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Friday, February 25, 2011

Possibility Check

I haven't played any poker for a couple weeks now.  My reason has been that I've been ... too tired?

Is it even possible to be too tired to play online poker?  I mean the lower levels of Rush Poker do not require any functional brain cells, at least as far as I can tell.

I guess I just haven't felt like playing.  I've been reading, watching a little TV and generally malingering.  It's not good.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Where Is The Love?

Happy February 14 y'all.  If you don't have anyone to share the day with, surf on over and enjoy free hugs in video form from the homeless grinder.

The world's torrid affair with poker continues largely unabated.  People love to play poker online.  Despite various governmental efforts to ban it, domesticate it or regulate it, poker on the internet continues to flourish.  And it's all for good reason:  Internet poker is that steady date that never asks you for money (unless you blow your roll).  It never nags you (unless it's your turn to act).  It doesn't expect flowers or candy.  You can even choose your level of commitment -- you can play for real money or you can play free poker.  Basically, internet poker is the perfect mate.

Just kidding.  

Really.  Kidding.  You don't need to spend the rest of your life in your mom's basement trying to become one with your iMac.  Go outside once in a while.  Poker will still be there when you get back.


I know this subject comes up every time there is a holiday:  There is a "holiday" for everything.  Not only is February 14 known as Valentine's Day, it's also Library Lovers Day, Ferris Wheel Day and the first day of Alzheimer's and Dementia Awareness Week.

Today, I wondered if there was a "nationally recognized" poker holiday.  Or even an international one.

To the Googles!

Okay, so I ran out of motivation before I encountered great success.  I still don't know if there's an International Poker Player Day.  Or Women in Poker Week.  If you happen to know, clue me in.

Until that happens, I think there should be a poker holiday.  I'd like to see it be the day of the November Nine.  Give the whole world the day off so we can all huddle around our computer screens watching the moves of total luckboxes as they vie for millions of dollars.  Add in some pizza rolls and I think you've got instant tradition.

Or maybe this is just me going on about nothing.  That's happened before too.


In keeping with the love theme, I'm not feeling the love on the tables.  About all the love I've felt lately is on the very rare occasions when someone bites on an overbet for value.  

If you haven't overbet for value (h/t Fuel55) lately, remember to do it from time to time.  You'll get a warm fuzzy feeling when your poor victim calls your bet of 2x, 3x, heck 100 times the size of the pot.  


Can you believe that we're only a couple short months away from a whole new World Series of Poker?  Yeah, me neither.  I'm not loving my chances of playing (ever), but it still provides a bit of a thrill when results start coming in. 

Anyhow, time to "celebrate" the holiday by donking it up.  Until next time, I overbet for value.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just Whining

Well it's been fun playing with the tards at 2NL but I think I'm going to have to give it up after rage quitting this evening.  Let's just say I'm not running good.

The last straw was having 72s on the button, in a raised pot (lol), seeing a flop of 226 ... and losing to goddamned J2o.  I had already donated a stack to the same villain with T7o on a 8887x board - to 98o.   So rigged.

Some days.  Given regular life at the moment, I really should expect it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hand of the Day

Poker Stars $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
The Official 2+2 Hand Converter By DeucesCracked Poker Videos

DRybes (BTN): $6.90

on_thg (SB): $5.98
TBobLP (BB): $5.00
JC_copkilla (UTG): $5.65
Swarley2727 (MP): $7.42
maxx1717 (CO): $4.88

Pre Flop:
($0.03) JC_copkilla raises to $0.08, Swarley2727 calls $0.08, maxx1717 calls $0.08, DRybes calls $0.08, JC_copkilla says "obv family pot when i raise utg", on_thg calls $0.07, TBobLP raises to $0.14, JC_copkilla raises to $0.20, Swarley2727 calls $0.12, maxx1717 calls $0.12, DRybes calls $0.12, on_thg calls $0.12, TBobLP raises to $0.26, JC_copkilla calls $0.06, Swarley2727 calls $0.06, maxx1717 calls $0.06, DRybes says "ladies and gentlemen, fixed limit holdem", DRybes calls $0.06, on_thg calls $0.06

($1.56) A 3 4 (6 players)
on_thg bets $5.72 all in, JC_copkilla says "flush draw alert", TBobLP folds, Swarley2727 says "dont let him bluff you sherriff", JC_copkilla says "problem is you have two overs to my pair", JC_copkilla folds, Swarley2727 says "bluffed", Swarley2727 folds, DRybes says "nice job folding the Q3", JC_copkilla says "3 5 no club", maxx1717 folds, DRybes says "dude", DRybes says "in the hand", JC_copkilla says "if had club insta shippage", DRybes says "not cool", DRybes folds

Final Pot:
on_thg shows 2 5 (a straight, Ace to Five)
on_thg wins $1.49
(Rake: $0.07)

Thursday, February 03, 2011

So That's What It's Like

I like to think that I'm honest when I post about my poker play in this space.  Sometimes I win.  Sometimes I lose.  But I don't think I've ever felt the need to embellish what happens.  I know that I too often complain about running bad.  Again, I do feel that I'm being forthright.  I generally run colder than Antarctica.

It's been a long time since I've had a hot session.

I see players all the time sitting at Rush Poker with 5, 10, 15, 20 buyins in their stack.  I can see 5 - I've been there.  I can even see 10.  But once you get above that - and every once in a while you'll see someone with a bunch more - I just don't get it.  I've never understood how you can run that good - there is always a cooler waiting around the corner.

The other night I finally had one.  A smokin' hot session.  I truly don't think I've experienced anything like it before.

Pocket pairs hit sets.  Flush draws hit.  Almost everything hit.  If something wasn't going to hit or didn't I got out cheap.

I laid a soul crushing beat on some poor guy with 66 > 88 on a board of A8766.  I had a crappy flush draw on the flop but basically the guy let me see the turn for nothing and I hit a money card on the river.

I doubled that stack again with top set over middle set.  Sometimes poker is easy.

I should have moved up in limits.  I should have played NL1000.  I should have gone down to the liquor store and purchased a lotto ticket.  I didn't do any of those things.  Instead, I shut it down with a 4 buy in win in less than an hour.

So that's what it feels like to run good.  I liked it.  I hope to feel it again sometime - hopefully it won't take six years to come around again.