The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette
Last Thursday I made my way up to Commerce Casino looking for a little run good of my own in a bid to get into the L.A. Poker Open Main Event after WhoJedi cashed in yet another event. I played four, count'em FOUR satellites and didn't make it to the 2nd break on any of them. I may have played bad, I definitely didn't run good, and at least a few people assured me that I was merely the victim of a series of unlucky bad-beats. As any poker player will tell you, there are just some hands that you can't win once you've decided to play them.
For example, I had in the big blind with an average stack when my loose-aggressive neighbor with a short stack raised 3x under-the-gun, pre-flop. It was early, the blinds were 50-100 and we each started with 5K, but my neighbor managed to lose a few pots and was down to a little over 2K at the beginning of the hand. The flop came and I checked to the raiser. He bet another 300 and I smooth called, hoping to induce an all-in on the turn (or maybe even fold if a 3rd club came). When the hit the turn I checked again, and sure enough - he shoved all-in. I insta-called and he opened , then binked the on the river. I asked him if I shoved all-in preflop (like I would ever want to do that with nearly 5K at the 50-100 blind level) would he have called, and he said, "Definitely - I was short-stacked."
Okay, I don't agree that 20 big blinds is "short-stacked," but if that was his pre-flop plan of attack - - then the only way I don't lose chips there is by deciding not to play and folding my hand pre-flop. It's unfortunate, but it happens. I don't know that there was any good or bad way to play that hand because the hand played itself. I could give you several other examples, but you get the gist. Thursday just wasn't my day as far as tournament poker was concerned.
Thursday was, however, the day for Pacifico Beers, ubber-deadly Margaritas and Tebowing! After busting out of the final satellite for the evening, I was all set to go home when Matt "McMattoPoker" Affleck realized that the chances of a $280 single table satellite going before the end of the night was unlikely so he invited WhoJedi and I to have a beer with him. The sports bar was having Karaoke night so we elected to hang out at the Commerce's rendition of the "Hooker Bar." All the televisions screens were aglow with Tim Tebow interviews and game footage following the Denver Bronco's win against the New York Jets, and WhoJedi and McMatto were discussing the possibilities of having a Tebow trophy for the next Commerce poker series.
Gses was a redonkulous chipleader in the final mega satellite so he joined us for a Pacifico or two while the field whittled down, followed by DMoonGirl and Owen Crowe. Danny wanted a margarita so the bartender hooked her up with a double Patron margarita on the rocks (that was more of a 3x if anything). It was so incredibly knock-your-socks-off, it was instantly named "The Tebow," and everybody except WhoJedi and me ordered one. That did it. Within minutes everyone was thoroughly shit-faced and we all proceeded to launch a twitter campaign of #Tebow poses around the Commerce Casino.
It was a crazy, memorable night and I didn't get home until 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning!
I had meetings and Live at the Bike scheduled for Friday but I was too lethargic to focus on anything productive. The meetings ran long and I had just enough time for a 30 second Live at the Bike interview before show's end. Zac from QuadJacks.com had come to town so we both wondered over to Commerce so he could say his Hellos. We didn't stay long as he was headed right back to Vegas and I needed to go home to get some sleep.
I was feeling so dejected after such a bad run on Thursday that I didn't venture back to L.A. until Monday. I had to pickup a check at The Bike, so I figured I'd make a day of it and sweat the L.A. Poker Open final table and maybe put in some hours at the cash tables. I brought my friends at Commerce some pumpkin-spiced cupcakes and then played a little $3-5 NLH. I won a few small pots and lost big pots to a series of unfortunate Runner-Runner WTF!? hands and gave-up after 3 hours. I was only invested a single $200 bullet, but I just didn't see the point in continuing to play a game that I clearly could not beat. I said my goodbyes since everybody was headed out of L.A. after the series and headed over to The Bicycle Casino.
I picked up my check and realized that I had another hour to kill before traffic was cleared up enough to return home to Orange County. I put $300 down in the $2-3 NLH game. I played my usual game and can't say that I played great nor that I played horrible. I could have won some huge pots if my reads where a little better, but I made some pretty sick calls and well timed plays. The one thing I can say is that I worked hard on my table image and used it to make moves here and there that proved to be profitable. By the time I left The Bike at 11:30 p.m., I was up $600 for the day.
I'm really hoping that last night's win marks the end of my horrible 6-week run and is a sign of brighter things to come.
Source: ConfessionsofaPokerProWannabe. com
Yesterday started with my son's first soccer game of the club soccer league season, followed by the Commerce Casino Eternament. It was a pretty sick structure where the players start with just 1K in chips but the levels start at 25/25 and last 2 hours each. I was looking forward to playing it because Chris @Chris_J_Swan Swan, Greg @Gses75 Sessler, Jay @WhoJedi Newnum and I had a last longer side bet, and I planned on shipping it! I'm was a smidgen bit concerned that $225 was a bit of a pricey buy-in for a gimmicky tournament and small guarantee (especially given the $225 re-entry that could bolster one's investment), but the $13K overlay was too good to pass up. Easy money, right?!? Not so much.
Michael DiVita ended up seated to my direct right, TILT. People were raising 4x the big blind (1K starting chips remember?), TILT. There were at least three 4-way all-ins pre-flop, TILT. I ended up getting it all in with Jacks and ran into Kings, TILT. And, last but not least, WhoJedi won the last longer, TILT, TILT, TILT.
Okay, it really wasn't that bad. The big winners of the day were Danielle @DMoonGirl Andersen, who finished her visit to LA profitable; Joe @JoeTehan Tehan, who made it to the Commerce Casino Hold'em Series final table 2nd in chips and Lisa (Tehan's wife) announced that they are pregnant; and Michael @MikeNoori Noori, who min-cashed in the main on his birthday. Amazingly enough, it all wrapped up before midnight...plenty of time to celebrate, no? Well, to be honest we were all pretty exhausted, but since DMoonGirl was scheduled to leave early in the morning today (Sunday) we all wanted to get together for a quick drink to bid her farewell.
Sam @SamQuino Quinto joined Sessler, Swan, Noori, Andersen, Newnum and I for a what was supposed to be a quick drink at the Arena Bar before calling it a night. As I said above, going in we were all feeling the affects of a what has been long week but, you'd have put your money in good if you bet that we would close the bar down. We laughed, told stories and, after two hours of blow-off-steam-shenanigans to end the day, I gave Danielle and the gang hugs goodbye and headed home.
I look forward to seeing Danielle again soon and thanks to everybody for the drinks and giggles. I'll probably be headed up to Commerce Casino later tonight to sweat Joe Tehan in the main. #ShipIt Joe!