖ.  Yup, river shows an Ace, and Iím down to $2,300.  Two hands later, I get J-J and just call the $300 blind.  Flop comes out Q-10-J, and Iíve flopped a set.  I induce a bet of $1000 to my left, and re-raise to $2,500.  I get called.  Next card shows an A, and now Iím frightened of the straight.  We go check-check to the river, which is a blank, and check-check again.  He shows A-10, and Iím up to $6,600.

I donít catch much of anything else for a Ĺ hour, and lose over Ĺ my stack, being frightened off of playing my middle pairs against overcards that are bet large.  I double up going all-in with my short stack with A-7s, and am called by A-4o.  I win when a 7 hits the river and no other help.  Next hand I throw away 8-9o facing an all-in pre-flop raise, and the better shows 4ís against another caller with A-Jo.  Flop shows 2-8-9, and I promptly kick myself.  At least Iím back to the top 100 at this point, as the blinds start to hurt at $300/$600.

I fight back to near $10,000 again, now just 75th out of 145 remaining.  Then I get A-Ko on the button, and have 5 callers, as I simply call this one as well to see the flop.  Flop comes out 3-9-A, seemingly no help to anyone, but the big blind bets $1,600.  Someone else calls, one folds, and the guy behind me goes all-in with his small stack of $2,500.  I move all-in with my $10k, and get called (yippee!).  Small stack shows same A-Ko, other all-in of $9,500 shows K-Jh.  No other help comes, and I double to $21k, as the other stack only gets a double up to $4,600.  Next hand I see A-10o, and another small stack of $3k goes all-in, and I re-raise to $7k to scare off everyone else.  We go heads up, and she shows Q-J.  Flop comes 10-J-K, and I am looking bad.  Then comes the Q, and I make my straight.  Final card is a blank, and Iím way up again.

A bit later, I get K-K with my $14k or so, and slow play it.  Flop comes 2-4-5, with 2 spades, and I check from my 1st position.  Next better goes all-in, NEXT better raises to $17k!  Next person folds, and I go all-in.  They show a couple of flush draws.  Neither make, and I am up to $38k and 9th place!  Blinds now rise to $800/$1600, and there are only 86 players left.  Top 45 make the money.

A bit later, I see A-Ko from the SB, and raise to $6600.  I get 1 caller, and the flop comes out 5-3-3.  CANíT help the person I think, so I bet $13,000, about half my remaining stack and enough to put them all-in.  They immediately call, and show A-3d.  MOTHERFUCKER.  Iím down to $15k and about 50th place.  I take solace knowing that they probably wouldíve gone all-in if I had let them bet, and I probably wouldíve called it.  2nd 5 minute break at 11 AM shows me at 47th out of 69 remaining.

I get blinded down to $8800 with not much of anything, and decide to push all-in against the 2 big stack callers who both have over $100k with my A-Kc.  Both call the $8800, and flop shows 3-4-K, 2 spades.  So I at least have top pair with best kicker, and one of the big stacks bets $6k, driving the other one out.  They fold, and big stack shows K-Jo.  Good for me.  4th street is a 7s, not good for me, as big stack holds a spade.  A spade or a Jack and Iím out.  Sure enough, the river is a Jack, and Iím out in 61st, just out of the money.


Time to work.  :(  :(
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 26, 2004, 01:48:01 PM
And I thought I screwed around at work.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 27, 2004, 11:16:53 AM
Friday, August 27th.

Poker Room, 9:00 AM, $750 bonus prize pool Freeroll:

I am in middle position, and draw pocket Aces on hand 1.  Letís see if the table will go raise crazy as per normal.  Nope, 6 callers for $20 each. Flop comes 6-9-9.  Great, a trips possibility.  The table checks around, all 6 players.  A tight table for once!  Player to my left bets 40 after the turn shows a J.  All fold to me.  I raise to $150 and am called.  River is a K, 3 spades on the board.  I bet $150 and am called, and win the $410 pot to take an early table lead.  I lose about $300 on a hand where I draw 2 pair on the flop and am beaten by a better 2 pair (Qís and 6ís to my 6ís and 3ís).

A bit later, I win about $500 on another pocket Aces bet.  2 low stacks are knocked out as they move all-in before the flop with garbage and are called by me.  Sadly, the next hand I call Q-7d from the small blind and watch 7-4-7 hit the board (can I nickname hands?  If so, thatís the Boeing flop).  I throw in $40, am re-raised all-in and call.  Better turns over pocket 4ís, and Iím out quick.  Ouch.  Finish in the mid 1500ís out of 1800.

Absolute Poker, 9:00 AM, Sunday tourney Freeroll:

I get seat 9 here and start in the small blind.  My 2-10o gets folded to an early raise (what a shocker, eh?).  After a few hands, I draw A-10o in late position.  I call a $400 raise, and weíll see the flop with already a $900 pot.  Flop comes J-Q-10, good for me with 2 clubs hitting my 10c.  Raiser checks, and I bet $100 and am called.  Next card is Ac, and I push $200 more in and am called.  River is a blank, I bet $500, am called, and nearly double to $3000 as better mucks to my 2 pair.

A bit later, I limp in with K-9o, and see the flop of 2-3-K, 2 clubs.  Excellent for me.  I bet $200 into a $200 pot, and get one caller.  Next card is a 9, and I push a bit more with $400, and get called.  Surely a flush draw.  River is a 9 of clubs!  Couldnít be a better card for me as I see the flusher check to me.  I show weakness with another small bet of $300, and sure enough get raised all-in.  I immediately call and see the betterís 6-7 of clubs.  No comment from the player as I turn over my full house and move up to $6000!

A bit later, this guy Iíve pushed out of no less than 3 pots by scaring him off with large bets raises pre-flop to $240 (blinds are 60/120).  I call in the BB with A-9o.  Flop couldnít be much better for me, 9-4-A rainbow.  3 players in this pot, Iím 2nd to act, raiser is last.  1st checks, I check, raiser couldnít be more transparent with his hand, as he bets $480, about 1/3 of his remaining stack.  Must have had A-J, A-Q, or A-K.  I figure I have him massacred at this point, and bet enough to put him all in after first position folds.  He calls of course, and flips over A-Qo.  No other help comes for anyone, and I knock him out and move up to about $8500.  First hour break, Iím at $9,180 with 242 players left, and the blinds about to hit 100/200.

I take a major beat shortly after the break, raising 5 callers from late position with my pocket 7ís.  I am re-raised to $2k, and we still have 4 players.  Yikes.  Flop comes 8-8-4.  I am last to act, after the 2 blinds who stayed in and the other player.  It goes check, bet $1k, player 3 goes all-in with $2500, I call, SB folds, BB raises all-in for about $5k.  Now Iím really wondering.  Who would stay in on a big re-raise with an 8, unless it was 2 8ís?  Answer, the BB here who reveals A-8 to my call.  Other player had J-10 suited, but who knows why they were in.  I get massacred here and drop to $4200.  And with the blinds soon up to 200/300, I may not be long for this one.  I steal the blinds once, then have them pass me by, and am still in for $4900 with under 70 players left.  Iím trying hard to make the last 15.

I get blinded down to not much, missing a chance to make my stand with A-2d, getting pushed off of them by a raise and re-raise pre-flop (my stack was $4100, called $800, folded to an all-in betÖ betters had A-Qo and A-8o).  I wouldíve hit a diamond flush and tripled.  Instead, I push all-in after the blinds hit me AGAIN with pocket 5ís and a stack 1.5 that of the BB.  Of course this scares off no one, and I get beat when someone calls with a K in hand and a K hits the board.  I finish 59th out of 671.

Ultimate Bet, 9:15 AM, $500 Bonus Dollar pool Freeroll:

Not many big pots for me early, but I raise my stack from $1000 to $2200 in the first 30 minutes with some decent cards.  Down to $1600, I finally see an interesting hand in the big blind, JJ.  3 players with $140 in the pot, flop comes 3-9-7 rainbow.  Good for me.  I bet 200 and am called by 1 player.  Next card is a 6, no help.  I fire in another 200 and am called again.  Hmmm.  Last card is a 4, seemingly no help to anybody.  I check to see what will happen.  Other player is at $2250, and bets enough to put me all-in.  I think on it, then call after I decide that thereís no flush on the board, and any straight would have to be something totally wacky, like 10-8 or 5-2.  Better shows pocket 10ís.  Whoo-hoo!  Good read for me!

About 15 minutes later, not such a good read, as I stay in a pot with K-Jd, with the board showing 9-A-K, rainbow.  I call a $200 bet, and when the turn shows Qc, we both check to the river.  Hmmm, now Iím thinking my call scared him off of his nothing.  The river is a 7, no flush out there.  I bet $160 into a $700 pot.  I am re-raised to $680.  Now Iím REALLY confused.  If he had an Ace-something, surely he wouldíve bet the turn.  I call, and see a rivered 2 pair, 9ís and 7ís.  Blech.  Iím down to under $1000.  Still there during the first break, and blinds are going to 50/100.

I stay between $1500 and $2500 for most of the next hour, while the blinds continue to go up to 100/200.  With $2300 and the 2nd smallest stack at the table, I merely call with A-Jo in early position.  1 other calls and the BB raises to 400.  I figure him for a steal, as he has been erratic the whole session, and push all-in.  Other better folds, he calls and reveals A-Qo.  No cards above a 10 hit the board, and Iím out.  I finish 223rd out of 1845.


Ultimate Bet, 10:15 AM, Sunday tourney freeroll:

First half hour is thoroughly uneventful, as I win a few small pots and sit at around $1800.

Tough call at the 45 minute point, I am dealt 99 in the SB (blinds are 20/40).  Small stack of 355 pushes all-in.  Larger stack pushes 1150 in.  I twiddle my thumbs for a bit before folding.  Small stack reveals A-Jo, while big stack shows KK.  Whew.  Flop shows J-9-K, and there wouldíve been some fireworks there if not for the earlier fireworks.  Very lucky to have gotten out of that hand early.

4 hands later Iím dealt 10-10, and raise the BB to 200.  2 callers, and the flop is a lovely 10-2-3 rainbow.  Iím 2nd to act, and all 3 of us check.  Next card is a 6, and again thereís check check action.  5th street is a J, and Iím hoping someone paired.  All I get is a sad $40 bet from player 1, and I raise to a modest 200, hoping for a call.  I get 1 call, and win enough to nearly double to 2300.

Next BB opportunity and I get A-Qo.  Blinds are still 20/40, so I make it hurt for the 6 callers by raising to 450.  I get just 1 taker, and the flop is a good but not great 6-Q-J with 2 diamonds.  I bet 400 and the other player calls with their slightly larger stack of 3500.  Next card is a 9c, and I decide not to let him draw any more cards and move all-in.  Too late, as I am called and the caller reveals Q-J to beat me.  He had been pretty loose the whole session, so I imagine he wouldíve called my lower all-in bet with 2 face cards if I had moved in before the flop, so I am not too unhappy.  Perhaps I played that too aggressively without having the nuts, but oh well.  I finish 664th out of 2393.



That's it for today.  Not a great showing, but I did OK at the AP one.  No tourneys to play this weekend.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 27, 2004, 12:23:42 PM
Yay! A weekend without an online tournament!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 27, 2004, 12:25:15 PM
Hey, that's less money for you, woman.   :P
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 27, 2004, 01:43:01 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
Hey, that's less money for you, woman.   :P

Less than how much exactly?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 27, 2004, 02:52:38 PM
Less than zero.  Which would be negative.  Ha ha!  Thought you had me, didn't you?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 30, 2004, 12:12:52 PM
Monday, August 30th.

Ultimate Bet, 8:15 AM, $500 Bonus Dollar Freeroll:

Letís see, I get nothing to bet the first 6 hands, although everyone else didnít seem to have a problem raising and re-raising with shit.  Yeah, I got one of THOSE tables.  So, hand 7, I get A-9o.  Itís raised and re-raised pre-flop (with 2 guys who had Q-2h and 7-8o, by the way), and we go to the flop with 5 people all-in, including me.  Third guy had pocket 10ís, and the fourth guy had A-3o.  I do flop a 9, but no Ace hits and Iím out of that crazy table to pocket 10ís, as are 3 others.  Fine with me.  I imagine I finished near last, but then Iíd have to go find my name in the list, and dammit Iím just too lazy.

Jet Set Poker, 10:00 AM, Points Freeroll:

My first hand, I get A-Qo, very good and Iím willing to go all-in if necessary, but just call the $20 BB.  There are 9 callers of 10 players.  And the flop just gets betterÖ. Q-Q-Q.  Thatís right, Iíve flopped quads.  Now how to not totally blow it.  I check from 1st position, and the 4th person around puts in 120.  I simply call, and everyone else folds.  Next card is a 10, and I pray sheís got a 10.  She bets 400, and I call.  Last card is an Ace, and I check.  She also checks, and I take an early table lead showing my 4 Queens.

Sadly, I get massacred a bit later on, going all-in against a maniac who happened to get pocket 10ís vs. my pocket 7ís.  I dwindle down to not much, going all in with A-J against Q-J and 10-10 again, and losing to a pair of Queens.  I finish 243rd out of 500 in this uneventful tourney.

Ultimate Bet, 10:15 AM, Sunday tourney Freeroll:

I lose quickly in this one, overbetting my Ace with a crappy kicker against a straight possibility that makes.  Oh well.


Absolute Poker, 9:00 AM, Sunday tourney Freeroll:

I lose about $400 the first 2 times around the table.  Have some pretty loose players, among the ones who arenít absent, which is about half the table of 10.  I fold A-3 to 2 pre-flop re-raises, and watch the board grant me an Aces full of 3's full house that I couldíve tripled on.  Next hand I get A-Qo, and one of the guys that got beat that last hand, re-raises my $200 raise.  I go all-in (about $1300), and he calls with his $1000.  He shows K-Qo, and nothing pairs, so I knock him out and promptly get moved to another table with my $2500.

There, I call with K-8o, and watch the flop come K-8-8.  I check, one person bets $120, I go all-in and everyone folds.  Whoops.  Next hand I check in the BB with K-2o.  I watch another awesome flop of A-2-2.  This time I have a player who bets $240 into a pot of $200 following my check.  The action folds to me and I raise to $480 and am called.  Next comes a Q, of which Iím not afraid.  I bet another $400 and am called.  River shows a K, and Iíve made a boat.  Iím putting the caller on an Ace here, so I put them all-in for another $1000.  They call, and muck their hand to my winning full house.  I now stand at around $5000, and playing well.

I continue to hit some good cards and get some callers with my trips and their flush possibilities, and push my stack to over $10000 after 45 minutes.  Perusing the list, I am between 10th and 15th with over half of the 708 starters out.  At the hour break, Iím down to probably 30th or so, but still at $10,000.

I get moved to another table with a couple of crazies, one person goes up to $17k then down to $2k then back to $9k in the space of 5 minutes.  I call the $300 big blind at one point with pocket Jacks in BB+1 position.  She raises to $1200, and I go all in.  She calls, keeping about $900, and showing her 8-8.  Nothing hits either of us, and I double to over $20,000.  I continue to play well, pushing up to near $30k, and getting a big break when my J-J rivers a Jack against a small stack with 2 aces, and moving to over $36k.  Iím in 10th with 57 people left.  I take out another small stack who raised to $2k pre-flop, after I re-raise to put them all-in.  They have K-Q to my 10ís.  No help for them, and Iím up to $45k.  We hit the last break and Iím in 11th out of 42 remaining with just under $39k.

When we come back, I win with Ace high on a hand where none of the 3 players makes anything.  Then I call with K-8d and stay in with just the BB (which is now $1,000).  They have $13000 left when the flop shows K-7-8.  I bet $3k, they go all-in and I call.  They show K-J, and I live through the river moving up to over $60k.  I am now in 5th place among the 34 remaining players.  Players get tight now trying to make the top 15, and thatís where I hope to steal some money to pad my table lead.

Thatís what I hoped anyway.  I go on a run of being dealt nothing.  I slip down to $48k, but get A-Q and a caller with a Q-J with a Q on the board, and run up to $63k.  I slip back a bit more, then take a big hit on a hand from the BB where I make 2 pair (3ís and 4ís).  I bet it hard TWICE and am called down twice.  The final card gives the board 2-3-4-K-5, and I figure someoneís holding an A, so I fold to a $15k bet, leaving $25k of mine on the table.  Sure enough, the player to my left shows an Ace, knocking someone else out, but luckily not me.  I am hit down to under $25k though, 13th with 25 players left.  The blinds are hitting hard at $2 and $4k, and I lose 2 blinds in a row with crap when I am dealt garbage.  Down to $18k with 22 players left.  Just 7 more to survive, but I need a couple more hands to do it.  This 8-9o and 2-10 just ainít cuttiní it.

I luck out, calling $4k with pocket 2ís.  4 players check around the flop (7-9-10), then the turn (K).  The river brings my 2, and a better of $4k.  I raise all-in, with $10k more.  They fold, I win, moving up to $30k. Then I make a couple of stupid moves.  One is calling a maniac all the way to the river with middle pair.  I just figured that their automatic bet every time signifiedÖ something.  But I lost half my stack on calling my Kings to his Aces.  I get blinded down to under $2500, folding 3-8 and 2-6 in the blinds to pre-flop raises.  I make a stand with A-6, and get my Ace against J-10, moving back to $10k, but still last out of the 18 remaining players.  Blinds are now $3000/$6000, and Iíll be wiped out in 3 hands unless I get something.

Letís see, one more before the blind hits meÖ J-4c.  Nope, I fold.  6-6-4 hits the board and a big bet takes it.  Oh well.  BB nowÖ A-6o.  Yup, thatís for me.  I move my $10,300 all in.  2 callers, the BB, and the other person who called before the flop.  Flop comes Q-Q-A.  Yeah!  BB checks, other player bets $24k.  BB asks if he has a Q.  ďNope, Ace, ď he says.  Lots of lying goes on in the chat, so BB folds, thinking he does have a Q.  But he doesnít, he actually does show an A-3o after BB folds, and I take the pot!  Back to over $31k.  2 more people go out between the final 2 tables, and weíre down to 16.   I just have to get through one more.  I get KK on the button, and simply call.  BB (stack size of $72k) raises to $12k, and I push all-in.  He calls IMMEDIATELY, and I watch as he turns up AA.  NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  Nothing hits, and Iím out.

In 15th place?  What?  Yup, apparently, in that brief period, the other table lost ANOTHER player, and I made it!  Woo-hoo!  Sunday Iíll have another chance at the $1,000 AP prize pool, with 1st place taking $275.  Or at least I would if I werenít going out of town.  Iíll figure something out.  I thought for sure I was the last one out of the "money", but nope, I was the last one in.  Terrific luck all tourney.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 30, 2004, 01:32:31 PM
You want me to play that tourney for you?  I'm better than you anyway.  :shock:  :P
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 30, 2004, 01:36:24 PM
You can play the tourney on my brother's computer.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 31, 2004, 11:00:32 AM
Tuesday, August 31st.

Ultimate Bet, 8:45 AM, Points Freeroll:

Hand 2, Iím BB and draw K-8.  A decent starting hand.  Made better when I get 8 callers of 9 to the BB, and see a 7-Q-K rainbow flop.  I bet out 60 into a pot of 90, and get 1 caller, then a raiser to 320.  Hmmm.  Pocket pair?  King with a better kicker?  I decide to call and see.  Other better folds, and the turn is a wondrous K.  I push all-in immediately instead of check-raising, to see what weíve got on the other side.  He thinks heís got something with his A-Qo, as he calls it, but he really doesnít have it at all.  I double on the second hand to take the table lead.

A while later, I get K-Qo in the BB, and simply check with 2 callers.  Flop is J-6-Q, 2 hearts.  I push in 105 (pot size), and am called.  Next card is a 7c, I bet the pot again (315).  I see a re-raise to 1160 (nearly my entire stack size, about half of his).  I go all-in and am called with J-8.  J-8?  Whatever, dude.  I move up to 3200 on that hand.

A bit later a short stack of about 600 pushes all-in, and I draw KK in middle position.  Iím the only caller as he turns up A-J.  A couple of Queens hit, and he misses a spade flush at the river, as I squeak out a win to move up to about $4k.

Right before the first hour mark, I get 2-10o that Iím able to check in the BB.  Flop shows 10-2-J, all diamonds.  I check to see where the other 4 players are.  Check to the button, who bets 330 (pot size).  I call (as does 1 other), figuring him for a possible flush, but weíll see on the turn.  Which is a 7c.  I check, both other players check.  I suspect a single diamond in the betterís hand, and who knows what for the other guy.  River is an Ah, no flush make if he needed another diamond.  I lead out with 350, and get 1 call.  Donít know what he had (probably Ax), as he mucks to my 2 pair.  I hit the 1st hour break at 95th of the 454 remaining players.  Top 100 pay, so I have a shot at the points.

First hand back from the break, I get A-J.  I call a pre-flop re-raise from BB to 525 (pot will be about 1500), and the flop is J-2-Q.  Hmm, not bad for me, but what does BB have?  He goes all in (about 5000), which would put me nearly all-in if I call.  For the life of me I donít know WHY I calledÖ well, yes I do.  The moronís name was DaItalian99, and he was jabbering with his buddy DaRussianKGB (at another table) the whole time in the chat.  They were clearly teenage incompetents, and it just pissed me off that I was being muscled by this schmuck.  Not a sound basis for poker reasoning, but I called, and watched my hand get obliterated by pocket Kings.  That was pretty much it, I finished 363rd out of 1894.

Poker Champs, 10:00 AM, Real Money Freeroll:

First hand, I get J-10o.  I call the $20 BB, and watch the flop show 2-J-10.  Excellent for me, and the BB goes all-in.  Why, Iíll call that.  He shows 8-9, and turns a 7 to make me the first player out of the 104 playing.  Nice.

Jet Set Poker, 10:00 AM, Points Freeroll:

I lose about half of my 1500 starting stack through the first 20 minutes, then decide to make a stand with my J-10o, calling a large raise before the flop in the BB.  Flop comes J-10-9, and thatís good but not great for me.  Still, I go all-in, and get 2 callers.  They both have more than I, so the agony is drawn out a bit.  Even moreso when a Queen hits the board.  I hold my breath for a King as another goes all-in, and I see the 2 hands they haveÖ A-J and A-Q.  The river is a 2, so I triple up to over 2200.

I go all in against a maniac with A-10h against a large pre-flop raise from early position.  I am called, she turns over K-Jo, and a King and a Jack (but no Queen) hit the board to knock me out.  I finish 275th out of 500.


Ultimate Bet, 10:15 AM, Sunday tourney freeroll:

I was never in this one, with raises and re-raises all over the place.  I'm out after 20 minutes when I try to make a stand with some suited crap that doesn't hit.



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It seems half my time in these tournaments is spent trying to figure out when to try and knock the maniacs out.  Usually doesnít work, either.  But itís no fun playing with an ultra-aggressive idiot who thinks that pot odds are the chances that heíll score some weed this weekend.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 02, 2004, 12:45:45 PM
Thursday, Sept. 2nd.

Poker Champs, 8:00 AM, Winner-Take-All $5 Freeroll:

Sure itís winner take all, but there are only 68 entrants.  My odds shoot way up early when I re-raise a pre-flop raise all-in with my K-Qs.  I get called and flop K-Q-3, and my opponent is out early and Iím in the top 5.  Not much happens while I get ground down to near my original stack of $1,500 as I get some low pocket pair that donít hit.

About 8:30, I draw 9-10o in the BB (blinds 25/50).  It gets raised to 150 and we have several callers, including me after much consideration.  Flop shows 10-9-7, 2 clubs.  I am worried about the flush possibility, but the pre-flop raiser goes all-in (about $1,000).  One behind me calls, so I push my $1,500 all-in, and get called.  Rest of the board is 5-Q, no clubs (whew), and I take the pot as both players muck to my 2 pair.  I push up to just over $5k with that, and into the top 10 of the 28 remaining players.  First break comes at 8:40, and Iím 11th out of 25.

I get nothing for 20 minutes, but somehow manage to steal 2 pots and get to 6th place, nearly $7k.  Now, there are just 15 players remaining.  I hit a run of 2-7o, 3-6o, that sort of thing, and fall down to 8th as there are now $25 antes and 200/400 blinds.  I lose a hand with a straight to a flush, and fall to 9th.  A few small stacks fall out, and we come down to the final table of 10, where I am the 2nd shortest stack of $3500  (someone has managed to hang on with $350).  Someone else bombs out with the board showing trip 2ís, trying to out-kick another with a King to the otherís Ace.  It didnít work.  Iím up to 8th through no action of my own.  Blinds go to 300/600, antes of 50 after another break, and the tiny stack is all-in on the BB.  They go out to a pair of 10ís, and Iím still 8th, but dead last as well.  

I push all-in with A-Jo, after we have 3 callers, and collect a nice bit of money to nearly raise myself out of last at $5200.  Iím last by $3k.  I draw pocket Jacks on the BB, and raise all-in when 5 call the BB.  I get 1 caller, and the board goes K-K-10-9-2, 3 spades, but the caller doesnít show, and I triple to over $11k!  Next hand, I draw Q-J, and when the flop shows Q-8-8, I bet and take down a nice pot to move into 4th at $13,600!

Next hand I get pocket Jacks AGAIN, and call an all-in bet of a guy at $6000.  The board gives a Queen and an Ace, but misses his suited K-10, and I move into 2nd place at $22,000.  The big stack takes out a couple more, and we go down to 4 handed.  Weíve got pulce as the big stack at $57k, and ocrush and h8theriver in 3rd and 4th, both around $10k.

I go heads up with pulce to one flop with Q-2, and when the flop shows Q-8-8, he bluffs strength (I hope) with a $4k bet, which I call.  Turn is a 9, which he bets again, and I call again.  Iím rewarded when the river is a Queen.  He bets, I raise all-in, he folds, and I go up to over $35k.  Ocrush goes out when his Aces are out-kicked, and weíre 3 handed.

I win 2 decent hands with just Ace high, calling weak bets all the way to the river, and winning over mucked hands.  I move into first after the 2nd of these, with $41k.  We go up and down for a while, with no one showing anything, and Iím all over the placeÖ 1st, 2nd, 3rdÖ  I get beat pretty bad on a hand where I hit top pair and h8theriver rivers trips.  I get back up by re-raising all-in and inducing a fold with Aces.  

Then we hit a hand where everyone decides their hand is awesome.  Thereís a raise and a re-raise before it even hits me, and Iíve got K-Q of spades.  I re-raise all-in.  h8theriver folds, and pulce calls.  Since heís slightly worse off than me, Iíll win should I hitÖ and boy do I!  Q-8-K rainbow!  The rest of the board isnít much, and he reveals his Q-10d, and I win!

Iím up to $50k, and heads up with h8theriver.  We both have equal stacks, and 1st heads up hand, he goes all-in right away.  I have K-8o, a decent hand, but I fold.  He says he had A-4.  OK, so thatís how itís gonna be, eh?  Next hand, I get A-Ko.  Please do it again, Iím thinking.  He does, and I call.  Board shows 4-2-7-10-4, 3 clubs.  This site waits until after the flop to reveal both handsÖ and he shows his K-10d, and I lose.  Fuck.  2nd place in a winner-takes-all.

Ultimate Bet, 8:15 AM, Bonus Money Freeroll:

I hit a couple of nice hands early and ride up to $2800 from my orig. $1k, including a hand where I re-raised a raiser all-in pre-flop with pocket Jacks.  I watched as he called and turned overÖ pocket Jacks.  Lucky for me the board wound up with 4 hearts, giving my Jack of hearts a flush and winning the hand.  I promptly apologized to the other player, who took it a lot better than most online players do.

10 minutes later and I draw A-Ko and raise the BB from 20 to 110 (pot size).  I get 3 callers, but the flop shows K-6-9, all hearts.  Not great for me.  I throw out a token bet of 100 to see what we get, but just 2 callers now.  Next card is a King of diamonds, normally Iíd be thrilled.  Now, I know if we get another heart, Iím probably screwed.  I bet 200, and get 1 callerÖ the guy with a heart.  Last card is the 2 of hearts, and Hearty bets 500.  I call just on the odd chance of a bluff, and lose over half my stack to pocket 8ís, with one heart.  Crud.

I push my stack back up, but lose on a stupid pre-flop all-in against a maniac who was raising everything at a new table.  I had K-8h, they had K-9c.  Nothing hit anybody, and I was out before the first break.

Poker Champs, 10:00 AM, $10 Real Money Prize Pool Freeroll:

I really donít do much in this thing until I get moved to this table where the chip leader is going all-in every hand.  And I mean I watch 5 hands, and he goes all-in every time.  I get pocket 3ís in the BB, and I call him, and double to nearly $5k when I hit trips.  I get A-Jc in the SB, and double again to $10k with my two pair of Aces and Jacks, and still he hangs around about 9 more hands before being beaten out.  But those 2 wins put me in 4th with 25 people left, so here we go again.

I donít do much, and we hit another break and Iím 7th out of 14.  I continue to hang around $10k, and no one will bust out.  I get about $5k with low pair against this idiot calling station who is telegraphing his hands, and move up to $15k in 3rd place.

I get blinded down a bit, then get A-8s on the button.  2 players raise with small stacks, and I call.  Flop shows K-8-Q, 2 spades.  I push enough to make them go all-in.  2 cards comeÖ no spadesÖ but the river is an 8!  I suck out with trips and move up to $26k and the tourney lead.  And, also those 2 going out knocks us down to the final table of 10.

First hand at the last table, I draw 6-10o in the small blind.  I call, and we have 4 players to see the flop.  Flop is 3-4-6, 2 diamonds.  Hmmm.  First to act, I bet $3500.  I get called twice.  Interesting.  Diamond draw?  Turn is a Queen of spades, and I bet $2000 this time, and get 2 callers again.  Final card is my hammer, a 6!  I check to induce a bet, but neither bet, and I take down another big pot, and pad my stack to $38k, and I have twice as much as anyone at the table!

3 hands later, I draw rockets in middle position!  One person ahead of me pushes all-in with $9500, and I call.  Another short stack of $1600 calls as well, and the flop shows 9-10-K-4-7, 4 diamonds.  I figure Iím screwed, but nope.  $9500 had pocket 6ís!  So I win all his money above $1600.  Other person had K-4, so they move up to $7,500 with 2 pair, but I get to $45k, and nearly 3 times as much as anyone else at the table.  9 left now.

I lose about $12k on one hand where the board is 9-A-9-Q-2, and Iím holding pocket 2ís.  Great hand right?  Not as great as A-9, which brings that player back from the dead.  Shouldíve suspected something was up since we were checking that board around between 3 players.  I couldnít hit all-in fast enough when that last 2 came up and the pot was bet.  Oh well.  I slip to 3rd as the table beats each other up, and weíre down to 6 players now.  Iím still first with $31k, but 3 other players are in the upper 20ís.  Final break, and Iím 1st of 6.

I couldnít catch a card or a flop with a deep space uranium scoop at this point.  I drop to 5th, with no hands, or when I do have a decent pre-flop hand, I donít catch any piece of the flop.  I last past another player, then double up when I make a pair of Kings on the flop and call a bluff all-in on a player with Q-10.  So now Iím back to 2nd with 4 players left.

I do pretty well, and put the last person out when I have K-5 in the BB, and they go all-in after the flop is K-5-6.  They have 5-4, and Iím up to $51k.  The action from that point on was too furious to keep up writing on, but I finish 3rd, and get $2!  The hand I lose on was one where I had J-10 on a board of 10-Q-K, so I had several outs, but lost to A-Q.  Hopefully when this site goes online, theyíll have low-limit tables so I can use this money.  Supposed to be no deposit required.

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That 8 AM Poker Champs loss just stings though.  Really bad.  Especially that last hand.  If he beat me with trip 4ís or something, thatís one thing.  But that just sucks.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 02, 2004, 01:53:49 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
I get about $5k with low pair against this idiot calling station who is telegraphing his hands, and move up to $15k in 3rd place.

He's a what doing what?  Is that poker slang?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 02, 2004, 02:48:19 PM
Yes, that would be some guy who calls pretty much everything hoping to be able to make a hand on the river.

Therefore, calling station.

In this case, he would bet low with nothing, bet medium with a decent pair, and bet large with something really good.  He was just calling my medium bets, and didn't make anything.

Therefore, he was telegraphing his hands.

Always glad to help.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 02, 2004, 03:39:15 PM
Interesting.  Where did you pick up all that poker jargon?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 02, 2004, 03:46:20 PM
I don't know.  Reading about and watching poker on TV.  But it makes for a shorter write for me to use it instead of writing out the explanations.

Sorry if it's confusing.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 07, 2004, 10:56:05 AM
Sunday, Sept. 5th

Absolute Poker, 6:00 PM, $1,000 prize pool freeroll

So, here's that tourney I qualified for.  Luckily for me, my in-laws have high-speed internet so I can play this thing in South Carolina on vacation.  Top 27 places paid in this thing, first place is $275, 27th is $7.  568 players start.

Well, to be honest with you, I only remember a few hands from this, so I'll see if I can re-create them.

I didn't do much for the first 1/2 hour, then I was dealt A-Qd in middle position.   I merely called, and the player to my left raised to 4x the BB.  I pushed all-in, and he called.  He flipped over pocket Kings.  Lucky for me an Ace hit the board and left him crippled.  He mutters something after I double about "the best hand rarely winning".  Why, I believe I had the best hand there Chester.

I get some small wins and move up to about $5k, then get moved to this table and watch this player (I forget his name) just terrorize the table, betting big after virtually every flop, and usually winning.  Finally, I detect a pattern.  He seems to bet big nearly all the time... except on the 3 hands where he's been forced to a showdown, where he has always check raised nearly the whole way, and won those pots as well.

Finally, I get a hand to take advantage of this.  I get A-7h in the SB.  3 players after the terrorizer raises, and the flop is 6-4-6.  I check, terrorizer bets $1200 of his $14k into a pot of about $400.  3rd player folds.  I consider, and push all-in.  Figured he would fold, but nope, he calls and turns up K-Qo, and I double to over $12k, and shove him back down quite a bit.  

The other players catch on a bit, and eventually the terrorizer is knocked out by a player who takes his time to consider each bet.  The terrorizer then goes on a profanity laden rampage against the slow player, calling him every name in the book.  At the end, I finally say "bye moron", and he's gone.

I make it to the 3rd break (9:00 PM EDT) with 32 players left.  I haven't done much since that large double, but have been hanging around $15k.  Only 5 more players until the money.  Blinds are now 2000/4000, and I get hit hard twice and drop to $4500, by far the lowest stack at the table.  31 left.  I push all in with A-10o out of the SB and steal the BB.  

Now up to $8500, I get dealt Q-Jc on the button.  The table folds to me, so I have just the SB and BB to beat, and I'd be back up to $15k.  I consider, and push all-in.  SB folds, but the BB comments "race with these low ones".  He turns up 6-7o.  Flop shows Q-6-8 and I'm looking good.  Sadly, the turn card is a 7, and I'm out in 31st, just out of the money.

A very fun tourney to play, good players all around during that last hour.  Just couldn't quite make it to the last 3 tables.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 09, 2004, 03:07:44 PM
Thursday, Sept. 9th.

Poker Champs, 10:00 AM, $10 Freeroll:

I fold for about 10 hands, then my first playable hand is A-8o in middle position.  4 callers, and flop is 10-8-8Ö bingo.  Table checks around, turn is a 4.  BB bets out $200 into a $120 pot.  Large bet, so I hope heíll call my all-in.  He does.  River is a 10, and BB hadÖ you guessed itÖ a 10.  My boat loses.  Oh well.

Ultimate Bet, 10:15 AM, Sunday tourney Freeroll:

I hit an early rushÖ my first hand is K-Jo, and flop is 10-Q-A rainbow.  Beautiful.  Someone goes all-in ahead of me, I call, and they show pocket Kings.  A few tense moments when another Q shows up on the turn, but I double up on hand 1.

Couple hands later, I get dealt pocket 10ís in the BB.  Flop is 10-5-4, 2 clubs.  I am slightly frightened off by a strong bet when another club shows, but Iíve gotta play this.  I push all-in, am called, and win again when better shows a 4-5 of diamonds.

Next hand, I fold pocket 9ís out of the SB after the board is all overcards.

Next hand, I get pocket 7ís on the button.  Flop comes with a 7, and I call an all-in bet and win AGAIN against a flopped 2 pair (Jacks and 9ís).  Iím over 5,000 at this point after only 6 hands.

VERY NEXT HAND, I get A-5h and flop 2 hearts.  Table checks around and another heart comes on the turn.  I make a small bet, but no oneís messing with me by now.  I win a small pot.

VERY NEXT HAND, I get A-3s and have 2 callers (there are only 5 people left at the table by now).  Flop has 2 spades.  I bet enough to put 1 of the small stacks all-in (about 400), and I finally lose a hand when no more spades show and he makes a pair of Queens.

I lose a bit more over the next few times around the table as I finally cool off.  I tend to play more hands when I get a big early stack.  Probably should play tighter and make the field come to me, but I like sticking my chips in and at least giving myself a chance with decent hands.

I hang around $5k for a while, then draw J-10o in middle position.  I call a small raise and see 4-J-9 rainbow.  This guy who has been betting big on most pots bets big again.  He has about $8k to my $5k, so I push all-in.  He immediately calls, and I figure Iím getting out-kicked here.  Nope, he turns up J-5, and I double to over $10k.  Very next hand this guy goes all-in on a 7-8-9 board and is called by a larger stack.  He shows 8-4 which gets promptly massacred by pocket Aces.  Bye bye moron.

A bit later, I get A-J just past the BB.  I raise to 175 (BB is 60).  Another player re-raises to 615.  Their stack is about 4500, so I just call the re-raise, and weíre heads up to the flop.  Which is 6-8-5 of assorted varieties.  Iím first to act, so I contemplate pushing a bunch of chips in, but figure he could have a low pair on which he just flopped trips.  I check.  He checks.  Hmmm.  Next card is my cash card, a Jack.  I check again.  He bets the pot (about 900).  I call.  Last card is a 2, and we both check.  He mucks to my A-J, and I move up to about $13k.

1st break hits, and Iím 25th of the remaining 613 (2,412 players started).  Top 50 get a place in the Sunday tourney.

I start playing more hands than I should, calling pre-flop raises and not hitting, and I am hurtiní.  I get whittled down to about $5k when I call a $4k+ all-in bet with merely top pair and a mediocre kicker, and watch as he flopped a set of 2ís.  2ís suck.

I scratch back a bit catching A-6 in the SB, calling a pre-flop raise and watching A-10-10 hit the board.  I push all-in after a weak bet from the raiser, and he goes all-in with pocket Jacks.  I double to nearly $7k, and heís out.

I lose a bunch calling another all-in from the BB with A-Ko.  They have 9-9, and I catch my Ace, but they catch their 9 to win it.  I drop to nearly $2k, on life support at this point.

I drop out finally after pushing all in on the BB with just a straight draw.  I get beat out of my whopping 1800 when I lose to top pair.  Finish 236th after such a promising start.  Played very poorly with a large stack.

Absolute Poker, 1:00 PM, Sunday tourney Freeroll:

This was a very odd tournament for me.  I built my stack very slowly, and was around $5000 when the blinds were getting jacked way up to 400/800 about an hour and a half in.  I got hit once, then again, and while on the SB at $3300, I called with 10-4h.  The flop was 10-J-9, 1 heart.  I checked, then 4 players called an 800 bet.  I decided to have any chance of making the top 15, I needed to push in now and deal with the consequences.  I did so, and got 1 caller.  He had 2-9d, and the turn and river were J-3, and I took down a much needed $8k+ pot.

The table was beating each other up, but one player was dominating with over $55k.  I got heads-up against him after raising pre-flop with A-Qh in middle position.  He was the button, and bet enough to push me all-in.  I did it, and he showed K-K.  Lucky for me, the river was kind with an Ace, and I doubled again, to over $25k now.

Next hand I got A-Jo just past the BB.  I raised again, to $3k (BB is $1k now).  Both blinds called, and the flop was A-K-5, 2 spades.  Hmmm.  SB checked, BB pushed his $5400 all-in.  I re-raised to $10,800 to scare off the other player (that was his stack size), and the BB turned up A-Q.  Díoh!  I lose about half my stack, down to $15k now.  We hit the 2nd break, and Iím at $14k, with 69 players left.

3rd hand back, Iím BB and get 10-8o.  Only one caller, and the flop is 6-8-3, all clubs.  So I get top pair, but itís not great.  I check.  Better checks.  Turn is another 3.  I bet $3k and get called.  Final card is a 5, no more clubs hit.  I figure my 8ís are good unless better has an A-8 or some sort of high pocket pair that they slow played.  Which is, of course, what happens, as my all-in is called and massacred by pocket Queens.  Lovely.  I lose, finishing 61st out of 1000.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Rafe on September 12, 2004, 03:56:18 PM
Bu'uh, this is way beyond my ken. If The wife and I ever go to vegas, would you be so kind as to hold my hand? The strange words scare me.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 15, 2004, 12:44:35 PM
I don't know, Rafe... I would hold yours, but I'm afraid you might give me a bad case of the "Brits".   :P

Wednesday, Sept. 15th.

Absolute Poker, 9:00 AM, Sunday Tourney Freeroll:

This tourney would be a perfect example of how difficult it is to play with internet players.  I played well early on, betting strong on flush and straight possibilities and forcing people out of pots.  I doubled my stack in the first half hour to $3k.  But after the people started dropping from my table, all of the morons who bet large with nothing and lucked into trips or flushes populated the other seats.  There was a 10X the BB pre-flop raise pretty much every hand of the 20 I was around for.  I lost nearly half my stack just on folding marginal hands that I tried to call with because they were getting raised beyond the point of them being good plays anymore.  Eventually, I got beat going all in with K-Q suited against a K-Jo that turned a pair of Jacks.  Fine with me, I hate playing at tables like that.  Thereís being aggressive, and then thereís just being bored.

Poker Champs, 10:00 AM, $10 Prize Pool Freeroll:

Always dangerous to get a good but not great hand on hand 1, and I draw K-Qo in middle position.  I simply call the $20 blind, and there is a raiser to 200.  I prepare to throw the tourney away early, but we just have 3 callers, including me (since I get to halt the betting), for 200.  Good.  Flop is 4-6-A, raiser bets hard and I get out relatively unscathed.  2 hands later I draw pocket Queens in 1st position, and I raise it to $175.  There are 4 callers and a re-raiser to $330.  Alrighty then, I go all-in.  2 fold, the other 2 call, putting themselves effectively all-in.  The board comes 3-5-5-4-3, so Iím hoping no one came in with A-2 or a 3 or 5.  They didnít, as they both reveal A-9 and A-K, and I triple and move into 4th place early.

I donít do much for a long time, hanging around $5k.  Then I drop a couple thousand on a hand where I was SB, and had 5-8d.  Flop was 2-8-2, and I bet 850, and got 1 caller.  Turn was a Jack, and I bet about 1000, enough to put the caller all-in.  The river was an 5, and I figure I had a decent 2 pair hand.  Caller flips over pocket Aces, and I lose about 2k.  Nice hand.

We move ahead a bit, and Iím still around $3k and in 22nd out of 34 left.  I get A-Qo in late position, and push all-in against a raise ahead of me.  That is called, and the flop is K-Q-6-7-10, 3 clubs.  Not a good flop for me, but I beat J-10 and move up to over $7k and 9th place.  I drop a bit after calling a small stack all-in of less than 1000 and not hitting my A-Ks.

Then, I start hitting some hands.  I get A-Qc in middle position.  I call a small all-in and beat his pocket Jacks with Queens.  I draw A-Ko and knock another small player out with a pair of Kings.  Then I get pocket 10ís and call the all-inís of 2 large stacksÖ and the flop comes out K-Q-8-6-10.  That river 10 saves me against pocket Aces and K-Qs, and I triple my large stack to over $25k!  1st place by over $8k.  I beat out the rest of the money from one of these people on the next hand with A-K again, making a pair of Aces on the flop.  So we hit another break, and Iím 1st of the remaining 19, and weíve got 2 tables left.

My table has the other top player, but also 4 of the 5 smallest stacks, so it could be dicey for a while as the small stacks try to get back in it.  I decide to stay out of the pots unless I have something quite good.  The cards help me stay conservative, as I consistently draw 5-10, 6-9, and 3-7 type garbage.  I get blinded down to 2nd place, but still the top 3 have $10k more than anyone else in the field as we dip to 15 players.  I move barely back into first as 1st place takes a big beat, and now the top 4 are fairly even, between $20k and $24k.

I drop to 4th on a hand where I raise the BB of $1,200 to $2500 pre-flop with pocket 5ís and am called by 2 players.  Flop is A-3-A.  2 other players bet hard, and I figure one of them must have an Ace, and I fold.  Yup, one of them had A-J.  Thankfully, no 5 hit the board or I wouldíve poked my own eyes out.

The field is now pretty even, with only 1 player head and shoulders above with $31k.  I have $14k now and am in the middle of the pack as we move to the final table of 10.  Blinds are a rough 600/1,200.  I lose my connection right as the blinds hit me, and I come back $2000 lighter on the button.  2 hands later, I draw A-9, and am 7th of the 8 remaining players.  I call a $4k raise, and flop is A-7-10.  I push all-in and am calledÖ with K-8?  OK.  I win that one and double to $25k, and still just 6th place of 7.

Next hand I draw K-Qd.  I just call, and we have 3 to the flop.  Flop is J-5-J, 2 diamonds.  Hmmm.  I check, and player 2 bets $2k.  Next player re-raises to $4k.  Sure, Iíll see the turn for $4k, and call.  But they re-raise 2 more times and before I know it, Iím all-in before we even see the turn.  One of the re-raisers had the K-8 from before so who knows what they have and I figure the other one for the Jack.  Last 2 cards are 9-6, including a diamond, so I figure Iíve got it made.  Nope, K-8 person has A-3 of diamonds, and other player indeed had that Jack.  So, Iím out in 7th.  The one and only card that could beat me shows up at the worst possible time.

Ultimate Bet, 10:15 AM, Sunday Tourney Freeroll:

I donít do much here, losing after 20 minutes on an all in bet where the board was A-2-3-3-4, and I was holding A-10o.  I lose to an A-K.  Oh well.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: rva on September 17, 2004, 10:11:02 AM
I played a tournament-style game yesterday.  I played pretty well overall, I thought.  I won the vast majority of my bluffs, but got called out bad on two of them.  

Two hands in the night killed me:

Someone was short-stacked and went all in on 2-4 unsuited against my K-9 suited.  Flop was 4-2-6 and I'm done.  

I was short-stacked and had about 1/3 of the chips my opponent had, but the blinds were about to go up.  I get 9-5 diamonds in the pocket as the big blind.  Everyone drops except the chip leader, who sees.  I figure he's just seeing what I got, he's got the chips to play with, so I decide to take my shot.  I go all in, he senses I'm desperate and calls.  

He turns over 4-6 of diamonds.  He's get the better chance of a straight, but the odds still aren't great and are hurt further by my snagging one of the 5's.  He starts muttering.  Flop is 4-2-4, and I'm done.  

ah well, what can you do?  I think I made the right play both times and the odds were in my favor both times (although not overwhelmingly so).  Sometimes the cards just don't go your way.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 27, 2004, 03:05:04 PM
Monday, Sept. 27th

So, after playing only very sporadically for the last week and a half or so, I come online today to find most of the sites I normally play on the fritz for some reason or another.

So I try a new site, called Vegas Queens Poker.  Seems to be quite an active site, and I'd never heard of it before today.  So I download and sign up for a "Free $2 freeroll", but it turns out to be a $2 prize pool, of which $0.54 goes to first place.  Whoopee.

But it limits the number of entrants to 162 (for some reason), so I sign up and soon I am doing pretty well.  I hang back a bit, then beat a couple of people horribly with river-made flushes.  I end up actually at the final table.

Third hand at the final table, I draw pocket 5's.  This is a turbo tourney, so you have something like 10 seconds to act.  I simply limp in, and so do 3 others.  Flop is Q-5-7, all spades.  Not a great flop for me, as it puts the flush out there to beat me.  I am in 4th place, and decide to push all in against a weak bet from the BB.  The table folds, and he calls my all-in, leaving him with just under $8k left, and a pot of over $120k.  He flips over the nut flush, A-K of spades, and I know what I need.  Turn card is a blank... and the river is a 7 giving me a full house!

From there I hang back and let the table beat each other up, only risking my chips with quality hands.  I end up with $220k going heads up against a player with just over $30k.  This player is pushed around easily and finally goes all-in against my strong bets with an open-ended straight draw to my middle pair.  The straight draw doesn't hit, and I win 54 cents.  Yahoo!

Well, unlike other sites, this site lets you play with your money right away.  I leave the table and find a limit  .01/.02 table where I do pretty well and push up to over $1.50.  Later in the day, I come back to find the .01/.02 tables full so I sit at a .02/.05 table.  Not a big deal I didn't think.  Some bad play and horrific hands later I am at 22 cents.  I push all in with pocket Jacks and push back to 77 cents and get out of there.

Apparently, this site must cater to the small limit player, as there are MANY sit-n-go tourneys with buy-ins of 4 or 10 cents.  (For those that don't know, sit-n-go (SNG) tourneys are single table tournaments where 9-10 people go head to head, usually paying out to the top 3 finishers).  There are also a few multi-table tourneys that cost $1 to buy in, or just 5 action points (and I have already amassed 11 action points, nee-ha).

So, now I'm conflicted.  I know I'll keep playing these freerolls at other websites, but I've never actually had any money to play with before.  

So I'll throw it open to the audience (all 2 of you).  Should I try my hand with a few small SNG tourneys?  Or should I go back to the .01/.02 limit tables?  You can clearly win money more quickly at the small limit cash tables, but you can also lose it rather quickly.  The tourneys are tougher to persevere through, but I have more experience and feel more comfortable in that environment.  But I did clean up at the first .01/.02 table I played.  Overall, it's not like there's much at risk here, but if possible I'd like to run this money up a bit and not have to rely on these tourneys of death all the time.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 27, 2004, 03:27:02 PM
By the way, yes, I do realize how stupid it is to debate the best usage of 77 cents.  But here we are.  

Whaddaya want?  It's the internet.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Juliana on September 27, 2004, 03:57:49 PM
There's a Texas Hold'em tourney at a church here on Beechmont in a few weeks.  Here's the info
Phil Gordon says.... (http://sttm.org/index.html#Texas_Holdem_Tournament_Oct_8-9-10)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on September 27, 2004, 04:58:41 PM
Quote from: "Juliana"
There's a Texas Hold'em tourney at a church here on Beechmont in a few weeks.  Here's the info
Phil Gordon says.... (http://sttm.org/index.html#Texas_Holdem_Tournament_Oct_8-9-10)


Dag, yo!   That's a $100 buy-in.  I actually played in a tournament at St. Thomas More a while back.  It was a $50 buy in, but with up to two re-buys, so people ended up spending more (I don't do re-buys, because I find them undignified and unsporting, and because I'm a cheap bastard).  Anyway, I lasted a few hours, and learned a lot.  For the person who re-buys, this might actually be cheaper than the one I played in.  I doubt I'll play, though, since (1) I'm not good enough to place in the money at a $100 tournament, and (2) I think I'm going to try to to go see the Black Keys that weekend in C-bus.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on October 08, 2004, 10:28:56 AM
Friday, Oct. 8th.

Vegas Queens Poker, 8:15 AM, $5 Prize Pool (5 Action Points for entry):

I have $1.07 and 9 action points in my account, so I spend 5 points to gain entry to this tourney where the winner takes home $1.35.  Yee-haw.

First hand I draw pocket 6ís in the BB, but watch 2 players go all-in ahead of me.  I fold, figuring one of them is not a complete idiot.  They have K-2 and A-Q respectively, and I watch an Ace hit the board.  Glad I stayed out, and glad the idiot didnít win.  I hang in for a bit and build my stack slowly from $2k to over $4k.  I had a good read of a flush draw on someone with my K-10 with a K and 2 clubs on the board.  When the turn didnít hit a club and they checked, I pushed all-in.  They had K-9 of clubs and Iíve got him, at least until the board pairs 6ís and the board Q makes the kickers go away.  We split.  Damn.

A bit later I draw Q-Jh on the button.  BB goes all-in after my call and the table folds to me.  I already have $200 in, and thereís another $1,350 to me.  It would knock me down about half, but I have a strong feeling sheís on a small pocket pair after watching her for about 10 minutes.  I do call and sure enough sheís got 6ís.  A Queen hits the board right off, and another on the river and I feel good about myself.  I move up to about $6k.

The cards run dry for a bit, and this is my weakness.  I am not a good player when it comes down to having to bluff a pot here and there.  I do manage to win $1k on a semi-bluff with my 2-8d with 2 diamonds on the board.  Not a strong bet, either, but enough to induce the 2 opponents to fold.  I kick myself a bit later, folding pocket 4ís to 2 all-in players with $1500 each.  Board was K-8-6 with 2 hearts and I figured a good chance of me being beaten.  Damned if neither of them was on the flush, one had top pair, the other middle pair.  When a 4 (of hearts I might add) hit the turn, I pounded my desk in frustration.  Over $4k I couldíve had.

I draw K-Jo in the SB.  I call, and we have 3 players in for $400.  Flop is K-Q-7, 2 spades.  I lead out with $1600.  I am called by the BB, who has more money than me.  This worries me.  BBís could have nearly anything.  Well shit, anyone online could have nearly anything.  Turn is a 6, no spade. I push all-in, about $4k.  I get called after a thinking period, and he shows Q-5 of clubs.  Middle pair????  I dodge the Q/5 on the river and double to over $12k.

Shortly after I move tables, I draw A-Q in the BB.  One player raises to $1600.  I consider going all-in, as theyíre at $6500.  I decide against it and just call.  Flop is 6-2-7 rainbow and after a strong bet from the SB, I fold.  Glad I did as the showdown shows pocket Kings against 2 pair.  I had nothiní.  I lose about $2k calling small bets with middle pair which loses to top pair with weak kicker.  The break comes, and Iím 21st out of the remaining 52 (248 started).  27 make the money.

I make about $5k off of someone just calling them down with my strong top pair of Kings against their middle pair.  They never figured me for the King, and thatís why I didnít raise him.  The players are dropping fast, weíre down to 30 pretty quickly.  3 more and I win at least a nickel.  Hooray.  And we hit 27 without me lifting a finger.

I notice one guy at my table likes to go all-in a lot when the table is checked to him. I note this.  Then, I get to use it.  I draw A-2s in early position.  Not a favorite, but suited, Iíll play it absent a large raise.  Flop comes K-7-6, 2 spades.  3 players check, and he goes all-in.  I call after much consideration (calling with draws are not my favorite, but in this case I have him figured for a bluff anyway), and he flips over A-5o.  So I need a spade or a couple of overcards to split.  Turn is a spade, and heís busted!  I move up to $28k.  

The blinds are big now, reaching 2 and 4k.  I get whittled down to $12k and hit another round of blinds.  There are 3 callers, so I try and buy it with Q-Jo.  I am called and he turns up A-4o.  Board comes 10-K-2 (hope risingÖ. RisingÖ) 4 (fadingÖ. RISINGÖ.) 4 (fadingÖ. Gone.)

I finish 11th and win 7 cents.  Well, it was fun.



Absolute Poker, 9:00 AM, Sunday tourney entry:

I go all-in with A-J on hand 1 against K-Q, and flop two pair.  I dodge the straight-making 10, and win.  

I am playing well, having tripled my initial stack after just 20 minutes.  One player specifically at my new table likes to bluff a lot.  I make about half my money just calling down his flush draws with pairs and beating him.  Itís quite fun figuring someone out like that.  I keep drawing pocket pairs and big hands, and am near $10k after just 50 minutes, all without a big all-in showdown.  Thatís quite rare for me.  I sort of hang around at $10k and hit the hour break doing well with 289 left out of over 800.

I get hosed a bit, dropping steadily, and losing about 1/3 of my stack when I show Queens and 2ís against an opponentís Queens and Jacks.  Still at over $5k, but not getting the cards like I was earlier.  I continue to hemorrhage money, calling with decent hands like Q-9, J-10, A-6 and such, but not hitting any pieces of the flops.  Doesnít help when I get moved to a table with 2 giant stacks of over $30k each who both like to raise large pre-flop.  

I finally make a stand when a slightly larger stack goes all-in pre-flop ahead of me, and Iím holding A-Js.  I call with about $2500, and watch as he turns up 7ís.  Flop is 3-3-5, 2 clubs.  Good for me.  Turn is a clubÖ. But itís a 7, making his full house and dropping me out.  Just to kick me in the teeth a little extra, the river is the 4th 7. I finish 120th out of 852.


I have started playing sit & go's that are 10 cents each at Vegas Queens, so I'll try to document a few of those here as well.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on October 11, 2004, 11:37:25 AM
Monday, Oct. 11th.

Vegas Queens Poker, freeroll tourney, $5 Prize Pool (5 Action Points for entry):

Didnít do much here, finished about midway of the field of near 200.

Vegas Queens Poker, 9 seat Turbo Sit Ďn Go, 11 cent entry fee
Stake: $.92

I really donít do much in this except wait for people to knock themselves out.  I bluffed and won a couple of pots early, then made it to the final 4.  The top 3 win something, so I just try and wait people out.  I move all-in with pocket pair a couple of times and assume the table lead.  I knock someone out with Ace high, then make it to the final 2.  We each have about 9,000 chips, and the first heads-up hand I draw J-10o.  Flop is 10-Q-10, and absent pocket Queens which you donít normally sit on heads up, Iíve got this one in the bag.  I check, and he moves all-in.  I call, and he shows his bluff of K-2.  Another Queen and 10 hit the board and I win with four 10ís.  I take down 45 cents for my efforts and move my VQ count to near $1.50.

Vegas Queens Poker, Speed multi-table tourney, $40 prize pool, 26 cent buy-in with re-buys
Stake: $1.36

54 people sign up for this, and the top 6 cash, so I figure Iíll maybe re-buy once.  The top prize is $16 though, so Iím hoping for a miracle.  You can re-buy until the 7th blind level is reached, 400/800 I believe.  I win the first hand with a pair, and lay low for a while.  People are just going all-in with crap, and then buying back-in.  Why waste your money like that?  Some people are just bored I guess.  I lose a good bit of money calling a pre-flop raise with K-Qo, and fold when the board is A-9-5 and is bet heavy.  Unfortunately, I wouldíve drawn a straight if I had stayed in, but I didnít.  I decide to buy another 2,000 chips right before the re-buys stop, and I promptly lose when my all-in pre-flop bet on A-Jc is called by K-9o.  The caller hits a King and Iím out in an unimpressive 38th.  My VQ hoard drops to 84 cents.

VQ, 6 seat Speed Sit ĎN Go, 11 cent buy-in
Stake: $.84

Speed means the blinds go up every 3 minutes, 6 seats mean only 2 players get paid.  Iíve done ok with these before, so Iíll try my luck again.  I usually try to hang back early, but with A-10o, I call a small raise.  The player next to me goes all-in.  The player next to him goes all-in.  The player who raised goes all-in.  A-10 against this?  No thanks.

Players show A-8, Q-Q and 7-7.  I wouldíve won though, as the board went like this:
7-10-K-K-10.  Crap.  2 players get knocked out though, then another quickly with a bluff, so weíre down to 3.  I switch from tight mode, to aggressive mode pretty much leading out with Ace high and pairs, and I move up to 2nd place and we have one stack on life support.  I get even more aggressive, and knock him out with an A-J to his K-9 when nothing hits.  So, Iíve won something.

Then, I go heads up against Capín Aggressive.  He raises nearly every time heís in a pot.  I guess thatís good for him, but not usually my style.  I fold some, then start playing a bit more.  I make some money when the board hits 6-6-6, and Iím holding 5-9.  He bets small, and I figure him for an Ace.  I stay in to see if I can pair one of my hole cards, and the turn is indeed a 9.  I check, he bets bigger, I push all-in, and he calls, showing his A-Ko.  I double and take the lead.

Then apparently he gets disconnected, and I nearly win the tournament by just blinding him down while heís away.  He shows back up just in time though, and goes all-in with A-2 to my K-J.  Nothing hits and he doubles from 800 to 1600 to my over 10,000.  Next hand, he goes all-in again, and I call with J-10.  A Queen and a 9 hit the board but thatís it, and he wins with Ace high again.  Next hand, he goes all in again, and I call with A-6.  He turns up 2-7c, and I figure I finally have him.  Nope, the board pairs both his cards, and Iím fucked again.

We exchange chips again for a bit, then I limp with A-K to try and get some action.  He goes all-in and I call.  Heís got 5-6s, and I figure Iím gold.  Or I wouldíve been if he didnít flop a full house.  I lose, but do net 10 cents, and move back to 94 cents overall.  Winner nets 28 cents (winning back their entry + 28 cents.)


Vegas Queens Poker, 9 seat Turbo Sit Ďn Go, 11 cent entry fee
Stake: $.94

I draw pocket Queens on the first hand.  Shit.  Great for me, but damned if I donít always lose with these big hands.  See above for illustration.  We have about 7 of 9 who call (I choose not to raise, probably not wise with a big hand early), but the flop is a dream:  Q-A-A.  It allows anyone whoís stayed in with an Ace to slow play, and Iíll be right there with Ďem.   Ultimately 5 people stay in at 150 for the flop and turn.  When the betting swings back around to me after the river, I push all-in.  I do get a caller with the predictable Ace, and I win over 3,000 chips.  

Then I try to lay low for a while, this being a turbo tourney, I can make the money when just 3 players remain.  And with these blinds, it wonít be long.  We do get down to 4 rather quickly, but we all have somewhere between 3,500 and 5,000 chips.  So I guess I have to play again.

Another player loses with 2 pair to a flush, so Iíve made the money again.  Nee-ha!!!

Next hand I get hit with a blind which is about 1/3 of my stack.  I hold 10-8o, and the board is 6-10-Q.  As long as nobody has a Queen, I figure Iíve hit.  2 checks seem to confirm my standing, so I push all-in, and am called by A-10.  Oh well.  I net 7 cents on this 3rd place, winning 18 cents.  Back over a dollar.

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Thatís it for today, I think.  I'm probably going to continue to slowly drive my Vegas Queens amount up for a while, so I'll be talking about them for a while, I hope.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on October 15, 2004, 10:10:45 AM
Friday, Oct. 15th.

Vegas Queens Poker, 8:15 AM, $5 Prize Pool (5 Action Points for entry):

Didnít do much here, had 2 pair after the flop and went all-in, but when the board paired Kings, my low pair vanished and I got outkicked by an A-Q to my Q-9.  Alas.  And if youíre wondering how you get Action Points, each of these tiny sit Ďn goís equal 1 action point, so Iíve been averaging 6-8 per day, more than enough to cover entry each day into this thing.

Vegas Queens Poker, 6 seat Speed Sit Ďn Go, 11 cent entry fee
Stake: $2.21

1 guy goes out the first hand pushing with pocket Aces against a clearly made straight.  So weíre down to 5 rather quickly.  

