Sunday, June 7, 2015

its a hard way to earn an easy living

Lots of swings the last few days. Back to $10,200 from $8900, (and keep losing the Bovada money and having to redeposit, further reducing the roll). then back down to $9500+ and finally $9700+.

Wondering if i'll ever start to feel again like ive really achieved success in life, like i did last fall when i passed the $15k mark, and was closing in on $20,000. the main difference between $20k and $10k is the freedom to travel, and being a lot more comfortable with $500-1000 on the table.

in other news ive had $500+ on the table a lot more times in the last few weeks than ive had in my life. Maybe WEC is correct about larger buyins wouldve gave me a bigger chance to make something out of my life years ago, before i got way too old for any women to love me.

passed the 2100 hour mark today and im still between $13.50 and $14 an hour.

theres a better freeroll promotion starting June 8 than the last time they had freerolls for hours played here at the Peppermill a few months back. Difference this time is top 40 out of 100 pay, and u dont have to win a shootout first to play the tourny. (its a normal tourny instead). u get chips based on hours and some will have only 4k chips, some 6k some 8k and some 10k. and the top 20 players in hours (always easy for me) will have 12k chips. first will pay $2500. 15th to 40th place pays $100. 2nd to 14th pay amounts in between i dont remember exactly.

it was quite a loose game today. both earlier and late. earlier a gypsy and his friend from cali were making loose action, then moved to Omaha. later on a black guy and his friend, also from cali were making the loose action. i beat the black guy more than once, he was in for quite a lot of buyins for large sized amounts. the pot i enjoyed the most was the one i bluffed with 44. i dont remember if there was a raise or not preflop and several of us seen the flop. (actually i remember almost nothing anymore). Flop comes up A35 with 2 clubs and i have the 4 of clubs. I check, he bets and i call. the others fold. turn comes K putting a 2nd flush draw on the board. again he bets and i call (hopefully representing a flush draw). river comes 7 of clubs for the possible flush. i grab a big stack of chips (most likely about $100) i never counted them. he starts thinking and i tell him i dont have the flush when showing him the 4 of clubs. (the intention was to convey i had the straight with 46 or 42). or for him to think i was lying. finally he mucks his A and i show him the 44 for nothing but a pair of 4s.

he kept saying how he believed me before i showed the bluff.

ive set up a drs appt for June 22, that was the soonest they could get me in and it will cost $120. its with a regular MD in his office, and ive got a lot of concerns about my health to ask him about. They couldve got me in at a later hour on June 25, but i didnt want it to interfere with lightnings visit so i settled for June 22 instead. at least i wont have to go to an urgent care place and be rushed in and out with 100 people in the lobby

also as quick as i am to get pissed off at the dealers when im stuck (particularly the 3 i always seem to lose very heavily at when they sit) im quick to forgive once im outta the hole.

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  1. of course that wasnt the biggest pot that i won right at the end, but as always ive forgotten that hand. and cant remember as much as i try

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    1. You realize that it is christianity that has destroyed your memory, right?

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  2. Tony:

    I'm curious - how did the "gypsy" disclose his cultural identity? I've never yet been at a poker table and had anyone disclose that they were a gypsy. I get how you identified the other guy as "black", but it still amuses me at how you mind works and what things you focus on.

    I'm glad your roll is doing better.

    s.i.

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    1. Also intrigued, since you've never used this description for me despite my rather obvious Romany features.

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    2. Mr BigCharles and me grew up playing with traveling gypsies, and many other cultures of people s.I. we learned early on in life about how they roll trust me. When you have played poker your whole life everywhere you run into some"very interesting" people.

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    3. Being a white mut is a minority in this area.

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  3. Just left the Peppermill with $130 profit still after once being ahead $204. and as usual im now at home playing a sng on Bovada. how would u have played the following hand?

    i have QQ and have just had to sit at a new table as my other table had broke. ive only been there about 8 hands. ive got about $300+ in front of me. an old man with a heartland poker tour cap with a ton of chips who im told has been doing well, raises it to $5 in EP. i made it $10 3 seats after he acts, (to see if im beat already or not). its just me, him and one other player on the flop. flop is 10 8 3 with 2 hearts. he checks, i bet $20 and only he calls. turn comes 8. he checks, and i mention im worried hes a pro with that cap. i dont see him possibly having aa or kk. i bet $40, and he check raises to $140. (what would u do here?) i finally ask him if he will show if i fold and give him $1, and am used to not getting an answer when i ask that. he tells me he will show for free, and im thinking he might have quads for the bonus. but it really feels like a bluff. im ahead for the day and am fully convinced he will shove the river putting me allin. i fold, and he shows AT for top 2 pair, which i of course had beat. so i made a bad fold, but what was the old man thinking? did he really believe he was ahead?

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    1. "did he really believe he was ahead?"

      Yea, I think be believed he was ahead. He has top pair with a Ace kicker. He could have put you on AK to QJ kind of hand or KT, QT, or JT.

      But seeing that you re-raised him pre flop most likely he put you on AK, AQ, or AJ.

