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Monday, March 31, 2008

Double Delta MQM

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For the love of the game

Even when I'm old and grey, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game.
-Michael Jordan

I'm still seeing lots of doom-and-gloom posts about being done with poker. Maybe I haven't reached that stage where my optimism will be bludgeoned into submission.

But maybe I never will. I can't tell you why poker has allure, maybe it's easier to ignore the grind when you are a winning player. I want to go like Nick the Greek Dandalos and play at the lowest limits at the end of my life, if I have to.

I just like the idea of it, the pleasure of it, like having an ice cold bottle of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat waiting for me at the end of a 6-mile run or a hard day at the office.

I guess it's knowing that the poker, or the drinking, doesn't own me. Maybe that's fool's gold. A friend once told me they could never understand how people can drink just one.

Maybe it's because I have another addiction -- running. I've run through injuries and even saw in an article that people have run through heart attacks. Now that's interesting.

I love the social nature of poker, I love the competition, which I think is the main reason why I play. I love the positive reinforcement of growing a bankroll.

I love being part of an American culture of glitter and neon lights. Of fate and chance all rolled up in a turn of the cards. Or the river.

I love the feeling of the potential, of what might happen, when the letters "AA" flash up on the screen. Or when that third 5 flops, making you think for just this instant, that Presto doesn't suuuuukkkk. lol

I'm going to end here because I hate it when literary people overwrite things. This is just how I feel. You won't hear complaints from me. When I'm done, Seat 7 will be open. You will see me pick myself up from time to time, dust myself off, and ask for the next flop.

I do it for the love of the game.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Are you on a championship team?

Promises are whispered, in the age of darkness/
Want to be enlightened, like I want to be told the end, yeah
-Pearl Jam

I've been reading a bunch about people frustrated with poker and it struck me that among a certain number of bloggers, namely ones that I perceive to be hugely winning players, I don't tend to see those kinds of posts.

Poker is kind of zero sum in that:

1). You win
2). You lose

Good players, like great sports teams, lose all the time. Keeping the frustration (which leads to tilt?) out of the game is one of the many things that separates the good from the bad.

Analysis is key here. If your result of a session is 1). You win, then you may continue on like nothing ever happened (although I think the good players will analyze the win to see if it's fools gold).

But if a session is 2). You lose, there are two things to look at.

A). Did the other player make a mistake?
B). Did you make a mistake?

If it's A, then you'll hear top pros like Taylor Caby say "That's a cooler" and move on, maybe making a note of the fishy thing that led to the suckout or beat. You have to be properly bankrolled to be able to do this.

If it's B, then you should look at where you went wrong. Here are just a few of the things to consider:

a). Did I underestimate the player?
b). Did I misread the hand?
c). Am I of the proper emotional state to play successfully right now?
d). Is the table too tough for me?
e). Am I properly conditioned to be playing?
f). Am I playing the best style to beat the game?

I've had downturns before, but no large ones since I've adopted the CR offense. That may be fool's gold, but I think a lot of it comes from how I view tables.

1). Is it a soft table?
2). How are they reacting to my pre-flop raises and c-bets?
3). Is there much 3- or 4-betting going on here?
4). Do I feel comfortable with the stakes?

Many times I feel like people stay too long at a table that maybe once was a good one to play at but is no longer. I'll just get up and leave when I notice this, or if I notice that holes are being punched in the CR offense. It immensely helps to multitable so you see more cards and reduce your variance.

Keeping a spreadsheet helps so you can look at the game from a historical point of view -- sure you got kicked in the junk on X day but a few days later made it all back and more. It will also tell you the direction you are headed in poker -- up or down.

I'd also try to play on a few different poker sites. There are times when it's good to make a change.

The Pearl Jam quote above is what I think many people think poker is about -- that just because they play and do a little bit of navel gazing they should automatically reap the rewards.

But it's a lot harder than that. In sports, the championship teams not only have the talent but prepare and train all the time. It shows up in games, especially late in games. You can tell a great team by how they react when they're down. In some of the best, it doesn't even faze them. They know that they have the ability to win and that if that result isn't in the cards for them, there's another day.

