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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Long weekend...

Dropped $100 in my $1/$2 no limit game this past wednesday. I played well...I just didn't really get any strong hands. I know...it sounds like an excuse, but it's true. But seriously, if I were good, I should win the majority of the time, right? That's what I think. So, does that mean my no limit game is in the shits? Maybe. We'll see.

So, I cashed out at Noble Poker. After running my bankroll up to $1100, I couldn't win a hand to save my life. Same story, different site. It's a shame that these poker sites don't have legitimate software. If only they weren't so damn greedy.

I cashed out a Bodog as well. Both with negative returns. I just redeposited at my old stomping grounds, UB. That's pretty much the only place where I've consistenly won. Give me a week and let's see how it goes.

I'm at the beach this weekend, so no poker for me until Tuesday. Have a great long weekend.


Boogster

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

$.25/$.50 no limit hold'em ring game on Monday nights...

We were finally able to scrounge up enough players on Monday night to have a full table. I can't believe how hard it is to find players these days and I live in DC! Thankfully, I was able to get some players from the local yahoo group that I posted on. We had 11 players...four of them whom were new. The buy-in was a minimum of $40. Peanuts compared to the $10/$20 limit games that I play online. Oh well, I play on Monday nights to hone my no limit game. And I honestly think that it's great experience because it allows me read all different kinds of players without mistakes costing me a lot of money.

Anyways, I ended up taking home about $49. It would've been more, but some idiot called me all the way down to the river with 9-9, when I had top two pairs (J-Q) and he caught a 9 on the river. Thankfully , I didn't pay his ass off or else I would've been bitter. You can read more about the hand here: hand of the week.

All of my winnings will be going towards the $1500 buy-in WSOP tourney in Vegas on July 11th. So, according to my calculations, I need $1451 more. I'm going to put a counter at the top of my blog to keep track of where I'm at. This includes the money that I win online.

I'm playing in a $1/$2 no limit game tonight. The last three times I've played in this game, I lost $400, won $96, then lost a whopping $600. I'm looking for redemption tonight. I've decided that I'm going to play smart the whole way through. No more throwing cash around like I did the last time. I'll let you know how it goes.

I've been playing at Noble Poker for the past few days. It seems like there's a lot of fish there, but then again, it may be due to the fact that I'm a new player that I'm getting all of these nice hands. I've made a nice run there. Enough to cover my Bodog $10/$20 losses. I'm enjoying playing in the short handed $2/$4 no limit game. Crazy people go all-in with third pair and of course, I'm there to scoop it up. Only time will tell whether my luck will run out or not (or when their software decides to change my win percentage).

Wish me luck my $1/$2 game tonight. And one last thing...thanks to IGGY for posting my blog in his blog. My statmeter went through the roof two days ago. Till next time.

Boogster

Monday, May 23, 2005

Bodog and Noble Poker...

Signed up for Noble Poker this weekend. I wanted to see what this site was all about. Aparently, it's part of the Playtech network, which is also what CD Poker uses. The interface is actually not that bad. It's a hell of a lot better than the Prima Network (Pacific, Aztec Riches, etc.). Anyways, after making my initial deposit of $500, I turned it into about $1100 mainly playing $5/$10 limit hold'em and $1/$2 no limit hold'em. The games are actually pretty soft there. I played this one guy heads up in $5/$10 limit and busted him up pretty badly. And the no limit games, the player's call a ridiculous amount of hands, which creates a lot of action. I like action.

I finally finished earning my 600 bodog points at bodog.com to get my $200 bonus. It took me about a week. It's not a bad bonus syste. The best thing is that it's an unlimited deposit bonus. Unforunately, I dropped my original $1000 deposit down to $212. Oh well. I'm gonna withdraw and redeposit again. I'm doing well at Noble Poker now anyways. I can only play one game at a time there though. I get impatient when I'm only playing one game. Unless, I'm writing my blog or something :).

Well, it's been a calm weekend for me. I didn't really get a chance to play THAT much poker. I need to start playing in some multi-table tournaments. My Vegas trip is coming up soon (about a month and a half). I need to hone my tournament game before I get there.

Anybody watch Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith? I saw it last week. It was a pretty good movie. Lots of great action and very easy to follow. I also saw this great documentary about the kids in the middle of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. It was called Promises. Great documentary. It's probably one of the best documentary's that I've ever seen. It's on DVD right now. Another movie that I saw this weekend was Hotel Rowanda with Don Cheadle. That was a pretty good movie too. There wasn't really an element of surprise in the movie though. Everything was pretty much predictable.

Alright, I'm trying to grind it out at the $2/$4 no limit table on Noble right now. It's almost bed time.

