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WSPL Goes to Vegas episode 3/1

Date: Sun, Jan 12, 2014

The new year brings with it the new season of the WSPL. This year Rich, our second place finisher from season two opted out since he wouldn't be able to make many of the games. Our season one winner Greg is back, and we added a new player Jason S.

We now have ten players. The problem with this is PokerStars has nine player tables, so we play five handed until the first casualty. Which ended up taking while.

Nothing super exciting happened for me this round. I was pretty card dead, and wasn't hitting many flops. I'm also trying to play conservatively this year, to amass as many points as possible, even in games when I don't win.

The one reasonably exciting hand I had I was short stacked and went all in pre flop with ATo. Jason S, one of the chip leaders called with KQo. He proceeded to flop a king and hit a queen on the turn. But the river gave me a jack to complete my straight.

Shortly thereafter though I ran my AK into pocket Aces which left me with $T25 in chips. I was dealt a pair of threes, but got called by a pair of fives, and I don't even remember. I do remember spiking a three on the river only to find out that the mystery hand had picked up a straight.

So I went out in a pathetic 8th place.

Mark, last years winner was down to $T100 before all of my exciting hands happened, yet managed to keep doubling up to the point where he was the chip leader by the time there were four left. He managed to ride that to a second place finish.

Week one standings are as follows


  1. Aaron
  2. Mark
  3. Jason M
  4. Jason S
  5. Greg
  6. Shane
  7. Archie
  8. Me
  9. Jason K
  10. Noah


Originally posted at blog.pokerwords.com

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My 2013 WSOP Adventure

Date: Wed, Jun 12, 2013

My 2013 World Series Of Poker Adventure.

I opted not to write this up immediately after the event, deciding instead to enjoy the rest of my time in Vegas without obsessing over what I could have done differently. Instead I drank way too much and got way to little sleep. Combine that with over 8 hours over poker played on Saturday and there's a pretty good chance that I'm not going to remember most of the specifics of any one hand, but I can still give you an idea of how it went down.

The Beginning.

The tourney started off slow. In what I think was a legitimate trend and not just me bitching, I card dead for most of the tourney. I don't think I've seen as many 53o in my life. Just to extra frustrating the flop kept hitting the garbage that I was mucking pre-flop. If I ever got some semi decent cards that I might consider taking a shot at I would either be under the gun, or someone would raise ahead of me. I was intentionally playing tight so I stayed out of those hands as well. My goal, and I think I was successful at it was to not have to make any difficult decisions. Make enough difficult decisions and sooner or later you'll get one wrong, which often means the end of your tourney. Its a bit a of a catch 22. I don't usually like to start playing random hands until I win a few, just to get in a poker rhythm, but I can't get into that rhythm without playing hands.

So I stuck with the conservative play style and focused on analyzing the other players at the table. On a side note, I'm not the best at reading players by any means, but I at least try to pay attention to what is going on so I can learn a little bit about my opponent's tendencies. Half the table was on their iPhone whenever they weren't in the hand. If you're going to invest $1500 in a tournament I would think you would do more to make sure you were in it as long as possible.

So where was I? Ah yes, card dead. I won my first hand 50 minutes into level one. Fortunately I hadn't played many so I was still around the starting stack size. I didn't win my second hand until halfway through the second round. This time it was big one. I Ah9h and the flop was all hearts. The guy across from me makes small bet and I call. He's been playing a lot of hands, and been up and down. I don't think he's much of a threat. The turn is another heart. He bets again and I call. He takes a third stab at the pot and I raise. He goes all in. When I call he says the ace is good, he has the queen. I'm up to about 6.5K from a start of about 4.5K.


Midgame

I chipped up gradually winning a hand or two an hour. Three big hands come to mind.

First I get to see a flop with KQo and find myself looking back at an ace, and two more kings. Relatively new player across from me calls my medium sized bet. I don't have a great read on him, but my initial impression is that he was a pretty good player. I'm definitely concerned that he has AK. The turn shows he does not as it beings the case king. I bet again thinking he's probably got an ace and isn't putting me on a king, he reluctantly calls. He checks on the river and I make what I think ends up being the perfect bet. I want to say it was about 1.2K into a 2-3K pot. It would leave the loser of the hand with enough chips not quite be in all-in or nothing mode, but only barely. I say it was a perfect bet though because he sat and thought about it for at least a few minutes before finally calling. I think any more and he is able to lay it down, and any less and I would have lets some on the table. I'm up to about 10.5K now.

