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vegas, book idea, iPhone

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I am blogging this bad boy from the car en route to vegas. We hit Disney's double feature in socal along with universal studios. Today I turned 25. Now I will hopefully drop the hammer on some llamas in vegas in the 1-2 game.

The iPhone continues to rock muh sox. The fact that no pressure is needed for this keypad is a huge ergonomic benefit that, with all the talk of "text thumb", I'm surprised we haven't heard more of. The autocorrect on this thing is genius.

I got to meet a guy today I only know online from coh, which was cool.

I have seriously had my main two book ideas percolating, and I think real writing is near. I need to do some physics research for one. When I get home I will likely be doing some consulting work again. Seems like I will be quite busy, but opportunity doesn't let you pick your schedule.

A guy from work has been pushing me to take swim lessons and swim on a regular schedule, and I think I'll jump on it... I am by no means in the worst shape, but I'd like to get back to a fully fit weight and tone, and I'm feeling empowered lately. I will be busy... Have to cut some game time. Oh well.

So frustrating. This time I got leads at all 4 tables in a set. Huge leads on some - one table I had AA and tripled up like the 3rd hand, had 2500 chips. At one point, I think I had 2200, 2050, 1900, and 1050. I busted out on ALL FOUR TABLES. Argh. The worst beat was getting all-in pf with 99 v 55, and having him catch a 5 on the river. Every hand was brutal. One I definitely screwed up, the other I sort of screwed up, and the last one I just got screwed.

On one, I completed in the SB with A6o, flop AKQ. I led for 225 (1/4 my stack), and someone pushed. I should have folded, and that was the most obvious screwup, I think. That board is scaryville. He had JT. Shafted. (No runner, runner full houses for me like the AQ guy)

On another, I called a fairly large raise with AKo. Flop AK5, 2 clubs. (I have no clubs). Pot is 575 and I lead 225. That's a big mistake, I think in retrospect. He calls. Turn 4c. I am nervous. I did not stop to think enough, and that was a mistake. I started this hand with 1525, and this was the only player who had me covered, with 2255. On the turn, I bet 425 and he minraises. Second mistake, because I probably should have mucked right there. But... top 2 pair... and I know he doesn't have 23/44/55. AA and KK are possible but only remotely so. After all, I have an A, and K and they're both out. That'd mean all 4 got out, and that's tough to believe. But why the minraise? I called pf and led the flop. But it's so hard to put someone on the nut hand - I know many players will raise there with AJ/AT/Ax, especially with the naked Ac. Damnit. So I moved in, he called. AcQc. The nuts. No A or K on the river for me.

Sigh. The last hand was a weird bubble hand, not too interesting. I completed in the SB after a limper with K7o and a K came. The rest after that was probably foreordained, but it pisses me off because I was the 3rd stack, and there was one short stack hanging on playing for 3rd. And he got it.

Ok. So. Yeah. I was lucky. First I called a push on the bubble with 88, he had AK. I won. (Yes, I was a 55-45 favorite, but you remember how I couldn't win the 98:2 battle?)

Then some guy completes. I check with 95o. Flop: Q9x. I check, he pushes. I took that to be a bluff and a half, and called. Nope, he has the Q. Turn: 5. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Very next hand I get AQ, and he pushes pf. I call, he has 86s. No one hits and I win with A-high, 1st place. Which is good. I try to be mentally on guard against tilt, but I'm not sure it doesn't sometimes affect my play. It's not like I'm furiously going "push! push!", it's more like tilting causes me to get into FPS (fancy play syndrome). Now that I've identified that tendency, it must be ELIMINATED. Anyhow, yay for first and pulling me out from being nearly 0-4 2x tonight. (Although with the 2nd set, the AA and 99 hands were so insanely unlucky and -EV, it wouldn't have been nearly as bad as the first set, where I had no such excuse)

Party Poker is Rigged

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Seriously, this is fully insane. All in pf AA vs AJ (with a huge overlay, too - I was going to like triple up). That's a 91:8 favorite. I lost. Like 2 hands later at another table: I limp 99, BB minraises, I call. 4 or 5 to the flop of A9x. It's checked around to me, and I lead for like just over a half pot. I am 95% sure the check raise is coming from the original raiser (duh). He c/rs all in with AQ and I of course call. Turn Q, river A. I'm sorry - W.T.F. I am a 98.5:1.5 favorite on the flop. Oh. My. God.

