Saturday, November 30, 2013

Added ACR + Carbon

Haven't played much lately, just a little cash game action on Bovada. 

Played head chef on Thanksgiving and got the approval from my sweet niece. She's a straight shooter so I took the compliment seriously. The secret to a big win in the kitchen is to screw it up royally the year before (too much sage in the dressing), so last year's fail helped make me a winner this year. :)  Or just a turkey...ha!

CardsChat is doing some holiday promotions so I've entered those. Won $10 in an avatar scouting contest, so I opened an account on America's Cardroom to receive it and will try to grind that up to decent roll there. (Thanks Debi! ;). It was originally going to my Juicy Stakes account where it would have increased my roll by 12500% lol, but Juicy doesn't have a P2P transfer option.

Also joined Carbon Poker to participate in freerolls.

Will be eligible soon to participate in CardsChat freerolls, and ACR has an RTR freeroll like Bovada.

Received another promo from Winstar for four nights free in the Pool Tower in December. Not sure if I can do all four, but I'm looking forward to going back again. It's a relaxing time there, away from the tables anyway. 

Bring on Christmas!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Final Table Advice from a CardsChat member

Note to self: Read Me

Another Deep Run

But no monster payout. :(

Played the $15k DS today and just busted in 21st of 1579 for $56.05. I was the shortstack at my table with 92k vs several 300k+ and the 700k+ chipleader, so it was tough to find spots. 

In my last hand, UTG minraised and I shoved AQs. He flips up KK, ouch. No ace and didn't fill the straight.

No regrets with how I played it; just wanted to get to the final table and somehow rocket closer to 1st which paid $2527.48

In other news, I made a deep run in the RTR Freeroll as well, but busted just short of the final table for $0.

Happy to win some buyins back. Account is at $ close to $2k. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

You're the condensation. I'm the flame.

Love this...

Tournament Leak

This may be a repeat, but apparently I need it.

Played the CardsChat $5.50, $100 added tourney tonight. Pretty good value. With 30 players, 1st gets $60 + $40 bonus.

I pick up A6s in the SB and shove with 14BB, get called by AJo and I'm out in 19th. This is a flashback from the $10k when I shoved A5o and was out in 4th. 

I'm actually not 100% sure this is a leak because most of the time I'm folding out hands like A9 and below, but I'm crushed when someone has a pair or live cards such as KQ. Need to run some simulations in PokerStove or EquiLab to be sure.

But from now on, I'm minraising these hands at best.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Bovada Bankroll Goal

Previous Goal: $1300

Current Bankroll: $1897.64

New Goal: $5000

Shooting for $5k because $3k is the minimum cashout for wire transfers (cheapest cashout method), and I need to leave at least $2k in my account for tournaments.

Here's hoping the DOJ doesn't get restless and pull another Black Friday stunt. That would suck for obvious reasons; especially because Bovada is an excellent training site due to the faceup hand histories. Need all the online experience I can get for live play situations.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Weekend Wrap

Friday night league: I had some tough beats but managed to maintain 3rd place, while my best friend JD hit two home runs and won both tournaments. He pocketed $400+ and rocketed from 6th place to 1st. Sick points and money run. He was headsup with the same guy both times and just destroyed him.

I'm only 2 points away from 2nd and 19 points away from 1st with four tourneys to go before the final table. Hope to get there in 1st for the chiplead.

Had a two night free stay at Winstar so we headed up for some cash game action. I ran through some Instapoker hands to warmup, then played a four hour session that ended break even to the dollar. At one point I was two hundred down but a drunk guy sat next to me and couldn't fold top pair shitty kicker on a jack-high board. I tabled KK and he doubled me up with J6. I was embarrassed for him, but guys like that make the game profitable. 

At most, I was up $50 at one point but ended the session with an even $300 so I could buyin to tourneys on Monday. 

