Monday, April 30, 2007

Tunica -- A T-shirt highlight reel

Future 15-game winner Montgomery Biscuits T-shirt

TUNICA, Miss. -- So the river comes and I pull out $30 in chips and am about to throw a pot bet out on the felt.

But I'm hesitant, I check-swing my bet, lower it and raise it up again to re-consider. It's heads up at Sam's Town's NL $1/2 table and I'm up against a gray hair in the 1 seat.

I decide to bet anyway. All of a sudden, the gray hair pours into the pot two black $100 chips, a $25 green chip and a handful of $5 chips. He's all-in.

These are the droids I'm looking for.

"I call -- I have a straight flush," I say, flipping over my 79 of clubs. I intuit that the gray hair has the A-high flush against my six-through-ten of clubs. But no, he has AT offsuit for a pair of tens.

All day it's been like this.

I hate being superstitious, but DAMN! My Montgomery Biscuits minor league baseball T-shirt is like the cotton version of Jeff Francoeur. Wearing it, I cashed money out of four casinos today to put me way up for the trip.

It's already been impressive in the minors -- I've worn it and have cashed money out of 17 home games, with only six losses this year.

Among the highlight reel:

--I have AQo with an A-high flush draw. I hit the nut flush on the turn against an opponent with TP on the flop.
--I have Presto (55) and hit my set and get paid.
--I raise with the hammer (72o) on the button and it becomes multi-way, 5 players. I bet out the flop when it comes to me and everyone folds.
--I flop a set on a scary coordinated board of 879 with two clubs. It becomes multi-way immediately and a guy who raised pre-flop has just decided to bet $30 and $40 at a time with everyone calling. My set holds up for a monster pot.

Not to end there, this evening when I was waiting to play at the Grand Casino, I put $1.50 into a video poker machine. In five spins, I hit quad Queens for another $20 from the 25-cent machine.

I've been looking for a starter like this, to complement my 15-game winners SPAM T-shirt and Sabre-toothed lime. An intimidating lineup for the next few trips to the Show (Vegas, May 10-13, Vegas, June 7-10).

It's a long season and you gotta trust it.

Biscuits, 1-0.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Tunica -- power of the straddle, pt. 3

Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, 4/28/07

TUNICA, Miss. -- I put out a $50 bet on the river with two people behind me. It's about half the remaining stack of the first player, an older guy with crazy gray hair. As he struggles to decide whether to call on a board that has two 7s on it, I look down at the table, shuffling my chips.

I feel nervous.

He goes back and forth and then folds. The other guy folds, too. As the dealer ships me the pot, I exclaim, "Now I can look at my cards."

I peek under there for the first time and there's 89o, which I flip over. Total rags.

"That's the power of the straddle," I exclaim. "I swear I never looked at my cards."

As evidence, check out my July 8, 2006 no-look straddle (in archives, here) that paid off against Metsfan during the $2/4 HORSE ring game at the MGM Grand during the blogger's weekend in Las Vegas.

And, the ultimate classic, another no-look straddle that paid off on my birthday, Dec. 4, 2005 (in archives, here), in Binion's, the Old Course of poker.

Bluffs helped me stay afloat today after my play with regular hands was horrible. I lost chips with AA and AKs, two of the best hands you can have. But both times I was at a main NL$1/2 table at the Gold Strike and was definitely off my game.

Later, I found my groove at a weaker NL$1/2 table next door at the Horseshoe.

I've been experimenting with ways to increase my pre-flop raising percentage, so I decided that every 10 hands, I would raise, no matter what position I was, and Phil Ivey myself into thinking they were aces.

I even developed an Andy Beal-like, semi-elaborate way of counting with chips in my stack when it was time for the 10th hand.

When the 10th hand came at the Horse, I raised with the Brunson, T2 suited. I got two callers, a fishy guy on the button and a fishy guy before me.

Flop was good, 684, two hearts, giving me a 4-flush. I bet it out. The fishy guy calls. The early fishy guy calls.

Turn is a 4. I bet it out again. Fishy guy folds. The early guy calls.

River is an 8. It's checked to me and I bet out $30 more. But when I do, the chips fall away from my hand in a smooth way that is often described in Mike Caro's The Book of Tells as a bluff.

I wince. The early guy folds. I flip up my hand, only to discover that it's not even suited.


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Arrived Tunica

TUNICA, Miss. -- Just as the sun is starting to set, I've arrived in Tunica. Am what am I doing?

Playing online.

I fired up the computer and there's a few Bocat tables that are juicy. I'll give myself a warmup before I go to the Show.

Wearing the middle reliever USPS shirt today -- it's the shirt that I almost always wear while traveling.

Even though I felt like I had enough sleep, the drive was pretty difficult. I stopped a few times because I felt really tired -- at the Chik-fil-A in Jasper, Ala. for a milkshake and at the Visitor's Center on the other side of the Mississipi line. (It turns out that this place has a fountain drink machine and they'll give you a complimentary Diet Coke or soda- rock!!). I gave myself a chance to take a nap but didn't sleep so I continued on.

When I got off Highway 78 and onto Mississippi 302, I stopped at a grocery store for a six pack of rocket fuel, at about a third of the price they sell it in casino gift shops.

Because the Horseshoe and the Grand Casino are now owned by Harrah's, the poker rate rooms are now over at the Grand. I like how the hotel is away from the actual casino -- there's a pond out back. I actually stayed here before about six years ago, but this time it's for poker.

