WSOPoker Day 25, Event #40, $1500 Mixed HE

And a WTF?!? by Harrah’s I was super excited for this event. I got there at 4:45 to register and the lines were long. I didn’t get to take my seat in the hot, scary ass (wind) pavilion until 5:10. I first saw Shannon Elizabeth at my table, and we had a good laugh about how we’re dead money blah blah blah. Then as I was sitting down I noticed James Van Alstyne to my immediate right. “Hi James!” We caught up a little. Then I noticed Eric Froelich to his immediate right. Nice table draw. NOT. I counted my chips, 2975, as I had just missed my big blind and was currently being dealt into my small blind. That was the most chips I would ever see. We saw a free flop, I held the Q7, it came Queen high, I bet, got popped, and I folded. Next hand I saw a flop with the A4, and I lost that hand too. Next hand James opened to 75, I made it 250 in the cutoff with AJ, and he called after some thought. The flop came AKx all rainbow. He checked, I bet 350, he made it 1k, and I insta-called. I made a mistake here by not being aware of his stack. This c/r left him with 850. I should have either moved him in or mucked it IMHO, probably mucking. Anyways, the turn was a T, and James checked. Weird. I’ll take the freebie to the nuts. River a 9, and he put the rest of his chips in. I can’t beat anything at this point except Ax or a bluff, and decided to throw the hand away. Always feels good playing a hand bad pre-flop, on the flop, and on the turn. At least did something right on one street! LOL. I then managed to never get my stack back above 2k and was busto 15 minutes before the first break.

From there I met Kenna, Lupo, Lara, Angie, and Joy at “Money Plays” to play some more shuffleboard and other shenanigans. Towards the end of the night my friend Thomas wandered in by himself. He has been a dealer at the Wynn for as long as I can remember, and has been working the WSOP full time this summer to raise some additional money for his wife and child. Thomas has always been a fantastic dealer, and is THE best dealer that I have had this year at the series. He’s dealt to me two downs and the table was always impressed.

So last night he says to me, “I just got fired.” The reason: He couldn’t work overtime. His shift had just ended and the D/C asked him to stay on longer and work overtime. He said he can’t becuase he works at the Wynn in 90 minutes and wants to get some food. They then say, “You’re fired.” He said that they have been needing a ton of dealers to work doubles because many dealers have been calling in for whatever reason. He was upset because he himself could have called in and not been fired, but since he wouldn’t work overtime he got fired. This was about an hour before he had to be at the Wynn to deal all night.

I’m not sure what to say about that. I specifically asked him what the rest of the story is, because that just sounds too out there to be all the truth. I asked him if there was any history between him and the D/C, etc, etc… He said that the only thing was that he called in one time himself.

Today is cash games day, tomorrow is the $2k LHE, and wed is the $2k O8. Wheeee!

Peace and good luck,

Devo

WSOPoker Day 23, 24, Event 37 $2k PLHE & 38 $1500 NLHE

Spinning the tires in the mud I never had a chance in the tournaments and there really isn’t anything I could have done with either of them.

The $2k PLHE started off with me being very active and actually getting some very good hands, but this got players to call me down with marginal holdings and then caught on me every one of em. I was busto by the first break. I then went to play some cash at the Bellagio and ended up winning $1100 playing 10-20 NL. From there Jason, Jen, Lara, and myself went to this mediterranean joint to have dinner and smoke some hookah, and that degenerated to shuffleboard and pool at the bar, then everybody left and I found myself drinking a beer with Maria Ho, Nick Shulman, Joe Cassidy, Jen Harmon, and several other people at the Bellagio sports book bar. Maria and I headed to the Rio to buy in for the 1500 event, and I needed to spend some time to sober up, so we did that by playing 50-100 Stud 8/Omaha 8. Maria and I lost $1100 each.

I made it in time to get the cards in the air for the $1500 event, and pretty much the same thing happened. At one point somebody asked me, “Why do you bluff so much?!?” I then explained to them that “It’s not my fault I never get any good hands. I have to be creative to win my chips!” I had the greatest image ever, but they broke the game before I could actually make a hand. From there I busted two short stacks in the 100-200 level, lost a pot, and pushed over a bettor with QJ on a JTx flop, got called by the bettor with KQ, and gg me.

