Fellowship of the … ring games

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I googled for the definition of “fellowship” and one of the results that I got was “an association of people who share common beliefs or activities”.

And that is what I think the “Twitter Poker Tour” is – a fellowship of tweeple or tweeters that have an avid interest in poker and communicate via the web’s latest best thing, twitter.

I only just found out about the group earlier this month. I also saw that they have a regular tournament schedule every Thursday night at 9:00 pm Eastern Time. One week it is on PokerStars and the following week it is on FullTilt poker. This was great for me as I have accounts on both sites. The entry fee for the tourney is $5.50 and the prizes are based on how many people actually participate. Usually only the top five winners share the prizes.

The thing is, I have come to prefer cash games over tournaments but the TPT is such a diverse and complex group or fellowship, that I couldn’t help but want to join them. I have learned most of their twitter names from the TPT site and try to follow them using software called TweetDeck, one of many out there, but one that I find very useful.

So far I have played in three tourneys:

Tourney 1:  6th place, season one
Tourney 2: 17th place, season two
Tourney 3: 1st place, season two

So winning one event in first place … very exciting. I am looking forward to next Thursday’s event already. Hope to see you there!

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How much money do I need to play? – Bankroll management made simple (I hope)

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When deciding to play a game of poker, I always base my decision of what game levels to play based on my bankroll size. Your bankroll is the total amount of money that you have available to play poker.  It includes the money that you have set aside strictly for poker.   Bankroll refers to total monies not just what you plan to spend at one session.

I have read lots of differing views as to what your bankroll size should be. The whole idea of having a bankroll is to allow you to play your best but to allow for a streak of bad beats. Even the best of players can get stuck, not winning, for hours, days, weeks or even months.  During that time a sufficient bankroll will help them continue to play until they start winning again.

One thing that a new player turning pro should also consider is that after a few months of straight decline, they might just be a losing player.  Maybe they should consider just playing for fun or very low limits instead. They may just need to change the way they play.

There are so many suggestions by various people as to what the bankroll size should be that I picked the following one. I try to allow myself to have a bankroll worth 4,000 times the big blind.

That size of bankroll would allow me to sustain losses for up to:

20 sessions minimum playing No Limit games with a buy-in amount equal to 200 times the big blind.
40 sessions minimum playing No Limit games with a buy-in amount equal to 100 times the big blind.
100 sessions minimum playing Limit games with a buy-in amount equal to 40 times the big blind.
200 sessions minimum playing Limit games with a buy-in amount equal to 40 times the big blind.

The math is not perfect but the above formula allows the following games amounts to be played based on the following bankrolls. Using a spreadsheet will get you more accurate results.

$100 bankroll allows you to play reasonably in $ .01 / .02 games that have a big blind of .02
$1,000 bankroll allows you to play reasonably in $.10 / .25 games that have a big blind of .25
$5,000 bankroll allows you to play reasonably in $ .50 / $1.00 games that have a big blind of 1.00
$10,000 bankroll allows you to play reasonably in $1.00 / 2.00 games that have a big blind of 2.00

These are just my opinions and I am trying to be conservative as well.

You can always try to play above your level for a session or two, but it is a good idea to stay in your bankroll level or comfort zone even if that level is lower.

If you are on a losing streak, check your bankroll size and move down a level based on the remaining size. This will keep you going longer.

Only move up a level when your bankroll can sustain that level.

Best of luck and be careful out there.

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Book Review – "Professional Poker" by Mark Blade

So far I have read over 29 of the; most popular, interesting, easy, or difficult to understand books about poker and the various forms of the game. Some of these I have read at least three times or more. There is so much more to poker that it takes books, blogs, and actual doing just to get your head around the possibilities, the ideas, the strategies.

Early last year, in my quest for information on becoming a “professional poker player”, I found this book by Mark Blade, entitled “Professional Poker – The Essential Guide to Playing for a Living”. I highly recommend this book for both the beginner and the advanced player who might be considering turning professional.

