Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Selling Shares for February WSOP-C Events

In February I will be playing two WCOP-C events:

  • 2/5 WSOP-C Tunica $565 NLHE (includes $10 dealer toke)
  • 2/27 WSOP-C West Palm Beach $1,610 NLHE Main Event (includes $10 dealer toke)

Since I am lazy I will copy what CK has used in the past for her share sales with a couple of edits of my own.

I am willing to sell up to 10 shares for $23 per share. Each share represents 1.06% of the aggregate buy-ins (assuming I play both events) and entitles the purchaser of such share to 1.00% of my gross winnings (pre-tax / pre-tokes) for each event. If I have the rungood of a lifetime and win the Main Event in West Palm I would get a seat to the $1 million event at Caesars in May. The purchaser of each share will receive 1.00% of any gross cash winnings.

In the event that I am unable to play in any or all of the events, purchasers will receive a pro rated refund of the share price, to be paid by the method of my choosing.

If you are interested in purchasing a share, email me at snuffysports at gmail dot com before 12:00pm ET on Friday, February 4, 2011. In your email, please tell me how many shares you wish to purchase. Sending me an email DOES NOT guarantee that you will be able to purchase any shares or the number of shares requested by you. I will send an email in response to all inquiries no later than 7:00pm ET on Friday, February 4, 2011. The response email will indicate if there are any shares available to be purchased by you. You ARE NOT entitled to purchase any shares unless I have indicated as such in the response email.

I will accept Full Tilt, PokerStars, PayPal or in-person cash payments for the price of the shares. Due to the limited number of shares, please DO NOT make any payments until I respond to your email and advise you that you are part of the purchaser pool. All payments must be made no later than 12:00pm ET on Saturday, February 5, 2011. If payment is not received by that time, you will forfeit the right to purchase any shares.

Payment on shares (if any) will be made via one or more of the following methods: Full Tilt, PokerStars, PayPal or in-person cash payment as agreed to by both purchaser and me. Taxes on any payment on shares are your responsibility. You agree to provide taxpayer identification numbers and other relevant personal information at my request so that I may comply with tax regulations regarding any gross winnings / payment on shares. If you do not provide any requested information, payment on shares will be delayed until I have received such information.

I reserve all right to make any deals regarding allocation of the tournament prize pool. If a deal has been made, I will advise you via email as to how the deal affected the published payouts. Payment on shares is determined based on the actual payouts, not any published payouts, regardless of the source.

AIPS Season Recap

Not too bad of a 2010-2011 season for me in AIPS this year.

  • 17 Events Played
  • 6 Final Tables
  • 5 Cashes
  • 2 First Losers
  • 1 Win

I ended up finishing in 4th place, my best overall placing in the four seasons I have played. This bests my 10th place finishes in the previous two seasons. The three people ahead of me played 23 of the 24 events. I don’t think I could have climbed any higher than 3rd though if I played more.

My cashes this year were in Stud, Limit Hold’em (the lone win), 2-7 Triple Draw, HORSE and the last event of the year, 8-Game Mixed. Notice a trend there? Zero No Limit Hold’em cashes.

The first career banana secured my spot in the $500 freeroll next week. Unfortunately I am going to be in Tunica, most likely playing the $550 event that day. Guess I will have to figure something out.

The last event of the year was a long one in 8-Game Mixed. We sat the final table of six three hours in. It took 90 minutes before I was eliminated in 4th and one other in 3rd on the same hand. I think everyone had the chip lead twice while four handed. I had built up a near 3:1 chip lead early at the final table but couldn’t hold it. Congrats to Heffmike for capturing his 4th career banana.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WBCOOP - 1/27 Live(ish) Blog

14:00 - WBCOOP started up for today. Played last night for the first time on the series and had trips lose to a flush draw like five minutes in. Let's see if I last longer this time. I know nobody at opening table.

14:12 - Recognizable faces in the field:
DaFoundation (who is already out)

14:22 - 20 minutes in and I'm playing 0/0, sitting at t2700.

