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May 26 2007

Tag, I’m it

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I got tagged by Zooks, so how does this go? 7 things that most people don’t know about me? Not sure if this will be easy or hard, so let’s give it a shot.

  1. I come from a long line of early breeders. I was 20 when my son was born, my mom was 19 I think, my grandmother was quite young and even my great grandmother was as well. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve gotten to know a lot more of my family than most people get to know. In fact, last Christmas when we were down to Colorado, we got a picture together with 5 generations (yes, my great grandmother is still alive!!).
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  2. I went to a school in a small school. When I say went to a small school, I mean my graduating class was 22 kids. Those 22 kids were a cumulation of about 4 different towns that were all shipped to 1 school. Growing up in a rural community like that was fun. Sure everyone know you, but because everyone knew you, there were a lot of people who would look the other way on the premise that “you were a good kid”. Not to mention all those people went to the same small town school and did the same things. Trouble was the only entertainment, but most of it was pretty harmless. (Breaking into the school and stealing a football helmet to wear back to the new years eve party anyone?)
    In case you were wondering, I was an underachiever and graduated 19th in my class. I hated school (still do) and didn’t see much point in spending my time trying to regurgitate facts. Just don’t tell my kids that.
  3. I was good at math and quickly got tired of learning repetitive arithmetic tables. Since I was bored, I was allowed to take 8th grade math in 7th grade. One drawback of a small school is lack of class choices. In fact, until high school, there weren’t choices. There was one class for the grade and that’s what you took so you were subjected to be stuck at the lowest common denominator of the class. Being ahead allowed me to pick up on math quicker though and in the 8th grade, I went to the state MathCounts competition. I ended up not making it to the national competition but did finish in the low 20′s out of 106 competitors.
  4. I went to college at first as a commercial art major. I quickly figured out that even commercial art didn’t pay dick, so I switched to computer science cause of a job I had at the time doing tech support and at the time I thought I wanted to be a QA technician. I still enjoy art and I have a slight backlog of portraits that family members want me to do.Great-Grandfather Protrait
    I enjoy art of all kinds too including pinup art and I’m waiting for the time when I finally get a decent score in poker so I can surprise Amy with a giclee print of “Banshee” hanging on our walls (NSFW).
  5. Growing up in a rural community, I’ve helped plenty of people brand cattle, but I’ve also helped out with an old fashioned branding. I’m talking the type where they were roping the calves from horses. I was (mis)fortunate to be the one holding the legs. For those of you who haven’t had the privilege, I’ll tell you that the calves tense up when they get hit with the hot iron. Behind them is not the place you want to be at that time, just take my word for it.
  6. When I was around 10, we had a bees nest borough down into the ground to build a nest. I, for some reason, came up with the brilliant idea of shooting a water hose down their nest hole to drown them out. I got stung on the hand by one of the escapees and soon after, found out the one allergy I have. I spent the next week in bed with a hand I couldn’t move and a sharp pain up my arm. I also spent the remainder of my school career carrying around an epipen. I haven’t been stung since then.
  7. For #7, I was gonna make some joke about me being a menopausal 54 year old woman in real life and the rest was all lies, but I did come up with something else along the same lines as #6.
    When I was 15, I had my tonsils removed from a string of sore throats that were probably more due to my smoking since I was 13 and the occasional excuse to miss a test in school. 1 week after I had my tonsils taken out, I experienced something that my doctor said was a 1/1000 shot and something none of her patients had ever experienced. I started hemorrhaging from my throat as my stitches gave way to the massive amounts of blood. As I leaned over the bathroom sink to allow the blood to not choke me, I listened to my father yell at me asking what I had done to make this happen and the ambulance call come over the beeper for my trip to the ER. My mom was on the ambulance squad and it was her weekend to be on call. I had lost so much blood, that by the time I made the 30 minute drive to the hospital that I had begun going into shock. I went from feeling fine to feeling the sickest I had ever been. I was light headed, I felt cold even with two blankets on me, I couldn’t get comfortable sitting still and to make matters worse, I had begun vomiting up the blood clots that I had swallowed on the ride there. That was the last I remembered before I woke in a hospital bed a second time in a week.

Ok, so that probably isn’t the best story to tell people, but it’s one of the most memorable moments I had growing up and it goes to let you know just how much even the most minor of surgeries, may not be so minor.

Many of the poker bloggers I read regularly have already been tagged, but there are still a few, so I’m tagging Aquaman (congrats on the AIPS finish),  MTPaid (cause we stomp on the same poker grounds but I recently came across his blog), GodlikeRoy (he’s an aussie and I am making a feeble attempt at getting him to start posting again) and even those that don’t play poker: mr-potter, and jsignal (some one in seminary school has to have something interesting to post ;) ).

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May 23 2007

Week in Review

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Time to take a ride
It leaves today no conversation
Time to take her home
Her dizzy head is conscience laden
Time to wait too long
To wait too long
–Stone Temple Pilots

When I’m not posting it’s not cause I don’t have anything to post. Sometimes things get away from you and you don’t get much opportunity, but I’m working on it.

My cousin moved in with my mother. He took a day and a half long bus ride up from Kansas to try and find a better situation for himself. He’s a bit younger than I am, but it’s nice to have him around to get to know him better. I never did get much of a chance to get to know any of my cousins on my mom’s side all that well since we only saw them for the occasional christmas gathering. He may end up staying at our house for a bit too since our house is in town. Transportation might be easier for everyone then.

