Moar Cards

A couple of tournament droughts have been broken with a short flurry of cashes, just in time for the holidays. 5 cashes in 13 tournaments so far this week, with 11th and 5th in a couple 100+ entry games, my first win (heck, my first cash) in a long time at the home game that got me into NLHE a few years back, and a couple wins in non Hold-’em games. I played a $6,500 guarantee at Encore Club yesterday, busted out after losing half my stack in a axkx v axax showdown, then chopped a small Big O game at Portland Players Club heads-up. And the night before, there was this.

Bovada PLO8 Quadruple-Up (T1,500)

I like these kinds of Survivor-style tournaments. A quarter of the entries get 300% profit. And I really love PLO8. But there were some peculiarities.

Hand 5 7s4das3h UTG T1,410 10/20
I called with my suited ace and a couple of low cards; CO and SB were along for the ride and the flop hit th6c4s. Everyone checked, a qh hit the turn and SB bet 20, which I called. We were HU. 7c on the river. A bad two pair and second-nut low for me was enough to call SB’s bet of 40 on the river. He showed 6sjckc5d and I scooped the pot.

Hand 6 ts6sac2s SB T1,530 10/20
CO limped in but BTN raised to 90 with 5hadtdah. I called with my potential low, and CO came along with qc4d9hqs. We checked through to the turn and the board read kc5c9cqd. CO bet 40 with his set of queens, BTN came along, and I folded since there was no possible low any longer. BTN called a big bet with trips when a 5d hit the river, but the full house took it.

Hand 8 ts9hjh8h UTG1 T1,420 20/40
Table change. I limped in, then called a raise from CO along with BTN and BB. We got to the turn with checks on a board of 8c5d2s4c, BTN made a bet of 340 with kh4hac6c and stole it away with third pair and double gutter draw.

Hand 10 8h5sahth SB T1,340 20/40
Three limpers, me, and BB got to a flop of 6h3h8d. UTG (2h6c8s2c) bet 200 on top two pair and I called, along with BB (9h4sjs5c) and his double gutter. jd for the turn and I called another 400 from UTG, but BB dropped out, probably a mistake as he was favored for the high. I had a bad low, but was the only one of the three of us with scoop possibilites. a 3s on the river gave me two pair, but inferior to UTG’s, and I took the low.

Hand 11 ah4hkdjh CO T1,500 20/40
I didn’t notice it at this point, but we were six-handed at the table (seats 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, and 9 were occupied). Nobody had been knocked out on the last hand, no new players had been brought in. As SB on the last hand, I should have been BTN this hand, but the button skipped over me and went from seat 9 on hand 10 to seat 2 on hand 11. This pattern continued throughout the tournament. I hadn’t even seen it before, but it would cause some trouble later in the game, and was particularly punishing to players in the wrong positions on tables with six or eight players. Anyway, I called, along with SB and then bet pot on the jcadqs flop to take the hand.

Hand 12 js5cackd UTG T1,580 20/40
I was HU with BB and the flop was qd6ctd. I called 40 on the flop on my draw, he had 6d2c7cqc and two pair, but we were pretty much dead even on the odds calculator. 3s on the turn, but he kept it small at 40 and I called. Any ace, king, or jack locked it up for me, and kc came on the river. He bet 40 again, I potted it, and he folded.

Hand 13 jsjhqdth SB T1,760 20/40
HJ and BTN limped in and I called. 7hjc9s gave me top set and an open-ended straight draw, so I opened up for the pot and won.

