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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
2:21 am

The last 71 sit-and-go Omaha 8 tournaments I played in resulted in a profit of $7.15.

I made the monumental decision to move to a higher game. The buy-in for a $2 tournament includes a 25-cent rake, when the house pays $18 in prizes after collecting $20.25 in buy-ins.

That 12.5 percent vigorish was gonna kill me, so I moved to the $5+0.50 tournaments to reduce the vig to 10 percent. When you're making less than 10 cents an hour playing poker, every penny matters.

I've played three, won one. Collected $22.50 against $16.50 in buy-ins, and saved -- woo hoo -- 37.5 cents in rake!

(Only 1 card in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
12:58 am

In your most recent Omaha 8 sit-and-go, the blinds have chewed your 1,500 stack down to 1,375, and then you pick up in early position:

Your pot-sized raise drops everyone but the big blind, and the flop misses you:

Big blind checks to you, and perhaps it is a grave mistake to bet the pot again, because when BB checkraises the maximum, you can only muck.

A few more sets of blinds wears your stack down to 555 chips, so when three players call to your button with:

You determine to play this ratty hand, and hope you catch a draw that gets you back into the tournament.

We would not have a story if the flop weren't most gorgeous:

It's the dream flop, the hand that Omaha writers use as an example. Nine hearts complete the flush. Outside of hearts, three aces, three kings, three queens, two nines, two eights, and three sevens make the straight.

Two check to the cutoff, who bets half the pot.

Twenty-five of the 45 unseen cards probably win the whole pot for you, unless the fourth and fifth streets combine to make a low for your opponent.

You push all in, which drops four players, but the cutoff calls.

The turn and river were:

Sending you back to the drawing board.

(Bet. Or fold.)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
12:27 am

Hold'em players like to discuss the fantasy situation in which you're dealt AA in the first hand of the tournament, and someone ahead pushes all in. The question is whether you're willing to risk your tournament life on the first hand while you've got the best hand preflop.


Two hands have been played in a pot limit Omaha 8 sit-and-go, and you are second in chips for having won one of the first two pots.

On the button, you are dealt Ah 9d 6c 2h.

A pretty good starting hand at Omaha 8. Two flat call the 15/30 blinds to you, and perhaps if the 9d were bigger, you'd raise. But you probably don't want to reduce the field here, so you also flat call.

Small blind raises to 2x the big blind. Everyone stays in. The flop is Jh Ad 9h, giving you top and third pair, plus the nut flush draw (*maybe* there's a straight flush draw).

Small blind bets 300. Big blind moves in for 1,200 of his 1,400 chips. One fold, and the next guy pushes all in for his 1,350. Your move.

It's the third hand, and there are 3,000 chips in the pot with small blind's 1,500 to come.

Do you want to risk busting out of the tournament this early?Collapse )

(Only 2 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Monday, June 30th, 2008
8:06 pm

I play sit-and-go tournaments online, where the game is Omaha 8. These events pay three places to nine seats, and I have managed to finish fourth in four of my last five.

My game has these holes that I see:

• By playing only the best starting hands, I might win a small pot or two, and watch three or four players get knocked out (it's pretty amazing how some of these folks bust out on the *first hand*), but after that, I have a hard time adjusting to aggression when the table is shorthanded.

• I don't accurately read the best low.

• I lose lots of chips as the second-best flush.

• At ring games, I'm aware, but it's probably true at tournament play also: I'm entering the right number of hands, but I'm seeing too many of those to the last street.

(Bet. Or fold.)

Friday, June 16th, 2006
9:34 am
vishenka28 I have been seriously playing poker for about a year. However no matter how hard I try I cannot make over $1000/month. Sometimes I am in minus, so the averge monthly income comes out to even less. Is there anyone here who has been able to make a living playing poker? Or win consistenly?

(Only 3 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Friday, June 2nd, 2006
2:12 pm - WARNING! Do NOT play at UltimateBet!

