Weekend In Review

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Matt: “And how was your weekend?”
April: “Profitable.”

After a rather trying week, my plans for the weekend were simple – catch up on a week’s worth of Tivo, play some poker, and see a movie. 1 1/2 out of 3 ain’t bad, right? Someone calculate those odds for me…

Friday was spent with the windows open, enjoying the cool breezes, and catching up on TV. A highly enjoyable, relaxing evening. I briefly considered playing some poker, but I was far too tired to play properly.

Saturday the plan was to watch Texas kick OU’s ass (check!) and then catch a movie with friends. Before that though, I felt a little poker was called for. What better way to spend a gorgeous fall day than with football and poker? I joined a $20 SnG at UB and found myself HU for the win with a 5 to 1 chip lead. I completely blame the dog for losing it. Patience is not one of his virtues (can’t imagine where he gets that from) and therefore I frequently am joining him for little trips outside. With a wireless connection in the laptop, this poses no problems, except for exposing my degeneracy to any neighbors who happen to walk by. The laptop can only go so far though, so I had to put it down for a moment, sit out of the SnG, and chase the dog down before he wandered to parts unknown. When I came back, in a rushed and hurried state, I re-joined the game and was rewarded with 9dQc in the BB. Minimum raise to me and I called to see the flop of 7d Qs 4s. I bet nearly half the pot and was again minimum raised. I called, and the turn was 6c, where I bet the exact amount my opponent had remaining, which he called. River was a Tc, which made didn’t help me as my opponent had flopped a set with his pocket 4s. That hand cost me the chip lead, although it hardly cripped me. Still, it was disappointing to make such a bad play, and I was immediately upset with myself for allowing my rushed state to cause me to not think clearly about the hand. I finished second, bringing my SnG cash streak to a whopping two.

My movie plans were scrapped later that day because we’re all degenerate gamblers, so when one calls the other to say they’ve gotten into a game, the other completely understands and said event is postponed. So it only made sense for me to find a game of my own, and not surprisngly I was not the only one with such a thought in mind.

BG (10/8/2005 6:33:39 PM): FREEROLL ON CEEJ

After spending some time at the .01/.02 NL tables on Stars (good thing Iggy wasn’t there to see that) we decided to join up in a two table SnG. We ran into a little snag though, as one of our party was vastly underfunded, despite his recent $1,500 tourney win. Given his recent flushness, it seemed appropriate that he buy us all in to the SnG, but instead numerous transfers were made to his account in order to keep him playing.

Once everyone had the required funds, we signed up for a little $5 SnG on Stars. I was seated with Maigrey and CJ, leaving the BoyGenius to take down the other table on his own. And if by “take down” you mean continuously mock other players with stupid screen names, he did a suberb job.

BG was the first to depart the tourney, and I followed shortly thereafter, bursting the final table bubble and leaving CJ and Maigrey to finish the other donkeys off. Despite the fact that he wouldn’t have even been in the SnG without my help, CJ saw it fit to be the one to bust me out. Blinds 75/150, with CJ as the SB, Maigrey as the BB, and one seat between she and I. I find 8s and raise to 600. CJ calls and we see a flop of 7h 2h 4d – not too scary for my eights, plus, that’s a hammer board right there, and I did raise pre-flop – someone should have been quaking in his boots. But noooo…CJ bet and I raised to 1500, a sizable portion of my stack. He then re-raised me to 2250, which would leave me with 30 chips if I called. I then raised all-in and he called for 30 more. CJ had 9s, and the turn of 5h and river As were no help to me. I suppose, like BJ said later that night, if I was going to lose to anyone…

Of course, there are some friends I love to play with, but hate to beat. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have someone say something like…
DoubleAs (10/8/2005 8:56:45 PM): ok, its official…april is a better player than me
…but it’s not true and we all know it! I managed to catch my favorite WPT player in a non-writing, non-tourney moment and hit him up for a heads-up rematch. Since we I couldn’t get the UB SnG challenge feature to work (I still maintain that feature was on the glitch at the time) we opted instead to play a .25/.50 NL HU table, buy in for $10 at a time, and the first one to re-buy 3 times was the loser. I rebought once.

After our match was over, I went looking for another game, like the junkie I am. BG was over at FullTilt (where they have online poker), playing $1/$2 limit. I had about $40 in my account at FT, and figured that 20BB would do all right. I had no idea…

BG (10/8/2005 9:45:17 PM): what the hell is he calling with?
thisisnotapril (10/8/2005 9:45:18 PM): way to play the 4-2 BG!