Hand 14 js7sahac CO T1,880 20/40
I know some people like to barrel out with aces, but I like to see flops and only one of the six players at the table wasn’t in the hand to the flop of 8cts5h. SB bet 40 with 6hqhqs7d and all the limpers called. I had the over pair and gut shot straight draw to a jack, SB was open-ended with queens, The button had a second-nut low draw and a ten, BB was open-ended with seven through ten, and HJ had a pair of kings and a five. The as on the turn put me in the lead for the high with a set. SB bet 40 again and got calls until BTN potted with 4std2s3d giving him a low flush draw, and a low that couldn’t be counterfeited. SB folded, BB gave up with just the straight draw and and unlikely low. HJ, with the nut flush draw (5skskc2d) made a tight lay down, which was good because there were only three spades left in the deck. I called. 6c on the river. BTN tries to steal the pot with a shove, I cross my fingers and hope my set is good. Fortunately, his bet on the turn got out the winning hands, and I take the high.

Hand 16 jsqs8d7c SB T2,060 30/60
Not having to play big blinds makes poker easier. I went from UTG on hand 15 to SB here. I limped in with UTG1 and saw it through to the turn with tctdjc4d on the board, then BB and I both folded to a bet. UTG1 didn’

t have anything: 9ckdah5s.

Hand 17 qhqsaskc CO T2,000 30/60
I limped in, saw a 6c5c4c flop, then folded after a bet and a call with no flush draw and no low.

Hand 18 ac7s6sah UTG3 T1,940 30/60
Up to a full table at this point, which means that at least every other round everyone has to pay the big blind (so long as the table stays full). I call, along with CO and SB. The flop is adjd5d. I got no diamonds, but I do have aces. CO bets 120 with and I come along with the top set. We check a 3d turn. 5c on the river, and he bets 480. There’s no possible low, I have the second nuts, and I shove. He calls with the third nuts (ksjhjc8c) and he’s out.

Hand 19 3h3dactd UTG T3,500 30/60
I have the diamonds this time. Four players get to the flop of 7d8d9d and I bet pot to clear the field.

Hand 20 6d4c2d5h SB T3,680 30/60
BB skips over me again. This low wrap looks pretty nice. I call 120 from UTG after a 3dkc7s flop, then we check the jd turn and th river. I’m bailing on any bet. At showdown he has 4hah9d2s and ace high takes it.

Hand 22 3s5das3h UTG T3,500 30/60
I limp in along with UTG1 and SB, then BB raises to 300 with 4sah8dts. Not a strategy I’d recommend with a not-particularly-good low, no nut flush draw, and not a lot of straight possibilities. I called, along with UTG1 (ac7cjsks. SB bowed out. The flop was 9s2s2h. BB bet 480, with 540 behind. I potted to 2,400 and UTG1 dropped out. BB called (I don’t know why), and the board ran out with 6cqs. I had the nut flush for the high and took the hand.

Hand 28 4cac3s5d UTG2 T5,070 40/80
Wow! Six PLO8 hands without playing! It’s like a record. Five of eight players to the flop. 4d7sqc on the flop. I called a bet of 240 from HJ and we saw ks on the turn HU, then I folded to another bet.

Hand 29 acasqcah UTG T4,750 40/80
Not a hand I’d normally play in PLO8, but it was worth the price of admission to see the flop of 7htd8h. I folded to a bet from BB, who ended up knocking out two players after top set on the flop turned into a flush.

Hand 30 6d2s5hqh SB T4,670 40/80
I’m one of the chip leaders in the tournament, if not the chip leader, and I’m ahead of the rest of my table by more than a thousand. Big blind skips over me again. UTG and BTN limp in, I call, and the flop is 5c8h7c. I’m open-ended but just check and everyone follows along to the jd turn. UTG1 opens for 160 and the other three of us call. qs on the river, UTG1 bets just 80 holding ackhkckd (i.e. just the pair in his hand). Everyone calls, I take the high with two paid and BTN’s 4cksjcad does the low honors.

Hand 32 4dad6s3d UTG T4,990 40/80
Suited ace and four cards six and under rates a limp from me, with UTG1 and SB calling. Everyone checks through to the river, with the board running out 3s8dkhkdjs. UTG1 has jdqsts5s and his jack makes a better second pair to the kings than my three. He scoops.

