Sunday, March 25, 2007

Punk Hand of the Day

Oh, turns out you shouldn't put a cat all-in...

Full Tilt Poker Game #2069617914: $20 + $2 Sit & Go (15526856), Table 1 - 50/100 - No Limit Hold'em - 20:23:09 ET - 2007/03/25
Seat 1: Dimitar (3,465)
Seat 3: kurokitty (900)
Seat 4: JaxSux (1,740)
Seat 5: ken37a (3,655)
Seat 6: Jimmy_Money (3,740)
Dimitar posts the small blind of 50
kurokitty posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [3s 3d]
JaxSux folds
ken37a folds
Jimmy_Money folds
Dimitar raises to 3,465, and is all in
kurokitty calls 800, and is all in
Dimitar shows [Ad 4s]
kurokitty shows [3s 3d]
Uncalled bet of 2,565 returned to Dimitar
*** FLOP *** [9c 2h 3c]
*** TURN *** [9c 2h 3c] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [9c 2h 3c 4d] [4h]
Dimitar shows three of a kind, Fours
kurokitty shows a full house, Threes full of Fours
kurokitty wins the pot (1,800) with a full house, Threes full of Fours
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,800 | Rake 0
Board: [9c 2h 3c 4d 4h]
Seat 1: Dimitar (small blind) showed [Ad 4s] and lost with three of a kind, Fours
Seat 3: kurokitty (big blind) showed [3s 3d] and won (1,800) with a full house, Threes full of Fours
Seat 4: JaxSux didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: ken37a didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Jimmy_Money (button) didn't bet (folded)


Well, poor kitty busted out of the Sunday $400K guarantee in 1061st place of 2155, 306 places paid.

It's not real fun to see horrible cards but I will keep trying to fight the good fight.

Thanks to the five people who purchased a stake in the tourney -- perhaps in the future we'll have a better result.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

A technical ruin

As pleased as I was that Carolina beat USC last night, that stupid technical from the USC coach ruined the line, and UNC won by 10. Hopefully that coach will catch hell for blowing a huge lead in the 2nd half.

But either way, I thought the value was on USC, since the line was Carolina by 8.

I also think there is value on a Bocat prop on whether Tony Soprano will get knocked off in the second episode this season. Just seems really unlikely he will, IMHO.

The Friday night game was great -- Drew came to play from Tucker. We were eight handed for a while.

I picked up some really lucky 2-7 TD draws -- I would discard 3 cards from the bb and end up with a No. 4 and No. 3 on consecutive hands- and would get paid off.

We all really had fun -- and have discussed possible road trips to Tunica and the like down the road.

I got two more backers for the $200+16 Sunday tournament, so I'm going to close off the share selling. It's really cool to get this support from friends. I really hope I don't disappoint.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Stakes are hotter (almost out)

So I've sold 30 percent of my action for the upcoming Full Tilt $400K guarantee this Sunday and am doing a courtesy swap with Gnome for 10 percent more.

I'll be willing to sell 2 or three more 10 percent shares at $21.60 each.

If anyone's interested, please let me know at

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Pizza by night

Finally eating dinner, here at Fellini's just after midnight since I didn't get a chance to eat before the game.

Problem was, there was only a little bit of time after I finished running and showering before tonight's Low Stakes Poker game. It actually turned out that people were a little bit late so I waited outside my apartment in the great evening air, then played a few hands of heads-up hold'em on Full Tilt on my laptop, sitting on my front step, watching traffic and gorgeous chicks jog by.

Then Ben came and I put up the laptop and even better than playing -- we both sat on the step with a cold bottle of beer. Ice cold. LOL.

It didn't take too long before my old neighbor came by with his friend, another doctor. Doug popped by and soon we had quorum for a game. The doctors are pretty new to the game, so it was neat teaching them the various games we play in our mixed game, dealer's format. It was also fun seeing them puzzle over 5 cent and 10 cent blinds when they prolly make three to four times what I made in a year!

