Friday, November 18, 2011

Red Spade Open This Sunday!

The Red Spade Open is this Sunday, click on the above picture for the full details. The short of it is that the tourney is a $55 buy-in with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool as well as a $200,000 guarantee for first place. Additionally, there will be a $100 bounty on the head of all Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online members (including myself of course) so that's definitely some added value! It's going to be a lot of fun so hopefully some of you guys land on my table and we can win some money.

Poker has continued to go steady for me this month-steady in a bad way, that is. Still runnin' cold but have managed to keep my head afloat and stay in the black, although I've essentially been breaking even before rakeback. Graph of this month:

As you can see, I'm still running way below EV (almost all of this is 100nl) so I'm not too bothered by the results and I think that I'm playing pretty well within this breakeven stretch. Here are 3 hands from my session today that won't even be counted towards my EV discrepancy. All hands were against the same villain (random playing 41/22)...this fish was on fire.

1.Poker Stars $100.00 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players
MP2: $130.00
CO: $101.50
BTN: $100.00
SB: $45.25
Hero (BB): $158.65
UTG: $137.00
UTG+1: $152.00
MP1: $47.95

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with Q of hearts A of clubs
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $3, 3 folds, BTN calls $3, 1 fold, Hero raises to $13.50, 1 fold, BTN calls $10.50

Flop: ($30.50) A of spades T of hearts Q of spades (2 players)
Hero bets $20.00, BTN raises to $86.50, Hero calls $66.50

Turn: ($203.50) 2 of spades (2 players)

River: ($203.50) 4 of diamonds (2 players)

Final Pot: $203.50
BTN shows 4 of spades 3 of spades
Hero shows Q of hearts A of clubs
BTN wins $201.50
(Rake: $2.00)

2.Poker Stars $100.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players
MP2: $130.00
CO: $100.00
BTN: $187.25
SB: $47.40
Hero (BB): $114.20
UTG: $137.00
UTG+1: $147.50
UTG+2: $55.70
MP1: $106.65

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with A of clubs K of clubs
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $3, 4 folds, BTN raises to $7.50, 1 fold, Hero raises to $21, 1 fold, BTN calls $13.50

Flop: ($45.50) A of spades J of clubs 8 of spades (2 players)
Hero bets $28.50, BTN raises to $166.25, Hero calls $64.70 all in

Turn: ($231.90) 3 of spades (2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($231.90) J of spades (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $231.90
BTN shows T of spades Q of spades
Hero shows A of clubs K of clubs
BTN wins $229.90
(Rake: $2.00)

3.Poker Stars $100.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players
UTG+1: $100.00
UTG+2: $100.00
MP1: $388.25
MP2: $117.50
Hero (CO): $100.00
BTN: $136.90
SB: $142.00
BB: $58.45
UTG: $118.30

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is CO with 4 of diamonds 4 of hearts
UTG raises to $3.50, 2 folds, MP1 calls $3.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $3.50, BTN calls $3.50, SB calls $3, BB calls $2.50

Flop: ($21.00) T of diamonds 4 of spades J of spades (6 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets $14.00, BTN folds, SB folds, BB calls $14, UTG folds, MP1 calls $14

Turn: ($63.00) 8 of diamonds (3 players)
BB checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets $41.50, BB calls $40.95 all in, MP1 calls $41.50

River: ($186.95) 6 of clubs (3 players - 1 is all in)
MP1 bets $329.25, Hero calls $41 all in

Final Pot: $268.95
MP1 shows 7 of spades 5 of spades
Hero shows 4 of diamonds 4 of hearts
BB shows K of spades J of diamonds
MP1 wins $183.85
(Rake: $2.00)

It didn't help my cause that this was at a Euro table too lol. The first two hands were kinda tilting because his pre-flop play is laughable...the last hand is mostly tilting because I was cheering when both villains called the turn and the river bricked a non-spade...of course he had the last laugh with his straight.

