Monday, January 30, 2006

FISH - a definition

I don't often explain poker terms here but since, as near as I can tell, Robin is the only person who even reads this (except maybe Connie every now and again to check up on me) I will explain a term from my last entry.

I said I was going go get some fish food... here is the definition of the term fish as it is used in poker:

FISH - a sucker or a player who is either clueless or a very bad player.

Now I grant you that if you look at me you'd say I'd been plenty well fed that is just too good a sale on fish food to pass up so if you'll pardon me...

Monday afternoon cash game...

down 22.5 big bets in an hour and a I know how to play this game or what? Got to go, I hear there is a sale on fish food...

Bad play or bad luck?

Where did I go wrong on this hand? No matter what I get and how good it looks it loses lately. Has to be me...maybe not this hand although I have my doubts about the way I played this but in general my luck can't be this much in the crapper. I must just not be able to play this game called poker. You check out this hand, I'm going to check out the bus schedules to find one to walk in front of....

Getting Hand History Information...

Hand #11234944-4498 at Powell ($1/$2 Hold'em)
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Started at 30/Jan/06 17:32:57
     Camian is at seat 0 with $112.
     Garfield1967 is at seat 1 with $45.25.
     worf21 is at seat 2 with $74.
     lowoncash is at seat 3 with $105.50.
     Fireman727 is at seat 4 with $93.
     marz0629 is at seat 5 with $96.
     petitefille is at seat 6 with $95.50.
     Owen69 is at seat 7 with $44.
     colddimes is at seat 8 with $53.50.
     guru4yall is at seat 9 with $64.
     The button is at seat 9.
     Camian posts the small blind of $.50.
     Garfield1967 posts the big blind of $1.

     Camian:  -- --
     Garfield1967:  -- --
     worf21:  -- --
     lowoncash:  -- --
     Fireman727:  -- --
     marz0629:  -- --
     petitefille:  -- --
     Owen69:  -- --
     colddimes:  -- --
     guru4yall:  Th Ts

          worf21 calls.   lowoncash folds.   Fireman727 calls. 
          marz0629 folds.   petitefille calls.   Owen69 folds. 
          colddimes folds.   guru4yall calls.   Camian folds. 
          Garfield1967 checks.  

Flop (board: 9s 2s 2d):
          Garfield1967 checks.   worf21 bets $1.   Fireman727
          calls.   petitefille raises to $2.   guru4yall calls. 
          Garfield1967 calls.   worf21 folds.   Fireman727 calls.

Turn (board: 9s 2s 2d 2h):
          Garfield1967 checks.   Fireman727 checks.   petitefille
          bets $2.   guru4yall calls.   Garfield1967 raises to
          $4.   Fireman727 folds.   petitefille calls. 
          guru4yall calls.  

River (board: 9s 2s 2d 2h Jd):
          Garfield1967 bets $2.   petitefille calls.   guru4yall


     Garfield1967 shows 2c 7c.
     Garfield1967 has 2c 2s 2d 2h Jd: four deuces.
     petitefille mucks cards.
     (petitefille has Tc 9c.)
     guru4yall mucks cards.
     (guru4yall has Th Ts.)

Hand #11234944-4498 Summary:
     $1 is raked from a pot of $32.50.
     Garfield1967 wins $31.50 with four deuces.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Back home, Evaluation Time

I'm back home from Tunica. Not exactly with my tail between my legs but pretty close. I learned a lot and in that way the trip was successful. I have been found guilty of excessive optimism if you can believe that from ME. It's time to sit back an evaluate things. Things are not as bad as I was thinking but they are not nearly as good as I'd hoped. I had a hand history or two from my sessions I was going to post here but right now my heart is not in it. Maybe another time.

I have one priceless quote that I heard a player utter as he talked to his buddy after his buddy asked how the guy's table was... "I've been beat by some ugly cards and for that matter some ugly people." Thankfully I was not on that table so I know he didn't mean me :)

Now you will please pardon me while I go find a good want ad site...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

In Tunica for the WSOP circuit events...

Am I just having bad luck? Here I am in Tunica for my much awaited January trip for the WSOP and all I can do is lose. It is getting very frustrating. I just can't seem to play against these people who play any two cards. They cannot just be lucky, they must know something I don't know, something that is in no book I've ever read. Are the poker books for real? Can they really teach you to play low limit holdem or are they written by these people who are the ones doing the opposite thing who then suck out on you so well? Is all low limit holdem really no better than a slow machine? Is it all luck? I wish I knew. I do know that what I do that works so well normally is not working this time. I guess that gives me my answer to whether I can ever be a poker player if I can't even beat these people.