Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday Night Recap

Alrighty-roo. Yea, the dust doth settle, and yea, another night of bloggerments are in the books. I'd like to congratulate Buddy Dank and Zeem for their outstanding play last night in the Blogger Skillz Series. Given your stacks and play, I was quite content to take home the bronze last night. Zeem, isn't it about time you actually start posting to your blog?

Before I recap further, I'd like to extend the biggest props of the night to PokerPeaker, for his stunning final table comeback from 65 chips, all the way to the headsup chiplead, in the bloggerific Bodonkey. The fairytale ended with a runner-up finish, but damn, Peaker sure does represent the Rockies quite well, indeed. I would be remiss if I did not also congratulate Lightning36 for putting an eventual end to Peaker's juggernaut, by winning his 4th Bodonkey. Right now, he has to be the favorite for heading the upcoming leaderboard, details of which will be bestowed on the blogger community by Smokkee, just as soon as THE MAN allows.

I'd really like to thank all the little people for my 2nd consecutive cash, but I reserve special appreciation for those whose chips got me to the end:

Full Tilt Poker Game #5048473591: Blogger Skill Series (35811805), Table 1 - 60/120 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 22:45:39 ET - 2008/01/29
Seat 1: HighOnPoker (1,420)
Seat 2: Mondogarage (3,568)
Seat 3: twoblackaces (3,050)
Seat 5: riggstad (1,964)
Seat 6: Donkette (1,992)
Seat 7: NightRanger (5,826)
Seat 8: Fuel55 (6,315)
Seat 9: corron10 (4,180)
HighOnPoker posts the small blind of 60
Mondogarage posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mondogarage [Tc Ac]
twoblackaces folds
riggstad folds
Donkette folds
NightRanger folds
Fuel55 folds
corron10 folds
HighOnPoker calls 60
Mondogarage has 15 seconds left to act
Mondogarage raises to 360 (let's see how strong Jordan is, steal with fair hand?)
HighOnPoker raises to 1,080 (from reading HighOnPoker, this looks like resteal)
Mondogarage raises to 1,800 (ATs not great, but I'm ahead of lots of his range here)
HighOnPoker calls 340, and is all in
Mondogarage shows [Tc Ac]
HighOnPoker shows [5d 5c] (off to the races)
Uncalled bet of 380 returned to Mondogarage
*** FLOP *** [Td 2d 2h] (presto not so good this time)
*** TURN *** [Td 2d 2h] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [Td 2d 2h Jc] [Qc]
Mondogarage shows two pair, Tens and Twos
HighOnPoker shows two pair, Fives and Twos
Mondogarage wins the pot (2,840) with two pair, Tens and Twos
HighOnPoker: gg
HighOnPoker stands up

This hand put me in a decent position, and resulted in one of my only two bounties of the night. The other was Donkette, for the 2nd consecutive week. Last week, I think I took her out of both Tuesday bloggerments (and I think I did damage to her in last night's Bodonkey), so I suspect her bullseye may be finding it's way to my forehead soon.

Anyway, my extra special thanks goes out to JDSchellnutt (what's yer blog?) for getting me to the final table by putting me all in on the turn:

I didn't save the history, but as I recall, I'd made a 3x BB bet from the SB, which JD called, and after a check/check on the flop, I check/called the turn with the flopped boat. I don't even remember what he showed down, but I don't think he'd hit the board at all. This hand pretty much carried me to the final table. But with only five spots paying, and my lil' stacking sitting 8th of 9, I needed some help, especially after I had to fold to AgSweep's resteal shortly before the final table:

But then, what's a bloggerment without at least one attempted Hammer steal? That's okay, AgSteel, because the furiously fickle fates of fives would have my back. This is what happened shortly into the final table:

Full Tilt Poker Game #5049563618: Blogger Skill Series (35811805), Table 4 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 0:15:43 ET - 2008/01/30
Seat 1: MiamiDon (15,296)
Seat 2: cemfredmd (13,085)
Seat 3: Mondogarage (8,761)
Seat 4: AgSweep (9,190)
Seat 5: Zeem (12,610)
Seat 6: TNSpaceman (20,086)
Seat 7: Jestocost (15,572)
Seat 9: BuddyDank (31,400)
AgSweep posts the small blind of 500
Zeem posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mondogarage [5d 5c]
TNSpaceman: well, one or the other
TNSpaceman folds
Jestocost folds
BuddyDank: waffles sucked off a donkey? (part of why I love bloggerments)
BuddyDank folds
MiamiDon folds
cemfredmd folds
TNSpaceman: no he JERKED it off (the other part of why I love bloggerments)
Mondogarage raises to 3,500 (I'm probably ahead, but would be thrilled with the blinds)
TNSpaceman: difference.
AgSweep has 15 seconds left to act
AgSweep raises to 9,190, and is all in (he knows I folded to his earlier resteal)
Zeem folds
Mondogarage has 15 seconds left to act
Mondogarage: cmon...presto (is that a tell? lol)
Mondogarage calls 5,261, and is all in (I'm ahead, right? Um, right?)
AgSweep shows [Jh Js] (D'OH!!!!!)
Mondogarage shows [5d 5c]
Uncalled bet of 429 returned to AgSweep
Mondogarage: eew
*** FLOP *** [Ts 9d 8s]
*** TURN *** [Ts 9d 8s] [5h] (BOOM! - Presto works for me both ways tonight)
TNSpaceman: aye, it were a powerful one
*** RIVER *** [Ts 9d 8s 5h] [6s]
AgSweep shows a pair of Jacks
Mondogarage: gold!!! (JJ can't fade the almighty presto)
Mondogarage shows three of a kind, Fives
Mondogarage wins the pot (18,522) with three of a kind, Fives