I am re-reading it for a fourth time right now. I picked it up again out of my meager collection (there is so much more out there to get) and doing so could not have come at a better time. I really need to refresh my knowledge of what I need to do in order to become a “poker professional”

The amount of information and advice in the first five chapters including the “About the Author”, “Introduction”, and “Section 1” are enough to let you know what you might be up against if you want to turn pro. Section 2 talks about money issues such as your bankroll management and how much of a bankroll you need. Section 3 covers the education you need and, yes, more books that you absolutely need to read before turning pro.

The book is well written, easy to understand, and would make a good addition to your collection. If this happens to be your first book, you won’t go wrong. Mark’s recommendations for both required reading selections and optional ones will help make future book choices easier. This would also make a nice gift for someone who takes their poker seriously.

Poker Chips – Online versus Live

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During the last three years, I have played hundreds of online games of poker and less than seven (7) face to face casino games. I am not counting the thousands of home games I have played with parents, friends and relatives since I was old enough to play. Besides, almost all of the home games were played using cash; pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, etc.

The easiest mode of  betting, calling and raising is online play. Just click those buttons, move those sliders, type in those bet amounts and hit enter. Now, if you don’t pay attention, it is also to easy to call when you meant to fold, fold when you meant to raise, and raise when you meant to check. So maybe online has its own share of problems?

In my limited exposure in live play I have found that using real chips is pretty tricky. First there is the problem of learning how to handle the chips. Forget about shuffling them like the professionals do. Just handling the darn things without tipping over your stack. I have even seen people at the tables knock over other peoples stack of chips. Now, that is a sight.

Next you have to learn the value of chips based on color at some casino tables when playing in tourneys. So depending on your buy-in, you could have up to four different color of chips in front of you of varying value. Picking up and placing the wrong chip out there can be as dangerous as clicking the wrong button.

My very first tourney play was at an event called The Foxwoods Poker Classic at the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.  We were given $1,500 in chips using three denominations to start at the early stages of the “Act I” tourney. I fumbled with my chips, threw in large raises instead of calling by picking the wrong color chips. It was quite a learning experience, that first time using chips instead of a mouse. Despite all my mistakes, I got lucky in that event and won a seat to the next level, called “Act II”. I did not fair as well in Act II as luck was not with me. I had no idea what I was doing at that time, especially at live play.

It has taken me a few games to get better at handling my chips. I still have a ways to go. I am not going to try to shuffle chips as I don’t want to hurt my fellow players or the dealer.

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Playing Winning Poker

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A recent post I read on another blog, “PokerBankRollBlog.Com” had an article that resonated with the type of playing I have been doing of late and it is based on the following thoughts by noted poker player, Phil Gordon, and an article that he wrote. The basics of the article are that the way you play and the results you get, can be based on how you play. Now, I know you are going to say “duh”, of course. But these levels are good to think about because they can help you be a better player at the table, both online and at face-to-face play at the casinos. The summarized excerpt from Phil Gordon’s article about how expert players think is as follows:

Expert players think four of more levels deep:
Level 1: “What hand do I have?”
Level 2: “What hand does my opponent have?”
Level 3: “What hand does my opponent think I have?”
Level 4: “What does my opponent think that I think they have?”

As I have not played poker full time yet, I realize that my initial attempts at playing are mostly at level 1 and occasionally at level 2. So what I get from all of this is that I need to work on moving up to the next level of thinking in order to improve my playing and my profitability.

This is easier said than done and it goes back to discipline and to practice. Currently my game of choice is Limit Holdem at low stakes, no higher than $5/$10. Right now, I am playing $2/$4 while trying to improve my game and the idea of levels of thinking is helpful.

Just playing at level one thinking can be costly. At that level of thinking, if I have pocket Aces, I bet and raise and re-raise without considering what my opponent might have. Pre-flop, pocket Aces are the winning or tying hand. After the flop, it could be anybody’s guess as to how good the pocket Aces are.

If you are not thinking about what your opponent has after the flop and how it compares to your hand, you might be fighting a loosing battle. And that is where level two thinking comes in. If you can figure out the possible type of hands your opponent has, you can decide to just call, raise, or even fold your hand.

