A Fool and His Money
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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