Tuesday, December 30, 2008

If you can help...

I'm a little behind on blog reading, but I did see this sad post by fellow blogger Vinnay:

A friend of mine, Jeff, has had an unfortunate Christmas. His home was destroyed by a fire on Christmas morning and declared a total loss. Fortunately, he was not home at the time and no one was hurt, but he did lose his cat Maurice, along with all of his possessions. The fire was started in his tenants apartment, and quickly spread throughout the house. To make matters worse, he was just laid off from his long time manufacturing job.

We have set up a site to help raise some money for him to help get him back on his feet. If you can give that would be great, but please do me a favor and link up the site for me.


Commerce trip report

So I 'snuck' off last Friday with by Brother in law, to good ole Commerce Casino, the biggest poker room on the planet.

They have daily tournaments which you can check out on their website, and Friday was the $120 - 1 Rebuy event. They got 133 runners, and after the buyin period was over, the top prize came out to be a little under 8k.

The Commerce structure sucks royally, but I got a new spinner from my baby girl for Xmas, with her lovely Xmas picture on it, so of course, had to put in play right away. You get 2k chips for your buy-in, and I think it was 2500 if you took the optional rebuy, which you could take at any time, regardless of your chip count.

My opening table was table 1, which meant I was seated at what would be the final table, and hence knew I wouldn't be moving around. Thats a pretty big plus for obvious reasons. I did get put on immediate tilt by the guy in the 3 seat ( I was in the 4 seat). Just as the tournament was getting under way, this clown whips out some dental floss, and proceeds to floss his crooked yellow teeth right there at the table. My very obvious stare at him, which was screaming "WTF", didn't phase him in the least, as for the first 3 hands, he was flossing away. Maybe it was a pre-game superstitous ritual, but about as gross as can be. I was very careful to go wash up after every break, and got some anti- infectant wipes....and tried to move on with the game. (As you'll see later, that didn't help!)

I didn't get involve in hand for an orbit or two, as I was trying to get a read on the players. It became very evident early on, that this was a great table. It was 'limp' city all the time. Except when I came into the pot. My first pot I had AJ on the button. The entire table limp to me, and I raised to 450 or so, and got 3 callers. Nice. Flop comes rags, they all checked to me, and having the rebuy still available, I decided to put it in. They all folded, and I picked up a nice pot.

A couple of hands later I get AK on the button again. This time, there were 4 limpers, and I raised again 4x or 5x, and the BB shoved it in. They all folded back to me, and pretty much insta-called this guy, who I had already marked as a bad player. He shows the mighyt A2 sooted, and I had to sweat the hearts as the flop gave him 2 hearts. I held, and was up at about 5k, without having still used the rebuy.

Little did I know at the time, but these would be my only two playable hands, all the way to the bubble. It was unreal. I must have seen 82 about ten times! So of course, I had to do make moves, mainly in late position, and after the rebuy, I did take the optional rebuy. That put me at around 7k, going into normal play.

The levels were 20 minutes in length, and the ante's kicked in at the 100/200 level. I did get a few gifts from 'Mr Floss', as he had acquire a fairly significant amount of chips, in fact, may have even been the chip leader. He was gifted the chips during the rebuy period, when he CALLED 3 all-in's with a gutterball, and hit it on the river, having to fade one of the other all-in's flush outs at the same time.

At any rate, this guy on 3 occasions completed in the SB, and gave me a free look at the flop. Each time I took it down post-flop, with bets on the turn or river. One of those times, he limped in with AK, and called me down all the way, as I had 76s, and hit two pair on the flop. So that put me at a high watermark, of about 11k, and basically folded for next couple of levels.

One hand of note came up when we got down to 3 tables. Top 18 made the money. The blinds at this point were probably around 400/800 + ante, so each pot was worth fighting for. The table folded to me in the SB, and I had 43 sooted in clubs. The guy in the BB had me covered, and was one of the 2 tight players at the table. I had already raised him a couple of times, and had stolen his blinds successfully. I can't tell you why, because I usually will raise in this situation, but I mucked the hands and gave him a walk. Now he's the type of player that never looks at his cards, until the action gets to him....so he just flipped them over this time, and 'twoblackaces' were revealed.