I made some good reads on Hal when he came and correctly read that Doug had a set in an Omaha high hand. I couldn't let go of my hand, though. The pot gave me a 25 percent chance to win and I called. I think I could have won the pot maybe 10 percent of the time, so it wasn't a good call on my part.

I ended up down $2.90, which I can live with, though. It was great fun and I was glad that there were no neighbor issues this time around (we ended about 11:45 p.m. or so when my old neighbor was pretty sleepy -- can't imagine what his hours working are like).

I'm glad I have this low-stakes game. I like playing with new people and I think it's good for the game to get as many people involved as possible... Dorie even learned how to shuffle chips and she doesn't even play!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A good day at the races

So yesterday was an extremely fun day -- I cashed in five of the six SNGs I was playing at the same time on Full Tilt -- the only one that I didn't cash in, a $69+6, I bubbled.

I was trying to play carefully, and I think the extra concentration helped. In the one that I bubbled, an early player raised and I had TT and was pretty close to the move-in zone. I pushed, and of course, he had KK. It was a bad play on my part 4-handed. I basically traded my good equity to cash (three places paid) for a coin toss at best if the guy had AK.

I found for once that I really didn't have the good concentration I usually do playing heads-up at one SNG while handling several other tables.

The play at the various SNGs were pretty weak. I found many people folded to my constant raises when I was in the move-in zone, particularly four-handed when I would have something like Kx. I had to push, so I did, and I kept collecting blinds. I placed second in that SNG.

Other times, when other people pushed, I would have them dominated with a better ace, or when I pushed, I still would have them. (Of course, in one of the more expensive events, I did double up with A5, flopping a 5, vs AQ).

Earlier in the day, I made a little bit of money playing donks heads-up. It was pretty fun. Donks would fold to bluffs that were timed like MLB pitches. You know, bet, bet, bet, bluff. Bet. Bluff.

This one guy went all-in before me on the flop with an A. I had A8. He had JJ. LOL.

Today, I'm pretty tired, not having a very good sleep. I'm subbing for another editor, and it's a lot like being Helo as XO on the deck of Galactica. I am always pretty calm with lots going on. I think it's the multi-tabling that helps.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Sunday $400K

I just won an entry into Sunday's $200+16 $400K guarantee on Full Tilt! Anyone interested in purchasing a share, please let me know!

Smokin' aces

Love aces... but can they give the guy any more outs???

Full Tilt Poker Game #2024447400: $20 + $2 Sit & Go (15173123), Table 1 - 60/120 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:39:57 ET - 2007/03/19
Seat 3: BudmansCom (2,756)
Seat 6: kurokitty (2,940)
Seat 7: crewsmissle (5,604)
Seat 8: Minus 2 (2,200)
kurokitty posts the small blind of 60
crewsmissle posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [As Ah]
Minus 2 folds
BudmansCom folds
kurokitty raises to 360
crewsmissle calls 240
*** FLOP *** [7d 5c 8s]
kurokitty bets 500
crewsmissle calls 500
*** TURN *** [7d 5c 8s] [Kc]
kurokitty checks
crewsmissle bets 1,100
kurokitty raises to 2,080, and is all in
crewsmissle calls 980
kurokitty shows [As Ah]
crewsmissle shows [Ac 6c]
*** RIVER *** [7d 5c 8s Kc] [Kh]
kurokitty shows two pair, Aces and Kings
crewsmissle shows a pair of Kings
kurokitty wins the pot (5,880) with two pair, Aces and Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 5,880 | Rake 0
Board: [7d 5c 8s Kc Kh]
Seat 3: BudmansCom (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: kurokitty (small blind) showed [As Ah] and won (5,880) with two pair, Aces and Kings
Seat 7: crewsmissle (big blind) showed [Ac 6c] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 8: Minus 2 didn't bet (folded)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Draw four? No problem

So I'm in the big blind last night of a five-handed 2-7 TD (NL) game. I have 2,J,J,Q,x.