Level three is a little trickier, and involves trying to figure out what your opponent thinks you have. The reason this is important is because he may basing your hand on how you have played prior hands. He may have noticed that once you have any kind of a hand you don’t give it up. He may have seen your hands at showdown time, when you played your AA or AK right to the end, to the river, without regards to what has flopped, turned, or rivered and have seen that you have lost those type of hands when the opponent has two pair, three of a kind, a straight or a flush. 

If you know how your opponent plays and you can play differently than he thinks you are playing, you can gain an advantage over him. That is a lot to think about. I will try to get stronger at level 2 and level 3 thinking and continue to learn and work at getting to level 4 while working at mastering the first three levels.

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Reflections of a busy day

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Yesterday was a busy day for me. I had gotten up early to write my blog post entitled “Discipline at the tables – Part 2”.  While typing it, I played some of the “Double or Nothing” games that I have come to enjoy.  I was contemplating a full day ahead. There are household chores such as unpacking boxes and totes from our move last September from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. I was dropping off my wife, Diane, at our daughter-in-law, so they could go to a movie, while I went to the Seabrook Poker Room for some more live face to fact playing experience. And to wrap up the day, was the “Tweeter Poker Tour” TPT:Tilt Event # 7. In between that, I also decided to remove some of the ice in our driveway that had built up while we were in Florida two weeks ago.

I was well rested when I typed the blog. I was doing fine with the household chores. The ice chipping and ice removing was a little taxing. But I was exciting about the upcoming live game and tourney at 9 pm.

While I was at the Poker Room, I took notes on the first 30 hands that I was involved in. I was directly to the left of the dealer and he did not say anything about it and I had not thought to ask. The dealers change every 20 minutes and when the third dealer arrived he stated that note taking is not allowed – house rules. Oh well.

I was trying to play tighter than my previous visit, getting involved in premium hands only, such as AA, KK, AK, etc. I had starting with $40 in chips and worked my way down to $6, so I bought another $20 of chips.

On the very next hand I got an As Jc unsuited, but I was in position, so I called the blind. The Flop came A K Q of clubs giving me top pair and the nut flush draw as well as a chance for a royal flush draw.  The betting was heaving and I was all in with my remaining $26 in chips. The turn card was a 6 of hearts and the river card was the 10 of clubs. I had made my Royal Flush and won the pot, which gave me back $63, putting me ahead for the evening.

I ended up playing one more hand and leaving with $61, or ahead $1. This was an improvement over the last time as I had left with a loss of $4.

Diane came back from the movies and we drove back from the Poker Room to our home. I would be able to make it in time for the #TPT event.

I thought I played tightly during the event. I did not read blogs or play side games as I wanted my full concentration on the tourney at hand. I ended up busting out in 17th place, far worse than the previous week. While watching the final table, I played an online small stakes cash game of No Limit. I played until I had lost my $5 buy-in and went to bed while there were still five players left at the TPT.

Revelation: From the time I had hit the Casino on, I was actually a bit tired and did not realize how that had affected my decisions. It was not until this morning that I had realized that I was playing tired, which for me is a recipe for disaster or at least poor play. I recalled some of the hands that I played at the Poker Room, the tourney, and the cash games and knew that I had made bad decisions. I was playing my “C” game.

Chalk up yesterday as a lesson learned.


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Discipline at the tables – Part 2

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On my last post, I was discussing discipline at the tables and I was playing in an SNG (sit and go) game at PokerStars called “Double or Nothing”. The buy-in amount that I chose was $1 but the fee varied between .10 and .15 cents. It turned out that a “Turbo” table was five cents less so I stuck with the Turbo tables for the remainder of my playing. (At a “Turbo” table, the blinds and antes increase at a faster rate. every five minutes, while at a “regular” table, the blinds and antes increased every fifteen minutes.) I figured it would take less time to play and result in a slightly better profit.

