Thursday, April 27, 2006

WWdN: Not The lives!

Thanks to Biggestron, Surflexus and Mookie, we managed to get a record 360% attendance at tonights WWdN: Not The tournament. We even managed to get our favorite geek and namesake to show up and enjoy the game with us. I also want to thank Jay (L0K1) who I keep asking to set these things up for us.

The event was attended by a regular whos-who of the blogger community.

In the style of many blogger tournaments, the Hammer was spotted on many occasions. This particular occasion was just a little stressful to me.

darval: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to darval [2h 7d]
Gilain: raises 150 to 200
darval: raises 300 to 500
Gilain: calls 300
*** FLOP *** [Th Kc 8c]
darval: bets 500
Gilain: calls 500
*** TURN *** [Th Kc 8c] [9s]
darval: bets 2260 and is all-in

Really long delay - sweat drips onto my eyes and I can't see.

Gilain: folds
darval collected 2025 from pot
darval: shows [2h 7d] (high card King)
Gilain said, "damn it!"
Garthmeister said, "HAMMER!"
Quatloos said, "ya!"
darval said, "now that is way way too stressful.."

After what seemed like an awful long game - personally I think these bloggers are wimpier than they claim to be - we finally managed to get past the bubble. I would like to thank all those who arranged for me to win the tournament in appreciation.

Stay tuned for the same thing, same time next week. Thanks once again for playing.

The Big O and the WWdN: Not The

Last night I decided to check out the "The Big O" tournament on Pokerstars. I had heard about it before but hadn't played since I thought it was a private tournament. I think we had about 34 players with a large portion of familiar faces(?) from the regular WWdN and other WPBT tournaments. The game was a lot of fun and I managed to place 7th, final table, but out of the money. I plan to make it a regular part of my poker schedule.

I was thinking about playing in the next WPBT event (which is Stud) on Pokerstars this Sunday but my wife figures I should take her out to dinner instead (it is her birthday after all). I may have to skip this one for the sake of domestic bliss.

Lastly a reminder. There are only two of us signed up for the WWdN: Not The at this point. Time to go get yourself signed up if you are interested:

What: WWdN: Not The
Where: PokerStars.
When: Thursday, April 27th, 8:30 PM PDT
Tournament: 23734651
Password: monkey
Buy-in: $10+1

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

One more time

I admit it, we are beggars for punishment. We are going to try one more time for a Thursday night, left coast friendly, WWdN wannabe tournament. Hopefully with the support of some more bloggers we can break our all-time high attendance record of 5 players.

What: WWdN: Not the
Where: PokerStars.
When: Thursday, April 27th, 8:30 PM PDT
Tournament: 23734651
Password: monkey
Buy-in: $10+1

Spread the word, pimp it up.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Time sure seems to fly when you don't pay attention and all of a sudden it has been 5 days since I wrote here. Personally I blame it on my new car which has been keeping me away from my computer. Or perhaps it was trying to get my backups off a crashed linux server which took all my time. Or it could have been my sunday home game with Jay (L0K1 on PS) and Sean. Man, this HAS been a busy couple of days.. ;-)

Anyway, we had high hopes for our WWdN: Not, or NOT WWdN, especially after we had mention last week by Wil in his post at Cardsquad. Unfortunately we had no-one show up - literally no-one. I mean we were willing to run with 5 people, two weeks in a row. Anyway, it is canceled for now (and probably forever).

On a much more upbeat note, the DADI 5: WSOP Satellite was last night and it appeared to have all the regular bloggers from the normal Tuesday WWdN tournies. I went into it with the goal of actually getting some points for the WPBT Player of the Year leaderboard. Not that I play that many of those tournies either, but it was a combination of that, and the WWdN that made me do it.

I knew I was in for an interesting (and I feared quick) night when I saw my starting table. I started on Table 2 with: StatikKling, L0K1, IlliniFan, Wil Wheaton, Up4Poker and Gilain. I figured it might be one of those TV nights where the hands all look like they were made for television.

