Poker Cats

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dealing with aggros

Thank you, Cardrunners.

Villain had been raising every hand when it got to be 3-handed.

Full Tilt Poker Game #5073326507: Table Jaime (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 23:12:19 ET - 2008/01/31
Seat 2: kurokitty ($45.75)
Seat 3: Halo411 ($55.55)
Seat 5: lazz44 ($41.05)
Halo411 posts the small blind of $0.25
lazz44 has 5 seconds left to act
lazz44 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [6h 7h]
kurokitty raises to $1.75
Halo411 folds
lazz44 raises to $4
kurokitty calls $2.25
arctixa sits down
*** FLOP *** [Kd 2s 8h]
arctixa adds $16.85
lazz44 bets $8.25
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $22.50
lazz44 folds
Uncalled bet of $14.25 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($23.75)
kurokitty is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $24.75 | Rake $1
Board: [Kd 2s 8h]
Seat 2: kurokitty (button) collected ($23.75), mucked
Seat 3: Halo411 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: lazz44 (big blind) folded on the Flop

Fan Appreciation Day

Last night because skiddoo couldn't make it, I decided to pick up the reins and play nearly every hand at Poker Cats Arena.

It turned into a sort of "Fan Appreciation Day" because at one point I was down four buy-ins, practically giving money away, although I rallied back like that British Airways crew that prevented their Boeing 777 from crashing. I was down only $1.40 at the end of the night (HTC 4-1).

BrainMc came and he had a similar, 3 buy-in fluctuation until he cashed up a few buy-ins.

I was meaning to play the Mookie from the table on my HD but missed it by six minutes in a haze of Jager bombs and beer. Surf: We'll have to find a way so you can play your Mookie and donk with us!!.

On another note, congrats to Absinthe for placing 7th in a 500-player, $545 buy-in tourney yesterday at Commerce's L.A. Poker Classic, confirming his true title as Cat Moneymaker. Rock!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

HOTD

started when I misclicked to get a min raise preflop...

Full Tilt Poker Game #5057396875: Table Gore (6 max) - $0.10/$0.25 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 18:03:24 ET - 2008/01/30
Seat 1: AliCat82 ($3.95)
Seat 2: coocoocal ($32.10)
Seat 3: Ch1no818 ($9.50)
Seat 4: KINGSIT ($25.85)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($28.30)
Ch1no818 posts the small blind of $0.10
KINGSIT posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [2h 2d]
kurokitty raises to $0.50
AliCat82 folds
coocoocal raises to $1.25
Ch1no818 folds
KINGSIT folds
kurokitty calls $0.75
*** FLOP *** [Js 2s 3s]
kurokitty checks
coocoocal bets $1.50
kurokitty raises to $7.35
coocoocal has 15 seconds left to act
coocoocal raises to $24.90
kurokitty raises to $27.05, and is all in
coocoocal calls $2.15
kurokitty shows [2h 2d]
coocoocal shows [Ah As]
*** TURN *** [Js 2s 3s] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [Js 2s 3s 6c] [8d]
kurokitty shows three of a kind, Twos
coocoocal shows a pair of Aces
kurokitty wins the pot ($54.15) with three of a kind, Twos
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $56.95 | Rake $2.80
Board: [Js 2s 3s 6c 8d]
Seat 1: AliCat82 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: coocoocal (button) showed [Ah As] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 3: Ch1no818 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: KINGSIT (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: kurokitty showed [2h 2d] and won ($54.15) with three of a kind, Twos

Thank you kuro (36)

chat: "case six. so sick."

Full Tilt Poker Game #5054307754: Table hit_the_nuts (6) - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 13:04:17 ET - 2008/01/30
Seat 1: Henne188 ($0), is sitting out
Seat 2: walk8060 ($391.05)
Seat 4: dodge005 ($20)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($198)
Seat 6: PeeAir3 ($108.30)
kurokitty posts the small blind of $1
PeeAir3 posts the big blind of $2
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [6s 6d]
walk8060 calls $2
Henne188 stands up
kurokitty calls $1
PeeAir3 checks
*** FLOP *** [2c 6h 3h]
kurokitty bets $6
PeeAir3 raises to $20 (I don't usually put people on hands, but this really felt like 45 so I called and hoped for a pair up).
walk8060 folds
kurokitty calls $14
*** TURN *** [2c 6h 3h] [7h]
kurokitty checks
PeeAir3 checks
*** RIVER *** [2c 6h 3h 7h] [9d]
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty bets $30
bdubs12 sits down
PeeAir3 calls $30
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [6s 6d] three of a kind, Sixes
PeeAir3 mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($105) with three of a kind, Sixes
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $106 | Rake $1
Board: [2c 6h 3h 7h 9d]
Seat 1: Henne188 is sitting out
Seat 2: walk8060 folded on the Flop
Seat 4: dodge005 (button) is sitting out
Seat 5: kurokitty (small blind) showed [6s 6d] and won ($105) with three of a kind, Sixes
Seat 6: PeeAir3 (big blind) mucked [3c 6c] - two pair, Sixes and Threes

Late night with kurokitty

I really thought I was beat, but after a few beers at Manny's with Sham and Doug...

Full Tilt Poker Game #5050648620: Table Europa (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:10:51 ET - 2008/01/30
Seat 1: PPATIENCE 101 ($39.10)
Seat 2: mctoplay ($54.30)
Seat 3: bambambigelow00 ($54.20)
Seat 4: Nodda Pro ($11)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($50)
Nodda Pro posts the small blind of $0.25
kurokitty posts the big blind of $0.50
5 seconds left to act
PPATIENCE 101 posts $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Jh Jd]
PPATIENCE 101 raises to $1.50
mctoplay calls $1.50
bambambigelow00 folds
Nodda Pro folds
kurokitty raises to $6.25
PPATIENCE 101 calls $4.75
mctoplay calls $4.75
*** FLOP *** [9d 2c 6c]
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty bets $14.50
PPATIENCE 101 calls $14.50
mctoplay folds
*** TURN *** [9d 2c 6c] [8h]
kurokitty bets $29.25, and is all in
PPATIENCE 101 calls $18.35, and is all in
kurokitty shows [Jh Jd]
PPATIENCE 101 shows [Ac Th]
Uncalled bet of $10.90 returned to kurokitty
*** RIVER *** [9d 2c 6c 8h] [5h]
kurokitty shows a pair of Jacks
PPATIENCE 101 shows Ace Ten high
kurokitty wins the pot ($81.70) with a pair of Jacks
PPATIENCE 101 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $84.70 | Rake $3
Board: [9d 2c 6c 8h 5h]
Seat 1: PPATIENCE 101 showed [Ac Th] and lost with Ace Ten high
Seat 2: mctoplay folded on the Flop
Seat 3: bambambigelow00 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Nodda Pro (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: kurokitty (big blind) showed [Jh Jd] and won ($81.70) with a pair of Jacks

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

So it goes (Bodonkey)

Out in 14th... 10 places get their $11 back, 5 places paid. With blinds at 150/300 and 50 ante, I moved in early with KK (stack 4,600).