Betting out my luck for the first time in the check-in line, I txt msg'd K Rose --

Arrived Tunica. Wish you were here.

Not sure how she'll respond, but I'm here to not be afraid of putting chips on the table if the EV is right.

Off to a good start

After I came home I hit two sets in about five hands on Bodog and got called or raised all-in by stacks with Q7 each time, once with only TP and the other as a pure bluff.

Thank you bocat!

This evening, an impromptu game broke out at home. I was behind for much of the game -- I played horribly, I hope I don't play so bad in Tunica -- and then a final hand of Indian hold'em (Blind Man's Bluff on ESPN) showed up.

I saw everyone had terrible cards so I made it 40 cents. Sham made it $1.20 with 82s showing. Matt called with 97o. Brigid had something just as terrible and Dorie had Q4o. I was actually worried about her hand.

I made it $6 and got the folds I needed and a few dollars to put me from a minus to a plus for the evening. lol.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Let the games begin!

Yay! The weekend is here! And I'm ready to make the most of it!!

Tunica, here I come!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

I'm just a guitar player

Clonie Kitty (named after Clonie Gowen) presiding as floor supervisor at my $5 home game.

I finally saw El Mariachi tonight, don't know why it took me so long. Maybe because I saw Once Upon a Time in Mexico a few years back with Gnome and Sham and thought it was weird. But then came Grindhouse. Plus Heather loves Rodriguez movies and I generally listen to what hot girls have to say.

But I genuinely liked this movie. I ended up watching it instead of packing for Tunica. I mean, I don't have to pack right away but thought it would be good to get everything in the right place. My Montgomery Biscuits shirt has done crazy well in the minors (most of my 16 cashes this season -- against six losses -- came while wearing this shirt) and it would be nice to give it another shot in the Show. Also bringing the 15-game winners, the SPAM shirt and my Sabre-toothed lime. No Mark Redmans for the trip, please.

And girls will be girls. A tipsy Chipotlette was egging me on tonight on the phone about playing at the Grand Victoria in Elgin, Ill. (Chicago suburbs) near where she lives although I gave her several chances this week to have me ditch my Tunica trip for the Windy City.

I repeat. I am not not going to Tunica -- I missed going to Tunica last fall/winter because I wanted to hang out with Sherri and even returned from the Vegas blogger weekend in December a day early to hang out with her and that situation turned out spectacularly well (sarcasm).

I mean, I have to go up to Chicago anyway, just not right now. But Chipotlette surprised me earlier today when she expressed interest in my May Vegas trip because she wants to go out of town for her 24th birthday. This girl and Vegas is dangerous, and I can say that after seeing her last trip's MySpace pictures (which I viewed after creating a page for Kuro).

What am I saying? She could snap her fingers and I'd find a way to be in Chicago. And oh, man. She could give Cherry Darling a run for her money. If I had Taylor Caby's bankroll, this is the girl I would be involved with. LOL.

I can only say this because 1). She's in Chicago. and 2). She hasn't found out my blog address yet. lololol. I can only write this because she said tonight she had a small crush on me and that totally melted me. Me (with worst tell ever): No way I have a crush on you.

Played a little today, made some money when a fish just called my pf raise with 45s on the button, and he just called his trip queens with a QxQ flop, but I was betting out my 4-flush. He raised me on the turn when I made my baby flush and called my all-in.

Thank you, bocat!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Cards and (more) cookies

Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it's so good!
-Old School

A little sluggish this morning after Low Stakes Poker last night. Had a nice 2.6-buy in profit. In one NLHE 5-max hand, I raised utg with AJo and flopped JJ8 with 2 callers. Eliott raised all-in, prompting me to call. He had KQo for a bluff.

In an O8 hand, I flopped a set of Ts in a four-way pot that ended up all-in and ended up winning the low with 37. It was a weird hand. I called a short-stacked Doug's all in for $2.50 before the third-draw in 2-7 TD and had to flip a coin to see if I should draw or not. The dollar coin was heads, so I didn't draw and kept my 2,3,4,7, 9. Doug had a T-high. (The draw card would have been a Q).

Dorie and Brigid made cookies (I stopped by the store on the way home from work and bought cookie dough and two six-packs of Leinenkugel). And I drank a bunch of Leinenkugel lol.


In other news, I locked up my reservation for Tunica. So looks like I'm going. It's been a while since I've had a road trip and I'm looking forward to it.

Also had fun pre-game by talking with my financial adviser, who is way cool and she handles some huge accounts, including rap stars and NFL players. Listening to her stories is amazing. I'm convinced having a good adviser is +EV, worth more than rakeback and ... even winnings.

Monday, April 23, 2007

When they have it backwards

Call it a lapdance/when that six-fo' bounce that ass...
-The Game

Love it when they can't tell a fish from a cat. Especially when I have all their chips. All I know is that on the turn I had an oesd and a 4-flush. When the str8 card hit on the river he pretty much went all in with his flopped set. And never saw the train coming.

richbarker: joke
richbarker: u *in fish
Huberhaus: should have called
richbarker: i hate *ing bodog rewarding fish like u kuro
richbarker: *ing joker

You are right, sir. Bodog has been rewarding a particular Kuro. But I am not a fish.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

If I was really hardcore...