Later, I was a recipient of the tilt-inducing riggedness. I complete in the SB with T5 after 4 limpers. Flop J55. I checkraise and get put all in, and call. He has A5, but I turned a T. WTF. I mean, sure, I was due for some karmic payback, but wtf.

Yes, all I post about it poker. Shut up.

So I had this monster run up through 1/8. Capped on 1/8. I posted about that.

When I played in the evening 1/9, holy shit did I get hammered. Every time I bet I got called. Every time I showed down I lost, it seemed like.

Stats for 1/9:

12 played

1 2nd

Yes, that's right. I played 12 SNGs, I got *1* 2nd place. And 5 handed, I was down like 855 in chips at one point in the one I finished 2nd in.

This HAMMERED my ROI, which was down to like 5%. Go small samples!

Tonight, however, I brought the hammer down.

12 played
4 1sts
2 2nds

That's +$256 net and 97% ROI. Man, if only ever night could be like that.

That brings my ROI back up to a respectable 15.15%, and I believe actually makes my $ value a high water mark. (Yes, I had 17% ROI before, but my sample size has increased 20% while rollercoastering yesterday and today)

Anyhow, WOO.

+ROI

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After reading some postings from people making hundreds of dollars an hour playing poker, I thought I'd take it seriously for a while. I had a rough December and eventually starting pokertrackering my SNG results in the middle of that month. Since logging those results I had a breakeven (on 60 sngs) in late 2005, and was roughly breakeven for the first part of 2006. It's been a while since I've lost 2 games in a set (of 4) to 2 outers. (Yes, people who were dead to 1 or 2 cards sucking out against me was becoming a regular occurrence). I'm not sure if my recent results are a heater or just normal, but my ROI has soared this last week for 2006 from about breakeven to +17%. Last night I played 2 sets:

First set: 1 1st, 2 2nds
Second set: 1 2nd

And I was really close to finishing first in that 2nd set - at one poiint I had over 8k of the 10k in chips, but I couldn't win a race to finish it, even though I was a favorite in 2. But that's ok, since I had to suck out a little bit to get to 8k. Had an interesting hand where UTG raised and button pushed, and I was in the SB with a 6xBB stack (after posting) and AKo. I elected to fold, because I was afraid someone had a pair and the other had an A or K and was going to hurt my outs, making me 31%; that plus the off chance AA or KK is out. So I folded, but they had QQ and JJ and both an A and a K came. Grr. I don't totally regret the decision though. (And I did finish 2nd anyhow)

Anyhow, +17% roi is good. My account is now at an all-time high water mark, so my gains from this year have now obliterated last year's SNG losses. Some time this week I should be playing on Party Poker, and we'll see how soft the games are compared to Paradise.

grr

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So after a very good run, my poker tide has turned this weekend. Derek came over Friday and was sweating my cards in a series of 4 SNGs. The opposition was awful, and I was steamrolling them... the only problem being that I could never win. In 4 tourneys I busted out of one early, and the other 3 I was literally all in something like 10 times. I'd say 9 of 10 I was a coinflip or better, and 5-6 at least of those 9 coinflips I was the favorite. I did not win any. I'd just jam on the next deal and get more folds, build up my stack, and hammer them again. Unreal.

I've played 20 today. (Yes, big poker day.) Out of 20, I've only managed 2 1sts, 1 2nd, and 3 3rds. I've busted out 10th twice, and 4th *6* times. I've sucked out a bit but I've been hammered by bad beats like mad. Stuff like:

