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Hoss_TBF
17 March 2010 @ 12:14 pm
If you've enjoyed the long, silent winter on my blog and appreciated me not taking up valuable space on the interweb with self-aggrandizing blathering, please vote for me to have a spot in the TOC here:  http://www.wsop.com/TOC.  If you haven't enjoyed the silence, please vote for me here:  http://www.wsop.com/TOC.
 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
08 March 2010 @ 01:30 am
I debated health care reform with the global warming denialist next to me on the airplane for the better part of 3 hours tonight.  I opened and  closed with the argument that unless you are willing to turn away heart attack victims from emergency room doors, you are for socialized health care.  By the end of the plane flight, I had convinced him . . .  that he wanted to turn heart attack victims away from emergency room doors.  Did I win this debate?
 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
01 October 2009 @ 10:25 am
I'm starting the final table of the WSOPE main event tomorrow, a little below par but all things considered, I'm happy.  I started yesterday with 710k and 36 players left; I finished the day with 674k and 9 players left, with average around a million.  Blinds are 10k-20k so I am not quite on life support and do have a bit of room to maneuver but wow--what a tough final table.  Jason Mercier has been absolutely dominating and has a pretty big chip lead, Daniel Negreanu is short but obviously always dangerous and frankly, I wouldn't be thrilled to see any of the remaining players at a cash game table.  Yesterday was a very frustrating day--pretty much all of my hands played themselves and I didn't have any particularly interesting spots.  I folded a lot, which, as most of you guys know, is pretty rare for me and makes me sad.  But today is a new day and being out there under the hot lights with ESPN around is a far cry from playing at home in my pajamas.  I'm certainly not saying I prefer it, but it is a fun and exciting change of pace.  Time to shower and get going!
 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
09 September 2009 @ 07:34 pm
I generally don't like to post about strategy in much more than general conceptual ideas, but I discussed a fairly neat HU LHE hand with cardplayer.  You can see it here:  http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/7517-poker-strategy-matt-hawrilenko-cash-game-hand-analysis
 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
29 August 2009 @ 01:36 pm
It's been a great summer.  I've played a little bit of poker since the WSOP, but not too much.  Em and I had a total of 7 weddings to attend in three countries and also took a few side trips to enjoy New England before Em's classes start back up and I bear down with poker again.  It's nice to be back home in Boston, settled and just able to enjoy the city.  We love it here.

My marathon training crashed and burned when I tore both calf muscles multiple times.  I'm finishing up physio and starting to run little by little again, but it was really frustrating.  I'd just been on a 15 mile run at a decent clip, which was the longest run I'd ever done.  My knee was bothering me quite a bit when I'd cool down after runs, but with a few exceptions, though it might sometimes hurt while I was running it would never actually slow me down.  The first tear came on a run the day after seeing a doctor about the knee, who talked to me for 10 minutes, fit me for expensive orthotics and gave me a lift to wear in one shoe, since one leg is half an inch longer than the other.  It's not entirely clear that the tear was his fault (although I do wish he'd suggested breaking in the lift slowly), but I've never had problems like this in the past and the bayesian inference is pretty obvious.  But then, I also tore a small muscle in my neck earlier this week while bridging and rolling a heavy guy off of me in jiu jitsu.  As the chiropractor who diagnosed the tear was twisting and torquing my neck, he mumbled just loud enough for me to hear, "Why won't this thing come OFF?!"  I'm sure it's stock humor, but nonetheless I thought it was pretty awesome.  Sports coaches have always told me that eventually, though you don't notice it when you're young, you need to start stretching.  I was hoping that "eventually" would be long after I was 27, but here we are.  The neck tear wasn't too bad and it's already feeling a lot better--I'll probably get on the mat again next week and see how things go.

Planning on going to London for the WSOPE and EPT events in late Sep/early Aug--pretty excited for the trip but I'm already missing Emily, as it's going to be almost 2 weeks.  I tried to get reservations for The Fat Duck, but even over a month out, there is nothing besides a lunch reservation open for the entire time we are in London.  This was deflating news, as the london trip is probably the only thing I've planned over a month in advance besides my wedding in a long, long time.

