Sunday, August 19, 2012

Quick IP Pre Main Event Wrap-UP... Weird spots...

Lots of poker to get to but going to lead with the important stuff:

Drove home yesterday morning to share my son's birthday and got to go Chuck E. Cheese with him and his baby sister.  Lots of fun.  My children are at the age now that anything he touches she wants to touch.  So it makes my boy pretty angry when he wants to play with his new toys.  When I had returned for the Main Event my wife sent me this pic.  Bittersweet I think.

My son loves this dinosaur movie from the sixties my father-in-law watches with him.  He knows the name of 30 or 40 dinosaurs and has wanted an Allosaurus forever.  An Allosaurus?  As he'll tell you it's like a T-Rex but has three fingers on each hand instead of two, Iguandon's in case anybody is interested have five fingers.  I knew one day my son would have a bigger knowledge base than me, didn't expect it to be as now three year old with Yesterday, before Chuck E. Cheese we went to Toys R Us and their dinosaurs were wiped out except for one... an Allosaurus.  Weird.

In the movie the dinosaur goes into the quicksand.  So below you'll see a picture of his Allosaurus sinking in the quicksand of his birthday pie.  Pretty good reaction at the unveil.

Nightly Success:

Had some success, chopped a nightly with Cameron Ainsworth (who played great the entire last two tables).  Might have played terribly before that but I didn't see (just kidding).  With about 13 left we traded 20% when we were about even in chips.  At the seven player chop, he got a big chunk for first with the rest of us evenly splitting the rest.  Since I was the shorty I was happy getting what turned out to be the second most money.

Weird thing happened, knowing we had 20% of each other, there was actually a reason for me to negotiate for Cameron to get more.  I could give up a little bit and get it on the back side because of the 20%.   To explain if we all gave up $50 that translated to (6 x $50) $300 more to Cameron.  20% of $300 = $60 (or + $10 for me and + $240 for him).  I didn't lobby for that because I felt that would be pretty shady... and who argues for somebody else to get paid more.  Also, the number wasn't significant to really worry about but it did dawn on me that I was in an unusual negotiation.

Also, I was at a crossroads, because I thought Cameron deserved a little more than what he asked for AND I felt like a player did some quick math to firm up the offer, did some fudging the numbers a little bit.  The player said if Cameron got x we'd get y "and Change"... that wasn't really change.  It was $53 a person (or almost $320 Cameron was giving away).  I made them get the exact total because it felt a little off kind of hoping Cameron would ask for the "change" or half of it.  They would have given it.

Cameron being the great guy he is, kept making sure if I was cool with the chop because I was hesitating and he interpreted my questioning of it as questioning it for my benefit not his.  Weird spot.

Also, Kyle Cartwright playing his first nightly in two years or something had recently busted and I didn't really fear anybody but Cameron.  We discussed on the break we shouldn't chop and the table was favorable to bagging first and second.  However, it was late and Cameron actually was doing what Gene did this week blending a family vacation with some poker.  The blinds were getting up there and I had a lot of poker left in the weekend... and I was short.  Still as the shorty I was happy with it for me... but not for him.  So, to make things appear even weirder it looked like the table was trying to talk the short stack into a chop that was so in his favor it was ridiculous.

Gotten to know Cameron fairly well and admire the fact he's a good family man.  Not only that everytime he plays with me he seems to make the money.  His friend Andy Moon also a class act and good player.  Speaking of good guys and good players I enjoyed playing with Cartwright for most of the night, guy is pretty funny.  Obviously, he can play.

I got lucky against him, having position on him early on and then at the final table directly on his left.  I coolered him once for him to re-enter and then busted him again at the final table.  He had joked with two tables left he was coming for me.  I'm sure he'll get me in the future.

