december comes in like a…lion??

December 8, 2010 | 1:32 am | JCarver

Well, it’s been quite the ride the past few weeks.  There have been some changes and tweaks to the bets and lots to report (when was the last time I included actual pokerhands in a blog?).  I’ve really been getting into mixed games lately, and working really hard on breaking down hands and trying to improve.  I enjoy the challenge, even though I think I’m a dog in a lot of spots, it’s really cool to feel like every day I’m better than the day before.

That being said, I’ve never been berated in chat this much in my life.

The bets are going…well, ok.  I’m making some progress in the online cash game bet, and somehow negotiated an inclusion of mixed games below 150-300 (so it’s 5-10 through 30-60 NL/PLO and 150-300 limit games now).  Still got a ways to go there, though, and running 50K under EV is not helping.  Volume is progressing well – I have about 35000 hands played for the bet, about 15K more than last time, well on target for the 70K goal by the end of the year (and ~23K VPP from supernova!).

The bet that has both changed the most and resulted in the burst of crazy high stakes action is the online profit bet.  That bet no longer ends this month but at the end of March, obviously a huge change for me especially considering how far behind I was.  I can play any stakes or tournaments up to $500-$1000 limit games or $100-$200 NL/PLO.  Being so far behind, my plan was to play as high as I could and try to go on a heater to get it close vs my opponent, but now I don’t really have to (although I probably still will).

About a week ago, I had my biggest losing day so far in my career.  I didn’t even realize how much I lost until I quit, and I was never tilting or anything so I don’t feel badly about it.  I had expected this to happen at some point with the stakes that I’m playing, and at least I’m prepared for it now.  Years ago when I was “young” and had like 100K to my name I would occasionally not be able to help myself from playing some of the bigger 6-max games running.  Always seemed like a good idea at the time, but on three separate occasions I recall blasting off about a third to half of my bankroll.  Whoops.  Nobody ever accused me of having the best bankroll management (although I did manage to get unstuck one of those times!).

Here’s some big/cool hands from the last few weeks (I definitely made some mistakes in a few of these, and the stud/razz isn’t really too interesting but I have no way to sort through them so I included two decent sized pots for variety’s sake).  More to come soon – and this saturday’s UFC might actually get some sportsbetting attention in a later post this week.

Full Tilt Poker Game #25940042962: Table Hawk Valley (6 max) – $50/$100 – Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 14:28:36 ET – 2010/11/28
Seat 2: Eli Elezra ($14,302.75)
Seat 4: JCarver ($11,846.75)
JCarver posts the small blind of $50
Eli Elezra posts the big blind of $100
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to JCarver [Qh 4h 6d Qc]
JCarver raises to $300
Eli Elezra calls $200
*** FLOP *** [8d 5h 3s]
Eli Elezra checks
JCarver bets $500
Eli Elezra raises to $2,100
JCarver has 15 seconds left to act
JCarver raises to $6,900
Eli Elezra raises to $11,700
JCarver calls $4,646.75, and is all in
Eli Elezra shows [3d Ac] 4s 8c]
JCarver shows [Qh 4h 6d Qc]
Uncalled bet of $153.25 returned to Eli Elezra
*** TURN *** [8d 5h 3s] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [8d 5h 3s 3c] [Jd]
Eli Elezra shows a full house, Threes full of Eights
JCarver shows two pair, Queens and Threes
Eli Elezra wins the pot ($23,693) with a full house, Threes full of Eights

Dealt to JCarver [Td 5h 6h Qd]
Villain raises to $300
JCarver calls $200
*** FLOP *** [Th Qs 7h]
JCarver checks
Villain checks
*** TURN *** [Th Qs 7h] [4c]
JCarver checks
Villain bets $550
JCarver raises to $2,250
Villain calls $1,700
*** RIVER *** [Th Qs 7h 4c] [8d]
JCarver has 15 seconds left to act
JCarver bets $4,722.90, and is all in
Villain calls $4,722.90
*** SHOW DOWN ***
JCarver shows [Td 5h 6h Qd] a straight, Eight high
Villain shows [7d Js 9d Jh] a straight, Queen high
Villain wins the pot ($14,545.30) with a straight, Queen high