Got called by ScottMc big stack with TT...

And TT on river.

More funny than anything else.

Prior to the first break, I crippled Buddy Dank after I three-bet an early guy, Dank smooth called in sb and original raiser called. Dank pushed all in on T84 flop, 2 spades.

At about this time, Sham wanted to know if I wanted to go and eat. So I instacalled...

With my AA. He had KK.

It gave me a nice cushion but I had AA 3 times, KK and QQ before the break.

After the break, I raised with lots of holdings and picked up a bunch of chips.

Thems the breaks. Prolly made more money in the cash games during the tourney than I could have if I had dodged the 2-outer on the river and cashed.

HOTD

While donking around playing the Bodonkey...

Full Tilt Poker Game #5047361393: Table Hinkle - $0.10/$0.25 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 21:21:11 ET - 2008/01/29
Seat 1: zachalton ($25)
Seat 2: LTAJATNI ($18.65)
Seat 3: joju ($9.30)
Seat 4: chuckD33 ($6.75)
Seat 5: ChadnHawaii ($24.75)
Seat 6: Joker8Banker ($12.85)
Seat 7: Mojo1116 ($11.75)
Seat 8: abnkc ($34.35)
Seat 9: kurokitty ($23.90)
abnkc posts the small blind of $0.10
kurokitty posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [6d 6s]
LTAJATNI folds
joju calls $0.25
chuckD33 has 15 seconds left to act
chuckD33 raises to $0.75
ChadnHawaii calls $0.75
Joker8Banker has 15 seconds left to act
Joker8Banker folds
Mojo1116 folds
abnkc folds
kurokitty calls $0.50
joju calls $0.50
*** FLOP *** [Jd 8c 6h]
kurokitty checks
joju checks
chuckD33 has 15 seconds left to act
chuckD33 bets $1.50
ChadnHawaii calls $1.50
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty calls $1.50
joju calls $1.50
*** TURN *** [Jd 8c 6h] [7h]
kurokitty checks
joju checks
chuckD33 has 15 seconds left to act
chuckD33 bets $3.50
ChadnHawaii calls $3.50
kurokitty calls $3.50
joju folds
*** RIVER *** [Jd 8c 6h 7h] [7d]
kurokitty bets $11
chuckD33 calls $1, and is all in
ChadnHawaii calls $11
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [6d 6s] a full house, Sixes full of Sevens
ChadnHawaii mucks
kurokitty wins the side pot ($19) with a full house, Sixes full of Sevens
chuckD33 mucks
kurokitty wins the main pot ($21.50) with a full house, Sixes full of Sevens
chuckD33 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $42.60 Main pot $22.60. Side pot $20. | Rake $2.10
Board: [Jd 8c 6h 7h 7d]
Seat 1: zachalton is sitting out
Seat 2: LTAJATNI didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: joju folded on the Turn
Seat 4: chuckD33 mucked [Ks Kc] - two pair, Kings and Sevens
Seat 5: ChadnHawaii mucked [Ac Jc] - two pair, Jacks and Sevens
Seat 6: Joker8Banker didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: Mojo1116 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: abnkc (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: kurokitty (big blind) showed [6d 6s] and won ($40.50) with a full house, Sixes full of Sevens

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Live from the "Litter Box"

The first of what hopefully will be a regular, rotating blogger game happened last night at CC's "Litter Box," the nickname created for his really nice poker room after he revealed that cats used to like to relieve themselves in the room when it was unfinished.

And as someone pointed out, that has to be an advantage for a poker cat. It's like building a resort hotel on an old Indian burial ground (The Shining) and not expecting fireworks to happen. lol

I wasn't sure how the evening would turn out -- after all, the players there would have had plenty of experience playing poker and I expected we would just be trading money back and forth. I started out with tradition, having a pre-game dinner with Sham that reminded me of how I'd go and eat with Gnome before the old Emory game.

But it turned out the results were good, I cashed out nearly a full buy-in (Lookouts 9-1).

Things didn't start out very well -- I misread a hand again, just like I did last March when we were over at CC's, as described in this post here. In last night's game, I thought that I had trip 6s when I didn't and lost $35 right off the bat. Two pair took the hand. But maybe I could have kept betting it out.

And although the original plan was to play NL, 23skidoo's neighbor suggested playing PLO and it reverted to a mixed game, which was awesome considering how much experience I have with the crew since all of our home games are mixed.

I scooped an O8 pot with Q3 2 pair and a better low with 25. I made a boat in the "machine gun" portion of reverse-flop hold'em and did ok in Pineapple, making an OESD to chop a pot in one instance.

I felt it was another good showing for the CR offense -- I know it looks tight but there are a lot of moving parts that frequently cause players to misread hands, especially if they have experience with games where raises mean only the most premium of hands.

Having an open range of preflop raising hands is like an aggressive variation of people who call raises with any two cards. A main difference is that when you raise preflop to open up a hand, you have a great opportunity to take the flop down without a fight.

I saw a lot of preflop calling to raises and folding on the flop. I felt like there was a lot of chasing in the mixed games -- and that can get expensive! My basic rule is that in everything, from razz to Omaha, your cards have to work together somehow and coordination goes a long way.

Thanks again to the host and fellow players -- it was really nice to get together and hang out over some cards!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Win some, lose some

Tonight was an away game at Matt's in Middle Tucker. Managed to dump off two buy-ins (FTP 2-1) -- the last time I did that was 11 low-stakes sessions ago on Oct. 9, when I dumped off 3 1/2 buy-ins at Poker Cats Arena.

Wasn't a total loss, though -- won about $45 at low-stakes tables on 'Stars, Bodog and Full Tilt while playing the low-stakes live game, including a set of 2s vs two pair and a sick two-pair on the turn after I made 2nd pair and put TPTK (AK) all in on the flop.

You win some, you lose some. lol

A fantastic day of trading

Recovered what I spent last night at Bacchanalia in today's trading.

HOTD

Well, ok...