My next big hand I get to see a cheap flop with A5s. I flop a flush draw, and pick up a straight draw on the turn. The guy next to me, who has been fairly aggressive all day bets on both streets. He makes a large bet on river as I complete my straight. I think about it for a while trying to figure out if there is any way he can have a better straight. While possible, it doesn't seem likely at all. I call and he mucks his hand before I take my hands off my chips.

The last big hand before the dinner break isn't all that dramatic. I have pocket aces, and the small stack raises preflop. I re-raise about half his stack and he pushes. He fails to improve before and I'm up to about 14K before dinner. I'm the chip leader at the table.

We had been playing the featured table room, and they had started breaking down the tables and moving the remaining players in to the other room. The get to my table just before dinner. I only play a few hands at the new table before it too is broken up.

Now that I think about it, I lied, there was one other big hand that I played just before the dinner break. I have 56o in the big blind and for some reason a bunch of people limp into the pot. I pick up an open ended straight draw on an otherwise uninteresting flop. I hit an 8 high straight on the turn, and the small blind bets into me. I raise, and he calls. Everyone else drops out. The river is a rag and the small blind bets again. I make a big raise and he calls. I'm already counting my chips and thinking how I'm in great shape to make it through the day. And then he turns over 56 for a chop. So I won a bunch of antes and my blinds.

The End

Things just didn't go very well for me at the new table. Now that I'm thinking about, breaking up the tables was probably the worst thing to happen to me. I was happy at the time when we broke because there were some solid players at my table that I didn't mind getting away from, but I also had been playing with many of them for five hours and I had good reads on them. I had to start over at the new table.

I lost my first big hand of the night with pocket jacks. I raise preflop and get a couple of callers. The flop is 7 or 8 high with two spades. The short stack pushes all in and I call. He has two spades and rivers his flush to double up and knock me down to 10K. Not much I can do there.

After that the blinds and ante's just start to hurt. I'm able to steal them occasionally to stop the bleeding, but I'm still not playing many hands and certainly not winning any big ones. A few missed flops here and there and the worst single play of my tournament and I'm down to 6.5k at the end of the eighth blind level

What was the worst play you ask? I have AJs in late position. Easily the best starting hand I've had in an hour if not longer. I raise and get three callers. The flop is rags, 2,3,7 or something similar, and it checks around. The turn is a four and again checks for all. The river brings my ace. Short stack across from me makes a pot sized bet. The next guy calls. I distinctly remember thinking to myself that an ace on the river might not be good for me because it straight way to easy. I'm thinking short stack has a pair of fives. Based on his conversations with another guy at the table I think he's at least a semi-pro, and he's been battling back from nothing ever since I joined the table. The only thing that makes sense for him is a pocket fives. It can't be a bluff because you have to figure at least one of the three other guys has an ace and might call. He also played pretty passively early on in the hand so I'm thinking he doesn't have me out kicked if he does have an ace.

The second guy I'm not as concerned with. I haven't seen him play a ton, but he's been pretty loose, I put him on an ace at best I'm thinking I also have him out kicked. So I talk myself into calling. There are so many chips in the pot that I start thinking about how much better off I'll be after claiming them. And I call like an idiot. The fourth guy in the hand folds.

So small stack turns over 56s. I never would have put him on that. I can't see him calling a preflop raise with that and so little chips to spare. But it doesn't matter because he still had the straight that I thought he was going to turn over. And just to add to it, the other guy had what I put him on. An ace with a weaker kicker than I had. Of coarse his kicker was a two which gave him two pair, so even if the short stack was bluffing I'd have lost the hand. Uhg.

My only excuse is that it was still the best hand I'd seen in a while, and by this point in the tourney I was starting to get mentally fatigued. I wasn't paying as much attention to the action when I wasn't in the hand, and was having a little trouble concentrating in general. Still it was a bad call and I knew it and I paid the price.

By level nine the blinds are up to 300/600 with a 75 ante. A half our of that without doing more than stealing the blinds and antes maybe once and I'm down to about 4.5k. I get A9s in late position. The guy with two pair from the last hand limps. I make a bigger than usual raise hoping to grab a nice sized pot pre-flop, but he calls. The flop has two of my suit and we check it down. The turn is an ace . He checks, I bet he calls. The turn is a harmless three. Not my suit. He goes all in. He has me covered. I don't buy it. If he has something why try to push me out? If he has something why not make a bet I can call, or let me bet and then raise me? I call and he turns over A3. He rivered his second pair while avoiding the one in my suit. I stare it in shock for a few seconds and then its good luck guys, see you next year.

