July 15, 2010

Why Didn't I Record That?!!

Just played some Rush Poker for about 25 minutes, since that's just about all I can stand in one sitting and that shit was bananas.

First off a quick wave to bellatrix who I met at the tables and I've got to get this off my chest "DAMMIT BELLA I HAD TRIPS!!! HOW DARE YOU FOLD!!!" :)

So i settled into the usual Rush Poker tomfoolery although it seems that 6-max, as usual, has the major ability to bring the tard out in people....observe:

Full Tilt Poker $1.00/$2 Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 803597
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Pre Flop: (1.5 SB) Hero is MP with 5 of hearts 5 of clubs
UTG calls, Hero raises, CO 3-bets, 2 folds, BB caps!, 1 fold, Hero calls, CO calls

Flop: (13.5 SB) 4 of spades K of spades 4 of hearts (3 players)
BB bets, Hero raises, CO 3-bets, BB folds, Hero calls

Turn: (10.25 BB) T of hearts (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets, Hero calls

River: (12.25 BB) 3 of spades (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets, Hero calls

Final Pot: 14.25 BB
Hero shows 5 of hearts 5 of clubs
CO shows 5 of diamonds A of spades
Hero wins 13.75 BB
(Rake: $1.00)

Yeah in this case it bought it out in me a little and then the CO a shitload.  I mean I suppose I could pass it off as the fact that I knew the CO was a maniac and thus 3-bet pushing out all the non-K hands the BB has but let's be honest shall we (I do think there's a chance he folded better tbh and it may have been a SICK play if I meant it but I'm being honest here, I screwed up)

Then there are your standard utterly retarded "Peel and get there" maneuvers

Full Tilt Poker $1.00/$2 Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 803599
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Pre Flop: (1.5 SB) Hero is UTG with A of clubs K of spades
Hero raises, 1 fold, CO calls, 2 folds, BB calls

Flop: (6.5 SB) T of hearts 4 of diamonds 3 of spades (3 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, CO calls, BB folds

Turn: (4.25 BB) 5 of diamonds (2 players)
Hero bets, CO calls

River: (6.25 BB) A of hearts (2 players)
Hero bets, CO raises, Hero calls

Final Pot: 10.25 BB
CO shows Q of diamonds 2 of diamonds
Hero mucks A of clubs K of spades
CO wins 9.75 BB
(Rake: $1.00)

I actually put him more on A-High which is why i snap called but I guess not.

To the utterly bizarre and somewhat terrifying....

Full Tilt Poker $1.00/$2 Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 803602
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Pre Flop: (1.5 SB) Hero is MP with K of spades Q of hearts
UTG calls, Hero raises, 2 folds, SB calls, 1 fold, UTG calls

Flop: (7 SB) 2 of spades Q of clubs 4 of hearts (3 players)
SB checks, UTG bets, Hero calls, SB raises, UTG calls, Hero 3-bets, SB caps!, UTG folds, Hero calls

Turn: (8.5 BB) 3 of diamonds (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets, SB calls

River: (10.5 BB) 8 of clubs (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets, SB calls

Final Pot: 12.5 BB
SB shows A of spades Q of spades
Hero shows K of spades Q of hearts
SB wins 12 BB
(Rake: $1.00)

The call on the flop I'm not sure about but since the donker had taken the lead I felt fine peeling here and going for a turn raise but in hindsight I'm not so sure, maybe just spew there and then.  Either way it probably plays out the same-ish.  But x/c??? Jeez.

This was just magnificent...this entire hand should be re-named "Don't try and balance preflop when you compensate by making bad plays post-flop"

Full Tilt Poker $1.00/$2 Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 803607
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Pre Flop: (1.5 SB) Hero is BTN with A of clubs J of clubs
3 folds, Hero raises, 1 fold, BB calls

Flop: (4.5 SB) A of spades 3 of clubs A of diamonds (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB calls

Turn: (3.25 BB) 8 of hearts (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB raises, Hero 3-bets, BB calls

River: (9.25 BB) Q of diamonds (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets, BB calls

Final Pot: 11.25 BB
Hero shows A of clubs J of clubs
BB mucks K of clubs K of spades
Hero wins 10.75 BB
(Rake: $1.00)

FWIW I think wiating until the river may be a good line here but in real time I figured this is exactly how pretty much everyone plays Ax.  Didn't realise he'd be doing that.  Meh, know better next time.