      When you flop top pair with top kicker and it is impossible for anyone else to have a straight or flush then most of the time you will be ahead at that point.

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    2. When he said he would show for free, he probably knew he was beat. Again, your yapping makes it easier for people to outplay you.

      Agreed with Vook, the beat sizes are terrible.

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  4. i feel a large part of my success at poker is due to not looking at my cards until i get both of them, and usually but not always til its close to my turn to act. but even more so due to never looking at the flop but watching the other players instead and fixing it to where my eyes cannot see the flop til later. i think im getting very good at telling if the player im watching likes the flop or not. (very useful info because it allows me check raise, check fold and slow play accurately, and is very useful on bluffing flops i miss).

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    1. Tony:

      Those are both really positive poker habits to develop - It's great that you put time into noticing those things. Well done.

      Do you think paying attention to the game at other points would also help you identify any tells? When we have played together in the past, you seem to spend almost no time observing game play when you're not in a hand. Is that because you don't think you would pick up anything useful, or is it just too much to focus on?

      Again, I do think watching others and not the flop is something few players at 1/2 do. Well done.

      s.i.

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    2. i think im best off not getting bored and playing loose. that would help me better than paying closer attention

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    3. Possibly.

      Of course, keeping yourself engaged by being intensely observant might be the best of all options, don't you think?

      s.i.

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  5. Vook posted a comment on twitter id like to discuss, in which he says me showing the 44 that zach elwood (author of reading poker tells) in Portland would say i would NEVER have the flush there. But in the latest issue of allin magazine theres an interview with Zach elwood and in it he says guys who are bluffing practically NEVER say they are bluffing. therefore, if i claim there im (in a way) bluffing, i must have a strong hand. id like Vook to read that interview

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    1. I agree with Vook, although I would never be 100% about any read. I would say you almost never have a flush here, probably less than 1% of the time. What does that leave??? You would almost never have 24 for a flopped str8, because people just don't play that way. You would have made a move on the flop or on the turn, and not bet big once the flush draw comes in. So that leaves only one hand that could beat an Ace (unless he had A2), 46. Would you play 46o out of position (I presume you were not in the blinds)? Doubtful. I would call almost 100% of the time here.

      Not sure what you are trying to say with the Zach interview reference, but in this hand, you did not say you were bluffing. In fact, you were trying to tell him that your were not bluffing with your show and tell.

      From what I can deduce here, he would have folded regardless, because both flush and possible str8 draw got there. You could also have been stubborn and called with A7 and hit 2 pairs. With your show and tell, you confused him, and if anything, increased the likelihood of getting called.

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    2. Tony. Go ask Zach. The point is not that you generically said you didn't have a flush. You made it too specific by showing a card AND saying you didn't have a flush. That is the tell You actually could have a straight there but I personally would discount the flush based on your actions.

      Not that matters as you will chose to ignore my comment since your bluff worked.

      It worked for one of three reasons. The Player was folding anyways.
      It's 1/2 and your actions convinced him to fold despite the obvious tell
      He put you on the made straight

      Your chatter and actions will not work as well at 2/5. At 1/2 people are mostly clicking buttons

      If this post doesn't work I give up on posting at your blog. Tired of typing and having it disappear.

      PS. Your bet sizing on that QQ is awful at all points.

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  6. also, lightning tells me Michelle has never seen or met me in person. i was a little surprised to learn this too.

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  7. went over to the Atlantis tonight when the game broke up at the Peppermill (with me still down $239) it broke up really early tonight with Lorraine the prop on vacation. id lost $419, rebought $500 and eventaully won a huge pot with 777 on a board of J372 and 2 spades on the turn, where i went allin, the loose asian lady took 283 minutes, and eventually folded AA. then the other guy shocked me by calling. Steve the dealer claims he had 333 but i think he didnt really see it and just said it to get the $5 i offered. (he was playing, not dealing). then he quit after i won that big pot, and at the time i was only $50 from being even.

    earlier i got stuck big by losing a pot to the same guy. i had 10 8 of spades and turned a flush draw. so i called a small bet. (i shouldve never told him i had a flush draw). on the river, i hit the back door flush (which is the flush i was really on) instead of the front door flush. sure enough he checks, i bet $45, he goes allin. damn why just didnt i turn it over?

    why did i let him know i had a flush draw?? anyway i finally call, he showed the nut flush. thats how i got stuck $419 to start with. (over $250 of it was lost that hand, the rest i was already stuck).

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    1. I am a bit confused here, did you offer Steve the dealer $5 to tell you what the other player had? If that was the case, it is not only stupid, but wrong.

      LOL on the flush draw hand. Once again, you big mouth allowed villain to play you perfectly. Why do you make life harder for yourself? You keep talking, and then you get paranoid that you are getting bluffed all the time because people knows how you play.

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    2. I wonder if any one has ever told you to STFU when you are playing poker as you give away too much information when you flap your gums while in a hand. Ah well, it only cost you $250 that time.

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    3. Having played with Tony I can tell you why he does this. He revels in the attention.

