ugh... a rant.
What a piss poor start to my sojurn to Los Angeles.
Worst part is that it all started Wednesday.
I headed into the Bellagio at noon. Sat in a 60-120 game, lost $1700 in two hours in a poor game, and decided to warm up for these tourneys by playing in the $500+40 daily.
I played bad.
I didn't win, raise, or even really play a hand for the first 20 minutes. I was down to 2550 of my original 3k starting stack with blinds at 25-50 and 30 minute levels. I was UTG+1 and looked down at A A . The table had been playing pretty fast and this felt like the time to limp with those aces. I cannot remember the last time I did that. Anyways, one player called behind and both blinds called. 200 in the pot, flop comes 5 6 8 . SB checks, BB (over-aggressive asian player) bets 250. I make it 700. Player behind thinks forever and folds. SB instantly moves all in for 2100ish total. BB folds. So, it's about 1400 more to me and there's 1850 in the pot. More fuel - the SB was a tightish player. But, I thought to myself, my hand's really undefined so he could think that his pair is good here and is just trying to protect his hand. I called.
He flopped the nuts and I did not improve. Such a bad post flop play. Gotta lay it down there.
From there I had 375 left and actually built it all the way up to 2875. In the 100-200 level I had 2575 left. Two players limped, the SB completed, and I knuckled in the big blind holding the 9 6 . The flop came beautifully, Q 9 9 . SB checked, I checked, first limper (young kid who liked to see a lot of flops) checked, and the villian from the AA hand bet 600 into the 800 pot. SB folded. I really thought he was weak here and wanted him to catch a pair or *something*, so just called. Then the kid made it 1800. The AA villian folded. I had 1775 remaining, blinds 100-200, and it was 1200 to me. I knew I was beat. I put him on (in this order) A9, T9, J9, or K9. But, I was short, and I did flop trips, so I called cause I'm retarted. So freakin what if I was short! I knew I was crushed. Sure enough he rolled over A 9 and gg me.
So. I sure played that bad. Jim Shipley and I left Vegas that night at midnight arriving in LA at 3:30 AM. Crashing at mom's pad. Woke up today fired up to play at the Commerce and headed to work.
I should of gotten the flu Wednesday morning and been bed ridden.
I was totally in the zone during the tournament. I had absolutely nothing to work with cards wise, but my reads were spot on and I was able to manufacture chips out of nothing. By the first break I had doubled my stack without making better than one pair in three levels of play. The two biggest pots I won were on pure bluffs. One with four high. That was fun. My favorite one was when I check raised the turn with ten high knowing that he'd muck his middle pair. Came back from the break, lost a race TT v. KQ, and re-built some more. Lost another race, re-built, and went into dinner somewhat short at 4075.
I had dinner with Jim and Shannon Elizabeth. First time I had met her. Nice gal. Came back from dinner and the wheels completely fell off. Raise, missed, folded. Raised, missed, folded. Opened with 33, got shoved on by the short stack, had to call (getting 3-1), he had 77. Down to 575, blinds 100-200 w/25. Next hand, two off the BB, all in w/A8, called by same guy with AK, gg me.
Oh well. Lets go play some of the crazy ass LA cash games.
I sat in a 60-120 game and proceeded to win three, count em, three pots in four hours. Oh yeah, I stole the blinds once too. I missed every draw, including pair draws. I got 2 or 3 outed five times on the river. It was just sick. Blew $5425. AYA!!!
I'm not terribly disappointed about the losses today, since LA is just nuts like that and I'm plenty used to it. I suppose that I have some residual bitterness from December considering that I went up $15k quick this month and have lost $10k in my last four live sessions. What is most frustrating is that my cash situation sucks now. I came to LA with just $8400 hoping that would be plenty, but here I am after day one down to $2300 after buying in for tomorrow's $300+30 LHE event. With all the recent internet stuff most of my bankroll is in limbo in virtual benjamins. I have big check in the mail from WPX. I have a check for my whole Poker Stars balance in the mail. I have a big withdrawl from NETELLER that has been pending for over ten days. I have money on Full Tilt that I can't do anything with (anybody want to buy some Full Tilt dollars?). I have money sitting in a box at the Wynn, but that doesn't do me any good right now. And, all the people that I can borrow from are having the same problems and thus short on cash as well. Fortunately Jim's going to pull through for me in the meantime, and hopefully things will turn around quick here. The plan is to stay through the $1000+60 LHE event on Friday the 2nd, but at this rate I'll be cash broke by Saturday :-).
I hate legislating morality. I hope everybody votes Libertarian next election.
I met a couple of readers today, Scott and Tim. It was very nice to meet you both! If any of y'all are also out here at the LAPC and see me running around, please say hi. I love meeting good people!
Peace and good luck,
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