Hand 33 jc8c9hah SB T4,910 40/80
No big blind again. Seven players and all but UTG and BTN limp in. We all check the flop, the board reads tdjd3c8s on the turn, and I open to 200, getting calls from BB and CO. I have two pair, open-ended with no low and no flush draws. I bet 200. BB holds ac2c5h9d, with a good shot at the low if it comes, and not much else. CO’s got 4d3h6d8d, with a flush he may not be too proud of and an unimpressive low. They both call. The river is ks, everyone checks, and my two pair is good for 720 profit.

Hand 35 2cqdah8d UTG1 T5,630 50/100
It seemed like a good hand. I limped into the pot HU with BB, got 6sad6c on the flop, jc on the turn, and folded to a bet of 250. BB had 4d2h5ctc for a good low draw and club flush draw.

Hand 36 5dqckd9d BB T5,530 50/100
At last a big blind! UTG and BTN limped in, 8d6s2c hit the flop, and UTG bet 175 holding 3sjhtstc with just an over pair. BTN called with 3c5h3djh and the gut shot straight draw, and I had my own straight draw so I called. An 8s on the river got a bet of 437 from UTG, and a fold from the rest of us.

Hand 37 ts7hqsjh BTN T5,255 50/100
Eight players and only one of us doesn’t limp into the pot. 4s4h6s on the flop. UTG2 opens up for 350 with 5s8d4c6d for a full house and everyone folds but BB, who goes all in with qh8s3sac and second nut low draw. 2dkd on the turn and river, and they chop the pot up.

Hand 38 qsts5c5d HJ T5,155 50/100
Everyone but UTG limps in. qd7hks for the flop, and I have bottom two. SB bets 700 and everyone folds except UTG1, who raises to 2,800. SB goes all in with his last 215 chips. The rest of the board is kd2s and both players (SB: jdkhqcas, UTG1: 7d6c7s6d) make full houses. SB sucks out on UTG1 with the running kings.

Hand 39 ad5sqs2s UTG2 T5,055 50/100
It’s UTG, me, UTG3, CO, BTN, SB and BB to the flop. qd3d6c. Nobody bets. 5d on the turn makes my low and I bet pot, nobody calls (maybe because I’ve got the ad).

Hand 41 9s5djhah SB T5,655 50/100
BB skips over me again. It’s really punishing to the players it hits every round. Four limpers and BB to the flop. It’s ad3c2h. I check. BB with js6hac8d—also known as not a whole lot—bets 200 and gets calls from three players, including me. The turn is th and I’ve got a flush draw now. I check again. BB bets 300. UTG1 calls with qsaskc5c (Broadway draw, 2nd nut low draw), and UTG3 has 5h8stc2s (just second pair and second low draw). The 7h river completes my flush and I pot to 2,500, getting folds from BB and UTG1. UTG3 calls all in for  with the same low everyone had and gets quartered when I take the high. He does come out ahead of where he’d have been if he folded, but he loses nearly a third of his starting-sized stack in the process.

Hand 42 kc6c3h6s CO T7,380 50/100
Eight players at the table. Everyone but HJ to the flop. 3d8c5c. UTG1 leads for 700 with 9c4skd2d and gets called by three players, gets an all in for less from SB (2cad2hks, with a legitimate hand), and folds from BB and UTG. The ac on the turn gives me the nut flush, and when UTG1 goes all in for 275 (now holding the nut low), he gets called by UTG2 (3sahqc8h) who has only 225 to back up his two pair and bad low draw. I pot for 5,248, BTN is all in to call with 2sjcasts and another bad low, then UTG2 goes all in. The river is 9s, there’s no more action since everyone in the hand is all in except for me. I take the high from the main pot and three sides, BTN gets the second and third side lows (losing about 1,000 chips overall), UTG1 gets the main and first side low (gaining 1,500). SB and UTG2 are gone, I win about 1,700.

