Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Stickin' it to The Man...

My last experience with EmpirePoker wasn't a happy one. I cashed out down a bunch during the depths of my January downswing, and left them a little nasty-gram in the "comment" box as I did so. Did I mention it took them about 10 full business days to credit the deposit to my account, despite the fact my bank cleared the transaction nearly a week earlier? So anyhow it was a crappy experience.

Time for -EV to strike back. I've returned to the site I'd sworn off for good to accomplish one task: whoring with style. We're not talking your garden variety hit'n'run whoring here, ladies & gents. You know, the kind where you make a decent deposit, play your usual game, finish the bonus and cash out a while later? Yeah, I'm not extending that pleasure to Empire.

Instead... I'll be rubbing my displeasure in Empire's face by depositing the absolute minimum necessary to get the full bonus, four tabling .50/1 continuously until I've cleared the required number of hands (107/1050 as of this writing), and then cashing the fuck out. Immediately. Call me a 7th grade date, cuz' I'm not giving any action.

Of course I *will* be collecting the $150 in bonus money, give or take whatever results I have at the micro-limit tables. So anyhow don't look for me in the NL or 2/4 games the next few hours, I'll be slumming it with He1ixx down at .50/1. I might even play a hand once every few orbits, ya'know, if I'm feeling frisky...

Saturday, February 5, 2005

There's a first time for everything...

This was my first ever flopped straight flush... and it netted me a grand total of $3.50. Not sure which is more amazing -- hitting the 1 in 72,193 shot on the flop, or collecting nary a single bet after doing so. Interestingly enough, I'm getting near the point at which you'd mathematically expect to hit this (50K+ hands) exactly once. On to the hand history:

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ BB (10 handed) converter
UTG ($61.5)
UTG+1 ($26.65)
UTG+2 ($27.3)
MP1 ($50)
Hero ($48)
MP3 ($97.95)
CO ($60.75)
Button ($87.73)
SB ($138.4)
BB ($54.5)

Preflop: Hero is MP2 with 5c, 4c. SB posts a blind of $0.5.
3 folds, MP1 calls $1, Hero calls $1, 4 folds, BB checks.

Flop: ($3.50) 8c, 7c, 6c (3 players)
BB checks, MP1 checks, Hero checks.

Turn: ($3.50) 5d (3 players)
BB checks, MP1 checks, Hero checks.

River: ($3.50) 3d (3 players)
BB checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets $2, BB folds, MP1 folds.

Final Pot: $5.50, won by Hero with a straight flush, four to eight.


In other news, I placed 66/151 in the Feb. 2 WPBT event on PokerStars. Disappointing finish, but I think I played ok throughout the first hour and some of the second. I was chip leader or 2nd in chips at the table for about half of the first hour, and really did find that I was following my game plan to steal often and with reckless abandon. K4 sooted was good enough for a 3BB raise in LP when it was folded to me, and that's a change from times past when I've played far too tight in tourney environments.

I did flop quad 8's at one point in the first hour... didn't get paid off too terribly well, but I did manage to extract some chips from SirFWALGman. He managed later on to get in an all-in pot with me where I had KJs and he had KTo, only to draw out & get a tie on the river. Managed to make some good reads, particularly on Spock, but forget which blogger that is... I just didn't have the discipline to follow them (called a clear set/value bet on the river when I had middle two pair).

When my shortstacked pocket 6's didn't hold up against a caller's AJo in the second hour, I was out. Congrats to THG for winning the event and a first prize of over $900! We gotta get more of these events going... its about time PartyPoker starts hosting private tourneys already dammit!