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Finally recovered

May 13, 2011 4 comments

Tags: Kristy arnett, Lynn gilmartin, Balugawhale, Deuces cracked, Poker news.

Oyyyy... last weekend was a doozy. I do plan on writing about my bachelorette party, but as promised, I'm going to keep personal stuff on my blog ( and keep it mostly about poker here. Although, my girl Lynn did a stupendous job summing up the alcohal-filled bender in her blog.

What she didn't talk about was how amazing she was! Obviously she wouldn't because she's super modest, but Lynn absolutely made my weekend. Not only did she organize everything, but she made shit happen! And on top of that, during the day she was there for me when I started to freak out about wedding stuff, and then at night, she was tackling me in the middle of a crowd in a fit of drunken fun. She's the best friend I could ask for Smile Thanks you crazy slappa.

Anyway, I apologize for this blog being a couple of days late, I planned to post it late Wednesday night, but I had a bit of a set back... After 12 hours of driving (we're heading to Indiana for our wedding with our doggy), Andrew and I were driving through Colorado at 2 a.m., just about 40 minutes away from stopping for the night, and our car shuts off. Ef, right? We are broke down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Good thing we have cell phones! We got towed to a Super 8 right next door to a Toyota dealership. The next day, the Prius was fixed at no charge because of a water pump recall! Sweet! Back on the road.

We are currently in Chicago right now for a couple days, and then heading to Indiana. I have so much to do. Not nervous, but just anxious!

So! Back to the hand (again, you have to go back to the last blog if you haven't already)... I totally agree that the standard play which is three-bet for value. However, I'm not super excited about a few of the reasons people gave. Some said, "Your hand is hard to play out of position." or "You don't want to lose a big pot, you'd rather win a small one." We shouldn't necissarily always go for the "easy" line. Sure, it will be harder to play without three-betting, but if you are confident in your hand reading skills, I think it's ok to flat. One of the things Balugawhale (my poker coach) would say to me is, "Is it better to get value now, or get value later?" In this case, I decided later...

My table image at the time was not in any way out of line. I had three-bet a couple of times, but not enough to strike doubt into my opponents. The girl who raised was c-betting every flop, even ones that were terrible for her hand. She wasn't getting stubborn when three bet either. The other player in the hand who only had $80 wasn't a huge concern of mine. I definitely didn't think he would stick it in pre (since he didn't ship himself), but he might if he caught a piece of the flop, or a draw. My plan was to flat preflop, and check raise pretty much any flop. Doing so also protects my range when I want to flat small pairs or face cards and check raise a flop.

The flop came 10-7-2 rainbow. She bet $22, shortstack folded, and I raised to $65. She tank folded. I am ok with my play, but I definitely see the merits in three-betting. I just thought it was an interesting non standard play live.

So here's this week's hand. Game $2-$5 NLH. I had just joined the table, so no real reads. A younger, well dressed guy with about $2,000 in front of him raised to $25 under the gun. I flat in the cutoff with JJ. He looks at me, and then checks in the dark. The flop comes K-7-2 rainbow. I check behind. I checked because the board was so dry, and I think he only expects me to bet for value with AK, KQ, maybe KJ, so I think he bluff check raises a decent amount. That's obv not bad if I'm ready to call off stacks in the hand, but I decided to pot control a street, and also, I think worse hands like 99, 88, 66, AQ are more likely to call a bet on the turn. The turn came a 5 that put a flush draw on board. He bet $45. I called. The river was an Ace. He pulled a $100 bill from his stack and announced a bet of $100. What do I do and why?

I hope you all are well! Thanks for reading!

<3 Kristy

Really? Donkey girl?

May 04, 2011 8 comments

Tags: Kristy arnett, Aria, Poker strategy, Online poker, Poker news, Lynn gilmartin, Laura cornelius.


So I'm sure that you guys have been waiting ALL week to find out what that online player called me, right???? ROFL

Well first, I need to tell you how the hand ended, so if you haven't read last week's blog, you will have to go back so the that following makes sense...

So, I decided to go for the small value/bluff induce river bet. I didn't think he'd hero call for an over-pot ship, but I know he would come after weakness if he thought he had fold equity. I bet $110, leaving three tall hundo dollar stacks. He tanked then raised to $320, I shipped, and then he tanked again! He showed a king of clubs and called. I showed my hand, he looked back at the board, and went off!

"Are f**king kidding me? (laughing incredulously) Are you serious? You call with that? F***ing donkey girl. Wow, fuck, you call with nothing and get a flush!?" Cursing <--actually kind of similar to what he looked like

Obviously, I was the aggressor in the hand, so I wasn't really sure what he was talking about when he said I was calling... But I guess he didn't have a hand history to refer to. I didn't say anything and he walked away. When he came back to the table, he put his hand on my shoulders and said, "I apologize for the way I acted, it's just that the hand was so far fetched." What???? And you called me a donkey girl? WTF?

Man, people say the craziest things to me at the table. Just the other day, I went out for a night of fun drinking and playing poker with my PN girls Sarah Grant and Lynn Gilmartin. We were pretty tipsy and decided to play a $30 tournament at Bill's Gambling Hall. Awesome, I know! So it's a two table tourney, and Lynn and Sarah get sat at the other table. I sit down and this guy who looks like a legit cowboy (ten-gallon hat, scruffy face, denim button up, hole-in-knee frayed Levis and boots) says to me, "Yur perty." I say thank you. Then, with a super creepy look in his eye and crooked smile he says, "I got a fetish for oriental women." Oh, wow. Woooow. Umm cool? Hahaha eh he (awkward laugh)

Anyway, a few shots later, Lynn ended up shipping into me when I had aces, and I took our chips to victory!!! This is my super braggy winner photo... hahaha yeah those are twenties.

I know, I'm super classy! Eek! Confused

I have been having so much fun with Lynn here this past week, and we are about to have even more fun this weekend for my bachelorette party! (watch out if you're in Vegas, it ain't gonna be pretty... Er um PERTY)

It's funny that lots of poker guys really want to find an awesome girl who is into poker, right? Well I felt that way too! Haha and I have finally found her!!! Last night, Lynn was so awesomely degen! At 11 pm, she decides she wants to grind, so we went to Aria. Poker Face I would always rather sit at her table and hang out whenever we go together, so we sat in a new $1-$3 table.

There were so many bizarre events that happened... first, two gorgeous ladies sat to our left, one started to lose and they got into a fight, a drunkard sat down, shipped for full stacks w/ 4-5 off into Aces and Queens and obv won, and then Scott Seiver came over and caused a ruckus! (We love Scott, he's the best. Hilarious and super sweet even when he tries to be an ass Thumbs Up ) Anyway, we both ended up small winners on the session.

That brings me to my hand of the week which comes from last night's session in the $1-$3...

One of the girls opened in early position to $12. She'd been raising a decent amount and hadn't been three-bet yet. After observing the way she played the few hands I saw, she seemed decent. A recreational player calls in late position with about $80 behind. I have AA in the small blind. After only a couple orbits, I hadn't played many at hands at all, so I assume, as a woman as well, my image was pretty tight. The girl and I are both $300 deep... Do I three-bet? If so, to what? Can I flat? Should I flat?

Let me know what you think! Leave it in the comments...

And one more thing, Lynn and I interviewed Todd Brunson and PokerNews Hostess Laura Cornelius for the latest edition of the PokerNews podcast! Cheeeeck it!



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