Monday, January 25, 2010

UBOC Update!

I am getting killed in the fucking UBOC! Since my last post I came up short in $130 NLH, $215 NLH, $109 6 handed limit (it makes me sick that I can't ever seem to do anything in these 6-max limit tournaments!), and $320 PLH/PLO/PLO8 mixed. I'm 0 for 6! Fuck!

Tomorrow I have $215 HORSE which might be my last event if I put up another brick.

Friday, January 22, 2010

WBCOOP

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the WBCOOP PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! You too can Play Poker Online at PokerStars.com and take part in the WBCOOP which is open to all Bloggers by registering on WBCOOP to play.

Registration code: 081711

UBOC Events #1 and #2 Recap

Event #1 really came down to one hand two and half hours in where I had no chance to get off it and no chance to win. The blinds were 100/200, I had my starting stack of 3,000 up to about 3,800 and I got dealt J8 in the big blind. There were two limpers, the small blind called and we took the flop 4 way. The flop came down Q 9 5 and it got checked around. The turn was a ten which looked like a total bingo card making me a straight. The small blind bet out 625 into the 800 chip pot and I took a moment to think.

I had about 3,600 behind and the small blind had about 3,000 including his bet. I thought I was likely to get called if I moved all in, but if he was on a bluff I didn't want to blow him off it. He might also lay down a hand with a ten in it to a big turn raise, but might check call the river. Of course I also wanted to give my other opponents the chance to make a mistake by raising or calling thin.

In the end I just called and the river came down an 8. This was not a great card for me since I'd now be splitting against someone else with a J in their hand and more likely it would kill my action against any hand that I could beat.

When my opponent moved all in I figured he had a jack as well. I was right, but I was sorry to see he had KJ and hand made a bigger straight. A few hands later I got my last 500 in the pot with KT vs 66 and missed.

The finish in event #2 was much more dissapointing. 2+ hours into play I had 1,400 of my 3,000 starting stack left and had one foot out the door. Then I caught a few breaks. Here is a hand I played in the Razz (7-card stud where the lowest hand wins) section of the tournament.

