Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Congrats

Peter "Nordberg" Feldman won the WSOPC event in New Orleans over the weekend. Let me be the latest of the host of poker bloggers to offer my congratulations. Nordberg plays great and certainly deserves all the success that comes to him (and generally speaking I don't give out poker complements lightly).

As for me, poker has been good, although I haven't been playing as much as I should. Surprise Surprise. I came close to putting a run together on sunday, but lost two hands, both of which I made good decisions on. Once calling a preflop overbet with 88 and losing to A2, and again calling a preflop push with AT in the SB only to have the BB wake up with AK and bust me and the original pusher who had 89o. Oh well. Life recently hasnt left me much time for tournaments so im mixing in the cash games more and more, and having a good deal of success at it (although over 10k hands a lot of that can be attributed to running well). I sort of want to post some interesting hands ive played, but I can't find any. Oh well. Hopefully there will be more interesting things coming soon.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Alas poor Mirage I hardly knew ye.

I lasted about 3.5 levels in the Mirage event. I got up to a high water mark of about 37k by sucking out on Brad "Yukon" Booth with the nut flush draw against trips. I then lost about 7k, with the nut flush draw against something that made me fold on the river. The only hand I regret looking back is blowing off 10k to Jeff Shulman with AA postflop. He had reraised me preflop and I just called. He flopped 2-pair but I put in way more chips than I had to.

My bustout hands is one of the weirdest experiences of my poker playing career. I have roughly 17k with the blinds at 200/400 a25. I raise to 1k in MP with QsJs. Patrick Antonius who is a very very good, very tricky player calls in the BB. The flop is 972 with two spades. He checks, I bet 2k, he calls. The turn brings an offsuit low card and now Antonius leads for 4500. I think the hand through, and believe that he is fairly weak here and I move all-in for 14300 total (9800 more). He thinks for a very long time and finally calls. I still dont understand how he makes the call with K2o, but he does, and I miss my 14 outs on the river and have another dissapointing first day exit.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Return of Blog Monster

I'm playing the Mirage WPT event tomorrow so I will return to blogging faithfully. The tourney has a decent but not fantastic structure with 20k in starting chips and 90 min levels. It would be better if they started with a 25/50 level but starting with 20k in chips at 50/100 is still ok.