Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's Freeroll Time! (again)

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! The WBCOOP is a free online Poker tournament open to all Bloggers, so register on WBCOOP to play.

Registration code: XXXXXX 420119

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well the end of 2010 sucked; i had to withdraw the rest of my monies to purchase a car that i've been desperately needing.

So, 2011 is a fresh slate;

I'm gonna be sticking to $10NL or .25/.50 limit, whatever i feel like playing, and whatever gets me to Iron Man faster (I 8-table 10NL and 4-table Limit)

I can also go the $3 SNG route, tho I'll probably do that on Stars, where the SNGs are softer (at least my sharkscope says so)

I'll still play The Mookie ~every week.. (I think I missed just 4 or 5 in 2010)

When I play Live, it'll be 3/6 or 4/8 Limit Hold 'em or 1/2 NL (best. game. ever.)

Here's to a profitable 2011!


Monday, December 6, 2010

The Future of Online Poker

As you may have already heard, Nevada Senator Harry Reid is adding the Legalization of Online Poker to a Tax bill, much like Bush added the UIGEA to a tax bill in 2006.

If it passes, it will legalize Online Poker, however there will be a 15 month blackout period for any site that wishes to obtain a legal license (Hello FTP and Stars obv)

So if FTP and Stars shut down for 15 months... is that really a good thing for us?

I hope the bill passes, since it will make the game we know and love 100% legal, regulated and safe. But 15 months without online poker? Yuck. That means we won't have it again until April of 2012 (according to the current timeline)

Let's see how this all plays out.


Friday, December 3, 2010

My New Life: SNG Grinder + Mookie Win #9

So I've taken a liking to the $6.5 Turbo SNGs on both Full Tilt and PokerStars. And tbh, I'm... LOVING IT.

It helps that I'm good friends with one of the best SNG players around, Aaron 'abarone68' Barone. His advice has been great, but I kinda had an understanding of the SNG game anyway. It's good to have someone like that as a friend.

And, for the 9th time (and I believe 7th time in 2010), I won The Mookie. Yes, it's a long cry from the days of 5 tables, but I outlasted 10 other donkeys (flopping a Straight Flush in a 3-way all in pot helps) to take home my 9th.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Need to Update...

So I haven't blogged since the summer.

I won 4 (yes, 4) Mookie Titles since then, mainly because we're only getting 2 tables lately, anywhere from 12-18 players. And I've been running good in them.

Draw Poker has been introduced to Full Tilt, and I donated a good chunk of my roll learning the games.

Now I'm back to playing 2/4 limit online, and haven't played live much.

My good friend Nik Santi had a sick live limit session, go read his blog for the details.

I'll try and update this a little more regularly, but we need more players in the mookie!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Four Time!

Yeah, I won The Mookie for the 4th time last night.

This was by FAR the hand of the tournament. We're down to 4: Me, Lightning, Buddy and Dave. Me and Lightning have huge stacks, Buddy and Dave are on life support. Then, the coldest of cold decks occurs, with me on the right side:

Full Tilt Poker Game #23019096199: The Mookie (176453690), Table 2 - 250/500 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 00:13:25 ET - 2010/08/12
Seat 1: BuddyDank (3,130)
Seat 3: NYRambler (21,106)
Seat 5: lightning36 (26,014)
Seat 6: DDionysus (3,750)
BuddyDank antes 50
NYRambler antes 50
lightning36 antes 50
DDionysus antes 50
NYRambler posts the small blind of 250
lightning36 posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to NYRambler [Ac Ad]
DDionysus folds
BuddyDank folds
NYRambler raises to 1,500
lightning36 raises to 3,000
NYRambler raises to 7,000
lightning36 raises to 25,964, and is all in
NYRambler calls 14,056, and is all in
lightning36 shows [Ks Kh]
NYRambler shows [Ac Ad]
Uncalled bet of 4,908 returned to lightning36
*** FLOP *** [9h 5h 8s]
*** TURN *** [9h 5h 8s] [As]
*** RIVER *** [9h 5h 8s As] [3c]
lightning36 shows a pair of Kings
NYRambler shows three of a kind, Aces
NYRambler wins the pot (42,312) with three of a kind, Aces
NYRambler: so rigged
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 42,312 | Rake 0
Board: [9h 5h 8s As 3c]
Seat 1: BuddyDank (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: NYRambler (small blind) showed [Ac Ad] and won (42,312) with three of a kind, Aces
Seat 5: lightning36 (big blind) showed [Ks Kh] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 6: DDionysus folded before the Flop

With such a huge chip lead, I was gonna try to find a way to blow it, and I almost did as I got Heads Up with Lightning, and gave him the chip lead for a short while. But I was able to out-aggro him and get back into the lead, then took him out with a cruel river (for him)

Full Tilt Poker Game #23019436011: The Mookie (176453690), Table 2 - 400/800 Ante 100 - No Limit Hold'em - 00:32:50 ET - 2010/08/12
Seat 3: NYRambler (28,591)
Seat 5: lightning36 (25,409)
NYRambler antes 100
lightning36 antes 100
NYRambler posts the small blind of 400
lightning36 posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to NYRambler [8s Js]
NYRambler raises to 2,400
lightning36 raises to 4,800
NYRambler calls 2,400
*** FLOP *** [7s 2c 9s]
lightning36 checks
NYRambler checks
*** TURN *** [7s 2c 9s] [8d]
lightning36 bets 3,200
NYRambler calls 3,200
*** RIVER *** [7s 2c 9s 8d] [Qs]
lightning36 bets 17,309, and is all in
NYRambler calls 17,309
*** SHOW DOWN ***
lightning36 shows [Kh Qh] a pair of Queens
NYRambler shows [8s Js] a flush, Queen high
NYRambler wins the pot (50,818) with a flush, Queen high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 50,818 | Rake 0
Board: [7s 2c 9s 8d Qs]
Seat 3: NYRambler (small blind) showed [8s Js] and won (50,818) with a flush, Queen high
Seat 5: lightning36 (big blind) showed [Kh Qh] and lost with a pair of Queens


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Summer Update: Post-TOC, Vegas, Still Running Good

Okay, I haven't posted since I won my 10k seat for the WSOP... Here's my tl;dr journey since then.

Like the other guys who won the TOC, I took the 10k in T$ on Full Tilt. I really needed the money to help me and my family, so it was a great thing to have. I withdrew $7500 in cash and kept $2000 on Full Tilt.

It's been helping me play Poker without fear of going broke, which is always something that has loomed over my head. $200NL is now my new home, both Live and Online. I'm now playing more MTTs and with the proper bankroll management that I have never used before. I recently took 2nd in a $5 2 rebuy/1 add-on tournament on Stars for $4800+.

Now to the Vegas part. I planned the Vegas trip anyway, but with the new money, I was able to play a little looser than I usually do. I wound up dropping $800 in total, which wasn't too bad. Plus, I got to meet Al, lucko, LJ and stoner when Lucko was making his WSOP run. But for the most part, I hung out with my usual gang that includes Nik Santi, et al.

I spent most of my time in Vegas at the Venetian card room, playing 1-2NL, 4-8 Hold 'em and 4-8 and 8-16 HORSE. Also played a lot of Pai Gow and especially Baccarat, as the strategy in baccarat is just have a deep enough roll to play where you bet player every hand and double your bet if you lose. The largest bet I made using this strategy was $800. That was when I was starting out at $25 bets.

I've been playing The Mookie, and lately, the Tuesday Spewday, on a semi-regular basis, and as i've said, the various MTTs and $200NL.

I'm gonna TRY to keep the blog more up to date, but I can't promise anything.