Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ESPN 360

ESPN360 is going to carry almost half of this years event final tables.  Schedule and events being covered here..  I am fortunate that my ISP is carried by ESPN360, so I should be able to watch some of the FT's, if they get some good lineups.  

In the latest dissappointment around the BBT4, I came 2nd last night in the Riverchasers.  I was down about 3:1 HU, when I decided to gamble with 44, and my opponent drew A7, and he promptly hit his Ace on the Turn, and soyonara me.  

4 more BBT4 tournys left, so we'll see what happens, it anything.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Floppin z Nuts

And by the nuts, I mean the nuts!

Here's to more nutilicious flops!  Have a great Memorial Day weekend all!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Repost Gus Hansen TV

Don't know how this fell off an earlier post, but here it is again.

Check it out, his commentary is priceless at times!


Monday, May 18, 2009

BBT4 home strech

BBT4 is coming down to the final two weeks.  I've played a bunch of them, and have nothing to show for my play.  I came one river card away from wining one,  as stated in the post, 'that's poker'.

I went through the HH's to id key hands where I was making mistakes and poor decisions, and was shaking my head at how many premium hands went down in flames on key big pot hands, many times.  Didn't matter if it was preflop with AA/KK or post flop with made straights/flushes only to get outdrawned by crazy river hitting cards.  I suppose 'running bad' can be in the context of a series, as I've been doing ok otherwise.  Case in point, 3 hands into the Brit game on Sunday, I get bounced on this:

Last night for the Riverchasers, I didn't play the first hour, in an effort to 'shake up the lineup'.

Sadly, same ole result.

So unless I pull something out these last couple of weeks, I'll be shut out for the first time since the series started.  It's certainly a bit frustrating, but at least it's cool to play with everyone in our circle, and great to see a few of our fellow bloggers have a chance to win a seat and play in the big dance.   

Of course, once the BBT ends, the attendance in our blogger series will go down, as it usually does after the end of the BBT.  That is something that I always hope doesn't happen, but as we have seen, pretty much has been the case every time.  

It would be nice if in future BBT events, a small portion of the prizes could be reserve for those who are 'regulars' in the weekly Blogger tournaments.  It may provide the incentive to help keep attendance up, while still keeping the main prizes open to all.  Just a thought.

Here's the schedule for what's left of the BBT4:

Tournament: Blogger Skillz Game
When: Tuesday's at 21:30ET
Game: Limit Hold'em (with Knockouts)
Buyin: $10+1
Password: skillz

Tournament: The Mookie
When: Wednesday's at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $10+1
Password: vegas1

Tournament: Brit Blogger Game
When: Sunday's at 16:00ET
Game: NLHE
Buyin: $5+.50
Password: donkament

Tournament: Blogger Big Game
When: Sunday at 21:30ET
Game: Superstack NLHE
Buyin: $69+6 (or token)
Password: donkey

I leave you with this Royal hand, which was the highlight of my play this past weekend....


Saturday, May 16, 2009

HU with Frenchy

This one really made me do a 'little dance'.   I've blogged in the past about how terrible the german players are, but in the context of Full ring NLH games.  Heads up however, the French are by a HUGE margin, the absolute worst players, hands down, no doubt about it.  

I keep very explicit details on most of the HU players at my levels, and if I did a sort, the French would line up very nicely, with maybe one or two exceptions.  

This guy above, is the absolute classic Frenchy.  So put him on your fish finder list, because even if you simply possess common sense, you will win.  No trickery required!  

By the way, the 'manner' in which they play, almost makes me think there is someone over there selling video's like Infomercials, because the one thing that is consistent, is the "Moves" that they make.  

For example, in a 3 bet preflop pot, they will lead if OOP with a min bet.  LOL....it's like taking candy from a baby!  Too freaking funny!  They do it EVERY SINGLE TIME!  LOL!

Ok, so back to this frenchy.....the one thing you have to look out for when playing this kind of player, is their ability to weild the one weapon this kind of player posseses....namely, the major league SUCKOUT MOVE!   Which as you all know, there is no freaking defense for.  So he had pulled out some major lucksakery on me, and he had me down to about 200 chips.  

I managed to get back to almost even, when I got the ducks above.   He had me covered by about 200 chips or so.  I was on the button, and had raised it 2x.  He calls, and I flop the world.  So, when they are not leading for the minimum, they are shoving........so I did my little dance, after LMFA all over the floor!    

Oh yeah, before you think I'm being somewhat 'unsportsmanlike' with this post, let me tell you, after he sucked out for the 4th or 5th time, he starts the trash talking.  Which of course, in it of itself is funny....given their mastery of the english language.  So, that made it all the more sweeter.  



Friday, May 15, 2009

Fun hand

Well, at least for me it was!  


