Monday, June 27, 2005

Sweet New Home Poker Table.....

My Dad builds sweet poker tables and I became the proud owner of one awhile back and neglected to post pics......all I need to do is purchase the drink holders and add them which is a minor thing.

Hosted one game on it already and hoping to get some more once things settle down from summer

What do you think?

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Live Tourney for a WSOP Main Event Seat.....

I played in a live tournament Friday night with first place paying a seat to the Main Event plus $1,000 spending money. They paid top 20 and there were 500 players split into two sessions of 250 players each with the top 10 from each session playing to sort out the money spots. I played in the 7pm session along with my Dad and brother. The buy-in was $60 and everyone had a $30 re-buy or add-on. You could take the re-buy if you dropped below T500 or could get an add-on at the end of the first hour if you didn't use it.

We started with T1500 and the re-buy/add-on got you another T1500. The levels were 15 minutes long and the blinds started at 25/50. My strategy was to be aggressive early and either accumulate chips or lose my first T1000 and re-buy in the first level or two. The structure was pretty much a turbo and you had to get chips one way or the other to survive the ever increasing blind levels. Oh yeah....the tables were 12 handed.

I started out well and had accumulated T4800 by the end of the third level without ever showing down a hand (except the pocket Kings I raised 3X the BB and it folded around to me so I only picked up the blinds). I should have stayed aggressive in that last 15 minute session leading up to the break and the re-buy but didn't....mistake #1. I added on at the break and had around T6500 with the blinds going to be 300/600 when we got back from break.

My table had been broken just before break which I wasn't happy about as I had gotten a pretty good read on the players at my table.....who was a solid player....who would call with any Ace or any paint.....who would lay down their draw to the big bet and who wouldn't. Ah well....time to start fresh. I felt like I was working hard for my chips and yet the blinds kept pace with me keeping me at around 10X the big blind. The key was having a dealer that was good and quick........and players at your table that didn't think they were all ready in the main event. My first table was great.....the second....not so much. The dealer was fine.....but there was one guy at this table that took forever with every decision. It was crazy and our table grinded to a halt. We didn't even make one full orbit at 300/600 when we had been getting in 1 1/2 - 2. It was horrible.

Long story short......I kept just ahead of the blinds for awhile.......then the blinds caught up with me. It was just before they were going to go up to 2000/4000. I was down to T6200 and in the big blind for T2000 with A 10 offsuit. The guy UTG was short (about the same as me) and pushes. Two callers in LP and the small blind pushes over the top. I know that my A 10 is not good currently and suspect several of my Aces are dead even if my 10 kicker would be good. With the blinds getting ready to go up the next hand and I'd be the small blind I decide I have to take my chances here to quadruple up rather than get a random hand the next time. I call as do both players in LP. We flip them and I see an A 6, A 9, and JJ none suited. My first thought was my 10 would be good if I could see the case Ace until I hear a guy in MP state he folded A 3. I then hope for A LOT of diamonds (since I had the Ace of diamonds) or several 10's which never came and I went out around 72nd of the 250 in the session. The jacks held up. My brother had gone out 10-15 minutes prior and my Dad went out 15 minutes or so later around 60th so we had a decent but no cigar showing. If anyone thinks I shouldn't have made that call please leave me a comment and a reasoning why......every little bit helps.

We then played a $40 sit and go and I went out rather quickly.....can't even remember the hand. I think I was the 4th or 5th to go out. The other room had cash games.....1/2....2/4.....3/6.....and 5/10 so I headed there for some 5/10 action hoping to make back what I had put in so far. After 2 1/2 hours I cashed out exactly $5 less than what I bought in for....uneventful. I did hit my first ever live game 4 of a kind which was nice even though the pot was a small one. It was a very tight game and I might have been better off playing at a smaller limit that was a looser game.....maybe next time. The 5/10 game I was in was the only one left running as the other table broke shortly after I sat down.

All in all it was a great time and I'd definitely do it again even given the structure. I'd probably even take a few more chances early than I did this last time. I even took the wife and kids with me for two nights at a nice hotel with a kids waterpark and we all had a blast on the mini-vacation that included a night of step.....getting the wife to agree to a poker cruise.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe 4th.

Baz Out.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


Rest In Peace....

It's wonderful how the poker community got behind Charlie and showed love and support for him even though they didn't know him personally. They were able to put smiles on his face at times when he didn't have much to smile about. I'm glad the book Max Pescatori sent to Charlie got to him before he put another smile on his face.... and I hope his passing was as peaceful as it could be.

R.I.P. Charlie.


Monday, June 20, 2005

Still Here....

I'm still here but haven't had a chance to play in the last couple of weeks. I played for a couple of hours Saturday night and that was my first online time in several weeks. We were out of town for just under a week and had some out of town guests at the house the other week. It has just been busy since summer hit.

I did make it over to Trump Indiana for some live 6/12 action on Wednesday June 8th and didn't fair as well as the first time. I was absolutely card dead. Should have moved over to 3/6 with my brother-in-law halfway throught the evening. I basically lost back everything I had won the previous visit. We also went to a home game on Friday the 10th.....typical dealer's choice stuff with all the crazy games like B52, 3/5/7, anaconda, bidding wars, 2 of 3, and the such. It wasn't a good night for me as I lost a little over $100 while my brother-in-law won three times that which was nice for him.....although I don't think the guys will let me bring in another out of towner.

I will be playing online tonight.....taking a shot at a quadruple shootout on Stars followed by some ring action on a Party skin if I'm out. I'm playing in a live tournament this Friday. It'll have 500 people split into two sessions of 250 each with 10 coming out of each to play the 2 final tables for the prize money. Top 20 pay with first place being a seat in the main event in July. My brother and Dad will be going as well. We all are playing the 7pm session. I'm taking the family over a day early and staying through Saturday. The hotel has what looks to be a nice little water "park" for the kids so we'll spend Thursday night and Friday there before I head over to the tournament.

In the summer I will post more sporadically as my play becomes just that.....sporadic. I spend A LOT of time with my wife and kids over the summer enjoying things outside and traveling. Plenty of time when the weather turns to log more time at the tables. I will, however, try to get to Trump several times for live action in July so if anyone's up for it in the area let me know and we can meet up.

Til then I've been enjoying the Vegas trip reports and still have a LONG way to go to catch up with all my blog readings. Thanks to HumanHead for remembering my description of the MGM poker room and giving me the shout out on his blog. Wish I had updated in case my hits went up that day....need to check the sitemeter stats.

Til next time.

Baz Out.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Vegas and Event #2 Thoughts

My thoughts this morning are on Event #2 and the 9+ bloggers that are entered. Also on the bloggers that are overtaking Vegas as I write this post. I sure wish I could have made it out there this time.......maybe next time.

Good luck to all the bloggers in Event #2 and in the WPBT tomorrow. I can't wait to hear/read all of the trip reports that will be popping up over the next several weeks (I'm guessing).

My gut says that a blogger will represent at the final table and another will bubble out. That would be a solid showing with 2000 entries.

Good luck thoughts are with you.