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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Party's Server Crashed ... Again 

Apologies for the lack of posts recent. Been busy with Badminton, GRE and other non-poker related activities. Started playing tonight and quickly lost a couple buy-ins. Finally make one back with AKs vs. JJ then the servers crashed. I will be very angry if my stack gets blinded off. Hopefully I just get picked up from the table, but who knows.

I've been trying for the past 30 min to get back into party or even onto it's website to check my balance... which is not quite as big as it used to be, but still, not to bad. No luck. It crashes at 9 AM EST, I'd hate to imagine the fallout if it crashed at night. Still just annoying as hell.

I'd consider switching to other sites, but considering the pain that it took for me to even just get my silly party account funded (I have a US address, but am in Taiwan with a Taiwan IP address). Multiple calls to India... er I mean, the US and Party Poker's security staff, and I finally was able to fund my account via credit card. I don't have a neteller account (they gave me even more grief), but I figure I just won't cash out until I get home and can set one up.

Anyways, the Thomas Uber Cup (badminton) is on ESPN here, I'm off to watch and try to get back into party.

Goodluck at the tables.

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Friday, May 07, 2004

Bloggers Convention 

So yesterday I had a few minutes before I had to head to work, so I log onto Party, just to watch some of the higher limit tables and dream. By force of habit I open my buddy list and find that Pauly and StinkyPants are playing, not only are they both online, but both at the same table. I head over and say hi, watch an orbit then have to leave for work. Makes me wish I could be playing then, but then again I think we all wish we could play at work.

On the personal poker front, nothing too exciting. Still hitting the $25 NL table at Party. Last night, I started off down a buy-in, then ended up winning that back limping in with KJo and hitting a KJJ flop. Then I double up after limping again with QJs in mid-position, but it got folded around to the blinds, and I had the button. The flop came out ATQ, and I was worried, but it was checked to me, so I pushed 2 dollars with my middle pair. A Jack came on the turn and I was ready to bail, but my earlier bet had bought me a free card, so I was able to check it through. I had 4 outs which would most likely give me the nuts on the river, and a beautiful Q came. The SB raised All-in and the button followed suit. They had both made straights on the turn with their Ks and checked it through to me. It was a very nice pot, and a few hands later I hit my limit of 100 hands for the evening and went to bed.


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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

busy, busy, busy 

First a thanks to Pauly and phriedom I decided to keep at NL. I've only been able to play a few times this week due to work keeping me busy, but I'm regaining my lost confidence. Last night, I played against a very fish player, watched him lose his stack while UTG with 69s. I unfortunately didn't get a piece of his action, but after he left, I immediately did a search for where he ran off too. Get this, he went a step up to the $50 NL tables. Not a place I usually play, but there happened to be a seat 2 players after him, so I took it. I played ultra tight, because I had never played this level before and was honestly afraid, but I wanted the fish's money =P

I hung around for 20 mins, and watched the fish lose half his stack on bonehead plays. I picked up JJ in late position and raise up a group of limpers (including the fish) to 4 dollars, I get the fish and another caller. The flop comes JTT and I've hit the house. The only other bigger hand would be quad Tens, and well, the fish didn't raise pre-flop, so I only have to worry about the other guy. He checks, then the fish raises 10. I re-raise to put him all in. He calls, the turn and river are blanks, he turns over a T8o, and immediately leaves. I hang around until the blinds and watch as 3 other people leave to go chase him down too =P

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

The death of NL play for me 

Ouch, just ouch. My last session of NL play lasted a solid 2 hours. In those 2 hours I had to rebuy 3 times. My first all-in was Pre-Flop with AA, called down and lost to a baby set of 7s, not too bad, it sucked, but I was okay with it. The next all-in was when I was in the BB and I got a free flop with 8h9h. The flop came 8d9d9s, so I shoved all my chips in. The turn comes 7d and straight flush crosses my mind but I shrug it off. Then the river comes a 5d. I lose to a straight flush 9 high, the guy had stayed in with a pair of 6s and hit the runner runner. Ugh, horrible beat, but not the end of the world. At this point, I'm down 2 buy-ins, but the table is very fishy, so I keep playing. My final all-in came when I was the Button and looked down to find AsKs, I raise up the pot 5 bucks and get two callers. The flop comes QJT rainbow. I push all-in to try to take the pot down, get called by one guy with QJo he of course hits the obligatory House on the turn and I'm sunk. I rebuy, play for another 30 minutes, stay even, then leave.

