Sunday, November 28, 2010

Brag Post


It’s not too often that I get to do one of these posts so fuck it, I’m gonna do it. The pic to my left is a shout out to my brothers and sisters from the Great White North. I’m looking at you and you. I wish this were a brag about some big five or six figure hit, but alas it’s not THAT good.

With the extra workload (which I love, hi boss!) it has been a little more difficult to play online lately. I have re-dedicated my time (read: in the wee hours of the morning) to playing more.

It all started one week ago when I had to deposit $20 on Full Tilt just to play the Pokersluts $1 rebuy. I was in for around $8 all told and I was able to take it down after a heads-up match against PokerGeekMN for around $50.

In anticipation of Rush Week happening on Full Tilt beginning tomorrow, I started to play the micro-stakes level of $5nl Rush. The results have been very promising so far. I am going to try and do the 10 FPPs per day to get the $10 bonus. Let’s just hope it doesn’t cost me that much to do it.

Also on Full Tilt I started playing some of the step tournaments. With three buy-ins at step 1 I have been able to work one of them up to a step 3. I will try and work that to a step 4 and then play a $750k guaranteed satellite. Also between steps going off I played a satellite to a Mini FTOPS event and binked a win in that.

Thanksgiving night was the 4th annual Turkey Cup hosted by Dr. Pauly. With 56 runners and the top 9 being paid I was able to final table and finish 6th. I ran like god in hour one when I picked up KK three times, QQ once and flopped a set and had 22 flop a set twice. When we reached the money bubble I was brutalized by Dr. Chaco. I was 2nd at the start of the bubble and was 7th once it burst.

I also played in the 2nd chance PLO event. I was in a three-way all-in early with top set and no redraws on the turn against a wrap draw and a flush draw. The wrap got there and I was left with around 100 chips. I was able to double up twice and then I tripled up in a three-way hand where my single suited aces held. I then doubled up to 3k against Jess when we both flopped broadway but I also flopped two pair to go along with it and I boated up. The double was short lived as I shipped all of my chips back to her when I flopped top set against her flopped straight and I failed to boat.

The last mini-brag was AIPS yesterday. A disappointing 27 runners showed up for the HORSE event. I was at the bottom of the chip counts most of the way. I was once down to 500 chips before I doubled-up twice in quick succession in Stud. When we got down to 12 people left I was in last place and had about 1/3 of the chips of 11th. The rungood was then activated and I was able to make the final table with a slightly below average chip stack. I think I took out one or both of 8th and 7th place and I was 2nd in chips. Once we reach 6-handed it was a coin flip as the average stack was somewhere near 5bbs.

I think all of us held the chip lead at one point or another when we were 6 handed. I was able to get to heads-up play down 3-1 in chips and it quickly went to down 5-1 after getting the bring-in three times to start off. I was actually able to build back up to the chip lead when the wheels fell off. We both had a 4 card 10 on 5th street in Razz when most of the chips went in. I was drawing dead by 6th street and I was done. I could have saved my last 13k on 6th and would have faced a big deficit but I couldn’t find the fold button.

Not a bad week for me overall though.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tunica vs West Palm Beach


Is that even a serious question? With the recent news of a WSOP-C event happening in Florida, it was a question I had to answer. I was originally going to hit the Circuit event in Tunica in early February with Jerry, Brad and maybe even Blaz Seriously though, where would you rather be in February, Tunica or West Palm Beach? Nuff said.

The event in West Palm takes place February 17th through March 1st. Although a schedule isn’t out quite, the Circuit events are using a fairly similar schedule. That means I will probably try and hit the $200 satellite Thursday night and then play the $300 event on Friday. Schedule is up in the air from there. Maybe I will add the Saturday $300 event in as well. I would REALLY like to hit that $200 satellite to get the lammers for a $300 and the $1,500 main.

Needless to say the cash games down there will be insane.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Coming Up With a Plan

After the Winter Gathering I have the fortunate situation to be on vacation for the rest of the year. What I need to do is come up with a plan on how to spend my time. I may have some extra work for the other job but I should have plenty of time to play some poker.

I’m trying to decide where to play. Basically I have to be able to end my sessions by about 3:30 in the afternoon. I could sit and grind online in the morning and then go play at the room closest to my house. The second, and best option in my opinion, is to go hit the Hard Rock first thing in the morning.

