Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tim's Round.....Again

So, we went 6 handed on Friday night, as Robert and Traci couldn't make it. But we had a new addition to the group, Jose. He played great, eventually knocking me out as the first departure of the night.

I played stupid. Maybe beneath that. But it was very much bad. After two rebuys, I moved with a board of Q-Q-4 holding K-J. I was called by Jose almost immediately with A-Q. I was dead. Jordan went out second and Coli made a light night appearance. We went out to the garage and threw darts for about an hour.

After Jordan left, I came back in and Jose had been bumped out. Tay went out in third place, getting her money back. And Andrew nursed the short stack for seemingly forever, making a game out of it three handed, but eventually going out to Tim in second.

That makes 3 out of the last four nights to Tim who's just been unconscious lately. Hopefully, that will carry over to Seven Deuce Day, which approaches quickly.

Many kudos to all that played and kicked my buttocks on Friday. And a big shout out to, as it has moved up in the world, gathering linking status as a "Non-Hobo" blogger site on I have never been more proud. Well maybe......

Next Friday looks good to go, and on a short week, I'm hoping to actually play decent this time. See you all then.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Quads Abundant

Because of the Girl Scout Camp out, we didn't play on Friday, but a Sunday return offered the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a game at pablosplace.

We only had four players however, as Traci was exhausted and Jordan and Jason could only stay for the darts earlier. But the 4 handed game lasted almost 4 hours.

We each started with 125, and blinds were at 2/4 to start. I was crippled early, and down to 13 chips with Andrew being blinded out running late from work. He'd lost maybe 6 blinds by the time that he'd got here, and I doubled a couple of times right as he'd arrived for a healthy stack.

Tim was the first player of the night to hit quads, as he was holding a J, and three more J's appeared on the board. With light betting, the quad J appeared on the river and he took a good sized pot off of Tay. Tay rebounded nicely by doubling through me with Quad Queens. She moved all in from the button, and I called her with As-Js. She flipped over pocket Q's, and flopped a Q, and rivered another.

Then it was my turn, with pocket 10's. The flop came out 10-10-4, and Andrew bet out 20. I raised my last 40, and everyone folded around. I had to turn over my quads as it was the third of the night.

Shortly after Tay was eliminated in 4th place at around 11:45. As she departed, Andrew flopped himself a set of 8's, and rivered Quad 8's against Tim. I don't think that there has ever been a game in which so many Quads have hit.

In the end, Tim went out in 3rd, and I eliminated Andrew after a long heads up. We were 3 handed for a while as well.

We look good for this Friday, so plan on bringing as many people as you can. Another 2 table game would be awesome. See you Friday. P

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sometimes, good read's doesn't make winning poker....

But it helps get to heads up. In the end, good cards trumps good reads.

We had 7 players on Friday night, and Tim was the best of us all again. It was a lot of fun. After the heads up, Tim and I commented on how I'd made some sick reads.

We also had a first time guest (Amber), whose company was greatly appreciated by all. I hope she can become a regular.

The two reads that I made were wise lay downs, and put Tim on an Ace on the first hand, and Tay on a K on the second. But calling out so close to the kicker was the real hoot.

Sorry for the lack of substance in this post, but I wanted to get it up. I need a pillow now.

This Friday is a no-go as I am camping with the girl scouts. We leave for camp Lakota on Friday and get back on Sunday. But the Friday after should be good-to-go.......P

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Best Friday Night.....Ever

I don't know that bring a friend night could really have been much better. I don't think that there was really an area of improvement.

We had almost 20 people for the Barbecue, and 13 players for the poker game. The Q' was grub. We had Burgers, Dogs, Ribs, Watermelon, and a bunch of other goodies, including Birthday cake to celebrate Traci's 31st. We had karaoke (American Idol version) and lots of fellowship before hand. It was a blast. Now, to the poker......

With 13 players, we implemented the poker timer. I hadn't brought it out since it flopped at the Granada Hills house, but with 13 people and 2 tables, we needed a consistent way to keep the blinds and action moving. It worked very well.

Order of Finish, down to the final table was:

13 - Tay
12 - Jen
11 - Jason
10 - Amir
9 - Me

Then we had a final table. For the record, I busted moving for my last 32 with A-10, and got called by Tim with pocket K's. When he flopped a K, I was done.

The final table was really good action. Becky was eliminated in 8th place, playing exceptionally well. With 7 players remaining, the chip leaders with about equal stacks were Tim, Sherman, and Jordan.

Short stacked, Robert moved all in twice and won both times. The third time was his undoing, and he busted in 7th place going out to Sherman.

Michelle played great. She was moved to my table just before the split, and was able to keep her stack alive until she went out in 6th. Tim flopped an Ace, and Michelle couldn't catch up.

With 5 players remaining, the short stacks belonged to Traci and Andrew, who were both sitting at around 100 chips. That changed on one big pot where Andrew moved against Sherman, who eventually made a big lay down. Andrew improved his stack to around 250, and Sherman took a hit.

Then, Jordan made his move, and got caught by Tim. On the river, Jordan moved with two pair AQ, and was called by Tim who hung around to make a flush on the river. That crippled Jordan to almost elimination, leaving him with only 20 chips. But he wasn't done. He first doubled his stack through Sherman, and then later quadrupled his stack when his Ace high was good enough.

Traci was dwindling and finally moved with suited 9-6. Tim made the call and then eliminated Traci in 5th place. Traci failed to improve and Tim's King was good enough.

Shortly after, Jordan made a mis-step moving all in on the flop, and Andrew made a quick call after flopping the straight. Jordan left in 4th place.

3 handed, Tim and Andrew were roughly now similar stacked, and Sherman had the least chips. They played 3 handed for around 30 minutes, when Tim caught Sherman with the Nut flush. This gave Tim a size able advantage heads up with Andrew.

Two hands in, it was done in pre-flop as Andrew moved with A-Q, and Tim called with A-K. Andrew actually flopped a Q, but the turn was a K and it was all done.

Tim played really well on Friday, as really did everyone here. I'm glad that we got the turnout that we did. It made for a really great game.

This Friday still looks ok to go. I'll be coming from a conference in San Diego, but I should be able to make it back in time for poker. We'll plan on the usual time of 8pm. Thanks to everyone who attended and everyone who played. As always, there's an open invitation to pablosplace, anytime. See you all again on Friday. Cheers, P