Sunday, July 02, 2006

Fourth of July Weekend

I love live Poker. I'm aware most of you choose (I use choose because I'm assuming you choose to live where you do) the clicking of the mouse to make your bets as opposed to live action but to me there is no comparison between the two. Most of you probably disagree but hey it's a free country right? I guess that answer is still to be determined but anyway.

I still feel poker is a game that is meant to be played live. Sure most anyone can six table online and peddle nuts all day long but what is the point of that? Is there any skill involved there? No way, it's straight up Bot play if you ask me.

How about all the internet players with their elaborate check raises, making moves they wouldn't dare try live because their heart would be in their throat trying to pull that crap live.

My game has improved drastically and a lot of the reason is live play. I'm playing one table and I'm able to focus on my game and the players in that game, not email, girlie chats, or the five other tables I have open. Yes you can make some serious cash playing online and I know don't hate the player hate the game but since I choose to play live obviously I must emjoy it better.

I love when there's a big pot on the line (pun intended) and I can look into the other players eyes and ask him some questions to see if maybe I can find a tell. Or when they have a monster and their hands shake so bad my cards are in the muck as fast as I can dump them. Or when they make a continuation bet and I can smell the fear knowing their A-K completely missed the T-7-3 flop. Or when for the first time in your life you can play the player and not your cards, man what a boost of confidence.

But hey whatever works. Online, live, home game makes no difference really, it's still all a fun game.

Man the MGM has been juicy so far this weekend. With it being the four day Fourth of July weekend Vegas in off the chain. Friday was packed and today Carmen and I got down there about 3:45 and the poker room was mobbed. They had ten 1/2NL games, two 2/5NL games, one 5/5NL game and even one 5/10NL game. Action central.

So far my weekend has been very profitable, to the tune of about $115.00 an hour. The competition is average, which is actually better than full of donkeys. When you have a bunch of A7's with some knowledge of poker, who probably play a lot online, to me is the best time to make the most money. Sometimes its the clueless donkeys who call you down with second pair and catch a miracle river that cost you the most money. Kind of like making your way through the minefield to get to the prize.

Carmens parents get here tomorrow for a week and she is really excited. Being an only child she's very tight with both her mom and dad so she can't wait to see them. We offered for them to stay here but naturally the decided to stay where the action is so they will be staying at the Golden Nugget. It should be a fun week and it will be capped off with bloggers weekend. So it looks like another fun filled week in Vegas.

As I read somewhere next weekend is about the people but to me its also about the poker. Yes we get to meet in person and have fun but for many its the only chance of the year to get to play some live poker so hopefully you can find some balance between the two. Play some poker, meet some new people, have a few cocktail, hopefully don't get too shit-faced and most of all have some fun. I know I will.

Stay profitable.


At 2:46 AM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

I agree, I love live poker much better than on the Internet.

Congrats on the nice run at the cash games at MGM.

At 3:44 AM, Blogger cc said...

Great seeing you, Don, and I hope we have a chance to share a table soon.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger smokkee said...

for about 8 months, i played alot of live poker, mostly on the weekends. i agree that it's more difficult to pull a bluff live. it took me many sessions to get comfortable with it. it's probably one of the most exciting aspects of live cash games. putting off false tells and talking a little smack is also fun.

i learned a lot from some of the old timers. also, the feeling of looking across the table at your opponents over your mountain of chips, calculating your next move, knowing they really don't want to get into a confrontation with you for all their chips.

i've fallen back into playing mostly online because of convenience and the ability to multi-table. it's also more difficult to play as many WSOP Qualifiers live. there just aren't that many.

GL this weekend.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Garthmeister J. said...

I think I speak for a lot of our online brethren when I say that if I lived within easy travelling distance of a bricks and mortar casino I would be there constantly. I guess I'm stating the obvious, but the biggest draws for online play is convenience. Not just for any poker game regardless of geographical considerations, but for strange varieties. I mean, exactly how many 1/2 Triple Draw games do you think are being spread in Vegas?

Anyway, this wasn't meant to be an argument starter, just throwing my two cents in. Feel free to say something along the lines of "you could always move somewhere closer to a real casino". :)

Not to mention that I am revealing my degeneracy when I say that one thing I am looking forward to doing in September when I go back to Australia is having a crack at the Perth and Sydney casinos. :P

But I don't have a problem. I can quit anytime. Really.

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

Just finished playing live at a local version of The Mookie with Hacker. No comparison, it's a different animal and I found myself wondering if I even knew how to play the game...Good warmup for Vegas, no doubt.

Looking forward to taking in The Fishtank with one of its regular cleaners.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Thanks for saying Hi to cc for me. I appreciate it. See you soon man! I can not wait.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger DP said...

I guess you're not aware of the ridiculous amount of money to be made in the $10/$20 NL game on Party Poker =)

At 10:43 AM, Blogger DP said...

chirp chirp chirp... I wasn't expecting a response, but know that I'm not revealing anything profound; at any time, there are dozens of $10/$20 NL tables going on Party Poker, and most of the players are not professional.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Raveen said...

true there is no substitute for live play....but there is also no substitute for online play forces you to make decisions at a rapid pace so fast that it actually makes ur live play decision process much easier. If u can hone ur decision making process to 30second and make the right decision in that time frame you will become a very dangerous play. Live play will never teach you how to do that only online can.


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