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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Playing at UB again...

Well, I started playing at UB again. Bodog was good while it lasted and I'll probably go back there some time, but for now, I've got money in UB and it's the only place where I've consistenly made money.

Not sure if you any of you are into sportsbetting, but here's an NCAA basketball trend that's been working for me:
Bet on the home favorite, if they are playing against a top 25 team and they are not ranked.

So, for today's games, unranked Ohio State is favored by 2.5 against Wisconsin who is ranked 20th in the nation. Doesn't make sense that a non-ranked team is favored against a ranked team right? Well, that's exactly how sportsbetting works, you almost always go against the obvious choice. Take Ohio State -2.5.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

$1/$2 no limit ring game...

Played in $1/$2 no limit ring game last night. Buy-in was a max of $100 and if you got below that point at any time, then you can buy back up to $100. Now, I'm not a very good no limit player, but I've been trying to hone my game as it seems this is where most of the action is these days. Now, maybe someone could tell me where I went wrong in this one hand:

I had AJ in middle position. I make it $8 to go. I get three callers, one of them is on the button. The flop comes K22. The two early position players check to me and I bet out $15 into a $32 pot. The button calls and the two others fold. The turn brings a J, I pause and think for a while, then bet out $10. He raises to $40. What should I do??

I folded this hand. My guess is that a $10 bet on the into a $62 pot on the turn probably wasn't the best idea. The only reason I bet $10 was to try to look weak, so he would think I was strong. Yeah, dumb logic, but it works with the better players. I think Daniel Negreanu calls it a weak lead. Sometimes it works and sometimes you get raised. Anyways, he didn't show his cards, but maybe I should've checked on the flop to see what his bet was going to be? By betting $15 on the flop, even if he had a pocket pair, he probably would've called. I don't know, next time, I think a check raise would be more appropriate. Anyways, this is the reason why I'm starting to like the no limit game a little more. There's a little more thinking involved versus the robotic betting in limit hold'em.

Monday, February 21, 2005

$20 buy-in no limit tourney...

So, I played in a $20 buy-in tourney yesterday. The field consisted of 26 players. We started with 2000 chips, and it was unlimited rebuys for the first hour of play. The blinds started at 25/50 increasing every 20 minutes. The payout schedule was as follows:

1st - $300
2nd - $200
3rd - $100
4th - $30
5th - $30

I've never played with the majority of these players, so I was very hesitant initially because I wanted to get some sort of read on them before I actually started playing. After 10 minutes, it dawned on me that most of them were playing to just to get wasted and have some good ole fun amongst friends. I don't think anyone there really took this tourney too seriously, which was good for me. Because I was in it to hone my tournament skills and what better way to do it than to play with a bunch of random players.

After an hour of play, I had widdled my chips down to about 1550. I was able to rebuy back up to 2000 for $5, so that's what I did. At the start of the fourth round, the blinds were at 100/200. Here's a key hand that catapulted me. I was in the big blind with JK. Everyone folded to the small blind, who was also the overwhelming chip leader, and he made it 450 to go. It was a pretty big bet, but I was in position and I actually had a pretty decent hand. And I felt as though I had a pretty good read on the player, so I called his bet. The flop came KJ9. The small blind bet out 250 and I quickly reraised him all-in. It was roughly 1200 for him to call in a 750 pot. I put him on AK or KQ. After thinking for an eternity, he still would've had over 1500 in chips even if he lost, so he decided to call. He flipped over QQ. Exactly what I wanted to see, but I was still an overwhelming favorite to win the pot at almost 4:1. When the turn and river brought two blanks, I doubled up to a little over 4000 chips. PHEW! I hate getting into it with the chip leader, but luckily this time my cards were able to hold up.

