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Butter

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« Reply #375 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.
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« Reply #376 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.
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« Reply #377 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.
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« Reply #378 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.
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« Reply #379 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.
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« Reply #380 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.
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« Reply #381 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.
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« Reply #382 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...
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« Reply #383 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.
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« Reply #384 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.
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« Reply #385 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.
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« Reply #386 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.
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« Reply #387 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
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« Reply #388 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.
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« Reply #389 on: January 15, 2007, 07:36:49 PM »

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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?
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