Speed means the blinds go up every 3 minutes, 6 seats mean only 2 players get paid.  My first playable hand is K-10d in the SB.  I limp in with 50 and there are 4 of 5 players.  Flop is 9-6-3, 2 diamonds.  I bet 200 and am called by 2 players.  Next card is a 6 of diamonds.  My flush is made, so I bet 300 and get 1 caller.  Last card is a scare card, another 3.  So if the other player has a 6 or 3, my flush is beat.  I risk it, figuring he wouldíve raised with 3 of a kind 6ís, so I go all-in.  He calls and shows J-9, top pair with a decent kicker, but no boat and I have knocked out another player.

We lose one more who pushes too hard with a clearly beat suited A-J, and weíre down to 3.  I stay out of the way as another loses with top pair to a clearly raised and marked overpair.  So, Iím in the money again, and heads up with a much larger stack.

We ride things out for a while and I stay conservative.  But quickly Iím down to near 1,500 in chips to my opponentís 10,500.  So, I start getting aggressive.  I raise all-in every time I get a King or Ace high.  It works for a while.  Then I lose calling a middle pair to the river to a top pair.  Back to 1,500.  Finally I catch a break, calling a small pre-flop raise with a King high with J-6s.  The board flops all spades, and I catch a break.  He bets nearly enough to put me all-in, so I do.  I win.  I catch a bunch of Aces on subsequent hands, and finally take the lead.  The winning hand is A-2d to my opponentís K-Qo.  The board hits my Ace and misses him, and I win 39 cents.

VQP, Multi-table tourney, 66 cent buy-in
Stake: $2.49

Well, it was $2.49 before the buy-in, so Iím down to $1.83 after the buy-in.  Only 63 players here, and the top 9 places pay at least a dollar, so why not?

I win my 2nd hand with a flush against 2 pair.  So Iím comfy already.  One thing I like about this tourney is no re-buys.  I think it means people will be a bit more careful, which favors my tight style.  9 players are out after 3 minutes, so I need to win some pots if I want to make it any further than about 20th.

Unfortunately, in trying to win a pot, I overplay a single pair with an Ace kicker against two pair, and quickly get busted down to 540 chips from my starting stack of 2,000.  Crap.  Luckily, this is not a speed or turbo tourney, so I have some time to try and find a hand to move all-in with.  I miss one chance, folding a suited 4-5 in early position when 6-7-8 flops.  The blinds come and go twice with no hands to be made, so finally I get K-9o and make the move.  Sadly, the board goes 10-A-J-10-10, and I lose to a single Ace.

That sucked.  Finished 43rd.

VQP, 9 seat Turbo sit Ďn go, 11 cent buy-in
Stake: $1.83

11 cents more get thrown in here, with a first prize of 45 cents.  Iíve been on fire in these things, so hopefully I wonít cool off now.  Turbo is where the blinds go up every minute, so if you donít win a hand the first time around in the blinds, the blinds will be nearly too much for you by the time the second round hits.  People are usually way too aggressive in these, moving all-in with marginal hands, so usually I can get a win or two with just top pair or even Ace high.

First hand, I see J-8o in the SB of 20.  I see a raise of 200 and fold.  I pay to see a couple of more cheap flops with decent hands of Q-10o but donít hit.  Iím not hurting by any stretch, but being in the blinds to start the game is usually not a good place to be.

I see pocket 3ís in middle position, and limp in at 200.  4 players.  Flop is 5-6-7 rainbow.  Table checks to the dealer, who pushes all-in, just 550.  I am the last chance to call him, and I decide to do so against my better judgment.  He shows A-4, an open-ender.  He doesnít hit, and I shoot over 3,000.  Another player departs with A-9 against A-K.

I get pocket 7ís in the BB of 600 and see 2 players go all-in with smaller stacks.  I push all-in as well, but lose to a flush.  Down to 1,700 now, and the SB is up to 400.  I see 4-10o and fold.  6 players left, 3 in my area of around 1,200.  BB is now 1,200, and itís all in or nothing every hand for me.  I get A-Js and move in.  Board comes all clubs, and I lose to a J-8 of clubs in the BB.  Oh well.

VQP, 6 seat Speed Sit Ďn Go, 11 cent buy-in
Stake: $1.72

One more stab at this.  I win an early pot with middle pair to take the lead.  This table is perhaps the most cautious Iíve ever played at.  No one is down or up more than 500 after 10 minutes.

I try to shake things up once I get pocket Queens in the SB.  I raise all-in against the only larger stack.  He calls.  He shows Q-8c.  And wouldnít you fucking know it, the board goes J-10-9 and gives him the straight.  Bye bye 11 cents.



I think Iíll try again later after all this.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 01, 2004, 03:42:38 PM
I don't have much to add here right now.  Well, a bit.

I've started playing at Poker Champs a lot now that they have live action games and multi-table tourneys with small 2 and 3 dollar buy-ins. I had $9 there to start, and had driven it up to $55 at one time, and now sit around $38.

All this by way of saying that I have been totally fucking VIOLATED today about 5 times by playing a top pair with a marginal kicker too strongly.  You'd think after about the 3rd time I would've figured it out, but nope I proceeded to get knocked out of my 3rd tourney of the day with Jacks, J-9 vs. a J-10 AND lose over $1 in a ring game with Kings, my K-10 against A-K.

Am I really that stupid or what?  

I don't know.  Just thought I'd vent.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 02, 2004, 02:56:06 PM
So, I had another experience I felt like sharing today.

I join my 4th tournament of the day, 2 freerolls I was in netted me 6 bits (woo-hoo!), and the $2 tourney I was in I decided to go ahead and lose in 19th place out of 27.  This tourney is at Poker Champs and is another $2, so I'm down to something like $33 at this point.

First hand, I got A-K suited and rivered a flush, beating pocket Kings badly.  I stayed on top of the 25 person field until the final table of 10, at which we all learned a lesson... well, 2 lessons about how to play in tournaments.

Lesson 1: When you're at the final table, and only the top 3 pay (as in this case, 1st is $22.50, 2nd is $13.50, and 3rd is $9), you have to be very tight.  Especially as one of the chip leaders.  Sure you want to knock people out, but it's almost better to let the smaller stacks fight for supremacy while keeping your own chips sparkly and free from the grabby hands of others.

So, keeping this in mind, I win enough hands to stay in the top 3 while 5 others drop out.  We dip down to 5, 2 of whom have only about 1/4 of the 3rd place stack.  So, while attempting to ride out these last 2 people who'll be blinded out in about 15 hands, they start making hands.  Hand after hand I watch as they climb back into it.  Finally, the 4th place person loses with A-K against A-Q when the board pairs Queens.  Tough way to lose, but I'm all for it.  In the process, I have dropped well over half my stack just attempting to make the money.  So now, I'm at around $4500, while the other 2 are well over $15k.

Now that I'm in the money, I shift gears.  But the 2 others decide to lose their minds on a hand with a straight vs. a flush, and all of a sudden I've backed into 2nd place with around $3500.  The bad news of course being, I'm up against a chip stack of over $33k.  I'm a 10:1 chip underdog, and the other player comments "looks like it's just you and me butter".  And I quip "not for long I imagine, lol".  I'm oh so witty.

Which brings us to Lesson 2: When you have a huge chip advantage heads up, you have to pressure the other player.  This is about the 3rd time I've made the final 2 of a tourney where the huge leader (who is usually not me) decides to pretty much just call all the time.  You CAN'T just call all the time.  You have to put the other person all-in pre-flop A LOT, and if they won't call you, steal their blinds until they HAVE TO call.  If you don't, they'll just sit around and make hands on you.  Like I did to this guy.  I slowly worked my way up, and then I figured him out.  He was betting about $1000 with any pair, and the pot size (about $2500) with top pair, and slow-playing monster hands (like the trip Jacks he beat me out of $5k for).  

To beat a telegraphing player like this, you confuse them.  So, about 10 minutes into this, I'm still at around $10k to his $25k.  So I start going all in with any Ace, King, or connectors.  I also start going all in on the flop with any pair or even a good draw.  The downside of this is, if he hits a big hand the same hand as you, you're out.  I figured I had done well enough to get this far, so I was ready to gamble for that extra $9 in prize money.  Lucky for me, this guy was not a gambler.  He folded nearly every time I went all-in.  Eventually, curiosity got the better of him and he called me when I had flopped bottom 2 pair (10's and 2's).  Then he called me when I had A-Q.  Then he called me when I had turned a straight.  And just like that, he was in the same position I was about 20 minutes before.  He tried my strategy a bit, but he only had about 2 chances before I was dealt Q-Q, and he was shown the door.

Playing online poker is so infuriating at times, but it's tourneys like this that'll soften the inevitable frustration of the next week and 15 lost tourneys or so.

My Poker Champs stack is now near an all-time high of $55.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: redbobsled on December 02, 2004, 04:09:51 PM
This is all pretty entertaining to read - and maybe you've covered this before, but how is it that you have TIME to do all these tournaments?  Do you work somewhere where you can absolutely get away with murder?  I think at my old job, I probably would have been able to play poker online all day on Fridays had I wanted to.... but still....
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 02, 2004, 04:29:08 PM
Quote from: "redbobsled"
This is all pretty entertaining to read - and maybe you've covered this before, but how is it that you have TIME to do all these tournaments?  Do you work somewhere where you can absolutely get away with murder?  I think at my old job, I probably would have been able to play poker online all day on Fridays had I wanted to.... but still....


Yeah, I have a desk job that on most days only requires me to do about 3-6 hours of work a day.

In fact, I was doing 2 jobs there for a while and had much less time to screw off, and told them I would be just fine doing both jobs, but they insisted that they needed a dedicated receptionist, thus moving me back to simply accounts receivable.  I think my bosses believe that my workload is high.  Who am I to correct them?  Hell, I've already tried that several times.  I think that since the person who was in this job before me was totally inept, and couldn't finish all of their tasks in a given week, they figure that if I'm better, that I still need a whole week to do the weekly tasks.  I don't, I can finish a week's work in about 2 days.  But whatever.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: redbobsled on December 02, 2004, 04:49:21 PM
Yeah, my new job is kind of getting slow too.  And our internet use is not monitored so.....

Hmmmmmmmm.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 03, 2004, 10:32:38 AM
Here's another friendly tip....

When you hold pocket 3's, don't call an all-in bet on a board with all overcards and 3 spades.  It's likely you'll be beaten by A-Q.  Just a hint to the guy I doubled up off of about 10 minutes ago to take a large chip lead in another tourney.  I'll let you know how this turns out, I'm 1st by quite a margin, but there's still 20 left.  Top 5 pay.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 03, 2004, 11:57:02 AM
God dammit, I finished 6th, calling an all-in with A-9o.  Raiser had pocket Kings, and there was no Ace for me to be had.  Crappy part is he knocked out another guy on the same hand, so if I had just folded I would've made 5th.  Fuckity fuck fuck.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on December 03, 2004, 12:47:33 PM
Sorry to hear that, but congratulations on your win yesterday.

These stories are strangely engrossing. Kinda like the poker on TV. Glad to see you're posting them again. They're fun to read.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 03, 2004, 03:17:44 PM
Thanks, Jonathan, I appreciate positive feedback as always.

And I'm sure you'll all be thrilled to hear that despite screwing the pooch on that first tourney of the day and finishing 6th and just out of the money, I proceeded to place in the money in the other 2 tournaments of the day.

3rd in a $3 one and 4th in a $2 one (both had top 5 pay - both were about 35 people tourneys), to bring my grand total right now to $69.90, an all-time Poker Champs high.  Still not enough to consider sitting at a $1/$2 limit table (where I _________ (adverb-choose your own) lost $23 in 10 minutes several weeks ago), but enough to maybe sit at a .25/.50 limit table.

All that said, I also finished 432nd out of 433 in a freeroll earlier, by playing an Ace-Jack for all-in against pocket Queens.  So I'm not exactly a genius or anything.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on December 13, 2004, 02:23:38 PM
Ok, since we now have a good internet connection, I have started to play in a few tournaments. I suck so far, but Butter watch out! I might get better!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on December 13, 2004, 04:20:40 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
Still not enough to consider sitting at a $1/$2 limit table (where I _________ (adverb-choose your own) lost $23 in 10 minutes several weeks ago), but enough to maybe sit at a .25/.50 limit table.

All that said, I also finished 432nd out of 433 in a freeroll earlier, by playing an Ace-Jack for all-in against pocket Queens.  So I'm not exactly a genius or anything.


Dude, be careful at the .25/.50 tables.  They're full of people who will play anything, so you'll get rivered by some douche who played 63o a lot of times.  And since there are betting limits, you can't drive these people out.  Nothing infuriates me more than getting beaten by some hack calling station on the river when I had the best hand the whole way and couldn't make them fold.  Of course, there's also money to be made from them, but it can also have the effect of making your online tournament no-limit game and your in-person game a lot worse.  Low-limit poker and no-limit poker are just completely different animals.  

Oh, and since you appreciate feedback, I too enjoy reading these.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 15, 2004, 04:16:34 PM
Yes, those low-limit games piss me off.  I'd prefer to wait until I can play a bit of a higher limit game, but that's a ways off if I want to have enough to ride out the rough patches.  

OK, so I was in another tourney yesterday, starting out the thing at around $53.  I'd not had much luck this week.  In fact, the day before, I had been beaten out of tournaments by rivered flushes all 3 times, losing my total buy-ins of $7.  You have to stay positive about stuff like that and keep telling yourself that you got all of your chips in the pot with the best hand.... but it's still annoying as a mofo.

In this tourney I ran up my stack fairly well early on, picking up several premium hands in the early going and making the most of them.  This was a $3 buy-in tourney with about 36 people, making the final 5 spots pay pretty well.  So I just sort of sit around the top 4 all the way until the final 6.  I finally start to get worn down, and the last person just won't drop for me to make the money.  So I get a bit impatient, and put some guy who was playing EXTREMELY erratically all-in with pocket 3's.  Not a good idea, as his trip Kings pointed out.  

Now I was the guy everyone was trying to force off of the table, but I still had enough to make some noise.  But I couldn't get anything.  I folded before or just after the flop probably about 20 times in a row.  I got ridden down to about $2,500 (this is out of the $54,000 in chips in play), with the next worst person sitting at $7k.  Finally I got fed up and forced an all-in with A-Qo.  The previous maniac calls me, and flips over A-Jo.  Lucky for me, nothing hit him OR me, and I won.  Still in last, but not quite so badly.

Then someone says to him (this is a chatty table): "Nice call idiot, he must've folded the last 50 hands and you CALL him with that?"  At that point, it's like a light goes off in my head.  I can start playing some shit and throwing my weight around.  So, next hand I'm Dealer-minus-1, and I get 6-8 of hearts.  I call.  The blinds are the only other players to stay in.  Flop is 4-8-Q, 1 heart.  A minimum bet (blinds are $200-400 at this point, so min. bet is $400) folds 1 player, and I call.  Next card is a 7, no heart.  Another min. bet... and I think about it, but call again.  Final card is an 8.  I bet about $1500 and get a call, and turn up my rivered trips to another snarky comment:  "Tight player, eh?  That wasn't tight, you're a moron."

So now I'm on the comeback.  The maniac finally gets knocked out as does another, so I make the money.  Among the final 4 players, we have the chatty loose cannon, 2 tight female players (their usernames are Mary-something and another feminine sounding name I can't recall), and me.  I'm still last.

First hand after we're down to 4, and I call with J-10o.  I just can't help myself with J-10.  I'll play it everywhere.  In position, out of position, with a large stack, with virtually nothing, against 2 limpers, against a moderate raise.  It's not that great a hand, but damned if I haven't won some spectacular hands with it.  The only other player is the BB.  Flop is 8-6-2.  She bets the min., and I call.  I figure her for a 6 or something.  Next card is a 4, no help to anyone.  She bets again, and I decide to call with my 2 overcards for no good reason, really.  Not a good play.  Then the river is a King.  She checks.  Now I've got it, she's got an 8 with some crap kicker like a 3 or something.

I make a play for the pot... the first time I can recall that I have EVER bluffed at a hand with absolutely nothing.  I may make large bets with four-to-the-flush or open ended straight draws or bottom pair with a good kicker or 2 overcards or something.  But I never ever have flat-out stone bluffed at a pot like I did here.  But here it was.  I put in $2488 (that took me down to $4000 if I had lost).  That was about the pot size.  I'd never been so nervous during a poker game as I was in that 30 seconds that her time bank opened up and started to tick away as she considered calling.  Chatty Moron Guy pipes up and says "push those chips in you puzzy".   Yeah thanks ASS.

Lucky for me, she does not call, and I jump into 2nd place with over $10k.  I do a little dance in my chair, and start to catch some hands.  I catch pocket K's and when the flop comes A-10-4, I wasn't thrilled to see a large bet from the low chip stack.  But I called.  The next card was a Q.  She pushes all-in.  I think for a minute and consider that any J or K makes me the pot, and since everyone hates folding pocket Kings I push my chips in.  The river is my straight-making Jack, and Chatty Moron Guy (CMG) bows to my rivering abilities.  

Now we're at 3, and both I and Mary-something are just beating CMG to death.  He drops way down to $3k against me and Mary-something's $20k+.   He finally goes all-in in the big blind.  I decide to call with my Q-10d, and Mary calls too.  The flop is a pretty 10-9-3, 2 diamonds.  I check just for fun, Mary bets $1600 and I call.  Turn is a 7, no diamond, Mary leads out again and I call.  River is a 10 and Mary now checks.  I bet $5k, she folds, and CMG is out.  "Nice game," he grumbles.  

First 2 heads-up hands against Mary, I draw A-K both times.  I go all-in both times.  She hasn't chatted once, but I don't think she liked it because she did the same thing to me the following 2 hands. We both folded to the all-in bets.

Then comes the judgment hand.  It starts out innocuously enough, as I get 7-8o in the SB and call.  She checks and we see 6-8-6 hit the board.  Hmmm.  I bet $1200 and she calls IMMEDIATELY.  Slow-playing a 6 or she's got a 7-9 or 5-7, I think.  Next card is a 4, making that possible straight.  I check, she bets $2k.  I think.... and call.  And I am rewarded with a river 8 bestowing upon me what I like to call the nut house (barring pocket 6's, anyway).  I bet $1200 hoping not to scare her off.  She raises to $5100.  I re-raise all-in, and since I've got her covered, this is it for her if she slow-played her 6.  

I'll never know, because she mucked her losing cards, and I took home $38.88 for my troubles.  Up to $91 (well, $85 after today's unsuccessful tourneys).  What a tourney that was for me.
Title: Who do we appreciate?
Post by: Action Jim on December 15, 2004, 05:05:43 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
Flop is 8-6-2.  She bets the min., and I call.  I figure her for a 6 or something.  Next card is a 4, no help to anyone.  


Are you mad!?  Don't you know what was on the board!?  


See, and I'll bet you thought no one was reading these that carefully
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 16, 2004, 08:12:15 AM
Sure, but the manner in which the hand was bet didn't lead me to believe that she put any thought into it.  It was a mechanical reproduction of the first bet, which led me to believe that she was betting a pair.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on December 20, 2004, 01:22:01 PM
I got farther than I ever have in an oline poker tourney today. 60th out of 900 in a freeroll. My hubby watched my table while he was at work so he can give you details if you really want.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on December 29, 2004, 08:05:07 AM
I won $2.75 last night in a freeroll. Woo Hoo! Now I can send the kids to college!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 29, 2004, 08:28:26 AM
And since I'm worn out of playing poker for a while, now it's time for the Mrs. to win us some money.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on January 03, 2005, 11:51:49 AM
Well, back at it today after a couple of weeks off from using my own money.  My Poker Champs bankroll stands at just under $79, so I used $2 of those to enter a 51 person tourney today, where the top 9 places pay out.  

It didn't start out well, I got beaten pretty soundly on 2 early hands to lose half my stack.  But I made a comeback and lucked into a couple of hands.  Then I started being dealt gold, AA once and pocket K's twice, along with AK and AQ a few times.  I just now beat a guy with pocket K's when there was a 10 high showing... I had beaten him earlier today with the same K's, so he went all-in and I beat his Q-10 again.  I now stand #1 in the tourney by far with about $13k (2nd has a stack of $6300).

So now, let's play with me hand by hand as I start as the dealer after the hour break with 26 players left.

-A-Qo, smooth call.  bet 500 after play is checked to me with a flop that totally missed me, bb calls with 1/3 of his stack, probably on the flush draw with 2 hearts showing.  Next card is a heart, he goes all-in, i fold.  Stand at $11,557.  We're at $25 antes now, so I'm losing every time I fold.

-9-10o, i fold to an all-in bet.
-2-5o, fold

-J-9 spades, call 200.  2 callers, dealer and bb.  Flop is 9-6-4 rainbow.  I bet 875 (pot size) after action is checked to me.  Dealer folds, BB considers but folds, I'm back to 12,157.

-4-9 hearts, fold.
-K-3o, fold.

-With 21 people left, I've been moved.  I was due to be BB next, now I am 2 behind dealer.  First hand is 2 hands in front of BB... I get 10-7 spades, fold.  Flop is 10 high with 2 spades, and I'm pissed.
-I am moved again as we're down to final 2 tables of 10.  Now I'm about 5 players in front of BB.

-Blinds are now 200/400... K-6o, fold.
-A-5o, fold.  I just now notice I am at the same table with 2nd place, he's up to nearly $10k.  He is 4 players to my left, so we shouldn't be butting heads too often.

-A-Ko , raise to 1,000.  everyone folds, i'm at 12,832.

-In BB, A-4 diamonds.  We have an allin of 826, so I'm obliged to call 426 more with my Ace high.  2nd place also calls, so we have 2 still active.  Flop is 6-7-8 rainbow, and 2nd place bets 900.  I fold, he turns over K-9 and makes his straight.  I'm down to 11,900 or so, but we're out another player which is always good.

-SB, 8-10o, call 200 more.  Flop is 7-K-9 rainbow.  Good flop for me, but we have an all in of 1,675.  I call.  Next card is a Jack that makes my straight, but BB also called.  I put him all in with another 880, and beat them both with my straight.  Up a big 5k to over $17 thousand now.  More importantly, I knocked out 2 more players, so we're down to just 15 left.

-Dealer, 3-4o, fold.
-Dealer again, pocket 9's, call an 874 all in.  1 other stays in.  Flop is Q-6-7.  I put him all-in, knock out 2 more as I win with a river 9, and go up to $21k.

-Pocket 5's, I raise to $1k, and am re-raised all in about 2500 more by BB.  I call, and lose to pocket 7's.  Down to just over $18k now.

-Pocket 5's again, I call another raise, but flop nothing.  Down to around $16k now.

-J-10o, call, flop nothing, fold.  Down to $15,800.

-Blinds are 300/600 now.  A-5o in BB.  One player goes all in, but it's not enough to raise me.  He beats me with pocket 8's.  

-A-Ko in SB. BB has 805 more, i raise him for it, he folds.  i'm up to $16,445.
-K-2 spades on button.  I consider it since we're 6 handed, but fold.  Another player is knocked out.

I'm still in first as we move to the final table of 10.  Top 9 pay, remember.

-Q-6o, fold.
-K-2o, fold.  I'm passed for 1st by the 2nd place guy, who has had pocket pairs several times to call small all in bets now.
-6-8 diamonds just ahead of BB, fold.
-Q-Jo in BB.  I win as I bet when J-2-2 is flopped.  Up to near $18k.

-3-4 spades in SB.  I call, 3 other players.  Board is 9-7-4-5, 2 spades.  I bet 1200, another goes all in for 1385.  I call the 185 more and she had made a straight on her 6-8.  River is another 5, but not a spade.  Down to just under $16k.

-A-10 diamonds on button.  We have an all in for 2390.  I consider calling, but then another all in of 4600 hits, and I fold.  We have another player out, so I make the money.
- I get a couple more garbage hands and fold, couldn't remember what they are as I got 5 phone calls in 3 minutes.
-Blinds are 400/800 now.  A-4o, fold.  Flop is K-4-4.  #$!#@$^*@#$!!!!
-3-6o, fold.
-6-8o, fold.
-3-6o again, fold.
-I get 5's in BB, and we have an all in of $4100.  I call and he shows Jacks.  I'm down to $10k.
-A-4o in SB, I call 400.  Flop misses me, I fold, under $10k now and 3rd place.
-Blinds are 600/1200 now, 4-10 spades on button, fold.
-8-10o, fold.  We're down to 7 now.  Board brings 2 8's and that sux.
-8-7o, fold.  We're down to 6.
-9-10o, fold.  

-10-4o in BB.  SB only plays for another 600.  Flop is 10-8-7, 2 hearts.  SB bets 2850.  I go all in with top pair, hoping he just has a single 9 or a heart draw.  SB calls and has me covered plus $50... and has J-9 for a nice flopped straight.  

I finish 6th, and win $5.96, netting nearly $4.  Should've done better, but I just don't like being muscled off top pair when we're down to that few people.

My Poker Champs money is up to $82.78 now.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Rafe on January 03, 2005, 05:01:36 PM
...a nice flopped straight. Wow.

I still don't understand the rules or jargon, yet find the updates fascinating. Well done on your win, Bu'uh. $82.78 - isn't that worth about Five pounds at the moment?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on January 04, 2005, 08:15:18 AM
I believe the updated rate is 4.93 pounds.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Rafe on January 04, 2005, 06:28:13 PM
£4.27 the last I checked. Time to gamble it all, mate? If you win with that stake, you may even be able to afford a cup of tea for you AND your lovely wife - plus a small cake to share.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on January 12, 2005, 12:15:12 PM
For the past few days, I have been winning a little bit. 45 cents here, .07 there.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on January 13, 2005, 11:42:28 AM
yo butter, since we were trading pm's on online gambling, i thought i'd post a link to this article (http://slate.msn.com/id/2112213/) in Slate about online poker scams. i tend to agree with the conclusions of the article... the better-known sites really don't have an incentive to try to fix anything, and although i'm sure there are people who try to collude, they'd have to be awfully clever to figure out a way to do so profitably.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on March 03, 2005, 12:24:47 PM
I just got A A A A when I was playing at a money table at Poker Champs. I played it cool and actually won a little money. Woo Hoo!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on March 03, 2005, 12:35:13 PM
You mean as a starting hand in Omaha, or you mean you had quad Aces?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on March 03, 2005, 12:37:51 PM
Quote from: "l.diddy"
You mean as a starting hand in Omaha, or you mean you had quad Aces?


I had AQ. The flop came out AAA!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on March 03, 2005, 12:43:34 PM
Awesome.  Probably tough to get any serious action, though, eh?   I know I'd fold darn if you made any significant bet (especially if your preflop behavior gave any indication that you might be holding an Ace).
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 03, 2005, 12:45:39 PM
Mrs. Butter's preflop behavior is to call or fold.  She might raise with Aces, but at the micro-limit tables she plays at, even then not so much.  Still 70 cents is a good win at a 2/4 cent limit table.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on March 03, 2005, 12:48:11 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
Mrs. Butter's preflop behavior is to call or fold.  She might raise with Aces, but at the micro-limit tables she plays at, even then not so much.  Still 70 cents is a good win at a 2/4 cent limit table.


Yep. Winning almost 20X the big blind will definitely keep her in action for a while...especially if she puts a force field around it.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on March 03, 2005, 12:50:13 PM
Hmm...I meant to write 20 times the big blind, but I put 20 X (only without the space).  Apparently a 0 followed by an X results in the "Alien throwing up gang signs" emoticon.  I'm glad I learned something today.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 03, 2005, 03:23:11 PM
Quote from: "l.diddy"
I'm glad I learned something today.

Now, go forth and multiply.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on March 25, 2005, 06:08:20 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I just got A A A A when I was playing at a money table at Poker Champs. I played it cool and actually won a little money. Woo Hoo!


Man, this is an awesome hand to get.  I spent about nine hours playing poker yesterday, at a limit Hold 'Em table at Grand Victoria Casino.  And I had quad aces on one hand.  I picked up AA in late position, and came in for a raise. I got a couple callers.  The flop came back with an Ace, and an Ace came on fourth street.  Fortunately for me, one of the poor bastards who called me had a wired pair of sevens, and one of the board cards was a seven, so he had a boat.  I actually felt bad.  There's no way to announce that you have quads without seeming smug about it.  It was quite a rush, though.  

I would get my comeuppance later, though, when I picked up KK in third position.   I again came in for a raise.  A guy in middle position re-raised, and then some douche wearing sunglasses capped it.  So now I'm looking at 10 more dollars to see a flop, but I have to call.  The flop came back AKQ rainbow.  Now, I've got a set of K's, which is almost impossible to lay down, even if the other players' preflop behavior hinted that one of them might have Aces.  So I of course come out for a bet. The guy in middle position raises it, the douche re-raises, and I cap it.  Both the turn and the river are blanks, and we again go through the dance of bet-raise-reraise-cap, which means we've now each put a shitload more money in the pot.  

Now, I was almost positive that one of those guys was holding Aces, but there was always a chance they had AK and AQ.  I knew this to be implausible, but allowed the thought to enter my mind because I can't lay down three Kings, damn it!  And I didn't think either would have stayed with J-10, even suited.  So there was only one hand that could beat me, and there was no way I was  laying down that set of cowboys.

As you might have guessed, the fellow in middle position held wired queens.  And the douche held two Aces, raking home a huge pot, with which I'm certain he purchased some more sunglasses.  He wasn't at all magnanimous about his victory, as you also may have guessed.  

Lots more happened, and I may post some more of my poker adventures later, but that's it for now.  

BTW, Butter, has soccer replaced online poker in your life?  What happened to you, man?  What happened to this thread?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on March 25, 2005, 07:16:40 PM
I've been playing online a lot lately. Butter has soccer and I have poker I guess.

Today I was on fire. Butter actually joined me at the table (I was home and he was at work) and he did pretty well too.

I play the 2/4 cent limit tables at Poker Champs so I didn't bring in big bucks, but then again I never lose big bucks either.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Fourthisto on March 26, 2005, 11:29:40 AM
Quote from: "l.diddy"
I spent about nine hours playing poker yesterday, at a limit Hold 'Em table at Grand Victoria Casino.  And I had quad aces on one hand.  I picked up AA in late position, and came in for a raise. I got a couple callers.  The flop came back with an Ace, and an Ace came on fourth street.  Fortunately for me, one of the poor bastards who called me had a wired pair of sevens, and one of the board cards was a seven, so he had a boat.  I actually felt bad.  There's no way to announce that you have quads without seeming smug about it.  It was quite a rush


 :)  =D>

Donuts on you next time, buddy. Especially if I rack up another marginal victory. See you then. ;)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 28, 2005, 08:45:14 AM
Quote from: "l.diddy"
BTW, Butter, has soccer replaced online poker in your life?  What happened to you, man?  What happened to this thread?


I found out this weekend that Poker Champs has Sit 'N Go's now.  That's far more likely to get me to play again.  I don't like cash games that much (see: my earlier $23 loss on a 1/2 table that portends my trepidation), and those larger tournaments just take me too long to play at work right now, seeing as I'm doing 2 people's jobs... The soccer fits into my schedule a lot better, since I can pick it up and leave it at will according to my workload.

I know that all sounded rather douche-y, but oh well, you should've got my job before I did.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 28, 2005, 08:47:30 AM
Oh, and I netted a whopping 80 cents on my first 2 SnG's there over the weekend, finishing 8/10 in one, and 2/10 in the other $1+.10 buy-in.  2nd place was 3 bucks.  Nee-ha.  Built my chip stack with 10's over 8's on a pre-flop all-in by me once, then again on a flopped straight with garbage (3-6 or something) in the big blind.  Then it's just a matter of riding it out until I get in the money, mostly.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on March 28, 2005, 02:13:18 PM
I've had a good day so far at the limit tables at Poker Champs. I doubled the money I sat down at the table with. Woo Hoo!

I've also requested Doyle Brunson's book from the library.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on April 01, 2005, 03:52:54 PM
I'm planning on entering a freeroll tourney at Bodog. The prize pool is $250, it starts at 8:30 tonight and registration is at 4:30 this afternoon. If you want to enter it and need more info let me know!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on April 14, 2005, 01:07:03 PM
I got four 9's today!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on April 14, 2005, 01:21:10 PM
How much did you win on them?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on April 14, 2005, 01:24:26 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
How much did you win on them?


Not much. I had a 9 and the flop was 9 9 9. I checked. After the turn I bet. One person called. I bet again after the river and they called again. I only won like .35 or something. I've already lost it.  #-o
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on April 26, 2005, 08:06:37 AM
Yay! Butter and I both won sit & go tourneys yesterday! $1.10 to enter and $5.00 prize. So we netted $3.90 each.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on April 26, 2005, 04:57:41 PM
i love sit & goes -- takes a lot less time than a 'real' tourney and it's relatively easy to get into the money
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on May 01, 2005, 03:52:09 PM
yeah so last night i played in a tourney in cincy... i figured since seattle, fourthisto, butter and l.didy weren't playing in it, i might actually have a chance.

about 80 entrants or so and i ended up in 4th. the way i went out really stung me, though... i was roughly tied for 2nd and the big stack popped in a big blind-stealing bet when i was in the bb. i looked down and found pocket aces, so of course i come over the top with an all-in. i figured he'd fold but instead he called with pocket 6's. so i'm in the driver's seat and he's sitting there with a two-outer. well you can guess what happened... after blanks on the flop, the turn gave him a miracle 6 so i was busted out. had i won that i would've had a commanding chip lead and could've easily coasted to at least 2nd and about 3x more money than i actually won.

i also got into my first ever table-fight. this chump who was at my opening table would say "THE BEST PLAYERS GET THE BEST CARDS" after literally every pot he got, which was annoying enough. he also got into a couple of arguments with other players over stupid things.  i usually ignore all of that stuff 'cause it'll drive you nuts if you let it get to you. but then at one point he took a pot from a woman and busted her out of the tourney. he stood up with his arms in the air and said, "YES!!! Why does anyone even play against me? I am on a mission!!!"  that was too much for me to take, and so i said, "why don't you sit down,  take your chips and stop acting like a rookie?" that set him off and he started giving me all kinds of grief. very coincidentally, two hands later he caught a miracle gutshot straight and took a pretty big pot from me. for one entire minute (it seemed) he sat there just staring at me and didn't move to take his chips. i said, "if that's supposed to be your intimidation stare, you've got a lot of work to do on it, pal. enjoy my chips while you got 'em 'cause they'll be coming back to me soon." then two more hands later i'm on the button and pick up JJ, so i put in a pretty standard 3 BB raise. he's on the BB, looks at me and says, "nobody steals my blinds! i'm all-in". i immediately call and say, "just remember i gave you a chance to fold."

he had a 10-2 offsuite! so my J's held up and he starts ranting and comes up to me and points at me and says, "that's bullshit! that's bullshit!" i ignored him and just looked down and stacked my chips 'cause i actually felt embarrassed that i had acted pretty immaturely and let someone get to me. not my finest moment.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on May 01, 2005, 04:18:18 PM
What a douchebag. Way to bust him out.

I had a bad beat in my game last night. I was head-to-head, with about 1/3 of the chips of the other guy. I knew I had my buy-in back in my pocket for finishing at least 2nd so I decided to take some risks and pocket 8s seemed like a good time to do it. He called me with an A-J, and the flop came up blanks. So was the turn. You can probably guess what showed up on the river.

I had been beating people on the river all night (at least four or five times) so it was bound to happen. Needless to say, none of my buddies felt sorry for me at all.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on May 01, 2005, 05:08:18 PM
8's are just about the hardest hand to play, i think. i like low pocket pairs like 4's and 5's, 'cause if you hit a set on the flop you're golden, and otherwise you just throw 'em away if there's any action. with 8's & 9's you're never quite sure.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Mr Pink on May 01, 2005, 07:18:10 PM
I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this, but I've been playing in a "Fantasy Poker League" at a local bar on Monday nights where you accrue points and can win prizes based on where you finish.

I'm currently in 2nd place.

If you'd like to track my progress, they have the leaderboard posted here (http://www.tfpl.net/looksiteup.asp?p_state=OH&p_siteid=74). They're about a week behind on current point totals, but with my 2nd place finish last week, I should have 2nd place all to myself.

My regular money game starts soon, so I'm off to snag some cash.

Oh, and my favorite hand: Jack/Seven suited
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on May 01, 2005, 08:34:10 PM
2nd place -- nice.

all those years of playing cards in the back room of your dads olive importing shop paid off
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on May 02, 2005, 08:03:03 AM
Quote from: "Seattle93"
Oh, and my favorite hand: Jack/Seven suited


That's no J8s or J9s.... but not bad.  I like J9 the best.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on May 02, 2005, 08:06:11 AM
I like Q8 for some odd reason.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on June 07, 2005, 08:19:15 AM
We finished 30th in a 168 person tournament trying to reach the paying positions of the top 18 in a $5 multi-table tourney...  

Got blinded down to around 9k, was 25th out of 30... got our ass handed to us going all-in with AKo to someone's AA.  That was it.  What makes that even worse is we'd been waiting for a couple of good hands for a long while, and had doubled up not too long before that with pocket 10's.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on June 07, 2005, 03:41:51 PM
butter is too polite to mention that he also smoked me like bacon in two sit & goes yesterday. neither of us really had much mojo in the first one, but butter made a few nifty power plays and got into the money in the 2nd one.

to our great shame, the very worst player won the 2nd one we entered, thanks to me doubling him up and then butter handing him the rest of his chips a few hands later.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on June 07, 2005, 03:55:22 PM
Nice work, fellas.  I feel your pain.  I played last week at someone's house, tournament-style, and ended up doubling up the worst player in the room who went on to win.  I want all in with AKo after he'd raised in front of me.  He'd been playing garbage all night (e.g., T3o in early position), so I figured he was raising with a marginal hand at best, maybe suited connectors, or any Ace.  But this time he called me with AA.  Oops.  The fact that he was an insufferable twat didn't help soften the blow any, either.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on June 07, 2005, 04:05:22 PM
Quote from: "Marlowe"
to our great shame, the very worst player won the 2nd one we entered, thanks to me doubling him up and then butter handing him the rest of his chips a few hands later.


God damn I hate that guy.  I'll remember his stupid ass screen name for a while too.  mjonkobonko.  Fucker.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on June 07, 2005, 04:10:03 PM
See, this is why I don't like playing online, because there's always some douchebag (or two) at every table who will go all-in on the first hand regardless of the shit in his hand and gets called. It doesn't matter if the douchebag gets lucky on the river or the caller wins, because somebody always starts the game with two (or three) times as many chips as the rest of the people.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on June 07, 2005, 04:14:10 PM
Quote from: "l.diddy"
Nice work, fellas.  I feel your pain.  I played last week at someone's house, tournament-style, and ended up doubling up the worst player in the room who went on to win.  I want all in with AKo after he'd raised in front of me.  He'd been playing garbage all night (e.g., T3o in early position), so I figured he was raising with a marginal hand at best, maybe suited connectors, or any Ace.  But this time he called me with AA.  Oops.  The fact that he was an insufferable twat didn't help soften the blow any, either.

i was in another tourney just last night and i went out in the late stage against AA's, and finished juuu-uuuu-uuust out of the money. that really sucks to play for so long and then go out with a whimper against a monster like that.

come to think of it, i went out with AA in the late stage of that cincy touney i played in when a chump went all in with 66 and then hit his set, thereby foiling what i thought was a sure victory. so basically, i can't win against AA and i can't with with it.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on June 07, 2005, 04:17:31 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
See, this is why I don't like playing online, because there's always some douchebag (or two) at every table who will go all-in on the first hand regardless of the shit in his hand and gets called. It doesn't matter if the douchebag gets lucky on the river or the caller wins, because somebody always starts the game with two (or three) times as many chips as the rest of the people.

yeah i was telling butter my philosophy just last night, which is that it's good for idiots to win every now and then because if they didn't they wouldn't keep playing. and it's the idiots who provide about 85% of your long-term profits, so you just need to say "serenity now!" and put it behind you.

easier said than done of course

edited to add: i would be remiss if i din't fess up to having had my share of lucky-ass suck-outs of my own in my tournament career. i tend to remember the bad beats but conveniently forget things like  the time i foolishly called an all-in with 33 against QQ, and then the flop gave me quad 3's.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on June 07, 2005, 04:20:13 PM
Quote from: "Marlowe"

i was in another tourney just last night and i went out in the late stage against AA's, and finished juuu-uuuu-uuust out of the money. that really sucks to play for so long and then go out with a whimper against a monster like that.


Yes, it does suck a whole lot. I played in that tourney for a looong time last night just to get knocked out near the money cut-off.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on June 26, 2005, 10:21:47 PM
booya!!

i played in a home game in cincy today and won a cool $180 by pistol-whipping  a field of 14.

i got very lucky once when i was short-stacked and river-ratted the dude who had high pair to my middle. but, beyond that it was smooth as mayonnaise and i really felt like i was in top form.

if any of you are interested, they have these games once a month. there's a yahoo group under hold'em cincinnati that will give you the when's and where's.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on June 28, 2005, 05:02:09 PM
OK, I'm kinda tired of sucking online lately, and a book Marlowe lent me has gotten me back in the mood to play some more poker.

So, we'll start doing this a bit differently, as I have been playing exclusively at Poker Champs, where the biggest "bankroll" is (if you can call it that) that I have built through freerolls... Well, freerolls in the beginning, but after I had made $15 or so, I was able to build the rest of the money through tourneys and cash tables.

Beginning balance: $81.40

I'm trying to work on being more aggressive lately, but know that can bite you in the ass before you get the kinks worked out.

June 28 - Work action
I got restless in the middle of the work day, and entered a $1 Turbo multi-table tournament.  Top 9 places paid, and first prize was $20.25.  I did poorly early on, but flopped a set of 4's around the half-hour mark, and climbed to 14th out of 37 remaining.  Unfortunately, I crapped out on A-J against pocket 10's, and finish 25th - well out of the money.

Then, I decide to play the 5/10 cent limit tables for a bit.  For some reason, the 10/20 cent and 25/50 cent limit tables are always totally empty, but the $1/$2 limit tables are full.  It's either micro-limit or legitimate poker here, I guess.  I'm not comfortable gambling so much of my money yet, so I stick with 5/10 cent limits.  After 10 minutes, I am up $1.15 thanks to a player who refuses to lay down pocket Queens when I have clearly flopped Aces with my A-J.  I lose another 30 cents during the next 10 minutes, then distractions get the best of me, and I log off.

Toward the end of the day, I decide to try my luck on a $2 (+ 20 cent entry fee) sit and go tournament.... the top 3 places pay here, first place being $10, 2nd is $6, and 3rd is $4.  I take the early table lead, thanks to early pocket Kings and Aces... with the Kings, I get a player who called my pre-flop raise of the 20 chip blinds to 90... and then he calls 350 on some sort of draw on 3rd street... but folds to my all-in bet of 900 on 4th street.  Then, I got Aces on the very next hand.  I didn't raise in middle position this time.  But the button raised to 90 and the SB called.  I re-raised to 330.  The button folded, and the SB called... taking him to 600.  Flop is 6-6-2, he checks and I put him all-in.  He folds.

Then I get 5-5 10 minutes later in the SB with about 2500 chips.  A middle position player raises the 25/50 blind to 100.  3 others call.  Flop is 8-4-2.  Couldn't get much better for me, so I push to get the 500 chip pot and go all-in, trying to be aggressive.  Next player calls, and the original raiser and the button fold.  Turns out the caller here was slow-playing pocket Q's, a dangerous play, but it paid off here.  I am knocked down to 1100.  

About 15 minutes later, the blinds are up to 50-100, and I'm at about 1250 - 7th at the table of 8 remaining.  I get pocket 6's in the SB, and plan to just call.  But a late position raiser raises it to 1000, a giant overbet.  I just sensed that he was betting pocket Kings or Aces, because often players on this site can't contain themselves when dealt a premium hand, and nearly cream themselves putting money into the pot.  I think this, but still hit the call button... and he flips over Aces.  I'm out.

Ending balance: $79.09 (-$2.31 for day)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on June 29, 2005, 02:32:52 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
Then I get 5-5 10 minutes later in the SB with about 2500 chips.  A middle position player raises the 25/50 blind to 100.  3 others call.  Flop is 8-4-2.  Couldn't get much better for me, so I push to get the 500 chip pot and go all-in, trying to be aggressive.  Next player calls, and the original raiser and the button fold.  Turns out the caller here was slow-playing pocket Q's, a dangerous play, but it paid off here.  I am knocked down to 1100.  
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yeah those low pocket pairs can either make you rich or can send you to the po'house. anyone who slow-plays queens with 4 people in the pot is an idiot.

and, although you lost for the day, you're still my hero for being able to play  poker at work. and hero status is worth much, much more than a measly $2.31, no?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on June 29, 2005, 09:42:34 AM
I'll trade $2.31 for hero status.  But I've got to quit risking my tournaments on coin flips when I've got those middle pairs.  They're just killing my chances... and I've been on a bad run lately.  I was around $105 about 4 weeks ago, but just haven't been able to place in the last 8 tourneys or so.

June 28 - evening action

I decide to have 2 windows open here... the Mrs. playing 2/4 cent limit, and me playing 5/10 cent limit.  After 5 minutes, we're up 16 cents as a group, but then the site shuts us out (just as Andrea is on pocket Queens, too), and we can't get back on.

Balance: $79.28 (+$.19 for session)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on June 29, 2005, 12:03:07 PM
June 29 - morning action

I try to get a little tricky, signing up for a $2.20 sit and go, and playing a 5/10 cent limit table all at once around 11 AM.

About 10 minutes into the tourney, there are 7 left and I'm at about 1350, not having played a hand I get dealt J-10c on the button.  I would call, but the 2 low stacks behind me go all-in.  I really like J-10c, and want to call, but I figure it would be best to let them duke it out.  Sure enough, I would've made a full house, beating an Ace-high diamond flush, and knocking 2 players out.  But that's ok, because I flop trip Jacks a short time later, and pull up to 3rd place out of 5.  Then I make 2nd out of 5, holding just under 2,000 chips, as one player is catching all the cards.  We get down to 4 and I'm in 3rd.  I try to wait out 4th place, but he starts making hands and I'm forced into action as we both are about even on around 1800 chips.  Luckily, he loses with pocket 10's, called with pocket 5's by 2nd place, who flops a set and we're down to 3... and I'm in the money!  

As we're down to 3, 1st place has around 8,000, 2nd about 5,000, and I have around 2,000 chips left.  I go on a rush of cards... and usually I go all-in with every big hand, every Ace, or every pocket pair at this level, with 3 left.  In succession, I get dealt A-10, 7's, KQs, QJs, and 8's.  I go all-in every single time, and finally on the 8's, I get called by 6's and double up... this is in addition to the 100/200 blinds I've been picking up with my all-in bets.  I draw up to 2nd place, then 1st place... then, the advantage of that tactic with late play shows as the small blind and dealer start folding to me as the BB, even when I have nothing.  Then, finally I get a hand I can switch up on.  I draw AJo on the button.  I merely call the 200 BB.  SB goes all-in, with over 4500 chips.  I have 5500, and call him.  He flips up KTh, and I am in the lead... and when the flop goes Q-A-4, I take a big lead, and dodge the straight making Jack to take a big lead going into heads-up.  

The heads up play is even early on, and I keep my lead for a few minutes.  Then, I call an all-in bet with 3's to Jacks.  I don't make my hand, and we're pretty much even.  I re-take the lead again, overbetting some crap hands, and forcing folds... and also just getting gifted some small blinds thanks to my aggression.  Sadly, another big hand comes up - 10's for me, and I'm called with QJd.  A Queen flops, and I fall way behind.  11,000 to 4,000 down, I continue to press, betting out on any pair... but wary of check raises.  I hold 9-3h in the BB when the flop comes 6-7-3, with 2 hearts.  I figure there are several ways for me to improve here, and go all-in.  I am called with 10-7, and none of the final 2 cards help my hand.  I finish 2nd, netting $3.80 ($6 less the $2.20 entry fee).

In the meantime, I lose 87 cents at the 5/10 cent limit table, and the table eventually breaks up.  I leave with 3 players left... I didn't win a single hand, playing a few, but getting sucked out on once, and trailing another hand the whole way, just calling to the river with middle pair.  I lose another 16 cents at a 2/4 cent limit table during the end of my tourney match, mostly due to inattention...

I spent the last 15 minutes of my hour-long session just focusing on the sit and go.

Ending balance: $82.05 (+$2.77 for session)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on June 29, 2005, 04:18:36 PM
Afternoon tourney

I sit at another sit and go around 3:45.  $2.20 buy in again.  No sooner is the dealer button determined than my boss calls me into his office.  So I'm in there about 2 minutes, come back, and I'm in the SB with KQo.  I quickly check and apologize to everyone for my absence.

The flop is 8-9-10, all clubs.  I have the King of clubs.  I call an 80 chip bet, and we're down to 3 players.  Next card is a 4 of clubs.  I bet 150, and get a caller.  Final card is a blank... I check, other player bets 350.  I figure they have the Ace of clubs, but can't fold in case they're on the Queen.  Yup, it's the Ace, and I'm down to 850 with the snap of a finger.

I get blinded down to 530, and go all-in against 5 callers of the 100 BB with pocket 5's... pretty much suicide, I figure.  But 4 of the 5 fold, and the one caller has 9-10c... and I survive, nearly tripling to over 1400.

A bit later, I get pocket Aces on the button... and have 3 players in front of me in for a big raise of 350.  I go all-in... 2 of the 3 fold, and the other player has me covered, he has pocket Queens.

Naturally, he rivers a Queen to make a set and knock me out in 7th place.

BULLSHIT!

I leave the site, as the boss pokes his head in again with still more work.

Ending balance: $79.85 (-$2.20)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: rva on June 29, 2005, 04:37:10 PM
Tournament-style poker (especially fantasy tournament poker) is for jerks and lesbians.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on June 29, 2005, 07:46:25 PM
Quote from: "rva"
Tournament-style poker (especially fantasy tournament poker) is for jerks and lesbians.

...as evidenced by the fact that i'm a jerk and butter is a lesbian.

tournament poker r00lz, but i agree with you about fantasy tourney poker cos if you can't win money i don't really see the point.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 01, 2005, 09:32:24 AM
Last night I placed 2nd in a $2.00 sit and go tourney. So I won $6.00 but I spent $2.20 to enter so it's a net win of $3.80.

I almost fed up with the .02/.04 limit tables. I think I'm going to try and concentrate on tourneys from now on. That's right, RVA, tourneys!!!!  \:D/
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 01, 2005, 10:15:10 AM
And she used my username, so that boosts the Poker Champs money to... something.  I'll figure it out later.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on July 01, 2005, 10:31:10 AM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
That's right, RVA, tourneys!!!!  \:D/



You lesbian!!!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 01, 2005, 10:37:11 AM
I'm a jerk too! ;)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 01, 2005, 03:10:15 PM
So, I just placed 3rd in a $2 sit & go tourney. I won $4 minus the $2.20 entry fee, so I'm up $1.80.

Ok, so that makes my grand total balance at Poker Champs $4.75

Yes, I know, I'm small time but I didn't deposit any money so I've had to win this money little by little starting at the freeroll tournaments working my way to the .02/.04 limit cash tables, and now placing 3rd at a cheap sit & go tourney.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 01, 2005, 04:40:32 PM
I'm attempting another sit & go. Hopefully I'll do well.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Rafe on July 01, 2005, 04:46:42 PM
I have just received a list of rules to poker in it's many forms, and it's bloody confusing. I will one day play the game, but never as well as you both seem to! I've got the poker face, but none of the skills.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 01, 2005, 04:50:28 PM
We will have to have a poker night when you visit!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Rafe on July 01, 2005, 04:52:45 PM
I see. You just want to fleece me of my hard earned cash!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 01, 2005, 04:55:52 PM
Dammit, woman!  Another innocent and his $$$ scared off!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 01, 2005, 05:03:05 PM
He shouldn't be too scared. I placed 8th. That's $4.75-$2.20= $2.55 :(

It was my QQ against KK.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 05, 2005, 08:03:21 AM
Let's see, the last update had us at $79.85... and now we're at $80.37.  We were up to nearly $90, but 4 straight losing SNG's yesterday lost all that money.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 14, 2005, 02:31:16 PM
I just had what some would call a "roller coaster" day.

Started with $77.79.

Lost $5 at a .25/.50 table, picking up pretty much nothing but garbage, and leaving before things could get worse... the player to my left picked up pocket K's or Q's 5 times during my 30-45 minute session.  Best I could do was a single top pair once, but was beat by a rivered flush.

Decided to enter a $2.20 entry fee sit 'n go.  Lost in 9th place with AK to 7's.

Decided to enter a $5.50 entry fee sit 'n go.  Lost in 8th place with QJs to J-7 with board of J-2-7... no flush or straight possibilities, no pre-flop raising from a very active player... in fact, they had called a pre-flop raise, a minimum one with blinds of 15/30 with Jack-7 offsuit.  I figured I was gold after the raiser folded to my all-in bet.  Not so much.  That's internet poker for you.

Entered one last $2 tourney and a freeroll to help pass the time during the $2 tourney.  Got hot at the end of the $2 tourney, and won the last hand with pocket 8's against the opponent's A7o... both of us were all in after the flop, which was a board of 6-9-10.  He didn't make a straight, and I won $10 for 1st place.

The freeroll I did ok in early... it was a field of 1,671 players.  Top 28 pay, 4th through 28th get $1.  3rd gets $2, 2nd gets $3, 1st gets $5.  I start out mediocre-ly, hanging around the middle.  I slowly built my stack, then had a good chunk of it taken off me playing AQ too strongly against AK when an Ace flopped.  I built it slowly back up again, then hit a jackpot with a couple of slow-played flushes...  I was in good shape with 36 players to go.  I was getting whittled down, but I wasn't getting any cards to tempt me to risk my chip position of about 20th out of 36 to make me try to finish out of the money.  

Finally, the 29th place player got knocked out, and that sparked a flurry of activity... several lower stacks just went all-in to take their $1 and go home, and pretty soon, we were down to 22 people.  I had about $18k left, 18th or so out of 22.  I pick up Jacks on the button and, facing blinds of 5,000/10,000, push my $18k all in.  The 2 blinds call... the board turns up nothing higher than a 10, and I triple to over $55k.  Then we get down to the final 2 tables.  Again, I'm still in the middle of the pack, and the blinds just got flipped to 10,000/20,000.  I pick up A8o as the BB, and go all-in against 4 callers.  All but one fold... he flips over A6o, and no help for either of us shows up... I double again to over $130k.

I double again to nearly $300k as we get down to 7 players, pushing with my 4's against A-7, and holding on as no help shows up for the overcards.

Final table comes, as the action continues to go very fast.  I pick up K10s in the BB.  I call a minimum raise, as do 3 other players.  We have 5 people to the flop of K-2-3, 2 spades, which is my suit.  Small blind checks, I slow play and check.  Cutoff bets $40k, about 1/4 the pot size... I am the big stack still in this hand.  The button is already all-in... the SB calls the $40k.  I re-raise all-in.... the SB and the cutoff have already put over 1/3 of their chips in the pot here.... they both call, and we have 3 players all-in against me.  We all turn over... SB has K8o... Cutoff has K8o... Button has Ax!  Turn and river is a Queen and a 6, and I knock out 3 on one hand as we go down to 4 players!  I am now over $900k in chips, with the next biggest stack holding $410k.

I push when appropriate and steal blinds once or twice... then I knock out another player with KJ against K10 all in before the flop... and knock out the 3rd place finisher with 8's against ATs.  Heads up starts, and I have about $1.2 million to $400k or so.  We play a few hands back and forth, I never dip below $1.1 million.  Finally, I get AJ in SB and raise the BB of 30,000 to 95k.  He calls it.  Flop is 10-A-10.  I face a bet of 75k... I push all-in.... and get a call with J7o, a complete bluff.  Not sure why he called with it, but I win, holding all $1.671 million chips in play.

I had never before WON such a large tournament... I've placed in the money a few times, but never had won in such a large field.  I got so excited, I took a screenshot of my name.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/agprice98/fr.jpg)

The roller coaster complete, I finish the day with $78.19... a 40 cent profit.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on July 14, 2005, 02:51:22 PM
dude, first out of almost 2000 players is awesome!

you should've entered the final WSOP event. since they have 6000 entrantants, your poker skillz could've netted you a cool $7m. maybe next year.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on July 14, 2005, 05:44:30 PM
What site do you play at?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 15, 2005, 08:01:32 AM
That's pokerchamps.com.

Site of choice of crazy Dane Gus Hansen.  I don't know how much they're paying him, but it's not enough.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 15, 2005, 08:15:30 AM
Quote from: "Rafeyboy"
I've got the poker face, but none of the skills.


What he means to say is he has a face that people want to hit with a poker.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 15, 2005, 08:31:19 AM
I took it to mean he had a face that would make you want to jab your own eyes out with a hot poker.

I guess they're both equally bad.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 15, 2005, 12:24:47 PM
We'll start today after the hour mark of 2 simultaneous tourneys I was in...

Freeroll - top 28 pay
In the freeroll, I'm 29th of 96 with 600/1200 blinds and 20,323 chips.
1: 26o, fold.
2: 25o, fold.
3: 67o, fold.
4: 94o in BB.  Down to 79 players as 2 players let their 90 second timebank run out.  Flop is 4-4-6.  Checked around for 4 players.  Next card is a 5, I bet 6,000.  Everyone folds, I win 6,075.  
5: Q3o in SB, blinds now 1000/2000.  I call.  BB raises all in, I fold.
6: J10o on button... I call, but fold when flop misses me.
7: 7Tc, fold.
I'm 31st of 65 left.
8: 78o, fold.
9: 29s, fold.
10: K6d, fold.
11: 56o in BB... blinds now 1500/3000.  I check, 4 players.  Flop is 6-K-3.  Checks to button, who bets 3000... I call, dropping me to 14,000-ish.  Next card is a 2... I push all-in.  UTG folds, and button considers... and calls.  He turns over A6s, and the river is not the 5 I need to stay in... I'm out in 52nd place.

$2 MTT - top 9 pay
After an hour, I'm 16th of 20 with 2135 chips and 75/150 blinds.

1: J2o, fold.
2: KK, raise to 400, win 375 blinds, up to 2360.
3: A2o UTG, fold.
down to 18 players.
4: 97o in BB.  I check with only one other player in pot, flop is 4-7-6.  I bet 400 to one other player.  He folds, I win 375 to move up to 12th, with 2435 chips.
5: K8o in SB... call.  Board comes 7-4-J-Q before a bet takes the other 2 players out, and me.
6: A6o on button, fold.
7: 23d, fold.
8: Q6o, fold.
9: 24o, fold... flop is 2-4-9.  Dang.
10: 2To, fold.
11: K6c, fold.
12: KJo UTG, I call.  Flop is A-A-9, I fold to a bet.
13: T4o in BB.  I check, 3 players.  Flop is 9-J-9.  I fold to a large bet.
14: A2o in SB.  I fold to a raise of 4X BB.  As does everyone else.  
15: 6To on button.  Fold.
16: K2o, fold.
Down to 15 players now.
Down to 14 players.
17: 7To, fold.
18: 2To, fold.
19: 62o, fold.
Down to 13 players... I'm 12th.  13th is also at my table.
20: A5s in BB, table folds to me, I win 100.
21: K6o in SB, I call.  2 players, flop is 7-6-7... I bet pot size of 400 and win pot.  Move up to 11th with 2,360 chips.  12th and 13th place are also at my table.
22: Q3o, fold.
23: 69o, fold.
24: 78o, fold.
25: 59o, fold.
26: 39o, fold.
27: 5To in BB of 200.  Blinds are 100/200.  SB raises to 400, I fold.
28: 28o in SB... I don't even bother calling.
29: 45o on button... I consider raising to try and steal, but cutoff raises and I fold.
30: Q2o, fold.  Table is 7 handed right now.
31: 5To, fold.  Player to my right has passed me into 11th.
32: 36o, fold.
33: K7o UTG, fold.  12th place goes out with trips to a flush... down to 12 now.
34: A4o, check in BB.  Fold to bet on board of 3-5-5.
35: 89o in SB... I call... 3 players.  Flop is 6-10-Q.  Turn is a J, giving me the sucker straight... I bet 600, pot size, and everyone folds.  Up to 2260 and 10th place.
Down to 11 players.  
36: 36o, fold.
37: 68o, fold.
We're 6 handed, and the small stack is down to 285 in blind... goes all in with AK v. 3's, and loses.  We go to final table of 10.  I'm 1 out of the money.
38: 38c, fold.
39: I am in between 3rd and 6th place, not too bad.  A7o, fold.  Blinds are still 100/200, but 25 antes have started.
3rd and 4th butt heads on a near all-in... but 4th place backs down, and 3rd place takes a big pot.
40: A5h, fold UTG.  I almost go all-in, but decide against it.  I should've, as flop is 3-A-Q.  Pot is won by SB with a tiny bet.
41: A2h in BB.  Raise to 640, I fold... 2 players.  7th place and 2nd.  7th place bets on board of 5-Q-3, 2 clubs.  2nd place folds.  
42: JTo in SB.  I think about folding, but call with 6 players... I should've folded.  Board comes 2-6-6, I fold.... 3 players stay in for turn, but all fold to a moderate bet by 4th place.
I'm small stack now by a good 1300 chips... I hold 1,710.  1st place is near 19,000 and 2 seats to my left.
43: 45o, fold.
44: 3To, fold.
45: 47o, fold.
What usually happens to me in these situations is, I'll go all in with some sort of pocket pair... but get called by 2 or 3 people and lose.  Or I'll go all in with a bare Ace, but lose to some undercards hitting a pair.
46: 34o, fold.  Table is trying to wait me out... it's very tight.
47: AKh, this is my hand.  5th place raises to 560, I go all in, he calls... with AQo.  Nothing hits, I get to 3695 now, in 8th place.
48: JTo, fold to a moderate raise.... 8th place goes all-in.... 10th place considers, and calls.  It's KK against AQ.  A King hits the river.  10th place goes out, and I'm in the money.
49: 37o, fold.
50: J8o UTG, I fold.  8th place goes all-in against 2nd... and forces a fold.
51: 79o in BB.  I call a minimum raise.  Flop is 7-J-2... 1st place bets 400.  I call.  Turn is an 8.  1st place bets 1,000... I fold.  Not a good play to call either of those bets.
52: Pocket 10's in SB.  I go all-in with 2,695 against 3 other players, including a minimum raiser.... the raiser folds, I win 1,425.  Up to 3,820, still 9th.  At least I've got enough to do some damage now.
Blinds are now 200/400, antes still 25.
53: T3o, fold.
54: J5o, fold.  Board pairs 5's, and I throw up a little in my mouth.
55: AQs... I go all in against a raise of 1,000... he calls.  He has KQo... a K hits the flop... but an Ace hits the turn, and I double again!  Now at 8,690, I have moved into 5th place, and knock the raiser here down to last place.
56: 4Ts, fold.
57: A7d in middle position, I wanted to call, but last place pushes in and I fold.
58: AQd... I merely call.  Player to my left calls, and BB checks.  3 players.  Flop is A-5-8.  BB checks, I bet 1200.  8th place pushes all in.  BB folds.  I call, he has AKc.  2 slow-players there.  Board pairs 8's, but I lose half my stack, dropping to 4,285 and back to 8th place.
59: 9To in BB.  I fold to a moderate raise by 4th place.
60: 35o in SB.  Fold.
61: 28o on button, fold.  9th place pushes all-in with 2623... we get a caller... ATo v. KQ... flop shows 2 10's, and he doubles, knocking his opponent into last.
62: J9c, I fold to an all-in.  We have 3 players all in, AA v. 10-10 and QQ.  No one goes out, but one player is knocked to 786 chips.
63: Short stack goes all-in, gets 3 callers.  Board comes 8-K-A-K-J, 3 diamonds.  Big stack shows nut flush (QTd), we're down to 8 players.
64: J7o, fold.
65: J9o, fold.
I'm now 7th place temporarily.
66: 34o UTG, fold.
67: QTo in BB.  Everyone folds to SB, I check.  Flop is A-7-7, I fold as 2nd place bets me out of it... he looked like he had contemplated raising before the flop, so figure he had an Ace-rag or some such.  Even if he didn't, I don't want to throw my chips away just yet.
Break finally comes for the 2nd hour mark.  I'm in 7th place with 3,060.

