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Monday, November 29, 2004

Juicy Live Game

I haven't posted in a couple days, I've been a bit on the busy side and online poker has been slow for the most part. My last post was about going to Akwesasne Mohawk Casino for the 3rd time, only this time I was going to play limit but the 2/5 NL game instead. When we got there we put our names on the list but the game hadn't started yet. They were waiting for a dealer to come in at 6pm and when he arrived they called all the people on the list to get on the table. I sat down and bought in for only $300, others bought in for the maximum of $500 and a couple bought in for a measly $100.

I got off to a great start when I flopped a set of 8's on an 689 board. I was afraid of the straight when the BB went betting out very hard and called him down but he showed two pair, 9's and 6's. An orbit later I picked up 77 and called a raise to $15 along with a bunch of other players. The flop came K74, I checked and before it got to the initial raiser someone had bet $50. There was 1 caller and I raised to $150, the bettor thought for a couple of seconds and called, the other caller bailed. Turn brought a 3 completing the rainbow board and I went all-in for the rest of my stack, I had my opponent covered. He took a couple of minutes and called with a set of 4's. I'm not sure what took him so long, that was pretty much the only hand I could've had to beat him.

Two orbits later I raise with KK in the BB, I flop top set on a KJ8 board, bet out but everyone folds. I still take down a nice pot from all the callers to the raise. I limp UTG with KK the next time I get it but it isn't raised preflop which is surprising. Flop is 9 high and BB comes out betting, I call and most of the others bail. He bets the same bet on the turn and I raise it up. He calls and we check on the river after another spade comes to put a flush out there. He only had K9 though. Finally I get AA and win a small pot after my opponent folds on the turn to another bet.

By this time I had already brought my stack from $300 to around $1200 and was sitting pretty. But ofcourse after this rain of great cards I went card dead. I bled away a couple hundred from having some cards but not hitting and lost a $400 pot when my QQ lost to KK on an A8A board. I didn't put him on an A so my read was right, but I certainly didn't put him on KK either. By the end of the night and around 9 hours of playing poker I finished only up around $400 which wasn't too bad but I'm sure I could've done a lot better. I was still pleased with my winnings and finally ended my streak of losing at this casino.

No real news in online poker. I'm pissed off that Party clsoed down a lot of the 200 tables so the waiting lists are pretty long now. I haven't made much progress lately and it looks like I'm going to finish up only about $3,000 for the month of November. I'm also a little disappointed in CheckNRaise poker. I really don't like that it is browser based for now and believe they should've waited until they were done the stand alone software before going live. I hope they release their software soon and then it might take off, it just needs to be advertised better.

I'm going to go play some 3/6 on PokerStars for a bit now, maybe I can grind out a win.

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Saturday, November 27, 2004

B&M.......AGAIN!

Looks like me, my roommate and my friend are headed to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino tomorrow afternoon for another day full of poker. I'm not playing stupid limit this time, maybe just while I wait for a seat at the 2/5NL game, that limit game just irritates the hell out me. I have NL in my blood so I'll play much better there.

Seems like some of us bloggers are running bad all at the same time. DoubleAs as well as Wired Aces have hit some pretty rough patches in the past little bit and I'm feeling the same pain, thankfully not to the same extend. I haven't lost nearly as much as they have. However, I have been getting some pretty bad beats put on me which ends up setting me off and I end up smashing my desk with my fist repeatedly. I wish I didn't get angry when I'd lose, but that's just the way I am.

I've been playing some 3/6NL on PokerStars lately and suprisingly I've made a profit. I had some nice hands early on but got pretty upset when my KK was called down by AQ (no pair, no draw) and ended up hitting an A on the river. Some of the players are pretty bad, they're way too aggressive and overvalue their hands way too much. I had a person raise me all-in after I check raised the flop of 22T with Q2, he had AT and I took down a $700 pot. Trapping in this game works great and because of the aggressiveness I can almost always depend on the player after me to bet, which sets up a lot of check raises. I'll continue to play when the game is good and see how it goes. Maybe I'll move to 3/6 for a short while before jumping to 5/10.