 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
03 July 2009 @ 02:49 am
After a long tournament with a fair few interesting hands, all of my final table decisions were relatively straightforward.  Given how tough the table was, having easy decisions made the whole thing much more enjoyable!  And I've got to say, winning feels surreal.  Nolan Dalla mentioned that many poker players like to celebrate a victory with free flowing alcohol and strip clubs, and inquired how "the math house"  would celebrate mine.  We're not so different--after a long day that finished around midnight, drinks were on me . . .  at the 24-Hour Tropical Smoothie Cafe!

I'll have more to post later, but for now--many thanks to the housemates.  Spending a month every year with 5 guys who are phenomenal players--besides being a ton of fun--is an amazing way to learn.  It goes without saying that Jerrod and Bill get a special shout out, as they taught me how to think about poker, as well as how to play.  I feel really lucky to be able to come home to discuss hands with those guys, Terrence, Gavin, and Kenny.  So, so often, everyone has something different to add to the conversation, and every year I come out of the summer a much better player than when I started.  Thanks guys!
 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
02 July 2009 @ 03:26 am
I have 1,327,000 with 16 left in the 5k 6max NLHE, which puts me right around the chip lead.  Tomorrow should be a fun day!
 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
17 June 2009 @ 10:48 am
Of the 10k limit hold 'em today and I'm super-excited.  We're down to 12 players and despite a few nasty hands at the end of the night--including getting AA cracked in a massive pot and failing miserably in an esoteric bluff against danny alaei--I'm still feeling good with 601k in chips (the mean is about 480).  Often in poker tournaments, no matter how well you play, your fate is decided by automatic decisions.  While I certainly made more than my share of big hands yesterday, I also had a fair few tough decisions that I got right.  I value-bet 2 pair into a 4-flush board twice, was called and won both times.  I called ralph perry down with A6 (no draw) after he defended his small blind and led out the flop, turn and river, when the board came 9-7-2-2-5.  It's possibly that he could have something like T9s there, but having just called preflop and donk-betting the flop, it looked a lot like JT (or possibly flailing around with QJ).  I also took a 3-way pot down with K high in a board where Chad Brown led out from the blind on a 9s-8c-2s flop.  The Chad hand was similar to the Ralph hand (although with less betting) in that there are particular types of boards where a lot of players--even great players--let their value bet/bluff ratio get way out of whack.
 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
16 June 2009 @ 04:19 am
Wow, just wow.  Halfway through the night, I was moved to easily the most desirable table in the room (except for the small issue of one very obnoxious, very noxiously gassy guy).  I was pretty lucky at this table, but there were so many gems.  My biggest pot of the night went like this:

UTG raise, UTG+1 reraise, cold caller, I call with 9h 9c, sb (gassy guy) calls.

8h 3h 2d

sb bets, UTG calls, UTG+1 calls, first cold-caller calls, I raise, sb 3 bets (leaving himself with 700), call, call, call, I make it 4 bets, all call.

7h

check to me, I bet, get 1 caller

5d

check-check, UTG+1 flashes the Th and folds so I get the sidepot, sb shows A3o, bows out, and finally we can breathe again.


And here's actually an interesting hand:

gassy guy limps utg, Brandon Wong raises in the cutoff, I call with AdTd out of the bb, gassy guy calls

7h 4h 4s

check to brandon who bets, I raise, gassy guy cold-calls, brandon calls

2c

check-check-check

9h

I check, gassy guy bets, brandon calls, I decide to give it up.  They both show KQo and chop the pot.

Yes--this IS a $10,000 tournament.  On to day 2 with 86,300.  If you're interested, I'm twittering (mostly chipcounts) as hoss_tbf
 
 
 
Hoss_TBF
14 June 2009 @ 02:56 am
I had a friend's wedding in southern california this morning and had to head straight to the airport from the reception to get back in time for the 10k HU tournament today.  Thanks to a superstar shuttle driver, I left the hotel about 45 minutes before my flight but still managed to get on the plane on time.  All seemed well until the pilot announced that there had been a "security breach" and all flights were grounded until it was resolved.  Though we knew it was probably no big deal, it nonetheless made for an unsettling 45 minutes on the tarmac.  They never told us what it was, but the flight got me into vegas in time to make it to the rio, albeit in full wedding attire.  The tournament started well as I won both my matches and am on to Match #3.  Also, it seems that people treat you better when you wear a suit . . .  I gave the valet a normal tip, but he kept my dirty, rental Prius up front between a bentley and a ferrari.  Heh.
Had a few interesting hands today but I'll post them in a few days.  I go sleep now.