Table looks like this:
Starting at me, going clockwise.
krtmaster, 8,060 (4)
cookie3131, 23,398 (1)
crox13, 7,248 (5)
trippin, 3,008 (8)
gerda, 13,733 (3)
dante12642, 6,011 (6)
Let me play, 16,482 (2)
then me again.

68: Blinds are 300/600, 50 ante.  K3o in SB, I fold.  Good thing, as flop is 2-Q-Q.  Krtmaster shows his slow-played Aces, but gerda didn't call his bet anyway, so whatever.
69: 5Td on button, fold.  crox13 folds a big bet to an all-in play from Let me play... crox13 takes a big hit.  
I'm hoping trippin gets antsy when the blinds hit him coming up here...  they will take away over 1/3 of his stack... as they will me once they hit me again.  
70: Q7o, fold.
71: 26o, fold.  We have 2 all in's... and cookie3131 knocks out trippin and krtmaster with a Queen high straight against 2 2-pairs!  I am up to 6th place without lifting a finger.
72: J2o, fold.
73: 2To, fold.  Crox13 is all in v. let me play... it's KJ against KQ... and crox13 flops 2 Jacks to nearly to over 6,600.
74: J8s, fold.  I considered pushing all-in, but it's probably good that I didn't considering the board would have completely missed me.
Blinds are about to hit me, I'll probably pick one of the hands and make a stand with it.
75: 25o in BB, that's not it.  I check... 3 players.  Flop is 6-10-K, I fold to a bet.
76: 46d in SB... I fold.
77: Pocket 4's on button, I move all in.  This'll be it, I imagine.  The blinds surprisingly both fold... but Gerda calls me with KJ... she hits a K, and that's that.

Probably should've gone with the 46d hand in the small blind... but I figured I could get something where I could win without improving at some point.  The 4's were definitely it, as long as I only had 1 caller.

I finish 6th and win $6.31, netting $4.31.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Rafe on July 15, 2005, 03:24:07 PM
Quote from: "Cockney Rebel"
Quote from: "Rafeyboy"
I've got the poker face, but none of the skills.


What he means to say is he has a face that people want to hit with a poker.

Very true. It hurts a lot, but is eminently preferable to getting a hot poker reamed up the chuff, sideways.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 15, 2005, 04:18:04 PM
Started the day with $78.19... and after playing most of the day, thanks to no supervision and very little to do (I was told to stop the big project I was working on until someone else gave me some more information), I end at $88.97.  If I hadn't bombed out of the $5.50 sit 'n go I was in in 4th place, I would be up near $100.  

Finally, I feel like I'm getting a handle on my online game, and am confident of placing in the money in every sit 'n go I enter.  You can't account for bad beats, but I placed in 4 of 5 cash tourneys I played today, including one multi-tabler.  Maybe I'm close to the breakthrough I've been waiting for, where I can start actually playing at some higher stakes.  I'm kinda tired of thse 2/4 cent, 5/10 cent limit tables and the $2 sit 'n go's.  But I'm poor, and this is the only action I can really get... so I'll take it.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Dan on July 15, 2005, 04:29:43 PM
given up on Peterborough, I see.  *small tear*
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 15, 2005, 04:32:04 PM
No.  But it's easier to play that with people around.... and no one was around today.  I'll be back to them next week, I'm sure.

This whole goofing off thing is a lot more complex than you might think.   ;)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 22, 2005, 03:52:32 PM
I've pushed over $100 just playing pot limit Omaha... I've made over $15 today alone.  

Lord, why didn't you tell me about pot limit Omaha long ago?  Low risk, high reward if you know what you're doing.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on July 22, 2005, 03:56:22 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
Low risk, high reward if you know what you're doing.

Which is precisely why I don't play it.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 25, 2005, 04:14:15 PM
Today's Omaha hands of the day...

I started at the table with 6.70, playing 25/50 cent pot limit.  This made my total in the bank 100 dollars even, started with 106.70 before bringing the 6.70 to the table.  I was up to 9.85 when this hand begun.

Holding Ah-6h-7c-Ad.

Flop is 3d-As-3c.  There is one bluffer at the table.  I am in the BB and check to him.  He bets $3.50.  Another calls... I re-raise all-in.  Bluffer calls me (although he may well have had a 3, or even Ace-3 but he mucked so I wouldn't know), and I turn up the perfectly hidden Aces full of 3's full house to pull down an over $25 pot.  

Later on, I draw Kc-3c-Kh-Th.

Pot is raised to $2.75 by player to my right.... I call with my superior 2 flush draws and pocket Kings... there are 6 callers of this pre-flop raise.  Six!  And it's a significant raise of $2.25 in addition to the big blind.

Flop comes Kd-10d-3c.  Pre-flop raiser bets $8... I re-raise all-in, my remaining $21.60 with my top set, trying to keep any diamond draws from calling.  Pre-flop raiser is the only caller, and has me covered...  turn is a 10, and I've made my diamond-flush-busting Kings full of 10's full house.  Raiser shows 2 pocket pair, Aces and 5's, but no flush draw.  Good thing an Ace didn't hit.

I pull down a $60 even pot.

I finish the brief session up over $50, having played about 30 minutes at the 25/50 cent pot limit table.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on July 25, 2005, 05:14:42 PM
Nice work!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 26, 2005, 02:08:20 PM
A report on the good should also come with a report on the bad....

I draw As-7s-7d-Ad and call at the 2/4 cent pot limit table, after having run myself up to $3.10 from a starting $1.

Flop is 3h-3s-4s.  A bet of 10 cents into a 25 cent or so pot is called by 4 players.  Next card is 10s.  Makes my nut flush.  Bet of max. pot is made, and I re-raise with my Ace high flush.  It's re-raised... and I call.  I'm beat with a holding of 3-10 to make the back door full house.

At the 5/10 cent pot limit table, I started with $5.  Never really did much, then I get Ad-7d-9s-Jh.
Flop is 8d-2h-Jd.  I have top pair, an inside straight draw, and a nut flush draw.  I re-raise a bet of an aggressive player to $2.80... he puts me all-in.  I call.  Turn and river is Kh-Qh... he flips over KQ as his 2 usable cards to win with 2 pair.

Not a smiley day at the omaha tables.  But, I'll be back.  I only lost $10 today, but overall have nearly doubled my money in about a week since beginning to play pot limit Omaha.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 26, 2005, 02:19:12 PM
I'm playing a little pot limit Omaha right now.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on July 26, 2005, 03:22:57 PM
I enjoy Omaha myself (as long as it's not Hi-Lo).  How 'bout we see if we can get a table of Omaha going on Saturday?   Hold 'Em is as played out as calling Butter a douchebag.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 26, 2005, 03:26:18 PM
I'm all for it... just have to convince some others, as I imagine 3 handed Omaha kinda sux.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 26, 2005, 03:29:17 PM
I think I  like Omaha better than Texas hold'em. Granted I don't have near as much experience with it but so far so good!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on July 26, 2005, 06:09:15 PM
i love it that butter & clemson are becoming high rollers now after slowly building their roll for the last severa months at the low-stakes tables.

we need to buy butter a shirt that says, "you're playin' the cards, but i'm playin' the playa"
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on July 27, 2005, 02:26:43 PM
If anyone's interested, I found this site a couple of weeks ago (I'm not sure where - hopefully not in this thread, but I'm too lazy to go back and check) called www.InstantBankroll.com.  I'm not sure how the company does this, but it works, so I'm not complaining.  

If you've never had a real money account at PartyPoker, you can get $75 deposited into an account for free.  There's no major strings and it's not a scam as far as I can tell (no credit card numbers or anything like that).  The biggest restrictions or hassles are that you can't have had a real money account before, they only allow a limited number of people to receive the promotion per day and it's a little bit of a hassle to complete the process.  You have to sign up at Party Poker, create a free account at PokerSourceOnline, wait a few days for a confirmation email, call some number and give them your Party Poker login and password so that they can deposit the money.  I was a little nervous about giving them my password, but since I never gave Party Poker any credit card numbers and because I've since changed my PP password, I'm not too worried.  

Anyway, I didn't have any trouble with it.  It took me about a week or 10 days to get around to completing the process, but I now have $75 at Party Poker to use.  You can't withdraw the money until you've played 500 raked hands, but you also get a $25 bonus from Party Poker at that time, too.  I'm almost 1/5 of the way to having enough raked hands and am up a whopping $4, so far   :)  From reading this thread, though, it sounds like I need to learn how to play Omaha!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 27, 2005, 02:29:30 PM
Interesting.....  I wonder what they get out of it?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on July 27, 2005, 03:24:57 PM
From the FAQ:


How can Instant Bankroll afford to just give me $75?

Instant Bankroll is a Poker Source Online partner. Poker Source Online is one of Party Pokerís top affiliates, so we were able to strike an exclusive deal that you will not find anywhere else! We know that some people are skeptical about online poker and the goal of this offer is to increase interest. Hopefully you will enjoy playing online poker and give one of Poker Source Onlineís many other promotions a try!


Take from that what you will.

I might sign up after I get settled in my new place.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 27, 2005, 04:35:39 PM
I might give it a shot too... thanks for the heads up, McFly.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 27, 2005, 04:54:45 PM
I just signed up for it. Woo Hoo!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on July 27, 2005, 09:26:04 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
I might give it a shot too... thanks for the heads up, McFly.


No problem...  just give me some pointers about Omaha and we'll call it even  ;)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on July 27, 2005, 11:05:02 PM
i really hate party poker. it probably has the biggest money-making opportunity of all the sites since there are just thousands of people who have no idea what they're doing. but, i hate the interface and something about it just doesn't sit well with me.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on July 27, 2005, 11:13:32 PM
Quote from: "Marlowe"
something about it just doesn't sit well with me.

Douchebags. A bunch of morons who detract from the gameplaying experience with the stupid shit they pull.

That's what doesn't sit well with me about it.

As far as the interface, it was the first online poker site I was on, so I'm used to it.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 28, 2005, 09:08:47 AM
Just returned to a $1/$2 limit hold 'em table for the first time since I lost $20-some a long time ago when I was first starting out and only had $60 to my name.  This time, I sat with $50, about 1/3 of what I have at PokerChamps... I started well, pushing over $60... then I got dropped to under $40... after a half hour all tolled, I finish up just over $4.  Eh.  I could've played better.  It was a nice, tight table, so that helped me a lot.  I got away with at least 2 Ace-high bets on scary boards without being called on them.

Might try some more $1/$2 action later.  Of course, there was a whiner at the table.  He raised in first position, and there were 3 callers... so it was just 1 more dollar to me into a potential pot of nearly $9 to see a flop with 58d.  Flop hits Q-6-7, 2 diamonds.  I check, he bets $1, I am the only caller.  Next card is 7h... I check, he bets $2, I call.  Next card is 8h... I check, he checks... he mucks to my pair of 8's, then says "nice call with 58".  Hey, won me nearly $15.  I guess some people think you should fold every marginal hand to a raise regardless of pot size.

I can't wait to hear the table whining when the Mrs. starts playing at Party Poker with her $75.  I've never played for money there, but hear it's supposed to be kinda insane.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on July 28, 2005, 09:43:33 AM
My experience, so far, with Party Poker hasn't been bad.  I used to play on there when I was first learning to play.  Their Play Money tables are a waste of time, but I haven't had much to complain about on the real tables.  Of course, it's only been a week, so maybe it'll get shittier soon.  Most of the tables seem to be pretty tight.  I've been playing mostly at the .50/1 tables, though and with the limited betting, you'll get a lot of people staying in on draws, but it's not bad.  I might try a $25 NL table, where blinds are .10/.50, soon...  see if the freedom to make bigger bets pays off with better winnings.

Last night, I logged in and sat down at a table.  On the first hand, I realized that I had taken a seat at an .50/1 Omaha table by mistake!   #-o  Anyhow, I had been reading a little about how to play, so I figured I'd stick around a little while and try to learn as I went.  I started with $25 and got up to about $35 before too long.  A prolonged streak of bad cards and bad choices set me back down to about $10 or $12 at one point.  By this time, I was getting frustrated and bored, so I opened a .50/1 Texas table, too.  After about 30 minutes, I was up $5 at the Texas table and had gotten back up to about +$10 at the Omaha table.  

I decided to take my money and leave both when a $5000 New Player Freeroll (that I forgot I had registered for) started up.  I probably should have just gone to bed because there were 2500 people registered, but probably only 1000 people (or less) actually playing.  At the table I was at for the first hour, there were 3 of us playing and 7 people just being blinded to death.  It worked well to build our stacks up, once we realized what was going on, but it was getting late and I was getting tired.  I managed to hang in and finish 99th, which got me $6.  It seemed great in theory, to say I won money in a freeroll, but it so wasn't worth the 3 hours or so it took!  Stupid competitive pride...

Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post without any exciting hand play by play (I'm horrible at remembering my hands once they're finished)!  

The bottom line:  started the night with about $79, ended with a few cents over $100 - and more importantly, perhaps, almost halfway to my 500 raked hands requirement that will free up the money for withdrawal (as if I'm going to withdraw it and not just keep playing) and earn me my $25 bonus from PP.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 28, 2005, 09:56:29 AM
Quote from: "McFly"

Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post without any exciting hand play by play (I'm horrible at remembering my hands once they're finished)!  

 


I'm the same way. That's why I never post much about my hands. I just can't remeber them that well!

I just started playing Omaha this week. If you've played hold'em, it's not that big of a jump to go to Omaha.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on July 28, 2005, 11:59:16 AM
Quote from: "McFly"
more importantly, perhaps, almost halfway to my 500 raked hands requirement that will free up the money for withdrawal (as if I'm going to withdraw it and not just keep playing) and earn me my $25 bonus from PP.

Glad you mentioned this, because I wasn't cleared as to what constitutes a raked hand. The Instant Bankroll site said a raked hand was "any hand where you're dealt cards and the pot reaches $5." Does that mean you actually have to put some amount of money into that five-dollar pot? Or do hands that you immediately fold b/c they're crap, but other folks at the table push the pot to five bucks, count as a raked hand for you?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on July 28, 2005, 01:17:45 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Quote from: "McFly"
more importantly, perhaps, almost halfway to my 500 raked hands requirement that will free up the money for withdrawal (as if I'm going to withdraw it and not just keep playing) and earn me my $25 bonus from PP.


Or do hands that you immediately fold b/c they're crap, but other folks at the table push the pot to five bucks, count as a raked hand for you?


I'm not 100% certain, but I think this is the way it works.  I don't think I've put money into 200+ hands already.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 28, 2005, 02:33:17 PM
So I started the day with $3.75 in my poker champs account. I went to the Omaha pot limit .02/.04 table and lost $1.00. So I was down to $2.75. I decided a little later to go back and who should be at the table but my lovely husband!!!!

So I had a good run of hands and ended up leaving with $7.01 in my account! A good poker day!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 28, 2005, 04:11:42 PM
Limit hold 'em is not my game, I guess.  I'm back down to $120 from my high of nearly $160 earlier this week.  I just wasn't hitting any cards today, and those that I was, I was getting beat on kicker (K-8 to my Q-8, with 2 8's on the board, for example).  I guess I shouldn't get too down on myself, but god damn that sux.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 28, 2005, 04:21:51 PM
I'm up to $8.73 thanks to a little Omaha.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on July 28, 2005, 06:42:56 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I just signed up for it. Woo Hoo!


For the InstantBankroll thing?  I tried, but they said they already had 60 accounts signed up today.  If so, what time were you able to get it?  They reset the counter at midnight Pacific, and I really don't want to get up a 3 am to claim my 75 clams if all 60 slots get gobbled up right away.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 28, 2005, 07:45:17 PM
It was about 4:30 yesterday afternoon when I signed up. I was the 46th person to sign up yesterday.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 29, 2005, 11:06:09 AM
I attack the 25/50 cent pot limit Omaha table again, and go down quickly... one big hand was where I was holding trip 5's on a non-scary board of 8-5-2 rainbow.  I bet hard and am put all in for over $9.... person who called me got runner-runner 6's to give him a better full house with his holding of 5-6-7-K.  

Same guy leaves the table, comes back later....  I draw 6-6-7-8... Flop is 9-K-6... I smooth call.  Next card is a 5, and whoops, I've slow played myself into a str8.  After some hard betting, I swallow my pride and call over $10, knowing I'll be well below $100 if I lose again.  River is a 9, and I've full housed the straight... and that same guy has the nerve to grumble about losing on the river.  If he hadn't left immediately after giving me his whole stack, I would've told him to fuck right off.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 29, 2005, 12:55:51 PM
I came in 3rd at a $2.20 sit & go. I won $4.00 so it's net $1.80.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 02, 2005, 08:57:34 AM
Well, last night reminded me that I should go easy with Omaha until I have more experience with it.  Over the course of 2 hours or so, I lost $25...  and that's after picking up about $10 on the very first hand when I had a full house, Aces over Kings!

Luckily, I was also playing at a NL Texas table where I was able to counter my poor Omaha play and actually end the night up about $6 total!  After not getting dealt anything for the first 10-15 hands, I finally got AA.  A guy about 4 positions in front of me, who had just taken a tough beat on the river, went all in for $14.  I call and he flips over A10.  No miracle comes for him and I end up pocketing his $14.  That helped get me on track to recouping my Omaha losses and a great run of hands, including pocket K's, pocket Q's, two pair (A's and 2's, on the flop, from the big blind) and a flush, pushed my $25 buy in up to $55 in a matter of 30 minutes or so.  From there, I played tight and ended up with about that much when I quit.  

I thought I had a chance to take another huge pot, but couldn't get anyone to stay with me on this hand.  I get dealt pocket 4's.  No one raises, so it's only .25 to see the flop.  The flop comes 5 6 4.  I'm happy that I catch my set, but a little nervous about a straight draw since I had lost a hand earlier on a similar sequence.  I bet $1 and get 2 or 3 people to call.  The turn brings me quad 4's, so I make another $1 bet hoping that someone is on the straight draw.  One guy drops and another calls.  The river comes and it's a 3.  I thought I had a chance of the other guy catching his straight, so I bet $5, praying for a call or even better, a raise.  Alas, no such luck for me, as the remaining player folds and I take the pot.  

Out of curiosity...  would anyone of you all have played that hand differently?  I thought about check raising, but the table was really tight, so I don't think anyone would have bet.

Still, a pretty good night considering my Omaha disaster.  My total account is up from the initial $75 to $106 and I have almost 400 of my needed 500 raked hands completed, so another $25 will be mine soon!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 02, 2005, 09:09:03 AM
The only thing I might have done differently there is checked the turn to see if someone would bluff at having a 4 or if they may have had a straight... but if the table was that tight, you were probably screwed anyway.

I have been about even at Omaha lately, getting my big wins countered by some equally big losses.  Just have to play better and be a bit smarter.  I got 2 big beats yesterday holding 88 on a board of 8-A-Q-9-9, and lost to a player holding A-9.  Also, I put someone all in with JJ98 on a board of J-9-3 with 2 spades, and they made their spade flush on the turn and beat me out of about $5.  I guess those things happen, but it seems like the odds haven't been tilting my way much lately... but I've been making more calls than I should, so I know if I can smarten up, I'll improve.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 02, 2005, 10:20:55 PM
i think you played it pretty well overall. like butter suggested you could've checked the turn but there is also a good chance the bad guy would've taken a free card for whatever draw he was one, so you never know.

i probably would've bet less on the river. you made a pot-sized bet against an opponent who had shown no strength.. his two likeliest hands were a staight draw or a set (or two pairs) he was hoping would fill up. i would've bet about $3 to try to entice a crying call in that situation since it would be giving him pretty good pot odds.

i love talking about how to play hands... we should create a thread on poker hands to discuss tricky hands we had since there are enough serious poker players here.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 03, 2005, 01:42:54 AM
And then someone like me could read the thread and then forget everything when he actually finds himself in a similar situation to what he's read about.

Although I did pick up my first tournament win this weekend...
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 03, 2005, 08:08:33 AM
Well, I have my free money at party poker now.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 04, 2005, 09:56:49 AM
Whoo-hoo!  I broke the 500 raked hands threshold last night and picked up my extra $25!  As for my playing...  well, Tuesday night sucked, bad.  I made a really stupid All-In call in NL Texas with a set of 2's...  2 of which were on the board...  and lost close to $25.  I was already into the pot for about $9 when the guy went All-In ahead of me.  He had only been checking and calling my bets up until that point, so I didn't think he had the other 2.  I was right, he didn't...  he had pocket 9's and picked up a 3rd on the river to give him a full house, 9's over 2's.  That was probably one of the first 10 hands of the night, so I kept playing, hoping to get a little of it back before calling it a night.  I think I ended up losing another $5 or so by the end.  At that point, I was down to $73 total, which wasn't bad considering the account started with $75 and I was within 50 hands of the bonus.

Last night was much better, though.  I switched back to .50/1 Texas tables and played a lot smarter.  After an hour and a half, I was up about $35 and had played the rest of my hands needed for the bonus, so I walked away for the night with the account up to almost $135.   :)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 04, 2005, 09:58:54 AM
Congrats!

I'm about 1/3 of the way through my 500 raked hands.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 04, 2005, 11:46:14 AM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
Congrats!

I'm about 1/3 of the way through my 500 raked hands.

In one day?

Do you have multiple tables open?

And more importantly, how's your bankroll?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 04, 2005, 11:51:10 AM
It was over a two day period. Right now I think I'm down to $73.00. Butter plays some with it at work so it's the 1/3 of the raked hands is the work of both of us. The first day we didn't do so well but yesterday we did better.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 04, 2005, 12:25:57 PM
I'm up 30.25 right now, but I'm only about 25 hands into my 500.  I just started this morning (I'm playing hooky--don't tell anyone).
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 04, 2005, 12:30:22 PM
I think we can do private tables at Party Poker. We should look into all meeting up there and playing some.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 04, 2005, 02:07:22 PM
In a massive $2 multi-table tourney at Party Poker, I lost twice with pocket Kings and once with pocket Queens... even after raising a good amount before the flop on all 3 hands.  An Ace hit the flop all 3 times, and my attempts to bluff at the pots were not respected.  This all happened before the first break, I have no idea how I wasn't totally out of the tourney with those hands and didn't lose it all.  Mostly because on the first hand when I eventually went all-in with the kings, the opponent had way fewer chips than me.  

I end up finishing 458th out of 1441, after trying to bet large on a flop with a 7 in it holding A-7h, and getting creamed by pocket Queens.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 04, 2005, 03:24:54 PM
I haven't played any tournaments, except a freeroll, at Party Poker, yet.  I might have to try a few soon...
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 04, 2005, 03:41:53 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I think we can do private tables at Party Poker. We should look into all meeting up there and playing some.

I think this is true, but here's the thing about private tables. In Vegas, the first night, we all hit the poker room. At one table it was the six of us, two guys from Turkey, and one other dude.

Afterwards, we all decided it was a lot more fun to take other people's money than it is take each others', and have the casino take 10% of the top, to boot. So after that first night, we pretty much split up when it was time to play poker.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 05, 2005, 07:05:41 AM
I couldn't sleep, so I decided to play some poker. At 5 am, and knowing that I could fall asleep at any time, you can bet it was a freeroll.

There were 48 players. I won.

I was dealt pocket aces for my first hand, and pocket aces proved to be my winning hand, too.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 05, 2005, 07:38:32 AM
How much did you win?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 05, 2005, 01:16:45 PM
Lots of prestige, the acclaim of my opponents, and the satisfaction that I played the game the right way.

But no cash. It was a freeroll in every sense of the word.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 05, 2005, 04:53:07 PM
Good poker day, for once.

After running my Poker Champs account from $160 to just over $60 in a couple of weeks with some horrific ring game Hold 'Em and Omaha play, I won $40 today alone with several terrific Omaha hands, and a solid session of 25/50 cent hold em where I went from $4.50 to start up to $19.50 before leaving the table.  Now sitting back over the $100 mark, but just barely.  

I'm finally learning Omaha a bit better.  I had a tendency to put way too much stock into 2 pairs for a while, and some miracle river cards were awarding me full houses... but that kind of play came back to bite me in the ass for a while until I wised up and backed off those hands a bit and tightened up my starting hand requirements as well (so easy to call nearly every single hand in Omaha).

And the Mrs. made the raked hands requirement at Party Poker to get the extra $25 after I came dangerously close to totally blowing all the money with some more bad ring game action.  She lifted us back up, and she has $50 there now (so a net loss of $50, but now she can play some sit 'n go's, which is what she's best at anyway).

I'm waiting on my $75 Party Poker money.... I'm interested to see what I can do with it.  Maybe nothing, considering my terrible play there with the Mrs. money.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 05, 2005, 07:37:15 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
I had a tendency to put way too much stock into 2 pairs for a while, and some miracle river cards were awarding me full houses... but that kind of play came back to bite me in the ass...


Yep.  Every hand has so many possibilities.  Which makes it fun if it's just you and some friends playing for a few bucks, because there's lots of action.  But to make money at it, you have to play sooooo much tighter than you would just goofing off around the kitchen table.  

Quote from: "Butter"
...after I came dangerously close to totally blowing all the money with some more bad ring game action.


Man, that would suck.  Especially if you got over 400 raked hands, had around 50 bucks, and then cavalierly blew it all with some bad play at pot-limit Omaha.  That happened to, um, a friend of mine.  Yeah, that's the ticket.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 05, 2005, 08:50:28 PM
pot limit omaha is a great game but if you're not holding or drawing to the nuts you're running serious risk of losing your house. i'll usually only play top two pair & throw away bottom two or top & bottom pairs.

in my local casino, there is a table that alternates between hold'em and omaha every other hand. it's 1/2 pot limit, which i have never seen before. it's a lot harder to drive people out when you can only bet 1/2 the pot versus the whole pot. but, it's still a pretty fun table and i've made about $500 on it thus far. (which is only $350 in US currency)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 05, 2005, 11:20:10 PM
Quote from: "Marlowe"
in my local casino

Glad you found one so quickly. :)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 08, 2005, 10:16:39 AM
This weekend at Party Poker I sucked at tournament play but played well at the cash tables. I've been playing .05/1.00 hold'em and have been leaving when I win $10.00. I did that a few times this weekend. I think I'm going to pick up a few poker books at the library to try to take my poker to the next level.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 08, 2005, 10:25:38 AM
How many times did we get beat with the best hand in tourneys this weekend?  Lots and lots.  

AK against A3 of clubs, lost to a flush.
QQ against A5 of hearts, lost to a flush.
AA against 44, lost to trips.
AK against KQ, lost to a straight.
AK against AJ, lost when 2 Jacks hit the board.

All of those beats were where we were all-in before the flop.

OK, once we did hold AJ and lost to AK, but we were up against some large blinds and held a dwindling stack, trying to steal 100/200 blinds with only 540 chips.

These were all multi-table tourneys with either $1 or $2 buy-ins... we did make 189th out of 2000 in one tourney to win $3.15 on a $2 buy in.  Hard to not buy into these when the top 10 get $100 or more thanks to PP adding $500 to the pool.  First prize in the $2 buy in is over $900.  I've won these big tourneys before, and know that we can do it again playing smart against some of these crazies.

Thanks again, McFly... it looks like my $75 is coming in today.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 08, 2005, 02:32:55 PM
I just had to share this.

As we speak, I'm playing in a 1200+ person tournament on ESPN. The hand before, I tried to put someone out with K-A suited, when his pre-flop behavior indicated a pocket pair. Flop was A-J-2 rainbow, so I figured I was in good shape. He goes all in, I call, he turns over A-J and I take a big hit.

So the next hand I'm dealt is Marlowe's favorite, J-7 offsuit. At this point, I'm getting a bad feeling about the table, and really wouldn't mind being out of the tournament. So I go all in pre-flop with my remaining 300-odd chips. Three people call me, the flop comes up three blanks (for me). A queen and an ace is in there. This leads to another all-in, and another call. The fourth person folds. Sure enough, someone is holding A-Q, another person has an ace, and my J-7 isn't looking too clever.

Turn comes...it's a 7.

River comes...it's a 7.

All of a sudden, I've got a set of sevens to win the main pot., I quadruple up, and feel obligated to stick around and play a little longer.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 08, 2005, 03:35:25 PM
So, I'll give you a status report on my $75 Party Poker money, since it was free and all.

Party Poker Session 1
Beginning bankroll: $75.01


I sit at the first available .50/$1 limit hold 'em table available.  

Hand 1: I get 9Ts in the forced blind for a newly seated player.  I call a 50 cent raise, and am in for $1 when 4-7-8 rainbow comes up.  I call .50 as do 3 others.  Next card is an A... I call $1.  Next card is a Q, and I fold to the bettor, down $2.50 already.

Hand 9: Next playable hand is in early position a couple hands later, 44, unraised, 6 players.  Flop is 6-T-2, 2 spades.  Checked around.  Next card is an 8.  I bet $1, 1 caller.  River of J is checked down, and I lose to T7o.  Down $6 already.  Not good.

Hand 10: Get A4o in the BB.  4 players in for 50 cents.  
Flop is 9-8-A, 2 hearts.  SB bets, I call, UTG calls, 1 fold.  
Turn is 8c, SB checks.  I bet $1, UTG calls, SB calls.
River is Ks, SB checks, I bet $1, UTG calls, SB folds.
I win $8 with 2 pair, UTG had pocket Jacks (which he didn't show... gotta love hand history logs).

Hand 21: Get K4d in SB.  3 players.
Flop is 3-K-6, 2 spades.  I check, BB checks, other caller bets, I call, BB folds.
Turn is 3d, it's bet $1... I do the check raise with top pair to $2.  It's called.
River is Qc, I bet out $1 and am called.
I win $8 with top pair... other player doesn't show his A6 for a pair of 6's.

Hand 22: KQo on button.  3 players, me and the blinds.
Flop is 8-A-A... check, check, I bet 50 cents and pick up the $2 pot.

Hand 24: Pocket 6's in late position, I call... only 1 other player.
Flop is 3-3-2... check, I bet and pick up the $1.75 pot.

Hand 29: 92o in BB.  3 players.
Flop is K-9-A, 2 spades... checked around.
Turn is a 2, I bet $1, and pick up the $2.50 pot.

Hand 32: Pocket 10's in the cutoff.  We have a raiser, and 4 players are in for $1.
Flop is a lovely T-A-5, 2 spades.  Raiser bets out 50 cents... all 4 call.  I just call waiting for the larger bet to make my raise.
Turn is 8d... the raiser suddenly stops betting (an underpair, perhaps?).  I bet $1... 2 of the other 3 call, but the raiser drops out.
River is a scary Qs, making 3 spades on the board.  I bet another $1, and no one calls.  
I win the $9.75 pot.

Hand 36: I hold AQo, and there are 4 players.... I waste $1 waiting for the flop or turn to hit my pair, but I needn't have bothered as the river awards the SB trip Kings.

Shortly thereafter, I close the table.

Raked hands played in: 24 (I don't think I played in that many hands, but OK.)
Current bankroll: $83.76 (+$8.75 for session)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 08, 2005, 03:42:18 PM
I list the raked hands because I have to play in 500 to get a $25 bonus.... assuming I can make it through 500 hands without losing all $75 (like certain other people have done).  In order to do this most effectively, I've decided to steer clear of Omaha for now and focus on limit hold 'em, probably stick with 50 cent/$1 limits for now.  That's the lowest limit table that PP has, as far as I can tell.  They do have 10/25 cent blind tables, but those are no limit.  For reasons of luck, I'm staying away from the no limit tables as well.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 08, 2005, 04:01:42 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
I think I'm going to pick up a few poker books at the library to try to take my poker to the next level.



:lol   That's my plan, too.  Last week, I put a hold on Doyle Brunson's Super System 2 (I think that's the name) and volume 1 of Dan Harrington's book on tournament play.

I didn't get to play much this weekend...  just a little on Friday night and lost about $5.  Luckily, I should have about 2 hours free tonight after the kid goes to bed to play and get my fix!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 08, 2005, 09:55:59 PM
for tournaments, you HAVE to get Harrington's volume 1 and volume 2, which are far and away the best guidebooks every written on poker tourneys.

in particular, volume 2 is really really good especially on describing the end-game and how your strategy changes at different inflection points. once you read this, you really really understand the dynamics of tourneys a lot better. just understanding his M-factor and Q-factors to keep track of where you are relative to other players will be an immense help.

for 'regular' ring play, the best book is "texas hold'em for advanced players" by david sklansky and mason monmouth. also, "winning low limit hold'em" by roy jones is quite good, and he just came out with a 3rd edition a few weeks ago with a lot of good updates, including two good chapters on sit & go strategy.

edited to add: by coincidence, i happened upon this article in the nyt about the harrington books...

Quote

The Conquistador Defense
By JAMES McMANUS

Poker primers are expensive, usually $30 or more for a paperback, yet publishers of the best ones have a hard time printing them fast enough. We should not be surprised. As "Galapagos Chaz" Darwin wrote in 1871: "If some one man in a tribe, more sagacious than the others, invented a new snare or weapon, or other means of attack or defence, the plainest self-interest, without the assistance of much reasoning power, would prompt the other members to imitate him."

And as Jared Diamond (no poker nickname required) shows in "Guns, Germs, and Steel," when Francisco Pizarro and 168 Spanish soldiers defeated Atahuallpa's army of 80,000 Incas at Cajamarca in 1532, the decisive factor was the Spaniards' ability to read and write. (Each conquistador also faced much shorter odds than the 5,619 entrants in the main event of this year's World Series.)

"Literacy made the Spaniards heirs to a huge body of knowledge about human behaviour and history," Mr. Diamond wrote. "By contrast, not only did Atahuallpa have no conception of the Spaniards themselves, and no personal experience of any invaders from overseas, but he had not even heard (or read) of similar threats to anyone else, anywhere else, any time previously in history."

Poker is another form of combat that repays literate groundwork - in spades, as it were. The first time an opponent check-raises (tempting you to attack by checking, then ambushing you with a raise), you might not know how to fight back. Decades of trial and error can teach you some effective countertactics, but these days you can add them to your arsenal in a couple weeks by studying primers by Doyle Brunson, David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth, T. J. Cloutier, Tom McEvoy, Barry Shulman and others. The cost of their books is an infinitesimal fraction of the bankroll required to play uninformed poker for even one session or two, let alone year after year.

Dan Harrington is the latest entry into this field. Mr. Harrington won the World Series championship in 1995; then, by maneuvering through enormous fields to the final table of both the 2003 and 2004 events, he clinched the decade's best record in the main event. But it is the ultrafine grain of his poker counsel as much as his track record that makes the two-volume "Harrington on Hold'em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments" required reading for anyone hoping to win one.

A typical chapter provides telling (and funny) examples of how novices think about tournament hands, then annotates it with a long list of revealing questions the pros ask themselves. Where do you sit in relation to the aggressive and passive players? How does your chip stack compare to your opponents'? How close are you to the money? What are the pot odds? What are your cards?

These are but a few of the things to consider before entering a pot, and after the community cards hit the table, the list gets much longer, the problems exponentially trickier. "If this were a short list," Mr. Harrington wrote, "the game would be much easier, more people would do it well, and fewer players would make any real money. Be glad that it's a tough, rather than an easy thing to do."

Writing in the tradition of Mr. Sklansky's definitive "Theory of Poker," Mr. Harrington deftly unpacks the math and logic of no-limit tournament strategy. It helps that Bill Robertie, a chess and backgammon expert who wrote the book with Mr. Harrington, has also written several first-rate gaming primers. Together they have found clear language, equations and diagrams to explain highly complex and sometimes counterintuitive concepts - folding before the flop with pocket aces, for example, or the subtle relationship between bluffing (betting with a weak hand) and slow-playing (not betting with a strong hand).

Volume 2 introduces the concept of M, the ratio of your current chip stack to the total of the blinds and antes. Mr. Harrington shows how attending to your M as you move through four color-coded danger zones will allow you to steal a few critical pots while you still have enough chips to make a difference.

As for overall strategy, "Action Dan" - a comic allusion to Mr. Harrington's conservative table image - recommends trying on different styles for size: superaggressive, tight, loose. He also explains how to shift back and forth among them, and why. (Answer: You'll win the biggest pots playing in your least favorite mode because your opponents will be more likely to misread your intentions.)

His teacherly approach devotes about half of his 831 pages to homework-style problems. At the end of each chapter, the reader is wedged into a challenging variety of tight hold'em corners and forced to think his way out before checking his moves against Mr. Harrington's recommendations.

Those who don't do their homework must stand in the corner in dunce caps and, worse, finish out of the money. And it seems fair to say that if Atahuallpa had had "Action Dan" as his teacher, the World Series might not be played in a town called "The Meadows" in Spanish.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 09, 2005, 08:12:01 AM
I read the Sklansky and Malmuth book already, it was actually very helpful... but it's harder to put into action in online play because of the speed at which decisions must be made.

I entered my first Lucky Dollar tourney last night for new players at PP... $1, 265 players or so.  I finished just inside the money at 27th, making a cool 92 cents for 2 1/2 hours work.  Whoopee.

In these tourneys, there's usually one hand that I have real trouble laying down, but if I had it would've saved me a lot of money.  In this case there were two.  I was actually doing very well, drawing pocket Aces 3 times in the first hour, then turning a Queens full of Jacks full house on a player with Q3 to knock him out and propel me up to near 10,000 chips (about half the tourney leader).  But by this time, after the money had been made, I was down to around 6,000.  I called the BB of 600 in late position with KTs.  Flop was 9d-10h-Qd.  I had made the nut straight on the flop.  I bet 1,000, not wanting to slow play myself into trouble.  Both opponents called.  Very interesting... I probably didn't bet enough there.  Turn was 9 of hearts, now I've got a full house to worry about.  I check, there's a bet of 1,500, a call, and I called as well... River was the Jack of hearts.  I check again, there's a bet of 1,500 again and a re-raise to 4,500.  I would have to be all in with a flush possibility and a full house possibility on the board.  I had to really think about it, but I laid it down.  First player goes all-in, and gets called... and turns over Kh-Qh... a straight flush.  After thinking about it, if I had just gone all-in on the flop, it's likely I get called and lose anyway with him holding top pair and a good kicker.  So, I'm pleased.  I'm down to 3,500, but still in it.

Shortly thereafter, I pick up Kc-Qc in early position, and just call.  It's raised to 1,200, and I call another 600 to see the flop, which is 2-Q-3, 1 club.  Raiser bets out 1,000, and I re-raise all in with my remaining 2,300.... as I'm doing this, I tell my wife "I hope he doesn't have Ace-Queen".  He calls, and flips over AQo, knocking me out in 27th place.  Not much I could do there, I don't think I could get away from that hand at that point.  The board actually paired 2's, giving me a slim hope for a suck out split with another Queen or even a win with pairing my King, but the river was a meaningless 6.

My bankroll at PP moves up to $84.68.  I probably shouldn't be playing tourneys with this starting money, but I can't resist the $1 new player tourney against this field.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 09, 2005, 02:00:30 PM
Party Poker Session 3
Beginning balance: $86.43


I won about $2 in a brief session earlier this morning, and won 92 cents last night in the New Player $1 buy-in tourney.

The very first hand, I draw As-9s in the BB, and raise after the flop comes 7-4-2 with 2 spades.  Sadly, my spade doesn't hit, nor do either of the overcards and I lose $3 on the first hand.

It goes on like that, I am very nearly even after a large number of hands... winning medium sized pots, but losing them with multiple missed flops... but something tells me to stay for one more round as the blinds hit me.

I draw 2s-3s in the BB... I call a 50 cent raise since 4 others felt the need to do so as well.  Flop is a bingo for me, 7s-Js-4s.  I check... and call a 50 cent bet, as does 1 other.  Next card is 5d, and I check... Original raiser bets $1, there is a fold, then I re-raise to $2.  He knows he's beat, and just calls.  Final card is a Qc, and I bet $1... he considers for a long time, figuring he was beat, but still calls.  I take down the nice pot.

Later, in middle position, I draw JJ.  I raise to $1, and there are 4 callers.  Flop is another bingo (but not quite as good as if an overcard had hit): J-9-3 rainbow.  Since I raised, I take the initiative and bet... I get 2 callers.  Turn is a scary 10, I bet again and get 1 caller.  River is a boat-making 10, and I bet and get yet another call, and take down the over $10 pot.

I see one more hand, but leave before the blinds hit again.

Ending balance: $100.18 (+$13.75 for session)
Raked hands played: 69 (total of 98)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 09, 2005, 04:54:19 PM
Party Poker Session 4
Beginning balance: $100.18


I jumped out to +$17 after just 20 minutes, but then I started making some bad moves.  Checking and calling to the river with pocket pairs against overcards that were hit... raising when an overcard came when that same overcard gave someone a straight.  Not hitting any trips with my low pairs.  Staying in for flush draws to the river.

This session did not go well.  I wasn't down dramatically, but I did allow the run of bad cards and luck to allow me to affect my decision making... I called a couple of times in late position with things like 3-5 suited and A-4 off.  Not a good way to protect your money.  It didn't help that I saw things I had folded like Q-9o and K5 suited make hands if I had called with them.

But at the end of the session, I got my money back in a couple of hands.  First, I had 10-8o in the BB.  Flop was A-10-3 rainbow.  Next card was another Ace, and the cutoff bet it.  I knew better, he would've bet that Ace the first time around.  And I was right, as I call him to the river (a 5), and beat his KQ.

Next hand, I got Ks-Ts and called a minimum raise on the button.  Flop was 2h-Kc-3h.  There was a bet, a raise, and I called the $2 bet, as did the original player.  Next 2 cards were a blank, I checked and called and beat the raiser's Ah-Jh for a nice $10 pot.  

I needed both just to creep back over a negative for the long session.  I was near closing the table, then someone pops their head in to talk to me, and next thing I know I'm in the blinds again.  I decide to stay through one more set of blinds, and I'm glad I did.  

I draw JJ in the SB.  An early pos. player raises to $1, and the button, me, and the BB call.  Flop is Jd-Td-8d.  Nice, but not great flop.  Raiser bets $1, button calls, I call, BB calls.  Turn is a lovely 8 of hearts.  I check, raiser checks... button bets $1, I call, BB folds, raiser calls.  River is a 9 of spades, hopefully making someone a straight.  I check again, raiser bets $1, button calls, I re-raise to $2, both call, and I take down a $15.75 pot, my biggest of the day.

I call one more hand, Jd-Td in late position, but fold as the flop totally misses me.

And on that note...

Ending balance: $112.68 (+$12.50 for session)
Raked hands played: 80 (total of 178)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 11, 2005, 10:59:27 AM
Party Poker Session 6
Beginning balance: $91.02
Raked hands: 257


After taking it on the chin last night in session #5, losing over $20 after spending 2 and a half hours watching myself get crap over and over again, I bounce back in a short session today.

First hand I play is 4h-8h in the BB.  Flop is 4-7-2... I call a 50 cent bet as do several others.  Turn is an 8... I just call again, as do 4 others.  Last card is an Ace... a bit of a scare card, but I let the original bettor bet out again before I raise him... I get 2 calls and take down the $14 pot.

3 hands later I get 99 and raise to $1... 4 callers, so it's already a $5 pot.  Flop is a wonderful 9-6-2, and I just call a 50 cent bet, hoping to get people to stick around.  Turn is a 10... More betting, and there are still 5 interested parties.  River is a 6, and I've made a full house.  Again, the BB bets out $1... I raise to $2, and he just folds.  I win another $14.

I don't make much of anything else, and actually get called away for a couple minutes... on my return, the last hand I see before the blinds hit me is AKo.  I just call in early position, as do several others.  Flop is K-9-2, 2 spades.  I bet out this time, and get 3 callers.  Turn is a 4... I bet out again, and everyone folds, earning me the nearly $5 pot.

I close up shop on the productive brief session when more work comes my way.

Ending balance: $106.27 (+$15.25 for session)
Raked hands played: 19 (276 total - 224 more needed for $25 bonus)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 11, 2005, 12:38:25 PM
I've lost money now 2 days in a row. I suck.  ::(
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 11, 2005, 01:07:45 PM
You'll come back.  You've done it before.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 11, 2005, 01:50:11 PM
I lost money the last 2 or 3 times I played at Party Poker.  On Monday, I played in my first Sit & Go - a $5+$1 buy in.  About 10 or so hands into it, I get pocket KK.  The flop came with nothing, something like J 4 2.  A guy in front of me bet about $100 or $150, so I raised him double his bet.  He calls.  The turn is again nothing - maybe a 7 or 8.  He checks, I go All-In and try to take the money without the river coming, but no, the guy calls me.  The river comes Q, giving the guy 2 pair, J's and Q's.  I had him covered, so I wasn't out but I was crippled enough that I never could get back into it and finished 6th   #-o

Last night, I continued my losing ways, dropping more money at the .50/1 tables and losing another Sit & Go.  I really thought I was a better tourney player than that, but I guess not!  Anyway, thankfully I got a GREAT run of cards, players and luck at my last .50/1 table.  Pocket AA with no draws on the board and lots of callers won me a $20+ pot and a few more decent winning hands turned my $25 buy in into $60 in a matter of 30-60 minutes.  Considering my account had dropped down below $100, I was VERY happy to end the night with the balance back up to about $125!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 11, 2005, 03:41:05 PM
Party Poker Session 7
Beginning balance: $106.27


Early on, I make maybe the worst lay down in the history of mankind.  I draw pocket Kings in the cutoff, and call a max raise, so 3 players are in for $2 before the flop.  Flop is J-9-J... I call some more hard betting, as we get up to $2 each again.  Turn is a 10... now things are looking dangerous out there.  The betting slows way down, just $1 each goes in on this round.  River is an Ace, and I figure at the least I'm beat with an Ace the way these players were raising before the flop... we have some more betting, and I decide to lay it down.  What wins, you might ask?  Pocket Queens.  I would've taken in over $15., and made about $10 on that one hand.  Fuckity fuck fuck.  Today's lesson: Never fold pocket Kings in limit poker, never ever ever.

I did manage to flop quad 3's holding a pair of 3's, and made some decent money on it, but from there on I got AK and AQ a couple of times and they didn't hold up.  I leave the table as the $2 multi-table gets ready to start.

Ending balance: $106.14 (-$.13 for session)
Raked hands played: 28 (304 total)


-----

PP $2 buy-in multi-table tournament ($500 added to prize pool)
Entrants: 1,644
Top 180 pay (1st prize is $796.25, 180th pays $3.03)


Pretty non-descript tourney really, I couldn't make much of a breakthrough, as no one was interested in playing with me when I had a hand, but everyone was interested when I didn't.  Finally, after an hour and a half, down to 820 chips, I go all in with A9o.  Caller has 66.  Flop is 9-2-A... turn is a 6.  I'm out in 502nd place.

Ending balance: $104.14
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 11, 2005, 04:03:23 PM
PP Session 8
Beginning balance: $104.14


Raked hand #10:
Draw Jd-9d in late position, limp in.  4 players.
Flop: Ks-2c-Tc.  BB calls, mid. pos. (MP) calls, I call, SB calls.
Turn: Qd.  BB bets, MP calls, I call, SB folds.
River: 4h.  BB checks, MP checks, I bet, BB calls, MP folds.
BB had QJo, and loses to my straight.  I win $8.75.

Raked hand #24:
Draw KJo on button.  2 limpers, I raise to $1.  Both call, blinds fold.
Flop: 8c-2s-Jc.  I bet 50 cents, get 1 caller.
Turn is a blank, a 5, I bet and win the smallish pot.

At this point, I kinda start running over the table.  I get a few good hands, but I also get away with a few bluffs, and some uncalled re-raises with things like K7 and JTo.  A very tight table, which usually spells trouble for me, but I was able to adapt my style today and make it pay off by betting out more often than not, and it worked.

I'm particularly proud of winning $7.75 on a pot where all I had was AQo on a board with a King and a pair of 3's... the hand got showed down, and I beat the guy holding ATs to win the pot.  That was a crying call for sure, but he hadn't shown any strength up until the final card, when I checked to him, so I decided to try my luck with the high card.  

There was a period at the table where I won 16 out of the 43 total hands dealt to the table.  I was on a complete roll for this approximately hour long session.

Ending balance: $123.26 (+$19.12 for session)
Raked hands played: 39 (343 total)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 11, 2005, 06:23:50 PM
i miss online poker... i won't be able to play until my pc gets here in late september. dammit, wny can't i have a lax employer like butter so i can play whilst at work??
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 12, 2005, 07:57:22 AM
Because you probably have what experts would call a "good job".  I guess mine's good, but not good enough to send me to Australia for 2 years.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 12, 2005, 10:57:36 AM
I started reading Poker The Real Deal by Phil Gordon this morning. After reading a few chapters, I decided to take a break and try out the new things I've learned. I went to the table with $25 and left with $41.50. Woo Hoo! It took me about 30 minutes. I would've stayed longer but Ethan and Alex were all over me and I was getting nervous that I would lose my winnings.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 12, 2005, 10:59:42 AM
Part of it's applying what you know, but part of it is getting the cards.  You can't win if you get 10-6 every hand.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 12, 2005, 11:01:29 AM
Very true. It had Sklansky's categories of playable hands in the book. It was very helpful in helping me know when to play what and when to raise what.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 12, 2005, 11:04:03 AM
It also helped me become a more aggressive player. I used to be a check/call player only raising when I had the nuts. Now I'm a lot more aggressive.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 12, 2005, 11:08:11 AM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
It also helped me become a more aggressive player. I used to be a check/call player only raising when I had the nuts. Now I'm a lot more aggressive.



I definitely need to do some reading because this is exactly how I play.  I try, from time to time, to bluff or semi-bluff but it usually doesn't work.  I think I'm not that comfortable doing it because I don't know exactly when to do it and what I should be doing.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 12, 2005, 11:11:22 AM
A good time to bluff is when there are, say 3-4 people in the pot, the blinds and you, and maybe one other... and an Ace comes on the board and you don't have one.  If the blinds both check to you, it's a good time to throw a feeler bet out there and see if you can win the $2-4 or whatever.  People often just assume that you've made Aces when you're betting into the pot and an Ace is on the board.  This doesn't work against crazies, but if you get a good feel for a tighter table, try it.

It's hard to do at low limits, but it'll work 1 out of 3 times, say, which should make your money back from the 2 times it doesn't work.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 12, 2005, 11:12:17 AM
Check out Poker The Real Deal from the library. It's very interesting, helpful, and not too technical.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 12, 2005, 11:14:32 AM
Quote from: "Butter"

It's hard to do at low limits, but it'll work 1 out of 3 times, say, which should make your money back from the 2 times it doesn't work.


This is important to remember. It won't work out everytime, but as long as you make money over the long haul keep at it. Position is also key to bluffing and semi-bluffing.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 12, 2005, 11:26:36 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
It's hard to do at low limits, but it'll work 1 out of 3 times, say, which should make your money back from the 2 times it doesn't work.



Yeah, I almost never try bluffing at the .50/1 tables because I don't think I've been at one yet where I've seen people actually fold   ;)  It seems like you have to just keep betting all the way to the river to have a chance for it to work at those tables.

I'll sometimes try it at the NL table, but the blinds are only .10/.25 so picking up .75 or so almost doesn't seem worthwhile.  I don't know, though...  I have LOTS to learn!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 12, 2005, 11:39:21 AM
PP Session 9
Beginning balance: $123.26


Not a great session... I rarely picked up any hands of note, and when I tried raising, the flop usually missed me altogether and no amount of showing strength would get anybody off of their hands, which invariably beat me.  

Luckily, toward the end of the session, there was one guy who came to the table who would bet/call with nearly anything, and bluff when he didn't have anything.  Once, I held JTo in the big blind and the flop was 10-8-2... I bet out, and he was the only caller.  I bet again when another 8 came on board... he raised... I called quickly.  River was a Jack, and I checked... he bet, and I called again, he turned over 46o, and I won the over $10 pot.  Similar situation later when I had 10-8, and nobody bet the flop, and the turn was an 8.  He called me all the way home, and had nothing.  I nearly got back to even on that hand.

Right as I get on the smiley side of positive, I draw K8o in a blind again.  Flop is Ad-Qd-8c.  I call a small bet into a medium pot.  Next card is 8d.  I check again, and raise the bettor... he re-raises me.  I call, river is a 10, and I check and call to payoff his nut flush, as he's holding KTd.

Thus endeth the session, a fairly long one, but a negative one.

Ending balance: $120.60 (-$2.66 for session)
Raked hands played: 73 (416 total)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 12, 2005, 12:27:16 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
It's hard to do at low limits, but it'll work 1 out of 3 times, say, which should make your money back from the 2 times it doesn't work.

Along those lines...my friend just got back from his 10-day "poker vacation" in Vegas. He told me that things really picked up from him when he stopped playing the 2-4 tables and started playing no-limit tables. With the 2-4, he found it really wasn't hard for people to throw in those extra few chips and call, staying in and thus increasing the likelihood that they'd get a card they needed down the road. But with the no-limit tables, he found he could control the action better.

It also helped that he started getting the cards, too, but his fortunes improved dramactically once he started playing no-limit.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 12, 2005, 03:45:34 PM
PP $2 multi-table tournament ($500 added)
Total players: 1670
Payouts: 1st gets $807.02, 180th gets $3.07
Reduces balance to: $118.60


Everyone starts with 1,000 chips.  2nd hand, I get QTd in middle position and call, along with 4 others.  Flop is 7-8-Q rainbow.  BB bets 85, I re-raise to 275, and she folds.  I move up to 1,130.

4th hand: AQo UTG, I raise to 65 (blinds are 10/15). 2 callers, and I lose some chips down to 920 when board comes 10-9-3-9-8, and BB checks to me twice after I bet the flop to try to get me to bet with his QJo, but I refuse and he rakes in the moderate pot.  I suppose I would've had him if I had bet stronger on the flop, but with 2 players in, I figured A-10 or K-10 were reasonable possibilities for them to hold.

5th hand: K6s in BB.  I just check, and flop is K-8-8, 2 hearts.  SB checks, I check, other player bets 40... SB calls, I re-raise to 150.  Both call.  Turn is a 7, I bet 225... both call.  River is an unhelpful 3, SB checks, I check, other player checks, SB reveals 5-8.  Swell.  I'm down to about half my chips (550) after 5 hands.  What a bunch of crap, the same fucking guy beats me twice after I pretty much had him dominated both times.

So much for being even more aggressive than normal.

The blinds run so low for the first hour of tourneys at Party Poker (starting at 10/20, and usually only getting up to 50/100 by the hour break), there's really no incentive to go all-in once you're crippled early.  You just have to be extra patient, and try and hit a hand where somebody will pay you off.

I'm down to 340 at the 20 minute mark, and limp in (BB is still just 20 at this point) with JTo in late position.  6 players.  Flop is 5h-3s-Jh.  BB bets 20, one other player calls... I move all-in.  BB folds, other player calls with a flush draw... which doesn't make.  10h-8h is not a hand I want to call my money off with.  I draw back to 780.

I draw 77 UTG and just call... middle position goes all-in (slightly more than what I have), and I call.  He shows QJd.  Flop is 10d-2s-6c... turn is 4d... river is Kd, and I lose to the flush again.  I lose the coin flip to a freaking flush.

Finish 1187th.  Would've been looking nice if I had won that hand though, and I almost did.

-----

PP session 10
Beginning balance: $118.60


Sorry about the length, but I just took notes while I was playing instead of waiting until after to summarize.

First hand I play is QTo UTG... 7 people in for this flop, which is K-J-J, 2 spades.  4 people still in for 50 cents, and the turn is a 9.  I check, and the orig. bettor comes in for $1.  SB calls, I raise to $2, which gets a call and a couple of folds.  River is a blank, a 2.  I bet out, get the call and net over $7 on this pot.

I raise with Q7c on the button after everyone folded behind me, and both BB and SB call.  Flop is decent, 5-6-8.  Check, check, and I bet 50 cents, and get 1 caller.  Turn is a Queen... it's checked to me, I bet... SB folds, BB raises me to $2.  I call, river is a 3... BB bets, I call, and he's got Q8o for 2 pair.  Dammit.

I lose some more later betting all the way on my J2o holding when the flop is J-7-5... turn is a King, making 3 spades, river is a 10... I get called again with 2 pair, the BB had T5o.  Fucker.  Down $5 now.

I draw back up to near level, as I raise with Kings in the SB... 2 callers.  Flop is A-J-10... I come out betting, BB calls, MP folds.  Turn is a 10... I bet again, BB calls.  River is a King, so at least I can beat Aces now.  I bet again, get called, and win with my Kings full o' 10's.  Back to near even again.

A couple of hands later, I limp in with Qh-Th.  SB raises to $1, and 4 others call.  Flop is Kh-8h-8d.  SB bets, 3 call.  Turn is 7h... SB bets again, I just call, next player just calls, button folds.  River is another heart, a 5, and that kills my action.  SB checks, I bet, next player calls, SB folds.  I win $11.25, putting me back to +$6.

I raise with Ks-Qs in MP.  2 callers, flop is Jh-4d-3d.  I bet out 50 cents, MP calls, SB raises (23?  diamonds?), we both call.  Turn is Qc, SB bets $1, I call, MP calls.  River is a 2c, SB bets again, I call, MP folds... I beat 10-10 with my Queens.  I am now up to +$13.25.

I call in late position with K8o.  Flop is 6-7-8 rainbow.  I call a bet, as do 3 others.  Turn is a 6... I call another bet, so there's 3 still in.  River is a 7, so everyone checks, and I do too and beat Q9 and 49 with my pair of 8's.  Up to +17.50 now.

Draw AKo in MP and raise.  3 callers.  Flop is 9c-Ks-As.  SB bets, BB calls, I call, button folds.  Turn is Qh... SB bets, BB folds, I raise to $2, SB calls.  River is a 2 of spades.  SB bets, I raise again, SB re-raises, I call knowing I'm flushed.  He turns up Qs-Js to take me down to +$11.  I lose $6 on that one, but that'll happen.  Probabaly should've just called when the 3rd spade hit the board after this bot bet it (and bet IMMEDIATELY every time, leading me to believe I was facing a bot here).

I draw Ks-Qh in BB next.  I call a raise, and lose $2 when the board totally misses me (6-6-2-10-A), but I stay in through the river, and fold there when I haven't paired.  Only thing I realistically could've beaten was KJ, QJ or a total bluff, which this guy hadn't really been doing.

I limp in with Qh-5h on the button after everyone behind me folds.  BB raises to $1, me and SB call.  Flop is 5-5-10, a bingo for me.  SB bets out, BB folds (the raiser folds on the flop to a small bet, a rarity).  I just call.  Turn is a Jack, SB bets, I raise, he re-raises (pockets?)... I just call.  River is a 7, he bets, I just call, and he turns over... AKo?  He wasn't even the pre-flop raiser!  Whatever, I win a big pot here, and move up to +$14.50.

Raise to $1 in MP with As-Js.  2 callers, flop is 3-4-5.  Hooray.  Last to act, I make the obligatory bet, and both call.  Turn is a 6... checked all around, I think the BB was waiting for me to bet it.  River is a Q, and indeed BB bets immediately, next player calls, I just fold having only put $1.50 in.  QJo takes it down from the middle position, I'm still at +$13.

I lose $3 more when I get A6o in the BB, and bet it through the river against 2 opponents on a board of 10d-4h-Ah-Kd... but when the river is a Queen of clubs, I figure some Jack has got me, and indeed the middle position player has it.

Blinds come and go (and I hang around one pot for a bet or two with J9o), and I'm down to +$8.

Pocket 9's UTG, I limp in as do 5 others.  I bet out on the flop of 2-5-7 rainbow... 2 callers.  Turn is a 5, and one of these douches must have a 5.  Sure enough the BB bets, and I just call him all the way to the river to see his piece of shit 5-10o.  I'm down to +$5.

I get whittled down a bit more and am at only +$1.25 through the next round of blinds.

I hang around $1.25 through the next round of blinds, thanks to winning a small pot with trip 5's (I had 5c-6c UTG and called, and the board was A-K-5-7-5, and I raise on the river and earn a fold), but losing both my blinds.

I net $2.50 out of the next round of blinds, as I get 24o once, and flop a straight, A-3-5... I do the ol' check, call, then raise on the turn, and net about $3 on that hand.

I get my ass handed to me in one of the blinds, as the flop comes 7-4-4, and I'm holding K7.  I bet out and am called twice... turn is an 8, river is a 2.  No flush here.  But I get raised on the river and decide to re-raise... He re-raises me again, and flips over pocket 2's.  What a bunch of crap.  He wins lots of money off me.

Luckily, the very next hand I make most of it back, drawing KK on the button, and getting 2 players along for the ride all the way to the river.  So, I'm still only down $1.

I only need 29 more raked hands for my bonus now.

I'm up to +$1.25 after back dooring a straight with K4o on a pot where there was apparently no betting interest.

I move to +$5 on a hand where I call with Ac-5c, and the flop is Ks-Kc-Jc.  I bet at it, and get 1 caller.  I check the turn, 10d... the river is 10h, and I check again... other player bets.  I consider for a while, and figure he probably would've called originally with a Q or a single Ace or something, so I call.  Turns out he has pocket 8's, and I beat him with Kings and Tens and an Ace kicker.

I move to +$9 with Jh-Th in the SB... I call a raise for 75 cents, and the flop is 2h-3h-6h.  I check, as does everyone else.  Turn is 3s, checked all around again... even the original raiser won't touch this hand.  River is a 5h, and hopefully no one has the A-K-Q of hearts.  I bet $1, next player raises me.  Other 2 fold.  I just call, and he had 34 of diamonds, so I beat him with the flush.

Down to +$5.25 through another round of blinds.

I move up to +$14, after I draw AJo in the BB.  I just check, and the flop is Jh-4d-7d.  SB bets, I just call, next player calls, button raises to $1... everyone calls.  Turn is 9c.  I bet $1, everyone calls.  River is 5s, and the button has missed his flush.  I bet again, get called by 2 players and win a hefty pot with my top pair.

I lose $5 later with KQo to AQo when a Q comes up.  It could've been much worse, but luckily he was pretty timid in betting on that top pair with best kicker.  That, and I raised on the flop instead of my usual turn based raise.  Down to +$9 with just 6 hands to play for my $25 bonus.

