Archive for May, 2007

cookie jar

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

took me a little while but I finally ended the day up.

One of the really nice things about playing tight is that when you bluff you often get away with it. and when you bluff again you may get away with it, too. 

Conversly one of the nice things about playing aggressively is that when you have a hand nobody believes it and poof you felt em.  Course you will get caught with your hand in the cookie jar occassionally and have to fold.

That’s what happened to me I kept bluffing they’d bluff back at me and I’d fold.  Finally I would have a hand, reraise them and they’d be pot committed and out.  I got called and raised with some really odd 84 off suit type hands today.

But as I said I came out ahead so that’s OK

shallow games

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

I prefer deep stack tourneys but many places don’t do that.  So I’ve been playing shallower tourneys recently, starting with 50 or fewer blinds, some as few as 20 blinds.  Boy don’t those go quick. 

One of the things I noticed is that a lot of people aren’t paying attention to what’s on the board.  Just because somebody has medium pair, doesn’t mean they are in like Flinn. 

In one hand, I raised before the flop, the flop came out with an A and I raised again. I raised on the turn and on the river.  My opponent guessed right that I was bluffing but I hit my flush on the river.  He should have at least considered the idea that I might have held the A and his middle pair was no good.  By the river we were both pretty much committed so he didn’t have much choice but to call me.

 HalfBeard on Ebay has had 105 hits but no takers.  I’m guessing that many of those are bots cause I’m starting to get alot of mail from eastern europe


Thursday, May 24th, 2007

not much happening.  a few more hits on ebay.  doing some tech support for my brother.   Playing some poker.  Nothing really interesting to report.  About breaking even.

on ebay

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Put myself on EBay yesterday.  I’m item number 180121273804 or just search for halfbeard.  Looks like I got 30 folk looking at me so far but no bidders.  I’m ok with that.  There are a few more days before the auction ends.

I’m going national.  I had hoped to do this when I got a sponsor but looks like it needs to be done now.  So I emailed a couple of media places.

Still breaking even.  Spent most of the weekend and early week doing roof stuff trying to help coordinate my roof getting put back on.

breaking even

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

WTF.  I play tight and I finally get some cards to call the maniac slider and he hits his hand on the river. 

Playing some NL sit n go’s today rather than limit.  To sorta mix things up a bit.  I am down a bit but not horrendously.  cashed in one, some bad beats in two others.  That’s poker baby.

HalfBeard is back

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Well my birthday came and went.  Went out to dinner with the fam that was nice.  It was a happy birthday/happy mother’s day event for all. 

Shaved off the half beard, no sponsors, and renewed my drivers license.  Boy those cameras pick up everything. 

Anyway my poker just took a major dive.  My half beard is like Samson’s hair.  It’s growing back and will be where it needs to be soon.  And lo my poker is improving.  I’m getting fewer bad beats although not none and my bluffs seem to be working more often.  Tight play breeds respect and respect can be occassionally exploited.


not many cards more admin

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

sent out some more emails looking for sponsors.  Tomorrow I shave my beard for my drivers liscense picture.  Prolly start growing it again after.  I’m thinking I got this Samson hair thing going on with my halfbeard. 

Added a donate button to the donate page. 

Anyway, played some limit in the morning and gained some ground.  Stopped when I started losing it and finished ahead.  Had to go do stuff anyway.  Just finished a Sit’nGo finished second when my hi pair of jacks got beaten by a pair of pocket Q’s.  But I doubled my entry so that worked out.

live by the suck out die by the suck out

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Suck outs abounded today.  Fortunately not to me.  I tended to play very solid and did alright.  

One fellow I was watching was catching river after river and then he didn’t.  The hand he went out on, he had an Ace and just kept calling it even to the river even though there was nothing for him.  Maybe he got bored.

bankroll growing again

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

It’s not where it was a couple of days ago but at least it’s headed back in the right direction. 

I switched from limit side games to NL sit n go’s today in hopes that that would break the cycle of nastyness.  I played 5 won two and cashed in another.  So I’m feeling pretty good about that. 

The money didn’t come in quite as fast as I’d hoped but considering where I started the day.  I did OK. 

Got a little fatigued around lunch took a break, ate something, and took a nap.  When I woke up I was really thirsty.  gulped down a bunch of water and felt better.  Hydration and nutrition it turns out are important. 


My AA cracked twice today

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

if that doesn’t tell you how it’s going well…

Again I stopped Betting on the river when he got his second pair.  Doesn’t help my bankroll but at least I got a sense.

I’m gonna go play spades