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Poker :: What's not to love?
  submitted on July 30, 2007, 11:15 PM


Seriously, how can you NOT love this game?

Tourney #1 - Tier 1 Token HU Match

This was basically the hand that was the beginning of the end for me. Match must have gone 150 hands or so...

FullTiltPoker Game #3105854906: Tier One $13+$0.75 Sit & Go (23727377), Table 1 - 60/120 - No Limit Hold'em - 20:10:03 ET - 2007/07/30
Seat 1: pacho (1,030)
Seat 2: Mike_Maloney (1,970)
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 60
pacho posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Kd Ks]
Mike_Maloney calls 60
pacho checks
*** FLOP *** [Qd Jd 5h]
pacho checks
Mike_Maloney checks
*** TURN *** [Qd Jd 5h] [Ac]
pacho bets 120
Mike_Maloney raises to 1,850, and is all in (He was in pushmonkey mode, so if he had an ace he would have pushed preflop)
pacho calls 790, and is all in
Mike_Maloney shows [Kd Ks]
pacho shows [8d 6d] (Sure, call an all-in with 8 outs going to the river)
Uncalled bet of 940 returned to Mike_Maloney
*** RIVER *** [Qd Jd 5h Ac] [3d] (...and get rewarded)
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Kings
pacho shows a flush, Queen high
pacho wins the pot (2,060) with a flush, Queen high
pacho: lol
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,060 | Rake 0
Board: [Qd Jd 5h Ac 3d]
Seat 1: pacho (big blind) showed [8d 6d] and won (2,060) with a flush, Queen high
Seat 2: Mike_Maloney (small blind) showed [Kd Ks] and lost with a pair of Kings


Tourney #2 - Satellite to the Fifty-Fifty

Didn't make it quite as far in this. Probably about 10 hands in, I had already picked up a nice pot earlier.

FullTiltPoker Game #3105657303: Satellite to The Fifty-Fifty (22320633), Table 2 - 20/40 - No Limit Hold'em - 19:50:54 ET - 2007/07/30
Seat 1: DannyOcean10 (2,005)
Seat 2: BrandonBentley (1,615)
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (2,275)
Seat 4: hopper65 (1,545)
Seat 5: Bignrichn07 (680)
Seat 6: hulseac (480)
Seat 7: AngelKat (3,475)
Seat 8: Mstrofminds (870)
Seat 9: JBonus1 (2,100)
BrandonBentley posts the small blind of 20
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 40
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Qs Qc]
hopper65 folds
Bignrichn07 folds
hulseac folds
AngelKat has 15 seconds left to act
AngelKat folds
Mstrofminds folds
JBonus1 folds
DannyOcean10 calls 40
BrandonBentley calls 20
Mike_Maloney raises to 160
DannyOcean10 calls 120(Please note that he limped from the button, then called my 4x raise)
BrandonBentley folds
*** FLOP *** [2h 5c 6h]
Mike_Maloney bets 275
DannyOcean10 raises to 550 (Honestly, not real worried about this. If he hit a set, so be it, but I don't have time to screw around in tourneys like this by folding to all the donkeys in these satellites)
Mike_Maloney raises to 2,115, and is all in
DannyOcean10 calls 1,295, and is all in
Mike_Maloney shows [Qs Qc]
DannyOcean10 shows [5d 6d] (Brilliant. Of course, they were sooooooted, so it's an insta-call)
Uncalled bet of 270 returned to Mike_Maloney
*** TURN *** [2h 5c 6h] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [2h 5c 6h 4s] [9c]
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Queens
DannyOcean10 shows two pair, Sixes and Fives
DannyOcean10 wins the pot (4,050) with two pair, Sixes and Fives
The blinds are now 25/50
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4,050 | Rake 0
Board: [2h 5c 6h 4s 9c]
Seat 1: DannyOcean10 (button) showed [5d 6d] and won (4,050) with two pair, Sixes and Fives
Seat 2: BrandonBentley (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (big blind) showed [Qs Qc] and lost with a pair of Queens
Seat 4: hopper65 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Bignrichn07 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: hulseac didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: AngelKat didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: Mstrofminds didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: JBonus1 didn't bet (folded)


Tourney #3 - 24k Guarantee

Was doing quite well for a while. At the time, I was around 90th in chips with 450 or so left.