I lose all of my winnings plus a dollar on 2 hands after the blinds hit me again... KQo, I raise and miss the flop totally... then I get Ah-Qh and call... then I re-raise a raiser.  Flop is A-5-4... turn is a K... river is a 2... I lose to AK, losing quite a bit on just the one hand.  Tough luck.

I finally make my bonus, thank goodness.

Ending balance: $142.85 (-$.75 for session, +$25 bonus for 500 raked hands played)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 14, 2005, 06:26:26 PM
Quote from: "McFly"
Quote from: "Butter"
It's hard to do at low limits, but it'll work 1 out of 3 times, say, which should make your money back from the 2 times it doesn't work.



Yeah, I almost never try bluffing at the .50/1 tables because I don't think I've been at one yet where I've seen people actually fold   ;)  It seems like you have to just keep betting all the way to the river to have a chance for it to work at those tables.

I'll sometimes try it at the NL table, but the blinds are only .10/.25 so picking up .75 or so almost doesn't seem worthwhile.  I don't know, though...  I have LOTS to learn!

i agree -- for me i've found that the lower the stakes and the worse the players, the more straightforward one needs to play.

situational bluffing like the scare-card bluff butter uses are good, but yeah there's no question that bluffing is overall one of the least-effective weapons you can use at low-stakes poker.

although that is really frustrating, the 'good' thing about low-stakes is that when you win a pot you will generally win more because so many punters have called to showdown instead of folding when they should. i slow-play in no limit and medium-stakes limit poker, but almost never do in low-stakes.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 15, 2005, 09:41:50 AM
Well, another weekend of PP and another up and down weekend of winning and losing money!  On Friday night, I decided to go back to the NL tables and try to put some of the bluffing and positional plays to work.  After starting slowly, I started getting some hands to play even picked up my share of $2-3 pots by being the first to bet into a pot or by betting enough to scare others out.  By the end of the night, I was up nearly $40 which brought my total back from just under $100 to close to $140!

Saturday night, though, was awful.  I was trying to play the same way as I did Friday night, but either I wasn't doing something right, others were just getting much better hands or there were a lot more aggressive players out.  In reality it was probably a combination of all three.  Even when I thought I had good hands, I'd lose.  For example, in one particularly harsh hand, I think I had 99 in the BB and the flop brought something like A 5 9.  I bet, maybe $1 or $2 which was about the size of the pot and everyone except 2 people got out.  I'm not sure if the turn or river paired the board, but one of them brought the second 5.  When all was said and done, I lost the $10 or so that I had at the table when one of the other guys turned over AA for Aces over 5's to beat my 9's over 5's.  Obviously, I couldn't fault him, he had a great hand and didn't really indicate that he did through his betting, but it seemed indicative of the night I was having.

Fortunately, after playing much longer than I should have and seeing my account dwindle to somewhere between $80-90, I got LUCKY and won a $5/1 Sit & Go.  It was so late and I was apparently so tired that I sat down at a limit tournament rather than NL.  I didn't get much to play through most of the tournament and was down to $190 (with blinds at 75/150) when my luck changed AND people started playing poorly.  Sorry for the length, but here are some of  the "highlights."  Most of the good stuff is missing because the email transcript of the tourney from PartyPoker got cut off!

1.  6 players, 75/150, chip stack of $190.  I'm BB and everyone folds, so I pick up an extra $75 to get back to $265.

2.  6 players left, 75/150, chip stack of $265, I'm SB.  Dealt 7h, Kc.  Everyone in front folds, so I raise all-in to $265.  BB folds despite a chip stack of 1202 and only needing to bet $115 to call!  Up to $415.

3.  6 players left, 100/200, stack of $415, BB directly to my right.  Dealt Kc, 4c.  Raise to $400, everyone folds.  Up to $715.

4.  Very next hand, in BB.  Dealt Qd, Qc.  Player in middle position raises to $400.  Button (who's down to $50) calls, I re-raise to $600.  Original raiser calls.  Flop comes 7h, 6h, 9h.  I bet remaining $115 and am called.  Turn and River are 5h and Jc.  Original raiser shows As, 5s for pair of 5's.  The person who put their last $50 in the pot hits the flush but only wins $150 while I collect the rest and bring my stack to $1330.

5.  Still 6 players, 100/200, 1st position.  Dealt Ad, 2d.  Raise to $400 and everyone folds.  Stack up to $1530.

6.  Very next hand, everyone folds and I pick up the small blind.  Up to $1630.

7.  6 players, 150/300, middle position.  Dealt Jc, Kc.  Raise to $600.  BB calls with his last $213.  Flop is Kd, Th, 6d, Turn is 6s, River Ac.  BB shows 7c, 8s and I win again.  Up to $2193.

8.  5 players, in BB.  Everyone folds and I pick up the SB.  Up to $2343.

9.  5 players, 150/300, SB.  Dealt 7c, Qc.  Everyone in front folds, so I raise to $600.  BB folds.  Back up to $2193 (had to fold a few hands when others were going at it).

10.  4 players, 200/400, in BB.  Everyone folds, so I pick up the SB again.  Up to $2393.

11.  4 players, 200/400, in SB.  Dealt Qd, 9d.  People in front fold, I raise to $800.  BB folds.  Up to $2793.

Transcript cuts off here  :(

I definitely got lucky a bunch of times when I was All-In.  It amazed me the number of times that someone in the SB folded when the blinds were so big and their stacks were dwindling.  Once I got enough chips back to be a factor, I really tried to play much more aggressively.  If I had anything halfway decent, I'd raise from the SB if no one in front of me had bet already.  That stole a lot of BB's.  My problems, usually, in tourneys are playing too aggressively early on and ending up short stacked or not playing aggressively enough later and getting blinded to death.  Maybe I should play these Limit tourneys more often though and try to keep doing what I did in this one...   :)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 15, 2005, 10:35:13 AM
I am down to $127 after losing 1 sit 'n go, where I had AQ when an Ace came out, and someone rivered a flush after going all in against me.  Which was great, as always.

But, I also put $6 into this "mini-step" tourney, where, if you can progress through the 1st 4 steps, you can win $2,000 by winning the final, 5th step.  I think 5th place at the final step 5 table is something like $150 as well.

Here's how this tourney works at Party Poker.  Each step is just like a sit 'n go, with 10 people at the table.  On the 1st mini-step, if you finish 7th-10th, you're out and just lose your $6.  If you finish 6th, you get $4 back.  If you finish 2nd-5th, you get to try step 1 again.  If you win, you move on to step 2.... then on the subsequent steps, if you finish dead last, you're out of the whole thing, but otherwise you either are bumped back down a step, get a retry on your current step, or you move on by finishing in the top 2.

I finished 5th on my first try at the mini-step tourney, despite having the chip lead early... I had AQ with 5 players left and raised it.  2 players called me, and the flop was A-K-10... I bet slightly under the pot size and got called.  The turn was a Q, giving me 2 pair, and I figured there was no way someone was hanging around on that last bet with a spare Jack, so I went all in... and I effectively got knocked out by some joker playing J-3 who lucked into a straight.  On the 2nd try at step 1, I drew pocket Aces 4 times and cruised to a victory (though the heads up lasted 20 minutes, I was never really in danger of getting beaten).  On Step 2, I didn't draw many hands, but was able to hang around into 6th place... I only had 300 chips left and got AKo on the button... I went all-in and got called by AJ and KQ... and lost when A-J-x came out on the flop.  Sadly, 6th place meant I had to move back to step 1, whereas if I could've won that and held on for 3rd-5th place, I could've just re-tried step 2.

My 3rd try on step 1 was another win, as I just made a couple of early hands, then waited everyone out.  I knocked 3rd place out with QJo on a board of 9-10-K, he went all in with top pair, and I thrashed him.  Then, after another long heads up battle with a timid player, I was able to induce them all in on a flush draw (they had 3s-5s, and the board was 10s-9s-9d-8d when they went all in) when I was slow-playing pocket Aces.  Luckily, they didn't make anything on the river, and I won again, and am now waiting to try mini step 2 again.

The sit and go players at Party Poker are quite bad, generally speaking.  They go all in when they make a hand (generally speaking), or they try to force people out of pots by betting 1/8 of the pot size with their middle pairs or draws.  It's just a matter of making a good hand, getting a call, and then hoping they don't get lucky.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 15, 2005, 11:03:02 AM
Played a pokerroom.com freeroll yesterday afternoon.  Finished 170th out of 2400, well out of the money, but still relaitvely satisfied with my play.  I could have played more aggressively and tried to pick up the blinds a bit more often, but I didn't play too badly.  

Alas, I lost most of my stack when I went all in with AT of diamonds, into a big pot with a couple of bets in front of me, thinking I had the nut flush.  It turns out that 67 of diamonds was the nut flush, as the diamonds on the board were 5-8-9.  Oops.  I don't know what the other guy in the pot had, but I assume a King high flush.  Anyway, after that it was just a matter of being blinded out of my remaining money.  With $1664 left, and the blinds at 400-800, it didn't take long.  Dealt Q7o in the big blind, I was forced to fold when there was an enormous bet on a flop that missed me entirely.  Then I was all in for my remaining 800 plus on 45 of spades on the next hand.   Praying for some spades, the board came back with five freaking hearts.  Some schlemiel playing K6o turned over the king of hearts, and like that, I was gone.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 15, 2005, 12:03:46 PM
So I was just at a table and posted the BB for my first hand. I had 6 7 off suit. Some guy raised before the flop so I decided to call along with several others. The flop came with a 7. He bet again. I called and so did everyone else. The turn was another 7. Three of a kind. I checked and he bet and everyone called so when it came back to me, I raised. He folded and everyone else called. I ended up winning a $14.00 pot at the $.05/$1.00 tables. Not bad. I figured the raiser had AA or something.

So the guy starts ragging on me. He writes: Not to self: she played 6 7 off suit even with a raise

I typed in that I was already in for the BB since I just came to the table.

He wrote: Yeah, but it was raised! You obviously don't know how to play poker.

I typed: Note to self: I just won a huge pot!!!!!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 15, 2005, 12:33:15 PM
Should have typed: "Note to self: [user name] is a giant douchebag"

 :lol
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 15, 2005, 03:08:32 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
So I was just at a table and posted the BB for my first hand. I had 6 7 off suit. Some guy raised before the flop so I decided to call along with several others. The flop came with a 7. He bet again. I called and so did everyone else. The turn was another 7. Three of a kind. I checked and he bet and everyone called so when it came back to me, I raised. He folded and everyone else called. I ended up winning a $14.00 pot at the $.05/$1.00 tables. Not bad. I figured the raiser had AA or something.

So the guy starts ragging on me. He writes: Not to self: she played 6 7 off suit even with a raise

I typed in that I was already in for the BB since I just came to the table.

He wrote: Yeah, but it was raised! You obviously don't know how to play poker.

I typed: Note to self: I just won a huge pot!!!!!


Nice pot and nice comeback   =D>

I'm not sure if I would have called the raise or not.  Some days I would, some I wouldn't, but I know enough to know that a lot of people will call in limit games, so I wouldn't get bent out of shape over it.  I hate when jackasses, on there, who think they know it all start bragging, ripping on people or talking shit.

Interesting, related side note...  my held copy of Doyle Brunson's Super System 2 came in to my library branch on Saturday.  I was reading part of a chapter written by Mike Caro (I think?) where he had all of these random tips.  One was not to insult weak players when they make a bad play because it will make them play harder and possibly better whereas it would be more profitable for them to keep making weak plays.  (BTW, I'm not saying your play was weak!   :) )  He suggests making a comment like, "Wow, most people won't even play 8-4 offsuit, but I won several times with it last week, too.  Maybe you and I are on to something here!"  Anyway, I thought it was interesting.  He also suggests the opposite, too...  not to compliment weak players for good plays.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 15, 2005, 03:11:31 PM
Yeah, it was not  good poker to play 6 7 offsuit when there was a raise out there, but I was in a weird mood. It was awesome that I finally sucked out a win this time. I really hope I put him on tilt.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 16, 2005, 09:51:08 AM
I just moved up to Step 3 through a fluke... I was actually 4th out of the final 4, and needed to finish in the top 2 to move on... then the site started having server trouble.  When we came back, everyone was folding except me.  It goes on for 5 minutes with me being the only one there, and everyone folds every time, giving me all the chips, except when they go all-in... and I luck into winning each all-in confrontation to win the Step 2 and move on to Step 3 for my 2nd attempt there.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 16, 2005, 01:23:18 PM
Maybe, just maybe, one of these days I'll actually put together 2 consistent sessions.  After playing so well Friday, then so horribly Saturday, I was back on again last night.  I think it was mostly getting good cards, as opposed to skill, though.  It seemed like everytime I saw the flop I hit something good.

I went back to the .50/1 tables so that I would stop losing $10+ on a single hand.  I don't really remember any specific hands, I just know I hit a set a couple times when holding a middle pocket pair, picked up a full house, a flush, lots of high pair and two pairs.  It was a nice run.  I think my final stats for the session showed that I saw about 1/3 of the flops and won almost 40% of the hands where I saw the flop.  In about an hour and a half or two hours, I turned my $25 into $55, so I was feeling good.  Good enough to try another limit sit & go.

I pretty much started off just like the last one...  dropped down to $200-300 after a tough beat and not being able to scare players off on a hand where I held two overcards and was betting aggressively.  I rallied and won a few hands to get myself back up to about $800 with 5 people remaining.  I thought about trying to play it safe and get into the money, folding pocket 5's on one hand.  On the next hand, though, I got pocket 8's, so I figured I'd try to steal the blinds at least.  The player to my left called my $300 raise, at which point, I thought I was screwed.  The flop showed Q-5-Q and I figured with blinds as high as they were and my stack as low as it was, I had to bet, so I did.  The remaining player hesitantly called.  The turn was a 10, so I bet again, knowing that if I didn't, she would and I'd have to fold with practically nothing left or call and hope she was bluffing.  I was hoping she'd think I had the 3rd Q and fold, but in all fairness, she did have a large stack ($3000 at the start of the hand) and she called again.  The river was an A, she called my final, all-in bet and showed a straight to beat my 2 pair and knock me out.

Oh well, at least I won enough early on to get my balance back up to $130, much better than the $80 or so it had been down to at one time Saturday night!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 16, 2005, 04:04:30 PM
After having a horrible poker day, I finally won a sit & go. Woo Hoo! I'm still down $30 for the day.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 17, 2005, 10:09:45 AM
Nothing better than being heads up in a sit 'n go and having the 2nd place person force an all-in against you when you're holding pocket Aces.

That said, I'm still down to $52 total.  I really don't like Party Poker.  I know the bad beats SHOULD even out in the long run, but it doesn't seem like they are.  I'm just taking them and taking them.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 17, 2005, 10:12:52 AM
Yeah, I'm going through a losing streak too.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 17, 2005, 05:46:27 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
Nothing better than being heads up in a sit 'n go and having the 2nd place person force an all-in against you when you're holding pocket Aces.

That said, I'm still down to $52 total.  I really don't like Party Poker.  I know the bad beats SHOULD even out in the long run, but it doesn't seem like they are.  I'm just taking them and taking them.

look at it this way... the better you get, the more bad beats you're going to get against you. the cards will even out in the long run, but not the bad-beats because you'll fold the goof-ball hands that the chumps carry to the river time after time.

yeah, maybe not much consolation when you're on a losing streak, but i try to keep that at the top of mind when it happens to me.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 17, 2005, 07:31:02 PM
Yeah...in a perverse way, bad beats just mean that you're playing the correct way.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on August 18, 2005, 09:58:00 AM
Well, it seems I was finally able to string a few good sessions together.  Sorry, no exciting hand highlights, though  :)  Just more of the same old, same old...  getting some good cards, being at tables where I can figure out who the idiots are, building up a little stack and then buying a few pots in between.

I keep trying to play Sit & Go's after making enough at the ring games to justify spending the $6 to enter.  I may have to stop that shit though because I keep ending up like the 4th or 5th person out.  Everytime I get a decent starting hand, I don't hit anything at all on the flop and it seems like the few times I finally do get something, some jackass who called a pre-flop raise with a bad hand hits something big.  Oh well...

My total account balance is now up to $154.  I should have saved the $6 I used to enter the tourney before quitting last night so that I would have a nice even $160  :)  Oh well...  now I get to see if all my online play has helped or hurt me as a bunch of friends are getting together tomorrow night to play.  I normally finish in the money with this group (usually a little tourney, with anywhere from 10-20 people) but have never actually won.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 18, 2005, 10:15:48 AM
I just made my first Royal Flush.  In a tourney... it's a $250 freeroll I paid for with "Party Points".  I was already doing pretty well, around 5800 chips with 195 left out of 580 or so.  

I'm holding Jc-10s and call in the cutoff.  5 players, flop is As-Ks-Qs... 2 bettors at 100 each, I raise to 600.  First bettor goes all-in, and I call... and the turn is the Js completing my royal.  That was fun.

I move up to 9,165 chips, somewhere around 10th place... but only the top 25 pay, so I'll let you know how I finish.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 18, 2005, 10:53:20 AM
Nice one, Butter.  Real nice.  I finished out of the money in a tournament style home game last night.  My savviest moves:

Holding 8-9 D in the big blind.  A few people limp.  Flop is 8-9-J, with two clubs.  I go all in with my two pair, hoping to drive out any straight or flush draws.  I fail to do so, and some douchebottle holding two raggedy ass clubs sucks out a flush.  Oops.

Later, still alive but badly wounded, I go all in with AK offsuit, hoping to at least steal the blinds, and at worst end up in a race.  I'm called by someone holding QQ.  Damn.  Flop comes rag-rag-rag, and I'm down to two cards to catch one of my six outs.  To add insult to injury, the turn and river both brought queens.  

Before all that, I did manage to infuriate someone, though, which is all I can really ask.  I limped from the small blind with Q-9 off (before ye judge about me getting into a pot in a no limit game with a marginal hand, blinds were 75-100, so I was already mostly in).  Flop came K-rag-rag.  I checked, and two players checked behind me.  Turn brought a Jack, and all of the sudden, hey, I've got a gutshot!  I checked, and both players in the pot again checked behind me.  

The river brought the ten, and I've sucked out a backdoor straight.  There aren't three of any suit on the board, and I'm playing with the kind of fellows who would raise with AQ, so I figure my Q9 is the nuts.  I check.  The player to my left bets 200, and the other guy calls.  I raise to 400, and they both call.  I show, and they muck.  But the guy to my left, who was the big blind, got all sorts of pissed off about my checkraise with the straight on the river.  Personally, though, I think he had only himself to blame.  I don't know what he had, but if he wanted to take a stab at the pot, he should have done it earlier.  I would have folded to any bet on the flop or turn.  You can't play passively and then whine when someone sucks out on you.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 18, 2005, 11:21:50 AM
What would you all think to having it tournament style next time we have a Randomville poker night?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 18, 2005, 12:49:39 PM
Quote from: "l.diddy"
But the guy to my left, who was the big blind, got all sorts of pissed off about my checkraise with the straight on the river.

This makes no sense to me. I can't see the point in getting upset about anything my opponents do, short of cheating. And thankfully, I haven't come across anyone cheating (or if I have, I've been blissfully ignorant about it).
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 18, 2005, 01:43:35 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
This makes no sense to me. I can't see the point in getting upset about anything my opponents do...


Ask Marlowe or Fourthisto about the time I checkraised a redneck at Belterra.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 18, 2005, 02:04:01 PM
Did you almost get hit?


Experienced poker players should be no strangers to check raising.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 18, 2005, 02:14:52 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
I just made my first Royal Flush.  In a tourney... it's a $250 freeroll I paid for with "Party Points".....I move up to 9,165 chips, somewhere around 10th place... but only the top 25 pay, so I'll let you know how I finish.


I got into the money by pushing pocket Kings against the raise of a giant stack at my table, and they called with Ks-Ts... and nearly made a flush.  But then I got comfortably into the money and just kept moving up until we hit the final table, where I was the 9th largest stack of 10.  

I was able to pick some good spots, get some good cards, and stay aggressive and finish 2nd out of 581, for a prize of $25.

I started this morning at $39 or so, but have done very well today and now sit at $80.  I should've won some more money in a different tourney, but right before the 2nd round of money hit, I put someone else all in before the flop with my pocket Queens... I had re-raised this same guy 2 hands earlier with Ad-Kd, and he had folded.  He didn't fold this time, but only had A6 offsuit.  Sadly, the turn brought an Ace, and effectively spelled the end for me.  I would've netted another $20 if those Queens had held up, because the tourney was a "shootout" tourney, where the final 3 at each table of 10 cash, then move on to another table with other top 3 finishers.... I was at my 2nd table where I would've taken a giant chip lead if I had won with those Queens.  I had won the first table, taking down $11.18 on my investment of $6.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 18, 2005, 02:18:47 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
I was able to pick some good spots, get some good cards, and stay aggressive and finish 2nd out of 581, for a prize of $25.


Woo hoo!  Nice work, man.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 18, 2005, 03:39:54 PM
Just came in 1st at a sit & go and got $25. When I beat the 3rd place guy he called me a slut and told me to suck it. I typed "Bitter?"
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 18, 2005, 03:51:01 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
Just came in 1st at a sit & go and got $25. When I beat the 3rd place guy he called me a slut and told me to suck it. I typed "Bitter?"


There are a lot of macho idiot types on there.

Congrats!  Turns out I need a loan.  Please?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 18, 2005, 03:56:42 PM
Yeah, I think some guys can't take it when a girl beats them in a tournament. Hey, I'm a decent player and I'm a woman, get used to it!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 18, 2005, 04:33:12 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
Just came in 1st at a sit & go and got $25. When I beat the 3rd place guy he called me a slut and told me to suck it. I typed "Bitter?"

The worst thing anybody's ever said to me so far on PP is when I rivered a guy and he said "u suck Chelsea! I hate u!" (my PP screenname is ChelseaJon)

Guess I'm just not trying hard enough.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 18, 2005, 07:18:04 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Quote from: "l.diddy"
But the guy to my left, who was the big blind, got all sorts of pissed off about my checkraise with the straight on the river.

This makes no sense to me. I can't see the point in getting upset about anything my opponents do, short of cheating. And thankfully, I haven't come across anyone cheating (or if I have, I've been blissfully ignorant about it).

what is it about action-jim causing all sorts of commotions with his mad-phat check-raising? i almost had to step in and stop a turtle-wearing redneck chump from having a go at him last month in the casino...
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 18, 2005, 09:00:45 PM
Quote from: "Marlowe"
what is it about action-jim causing all sorts of commotions with his mad-phat check-raising? i almost had to step in and stop a turtle-wearing redneck chump from having a go at him last month in the casino...

You know, this story has been referenced twice now, but it hasn't actually been told. It sounds like a doozy.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 18, 2005, 11:01:38 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Quote from: "Marlowe"
what is it about action-jim causing all sorts of commotions with his mad-phat check-raising? i almost had to step in and stop a turtle-wearing redneck chump from having a go at him last month in the casino...

You know, this story has been referenced twice now, but it hasn't actually been told. It sounds like a doozy.

this was when four, jim and I went to belterra last month... as it happened, we were all at the same table, so we were bantering with the civilians around us the whole time. i kept refering to l.diddy as "action jim", so the whole table started calling him that. (i think that atzend calls him "inactive jim", but that's a whole 'nuther story)

 on this one hand, l.diddy led out on the flop with a bet that was called by 3 others. then on the turn he checked and the 2nd person in made a bet that got called by the other two before getting back to l.diddy.

i know l.diddy's pokah style pretty well, having played with him quite a bit, and just before the action got to him i turned to four and said, "watch -- he's gonna do a check-raise."

sure enough, he did do a check-raise, and caught everyone in the hand for a 2nd turn-bet. he then bet out on the river and took down the hand.

well, one of the guys in the hand was this redneck dude who oddly enough, was wearing a turtle on a necklace. (not really here nor there, but that adds some colour to the story) for some reason, l.did's check-raise really got under this dude's craw and (seriously) for the next three hours he was heckling him pretty regularly about it. "Ahhh know THAT game, Action Jeee-yum. Ahhh invented that game! If you're gonna be playin' that with me, boy, you'd better be prepared for the CON-SUH-KWEN-SUHS!"

he also turned to me and said, "Ahhh know YOU know what's up. You tell your buddy Action Jim on the way home what he did, 'cause someone needs to teach him about that."

i never really understood why he was so pissed, but it sure was funny.

l.diddy wasn't pleased with me, by the way, for announcing to the table that he was about to check-raise before he actually did. four and I, of course, were laughing our arses off every time this guy made a comment to the Action Man.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 23, 2005, 04:46:37 PM
I've been all over the place of late... as high as $175, as low as $49... currently sitting smack dab on $150.  So, I don't think I can make a living at this, but it's kinda fun sometimes... when I'm lucking into a win at a $20 sit 'n go, not when I'm losing in a multi-table tourney when my 8's lose to Ace-Jack offsuit.  I try to avoid those damn coin flips, but it's near impossible to win any kind of tourney or SNG without winning a couple.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 23, 2005, 05:09:38 PM
Wait a minute...you sit around your office and play poker online all day, so you kinda sorta are making a living at it.  Your employer just doesn't know that they're underwriting your forays into the fact paced world of internet poker.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 24, 2005, 08:00:55 AM
I don't play ALL DAY, but yeah a couple hours a day or something.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 25, 2005, 10:10:45 AM
2 hands from the $10 multi-table I just crapped out of in 316th place out of 500.

After winning 2 small pots early, I get 7-7 in middle position.  Blinds are 10/15, I raise to 70.  3 people call.  Flop is 7-2-10.  I'm last to act, but player right before me goes all in.  I merely call, but it's a sizable call of about 1/3 my stack.  2 other guys call as well.  Turn is a 6.... SB goes all in, BB does too.... I can't fold trips, and I call.  SB had 89 suited, BB had garbage, other guy had K9 suited, but there was no real suited action on the board.... river is an 8, giving SB and other guy the pot.  What the fuck?

Later, I call with 10's in early position, hoping for a raise then I can move in.  Sure enough I get it... but there are 2 callers.  One of them is the small blind from before showing KQ offsuit, other is pocket 5's.  Flop is J-10-8, I've got trips again... but the river is a 9, and that small blind assmunch straights me again!

It's hands like this that send you to the funny farm.  I should have about 5000 in chips and be in really good shape, instead I'm here typing about it, trying not to put my printer through the window.

FUCK!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 25, 2005, 12:27:07 PM
Got another royal flush today... in a $5 MTT, holding Kh-Jd, flop is 6c-Qd-Ad... some betting, and I call on the short stack hoping to spike a 10.  I do, it's the 10d... more betting, I raise and get a call.  River is Kd... SB bets again, hoping to scare me off, I re-raise him... he folds and I don't get to show it.  But it does help me up to 6200 chips with 175 people left... top 90 make the money.

I'll probably flame out though.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 25, 2005, 01:06:27 PM
Runner-runner to make a Royal.  The sweet light of probability shines down upon you, Bu'uh!

In other words, ride the rush, dude.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 25, 2005, 02:26:01 PM
Well, I made the money in the royal flush tourney... and I figured it was about time to take you hand by hand through the remainder.

At the start of this writing, I have 8701 chips, and am about to go into the BB... blinds are 400/800, and there are 70 people left.  Every time we move up a notch of 10's, everyone gets more money.  Right now I've earned $12.79 on my buy in of $6.  I am about at middle chip position in relation to the stacks at this table.  5 people have over 10k, everyone else has less than me.

Hand 1 (BB): Jc-8c... everyone folds, I win 1200.  Up to 9101.
Hand 2 (SB): Qs-5d... I fold to a strong raise.  I get through the blinds at 8701, where I started.
Hand 3 (button): Qd-Js... I limp in, and we have 4 players... flop is 4c-7s-10s.  I fold to a bet of 1200, down to 7901 now.  I can't afford to limp in anymore, really.
Hand 4: 2d-7s.  All in.  Oops, I mean fold.
Blinds are now 500/1,000.
Hand 5: 5d-9d... fold.  We have an all-in at this table... AA v. JJ... AA was the shorter stack and doubles through to over 12,000.
Hand 6: Jd-9c, fold.  We have an all in at the table again, after the flop... 9h-2h loses out to A3o, flop was A-3-2, 2 hearts, but 92 never improves.
Hand 7: 57o, fold.
We're down to 60 players, I've now won $14.92.
Hand 8: 69o, fold.  We have an all in, but he's not called.
Hand 9: Qs-9s, I want to call, but I don't.  BB goes all in with 7d-9d, and is called with Jh-2h... A jack hits and we're down another player.
Hand 10 (BB): Jc-6s, I'm in for 1,000.  The player right before me just went out, so I'm the only blind here, and it gets raised to 2,000.  I fold.

Since the player before me went out, that means the SB is going to miss me altogether, a plus.  It's a quirk of the Party Poker system, but one I quite enjoy at times.

Hand 11 (button): 10d-2h, fold.  I'm at 6,901 now, still 5th at this table of 9.
Hand 12: 3h-8c, fold.
Hand 13: Ks-Qh, there's an all in behind me and I fold.  I want to call, but I'm being patient.  I wouldn't have been out, but I would've been down to 1,000 or so had I lost.
Hand 14: 9d-4s, fold.
Hand 15: Kc-Qh... I go all-in from early position.  A small stack calls me with AA... and I lose that one as the flop goes 7-8-7-A-x.  Down to 4,091.  Naturally when I move, some dillweed has the fucking holy grail.

We're down to 52 as the 3 hour break comes... this tourney started with 853 entrants.  Blinds will be 750/1,500 when we return, and it won't be long until I get into the blinds again.  If I can hang through 2 more people, I'll make another $4.75 or so.  I really wanted to win this thing too.  1st place is $938.56, and everything above 7th is over $100.  Doesn't look good though.  

First pair or Ace, and I'm going in.  But if I get shit, I may be a pussy and just fold through the blinds to try and move up another notch moneywise.

Hand 16: Kc-7h, fold.  Flop was Kh-3h-As... I probably would've lost.
Hand 17: 2c-Jd, fold.  We're down to 50 players!  Yeah.  I move up to $19.19 in winnings.  We have an all in... A6 v. AJ, A6 wins as 4 spades hit the board and doubles up.
Hand 18: 35o, fold.
One of the largest tourney stacks moves in on my right.
Hand 19 (BB): Ac-10s.... this is it.  I get called by KK... but the flop is 3-5-2-4 and I straight him!  I double to around 9k.
Hand 20 (SB): 6c-9c, I fold to a raise.
Hand 21 (button): 49o, I fold.
Hand 22: I get 77 and go all in after 3 people had called 1500...and get a call by a big stack... he's got 55, and I double up again!!!  I'm up to 19,364 now, in 3rd place at the table.
Hand 23: I get some garbage and fold, I was too excited from last hand to notice what.
Hand 24: 67o, fold.
Hand 25: Qs-6s, fold.
Hand 26: 28o, fold.  KK beats AK at this table, and we're down to 42.

Looking at the other tables, I'm about 20th out of 42 left.

Hand 27: Q2o, fold.  Another player is out, and we're down to 39 players, I move up another money notch.  To $23.45 now.
Hand 28 (BB): 59o.  I fold to a large raise.
Hand 29 (SB): 9c-3c... I just fold.

You only move up about $2 after the next 10 go out, but then $9 more if you can make 11th-20th.

Hand 30 (button): 10h-3s, fold.  A 10 and a 3 flop, and I weep a little.
Blinds are now 1000/2000.
Hand 31: 6h-10s, fold.
Hand 32: 6h-10h, fold.  A small stack goes all-in, AJ v. 25 (who was priced in to make the call)... flop has an Ace and a Jack and the small stack doubles.
Hand 33: Q9o, fold.
Hand 34: Kh-Js, I limp in middle position... not usually a good move.  We have 4 players.  Flop is 4-3-5, and the 2 blinds go all in... I fold.  We've got Q3 v. 56, and 56 wins, knocking out the SB.
Hand 35: K8o, fold.
Hand 36: A4o, fold.  I'm now 7th of 9 at this table... short stack has 9,590, next is 11k or so, I have about 15k.  Not many small stacks left, so I'm not going to be able to coast much longer.
Hand 37: K9o, fold.  The small stack goes all in with 88 and loses to A5.
Hand 38 (BB): 25o.  Super.  I fold to a raise.
Hand 39 (SB): AKo, time to move.  I get a call from the SB with A9o, and a King comes on the flop!  I double through to over 26,000 now.
Hand 40 (button): Qh-7h, fold.

I get moved to Table 1 just behind the button.  We're down to 30!  My winnings are now at $25.59, a near $20 net.  This is the best I've ever done in a cash tourney like this.

Hand 41: Js-8s, fold.
Hand 42: 45o, fold.
Hand 43: Kh-Jd... I limp.  I'm bad about limping, but this isn't a raising hand.  5 players, flop is Qc-9h-6h.  I call a 2,000 bet, turn is a King.  I call a 4,600 chip bet... river is another Queen.  I go all in, I don't know why.  I get called, bettor shows J-10 of hearts, had it the whole way.  

I'm out in 29th, winning $25.59.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 29, 2005, 08:19:23 AM
How about this for a poker weekend?

The Mrs. sits for the 9:40 $2 NLHE multi-table at Party Poker.  2500 entrants, $1,100 first prize.  After basically just surviving until she hit the money (at 220th place), she goes on a tear, basically daring people to call her all-ins.  She steals blind after blind with pocket pairs like 8's, 7's, and 5's... and with stuff like AJ and KQ.  Nobody calls her, and the rare times we see a flop, it usually hits and she wins that too.  She rides this wave all the way to 7th place before picking one bad time to go all-in with AJ offsuit (the only time she had gone all in after a small raise behind her, and he had QQ).  She finishes 7th and picks up $220!  It took until 3:30 in the morning to make it that far, but it was worth it!

Very next night, she's away at a neighborhood function... I enter the nightly 6:50 freeroll that pays $500 for first.  1000 entrants... I am also struggling to make the money (which is top 30 in this event).  I get 99 in early position with 33 people left, and taking a cue from the Mrs., I go all in.  I get a call from the button, and he's got QQ.... board comes K-2-7-2-9... and the river 9 propels me into the top 10 in chips!  I try to bully a couple more people off the table, but they luck into their hands against me.  I make it to the final table.  Finally, with one person gone and holding Ad-8d, the SB tries to steal from me.  I call the all-in (the SB had slightly more chips than me).... and sure enough, SB had 6c-10h.  Unfortunately for me, the board comes with 4 hearts, and I lose to the flush.  By all rights though, I should've been dead with the 9's just out of the money, so I grab my 9th place take of $75 and quietly head to bed at 10:30.

Then, as if to pay me back, I go all in during the $30 speed tourney yesterday afternoon with pocket 10's, and I lose to pocket 5's when a 5 hits the turn.  Win some, lose some.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 29, 2005, 10:07:37 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
Then, as if to pay me back, I go all in during the $30 speed tourney yesterday afternoon with pocket 10's, and I lose to pocket 5's when a 5 hits the turn.  Win some, lose some.

Isn't it uncanny how that works? I had a good night Saturday playing "real" poker (which I usually do worse at than online), so, flush with success, I fire up the computer last night. After getting my ass handed to me in back-to-back sit 'n goes, I decide I should just walk away.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 29, 2005, 12:59:11 PM
Today's action, I sit in a $10 multi-table NLHE tourney... 490 players, top 50 pay.  I build up enough of a chip stack to pretty much coast into the money, despite losing once with AA v. KK when a King hit the turn... then, after the money is made, I go all-in with AK of hearts just before the button, my first legitimate hand in an hour... the BB calls me with KQ offsuit, and he has slightly less money than I do.  He flops a Queen and my Ace never hits, effectively ending my tourney.

Buy in was $11, I won $26.95 for 42nd place out of 490, net of $15.95.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 29, 2005, 01:06:03 PM
Maybe we are actually getting better!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 29, 2005, 01:13:23 PM
Maybe.  Or maybe we're on a lucky streak.  I hope it's the 1st reason and not the 2nd.  With all of the crazies at Party Poker, it's almost just a matter of biding your time and waiting for the big hands early, then not taking any bad beats later on.  

It's not quite that easy, but the last couple of tourneys I have played in I have been able to pick up a couple of hands early that people were willing to call me on to collect some chips, then I've tightened up, kept slowly building my stack until the money was near, then got REALLY tight until the money came, then stayed tight when everyone else seemed relieved that the money had come and started going a bit berzerk.

I guess a good time to make some money is when people have tightened up when the money is near, but I'm not a good enough bluffer to take advantage of others' tightness.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 30, 2005, 08:18:27 AM
Alright, the Mrs. is really starting to piss me off.

First it was let's win $220 in a $2 tournament while you're winning a measly $15.

Then, I win $75 in the 1,000 player freeroll by finishing 9th.

As if to thumb her nose at me, last night, she finishes 8th in the same freeroll, winning $100.

She could've gone even higher, but lost defending her blind... the giant stack on the button raised her small blind the minimum, to 30,000.  The Mrs. only had 36,000 left, including the blind out there, so she goes all in with As-9s.  BB folds, and the button has no choice but to call 6,000 more chips, and he has 5-9 offsuit.  Sadly, and maddeningly, he hits a 5 on the flop and no Ace comes to knock the Mrs. out in 8th.  If not for that one card, I think she could've finished at least 3rd or 4th, which would've been at least $200.  A win on that hand would've put her in 3rd with about 75,000 chips, while the 2 big stacks at the table both had about 300,000 chips.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 30, 2005, 08:26:27 AM
So....I'm thinking the next poker night should have a tournament table. What do you all think?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 30, 2005, 01:35:38 PM
I bet you do. :D
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 30, 2005, 03:51:08 PM
I entered a $20 sit & go ($2 fee) this afternoon and crapped out at like 5th place or something.

Later I decided to enter a $30 sit & go ($3 fee). After some hard work I finished in 1st place!!!! $150 dollars!!!!

This morning I had $400.57 in my poker account. Now I have $495.57. I'm starting to dream about making a career of this.  ;)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 31, 2005, 04:07:41 PM
Now the Mrs. has $545 thanks to placing 3rd in a $50+$5 sit 'n go.

I, on the other hand, have hit $85 thanks to some poor $10+$1 sit 'n go play.  Those little fuckers just won't let go of their chips when it gets down to 4 or 5, and I just am unable to make it past them lately.  Just now I was in a $10 one, and I had the commanding chip lead going to heads up... then some guy beats me with KJ v. A-10 and everyone's pretty much all even.  I just couldn't make it back after that and finished 3rd, which is only a net of $9, compared to first place netting $39.  Earlier today, I had a good lead until I crapped out on consecutive hands with A-9 and A-10, both times against Ace-4.  Lost both fuckin' times... once to a pair of 4's, the other to a straight.  I mean, what can you do?  Except take your lumps and look like a complete fucking tool for being unable to keep above $100 in your account.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 31, 2005, 04:11:03 PM
I was down to around $40 this time last week. You're just going through a losing streak. You're going to make a come back.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on August 31, 2005, 05:04:13 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
I mean, what can you do?  Except take your lumps and look like a complete fucking tool for being unable to keep above $100 in your account.


I think you forgot option (3), "sit back, play X-Box, and live large off the fat cash the Mrs. is raking in."
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 31, 2005, 05:47:29 PM
this is sort of interesting... a couple of months ago i was asked to take part in a survey of online poker players, which was for a psychology thesis paper the dude was writing. i just got the results of the survey and i'll paste them here... along with the final line where he says that I am "at risk" for a gambling problem.

the good news is that the vast majority of respondents believe they "have an edge" over their competition. that means the average player thinks he's above average, which means if you really are above average you stand to make a lot of cash.

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I received almost 1000 submissions from real money players from around the world.
95% were male
38% were under 25, and 61% under 30
93% were White
51% were American, 24% British / Irish, 7% Scandinavian, 7% other European, 6% Canadian, 4% other
Only 15% had not been to college or university
80% were in employment of some kind
43% had been playing for less than 1 year
36% played daily, a further 56% played several times per week
Time spent playing per session - 2 hours or less 28%, 3 hours 27%, 4 hours, 20%, 5 hours and more 24%
Only 9% did not sometimes play for longer than they intended to
19% had played at work (8% did so regularly), and 78% late into the night
Over half the players had real money accounts with at least 3 sites
The vast majority of players played cash, sit n gos, and multi table tournaments
42% of cash players played at only 1 table at a time, 31% at 2, 14 at 3, 13% 4 or more
The most popular category of buy in at cash tables (all simultaneous ones) was $100-$299
The majority of players bet more currently than they did 6 months ago
Only a small number of players bet more than they intended to
84% of players claimed to be up money in an average month (youíre a bunch of liars J)
25% claimed to be up $5,000 or more in an average month
Motivations for playing -
You all pretty much play to win money, for the challenge, and for fun
26% played to forget problems at least sometimes,  79% played to relieve boredom at least sometimes, 24% to relieve stress at least sometimes, and 28% to relieve loneliness / isolation at least sometimes
61% ranked winning money as the main motivation for playing
41% did not consider their online poker playing to be gambling
Knowledge of poker odds-
Not at all   1%
A little bit  13%
Quite well  42%
Very well  44%
In rating oneself for skill from 1-10 only 14% gave themselves a rating of 5 or under, 7 was the most popular with 32%, 23% said 8, and 10% said 9 or 10
89% of players thought that they had an advantage over other players
When I asked why, most players said because they play by the odds, or were patient or unemotional
78% of players thought that they would win a lot of money playing in the future
As for what caused their playing, only 30% had a real life poker background, and 21% started playing because of watching poker on TV
85% rated poker as being at least somewhat important to their life
Players engaged in very little other gambling activity, and did not engage in computer games excessively, although a third of players did say that online poker had replaced their computer game playing
Some substance use in past year-
Smoked 47%,  alcohol 86%, cannabis 29%, cocaine 8%
Out of 10 possible substances 9% had used none, 37% used 1, 27% used 2, 17% used 3, 10% more than 3
8% had been diagnosed with a psychiatric illness, 5% had sought help for an addiction, and 16% had sought counselling or therapy for a problem other than addiction

Problem gambling with online poker -
The measure I used to assess this is called the Canadian Problem Gambling Index, and it contains 9 items, it scores from 0 to 27 and has 4 categories (5 technically but 1 of them is non-gambler which, notwithstanding those who donít consider it gambling, doesnít really apply here). This is a validated measure of problem gambling in the general population.
The following is a description of the categories taken from the user manual (Ferris & Wynne, 2001)

Non-problem gambling: Score of 0 on the CPGI.
Respondents in this group will have responded "never" to most of the indicators of behavioural problems, although there may well be a frequent gambler with heavy involvement in terms of time and money. The "professional" gambler would fit into this category. This group probably will not have experienced any adverse consequences of gambling, nor will they agree with the distorted cognition items. Again, the information on correlates here is important for comparative purposes, and would be particularly useful in long-term tracking.

At risk gamblers: Score of 1 or 2
Respondents in this group will have responded "never" to most of the
indicators of behavioural problems, but will have one or more sometimes or more often
responses. Gamblers may be at risk if they are heavily involved in gambling and if they
respond positively to at least two of the correlates of problem gambling. This group likely
will not have experienced any adverse consequences from gambling.

Moderate problem gamblers: Score between 3 and 7
Respondents in this group will have responded "never"
to most of the indicators of behavioural problems, but will have one or more "most of the
time" or "always" responses. Gamblers may be at risk if they are heavily involved in
gambling and if they respond positively to three or four of the correlates of problem
gambling. This group may or may not have experienced adverse consequences from
gambling

Severe problem gamblers: Score of 8 or more
Respondents in this group are those who have experienced
adverse consequences from their gambling, and may have lost control of their behaviour.
Involvement in gambling can be at any level, but is likely to be heavy. This group is more
likely to endorse the cognitive distortion items. The correlates may be useful here in
profiling capacity, as we would anticipate that this group would respond positively to more
of the correlates than members of other groups, on average.

I should point out that these categories are not the only ones which have been used with the CPGI. More conservatively titled categories have also been used with ďat riskĒ being ďlow riskď, ďmoderate problemĒ being ďhigh riskď, and ďsevere problemĒ being ďproblemď.

Results from the study:
Non problem     11%
At risk                38%
Moderate problem  41%
Severe problem   10%

This is the category which you fell into: At Risk
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on September 01, 2005, 11:18:30 AM
Speaking of problem gambling, I hit ye olde Belterra Casino yesterday after work.  It had been a rough day, and I hate taking out frustrations on loved ones, so I decided to take them out on some chumps at the poker table.  It was great!  I played 3-6, because it had seats available, and it turned out I was seated at a table full of people who were not only insanely loose, but also completely passive.  Just the sort of folks that the book Marlowe got me* teaches you to punish in a low limit game.  I only really lost one pot that I saw through to the finish, and that was when someone made a boat on the river to beat my flopped straight (I had KJ, he had QT, and picked up a third T). Still finished considerably on the plus side, though (it's always fun when you have to ask them to bring you an extra rack).  

So I guess what I'm saying is, I'm buying a few drinks tonight.


* Thanks, dude.  You're all right.  Sorry about accusing you of having no manual transmission skillz.
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Post by: clemsonfan on September 01, 2005, 11:23:52 AM
Woo Hoo! That's great ldiddy!



BTW, which book is it? I could use more help becoming more aggressive.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on September 01, 2005, 11:27:57 AM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
BTW, which book is it? I could use more help becoming more aggressive.


Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big With Expert Play (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1880685329/qid=1125588279/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-2080708-0846406?v=glance&s=books), by Ed Miller, David Sklansky, and Mason Malmuth.  It focuses exclusively on low limit games, which (as I learned), require an entirely different style than an NL tournament game.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on September 01, 2005, 11:40:40 AM
Note: This is not to say that the methods in the book are infallable.  The fact that I made money last night is at least partially (and, more likely, mostly) due to the cards I was picking up.  75% of my hands were either obvious folding hands or obvious raising hands (and the flop hit my raising hands more than it should have).  Sometimes lady luck gives you the royal treatment.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 01, 2005, 03:12:40 PM
Well, my winning streak is over. I just finished in 5th place in a $30+$3 sit & go. :(

I also crapped out in a $1.00 tourney last night. Now I have $506.57 in my poker account.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 01, 2005, 03:15:14 PM
Every GOD DAMN time I decide to make my stand in a multi-table tourney, someone's got Aces or Kings.  Every motherfucking time.  I'm so sick and tired of it.  Every time anyone else raises, they get a fold.  I raise, I get fucking Aces pushed at me.  Jesus.

Carry on.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 01, 2005, 05:58:02 PM
butter, they call that "circling the drain"... ie, the feeling of despair and helplessness you have when you're in the midst of a bad streak where nothing goes right. a shitty feeling that we've all gone through.

just take a week off and you'll come back next week feeling so good you'll practically be abel to read everyone's cards.

here's a good snippet from an  article i recently read that hopefully will keep things in perspective:

Quote

It all comes down to EV

To truly evaluate your play you need to treat every play you make, every game you play in, every session as having an expected value. One of the hardest laws of poker for a player to accept is that if every decision you made has a positive expected value, then no matter what the results say at the end of the session, you made money in the long run.

Here's an example to explain this further. Jim is a proven winner over many years in his local B&M. His EV in the $30-$60 game is 1 big bet per hour. Mark is a proven winner over 200,000 hands in the $15-$30 games online. His EV in this game is 2.5 big bets per 100 hands. Jim and Mark both decide to play a session. Jim plays for 8 hours and ends his session +$1,000. Mark plays 1,000 hands and ends his session -$200. How much did Jim and Mark each theoretically make during their sessions? The answer is that Jim theoretically made $480 or 8 big bets, and Mark theoretically made $750 or 25 big bets. This is so because Jim and Mark are both proven players. In the long run, Jim will still average 1 big bet per hour and Mark will still average 2.5 big bets per 100 hands.

So when playing a session, don't worry about the end result of it; just treat every session as an expected value. If you're playing your top game at all times, this is what you expect to achieve over the long run.

Developing the skill of self-evaluation of your gameswill allow you to take a more honest and accurate look at your game as a whole. Once you own this skill, you will be able to examine a big winning session and see holes that you need to plug. You will be able to have a losing session, but know that you played your best game and that you just ran poorly, and be truly happy with the results of that session. Most importantly, you will learn to view your whole game as one long session in which the inevitable outcome is determined by your EV.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 01, 2005, 06:00:02 PM
Quote from: "l.diddy"

So I guess what I'm saying is, I'm buying a few drinks tonight.

dude, you're the man. i may go back to my local casino and play tomorrow even though every time i do the donks there drive me nuts (yeah maybe i do have a problem). i think i'm gonna play the $10/20 table to get a slightly less shitty calibre of players.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 07, 2005, 11:30:54 AM
Now, every time I raise, I get called by at least 1, if not more people and I never hit the flop.  I couldn't tell you how many times I've raised lately with AK and hit absolutely dick.  I've tried raising more, doesn't work... I've tried staying in the hand and betting even after the rags flop, but it's not working.

NOTHING I'm doing is working.  Absolutely nothing.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on September 07, 2005, 11:49:59 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
Now, every time I raise, I get called by at least 1, if not more people and I never hit the flop.  I couldn't tell you how many times I've raised lately with AK and hit absolutely dick.  I've tried raising more, doesn't work... I've tried staying in the hand and betting even after the rags flop, but it's not working.

NOTHING I'm doing is working.  Absolutely nothing.



I know the feeling.  I've gone from about $150-160 down to $90 over the past couple of weeks.  I haven't played much lately because I was getting sick and tired of it.  I've been getting dealt shitty starting hands, not hitting anything when I get a decent one and losing to bigger hands when I play a hand through.  

I played a little last night and actually finished up somewhere around $15, so maybe I'll get back on another good streak...  or maybe I'll just withdraw my money and buy something nice   :lol

Sorry, I don't have any advice, though...  just stick with it and try to minimize the losses until things pick up.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 07, 2005, 03:44:45 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
I couldn't tell you how many times I've raised lately with AK and hit absolutely dick.

AK = anna kournikova... looks great, but plays like shit
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 07, 2005, 03:50:00 PM
Quote from: "Marlowe"
Quote from: "Butter"
I couldn't tell you how many times I've raised lately with AK and hit absolutely dick.

AK = anna kournikova... looks great, but plays like shit



TJ Cloutier and I agree with you.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on September 07, 2005, 04:16:48 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
Quote from: "Marlowe"
Quote from: "Butter"
I couldn't tell you how many times I've raised lately with AK and hit absolutely dick.

AK = anna kournikova... looks great, but plays like shit



TJ Cloutier and I agree with you.


 :lol   That's awesome!!!

I didn't read enough of it before having to return it to the library, but Doyle Brunson had an interesting take on AK.  He said he almost prefers it over AA or KK because if you make a hand with it, in many cases you've essentially removed a card for your opponents.  I think he meant something like if you have AK and your opponent is on a draw (say 8-9 suited) and you hit either A or K, then your opponent has to get their straight from the other 4 cards.  If you had pocket pairs, though, then all 5 cards could be in play for the opponent.  Of course, like everything, there are tons of exceptions...  if your opponents' draw includes A/K, or flush draws, etc.  In any case, it was an interesting way of looking at things.

I always find the way people see things, like this, interesting.  I heard a guy the other day who likes to play 10-J more than others because he said it's the only starting hand that can form 2 nut straights.

I just got Harrington's book on tourneys last night.  Hopefully I'll have time to read it, unlike Super System 2, before it's due back!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 07, 2005, 05:56:14 PM
speaking of AK, when l.did, four & i went to belterra a couple of months ago, that arsehole four had AK and totally river-ratted me with an Ace on the river. i wanted to jump over the table and kill him for hanging on and sucking out on me.

JT suited is perhaps my favorite starting hand. It just draws so many great hands, especially when you have 4 people in the pot.

mcfly, did you get both I & II by harrington, or just the first one? you'll have to let me know what you think, and you really need to get both volumes. he's actually gonna come out with a Volume III early next year, which is nothing but poker problems. i love poker problems... the best book i have in that regard is "middle limit holdem" by Bob Caffione. since i still can't play online poker because my stuff is on the slowest boat they could find, i mostly get my poker fix by reading & thinking about poker problems.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on September 07, 2005, 09:25:39 PM
Dammit, Sean, you convinced me to play a quick game before my guests got here to watch the soccer match at 10:00. Hopefully I can finish it by then.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 08, 2005, 07:59:54 AM
The Mrs. does it again... entering a $30+3 multi-table NLHE tourney, and finishing 51st out of 1170, to win $99.50 or something like that.  Final hand was kind of anticlimactic though, she had 36o in the BB, and the flop was 2-4-3... the Mrs. immediately goes all-in, and I immediately say "I wouldn't have done that"... she gets a caller with pocket 5's.... then the turn card makes her look like a freakin' genius, another 3.  Sadly, the tables turned on the river with an Ace to give 55 a straight, and she went out in 51st.  Just one away from a $25 bump in money too.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 08, 2005, 08:24:49 AM
I've had a crappy poker week besides that tourney last night though.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on September 08, 2005, 09:20:12 AM
Quote from: "Marlowe"
mcfly, did you get both I & II by harrington, or just the first one?


For now, I just checked out Volume 1.  Hopefully I'll have time to read it before it's due back, but history says I won't get very far with it.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 09, 2005, 03:47:06 PM
Yay! I just came in 1st at a $20 sit & go!

The only down side was I had to put up with a guy hitting on me. I even told him I'm married and that still didn't stop him. WTF?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 09, 2005, 03:48:26 PM
You must've been sitting in one of the ho seats.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Juliana on September 09, 2005, 04:05:08 PM
What???  A guy on the internet being a perv?  NO freaking way.
He probably liked it more that you were married.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 09, 2005, 04:07:56 PM
Yeah, I think it spurred him on more when I told him I was married.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on September 09, 2005, 05:01:25 PM
Quote from: "Juliana"
What???  A guy on the internet being a perv?  NO freaking way.


Coming soon to a random quote box at the top of a web page near you.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 09, 2005, 06:01:33 PM
okay, i couldn't take it anymore....

so, i installed pokerstars on my work pc and played last night from home. my plan is to play on the weekend and then uninstall it sunday night. the pressure was just too much, man -- i couldn't take it!

so, i played three sit & goes at my favorite buyin ($35 buy-in, 6-man table)... won two of them and came in 2nd in the other one for a cool $235 net profit.

damn, it's good to be back!

----------------
clemson, there is nothing seXXXier than a chick with mad poker skillz, so don't act so surprised!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 09, 2005, 07:05:52 PM
Thanks Marlowe!

That's awesome that you made so much in 3 sit & goes!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 09, 2005, 08:15:25 PM
thanks! make that 5 -- i played another this morning and won it for another $100 and then did it again for good measure this afternoon. every time i take a break from poker i come back playing really well.i need to be better at scheduling my play 'cause i think it's easy to fall into a playing rut when i play several days in a row...
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 10, 2005, 08:06:13 AM
I played a $30 + 3 mulit table tournament last night. I placed 49th out of 1100 and won about $130. I got knocked out when I went all in with AQ and the big stack called me with Q4. He hit a 4.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 18, 2005, 06:27:05 AM
booooooooo-yaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i had my best. day. evah. in poker today.

i was feeling a little low today 'cause four & l.diddy were playing in a tournament today in cincy and i was missing out on the rat-pack fun... (4 came in 5th, by the way, so i am proud that the torch lives on, since i came in 2nd in the same tourney a couple of months back. great job mate!)

so, to combat my ennui, i entered a $7 satellite-to-a-satellite in the world championships of online poker (wcoop) that's going on at poker stars at the moment. out of 165 entrants, 36 got entries into a satellite to the main event. i came in 2nd and got into the satellite, which was a $109 buy in to get a seat in the $2500 main event

there were about 80 entrants into this satellite, with the top 2 places getting a seat and places #3-10 paying out $300 each.

and... i am completely fucking stunned and shocked to say that i came in 1st!!!  so i have an entry into a $2500 buy-in tournament!!!!!

seriously, i can't fucking believe it. when it got down to the final table i was 7th out of 9, which is a really bad position to be in. but on the other hand, it's somewhat liberating because you have no choice but to push your chips in with the first decent hand you get and just hope for the best.

so, i picked up my favorite hand, JTsuited, and pushed 'em in and ended up with two callers & hit a straight on the turn to move up into 3rd place.

from there it was a matter of picking my moments, pushing the edges when i got 'em and getting lucky. when it got down to 3 i have to admit that my heart was beating like a motherfucker and i was biting my fingernails down to the quick. so i guess it's good i was online instead of live 'cause if i were live they would've smelled the fear on me. but, i finished FIRST, bee-yatches.

so now i have a choice to make... the tourney is monday and i can either take off work (or say i'm "working virtual"), OR i can 'unregister' from the tourney and take the $2500. there are about 700 entrants and it pays roughly the top 10% of players. fuck, i don't know what to do. i mean $2500 is a lot of scratch, but how many chances in life will i get to be in a tournament with a guaranteed prize-pool of $2.5 million dollars? that's TWO POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS! right now i'm 357x up on my initial investment of $7 (7x357 = 2500) so it's a fucking tough choice man.

i have some thinking to do.

edited to add: this will probably sound completely retarded, but i will leave my fate up to my Bengals. if they beat the vikings i will play, and if they lose i will take the money. hey, there are a lot worse ways to make a tough decision, so respect!

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Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 18, 2005, 03:56:38 PM
That's awesome Marlowe! Looks like you'll be playing in that tourney since the Bengals are winning!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on September 18, 2005, 08:58:41 PM
And how!

Roll up your competition on Monday like the Bengals rolled up the Vikes. Good luck!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 19, 2005, 12:26:26 AM
meh

i had a meeting this morning that i couldn't re-schedule, so i took the cash.

one thing that bugs me is that i can only use the $$ on pokerstars, meaning i can't cash it out. but, there are websites where you can buy and sell w$, or on ebay, so if i want i can get all or part of it indirectly. what i'll probably do, though,  is use it as a kitty to enter tourneys, and see what happens.

i have a thirst, though -- i want to play in some of these big tournaments and  the satellite system is the way to get into them. what i really want to do is enter a 'real' live world poker tour event one day. my plan is to go to the foxwoods in CT or one of the venues a few days ahead of time and enter one or a few of the satellites and see if i can get into the main draw. yesterday's $7 parlay gives me confidence that i'd have a decent shot at it.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: McSuperFly on September 19, 2005, 08:53:13 AM
WOW!!!!  That's awesome!!!!  Congrats!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Fourthisto on September 19, 2005, 07:47:20 PM
WOW!!! Congrats man, I know this is just the first of many, bro. Meet you in the winners circle. I'll be the one with the larger check. ;)

Quote from: "Marlowe"
speaking of AK, when l.did, four & i went to belterra a couple of months ago, that arsehole four had AK and totally river-ratted me with an Ace on the river. i wanted to jump over the table and kill him for hanging on and sucking out on me.


AHahha!!! Good times, good times. :)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 21, 2005, 04:03:44 PM
I ran my Poker Champs money down to under $50 from a high of $160 in an attempt to become Omaha master.

But since I've blown all but $1.23 of my Party Poker money, I'm back on the Champs bandwagon this week.

And I've cashed in 3 of 6 multi-table tourneys this week, as well as the Mrs. and I cashing in 2 of 4 $2 + .20 sit 'n go's, with a 1st place and a 2nd place to our credit.  And I just finished up a session of .25/.50 limit hold 'em, making $10 over 2 tables in less than a half an hour, even after losing a hand with KK.  I'm smack dab on $80, after starting Monday with around $47.

Maybe I'm not as bad as I thought, or Party Poker taught me just how crazy internet poker can be.  Or maybe I'm just back on a run of luck again.  Who knows.  I wish Poker Champs had some higher paying multi-table tournaments, but freerollers can't be choosers.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 22, 2005, 02:52:09 PM
Another good morning... I crapped out of $1 and $2 multi-table tournaments before the money (JJ vs. AA, and AK v. a pair).

But, I made $15 at .25/.50 limit hold 'em alone, without ever holding a big pre-flop hand (besides suited AK once) in 45 minutes of action.  AND I made $5 at .05/.10 pot limit Omaha by flopping Quads twice in a similar 45 minute session.  Once I had 66 among my 4 cards in the blind and the flop was 6-x-6.  The other time, it was AA in my hand when the flop came A-K-A.  Neither time could I draw any significant action, though I think I beat flushes each time at the end.  I had to check each hand all the way to the river before getting any action either time, and the final time a potential royal flush was on the board (A-K-Q of hearts).  But, I raised about $2 on the river each time to a prior bettor, and was called each time to make it somewhat productive.

Overall, I started with $79, got down to $76 after the 2 tourneys, but got back to $95 after the ring game action.  I'm on a nice little ring game roll right now.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 23, 2005, 11:55:06 AM
I lose out in 16th of 60 in a multi-table $2 tourney, as my 56 of spades loses to 77 on a board of 5-6-7.  Just 7 places short of the money.

Fortunately for me, I played a .25/.50 limit hold 'em table concurrently with that tourney, and made nearly $11 in about 90 minutes of play.  

So, my poker champs money is up to around $104 now.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on September 23, 2005, 11:57:08 AM
This afternoon will be sit & go time for me at Poker Champs.

Tonight, however, will be all about Party Poker!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 30, 2005, 10:06:38 PM
one thing about playing sit & goes a lot i've noticed, is that your bankroll really fluctuates. when you're on a nice run you rake it in, but then when you go on a streak of 5 out-of-moneys in a row or whatever, it sort of hurts to see your bankroll declining. my favorite s&g on stars is the 6-person $38 buy-in, which will net you $100 if you win and $38 if you come in 2nd. i managed to win my last two to get me back up, but i had a pretty bad run there for a while. i use a tracker on cardplayer.com to keep track of how often i win and my in-the-money rate is about 50%, but the standard deviation is pretty wide. that's why i think it's good to track your stats because it makes your bad-runs easier to take if your long-term win-rate still holds..

the other thing i've noticed is that i really need to stop playing whilst i'm drunk.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Fourthisto on November 28, 2005, 09:31:12 PM
In case anyone would be interested in coming to this with (or without) me:

Alright, people (especially Seattle and the usual gamblin' fools!), I was just alerted about this the other day:

http://www.checkbets.com/

Saturday December 3, 2005   
Community Services West 501 (c)(3) Texas Hold 'Em Tournament

2 Qualifying Sessions at 12:00 Noon and 3:30
Finals at 7:30 pm

Charity: Community Services West 501 (c)(3)
Location:
Whitewater Township Community Building
6336 State Rt. 128
Miamitown, OH 45041

Tournament Details:
$100 Buy-In, NO RE-BUYS! (nice!)
20% from each qualifier advance to finals
Half of all money pays out to Top 8 (Final Table)
Live Action Starts 30 Minutes After Each Session
Blinds start at 25/50 and move up every 15 minutes
$3,000 starting chip count


Its free to reserve your spot, you just pay at the door! Anyone else interested in this, we can drive together or some junk. Im not even really sure where Miamitown is.

Let's gamble!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 02, 2005, 09:08:46 AM
Sounds fun, but $100 is my grocery budget for next week.  I can't do it.  But my mom could.  But that's a different story.

