Friday, June 29, 2007

Poker players aren't the only ones running bad...

Okay, so I finally start blogging again, and what do my Rox do? Lose seven fonkey-ing games in a row, all on the road, including not one...not two...but THREE effin' blown saves by Brian Fuentes, who was well on his way to another All Star Game appearance before he decided to become 2007's version of Mitch Williams. Eeshk.

Anyway, had to bitch and moan to someone. Not looking so positive at our club level seats for the Mets game on Monday now. Even if the brats are sick good.

On to poker -- it's been a fairly quiet week. I haven't really played any tourneys, since the Good Doctor Mondo hasn't been working real late, and I've been wanting to spend some time with her. But I have gotten in around 400 hands of 2-7 Triple Draw over on Stars, which I got into after the dealer's choice home game I played last weekend, where every 4th or 5th hand was either 2-7 Triple Draw or Badugi. (Aside...Badugi is hella fun, though it sucks having 2nd nuts on final hand of the night, to get run down by the nuts...ack.)

350-400 hands is hardly a huge sample size, but in this rather limited experience, I've learned a couple of things. The play at .50-1 limit is terribly soft. Rough eights, and even some nines were worth standing pat in position from the initial deal. Folks take 2-3 cards on the first two draws, and you bet out every time, most would let it go. Got up about three buy ins at that level, but took a single shot at 1-2, and found it much different. Gave up nearly two full buy ins there, because every 7-6 or 8-5 was beat by a 7-5. At any rate, it was fun, though 2-7 TD still seems more like a game of just trying to outdraw. But my ROI seems to be better there than in micro limit NLHE, so if it can fund a few MTT buy-ins, then I say what the hell.

Not much more to add today -- no fun screenies or hand histories. But it looks like I'm going up to Blackhawk for the $70/7,000 chip tourney on Sunday. It'll be my first crack at this particular tournament, which is clearly one of the best values in Blackhawk, in that it offers quite a bit more play than nearly any other tournament there. I believe the levels are still only 20 minutes (30 would be awesome), but the blind structure is the same as in the $30, $40, $50, etc buy-ins there. And if there's one thing I've learned, it's that I like deeper stack poker.

I wish for many large pots for all of you this weekend, and that the current road trip doesn't end 0-10...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Fire Up the Bandwagon?

Yeah, with my beloved Colorado Rockies doing so well, I'm finding it inspiring. Gotta start writing again. About what? Dunno. No band right now, but auditions forthcoming.

About poker? Sure! It's actually been a fairly eventful spring, as far as that goes. Finally won a live tournament at the Gilpin (3-way chop for $600 each, on a $45 buy-in), and then promptly gave it all back on two final table bubbles and a horrendous $2-5 session, but then, that's bingo.

Anyway, I've managed to reload online, and even took 2nd in a $5.50 PL Omaha Hi tourney a couple of weeks back, to pad the online bankroll a bit, but it's been hard to be engaged in the game lately, as I'm trying to spend more time with the Good Doctor Mondo. Most MTTs, I'm going deep enough in, but as per before, not cashing for much.

But it feels different these days. I am trying to steal/re-steal more, limping less, and generally playing more aggressive. But if someone wants to call your T140,000 re-raise AI with ATo, when you're AKs with K on flop, and K on turn, whatcha gonna do when the J on river kills you.

At any rate, I know I have not blogged in ages and ages, and that by doing so at this particular time, I'm no longer as cool as fuck as this guy would think. But I can't help it. After continuing to read all of these guys on a regular basis, and missing out on the oh-so-awesome WPBT event in Lost Wages, I'm feeling lonely. Or lame. Or something. Time to jump back into the pool.

By the way, go visit Sucko and tell with him luck in the Daddy Of 'Em All, and to continue to take up pen and keyboard when he comes back a supastah.