Monday, May 08, 2006

Fight Night and the Week that Was

What a great weekend! Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, Mayorga-De la Hoya, man the MGM was packed and it was electric. What a great weekend to be in Vegas, well they are all good this one just happened to be a little more special.

Friday Carmen Sincity and I got down to the MGM around 3pm and it was already rocking. We even had a short wait to get on the tables but once we did it turned into a 10 hour session.

Now check this out I bought in for $200 took a bad beat along the way and bought back in for another $120 to get my stack back to the max. Took another two bad beats and got down another $100 before hitting a couple late pots toward the end. I cashed in my chips and received $320. That's right I broke out exactly even. 10 hours of poker and dead-assed even. I've never done that before.

It was one of those could have been should have been nights where I make a big score but no such luck. I made a great read with pocket 7s and put a guy all-in only to see runner runner hearts to lose to a flush. I raised $20 pre-flop with AK and saw a board of K-Q-2. I bet $60 and got called. Turn was another Q and the guy bet into me for $100. I went into the tank and layed the hand down thankfully. He turned over Q-J to save me the rest of my stack. I also had KK lose when a 7 turned giving the biggest fish at the table a set. We were all-in for what was left of his stack so that also could have been much worse.

Now these three loses came from the three biggest fish ever assembled on one table. They wound up losing $500, $700, and $900 respectively and I lost to all three. Now when I say could have been, I never had the cards to beat any of these three so that was lost profit but when I did have the cards and took the bad beats, they were short stacked on two of the occasions so my losses could have been even higher. So when I left for the night mentally I felt good knowing I played well and tomorrow was another day.

Saturday we got there around 1pm and made a couple of losing wagers on the Derby before we got down to business. The casino was electric, tons of people screaming on the race, the Lakers game, then getting ready for the fight. I played at a table with three other good players and the rest was a merry-go-round of bad players. The four of us stayed out of each others way and isolated the fish one at a time. The cards fell right and before I knew it five hours into the day I turned my $200 buy-in into $750. So what did we do, stay and keep playing? No way!

Carmen took a brutal loss on a four way all-in $800 pot when her full house, which beat two flushes lost to a higher full house on the river. It was a case of the suck re-suck. She had pocket 7s flopped a 7 to lead KK and got smoked when the river came with another King. So with my winnings, her breaking even after this tough loss, we got out of Dodge and went and ate a great surf and turf dinner. I would have liked to stay but with all the craziness-to-be post fight I figured get out alive.

Anyway I talked previously about my game leaks and I think I got them fixed as I had my best week ever since I started playing poker more seriously. I played the $100NL max buy-in on Stars to the tune of $48.23 an hour and my live play including my 10 hour break even session resulted in $51.43 per hour. Now thats what I averaged at each for the whole week so for almost 30 hours I played I made nearly $1500. Let's hope that keeps up.

So for now except for the blogger events it's Goodbye MTTs and SnGs and hello cash games. Hand selection and patience have paid off in a big way!

Hope everyone have an enjoyable and profitable weekend.


At 10:39 AM, Blogger jjok said...

very nice.....Stars eats my lunch for cash games......

At 12:30 PM, Blogger C.L. Russo said...

You definitely got me beat. I played in a cash game for an hour last night and won $0.13.

Oh, wait, I forgot. I played in Stars' cut-rate .10 tourney and finished in 200th place- won $.45.

Big time, baby!

Hope the success keeps coming your way.

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Good luck in the cash-only world, Don. I have found MTTs much more long-term profitable for me than the cash games, I think because the inevitable river suckouts only cost me my $10 buyin or whatever, instead of the $100 I have currently on the table. Let us know how the cash trend is going.

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

Nice job this month. Looks like you have been pretty successful in both cash games and tournies. At least the tournies I have seen you play !

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Tom aka 10,000 Days said...

Taking the time to figure out your leaks is one of the greatest investments a poker player will ever make. You'll never find them all, but it's such a beautiful money saver.


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