The next hand, I was in a big pot again. This time, everyone folded to me in the small blind. I looked down and saw a Q5. Feeling my rush and seeing that I had more chips than the big blind, I made a pretty heft raise to 600. I didn't want him to call, but he did. The flop came three blanks. I bet out 600. He quickly reached for his chips and called. I kept thinking...what am I doing??!?!? He actually had a lot more chips than I thought. When the turn came, it brought another blank. This time, I paused for a few seconds, looked at his chips acting like I was going to put him all in and then, I checked. Thinking about it, it was probably a huge tell, but he had no clue. He checked as well. The river brought another blank. There were three spades on board and all five cards were different. With over 2400 in the pot, this had become a pretty big pot. There's no chance that I could've won the pot without a bluff and it had to be a BIG ONE. So, after he checked on the turn, I decided to put a big bet out there. I put out 1000. He thought for a second, then declared that he had King high and mumbled that he thought I was bluffing. Then, of course, he folded! Phew!

Now, I had over 6000 in chips. And within reach of becoming the chip leader. After another 3 hours of play, here's the hand that broke me. With four players left and the blinds at 600/1200, I was sitting pretty with a little over 10,000 in chips. I was sitting in the small blind with T7. Everyone folded to me and I called 600, the big blind quickly raised it to 2700 total. The big blind and I had about equal stacks. He was a very aggressive maniac player, so he could've held any two cards. I decided to call his bet, hoping to outplay him post flop. The flop came AJ. I checked and then he kinda mumbled "all-in", then he took it back and said "oh, I better not because you have more chips than I do". Instead, he bet out 1500. It wasn't a big deal that he mumbled all-in to me because it was a friendly tourney and most people were there to drink beer and have fun. So, anyways, hindsight should've told me that he didn't really have a strong hand, but had enough of a hand to bet out 1500. So, I put him on KJ or QJ. Seeing that 1500 was a pretty small bet to call, I decided to call, hoping to catch my third Ten or a Seven. The turn brought a blank. I checked and he once again bet out 1500. I called again, in hopes of betting out big on the river. The river brought a King possibly giving him a straight or maybe two pair. I was hoping he didn't have a straight, so I bet out BIG. 5000, I declared. He quickly put me all in! SHIT I had to fold. After the hand, he told me that he had a KT offsuit. WTF?!?! Two pairs and he wasn't scared of the straight. My guess is that he didn't even know the straight was there.

Oh well! A few hands later, I busted out with pocket Jacks to the other player's AQ. Instead of reaping in a cool bill, I had to settle for $30. I made a cool $5 in 5 hours, making my win rate $1/hour. Even bums make more than that! I wasn't there for the money though, I was there for the challenge. Stay tuned for more to come.

Till next time!

Sunday, February 20, 2005

My last hand at bodog...

After dropping about half my profits at the $5/$10 limit tables in a ridiculously crazy run of hands, I started playing some $1/$2 no limit. Here's my last hand of the night:

I have KK in early position. With one limper before me, I make it $8 to go. The BB calls and the early limper folds. It's heads up. The flop comes AK6. The BB bets the pot of $32. I go all in for $62. He calls and turns over 82. I make my set and he makes his flush. And of course, his hand holds up and he takes the pot. If the King hadn't come on the flop, there's no chance I would've called him. The fact that I made trips and I only had $62 left, I'm pretty sure most good players would've went all-in following his $32 bet on the flop? Could I have conceivably folded that hand?? Maybe I should've just called instead of raising all in? The T came on the turn, but that's hindsight. Oh well. If I'm faced with that decision ever again, I'll most likely fold because I don't think anyone would bet out $32 on the flop with top pair (Aces). Even if he had something like AQ, I don't think he would've bet out $32. He could've had two pairs, but again, there's no chance that he would've bet out $32 with a flush draw on board. If I actually would've taken the time to think about it before going all in, I probably would've folded. Some may not agree with me, but I think folding is probably the best option, unless, of course, you have a great read on the player. I was new to the table, so I had no idea what this guy's betting patterns were.

I'm playing in a 40 player $20 buy-in no limit tourney today. Cheap buy-in, but it should be a nice challenge, nonetheless. I need to get my no limit game up to top form if I'm going to play in the $1500 WSOP tourney on June 3rd. Check back soon for the results!


