First off, let me start with my bankroll:
The good news is that I cashed out $822. The bad news is that I lost everything in Pacific and about $100 in Party. Ehh...I'm not complaining though. UB treats me well. Party and Pacific, not so much. I think I'll be sticking with UB from now on, unless, of course, their servers crash for two days. Anybody out there try SportingBetPoker.com or AbsolutePoker.com yet? How about Bodog.com? Crazy how there are so many poker rooms out there these days. It reminds me of the days when online shopping sites started springing up all over the place. Four years later, only the strong has survived. I have a feeling that the big sites like Party and UB will endure the long run where sites like SBP and AP will be done with in three years or less. It's tough getting a reoccuring customer. Anyways, enough with my ranting about online poker rooms. Let's get down to some poker talk.
Anybody catch the Tournament of Champions where Annie Duke took home the $2mil first prize? Crazy huh? I'd say the one hand that defined her night was when she had pocket sixes to Howard Ledderer's pocket sevens. The flop came Q-Q-6. Game over for Ledderer who was obviously the better player. You know...after watching these "pros" play, I think I can take any of them on. Are they THAT much better than me? Seriously, I've spent thousands of hours playing online. I'm pretty sure I've seen just about everything. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to bust some of them up someday. Time will tell.
Okay, so I've been playing a lot of online sit & go's. From $20+$2 to $50 + $5, 10 handed. I've been doing pretty well actually. I'd say I place in 3 out of 5 events. Probably more like 3.5 out of 5. Those are pretty good stats right?
Here's a hand for chatting: I call a raised pot by the BB with Q-Q in middle position. The flop comes Q-T-9. I bet out about 2/3 of the pot. I get one caller in early position. The turn comes a blank. I bet out about 2/3 of the pot again. He calls again. He's got about a little more than a hundred in chips left versus my 300. The pot is over 1000 chips. I'm going all in on the river, regardless. Well, the river comes an 8 and he goes all-in. He turns over J-T for the gutshot straight. I'm down to a mere 200 in chips. How in the world could anyone make such a poor call? This was a $50+$5 as well. I'm pretty sure he didn't have the odds to call. Idiot. I'll get him next time.
Here's another hand. This has happened to me twice already and I'm NOT going to let it happen again. I'm playing a three person tourney with JJ in the big blind. Blinds are $30/$60. The player first to act makes it $180 to go. The SB folds. I make it $480 to go. The opener goes all-in without hesitation. Eventually, I call and he turns over KK. I'm a 4.5 to 1 underdog and I have a shorter stack than him....not a good place to be. Never will I do this again (never say never). I must respect the all-in bet when I am forced to go all-in, especially with a nice size reraise. The player most certainly has a higher pair. Learn from my mistakes.
I'm out. Till next time.