Sunday, September 30, 2007

So close ... Mansion

Just missed out on final tabling and the juicier payouts. I think I played pretty solid throughout. As always potential for bubble boy as I reshoved with KK right on the bubble. As soon as I built up an above average stack I was easily the tables most active blind stealer. Only got caught twice, but with these blind levels that still hurt. Whenever the "hand for hand" signal went up I turned it on even more. In the end the blind levels rose too fast, everybody 20BB or less, and I shoved on the button with KQs. Ran into JJ and couldn't hit. I was confident on a big score tonight too.

Other tournaments I got deep in were the Betfair $5k rtr freeroll and the Cake WPT. Betfair crashed 4 times throughout the tourney and finally for good with 10 left. I was 3/10 at the time. I believe the table all agreed on 50% share and 50% chipcount distribution. I didn't mind whatever they voted on, with the structure anybody still had a chance to win. The cake wpt event I played solid until late. Going card dead I didn't have the balls to resteal as I saw too many loose calls. Huge stack tried shoving on me twice and I caught him both times with Arag. 3rd time was not the charm though as he finally had a hand as my KJ < AK. Finished 14th I think. 1st paid a seat to the WPT North American championships and 2-4th split about $10k. This is a relatively easy tourney to sat into, and the actual sat has a very nice structure. 10k starting chip style tourney.

Tournies I failed in were cake $10k (close to bubble, QQ
I'm feeling decent about my tourney game again so hopefully Oct will show some good results. Cash game I'm very confident about. I had a 4 buyin loss one day that was frustrating, but in that case had my $ in while I was ahead in each case. Still want to get to Niagara, other than Cake the other options aren't as appealling. Might have to force myself to go down there and play some live sats. Maybe next weekend.

Monday, September 17, 2007

How much have you lost?

For the Canadians out there, how much have you lost due to the exchange rate? With it hovering around 1.03/0.97, I'm just getting killed. Theres always gripes about having to pay an exchange fee when withdrawing, but I would have been way better off paying that and converting back and forth. This is ugly, in Jan 05 it was 1.23. If I sat with $10k usd then, it would be worth $2kcad less now. This is the real bad beat of online poker!

Sept 20: Now its even money!!! Booooo

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Dirty Mexican Fun

Heres a quick update of my Mexico trip to the Mayan Riviera. I'm lazy so it will be point form BBV.

  • Very nice hotel, 5 star resort (Grand Sirenis).
  • Crazy xrated wedding involving various body shots, and special sausage shots for the ladies
  • Muchos Tequila
  • Muchos Mohitos. Used to think they taste like ass juice, but when made with sugar cane, yummy!
  • Asking bartender to steal us some bottles of Sauza
  • Huge pool with with swim up bar. Plus health drink bar which was refreshing (hang over cure)
  • Hot Mexican Pepper sauces
  • Nice sunny weather. Only spot showers. Felix missed
  • Swimming in a cave with waterfall and jump off cliff. Theres a name for it but cant remember


  • Huge resort = lots of walking
  • Food was hit or miss
  • No poker room :). Had to own at Dominos instead.
  • Pretty quiet resort, about 25% capacity due to hurricanes. Also a brag though
  • Beach wasn't that nice. Rocky. Highly rated snorkling was overated
  • 2hr bus ride to and from the airport
  • Seeing a wonder of the world, Chichen Itza, but only being able to climb one of them


  • Mexican food = My ass, my ass, my ass is on fire. We don't need no water let the motherfucker burn!
  • Crazy chicks at the discotheque. Including one who wanted to prove to everybody that she had the cutest cooch.
  • Iguanas run goot! I couldn't catch them.
  • So tempted to tryout a Mexican taco stand while in town. Locals stuffing their faces, looked so good.