GAME #1189117917 (LEVEL VIII, GAME #3) - 250/500 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2006/01/01-15:25:42.5 (CST)
Table "Cala d'Hort" ($20 tournament) -- Seat 9 is the button
Seat  6: Lucas22  (5,915.00 in chips)
Seat  8: peanut109  (1,510.00 in chips)
Seat  9: Big Pot Fan  (1,575.00 in chips)
Seat 10: async  (1,000.00 in chips)
async   : Post Small Blind (250)
Lucas22 : Post Big Blind (500)
Dealt to async [ Jd ]
Dealt to async [ Ah ]
peanut109: Fold 
Big Pot Fan: Fold 
async   : Raise All-in (750)
Lucas22 : Call (500)
*** FLOP *** : [ Kd 4h 8d ]
*** TURN *** : [ Kd 4h 8d ] [ Kc ]
*** RIVER *** : [ Kd 4h 8d Kc ] [ Kh ]
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 2,000 | Board: [ Kd  4h  8d  Kc  Kh ]
Lucas22 bet 1,000, collected 2,000, net +1,000 (showed hand) [ As  4c ]  (a full house, kings full of fours)
peanut109 didn't bet (folded) 
Big Pot Fan didn't bet (folded) 
async lost 1,000 (showed hand) [ Jd  Ah ]  (three of a kind, kings)
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(I was a 67:24 favorite)


GAME #1188765789 (LEVEL VIII, GAME #3) - 250/500 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2006/01/01-11:45:30.6 (CST)
Table "Aldabra" ($20 tournament) -- Seat 10 is the button
Seat 1: async (1,775.00 in chips)
Seat 2: busyliving (1,680.00 in chips)
Seat 5: replay22 (3,445.00 in chips)
Seat 10: lorang (3,100.00 in chips)
async : Post Small Blind (250)
busyliving: Post Big Blind (500)
Dealt to async [ Qd ]
Dealt to async [ Kd ]
replay22: Fold
lorang : Fold
async : Raise (1,525)
busyliving: Call All-in (1,180)
*** FLOP *** : [ 2c 6s 7s ]
*** TURN *** : [ 2c 6s 7s ] [ Qs ]
*** RIVER *** : [ 2c 6s 7s Qs ] [ Kc ]
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 3,360 | Board: [ 2c 6s 7s Qs Kc ]
async bet 1,775, collected 95, net -1,680 (showed hand) [ Qd Kd ] (two pair, kings and queens)
busyliving bet 1,680, collected 3,360, net +1,680 (showed hand) [ 4s Ks ] (a flush, king high)
replay22 didn't bet (folded)
lorang didn't bet (folded)
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(68:26 for me there)

Whereas every time I was behind, I was coinflippish (at least 44% to win - like when my AQ lost to JJ. Yes, I'm a dog, but why is it 2:1 and worse underdogs suck out against me repeatedly, and I can't suck out on a coin flip?

sweet

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Now *this* is how you go out of a tournament in style:

First hand of a 20+2 on PP. I am UTG with KK. I raise to 30. 2 callers, MP2 and SB. Flop: J56. SB bets 70, I raise to 180 (Which is about the pot). MP2 reraises to 200. I figure he has 55/66/AJ, but it's 90%+ likely to be AJ. SB folds, I move in.

He flips over AJ, and spikes the A on the turn. I am out.

Got all muh chips in against a 5-outer. Well played, wounded sir, well played.

My first poker final table

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Well, I made my first MTT final table in poker. It was a Paradise Poker $15 tourney, no rebuys or addons, field of 700. I finished 9th. I got busted by 66 by KK. I had a lot of great hands, although for the number of hands played, I actually did not have exceptional cards. AA a single time. I did, however, do fairly well flopping sets, which surely accounts for a good portion of my winning. Late in the game I didn't get as much action as I wanted; it may have been better to slowplay. On almost 2 consecutive hands, I made sets - limping with 66 on the first, and raising with JJ on the second. On the first hand I had position and he bet into me. The board was very not scary, so I just smooth called, but he correctly read that as strength - not surprising, since there was almost nothing I could legitimately be drawing to. On the JJ hand I was hoping he'd be wanting to not fold to me 2 times in a row - yes, I flopped back to back (or one hand apart?) sets against the same opponent. JJ, flop was AQJ. Since he had called my pfr, I made a standard continuation bet, but he just folded up. Must have been on a lower pp himself and not wanted to put me to the test.