When we got down to about 3 or 4 players from the bubble, I was down to about 4 bb's, so I had to make a move. I decided next time it folded to me, I would open any two cards. Those turned out to be Q4 sooted in clubs out of the hijack. I was called by the BB who tabled AQ, and I was fortunate in that the board brought JT98, and we chopped. Very next hand, I was dealt QT, and it folded to me, so I moved in. Got called by the SB who had KK, and I figured I was toast....however, the suckout gods put 3 clubs on the flop, and one on the river giving me the flush suckout. This double up gave me the breathing room, right up until we got to the bubble.

The aforemention Mr A2 sooted opens UTG for a shove, about 20k. He barely had me covered, I was in the BB. I had been dealt 2 quacking ducks. I looked over at the other tables, to see if anyone had busted, and they were waiting on us. I folded, and was not happy about it. 2 hands later, I get Crabs on the button. It folds to me...I once again look over to the other tables, as there was some action going on, and I hear the floormen say that the bubble broke. With that, I happily moved in with my crabs for about 12 or 13K. This is where I made what potentially would have been a disaster. I suppose due to the commotion on the other table, and the floor person indicating loudly that we were going to redraw for the final two tables, I lost focus and when I saw the SB fold, I thought the hand was done. So I placed my cards towards the side around the chips. Problem was, the BB had not acted. Thinking I had mucked, he then mucked his cards, and thought he should get the pot. However, I had side mucked my cards, so they were actually still behind the betting line, over at the 2 spot, and had never actually hit the muck. Now the dealer had not shoved the BB's cards into the deck yet, so the ruling was made that the BB got his cards back, I got my cards back, and he would decide on whether to call my all-in....which he did. He showed J8, and I hit a set on the flop. That put me at my tourny high of about 20k or so. I certainly got lucky, as I my hand could have been ruled dead.

That was about it for me, as I didn't get any more cards, managed to stay afloat with some late position steals, and actually made the final table (10 handed). I wasn't the shorty, although I only had about 10k, and the blinds were 3k/1.5K + ante. The redraw was very unfavorable for me, as it put me UTG+2. So on the second hand of the FT, I moved in with what would be the 3rd PP I was dealt, a pair of 9's. The BB happily called, which I'm sure he would have with a wide range, but unfortunate for me, he had 'tworedaces'.

So there you have it, I busted in 10th, got $376 for my troubles, and went off to have dinner with my BIL, who had busted shortly after the rebuy period.

I was tinkering with going back today, but I've caught a freaking cold, so I'm going to take it easy. We've been spending lots of time with the family, and all in all have had a wonderful time here in LaLa land for the holidays.

I'll be back on the virtual felt, probably Thursday evening, since we get back in the late afternoon.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season, and wishing you all good fortunes on the virtual felt!


Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter hiatus

So I'm packing up the family and heading out to Southern Cal for the holidays today.  I am not planning on playing any online poker, until we get back on the 1st.  I may however, if I can talk my BIL (Brother-in-law) into it, take a trip down to the good ole Commerce casino, or maybe the Bike club.  If I do, I'll do a write up as I have in the past.  

I played the big Sunday million yesterday, I was lucky to satellite on better than 5o cents on the dollar.  I unfortunately could never get anything going, and busted somewhere in the middle of the pack.  

I also played the Double Deuce, which gets like a billion runners!  

Key hand at the end was my going over the top of a late position 'pescadito' for about 200k...he had 180K or so with QQ...however he turned over the mighty Ace-Rag, and flopped an ace.  That left me short, and I was out shortly after.  

All in all, December was a great month, and I hope to keep the MOmentum going into 2009.  

Happy holidays to all, and best of luck on the virtual felt in 2009!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Final Tabled the Fiddy

Turbo's rule!  Thsi is a crazy tourney, with the blinds going up every 5min, forces a ton of action.  All kinds of crazy hands get played, and the suckouts are huge!  

Case in point, the guy who won the tournament yanked a 1 outer on the bubble just to stay alive, and then on the final table bubble, he was down to about 12k, called time, waited and watch another guy bust out on my table, before he folded to a re-raise (he had opened), I suppose just to say he got to the final table.  Then on the 1st hand, I had AK Sooted UTG, shoved my 40k stack, got call my this same guy with some small pair, which held up, and obv rode that to victory.  I was in the BB the very next hand, and with the blinds at some huge level along with the ante's, over half my stack was in the pot preflop, so I was forced to go with my hand, hoping I had a couple of live cards, but unfortunately he had aces, and I was out first.  