Hand 46 6has2d4s HJ T8,922 60/120
In a quadruple up, in a pot limit game with no antes, and nearly six times the starting stack, I shouldn’t really do anything. But I called an UTG (kcactcjs) raise to 360 with my low cards and spade draw, and BB (7d2h5d6s) came along. The flop was pretty good: 4c3s7s. BB had the straight and bet pot (1,140). UTG folded his high  cards, I potted, BB was all in to call, and 9d8h came out to give us a small high/low chop.

Hand 48 8d4sjhjs BB T9,132 60/120
I’m no longer even chip leader at the table, as the player in BTN has more then 10K. Three of the seven players have less than starting stacks, though. I’m in seat 1, and seat three has been tanking every single hand before folding, even though we’re a long way from the chop. The shortest stack at the table, with less than 900 chips, CO limps in with 9c5hac6h. The flop is good to him: 9h2c3h, I check, he bets 240, I call just to see what happens. 3s on the turn, he shoves, I call, 7h river and he scoops. That’s what happens on the rare occasion when I have to play BB.

Hand 50 6c2c4c3d HJ T8,248 80/160
I limp in, CO raises to 720, everyone else folds, and I try to knock out another short stack by calling. The flop is qd9h4h, not the best hand for a bunch of low cards, and I fold when he puts in his last 500 chips. He has ahtc5has.

Hand 51 ah3hacth UTG1 T7,528 80/160
Despite what the guy with the short stack had last hand, rolled-up aces are not a particularly strong hand in PLO8. I limp in, as does UTG2 and SB. The tc2s5d flop gives me hope, I pot to 640 and at the turn I’m HU with SB (4dtd3s4s). The as on the turn isn’t actually very good for me, but I pot after the SB checks, he’s all in to call, and js on the river fails to connect up a full house for me. He has a flush and a wheel, and I’d dropping like a rock, losing 4K over four hands.

Hand 52 9c8cjd5c BB T5,820 80/160
am still near the 4x threshold for making the chop. But there’s something about actually having to pay the big blind. CO raises to 480 with qsqd2hkh and I call. The flop of kdad2s isn’t good for my middle, clubby cards, and I fold to a bet of 480.

Hand 55 2has2ctc UTG1 T5,340 80/160
I limp in with UTG2 and SB. The flop gives me a low set with 2skd4c. We all check and 7d makes a possible low. BB bets minimum with th6d5h3d a lot of scoop prospects, and everyone calls. jc for the river and BB bets small again. I raise to 600, and only UTG2  ([qh3sad4s) with his nut low calls. We split the pot.

Hand 56 as5d8d2d BB T5,740 80/160
Two limpers. No bets until the river when the board reads 4djh7c9d8h. I bet 560 on the low, CO calls. He has 3d6s9sac for a pair of nines and second low, I win the low and my pair of eights lose the high.

Hand 58 acqd2s8s HJ T5,860 100/200
I limp. HU with BB holding 2d3c2hqh. Flop adas5s, he check-calls my 500 bet. We check 5c and kd to the river, no low comes for him and my trips win the pot.

Hand 59 asqd6d7s UTG1 T6,660 100/200
Four of us go to the flop. 4s3c2s gives me the nut flush draw and some straight possibilities, so when SB bets 600 I call. We see the 4c on the turn HU. SB has the straight with 6s5h7d5c and bets 1,000. I follow along and get the flush on the ks river. He bets another 1,000 and I call. My flush takes the high and he’s screwed on the low without an ace, losing three quarters of his stack in the hand.

Hand 60 jd7h6sqc BB T9,860 100/200
Three limpers and BB to the flop. qd8cjc and I bet pot on my top two pair. Everyone folds except for the guy I beat in the last hand, who’s all in for 1,100 with ac3c8h9d. Lots  of straight draws and the nut flush. None of them get there with the 9h2h by the river, though, and my queens and jacks are better than his nines and eights.

Hand 64 2sas7hac SB T11,656 125/250
A decent starting hand. Only six players at the table. CO limps, I call, and three of us get a 3cqh9d flop. No low, but I bet 750 on my aces and everyone folds.