Over the weekend, I put a bottom bunk on TJ’s loft bed. We only have 3 bedrooms so with 4 kids, there are 2 kids per room. Bunk beds in TJ’s room was inevitable. I had build the loft bed about a year and a half ago with the knowledge that it would need to accommodate the second bed in one form or another. Not only are there limited rooms, but the rooms we have are small. The bottom bunk was the best solution we could come up with.

Bunk Bed

I’m hoping with in the next few years we can come up with a good solution to our bedroom problem. Every now and then, we discuss moving, but neither of us are real keen on that since we both like the location where we live, but the needs are getting to the point of trumping our like of the location.

The remainder of the week has been me trying to get up to speed with Flex and doing some normal aquarium maintenance. I’ve really been enjoying working with Flex and I think I’ve picked it up fairly quickly. I’m hoping that we will be able to find project that I will be able to use it with to learn more. Even if that doesn’t happen, I’m hoping to find time to do some projects with it on my own.

I also recently joined a community of aquarium enthusiasts to get some help with my aquarium. I was making a joke to Amy that they people there, remind me of people who like tattoos. The people in that community flaunt their very large collection of aquariums (many having 10-12) just like a pair of inked sleeves. It does make it easier to trust advice from those that definitely seem to have experience.

Speaking of hobbies spiraling to the point of control, we also got our second aquarium this week.

Fry Tank

It’s a 5 gallon hex tank that we are gonna use to try and raise the Danio frys we have. In fact, we have/had quite a few. I pulled 40 more from the tank when I cleaned it on Tuesday, but unfortunately the bowl we were using was lacking any amount of proper aquatic equipment. Many of the frys died before they made it into the aquarium, but since they are such proficient breeders, we will get ample opportunity to try this until we can get it right. To be honest, we likely won’t go quite that far, but we will likely take a few tries at it.

On the plus side is the last day of school for the kids is tomorrow. I’m looking forward to summer break about as much as the kids are. I’m hoping that will help to clear up time for myself too. This week will still be a bit hectic with Zoe’s birthday on Sunday and family being around the house all weekend.

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May 17 2007

AIPS flexing with purple belts (trust me, it makes sense)

Published by under Personal,Poker,Tech

It’s alright
There comes a time
Got no patience to search
For peace of mind
–Alice in Chains

Well, it’s that time of the month again. No, not that time of the month, the one where I bleed chips in the next AIPS tournament. This month’s was 6 max and while I think I have an advantage at it, the blind/stack structure isn’t conducive to such a game. I’ve ran into some bad luck recently and haven’t played entirely the best. Probably has to do with how few tourneys I play.

But I’m getting a head of myself. I actually had a pretty good day. I got permission to run a research project on the Flex technology I was talking about before. I’m looking forward to that. It seems to be a very promising technology.

Then the kids tested for their purple belt tonight as well. I didn’t take pictures, but we caught it on video so hopefully soon I will get it uploaded to try and compete with zooks’ taekwondo braggery.

The kids always pick a place to eat afterwards and even though I was trying to be quick to get back in time for my tourney, Space Aliens was quite busy. Fortunately, it didn’t take near the half hour they said it would to get our table. Either way, Amy had already gotten some game tokens to pass the time. While I was chucking my $3 or so rationed tokens into a spinning wheel game, I was lucky enough to strike the jackpot and got over 1200 tickets. Quite an impressive amount and took several minutes for it to spew all the tickets out from the machine. A few minutes later, Clay hit the jackpot on the next machine over (mine was still spitting tickets) for almost 600 more tickets. We finally cashed out the tickets for a whopping total of 2310 tickets. A truly impressive stack when you are toting them around the game room. Needless to say, we came home with all sorts of various alien head laden items.

We got home about 3 minutes before the AIPS tourney started, but I found that my computer had frozen. I think it’s having an issue with the screen saver. So I restarted it, ran up to take a power poop and came back down to find I only missed a few hands. I went through the blinds, but stole them back on my first hand when I was the button. So basically like nothing happened.

The structure they put in place for these 6 max tourneys is horribly aggressive. Only a few levels and you are in a situation of making decisions for all your chips preflop if you don’t hit a big score right away. I’m not complaining, cause it is at least fair since all the players have to put up with it, but it’s just not something I’m used to. I’m used to playing 6 max, but in cash games, I have the luxury of being patient if I don’t want to coin flip for stacks. Not so much the case in these tourneys.

I played pretty tight for the first bit of the tourney, but I was also at a significantly bad table draw being with two players I respect for their tourney game. Columbo and Shamus. Columbo had been doing the whole min raising thing preflop which he had done in the PLO event and it was even more distracting here.

Here was one example of it where I tried to just take the pot from him.

Hand 1:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449132223: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 15 – 30/60 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:35:40 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: photojenn (1,400)
Seat 2: columbo (1,800)
Seat 3: babaghanoush (1,470)
Seat 4: Unimpressed (865)
Seat 5: MacAnthony (1,120)
Seat 6: SilverSimon (2,345)
Unimpressed posts the small blind of 30
MacAnthony posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [Q♠ J♠]
SilverSimon folds
photojenn folds
columbo raises to 120
babaghanoush folds
Unimpressed folds
MacAnthony calls 60
*** FLOP *** [7♠ 4♣ K♦]
PokerBrian322 (Observer): i have a reverse card, that good?
MacAnthony bets 200
columbo folds
Uncalled bet of 200 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot (270)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 270 | Rake 0
Board: [7♠ 4♣ K♦]
Seat 1: photojenn didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 2: columbo folded on the Flop
Seat 3: babaghanoush (button) didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: Unimpressed (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: MacAnthony (big blind) collected (270), mucked
Seat 6: SilverSimon didn’t bet (folded)

A few hands later, he got me right back on a similar board, so I don’t want to give the impression that I outplayed him. It was just give and take at this point.