In hindsight this was also a terrible call. I should have folded and left myself to fight another day. I also probably should have pushed all-in on the flop. I had a ton of outs plus some fold equity that probably would have won the pot for me there. A little too passive I think.

I had a blast playing and I'm pretty proud of how well I did, but I can't decide if more frustrated that I went out so early last year, or that I lasted so long with nothing to show for it this time.

Other Notes

Rich, from the poker league went out towards the end of level 5. I thought some of my other friends gamble a lot, but he's crazy. The night before the WSOP when I went to bed to get some so that I would be well rested for the next day, he went to play some poker to warm up. He then played some blackjack and eventually found himself at a craps table. Until seven in the morning. We got up at nine so that we'd have enough time to eat and get over the Rio to register before it started at noon. I don't think he spent more than ten waking minutes without gambling, with the exception of when we would take a break to eat. And he did really well too. Except for the most brutal craps table I've ever seen that we had the misfortune of playing on Saturday morning.

Aaron, also from our poker group won over $1000 making $5 bets on video roulette. For most of the 11+ hours that I was at the Rio, he was playing roulette. They display some statistics about hot and cold numbers and the percentage of odd/even black/red and his strategy was to take the coldest number and bet it until it hits. Mathematically irrelevant but in practice at least this time, very effective. While playing roulette for that long he managed to skip dinner and consume many many free drinks. Shortly thereafter he would disappear and not reappear until 7 the next morning. He vaguely recalls hitting a bar in Ceasars and then their poker room, but can't remember most of what happened during that time. He slept most of Saturday recovering.

Craftsteak at the MGM Grand. If you're into that sort of thing, and money is no object you can get the best steak you will ever have. Jason was determined to have their Japanese Wygu (sp?) steak. The rest of us just wanted a good steak. A good steak was $50. The American Wygo was $120. The Japanese was $200. The tasting menu for the Japanese was $275. I normally would consider going all out for the expensive stake here, but I'm a little shell shocked in the wallet department from my WSOP loss and the other failed gambling of the weekend. I also don't think that I'll be able to tell the difference. I'm not enough of a connoisseur where I think I'll be able to tell the difference between a really high quality steak and a really really high quality steak. I was wrong. Jason and Rich got the tasting while Aaron and I got what we later termed peasant steaks. Jason and Rich gave us a taste of their steak and I think it has ruined every other steak that I will ever eat. It literally melted in your mouth. There was the perfect amount of marbling where the flavor couldn't have been any more perfect, but at the same time, it wasn't overly fatty.

The Stage Door Casino. You know that shitty looking bar/liquor store/Casino just off the strip between the Flamingo and Bally's? The one that looks like you'll get stabbed if you go near it? That place is awesome. Sunday night around two in the morning there actually isn't that much to do, even in Vegas. Not as many clubs or bars are open and they close earlier. No shows, not very many people , its basically gambling or nothing. So we went there. Three of us had three or four rounds of drinks and it cost us $21. less than a single round just about anywhere else on the strip. And Jason won $30 playing video poker.

So that's my 2013 WSOP adventure. Hopefully I'll be back next year.



Originally posted at blog.pokerwords.com

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Going to Vegas

Date: Wed, May 29, 2013

So even though I didn't qualify for one of our league's WSOP entries, I decided I'm going to go anyway. I'll be entering the 1500 NL Holdem event on June 8th. Hopefully I'll do better this year than I did last year. My goal is to still be playing poker on Sunday.

On the off chance anyone still reads this, I'm also overing 5% shares of my winnings for $100. Act now, they're going fast. And by fast I mean there are still 15 available.



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WSPL Goes to Vegas Episode 2/12

Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2013

Week 12 was fairly anti-climactic. Mark and Rich were almost guaranteed to go to Vegas. Aaron had a chance to knock Rich out if he won and Rich finished in 6th place or worse. I could knock either Rich or Mark out if I won and they came in 6th or worst. Or something similar to that. I don't remember the exact scenarios. It didn't matter though. Aaron went out first. He tried to play too aggressively into Rich and it did not work out well for him.

I ended up going out second. I was doing ok, but then I got distracted discussing a Roulette betting scheme in which I contend that if you pick four numbers and keep doubling your bet until you win, after 16 rounds your EV turns positive. Rich disputes this, and while attempting to explain my math over the interwebs, I failed to notice that I was playing shitty poker. To make matters worse Mark goes out fourth, which was his worst showing of the year, and would have left me room to sneak into the WSOP.