In poker, the best players are often too busy thinking about past -- and future -- hands, and how to win the most money, to be frustrated.

A pickup game

Closed out a nice game with Sham, Ben and Josh that started in the second half of the Louisville-Carolina game (go Heels!).

Ended up nearly two buy-ins (Carolina dark blue 1-0) in four-handed play. Not sure how. There were lots of beers and Jager bombs along the way. lol

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A good beat (tax return extension)

I didn't realize this, but as a resident of Fulton County, which was affected by the March 15 tornado, I won't have to file my tax return (with chunk of poker winnings) until May 19.

Here's what the IRS has to say about it. Full release here:

Following severe storms and tornadoes beginning March 14, the federal government declared Bartow, Burke, DeKalb, Floyd, Fulton, Jefferson and Polk counties a presidential disaster area qualifying for individual assistance.

As a result, the IRS is postponing until May 19 certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. The postponement applies to return filing, tax payment and certain other time-sensitive acts otherwise due between March 14 and May 19.

Taxpayers considered to be affected taxpayers eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive acts are those taxpayers listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(1), and include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Cat Navigation

After spending about 20 minutes today in southwest Georgia looking for the continuation of a street that went by a different name for 8 tenths of a mile before continuing with its original name, I think it's time to give up the fuzzy aspects of cat navigation and get a GPS navigator.

Anyone have any thoughts on good devices?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The beginnings of a nice lunch

At Taco Mac right now, having had to go to work really early to cover all the people who were stranded overnight when the hometown airline cancelled flights to inspect their whale-tailed MD-88s.

Couldn't roust skidoo from work so I just decided to come here and work on Beer Club beer #12 (Harp).

Tried to log on to Poker Stars but I actually have it up on my desktop just a few doors away. So no dice.

But Bodog will play with a cat. Got 66 for my first hand as a bring in for $1 in a NL$100/6 max game.

One caller. I hit a set and bet it out and get action on a Qx6 board. I put the shortstack all in on the turn and he has KQ.

Later I had KK, 3-bet another shawty and get min-raised all-in. I call. He has TT and I take his stack.

Another hand I raise with JJ utg and get bb caller with a flop of A96. I bet it out and then bb calls. Turn is an A and bb bets out half for $11. I put him all in for $22 more and he folds. I put him on a 9 maybe.

A nice day and there's draft beer to drink! Yay!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Skillz (50th of 83)

Three pair no good. lol

Bodonkey #7 (34 of 52)

Out in 34th after I reraised my sb vs MiamiDon's button raise. We both had AK but he made a flush on the turn with clubs. lol

Skillz

Sometimes razz is about blinkmanship.

Full Tilt Poker Game #5783406742: Skill Series (40521419), Table 2 - 50/100 Ante 10 - Limit Razz - 21:54:37 ET - 2008/03/25
Seat 1: kurokitty (2,850)
Seat 2: dino_burger (2,693)
Seat 3: Loretta8 (2,760)
Seat 4: syndrome187 (2,827)
Seat 5: heffmike (1,850)
Seat 6: oossuuu754 (3,465)
Seat 7: jeciimd (4,555)
kurokitty antes 10
dino_burger antes 10
Loretta8 antes 10
syndrome187 antes 10
heffmike antes 10
oossuuu754 antes 10
jeciimd antes 10
*** 3RD STREET ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ac Kc] [3s]
Dealt to dino_burger [Kh]
Dealt to Loretta8 [2c]
Dealt to syndrome187 [5c]
Dealt to heffmike [6d]
Dealt to oossuuu754 [3d]
Dealt to jeciimd [9h]
dino_burger is high with [Kh]
dino_burger brings in for 15
Loretta8 folds
syndrome187 folds
heffmike calls 15
oossuuu754 completes it to 50
jeciimd folds
kurokitty calls 50
dino_burger folds
heffmike calls 35
*** 4TH STREET ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ac Kc 3s] [Ad]
Dealt to heffmike [6d] [6h]
Dealt to oossuuu754 [3d] [Ks]
kurokitty bets 50
syndrome187 is sitting out
heffmike folds
oossuuu754 calls 50
*** 5TH STREET ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ac Kc 3s Ad] [4h]
Dealt to oossuuu754 [3d Ks] [7s]
kurokitty bets 100
oossuuu754 calls 100
*** 6TH STREET ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ac Kc 3s Ad 4h] [3h]
Dealt to oossuuu754 [3d Ks 7s] [3c]
kurokitty bets 100
oossuuu754 raises to 200
kurokitty raises to 300
oossuuu754 calls 100
*** 7TH STREET ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ac Kc 3s Ad 4h 3h] [Ah]
kurokitty bets 100
oossuuu754 folds
Uncalled bet of 100 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot (1,135)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,135 | Rake 0
Seat 1: kurokitty collected (1,135), mucked
Seat 2: dino_burger folded on 3rd St.
Seat 3: Loretta8 folded on 3rd St.
Seat 4: syndrome187 folded on 3rd St.
Seat 5: heffmike folded on 4th St.
Seat 6: oossuuu754 folded on 7th St.
Seat 7: jeciimd folded on 3rd St.