Hand 69 qs7hahjs CO T12,031 125/250
I’m taking my own advice and mostly sitting back to let people chew each other up at this point. I limp with UTG1, flop a good flush draw and top two pair with 4sqdas. It’s checked to the 5h turn, I bet 875 with both the flush draws, and everyone folds.

Hand 73 9cks5d4s BTN T12,406 150/300
Action folds to me. We’re close to the chop and since both of the players in the blinds (including the habitual tanker in BB) have less than three big blinds left, I min-raise. SB is (I think) legitimately disconnected, and his ad6sasjc is folded. BB tanks, time banks, then folds 4ctskdtd.

Hand 76 ts2s2d6d UTG T12,856 150/300
I limp in with my deuces, wait until I have the flush on the 4d6c9dtdqh board, bet 300 on the turn and get a call from BB, then scoop against two pair.

Hand 77 4s8dkd3d SB T13,606 150/300
I didn’t enter the pot, but I deliberately folded my blind to BB, the shorter of the two stacks on my left, just to punish the UTG tanker as we were within a couple bustouts of the chop. One of the other players messaged “wtf?” but I got a couple of acknowledgements after aI explained what I’d done.

Hand 78 8s4hkc4s CO T13,456 150/300
Even though he wasn’t in the hot seat, the tanker couldn’t really wait much longer. He was on SB with just 450 chips left; only one blind if he folded. I limped in, SB called (when he should have just shoved) and the flop was 7dtsjh. SB checked, BB bet 300, I folded, and SB had to go all in or only have 150 left. BB won the hand and SB went out on the bubble after tanking every hand for an hour.

Hand 81 qhkdjstd BB T12,856 200/400
CO was in the hand to the flop of qcad8h, I checked, he checked, I hit the straight and nut flush draw on the 9d turn and he folded 7h2dah6s to a bet.

Hand 86 5c4cjs5d BTN T13,656 200/400
The short stack in SB was starting with less than one blind so he was very lucky the blinds were skipping positions. The next player out would get the overage of $15 instead of a full $20. I called just to keep him honest and he folded. BB and I checked it to the river: 6hks4h8das. We chopped the small blind, with me taking the low.

Hand 87 as4hkhah HJ T13,576 200/400
I limped in HU with BB, bet 1,000 on the 2s6h7h flop, and he folded kctd7d3h.

Hand 90 9d9c5c7s BTN T14,556 200/400
Not a hand I’d normally play, but the short stack was in all in for just 170. I limped in with two other players and everyone checked it to the river: 6s9h8d2sks. The short stack lost the hand (though he tripled his money), we all collected our chop. and that was it.

I don’t know that I’ve ever looked at my VPIP in PLO8. A full 50% in this tournament. I won at least a portion of the pot in 27 hands, 60% of the hands I played and a full 30% of the hands in the entire tournament. 21 of my played hands went to showdown (47%). I won a portion of the pot in 17 of the 21 showdowns (81%). Eight of the 17 showdown wins were scoops (47%), I took 3/4 of the pot in one showdown, and the other eight showdowns won were split evenly between high and low pots.

90 hands. Two hours and fifteen minutes. ROI: 264% including fees.

Doing the Minimum

Bovada $7,500 NLHE 10K Chips, 10-Minute Levels

A longish streak of non-cashes in live games drove me back into Bovada’s arms for the night, which resulted in a cash (at last!) but one that was a bit unsatisfying.

Hand 12 ahth UTG3 T9,910 20/40
UTG1 limped in and I raised to 240. He called with 6c5s, we both checked through to the river as the board ran out 8d8c2h4sas and I bet 250 on the ace to take the pot.

Hand 15 9h9d UTG T10,170 30/60
I raised to 180 and everyone folded.

Hand 40 jcas UTG2 T9,900 75/150
I waited quite a bit for a hand like this to show up. Raised to 450, got a call from UTG3 (ad7d) and SB (ah3h), bet 500 on a qc2h2s flop getting a fold from UTG3, then 1,200 on the ts turn and took the pot with the best ace.

