Most Interesting Hand I Could Remember

Got off to a good start in a bunch of stuff today but ended up cashing in nothing (well, I got my money back in the WSOP double shoot-out). I don’t even really remember any interesting hands, I guess this one kind of was from the UB $100: Blinds are 20/40, and because UB starts you with 2500 chips, stacks were still pretty deep. The button min-raises to 80, and I, holding AKs in the SB, hit the bet pot button to make it 260, then min-re-re-raises me to 440. This super fishy line is a big pair so often … Read more…

Heads Up

I found myself playing some 2/4 NL heads up games yesterday and really enjoying it. From time to time, I’ve gone through phases where I was really into heads up play. I think these are periods where I’m improving a lot as a poker player, because heads up really does force you to play poker. You can’t come in with a fixed strategy and expect it to work with just a little tweaking the way you can in a tournament or a 6-max game. You really have to pay attention to your opponent, think on multiple levels, recognize and exploit … Read more…

Monday in Vegas

I had some Mandalay Bay chips that I forgot to cash in on Saturday, and since I needed to go there anyway, I decided to check out their game. The guy keeping the wait list when I first got there didn’t seem to speak English very well, and I couldn’t figure out whether there were actually NL games going or if I was just on an interest list. I took a seat at a 4/8 limit game while I waited and was pleasantly surprised by the dealer, who took the time to explain to me a few things that, though … Read more…

Sunday in Vegas

Joe, Logan, and Darren all left on Sunday, which meant we had to check out of the Venetian. I was staying another night, but at the MGM, so the plan was for them to move all of their stuff into my room there. Since they didn’t get in until like 8AM Sunday morning, Joe decided to crash for a few hours while I went to breakfast with Logan and Darren, both drunk. I enjoyed a pretty delicious Belgian waffle, watched them lose some money at craps (I don’t play table games), and then talked by the pool with Darren while … Read more…

Saturday Night in Vegas

Although it was after 5AM Saturday morning when we went to bed, I woke up in time to play the $500 Noon tournament feeling not the least bit hungover. It may have been better if I slept through it, though. Early on, I made a classic internet donkey mistake and failed to look at the stack size of my opponent. He had lost a big pot early on after calling a check-re-raise all in with 99 on an 8-high flop and was down to just a few thousand chips at the 100/200 level. I raised to 600 with Q’s and … Read more…

Friday in Vegas

I woke around 8AM Friday morning, it being 11 AM my time. When I finished showering and dressing, Logan was awake as well. Together we went across the street to the Mirage buffet. Though the selection at breakfast wasn’t great, the food was quite good for a buffet. The bacon was crisp and the french toast was hot and soft, not like the cold and stale hunks of egg-soaked bread I’ve seen elsewhere. The room looked a lot nicer and better designed than other buffets I’d been to, and judging by the promised lunch and dinner offerings, it would be … Read more…

Arriving in Vegas

Ugh, I started working on this yesterday and somehow managed not to save what I had done. My apologies if laziness and irritation compel me to write less well than usual. My friend Logan, his roommate Joe, and a regular from our poker game named Darren had been planning to fly out to Vegas for a few days during March Madness to bet on the basketball games and play some poker. Although I don’t follow basketball, I elected to come along anyway, as I’ve been wanting to get in some experience with live poker and I’ve never been to Vegas … Read more…

Another Good Night

I usually have poker night with friends on Wednesday, but as they left for Vegas yesterday (I’m leaving tonight to meet them out there), it was cancelled, giving me a rare opportunity to play the Stars Wednesday $150K guarantee. Since I was playing that, I signed up for a whole host of other evening tournaments as well, including the Stars 7PM $100, a WSOP double shoot-out, and a $20 rebuy six-max tournament on Ultimate Bet that I didn’t even know they had. It turns out that Stars had had problems with their server up until very recently, so at first … Read more…