Archive for July, 2008
July 30, 2008
Filed Under (Poker) by crumble on 30-07-2008
I’ve just been rounding up some holiday cash from my various poker accounts and submitted a Purple Lounge withdrawal.
It was rejected.
No explanation in the FAQ, but a dig around on the website unearthed this little beauty:
This is one restriction I’ve never come across before, and frankly it sucks. It deserves a big warning in capital letters when depositing, in my opinion.
This is IN ADDITION TO the increasingly frequent withdrawal fee:
There are plenty of other sites out there on the same and other networks that do not have either of these restrictions. I’m going to play a little $10 cash and see if I can work off the restrictions at a profit, but I leave you to speculate on whether I’ll be back to Purple or not in the future!
July 28, 2008
Filed Under (Tournaments) by crumble on 28-07-2008
It’s been a week now since I won this thing. I’ve now sent my third chasing email to Reefer Poker, to find out more about both the Cruise and the $150 freeroll I won for you lot. They’ve replied to my emails but no information.
On Monday they said:
then on Thursday:
then this Saturday:
This could go on a while yet, it seems; but I’ve also emailed the tournament organisers at OnlineForumChallenge.com to see if they would like to give Reefer a nudge.
Mind you, I’ve won a few dollars playing cash at Reefer. Early in the morning there is a sprinkling of tired, drunk Americans. It’s doing my bankoll no end of good!
I’m sure Reefer will come through for us once the weekend ganja wears off properly…
(edit) The very next day I received a communication from Reefer:
I’ll keep you posted!
July 27, 2008
Filed Under (Challenge 2008) by crumble on 27-07-2008
It’s been a while since I posted an update on my 2008 challenge – to master short-handed cash games.
I haven’t been playing much on the challenge, but I had a session last night on Virgin so thought I would post a graph.
Only 13K hands for the year to date, but there’s no discernable trend line yet:
I feel that I’m playing fine most of the time, but the evidence suggests otherwise: I would only appear to be a break-even player in these games.
I guess I need to stop doing things like this:
BossMedia Game #1149778690: Table Table TH 752 – $0.25/$0.50 – No Limit Hold’em
I like the way Zippy played this, but I have absolutely no idea why I thought I was in front, especially since his stats are 21/11/2. If I can cut these out I reckon I’ll be well on the way!
July 20, 2008
Filed Under (Poker) by crumble on 20-07-2008
It’s often said, and I agree, that to play poker well you have to treat it as if the money doesn’t matter.
This comment is usually made as a caution against playing scared, playing above your bankroll or comfort zone and so being easy to push off hands.
But it occurred to me the other day that it actually applies at the other end of the scale as well…
People often tell me that they can’t play freerolls or small-stakes games because there isn’t enough at stake to make it interesting: they get bored quickly and start playing randomly or badly in other ways. But I think this is actually a fault. If you are truly able to play as if the money doesn’t matter, you should be able to play penny-ante with total focus and concentration: all that should matter is beating the players in front of you.
If someone can play freerolls well, truly as if the money doesn’t matter, that person is quite likely able to get into the same winning mindset when playing in a really big game: sit down, pay the buy-in and play poker.
July 20, 2008
Filed Under (Tournaments) by crumble on 20-07-2008
Tonight I played in this …
and did this:
So, I wonder if there’s a catch with this Caribbean Cruise for Two?
In the meantime I’m high on the endorphines of victory.
July 11, 2008
Filed Under (Poker) by crumble on 11-07-2008
It’s a sign of how much Poker has entered the mainstream.
At work today I was reading a (slightly) interesting article about … well it doesn’t matter what it’s about. However, at one point the author compared a new financial markets initiative to a dodgy casino:
Okay, so far so standard: the subliminal message is that casinos are nasty places where dodgy things happen. But the interesting thing, for me, is that the author then went on to compare his alternative, nice proposal where everyone gets a fair chance to … A POKER TOURNAMENT!
At what point did poker tournaments become good things compared to nasty old casinos?
Here’s what he said:
Hmm. That’s a pretty funny poker tournament! Maybe poker still has some way to go before it is truly mainstream…
July 06, 2008
Filed Under (Challenge 2008) by crumble on 06-07-2008
This was my biggest pot of the year so far, possibly ever…
Victim has been playing very aggressively, so I treat this as a captaincy raise. But whatever it is, I’ve got the odds to call it. Look at that stack!!!
I think Donkey would slowplay top set and I think Victim would re-raise. I’m in front! I wonder if they’ll call a shove?
I wonder what they both had?