When Hellmuth came on the other day, I deposited the minimum $25 in case I got to sit down. Now it's rent time, things are a little lean, so I went to withdraw my money, and this is the email I get:

"Dear Sir/Madam ,

Please be advised that your withdrawal has been subject to a random security verification. We have noticed that you are requesting a withdrawal in the amount of $25 and this amount is not related to game-play. Upon verification of your account, you have deposited then withdrew immediately without playing.

In order to minimize fraudulent activity, please provide us with an explanation of the circumstances of this activity so we may proceed with your withdrawal request.

Your withdrawal# 1000099322 has been cancelled until we receive your reply.


Accounts Department

*****Please do not reply directly to this email. Should you require further assistance with your withdrawal, please contact us at memberservices@ultimatebet.com and a customer care agent will be happy to help you*****"

These scumbags are trying to tell me I have to "explain" to them why I want MY money back. How sleazy can you be, for a whole $25 deposit. I would urge everyone not to put your moeny in a poker room that looks for excuses not to ive it back.

Does anyone know what governmental agency regulates these sites? I want to make a complaint against these assholes.

(Only 7 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Saturday, April 1st, 2006
6:24 pm - play poker, get an iPod

hey everyone, i just wanted to pass on a link i saw on someone else's livejorunal - http://ipods.freepay.com/?r=28893614. It's a link to a site where you get a free iPod for registering on the "world poker tour" website, "poker expert" website or other such sites.

check it out if you're interested, but please don't flame me if you're not. goodbye.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
3:15 pm - The D/L on Atlantic City

So my first trip to Atlantic City was an entertaining one. We left on Saturday morning, promptly got lost from DC, and arrived after just under 5 hours of driving. We ended up staying at a Howard Johnson because it was $100 cheaper than any of the casinos, but we spent most of our time at the Tropicana which just finished renovations about a year ago. The place was nice, but others in the group said that Las Vegas was even nicer. During the day I also toured the Taj Mahal, Resorts, Borgata, and Showboat casinos. Out of all of them, Borgata was the nicest, but also the most expensive of the bunch. It also didn't have too many options in terms of choice of restaurants as compared to the Tropicana which had at least a dozen. Trump's Taj Mahal was, of course, the most tackiest with gold everywhere and over the top architecture. It was also the loudest with all of the slot machines' volumes pumped to the max. Tropicana had the largest poker room of them all, though most of them were renovating their respective poker rooms due to the explosion in popularity. The only problem I had with the Tropicana was that the personnel weren't as nice as I expected. I was scolded by a cashier and several dealers had issues with people playing at the tables, though their annoyance was never directed at me. Being a dealer must really be a tough job; you have to deal with people ignorant to the game and its rules, people who are drunk, and people who are obnoxious, but that's part of the job so I personally think there's no excuse for them to be rude. None-the-less, each night I sat down with $100 at the 2/4 limit game and came up positive both days. In total I made $164 for the two sessions. The first night I only played for about 4 hours, but the second was considerably longer. With no clocks or windows the first time I looked at my watch it was already 5am! Roughly a 7 hour session! Unfortunately, I couldn't find anyone to dog sit, so I had to board my dog. Only after I got back did I realize that it was $120 to board him for the long weekend in addition to the $200 or so for the incidentals of the trip.

(Only 1 card in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Sunday, February 19th, 2006
7:31 pm - Poker Sponsorship

Hello folks. I apologise to any of you who may consider this spam.

Are you a big time online poker player? This is for you. (This means that you currently actually play seriously, and for real money.)

I represent a company that is looking to sponsor a few good online poker players. Basically we will pay you up to $1,000 per month to play online poker (The amount of your offer depends on how much you play). We never take a cut of your winnings.