Played the 1pm $60 and the $115 7pm. Lasted slightly better than midway in both and went out with QQ vs AK in the first tourney, and QK vs AK in the 2nd. Overall I was happy with how I played in the first tourney but made a couple of costly mistakes in the 2nd where I lost 25% of my stack by calling a pf raise and floating a flop. I was tilted a bit by this maniac that kept raising and I wanted to stack him if possible, but picked a time when he could have easily had the better hand. 

That's ok, because he hung himself by calling all in twice with a pair of aces with a bad kicker. He never gave a thought to being outkicked with his A10. I wasn't alone in being glad to see him gone. 

Won a crucial flip early on in the 2nd tourney. I raised KK to 3.5 bb (350) and was repopped to 2000 which told me I was up against AA. I resigned myself to my fate and shoved, and he flipped up AA and was pissed when another K hit on the turn and he was out. The guy was all tatted up and had a black eye. He also had some threatening word spelled in tattoos across his knuckles.

He complained for a while but skulked off to the cash tables. That's poker. I gave an obligatory apology before he left but was naturally happy to win the flip.

From now on I will only play the $60 tourneys at Winstar. Even though the administrative rake is 20%, I don't like the structure enough to pay more than $60. There is a jump early on that cuts your M in half and forces everyone into suicide mode where the cards mostly decide your fate.

All in all I ended down $285 for the weekend but the hotel room was quite nice, and free, so had a great time anyway. Needed the vacay.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Stats Again

This includes the recent 4th place bink in the $10k guaranteed.

While this indicates that maybe I should stick to tournaments, I will keep plugging away at cash games at the micro level; cash is where you really learn to play poker as opposed to picking spots to go all in.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I have (finally) manually added my SnG and ZonePoker results since the tool is not importing them. At some point I plan to purchase a HH converter and a product like Poker Tracker or Holdem Manager, because automation rocks.

This is before the most recent big score, and I will add an after pic tomorrow when I'm able to download the HH:

I'm missing just a couple of HH from August when I got busy moving and allowed the download period to expire on a few.

Now that my bankroll is up to $1897.75, I'd kind of like to hop on a 1\2 and try to send my cash graph in a northerly direction again. The problem is it could just as easily drop, so I will continue 3-tabling the micros and try to improve my game from the bottom up, which is what I should have done after the upswing I had over the summer.

Interestingly, I am only 24% in the money (ITM) online, but I'm about 46% ITM in my poker league. This confirms what Jonathan Little and others have said, which is that online players generally tend to be better than players in live games. I may also be experiencing the lucky side of variance in our league.

click click BOOM!

Duked it out against 1253 players tonight, placed 4th, and turned $11 into $828 and some change. This marks my biggest single cash in a live or online event. 

Big Mistake: In my last hand, I shoved A5o from UTG with 16bb and ran into TT which improved to a set. Almost completed a wheel but it didn't happen. I overplayed the hand, as I was covered and likely getting called by AT+ and most pairs. I just got tired and wanted to go out swinging I guess, but clearly minraising or folding was the most correct move.

Until the end, I think I did a pretty good job of respecting the pay jumps on the final table. In one hand, I raised AQo from UTG to 2.5bb, then UTG+3 3-bet shoved and had me covered. I tanked for as long as possible and looked at the remaining pay jumps. Since we had a few shorter stacks left to bust, I opted to fold in that spot, which feels correct in hindsight (EDIT: Hand history showed that he had me beat with AKo...good fold).

It was a $600 difference if I had busted in 7th.

Time to go to sleZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz

Sunday, November 10, 2013

An Actual Transcript from an Obamacare Chat Support Session.

[10:55:58 pm]: Thanks for contacting Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat. Please wait while we connect you to someone who can help.
[10:56:01 pm]:  Please be patient while we're helping other people.
[10:56:08 pm]: Welcome! You're now connected to Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat.