Saturday, February 19, 2005

It happened...

Yup...the string of bad cards came, just like I was anticipating. I wasn't hoping for it, but I had a feeling that it'd come. Oh well, maybe it's time to go back to UB? It was a nice run at Bodog, while it lasted. Can't complain, still made some nice chump change.

I played some $15/$30 limit hold'em for the first time at Bodog. I must say, it's just like $10/$20, but I'd have to say that it's slightly more agressive. There was almost always a preflop raise and lots of action after the flop. However, it was still a very loose agressive game, just like the $5/$10 and $10/$20 games. On average, there was still 3 or 4 players preflop, even with a raise. I didn't win at the $15/$30 game, but it was nice to experience the thrill of higher limits. I'll be playing $10/$20 regularly at in no time.

Did you guys know that that guy from "The Crew", Scott Fischman plays at UB? Yeah, he goes under the username: emptyseat88. I see him online usually grinding it out at the $3/$6 omaha hi tables. I don't know what his bankroll looks like, but is this guy even considered a pro? I mean, seriously, what pro grinds it out at the $3/$6 tables online? And this guy has a WSOP bracelet!

Anybody else see all of these affiliate sites very similar to popping up all over the place? I'm not going to mention domain names, but a lot of them look very similar to ours. I'm wondering if these guys are current customers of ours. Anyways, not a big deal. A few other sites actually started out before I did, so I can't really blame them for trying to get into the affiliate action. There's a lot of money to be made for sure.

Anybody read Paul Phillips blog? I kind of enjoy his take on the poker scene. He seems like a down to earth guy who knows his stuff. You can check out his blog here:

Paul Phillips Blog

Well...I'm out now. Till next time.

Friday, February 11, 2005

bodog's my new site...

Another few days of playing at bodog and another nice profit. I must say, this is by far the fairest poker room out there. I haven't experienced any of those ridiculous streaks of bad beats that I've experienced over and over at those other poker sites...especially at UB, where the streaks are pretty much predictible these days.

I'm liking me some Bodog Poker

Not only do they have the best affiliate programs out there, but they also have one of the best poker rooms now. No mini-view like UB, but I can do without that for now. I'm also thinking about switching my sportsbook over to Bodog as well. I've been pretty much banned from all of those affiliates. I had a little scam-a-lama going with them and they didn't like it too much. You can read about it here.

Basically, I opened 10 accounts on all of their affiliate sites and starting doing the free bets every week in all 10 accounts. I didn't hedge the bets, so I was banking on the fact that I'd get the free bets right. Of course, all I had to do was hit 2 out of the 4 every month and I'd make the same as I would've, if I took the safe route and hedged the bet. Of the 16 weeks that I worked this "scam", I'd say I hit about 11 of them. You can do the math. Well, they caught me. I'm fairly certain that if someone else tried it, they'd have no clue what was going on. So many wagers go through their site every day, there's no way they can track all of the free bets taking place.

Anyways...I'm done with the free bet scam. There's more money in poker!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

bodog poker...

Well, I finally decided to fund my bodog account just to see what the fuss was all about. I'm impressed. The interface is pretty clean and the games are pretty fast paced. You can multi-table and it's never hard to find a any limit. In my opinion, the competition is definitely softer than at UB. As a matter of fact, after playing here, I'm thinking about retiring from UB, just because it takes me too long to build up a nice bankroll at UB. I find myself grinding it out at UB, going sideways most of the time. There's only one direction that I'd like to go ...and that's UP.

