A Fool and His Money
Monday, May 17, 2004
Wedding Count: 6 days

Royal Vegas: $264
Party Poker: $83
Poker Stars: $126.50
Neteller: $680
Live: $118 ("house-fund":$125)

Sorry to the 2 of you who read this that I haven't been updating lately but with the wedding fast approaching I haven't really had much time to play which means I haven't had much to post about lately.

I did get a chance to play in our home game this past thursday and I ended up even. The first game I took third place and got lucky to do so. With 4 left I was the by far the lowest stack and the blinds had gotten so big I was all-in on my BB about 3 orbits in a row. After that I managed to double up when I was dealt pocket A's and got a caller after moving all-in. This put me into third place and the new short stack busted out. After one ill timed bluff on a KKx board with my opponent holding a K I was again cripled and went out shortly after.

The second game I never managed to catch anything and just semi-bluffed my way out when nothing ever came through for me. The third game I played decently well and took second place to get my money back for the night.

On Saturday I finally had a chance to sit down and play online for a while. I had signed up for Royal Vegas back when they were offering the WSOP freerolls even though I ended up missing both. They recently sent me an email offering a 100% bonus up to $100. So, I deposited $200 and now have to play 900 raked hands to clear the bonus. I'm probably about 200 hands in and I'm down $36. I was catching decent cards I just couldn't get anything to hold up. Every time I'd catch top pair I'd end up losing to someone with two pair or a set. I'm pretty sure I can turn that around though as the .50/1 6-max tables are incredibly soft there.

I'm also in the process of starting a $1000 Sit-&-Go challenge that I stole from another blogger (sorry can't remember who.) I pulled everything out of Poker Stars except $110. I'm going to follow the following format playing only No Limit Sit-&-Go's:

$0 - $110$5 + $.50
$110 - $220$10 + $1
$220 - $330$20 + $2
$330 - $550$30 + $3
$550 - $1000$50 + $5

I played my first $11 Sit-&-Go and took second place. I had a good shot at first seeing as I got heads up with $9000 vs. $4000 in chips. I kept chipping away and got it down to $11000 vs $2000 but he came back to about even. I chipped away again and got him down to about $2000 again then he started playing the all-in game where he pushed in every single hand. The first call I made a mistake and called his AA with my A7. He doubled up to $4000 and I had to be more careful. He continued to push all-in and blinds were now at $400/$800. After catching no cards at all he had the lead with about $7000 vs. my $6000. I finally caught 77 in the BB and he pushed all in again. I called and he turned over 66. I had him dead to rights until a 6 came down with the flop and I was bounced in second place.

I guess that serves as a good lesson to anyone who finds themselves being outplayed in a heads up game. If you know your opponent is better than you just push all in on every hand and let luck decide the game. Maybe he'll pick the right spot to call or maybe he won't but even if he does pick the right spot a little luck can still win it for you. A shitty way to play but if you know you're being outplayed its one way to take a lot of the skill out of the game.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Wedding Count: 11 Days
Poker Stars: $1008
Party Poker: $83
Live: $118 ("house-fund": $125)

As promised here's the trip report from the past weekend.


I decided to take Friday afternoon off as I wasn't really getting much done at work any way and had a few things to take care of before heading off to Windsor for my bachelor party. I made a quick trip to city hall to pick up a copy of my birth certificate then back home to start packing. Packing took a total of about 20 minutes so I had about 3 hours to kill before leaving.

Of couse I hopped onto Poker Stars to get a little poker warm-up. 3 hours later I was up about $30 and had also cleared my $100 bonus for a nice $130 afternoon. To top it all off I had a total of 2003 FPPs and ordered Theory of Poker with 2000 of them. Not a bad start to the day.

After that I stopped by my buddy's house and 4 of us were on our way to Windsor. We decided to skip Greektown for the night and try and make it there early the next day (like that would happen.) An uneventful 3 hours later and we were at the border. We stopped off at the duty free store to pick up some much needed supplies: 2 cartons of cigarettes, 2 cases of beer, a bottle of vodka, and 10 cans of red-bull. We also somehow ended up getting the following for free: a lighter, a mini bottle of CC, and 3 ham sandwhiches. Interesting promotion that you get a free ham sandwhich with a case of beer.

