Monday, August 21, 2006


After focusing my attentions on online poker, I've finished the week 3.5k up, which makes me feel pretty satisfied with my perfomance, especially considering this is the first time in a long time that I've attacked the $4/2 table. However, I know how quickly it can change, and I'm also aware that hands like the one below could, next time, not work in my favour:

Seat 5 is the button
Total number of players : 6
Seat 2: rwc_rounder ( $117.40 )
Seat 3: hushfbp293d ( $461.50 )
Seat 4: never2lucky ( $732.60 )
Seat 5: CapGloval ( $396 )
Seat 6: wsaul ( $766.40 )
Seat 1: snoopy1239 ( $500.90 )

wsaul posts small blind [$2].
snoopy1239 posts big blind [$4].

Dealt to snoopy1239 [ ]

hushfbp293d raises [$16].
wsaul raises [$34].
snoopy1239 raises [$52].
hushfbp293d folds.
wsaul calls [$20].

** Dealing Flop ** [ , two hearts, ]

wsaul bets [$35].
snoopy1239 calls [$35].

** Dealing Turn ** [ ]

wsaul bets [$111].
snoopy1239 raises [$397].
wsaul is all-In [$564.40]
snoopy1239 is all-In [$12.90]

** Dealing River ** [ ]

snoopy1239 shows [ , ] three of a kind, aces.
wsaul shows [ , ] three of a kind, jacks.

wsaul wins $265.50 from side pot #1 with three of a kind, jacks.
snoopy1239 wins $1014.80 from the main pot with three of a kind, aces.

When you're multi-tabling, there's always the chance that your head's not quite in the game, resulting in mistakes like this. I really should have raised more preflop to eliminate Tens or Jacks, but I was caught in between two minds of losing the other player and keeping this one in, and in my moment of confusion I foolishly re-re-raised the minimum.

Although I got away with it this time, I might not next week, and this is what I have to be conscious of. Stay focused, maintain a solid game, and don't become too distressed if I lose a few big pots.

Thankfully, this hand was an exception - overall, I played pretty well and didn't have to get lucky very often. I also suffered a few outdraws, but I won't bore you with those details. Too often blogs are littered with bad beats, so I'm pleased to bring to you the above 'good win'.

Anyhow, fresh off a satisfying week online, it's back to the joys of live poker - the Gutshot Main Event. A super premise; 4 day Event, 10k starting stack, slow clocks, etc - sounds absolutely awesome, it's great to see the Gutshot catering for the low-rollers and presenting them with an opportunity to play a 'proper' comp.

Besides, this will be a welcome break from online play. Too often I get wrapped up in it all and fail to take the relevant breaks, so this brief hiatus should have me returning fresh, revitalised, and ready to win another 3.5k.

Anyhow, back to the Gutshot - I haven't played much, but I'm in good form and feel prett confident. I played solid poker at the WSOP $1,500 and the UK Open £100 Events and was pleased to have doubled my stack on both occasions without receiving much in the way of cards. It may only be £300, but I'm not playing for the money, it's the win I'm after and the affirmation that I can actually still do well in live Events.

Good luck me and rah rah Team blonde!


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