Early on (4th hand), I had some interesting hands, with Wil and I running into each other heads up. The first one, I had KdJd and the flop came 4c Qd 8d. Wil apparently had AQ and bet out 300. I raised 500 more on a semi bluff and after thinking about it for a while, Wil says:
Wil Wheaton said, "kings?"
Wil Wheaton said, "i can't believe i'm folding AQ"
Wil Wheaton said, "long levels. big stacks. sigh."
Wil Wheaton: folds
It wasn't much later when I ended up in a 3 way (With Wil and Gilain), preflop with AKs. We take it up to T120 preflop and the flop gives me 4 to the nut flush again and I semi-bluff enough to scare them away. So far the semi-bluff with flush draws seems to work well. At this point, we are a half hour in and I am at T4250 - all is good in the world.

About 7 hands later, I end up with a AKs, flop TPTK and doubleas raises my T300 bet to 1200. I don't believe him and come over the top pushing all-in. He folds and admits:
doubleas said, "damn..hammer"

At this point the cards have been too good to be true and that has to change. I am at T5945 and in good shape.

My cards continue to be on fire and shortly before the break I bust out zagga with AA over KK which held up. This puts me just before the 1st break with just over 10k in chips.

Of course my hot run of cards can only last so long and as the cards turn cold, my stack starts to dwindle. Before it gets too fara down, I end up in another heads-up, pre-flop with Wil. I have KQs and raise to 3BB. Wil re-raises it 6BB more and I call (bad call in hindsight, but I was still thinking I was on hot cards). The flop misses me completely but I continuation bet anyway for another 500. Wil thinks and curses and lets it go. That turns out to be one of the last good hands of the game (for me).

Wil ends up going all-in a few hands later with 77 and get dominated by IlliniFan who has QQ. The QQ turns into a full house and Wil was finished.

The slide continues with me hanging on by the skin of my teeth. Just before the 3rd break, I made the mistake of going all-in (I mean I was running out of chips) with my KQo. I was up against wwonka who had pocket Aces (of course). I had slightly more chips than him, so when the flop gave me a pair of Kings and the turn gave me a set, I felt sorry for him since he did have the better hand. Welcome to poker I guess.

That suckout managed to catapult me into a chip stack where I could coast to the final table. My cards were never again as hot as they were during the 1st hour and a bit. I managed to squeak through to a 7th place finish and had a great time doing it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hammer time at the WWdN

I played in the WWdN last night and did my normal early exit. I made it to about 65th or so out of 98 and the only interesting plays that I can recall at this point were a couple of nice hammer plays.

PokerStars Game #4669835096: Tournament #22928623, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2006/04/18 - 20:39:05 (ET)
Table '22928623 7' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: 23skidoo (1850 in chips)
Seat 2: Astin (1430 in chips)
Seat 3: kaellinn18 (2135 in chips)
Seat 4: memento2199 (1460 in chips)
Seat 5: malice51 (1440 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 6: darval (1105 in chips)
Seat 8: GCox25 (1440 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 9: MikeRH (1100 in chips)
kaellinn18: posts small blind 10
memento2199: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to darval [2h 7c]
malice51: folds
darval: raises 60 to 80
GCox25: folds
MikeRH: folds
23skidoo: folds
Astin: calls 80
kaellinn18: folds
memento2199: folds
*** FLOP *** [Qd Ts Td]
darval: bets 200
Astin: folds
darval collected 190 from pot
darval: shows [2h 7c] (a pair of Tens)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 190 | Rake 0
Board [Qd Ts Td]
Seat 1: 23skidoo folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Astin (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 3: kaellinn18 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: memento2199 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: malice51 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: darval collected (190)
Seat 8: GCox25 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: MikeRH folded before Flop (didn't bet)

The ongoing discussion at the table was I should have slow played it more and made more money. I was not that confident, but when the opportunity presented itself, I tried again:

