The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette

My Live at the Bike LAGtard Escapades of April 20, 2012

May 20, 2012 2 comments

Tags: Poker, Cash Game, NLH, Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles, Donkey, Winning, Live at the Bike.

As you may or may not already know, I played on Live at the Bike last month.

When I first reviewed the video, I was upset by some of the comments that Bart and Dave made about my play, thinking that they just didn't understand my awesome game. Cursing I edited the show down to just my hands with every intent to explain my thinking and justify my plays. Then, I got busy with work and didn't have the time to dedicated to writing a long detailed blog about what a great player I am.

Now, I've finally had a little time to write my blog and I know I've always had a pretty laggy style, but I'll tell you what, watching this video a few more times, with an open mind, really showed me that I have a ton of leaks in my game. Blush

I justified many of the plays I did based on the reads I had at the table, but I've reviewed some of the hands with a few friends of mine who have pretty good reputations as good poker players, and there is a general consensus is that I could have played some spots more aggressively and perhaps not been involved in certain pots based on my EV percentages and opponents range...even though I won them. Needless to say, when I explained my thought processes during a couple of hands the term, "retarded" was used to describe their interpretation of what I was thinking on more than one occasion. Blink Basically, if I try to do this crap at a bigger game with better players, I'm going to be totally soul owned.

In addition to specific corrections and fundamental game theory, I'd have to say that the best advice I received was that just winning big pots here and there is not good enough when your game has leaks that can subject you to wide swings. The idea of winning big here at there is simply too results oriented. The goal is to win consistently over time and choosing those winning spots effectively.

I'm doing what I can to bring my game to the next level by engaging in thoughtful conversations with talented and successful poker plays and keeping an open mind to their criticisms and recommendations. I'm hoping that the next time I post a Live at the Bike session, I will be able to do so proudly. The next time I play on the show, I will use what I'm learning to make more intelligent plays in +EV spots rather than a mishmash of a handful of half-hearted moves mixed in with luckbox wins.

Good luck out there, and see ya at the Rio this summer. Poker Face

Lagtard at the Table!

April 22, 2012 1 comments

Tags: Live at the Bike, Cash Game, Hold'em, Poker, Tournaments.

Last Friday (April 20th) I made another appearance on Live at the Bike. I've always admitted to my LAGish style and this was evident during the show (VPIP 41%/PFR 25%). What wasn't obvious was that I had a plan every time I played a hand. Sadly, I didn't get any credit for my plays or thought processes - Dave Tuckman didn't expect me to last an hour...I guess he doesn't remember that I've now played on the show five times, and have only been stuck once when he just so happen to flop perfect against me (see my blog posts dated Sept. 16, 2011; Sept 27, 2011; Dec. 3, 2011; and, Feb. 27, 2012). I will be posting video clips and address some of the comments on the show later in the week.

Anywho... my kids went with my Aunt to U.C. Davis to visit my cousin for the weekend, leaving me with plenty of free time. While a could have done some work, I thought, "Nahhhhh...I'll go play a tournament." I'm actually not supposed to be playing any tourneys right now, I'm supposed to be grinding up cash and rebuilding my bankroll but, while trolling the local casinos' websites, I stumbled upon Hollywood Park's $400K event structure. I can't say that I thought it was a great structure...but it seemed to me that with well timed aggression and a whole lot of luck, it might be worth the $220 investment for a shot at $100K for first place. I know I still have leaks in my game, but I feel as though I played fairly well on Friday, with 80% of my plays working out the way I wanted them to. So, I thought that I could afford to reward myself with a small buy-in tourney...just because it's so much fun to imagine what I would do with $100K.

I doubled up early in the event, had a few big hands hold up, and took a couple of pretty sick bad beats. I managed to keep an even temper (for once in my life) and just stayed the course. I was actually the tournament chip leader during Level 16 (1.5K/3K+500 ante). I didn't want tell anyone (text, twitter or facebook) that I was playing because I wanted to focus on my game. It wasn't until I had already made it into the money that I posted my first tweet.

