R-Day Minus 20

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 the Ignition Casino 12 Days of Turbo Wrap Up #61 NLHE and only got 20th place, the jumped into the game directly. I lost some ground early on with a series of pairs that didn’t go anywhere (although I could see from the rabbit cam feature that the pair of sevens I folded on the flop with two overs would have made a set on the turn, grrrr…).

I got ground down to 6K from the 15K start relatively early, then picked up a couple thousand before the first break. It being a turbo, I was getting down into the Danger Zone, when I picked up AxQx in early position and jammed about 12bb. A middle position player with 40bb called with AxTx there was a ten in the door and I was out.

Played two $2 NLHE Jackpot Sit-N-Gos and busted third on the first. The second was a $10 payout, I got down to 15bb early on, then came back and won it.

Sixteen years ago today I nearly died from a pulmonary embolism (PE), technically a bunch of them, from multiple blood clots that formed in my leg after I broke it making their way to my lungs two months to the day after my fallNothing quite like this, but this guy definitely had clots in his lungs. My mother died four years ago from a pulmonary embolism, completely unexpectedly, without breaking anything. Fifteen years ago, there was a spate of stories about something called economy-class syndrome, which was basically people getting pulmonary embolisms on plane flights just from sitting in cramped quarters without moving their legs for hours. That’s all it takes. Sudden shortness of breath, coughing, and related issues may be all you get. And medical personnel aren’t always on top of it: I had literally called the advice nurse the day I had mine because I was feeling unexpectedly winded after moving from crutches to a cane; my mother was getting ready to go to a doctor’s appointment she’d made after complaining she had trouble breathing at her ophthalmologist’s office when she died. And she knew I’d had a PE. None of us even thought of it until the autopsy. We poker players tend to sit around a lot. But take this as a gentle public service announcement: Get up and move around.

R-Day Minus 22

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 the Ignition Casino $4K GTD NLHE Turbo after I got home from a family thing this evening. Right off the bat, I got lucky and managed to not only hit two sets but get two players to stack off against with with top-top. I was on top of the leaderboard, ma! ~500 blinds is a nice place to be, even in a turbo.

That lasted for a little while as a couple of other players started to catch hands and I missed flops, laid down queens, etc. My peak was a bit over 60K when that was still 60bb. Then I lost a flip and stayed down in the 40K range most of the rest of my tournament.

We were closing in on the bubble, with blinds at 1500/3000/300 and I was in the small blind with 14bb and a pair of tens. UTG raised to 9K and action folded around to me. I had UTG nominally covered, and shoved the tens. The BB folded, and UTG called with nines. And naturaly there was a nine on the flop.

I was left with just over 1bb. I watched the Players Remaining count drop as the blind approached me again and I was dealt hands like Tx3x and 2x4x. I admit, on the next hand I stalled and used my Time Bank. I got K5 in the cutoff and was all in for less than the big blind (antes had put me under). The big blinf was all in for even less. Small blind was the guy who’d doubled up to almost 30bb through me; I’m almost certain he let me live because he would have had to call less than half a big blind but he folded instead. BB had 7x2x. I won, and now with the increase in blinds to 2000/4000/400, I had 1.5bb.

I managed to survive until my BB. The bubble broke on the hand before and I was all in, taking 70th out of 72 paying positions.

Good luck to everyone from the Pacific Northwest playing the WPT Five Diamond. Wish I was there with you!

R-Day Minus 23

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 three Ignition Casino NLHE Sit-n-Gos after I got back from the Final Table game Saturday night. All of them standard 2x payouts. I won the first two (one after just 8 hands), then lost the third. After that I got into the $400 GTD PLO8 I played the other night. It has a generous payout structure—at least in terms of the number of payouts. With 27 players paid, the entire third table was getting as little as a third of the buyin. I made it to 20th for a small loss on the game,

Played three more in the afternoon, missed on all of them. Had the chip lead in one by about 3:2, lost a race, and went out a couple hands later.

