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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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Monday, April 19, 2004

Officially Converted? 

So last post we left off with a very confused Litt. Stay the course of Low-Limit, and grow your LL skills, or hop into bed with the next exciting mistress, Party Poker $25 No Limit. A very rough mistress she turned out to be. I follow hdouble and Iggy's advice and decide to give it a try. I sit down Friday night and get hit. I go down a buy-in, ouch, but those are the breaks I guess. I'm playing for another hour or so and then get smacked in the back of the head again. Down another Buy-In. 50 bucks in a couple hours ... ouch.

So to cheer myself up, I sit down in a $5+1 SnG (Sit 'n Go, a one table tournament). Of course, my track record at that time was 0-3 (5,7,7). I make it a nice 0-4 with a 5th place finish. At one point I had the chip lead, but instead of sitting on it to make it into the money, I piss it away. I don't know why I like playing these SnGs so much. I have no real strategy, except attempt to play extremely tight the first few rounds, but I always find myself out... back to the 2+2 forums to search for strategy tips.

After my SnG. I figure my luck can't get any worse. It's Friday night (Friday morning East Coast/Party Poker time... well, closer to noonish) so I sit back down at what seems to me as a juicy NL table. I believe I win bonehead move of the night. There's about 10 dollars in the pot because of a 2 dollar raise PF. I've got KQo and there's a nice K on the board along with a J and 5. I make it 10 dollars to try to take the pot down. I get reraised 5. Now I'm thinking this is a pretty weak bet, so I put him all in for my last 10 dollars. He of course calls and has AKo.

At this point. I'm seriously considering not playing any more NL. The swings are too much. After spending sometime on the weekend reading Positively Fifth Street by James McManus (Highly recommended read) He actually points out a couple of my flaws in his preparation for the WSOP Championship event. I manage to finish the book in 8 hrs ( about 50 pages a minute). Afterwards, I'm inspired ;).

I get back from Taipei and my GRE classes on Sunday, and my coworker comes to pick me up from the bus stop. As I hop in his car he asks, "do you want to go catch some shrimp? " I was hoping to get some poker in, but I've never done this before. Mind you this isn't the deep sea fishing, this is something the children in Taiwan do for fun, kinda like catching frogs in the US, except both boys and girls and recent college graduates who've never seen it done before attempt to do it. A few other coworkers and their families are there, wading in a stream and turning over rocks, trying to coerce the small shrimp into a net (the shrimp are small, the smallest about an inch in length, the largest about three). I spent an hour wading in the stream and caught about a dozen, mostly tiny shrimp. It was fun and as it turns out, catch and release =P Except for the few that got taken home as pets.

After dinner, I find myself in my room, strip off my soaked jeans and sit down in my boxers to find 8,000 people logged onto Party at 8 PM (8 AM Party Time). My winning hour! I sit down and find my maniac. He's seated 2 to my left unfortunately. When I sit down he's at 40 some. I take a 20 dollar pot off him, then an 18. Sitting pretty at a nice 50 dollar level. I watch him raise almost every pot and find himself up to 80, even after the 2 pots I took. After a few more orbits, I check my stats and I'm seeing 20% of flops and have won 100% of my showdowns at 60 hands. I find myself with JJ in the BB and take down a nice 30 dollar pot off no one in particular. Meanwhile, the Maniac is busy going off on some guy, berating him for staying-in in a late position with a suited A-10 when his Ace hit on the flop and the rest were rags. The Maniac won the pot with a 35 off-suit to hit 2 pair... not the absolute nuts, but just plain nuts.

