Thursday, February 22, 2007

Mookie Minefield

Last night was one of those nights that makes me wonder why I play poker.
And yet it was a lot of fun too.
I got my money in as a 3-1 favorite three times in the Mookie last night, including my last beat, when my A,K fell to A,J at the final table.
But the Mookie was littered with bad beats last night, so I can't really complain too much. I swear I saw three people in a row lose with KK. It was a brutal night. I was only one of the many victims.
Besides, in a tough tournament with bloggers, if there were no bad beats, the thing would last until 3:30 a.m. You gotta knock out tough players somehow, right?
I did feel great about my play. I made both final tables in NE and in Razz (took my 8 high a little too far but I was low in chips).
I think making the final table again, just two spots from the money, when I had my money in as a sparkling water favorite, proves to me that I should be more confident about my MTT play. It's improved quite a bit. I was always a tight, careful player, so mixing that in with a few well-timed steals and bluffs seems to be all I needed. Plus my reads are better. I can't remember the last time I sucked out in an MTT or a SnG, and while some would bitch about that, I look at it as proof that almost all of the time, I'm getting my money in when I'm a favorite. That's about all you can do in poker. The rest is up to the hamster that runs the card program.
Ah, that bastard hamster. In limit last night, right after I was thrown from the Mookie, I took more beats than an old mule. The details? Nah. The best, though, I have to share with you. I lost with TPTK, A,J, to A,10 when he hit runner, runner 10s. Weee.
I did well, however, because I also got a full house with a pair of 6s in the hole, a set of 7s and finally a player decided that capping the pot was a good idea after I completed my straight flush. Thank you, sir, may I have another bet? Sweet.
Limit is a little too much like Bingo Poker, what we Coloradans like to call Black Hawk Casino 2/5 limit poker, but that also is what gets your hands paid off. I must keep reminding myself of that.
Sometimes it's hard though.

I'll continue to pimp the baby pool until April 1, the deadline. Thanks to those of you who have pimped away. I would really appreciate it, and maybe let you suck out against me, if you do the same.

And speaking of MTTs, pimping and the damn hamster:

I'll be here tonight.


Gnome said...

Don't you hate those damn weak-tight bloggers?
On math: AK vs. AJ is a bit less than a 3:1 favorite. It's more like 2.3:1.

CarmenSinCity said...

I miss the mookie! I never get to play anymore because of the time (I have to go to a meeting at the same time) - but I'm glad you guys are having fun. I'll stop by and say hi next week.