We set a goal for you each month, (in terms of number of hands played at certain stakes) and then pay you if you reach your goal. This line is important, so read it closely. What we do NOT do is drop some money in your account and say go have fun, and please play a lot. Obviously 90% of the people that we did that with would disappear. We probably do not know you personally, and developing a trusting relationship takes time. What we DO do is exactly what that line says. Set you a goal, and then pay out once you reach it. In order to do this, you must already have your own bankroll. (if you are telling me that you are a serious player, then you either lying, or have your own bankroll. We do not cater to liars) You get your goal based on a questionaire that you fill out. (For example, maybe we will say that we will pay you $200 once you reach 10,000 hands) You play, on your own bankroll, until you reach 10,000 hands, and as soon as you do, we add on another $200 to your account, and then set you a new offer for a higher dollar amount. Doing it this way helps to prove that you actually are a serious player, and that you will actually play for us, instead of disappearing. Over time, after building a trustworthy relationship, we will sponsor your entire bankroll. If this does not make sense to you, please ask us to clarify. If you are unable to start with your own bankroll, please do not contact us. If you are not trustworthy, please do not contact us. If you want to rip us off, dont waste your time, we can see you coming from miles away.

We cater to your needs. Rather a weekly offer? We can do that. Want a higher offer? We can work something out. Please contact rakestocash@gmail.com if you think you've got what it takes. (this means contact us at this email address, not post a comment here)

(Only 1 card in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Friday, February 17th, 2006

can someone please explain to me the formula to calculate number of outs as well as how to calculate hand win/lose percentages? sorry i know yall are all uber poker gurus...but can someone help this dead money out? cheers.

(Only 2 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Thursday, January 12th, 2006
3:18 pm - Haha

The site I currently play at just released two commercial ads... they're actually pretty damn funny so I thought I'd share:

http://www3.pokerroom.com/main/45/media/Combat_whos_in_f-ck_you.mpg (on this one make sure you watch until the end of the clip)


current mood: amused

(Bet. Or fold.)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
12:13 pm - On-Line Woes...

I don't know how many of you actually follow the on-line gaming industry; but about a month ago "Party Poker" broke off it's alliance with many of it's sister companies; including where I play(ed) "Empire Poker". Since, Empire has been sending out promotions up the wazoo, but it hasn't helped the fact that there are just not as many tables as there used to be there. It's actually hard to find a decent table to sit at that is mostly full and remains that way for an extended period of time longer than 20 minutes!

So, needless to say, I'm looking for another site. Any recommendations? What are your favorites? I personally prefer to play at the hold'em "micro" limit (.50/$1 or $1/$2) ring tables. Are there any sites in particular that are good for this level? Frequent promotions (i.e., 50% of deposit for raked hands) is also a bonus (no pun intended) as an easy source of income. :)

Please let me know and I just might use your bonus code to sign up! Thanks!

(Only 6 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Friday, October 21st, 2005
10:43 am - a bad beat for the ages...

i'm sure you've all got a story like this one.

this was a friendly home game. tourney style. $20 buy-in, no rebuys. i'm sitting with about $35 in chips when i get suited A-J Clubs.

i'm on the button so when it comes around, i re-raise hard. a few drop out at this point but four people pay the 300 chips to see the flop.

the flop comes 6-8-9 of clubs. i flopped the nut flush. i raise. two people fold. my buddy's neophyite girlfriend calls me.

the next card is a King of Clubs. she checks. i bet hard. she calls me. again.

the river is a two of hearts. i go all in. she calls me.

now, i'm thinking that she had trips or she hit her flush on fourth street. i've got this so in the bag.

'i've got the nut flush. what do you have?'

'i've got a straight flush...'

bitch was holding 5-7 of clubs! and she called 300 pre-flop!!

after i picked up my jaw off the floor, i proceeded home.

(Only 10 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Monday, October 10th, 2005
12:51 pm - EuroRounders-- Funny @ss Joke


Michel (voiceover): "If you can't find the boorish
American hold'em player at the table within half an
hour, you are the boorish American hold'em player."


TITLE/CREDITS. This entire movie is in black and
white, with subtitles.


Michel (voiceover): "This game is really scummy, and
well above what I can afford to play. My entire
bankroll is riding on this one session going well.
This is Teddy CIA's place, where they only play Pot
Limit Omaha, the most sophisticated game in Europe."

- Michel knocks on the window -

Teddy CIA: "You want poker, or whore?"