Stage #2130831249 Tourney ID 4960102 8 Game Mix + Multi Normal Tournament Normal 250/500 - 2010-01-20 22:36:53.026 (ET) [ 2010-01-20 22:36:53 ]
Game Type: Normal Razz
Table: 44 (Real Money)
Seat 1 - ACESSEDAI (2,427 in chips)
Seat 2 - MARIA NUCCIA (3,814 in chips)
Seat 3 - INYOUREYE111 (4,972 in chips)
Seat 4 - WHATZPROFIT (4,313 in chips)
Seat 5 - YELLOSUB86 (2,427 in chips)
Seat 6 - GEEAH (6,447 in chips)
Seat 7 - BRUCE CAMINO (3,431 in chips)
Seat 8 - RYANBLUF (8,052 in chips)
ACESSEDAI - Ante 40
MARIA NUCCIA - Ante 40
INYOUREYE111 - Ante 40
WHATZPROFIT - Ante 40
YELLOSUB86 - Ante 40
GEEAH - Ante 40
BRUCE CAMINO - Ante 40
RYANBLUF - Ante 40
*** 3rd STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [3d 6d 7h]
MARIA NUCCIA - Pocket [H H 2c]
INYOUREYE111 - Pocket [H H 8s]
WHATZPROFIT - Pocket [H H Ah]
YELLOSUB86 - Pocket [H H 6h]
GEEAH - Pocket [H H 9h]
BRUCE CAMINO - Pocket [H H 8d]
RYANBLUF - Pocket [H H 4c]
GEEAH - Bring-In 75
BRUCE CAMINO - Folds
RYANBLUF - Raises 250 to 250
ACESSEDAI - Raises 500 to 500
MARIA NUCCIA - Folds (Preselection)
INYOUREYE111 - Folds
WHATZPROFIT - Raises 750 to 750
YELLOSUB86 - Folds
GEEAH - Folds (Preselection)
RYANBLUF - Folds
ACESSEDAI - Calls 250
*** 4TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [3d 6d 7h 8c]
WHATZPROFIT - Pocket [H H Ah 4d]
WHATZPROFIT - Bets 250
ACESSEDAI - Calls 250
*** 5TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [3d 6d 7h 8c Kh]
WHATZPROFIT - Pocket [H H Ah 4d Kc]
WHATZPROFIT - Bets 500
ACESSEDAI - Calls 500
*** 6TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [3d 6d 7h 8c Kh 5h]
WHATZPROFIT - Pocket [H H Ah 4d Kc Jh]
ACESSEDAI - Bets 500
WHATZPROFIT - Calls 500
*** RIVER ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [3d 6d 7h 8c Kh 5h 5d]
WHATZPROFIT - Pocket [H H Ah 4d Kc Jh H]
ACESSEDAI - All-In(Raise) 387 to 387
WHATZPROFIT - Calls 387
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ACESSEDAI - Shows [3d 6d 7h 8c Kh 5h 5d] (8,7,6,5,3)
WHATZPROFIT - Shows [Ad 5s Ah 4d Kc Jh 3s] (J,5,4,3,A)
ACESSEDAI Collects 5,419 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot(5,419)
Seat 1: ACESSEDAI won Total (5,419) All-In with 8,7,6,5,3 [3d 6d 7h 8c Kh 5h 5d - P:3d,B:5d,P:6d,B:7h,B:8c]
Seat 2: MARIA NUCCIA Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 3: INYOUREYE111 Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 4: WHATZPROFIT lost with J,5,4,3,A [Ad 5s Ah 4d Kc Jh 3s - P:Ad,B:3s,B:4d,P:5s,B:Jh]
Seat 5: YELLOSUB86 Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 6: GEEAH Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 7: BRUCE CAMINO Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 8: RYANBLUF Folded on the 3rd STREET