The morning players at the Hard Rock are interesting to say the least. The vast majority are people who are stuck from playing overnight. It’s not exactly low variance poker but it definitely can be profitable. I don’t have to worry about variance too much these days as I can afford to drop 2-3 buy-ins a few days in a row and not run the risk of busting the bankroll.

Here are my local options:

Obviously I spend most of my time at Tampa Bay Downs. It’s about five minutes from my house but I think it probably has the toughest players in the area (relatively speaking). Hard Rock is always a great place to play, nuff said. Derby Lane is a bit of a haul for me and they don’t open till a little after 11am which would mean some short sessions. I have not made it back to Tampa Greyhound since the limits changed. The play is terribad but the games were always populated with short stackers. Like $20 in a 1/2 game. I see they have a 1/3 $100-$300 game now. I may want to check that one out. I have never been to One Eyed Jacks. It’s over an hour away but maybe I can get Smokkee to meet me there one day.

It should be a fun few weeks for me.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Where In The World Is Snuffy - Volume 5

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Volume 5 takes me to Detroit, Michigan. There are four casinos in town (not including charity rooms) including Caesars Windsor (Canadian Side), Motor City Casino, Greektown Casino and where I played, MGM Grand Detroit.

I got a chance to go play on a Wednesday night before heading out of town. When I arrived around 5pm or so there were two 1/2 games going and I was able to immediately get a seat. Just by looking at the table it would be no different than my other sessions in Detroit, very loose and a mix of aggressive and passive players.

After a couple of laps and seeing raises to $10 being called in 7 spots I knew what kind of table I had. Early on I was seeing some flops but generally missing. One hand I can think of I called a raise to $8 with A-10 and saw a 10 high flop. Before action reached me there was a $20 bet and a shove for around $50. I folded and saw someone flat the raise with A-A and take the pot. Not exactly the greatest strategy when 7-8 people are seeing the flop.

I was chopped down to around $100 from my $200 starting stack before I finally won a pot about two hours into the session. It was shortly lived as I fell back in a hurry. The first raise hand I had was A-K when I kicked it to $12 and received 3 callers. Flop comes K65 and I c-bet to $25 and was check raised to $60. I actually thought that was all of his stack and I called. He shoved his last $35 on a brick turn and I called and saw the set of 6’s. I was all the way down to $37 after the hand. Then the fun started.

A couple hands later I am in the sb and call a raise to $12 with 52ss. Yeah, you read that right. Flop comes 662 and I shoved my last $25 and was called in two spots. Board runs out 4,Q and my hand ended up being good. Back over $100!

From there I was able to climb up to $150 when I won my only big pot of the night. There were several limpers to me in late position when I found Q-Q. I raised it to $22 and had two callers. Flop is Q-10-Xssc. I lead for $40 and get one caller. Turn is a brick club and I put my lone opponent in for about $50 more and he calls fairly fast. I roll over the set and he holds. I asked if he is drawing live, he says no. River is an inconsequential card and I ship the pot.

After that the play was pretty meh and after a four hour session or so I left up $51. One large pot and running bluffs vs the right people on the right kind of boards was the rule of the night. My twitter feed says it all, “I left Detroit alive AND with more money than which I came with. How many people can say that?”

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Well I have been on the job for around two and a half months writing news stories at I received the good news late last week that I am being promoted to Senior Reporter. Basically my job will be to oversee a staff of 3-5 people writing up poker news stories. The promotion will probably double my workload but I am really looking forward to it. In tough economic times you have to take every opportunity you can to make some extra money.

What can you do for me? Glad you asked. I encourage everyone to go over to and sign-up for an account. Even if you have rakeback on all of your accounts go ahead and sign-up for the forums and post away. The site traffic definitely helps my bottom line. Who knows, I might even set-up a freeroll in the relatively near future to show my gratitude.

Feel free to peruse the news page and send me feedback about what you like and don’t like.

I finally found a way to make money in poker.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

PokerSlut Tour XIX HORSE

A horse is a horse, of course, unless it’s a donkey.  Then all bets are off.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Online Poker Commercial

I totally ripped this off of foucault at Thinking Poker.