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Friday, March 27, 2009

Contrasting Weekends

Had a couple of strange weekends on the poker recently, 2 weekends ago I played 1500 hands and was only all in 3 times, losing all three, but still managed to make a profit of $250.
First was the ‘bad beat’ shown in the previous post when my full house got beaten by quad aces on the river.
The second was similar, I had pocket Jacks beaten by pocket 6’s , my pair was an overpair to the board and I lost when he made trips on the river.
The third time was my fault, I got a little impatient with the table lunatic and pushed all in pre-flop with AK only to run into KK.
Last weekend in contrast was a bit of an all in fest, Friday night I was down $300 in double quick time, so Saturday I started playing with the intention of getting back even.
By lunch time I was down another $300 and not feeling too great.
Things did improve later though and I recovered to a total loss over the weekend of $130 and a loss for the week of $80 which felt like a win from being $600 in the hole.
Rakeback will cover at least half of the loss so things not too bad overall
I also discovered this site : which is useful for checking out your opponents as well as seeing how your mates are doing and taking the piss out of the losers.
Its not perfect as it seems to be missing quite a few sessions, dissapointingly for me they seem to be winning sessions so I look even worse than I actually
Double coin flip lunch this week, Dan lost them both, so not only did I eat for free (again) but I'm still freerolling courtesy of Tim and the half marathon wager, who says there's no such thing as a free lunch ?

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Apologies for another bad beat thread, but I have to get this one off my chest, rivered for $170

FullTiltPoker Game #11138750554: Table Momentos (6 max) - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:04:00 ET - 2009/03/14
Seat 1: love grinding ($100)
Seat 2: Lostit2 ($100)
Seat 3: PTP 21 ($48.95)
Seat 4: redcar99 ($146.75)
Seat 5: La Reunion ($81.80)
Seat 6: roflpwn ($114.30)
PTP 21 posts the small blind of $0.50
redcar99 posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to redcar99 [7h 7s]
La Reunion raises to $3.50
roflpwn folds
love grinding folds
Lostit2 calls $3.50
PTP 21 calls $3
redcar99 calls $2.50
*** FLOP *** [7d As Ah]
PTP 21 checks
redcar99 checks
La Reunion checks
Lostit2 checks
*** TURN *** [7d As Ah] [Td]
PTP 21 bets $5
redcar99 calls $5
La Reunion raises to $34
Lostit2 adds $3.50
Lostit2 folds
PTP 21 has 15 seconds left to act
PTP 21 folds
redcar99 has 15 seconds left to act
redcar99 raises to $79.50
La Reunion calls $44.30, and is all in
redcar99 shows [7h 7s]
La Reunion shows [Ac 8d]
Uncalled bet of $1.20 returned to redcar99
*** RIVER *** [7d As Ah Td] [Ad]
redcar99 shows a full house, Aces full of Sevens
La Reunion shows four of a kind, Aces
La Reunion wins the pot ($172.60) with four of a kind, Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $175.60 | Rake $3
Board: [7d As Ah Td Ad]
Seat 1: love grinding didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Lostit2 (button) folded on the Turn
Seat 3: PTP 21 (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 4: redcar99 (big blind) showed [7h 7s] and lost with a full house, Aces full of Sevens
Seat 5: La Reunion showed [Ac 8d] and won ($172.60) with four of a kind, Aces
Seat 6: roflpwn didn't bet (folded)

A quick poker update

I haven't really played a lot since I last updated, even though it was six months ago.
I have moved up from 25c/50c and can usually be found playing 50c/$1 these days.
Most of my cash play is still on full Tilt because thats the only site I get rakeback on, I find it hard to concentrate and play seriously on other sites, though I do dabble a bit.

The graph shows my first 2000 hands at 50c/$1, which I know is nowhere near enough hands to be significant, but I'm at least heading in the right direction.The problem these days is finding time to play, we're very busy at work, since the move to i-Poker the player numbers on Mansion have soared, the i-Poker network offers great liquidity and things have been going really well.Add to the long work hours, the fact that I've been trying to go to the gym regularly and I dont have much time for poker except at weekends
Maybe its just as well, play less hands, try to enjoy it more and hopefully keep in profit.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Marathon Man

I haven't updated for quite a while, mainly because I haven't played much recently, but thought I'd post a funny story unrelated to poker.
Working for a gaming company, a lot of people at work like a bet
The title refers to a mate at work, Craig, who seemed to be terminally unlucky, we have a routine of going to a local resteraunt for lunch every friday, and flipping a coin for the bill, it started with just three of us and has now escalated to six.
Craig joined three weeks ago and promptly lost his first two coin flips and ended up paying twice on the trot, just when he was skint after having forked out two months rent on his new flat.
Craig will bet on anything, he and his former flatmate use to offer each other odds on what would be the first advert on tv in each break
Dan bet Craig £100 that he couldn't run 20 km on a treadmill in the gym next door after work on thursday, Craig accepted the bet despite conditions meaning he had to maintain a minimum speed of 8.5km/h throughout.
A former work mate, Tim who now works for a rival company in the same building took the opinion that it was impossible for Craig to complete the 20km, as did most other people at work, the difference is that Tim was willing to back his opinion with cold hard cash.
To cut a long story short, Tim took on half of Dans bet, gave me odds of 2/1 against his next losing 'friday flip' and laid Mike £20 also at 2/1, he was so confident of success, he even offered Craig a freeroll for his next flip, for a total of around £180.
So Thursday after work, Craig, Dan and myself trooped into the gym to see Craigs attempt at an indoor half marathon, half a km in Craig said to me "this is easy at this speed" (8.5km/h) "our money is safe".
He was as good as his word, the biggest danger to him completing was when I tripped Dan and he almost knocked Craig off the treadmill. Two hours and twenty minutes later the 20km was done and dusted.
In fact he was so confident he offered Dan double or quits on his £50 to run another 10km for a total of 30km, this was politely declined
Mike had the pleasure of telling Tim the morning after, as he put it "Cost to Tim £180, seeing the look on his face when he found out the result, priceless"
Well for a perfect end to the story, Tim would have also lost todays 'friday flip', but another former workmate, Cathy joined us for lunch and wanted in on the action, despite have gone home for lunch all week, to save money, the newcomers jinx struck again and Cathy lost the flip and picked up the £41 bill. The look on her face, was a picture, I'm still not sure she has seen the funny side of it yet.