Monday, June 30, 2008

Seven Deuce Day

Since it's around the corner, I figured that I'd get all the info up on the site.

On Wednesday, July 2nd, the Inaugural pablosplace Seven Deuce Day Tournament is being hosted by the lovely people at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, CA. Here is the tournament info:

The Bicycle Casino
7301 Eastern Avenue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Phn (562) 806-4646
Game - No Limit Hold'em
Buy-In: $30 + $10 = $40 total, No Add-Ons, No Re-Buys.
Start with $2000 tournament chips.
Number of players averages around 150 to 200
Total Prize Pool: Should be in the range of $4,500 to $6,000
Starts - 2008/07/02 - 1:00 PM (PST), but late entry accepted for the first 45 minutes.

Right now, we have 6 of the 8 Team7Deuce Players committed to playing, and the other 2 are very hopeful. I've also got some interest from some players that are not regulars at pablosplace that are interested in playing as well. For me, the more, the merrier when it comes to poker. I just love this game.

I think that we're pretty much planning on just meeting there, because there's just too many agenda's going on before and after. But I'll be there until the last of our crew goes out. Hopefully, we can get a few t-shirts at the final table.

E-mail me if you have any other questions, or need more info.

GO TEAM7DEUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Catch Up

Seven Deuce Day is approaching, and I think that everyone here the last two weeks is really excited about playing at the Bicycle Casino.

I've got two weeks to catch up on, and I'll start with the farthest away. Robert was long overdue for a victory, and after hitting quads, he never looked back. Using big stack poker, he controlled most of the table and ended after 2 AM as the first place finisher. Drew, after a couple of re-buys, got his money back in second place.

Last night, we were 5 handed, and those here had their Team7Deuce shirts delivered. Jordan nursed some crappy cards most of the night, and 4 handed opened up with two big wins, both at Tim's expense. Tim first had J's cracked by Jordan, and then Jordan eliminated him with J's vs. A-Q. Heads up began with Jordan holding a 4 to 1 advantage over me, and I came back to almost even, until the last hand.

All the money went in pre-flop, and Jordan flipped K-9 and I A-7. The river paired Jordan's K, and he walked away with the pot.

I don't think we'll be playing on 4th of July, but I'm open to the idea. Maybe we can play a fireworks game or something? Cheers, P

Friday, June 27, 2008

New Team7Deuce Shirts....

Have been completed. I'll pick them up this afternoon. GAME ON!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My biggest online win..

See the e-mail from pokerstars below.....SEVEN DEUCE DAY IS APPROACHING!!!!

PokerStars Tournament #92086427,
No Limit Hold'emSuper Satellite
Buy-In: $2.00
83 players
Total Prize Pool: $544.00
Target Tournament #92085567 Buy-In: $33.00 5 tickets to the target tournament
Tournament started - 2008/06/21 - 21:06:00 (ET)

Dear fleapid,You finished the tournament in 1st place. You qualified to play in Tournament #92085567 and are automatically registered for it. See Tournament #92085567 Lobby for further details. If you choose to unregister from this tournament your account will be creditedwith 33.00 W$. W$ can be used to buy into any qualifying special PokerStars event.Visit our web site at for more details.

In addition a $60.00 award has been credited to your Real Money account. Congratulations!Thank you for participating.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A new system...

A similar result.

Applying the small ball strategy worked for a long while tonight, until I couldn’t catch cards anymore. Using the new stuff I learned on, I built a large chip lead, more than doubling my chip stack in about the first 15 hands.

Then, things really unraveled. First, Amber doubled off of me. I flopped two pair, and bet the flop. Amber called. The river came with an Ace, and I moved Amber all in. Amber called and I had her as she had AQ. But the river paired the board giving Amber a better two pair.

Tim got some big chips off of Robert, who eventually went out to me when I out kicked him with K high.

Then, I lost another giant pot when Traci doubled off of me, hitting quad 5’s on the river. From there, I spiraled down and eventually out. I made my move calling Tim’s raise to three times the big blind with 8-7os. The flop came Q-8-5, and I moved all in. Tim made a quick call with Q-J. I didn’t improve and was done in 4th.

3 handed, Tim had a giant chip stack and used it well. He navigated the large stack for a long while, until Traci finally went out. And then he eliminated Amber after a long fought heads up battle, that included several double ups by Amber.

