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Weekend! Poker!

I hit up PokerStars' 6-max tables last night and came away a winner. After a pretty solid week of poker, I've managed to pull myself out of the hole I dug for myself early in the month. There's a lot to be said about persistence and patience at the poker tables. Of course, there's much more to be said for flopping sets in re-raised multi-way pots too!

Tonight, my weekend of poker begins. On the slate this evening is some drunken head's up no-limit hold'em. I'll probably start with some cash games then move to some HU SNGs as my level of inebriation climbs.

And once I find myself good and tipsy, I'm going to play a few double-up SNGs. A reader (and fresh poker blogger) Sean Swift has asked me to write a little something about my experience with double-up SNGs. If you're not familiar with these SNGs, they work as follows:

  • 9 or 10 people buy-in
  • Top 50% double their buy-in; the other half go home broke
  • In the 9-handed games, I believe that 5th place gets his/her money back. I've only played a couple double-up SNGs at Titan Poker and they play 10-handed.
At the lowest limits, I'm sure these games are mildly profitable and pretty easy. My game plan will be to check-fold my way into the money. I guess I might have to jam the pot once or twice per session but that should be it. My past experience seems to prove this point but I'll be interested to see how things work out with a bigger sample size and a number of drinks in me.

And since I'll be eating a ton of junk food tonight, I should mention that I'm now down 40 lbs. since the start of the year (and about 26 lbs. since I first wrote about my weight loss on this site). I still jiggle when I laugh but the jiggles are getting smaller and more area-specific. I should be thong-ready by next Spring!

Saturday and Sunday will be all about my 6-max game at Stars. I may just go ahead and finish clearing the bonus this month; no need to prolong things any further. My friend MJ tells me that Party Poker has a good reload bonus going on right now. MJ's a Party promotion specialist so I'm going to leave it to him to determine if Party's deal beats out the rakeback I get at Full Tilt. Honestly, I doubt it. For the record, I think Full Tilt is pretty damned good! Love their site, love their tables...but hate their lobby. Full Tilt - how about setting up some game filters?! Jebus...

No matter how much success or failure I end up having at the tables this month, I'm still planning on playing a ton of video games when my Xbox 360 returns from the dead. Mind you, playing solid poker and winning makes it hard to think of anything else. But I'd really like to play the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Despite the game's horrid tag line ("May the Force Blow Your Mind"?! Really?!), I'm still looking forward to flinging Storm Troopers and Wookies about using various force powers. When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be Darth Vader: this game is the crucial first step to realizing that life-goal.

I'll leave you with a hand I played last night. For those of you thinking that online poker is getting harder and harder to beat, I leave you with this:

No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.50/$1
6 players

Stack sizes:
UTG: $95
UTG+1: $247.25
CO: $164
Button: $97.50
SB: $120.40
Hero: $100

Pre-flop: (6 players) Hero is BB with K♦ A♦
4 folds, SB raises to $4, Hero raises to $12.5, SB calls.

Flop: 4♣ 6♠ A♣ ($25, 2 players)
SB bets $31, Hero calls.

Turn: 9♠ ($87, 2 players)
SB is all-in $76.9, Hero calls all-in $56.5.
Uncalled bets: $20.4 returned to SB.

River: K♣ ($200, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: $200)

Results: (in white below)
Final pot: $200
SB showed 7h Ah
Hero showed Kd Ad

Have a great weekend!

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