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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Limit Poker at the Seabrook Poker Room.

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My beginning professional poker career playing in New Hampshire started with a whimper. I was playing Limit Poker at the Seabrook Poker Room in Seabrook NH. OK a loss. Now not a big loss as losses go, but, never the less, a loss. You know what they say … a loss is a loss is a loss.

My total losses for the day was $4. You might say “What’s the big deal. You only lost $4 … what is your problem?”

The problem is the fact that if I am playing a $2/4 limit game, I should expect to earn a minimum of $4 an hour (many of the poker books that I have read say you should win at least one big bet an hour). As I played for five hours, in theory I should have earned a minimum of $20 for my five hours worth of playing. Now, I know what you might say. “How is $20 days going to be a reasonable wage”. Well, it won’t, but that the point is that I need to get myself in the mode of playing to be profitable.

I was down $40 at point during the after noon, and I was up $55 at one point also. So ending at -$4 could have been worse. (I actually lost $55 when I was at the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa FL.)

I played at a table with 8 other players. I got to see eight hands per cycle at an average cost of $3.00 per cycle. This is because the blinds are $1 and $2 for the small and big blind respectively. So as every eight hands are played, I am the big blind once and the small blind once.  I had pocket Aces once and lost money, I had pocket Kings twice, the first time I  flopped a full house and won a large pot, and the second time when my pair of kings did not improve after the flop, turn or river and I lost money.  I had a pocket pair of fours turn to trip fours (three of a kind) and won against a pocket pair of sixes. I had a set of eights (three eights), and I lost to a player holding a straight (the board was scary and I should have guessed by the betting that my opponent was making that I lost that hand.)

The nice thing about Limit Holdem is that you can control your losses somewhat. The bad thing about Limit Holdem is that you cannot chase someone away who has a chance to draw out on you.  Case in point was my pocket Aces. I raised the pot when I entered it, but I got called by someone who had a 7 4 suited.  The flop came out 7 4 J and I bet my aces right to the river. The fourth and fifth cards were a 3 and a K, so the board had 7 4 J 3 K. When my opponent showed his hand, he had two pairs, 7’s and 4’s to my single pair of aces. so he won the pot. In limit, you can check and call, which will limit the raises if you are head to head with someone. But you can only raise one bet at a time. In No Limit, you could go all in (put all of your money in the middle (the pot) and the person calling will usually need a very strong hand, not a drawing hand, to call.

The bottom line to this post is that you need to keep track of your performance, yours wins and you losses and see how you are doing. If your intent is to be a

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Position and Starting Card Requirements

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Part of the reason that position matters is that the betting order can help to determine who stays in a hand and who folds a hand. Also, the type of betting will also play a factor in the betting action.

In a “Limit” game, the amount of bets are in increments of the big blind and usually no more then four raises of that amount can be made during any particular round of betting.

In a “Pot” limit game, the maximum bet amount is limited to the amount of the “Pot” that would result if everyone made a bet equal to the size of the big blind. As there can be up to four rounds of raises at each stage, the maximum amount become real large real fast.

Finally, “No” limit bets must be at least the amount of the big blind and can be as much as a player has in front of him. (He cannot just reach in his pockets and buy more chips during the play of a hand), hence the name, “No Limit”.

Using just “Limit” betting to explain position, I will describe the effects of implications of position. The player that is “under the gun”, or to the left of the big blind should have a good hand if the player wishes to call or raise the big blind. As there are nine other people after him that can react to his action, you can see what could happen. Up to three other players could also raise after the “under the gun” player. So it turns out that the “under the gun” player must or should have a very good starting hand if he decides to call or raise in early position. The usual range of starting hands for the “under the gun” position is AA, KK, QQ or AK suited. The other players that follow can decide to call or re-raise and can usually assume that the previous raiser has perhaps one of the strong starting hands that i mentioned (unless a bluff is being made).

In the pre-flop betting, the last player to act is the big blind. For the rest of the hand, the “dealer” or “button” then becomes the last one to act. The button is a vary favorable position to be in because that acts last in the rest of the rounds of betting. The “button” player gets to see what everyone else has done before he makes a decision. The later the position is, the less the starting requirements for hand becomes. This is because the latter player can decide if his hand is worth staying in the game with. With what is called a drawing hand, a hand that needs one or more cards from the common cards (the flop, the turn or forth street, the river or fifth street), the later player should limit the amount of bets called to a minimum to avoid large losses if the event that the later player  does not make his hand.

Many poker books will suggest a range of hands for the early players, the middle players and the late player. These range of hands are just a guideline. As you play at a table and become faimliar with the way the other people play thier hands, you can adjust the type of opening hands to fit the current conditions. In all cases, you should never be predictable as that will give your opponents an edge as they will know what type of cards you might enter a hand with and will adjust thier play accordingly.

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Security, User-names, Online Accounts, Checking and Savings Issues etc.

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An incident that occurred to an online poker playing member of a poker users group got me to thinking about security issues. It seems that this player has an account on FullTiltPoker.Com and when he attempted to log in, he got a message saying that there were six previous attempts to log into his account. He wondered how such a thing could happen. Well, here are some of my thoughts as to how that may have happened.

This user group (I am also a member) has user profiles that also can allow a user to list their screen name from any of the poker sites that they subscribe to. This is done for two reasons: one is that the site gives their members freerolls and special tourneys to just members only; two – it makes it easier for other members to find a player at a certain site. On the surface, this is not a big deal.

EXCEPT … when someone has larceny as their motive, having access to the user-name makes it that much easier to try and hack into a users poker account. Some people use very simple passwords and some thieves use password crackers (software that tries to break their password). If the thief (hacker) is successful, they might try to withdraw the money or find some way to get it.  They might be able to get to the cashier tools and direct deposit it to their account.They could be in collusion with someone and go head to head and just lose to the other person.

Things you can do to increase your security or limit your losses

Better passwords – Try to use at least a twelve character passwords that contains at least one Uppercase letter and at least one number. If allowed, use a special character such as an exclamation mark, etc. If spaces are allowed in the password, you might even try to use a small phrase that is easy to remember such as “i hate fish”. Even something as simple as that is hard to crack because a phrase with spaces in it, unlike a password, has too many possibilities for a hacker or thief to consider. As a rule, never use birthdays, anniversaries, children’s names, pet names or easy to guess words like “password”. (You would be surprised about how many people use “password” as a password).

Maintain a special checking account – Never use your household checking account to either send or receive money to online sites. Even your PayPal account should be linked to a special account you maintain just for online activity. You should maintain as low a balance in that account as possible, transferring money to it from savings or other accounts only as needed. Most banks allow for online banking so you should be able to have your “online activity account”, your household account, and your savings account available and separated from each other.  In this way, you limit the amount that you can lose should your online poker account or paypal account become compromised.

Limit the amounts maintained on Poker sites – Depending on the type of games you play and your results, you should consider limiting the amount of money that any site holds for you. For example, if you like to play in tourneys that have a $5 buy-in and you play about 10 tourneys a week, keep about $50 maximum in your poker account.  If you are a winning player, make sure that you transfer your profits to your online checking account set up for just that purpose only and then transfer some of that to a savings or other checking account that does not get used by PayPal or the online sites. This will keep your exposure down to just what you have at that site.

By the way, if you think I am being paranoid, you are most certainly right. It turns out that identity theft is the hottest way for third world  gangsters and thieves to make a quick buck. And you thought that the stock market was the fastest way to see your money disappear, let alone bad poker playing decisions.  Please feel free to add your thoughts, ideas and concerns to this topic.

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