...I would drive to Tunica right now, play for eight hours and drive back at 4 a.m. to be back in time for my 11 a.m. Sunday shift.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Oh, Cubs

You're going to see the reason why/when they're spittin' in your eye/they'll be spittin' in your eye...
-April March

Ah. Love 7.94 ERA pitchers (Mark Redman). Not enough to keep the Cubs from shelling the Braves 3-0.
Still, for my first game in two years (did not see a single game last season), it was fun.
Love section 408, and $12 tickets in the Upper Box.

All game I was thinking ahead to having a drink with the redhead girl on Tuesday, how odds being the odds, this is what I love -- being at my best when I'm down, facing a challenge. Taking things one game at a time.

Playing to win. Living in the moment.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Ah Thrashers

Poor Thrashers got swept but at least they came through for a cat tonight.

Hockey - NHL (Game) Moneyline
(2) New York Rangers -220 Wed@7:05p

Final Scores
Atlanta Thrashers 2
New York Rangers 4


Cut cards arrived

If I had only been to work Tuesday I would have had the cut cards and my new wooden Copag box ready for the $5 home game.

The package was waiting for me this morning in my work mailbox. Yay!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A full boat (Low Stakes Poker)

Wow. A $5 home game goes far. We had a full table tonight and I was even sitting out on the sidelines for part of it since we had too many people.

But definitely good times!

Free cone day!

As if today wasn't good enough, I met up with Empire today at Ben and Jerrys, which is having their Free Cone Day to celebrate Earth Day!!

We both thought it was just a one-and-done proposition, prompting us to think of how we could sneak back later on when Brigid came back from work. But the lady at the counter said we could go back as many times as we wanted!!

I had chocolate all over my face and, unfortunately, I even dropped a Peanut Butter Cup cone right into the sidewalk. I picked it up to recover and the ice cream just plopped right out of the cone and into the street.

Man. The line on free ice cream cones was 5. I couldn't even eat 3.1 cones and was slowing down after the second one.

Ace restored!

...Just got my SASE in the mail with a brand new red deck ace of hearts! That was really quick!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Random silliness

Your money is our money now! We're going to use it on drugs!
-Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film

Went to see the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie last night and it was very silly, indeed. They should, however, use the movie's no-cell phone, no baby warning in all theaters, however.

Silliness continued when I came home and logged onto Bocat. KK in NL$200. Guy called me to the river on a draw. Took half his stack in about 5 seconds of play while I tried to see if my Bocat Sopranos prop came through.

Satisfied (but still curious whether I won the prop or not), I went to bed.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Just sayin...'s really cool that Shana Hiatt is covering the National Heads-Up Poker Championship for NBC...

Thinking of Tunica

I'm just noticing my schedule has me off Saturday, April 28 to Monday April 30... Sounds like a great time to go to Tunica!

Surf is already going there April 29-May 1. I'll have to check the poker rate availability at the Horseshoe on Monday...

Also am looking at a trip with Sham to either Tunica or Vegas in the second week of May and, of course, the blogger weekend in Vegas at the end of the first week in June...

Saturday, April 14, 2007


Most of the crew went to Game 2 of the Thrashers-Rangers playoffs this afternoon. It was great fun, and way better than watching on TV -- your eyes have a wider depth of vision than what's shown on the TV.

Errin bailed me out by picking up the last ticket. Next time I won't buy six $80 seats! But a bunch of us had been wanting to go to a game during the regular season -- it turned out that game was sold out and I had to do the night shift last Friday.

This one was great fun, just too bad we lost 2-1.

All apologies

I totally should have been playing poker Friday. What I ended up doing only made my ears ring for hours.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Whew taxes are done. It only took three hours out of my life. Now I won't have to worry all weekend when I'm 1). at a concert 2). at a Thrashers playoff game and 3). playing poker. I can actually play poker now, in fact.

While my profits may not be as good as Gnome's (for now, heh heh), I was glad that I did profit for a third year in a row pokering and gambo-ing and such.

Here's looking to a profitable fourth -- for a cat and an equally good year for all y'all.

Let's frack up some toasters. It's time to call in the cat and bring the cows home.

Good hunting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Tarnished Ace

I'm not sure how long I've had the 4-color Copag deck from Gnome. But it's totally been worth it.

The ace of hearts in my red deck has a pretty bad bend in it (I'm charging my digital camera now, or there'd be a picture here).

I'm finally getting around to replacing it for my $5 home game. While I'm at it, I'm picking up some cut cards (we've been using the opposite deck's Joker) and a nice wooden box to put the cards in.

Matt's game was fun. Not too much joy- I lost $1.35, the first time in a month that I've lost money at these games (12-6 for the year).

I'm still up because I'm acclimated to the night shift that I was subbing for someone this weekend. It didn't help that I had Monday and Tuesday off and could just sleep whenever.

I'm just noticing that the two Grindhouse trailers (first one here, second one here, via You Tube) are the only places where you can get a glimpse of the lapdance that Butterfly (Vanessa Ferlito) gives Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), as it's not shown in the movie. Crazy, huh?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Other diversions

Most of the crew and I saw Grindhouse last night. It's totally worth the 3 hours and 11 minutes that you'll spend, especially watching Rose McGowan out G the G.

Also cool from You Tube:

Someone put together old grindhouse trailers from 1972, including Blacula

And the Alanis Morissette parody of "My Humps"

Watcha going to do with all that junk? all that junk inside your trunk?

Why I don't need cable

seadogsf: congrats...
kurokitty: um, like you wouldn't four-bet KK pf.
kurokitty: it happens.
-NL50 table "Trojans," Bodog

Can television top this?

Mark3924 makes it $2 to go. I'm in late position with KK. I make it $6. Two behind me, a guy makes it $10 to go.