My volume has been ok this month...I've been playing a few hours everyday but my days have been cut short most of the time because my roommate and I have been going out a lot. We're both living very similar lifestyles right now (he's a pro athlete) so neither one of us feels bad about waking up at 11am and not having to be anywhere. We usually make some breakfast, play some Madden 12, then he goes off to the gym and I play poker for a few hours and meet up again later. I think we've come home at 3am on Tuesday and Wednesday this week so it's obviously quite an abnormal lifestyle compared to most of my peers. We haven't been going out and getting trashed or anything...just taking it easy actually. One of the nights we went to this hipster/jazz bar that I never knew existed but was pleasantly surprised. They had a live band and you could order some games to play with at the table...we had a couple other people with us so we ask for Jenga. They also had a life-sized Jenga game set up in this dungeon-like room in the back of the bar that we had access to. Mark had the genius idea that the loser had to take a shot of whatever the winners decided to give them...of course he ended up losing and had to take a prairie fire (tequila and Tabasco sauce) :)

I also went over to Victoria for Remembrance Day Long Weekend with my friends Ben and Iain. The voyage over there was pretty epic actually. We were trying to catch the 3pm ferry but upon arriving at the terminal we had a bunch of people waving us towards the exit yelling "everything's cancelled!" due to hurricane like winds. The wind was as crazy as I've ever seen it...sea water was actually blowing onto the highway coating Ben's car with salt. We didn't really know what to do at this point but decided to head into Tsawwassen and hang out at my friend Jarnael's house and waited to see if the wind died down at all. Iain was already there and around 4pm I called the ferry terminal and got word that a boat would likely sail at 5pm. Jarn offered to drive us down there again since there would be no way of getting on with a car (lineup was too backed up due to previous cancellations) so we headed down there to scope out the line. Upon arrival, we got stuck in a traffic line that was backed up about a mile away from the terminal and there was no way around it to the drop-off zone. Traffic was at a standstill so the three of us decided that our best move would be to jump out of the car and walk along the shoulder of the highway to the terminal. At first, this seemed like a genius idea as we started passing a lot of cars while speed walking towards the terminal. Unfortunately, the terminal was a lot further away than it looked lol and traffic started to move shortly after we exited the vehicle and soon enough every car that we walked by had passed us back. At this point, it was getting very close to 5pm so we started jogging to make the ferry. Ben had 2 bags, I had a small suitcase and Iain was in cowboy boots so together I'm sure the three of us were the laughing stock of the highway as we ran to make the boat. In dramatic fashion, we arrived right at 5 o'clock, printed out tickets and ran towards the docking bay. There was a huge herd gathered to get on the boat but we scraped on as the last few passengers and made it on board. The trip had all the makings of an epic weekend.

I had a great time, but the weekend turned out to be far from epic. On Friday, we watched the Canucks game and then met up with some more people to do a bit of a bar hop for the rest of the night. I don't know if it was the hour or the locations that we picked (or a combination of both) but there seemed to be an older crowd everywhere we went. We threw some shapes on the dance floor with some MILFs but then called it a night.

The crowd was much better on Saturday when we went to a club, although I was just with Ben and 2 chicks that I didn't really know. In my limited experience with clubbing in Victoria, the girls get aggressive! Last time I went clubbing there a girl asked me if "I was hers for the rest of the night" after dancing with her for 5 minutes and this time some wasted girl approached me, pushed her tits against me and told me to grab her ass. At first I thought that her friends must have put her up to something so I just kind of stood and didn't grab anything...the next thing I know she starts unbuttoning my shirt (well, Iain's shirt that I borrowed actually!) and asks me to grab her tits. At this point I'm thinking that this is ridiculous but she did have pretty nice tits so whatever, I grabbed them. Now she has my shirt completely off and is grinding my leg and I'm thinking to myself that I don't want to have sex with this walking STI so I did what any good friend would do and told her to go talk to my "millionaire" friend Ben and ran away. The rest of my time in the club was kind of spoiled after that point since Ben and I tried to avoid this train wreck the best that we could and eventually just left alone. Couple pics of Ben's place and Iain's shirt:

One last thing. If you haven't checked out Talonchick's short film yet, go take a look! It's a good video on how to balance a "real" job and still play poker for additional benefits. It's done by the same guys that made "I am Nanonoko" and my film as well (which should be released in the near future). Catch Talonchick's vid here:

Alright, I'm off to the gym and then heading downtown tonight. Hope you all have a good weekend. Take it easy!

gl at the tables!


  1. any word when your video coming out?

  2. I haven't heard anything official...there was talk about Talonchick's vid coming out at the beginning of October and then mine in November but obviously things have been delayed a bit. I would assume it'll be the next Team Online video to roll out but I'm not too sure when that'll be...I'd guess a month or two. I'll keep you guys posted when I hear more.