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Showing posts with label did I say SCOOP?. Show all posts
Showing posts with label did I say SCOOP?. Show all posts

Monday, January 31, 2011

Prepared to SCOOP

Another World Blogger Championship of Online Poker is in the books.  Some people won giant prizes.  Some won medium size prizes.  They're all good.  Thank you PokerStars!

Playing poker on Sundays has always been a problem for me.  I have obligations that conflict with tournament scheduling.  Always have.  I do periodically wonder if I would have become a MTT donk if I had ever been able to play Sundays, but it's just pointless speculation.  Sundays are not poker days for me.

At least it's winter and the 15:00 ET start meant that I had a little time to play in the Main Event.  

I had drizz at my starting table.  About three hands in I picked up QQ.  Some unfortunate soul had JJ and decided to put all his chips in on a 9 high flop.  He didn't get there.  

Still in the first half hour I found another willing donor, a donk who decided to shove with AQ on an ace high board.  Alas for him my AK held and I had 9,000 chips and was up to 3rd overall.

And then nothing much else happened.  I floated up and down between 9,000 and 12,000 chips through the second break, when I had to leave.  I had about 9,000 left when I shut it down and didn't think I'd make the money with ~450 runners left.  I was wrong.  I blinded off in 192nd place, good for another $11 SCOOP ticket.

I got nothing in Saturday's qualifier, so the final count for the series is 2 x $11 and 1 x $16.50 SCOOP tickets.  Not stellar but not bad.  I'll definitely be looking forward to the release of the SCOOP schedule. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Nothing Additional

No more WBCOOP scores to report so far.  I played the PLO8 event on Wednesday and busted in the 240s.  I donated thousands of chips to the tard on my direct left who ran hotter than the sun.  No success in Thursday's NLHE event either - I busted very early when AK < AQ all in preflop.  

And then I just plain forgot about yesterday's 8 game mix.  I certainly could have played, but I'm not sad that I missed it.  Rough day yesterday.

Today is the final NLHE "qualifier" and tomorrow is the main event.  I will probably play both like a complete tard, since as usual I have no time to play, especially on a Sunday. 

Good luck to all who are playing, get those SCOOOOOP tickets

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Many years ago my parents took my siblings and I to the Great America amusement park outside of Chicago.  It was a pretty big deal to us and we had a great time, but curiously enough one of the random memories that sticks from that trip was an advertising promotion.  Great America had an offer of some sort - I don't remember the details, this was a long time ago - where if you brought in your full price ticket for the day you could get a ticket for the next day for some absurdly low price.  It might have even been a dollar.  Obviously they just wanted your body in their park spending money.  

The promotion was called "twickets".  For twin tickets?  Two tickets?  I don't know.  Twickets.

For whatever reason it stuck and we've been referring to twickets for years.

And now, for the SCOOP, I HAS TWICKETS.

Yeah, yeah, crummy build up, cool story bro, I know.  I was just trying to come up with a way to embellish slightly the "oh hai I finished 51st in WBCOOP event #2 for another baby SCOOP ticket last night" post.

Sigh.  FAIL.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oh Poker

Here we are ten days into 2011 and I haven't done anything pokery.  Odd.  I think that might change tonight as I "watch" the BCS national championship game.  (I say "watch" because I don't care in the slightest who wins).  It should be the perfect time to poker it up.

What I should do but won't do is play some tournaments to sharpen up my weak/tight tourney game.  Our friends at PokerStars have announced the 2011 World Blogger Championship of Online Poker (WBCOOP) and it's coming up FAST:

Game Date Time
Pot Limit Omaha Jan-24 14:00 ET
No Limit Hold’em Jan-25 19:00 ET
Pot Limit Omaha HI/Lo Jan-26 22:00 ET
No Limit Hold’em Jan-27 14:00 ET
8-Game Mix Jan-28 17:00 ET
No Limit Hold’em Jan-29 19:00 ET

The 2010 WBCOOP Main Event takes place January 30 at 15:00 ET.

Assuming that Stars can get my registration issues resolved in time, I plan to play as many as possible.  There are a ton of goodies on the line, namely $58,000 in SCOOP tickets and a $5,000 in live events package.

Thank you PokerStars!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Semi Live Blogging SCOOP Event 22-L

Here we go. 4-max NLHE. This should be interesting, I don't think I've ever played 4 max.

17:10 - I open at a table with a pig, a Spongebob and an anonymous Russian. So far I've taken about 1,000 chips mostly off the Russian.

17:12 - Spongebob has just observed "it's gonna be one fun tourney". Yeah budday.

17:16 - Already I've had AA and QQ. The aces got me some chips, the hos got me the blinds.

17:20 - If there was ever a tournament to turn on auto-muck, this would be it. Also: I should be paying more attention to the game and less to this.

17:24 - Anonymous Russian goes down when his trip 2s fall to a 6 high straight. K2s vs 54s. Wheeeeeeee. I folded the other 2. Ivan replaced by an anonymous American. I'd like to kick these people with no avatars in the nuts. Also: Spongebob is from France I think and has the makings of a table captain. It could get ugly if he wins a few hands.

17:35 - Back down to my starting stack after a couple marginal plays. I laid down a rivered straight to a decent sized bet on a 4 flushed board. Sigh. This game doesn't really suit my non-aggression.

17:38 - I think Spongebob is complaining that people are playing too tight but I'm not familiar with his terminology. WE ARE NOT SNUG **** YOU VERY MUCH.