I push all-in. He has AA.

My stomach does a little flip at this moment.

The flop is 79J.

The turn is a K. I think of when Sammy Farha made a set of kings vs Barry Greenstein's AA in High Stakes Poker.

The river is a harmless 9 and I double up.

Why should I pay to watch TV when I get paid to play TV?

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Out in 349th (43 from the money)

Ugh. Blinds were getting low and I was in the move-in zone. An early raiser made it 2,000 chips with blinds at 300/600 with a 75 ante.

I had AJo.

So I pushed. He called, reluctantly, with 88.

Didn't win the coin flip.

Easter peeps

Spent a bunch of today on Bocat defending against people raising me all-in after I would continuation bet on the flop.

Normally that would be frustrating but I caught a flopped boat with Presto on a flop of 335. Toaster had TT and it was off to the races. It's kind of nice when poker justice is fair like that. LOL.

Made some nice money in NL300 when I raised with AJs in the co and got a few callers and flopped broadway. This guy bets it out, I raise him three times, he calls. Turn is an A, he bets $45 and I'm all in for $200 or so. He calls -- with A9.

But some got donked back. I lost some to a short stack in a hand with 8K8 that turned into a quad for someone on the river when an 8 fell. A little earlier, I fell to a short stack when I miraculously made my set of 6s on the river. But it turned out the toaster made a set of Qs on the flop.

Still, it's nice to be up on a day reserved for peeps and rebirth.

Revenge of the Cats

This guy had been raising my continuation bets on the flop for a while.

I had AJ in the CO, there was one limper. I called. The toaster made it 4.00 on the button in the NL$100 game on Bocat. We called.

Flop was 8AQ. It was checked around to the toaster, who bet $6. Utg player folded, I made it $16. He just called.

Turn was J of hearts, now putting two hearts and two diamonds on the board. I bet $30. Toaster called $30.

River was the T of clubs. I really felt like I would be toast if he had a K.

But I pushed for $48.75.

He thought and thought.

And then called. With A6o. LOL.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

$400K guarantee

I just satellited into Sunday's $200+16 $400K guarantee on Full Tilt, the second time in two weeks that I've done so. Last week I cashed in the tourney.

Anyone interested in purchasing a share, please feel free to e-mail me.

Hand of the day

Full Tilt Poker Game #2146038622: $50 + $5 Sit & Go (16132953), Table 1 - 15/30 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:30:06 ET - 2007/04/05
Seat 1: TheOriginator (1,530)
Seat 2: JimmyG_415 (1,500)
Seat 3: Valarmorgulis (1,105)
Seat 4: TJB17 (1,455)
Seat 5: Nastasya (2,290)
Seat 6: cardinal2323 (1,120)
Seat 7: Delsol15 (1,500)
Seat 8: swordpoker (1,500)
Seat 9: kurokitty (1,500)
Nastasya posts the small blind of 15
cardinal2323 posts the big blind of 30
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [8c 8s]
cardinal2323: right, leading me with your random K that turned into a straight on the river?
Delsol15 raises to 85
swordpoker folds
kurokitty calls 85
TheOriginator folds
JimmyG_415 folds
Valarmorgulis calls 85
Nastasya: AK
TJB17 folds
Nastasya folds
cardinal2323 folds
*** FLOP *** [8d Tc 5c]
cardinal2323: guarantee you didn't have AK
Delsol15 bets 240
kurokitty calls 240
Valarmorgulis raises to 1,020, and is all in
Delsol15 raises to 1,415, and is all in
kurokitty calls 1,175, and is all in
Delsol15 shows [Qc Ac]
kurokitty shows [8c 8s]
Valarmorgulis shows [9s Ts]
*** TURN *** [8d Tc 5c] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [8d Tc 5c 6h] [Ks]
Delsol15 shows Ace King high
kurokitty shows three of a kind, Eights
kurokitty wins the side pot (790) with three of a kind, Eights
Valarmorgulis shows a pair of Tens
kurokitty wins the main pot (3,360) with three of a kind, Eights
Nastasya: good for you - why call 300 then after the flop?
Valarmorgulis stands up
Delsol15 stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4,150 Main pot 3,360. Side pot 790. | Rake 0
Board: [8d Tc 5c 6h Ks]
Seat 1: TheOriginator didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: JimmyG_415 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Valarmorgulis showed [9s Ts] and lost with a pair of Tens
Seat 4: TJB17 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Nastasya (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: cardinal2323 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: Delsol15 showed [Qc Ac] and lost with Ace King high
Seat 8: swordpoker didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: kurokitty showed [8c 8s] and won (4,150) with three of a kind, Eights

Punk Hand of the Day

Draws rool!

