Life in the Holdem Grinder. A No Limit Poker Journal. January 3rd 2012

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Wednesday NYC Poker Events

Recap of the no limit poker action by Fred123.  1/3/12.

We had a little side project tonight before the game started, which involved me climbing out a window; check out the video on SocialPoker.tv.

Started the night with a small tournament.  $30 buy in.  Everyone started with 20,000 in poker chips, but there was a turbo blind structure.  It was super fun; tons of chips and I got to play super loose poker.  Eventually I had to run out during the poker game to go teach a yoga class in Gramercy Manhattan.  I am a yoga instructor and personal trainer by day.  I did not see who won the first no limit hold’em game of the night.

Pot Limit Omaha in 2012, every Tuesday.  Congratulations to @nyzart and BK for playing a solid Omaha session and not donking it back like I did.  Pot Limit Omaha is like No Limit Hold’em, but also very different.  Omaha is a game that has much more betting action, and it is always very likely that a player is drawing to a straight or a flush or a full house.  You can never be too careful when playing Pot Limit Omaha.

I play a little hold’em every night after work.  Typically a 2 hour no limit session.

$1/$1 Pot Limit Omaha.  Session starts: 10pm.  Session over: 1am.  Buy-in: $300.  Cash out: $0.

I was up very early on.  I got paid off by BK with quad, or four-of-a-kind, Jacks.  I also had a huge suckout against @nyzart.

  1. The table is short handed, and just like in Cheers, everyone knows everyone else’s name.  I flop a set: three-of-a-kind, sevens.  Preflop, there is a small raise to juice up the pot.  And on the flop there is a pot-sized bet of $15.  Once the turn comes out, the board reads 7 * K * 3 * 5, which translates into me also having a gut shot straight draw.  My opponent, @nyzart, bets out another measly $15.  It looks like a sucker’s bet, smells like a sucker’s bet – it is a sucker’s bet.  Instantly I raise @nyzart the full pot-sized bet, and he instantly responds by re-raising, re-potting me.  I’m afraid of two hands, the straight (4 * 6 ) or top set (K * K).  @nyzart shows three kings.  I only have 5 outs (or chances to win).  I need the only remaining seven in the deck or any of the four fours.  Turns out that was my time to get lucky, and I drill the 4 on the river for the check mark and the win.  @nyzart is none too happy; he immediately goes off for a smoke break while I spend time raking in the chips and preparing this blog post.

Good times, good times at the poker table.

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