Hand 44 tc9c SB T11,300 75/150
I limped into the pot with UTG (8s[dh]), CO (tdad), and BB (4std). The askh3d did nothing for me and with just a gutshot straight draw after the js flop, I laid it down to a bet from CO.

Hand 45 9dtd BTN T11,150 75/150
I raised over a limp by HJ (holding 3dac), and he and the BB (7sqs) were in with me. I folded after a bet on the turn with the board reading as4skh6h. Nothing for me there.

Hand 47 6s6d HJ T10,800  100/200
Limped in along with the SB. He and the BB checked all the way to the river on a as8c7sqh4h board and my fifth pair was good against jdts and 3d9h.

Hand 51 jsks UTG T11,200 100/200
I opened to 600 and got a single call from CO. We both checked the 5s5c3c flop and by the 2d river he figured his qhas was good and bet me off.

Hand 70 ad5d SB T9,215 150/300/30
No action from me for more than a level. Action folded to me, I raised to 900, and BB folded his 6s3d. Woo hoo!

Hand 80 kd9d BTN T8,785 200/400/40
I open to 1,200 and get folds from the blinds.

Hand 89 jdjc CO T8,515 250/500/50
Many sphincters close shut on this hand. UTG opens for 500 with kcqc (with 10.2K behind), getting a call from UTG1’s ackd (15.8K left). I shove for 9BB with my jacks, BTN goes all in with tdks and just 4.3K, SB (with 20.2K left) folds tcas, BB folds qdts, UTG dumps his clubs, and UTG1 makes the call. The runout is all low: 7d4c2d3s3d and I take both pots to bump up to 22.8K.

Hand 92 kcks UTG1 T22,712 250/500/50
I make a horrible fold here after raising an UTG limp to 1,500. SB calls with 8h9h, and UTG completes holding jhts. The flop is the usual for pocket kings, 8cjsas and SB goes all in for 5.7K with his bottom pair. UTG calls with middle pair and 50K behind and, thinking I’m saving myself chips I just won, I fold. 7s on the turn, 5d on the river. Putz.

Hand 95 6dad BB T21,042 300/600/60
UTG raised to 1,800 with tcah and I was the only caller, out-flopping him with kcjs6s. I followed along on his c-bet of 2,160 and the last two cards were 5c7c, with no betting by either of us, so my kicker took the pot.

Hand 113 9dkd CO T23,432 500/1,000/100
Another level had passed without anything happening to me. There were a couple of stacks about three times my size one seat to my right and two seats to my left, but we were six-handed for the moment and I was in a slim third place at the table. I open to 3,000 and get called by BTN with as6s. The blinds fold. The flop’s pretty good: 8hjdkh, I bet 4,000 and win

Hand 126 qskh UTG T25,562 800/1,600/160
I open to 4,500 getting called by BB with actc. He check-raises me all in after I c-bet the kd3had flop for 5,000 and I fold.

Hand 127 9cad BB T15,742 800/1,600/160
Everyone folds to SB, who raises me to 4,800 with 30K behind. I shove, presuming a standard bullying move from the SB big stack. He calls with qhqs, but my ace catches on the flop’s ks7sah and the turn and river are 7d9c.

Hand 133 ksah UTG2 T31,084 1,000/2,000/200
UTG1 shoves almost 25K and I reraise all in. Action folds to BTN who goes all in for 22,3K with qdqs. The board runs out 2s7d4c2cjc and the main pot of 73K goes to BTN, with UTG1 getting the side pot of 4.3K.

Hand 134 tcts UTG1 T5,986  1,000/2,000/200
Sooooo, after busting down to less than 3BB, what do you do? UTG, the winner of the small side pot in the previous hand, shoves for 2BB, I reshove my tens, BTN, with 40K behind, calls, and the blinds fold. Nothing over a 6 on the board by the river and I triple up and then some.

