Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Saving good luck for WSOP

I played poker at Derby Lane Monday. There were 200 players who donated decided to ante up $210 dollars to enter. They allowed reentries, so that's not a discrete number. One guy busted from our table and five minutes later showed up again. Usually, the tournament officials make an effort to bring a busted player back in at different table, but whatever.

On a board of Q-10-9-x, a player bet and a second went all in. The first player folded and the second player won the pot and showed 2 2.

"That's okay, I'll bust you yet," the first player said. "Players like you can't wait to give me their chips." Some other stuff was said that I don't remember. Why, folks? The other guy bluffed you off your hand, why not tell him good bet and move on. Why get your ego so involved?

I lost two-thirds of my stack when the villain hit a four-outer on the river. Stuff happens. Did I berate him? Of course not, that's poker. I was glad to get my money in as such a huge favorite. Bad luck, of course, but I'm saving my good luck for Lost Vegas.

My bust out hand: When I was down to 11 big blinds, I moved all in from the cut-off with A Q. The big blind decided to call with 3 3. The flop was A-K-K which was good for me. The turn was the 3 which wasn't. The river was a brick and I was out. Not a bad beat, of course, but was a crummy way to lose.

Viva Las Vegas.

Above: Handlers lead the racing dogs out to the track.

Above: And they are off!

7 comments:

  1. There are a-holes everywhere! How'd you do at the dog track. We used to have several dog tracks in Florida but I think they're all gone now.

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  2. Club 52 poker room/dog track(melbourne) was always a real Shit show

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  3. Good post. It always amazes when people attack other players for perceived bad play. It's that old question: if you don't want to play against bad players, who exactly do you want to play against? Whenever someone gets after me online for what they think is bad play or a poor bluff, I usually go over the top with my thank-you's for their brilliance and advice. This usually results in one of two things: a) they realize how foolish they sounded; or b) they continue giving me direct access to how they think about poker strategy (which of course allows me to exploit it).

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  4. I might have missed it, but have you posted yet which WSOP tournaments you plan on entering and when you'll be there?

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  5. Hi Mojo,

    Most of the people bring their ego as their company to the poker room. I always underplay my holding saying "I got lucky!" even when I flop the monster that can't be beat. Look at the options the villain has on a board and say, you got lot of outs, its just unfortunate that your missed (even if it is a two outer).

    Why teach fish to be a better player? If all of them play well, then I need to find a more easier room to make easy money.

    Good Luck at WSOP.

    GolfPro

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  6. My favorite is when a player berates another player for something they perceive as bad play when they themselves did the exact same thing earlier in the tourney/session. "That's different." they'll say, "I assigned my opponent to a range and style of play and knew I could use aggression to get them to fold. He was just playing his own pair and oblivious to the situation." Right...totally different...

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