So after about an hour and a half, the score stands, Maniac 40, Litt 75. I look down to see myself with the hand I've been waiting for... well, not really, but close enough, TT. Maniac's in and so are a couple others. The flop of my life hits... TTK. I've got the nuts and nothing but the nuts. It gets checked around to me (last to act) and I just check. My heart is beating so hard I can feel it about to rip out of my chest. On the Turn, I manage to remember to check and no possible straight flush, the Maniac starts out with a 5 dollar raise (pretty standard for him by now) and everyone else folds. I reraise to 10, he calls. River brings a Q. He raises 15, I put him all in. His clock hits 15 seconds left to act and he calls. I'm well over the 100 dollar mark :). My Friday night has been redeemed and I've busted the Maniac, of course the table now starts ribbing me for chasing him away =P. I bleed off 10 dollars in the course of the next hour and leave the table with just over 100 before bedtime hits.

I think that's it, I'm hooked. In NL, the swings hit hard, but it keeps you on your toes. I was finding myself folding a lot more last night than Friday night(definitely a good thing). But it's still early, just started, hopefully the tables will stay juicy.

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Friday, April 16, 2004

More No-Limit Fun 

So far in my short poker career, I've sat down at the $25 NL table at Party 4 times. Out of those 4 times, I've been tripled up, lost my buy in to a stupid all-in on my part with a J-10 and a board showing J high, doubled up and doubled up again, leaving me at about +100 for my experience. Mind you these are not just hit and run sessions, they're solid two to three hour stints. Still it isn't much to determine whether I'm a winning player or whether NL is right for me, god knows I don't think I could mentally handle 4 losing sessions in a row, and with NL a single mistake will probably cost me my buy-in.

A couple things first. One, I don't understand fully all of the intricacies of NL play yet, I should probably find a book or two. Two, it scares the hell out of me that people will honestly go in there and go all in on a 69o, I mean seriously who stays in... oh wait this is Party.

NL is a completely different beast than limit. I think I'm finally beginning to grasp low limit play. I'm pretty much a little better than break even player, still a long way to go, but I think I get the basics of poker, starting hands, odds etc.

Either way, NL is exciting, it's not the constant grind that I find myself in playing my single .50/1 table. I have tried two, but got into two large hands at once and promptly fumbled the ball, so I stopped. It seems as though there's always someone around when you have the nuts to call your all-in. Unless you have a big stack, no one pays attention to your betting habits. Perhaps this is due to the time that I play. Most of the fishies that are playing NL at that time most of the time are in US, which means it's early morning 6 or 9 am, which means they've most likely been up all night. Unlike my .50/1 tables where I know some people have just woken up or have been up for a couple hrs and are getting some time in before work or class. It's hard to find the juicy .50/1 tables when I usually log in after work, the NL on the other hand always seem to have people going all-in left and right.

Right now, the $25 NL just seems a no brainer to me. It's new, exciting, and I've won more money in the past two days than I have in all my .50/1 table experience. The fact that I've won all this money though also tells me, I can just as easily lose it and then more. So for those of you have managed to get through this rambling, please lay your advice down, should I continue grinding or give NL a shot?

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

So I Tilted 

So last night I went to the hospital with a 39 degree (102 F) fever. A couple IVs and some nice drugs later I was feeling much better, but still dehydrated from my illness. As a result I took the day off work today.

Now what might I do with another day off to recover? Play poker? Maybe just maybe.

I log on with 40,000 people playing on Party at about 10 am Taiwan time (10pm Eastern) a far cry from the 10,000 that I normally see when I play evenings. I log on to a juicy .50/1 table and immediately get dealt KK in the BB, I see a K on the flop along with a 2 and a 4. So I bet out, I have 2 people along for my ride. Turn comes an 8 and I think, nothing to worry about, I have the nuts and bet out again. Finally, the River comes a 6, the straight is possible, but who in the world would stay in with such a low two-gap card?!?! Who might you ask? Well, the Party Fish, that's who! Strike one on the Tilt'o meter.

I'm okay, nothing to worry about, just a lucky lucky fish, I'll get my money back. A couple orbits later I raise pre-flop with AKs which makes TPTK (top pair top kicker). Of course it gets cracked by 56o who hit a 3 on the flop, 7 on the turn and of course the obligatory 4 on the river. Steeeeeeerike Two.

