Friday, August 1, 2014

New league

So the bar league I normally play in has been drying up. The owners made a big cut back recently, deciding to no longer sponsor quarterly or year end tournaments. That pretty much put an end to my playing in that league.

I've been meaning to check out another bar, Donohue's, as I went to high school with the wife of the owner, and have always heard good things about the bar. I had recently been in there for my 25th high school reunion and really liked the place. It turns they are part of the Big O poker league, and have tournaments on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I went in on Tuesday and was pleasantly surprised at the turnout. They had what looked to be at least 4 full tables. There was a good mix of players. My first impression was that I was at a fairly soft table. I had picked up a few good pots by the first break, including dragging a big one on the river uncontested, with one of my favorite hands, 3/5 off-suit. The blinds went up seemingly quicker than I'm used to, but that may be due to having fuller tables. I had a couple of big pocket pairs in consecutive hands when I was getting low on chips. The first hand I raised with pocket jacks, when I flopped a set on a board of KJ3. I bet out, I think all-in, and took the pot. The next hand I had pocket kings and went all in pre-flop, after several people had limped in, to add about 50% to my stack.

Another important hand when I was at risk with a short stack, I had pocket 3's (I think I was UTG) and went all-in. An aggressive player to my right who had recently joined the table called, apparently due to the pot odds. He flipped over 74 of diamonds. I really had to sweat when the flop came 68T with two diamonds. The turn was another 6, and the river was the only diamond he didn't want to see, a 3, to give me full house. I manage to hold on and make the final table, picking up some double ups to stay in the game. I ended up going out in 6th on a hand with 4 of us all in.The four hands were Q8, who I'm pretty sure was all-in in the big blind, AK, to my right, me with AQo, and a pair of 8s on the button. I was down to 2 BB, with a good hand that I had to call, but hindsight says that I probably shouldn't be calling an all-in with that, as I'll likely be behind or drawing thin, with few, if any live cards, as was the case.

I still feel pretty good about my play, especially outlasting as many as I did. It's good practice for when I eventually hit the casino tournaments again. I will definitely be back next week!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brain teaser

One of the poker bloggers I follow posted a fascinating poker puzzle here:

Poker Quiz | Rob's Vegas and Poker Blog

I worked on it a while, in my head, with a deck of cards, and even trying to write it out, but I finally broke down and googled it. Turns out there's actually two solutions, which I found here


Monday, June 9, 2014

WSOP and other stuff

Lots of stuff

I'm still here and still playing. I've started several posts since my last update, but I've never gotten around to finishing them up and posting.

I ended up winning 3 quarterly tournaments in a row last year. I finished 2nd in the final quarterly, and busted 3rd in the year end.

This year started out well, and I finished 2nd in the first quarterly, however I haven't been playing like I should be lately. I recently downloaded a poker improvement hypnosis mp3. Hopefully listening to it will help me refocus and get back to my winning ways. Last week I did feel that I played much better, even though I still haven't won a session in months. I'm working on going back to the basics, focusing on better hand selection and playing more aggressively. I also plan to go through my books and read up on short handed play.

My wife and I were hoping to go to Vegas later this year for a long weekend, but it appears to be somewhat out of our budget, so we're planning a road trip to somewhere closer. There will still be poker involved, and I'm planning on playing in one tournament there. I also want play one or two of the Sunday tournaments at the Horseshoe here in town before then, as well as some cash games. I'm strongly considering playing $3/6 limit to build my backroll, to avoid the fluxuations of no limit.

I've been following the updates on this year, which I didn't really do last year. I was up late Sunday railbirding online for a blogger I follow, <a href=">MemphisMOJO</a>, who finished 3rd in the senior event. While I didn't stay up to see the finish, I was excited to follow most of the end of the $1500 Razz event, when Ted Forrest defeated Phil Hellmuth for his 6th bracelet and 2nd in Razz. I've also been following Daniel Negraneau, in particular his 2nd place finish in the no limit 2-7 event.