PokerStars Game #4669946527: Tournament #22928623, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level II (15/30) - 2006/04/18 - 20:48:54 (ET)
Table '22928623 7' 9-max Seat #9 is the button
Seat 1: 23skidoo (1920 in chips)
Seat 2: Astin (1240 in chips)
Seat 3: kaellinn18 (2270 in chips)
Seat 4: memento2199 (1230 in chips)
Seat 5: malice51 (1380 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 6: darval (1345 in chips)
Seat 8: GCox25 (1560 in chips)
Seat 9: MikeRH (1015 in chips)
23skidoo: posts small blind 15
Astin: posts big blind 30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to darval [7s 2c]
kaellinn18: folds
memento2199: calls 30
malice51: folds
darval: raises 30 to 60
GCox25: folds
MikeRH: folds
23skidoo: calls 45
Astin: folds
memento2199: calls 30
*** FLOP *** [Tc 6s 3c]
23skidoo: bets 120
memento2199: folds
darval: raises 180 to 300
23skidoo: calls 180
*** TURN *** [Tc 6s 3c] [Qd]
23skidoo: bets 210
darval: raises 775 to 985 and is all-in
23skidoo: folds
malice51 has returned
darval collected 1230 from pot
darval: shows [7s 2c] (high card Queen)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1230 | Rake 0
Board [Tc 6s 3c Qd]
Seat 1: 23skidoo (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 2: Astin (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: kaellinn18 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: memento2199 folded on the Flop
Seat 5: malice51 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: darval collected (1230)
Seat 8: GCox25 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: MikeRH (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

That one was fun, but it was way too stressful as 23skidoo took a long time to think about it before folding.

Our WWdN: Not tournament actually got mention by Wil in his post at Cardsquad, so we set it up early to see if we could get more registrations.

What: NOT WWdN
Where: PokerStars.
When: Thursday, April 20th, 8:30 PM PDT
Tournament: 23351606
Password: monkey
Buy-in: $10+1

Once again, feel free to spread the word. Note that the name changed slighly to match what Wil called it in his post.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Its all over but the crying..

The second WWnD: Not tournament is over and it lasted about 54 minutes. That's not a bad time considering we only had 5 players again.

L0K1 who has contributed enough to pokerstars over the last few years that they let create tournaments was there (Thanks again Jay)
PhilLogan who was there last week and wanted to duplicate his win again.
Me (darval) who did a real lousy job of advertising.
KtKatrina who was new this time and
Sowbug. I should have asked the new players where they heard about it.

I suspect I can convince L0K1 one more time to do this next week. If we keep getting 5 players, we can decide whether we want to keep doing it or not.

Oh yeah, I won! ;-) It was a great game but I have to say that I was just plain getting the cards. I don't normally do that well.

Just a reminder

For those left coast WWdN fans who have missed the weekly tournament designed for our timezone, this is a reminder for the WWdN: Not! tournament:

What: WWdN: Not!
Where: PokerStars.
When: Thursday, April 13th, 8:30 PM PDT
Tournament: 23026502
Password: monkey
Buy-in: $10+1

Feel free to spread the word!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Unfortunately we all think we have been there..

I'm not going to call it a downword spiral. Yet.
But I'm in the midst of my worst run thus far.

With these words, Iggy is expressing something we all fear, and every time it happens, it seems worse than the last. Sometimes it even is worse than the last. The problem with random cycles, and most up and down cycles are just part of random variation, is they come in the small and big varieties. And as we saw with Hurricaine Katrina last year, the down cycles can be a real bitch.

Hang in there Iggy, take a little break, recall why you love the game so much, and come back stronger and better than ever.

And on a more positive note: Thanks for the pimp Iggy.. Appreciated. ;-)

WWdN: Not!

Over the last couple weeks, some of us left coasters have mourned the apparently loss of our Thursday night West coast WWdN tournament. Last night we tried to do something about it.

We created the WWdN: Not! tournament. It was scheduled at the same time as Wil's tournament used to be, same password and all. Unfortunately we waited til really late before creating it - in case Wil created one, and therefor probably missed a few people who checked in looking for it.

Congrats go to Phil Logan for besting a difficult field of 5 to win the inaugural WWdN: Not! tournament.

The plan for next week is to do the same thing if we don't see an official tournament created by Wil.

If Wil has any problem with this, we will obviously change it and keep everyone up to date on the new plans.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Its Hammer Time!

