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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Poker makes you handy

The other day I found the rear brakes on my hybrid were worn clear down to the nubbins. In the past I would have had no idea what to do.

Likewise, a few weeks ago when I found that my rear tire on my car was flat and it was impossible to move the bolt that anchored my tire jack from the trunk, I would have been pretty helpless if this happened a few years back.

But I really do feel like poker has helped because in both cases I went into problem solving mode. I was able to figure out what to loosen up to get the brakes removed and then replaced. I was then able to make some small adjustments so the brakes aligned just right on my bike rims.

And in the flat tire case, I was able to find a tool -- in this case a channel locks wrench that my dad left at my place one time -- to force the bolt to loosen so I could get the jack out.

Maybe I could have figured this all out, eventually, without being a poker player. But having experience day in and day out to analyze any situation -- and act accordingly -- really does help.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A sucker bet

Saw the following on a betting site:

Wager on the Stephen Strasburg prop for tonight's Nationals vs. Braves game. If Strasburg strikes out at least 12 Braves tonight, winning wagers will be doubled up to $50.00 for this specific prop.


The Golden Nat has only accomplished more than 12 K's once, during his first start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 8. His other three starts have resulted in 8 strikeouts (at Cleveland on June 13), 10 hosting the White Sox on June 18 and 9 hosting Kansas City last Wednesday.

The actual over/under on the betting line is 8.5 strikeouts. It'll be interesting to see how he does for his second start on the road.

A much more interesting prop might have been "Will Stephen Strasburg walk a batter against the Atlanta Braves?" as he has only walked five batters in four starts, and all five came in the road game against Cleveland.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Poker Stars' double-or-nothing sngs

Just finished (and won) my first double-or-nothing sit-n-go on Poker Stars. Basically you get double your buy-in if you are in the top half of players (5 winners in a 10 person game).

The blinds are at turbo speed and it is a pretty quick game, breaking when there are 5 people remaining.

You know you loves the pokers...

HONOLULU -- I nearly missed my flight from DEN-HNL because I was trying to reach the 200 point requirement for Iron Man on Full Tilt for the day.

They had completely closed the door of the plane but opened it back up for me. Score!

I somehow didn't sit near my gate. I also misinterpreted the departure time for the boarding time. lol

I read a huge stack of Card Player magazines that dated back to 2008. I basically would just put them in a pile and take a few for airplane trips. I learned I could read a whole bunch of them on a 7-hour airplane leg.

But definitely some interesting things in them. If nothing else it got me to think about poker strategy for a while.

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Got to see Gnome and his wife after having dinner with my parents and relatives. Not too much poker talk here, but pretty nice to see them again so soon after their wedding.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Three-tabling

...on Full Tilt at the Atlanta airport while waiting for my flight. Twenty minutes here, twenty minutes there, an Iron Man makes!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Poker games are weird

I'm about to post the following hand to demonstrate how, even at NL$100, the games seem tougher than they were in the past when, at another table, some dude donks off with K5o with an A on the board and me with a str8 and the redraw.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 760305

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter



CO: $46.80

BTN: $106.20

SB: $140.60

BB: $115.45

UTG: $101.50

Hero (MP): $100.00



Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is MP with 8 of diamonds 8 of clubs

1 fold, Hero raises to $3, CO calls $3, 2 folds, BB calls $2



Flop: ($9.50) J of spades K of diamonds 3 of clubs (3 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $6.25, CO folds, BB calls $6.25



Turn: ($22.00) 8 of hearts (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $12, BB calls $12



River: ($46.00) J of clubs (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $25, BB raises to $75, Hero raises to $78.75 all in, BB calls $3.75



Final Pot: $203.50

BB mucks T of clubs Q of spades

Hero shows 8 of diamonds 8 of clubs (a full house, Eights full of Jacks)

Hero wins $200.50

(Rake: $3.00)


And speaking of rings ...