Boogster

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Free No Limit Tourney tonight at Fado's

I played in a free no limit hold'em tournament tonight at Fado's. You can pretty much find a free no limit tournament any day of the night these days. The bars lure the customers in on otherwise off nights and make loot from people buying drinks and dinner. I paid $4.50 for a miller lite! Then, I tipped them to $6! I could've bought a six pack for cheaper than that! Anyways, I'm not being cheap, I just wanted highlight the fact that it's not really a "free" tournament.

So, how did I do in the tourney? Well, I busted out pretty early. I never do well at these tourneys for some reason. We started off with 400 in chips and the blinds were 5/10, going up every 20-25 minutes. I played pretty cautious throughout. Never even bluffed once. And finally when I was down to 185 in chips, I was second to act with KQ offsuit, and the chip leader who was under the gun, limped in for 40. I went all-in. Everyone folded and he called. He turned over AKo. That was good night for me. I hope my $1500 in Vegas won't be as dead money as this tourney was for me.

Oh well, I'll get those bastards next time.


Boogster

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

dropped $1000 in the $10/$20 limit game at Bodog...

My $10/$20 limit game stinks. I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing wrong, but I do know that I'm a losing player in $10/$20. My semi-loose aggressive play doesn't seem to work in that game. More players call me down, more players check-call top pair, and more players raise preflop. I'm not adjusting well. Fortunately, I've been doing pretty well in the $5/$10 game to cut my losses. I'm determined to play in the higher limits though and make a profit doing so. I just read Negreanu's blog. In the past week he's played in a $200k freezeout and a $500k freezeout! Can you imagine playing for that kind of dough? Seriously, how can you stomach a $500k loss in 10 hours of playing? I wanna get to that point in my game where I can play for $500k and have it mean very little to me whether I won or loss. That'll be the day.

I was reading Josh Arieh's blog (www.josharieh.com) and he said that Phil Ivey treated all of the poker players to dinner after the Trinidad fight last weekend. The total bill was $4k. I mean, seriously, he's a poker player! I know he plays $2000/$4000 limit hold'em and $4000 is just a drop in a bucket for him, but seriously, did the man make THAT much money from gambling for a living?

I wish I had the balls and the skills to be THAT good.

Well, I've decided to dedicate the next few months of my poker winnings to the $1500 no limit tournament on Monday, July 11th. That is, after I get my $600 back from my $1/$2 no limit loss last week and the $1k that I dropped in the $10/$20 bodog game. I booked a trip to Vegas from July 9th through 13th a while ago and I was all set on playing in the tournament, but after I booked it, I kept going back and forth on whether I should play or not. My thinking was, I didn't want to be dead money in the tourney. Well, I thought long and hard about it. I finally decided that it takes balls to make it big in anything that a person does. And of course, I'll never know how good I am until I've played with the best. Better to give it a shot, than to not do it and always wonder. If anyone is going to be in Vegas while I'm there, give me a shout and we can meet up.

Time to kick some ass.


Boogster

Friday, May 13, 2005

Deposited at Bodog..

I reloaded $1000 into Bodog last night. The 20% bonus is pretty money and I've already withdrawn my first $1k deposit a few weeks ago without any problems. All you have to do is earn 300 bodog points per $100 in bonus money.

I played about 30 minutes of $5/$10 limit hold'em last night. I didn't play too many hands. The one big hand that I did play, I had KK in the cutoff and reraised an early position player and he caps it for $20. Five players call! The flop comes 4-4-8 with two diamonds. The early position player bets out and I'm thinking check-raise on the turn because a raise on the flop wouldn't drive anyone out. So I tried to do just that, until my friggin computer locked up on me. They put me all-in and I ended up winning a nice $125 pot, which should've been a hell of a lot more. Oh well. The early position player had AK offsuit and another guy had 99. Idiots.

I'm out. I'll probably be playing a lot online this weekend to try to win my $600 back.

boogster

Thursday, May 12, 2005

just read this article about Negreanu...

This describes the way I was feeling last night at my $1/$2 no limit game:

During the 2004 World Series of poker, for example, he entered a $1,000 no-limit event that allowed players to buy back in as many times as they wanted within the first two hours--a structure that generates fairly loose play in the opening rounds. Negreanu took that approach to the extreme: He played almost every two cards he was dealt, and usually raised with them, laughing giddily all the while. Every time he busted out, he produced another thick wad of hundreds and reentered the fray. He ultimately bought back in a record 28 times, which meant he needed to finish fifth out of 538 entries just to get his initial investment back."People see me acting silly, it adds to my game," he explains. "It's good for my table image for the future. They will know I'm capable of going crazy. Because I will play with those people again, and they'll always wonder when I'm in there playing a lot of pots, 'Is he going crazy again?'"In this instance, it worked. After the re-buy period ended, Negreanu continued to play aggressively--though he toned it down a tad--and ultimately finished third. His prize money was more than $100,940, a profit on the day of more than $70,000.
Negreanu clearly revels in his wild-card reputation, but he says there is a definite method to his madness. He believes it's becoming increasingly difficult to win with a traditional tight-aggressive style, in which you wait for big hands and play them forcefully. As a result, he enters more pots than almost anyone at poker's highest levels. While most players get involved in at most two or three hands out of 10, Negreanu doesn't mind playing five or six.

