Last week, just after coming back from EPT Prague, I went to Lake Tahoe for some skiing and some R&R. The city has to be one of the most beautiful places I'd ever seen. Everywhere I looked could have been the setting of a postcard. The slopes weren't as snowy as we would have liked, but it was still amazing fun.
I'm so excited to go home and see my family. What are your guys' plans for the holidays?
I'm doing a podcast this week which is Part 2 of a interview with Jared Tendler, author of The Mental Game of Poker. I'm excited to talk to him about how the application of his process went for me in a session of poker.
Hope you all are well!
In the latest edition of Strategy with Kristy, I talked to 22-year-old Kane Kalas, an instructor on PokerPhenoms.com We talk about how to play small pocket pairs in a six-handed no-limit hold'em cash game, demonstrated by hand histories. Kane played as "Kangis." Here are the hand details to help you follow along with podcast.
Game: $25-$50 NLH 6-max
Kangis - $5,218
Flufferd - $5,377
Kangis opens UTG to $128. Flufferd reraises to $400. Kangis calls. Heads-up. Pot is $850
The flop is . Flufferd checks, Kangis bets $513. Flufferd folds.
Kangis - $5,691
Flufferd - $5,000
Flufferd min raises on the button to $50. Kangis calls with 2s2c in the big blind. Pot is $225.
Flop is . Kangis checks. Flufferd bets $150. Kangis calls. The pot is $523.
The turn is the . Check, check.
The river is the . Kangis bets $689. Flufferd calls and mucks.
Kangis - $6,801
CanCollector - $6,757
Kangis opens UTG to $124. CanCollector calls behind. Numbr1mom reraises from the BB to $575. Kangis folds.
Hello everyone! I hope you are all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!!!
There are so many things I'm thankful for, but it's mostly the people in my life. I have such a wonderful family and the best friends a person could ask for. No matter where I am, I'm also missing someone, which is a good problem to have! Also, I have the best job ever.
One of my Swedish friends is in town, and Andrew thought it would be a good idea to show him what the real Black Friday is all about. We didn't take him to Walmart or Best Buy (because we knew it would be suicide), but we did take him to a mall. Fashion Show was packed. No screaming moms, but it was scary nonetheless. Jonas and I just ended up both buying a pair of Steve Maddens and a gift for a White Elephant/Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Then we GTFO'd.
We noticed that the Black Friday sales were good but not great. It definitely wasn't worth the hassle. At lunch, we met up with another one of our friends, Mike (Umpa). He's a former PokerStars SNE who was fired from his job on what we all call the REAL Black Friday. He and his mom were interviewed for the local news on the way into the mall. They asked them, "What do you want for Christmas?" (to which Mike answered: for poker to become legalized) and "Are you aware of Cyber Monday?" Hmmmm that sounds like a day where everyone gets in an "adult" chatroom and asks ASL (Age, Sex, Location), followed by "what are you wearing?"
Well it's not. Apparently it is Black Friday for the internet. There are deals that people can take advantage of from the comfort of their own homes! As a person who buys everything on Amazon, it sounds AMAZING! Google Cyber Monday, and I'm sure you'll find everything you need to know if you are interested in it.
Anyway, today I'm nursing a bit of a headache. There's a Pub in Crystals at City Center that will give you your beer for free if you drink it in 7 seconds. I attempted with some Irish creamy beer. It was supposedly easier to chug since there is very low carbonation. I actually got pretty far, farther than I expected to. I didn't get my beer for free, but that was a pretty good indication of how the rest of the evening was going to go. At one point, I was at a PT's on Trop and the 95 doing the Cupid Shuffle. WTF? Then, of course, we ended up at the poker tables. I passed out at around 3 a.m. and when I woke up, the Swede and my friend Mike were at the BlackJack tables. They are hardcore.
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!!!!!!
Today I woke up early, drove my Toyota Prius (half electric, half gas car) to Whole Foods, bought all organic produce and grass fed steak, spent the birthday money parents gave me on sustainable clothing, came home, and cleaned my condo with naturally derived solution. When I was done, I stopped to think about what I'd done so far today, and I laughed. I think it's funny how much I've changed in the past couple of years, and how my priorities are so different now. I'm all grown up, and I'm kind of a hippie! Eating well and keeping my life organized are important to me. I'm sitting at my desk, feeling great about completing the work I have ahead of me because other things are taken care of... haha I remember when my mom used to make me clean my room and eat my vegetables and then say, "See, don't you feel better now?" I'd always answer no. When did I become my Mom?
I'm not writing about poker today because other than a $350 Venetian Deepstack and a couple cash-game sessions, I haven't really been focused on playing. By the way I played the tournament, it was clear my mind was elsewhere. I was out in the third level after playing like a real a-hole. I think I was feeling restless. I felt like there were so many things I needed to do, and the second I started played the tournament, I felt trapped with everything weighing on my mind, bringing me down like an anchor. I felt a little releived when I busted which is never a good sign.