Hand 2:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449158009: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 15 – 30/60 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:38:49 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: photojenn (2,120)
Seat 2: columbo (1,230)
Seat 3: babaghanoush (1,410)
Seat 4: Unimpressed (775)
Seat 5: MacAnthony (1,240)
Seat 6: SilverSimon (2,225), is sitting out
photojenn posts the small blind of 30
columbo posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♣ 9♦]
SilverSimon has returned
babaghanoush folds
Unimpressed folds
MacAnthony raises to 200
SilverSimon folds
photojenn folds
columbo calls 140
*** FLOP *** [K♦ 7♥ 2♣]
columbo bets 1,030, and is all in
MacAnthony: wow - Yes, that is just me posturing. No real thinking involved
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony folds
Uncalled bet of 1,030 returned to columbo
columbo mucks
columbo wins the pot (430)

*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 430 | Rake 0
Board: [K♦ 7♥ 2♣]
Seat 1: photojenn (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: columbo (big blind) collected (430), mucked
Seat 3: babaghanoush didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: Unimpressed didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 5: MacAnthony folded on the Flop
Seat 6: SilverSimon (button) didn’t bet (folded)
MacAnthony: nice move columbo - Me giving credit where credit is due
columbo: ty

Fortunately, 2 hands later I was placed at a much more opportunistic table with some very aggressive fellows. Typically not good when playing 6 max, but I was looking to double up to keep up with the blinds. I didn’t recognize any of the players and not sure if any of them recognized me. I was getting few opportunities to try and steal the blinds, but I took them when I had a shot.

Hand 3:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449245195: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 40/80 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:49:20 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (2,115)
Seat 2: hmjpete3 (2,180)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (5,855)
Seat 5: Veener4 (4,040)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (1,725)
Veener4 posts the small blind of 40
MacAnthony posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [8♣ A♠]
Frogfanatic folds
hmjpete3 folds
blindguy74 folds
Veener4 raises to 160
MacAnthony raises to 350
forceweaver sits down
forceweaver adds 3,800
Veener4 calls 190
*** FLOP *** [5♥ 9♦ 2♠]
Veener4 checks
MacAnthony bets 500
Veener4 folds
Uncalled bet of 500 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot (700)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 700 | Rake 0
Board: [5♥ 9♦ 2♠]
Seat 1: Frogfanatic didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 2: hmjpete3 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (button) didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 5: Veener4 (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: MacAnthony (big blind) collected (700), mucked

Then I took a hit when I was getting stubborn against what could be some one just getting aggressive. I made myself decide I was behind on the turn since I still had enough chips and didn’t need to make a stand.

Hand 4:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449288112: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 50/100 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:54:29 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (4,195)
Seat 3: forceweaver (2,920)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (5,725)
Seat 5: Veener4 (4,390)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (2,485)
Frogfanatic posts the small blind of 50
forceweaver posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [5♣ A♠]
blindguy74 folds
Veener4 folds
MacAnthony raises to 250
Frogfanatic folds
forceweaver calls 150
*** FLOP *** [A♦ Q♠ 9♦]
forceweaver bets 300
MacAnthony calls 300
*** TURN *** [A♦ Q♠ 9♦] [6♠]
SOSHHSB sits down
SOSHHSB adds 765
forceweaver bets 600
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony folds
Uncalled bet of 600 returned to forceweaver
forceweaver mucks
forceweaver wins the pot (1,150)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,150 | Rake 0
Board: [A♦ Q♠ 9♦ 6♠]
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: forceweaver (big blind) collected (1,150), mucked
Seat 4: blindguy74 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 5: Veener4 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (button) folded on the Turn

After the break, I knew I needed to take more shots. I started to look for opportunities to get my chips in.

Hand 5 (First hand after the break):
FullTiltPoker Game #2449390751: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 60/120 – No Limit Hold’em – 22:06:50 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (3,795)
Seat 2: Mickey Jay (880)
Seat 3: forceweaver (3,920)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (5,075)
Seat 5: Veener4 (6,205)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (1,485)
Veener4 posts the small blind of 60
MacAnthony posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♦ 9♣]
Frogfanatic folds
Mickey Jay folds
forceweaver has 15 seconds left to act
forceweaver folds
blindguy74 folds
Veener4 calls 60
MacAnthony raises to 1,485, and is all in
Veener4 is feeling angry
Veener4 folds
Uncalled bet of 1,365 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
Veener4 is feeling normal
MacAnthony wins the pot (240)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 240 | Rake 0
Seat 1: Frogfanatic didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 2: Mickey Jay didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 3: forceweaver didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (button) didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 5: Veener4 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: MacAnthony (big blind) collected (240), mucked

Hand 6:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449487174: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 80/160 – No Limit Hold’em – 22:18:26 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (3,635)
Seat 3: forceweaver (4,260)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (5,735)
Seat 5: Veener4 (6,365)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (1,365)
Veener4 posts the small blind of 80
MacAnthony posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [6♥ 6♠]
Frogfanatic folds
forceweaver folds
blindguy74 folds
Veener4 raises to 320
MacAnthony raises to 1,365, and is all in
MacAnthony: jack high, here I come
Veener4: every time - I think he’s getting tired of my shenanigans right about now :)
Veener4 has 15 seconds left to act
Veener4 folds
Uncalled bet of 1,045 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot (640)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 640 | Rake 0
Seat 1: Frogfanatic didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 3: forceweaver didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (button) didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 5: Veener4 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: MacAnthony (big blind) collected (640), mucked

But as you can see, no one was calling me.