Full Tilt Poker Game #2143686705: Tier Two $24+$2 Sit & Go (16111286), Table 2 - 50/100 - No Limit Hold'em - 15:15:26 ET - 2007/04/05
Seat 2: NL818KUSH (1,090)
Seat 3: Rivercardsux (1,010)
Seat 5: race2943 (4,425)
Seat 6: trenton514 (1,770)
Seat 7: kurokitty (1,340)
Seat 8: mullet189 (4,695)
Seat 9: scottc25 (1,140)
scottc25 posts the small blind of 50
NL818KUSH posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [9s 9h]
Rivercardsux folds
race2943 calls 100
trenton514 raises to 300
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty calls 300
mullet189 folds
scottc25 folds
NL818KUSH folds
race2943 calls 200
*** FLOP *** [9c Qc 3s]
race2943 checks
trenton514 bets 800
kurokitty raises to 1,040, and is all in
race2943 calls 1,040
trenton514 calls 240
*** TURN *** [9c Qc 3s] [7c]
race2943 bets 800
trenton514 calls 430, and is all in
race2943 shows [3c Ac]
trenton514 shows [Jc Ah]
kurokitty shows [9s 9h]
Uncalled bet of 370 returned to race2943
*** RIVER *** [9c Qc 3s 7c] [Qh]
race2943 shows a flush, Ace high
trenton514 shows a pair of Queens
race2943 wins the side pot (860) with a flush, Ace high
kurokitty shows a full house, Nines full of Queens
kurokitty wins the main pot (4,170) with a full house, Nines full of Queens
trenton514 stands up
The blinds are now 60/120
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 5,030 Main pot 4,170. Side pot 860. | Rake 0
Board: [9c Qc 3s 7c Qh]
Seat 2: NL818KUSH (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Rivercardsux didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: race2943 showed [3c Ac] and won (860) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 6: trenton514 showed [Jc Ah] and lost with a pair of Queens
Seat 7: kurokitty showed [9s 9h] and won (4,170) with a full house, Nines full of Queens
Seat 8: mullet189 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: scottc25 (small blind) folded before the Flop

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

SNG 3-betting (pf)

Another 3-betting example I liked:

Full Tilt Poker Game #2136932832: $10 + $1 Sit & Go (16058546), Table 1 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 15:39:58 ET - 2007/04/04
Seat 1: del_vechium (2,430)
Seat 2: niktak (1,735)
Seat 3: akcbr954 (1,470)
Seat 4: chippchasing (860)
Seat 5: doubledz (985)
Seat 6: kurokitty (1,345)
Seat 7: Bean 925 (3,195)
Seat 8: berger77 (1,480)
kurokitty posts the small blind of 25
Bean 925 posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [9d 9s]
berger77 folds
del_vechium folds
niktak folds
akcbr954 folds
chippchasing folds
doubledz raises to 150
chippchasing: nh
kurokitty raises to 500
Bean 925 folds
doubledz calls 350
*** FLOP *** [8s 8d 2c]
kurokitty bets 845, and is all in
doubledz calls 485, and is all in
kurokitty shows [9d 9s]
doubledz shows [Qh Ad]
Uncalled bet of 360 returned to kurokitty
*** TURN *** [8s 8d 2c] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [8s 8d 2c 7s] [Ts]
kurokitty shows two pair, Nines and Eights
doubledz shows a pair of Eights
kurokitty wins the pot (2,020) with two pair, Nines and Eights
doubledz stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,020 | Rake 0
Board: [8s 8d 2c 7s Ts]
Seat 1: del_vechium didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: niktak didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: akcbr954 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: chippchasing didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: doubledz (button) showed [Qh Ad] and lost with a pair of Eights
Seat 6: kurokitty (small blind) showed [9d 9s] and won (2,020) with two pair, Nines and Eights
Seat 7: Bean 925 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 8: berger77 didn't bet (folded)

SNG draws

I like the way this hand played out. I see a lot of people gambling with draws, likely when it's not correct to do so. I've been experimenting with 3-betting pf raises more often...

Full Tilt Poker Game #2136875735: $30 + $3 Sit & Go (16058209), Table 1 - 20/40 - No Limit Hold'em - 15:29:07 ET - 2007/04/04
Seat 1: med sea (1,920)
Seat 2: PGDAVE (830)
Seat 3: jpcoolguy9 (1,285)
Seat 4: wct13 (1,260)
Seat 5: polargirl (1,760)
Seat 6: pocket_killa (240)
Seat 7: uhhmmm (1,470)
Seat 8: kurokitty (1,245)
Seat 9: ColbyD1 (3,490)
PGDAVE posts the small blind of 20
jpcoolguy9 posts the big blind of 40
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Js Jc]
wct13 folds
polargirl folds
pocket_killa folds
uhhmmm raises to 140
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to 480
ColbyD1 folds
med sea folds
PGDAVE calls 460
jpcoolguy9 folds
uhhmmm calls 340
*** FLOP *** [8c 7h 8s]
PGDAVE bets 350, and is all in
uhhmmm folds
kurokitty calls 350
PGDAVE shows [9h Th]
kurokitty shows [Js Jc]
*** TURN *** [8c 7h 8s] [Tc]
*** RIVER *** [8c 7h 8s Tc] [8d]
PGDAVE shows a full house, Eights full of Tens
kurokitty shows a full house, Eights full of Jacks
kurokitty wins the pot (2,180) with a full house, Eights full of Jacks
PGDAVE stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,180 | Rake 0
Board: [8c 7h 8s Tc 8d]
Seat 1: med sea (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: PGDAVE (small blind) showed [9h Th] and lost with a full house, Eights full of Tens
Seat 3: jpcoolguy9 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: wct13 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: polargirl didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: pocket_killa didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: uhhmmm folded on the Flop
Seat 8: kurokitty showed [Js Jc] and won (2,180) with a full house, Eights full of Jacks
Seat 9: ColbyD1 didn't bet (folded)

Punk Hand of the Day and other stories

I guess I had a lot of outs...

