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OK, so maybe I suck at poker.  Didn’t mean to sound ranty in that last post but I was a bit frustrated.  Anyways, I’ve come to the conclusion that I feel I played it right and it’s a hand I would have won better than 4 out of 5 times.  Just happened to not be my night to win.  Sucks!

So I’ve been playing more Left 4 Dead because it’s a game that I can actually win at, the games from are also one of my favorites!  If you haven’t played it yet, it’s awesome so here is some gameplay footage I captured:

Trifecta of Terror: A smoker grabs me, pulls me off a ledge and then a flaming hunter jumps on me and tears me up.
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Tank FAIL: The tankcan’t bust the steel door down and gets owned for his failure.
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Rob sucks: Rob steps in front of my line of fire and goes down.  I try to help him up but I pay the price for his mis-step.
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Closet standoff: Holed up in a closet fighting off an incoming horde of zombies.
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Plane crash: Pretty awesome plane crashes…not that I think planes crashing are usually awesome but you get the idea.
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Ugh.  Well that really sucked.  Played for 3 hours last night until busting out which kinda sums up everything right there.  I was getting dealt fairly decent initial hands such as 67, 89, 9-10, AJ, AQ, KJ, KQ, 22, 55, 66, 10-10, etc but I wasn’t connecting with anything on the flop.  $6-8 here and there to see a flop adds up over time and not winning any hands starts to hurt.  When my stack was down to about $130, I topped up with another $60 cause I like playing a full stack – maximize those wins, right?  Right after that, I took a small loss on a small hand that I knew I got outdrawn on – what the hell, Carlos??  So back to playing patient…  Again, same decent hole cards but no connections on the flop.

I did pick up AQ in medium position and raised to $6 in the unopened pot.  Sort of a small out of position raise to get some more money in the pot pre-flop.  With myself and 5 callers, the flop was A-J-x with 2 clubs and $30 in the pot.  Finally, top pair!  Best hand yet!  I lead out and bet $18 to see where I’m at.  I know AJ could be out there and certainly someone could be drawing to a club flush.  Everyone folds but two people on my left.  Ahh how I hate being out of position!  Turn is a brick and I figure one of them has to be drawing to clubs.  The pot is now about $84 and being first to act, I want to bet enough that anyone chasing the flush will lose interest in the hand so I bet $40.  The first guy on my left thinks a bit and folds which makes me happy if he was chasing and the second guy thinks a bit and calls.  I still feel that I’m ahead at this point – just no club on the river!  River: a club.  Pretty much the only card I did not want to see.

Not quite sure if this guy was chasing or not but I do have a feeling that betting here isn’t the best idea but checking here isn’t the best idea either.  I figure that if I check, he’ll bet it representing the flush just to scare me off – but maybe he’ll check it out down too as the pot was already pretty big… So I check.  No surprise when he bets enough that puts me all-in for my last $60-something.

So what to do..what to do.  This guy seemed a bit loose with big bets before.  One other player at the table even referred to him as a “shover”.  Plus, he had lost a good chunk of his stack on a previous hand and looked a bit annoyed about that.  I also would not put it past him to represent the flush just to scare me out of the hand.

With all of those reasons, my gut instinct was to call and hope he had missed some other draw, so I called.  I ask if he has the flush and he shows 2-3 of clubs and wins the pot.  Wow.  2-3 of clubs.  One step above total garbage.  I still don’t really get why he would call $40 after the turn to see a river card when his only draw was to the flush – and the lowest possible flush at that!  With his call on the turn, he got 3:1 on his money ($120:$40) on odds that are at best about 4.5:1.  I didn’t have a whole lot more money left so it seems a bit odd to risk $40 just to win another $60 after that.  I could understand if the other player had called as well giving much better odds on the money and having more money to win but just heads-up with not a lot of extra money and holding the lowest flush possible just doesn’t make sense.

I’m not calling the guy a bad player but that’s a pretty loose, gambling call on the turn, in my opinion.  So that busted me out of my initial $200 and my $60 top-up.  On the bright-side, $175 of that was money from my poker bankroll that was all prior winning money and only $85 was out of pocket.  Unfortunately that wipes out my bankroll and it was a lot of money to lose in one night – more that I’ve lost in a night before.  It looks like my experiment at Regent to build up my bankroll has failed all due to a really wacky call that just doesn’t make sense.  If you have some thoughts you’d like to share, please leave a comment.