Here's the final hand:

GAME #1166230077 - TOURNAMENT CORAL - 6,000/12,000 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2005/12/21-01:01:43.9 (CST)
Table "Coral 42" (MTT) -- Seat 4 is the button
Seat  1: dishwasher  (60,903 in chips)
Seat  2: kg1126  (39,378 in chips)
Seat  3: toop26  (150,876 in chips)
Seat  4: green olive  (51,772 in chips)
Seat  5: JONDADON  (93,254 in chips)
Seat  6: muttman13  (424,617 in chips)
Seat  7: PockeThief  (17,454 in chips)
Seat  8: async  (84,026 in chips)
Seat 10: SHEVA7  (127,720 in chips)
kg1126  : Ante (600)
toop26  : Ante (600)
green olive: Ante (600)
JONDADON: Ante (600)
muttman13: Ante (600)
PockeThief: Ante (600)
async   : Ante (600)
SHEVA7  : Ante (600)
dishwasher: Ante (600)
JONDADON: Post Small Blind (6,000)
muttman13: Post Big Blind (12,000)
Dealing...
Dealt to async [ 6h ]
Dealt to async [ 6s ]
PockeThief: Fold 
PockeThief said, "2 hands left unless i get something good"
async   : Raise (83,426)
SHEVA7  : Fold 
dishwasher: Fold 
kg1126  : Fold 
toop26  : Fold 
green olive: Fold 
JONDADON: Raise All-in (86,654)
muttman13: Fold 
*** FLOP *** : [ Ac 9d 9s ]
*** TURN *** : [ Ac 9d 9s ] [ Td ]
*** RIVER *** : [ Ac 9d 9s Td ] [ Ts ]
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 184,252 | Board: [ Ac  9d  9s  Td  Ts ]
dishwasher lost 600 (folded) 
kg1126 lost 600 (folded) 
toop26 lost 600 (folded) 
green olive lost 600 (folded) 
JONDADON bet 93,254, collected 193,480, net +100,226 (showed hand) [ Ks  Kh ]  (two pair, kings and tens)
muttman13 lost 12,600 (folded) 
PockeThief lost 600 (folded) 
async lost 84,026 (showed hand) [ 6h  6s ]  (two pair, tens and nines)
SHEVA7 lost 600 (folded) 

So I had about 7 BBs. I figured it would be impossible to get away from if I raised anything less and was reraised. EP limping just begs for a raise and then I'd likely fold. So it was all-in or fold. I think fold was actually the right choice, in retrospect, mostly because PocketThief was due to post his blinds in the next 2 hands and those were more than his stack. Well, and it's position. Obviously 66 on the button is likely WAY better than the blinds. But 66 in EP... suffice it to say, lesson learned. I'm not sure the hand is -EV; I'm honestly going to have to calculate the blinds and play with it on twodimes with hand ranges to decide. But assuming it is +EV, it certainly isn't more +EV than folding with PocketThief about to be blinded. Odds are he calls in the BB since that's basically guaranteed to be +EV. (Remember, AA is only like an 87% favorite against 27o, so you'd need about 5:1 to call... which he would be getting on the rest of his chips). So yeah, I'm a donk. That hand. Won't make that mistake. I had been psyching myself up to play hard the whole time, not doing any "folding into the money" or such. I wanted to win, and I was the big stack 3 separate times during the tournament.

I had two monstrous suckouts - my biggest pot all night is this one:

