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Monday, December 31, 2007

A message to bloggers...

Good hunting in the new year.

Last day of trading

LA GRANGE, Ill. -- I found myself back at Borders today, making a last-ditch effort to try to find a poker book to read on the plane for tomorrow's flight home.

There was a middle-aged guy looking through the books, eventually settling in on Sklansky's updated Tournament Poker for Advanced Players. He said he came there after seeing a new book on tournament poker in CardPlayer magazine.

I didn't even think of suggesting to him the CR offense.

I looked over Collin Moshman's, book, Sit N' Go Strategy, but still couldn't pull the trigger.

It's silly, because I'll likely be on the plane with nothing to read. Oh, well.

I'm glad I came up here -- it is always great to reconnect with family and friends. The snow was an added plus- it always reminds me of Christmas.

I've been reading a bunch of bloggers with their goals for this year and next. Way to go, bloggers!

The only goal I had for this year was to try to run every day, which I accomplished this morning.

I wasn't sure how poker would go. I had such a poor fall season in 2006 so it was all up in the air. But the CR offense really gave me a lot of confidence in my play, especially when it seems like it still isn't widely adopted out in the Internet.

I do and don't have specific goals for next year. I mean, it would be great to make $xxxxx amount of money next year. But I'll be happy if it's $1 on the plus side.

I do want to continue running every day, as long as I can. Why mess with the streak?

And I do want to continue to strengthen my ties with family and friends. This past year, with the great times with friends and mourning the loss of my grandfather and Kuro, the franchise kitty, really reinforced the importance.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Top 10 things I've learned this year

Many of these things are because of the winning CR offense:

10: Bluffing a king-high flop (this is from 2+2 magazine).
9: Isolation raising an early limper preflop (say, to $2.50 in a NL.25/.50 game).
8: Raising a small blind limper preflop in a heads-up game.
7: 3-betting air a check-raiser who appears to be making a flop move on you.
6: 3-betting with AQ preflop in a six-max game.
5: Open-raising with playable hands in a six-max game.
4: Taylor Caby's phrase, "That's a cooler" (and not going on tilt from a bad beat).
3: Knowing at what point I'm committed to a hand (or not).
2: Value betting the river when it is checked to me despite a scare card.
1: Taylor Caby's phrase, "I'm going to play this hand for stacks."

Why I love my cash game right now

Euros love to make moves for no reason...and don't know when they're committed

PokerStars Game #14204300105: Hold'em No Limit ($0.25/$0.50) - 2007/12/30 - 14:11:09 (ET)
Table 'Austrasia IV' 9-max Seat #9 is the button
Seat 1: babbington ($22 in chips)
Seat 2: xarib ($24.80 in chips)
Seat 3: oostsouburg ($39.05 in chips)
Seat 4: JasonB_tight ($50 in chips)
Seat 5: pechardi ($11.25 in chips)
Seat 6: kurokitty ($48.50 in chips)
Seat 7: csnyder16 ($59.50 in chips)
Seat 8: Misiu3636 ($47 in chips)
Seat 9: j240585 ($11.75 in chips)
babbington: posts small blind $0.25
xarib: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ad As]
oostsouburg: calls $0.50
JasonB_tight: folds
pechardi: folds
kurokitty: raises $2 to $2.50
csnyder16: folds
Misiu3636: folds
j240585: folds
babbington: folds
xarib: folds
oostsouburg: calls $2
*** FLOP *** [6s 9c Th]
oostsouburg: checks
kurokitty: bets $4.25
oostsouburg: raises $4.25 to $8.50
csnyder16 leaves the table
kurokitty: calls $4.25
*** TURN *** [6s 9c Th] [Kd]
oostsouburg: bets $15
kurokitty: raises $15 to $30
Thorgaard joins the table at seat #7
oostsouburg: folds
kurokitty collected $50.20 from pot
kurokitty: doesn't show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $52.75 | Rake $2.55
Board [6s 9c Th Kd]
Seat 1: babbington (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: xarib (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: oostsouburg folded on the Turn
Seat 4: JasonB_tight folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: pechardi folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: kurokitty collected ($50.20)
Seat 7: csnyder16 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: Misiu3636 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: j240585 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

HOTD

PokerStars Game #14203156569: Hold'em Pot Limit ($0.25/$0.50) - 2007/12/30 - 13:20:50 (ET)
Table 'Kiangsu' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: Forol ($30.20 in chips)
Seat 2: peanuts2 ($39.15 in chips)
Seat 3: PMA07 ($19.25 in chips)
Seat 4: stockspoker ($49 in chips)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($51 in chips)
Seat 6: Lise15 ($21.90 in chips)
Seat 7: Ikpx4evaz ($48.25 in chips)
Seat 8: mudcat130 ($29 in chips)
Ikpx4evaz: posts small blind $0.25
mudcat130: posts big blind $0.50
DeuceCaboose: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Kh Qs]
Forol: folds
peanuts2: calls $0.50
PMA07: folds
stockspoker: folds
kurokitty: calls $0.50
Lise15: raises $0.50 to $1
Ikpx4evaz: folds
mudcat130: calls $0.50
peanuts2: calls $0.50
kurokitty: calls $0.50
*** FLOP *** [9c 8d Jd]
mudcat130: checks
peanuts2: bets $2
kurokitty: calls $2
Lise15: calls $2
mudcat130: calls $2
*** TURN *** [9c 8d Jd] [Th]
mudcat130: bets $4
peanuts2: folds
kurokitty: raises $19.65 to $23.65
Lise15: calls $18.90 and is all-in
mudcat130: calls $19.65
*** RIVER *** [9c 8d Jd Th] [7d]
mudcat130: bets $2.35 and is all-in
kurokitty: calls $2.35
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mudcat130: shows [Qd Ah] (a straight, Eight to Queen)
kurokitty: shows [Kh Qs] (a straight, Nine to King)
kurokitty collected $14.20 from side pot
Lise15: mucks hand
kurokitty collected $65.95 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $83.15 Main pot $65.95. Side pot $14.20. | Rake $3
Board [9c 8d Jd Th 7d]
Seat 1: Forol folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: peanuts2 folded on the Turn
Seat 3: PMA07 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: stockspoker folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: kurokitty showed [Kh Qs] and won ($80.15) with a straight, Nine to King
Seat 6: Lise15 (button) mucked [Qh 6h]
Seat 7: Ikpx4evaz (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: mudcat130 (big blind) showed [Qd Ah] and lost with a straight, Eight to Queen

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Aerial dogfighting and you

The ability to operate at a faster tempo or rhythm than an adversary enables one to fold the adversary back inside himself so that he can neither appreciate nor keep up with what is going on. He will become disoriented or confused, which suggests that unless such menacing pressure is relieved the adversary will experience various combintions of uncertainty, doubt, confusion, self-deception, indecision, fear, panic, discouragement, despair, etc., which will further:

-Disorient or twist his mental images or impressions of what is happening, thereby
-Disrupt his mental/physical maneuvers for dealing with such a menace, thereby
-Collapse his ability to carry on.
-John Boyd, "Strategic Game of ? and ?"

WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. -- Despite the data for a table on Bodog last night, I stayed at one table, circling closer and closer around a fish that had built up an impressive stack and allowed me to see how he previously got PWNED with Q3 vs KQ.

I took his remaining two-buyin stack on two consecutive hands.

With a four-flush and gutshot, I decided to call on the turn when I added a pair as well. I hit the flush on the river and we went to war over his two pair, taking the first half of his stack.

The very next hand, I imagine, was as unbelievable to me as it was to him: I flopped the nut flush. I stacked his raggedy hand and he disappeared back to the ether.

Although it was a 6-max table, it had all the makings of a (very slow) heads-up bout. I've been pretty successful in heads-up matches of late and I was telling Gnome that it's a situation where I depend on feel more so than in six-max or full ring.

I used to compare it to being like a MLB pitcher. Get the batter used to what you're going to throw next and then do something different. That means check-calling and letting him bet when he thinks you have nothing; three-betting air when you know that your opponent is making moves on you; locking up your stack with the nuts when, like in the situations above, your toaster just knows you don't have it.

But the pitcher's analogy is only part of it. Ever hear of John Boyd?

He was a decorated fighter pilot-turned-military strategist. His strategies helped develop today's super-manueverable fighter planes and influence business today.

In short, he says what makes you a successful aerial dogfighter is your ability to process faster than your opponent, to lull him into thinking you're going to do something when you're going to do something different. And, as in poker, get him to be the one to make the fatal mistake.

It is the perfect way to look at how to be successful in today's games. Every street, from pre-flop to river, is like a language. Lull your opponent into believing that you're speaking the same tongue, betting when you are supposed to, folding when you're supposed to, raising when you're supposed to, and you're setting him up for disaster.

In short, you're able to speak his language because he's the obsolete one. You're making faster decisions than him, and am altering your attack and defense so he doesn't have a chance to adjust. And when he's befuddled, he's begging to speak your language to cope, like calling off all his chips against your nut flush.

I think of this when people say the games are too tough, or too tight. Maybe that's true at a certain level of play. But not on all of them. Maybe it's because your longswordmen are falling to my archers, your battleships are being hulled by my squadrons of carrier-based torpedo bombers, your premium pairs are falling to my RPGs.

Any competition for resources is really just a battle of change vs. being static and who will be able to adapt to the former and not succumb to being the latter.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Punk Hand of the Day

This is for making me accidentally hit "call."

PokerStars Game #14168706009: Hold'em Pot Limit ($0.10/$0.25) - 2007/12/28 - 23:34:51 (ET)
Table 'Alva' 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: kurokitty ($24.40 in chips)
Seat 2: lafou12 ($14 in chips)
Seat 3: SeedSoen ($4.60 in chips)
Seat 4: Emillie ($4.30 in chips)
Seat 5: sthom77 ($15 in chips)
Seat 6: lkhorns8187 ($14.75 in chips)
Seat 7: Patron4283 ($7.35 in chips)
Seat 8: PwnZerd ($18.25 in chips)
Seat 9: siegfried1 ($16.70 in chips)
Emillie: posts small blind $0.10
sthom77: posts big blind $0.25
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [7c Th]
lkhorns8187: folds
Patron4283: folds
PwnZerd: folds
siegfried1: calls $0.25
kurokitty: calls $0.25
lafou12: raises $0.25 to $0.50
SeedSoen: folds
Emillie: folds
sthom77: raises $0.50 to $1
siegfried1: folds
kurokitty: calls $0.75
lafou12: calls $0.50
*** FLOP *** [9s 8d 6s]
sthom77: bets $3
kurokitty: raises $6.50 to $9.50
lafou12: folds
sthom77: raises $4.50 to $14 and is all-in
kurokitty: calls $4.50
*** TURN *** [9s 8d 6s] [8h]
*** RIVER *** [9s 8d 6s 8h] [2h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sthom77: shows [Qh Qs] (two pair, Queens and Eights)
kurokitty: shows [7c Th] (a straight, Six to Ten)
kurokitty collected $29.80 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $31.35 | Rake $1.55
Board [9s 8d 6s 8h 2h]
Seat 1: kurokitty showed [7c Th] and won ($29.80) with a straight, Six to Ten
Seat 2: lafou12 folded on the Flop
Seat 3: SeedSoen (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Emillie (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: sthom77 (big blind) showed [Qh Qs] and lost with two pair, Queens and Eights
Seat 6: lkhorns8187 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: Patron4283 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: PwnZerd folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: siegfried1 folded before Flop

Chicago- love the snow

WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. -- I can see my breath in the jetway and I know a Winter Cat is home.

