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Well Whaddya Know, I Got Me Some Chips!

25 Jan 2006

A good day. On the second hand dealt on the day I picked up 88 from early position and made it 1500 to go with blinds at 600-1200 with a 75 ante.

All folded to the big blind who called the raise. The flop came 6-8-9 rainbow and he checked to me. I went ahead and bet 2400. My opponent, the chip leader at our table, made it 8000.

Hmm... he "could" have me beat but it was pretty unlikely. Besides, unless he flopped three nine's I'd have decent outs against a made straight. I called the 5600 raise and re-raised another 10,000.

He quickly said, "All in," which had me worried for a second, but I wasn't about to fold! The pot was close to 80,000 and I waited for my opponent to flip up his hand to see what kind of shape I was in. I was "hoping" he had a hand like 8-9, or 7-9, or something like that, but he turned over... A-6. A-6!

How sweet is that! The turn came a 7 and I had visions of Australia, "Don't do it to me. My heart can't take splitting this pot too!" I won that hand and was off to the races.

For most of the day I stayed steady, right around 80,000 without much fluctuation at all. Layne Flack, who was at my new table went on a pretty good tear doubling up with AK vs. QQ and getting up to 100,000.

Then, in a span of about 12 hands where Layne was involved in 9 of them, he lost every one of those pots and was gone before you knew it.

The straw that broke the camel's back was his questionable call with 77. He made it 4400 in first position with 77, and I called in late position with Qh Jh. Guess what I put Layne on? Two sevens. Why? Well, I canít tell you all my secrets!

The small blind went all in for 31,000 more, and it didn't seem to me anyway that he was "messing around." Layne gave it a long hard pause before calling with the 77. That hurt, and he never recovered.

Four straight hands he raised and someone re-raised. Finally, he couldn't take it anymore and playing his last 20,000 or so with K-Q against Bill Edler's 2-2. Frankly, I thought Bill's play was a mistake considering the circumstances and he wholeheartedly agreed saying, "You know what I love most about poker? Not getting what you deserve. I made a bad play with 2-2 and I got rewarded for it. I just love that." OK Bill, whatever you say, lol.

Near the end of the night we had a new player come to our table named Wendell. He was one of the leaders, and immediately I pegged him as a pretty aggressive player.

We played a monster pot that I won't go into too much detail about for two reasons: 1) it's going to be a Card Player column, and 2) Wendell is at my table tomorrow and I don't want him to know what I was thinking. So with that, here was the action, and only the action:

Wendell made it 4500 and I called on the button with Kh Jh. The flop came Qc Jc 3h. Wendell bet 5000 and I called. The turn was the Qd, Wendell checked, I bet 5000, Wendell check-raised me to 15,000 and I called. The river was the 5h, Wendell bet 10,000 and I called. Wendell never showed his hand.

There was A LOT to this hand, but as I said I'm not going to jeopardize my chances of winning this event by having him read into my thoughts. You'll have to check out Card Player for that!

Speaking of Card Player, I've decided to give the editor at Card Player, Steve Radulovich, a break by writing my columns immediately after the hands happen. That will help me make my deadlines which Steve will be happy about, and should also give you the reader, even more accurate insight into my thoughts.

When I got back to my room I wrote a column about my stupid bluff yesterday, my first blunder of 2006 and I also wrote another one about that hand versus Wendell.

Now that I'm caught up on my Card Player writing, I can make another guy happy, Steve Miller at www.cardsharkmedia.com by focusing on getting him my syndicated newspaper columns in on time!

*** If you are interested in getting my syndicated column in your local newspaper checkout www.cardsharkmedia.com for more info***

So anyway, I'm sitting here in the lobby of the hotel where the wireless internet service is available and I plan on heading up to bed soon. I'll probably watch a few episodes of Friends from the first season as I'm re-watching them.

On another note, to the dude that said I don't write enough about poker in my blog, man, do you even realize that I write a WEEKLY newspaper column, a bi-weekly Card Player column, AND a blog? Excuse me if I use the blog to sometimes vent a little bit or discuss random things on my mind.

If you aren't a fan of the blog, you can always stick with either one of the regular columns I write.

As for the blog turning into a promotional vehicle, man, is there something immoral or wrong about me talking about www.fullcontactpoker.com or other projects I'm involved in?

Mommy always said, you can't please everybody. How right she was, lol.