The very next orbit, I'm now down about 10BB from the betting & blinds, ready just to give it up when I see a very nice KQs fall into my lap. I lose. I tilt.

I immediately quit the .50/1 in frustration and figure that I want to continue playing so I invest my remaining buy in (11 dollars) into a 10 + 1 No-Limit SnG. You can guess how well that went. I was out 7th after getting sucked out again.

At this point I was ready to just quit, which I should have done, but I said, F It! Let's give them fishies double or nothing! $25 NL table here I come. Much to my surprise there are two other tilters at the table, chatting it up and very much tilting as much as I am. I attempt to control myself and manage to find myself holding pocket 9s with 449 on the flop and in late position with 33 dollars after stealing some blinds. Two people in front of me raise all-in. I throw my hand into the fray praying no one is holding pocket 4s. As it turns out, each of them held A4! Boom! 100 dollars for Litt!

There and then I took it as a sign. I quit and thanked the poker gods for their kindness, took some of the nice drugs the Taiwanese doctors gave me and went to bed.

Hopefully tomorrow, I'll be able to eat more than a couple bites of food.

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Monday, April 12, 2004

Had some bad food 

As a sign that I've been programming in C++ too much, this bit of code came to mind:

If (Litt == Sick && Litt == Playing Poker)
Litt.funds -= 20 BB;

I had some bad food on Saturday, haven't been able to eat much for the past two days, tried to play poker to make me feel better, didn't work. Tried a 5+1 SnG, a mistake, but placed 5th, not bad for my first try.

Short entry now, will try to post more later.

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Saturday, April 10, 2004

Woohoo! 

So tonight and the night before I've had a few hours to hit the tables and something smelled like fish (I never thought that could be a good thing). Both tonight and last night there were two players that were in each and every pot, each pot at my .50/1 table averaged close to 10 dollars a hand when it saw the river.

Thursday night, I managed to go down about 10 BB before pulling in a 20BB pot with a straight on the turn. Tonight, I manage to pull in a 24 BB pot after again making an ace high straight on the turn. Good stuff. I made myself sit until one of the two maniacs were gone, and it paid off. I'm up 30BB for the two nights! :)

I know it's a bad thing, but I find myself playing longer sessions when I'm losing and shorter ones when I've got a nice lead. It's good for the bankroll (I guess) but I know it can't be good for me development wise. I'm thinking about simply setting a time or # of orbits limit instead of leaving when I feel like it, unless I feel the onset of a tilt.

I'm currently staying at my uncle's house in Taipei because of a booth I need to tend to for the Taitronics Convention currently going on, so last night my cousins come in and see me playing. I decide to quit soon after they come in (because of the departure of one of the maniac's). It was interesting trying to explain how poker is played in Taiwanese. There's a more popular card game that is called Big 2, where Two is the highest card, just on top of the Ace, and you play a higher poker hand ontop of a lower one your opponent just played. So I ended up spending the better part of an hour dealing some Big 2 and Poker in attempts to explain how it works. They were sort of shocked when they found out I was playing for real money, but I think they understood the concept that I had to play my opponents and that it was more skill (like in Big 2) than luck of the cards and that you need to know the odds of drawing the nut hand. For now I leave you with my big hand of the night

(Uber maniac is : MP1 & Maniac-the-lesser is: BB)
Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (10 handed)

Preflop: Hero is CO with Js, Kd.
UTG folds, UTG+1 calls, UTG+2 folds, MP1 raises, MP2 folds, MP3 calls, Hero calls, Button calls, SB folds, BB calls, UTG+1 calls.

Flop: (12.50 SB) Tc, 9h, 6c (6 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 bets, MP1 calls, MP3 calls, Hero calls, Button folds, BB calls.

Turn: (8.75 BB) Qd (5 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 checks, MP1 bets, MP3 calls, Hero raises, BB calls, UTG+1 folds, MP1 calls, MP3 calls.

