An evening at Seabrook's Poker Room-

Poker night - Who's gonna win?
Image by Philofoto via Flickr

Last evening, I spent over 4 hours playing $2/4 limit at the poker room at the Seabrook Greyhound racing track. They no longer race dogs, but have Poker with the rake going to charities in NH. There are tourneys, Sit N Go;s and and cash games with Limit Hold ‘Em, Stud and Omaha 8 Limit available to cash game players.

While I tried to play tight and nitty, I was unable to gain any ground and lost my original buy in just under two hours. I ponied up another $60 and played for two more hours, leaving with the second buy in almost intact, $59.

I had fun playing, but of course it is not fun to lose. Hopefully, what I learned about my play and that of my opponents will translate into a winning session next time. It took me a couple of hours to find out that the gentleman to my right would raise all drawing hands that he played, pre-flop, flop, turn and river. It turned out he would bet even if he did not hit his hand. If he was called after his river bet he would muck his hand and say “you got me”.  I probably gave him $30 over the course of the evening before I caught on to what he was doing. By that time, he picked up his chips and left. Hopefully, I will see him again – and if he plays the same way, I will have a better idea of what to do about his actions.

Do you prefer face to face games as opposed to online ones? Do you find it easier to put them on a hand in person? What is your preference?

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Woe is me

058/365: H is for Having a bad day and Hiding ...
Image by dotbenjamin via Flickr

I have been stuck of late and this week I was not feeling up to par. But still, I was looking forward to playing on Full Tilt Poker at the Twitter Poker Tour. Both events are No Limit Hold ‘Em and the entry fee is 5.00 + 1.00. We each get 3,000 chips as it is a double stacked tourney.

While playing reasonably tight at the TPTE, I busted out of the first tourney in forth place, at the bubble. There were only six players in that event. I guess that I was not tight enough.

The second event started at 9pm ET. Again, my goal was to play tight and finish in the money. Once more that somehow translated into 28th place out of 34 entrants.

Sometimes, I guess that planning and executing that plan does not always work out.

I thought that I was focused but somewhere  along the line I made bad decisions or bad things happened to me. I do remember putting in almost all of my chips, thinking my opponent could not beat my pair of jacks. I did not see the possible flush on the board. He hit his flush, King high. Oops.

I guess that even though I was feeling better, I really wasn’t up to playing at my best.

How do you know that you are up to playing in a game or a tourney? Can you tell if you are at full strength and are fully alert? Or do you give yourself more time off to get better?

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Now a New York Times Bestseller ….

How often can a “dad” announce that his son has co-authored a book that became a “NYT Bestseller” in just three days of being officially released?

I really don’t know the actual answer to that but in my case, Chris Brogan’s new book, “Trust Agents” by Chris and Julien Smith has become a best seller in a short period of time.

How did this happen? Was it just circumstance?

No. It was thinking, planning and execution.

Who is the book written for?  It really is written for everyone in all walks of life. It was written for companies and corporations, it was written for social media types, bloggers and twitterers. Even for moms and dads like us.

Chris recently gave an advance copy to his mother, my wife, Diane. Initially, she started reading it out of obligation. That is what good moms and dads do. Then all of a sudden out comes her highlighter and she says, “wow, this is a very good book and I understand most of what he is saying”. She also apologizes to me that she is marking up the book as she reads it.

She has just finished it and now it is my turn to read it and learn from it.

Thanks to all of you out there that helped make this happen.

Down … but not out …

3/365 Blah
Image by mellyjean via Flickr

My current spell of quietness is not the result of nothing to say or talk about, but, rather I am under the weather.

I usually like to blog, mostly about poker, five days a week, every week, when possible.

I have not yet got to the point in my blogging and poker career where I have a backlog of unposted articles ready to go in the event I am not up to writing.

But as I sit here reading other blogs and catching up on my tweets of people that I follow, I thought a word of explanation would be in order as to my absence yesterday and my lateness of posting today.

At this time in my life, I don’t need a note from my mother explaining why my homework was not done. Although it might be nice to be in a time where life was a little simpler?

What do you do when you are “under the weather”? Do you write anyway? Do you have a large stored section of pre-written material just for times like these?

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Poker Hand Nicknames

home made flea trap
Image by ghbrett via Flickr

In the world of poker, certain card combinations have been given names as the result of common usage or the personalities involved with the hand. There are even some superstitions that follow the hands in some cases. Perhaps the oldest is named the “Dead Man’s hand”, which was a pair of aces and eights dealt to Wyatt Earp just before his death. He was shot by his opponent who thought that Wyatt had cheated him. More recently Doyle Brunson has had a hand named after him, the ace queen was called a “Doyle Brunson” right up to the W.S.O.P. of 1976, when the name became associated with a ten deuce combination that won him the W.S.O.P championship which he repeated the next year winning it all again with the same hand, a ten deuce. Other hands that have names are ace king aka “Big Slick”, a pair of jacks are known as “Fish Hooks”, and the name “ducks” refer to a pair of twos or deuces.