GAME #1166210234 - TOURNAMENT CORAL - 4,000/8,000 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2005/12/21-00:48:11.6 (CST)
Table "Coral 42" (MTT) -- Seat 7 is the button
Seat  1: dishwasher  (59,740 in chips)
Seat  2: kg1126  (45,616 in chips)
Seat  3: toop26  (132,238 in chips)
Seat  4: k9-raiders  (79,018 in chips)
Seat  7: PockeThief  (98,534 in chips)
Seat  8: async  (74,693 in chips)
kg1126  : Ante (400)
toop26  : Ante (400)
k9-raiders: Ante (400)
PockeThief: Ante (400)
async   : Ante (400)
dishwasher: Ante (400)
async   : Post Small Blind (4,000)
dishwasher: Post Big Blind (8,000)
Dealt to async [ Jh ]
Dealt to async [ Ah ]
kg1126  : Fold 
toop26  : Fold 
PockeThief said, "then they cant move me around anymore haha"
async said, "KK is like 0 for 6 while I'm watching it tonight"
k9-raiders: Raise (26,000)
PockeThief: Fold 
mrfoldem said, "you got an all-in at the other tble"
PockeThief said, "ohh good"
mrfoldem said, "... he made his draw"
async   : Raise (70,293)
dishwasher: Fold 
PockeThief said, "darn"
k9-raiders: Call (48,293)
*** FLOP *** : [ 7c As Kc ]
*** TURN *** : [ 7c As Kc ] [ 4s ]
*** RIVER *** : [ 7c As Kc 4s ] [ Js ]
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 158,986 | Board: [ 7c  As  Kc  4s  Js ]
dishwasher lost 8,400 (folded) 
kg1126 lost 400 (folded) 
toop26 lost 400 (folded) 
k9-raiders lost 74,693 (showed hand) [ Qs  Qh ]  (a pair of queens)
PockeThief lost 400 (folded) 
async bet 74,693, collected 158,986, net +84,293 (showed hand) [ Jh  Ah ]  (two pair, aces and jacks)

Ironically, I'd been joking about how naked Aces were cracking KK *every* time. And it's true; I'm not sure I saw KK win even once against any ace, and I saw at least 4 KKs lose. k9 was a good sport about it.

Here's the hand that started me on the way to victory:

GAME #1165833256 - TOURNAMENT CORAL - 10/20 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2005/12/20-21:34:04.8 (CST)
Table "Coral 45" (MTT) -- Seat 5 is the button
Seat  1: RJB333  (1,430 in chips)
Seat  2: k9dude  (1,690 in chips)
Seat  3: Tutti711  (1,130 in chips)
Seat  4: sdurrant23  (1,880 in chips)
Seat  5: Pat2003  (1,470 in chips)
Seat  6: async  (1,460 in chips)
Seat  7: johnyb22  (1,460 in chips)
Seat  8: rayray2233  (1,500 in chips)
Seat  9: +precision  (1,480 in chips)
Seat 10: bfan1  (1,500 in chips)
async   : Post Small Blind (10)
johnyb22: Post Big Blind (20)
Dealt to async [ 9d ]
Dealt to async [ 9s ]
rayray2233: Call (20)
+precision: Fold 
bfan1   : Fold 
RJB333  : Fold 
k9dude  : Raise (100)
Tutti711: Fold 
sdurrant23: Call (100)
Pat2003 : Call (100)
async   : Call (90)
johnyb22: Fold 
rayray2233: Call (80)
*** FLOP *** : [ 2s 9h 7c ]
async   : Check 
rayray2233: Check 
k9dude  : Bet (120)
sdurrant23: Call (120)
Pat2003 : Call (120)
async   : Raise (300)
rayray2233: Fold 
k9dude  : Fold 
sdurrant23: Fold 
Pat2003 : Call (180)
*** TURN *** : [ 2s 9h 7c ] [ 8d ]
async   : Bet (300)
Pat2003 : Call (300)
*** RIVER *** : [ 2s 9h 7c 8d ] [ 2d ]
async   : Bet (760)
Pat2003 : Call (760)
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 3,480 | Board: [ 2s  9h  7c  8d  2d ]
RJB333 didn't bet (folded) 
k9dude lost 220 (folded) 
Tutti711 didn't bet (folded) 
sdurrant23 lost 220 (folded) 
Pat2003 lost 1,460   [ 6s  6h ]  (two pair, sixes and twos)
async bet 1,460, collected 3,480, net +2,020 (showed hand) [ 9d  9s ]  (a full house, nines full of twos)
johnyb22 lost 20 (folded) 
rayray2233 lost 100 (folded) 
+precision didn't bet (folded) 
bfan1 didn't bet (folded) 
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And here's another where I won a fairly large pot just betting TP lame kicker.