Full Tilt Poker Game #2136029275: $20 + $2 Sit & Go (16050905), Table 1 - 50/100 - No Limit Hold'em - 12:28:51 ET - 2007/04/04
Seat 1: kurokitty (2,350)
Seat 4: Yojeff (2,670)
Seat 5: DMBryOwnsU (1,290)
Seat 7: DrZisser (2,145)
Seat 8: Mcdunks (2,535)
Seat 9: IM BAK (2,510)
Yojeff posts the small blind of 50
DMBryOwnsU posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ah 8h]
DrZisser folds
Mcdunks folds
IM BAK folds
kurokitty raises to 350
Yojeff has 15 seconds left to act
Yojeff calls 300
DMBryOwnsU folds
*** FLOP *** [Kh 8s Th]
Yojeff checks
kurokitty bets 400
Yojeff raises to 2,320, and is all in
kurokitty calls 1,600, and is all in
Yojeff shows [Qs Kc]
kurokitty shows [Ah 8h]
Uncalled bet of 320 returned to Yojeff
*** TURN *** [Kh 8s Th] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 8s Th 6h] [4h]
Yojeff shows a pair of Kings
kurokitty shows a flush, Ace high
kurokitty wins the pot (4,800) with a flush, Ace high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4,800 | Rake 0
Board: [Kh 8s Th 6h 4h]
Seat 1: kurokitty (button) showed [Ah 8h] and won (4,800) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 4: Yojeff (small blind) showed [Qs Kc] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 5: DMBryOwnsU (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: DrZisser didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: Mcdunks didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: IM BAK didn't bet (folded)

And then, making sure Bloggers represent:
Full Tilt Poker Game #2136122334: $20 + $2 Sit & Go (16050905), Table 1 - 120/240 - No Limit Hold'em - 12:51:46 ET - 2007/04/04
Seat 1: kurokitty (2,480)
Seat 7: DrZisser (11,020)
kurokitty posts the small blind of 120
DrZisser posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [7d 2c]
kurokitty raises to 2,480, and is all in
DrZisser folds
Uncalled bet of 2,240 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot (480)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 480 | Rake 0
Seat 1: kurokitty (small blind) collected (480), mucked
Seat 7: DrZisser (big blind) folded before the Flop

And the cat comes back for the win.

Full Tilt Poker Game #2136176089: $20 + $2 Sit & Go (16050905), Table 1 - 200/400 - No Limit Hold'em - 13:04:43 ET - 2007/04/04
Seat 1: kurokitty (9,810)
Seat 7: DrZisser (3,690)
kurokitty posts the small blind of 200
DrZisser posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [4c 2s]
kurokitty calls 200
DrZisser checks
*** FLOP *** [5d 3c 9h]
DrZisser bets 800
kurokitty calls 800
*** TURN *** [5d 3c 9h] [6s]
DrZisser bets 2,490, and is all in
kurokitty calls 2,490
DrZisser shows [4d 3d]
kurokitty shows [4c 2s]
*** RIVER *** [5d 3c 9h 6s] [Jc]
DrZisser shows a pair of Threes
kurokitty shows a straight, Six high
kurokitty wins the pot (7,380) with a straight, Six high
kurokitty: gg
DrZisser stands up
kurokitty stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 7,380 | Rake 0
Board: [5d 3c 9h 6s Jc]
Seat 1: kurokitty (small blind) showed [4c 2s] and won (7,380) with a straight, Six high
Seat 7: DrZisser (big blind) showed [4d 3d] and lost with a pair of Threes

Play til you fail

I'd have to say last night was one of my more luckbox nights at Poker Cats Arena. I was in with the most marginal hands, yet still managed to eke out the win.

It was shorthanded as a few of the regulars didn't show, but it was fun. In a Razz hand, I had a 2 upcard showing (with KT) underneath, raised it and then continued to bet it out.

Weak Player had a 9 card showing and he called me. He raised me on sixth street showing two pair, 5959, and I sort of did a double-take.

I mean, in Razz, because it's the worst 5-card hand, you can get two mistakes and still have a hand. But it's a tricky situation.

I called and my seventh street hole card was an A.

He ended up getting a K, for a K-high hand and I won with J-T.

Late in the evening, I was dealt 23525 in a 2-7 TD hand. I raised it, Sham and Doug called. I ditched the 2 and 5 and got a 4, for 2345x. I ditched that, continued to call Doug's bets, got a T, ditched that and got a 9.

It was checked and Doug had a T high and I had 9-5.

I'm not sure if this is all connected to the streak. But I'll take it!

Monday, April 02, 2007


I'm watching what looks like a win by Florida and a nice bet come my way at -5. There'll be brownie points because I helped convince my big big boss to match the bet and it looks like he'll be making some money at the same time.

While watching the game, I took out a half stack in Bodog's NL$2/4 by calling a min raise with 8Ts. Flop was JTT. I min-check raised the toaster. Then he's all in. I gleefully call. He has AJ and I take his stack.

Then there was the beautiful redhead who works in a friend's office. I wasn't sure what to do, so I just went over the top and fired out a bet -- come have a drink with me.

And she said yes.

Add that to the Full Tilt tourney cash from yesterday. And the money finish in BrainMc's tourney the day before.

It's streakin'. And I love it.

Sure, I know it won't last forever -- and I certainly know the streaks go the other way.

But it really feels good for a change.

Cold Turkey. (Ice-cold?)

With Rome finished and BSG on hiatus until freakin' 2008, I decided to give up my Comcast today.

Cold Turkey. I can watch Heroes online and beg Gnome to send me HSP via shiny disc.