Thanks for contacting us. My name is Cindy. To protect your privacy, please don't provide any personal information, like Social Security Number, or any other sensitive medical or personal information.
[10:56:25 pm]: Cindy
Good Evening. Thank you for calling the Health Insurance Market Place Live Chat. How may I assist you?
[10:56:57 pm]: Omy 
I am here for one reason. 
[10:57:23 pm]: Omy 
I have a proposal. 
[10:57:45 pm]: Omy 
Will you marry me? Like right here? On chat? 
[10:58:04 pm]: Omy 
I just love the name Cindy. Pretty much ever since Brady Bunch.
[10:58:12 pm]: Omy 
[10:58:34 pm]: Omy 
Don't leave me hanging... 
[10:58:52 pm]: Omy 
This is embarrassing. 
[10:59:35 pm]: Cindy
How is it that I may assist you with your Health Care information?
[11:00:30 pm]: Omy 
You can start by accepting my proposal for marriage. Then we can move on to other topics. My health will greatly improve if you marry me. 
[11:01:06 pm]: Omy 
I have a ring. It's pretty awesome. 
[11:01:57 pm]: Cindy
I do apologize but that isn't something I have any control over.
[11:04:00 pm]: Omy 
Ok, I understand. But before you kick me to the curb, I should admit that I am shockingly handsome. 6 foot 4 and full of muscle. 
[11:04:11 pm]: Omy 
You will like me a lot. I promise.  
[11:05:24 pm]: Omy 
I can cook too. How many guys can do that? Pretty much the fat guy and the bald guy on the The Chew. The other guy can only make crafts with glitter, but I'm more like the two guys that can cook, but WAY cuter. 
[11:07:01 pm]: Cindy
Is there a specific question about your market place account that I can help you with?
[11:07:45 pm]: Omy 
Oh yes, I'm sorry. I was distracted by your name. One sec... 
[11:08:08 pm]: Omy 
...Ok, when I hit ENROLL, it doesn't let me. Any ideas? 
[11:08:50 pm]: Cindy
Improving HealthCare.govNEW Weekend Alert: The Health Insurance Marketplace online application isn't available from approximately 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. EST daily while we make improvements. In addition, between Saturday evening, November 9 and early morning on Tuesday, November 12, there will be times when you can fill out your application, but you will need to return and log in Tuesday afternoon to review and submit it. The rest of the site and the Marketplace call center remain available during these hours.
[11:08:56 pm]: Cindy
Thank you for your interest in the Marketplace and for sharing your feedback. We apologize for any technical difficulties you may be experiencing as you use We know this can be frustrating, and we're working around the clock to improve and to make sure your experience with it is a positive one.

I will make a note of your feedback. In the meantime, you can still complete an application right now by selecting the following link to download a paper application: Choose the application that best fits your needs under "Marketplace Consumer Application."

You may also call the Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 for help with completing an application or to request a paper application by mail.
[11:09:58 pm]: Omy 
Right then, now back to my original question. When would like like to get married? 
[11:10:27 pm]: Omy 
I have money, so your dad will not have to pay for anything. It's a pretty good deal! 
[11:11:38 pm]: Cindy
Thank you for calling the Health Insurance Market Place Live Chat. Have a great evening.  you understand im transgendered right?
[11:12:51 pm]: Omy 
I see, your going with the Crying Game defense. 
[11:13:11 pm]: Omy 
It's ok, I'm flexible. We can work around it. 
[11:13:35 pm]: Omy 
I'm open to new things.  
[11:13:50 pm]: Cindy
I do apologize somebody else started typing on my computer.
[11:13:56 pm]: Cindy
Thank you for contacting Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat.  We are here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
[11:14:08 pm]: Omy 
Plus I have already fallen in love. 
[11:14:18 pm]: Omy 
Ok, Cindy. Maybe next time? 
[11:14:44 pm]: Cindy
Have a good night. I am going to end the conversation here. Have a good night.
[11:14:57 pm]: Omy 
I'm pretty much the guy from 50 Shades of Gray! 
[11:15:12 pm]: Your chat session is over. Thanks for contacting us, and we hope we've answered your questions. Have a great day.
[11:15:12 pm]: 11/10/2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ryan Riess "Best in the World" controversy

Riess The Beast made a post-game comment that got the poker community abuzz:

"I just think I'm the best player in the world."