I know these beats happen, I'm sure it's happened to everyone who plays poker. My bankroll isn't too bad, but losing 75 bucks in one night is just a kick in the nuts I don't think I can deal with, especially if that night repeats again within a week, which is very likely. I love the action in NL. I know the next night I could win that 75 bucks back, but if two or three of these losses string together, I would not be a very happy camper. 75 bucks is a lot of money, it's not something that would put much of dent in me financially, but it hurts, especially when I know that it statistically shouldn't have happened. I think limit may just be better for my sanity. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Later that night, I entered Party's 5+1 NLHE multi (yeah I know the juice is horrible) but I figured it was a cheap way to play some poker and clear my head a bit after the horrible night. Just before the first break, I had busted out 2 players and had a healthy stack of 2700, and being my first multi-tournament, I was pretty happy about having a decent stack and surviving the first 400/1000 people. Then of course, Party's servers crash. I ended up getting about 12 bucks for my hour of work, then hour of waiting to see if the tournament would restart. I didn't expect to even get close to the money in this tournament, so the extra 6 bucks is nice, but I only got an hour of poker and an hour of mine was wasted, that I wasn't happy about.

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Monday, April 26, 2004

Taipei, Poker, and the GRE Analytical Writing Exam 

First, apologies to the 3 people out there who read my poker blog for the long time between posts. So this weekend wasn't a trip to the WSOP Championship, but the ups and dows I was dealt made it seem like it. I arrived in Taipei on Saturday morning and sat through my GRE prep class full of good looking Taiwanese college girls (I myself am not a pervert, I just personally got my bachelors at the young age of 22) and of course the requisite college boys, but who cares about them. The class was boring and all I could concentrate on was my impending GRE Analytical Writing Assessment and of course. Poker.

I survived the class and headed to McDonalds where, in Taiwan, they have revived (introduced) the McRib! That's some good grub. Afterwards it was back to my uncle's place where he has a nice quite kitchen table for me to study (and the internet). I study for a couple hours, then decide it's time for a break, what kind of break you might ask, well, of course, a Poker break. Party gets installed in short order and I see that I've got not 1, but 2 reload bonuses (of course my inital bonus was attributed to Iggy and his "Iggy" bonus code). I log in and the poker gods decide to reward my studying with AA twice, KK twice and QQ once in a matter of 100 hands or so. Amazing, just simply amazing. I triple up and after another hundred hands of doing nothing, I decide it's time for some TV. As I'm flipping through channels I find myself staring at Wil Wheaton's name across the screen and I take it as a sign and begin watching Neverland.

I do wish this was a Vegas trip report instead of Party Poker and the GRE, but alas I am here until August until I get back to Cali dude, so no possible Vegas trip until then. Never fear, I get to practice on Party until I get to go and break the Bellagio High Limit Tables! So that's exactly what I go do. I wake up Sunday morning and log on to a nice 15 dollar win before lunchtime. I go out with my cousin for some Hot Pot, return and watch an episode of junkyard wars, the it's back to the books. At around 5 I decide to log back in for another Poker break. This one, did not go as well. On my first hand in the Big Blind, I get a free pass with K9. The flop comes K93 rainbow... very nice. I bet out 3 dollars and get called. The turn is a 5. I get greedy and decide that I want to grab the rest of this saps money (6 dollars) and check. He bets and I put him on 5X. I figure I'm sitting pretty when the river comes an Ace. I've decided I've had enough and put him all in. He calls without hesitation.. shit. He had A5 and would've laid down had I bet out on the turn. Instead of being up 6 dollars after first comming in, I'm out 9 and feel the tilt beginning. I end up losing another buy in and a bit, for a total of -40 on the day. Fed up, I go back to studying. The poker gods had punished me for being greedy and I've paid for it.

Monday morning, I'm up bright and early for my GRE exam and get seriously messed up by the first essay, I had too much to write and too little time. I feel like I just got knocked out of a Stud Tournament in Vegas. I'm not very happy as I head back to Hsin-Chu to finish the day off at work. Next to the bus there's a dog tied up and not very happy. It looks as if he's been tied there for quite a while, and no one has come to pick him up. I want to help him, he's just been tied up and left there to sit, it's sad. As I'm about to goto the 7-11 to buy him some ice water, but my bus arrives and I have to get on.