This was my best hand of the game:
PokerStars Game #4512870748: Tournament #21868191, Hold'em No Limit - Level II (15/30) - 2006/04/03 - 21:42:28 (ET)
Table '21868191 3' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: misst74 (6890 in chips)
Seat 2: ArtofSuckout (4640 in chips)
Seat 3: FFLPlague (7900 in chips)
Seat 4: darval (3050 in chips)
Seat 5: moosebms (4035 in chips)
Seat 6: GoIrish89 (4360 in chips)
Seat 7: DrPauly (4675 in chips)
Seat 8: FatTabbyMama (4980 in chips)
Seat 9: TonySopran0 (4440 in chips)
GoIrish89: posts small blind 15
DrPauly: posts big blind 30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to darval [7s 2h]
FatTabbyMama: folds
TonySopran0: folds
misst74: folds
ArtofSuckout: folds
FFLPlague: folds
darval: calls 30
moosebms said, "i catch them now. go dead later im sure...."
moosebms: folds
GoIrish89: calls 15
DrPauly: checks
*** FLOP *** [2c 9c 2d]
GoIrish89: checks
DrPauly: checks
darval: bets 30
GoIrish89: raises 60 to 90
DrPauly said, "ucla is killing me"
DrPauly: folds
darval: raises 210 to 300
moosebms said, "im playing too many hands to begin with, lol"
GoIrish89: calls 210
*** TURN *** [2c 9c 2d] [Jh]
GoIrish89: checks
darval: bets 300
GoIrish89: calls 300
*** RIVER *** [2c 9c 2d Jh] [6d]
GoIrish89: checks
darval: bets 600
GoIrish89: calls 600
*** SHOW DOWN ***
darval: shows [7s 2h] (three of a kind, Deuces)
GoIrish89: mucks hand
darval collected 2490 from pot
FFLPlague said, "HAMMER"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2490 | Rake 0
Board [2c 9c 2d Jh 6d]
Seat 1: misst74 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: ArtofSuckout folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: FFLPlague folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: darval showed [7s 2h] and won (2490) with three of a kind, Deuces
Seat 5: moosebms (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: GoIrish89 (small blind) mucked [9s As]
Seat 7: DrPauly (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 8: FatTabbyMama folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: TonySopran0 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

I finished 69th of 93, after doubling up 3 different people including Dr. Pauly. At that point there was no money left to pass around. ;-)

Back to Poker

After spending way too many days in Oblivion, I decided on Saturday to actually try my hand at some poker. Pokerstars has these double shootouts for seats to their $1,000,000 Sunday tournament which I have played before.

The trick to the double shootout is you play at two tables. There are 64 players, basically 8 tables of 8 players each - I am sure there are other formats (9 tables of 9 players, etc..) You play your table until you are the winner and then each winner moves on to the final table.

In this particular game, it cost $10+1 to play and everyone on the final table received $35, except the top two positions won a seat at the big game (worth $200+15).

I have played this about 5 times now with 2 early finishes, 2 bubble finishes (2nd place on the first round table) and now 1 win! Yeah!

I looked at playing the tournament on Sunday (always neat to play in a tournament with $1,000,000 in prizes - like I do it all the time), but decided my bankroll needed the money more than I needed to play in the big tournament. I can afford many more tries and perhaps one of these times I will actually play in the big game if I win.

So on that high note, I went off to play a semi-regular home game which got scheduled at the last minute for Saturday night. We started off with a S&G format for $20 each. There were only 5 of us to start with, so we made the prizes a 60/40 split for 1st and 2nd. I managed to become the first person out and played dealer for the rest of that tournament.

I should have realised that this was a sign of things to come, but when we started our cash game, I was off to a great start helping our host rebuy on two occasions. I don't know what happened after that but I managed to get into a few too many situations where the cards turned against me. My friend Jay (L0K1 of Pokerstars and WWdN fame) managed to suck out on an all-in which doubled him up and Dave (the infamous Quatloos) seemed to take his share of lucky cards (as usual). All in all, I ended up down $100 bucks for the night - it has happened before - even tho last time we played I was up about $140.

Unlike the last couple times I busted tho, this time I was ok with it. Not that I want to repeat it, but I guess winning $215 earlier in the day made it all right.

On the other hand, with my bankroll at Pokerstars $215 richer, I will have to try my hand at Iggy's blogger WSOP satellite tonight:

Blogger WSOP Satellite Tourney
PokerStars - Private Tab
April 3rd - MONDAY
$30 +3
No Limit
Password: socoshot