Full Tilt Poker Game #4968295209: Table Camel (deep) - $0.15/$0.30 - No Limit Hold'em - 16:41:02 ET - 2008/01/23
Seat 1: kapteeni10 ($15)
Seat 5: Skye14 ($27.45)
Seat 6: jojo4812 ($31.10)
Seat 7: kurokitty ($61.50)
Seat 9: TheBest124 ($16)
TheBest124 posts the small blind of $0.15
kapteeni10 has 5 seconds left to act
kapteeni10 posts the big blind of $0.30
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [As Jh]
acathlar sits down
Skye14 calls $0.30
acathlar adds $15
jojo4812 calls $0.30
kurokitty raises to $1.65
TheBest124 calls $1.50
kapteeni10 folds
Skye14 calls $1.35
mcountry5 sits down
jojo4812 calls $1.35
*** FLOP *** [Qc Ts Ks]
mcountry5 adds $30
TheBest124 bets $3.90
Skye14 folds
jojo4812 calls $3.90
kurokitty raises to $22.50
TheBest124 calls $10.45, and is all in
jojo4812 calls $18.60
*** TURN *** [Qc Ts Ks] [7c]
jojo4812 checks
kurokitty bets $7
jojo4812 calls $6.95, and is all in
kurokitty shows [As Jh]
TheBest124 shows [Kd Js]
jojo4812 shows [Qd Ad]
Uncalled bet of $0.05 returned to kurokitty
*** RIVER *** [Qc Ts Ks 7c] [3s]
kurokitty shows a straight, Ace high
jojo4812 shows a pair of Queens
kurokitty wins the side pot ($29.65) with a straight, Ace high
TheBest124 shows a pair of Kings
kurokitty wins the main pot ($47.50) with a straight, Ace high
jojo4812 is sitting out
TheBest124 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $80.15 Main pot $49.95. Side pot $30.20. | Rake $3
Board: [Qc Ts Ks 7c 3s]
Seat 1: kapteeni10 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Skye14 folded on the Flop
Seat 6: jojo4812 showed [Qd Ad] and lost with a pair of Queens
Seat 7: kurokitty (button) showed [As Jh] and won ($77.15) with a straight, Ace high
Seat 9: TheBest124 (small blind) showed [Kd Js] and lost with a pair of Kings

I am never changing my monitor

I'm going wherever da money take me...
I know that there is a better way 'cause I've seen it, Lord/
But this faster money is so convenient/
And I need it, say I need it...
-Lil' Wayne

Last night after dinner, we went to a small studio near Doraville to see Susanne's longtime friend, a young rapper named S.L. Jones, who was working on a new album.
When we entered one of the soundrooms, I saw the hugest monitor I'd ever seen!
It turned out the monitor was a Sharp AQUOS HDTV, similar to mine.
The last few weeks I'd thought about going back to my old LG 22" flatscreen monitor because having a Starship Enterprise set up just to play poker is sort of over the top -- (I can't use a regular desk because the screen is too big and it would be too close, so I have two short tables, one for my wireless mouse and keyboard and another that has my Pearl-tethered Vaio laptop so I can play more tables online).
But now, I am never changing my monitor. lol

Greetings from Manuel's

I'm here at Manuel's, playing on PokerStars and Bodog. Across the street I'm washing clothes, since I don't want to make it seem like I'm bringing my laundry to Susanne's all the time.

The tables have been decent -- I remember when I used to come here all the time to eat and play PartyPoker tables. Those were the days!

It ends up a +EV trip-- I'm up a few dollars, more than the meal here, on both sites.

Yesterday, at Bacchanalia, Susanne spied some businessman with his laptop open on what's arguably the best restaurant in town.

"He's not really making a business presentation here, is he?" she said.

"Next time, they'll see someone playing six tables here. I hope they have a direct billing option," I joked.

HOTD

Blame this one on the Gnome, who I'd talked with over the weekend about raising the button as a way to jack up one's pf raising %s.

I didn't like the rr all in on the turn, but I also thought I was ahead...

PokerStars Game #14764815539: Hold'em No Limit ($1/$2) - 2008/01/23 - 11:16:21 (ET)
Table 'Klio V' 6-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 2: LochemLand ($100 in chips)
Seat 3: chasaudie ($118.65 in chips)
Seat 4: kingrbb ($117 in chips)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($200 in chips)
Seat 6: viensjent ($288.70 in chips)
viensjent: posts small blind $1
LochemLand: posts big blind $2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Js 9d]
chasaudie: folds
kingrbb: folds
kurokitty: raises $5 to $7
viensjent: folds
LochemLand: calls $5
*** FLOP *** [2s 3s 4c]
LochemLand: checks
kurokitty: bets $12
LochemLand: calls $12
*** TURN *** [2s 3s 4c] [Jh]
LochemLand: checks
kurokitty: bets $25
LochemLand: raises $56 to $81 and is all-in
kurokitty: calls $56
*** RIVER *** [2s 3s 4c Jh] [4d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LochemLand: shows [7h 6c] (a pair of Fours)
kurokitty: shows [Js 9d] (two pair, Jacks and Fours)
kurokitty collected $199 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $201 | Rake $2
Board [2s 3s 4c Jh 4d]
Seat 2: LochemLand (big blind) showed [7h 6c] and lost with a pair of Fours
Seat 3: chasaudie folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: kingrbb folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: kurokitty (button) showed [Js 9d] and won ($199) with two pair, Jacks and Fours
Seat 6: viensjent (small blind) folded before Flop

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The power of Presto

(and the winning CR offense)...

Full Tilt Poker Game #4960820093: Table Burt (deep 6) - $0.15/$0.30 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:12:14 ET - 2008/01/22
Seat 1: kurokitty ($72.40)
Seat 2: LOLAllIn ($59.70)
Seat 4: doonker ($32.15)
Seat 5: richierich0 ($15)
Seat 6: brett04favree ($56)
LOLAllIn posts the small blind of $0.15
doonker posts the big blind of $0.30
5 seconds left to act
lowvato sits down
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [5c 5s]
brett04favree calls $0.30
kurokitty raises to $1.50
LOLAllIn folds
doonker folds
brett04favree calls $1.20
*** FLOP *** [Jd Kc 4s]
lowvato adds $20
brett04favree bets $1.20
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $4
brett04favree folds
Uncalled bet of $2.80 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($5.60)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $5.85 | Rake $0.25
Board: [Jd Kc 4s]
Seat 1: kurokitty (button) collected ($5.60), mucked
Seat 2: LOLAllIn (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: doonker (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: richierich0 is sitting out
Seat 6: brett04favree folded on the Flop

A living spree

The good life, let's go on a living spree/
Shit, they say the best things in life are free/
The good life, it feel like Atlanta/
It feel like L-A, it feel like Miami/
It feel like N-Y, summertime Chi...
-Kanye West

