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Sunday, January 27, 2008 2:58 | Filled in poker

We met with a decorator today to review his plans for the house. Apparently, he wants us to spend about 33% of what we originally spent to purchase the house on various upgrades and renovations. This means that I need to play some really good poker. At one point when he was explaining stuff to my wife, I realized that I had absolutely no idea what the hell he was talking about for the past five minutes. I didn’t even know what most of the words meant. My wife seemed engrossed, so I assume he wasn’t just talking gibberish, but I had no clue.

Fortunately, today was another great day. I started out playing some 50/100 because one of the fish I’ve been tracking had moved up. Unfortunately, he sat out after like 20 hands and I decided to keep my discipline and leave. However, I had scored $744 by that time, so that made it easier to get up. After that, there were no good limit tables going, so I played a bit more No Limit. PokerElmo seemed to think I might be over my head jumping straight to 3/6 NL, so I dropped down to 2/4 NL. It was boring, so I opened 4 tables. That might be a bad idea, but I felt pretty comfortable, because I play a lot tighter at NL. I was actually down a buy-in on a routine set under set hand when I had this beauty:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $4 BB (9 handed)MP3 ($392.25)
CO ($86.80)
Button ($539.55)
Hero ($925.60)
BB ($760.85)
UTG ($403.50)
UTG+1 ($400)
MP1 ($346.40)
MP2 ($183.45)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Ks, Kc.
2 folds, MP1 raises to $12, 3 folds, Button raises to $35, Hero calls $33, 1 fold, MP1 calls $23.

Flop: ($109) 4s, 9d, 9s (3 players)
Hero checks, MP1 checks, Button bets $85, Hero raises to $180, MP1 folds, Button raises to $504.55, Hero calls $324.55.

Turn: ($1118.10) 5d (2 players)

River: ($1118.10) 5s (2 players)

Final Pot: $1118.1

Button shows TT and I take it down.  w0000tah!  I had previously doubled up with a set, so I had a pretty good stack for 400NL.  I donked off a bit, but ended the NL session up some.  I played in the 100k monthly VIP freeroll and nursed a short stack and bad cards into 594th place for a massive $40 payday.  I notice that boc4life, a guy I’ve played a few hands with at the short-handed tables took down second for 8k, although I presume they probably cut a deal.  I finished the night with an uneven session of 30/60 and 15/30.  I booked a bit of profit there, but I gave a bunch away late with some poorly timed calldowns.  I wasn’t feeling that sharp and I was chatting in IRC and not really concentrating on my game.  It was still a very good day, with a net win of $1,900 on the day.  I’m now up to 12,250 VPPs, so I’m a long way ahead of my planned pace.  Knowing myself as I do, it is probably a good idea to book some extra hands early in my quest.

I checked out FTP again at a few points today and it was really fairly dead at the limits I play.  There was higher stakes action, but not a lot at my level.  We are hosting a big blowout poker party next weekend, so I probably won’t get to play much tomorrow at all.  Today was actually mostly non-poker too, despite what this blog suggests.

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