Thursday, September 30, 2010

Full Tilt increasing Iron Man points requirements

Today as I logged in and got ready to play, I checked my status on Full Tilt's Iron Man web page -- I knew I had to make 100 points to reach the next level of play.

But then I discovered the tables had turned. The website has increased the required daily points from 100 to 125 and 200 to 250.

For most players, it isn't a big deal. For others, it would be like going onto a football field and learning you have to make 12.5 yards instead of 10 yards for a first down.

What I dislike about it is the change happened on the last day of a month in which players already have locked up (or thought they locked up) the required number of daily points to reach certain levels.

There should have been an announcement saying, "Starting Oct. 1, the required points will increase" and not "Surprise, all your work for the month is now shot. Good luck next month."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Betting out your draw

It's almost like a home poker move to bet out your flush or straight draw.

In this particular example, I should have raised this out of position player when he bets it out. What is he trying to show he has by betting? 9-high?

I would have liked to have raised him on the flop before things got too expensive but when my overcard came on the turn I felt comfortable that I had the best hand.

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 951917

The Official Hand History Converter

SB: $50.00

BB: $42.35

UTG: $51.50

CO: $51.25

Hero (BTN): $65.80

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN with J of spades K of clubs

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

Flop: ($3.25) 3 of spades 4 of spades 9 of spades (2 players)

BB bets $2, Hero calls $2

Turn: ($7.25) J of diamonds (2 players)

BB bets $4.25, Hero raises to $12, BB calls $7.75

River: ($31.25) 5 of hearts (2 players)

BB checks, Hero checks

Final Pot: $31.25

BB mucks K of spades T of hearts

Hero shows J of spades K of clubs (a pair of Jacks)

Hero wins $29.70

(Rake: $1.55)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Heading to Vegas!

I've registered for the Dec. 5 Rock'n'Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. That means I'm going to Vegas!

Even better, the group that holds the series of marathons and half marathons around the country has a special challenge if you run in the Las Vegas event and then another one in Arizona six weeks later -- you get the special "Double Down" medal listed above.

It's kind of like getting an "achievement" in Xbox360. They award for multiple races in the series run during the calendar year.

Anyway, can't wait to see what running in the desert cold is like! And maybe taking a hand or two at the tables!

Out of position, what are you doing??

In poker, being out of position sucks, but trying to take control of a board with little possibilities is a great way to lose chips.

In this spot, why would someone with an A or a better hand like a set, bet out so strong on a rainbow board?

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 951905

The Official Hand History Converter

SB: $55.80

BB: $46.40

UTG: $51.35

MP: $60.80

Hero (CO): $54.35

BTN: $50.00

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is CO with Q of clubs K of clubs

1 fold, MP raises to $1.75, Hero raises to $5.35, 3 folds, MP calls $3.60

Flop: ($11.45) 8 of hearts 2 of clubs A of diamonds (2 players)

MP bets $6, Hero raises to $18.50, MP requests TIME, MP folds

Final Pot: $23.45

Hero wins $22.30

(Rake: $1.15)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A poker bloggers' quorum at the Georgia Dome

This past Sunday, I gathered with Sham, Surf and Skidoo for the Atlanta Falcons' first home game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals. Our last poker player gathering was in September 2009 for a game against the Carolina Panthers.

It was great to see everyone, I think it's been a few months. It also had been a few months since Sham and I had done the tailgating thing.

Like a preseason game, not all the kinks were worked out -- Sham brought out a new portable propane gas grill to complement the ol' battleaxe hibachi we've used the last three seasons. Only the new grill wouldn't fire up.

So with half the cooking ability, we made half of the food for the crowd but it turned out to be ok.

Another kink was that my cooler was full of beeze -- and nothing else. I usually have a few bottles of water or soft drinks available.

Better luck next time, I guess.

The game ended up being great, a rout of the Cardinals with a 41-7 win.

Anyway, great seeing everyone this past Sunday and I look forward to more tailgating -- and more Falcons' wins -- at the Georgia Dome.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

PokerStars' $50 cash credit

By e-mail the other day was the new promotion from PokerStars for its 50 billionth hand celebration, including a $50 instant cash credit.

The credit costs 3,000 points and I decided to cash it in, since I don't have any money in the account now that I mainly play on Full Tilt.

What a roll of $50 gets me, however, is a lot of penny poker. So for a few days I've played at the $.01/.02 NL tables after I've played my Full Tilt points for the day.

It's definitely interesting and it'll be neat to see if I can grow that roll a little.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Also called quads

Dealer: kurokitty shows [Qs Qh]
Dealer: xxxxxx shows two pair, Queens and Eights
Dealer: kurokitty shows four of a kind, Queens
xxxxxx: lol
Dealer: kurokitty wins the pot with four of a kind, Queens
Dealer: Hand #23853991916
xxxxxx: woah lol im not evne mad
Dealer: 5 seconds left to act
xxxxxx: that was an awesome hand to win with haha
Dealer: Crystal Pie wins the pot
Dealer: Hand #23853997373
kurokitty: dqb
System: A $6+$0.40 Rush Sat to MiniFTOPS ME will be starting in 2 minutes. At least 5 seats will be awarded!
xxxxxx: huh ?

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Oil and chips

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Back playing my points for Full Tilt today while waiting for an oil change after a nice trip to Charleston, Hilton Head Island and Savannah. I think I was able to get my points for two of the three days we were gone (nice free ethernet cable access at the Crowne Plaza Hilton Head) and the games have been pretty decent.

It seemed like a rally race after doing an entire loop, from Interstate 20 to Charleston, Highway 17 to Interstate 95 to Hilton Head Island and back on I-95 to Interstate 16 to Savannah.

When we came back to Atlanta we ate at the Vortex in Little Five Points. It was late but they had some kind of poker tournament going on in the upstairs patio. A few tables, almost like a home game. Lots of bottles of beer and young guys smoking cigarettes. Don't remember if anyone wore sunglasses.

It's nice to know that poker is still going well. While I think the quality of online players has increased, I'm never surprised to look someone up and see they are stuck over a few hundred thousand hands.

That's enough to keep up the motivation while you work out the never-ending evolution of poker strategy.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Full Tilt and the "Fast $50" bonus

Today when I logged on, there was a mystery bonus waiting for me. I accepted it before I did my daily grind at the tables and it turns out it's the Full Tilt "Fast $50" promo.

Here are the details. You basically have 21 days to clear and the bonus drops at a rate of $5 per 86 points.

Seems like a good deal to me.

This weekend I'm headed to South Carolina's Charleston and Hilton Head Island, with a detour to Savannah, Ga. before returning to Atlanta.

Can't wait!