PokerStars Game #53804027012:  8-Game (Omaha Pot Limit, $100/$200 USD) – 2010/12/05 22:15:55 ET
Table ‘Esperanto II’ 6-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: GVOZDIKA55 ($25485 in chips)
Seat 2: Omlphalotus ($61168.50 in chips)
Seat 3: MCS14 ($11062 in chips)
Seat 4: Taknapotin ($14185 in chips)
Seat 5: ScHnibL0r ($5731 in chips)
Seat 6: V. Wahlbeck ($24293 in chips)
V. Wahlbeck: posts small blind $100
GVOZDIKA55: posts big blind $200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Taknapotin [Jc 8h 9c Td]
Omlphalotus: folds
MCS14: folds
Taknapotin: raises $400 to $600
ScHnibL0r: folds
V. Wahlbeck: calls $500
GVOZDIKA55: folds
*** FLOP *** [3s Tc Jd]
V. Wahlbeck: checks
Taknapotin: bets $1000
V. Wahlbeck: calls $1000
*** TURN *** [3s Tc Jd] [6h]
V. Wahlbeck: checks
Taknapotin: bets $2800
V. Wahlbeck: raises $8997 to $11797
Taknapotin: raises $788 to $12585 and is all-in
V. Wahlbeck: calls $788
*** RIVER *** [3s Tc Jd 6h] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
V. Wahlbeck: shows [4s Jh Th] 6s] (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
Taknapotin: shows [Jc 8h 9c Td] (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
V. Wahlbeck collected $14283.50 from pot
Taknapotin collected $14283.50 from pot

Full Tilt Poker Game #25885641695: Table High Meadow (heads up, deep) – $50/$100 – No Limit Hold’em – 15:43:49 ET – 2010/11/26
Seat 1: Villain ($21,361)
Seat 2: JCarver ($22,641.25)
JCarver posts the small blind of $50
Villain posts the big blind of $100
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to JCarver [Jd Kd]
JCarver raises to $300
Villain raises to $1,100
JCarver has 15 seconds left to act
JCarver calls $800
*** FLOP *** [Qd Ah] 6c]
Villain has 15 seconds left to act
Villain bets $1,000
JCarver has 15 seconds left to act
JCarver calls $1,000
*** TURN *** [Qd Ah] 6c] [4h]
Villain has 15 seconds left to act
Villain has requested TIME
Villain bets $3,000
JCarver has 15 seconds left to act
JCarver calls $3,000
*** RIVER *** [Qd Ah] 6c 4h] [8d]
Villain has 15 seconds left to act
Villain bets $8,000
JCarver has 15 seconds left to act
JCarver has requested TIME
JCarver calls $8,000
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Villain shows [9h Th] Ace Queen high
JCarver shows [Jd Kd] Ace King high
JCarver wins the pot ($26,199.50) with Ace King high [note : even though this hand was sweet this guy still ended up being clearly better than me at the mix and booked a smallish win vs me overall ]