Part of the reason I played the Fiddy, was because I was super-pissed at myself, having just blown a 200+k stack in the 32K.  I didn't screen shoot it, but I came in about 16th or 17th in the 32K, but the way that i busted out was just 'disgusting'.  Here's the hand, which without context, appears to be played about as bad as it can be played:

I decided to call preflop with the sooted connectors, and evaluate on the flop, given this guy was opening from UTG+1, and his play had been fairly standard.  After the flop came out, my piece of crap Vista laptop decided to kick in to the auto-backup mode.  So it starts to go into intense hard drive reading mode, or whatever it does, and my controls froze.  So I time out and my hand checked.  I wanted to go ahead and shove that flop obv, but instead, had to decide whether or not call or fold his shove!.  In the meantime, I was turbo clicking the 'Im Back", and got a click in, so I wasn't folded.  Now I wish it would have, since in some retarded manner, in the 'confusion' of what was going on with the laptop, I managed to click the call button.  Argh!  

I swear the next laptop I'm buying will be a Mac. Windows is crap...always has been, always will be.  


Saturday, December 20, 2008

"I had the Nut Flush Draw!"

Let's just file this under another 'public service' announcement:

And yes, after giving him the 'business' in chat, he responds " I had the nut flush draw". Normally, I'd take that as just getting the 'business' back.....but not in this case.....so if you see him, give the pescadito some 'business' of your own.  


Thursday, December 18, 2008

18k deep finish

I'll take it while it last!  I was pretty much just hanging around this tournament, and somehow made it all the way to 4th.   In fact, I was the shorty when we hit the Final Table, but was able to double up a few times, which helped me move up.  

The last couple of weeks have sure been solid for me.....I hope it last a while longer!  


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

1 Yr Anniversary and 21K Recap

Today marks the first anniversary for TwoBlackAces Casual Poker Player.  Time flies when your having fun, and poker is definitely a fun hobby to have.  My blog to me is a chronological journal, which documents some key accomplishments, and of course the frustrations that come along with this great game.  I thank all of you that stop by, and your comments are always welcome and appreciated it.  

Now for the 21k recap.  The tournament is one of my fav's to play, and I'll usually buy-in before I leave for work, along with the 32K, which is the other tournament I try and play regularly.  

My first key hand, was one where I got lucky on the river.  I pretty much knew I was screwed when I raised the turn with trip Q's, and the 1st guy flat called.  However, I filled up on the river, and my opponent used his entire timebank and finally made a loud crying call:

This hand got me over 30k mark.....

This hand put me shy of 60K...amazingly, the 3 outer didn't hit....a sign that good things might happen for me:

I had dwindel down to 46K, and shoved preflop with Jacks, and doubled up:

If there is one flip that I always seem to lose in key situations late in tournaments, always involves Big Slick.  Don't matter which side I'm on either...Big Slick would be a huge player, all the way to the end....So here was the first encounter..... not that I wasn't playing the 8's, just holding my breath:

And a few hands later, again Big Slick was my opponent...I saw the A before I saw the J too....and still had to sweat the river:

To Hontis credit, he came back, and as you'll see, would be my final opponent.  My confrontations with Big Slick continued, and on this hand BS finally got me:

Here was the chip counts to start the final table:

Seat 1: hooshie (1,278,952)
Seat 2: twoblackaces (276,599)
Seat 3: lopt (185,605)
Seat 4: blanks plz (242,309)
Seat 5: LadyChablis (277,957)
Seat 6: KA1SERfknS0ZE (197,250)
Seat 7: ikszoorn (281,910)
Seat 8: fuddebuf (133,100)
Seat 9: Hontis (228,318)

Hooshie was on a heater, and busted half the table.  I took this shot when we were 4 handed, he had a monster lead:

When it got 3 handed, I was the shorty:

Seat 1: hooshie (2,065,218)
Seat 2: twoblackaces (358,917)
Seat 9: Hontis (677,865)

This is when 'luckbox' mode kicked in.  Hey, it's a numbers game at the end of the day.  At some point, you got to be on the good side of the suckouts:

I finally bust the once monster chip leader on this hand:

At one point during Heads Up, he had me down:

Seat 2: twoblackaces (805,234)
Seat 9: Hontis (2,296,766)

He had me at a 2:1 deficit, until this hand gave it to me for good:

And then I just leaned on him, until the final hand:

Nice way to celebrate my 1 yr blog anniversary! 