As soon as my cashout check from Bodog came, Susanne asked me, "So we're going to Bacchanalia now?" It's her favorite restaurant.
Well, ok. I had actually promised the night out if I did well in Tunica, but it's a good thing to use your winnings on occasion and celebrate.
So tonight I took a break from the very good tables and found myself all decked out in a charcoal suit, Johnston & Murphy shoes, my 15-game winner Armani tie and my souvenir from Japan's Bubble Economy -- my $1,500 Armani greatcoat.
Susanne said I needed to wear a jacket to the meal, especially since she had a dress picked out for the occasion. It was one of the few times I didn't feel underdressed -- there were lots of people in suits.
In the past, I would have been completely scared by the prospect of eating at a place like this. But thank Vegas for breaking me in -- Michael Mina in Las Vegas totally spoiled me, as chronicled here from the 2006 Blogger Weekend.
But Bacchanalia didn't disappoint. Basically you could choose four courses. I had the wine pairing with my meal.
Just like at Michael Mina, I didn't write anything down. Sham has a better recollection of what Bacchanalia is like here.
I can tell you what I liked -- the pork tenderloin was top notch. All of the wine. The apple souffle dessert was to die for. The company was awesome.
Dinner for two cost a little more than a NL$1/2 buy-in and was totally worth it. I only hope poker affords me more opportunities this year to celebrate!

Punk Hand of the Day

Quad. Sloppy.

Full Tilt Poker Game #4956755924: Table Stultze (deep 6) - $0.15/$0.30 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:28:15 ET - 2008/01/22
Seat 1: vg001 ($44.95)
Seat 2: The Redsparrow ($60)
Seat 3: PTDub ($60.05)
Seat 4: jejpenson ($15.60)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($60.90)
Seat 6: r2d26969 ($60.30)
r2d26969 posts the small blind of $0.15
vg001 posts the big blind of $0.30
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Qd Qc]
The Redsparrow folds
PTDub raises to $1.50
jejpenson calls $1.50
kurokitty raises to $6.45
r2d26969 folds
vg001 folds
PTDub has 15 seconds left to act
PTDub folds
jejpenson calls $4.95
*** FLOP *** [4s 7h 2s]
jejpenson bets $9.15, and is all in
kurokitty calls $9.15
jejpenson shows [2c 2d]
kurokitty shows [Qd Qc]
*** TURN *** [4s 7h 2s] [Qs]
*** RIVER *** [4s 7h 2s Qs] [Qh]
jejpenson shows a full house, Twos full of Queens
kurokitty shows four of a kind, Queens
kurokitty wins the pot ($31.50) with four of a kind, Queens
kurokitty: lol
jejpenson is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $33.15 | Rake $1.65
Board: [4s 7h 2s Qs Qh]
Seat 1: vg001 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: The Redsparrow didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: PTDub folded before the Flop
Seat 4: jejpenson showed [2c 2d] and lost with a full house, Twos full of Queens
Seat 5: kurokitty (button) showed [Qd Qc] and won ($31.50) with four of a kind, Queens
Seat 6: r2d26969 (small blind) folded before the Flop

Sunday, January 20, 2008

HOTD

Ah, Finnish people who don't know not to call pre-flop raises with dominated hands...

Full Tilt Poker Game #4935368216: Table Beimel (deep 6) - $0.15/$0.30 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:13:13 ET - 2008/01/20
Seat 1: NoPot4U ($54.60), is sitting out
Seat 2: quato1 ($37.85)
Seat 3: Bentheman87 ($15.70)
Seat 4: kurokitty ($82.60)
Seat 5: jorma vantaa ($66.80)
Seat 6: james13001 ($17.10)
james13001 posts the small blind of $0.15
quato1 posts the big blind of $0.30
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Jc Jh]
Bentheman87 folds
kurokitty raises to $1.05
jorma vantaa calls $1.05
james13001 folds
quato1 folds
*** FLOP *** [2h 6c 9d]
kurokitty bets $2.05
jorma vantaa raises to $4.10
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty calls $2.05
*** TURN *** [2h 6c 9d] [8d]
kurokitty checks
jorma vantaa bets $7
kurokitty calls $7
*** RIVER *** [2h 6c 9d 8d] [3c]
kurokitty checks
jorma vantaa checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jorma vantaa shows [Ac 9c] a pair of Nines
kurokitty shows [Jc Jh] a pair of Jacks
kurokitty wins the pot ($23.55) with a pair of Jacks
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $24.75 | Rake $1.20
Board: [2h 6c 9d 8d 3c]
Seat 1: NoPot4U is sitting out
Seat 2: quato1 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Bentheman87 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: kurokitty showed [Jc Jh] and won ($23.55) with a pair of Jacks
Seat 5: jorma vantaa (button) showed [Ac 9c] and lost with a pair of Nines
Seat 6: james13001 (small blind) folded before the Flop

Like zero gravity combat training

Since the crew tends to be more heavily involved in all variations of poker games rather than just NLHE, I'd like to point out that the 2+2 magazine this month has a nice Razz primer here.

Good hunting.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

An evening with Cash Money

It's in my veins, embedded in my brain/
I'm a full-time grinder, it's in my DNA, yeah/
I'm full of game, holla if you need a playmaker/
I'm talking wee hours, all night, it's daybreakers/
You say you're ready to slide, I'm trying to stay later/
My one-track mind say make paper, make paper...
-S.L. Jones

NORCROSS, Ga. -- "Fitty," I say when I make it on the turn, sliding out two twenties and a pair of $5 chips.

There's a flush draw and two callers, so I'm about as nervous as can be.

Matt kindly invited me to this game -- about every month his uncle's friends have poker night -- and this time around they wanted a few new players.

Poker night means $1/2 limit hold'em for the first two hours ($60 buy-in) and then a few hours later, they bump it up to a much, much larger game -- $1/2PL and you play everything you have on the table, although there is a $50 cap on a single player's bet.

I was worried when the time came that I didn't bring enough money with me -- I only brought about 4-5 $50 buy-ins, thinking that would be more than enough to cover variance. Earlier that evening, at the Bank of America cash machine, I was thinking, should I go for the $500 max?

During the game I was down about $50 in the limit part, after my set of 3s lost on the turn to a Q5s flush. Oh, well. When pot-limit came, I only had $150 on the table -- if I got drawed out again, I'd have little recourse.

But no matter. Once I made Broadway, the river was a blank and my callers/chasers folded. I raked in a nice pot full of cash and chips to put me up more than a buy-in for the night (Lookouts 8-1).

Matt also did well, up nearly twice that after a nice JJ bluff and later making trip Ks in the very last hand vs. a flush draw.

I can't tell you how much I love poker when it's cash money on the table, when your plastic chips are mixed in with tens and twenties. I could daydream and pretend there are stacks of $100 bills, as in High Stakes Poker, or as in the old days when players like Doyle Brunson played poker with drug lords in the back rooms of Texas or Vegas.

There's something about cash on the table. The green is real. It's why we grind.

