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alasdairm

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poker! i forgot about this thread.

i've been having a good month. the wsop circuit came through town and i played in a minor (non-ring) event. it was $135 buy-in and 70 people played. i played great poker for about 6 hours and got to heads-up. we were pretty even so we agreed to chop - i walked with $1900 which is my biggest cash to date.

on saturday night my local casino has a $80 buy-in event with $25 player bounties. i absolutely crushed it. took out 9 people - easily the most bounties i've ever won in a single tournament, and went on to win the tourney, walking with $610:

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alasdairm

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where my holders and folders at?

i've had a rough couple of weeks but a good couple of days - i cashed 1st and 2nd in back-to-back tournaments on monday and tuesday for $780 in two days.

last night was pretty crazy. format is $125 buy-in with $25 player bounties. starting stack is 12,000 chips. 16 players.

i got nothing for the first hour and made a couple of mistakes to get down to 3000. built that back up to 30,000 over the course of about an hour. we combined to 9-handed for the final table and i made a terrible read and bad call to dump over 80% of my chips. i'm back down to about 5000.

i get that up to about 13000 and the short stack at the table (about 9000) puts in a standard 3x raise pre-flop. everybody folds to me in the big blind and i look down at pocket 99s. i flat which turns out to be exactly the right move :)

the flop comes 997 and i have quads. the guy is the same guy who flopped quad 9999s at the other table about an hour earlier. he laughs at the flop and goes all-in. i snap call, he's done and i pocket his $25 bounty.

i grind it out for the next hour and hit a sick run of cards for about 10 minutes. i got pocket AA and won a nice pot of a guy with AJ. the very next hand i look down at AA again! i raise and get a call. the flop comes JAA and, for second time in an hour or so, i've flopped quads! quad AAAA no less. i bet and get a call. figure he has the jack. i check the turn and he bets. i call. river comes and i hollywood for a bit. i don't want it to check through so i put out a small 1/3 to 1/2 bet. if he didn't think i had the ace through the flop and turn, maybe i get a call. he thinks it through and folds but i'm now up to 80000 chips.

talk about down and up and down and up!

we dispatch the bubble and the guy in 3rd place. heads up lasts about 5 or 6 hands. i shove with A6 off and he calls in the BB with AKs and i'm done. second place and i walk with $430.

oh, and the guy who won was the same guy i played heads-up with on monday so we both went 1st/2nd on back to back nights which is pretty good.

alasdair
 
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Buzz Lightbeer

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I don't but I like watching. I will beat my friends every time, but to start playing micro stakes etc I'd need to study.
Still, I always loved watching the old school poker programs with Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Esfendiari, Phil Helmuth etc.... that was great
 

alasdairm

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since covid hit and the casinos here closed down, we've been playing a couple of our home games on pokerstars. they have a feature which allows us to set up a private club and play cash ring games or tourneys.

it's definitely not the same as playing in person but it lets us get our poker fix.

casinos here have started to reopen but it's not clear to me how risky it is. i expect that we'll keep playing online for a few more weeks.

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Bare_head

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9th in big 55 with $ 6.5k up top tonight. Made an icm punt. Was tired tho. Have had a hellish time with poker past 4 years from the highs of winning $200k to the lows of losing nearly $125k back. Need a mental coach
Or something. Or some long lasting relaxant ha! Love and hate poker. My neck is ruined from the grind. I prob need surgery on my neck. Help!!!! 😫😭😢
 
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