I'm ready to throw it away but it gets checked to me. So I draw 4.

In Super/System 2, it's said that you shouldn't really be playing the hand if you have to draw three cards. Four is out of this world.

I draw 8,7,6,3. I'm betting it out...

Yesterday's game ended up being a crazy format. It was just Ben, empire, bruiser and me for a while. So we started a game of Catan on the poker table. Hal showed up later and to give him soemthing to occupy his time, I had him get all the chips ready.

Eventually we had him deal out all the hands, we would just play hold'em while the Catan game took up the middle of the board.

Doing that really stretches out your brain. Both Ben and I "folded" Catan resource cards or held up the game's cards when we meant to hold up the Copags.

It was exhausting and ended a little early for a Friday night; was down one buy-in, up 12 so far this year. I think my neighbors weren't pleased but what the hell? It's a Friday night. We were done by 12:30 a.m.


Today I did a story on podcasting that was organized by Dorie's friend Amber.

It's funny, I've met her and her boyfriend before and we're both listed on Dorie's blogroll, but didn't realize she set up the podcasting conference.

Really interesting stuff, though. Would be cool for CC to set up podcasts of his great interviews. Just a thought.

Another thought, courtesy of Lou Krieger. Never accept a $5,000 chip from someone, at least if you want to cash it.


Also Doug is having a cookout for St. Paddy's Day later tonight. Invited Sherri to it, hoping it'll be fun...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

O8 madness

It was the last hand of the evening at Matt's game last night, and I asked the four people left what they wanted to play.

No one spoke up, so the Bruiser (who was not playing) suggested Omaha 8 double flop reverse.

Gotta go with what the lady says.

I had A2QJ, single suited, and I think everybody called.

First board was a 8. Second was an 7.

Some betting. Calls.

I'm not sure what the "turn" was for the first board, but on the second one, it was an eight of spades, giving me a nut flush draw with three cards to come -- the "river" in CC's reverse flop game is actually three cards.

Doug bet out $1.50 in the $5 buy-in game. Matt made it $3. Ben called.

I had no choice.

I was all-in.

Matt called for his remaining $7. Ben called.

The first board ended with 2 twos.

The second board gave me my nut flush on the very last card.

There was no low on the high board. Ben and I chopped that with A2.

On the second board, I had the high hand and split the low with Ben. With 5/8 share of the pot, I came out three buy-ins on top for the evening (when I was in already for two).

Granted, double flop is a silly game, but it emphasizes the need to play for the nut low every time you're out there. And it's so much better when you play to scoop, not just to chop.

Needless to say, I believe 08 double flop has been banned.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Punk Hand of the Day

Runner runner is so sick...

Full Tilt Poker Game #1979928239: $10 + $1 Sit & Go (14830768), Table 1 - 150/300 - No Limit Hold'em - 12:18:57 ET - 2007/03/13
Seat 1: kurokitty (4,845)
Seat 3: jrwinfish (960)
Seat 4: SlickWings (2,850)
Seat 7: McKenzie 18 (3,380)
Seat 8: MXMuir (1,465)
MXMuir posts the small blind of 150
kurokitty posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [9c Tc]
McKenzie 18: not with my stack...
jrwinfish raises to 960, and is all in
SlickWings folds
McKenzie 18 folds
MXMuir folds
kurokitty calls 660
jrwinfish shows [Ac Jh]
kurokitty shows [9c Tc]
*** FLOP *** [Ad Js 9s]
*** TURN *** [Ad Js 9s] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [Ad Js 9s 4h] [9h]
jrwinfish shows two pair, Aces and Jacks
kurokitty shows three of a kind, Nines
kurokitty wins the pot (2,070) with three of a kind, Nines
jrwinfish stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,070 | Rake 0
Board: [Ad Js 9s 4h 9h]
Seat 1: kurokitty (big blind) showed [9c Tc] and won (2,070) with three of a kind, Nines
Seat 3: jrwinfish showed [Ac Jh] and lost with two pair, Aces and Jacks
Seat 4: SlickWings didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: McKenzie 18 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: MXMuir (small blind) folded before the Flop

Cat heaven

There's a place up north where Empire and the Bruiser let loose their cats during the summer -- it's now called "Cat heaven" for the abundance of critters for those cats to chase. I'm sure many of those critters had never seen a cat before.