So, is anyone else planning on entering the WSOP? I'm tempted to enter a few of those $200 online tourneys that give away an entry into the main tournament. Unfortunately, I don't think my tournament skills are good enough yet, to actually place in one of those tourneys. I mean, I can't even make the final table at a 26 player tourney with players who haven't even logged 1/100th of the hours that I've logged playing poker. If I can't win those tourneys, then there's no chance that I can win the bigger ones. I think I may devote some time to becoming better at tourneys in the upcoming months. June 3rd is marked on my calendar because that's the date of the WSOP $1500 buy-in at the Rio. I have about 4 months to get my shit together. I'm gonna start by finishing Sklansky's book on Tournament Hold'em. After that, I'm going spend a lot of time playing on any tourneys that I can get my hands on. The only way to gain experience is to be there right in the middle of them.

Btw...I stopped watching Tilt. That show sucks. It'll be off the air within a can quote me on that.

I picked up the Rounders Collectors edition DVD. Can't wait to watch that puppy on my new plasma. If you don't have a plasma and an HD tuner box, then it's time to get one. I can't stop watching TV now! Try multi-tabling on a 42" plasma....

Boogster Out.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

$60 no limit tourney...

I played in a $60 no limit tourney this Friday night. 23 players total. The pot would be split amongst the top 3 finishers: 65%, 20%, 15%. Everyone started with 20,000 in chips with the blinds starting at 100/200, doubling every 30 minutes. Obviously, anything short of a victory would be a disappointment.

Since I played with most of these guys a few months ago, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. My game plan was simple. Play tight, play premium hands, and bluff seldomly.

The first hand that I was in, the blinds were at 200/400, I had A5 in the small blind. Everyone folded to me and I called. The big blind checked it and we saw the flop. The flop came A22. I bet out 400. The BB calls quickly. The turn brings a 6. Once again, I bet out quickly...1300 this time. I was actually trying to bet out 800, but accidentally picked up the wrong chip color. The BB thought about it for a second, then he called. Now, I didn't know what to think. Since it was early on in the tournament, I didn't really have a good read on him yet. Maybe he had a two and he was slow playing? Maybe he had an Ace? I had no clue. The river brought a 3. I checked. He bet out 3000. After thinking for a little bit, I disgustingly folded my top pair and weak kicker. I'll get him later.

Play tight, play premium hands, bluff seldomly

The next hand I played. I had 8 in late position with two limpers in between. I probably shouldn't have even played this hand, but it was a cheap flop and I was in position. Well, the flop brought three hearts: 269. Perfect! Two guys in front of me and I flopped the flush. The early position player bet out 500. The middle position called. After thinking for a little bit, I decided to make it 1500 to go. I was going to slow play, but I didn't want a "one hearter" to catch a fourth heart and it was early in the tournament, so my main goal was to build chips early and play around later. I figured a 1500 bet would drive at least one of them out, if not both of them. If they both folded, I'd still be content taking my first pot. They both folded. I was back to even.

The next hand significant hand, I had 43 in the small blind. I limped in along with 4 other players. The flop brought one 4. Everyone checked it all the way around. The river brought a third 4. I bet out 4000 and the player who bet the turn with a middle pair, called me. It was a nice pot. I had built my chips up to a little over 35,000 at the point.

After three hours of play, the blinds went to 2000/5000. I still had about 35,000 in chips. There were 12 players left. I was sitting in the small blind and everyone folded to me. The guy who drove me out with a big bet on the river to my top pair was still sitting in the big blind. I didn't forget and I was ready to get even. I decided to try to steal the big blind. I made it 15,000 to call with a Q5. A pretty big bet at that moment. I didn't want him to call, but he did. NOOOO Alright, outplay him on the flop. The flop comes K62. I slowly checked. He thought about it for a second, was going to bet, but called instead. The turn brought at T. I declared all-in. What the hell was I thinking? I played so well up till this moment and I was trying to bluff the guy with the most chips at the table. Hindsight is 20/20, but looking back, I should've just folded my garbage. He called and showed QQ. I was drawing dead. I was done.

So goes it. Like my man Scotty Nguyen says "that no limit baby...". Next time, I'll be smarter. There was no reason for me to try to steal the blinds against the person with the most chips. AND he was a calling station. Bluffing a calling station is a definite NO NO in taught in the early lessons of Poker 101.

Till Next time.