Rich came in third which was enough to put him in the overall lead, despite only winning one tourney.

Here are the finals:

Week 12

  1. Shane
  2. Jason
  3. Rich
  4. Archie
  5. Noah
  6. Mark
  7. Cookie
  8. Me
  9. Aaron
And the league totals:

  1. Rich ( 94 total /91 Dropping the worst two)
  2. Mark (98/90)
  3. Me (82/78)
  4. Aaron (78/76)
  5. Archie (70/68)
  6. Jason (70/67)
  7. Noah (66/66)
  8. Shane(56/55)
  9. Cookie (40/38)


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WSPL Goes to Vegas episode 2/11

Date: Mon, Apr 22, 2013

We're playing twice this week since the last game was scheduled to be the day after Noah's wedding. Of course since we made a special game for him, Noah managed to not show up.

Things did not go very well for me this game. Early on I had JJ in the big blind. Everyone folded to Archie in the small blind who limped. If everyone limps to me in the big blind I generally like to just check it to disguise my hand. In this case I should have raised. I hate playing jacks. You never feel safe because someone is almost guaranteed to have overcards. This time the flop was ace high, Archie checked and bet. Same on the turn. The river was a third spade. Archie bets about 2/3 pot. It wasn't a very big pot, but still. It was great bet because I felt like I had to call even though I was sure I was behind. Sure enough he had rivered the flush with q2. Its my own fault. A raise pre-flop and I probably win that pot without the drama.

The next few hands were also multiway limps where I felt like I had to call. And I kept getting good pieces of the flop, but not good enough to stand up to the raises that I was getting. Before you know it I'm short stacked. and in trouble of going out real early.

I managed to stay alive long enough to finish in fifth, one spot ahead of Rich, but unfortunately Mark made it to XXXX place so my chances are pretty slim.

My final hand I had 88 in the big blind. Aaron min raised under the gun and I pushed all in. He had Aces and despite his claims that he never wins his aces held up. The frustrating thing about that is that I had 88 in the big blind earlier on when I had even less chips. Mark and Archie were both in a raised pot and while I contemplated pushing, I chickened out. Mark was also short stacked and I was hoping Archie would bust him. The flop was 89T and Mark ended up winning a big pot with a pair of tens. Not that I think I would have tripled up, but I would have at least won a decent amount of chips and prevented Mark from doing so. Second night in a row I let one of my top rivals stay alive.

Here are the standings after tonight


  1. Aaron
  2. Mark
  3. Shane
  4. Archie
  5. Me
  6. Rich
  7. Jason
  8. Cookie
  9. Noah (DNP)
And the totals:
  1. Mark 94/85
  2. Rich 86/83
  3. Me 80/76
  4. Aaron 77/72
  5. Archie 64/62
  6. Noah 61/61
  7. Jason 59/56
  8. Shane 41/40
  9. Cookie 37/35
So If Mark and Rich both choke tomorrow and Aaron or I win we have a chance, otherwise it looks like those two are going.



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WSPL Goes to Vegas episode 2/10

Date: Sun, Apr 21, 2013

Both glorious and terrible things happened in this week's tourney.

We'll start with the glorious.

Actually no we'll start with some background. Mark is currently in the lead for ourleague with Rich in second. I'm in third, tied with Rich overall and a point behind after dropping our worst two.

The tourney goes more or less as usual. Jason goes out first, then Noah and Shane and Aaron. Mark and Rich are both short stacked for most of the early going, but keep battling back. I'm comfortably sitting second behind Archie with the chip standings.

I'm playing really tight and getting bad cards so I'm getting chipped away while Rich and Mark slowly get back into it. Mark is impossible to eliminate early on. He's so patient when shortstacked and never seems to lose an all in until late in the game.

Anyways, I was worried that my image was starting to look weak passive, so I was looking foropportunitiesto raise when I get good old 72o. I raise and Mark calls. The flop is seven high. Mark leads out and I push all in. He thinks a bit, then calls with AJo. The turn pairs the board and the river is another seven, so I managed to knock out the league leader with the worst hand in the game. Good times.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to capitalize on it as much as I would have liked. And I had a greatopportunitytoo. Rich was short stacked again and pushed all-in pre-flop. I had ATo. Archie called ahead of me though and I chickened out. Archie was the chip leader and I didn't want to get into a pot with him that was already that big. I figured he must have something good, so I let him try to knock Rich out. In hindsight Archie probably would have let me check it down so I should have take the chance. Plus the flop was AAT and there was another ten on the turn. Terrible play, and not just because I would have won the pot. I played that hand scared and it cost me big time.