I also said I would summarize my results and they are as follows:

Game #      Buy-in      Won

  • 1      1.15        0.00
  • 2      1.15        0.00
  • 3      1.15        0.00
  • 4      1.15        2.00
  • 5      1.10        2.00
  • 6      1.10        2.00
  • 7      1.10        2.00
  • 8      1.10        2.00
  • 9      1.10        0.00
  • 10    1.10        2.00
  • 11    1.10        0.00
  • 12    1.10        2.00
  • 13    1.10        2.00

Totals         14.50      16.00

So, I made a profit of $1.50 with the “Double or Nothings” but did not earn a good hourly rate. It took over 20 or 30 minutes to play a game.

But, this practice did pay off in an unexpected way.

I was thinking that doubling up at $3 per game might be a better way to go so I quickly clicked on and signed up for a $3 + .15 tourney.
I was playing very tight and careful. There were six players left including myself so only one player had to go out before I would cash in, or so I thought. Well, the fifth player went out and the game was continuing? What had happened? Well, I got on the wrong table. It was a regular SNG and only the top three would win. Well, I was in fifth place at that point and I had a lot of work to do and a lot of luck to catch in order to keep from being eliminated and not winning anything for my troubles.

Over the course of the next 25 hands, I worked my way up from fifth place to first. And I won the prize of $10.00 for my efforts. Those last remaining hand histories follow below.

But the point is that the practice in patience I got in the earlier games helped my playing abilities in the tourney.

*********** # 41 **************
PokerStars Game #24139805837: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VI (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:50:03 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: bubbalious (3250 in chips)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2270 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2465 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (2748 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (4267 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts small blind 100
travdawgks: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [3c 7c]
TheMovieJack: folds
NCurkgjva: folds
bubbalious: folds
Steve_Treys: calls 100
travdawgks: checks
*** FLOP *** [2c 9d 7d]
Steve_Treys: bets 400
travdawgks: folds
Uncalled bet (400) returned to Steve_Treys
Steve_Treys collected 400 from pot
Steve_Treys: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 400 | Rake 0
Board [2c 9d 7d]
Seat 1: bubbalious (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (small blind) collected (400)
Seat 6: travdawgks (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 7: TheMovieJack folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 42 **************
PokerStars Game #24139823235: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VI (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:50:38 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: bubbalious (3250 in chips)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2470 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2265 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (2748 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (4267 in chips)
travdawgks: posts small blind 100
TheMovieJack: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [As 2h]
NCurkgjva: folds
bubbalious: folds
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: folds
Uncalled bet (100) returned to TheMovieJack
TheMovieJack collected 200 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 200 | Rake 0
Seat 1: bubbalious folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: travdawgks (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (big blind) collected (200)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 43 **************
PokerStars Game #24139830497: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VI (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:50:52 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: bubbalious (3250 in chips)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2470 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2165 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (2848 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (4267 in chips)
TheMovieJack: posts small blind 100
NCurkgjva: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [8s Tc]
bubbalious: folds
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: folds
TheMovieJack: raises 400 to 600
NCurkgjva: folds
Uncalled bet (400) returned to TheMovieJack
TheMovieJack collected 400 from pot
TheMovieJack: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 400 | Rake 0
Seat 1: bubbalious folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: travdawgks (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (small blind) collected (400)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (big blind) folded before Flop

*********** # 44 **************
PokerStars Game #24139838994: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VI (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:51:08 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: bubbalious (3250 in chips)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2470 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2165 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (3048 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (4067 in chips)
NCurkgjva: posts small blind 100
bubbalious: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Qd Ts]
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: folds
TheMovieJack: folds
NCurkgjva: raises 600 to 800
bubbalious: folds
Uncalled bet (600) returned to NCurkgjva
NCurkgjva collected 400 from pot
NCurkgjva: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 400 | Rake 0
Seat 1: bubbalious (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: Steve_Treys folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: travdawgks folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (small blind) collected (400)