I believe I can put my yearly savings of $1,113.12 to a good use (Vegas).

Monday e-watercooler

OK. Well Dana does it and Cybil provides unlimited blogworthy material, so here goes:

kurokitty: you should steal my chat msg;
kurokitty: I'm glad they don't have Final Fours too often -- I couldn't handle being that drunk all the time.
Cybil: Oh, but that's how you and I are different!
kurokitty: you rock star
Cybil: You should have seen me at BACONFEST on Satty
kurokitty: i forget i'm just a mortal.
kurokitty: we're not even talking alcohol here, sadly.
kurokitty: BACON
Cybil: BACON!!!!!
kurokitty: i hope dana has pics.
Cybil: Oh yes
kurokitty: of bacon smeared all over cybil's face.
kurokitty: (stomach queasy).
Cybil: hee hee
Cybil: I did think my heart might stop after 5th serving of bacon
Cybil: And I am now dating a vegetarian!! How did that happen?
kurokitty: it's karma.
kurokitty: and the frickin' WORLD trying to tell you something.
kurokitty: pretty soon Al Gore is going to start warning people about you.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

$400K -- A connected fate

We're about a hundred people from the money in today's $400K guarantee at Full Tilt and I'm already in the move-in zone.

I pass up A4o in early to mid. Now here comes a "good" hand -- 78s. I stare at it for a little while, a few seconds, and then I push all-in.

Like I expected, the tight table starts to fold around to the small blind. The guy thinks about it for a while and then shows AKo. What's there to think about?

I wasn't sure I'd be ready for this tournament -- I was pretty tired when I came home from work and when it started I really wasn't faring too well. Gnome got a good lead early, doubling up while cat was just puttering around, down about 300 during the first break.

It's sort of strange when it isn't your money -- I felt responsible to try to do well but a little carefree that it was basically a $400K freeroll. The old me would have gone into a fit when I was raised on the flop when I had TPTK with AK and a pair of aces. But I reraised the toaster all-in. Turned out we both had the same hand.

In the 78s hand, the flop came with an A, of course, but two spades. The turn was a 3. The river was the six of spades, allowing me to double up.

I doubled up again when I limped on the button with ATo in a four-way pot with two huge stacks. I had thought about going all-in but the huge stacks made me a little wary. The flop was a xxT, two diamonds and it was checked around to me. I bet 1/2 pot, using a tip that Gnome had told me, and was reraised all-in. I couldn't see what the small blind could have, so I called. He had T5o, for a worse pair of tens.

I was starting to be in pretty good shape.

Then, with about 50 people to the bubble, I had to push again. I was fortunate to get AQs. But the guy right behind me reraised all-in and had KK. Of course, I made two pair and was off to the races!

With 13-14 people left before the money, I had TT. I was close to the move-in zone, not quite, but I wasn't sure if I'd see this kind of hand again. So I pushed. And everyone folded.

People were dropping like flies and we only went hand-to-hand for a single hand before we got into the money. After that I had hopes of really loosening up my play but really saw horrible cards until my final AQ. Would have been cool to have doubled up and continued on.

Even though the tourney was over, my luck continued on -- I was nearly hit by a dude in a Lexus as I was waiting for a light to change while on my bike on my way to get some post-tourney pizza. I'm happy I didn't take another bad beat this evening!

Toasted (280 of 2211)

At the very end, my AQo did not happen to hold up against a monster A5 (pair of fives). I'm out at 280th place of 2211, good for $287.43 in today's $400K guarantee on Full Tilt.

Not bad for not having to put up any money. I hope more people let a cat use their lucky franchise avatars for free!

I'll prolly have a breakdown of hands later...


...It's time to bring the cows home.

A cat in dog's clothing (Punk Hand of the Day)

Full Tilt Poker Game #2118929404: $400,000 Guarantee (15450947), Table 110 - 250/500 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:07:11 ET - 2007/04/01
Seat 1: Glass Prison (9,964)
Seat 2: stanley165 (21,644)
Seat 3: donkeylounge (18,582)
Seat 4: scurvydog (6,270)
Seat 5: sportspoker1 (12,918)
Seat 6: braincandy1 (7,780)
Seat 7: Bhanks11 (33,204)
Seat 8: Quagmired (18,310)
Seat 9: LUVEMnLEAVUM (10,778)
Glass Prison antes 50
stanley165 antes 50
donkeylounge antes 50
scurvydog antes 50
sportspoker1 antes 50
braincandy1 antes 50
Bhanks11 antes 50
Quagmired antes 50
Glass Prison posts the small blind of 250
stanley165 posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to scurvydog [Qs As]
donkeylounge folds
scurvydog raises to 6,220, and is all in
sportspoker1 raises to 12,868, and is all in
braincandy1 folds
Bhanks11 folds
Quagmired folds
Glass Prison folds
stanley165 folds
sportspoker1 shows [Kd Ks]
scurvydog shows [Qs As]
Uncalled bet of 6,648 returned to sportspoker1
*** FLOP *** [Ts Qh 7c]
*** TURN *** [Ts Qh 7c] [Ac]
*** RIVER *** [Ts Qh 7c Ac] [6d]
sportspoker1 shows a pair of Kings
scurvydog shows two pair, Aces and Queens
scurvydog wins the pot (13,640) with two pair, Aces and Queens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 13,640 | Rake 0
Board: [Ts Qh 7c Ac 6d]
Seat 1: Glass Prison (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: stanley165 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: donkeylounge folded before the Flop
Seat 4: scurvydog showed [Qs As] and won (13,640) with two pair, Aces and Queens
Seat 5: sportspoker1 showed [Kd Ks] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 6: braincandy1 folded before the Flop
Seat 7: Bhanks11 folded before the Flop
Seat 8: Quagmired folded before the Flop
Seat 9: LUVEMnLEAVUM (button) folded before the Flop

Sunday $400K

I'm not sure I can say how, but I'm playing in today's $400K guarantee tournament at Full Tilt!

