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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

PokerStarts to Buy FullTilt?

Here's a brief article from the Wall Street Journal implying that Poker Stars might be buying FullTilt Poker. I would welcome that as it combines my two favorite poker sites into one that is hopefully run with more integrity. No mention of what happens to the still owed player's funds.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

WSPL Goes to Vegas Game 12

Its official. I'm going to vegas to be participate in one of the $1500 NL Holdem events.

Going into the final tourney of our league, the only way I wouldn't advance to the WSOP is if Shane won and I finished in fifth place or worse. That would tie us for the points total and I think he would have ended up winning on the second or third tie breaker.

I got off to a good start though and he got short stacked fairly early. He hovered around 5-10 BB for a while, winning just enough pots to stay alive, but ultimatly he couldn't keep up. I even got to be the one to deliver the final blow.

I managed to finish in second place, with Rich avenging his last heads up battle with me. He went in as th chip leader, and increased his lead a little before I flopped two pair to his straight.

Here are the final standings for the league. Smack and I will be playin in the $1500 event on June 23rd.

Week 12
  1. Rich
  2. Me
  3. Smack
  4. Archie
  5. Cookie
  6. Shane
  7. Jason
  8. Aaron
  9. Noah

  1. Smack (104 Points)
  2. Me (98 Points)
  3. Shane (73 Points)
  4. Rich (72 Points)
  5. Archie (72 Points)
  6. Cookie (71 Points)
  7. Aaron (64 Points)
  8. Noah (54 Points)
  9. Jason (48 Points)

Totals minus the worst two games
  1. Smack (102 Points)
  2. Me (88 Points)
  3. Shane (71 Points)
  4. Rich (71 Points)
  5. Cookie (67 Points)
  6. Archie (67 Points)
  7. Aaron (61 Points)
  8. Noah (52 Points)
  9. Jason (47 Points)

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

WSPL Goes to Vegas Game 11

Game 11 started off great for me. I'm in solid second place in the standings so all I have to do is make sure the same person doesn't win the last two games to guarantee my making it to the WSOP.

Noah got off to a huge chip lead and used it to bully the table. That was fine by me because he is already mathematically eliminated from a first or second place overall finish. He knocked out Rich in a hand which probably saved me a bunch. I flopped an open ended straight draw with TJo, three handed with Noah and Rich. I checked, Noah bet and Rich pushed all-in. I got out. Noah had top pair, Rich also had TJo. He failed to complete the straight and went out first, eliminating himself from contention.

Aaron goes out shortly after that to also get eliminated. Aaron suffered a few bad beats during the tourney, both involving pocket Jacks. Lets just say he was not happy.

The other players I still need to worry about at this point are Cookie, Shane and Archie. Archie and I are both doing pretty well, Cookie and Shane are going to get blinded out any moment.

A few hands later I have AA in the big blind, and Archie raises preflop to $T240. I pop it up to T$600 and he calls. The flop is Q high. I check, hoping Archie will try to steal the pot. He has about as many chips as the are in the pot, I have about $T1000 more. He goes all in. It was exactly as I would have drawn it up had I been able to plan this hand. There is no way he bets all in if he thinks he's ahead, and if he doesn't think he is ahead, then I have dominated. I insta-call. Except instead of clicking the call button I click the fold button.

I could have just taken the chip lead and knocked out one of the contenders for my Vegas spot all in one move. Instead, I gave him a ton of chips and crippled myself.

A few hands later Archie doubles up again, through Noah when Archie rivers a full house while Noah catches his straight. Noah goes out soon there after. The good news is there are only four of us left, meaning I pick up another point. The bad news is Shane and Archie have huge chip stacks. Smack is of course still hanging around and I am in all-in or fold mode.

I last a few hands before pushing with pocket snowmen. Shane calls with KQ and proceeds to flop two pair, so I'm out in fourth place.

Archie goes out when he and Smack go all-in pre flop.  Archie has 99, Smack 44.  Smack spikes a four on the flop. Archie gets a nine on the turn and the Smack gets the case for on the river.  Archie is now also eliminated, meaning only Shane has a chance to catch me.  Smack of coarse is running away with this.

The heads up battle between Shane and Smack goes on for quite a while, but ultimately, Smack comes out ahead.

Here are the standings after week 11.

Week 11:
  1. Smack
  2. Shane
  3. Archie
  4. Me
  5. Noah
  6. Jason
  7. Cookie
  8. Aaron
  9. Rich

Totals after week 11:
  1. Smack (96 Points)
  2. Me (87)
  3. Shane (69)
  4. Cookie (66)
  5. Archie (66)
  6. Aaron (62)
  7. Rich (57)
  8. Noah (53)
  9. Jason (45)
Totals minus their worst two performances (Its been a long weekend so there is a chance my math is off here);
  1. Smack (94 Points)
  2. Me (77)
  3. Shane (67)
  4. Cookie (62)
  5. Archie (61)
  6. Aaron (57)
  7. Rich (54)
  8. Noah (52)
  9. Jason (44)

The worst I can do is 82 points since right now one of my two worst is a five pointer. The best Shane can do is 82 points, if he wins next week.  We haven't discussed tie breaker scenarios, but I think I my overall score should be enough to beat him, or maybe we play heads up, in which case I'm reasonable confident I'll win.

The last game is scheduled for tomorrow so we'll know then.

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