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Friday, November 26, 2004

Same Old

There isn't much news to post about. Poker has been slow lately and I've been having a similar run as DoubleAs where there's a swing upwards followed by a swing downwards, it wasn't nearly as big though. I had a nice winning day on Tuesday where I brought in $850 but Wednesday night was full of bad beats and I ended giving $550 of it back. Every high pocket pair that I got ran into a low set and my sets would run into straights or flushes. That's poker though, right?

I've setup PlayerViewNET that many people have been talking about. This is a small program that connects with your PokerTracker database and your Party skins. It then uses whatever stats you'd like to paste from your PokerTracker database and pastes it beside each players name on your Party table. This is very convenient, this way you do not have to go scrolling through your PokerTracker database each time you're up against an opponent but aren't sure how they play. I have PlayerView setup to show each players Voluntarily Put $ In Pot, Preflop Raise %, Hands Played, and Win % At Showdown. This tells me how loose they are, what their range of hands are that they raise with, and how often they make sure to go to showdown with the best hand. I was aware before which players to stay away from, however with these stats constantly on the table I have found some other players that I'd want to stay away from too (high win % at showdown). I hope that this can help me with some of those tough decisions.

This month has been slower than I had expected. I'm only up about 2.8k but was expecting much higher. I still have 5 more days until the end of the month to make a bigger profit though so I'll be working hard on that.

I'm also looking forward to CheckNRaise's poker room opening up tomorrow. I wonder how many people will sign up and be playing.


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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Check N Raise Poker

Just want to quickly note that I have added a banner on the left side for the new Check N Raise poker site which will be opening up on Saturday! If you preregister before Saturday 27th you'll get a 50% bonus up to $250, otherwise it will just be 50% up to $150. While I was in the Toronto area for a tournament there I talked to one of the people involved with this site. He said that they're working very hard to make sure everything is perfect with this poker room. Fast transactions, fast support, and fast play. Out of all the new sites coming up this is the only one that is promising. I think it'll eventually be butting heads with Party, Stars, and UB. It's worth a try at least.

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Turning Stone Report

Friday morning I woke up and headed to the bank to change my colourful CAD into USD. All you Americans out there, your dollar SUCKS right now! While this is good for exchanging my canadian money, it is really bad for my online bankroll. I used to withdraw $100 US and get $5,000 CAD for it, now it's almost even! We left around 4:00pm and weren't held up at the border for too long. I didn't have my passport or birth certificate on me so he was trying to figure out if I was a Canadian citizen or not. Ummm, I'm a 19 year old, white male, with dirty blonde hair and no foreign accent, do I LOOK like a terrorist to you? He finally let me in and told me to make sure to bring those documents next time, meh. We finally arrived in the good ol' USA and were greeted by lots of billboards along the highway and a toll booth. Why am I paying to drive on this highway? Another 93 cents down the hole, damn this trip is getting expensive. We left our stuff at The Inn and headed to the casino.

When we arrived I was surprised there were no security around carding people, there were kids in this casino that couldn't have been over 16, I swear. We walked right in, ignored all the other games and people and headed straight for the Poker Room. It looked like the stock exchange. There was a man with a marker and a microphone at the front of the room, quickly writing down initials and taking orders from other, people were scrambling around and yelling letters and number, "BJ on 3-6!, give me 5-10 and 100 too!" . I made some hand movements and gave the signal to make a buy but he looked confused. I signed up for the 100nl and was seated in about 10 minutes.

I sat down and doubled up early on when I raised to $10 with AA, the EP limper called, flop was T63, he check raised me all-in. I called and he had 64o, nice hand sir *shrugs*. I had a couple more hands like AK and AQ that didn't hit so I was just getting blinded out. I played for a couple hours, took a break and moved tables. Nothing eventful happened there and we left around 5:00am to try and get some sleep before having to be back at the Poker room around 9am to sign up for the tournament.

