Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Time to Grind

Can you believe it I took three whole days off from live Poker? With Carmen's parents in town and the bloggers on their way I rested, I studied, and I prepared myself for month long run into the live poker world. Lot's of cash games and some satellites into the WSOP are on my schedule as A7 season is in full gear. I'm going to try and build my bankroll and my game as I prep for the move up to 2/5 and I have to try and get my way into at least 1 WSOP event since the Rio is about a 12 minute drive.

I never understood the fascination with Superman? Clark Kent is a complete tool, humans have never been able to fly, and whats up with the queer outfit? All I know is a pocket full of Kryptonite and I would have ruled the world.

We went to Hoover Dam on Monday which to me is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Not the actual dam itself but the surrounding area is mind blowing. We were smart and started our journey early so we beat all the traffic and we got lucky as it was overcast and only about 95 degrees. (like 75 wherever you live) When we left the line of cars heading to the dam was backed up for like 5 miles, that would have been awful. If you ever get a chance to see Hoover Dam when you make it to Vegas I would highly recommend it. It's only about a 30-40 minute drive and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Chris Ferguson cut that nappy hair, shave and get a new hat. Heck anybody that's had the same hair style or the same hat for the last twenty years get a new look. If you've had it for twenty years its certainly not in style now (if it ever was) and signature looks are really kind of lame anyway. Get with the times. Oh and if you wear sunglasses at any low limit game you are a complete tool.

When do we settle the bets from the DADI? Okay it was a long weekend so I'll give you slowpayers some slack but its time to pay the winning team. If you were involved in the bet see Jordans post for paying arrangements. Some guys have paid up many have not. Settle your debts boys.

Liz Lieu enough already.

I'm learning to make scary boards and scare cards my friend. If I can get good reads on my opponents, which has been the case lately, I'm using potential flush boards or scare cards like Aces on the turn to win a lot of decent sized pots. I love doing this with position against players with a semi-knowledge of the game. Now you can't bluff off calling stations but certain tight players will lay down the best hand from time to time.

I called a raise from the button and three of us saw the flop. I can't remember what I had but it was like 6-8o. Flop came with two diamonds and the initial bettor made a small weakish continuation bet. The other guy folded and I went into a small acting mode and said I'll see one more. Yes the turn was the third diamond and I watched the original raiser intently. He thought about it and fired the second bullet and made it like $30 to go. I immediately raise it to $90 and he folds in disgust. I take down nearly $100 pot with 8 high.

I called another raise from the button with 9-7o and a flop comes ten high. I actually hit middle pair and I have a gut shot draw. Initial bettor makes his continuation bet and I call. Turn is an Ace. His face gives a quick look of disgust and I can see the card scares him. He makes a weak continuation bet and I immediately fire over the top. He thinks for a minute and folds but shows his cards, KK. Now I hardly ever show bluffs but I need to here so I can set things up for later when I do have the cards. I turn over my 9-7o and the tables oohs and aahs and the guy goes on insta-tilt.

I then stack a guy when my 6-6 hits a set over his TPTK. He must think I'm bluffing again evident by his check/raise and when I fire back over the top all-in he immediately calls. Gotcha dude. I don't get much action after this hand but I do scoop a lot of small pots as most players are folding whenever I bet at a pot.

Remember scary flops and scare cards not only scare you they probably scare your opponent as well. With a good read use those opportunities to get paid.

Hope everyone had a great fourth and made some money.


At 2:35 PM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

Nice job at the tables, when do you think you take the plunge into the 2/5 waters ?

At 4:30 PM, Blogger drewspop said...

Amen, damn deadbeats.

Have a great time with all the bloggers. I will plan my next trip with more care.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Matt Silverthorn said...

Nice job with those hands. I had a kind of opposite situation where I let myself get caught for a smallish pot with a complete bluff. I rebought to max, and a few hands later I drag two people in for all of their chips when I have the nut flush. One guy had the second nut flush, and another had a straight. It was beautiful.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said... one of said deadbeats, i am cringing appropriately in shame. the minute i finish this my team will officially settle the score D.

glad to see you're still taking 'em down, see ya in a couple of days.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Raveen said...

nice man glad see ur starting to learn the aggressive rout of poker and stealing pot without having cards....its like where 65% of my profit online comes from keep rolling

At 2:35 PM, Blogger smokkee said...

still can't believe you haven't made it to the Rio.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger GaryC said...


You get my $15 and was that correct? I went missing for a bit after busting, so let me know if I owe more.


At 2:31 PM, Blogger C.L. Russo said...

I played in a casino for the first time a few weeks ago and I'm hooked. I do enjoy online poker as well, though.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger surflexus said...

Hey Don, Smokkee should have settled mine but let me no if it's not. Thanks, George

At 12:05 AM, Blogger Poker Bully said...

Great meeting you at the Blogger tourney at Caesers. Check out my blog, I would love your feedback on some of the hands I play.

Larry from Phoenix


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