Hand 7:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449516129: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 80/160 – No Limit Hold’em – 22:21:53 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (3,715)
Seat 2: TboneJones (6,450)
Seat 3: forceweaver (4,260)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (5,655)
Seat 5: Veener4 (6,125)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (1,365)
Frogfanatic posts the small blind of 80
TboneJones posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [9♣ A♣]
forceweaver folds
blindguy74 raises to 450
Veener4 folds
MacAnthony raises to 1,365, and is all in
Frogfanatic folds
TboneJones folds
blindguy74 folds
Uncalled bet of 915 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot (1,140)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,140 | Rake 0
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: TboneJones (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: forceweaver didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: blindguy74 folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Veener4 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (button) collected (1,140), mucked

I’m assuming I was ahead most of these times. Everyone was raising so much and I was folding so much in position to these raises and in my blinds, it woulda been difficult to not put me on a real hand. But a suited Ace rag was looking like gold compared to the rest of my crap.

Then finally, I got called, in the one spot I didn’t want to. Finally got an opportunity to flat out steal the blinds, and one caught a hand.

Hand 8:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449578706: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 100/200 – No Limit Hold’em – 22:29:26 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (2,735)
Seat 2: TboneJones (6,030)
Seat 3: forceweaver (5,060)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (6,405)
Seat 5: Veener4 (5,965)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (1,375)
Frogfanatic posts the small blind of 100
TboneJones posts the big blind of 200
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [T♥ 4♠]
forceweaver folds
blindguy74 folds
Veener4 folds
MacAnthony raises to 1,375, and is all in
Frogfanatic raises to 2,735, and is all in
TboneJones folds
Frogfanatic shows [J♠ A♠]
MacAnthony shows [T♥ 4♠]
Uncalled bet of 1,360 returned to Frogfanatic
MacAnthony: bah
*** FLOP *** [8♦ 4♦ 3♠]
*** TURN *** [8♦ 4♦ 3♠] [K♣]
*** RIVER *** [8♦ 4♦ 3♠ K♣] [6♦]
Frogfanatic shows Ace King high
MacAnthony: woot
MacAnthony shows a pair of Fours
MacAnthony wins the pot (2,950) with a pair of Fours
Veener4: haha
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,950 | Rake 0
Board: [8♦ 4♦ 3♠ K♣ 6♦]
Seat 1: Frogfanatic (small blind) showed [J♠ A♠] and lost with Ace King high
Seat 2: TboneJones (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: forceweaver didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: blindguy74 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 5: Veener4 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (button) showed [T♥ 4♠] and won (2,950) with a pair of Fours

I’m fairly certain that is the ONLY time the whole fucking tourney that I would double up. Considering that, I did pretty well. But I rarely went to showdown, picked my spots and tried to keep building chips. That is the only reason I think I played alright in the tourney.

Hand 9:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449637073: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 100/200 – No Limit Hold’em – 22:36:29 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: MarkyBar (2,750)
Seat 3: forceweaver (14,750)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (6,405)
Seat 5: Veener4 (4,165)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (2,550)
MarkyBar posts the small blind of 100
forceweaver posts the big blind of 200
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♣ J♥]
blindguy74 raises to 600
Veener4 folds
MacAnthony calls 600
MarkyBar folds
forceweaver folds
*** FLOP *** [9♥ 6♥ 3♥]
blindguy74 bets 800
MacAnthony raises to 1,950, and is all in
blindguy74 folds
Uncalled bet of 1,150 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot (3,100)
The blinds are now 120/240 with an ante of 25
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,100 | Rake 0
Board: [9♥ 6♥ 3♥]
Seat 1: MarkyBar (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: forceweaver (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: blindguy74 folded on the Flop
Seat 5: Veener4 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (button) collected (3,100), mucked

Blindguy took a long time on that flop before he made his weak continuation bet. I thought he must have really hated that flop. This was the only reason I took the stab here. I might have done the same on a low flop, but I was glad to see that no broadway cards that didn’t pair me, didn’t show. I’m sure I will have people who disagree with me, but I think I played that hand well.

Hand 10:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449762272: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 150/300 Ante 25 – No Limit Hold’em – 22:51:36 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: SilverSimon (2,905)
Seat 3: forceweaver (22,020)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (3,750)
Seat 5: Veener4 (12,519)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (2,650)
SilverSimon antes 25
forceweaver antes 25
blindguy74 antes 25
Veener4 antes 25
MacAnthony antes 25
forceweaver posts the small blind of 150
blindguy74 posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [9♣ A♠]
khanwoman (Observer): ive been wanting to get down there
Veener4 folds
AlanStewart (Observer): it’s very nice
MacAnthony raises to 750
SilverSimon folds
forceweaver folds
blindguy74 calls 450
*** FLOP *** [2♦ 3♥ 8♠]
AlanStewart (Observer): in the middle of nowhere, but nice
blindguy74 checks
MacAnthony checks
*** TURN *** [2♦ 3♥ 8♠] [8♦]
blindguy74 checks
MacAnthony bets 900
blindguy74 folds
Uncalled bet of 900 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot (1,775)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,775 | Rake 0
Board: [2♦ 3♥ 8♠ 8♦]
Seat 1: SilverSimon folded before the Flop
Seat 3: forceweaver (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: blindguy74 (big blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 5: Veener4 folded before the Flop
Seat 6: MacAnthony collected (1,775), mucked

This hand, I don’t know that I liked how I played, but I had reasons for doing it. If he had a pocker pair, I thought he was bet the turn if I checked the flop. Even AK he may have taken a stab. I thought the 8 was a good card and he still was playing it passive, so I was pretty sure the pot was mine. As I said, not a standard play for me, but I had my reasons.

