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05/04/2005: "50 million fables"

this sums up the way today has gone, pokerwise:

currently i am mired in the Poker Stars $5.50+Rebuys tourney. we are post-first break and i am in 26th place out of 300 remaining; trying to keep my head above water....

all for now!


well, we are on the 3rd break. i have had my heart broken, but i am still in the hunt, lying 39th out of 80. here is my unfortunate tell of woe up to this point:

PokerStars Game #1638564528: Tournament #7525054, Hold'em No Limit - Level XII (1000/2000) - 2005/05/04 - 21:28:38 (ET)
Table '7525054 58' Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: sellthekids (68831 in chips)
Seat 2: IEATFLIES (34692 in chips)
Seat 3: T-bull (20307 in chips)
Seat 4: TurkeyFeet (37506 in chips)
Seat 5: geminimoon (33890 in chips)
Seat 6: pok21KASS (41250 in chips)
Seat 7: FLPokerMan (30627 in chips)
Seat 8: 1WPTPlayer (93928 in chips)
Seat 9: arthelmes (14380 in chips)
sellthekids: posts the ante 100
IEATFLIES: posts the ante 100
T-bull: posts the ante 100
TurkeyFeet: posts the ante 100
geminimoon: posts the ante 100
pok21KASS: posts the ante 100
FLPokerMan: posts the ante 100
1WPTPlayer: posts the ante 100
arthelmes: posts the ante 100
geminimoon: posts small blind 1000
pok21KASS: posts big blind 2000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to sellthekids [Kd Ad]
FLPokerMan: raises 2000 to 4000
1WPTPlayer: folds
arthelmes: folds
sellthekids: calls 4000
T-bull: folds
TurkeyFeet: calls 4000
geminimoon: folds
pok21KASS: folds
*** FLOP *** [6c 6d 5d]
FLPokerMan: bets 6000
sellthekids: calls 6000
TurkeyFeet: calls 6000
*** TURN *** [6c 6d 5d] [8d]
FLPokerMan: bets 20527 and is all-in
sellthekids: raises 38204 to 58731 and is all-in
TurkeyFeet: calls 27406 and is all-in
*** RIVER *** [6c 6d 5d 8d] [9h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sellthekids: shows [Kd Ad] (a flush, Ace high)
TurkeyFeet: shows [7s 7h] (a straight, Five to Nine)
sellthekids collected 13758 from side pot
FLPokerMan: shows [9c 9d] (a full house, Nines full of Sixes)
FLPokerMan collected 95481 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 109239 Main pot 95481. Side pot 13758. | Rake 0
Board [6c 6d 5d 8d 9h]
Seat 1: sellthekids showed [Kd Ad] and won (13758) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 2: IEATFLIES folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: T-bull folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: TurkeyFeet (button) showed [7s 7h] and lost with a straight, Five to Nine
Seat 5: geminimoon (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: pok21KASS (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: FLPokerMan showed [9c 9d] and won (95481) with a full house, Nines full of Sixes
Seat 8: 1WPTPlayer folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: arthelmes folded before Flop (didn't bet)

and here were his chances of winning:

wish me luck!

well, that's all she wrote. i made the money, despite Poker Star's best attempts to know me in the biblical way: i was moved 4 times in my last 15 minutes of play; this after spending almost 3 hours at one table where i have to think my play had cultivated a fantastic image of the type of hands i would push with. add to that the fact i didn't get over the beat detailed above and you get:

60th place out of 642 entrants. i earned a whopping $33.15 and i am thinking i spent about $20 to play (when the tourney is done, i will get the history and add it to Poker Tracker); my net is going to be $15 for a little over 3 hours of play (05/05/05 - it was actually $12.65). why do i do this to myself?

i am going to eat dinner and down at least 4 more pints of Guinness.

and yes, i am Jack's Raging Bile Duct. :-X

Replies: 4 Comments

In regards to your comment, stk:

so tell me, do you play the rebuys on PS? if so, how do they compare to these large MTTs?

Yes, I do. I just wrote a post about how they differ (I'm an html idiot, so no link, but it's called "Let's Go Crazy" and was posted on May 3). The Poker Nerd is an expert at these, so you might seek him out for more advice.

Joe Speaker said @ 05/06/2005 02:32 PM CST


how did i miss this post? heck, it even started with a quote from So I Married an Axe Murder - one of my all time favorite Mike Meyers flicks.

thanks for the reply, Joe. one more question: do you think that playing in the PS rebuys has changed your play in other types of tourneys, i.e. SnGs, MTTs, etc?


bcd said @ 05/06/2005 03:15 PM CST


Last night was a perfect example. I was massively cold-decked for the first 3 hours. I had to play some trashy cards (and steal) to stay alive. My two biggest pots were with J9s and K5s.

Basically, I've gotten more practice/experience in post-flop play from the re-buys. I still play tighter in the freeze-outs, but feel like I can make some moves if need be, see a flop for cheap and out-play folks.

Joe Speaker said @ 05/06/2005 06:13 PM CST


i know i posted a few days ago about having a new theory on how i want to play: it is exactly as you mention above, a style i think best displayed by Negreanu. while i have no intentions of being as aggressive as Negreanu, i am formulating a style that i can taylor to suit me, which is well beyond the tight/aggressive that i learned from all the top pros books. i think poker in the 21st century is going to espouse the power of solid, post-flop play.

i think doing the rebuys and then playing in MTTs was a clear defining moment for the idea that you can play looser and overcome the supposed penalty of variance.

anyway, i've got a lot to learn, but i would hope 6 months (more or less) will give me a good start.

thx for the input - glad to know i might be on the right track. now if i could just find more time to work on my theory outline and flesh out the fine points!

bcd said @ 05/06/2005 06:42 PM CST

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