I'm beginning to feel the same way about Bocat. I've played for hours upon hours, all times of the day and night and it doesn't cease to be good. It's a lot like the old Party -- I have people calling me down with second pair when I have top pair. When they have top pair, I have an overpair or better. No matter, they'll still call.

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but it's starting to look like Scurvy's good run that he described here last month.

Good hunting, cats.

Monday, March 12, 2007

It pays to surf

Off the next two days, just doing errands today and was waiting for my laundry to finish when I decided to check on my rakeback at RakeTracker. I'm grandfathered in for rakeback at Bocat.

Lo and behold, I found $243 in rakeback from my poor venture at Titan poker in September. Happy to make use of that money now!


Sunday, March 11, 2007

A good day

We'll put the name to the test.

Good things happen in threes. In a matter of a few minutes, these things happened to me:

1). I locked up my bet on Bocat (North Carolina State, +15) -- I was rooting for North Carolina, my alma mater, to come away with its first ACC championship in 8 years but I figured there was no way they would win by 15 points against a very hot N.C. State team. It's also the ACC, and anything can happen (much like the SEC in football).

2). I doubled up on Bocat $1/2 NL -- I had AA, some guy with J9s calls right behind me, I bet, he raises, I put him to the test by re-reraising all-in and he calls. He has a pair of 9s on a 639 board. Turn is a 3 and river is a J. My heart sort of sinks when I see the J, but I have aces up and it's all good.

3). Sherri calls me and we get to hang out in the Va-Hi hood on this awesome day.


Also: CC's description of his Friday game here.

Also: Surf's description of the game here.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Omaha play

Many successful tight aggressive PLO strategies include playing 35% of hands but only raising in LP with all premium hands, not just AAxy. Premium hands include, but are not limited to: KKxx-TTxx, high or connected two pair hands, two suited connectors, four cards higher than a ten, any four cards in a row, and a suited ace with three cards that work together. With position, a good basic rule is that any time you have at least one suit and all four medium or large cards working together, you can go ahead and raise, even in multiway pots. If you are consistently raising with these premium hands in LP, then when you are dealt aces they will be sufficiently disguised.
-Andrew Albright, March 2007 issue, Two Plus Two Magazine

Andrew Albright's article "Playing Aces Correctly in Pot Limit Omaha" is a pretty good introduction to Omaha play.

Certainly answers questions to multiple dilemmas I've faced in the Poker Cats Arena game.

Fear and loathing in the OTP

CC: That's a real straight.
Cat: Real straights don't seem to make very much money.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- So my heart is racing as I flop a straight in a PLO hand and CC is still calling my bets.

There's a flush draw with KQ8 on the board and the turn is a blank.

"Speed limit," I say, as I push out $55 in chips. CC goes into the tank and I kind of want him to call.

He thinks for a while and then folds.

Not having shown down a hand for a while, I turn up my JT. "I made my straight," I said.

Only thing is, I didn't realize there was no straight.

I blame it on the OTP, being far from Atlanta's core systems, way out to sea in a place where mariners have visions of mermaids and such.

At CC's game, I misread 2-7 TD hands. I thought that my down cards in 7-Stud were already taken by people's "up" cards, when they weren't.

Either way, it was a good time. Surf, Sham, Weak Player and his wife and CC.

We played $200 max buy-in mixed. Lots of games came out of the woodwork, including CC's inventions, double-flop and reverse flop. Sham and I taught badugi to the table (although Surf is used to playing it from being at Poker Cats Arena).