Hand 11:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449819745: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 3 – 200/400 Ante 50 – No Limit Hold’em – 22:58:35 ET – 2007/05/17
AlanStewart (Observer): lol
Seat 1: SilverSimon (4,335)
Seat 3: forceweaver (19,790)
Seat 4: blindguy74 (3,625)
Seat 5: Veener4 (12,419)
Seat 6: MacAnthony (3,675)
SilverSimon antes 50
forceweaver antes 50
blindguy74 antes 50
Veener4 antes 50
MacAnthony antes 50
Veener4 posts the small blind of 200
MacAnthony posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♦ 7♣]
SilverSimon folds
forceweaver folds
blindguy74 folds
AlanStewart (Observer): is it okay to just blame scott?
Veener4 raises to 800
MacAnthony calls 400
*** FLOP *** [A♣ T♣ K♦]
J_Chitown sits down
J_Chitown adds 26,959
blindguy74: they were trying to get tech support before the tourney but no luck
Veener4 bets 800
MacAnthony raises to 2,825, and is all in
SickBrain80 (Observer): not today, youre hitting almost everything ^^
blindguy74: i said i was calling shenanigans fi scott or chris won
Veener4 has 15 seconds left to act
Veener4: under pair
MacAnthony: don’t slow roll me now
Veener4 folds
Uncalled bet of 2,025 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
AlanStewart (Observer): lol
MacAnthony wins the pot (3,450)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,450 | Rake 0
Board: [A♣ T♣ K♦]
Seat 1: SilverSimon folded before the Flop
Seat 3: forceweaver folded before the Flop
Seat 4: blindguy74 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Veener4 (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: MacAnthony (big blind) collected (3,450), mucked

Here is another hand I didn’t like at first, but now that I think about it, I like what I did. I knew the weak flop bet was just a continuation bet to take the pot. I hit as good as I coulda hoped but I think the board is scary enough that flat calling is a bad idea. At first I thought flat calling woulda been better as I get little value out of the raise since it’s likely only a better hand (or a big draw) calls me there. I think cause the board IS so scary though, that taking it down right there is the correct play if I think my ace is good.

The remaining hands I had were just blind trading. Either some one took my blinds, or I took their until the last hand. The last hand was pretty uneventful but I’ll put it in here anyway.

Hand 12:
FullTiltPoker Game #2449994705: AIPS II Event #5 (17563268), Table 13 – 250/500 Ante 50 – No Limit Hold’em – 23:20:13 ET – 2007/05/17
Seat 1: wmn3 (4,794)
Seat 2: MacAnthony (3,925)
Seat 3: jelloshotts (12,280)
Seat 4: HollidayNuts (28,762)
Seat 5: J_Chitown (38,043)
Seat 6: Aquaman H20 (26,876)
wmn3 antes 50
MacAnthony antes 50
jelloshotts antes 50
HollidayNuts antes 50
J_Chitown antes 50
Aquaman H20 antes 50
HollidayNuts posts the small blind of 250
J_Chitown posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [4♦ A♣]
Aquaman H20 folds
wmn3 folds
MacAnthony raises to 3,875, and is all in
jelloshotts folds
HollidayNuts calls 3,625
J_Chitown folds
MacAnthony shows [4♦ A♣]
HollidayNuts shows [8♠ 8♥]
*** FLOP *** [7♠ 9♥ Q♣]
*** TURN *** [7♠ 9♥ Q♣] [4♠]
*** RIVER *** [7♠ 9♥ Q♣ 4♠] [7♣]
MacAnthony shows two pair, Sevens and Fours
HollidayNuts shows two pair, Eights and Sevens
MacAnthony: gg
HollidayNuts wins the pot (8,550) with two pair, Eights and Sevens
J_Chitown: gg
MacAnthony stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 8,550 | Rake 0
Board: [7s 9h Qc 4s 7c]
Seat 1: wmn3 folded before the Flop
Seat 2: MacAnthony showed [4♦ A♣] and lost with two pair, Sevens and Fours
Seat 3: jelloshotts (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: HollidayNuts (small blind) showed [8♠ 8♥] and won (8,550) with two pair, Eights and Sevens
Seat 5: J_Chitown (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Aquaman H20 folded before the Flop

It was just me pushing with an ace in position which I had been doing quite a bit. Unfortunately a player woke up with a decent hand, and I didn’t hit. That ended my evening. I was, however, happy to have made points towards the AIPS Player of the Year with a finish in 12th place. Unfortunately, they did have some gay payout structure going that only payed 4 out of 112 players, but that was ok. I wanted the points more than the money. No regrets.

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May 12 2007

Being a Star and losing the Tilt

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I thought she’d be there holding daisies, she always waits for me.
She thinks she missed the train to Mars, she’s out back counting stars.
–Hum

The more I play at poker stars, the more I like it. Since October when the whole situation of uncertainty concerning US players at ongame, I have been playing pretty exclusively at Full Tilt. I did need a second site to play though so once the existing bonus I had was done in December, I signed up at poker stars since I liked to be playing with some extra value. Even though I was getting Rakeback at Full Tilt, I wanted some extra. Plus at the time, I was running my course at pot limit omaha and it was nice to have another choice if the games weren’t that good at one. Stars was really the only option for that.

Fast forward a few months and, even though they have made tons of improvements, I am realizing a lot of the benefits that other sites have. Slowly I have been influenced away from Full Tilt for various reasons. While RakeBack is nice, since it goes directly right back into my Full Tilt account, it isn’t really accessible. Yes, I can cash out, but it isn’t really convenient to cash out the occasional couple of c-notes and wait for a mailed check. I’m realizing that the other benefits, like better points systems for the store, are becoming more valuable to me.