Cat totally threaded the needle and avoided bad weather around the world's two largest airports -- at Chicago and Atlanta -- without a single delay. In fact I got on an earlier flight, avoiding evening storms in Atlanta late enough in the day to let the snowfall stop in Chicago.

Through my globetrotting dad, I was greeted with instant Premier status on United and it helped me get a first-class upgrade when I went to ask if I could catch the earier flight. Rock!

I didn't want to be responsible for a rental car in this questionable weather (it's actually been pretty clear tho cold) so my folks picked me up. Ate a great home meal and then I did what I had been putting off -- connected my Blackberry Pearl to my laptop as the Internet connection.

It worked like things are supposed to work -- on the first try, no problems at all!

And so I'm able to play a few hands after dinner.

Like a kid in a candy store ... almost

Pretty much each year my Maui uncle sends me a Borders gift card for Christmas/birthday and this year was no different. I've nearly always used the cards for poker books. I can't tell you what all I've bought, but they're on my shelf and if you've ever been to Poker Cats Arena, you know I have a bunch of them!

So even though I was already at the local shopping center to get my new Blackberry Pearl, I threw on some running shoes (and a whole bunch of warm gear) and ran back down there with the gift card to check out what kind of poker books to get, especially since something to read on my way to Chicago today would be nice.

So in theory, it was like being a kid in a candy store. But I couldn't pull the trigger.

It appeared that the Christmas gift rush had inexplicably burned through the poker book section -- typically the aisle is so unused that I've been using the dust jacket of a copy of Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book to mark my place, as I've vowed to read a chapter of the book each time I run there.

There was Professional No-limit hold'em, but I already had a first impression of it from Gnome's review here.

It also spells out, in shaded boxes, all you need to know about it, like "Plan Your Hand."

Great. Then I don't have to buy the book.

I opted to keep hold of the card and come back when there's something I really want.

But I may not have to wait too long, as these books as listed by Mason Malmuth in the 2+2 Magazine are coming out soon:

--Harrington on Cash Games; How to Win at No-Limit Hold 'em Money Games: Volume I by Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie - February 15, 2008
--Harrington on Cash Games; How to Win at No-Limit Hold 'em Money Games: Volume II by Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie - February 15, 2008 --Professional No-Limit Hold 'em: Volume II by Matt Flynn, Sunny Mehta, and Ed Miller - May 30, 2008
--Winning in Tough Hold 'em Games for No-Limit by Nick "Stoxtrader" Grudzien and Geoff "Zobags" Herzog - summer 2008

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Punk Hand of the Day

Who says flopped str8s don't win???

Full Tilt Poker Game #4646461782: Table Westmont - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 20:52:00 ET - 2007/12/27
Seat 5: 16eas ($9.70)
Seat 6: kurokitty ($24.55)
kurokitty posts the small blind of $0.10
16eas posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Td Jc]
kurokitty raises to $0.75
16eas raises to $1.25
kurokitty calls $0.50
*** FLOP *** [9d Qd Kc]
16eas checks
kurokitty bets $2
16eas calls $2
*** TURN *** [9d Qd Kc] [4d]
16eas checks
kurokitty bets $6.45
16eas calls $6.45, and is all in
kurokitty shows [Td Jc]
16eas shows [Qs Qh]
*** RIVER *** [9d Qd Kc 4d] [6s]
kurokitty shows a straight, King high
16eas shows three of a kind, Queens
kurokitty wins the pot ($18.90) with a straight, King high
16eas is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $19.40 | Rake $0.50
Board: [9d Qd Kc 4d 6s]
Seat 5: 16eas (big blind) showed [Qs Qh] and lost with three of a kind, Queens
Seat 6: kurokitty (small blind) showed [Td Jc] and won ($18.90) with a straight, King high

Goodbye air card!

Thanks to a certain Gnome, hopefully I've shed the problem of having an air card and a cell phone (and two separate bills). Just ditched my Razr for a Blackberry Pearl and hopefully will be using it, Empire-style, as my Internet connection.

Yay!

Santa, meet the other side of the world

I'm from the city of big drugs and murder victims/
It's get rich, go to jail or be a murder victim
-Juelz Santana

This is exactly the point that No Country for Old Men (review here) makes, IMO. With three days left of trading left at the NYSE, I was carefully watching a Bodog prop ($50 max) from November on the Dow Jones Industrial Average come close to fruition.
Will the Dow Jones be over/under 13,600 on Dec. 31, 2007?

I took the over because of the "Santa Claus effect," the uptick in the market from Christmas sales. I looked through five years of data. Always up at the end of the year.
Yesterday, the Dow was rising. Ever. So. Slightly. Up. Ending at over 13,550.
It was enough to think that it would continue through the '600 mark on Monday.
But now the Dow is down 142 points, in part because of an event on the other side of the world -- the killing of the former Pakistani Prime Minister. Investors are not keen on possible instability abroad.
It's just a $50 prop but it teaches me to look for the uncertain in what looks certain. My boss' boss did that when he advised me to take the under (11-1/2 rounds) in the Mayweather-Hatton fight. Anything could happen, he said at the time.
Like in the movie, when something happens, you'll never see it coming.

HOTD

I hadn't seen the guy raise anything, so I just smooth-called with the AK. The flop overbet was very suspicious.

Full Tilt Poker Game #4637380974: Table Converse - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:19:12 ET - 2007/12/27
Seat 1: AceRaise07 ($4.40)
Seat 2: Bobbleboy ($10.20)
Seat 3: roto33 ($37.35)
Seat 4: Nectorina33 ($1.15)
Seat 5: OJmayo ($9.75)
Seat 6: cocoperkins ($5.25)
Seat 7: break N U ($27.95)
Seat 8: Meticulous78 ($10.25)
Seat 9: kurokitty ($34)
OJmayo posts the small blind of $0.10
cocoperkins posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Kc Ad]
break N U raises to $0.85
Meticulous78 folds
kurokitty calls $0.85
AceRaise07 folds
Bobbleboy has 15 seconds left to act
Bobbleboy folds
roto33 folds
Nectorina33 has 15 seconds left to act
Nectorina33 raises to $1.15, and is all in
roto33 stands up
OJmayo calls $1.05
cocoperkins folds
break N U calls $0.30
-Toothpik- adds $10
kurokitty calls $0.30
*** FLOP *** [As 5d 6s]
OJmayo checks
break N U bets $10
kurokitty raises to $32.85, and is all in
OJmayo folds
break N U calls $16.80, and is all in
kurokitty shows [Kc Ad]
Nectorina33 shows [9d Ac]
break N U shows [Qh Ah]
Uncalled bet of $6.05 returned to kurokitty
*** TURN *** [As 5d 6s] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [As 5d 6s 6d] [Jc]
kurokitty shows two pair, Aces and Sixes
break N U shows two pair, Aces and Sixes
kurokitty wins the side pot ($50.90) with two pair, Aces and Sixes
Nectorina33 shows two pair, Aces and Sixes
kurokitty wins the main pot ($4.65) with two pair, Aces and Sixes
Nectorina33 adds $25
break N U is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $58.45 Main pot $4.85. Side pot $53.60. | Rake $2.90
Board: [As 5d 6s 6d Jc]
Seat 1: AceRaise07 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Bobbleboy didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: roto33 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Nectorina33 (button) showed [9d Ac] and lost with two pair, Aces and Sixes
Seat 5: OJmayo (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: cocoperkins (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: break N U showed [Qh Ah] and lost with two pair, Aces and Sixes
Seat 8: Meticulous78 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: kurokitty showed [Kc Ad] and won ($55.55) with two pair, Aces and Sixes

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Death by Mr. Fancy play

And his reply was--/
"You know who you fuck with?/
A gun up in your face/
and that's all you can come up with?"
-Lil' Wayne


So I'm sitting here after biking home from work, cats all botherin' me while I'm trying to play at a very loose NL$1/2 table on Bodog.

Huge multiway limpfest going on, I have the harbls (88). Small blind pots it for $12, which is good because I still have the right odds to play for his stack. Limpers flee, it's just toaster and the cat.

The flop sounds like the name of an awful drink that would be invented for a Blogger weekend -- Jack and Fuel (J55). Okay. Toaster checks to me, I 3/4 bet it for $27.

Turn is an 8. It's going to be death by harbl for someone. He bets $54 out. I raise it to $154. He goes all-in. Cat insta-calls.

I see QQ. And collect his chips.

A $27 bet on the flop and I never see the turn.

Christmas cheer continues!

Like going into the playoffs

With six days left (counting today) until the end of the year and what's likely to be my fourth consecutive profitable year playing poker, I feel like an NFL team that's already clinched a berth in the playoffs and can coast out the rest of the days.

Not this cat. I had more motivation to fight it out last year when the Winter Bloggers trip nearly made me stuck for the entire year. lol. But what I found was that the end of the year was full of pokery merriment, as chronicled here.

So I'm looking to focus on playing as much as I can until the next year. Yesterday's games were so great, I should have called in sick to work. lol.

POKER CATS NOTEBOOK: There are some interesting things to think about for this weekend's NFL games, the last regular games of the season.

New England, +14-1/2: The Giants already have a wild-card spot in the playoffs and have indicated that they may be resting some starters. New England already has reason to want to win, to be come the first to win 16 regular season games. Plus QB Tom Brady is two touchdowns away from the TD record.

Seattle, +3: It's odd to me that the 3-12 Atlanta Falcons could be listed as a home favorite against the NFC West champion. Seattle's coach has rested starters one time before but news reports say that goes against the grain of his thinking. Plus reports say Atlanta has only won two home games in the last two months of the season in the last three years.

Dallas, +9-1/2: The 9-7 Washington Redskins have the home field and need to beat the Cowboys to get in the playoffs and Dallas, already without star wide receiver Terrell Owens, likely will be resting some starters. But Dallas also knows that a 14-win season would be a franchise best for them.