Clearly my opponent thought we were playing normal stud. Either that or he is a total buffoon...or both.

Here is the very next hand still playing Razz:

Stage #2130833604 Tourney ID 4960102 8 Game Mix + Multi Normal Tournament Normal 250/500 - 2010-01-20 22:37:50.025 (ET) [ 2010-01-20 22:37:50 ]
Game Type: Normal Razz
Table: 44 (Real Money)
Seat 1 - ACESSEDAI (5,419 in chips)
Seat 2 - MARIA NUCCIA (3,774 in chips)
Seat 3 - INYOUREYE111 (4,932 in chips)
Seat 4 - WHATZPROFIT (1,886 in chips)
Seat 5 - YELLOSUB86 (2,387 in chips)
Seat 6 - GEEAH (6,332 in chips)
Seat 7 - BRUCE CAMINO (3,391 in chips)
Seat 8 - RYANBLUF (7,762 in chips)
ACESSEDAI - Ante 40
MARIA NUCCIA - Ante 40
INYOUREYE111 - Ante 40
WHATZPROFIT - Ante 40
YELLOSUB86 - Ante 40
GEEAH - Ante 40
BRUCE CAMINO - Ante 40
RYANBLUF - Ante 40
*** 3rd STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [7s Ah Kh]
MARIA NUCCIA - Pocket [H H Ad]
INYOUREYE111 - Pocket [H H Jh]
WHATZPROFIT - Pocket [H H 9d]
YELLOSUB86 - Pocket [H H 8h]
GEEAH - Pocket [H H 9s]
BRUCE CAMINO - Pocket [H H 6d]
RYANBLUF - Pocket [H H Ac]
ACESSEDAI - Bring-In 75
MARIA NUCCIA - Folds
INYOUREYE111 - Folds
WHATZPROFIT - Folds (Preselection)
YELLOSUB86 - Folds
GEEAH - Folds (Preselection)
BRUCE CAMINO - Folds (Preselection)
RYANBLUF - Raises 250 to 250
ACESSEDAI - Calls 175
*** 4TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [7s Ah Kh 2h]
RYANBLUF - Pocket [H H Ac 7c]
RYANBLUF - Bets 250
ACESSEDAI - Calls 250
*** 5TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [7s Ah Kh 2h 2s]
RYANBLUF - Pocket [H H Ac 7c As]
RYANBLUF - Bets 500
ACESSEDAI - Calls 500
*** 6TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [7s Ah Kh 2h 2s 5c]
RYANBLUF - Pocket [H H Ac 7c As 10s]
RYANBLUF - Bets 500
ACESSEDAI - Calls 500
*** RIVER ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [7s Ah Kh 2h 2s 5c Jd]
RYANBLUF - Pocket [H H Ac 7c As 10s H]
RYANBLUF - Bets 500
ACESSEDAI - Calls 500
*** SHOW DOWN ***
RYANBLUF - Shows [5d 10d Ac 7c As 10s 10c] (A,A,10,7,5)
ACESSEDAI - Shows [7s Ah Kh 2h 2s 5c Jd] (J,7,5,2,A)
ACESSEDAI Collects 4,320 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot(4,320)
Seat 1: ACESSEDAI won Total (4,320) with J,7,5,2,A [7s Ah Kh 2h 2s 5c Jd - P:Ah,B:2h,B:5c,P:7s,B:Jd]
Seat 2: MARIA NUCCIA Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 3: INYOUREYE111 Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 4: WHATZPROFIT Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 5: YELLOSUB86 Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 6: GEEAH Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 7: BRUCE CAMINO Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 8: RYANBLUF lost with A,A,10,7,5 [5d 10d Ac 7c As 10s 10c - P:5d,B:7c,B:10c,B:Ac,B:As]