July 03, 2008
Filed Under (Challenge 2008) by crumble on 03-07-2008
I learned something playing this hand yesterday.
Back on my cash challenge, this was a 5-handed $50 NL table on Virgin Poker.
Button is loose and tricky: a hint of Fancy Play Syndrome in there somewhere.
Some people say that if it’s worth playing it’s worth raising with. That’s bad advice with this hand at this table. You want to see a cheap flop and win big when you hit.
No point in betting here, button will continuation bet with any two.
Now that’s a strange bet. The min checkraise usually promises extreme strength … but he can’t be frightened of a draw because he would have to raise bigger. Has he flopped a straight?
Anyway, I have odds to call and outdraw him here.
So the button had nothing, what a surprise. But what’s that check on the turn? I think it’s a big giveaway. It can’t be a trap because he can’t have filled up. He must be drawing to something.
But I am drawing to a better hand. I don’t want to bet here in case he raises big with some dodgy pair+draw hand that I can’t call. Let’s see a free river.
Bingo bango bongo, I have him beat and he’s betting into me!
Maybe he has nothing and is just trying to take it down? But more likely he has hit his draw on turn or river and he’s looking to extract some value. In that case he will call a raise.
How big a raise? Well all-in sounds a bit big to me. What about something like $20 or $25? On the other hand if he calls that he might call the all-in anyway. I think it’s close.
Oops. What a donk.
Yep, he would have made the crying call with that. Shame, that’s at least another $15 or so that I haven’t collected. But I have to say it doesn’t – in retrospect – seem hard to get to the right answer. If only I could do it at the table!
So what did I learn? that I can’t always put what I’ve learnt into practice.
Phil Gordon had the right idea in his little green book: the first question you should ask is, “can I raise?”. Followed by “can I fold”. Only then consider calling.
Oh well, if I keep trying maybe I’ll get it right one day.
July 02, 2008
Filed Under (Live Poker) by crumble on 02-07-2008
Well now, it’s been a few days now since the Virgin Poker Festival 3 at Dusk Till Dawn, I’m back in the real world again and I’d like to post my impressions.
I was hugely impressed by Dusk Till Dawn. All cardrooms should be like this: friendly and welcoming, spacious, well lit, well organised.
What a contrast to the Gutshot, which is welcoming in a chaotic sort of way! DTD is run with military precision by Simon Trumper and his staff. Tournaments and sessions start bang on time, for a start; there’s frequent warnings of what is starting when; registration closing times and so on. No panic, no rush, just impressively smooth – but friendly – organisation.
There were waitresses who actually come round the poker tables and deliver drinks with a smile! You don’t get that in your average casino.
There was the Virgin mob. A fine friendly bunch, always interested in what’s going on, running all the side events with great enthusiasm.
And Mr Trumper himself, reigning over his kingdom like a benevolent, er, king.
There were the EatMyStack crowd, 30 or so strong, winning the Forum challenge and making their enthusiastic presence felt throughout the long weekend. Old friends and new!
Then there was the poker.
First I had the pleasure of railing JeffChef in his high finish in the Friday night freezout. Well done the Chef!
Then on Saturday and Sunday there was the main event. A great structure, 10,000 chips and a 40 minute clock. I was card-dead throughout, relying on nicking, re-stealing and the occasional muffing to scrape into the cash a couple of hours into Day 2.
Muffings I remember include AT vs QQ, an AQ vs AK split pot, 77 vs JJ flopping the 7; there were probably others. Eventually my luck ran out with AJ vs TT, no ace and no jack, 26th place.
You can see my ignominious exit here, about 2 min 20 secs into the clip.
After Day 1 there was the Forum Challenge to rail, where the EMS team defended their trophy and won by a street or two. Rumour has it that the Chef took the tropy to bed with him (shudder).
And after I was out of the main event in Day 2 I could cheer the FarseBandit in the Bountyhunter tournament, all the way to the final table. Nice one Beth! Then off for a train and home by midnight.
Other memories: meeting RealScot (Robert) who let me share his room and put up with my snoring. The fantastic all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Holiday Inn that I missed on Day 2 through oversleeping. Some donk with a movie camera from AWOP. A fine, friendly table starring Neil, Helen and the AWOP Poker Punk. Jeff and Ram chasing around after people with a microphone to record the EMS podcast.
And lots and lots of friendly people. It only occurred to me on the way home that I hadn’t heard a voice raised in anger all weekend!
So well done Virgin and well done DTD. The next one is in November at the Loose Cannon. Can’t wait!