River: (16.75 BB) 2h (4 players)
BB checks, MP1 checks, MP3 checks, Hero bets, BB folds, MP1 raises, MP3 calls, Hero 3-bets, MP1 folds, MP3 calls.

Final Pot: 24.75 BB

Results below:
MP3 shows Kc Qs (one pair, queens).
Hero shows Js Kd (straight, king high).
Outcome: Hero wins 24.75 BB.

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Thursday, April 08, 2004

Gone Fishin 

So I started my evening by drawing JJ just as I sit down, of course, it's cracked by QQ to start my evening off. The next 3 hands I fold J3o before the flop to see it make a boat on the turn, I fold A5o before the flop to see it flop trips, then I fold Q5o to see it make 2 pair on the flop. All three of the pots never saw the river, my head was spinning trying to listen to the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. Then a few hands later, I got AJs and was over joyed until... well, read below...

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (9 handed)

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with Jd, Ad.
UTG folds, Hero raises, MP1 folds, MP2 folds, MP3 folds, CO folds, Button calls, SB folds, BB folds.

Flop: (5.50 SB) 3c, Qd, 3s (2 players)
Hero bets, Button raises, Hero calls.

Turn: (4.75 BB) Kh (2 players)
Hero bets, Button raises, Hero calls.

River: (8.75 BB) Td (2 players)
Hero bets, Button raises, Hero 3-bets, Button caps, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 16.75 BB
Main Pot: 16.75 BB, between Button and Hero.

Results below:
Hero shows Jd Ad (straight, ace high).
Button shows 3h Th (full house, threes full of tens).
Outcome: Button wins 16.75 BB.

In hindsight I was basically drawing dead, but when he turned over his hand I nearly fell out of my chair. I almost tilted, I seriously considered just quitting right there and calling it a night, but I didn't, somehow regained my composure. Eventually, I got into a couple more showdowns with him with KK and AKo (which made TPTK) and won most of it back from him, then the night was capped by another fish with this hand:

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (7 handed)

Preflop: Hero is Button with Jc, Qh.
UTG calls, MP1 folds, MP2 folds, CO folds, Hero calls, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (4 SB) 6s, Ac, Tc (4 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG checks, Hero checks.

Turn: (2 BB) Kd (4 players)
SB checks, BB bets, UTG folds, Hero raises, SB calls, BB 3-bets, Hero calls, SB calls.

River: (11 BB) Qd (3 players)
SB checks, BB bets, Hero raises, SB folds, BB 3-bets $3 (All-In), Hero calls.

Final Pot: 17 BB
Main Pot: 17 BB, between Hero and BB.

Results below:
BB shows 5d Kc (one pair, kings).
Hero shows Jc Qh (straight, ace high).
Outcome: Hero wins 17 BB.

A pair of fish now tagged and released.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

First Losing Session 

Started off this evening's play with an incredible run of luck, up 11BB before I had even sat for 30 min, then the table started to break and so did my luck. My AA was cracked by a 93o which made two pair on a low board and my KQo which caught a K on the flop died after a showdown with pocket bullets. Before I knew what hit me, I had redistributed my 11BB winnings and then another 10 on tilted off after that, ouch.

Between my GRE classes in Taipei and the long hours at work, I don't have enough time or energy to play as much as I would like. This last session I was playing and found myself up at 2 am (have to be up at 7 for work). Although, I'd like to play more, I can't keep cutting into my sleep like this.

Before I play much more, I definitely need to review post flop play and memorize the odds for various outs (yes I know, I should've done this before). I've found myself questioning a lot of my post flop play, whether I could've drawn my opponent out for a few extra bets or if I should've folded my open-ended straight and so forth.

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Monday, April 05, 2004

The Fish Get an Extra Hour of Sleep 

Now, with the return of Daylight Savings Time, the fish have another hour of sleep before I chase after them. So 8 PM Taiwan Time is 8 AM East Coast time, or 5 AM West Coast Time.

