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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fuck You, Poker!

If I ran any worse today, I'd probably be dead.

It started at the Aria daily tournament.  I was completely card dead.  I won one hand the first 4 levels.  That's two hours, folks.  Then I got some cards, and promptly left the building...

Blinds were $200/$400/$25.  Two limpers and the action arrives to me in the small blind.  AK.  I'm sitting on around $8,000 and raise to $1,300.  Both limpers have around $4,000 chips.  Both call.

Flop is A25 rainbow.  I lead for $2,200.  Both ship it.  I call the small amount on top.  Both limpers have AQ.  Turn is a Queen.  Down to around $4,000 chips.

Later that same level cutoff limps and I pop to $1,200 from the small blind with QQ.  Cutoff has me covered, and calls.

Flop is 973.  I bet $1,500.  Cutoff shoves.  I call.  He tables A3.  Huh?  Turn blanks, river is an Ace.  Really?  Donzo.

After dinner, I decide to play cash at Ballys.  I buy in for $200.  I'm surrounded by 9 of the worst poker players I've ever shared a table with.  Three hours later, I'm broke...

Once again, I spent an hour card dead.  And no sense trying to make moves against this table full of monkeys.  So I sit.  And I patiently fold.  Then, finally, I get some good cards.  And I lose all my money in 15 minutes.

First hand -AK from the button.  I open to $10.  Small blind comes along.  Flop is A45 (two spades).  He checks, I bet $12, and he flats.  Turn blanks and I bet $27.  He flats.   River is a king.  He shoves his last $35.  I call with top two - no match for his flopped wheel.  Ouch.  Ok.  Shit happens.

Several hands later, two people limp and I raise to $12 with AQ.  Both call.  Fop is 4 Q 8 (two clubs).  Dude donk bets $10.  Other villain calls.  I raise to $35.  Donker folds. Mother villain RE-RAISES $100 on top.  Huh?  He flats $10, and then repops my raise?  My read is that he flopped a set - 88's or 44's.  He initially called $10 to try and build a pot, but when I raised, he figured he had me on the hook, and didn't want to mess with the flush draw.  I fold.  He shows QQ.  Not the set I put him on, particularly after he tried to limp preflop.  But, whatever. It's all the same.

Several hands later, it's my turn with pocket QQ.  One limper.  I pop to $10 from middle position.  It folds to limper, who calls.  Of course.  Flop is 7 2 8 rainbow.  I bet $15.  He calls.  Turn is a 3.  I bet $32.  He raises, putting me all in for my last $45 or so.  I call.  He flips 73.  Really?  Fuck. You.

21 comments:

  1. Wow, what a bunch of monkeys. Nothing but bad luck there.

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  2. maybe if ud answered ur texts and said hi since ur in vegas it wouldve changed ur luck

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    1. Tony:

      Maybe if you'd answered your texts, you wouldn't have had to pay for a taxi last night and it would have changed your luck. And you wouldn't have a life-roll in the hundreds.

      Aren't "what if" games fun?

      s.i.

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    2. Tony, I just checked my phone. I got one text from you, at 12:45 am, saying "hi from jean."

      I'm still pretty much on east coast time, and was done for the night at 1:00am. I just saw this text this morning.

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    3. well that wasnt exactly the issue, it was that as soon as u hit vegas about 48 hours earlier, u didnt start getting ahold of me to make plans to see if we could meet up sometime this weekend. but u would need a friend with a car to bring u to Jean

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  3. Wow you took running bad to a new level. I had the same kind of night last night myself. Oh what fun.

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  4. LOL 2 outter - facepalm.

    PPP - I think I've said this before, and it serves to say it again since I'm seeing the same problem: Have you considered raising more when you're in the pot? 2 limps and you're raising to $12? If your standard open is $10, then you're not charging enough.

    For example, the flopped wheel guy (23) should be really second guessing the price he's paying for seeing the flop. You should charge the hell outta him.

    The 73 guy: You charge him $10 to limp call (actually he's paying $8 to see the flop since the original $2 is sunk cost). Charge him more, especially knowing that you're going broke on most if not all non-A, non-K high flops...

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    1. I have been raising larger recently. But last night, at this table, most preflop raises we're $6 or $7 and were not getting callers. $10 was actually a lot.

      And, I don't really mind getting called by 73, etc. It was the consistently being out flopped which got old yesterday!