PartyPoker has now added blackjack... and they added $25 to my $1.63 account (provided I play 250 raked hands by the 28th).  So, I tried to run it up a bit playing blackjack, and won $5 in 10 minutes.  An interesting development.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on December 19, 2005, 01:59:03 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
PartyPoker has now added blackjack... and they added $25 to my $1.63 account (provided I play 250 raked hands by the 28th).  So, I tried to run it up a bit playing blackjack, and won $5 in 10 minutes.  An interesting development.


Jerks only added 10 bucks to mine.  I ran it up to 38 by virtue of winning/placing in some $5 sit and gos.  Then knocked it down to 28 by finishing fourth, just out of the money, in a $10 sit and go.  Running into AA is bad enough when you're all in with KK from the little stack.  Bastages had to go and add insult to injury by putting an ace on the board, too.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on December 19, 2005, 02:02:55 PM
They added $50 to my account. I'm trying to play my 500 hands before we leave on Thursday night.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on December 19, 2005, 02:04:42 PM
I'll look for you online tonight.  You're clemsonfan on there, too, right?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on December 19, 2005, 02:10:10 PM
clemsonfan76
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 31, 2006, 10:26:21 AM
So, I've been screwing off with Blackjack at Party Poker... and doing OK at it.  Won nearly $70 the other day... was down as much as $50 today before coming back and making $10... then sinking a big $2 of profits into the 9:45 $2 tourney, since today figures to be a quiet one upstairs.

So, a 1/2 hour in, and I have busted several people with various hands... holding QQ I flopped QQ and was able to sucker someone into going all-in (some people are stupid early on... he had Ace-high only)... later, I raised early with KK, and suckered a big stack to go all in with Q-J on a Queen-high board, and knocked them out.  Still later, I took a flier and called a minimum raise out of the SB with 78o... then the flop was 9-6-5 rainbow, and I busted some other guy who has an overpair....

I am currently in 2nd in the tourney, with around 20K chips, but just lost about 2500 chips in a hand where I flopped trips, and bet them all the way to the river, but got called all-in and re-raised on the river when the river made 3 diamonds... I wisely folded to save myself another 3k in chips to a made Queen high flush.

I think I'm going to cash in this one, just need to make the top 60 out of around 580 starters.  I'll let you know what happens.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 31, 2006, 10:38:01 AM
I should note that I'm actually playing this under The Mrs. screen name, because I kinda blew all my free PP money, while she has wisely guided it to around $350... and despite my best efforts at gambling it all away at blackjack, she's still got around $350.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 31, 2006, 11:51:48 AM
I know you're excited.  I can tell.

I continue to be in 2nd place, with 97 people now left.  Payouts start at 70th place... but if I'm in this thing for 3 hours and only make $4, I won't be very happy.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 31, 2006, 12:23:52 PM
In the money, but fading fast.  Fuckers.

Lost with 44 up against A7 when a 7 hit... then I had top pair of Q's out of the SB, and called a much smaller chip stack who had KK... but those 2 hits, combined with the high blinds have knocked me down to middle of the road chip-wise.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on March 31, 2006, 12:29:06 PM
But at least you're in the money. And I'm assuming more than $4 now?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 31, 2006, 12:57:25 PM
Not much more yet.  It was only a $2 buy-in tourney.

But I have made it to the 3rd break (3+ hours), and sit in middling position out of the remaining 36.  I have guaranteed myself at least a whopping $6.74.

Sadly, the massive chip leader was just moved to my table.  Directly to my left, in fact.  Dammit.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on March 31, 2006, 01:04:06 PM
Hey, since this is a freeroll thread, check out the Tournament section of Party Poker (but in the "Qualifiers" category, not the "Freeroll" one.  There are WSOP Freeroll Qualifiers that run at various times throughout the week.  Essentially, you get a seat in a freeroll that's capped at 3500 entrants.  Finish in the top 50, and you win a seat in another 3500 person tournament that runs weekly (Saturdays at 4:30).  Finish in the top 20 Saturday, and you win a WSOP entry.  Pretty cool.  Although I played my ass off and finished somewhere in the 160's on one of the weeknight qualifiers (I was pleased with finishing well, except I got nothing for it, same as the guy who finished in 3500th place*).  It would be an incredible long shot to actually win a seat, but it is fun, as it gives you a little something more to play for than a usual freeroll.  


*Play in one of these, and the phenomenal douchebaggery of some of the participants will make my finish seem even less impressive.  I saw people cold call all ins preflop with, say, Q-junk offsuit.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 31, 2006, 01:23:31 PM
Finish 30th.  

Final hand, I had K7h in the SB, just called to the big stack who is BB.  I am left with 14,000, and there is 12k in the pot.  Flop is 7-J-4, I go all-in.  Big stack calls... she has 2-4.  I'm looking good until she rivers a 4, and I finish in 30th, just barely into the next prize "tier"... I pick up $7.96.

Oh well.  I had visions of top 5 for a while, but it just didn't work out.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on March 31, 2006, 02:10:59 PM
So, I spent 3 1/2 hours to net $5... then I come back from lunch, and win $50 at blackjack in literally 8 minutes.

Crazy!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on April 05, 2006, 09:05:37 PM
Okay, so I'm playing one of those aforemention WSOP Qualifiers this evening.  We started with 3500, and there are now 267 of us left.  50 make the cut for the Saturday tournament that nets 10 WSOP entries.  I'm alive, but have 26710 chips (about 10 grand below average), and the big stack is 209K.  So I need to get moving, and soon.  Blinds will be 600/1200 when we resume, with an ante of 50.

I had right around 50K chips a little while ago, but then misinterpreted someone pushing all in as pre-flop pot-stealing, and called with my pocket tens.  Turns out I was up against Aces.  Oh, well, at least the person was cordial.

So I really need to get some decent cards here when we resume, as I need to add to my stack.  There are still a lot of people who need to be eliminated for me to make the top 50.  

Well, I'm off!  Just picked up 9T of hearts in early position, and laid it down.  I'll be back later to tell the story of my crushing defeat (or triumphant victory).
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Action Jim on April 05, 2006, 09:50:04 PM
Saved! (or so I thought)  Down to 149 players, and I was sitting UTG with just over 19K in chips, dreading the 2K big blind that was coming my way next hand, when I was suddenly moved to another table--one behind the button.  A few hands later, I picked up AKo, and came in for a 3X the BB raise.  I got one caller ("TiltedBill", who had over 140K chips). The flop came A69, with two diamonds (I had no diamonds).  The guy put out a bet that would push me all in, and I called instantly.  He turned over A8o, and no diamond either.

I was momentarily relieved.

Of course, the turn was an 8.  :(  So I went out in 142nd.  I've come to the conclusion that this is not that impressive.  I figure 1200 to 1500 people register for this thing and then don't play it (saw a few of those), and at least another 1000 or so just have no frickin' idea what's going on.  I think I finished in the top 50% of people who had a clue, though.  

Oh well.  If I'd won that hand, I would have had a shot at surviving to the top 50.  Perhaps I'll play another one here in a few weeks.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on April 06, 2006, 12:15:01 AM
dood -- i'm pretty impressed! with a field that large, once you get down to a certain # it begins to be a crapshoot. you can look at it as though you wasted a lot of time with an ultimately 'nothing' result, or you can feel good about getting in the final 5% of a huge-arsed field. i go with the latter.

action jim forever!!!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Fourthisto on April 19, 2006, 11:21:32 PM
Quote from: "Action Jim"
Hey, since this is a freeroll thread, check out the Tournament section of Party Poker (but in the "Qualifiers" category, not the "Freeroll" one.  There are WSOP Freeroll Qualifiers that run at various times throughout the week.  Essentially, you get a seat in a freeroll that's capped at 3500 entrants.  Finish in the top 50, and you win a seat in another 3500 person tournament that runs weekly (Saturdays at 4:30).


I like my odds better on FullTiltPoker.net's WSOP Freeroll qualifier tourneys, Im actually in one now (123rd place). 1800 people, and the final table (9) makes it to the next round at the end of the month (of 1800, i believe). And the top 20 from that 1800 make it in!

So that's .5% of a chance to get into the second round, and then 1.1% to make it in!

details, shmetails (http://www.fulltiltpoker.net/proGiveawayWSOPnet.php)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Fourthisto on April 20, 2006, 12:17:20 AM
Bah! I got up to 49th place with about a thousand left, but it was all downhill from there. Pocket Queens betrayed me, and then my last desperation jab with pocket 10s while short stacked (3000 chips when the tableleader had 12,000) was met with the leader having aces. Key-rap. Ah well, there will be more opportunities coming up!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on April 20, 2006, 10:02:53 AM
Quote from: "Fourthisto"
Pocket Queens betrayed me

Those bitches!!!
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on April 20, 2006, 04:15:37 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Quote from: "Fourthisto"
Pocket Queens betrayed me

Those bitches!!!

the ladies are fickle... either your best friend or your worst nightmare...
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Fourthisto on April 20, 2006, 05:47:53 PM
Quote from: "Marlowe"
Quote from: "Jonathan"

Those bitches!!!

the ladies are fickle... either your best friend or your worst nightmare...


Yep. Its just like mama said, never trust two dudes that have trained tigers.

Ah well, the freeroll entry tourneys are like once er twice a day, so there's another one right around the corner..... a seven and a half hour corner, that is....
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 20, 2006, 11:41:53 AM
Time to resurrect this thread.

Now that I can't play my soccer game at work, I need something to fill the in-between time... and there is plenty of that here.  As long as I keep getting told what a great job I'm doing and am offered multiple raises and bonuses every year, I'm going to think I'm doing ok.  Not to say that I'm doing nothing wrong... I realize this is not kosher on some level.... but as long as I am careful and don't get caught, we're cool.

Point is, I'm back to playing online poker during the day.  To bring you up to speed on where The Mrs. and I have been, poker-wise... we both collected a free $100 to play with at PartyPoker a while back.  I crapped out on mine, trying to play higher limits than my bankroll would support.  I tried to play $1/$2 and even $2/$4 limits at times, and as any regular player will tell you, there are going to be swings.  Problem was, when I had a prolonged swing downward, I ran out of money.

So, as you may remember, the Mrs. hit some big money in some tournies a while back.  "Big" being relative, but $200+ was pretty big to us.  She tried to keep playing, and make some money at sit 'n go's, but neither of us were good enough at those to regularly make money.  The Party Poker SNG's tend to be a crapshoot anyway, because they don't give you that many chips to start with, and the blinds go up fairly quickly.  So unless you build a large stack early, you end up pretty much being forced to gamble when there are 4-5 players left.  And in order to make money at SNG's, you pretty much have to win 1 of every 3 that you enter, or place in the top 3 2 out of every 3.  We weren't able to do that.

The money sat there for a long time... then one day, I discovered they had added blackjack to PartyPoker.  I made nearly $300 in one day, doubling our money to over $600.  It was an incredible run of luck.  But we actually wised up and withdrew $300, and used that money to buy ourselves Kings Island season passes this year.  It's a good thing we got that money out when we did, because shortly thereafter, I blew pretty much all the rest of it (save about $30) on blackjack.  I thought I was a wizard.  Turns out I just had a very, very good run, followed by a very, very bad run.  On the whole, I broke even.  But since we withdrew $300, and there was about $330 in there to begin with, The Mrs. account ended up with $30.

Last week, I went on there under my name, got a free $30, and promptly lost it on no-limit tables.  They then offered The Mrs. $40 free, and I took it.  So, we start now at PartyPoker with $70.

I won some money in a $2 tourney (about $6.50 or so) last week, then handed it back + some at no-limit.  I vowed, then, to stick to low $ tourneys and limit tables, since in order to keep the new $40, I had to play 400 raked hands in 10 days.  

I started today in The Mrs. account with $60.57.

Opened up 2 tables, a 10 seater and a 6 seater.  I noticed at other sites I had played at recently (also with free cash), that I do better at 6 seaters than at 10.  I like playing pots, and a short table lends itself to aggression moreso than a large table.  At those tables, you have to wait for big hands, and play them well.  At shorter tables, you can bluff successfully much more often, or ride out opponent's bluffs more often as well.

So, both tables I start with $25 at, leaving $10 in reserve.  

I start out raising with impunity at the tight 6 seat table, but soon enough the table adjusts to my aggression.  I start out up slightly, then trend slowly downward.  I take 2 big hits when my QQ is beaten by KK in a fairly large pot, then I have an AJ beaten by AQ.  Also, I lose with pocket Q's again when someone called a raise with A8o, and two 8's hit the flop.

The 10 seater isn't going well either.  I realized soon, though, that I was calling too much there, and perhaps being a bit too passive, not getting in value bets on the river for fear that an overcard had hit an opponent.

After about 1/2 hour, I was down over $20 total.  I had run the $60 to start to $37+.  Horrified, I started to panic a bit.  Instead of betting hard trying to make my money back, though, I stepped back and let myself fold around for an orbit.  I realize that I am just going through a bad run of cards and bad luck, and convince myself to stay around and that the cards will pick up... and that I will maximize the money out of those cards, and minimize the amount that I lose through bad cards.

Sure enough, at the 6 seater table, I start picking up pocket pairs.  I pick up 6 pairs within about 15 hands, and raise them all.  I win the majority of the hands, mostly thanks to the guy seated across the table from me, who pretty much calls down any hand he's involved in.  I got AA, KK, QQ, 77, 99, 22... I went from under $15 at this table alone to over $44 in about another hour's time.  I also notice that one of the players who had over $72 a little while ago, was now under $60, largely thanks to my nice rush.  The table breaks up shortly thereafter, and I end up with over $38 in my stack, meaning I made $13 for the 90 or so minutes of play.  They say that on these kind of limits, in order to make money, you should average winning 3-4 BB/hr.  I made over 13 BB in 90 minutes here, so that was nice.

At the 10 seater table, I start just playing better.  I fold a lot of hands that I would normally call with (QTs, J9o, and such marginal fluff).  This keeps me from speculating on flush draws and 2nd pairs that I end up losing with more often than not.  I pick up 77 in the cutoff, and raise.  I get 2 players, and the flop is 9-8-7, all clubs.  That's death for a hand like mine.  It looks like gold, but I need a board pair at this point, and I know it.  Still, I bet out and the 2 raisers call.  Turn is 3c.  Check-check again, I bet out and get raised.  There's your club flush.  River is 3d, and I river a full house.  We cap the betting there, and I make nearly all my money back on that one hand.  I have the misfortune of splitting 2 very good hands later on, but leave this table about $2 up... which is about 1.5 BB/hr... which is a good expectation at high levels, but probably not so great here.  But considering I had $11 at this table at one point, and finish with $26.75, I'll take it.

Finish: $75.67
+$15.10 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 20, 2006, 11:48:04 AM
So I'm doomed to being called "the Mrs." for the rest of my life? I kinda like Andrea.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 20, 2006, 11:50:19 AM
A lot of people don't like their real names used on the 'net.  I thought this was a humorous compromise.  I guess I am alone in that line of thinking.   :-(
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 20, 2006, 11:54:07 AM
Well, I am a bit of a feminist so it just seems a bit wrong for me to see myself being referred to as "the Mrs."
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 20, 2006, 01:32:39 PM
Party Poker
$2 Speed tournament (re-buys and add-ons supported)


I've only played in a couple of re-buy supported tourneys before, and certainly know that the playing is much looser in them... usually because people will just crap out and spend another $2 to buy back in during the first hour (during which you can re-buy an unlimited number of times).  I plan not to re-buy, and if I make it to the 2nd hour, I will use another $2 to add-on if I make it that far.  The blinds go up every 5 minutes in this tourney, and also each player only has 15 seconds to act.  

You start out with 3,000 chips, and the blinds open at 20/40.

Just as the blinds go from 20/40 to 30/60, I check an unraised pot with 3 players from the BB.  I have 3d4dÖ flop is 6-5-2 rainbow.  Small blind bets 350 into a 180 chip potÖ I smooth call, player to my left also calls, heís all-in.  River is an 8, putting a possible higher straight and a heart flush into playÖ I bet the pot size, and the SB foldsÖ all-in player flips up Kc6c, so I cinch this hand and bump from 2800 or so to 3856.  Guy that was all-in on this hand and lost simply re-buys.

11 minutes in, there are 902 entrants, and there have been nearly 900 rebuys.  

Blinds at level 3 (50/100), I get JTh, and call the 100 BB in middle position.  5 players, flop is AQ4, 2 diamonds, 1 heart.  I call a bet with a gutshot and a backdoor flush possibility, and we have 4 players continuing to the turn.  Turn and river bring JK of spades, turn was checked all the way around, and I end up with the nutsÖ with a 10.  I bet 600 on the river, and get no callersÖ I move up to 4556, 4th place at the tableÖ and thatís without add-ons.  

Less than 20 minutes in, and some crazy MFer at Table 10 has 86,000 chips.  Heís increased his stack by 3,000%.  That table must be chock full of crazy re-buyers.  I am at the opposite end of the spectrum at my table, with about 2 or 3 crazy players who will re-buy nearly every hand if they get anything halfway decent.

3 players get knocked out at around the Ĺ hour mark when someone holding AA slow-plays them, and knocks out 3 players who get into a crazy raising war pre-flop with rags like A4 and J9.   I get moved to a new tableÖ just ahead of the blinds, which are about to increase to 300/600.  I have 3956.  I get 58 in the BB, and fold to a raiseÖ down to 3,356.  SB, I get 39o, and fold it.  3,056 now.  I need to pick up a hand before the blinds swing back around to me.  The next 2 hands, I get 39o, making it 3 hands in a row.  Awesome.

I see now why itís so crazyÖ at this point, you pretty much have to move in with any pair, any decent Ace, or any 2 face cards if you havenít built up to at least 10k.  I get stuff like 25s and J4 while watching the blinds of 400/800 + 25 ante roll towards me.  

I get AJo in early position and move in.  I get a caller with 99Ö I flop an Ace and a Jack, and move up to 7,487.  

A9c UTG, but I fold.  Probably shouldíve gone for it, especially when the flop comes 9-3-2.

AKo in the BBÖ hereís another all-in hand.  I get 2 callers, and win with my AK against AT and A7 when they get no help.  Iím up to 23,736.  Blinds move up to 600/1200 + 50.  Tourney is down to

99 in the cutoff.  I call 800, and call an all-in of about 4,000 moreÖ and lose to KK.  19,012 now.

JTo I would normally play in late position, but not here.  Flop is 9-Q-K, and I want to cry.  I wouldíve tripled to over 60,000, and busted AA in the process.  

Iím in the blinds again, and fold A2o to a large raise.  I get cute with 33, and fold to a big bet, dropping me to 13,144.

The prize pool on this thing looks like itís going to near $10,000Ö with just 900 starters in a $2 tourney, thatís a monster.  Iíd love to make the money, but itís going to be nearly impossible unless I catch some cards before the 1 hour break, when the rebuys stop.  Blinds move up to 1000/2000 + 75.

Looks like my table will be broken up before the blinds hit me againÖ Iím at table 52 with 530 or so players left, and 4 more players to get through before the blinds come.  I get 77, and fold.  Middle pairs are losing propositions against these crazies.  Again, I wouldíve won that hand, AQ v. 33, and the highest card that hit was a J.  DAMMIT.

I get moved to table 23, just ahead of the blinds.  BB, I get K2o.  Fold.  Down to 10,769.  K5 v. AQ, and I wouldíve split.  Double damn.  SB, I get A4o.  Fold to an all-in.  Players on this hand actually made a flush that wouldíve beat me.  So for once I donít feel so bad about folding a marginal hand.  

Iím at 9,619, with 75 antes right nowÖ again, Iím looking to double (or triple as the case may be).  25o, fold.  Wouldíve made a straight as A-3-4 hit through the river.  

33 comes, I fold as 2 people call a large all-in ahead of me that would cost me over half my chips.  2 players all-in, 3 more call them on this hand.  Flop wouldíve totally missed me, so I donít feel too bad.

The field is down to 438 players with only 50 minutes gone.  Blinds go up to 1500/3000 + 75Ö 10 minutes to the break.  23o, I fold.  

AKo, I go all-in.  2 callers, they have 45, and A6Ö a 6 hits the board, and Iím done.  MFer.  The 6 hit the turn too, so I was looking good up until then.  I decline the re-buy, and this roller coaster is over.  I finish 424th... I imagine about 100 will pay, so I had a long way to go... there's no point buying back in now, when the blinds cost as much as I'd get in one re-buy.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 20, 2006, 03:07:51 PM
Afternoon session
Start: $73.67


I once again sit at a 6 and 10 seat table simultaneously.  First hand at the 6 seater, I get sucked into some crappy hand with 3h6h thanks to the wonder of pot odds (I was getting about 8:1 for the initial call, thanks to having to ante in 50c to start).  I lose $2 on that deal.

I get 77 on the 10 seater.  I call, and there are 5 players.  Flop is 9-6-6.  I win with a single bet post-flop, and get 4 others to fold.  This is the kind of table thatís toughÖ hopefully, the more aggressive players just werenít involved in that pot.

6 seater, I get AcKc on the button, and raise.  SB re-raises, and there are 3 players to the flop.  Flop is 2-7-9, I call 50cÖ turn is a 10, and I fold to more betting.  I raise again next hand with ATo, and get 2 callers again.  Flop is AK3 rainbow.  I lead at it, and get a caller.  Turn is a 4.  Caller now takes the betting lead, and I just call behind him for the next 2 turnsÖ I shouldíve raised, because all he had was a K.  Missed out on $1 there.

I lose about $4 when my 66 loses to 77 on a board of AA879.  The bettor was the guy who took the lead in the betting on the previous hand, so I didnít know what to make of him.  This scenario looks familiar, as about 20 minutes in, Iím down $7.25 on the 6-seater and $3.25 on the other.

I get KK at the 6-seater.  I raise in middle position, and crazy guy folds.  Flop is 6-A-K, 2 clubs.  He bets out.  I just call.  Turn is 2s.  He bets at it again, I raise him.  River is a 2, giving me a boat.  He canít but help to call my river bet, and Iím back to $22.50 at this table.  Short time later, I pick up 33 in the SB and call a raise.  I stick with calling it down, and the raiser had KQ and didnít improve on the board of rags.  I win a bit there, then win with KK again as the single other player in the pot folds to me on the turn.  Back up to $27.75.

I am just getting blinded down on the 10-seater, with no hands of note being dealt to me.

I lose $4 when my AJ loses to 5-10o on the riverÖ as the flop was A-Q-T, I bet it aggressively, and the douche I face off with makes 2 pair on the river 5.  I lose another $4 later, when my AJ is beaten by AQ, and 2 Aces hit the board.  I thought about re-raising on the river, but thought better of it, and itís a good thing I did.  Down a total of $10.25 now between the 2 tables.  I lose another $1.50 when I raise with AQ, but fold when 4 of a suit I donít have hit the board.  I lose with AK and AQ a bit later, and drop to $11 at this table.  Almost time to consider cutting my losses.  I raise with QJ, and stay in through the river as the flop brings 9-T, but I hit nothing and drop to below $10 at this table.  I leave the table with $9, a $16 loss.

Meanwhile, at the 10-seater, Iím still down $3.50 thanks to winning a small pot here, and losing one there.  I join another 10-seater, and see what thisíll get me, as the account has now dropped to somewhere around $54.

I get KQ and 33 simultaneouslyÖ I lose with both as all big overcards hit the 3ís board, while I fold to a raiser on the KQ board when an Ace and 2 suited cards come up.  Thatís great.

Seems like every time Iíve drawn 2 face cards the flop is either all rags or an Ace comes out.  This sucks.

Get QQ on the old 10-seater.  I raise, but no one calls, so I pick up 75c.  I get ATo on the new board, but fold to a strong bettor on a board of QK6.  

Once again, I get 2 hands on the tables simultaneously.  Js9s on one, KJo on the other.  I call raises on both (I was in the BB with J9).  The J9 board goes J-T-3, while the K board comes Q-J-T.   I end up losing the first hand when the board finishes KQ, and the raiser naturally had an Ace that beat my smaller straight.   I chop the other when that board finishes with a 9 to give any King a straight.  

I finally get a good money-making hand at the new tableÖ I draw 88 and call along with 4 others.  Flop is 8sAs7d.  I check it around, and sure enough the button bets at itÖ 3 players to the turn, and itís the Jh.  I deserve to get beat if I check this again and the button checks into a spade flush, but he bets at it.  The SB calls, and I raiseÖ. The button folds, but the SB stays in for some reason.  River is a Qc.  Slight chance he just made a str8 with KT, but I bet anyway.  He calls, and I pull down the $10+ pot.  Sadly, I lose most of that money on the other table, as my 77 is called down by A8, and an 8 hit the flop.

I make up some ground at the new table, when my QJ is called down all the way on a board of 3QK7K by A3.

Sadly, Iím forced to leave my 2 tables when my e-mail system, which Iíve been without all week, comes back online.  Not a good session, this.  I didnít hit any flops except maybe oneÖ make that 2, as I hold out on one table when Iím dealt AJ and have my raise re-raisedÖ Flop is A-3-6, and I check to the raiser.  Shouldíve played this hand faster, as he checks the river, knowing heís beat.  I pull a little of my losses back late.

Finish: $52.67
-$21.00 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 20, 2006, 03:40:52 PM
So, yeah, apparently I need to play EVEN TIGHTER than I was already.  I was folding stuff like KT and Ax-suited unless I was on the button or in a blind.  I guess I'll have to tighten down even more... which makes playing rather boring.  But if I want to make money, I'll have to do it.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on July 20, 2006, 04:39:40 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
Well, I am a bit of a feminist so it just seems a bit wrong for me to see myself being referred to as "the Mrs."

Seems to me it's better han being called "the little lady".
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on July 20, 2006, 04:58:12 PM
too right dude... in limit, you're just not going to make money any other way in the long run than being tight. in a regular game, i generally play between 20-25% of my hands in total, and no more than 20% of my non-blind hands.

i've been playing exclusively no limit recently, and it's really interesting how the games differ. the more i learn about it, the more i play it differently than i do limit. like, hands i will happily toss into the muck in limit with only 1 or 2 players & no raise (56s), i will gladly call a raise with when i have position. or, hands that i would normally like to get in limit (KQ offsuit) have trouble written all over them in nl.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: slow-dog on July 20, 2006, 05:09:36 PM
Quote from: "clemsonfan"
Well, I am a bit of a feminist so it just seems a bit wrong for me to see myself being referred to as "the Mrs."


You should see how he refers to you in PMs.

*kidding*
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 21, 2006, 10:23:31 AM
Party Poker, 50c/$1 limit tables
Start: $52.67


I open 2 10-seater tables, and plan to play SUPER-TIGHT! at both.  SUPER-TIGHT! is a trademark of Butter, Inc. and may not be reproduced or re-transmitted without the express written consent of Major League Baseball, for some reason.

Natch, first hand I get dealt AsKs at one table.  I call a raise.  Flop is Ac-2s-KcÖ raiser checks, I betÖ they do the olí check raise.  I call.  Turn is another club, they bet, I raise this time, they call.  River is another clubÖ they check (clearly signifying ďplease take this pot from me!  I have no club!Ē), I bet, they fold.  I net $4.25.

I win a small pot at the other table when I make a small pair and there is little action.  

As-Qs on the button later.  I raise with only 1 limper behind me.  The blinds call me, and the flop is a wonderful 4s-5s-Qd.  The SB surprisingly bets.  The BB calls, I just call, planning a turn raise.  The turn is 9h, and again the SB betsÖ BB calls, I raiseÖ SB considers, but calls, BB folds.  I bet the river, which is a spade, completing my flush, and I win a $10.50 pot after the SB reluctantaly calls my , netting about $6 on that one.  

I raise AQo in the cutoffÖ itís re-raised by the SB.  I call, holding position.  Flop is ugly, T58, 2 diamonds.  I hold a diamond, so I call a 50c bet.  The field is down to 2 players, turn is a nice Ah.  SB bets, I just call.  River is QhÖ SB checks, I betÖ they make the call, and I win the $10 pot with a rivered 2 pair.

I raise pocket 10ís in middle position.  Flop is 10-6-5Ö I only had one caller, and they check, so I just go ahead and bet to take it downÖ but they call.  2 spades on the board.  Turn is a JcÖ they bet.  I raise, they call.  River is QhÖ they check, I bet.  They consider, then raise.  I call, fearing a made straight, but in fact, they just had AJ and were making a play.  Plays donít work here, doofus.  I win the $10.75 pot.

I raise with KQo in MP and take the blinds.  

I call a raise with TT in the SB, but fold to a turn bet with 2 overcards on the board.  SUPER-TIGHT!!!

I raise from BB with JJ.  2 callers, flop is As-5d-2dÖ I bet out.  I get raised, and decide to fold.  SUPER-TIGHT!!

I raise QQ from MP3 with only the blinds in play.  The cutoff calls me, and thatís it.  Flop is all hearts, Q2J.  I bet, caller thinks about itÖ. then folds.  I win $2.75.

I raise KJo from early position, trying to take down the blinds.  It works!  I guess no one had any Ace or suited cards like 10-5 or something.  I know normally I would at least get 1 caller, if not more, so Iím kinda surprised there.

I call A6o in the SBÖ 3 players, flop is 6-6-7.  I check, BB checks, cutoff bets, I call.  BB folds.  Turn is 7s.  I bet, cutoff raises, I call.  River is a 4.  I check, cutoff bets, I callÖ he was on a total steal, had a busted flush draw.  This was the same guy who tried to make a play before.  I win the $8 pot.

I just call 77 from the SBÖ 3 players, flop is 3-2-2.  I bet out, BB folds, other calls.  Turn is a 4Ö I bet again, they call.  River is a 7, so I get a full house.  I bet, they call, I win $6.

I get really tempted to leave both tables, as Iím up over $24 at this point.  But I donít.

I raise with 66 UTG.  Everyone folds!  I usually hate raising with middle pocket pairs, but itís working at these tables today.

KQo in SBÖ I call, 3 players.  Flop is A-8-J, all spades.  I have the Ks, so Iím drawing to the nut flush, and lead out.  MP1 calls me.  Turn completes my straight, Th.  I bet, they call.  River is Ac, so as long as they donít have 2 pair, Iím not too worried.  They call, and I win the pot.  

I open raise with A7s in the cutoff, and get calledÖ Flop completely misses me, they bet, and I fold.  SUPER-TIGHT!!

KQs, I raiseÖ itís re-raised, and I call.  Flop is 4-T-8 rainbowÖ I check, and fold to a betÖ turn and river are 9-J, so I cry when I see that I wouldíve beaten them both with a str8 on the river.  Both other players had ATo.  Re-raising with AT, eh?  Iíll remember that.

AKo in the cutoff, I open raise.  BB calls, flop is J-9-9.  I bet at it after a check.  BB calls, hmmm.

I fold 66 on the button facing a raise and a callerÖ SUPER-TIGHT!

I raise with 22 in late positionÖ 2 callers.  Flop is Kc-5c-8c.  I bet after 2 checks.  I get a call.  Turn is 9hÖ. I bet againÖ SB considers, but folds.  I made a play on that one, and win $5.  

I raise with 44 UTG.  2 callers, flop is Q-5-A, all spades.  I bet out, get a call.  Turn is an 8, SB checks, I bet, they call.  We go check-check on the river brick, and they had flopped 2 pair but were scared of the flush.  I needed another spade to win, as I had the 4s.

J2o in BB, I check it.  5 players, flop is Jack high.  I bet, it gets raised, 3 callers.  Turn is a blank, I check and fold to another bet.  SUPER-TIGHT!!

Raise with KTo on the button following a limperÖ all 3 players call, flop is Q-4-T rainbow.  I raise the SBÖ he re-raises, I call.  Turn is 5d.  I just want to see what he has nowÖ. But I fold.  SUPER-TIGHT!!

AA in the cutoff.  I open raise.  BB calls me.  Q-8-2, 2 hearts.  Check, I bet.  They call.  Js is the turn.  Check-bet again, and now they raise me.  I call.  River is Ts, they check, I check.  They flopped 2 pair, with 2-8 of diamonds.  Fucker.  I go down 50 cents at this table after having my Aces cracked, but am still up over $15 at the other one.

KJo in the cutoff.  I raise, and get 2 callers.  I bet at the Ace high flopÖ it gets raised, I fold.  

I am definitely on the down-swing here, so I decide to pack up shop right when the blinds hit me on each table.  I know, there is no such thing really as luck, but sometimes it really does seem to follow a patternÖ I seem to either catch a bunch of cards and hit a bunch of flops, or get my Aces cracked and hit nothing for about a half hour, and watch my money slide away.

Here is a list of hands I would have normally played, but didnít, because I was playing SUPER-TIGHT!!!

Hands I normally would play that I folded:
Ad-6d
J9o (on button)
Qc-Tc (UTG)
QTo (in late position)
As-2s (MP3)
KJo (on the button, facing a raise and re-raiseÖ I would def. normally have called here, but itís a good thing I didnít as the players were holding AA and KK)
2d-7d (j/k, checking to see if youíre actually reading)
Kc-Tc (UTG+2)
A9o (in cutoff, facing a raise)
KJo (in SB, facing a raise)
A9s (MP1)
KTo (UTG+1)


Those folds probably saved me at least $6, probably more, considering that I wouldíve probably caught pieces of some of those flops and felt the need to carry on with them.  But on nearly all of them, I wouldíve made nothing.

Good session.

Finish: $65.92
+$13.25 for 75 minute session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 21, 2006, 11:45:13 AM
Party Poker, .50/$1 limit tables
Start: $65.92


This session literally lasted 10 minutes over 2 tables.  I was just looking to kill a bit of time before I have to leave today, then it got busy for me and I had to quit.  Which is fine.

Here are the highlight hands (thanks to the site mentioned in the body below).  I played less than 20 hands total.

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (7 handed) Hand History Converter Tool (http://poker-tools.flopturnriver.com/Hand-Converter.php) from FlopTurnRiver.com (http://www.flopturnriver.com) (Format: FlopTurnRiver)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
Hero raises, 5 folds, BB calls.

Flop: (4.50 SB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB folds.

Final Pot: 2.75 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 2.75 BB.  

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (8 handed)

Preflop: Hero is SB with 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
6 folds, Hero raises, BB calls.

Flop: (4 SB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, BB calls.

Turn: (3 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, BB calls.

River: (5 BB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, BB calls.

Final Pot: 7 BB

Results in white below:  
BB has Ah 7d (one pair, aces).  
Hero has 6s Ac (two pair, aces and sixes).  
Outcome: Hero wins 7 BB.  

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (10 handed)

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
UTG calls, 4 folds, Hero raises, 4 folds, UTG calls.

Flop: (5.50 SB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets, UTG calls.

Turn: (3.75 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets, UTG folds.

Final Pot: 4.75 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 4.75 BB.  

And for Table 2:

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (8 handed) Hand History Converter Tool (http://poker-tools.flopturnriver.com/Hand-Converter.php) from FlopTurnRiver.com (http://www.flopturnriver.com) (Format: FlopTurnRiver)

Preflop: Hero is CO with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).  Hero posts a blind of $0.50.    
2 folds, MP1 calls, 1 fold, Hero (poster) raises, 3 folds, MP1 calls.

Flop: (5.50 SB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
MP1 checks, Hero bets, MP1 calls.

Turn: (3.75 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
MP1 checks, Hero bets, MP1 calls.

River: (5.75 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
MP1 folds.

Final Pot: 5.75 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Kc Ah (two pair, aces and kings).  
Outcome: Hero wins 5.75 BB.  

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (10 handed)
Preflop: Hero is MP1 with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).  CO posts a blind of $0.75.    
3 folds, Hero raises, 6 folds.

Final Pot: 2.50 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 2.50 BB.  

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (9 handed)

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
1 fold, Hero calls, 5 folds, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (3 SB) 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets, SB folds, BB folds.

Final Pot: 2 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 2 BB.  

Finish: $76.67
+$10.75 for 9 minute session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 21, 2006, 11:47:01 AM
My 2 favorite hands above are me pushing with AT and getting the guy with possibly a better hand to fold... and then having the guy fold to my AK on hand 1 at Table 2 when he could've just checked.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 23, 2006, 07:37:40 PM
Start: $76.67

(This is Butter posting, btw... I'm too lazy to switch ID's here)

So, Andrea decides that she's going to throw her hat back in the poker ring.  It's been so long since she's played at Party Poker in fact, that she's forgotten her alias and has to ask me what it is.  I busy myself with some household chores while she gets down to business.  I make it back in time for her 3rd hand, which is:

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (10 handed)

Preflop: Hero is SB with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
4 folds, MP2 calls, MP3 raises, 2 folds, Hero calls, 1 fold, MP2 calls.

Flop: (7 SB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, MP2 checks, MP3 bets, Hero calls, MP2 calls.

I internally roll my eyes as she makes the call here... she's drawing pretty much to a Queen and that's it.  

Turn: (5 BB) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif)

Well, maybe sometimes drawing to an inside straight is OK.

(3 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets, MP3 calls, Hero raises, MP2 3-bets, MP3 folds, Hero caps, MP2 calls.

River: (14 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP2 calls.

Final Pot: 16 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Jd Kh (straight, ace high).  
MP2 has Ah 4s (two pair, aces and fours).  
Outcome: Hero wins 16 BB.  

Pretty good start here.  We sit by and watch some amazing hands unfold... all in 23 minutes' time.

===================

Preflop: Hero is CO with T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 calls, 3 folds, Hero raises (I had to prod the raise out of her, but this is a good play in late position), 1 fold, SB calls, 1 fold, UTG+1 calls.

Flop: (7 SB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, UTG+1 bets, Hero raises, SB folds, UTG+1 calls.

Turn: (5.50 BB) 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
UTG+1 checks, Hero bets, UTG+1 folds.

Final Pot: 6.50 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 6.50 BB.  

=========================

Preflop: Hero is MP2 with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
3 folds, Hero calls, 1 fold, CO raises, 2 folds, BB calls, Hero calls.

She played this better than I would have.  I probably would've folded after a raise, even with QJ here, but it turned out nice....

Flop: (6.50 SB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
BB bets, Hero calls, CO calls.

Turn: (4.75 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
BB bets, Hero raises, CO 3-bets, BB calls, Hero caps, CO calls, BB calls.

River: (16.75 BB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, CO raises, BB folds, Hero 3-bets, CO calls.

Final Pot: 22.75 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Qc Js (straight, ace high).  
CO has 8d 8c (three of a kind, eights).  
Outcome: Hero wins 22.75 BB.  

We didn't see that he had made trips, but we couldn't believe her good luck in not only making the nuts here, but getting re-raised.  A huge pot.

But she's not done.

===========================

Preflop: Hero is SB with 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).  CO posts a blind of $0.50.    
UTG calls, 2 folds, MP1 calls, 2 folds, CO (poster) checks, 1 fold, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (5 SB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (5 players)
Hero checks, BB checks, UTG checks, MP1 bets, CO calls, Hero calls, BB folds, UTG calls.

Turn: (4.50 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (4 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets, MP1 calls, CO calls, Hero calls.

River: (8.50 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (4 players)
Hero checks, UTG checks, MP1 bets, CO calls, Hero calls, UTG calls.

Final Pot: 12.50 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has 7c 5h (full house, tens full of sevens).  
UTG has 6h As (three of a kind, tens).  
MP1 has 4s 4h (full house, tens full of fours).  
CO has Qc Ah (three of a kind, tens).  
Outcome: Hero wins 12.50 BB.  

Again, great luck here to beat 3 in the pot... I thought she was screwed for having slow-played the 2 pair to begin with (which I encouraged, wrongly), but imagine my shock when after the 2nd 10 comes out, a 3rd hits.  I still thought someone would have 88 or something to beat her.

But she's STILL not done.

=============================

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 calls, 1 fold, MP2 calls, Hero calls, 3 folds, BB checks.

I grumble about just calling in position with Ax here, but in retrospect, it was a GREAT move.

Flop: (4.50 SB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (4 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 checks, MP2 checks, Hero bets, BB folds, UTG+1 folds, MP2 calls.

Turn: (3.25 BB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
MP2 bets, Hero raises, MP2 3-bets, Hero caps, MP2 calls.

River: (11.25 BB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
MP2 bets, Hero raises, MP2 3-bets, Hero caps, MP2 calls.

Final Pot: 19.25 BB

Results in white below:  
MP2 has 9c Qc (two pair, queens and nines).  
Hero has Ad 5d (flush, ace high).  
Outcome: Hero wins 19.25 BB.  

Just great fortune again to get someone to hit a good hand while she holds the nuts.  Amazing luck.

Great luck and good play combine here to bring down the most I think I've ever seen someone take down at one of these tables in just 23 minutes.  Amazing.  And I would like to take credit for it all, but the Mrs. made a couple of calls that I probably wouldn't have, and then made them work.  If I had played it here, I would've missed out probably on at least twenty of these dollars.

Finish: $117.17
+$40.50 for 23 minute session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 24, 2006, 11:51:45 AM
Start: $117.17

I knew it wasn't a good idea to play when I opened it up.  There are a lot of people at work today, and they're constantly going by my desk with the screen exposed.  It just makes me unsettled, a lot jumpier than I'd normally be.  And bad luck today combined with the jitteriness = not a good session.  

But it could've been worse.  Here are the highlights from about a half hour of play.

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
1 fold, Hero raises, 4 folds, SB calls, 1 fold.

Flop: (5 SB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
SB bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (3.50 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
SB bets, Hero raises, SB calls.

River: (7.50 BB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets, SB folds.

Final Pot: 8.50 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ks Ac (two pair, aces and kings).  
Outcome: Hero wins 8.50 BB.  

==========

Preflop: Hero is SB with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).  CO posts a blind of $0.50.    
5 folds, CO (poster) checks, Button raises, Hero calls, 1 fold, CO folds.

Flop: (6 SB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (4 BB) 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets, Hero raises, Button calls.

River: (8 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, Button raises, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 12 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Jc As (two pair, jacks and fours).  
Button has Kh Ah (flush, ace high).  
Outcome: Button wins 12 BB.  

Fuck it, I knew he had made the flush, but I still called that last bet anyway... good play?  Bad?  I can't fold for one more bet at that point, can I?  Should I check that?

==========

Preflop: Hero is SB with 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
3 folds, MP2 calls, 2 folds, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (3 SB) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, BB folds, MP2 calls.

Turn: (2.50 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP2 calls.

River: (4.50 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP2 raises, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 8.50 BB

Results in white below:  
MP2 has Ks Td (straight, ace high).  
Hero has 7c Ah (two pair, aces and sevens).  
Outcome: MP2 wins 8.50 BB.  

I guess if you live by drawing to the inside straight, sometimes you have to die by it.

==========

Preflop: Hero is Button with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
5 folds, Hero calls, 1 fold, BB checks.

Flop: (2.50 SB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB calls.

Turn: (2.25 BB) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB raises, Hero 3-bets, BB calls.

River: (8.25 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB calls.

Final Pot: 10.25 BB

Results in white below:  
BB has Kc 6c (two pair, kings and sixes).  
Hero has Jh Th (straight, ace high).  
Outcome: Hero wins 10.25 BB.  

==========

Preflop: Hero is Button with 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 calls, MP1 calls, 2 folds, Hero calls, 1 fold, BB checks.

Flop: (4.50 SB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (4 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 bets, MP1 folds, Hero calls, BB calls.

Turn: (3.75 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 bets, Hero calls, BB raises, UTG+1 3-bets, Hero folds, BB caps, UTG+1 calls.

River: (12.75 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
BB bets, UTG+1 raises, BB 3-bets, UTG+1 caps, BB calls.

Final Pot: 20.75 BB

Results in white below:  
BB has 6c 9h (straight, jack high).  
UTG+1 has Ac 8c (two pair, aces and eights).  
Outcome: BB wins 20.75 BB.  

Couldn't stay in the pot with the raising and re-raising going on after the turn... but I probably should've.  What would you have done here?

==========

Preflop: Hero is CO with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
4 folds, Hero raises, 2 folds, BB calls.

Flop: (4.50 SB) 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB folds.

Final Pot: 2.75 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 2.75 BB.  

:mad:

==========

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
2 folds, Hero raises, 2 folds, Button calls, 2 folds.

Flop: (5.50 SB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, Button raises, Hero calls.

Turn: (4.75 BB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets, Hero calls.

River: (6.75 BB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 8.75 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Jh Js (two pair, jacks and fours).  
Button has 7d 7s (two pair, sevens and fours).  
Outcome: Hero wins 8.75 BB.  

Again, I think I'm playing too timid here... darn work jitters.

==========

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
1 fold, Hero raises, 5 folds, BB calls.

Flop: (4.50 SB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB calls.

Turn: (3.25 BB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks.

River: (3.25 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
BB bets, Hero folds.

Final Pot: 4.25 BB

Results in white below:  
BB doesn't show.  
Outcome: BB wins 4.25 BB.  

Not sure on this one if I should have continued betting the whole way... but I just felt beat here.  Ace-rag has me, so again I just didn't feel comfortable calling that last bet with King high.

==========
Preflop: Hero is BB with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 raises, 6 folds, Hero calls.

Flop: (4.50 SB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (3.25 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 bets, Hero calls.

River: (5.25 BB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 checks.

Final Pot: 5.25 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Qd Qs (one pair, queens).  
UTG+1 has 9c Ac (high card, ace).  
Outcome: Hero wins 5.25 BB.  

Again, playing too timid.  I think the first couple hands scared me into thinking everyone was going to river me this session.  That King scared me.

==========

That's it.  It could've been better, could've been worse.  It is what it is.  I'm just glad I didn't lose $20 like it looked like I might there at the beginning.

Finish: $115.42
-$1.75 for 30 minute session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 25, 2006, 08:12:25 AM
Andrea had a tough time at the limit tables yesterday, dropping about $18 to dip under $100 total.

Then last night we each played in a multi-table tourney (MTT)... she a $1 one, I a $3 one.

In mine, I doubled up early thanks to holding AA against a very aggressive large stack... but about 20 hands later I gave the 3,000 in chips I just got to someone else when they called my 4xBB raise with 78o when I was holding QQ.... the flop held 2 8's.  I knew I was being trapped, but I wouldn't have folded to a large bet anyway, so I just went in.  I struggled to get some ground back, then ended up crapping out about midway through the tourney with KJo on a steal attempt... when the same guy called me with 78o again, and hit an 8.

Andrea, however, did much better than I.  She actually was very patient, and was able to go from struggling around 2,900 chips to holding nearly 10,000 chips in a short time with some good hands.  Then, later, she got moved and found AA early on at the table.  She made the min. raise (blinds were 200/400 at this time), and the player behind her made another min. raise to 1200.  The blinds both called, and she went all-in.  The re-raiser and the BB called her... the BB had Q9 of hearts.  Good call for over 10k chips there, schmuck.  Andrea jumped to over 42,000 chips at that point, and had over 2 1/2 times anyone at the table at that point.

She didn't get much for the next 45 minutes... then I predicted "I bet you'll go out on something like AK when you don't improve."  She gave me a look, and then LITERALLY THE VERY NEXT HAND was dealt AK.  She raised, got called... and gave away about 12k chips when the caller had KK.  That was the beginning of the end.  The final hand came when she still had about 20,000 chips and the blinds were still a reasonable 1,000/2,000.  She got 10-10 in middle position... re-raised the player behind her all-in... he called with QJo... flop had a 10, but it was 8-9-10, and she was out in 159th (out of 2280) after flopping trips, but being beaten by a straight.

Tourney fees paid: $4
Tourney winnings: $1.59
Acct. balance: $95.26
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on July 25, 2006, 08:14:35 AM
I'm definitely going to play in another tourney this weekend.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 25, 2006, 12:06:46 PM
Start: $95.26

Man, I picked a couple of tight tables today.  It was like trying to get blood from a stone to get any money out of these people.  I was picking up virtually no hands, but the ones I did get, no one would call my raises with.  I got AA 3 times, but aside from that, I got QQ once and AK-AJ only 3 or so times.  I think I actually did well to lose so little considering how hard it was to get anybody to call a freakin' bet.

Anyway, here is the hand-picked HAND OF THE DAY.

Preflop: Hero is BB with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
7 folds, SB completes, Hero raises, SB 3-bets, Hero calls.

Flop: (6 SB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
SB bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (4 BB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
SB checks, Hero checks.

River: (4 BB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
SB bets, Hero raises, SB 3-bets, Hero caps, SB calls.

Final Pot: 12 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ac 4d (flush, ace high).  
SB has Kc Qs (flush, king high).  
Outcome: Hero wins 12 BB.  

I definitely lucked out, but considering that I had my AA beaten once and top pair beaten several other times, I figure it evens out.

I can only attribute the fact that I merely lost $5 to my new SUPER-TIGHT! strategy.  Otherwise, this would've been a total bath.

Finish: $90.51
-$4.75 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 26, 2006, 09:32:32 AM
Brief session this morning, as I have some work to do... but then I'm going to play in 2 tourneys simultaneously in a bit, a $6 and a $2.  I want to at least make enough to cover those fees.

Start: $90.51

HAND OF THE SESSION

We'll make it 2, actually.

The very first hand I played:

Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).  Hero posts a blind of $0.50.    
4 folds, Hero (poster) raises, MP3 3-bets, CO caps, 3 folds, Hero calls, MP3 calls.

Flop: (13.50 SB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, MP3 bets, CO calls, Hero calls.

Turn: (8.25 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, MP3 raises, CO folds, Hero calls.

River: (12.25 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP3 bets, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 14.25 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ac Ks (full house, jacks full of kings).  
MP3 has 7c 7s (full house, jacks full of sevens).  
Outcome: Hero wins 14.25 BB.  

==========

And the last one:

Preflop: Hero is SB with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
4 folds, MP2 calls, 3 folds, Hero raises, 1 fold, MP2 calls.

Flop: (5 SB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (3.50 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets, Hero raises, MP2 calls.

River: (7.50 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP2 calls.

Final Pot: 9.50 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ad Ac (three of a kind, aces).  
MP2 has Td Kc (two pair, kings and tens).  
Outcome: Hero wins 9.50 BB.  

Finish: $106.01
+$15.50 for 25 minute session

Time for the tourneys.  I'll report back at their conclusion.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 26, 2006, 10:50:02 AM
Start: $106.01

$6 MTT ($5 + $1 fee), 284 entrants, top 30 pay

I get most of my initial 3,000 taken from me in around hand #15Ö

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t40 (9 handed)

MP1 (t4265)
MP2 (t2690)
MP3 (t1860)
CO (t2320)
Button (t3765)
Hero (t3200)
BB (t2765)
UTG (t2960)
UTG+1 (t3235)

Preflop: Hero is SB with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 calls t40, MP1 calls t40, MP2 raises to t162, 3 folds, Hero calls t142, 1 fold, UTG+1 calls t122, MP1 folds.

Flop: (t566) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 checks, MP2 checks.

Turn: (t566) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets t350, UTG+1 folds, MP2 calls t350.

River: (t1266) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets t600, MP2 is all-in t2178, Hero calls t1578.

Final Pot: t3444

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ks As (one pair, aces).  
MP2 has Td Ts (three of a kind, tens).  
Outcome: MP2 wins t3444.  

Blinds are up to 30/60 by the time play gets back near meÖ I go all-in with AKo in first positionÖ I have 2 callers.  They show 99 and KTs.  Flop brings a T and nothing higher, and Iím out in 241st place.

Nice job in the big pay tourney there.  Not a great play by me on the 1st AK to not play it a bit faster, but I did get unlucky at the end of the hand.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 26, 2006, 10:56:33 AM
$2 MTT (no fee), 667 entrants, top 70 pay

My first real playable hand is about 15 minutes in...

Big Blind is t40 (10 handed)

MP1 (t2995)
MP2 (t1920)
MP3 (t1980)
CO (t6760)
Button (t2540)
SB (t3025)
BB (t3305)
UTG (t6992)
Hero (t2940)
UTG+2 (t9815)

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
1 fold, Hero raises to t140, 4 folds, CO calls t140, 2 folds, BB calls t100.

Flop: (t440) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero bets t240, CO calls t240, BB calls t240.

Turn: (t1160) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero checks, CO checks.

River: (t1160) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)

For some reason, the converter doesnít like the end of this handÖ what happened was that the BB moves all-in immediately.  I consider for about 20 seconds, then call.  CO folds.  Iím bet with any Q, as once again, slow-playing bites me in the ass.  But, I lucked out here:

Hand results:
BB had 6c, 7cÖ he was on a busted flush draw.
I win with my Jacks full of Queens and more than double to over 6,000 chips.

Later on, this hand transpires:

Big Blind is t200 (10 handed)

UTG+1 (t10219)
UTG+2 (t4941)
MP1 (t2208)
MP2 (t6538)
MP3 (t7601)
CO (t3475)
Button (t2050)
SB (t4420)
Hero (t6640)
UTG (t10266)

Preflop: Hero is BB with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
3 folds, MP1 raises to t400, 4 folds, SB calls t300, Hero calls t200.

Flop: (t1200) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, Hero bets t1808, (that puts MP1 all-in, he calls), SB goes all-in (2212 more), Hero calls t2212.

Turn: (t5220) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)

River: (t5220) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)

Final Pot: t5220

Results in white below:  
SB has 2c 2h (three of a kind, twos).  
Hero has Kh Js (one pair, jacks).  
MP1 has Jc Jd (three of a kind, jacks).  
Outcome: MP1 wins t5220.  

I knew I shouldnít have called that raise to begin with.  I flopped pretty good, but even as I saw it I thought ďdanger, MP1 over there could have QQ or even AJ, and youíll be screwedĒ.  Even so, before those thoughts reach my fingers, I decide to put him all-inÖ then by the time the other guy goes all-in, Iím essentially committed to spend 2200 more to try and hit a KÖ little do I know that I was so badly beaten, or I wouldíve folded in a heartbeat.

That was the last hand before the first break, and I now sit with 2200 chips, facing 150/300 blinds upon return.

2nd hand after the break, I open push all-in on the button with 2070 with AJo, and pick up the blinds to go to 2520.

I push again with QJs in MP, as the table has turned tighter.  I get a call, and heís got AAÖ Iím out in 261st.

Fail to cash in both tourneys, acct. stands at $98.01
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 02, 2006, 10:14:00 AM
Got a little cocky, had some problems, and managed to run the bankroll from over $100 down to around $55.  Got discouraged, and stopped playing for a couple of days... but won $11 at 1 table in limit yesterday, and felt a bit better.

Last night, we both played in a tourney, Andrea in a $3 and I in a $1.  Party Poker has changed their payout structure a bit... the $1 tourney usually gets 2,000-2,500 people in it.  Whereas it used to payout to the top 220, now it pays to the top 300.  I think they just cut the top prizes a bit, and are paying more places.

Andrea's $3 tourney went like this.... about 10 minutes in: find QQ in early position.  Raise to $150 (blinds at 20/40).  Player behind with a re-raise to 370.  Andrea goes all-in.  They call with... 99.  Flop is 9-2-6.  Sorry about that, but that's poker.  It sucks sometimes, just like life.

My $1 tourney went a bit better.  I managed to build to over 20,000 after the first 90 minutes.  Then for the next 90 minutes, I didn't get a hand better than Ax-suited.  I folded a seemingly never-ending procession of hands like T3, 48, and Q6.  I tried to make 1 play, raising with a suited connector in late position... it got called by 4 players, and the flop was all over-cards of different suits, so I folded that after some heavy betting.  Every time I try to represent some kind of hand, no matter how tight I've been playing, I seem to get called and beaten.  Perhaps I'm not being aggressive enough, or perhaps I'm not picking my spots wisely.

At any rate, I pretty much fold through 3 levels of small incremental pay.  $2.10, then $2.41, then $2.70-something.  Finally, I have $4,200 with blinds of $1,500-$3,000 and get AQo on the button.  I go all-in and get 3 callers.  One of the big stacks who called pushes everyone else out on the all small card flop, then turns up AJo when everyone folds to the bet.  Nothing higher than a 9 hits, and I quadruple to over $16k.

Next table, I run through the blinds with nothing again, then push with Q9c vs. a single raiser.  I had about $10k left vs. a large stack, figured I would get called with a number of hands.  He had KJ... I hit my Q, and more than double to around $25k.  

At this point, the blinds are 2000/4000, with 100 antes, and I'm envisioning a resurrection to make the final table.  There are only 88 players left out of 2,031, so I think one more double up and some solid play may get me to the final 30 or 40 at least, and a significant bump up to $7-9 or so.

2 hands after the Q9, I get JJ on the button.  A number of callers... I go all-in to try and take it down.  It's 25,200 with 4,000 blinds... everyone folds except the very last guy... he calls with A2o.  A2!  Board comes Q-9-Q-3.... wait for it.... A.  I crap out in 87th place, and win a whopping $3.15.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 02, 2006, 10:15:49 AM
Today, I played in a $2 tourney for about 5 minutes.  I vowed to be a bit more aggressive.  I raise with K9s on the button and get the blinds.  I raise with AQo and get 3 callers.  Flop is A-J-T.  MP bets, I raise, he goes all-in.  I know I should've folded, but I don't.  He has AK, and I'm essentially out.  No re-raise of my raise with AK was confusing to me, but it was early so that's actually something I do quite a bit in hopes of trapping a smaller Ace.  Nice play, me.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 02, 2006, 11:38:09 AM
Start: $58.62

I decide to fully get back on the horse one table at a time, after attempting some aggressive stuff, I wound up almost dunking the bankroll under $50.  But my head is back on straight, and we're going back to tight... SUPER-TIGHT! pre-flop, but aggressive post-flop.

It works well.  It helps that 2 seats to my left is a guy who is calling nearly every pot and nearly every pre-flop raise.

To wit:

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
1 fold, Hero raises, 1 fold, MP1 calls, 5 folds, BB calls.

Flop: (6.50 SB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero checks, MP1 bets, BB folds, Hero calls.

Turn: (4.25 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP1 bets, Hero calls.

River: (6.25 BB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP1 raises, Hero 3-bets, MP1 calls.

Final Pot: 12.25 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ad Jd (flush, ace high).  
MP1 has 3s Ks (one pair, sixes).  
Outcome: Hero wins 12.25 BB.  

Called down with King-high... nice one.

===========

But here is the official HAND OF THE SESSION:

Preflop: Hero is CO with 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
2 folds, UTG+2 calls, MP1 calls, 2 folds, Hero calls, 1 fold, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (5 SB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (5 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG+2 bets, MP1 raises, Hero calls, SB folds, BB folds, UTG+2 calls.

Turn: (5.50 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
UTG+2 bets, MP1 calls, Hero calls.

River: (8.50 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
UTG+2 bets, MP1 folds, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 10.50 BB

Results in white below:  
UTG+2 shows Ac Ah (two pair, aces and tens).  
Hero has 6s 8s (flush, ten high).  
Outcome: Hero wins 10.50 BB.  

=============

After the hand, I uncharacteristically snark "nice slowplay" to the caller who let 5 people in the pot holding AA.  I normally wouldn't say that, but something came over me.  I got no response, nor did I deserve one.  Couldn't fold a gutshot straight flush draw there, not with the 5 people in the pot pre-flop.

Finish: $69.75
+$11.13 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 02, 2006, 04:30:18 PM
I made my 2 big winning hands count this afternoon.  I was up and down for a couple of different, brief sessions, dropping back to almost $55 at one point.... but then I got these 2 hands towards the end of the day, and they made my day.

I present, a tie for HAND OF THE SESSION:

Preflop: Hero is UTG with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
Hero raises, 5 folds, CO calls, 2 folds, BB calls.

Flop: (6.50 SB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
BB bets, Hero calls, CO calls.

Turn: (4.75 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
BB bets, Hero calls, CO folds.

River: (6.75 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
BB bets, Hero raises, BB calls.

Final Pot: 10.75 BB

Results in white below:  
BB has Js Ad (full house, sixes full of jacks).  
Hero has Qc Qd (full house, sixes full of queens).  
Outcome: Hero wins 10.75 BB.  

After this hand, someone says the guy I bet "is horrible".  This is one of my first hands at a new table, so that's news to me.

==========
Preflop: Hero is SB with T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).  CO posts a blind of $0.50.    
2 folds, UTG+2 raises, 2 folds, MP3 calls, 2 folds, Hero calls, BB calls.

Flop: (9 SB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (4 players)
Hero checks, BB bets, UTG+2 raises, MP3 folds, Hero calls, BB folds.

Turn: (7 BB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets, Hero calls.

River: (9 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, UTG+2 raises, Hero 3-bets, UTG+2 calls.

Final Pot: 15 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ts As (full house, aces full of tens).  
UTG+2 has Ah Js (three of a kind, aces).  
Outcome: Hero wins 15 BB.  

Speaking of horrible players... the massive suckout here boosts me to a huge win, and a big + for the day.

Finish: $86.00
+16.25 for session, up $27.38 on the day
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 03, 2006, 01:01:30 PM
Started out this morning in a $1 tourney.  I was playing well, had 8k chips with about 230 left out of 950, when a big stack got moved to my table.  I needed to move up, but wasn't desperate.  First hand with the mega-stack at the table, I see 88 UTG.  I raise to about 1500 (blinds are 200/400).  He calls in position, and the SB calls.  Flop is 3-7-T mixed.  I think about what the big stack could've called with, and figure maybe any Ace or KJ or something... I go all-in, which is about 6500 into a pot of around 5000... not a big overbet or anything.  He calls immediately, and turns up KT suited to send me home in 223rd.

Then I lose $7 at the first limit table I play.  Not great, I'm already down to under $80.

Then I move to another table about 1/2 hour later, and things pick up greatly.

Here are my big wins at the new table:

Preflop: Hero is SB with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
6 folds, CO calls, 1 fold, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (3 SB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, BB folds, CO raises, Hero calls.

Turn: (3.50 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets, Hero raises, CO 3-bets, Hero calls.

River: (9.50 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, CO calls.

Final Pot: 11.50 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ac Jc (full house, aces full of jacks).  
CO has Jd Td (two pair, aces and jacks).  
Outcome: Hero wins 11.50 BB.  

===========

Preflop: Hero is Button with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
4 folds, MP2 calls, 2 folds, Hero calls, 1 fold, BB checks.

Flop: (3.50 SB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, MP2 checks, Hero bets, BB calls, MP2 raises, Hero calls, BB calls.

Turn: (4.75 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, MP2 bets, Hero calls, BB calls.

River: (7.75 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, MP2 checks, Hero bets, BB folds, MP2 calls.

Final Pot: 9.75 BB

Results in white below:  
MP2 has Kc 8c (one pair, kings).  
Hero has Kd Tc (two pair, kings and tens).  
Outcome: Hero wins 9.75 BB.  

=========

Preflop: Hero is CO with 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 raises, 4 folds, Hero calls, 2 folds, BB calls.

Flop: (6.50 SB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 bets, Hero calls, BB calls.

Turn: (4.75 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 bets, Hero raises, BB calls, UTG+1 calls.

River: (10.75 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 checks, Hero bets, BB calls, UTG+1 calls.

Final Pot: 13.75 BB

Results in white below:  
BB has Td 9s (two pair, nines and fours).  
UTG+1 has As Ac (two pair, aces and fours).  
Hero has 7d 7s (full house, sevens full of fours).  
Outcome: Hero wins 13.75 BB.  