17:39 - First all in preflop is ... AK vs AK. How VERY surprising.

17:45 - Okay, so that bluff didn't work. Duh. You can never push anybody off ace rag on an ace high board dummy. Down to T4700. I think Spongebob is getting impatient. He's betting odd amounts and talking to himself in chat. Of course just as I type this he wins a pot.

17:51 - KK and AKo on back to back hands gets me the blinds and a walk. CAN'T YOU FEEL THE ACTION OF 4 MAX WOOO !!!!11!

17:55 - Break time. T4325 after A8s loses to AJo for a small pot. Looks like about 6,700 entrants and a $200,000 prize pool. 1200 places pay and there are about 4,700 players left.

18:05 - Finally some action. I three-bet with AQ and get two callers. Ace on the flop and a bet takes it down. Back above the starting stack but not by much.

18:10 - Somewhere around here someone FINALLY responds to Spongebob in chat.

18:11 - Oops. AQo goes down to a super passively played AKo. I mean I got check called all the way. Down to T3700.

18:19 - Standard setup. River J gives me TPTK while missing my frush draw. It also gives Pig a one card straight. Rrrrr. Down to T2700. And I have to leave the office soon so I'll probably get blinded out while I make the trip home and fire up the computer. Okay probably not but it'll still be annoying.

19:07 - Okay, usual standard crap. I won a couple hands, got back over T6000. Then work interfered, played like a tard for a few hands, my AJ doubled a shorty who hit with A6o, then I had to go home, blah blah blah. Got home just as the break ended, had T1900 left. Stellar.

And I'm out, A9s
goes down to K8s when he flops trip 8s. 2670/6695.


I think I'll spend the evening pondering why I can't ever play without life stressing me out so much.

Edit: Decided to play a turbo satellite into tonight's SCOOP event. Build up a little stack but not enough to be comfortable. Boom, neighbor comes over. Ten minutes later I return to less than T1000. Why do I even ****ing bother?

Re-Edit: Huh, lucksacked my way back into it in the satellite and got a seat into the SCOOP event. That, however, did not go so well. Stupid rebuys.

Friday, May 07, 2010

I Blame Whoever Invented the Datebook

Logged on to Stars last night since I didn't feel like doing much of anything. I was kind of hoping that there would be a SCOOP event at 20:00, but no dice. I settled for a micro limit 180 man sit n go.

I don't know if it's having played a bunch of Rush Poker or my undiagnosed ADD or what but I eventually remembered the main reason I don't play many tournaments - I just don't have enough patience. I hung around, folded a bunch, picked up a few chips here and there and then donkeyed my way out in the 70s trying to get a guy to fold TPNK. That's never going to work. Absolutely no reason I had to bust there, but there was a definite moment of awwfukkit-itis.

Yeah, I should be deadly when I get around to playing some SCOOP events.

Anyhow, since I had this vague feeling of discomfort that the SCOOP is passing me by - I mean it's been a week and I haven't played in any of the events - I took a minute this morning to try and figure out which events I'm going to play.

It's not pretty.

Basically I'm kind of screwed by not being able to play on Sundays and (to a lesser extent) most of Tuesday. Here are my options (thanks to Short Stacked Shamus for the nicely formatted schedule btw):

$22 Events:

Saturday, May 8, 14:00
Event No. 16: No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (10-max.)
Low -- $22 buy-in (quadruple shootout, i.e., max. 10,000 players), $150,000 guaranteed


Saturday, May 8, 20:00
Event No. 18: Limit Hold’em (turbo)
Low -- $22 buy-in, $25,000 guaranteed


Friday, May 14, 20:00
Event No. 33: No-Limit Omaha/8 (turbo)
Low -- $22 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed


Saturday, May 15, 17:00
Event No. 36: H.O.R.S.E.
Low -- $22 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed

$33 Events

Monday, May 10, 17:00
Event No. 22: No-Limit Hold’em (4-max.)
Low -- $33 buy-in, $150,000 guaranteed


Thursday, May 13, 14:00
Event No. 29: 8-Game Mix
Low -- $33 buy-in, $75,000 guaranteed

$109 Events

Tuesday, May 11, 14:00
Event No. 24: Triple Draw Deuce-to-Seven
Medium -- $109 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed

Tuesday, May 11, 20:00
Event No. 26: No-Limit Hold’em
Medium -- $109 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed

Thursday, May 13, 17:00
Event No. 30: Pot-Limit Omaha/8
Medium -- $109 buy-in, $150,000 guaranteed

I've already tossed out the rebuys (not going to happen) and some of the daytime tourneys that I know I can't possibly make.

Being realistic about things, I probably can't do any of the remaining daytime (14:00) events, I would probably miss the first couple levels of the 20:00 Tuesday tournament (but that still might be better than playing PLO/8) and I think I'd rather be beaten with a blunt object than play a limit holdem tournament.

So it appears that the best option is to play:

Saturday, May 15, 17:00
Event No. 36: H.O.R.S.E.
Low -- $22 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed

Monday, May 10, 17:00
Event No. 22: No-Limit Hold’em (4-max.)
Low -- $33 buy-in, $150,000 guaranteed

Thursday, May 13, 17:00
Event No. 30: Pot-Limit Omaha/8
Medium -- $109 buy-in, $150,000 guaranteed

I think I'm gonna go throw up.