I haven’t posted in an age. But to be honest, I hardly ever play live poker anymore.
The problem is my immune system. Although I recently started a lot of different boosters to try to maintain some sort of standard of health, it seems like every time I play for any length of time in a casino, I fall ill with a cold so bad that it takes months to overcome. So most of the time I just play here and there while on vacation.
Earlier this year we went on a cruise and decided to play some poker before boarding. There was a full 2/5 PLO game going on that I had played in before during a trip to Florida. It was super juicy back then and didn’t play very high (my skill level is much better for 1/2 than 2/5 because I am the suck).
Anyway, this time the game was playing super high, so Glenn talked me into sitting at the 2/4 LHE instead where I proceeded to spew off a bunch of chips playing super loose.
So stories like that are my boring live play excursions. Unfortunately, they are becoming more and more infrequent–due to the previously mentioned health issues.
I do, however, have one fun story that happened recently. Glenn and I were in a HORSE tourney. Glenn busted out early and I felt that I was sure to follow. I kept getting outdrawn and eventually found myself with only 175 in chips, which was about three antes and not even a full bet.
So I kept going all-in. I managed to double up a few times. The chip leader was taking me on and kept raising no matter how many bets I put in, not even considering that perhaps I was starting with something decent, not just slipping my last few chips into the pot. So eventually I got back up to about 1700 in chips, which was still nothing much at the 200/400 level!
Once again, I sat back and waited relatively patiently. In those situations you can’t wait very long–especially during the Stud games when there is an ante. Due to the low number of entrants, only four players were going to get paid.
Since I was still incredibly short stacked (the chip lead had 20k), I had to make moves pretty often and managed to survive. At this point I was figuring on min-cashing, due to having such a tiny amount of chips. I waited until the bubble burst to start playing very loosely. I was still the tightest player by far, all of my readers know I’m a total rock ;)
The bubble boy could have waited it out. After a series of missteps by another player who found himself with only one BB during the hold’em level, he could have simply sat on his chips, but instead he put himself out on the bubble with a marginal hand.
Immediately after that, the aforementioned player went all-in for barely more than the BB in the the O8 round, failed and suddenly we were at three. What a luckbox, eh?
Although we were in the money, and I had no chips, I still had to choose my hands carefully, knowing that any hand would be all-in. I literally only had about three big bets and both other players had many times my stack.
To my surprise, the two big leads got into a raising war and the guy with 9k went out next. Now I was heads-up, my huge 3k vs. his 25k.
I was expecting to be out immediately, but then we switched to Razz. Muwahahaha. People literally do not know how to play Razz. It’s the easiest game, yet they play high cards and pairs all the time, thinking that somehow, due to their huge chip stack, a made hand or three babies are going to fold. I don’t have any idea why players do this, but what can I say, besides Thank You?
So that began the Felicia-monster wrecking ball of the poor dude. Sure, he did manage to outdraw me a couple of times with his crap Razz hands, but most of the time he just kept doubling me up. I refused to go all-in unless I could beat his board/possible hand. Most of the time when it was close and I had to hold my nose and go for it, I had the better hand by the river.
Eventually I was able to get even with him. Then I had the chip lead. A couple of times he outdrew me and got back to even or slightly ahead, but since I’m the more tight, cautious player, I gave up when his board developed dangerously rather than go all-in (no matter how good a start on third).
Then we switched to Stud and things continued to break well for me. Fortunately, he was almost as bad at Stud high as he was Razz. He kept raising every hand on third like he still had me outchipped 8:1. This may work to bully players who don’t know any better or when someone is still the overwhelming chip lead, but it doesn’t work on a player who now has the chip lead and knows how to play Stud. Sure, I folded a couple of hands that I may normally have played to the river, but only here and there and I made sure not to let him chip up to get the lead again.
It wasn’t long before I was able to find a hand to take him out. Once again he kept raising and re-raising, never considering for one minute that I actually had something.
And just like that, I went from 175 in chips to the being the winner.
As bad as I play, they play worse.