Monday, December 15, 2008


You have to go have a thick skin to take the tons of  bad beats, especially late in tournaments, that we all do playing tourneys.  But it's finally great to close one out.  I'll do a write up tomorrow of some of the key hands, but must say this does feel great!  

Thanks again to all the blogger brethren who stopped by to rail.....especially to LJ, who I asked to come give me some of her good vibes, which she did, and the rest was a piece of cake!  

I was also playing in Rambler's series, and somehow manage to luckbox to a 2nd place finish.

All in all, a great night!  


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday Tournaments

Played a whole bunch of tournys today, and all in all, it was a profitable day. Started with a nice deep run in the 14.5K knockout. I had about 4 scalps to go along with cashing:

I busted out short of the cash in the 750K, as I tilted away a 9k stack, when I re-raised out of the BB with AK, only to be called by jerk in the HJ with A-rag....rag hit, and next hand I had some 2 broadway cards which I shoved and ran into aces.

I also ran good in the 9K rebuy, where I made the final table.

I unfortunately tried to steal the blinds with J2, and ran into Kings. Still not a bad profit on about a 30 dollar investment. LJ also had a deep run in this tourny, although I don't recall how she busted.

One of the funny things about this tournament, is how some guy chased me around from table to table, offering a bounty to anyone who would felt me. I busted his Aces with KQ, and he was pretty ticked off. Here's the 'donkish' hand:

To be perfectly honest, not that this guy would ever buy any excuse, I was multi-tabling 5 or 6 tables, and all I recall was seeing that Ragthyme had raised for the upteenth time, and didn't even see that this guy had re-raised. Happens to all of us, and it happen to work out. But certainly, it was the first time I've tilted some guy, that I know of, for the entire evening!

Rambler stop by towards the end of the tourney, and offered his well wishes, which is always appreciated. Tomorrow evening his tournament series continues, see the link on the side bar for the details.


Monday, December 8, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I Took 2nd

I played against this Donk for the title:

We played about 40-50 hands, and were about dead even....when I lost my internet connection.  There are players out there, that when in a heads up tournament, are decent enough to 'sit out', until you reconnect.  

This deuchbag of course attacked by blinds, so by the time I reconnected, I had lost 1/3 of my stack.  This unfortunately tilted me, and I frankly gave the game away.  I was pretty pissed at myself.....


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pokerstars Blogger tournament

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This PokerStars tournament is a No Limit Texas Hold’em event exclusive to Bloggers.

Registration code: 570056

Mookie Win #2 Recap

If it's Wednesday night, it's Mookie Time!

I was able to pick up a pretty good pot on the first hand last night, which put me out in front with about 5k. 

I pretty much stayed there until half way through the tournament.  I then got a double up when I flopped a set of 9's, cracking HOP's cowboys and held on the River

I chipped up a little bit, and then had this hand against Numbono to take the chip lead:

Right before the final table, I lost a pretty good pot:

Which made me one of the short stacks at the final table.  Dr J and Waffles had the big stacks.  I got involve in this pot, where the aforementioned Waffles 'warned' me about not bluffing into a dry pot on the river............

6 handed I was the shorty and had to ship JT into Waffles BB....got lucky here:

5 handed I got rockets to cripple VBPro:

4 Handed...I raised Dr J, and he came back over the top:

Final 4 had fairly even stacks, until this hand, where I coolered Breeze:

3 handed I busted Dr J having to fade some spades on the river:

I then leaned on Waffles until he defended, and that was that:

GG to everyone!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

8k Rebuy

Nice to hit a final table in a > 45 man MTT.  I've been playing this and the 9k for the last month, trying to get into more deep stack situations,  which is always the case post the rebuy period.   

The quality of players is better at the higher rebuy events, but this makes for good practice, although you need to be prepared to take some ridiculous beats.  And to final table is always a nice bonus....winning would have been even better!