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  8. so when i went to the atlantis, i had $680 left of $919 and bought in $280 the dealer DD was there (from a previous blog entry) and playing and drinking. and he told me who the loose player was. well right off i get into a big hand with him. i have AQ offsuit, and he straddles for $10. i raise to maybe $40 (not sure), a black guy goes allin for about $80. he bets $130, and i shove. he folds (after being pot committed for $130 already) for about $140 more????

    anyway the flop comes A44 and i won against the allin guys 66. i was relieved i though for sure he had a much better hand.

    but i lost it all back when i had KK and again raised the loose players straddle. he then made a massive allin, i called he had aa and i lost the whole $480 id got it up to.

    then i went and played the 100 play VP with my remaining $400 in the other pocket and briefly had it up to $840, quite a sizeable win. cashed out $747 of it and took a cab home.

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    1. Your details are sparse but how did the $480 that you were up get lost? Are you saying that you raised a straddle and he 4 bet you to $480? Do you identify that as a mistake? How do you feel about your play? If I understand you correctly, you played 250 big blinds all in preflop with KK v. AA. Good? Bad? Cooler? Does your thought process change if you're sitting on 100BB? What about 500BB?

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    2. I think stacking off preflop with kings is usually the right thing to do. Of course as you get deeper and your opponent has a tighter range you need to begin to consider folding KK. But in my opinion this is a easy ship it in based on the info we got from Tony. A straddle pot effectively changes the stakes of the game so he's not 250bb deep he has 120bb. Also his opponent is loose and gambling based on information tony provided. Easy all in, just bad luck.

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    3. yes he 3 bet me to $480. and most of these guys claim it wasnt a mistake since he was loose.

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    4. Getting it all in preflop with K-K is fine, especially against a loose player. Folding it? Out of the question. You'd be shocked what they sometimes show up with.

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  9. Tony can you do a blog about "natural born liars" that just can't help themselves..?

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    1. Tony, can you do a blog about "nudge nudge, wink winkers" that just can't help themselves?

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  10. Tony:

    In the two posts of mine, both on this thread, I asked a question in each. When you read our posts when approving them, do you simply decide not to answer some and only respond to others? Did my particular two questions annoy you? Did you feel they weren't respectful?

    If you would prefer I post no further questions, I will comply. It is YOUR blog, of course. I'm just looking for some guidance.

    s.i.

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    1. see the reply to dave below and u will see why i wait til i get home to reply back to comments. (and by then i often go to sleep and forget theres a comment i needed to reply to)

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  11. Tony asks questions about hands all the time, but then generally never responds to people who give their thoughts on how the hand was played. Whether he reads the responses or not remains a mystery to me.

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    1. most of the time im approving responses im going thru my emails and hitting approve 1 by 1 before i delete the email. im usually at a poker table, and not at home where i can more easily respond on here. what takes 5 minutes to do on the laptop at home takes about 20 min to do on the cell and im in the middle of hands at the table and it really isnt a good idea to do it then

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    2. So why don't you respond once you get home. What is the point of posting hand history if you are not going to respond to feedback or further questions? Even if you forgot to respond the first day, why not respond when you look at the comments next time?

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  12. Tony you made this post on Twitter:

    tony bigcharles ‏@sevencard2003 13h13 hours ago

    ended the night with only $9300 left. and i really need to go to store and buy food, but Lorraine is on vacation
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    Who is Lorraine?
    Does she hold your hand while you shop?
    Does she drive you to and from the supermarket so you can shop?
    Is she your latest mystery flame?
    Where did she go on vacation?
    Why didn't she take you with her?

    So many questions need answering Tony, Please oblige.

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    1. Koala i already answered u back that it was the elderly lady who works graveyard as a prop. often she is willing to run me to the bank atm to make a deposit or by the walmarts on her way home and back when she gets off at 5am.

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    2. OK thanks, I don't remember you writing about her. Thought you might have found yourself a girlfriend.

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    3. He mentioned her in passing in one of the recent blog updates (or in the comment section of one of the recent blog updates) comeon! Pay attention man! He spent like a whole sentence explaining she was the prop and on vacation... so, you should remember who she is forever.

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    4. Greg, et.al. - Not that I'm a defender of Tony by any stretch; he certainly has his flaws, but, what you're cynically attacking above cuts to the core of his disability. Remember that Tony is on the autism spectrum. A trait of the aspergers / autism is narcissistic tendencies, as demonstrated above. In Tony's mind, he writes something and you should have absorbed it. Most likely, Tony doesn't respond to many comments on her because he feels he's answered them in other posts / forums. I believe that's why he so frequently uses colloquialisms such as "of course" and "u see," indicated that you, the reader, should already know about why he's writing whatever he's writing - it serves as a reminder to you. Change and fear of change or slow adaptation is most likely a trait.

      All that said, laziness is not a trait of aspergers / autism. Autistic / aspergers affected people *DO* go out and get jobs and are contributors to society. They are not homeless, gambling addicts. Though lately, Tony's posts have been promising - he's been gambling on EV- games less and playing poker more. This is good, slow change. We'll see what happens in the future of TBC!

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