On this one my opponent made a full house! HA! I can't say I felt sure he was bluffing most of the way, but I thought it was worth it to look him up.

During this two hand stretch tripled my chips and was in good shape. A few hands later I made a wheel (the best possible razz hand) against A 2 3 5 6 which is the thrid best possible hand. That took me over 11K.

After a little up and down I gave back a ton of chips when I started with split aces against rolled up 9's in the normal 7 card stud. In fact I plummeted all the way back to 1,500 chips.

But then I made another comback. I was up to 9K or so when this hand came up playing Stud hi-lo (note that I was playing against Ultimate bet (or AP) pro and card player colunmist Michael Binger).

Stage #5039 Tourney ID 4960102 8 Game Mix + Multi Normal Tournament Normal 800/1,600 - 2010-01-21 00:02:51.005 (ET) [ 2010-01-21 00:02:51 ]
Game Type: Normal 7 Card Stud H/L
Table: 44 (Real Money)
Seat 1 - ACESSEDAI (8,936 in chips)
Seat 2 - VISIONEER (7,676 in chips)
Seat 3 - STANACS (3,760 in chips)
Seat 4 - MARWAN23 (9,845 in chips)
Seat 5 - YELLOSUB86 (5,026 in chips)
Seat 6 - APSTER (9,726 in chips)
Seat 7 - BRUCE CAMINO (3,127 in chips)
Seat 8 - MICHAELBINGER (22,983 in chips)
ACESSEDAI - Ante 150
VISIONEER - Ante 150
STANACS - Ante 150
MARWAN23 - Ante 150
YELLOSUB86 - Ante 150
APSTER - Ante 150
BRUCE CAMINO - Ante 150
MICHAELBINGER - Ante 150
*** 3rd STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [2d 4d 4h]
VISIONEER - Pocket [H H 8d]
STANACS - Pocket [H H Qh]
MARWAN23 - Pocket [H H 10h]
YELLOSUB86 - Pocket [H H 3h]
APSTER - Pocket [H H 6c]
BRUCE CAMINO - Pocket [H H 9c]
MICHAELBINGER - Pocket [H H 3d]
MICHAELBINGER - Bring-In 250
ACESSEDAI - Raises 800 to 800
VISIONEER - Folds
STANACS - Folds (Preselection)
MARWAN23 - Folds (Preselection)
YELLOSUB86 - Folds
APSTER - Folds
BRUCE CAMINO - Folds (Preselection)
MICHAELBINGER - Calls 550
*** 4TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [2d 4d 4h 5s]
MICHAELBINGER - Pocket [H H 3d 2s]
ACESSEDAI - Bets 800
MICHAELBINGER - Raises 1,600 to 1,600
ACESSEDAI - Calls 800
*** 5TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [2d 4d 4h 5s Ad]
MICHAELBINGER - Pocket [H H 3d 2s 10c]
ACESSEDAI - Bets 1,600
MICHAELBINGER - Calls 1,600
*** 6TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [2d 4d 4h 5s Ad 9s]
MICHAELBINGER - Pocket [H H 3d 2s 10c Ac]
MICHAELBINGER - Bets 1,600
ACESSEDAI - Calls 1,600
*** RIVER ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [2d 4d 4h 5s Ad 9s 3s]
MICHAELBINGER - Pocket [H H 3d 2s 10c Ac H]
MICHAELBINGER - Bets 1,600
ACESSEDAI - All-In(Raise) 3,186 to 3,186
MICHAELBINGER - Calls 1,586
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ACESSEDAI - Shows [2d 4d 4h 5s Ad 9s 3s] (Straight, ace to five)
MICHAELBINGER - Mucks
ACESSEDAI Collects 18,772 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot(18,772)
Seat 1: ACESSEDAI won Total (18,772) All-In HI:(9,386) with Straight, ace to five [2d 4d 4h 5s Ad 9s 3s - B:5s,B:4h,B:3s,P:2d,B:Ad] LO:(9,386) [B:Ad,P:2d,B:3s,P:4d,B:5s]
Seat 2: VISIONEER Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 3: STANACS Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 4: MARWAN23 Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 5: YELLOSUB86 Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 6: APSTER Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 7: BRUCE CAMINO Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 8: MICHAELBINGER HI: [Mucked] [6s 5h 3d 2s 10c Ac 6d]

What a sweet 3 on the river to make me the wheel!

After that hand I really liked my chances of making the money. We were down to 60 or so players, I was well over average and 40 spots paid.

Binger got a little revenge playing hold'em when he went all in for 5,000 with K7 vs my AK and spiked a 7. Then I lost another 5K against another short stack with A9 vs 77.

You'd think this was a razz tournament with all the razz hands I'm sharing, but while the razz did me well early it did me in in the end. Here was my final hand.