We came back the next morning around 9:30am and the person taking care of the tournament registration told us it was sold out. How did they sell 152 tickets in 30 minutes? We were disappointed but went to play the ring games. We later found out they had miscounted and still had 60 tickets to sell earlier on, dumbasses! I got some really nice hands early on at my table. I was dealt 33 and limped in with a bunch of others. I flopped a set and bet it the whole way and was called down by a player, no clue what he had but it was a nice pot never the less. An orbit later I picked up KK and raised to $10, 2 callers. Flop came K22 but I bet out $15 to not set off any alarms, 1 player called. I checked the turn which was a blank, he checked behind. On the river I bet $25 and he called with TT. Another okay pot.

I took a break and had some breakfast at an $8 breakfast buffet. They served eggs, eggs with ham, sausages, more sausages, hash browns, donuts and dessert, oh and eggs and sausages! It's 10am, who eats ice cream and cake at 10am. Just as I said that a chunky woman walked up to the dessert bar and helped herself to a large piece of cake. I rolled my eyes and laughed, no wonder the majority of americans are fat!

Back at the tables I took a nice bad beat. I was dealt TT, limped and called the BBs raise to $10 along with 2 other players. Flop came QT4 and I went out betting $15, the BB check raised me to $40 and I re-raised all-in $90-something. He called and turned over AA, river brought an A, yay! A couple of hours later and at another table I'm dealt 88 in EP and limp. Flop comes A8A and I bet $10 into the $14 pot (7 players in the pot). I'm called by the player to my left. He was a young kid, looked 16 years old, maybe even 15. He had stacks of $1 chips, I'm guessing he was playing at the 1-3 table earlier on. The turn brings another 8 giving me quads. I check to him but he checks behind. River is a J and I bet $15, he raises to $30 and I re-raise all-in because he obviously has the A and will call any bet with the boat. He does call with AQ and the tables goes "oooooooh". I rake in the pot but I'm kind of pissed off because now I have a shitload of $1 chips. The rest of the night I get cold decked and can't do much. I only end up a little bit and we head home. I was exhausted but we had a really fun trip. My roomate dropped $500 but my friend who won $17k in the tournament I mentioned in an earlier post won $700 playing 10-20, 15-30, and a little 20-40. He's a big roller now, hah.

I can't wait to go again, maybe this weekend, who knows!

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Monday, November 22, 2004

Sweet Revenge

Party Poker Pot-Limit Hold'em, $4 BB (9 handed)

saw flopsaw showdown

Button ($732.2)
SB ($327)
BB ($179.8)
UTG ($200)
UTG+1 ($226.3)
MP1 (Dumbass) ($268.2)
MP2 ($196)
Hero ($242.9)
CO ($200)

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with As, Ad.
UTG folds, UTG+1 folds, MP1 (Dumbass) calls $4, MP2 folds, Hero raises to $16, CO folds, Button folds, SB folds, BB folds, MP1 (Dumbass) calls $12.

Flop: ($38) Qc, Ts, 5c (2 players)
Dumbass bets $36.1
, Hero raises to $80, Dumbass raises to $252.2 (All-In), Hero calls $146.90 (All-In).

Turn: ($517.10) Qd (2 players, 2 all-in)

River: ($517.10) Js (2 players, 2 all-in)

Final Pot: $517.10
Main Pot: $491.80, between Dumbass and Hero. > Pot won by Dumbass ($491.80).
Pot 2: $25.30, returned to Dumbass.

Results in white below:
Dumbass has Qh 8d (three of a kind, queens).
Hero has As Ad (two pair, aces and queens).
Outcome: Dumbass wins $517.10.



I punch the wall and scream. I'm having one of the worst days in poker and he decides to do this to me. What a dumbass. I promise myself I'll get my revenge on him. And here it is.