I know calling raises with middle pairs at limit tables is a recipe for disaster... but I was losing with them last week, and this week they've caught fire.

============

Preflop: Hero is BB with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
2 folds, UTG+2 calls, 5 folds, Hero raises, UTG+2 calls.

Flop: (4.50 SB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, UTG+2 calls.

Turn: (3.25 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, UTG+2 calls.

River: (5.25 BB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, UTG+2 calls.

Final Pot: 7.25 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Jh Ah (two pair, jacks and tens).  
UTG+2 has Ac 8h (one pair, tens).  
CO doesn't show.  
Outcome: Hero wins 7.25 BB.  

Not sure if UTG+2 thought I was trying an out-of-position steal there or what.

===========

Preflop: Hero is UTG with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
Hero raises, 2 folds, MP1 calls, 6 folds.

Flop: (5.50 SB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP1 calls.

Turn: (3.75 BB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP1 calls.

River: (5.75 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP1 calls.

Final Pot: 7.75 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Qs Ad (two pair, aces and sixes).  
MP1 has Kh Tc (two pair, kings and sixes).  
Outcome: Hero wins 7.75 BB.  


MP1 here is the same guy that called me down on the previous hand.

The last 2 hands came in my last orbit, so I left very happy.

Finish: $104.50
+18.50 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 04, 2006, 01:22:01 PM
Just for fun, and because I like looking at stats, I download the free version of Poker Tracker and download my last 1,000 hands into it.

This is what I see:

VP$IP (% of hands I voluntarily put money into the pot... not including blinds) = 18.8%
Att. to steal blinds: = 23.21%
Won $ at SD% = 51.32%
PreFlop Raise% = 8.90%
Win rate = 2.34 BB/100
Aggression factor = 0.94  (<0.7 = passive, >1.5 = aggressive)

AA is my best hand, which makes sense... but I notice that KQ was one of my worst.  I cold-call with it far too often, and end up making nothing or just getting beat.  

But I do realize that the sample I put in is way too small to be statistically significant.... especially considering that 66 is rated in my top 5 hands.

By the way, I pretty much have no idea what most of these stats mean, but they're purty to look at.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 04, 2006, 01:36:45 PM
I had an extended session this morning that was full of ups and downs... I played 2 tables at once for the first time in over a week, since I took 2 straight nearly $20 losses doing so.

It started out bad again, and I couldn't figure out why.  I was making the same plays I always made, just on 2 different tables at once, which isn't that hard to keep up with.  Yet still after 20 minutes I was down almost $12.  

I guess poker is just a game of ups and downs sometimes.  I stuck with it, and over 2 hours finished just ok.  I was up over $12 at one point, but still finished up a good bit.

Here are the early unsuccessful hands that had me biting my nails:

Preflop: Hero is UTG with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
Hero raises, 5 folds, SB calls, 1 fold.

Flop: (5 SB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
SB bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (3.50 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
SB bets, Hero calls.

River: (5.50 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
SB bets, Hero raises, SB 3-bets, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 11.50 BB

Results in white below:  
SB has Ac Tc (straight, ace high).  
Hero has Jh Kd (two pair, kings and jacks).  
Outcome: SB wins 11.50 BB.  

Not sure about raising with that hand in that position, but it would've worked if not for that meddling river.

============

Preflop: Hero is UTG with 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
Hero raises, UTG+1 calls, 5 folds, Button calls, 2 folds.

Flop: (7.50 SB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, UTG+1 calls, Button calls.

Turn: (5.25 BB) 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, UTG+1 calls, Button calls.

River: (8.25 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 bets, Button calls, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 11.25 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has 7c 7h (two pair, sevens and fours).  
UTG+1 has As 5s (flush, ace high).  
Button has 3d 3s (two pair, fours and threes).  
Outcome: UTG+1 wins 11.25 BB.  

I guess I made the correct read here, but still ended up getting rivered.  I suppose I shouldn't expect to win them all.... but I still do.

================

Those were at the table I lost money on... I left that table about 45 minutes in, and sat at another table, which I broke even at.  This last table, I finished up $14 on.  Here are a couple of highlight hands.

Preflop: Hero is UTG with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).  CO posts a blind of $0.75.    
Hero raises, 3 folds, MP3 calls, CO (poster) calls, Button calls, 1 fold, BB calls.

Flop: (11 SB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (5 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, MP3 calls, CO folds, Button folds, BB calls.

Turn: (7 BB) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, MP3 calls, BB calls.

River: (10 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, MP3 folds, BB folds.

Final Pot: 11 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ad 7d (two pair, aces and sevens).  
Outcome: Hero wins 11 BB.  

Got lucky here, but at least one of these guys must've been on a club draw.

===============

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 raises, 1 fold, Hero calls, 6 folds.

Flop: (5.50 SB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
UTG+1 bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (3.75 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
UTG+1 bets, Hero raises, UTG+1 3-bets, Hero caps, UTG+1 calls.

River: (11.75 BB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
UTG+1 checks, Hero bets, UTG+1 calls.

Final Pot: 13.75 BB

Results in white below:  
UTG+1 has Ks Qs (three of a kind, kings).  
Hero has Ac Kd (three of a kind, kings).  
Outcome: Hero wins 13.75 BB.  

===============

And here's the bummer part... had AA twice, KK once, and QQ once... all 4 times, the table folded to my raise.  Got no action on my big hands, so it makes my winnings even a bit sweeter.

Finish: $112.75
+8.25 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 05, 2006, 10:08:27 PM
Me and Andrea played 3 MTT's Friday night, and busted out before the money in all 3, costing us $6 total (a $1, a $2, and a $3).

But this hand made up for it... with Andrea manning the controls:

Preflop: Hero is BB with 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
6 folds, Button calls, 1 fold, Hero checks.

Flop: (2.50 SB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, Button raises, Hero 3-bets, Button caps, Hero calls.

Turn: (5.25 BB) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, Button raises, Hero 3-bets, Button caps, Hero calls.

River: (13.25 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, Button raises, Hero 3-bets, Button calls.

Final Pot: 19.25 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has 3s 2c (straight, six high).  
Button has Ac 2d (one pair, sixes).  
Outcome: Hero wins 19.25 BB.  

She was more aggressive than I would've been, especially on the river when a full house became a real possibility.  But as you can see, that guy was just an idiot.  In fact, afterwards I encouraged her not to leave the table until he did, lest she let his money get away to someone else.

So, Andrea finishes up 11.50 thanks to Dr. Poker above, even after losing $5 with KK when some guy rivered 2 pair.  Not a bad session at all, could've been even better with a bit of luck.

Finish: $118.25
+5.50 for session (+11.50 in ring game, -6.00 in tourneys)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 07, 2006, 11:57:59 AM
Rough weekend, and Monday.  Started out nice on Sunday, running things up to $127+.  Then we crapped out of 2 $6 5-table SNG's, and lost $10 at a ring game... losing the last $6.87 when I raised and re-raised with someone holding JJ on a board of T-3-2-7 rainbow.  I was all in by the river, which was an A, and lost to ATo.

Down $22 on Sunday.

Then today, I decide to enter the $6 MTT.  330 people, top 40 pay.  I am in middle chip position most of the way, then with 73 players remaining, I get KK in the BB.  I have 6500 chips, blinds are 300-600.  Button raises to 2500, he has about 18000 chips.  I go all-in, he calls with AKo.

Board comes 3-J-7-A-8, and I'm out in 73rd place.  Can't catch a break on the MTT's lately.

Then I sit at 2 tables at once with $10 each... I have no luck there either... I have top pair of Jacks beaten twice by overpairs... then I had my Aces cracked by A-4 of diamonds when the other player rivered a flush... I bet that one aggressively too, capping the turn when I was sure I had the best hand.  Disappointment aside, I do suppose it was time I had my AA beaten, since I did it 2-3 times to others last week.

Lost $13.50 at the ring games, and another $6 on the tourney.

Like I said, rough weekend + Monday so far.

Finish $89.01
-19.50 for Monday morning play
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 07, 2006, 01:29:27 PM
I decide not to get down about the losses of late, but instead resolve to build it back up.

And I do just that, to some degree, this afternoon.  Once again, I opened at 2 tables with $10 each.  After about 30 minutes, I was up to $20 on one and crapped out on the other.

Here is the crap-out hand:

Preflop: Hero is Button with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).  MP3 posts a blind of $0.75.    
1 fold, UTG+1 calls, 2 folds, MP2 raises, 2 folds, Hero calls, 2 folds, UTG+1 calls.

Flop: (9 SB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
UTG+1 checks, MP2 checks, Hero bets, UTG+1 calls, MP2 calls.

Turn: (6 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
UTG+1 checks, MP2 checks, Hero bets, UTG+1 calls, MP2 folds.

River: (8 BB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players) (Converter didn't like this part, but I bet, was raised, and called my last .75 all-in)

Final Pot: 8 BB

Results in white below:  
UTG+1 has 4c 5c (three of a kind, fives).  
Hero has Kh As (two pair, kings and fives).  
Outcome: UTG+1 wins 8 BB.  

What could I do?  I had $4.25 to start that hand, I couldn't let it go on the river.

==============

So, I crap out there and open another table for $10.  I finish at that one with $12.50, but I keep rolling on the table where I had $20 up to this point... I finish there up over $20, thanks to hands like this one:

Preflop: Hero is BB with 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
4 folds, CO raises, 2 folds, Hero calls.

Flop: (4.50 SB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, CO raises, Hero calls.

Turn: (4.25 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players) (I check, it's bet, I raise, it's called for all-in)

River: (4.25 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)

Final Pot: 4.25 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has 9s 9h (three of a kind, nines).  
UTG+1 doesn't show.  
CO has 7d Qd (high card, king).  
Outcome: Hero wins 4.25 BB.  

===============

Leading us to the HAND OF THE DAY:

Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 calls, Hero calls, 2 folds, MP3 raises, 2 folds, SB calls, 1 fold, UTG+1 calls, Hero calls.

Flop: (9 SB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (4 players)
SB checks, UTG+1 checks, Hero checks, MP3 bets, SB calls, UTG+1 folds, Hero calls.

Turn: (6 BB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
SB bets, Hero calls, MP3 folds.

River: (8 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
SB bets, Hero raises, SB 3-bets, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 14 BB

Results in white below:  
SB has 9h Ks (two pair, kings and nines).  
Hero has Ah Th (two pair, aces and tens).  
Outcome: Hero wins 14 BB.  

Thought I was beat on the river when it was re-raised, but I was not.  Considered raising the flop, but the losses of late weighed on my decision not to do so.  Guess I should've.

Finish: $103.76
+14.75 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 08, 2006, 12:47:09 AM
Alright, look.  I'm getting pretty damn tired of going in with the best of it during a MTT only to come out on the losing end of things.

Here are the beats we took in tonight's tourneys.

Andrea, in a $3 MTT... AA raises pre-flop, gets called.  Flop is 2-5-6... she goes all-in, gets called by 33.  The 4 hits the turn and she's out.

Me, in a $1 MTT...  KK raise pre-flop, it's re-raised.  I go all-in.  Re-raiser calls, shows AA, and I'm out.

Tonight, in a $5+1 10 player SNG, we're down to 3 handed... yes, 3 handed... I get KK, raise.  SB re-raises, I go all-in.  They call and turn up AA!  WHAT. THE. FUCK.

Seriously, if anyone wants to calculate odds on that shit, please do.

The critical hand of the MTT came here for me... I'll have to do it all manual-like since the hand converter is down.

I have T5o in the SB.  2 callers behind me, so I go in just for value, 50 more to call as blinds are 50/100.  BB checks, 4 players.  Flop is 5h-Ks-Th.  I have flopped 2 pair.  I make a weak 100 bet, expecting a raise.  I get it... 2 in fact.  CO raises to 200, button to 300.  Now I'm thinking someone has KT, but I have to stick with it.  I re-raise to 700.  Both players call.... so the pot is now 2500.  Turn is 4c... I bet 1200, both players call.  Now I'm thinking flush/straight draws.  I'm down to 1000, both other players have similar stacks.  river is Qh... making a flush.  I check, hoping for the check down.  It doesn't come, as the button goes all-in.  I have to call, and the CO does as well.

CO shows Ah, Kd
Button shows Kh, Js
I win with 2 pair.

I knock 2 players out, essentially, and we're down to 5 handed after a couple more hands.  

Then it goes and gets straight up weird in the final 4.

I'm in the SB in commanding chip position, and raise to 600 (blinds are 100-200) with JTo.  BB raises to 1400, but I decide to take a flop.  Flop is 2-T-T.  Bingo.  I check, BB bets over half his stack, I raise him all-in, he calls.  He shows AA.  No help for him, and we're down to 3, and I have 12000 chips to the other 2 players 4000 each.

The house starts to crumble when I re-raise all-in with AQs, and am called with TT... A ten hits the board, and now we have 2 players at around 8k, with 1 at 4k.  

I get AA in the BB, and it gets folded to me, so I pick up the blinds.  Woo-fuckin'-hoo.

Next hand is my KK... I just call from the SB, and the BB raises minimum.  I raise to 1000, he raises to 2000, I go all-in.  He calls, and shows AA.  I'm down to under 3k.  

About 5 hands later I go all-in (2312 chips) in the BB with 55.  AA guy calls me with Q8h... naturally 2 8's hit the flop, and I'm out in 3rd.  Weird finish, but after the $4 loss on multi-table tourneys, this gets us back to even on the night.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 08, 2006, 10:20:34 AM
This morning's freeroll, we're down to 176 of 690.  I have 9300 chips, blinds are 200/400.

I get AA in late position.  A raise to 1400 behind me and a call, I go all-in.  Big stack on the button calls, as does raiser.  Me and the raiser are all in.  I have AA, Raiser has AQ, big stack has JJ.

Flop is 8-9-J, thanks for playing.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 08, 2006, 10:50:16 AM
Lost with KK again... $6 MTT... blinds are 20/40, I raise to 200 on the button.  3 callers, which is AWESOME.

Flop is A-5-7, not so awesome.  It's checked around.  Turn is a 6... I bet 260 into the 800+ pot.  MP2 folds, MP3 raises, CO goes all-in.  I fold.  MP3 calls.

MP3 had 89s, turned a straight, CO had 66, turned trips.  

So, I knew someone had an Ace, but apparently they didn't.  At least I limited my damage on that hand, and got my chips right back on the next hand with ATs.

But still, I am trying to remember a run where I lost so many times in a row with AA or KK.  It's not coming to me.

Is it bad play by me, or just bad luck?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 08, 2006, 03:56:32 PM
This afternoon started out frustratingly... I decided to try a 5-table $5+1 SNG.

I guess I should know by now that either I completely suck at multi-tablers, or I am on a prolonged bad stretch in them.  Still can't figure out which.  But suffice it to say, I can't win a coin flip to save my life.

In this one, we're down to 15, with the top 7 paying.  I have 3200 in chips, I need to move up to make the money.  Blinds are 150/300.  I am in the BB.  I get AKo.  Big table stack raises to 1500, I move all-in.  He calls and shows 10-10.  Flop is K-2-T, and it's thanks for playing yet again.  Although to be fair, earlier in the tournament I did beat KK with AJ, but that wasn't an all-in situation.  I called a standard raise from early position, and check-raised when an Ace hit the flop.

HOWEVER, that being said, it looks like I need to play more ring games, and less tourneys.  Maybe I need to play some limit tourneys or something, because I have been on a roll.  If not for the $12 I essentially threw away... well, I'd be up a lot.  You'll see.  

I did my standard 2-table open at $10 each.  I had already won about $15-20 earlier today, but blew most of that on the above 2 tourneys at $6 each.

I'm just going to let the hands speak for themselves.  On one of the 2 ring game tables, the deck was hitting me in the face.  There's one loss in here, and that would be from the other table.... you pick which one!

Preflop: Hero is BB with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).  MP3 posts a blind of $0.50.    
5 folds, MP3 (poster) checks, CO calls, 2 folds, Hero checks.

Flop: (3.50 SB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, MP3 bets, CO folds, Hero calls.

Turn: (2.75 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP3 calls.

River: (4.75 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, MP3 calls.

Final Pot: 6.75 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Js 4h (four of a kind, fours).  
MP3 has 3h 7s (three of a kind, fours).  
Outcome: Hero wins 6.75 BB.  

=============

Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
2 folds, Hero calls, 6 folds, BB checks.

Flop: (2.50 SB) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks.

Turn: (1.25 BB) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
BB bets, Hero calls.

River: (3.25 BB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
BB bets, Hero raises, BB calls.

Final Pot: 7.25 BB

Results in white below:  
BB has Th 7d (two pair, queens and tens).  
Hero has Ac 9c (flush, ace high).  
Outcome: Hero wins 7.25 BB.  

===========

HAND OF THE DAY!

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
UTG calls, Hero calls, 3 folds, CO raises, 1 fold, SB calls, BB calls, UTG calls, Hero calls.

Flop: (10 SB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (5 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG bets, Hero calls, CO raises, SB folds, BB folds, UTG calls, Hero calls.

Turn: (8 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
UTG checks, Hero checks, CO bets, UTG calls, Hero raises, CO 3-bets, UTG folds, Hero caps, CO calls.

River: (17 BB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, CO calls.

Final Pot: 19 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has 5s 5d (four of a kind, fives).  
CO has Kc Ad (two pair, aces and kings).  
Outcome: Hero wins 19 BB.  

===========

Preflop: Hero is SB with 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
2 folds, MP1 calls, 2 folds, CO calls, Button calls, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (5 SB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (5 players)
Hero checks, BB checks, MP1 checks, CO bets, Button folds, Hero calls, BB folds, MP1 folds.

Turn: (3.50 BB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, CO calls.

River: (5.50 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, CO calls.

Final Pot: 7.50 BB

Results in white below:  
CO has 9s 9c (two pair, nines and fives).  
Hero has 5h 4c (three of a kind, fives).  
Outcome: Hero wins 7.50 BB.  

=================
Preflop: Hero is MP2 with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
2 folds, MP1 calls, Hero raises, 2 folds, SB calls, 1 fold, MP1 calls.

Flop: (7 SB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, MP1 bets, Hero calls, SB folds.

Turn: (4.50 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
MP1 bets, Hero raises, MP1 calls.

River: (8.50 BB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
MP1 bets, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 10.50 BB

Results in white below:  
MP1 has 8s Ts (one pair, aces).  
Hero has Kd Ad (three of a kind, aces).  
Outcome: Hero wins 10.50 BB.  

==============

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
UTG calls, 4 folds, Hero calls, CO calls, 1 fold, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (5 SB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (5 players)
SB bets, BB folds, UTG calls, Hero calls, CO folds.

Turn: (4 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
SB bets, UTG raises, Hero 3-bets, SB folds, UTG calls.

River: (11 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
UTG bets, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 13 BB

Results in white below:  
UTG has Ts Tc (full house, tens full of twos).  
Hero has 9h 8h (straight, jack high).  
Outcome: UTG wins 13 BB.  

I just knew he had made a full house on that last card... dammit!

Hard to complain about it after the day I had, though.

Finish: $143.03
+39.27 for day... +51.27 for ring games, -12.00 for tournaments
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 09, 2006, 02:07:39 PM
We finished down $4 again last night after crapping out in 2 tourneys.  I was never really in my $1 one, and Andrea made it to the last 150 or so in her $3 tourney before losing out about 40 spots from the money thanks to bad advice I gave her (which was "push with A9o on the button!"  The lone caller aside from the blinds called her and had 10's.  Oops.  Sorry.  Don't mind me.)

Anyway, I start today at $139.03.

I win a bit at a ring game before moving on to the great double tourney set-up Party Poker has at 9:40/9:45... which is a $6 tourney, then a $2 one.

The $2 one doesn't last long, as I am busted against a bluffer when he actually shows a good hand after showing 2-3 raggedy ones and raising most pots.  I have A6, he had J4, flop was A-4-4.  He bet some amount, I raised him, he went all-in, and I called.  

However, the $6 one... well, that one went a bit better.

$6 MTT - 355 entrants, top 40 pay
Finally, I get to write a summary!  I've been waiting to actually cash in one of these before doing it, but here we are.

I didn't win a pot for the first 25 minutes.  Then:

Big Blind is t60 (10 handed)
Hero (t2470)
MP1 (t2041)
MP2 (t3510)
MP3 (t6868)
CO (t3087)
Button (t12458)
SB (t3920)
BB (t10)
UTG (t4536)
UTG+1 (t9628)

Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
2 folds, Hero calls t60, 1 fold, MP2 raises to t195, 1 fold, CO calls t195, 2 folds, Hero calls t135.

Flop: (t675) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (4 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets t300, CO folds, Hero calls t300.

Turn: (t1275) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, MP2 checks.

River: (t1275) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets t675, Hero calls t675.

Final Pot: t2625

Results in white below:  
BB has Ac Td (flush, ace high).  
Hero has Qh Jh (two pair, queens and jacks).  
MP2 has 8s 9s (one pair, threes).  
Outcome: Hero wins t2525.  BB wins t50.

MP2 was on a total bluff there, and I almost bought it... especially after the 4th club came out.  I lucked out here a bit, maybe.

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Big Blind is t100 (9 handed)
Hero (t3555)
UTG (t2730)
UTG+1 (t13996)
MP1 (t2692)
MP2 (t4680)
MP3 (t6251)
CO (t10)
Button (t4716)
SB (t9898)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to t250, 1 fold, MP2 calls t250, 2 folds, Button calls t250, 1 fold, Hero calls t150.

Flop: (t1050) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (4 players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 checks, MP2 bets t200, Button calls t200, Hero raises to t1200, UTG+1 folds, MP2 calls t1000, Button folds.

Turn: (t3650) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
I go all-in here... MP2 folds.

Final Pot: t3650

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins t3650.  

===========

Big Blind is t300 (10 handed)
Button (t15340)
SB (t9252)
BB (t9058)
UTG (t7535)
UTG+1 (t11422)
UTG+2 (t1870)
MP1 (t2160)
MP2 (t9392)
Hero (t5480)
CO (t4999)

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
3 folds, MP1 raises to t600, 1 fold, Hero raises to t2100, 4 folds, MP1 goes all-in for t60 more, Hero calls t60.

Flop:  8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)

Turn: 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)

River: 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)

Final Pot: t4770

Results in white below:  
MP1 has Kh 9h (one pair, eights).  
Hero has Qh Qc (two pair, queens and eights).  
Outcome: Hero wins t4770.  

==================

We're down to about 110 players at this point.

Big Blind is t400 (9 handed)
CO (t20180)
Button (t9488)
Hero (t7690)
BB (t17723)
UTG (t12514)
UTG+1 (t6440)
MP1 (t14376)
MP2 (t9558)
MP3 (t9936)

Preflop: Hero is SB with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
3 folds, MP2 raises to t1300, 3 folds, Hero calls t1100, 1 fold.

Flop: (t3000) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets t1025, Hero calls t1025.

Turn: (t5050) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets t400, Hero goes all-in, MP2 folds.

Final Pot: t5450

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  

Bumps me up to nearly 11,000 chips, but there's still lots of work to do.

===========

I move all-in on a King high flop with AKo a bit later after having a raise to 1700 on 200/400 blinds called by 2 players.  I win that pot and move up to 13,500.

I am picking off the blinds and antes every so often with hands like ATo and 44, but am holding steady at around 11-12k chips, as the blinds are up to 400/800 with 25 antes.

Possibly my most dangerous move of the day here:

Big Blind is t1200 (9 handed)
SB (t33932)
BB (t21469)
Hero (t10590)
UTG+1 (t57908)
MP1 (t20720)
MP2 (t101832)
MP3 (t10986)
CO (t20756)
Button (t32967)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
Hero calls t1200, 5 folds, Button raises to t2400, 2 folds, Hero calls t1200.

Flop: (t4800) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets t3061, Hero calls t3061.

Turn: (t10922) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
I move all-in immediately here, and the Button immediately folds.

Final Pot: t10922

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins t10922.  

Bumps me to over 18,000 chips, a fairly safe place to be as the money approaches.  I actually also win the next 2 hands in the blinds when I bet a couple of draws and low pairs... this pushes me to over 21,500 in chips.


I cruise into the money, and am fluctuating between about 17k and 21k in chips.  The leader is at around 200k, but I'm about middle of the road with under 40 left, so I am optimistic about where I can finish here.

=============

I get moved to Table 1 which holds the #2 stack of the tourney with over 130k when I arrive... I'm at 17k and am 3 seats to his right, which isn't great, but it could be worse.  Plus I notice that he seems fairly tight.

Big Blind is t2000(9 handed)
Button (t40135)
SB (t82203)
Hero (t17026)
UTG (t18568)
UTG+1 (t10428)
MP1 (t130449)
MP2 (t2594)
MP3 (t7887)
CO (t12149)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
7 folds, SB raises to t3000, Hero calls t2000.

Flop: (t8450) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
SB pushes all-in immediately, and I call with my spade draw and backdoor straight chances.  I'm hoping he's not paired up here, and I was right.

Turn:  2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)

River:  8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)

Final Pot: t34577

Results in white below:  
SB has As Qd (one pair, twos).  
Hero has 7s 8s (flush, ten high).  
Outcome: Hero wins t34577.  

I double up here, and it's the beginning of the end for the SB I played on this flop.  He ends up 20th.

The last premium hand I get is KK in middle position.  I raise to 6k, and everyone folds.  People are dropping fairly quickly since the money has been made, and before we know it, we're down to 2 tables.  

I drop a good bit of money waiting for some decent cards, but mostly I fold a seemingly endless procession of 49, K5, 6T and the like.  The 2 hands I did play I completely missed the flop and had no realistic shot at the hands (A6s, and 9Ts - both on the button).  Before long, with the blinds going up to 2000/4000, I'm down to 10,000 in chips and getting desperate.  However, by folding and being tight, I have moved up 2 more slots in the money, and we sit with 13 players left.  If I make the final table, it's another bump of about $5, then each slot moves up from there quite a bit.

===============

Big Blind is t4000 (6 handed)
SB (t60510)
Hero (t10190)
UTG (t189040)
MP (t19464)
CO (t257252)
Button (t16072)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
4 folds, SB completes, Hero moves all-in, SB calls.

Flop:  8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)

Turn: A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)

River: 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)

Final Pot: t20780

Results in white below:  
SB has 9s 7h (one pair, aces).  
Hero has Ad Tc (three of a kind, aces).  
Outcome: Hero wins t20780.  

With the win, I last past 2 more players, and we're down to 11.

=============

Big Blind is t4000 (6 handed)
MP (t56720)
Hero (t16580)
Button (t191340)
SB (t15164)
BB (t256952)
UTG (t15772)

Preflop: Hero is CO with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
1 fold, MP raises to t12630, 3 folds, Hero moves all-in for t16480, MP calls t3850.

Flop:  7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)

Woo-hoo!

Turn:  A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)

D'oh!

River:  A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)

Final Pot: t39560

Results in white below:  
MP has Ad Jc (three of a kind, aces).  
Hero has Js Jd (two pair, aces and jacks).  
Outcome: MP wins t39560.  

I definitely would've made the final table if I could've had that one hand hold up.  There were at least 3 others in the tourney who were hurting, and I think I could've made it to at least 8th... but hey, I did pretty well here.  I'm happy with the finish, and my play overall.

Finish 11th out of 355 - Win $21.60
Final bankroll: $156.96

+13.93 total, +7.60 in tourneys, +6.33 in ring games
(I lost $6 on another SNG when my AK lost a coin flip)
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 10, 2006, 08:34:11 AM
2 hands cost me and Andrea about $20 last night.  Andrea crapped out of 2 SNG's, then the 3rd was a dogfight.

She went all-in with 68o 4 handed, and ended up sucking out on AA with a straight.  But then after it got down to 3 handed, the tables turned on her and she lost with KK to K5 when 2 5's hit the board.  The nice part about it for the K5 guy was it was the same guy she beat with the 6-8.  Still, 3rd place is good enough for $10.  But if she had won that hand, the other guy would've been down to 100 chips and she would've been in great position to win, which would've been $15 more.

Then, I am playing a the 8:05 $1 tourney at the same time.  This tourney always has between 2,000 and 2,500 participants.  After 1/2 hour I'm down to about 1600 chips (from the 3000 starting chips) and figuring on ways to exit gracefully.  Then I actually start playing well and picking up some hands.2 of my favorite hands were:

I had QQ in late position with about 16k in chips.  I raised to 2500 (blinds were 300/600).  I got 3 callers.  Flop is K-Q-J, 2 diamonds.  UTG goes all-in for about 9k.  I go all-in, and the table folds around.  He shows J-T... river is a J, giving me the full house and putting me into the table lead at 33k.

After losing a hand or 2, I'm down to about 26k.  Then, I get 99 in the SB.  The CO raises to about 2500 (blinds are 400/800 now), and I just call.  Flop is J-4-8, 2 diamonds.  I decide to put the pressure on and go all-in.  I figure the CO is on a weak Ace or something like that because he's been raising a lot.  He doesn't insta-call, which indicates to me right away that he does not have a Jack.  He thinks for about 20 seconds, then calls and shows K-8 of clubs.  No help for him on the turn or river, and I move up to 53k and am the dominating table leader.

Top 300 pay, and we're already down to under 150 at this point.  I still have 50k or so chips as the blinds are now 1000/2000.  I am being VERY patient, including folding KQs in the SB, when 2 players behind me raised and re-raised... turned out it was AK v. 77, and I would've knocked them both out when a Q hit the flop.  But still, that's a good fold.

Then I finally get a good hand I'm hoping for action on:  KK.  Player behind me with 35k chips raises to 7800.  I re-raise to 25k.  Everybody folds, and the player behind me thinks on it for a LONG time, and goes all-in.  I call, and I get the dream scenario... he has KQ.  

But of course, the flop comes Q-Q-4, and he knocks me down to under 13k.  With blinds at 1500/3000 after a couple minutes, I end up going all in with KJ, running into KQ, and watching no help come for me.

I go out in 138th, and win $2.94.  If I win that KK hand, I would've been among the tournament leaders, and definitely primed to make at least the last 20, which would've paid me at least $10-15.

So, that sucks.  But it could've been worse I guess.  But I would rather lose with KK to AA and just chalk it up to bad timing than lose when I was in such a dominating position like that.  It kept me up last night.  Well, for a few minutes anyway.

Finish: $150.90
Lose $6.06 total by losing 2 SNG's outright, and making $12.94 on a total of $19 in tourney fees
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 10, 2006, 10:13:50 AM
Tried a $6 limit tournament this morning. 260 entered, top 30 paid. I was among the table leaders most of the tourney until the deck went cold for me. By the time the blinds were 200/400, I had 7600 chips or so. I got JJ in the SB and called a raise. Flop was 8-9-J. It was bet, I just called planning to raise the turn. Turn is a 3h, I check raised, and there are still 2 opponents. I figure to make a crapload here as long as the river isn't a Q or a 7. The river is Qh. I bet out, am raised, call it and see the heart flush with AJ.

I go down to 3500 chips, get JJ again 2 hands later... raise it, have 1 opponent who called me with A8... I bet and raised it all the way, but 2 8's hit the board and I was out in 94th.

But I think I did well for my first limit tourney. I think I will play that one again sometime. If not for a couple of semi-unlucky turns there, I would've had well over 15k chips heading towards the money, which would've let me play my preferred game.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 11, 2006, 04:28:29 PM
After some more unsuccessful tourney appearances, our bankroll drops below $140.

I had a good roll going this morning in the 10:40 $6 MTT... with about 400 of the field of 1050 or so gone, I got QQ.  I raised to 450 with 50/100 blinds.  The player ahead of me goes all-in... the caller directly behind me goes all-in.  This had been a fairly loose table where I had picked up some good hands to get up to 5k in chips, but the guy behind me has me covered.  I decide to go for it, figuring to be in great shape if I win, going to over 11k in chips.  I call, big stack behind me has 66, small stack ahead of me shows ATs.  I'm in good shape.  At least I was until the 6 hit the turn.  Flippin' trips.  Still, I am just a few bad breaks from being a consistent MTT money finisher.  Maybe I need to stop going all-in with hands like QQ and KK and try to play them after the flop.  I suppose not, but it's frickin' frustrating.

But then this afternoon I make up for things with a solid run at one .50/1 limit table.

Here are some choice hands from that session:

Preflop: Hero is SB with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).    
7 folds, Hero raises, BB calls.

Flop: (4 SB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, BB calls.

Turn: (3 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, BB calls.

River: (5 BB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, BB folds.

Final Pot: 6 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ah Kd (one pair, twos).  
Outcome: Hero wins 6 BB.  

==================

Preflop: Hero is MP2 with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif).  CO posts a blind of $0.50.    
2 folds, UTG+2 calls, 1 fold, Hero raises, 2 folds, Button 3-bets, 1 fold, BB calls, UTG+2 folds, Hero calls.

Flop: (11.50 SB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero checks, Button checks.

Turn: (5.75 BB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero checks, Button checks.

River: (5.75 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, Hero checks, Button bets, BB folds, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 7.75 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Ks Qd (high card, ace).  
Button has 9h Jc (high card, ace).  
Outcome: Hero wins 7.75 BB.  

I make a good read there... his final bet just felt like a steal attempt, and I was right.

=================

Preflop: Hero is SB with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
UTG raises, 7 folds, Hero calls, 1 fold.

Flop: (5 SB) 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (3.50 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, UTG raises, Hero 3-bets, UTG calls.

River: (9.50 BB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, UTG calls.

Final Pot: 11.50 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Qc Ts (straight, queen high).  
UTG has Ks Kd (one pair, kings).  
Outcome: Hero wins 11.50 BB.  

Nothing like flopping a straight.

===============

Preflop: Hero is SB with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
UTG calls, UTG+1 calls, 1 fold, MP1 raises, 2 folds, CO calls, 1 fold, Hero calls, BB calls, UTG calls, UTG+1 calls.

Flop: (12 SB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (6 players)
Hero checks, BB checks, UTG bets, UTG+1 calls, MP1 calls, CO folds, Hero calls, BB calls.

Turn: (8.50 BB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (5 players)
Hero checks, BB checks, UTG bets, UTG+1 calls, MP1 folds, Hero raises, BB folds, UTG calls, UTG+1 calls.

River: (14.50 BB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
Hero bets, UTG raises, UTG+1 folds, Hero 3-bets, UTG caps, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 22.50 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Jd Jh (three of a kind, jacks).  
UTG has 3s Kh (two pair, kings and threes).  
Outcome: Hero wins 22.50 BB.  

====================

In this next hand, I'm up against the same guy I just beat out that last hand.  He couldn't have liked me much by the end of things.

Preflop: Hero is MP2 with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
3 folds, Hero raises, 1 fold, CO calls, 1 fold, SB calls, 1 fold.

Flop: (7 SB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, CO checks.

Turn: (3.50 BB) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, CO bets, SB folds, Hero raises, CO calls.

River: (7.50 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, CO raises, Hero 3-bets, CO caps, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 15.50 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Qd Qc (three of a kind, queens).  
CO has 4d Kc (two pair, kings and fours).  
Outcome: Hero wins 15.50 BB.  

=================

After that hand, I dropped $10 at that table, and another $5 at another table.... I was over $170 at one point, but still finish way up for the day.

Not sure what I started at, but I think I finished up about $20 here.

Finish: $157.28
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 15, 2006, 04:25:29 PM
We actually dropped below $120 on Saturday this weekend, then last night got above $165.  Andrea has been tearing up SNG's, finish 2nd/2nd/1st in her last 3.  I have been about even in ring game action of late.  I have been doing well in MTT's, finishing in the money in about 50% of the last 10 tourneys played...  and frankly, with these crazy $1/$2/$3 Party Poker MTT's with 1500-2500 entrants, it's not easy to navigate the minefields.  Now, my goal is to not just make the money, but to start finishing a bit higher up than I have been.

Anyway, today I sat at 2 cash tables at about 3:15.  After about 20 minutes, I'm down $5.  Then, I get 2 raising hands in the CO position... In the middle of both hands, some guy comes in my office and wants to talk work.  Well, what am I going to say?  "Get the fuck out of here you fucking fuckhead!" came to mind, as well as faking a fainting spell.  But in the end, I helped him with what he wanted, came back to the tables, and found myself down over $10 total.

I left one table that I was down $9 at, and replaced it.  I ended up about even there, which meant I needed to make hay at this 2nd original table.  Which I did.  

It was beautiful.  I was running over the table.  See for yourself:

Preflop: Hero is CO with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).  UTG posts a blind of $0.50.    
1 fold, UTG+2 calls, 2 folds, MP3 calls, Hero raises, 3 folds, UTG+2 calls, MP3 calls.

Flop: (7.50 SB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (4 players)
UTG+2 checks, MP3 bets, Hero raises, UTG+2 calls, MP3 calls.

Turn: (6.75 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (4 players)
UTG+2 checks, MP3 bets, Hero raises, UTG+2 folds, MP3 3-bets, Hero caps, MP3 calls.

River: (14.75 BB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
MP3 checks, MP3 calls.

Final Pot: 15.50 BB

Results in white below:  
BB doesn't show.  
MP3 has Ts Qs (flush, queen high).  
Hero has Ks As (flush, ace high).  
Outcome: Hero wins 15.50 BB.  

==============

Preflop: Hero is Button with 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
5 folds, MP3 calls, 1 fold, Hero calls, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (4 SB) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (4 players)
SB checks, BB bets, MP3 folds, Hero raises, SB calls, BB calls.

Turn: (5 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets, SB folds, BB folds.

Final Pot: 6 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 6 BB.  

==============

Preflop: Hero is SB with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
7 folds, Hero raises, BB 3-bets, Hero calls.

Flop: (6 SB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, BB bets, Hero calls.

Turn: (4 BB) 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, BB bets, Hero raises, BB calls.

River: (8 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)
Hero bets, BB folds.

Final Pot: 9 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Kc Ah (one pair, aces).  
Outcome: Hero wins 9 BB.  

==================

Preflop: Hero is CO with 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
UTG calls, 1 fold, MP1 calls, 1 fold, Hero raises, 2 folds, BB calls, UTG calls, MP1 calls.

Flop: (8.50 SB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (4 players)
BB checks, UTG checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets, BB folds, UTG folds, MP1 folds.

Final Pot: 4.75 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 4.75 BB.  

=================

Preflop: Hero is Button with 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
4 folds, CO calls, Hero raises, 1 fold, BB calls, CO calls.

Flop: (6.50 SB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, CO bets, Hero raises, BB folds, CO folds.

Final Pot: 4.75 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 4.75 BB.  

=================

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).  Hero posts a blind of $0.75.    
1 fold, UTG+1 calls, 2 folds, Hero (poster) checks, 3 folds, BB checks.

Flop: (4 SB) 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 checks, Hero bets, BB folds, UTG+1 folds.

Final Pot: 2.50 BB

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins 2.50 BB.  

=================

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
1 fold, Hero raises, 2 folds, MP3 calls, 2 folds, SB calls, 1 fold.

Flop: (7 SB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, Hero bets, MP3 calls, SB folds.

Turn: (4.50 BB) T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP3 bets, Hero calls.

River: (6.50 BB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP3 bets, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 8.50 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has 8s 8c (two pair, aces and eights).  
MP3 has 6c 6s (two pair, aces and sixes).  
Outcome: Hero wins 8.50 BB.  

================

It was great.  I finish up nearly $10 total, even after taking a $9 loss on that other table.

Finish: $174.38
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 16, 2006, 02:20:53 PM
Andrea won her 2nd straight SNG last night, while I bubbled out in the 7:30 $10+1 MTT... finishing 250th or so out of 1,200-ish folks, when 150 made the money.

That is a net of $8, which put us over $180 for the first time.

Today, there have been company bigwigs all over the place, including one temporarily occupying the office directly across from me.  When they went into their big meeting, I went into a $5+1 SNG of my own.  My thinking here is, of course, "well, if she can win these, so can I."

Almost true.

View the crucial hands of my tourney.

Big Blind is t100 (10 handed)
CO (t1430)
Button (t2538)
SB (t1750)
BB (t926)
Hero (t1840)
UTG+1 (t3924)
UTG+2 (t1850)
MP1 (t2525)
MP2 (t341)
MP3 (t2876)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
Hero calls t100, 5 folds, MP2 is all-in (t341), Button calls t341, 2 folds, Hero calls t241.

Flop: 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
Button bets t100, Hero raises to t350, Button is all-in (t2097), Hero calls all-in (t1149)

Turn: 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)

River: T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)

Results in white below:  
Hero has Jh Ac (two pair, aces and jacks).  
MP2 has 2s Ah (one pair, aces).  
Button has As Js (two pair, aces and jacks).  
Outcome: Button and Hero split.  

MP2 is out, our first casualty.

===============

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t100 (9 handed)
MP2 (t541)
MP3 (t3806)
CO (t3210)
Button (t326)
Hero (t1586)
BB (t1791)
UTG (t2050)
UTG+1 (t3769)
MP1 (t2921)

Preflop: Hero is SB with 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
2 folds, MP1 calls t100, MP2 calls t100, MP3 calls t100, 2 folds, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (t500) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (5 players)
Hero checks, BB checks, MP1 bets t229, MP2 folds, MP3 calls t229, Hero calls t229, BB folds.

Turn: (t1187) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, MP1 bets t297, MP3 raises to t594, Hero moves all-in (t1257), MP1 folds, MP3 calls t663.

River: K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)

Final Pot: t3998

Results in white below:  
Hero has 8c 7c (straight, eight high).  
MP3 has 5d Jh (two pair, jacks and fives).  
Outcome: Hero wins t3998.  

=============

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t200 (7 handed)
Button (t882)
SB (t3010)
Hero (t3798)
UTG (t2417)
MP1 (t3729)
MP2 (t4269)
CO (t1895)

Preflop: Hero is BB with K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
1 fold, MP1 calls t200, 3 folds, Button moves all-in (t882), Hero calls t682, MP1 folds.

Flop:  3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)

Turn:  8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)

River: 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (2 players)

Final Pot: t2064

Results in white below:  
Hero has Kd Qs (high card, ace).  
Button has 9d 9c (one pair, nines).  
Outcome: Button wins t2064.  

Maybe a shaky call there, but I was definitely looking for the coin flip, and I got it.  This could be where I get in trouble, as Andrea avoids coin flips like the plague, whereas when we get down to 5-6, I'm more than willing to put my chips in against smaller stacks with them.  And I get hurt here.

==================

Big Blind is t200 (6 handed)
UTG (t2910)
Hero (t2716)
CO (t2017)
Button (t4098)
SB (t4069)
BB (t4190)

Preflop: Hero is MP with 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    
1 fold, Hero raises to t550, 1 fold, Button raises to t900, 2 folds, Hero calls t350.

Flop: (t2100) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets t375, Hero folds.

Final Pot: t2475

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Button wins t2475.  

I really needed to move all-in there regardless of the flop... but I froze up and it cost me.  I think he was on a higher pair than I was.

================

I lead the table in getting fairly aggressive, then this hand comes up:

Big Blind is t400 (6 handed)
BB (t3210)
Hero (t2516)
MP (t2817)
CO (t4698)
Button (t3669)
SB (t3090)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif).    
Hero calls t400, 2 folds, Button raises to t1000, 2 folds, Hero moves all-in (t2116), Button folds.

Final Pot: t4116

Results in white below:  
No showdown.  Hero wins t4116.  

That puts me in 2nd place again, after making 2 bad plays earlier.

===================

And the penultimate hand:

Big Blind is t400 (6 handed)
SB (t2810)
Hero (t4116)
UTG (t2817)
MP (t4698)
CO (t2669)
Button (t2890)

Preflop: Hero is BB with T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
3 folds, Button raises to t800, 1 fold, Hero calls t400.

Flop: (t1800) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets t614, Hero raises all-in (t3316), Button calls all-in (t1476)

Turn: A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)

River: 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)

Final Pot: t5980

Results in white below:  
Hero has Td 9c (two pair, tens and threes).  
Button has Qc Ah (two pair, aces and threes).  
Outcome: Button wins t5980.  

That knocked me down to 1200 or so with the blinds at 200/400.  I didn't last much longer, and get knocked out in 6th.  The ripper is that I was 3:1 after pairing my ten, and I knew he would call my all-in with his 2 overcards.  I knew all this, but still lost.

I did proceed to make back most of my fee at cash tables, despite having AA, KK, and JJ (twice) beaten.  

Finish: $180.26
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 16, 2006, 03:39:29 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
Today, there have been company bigwigs all over the place, including one temporarily occupying the office directly across from me.  When they went into their big meeting, I went into a $5+1 SNG of my own.  My thinking here is, of course, "well, if she can win these, so can I."

The company bigwigs are playing online poker at work, too?
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 16, 2006, 04:13:22 PM
How do you think we make money?  The whole place is just a front for a giant gambling operation.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 16, 2006, 07:54:06 PM
Making money? Dude, I'm not really even sure what it is your company does...
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 17, 2006, 02:09:59 PM
What a roller-coaster day this has turned out to be.  Andrea placed 1st again in a SNG last night. I crapped out early in another $11 tourney, then lost $2 at a ring game to make it $171 or so to start the day.  

Then I started out off poorly at cash tables.  Ended up taking about a $7 loss, and then decided to enter 2 SNG's at the same time.  So, after paying the fees, we're sitting at $151.

But I do VERY well in the SNG's.

A couple highlight hands:

Big Blind is t100 (8 handed)
MP1 (t1700)
MP2 (t2052)
CO (t2380)
Hero (t3280)
SB (t4311)
BB (t366)
UTG (t4121)
UTG+1 (t1790)

Preflop: Hero is Button with 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
UTG calls t100, 2 folds, MP2 calls t100, CO calls t100, Hero calls t100, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (t600) 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (6 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG bets t100, MP2 calls t100, CO folds, Hero calls t100, SB calls t100, BB folds.

Turn: (t1000) 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (4 players)
SB checks, UTG bets t100, MP2 raises to t500, Hero calls t500, SB calls t500, UTG folds.

River: (t2600) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
SB checks, MP2 bets t500, Hero raises to t1000, SB calls t1000, MP2 folds.

Final Pot: t5100

Results in white below:  
SB has 8s Qh (two pair, queens and eights).  
Hero has 4d 4c (four of a kind, fours).  
Outcome: Hero wins t5100.  

This hand vaulted me into the lead, where I stayed until heads up.  After about a 15 minute heads up battle, here's the final hand:

Big Blind is t800 (2 handed)
BB (t7504)
Hero (t12496)

Preflop: Hero is Button with J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif).    

I push all-in pre-flop and get called.

Flop: (t800) 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), 4(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)

Turn: (t800) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (2 players)

River: (t800) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)

Results in white below:  
BB has 4s Kd (one pair, fours).  
Hero has Jd Ah (one pair, aces).  
Outcome: Hero wins.  

==============

The other tourney was more about chip accumulation.

Big Blind is t200 (7 handed)
UTG (t5620)
Hero (t3085)
MP2 (t1225)
CO (t3280)
Button (t3320)
SB (t1165)
BB (t2305)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
UTG calls t200, Hero calls t200, 2 folds, Button calls t200, 1 fold, BB checks.

Flop: (t900) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (4 players)
BB checks, UTG bets t400, Hero calls t400, Button calls t400, BB folds.

Turn: (t2100) 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif) (3 players)
UTG bets t400, Hero calls t400, Button calls t400.

River: (t3300) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (3 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets t1200, Button folds, UTG folds.

Final Pot: t4500

Results in white below:  
Hero has Td Tc (straight, queen high).  
Outcome: Hero wins t4500.  

I hung around the top 3 the rest of the way, and limped into 2nd place.

=================

So, now I'm at $191 and feeling like I'm "the stuff".

Then I sit at 2 cash tables, and soon discover that I am not, in fact, "the stuff".

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (10 handed)

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
1 fold, Hero raises, UTG+2 3-bets, 1 fold, MP2 calls, 5 folds, Hero calls.

Flop: (10.50 SB) K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif), A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets, MP2 calls, Hero calls.

Turn: (6.75 BB) 6(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets, MP2 calls, Hero calls.

River: (9.75 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (3 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets, MP2 calls, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 12.75 BB

Results in white below:  
Hero has Td Ac (three of a kind, aces).  
UTG+2 has Kd Kh (full house, kings full of aces).  
MP2 has Qc Ks (two pair, aces and kings).  
Outcome: UTG+2 wins 12.75 BB.  

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(9 handed)
Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).    
UTG calls, UTG+1 raises, 1 fold, Hero calls, 4 folds, BB calls, UTG calls.

Flop: (8.50 SB) 5(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 9(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif), 3(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (4 players)
BB checks, UTG checks, UTG+1 bets, Hero calls, BB folds, UTG calls.

Turn: (5.75 BB) A(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
UTG checks, UTG+1 bets, Hero raises, UTG folds, UTG+1 3-bets, Hero calls.

River: (11.75 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/heart.gif) (2 players)
UTG+1 bets, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 13.75 BB

Results in white below:  
UTG+1 has Ks Ac (one pair, aces).  
Hero has Ad Qc (one pair, aces).  
Outcome: UTG+1 wins 13.75 BB.  

===================

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (6 handed)

Preflop: Hero is CO with T(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 7(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif).  MP posts a blind of $0.50.  Hero posts a blind of $0.50.  UTG posts a blind of $0.50.    
UTG (poster) checks, MP (poster) checks, Hero (poster) checks, Button calls, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (6 SB) 2(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/diamond.gif), K(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif), 8(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (6 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG checks, MP bets, Hero calls, Button folds, SB folds, BB folds, UTG calls.

Turn: (4.50 BB) J(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/spade.gif) (3 players)
UTG checks, MP bets, Hero calls, UTG folds.

River: (6.50 BB) Q(http://www.flopturnriver.com/phpBB2/images/smiles/club.gif) (2 players)
MP bets, Hero raises, MP calls.

Final Pot: 10.50 BB

Results in white below:  
MP has Jc 9c (flush, king high).  
Hero has Tc 7c (flush, king high).  
Outcome: MP wins 10.50 BB.  

So yeah, I dumped $25.

I'm sitting on $166+, and am getting ready to play a bit more this afternoon
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 21, 2006, 09:39:22 AM
Hey, this sit 'n go stuff isn't that hard.

Or at least, that's what Party Poker is leading both me and my wife to believe.

Last night, I'm watching the end of a show while she fires a $6 single table SNG up.  She does her standard fold most everything, but double up when she gets AA or some-such other monster hand.  It gets down to 6, and there is one guy raising nearly every hand... but he's only raising the minimum.  Andrea gets K5 suited in the BB and makes the call.  Flop comes K-6-K.  She checks, he bets, she calls.  Turn is a blank, and she checks.  He bets more.  She goes all-in.  He calls... with A8 suited, a total nothing hand.  She doubles up, and says "ty" in the chat, a rare taunt.  He responds with "kissssssss", and promptly goes out in the next hand with some garbage.

She makes the last 5 and keeps building her stack.  Then, she goes on a nice run.  She knocks out 4th place when the flop comes 8 high, and she's holding A8o.  The other players calls her all-in with K8o, and she wins.  A couple of hands later, she has J4o in a blind, and wins another major pot when the flop is J-4-7 or something like that, and the other player is holding J2o.  Still later, she takes a dominating chip lead when she's holding 96o in the blind, and the flop is 9-6-7.  Other player pushes all-in with 95o, and she wins again.

She ends up winning the tourney, and netting another $19.  She is on a roll.  Her tight early, aggressive late strategy certainly seems to be paying off.

After witnessing that demolition, I decide to fire up a $6 SNG of my own.

I have a bit of a different strategy than Andrea.  It is a bit more dangerous, but I think it's also a bit easier to win with it.... but it also is a bit easier to lose large amounts of chips.

2 hands kept appearing for me here... 77 and KJo.  I think I won with the 7's one time, and that was on a bet after I had raised the pot, when the flop was A-Q-x. Two other times, I was played with and beaten, and 1 other time I folded to heavy pre-flop action, and would've flopped trips.

I got QQ in MP once during level 2 (30/60 blinds).  I raised to 220, and got a caller from the SB.  Flop was A-7-7.  He checked, I bet 375 and got called.  Turn was a wondrous Q.  I explained to Andrea after the hand that since I had position, I would've checked the turn after I appeared beaten, since the SB didn't appear to want to play his hand aggressively.  I bet the same amount on the turn and river, and knocked the SB to about 300 chips.

Later on, I tried raising with the KJ once, but the player behind me seemed determined to play with me every time I tried to raise.  And each time I made a continuation bet on the flop, he would call me.  I think we split about 4 hands that went like that, and soon enough we're down to 4 players, and I'm one of them with about 5k in chips.

I fold a bunch of junk, but in doing so watch 2 other players depart the tournament, and soon I'm heads up with about 6k to the other players 12k.  He is a decent heads up player, but way too conventional.  He is checking / betting / calling way too predictably, and I hope it's just a matter of time until I can get a hand to double up with.  It comes with JTo.  He min. raises to 1200 (300/600 blinds), I call.  Flop is 8-9-3, I decide to push all-in.  He calls fairly quickly, and shows A9o.  I'm in good shape with 2 overcards and a decent draw.  Sure enough, the river is a Jack, and I double up.  

We're now about even, and I slowly take the chip lead with a couple of raises.  He appears to be tiring of my aggressive play, so I decide to take my foot off the gas and try to trap him.  2 hands later, here comes AQo.  I just call, but he raises before the flop... I move all-in, he calls.  It's a race, as he shows 99.  Board comes 2-T-2-J-K, and I make my straight to win the tourney.

Nice evening, as we start with $167, and move up to over $205 after netting $38 from the 2 hours of action.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on August 21, 2006, 12:11:35 PM
Quote from: "Butter"
Her tight early, aggressive late strategy certainly seems to be paying off.

That's how I liked to play online. The trick, of course, is to make sure that the blinds don't whittle down your stack while you're playing tight.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 21, 2006, 12:43:31 PM
For the record, I didn't mean it to sound like my strategy is better than Andrea's.  I just prefer to play my hands a bit faster than she does.  For example, she hardly ever raises.  I rarely enter an unopened pot without raising.  However, by playing my hands faster, I run the risk of getting caught and beaten severely.  Whereas with her strategy, you don't have many chips at risk, generally speaking, so if you don't hit the flop hard, you can get away from the hand pretty easily.  Whereas if I put in a 400 raise with 50/100 blinds, then make a 400 continuation bet on the flop, if I only start with 3000 chips on the hand, I'm risking 25% of my chips on what is essentially a bluff if the flop misses me.  I think we just have different poker philosophies.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 21, 2006, 02:58:39 PM
We finally jump over the $200 goal, and I have a HORRENDOUS day at the cash tables, and drop us back under $200. Back under $180, in fact. I think we're at $177 now.

However, there is a new development. I now have $38 at Poker Stars. This is the money I won a while back at Poker Champs. Poker Champs closed their doors to US players about a month or two ago, and I transferred my money into my Neteller account. I was going to put it right into our Party Poker account, but they have a $50 minimum. Poker Stars' minimum is $25, so I was able to deposit the whole amount there.

Plus, Poker Stars has smaller buy-in sit 'n go's, and lower limit tables, which will suit my bankroll just fine to start. So, for the time being, I'll be playing mostly at Poker Stars. I won $1.30 in 15 minutes at a .25/.50 table, so that was nice.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on August 22, 2006, 05:45:46 AM
yeah i was sad about the demise of pokerchamps too. (even though i'm not in US, they kicked me out too). their tournaments were great because they usually got about 40-80 players, which is perfect.

i have been playing more and more live NL recently. even though it's a lot slower than online, there are a helluva lot more variables, which makes it more fun.  there is a 'big table' game that they started a few months ago at my local casino, and it's pretty sweet. it's a $500 buy-in table, and they charge $30 per hour. it's a straight time-charge, so no rake is taken from each pot. and, there is no dealer-tipping allowed, so it's cheaper than most games you'll play in casinos.  i lit it up for $1600 this weekend, and average about $400 each time i play. (although there is also a big swing... i have lost $1000 twice).

there's also a pub-night poker tourney that's every tuesday night, at a pub that's literally 7 houses away. it's a $25 buy-in, and they pay the top 3 spots. there's usually about 30-40 players, so it's a fun little tourney.

it is also a part of a bigger "national poker league" that has 12-week seasons. so, you can track how you do against fellow pub-mates and the bigger pool of people who play all around the city. they had their tourney of champions this weekend, which had about 550 players in it. i finished #20, which sounds good until you learn taht only the top 6 places actually paid. so, i spent a lot of time and ended up with nothing to show for it.

players in australia are not as good as in the US. they are bigger gamblers, which means you will win more for every pot you win, on average. but, it's damned near impossible to bluff, even in higher limit games. but being a good poker player is about adapting to the game and players you're playing against.

there are many times i get sucked out on or can't get someone to fold with absolutely nothing, and that is sooo frustrating. but, those moments are made-up-for by the fact that you can just make a killing when you get a good hand.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 22, 2006, 11:23:10 AM
Poker Stars
Start: $34.40


Decide to enter a $3 + .40 turbo NL SNG.  In these turbo Poker Stars tourneys, you get 1500 chipsÖ blinds start at 10/20, but go up every 5 minutes.  

First hand, I get QJ in the BB.  Itís raised to 40, then to 100.  I make the call as does one other player.  3 players, flop is 8-J-2, rainbow.  I check, other caller checks, re-raiser goes all-in.  Iím figuring an overpair, but I decide to make the call anyway in case itís AK.  Itís not, itís AA.  Turn is a 9Ö river is a 10, giving me the big suck-out and doubling on hand 1 to over 3100 chips.  

I make another call with QJs later, and end up making another straight to knock out a small stack, and climb over 3700 chips.  I move up to around 4000, and the table starts getting desperate when the blinds hit 75/150, as 2 players go all-inÖ and 1 is knocked out.  Down to 6, and Iím still the chip leader.

I mostly stay out of the way, and eventually we get down to 3.  The chips shift around a bit, and I end up with AQ on the button.  I just call, but the SB min. raises (blinds are 200/400).  I move all-in with my 4500 chips or so, and he calls me.  He has AKo, and Iím out as the flop is all low cards.  I net $2.60 on that deal.

I also enter a $2 + .20 MTT around the same time.  Itís relatively uneventful, I sit around 3k in chips after the 1st break, and needing to start building up to make the money.  

I get AKs in MP (blinds are 75/150)Ö UTG raises to 300, I re-raise to 1500Ö button goes all-in for 1400-ish.  UTG goes all-in, I call my last 1500, and here we go.  UTG has AQs, button has 77.  Flop is 8-Q-7 with none of my suit, and thatís about as big a disaster as I could get.  Iím out in 225th, about 100 places shy of the money.

Finish: $34.80
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 22, 2006, 12:14:43 PM
Start: $34.80
I sit at two 25/50 cent limit tables with $5 each to try and build up some money here.

First hand at table 1, I get A6h in the CO.  I am already in for .25, so I call a raise.  Sadly, the BB re-raises, now Iím in for 75 cents on this hand, since we still have 4 players.  Lucky for me, flop is 8-3-2, all hearts.  Itís checked around the 1st time, as I am in position and try to get some action here.  Next card is a T, orig. raiser bets, player behind me calls, I raise.  Orig. re-raiser folds, raiser folds, player behind me calls.  River is a 5, no heartÖ he checks, I bet, he callsÖ I win $6.  He had T9o or something like that.  

Other table, I get JTs in MP, and limp in.  Flop is J-Q-J.  SB bets out, I am the only caller.  Turn is a K, now Iím worried about a full house.  He bets again, I call.  River is A, he bets again, I call.  He shows J2, so I take it down with a straight.  

15 minutes, and between the 2 tables, Iím up $6 even.  I always did well at the 25/50 cent tables at Poker Champs as well, but they were always empty.

I get blinded down a bit, then win a large pot, as I river 2 pair with my A4hÖ I had hit a 4 and 2 hearts on the flop, and stayed in to the riverÖ poor guy had KK.  

I pick up the blinds with AA a bit later, but get no action after my early raise.

Not a bad little session here.

Finish: $45.20
+10.40 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 22, 2006, 04:00:50 PM
Start: $45.20

Sit at two 25/50 cent tables again, with $5 each.

Pick up KTc in the BBÖ me and one other player go to the flop, which is J-A-J, one club.  I check, he checks, turn is 4cÖ now Iíve picked up a flush draw to go with my gutshot, I call a .50 bet.  River is 7cÖ I check, he bets, I raise, he calls and mucks AK.  I pick up a smallish pot with some luck there.

I call in MP with 56dÖ flop is A-9-3, one diamond.  BB checks, UTG+2 checksÖ I bet and take down $1.10.  Bluffs DO work if done in the right spots.  

One of these tables is super-tightÖ I pull down the blinds just by raising with 55, 66, KQ, and KT.  I also win a nice pot with KQ when a Q hits the board and I out-kick QJ.

I also get massacred at one table when my A7s falls to A4Ö a 7 and 4 were on the flop, but a 4 hit the river to lose me about $1.50.

Iíd be lying if I didnít say that playing these limits is BOR-ing, but I canít just leap into a 50c/$1 table, and drop $30 in a session like I have done at Party Poker.  In fact, if anything, playing at these limits is making me play more patiently, which is how I should be playing in the first place.

Finish: $50.20
+5.00 for session
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 23, 2006, 04:19:56 PM
Start: $50.20

I enter a Poker Stars standard 9-seat $5+.50 NLHE sit Ďn go.  That takes me down to $44.70 right off the bat.  Payouts in the 9 seater are $22.50, $13.50, $9 for 1st/2nd/3rd.

The table seems fairly tightÖ the first hand I play is 89s in the SB.  Itís raised to 60 on the first blind level, but there are 3 callers, so I make it 4 getting odds to speculate here.  Flop is 9-8-8.  Hello, vicar!  I checkÖ itís checked to the button, who bets 60.  I call, as do 3 others.  Turn is a 7Ö I am hoping someone makes a straight or a flush or something here.  I check, itís bet to 100, I call as does the button.  River is another 9, which is not great for me, giving any other 9 a boat as well.  I check, everyone else checks, and I take the early chip lead.

The table loosens up as we get some big hands facing each otherÖ QQ v. TT, AJ v. KQ and the like.  Problem with all these clashes are, itís always the small stack who ends up doubling, so no one goes out.  Finally, one guy goes out while pushing after taking a beat, trying to steal with K2, and losing to ATs.  

Blinds at 25/50, I raise to 200 in the CO with AQd.  Button has only 300, so he goes all-in.  I call, he shows 22Ö flop brings 2 more Aces, and I knock out player #2.  

2 more players go out a hand later, as flop is Kd-7d-9cÖ one player pushes with 2 pair, 79oÖ another pushes with a flush draw 89d, and yet another is all-in with KTo.  Turn is a T, and river is a brick, giving KT the hand and knocking out the other 2.

So, weíre down to 5, and Iím 3rd in chips with the blinds still at 25/50.  Blinds move up to 50/100, and Iím staying around 2200 chips.  I move up to 2900, as in the SB I call with Q5, the flop is KQKÖ I min. bet to the river and get called down with Ace-high.  Blinds go up to 75/150, and Iím still 3rd.