Mega Coolers:

I played one hand of one mega.  After waiting a couple of hands for the big blind, Carwash raised me.  Random dude called.  I looked at AdQd in the big.  That's getting 3bet in that spot.  Carwash gave a speech (as usual a pretty funny one) and the random called.  Flop came Jxx (two diamonds).  I contemplate than the guy checks out of turn.  I say I didn't check and fire out a bet (we only started with 3k).  He shoves.  Alright call.  He's got... QJ o/s.  I missed.

I think I must be making some sort of downward motion that looks like a check when I don't intend to because in another tournament the dealer said I checked when again my intention was to bet.  So, I got to clear that up.  Talking to gene about the hand... we think the guy got angry because he thought I was running and angle and figured his Jack was good enough.  To be fair, who checks a jack to a three bettor or calls with QJ o/s anyway.

In two other tournaments, again in the big blind I got eliminated by the small.  I lost with JJ to a SB middle ace all in preflop.  Again, weird.  He tried to raise.  Threw in one chip the called it a call.  I raised and he overshoved.  I called.   Also, in a mega, I busted with 88 in the big blind v. KK in the SB he limp called my shove.  Weird thing is I waiting for him to limp a big hand based on the flow of the game vs. my blind.  That one was the stone cold bubble +1.  Ugh.

Mega Run Good:

In my last mega I finally ran good (it's been a while) to win a seat in the Main Event.  Probably was the chipleader or close to it the entire tournament just running over people and hitting everything.  I basically had enough chips that I was on crusie control with four tables left paying 12.  That was fun.

Nooner Revenge:

After getting outplayed by Chris Parsons at least three times in Friday's nooner, I called off when he rivered a gut shot.  He flopped top pair.  The turn gave me two pair and him the gutterball.  I regretted the call because my golden rule is when in doubt... fold.  I don't know if he was giving off false tells or not but he did two or three things that seemed fraudulent when I was in the tank.  Doubt he'll read this so I'll write it.  Sometimes when people bluff their "blink" rate rapidly increases.  His was so increased to almost be absurd and didn't look authentic.  Strange if he was doing it on purpose as it's such a relatively obscure tell to affect.  I didn't have a baseline to go by so it kind of made me want to fold.

Also, he did another thing that looked like it was purposeful.  Again... pushing me to fold.

Ultimately, I called when a slew of hands beat me.  He deserved my chips anyway.  On my left he outplayed me steadily after recognizing I was the guy he hero called on the final table last year when I had the nuts.  His pressure induced me to play pocket tens horribly to his UTG raise in one hand for a chunk of chips.

Sit N' Good:

After busting I sat down in a sit n' go and hit a two outer vs. Ryan Tepen and a three outer against someonebody else to survive til late.  Somehow I got to three handed and started to run hot.  I eliminated the guy in second who shoved on my big.  I hadn't looked at my cards yet and asked the count so I could make my decision when I did.  It looked small enough but not tiny that I was going to have to think about it.  As I started to do some hand ranges in my head I saw... Wow... AA and insta-called.  He thought I slow-rolled him and didn't seem interested in my explanation.  Me and the other guy chopped it.  Of note, it was the first sit 'n go that I can remember that I didn't do the last longer.  I was so tilted from calling off in the nooner I figured I minimize my losses if I played bad.  Whoops.  That's $400 lost.

I'll pack in the Main Event later...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Family, Family, Family

Been on a bit of a hiatus.  If you come here just for poker you can skip this post because I really haven't played since Vegas.  Actually, here's a couple of paragraphs since this IS a poker blog:

Poker Items...

Did get in two weekly tournaments at Harrahs and bubbled one.  Trishelle of Real World fame played the other and took second.  We shared the same starting table.  She played pretty decent and I think stole a couple of pots from me in position. With the other weak spots at the table I wasn't really in the mood to test her with some check-raises or play back given it was the early levels.   Boards were dry and it felt like she was thieving.  If she keeps showing up to my "honey hole" and her steals becomes a habit I'll be happy to play back at her in the future.