I think the straw that broke the camel’s back and really swayed me to decide to move to another site as my main site was a couple of weeks ago when they announced the FTOPS events. I had decided before that I was gonna be very cautious with my bankroll since it really is vulnerable without being able to use a service like neteller, with one exception. I enjoyed playing in the PLO events and wanted to still have a chance at making a nice score in one. The once a quarter FTOPS events were the best opportunity I had to take a chance to try and take a shot while still being a special occasion thing that wouldn’t hurt my bankroll. I can afford to lose $200 out of my bankroll to take a stab even if I can’t afford a regular event of that nature. Last night was the first FTOPS event, and the outlook of me playing in one of them is bleak. Why is that? Well, in the new schedule, they removed the normal PLO game from the schedule entirely. The one event I wanted to play. They didn’t axe it entirely, though I guess. They just replaced it with a $100 PLO rebuy event. Well, I guess there is the once a year WCOOP. At least that is coming up so I won’t have to wait long.

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May 11 2007

+EV

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EV * Mon-Wed-Fri * A Poker Comic with Positive Expected Value

I have no idea why, but for some reason, I like the pun “pot committed” +ev comics the most.

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May 10 2007

What’s that noise?

Published by under Poker

the lounge fly
the fly you bring me
I think I’m free but the dogs they
won’t release me
–Stone Temple Pilots

It’s seat 6 on my second table.

I played my first bit of poker online since April and I’m back to playing at stars. The annoyance in question was a short stack sitting directly to my left so he had position on me. I was trying to play a bit aggressive as that table was being kind of passive. It seemed every time I tried to put pressure, I was instead put in an awkward situation instead. The guy went from min betting/raising to just outright shoving. The min betting was getting to me more than the shoving was. When he shoved, I knew I could just wait for a spot and try and pick him off. What it resulted in, though, was just a lot of variance for myself.

It took me a good while to even win a pot on either of my tables. 20 minutes and 52 hands into it, I had won exactly 1 pot where I saw a flop. I took down the blinds a couple of times, but just couldn’t get anything going. Oh wait, I also chopped a hand where I had A8s in the BB and I got stubborn on an A high flop. Who was the UTG who had limped the hand with A8o? The gnat in seat 6.

In fact, let’s start with the split pot hand.

Hand 1:
POKERSTARS GAME #9835215186: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.25/$0.50) – 2007/05/09 – 23:22:41 (ET)
Table ‘Ara V’ 6-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: tice03 ($57.10 in chips)
Seat 2: fightingnuns ($111.50 in chips)
Seat 3: jnpn ($51.50 in chips)
Seat 4: ppyy ($47.10 in chips)
Seat 5: MaAnthony ($49.25 in chips)
Seat 6: pstanton ($18.95 in chips)
ppyy: posts small blind $0.25
MaAnthony: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [A♦ 8♦]
pstanton: calls $0.50
tice03: folds
fightingnuns: folds
jnpn: folds
ppyy: folds
MaAnthony: checks
*** FLOP *** [4♦ K♣ 4♠]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: checks
*** TURN *** [4♦ K♣ 4♠] [9♥]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: bets $0.50 - Ok, so the pot isn’t that big, but a min bet is still ridiculous
MaAnthony: calls $0.50 - so I take one off
*** RIVER *** [4♦ K♣ 4♠ 9♥] [Q♣]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MaAnthony: shows [A♦ 8♦] (a pair of Fours)
pstanton: shows [A♥ 8♠] (a pair of Fours)
MaAnthony collected $1.10 from pot
pstanton collected $1.05 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $2.25 | Rake $0.10
Board [4♦ K♣ 4♠ 9♥ Q♣]
Seat 1: tice03 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 2: fightingnuns folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 3: jnpn (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: ppyy (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: MaAnthony (big blind) showed [A♦ 8♦] and won ($1.10) with a pair of Fours
Seat 6: pstanton showed [A♥ 8♠] and won ($1.05) with a pair of Fours

At this point, he was an unknown player to me with a low stack and a suspicious donk bet on the turn. I called for cheap information and to see if he is just betting a draw. Some players at these stakes you will see do that. As it turns out, looks like he was trying to take it down with his A high.

Hand 2:
POKERSTARS GAME #9835263440: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.25/$0.50) – 2007/05/09 – 23:26:03 (ET)
Table ‘Ara V’ 6-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: tice03 ($56.35 in chips)
Seat 3: jnpn ($54.95 in chips)
Seat 4: ppyy ($46.35 in chips)
Seat 5: MaAnthony ($51.80 in chips)
Seat 6: pstanton ($14.75 in chips)
ppyy: posts small blind $0.25
MaAnthony: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [7♦ 5♥]
pstanton: calls $0.50
tice03: folds
jnpn: folds
ppyy: folds
MaAnthony: checks
*** FLOP *** [2♥ 6♠ Q♣]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: checks
*** TURN *** [2♥ 6♠ Q♣] [A♦]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: checks
*** RIVER *** [2♥ 6♠ Q♣ A♦] [7♥]
MaAnthony: bets $1
pstanton: raises $1 to $2 - There he goes with the minraises
MaAnthony: calls $1
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pstanton: shows [2♣ A♠] (two pair, Aces and Deuces)
MaAnthony: mucks hand
pstanton collected $5 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $5.25 | Rake $0.25
Board [2♥ 6♠ Q♣ A♦ 7♥]
Seat 1: tice03 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 3: jnpn (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: ppyy (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: MaAnthony (big blind) mucked [7♦ 5♥]
Seat 6: pstanton showed [2♣ A♠] and won ($5) with two pair, Aces and Deuces

Typically I don’t care when I get raised on the river in these situations, but typically I am getting raised more and the pot is usually bigger (which means a reasonable bet is bigger) but I just had to see what was worth slow playing and for a buck, he let me get some cheap information on him. Well worth my money.

