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!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Know the rules and promotions!

OK, so, been playing mostly online.. but every so often Felicia and I have been going to the Riverside Casino in Laughlin to play. Usually I had been ending up in 2-6 (spread-limit) Omaha8 with her, however, I'm going to stop from now on. I've always been religious about keeping stats and I'm a loser in the game. Felicia feels that, while I play tight preflop, I end up going too far with my hands post. Seems like there is always odds to chase, since the people are so loose, but the stats don't lie; so she must be right!

This realization has made me start playing more Holdem there. I haven't done well at the 2/6 spread limit, but have at the 4/8 and NLHE games they have. So, I played some NLHE while I was there. Ended up 30$ even after raising w/ KK and QQ and getting no callers. Plus some flop bets that didn't get called. Too tight. I asked for my name to be put back on the 4/8 (had it taken off after I entered the NL).

I get seated to the left of this really loose guy (I'll call Tipsy-Tourist--he was drinking, but I don't think enough to call him the classic Drunk-Tourist ; ). He was in most of the pots. While I noticed that he'll bet any pair, he'll also bet if he thinks he might have the other person beat.

I happen to get AA. Of course, right? Why would I even bother to write it up, eh? (Yo! props to Canada, eh, dude? Take off! Eh? hehehe ... ok, enough of that.)

So, I raise with my AA after Tipsy-Tourist limps. There were one or two others in the pot. Either way, flop of Q9x; he bets, I raise and we're heads-up after he calls. Turn is an 8: he bets. I look at him and say: "I'm supposed to do that. You're supposed to check, and I bet my overpair. But maybe you thought I wouldn't bet your straight for you." He chuckles and I think I have enough information to be able to fold, knowing that I'm beat.

Tipsy-Tourist flashes me 98s, to show me I was beat.

I ended up for the session. Very next hand I get KK and, since the AA hand gave Tipsy-Tourist the Kill button, we went to 8/16 betting. Again he bet into me and I got two cold callers for 16. River completed a possible flush, so I didn't bet it, but didn't matter. I was still almost $100 up.

I started to tell Felicia the story later and she goes, "you got your $50 for 'Aces-Cracked', right?" I stopped talking and thought about it. Yup, she was right, the promotion 'Aces-Cracked' was going on while I was in the 4/8 game. Dang! Although it would have cost me another $16 to see the river, I would have gotten $50 to show my AA was beat at the river (provided that I didn't catch a Q or A on the river to beat him). I could have turned the $16 loss (from the raise pre and post), into an $18 win! (After paying off another 16 for the turn and river for a total of 32). It would have resulted in a total of $34 more to cash out, and would have put me well above $100 for the night.

So, make sure you know all the rules and promotions at any cardroom that you frequent! Could help out your bankroll!

God Bless

Posted by Glenn


Blogger Felicia :) said...

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

4:20 PM  

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