I then left there to play some cash at the Wynn. I played 5-10 NL, flopped quads twice, had action on the flop and turn both times, and still ended up losing $275 without ever playing a big pot. I then left to meet Kenna for some shuffleboard, met some buddies in from LA, then headed to Capo’s for some grub. We were joined by Lara, Dutch, and Lupo for dinner. Had great times, headed home, and then me and my LA buddies went out on the lake for a while. Woke up today, bout to eat, and playing the $1500 Mixed Hold’em event at 5pm.

Peace and good luck,

Devo

WSOPoker Day 22 – Event #34 $3k LHE, My end of day 2.

falojopeijnaefoankmdoaifjaopfmeaokfnaofmnasodkfmaoe What a day.

I learned something in the first twenty seconds I was awake today. When you set your alarm clock, make sure that you set it for the correct half of the day. For example, if you set your alarm for 2:30 for a tournament that starts at 4pm, make sure that you set the alarm for 230pm, not am. I realized this at 4:09 pm as my already short stack was probably being blinded off. AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGHHH!

On the way in I decided that this was a good thing. I was missing all the hands that were supposed to bust me. I arrived in my chair at 4:38pm, good for the fastest time ever completing the following tasks:

1) Wake up, realize you’re an idiot.
2) Put on clothes, unsure if they’re clean or not.
3) Uninate.
4) Find all things that belong in pockets.
5) Get in car, drive 20 miles to strip, make it through traffic due to accident, traffic due to too many people on the freeway, and traffic due to too many people on the streets.
6) Run across Rio parking lot and break massive sweat.
7) Run down unnecessairly long hallways to WSOP room.
8) Sit in seat and make fun of self.

I folded several hands, and then played my BB, winning it on the turn. My 10,700 had dwindled to 8300 upon arrival, and now I was back to 11k. OK.

Then, Crazy Mike and I flipped some coins. I won both. Devo = +$100 net.

Then, I doubled with AA vs. Richard Brodie’s KK. 26k.

Then, I busted a guy when I flopped a set. 35k.

Then, I won some small pots. 40k.

Then, Crazy Mike and I flipped some more coins. I won both. Devo = +$300.

Then, I flopped the nuts with A 3 on a 2 4 6 flop in a battle of the blinds against Brodie once again. We capped the flop and he called me down. 55k.

I went into the first break with 52,500, good for 5th in chips, 63 players remaining.

Last week I went into the 1500-3000 level in the 5k LHE event fourth in chips, 60 remaining. I took 40th that day.

Today I took 42nd.

How in the hell do the wheels on the bus fall off that badly twice in ten days?

Nothing I could have done either.

The two hands that irked me the most were these:

Folded to me in the SB, I raise Brodie’s BB, he calls. I have 8 5 . Flop 9 5 2 . Bet, call. Turn 8 . Bet, call. River 7 . Check, check. I table my cards. “Oh, you have two pair? Wow. Nice hand. . . . . Oh…. I’m not trying to slowroll you, but I have a straight.” He tables 5 6 . I know he wasn’t trying to slowroll me obviously… he would’ve bet the river. But I still wanted to puke.

Very next hand I get AA on the button, I’m visibly upset from the previous hand, everybody folds, I raise, and the blinds fold.

Poker’s so stupid.

Those were the last chips I was awarded in event 34. :Sigh:. Ship the $200 last longer to Crazy Mike, and I profit $200 in prop-betting for the tourney (I won another $100 in flips shortly before I busted).

In other news, I may be looking for a backer for the rest of the series. If you’re interested, please let me know.

Tomorrow is the $2k PLHE at noon. I [invalid card] pot-limit.

Peace and good luck,

Devo

WSOPoker Day 19, 20, & 21 – Event #34, $3k LHE – End of Day One

nother Day Two… … have made I.

Other than that, meh. 10,700 in chips, 16k is the average, coming back tomorrow at the 8-16 level, and pretty much, I’m gonna have to get some hands. Unfortunately I will be unable to play the kind of LHE that I like to play, but such is the structure of limit tournaments that Harrah’s has devised.