Stage #98358 Tourney ID 4960102 8 Game Mix + Multi Normal Tournament Normal 1,600/3,200 - 2010-01-21 00:50:24.013 (ET) [ 2010-01-21 00:50:24 ]
Game Type: Normal Razz
Table: 44 (Real Money)
Seat 1 - ACESSEDAI (12,506 in chips)
Seat 2 - VISIONEER (26,802 in chips)
Seat 3 - TMAY420 (28,961 in chips)
Seat 4 - MARWAN23 (27,162 in chips)
Seat 5 - PSVALENT (11,818 in chips)
Seat 6 - WORTHLESNUTS (31,875 in chips)
Seat 7 - ANALYSER2 (9,740 in chips)
ACESSEDAI - Ante 250
VISIONEER - Ante 250
TMAY420 - Ante 250
MARWAN23 - Ante 250
PSVALENT - Ante 250
WORTHLESNUTS - Ante 250
ANALYSER2 - Ante 250
*** 3rd STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [As 6h 5s]
VISIONEER - Pocket [H H 3c]
TMAY420 - Pocket [H H 4s]
MARWAN23 - Pocket [H H 8s]
PSVALENT - Pocket [H H 7h]
WORTHLESNUTS - Pocket [H H Jd]
ANALYSER2 - Pocket [H H Ad]
WORTHLESNUTS - Bring-In 500
ANALYSER2 - Folds
ACESSEDAI - Raises 1,600 to 1,600
VISIONEER - Folds
TMAY420 - Raises 3,200 to 3,200
MARWAN23 - Folds (Preselection)
PSVALENT - Folds (Preselection)
WORTHLESNUTS - Folds (Preselection)
ACESSEDAI - Calls 1,600
*** 4TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [As 6h 5s 7c]
TMAY420 - Pocket [H H 4s 5d]
TMAY420 - Bets 1,600
ACESSEDAI - Calls 1,600
*** 5TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [As 6h 5s 7c 10s]
TMAY420 - Pocket [H H 4s 5d Qh]
ACESSEDAI - Bets 3,200
TMAY420 - Raises 6,400 to 6,400
ACESSEDAI - All-In(Raise) 4,256 to 7,456
TMAY420 - Calls 1,056
*** 6TH STREET ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [As 6h 5s 7c 10s Kc]
TMAY420 - Pocket [Ah 2s 4s 5d Qh 3d]
*** RIVER ***
ACESSEDAI - Pocket [As 6h 5s 7c 10s Kc Ks]
TMAY420 - Pocket [Ah 2s 4s 5d Qh 3d 2c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ACESSEDAI - Shows [As 6h 5s 7c 10s Kc Ks] (10,7,6,5,A)
TMAY420 - Shows [Ah 2s 4s 5d Qh 3d 2c] (5,4,3,2,A)
TMAY420 Collects 26,762 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot(26,762)
Seat 1: ACESSEDAI lost with 10,7,6,5,A [As 6h 5s 7c 10s Kc Ks - P:As,B:5s,P:6h,B:7c,B:10s]
Seat 2: VISIONEER Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 3: TMAY420 won Total (26,762) with 5,4,3,2,A [Ah 2s 4s 5d Qh 3d 2c - P:Ah,B:2c,B:3d,B:4s,B:5d]
Seat 4: MARWAN23 Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 5: PSVALENT Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 6: WORTHLESNUTS Folded on the 3rd STREET
Seat 7: ANALYSER2 Folded on the 3rd STREET


In the end I finished 48th, just 8 spots shy of the money. It felt like a major waste of 5 hours.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

UBOC Events #1 and #2 Underway!

Event #1 of the Ultimate Bet Online Championship is $320 "sniper" no limit hold'em. In this variant for every player that you bust you get $30 ($20 from each player goes to the house and $270 goes to the prize pool). We started with 1,103 players, the tournament pays 108 spots and first place is $65,488.

Event #2 is $162 8-game mixed. On pokerstars 8-game is a mix of the five HORSE games, plus triple draw, no limit hold'em and pot limit Omaha, but in this tournament there is no triple draw and instead there is pot limit Omaha hi lo. Also they've switched the no limit hold'em to pot limit hold'em.

I haven't played a ton of pot limit hold'em, but I have two WSOP cashes in that style so I'm not super pissed about the switch. On the other hand I'd much rather play triple draw than PLO8 even though I've made the money in 100% of the PLO8 tournaments I've played (I'm 1 for 1).

We started event #2 with 386 players and first place is $15,633.

An hour and a half into both, not much has happened. I'll try to put up a recap later, but might not get to it for a while since I'm off to wine country tomorrow and need to do some planning.

Friday, January 15, 2010

UBOC Starts January 20th!

Ahhh another acronym for a poker tournament series! It's not exactly the WSOP. It's not the WCOOP or the SCOOP. It's not even the FTOPS. I don't know if there is any prestige at all involved in winning a UBOC event, but like the above sets of tournaments the Ultimate Bet Online Championship will be loaded with under qualified players taking their shot at six figure pay days. The action starts January 20th and goes until the 31st.

There are 18 events with buy ins ranging from $109 to $2,600. Here is the full schedule if you're interested.

