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02/28/2005: ego trippin

well, i continue to do dumb things at dumb times; at some point i will figure out why...or at least how to stop!

played a $5+$.50 freezeout tourney yesterday on Poker Stars. approximately 500 people played, i ended up in 20th place, netting close to $29 (roughly $5/hr - yuck!) i will have to check my journal, but i ended up doing something dumb, like going all-in with a marginal hand (KJo comes to mind) and having a caller crush my hand with AK. i did track some key hands during this tourney; i dealt out about 3 bad beats, while taking at least two myself.

continuing my poor play, i played in Northside's tourney sunday night. after making the final two tables (there were 40 players to start) with roughly an average stack (110K or so in chips) i made a strong raise under-the-gun (blinds were 10/20K), assuming that my tight play so far during the tourney would run people out of the pot - uh, WRONG! the big blind, who also was the second biggest stack on the table, re-raised my 50K raise to 200K, putting me all-in. a short stack between us went all-in with about 60K, so i too went all in...why, i have no idea, other than thinking the BB must be stealing, maybe sensing weakness. well, the big blind had AK, the 60K caller had K7h and i had K10o: a pure dominintion hand. ace came on the flop and that was all she wrote. kiss that $100 and 2.5 hours good-bye.

in the good news department, i finally got around to putting all my hand/tourney stats into Poker Tracker and seems Feb '05 was a good month - i am up around $1500. always helps to win $1100 of that in one sitting. these stats exclude my brick & mortar play; i did win $421 at Isle of Capri this month, netting about $200 profit after expenses. again, my goal from March '05 forward is to keep my journal up-to-date and track all my online stats in Poker Tracker.

one cool thing about Poker Tracker is that it not only tracks expenses and your ROI%, but it tracks the actual hands you play and how they turned out. want to see how many times you played K10o under the gun and the results? oh yeah, you can do it. (hopefully not many, and certainly not many from now on.) hopefully this tool, along with keeping a journal of key hands and outcomes, will help me improve my game.

the Cardplayer Freeroll is this sat. all i need is a top 50 finish to guarantee myself a birth into the Tournament of Champions. currently i am tied at third; i would expect that anyone who wins will get slotted like myself into the top 10 spaces.

on the advice of Matt Dean at Ship It! Poker, i bought Tom McEvoy & T.J. Cloutier's Championship No Limit & Pot Limit Hold 'Em. after reading the intial chapter, i moved straight into the no-limit section. i like the down-to-earth explanations and no-nonsense language. i found his explaination of how to play AK in tournament play interesting, although i don't think it is too original: many people would probably toss AK when it misses the flop, providing the other players had shown strength. but his idea of limping AK instead of going 3-4xBB is something i have been toying with. why? well, one, when it does hit (roughly 30% of the time you will flop a pair) it makes it tough for your opponents to put you on such a big hand, and two, if you miss, it sure is easier to release the hand when you don't have such a large stake in the pot. and remember, AK is nothing but a drawing hand anyway, so when it misses the flop, you will have seen 70% of the cards and still be left with only top card. a pair of twos will beat top card!

well, i gotta get to work. i hope to get some time this week to play in a few Poker Stars' rebuy tourneys. i'll post as the hands come!

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