Presto sukkkkkkkzzzzz

Playing a 2-3 table sng with skidoo:

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Seat 2: Rondelli ($700) -
Seat 4: mopar95204 ($3,250)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($1,300)
Seat 6: ShiftyShady ($3,930)
Seat 7: TARRATATA ($2,340)
Seat 9: Showdown9 ($1,980) -


PRE-FLOP:

Small Blind Player Sitting Out
Rondelli posts BIG blind $100
Dealt To: kurokitty


RAISE mopar95204 ($300)
RAISE kurokitty ($1300)
FOLD ShiftyShady
RAISE TARRATATA ($2340)
FOLD Showdown9
FOLD Rondelli
FOLD mopar95204
UNCALLED TARRATATA ($1040)


FLOP:

Pot: $3000
   



TURN:

Pot: $3000
     



RIVER:

Pot: $3000
      



SHOWDOWN:
TARRATATA:

kurokitty:


TARRATATA collected $3000 from main pot with three of a kind, Tens

SUMMARY:
Total pot: $3 Rake: $0

Final Board:
     

Seat 2: Rondelli big blind folded before the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-100)
Seat 4: mopar95204 folded before the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-300)
Seat 5: kurokitty showed [5c 5d] and lost with three of a kind, Fives - Net Gain/Loss: ($-1300)
Seat 6: ShiftyShady didnt bet folded - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 7: TARRATATA showed [Th Td] and won 3,000 with three of a kind, Tens - Net Gain/Loss: ($1700)
  
Seat 9: Showdown9 button didnt bet folded - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)


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I hate these situations

NL$100 6-max, 'Stars

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Seat 1: kurokitty ($98.50) -
Seat 2: Samâdhi ($19) -
Seat 3: FARIALEON91 ($59.50) -
Seat 4: witzar ($89)
Seat 5: Glibbert82 ($42.50)
Seat 6: Lia60 ($32.70)


PRE-FLOP:

Samâdhi posts small blind $0.50
FARIALEON91 posts BIG blind $1
Dealt To: kurokitty


FOLD witzar
FOLD Glibbert82
FOLD Lia60
RAISE kurokitty ($3.50)
FOLD Samâdhi
CALL FARIALEON91 ($2.50)


FLOP:

Pot: $7.5
   

BET FARIALEON91 ($3)
CALL kurokitty ($3)


TURN:

Pot: $13.5
     

BET FARIALEON91 ($53)
CALL kurokitty ($53)


RIVER:

Pot: $119.5
      



SHOWDOWN:
FARIALEON91:

kurokitty:


kurokitty collected $116.5 from main pot

SUMMARY:
Total pot: $119 Rake: $3

Final Board:
     

Seat 1: kurokitty button showed [Qc Kd] and won 116.50 with three of a kind, Kings - Net Gain/Loss: ($58)
Seat 2: Samâdhi small blind folded before Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-0.5)
Seat 3: FARIALEON91 big blind showed [As 5c] and lost with two pair, Aces and Kings - Net Gain/Loss: ($-57)
  
Seat 4: witzar folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 5: Glibbert82 folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 6: Lia60 folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)


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