Even with over 175K, I grew concerned Unsure that I had gone card dead just as the blinds were going into the nose bleed structure. I had been whittled down to just over 15 BBs by Level 21 (5K/10K+1K) and the shortstacks were pretty much open shoving with any ace or pair, so I had to really pick my spots carefully because every chip matters at that stage of the game. I quite literally only played 3 hands in the last 4 levels of play.

Feeling a bit desperate, I open raised under-the-gun +1 with {6-Spades}{7-Spades} because the Big Blind was playing super tight and 3 of the 4 players in between were fairly soft. The Big Blind had been at a prior table with me and he knew I picked on him quite a bit so he gave me some action. The flop was {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}, and my opponent had checked in the dark. His range was no where near that flop so I bet and he folded, increasing my stack back up to 140K but leaving me at just under 10 BBs just as the blinds went up to 10K/20K+3K ante (Level 24).

The button moved a couple of times and I found myself on the Big Blind with {3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. The only aggressive player was in the cut-off and picked that time to raise to 45K. The table was 6-handed and the Small Blind had folded, so I was heads-up with the pre-flop raiser. I weighed my options and since it was only costing me 15K more to see the flop and potentially win 90K+, I made the call. I know that based on my effective chip stack I'm supposed to shove or fold there, but I didn't want to just surrender my chips without a fight and I thought I could out play him on the flop, and oh what a flop it was! {j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}..GIN! I had about 94K in front of me, exactly a pot-sized bet so I checked, knowing my opponent was going to c-bet. He only bet 50K but I didn't think he had any fold equity so I shoved. Unfortunately, he had air and folded...but I was happy for the win. I elected to show my hand, knowing that the next play I was going to make would have to be a shove situation and I wanted to be sure that I got action because only 10 people advanced to Day 2 in that flight and we were down to 11. I was not willing to make the 44 mile drive (88 round trip) just to come back without chips...I wanted to double up or go home.

A few minutes later I had the button and American Airlines baby! That's right, {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. Of course, just my luck, it folds around to me. Well, I certainly wasn't going to limp and given my hand history, I figured I'd get looked up if I raised on the button, so I made it 45K to go. The small blind, who had been with me at at least two other tables, counted and re-stacked his chips (about 120K give or take) and then pushed them forward, announcing, "All-In." (Yay me! Drool ) The Big Blind folded and I made the call. He turned over {a-Spades}{2-Hearts}. (Yay me! Thumbs Up ) The flop was all paint and he was drawing dead on the turn.

With that knockout, the flight was down to 10 qualifiers and we bagged and tagged for Day 2. I found myself with 375K which, given that my flight was the largest field of the 18 flight event, is one of the larger stacks in play. I'll be starting Day 2 with just under 40 big blinds since the levels roll back to Level 21 (5K/10K+1K).

I'm going to do my best to stay focused and play my best game. I'll try not to be overly aggressive and pick my spots well. Wish me luck!

Grinding, Grinding and More Grinding

December 03, 2011

Tags: Bicycle Casino, The Bike, Live at the Bike, Poker, Cash Game.

I played the Nooner Daily Tournament at The Bicycle Casino last Tuesday. I bubbled. It was pretty unreal. I was double average at the first break, but then went totally card dead for four levels after. Then it became obvious I was destined for failure. I came in second best with fairly big hands every single time I was in a pot. A friend of mine, Mike Jones, who was seated at my tables agreed that the Poker Gods were out to get me. What was worse is after I busted out in 15th place, the remaining 14 players agreed to take $140 off of first place and pay two additional players $70. Yeah, insult to injury. But I had collected three $10 bounties and played a little bit of cash before the tourney started, so was up $75 when I registered and I was basically freerolling the $50 buy-in.

I was able to redeem myself at the cash tables later that afternoon. I played The Bike's $2-3 NLH ring game. I was actually stuck about $300 when my fortunes changed. Happily, I managed to turn a $700 profit for the day. Oh... and guess who was at my table? The gentlemen who had berated me a week earlier.

