: Rant forthcoming! Along with bad beat stories! If you don't want to read please move on to the next blog!
Poker is a cruel game. You could get it in with the best preflop & then get kicked right in the nuts. To win tournaments you must win races.
These are all statements that many of us poker players already know. "In the long run the better player make the money." We all know this but when you run bad for the short run it absolutely sucks. And a bad run is happening right now in my little poker career.
I played in a rebuy tournament Friday night at a friend's house. After the initial buy in & subsequent rebuys a person would be into the tournament for around $115. Pretty expensive home tourney for our group.
Right before the break I raise UTG +1 with AKo. Dude to my left flat calls then cutoff announces he's all in. Now the cutoff is a LAG who could be holding a wide range of hands. I figured if he had a big PP he would simply raise about 3x my raise as not to lose customers. It was obvious to me he had either a small pocket pair, 66 or 77, or a hand like AQ, AJ, or possibly AK. At worst I figure I'm a coin flip, and I'm willing to gamble since I have a rebuy & add on left. So I call. Dude to my left folds. The LAG shows 55 (??) & we're off to the races. Of course I don't improve & I get stacked. I rebuy & immediately add on 1 minute later at the break, but I'm not happy about it.
Later we get down to 2 tables & I'm not in terrible shape - I had about 13 BB left - but I need to improve pretty quickly. UTG raises 3x the BB. All fold to me and I wake up to JJ. I push. UTG tells me he has to call & shows AQo. Of course an A flops & IGHN. You must
win races to win tournaments!
Afterwards I go to a friend's house who's having a .50/1 NL game. He usually has a number of donks/calling stations there so my buddy & I go there to feast. Of course the donkeys hit all their draws & I try to make a move on one that costs me my whole stack- yeah, I know I know - & IGH broke.
So the next night my buddy & I decide to head to a local card room after taking in the first half of the Texans game. I'm a season ticket holder so I feel obliged to go & spend some
money, on top of the already ridiculous ticket prices. We get to the card room & find there are two seats available at the must-move 1/1/2 PLHE game. I don't know why the hell they switched the game from 1/2 PL to 1/1/2 PL, but whatever. To generate (even more) rake? Maybe.
It took about 15 minutes to figure out who my marks would be. But I never got any cards worth fighting with. After about an hour & a half my buddy & I got moved to the main game, where there were "better" players and a lot more money on the table.
Long story short I had around $190 in front of me when the raping occurred. This donkey-ass in the 9 seat raises to $10 from EP - I paid no attention to his raises because he was already in for around $600 & was a HORRIBLE player. I'm in the 1 seat & wake up to the most beautiful cards in the deck, AsAh. I promptly raise to $30, not exactly pot because I don't want to scare off too many people, namely the donkey. Seat 3 starts thinking & announces he's raising pot. Wow! He's got KK & I'm gonna double thru his ass
is what goes thru my head.
So all fold back to Donkey-boy & he
starts thinking. All of a sudden he shoves in his stack with a sort of "oh well, I'm behind but I'm stuck" face. Action gets back to me & I insta-shove. Seat 3 has me covered so he starts counting the differece between my all in & his pot-sized bet. While he's counting his chips I comment, "I've got the best hand right now". He says that's what he figured, but he's getting such good pot-odds he has to call. We flip over the cards, my AA is first, seat 3 shows KK - just as I thought - so I wonder just what the hell this idiot in seat 9 has. And he shows...QJh. WTF????? This idiot just called 2 all-ins with that
The sick part was that as soon as I saw the QJh a wave of doom came over me. I was in no way afraid of the KK, I feared the QJ. Mind you, the last two times I had been in this room I had been all in with the best hands just to get rivered by a Q. The first time I had flopped 2 pair with AJ on a board of AQJ & got it all in with a guy who flopped bottom 2 pair with QJ. And a Q came on the river. The second time I got it all in 3 ways after the flop w/KK on a board of JQx. I was up against AJ & KQ, and a Q spiked on the river. So you see my reasoning for my angst.
At this card room you are allowed insurance so we called over the floorman. The odds were too complicated to figure out preflop so I told them to flop it & we'll figure it out from there. Flop came 55Q, so I'm still very much ahead, but that Q scared the shit out of me. We separated the pot for insurance. I would get $350 to $100 vs. the QJ and we'd play for the rest of the pot, which was around $70. The KK I wasn't worried about. I seriously thought about locking up that $350 right then but figured shit, there is no way I'm gonna get screwed again
. Let's look at the turn then we'll talk insurance
. I told the dealer to peel one off.
And another fucking Q hits the board. I couldn't believe it. The third time in the last three trips I had been screwed by a Q. I buried my head in my hands & wanted to break shit. The donkey fucker starts whooping & hollaring & telling the dealer to start shipping the chips his way.
I have done very well the last year to control my temper. I even quit drinking completely to help curb the problem. But I'll admit I let loose one of the best F-bomb laced tirades ever
right after that happened. Something about how I must be f-ing cursed in this f-ing place. I'm never coming back to this GD f-ing place because I only get bent over & f-ed in the ass. It was classic. I even let loose on the idiot after he said something like "look where the chips are" & told him to shut his damn mouth because he shouldn't have even been in the f-ing hand in the first place.
And 30 minutes later I was laughing about it. I still left there broke but at least I had a story.
So, now that my live bankroll is now non-existant I think I'll make like Waffles & Klopzi & take a nice, long break. I've still got money on Stars & I'll try not to tilt all that away. Hell, I might even donate to you guys tonight at the MATH & Wednesday at the Mook.
You guys take care. I need to go lower my blood pressure again. :)