Where the fuck is Ick?
Congrats to Jewels on her last ever for now WWDN. She did g00t. Only outlasted by a drunken-aggro dwarf, a Weak Playah, and some other donk I do not really know.
I started thinking about writing about why I took a little time off from the online poker game and it probably deserves a full post but I am not really in the mood. If you read my posts back in April I had finally achieved "Poker nirvana". I know it is hard to believe. I was totally at peace with my game. If I got rivved or killed when way ahead then so be it. It is POKER. I was at total peace with the nature of the game. I think it is important to have this attitude.. not just say you have it. It also is something that can come and go. Lately I had lost my mojo.. Culminating in a nice set of rants which ended with slagging off a really nice person: Joanne. I really do not want to feel that way about poker so I have basically been playing a lot less in the past few months.
It has been a pretty decent year for me Poker wise. I still have not attained that little place where you actually make money that means something. However I have booked in a 1K profit from Online play, around 600 for live.. and even a nice little 1K advertising bonus. All of this has been cashed out. So while I have not and may never reach the success I think I can at least I am not losing.
Anyhoooo.. I hit the tables at Full Tilt again this week with a whole $50 bankroll!! WHOO HOO! I really want to play in the Big Game this week. For those of you not in the "Cool Kids" club.. Don has setup a game for this Sunday. NLHE Double Stacks. 9:30PM. Password: donkey. The buyin for this even is $75, hence the name "The Big Game". It is the largest buyin home-game on the "Blogger" circuit and it will be interesting to see who shows up.
So what do I decide to play with my $50? You guessed it 50/NL!! WOO HOO!. Sorry they do not have blackjack on Full Tilt yet. I have played a conservative but aggressive game this week and had some interesting ways to win. I pulled off a few huge bluffs on the first night.. to get my stack up a bit, then cracked someone with QJs. I flopped TPTK and felt I was ahead. The turn brought a 5 of spades so I had a flush draw and my TPTK. The other guy pushed in for $16 more into a $20 pot so it was pretty easy to call.. but I felt I was ahead.. He turned over A5o and I held up. I took a few good stands like that but when is a call a "Good Read" and when do you just get lucky you were actually ahead? Interesting question.
I had MiamiDon on the IM while I was playing and it was VERY interesting to hear his thoughts. He is a cash game player and his thinking is totally different than mine. The hand in question I have AK out of position with one raise before me. I re-raise with my AK which is something I hardly ever do. He cold calls.
Now to me my raise says I have a big pocket pair and his call says he has something speculative like AK/AJ/TT/99 something in that range.. The flop comes Qxx. I bet out just about pot and he cold calls. The pot is now twelve bucks. I see his call as being weak.. so I fire a pot size bet on the turn when another Queen falls.. he thinks for a bit and folds like a little girl.
MiamiDon said his take on the hand is my re-raise means I have a weak hand like AK.. and that if it was him playing he would cold call me with AA/KK in that situation and then outplay me on the flop and turn to extract a lot of money. In my opinion my re-raise meant I had a really strong hand and my two bets backed that up. I am not a big fan of bluffing at these levels but I wonder if our difference in opinions on what hands the other guy had and what I was representing was a cash vs MTT mentality or a 50/NL vs 200/NL game mentality. Any thoughts?
Last night I played 50/NL again with my now much improved 100$ bankroll and again doubled up. No real skill there. I flop a set. Guy bets into me hard. I turn a boat. Guy pushes on me. Guy flips over AJ on a AQQx board to be drawing dead. Now I have a MASSIVE 150$ bankroll. Wow I am cool. heh.
** Word of caution: Any newbies reading this please do not play 50/NL on a 50$ bankroll.. you should at the very least have $500 and probably more.. you will probably read about how I blew it all in the near future.
So I am bankrolled for the Big Game this weekend for the moment.. and I am also going to hit up the Mookie tonight. If you have not been it is a blast. AlCantHang has taken it under his wing to get eighty people there!!! Go help the ole' drunkard out and show up dammit!
Last but not least, is anyone interested in showing up at Foxwoods in November? I am all for the 18th if it works out better for most people.. right now it is basically me and Jordon circle jerking each other which while somewhat interesting is not exactly what I had in mind. Where the hell did BoneDaddy go? Does he have a job? I thought for sure he was coming. I guess he got gaped in some Atlantic City alleyway and is too sore to sit down and read my blog. So if you interested in going to Foxwoods in November post a comment. It should be fun.