Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Catching

“So shave your face with some mace in the dark
Savin all your food stamps and burnin down the trailer park

Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t’ you kill me?”

Beck, “Loser”

I sit down to play some poker at Stars. It’s late and the room is full of fish. A fly is buzzing around my head, literally, doing circles. He lands on my computer screen. I can’t catch him. Then it’s back to buzzing my brain. TPTK goes down to a set. I knew he had a set. He telegraphed he had a set. Bzzzzzz.

With 2/3 of my stack gone, I switchover to Poker Academy, hang with some friends, play some non-lethal Hold ‘em, and chat it up. People are bickering. I double up, maybe a little more, and with my confidence restored, head back to Stars.

I sit down with $15 at a 25NL. The room is juicy, Maniacs looking to lose it all or cooler. They’re betting with air. The best table I have seen to-date. The read is fast and easy. I know these players. They are some of PA’s biggest fish-types. And I get lucky.

Table 'Hydra II' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: Z_Lowery ($12.60 in chips)
Seat 2: bastinptc ($14.75 in chips)
Seat 3: sutmin@nu ($12 in chips)
Seat 4: Kai23P ($17.95 in chips)
Seat 5: Streetgun ($14.40 in chips)
Seat 6: 0neShott ($14.20 in chips)
Seat 7: strinsel ($13.05 in chips)
Seat 8: ceteotl78 ($3.50 in chips)
Seat 9: baufleur ($26.20 in chips)
baufleur: posts small blind $0.10
Z_Lowery: posts big blind $0.25
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bastinptc [Kh Ah]
bastinptc: calls $0.25
sutmin@nu: calls $0.25
Kai23P: folds
Streetgun: folds
0neShott: folds
strinsel: calls $0.25
ceteotl78: calls $0.25
baufleur: raises $1.75 to $2
Z_Lowery: folds
bastinptc: calls $1.75
sutmin@nu: calls $1.75
strinsel: calls $1.75
ceteotl78: folds
*** FLOP *** [2d 4h 3h]
Z_Lowery leaves the table
baufleur: checks
bastinptc: checks
sutmin@nu: checks
strinsel: bets $6
baufleur: calls $6
bastinptc: calls $6
sutmin@nu: folds
*** TURN *** [2d 4h 3h] [3d]
baufleur: checks
bastinptc: checks
strinsel: bets $5.05 and is all-in
baufleur: calls $5.05
bastinptc: calls $5.05
*** RIVER *** [2d 4h 3h 3d] [Js]
baufleur: checks
bastinptc: checks
FREVALE joins the table at seat #1
*** SHOW DOWN ***
baufleur: shows [Kd 6d] (a pair of Threes)
bastinptc: shows [Kh Ah] (a pair of Threes - Ace kicker)
strinsel: mucks hand
bastinptc collected $39.65 from pot

A couple hands later and I pick up a $13 pot with a set of nines. I’m back, Baby! Up for the day. I pour myself a scotch to celebrate.

Gumpo shows up in the room.. He’s looking to get in on the action. The nut cases soon leave, the table tightens up a bit, and he leaves. Just as he does, it goes a little wacky again. Maybe because the scotch is kicking in.

The player to my left was quiet for quite some time, and then he starts raising, raising raising, and losing a portion of his stack in the process. I take note, I hit a Broadway on the turn, which also makes 3 to a flush. He puts in what he has left and I call. 73c. A few hands later I didn’t believe he had the Ace. I had the Ace. He had the Ace, a big one. Oops.

He leaves and Mr. All-in Shortie takes his seat. He raises it up from UTG and gets two callers before me in the BB. I have KQ off and call. K on the flop and I check raise. He calls. Ace comes on the, he puts in the rest of his piddly stack, I call. Figures.

So, I tilted and called off all of my winnings and more. I eventually calm down and start getting some of it back. But it’s very, very late, or early, and I have the day to think about. I pour myself a little more scotch and go upstairs to watch the fucking depressing news, pet a kitty and eventually crawl into a lonely bed. Bzzzzzzzzzz

“Yo, hit it.

Soy un perdedor
Im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me?”

3 comments:

El Forrest Gumpo said...

Lol. I never realised he sang that line is spanish. I think i made up some random words. :)

Mate, I think you stayed at that table a little too long. Not because you did or didn't go off your game, but because the soft spot left and the table got stacked with short-stackers. I stayed longer than I normally would cos it was like old times playing a few hands with you.

The KQ call from the blinds, it depends on the raiser but generally the problem is find is there isn't a flop i like. Chance are you'll miss, if you hit at what street do you find out your good? And if you hit trips, how many tips are you in an ugly spot to AQ/AK? The only good outcome is a straight and chasing out of position isn't a good spot either.


FG


FG

El Forrest Gumpo said...

ugh, my typey good is not.




FG

PAPro_SandMan said...

Ugh, maybe I should fund my Stars account again. Would be fun to run into (and stay out of the way of) you guys.