Late Night Poker

I guess this is a sign of how pervasive poker is in my life.

After BrainMc's tourney, Sham and I went to Manuel's to rest, grab some dinner and watch the Final Four games.

We had pitchers of Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat, at least until they ran out of it. I had a steak, sort of as a reward for doing well in the tourney and, well, I couldn't find anything else I wanted to eat.

Dorie, her friend Matt, Bruiser, Matt D., his friend Josh, showed up. It finally hit me -- we should drink and play poker at my place!

I hope the neighbors weren't pissed-- we must have ambled over there about 1 a.m. We played lots of different games, but the game broke when I busted Bruiser and Sham with a 2-7 TD hand of 8,7,5,3,2.

I wasn't real drunk at the time but it was hard to count the chips! I also spilled beer on the table.

The red ribbon (2nd place)

MABLETON, Ga. -- It's down to five people and I just got check-raised all-in by the big blind when the flop is A8K. I have an ace that I raised pre-flop utg.

It's bubble time, as four places pay in BrainMc's 16-person Saturday tournament.

Calling the extra 3,600 chips would pretty much cripple me. There are two shorter stacks that would love to slip into the money by letting the biggest stacks go at it.

I need information. I flip over my ace.

"Got a bigger ace?" I ask with a smile.

I don't usually get Saturdays off since I work most weekends, but this day off just happened to fall into my lap. Sham and I drove OTP directly into suburbia. Brian has a wonderful house -- it always makes me comfortable when I see vacation photos mounted on the wall that come from Las Vegas.

We started off with two tables, but the table Sham and I were at had a lot of action -- we got down to four people before the remaining six from the other table consolidated with us.

I tried not to shuffle my chips. This is a low-AF home game, not the World Series. I may not be bankrolled like a pro, but I always feel like one, you know, we've seen so much stuff.

This is one of the first tournaments I've been in that I haven't felt anything -- no jitters, no hesitation. Just wait. Pounce and attack.

It's sort of silly when you think about it. I don't know why the game means so much to me. I play with neurologists, home builders, businessmen, pilots, just about everyone who makes more money than I do in my daily life. That little $5 buy-in for my mixed cash game or the $20 tourney fee doesn't mean that much to them. But I relish in winning it, rounding the corner and being just a step closer to the basket.

And there were so many different weapons available that day. A low-AF game is like having air superiority on the battlefield -- it may not be enough to win it just on that alone, but you can operate very comfortably, knowing you won't get popped back or people will fold to your raises or bets.

A flop comes and an early guy bets a little for what I belive is a 4-flush draw. I pop it up and the EP folds. Later in the tourney, another flop comes and it's KAx. We check it. A K comes on the turn. I bet it, and get a fold. I show 36o, the kuro. Even taking the blinds was pretty significant at that point in the game.

I picked up chips through open raising pre-flop, by continuation betting. I trapped by advertising on some plays (betting it out, say, when a flop was paired then folding to a raise, then doing the same later when I flopped trips).

My big hands came when I limped with 34o in a multi-way pot and the flop came 765. A shortstack small blind went all-in, everyone folded.

"I just have the ignorant end," I say, flipping over my cards. He had TT, and that was it for him.

I raised another time with AQs, prompting a short stack to go all-in with AT. I call. He flops 2 pair with ATK, turn is a blank, a river is a Q, sort of ironic given that the name of the street outside is "Queens River." LOL.

Back to the hand at the beginning of this tale -- I would have to call 3,600 for a 8,600 pot. I feel like the big blind is a sort of tight player, I haven't seen him in too many hands, so I feel that he had to have something to call me.

He answers my questions, smiles, doesn't look too nervous. I feel bad for going in the tank for so long, but I need to have the right information. I look at the board. A8K. My 4-kicker isn't going to be very good if we're in an ace race. I don't even want to think about a set.

I look at my chips and know that I can get rid of this and fight on.

So I do so. He doesn't flip up his cards to show some ridiculous bluff. I give him credit for the hand and move on.

Later I knock out a player who re-raises all in. I have A8o but I feel it's good enough. He has K8 and I win with ace-high. Another guy in MP who later will go on to place third folded 99 and he would have made a set. Whew.

At five and four players, I try to make a deal to chop up the purse, since we're pretty much equal in chips and anyone can win this thing. But we play on.

Soon it's heads-up with me and Tim, the guy who raised me all-in earlier. He took out the third-place guy and he has tons of chips. The blinds are 500-1,000 with a 50 ante and I'm in the move in zone.

It's our first heads-up hand. He calls the small blind. I look down and see 99 and I go all-in. He calls, showing KT.

Flop is good. Turn is a blank.

And the river, a K.

I came so close to winning the tourney, but I felt good. I always felt like I had an edge when I made decisions and I didn't make too many mistakes.

I sense another opportunity. Tim is still at his seat, happy with the win.

It's the perfect time to ask.

"So in that hand when you went all-in, did you have me beat?" I ask.

"Nah. I had JJ. You would have had me."