He didn't recognize me because I was casually dressed without any make up. He was actually doing well and had several hundred dollars in front of him. He played a wide variety of hands and cracked some big hands with cards like . But he lost often enough because he really had a hard time laying down a hand once he connected with the board. He made several crying calls on the river against me and others. My observation was that he didn't really put people on hands. He pretty much played his hole cards and if he hit big - he won big and if he had a mediocre hand - he would pay off a better hand. However, I found that it was difficult for me to get a good read on him because it's hard to put a player on a hand when he, himself, doesn't really know where he's at. There were a couple of times I probably could have won big pots against him, but choose to play small ball.

On Friday I had an interview with a Fortune 500 law firm, a lunch date with good friend and mentor Jennifer Newell, and a meeting with the Poker Director at The Bicycle Casino. My interview went well and I'm scheduled to return on Monday for a follow-up. Lunch with Jen was absolutely marvelous, I only wish our schedules allowed us to hang out more often. After my meeting at The Bike, I had 3 hours to kill before I had to cover the Live at the Bike table so I played more $2-3 NLH. Again I started off bad, stuck $300 within the first 30 minutes. But I kept a cool head and picked-up with a $200 profit.

In addition to my role as photographer and hostess, I actually played on Live at the Bike last night. I got caught in a couple of bluffs Blush and was felted early in the game, then I was stalked by Deuces for at least an hour and a half. Not pocket Deuces, just a Deuce kicker in what seemed like every other hand. But as usual, I picked up hands towards the end of the night and won HUGE pot after I flopped the nuts with . For those of you who watched the hand, please don't think that I regularly marry myself to such a weak Ace, and you may remember that I folded it to a re-raise, pre-flop, later in the game. The only reason why I called the re-raise was because I had raised from the Button and put Robocop on a Big Blind defensive re-raise with a mid-sized pair. Robocop and I have a pretty good relationship but had never played together. As I said, I had been caught with my hand in the cookie jar a couple of times prior, so it seemed perfectly reasonable that he would want to play back at me with a pair of 9s or Ts, especially with Seat 9 (the KLAC Loose Canon) in the hand. Had Todd not hit a 2-outer on the river, Robocop would have won just as big as I did.

Long story short, although I had a pretty yo-yo stack day, I ended up with a $400 profit for the evening. The game got really juicy after the cameras shut down, but I had been up since 6:00 am (I had baked gingerbread cupcakes for my Poker Netcast co-workers) so I was completely fried. I headed home at 11:00 pm and I think I was out by the time my head hit the pillow.

In addition to the poker grind, the past few days have been filled with surprises and opportunities that have kept me very busy. Hopefully all the running around will mean that I have good news to report in the near future and that 2012 will be a turnaround year for me.

Source: ConfessionsOfAPokerProWannabe. com

#CoronaRunGood Strikes Again...

November 16, 2011

Tags: Bicycle Casino, Commerce Casino, Jackpot, Live at the Bike, Los Angeles, Poker, Tournament, WhoJedi.

It's been a week since my last post (Back to Back Busto) and a few interesting things have happened since then.

Friday 11-11-11 was easily my most exciting day. Not only did the long anticipated Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim hit the stores, I had a great Live at the Bike evening planned. I had scheduled former reporter, Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum, and Mega Millions Series II runner up, Greg Sessler, to be a guests on the show... and if you've been following along on all my past blog posts - when I get to entertain guests it's always a party. W00t

Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum
Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum

You may remember that WhoJedi shipped a Commerce Casino event early last week so he was excited to play on Live at the Bike in the hopes that his #CoronaRunGood streak was still going strong. Well, guess what?? It was!!! For the first time in Live at the Bike history, the Bicycle Casino's Super $100K Bad-Beat Jackpot was hit at the table. How good does WhoJedi run? The $100K Bad-Beat Jackpot is only paid from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm every other hour. Live at the Bike only airs from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - literally a small window of opportunity to hit the Jackpot on the show.

Elan took the bad beat with Quad 3s and received $50K. C.W. won the hand with Quad Qs and received $25K plus the $500 pot. The remaining 7 players at the table each received a table share in excess of $3.5K. Based on how incredibly good WhoJedi runs - my official Twitter hashtag is now #WhoJediWannabe. Hell, maybe I should just change the name of my blog to:

I mean really, who needs to be pro when you can run-good like the Jedi?