... way to go Lakers!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

It ain't a thing without the ring (I'm engaged!)

First off, thank you poker. Without you I wouldn't have been so calm, sitting at Tiffany & Co. waiting for the saleslady to process my payment for the engagement ring.

I worked to slow my heartbeat, thinking of other elongated pauses in reality like when you get it in at the poker table with an overpair and hope to God that the draw doesn't get there.

Like poker, this is a hand that's felt right. Unlike so many times before where I've tried to make the most of bad or suspect holdings and left empty at the river.

No matter how many downswings, I've always been the same player at the felt. After months and years at the table, I know not to over-celebrate my recent fortune to have an incredible running and life buddy.

But damn, I will live in the moment. It feels pretty good.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Don't try this at home

My hand is good, not that good.


Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 3 players - View hand 754615

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter



Hero (BTN): $68.40

SB: $50.00

BB: $110.65



Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN with A of diamonds 4 of spades

Hero raises to $1.50, 1 fold, BB calls $1



Flop: ($3.25) A of hearts 2 of spades 6 of spades (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $2.25, BB raises to $6.50, Hero calls $4.25



Turn: ($16.25) 2 of diamonds (2 players)

BB bets $9.50, Hero calls $9.50



River: ($35.25) J of hearts (2 players)

BB bets $29.50, Hero calls $29.50



Final Pot: $94.25

Hero shows A of diamonds 4 of spades (two pair, Aces and Twos)

BB shows 7 of hearts Q of hearts (a pair of Twos)

Hero wins $93.25

(Rake: $1.00)


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Smokin' aces

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 750655

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter



UTG: $36.10

UTG+1: $53.05

Hero (UTG+2): $114.50

MP1: $100.00

MP2: $83.00

CO: $122.00

BTN: $118.65

SB: $107.95

BB: $101.75



Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is UTG+2 with 6 of clubs 5 of clubs

UTG calls $1, 1 fold, Hero raises to $5, 2 folds, CO calls $5, BTN calls $5, 3 folds



Flop: ($17.50) 5 of diamonds A of hearts J of clubs (3 players)

Hero bets $12.50, CO calls $12.50, BTN calls $12.50



Turn: ($55.00) 6 of hearts (3 players)

Hero bets $40, CO folds, BTN raises to $101.15 all in, Hero calls $57 all in



River: ($249.00) T of diamonds (2 players - 2 are all in)



Final Pot: $249.00

Hero shows 6 of clubs 5 of clubs (two pair, Sixes and Fives)

BTN shows A of diamonds 8 of diamonds (a pair of Aces)

Hero wins $246.00

(Rake: $3.00)


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Punk Hand of the Day

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 745643

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter



Hero (MP): $165.75

CO: $40.75

BTN: $100.00

SB: $69.00

BB: $46.75

UTG: $144.60



Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is MP with 6 of spades 6 of clubs

1 fold, Hero calls $1, 2 folds, SB calls $0.50, BB raises to $4, Hero calls $3, SB calls $3



Flop: ($12.00) 7 of hearts 4 of diamonds 6 of diamonds (3 players)

SB bets $6, BB raises to $30, Hero raises to $108, SB folds, BB calls $12.75 all in



Turn: ($103.50) T of clubs (2 players - 1 is all in)



River: ($103.50) T of diamonds (2 players - 1 is all in)



Final Pot: $103.50

Hero shows 6 of spades 6 of clubs (a full house, Sixes full of Tens)

BB shows 5 of clubs 8 of clubs (a straight, Eight high)

Hero wins $100.50

(Rake: $3.00)


Saturday, June 05, 2010

Rush poker -- small blind limps

This is something I picked up from one of the Cardrunners videos on Rush Poker but I've seen it work many times -- maybe it's just a small bump in your winrate, but one in the right direction.

Basically it's a situation when the small blind open limps to you in the big blind. The CR video said to always raise in this situation -- you'd be amazed how many times the small blind will surrender that BB.