Even in my reality, it was nice, a slice of Americana -- the fridge is full of soft drinks and beer, there are little meatballs and cocktail wieners for snacks in hot pots at the bar. The money didn't matter to Matt's uncle's friends, it was like my $5 game at Poker Cats Arena to them.

But for a cat, it's an evening with cash money, which has all kinds of possibilities -- snowballing into bankroll or a nice tip at Bacchanalia with Susanne.

Either way, I'm here with hundreds of thousands of hands behind me and the winning CR offense. It's time to make paper, make paper.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

18-0

I know Carolina outlasted Georgia Tech tonight, but my gosh, the officiating was somewhere reminiscent of the Munich Games. I guess by allowing all kinds of contact at either end they're prepping the players for careers in the NBA.

HOTD

Love the commentary.

PokerStars Game #14611766343: Hold'em No Limit ($0.25/$0.50) - 2008/01/16 - 22:36:41 (ET)
Table 'Ninina IV' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: xendarven ($48.50 in chips)
Seat 2: redize ($17.20 in chips)
Seat 3: spirt72 ($20.50 in chips)
Seat 4: easycall99 ($25.75 in chips)
Seat 5: fantasyguy ($19.50 in chips)
Seat 6: Gencfenerli1 ($30.60 in chips)
Seat 7: kurokitty ($44.50 in chips)
Seat 8: wisconsinfan ($29.20 in chips)
Seat 9: amymylove ($50 in chips)
wisconsinfan: posts small blind $0.25
amymylove: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [6d 4d]
xendarven: folds
redize: calls $0.50
spirt72: folds
easycall99: calls $0.50
fantasyguy: calls $0.50
Gencfenerli1: calls $0.50
kurokitty: calls $0.50
wisconsinfan: raises $2.50 to $3
amymylove: folds
redize: folds
easycall99: calls $2.50
fantasyguy: folds
Gencfenerli1: folds
kurokitty: calls $2.50
*** FLOP *** [6s 7s Ah]
wisconsinfan: checks
easycall99: checks
kurokitty: bets $8.50
wisconsinfan said, "lol KK u call with A2?"
wisconsinfan: folds
easycall99: folds
kurokitty collected $10.45 from pot
kurokitty: doesn't show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $11 | Rake $0.55
Board [6s 7s Ah]
Seat 1: xendarven folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: redize folded before Flop
Seat 3: spirt72 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: easycall99 folded on the Flop
Seat 5: fantasyguy folded before Flop
Seat 6: Gencfenerli1 folded before Flop
Seat 7: kurokitty (button) collected ($10.45)
Seat 8: wisconsinfan (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 9: amymylove (big blind) folded before Flop

The short version

Had a second game convene last night at Poker Cats Arena. Nothing too much to note. Poor 23skidoo tried to donate all the money he's won in the last few times, but still walked away up more than two buy-ins. lol

Cat ended up more than a buy-in (Bally's 2-1), really just coasting after a set turned into a quad on the river in an O8 hand against Empire.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Bodog cashout

Whoever had complained about Bodog cashouts in a previous blog was full of s***.

After a nice online run last week when I was in Tunica, I made a cashout Thursday night. It's supposed to take 10-15 business days.

So what comes under my door a few minutes ago? A FedEx envelope with the check in it. I didn't even get up because I thought it was too early to be hearing from the FedEx man. lol

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ah, presto!

Full Tilt Poker Game #4838948391: Table Broxton (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 22:52:10 ET - 2008/01/12
Seat 1: tremper23 ($19.85)
Seat 2: wizekid001 ($18.40)
Seat 3: Whoami187 ($48.50)
Seat 4: CoachSonny ($15.65)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($49)
Seat 6: morris5984 ($11.90)
kurokitty has 5 seconds left to act
kurokitty posts the small blind of $0.25
morris5984 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [5h 5s]
tremper23 folds
kurokitty has been disconnected
wizekid001 raises to $1.10
Whoami187 folds
CoachSonny folds
kurokitty has reconnected
kurokitty calls $0.85
morris5984 calls $0.60
*** FLOP *** [5d Kh Th]
kurokitty checks
morris5984 checks
wizekid001 checks
*** TURN *** [5d Kh Th] [2s]
kurokitty checks
morris5984 bets $0.50
wizekid001 calls $0.50
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $2.90
morris5984 calls $2.40
wizekid001 folds
*** RIVER *** [5d Kh Th 2s] [2c]
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty bets $6.75
morris5984 raises to $7.90, and is all in
kurokitty calls $1.15
*** SHOW DOWN ***
morris5984 shows [Jc Jh] two pair, Jacks and Twos
kurokitty shows [5h 5s] a full house, Fives full of Twos
kurokitty wins the pot ($24.15) with a full house, Fives full of Twos
morris5984 is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $25.40 | Rake $1.25
Board: [5d Kh Th 2s 2c]
Seat 1: tremper23 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: wizekid001 folded on the Turn
Seat 3: Whoami187 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: CoachSonny (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: kurokitty (small blind) showed [5h 5s] and won ($24.15) with a full house, Fives full of Twos
Seat 6: morris5984 (big blind) showed [Jc Jh] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Twos

Tunica- online ruckbox

TUNICA, Miss. -- In between playing live cash games and tourneys here, the online games have still been good. I was a total ruckbox in two hands, just means I need to tighten up my reads a little better.

Both were on Bodog.

In the first hand, it was NL$100. There was an utg+2 raise to $3, a shortstack called and someone else called. I had KQs in the bb and called for $2 more.

Flop was KQJ, two clubs. Raiser bets it out, shortstack calls all-in for $4.75, other guy folds.

I'm sitting there and thinking, shortstack is on the flush draw, raiser could have AT for the str8, but why would he open with a weak hand like AT? I decided there was more of a chance he had TP, so I put him all in.

He showed AT. The short stack showed QJ for two-pair.

The turn is the case Q, giving me an overboat over the shortstack.

In the second case, it was NL$50 on Bodog. I raised with AK in the small blind after a couple limpers came into the pot. Only the big blind called.

Flop was TKJ. I thought about it, then bet it. The bb called.

The turn was a T. I thought about it a while then bet $12, nearly half-pot. The French dude in the bb thought about it for a while and min-raised.

So I jammed him all-in. He showed JJ, for a boat.

River was a K for an overboat.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tunica update

TUNICA, Miss. -- I make it on time to the WSOP Circuit $300+40 event only to find a flop on the very first hand that nearly gets me knocked out of the tourney.

I had 89s in late and the flop was 8 with two of my flush cards. I was able to get out of the hand on the turn when the flush card came and it was bet, then raised. I was pretty sure then my 9-high flush wasn't the highest one out there.

It turned out the raiser had a royal flush!