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    2. That's good that you've been raising larger. I've found that people "don't care about the money... they came here to play, not fold!" so raising larger is better for you. Remember, when they make a mistake that you wouldn't, you profit, and vice-versa. Therefore, don't play like "them." Even if the norm for the table is a smaller raise, don't let them play lotto on you. Raise larger anyway.

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  5. By the way, I still love playing at Aria. Yesterday, Orel Hershisher was hanging out. Never know who you'll see in that room . . .

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  6. Hmmm ... biggest celevrity I saw last trip was TBC. Maybe I need to play at Aria : o )

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  7. Wow, tough day. Hopefully your luck changes while you're still in Vegas.

    Regarding the wheel......you know, he had a buck in preflop, so he was pot committed to call your raise for ONLY $9 more!

    Seriously, you want idiots like that to call, I know you know that, and it just sucks that he hit a monster against you.

    But I disagree with PM.....If you are on the button, and no one's in the pot yet, $10 is more than enough to bet there. Anyone who calls you with garbage is an idiot who will eventually lose all his money. Hopefully to you.

    Even a raise to $8 is likely to just get you the blinds there 9 times out of 10.

    Better luck!

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  8. Thanks Rob. Seems like raises in Vegas are still Smaller than out east. Except, of course, for the guy who was opening to $30 with his pocket pairs. Yes, seriously. Scared much?

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  9. P Cube that was terrible man! Other than sympathising the bad run and hoping/wishing that the donkey's play the same way with you when you have monsters.

    PM, I think in one way CT is spoiling us with these raises. I have played at AC and DP and the raises there are way less. I have seen people raise to $8 with A's and K's and play it very passively. I guess it all depends on the table and the raises.

    But, I do believe in one spot, Q's against 73 on the flop should be a pot size bet or more (close to 25 or 30).

    Also, for a 1/2 game, there is no point in sitting at a table where you didn't push a pot for an hour (referring to Bellagio). Table Change or a Casino change. It is Vegas the should be pleanty to choose from at 1/2 level.

    Here's some CT run good from Me and PM to you,
    GolfPro

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  10. Alright... so I'm not trying to up the stakes of poker for me when I'm playing against other people, universally. But here's my thoughts behind larger raises: people are generally going to call 'em regardless. By and large, people don't come to fold, they come to play - unless you're sitting with a few regs. I can make these large raises in AC, Ctown and San Diego and get calls all day long. Perhaps I'm not getting max value because they're afraid of me post flop unless they hit hard, but that's a risk I'm willing to take for charging to see a flop.

    If you're sitting with regs, though, get up because you're not going to make a ton of money on them anyway.

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  11. Speaking of calling large raises.... Here's my favorite hand from Saturday (did not involve me):

    Awful player one raises to $7. He clearly has a large pocket pair, because he earlier popped 77 and TT to $30 preflop. And he limps with everything else. Awful player two calls. Flop comes out ten high, two of the same suit. Awful player one, scarred shitless, shoves the flop for $85. Yes, $85 into like a $16 pot. A man's gotta protect his hand, yo! Awful player 2 tanks. I'm my head, I'm thinking, is this idiot really gonna call against numbnutz pocket aces? Yes, he is. He calls, with his top pair, and then is in despair when numbnutz flips his pocket KK's.

    So frustrating to not be able to take advantage at a table like this....

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  12. This is for You and PM.

    There is this older gentleman that plays 1/2, wears an orioles black and orange jacket (OG), he has a moustache and wears glasses. Believe me, if you play with him for a few hands you can and will recognize him.

    Here's a hand that went down (where I was not involved):
    We all call a straddle pot for $5. Straddler raises to 25, the chicken that we are, we promptly fold. OG calls the raise. Flop comes 3 clubs Q high (Q7X). Straddler checks, OG checks. Turn is another club, straddler bets 25, OG calls. River is a meaningless non club. Straddler checks, OG bets 45, Straddler does a little hollywood (says raise, puts the calling chips takes a few mins and bets 100 total), OG raises to 200, Straddler goes AI for 75 more. OG open folds 78os with no club. Straddler shows the A of clubs.

    This guy value owns himself for huge bets. I called his river bets 3/4 times with single pair and a good kicker and I was always right.

    GolfPro

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    1. Awesome. Will look for this guy next time! I don't believe PPP gets up to Ctown all that often, but I certainly do...

      Thanks!

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