Wednesday, February 22, 2006


It's been crazy at casa de Baz the last month.........

The whole family got sick one after the other........and I haven't been as sick as I was in as long as I can remember.

Aside>>>First hand dealt in the $6.60 SNG on Full Tilt and the UTG player pushes all folds around.....way to pick up T45! I was saying.....I was out of it for several weeks. Part of it was my stubbornness as I delayed going to the doctor after my initial stage lasted longer than normal. The doctor actually sent me to the emergency room two days later based on my symptoms and all he actually thought I could have meningitis and wanted me to get a CT Scan and Spinal Tap. Have you ever had a Spinal Tap???? Let me tell you.....don't rush to get one......not the most pleasant experience.

Needless to say I didn't play much poker. I actually played the live WSOP RCG tourney in Rockford on Friday night February 10th and was not feeling the best when I got there.....and feeling much worse by the end. I still played well making the top 40 before being bounced. My Dad made the money finishing 12th......Good job Dad! The next morning is when I finally went to the doctor and I ended up out of it for awhile.

I was finally feeling better and since I was off work Monday I went during the day to Empress with my brother to play some 5/10 hold em. It was great to play live again and my brother was not joking about the softness and passiveness of these games. He's been going several days per week as he works 3rd shift and has been making a killing. Any of you Chicago bloggers that have a weekday off might want to check it out. They'll run you down once in awhile but they'll also call you down when they pair their King with a 3 kicker and say, "you got me outkicked" when you flip over KQ.....NO SHIT SHERLOCK!!!

Anyway....check it out. Call in before 9am and tell them you'll be there at 9:50am. You don't want to get there at 9am because you'll be sitting with "the breakfast club" which is a table full of old timers there to socialize. You want to be first up on the second table which opens when the next dealer comes on at 10am. They open a 10/20 game at 11am as well if you're so inclined. I hear it's not much different from the 5/10 but I didn't witness it first hand.

I did play in the 16K on Full Tilt Saturday or Sunday night (can't remember) as well and was top 50 in chips most of the way. Paid like 93 and when we were down to 120 I got AKs and made a standard 4X the big blind raise. I was third in chips at the table but only by a couple thousand. It folded around to one of the guys with a bigger stack than mine and he re-raised. I figured two things: 1) The chances of him having Aces or Kings when I have AK is slim. and 2) If he had Aces or Kings he would have flat called to try and get the most out of me heads up. I figured him for a smaller pair....maybe 10's or Jacks or even AK as well. I came over the top all-in and he insta-called with pocket Aces. I got two of my suit on but no flush would come and I was out. I was looking to win this thing and that pot would have put me a great spot. I didn't want to simply make the money as the lower money spots are small....the real money is at the final table and I was willing to risk it at that point to have a great shot. Of course if I knew he had Aces I would have folded but I just couldn't put him on them.

Any advice....thoughts......suggestions are appreciated.

Well that's where I've been.

Hope you all have been good and hope to be back at Trump errr Majestic 2 before long.

Baz Out

Friday, February 10, 2006

It's been too long........

It's been too long since I last posted.......but not much to post about on the poker front. My family has been battling the flu for the last week and a half. My 4 year old son brought it into the house and it's spread like wild fire since it's introduction. I was in bed last Wednesday through Saturday and still don't feel like myself a week later. The worst is my 10 month old boy as at that age they just don't get it......they know they feel like crap but just don't understand.....breaks your heart.

On the poker front.......not much to report. Haven't been to Trump in awhile.......between being ill and the live bankroll hurting right now just haven't had the chance. I'm playing in a live tourney tonight with my Dad and brother courtesy of RCG. We shall see how it goes. I've played in a couple of online Full Tilt MTT's this week as I am still wanting to improve my MTT skills. Played the 16K a couple of times and the new 8pm $10 + $1 double stack tourney a couple times as well. I know my game is improving because I go deep most times but I just can't seem to get over that hump into bigger money. In the double stack Wednesday night I was 2nd in chips at the 2nd break really rolling. I proceeded to go card dead but used my stack to pick off orphan pots from time to time and steal as well. Top 45 were ITM and we were down to 60. I had around T13000 at that point with the blinds 300/600 with a 125 ante. I got pocket jacks and it was raised to T1200 by the big stack at our table (T35000) and there was one MP caller. I pushed and the big stack went into the tank finally calling. The other limper folded and he turned over A 10 offsuit. I was thrilled until an Ace and a 10 flopped and I got no help. If I double up there I think I give myself a good chance to make a run at winning the tourney in a spot where a lot of people were starting to focus on getting into the money. I don't know.........I need to keep working on my MTT game as I want to improve there this year. The only problem is it takes time and money which takes away from my ring game efforts.

I might take the next couple of weeks and dedicate solely to online ring games again to build back up my roll a bit before putting another couple hundred out there for MTT.

We shall see.

On the home front.......taking the family to an indoor water park for a long weekend next month.......they deserve it.....they're the best! Also starting to look at a Vegas trip with my wife, sister and brother-in-law for the second weekend in June. Hope it works out.......

Anyway....wanted to check in.....will let you know how the live tourney goes tonight.

Til next time.

Baz Out