Suffice to say, the table was quite fishy. Basic low-limit strategy was clearly never heard by these people. There was lots of folding on the river, calling with nothing, etc. Word of the easy money to be made got out, and we were joined by Heather and Drizz. I managed to double my buy-in, and later took a 2nd place finish in the longest SnG of my life, thus ending the Saturday night special, and bumping my account at FullTilt to over $100. I could give you more details on the time at FullTilt, but…

thisisnotapril (10/9/2005 3:42:57 PM): where does one find their Full Tilt hand histories?
daria Norton (10/9/2005 3:43:10 PM): ‘last hand’
daria Norton (10/9/2005 3:43:18 PM): there’s also a confg optionin the lobby
daria Norton (10/9/2005 3:43:21 PM): to put it on the hd
thisisnotapril (10/9/2005 3:43:26 PM): aaahhhh
thisisnotapril (10/9/2005 3:43:35 PM): i should probably check that box then, huh?
hrking275 (10/9/2005 3:43:49 PM): perhaps
hrking275 (10/9/2005 3:43:55 PM): that would be prudent
thisisnotapril (10/9/2005 3:44:00 PM): Goddamn full tilt; not reading my mind
thisisnotapril (10/9/2005 3:44:13 PM): wish there was a blogger i could complain to about that
thisisnotapril (10/9/2005 3:44:19 PM): or 6

Sunday…well, Sunday was not so good. Another beautiful day here in Austin, so Vegas and I spent a couple of hours at the dog park, only to return home at the start of the 4th quarter to see that things were not as I hoped.

jasonspaceman_tn (10/9/2005 3:37:56 PM): poor april! did they lose again?
thisisnotapril (10/9/2005 3:37:59 PM): YES
thisisnotapril (10/9/2005 3:38:03 PM): to the TITANS
hrking275 (10/9/2005 3:38:08 PM): TEXANS SUCK

Sigh. Bummed and slightly pissy, I decided to try my hand at another SnG, this time on UB. No cashing in this one, and I attributed it to my lackluster additude about playing in general, as I too was tired from the day’s park outing. I decided to take a break and take care of various household chores, and then come back later and possibly play again.

I returned later that night and remembered that I had Neteller money sitting around un-used, and that Stars was now running satellites to the Bahamas WPT event. It’s my dream to go to the Atlantis resort. I honestly would almost hate to go and have to play poker, however if I could win a trip there, I would never turn it down. I joined a $33 rebuy satellite to the event and was fairly pleased with my play, even down to my last hand. Level 2, blinds 15/30, I’m in the cutoff with T9s. I call along with the blinds and one other player. Flop comes 6d Td 7d – not very pretty, but does give me some outs. It’s checked to the player in 3rd position who bets 150, which I then raise to 450. He calls and we see the 9h on the turn. My opponent, who has been playing quite agressively, then bets all-in. I give it thought – does he have the flush? If so, wouldn’t he bet a more modest amount in the hopes that someone would call him? Of course, I continue to fall victim to overly-large bets by people holding the nuts, but in this case I didn’t think he had the flush. Plus, I could always rebuy… I called and found that I was correct – he had 9d Qc. A breathed a small sigh of relief, but took notice of the diamond in his hand and the lack of them in mine. The suit of the river should be fairly obvious. As Kat once said,

I live by the river and die by the river.
There is no van involved.

I chose not to rebuy, mainly because my heart wasn’t in it, and I figured with a day like I was having, it was probably best to just quit, save the bankroll, and live to fight another day. And thus concluded my poker weekend.

While it was great to actually get to play, I managed to somehow burn myself out of it on Saturday, and should have realized that and not gotten involved in any games Sunday. As I walked across campus today, I pondered a) how the hell I only missed two questions on the anthropolgy test I just took, and b) how my priorities have changed with regards to poker. Just a few months ago, it was all about getting in as much time as possible. I wasn’t very confident in my skills and I felt that I was rushing almost to get on par with others. Now, it’s more about quality time – realizing when I’m not in the best shape to play and therefore shouldn’t, and taking the time to analyze and study my game. I still have a ways to go on that, but I’ve made great progress in it lately. Much like a good friend of mine, poker has taken a back seat to most other things in my life. It’s a little weird, but I think in the long run, my game will be better off for it.