Glenn's Poker Journal

Husband to FeliciaLee.. here are some of my poker adventures in 'bilking the internet poker machine, six dollars at a time' (--quoted from Sean, Anisotropy).

Location: United States

NOT a poker blogger!

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Ah Brother!

Ah, brother! I folded 33 on the flop and it would have won. No, no miracle 2 outer that would have given me the set…no. The pre-flop raiser was betting no pair, and the caller just had AJs, for Ace-high! In other words, any pair was good.

Geez, I’m going through a lot of this recently, don’t know about you other guys. As Felicia posted, we played live recently in Laughlin, and I had a ton of those situations from the 4/8 game. So much so, I left for my own sanity!

  • Posted behind the button with “Big Lick” (thanks, Richard!) 69o. I folded to a raise…would have cracked AA with 2 pair (in my defense on this one, it was a kill pot, it would have cost me 3 more SB’s (full-kill).
  • UTG I folded Q9s; would have had 2nd nut flush…54s of the same suit took down the huge pot.
  • 69o again in BB, folded to raise…again, two pair (straight won though)
  • Folded 76s on button for…the straight flush, the mortal nuts.
  • I watched in awe as two people bet and raised the turn that would have brought it to me. Just a lowly straight won the pot, not even the Ace-high flush. No flush at all. Geez, what I pot I missed.
Sometimes I just feel like I’m too gosh-darn tight! In a tournament, we’re 2 away from the money, and I’m one of the 3 short stacks. I could try to ride them out, and hope that they don’t double up, or I can take a shot. I find AQ UTG and raise, UTG+1 cold called and UTG+2 3-bet! Oh brother, what did I step into? So I call to see the flop, T-high. I checked and the 3-bettor bet, of course, but now what do I do? Often, I’m more afraid of the guy in the middle; he cold-called my raise and then the 3-bet. If I call, I could get check-raised by the guy in the middle. So, I do the tight-thing and fold. What did the others have? BOTH had AJo, no pair on flop/turn/river. The cold-caller called down the 3-bettor, and I would have won the whole thing.

On a brighter note, I still made the money. I just want to, some day, be able to call down with more assurance; to be able to reach the bigger money. I’m always in on the small payouts.

Of course, being on a bad run, currently, doesn’t help. It’s amazing when you play a ton of poker, the big hands that you get at times and can still be down.

Omaha 8 or better, sometimes there are 7 or 8 people to see the flop. So I limped in, even though mid-position, with 5332 double suited. Hey, I can make a straight flush! And, I did! Turned the 6-high straight flush. Get bet into, beautiful, and I raise. Capped on the river. Do I see the Ace-high flush? Nope, A3 for the nut low. Nut low?? And he’s capping it with me? I could have had the flush AND A3 and three-quartered him! Dummy. So, big hand, but what did it matter? On the turn and river, it was just the two of us, and we split it.

Dealt pat full boat twice in the last two days in Draw high. Both times I limped in. Once, I did get raised and I was able to reraise and get a call post. The other, it was just me and the blind. Who, of course, check-folded after I stood pat.

Felicia keeps telling me that I can’t always win. Yes, true, there is variance in poker and that’s what makes the games good. There will be those times that the suckers out draw you. Like the dude that was playing every pair, every draw, and twice and get 555 dealt to me, and both times he got his 2 outer to beat me. He’s so passive that he doesn’t raise post with his trips, he doesn’t know if he’s good or not, just calls, calls, calls… It can be frustrating.

However, I did book over $1000 over the last 4 weeks, so I should be happy.
:-D <<-- See? Happy smile! This with only one good session at the casinos (during the Blogger sessions…you can read previous posts for that one). Meaning that about 80% of that was all done on my grinding at $1/2 Draw and $0.50/1 Omaha 8. I hardly played any NLHE this month. Took a break. So, if you’re having a frustrating time…those fishies outdrawing you time and again…take heart! You are not alone! Hehe. Just ride it out. It all evens out in the end. Take care all, and God bless!

Posted by Glenn


Blogger BadBlood said...

Glenn, I don't think you're playing too tight, those are folding hands. Perhaps the 76s on the button is playable to a bunch of limpers.

It does get tough when you're running bad, but I'm sure you've done so in the past and worked your way through it. Good luck.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Drizztdj said...

I've been running bad with NLHE (bad beats blah blah blah), but having a good run at PLO8 and Limit HE.

Mixing up the games keeps poker fresh. :)

I wanted to ask... has the Fort improved over the years? I haven't played there in 4 years and I remember the poker room not being in the greatest shape.

7:57 AM  
Blogger DOMIT said...

Thanks for the comments :)

Yeah, I'll get through this. Just frustrating at times. Thanks for the support :)

As for the Fort, if you're meaning Fort McDowell, we haven't been...just haven't made it yet.


9:57 AM  
Blogger Dr. Pauly said...

Happy New Year Glenn... I hope you post more frequently in 2005.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Ignatious said...

ditto what the good doctor said. we want MORE! :)

12:40 AM  

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