Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Ace of spades on Barbour blvd. now called the game is one of the better shoutout clubs for poker players. They start at 11am and will often have a full 9 handed table by noon every day.
It is not a tourney focused clubs so look elsewhere for that. They do have regular scheduled 2/5 and mixed games which always seem to get a full table when available.
Monday, May 11, 2015
There I was mid game with a three times above chip average chip stack chipping up. Really good considering that getting there took a couple really good hands early. In raiser to my big blind and I look down and wake up with A/K suited hearts. I raise heartily with a five times big blind bet. I isolated the raiser and he calls. The flop comes 2/A/9 rainbow.
I bet out pot size bet. Get called. Next card a 10 clubs. I raise pot again and get re raised 45k. Thinking for a moment putting my opponent on a weaker ace and shove only to wake up to a set of twos. I couldn't put my opponent in the pocket twos with my preflop raise.
Anyways, lesson learned on the re-raise with only top pair. I put him on the bluff or a little weaker ace which was a mis read on my part from a pretty solid player. It was what I wanted him to have not what he actually had. Either way, next time I get re raised as the forward better, I will be sure to take a moment to lose the minimum rather than the maximum. The outcome may have been the same after the river, but I believe I might have saved a bunch of extra chips with his river value bet over my aggressive all in.
Poker dog out!
Monday, April 27, 2015
Not exactly a mad run but a 4 day grind with positive finishes. After a disappointing weekend in Pendleton Oregon at the poker roundup, I find my groove at Ace of Spades poker club off of Barbour blvd in Portland. For the last four days I push the up button on cash outs and decided not to even play the encore tourneys. More than likely, I would have played normally and shelled out over 2k doing so. Instead, I somehow decided to set my ego aside for a bit and build my stacks for something bigger at the WSOP this year. Maybe poker Jesus will be with me this year and let me win the hands I am supposed to and a few that I am not supposed to. We will see.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The odds were stacked against such a feat.., we won't do the math, because that would hurt a part of the brain that we need to reserve for the wonder years forthcoming. But let me tell you, no easy task and probably won't be broken anytime soon. The real question is, are there any more wins in store for her on this unprecedented run? There is a whole week of games and bigger tourneys yet to come this next weekend.
I wish you good luck if you stick around for the finale, but at the same time I hope you don't!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
I would be remiss not to at least suggest that at some point in any tourney that a healthy over bet is worth while. Now every once in a while some straggler will struggle but will eventually call and look you up. Just make sure you have at least a hand that is capable of breaking a far superior hand. I like to choose suited connectors in those situations. The cool part about a couple overbets is that when you go have the buts, there is a good chance that Someone will call and pay you off big time!
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
So, " everyone" knows how one has to have a slew of hands that they have to win but are not supposed to in tournament play. Meaning your Ace/Queen beats out an A/K in a showdown to the river, or something similar where you were the underdog by a wide margin pre flop. This last weekend at Encore Poker club was no different. I won at least three memorable hands that were showdown where I made a move and my lesser hand won out. Example near the final with 15 left I shoved low stack with A/8 suited against A/J and smacked the 8 taking down the pot to stay alive.
I also won an earlier showdown on an all in with K/J against A/Q and hit the Jack...
Setting all that aside, There was some post flop play that i don't count as part of the action that does not fit the above showdown preflop category... Like bluffing the river inducing a fold twice and also floating second pair to smash two pairs or trip up.... All that to say this. I had a couple of hecklers at the other end of a table I was at. One of which I played against in a Deepstacks WPT event on the Oregon Coast at Chinook Winds Casino. There was a hand that I severely crippled him as a final table player with A/7 against his A/J all in preflop. I got lucky when I made the wrong move against him there. A Bad move that ended up sending him home several hands later...tilted.
Suffice it to say he was one of the ones at the other end of my table when I floated a second flopped pair against him to nut up... His tilt behavior was fine, (note; I actually like the guy) but I am sure he has no love loss for me. But what I didn't like was him employing the guy next to him to join in the banter.... "keep on playing like that and see how far it gets you" he would say. Needless to say, I did keep to my strategy and it paid at the end and neither of them were in sight to see it... Long gone before that as my poker Karma kept finding ways to take advantage and knocking them out in one heroic hand with flopped nuts and them hitting the bottom end with second best... Sorry bud! You gotta know thats how this thing works... Best pre flop hands are not always winners.
I so much wanted to tell the banter partner that what he was saying in a nutshell- is that I would win with his starting hands and he would be losing with mine if he played them differently...? Sorry but you do the best you can with what you are delt my friend, and if you would be the folder in my situations.....You would of went out sooner than you already did.....
Until next round_
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