14:30 - Won my first pot outright - t3261

14:37 - Nice, first hand I raise I hit top pair and run into a set - t1500.

14:45 - Still won only one pot. Good news is I have a shove stack now - t1100

14:55 - t1k or 10bbs at the first break. One shove not called.

15:07 - UTG shipped A-10 and SB called with KJ. Board runs out xx10Kx - Out 518th.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Type of Angle Shooting That’s Allowed on PokerStars

I was going to write about trying to satellite into the Macau Poker Cup next month but something came up during a stage 1 satellite for the event today. I think the best way to describe it is a form of angle shooting. It is allowed, but it’s just dirty in my opinion. I plan on sending an e-mail into PokerStars about it this week to see how they respond.

I was registers for a $10+1 satellite into the stage 2 $47 satellite. The structure is a turbo (5 minute blinds) with 1500 to start. Registration is open for the first 60 minutes, which turns out to be very key in the story. In the beginning we had less than two tables to start. When we reached level three we were up to three tables. The number of tables stayed steady for the first 30 minutes or so. When one busted another registered.

When we reached the 45 minute mark the craziness started to happen. Hoards of players started registering. When we started level 12 the blinds were 800/1600/150 and people were registering with less that one big blind. We had around 17 people remaining with 14 or so winning a seat. We ended up getting so many players that 17 seats would be given away and 18th received $31 (83 total registered). When registration closed there were around 30 or so players left.

The Angle

When the late registrants would sign-up they would immediately disconnect. They would stay disconnected until right before the time bank ended. Then they would reconnect and use their whole 60 second time bank before folding. We had two of these players back-to-back so a single hand lasted about one level. With this strategy it was possible for these players to win a satellite seat by never playing a hand if they registered at the right time and got a seat behind the button.

With the blinds getting so high we were losing 2-3 players per hand. I went from an 8k stack and 5th/20 (before the onslaught of late registration occurred) to being in trouble and possibly missing a seat. When we were a couple of seats away I was in the big blind for 3k. After posting the big blind I had enough for the small blind and one more hand after before I would be all in for the ante. We ended up busting a player and the button moved to me so I skipped my small blind. On that hand the bubble burst and I won the seat.

Being able to register and not even play a hand to win a seat is just wrong. That’s not poker. In order to show a profit it has to work once every four times which I think are pretty good odds using that strategy. I think they should cut off registration when the starting stack reaches 10bbs, or 25 minutes and five levels in satellites.

I’m interested to see what PokerStars has to say.

I will get to talking about the Macau Poker Cup tomorrow hopefully.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

PokerSlut Tour

There is no PokerSlut Tour game tonight because I’m being a total degenerate at the Harrah’s in St. Louis.  If I run QQ into a set of 6s one more time I might have to beat the shit outta the douchebag I see with Dr. Dre headphones.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

PCA Satellite and an Overall Fun Day

I was looking around on PokerStars the other night and I saw they were running satellites to their $1,500 side event on Saturday. I watched the satellites that night and the $215 one generated one seat. I thought what the hell, let’s try and win one of those tomorrow.

DoylesRoom Double

When I woke up the next day I also was thinking about my $100 I have on DoylesRoom. I wanted to double it or bust it. With my roll I sat at a 100NL full ring game. Fairly early on I spotted two players that could potentially double me up. I played a ton of pots with them and within 80 hands or so I was up to $170. One of the bad players left and shortly after that the other one left too. I was bleeding down and after a couple more laps I was down to $140 and I was going to get up and try later. That was until one of the bad players sits again.

With the bad one sitting again I decided to press on. He bought in for $45 and lost it. Bought in for $45 again, lost it again. Bought in yet again for $45 and then doubled it to $90 when I got to play a pot with him. He was down to $86 when the hand started. I limped A-K UTG and the bad player two to my left raised to $6. Folds back to me and I jam. I took the line knowing that he is calling off with most pairs and A-10+. Well he was near the top of his range with QQ. I was OK with flipping. Board runs X-X-X-X-K. Nice river. I hung around a couple laps and left with $201. Goal accomplished.