*********** # 45 **************
PokerStars Game #24139848487: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VI (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:51:27 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #10 is the button
Seat 1: bubbalious (3050 in chips)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2470 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2165 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (3048 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (4267 in chips)
bubbalious: posts small blind 100
Steve_Treys: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [6c 7h]
travdawgks: calls 200
TheMovieJack: calls 200
NCurkgjva: folds
bubbalious: calls 100
Steve_Treys: checks
*** FLOP *** [9d 2d 8s]
bubbalious: bets 1000
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: folds
TheMovieJack: folds
Uncalled bet (1000) returned to bubbalious
bubbalious collected 800 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 800 | Rake 0
Board [9d 2d 8s]
Seat 1: bubbalious (small blind) collected (800)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks folded on the Flop
Seat 7: TheMovieJack folded on the Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 46 **************
PokerStars Game #24139860614: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VI (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:51:50 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: bubbalious (3650 in chips)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2270 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (1965 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (2848 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (4267 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts small blind 100
travdawgks: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [3d 2c]
TheMovieJack: folds
NCurkgjva: folds
bubbalious: calls 200
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: checks
*** FLOP *** [5c Th Tc]
travdawgks: checks
bubbalious: bets 600
travdawgks: raises 1165 to 1765 and is all-in
bubbalious: folds
Uncalled bet (1165) returned to travdawgks
travdawgks collected 1700 from pot
travdawgks: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1700 | Rake 0
Board [5c Th Tc]
Seat 1: bubbalious (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (big blind) collected (1700)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 47 **************
PokerStars Game #24139872805: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VI (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:52:14 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: bubbalious (2850 in chips)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2170 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2865 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (2848 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (4267 in chips)
travdawgks: posts small blind 100
TheMovieJack: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Jd Kh]
NCurkgjva: folds
bubbalious: folds
Steve_Treys: raises 1970 to 2170 and is all-in
travdawgks: folds
TheMovieJack: folds
Uncalled bet (1970) returned to Steve_Treys
Steve_Treys collected 500 from pot
Steve_Treys: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 500 | Rake 0
Seat 1: bubbalious folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (button) collected (500)
Seat 6: travdawgks (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 48 **************
PokerStars Game #24139884162: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:52:36 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: bubbalious (2850 in chips)
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2470 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2765 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (2648 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (4267 in chips)
bubbalious: posts the ante 25
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
TheMovieJack: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
TheMovieJack: posts small blind 100
NCurkgjva: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Kh 2d]
bubbalious: raises 400 to 600
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: folds
TheMovieJack: calls 500
NCurkgjva: raises 1800 to 2400
bubbalious: calls 1800
TheMovieJack: calls 1800
*** FLOP *** [3s Tc 3d]
TheMovieJack: checks
NCurkgjva: checks
bubbalious: checks
*** TURN *** [3s Tc 3d] [6s]
TheMovieJack: checks
NCurkgjva: bets 600
bubbalious: calls 425 and is all-in
TheMovieJack: folds
Uncalled bet (175) returned to NCurkgjva
*** RIVER *** [3s Tc 3d 6s] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
NCurkgjva: shows [Js As] (two pair, Jacks and Threes)
bubbalious: shows [Kd Ah] (a pair of Threes)
NCurkgjva collected 8175 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 8175 | Rake 0
Board [3s Tc 3d 6s Jd]
Seat 1: bubbalious showed [Kd Ah] and lost with a pair of Threes
Seat 4: Steve_Treys folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: travdawgks (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (big blind) showed [Js As] and won (8175) with two pair, Jacks and Threes

*********** # 49 **************
PokerStars Game #24139908354: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:53:21 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2445 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2740 in chips)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (223 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9592 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
TheMovieJack: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts small blind 100
Steve_Treys: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [6c Kd]
travdawgks: folds
TheMovieJack: calls 198 and is all-in
NCurkgjva: folds
Uncalled bet (2) returned to Steve_Treys
*** FLOP *** [5s 4d 6d]
*** TURN *** [5s 4d 6d] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [5s 4d 6d 6s] [Qd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Steve_Treys: shows [6c Kd] (three of a kind, Sixes)
TheMovieJack: shows [5c Tc] (two pair, Sixes and Fives)
Steve_Treys collected 596 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 596 | Rake 0
Board [5s 4d 6d 6s Qd]
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (big blind) showed [6c Kd] and won (596) with three of a kind, Sixes
Seat 6: travdawgks folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 7: TheMovieJack (button) showed [5c Tc] and lost with two pair, Sixes and Fives
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (small blind) folded before Flop

