7 2 BLUFF...Diary of a poker player

Dreaming of the top whilst playing at the bottom…

Month: November 2017

I Love Sammy Farha he was one of the best players to watch at the table

This is one of Sammy’s most famous hands, there is an excellent article on him here.

To be honest Sammy bottled it here! He just couldn’t pull the trigger for the other $185,000, Jamie had him worried and the commentary is spot on.

How you get $482,300 with a pair of nines with a Jack kicker is beyond me at nearly 500BB deep. I thought these days of poker were over but I may be wrong.

Sometimes you are just going to lose your whole stack

Joe Ingram takes you through the action you have to feel sorry for Matt Berkey…I think his river shove is good but perhaps I’m wrong.

And sometimes they have a hand that you just don’t even see in their range

 

EAPT Prague – I have a good feeling about this one…

I’m desperate to win the EAPT Prague for €115,000, I wouldn’t  do a deal for less than €100,000 and the trophy…or would I?

Step one complete, I busted a $5 satellite then I came first out of 30 runners in the $22 satellite. I was the sole qualifier with 645,000 chips or $645 virtual.

I am second in chips out of the 18 qualifiers so far for the Sunday 7 pm 10 x $1,500 packages gtd tournament.

I played really well then ost 2 flips 3 handed when chip lead in bavk to back hands. I fought my way back and won a flip with A 10 v 44 to take it down.

Min raise – Why is it always aces?

So I ran a pair of eights into aces with 4 left and lost half my stack, followed by shoving KQ over 3 limpers to be called but AK.

Of course I hit my Queen and lost to a rivered straight…poker sucks.

I want to qualify for Prague and take it down before Xmas. Today was 1 x $5 and 2 x $22 = $49 of nothing…enough for today…

 

 

Poker History – Lesson 1 – Sometimes you lose big

Doug Polk always gives a good break down

I’m not sure about Matt Berkey some of his play seems questionable to me.

 

Donnie Stern

Donnie Stern has quit the game. He was famous for starring in 2 Months 2 Million, a documentary where a crew of poker players hired a mansion in Vegas and played hard for their goal.

It seems despite $3M plus in tournament wins he can’t beat the game. He had recently lost in the region of a $1 Million to Berry Sweet online.

Seems I’m not alone.

Highs and Lows

I hadn’t played for 6 weeks and it had felt good scuba diving and hitting the beach. A new girlfriend had done a good job distracting me too but it was a Wednesday night and with no plans the thought of cards and chips drew me back in.

I headed to Aspers for the £50 £1,000 GTD tournament but when I arrive at 6:55pm no one had registered. Finally we got under way and by the end we had 22 runners and 7 rebuys for a 1st place prize of £503. I took it down played great and won the heads up battle with an open ended straight draw v 2 pair spiking my card on the turn gor a great night out.

6 days later I was back playing cash time to run it up. Well I ran up a quick £60 profit before dumping £300 with some awful play losing my last £65 in a spot where my hand was never ever good. Nothing worse than losing money playing badly…the empty feeling in the stomach the following morning that every “gambler” feels..

I am philosophical, I am up but my cash game sucks I need to work harder. I feel the new girlfriend will distance me from the game but I’m hoping less will be more.

The biggest loser at the table is often the biggest winner…

 

 

 

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