Rich then went on to finally get a win. I came in third losing to Jason. Three handed, Jason started as the chip leader and I just could not get a read on him. He would check/call just about anything to the river, whether he had something or not. Sometimes it worked to my advantage, other times not so much.

The had I lost I had pocket eights and made large bets pre-flop and post flop. He called. The board read JTX. The turn was a rag and I pushed in my remaining chips. He calls with AK and rivers the queen to knock me out.

So here are the new standings:


  1. Rich
  2. Jason
  3. Me
  4. Archie
  5. Mark
  6. Aaron
  7. Shane
  8. Noah
  9. Cookie

Overall:

  1. Rich (82 Total 79 Dropping the worst two)
  2. Mark (83/74)
  3. Me (75/71)
  4. Noah(61/60)
  5. Aaron (62/57)
  6. Archie (58/56)
  7. Jason (56/53)
  8. Cookie (35/33)
  9. Shane (33/32)



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WSPL Goes to Vegas Episode 2/9

Date: Sun, Apr 14, 2013

And things get a little more interesting...

I had just about resigned myself to the fact that Mark and Rich were going to be the top two finishers in the league. They are in the lead now, and both too solid to have enough bad performances to let anyone else in. Or so I thought.

Rich is on vacation this week, out of the country. He was planning on still playing but apparently wasn't able to make it, or most likely found something better to do. This is why we get to drop two games.

For me this week things started out pretty poorly. With one exception. In my third or fourth hand I found myself with good old 27o. Two players called my pre-flop raise, but they both folded to my continuation bet. That was the only hand I won for the first three or four orbits. I was playing tighter than usual in an attempt to keep myself out of trouble, and the few hands I did play I missed completely.

Just as I was starting to get frustrated I find myself with the small stack and AKs under the gun. I make a standard 3xBB raise and get two callers, Noah and Cookie. Noah has been on a tear lately. If he makes it to the ante levels (which we are in) he wins.

The flop is jack high with two of my suit. Cookie bets, and Noah raises. I push all in. I'm guessing neither has anything, and that Noah is trying to steal the pot. Even if they do have something I have a ton of outs. Jason goes all in behind me and Noah calls, which initially doesn't make me too happy. Cookie has QJ and Noah AJ. I still have a bunch of outs, but I'm in trouble. The turn is a ten, which gives me some more outs, and I river a King. Cookie is eliminated, Noah is still OK. I don't remember what he started with, but he may have come out ahead in the hand.

A few hands later Noah gets all in with Shane. Noah again has AJ on a Jack high board, but Shane sucks out on the river. Noah is finally eliminated when he again goes all in with the best hand and Aaron catches runner runner to make trips and beat him. I think that is the most angry I've heard Noah after a game.

I was the chip leader after my triple up above and I never looked back. I didn't jump into super aggressive bully mode because that has gotten me into trouble before, but I was able to push my way around when I needed to. I was also able to sit back and watch the others knock each other out.

With Rich not playing and Noah out early this was my big chance to gain ground. Mark ends up going out in third so there is a little amount to be made there too.

Aaron and I get heads up before we are even an hour into the tourney, which I think is a first for this league. I had about 7500 to his 4500. We played to a stalemate for about half an hour. Then Iwhittled him down to just under 2000. He went all in with 22 and I called with AJo. His two's held up and he got a new burst of confidence. Suddenly he wasn't folding to my post flop raises, he wasreraisingme. He ended up taking the lead and getting me all in, but this time my hand held up which seemed to put the game back to where we started. I gradually ground him down to take my third win of the season.

So here are this weeks results.


  1. Me
  2. Aaron
  3. Mark
  4. Shane
  5. Noah
  6. Cookie
  7. Jason
  8. Archie
  9. Rich (DNP)
And the overall standings
  1. Mark 78 Points (68 Dropping the worst two)
  2. Rich 67 (64)
  3. Me 67 (63)
  4. Noah 59 (58)
  5. Aaron 58 (53)
  6. Archie 52 (50)
  7. Jason 45 (42)
  8. Cookie 34 (31)
  9. Shane 30 (29)




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WSPL Goes to Vegas episode 2/08

Date: Sun, Apr 7, 2013

Mark and Rich are pulling further and further away from the pack, and I have to admit I'm getting pretty frustrated. I've been playing real poorly lately and I think I'm starting to get into my own head.

