Poker Words - A Poker Blog

Mostly a recount of my poker exploits along with a bunch of random other stuff just for fun.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Back in the Game

Even though I've often though about playing online again I still just haven't been quite motivated enough to actually try it. Full Tilt figured out a way to bring me back though, at least for a little bit.

I finally submitted the required information for the ability to request cashouts via check, and cashed out most of my remaining balance. They must have feared that I'd be leaving for good because little more than a week later they dropped a $100 bonus in my account, redeemable in $10 increments at the rate of $.06/FPP. I usually play the $20 SNG's which earn 14 FPPs per tourney, so that means I need to play in about 120 SNGs in the next two weeks to earn the full bonus.

I'm only expecting to get $10, maybe $20 of that bonus, but that's not the point. The point is I actually played some online poker this weekend.

People have been predicting that the games would get tougher since its more difficult to get money into sites these days. They reason that the good players will keep their or increase their bankroll while the fish blow through theirs and don't/can't reload. I have say that is not the case, at least at the stakes I play. There are still plenty of crappy players around.

People are just as obnoxious as ever. It used to be that you would get some asshole criticizing everyone's play and berating the donkeys when they win a hand about once a day. I think I had one at every table I played at. And they get started right away. First hand they lose they call the winning player a fish and predict his early exit from the tourney. Those two then verbally (textually?) spar until one or both is eliminated.

The best one was this guy who complained about everyone's play at the table. I then took a significant portion of his stack with AJ when he check called through the river with A3 and an ace and four other overcards on the board. The following hand was eerily similar except I didn't pair my ace on the flop. He be $T60 into a $1T000 on the turn than went on a four hand rant about how fulltilt sucks when I called it and rivered an ace to beat him. He didn't technically give me a free card but he might as well have.

Finally he's down to about $T300 and loses a pot because he doesn't have enough chips to push people out. And he complains about that fact. I really wanted to point out that if he was half as good as he thought he was he would have had more than enough chips to properly play that hand, but I didn't really want to get involved.

Maybe I just ran into the most passive players ever, but people's head's up game has seriously devolved. In three games heads up I raised every single time I was in the small blind. It was the exact same amount, every time. There is no way I could have possibly have had good hands that often, yet more often than not they just folded. Every once in a while they would push, but I've never seen so much pre-flop folding in a heads up match before. In one case I think I won over 20 hands in a row with none of them gonig as far as the turn. No exaggeration.

Of coarse I lost 2 of the three heads up battles that I was in, so that just goes to show what aggression will do for you. In the first I just couldn't get the cards to put him away and ultimately tried pushing with a flush draw on the flop after he made top pair to double him up. After that I think I got back to a 5-1 chip advantage before losing another couple of races and the match. I'll spare you the bad beat stories for the second match which I also lost after a lengthy battle in which I had a commanding lead for most of it. I finally won the third time, although it was against the guy I beat over 20 hands in a row, so I'm pretty sure my Cat could have won that battle.

Probably no Poker for me for the next two nights, but I should be able to find some time to play later this week to finish off the first level of my bonus. Maybe I can find some time this weekend for a nice long MTT. Yay Poker. How I've missed thee.

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