Luckily there was 10K in chips to play with than the typical 2,500 or 3,000 chips for the event. So instead of losing a third of my stack on the very first hand, I lost a tenth.

I got most of those chips back from the royal flush guy, a young kid who had never played in a tournament before, when I limped utg with QJs. He called in the bb and the flop was an A and two spades. He bet it out, I called and when the turn was a second ace, he checked and folded when I bet it out. I told him that "it was hard to conceal my hand like that under the gun but I had to bet it out on the off chance" he had a flush draw.

lol

But that was really the main highlight for my duration. The extra chips gave lots of fantastic play and action in the first level, but by the fourth level it was time for business. I busted out after 3:27. I wasn't happy about it but I didn't see any cards bigger than 99.

HOTD

Once I found the German guy was button-raising with any two cards, it was time for some poker cats to scratch him up a bit...

PokerStars Game #14493018744: Hold'em No Limit ($0.50/$1.00) - 2008/01/11 - 22:40:39 (ET)
Table 'Sadachbia' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: smaug_kc ($181.05 in chips)
Seat 2: HerrPferd ($99.50 in chips)
Seat 3: Savaged ($201.80 in chips)
Seat 4: kurokitty ($119.65 in chips)
Seat 5: Mr.Zacard ($113.65 in chips)
Seat 6: oggear713 ($45.55 in chips)
Savaged: posts small blind $0.50
kurokitty: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [8d 9d]
Mr.Zacard: folds
oggear713: folds
smaug_kc: folds
HerrPferd: raises $3 to $4
Savaged: folds
kurokitty: calls $3
*** FLOP *** [Qh 4s 3h]
kurokitty: checks
HerrPferd: bets $6
kurokitty: raises $9 to $15
HerrPferd: calls $9
*** TURN *** [Qh 4s 3h] [3s]
kurokitty: bets $27.50
HerrPferd: folds
kurokitty collected $36.60 from pot
kurokitty: doesn't show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $38.50 | Rake $1.90
Board [Qh 4s 3h 3s]
Seat 1: smaug_kc folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: HerrPferd (button) folded on the Turn
Seat 3: Savaged (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: kurokitty (big blind) collected ($36.60)
Seat 5: Mr.Zacard folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: oggear713 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

HOTD

It's nice to have aces as a nightcap...

PokerStars Game #14473848739: Hold'em Pot Limit ($0.10/$0.25) - 2008/01/11 - 02:59:07 (ET)
Table 'Laverna' 9-max Seat #9 is the button
Seat 1: lparker2565 ($20.90 in chips)
Seat 2: usblues2006 ($23.45 in chips)
Seat 3: siljalaine ($23.40 in chips)
Seat 4: jonsusaab ($14.55 in chips)
Seat 5: aznnation200 ($14.25 in chips)
Seat 6: Chumbella ($48.70 in chips)
Seat 8: kurokitty ($24.15 in chips)
Seat 9: PatrickAerts ($24.15 in chips)
lparker2565: posts small blind $0.10
usblues2006: posts big blind $0.25
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ah Ac]
siljalaine: raises $0.50 to $0.75
jonsusaab: calls $0.75
aznnation200: folds
Chumbella: folds
kurokitty: raises $2.60 to $3.35
PatrickAerts: folds
lparker2565: folds
usblues2006: folds
siljalaine: calls $2.60
jonsusaab: calls $2.60
*** FLOP *** [Jc 8c 2c]
siljalaine: bets $9.90
jonsusaab: folds
kurokitty: raises $10.90 to $20.80 and is all-in
siljalaine: calls $10.15 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [Jc 8c 2c] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 8c 2c Ad] [5c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
siljalaine: shows [7h 7d] (a pair of Sevens)
kurokitty: shows [Ah Ac] (a flush, Ace high)
kurokitty collected $48 from pot
siljalaine leaves the table
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $50.50 | Rake $2.50
Board [Jc 8c 2c Ad 5c]
Seat 1: lparker2565 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: usblues2006 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: siljalaine showed [7h 7d] and lost with a pair of Sevens
Seat 4: jonsusaab folded on the Flop
Seat 5: aznnation200 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: Chumbella folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: kurokitty showed [Ah Ac] and won ($48) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 9: PatrickAerts (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tunica -- the "Asian Killer"

I woke up on the floor of some Japanese family's rec room, and they would not stop screaming.
-character Champ Kind, Anchorman

TUNICA, Miss. -- "You mean you've dealt the entire World Series?" this young guy in the five seat who is digging himself in a hole like the character Champ Kind in the movie Anchorman asks the Asian dealer.

"I didn't mean the entire World Series. For the last few years," she explains the obvious to him. Just how old is he implying she is?

"Champ" decides to take my seat when I sit down because he doesn't like "being close to the dealer" in this NL$1/3 game at the Grand. Fine. Whatever.

He doesn't like it when I make an isolation raise with AA and then he pops it to $45 and folds to my $140 bet, showing AKs.

I don't show. "You should have stayed in this seat," I say playfully.

And then the dealer drops it on me.

"I'm called the 'Asian Killer,'" she says.

What?

"In my town, they would call me the 'Asian Killer' because I would always kill the Asian players and push the pots to the white guys," she says, saying she used to deal in Colorado.

Oh.

Then she almost kills me. I raise with TT in early and then "Champ" jacks it up. I don't really want to get involved in a pot with him because of his gruffness plus I'm not getting the right pot odds. So I fold. He shows QQ.

I think about her tidbit and get up and take a phone call.

Tunica Tidbits- Tourney raises

TUNICA, Miss. -- In the second level (25/50) of yesterday's $300+40 World Poker Open event, I finally saw a hand that I could raise -- JT of diamonds.

"One fitty," I said, throwing chips out.

Although I won't say anything bad about dealers, she had neglected to say someone already had raised to 175.

Because my amount was less than the raise, I was allowed to just call it.

Had I said "raise, one-fitty," as is common with many tourney players, it would have committed me to a min-raise of the initial raiser, or 350 chips. Doyle Brunson was knocked out of the WSOP main event a few years back because of similar circumstances.

Having learned that, I'll never say "raise" in a tournament.

Either way, the result was fine. The flop was KxT and when it was checked to me, I c-bet it and won the pot.

Tunica -- When gamblin' grandpas go to war

TUNICA, Miss. -- The guy in seat 7 to my right has a weathered face and barely speaks, but his slow but deliberate movements says it all: he is a senior betting machine.

Into a $6 pot comes ... $20. Everyone folds, some chuckle. Mr. Betting Arm scoops up the pot.

You'll rarely find me at a table with a bunch of "gray hairs," lingo that Sham and I often use on trips to denote likely rockish players that likely learned the word "limit" before "no" in their poker careers.

