Sunday, February 26, 2006

Limit hold'em against idiots

The Aladdin is having a $50,000 NLHE freeroll tournament on March 5 for those that have clocked 60 hours of play during the months of January and February. At this stage, it looks like about 120 people will qualify.

I've put in my 60 hours, most of it at the 3-6 limit hold'em tables. In retrospect, I should've stuck to 1-2 NL as generally it is less lemurish. A typical 3-6 hand :

I raise on the button with 88 and get two callers.

Flop : K 7 3       Check, check, I bet, call, call.

Turn : J            Check, check, I bet, call, call.

River : A           Bet, call, I fold.

Lemur takes down the pot with Q7o. Jackass doesn't show.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

A variation of the KK quandary

I am UTG (under the gun) in a $1-$2 NL cash game with about $175 in front of me. I look down to see KK and decide to limp in. Two more limp in behind me and the button raises to $10. Small blind folds, big blind raises it to $35. The big blind is a playah who is aggressive and mixes it up. I push all-in.

All fold to the button who goes into the tank and then folds. Big blind, who has me covered, instacalls and turns over AA. I lose my stack.

Could I have played this any better?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Finally a show worth watching

I highly recommend GSN's High Stakes Poker on Monday nights, which is proving to be the best TV poker show by far. Sammy Farha, Doyle and Todd Brunson, Jennifer Harman, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Ted Forrest and many others are featured playing in a NLHE cash game. Last night's episode will be repeated a few times during the week and is well worth seeing, if only for the final hand.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Hi ho, hi ho...

Nothing much new to report. I've been selected for "house duty" for February so my playing time is limited. Once a year, every guy living at the shelter is expected to spend a month cleaning, cooking, gardening and anything else required for the common good of all the residents. Sleeping outside is dangerous and no longer an option, so it's a small price to pay for the luxury of a roof over my head.