R-Day Minus 50

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Not playing anything today because I’m trying to finish off Lab Girl by Hope Jahren—a National Book Critics Circle Award-winner—for my book club tomorrow night. Reminds me a bit of my mom; some of my earliest memories are of the labs she worked in while I was a small mutant.

R-Day Minus 51

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Woke up early after a great dinner last night at Hunan Pearl, jumped into the Ignition Casino $300 PLO8, got quartered on a hand and was out in 15 minutes.

Bested my time there with three hands to busto with a late entry in the evening $1K NLHE Turbo.

Lasted longer but didn’t make any more money in a NLHE Super Turbo. Ran into a set of aces early on and was left with just 3bb, then managed to recover a little but busted with sixes against jacks.

R-Day Minus 52

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Since I wasn’t able to get out to Pendleton for the Main Event at Wildhorse today, I headed over to the Portland Meadows $10K GTD NLHE, which I don’t usually get to play, because weekends are family time if I’m in town.

I entered at the start of level 4 and chipped up a bit, until I called a middle position 3x raise to 1800 and a couple calls from the small blind with QxTx. The flop was a rainbow Tx7x3x, the original raiser bet 5100 into a pot of about 9000. After the callers released their hands, I jammed my stack of more than 30000—more than enough to cover the other player—in. He thought about it for a short time, then called with 23. A Qx on the turn gave me top two, then a 3x river made his trips.

I was down to 5400 after that hand, and three players limped in before me on the button. It was the last hand before the break and the start of 400/800 with 800 big blind ante. I jammed Qx7x and hoped for the best. The only player who called was the first limper—sitting next to the player who’d just taken most of my chips—and he had 2x3x. The board ran out a 6-high straight for him with a 5x filling a gap on the river. I stood up to leave, but the player next to me pointed out what everyone—including myself—had missed, which was that I had a straight to the 7.

After break, and a table move, I chipped up to more than 30K, but as I was sliding back down below the starting stack of 25K, I tried to squeeze from the big blind over an opening button raise, only to run my J7 into a pair of aces.

R-Day Minus 53

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Only poker today was the Final Table $5K GTD NLHE, with a reduced guarantee because of tomorrow’s Wildhorse Poker Round Up Main Event—which I sadly will not be attending, despite it being the last major tournament within a few hours’ drive before the end of the year—but I lost a very big hand not long after the add-on break, and was out in time to drop by Fred Meyer to buy a the fixings for a Chocolate Syrup Bourbon Milkshake.

 

R-Day Minus 54

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Played a satellite for Ignition Casino GSPO #119 $50K GTD NLHE High Roller. There were five tickets guaranteed, six tickets were paid out, and I made it to 12th before my re-shove with nines was called by jacks in the small blind.

Tried the $500 Omaha Hi-Lo Turbo a little later and managed to double up, but then slid into oblivion after 50 minutes.

R-Day Minus 55

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Dropped into the Wednesday Final Table $1K GTD NLHE Bounty just as the last level before break was about to start. Saigon Vic gulped up two bounties in the first two hands I was there, then I got one after a seemingly-discombobulated player sat down in one of the vacant seats, limped his AxKx in a multi-way pot, then shoved on a Jx7x9x flop when I’d called from the button with 75. Nothing else went my way, though and I busted shoving A7 with 15bb from the cutoff into the button’s nines. The KKQ flop gave me some outs, but it was over.

As the day draws to a close, I got in another Ignition Casino $4K GTD NLHE Turbo. Made the money then open-shoved 8bb with KJ, and got called by two players, including the big stack with 11bb and 88, and another player with KT. The big stack flopped a full house and I min-cashed, before another player with half a big bind got knocked out.

R-Day Minus 56

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

The Ignition Casino Golden Spade Poker Open series is wrapping up this week, and there was a 3-Seat GTD satellite this evening to Event #111 $30K GTD NLHE 6-Max Turbo. I went out in 9th place after AxKx lost to AxTx, watching election day coverage. Late-regged a $500 GTD Omaha Hi-Lo game at the first break and busted in 25th place with 12 paying.

Last game for the day was a $1K PLO Turbo. Regged 45 minutes in, played for about an hour, got unlucky after getting all in ahead twice (at least, as much as you’re ever ahead in PLO) against the same player, doubling him up the first time and getting knocked out the second. 30th place with 15 paying.

R-Day Minus 57

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Had some trouble connecting to Ignition Casino early in the evening, so I ran a few MTT simulations at Advanced Poker Training. About 9:30, I got into the $4K GTD NLHE Turbo and it looks like I’m about to make the money. Finished 13th out of 469.

R-Day Minus 58

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the third installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Played an Ignition $4K GTD NLHE 6-Max and ran into kicker problems.

Three $2 NLHE Jackpot Sit-n-Gos, the last of which was a $10 payout and I won that one.

Flopped a set of fives in a multiway pot in the nightly $4K NLHE Turbo and was the fourth all in. Biggest stack with a flush draw made it on the river and knocked the other three of us out.

R-Day Minus 59

The Poker Mutant will be retiring from poker—not unlike Fedor Holz or Vanessa Selbst—on 1 January. This is the second installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Got in a morning Igniton Poker $2 NLHE Jackpot Sit-n-Go and binked another 5x payout. Got nines in on a queen-high board and managed to get beat by a player with QxJx, but I turned the tables when he made a loose call, I doubled up twice, knocked him out, then took the win.

Ran two more $2 Jackpots after dinner. In the first ($4 payout), the other two players got into it in the first two hands, and we lost the first player on hand three. I was behind in chips on the last hand with T9 and called a raise, turned top pair, then shoved but lost to 29 as he’d flopped the deuce..

Jumped into another one right away and it was another $10 payout. I got lucky with AA on the second hand against a pair of sizes, then ground the other player down in 10 more hands.

Did another couple while watching Chris Wallace laugh his creepy Penguin laugh on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Lost one. Won one.

Late-regged an Ignition $500 GTD O8 Turbo just before the first break, folded until I won one hand, got moved to another table, hit two pair then folded on the river with a counterfeited low and an obvious bet from a player who hit trips, and went out a little later 60th of 79.

Lost three more jackpot Sit-N-Gos, including a $10 payout. Busted out of that on the first hand calling against jacks with an ace, then got HU in another and had him on the run until he doubled up with ace-king against my ace-queen.

Last one of the night I was up 2:1 then back to even after getting KxQx in against queens with both a king and queen on the flop, then having my double-up thwarted when my turned trips lost to a flush on the river.