PokerStars Turbo Takedown

$1,000,000 Turbo Takedown

The @PokerStars $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown is kind enough to save me a seat.  It’s 3,000 FPPs to play, but I played a 600 FPP SNG, won a seat.

1st place is $60,000 AND an Audi TT.  Keep the money, I really just want the car.

5,000 places paid when it’s all said and done.  For those that put up the big bucks (and $20 here and $40 there) so I could play in the @LAPokerClassic 8-Game, you’re free-rolling a stake in this… half of the LAPC deal.  Once again, I’m keeping the car.


When holding a pocket pair in NLHE, a rivered set that fills a flush or straight, is always facing said draw.


The BorgataIf Brian’s tried to teach me one thing, it’s patience. He’s also known to say “you can’t win a multi in the first level.” Not sure if it’s an original, but it’s certainly true. About to shut down the computer and head to @BorgataPoker for their $100+$20 ($15K Gtd) at 11am.

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Commerce Casino

Commerce Casino

COMMERCE, CA — The dealers at the @CommerceCasino have witnessed more than their fair share of bad beats at the poker table.  For the most part, I thought I had heard it all.  We caught a short break the other night whilst waiting for the floorman to fill a few seats, so our dealer, Hamik, shared his favorite story.

The Game was beeg.  I dunno for sure, mah-ybe $10/$20, $20/$40 NL.  This player was losing, and losing uh-lot.  As I was coming into the table, he re-bought short for $400.  My fee-irst hend, he gets all his money in, four or five pee-puhl call him, he wins.  It goes on like this for my entire down at the table.

On my last hand, as I’m about to pushed, he has $20,000 in front of him.  From $400.  Ze flop, it is 744.  There is beeg rates and re-rates befur the flop, and next thing you know, he has his whole twendee thousand in the pot.  From $400, he’s looking to have $40,000 in what?  30, mah-ybe 40 minutes?

He shows his 77 for the full house.  The other guy, he show AQ.  He was bluffing.  Turn, Queen.

And we all know how the story ends.

So, next time you think you took a bad beat, remember Hamik’s story.

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Small Buy-in, Large payouts

This upcoming Sunday, 21 Feb 2010, there’s a $200K Gtd tourn w/ a paltry $2.20 buy-in. On the opposite end of the buy-in spectrum, a $215 buy-in w/ a $4M guarantee on “that other site.”

I’m gonna play both. As a way of saying thanx to the people that took a shot in the @LAPokerClassic Event 35, I’m giving away any combined prize money from the two at a rate of 50% of your #LAPC35 investment.

Sweat the action from my @OnAFoldDraw tweets. Cards are in the air for the first tournament at 1PM Eastern.

Thanx again!

Kind of a sucky table draw having Miami John Cernuto at your table, considering he’s one of the best stud players in the world.


'Miami' John Cernuto

'Miami' John Cernuto, courtesy

The @LAPokerClassic $1,065 8-Game Mix is easily the toughest line-up I’ve ever faced at any poker table, ever. It was a six-max tournament, let’s go over a few of the players at my table. Stats and pics are all provided by

The One Seat:  Miami John Cernuto.  3 WSOP Braceletes, over $3.95M in total winnings across 224 cashes (35 of which were 1st place).  The man’s a living legend.  To my credit, he did go out before me.

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I took a few chips off Miami John in a Stud/8 hand by making a 65 lo at the same time another player was showing lo, but made an 8-Straight to go with it.  We were also in a heads-up blind battle during a 25/25 NLHE hand.  I raised pf, he 3b, I just called.  I chk/called 350->750 heads-up on the flop.  Turn went check/check.  He folded for my 1K->1,450 on the river.  Board was Qd9h3d 8h Td.

Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman, courtesy

The two:  Adam Friedman, chip leader going into day two.  Over $750K in tournament winnings, spread across 14 cashes (4 wins).  The one that put him on the map was 43rd in WSOP ME in 2005.

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I knew I was aspota recognize him, but didn’t know why.  It was racking my brain to try to put a (last) name to his face.  When I saw this tweet:

LA Poker Classic Event #35 End of Day 1 Results:


I followed the link, did some Googling, and got my information.  Adam was aggressive to the point of insanity.  He was 3-betting 87o on the button in LHE in the first level, 3-b me in a 100/200 Hold ‘Em round, I surrendered the turn after the blind bet out and the board was 654 5 hh, I had Only AJ, no frush cards, and Adam behind me.  He calls the turn, then loses to Jh9h on a blankety-blank-blank river, J-high, nuts.