Sadly I didn't run too well in this session and ended up down 1BB. :(

Wish I'd have recorded it though, live commentary would have been priceless, and even after the fact may have been good, I think I may have to put some hands in the replayer at some point :)

Have Fun Guys


Posted By Boomer at 06:43 PM


Tags: RTR

July 13, 2010

Why is it..

...that when you leave something for a while and then come back to it you're randomly better, at least at first.

I haven't played Guitar Hero in about a month.  I decide to fire it up at random tonight, got my first score over 300k (I'm playing on Medium btw) on "One", I beat my previous best score on "Stricken" by 50,000 points and I 100% Cliffs of Dover....I couldn't do that before, why can I do it now???

I am going to ponder this and other such mysteries such as why I can't just stop coughing for 30 minutes and make a friggin video on my evening walk


Posted By Boomer at 06:54 PM


July 12, 2010

Go Away Stupid Summer Cold!!!

I've STILL got this stupid summer cold at least on my chest, I've tried commentating 3 times now and erupted into a phlegmy coughing fit after 5-10 minutes on all occasions which made me stop the vid and now I have to play this stupid Rush Poker for some bonus....


That said I will have something up soon hopefully and my 2nd vid will be Rush Poker but I'm NOT going to commentate on Rush Poker live.  I'm just not, that's insane talk.

Once I've had some tea I'll contemplate making another attempt, if not I'll record the action and go back over it but I'd rather have the first vid be live if I can.

Oh the RTR has started out ok, I'm 50BB up over the weekend...nice start imo.  Of course if I'm going to be playing Rush Poker anything could happen...it does get the adrenaline flowing I'll give it that.  I know for a fact Pygmyhero hates it though and I'm pretty sure he's not the only one and I can undersatnd why...that said given my HUD is a monumental failure at Rush Tables it's actually giving me a lot of practice on developing reads....of course the note taking feature didn't work either...Dammit FT and your software updates!!! 

Oh and speaking of Tilt:

Full Tilt Poker $1/$2 Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 799773
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Pre Flop: (1.5 SB) Hero is CO with 9 of hearts 9 of clubs
2 folds, Hero raises, BTN 3-bets, 2 folds, Hero calls

Flop: (7.5 SB) 9 of diamonds 3 of hearts K of spades (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets, Hero raises, BTN calls

Turn: (5.75 BB) Q of hearts (2 players)
Hero bets, BTN raises, Hero 3-bets, BTN caps!, Hero calls

River: (13.75 BB) 8 of spades (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets, Hero calls

Final Pot: 15.75 BB
Hero mucks 9 of hearts 9 of clubs
BTN shows Q of spades Q of clubs (three of a kind, Queens)
BTN wins 15.25 BB
(Rake: $1.00)

Boomer does not see the funny side....

Actually I did but I thought that even in the world of Rush Poker, suck and re-suck cannot be avoided.  I'm pretty sure my turn 3-bet is good though, after the cap...well whaddya gonna do?

Interesting fact about the 6-max Rush Poker I just played.  I won 19 hands that saw the flop in the 150 or so I played.  I won 13 of them on the flop for a single bet...fit./fold much?  Might be worth exploring.

Posted By Boomer at 07:03 PM


Tags: RTR

July 10, 2010

Sigh, 0 eps in and already problems

I forgot I was working with the world's slowest PC and most overgrown garden that I'd have to help fix.

It'll be up tomorrow k?

On the garden front we literally have 52 lettuce now...we kinda went overboard.