Monday, May 11, 2009

Bartley's turn...again

I really like playing the 'pro's' HU.  Especially early on when HU tables were introduced at FullTilt, I played Andy Bloch, Jennifer Harman, Eric Lindgren, Phil Gordon, & Mike the Mouth from the old school.  It's also the reason I got stuck deep in the hole, because I was completely sucked in by the 'play with the pro's'.  I recall playing Harman HU HORSE for $500, if that is any indication of what an uber 'pescadito' I was.  But hec, it was fun, and I've gotten a little better since the old days, and I don't play $500 HU anymore either!  LOL!  

Now of course, every Tom,Dick & Harry is a 'pro' at FT.  I remember when Bartley was just one of us, and he use to post on the old REC Poker boards.  He's obviously done quite well for himself, however, I think next to Michael Craig, I've busted him the most, since becoming a FT pro. Yesterday was no exception:

So another shirt is on the way......I should probably start thinking about opening up my own Annex for FT!  


"Satty'sfying weekend

I played a couple of Sattelites this past weekend, which yielded some good results.  Saturday night is the usual FullTilt points 2500 Sattelite, which for this past weekend, it was for entry into the FTOPS Event #10.  They got a few thousand runners, and in the end I was able to get my seat.

The tournament itself sadly didn't have a good finish.  I was sent to the rail when my AK couldn't outrun the mighty KQ, with about 1200 runners remaining.  Of course, we all know that story all too well.  

About a month ago, I had signed up for the $200K Stimulus qualifier, which was giving 80 seats to WSOP Event #4.  The prize amount was $2.5k, $1k entry and $1.5k for expenses.  

This was the pivotal hand for me, nice to have one go my way for a change:

Which led to:

So that's cool, although I don't know if I can actually make it.  This event starts 5/30, and frankly don't know if I can move my schedule to play, it's suppose to be a 4 day event.  We shall see, but at this point it's not likely.  Part of the problem is that I'm not as excited as I thought I would be.  Pretty strange, given that a few years back I would have probably been doing back flips.  Maybe if I win a ME seat, that will change.  


Thursday, May 7, 2009


Well, another edition of FTOPS is underway at Fulltilt.  Started last night with Event #1.  I considered playing, but it's a mental thing with me.  I always consider what time the tournament will end, based on players/structure/etc, and I knew this would go till early morning, and I have a lot of work to do today.   I mean if your not playing to make it to the end, why bother, right?

At any rate, I open the lobby this morning:

This absolutely proves without a shadow of a doubt, that 'anyone' can win.  I've played with URBEHIND many times, and I can tell you based on my notes, he's just an average player with many bad habits.  Nevertheless, he was able to treverse a minefield of some of the best online players, and take down a huge score.  

Congrats to him, I only hope to someday breathe in that mountain top 'rarefieid air'.

Oh yeah, what does one do right after hitting a big score?.......lol


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

HU Winnah

Nice to win this one again!  


Monday, May 4, 2009

Sunday Sunday

I played a bunch of tournies yesterday, and overall, I came out ahead.  No big score, but many opportunities which are now water under the bridge, whatever the hec that means.

I managed to make it deep in the 750K, which as you all know, is pretty much the tournament I'd like to someday win.  But even after all the tournament experience's, and lessons learned, it's amazing how I make retarded calls, justifying it in the moment as 'a good spot', only to regret it seconds after clicking the CALL button.  

In this case, I was short, but it was not a good spot.  I had about 20 bets, and didn't need to push this action, ESPECIALLY since the BB is a very good known MTT player, and the guy next to be had already flatted my raise.  Basically I raised 2.5, Urban flats, and BB shoves, making it look like your typical squeeze.  But part of the success of the squeeze, is to squeeze when you have the goods, in which case the play works even better.  I considered all of this before I called too! Such a dumb fuck!

Of course my friend behind the curtain couldn't give me one of my 3 outs, like he seems to give out liberally to every Tom, Dick and Harry in similar spots with ace-rag hands, and I was out for the count.  

That pretty much set the stage for my final tourny of the evening, the 35K.  Down to probably around 50 or so (can't really recall), I had a 50K stack.  I wound up trying to resteal a min raiser on the button with 66 (I was BB), only to be shown, what else but Ace-Rag, and our aforementioned friend gave this dude a billion aces on the flop, and off to bed I went.  


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Big ConGrats to ACH

A very apropro poetic poker justice indeed, as Mr Al Can't Hang himself, has proven that he can hang very well, taking down the grand ole flagship of blogger tourny's!

Congrats on your win, and best of luck in the TOC!

In other news, I played the Donkament last night, and managed a win of my own:

Good thing too, as usual, I did my usual stress relief to the tune of:

twoblackaces performed 1 Add-On
twoblackaces performed 27 Rebuys

Got a little boost from some DQB action along the way:

When we go to the money, I was outgunned by the new happy couple:

But in the end, I held on, and even managed to outflop Jo's mighty hammer:

GG & Good luck to you both!