"It's the correct strategy," he says. "In the old days, there was this myth that you have to play tight and only play certain hands. Poker has evolved. The mathematics behind what everybody thought was correct--the 'book play'--is absolutely not correct anymore [because there are so many less experienced and often reckless players coming to poker]. It's way too conservative. The way the game was played in 1980, if somebody raised and then there was a reraise, that meant a premium hand. [David] Sklansky even wrote that you should lay down pocket Jacks in that situation. Well, the way the game is played now, the first raise could be 10-8 suited and the next raise Ace-8."


The article goes on to say:

"He made consistent money at the middle limits, but stretched to play higher even when his bankroll couldn't sustain him. He was frequently broke. He also sometimes drank heavily at the table, smoked cigars, especially during what he dubbed "party day," when he would get drunk and play foolishly on purpose (not unlike the way he played in the World Series re-buy event, except with no brake). His rationale was that he needed those nights to keep poker fun, and not let the grind of constant playing wear him down, but it took a toll on his funds.


Last night, I felt like I needed to play the way that I did to "keep poker fun" as Negreanu says.

You can find the full article here:

http://www.poker.lt/poker-a,d2,new-breed-of-poker-stars.html

Boogster

got popped for 6 big ones last night...

Man...I got beaten up last night! $600 in a $1/$2 no limit game and we only played for about 5 hours. I don't know what it was last night, but I felt like I needed to outplay everyone at the table. I played a lot of hands, and limped in with hands that I should've raised with and raised with hands that I should've folded. I felt like experimenting last night. Even though I dropped 6 big ones, it didn't really sting that much. I can't explain it. I felt like I was paying 6 big ones to learn more about the game.

Despite the big loss, I have a few hands that I'm very proud of. I had KQ in late position and made it $8 to call. Three players in the pot...one in position over me. The flop came 8T. The early position player checked and I bet out $10. The late position player folded and the early position player called. As he called, he said "you're going to make me pay to draw, huh?". The turn brought a K giving me top pair. The early position player bet out $30! I thought for a second making sure I didn't show weakness. After 30 seconds or so, I cold called his $30. Before anyone could even see the river card, the early position player declared "all-in". I had $49 in front of me. The river brought a 2. After going through my head the possible hands that he could've held, I decided to call. He turned over 69. He was on a gutshot draw and tried to steal the pot. There were two reasons why I called his bluff:

1) He declared "you're going to make me pay to draw, huh?". Some players may think that this is a reverse weak is strong, strong is weak play, but in my opinion, it is what it is. If a player has a Ten, very seldomly will you hear them say something like this. Not only that, but he bet out pretty fast on the turn.
2) Calling "all-in" before the river card is dealt is almost always a dead giveaway that your hand is not exactly what it seems (bluff). If he was holding a Ten, he would've waited to see if the river card was a Ace, Nine, or King before betting. Because any one of those cards would possibly complete the opponent's straight or full boat.

Based on these two "tells", I put him at a King and low card at BEST. No chance that he had a Ten.

Even though I dropped a lot of loot last night, I think I played a pretty strong game. Like I said, I was experimenting. I learned a lot. I'm not worried about the money cause I'll win it back.

boogster

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

meant to post this...

I meant to post this before my vacation, but I forgot. Anyways...here's what Tom McEvoy wrote in his article in Card Player Magazine:

"It is particularly important in tournament play to recognize leaks in your game and correct them as completely and quickly as possible. The top pros understand that playing mistake-free poker is their ticket to the top."

I posted something to this effect a few blogs ago. It's nice to know that I'm starting to think like the pros. Everybody has "leaks" in their game, but believe it or not, most players continue playing without ever trying to fix these "leaks". In order to become a better player, I think that it's most important to recognize these leaks, then eventually fix them. Without ever doing so, your skill level will only remain stagnant.

boogster

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

More about the Poker Cruise...