Elan describes the jackpot hand during my Live at the Bike interview.
Elan describes the jackpot hand during my Live at the Bike interview.

All of us involved in producing the Live at the Bike show agree that the 11-11-11 Jackpot show was the most exciting one to date. I was able to do several field interviews and Bart Hanson admittedly had a "Bartgasm." The only person who seemed at all disappointed by the jackpot was Greg Sessler who maintained a ho-hum attitude throughout the night, which I'm convinced was all part of his evil plot for max EV on camera time. If you missed it, the show is saved in the archives and I recommend watching it.

Harlequin of the Degens
Harlequin of the Degens

In other news, I have managed to continue my down swing. I played two flights of the Commerce Casino $125 Turbo $200 Guarantee on Saturday, November 12th and totally donked. No I just couldn't make anything happen. Disappointed with my performance, I chose to buy Skyrim and retreat into a world of dungeons and dragons on Sunday afternoon and have been there ever since.

I did crawl out of my hole for a few hours last night to attend a little shindig up at Beso Hollywood hosted by my friend Chad Brown, then I stopped by Commerce Casino on my way home to say hello to Danielle "DMoonGirl" Anderson who is back in town for a few days and sweat Maria Ho in the $1K L.A. Poker Open event. Tomorrow I will play a few satellites in a bid to get into the L.A. Poker Open main event and I'm probably going to beg WhoJedi to loan me his Micros shirt and Purdue sweatshirt in hopes of a little run good of my own.

A Not-Quite-Epic but Definitely Mega Final Table

August 11, 2011 3 comments

Tags: Bicycle Casino, Dollar, Fausto Saucedo, Greg Sessler, Legends of Poker, Live at the Bike, Mega, Million, Poker, Tournament.

It was set to start at 2:00 p.m. on August 9th, 2011, but it wasn't the inaugural Epic Poker League event. No, it was the Bicycle Casino's 2011 ]Legends of Poker Mega Million Dollar Event Final Table. (Wow...say THAT five times fast!)

The Big Game - Last Hand Since the first Live at the Bike tournament final table was webcast back in March of this year for the fake-NAPT "Big Event" main event, The Bike has webcast several of it's key event final tables. However, although I covered the fake-NAPT final table, I was a member of a reporting team. Matt Snoddgrass did all of the hand recordation and was in charge of the final table report and I was the social media consultant and photographer. Back then, we used the overhead camera to show the cards on the television behind the dealer for the audience to follow along, so there was no need for an announcer. Moreover, had a full team of reporters do to live up-dates and interviews. The entire final table was carefully documented and would be available on the web for years to come.

Setting up the final table.
Setting up the final table.

This time was different. For the Mega Million Dollar final table, I arrived at The Bike around 1:00 p.m. to start setting up. There's always red-tape that needs to be addressed when doing a live broadcast, so I had to make sure all the paperwork was in order before the Live at the Bike webcast began. We had our full camera crew and, as required by the gaming commission, a Bicycle Casino Floorman was on the stage, but I was the only "reporter" on scene. Also, due to some feng shui designer's advice, the television behind the dealer needed to be left off for whatever reason. Accordingly, it fell upon me to document each and every hand, call out the action to the casino audience (and the commentators in the booth), take pictures, update the Twitter and Facebook networks (on a 1 hour delay), conduct player interviews and publish the final table report summary. No biggy, right? Well, it shouldn't have been, it was just one table - buuuuut, I had never, ever, ever done tournament reporting before. Doh! Oooops.

I used 1.5 steno pads to document all 176 hands.
I used 1.5 steno pads to document all 176 hands.

Taking pictures, well that was the easy part (kinda). My camera is out-of-commission at the moment so I had to use a small quickshot camera for the majority of the photos. It takes a while to get comfortable with a camera and learn all its little nuances, so needless to say I have very little to add to my catalog from the final table. It took about an orbit before I found a tablet to write on and develop a system for annotating the action, of course by then we had already lost a player. Yeah, I know, it was live-streamed so the video will be available on, why take notes? Because if there is a glitch in the system, we will have to take the larger files off the server and a 10+ hour video is a very large file. It is such a large file and take up so much data, that we had to reset all the servers mid-way through taping; so needless to say, it would have been fool-hearty and unprofessional to solely depend on being able to go to the tape for the report summary later on.