GAME #1165844860 - TOURNAMENT SAT-WSOP - 25/50 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2005/12/20-21:39:28.2 (CST)
Table "Sat-WSOP 1" (MTT) -- Seat 2 is the button
Seat  1: mdempsey0824  (1,430 in chips)
Seat  2: Shortkake  (2,510 in chips)
Seat  3: tonytr  (6,830 in chips)
Seat  4: async  (2,135 in chips)
Seat  5: barfine72  (5,515 in chips)
Seat  6: ___GOD___  (3,210 in chips)
Seat  7: jordy1  (1,245 in chips)
Seat  8: LEE GEE  (8,140 in chips)
Seat 10: choey1119  (1,500 in chips)
tonytr  : Post Small Blind (25)
async   : Post Big Blind (50)
Dealing...
Dealt to async [ 7h ]
Dealt to async [ Kh ]
barfine72: Call (50)
___GOD___: Call (50)
jordy1  : Fold 
LEE GEE : Fold 
choey1119: Fold 
mdempsey0824: Call (50)
Shortkake: Call (50)
tonytr  : Call (25)
async   : Check 
*** FLOP *** : [ 8h 4d Ks ]
tonytr  : Check 
async   : Bet (200)
barfine72: Fold 
___GOD___: Fold 
mdempsey0824: Fold 
Shortkake: Fold 
tonytr  : Call (200)
*** TURN *** : [ 8h 4d Ks ] [ 3d ]
tonytr  : Check 
async   : Bet (300)
tonytr  : Call (300)
*** RIVER *** : [ 8h 4d Ks 3d ] [ 3s ]
tonytr  : Check 
async   : Check 
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 1,300 | Board: [ 8h  4d  Ks  3d  3s ]
mdempsey0824 lost 50 (folded) 
Shortkake lost 50 (folded) 
tonytr lost 550 (showed hand) [ 8c  Ah ]  (two pair, eights and threes)
async bet 550, collected 1,300, net +750 (showed hand) [ 7h  Kh ]  (two pair, kings and threes)
barfine72 lost 50 (folded) 
___GOD___ lost 50 (folded) 
jordy1 didn't bet (folded) 
LEE GEE didn't bet (folded) 
choey1119 didn't bet (folded) 
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And here's my "nice read" hand for the night, not that I feel like I deserve a lot of credit:

GAME #1165966917 - TOURNAMENT CORAL - 100/200 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2005/12/20-22:36:27.6 (CST)
Table "Coral 47" (MTT) -- Seat 9 is the button
Seat  1: garyd17  (730 in chips)
Seat  2: Mike``35  (2,010 in chips)
Seat  3: Roarzilla  (655 in chips)
Seat  4: CowboyJay  (5,925 in chips)
Seat  5: MsWin322  (3,568 in chips)
Seat  6: ryanott1  (4,644 in chips)
Seat  7: getumjoe  (1,445 in chips)
Seat  8: async  (3,600 in chips)
Seat  9: iwillwinsome  (745 in chips)
garyd17 : Post Small Blind (100)
Mike``35: Post Big Blind (200)
Dealing...
Dealt to async [ Ad ]
Dealt to async [ Jd ]
Roarzilla: Fold 
CowboyJay: Fold 
MsWin322: Fold 
ryanott1: Fold 
getumjoe: Raise (400)
async   : Call (400)
iwillwinsome: Fold 
garyd17 : Fold 
Mike``35: Call (200)
*** FLOP *** : [ Tc 3s 7s ]
Mike``35: Check 
getumjoe: Check 
async   : Check 
*** TURN *** : [ Tc 3s 7s ] [ Th ]
Mike``35: Bet (500)
getumjoe: Fold 
async   : Raise (1,100)
Mike``35: Raise All-in (1,110)
async   : Call (510)
*** RIVER *** : [ Tc 3s 7s Th ] [ 3h ]
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 4,520 | Board: [ Tc  3s  7s  Th  3h ]
garyd17 lost 100 (folded) 
Mike``35 lost 2,010 (showed hand) [ 5s  Js ]  (two pair, tens and threes)
Roarzilla didn't bet (folded) 
CowboyJay didn't bet (folded) 
MsWin322 didn't bet (folded) 
ryanott1 didn't bet (folded) 
getumjoe lost 400 (folded) 
async bet 2,010, collected 4,520, net +2,510 (showed hand) [ Ad  Jd ]  (two pair, tens and threes)
iwillwinsome didn't bet (folded) 
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Then watch these hands. The first one I played, then I folded one hand, then played the next two in a row. Hello, Mister Chip Lead. The first hand is my "other" big suckout.