Lemme go on a rant about that for a moment. In all the limit events the blinds are starting at 25-50, and then 50-75 for level two. NL events go 25-50 then 50-100. If you know anything about poker, this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Furthermore, playing 50-100 with a 6k or 10k stack really doesn’t matter at all. Why not start at 50-100 and add in the key levels that they take out down the road like 500-1000, 1200-2400, 2500-5000, 5k-10k, etc, etc. These structures are really retarded because we have a ton of play that doesn’t matter at all in limit in the beginning and then zero play when the play actually matters.

OK. Rant over.

Fun things today: I found myself sitting with “CrazyMike”, AKA MrGatorade on 2+2. Guy’s hilarious, but annoyed plenty of people. Course, I’m nuts too, and thought it was great.

We made plenty of prop best throughout the night.

Coinflips for $100:

Round 1: Devo
2: Mike
3: Devo
4: Devo
5: Mike
6: Mike
7: Mike
8: Devo
9: Mike
10: Mike
11: Mike

Mike = +$300

Over/Under on runners after day one: I set line at 100, he took under, Devo wins $100.

Mike = +$200

Devo proposes that he can ride a wheelchair in a full wheelie across the entire pavilion without coming out of wheelie position once without practice. I had to wear a helmet. Devo wins $100.

Mike =+$100

Outstanding bet: Devo/Mike $200 last-longer. I’ve got him edged in chips going into tomorrow, so…… it still doesn’t matter. It’s an effing crapshoot anyways.

In other news, I’ve taken up wakeboarding. I went out on the lake Tuesday and got up on a wakeboard for my 4th and 5th times of my life… and took the worst wipeout of my wakeboarding career. With the board perpendicular to the boat (oops) I was still holding onto the rope as I caught my front edge on the water. For those of you playing at home, my feet completely stopped while the rest of my body continued at 30 mph as I landed flat on the water. Ouch.

I’m getting old. My body still hurts after 24 hours.

Anyways, here’s to running good tomorrow.

Peace and good luck,

Devo

WSOPoker Day 17 & 18, events 27 & 28 NLHE

I suck at no-limit. Well, yesterday I wasn’t in the mood to write about my pathetic sojurn through the massive field of the WSOP 1500 NLHE events. I got donkey effed twice and could never recover. I lost the rest of my chips in the 150-300/25 level when I tried to squeeze the loosest guy on the table who opened for 875 and was called in two spots. I shoved all-in for 4850 total and was called in two spots… 77, and then A9s over-shove-all-in. I had J4. I can’t believe that didn’t hold up! What a bad beat! LOL…

Then today I found myself playing in the 3k NLHE event at a super juicy table. One guy was trying very hard to give his chips away and ended up building a huge stack. I ended level 2 with 6500, up 500 from our starting stack. Then on the second hand back I played a 7k pot with a guy holding top pair and a gutshot and me holding the nut straight. He turned trips and river double paired the board. Arg. I drifted all the way down to 1900 in the 100-200 level when I doubled up with AT on a Txx flop. I then picked up a couple of small pots. Then, holding JJ in the BB, blinds 100-200/25, it was limped three ways to me and I raised it an additional 1k. The guy giving his chips away called me. Flop J9x two clubs, I bet 1300, he shoves, I insta call, he has KQ no clubs. Up to 12k. Then, last hand before the break, I flop bottom set and bust another guy. Now we’re cruisin. Into the second break with 16k.

I bluffed a guy off a huge pot early on to bring my stack to 19,975, and I was feeling very good. The guy giving his chips away busted, and was replaced with a super large stack who had me covered. The first hand he was dealt he opened to 750 on the 150-300/25 level. Folded to me in the SB and I look down at AQo. I really don’t think he’s that strong at this point so I decide to take the pot down right there. I re-raise to 2500. He thinks for a long while and finally makes the call. I still don’t think he’s that strong, but – it looks like I need to hit a hand now. I have him on AK, maybe AQ, and any pair. Course – he could have anything, cause I have no history on this guy, but he just really didn’t look too happy to be calling.

Flop Q 7 5 . Nice. I lead for 3500. He thinks for a bit, counts out 3500, and then says, “All-in.”

Excuse me? I’ve got 13,400 left in my stack. This is normally a marginal fold due to the stack I was up against, but I was just really feeling that I needed to be calling there. So much of NLHE is feel and instinct, and at that point my instinct was telling me to call.

I need an instinct transplant. He had QQ. So, I got my huge stack into the middle as a 97.4% underdog. Nice.