After checking into the hotel we decide to drink a bit and play some hold-em before heading out to the bars. I played like crap and donated $10 canadian which I think is about $1.86 in US. We play and drink for about 2 hours and head out to Voodoo.

I remember getting there but after that things start getting a bit gray. I think that probably had something to do with the 6 shots of Jaeger and 2 jello shots I did within an hour of walking through the door.

Sometime after Voodoo I found myself at Cheetah's. At this point my whole world was spinning and I wasn't too stable on my feet. I get grabbed by a stripper and get settled into my first lap dance. As soon as the wave of her perfume washes over me I shove her out of the way and sprint to the bathroom where I lose just about everything in my stomach all over a wall and a urinal. Done for the night I head back to the hotel and pray to the porcelain god for a while until I finally crawl into bed and pass out sometime around 4am.


Saturday morning I woke up feeling a bit groggy but not as bad as I would have expected. I must have cleared out most of the evil the night before. After a bit of breakfast we head over to Greektown in Detroit since Windsor casino is still on strike. That worked better for me anyway as I finally got a chance to pop my live poker cherry.

We make it to Greektown and 2 of us put our names on the list for some $3/$6. Figures that there were 20 people ahead of us and no one in line for $5/$10. I was a bit too scared to sit in on the $5/$10 though as I didn't have quite enough cash and that seemed a bit too rich to try for my first time.

After waiting 3 hours, winning $80 on a slot machine and dropping $90 on a craps table I finally got called for a seat at $3/$6. I have to say I was less than enthused about my first B&M experience. I sat for about 3 and a half hours and I was playing so tight and my cards were so dead I think I only mixed it up in about 8 or 9 pots where I wasn't the BB. I only won 3 hands the entire time and I left with a $22 loss. The hands I won were as follows:

Hand #1:
Late position I'm dealt As5s and there's 2 limpers to me. I limp, button limps, SB completes, BB checks. Flop comes down AKx rainbow. I'm not a big fan of my kicker with the pair of A's so I just check when it checks around to me and the checks good. Turn is a blank. BB (aggressive player) bets $6, it folds around to me with Button and SB left to act. I decided to throw out a raise as I put him on a K. It folds back to the bettor and he folds as well and I take down the pot.

Hand #2:
I'm dealt AA UTG. I raise and it fold around to my friend J. in the BB who calls. Flop is a rag-filled rainbow. J. bets, I raise, He folds.

Hand #3:
I'm dealt Q2s in the BB. UTG calls. Everyone else folds around to me and I check. Flop is all rags and we both check. The Turn pairs my 2's and we both check again. Check on the river and I win the $3 in the BB.

After being used to the speed of playing 2-3 tables online the pace of playing in a casino seemed way too slow for me. Add to that that I really wasn't winning or losing anything and the whole experience was far from exciting. I will of course try again as I had a really bad run of cards this time around and hopefully the next time I can mix it up in a few more pots...

After the casino we finally met up with the rest the crew and about 16 spent the night getting loaded in strip clubs. I do believe a good time was had by all, especially me as I spent just about the entire night with a stripper in my lap and at times more than one. To end the night we went back to the hotel and 6 of us played a bit more hold-em until I finally couldn't hack it anymore and passed out around 6am.

A big thanks to all my friends for coming and to my best man for putting the whole thing together. A great experience for my second-to-last weekend as a free man.
Monday, May 10, 2004
Wedding Count: 12 Days

Well I survived the bachelor party this weekend. Once my brain is fully functioning again I'll post a trip report.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Poker Stars: $879.55 ($100 bonus pending)
Party Poker: $83
Live: $130 ("house-fund": $125)

Well I managed to post a $13 win tonight after 3 hours of play on 2 tables. The first hour and a half I was getting great cards and was up around $70. Then the cards slowed down and when I did get cards some idiot would river me with his crap hand. Other than my biggest loss which came when my pocket 8's hit a set and then filled up only to have pocket J's do the same. I won't even mention my A's getting cracked by J4 sooted (ok I guess I just did so shoot me.) I don't know what kind of education anyone can get from the following hand histories but I felt like sharing a few bad beats, if ya don't like it then don't read it:

Well the hand history converter seems to be down so I'll have to do a quick version:

Hand #1:
I'm dealt Kc10c in the SB. Opener raises and I call the $1.50. BB also calls. Flop comes down Kd10d2c. I bet out and get raised by the BB, a maniac, Opener cold calls, I reraise, both call. Turn is 9d. Not pretty for me but I bet out. BB folds. Opener calls. River is Qh. I bet and he calls all-in.