There are 9 events with buy ins totalling about $2,500 that I'm 95% sure I'll play. Towards the end of the series there are two $1,000 buy in events and one $500 event that I'll probably skip if I get stomped in the first 9. But I'll give them a go if I've been doing well. One major downside of this series is that most of the tournaments go off at 5:00 pacific so I'm going to have some late nights if I do well.

They are running an interesting promotion where you win prizes based on how many cashes you have in the series. Here are the prizes:

11 cashes $1,000,000
10 cashes $100,000
9 cashes $10,000 WSOP main event entry and $10,000 UB Aruba buy in
8 cashes $10,000 UB Aruba buy in
7 cashes $1,000 online tournament entry
6 cashes $500 online tournament entry
5 cashes $500 online tournament entry
4 cashes $300 online tournament entry
3 cashes $200 online tournament entry
2 cashes entry into a $10K prize pool freeroll

I have plans to play 5 of the first 7 events and you can bet that if I cash in 3 or 4 of them I'll expand my schedule and make a go at 8 or 9 cashes. I'll do my best to post about my results, but as my loyal readers know I tend to start strong with the recaps and then fade after a few days of blogging every day.

Even though this is the "Ultimate Bet" online championship, I'll be playing it on Absolute Poker. A year or two ago these two websites joined to increase their traffic, but they're still independent in some ways. The point is if you want to watch the action live you can go to www.absolutepoker.com, download the software and do a search for acessedai (that's not a typo I have an extra "s" in my AP username compared to my pokerstars name). I'll also try to post some on twitter as I go (as you can probably see my tweets will show up on the right side of the blog).

Wish me luck!

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year's Poker Resolutions

I'm not much for new year's resolutions. Apparently the top ten are:

1. Spend more time with family and friends
2. Get fit
3. Lose weight
4. Quit smoking
5. Enjoy life more
6. Quit drinking
7. Get out of debt
8. Learn something new
9. Help others
10. Get organized

How the hell are you going to enjoy life more if you quit drinking and smoking and spend time helping others? Let's go get drunk and pick on some short people! In all seriousness those things all seem important, but I feel like I have at least a good handle on most of them.

On the other hand I'm always looking to improve my profession. This year my resolution is to be more businesslike and professional about my poker playing.

I've gotten out of the habit of keeping tight records. I know how much I've won and lost, but I can only guess about what is the most profitable use of my time. This year I'm going to get back to tracking exactly how many hands I played, in what games, on what sites, and exactly how many dollars I've won and lost in every session.

The second part of my plan is to play more and keep a more consistent schedule. I don't have any trouble getting motivated when I feel like I really need the money. But when all I've been doing is slaughtering it's hard to get up that hour or two earlier, or take a 30 minute lunch instead of a 2 hour one, or play until 7 instead of bailing out at 5. Can you blame me? It feels all but impossible to push through another 500 hands when I'm ahead $1,000 for the day, $5,000 for the week and my two year old son is saying "Daddy, come play with me!"

One of the ways I cope with devastating losses is by coming up with a plan. Once I have a plan I always feel better. But I don't need a huge loss to come up with a plan! I have one right now! A plan that I'm sure I will stick to for at least a full 2% of 2010! My plan is to use 75% more exclamation marks!

Actually my plan is to play 50,000 hands a month. That's significantly less than I did in 2008, and while that's about what I did in 2009 I'm going to do it playing 4 games at a time instead of going to 6 or 7 when I feel like I need to bang out a ton of hands.

If I can make 25 cents a hand that would be $150,000 for the year. I don't think that's unreasonable since I've been making more than that since switching to AP and cake poker.

In the longer term I always thought to my self that it would be great to have career winnings of $1,000,000 before I turned 30. I'll be 30 on February 16th so barring an absurd tournament win, I'm going to come up short. But my new goal is to make $2,000,000 between 30 and 40. As long as we're talking 10 year plans, I'm also going to make a WSOP final table during that time.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(I told you about the exclamation point plan right!?!)