That incident left me in a sour mood, along with messing up the first essay. I need a nice $7 pint of Guinness, 14BB Guinness is the only Guinness you can get in Taipei (that I've found). I get through the afternoon at work and head off to my other passion. Badminton. So here I am after a 3 hr session, sweaty, playing poker, and blogging. I hope I haven't missed anyone. If I have, I apologize for not working you in, leave me a message and I'll squeeze you in.

Goodluck at the tables!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

The 20 Questions 

So My friend took this picture during our last trip to Vegas while we were waiting in line for the buffet. We had just spent 20 some odd dollars on the Aladdin slots tournament, where every entrant was comped 25 dollars in regular slot pulls (which I won 30 on one machine) and a free buffet. So while they were at the sports book watching college football, I wandered around playing some table games. When we met up, I was handed the pamphlet and told to pose, I was ambused =P So, I was bored at work today and stumbled upon the Gambler's Anonymous 20 questions, which reminded me of the picture above...

* Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling? No
* Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? Nope
* Did gambling affect your reputation? Of course, see the picture taken above.
* Have you ever felt remorse after gambling? Yes, why the hell did I make that call, I should've folded! or Damnit, I was up 150 at blackjack, and now I'm back to even, I should've quit while I was ahead.
* Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties? No
* Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency? No
* After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses? Nope
* After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more? Oh Yeah, it's why my first trip to Vegas ended up with me +500 from the Craps table, talk about beginner's luck, and it's why I've made a return trip and am planning on a few more.
* Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone? No, I keep my gambling and eating separate (I like eating... perhaps too much)
* Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling? No
* Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling? No
* Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures? Fortunately, have never needed to make that decision.
* Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family? No
* Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned? Yeah, last night, too many fishy fish at the NL table
* Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble? No, most of my gambling trips/ forays into party are planned.
* Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling? Nope
* Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? Yeah, in Vegas, No one slept (much).
* Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble? If you count betting with my friends when we argue about ... well, you get the picture
* Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling? Nope
* Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling? Self-Destructive... hmm, would partying and drinking because I won a buttload of money at Craps count, I guess some people would say drinking is Self-Destructive, so we'll give me 0.5 points.

7 "Yes" answers means you have a problem. I score a 6.5, we'll leave me at borderline. I guess I shouldn't be joking about this, as it really is a problem for some people, but I thought my results were amusing.

Anyways, the Analytical Writing portion of my GRE exam comes up on Monday, so I'm gonna take a break from poker this week, need to study up. Okay, I may sneak in a few hours, but that's probably pushing it.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

So Slow... 

NL Table #1: 2 hours... 75 hands +$10
NL Table #2: 1 hour... 45 hands +$35

Don't think that I've ever played at slower and tighter tables. A 3x BB (1.50) Raise was usually good enough to take the blinds. I sat through the tedium of the first table, unable to get a good read on people because at least 6 of them just sat there to post blinds and fold. The other 3 were awake, but very tight. Before I could wake up and start stealing, I decided I had enough, I couldn't take this pace of play. I picked up and sat down at the second table, where after about 30 min, I realized I was at almost the same table. The big stack ($175) had gotten up and sat down with a single buy-in so he could "multi-table". As he sits back down, I decide to start stealing with mediocre hands that I would probably play in Limit games. I pick up a couple hands, then finally an AT which fills up on the turn to become my straight and pick off the ex-big stack for $20. The other 15, I was able to snipe with 5 and 10 dollar raises, the "big" $15 and $20 dollar pots would slide my way.

I think I adjusted pretty well to the second table, the first one I was probably just as bad as everyone else there. I don't know why things were so slow, it seemed as though there was someone timing out every single hand. Every 2 dollar decision took an extra 10-15 seconds. I'd hate to think about how bored I was and how bored I could be at a live table, but I assume there's lots more to think about when you're playing live & the pace isn't as much of a worry... well maybe there's a reason all the pros know how to "shuffle" their chips. Hours and hours of free time between hands =P

On the blogger front, Grubby is doing a Hand of the Week contest, should be interesting. I got in with the first guess... took me a while to get to KTo, but I think it's what I would have if I were in that situation... but then again she was playing on Party, and "If [the hand] was Party, all bets are off!"

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