But King Yao, in a December 2007 article in Two Plus Two Magazine makes a good point -- "If the teams that need to win in week 17 to get into the playoffs were high-quality teams, then why have they not clinched a playoff spot already?" I'm thinking it's quite a leap of faith for the Redskins to win by more than a touchdown.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Catmas cheer continues

Oh, the Christmas gifts keep a comin' thanks to the CR offense.

NL$200/6-max at Bodog. I have 44 on the button. The books say you're supposed to limp with that, right? I raise.

Flop is A3x, two hearts, caller checks to me. I c-bet it. Caller calls.

Turn is a 4 (GIN!!! as Fuel would say). I bet it, get raised, then I push all-in. Caller calls. With A3, two pair.

Another 3 would give me the overboat, so he's looking at two outs. And doesn't hit.

Zing!

Later he raises utg for the rest of his chips, I pop him pf with AK, he goes all in and I call. He has QJs. I make aces up.

Merry Catmas

I can't tell you how displeased I was when a dude at the table chased him away. Where's the Christmas spirit?

Full Tilt Poker Game #4619762085: Table Blythe (6 max) - $0.10/$0.25 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 11:24:50 ET - 2007/12/25
Seat 1: Lanark2824 ($22)
Seat 2: ThorpieAA ($54.40)
Seat 3: spree86 ($8.15)
Seat 4: architectus ($25.30)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($46.35)
Seat 6: crowes7772 ($23.80)
architectus posts the small blind of $0.10
kurokitty posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Td Qh]
crowes7772 folds
Lanark2824 folds
ThorpieAA calls $0.25
spree86 calls $0.25
architectus calls $0.15
kurokitty checks
*** FLOP *** [7d 4c 8h]
architectus checks
kurokitty checks
ThorpieAA checks
spree86 checks
*** TURN *** [7d 4c 8h] [Js]
architectus checks
kurokitty checks
ThorpieAA checks
spree86 checks
*** RIVER *** [7d 4c 8h Js] [9c]
architectus checks
kurokitty bets $0.50
ThorpieAA raises to $2.50
spree86 folds
architectus folds
kurokitty raises to $8.50
ThorpieAA raises to $26.50
kurokitty raises to $46.10, and is all in
ThorpieAA has 15 seconds left to act
ThorpieAA calls $19.60
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [Td Qh] a straight, Queen high
ThorpieAA mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($90.20) with a straight, Queen high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $93.20 | Rake $3
Board: [7d 4c 8h Js 9c]
Seat 1: Lanark2824 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: ThorpieAA mucked [Ts Ks] - a straight, Jack high
Seat 3: spree86 (button) folded on the River
Seat 4: architectus (small blind) folded on the River
Seat 5: kurokitty (big blind) showed [Td Qh] and won ($90.20) with a straight, Queen high
Seat 6: crowes7772 didn't bet (folded)

HOTD- so how small is the edge?

Full Tilt Poker Game #4616715601: Table Renaissance - $0.05/$0.10 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:10:10 ET - 2007/12/25
Seat 1: nikdbrik ($2)
Seat 2: Tiger897 ($6.50)
Seat 3: ktmoney58 ($3.50)
Seat 4: metalmakerkgb ($10.45)
Seat 5: LO1988 ($3.90)
Seat 6: kurokitty ($12.10)
Seat 7: Kumarxhi ($7.70)
Seat 8: mxrider007 ($3.30)
Seat 9: BadBeatzRfun ($7.60)
BadBeatzRfun posts the small blind of $0.05
nikdbrik has 5 seconds left to act
nikdbrik posts the big blind of $0.10
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ad 7d]
Tiger897 folds
ktmoney58 calls $0.10
metalmakerkgb calls $0.10
metalmakerkgb: that stopped him lol
LO1988 has 15 seconds left to act
LO1988 folds
kurokitty calls $0.10
Kumarxhi calls $0.10
mxrider007 calls $0.10
BadBeatzRfun: lol
BadBeatzRfun calls $0.05
nikdbrik checks
*** FLOP *** [2d Ac Kc]
BadBeatzRfun checks
nikdbrik checks
ktmoney58 checks
metalmakerkgb checks
kurokitty bets $0.30
Kumarxhi calls $0.30
mxrider007 calls $0.30
BadBeatzRfun folds
nikdbrik folds
ktmoney58 folds
metalmakerkgb folds
*** TURN *** [2d Ac Kc] [3d]
kurokitty bets $0.50
Kumarxhi calls $0.50
mxrider007 calls $0.50
*** RIVER *** [2d Ac Kc 3d] [Jh]
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty bets $0.75
Kumarxhi calls $0.75
mxrider007 calls $0.75
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [Ad 7d] a pair of Aces
Kumarxhi mucks
mxrider007 mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($4.85) with a pair of Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $5.35 | Rake $0.50
Board: [2d Ac Kc 3d Jh]
Seat 1: nikdbrik (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 2: Tiger897 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: ktmoney58 folded on the Flop
Seat 4: metalmakerkgb folded on the Flop
Seat 5: LO1988 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: kurokitty showed [Ad 7d] and won ($4.85) with a pair of Aces
Seat 7: Kumarxhi mucked [As 6c] - a pair of Aces
Seat 8: mxrider007 (button) mucked [Ah 6s] - a pair of Aces
Seat 9: BadBeatzRfun (small blind) folded on the Flop

Monday, December 24, 2007

Bodog - home of the $5,500 overlay

Tonight I went pretty deep in a $15K guarantee on Bodog. I played in it because there was a nearly $5,500 overlay -- only 216 people showed up for the $44 tournament.

I'd heard of such overlays before at Bodog but never seemed to be able to take advantage of them.

Twice in the tournament I was thanking Gnome for his AK-over-the-flop play - won both.

Another time, I thought for sure I was destined to money -- I had to push with JJ and was looked up by AA but of course flopped a set.

I reraised the button from my small blind at the wrong time with an all-but-dead bb behind me-- I had QJo and the tight bb had AQs. A few hands later I was out in about 40th. 27 places paid. Either way, I had to make a move at some time or another.

Funny that I put myself in exactly the same situation as the Winter Bloggers tourney when Jordan raised the button (w J8), I went all in (w KT) and CK thought about it in the bb but folded). Of course, this time the bb called!

But I'll be back at the tourneys, especially because of the thousands of dollars of extra prize money thrown in. It didn't take me long to get my buy-in back at a NL$50 cash table- I 3-bet pot pf with QQ and got looked up by a dude I had busted h-u the other day.

He bets it out, I raise him all in and when he calls, it turns out he just has a paired 7. Gotta loooove Bodog play.

HOTD

Sometimes if it looks fishy, it probably is...

Full Tilt Poker Game #4613456922: Table Sunray (6 max) - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:55:54 ET - 2007/12/24
Seat 1: kurokitty ($25.85)
Seat 2: SONNY3473 ($20.90)
Seat 3: Holst1984 ($26.90)
Seat 4: ArdyJay ($25)
Seat 5: cranswick ($8.95)
Seat 6: cush_bigslick ($11.70)
SONNY3473 posts the small blind of $0.10
Holst1984 posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [9c 8d]
ArdyJay folds
cranswick folds
cush_bigslick folds
kurokitty raises to $0.85
SONNY3473 folds
Holst1984 calls $0.60
*** FLOP *** [Jh Jd 7c]
Holst1984 bets $1.80
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $5.60
Holst1984 folds
Uncalled bet of $3.80 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($5.15)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $5.40 | Rake $0.25
Board: [Jh Jd 7c]
Seat 1: kurokitty (button) collected ($5.15), mucked
Seat 2: SONNY3473 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Holst1984 (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 4: ArdyJay didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: cranswick didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: cush_bigslick didn't bet (folded)

Tunica WPT/WSOP Circuit

I'm pretty close in deciding that I'll roll over some of my Winter Bloggers tourney cashout into a few tournaments at the World Poker Open/WSOP Circuit twin tournament series next month in Tunica.

I'm looking at these tournaments:

Wednesday, Jan. 9: Gold Strike, $300+40 No-limit hold'em
Friday, Jan. 11: Grand, Event 11, $300+??? No-limit hold'em, two day tournament (blind levels are 40 minutes, looks pretty good here).

So I'm thinking of selling 5 percent shares, up to 50 percent of my action for both of the tournaments. Anyone interested should contact me, either in comments or by e-mail from the Winter Bloggers list.

Anyone who will be playing in the Tunica tournament series can also swap action for these or similar buy-in tournaments.

Depending on satellites and/or additional staking interest, I may play in these WSOP preliminary tournaments:

Tuesday, Jan. 8, Grand Event #6 short-handed NL $500 (two-day event)
Saturday, Jan. 12 Gold Strike ($500+50 NL) or Grand Event 12 ($700 NLHE).

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Heads-up, the practice squad

Late last night, as I was churning through two heads-up tables and three six-max tables on Full Tilt and Bodog, I heard from Gnome, who wanted to practice heads-up play.

Because there aren't any NL$10 h-u tables on Full Tilt, we settled into some six-max tables. Like a leaky boat, ultimately the tables fill up to capacity.

But still, it was nice. I really haven't seen too many h-u videos on Cardrunners, so I was trying to go with what I remembered. It felt like playing almost too tight, a departure from my SNG endgame where I'm virtually playing every hand.

But then I got to thinking -- is it helpful for Gnome to practice facing the winning, CR offense? Maybe. Maybe he's more likely to see that style playing for $1,000 stacks.

Next time I want to play with different styles -- the maniac, the tight passive, etc. Sort of like how football teams at the college and NFL levels practice by having the practice squad emulate their opponent's style in offense and defense.

I read somewhere that someone -- Lyle Berman? -- once practiced for a major tournament with friends emulating the styles of the other pros -- Gus Hansen, etc.

It's certainly worth thinking about.

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Punk Hand of the Day

I think I caught my KK boat on the river the other day at my home game vs. Josh in a PLO hand.

Full Tilt Poker Game #4594690555: Table Scuba (6 max) - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:33:21 ET - 2007/12/23
Seat 1: Dman_2107 ($24.65)
Seat 2: xbkx ($4.70)
Seat 3: Troy2264 ($25)
Seat 4: lilgirlchaos ($38.75)
Seat 5: kelseyb ($44.85)
Seat 6: kurokitty ($23.50)
lilgirlchaos posts the small blind of $0.10
kelseyb posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Kc Ks]
kurokitty raises to $0.85
Dman_2107 has 15 seconds left to act
Dman_2107 folds
xbkx folds
Troy2264 folds
lilgirlchaos folds
kelseyb calls $0.60
*** FLOP *** [9d 9c Qh]
kelseyb checks
kurokitty bets $1.50
kelseyb calls $1.50
*** TURN *** [9d 9c Qh] [Td]
kelseyb checks
kurokitty checks
*** RIVER *** [9d 9c Qh Td] [Kh]
kelseyb bets $4.80
kurokitty raises to $19.20
kelseyb has 15 seconds left to act
kelseyb calls $14.40
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [Kc Ks] a full house, Kings full of Nines
kelseyb mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($41.05) with a full house, Kings full of Nines
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $43.20 | Rake $2.15
Board: [9d 9c Qh Td Kh]
Seat 1: Dman_2107 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: xbkx didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Troy2264 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: lilgirlchaos (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: kelseyb (big blind) mucked [9h Qc] - a full house, Nines full of Queens
Seat 6: kurokitty showed [Kc Ks] and won ($41.05) with a full house, Kings full of Nines

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Tunica Tips

The 2+2 forums have some good Tunica-related tips today.