The small stack goes all-in with KK and gets called by KJÖ KJ ends up losing, shockingly, and weíre still at 5.

I steal the blinds with K5h, and move into 2nd place.  I lose with middle pair a bit later, and drop back to 3rd.

I make a dangerous move a bit laterÖ I get 99 in the SB, and raise to 450.  BB re-raises to 750, I call.  Flop is K-T-2Ö I go all-in, figuring him for Ax.  I am right, he folds, I move up to 3000 chips and 2nd place again.  Blinds move up to 100/200 just after this hand.  Next SB, I raise to 500 with K8o.  BB calls, flop is K-8-T, I decide to slowplay and check.  BB checksÖ turn is a 3, I min. bet 200, and get called.  River is another 8, I bet 600Ö BB thinks on it, but folds, and Iím a strong 2nd place now.

The player to my left keeps trying to play with me, but loses.  Hereís another hand we contest, as I raise to 700 with ATh.  He calls, everyone else folds.  Flop is Q-8-2, 2 diamonds.  I make a continuation bet of 600, and he thinks on it but foldsÖ putting him into 4th place.  I have basically stolen all of his money to move into a strong 2nd, and contending for 1st.  I move into 1st, as chip leader raises with 89d, then odds force him to call a small stack all-in who has JJ, which holds up for the win.  He moves back into the lead by knocking out a small stack, and weíre down to 4 players.  Antes kick in shortly thereafter, and weíre up to 100/200 + 25 ante as the top 3 are all within 1000 chips of each other, trying to wait out the guy with 1600 chips.

It doesnít happen.  Itís like pulling teeth to get anybody to bet at the pot.  I do my share of stealing, but I am stolen from a fair bit as well.  Eventually, blinds are at 200/400 + 25 anteÖ one guy has about 7500, and the rest of us have about 2000.  I get JTc on the button and call, BB checks.  Flop is 4-5-6, 2 clubs.  BB checks, I check to get the free card.  Turn is 6 of clubsÖ BB bets 1200, I raise my remaining 1585 all-in, he calls.  He has 67.  I am a big favorite, just have to dodge a 4, 5, 6, or 7, so 10 cardsÖ river is a 7, and Iím out on the bubble.  Damnit, I had this in the bag, too.  

I decide to sit at 2 cash games for a bit after that disappointment to try and get some money back.  I make a shiny quarter before being interrupted by lunch.  (at $44.95 at this point)

After lunch, I sit at the cash tables again.  First hand I get at one table is 6d-7d.  I check my forced blind in middle position, 5 players in, flop is 8d-4d-9c.  Pretty strong draw I have here, I resist the urge to raise the flop, and call a 25c bet as do 2 others.  Turn is 5s, and Iíve made one of my draws.  I raise the bettor, and weíre heads-up.  River is Ad, completing my flush, SB checks, I bet, he calls (with T9), and I take it down, netting $3 on the hand.

Another hand, Iím in for 50c on 9d-Td in early positionÖ flop is 9-2-2, but 3 players stay in to my betÖ turn is a 3.  I bet, itís raised, I call.  I check-call to the river, where raiser shows 33 for a turned boat.  I lose $2+ on that hand.  

I raise AKo from early position later, get 2 callers, and 1 of them calls me all the way to the river with A3 when AK hit the flop.  Thanks buddy!

KT in the SB later, Flop is 7-T-TÖ I bet out, and get 2 callers.  Turn is a 4th T, and I bet again, and get one caller whoís all-inÖ he actually rivers a straight (he called with 68 for Godís sakes), but I take down another $2+ pot.

At this point, I am at $11.20 at one table, and $1.10 at the other.  Henceforth, I shall refer to the table Iím up on as Good, and the table Iím down on as Bad.

I win a MONSTER pot on the good table, calling a raise and re-raise with AQ, and AQ both hit the flop.  I am afraid of sets and straights and flushes after all the raising on this hand, but my AQ holds up to AK, and I win an $8+ pot.  

At the bad table, I finally get a hand to hold up, as my raised AJ flops a straight, and I take a smallish pot.

Now, Iím up to $17.65 on Good, and $5.30 on Bad (after buying back into the Bad table with 2 more bucks).

Hereís a perfect example of the dichotomy between these 2 tables.  I get dealt KJ simultaneously at both tables.  On the Good table, Iím in the SB.  On the bad table, Iím in late position.  On the Good table, itís raised, and I call, as does one other.  At the bad table, itís unraised, and 4 go to the flop.  On the Good table, the flop is J-J-3, 2 hearts.  On the Bad table, the flop is Q-Q-5.  At the Good table, I check, and the 2 behind me bet and call.   At the bad table, I fold to heavy betting.  At the Good table, the turn is a K, and I get to raise the 2 bettorsÖ and take down another big pot.  

At the Bad table, I hold 66, and flop a setÖ and lose to a turned flush.  I knew I had lost, but you canít fold a set.  Period.

So, at the bad table, I go broke, after having invested $7.  At the Good table, I finish at $23.35Ö so for the cash games here, I finish up $11.35.

So, naturally, I decide to try my hand at another SNG.

Actually, this time itís 2 Turbo SNGís due to time.  I try a $1.50+.25 18 player SNG, and a $3+.40 10 person Turbo SNG.  That leaves me at $51.15 on the day, so Iíll have that plus any winnings here.

I finish 7th in the 18 player tourney, as I pushed all-in against 2 others pre-flop with KQÖ I was the first to move in, but they called and had KJ and 99.  Flop was K-J-2, and that essentially knocked me out.  

In the $3 + .40 turbo, I pretty much fold my way to 6-handed.  Then, I win 3 straight pots by raising and taking the blinds/antes (100/200 + 25), with AQ, KQ, and 22.  

I knock out another player in 5th place, as he is forced all-in in the BB when Iím holding AA.  Sadly, no one else wants along for the ride, even though I just called the BB.  

One specific player has turned very aggressive after we get to 4-handed, and I double up off him out of the BB, as he raises, I re-raise with JJ, and he moves on me with 66.  Flop does bring 2 overcards to my Jacks, but I am lucky enough to double through and move into 2nd.  

I take a couple more hands by raising, but maniac raises himself into 1st again, dropping me to 2nd.  I know I just need to wait for my hand, and I get it with QQ in the SB.  He is to my right, which is an advantage, as he goes all-in on me on the button.  I call, and he shows T5cÖ meanwhile, the BB also moves in with A3o, and when the flop is King high, I take down the pot and knock us down to 3, while holding the commanding chip lead.

Maniac raises on my BB again, he in the SBÖ I have J8h, so I decide to speculate and call 2500 more to try and get rid of him, hoping heís on garbage.  He is, and shows 58o.  Flop comes with a Jack, and weíre down to 2.  I have a 12500 to 2500 chip lead.  

I fold the first heads up hand out of the SB.  In the BB, I get to check with J8o.  Flop is J-2-2.  I check, other player bets 800 (blinds are 200/400).  I move all-in, he calls, and shows he was slowplaying KK.  Sadly for him, his slowplay backfires, as I river a 2nd Jack, giving me the $15 win.

Finish: $66.15
+15.95 on day, +11.60 on cash tables, +4.35 in tourneys (1 1st place, 1 4th place (top 3 paid), 1 7th place (top 4 of 18 paid))
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 24, 2006, 08:20:33 AM
After 4 SNG's over 2 days at Party Poker, we've gone from $177... to $178. Andrea has made a 2nd and a 3rd. I made a 4th and a 5th which equals nothing.

Here is how last night's SNG finished up for me.

With 5 players left, everyone had similar chip stacks, which is odd. Plus, the blinds were at 300/600, also odd for 5 to be left at this high a level. I draw 44 on the BB, and check. 2 others were also in this pot. Flop is 7-8-4. I check my set, hoping to trap, because the guy behind me has been betting everything. He bets 600, player behind him calls. It comes back to me, and the pot before the flop was 2100... it is now 3300 with the bets. I raise all-in for my remaining 3350 or so, which I figure is a good move given the pot size.

I want a call, but then again I almost don't, considering that someone COULD have 56 on this flop (but hopefully don't). The maniac behind me folds, the player behind him calls. He shows KK, and I've successfully trapped the trapper. Then, I get re-trapped when the turn is a K, and I'm out in 5th.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on August 24, 2006, 09:22:20 AM
I just finished another SNG. I finished 3rd.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 24, 2006, 09:28:20 AM
Ooh la la!  How many cashes is that in a row now?  Like 157 or something.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 24, 2006, 04:28:23 PM
Start: $66.15

Again, I sit at 2 low limit tables with $5 each.

First hand at the good table, I draw 46dÖ flop is 9-3-5, all diamonds.  I raise to try and get people off their single diamond, but 2 call me.  Turn is a Tc, I bet and get called.  River is 2d, giving me a straight flush.  I bet, and they both foldÖ must not have had diamonds after all.  Still, I net over $4.50 on that hand.

On the bad table, I pretty much run out of chips fairly quickly, calling middle and top pairs all the way, only to see I was pretty much beat the whole time.  Not good there.  I load up another bad table and sit with $5 more.

Even the good table goes south, as I pick up AQs, flop an Ace and 2 spades, but lose to a rivered 2 pair to KTo.

I decide to cut my losses after losing $5.45Ö dropping me to $60.70.

I enter a large 829-entrant MTT, costing me $2+.20, and a 9 seat regular SNG, costing me $5+.50, dropping me to $53 even.

Top 162 pay in the MTT, so hopefully I can at least make something there.

In the SNG, I essentially fold my way to 4thÖ and once there, I canít do anything.  The times I tried in the early rounds to steal, or steal after the flop, it didnít work.  And once heads up, I didnít see any card higher than a Jack until I had 280 chips left, and was in the blind of 50/100.  I push with A8h, and winÖ I double to 560.  Next hand, I pick up AQo, and get called by AJoÖ naturally, the flop holds a Jack, and Iím out in 4th, just off the money.

In the MTT, I see nothing of interest for the first half hourÖ I pick up KQc in the SB, and basically get to check to the river, when I make a flush, and I bet 400 into a 200 pot, and get a call much to my surprise.  So, 1 lucky shot there, and I move up to 1975.

Blinds at 50/100, I call in early position with QJo.  6 players in, flop is A-K-7.  Itís checked to the CO, who goes all-in.  Button also goes all-in.  Donít know why, but I get an urge to go all-in myself on an unlikely draw, but I fold.  Turn is a ten.  Dammit.

By the break, I am blinded down to 950, and the blinds just hit 75/150, so itís time to try a push or two with anything decent.  K3s on the button looks good.  The chip leader at the table calls meÖ he shows J7dÖ a K hits the flop, and Iím at 2125.  Next hand, I get QQ and try my luck again with 525 already in the pot.  Everyone folds, and Iím up to 2650, slightly more than 10 times an orbit, so I can relaxÖ for now.

I lose a pot with top pair when somebody rivers a straight, and drop back to 1500.  I push on the button with A6c, the BB has AA, and Iím out in 280th.

Back to the cash tables with $10.

What is it about first hands with me?  On the good table, I pick up A3o, and the flop is A-3-4.  I win $2.40 on this hand.  On the bad table, I pick up A8o, and lose $1.50 when the flop is A-2-2 and the BB shows Q2 after I call him to the river.

I rake in about $5 net on AKo a bit later, as I just call a raise with it out of the BBÖ flop is K-7-2, I call a SB bet, and the raiser calls as well.  Turn is an A, I check to the raiser knowing that hit them.  He bets, SB calls, I raise, button calls, SB folds.  River as a T, Iím hoping they had AT or something like that.  I bet out, they call and show AQo.

I leave the cash tables again, having won $5.30, moving me back to $58.30.

I enter a $4+.40 180 person SNG, which pays the top 18, or last 2 tables.  I also enter a $5.+.50 9 person SNGÖ this drops me down to $48.40.

I come up card dead in both, and finish 6th in the SNG, and 106th in the multi-table SNG.  Great showing there.

My confidence is not shaken, I wouldnít say, but it is frustrating to come up with nothing better than KQ during about 2 hours of tournament play during the course of the day.  Must mean Iím due to come up big sometime soon.  Of course it doesnít REALLY mean that, but thatís how it feels.

Last action of the day, I sit back at some cash tables, hoping to work my roll back up a bit.  I call it a roll, but itís more like a couple of bills in a wallet.

It works fairly well, as I strike lucky at both tables and run my bank back over $62.

Finish: $62.30
-17.60 in tourneys, +13.75 at cash tables
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 25, 2006, 04:09:58 PM
Start: $62.30

I enter 2 Turbo tourneys, a HORSE one and a NLHE one, both for $3.40, knocking me down to $55.50.

I crap out in the SNG, as under 1000 chips, I push with a re-raise against a 200 chip raise with 25/50 blindsÖ I have 99, caller shows AQÖ an Ace hits 4th street, and Iím out in 8th.

In HORSE, I hit 2 good Omaha hands, making a boat on one, and checking down 2 pair after some heavy flop betting on a couple players who mustíve missed their Low hand.

In the first hand of 7 card stud (blinds at 60/120), I draw 3 7ís, 2 of them down.  I bet and raise that mother all the way to the river, bringing one guy along for the ride and winning a $600 pot.  

In 7 card stud hi/lo (80/160 blinds), I miss my flush, but the river brings a 3rd king, so I split another pot putting me in the chip lead with over 3,000.  In the 2nd hand, I actually end up with 3 pairÖ Kings, Queens, and 7ís, the Kings and Queens are good enough for another Hi to push me up to 3350.

Back to 100/200 limit hold ĎemÖ one player is all-in on the first hand, and another is close to it.  We lose one, and 3 others are on life support, under 700 chips.  I lose 500 chips on one hand with KJ in the blind, to KQ in the CO.  We drop another player on the next hold Ďem hand, but now itís going to be tough, as the top 4 all have about 3000 chips, while the bottom 2 are nearly out.  

We switch back to Omaha now, and I have a brain freeze, throwing away a super possible low hand, holding 6-5-4.  Blinds are 75/150 now, and we drop another player, down to 5.  I pick up the High nuts, as the board shows Q-2-5-6-7, with 3 different suits, and Iím holding 8-9.  I split with the Lo, and move into 2nd.  

Back to razz, 200/400 limits.  I win the first pot on a bluff bet, showing 87 but holding AK face down.  I pick up the 4th hand of razz, betting a strong hand and getting a fold, so Iím hanging in around 3rd.  Then I get screwed a bit later, holding 8-9-A-2, I draw 2 Queens and another 9 to lose a hand.  I drop to last with another bad hand, as I push my 8-5-4 pretty hard against a player showing K-J, but by the river, Iíve got 2 pair, and heís got an 8 low.

300/600 stud now, and I am getting shit here.  I push holding 3 diamonds, including an Ace before the flop, and am called by pocket Queens.  Best I get is a pair of 9ís, and I bubble out in 4th.

I try 2 more turbo HORSE tourneys, for $3.40 (8-seat) and $1.75 (16 seat), dropping me to $50.35.

For the novices (including me), HORSE is a game where you play an orbit each of Hold ĎEm, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, 7 card stud, and 7 card stud Hi/Lo Eights or Better.

In the 8-seater, I drop 150 chips or so on 44 when the board comes 2-3-6-6-T, but end up losing to a rivered flush from the SB.  I pick up some chips in Omaha Hi/Lo, nailing 2 straights for Highs.  In razz, I pick up 6-5-4-3-2 on my first 5 cards, but obviously donít make much.  I get screwed on stud, when I get a third Ace on the final card, but my opponent picked up a 3rd King to go with his 2 nineís, and make him a full house.  One player goes out, and I hang on for 4th place when we get to 100/200 hold Ďem.  I raise with AQ UTG, and lose about half my stack when I hit nothing.  I crap out in Omaha, as I bet/raise a flopped set of 6ís but lose on the river to a straight.  I lose in 6th.  

In the 16-seater, I donít pick up much early, but I move up a bit by winning 2 razz hands by betting with a good hand showing against some pairs and high cards.  I drop a bit by staying in with 4 to the flush but not hitting in stud.  I get on a roll in Stud Hi/Lo, picking up a split in 2 pots, and scooping another with a 6-5-3-2-A flush.  I drop a couple hands in hold Ďem, when I get outdrawn holding KK and TT.  Iím still 2nd out of 14, but not as strong as I was.  I climb back to 2nd of 12 when I make a straight in Omaha Hi/Lo, and no Low hand qualifiesÖ then I win the next hand of 200/400 Razz with 7-6-5-4-2.  I drop a few chips when I end up making AA55 in RazzÖ that one started so well, too.  We reach the final table as I knock out another player in Stud Hi/Lo with 2 pair, and Iím 2nd of 7 on the final table.  Top 4 pay, so Iím feeling optimistic, as long as I donít do something stupid.  Weíre getting set to go to 500/1000 Limit Hold ĎEm, and weíre down to 6.

We lose another on the first Hold ĎEm hand, and Iím now in 3rd.  I luck out with some sweet Omaha Hi/Lo hands later, holding JQJT, and 424A, and end up scooping both pots and knocking out 2 small stacks, and weíre down to 3.  Then, I flop a straight in Omaha, and luckily my opponent never improves on his 2 pair, and I scoop another and take a small chip lead to heads-up.

I start out getting unlucky in 500/1000 Razz, and drop to under 2500 chips.  But I make a huge comeback thanks to some raises that pan out, and my opponent drawing up cards like K, Q, and J.  Soon enough, weíre back to even, and I end up winning it on a 7 card stud hand where I hold QQ in the hole, and then end up with another pair upÖ Iím called down all the way to the felt with a single pair of Aces, and take $9.60 for first.

So, Iím up to $59.95.  

To close out the day, I enter single table turbo NLHE and HORSE tourneys to the tune of $6.80 total, dropping me to $53.15.  HORSE is only 8 seats, while the NLHE is 10.

In the NLHE tourney, I play pretty well, but when we get to 4 handed, Iím in 3rd.  Blinds are 300/600, and I get AJo.  Itís raised to 1200, and I push all-in.  Raiser calls, and shows KJo.  I feel bad about this for some reason, and when the turn comes with a King, I realize why.  Bubble out in 4th.  I just canít cash in these NLHE sit Ďn goís lately, not even when Iím getting in the pot good.

In the HORSE tourney, I finish 3rd and pick up $4.80.  Eh.  I had 2 pair in a stud hand and lost to a final card trips.

Finish: $57.95
-4.35 on day, -6.80 in 2 NLHE tourneys (1 9th place, 1 4th place (both in 10-seat tourneys)), +2.45 in HORSE (1 1st place (in 16-seater), 1 3rd place, 1 4th place, 1 6th place (all in 8-seater))
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 01, 2006, 06:54:38 PM
So I bet you're wondering how I'm doing, aren't you?  Well, I'm going to tell you anyway.

Andrea's PP account has been steady between $160 and $200, right now at $182.
I got $30 free in my PP account, and blew it all.

But at Poker Stars I have discovered a new game, HORSE.  It's a mix of 5 different games (see above).  In 2 days at the HORSE cash tables, I've made nearly $40.  I know, I know, long ago I thought I had mastered Omaha when in actuality I just got incredibly lucky for a few hours, which led me to blow a bunch of my money at Poker Champs on it.  Well, I think this is different.  I actually feel like I'm good at this, as opposed to the cash tables of Limit Hold 'Em, where it seems like I'm just good enough to break even.

Time will tell.  I plan to play more this weekend.  Right now, my Poker Stars account sits at $109.20, so we'll see what happens from here.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 02, 2006, 08:18:31 AM
dude, i admire your horse-ness. i suck-ass at split-pot games, so the few times i've ventured into a horse sit & go (haven't played tables), i have strugged.

i thought it was really interesting & cool that they added a $50k buy-in horse tourney at this year's wsop. the main draw is a bit of a crapshoot with that many competitors, and HORSE really is a good determinant of who is the best of the best. look at the final table, 'cause it was a who's who of poker. and, dayton native chip reese walked away with it, which confirms the rumors that he's the best poker player around, pound-for-pound.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 03, 2006, 10:34:24 PM
Quote from: "Marlowe"
dude, i admire your horse-ness. i suck-ass at split-pot games, so the few times i've ventured into a horse sit & go (haven't played tables), i have strugged.


Actually, something you said has helped me... earlier in this thread, you said that unless you have the nuts or are drawing to the nuts, don't bother playing your hand in Omaha.  I've used that for the Omaha portion, and that's helped me a lot there.  Also, it has helped me not to cling on to pocket 4's too long in stud, for example.  If you're drawing to a flush or a straight, better make it by 5th street, otherwise you'll be paying $8 to hold a busted flush and will be essentially giving your money away.  I still hold on to 2 pair too long in Omaha, and am seeing my 8 lows get busted by 6 lows a lot in Hi/Lo stud and Razz, but I'm getting better.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 13, 2006, 11:18:38 AM
At PartyPoker, Andrea and I had been running bad at sit 'n go's lately, but last night we each won one, which catapulted us from under $120 to $160.

At PokerStars, my up-and-down ways continue.  They have added .50/$1 HORSE tables, so I might be playing those a bit more, along with my increasing enjoyment of Omaha Hi/Lo.  I have found a bit more regular success at Hi/Lo than at other games, so I plan to play both of these with more regularity.

This morning, I decided to see if my SNG luck would carry over from last night, and played a Turbo HORSE and a Turbo NLHE.  I crapped out in 4th of 9 on the HORSE tourney, when in Razz my starting hand of 5-3-4-A went on to make 534A5AK to lose a big hand.

But I was able to bide my time, be patient, and win the NLHE SNG to kick my roll up to just short of $90.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 14, 2006, 08:48:38 AM
I'm up to a personal best at PokerStars, $115.55.

Was right at $90 when I got home yesterday... I briefly played a HORSE table, but then decided to play a SNG. I clicked on a Hold 'Em tourney, but inadvertently clicked on a limit tourney. When I was seated, 2 other guys said, "oh crap, this is a limit tourney". Then one of them said "I think limit is for pussies who are afraid to gamble". So, feeling the irony, I said "well, I think limit is for people who can read and know which frickin' tourney they're entering." Well, some other guy at the table says "well said", while the other 2 guys go silent... one of them announcing "i'm just going to raise every hand until I'm out".

So I took advantage of that to move up to 2k in chips early. Eventually we got down to 4, and I was in trouble. But I started betting and raising a lot and ended up moving up to a comfortable 2nd. Then comes the weird part. "Well said" guy is down to 94 chips with blinds at 100/200. He is on the button, I'm in the CO/UTG position. I raise with JJ. BB has about 800 left, he calls 200 more. Flop comes 10 high, he checks, I bet, he calls. Turn is another brick... he bets this time. I raise, he calls. River is a Q, I bet him all-in... CLEARLY a fold, as even with the 100 blind coming for him next, he'd still have over 100 chips to fold and wait on the other guy to get knocked out. Instead, he calls, and loses to my pair... he had ATo. I tell the other guy "hey, yw". I move on to win the tourney, as I get my Q9s to turn a straight against KT's 2 pair. So that's a nice net of $17+.

Then I decided to enter a big MTT, which I hadn't done in a while. I enter the $3+.30 at 7:05. I played this tourney very loose and aggressive... and got 2 big suckouts to push me into the money. Once I was all-in with AT v. AQ, and pulled a T on the river. Then, with T9 in the SB, I moved all-in (which was about twice the pot size of 1500) on a T high flop. I got called by JT, but pulled a 9 on the turn to move to about 8k in chips. From there, I decided to play against my instincts a bit and see what happened. To my surprise, it worked well. I semi-bluffed a couple of times with flush draws, coming over the top with raises and forcing folds. I also knocked someone out for about 3000 chips with 66 against AQ that didn't improve. At one point, I had just over 20k in chips and was 26th out of over 200. But then I tightened way up and got no hands better than about A2 or K6 for a LONG time, and ended up losing in 83rd place. Still, out of 1500+ entrants, that wasn't bad. I picked up $7.07 for my troubles, a $4 profit.... putting me at $115.55 total.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on September 14, 2006, 09:08:22 AM
lol -- dude, i have inadvertantly entered limit tourneys about 4 times.

one of my favourite tourneys is the deep-stack series, where you start out with $5000 instead of $1500, and the blinds increase much more slowly.

it's great because skill plays a much larger role, versus all-in-itis that characterizes many regular tourneys. i've made a killing in these tourneys because tight-aggressive play is rewarded big-time.

anwyay, that is all well and good when you're playing NL full-table or (my favorite), 6-man tables.

but, when you accidentally play a deep-stack LIMIT tourney, it sucks-ass!

accidentally entering a limit tourney once is totally acceptable and understandable. but making that same mistake 4 times is a sure sign of idiocy, especially when it's deep-stack.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 14, 2006, 03:44:17 PM
I made about another $20 at HORSE today.  So, I stand just shy of $135 with more playing scheduled tonight.  Can I catch Andrea's $160 with Party Poker?  That's my short term goal.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 15, 2006, 10:16:06 AM
An update:

I went virtually bust at PokerStars while taking beat after beat in HORSE... I eventually whittled my way down all the way to just over $1.  I think I had something like $1.12.

Anyway, I took a break, and then my work pace made the break longer for me.

In between, we had the Congress pass an act that had Party Poker amongst many others shut its doors to American players.

Andrea switched all of her Party Poker money to PokerStars.  PokerStars is reaping the benefits of increased traffic.

So, she moved about $70 over after also suffering through a drought.

About 2 months ago, we had about $71 between us.

We both started playing with her PokerStars money at home, almost exclusively on 25/50 cent limit hold 'em tables.  As of about 2 weeks ago, we had it up to over $220, before taking some bad beats back down to now at around $165.

In the past few days, I have taken up at PokerStars again, even though I probably shouldn't right now.  I am just bored with what I'm doing, and it's been a long week and an even longer month.  Anyway, I started the week at just over $5... and began slowly building it by playing 10/20 cent limit tables.  I had a good run at them yesterday, another good run today, and have won a turbo NL sit 'n go to place myself back in good standing with $43.  

From $1 to over $43... I feel like I've really earned this money, but I'm sure my bad run is around the corner to drop me back to $8 or something.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on December 15, 2006, 02:07:57 PM
good job dude - maybe you're on the beginning of a run like chris ferguson when he turned $1 into $20,000 online?

his money mgt technique/theory is pretty interesting. first, he would never risk more than 5% of his accumulated stack at a time. so, if he had $10, he's play with no more than $0.50 at a commensurate-sized table or sit & go.

anytime he had a loss of that 5% at a table, he'd start over for no more than 5%, but if he went on a win streak/tear, he would leave the table if his stack got to 10% or more of his overall stack.

some people have criticized that as an overly-conservative strategy, particularly the leave-if-you-win strategy, since you're in theory supposed to want to continue playing when you're at a favorable table.

i'm (unfortunately) nowhere near as disciplined or conservative in my money mgt techniques online. and i dunno, maybe that's partly why i haven't built it up to $20,000 yet.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 15, 2006, 03:08:53 PM
That is definitely Andrea's strategy.  When she gets up to about double her initial buy-in at a cash table, she usually gets the itch to leave.  But I agree, I know when I'm ahead, I usually have to fight the urge to stay, because I always think I can keep going.

I just chalk the current wins up to "streakiness".  After today, I am up to almost $51.  But that's no $80,000 or however much craziness you won at that casino tournament.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: clemsonfan on December 15, 2006, 03:12:30 PM
I have to leave after I double my money at a cash table. I physically can't stay there. I get all nervous and antsy until I leave and stay away from poker for at least an hour.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on December 15, 2006, 03:21:21 PM
yeah i think the important thing is really knowing yourself and understanding when you are playing well, versus not: distracted, too giddy, in a bad mood, or whatever. that's probably where females tend to be better than males because we're not famous for our self-awareness.  for me, i know i seem to realize i'm at that stage a little too late...
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Jonathan on December 15, 2006, 04:50:11 PM
I'm definitely a big fan of the "quit while you're ahead" school of thought. I think that with some people, they won't quit after winning a big hand because it looks rude or like you're pulling a hit and run. But especially online, where you don't really know anyone and there's hundreds, if not thousands, of table available, I have absolutely no problem about leaving after taking down a huge pot.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on January 12, 2007, 03:35:05 PM
yo, any of youze guys play omaha eight-or-better?

i had never really played split-pot poker much, and i have read a couple of articles indicating that good players have a bigger edge in this game than at almost any other. and, apparently variation of win rate is lower at this game than at, say, hold'em.

anyway, i've been playing quite a bit for the last week or so at the $0.25/$0.50 pot limit & no limit stakes, and have to agree... at the lower stakes at least it's pretty easy to win money. since i don't know the game well yet, i play with a few simple rules...

- play very very tightly. i play 6 man usually, and well over 50% of hands see the flop. i play only about 25% of my hands. that alone will usually win you money at these stakes.
- don't play any hands with middle cards. period
- unless your hand has an ace in it, don't play it. you can loosen this up a bit with some str8-type or double-suited hands, but for the most part just toss 'em. when i learn more about the game i may add more hands in, but for now i'm happy to throw most of my hands away.
- if you don't have the nuts or a strong draw to nuts to either scoop the pot or get 3/4 of the pot, get out of the hand. in addition to playing too many hands, most players stay in the hand too long and fill the pot with dead money. just be patient and you'll get a lot of that dead money.
- a lot of players will stay in the hand to pick up the low pot. be very careful about this because getting quartered is a good way to lose money


anyway, i think it's pretty fun to learn a new type of poker. i'm in the midst of reading a good text by ray zee to learn some of the nuances, but just following the rules above should make you money at this soft game.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on January 15, 2007, 07:37:23 AM
I have had good success at low-limit Omaha 8's.  However, I tend to hang in too long with only the low hand, so the quartering has been an issue in the past.  Plus, you have to be so darn patient, it can be tedious to sit there and play almost nothing for 45 minutes.  But I agree that the best play is usually clear.

But I always end up making the nut flush, then have some guy pull a full house on 4th or 5th street.  So overall I'm probably about even at this game.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: rva on January 15, 2007, 04:31:51 PM
Do they have Anaconda or Follow the Queen?  Or Screw Your Neighbor?  I bet I could make a lot of money playing online Screw Your Neighbor.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on January 15, 2007, 05:29:54 PM
Quote from: "rva"
I bet I could make a lot of money playing online Screw Your Neighbor.

i bet you'd make even more money playing a video of you screwing your neighbor online
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: rva on January 15, 2007, 07:16:53 PM
Possibly.  One of my neighbors is actually smoking hot.  If only I could find my old Connells CD's.
Title: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Rafe on January 15, 2007, 07:36:49 PM
Quote from: "rva"
Possibly.  One of my neighbors is actually smoking hot.  If only I could find my old Connells CD's.

Haha. '74-'75, or something a little more jaunty?
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 05, 2015, 12:14:03 PM
So, came back and was reading this today.  I have been watching a lot more poker on TV lately, as it's been making a comeback with the proliferation of cable sports networks.

Got me in the mood to play.  Started to look around and noticed that there are way fewer sites catering to US players now, due to the hazy legality of playing poker online from The States.  PokerStars and FullTilt Poker are mostly European sites.  Seems like the Feds are mostly interested in chasing down large sums of money, not small stakes home players.  Ohio has no specific laws restricting game playing.  That's about as much of a green light as I needed.

I dug around a bit for a site that would be friendly to US players.  There are a couple.  The most reliable one appears to be Bovada, formerly Bodog.  I tried at a couple others for a single day to play some freerolls.  I won like 0.04% of a bitcoin in one tournament, which is weird... works out to maybe 10 cents.  A couple of the others, the software just seemed poor, or the site sketchy in some way.

So, after a small period of begging, Andrea gave me the ok to put in $50 to Bovada and try my luck at building it up.  With a 50% bonus, I start with $75 there.  I'll give some periodic updates on it.  Last night, I played 3 SNG's, and 3 ring games.  Finished about $3 up.  Going to do some more research bankroll building, because I'd actually like to make some money instead of just donking it all away.

What's funny is, when I go back and read these hand histories, how loose I was playing.  No wonder my variance was all over the place.  I was playing way too loose, playing games I didn't fully understand, playing at too high of stakes.  I would be at $180 one day, then down to $50 the next.  It was crazy.  When the Feds finally scared all the poker sites off of taking US players, I think I had wasted all the money we had anyway.  Andrea was probably a better player than me.  She was tight-aggressive, and I was just loose-semi-aggressive, which is REALLY BAD.  If you go back and look, she was the one that had the big wins.  I would just stack off money by trying to play too many hands in big tournaments .  And SNG's.  And ring games.

Funny too where I'm at in my life now to just have $50 that I can put in for fun at a poker site to see if I'm any good at it, and to be self-aware enough to know that I thought I was a half-decent player at the time, but I was definitely not.  Not by a longshot.  We'll see where this goes, and I'll give some periodic updates.

Also, I miss Marlowe and Jonathan, and Action Jim.  I heard some rumors about Jim, but he always seemed a decent guy to me at least when I was around him.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: MissKitty on August 05, 2015, 01:37:02 PM
I miss Marlowe and Jonathan, and Action Jim.
x2.

Poker players amaze me because I suck so horribly at playing cards. It confuses me and I don't have the concentration or the memory required, so I look forward to following along with your attempts.

A friend of mine and CRs went to one of those World Series of Poker events in Las Vegas in May/June and won $5,700, finishing #464. He said he placed overall in the top 2 percent. That astounded me. He used some of those winnings to buy MLB All-Star game tickets and Home Run Derby tickets for himself and his roommate.

Then in early July he was in a big tournament at Horseshoe in Cincinnati and won first place - $15K. He said he was putting the winnings into the bank this time.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: daytime drinking on August 05, 2015, 01:57:51 PM
So, came back and was reading this today.  I have been watching a lot more poker on TV lately, as it's been making a comeback with the proliferation of cable sports networks.

Got me in the mood to play.  Started to look around and noticed that there are way fewer sites catering to US players now, due to the hazy legality of playing poker online from The States.  PokerStars and FullTilt Poker are mostly European sites.  Seems like the Feds are mostly interested in chasing down large sums of money, not small stakes home players.  Ohio has no specific laws restricting game playing.  That's about as much of a green light as I needed.

I dug around a bit for a site that would be friendly to US players.  There are a couple.  The most reliable one appears to be Bovada, formerly Bodog.  I tried at a couple others for a single day to play some freerolls.  I won like 0.04% of a bitcoin in one tournament, which is weird... works out to maybe 10 cents.  A couple of the others, the software just seemed poor, or the site sketchy in some way.

So, after a small period of begging, Andrea gave me the ok to put in $50 to Bovada and try my luck at building it up.  With a 50% bonus, I start with $75 there.  I'll give some periodic updates on it.  Last night, I played 3 SNG's, and 3 ring games.  Finished about $3 up.  Going to do some more research bankroll building, because I'd actually like to make some money instead of just donking it all away.

What's funny is, when I go back and read these hand histories, how loose I was playing.  No wonder my variance was all over the place.  I was playing way too loose, playing games I didn't fully understand, playing at too high of stakes.  I would be at $180 one day, then down to $50 the next.  It was crazy.  When the Feds finally scared all the poker sites off of taking US players, I think I had wasted all the money we had anyway.  Andrea was probably a better player than me.  She was tight-aggressive, and I was just loose-semi-aggressive, which is REALLY BAD.  If you go back and look, she was the one that had the big wins.  I would just stack off money by trying to play too many hands in big tournaments .  And SNG's.  And ring games.


Funny too where I'm at in my life now to just have $50 that I can put in for fun at a poker site to see if I'm any good at it, and to be self-aware enough to know that I thought I was a half-decent player at the time, but I was definitely not.  Not by a longshot.  We'll see where this goes, and I'll give some periodic updates.

daytime drinking interjects dude.  this is where you totally make a comeback.  this is how all comebacks start! daytime drinking interjects no further

Also, I miss Marlowe and Jonathan, and Action Jim.  I heard some rumors about Jim, but he always seemed a decent guy to me at least when I was around him.

i had to read a few pages back to assure myself that this wasn't some serial comic of a fictional gambler.  i think we need more of those and you have the, the it.  the hue i prefer is mostly the bold
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: lutz on August 05, 2015, 02:04:24 PM
Shame you can't play on PokerStars any more, we could have got a Randomville home game going.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 05, 2015, 03:31:33 PM
One of Julie's cousins has been playing professionally in Vagas for a couple of months now.  By professionally I just mean that it's his only means of support... not to say that it's his profession, he's unemployed and is content to bunk with a bunch of other dudes, probably living in squalor, and live on next to nothing.  But he's made enough to not need to call home for money, or come back with his tail between his legs, so he must be decent.

We need to do another poker night some time.  I'll bring the kiddie deck so we can make jokes about having a "Nut Flush."
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 05, 2015, 04:06:30 PM
good job dude - maybe you're on the beginning of a run like chris ferguson when he turned $1 into $20,000 online?

his money mgt technique/theory is pretty interesting. first, he would never risk more than 5% of his accumulated stack at a time. so, if he had $10, he's play with no more than $0.50 at a commensurate-sized table or sit & go.

anytime he had a loss of that 5% at a table, he'd start over for no more than 5%, but if he went on a win streak/tear, he would leave the table if his stack got to 10% or more of his overall stack.

some people have criticized that as an overly-conservative strategy, particularly the leave-if-you-win strategy, since you're in theory supposed to want to continue playing when you're at a favorable table.

i'm (unfortunately) nowhere near as disciplined or conservative in my money mgt techniques online. and i dunno, maybe that's partly why i haven't built it up to $20,000 yet.

Supposedly, the figure is actually $28,000 which he then blew down to $8k.  But I was reading up on this today.  If anyone else is interested, just google "Chris Ferguson bankroll challenge".

Anyway, in order for me to actually be able to withdraw the 50% bonus money (the $25 on top of the $50 that I physically put in), I have to play some crazy number of hands that are "raked", and / or pay a large number of tournament entry fees.  As of last night, when I played for about 3.5 hours, I cleared a whopping $1.07 of this bonus.  Once I'm able to clear that $25, then I have the chance to earn another $25 with even more rake and tournament fees.

For novices, rake is the amount that the casino charges for you to be in a pot.  At the cash game level I am playing in (which is .02/.05 no limit hold 'em, or .05/.10 limit games), the casino keeps 1 cent for every 20 cents that is bet into the pot, up to a maximum of 50 cents.  So if I win a pot where $1 is bet, I will only net 95 cents.

I have to earn another 144 "points" to clear my bonus.  In order to earn points, I have to play at cash tables or in SNG or multi-table tournaments.  I get a sliding scale starting at .05 points for .01 of rake that I contribute to cash games or tournament fees, all the way up to 1 whole point if I contribute $1 to the rake, or pay for $1 in tournament fees.

To play in a sit 'n go tournament (a tournament where there are 9 players that play down to 3 paid places over about an hour or so), the lowest level costs $1 for the prize pool, but .10 in fees.  The win breakout for a 9 person SNG is $4.50 for first, $2.70 for second, and $1.80 for third.

August 4, 2015
Start at $75


I don't have any details, but I do know this:

I played at a pot limit Omaha table, and lost $1.50 in about the time it took you to read this sentence.  Going back and reading through this whole thread reminds me how I don't understand that game as well as I need to to win consistently, so I'm out of that unless I get bored and can find a fixed limit table where much less money is at risk.

I entered a 5-table SNG where the top-8 places paid and the top prize was $13.  I finished like 14th out of 45.

I won a single table 9-person SNG for $4.50.

Also entered a $1 SNG that was a satellite to a much larger tournament, and was out early.  I should not be playing satellite tournaments.

I sat at a 9-person .02/.05 no limit hold'em (NLHE) table (referred to as 5NL based on 100-times the big blind size) with $1.50 and got up to $4.87 before leaving.

I also sat at a 9-max .05/.10 fixed limit hold 'em table with $1, and was down to .58... before the table got down to 3 players, and this one guy tried to raise every pot.  And on most pots, I just so happened to be getting cards, so I got that back to $2 before leaving.

I am really trying to play much tighter... I had no issue folding smaller pocket pairs, whereas before I would almost never do that.  I widened my range of hands to play in late position (button and cutoff positions), and tightened it way down otherwise.  I folded a lot of draws where I wasn't getting the proper odds to call, whereas before I would call down just about every draw to the river, where I missed them quite often and would fold... which is something they talk about bad players doing.

I am working on being reformed, but it's hard.

Finish: $77.81
(+1.20 on tournaments, +$1.61 on ring games)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 05, 2015, 04:16:20 PM
Another quick word about the bankroll idea:

Most sites that I am reading recommend that you sit down at a table with about 20 big blinds, and that your whole bankroll should be at least 300-500 big blinds.

So, at a .02/.05 NLHE table, I would sit with 1.00 (though I think the max is $5 and many people sit with that much), while at a .05/.10 limit table, you would sit with $2.

Also, playing at a 5NL table, you should have at least $25 total as a bankroll to play there.  Or $50 to play at a 10NL table.  I have $75 right now, but that's not really enough to go to a higher limit.

That's where I'm at, so I'll be avoiding another larger than 5 and 10 cent blinds to start, or any tournaments higher than $2 for a buy-in, though I would prefer a single dollar buy-in.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: trixi on August 05, 2015, 09:59:40 PM
Ah...I remember the poker game at your house...fun times!
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 06, 2015, 10:09:51 AM
August 5, 2015
Start: $77.81


Took a bath yesterday.

Started by sitting at 2 ring games, a 2NL table and a 5/10 cent limit table.

I busted out my $1.50 at the 2NL table when I played my TT against a well-disguised QQ vs. a board that was all undercards.... and bought back in with $2.00... ended up leaving that table with $2.01.
Bought in the 5/10 cent limit table with $2 and left with $3.51.  Made 2 cents for the hour-plus I was at these tables.

Nee-ha.

Bought into a 5-table SNG for $1.10, finished 15th out of 45 where only 7 cash.  Got really no cards in this tournament.

Bought into a MTT for $1.10 with 148 players where first place paid $37 and 18 got paid.  I tripled early, but then busted out mid-tourney against a guy who sat at the table and basically said "I didn't mean to sign up for this tournament" and was going all-in about every other hand.  I had AKh v. JTo and lost when a Jack hit the board.  Finished 74th.

I sat with $2 at another 9-max 2NL table and busted out in short order... I was in the cutoff and was facing a raiser and 3 callers with .20.  Pot was at something like .90 so I raised it to all-in with QQ.  Got called with KK and lost $2 pretty quick.  Overplayed QQ against a number of players showing strength there.  All-in pre-flop was probably not a great play, should've gone up to .60 maybe and then if someone else goes back over the top or a scare card hits the board, I could get away.  But if I remember right, neither A or K hit the board, so I was probably busting either way.

I also sat with $1.50 at another .05/.10 limit table, and raised KQs on the button.  Got 3 callers.  Board came QxxxA and was called all the way to the river with Ace-rag with no flush possibility.  Lost like 60 cents on that one and didn't catch anything else good.

Finish: $72.36
(-2.20 on tournaments, -3.25 on ring games)


I should be fine with how I played the limit table and the multi-table tournament, because math says I will come out ahead (or have +expected value (+EV)) for these plays, but it is still annoying.

Also, I probably subscribe a bit too much to the tongue-in-cheek poker theory I was reading the other day that "nobody ever has anything".
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Zafer Kaya on August 06, 2015, 12:18:34 PM
Tournament style poker just kinda mystifies me.  You lost $5, that's hardly "taking a bath."

I would actually be okay with losing all $77 in a heated 15 minute activity of "high stakes" hands.  What would bother me would be slowly bleeding out $5.00 over say, three hours of slow play $.5-10 at a time.

That's why it would probably be a bad idea for me to try online poker.  I'd just get bored and go all-in.  Which would make me lose a lot of money.  I'm guessing the other people at the virtual table would not be happy about it either.  And I feel like this sort of ragequit would happen all the time, making the games even less pleasant.

Do the online sites try anything to curb people's tendencies to do that?
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: lutz on August 06, 2015, 12:26:42 PM
That's called "tilting", and is a major leak in most people's game. One of the main aspects of playing poker well is discipline and self-control, which is why you should always play against drunk people while you're sober.

Butter, if you're really serious about making some money at this rather than just blowing some spare cash for fun, I think you should concentrate on improving your play at one game type (e.g. NLHE ring games, or SNGs) before splashing out on the others.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 07, 2015, 08:39:49 AM
Tournament style poker just kinda mystifies me.  You lost $5, that's hardly "taking a bath."

I would actually be okay with losing all $77 in a heated 15 minute activity of "high stakes" hands.  What would bother me would be slowly bleeding out $5.00 over say, three hours of slow play $.5-10 at a time.

That's why it would probably be a bad idea for me to try online poker.  I'd just get bored and go all-in.  Which would make me lose a lot of money.  I'm guessing the other people at the virtual table would not be happy about it either.  And I feel like this sort of ragequit would happen all the time, making the games even less pleasant.

Do the online sites try anything to curb people's tendencies to do that?

Yes, it's $5, but it was also taking a bath in purely relative terms.  That amounts to like 7-8% of what I had on there, which is not a good thing.

This is also a test of patience and discipline, in a way.

No, online sites do not discourage tilting.  In fact, if you are at a table where someone is tilting it can be a good thing if you can benefit from it.  Often times, you'll see people at your table just lose it after they lose a big hand and just bet off the rest of their chips in disgust.  I'm fine with it.  I don't do it.  I get frustrated, it's impossible not to.  But I try hard not to let it affect my play.  Sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 07, 2015, 01:41:17 PM
Butter, if you're really serious about making some money at this rather than just blowing some spare cash for fun, I think you should concentrate on improving your play at one game type (e.g. NLHE ring games, or SNGs) before splashing out on the others.

You are right, I'm sure.  However, I find myself jumping between SNG's, ring games, and multi-table tournaments too often.

I think I prefer tournaments to the other style, but it seems like the ring games are much easier to make quicker money at times.

With that:

August 6, 2015
Start: $72.36


I start the day in a 2NL ring game and a .05/.10 limit game right away.  $2 at NL, $1.50 at limit.  I end with .86 on the NL table and 2.39 on the limit table, losing about a quarter.

Then I join 2 tournaments at once, a $1 Super-turbo SNG where the blinds go up every 3 minutes, and a $1 multi-table tournament that is pretty straightforward.

I don't do well on either of these.  In the SNG, fairly early I am dealt J9o in the SB.  I call 50 and we go to the flop, which is 992, 2 hearts.  I check to induce a bet, I get a bet, I raise the pot size, BB calls.  Turn is a 3rd heart.  I bet about 2/3 of the pot size which means half my stack is involved now.  BB goes all-in.  I guess I should've gotten away at this point, but I snap call instead and BB turns over 64 of hearts and I'm out in 8th after just 10 hands.

The MTT... I am doing ok enough, getting to about 1900 from my initial 1500.  Pot that killed my chances was this:

I am dealt TT in the BB.  3 callers before me, I just check in an attempt to be sneaky... plus playing middle pair in early position tends to be tricky.  Blinds are just 20/40 at this point anyway. 
Flop is a good one, 6d-4d-Td... I get top set, but there is a made flush already possibly on the board.  Pot is 160.  SB bets 120.  I raise to 360 to force the single diamonds out of the hand.  Folds around to SB, who re-raises me to 800.  I could've gotten out here, but I just couldn't lay down top set.  I just called and hoped for a paired board or not a diamond.  I could also already be beaten.  Turn is a 4th diamond, SB goes all-in.  I fold, giving up half my stack in the process.  In reviewing the hand history today, SB did indeed have a single diamond, Jack of diamonds, so my read was correct.  I could've put him to the test on the flop by 4-betting all-in, but I doubt he was folding.

I get down to about 600 chips before getting AA in the cutoff.  I go all-in hoping for a call.  I get 2 callers, including another all-in.  3 way all-in to the flop.  I show AA, UTG shows AKo, player behind me shows QQ.  Board comes Q58QJ, I lose emphatically and am out in 33rd place where 18 pay.

BTW, at this poker website, no names are displayed, so I refer to all players as "he".  I apologize for my inherent sexism.

At this point, my bank is below $70.  I head back to a NL and limit table simultaneously.  I blow the NL wad rather quickly when my AQo raise pre-flop is not respected by TT, and I attempt to force TT off his hand with a post flop bet on a 66K board, committing all of my $1.01 on the table.  I don't improve, and leave the table with nothing.

At the limit table, I make .50 but am now down below $69.

I then try my hand at some poker variant that this website produces called Zone Poker.  It is a 2NL 6-max ring game... but what happens here is when you fold, you immediately are sat at another table taking another hand.  It increases the action, but also fails to get you in a rhythm.  What you are hoping for here is either being the bully or catching some cards.  I try my hand at the bully, failing cards, and end up down almost $3 in rather short order.  Welp.

Licking my wounds at $66, I should've packed up.  But I mentally regroup and decide to try my hand at 2 more tournaments.

A $1 Pot-Limit Omaha (reg. Omaha, not Hi/Lo) SNG and some multi-table tournament called a $2 Super Knockout tourney.  More about that one later.

First, the Omaha tournament.  VERY FIRST HAND, I am 2 behind the dealer and am dealt As-Ad-Kd-4h.  A pair of aces and suited AK are among the best starting hands in Omaha.  I raise pot, which is 110 when it gets to me.  I get 4 callers.  Flop is 6h-Td-Qd, giving me a gutshot royal flush draw.  UTG bets pot, 570.  Next player calls, I raise pot, which is all-in.  Folds around to UTG who calls, as does UTG+1.

Their hands are:
UTG:     9d-Qc-9h-8d
UTG+1: 7h-5h-6s-Ts

UTG has a double gutshot straight draw, and a gutshot straight flush draw.  UTG+1 has essentially 2 pair.  He has no business here.

Turn comes 4d, making my Ace high flush.  River comes Jd, completing UTG's straight flush... however, also completing my royal flush.  Bad beat there.

I triple on the very first hand and pretty much ride that to victory.  +$4.50, and a much needed boost of confidence.  Hard not to win when you're flopping royal flushes in that situation though.  Although, to my credit I was holding the best hand pre-flop and pushing my edge as you are supposed to.

In the $2 Super Knockout MTT, $1 of each entry goes to the prize pool, while the other $1 goes to each player who knocks anyone out.  You knock someone out, you get $1.

I am at about my starting stack well into the tournament, when there is a triple-all in at the table, AA v. JJ v. AK.  AA wins, and next hand, AK goes all-in.  I am in the BB and correctly identify him as tilting, as I call with A6o, and win when an A flops.  I win $1.

I am up to 7,000 chips when CO goes all-in against me as the dealer.  I call half my stack vs. an all-in with 88, and see JJ come up.  Board comes 58K5A, and I luck up to 11k chips and another $1 knockout.

I get AA UTG, raise, get 2 callers including the dealer who has about 1 BB left.  I raise post flop to isolate him, and he shows Q9o.  Board does bring a Q, but that's not enough as I notch a 3rd knockout.

We start approaching the money, and everyone slows down.  I decide to start raising, A LOT.  I raise 6 out of 9 hands or so.  I get called once, and even win that pot with a large C-bet while holding 26o.  I get up near the chip lead with this tactic against a VERY tight table.

I notch my 4th knockout when I catch A2o in the BB, and face a less than 1 BB all-in against 2 other bettors.  They are more than willing to check it around when the board brings an Ace, and I win the showdown.

I get KO #5 when I raise to 2000 from the CO with AJo and face an all-in re-raise from SB of over 9000 chips.  That's half my stack, but I figure I'm in a race situation here.  Surprised when I see J9s from the SB.  Board comes 252KK, and I take the chip lead with over 32k chips.

About 3 hands later, I get QTh UTG.  I raise to 2100 with blinds of 400/800.  I get one caller near the button.  Board comes a seemingly great Q82 rainbow.  I check to induce a bet... and dealer goes all-in.  I snap call and see KK.  I lose 2/3 of my stack and ride it out to one more knockout and a 7th place finish in a field of 146.

The 6 knockouts give me $6, and 7th place is worth $5.84.  $11.84 is better than 3rd place money.

Finish: $79.26
(-3.94 in ring games, +10.84 in tournaments)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 07, 2015, 01:48:06 PM
I feel like I really need to improve on 3 areas:

1. I need to stop snap calling when I have just top pair against either strong raises or scary boards.  The stakes I am playing at are not filled with great players (yes, including me), and often they can't contain their glee at a made hand.  The several times I lost here, I refused to believe that anyone was beating my reasonably strong hands.  In reviewing hand histories, people are rarely betting strongly into me when they don't have it.

2. I need to stop snap raising all-in when someone raises me when I bet out with a strong hand.  I feel like those insta-raises really signal high strength and often times can scare people away.  A couple of good examples of this are a couple of times in tournaments yesterday when I was the recipient of checking around while in a blind, and the board either gave me 2 pair or trips on my garbage hand.  If someone C-bets into me (or maybe even bets some kind of pair), I am often so excited to see them bet that I can't wait to get my over the top raise in.  Probably acts as a scare more often than not... see #1 in "not containing glee at a made hand".  I could probably make more money/chips this way.

3. Also, playing even tighter when in early position.  There were a few times when I would open raise from bad position with something like KJ suited, see a call behind me, and then not be able to play any kind of positional advantage and end up having to give it up when I didn't hit.  Position is so ridiculously powerful in poker, I need to play more like it both while in position and out of it.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 10, 2015, 09:14:34 AM
August 8-9, 2015
Start: $79.26


Somewhat uneventful weekend, as I didn't have a ton of time to play.

Saturday, lost $1.40 at 2 ring games, lost $2 at a NL table, and won 60 cents at a limit hold 'em table.

Sunday, played 2 ring games briefly... won .31 at 6-handed Pot-limit Omaha Hi-Lo, and lost 15 cents at 9-handed Pot-Limit Omaha high only.

Played a lot of tournaments Sunday, they didn't go great.

I played 2 simultaneous $1 NLHE SNG's.  Finished 4th in one, and 2nd in the other where I was behind 3:1 in chips going heads-up, so that wasn't a big deal.  $2.70 for second place.

Played a couple more, another $1 NLHE and a $1 PLO.  Placed 3rd in the PLO getting $1.80.

In the one I finished 4th in, the final hand was 77 against QQ, so I didn't have the best of it there.  Probably overplayed a mid-pair, but when the board went K54 rainbow, thought I was behind only to a large King and decided to make a stand.  Didn't have a lot of fold equity, so might've been best to pick a better spot, especially considering I was on the money line.

In the evening, I let Andrea play a $2 multi-table tournament.  It was a "deep stack" tournament, where all players started with twice as many chips as a normal tourney.  Andrea got a couple of hands, but never got paid off, and got moved off any other hands she made.  About 90 minutes in, she got AQo in middle position.  Once it got raised to 400 behind her, I gave her the only piece of advice I gave for the whole tournament which was "all-in or fold".  Since she had about 1400 chips at the time.  She re-raised all-in, and got called by JTo.  And lost.  Can't be too unhappy with that, she was below half her starting chips, and it was time.

I played a $2 multi-table tournament about 30 minutes later with the same rules.  I was at 2450 chips with blinds at 30/60, so it was only the 3rd blind level.  I raised one caller from middle position to 270 with TT.  Two callers to the flop, which was Qh-Th-Ad.  Checked to me, I bet pot-size, 900.  Pretty much pot-committed at this point.  Dealer folds, early position goes all-in.  I think for a moment... even if he had KJ and flopped Broadway, I am only 2:1 behind and have outs and am calling about 1300 into a 4800 pot.  I call, he shows J9h, he flopped an open ended straight flush draw.  I was actually 2:1 ahead, but 8c comes on the river to end my tournament in 151st place.

To end up the night, I sat at a couple more SNGs simultaneously.

$1 NLHE, I go out in 8th when a 4-flush hits the board and I am beaten by the Queen when the King and Ace are on the board and I'm holding the Jack.  Alas.

I try a different tournament... a $3 Omaha Turbo "Triple-Up" SNG.  In a triple-up, if you finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, you triple your starting bet.  Or as I explained to Andrea, 9 players put in $3, and in the end, 3 players walk away with $9.  The tournament actually ends once 4th place is knocked out.

I do fine in this tournament.  There are a lot of callers to every flop, so I stay out of the action unless I have something.  I made that something count.  It tightened way up when it got 5-handed, then I made it to 4-handed.  At 4-handed, it was very tense.  I was all-in twice due to my cards, and wasn't called either time.  There was a clear chip leader, then 3 other guys fighting for the last 2 spots, of which I was one.  Finally, blinds got to 400/800, which is high for a turbo.  A guy was all-in on the BB, and me and another guy just checked it down and were able to knock him out to get into the money.  I didn't have any big showdown hands in this tourney though.  Anytime I was in for a lot of money, I never got to get all the way to the end.

This triple-up made my weekend pretty neutral.

Finish: $78.32
(-1.24 cash games, +.30 tournaments)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: c-lando on August 10, 2015, 04:49:19 PM
Talk to me when you have conquered the world with freeTrolls.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 11, 2015, 08:47:35 AM
August 10, 2015
Start: $78.32


Sat at 2 standard NLHE SNG's last night.

First one, I got from 1500 to 2000 chips by holding J7 in the BB, being able to see the flop for free and seeing 77J come out.  Several hands later, I was dealt KK in middle position.  Blinds were 15-30, so this was VERY early, literally 15 minutes in.  I raised to 105.  Guy behind me raised to 250.  Action folds around to me, I raise back to 550.  Guy behind me raises all-in.  I guess he was pretty much telling me he had AA.  And when I called him, he did.  That crippled me, and I finished 8th.

Second one, I was holding JJ in the blind.  I just checked to the flop, which was all undercards BUT 3 clubs.  I bet hard, got called.  Next card was a Queen.  I check, player ahead of me bets, I raise all-in.  He calls and shows Ace-rag, with the Ace of clubs.  Final card was the 4th club, and I was out of that one in 5th place. 

Two all-ins, one a mistake, and one wasn't.  But I probably could've avoided both.

Finish: $76.12
(-2.20 in tournaments)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: lutz on August 11, 2015, 01:12:47 PM
I still find it crazy that you're mixing up Hold'em and Omaha and limit and no-limit and ring games and tournaments and SNGs, given that they all require slightly different play styles. I mean, yes it's more fun, but you're probably not going to learn very much.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 12, 2015, 09:12:21 AM
I don't disagree, but there are only so many things going on at the times I can play.  I have to take the play I can get at the times that work.

August 11, 2015
Start: $76.12


Had a ticket to a scheduled freeroll at 8:30 yesterday, which paid out one $100 seat to a $100K guaranteed tournament, or 9 seats to a semifinal qualifier.

I made a real stupid play in this one, fighting back in the blind with Q-rag on a Qxx board, and lost out when AQo called my all-in push.  Welp. 

Also played a $2 deep stack tournament around this same time.  You would think with deep stacks, I would've been in longer.  But what REALLY happened was I lost about 1/3 of my stack on a flop of QJx when I was holding QTo in the blind.  I folded to a re-raise when a second J hit the turn.  Then this site has "rabbit hunting" which shows what would've hit the next street when there is folding on the flop or turn.  In this case, a 3rd Jack hit the board, so I probably should've pushed there.

Instead, I pushed all-in against a clear blind steal from the button when I was holding 44.  My read was correct, but he called with 35s, and I lost when a 5 hit the board.  Good combo of bad playing and percentages not holding up for me.

Finish: $73.92
(-2.20 in tournaments)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 14, 2015, 09:54:48 AM
August 13, 2015
Start: $73.92


Sat at 2 standard $1 NLHE SNG's.  Busted out in 5th in both.  Played very tight, but also didn't get much to play with.  In 107 hands between the 2 tournaments, I saw 66, 44, 22 as pairs that I either folded pre-flop or lost with, I also got AKs once, KQs once (and won small hands with both), AQo once, and KJo once both of which I folded to strong pre-flop raises out of position.  I ended up going all-in in both with about 800 chips with 75-150 blinds, I had A5o in one tournament and 22 in a blind in the other tournament.  Was called with Q-rag vs. 22 and lost, and K9o vs. A5o and lost.  Pretty uneventful overall.

I then sat at 2 PL Omaha 6-max cash game (.02/.05 blind) tables, one was a Hi-Lo table, and the other was a standard Omaha Hi only table.  Sat for about 40 minutes. 

I won a decent pot at the Hi table with AKKT double-suited, and left there only up 15 cents. 

At the Hi/Lo table, I was dealt As-6s-Th-2c... a good drawing hand for Hi/Lo.  Not as good as AA23 double suited, but I was in a blind here.  It was pot raised to .22 pre-flop, and there were 3 players including me to the flop, which was TT4 rainbow.  That's a bingo for me.  Pre-flop raiser bets pot (0.71), I re-pot to 1.73 (all-in), he calls and other player folds.  Board ends up TT463, so I split the Lo as raiser shows AA2Q double-suited, but take the Hi.  Make over a dollar on that hand alone.

I press hard again with AAK2 double-suited, but get no callers of my PF raise from the SB.  I win another 50 cents or so with AKK2 on the button when the pot stays small on a board of QTK78.

I win another .30 or so when I am dealt JTQK UTG, and I keep pot small but get folds to my strong bets when the board comes KQ9J.  Was in danger to anything like AT, but had a lot of re-draws to full houses there, and anybody playing the Lo didn't make it.

Finish: $73.57
(-2.20 in tournaments, 1.65 in ring games)

Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 14, 2015, 11:17:39 AM
2 weeks in, how am I doing?

Total bankroll start: $75
Current bankroll: $73.57
-1.43 overall

Well, it breaks down like this:
Ring games
Bought in with $41, left with $36.03
-4.97 in 17 sessions


Limit hold'em ring games
+2.23 in 5 sessions

PL Omaha ring games
+2.01 in 4 sessions

NL Hold 'Em ring games
-9.21 in 8 sessions

Tournaments
Bought in with $30.80, left with $34.34
+3.54 in 22 tournaments


NLHE Sit 'n Go's
-5.80 in 12 tournaments
1 first place, 1 second place, 10 no cashes

Omaha SNG's
+9.80 in 3 tournaments
1 first place, 1 second place, 1 triple up, cashed in all 3

NLHE Multi-Table tournaments
-.26 in 7 tournaments
1 cash in 7 attempts


Probably still too early to tell anything, but I'm starting to suspect that No Limit Hold 'Em just isn't my thing.

My 2 biggest wins though were netting $9.64 on a single NLHE Multi-Table tournament (the "Super Knockout" one), and netting $5.70 on a Pot Limit Omaha Hi Sit 'n Go.  My worst losses have been losing $2.20 on three $2 multi-table tournaments and not cashing in them, losing $2.69 the one day I tried "Zone Poker" which is essentially like playing 4x as many hands an hour as a regular player, and the 3 times I have sat at a no limit cash game and busted out with $2.

Still too early to get an actual read, but I may start playing some more limit and cash games and saving NLHE for tournaments, as that was my biggest source of losses so far.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Dan on August 14, 2015, 11:35:35 AM
Sounds like Omaha is your thing.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 17, 2015, 11:20:28 AM
August 14-16
Start: $73.57


I played a lot this weekend.  A lot.  Didn't hurt that I wrenched my back on Sunday cleaning up some large tree waste in the back yard.