Overall holiday poker results: $-300

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Since I’m on sorta-holidays right now, I gotta have some fun!  I’m trying to spend some more time at Club Regent Casino playing poker to build up a nice little bankroll.  I have about $200 of prior poker winnings set aside just for playing poker.  It’s a good way to start.  Unfortunately $200 doesn’t last too long at Regent so I definately need things to go my way to work that in to a more useful amount.

So I spent 5 hours playing tonight on what seemed like a pretty quiet Saturday night at the casino.  I kinda figured it would be slow with so many people busy with holiday stuff.  Any way, to make 5 hours a short story, I didn’t get too much tonight.  I had a couple decent medium sized pots come my way and also missed on a couple big draws.  I just hovered around even for most of the night at one point up $40 and another point down about $70.  Overall, I ended the night down $40.  Not a big hit to the bankroll but just would have been nice to come home up $100…or more…

I’m not dettered though, I’ll just have to try again and be patient until I do get a couple big hands.  I got lots of time for a couple of weeks.

Overall holiday poker results: $-40

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After a very busy week, I felt the need to un-wind a bit and meet up with some friends at Club Regent Casino for some Texas Hold `Em.  I get to the casino a bit before 8:30pm and sit down right away at the 1/2 no-limit table with a full buy-in of $200 – go big or go home, right?  The game gets off to a bit of a slow start and I’m not getting much in the way of cards or flops that go my way.  I do manage to flop a set of 10’s one hand and win but everyone else folded after the flop and I won a small pot.  My streak of getting no hands continued for a while and each hand that I was seeing a flop with was costing $2 – $10 typically.  After missing many, many flops, I was bleeding out quite a bit of money and down about $100.  I changed tables to be with a group of friends and topped up my chips with another $80 worth.

My streak of no cards continued and it was a bit after 1:00am now and I had still only one that one single small pot.  Not what I’d call an ideal poker session by any means but I was having fun with my friends.  Normally I would have called it a night at this point but I was having fun so I stayed and topped up with another $60 – yes, that’s now $340 I was in for.  To me, $340 is a lot of money – especially after getting a $600 vet bill for Roman last week (my poor sick lil` doggy).  This gave me a little over $160 in play and i was down about $180 (ouch!)

I get dealt pocket 6’s to which I call, one guy raises to $11 or $12 total, Scotty calls and I call.  Flop comes down 10-6-x with two spades.  Wow, about fricken time I hit a hand and I’m pretty sure I’m going to get paid this time too!  Scott is first to act and goes all-in for $50-something.  I don’t waste much time going all-in for the $150-something I have in front of me.  Then the original raiser goes all-in too and he has everyone covered!  I’m pretty sure Scott has A-10 and/or a flush draw and the raiser has AA or KK since he seemed pretty confident in his hand pre-flop and on the flop.

Scott shows A-10 (no surprise), I show my 6-6-6 (the set of the beast!) and I ask the raiser if he has AA, he says no and shows a set of 10’s instead!  Wow…wow…  I wait very patiently for 5 hours to hit a hand, I flop mid-set and this guy flops top-set on me and I’m in for all my money and already down $180 on top of that.  I put my jacket on and tell everyone it’s been a fun night but now I gotta go tell my wife that I dropped $340 at the Casino.  I look down as the dealer puts down the turn…nothing…. and the river….6!!!  6 on the river!!  Quads to win!!! I yell out!  The whole table yells out!  Everyone looks at our table!  People come over to see what happened!  The poor guy with trip 10’s looks like his soul was just torn from with-in him and I’m excited as hell as the dealer pushes a $400+ pot my way.  Of course I took my jacket off and sat back down!

How is that for a twist of events?  I mean, it was lucky as hell!  What a terrible setup though to wait for so long, hit a huge hand and end up being so far behind and then win the hand on the river with the only card left in the deck that I could win with!  From being down $180, I was actually now up $60 from this one hand!  Although I do feel a bit bad on the inside delivering such a total-fluke soul-crushing bad-beat to other player, it was very nice to win such a huge pot and the other player was a very good sport about it.  Other people would be pretty mad and lose control, this guy handled himself like a pro.  I played for a while longer winning a couple more pots and closed the night at $160 profit.  Talk about a train ride of a poker session!

It was fun spending the evening with friends and the sheer excitement of that one hand will probably stick with me for a while to come.

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