Sunday, March 23, 2008

The only explanation I can think of? Alternate universe

I played at Argosy last night. It was, I am not kidding, no exaggeration, the worst table of limit poker I have ever encountered in my life. I was at the point of wanting to find the chimp that plays poker and starting up a game with him in an attempt to improve the quality of play.

I know, I know, we love the fish. Don't tap the glass. If you can't clean up at that table how do you ever expect to be a winning player? But again, I maintain, that I would rather play at the high stakes table in Bobby's Room, because at least I am dealing with human beings who don't make me wonder how they even remember to breath they are so ignorant. Not card ignorant. Just ignorant. There was a guy who would call the flop bet, someone would raise, we'd all call, then the guy would re-raise with......10 high. 10 hi. 10. Yeah. He can be the Donk of the Week this week.

While one would think this is easy money, I have a hard time putting 40 bucks into a pot with A high simply because the man I am playing against is batshit crazy and it might be good. I hope to God, if I can go to Vegas this summer, that i can try some 5/10 and play in a game that isn't full of people who confuse limit poker with video poker or roulette. We'll see....

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Good Laugh

I saw this on Pocket Fives today:


Saying ppl are lucky is just an excuse for being a losing player.

For those of you non-poker playing readers (i.e. my token fan/friend Danielle), a brief explanation of who this Annette_15 is. She is a 19 year old from Norway who makes a ridiculous amount of money playing online poker. Many consider her to be one of the best online players around and she won last year's World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.

Let me first and foremost say that I think Annette Obrestad is a very talented player. I think it is great that she is a female getting some respect in the poker world more for her skill and ability than her gender. I wish I could play one eighth as well as she does. However, as someone who is NOT a losing player and DOES believe in luck, I think it bears mentioning that this girl runs like every hand of hers was touched by the fingers of Jesus Christ himself. I continuely watch her tables in awe of just how many times she gets it in with an underpair to and overpair and hits a set or runs out a flush. While I think the vast majority of her success can be credited to her skill, I cannot help but think that if she ran like Mike Matusow she would not blindly dismiss luck as a concept for losers. I hope Annette is around for the long haul, but I am curious to see how she will hold up when, and if, she ever hits the downside of that sick sick thing called variance.

Oh, and this is terrible, but I can't help myself. On some of the forums they compare Annette to Ann from AD, so let's see for ourselves:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Before I forget

I meant to post this when Mitch and I saw it last week, but apparently Chad "lilholdem954" Batista inexplicably started railing Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis in an FTP tourney a couple of weeks ago. In addition to some hilarious questionable remarks on Batista's part, it raises a fascinating and potentially dramatic possibility":

The WSOP circuit event at Caesars Indiana is generally lacking in start power and entertainment. Don't get me wrong, New Albany pulls in more names that in should for being in the middle of podunk. Last year we had Scott Fischman, Barry Greenstein, Mimi Tran, and Men Nguyen to name some notable live players. We also frequently get paid visits by none other than....Chad Batista, who won the event a couple of years ago. If the name doesn't clue you in, Alex Kamberis lives in Bloomington. Granted, I have never seen Kamberis at Caesars Indiana and, last I checked, he has been travelling to the more prestigious events, but the only thing going on close to the Indiana circuit event is the EPT in Monte Carlo.

In case you are a lil slow on the uptake, what I am getting at is that it is ENTIRELY possible that we could see a lilholdem ajk showdown right here in my own backyard and home away from home. Hey-yo! Mitch and I can't wait and plan on bringing the popcorn in case our wildest online poker dreams comes true.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Ending Balance: $800.23

Isn't it sad that it took a big win to bring me back to blogging? To be honest, I had grown so frustrated and disheartened with low limit poker that I felt like writing about it would only make me more frustrated. Mitch has suffered through a number of frustrated phone calls, most notably when I got it all in as a 90/10 favorite and lost 7 out of 9 times in a span of 3 hours.

To say I am not happy when my friends log big cashes would not be true. But to say that it was growing an eensy bit aggrevating to watch each and every one of my poker friends final table at at least one big tournament might be kinda true. What was I doing wrong? Their game seemed so similar to mine and they were having so much success when I was not. While my two big cashes today pale in comparison to Mitch, Brad, Brian, or Robinette, I still feel like I have finally joined the club.

I played a $5 MTT this afternoon just to have something to do while I researched for my paper on the computer. A few hours and 2700 people later, we were at the final table. At that point the blinds had been capped at 30k/60k, but with the exception of one person, we were all in shove mode. I was content to finish 7th for $378, literally doubling my bankroll plus some. After that, I decided to grab some dinner and play the 5:45 $10 Stud Hi/Lo. It is a much smaller field, ergo a much smaller prize pool, but I am really trying to work on my Stud8 game and wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. A couple of hours and 88 people later, we were at the final table. I finished 3rd after I got short in a boat over boat situation and getting it all in with a flush draw a pair and 4 to a low for an additional $132.

I fully realize these are meager in comparison to others, but to finally be in a position where I can play $10 and $12 sngs fairly regularly is HUGE for me and something I have been working towards for a year or so. I can only hope I will have some success at them, but I hear they aren't THAT much different from the $6, so here's hoping.