Party Poker Pot-Limit Hold'em, $4 BB (7 handed)

saw flopsaw showdown

BB ($142.9)
UTG ($509.05)
MP1 ($133.8)
MP2 (Dumbass) ($448.1)
CO ($354.8)
Hero ($442)
SB ($314.5)

Preflop: Hero is Button with Ah, Ac.
UTG calls $4, MP1 calls $4, MP2 (Dumbass) calls $4, CO folds, Hero raises to $20, SB folds, BB folds, UTG folds, MP1 folds, MP2 (Dumbass) calls $16.

Flop: ($54) 2s, 5s, Jc (2 players)
Dumbass bets $51.3
, Hero calls $51.30.

Turn: ($156.60) 6s (2 players)
Dumbass bets $153.6
, Hero raises to $370.7 (All-In), Dumbass calls $217.10.

River: ($898) 3c (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $898
Main Pot: $898, between Dumbass and Hero. > Pot won by Hero ($898).

Results in white below:
Dumbass has 5h As (one pair, fives).
Hero has Ah Ac (one pair, aces).
Outcome: Hero wins $898.


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Poker is pissing me off. I'm getting the worst beats imaginable. I don't feel like posting. That is all.

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Thursday, November 18, 2004

When To Move Up?

I've been reading around on forums and blog comments and noticed a lot of people are afraid of moving up, or just too cautious when it comes to taking the next step. So I was wondering when is it the best time for a player to move up. Is it when a player has a big enough bankroll that taking a big hit at that limit wouldn't jeopordize it? Or maybe it's when that player can sit down relaxed and without getting butterflies or playing scared. In my past I had always waited until I had a very safe bankroll for the next level. Starting out in poker I didn't deposit any money, but played the free 10 cent giveaways on Victor Chandler. Growing this bankroll was tough and everytime I wanted to move up I'd be too afraid because taking a step higher could have blown my entire roll. I did the same thing when I finally moved to Party Poker. I stayed at the 25nl tables way too long, and when I finally did take a shot at a higher limit then it turned out to be just that, a shot. I'd hesitate and play scared until I was comfortable.

So back to the question, when should someone move up? Well, it all depends on what type of a player you are. A nut peddler like myself doesn't need a big bankroll to move up. I play really tight, wait a monster hand, and get paid off. I've never dropped more than 6 buy-ins from my bankroll peak. A loose player needs a much bigger bankroll to take the swing, but as long as you're a winning player you can make the move.

A little pointer to everyone reading this. If you can make the move to a higher limit, do it! Don't wait! Don't tell yourself, "Oh, well I have the bankroll, but I think I should get 'x' amount of hands before moving up", or "I know I can beat the next level, but I'll be too afraid to play, let me just keep building my bankroll slowly at my current limit".

Why are you playing the game of poker? Unless you answer is to lose your money, then there is no reason not to move up. I play poker because I love winning money, and at the same time I am playing a game. I like the challenge of playing vs others and winning. When you move up you can win more money than before, and you are challening yourself just a bit more (not a lot, for the most part, each limit is filled with dumb players). So if you know you're a winning player, you play tight, and your bankroll can handle it, then make the move!

With that said, I'm going to be making the move to 5/10nl soon. I've been playing the 200's for about a two and a half months and have made more than twice as much as the first 7 slow months. I haven't been playing a lot lately but I will put in a bunch more hours after my Turning Stone trip until the end of the month, then I'll move to 5/10nl. Time to step up to the plate and take a swing (not a poker downswing ;) ). After all, if you don't take a real stab at it, you'll never know if you can do it or not.

P.S. I'll make a post on Sunday/Monday as to how my poker trip at TS went. Have a good weekend everyone!

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Monday, November 15, 2004

Another Akwesasne Disappointment

We left Ottawa and headed for the border around 4:30. A tournament was scheduled for 6pm but we wouldn't be able to make it in time due to traffic and border delay. When we arrived we played a little craps at first but no big rolls there. I signed myself up for 3-6 and 5-10 and REALLY regret not putting myself on the 2/5NL list. After the tournament finished it filled up really quickly and no one left for the entire night. When I was called I chose to play 5-10. It was very swingy and every 2nd or 3rd hand was a KILL pot (10-20). I only ended down $100 for the night so it wasn't too bad, my roomate dropped $300. Early on I saw JJ a couple times but other than that I had no other high pocket pairs. I did not hit a set at all and I never made any flushes. It was very disappointing because this is my 2nd time going there and both times I was completely card dead and couldn't win. On our way out when the casino was almost dead, we went back to the craps table for a little play and started right when an old native man started rolling hot. I watched while my friend made about $90. Not too bad when someone else is doing all the work :) Next weekend I hope the deck hits me in the face at Turning Stone. I'm going to destory that 1/2nl game!