Aside from miscellaneous errands and housework that needed to be done, I knew that what bothered me most was that this month, I've been half-assing my goal to complete NaNoWriMo. For those of you guys who don't know, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 in the month of November. It's for people who want to write a novel but have succumbed to obstacles. The point is just dedicate yourself for one month, put your head down, and write. No editing is allowed! It's easy to get caught up editing and re-editing which can lead to frustration and ultimately quitting. I signed up two years ago, never started, signed up last year, never started, and this year I started... but haven't really made it a priority. The month is halfway over, and I only about 6,000 words written. I should be at 25,000.
Writing a novel is something I've wanted to do for the past four years, and obviously failed to do anything about it. I'm proud of myself for starting at least, but that's not enough to finish it. I have to make it a priority. I've been trying really hard lately to organize my priorities and make sure that the time I have during the day are dedicated to those things. Doing well at my job, staying in shape, eating healthy, and writing this book are at the top the list right now. So, for the rest of this month, I'm going to let poker take a backseat. I'm going to try and reach 50,000. That's a little more than 3,000 words per day.... which is a lot! So, if I'm not on Twitter or Facebook... it's a good thing!
As I get older, the harder it is for me to play poker when other things are left uncompleted. If you're going through a downswing or don't know why you're game is suffering, maybe try to step back and get some things done that have been nagging you (clean, organize that damned junk drawer, detail your car, run that thing to the post office, stop by the bank and cash that check that's been sitting on the counter for weeks, or dedicate some time to strengthening your relationships) Doing those things may help your game, and if it doesn't, at least you got that shizz done, right? Anyway, Lynn writes an awesome series called Stay Stacked which has lots of other great tips on how to bring your best to the table.
Another goal of mine is to run a marathon. That's next after this novel
In my latest Strategy with Kristy podcast, I talk to Andrew Robl about televised cash-game hands he's played. Here they are:
Patrik Antonius has and raises to $1,500. Robl has and three-bet pots to $11,500 from the blinds. Antonius calls, making the pot $24,000. The flop comes Robl bet $16,000. Antonius raises pot. Robl raises all in. They run it four times. Odds: Antonius 73% vs Robl 23%. Robl wins four times.
Daniel Negreanu raises to $3,000 with . Lex Veldhuis reraises to $11,000 with . Robl has in the small blind. Robl calls, and Negreanu calls, making the pot $34,400. The flop comes . Robl and Negreanu check to Lex who bets $23,800. Robl calls. Negreanu folds. The pot is $82,000. The turn is the . Both players check. The river is . Robl checks, and Lex bets $54,000 with $85k behind. Robl calls and wins a pot of $190,000.
Lex Veldhuis straddles to $1,600. Ivey raises to $7,000 in the cutoff. Robl has on the button and calls. Antonius has in the small blind and reraises to $30,400. Ivey folds, Robl tank ships for $113,900. Pot $299,600. Antonius calls.
Tom Dwan opens UTG to $800 with pocket threes ($20K stacks). Robl calls on the button with . Pot $2,050. The flop is . Dwan checks. Robl bets $1,200. Dwan raises to $3,850. Robl calls. Pot $9,750. Turn . Dwan bets $4,600. Robl calls. River .Dwan goes all in for $10,075.
(go to 4:30 in this video)
I also talked to Andrew awhile ago about a hand he played on the Big Game which you can find here. I hope you guys like the podcast!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a picture blog is better than anything I could ever write ...
For all of the following pictures, I used an iPhone app called Instagram. It has awesome filters and has a social media side to it also. If you have the app and want to "follow" me (which means my pics will show up in your photo stream), my username is Snaptress. Ok, here we go...
This is the view from the window of my plane. We're descending into Nice which sits on the coast of the mediteranean. We just happened to be landing at sunrise (run better, right?).
Hotel Majestic Barriere was where the WSOPE took place. The WSOP was nice enough to set up the PokerNews media team there as well. What everyone kept telling me was that this hotel is where all the celebs stay when the Cannes Film Festival in town, meaning that it's entirely possible I slept in the same bed as Brat Pitt or George Clooney... awwwwwriiiiiiiight.
Once I settled into my hotel room and unpacked my gigantic suitcase, I walked over to the window to get some fresh air. I pulled back the curtains and opened the floor-to-ceiling windowed double doors to the balcony. Holy balls... (excuse my language) but the view was breathtaking.
I'm training for a marathon, which I'm sure I'll write an entirely separate blog about at some point, so I went for a long run down the famous boardwalk called La Croissette. That's where I snapped the following two pictures...
Like I said in my blog before this one, my birthday actually fell on one of the first days I was in Cannes. I don't usually like a big deal to be made about my birthday... PSYCH! I'm a girl, of course I like celebrating my birthday!!!
But actually, this year, I wasn't expecting to really do anything on my actual birthday. I got to celebrate a few days before I left Vegas with a few friends. We went out for Sushi and hung out afterwards at my place. I also got a special celebration with just Andrew, and he took me to my first Cirque du Soleil show, KA. I loved it and had an amazing time. So, when my actual birthday came around, I wasn't too worried about it. Donnie Peters, blogger/manager extraordinaire, has become one of my best friends over the year and a half I've worked at PokerNews. He said to me, "Listen, it's your birthday. I'll rage if you wanna rage..."