One is that Resorts Casino (located in the section near Sam's Town and Hollywood Casino), is going to begin offering poker, but will only have electronic tables, according to this post.

Another is from Chipr777, who is a dealer at the Horseshoe, talking about when it's good to come to Tunica to play in this post:

The games will be good from the holidays on through Jan. Actually Feburary is a good month also due to the stragglers from the tourneys trying to get even and tax money coming in. The locals get their tax returns and seem to always step up in stakes. Your 4-8 players start playing 10-20 and so on. Makes for real good games.

Can't wait.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Playing $3/6 limit

I know I've had plenty of discussions about Gnome about Ed Miller's NL tips, but I thought his recent post on how to beat $3/6 limit may be helpful to some. Also good, maybe invaluable, is Ed Miller's collaboration with Sklansky and Malmuth on Small Stakes Hold'em.

In recent road trips, I've only played limit ($3/6 and $4/8) while waiting for NL tables to open up. In my last trip to Tunica over Thanksgiving, I found that the $3/6 limit game at the Gold Strike was one of the most fun sessions I've had in a while. That's because there were people of all ages playing and having a good time. The table was loose, too, which helped.

Of course, when my NL seat was called 12 minutes later, I bailed. I'm there to make money. :)

Quads and an HD

This was a long time coming -- on my old Pentium 4 HP desktop, Bodog would never run -- it would just spin round and round for a while. And Poker Tracker would cause the whole thing to eventually lock up.

I've been ambivalent about replacing a machine that isn't broken -- it's just something that doesn't like to work as it should.

But with odd technical problems that both crippled the use of my N-series router and my Verizon broadband card for my laptop, I needed an on-ramp to that juicy Bodog poker action.

So I buckled down and picked up a new HP, one with an Intel Core 2 quad processor. It is light years beyond my old workhorse.

And, necessity being the mother of invention, I ended up eschewing that nice 22" LG widescreen monitor I recently bought and am using my Sharp AQUOS HD television as the monitor. (I didn't have the proper adapter for the monitor, but had an HDMI cable that would link the HD with the computer instantly).

After seeing a picture in a magazine of Phil Ivey playing on Full Tilt at his home with a wireless keyboard before a huge flat screen TV, I'd always wanted to do the same but never had the patience to make the technical leaps forward to allow me to do that. With this, all I had to do was plug it in and watch the poker tables grow.

There's no spinning around, trying to get my old computer's 512MB of memory to open a table in time. It just automatically happens. It's also super cool to be playing one Full Tilt table off a ginormous HD screen -- I can fit about six small screens without any fear of overlap.

Not to say there wasn't any headache. At first, words were almost indecipherable on the HD. Empire really came through, finding an updated driver and having the patience to tinker around resolution.
I think we've found something we can live with.

Gnome as always was invaluable with his technical advice in what to look for at the store. He saved me at least $100 by pointing out our work was offering free downloads of the McAfee Security Center to employees. Empire quickly found anti-spyware programs for it.

And now, it's all left to me, to catch enough fish and convince them to pay for it!!

A Ted Forrest kind of hand

Full Tilt Poker Game #4572099138: Table Rae (deep 6) - $0.15/$0.30 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:30:06 ET - 2007/12/21
Seat 1: now05 ($13.20)
Seat 3: donkeyditch ($112.85)
Seat 4: maddawggy ($25.90)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($59.40)
kurokitty posts the small blind of $0.15
now05 posts the big blind of $0.30
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [5h 7h]
donkeyditch calls $0.30
maddawggy folds
kurokitty calls $0.15
now05 raises to $1.20
donkeyditch calls $0.90
kurokitty calls $0.90
*** FLOP *** [4d 2h 6s]
kurokitty checks
now05 bets $3.60
donkeyditch folds
kurokitty calls $3.60
*** TURN *** [4d 2h 6s] [4c]
kurokitty checks
now05 bets $3.60
kurokitty calls $3.60
*** RIVER *** [4d 2h 6s 4c] [8d]
kurokitty bets $5
now05 calls $4.80, and is all in
Uncalled bet of $0.20 returned to kurokitty
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [5h 7h] a straight, Eight high
now05 mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($26.25) with a straight, Eight high
now05 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $27.60 | Rake $1.35
Board: [4d 2h 6s 4c 8d]
Seat 1: now05 (big blind) mucked [3h 4h] - three of a kind, Fours
Seat 3: donkeyditch folded on the Flop
Seat 4: maddawggy (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: kurokitty (small blind) showed [5h 7h] and won ($26.25) with a straight, Eight high

Thursday, December 20, 2007

HOTD

This is what happens when you push and push!

Full Tilt Poker Game #4566455315: Table Kemp (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 15:21:13 ET - 2007/12/20
Seat 1: betoni ($14)
Seat 2: kurokitty ($52.25)
Seat 3: Funny Syco 10 ($25.45)
Seat 4: Sushi Lover ($52.50)
Seat 5: tonto27 ($14.20)
Seat 6: Dave_Orchid ($50)
Sushi Lover posts the small blind of $0.25
tonto27 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ah Ks]
betoni folds
kurokitty raises to $1.75
Funny Syco 10 folds
Sushi Lover folds
tonto27 calls $1.25
*** FLOP *** [Kh Kc As]
tonto27 checks
kurokitty bets $3.75
tonto27 raises to $9.35
kurokitty raises to $31.80
tonto27 has 15 seconds left to act
tonto27 calls $3.10, and is all in
kurokitty shows [Ah Ks]
tonto27 shows [6s 7s]
Uncalled bet of $19.35 returned to kurokitty
*** TURN *** [Kh Kc As] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [Kh Kc As Qc] [Qh]
kurokitty shows a full house, Kings full of Aces
tonto27 shows two pair, Kings and Queens
kurokitty wins the pot ($27.25) with a full house, Kings full of Aces
tonto27 adds $20
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $28.65 | Rake $1.40
Board: [Kh Kc As Qc Qh]
Seat 1: betoni didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: kurokitty showed [Ah Ks] and won ($27.25) with a full house, Kings full of Aces
Seat 3: Funny Syco 10 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Sushi Lover (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: tonto27 (big blind) showed [6s 7s] and lost with two pair, Kings and Queens
Seat 6: Dave_Orchid is sitting out

Sugar Bowl - a line like no other

Despite the freefall and uptick in the Sugar Bowl line from one week ago, the line on the Georgia-Hawaii game fell yesterday to a new low of -7 1/2.

By Wednesday evening, it was up again to -8, still lower than it had been.

The line is like none other that I've seen this year. The other bowl games aren't this fluid.

Of course, the roller coaster of the line makes me a little nervous. It's like being all-in and having to wait a week and a half to run it out once.

Somebody's going to be right. It'll be interesting to see who that is.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

HOTD (Gnome is gold)

Props to Gnome for his trademark all-in over the flop play...

Full Tilt Poker Game #4559170999: Table Phil Ivey - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:27:11 ET - 2007/12/19
Seat 1: DEADWOODJIM ($257.20)
Seat 2: kurokitty ($168.65)
Seat 3: chiefwheat ($185)
Seat 4: getluckynow ($84.75)
Seat 6: The Guok ($197.25)
Seat 7: DesiTyme ($37)
Seat 8: dmoore1005 ($144.30)
Seat 9: tdtdtdtd ($86.80)
DEADWOODJIM posts the small blind of $1
kurokitty posts the big blind of $2
5 seconds left to act
dmoore1005 posts a dead small blind of $1
dmoore1005 posts $2
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [As Kc]
chiefwheat folds
getluckynow raises to $10
The Guok folds
DesiTyme folds
dmoore1005 calls $8
tdtdtdtd folds
DEADWOODJIM calls $9
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $51
getluckynow folds
dmoore1005 calls $41
DEADWOODJIM folds
*** FLOP *** [Qh 5d 4s]
kurokitty bets $117.65, and is all in
dmoore1005 has 15 seconds left to act
dmoore1005 calls $92.30, and is all in
kurokitty shows [As Kc]
dmoore1005 shows [9c Ac]
Uncalled bet of $25.35 returned to kurokitty
*** TURN *** [Qh 5d 4s] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Qh 5d 4s 6d] [4c]
kurokitty shows a pair of Fours
dmoore1005 shows a pair of Fours
kurokitty wins the pot ($304.60) with a pair of Fours
dmoore1005 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $307.60 | Rake $3
Board: [Qh 5d 4s 6d 4c]
Seat 1: DEADWOODJIM (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: kurokitty (big blind) showed [As Kc] and won ($304.60) with a pair of Fours
Seat 3: chiefwheat didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: getluckynow folded before the Flop
Seat 6: The Guok didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: DesiTyme didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: dmoore1005 showed [9c Ac] and lost with a pair of Fours
Seat 9: tdtdtdtd (button) didn't bet (folded)

Race your life, in a coin flip (No Country for Old Men)

Point being, even in the contest of man and cow, the outcome is not certain.
-No Country for Old Men

I took an unplanned break last night from my pursuit of Iron Man status on Full Tilt, not of my choosing. Just as I was oblivious to the flaming battles going on in bloggerspace over a recent tourney, I hadn't realized that Susanne had been simmering in silence -- I had passed her up for lunch with Gnome at Ann's Snack Bar; I turned my nose up again when I had lunch at Nava yesterday.

And there is no charm in the third time. I must comply.

So with the possibility of making the last 65 points before midnight uncertain, we headed to a movie. Going to a movie with her is like going with a big aunt- although her earning power surpasses three or four of my closest friends combined, there is no limit to what we will bring to the movie theater.

Most of the loot was for me, since I was starving, having played through dinner. The tally: Two huge bottles of water (750ml), a chicken sandwich. A pound of cashews. (We still ordered popcorn and a soda).

As we were leaving, our Trader Joe's cashier was trying to get our attention -- in her hands was a chocolate bar, a gift to us since we mentioned where we were going. I'm amazed at how nice people are.

The movie, as best I could gather after unwrapping and sneaking bites of sandiwch, follows the plot of random dude finds drug money and people now are after him.