Finished off the day with an online $500 GTD Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. Managed to recover once after I was down to less than 2 big bets, but couldn’t get to the money. Out 22nd of 60 entries, with 12 places paying.

R-Day Minus 24

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.

Before I went to bed last night, jumped into the Ignition Casino $400 GTD PLO and played it for about 45 minuted—actually getting up to 2nd place in the 60-player field after a big hand—and only realized it was actually PLO8 after I’d busted out. At least I wasn’t the guy I played with at the Venetian a few years back who bought into a $400 tournament only to do the same sort of thing (“I was kind of wondering why none of the hands had a low…”). It might be embarrassing if I mentioned it to anyone.

This was how the second hand of that tournament went. I had won the first hand, and was up to 6000 chips from a starting stack of 5000. Late entry, blinds were 125/250. 8 players at the table, I was hijack, with T887. I was the first caller. The dealer (6450 chips, TT53) limped in with me, then the small blind (12,197 chips) raised to 1450 with AA93. I called, then the dealer called.

Now, according to the CardPlayer Omaha Odds Calculator, with the player in there with aces my chance of winning the hand doesn’t change from a heads-up match against the pair of tens, but he’s the dog in the three-way fight. Flip the Hi/Lo switch and things stay pretty much the same.

Anyway, the flop is great for me: 822. I shoot up to 57% equity. The small blind pots his aces, I’m all in to call with my full house, and the dealer—who has nearly a full starting stack—shoves with a weak flush draw (beat by the nut flush draw of the aces) and a bad low draw. The aces called.

The turn 3 counterfeited the lows of both players, then the 9 river shipped me the pot, so I more than tripled to 18375. Nice start, but I made a bad call another 40 hands down the line.

Got a 5x NLHE Jackpot Sit-n-Go, and managed to get out front after a bad start, but ended up going out third.

After doing stuff around the house (mostly sitting), I headed out to the Final Table $2K GTD NLHE. Our table had a drunk guy from “down the valley” who said he’d won a tournament earlier in the day. I stacked him twice in the same level, once when he 3-bet Q4 and I 4-bet QxQx and he called. I don’t remember what he had when I called his shove with almost an entire rebuy stack, but I won that, too. I was up to 45K early on, then doubled up an annoying player I’ve mentioned before when I had aces under the gun and just limped in expecting a raise from someone at the tableNaturally, when I c-bet and the annoying guy raised for most of his stack on a king-high board, I had to put him all in and he had Kx6x for two pair.

Doubled up once when I got down to about 10bb and we were at two tables, lost a chunk to the player I doubled through with an open-ended straight draw where he had top pair and a deuce kicker, then just never managed to put it together.

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 08 December 2018

#PNWPokerLeaderboard

No new additions to the leaderboard database, but the top cash is for someone who’s never been mentioned here: Roderick Chavez from Bellevue took 1st place at the WPT Five Damond NLHE Seniors tournament Wednesday at Bellagio, beating out at least three others at the final table with more than $500K each in lifetime winnings. Roderick has about $44K after winning more than $30K in the tournament. A veery nice way to close out the year.

Dylan Wilkerson continued his streak to the end of 2018, winning WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood #4 NLHE, a $400 buyin with 176 entries.

Steve Chanthabouasy says he’s out of the mix games and focusing on NLHE tournaments for the big money, which he’s certainly got a point about after winning the 174-entry $560 buyin WPT Five Diamond #4 NLHE. There was a deal heads-up, and the other player got a little more money, but Steve got the win. Angela Jordison may be laying odds as to which lasts longer: my poker retirement or Steve sticking to NLHE.

Rafael Lebron from Puyallup made the final table of the WSOPC Planet Hollywood $500K GTD Main Event, taking 9th place. If you aren’t familiar with Lebron, his fourth-ever recorded cash was winning a bracelet in the $3K buyin Limit Hold’em 6-Max in 2016. That was four days after he was runner-up foor a bracelet in the PLO 6-Max.