We also have:

Pak Choi, Butternut Squash, Cuecumber, Courgette (Lysistrata can tell you the American translation), Tomatoes (Shitloads), Basil, Thyme, Margeram, Sage, Onions, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrots, Parsnips, Sprouts, Radish, Peppers, Mint, Peas, Sugarsnap Peas, Broad Bean, French Bean....


Posted By Boomer at 08:43 PM


July 08, 2010

I missed this...

140 hands back at the tables....already been called a donk multiple times :)

To be fair the games at FT were pretty bad unless you were hunting TAGFish and I think I'm pretty good at that for the most part but I'd prefer outright fish.  Funninly enough the FR game I started turned into a complete fish-fest but the 6-max games were a bit....not so good.  Either way started fine, nice warm up and good practice for my little vid.

I did do a lot of checking back the turn, I wonder...I think it may be something to explore as now everyone raises the turn so occasionally checking back the turn with slightly higher frequency might be good...this requires some thinking :)

Catch you later guys, Boomer

Posted By Boomer at 08:27 PM


Tags: RTR

July 07, 2010

The Truth is Often found in the Funny...

Yes Minister was a program on British TV over 30 years ago.  A satire based on the British Government Workings and the Civil Service.  It's taken on Legendary status in the UK, a lot of which falls on the shoulders of the actors who player their parts perfectly.  Now yes some of the skits were probably OTT but if you look in there's a lot of hidden truth. It's also probably one of the reasons I like Dilbert.  Comedy is often closer to the truth than you think.

1) Why Opinion Polls are Pretty Much Worthless

2) Why Consciences Are Not For Those in Government

3) Why Government Will Never Be Completely Democratic Especially At Local Level

4) The Banking Crisis...Known About 30 years Ago

No Wonder Maggie Thatcher thought it was good.  She believed it to be close to the reality she had to go through.

Anyway moving on...

I'm now back at the tables after a long break and a lot has happened.  What I'm going to do to get back into the groove and because I think it'll give you blog readers something to watch/laugh about I'll be recording videos weekly and posting them in the Member Vid section.  I'm doing this for a few reasons, some selfish, others not

1) I'm out of practice and would love to get some feedback.  I have worked on theory but theory and practice are two different things

2) As has been mentioned it's been a while since there was any low limit LHE stuff so, as bad as it may be, it may at least be entertaining for guys to watch.

3) So I can catch my real time thought processes and analyse them

4) It'll be fun....I'll even make intros....

You don't believe me on the intros do you??

Yes, very tongue in cheek but I enjoy making vids...that's why I have 120 on Youtube....jeez that took a lot of time (The 120, not the Intro).  by the Way extra Brownie Points if you recognise that music without cheating.

This is the 2nd attempt to get this RTR:Boomer off the ground.  I'll be starting on Full Tilt with about $1200.  Since I can't reload currently, that may change soon but currently I'm being careful, I'll be a little nittier than normal on Bankroll management (i.e. shot taking at 400BB for new level rather than the 300 I'd initially planned).

First vid...due Saturday if you didn't watch the intro for the first ep (grrrr), I'll be playing 1/2 6-max.  I have signed up for the Rush promo too so I think the 2nd vid will probably be Rush of some form.  Even if I move up, or hit the BR limit to move up, I may still record a couple of lower limit vids if the feedback is good, or I feel like I'm playing like a retard, either is fine.

So wish me luck, if you don't want to that's fine too but I'd appreciate it, and hope to get some of your feedback.

Take Care Guys, Boomer


Posted By Boomer at 07:09 PM


Tags: RTR Yes Minister

July 04, 2010

Happy 4th of July to the US

That is all

Posted By Boomer at 09:05 AM


July 03, 2010

Busy Month

I noticed in June I made about 1/3rd as many blog posts as I did in the enitrety of 2009.  Obviously I didn't start my blog in January 2009 but that kind of shows what effect the World Cup and a great holiday has on me.