Things started off OK. Noah who is currently one spot above me in standings went out first and both Mark and Rich were fairly short stacked. I was getting terrible cards again, and not feeling any sort of confidence at all, but I figured as long as I played tight and smart I could at least make up some points. The only hands I played were out of the blinds, and I didn't play many of them past the flop.

Before I knew it I too was short stacked, and Rich kept rivering cards to stay alive. Somehow Archie accumulated more chips than the rest of the table, which worked out OK for me because he called just about anything, including my pre-flop all-in with TT.

That doubled me up and put me comfortably in second. I could have just played tight and waited for some spots to chip up, but no, I had to get aggressive and it didn't turn out well. I feel like whenever I try to push people out of a pot they hit something and raise me, and whenever I let it get to the river, they catch something to suck out on me.

I was back down to middle of the pack when I got AQs Mark was short stacked and limped. I popped it to 4x BB and he called that too. Our table normal preflop raise is probably 2.5-3. The flop is 5T8 and he pushes all in. Its about half my stack to call him. I put him on a missed hand, hoping that I too missed, and I call. He had KTs and it held up for him.

A few hands later I pushed with KT preflop and Mark called with AJ. Again his hand holds up and I'm out in third with a wasted opportunity to make up some ground. Only three games left. I need to win at least one and finish in the top 4 in all to even have a chance.

Here are the results for week 8

  1. Archie
  2. Aaron
  3. Rich
  4. Mark
  5. Shane
  6. Cookie
  7. Me
  8. Jason
  9. Noah

And the current standings. At this point I think Mark and Rich can start making travel arrangements.



  1. Mark (70 overall/60 dropping worst two)
  2. Rich (67/58)
  3. Noah(54/53)
  4. Me (52/48)
  5. Archie(50/48)
  6. Aaron (47/42)
  7. Jason (42/39)
  8. Cookie (30/27)
  9. Shane(24/23)


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WSPL Goes To Vegas Episode 2/7

Date: Sun, Mar 31, 2013

Week 7 was interesting. For the first hour or so, the short stack couldn't lose an all in.

It took over 35 minutes before our first casualty. Aaron and Shane went out around the same time, then it was another 45 minutes before we lost another player.

At one point Jason lost an all-in, leaving him with 7 chips. The antes at the time were 10. He won the next four or five hands in a row, and went up to over 1500; A few orbits later and he was at over 4000.

I went out in sixth place. I was short stacked for a while then by the rules of the night doubled up a few times to get beconsistently2nd in chips. I lost a reasonably big pot chasing a flush draw, then lost everything when I though I hit a big blind special. I had J6 and the flop was 55J. Unfortunately for me Mark had Q5 and over an hour into the tourney and I only got 4 points to show for it. Archie and Rich dropped out shortly after I did. Leaving Mark, Jason and Noah. At this point it looks like Mark is taking one of the spots, so I'm rooting for him , or Jason to win. Jason is near the bottom with little to no chance of competing. Noah on the other hand could get back in the chase with a strong finish.

Noah and Jason teamed up to take Mark down, and then Noah ground out the win. Earlier on Noah made a comment that he had won every time he made it to the antes stage of the tourney. Unfortunately that is still the case.

Here are the standings for today, and overall


  1. Noah
  2. Jason
  3. Mark
  4. Rich
  5. Archie
  6. Me
  7. Cookie
  8. Shane
  9. Aaron

And the overall standings
  1. Mark (64/54 dropping worst 2)
  2. Rich (59/50)
  3. Noah (53/52)
  4. Me (49/45)
  5. Jason (40/35)
  6. Aaron (36/31)
  7. Archie(35/33)
  8. Cookie (26/23)
  9. Shane (19/18)


Noah moved back into contention for a spot, I'm barely still in it. Jason has quietly had a nice run,with two thirds and a second place finish in the last three. I would say Shane, Cookie, Archie and Aaron are out of it, unless they manage to win at least three of the remaining games.





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WSPL Goes To Vegas Episode 2/6

Date: Sun, Mar 24, 2013

Much to say this week. Not that I have much to say most weeks, but I was watching the Illini/Miami game while this tournament was going on, and I'm a bit disappointed that Illinois didn't pull it out so I'm going to make this short and sweet.