Usually, a 26th-place finish isn’t enough to get you on the leaderboard even if it’s a big buyin, I try to limit it to significant ROI or I’d be overwhelmed, but Auburn’s Thomas Kornechuk took that spot in the $3500 buyin WPT Seminole Hard Rock Main Event, which had nearly 900 entries, so yeah. It’s good enough.

One Month Three Weeks One Hundred 98 Kay

The chances of beating my self-imposed deadline/goal of $100K in earnings by the end of the year is getting increasingly more unlikely. Last night’s liquidity error at the Final Table $20K really reduce any possibility of putting together the seed money for a trip to somewhere I could run it up. The shot at the WPT Five Diamond is gone.

Pretty much down to Venetian events at this point, unless something happens where I can look further afield.

This Week In Portland Poker

Next weekend will be all about the Portland Meadows $30K GTD NLHE.

Only a Day Away

  • The last event (ever) on my calendar is the Venetian Deepstacks Extravaganza V. Which starts 20 December. There’s a $100K GTD the first weekend, and a $260K GTD Monster Stack just before the New Year’s ($400 buyin).

The cards in the header were up by the cash registers at the Mall 205 Dollar Tree this afternoon, in case you’re looking for stocking stuffers.

R-Day Minus 25

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.

Tonight was possibly my last big poker event anywhere and I have to say I’m a bit disappointed in how it went. My table at the Final Table $20K GTD NLHE First Friday was pretty active.

On one of my first hands in seat 8, I raised with AT and got several callers. The flop was JT9 and there was an early-position bet. I folded, then a player in seat 1 re-raised to 2,200. The original bettor shoved and the raiser called fairly quickly, showing Jx7x. The original bettor had the straight with Qx8x. Then the board ran out AxAx, and I would have had the second nuts. Not that I was going all-in on that draw.

Seat 1 rebought but managed to get stacked and forced out of the game in ten minutes. In all, by the end of the first hour or so, there were 15 rebuys, and a third of them were from our table. But they weren’t coming my way.

The end for me came with a whimper. I limped in with JxTx and less than half my starting stack, but still about 30bb. Nearly the whole table was in the hand and the flop was KxJx5x. A guy who’d been making a big fuss about winning the previous week’s $10K (at a table with the likes of Kim Pok and Casey Ring) opened the betting and I called. We were heads-up. The turn was a ten, I was first to act, and I went all-in. He took a while to think about it, then finally called with a pair of aces that he’d slow-played. Two aces, three kings, four queens, three fives. It was a king.

As you may know, I am not a fan of rebuys, but I figured there wouldn’t be too many more options to do so. I hadn’t stopped by the bank to get any cash out for a rebuy, so I told Bourbon Bill that I needed to hit the ATM. When I got there, though, the screen said it was Out of Order. I walked back to the table as Bill was dealing a new hand and told him I wasn’t going to be able to do it, and he started to gather up the cards for a misdeal (since he’d dealt in my position), A couple of people offered to loan me the money, but by then I figured I’d caused enough trouble and slunk into the night of Southeaast Portland.

Played a couple of Ignition Casino $2 NLHE Jackpot Sit-n-Go tournaments. Won one, lost one.

Here’s how I spent Pearl Harbor Day six years ago:

“A Day of Poker That Will Live In Infamy”

R-Day Minus 27

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.

No poker played today.

I’ve got a thing Thursday, so I’m unlikely to play anything then, but Friday is the monthly Final Table $20K GTD NLHE First Friday. If that goes well, then I may well be on a flight Saturday morning to Las Vegas for the WPT Five Diamond Super Satellite at noon at Bellagio, or the 7pm Turbo Super Satellite (though it would pain me to put $1100 into a 15-minute/level tournament). Next week is a Thursday afternoon satellite to the Venetian/CPPT $500K GTD NLHE Main Event, which would sort of bring me full circle to 2011 when I plunked $2500 down for the most expensive tournament I’ve ever played (see “Grasping for the Ring”).

Meanwhile, congratulations to Steve Chanthabouasy for bringing another trophy back to the Northwest.