The villain is a cross between The Terminator and those maniacs you'd see at PartyPoker. He has a penchant for playing for people's lives in a coin flip, asking at one point "What's the most you ever lost in a coin flip?," bringing to mind how I got cheap tickets for me and Gnome from a scalper four years ago at the flip of a coin.

Would the viewing public understand the villain demanding people Roshambo for their lives? Or high carding it?

The movie has poker parallels to me -- you have the amateur who believes he can beat the pro, and the pro systematically working toward his long-term expected value -- retrieving the cash. What exactly is the house edge when the pro offers you a coin flip? (Answer: It will cost you your life, although it apparently only costs him a quarter.)

Although I don't think the movie resolves it very well, I like its discourse on what is random and what is predetermined -- according to the villain, victims apparently have waited all their lives to live or die at the flip of a coin.

The movie seems to lean heavily on the random -- things out of the blue, like finding a huge bag of money -- have the biggest effect on the characters' lives.

Like being bounced from a donkament from a hand you didn't see coming. And the all-out flaming ether war that ensues.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tunica bound (Jan. 6-13)

It's official. I'm headed to Tunica the first full week of January and am staying at the Horseshoe. I'm not sure it's a good thing when the poker room rate reservations lady remembers me. lol

I'm picking the weekend of the 12th and 13th because it really is the last weekend of the lower buy-in tourneys. The next weekend is when the WSOP Circuit and the WPT have their main events.

I'm very excited, since I hear the cash game action here during this twin tournament series is legendary. I plan on playing in some satellites, so who knows, maybe I'll be playing in a $500 tournament. If I do, I will probably sell stakes, up to 30 percent of my tournament action.

I closed out a good year on the road, going 7-3 in trips, including 3-1 in Tunica. Looking forward to another good year!

Vegas- Baduci

It was starting to sound like a broken record. On our last night in Vegas, Gnome and I were sitting at a Bally's NL$1/2 table, which had just all but cleared out after the prior recipients each received $140 as part of the bad beat jackpot that happened at sister casino Paris. To my left happened to be Grubette.

I mentioned something to Gnome about Baduci, the sick game that they were spreading as part of the Treasure Island $2/4 Mixer.

"Badugi," the dealer said.

"Badu-ci," I replied back.

"It's Badu-gi," he said. "I used to deal that game."

"No, it's Baduci," I said and proceeded to explain to him the sick game that almost made me miss the Blogger tournament at The Venetian. That game apparently wasn't around yet when he was dealing the game.

Basically it's 2-7 Triple Draw (the "duci," as in deuce-y part of Baduci), where you try to make the best deuce-to-seven hand. But if someone also can make a 4-card Badugi (A-4 low, no pairs or same suited cards) then that person can split half the pot.

I love all the permuations games take. Because of working nights, I wasn't able to attend Matt's Tuesday game, but Gnome introduced it to the crew there.

Why I love Manuel's

...just found out while there with Sham that in Colombia they put cheese in hot chocolate.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Chicago bound

Thanks to a good bounce, a free ticket and the kindness of a boss (who scheduled me for four days straight off), I'm going to brave the cold in Chicago at the end of the year.

I'm looking forward to seeing my folks, K Rose, and maybe making a buck or two at the tables online or live in Gary, Ind. or Aurora. (Maybe also will see Poker Enthusiast?).

Top player?

OMG. I may be a top player, as in Fuel's post:

Full Tilt Poker Game #4535858781: Table Red Sox (6 max) - $0.10/$0.25 - $7.50 Cap No Limit Hold'em - 18:42:29 ET - 2007/12/17
Seat 1: kurokitty ($15.80)
Seat 2: teachersusieb ($15)
Seat 3: scapes9917 ($35.40)
Seat 4: machineman 319 ($9.10)
Seat 5: Verved_One ($14.15)
Seat 6: raymo960 ($16.40)
kurokitty posts the small blind of $0.10
teachersusieb posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ac Qs]
scapes9917 folds
machineman 319 calls $0.25
Verved_One folds
raymo960 folds
kurokitty raises to $1.25
teachersusieb calls $1
machineman 319 folds
*** FLOP *** [Jd 5s Ah]
machineman 319 stands up
kurokitty checks
teachersusieb bets $1.25
kurokitty calls $1.25
*** TURN *** [Jd 5s Ah] [7d]
kurokitty checks
teachersusieb checks
*** RIVER *** [Jd 5s Ah 7d] [6c]
kurokitty bets $3
teachersusieb calls $3
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [Ac Qs] a pair of Aces
teachersusieb mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($10.70) with a pair of Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $11.25 | Rake $0.55
Board: [Jd 5s Ah 7d 6c]
Seat 1: kurokitty (small blind) showed [Ac Qs] and won ($10.70) with a pair of Aces
Seat 2: teachersusieb (big blind) mucked [Jh Kd] - a pair of Jacks
Seat 3: scapes9917 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: machineman 319 folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Verved_One didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: raymo960 (button) didn't bet (folded)


And then I did it again! lol

Full Tilt Poker Game #4535864073: Table Stratton (6 max) - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:43:01 ET - 2007/12/17
Seat 1: Big Slick x13x ($27.20)
Seat 2: CJeffries ($25)
Seat 3: burnsy816 ($19)
Seat 4: HKDog1 ($6.60)
Seat 5: vtlaxer09 ($79.60)
Seat 6: kurokitty ($24.20)
HKDog1 posts the small blind of $0.10
vtlaxer09 posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ad Qh]
kurokitty raises to $0.85
Big Slick x13x folds
CJeffries folds
burnsy816 folds
HKDog1 folds
vtlaxer09 calls $0.60
*** FLOP *** [As 3h Td]
vtlaxer09 checks
kurokitty checks
*** TURN *** [As 3h Td] [2h]
vtlaxer09 checks
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty bets $1.35
vtlaxer09 calls $1.35
*** RIVER *** [As 3h Td 2h] [3s]
vtlaxer09 bets $1
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty calls $1
*** SHOW DOWN ***
vtlaxer09 shows [7h 7c] two pair, Sevens and Threes
kurokitty shows [Ad Qh] two pair, Aces and Threes
kurokitty wins the pot ($6.20) with two pair, Aces and Threes
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $6.50 | Rake $0.30
Board: [As 3h Td 2h 3s]
Seat 1: Big Slick x13x didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: CJeffries didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: burnsy816 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: HKDog1 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: vtlaxer09 (big blind) showed [7h 7c] and lost with two pair, Sevens and Threes
Seat 6: kurokitty showed [Ad Qh] and won ($6.20) with two pair, Aces and Threes

Ode to Fuel

From the musical Annie:

It's a hard-knock life for us!
It's a hard-knock life for us!
'Steada treated/
We get tricked!/
'Steada kisses!/
We get kicked!/
It's a hard-knock life for us!

PokerStars Game #13925500631: Hold'em Pot Limit ($0.10/$0.25) - 2007/12/17 - 16:28:22 (ET)
Table 'Tamara' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: Nesvet ($16.55 in chips)
Seat 2: rain6804 ($24.65 in chips)
Seat 3: eigenguy ($13.75 in chips)
Seat 6: castlehillki ($17.25 in chips)
Seat 7: nokautas ($7.50 in chips)
Seat 8: sftballguy ($24.10 in chips)
Seat 9: kurokitty ($27.70 in chips)
eigenguy: posts small blind $0.10
maclords: is sitting out
castlehillki: posts big blind $0.25
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [5s 5h]
maclords leaves the table
nokautas: calls $0.25
sftballguy: folds
kurokitty: calls $0.25
Nesvet: folds
rain6804: folds
eigenguy: calls $0.15
castlehillki: checks
*** FLOP *** [Tc 8s Kd]
eigenguy: checks
castlehillki: checks
nokautas: checks
kurokitty: checks
*** TURN *** [Tc 8s Kd] [As]
eigenguy: checks
castlehillki: checks
nokautas: checks
kurokitty: checks
*** RIVER *** [Tc 8s Kd As] [5d]
eigenguy: checks
castlehillki: checks
nokautas: checks
kurokitty: bets $0.75
eigenguy: calls $0.75
castlehillki: calls $0.75
nokautas: folds
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty: shows [5s 5h] (three of a kind, Fives)
eigenguy: mucks hand
castlehillki: mucks hand
kurokitty collected $3.10 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $3.25 | Rake $0.15
Board [Tc 8s Kd As 5d]
Seat 1: Nesvet folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: rain6804 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: eigenguy (small blind) mucked [2c Kc]
Seat 6: castlehillki (big blind) mucked [Ac 9c]
Seat 7: nokautas folded on the River
Seat 8: sftballguy folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: kurokitty showed [5s 5h] and won ($3.10) with three of a kind, Fives

Props to Nava

Typically anytime I have to go to Buckhead for anything I've resigned myself to 50 hours of therapy at Manuel's Tavern.

Today should be no different. I typically schedule lunches with sources on my off days because those days are guaranteed that I won't have any kind of breaking news assignment getting in the way. It's the little things that put you ahead of the competition, whether it's tens of thousands of poker hands or just a couple more miles run every day.

I did that today at Nava, a Southwestern-style restaurant in the trendy Buckhead district.

It turned out that they brought out the wrong order, a sirloin steak salad instead of the spicy sirloin I ordered.

I didn't go on tilt when they had to remake it -- I'd actually gotten used to waiting for lunch after going with Gnome to Ann's Snack Bar.

When the steak came out, the manager apologized. Like I said before, I wasn't put off by the order mix-up.

It turned out the restaurant picked up not only my meal, but my source's as well. It's pretty astounding to see that kind of great service these days, which is why I give props to them.

That kind of thing sticks out in a cat's mind. I'll definitely consider them the next time I venture to Buckhead.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Voice double?

Has anyone ever thought that Brian Townsend (sbrugby) sounds a lot like ATL blogger Weak Player? lol

The CR offense, full-ring style

Because most of the Cardrunners pros play six-max (what most online NL players play), I've always wondered how the CR offense translates into full-ring. After all, full-ring is what you're going to encounter most of the time in live casino cash games and tourneys (at least, until it's Rooster time, heh heh).

Andrew Wiggins' Muddywater 90 video (filmed the day before Thanksgiving) looks at four NL$2/4 full-ring tables on Full Tilt. It was pretty good because he basically took elements from the six-max CR offense and used it for full ring.

We see limper punishing in late position, raising with average to good hands with a limper after you.

He raises with average (and in some cases as low as 44) pocket pairs utg to pretty good effect.

He 4-bets with AK in late pre-flop against a shortstack in the sb who 3-bets him.

Yet still he plays pretty tight, saying his Poker Tracker numbers are 16/14 at the end of the 40-minute session.