He turns over Jh9h for the rivered straight.


Hand #2:
I get dealt KcJh in the BB. One limper, SB completes, I check. Flop is Jc As Kd. SB bets, I raise, Limper calls, SB calls. Turn is 7d. SB checks, I bet, Limper calls. River 7c. It checks around and my two pair gets counterfeited. Limper shows Ad3s. SB shows pocket Q's.


Hand #3:
I'm dealt KhKd on the Button. One limper to me and I raise, SB calls, BB calls, Limper calls. Flop: 4d4c3h. Checks around to me and I bet, SB calls, BB folds, Limper calls. Turn 6s. Checks to me again and I bet, both call. River 5s. SB now bets and I make the crying call praying he doesn't somehow have a 7. Of course he has pocket 7's for the straight.


Hand #4: Last one
I'm dealt AcJc in the SB. One limper to me and I raise, BB calls, limper calls. Flop: 8dJh5s. I bet out and bot call. Turn 10d. I bet out again and both call. River 7s. Board isn't too scary so I bet out again. BB calls, limper folds. BB turns over 10c7h for two pair on the turn and river.


If not for all the crap I would have sported a much better win for the night. But I guess I shouldn't complain since a win is a win...

Wedding Count: 17 Days

Didn't have a chance to play at all last night. I'm hoping to get a few hours in tonight.

I think the plans for my bachelor party are finally set. We should be leaving Cleveland sometime around 5:30 on Friday night so we'll make it to Greektown around 8:00. I'm a little afraid of what the wait for a table might be like on a Friday night but we'll try the call ahead once we're getting close and hopefully it won't be too long. Otherwise it will be a weekend of craps and blackjack and I'll have to wait to pop my casino-poker cherry some other time.
Monday, May 03, 2004
Poker Stars: $866.80
Party Poker: $83
Live: $130 ("house-fund": $125)

Had another horrible night, down $77. Didn't have the starting cards to play many hands. I played for about 2 hours on 3 tables and mainly paid blinds. I had very few sizable losses other than the following hands.


PokerStars 1/2 Hold'em (10 handed)

Preflop: UD_Delt is MP3 with J, J.
UTG folds, UTG+1 raises, UTG+2 folds, MP1 folds, MP2 folds, UD_Delt 3-bets, CO folds, Button calls, SB folds, BB folds, UTG+1 caps, UD_Delt calls, Button calls.

Flop: (13.50 SB) 9¨, 7♠, 7 (3 players)
UTG+1 bets, UD_Delt raises, Button folds, UTG+1 3-bets, UD_Delt calls.

Turn: (9.75 BB) 6 (2 players)
UTG+1 bets, UD_Delt calls.

River: (11.75 BB) K (2 players)
UTG+1 bets, UD_Delt calls.

Final Pot: 13.75 BB

Results below:
UTG+1 shows A A (two pair, aces and sevens).
UD_Delt shows J J (two pair, jacks and sevens).
Outcome: UTG+1 wins 13.75 BB.

I just didn't believe he had the A's. I should have been able to get away from this one.


PokerStars 1/2 Hold'em (10 handed)

Preflop: UD_Delt is UTG+2 with Tc, Th.
UTG folds, UTG+1 folds, UD_Delt raises, MP1 folds, MP2 folds, MP3 3-bets, CO folds, Button folds, SB folds, BB folds, UD_Delt caps, MP3 calls.

Flop: (9.50 SB) 5h, Ks, 7s (2 players)
UD_Delt bets, MP3 calls.