Amber actually made a Royal Flush on the river of one hand, and brought herself to around 160. But Tim maintained a sizeable chip lead throughout play. In the end, Tim flopped a set of fours, and Amber made an All in move on a the board of 4-4-7-8. She flipped K-7, and Tim K-4. The river was a case four giving Tim Quads and the pot.

It was a long fought heads up with some outstanding play at the end. The three handed action to the eventual heads up victory by Tim lasted just over 2 hours. Eventually the blinds had to be raised to 10-20 just to get enough action back and forth.

For next week, we look good, and with any luck, the Team 7 Deuce Shirts may be ready by Friday. I’ll let you know. Cheers, P

Friday, June 13, 2008

Congrats to Daniel

As a big Daniel Negreanu fan, I find great happiness in his 4th WSOP bracelet. I'm a member of Daniel's poker training site, where Daniel teaches small ball. I'm still working on the training. The following is a recap from Congrats again Daniel on number 4!!!

The final table of Event #20 ($2,000 Limit Hold 'em) at the 2008 World Series of Poker began with all eyes on one man: Daniel Negreanu. The 33-year-old Canadian is one of the most recognized and liked personalities in the game and Event #20 was his shot to win a fourth WSOP bracelet and join an elite group of four time bracelet winners that includes Bobby Baldwin, Amarillo Slim, Tom McEvoy, Huck Seed, David Chiu, Scotty Nguyen and the late Puggy Pearson. Negreanu also had to contend with the added pressure of having won this event in 2004.
Standing in Negreanu's way, however, were eight men all looking for their first bracelet, including one young online pro in Richard Li, one experienced live tournament player in David Baker, and Fu Wong, who finished 2nd just days ago in Event #14 ($10,000 Seven-card Stud World Championship).
The final table began with a pair of quick eliminations and Negreanu, who began the day in the middle of the pack, moving his way up to the top of the leader board. With play five-handed Negreanu took a few big hits, the biggest of which was having his pocket Kings cracked by Baker's pocket eights. Baker soon took over the lead and after a couple of eliminations and many ups and downs; Negreanu was tied with Turkish-born Ugur Marangoz at 400,000 while Baker was sitting strong with over 1 million.
When three handed play got underway Baker began to free fall, taking several hits from Marangoz and even having his river bluff picked off by Negreanu with Ace-high. A few hands later Negreanu rivered a gutshot straight against Baker, sending him to the rail with $78,624 for his third place showing.
Heads-up play began with Negreanu taking a monster pot off Marangoz when he flopped a flush and got Marangoz to four-bet the turn and call another bet on the river. The pot all but devastated Marangoz's stack and a few hands later Negreanu raised him all-in on a board of 5-K-5-Q-3. Marangoz threw in his few remaining chips and Negreanu showed 9-5 for three-of-a-kind. Marangoz couldn't beat it and the Las Vegas poker room manager was eliminated in 2nd place ($126,671).
Negreanu shook his opponents' hand then went straight over to kiss his mother, who was sitting in the front row of the Milwaukee’s Best Light No Limit Lounge. Negreanu then thanked the fans for staying to watch, saying that having "home team advantage" helped him stay positive when he was short stacked during the middle stages of the day.
Daniel Negreanu added a fourth WSOP bracelet and $204,874 to his already stellar WSOP record.
"It's so difficult to even get to the final table, so to win is just an amazing feeling," Negreanu said.
For a full list of payouts from Event #20, see the WSOP results page.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ladies Night???

Just about.

I've got two updates to get in here. Last week, we had five players as Robert, Tay, and Tim were here, and a fortunate return by Traci.

As far as I was concerned, my play stunk worse than....well....something not very good. I couldn't catch cards, and when I did, I went up against someone else who had a monster. I was ousted quickly, and retreated to the living room to sulk.

After a while, I came back to see Traci and Tay, heads up. It was around 1:30 AM that they decided to call it quits, and chop the pot. Because Tay had a chip advantage, she took the extra $5.

Last night, my play was more of the same. We went 6 handed to start, and then Andrew joined us after the Aimee Mann concert at around 11:00. Amber made another appearance and played phenomenally. She ended up runner up to Tim.

On the first hand of the night, Amber flopped Quad 7'. Shortly after, she doubled Tim, and Tim stayed in that direction all night, collecting all of our chips until the end.

A short but sweet wrap up for the last couple of weeks. We should be good to go this coming Friday. Cheers, P