Hand 140 9djh BB T19,714 1,250/2,500/250
Hardly out of danger territory at this point. So I’m glad nobody has much of a hand. Aside from the ac3c for UTG1, I actually have more all-in pre-flop equity than anyone else. I get a walk.

Hand 141 qhkd SB T22,964 1,250/2,500/250
I fold this otherwise playable hand to a raise from HJ and 20BB shove from CO. BB call ed, with less than 4BB total, and it was a 3-way battle with 2 players  all in after HJ put in his 16BB. BB’s tdjd tripped on the turn to triple him up. I could have gained a few chips from a side pot if I’d called with a king on the river, but I was okay with it. The bulk of the pot went to HJ’s 8h8d and the first shover (ac5c) was down to 8.9K.

Hand 144 qdkd HJ T20,964 1,250/2,500/250
They come back around if you wait three hands. I opened to 7,500 and everyone folded.

Hand 157 9dtd UTG T18,614 1,500/3,000/300
Down to 6BB. It’s shoving time. Nobody calls.

Hand 168 astc SB T13,164 2,000/4,000/400
Seven-handed. There are three stacks on my right (UTG2, HJ, and CO) with 175K, 135K, and 166K, respectively, and I’m the short stack by far at this point. HJ opens for 8.6K, I shove my last chips in, BB gets out, and HJ calls with 5sah. I pair the ten on the flop, he gets a five on the river, and I do better than double.

Hand 175 as8s UTG1 T29,728 2,500/5,000/500
Eight-handed after a table change. Two stacks my size, One with 140K in BB, and an array between 40K and 90K. UTG opens for 5K, UTG3 goes all in for 25K, HJ calls for less than a third his stack, action folds around to me and I pitch it to watch UTG3’s 9h9d beat 7d7h.

Hand 176 thah UTG T24,228 2,500/5,000/500
Seven-handed after the loser of the HU is moved away. I go all in. UTG1 tosses the Mutant Jack, even with 40K behind!

Hand 181 qsqc HJ T25,628 3,000/6,000/600
UTG folds a Mutant Jack, I open-shove my queens and nobody has anything to call with.

Hand 194 5sas BB T22,628 3,000/6,000/600
SB limps in after everyone else folds and I jam for about a third of his stack. He gives it up.

Hand 197 jhks BTN T28,528 3,500/7,000/700
“Not enuf chip syndrome” is what you call this. I shove after action folds to me, BB has 360K and 5c9c. He hits the nine on the flop and just like that, four hours of careful work are undone and I get a min-cash.

VPIP: 13%. Pre-Flop Raise: 11%. Pre-Flop 3-Bet: 6.5%. Went to Showdown: 42% Won at Showdown: 75%. Won When Saw Flop: 47%.

197 hands. Four hours. ROI: 104%.

November (No) Round Up

A variety of other commitments kept me from getting to any of the events on the Pacific Northwest Tournament Calendar this month. I was tied up in a project during the Lake Tahoe stop for the WSOP Circuit, still tied up the first weekend of the Wildhorse Fall Poker Round Up, then unseasonably cold and icy conditions kept me from getting to Pendleton during the middle of the week. I didn’t feel like going out for just the main event; I even skipped the $35K guarantee at Encore Club that Saturday. The WSOP stop at the Stratosphere is running this week, and I’m not going there even though I’ll be in Las Vegas overnight during the main event there. Just whiffing everything.

The interview on the Limon show was a train wreck, the audio on my end kept cutting out, I couldn’t hear half of what the questions were, and I ended up just sitting back and not saying anything because I couldn’t follow along. Got roasted in comments. I did actually work as a radio dj long, long ago….

I’ve played a lot more cash games the past month than I have historically. That may be because of a 21-game losing streak in tournaments (which just ended with an 82nd place min-cash in a 1,000+ player tournament), or it may be contributing to the streak. I’ll have to figure that one out.