GAME #1166029353 - TOURNAMENT CORAL - 200/400 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2005/12/20-23:06:48.1 (CST)
Table "Coral 47" (MTT) -- Seat 3 is the button
Seat  2: REagentman  (1,352 in chips)
Seat  3: Roarzilla  (11,925 in chips)
Seat  4: Vetteparts  (3,850 in chips)
Seat  5: MsWin322  (14,716 in chips)
Seat  6: MrBobX  (9,890 in chips)
Seat  7: getumjoe  (5,096 in chips)
Seat  8: async  (7,355 in chips)
Seat  9: Bendee2  (620 in chips)
Seat 10: glenwood78  (5,565 in chips)
Roarzilla: Ante (25)
Vetteparts: Ante (25)
MsWin322: Ante (25)
MrBobX  : Ante (25)
getumjoe: Ante (25)
async   : Ante (25)
Bendee2 : Ante (25)
glenwood78: Ante (25)
REagentman: Ante (25)
Vetteparts: Post Small Blind (200)
MsWin322: Post Big Blind (400)
Dealing...
Dealt to async [ Ac ]
Dealt to async [ 2c ]
MrBobX  : Fold 
getumjoe: Fold 
async   : Raise (1,200)
Bendee2 : Fold 
glenwood78: Fold 
REagentman: Raise All-in (1,327)
Roarzilla: Fold 
Vetteparts: Fold 
MsWin322: Call (927)
async   : Call (127)
*** FLOP *** : [ Ks 6d Kc ]
MsWin322: Check 
async   : Bet (1,200)
MsWin322: Call (1,200)
*** TURN *** : [ Ks 6d Kc ] [ 4c ]
MsWin322: Check 
async   : Bet (1,500)
MsWin322: Call (1,500)
*** RIVER *** : [ Ks 6d Kc 4c ] [ Ad ]
MsWin322: Check 
async   : Check 
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 4,406 | Side pot 1: 5,400 | Board: [ Ks  6d  Kc  4c  Ad ]
REagentman lost 1,352 (showed hand) [ Jh  Td ]  (a pair of kings)
Roarzilla lost 25 (folded) 
Vetteparts lost 225 (folded) 
MsWin322 lost 4,052 (showed hand) [ Jc  Jd ]  (two pair, kings and jacks)
MrBobX lost 25 (folded) 
getumjoe lost 25 (folded) 
async bet 4,052, collected 9,806, net +5,754 (showed hand) [ Ac  2c ]  (two pair, aces and kings)
Bendee2 lost 25 (folded) 
glenwood78 lost 25 (folded) 
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GAME #1166033772 - TOURNAMENT CORAL - 200/400 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2005/12/20-23:08:56.9 (CST)
Table "Coral 47" (MTT) -- Seat 5 is the button
Seat  1: oakler  (25,965 in chips)
Seat  3: Roarzilla  (11,875 in chips)
Seat  4: Vetteparts  (3,600 in chips)
Seat  5: MsWin322  (10,439 in chips)
Seat  6: MrBobX  (9,440 in chips)
Seat  7: getumjoe  (5,046 in chips)
Seat  8: async  (13,084 in chips)
Seat  9: Bendee2  (570 in chips)
Seat 10: glenwood78  (5,515 in chips)
Roarzilla: Ante (25)
Vetteparts: Ante (25)
MsWin322: Ante (25)
MrBobX  : Ante (25)
getumjoe: Ante (25)
async   : Ante (25)
Bendee2 : Ante (25)
glenwood78: Ante (25)
oakler  : Ante (25)
MrBobX  : Post Small Blind (200)
getumjoe: Post Big Blind (400)
Dealing...
Dealt to async [ 8h ]
Dealt to async [ 8c ]
async   : Raise (1,200)
Bendee2 : Fold 
glenwood78: Fold 
oakler  : Call (1,200)
Roarzilla: Fold 
Vetteparts: Fold 
MsWin322: Fold 
MrBobX  : Fold 
getumjoe: Call (800)
*** FLOP *** : [ 6s 3h 5c ]
getumjoe: Bet (3,821)
async   : Call (3,821)
oakler  : Fold 
*** TURN *** : [ 6s 3h 5c ] [ 5d ]
getumjoe said, "nh"
*** RIVER *** : [ 6s 3h 5c 5d ] [ 9c ]
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 11,667 | Board: [ 6s  3h  5c  5d  9c ]
oakler lost 1,225 (folded) 