A shout out to Stinkypants at Dogs Playing Poker one of the first posts I read concerned, not poker, but his dog crapping all over his rug. You can post anything on the internet and people will read it! =P

I spent the weekend up in Taipei, so no poker, but got on tonight and played for a couple hours tonight on a very fishy .50/1 table. A few lessons learned, and a few fish tagged and released, but first the hand of that made my evening :)

Party Poker 0.50/1 Hold'em (10 handed)

Preflop:
Hero is MP2 with Ts As:.
CO posts a blind of $0.50.
UTG calls, UTG+1 folds, UTG+2 folds, MP1 folds, Hero raises, MP3 folds, CO (poster) calls, Button 3-bets, SB folds, BB folds, UTG calls, Hero calls, CO calls.

Flop:(13.50 SB) Ah, Ac, 7d: (4 players)
UTG bets, Hero calls, CO folds, Button raises, UTG 3-bets, Hero caps, Button calls, UTG calls.

Turn: (12.75 BB) 6c: (3 players)
UTG bets, Hero calls, Button calls.

River: (15.75 BB) Qc: (3 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets, Button calls, UTG calls.

Final Pot: 18.75 BB

Results:
UTG shows 6s Kd (two pair, aces and sixes).
Hero shows Ts As (three of a kind, aces).
Button shows Ks Kh (two pair, aces and kings).
Outcome: Hero wins 18.75 BB. (well 18BB after the rake... Damn rake)

After all was said and done I was up 3.88 BB after two hours, not bad. Not as much or as long as other bloggers out there, but just enough to the point where I found myself wanting to play A7s in early position. At that point, I figured I should call it an evening.

On thing that I found myself doing was trying to slow play to keep a few fish in. It backfired (and almost backfired again with the large hand above). Going slow is like giving them an extra out in baseball, missing that easy foul fly ball with two outs will almost always lead to the runner on second scoring that inning when they should be heading back to the dugout.

I'm finding I like poker more and more, especially when I'm not blowing 50 dollars in a 2 hour session. Today I was between -5 BB and +10 BB before I finally decided that my head was spinning and the 5 english movie channels (that's included in the only cable TV package offered here) started to beckon.

So far my confidence level is fairly high pre-flop. I just need to re-read the post flop sections in WLLHE, I think that part of my play is definitely lacking. I need to remember NOT to slowplay, I think Ram & Jam is a decent technique for low limit, just get in and get your money when the gettin's good. Then again I'm a growing fish, so I may not be right all the time =P. I also need to remember to listen to that little voice in my head that tells me, GET OUT OF THIS HAND, YOU'RE UP AGAINST A ROCK WHO HASN'T PLAYED A HAND IN THE PAST 3 ORBITS. Then again, I think I should buy him a beer for all the times I did listen to his advice.

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Friday, April 02, 2004

Well, since this is new here I figure I should give some background. I just started playing poker after becoming engrossed in poker blogs (such as Iggy's Guiness and Poker (now on hiatus)). Made a few personal posts over at my other blog and decided to move my poker ramblings to a different blog.

So far, I've blown 50 bucks (and 10 dollar bonus) then woke up, bought & read Winning Low Limit Hold'em by Lee Jones. I've reloaded with another hundred and am very cautiously dipping my toes back into the fish pond that is Party Poker.

A bit about me personally, I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area and am currently working in Hsin Chu Taiwan at ITRI. I will be here until August working the long hours that is the life of an engineer. I'm enjoying life here, but the hours make playing poker a bit odd (I'm playing at 8 or 9 pm here which is 7 or 8 am east coast time). This makes things a bit interesting because I'll be playing people who have been on benders all night, or people who have just woken up.

I'm a gambler, I enjoy gambling(generally the standard BlackJack & Craps) and the glory that is Vegas, hopefully by the time I make it back to Vegas, I'll have the guts (and skill) to sit down at a low limit table (and win). That's it for now. I don't really expect anyone to read this, but if you do, feedback is always welcome, good or bad or inbetween.

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