Monday, December 13, 2010

2010 WPBT Bounty Babe

Every time I attend a Poker Blogger event I am reminded how this community of people from all walks of life is truly wonderful. This trip was no exception. And even though my interaction with my blogger friends has been limited over the last couple of years it did not affect the connection that I felt with this group.

I arrived late Friday night at about 1 a.m. which meant many of the bloggers had already left the MGM where mixed games were played. I did manage to see one of my favorite blogger friends, Waffles and his new pal Josie, Miami Don, Joanna, Buddy Dank, Lightning, Skidoo, Katitude, and few others.

The next day at the Aria, I arrived early to make sure I got registered okay for the Blogger tournament. AlCantHang and Falstaff were at a "Training" table and invited me to join. I paid the $25 bucks to get some training by Alex. The only things I remember were being told that "All In" wasn't my only move and to compare a semi-bluff to "Ghostbusters". In order to kill a ghost, you need multiple streams just like needing multiple things to work together in order to make a semi-bluff work. In addition, all the players at the Training table were entered into a last longer for $20 in the tournament.

There was also a team last longer, so I partnered with Patrick, the nephew of a blogger (Wolfgang or something like that), and Russ a blogger (Days at the Office) I had met at one of Smokkee's home games. We named our team - Days with Poison.

To sweeten the event, there were a few of the original bloggers with $100 bounties from Full Tilt - these bounties were represented by a small box of band-aids. Dr. Pauly had a $100 PokerStars bounty on his head.

As luck would have it, my starting table included 3 bloggers with $100 bounties, AlCantHang,Falstaff, and Dr. Pauly. Also at my table was Bree, Snuffy, Mattie, Geek and Proud, and Speaker.

My new title as 2010 WPBT Bounty Babe was earned by taking the following bounties:

1) Bree - Avenging Unicorn set with a White unicorn, 4 different horns with special powers, and 3 figures that could be stabbed in the abdomen by the unicorn. Once rewarded with this bounty, I put the set in front of my chips to act as defenders.

2) Mattie (I don't remember the blog name sorry) - He had the most original bounty - A dvd "Poker Secrets from Poker Champs - Money Management" and a salami football which I sliced once we were down to the final table for everyone to enjoy. It was pretty tasty.

2) Dr. Pauly - $100 Pokerstars- I called Pauly with Ax suited in the big blind and called his flop bet when I had a flush draw. The flush came on the turn. Pauly shoved with a set and was disappointed by my insta call and ultimate win when he didn't improve on the river.

3) Falstaff - $100 FT and a of his book "Returning the Favor" - So sad how bad my memory has gotten. I can't remember how I won this bounty.

4) Brian (FT Social Media rep) - $100 FT and Stanless Steal Flask.

5) Katitude - Beaver I did the honorable thing and called from the BB when she shoved her short stack. Unfortunately, she could not survive the hammer.

I also busted Gracie, but she didn't have a bounty - which I shouldn't be one to speak since I had no bounty for my slayer.

It was a great ride. I had a early chip lead, but didn't learn enough in my pre-game training (hahaha) to know how to play with a bigger stack in the middle tourney stages. I lost chips to Gnome when I misplayed pocket 4s.

Ultimately I busted 12th when BadBlood called my all-in from SB with KQ hearts with against his A4 off from the BB.

MiamiDon earned his first place finish (6 places chopped, but he had the chip lead) with his aggressive play when it was down to 2 tables.

So even though I didn't make the final table, I did make $300 in online bounties and $20 from the Training table last longer, plus the other cool rewards. And if Drizz could have just busted 7 or 8 on the final table, I would have made another $200 bucks from the team last longer.

It was great seeing everyone and especially nice to get a hug from the best midget in the world, Iggy.

Till next time.....

P.S. I think I'm ready to start a new round of heads-up matches against you bloggers, so let me know if you are ready to take on "The Poison"!!!!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Keep it Simple

"Keep it Simple" Veneno- This was the best advise I received during my private lesson with Phil Gordon - July 2009. Although I haven't gotten a big score from using his advise, I have seen improvement in my results.

After play poker for years, reading bits and pieces from poker books, blogs, and from players at the table. I was making the game too complicated. The biggest mistake was my focus and effort on picking up tales, which is not to say that I don't pick up tales now and then, but my focus on this was distracting from poker fundamentals.

As in poker, so with life, I've recently moved forward in resolving some big issues that had been a source of great stress. One of which is picking a new apartment that will give me a 15 minute commute instead of the hour plus commute that I currently make to work.

Looking forward to a anticipated improvements the simplicity will bring both at the tables and in life.

See ya on the felt!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Sooooooooooo disappointed!!! I played a couple of the BBT 5 events this week. On Monday the Poker from the Rail Tournament. Finished 13th. And tonight played the Mookie. The winner gets into the BBT Tournament of Champions. It was fun to play with some familiar bloggers. I made it to the final table as the chip leader. And kept the lead until it was Head Up. Then this happened.