Hand 3:
POKERSTARS GAME #9835271728: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.25/$0.50) – 2007/05/09 – 23:26:38 (ET)
Table ‘Ara V’ 6-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: tice03 ($56.35 in chips)
Seat 3: jnpn ($54.95 in chips)
Seat 4: ppyy ($46.10 in chips)
Seat 5: MaAnthony ($49.30 in chips)
Seat 6: pstanton ($17.25 in chips)
MaAnthony: posts small blind $0.25
pstanton: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [J♦ 5♣]
tice03: folds
jnpn: folds
ppyy: folds
MaAnthony: calls $0.25
pstanton: raises $0.50 to $1
MaAnthony: calls $0.50
*** FLOP *** [2♠ 3♠ T♠]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: bets $0.50
MaAnthony: folds
pstanton collected $1.90 from pot

Since my recent revelation of how well I’ve been doing in the blinds, I rarely will ever give a walk to the BB when it’s folded to me in the SB. I at least want to see a flop and have a chance to make better decision since I think this is a serious leak in a lot of players at these stakes. I decided not to tangle with him since I started to see a min bet pattern already. This was when I noticed it and I was really just hoping to hit the flop so I would get a chance to see what range of hands he does this with. Didn’t happen and I went away.

Hand 4:
POKERSTARS GAME #9835340623: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.25/$0.50) – 2007/05/09 – 23:31:33 (ET)
Table ‘Ara V’ 6-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: tice03 ($53.35 in chips)
Seat 2: Floppaboat ($54.85 in chips)
Seat 3: jnpn ($64.25 in chips)
Seat 4: ppyy ($54.05 in chips)
Seat 5: MaAnthony ($50 in chips)
Seat 6: pstanton ($10 in chips)
ppyy: posts small blind $0.25
MaAnthony: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [A♠ 7♦]
pstanton: raises $0.50 to $1
tice03: folds
Floppaboat: folds
jnpn: folds
ppyy: folds
MaAnthony: folds
pstanton collected $1.25 from pot

More minraising goodness. I didn’t even see a flop on this one just for the sake that I hate playing a non-suited ace out of position. Even if the raiser is a donk. I can wait for a better spot. I’ve paid for enough information at this point.

Hand 5:
POKERSTARS GAME #9835375653: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.25/$0.50) – 2007/05/09 – 23:34:02 (ET)
Table ‘Ara V’ 6-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: tice03 ($56.55 in chips)
Seat 2: Floppaboat ($54.10 in chips)
Seat 3: jnpn ($61.50 in chips)
Seat 4: ppyy ($54.50 in chips)
Seat 5: MaAnthony ($50 in chips)
Seat 6: pstanton ($9.30 in chips)
ppyy: posts small blind $0.25
MaAnthony: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [9♣ 5♠]
pstanton: calls $0.50
tice03: folds
Floppaboat: folds
jnpn: folds
ppyy: calls $0.25
MaAnthony: checks
*** FLOP *** [9♦ T♥ A♥]
ppyy: checks
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: checks
*** TURN *** [9♦ T♥ A♥] [K♣]
ppyy: bets $1.50
MaAnthony: folds
pstanton: calls $1.50
*** RIVER *** [9♦ T♥ A♥ K♣] [6♥]
ppyy: bets $2.50
pstanton: calls $2.50
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ppyy: shows [T♠ K♦] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
pstanton: mucks hand
ppyy collected $9.05 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $9.50 | Rake $0.45
Board [9♦ T♥ A♥ K♣ 6♥]
Seat 1: tice03 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 2: Floppaboat folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 3: jnpn (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: ppyy (small blind) showed [T♠ K♦] and won ($9.05) with two pair, Kings and Tens
Seat 5: MaAnthony (big blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 6: pstanton mucked [7♦ K♠]

Now I didn’t really participate in this hand but it leads up to the next hand. Truth be told, I ignored it once I folded and, really, was just looking for a spot to fold my junk. But it does lead into the donk play of the gnat.

Hand 6 (the very next hand, I might add):
POKERSTARS GAME #9835386563: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.25/$0.50) – 2007/05/09 – 23:34:48 (ET)
Table ‘Ara V’ 6-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: tice03 ($56.55 in chips)
Seat 2: Floppaboat ($54.10 in chips)
Seat 3: jnpn ($61.50 in chips)
Seat 4: ppyy ($59.05 in chips)
Seat 5: MaAnthony ($49.50 in chips)
Seat 6: pstanton ($4.80 in chips)
MaAnthony: posts small blind $0.25
pstanton: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [T♥ K♣]
tice03: folds
Floppaboat: folds
jnpn: folds
ppyy: folds
MaAnthony: raises $1.50 to $2
pstanton: raises $2.50 to $4.50
MaAnthony: calls $2.50
*** FLOP *** [5♠ 7♣ 3♠]
MaAnthony: bets $0.50
pstanton: calls $0.30 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [5♠ 7♣ 3♠] [6♣]
*** RIVER *** [5♠ 7♣ 3♠ 6♣] [K♦]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MaAnthony: shows [T♥ K♣] (a pair of Kings)
pstanton: shows [A♥ K♠] (a pair of Kings – Ace kicker)
pstanton collected $9.15 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $9.60 | Rake $0.45
Board [5♠ 7♣ 3♠ 6♣ K♦]
Seat 1: tice03 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 2: Floppaboat folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 3: jnpn folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: ppyy (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 5: MaAnthony (small blind) showed [T♥ K♣] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 6: pstanton (big blind) showed [A♥ K♠] and won ($9.15) with a pair of Kings