It was a far cry from the $5 buy-in game I'm used to playing with friends and I wouldn't be against playing a little lower in the future.

But what makes me glad is how Atlanta bloggers really represent. We have a nice core now, just like LA does with Ryan and Austin does with April.

Yet it's the ATL. And we rock.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Oh, it's Friday

(Queen) Gorgo understands her husband's noble purpose, the higher cause for which he is willing to sacrifice his life. "Come home with your shield or on it," she tells him as he heads off into battle after a night of somber marital whoopee. Later she observes that "freedom is not free."

Another movie — Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s "Team America," whose wooden puppets were more compelling actors than most of the cast of "300" — calculated the cost at $1.05.
-The New York Times, 3/9/07

This is the first day in a week that I haven't been crazy busy because of that bus crash last week and it's like being given a reprieve, time to step back and get organized.

Going through old notebooks, old papers. A fortune cookie message that would apply to Scurvy:

The only way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

It's been a nice run lately, of everything. I've run every day this year (67) and the shorts I was wearing yesterday after I showered from the run hung down low over my hips like something from a rap video. LOL.

At work, I've been writing like Javy Lopez facing a contract re-up. LOL.

Bocat has been tremendously nice, donks giving me back the $150 that I misguidedly lost in the Super Bowl and then some. Hate to be like Fuel here, but you're crazy if you're not playing Bocat right now.

You're also not playing with a full deck if you aren't learning up on the CR offense. Gnome has some good posts on preflop raising here and here, but if you look closely, the CR offense has its stamp on it.

That's a good sign of the authenticity of the CR offense. Taylor and Andrew do it, Gnome has been wildly successful with it, and so can you.

As in The Game:

I've been watchin Dre so long I'm makin beats now/
Game on the rebound like Ben Wallace in the D-Town/
I mean Chi-Town, fuck it it can go down...

I'm getting there. I'm not $10,000 there, but I'm getting there. I don't think I was ready before. I wouldn't have known what to do with all those grandusands if I had gotten there early.

One thing is that it took me a lot of time to get into a 3-betting rhythm preflop in NL shorthanded tables. I've been able to expand that into other, higher-variance games, like when I 3-bet Sham at the home game.

I like it when people say out loud that I'm tight. That means that's in your head and I'm stealing your money. I like it when I can tell when people are playing like they're without frontal lobes.

And I've been patient. Clear the mechanism of everything else around you, distracting you -- the whiny cats, the chicks, others winning grandusands.

All that matters is your ability to extract money from the other guy. As in running, step over step over step over step. There's a guy profiled in this month's Runner's World. He's run for more than 14,000 days in a row, so it's possible to do what I'm doing.

Step after step.

And you'll get there.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Vegas bound

I didn't get the June date on Spirit's .01 sale like I hoped, but I did lock in the September date.


Vegas, anyone?

I knew my $5 home game would be meaningful -- Spirit Air apparently has a .01 sale to Las Vegas from Atlanta. You have to book today and it looks like the fares are good on June 5, 6 and Sept. 18 and 19.

Of course, the return fares are normal -- $134 or $144 one-way from Las Vegas. But it seems like an awesome deal.

Sign me up!

Like living on fries

So I cashed out nearly two buy-ins last night, in spite of myself. I had A4JK, single-suited, in an O8 hand last night. Flop was J23, so I had outs for the low and a wheel.

I basically called $2 bets in a pretty large pot until the river, when I made my gutshot Broadway.

I don't like living like that. Most times, in these games, I can shore up some bad cards with good analysis on hands I do get to play.

This session we had some new people, Taylor and Joe from my old apartment building and Matt, another reporter that we know. Matt built a huge stack but gave a little back to Doug in this 2-7 TD hand in which Doug had an 8-high and Matt had a 9-high.

I had 2569x and would have had to draw two cards (more than likely) for $6 to continue. So I folded.