And yeah, for once, I was able to dodge the 10-out resuck on the river. If my stack is higher, and if AgSweep hadn't twice previously restole from me, I can probably fold the 55 in that spot. But, given I was in for 1/3 with my steal, I had pretty much resolved myself to go to the mat with this hand, given our previous history in this particular tournament.

I ultimately went out 3rd, when I shoved my then supershort stack from the small blind, and Zeem called. As you can see, I went out to a bit of a cruel suckout, but one in which Zeem was live, and with the best draw all day:

Anyway, just like last week, I was also pushing my way forward in another tournament. This time, it was a $5.50 Razz on Full Tilt that started with about 65 runners. Early on, I was getting a lot of nice starting cards, followed by enough bricks to build a mansion, to the point where I was something like 56th of 58, when I finally started catching some cards:

Full Tilt Poker Game #5048634733: $5 + $0.50 Tournament (38236198), Table 9 - 120/240 Ante 20 - Limit Razz - 22:58:06 ET - 2008/01/29
Seat 1: oscar057 (2,514)
Seat 2: PayDragon (1,877)
Seat 3: JMAVIS25 (212)
Seat 4: Mondogarage (848)
Seat 5: tnittany10 (1,655)
Seat 6: wireman09 (2,056)
Seat 7: LBanyard (4,925)
Seat 8: favrefan1987 (1,868)
oscar057 antes 20
PayDragon antes 20
JMAVIS25 antes 20
Mondogarage antes 20
tnittany10 antes 20
wireman09 antes 20
LBanyard antes 20
favrefan1987 antes 20
*** 3RD STREET ***
Dealt to oscar057 [Qh]
Dealt to PayDragon [3s]
Dealt to JMAVIS25 [4d]
Dealt to Mondogarage [2d Kc] [4c]
Dealt to tnittany10 [2h]
Dealt to wireman09 [8d]
Dealt to LBanyard [7h]
Dealt to favrefan1987 [4h]
oscar057 is high with [Qh]
oscar057 brings in for 40
PayDragon calls 40
JMAVIS25 folds
Mondogarage calls 40 (two low cards with a looksee, I can't keep bricking forever)
tnittany10 folds
wireman09 folds
LBanyard folds
favrefan1987 completes it to 120
oscar057 folds
PayDragon calls 80
Mondogarage calls 80 (was this bad, given stacks?)
*** 4TH STREET ***
Dealt to PayDragon [3s] [2s] (I don't like this, but he didn't complete, may be weak underneath?)
Dealt to Mondogarage [2d Kc 4c] [Ad] (thank you, I can play now)
Dealt to favrefan1987 [4h] [9c] (his 9 and my K cancel out one another)
PayDragon bets 120
Mondogarage calls 120
favrefan1987 calls 120
*** 5TH STREET ***
Dealt to PayDragon [3s 2s] [8h] (even if not weak underneath, a made 8)
Dealt to Mondogarage [2d Kc 4c Ad] [6c]
Dealt to favrefan1987 [4h 9c] [6s] (I think I'm ahead; at worst, both drawing to a 6)
Mondogarage bets 240 (I'm committed now, no brick 1 time)
favrefan1987 raises to 480
PayDragon raises to 720
Mondogarage calls 348, and is all in
favrefan1987 calls 240
*** 6TH STREET ***
Dealt to PayDragon [3s 2s 8h] [9s]
Dealt to Mondogarage [2d Kc 4c Ad 6c] [8c] (not a complete brick but...damn)
Dealt to favrefan1987 [4h 9c 6s] [3c] (aw crap, made his 6)
favrefan1987 bets 240
PayDragon raises to 480
favrefan1987 raises to 720
PayDragon raises to 897, and is all in
favrefan1987 calls 168, and is all in
PayDragon shows [4s 6d 3s 2s 8h 9s]
Mondogarage shows [2d Kc 4c Ad 6c 8c]
favrefan1987 shows [2c 5c 4h 9c 6s 3c] (just as I thought, I'm drawing to 5 outs at best, and have to dodge three aces)
Uncalled bet of 9 returned to PayDragon
*** 7TH STREET ***
Dealt to PayDragon [4s 6d 3s 2s 8h 9s] [Jh]
Dealt to Mondogarage [2d Kc 4c Ad 6c 8c] [3h] (BOOM!)
Dealt to favrefan1987 [2c 5c 4h 9c 6s 3c] [Qc] (BOOM!)
oscar057 has been disconnected
PayDragon shows [4s 6d 3s 2s 8h 9s Jh] 8,6,4,3,2
favrefan1987 shows [2c 5c 4h 9c 6s 3c Qc] 6,5,4,3,2
oscar057 has reconnected
favrefan1987 wins the side pot (2,040) with 6,5,4,3,2
Mondogarage shows [2d Kc 4c Ad 6c 8c 3h] 6,4,3,2,A
Mondogarage wins the main pot (2,684) with 6,4,3,2,A