PCA Satellite

I had enough for a step 1 in my account but was planning on adding $200 if need be. I was able to win the step 1 and immediately registered for a step 2. With 8 left I have near my starting stack all-in with A-K against K-J when the board runs out A-J-X-X-J. I reload the account for $200. The plan was to play a step 3 and get a win to play the $215 satellite. If I missed I would still have enough to play the $109 seat only satellite.

The step 3 was interesting. I folded almost every hand until the 50/100 level and I was sitting 6/8. Two big stacks tangle and now I am 6/7. I shove once with no calls. Then two big stacks tangle again and I am 5/6 but still way short. After that the other short stack and I trade the 6th place spot a few times with our successful shoves two big stacks tangle yet again and I now have a redo locked-up. We quickly drop to four handed and then down to three handed and I am the short stack. I get a double and am even with second place. I get it in with the chip leader and double again and now I am in first. The last hand was fairly interesting

I am in the chip lead with around 7500, second has 3800 and third has 2200. We are playing 200/400 when the SB jams for his 2200. I have KQ in the BB and it’s 1800 to me. Looking at numbers quickly if I call and lose the stacks will be 5300 for myself and the others have 4400 and 3800. Would you call in this spot? I’m thinking it’s an easy call since I will still be in first. I did and he had A,3. Flop comes K-J-10 and I hold and get the win. After the hand the dude lights up the chat box saying how horrible of a call it was. As a side note I saw him on the next night playing a step 4 and he was in the middle of a 20 minute verbal war with someone else at the table.

Now with a step 4 in hand and $120 in the account still I opt to play the $109 seat only satellite along with the $215. We end up only getting four runners and the satellite doesn’t guarantee a seat and payouts are $215 for first and $185 for second. Too bad cause I end up winning it. When the $215 rolls around there isn’t enough people for a seat in that one either. I opted to wait and see if it would get close to a seat and then late register if it does. It doesn’t so I opt to keep the step 4 and play it at a later date.

With over $200 in the account and a step 4 I think I am going to play some more steps tournaments and try and build up some 4’s and try for a WSOP Man Event seat this summer.

Also, good luck to change100 in the $1K Women’s PCA event today. According to Pauly she is in first headed into day two.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WBCOOP 2011 Style

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! The WBCOOP is a free online Poker tournament open to all Bloggers, so register on WBCOOP to play.

Registration code: XXXXXX 842949

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 Recap, 2011 Preview

What a difference a year makes. I was looking back at my goals for 2010 and I only had two. First one was to be profitable. Pretty safe to say that never happened. On a good note I showed a fairly healthy profit over the last 3-4 months of the year. The second goal was to not drop $300 a pop in tournaments and stick to cash games. I really didn’t play a lot of big tournaments this year so that’s partially a win. I did play a couple in the $200 range while in Vegas for the WSOP though. This will be a significant change for 2011 but more on that in a bit.

2010 Recap

2011 Preview

The writing job as helped a lot financially. So much so that I can actually try and build a poker bankroll again along with giving the family some nice presents along the way as well. So let’s talk goals for 2011:

1. Play in two WSOP-C Main Events and one WSOP event – cashing in one of them. I already have the WSOP-C event in West Palm Beach at the end of February lined-up. After that I might play the one in St. Louis in early April. I think one WSOP event is doable this year as well.

2. Make a realistic push to win a WSOP seat. I’m still up in the air which way I’m going on this one. it may be the online steps route or it may be through single table sats and the megas at the Rio. Either way if I win it I should be sound enough financially to actually play the event.

3. Learn online cash games. I have never really put forth the effort to grind online cash games. I am going to make a push this year to play more. I started off the year already grinding at DoylesRoom. Rakeback has a $50K rake race and through the first five days of the month I am around 110th which would be good for $100. That would even cover my losses too Smile .

4. Play a minimum of three live cash sessions per month. This one might be a tough one to pull off. I will try hard though.

That’s about it. Wish me luck.

Sunday, January 2, 2011