But at this $1/3NL table at the Grand, there are six of them. 'Course, there may be a reason why four of us younger types can't leave the table.

To the right of Mr. Betting Arm is a slightly younger gray hair, a guy who resembled Bill Parcells, especially with his Cowboys-blue long-sleeved Under Armour shirt. This guy was a straddler and a I'll look you in the eye and still bet it kind of fellow.

I know Ed Miller says chips move clockwise around a table, but Parcells' chips were like salmon moving upstream to a guy wearing an actual Cowboy hat in Seat 5 -- he kept on limping with AK and scooping up stack after stack of Parcells' chips after his straddle hands hit pure air.

It's one thing to be macho. But dude. Come on. Really.

Soon Mr. Betting Arm went to quiet war with an elderly, silent guy in the Sham seat (Seat 10). Flop is Q39. Mr. Silent one bets. Mr. Betting arm calls.

Turn is a Q. Mr. Silent one checks. Betting arm comes out. Silent one makes it $75. Betting arm puts all his chips in the pot. Silent one instacalls.

Mr. Silent one shows KQo. Mr. Betting arm shows Q4. And catches a 4 on the river.

The very next hand, the gambling grandpas go to war again. They are both all in on a flop of 257. Mr. Betting arm shows a set of 2s. Mr. Silent one has a set of 7s.

Finally Mr. Silent one speaks. "Those chips you got on the last hand, that was just borrowed money. Next time it's your turn."

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tunica -- play your best cash game

TUNICA, Miss. -- Today, my sole strategy for the $300+40 NLHE World Poker Open event at the Gold Strike was to take a page from Phil Gordon's Little Green Book when he says that Chris Ferguson told him to "play his best cash game" in a tournament.

And, largely, it worked.

I caught great hands at the right time -- enough so I was making great reports to Gnome -- at the first break, at the second. During those times I caught someone reraising me all in with the harbls (88) when I had AA. I caught an old-timer raising me all in with AKs when I had AA.

I slowplayed a dangerous tourney player who claimed cashes in WPT events at the Borgata and Vegas. I called with A6s in the small blind, checked my two pair on the flop, called his turn bet when his flush came for half my chips (the ace made my boat) and got a call on the river.

After the second break, I pushed all-in with KK and got a chip stack to call me with KJs. So with blinds at 200/400 and 50 ante, I'm above the waterline with 12,000 chips.

Not too many hands later, this guy who reminded me of gigolo Sham (denim visor, shirt and gold chain) raises me all in after I raise 1,400 in early with TT. I fold not wanting to have to race for half my stack.

Not too many hands later, gigolo sham pushes all in with AJs and the small blind calls with A8, catching an 8 on the flop and sending G.S. home.

Then his friend to the right raises. I push all-in with QQ, he says "Like my friend, I have to get lucky," and calls with AJs. Jack on the flop and jack on the river. Oh, well.

It was a lot of fun and I was very happy with how long I lasted (4:37). It could have gone either way.

POKER CATS NOTEBOOK: I was extremely sick on Tuesday and did not make it out of my room and missed the $500+50 shorthanded NL WSOP Circuit tourney. I may try to play in another $500 tourney before the week is up. At very worst, I'll send refunds to the backers...

Monday, January 07, 2008

Tunica -- something's going around

TUNICA, Miss. -- "TV will kill anything," the dealer at the Grand says, during a conversation about Harrah's rapid expansion of the WSOP franchise in Las Vegas.

The table was full of discussion that this year the showing at both the Gold Strike and the Grand for the twin-tourney series has been less than previous years. "People don't have the money to play in all the tournaments," this grizzled player says.

In some ways, he could be right. Could the NL boom fueled by TV go bust?

Today I've been fighting the beginnings of a cold. Not sure if I got it from my short time here -- there's a bunch of people with the same runny nose, cough and sore throat -- but maybe it's because in a week I went from 19 degree weather (Chicago) to mid-40s (Atlanta) and now here, where it was a very nice 73 degrees today.

I donked my way out of two satellites (Fuel($55)+10) before deciding to go it my way at the cash tables. I'm not sure there's much skill involved -- by the 4th 12-minute level it's 100/200 so your entire 1,500 original stack is in the move-in zone. The very next level, it's 200/400, so even if you were fortunate to double-up in those 48 previous minutes, you're going to have to be pushing.

Twice I lost in races, once when I had 66 vs A9 and when I had QJ vs TT. Oh, well. I'm ahead in the cash games but the two satellites put me down for the 4-hour session (Banana Republic 4-1). The satelites were friendly, weak and fun, so other than the cold it made for an enjoyable afternoon.

Tunica -- In live play we trust

TUNICA, Miss. -- The blonde in the Sham seat has a concerned look on her face.

"I never play on the Internet -- there's too much cheating there," she says.

The dealer nods in earnest agreement.

"I hear they have a program that lets someone see all the cards," she says.

He continues to nod.

If the NL$1/3 table at the Grand Casino were an "Internet" game, I'd never leave. Online, it's hard to leave when you have a passive player that plays more than 40 percent of their hands.

Here's there's an 80 percent cowboy and at least 3 40 percenters. Everyone is passive.

I got in about 8 p.m. and crashed until 1:45 a.m. and then hit the tables. To my delight, there were lots of people still playing at the Grand, which is hosting the WSOP circuit tournament series.

There is totally an atmosphere of anyone can win, as illustrated in the results of the first $500+50 tournament there -- a dude who had never played a tournament before beat out a semipro for the win by making two inside straights on the river.

I'm glad I'm here. lol

Sunday, January 06, 2008

The short version

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- I arrive to Josh's in time to see Sham break a beer bottle over his head and instantly I know the game is good.

I was a little late to the game (arrived at 11 p.m.) but it was ok, since we went until 1:45 a.m.

Cat thought he was going to drain money again, but ended up a little (FTP 2-0).

Plus the company was great, especially with the broken beer bottle trick.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Preparing for Tunica

After the long drive back from Blairsville yesterday, I really was not sure I'd want to do a 6.5-hour drive to Tunica.

But it'll be good to do so -- I'm usually not keen on blowing a week of vacation so early in the year, but I've been wanting to see how crazy the Tunica action is during this tournament series for the last couple of years.

A thank you, especially confidence-wise, for you backers who have purchased stakes. I have two stakes remaining, 5 percent of the action for two $300 tournaments and one $500 tournament, all no-limit, that I am planning to play in. The cost is $61.50 -- if you're interested, let me know via e-mail.

Friday, January 04, 2008

HOTD (Free money!)

Small blind special. Is there a reason why people still aren't playing on PokerStars?

I thought the chop chop was funny.

