Thursday, May 31, 2007

WSOP* Bound

Don't I wish...

I've been reading about the bloggers heading to Las Vegas for the upcoming WPBT and/or other events during the 2007 WSOP*. In fact, this year the gathering is being coordinated by Falstaff, one of my favorite poker bloggers. I will be with all of you in spirit. It would be awesome to read about one from our community hitting it big in a major event...

And you never know, if I get lucky on Bodog with one of their low buy-in satellites, you might just find me in Vegas after all.

Best wishes everyone!

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Live from Los Angeles...

Some of you may have noticed that I am rarely online anymore. Aside from still being busy commuting all the time, I've been enjoying one of the perks of living in LA, playing live poker!

My most recent series of live stops started last weekend. I joined the $40 buy-in no limit game at Hawaian Gardens. This game can be a little crazy, but I was fortunate to find a table where most of the players had well over $100 in chips. You know I'm not into the details, so to make this story simple, I ended up cashing $250 ahead after 2.5 hours. Super sweet.

Next stop, the ladies tournament at the Bike. This is one of my favorite events. They usually hold a ladies event 4 times a year which includes a buffet with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The food is great. Plus they give all of us ladies a couple of charms for a bracelet. We feel pretty special. The women are all in good moods and it is quite the social affair. I generally attend with my girlfriend Debs. In fact, I called her the night before to join me. She was interested but had no money. So I told her if I made money at HG, I would stake her for the event. I think that was partly why I was able to leave HG with money. Once I had enough to pay for both our buy-ins ($60 each), I didn't want to blow it. Upon leaving HG, I called her and told her I was on the way to the Bike to buy our entries for the next day. This way, we didn't need to rush or worry about it selling out. I did just that. Then went home.

Unfortunately, Deb's husband called the next morning to tell me they were at the emergency room. She was in pain due to gall stones and was gonna have surgery that day. The Bike was really good about giving me back my money. I was pleased that it was no hassle at all.

I was pleased with my play during the tournament. There were 133 entrants. When it was down to 3 tables, and 6 places to the money, I had about 9k in chips with 300/600 blinds and 100 antes. There were a few people as low as 2k, so my plan was to just play premium cards and not try to do anything stupid. I look down and find myself with QQ utg. I raise it up to 1800 and a short stack shoves with about 3k. She has AJ off suit. I call. She hits her A and I lose. Then a few hands later, another short stack with about 3k moves all in. I am in the bb with big slick suited. I call. She has pocket 5's and they hold. I'm crippled. I finally go in with Ax and lose. Busting in 21st place 3 away from the money. D'oh!!!

On a good note, I went staight to the $100 nl tables and made $150.

That same night is my regular home game at HighPlain's place. It was a small turn out of 6 people. I end up winning and make another $60 bucks. That win brought my league points up and I am in 2nd place with one more week to go. The way the league works is that a portion of every week's buy-in is put towards the championship event. The starting chips for that event are determined by your final standings for the 10 week league. I am generally dangerous without chips, so those boys better watch out this championship game. Cause I'm gonna be a terror....hehe.

Tuesday night, I stopped at HG again. They had a $58 shootout event with a maximum of 27 players/3 tables. I joined. While waiting, i headed to the cash game. I was doing okay and then my last hand, I limped in LP with Q9 off. I end up hitting the nut staight on the flop. A short stack in EP leads the betting and goes all-in for $61. Next player moves all-in for about $85. Then another goes all-in for over $100. I have to go all-in with my $150. I have everyone covered. The shorty ends up filling a boat when the board pairs and I end up $7 ahead. take that pot down would have been grooooovey!

I head to the shootout. Everyone starts with only 500 chips. My first big move came when I called a raise to 75 on the bb with J5 spades. An Ace is on the board along with a possible gut shot for me and a flush draw clubs. I check and he checks. The turn gives me a straight. I check. He bets. I smooth call. The river makes the club flush. I shove. He thinks for a while. Finally, calls with Cowboys and is disappointed to see he has lost all his chips to my straight. Once I had chips, I was on a roll. I ended up busting 6 of the 9 players on the table. The top 3 move to the next round. During the next round, I get a lead early again when I call in LP with K9 off. Lucky me lands a boat on the flop. The initial raiser bets all the way down and is all in by the river. Poison doubles up. Weeeeeeeeee. I had the lead for a while. Then lost 3 races in a row. Finally ended up busting in 4th place making a profit of $40. Too bad. 1st was $575.