Limpers who set mine in earlier positions seem to be at a great disadvantage to this offense because of traditional, book-smart assumptions of what a preflop raise means. These raises allow for good use of c-bets after the flop and in some cases, value bets when his hands hit.

It's an interesting way to look at lower-variance full-ring tables and how to modify the CR offense to best effect.

Full Tilt Ironman -- Online Tell?

In one of the Muddywaters (Andrew Wiggins) videos on Cardrunners, he mentions the peculiarity of Full Tilt's "Ironman" promotion on avatars. Basically you get a ring-shaped "medal" next to your avatar for playing a certain amount of points consecutive days in a row.

Wiggins mentions how this practice may actually "out" grinders, who likely are solid players since they are able to play day in and day out. It's like putting a bell around the neck of a kitty.

It's like the people who wear online Internet caps and jackets in live poker rooms -- why do you want to advertise that you may actually know what you're doing???

Anyway, something to think about.

Not even enough for a stamp (HOTD)

Full Tilt Poker Game #4517606331: Table Esk (deep 6) - $0.15/$0.30 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:11:29 ET - 2007/12/16
Seat 1: WiseRabbit ($59.65)
Seat 2: Phani Tikkler ($27.55)
Seat 3: fastfoodking ($60)
Seat 4: kurokitty ($67)
Seat 5: Rwwatson ($42.80)
Seat 6: Rowe Stead ($24.45)
Rwwatson posts the small blind of $0.15
Rowe Stead posts the big blind of $0.30
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Td Jc]
WiseRabbit folds
Phani Tikkler calls $0.30
fastfoodking has 15 seconds left to act
fastfoodking folds
kurokitty raises to $1.20
Rwwatson folds
Rowe Stead folds
Phani Tikkler calls $0.90
*** FLOP *** [As Qh Kh]
Phani Tikkler checks
kurokitty bets $2.35
Phani Tikkler calls $2.35
*** TURN *** [As Qh Kh] [2d]
Phani Tikkler bets $5.10
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $17
Phani Tikkler calls $11.90
*** RIVER *** [As Qh Kh 2d] [Jh]
Phani Tikkler bets $6.60
kurokitty calls $6.60
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Phani Tikkler shows [Ks 2s] two pair, Kings and Twos
kurokitty shows [Td Jc] a straight, Ace high
kurokitty wins the pot ($52.05) with a straight, Ace high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $54.75 | Rake $2.70
Board: [As Qh Kh 2d Jh]
Seat 1: WiseRabbit didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Phani Tikkler showed [Ks 2s] and lost with two pair, Kings and Twos
Seat 3: fastfoodking didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: kurokitty (button) showed [Td Jc] and won ($52.05) with a straight, Ace high
Seat 5: Rwwatson (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Rowe Stead (big blind) folded before the Flop

Why I love Full Tilt

"wow. nh."

Full Tilt Poker Game #4517036333: Table Nye (deep 6) - $0.15/$0.30 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:03:48 ET - 2007/12/16
Seat 1: ChubbyCox ($16.55)
Seat 2: holy-roller24 ($24.20)
Seat 3: donkeyditch ($50.15)
Seat 5: moose7200 ($28.50)
Seat 6: kurokitty ($61.55)
kurokitty posts the small blind of $0.15
ChubbyCox posts the big blind of $0.30
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ks Ad]
holy-roller24 calls $0.30
donkeyditch folds
moose7200 folds
kurokitty raises to $1.20
ChubbyCox calls $0.90
holy-roller24 calls $0.90
*** FLOP *** [Kc Ah Js]
kurokitty bets $3.60
ChubbyCox folds
holy-roller24 calls $3.60
*** TURN *** [Kc Ah Js] [Ac]
kurokitty bets $2.50
holy-roller24 calls $2.50
*** RIVER *** [Kc Ah Js Ac] [4c]
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty bets $12
holy-roller24 has 15 seconds left to act
holy-roller24 calls $12
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [Ks Ad] a full house, Aces full of Kings
holy-roller24 mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($37.85) with a full house, Aces full of Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $39.80 | Rake $1.95
Board: [Kc Ah Js Ac 4c]
Seat 1: ChubbyCox (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 2: holy-roller24 mucked [Kd 9h] - two pair, Aces and Kings
Seat 3: donkeyditch didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: moose7200 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: kurokitty (small blind) showed [Ks Ad] and won ($37.85) with a full house, Aces full of Kings

Punk Hand of the Day

embracing my inner donkey

PokerStars Game #13890431005: Hold'em No Limit ($0.10/$0.25) - 2007/12/16 - 00:39:39 (ET)
Table 'Eriphyla II' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 2: RickRicker ($22.50 in chips)
Seat 3: kurokitty ($24.75 in chips)
Seat 5: xxxanestixxx ($6.70 in chips)
Seat 6: tmack2020 ($14.70 in chips)
Seat 9: drive1972 ($11.75 in chips)
kurokitty: posts small blind $0.10
xxxanestixxx: posts big blind $0.25
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [As Qh]
tmack2020: calls $0.25
drive1972: folds
RickRicker: folds
kurokitty: raises $1 to $1.25
drive1972 said, "call with k4"
racing3 joins the table at seat #4
xxxanestixxx: folds
tmack2020: calls $1
*** FLOP *** [Js Tc Qs]
drive1972 said, "donkey"
kurokitty: bets $2.25
tmack2020: raises $11.20 to $13.45 and is all-in
drive1972 said, "tmack more like t fgag"
tmack2020 said, "shut up you lost"
kurokitty: calls $11.20
*** TURN *** [Js Tc Qs] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [Js Tc Qs 7h] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty: shows [As Qh] (two pair, Aces and Queens)
tmack2020: shows [Jc Qd] (two pair, Queens and Jacks)
kurokitty collected $28.20 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $29.65 | Rake $1.45
Board [Js Tc Qs 7h Ah]
Seat 2: RickRicker (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: kurokitty (small blind) showed [As Qh] and won ($28.20) with two pair, Aces and Queens
Seat 5: xxxanestixxx (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: tmack2020 showed [Jc Qd] and lost with two pair, Queens and Jacks
Seat 9: drive1972 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Why I'm glad Sham is late for lunch

Full Tilt Poker Game #4509415147: Table Scholar (6 max) - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 12:25:51 ET - 2007/12/15
Seat 1: kurokitty ($151.10)
Seat 2: WINKIES ($90.70)
Seat 3: Danutz07 ($233.65)
Seat 4: rvrmonkey ($193.80)
Seat 5: wtf_me ($128.50)
Seat 6: Youreintrouble ($94.25)
Youreintrouble posts the small blind of $1
kurokitty posts the big blind of $2
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ad As]
WINKIES calls $2
Danutz07 folds
rvrmonkey folds
wtf_me folds
Youreintrouble calls $1
kurokitty raises to $12
WINKIES calls $10
Youreintrouble folds
*** FLOP *** [5s Kh Tc]
kurokitty bets $20
WINKIES calls $20
*** TURN *** [5s Kh Tc] [Th]
kurokitty bets $60
WINKIES calls $58.70, and is all in
kurokitty shows [Ad As]
WINKIES shows [Ks 3h]
Uncalled bet of $1.30 returned to kurokitty
*** RIVER *** [5s Kh Tc Th] [8h]
kurokitty shows two pair, Aces and Tens
WINKIES shows two pair, Kings and Tens
kurokitty wins the pot ($180.40) with two pair, Aces and Tens
WINKIES is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $183.40 | Rake $3
Board: [5s Kh Tc Th 8h]
Seat 1: kurokitty (big blind) showed [Ad As] and won ($180.40) with two pair, Aces and Tens
Seat 2: WINKIES showed [Ks 3h] and lost with two pair, Kings and Tens
Seat 3: Danutz07 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: rvrmonkey didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: wtf_me (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Youreintrouble (small blind) folded before the Flop

Tunica, a convergence

Every January the planets are aligned in such a way that there are not one but two tournament series in Tunica, the land of poker plenty.

One is the WSOP circuit event at the Grand Casino (Harrah's), which begins on Jan. 3 and ends Jan. 22. Schedule here.

The other series is the World Poker Tour's World Poker Open at the Gold Strike Casino (MGM Mirage), which goes from Jan. 3 to Jan. 22. Schedule here.

Although I've never been in Tunica during this time, the locals have always said the action, especially at the side games, is legendary. I am definitely planning to spend some time there and am coordinating with Surf to see when he and Mrs. Surf are going.

I've made the most money in Tunica than any place that I've played (eight winning trips against three losses and the most I've lost there is $79), including Las Vegas. You rarely have to spend money for meals, as the poker rooms generously give comps for play of two to four hours or more. Of course, just as Daniel Negreanu complains about the kind of food here (Southern and fried), it's easy to reach a saturation point with the limited dining options -- there's not much around the casinos except farmland.

The poker rates are decent -- typically about $25-35 a day weekday and $45 on weekends. All of them have 5 hour a day play requirements. But some poker rooms, such as the Horseshoe and the Grand, have honor system requirements becuase they do not use poker tracking cards to record play.

I was just going to e-mail CK this information but thought I should post it if other people wanted to play. Maybe in the future the two tournament series here will create a regional bloggers gathering!

Gold Strike: This casino has a huge hotel tower and the most rooms available. I usually will book a reservation here under the poker rate so I know I have a room and then cancel if I can get somewhere else, such as the Horseshoe, which does not clock your play. Call 888-24K-PLAY, extension 1135 or ask for poker room.

Horseshoe: This is my preferred place to stay. When it's warm, it has a nice pool (Gold Strike does not). Call 800-303-5756.

Grand Casino: I've had difficulty getting through. I'll check with Surf for the number here and edit this post through.

Sam's Town: This casino is a few miles away from the Grand/Gold Strike area, but a worthy last resort. Required play is 5 hours. 800-456-0711.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Gnomey meets the Ghetto Burger

We were originally going to have lunch with Surf down in Morrow, but decided at the last minute that we could stick around here since Gnome, Sham and Surf have plans for dinner near Skiddoo's place tomorrow.

So, we headed for Ann's Snack Bar, which likely would be a hit for sumo wrestlers in Gnome's state of Hawaii.

I went there last about seven months ago, which is the minimum amount of time between Ann's visits if you care anything about your cholesterol. lol. Last trip report here.

If the seven stools at the snack bar are occupied, you have to wait outside. Plain and simple. Ann came out and chased away a bunch of people loitering on the stairs outside her snack bar.

You can't sit on the tables outside, either. She came out to scold a young lady doing so. "The tables are for eatin', not sittin.' Thank you. I appreciate it." Her cadence sounds a lot like how Denzel Washington talks.

You can't double park outside. She chased away a white dude with his black SUV.

Gnome and I waited for about an hour and a half. With no broadband access or laptops, we talked about poker hands. And poker sites.

