Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Homeward Bound

8:37 pm I'm scheduled for a flight back to Vegas. I will be on that plane. I need to get back home, to Vegas, where the sun shines all day and the lights shine all night, and I can get whatever I want 24/7.

Working, even though for probably 14 hours a day for a week straight, on a consulting basis, is...not what I'm used to. Yes it got the blood pumping for a minute of two, but when I have to come to town, evaluate all the books, suggest major cuts, to both properties and staff, well I enjoy that. Working 8am to 9pm is a different story.

On the poker front, the Big Game I got all my chips in early and lost as a 75% favorite, the MATH I final tabled and monied in 5th place. The final two tables at the MATH was hard work. No flukes made it that far and the game was very tough.

BTW, east coast time sucks. I feel like I'm waiting for everything. Starting a tournament at 10pm? Baseball games starting a 7pm? Enough.

I'll have more time to get in particulars when I get back to Vegas, but for now, it seemed like forever but it also flew by. Looking forward to seeing some of you donks in Vegas in a couple weeks.


At 9:41 AM, Blogger Mike Maloney said...

Congrats on the deep finish last night. I posted my thoughts on my blog about your elimination hand last night, and I'm curious to know what you think about my analysis, and where you feel I made a mistake in my read (Since you felt it was a bad call). Here's the excerpt where I discussed the hand:

"I thought it was pretty much a toss up based on my read, although maybe I just don't play with Don enough and made a bad read. Basically, the blinds are at (I think) 1000/2000. I'm sharing the chip lead with TripJax at around 41,000, and Don has 12,000 UTG+1. He pushes, and I'm holding ATc. So, I think about it, and decide there's a good enough chance I'm ahead here or at least in a race that I call. He flips over KQ and doesn't improve. I've thought about the hand more, and I still think my call was okay.

First, looking at my own chip stack, I have 41,000, and am risking 12,000 to make this call in order to win 16,000. If I lose, I'm down to 29,000, and am still 2nd or 3rd in chips with 5 to go. If I win, I'm clearly in first with 55,000 and 4 left. I think that's an endorsement for calling. Second, there's Don's range. Now, Don's been playing fairly tight, making very calculated bets, folding to a lot of re-raises, etc. However, he still has an M of under 4, so it's not like he has the smallest range in the world here. I put him on (and maybe this is the wrong range to put him on) any pair 88 and above, ATs and above, KJs and above, ATo and KQo. So, I checked out the hand in Pokerstove to see what I was getting, and my equity was about 40%. Now, this isn't quite what I wanted, but, I feel my equity in that situation is actually a little better than that.

This is due to my feeling about the hand in general. As I said, Don had been very calculating in his moves. If he just makes a raise to 7,000 or 8,000 instead of pushing, I probably fold, because that looks to me like he's strong, and there's a good chance I'm either dominated or only have one overcard against QQ or KK. But, the push made me think that maybe Don wasn't all that strong. In my mind it was less likely that he held AA, KK, QQ, AK, or AQs, because I think he would have raised with those hands instead of pushing. Don had said something to smokkee earlier in the tourney about pushing preflop since smokkee was using his 'push' button to try and double up instead of trying to get action by just raising. That led me to believe that maybe he didn't want action here, maybe he wasn't all that strong. It just didn't seem right, and so I felt I had the odds (And adjusting my equity accordingly I think I did) to knock someone out with my hand, and I was willing to take that chance with just a coinflip."

At 11:26 AM, Blogger BigPirate said...

If I ever move to the PTZ, it will be due in some small part to the time difference. SEC and ACC football games beginning at 9 a.m., the late games starting at 6 p.m., west coast games not stretching into the a.m., and the Braves at 4 in the afternoon for a beautiful happy hour.

Nice run last night.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

I would definitely seriously consider calling with ATs in that spot, Mike.

At 2:32 AM, Blogger Chad Carpenter (Yahoo IM: carchd) said...

So much analysis for a ghey blogger tournament.....

At 5:52 PM, Blogger DP said...

Welcome to the blog of Miami Don where so much is left out.

Just fucking with you, man.

Congrats on the final table.


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