While live play has been fun and profitable, online has not been so good. Boobie Lover helped me bust my last bit of money on Fulltilt last night. Prior to that, we were entertained doing a battle of Roshambo on UB. I'm telling you, it is a total blast. You gotta try it!

My plans tomorrow are to play the ladies super satelitte at the Bike. Wish me luck.

Aside from that, I have plans for a fun post coming up. Inspired by a new co-worker that writes riddles, I have written a poker riddle. I'm working on a special deal to go along with it, then it will be posted. Anyone out there even like riddles?

Hasta luego all.....

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Sooooooo close!!!!!!!!!

Some poker moments really suck! I could taste it. I was already picturing myself playing in the WSOP. It was mine. And then it was gone.....

I do want to play in the WSOP. It is a dream of mine. So I signed up tonight with 1000 of my stars FPP and gave it a shot. After six is the result.

Thanks to Smokkee, Fluxer, and Jessie for railing me.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Poker Source Online

If you are considering signing up for an online poker room right now, stop. Go directly to Do not pass go. DO collect free money. DO collect free gifts. DO get more bang for your poker buck.

The concept of Poker Source Online (PSO) is simple. Reward poker players for playing poker! You can go straight to an online poker site, download the software, deposit your money, and sign up yourself, and have tons of fun. But you can do all that by stopping by PSO first. You’ll get your initial deposit bonus (sometimes a better one), PLUS a free gift just for signing up. Depending on the poker room and your personal preferences, the gift could be valued anywhere from $50 to $270. And if you are not sure what you want for your gift, just defer your choice, bank “points” on the PSO website, and purchase a bigger ticket item in the PSO store later.

It really is a no-brainer. If someone told you that you could have a savings account at a bank and receive no interest or have a savings account at the very same bank and receive five percent interest, which offer would you take?

Oh, but there’s more to PSO than the free gifts. How does a freeroll tournament every week strike you? How about a five dollar poker league with $600 in added prizes every tournament, plus a total of $2,700 to the top three overall finishers? Or free money just for referring friends to PSO, friends which can get all the same goodies that you will?

The fun doesn’t stop there. PSO is the home of one of the best poker communities on the internet. The PSO poker forum now has over 60,000 members which whom you can talk about poker rooms, strategy, PSO promotions, or anything else that moves you. Add in PSO’s own chat room and poker resources, and you have everything your little poker heart desires.

Stop on by. Say hello.



Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Roshambo Anyone?

Need a change from your usual routine?

I just discovered Roshambo online at UB. It was sooooooooo fun.

You gotta try it cause it is a hoot!

Oh and if by chance you don't already have an account, check out the offer with PSO. Click here and use my YOSOYVENENO bonus code. Especially if you don't have an account with rake back. I wish I had known about that when I started. D'oh!

Okay...enjoy...let me know if you try it.

Friday, May 04, 2007

After the Rain

"When it rains, look for the rainbow."
Source Unknown

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Smokkee and Elf Rule!

A big thanks to Smokkee and LoveElf for hosting a fantastic Poker game last Saturday night. And to Blinders for coordinating the tournament.

It all started when Boobie Lover beat me HU in order to win a free dinner from yours truly. He decided to come to LA to collect this past weekend.

In preparation for his very first visit to California, Smokkee and Elf agree to open their home for an evening of poker goodness. Smokkee does a nice job of recaping the evening.

I should post a picture of the LoveElf slapping Boobies buns. He has quite the grin. But I'm gonna get to bed instead.

On the sexiest blogger front....Kat & Falstaff have been added to the list. Waffles (sexiest man) and Slb159 (sexiest woman) are still #1. Not to late to vote!

For the next category of Blogger Best, who is the most Admirable Blogger? This one will just have one list. Cast your vote here in the comment section.

Hasta luego all....