So, when I later decided to take a stand in NLHE w/ AJ against his btn 3-bet, I hope you can understand why.  He made a good call w/ AhKh, of course it’s the one time the bastard has a hand, but I knew his 3-b’ing range was huge, and even if he did have AK/AQ, he might not want to gamble half his stack against a fish like me.  #Wrong #DoubleWrong.

Mimi Tran

Mimi Tran, courtesy

The Three:  Mimi Tran.  Almost $1.5M spread across 46 tournament cashes.  Yeah, THAT Mimi Tran.  @BarryGreenstein‘s former girlfriend.

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I played the @CommerceCasino $30/$60 Stud with Mimi on a previous trip.  She’s hilarious and very polite to out-of-towners (Read: Fish, like me).  She actually signed up for the tournament a few moments before I did.  When I saw that she and I got the same table, I knew I was in for a bumpy ride.

She was card-dead most of the tournament.  I got into a heads-up Omaha/8 hand with position on her small blind.  I made two small pair and a frush draw vs her Aces.  Top card paired on the river, I had an emergency lo to chop it up.  Would’ve been a nice 1K in chips to pad my stack if the river doesn’t brick-off like that.

After a VP$IP right around zero in 2-7 TD, I finally raised Mimi’s blind holding three to the wheel.  She was dealt QJT98, folded it face-up, I took down the blinds.  Nothing very exciting.

Sorel 'Imper1um' Mizzi

Sorel 'Imper1um' Mizzi, courtesy

The four:  I’m not sure about this one, I can’t quite tell from the pictures, but this may or may not have been Sorel ‘Imper1um’ Mizzi.  Almost $2.3M in tournament winnings spread across 32 cashes, including 2 wins.

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Mimi and Adam both knew the character in the four seat, and I’m pretty sure Adam kept calling him Sorel, but I may be wrong on this one.  You know any other Sorel’s in the poker world?  He fell prey to Adam’s 87o button 3-betting in the Hold ‘Em round.  Board was 873 Qr going to the river, Sorel had a somewhat obvious AA/KK based on the action.

Second hand Sorel plays, not only does he have an obvious AA, but he flops a set, and Mimi gets there w/ KQ by capping the flop and taking off a free card on the turn.  Sorel bets the TxA Q J river, Mimi just calls because there’s three clubs on board.  Sorel tables his flopped top set, puts in the muck cleanly after she shows the bad news.  He was down below 3K before we even got to PLO.

The hand that crippled me early on, Board is Q86r after I raise to 125 from UTG in a hand of 25/50 PLO.  Turn is Q86 2hh.  I have Kh4hQs2s, two checks to me, only Miami John behind me.  I bet 325 into 500, John flats, Sorel chk/pots.  The dealer had no clue how much pot was, I we argued over it.  It was one of “those moments” that really kills the mood at the table.  I min-raised w/ top-and-bottom/2nd-heart draw.  Sorel barely had 300 in chips behind his 1800 check-pot bet.  I had both of them well covered.

Talk about being in a bad spot, he’s got a better two pair, and the nut heart draw.  I needed a deuce or King on the river.  Jack of hearts.  I’m left with around 3K going into the next hand.

To be honest, I have absolutely no idea who the quiet gentleman in the five seat was.  He made a 76542 on the first hand on the tournament, after the first draw.  He got paid the maximum.  He had AQ vs my AT vs Miami John’s (i’m guessing AK) when the flop came out AQx.  I got away on the turn.  This guy never sucked-out, but he never got unlucky, either.  Shortly before I busted, he had almost triple the average stack in front of him.

Then, there’s this fish in the six seat.  I’m not even cool enough to have a profile.  Best I can do is a little over 400 followers on twitter, and 500 friends on facebook, some of whom are awesome enough to help me free-roll this event.  You all know my story.  One really nice cash in the @BorgataPoker $335 Stud for almost $10K, a few small wins here and there, but nothing to put me on the map, not just yet.