Ok, go back to my previous comment. If it’s folded to me in the SB, I’m not folding and if I look and see two broadway cards, you bet your ass I’m raising. It’s the right play. For once, it wasn’t a min raise from the gnat, but truth be told, I hadn’t even noticed his stack when made the raise. The odds were too tremendous to fold though and I thought he raised allin. So unless he has a better king, I’m alright. Shit. He had a better king. I hated it, but I reloaded and moved on. Don’t think there was much I was doing about this hand except maybe just call since he was such a short stack. I don’t see myself getting that tight in these spots though. I expect to hear at least one comment on this one though.

Ok, so I’m really getting sick of paying this mofo off and it’s time for some of the info I’ve paid for to reap some rewards. You think I’m that lucky?

Hand 7:
POKERSTARS GAME #9835502307: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.25/$0.50) – 2007/05/09 – 23:43:11 (ET)
Table ‘Ara V’ 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: tice03 ($50 in chips)
Seat 2: Floppaboat ($52.05 in chips)
Seat 4: ppyy ($53.55 in chips)
Seat 5: MaAnthony ($64 in chips)
Seat 6: pstanton ($12.70 in chips)
ppyy: posts small blind $0.25
MaAnthony: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [K♠ T♦]
pstanton: calls $0.50
tice03: folds
Floppaboat: calls $0.50
ppyy: folds
MaAnthony: checks
*** FLOP *** [J♦ 5♦ 9♥]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: bets $0.50 - Of course you do
Floppaboat: folds
MaAnthony: calls $0.50 - I can hit my gutshot
*** TURN *** [J♦ 5♦ 9♥] [Q♣] - Oh look, I hit my gutshot
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: bets $0.50 - From past experience, he could have anything
MaAnthony: calls $0.50 - I’ll let him string along
*** RIVER *** [J♦ 5♦ 9♥ Q♣] [J♣]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: bets $5.50
MaAnthony: raises $6.50 to $12
pstanton: calls $5.70 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MaAnthony: shows [K♠ T♦] (a straight, Nine to King)
pstanton: mucks hand
MaAnthony collected $24.85 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $26.15 | Rake $1.30
Board [J♦ 5♦ 9♥ Q♣ J♣]
Seat 1: tice03 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 2: Floppaboat (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 4: ppyy (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: MaAnthony (big blind) showed [K♠ T♦] and won ($24.85) with a straight, Nine to King
Seat 6: pstanton mucked [7♦ J♠]

Ok, so I gave a free card and the card sucked, but he’s still short stacked and, unless I got coolered, I should still be good here. He has proven in past hands that he will pay off with much less than the nuts, so it’s worth taking a stab at stacking him. It worked. And he rebought.

Hand 8:
POKERSTARS GAME #9835539824: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.25/$0.50) – 2007/05/09 – 23:45:55 (ET)
Table ‘Ara V’ 6-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: tice03 ($51.15 in chips)
Seat 2: Floppaboat ($53 in chips)
Seat 4: ppyy ($53.30 in chips)
Seat 5: MaAnthony ($75.40 in chips)
Seat 6: pstanton ($8 in chips)
MaAnthony: posts small blind $0.25
pstanton: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [T♥ 4♣]
tice03: folds
Floppaboat: folds
ppyy: folds
MaAnthony: calls $0.25
pstanton: checks
*** FLOP *** [T♠ T♣ 2♠]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: checks
*** TURN *** [T♠ T♣ 2♠] [T♦]
MaAnthony: bets $1
pstanton: calls $1
*** RIVER *** [T♠ T♣ 2♠ T♦] [7♥]
MaAnthony: checks
pstanton: bets $1
MaAnthony: raises $2 to $3
pstanton: calls $2
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MaAnthony: shows [T♥ 4♣] (four of a kind, Tens)
pstanton: mucks hand
MaAnthony collected $8.60 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $9 | Rake $0.40
Board [T♠ T♣ 2♠ T♦ 7♥]
Seat 1: tice03 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 2: Floppaboat folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: ppyy (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 5: MaAnthony (small blind) showed [T♥ 4♣] and won ($8.60) with four of a kind, Tens
Seat 6: pstanton (big blind) mucked [2♥ J♣]

I think I actually misplayed this hand. If I had payed attention, I should have noticed he didn’t min bet the turn. When ever he bet more than the minimum, it seemed he thought he had the nuts. I think I coulda taken his stack right there. Instead I went for the value bet on the river and there really isn’t anything wrong with that, but I think I did leave some chips on the table given the opponent.

After that, the rest was pretty uneventful with that player. He did triple up when he was seriously low when I called with AJo and there was an early raiser to raised QQ and got me to fold a missed flop but the gnat hit hit king with his KTo on the turn. I picked up a few more chips from him on a preflop raise that he folded on the flop and eventually busted for a second time. This time he left.

I don’t particularly think I played this opponent to bad but his short stack, position and betting tendencies were getting to me early on. By the end of the session, he had won 9 times against me and I had won 8 times against him. But the moral of the story is that you want to win the big pots and lose the small pots. I won the big pots and ended with a $7.80 advantage against him. Just even more proof that min raising/betting isn’t the way to play.

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