Finally, we got to sit in one of the famous stools. Ann cleans off the entire grill, empties the grease traps and gets everything reset before she goes to work.

The Ghetto Burger is two patties, chili, bacon and Kraft cheese. Gnome and I likely would be able to feast on just one of the patties and both be full; instead we have to each tackle two patties, which are like a full pound of meat. The meat for seven burgers uncooked completely covers her grill with no space in between.

"No matter how succesful in poker I become, LJ will never eat here," I joke, after watching her order a porterhouse at the Bellagio's Prime and about five other things at breakfast at Harrah's and just nibble on all of them.

Ann does everything in order. She'll offer you a drink while you're waiting, about 20-30 minutes after you order. Then she'll bring out some nicely cooked crinkle fries as a first course. Then comes the burger.

Ann dispels recent media stories that I hadn't read about her retiring at the end of the year. She says it's her place, she'll quit when she wants to.

I think about having a "last longer" bet with Gnome, but that's just too sick to consider. During the meal we learn through Gnome's e-mail that Full Tilt is now offering an e-checks option like 'Stars.

I gobble all but a quarter of the burger and a strip of bacon. I ask Ann if it's okay if I buy another Diet Coke and then amble back to tackle the rest of it.

We get some foil for Gnome to take the rest of his burger back. It's too sick of even considering roshamboing the meal for, so I just pick up the tab.

I forced myself to bike to work just to hopefully burn off some of that carnage. Grease bleeds from my fingers as I type this. I think I'm going to treat the Ghetto Burger like I treat Omaha Eight Triple Flop in my home game: banned from consideration.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

HOTD

Two people all-in before me and I have the mortal nuts!!

PokerStars Game #13845140327: Hold'em No Limit ($0.50/$1.00) - 2007/12/13 - 22:11:54 (ET)
Table 'Hodios V' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: rhinopius ($40.50 in chips)
Seat 2: kurokitty ($94 in chips)
Seat 3: Wet Vac 94 ($61.35 in chips)
Seat 4: ProkkER ($100 in chips)
Seat 5: lucky883 ($67.60 in chips)
Wet Vac 94: posts small blind $0.50
ProkkER: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [2d 2s]
lucky883: raises $3 to $4
rhinopius: calls $4
kurokitty: calls $4
Wet Vac 94: folds
ProkkER: folds
*** FLOP *** [2h 2c 8c]
Wet Vac 94 leaves the table
lucky883: bets $63.60 and is all-in
rhinopius: calls $36.50 and is all-in
kurokitty said, "i have a quad!!"
kurokitty: calls $63.60
*** TURN *** [2h 2c 8c] [Ac]
*** RIVER *** [2h 2c 8c Ac] [Qh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
lucky883: shows [Kd 8h] (two pair, Eights and Deuces)
kurokitty: shows [2d 2s] (four of a kind, Deuces)
kurokitty collected $54.20 from side pot
rhinopius: mucks hand
kurokitty collected $121 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $177.20 Main pot $121. Side pot $54.20. | Rake $2
Board [2h 2c 8c Ac Qh]
Seat 1: rhinopius mucked [Jc 5c]
Seat 2: kurokitty (button) showed [2d 2s] and won ($175.20) with four of a kind, Deuces
Seat 3: Wet Vac 94 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: ProkkER (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: lucky883 showed [Kd 8h] and lost with two pair, Eights and Deuces

Sugar Bowl- A market correction

Last night, after having a pitcher of PBR and burgers with Sham, I checked out the lines on Bodog. The freefall in the Hawaii-Georgia game had finally ended, from -11 to a low of -8 1/2.

Before me on the screen it was -9, which should be worrisome for people staking Hawaii.

I am not completely sure what is accounting for the freefall. My guess would be that it represents West Coast money, including Hawaii fans, causing the line to precipitously drop in the last few weeks.

The rise in the line means that at least on Bodog, there is heavy betting on Georgia which looks like a value bet from possibly sharps.

In Las Vegas, most casinos are in the -9 to -9 1/2 range, with the exception of -8 at the Las Vegas Hilton, according to SBRlines. It's still -9 at huge online books Pinnacle and Bookmaker, so I imagine the Bodog correction has come from heavy Georgia betting.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out and who is right -- the fan money or the sharps?

KT (Kit-ty) no good against a cat

PokerStars Game #13826288496: Hold'em No Limit ($0.25/$0.50) - 2007/12/13 - 00:01:09 (ET)
Table 'Somville' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: HoldemGal33 ($48 in chips)
Seat 2: MrSticker66 ($33.50 in chips)
Seat 4: kurokitty ($69.35 in chips)
Seat 5: mrrent ($12.95 in chips)
Seat 6: Spaded707 ($25.60 in chips)
Seat 7: phillyhoops1 ($3.25 in chips)
Seat 8: LaniM ($22.75 in chips)
Seat 9: AcesUpAllDay ($58.10 in chips)
AcesUpAllDay: posts small blind $0.25
HoldemGal33: posts big blind $0.50
Mr Long Face: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ks Kh]
MrSticker66: raises $1.50 to $2
kurokitty: raises $4.25 to $6.25
mrrent: folds
Spaded707: folds
phillyhoops1: folds
LaniM: raises $16.50 to $22.75 and is all-in
AcesUpAllDay: folds
HoldemGal33: folds
MrSticker66: folds
kurokitty: calls $16.50
*** FLOP *** [2h 6s 8c]
*** TURN *** [2h 6s 8c] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [2h 6s 8c 2s] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty: shows [Ks Kh] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
LaniM: mucks hand
kurokitty collected $45.85 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $48.25 | Rake $2.40
Board [2h 6s 8c 2s 8h]
Seat 1: HoldemGal33 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: MrSticker66 folded before Flop
Seat 4: kurokitty showed [Ks Kh] and won ($45.85) with two pair, Kings and Eights
Seat 5: mrrent folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: Spaded707 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: phillyhoops1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: LaniM (button) mucked [Kd Ts]
Seat 9: AcesUpAllDay (small blind) folded before Flop

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bodog blogger tourney

On Sunday afternoon I found myself at a very delicious NL$1/2 table at the Imperial Palace, just two seats to the left of an honest-to-God cowboy. In between hands, I'd get up and ask Smokkee about his Maui honeymoon and also the weekly Bodog blogger tourney that he plays.

It sounded like a pretty good deal- he said that Bodog throws in an overlay. Of course I didn't remember any of the details, but here's what they are at Bodog Poker:

I look forward to playing in the tourneys, since I haven't previously and have only played cash games. But I can vouch for the site -- I've built $4 into more than $2,000 in six months.

Play Bodog’s Online Poker Blogger Tournament Tuesday Nights!

Bodog invites Poker Bloggers to play in it’s Online Poker Blogger Tournament with a total of $600 in bonus money.

If you are 1 of the 5 money bubblers, you’ll have your $11 buy-in refunded and if you finish in the top 5 you will win an entry for Bodog’s Sunday $100K Guaranteed tournament.

This tournament runs weekly on Tuesday evenings and requires a password for entry.

Tournament Details

Day of week: Tuesday Nights
Start time: 8:35pm ET
Tournament Name: “Online Poker Blogger Tournament” at Bodog
Entry Password: bodogblogger
Buy-in + fee: $10 + $1
Starting Chips: 3000 (Double Stack)
Payout: Standard Bodog payout structure
Bonuses:

T$109 bonus paid to the top 5 finishers.
T$11 bonus paid to the 5 players that are eliminated prior to payouts.

These bonuses will be awarded within 24hrs of the tournament completion.
T$ = Tournament Credits. These can be used as a buy in to almost all scheduled tournaments at Bodog and have a ratio to cash of 1:1.
T$ can also be combined with cash to buy in to tournaments.

HOTD

I'm really unsure here whether a re-raise is appropriate here, so I'd love some feedback. I thought at the time that it was four-handed, I could have the best hand and I thought the button was on the frush draw.

PokerStars Game #13823790669: Hold'em No Limit ($0.50/$1.00) - 2007/12/12 - 21:44:20 (ET)
Table 'Medon' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: lorenz777 ($9.80 in chips)
Seat 5: 1B@dFrog ($58 in chips)
Seat 6: ^^NBMETH##^^ ($53.10 in chips)
Seat 7: kurokitty ($100 in chips)
^^NBMETH##^^: posts small blind $0.50
kurokitty: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [3s Qs]
lorenz777: folds
1B@dFrog: calls $1
^^NBMETH##^^: calls $0.50
kurokitty: checks
*** FLOP *** [2d 3d 3h]
The Jezus joins the table at seat #3
^^NBMETH##^^: checks
kurokitty: bets $2.45
1B@dFrog: calls $2.45
^^NBMETH##^^: raises $15.55 to $18
Spagiari has returned
Livestream joins the table at seat #9
kurokitty: raises $52 to $70
1B@dFrog: folds
^^NBMETH##^^: calls $34.10 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [2d 3d 3h] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [2d 3d 3h 7c] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
^^NBMETH##^^: shows [3c 5c] (three of a kind, Threes)
kurokitty: shows [3s Qs] (three of a kind, Threes - King+Queen kicker)
kurokitty collected $107.65 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $109.65 | Rake $2
Board [2d 3d 3h 7c Ks]
Seat 1: lorenz777 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: 1B@dFrog (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: ^^NBMETH##^^ (small blind) showed [3c 5c] and lost with three of a kind, Threes
Seat 7: kurokitty (big blind) showed [3s Qs] and won ($107.65) with three of a kind, Threes

Poker Stars' eChecks

I made my deposit today to get the 50 percent up to $50 Poker Stars eChecks bonus. I found it was terribly easy and really reminiscent of the USS Neteller days. Finally there's a good on-ramp for deposits.

There's always been Moneygram, and my two experiences with it to chase 'Stars bonuses are here, but Moneygram has a fee that's under $10.

For Full Tilt, there's ePassporte, which also is a pain in the ass with more than 5 percent in fees for a $300 deposit. My experience on that here.

Anyway, I made the deposit on 'Stars rather quickly. Like ePassporte, it takes 10 days for the deposit to clear, but unlike ePass, there's no waiting around. You can play on the money immediately with stars and start to burn your bonus. You just can't withdraw the amount of the deposit or transfer it to someone else until the 10 day period is up.

So this makes a cat happy. The echecks2007 deposit bonus expires at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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I also found out that Bodog is offering another "points for cash" program at a rate of 2,000 points for $20. You have to satisfy their bonus requirements (3 points per dollar?) but the Bodog cash instantly goes into your roll, so you can use it immediately. I got the impression that the points for cash promotion will be a continuing thing to use.

HOTD

Ever been suspicious of a half-pot bet?