I’ve continued to write a bit for PokerNews.com. My latest is a look at the final table all in hands of WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. Last month was the simulation of depletion and replenishment in tournament economies. If anyone needs numbers crunched or hands written about, you know where to find me.

It’s been three years since my original “Road to Prague” attempt and it looks like another Christmas-time EPT will go by without my money and chips. Que sera.

Coming up next is the 2Pair Poker Tour stop in my old home town of Eugene. I haven’t spent much time down there in the past quarter century, and it’s weird to think there’s a poker room practically on top of where I used to elude the cops on foggy mornings as I rode my bicycle to school on the shoulder of Belt Line to avoid the extra seven miles before there was a pedestrian/bike bridge north of Valley River Center, but there it is.

Back In Black (But Not For Long)

Carbon Poker $1K NLHE 6-Max (T3,000)

I hadn’t played on Carbon for a while since it wasn’t particularly easy to get money on there any more, but they sent me a $5.50 tournament coupon to entice me back in at the beginning of their latest tournament series. Since I wasn’t out at Wildhorse for the Poker Round-Up this weekend (and because I was supposed to be finishing up a project tonight instead of out playing poker), I gave it a whirl. It didn’t go so well.

Hand 1 4sah UTG1 20/40 T3,000
I’d come in during the previous hand, when the player now UTG made two two with axkx against kxkx and lost most of his stack. He shoved 360 in the pot and I folded; his tx9h was beat by ksjs making top pair, and he was out. No ace.

Hand 2 jc2d BB 20/40 T3,000
Three 
limpers pre-flop, a raise from SB on td8c4d and I fold.

Hand 3 kcjd SB 20/40 T2,960
UTG limps in, I raise to 120, The flop is ks5dah, I bet 150 and get a call, 8s turn gets checked, I check 9s on the river and fold to a bet of 540.

Hand 4 tdkc BTN 20/40 T2,690
I fold pre-flop. Don’t know why.

Hand 5 ks6c CO 20/40 T2,690
I fold.

Hand 6 5s7s UTG1 20/40 T2,690
UTG limps, I raise to 80, then HJ re-raises to 480 and everyone folds.

Hand 7 acad UTG 20/40 T2,610
Getting those goosebumps like you’re about to win the big one, yeah? I raise to 120, BB calls, the flop is 6cjd5h, I get another 120 out of him, then he check-folds to a 300 bet on 9c on the turn.

Hand 8 9h4h BB 20/40 T2,870
Fold to a pre-flop raise.

Hand 9 5s3c SB 20/40 T2,830
I fold.

Hand 10 kcts BTN 20/40 T2,810
I call a UTG raise to 120, catch my king on the 3hks3d flop, we both check a 5h turn and I check call 780 after the jd flop to lose to askh.

Hand 11 5dkh CO 30/60 T1,785
Fold.

Hand 12 2s7c UTG1 30/60 T1,785
From best to worst in six hands. Fold.

Hand 13 kc9h UTG 30/60 T1,785
Fold.

Hand 14 8d4s BB 30/60 T1,785
BTN raises and I fold.

Hand 15 as4s SB 30/60 T1,725
The biggest stack at the table in UTG1 limps and I raise to 180. BB folds and UTG1 calls. The flop is 2s9s4c, I bet 200 and get called. qs on the turn makes my flush, I bet 500 and get a call. The river is [6h,] I put my remaining 845 in and he folds.

Hand 16 2c8c BTN 30/60 T2,665
Fold.

Hand 17 ad4d CO 30/60 T2,665
It worked well once. UTG min-raises and I misclick to just raise another 60 to 180. BB and UTG call. The flop is 9sjd8d, BB bets 570, UTG folds, and I call with 1,915 behind. 2h on the turn and UTG shoves with enough to put me all-in twice. I call with my draw and hit it with the one diamond I don’t want to see: 9d. His full house with jh9h knocks me out.

17 hands, 13 minutes. VPIP 41% on a very small sample size.