Turns out the IP isn't taking the 3% juice out of the initial tournament fee so the increase isn't quite as bad as I thought it was.  I plan on trying to get there to satellite into the 1k and Main Event.  May be tough, I have a couple of things this weekend that I'm not sure I'm going to be able to slither out of, one being a birthday of a rather close family member and the other an engagement party of a good friend.  We'll see how things shake out.  Oh, while on I'm on poker, and I should have led with this please click this link and help out a family in need from our community.  We'll get more on our front page soon enough.  Okay on to all the other stuff.

Beach Baby...

After the trip to Venice, Florida with my wife's family, I had a wedding in New York where I saw a lot of college friends, and then another trip to Florida (Pensacola) with my family.  Been busy, busy, busy... not being busy.  We had 7 kids under the age of 7 in a couple of condos.  We celebrated a lot of birthdays including my grandmother's 95th, and met my sister's new fiancee (whirlwind romance variety).

My (almost) three year old had a blast spending some time with three boys close to his age, and his two girl cousins.  I got that first bittersweet parent moment where he was like "Get away mom and dad I'm busy with people my own age."  My baby girl got her fill of little kids in her grill and got sick.  Never seen so many kids interested in a baby.  The experience was great for them both though.  My baby definitely enjoyed crawling on sand.  Much softer than the wood and terrazzo at home.

Seems like we can't chose a vacation spot that has a decent wireless signal or internet connection.  Venice, FL felt like outer Mongolia, the condo in Pcola was slightly better depending on the time of the day but also just randomly cut out without me knowing.  Discovered half of the emails I sent from there didn't go through.  My apologies to those who I missed.  Also, thanks to Gene for tending to the site and cleaning up some loose ends in my pronounced absence.  Looks like I missed a lot.

First Michael Phelps Reference

It felt like it rained whenever we got out to the beach.  Not cool.  When you start lugging stuff for all those kids you want as few trips as possible in and out of the condo.  Quickly learning that vacations with kids aren't really vacations for parents.  When we did get those precious few beach moments with sunshine it was worth it.  The pool also a lot of fun.  Still seven little ones were difficult to manage.  I understand the herding cats analogy.

My nieces are future Michael Phelps'  setting records in their hometown swimming, and doing it up an age group.  My brother's height and big feet come in helpful in those genes.  I remember when he was placed up two age groups in baseball due to his size and was slugging home runs like he was the oldest kid not the youngest.  I often wonder how good he would have been in that sport had we not moved to Germany for four years and him never playing the game at all while there.

Young at 95

Awesome to celebrate my grandmother's 95th birthday with a surprise party of 40 or so.  She's rather stoic and would be a great poker player if she wasn't so staunchly against gambling (religious reasons).  Still, we think underneath her shades she got a little teary eyed.  She claims she doesn't want a big deal made about her but she appreciated the effort my mother put into it and I think she was delighted be the guest star for once.

Sister Getting Married

My sister is engaged and her fiancee got a full dose of my family.  The fact that one night we had at least four near deaf people yelling at one another, all those kids screaming at once, and the Olympics on full volume, I hope his hearing is recovering this week.  Got to be stressful to meet an entire batch of future in-laws in only  couple of weekends but Eric did great.

Olympics and Second Michael Phelps Reference

Partly because of the Internet issues and partly because of all the Olympic spoilers on Facebook and Twitter I didn't really check into social media.  I missed a lot of things... which I'll get into shortly.  Enjoyed most of what I saw but thought NBC butchered it.  We didn't get NBCSportsNetwork in the condo and most of what I wanted to see was on that channel.

I enjoyed seeing future "online poker pro" Michael Phelps get some more gold and I hope he retires soon.  If he does I think he can start embracing the poker game and worry a little less about his image and sign with a site.  Still, the endorsements will likely keep pouring in for at least another four to eight years so it may be sometime before we have a new face of poker.  Maybe it will be regulated by then.

Okay... going to dump a lot of info on the front page of GCP should be up by this evening time permiting.