I had an upsetting day in poker on Saturday, all my high pocket pairs would lose and good hands (TPTK) would end up getting flushed or something similar. I didn't tilt but ended up getting so frusterated that I took my deck of cards I had on my desk and threw them at my monitor. I guess it was just one of those days. I only ended up losing $250 because right before leaving I had AA finally hold up to win a large pot. I received my money from the casinos I whored which added $500 to my bankroll, that helped a lot after taking those beats.

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino

A couple of my poker buddies, Rich and Martin, decided to go out tonight to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino which is located just on the other side of the US/Canadian border in Cornwall. It's about a 1.5 hour trip and I've only been there once before when a couple friends came to visit me in the summer. The casino itself is nothing special but they do have a poker room and that is all that matters. We'll be leaving around 4pm to get there for the tournament that starts at 6pm. I'm pretty sure that their structure hasn't changed since last time so it may turn into a crapshoot but I'm there for the fun anyways. After the tournament I'll go play the ring games, maybe 3/6 at first just to have some fun with the fish who bet their gutshots and backdoor flush/overcards and if I do manage to win even a little bit I'll move to the 5/10. If I'm feeling really daring I'll even go play some 2/5NL but we'll see. In real life I am so much more conservative with my money. Online however it doesn't even feel like money anymore. I lose or win hundreds, and while I do end up either sad or happy with my results, it doesn't really feel like I've won that amount of money. To me they're just 'chips'. I'll post tomorrow on how the trip goes and if I end up going on tilt and losing the rest of my money shooting craps :)

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Monday, November 08, 2004

Always Room For Bonus Whoring

Last night I made some good money at the 200's even though the tables were dead for the most part. A couple orbits in I get AA on the button. UTG min-raises to 8, MP makes it 15, MP1 calls and I make it 50. UTG re-raises to 85, MP goes all-in for about 85 and I just call. Flop comes T high and UTG goes all-in for his remaining stack around $140. I call and take down the pot after UTG shows AJo (?!?) and MP shows JJ. That brought my stack up to around $450 which I needed to take down my next big pot with. A couple orbits later I'm in the SB with KK. MP makes it 15, Big Stack (1k) call, and I make it 40. MP reconsiders and mucks but Big Stack comes along for the ride and calls. Flop comes K77 which couldn't be any better. I bet $50 into the $90-something pot and Big Stack calls. Perfect! Turn brings a 6 and I check to him to show weakness. It worked out great because he bet the pot which was around $195. I re-raise all-in for the rest of my stack and he calls. River brings another 6 and he shows 76o, flopped trips and turned boat. I couldn't have asked for a better situation. His huge stack really payed me off and I later left the table with around $900.

I played in the $3 rebuy satellite to the $350k guaranteed on Pokerstars. I made it down to the last 80 but was knocked out after a big stack and I were all-in on a K high flop, he had QQ and I had AK. Pokerstars, being the rigged site that they are :Insert Smiley Face:, rivered a Q to give him a set. In the $10 re-buy I had a stack of around 70k with the blinds at 3000-6000 and 65 people left when MP raised to 18k and I re-raised all-in with QQ. *clears throat loudly* Pokerstars, being the rigged site that they are, turned him his 3-outer to knock me out. I'm about 95% sure that I've been knocked out of every PokerStars tournament I've ever played in (besides 3 or 4) when I was a huge favourite and my opponent caught a 2-6 outer on me. Riverstars, what a great site! :)