I held my own and damned-near dominated in the Stud and Stud/8 hands, but that’s only 25% of the tournament.  I know I can do better, and next year, I’m gonna try.  Hey, at least I outlasted Miami John?  Thanx again to all of you who threw $20 or $40 or $100-$500 at the cause.  We’ll get ’em next time.  Sorry you only get a little blog post, and not some prize money in return.

Today’s blog post was brought to you by:

  • Scotty Altizer (25%) – We’ve been playing on the MD circuit together since the way-back days when I first got that Pentagon job.  Last I heard, he’s doing private-sector work over in Afghanistan.  Now, I guess I owe him a bunch of beers the next time I see him at the Greene Turtle.
  • Marcus aka @Swanny88 (10%) – Swanny’s been sweating my antics on twitter for the past year or so, even tried to get me into a PA game while I was home for the holidays.  He’s got a blog, too:
  • Walker (10%) – I’ve known this guy for a good for or five years now.  Back before we ever knew each other’s last name, he gave me and Nelly a ride home from AC, no questions asked.  Guess I gotta hop in the box at his $2/$5 NL game when I get back to Maryland.  Anybody looking for a seat?
  • Peter Secor (10%) – Met Peter down in Biloxi for MARGE 2008.  He gave me the nickname Travasaur.  I guess it was the way I dominated the TOC tournament down there with my incredibly LAGgy style?  Anyone familiar with ARGe events, esp BARGE, probably has met Peter at one time or another.
  • @BMoreBilly (5%) – “The Confucius of Baltimore.”  Ask him, he’ll tell ya I taught him everything he knows about dealing and running a poker game.  He may tell it to you under his breath, with a grumble from time to time, but doesn’t change the fact that he’s the man.
  • @Ohm2k (4%) – Christian has been throwing around chips and cards with us for years.  He’s always been the guy who was willing to travel so far to our games that he had to pay the Harbor Tunnel Toll to do so.  He got the ball rolling and was the first one to buy a piece of this tournament, thanx again!
  • @RavensFutbal (2%) – Brian’s always the first one to say, “Trav’s tweets make me want to take off from work and head to AC!”  Sorry I’m such a bad influence, sir.  Meh, not really.  Happy to entertain!  Thank you for the support.  Been playing with Brian for years now, he was always a bigger fan of the Limit games than the NL.  You’ll catch him playing the HORSE tourneys online all the time.
  • @SgtKyle (1%) – A bunch of people from @TwoPlusTwoForum got together and put Kyle into the 2009 WSOP ME.  I had a small piece, and he had us sweating real good.  Who the duck goes four days deep and DOES NOT cash?  Kyle, that’s who.  He repaid me handsomely with a deep run in a @HarrahsResort event during the WSOP-C, late last year, so I ain’t mad at him.  He’s a sick, sick man when it comes to online bankroll swings.  Makes me feel not so bad about my life decisions.  Thanx, boss!
  • @PrinceOrson (1%) – Stu recently went deep in the @BorgataPoker HOSE during the 2010 Winter Open.  I was there to tweet/sweat the hands leading up to bursting the bubble.  He also preferes limit mixed games over two-card chicken.  (h/t @TaoPauly)
  • @CynSKim/@UrbanAzian (1%) – Cynthia and her husband Ryan have been playing on the circuit for years.  I am a cocky and arrogant dealer, but I bow down and step aside when it comes to Ryan’s skills, speed, and experience.  Cynthia never hesitates to tell me when I need to go on a diet, or I look like I’ve been too broke to eat lately.  Thanks.
  • Don “Mighty Mouth” Plummer (1%) – I knew Mighty Mouth back when I was a hasher in OKC and Wichita Falls, TX.  He’s easily my biggest fan on facebook.  He doesn’t know it yet, but he owes me $20.  Thanks for the support.

Thanks for reading!

8-Game Registration

Alt-Head: Don't Try This At Home

Less than 96 hours ago, @AlCantHang, @CaityCaity, and @BMoreBilly were at the Turtle for some drinks on a Saturday night.  I can’t remember if I was indirectly or directly invited, but after a few txt msgs were sent, I went.  The catch: I had to free-load.  I had $5 in my pocket.  That’s not even the worst part.  My bank acct was less than happy, and I had a few dollars here… that needed to go over there.

On top of being broker than broke, I had this e-mail in my inbox speaking of trips across the country that had already been paid for.  Well, crazier things have happened.  Already paid for it, why cancel the trip, right?  I showed up to deal a Pot-Limit Dealer’s Choice game on Sunday, little after noon.