Hmmm... yes??? So, we met up with Matt Stout who busted a tournament and wanted a few partners in drinking crime. Then, when we told him it was my birthday, it was on! We ended up meeting up with a few Aussies, madness ensued, we found our way to a bar that was as big and tall as a school bus, and I jumped in a fountain. We got back at around 6:30 a.m. (the WSOPE event didn't start until 5 p.m. so no biggie) No pics from this night... hahaha but I ended up, somehow, waking up for basketball at 11 a.m.! It was Vanessa Selbst, Ryan D'Angelo, Mclean Karr, and even Tony G (who is a baller at ballin btw).
After sweating out some of the alcohol, I felt so much better and work was a piece of cake. When I got back to my room, I found champagne and a birthday card from "The WSOP Staff." Inside the card was a gift certificate for a 60-minute massage at the spa inside the hotel. It was so incredibly thoughtful! Thank youuuuuu.
I needed help... (full story to come on my personal blog)
WSOPE Party After Party--- champagne bottles so huge, the server had to pour them over her shoulder!!
YESSSSSSS! What a great time Cannes was. Now it's time for EPT San Remo!!!
I've been slacking pretty on my blog, mostly because I haven't had anything poker related to talk about. I actually just moved, and as everyone knows… MOVING SUCKS. However, having moved to Veer Towers in City Center, I should be able to play tons more. The Aria and Bellagio poker rooms are just a few minutes walk away.
I did play a pretty long $2-$5 session during which I came across a few interesting spots. The first spot came pretty early in my session. I raised the cutoff to $20 with King-Jack offsuit. The small and big blind called. The flop came King-five-three, two clubs (the king being one of them). It checked to me and I c-bet $30. The small blind check raised me to $70.
This guy was an like, a 30-year-old asian guy who had my $900 stack covered. What's his range for check raising me? I don't think he'd check-raise me with AK, KQ, KJ, K10. It's tough to have two pair considering he was the first to call my raise, and he was out of position. He couldn't have a king and a flush draw, so I thought he had flush draw (with maybe a gutter) or a set. Since it's obviously way easier to have a draw, than a set, I didn't think folding was a good play, so I called. The turn was an offsuit ace, and he checked.
What do you think I should do on the turn? I should bet for value against draws, right? I bet $120 and he called. The river was a six, and he led for $120. What do you do in this spot? Does he bet that small for value? There are possible straights, which he could conceivably have if he had like 7-4 or 2-4 of clubs, but I don't think he called pre. What do you guys think?
Anyway, I'm pretty excited for this weekend. I'm going to celebrate my 26th birthday a couple of days early because I'm leaving Sunday to go to Cannes to cover the WSOPE. I'm going to my favorite Sushi place and then getting some friends together the play the greatest drinking game ever invented! It's a fusion of beer pong, flip cup, and knock out. Sounds amazing, right? My actual birthday is the 11th though, so I'll be expecting to make my PN friends have a drink with me after work.
So the latest Strategy with Kristy Podcast is out today, and in it I talk to Lex Veldhuis about three PLO hands. The following are links to the hand histories to make it easier to follow along.
Here is the podcast:
Also, we got to talk to Michael "timex" McDonald about his EPIC win for the latest PokerNews podcast.
Don't forget to e-mail the show firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello from Barcelona!!!
I hope you guys are doing well! I'm here covering the EPT and LOVING this city. Now, the title of this blog includes two things that have nothing to do with each other. Haha so first, I wanted to say thank you so much for all the feedback on the Strategy with Kristy podcast. I really appreciate it. In case you missed it, here are the first two episodes with my poker coach Andrew "BalugaWhale" Seidman.
Let me know what you guys think! Also, if you have a hand you'd like reviewed by a pro, go ahead and send it to email@example.com
Ok, now onto the second part of this blog title. Well, I've been in Barcelona for a few days now, and in Spain, the beaches are filled with topless bathing beauties. As an American, this is something I have never seen or taken advantage of (no tan lines ftw ) So, in an attempt to gain the total cultural experience, I went topless!
I've been asked to host a strategy podcast for PokerNews! I'm pretty excited about it, and the first episode is going to premiere next week. Obviously, I've never done anything like this before, so I want to find out what listeners want!
Who would you like to hear as a guest?
What topics would you like covered?
Do you like straight up hand analysis?
To be honest, I'm a little nervous about this! I've always prided myself on being a student of the game, and I'm confident I will ask the right questions, but new things are always a bit daunting!
As for my poker playing, I haven't done much of it. I played a couple times at Aria, but that's it. I think I've sort of lost a little bit of the passion to just sit and grind. Maybe it's because I miss online poker, or because there are so many new goals I have. I'm not sure, but I actually do plan on playing tonight! Home game at Sarah Grant's house! Whoo hooo, get the the dirty martini's and slow rolls goin! We also plan on shooting a video about Home Game Poker Etiquette. Should be funny/informational.
Anyway, thanks for reading and please, let me know what you'd like to hear on the strategy podcast!