Full Tilt Poker Game #20979182667: The Mookie (160019403), Table 10 - 1200/2400 Ante 300 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:29:07 ET - 2010/05/20
Seat 2: yosoyveneno (183,706)
Seat 3: oossuuu754 (89,294)
yosoyveneno antes 300
oossuuu754 antes 300
yosoyveneno posts the small blind of 1,200
oossuuu754 posts the big blind of 2,400
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to yosoyveneno [Kc 2c]
yosoyveneno raises to 4,800
oossuuu754 calls 2,400
*** FLOP *** [2d Kh 3c]
oossuuu754 checks
yosoyveneno bets 6,000
oossuuu754 raises to 84,194, and is all in
yosoyveneno calls 78,194
oossuuu754 shows [5s Kd]
yosoyveneno shows [Kc 2c]
*** TURN *** [2d Kh 3c] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [2d Kh 3c 7s] [7h]
oossuuu754 shows two pair, Kings and Sevens
yosoyveneno shows two pair, Kings and Sevens
oossuuu754 wins the pot (178,588) with two pair, Kings and Sevens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 178,588 | Rake 0
Board: [2d Kh 3c 7s 7h]
Seat 2: yosoyveneno (small blind) showed [Kc 2c] and lost with two pair, Kings and Sevens
Seat 3: oossuuu754 (big blind) showed [5s Kd] and won (178,588) with two pair, Kings and Sevens

The match continued about 30 hands and I managed to get close to even. Oossuuu was shoving alot, so I finally took a stand on the following hand.

Full Tilt Poker Game #20979318094: The Mookie (160019403), Table 10 - 1500/3000 Ante 400 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:38:46 ET - 2010/05/20
Seat 2: yosoyveneno (127,424)
Seat 3: oossuuu754 (145,576)
yosoyveneno antes 400
oossuuu754 antes 400
yosoyveneno posts the small blind of 1,500
oossuuu754 posts the big blind of 3,000
The button is in seat #2
oossuuu754: nh
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to yosoyveneno [Qh Th]
yosoyveneno raises to 9,800
yosoyveneno: ty
iaatg6296 (Observer): no running jacks rigged :P
oossuuu754 has 15 seconds left to act
oossuuu754 raises to 145,176, and is all in
yosoyveneno calls 117,224, and is all in
oossuuu754 shows [Ah 5c]
yosoyveneno shows [Qh Th]
Uncalled bet of 18,152 returned to oossuuu754
*** FLOP *** [Jd 5s Ad]
*** TURN *** [Jd 5s Ad] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [Jd 5s Ad Td] [Jc]
oossuuu754 shows two pair, Aces and Jacks
yosoyveneno shows two pair, Jacks and Tens
oossuuu754 wins the pot (254,848) with two pair, Aces and Jacks
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 254,848 | Rake 0
Board: [Jd 5s Ad Td Jc]
Seat 2: yosoyveneno (small blind) showed [Qh Th] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Tens
Seat 3: oossuuu754 (big blind) showed [Ah 5c] and won (254,848) with two pair, Aces and Jacks

So I finished 2nd. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

Here was the final table...

Full Tilt Poker Tournament Summary The Mookie (160019403) Hold'em No Limit
Buy-In: $10 + $1
Buy-In Chips: 3000
91 Entries
Total Prize Pool: $910
Tournament started: 2010/05/19 22:01:00 ET
Tournament finished: 2010/05/20 1:39:13 ET

1: oossuuu754, $291.20
2: yosoyveneno, $177.45
3: DDionysus, $127.40
4: MemphisMojo, $100.10
5: NewinNov, $72.80
6: DakotaBlock, $54.60
7: PirateLawyer, $36.40
8: jimdniacc, $27.30
9: 1TATA1, $22.75
10: muhctim
11: Mondogarage
12: 23Warsaw
13: p1mpin
14: cmitch
15: corron10
16: wolfshead
17: jamyhawk
18: AgSweep
19: actyper
20: ekrr
21: Jestocost
22: Misterd2U
23: lightning36
24: RGC2005
25: classic
26: adamsapple19
27: twoblackaces
28: NoMetal
29: riggstad
30: heffmike
31: MorningThunder
32: DaBag
33: Stebe65
34: BrainMc
35: MaggieO
36: iaatg6296
37: NumbBono
38: MiamiDon
40: Mike_Maloney
41: Zeem
42: sellthekids
43: smokkee
44: microvillain
45: jjok
46: Chippy McStacks
47: BuddyDank
48: Shabazz Jenkins
49: Mattazuma
50: Loretta8
51: sexymelissa
52: Joanne1111
53: bigdav1967
54: pvanharibo
55: DueceDueceLoose
56: columbo
57: Troublecat
58: VBPro7
59: yestbay1
60: dbcooper53
61: Astin
63: gpjacobs
64: SmBoatDrinks
65: ck31
66: Bessin
67: thegroupie
68: veryjosie
69: mclarich
70: lucko21
71: pushmonkey72
72: Mikkael37
73: NYRambler
74: Maniac57
75: Julkeus
76: SuitedKings
77: APOSEC72
78: NightRanger
79: TripJax
80: maigrey
81: NJerseyAL
82: VinNay
83: edgie212
84: hoyazo
85: augie00
86: shamanalix
87: Julius_Goat
88: niktak
88: ChampSampson
89: BamBamCan
90: DeepChitNJ
yosoyveneno finished in 2nd place

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Poker Riddle

All the players long to have me
But I must keep my visits brief
Call me "the Hat" at the table
Where my owner is ruler and chief

Some say I don't matter
But just let me make my mark
I must control all the action
You will respect me if you are smart

Dressed in my plain attire
My title is very clear
I'm the biggest of all my family
Hence the buck stops here

By: Veneno

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