*********** # 50 **************
PokerStars Game #24139921236: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:53:46 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #10 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2818 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2715 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9467 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
Steve_Treys: posts small blind 100
travdawgks: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [4d 8d]
NCurkgjva: folds
Steve_Treys: folds
Uncalled bet (100) returned to travdawgks
travdawgks collected 275 from pot
travdawgks: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 275 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (big blind) collected (275)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 51 **************
PokerStars Game #24139925875: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:53:55 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2693 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2865 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9442 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts small blind 100
NCurkgjva: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [6h As]
Steve_Treys: raises 2468 to 2668 and is all-in
travdawgks: folds
NCurkgjva: folds
Uncalled bet (2468) returned to Steve_Treys
Steve_Treys collected 575 from pot
Steve_Treys: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 575 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (button) collected (575)
Seat 6: travdawgks (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (big blind) folded before Flop

*********** # 52 **************
PokerStars Game #24139931643: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:54:06 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (3043 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2740 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9217 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts small blind 100
Steve_Treys: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [9c 2c]
travdawgks: folds
NCurkgjva: raises 600 to 800
Steve_Treys: folds
Uncalled bet (600) returned to NCurkgjva
NCurkgjva collected 475 from pot
NCurkgjva: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 475 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (small blind) collected (475)

*********** # 53 **************
PokerStars Game #24139938688: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:54:20 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #10 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2818 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2715 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9467 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
Steve_Treys: posts small blind 100
travdawgks: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [9h 9s]
NCurkgjva: folds
Steve_Treys: raises 2593 to 2793 and is all-in

travdawgks: folds
Uncalled bet (2593) returned to Steve_Treys
Steve_Treys collected 475 from pot
Steve_Treys: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 475 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (small blind) collected (475)
Seat 6: travdawgks (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 54 **************
PokerStars Game #24139946269: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:54:35 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (3068 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2490 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9442 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts small blind 100
NCurkgjva: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [6c 3s]
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: folds
Uncalled bet (100) returned to NCurkgjva
NCurkgjva collected 275 from pot
NCurkgjva: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 275 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: travdawgks (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (big blind) collected (275)

*********** # 55 **************
PokerStars Game #24139951187: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:54:45 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (3043 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2365 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9592 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts small blind 100
Steve_Treys: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [9h 2c]
travdawgks: raises 400 to 600
NCurkgjva: folds
Steve_Treys: folds
Uncalled bet (400) returned to travdawgks
travdawgks collected 575 from pot
travdawgks: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 575 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (button) collected (575)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (small blind) folded before Flop

*********** # 56 **************
PokerStars Game #24139958327: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:54:59 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #10 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2818 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2715 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9467 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
Steve_Treys: posts small blind 100
travdawgks: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [2c 6s]
NCurkgjva: folds
Steve_Treys: folds
Uncalled bet (100) returned to travdawgks
travdawgks collected 275 from pot
travdawgks: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 275 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (big blind) collected (275)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 57 **************
PokerStars Game #24139963559: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:55:09 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2693 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2865 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9442 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts small blind 100
NCurkgjva: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [5d 2h]
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: calls 100
NCurkgjva: checks
*** FLOP *** [2d 8d 4d]
travdawgks: checks
NCurkgjva: bets 300
travdawgks: folds
Uncalled bet (300) returned to NCurkgjva
NCurkgjva collected 475 from pot
NCurkgjva: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 475 | Rake 0
Board [2d 8d 4d]
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: travdawgks (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (big blind) collected (475)

*********** # 58 **************
PokerStars Game #24139974685: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:55:30 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2668 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2640 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9692 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts small blind 100
Steve_Treys: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [2s 2c]
travdawgks: raises 2415 to 2615 and is all-in
NCurkgjva: folds
Steve_Treys: folds
Uncalled bet (2415) returned to travdawgks
travdawgks collected 575 from pot
travdawgks: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 575 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (button) collected (575)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (small blind) folded before Flop