Turn: (5.75 BB) 8h (2 players)
UD_Delt checks, MP3 bets, UD_Delt calls.

River: (7.75 BB) Ac (2 players)
UD_Delt bets, MP3 calls.

Final Pot: 9.75 BB

Results below:
UD_Delt shows Tc Th (one pair, tens).
MP3 shows Ah Jh (one pair, aces).
Outcome: MP3 wins 9.75 BB.

I have no idea what I was doing in this hand.


PokerStars 1/2 Hold'em (10 handed)

Preflop: UD_Delt is UTG+1 with 8c, 8h.
UTG folds, UD_Delt calls, UTG+2 folds, MP1 folds, MP2 folds, MP3 folds, CO folds, Button folds, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (3 SB) 7c, 7h, 5h (3 players)
SB checks, BB bets, UD_Delt raises, SB calls, BB calls.

Turn: (4.50 BB) 5c (3 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UD_Delt bets, SB calls, BB raises, UD_Delt folds, SB 3-bets, BB caps, SB calls.

River: (13.50 BB) 4d (2 players)
SB bets, BB raises, SB 3-bets, BB caps, SB calls.

Final Pot: 21.50 BB

Results below:
SB shows Ad 7s (full house, sevens full of fives).
BB shows Qd 7d (full house, sevens full of fives).
Outcome: SB wins 10.75 BB. BB wins 10.75 BB.

Just bad luck here but I got away in time.


Other than that it was all $1 or $2 losses that add up quick when you just can't win a hand. Once again I think I played trying to dig my way out for too long. I recognized that I was probably not playing my best when I was about $50 down but I for some reason didn't pull the trigger and step away. I gotta figure out how to get through this and back into the win column.
Wedding Count: 19 Days

Poker Stars: $943 ($100 bonus pending)
Party Poker: $83
Live: $130 ("house-fund" : $125)

After a good poker day on Friday the rest of the weekend didn't go quite as well. I played about a 2 hour session Saturday afternoon and got killed. I dropped around $60 (30BB). I was getting good starting hands but I just wasn't connecting and if I did hit a flop someone else hit harder. I lost KK to AA twice. Once when the AA tripped up on the flop and slow played me and I tripped up on the river for a nice little loss.

My evening session on Saturday I won a little bit back but just couldn't get anything going.

On Sunday I had the opposite. A poor afternoon session followed by a decent evening session.

All told I lost $40 Saturday and Sunday to put me even for online play over the weekend. I guess that's not too bad since I'm about halfway through working off my $100 bonus now. Once I get through the bonus I'll also finally have enough to use my Frequent Player Points on Stars to order a book. I think I'll go with The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky.

I did notice one flaw in my game that I need to work on. After getting hit by a bad beat early in a session if that puts me in a hole I try too hard to get back out. I start to overplay mediocre hands and convince myself that I'm due to win a pot. That just causes me to throw good money after bad and is something I need to work on. For the time being I think I'll just walk away after taking a beat and wait until I can get back to playing a solid game.
Saturday, May 01, 2004
Wedding Count: 21 Days

Poker Stars: $983.80 ($100 bonus pending)
Party Poker: $83.64
Live: $130 ("house-fund": $125)

Yesterday was a good day for poker. I played in a home game last night. We played 3 $10 buy-in tournaments. We started the first with 5 people, the second had 7 people, and the last had 6 people. I took first, third, and first for a nice $60 in profit. Nothing exceptional about my play. I got cards at the right time and made the most of them. I do have a definate edge on just about everyone who plays in our home games as only one other regular is an online player. The rest just don't have the experience yet to know what to do in certain situations. Most of them hold oo to hands like second pair a little too long before realizing they're probably beat.

Which brings up an interesting dilemma... This is a friendly game and we all play more to have fun than to make a profit. The games are as much about drinking and socializing as they are about playing hold-em. Over the past few months I've won over $150 in these games and I don't neccesarily feel guilty about it but I want to make sure everyone else is having a good time as well and no one is losing too much money. At times I feel like I should misplay a few hands to spread the winning around a little more but I also don't want to develop bad habits that carry over into my online play which is all about making money. I'll probably just continue to play my best and either they'll get sick of me playing or they'll take their games up to the next level which will benefit all of us...

