Friday, April 15, 2005

Nothing Special Poker

First off I wish Felicia a speedy recovery back to full health.


Spent the last couple sessions back at $3/$6. Nothing has changed much. Same bad play as before, just the suck outs cost more. I think the play at this level is worst than some of the lower limits. Makes sense though, this is about the normal level for most casinos so I assume this is the level most go to that play at casinos. Still clearing Absolute Poker so I do see some of the guys from the $2/$4 that I used to play with that have moved up. Thats cool because I have notes on them.

Not much to post about, been in a holding pattern this week. A little above even with no spectacular wins or loses to report. Been kinda of boring.


I have noticed poker is at a frenzied pace right now. In Virginia, the lottery now has a Texas Holdem game, my wifes new favorite show, Desperate Housewifes, playing poker this week. Commercials? They are everywhere now on cable. Saw a new one for last night. I saw the $9.99 chip sets at Auto Zone over the weekend! NBC has a pilot for a show based on Annie Duke even. Everywhere you look now people are trying to cash in.

At the tables you can see it also. I think sometimes if people would just transfer money to other players it would be easier. I know people play poker for all kinds of reasons but come on. Maybe I am just noticing more lately. What I understand even less is that people are calling the river bet with missed draws! Chasing a gut shot to the river, chasing your hand that if it hits will be second best, chasing your A high, chasing runner runner, ect. With the quality of players out there, this happens, BUT to call a river bet from a player that has bet you every round and you have missed! Makes no sense.

I'm not complaining though, I make a living off these players. Sure when they suck out it hurts but that is temporary. I'm not the best poker player out there by no means but I am in the top 3 at my table. If I'm not, I move. So I am confident I will come out in the long run.

Not bad ramblings from a guy who is break even for the week!

Till Next Time!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Folding to a Win

I guess it easy to remember some hands, the AA that got cracked or maybe the folded QT that hit a straight on the flop to a guy that was bluffing.

How about the ones that save you huge money? I had two yesterday that were very big. I have not been feeling well and have played sparingly the last couple days. I played for 3 one hour sessions and only one table at a time. I made $60. Neither one of these hands were earth shattering decisions, both were folded pre flop but they stuck out in my mind because of how there would be no way I could get away from them if I stayed.

The first one I had 84s in SB. I like seeing cheap flops with any two suited in the SB(after reading SSH). It was raised in late MP and called by button. I let it go without much hesitation.

Hand 1 – KK
Hand 2 – AA

Flop – 884
Turn – K
River – 7

There is no way I don’t lose a bundle on this hand. Pot got big between these two.

The second one I had QJo in early MP. It’s folded to me and I think about raising first end. I end up folding and 4 people see a flop.

Flop is T9K rainbow

Turn – 6
River – T

Winner had 99 for full house. I would have been first to act and for sure he would have called me down. Some one had a ten and this pot also got big.

I figured that was 12 – 15 bb’s saved at 2/4. That was my whole winning day. I guess this was just one of those times when you realize, again, that poker is a whole bunch of decisions rolled up together to make a session. Making money has a lot to do with what you play as well as what you don’t play.

Till Next Time!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Passion other than Poker

The Tiger Growl is BACK!