*********** # 59 **************
PokerStars Game #24139980614: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:55:42 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #10 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2443 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2990 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9567 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
Steve_Treys: posts small blind 100
travdawgks: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Jh 9d]
NCurkgjva: folds
Steve_Treys: raises 2218 to 2418 and is all-in
travdawgks: folds
Uncalled bet (2218) returned to Steve_Treys
Steve_Treys collected 475 from pot
Steve_Treys: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 475 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (small blind) collected (475)
Seat 6: travdawgks (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 60 **************
PokerStars Game #24139987018: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:55:55 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2693 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2765 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9542 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts small blind 100
NCurkgjva: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Qh 4s]
Steve_Treys: raises 2468 to 2668 and is all-in
travdawgks: folds
NCurkgjva: folds
Uncalled bet (2468) returned to Steve_Treys
Steve_Treys collected 575 from pot
Steve_Treys: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 575 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (button) collected (575)
Seat 6: travdawgks (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (big blind) folded before Flop

*********** # 61 **************
PokerStars Game #24139994750: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:56:09 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (3043 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2640 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9317 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts small blind 100
Steve_Treys: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [7c Qs]
travdawgks: folds
NCurkgjva: raises 600 to 800
Steve_Treys: folds
Uncalled bet (600) returned to NCurkgjva
NCurkgjva collected 475 from pot
NCurkgjva: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 475 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (small blind) collected (475)

*********** # 62 **************
PokerStars Game #24140001443: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:56:24 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #10 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2818 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2615 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9567 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
Steve_Treys: posts small blind 100
travdawgks: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [7s 6d]
NCurkgjva: raises 600 to 800
Steve_Treys: folds
travdawgks: folds
Uncalled bet (600) returned to NCurkgjva
NCurkgjva collected 575 from pot
NCurkgjva: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 575 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (button) collected (575)

*********** # 63 **************
PokerStars Game #24140010673: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VII (100/200) – 2009/01/21 18:56:40 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (2693 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2390 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (9917 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts small blind 100
NCurkgjva: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Ts 8s]
Steve_Treys: raises 2468 to 2668 and is all-in
travdawgks: folds
NCurkgjva: calls 2468
*** FLOP *** [4h Kd Jc]
*** TURN *** [4h Kd Jc] [Ac]
*** RIVER *** [4h Kd Jc Ac] [3h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
NCurkgjva: shows [9c 8c] (high card Ace)
Steve_Treys: shows [Ts 8s] (high card Ace – King+Jack+Ten kicker)
Steve_Treys collected 5511 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 5511 | Rake 0
Board [4h Kd Jc Ac 3h]
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (button) showed [Ts 8s] and won (5511) with high card Ace
Seat 6: travdawgks (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (big blind) showed [9c 8c] and lost with high card Ace

*********** # 64 **************
PokerStars Game #24140032602: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VIII (200/400) – 2009/01/21 18:57:23 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (5511 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2265 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (7224 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts small blind 200
Steve_Treys: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Jh 7d]
travdawgks: raises 1840 to 2240 and is all-in
NCurkgjva: folds
Steve_Treys: folds
Uncalled bet (1840) returned to travdawgks
travdawgks collected 1075 from pot
travdawgks: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1075 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: travdawgks (button) collected (1075)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (small blind) folded before Flop

*********** # 65 **************
PokerStars Game #24140038873: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VIII (200/400) – 2009/01/21 18:57:35 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #10 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (5086 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2915 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (6999 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
Steve_Treys: posts small blind 200
travdawgks: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [5c Js]
NCurkgjva: folds
Steve_Treys: raises 4661 to 5061 and is all-in
travdawgks: folds
Uncalled bet (4661) returned to Steve_Treys
Steve_Treys collected 875 from pot
Steve_Treys: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 875 | Rake 0
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (small blind) collected (875)
Seat 6: travdawgks (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)