Well, I guess I should elaborate on this "poker cruise" that bodog.com sent us on. They decided to award one of their top affiliates with a free cruise because they were sponsoring part of it. The cruise was actually a normal cruise ship with non-poker players, but about 200-300 of the cruisers were brought onto the ship by Classic Gaming. Classic Gaming is sort of like an affiliate of Norwegian Cruise lines, they bring people onto the ship and they get a small commission for bringing those people. From what I heard, they get about $1000/head...not bad huh? Anyways, since we were one of the first and best affiliates for Bodog.com, they decided to reward us with the cruise. Just to let you know, this was before the "Bodog 100% match up to $100 bonus" special that we were running at the beginning of the month that turned into a debacle. I'm not going to get into it anymore because I think that most of the customers who did the deal are happy with how we dealt with the situation. There's only a few who are still bitter with how we handled it. I can live with that.

Now, back to the Cruise. We met all kinds of the people on the cruise ship. Poker dealers who lived in the Vegas area seemed to be the one commonality between most of them. We met dealers from Aladdin, Palms, and some other no-name Casinos. And of course, they were all poker players. As a matter of fact, a few of them play "professionally", which only means that their only source of income is from playing poker. The common misconception with the word "professional" is that they are good at what they do. The reason I'm bringing this up is because I played with these "professionals" for hours and hours on the trip and some of them were no better than the guys at my $.25/$.50 no limit game on Monday nights. One guy that I met said that he lost $33k in one month and that's what brought him back into dealing. Can you imagine dropping $33k in one month? No chance that I can stomach that kind of loss. Another girl that I met, she was 23 years old and won $500k in a $3,000 buy-in no limit tourney in Tunica. She's plays "professionally" right now. She was pretty good, but I thought that my game was just as good as hers. Then again, when I sit at a table, I always think that I'm the best player there. After meeting all of these "professionals", it got me thinking about whether or not I could make it as a "professional" one day. I think I could do it, but the question is, do I want to do it? The lifestyle of a professional gambler is not fun. I like my lifestyle now where I have a steady income and earn money on the side by playing poker. If I had to play poker to pay my mortgage, I don't think playing would be as enjoyable as it is for me now.

What else about the cruise? Well, they had a $1000 limit hold'em freeroll tournament on the first day. I placed 7th out of about 36 players. I won $50. On the last day, they had a $100 + $25 buy-in no limit tourney and I placed 5th out of 45. In that tourney, I won $215...just enough to pay for my entry and all of the alcohol that we drank that night. In between these two tourneys, they had 6 hold'em tables running almost every day. They had a few $2/$4 games, a few $4/$8 full kill games, and one $10/$20 game. The $10/$20 game was full of experienced players, so it was very hard to make any money at that game. I played probably a total of about 4-5 hours in the $10/$20 and dropped $400, so I moved down to the $4/$8 game, which I absolutely crushed. Unfortunately, all of the money that I won in the $4/$8 game, I lost in blackjack and craps. If I could only stay away from those damn blackjack and craps tables, I'd be friggin money! I've played a hell of a lot of craps and not once have I walked away from the casino as a winner. Why do I still play it? Because it soooo much damn fun. Craps is probably the most fun game in the casino, because there's so much action. However, most people walk away from the craps table as a loser.

What did we do on the cruise? I went bungee jumping Acapulco, went ATV'ing in Puerta Vallarta and kayaking in Ixtapa. It was an absolutely crazy experience. If any of you are ever looking to go on a cruise, I'd highly recommend booking through Classic Gaming. Their next cruise goes to Alaska in October. I couldn't have imagined going on this cruise without having the poker room there. I'd be bored out of my mind after the second day. The cruise ship that we went on was called the Norwegian Star. It's a freestyle cruise, which means that you get to choose which restaurants you go to instead of having a set time every night to go to dinner and having the same people at your table every night. The freestyle cruise is the best out of all cruises that I've been on. The check-in and check-out processes were FAST too. It took no more than an hour from the time we arrived at the pier to when we got into our staterooms. And when we checked out, it took more than an hour to go through imigration and then board a shuttle bus to take us to the airport. If you hate waiting, then this is the type of cruise that you want.

Alright, I think this blog is getting a little too long. I haven't even talked about my bad beats and great bluffs yet. I learned a few new tricks too, which I'll talk about in my next blog.

Oh yeah, I won $110 in my $.25/$.50 game last night. We played short handed for most of the night and I tore all of them a new asshole. I love this feeling of being a better player than everyone else at my table. I feel like I'm unstoppable right now.

Btw, this bodog girl was on our cruise ship promoting their site:


Can you say SMOKIN?

Boogster OUT.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Back from the Poker Cruise...

It's about 2am now and I just got back from the Poker Cruise that Bodog.com sent us on. It was friggin amazing. An 8-day cruise from L.A. to Alcapulco to Ixtapa to Puerta Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas and then back to L.A. I played a ridiculous amount of poker on that cruise and met some amazing people. Since the cruise catered to Poker Players, there was a lot of talent on the ship. I'm pretty pooped right now, so I'll write some more tomorrow.

Boogster