some hands outside the nl/plo realm…

PokerStars Game #53697923741:  8-Game (7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Limit, $400/$800 USD) – 2010/12/03 23:53:52 ET
Table ‘Pythia IV’ 6-max
Seat 1: Villain ($8396 in chips)
Seat 2: Taknapotin ($9195 in chips)
Seat 4: runawayT ($46977.90 in chips)
Taknapotin: posts the ante $100
runawayT: posts the ante $100
Villain: posts the ante $100
*** 3rd STREET ***
Dealt to Villain [8h]
Dealt to Taknapotin [As 7h 6c]
Dealt to runawayT [9h]
Taknapotin: brings in for $100
runawayT: folds
Villain: raises $300 to $400
Taknapotin: raises $400 to $800
Villain: raises $400 to $1200
Taknapotin: calls $400
*** 4th STREET ***
Dealt to Villain [8h] [Qc]
Dealt to Taknapotin [As 7h 6c] [8c]
Villain: checks
Taknapotin: bets $400
Villain: calls $400
*** 5th STREET ***
Dealt to Villain [8h Qc] [Ac]
Dealt to Taknapotin [As 7h 6c 8c] [3c]
Villain: checks
NoraFlum joins the table at seat #5
Taknapotin: bets $800
Villain: calls $800
*** 6th STREET ***
Dealt to Villain [8h Qc Ac] [Th]
Dealt to Taknapotin [As 7h 6c 8c 3c] [8s]
Taknapotin: bets $800
Villain: calls $800
*** RIVER ***
Dealt to Taknapotin [As 7h 6c 8c 3c 8s] [3h]
Taknapotin: bets $800
Villain: calls $800
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Taknapotin: shows [As 7h 6c 8c 3c 8s 3h] (HI: two pair, Eights and Threes; LO: 8,7,6,3,A)
Villain: mucks hand
Taknapotin collected $4149.50 from pot
Taknapotin collected $4149.50 from pot

PokerStars Game #53698438371:  8-Game (Razz Limit, $400/$800 USD) – 2010/12/04 0:14:01 ET
Table ‘Pythia IV’ 6-max
Seat 1: Onadraw2 ($6697 in chips)
Seat 2: Taknapotin ($22282 in chips)
Seat 3: ScHnibL0r ($40091 in chips)
Seat 4: runawayT ($50670.90 in chips)
Seat 5: NoraFlum ($11090 in chips)
Seat 6: Lost Boy 1 ($11596 in chips)
NoraFlum: posts the ante $100
Lost Boy 1: posts the ante $100
Villain: posts the ante $100
Taknapotin: posts the ante $100
ScHnibL0r: posts the ante $100
runawayT: posts the ante $100
*** 3rd STREET ***
Dealt to onadraw2 [Tc]
Dealt to Taknapotin [3h 5h 2c]
Dealt to ScHnibL0r [9h]
Dealt to runawayT [7c]
Dealt to NoraFlum [Qd]
Dealt to Lost Boy 1 [4s]
NoraFlum: brings in for $100
Lost Boy 1: folds
onadraw2: folds
Taknapotin: raises $300 to $400
ScHnibL0r: calls $400
runawayT: raises $400 to $800
NoraFlum: folds
Taknapotin: raises $400 to $1200
ScHnibL0r: calls $800
runawayT: raises $400 to $1600
Betting is capped
Taknapotin: calls $400
ScHnibL0r: calls $400
*** 4th STREET ***
Dealt to Taknapotin [3h 5h 2c Qc
Dealt to ScHnibL0r [9h] [4d]
Dealt to runawayT [7c] [Ts]
ScHnibL0r: bets $400
runawayT: calls $400
Taknapotin: calls $400
*** 5th STREET ***
Dealt to Taknapotin [3h 5h 2c Qc Ad]
Dealt to ScHnibL0r [9h 4d] [Qs]
Dealt to runawayT [7c Ts] [Jh]
runawayT: checks
Taknapotin: bets $800
ScHnibL0r: calls $800
runawayT: calls $800
*** 6th STREET ***
Dealt to Taknapotin [3h 5h 2c Qc Ad] [Td]
Dealt to ScHnibL0r [9h 4d Qs] [6s]
Dealt to runawayT [7c Ts Jh] [6h]
runawayT: checks
Taknapotin: checks
ScHnibL0r: bets $800
runawayT: calls $800
Taknapotin: calls $800
*** RIVER ***
Dealt to Taknapotin [3h 5h 2c Qc Ad] Td] [5d]
runawayT: bets $800
Taknapotin: folds
ScHnibL0r: folds
Uncalled bet ($800) returned to runawayT
runawayT collected $11497 from pot
runawayT: doesn’t show hand

One Response to “december comes in like a…lion??”

  • September 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Poker Log said:


    Very Nice! Interesting, clear and precise. Congratulations again on a good job JCarver.

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