My interview with Greg Sessler (its at 3:11 on the playback)
My interview with Greg Sessler (its at 3:11 on the playback)

Then there was the whole interview issue. Up until the Mega Million Dollar final table, I had only done one pre-recorded interview in my life and it kinda got away from me. I've been tasked to have done several interviews by now, but find myself backing out at every opportunity I get. But, the Legends of Poker is the Bicycle Casino's signature tournament series, and when nobody else did - - The Bike believed in me. With Black-Friday having shut down much of the internet gaming in the U.S., all of the brick and mortar casinos are competing for internet players. SEO is king in this industry and one of the best ways to go viral is with video. They want player interviews to promote on their website and YouTube networks, so I finally jumped in, feet first, and did my inaugural live interview with Greg Sessler. I think given that I've casually known Greg for a while, it was a bit easier for me - but I was soooo nervous and I flubbed so much. I was able to do a total of four interviews (at 3:11, 5:19, 7:38 and 7:47) that day and got a little more comfortable with each subsequent interview, but I have a long way to go before I can add "Interviewer" to my resume.

With Fausto Saucedo (5:19)
With Fausto Saucedo (5:19)

By the end of the 10+ hour event, I was exhausted; completely spend in every way. I learned a lot though, knowledge that can never be taken away from me. I am actually looking forward to doing the next final table. I will be doing each of the Live at the Bike final tables for the Legends of Poker series, although I'm hoping to get a microphone so I don't have to project my voice across the Plaza Floor. Who knows, maybe someday I'll be promoted from young grasshopper to panda master. What?!?!? Yes It could happen...

The SuperNova Elites are Coming To The Bicycle Casino for The Big Event and a Special Live At The Bike Invitational Event

February 24, 2011

Tags: PokerStars, NAPT, LIve at the Bike, Bicycle Casino.

The Big Event tournament series runs from Feb 25, 2011 through April 4, 2011.

The Big Event will feature a five-day Main Event with a $5,000 buy-in starting on March 5 through the 10th. There will also be a broad range of fun and exciting side events catering to players of all bankroll levels during the six week tournament series. A highlight of The Big Event will be the Live at the Bike SuperNova Elite Invitational.

Live at the Bike is the first and only live cash poker game captured specifically for the web and is webcast direct from the world famous Bicycle Casino. Live at the Bike is unlike anything you have ever seen on television. Now with 17 cameras in and around the specially designed table, viewers get a first-hand look at the reality of live cash game poker.

The SuperNova Elite Invitational/Live at the Bike event will be held on the evening of Monday, March 7, 2011, and filmed on the Plaza Poker Floor at the Bicycle Casino. The event will be aired live (with a ten minute delay) at, with hole card cameras and commentators (Nichoel Jurgens, Bart Hanson, and David Tuchman) calling the action.

Viewers will be able to watch these elite poker players play in a $1,000 buy-in $10/$25 No Limit Hold’em poker cash game live, uncut and unedited. Not only will viewers see how these top pros play poker against each other, but viewers will be able to get a raw and uncensored glimpse of their interactions with one another. Viewers of the webcast are also able to participate in discussions, voice their opinions, and ask questions as the action unfolds via the Live at the Bike live chat forum or Viewing Live at the Bike is free at, simply create a username and password and log-in, no paid subscription required.

The Bicycle Casino is located at 7301 Eastern Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201, just off the 710 freeway and only minutes from the LAX and downtown Los Angeles areas.

For more details, stop by the Welcome Center or visit Contact: Director of Marketing, Kelley O’Hara at (562) 806-4646 ext 174 or email



I want to run a special game on @liveatthebike on Feb 14. Either a $5K heads-up cash game -or- $1K turbo 6-max S&G #WinnerTakesAll