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Poker :: Coming Around
  submitted on February 6, 2008, 6:40 PM


The past month or so has not been kind to me at the tables, as I've hit a pretty rough patch of variance, resulting in much asskicking at the cash tables as well as S&Gs. After having a fun time decimating my bankroll, I'm thinking maybe my luck is turning around...

FullTiltPoker Game #5135816841: Table Tapestry - $0.25/$0.50 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:49:00 ET - 2008/02/05
Seat 1: M P Wong ($92.45)
Seat 2: chrispeace ($27.75)
Seat 3: El Snake ($48)
Seat 4: Cheyenne_4 ($28)
Seat 5: mazzler ($123.85)
Seat 6: Mike_Maloney ($21.45)
Seat 7: mich746 ($61.05)
Seat 8: toonho ($14.40)
Seat 9: skippy911 ($47.95)
mazzler posts the small blind of $0.25
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [9h 9d]
mich746 calls $0.50
toonho raises to $2
skippy911 has 15 seconds left to act
skippy911 folds
M P Wong folds
chrispeace folds
El Snake calls $2
Cheyenne_4 folds
mazzler folds
Mike_Maloney calls $1.50
mich746 calls $1.50
*** FLOP *** [9c 7h Jh]
Mike_Maloney bets $3
mich746 calls $3
toonho raises to $12.40, and is all in
El Snake folds
Mike_Maloney raises to $19.45, and is all in
mich746 calls $16.45
Mike_Maloney shows [9h 9d]
mich746 shows [Td Qd]
toonho shows [Kh Ah]
*** TURN *** [9c 7h Jh] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [9c 7h Jh 6d] [2d]
Mike_Maloney shows three of a kind, Nines
mich746 shows Queen Jack high
Mike_Maloney wins the side pot ($13.40) with three of a kind, Nines
toonho shows Ace King high
Mike_Maloney wins the main pot ($43.20) with three of a kind, Nines
toonho is sitting out

I was speechless that my hand actually held up. Then, not only did I run into KK on two consecutive hands, I actually won both hands!

FullTiltPoker Game #5136091169: Table Tapestry - $0.25/$0.50 - No Limit Hold'em - 19:11:04 ET - 2008/02/05
Seat 1: mwm1322 ($9.25)
Seat 2: Furon ($51.85)
Seat 3: Jahmarleycom ($7.75)
Seat 4: jokerman4775 ($19.55)
Seat 5: mazzler ($140.60)
Seat 6: Mike_Maloney ($73)
Seat 7: carbidexxx ($49.95)
Seat 8: Vanessa1983 ($10.30)
Seat 9: skippy911 ($34.85)
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of $0.25
carbidexxx posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ac Jd]
Vanessa1983 folds
skippy911 folds
mwm1322 folds
Vanessa1983 is sitting out
Furon folds
Jahmarleycom folds
jokerman4775 calls $0.50
mazzler folds
Mike_Maloney calls $0.25
carbidexxx checks
*** FLOP *** [Ad As 6c]
Mike_Maloney bets $1.50
carbidexxx folds
jokerman4775 raises to $3
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney calls $1.50
*** TURN *** [Ad As 6c] [5s]
Mike_Maloney checks
jokerman4775 checks
*** RIVER *** [Ad As 6c 5s] [Qh]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets $2
jokerman4775 calls $2
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mike_Maloney shows [Ac Jd] three of a kind, Aces
jokerman4775 mucks
Mike_Maloney wins the pot ($10.95) with three of a kind, Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Seat 4: jokerman4775 mucked [Ks Kh] - two pair, Aces and Kings


FullTiltPoker Game #5136072739: Table Tapestry - $0.25/$0.50 - No Limit Hold'em - 19:09:33 ET - 2008/02/05
Seat 1: mwm1322 ($11)
Seat 2: Furon ($51.85)
Seat 3: Jahmarleycom ($7.75)
Seat 4: jokerman4775 ($19.55)
Seat 5: mazzler ($140.85)
Seat 6: Mike_Maloney ($57.35)
Seat 7: carbidexxx ($49.95)
Seat 8: Vanessa1983 ($10.30)
Seat 9: skippy911 ($50.10)
mazzler posts the small blind of $0.25
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [As Ac]
carbidexxx folds
Vanessa1983 folds
skippy911 raises to $1.75
mwm1322 calls $1.75
Furon folds
Jahmarleycom folds
jokerman4775 folds
mazzler folds
Mike_Maloney calls $1.25
*** FLOP *** [7d Qc 7s]
Mike_Maloney checks
skippy911 bets $5.50
mwm1322 folds
Mike_Maloney calls $5.50
*** TURN *** [7d Qc 7s] [6s]
Mike_Maloney checks
skippy911 has 15 seconds left to act
skippy911 checks
*** RIVER *** [7d Qc 7s 6s] [8d]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets $8
skippy911 calls $8
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mike_Maloney shows [As Ac] two pair, Aces and Sevens
skippy911 shows [Ks Kd] two pair, Kings and Sevens
Mike_Maloney wins the pot ($30.90) with two pair, Aces and Sevens
*** SUMMARY ***
Seat 9: skippy911 showed [Ks Kd] and lost with two pair, Kings and Sevens

Little annoyed that I didn't get more out of that last hand, but it's my own fault for playing so passive, although I am a little surprised he just called on the river.

Then, in order to get over the hump, you need a nice suckout when you play like crap.

FullTiltPoker Game #5148184808: Table Florentine - $0.25/$0.50 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:29:49 ET - 2008/02/06
Seat 1: snikeris ($51)
Seat 2: bigpappabb07 ($31.55)
Seat 3: Kinam ($15.75)
Seat 4: MAKAKO72 ($98.70)
Seat 5: Veron ($15.70)
Seat 6: tafffyboy ($16.25), is sitting out
Seat 7: Timobubx ($51.05)
Seat 8: Mike_Maloney ($28.95)
Seat 9: labo1305 ($31.60)
labo1305 posts the small blind of $0.25
snikeris is sitting out
bigpappabb07 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ac Ks]
Kinam folds
MAKAKO72 calls $0.50
Veron folds
Timobubx folds
Mike_Maloney raises to $2
labo1305 raises to $7
bigpappabb07 has 15 seconds left to act
bigpappabb07 folds
MAKAKO72 folds
snikeris stands up
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
TurtleRed adds $17.50
Mike_Maloney calls $5
*** FLOP *** [8d Kd Qh]
labo1305 checks
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets $5
labo1305 raises to $24.60, and is all in
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney calls $16.95, and is all in
labo1305 shows [Qc Qs]
Mike_Maloney shows [Ac Ks]
Uncalled bet of $2.65 returned to labo1305
*** TURN *** [8d Kd Qh] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [8d Kd Qh Td] [Jd]
labo1305 shows three of a kind, Queens
Mike_Maloney shows a straight, Ace high
Mike_Maloney wins the pot ($56) with a straight, Ace high

I don't mind my call preflop, but my flop bet was soooooo weak, and I put him on JJ, QQ, or AK when he jammed, but I ended up calling anyways. But thank god I was finally the beneficiary of the runner-runner-broadway straight I see Full Tilt screw people with so many times.

Anyways, I've been putting in some nice sessions at 50NL, playing really tight, focusing on good starting hands, playing in position, betting for value and not being so sneaky and trappy all the time. It's important to stay patient, and to not get in the habit of seeing too many flops. I'm hoping I've bottomed out, and am now on my way back up.

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