My foray back into blogger tournaments hasn't gone the way I hoped. My game has been solid, but not spectacular. I've avoided the big mistakes but have also failed to take advantage of a few opportunities. In both the Run Good Challenge and last night's Turkey Day Cup hosted by Pauly, I've found myself in pretty good shape deep in the tournament.
And then it happened.
In the RCG, my AQ fell to AT. In the Turkey Day Cup, my AK lost to Joanne's A6. Not only did the latter one cripple me (I went out shortly there after when my push with A9 was called by AJ and I didn't improve), but it also virtually cost me my last longer bet with Joanne. She would go on to carry my chips into 5th place, I believe.
When you get all in with someone preflop holding a bigger ace, you're generally a 3-to-1 favorite. Maybe that's my problem. You can't exactly be a Luckbox if you're always getting your chips in when you're ahead!
And, frankly, it looks pretty ugly. Here's the preview.
Week 1 of the PokerListings Run Good Challenge v.2 was moderately successful. Despite not finishing in the money, I was happy to find myself in the final 5 and I never got all my money in behind (um... perhaps that was my problem).
Here's how it went down:More in this Poker Blog! -->
This just in from the Up for Poker Midwest Bureau (aka, my brother Dr. Jeff).
This is a new one as far as I can tell. How to make poker legal? Flash the deck at all the players just before you deal and it makes it a skill game. Or something like that.
"Wichita entrepreneur Shawn Riley thinks he's found the profitable sweet spot between free bar poker and the real thing, played for money, that is both legal and unregulated...The difference between Kandu and poker is the "flash," a two- or three-second glimpse of the shuffled deck that each player gets as the dealer fans every card in the deck face up across the table before the cut and deal. After the cut the bottom card in the deck is also exposed."
Full article in Kansas City Star.
So Up For Poker has languished a bit over the past two months. I wish I had a good excuse, but I don't. Otis, G-Rob and I have all been busy for various reasons, but it's not like we've been significantly more busy than in the past.
The good news is that I've got a great excuse to write again. Matthew from over at PokerListings has invited me to participate in the Run Good Challenge v.2. It's a series of four events with a total prize pool of $5500. If you don't remember, Change100 took down the top prize last time.
This time around, I'm going to be up against some formidable foes including the defending champ and her stoner boyfriend, Dr. Pauly, as well as Chops from WCP, and Michalski from Pokerati among others. I'm kinda hoping this turns into a televised event, because I'll also be competing against poker pro Liz Lieu and Bluff cover girl Christina Lindsey (I encourage you to click through the last two links).
I guess I should start practicing again... don't want to embarrass myself against this lineup! If any of the other participants have an idea for a prop bet... you know where to find me!
The poker room of the Fiesta Casino in the Ramada Herradura just outside of San Jose, Costa Rica is a six or seven table area that is just big enough to fit the players, a couple of aimless cocktail waitresses, and Humberto Brenes.
When the men get massages, they do it with their shirts off and buxom, camel-toed therapists kneading away elbow-deep at their fat-backs. Out of simplicity and in the face of a 540-1 colones to dollar exchange rate, the poker games are played with dollar-value chips. Against all better judgment, the first seat I took in the room was at a 5/10 half No-Limit Hold'em and half Pot-Limit Omaha game.More in this Poker Blog! -->