Before heading over to the game I decided I would log on and warm up a little bit by playing a quick Sit&Go on Stars. When I logged on I noticed that Stars was offering a nice 20% deposit bonus for a reload. I was a bit worried that it was only good over the weekend though as my entire bankroll was tied up on various sites. Luckily Party came through and I was able to cash out $500 in less than 20 minutes. I was really amazed that they came through that fast. So, I now have a nice $100 bonus to work off on Stars. Hopefully I can get through that in time to transfer money back over to Party to take advantage of the "APRRELEASE" bonus.

While waiting for Party to cash me out I decided to play a quick Sit&Go, it wasn't pretty and I only got to play 3 hands.


Hand #1 - I think I played this hand correctly. With middle pair on the flop I wanted to see where I was so I raised, with the 2 calls I figured I was beaten and folded on the turn. A bad suckout for the AA and yet another reason to now slow-play Aces.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t20 (8 handed)

BB (t1260)
UTG (t2450)
UTG+1 (t1980)
Hero (t1470)
MP2 (t1470)
CO (t1050)
Button (t1880)
SB (t1940)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with T:diamond:, A:diamond:.
UTG folds, UTG+1 folds, Hero raises to t60, MP2 folds, CO folds, Button folds, SB calls t50, BB calls t40.

Flop: (t180) J:heart:, T:spade:, 4:club: (3 players)
SB bets t40, BB calls t40, Hero raises to t80, SB calls t40, BB calls t40.

Turn: (t420) 4:spade: (3 players)
SB checks, BB bets t80, Hero folds, SB calls t80.

River: (t580) 9:diamond: (2 players)
SB bets t580, BB raises to t1040, SB calls t460.

Final Pot: t2660

Results below:
BB shows Kd Qd (straight, king high).
SB shows Ac As (two pair, aces and fours).
Outcome: BB wins t2660.


Hand #2 - This one in hind sight I played pretty poorly. I hit top pair and make a pot sized bet and get 1 caller. I think I have to bet hard on the turn here to take it down but the possible flush scared me into checking. Then a stupid bluff on the river considering low limit players won't fold anything.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t30 (7 handed)

MP2 (t2325)
CO (t3020)
Button (t1905)
Hero (t1265)
BB (t2115)
UTG (t1245)
MP1 (t1625)

Preflop: Hero is SB with J:heart:, K:spade:.
UTG calls t30, MP1 folds, MP2 calls t30, CO folds, Button folds, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (t120) 4:diamond:, 8:spade:, K:diamond: (4 players)
Hero bets t120, BB folds, UTG folds, MP2 calls t120.

Turn: (t360) A:diamond: (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 checks.

River: (t360) J:diamond: (2 players)
Hero bets t300, MP2 calls t300.

Final Pot: t960

Results below:
Hero shows Jh Ks (two pair, kings and jacks).
MP2 shows 9d Js (flush, ace high).
Outcome: MP2 wins t960.


Hand #3 - This was just a horrible suck-out.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t50 (7 handed)

Button (t2915)
SB (t2580)
BB (t1965)
Hero (t815)
MP1 (t2040)
MP2 (t1770)
CO (t1415)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with Q:club:, A:heart:.
Hero raises to t150, MP1 folds, MP2 folds, CO folds, Button folds, SB calls t125, BB calls t100.

Flop: (t450) 2:diamond:, A:diamond:, 8:heart: (3 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets t665 (All-In), SB folds, BB calls t665.

Turn: (t1780) T:diamond: (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t1780) 9:diamond: (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: t1780

Results below:
BB shows Ac 6d (flush, ace high).
Hero shows Qc Ah (one pair, aces).
Outcome: BB wins t1780.


Once the cashout came through I decided to play a little $1/$2 to start working off the bonus. I'm glad I did as in less than 30 minutes I lost $4 on one table but won $48 on another table. Talk about getting hit with the deck. So, all in all I had a nice poker day on friday showing over $100 in profit between live and online.
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