Another hand, I re-raised Hal with A24x in Badugi and caught a ten-high badugi on my second draw. It was enough.

I'm glad that we're able to get plenty of people and lots of new faces for these games.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

HOTD (Hand of the Day)

When in doubt, overbet!

Full Tilt Poker Game #1915449344: Table Griffith (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:59:10 ET - 2007/03/03
Seat 1: CardSmith_AA ($51.20)
Seat 2: kurokitty ($56.35)
Seat 3: JonnyDeuce1967 ($44.85)
Seat 4: studfees ($17.55)
Seat 5: WoodyG33 ($18.10)
Seat 6: Xiadow ($49.25)
CardSmith_AA posts the small blind of $0.25
kurokitty posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Jc Ac]
JonnyDeuce1967 folds
studfees calls $0.50
WoodyG33 folds
Xiadow folds
CardSmith_AA calls $0.25
kurokitty checks
*** FLOP *** [3c 7c 2c]
CardSmith_AA checks
kurokitty bets $0.95
studfees calls $0.95
CardSmith_AA folds
*** TURN *** [3c 7c 2c] [Th]
kurokitty checks
studfees checks
*** RIVER *** [3c 7c 2c Th] [9d]
kurokitty bets $6
studfees raises to $16.10, and is all in
kurokitty calls $10.10
*** SHOW DOWN ***
studfees shows [7s Ts] (two pair, Tens and Sevens)
kurokitty shows [Jc Ac] (a flush, Ace high)
kurokitty wins the pot ($33.85) with a flush, Ace high
studfees is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $35.60 | Rake $1.75
Board: [3c 7c 2c Th 9d]
Seat 1: CardSmith_AA (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 2: kurokitty (big blind) showed [Jc Ac] and won ($33.85) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 3: JonnyDeuce1967 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: studfees showed [7s Ts] and lost with two pair, Tens and Sevens
Seat 5: WoodyG33 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Xiadow (button) didn't bet (folded)

There's no cookies in poker

I was exhausted from a 12-hour day covering a certain crash of a motor coach on the highway out here, but the show must go on.

Surf was the first one to show up, I had just gone on a brief 2.5-mile run around my hilly neighborhood and had enough time to shower. It took everyone a little bit longer to get here (cards weren't in the air until 8:15 p.m. or so).

But it was a good crowd. Surf, Doug, Matt, Empire, Brigid, Ben, and later Sham. Bridg brought cookie dough and Dorie, who DNP, decided to put my near-antique gas oven to use. I think my lone cookie sheet and spatula were happy they saw some use.

Matt built a huge chip armada early, but lost half of it in a hand where Sham went all in on the river when a third flush card showed. He looked calm and was talkative, which are usually tells that a person is really comfortable with his hand. His breathing was above-average and had funny rapid-eye blinking which I couldn't conclude either way.

Matt called and Hal showed 67s for a flush.

Most of my money won came from a hand I probably shouldn't have chased -- I had A,2,3,x in a badugi hand. Doug was betting it out, me and Sham called. When it got checked on the river, I had the best three-card hand.

I knew it was getting late for me when Surf raised pf with Snowman Taterlegs and showed it when I folded to his bet on the flop. (!) LOL. I had done the same with the Kuro earlier.

I was blinded down a little when it was really late, nearly 2 a.m. but still cashed out nearly a complete buy-in, which I was happy with, considering 1). how tired I was and 2). the fact I had about four tequila shots and five beers.

All in all, a very good game. More of a grinding one. I was tired but was willing (just about until the very end) to stay up as long as it took. It sucked, though, that I had to be at work at 7:30 a.m.

Also: Surf has a nice note here on meeting the crew. Surf, I'm glad we know you and it's just one more thing that makes poker blogging worthwhile!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

No, I didn't take today seriously

Walkin' down the street, in my All Stars
in my khaki suit, doing what I do
Walkin' down the street, smoking
in my black locs, looking at you...
-The Game