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Butter

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« Reply #360 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.
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« Reply #361 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.
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« Reply #362 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 chips blinds start at 10/20, but go up every 5 minutes.  

First hand, I get QJ in the BB.  Its 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.  Im figuring an overpair, but I decide to make the call anyway in case its AK.  Its not, its AA.  Turn is a 9 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-in and 1 is knocked out.  Down to 6, and Im 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 Im 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.  Its 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) UTG raises to 300, I re-raise to 1500 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 thats about as big a disaster as I could get.  Im out in 225th, about 100 places shy of the money.

Finish: $34.80
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« Reply #363 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 Im in for 75 cents on this hand, since we still have 4 players.  Lucky for me, flop is 8-3-2, all hearts.  Its 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 heart he checks, I bet, he calls 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 Im 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, Im 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 A4h I had hit a 4 and 2 hearts on the flop, and stayed in to the river 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
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« Reply #364 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 BB me and one other player go to the flop, which is J-A-J, one club.  I check, he checks, turn is 4c now Ive picked up a flush draw to go with my gutshot, I call a .50 bet.  River is 7c 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 56d flop is A-9-3, one diamond.  BB checks, UTG+2 checks I bet and take down $1.10.  Bluffs DO work if done in the right spots.  

One of these tables is super-tight 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 A4 a 7 and 4 were on the flop, but a 4 hit the river to lose me about $1.50.

Id be lying if I didnt say that playing these limits is BOR-ing, but I cant 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
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« Reply #365 on: August 23, 2006, 04:19:56 PM »

Start: $50.20

I enter a Poker Stars standard 9-seat $5+.50 NLHE sit n 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 tight the first hand I play is 89s in the SB.  Its 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 check its checked to the button, who bets 60.  I call, as do 3 others.  Turn is a 7 I am hoping someone makes a straight or a flush or something here.  I check, its 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 other QQ v. TT, AJ v. KQ and the like.  Problem with all these clashes are, its 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 22 flop brings 2 more Aces, and I knock out player #2.  

2 more players go out a hand later, as flop is Kd-7d-9c one player pushes with 2 pair, 79o 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, were down to 5, and Im 3rd in chips with the blinds still at 25/50.  Blinds move up to 50/100, and Im staying around 2200 chips.  I move up to 2900, as in the SB I call with Q5, the flop is KQK I min. bet to the river and get called down with Ace-high.  Blinds go up to 75/150, and Im still 3rd.

The small stack goes all-in with KK and gets called by KJ KJ ends up losing, shockingly, and were 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 later I get 99 in the SB, and raise to 450.  BB re-raises to 750, I call.  Flop is K-T-2 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 checks turn is a 3, I min. bet 200, and get called.  River is another 8, I bet 600 BB thinks on it, but folds, and Im a strong 2nd place now.

The player to my left keeps trying to play with me, but loses.  Heres 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 folds 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 were down to 4 players.  Antes kick in shortly thereafter, and were 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 doesnt happen.  Its 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 ante 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 clubs 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 cards river is a 7, and Im 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 Ive made one of my draws.  I raise the bettor, and were 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, Im in for 50c on 9d-Td in early position flop is 9-2-2, but 3 players stay in to my bet turn is a 3.  I bet, its 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-T I bet out, and get 2 callers.  Turn is a 4th T, and I bet again, and get one caller whos all-in he actually rivers a straight (he called with 68 for Gods 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 Im up on as Good, and the table Im 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, Im up to $17.65 on Good, and $5.30 on Bad (after buying back into the Bad table with 2 more bucks).

Heres a perfect example of the dichotomy between these 2 tables.  I get dealt KJ simultaneously at both tables.  On the Good table, Im in the SB.  On the bad table, Im in late position.  On the Good table, its raised, and I call, as does one other.  At the bad table, its 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 bettors and take down another big pot.  

At the Bad table, I hold 66, and flop a set and lose to a turned flush.  I knew I had lost, but you cant fold a set.  Period.

So, at the bad table, I go broke, after having invested $7.  At the Good table, I finish at $23.35 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 its 2 Turbo SNGs 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 Ill 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 KQ 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 Im 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 T5c 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 SB I have J8h, so I decide to speculate and call 2500 more to try and get rid of him, hoping hes on garbage.  He is, and shows 58o.  Flop comes with a Jack, and were 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))
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« Reply #366 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.
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« Reply #367 on: August 24, 2006, 09:22:20 AM »

I just finished another SNG. I finished 3rd.
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« Reply #368 on: August 24, 2006, 09:28:20 AM »

Ooh la la!  How many cashes is that in a row now?  Like 157 or something.
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« Reply #369 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 46d 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 fold 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 $5.45 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 4th and once there, I cant do anything.  The times I tried in the early rounds to steal, or steal after the flop, it didnt work.  And once heads up, I didnt 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 win I double to 560.  Next hand, I pick up AQo, and get called by AJo naturally, the flop holds a Jack, and Im out in 4th, just off the money.

In the MTT, I see nothing of interest for the first half hour 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.  Its checked to the CO, who goes all-in.  Button also goes all-in.  Dont 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 its time to try a push or two with anything decent.  K3s on the button looks good.  The chip leader at the table calls me he shows J7d a K hits the flop, and Im at 2125.  Next hand, I get QQ and try my luck again with 525 already in the pot.  Everyone folds, and Im up to 2650, slightly more than 10 times an orbit, so I can relax 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 Im 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 BB 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, Im 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 SNG 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 wouldnt 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 Im due to come up big sometime soon.  Of course it doesnt REALLY mean that, but thats 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 its 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
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« Reply #370 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 blinds I have 99, caller shows AQ an Ace hits 4th street, and Im 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 mustve missed their Low hand.

In the first hand of 7 card stud (blinds at 60/120), I draw 3 7s, 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 pair Kings, Queens, and 7s, the Kings and Queens are good enough for another Hi to push me up to 3350.

Back to 100/200 limit hold em 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 em hand, but now its 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 Im 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 Im 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, Ive got 2 pair, and hes 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 9s, 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 Em, 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 dont 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 nines, and make him a full house.  One player goes out, and I hang on for 4th place when we get to 100/200 hold em.  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 6s but lose on the river to a straight.  I lose in 6th.  

In the 16-seater, I dont 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 em, when I get outdrawn holding KK and TT.  Im 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 qualifies 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 Razz 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 Im 2nd of 7 on the final table.  Top 4 pay, so Im feeling optimistic, as long as I dont do something stupid.  Were getting set to go to 500/1000 Limit Hold Em, and were down to 6.

We lose another on the first Hold Em hand, and Im 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 were 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, were 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 up Im called down all the way to the felt with a single pair of Aces, and take $9.60 for first.

So, Im 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, Im in 3rd.  Blinds are 300/600, and I get AJo.  Its 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 cant cash in these NLHE sit n gos lately, not even when Im 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))
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« Reply #371 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.
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« Reply #372 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.
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« Reply #373 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.
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« Reply #374 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.
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