PokerStars Game #14329712778: Hold'em Pot Limit ($0.25/$0.50) - 2008/01/04 - 22:49:45 (ET)
Table 'Thalpius' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: reedagnite ($6.65 in chips)
Seat 2: kash1974 ($44.90 in chips)
Seat 3: hiena56 ($55.50 in chips)
Seat 4: ahyums ($28.50 in chips)
Seat 6: JDD72 ($35.20 in chips)
Seat 7: bluemmer ($45.55 in chips)
Seat 8: bbbetts ($33.40 in chips)
Seat 9: kurokitty ($50.60 in chips)
kurokitty: posts small blind $0.25
reedagnite: posts big blind $0.50
Ianmacleod: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [2d 5s]
kash1974: calls $0.50
hiena56: calls $0.50
ahyums: folds
JDD72: calls $0.50
bluemmer: calls $0.50
bbbetts: calls $0.50
kurokitty: calls $0.25
reedagnite: checks
*** FLOP *** [4s As 3h]
kurokitty: bets $3
reedagnite: raises $3.15 to $6.15 and is all-in
kash1974: calls $6.15
hiena56: calls $6.15
JDD72: folds
bluemmer: folds
bbbetts: folds
kurokitty: raises $27.95 to $34.10
kash1974: raises $10.30 to $44.40 and is all-in
hiena56: calls $38.25
kurokitty: calls $10.30
*** TURN *** [4s As 3h] [8d]
kurokitty: bets $5.70 and is all-in
hiena56: calls $5.70
*** RIVER *** [4s As 3h 8d] [2c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty: shows [2d 5s] (a straight, Ace to Five)
hiena56: shows [5h Ac] (a straight, Ace to Five)
kurokitty collected $5.70 from side pot-2
hiena56 collected $5.70 from side pot-2
kash1974: mucks hand
kurokitty collected $56.55 from side pot-1
hiena56 collected $56.55 from side pot-1
reedagnite: mucks hand
kurokitty collected $13.40 from main pot
hiena56 collected $13.35 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $154.25 Main pot $26.75. Side pot-1 $113.10. Side pot-2 $11.40. | Rake $3
Board [4s As 3h 8d 2c]
Seat 1: reedagnite (big blind) mucked [Ah 4d]
Seat 2: kash1974 mucked [9s Ts]
Seat 3: hiena56 showed [5h Ac] and won ($75.60) with a straight, Ace to Five
Seat 4: ahyums folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: JDD72 folded on the Flop
Seat 7: bluemmer folded on the Flop
Seat 8: bbbetts (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 9: kurokitty (small blind) showed [2d 5s] and won ($75.65) with a straight, Ace to Five

A pickup game

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. -- Last night Poker Cats Arena convened its first Low Stakes Poker game of the year -- it was a nice turnout on such short notice.

The game originally grew out of meeting up with 23skiddoo after work at Taco Mac. When Surf said he'd come by, the game was on! Soon we had Empire and Brigid and Josh with Sham sneaking by after work to try to find Kuro's secret choco chip cookie recipe.

Soon it was easy to see why Skiddoo wanted such a gathering -- we are his fish! He quickly made work of an Empire buy-in with a 1-card quad hand. He made a boat with trips in the hole in Seven Stud/8 and got me and Surf in a hand that I shouldn't have played.

It was Baduci, that sick hybrid of 2-7 Triple Draw and Badugi that almost made me late for the Winter Bloggers tourney in Vegas.

I had 3-5-7 rainbow so I thought I would be golden for 3 draws to a best 2-7 hand or the pot-splitting Badugi hand.

Trouble was, I caught enough of a hand to screw me. It was all-in by me, Skiddoo and Surf and I had the worst of it with a 9-8 2-7 hand and an 8-7 Badugi. Skiddoo had the best Triple Draw hand and the best Badugi! with a 9-6-4-3-2 or something like that.

Surf had a slightly better badugi than me, an 8-6.

The other day I almost posted this nugget that I read in Negreanu's 2-7 Triple Draw section in Super/System 2 but should have taken to heart myself -- that a 9-high TD is rarely a good hand. So many kicker problems. (I didn't even have the 9-high when I pushed on the turn with my 8-high badugi, I caught the 9 on the third draw).

Despite the carnage, I ended up down only $7.90 for the night (at one point I was down $18 in the game).

It was fun, though. Later, me, Sham and Skiddoo went to Manuel's for a few more beers and seeing Obama and Huckabee win in Iowa. Of course, ESPN didn't break in to let us know during the Fiesta Bowl. lol

Today I'm up in north Georgia covering a story about a search for a hiker who has disappeared. Even earlier I was in Decatur for the first appearance of a guy accused of killing his father and grandfather. The news never stops.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Check(s) in the mail

Yesterday, after I got home, I found a curious, handwritten envelope mixed in with all the other bills.

It was my sportsbetting cash from MGM Mirage for some game I bet on during the Bloggers weekend.

Most (but not all) of the sportsbetting tickets you make in Vegas are only valid for 60 days after the event (some are 120).

But if you don't live nearby, or aren't planning to visit before the tickets expire, you can opt to send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the ticket to the casino address listed on the back of the ticket. All of the tickets recommend sending by registered mail, but for this one, which wasn't for a lot of money, I just sent via regular mail.

It took maybe 2-3 weeks for me to get. But no matter. I just sent off my winning Sugar Bowl tix and am looking forward for that payday!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Like Aces vs. Kings (New Year's cheer continues part II)

Last month at the Blogger's weekend, I sat at a NL$1/2 table with a few bloggers at the Venetian when I warned an unnamed one to be careful about Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Why? The SEC is a true battle-tested conference. We eat chickin' biscuits for breakfast in this part of the world. We grow kids big and strong.

I gave Hawaii about a 20 percent chance to win. Enough so I would be willing to get my money in with the best of it every time.

I bet Georgia -9, which I thought was incredible in Vegas. And then again at -8-1/2 and -8 on Bodog. I also took UNDER 69 in Vegas.

And so, with two days into the New Year, it's looking like how it was when I cleared the $600 Eurobet bonus back in January aught-six. A nice cushion to have.

Those of us who live "Down South" see how tough the games are here weekend in and weekend out. I think only Gnome (himself a Bulldog) is the only one who's seen both teams play.

Of course, before the game I was sweating reading a blog that said the tremendous swing in the Sugar Bowl market was coming from the sharps, the smart money, who must know something that I don't with their computers and predictions.

All I had was my eyes, a bet (or several) and a chair from which I held my breath.

Gnomey says poker is easy. Damn. Sportsbetting is easy, too. lol

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year's cheer continues

Some toaster on Bodog just followed me all the way to the river on an AT727 board with 66. I had AQs.

lol

And on Full Tilt some guy in the sb overplayed his ace-rag when I flopped two pair in the bb.

Happy New Year, dudes!