*********** # 66 **************
PokerStars Game #24140045250: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VIII (200/400) – 2009/01/21 18:57:47 ET
Table ‘135564565 1′ 10-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (5536 in chips)
Seat 6: travdawgks (2490 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (6974 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
travdawgks: posts small blind 200
NCurkgjva: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Ac As]
Steve_Treys: raises 5111 to 5511 and is all-in
travdawgks: calls 2265 and is all-in
NCurkgjva: calls 5111
*** FLOP *** [3d Js 8c]
*** TURN *** [3d Js 8c] [Qd]
*** RIVER *** [3d Js 8c Qd] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
NCurkgjva: shows [5h 5s] (two pair, Fives and Threes)
Steve_Treys: shows [Ac As] (two pair, Aces and Threes)
Steve_Treys collected 6092 from side pot
travdawgks: shows [4d 4s] (two pair, Fours and Threes)
Steve_Treys collected 7470 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 13562 Main pot 7470. Side pot 6092. | Rake 0
Board [3d Js 8c Qd 3c]
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (button) showed [Ac As] and won (13562) with two pair, Aces and Threes
Seat 6: travdawgks (small blind) showed [4d 4s] and lost with two pair, Fours and Threes
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (big blind) showed [5h 5s] and lost with two pair, Fives and Threes

*********** # 67 **************
PokerStars Game #24140061396: Tournament #135564565, $3.00+$0.40 Hold’em No Limit – Level VIII (200/400) – 2009/01/21 18:58:18 ET
Table ‘135564565 1’ 10-max Seat #10 is the button
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (13562 in chips)
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (1438 in chips)
Steve_Treys: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts the ante 25
NCurkgjva: posts small blind 200
Steve_Treys: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Steve_Treys [Jh Qc]
NCurkgjva: raises 1013 to 1413 and is all-in
Steve_Treys: calls 1013
*** FLOP *** [8s 6d 9d]
*** TURN *** [8s 6d 9d] [Qs]
*** RIVER *** [8s 6d 9d Qs] [5d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Steve_Treys: shows [Jh Qc] (a pair of Queens)
NCurkgjva: shows [As Kh] (high card Ace)
Steve_Treys collected 2876 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2876 | Rake 0
Board [8s 6d 9d Qs 5d]
Seat 4: Steve_Treys (big blind) showed [Jh Qc] and won (2876) with a pair of Queens
Seat 10: NCurkgjva (button) (small blind) showed [As Kh] and lost with high card Ace

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Discipline at the poker table

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My previous post about my limt play at the Seabrook Poker Room got me to thinking about this topic. While thinking about it, I decided to play some simple tourneys that a twitter poker buddy. Deanna “Panndyra” Goodson, told me about. It is a single table tourney called “Double or Nothing”.  The entry amount can be from $1 plus a fee and up. As the name impiles, you can double your money or lose it. The simplicity of the game is that it is a ten person table with increasing blinds and antes. And the best part is that 5 out of the ten players will be winners and the other five will be losers.

Here is where the discipline comes in.  If you play tight and careful, you should be able to double your money. If you are not patient or careful you will lose your money.

In order to win, you need to keep your ego in check. The first three games I tried, I did not keep my ego in check and I lost. The next two games, I played only the best cards AA, KK, AK and pushed them. If they pushed me back, I would fold. If I got a good flop and had the best possible hand I would push back and go all in. I won games three and four and I am currently in game six at this time. Of course, if I win the sixth, then I would be even. (Update: It is awful hard to be disciplined. I am going to have to work on this part of my game. During game six I caught a so so hand and then I called a small raise and had to fold after the flop. Prior to calling, I was in fourth place and after folding I was in sixth place. Not being patient – costly).

Whew. As it turned out, I was in sixth place and in the big blind with very few chips left. The small blind called, but then we both checked after the flop, after the turn, and after the river. I ended up winning that pot. The next hand dealt, three of the other players went all in (at least one of them should not have, they were not being patient either and so that allowed me to win game six).

In the “Double or Nothing” tourney, fifth place pays just as much as first place, so you should not let your ego cause you to try to be king of the hill, less you fall down the crevice.

And now that I am even, I am going to play at least seven more of these tourneys to see if I can double up ten times in a row. As it stands now, I have won three and lost three. I will report back to you on how I do in the next seven games.

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