I tried to go to sleep but couldn't so I go up, got on my computer and browsed the internet looking for something to do. Poker was kind of dead and I didn't really feel like playing so I while browsing the 2+2 forums I came across the thread about a couple casinos with 100% deposit bonuses that were easily whorable. I quickly deposited $200 from my Neteller account and got to work playing Blackjack 3 hands at a time. Brought back some memories (I played strictly Blackjack before discovering poker). I cleared the wagering requirements and cashed out $475 ($200 deposit + $200 bonus + $75 Blackjack profit) for a profit of $275 in just about an hour. Not too shabby, eh? I'm waiting on the other casino to give me my full bonus because I guess they need to be contacted before crediting the account with the extra $200. Hopefully everything goes smooth and the casino don't give me any trouble, which is what they do best.

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Friday, November 05, 2004

Poker Trip Announced

I am pleased to announce that within a couple of weeks I'm going on a Poker Trip down to Turning Stone Casino and Resort in NY for a weekend full of non-stop poker action. I doubt I'll be getting any sleep that weekend, I'll just be sitting at the tables, 100nl most likely, and grinding out a profit. So far there's 4 of us going, my friend with the car, his buddy, my roomate and I. This friend of mine won the $30 rebuy $60,000 Guaranteed on UB the other day netting himself $17,400 US. He was chip leader when the last 50 people remained and didn't move much. I believe he dropped down to 2nd in chips for a brief moment but quickly regained the lead and took home 1st place. He had some nice cards and hit his draws when he needed to. Damn, $17,400 US, damn! He withdrew most of his winning and took the rest to the 25/50NL table to play against the regulars there. He lost a $4k pot to Donkey Style, who people claim to be Ben Affleck but he ended up winning his losses back a little later on. He played some 30/60 also and finished up a bit, limit sure is swingy though!

I played in the $50+5 Large Caps tourny last night and finished 32nd out of 750. So close, yet so far! I won $209 for my troubles, so it was better than nothing, but I'd really like a nice MTT win sometime soon, especially after seeing that $17,400 win. That would do wonders for me. Until then I just gotta keep grinding it out.

I can't wait until Turning Stone, woooohooooo!

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Rake Return

Some wanted to know about the rake return I mention once in awhile. Any poker player that puts in a lot of time playing online should have one. The way a pokerroom goes about making their profit is through rake. This is usually a percentage of the pot up to $3. Everytime you play in a pot, you give to the rake, win or lose. In an effort to market themselves, most pokerrooms give out a deal to those who refer players to their site. If you refer a player when you've signed up as an affiliate, you get 20% of that player's rake that they have generated. This affiliate deal wasn't made to give players back their rake, however they don't really have a way of stopping it. What you can do is sign yourself up as an affiliate (Affiliate link in the top menu bar on PartyPoker.com) and then make a new account at a PartyPoker skin using the affiliate link. You can let someone else do the affiliate work, just sign up under their affiliate with a new account and recieve a certain percentage of what they get, usually 90%. If you'd like for someone else to do the work then you can visit www.RakeReturns.com for more information.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Dreaded Downswing

I'm having that damn poker downswing everyone always talks about. I haven't made any money over the past 3 days and I can't wait for it to end. Yesterday, after moving back to the 200NL tables, I hit one set which won me $10, and flopped one straight which ended up getting counterfeited on the turn, no other action the entire night. I'm currently waiting for this month's rake money which will end up replacing most of my $500+ losses over the past few days and hopefully I can get back on track and start winning again. I need the money now more than ever since I'm going to have to withdrawl around half of my bankroll to pay for something that I need done.

Last night I watched DoubleAs finish 6th in a $20 rebuy tournament on PokerStars. He played good poker and he would've placed even higher if some fool who was getting lucky didn't beat Double's AJ with 67. He still ended up taking home around $1,000 and made his fellow bloggers proud. Well done!

It's a miserable day today and some miserable things have happened recently so I'm going to eat and watch some tv, I'll hit up the tables later tonight and try to grind out SOME kind of profit. Wish me luck.

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