Monday, September 19, 2005

Another Final Table

This afternoon I played the $5+.50 buy-in tournament on UB. I play that one or the one in the morning several times a week. I've gotten where I cash fairly regularly which is very encouraging. I made the final table again today. At one point I was even leading.

I ended up finishing 7th after a somewhat dubious call. Ok maybe it was a stupid call. I was getting short stacked though with barely over 10x the big blind and when I hit top pair I went for it only to be shown top TWO pair by the chip leader. Well that's why he was the chip leader and I was out in 7th I guess :)

I'm learning and make fewer stupid plays like that now. Usually I limp along the whole tournament with a short stack just barely hanging on. I can generally make the money just doing that but it's a hell of a nerve-wracking way to play. Today was nice with plenty of chips to play with most of the day. I felt, if anything, like I played a bit on the timid side too much of the time but by no means all the time of course.

Maybe it's time to start playing some larger buy-in tournaments. I've played $10 and $20 tournaments online and cashed in both although I have yet to make a final table at one. I've also played UB's $200+$15 Sunday evening tournament after winning a seat for $3 in a rebuy satellite. I didn't cash in that one but felt like I was competative. I keep playing the satellites but have yet to win another seat. I've actually been wondering about just buying in. Probably I won't do this unless I win the $215 in some other tournament either a satellite or some other tournament. The $10 and $20 buy in tournaments could provide a good source of buy-ins for larger tournaments. I just need to step out and take a chance. I think it's time to try to step my game up to a new level. I'm getting too comfortable here. Actually right where I am could be very useful once Connie is teaching, the money I'm making would actually help us then. Now it could be better used being plowed back into trying to find out how good I can get at this game.

I guess I need to keep referring back to the entry I wrote about "Live like you were dying." I'm not dying but why wait? :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

An apology to pocket Queens

Lots I should catch up on here since lots has gone on since my last entry. I had no idea it had been that long and I will catch up on poker doings soon.

Right now though I owe pocket Queens a little bit of an apology. They CAN work out fabulously as this hand shows...

Hand #8113211-10750 at Madrid ($.50/$1 Hold'em)
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Started at 13/Sep/05 11:43:50
     goirish8 is at seat 0 with $47.35.
     wingnut_willy is at seat 1 with $22.50.
     pikoo is at seat 2 with $38.65.
     glenn453 is at seat 3 with $45.45.
     Country Livin is at seat 4 with $2.65.
     guru4yall is at seat 5 with $41.35.
     ToBones is at seat 6 with $57.95.
     bellypelly is at seat 7 with $17.25.
     St of Killers is at seat 8 with $23.55.
     mancie is at seat 9 with $77.75.
     The button is at seat 9.
     goirish8 posts the small blind of $.25.
     wingnut_willy posts the big blind of $.50.

     goirish8:  -- --
     wingnut_willy:  -- --
     pikoo:  -- --
     glenn453:  -- --
     Country Livin:  -- --
     guru4yall:  Qh Qc
     ToBones:  -- --
     bellypelly:  -- --
     St of Killers:  -- --
     mancie:  -- --

          pikoo folds.   glenn453 folds.   Country Livin calls. 
          guru4yall raises to $1.   ToBones folds.   bellypelly
          folds.   St of Killers calls.   mancie folds. 
          goirish8 folds.   wingnut_willy calls.   Country Livin

Flop (board: 7s Qs Qd):
          wingnut_willy checks.   Country Livin checks. 
          guru4yall checks.   St of Killers checks.  

Turn (board: 7s Qs Qd 6d):
          wingnut_willy checks.   Country Livin checks. 
          guru4yall bets $1.   St of Killers folds. 
          wingnut_willy raises to $2.   Country Livin folds. 
          guru4yall calls.  

River (board: 7s Qs Qd 6d 2c):
          wingnut_willy bets $1.   guru4yall raises to $2. 
          wingnut_willy calls.  


     guru4yall shows Qh Qc.
     guru4yall has Qh Qc 7s Qs Qd: four queens.
     wingnut_willy mucks cards.
     (wingnut_willy has Kc 7h.)

Hand #8113211-10750 Summary:
     $.60 is raked from a pot of $12.25.
     guru4yall wins $11.65 with four queens.

Wasn't a very big game but it adds up, at the least these $0.50/$1.00 games pay my tournament buy ins :) Hands like this help too!