As the result of playing in the “Twitter Poker Tour”, we have come up with a new name for a pair of queens. According to most poker circles a pair of queens are referred to as “Ladies” But for players of the TPT (Twitter Poker Tour” they were originally called “fleapids” in honor of Paul Ellis’s twitter name, “@fleapid” (this was later changed to @CoolWhipFlea). He would get pocket queens and would eventually go all-in with that hand only to lose. In fact it seemed that he would lose almost 99% of the time whenever he got a pair of pocket queens. He eventually changed the name from “fleapids” to “#fleapowder”. Now, whenever we see that hand being played almost all of us will type on the chat window “#fleapowder” if that hand loses. We might even say that we folded #fleapowder and most of the group will know just what we are talking about.

Do you have names for your special card combinations? Are you superstitious about getting certain combinations of cards? Are you even superstitious at all?

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Poker thoughts made while in a rut…

One of this days....I'll fly away!!
Image by pierre pouliquin via Flickr

Last week was not a good week for playing poker, either in the cash games or at the #TPT tourneys. In fact, even a “home” Sit N Go played in the Boston area was a bust for me. Hopefully this does not entirely sound like “whaaa whaaa whaaa”.  When I play poker, I like to have an expectation of winning and when I don’t, I try to analyze why I am losing and see if I can correct it.

Right now I am starting to run out of ideas. I have read some of the best books available about the subject of poker; all the do’s and don’ts, all the correct strategies, all the ways to maximize your wins and minimize your losses. None of that information seems to be working at the moment.

There have been times in the last few months where everything started working for me. I would play almost any hand dealt brilliantly and would extract a win out of a losing situation. This was true of both small MTT’s (multi-table tourneys),  Sit N Go’s, and Limit Cash games online. But of late, nothing I do is effective. In fact, my biggest problem now is that I no longer have a style of play. I have been playing either very tight or very loose or somewhere in between.

I am still struggling with finding out what game I should play? How I should play it? At what level should I play it? And what style of player I should be? This is a case of finding myself and knowing myself.

Do you ever have times in your poker career where things are not clicking and you are not clicking? How do you work yourself out of that rut? What actions do you take to change things around?

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Random poker thoughts … after a couple of home games

poker game
Image by scmtngirl via Flickr

I got the chance last night to play No Limit Hold – tourney style at the Boston Social Media Poker Tour held in Watertown, MA and hosted by Kevin. He tries to run the event monthly, but it is hard to get people in the summer to commit to a Thursday night poker game.
I was the first arrival at his home last night. He said that 15 people had responded in the affirmative but that one had backed out. About 35 minutes later we started the “single table tourney” with six players. Due to the low turn out it was decided that the top two players would split the entry fees 60/40.

I have been card dead of  late, meaning that I am not getting many reasonable playing hands such as pocket pairs and last night was no exception. In the first tourney I was able to hit a flush with me holding the 6 8 suited to take down a good pot . For the rest of the session I was having to fold all but “Ace any” as I like to call them and hope for an Ace on the flop. For the most part the table was not overly aggressive, with the most betting occurring after the flop. Our host Kevin, was perhaps the most aggressive, always raising when ever he got his “favorite hand”. We were never able to find out what that was as most of us folded after his raise. Maybe next time we will find out?

I was able to hold on in the first tourney and finish third, the bubble, meaning that I just missed a chance to win money.  Because we had only six people in the first event and finished earlier that expected, we decided to play one more game. Two more people decided to drop out, leaving only four to play. Prior to playing, we decided that this would be a winner take all event. I did a little better this time and finished second, again just one spot away from winning a payout.

In both events, I was basically blinded off, meaning that I would be putting in the amount for the small blind or the big blind and would be forced to give those up when raised.  The reason I would fold was due to the poor cards I held. When ever I tired to re-raise and get the opponent to fold, it would not happen and I would lose more chips. I think that what I take back from this event was that I was not aggressive enough at spots when I could have taken the blinds. There were too many hands that were checked down and I would lose to a low pair that my opponent made at the river. Any reasonable bet made would have caused them to fold, so it turned out.

Have you ever had sessions where your hands were just not good enough to play except for a bluff and you knew that there was a good chance that your bluff would be called? Did you realize that your lack of aggression might have cost you chips? Or was your opponent more aggressive than you were and you were not able to adjust to their play?

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]