So, oops, I donked off my huge stack, and I totally could have played that hand in so many different ways, but my instincts are usually right and they have taken me to where I am today. Can’t be right every time, eh?

Monday and Tuesday I’m off (lake), and then I’m back Wednesday for the $3k LHE event.

Peace and good luck,

Devo

WSOPoker Day 13, 14, 15, and 16 – Event #25 $2000 NLHE

Ahh, Vacation I returned to Las Vegas this morning from a three day, two night vacation to play the $2k NLHE event, and within two hours I was promptly returned to my vacation. LOL. I won the first hand of the day, opening to 125, getting called by the big blind, and taking down the pot on the flop.

Devo’s stack: 4150.

High point of the day. I would lose 40% of said stack with KK vs. an opponent who I’m confident held JT. The action went like this:

He open-limped in mid position, I raised to 200, both blinds folded and he called. Flop J9x, he checked, I bet 275, he called. Turn T – I could tell he hit that card. He bet 700 into me. Hmm, 1725 in the pot, 700 to call, I have 12 outs (2 K, 4 Q, 3 9, 3 x’s), I will definately get another bet out of him with half of those outs, plus perhaps I’m not spot on with my read. I called. River T, I could tell he liked that card, he bet 1500, and after much attempted speeching I finally folded.

Devo’s stack: 2400.

I bled down to 2000 into the 50-100 level, called a raise in position with Q T for 300, got called by the one player behind, and both blinds called. Flop K 8 9 , check around. Turn a blank, check around. River 7 , check, check, I decide to buy this pot for sale and bet 700, get called by the player behind me who held JxJ . Boy – I sure didn’t put him on that hand. Oops.

Now Devo’s ancy. A player opens for 300, his standard “I don’t have a very good hand” opening raise, I decide to stick my last 1k in the middle with 22 (I know… but I felt like I might have had at least a little fold equity), he calls with 55, flop TT2, turn T, and gg Devo.

Tomorrow is one of those monster fields $1500 NLHE events. I hope to not go bust after 13 hours without cashing like I did in the last one of these.

So vacation. Greatest thing ever. I spontaneously drove down to Laughlin with Lara and we spent 40 hours simply relaxing. I stuck one $20 bill into a machine while I was waiting outside the restroom. We went to the movies twice, got hour long massages, hung out at the pool, ate out several times, and simply relaxed. It was so refreshing and I believe is going to help me tons down the stretch here in the Series. It was the first time in my life that I have ever come back from a vacation not feeling like I need to go on vacation to recover from my previous vacation.

Hasta manana.

Peace and good luck,

Devo

WSOPoker Day 12, Event 18, $5k LHE Championship, My end of day 2.

Puuuuuuuuuuke. Ugh. I’m so disappointed right now.

I was more excited about this event than anything, and after the second level of day two everything was right on schedule. I had 60k in chips, was 4th in standing out of 61 remaining players, did a video interview, and then the wheels fell off and the Car Ramrod skid to a grinding halt.

First, I held Q J , opened for a raise, got 3 bet by the SB, the BB called, and I called. Flop T 8 7 . SB bet, BB called, I raised, SB called, BB 3 bet, I called, SB called. Turn x , check, bet, raise, fold, call. River 7 , BB bet, and I threw my cards in the muck. He showed TT. Sick. But – excellent laydown i made.

Then, Ian Johns opened for a raise, I 3 bet K J , the BB called, and Ian called. Flop QT6 one heart. BB check, Ian bets, I call, BB calls. Brick turn, check bet call call, brick river check bet fold fold Ian shows a set.

Then, my big blind, dead small, folds to Ian on the button he raises, I 3 ball 99, he 4 bets, and I check-call him down on the J4628 board. He shows JJ.

Then, I was card dead for many minutes. My stack dwindled from the 60k all the way to 25,500.

A player opens, I 3 bet KK, he calls. Flop 888, I bet, he calls. Turn A (sweet.) I bet, he raises, I fold. He shows an ace.

Down to 12.5k.

Missed a 15 outer, down to 500, lost it all with A4o UTG. So disappointing.

So, I’m taking tomorrow off and going to the lake. I just looked at the schedule and nothing really intrigues me until Friday. I may play a Bellagio event or something. Otherwise, back on the horse Friday for the 2k NLHE.

Peace and good luck,

Devo