FullTiltPoker Game #3106905353: $24,000 Guarantee (23202908), Table 15 - 120/240 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:47:09 ET - 2007/07/30
Seat 1: sawfish2 (4,165)
Seat 2: OCSCOTT (15,950)
Seat 3: verde_felt (3,690)
Seat 4: SavageSC (15,175)
Seat 5: Mike Kowal (5,540), is sitting out
Seat 6: Mrzfraze (8,350)
Seat 7: Mike_Maloney (12,610)
Seat 8: stax00 (2,455)
Seat 9: superAAman (14,435)
sawfish2 antes 25
OCSCOTT antes 25
verde_felt antes 25
SavageSC antes 25
Mike Kowal antes 25
Mrzfraze antes 25
Mike_Maloney antes 25
stax00 antes 25
superAAman antes 25
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 120
stax00 posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ks Kh]
superAAman folds
sawfish2 folds
OCSCOTT folds
verde_felt folds
Mike Kowal has returned
SavageSC has 15 seconds left to act
SavageSC raises to 720
Mike Kowal folds
Mrzfraze folds
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 2,880 (First off, I'm out of position, so I want to get as much in now as possible. Second, he raised from CO+1, so he might be stealing)
stax00 folds
SavageSC has 15 seconds left to act
SavageSC calls 2,160
*** FLOP *** [2s Qc 9d]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets 3,500 (Maybe I should have pushed here, but considering what he had, it wouldn't have mattered)
SavageSC calls 3,500
*** TURN *** [2s Qc 9d] [As] (Okay, obviously I don't like this card at all, but considering he smooth called by flop bet, I think it's possible he has something like Jacks or Tens)
Mike_Maloney bets 6,205, and is all in
SavageSC has 15 seconds left to act
SavageSC calls 6,205
Mike_Maloney shows [Ks Kh]
SavageSC shows [Ac Qs] (Nice. I play AQo and constantly lose, lose, lose with it. This idiot plays it and sends me to the rail)
*** RIVER *** [2s Qc 9d As] [Tc]
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Kings
SavageSC shows two pair, Aces and Queens
SavageSC wins the pot (25,635) with two pair, Aces and Queens
Mike_Maloney stands up
The blinds are now 150/300 with an ante of 25
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 25,635 | Rake 0
Board: [2s Qc 9d As Tc]
Seat 1: sawfish2 folded before the Flop
Seat 2: OCSCOTT folded before the Flop
Seat 3: verde_felt folded before the Flop
Seat 4: SavageSC showed [Ac Qs] and won (25,635) with two pair, Aces and Queens
Seat 5: Mike Kowal folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Mrzfraze (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: Mike_Maloney (small blind) showed [Ks Kh] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 8: stax00 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: superAAman folded before the Flop


I would have been Top 10 in chips if I win that hand.

Finally...

Tourney #4 - Mondays at the Hoy

I was playing very loose and very aggressive, mostly to keep myself in a good mood after getting violated in the 24k. It actually worked really well, and I had built up a nice chip stack after getting some timely hands.

FullTiltPoker Game #3107618221: Mondays at the Hoy (21375464), Table 2 - 40/80 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:48:33 ET - 2007/07/30
Seat 2: bartonf (4,640)
Seat 3: bayne_s (2,265)
Seat 5: Mike_Maloney (5,370)
Seat 6: pushmonkey72 (5,430)
Seat 7: Rake Feeder (2,345)
Seat 9: PokerBrian322 (4,000)
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 40
pushmonkey72 posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Jh Jc]
Rake Feeder folds
PokerBrian322 raises to 240
bartonf folds
bayne_s folds
Mike_Maloney calls 200 (Thought about re-raising, just decided to call)
pushmonkey72: i don't think i'm ever going to fold Q2 again
pushmonkey72 has 15 seconds left to act
pushmonkey72 folds
*** FLOP *** [5s 5d 8s]
Mike_Maloney checks (PokerBrian tends to be aggressive, and doesn't like to check much, so I planned on going for a check-raise here)
PokerBrian322 bets 400 (Bingo)
Mike_Maloney raises to 1,400
PokerBrian322 raises to 3,760, and is all in
Mike_Maloney calls 2,360
PokerBrian322 shows [Ah 9h] (Makes sense, he had two overs, no discernable draws. But hey, they were soooted)
Mike_Maloney shows [Jh Jc]
*** TURN *** [5s 5d 8s] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [5s 5d 8s Td] [Ad] (Wheee.)
PokerBrian322 shows two pair, Aces and Fives
Mike_Maloney shows two pair, Jacks and Fives
PokerBrian322 wins the pot (8,080) with two pair, Aces and Fives
Mike_Maloney: ugh
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 8,080 | Rake 0
Board: [5s 5d 8s Td Ad]
Seat 2: bartonf didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: bayne_s (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: Mike_Maloney (small blind) showed [Jh Jc] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Fives
Seat 6: pushmonkey72 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: Rake Feeder didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: PokerBrian322 showed [Ah 9h] and won (8,080) with two pair, Aces and Fives


I win that hand, I have the chip lead by about 3,000 chips. Would have been nice, I've been wanting to take down the MATH this year.

So yeah, that was my night in a nutshell. I also had some donkey raise a bunch of limpers on the button holding K9o, but he didn't raise enough to force people out, so the raise was pretty stupid in retrospect. But it did enough to fool me, because the flop came 9-high, so I assumed my 89d (Hello? Sooooted connectors are gold!) was good. K9o is da nutz.

So, like I was saying, how can you not LOVE playing this game? On the bright side, I played some cash game, played my strong hands strong, and was rewarded with a profit of approx. $3 over the course of an hour. I didn't lose any pots outside of blinds I folded, but I didn't win any pots over $6.50. Hooray. To be fair, outside of queens I didn't get much to work with. Better to be up a little than down a lot, however, so there's certainly a bright side to all this.

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