I still have a nagging feeling I misplayed this on the short stack. If I was getting desperate, should I have reraised 3rd street? Or should I have folded until I got, say, staring three cards where I'm drawing to a 6 or 7?

A while later, there was this hand, which pretty much highlighed my comeback into the money:

Full Tilt Poker Game #5049146888: $5 + $0.50 Tournament (38236198), Table 4 - 300/600 Ante 50 - Limit Razz - 23:39:35 ET - 2008/01/29
Seat 1: GeeHeeb (9,936), is sitting out
Seat 2: murjac (4,249)
Seat 3: Mondogarage (2,944)
Seat 4: olenanner (8,779)
Seat 5: chasebird24 (3,066)
Seat 6: backword (14,238)
Seat 7: Shortpoolguy (2,478)
Seat 8: LBanyard (6,786)
GeeHeeb antes 50
murjac antes 50
Mondogarage antes 50
olenanner antes 50
chasebird24 antes 50
backword antes 50
Shortpoolguy antes 50
LBanyard antes 50
*** 3RD STREET ***
Dealt to GeeHeeb [8d]
Dealt to murjac [5s]
Dealt to Mondogarage [2h 5d] [3d] (nice, a monster draw)
Dealt to olenanner [2s]
Dealt to chasebird24 [Kh]
Dealt to backword [Ks]
Dealt to Shortpoolguy [7s]
Dealt to LBanyard [9s]
backword is high with [Ks]
backword brings in for 100
Shortpoolguy folds
LBanyard folds
GeeHeeb folds
murjac calls 100
Mondogarage completes it to 300 (thought about just calling, to induce raise by olenanner, but think I'll be all in by 7th street this hand, anyway)
olenanner calls 300
chasebird24 folds
LBanyard has been disconnected
backword folds
murjac calls 200
*** 4TH STREET ***
Dealt to murjac [5s] [6s] (he's not going anywhere)
Dealt to Mondogarage [2h 5d 3d] [Ah] (the monster grows)
Dealt to olenanner [2s] [2c] (bricks, with one of murjac's likely outs, time to slow down)
LBanyard has reconnected
Mondogarage has 15 seconds left to act (slow playin' fool)
Mondogarage checks
olenanner checks
murjac bets 300
Mondogarage calls 300 (wanted to CR, but didn't want to lose olenanner)
olenanner folds (damn, must have been weak underneath)
*** 5TH STREET ***
Dealt to murjac [5s 6s] [Qc]
Dealt to Mondogarage [2h 5d 3d Ah] [9d] (me no likey, but still well ahead)
LBanyard has been disconnected
LBanyard has reconnected
Mondogarage has 15 seconds left to act
Mondogarage bets 600
murjac calls 600
*** 6TH STREET ***
Dealt to murjac [5s 6s Qc] [4s] (did he just make his 6 high?)
Dealt to Mondogarage [2h 5d 3d Ah 9d] [6h] (who cares, I just made better 6 high)
Mondogarage bets 600
murjac calls 600
*** 7TH STREET ***
Dealt to Mondogarage [2h 5d 3d Ah 9d 6h] [5h]
Mondogarage bets 600
murjac raises to 1,200
backword has returned
Mondogarage calls 494, and is all in
Uncalled bet of 106 returned to murjac
*** SHOW DOWN ***
murjac shows [Th 2d 5s 6s Qc 4s As] 6,5,4,2,A (7th street A sealed his fate)
Mondogarage shows [5h 5d 3d Ah 9d 6h 2h] 6,5,3,2,A
Mondogarage wins the pot (6,588) with 6,5,3,2,A

I know I chipped up huge here, but I still have questions as to my betting on that hand -- any suggestions would be more than welcome. I do think I may have ultimately induced murjac's river raise by my slow play on 4th street, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, once we did hit the money, I completely bricked everything possible, and went out 5th, but I'm pleased with the comeback.

Next week's Blogger Skillz game, Stud 8 - boy oh boy, do I suck in that game, but you can't stop the bum rush now, can ya?


lightning36 said...

You gotta ride that wave until it dies! Congrats on your cashes.

Hope to meet up with you at the final table in one of the upcoming blogger tournaments.

Zeem said...

Let's just say I am uncomfortable writing up hand histories or "I did this" type of stuff. I have a project in the works and if I can pull it off you will probably be able to hear a lot more from me if you choose.