Full Tilt Poker Game #4475713528: Table Ash (deep 6) - $0.40/$0.80 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:09:58 ET - 2007/12/12
Seat 1: TerminalSamuel ($170.65)
Seat 2: kurokitty ($156.50)
Seat 3: eurisko ($119.90)
Seat 4: Juandro78 ($80)
Seat 6: BALDBUSH ($125.50)
TerminalSamuel posts the small blind of $0.40
kurokitty posts the big blind of $0.80
5 seconds left to act
Juandro78 posts $0.80
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [2h Qh]
eurisko folds
Juandro78 checks
BALDBUSH folds
TerminalSamuel calls $0.40
kurokitty checks
*** FLOP *** [7h Th 4h]
TerminalSamuel bets $1.60
kurokitty calls $1.60
Juandro78 calls $1.60
*** TURN *** [7h Th 4h] [Jc]
TerminalSamuel checks
kurokitty bets $5
Juandro78 raises to $10
TerminalSamuel folds
kurokitty calls $5
*** RIVER *** [7h Th 4h Jc] [Qd]
kurokitty checks
Juandro78 bets $10.40
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $144.10, and is all in
Juandro78 calls $57.20, and is all in
Uncalled bet of $76.50 returned to kurokitty
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [2h Qh] a flush, Queen high
Juandro78 mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($159.40) with a flush, Queen high
Juandro78 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $162.40 | Rake $3
Board: [7h Th 4h Jc Qd]
Seat 1: TerminalSamuel (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 2: kurokitty (big blind) showed [2h Qh] and won ($159.40) with a flush, Queen high
Seat 3: eurisko didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Juandro78 mucked [Kh Jd] - a pair of Jacks
Seat 6: BALDBUSH (button) didn't bet (folded)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

All war depends on it

I done played the underdog my whole career/
I've been a very good sport, haven't I, this year?/
They say he's going crazy and we've seen this befo'/
But I'm doing pretty good as far as geniuses go
-Kanye West

We're all scared. You hid in that ditch because you think there's still hope. But Blithe, the only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead. And the sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function. Without mercy. Without compassion. Without remorse. All war depends on it.
-Band of Brothers

As soon as I landed in Vegas, I had an image of K Rose's handfuls of black chips from the Wynn and sent a text to the goddess to invoke good luck.

A day later, at the Venetian, I carefully cradled an insane handful of chips -- two $500s, seven $100s and a handful of other chips after me and Gnome tipped the dealer.

I can't tell you when it happened that I just became very calm and focused during the blogger tourney. I had a nice comfortable cushion early on, thanks to Fuel trying to snap me off with the deuce-five against my open raised 3s turned set-turned boat when a second five came on the turn.

It wasn't long though before even by big stack was in the move-in zone. So I set out doing that. And kept hitting. And escaping, like when I reraised Jordan (High on Poker) all-in with KQs after he raised my small blind from the big blind. He said later he had AJ.

"I know that people at the table think I'm like that autistic kid in the Boondocks who keeps hitting everything, but it's insane that everybody's not moving-in," I tell Gnome, who is playing at a NL$1/2 cash table with CC.

A couple times I got lucky. I almost raised CK but didn't, and it turned out she had AA. Same thing happened with Otis to my left at the final table. I really couldn't tell you why sometimes I threw away AT and low pairs like 33 and other times were all-in with them -- as the favorite.

When we got to the final table, I was one of several shortstacks. I had a Lil' Wayne line in my head:

If you sell a million records we can battle for your money/
I'd rather count a hundred thousand dollars on a Sunday/
Watch a football game and bet it all on one play


And then I pretty much knew that I would no longer play to survive and I wouldn't be concerned about losing my little stack.

"You've been all-in 40 times in this tournament," someone behind me said when it was shorthanded.

I pushed J6 and Otis, the chip leader, insta-called with AQ. My heartbeat didn't even raise when runner-runner sixes came.

I won KT unimproved against J8 earlier in the tournament, crippling I think Jordan. (I thought it was fitting that KT- or "Kit-ty" would help me get ahead).

When it was shorthanded, I loved the strategy of the three shortstacks, including myself. I saw it as an overtime game in basketball -- you have to make your shot, they have to make your shot, and you have to make it again and again until one of you misses.

I feel like the key play for me in the tourney was when I decided that no matter what cards I would get, I would raise all-in with Grubby in the big blind to my right. I felt like the bigger stacks would get out of the way and Grubby would likely fold and losing the big blind would be enough to cripple him.

I looked down and it was 7-6o. I raised all in and he showed 5-4 or something.

When we got to three with Otis and Rooster, I was thankful for the chop. Otis pushed all-in and I thought about it for a while and called with Kitty suited. He had T4, so he was dominated but the four came and I was happy after nine hours to be released from the tournament world.

I hope in the future I can play as well, be as lucky as well, and be as calm as well in order to properly function without care for chips, knowing that's what's needed when my tournament life is at stake.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Vegas- The short version

It's what you all been waitin for ain't it?/
What people pay paper for damnit/
They can't stand it, they want something new/
So let's get re-acquainted/
Became the hood favorite/
I can't even explain it/
I surprise myself too/
-Kanye West


Short version. Placed third in the est. 110 player $125+25 blogger tourney at the Venetian. Just before I busted out, we agreed to chop three ways for $1,800 each. My first $1,000 cash in poker and likely my best performance in a tourney.

Also ran the table in cash games with starters(Banana Republic 4-0, Biscuits 7-2) putting on their best performances with Sabre-Toothed Lime (6-0) at the tourney.

Great hanging out with Gnome, Fuel, CC, LJ, Metsfan, Biggestron, April and others.

Won the Mayweather-Hatton bet on UNDER 11 1/2 rounds (+200), thanks to my boss' boss expertise in handicapping boxing.

Have never seen so many Brits in my life. Or cowboys (National Finals Rodeo in town).

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Days until Vegas: 1

Am quickly turning the corner for the Vegas trip. I really wasn't too excited about going previously (since I am 1 in 5 in Vegas trips in November-December) but I think it'll be just what the kitty ordered.

It'll be good to see Gnome, have Fuel pay for all of our high-card meals and to participate in some random donkery with bloggers.

Plus, I am anticipating a good gambling environment with the Mayweather-Hatton fight at the MGM Grand on Saturday. If UFC fights make the poker room really good, as Drew can attest, I can't imagine what an estimated 20,000 Brits who supposedly are coming to see Hatton fight will do.

Plus I can't wait to place a bet on the Georgia-Hawaii game, which has moved from -11 to -9 online although it's not up on Bocat yet. It is at Georgia -10 in Vegas and I might have to bet it there.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

HOTD

PokerStars Game #13672968997: Hold'em No Limit ($0.25/$0.50) - 2007/12/05 - 18:58:28 (ET)
Table 'Biela II' 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 3: Bel755 ($26 in chips)
Seat 4: Nikzockt ($31.35 in chips)
Seat 6: kurokitty ($50 in chips)
Seat 7: sicadastra ($22.25 in chips)
Seat 9: Hommefatale ($14.05 in chips)
Nikzockt: posts small blind $0.25
kurokitty: posts big blind $0.50
Hommefatale: posts big blind $0.50
keepitreal joins the table at seat #8
keepitreal is sitting out
Bú-yào-ku!!! joins the table at seat #1
TheDukestar: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Qc Qs]
sicadastra: folds
Hommefatale: raises $1 to $1.50
Bel755: folds
Bel755 leaves the table
Nikzockt: folds
kurokitty: raises $3.25 to $4.75
nebular joins the table at seat #3
Hommefatale: calls $3.25
*** FLOP *** [Qh Qd 5s]
kurokitty: bets $4
Hommefatale: raises $5.30 to $9.30 and is all-in
kurokitty said, "i have quads. call"
kurokitty: calls $5.30
*** TURN *** [Qh Qd 5s] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [Qh Qd 5s 2c] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty: shows [Qc Qs] (four of a kind, Queens)
Hommefatale: mucks hand
kurokitty collected $27 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $28.35 | Rake $1.35
Board [Qh Qd 5s 2c 8s]
Seat 3: Bel755 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Nikzockt (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: kurokitty (big blind) showed [Qc Qs] and won ($27) with four of a kind, Queens
Seat 7: sicadastra folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: Hommefatale mucked [Kh Kd]

Better than a coin flip...

53%

Birthday donkery

Sham was kind enough to host the Tuesday game, which happened to fall on my birthday, last night. He made some awesome venison chili with chili, er, venison, that he killed with his own hands, er machine-tooled projectile-firing instrument. You get the idea.

We were six-handed for a while. As always, I got down to half-buyin and even bought in nearly a full-buyin before I started to capitalize on draws.

I must have an extremely tight image that has lasted from my early days because I typically get lots of blind steals thanks to the CR offense. I raised one pot pf and Empire said "I can't call that," folding. I showed my 56s for six-high. Zing!

I ended up more than a half-buy in for the night (HTC 4-0) when I had JT7x single suited in an Omaha8 hand. I had a flush draw and an open-ended straight draw and hit my straight on the turn when Ben called. I think I was something like 17 outs twice.

Later, as predicted, the group spilled over to Manuel's to cap off a great evening. Thanks, everyone!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Chip Reese, rest in peace

Imagine my surprise when I fired up Full Tilt and saw "In Memoriam: Chip Reese 1951-2007." He apparently died in his sleep last night.

Here's Michael Craig's blog on it here.

I tried to contact my organization's gambling writer but instead dialed Absinthe by mistake for a few minutes of me being completely confused, lol. When I finally got the editor in Vegas, he was like, "Who?"

lol

Only one of the best poker players ever.

Make it 37

It's a cat's birthday. W00t!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

A good week

Earlier this week I sat in the business class section of a Boeing 767-300 in a maintenance hangar at the airport, the first time that I've ever been in a commercial plane without going anywhere.

It was a little strange, because I thought of Hawaii and all the other places that these planes have taken me -- Chile to see Gnome, Frankfurt, London. I got to see the extremely tiny crew sleeping compartment module just forward of the biz class section. For kicks I went back to the back and sat in the extremely close-quartered economy section. Even for a small cat, there's not much room.

It wasn't too long after my interview that the plane had to jet back overseas again. You can see some of the places it's been here and here.

It's just one of the reasons why I love my job -- one of my favorite things while on assignment happened last year when I was touring a cargo MD-11. The guide said, You want to go out on the wing? And I was like, sure. I had never been out on the wing of a plane before.

Thursday, I was down in south Georgia's Warm Springs for a story in a nearby town. But I loved seeing all the touristy craft shops there. Ate fried green tomatoes for the first time at a country-style buffet.

On Friday, I logged my 1,000th mile for the year running on the last day of November, which had been one of my goals.

And on Saturday, I blew off poker in two suburbs (Middle Tucker and Mableton) to have drinks with a pretty Emory grad student who I know from friends from my old 'hood.

So all in all, a good week!