Not long into the sit-around stage of putting a game together, I’m told that I might be required to play, looks like we might be short.  ‘Sallright, I’ll get @UrbanAzian to come deal.  No sooner is he on his way than I’m told it looks like the game will be full.

So, wait a minute?  The broke guy now won’t even be making a few dollars in tips tonight?  #ColdDeck  No one was surprised when the hostess got stuck a few buy-ins.  She got up after the 10th player arrived, sat back down after we lost one.  Few lucky hands later, she had her buy-ins back, and had doubled-through for a hearty profit.  Seat opens.  She and some of the other players practically beg me to sit in the game.

The game in question is $0.50/$0.50/$1 Pot-Limit.  We’re playing Hold ‘Em, Omaha, and Omaha/8.  There’s a $2 straddle rock in play.  Avg buy-in is $100, one player came in for $300 right away (and more later).  Not sure if you now this about me, but I #LessThanThree PLO/8.  Especially in a rotation/mixed game where half the players are god-awful clueless.

Pot-Limit Good Times

Just shy of $2K in front in a $0.50/$0.50/$1 Pot-Limit Game

I was playing two $0.25 Sit-N-Go’s on @PokerStars at the time.  It was my last $0.50 in the acct after some disgusting downswings and bubbles in tournaments that day.  I still just had $5 in my pocket.  The Hostess talked me into it with stories of “pay me later.”

Aight Mother Duckers, don’t say I didn’t warn you.  When she/they were begging me to play, I said, “Remember this moment.”  To make a long story short, I bought in for $200, twice.  To the right, is a little less than what I ended up cashing out for.

Game broke, I threw a ton of cash into my bank acct, put that here money over there, and still had a good 18 hours before my flight was leaving for Los Angeles.  This tournament might actually happen for me now.  Before the nice hit in the game, I was wondering if I was gonna be able to get lunch, let alone a buy-in.

I was close to the $1,065 Buy-In for the @LAPokerClassic 8-Game tournament, but not quite there.  I put out the previous blog post, sent out some txt msgs, and tweeted a bit, next thing ya know, I’ve sold 21% of my action.

I’d be lying if I said I went straight to the tournament desk and reg’d as soon as I arrived at @CommerceCasino.  I sat $200 NL.  The blinds are $3/$5, the stacks never get very deep, it’s tough to play great poker.  Up until a few hours ago, I loathed the game with a passion.

First buy-in didn’t go so well.  Had pair and flush draw crumble vs turned two-pair, then had OESD/FD run into a set and a better frush draw.  Was still live to about four outs going to the river… the set boated.  #Rebuy

Commerce $200 NL

$3/$5 Blinds, what the Commerce calls "$200 NL"

Won a couple hands, played some good poker, then got sneaky sneaky raising from the c/o pf, larger than normal.  SIX players to the frop.  We all check to the button, she bets $30 into $120.  Folds around to the Hi-Jack on my right.  He calls.  I close the action if I want, getting over 6:1 on a call.  I knew what the turn card was gonna be before I call.  I had it all worked out in my head.

Board reads Qh8d3h Ks

Hi-Jack checks.  I bet $210 after a little deliberation, I’ve got about $200-$275 behind.  Cut-off has maybe $300, HiJ has me covered.

Fold, Fold.

Never looked back after that hand.  Wasn’t long before a guy had KK and made it 2.6xBB pre-flop, then wondered why he lost a $1300+ pot to QJo, on a QJ5r board.  Then a guy has 77, goes ape-shit with it out of the SB, and I take his $200+ stack by limping TT and just calling his pf raise.  I honestly considered a fold on 9c6d5c flop, TT ran into QQ+ too many times last week.  Then, I remembered where I was.  Worst case, he hsa me beat and/or gets there, I quit w/ my buy-in and some spare change.  After he pots it on the flop, I take a long time, shove, he snap-calls.  I hold.

86o in the BB.  Cut-off limps Kings.  975dd flop.  Send it.

Ad2d in the BB.  Limped flop is 5c4d3c.  Short stack raises me when I lead at the flop.  Send it.

This game is easy.  I quit the game w/ my tournament paid for, and part of the hotel/plane, and now I’m ready for a good night’s sleep.  Feel free to txt/DM if you still want a piece of the tournament.  22% sold so far.