Hope you're all well. I've been running bad, and am unsure if it's due to bad play or bad cards. It may be one of those times to take a week or two off again.
I'll try to get more regular updates starting soon.
Good luck ot you all.
I started playing again around mid-August and have been grinding up the bankroll like I started all over again. I was flashing back to when I started a few years ago. I’d play ring games and if I made enough to play a tournament, I’d buy in. If not, I’d keep grinding away.
It’s a good thing my cash games were going well. I didn’t even realize it, but I just checked OPR and it took me 15 tries before my first cash after the layoff. That’s just tournament variance on a small scale. I can’t imagine guys who travel the circuit full time. I don’t see how it’s mathematically possible.
In September, I took a business trip to
I was able to play some golf at the course at the Hyatt, where I was staying. It is definitely in the top five hardest courses I’ve ever played and probably top two beautiful. It seemed like every hole was uphill and into the wind. Anyway, it was a good trip overall.
The weekend I got back was the Manhattan Open. It’s usually the weekend after SurfFest in August, but they had to move it because of the Olympics. Once again, a friend of mine was able to come up with VIP passes to get Kat out of the sun and under the sponsors’ canopies in the boxes. Plus that comes with free food and drink, so that’s always a plus.
Finally, the Bicycle Casino has a deepstack poker series this time of year. I played a $60 tournament a week ago Sunday. It started with 7k in chips, 25/50 blinds, and 20-minute levels. I made it through the fourth break, but never really got any traction and ended up busting around 120th or so out of around 700ish.
I decided to take another shot this past Friday. They had a $120 entry. This one had $8k in chips and 20-minute levels. What a big difference.
Long story short; I played well and had the chips I needed to take some chances. I ended up taking 2nd in a chip deal with seven left and had my biggest cash ever. I even got my own player page out of it. I feel like Steve Martin in the Jerk, where he is shouting, “The phone books are here!”
I went to 10-handed with the chiplead at 885k. They put together a deal, but there was one player who held out. I agreed because the blinds were 25k/50k/10k antes and was offered better than 2nd place money. Plus I was due for the blinds on the 3rd and 4th hands, which would take 10% of my stack by the time I cleared the blinds. The final factor to my decision was that it was . I had been up for about 25 hours and since had about six Mountain Dews to keep me going. The last thing I wanted to happen was to be tired and miss a draw that hit, or not think something through clearly.
The guy who held out said he had a backer who was playing in the in the poker room and had to check with him first? A backer? Really? For a $120 tournament? Whatever.
He ran down to the poker room, came back, and said, “deal the cards.” There were some serious eye daggers being shot his way by the other players. Unfortunately for me, he busted a player on the 2nd hand, and I called a raise from him in my BB with KQ. He bet the A-high flop and I had to fold.
When the third player busted and we were down to seven he said he would be open to a deal. I was pissed. Of course he was ready for a deal. He had the chiplead now. When it came to me, I was ready to say no. He basically cost me $2k. One of the other players was ready to hold out because he was getting around $450 less than he was offered before and he wanted 1st to make it up. I wasn’t going to hold out if I was the only one because it was after by then but if he didn’t want to deal, I decided I’d side with him.
1st said he’d kick in $170 of the $450. I think he was getting $8,170 or something and would give up his extra change. He looked to me to make the difference and I told him he already cost me $2k and if he didn’t want to pony it up, let’s deal the cards. He finally gave in but even winning what I did, I was still steaming.
I can’t really bitch about it though. I maybe could have been more firm for the first deal. I think if I would have told him I wouldn’t agree to any deal until he or I was busted, he may have caved. It’s not a familiar situation for me, but I won’t make that mistake again.
All-in-all, I am very happy with the way I played. I never once got it all in behind with a chance of being eliminated. I did make one ill-timed raise with 5d7d and was forced to call an all-in getting 4.25:1. That hurt my image for a bit, but because I had a lot of chips, I could afford to make a few moves like that.
My first table was great. There were a couple players that pretty much had no clue, a couple that thought top pair was the nuts, and Chris Grigorian. I thought when we sat down I recognized him, but I thought it was from the cash games at the Hustler. He had a hat on backwards but after a few hands he turned it around and it said “Armenian Express” on it.
He doubled early and we only got into it one hand where he raised my big blind and I defended. I check-called the Q 7 3 flop and be when another Q hit the turn. He folded and flashed an ace before he did. I was pretty sure a K or 8 would come to give me a pair on the river so it was a good fold by him.
That’s it for me. I have a home game at KJ’s on Saturday and am considering playing the final $120 at the Bike. It is their “player appreciation” tournament and they are adding $15k to the prize pool. That’s like a 150 player overlay. Unless I am really hurting from KJ’s game, I’ll hopefully have another report next week. It for sure won’t be two or three months again.
Well, I was pretty true to myself not redepositing and playing poker. I did cash in some Ironman medals to get a $26 token, had a baby cash there and lost it in a $26 and $11 a couple days later.
Other then that, I think I may have played the 2+2 freeroll last Sunday because it was HORSE.
We have company in town this weekend for SurfFest. My blog entry covering last year's event is here. This is the first year I haven't played open. I put together a Masters team, which is all guys over 40. We'll see how it goes.
I hope to get a proper entry up by mid-week with a total recap but thought I'd check in to let you know I hadn't fallen upon some horrific tragedy, or th earthquake didn't get me.
Until next time...