In a community of several repeat winners, I can see how this sounded naive, but I don't have a problem with it. In his mind, there was no other option but first place. Whether he is actually the best in the world or not will be up for debate, but he had to convince himself of greatness in order to win, and it worked.

Although I was rooting for Farber headsup, I admire Ryan Riess for his confidence, hard work, and winning attitude. #LFG

Interesting FB comment on WSOP Final Table play

"Wow Newhouse made a huge rookie mistake against MC... He checked on the turn with a pair, with only one card beating him on the board... If he throws even 250k on the board he forces MC to fold... But instead he checked and left MC with his 5's to check as well and river the nut 5 for trips. When u have a chance to win the pot with the leading hand u do it when it comes to over powering your opponent on the turn. Worst case scenario he rivers the winning hand especially when he has less the 15% of winning the hand on the turn lol.. And he ended up busting out before the break... bad move by a not so experienced player! This is coming from a 3x WSOP dealer and 15 year veteran." -Gino Foggia

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Found while shopping for a thermostat with lockout features.

36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appropriate for Men - Excellent Thermostat, May 11, 2010
By Reviews for Men
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Honeywell TH8110U1003 Vision Pro 8000 Digital Thermostat (Tools & Home Improvement)

Of course, we all know that real men don't need heat, and even if you do, you ought to be fine with a lever, a spring, and a vial of mercury. So I felt a little silly ordering this. But once I got over that, I realized that this is a truly great thermostat. Here's why:

1: It's confusing - anything except a temporary override requires several screens and sequences of commands. It's enough to deter even the most determined women, who are undoubtedly trying to make the place into some kind of "heat nest".

2: It's lockable! That's right, you can lock everyone out from modifying the thermostat! And even if you don't want to go that far, you can set limits on what the temperature can be set to. Awesome!

3: And this is the best one of all.... You can program it to show a different temperature than the actual temperature!!! For obvious reasons, this is the best feature ever built into any thermostat since the dawn of time. It takes some digging to get through the manuals to figure out how to do it, but it's worth it. Here's how a conversation about an actual temperature of 68 degrees might go:

Woman: "Honey, it's awfully cold in here, can we turn up the heat?"

Man: "It's already 85 degrees in here."

Woman: "It can't be... (gets up and checks thermostat)... Hmmph, I guess you're right."

Man: "Maybe you should take some more thyroid medicine. And while you're up, make me a sandwich."

Ask yourself - does it really get any better than that?

As much as I love this thermostat, it could be improved by having some sort of fingerprint scanner, or retina ID device on it, allowing only certain people access to the thermostat. But since no competing models yet offer this feature, this is about as good as it gets for keeping YOUR castle at YOUR temperature.
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

GSPO 100k

Down in flames, 950th place, just before the first break. Had a weak trips situation similar to Morgenstern vs Newhouse in the WSOP, except it was 55 vs AJs with a 5JJ flop. Pot-controlled the turn and the river but he high-valued me by betting the pot each time since he knew I had a J. I should have know when I c-bet the flop and got two callers that one of them may have the fourth jack, and the other could've had 55, but it was hard to lay it down since the bets left me with 100bb.

Ran into another weak trips situation with a similar result. Should have just folded the flop in that one but talked myself into trying to improve. It happened but improved the villain to a full house.

Picked up AQs (clubs) and 3-bet shoved for 30bb and got three callers. The other hands were KK and 99. I had a flush draw on the turn and at least 10 outs to win, but hit a queen instead of an ace or any club.

Why me? Any tournament but this one. 

Well, at least it was a freeroll...................................................but 1st gets $20,000+.

Time to walk it off.