I will point out however that while Rich monied again, he is 0-4 heads up. Also, I need to play better.

This weeks results:

  1. Mark
  2. Rich
  3. Jason
  4. Archie
  5. Me
  6. Aaron
  7. Cookie
  8. Shane
  9. Noah

And the overall standings
  1. Mark (56)
  2. Rich (53)
  3. Me (45)
  4. Noah (38)
  5. Aaron (35)
  6. Archie (30)
  7. Jason (29)
  8. Cookie(23)
  9. Shane(17)


Looks like Mark and Rich are starting to pull away from the field.

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WSPL Goes to Vegas Episode 2/5

Date: Sun, Mar 17, 2013

To say week 5 went poorly for me would be an understatement. My computer crashed just before the tourney kickoff so I started out alone at the second table. Shane, then Jason that Archie got added one by one, and each of them took a bunch of my chips. I played a bunch of pots and missed hitting every time. I tried pushing people out of hands but no one would fold. Nothing went right. And then when I decided to switch to super tight only ultra premium hand mode I would see the flop hit the hands I folded nine times out of ten.

The only thing that went right for me is that Cookie managed to bust out before me. He wassimultaneouslyplaying poker, sim city, and doing a major system update for a client.

I made my final push with JTs and ran into Rich's KK to make it a quick night. The worst part is that Mark, who was in second place at the start of the day lost a huge hand just before I went out. And I told myself that I could wait him out. At least for an orbit or two.

Bad Impatient Poker today. Angry.

Time to fill out some NCAA brackets.



Here are the standings for this week.

  1. Noah
  2. Rich
  3. Jason
  4. Archie
  5. Aaron
  6. Mark
  7. Shane
  8. Me
  9. Cookie
And the totals

  1. Rich(42)
  2. Mark (41)
  3. Me (40)
  4. Noah(37)
  5. Aaron(31)
  6. Archie (24)
  7. Jason (21)
  8. Cookie (20)
  9. Shane(15)




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WSPL Goes to Vegas Episode 2/4 - The curse of Daylight Savings Time.

Date: Sun, Mar 10, 2013

So week four was weird. I don't know if it was the daylight savings time switch that threw everyone off, but something wasn't right.

First off, only five of us made it by the tourney start. Archie and Shane didn't make it all. Cookie was a few minutes late and Mark just barely made it before the first blind and late registration period was up. By the time he did make it, Rich and I were already in bad shape.

I've mentioned before that Noah hasseverelyunder performedmy expectations. Well if it was because he was card dead these last few weeks (seasons?) he made up for it tonight. I think that he was hitting at least a straight on every hand he played. If he had less than A6 as a starting hand the entire time I'd be amazed.

Speaking of A6 the hand that crippled me early on was against him. I had QQ and made my standard raise. Noah called. The board was 6AA and I figured he probably didn't have another A, so I played it kind of hard, but he didn't fold. The turn was another 6 and the riverinconsequential. We checked down on the river and he turns over an ace. I don't know why he didn't make some sort of bet on the river. I'm pretty sure I wasn't going to fold.

That left me in bad shape, but I was able to hang around while other players knocked each other out. Mostly I mean Noah knocked people out. He had pocket aces at least two more times, and managed quads on anther hand.

Down to five players, Aaron is short stacked and raises, Noah calls. I have AQs and the second most chips at the table so I push. Both call. Aaron has JJ and Noah AA. I think I hit a queen but it doesn't matter. I end up in fourth place.

On the plus side, Mark goes out next when his AA fall to Cookie's KXo. Cookie caught a king on the flop, and the turn, and then again on the river just for good measure, so I'm still a point up on Mark.

This weeks's results are:


  1. Noah
  2. Cookie
  3. Mark
  4. Me
  5. Aaron
  6. Jason
  7. Rich
  8. Archie (DNP)
  9. Shane (DNP)

And the standings:

  1. Me (38)
  2. Mark (37)
  3. Rich (31)
  4. Aaron (26)
  5. Noah (22)
  6. Cookie (19)
  7. Archie (18)
  8. Jason (13)
  9. Shane (12)


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WSPL Goes to Vegas Episode 2/3

Date: Sun, Mar 3, 2013

Game three is in the books, and I have now one two of them and sit atop the leaderboard. It looks like it is going to be a three way battle for the top two spots, although it is still pretty early.

I played a fairly vanilla game tonight. I was about third in chips for almost the entire way, except for a few minor hiccups here and there. Once we got down to three players, I jumped out to a lead and never looked back. Its the other two players that I want to talk about.