Roarzilla lost 25 (folded) 
Vetteparts lost 25 (folded) 
MsWin322 lost 25 (folded) 
MrBobX lost 225 (folded) 
getumjoe lost 5,046 (showed hand) [ 7d  7h ]  (two pair, sevens and fives)
async bet 5,046, collected 11,667, net +6,621 (showed hand) [ 8h  8c ]  (two pair, eights and fives)
Bendee2 lost 25 (folded) 
glenwood78 lost 25 (folded) 
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GAME #1166036348 - TOURNAMENT CORAL - 200/400 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD'EM - 2005/12/20-23:10:11.2 (CST)
Table "Coral 47" (MTT) -- Seat 6 is the button
Seat  1: oakler  (24,740 in chips)
Seat  3: Roarzilla  (11,850 in chips)
Seat  4: Vetteparts  (3,575 in chips)
Seat  5: MsWin322  (10,414 in chips)
Seat  6: MrBobX  (9,215 in chips)
Seat  8: async  (19,705 in chips)
Seat  9: Bendee2  (545 in chips)
Seat 10: glenwood78  (5,490 in chips)
Roarzilla: Ante (25)
Vetteparts: Ante (25)
MsWin322: Ante (25)
MrBobX  : Ante (25)
async   : Ante (25)
Bendee2 : Ante (25)
glenwood78: Ante (25)
oakler  : Ante (25)
async   : Post Small Blind (200)
Bendee2 : Post Big Blind (400)
Dealt to async [ Ah ]
Dealt to async [ Ad ]
glenwood78: Call (400)
oakler  : Fold 
Roarzilla: Call (400)
Vetteparts: Fold 
MsWin322: Fold 
MrBobX  : Call (400)
async   : Raise (4,000)
Bendee2 : Fold 
glenwood78: Call (3,800)
Roarzilla: Fold 
MrBobX  : Fold 
*** FLOP *** : [ Qd 3c Ks ]
async   : Bet (1,900)
glenwood78: Call All-in (1,265)
*** TURN *** : [ Qd 3c Ks ] [ 9d ]
*** RIVER *** : [ Qd 3c Ks 9d ] [ 6c ]
*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: 12,330 | Board: [ Qd  3c  Ks  9d  6c ]
oakler lost 25 (folded) 
Roarzilla lost 425 (folded) 
Vetteparts lost 25 (folded) 
MsWin322 lost 25 (folded) 
MrBobX lost 425 (folded) 
async bet 6,125, collected 12,965, net +6,840 (showed hand) [ Ah  Ad ]  (a pair of aces)
Bendee2 lost 425 (folded) 
glenwood78 lost 5,490 (showed hand) [ As  Kd ]  (a pair of kings)
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What can you do? I was on fire. The second hand was a scary call. But with 15BB stacks and 9BB in the pot and the flop comes rags, I figure big overcards push this often enough... I wonder if calling is +EV, though? Again, seems like it depends on the set of hands, but I figured in this particular tourney that I was 50/50 to be best.

And of course, on the last hand, there's just nothing to it. With 2200 in the pot, I wanted to narrow the field and ensure a win. Got my wish, one caller with AK, nicely dominated. And of course, once he called it was going in on any flop.

I'm very happy, anyhow, to have finished 9th, although I feel like a donk for going out on the hand I did. And I very much question many of my other plays. I wonder if I'm a bit too LAG? Then again, I take down a *lot* of pots with no hand at all. You can see this in the KKx flop hand where I had Ax and the caller had JJ. I wasn't getting raised so I was making strong moves. And I sucked out. (What would I have done on the river if it was a brick and it was checked again? push?)

Anyhow, here's to more victory in the future.

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