Some interesting stuff happened.  I earned enough points to gain another $10 bonus.  So now I have to play A LOT more by the beginning of October to earn a final $15.  May or may not be doable, if I keep hammering the Omaha cash tables it is definitely doable.

Played 6 multi-table no-limit hold 'em tournaments, and didn't cash in a single one.  Andrea played 2 of them.  We both continue to fail to win anything resembling a coin flip, it's actually getting comical at this point.  Last night in the $1,000 Guaranteed tournament, I had TT in the BB... it was raised then re-raised ahead of me.  I considered for a good long while, then decided to fold.  Flop came 66T.  I literally said out loud "Fuck you, game."  Luckily the kids were in bed.  That tilted me, I think.  I proceeded to go all-in later to an aggressive stealer who called my AQd with KTo, and I lost when the board came with only 2 diamonds and no pair, something like KJ632.  Thanks for nothing.

Also played 4 sit 'n go's.  1 NLHE, and 3 Omaha.  Did not cash in either, finished 7th in NLHE, 5th in the 2 regular Omaha's.  The 3rd Omaha tourney, I tried the $3 Triple-Up again, where the top 3 all get $9 instead of a standard 1st, 2nd, 3rd structure.  I would've made the final 2 had it been a standard tourney, as the big stack knocked out 2 players on the final hand.  So, I won $9 for my lone cash out of 11 tournaments played (including a freeroll).

For ring play, I played a single limit hold 'em table, but other than that, played a TON of Pot-Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo.  At the limit table, I lost .88 in that single session.  At the Omaha tables (varied between 6 and 9 players depending on what was available), I ended up $2.77.  At the Hi/Lo tables, I ended up $3.15 thanks to two monster hands on Sunday.

In the first, I was already up $1.72 when I was dealt JJ32, 2 clubs on the button.  I called for .05, SB raised to .25 and one other player called including me.  3 to the flop which was 94J rainbow.  Couldn't get much better for me.  Figure the only thing that I had to worry about was some kind of wrap with QTxx in another hand.  I bet the pot, which was .80 and both players called me.  Turn was an Ace of spades.  That gives me the nut-low also if it were to complete with anything above a 4... as I now had 4-3-2-A.  Action checks to me, I go all-in for my final $2.67.  Neither player covered me, but they both called me. 

SB and original raiser turns up 6TQT with 2 spades... he had the hand I had to worry about.  Other guy was pretty much just praying for a Lo to complete, showing 7A72 with 3 diamonds. 

River was a 4th Jack, so the Low hand didn't complete, and I scoop the whole thing, over $8.

The other hand I dominated was me in the SB.  A hand I wouldn't normally play, I get 7493 with 2 spades in the SB.  I call, then the BB min-raises to .10.  We have 5 players of 8 to the flop for .10.  Flop is A62, 2 hearts.  That's a GREAT low hand for me.  I go for the check raise.  BB bets .50, 2 of the other 3 players call.  I raise all-in for my last $2.34 at the table.  All 3 call.  Only 2 players left have money, and they check it down.

Turn is a 5c, which completes my wheel for the Low.  River is an 8 of clubs, for which my wrap fits perfectly, giving me the nut high straight 5 through 9. 

Board: 26A58 with no flush possibilities
Me: 7493
BB: Q5Q4 rainbow
UTG: 7JKJ 2 hearts
Dealer: 67A3 2 diamonds

Best they had was two pair.  So they all had a tenuous reason to be in the pot, but none of their draws hit and I was winning at least half the pot anyway with my Low (although theoretically, that could split multiple ways if other people were holding 3-4).  I netted nearly $6 with that hand alone.  I wasn't having a great Omaha weekend until those last couple of hands.

Finish: $78.91
(-9.70 in tournaments, +5.04 ring games, +10 in bonus)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 21, 2015, 08:49:47 AM
August 19-20
Start: $78.91


Not a great week for me.  Lost a couple of big hands of PLO H/L.

In one, I was starting with AA24 double suited, which is literally the 2nd best starting hand.  I pushed all in pre-flop, the other guy turned over AA67 rainbow, and I lost.  It happens.

Other than that, it was just a slow grinding down in most cases.  I lost more big hands that I showed down than I won.  When I was pushing with big draws, they wouldn't make.  I also stopped re-raising pre-flop in cash games, as that was losing me a lot of money as well.  I was playing almost ALL Omaha Hi/Lo.  I prefer playing at 9-handed tables, but none were available the last couple of days, so I played at 6-ers.  I don't know if that made a difference or not.  You are certainly supposed to loosen up your starting hand restrictions, and I felt like I was doing that, I just wasn't making anything almost ever.  Or when I was, it wouldn't hold up.

I realize not raising is a recipe for disaster the more I think about it, so I gotta stop that line of thinking.  It was maybe limiting my losses, but it was also neutering my wins as I was playing SO TIGHT that no one would call my bets.

On the plus side, I had my first cash in a NLHE sit 'n go in like FOREVER.  The table was playing so tight, I started just raising with literally about half my hands, and taking a lot of pots.  I ended up losing heads-up, but did make it to 2nd.

I made another "hero" fold as well... this time in the $3 PLO Triple-Up that I played that ended up costing me the money, as I would've won the hand, tripled-up in chips, and likely coasted to the money.  I had a draw to both the nut flush and the nut low with one card to come, but laid it down with a raise and re-raise all-in in front of me... and it completed.  I gotta stop playing so tight in tournaments, I guess.  Tournament play and cash game play are not the same, and I can't treat them the same.

Finish: $67.65
(-2.80 in tournaments, -8.46 in ring games)


I had another site that I signed up with for just freerolls just give me $5 in real money to play with, so I may take a couple of stabs there and see if I can build that this weekend.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 25, 2015, 01:23:39 PM
August 22-23
Start: $67.65


A decent weekend.  Started out strongly by winning nearly $5 at 2 PLO tables. 

Big hand of the session which nearly won $3 on its own was:
I had AKTQ with 2 hearts in the SB... I just completed the BB and it was just me and him to the flop:
I bet .10 and got called. 
I now had an absolute ton of outs to win the hand, any heart (9 more), and any Ace, King, Queen, or 9 (12 of those) would make the nut straight.  I would probably lose on any blank. 
I bet .15 and the BB raised it pot size, to .75.  I called. 
I bet pot-size, which was 1.80 and was called.  He mucked, but on later review showed his hand to be Q494 with 2 hearts.  He was drawing to a worse flush and straight.  He actually made his straight on the turn while I got mine on the river.  Tough luck.

A sample hand I lost on would be one where I made trips on the flop, but lost to a hidden full house (player had a pocket pair of 6's on a board of 6JJ which I bet hard holding a Jack, but lost).

I then placed 5th in a top-3 get paid Triple Up Omaha tournament.  But I did place 2nd in a $1 PLO SNG, which netted me 1.60 and got me over $71.

I then spent a very long time at 4 PLO tables (I vary between Hi/Lo and regular, 6-players and 9 quite a bit), gaining $1.72 and moving up to near $73.

After which I proceeded to bust out of a $1 Multi-Table tournament in 54th of 200+ where only 27 places paid.

And lost in 5th of a $1 NLHE SNG.

Then I took some beats at Omaha to push me back under the $70 mark by end of Saturday night.


Sunday, I pushed back over $75 briefly, thanks to this hand at a straight Omaha table.

I have $1.90 and am dealt A6TJ double suited in middle position.  UTG raises, and we get 6(!) callers of 9 to the flop, so the pot is already at $1.02 when this comes:
That's my suited Ace.  I am on a straight up flush draw with a backdoor straight draw to protect me if a 9 or King were to come.
UTG bets pot, $1.02.  I move my remaining $1.45 in... 3 callers remain in the hand.
That's not me, but nothing I can do about it at this point.  Action is checked around with already $6+ in the pot.
That makes my flush.  UTG goes all-in, and gets one caller.  They all show a flush, but worse ones, and I rake $6.48.

Sadly, I don't do great at much else, and head into 2 multi-table tournaments at $74.

C-Fan plays the $2 NLHE MTT with $500 guaranteed, and I start the one that is the same buy-in but for $1000 guaranteed about 90 minutes later.

I lost out in mine early when my AK lost vs. AQ as per usual.

In C-Fan's, she got QQ in middle position early, and raised to 70 (blinds are 10/20 at this point, with stack size of 3000).  Got one caller out of position.  Flop was 26T rainbow.  Caller bet 130, C-Fan re-raised to 560.  He called again.  Turn was an Ace.  He checked, and Andrea bet about half pot, 645.  Caller goes all-in.  C-Fan thinks for a moment, but decides to lay it down.  Knocked her to about half her stack size... upon later review (after 1 day, you can review all hole cards from all players even if they don't show during the hand), he was playing 44.  Basically bluffed us off half her money.  At the time, I felt that if she was willing to bet 645 into the pot when a scare card came, she was willing to go all-in.  Didn't work out.

C-Fan makes it through the break and early in the 2nd hour with blinds at 125/250, 25 ante she gets 66 UTG.  She decides to flat call.  Cutoff made it 800 to go, Dealer calls.  C-Fan decides to go all in with her last 2800.  They both call.  Relief comes when the board brings a 6.  She triples up off this to nearly 9k in chips.

A bit later, C-Fan completes the small blind with 88 facing 2 other players.  Flop comes 84J... she tries the check raise, but no bets.  Turn is another 4, giving her a full house.  She goes for a min bet of 400 trying to get some callers.  MP caller min-raises to 800.  C-Fan raises back to 2000.  MP goes all-in, C-Fan calls and sees A4o turned over.  River is a meaningless Ace (gave MP a worse full house), and C-Fan is now threatening 20k chips.

Sadly, not much else happens.  She folds a lot of rag cards and doesn't get anything to flop with her speculative hands or blinds.  With only 7 players to the money, blinds at 500/1000 and her stack at 12k, she gets AJh.  She calls and gets a raiser behind her who has a monster stack.  She decides to go all-in against him.  He insta-calls and turns over KK (literally the 3rd time in about 20 hands he has showed down KK).  Board comes 95T8...T giving her a whiff and putting her out in 61st place out of just over 200 players.  While she probably could've limped to the money (which was about $4 for the lowest tier), she decided to keep playing her game and it popped her bubble.

With the 2 MTT tourney whiffs, that brought my roll back down below $70.

Finish: $69.61
(+10.26 in ring games, -8.30 in tournaments)
(with one near miss)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 25, 2015, 01:41:30 PM
August 24th
Start: $69.61


I start with a rare $2 PLO Multi-Table tournament.  It starts with literally 4 players, but late registrants soon get it up to 20.

Very early, I get AKQQ with AK of spades.  Board comes 89Q with 2 spades.  I have top set and the nut flush draw.  I decide this is good enough to go all-in with vs. heavy betting (someone clearly either has 89 or JT, probably JT to a flopped straight).  Sure enough, they do, but board doesn't help me and I'm the first one out.  I look it up later, and even with their flopped straight, I was still 65% to win after the flop.  Alas.

I make some good progress at the cash tables even with the loss, getting my roll up to $75+ before sitting at another $3 Omaha Triple-Up SNG.

I made it to the Final 4, where it was me and 2 other guys vs. a bully.  He was raising almost every pot while we were on the cash bubble.  I decide finally that my AK56 double-suited is good enough to fight back with.  I win when the board comes 3467K, and that's enough to pretty much coast to a Final 3 win of $9 and get my roll over $80 for the first time.

Then I proceed to sit at a PLO H/L 6 max table and bust out 3 times for $2 each.  I also had to add $1 back to one table after getting down to 20 cents.  Way to blow the winnings there.  I spend $10 at 3 tables and end up with .65 to show for it by the end of that.  I decide to try a couple of other tables.

At one of these, I sit at a 9-max table.  After 4 or 5 hands, it is clear that there are 2 guys who are just constantly going all-in against each other.  Literally every hand.  People start grumbling in the chat.  I decide that this is my chance.  Me and another guy decides to go all-in with them on another hand.  He wins the Hi, I win the Lo for $5.54 and promptly exit that shit.

I do fine at the other tables and end with $76+.

As a nightcap, I decide to tackle one final $3 PLO Triple-Up SNG... This follows a familiar formula, we get down to the Final 4, and one bully pushes the others around.  I decide to take a stand this time with 9TJQ double-suited.  I suck out a win there vs. 9747 as little help comes for either of us... I win the hand with a pair of Queens.  I ride that double-up to a cash at this one too, and end the night well over $80 for the first time.

Finish: $82.44
(+3.63 in ring games, +9.20 in tournaments)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on August 25, 2015, 01:59:38 PM
3+ weeks in, how am I doing?

Total bankroll start: $75
Current bankroll: $82.44
+7.44 overall

Well, it breaks down like this:
Ring games
Bought in with $168, left with $173.50
+5.50 in 68 sessions


Limit hold'em ring games
+1.35 in 6 sessions

PL Omaha ring games
+11.21 in 21 sessions

PL Omaha Hi/Lo ring games
+2.15 in 33 sessions

NL Hold 'Em ring games
-9.21 in 8 sessions

Tournaments
Bought in with $74.80, won $66.74
-8.06 in 45 tournaments


NLHE Sit 'n Go's
Bought in with $16.50, won $9.90
-6.60 in 15 tournaments
1 first place, 2 second place, 10 no cashes

Omaha SNG's
Bought in with $6.60, won $9
+2.40 in 6 tournaments
1 first place, 1 second place, 1 third place, 3 no cashes

Omaha Triple-Up SNG's
Bought in with $19.80, won $36
+16.20 in 6 tournaments
Finished in the money in 4 of 6.

NLHE Multi-Table tournaments
Bought in with $34.10, won $11.84
-22.26 in 20 tournaments
1 cash / top-10, 19 no cashes

+$10 in bonus money from the site
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 21, 2015, 11:32:16 AM
Hit a bad run where I was playing almost all Omaha, and losing A LOT.  Was playing way too tight, but the times I was calling I was always calling with 2nd best hands.  Not sure if it was a bad run, bad playing, some combo of them both.   

But I have been running good in another form of poker, and I finally cashed the last of my bonus.

7 weeks in, how am I doing?

Total bankroll start: $75
Current bankroll: $126.47
+51.47 overall

Well, it breaks down like this:

Ring games
Bought in with $241.63, left with $210.18
-31.45 in 100+ sessions



Tournaments
Bought in with $136.10, won $169.02
+32.92 in 61 tournaments


NLHE Sit 'n Go's
Bought in with $19.80, won $9.90
-9.90 in 16 tournaments
1 first place, 2 second place, 11 no cashes

Omaha SNG's
Bought in with $7.70, won $9
+1.30 in 7 tournaments
1 first place, 1 second place, 1 third place, 4 no cashes

Omaha Triple-Up SNG's
Bought in with $36.30, won $54
+17.70 in 11 tournaments
Finished in the money in 6 of 11.

NLHE Multi-Table tournaments
Bought in with $60.40, won $96.12
+35.72 in 27 tournaments
6 cashes, 3 top-10s, 21 no cashes, cashes in 5 of last 7 tournaments entered

Omaha MTT's
Bought in with $14, won $0
-14.00 in 3 tournaments
0 cashes out of 3

+$50 in bonus money from the site

I ran the math, and these numbers don't QUITE add up, I'm off by like $1 somewhere in here, but you'll just have to deal with it.

You can see that I have a wild swing down in Ring Games, and a wild swing up in Tournament play.  And I gathered a bonus.

So, without the bonus, I am literally up $1.47 through all of this.  But I feel like I was nailing it in the multi-table tournaments I was in recently.  That'll be detailed in the next post.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 21, 2015, 03:06:05 PM
Aug. 25 - Sept. 17

Started this stretch with $82.44.  Ran it down to just over $35 with mostly Omaha ring play.  I decided one week that I was going to make that second bonus before the early October deadline, and I did.  That was an additional $40, so that got me back to near $80.

It was about this time I started playing a few more NLHE multi-table tournaments.  Because that and Omaha are my 2 favorite things to play, and Omaha was starting to piss me off.

So, I found myself playing a couple of multi-table Omaha tournaments and not doing all that great in them.  Didn't make the money in any of them, and was certainly not being blessed with any big hands in them either.  Found myself getting money in against people with AAxx and losing more often than not.  Similar to cash games.

I decided to enter the 6:45 PM daily $500 guaranteed $2.20 tournament.  This is one that I have crapped out in a few times before.  You start with 3k chips in this one, as opposed to the normal 1500 chips in other tournaments.

Here are a couple of key hands:

I have about 5k chips with blinds 75/150 and get AJc in 3rd position.  I smooth call, and 4 to the flop which comes T8K with 2 clubs.  I bet pot size of 600, and the dealer raises me all in for his last 1700.  With such a strong draw and a gutshot possibility, I figure to go ahead and put it in. 

He shows Q3c, and he is dominated.  I just have to dodge a Q or a 3 and I win.  Turn is 9h, and river is Qh, which actually makes my straight.  I get up to 7200 chips with this.

3 hands later in the BB, I call a 300 chip raise from the SB with K9h.  Flop is T5K, 2 diamonds.  SB bets 600.  I raise enough to put him all-in, which is about 2200 more.  He calls, and shows ATo.  Top pair holds up, and I improve to over 10k in chips.

A bit later, I am up to 14k in chips, blinds at 500/1000 with 100 antes.  I get 55 in the small blind and raise to 3800.  BB decides to raise all-in.  It is another 4600 to call, and I am hoping for a coin flip as I make the call. 

It is not, as he shows 77.  Board comes Q9536, and I get up to 24k in chips with the trips.

About 7 hands later, I get TT in the BB.  Cutoff min-raises to 2400.  I re-raise him all in, which is about 8200 more.  He calls inexplicably with 78c.  Board comes T2KJQ, and I get to over 36k in chips, knocking him out in 47th place.

I later get to 50k in chips, and the tournament lead with A2o in the BB when the board comes 223 and I raise the dealer's C-bet.

With blinds at 2500/5000 and me down to 40k in chips, I get AJd in the BB.  UTG raises to 15k.  I decide this is good enough and shove.  He turns up KQo, but luck is not on my side this time, as the board comes with 2 Queens, and ends my tournament.

I finish 17th in a 200+ person field where 36 pay.  The pay only really got above $5 in the final 18, so this was a decent cash at $8.37.

I didn't make a lot of great plays in this, but got good hands in the blinds and was able to disguise the strength of my holdings and made that work to maximum effect.

The next day, I cashed for $5 in a $2 tournament, and $3.30 in a $1 multi-tabler to make 3 in a row.

The next couple don't go great, but I am holding steady at around $80.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 21, 2015, 04:37:11 PM
Sept. 18-20

On Friday night after we get back from our trip to Louisville for the Clemson-Louisville game, I settle down for that same $2 6:45 PM multi-table tournament.

I get up to about 4300 before this hand, where I get AA on the button with blinds at 100/200.  I get the dream scenario, where I have a raise and a caller before it gets to me.  I re-raise to 1800.  I get 2 callers to the flop, which is K99.  A little scary, but I press on.  One bettor goes all in with their last 300.  I re-raise enough to put other guy all-in, and HE calls also. 

Turns out I'm up against JTh and 66.  66 was REAL optimistic.  JT has at least a gutshot, but the final 2 cards are a 2 and a 3, so I bust the 11k chip mark.

Then, I start stealing.  A lot.  The table is tight, so I make the most of it.  I end up doubling my stack with a lot of small wins, up to 22k. 

I straight up take a pot from someone, as cutoff raises to 800 with blinds at 200/400.  I had 39d in the small blind.  Board comes with a bunch of scare cards, I bet out on it and win. 

With 29k in chips, I get QQ UTG.  I raise to 2200 with blinds at 250/500.  SB calls me.  Flop is Q6J, 2 spades.  I hope to check raise, but nothing doing.  Turn is an Ace of spades, SB bets 1k, and I call.  SB bets 1k on the river, which is a 4h, a blank.  I raise to 5k.  He calls and mucks 2 of a kind, A6o.

That puts me into the tournament chip lead at nearly 39k.

Unfortunately, I gave 7k of it back overplaying A5o against a K44 board vs. someone who has a pocket pair.  I end up all in because of math, but lose.

With blinds at 1000/2000, and us just into the money (45 places pay), I get J5c in the BB.  One caller around to me.  Cutoff bets 4k on the flop of A9K, with the AK being of clubs.  I have the 2nd nut flush draw, and call.  Turn is a Jack of diamonds.  I call another 4k bet.  River is a 2c, making my flush.  I put Cutoff in position to call for his tournament life, another 7300 chips.  He calls, I win with the flush, and he mucks a single pair.  He's out in 33rd place, and I double up to over 43k chips.

I lose half my stack with AQo vs. 9Ts when the board comes QJ8 on the flop and flops him a straight.  Back to 23k with under 18 players left.  I claw gradually back up over 40k.

Big stack is to my left, and he tries to steal my blind a bit later.  I decide to call his shove with my KJd, and win when a K comes on the board vs. his T7o.  I get to over 92k chips.

I make it to the final table with 89k chips, and am the 5th largest stack.  I hang around, and survive another couple of places.  With a stack of 69k and blinds at 3500/7000, and the table at 5-handed, I decide to try to steal the blinds with a shove with K9d.  I am called by KTs, and the board is no help to either of us, so I lose out-kicked to KTs.  I probably could've survived another spot, which would've been another $20.

But as it is, I finish 5th, and make $43.23 my best showing by far in one of these tournaments.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 25, 2015, 04:24:43 PM
The next night, I end up in a $4 late night "Beginner" hold 'em tournament, and I was the chip leader in this tournament as well, pulling off one triple barrel bluff late on, but ultimately finishing 4th in a field of 71 to win $24.14 and bump myself up over $125.

Then I hit a run of bad luck at cash tables and tournaments to drop back below $90.

Actually, I was making a ton of stupid calls at a step up from my normal Omaha tables, .05/.10 pot limit.  I lost like $7-8 in a couple of evenings work, then missed cashing in a couple of $5 tourneys to get it back below $100, then back below $90.

Sept. 23
Start: $88.10


In my most recent tournament, it was an $11 buy-in, deep stack style tourney with $4,000 prize pool guaranteed.  Everyone started with 10,000 chips and the levels go up every 10 minutes, making it a very slow going tournament.  This is my style.

I was not doing so well early getting down to under 5k in chips around the first break.

I was able to hit a couple of hands a bit later, and work my way up to 20k as the tourney hit the second hour break.

I got up to close to 50k in chips and in the top 10 in the tournament shortly thereafter, as the registration closed and we finalize at 483 entries.

I pull JT on the button and call a small raise with the blinds at 400/800.  Flop comes 89T... 2 spades.  So I have top pair, middling kicker.  This is a super draw heavy board, so I call a 6000 chip bet into a 17k chip pot.

Turn is a K of spades.  I call a 10k chip bet again, and river is an Ace.  I don't make my draw, and my middle pair on the board is likely no good.  Looking back, I wish I had pushed on the flop, I might've gotten some people off their hand.  I have to fold to a river bet of nearly all of my stack.

That drops me to 22k with the blinds starting to hurt.

I am able to hang around in the tournament, as I am now something like 75th in chips with 95 left and only 54 spots to pay.

I get moved tables, and then I start picking up hands.  I double up off the same guy to my right twice with AQ vs. A9 and KK vs. 99.  That gets me back off of just praying to make the bubble.

A few rounds later, with 55 players left I push in a 3x size raise with blinds at 2500/5000 UTG with a pair of 5's.  It folds around to the big blind, who is the guy that I've doubled up off of twice.  He takes 2 minutes of time, then folds not wanting to lose 1 off the money bubble.  He shows AT suited.  That would've been a flip, but I don't blame him for not wanting to flip on the bubble.

After the money is made, he raises me from the button, I push my last 60k in with 99... he thinks and calls with A8o.  He doesn't get his Ace, and I get up over 100k in chips and he exits shortly after the money bubble.

The table at this point goes berserk, seeming all-ins and knockouts every hand... and we get from 54 down to 24 rather quickly, and I make the 5th hour of the tournament in 22nd of 24 players left with 71k chips.

Blinds are 5k/10k with 1k ante after the break, and I have to pick a hand and go with it, as I only have enough chips for about 3 more orbits.

I pick up A6 in the BB... but 2 players behind me go all in.  I decide that this is it.  They both show a pocket pair, 88 and 99.  Board comes 235...A...J.  I triple up to over 160k and get off of life support.

A couple of hands later, I get AK on the button.  I go all in against the big stack.  He's got 66... flop includes a K, and I double to over 300k in chips, 3rd in the tournament.

Better yet, I make another money level, making the final 2 tables.

Some guy beats AQ and AA with 99 when a 9 hits the board, and we're down to 16.  Next money level is at the final table.

QQ beats AT and we're down to 15.

I hold K9o in the BB, I call a min-raise and win with a flop bet when the board comes 952 rainbow.

AQ beats A3 in a blind battle when an Ace hits the board, and we're down to 14.

Blinds are up to 6k/12k with 1200 ante.  I am hanging out around 300k chips.  I have tightened it way down, as everyone seems to be finding every hand good enough to shove at this point.

Someone from the other table is out, and we're down to 13 players.

Short stack on my table goes all-in, big stack calls him with J6 vs. 99... Jack hits the board and we're down to 12, I am in 7th chip position with 285k.

Meanwhile, I am getting no cards of note, and am folding pretty much every hand.

Small stack goes all-in, gets called by 2 players.  99 beats JQ, and we're down to 11 players as blinds go up to 8k/16k with 1600 ante.

I am at a 5 person table where the other players besides me are all the top 4 players.  The other 6 person table has a lot of people in the 100k range, but no one is taking any chances there.  They're trying to wait us out so they can all make the final table.

Meanwhile, our table is playing at a good pace.  So I take it upon myself to start playing everything very slowly.  I use all 30 seconds on every decision.

I get ground down with no cards to under 3 big blinds as it gets up to 12.5k/25k with 2500 antes.

On other table, someone gets caught trying to steal with rags, and they lose.  We're down to 10 players.  But I'm not going to make it to the final table without winning another hand.

The tournament starts going hand by hand as it goes from 10 to 9, meaning each table has to wait for the other to finish a hand.

I double up with an Ace, but still have less than 5 BB.

On the other table, a small stack shoves with J9, and is called with J2.  A 2 hits the board, and I make the final table!

First hand at the final table, I get QJh on the button.  I push vs. a raise.  It is re-raised behind me, and I figure I am screwed.  I am right, as they both show KK and JJ.  Board comes QJ289 with 4 diamonds, so KK with K of diamonds wins and I am out in 9th.

Biggest cash to date as I finish 9th out of 483, good for $73.89.  First place is just over $1,000, but I had no shot at that sadly without doubling up like 6 times.

My roll breaks the $150 barrier for the first time, as with the buy-in, it had dipped to $77.

Finish: $150.99
+62.89 for tournaments
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on September 28, 2015, 10:18:30 AM
Looking back over the past few weeks, here are my actual results in tournaments since the beginning of the month.

$3 PLO MTT w/rebuys - Invested $6.30, did not cash
$2 NLHE MTT Super Knockout - $2.20 buy-in, cashed for $8.37
$2 NLHE MTT - $2.20 buy-in, did not cash
$2 NLHE MTT Super Knockout - $2.20 buy-in, cashed for $5.27
$1 NLHE MTT - $1.10 buy-in, cashed for $3.27
$5 PLO MTT - $5.50 buy-in, did not cash
$3 PLO Triple-Up SNG - $3.30 buy-in, did not cash
$3 NLHE SNG - $3.30 buy-in, did not cash
$2 NLHE MTT - $2.20 buy-in, cashed for $43.23
$10 NLHE MTT Deep Stack - $11 buy-in, did not cash
$4 NLHE MTT "Beginner" - $4.40 buy-in, cashed for $24.14
$2 NLHE MTT $500 Guaranteed - $2.20 buy-in, did not cash
$2 NLHE MTT $1k GTD - $2.20 buy-in, did not cash
$2 PLO MTT - $2.20 buy-in, did not cash
$7 NLHE MTT $1k GTD - $7.70 buy-in, did not cash
$2 NLHE MTT Super Knockout - $2.20 buy-in, cashed for $1
$10 NLHE MTT Deep Stack - $11 buy-in, cashed for $73.89
$10 PLO MTT - $11 buy-in, did not cash
$1 NLHE MTT - $1.1 buy-in, did not cash

That's a cash in 7 out of 19 tournaments, with top-10 finishes in 3 of them.  If we eliminate SNG's, that cuts it to 7/17.  If we eliminate the misses in all 4 of the PLO MTT's I played, that means I cashed in 7 of 13 No Limit Hold 'Em multi-table tournaments.  Though the single dollar in the Super Knockout is a bit of a cheat, but even excluding that my cash rate for September in NLHE MTT's is about 50%.

Including all tournaments, my win amount for the month in tournaments is $78.97 ($159.17 in winnings minus the $80.20 in buy-ins).  For just NLHE, it is $107.57 ($51.60 in buy-ins).

Granted, I have taken the "bankroll rules" and thrown them out the window a bit, as you can see with playing some $7 and $10 MTT's.  But this is a pretty good return, about 100% profit on tournaments in total, and nearly 200% on just NLHE alone.

Looking online at some expectations, 15% ROI is considered a good win rate, and 30% is considered elite.  So I don't have a big enough sample size, and that is telling me I can expect some downswings if I continue playing a lot of MTT's.  Not surprising that 200% would not be considered sustainable, but I did enjoy them while they lasted.  Also makes me think that I wasn't playing as bad as I thought when I went through a streak of like 12 MTTs without a cash.

But for now, I think I am settling into playing NLHE MTTs and PLO table games.  This seems to do well for me when I am not playing stupid at Omaha.

I really feel like I am playing well at the MTTs right now, and I am avoiding getting beat by worse hands.  So yes, I am running good.  At some point, I will run bad.  Variance can be somewhat demoralizing if you let it.  I will try hard not to let it, and we'll see what happens.

Sept. 27th
Start: $150.99


After football and before bed, The Mrs. decided she wanted to stay up and see the eclipse some.  I said sure, but I'm not going to be out there the whole time.  We can go out and check occasionally.  And in the meantime, I'll play some poker.

So I fired up 2 Omaha tables, $2 buy-in each, .02/.05 limits, the usual.

On Table 1 which is 9 players, on the 3rd hand I get dealt 93TJ on the button.  I call a raise to .15, and there are 5 players to the flop, which is 82T.  I have an open ender and call a small .09 bet.  4 players to the turn, which is another T.  Checked around, and river is a 7.  I have a straight and trips, and decide to call the .29 bet of the original raiser hoping for not a full house, but not expecting one with no turn bet.  I am right, and win $1.20.

I win another small hand with AKQ6 double-suited with strong betting, and leave the table after 15 hands up $1.39.

On Table 2, that was pretty wacky.  A 6-hander where the player to my right was raising nearly every pot.  I've found at these tables that you need to call a couple of raises to keep them honest and then really punish them with your good hands.  Sometimes the board cooperates and sometimes it doesn't.

Hand 7, I get AK52 double-suited.  I call a pre-flop re-raise to $1, which is frankly somewhat reckless with this hand.  3 callers to the flop which is AK6, 2 clubs which is not my suit.  But I have 2 pair.  Re-raiser pre-flop goes all-in, and I call.  He shows QJ98 with 2 clubs, so he's really betting the flush draw and a straight.  Board ends with 5K, and I make a full house and add $3+ to my stack.

I call another raise with AK23 double-suited, but end up folding on the turn when the board pairs and I'm holding nothing but a one-sided straight draw.

I call another raise with AJJQ, but fold when the board shows 3 diamonds and no high cards.

I re-raise the maniac with AA23, and take it down when the flop shows 44A and he folds to my flop bet.

Last big hand, which is still only like the 20th hand I've played, I get AKJ6 and call a .20 raise from the BB.  3 callers to the flop of JQ5, 2 clubs.  I actually bet on this hand after the maniac checks, I bet .40, maniac calls.  Turn is a 3rd club, an 8.  He checks to me, and I check for the river expecting a check-raise.  River is a T of spades, completing my broadway draw, but I'm not clamoring to bet big with the flush draw out there.  He bets .80 and I make the crying call.  Turns out he made a straight with the 8, as he was holding AT9T.  I win another $1.59.

At this point, he says "2 outer on the river, gotta love Bovada".  I respond with "idiots raising every hand, gotta love Bovada".

That sets him off, he says "learn poker".  I respond with "I did, that's why I just won $5 off you in 30 minutes, moron.  Have a great night."  And I sign off.  Leave that table up $5.31.  I don't usually respond to table talk, but my macho side got the best of me in this case.

Finish: $157.69
+6.70 in ring games
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on October 02, 2015, 10:17:55 AM
Oct. 1
Start: $157.69


Fired up a $3 Omaha Triple-Up SNG... never got anything going there.  Won a couple of small pots but not the couple of big ones that knocked me out far from the money in 6th.

Then I sat at some cash tables for a bit.  PL Omaha Hi/Lo... a 6 person and 9 person table.

At the 9 person table, I ended up all-in for my $2 eventually with QTTK on a board that had an Ace and a Jack on it.  This was not a good move, as I made a big pile of nothing and lost.

At the 6 person table, when I sat with my $2, there was a guy with over $25 at the table. 

Hand 2, I get Q524 UTG... I speculate here, as if an Ace comes this is a strong Low hand, especially 6-handed.  Big stack raises on the button to .26.  3 players to the flop, which is A9Q, 2 clubs.  I have Q5 of clubs.  This is not a great flop for a low, but it is for the 2nd nut flush.

Check to the big stack who bets $.76.  Player to my right calls, I re-raise all-in, my last $1.69.  Both players call, putting player to my right all-in as well.

Turn/River are Kc, 2d.  Completing my now nut flush.

Player to my right shows AQ5J, so he flopped 2 pair... but with the strong betting around, he probably should've folded.

Big stack shows JT78, so he was really speculating.  Bumps me up to over $5.

Next hand, I win another .70 with AQQJ.

Next, I win another .50 with AQ75 on a board with 2 Aces.

5th hand at the table on the button, I get AKQT, with 3 diamonds.  3 players to the flop, which is J79, 2 diamonds.  I have an open ender here, and a nut flush draw.  I bet the pot, .25.  SB raises to .97.  I call.  Turn is 8h, making my straight.  I bet $1.09 and get called.  River is Ac, pretty much a blank as far as this board goes.  I bet $1.56 and get called.  SB had 7892, so he had the dreaded 3-pair.

I am up to nearly $10 with that win.

A bit later, I'm back down to $9.  I get TKJ6 unsuited in the BB.  Big stack raises to .21, and we get 4 callers to the flop.

KK5.  I check, and UTG bets out for .84.  I just call and there are only 2 players left.

Turn is the full-house making 6d.  I bet the pot, $2.52.  I get called.  River is Qc.  I am slightly afraid of KQ here, but 6 handed I am less afraid of it.  I push all-in hoping this guy is married to his hand.  He is not.  I take it down, pushing up to $12.58.

Nothing else of note happens at this table, and I leave it holding $11.66, profit of $9.66 at this table.

Sadly, 2 other 6-max tables I open up I go broke at.  At one, I hold A2T5, with T5 of clubs.  I bet strong with a flop of 6J8, 2 clubs.  I lose my $2 when the low doesn't make, and the flush does but the caller has a Queen-high one.

At another table, I re-raise pre-flop with AA96, double suited.  End up all-in, and lose to KJT8 when the board comes Q54TK, 2 pair.

At another able, I end up leaving with just $1.12 of my original $2.  So all of those eat into my $9.66 in profit from the crazy table.

I decide to take another stab at Zone Poker for some reason, because the football game I'm watching isn't quite over yet, but I'm tired of going broke at Omaha.

Zone Poker if you recall, is a 6-handed NLHE cash game where once you fold a hand, it immediately places you at another table with other players to play another hand.  It's like Turbo on steroids.

Blinds are .02/.05, and you can literally play several hands a minute.

Minimum to start at these stakes is $2.50.  I'm in. 

3rd hand, I get KQs in the SB.  I call a small bet when the flop is A2T with 2 spades.  I net .70 when I bet a spade on the river and it goes uncalled.

9th hand, I get AJ in the BB.  I call a 10 cent raise.  Flop is J3Q... checked around.  Turn is Ah.  I bet .25, 2 callers.  River is Ks.  I fear a Ten, but I win the showdown for another 80 cents.

Starting with Hand 12, I win like 6 of 9 hands by just raising pre-flop.  One hand I get called, but bet holding JTc when the flop is 966 and take down .30.

So, I'm up to over $4.50 when this last hand takes place... I am feeling my oats with being the bully.  I raise UTG with QTh... 3 callers to the flop of T33.  I've got top pair here.  I bet out .68.  I get 2 callers, and at this point I should've put the brakes on.

But I don't, as the turn is a Q.  I now have 2 pair and decide to bet again, another .71.  2 players call... and at this point I do too for another .96.  BB goes all-in on the river blank of a 5.  I call like a moron, and see him turn over TT for a flopped full house.  Mistake here was not putting on the brakes when there were 2 callers on that board.  Other player who also was all in had K3, so he beat me too.

Well, shit.  Now I'm down for the evening after having won nearly $10 at a single cash table.

Stupidly, I decide to go back to Zone Poker but at HIGHER STAKES.  .05/.10 blinds, minimum $5 at the table.

3rd hand, I get KK UTG.  I raise to .35 and get 2 callers.  Flop is K53, 2 diamonds.  I slow-play.  UTG+1 bets out for .10, 2 callers.  Turn is a 9h.  I bet .75.  One caller to the river with is 5s, making me a full house.  I bet $1.02, which goes uncalled.  Up $1.25 already.

I lose .70 when some guy rivers trips to my middle-pair.

7th hand, I get Q9s on the button.  I call a raise to 30 cents in position.  Flop is A79, 2 diamonds.  I get a piece here.  I call a .57 bet, hoping to take it away later.  Turn is another 9, and now I'm in the driver's seat.  I let UTG continue to lead here, he bets 1.50.  I just call.

River is 2h.  He bets enough to put me all in, and I'm glad to oblige.  He shows AKo, and I take down the $10.88 pot.

A few more hands, and I get out while the getting is good and I can be up for the night.

Finish: $160.12
-3.30 in tournaments, +2.78 in Omaha ring games, +2.95 in NLHE Zone Poker


Really feel like I am playing better at NLHE now.  I'm not just waiting for the board to hit me to get money in.  I am taking small pots with raises in position, sometimes with nothing.  I just need to be better at recognizing when I am beaten and minimize my losses, at all levels.  I now need to get better at post-flop play, including figuring out when to bluff and when not to.

Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: lutz on October 05, 2015, 03:30:06 PM
Quote
I just need to be better at recognizing when I am beaten and minimize my losses

This is really key. Probably want to read about ranges and start looking into HUDs.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on October 30, 2015, 02:54:04 PM
So, I will have an update soon... suffice it to say that I haven't done great lately, I'm back down below $100.

However, something interesting happened this week that I thought I'd share.

C-Fan was out of town all week, so I was playing poker at night a bit more than usual.  Tuesday night, I had a "ticket" entry as a new player to play in a freeroll tournament that offered as 1st place an entry into a $100k guaranteed tournament on Sunday.  Then for 2nd through 10th, you got an entry to a satellite whose prize is to gain entry to that same tournament.

I played this tourney on Tuesday, and played very well.  In a field of 44, I made the final table, then finally got to the final 2.  Since the starting stacks were 1,500 chips, that meant there were 66,000 chips in play.  Going to heads-up, I was down 55k to 11k.  Then soon was down 61k to 5k. 

Then I made a comeback, and flipped it around.  I took the lead and was up like 38k to 28k.  That's when this hand happened: 

I got AQo with blinds at 500/1000 and a 100 ante.  I just completed out of the SB, and the flop went QK5 rainbow.  I bet out 1000 and got called.  Turn was an Ace of diamonds giving me 2 pair and 2 diamonds on the board.  I bet 3k and he called.  River was a 3rd diamond.  I bet 5k, and he re-raised all-in.  With 3 diamonds on the board and this player playing me pretty passively up to this point, I folded assuming the flush but went back down in chips 39k to 27k.  I used up all my time on that decision, which is about 2 minutes.  And you can't see the opponents' hole cards unless they show which he didn't.

However, 2 days later, you can see everyone's hole cards on the web site's history screen.  So just now I went back to investigate and see that yes indeed he made a flush... he was holding Q2d.  So his call on the flop with a pair and turn with a pair and flush draw were more than reasonable.

Sadly, I was not able to make it out of the hole a second time, and ended up losing.  I was pretty pissed that I lost a chance at a direct entry to the major tournament and had to go through one of these tourneys yet again.



So, the next night I signed up for the satellite.  This one costs $16 and promises one entry for every 10 players, as the straight buy-in to this big tournament is worth $162.  There were 19 entries, which meant there would be one entry to the tournament, and a cash prize of $144 for second place.

I played decent in this one, making the final table pretty easily and then getting to the final 4.  I made the final 3 when a guy tried to steal with 23s, and I called from the BB with JTo.  Board was all blanks, so I won with Jack high, making the final 3.

To start the final 3, chip stacks were me with 8300, P1 with 15k, P2 with 3700.

I moved to the chip lead when I had A9o on the button, and raised to 1200 with blinds of 200/400.  Flop was A62 all diamonds.  Chip leader bet 1200, I called.  Turn was a 7h, he bet 1200 again and I called.  He failed to triple-barrel it, and we checked the river... he showed K3h and was trying to represent a flush.  I got up to 12k with 27k total in play.

I lost the lead when I tried to make a play 3-handed with KTo out of the SB on a Q73 flop.  BB had called a pre-flop raise of mine, and that board seemed pretty empty.  He didn't buy my betting and showed a Q down to win and drop me back to 7k chips. 

Finally, as the SB, Player 1 raised 1800 with blinds at 300/600... BB went all-in and SB called.  We had SB with J6s, and BB with 4's.    Turn brought a Jack, and I make the final 2 with 5700 chips vs. 21.3k.

I had thoughts as I made the Final 2 that maybe I should just throw this tournament and collect my $144.  It would be by far my biggest payday in a tourney on this site.  But once we started playing heads-up, I decided that no, I would try to win because if I get an entry and were to somehow place

I double up on the second hand of heads-up, when I call an all-in holding 68 on a flop of 6K2.  He showed 36, and I dominate that matchup and win up to 10k.

We played for probably a half hour heads-up.  58 hands total.  It went back and forth a bit.  I took the lead in there when I rivered a straight with J8 vs. A7.  I then put pressure on all the way to the end.  On the final hand, I had KJh and he finally just went all-in with T2c.  He rivered a straight, but I rivered a flush to win the whole thing.

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So, now I have an entry ticket into a $250,000 prize pool tournament that is only being played twice... this Sunday and next at 4 PM.  Seeing as I'm out of town next weekend, I have to play this thing on Sunday.  The prize pool has been bumped from it's normal $100k to $250k for some reason.

If I did manage to place, the least I would win would be $150 since that is the cash buy-in... and usually the lowest cash prize is somewhere around the buy-in.  The tournament notes that this tourney has a "modified payout structure" that will pay 15% of the entrants.  So that means if we have 1000 people in, I would have to get up to 150th at least.

I have no idea what to expect.  I also know that if I were to somehow WIN this thing, it would probably be worth in the neighborhood of $50,000.  Very unlikely sure, but not impossible.  I could just get hit in the face with cards.  I could also get AA on hand 1 and lose to 2 pair or some kind of flush.  I will have to combat any kind of fear of not cashing though and just play like I normally would and hope for my hands to hold up.  When I have been losing lately, I have mostly been getting my money in good and it just hasn't worked out.  It's poker... Even the very best hand at the start of a hand heads-up is like an 8-1 favorite which means you will lose.  The key will be building some kind of stack to where if I am put to the test I can survive it.  If not, I won't make it long.

I haven't really played at these kind of stakes before, so no idea what to expect on that front.

Expect some kind of report on Monday.  I fully expect it to be anti-climactic, like "I was out in 403rd when I had to push 33 with a small stack against somebody who could afford to call with JTo, and I lost".  But we'll see.  You never know.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on November 02, 2015, 07:26:57 AM
I was not close to doing anything in the Sunday tournament.  Finished something like 700th out of 1700+.  With a starting stack of 5000, I don't think I ever even got above 6000.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on November 16, 2015, 01:48:55 PM
Mid-November, 2015

After being humbled while trying to step up in pay levels a bit too quickly, I have been back to playing where I should be.  No more than $4.40 buy-ins.

I have ditched playing everything except for Sit 'N Go's and Multi-Table tournaments.  The Multi-Tablers have not been going so great.  The rush I hit around the beginning of October has died off.  After cashing in 8/18 tournaments, I have hit a lull.  In the last 31 multi-table tournaments I have played in, I have cashed 5 times.  That cash rate of like 15% is pretty terrible.  I have an ROI of like -80%, buying in for $124 and winning only just over $28.

I did cash in one last night, in a tournament where I was getting short-stacked and just decided I was going all-in with AJ regardless of what happened.  The Small Blind re-raised me all-in, and he showed AK.  Then he mocked me as a horrible player for shoving my entire stack against a re-raise with AJ.  This of course was after 2 Jacks hit the board.

I called a big bluff from a guy later on with AQ v. A3 when the board hit neither of us.  A bit later in the tournament, I was in the middle of the standings when I called 400 with 33.  6 players went to the flop on a board of J32.  I raised when small bets came to me.  UTG player went all-in, and another player to my right also went all-in.  UTG showed AA, and player to my right showed 22.  I out-flopped them both and tripled to the chip lead.

With 10 players left (as 27 paid, so I was safely in the money), a stack about half of mine pushed all in pre-flop against my raise with QQ.  He showed AQ, and I felt great until he hit his Ace on the river.  Probably justice after my AJ v. AK suck-out.  I proceeded to finish 9th out of 102 and doubled my buy-in to about $9.

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Here are some hands I have been getting beat with to either knock me out or ALL BUT knock me out of recent tournaments.  First hand listed is mine:

KK v. AK with Ace of clubs, 4 clubs hit the board all-in pre-flop
J4 in blind, I check-raised on a board of J64... he raises me all-in which I call... and he shows J6.
KJ v. 22 on board of K72.
QQ v. KTs, KTs makes flush on turn
TT v. 66, 6 hits river
AA v. KJh, board of Q23, opponent turned heart flush
46 in blind v. ??, board went A44, I went all-in, he runner-runner's a flush
TT loses to KK and 99 on short-stack
99 loses to AK short-stack
TT loses to AQ short-stack
33 loses to KJ short-stack

Some bad beats, some races lost, some draws hit against me.  Nothing especially cruel.  Although yesterday I do remember losing out on a Triple-Up SNG pay thanks to losing AQ v. A8 when an 8 hit the river.

Which leads me to the only way I've consistently been winning... that is through Triple-Up Sit 'N Go's.  In doing some analysis, that is the only version of poker that I have won consistently at. 

Right now, I have 102.30 invested in 31 Triple Up entries.  And I've come away from those with $144, or 16 top-3 places, a better than 50% win rate.

Also, in the 13 Pot Limit Omaha Triple Ups, I have placed in 6.  Slightly worse than 50%, but still enough to make over $10 off the $42.90 in entry fees.

Considering that you have to place at about a 37% rate (or OVER 1/3 of the time) just to break even thanks to the 30 cent buy-in fee on top of the $3, I have been doing well, placing in exactly 22 of 44 of these Triple-Ups.  Considering that each table pays 33% of players, placing at over 36% on a regular basis is not an easy ask but should be attainable for anyone playing well.  I guess I have been playing well.

That's really what I've been playing for the past few weeks, aside from the occasional multi-table tournament.

We'll see how it goes.  I got below $70 for a bit, and am back approaching $90 with this strategy, sitting at $89.98 today.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on November 18, 2015, 08:46:59 AM
Which leads me to the only way I've consistently been winning... that is through Triple-Up Sit 'N Go's.  In doing some analysis, that is the only version of poker that I have won consistently at. 

Right now, I have 102.30 invested in 31 Triple Up entries.  And I've come away from those with $144, or 16 top-3 places, a better than 50% win rate.

Also, in the 13 Pot Limit Omaha Triple Ups, I have placed in 6.  Slightly worse than 50%, but still enough to make over $10 off the $42.90 in entry fees.

Considering that you have to place at about a 37% rate (or OVER 1/3 of the time) just to break even thanks to the 30 cent buy-in fee on top of the $3, I have been doing well, placing in exactly 22 of 44 of these Triple-Ups.  Considering that each table pays 33% of players, placing at over 36% on a regular basis is not an easy ask but should be attainable for anyone playing well.  I guess I have been playing well.

That's really what I've been playing for the past few weeks, aside from the occasional multi-table tournament.

We'll see how it goes.  I got below $70 for a bit, and am back approaching $90 with this strategy, sitting at $89.98 today.

November 17th
Start: $89.98


So, shortly after this, I hit a nice run.  As of today, I have placed in 7 of 8 Triple-Ups including the last 6 in a row, which has boosted me back to near $120.

I took some short notes about a couple of them:


Like I said, I won't read too much into this yet but am running real good in the Triple-Ups lately.

Also finished 25th of 92 in an 18 places pay multi-tabler, losing $4.40.

Finish: $119.78

Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 07, 2015, 04:18:43 PM
Dec. 2-4
Start: $114.22


Had a couple of misses in there and some cash game gains.

12/2, I played in 4 Triple-Ups and cashed in 2, which is a net $4.80 gain.

12/3, I played in 2 Triple-Ups and cashed in 1, a net $2.40 gain.

I also lost 10 cents at 2 PLO tables that I played while waiting for the Thursday Night game to end... yes, while the hail mary from Rodgers was landing in someone's arms, I was folding some garbage Omaha hand, and shortly after closed the tables in disbelief of that play.

12/4 - I played 2 Triple-Ups and cashed in neither.  In one I was 4th, losing with A5 v. AK after pushing that hand as a short stack, which is where I had been in the Final 4 for a good 20 hands.  In the other, I was out early in 9th of 9, losing with AA to 44... I put the guy all in post-flop on a board of Q56... was figuring 55, 66, KQ or AQ, but was surprised to see 44.  Sadly a 4 hit the turn and I was out.

I did also play in a $1.10 Multi-Table tournament.  By the time registration ended, there were 200 entrants, which made it a $200 prize pool.

I didn't do a whole lot in this one for a while.  I was stretching to hold on with about 50 players left, with 27 paid.  I got a couple of nice hands, and then made a couple of decent plays with suited connectors.

Even so, after we hit the money I was still struggling to do better than a minimal cash, as 19th-27th paid $2, and 10th-18th paid $3.  I did eventually make it to the final table. 

There were 300k chips in play, and I had about 15k with the blinds at 1k-2k when in the BB, still 9-handed (the final 9).  The button raised me to 6k while I was holding K4.  I figured him for a steal based on what I had witnessed a bit earlier at this same table, so I shoved all-in.  He thought for a bit, but he was already well-invested and getting odds with almost anything if he figures I am not paired, so he calls.  He shows Q3, and I survive that to win, doubling to over 30k. 

Shortly after that, the rest of the table goes a bit mental.  A lot of all-ins and calls.  I do well to get my money in good and stay out when not, and eventually get down to heads-up with this other guy, the same guy who put me at risk with Q3.

We went back and forth for a good 20 minutes.  I knew that I was going to have to probably get lucky and trap him with something and not get trapped myself.  We swapped the lead a few times.  Finally, when we were nearly even, I got 66.  I just checked in the BB and saw my dream flop of 652.  He bet and I raised some.  He called.  Turn was a Jack.  He bet again, I raised, he went all-in.  I called and he showed JT.  He was already drawing dead and I had won the tournament.  Victory was worth $44 out of the $200 pool, not a bad win for a low-stakes tournament.

Finish: $157.62
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on December 22, 2015, 03:52:11 PM
Dec. 5-22
Start: $157.62


Hit a bit of a bad run in the Triple-Ups.  During this stretch, I entered 16 of these Triple-Ups, and cashed in just 5.  Slightly worse than 33%, for a loss of $7.80.  Not terrible, but not the rate I was hitting at.

Here are some brief notes I took on these losses:


I placed 3rd in a standard SNG I played for some reason.

I crapped out of 2 additional MTTs, 24th of 87 in a tourney where 18 paid, lost shoving AQ vs. AK in a battle of the blinds.

Lost in the other MTT in 389th out of close to 1000 players, when I pushed with AA post-flop on a board of J9T, other player was holding TT.  That was probably not a smart play, considering how many potential hands beat me on that board.

Not a great run... except for one more MTT that I played last Friday.  This was another $4.40 "beginner" tournament that pays more places than a normal MTT.  Typical enrollment for these is somewhere between 50-100.  This was the same tournament I won 2 weeks prior, on 12/4.

Here are some highlights of this latest MTT cash, starting stacks of 1500:

Hand #22: QQ on button, blinds 30/60.  I raise to 231.  Get one caller, flop is 7T2 rainbow.  UTG+2 bets 284.  I raise all-in, remaining 1089 chips.  He calls and shows 9T.  Remainder of board is 45, so I move up to 2700 chips total.

Hand #27: AQd in big blind, UTG+1 raises to 180, SB raises all-in to 520.  I call, UTG+1 calls.  Flop is Q69 rainbow.  I put BB all-in for 800, he folds.  SB shows KQ, and I win again and move up to 3700 chips.  (UTG+1 was holding KJs).

Hand #32: ATs UTG+1.  I raise to 177.  Button and BB call.  Flop is 382, one spade.  Checked around, Ah comes on turn.  I decline to bet, checked around.  River is Kh, 3 hearts on board.  BB bets 240, I call, button folds.  I win, as BB was holding A9.  Move up to 4300+ chips.

Hand #35: QJo in SB.  UTG+1 min-raises, I call, BB calls.  Flop is Q44.  I bet out 249, UTG calls.  Turn is 2s.  I bet out 419, UTG+1 calls again.  River is 8h, I decide to check call the river... but UTG+1 checks.  I fail to get value, as he mucks TT, but I do move up to over 5100 chips and near first place now.

Hand #51: A9o on button, blinds at 50/100.  UTG+1 calls, I raise to 340.  BB goes all-in for 902 total.  I am left to call 562 into a pot of 1392, and do so.  He shows TT, and maybe not such a no-brainer now.  But I turn an Ace and get up to 6500+ chips.

I hang around that area for a while.

Hand #96: AQd UTG, blinds at 125/250, with 25 ante.  I raise to 751, BB calls.  Flop is T49, BB checks, I bet 980, BB calls.  Turn is Q, BB checks, I bet 1500, BB calls.  River is a 7, I decide to check behind on the river, and I win vs. BB's KQ, and move up to 9200+ chips.

Hand #99: AJo on button.  Cutoff min-raises to 500, I re-raise to 1470, CO calls.  Flop is TQA, 2 clubs.  Action checked to me, I bet 1902 and take it down.  CO mucks 22.

We are into the money at this point, as 18 pay and sometime around hand 100, the bubble bursts.

Hand #106: J2 in BB, blinds at 150/300, 30 ante.  UTG+1 and UTG+2 call.  Flop is 9KJ, 2 clubs.  No one bets.  Turn is 5h.  I take a stab holding a pair, and everyone folds.  Move to over 11500 chips.

Hand #107: I complete the SB with 69o.  Just me and BB in this hand, flop is 83T... I check, BB bets 300, and I call.  Turn is another 3, it's checked around.  River is a J, and I decide to take another stab and win it.  Move up to 12300.

Next hand I raise with K8 on the button, and it goes uncalled, so I steal the blinds.  About 10 more hands, and we are down to the final 10, one more out and we go to the final table.

Hand #120:  AJ in SB, blinds are 200/400, ante of 40.  Button calls to 400, I raise to 1424.  He calls.  Flop is Q6T, I bet 1500, Button mucks A8o.  I break the 15k chip barrier.

Hand #121: QQ on button.  UTG raises to 1500, I re-raise to 4825.  He mucks 77.
I go a while with no action, as we get down to the final 9, then players are picking each other off.  I am hanging around the 12k-15k chip area with 96,000 total chips in play.
Down to 5 players, then 4 before I finally stick my nose in the action again.

Hand #171: A8 in BB, blinds are 400/800 with 80 ante, I have 13k chips.  Button raises to 2400, I re-raise all-in figuring a steal.  He calls me with AJ, and I am dominated.  Board comes 35826, and I suck out and double to nearly 27k chips, while crippling button down to less than 2 big blinds.

Hand #180: QQ in SB.  UTG raises to 4k, button raises all-inÖ he is the chip leader.  I, perhaps stupidly, call.  Board comes KJ248, UTG has KT and wins the main pot, but I win the side pot vs. the chip leader who was holding A2c.  I move up to nearly 39k chips, and the chip lead.

Hand #191: A8o in BB.  Button raises for his last 9200 chips.  I call, he shows QQ and I lose down to about 28k.

Hand #192: We drop to 3 players, as I stay out of the action.

Hand #193: Blinds are now 500/1000, ante of 100.  I have 66 on the button, and raise to 3216.  BB calls.  Flop is T24, 2 clubs.  I bet 5590, BB calls.  Turn is 3 of clubs, I bet enough to put BB all-in for his final 10k.  He decides to call, and shows A9d.  No idea what he is doing there, he basically needs an Ace or a 5.  River is a 6, and my set is good enough to get us heads up.

Hand #202: I get A9 heads up in BB, in a slight chip disadvantage, 43k to 53k.  He raises to 3k, I re-raise to 9200, he calls.  Flop is T75, it is checked around.  Turn is 9d.  He bets 8k, I raise all-in.  He calls and shows K9.  I win, and now have the lead 86k to 10k.

I lose a couple of all-ins, and weíre back to even.

Hand #231: I hold AJs with a deficit of 37k vs. 59k.  I just try a sneaky call.  BB raises me all-in, and I call.  He flips over AKo, and Iím going to lose.  Except I donít, as my saving Jack comes on the river and I take another dominant chip lead.

Hand #236: I hold A8o and put him all-in for 20k.  He calls and shows A5.  Board makes it interesting, flopping 249, but no other help comes, and my 8 kicker holds up for the win.

1st place is worth $78.09.  I bust the $200 barrier for the first time.

Finish: $216.51
(+65.99 in 3 multi-table tournaments, +.70 in 1 standard SNG, -7.80 in 16 Triple-Up SNGs
)
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Marlowe on July 06, 2016, 11:33:41 PM
Also, I miss Marlowe and Jonathan, and Action Jim.  I heard some rumors about Jim, but he always seemed a decent guy to me at least when I was around him.

Aw, thanks buddy, and right back atcha. I miss the home games we used to play back in the day.

It's been a looong time since I dropped by here and I sort of dropped by at random (no pun intended) & saw this thread and was happy to see that you're still playing poker. I haven't played online forever, but I still play at casinos. I am living south of LA now and Commerce casino is about an hour away in light traffic, and I play there maybe every other month. And, I get to Vegas about once a year. I was just there two weeks ago and played at the Wynn & Bellagio. The first day I lost pretty badly but then the 2nd day I made it back and a little on top, only to get a speeding ticket on the drive home so my winnings went to Johnny Law. Argh.

The game has definitely changed in the last 10 years or so, and there is a lot more aggression. When I lived in Seattle the game was easier to beat, but down here in Cali it's a tougher game. I think that's because poker has been legal here for so long there are more experienced players, and not as many fish. I found Vegas to be on par overall with LA poker rooms, but with more variance because you have more of a mixture of players and at night-time you see more drinking, which can make it interesting.

My main adjustment has been to get a lot tighter in early position and looser in late position, calling raises with junky hands I formerly would've thrown into the muck, like 10-7s. I never liked playing out of position before but in today's super-aggressive games it can be deadly and I try to avoid it.

Glad to see there are still folks around here & I hope all's well with you & everyone else.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: c-lando on July 07, 2016, 09:22:38 AM

Glad to see there are still folks around here & I hope all's well with you & everyone else.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 08, 2016, 01:28:26 PM
Marlowe, good to hear from you.

I am down to like $60 or something and put that on hold as I lost interest/started putting a higher priority on sleeping at night instead of staying up to play late night poker.

I still really enjoy poker, just taking a break for now.
Title: Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
Post by: Butter on July 11, 2018, 04:13:35 PM
I have been watching a lot of the WSOP on ESPN the last few days.  So I got the itch to do this again.

Only one problem.  I got it up to like $216, then I lost a bunch playing beyond my means again, and not following the bankroll rules.  Also, playing blackjack.  Also, using that same money to gamble on sports.

I started back up with something like $10.57 after a couple of years away.  I started out at an Omaha table, just kind of out of boredom.  I lost $4 in the blink of an eye.  They have something new called a "Jackpot Sit 'n Go".  That is basically each player puts up a set amount of money ($2 is the smallest, and just my speed).  Before the game begins, a display comes up and tells you how much you are playing for.  It is a 3-handed turbo set-up, so only top place pays.  80% chance that you will play for 2x the buy in, or $4.  About a 19% chance that you will play for 5x the buy in, or $10.  There are some other microscopic odds to play for up to like $2k, but if that happens each player at the table gets paid.

I had like $7 left, so I signed up for one to try it.  You each start with 500 chips with 10/20 blinds, but 3 minute levels, so the prices go up quick.  Spoiler alert, I lost.

Left me with around $5. I signed up for one last Triple-Up No Limit tournament, and one last Omaha Hi-Lo turbo SNG (6-handed).

I win both of those, which gets me back to about $15.

Since then, I decided to stick only with SNG's, whether it be Triple-Ups or standard ones.  As you may or may not recall, the Triple Up tournament is one where each player puts in $3.30, and the top-3 players left out of a 9-handed table get $9 each.  So you are really just trying to make the Final 3. 

I realized something when I was screwing around with the SNGs.  People are just trying to make the money.  They are signing in, most are playing tight-passive poker, and trying just to outlast everyone else and hoping to get hands.  The average SNG lasts about an hour.  You don't really have time to just wait for hands.  In an average one, I would say I get very few premium hands.  And about half of those, people are not interested in playing with you.  I have gotten AA, KK, and AK maybe like 6-7 total times in the 20 or so tourneys I have played in.

So, I am trying IN JUST THESE SNGs to play a bit more aggressively.  I know that in a multi-table tournament, you can typically afford to be a bit more patient, because if you make the final table, you are talking a time investment of 4-5 hours.  With the SNGs, you can't sit around and play super tight.  I have taken to trying to steal probably 1-2 times per orbit.  More when the table gets down to 4-6 and people are just trying to make it to the final 3.  Playing things like 78 suited.

You also really have to pay attention to your opponents.  If you have a guy at the table who WILL NOT FOLD, you have to go a lot tighter.  So many times, I would try to force those LAGGY (loose/aggressive) players to fold, and they just won't do it.  I have also been doing a much better job of believing people when they bet me like I'm beat.  So many tight passive players play an obvious style, that you have to believe them when they bet hard.

I haven't yet ventured back to multi-tables, which I absolutely love, but if I get a bit more money I could get back into the low stakes ones. 

I feel like I have been playing so much better in the SNGs than I had before.  I was treating SNGs like MTTs, and you just can't do that.

You have to cash in about 35-40% of SNGs to make it profitable.  So far, I'm sitting around 55% after a couple of days and am up to over $33.

Thought this deserved an update.  I'll check in again soon.