Michel: "Poker. Give me three stacks of high, elitist
Read more...Collapse )

(Only 1 card in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Monday, August 29th, 2005
8:28 am - Bad players and lots of bluffing

I was doing a little rounding this weekend and I got caught up playing a hold em tournament with a bunch of “good ol boys” (that’s code for dumb ass rednecks). I admit most of the time I’m very happy to see horrible players sit down at the table but this was ridiculous. How can you contend with dozens of players like that? That’s just a whole lot of dumb luck you have to dodge!


I felt like I might as well been playing roulette or something. Almost every single one of these 50+ guys had no concept of the game other than seeing it on TV. About half thought it was all about bluffing. Sadly it seemed every time one of these twits got caught with their hand in the cookie jar they got lucky and drew out on ya. That’s how I went out LOL. After the flop I bet my hand and then got raised all in by this really horrible player. I put him on a middle pocket pair because of the way he played it pre flop, which would be in bad shape against me so I called, I had top pair with a good kicker. He had 3s in the pocket! I was shocked because there was nothing but over cards on the board. It was better than I guessed. He was dominated and was a huge dog but alas went runner runner and hit his 3rd 3 and paired the board to fill up with a boat.

My only conclusion was play premium hands and hope for the best, which is what I did. I just wish we were playing a cash game with level blinds…

...I think? LOL

(Only 8 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Saturday, August 27th, 2005
1:06 pm - Nothing like Minimizing your wins and Maximizing your losses!

Ok, everyone. Help me out here. Is the below a real bad beat, or just bad play?

The HandCollapse )

current mood: annoyed

(Only 1 card in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Friday, August 26th, 2005
1:23 pm - Just joined

I found the group because I tried to create a “rounders” community, but hey guess what? There is one already, so I joined up. Anyway, I wanted to say hello and introduce myself

Poker is my no.1 hobby and I love the game. I do "most" of my gaming at local Casinos. I take my game very seriously and I'm trying to move into playing more tournaments. My main focus is Hold em but I also play 7 card stud and Omaha. I on occasion play online, however I don’t really care for it. It’s ok when I need a fix and can’t get out , ya know?

I'm looking forward to everyone's stories, that and sharing a few of my own



(Bet. Or fold.)

Sunday, August 21st, 2005
8:55 pm - Are you Kidding?

CNBC has been replaying the heads-up tournament every Sunday for awhile now. Tonight I've been watching the finals, but when they went to a commercial they were pitching the DVD set of the tournament. Those assholes showed the final hand at the end to give away the winner. Can you believe that? I've really liked this tournament, and I was hoping to really dig into this Hellmuth/Ferguson match, but now it's ruined. At least I got see Negreanu call two cards in a row. That was pretty rad.

(Only 1 card in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

Friday, July 22nd, 2005
8:58 pm - Arg!

I HATE days where I win all the small pots and lose all my large ones! That, and playing a whopping 25% of my hands... very nerve-racking... okay, I'm done venting now. :)

(Only 4 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

10:29 am
alliecaulfield This community is dead. Hopefully just dormant. I decide to post something random about poker, make it up as I go. I posted a while back about bankroll. Since, my last post, I have built a bankroll, both for online play and B&M and home games, and I just want to say that Bankroll > skill. For one thing it allows one the room to breath and just play poker, and allows room for error and correcting errors. Good Bankroll is the foundation of a skilled poker player. TWO WORDS: KELLY CRITERION.

Also, I have a few topics of discussion. First is having the chip lead with 20 or so people remaining in a tournament. Do you play super tight until the small stacks have died?(i.e. there are a lot of all ins going on at this time as the blinds have increased and they are very short stacked)I raised with AsQs UTG and a stack went all in for double the raise. I called and he had 55. I did not improve. This took a considerable chunk out of my stack and I ended up placing 5th. What is your strategy in this situation? I had the feeling someone would be going all in any second (three or four short stacks at the table), and they were just picking their spots. I considered just dropping ace queen and not even playing it. What do you think about this?

I have so many other things I'd love to discuss but this post is getting long.
... then again this place is dead

(Only 8 cards in the deck can help you now | Bet. Or fold.)

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