I logged onto Full Tilt last night to discover I only had a week of bonus time left.  Since I came back from the US my life has been going at 100mph, except the week when I had Grade A man flu (Still have a plegmy cough) and felt more like just curling up in a ball that doing anything.

I wish I could be more forthcoming about the changes that have happened but I hope that readers will understand I don't really want my current thought process with my personal long term goals on a public forum at the moment.  I hope I'll be able to have some news soon but currently I'm going to keep tight lipped.

I have managed to finish a couple of personal projects such as one, what will probably be, last video walkthrough for GameAnyone and I've managed to finally recover from that shambolic mullering England got handed out by Germany.  Good luck to the Germans today by the way, the way they played us off the park it should be a great game vs the Argentinians.

Poker-wise things have been very slow.  Most of my poker buddies are either in Vegas or otherwise engaged so being on UK time means it's been a bit of quiet time recently.  I logged into Full Tilt last night and discovered that I only have about a week of bonus time left so I'll be cranking up the volume in the next week or so now I'm through month end at work.  After that, I don't know, we'll see how the bankroll situation is although I do have plans once it hits the $2-2.5k point. (Currently at about $1500 after a metric shitton of cashouts and not much play).  I'll probably do the Rush Poker promotion as well, I don't mind Rush poker, it's a quick way to get hands in and that's about it.

Hopefully July is the point when I start turning things round and can really look towards the future because for the past 9 years all I've done is look back in anger or look at the present/near future with trepidation.  Maybe I can change that now.

Speaking of not looking Back in Anger...if you're not a fan of Oasis, here's 100,000 people who would like to respectfully disagree :)

(Alright a ton are probably Mancs so it won't be THAT respectful)

Take Care Guys



Posted By Boomer at 11:22 AM


June 27, 2010

Full Time - Gernamy 4-1 England

Well I actually wish I was on here complainign about the goal that was, but wasn't.

Sadly we were out-matched, out-played and out-thought.  I actually want to say it was men vs boys....old men vs boys who were far better.  Kinda like how the day when the kids grow up and beat their dads.

So what went wrong.  Well everything I mentioned.

1) Milner/Johnson.

Milner got in one cross of any menace.  Johnson was woeful, no threat going forward and got skinned mercilessly.

2) Rooney

Did he play? He had a couple of moments of menace but nothing I saw

3) Barry

Fuck me he was dreadful.  Gave it away a shitton, lost Ozel on every occasion (see 3 minutes in). 

4) Terry/Upson

See the First goal....and the 2nd and 3rd and 4th.  Old, no speed and passsed it at this level.

5) The Referee


That plus the fact Gerrard never got the ball.  Ozel plays in the free role for Germany.  Why does Gerrard not play this role for England??? Why is he stuck on the left where he's NOT a Left Midfielder?!!

Frank Lampard was the only player with any credit imo.  He hit the bar twice including a blatant goal and a couple of decent shots but when he's your 2nd best player behind your keeper, that shows everything.

Congratulations to Germany though, you can only beat what's in front of you and they buried us without mercy and it'll be interesting to see how far they go.  Good Luck for the rest of the World Cup.. At least I can relax now I guess.

As for the aftermath, we have to wait and see.

Posted By Boomer at 03:50 PM


June 27, 2010

Half Time - Germany 2-1 England

Well it's a great game...

But another big decisions vs England in a major championships.

Argentina in 1986 and 1998, Potgual in 2004 and now this...

That shot from Lampard could only had been further in if it touches the NET!!  And before anyone mentions 1966 it took 25 years for anyone to conclusively say that the whole ball wasn't over the line (most of it was)...that took 25 milliseconds.

Trying to regain my cool a bit England do deserve to be behind.  Germany have been by far the better team.

Barry has been a shambles, Ozil has been allowed incredible space, nobody is tracking, it's awful.  Upson has been a shambles at the back, Johnson hasn't had a good touch yet.  Disaster.

The only upside might be that england will now be so wound up that Germany are going to be under seige in the 2nd half if they have any pride.  This is going to be something

Posted By Boomer at 02:52 PM


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