First is Mark. Mark is the new guy in the group and I hadn't played more than a few hands with him before the league started. After three games, I think I have a good read on him. He's a pretty solid player especially when the table is full and there are few fish for him. He plays fairly loose and pretty aggressive. It seemed like he was in just about every pot, and no one ever seemed to pick up a hand against him. He had a big chip lead early on and maintained it for much of the tourney. His downfall is that no one ever seems to play back at him, at least early on. Once we get deeper into the tourney the passive players have been eliminated, or forced into all-in or fold mode, so the pots that he normally steals he ends up having to fold, or lose.

For the most part I avoided hands with Mark. I'm getting used to his style but plays a wide range of hands that I don't want to have to try to figure out, especially when he is the big stack. Much better to bide my time and wait for him to either get into trouble or knock other players out for me.

Once we get down to four or five players, I don't have much trouble with Mark. He tends to over value his hands if he hits anything, but I can also get him to fold a fair amount of the time. He'sdefinitelya force to be reckoned with, and may be filling the role of Smack this year, but I'm not nearly as intimidated.

Next is Rich. I think Rich may be the best player in the group. At least until we get to two or three handed. Once there he turns into this weak overly passive player which I just don't understand. I'm even more confused because I think he plays or played a lot of heads up online, so I think he should be really good at it.

When I play heads up, I will raise with just about and two cards, unless I think my opponent thinks I'm doing that and is likely to push back. Against Rich I get him to fold 3/4 of the time. On the other side, he flat out folds about half the time.

He survives for a while because I end up taking five or six minimum sized pots from him, then he reraises me big and wins a big enough pot to cover the ones he lost. I think if he would play a few more pots he would steal them from me and better disguise his big hands when he get him.

This marks the third time in two seasons that we've met heads up, and I've won all three. The first time I may have sucked out on him pretty bad, but who's counting?

Other notable performances for this week.

Noah was a no-show.

Aaron got short stacked early and battled to stay alive, placing in fifth.

Archie busted out first (but he still gets two points thanks to Noah). I still think Archie should be contending for a top spot, but he just doesn't seem to do well online.

here are the standings:

Week 3

  1. Me
  2. Rich
  3. Mark
  4. Shane
  5. Aaron
  6. Jason
  7. Cookie
  8. Archie
  9. Noah (DNP)

Totals:
  1. Me (32 Points)
  2. Mark (29)
  3. Rich (28)
  4. Aaron (21)
  5. Archie (18)
  6. Shane (12)
  7. Jason (9)
  8. Cookie (8)
  9. Noah (7)







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WSPL Goes To Vegas Episode 2/2

Date: Sun, Feb 24, 2013

Round two of season two was my worst showing of either season. Things started off well as I won a few small pots, then pushed Jason off of a rather large pot to get a comfortable amount of chips. This week was turning into a haves vs have nots as four of us had over 2500 chips early on and the rest had at around 1000 or less.

I got a little loose with my hand selection and and threw away a bunch of chips hoping to hit a sneaky monster hand, or just bully some small stacks. My big downfall was playing 83s in four way pot. The flop was 38T and Rich made a half pot sized be which I called, and then so did Archie. I should have raised there but I got greedy. The turn was J. Looked innocent enough. I made a decent sized bet and Archie raised. I figured he thought I was trying to steal a garbage pot so I just called, hoping to get more from him on the river. The river was a queen and now I'm in trouble. I bet and he raises. What are the odds he has a nine? He isn't the type of player to chase a straight like that. And I was right, he doesn't. He had 97 and caught the straight on the turn. That left me with less than 5 BB. I tried to steal the next pot to start chipping up, but got two callers and no help from the board.

Terrible play by me. Booooourns.

Archie and Mark did manage to play heads up for at least half an hour before Mark finally won. Archie had a huge chip lead for most of it, but just couldn't finish him off. Mark kept getting beat down, then he would go all in and double up, then finally Mark go the lead and finished him off a few hands later.

This weeks finish:

  1. Mark
  2. Archie
  3. Aaron
  4. Rich
  5. Shane
  6. Noah
  7. Cookie
  8. Me
  9. Jason

And the standings so far:

  1. Mark (21)
  2. Me (17)
  3. Rich (17)
  4. Archie(16)
  5. Aaron(16)
  6. Noah (7)
  7. Shane(6)
  8. Jason (5)
  9. Cookie (5)



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