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Thursday, September 22, 2005 

Better the second time around

i played again in the big table yesterday. the usual 1/5 of the max buy-in, all i can afford nowadays. (small stack special!) The usual guys, big wally, misha, and The Attorney.

First hand i play is pocket jacks. i raise bet half my stack into the pot after getting two limpers, and The Atty calls it. i know he calls everything pre flop except maybe for absolute crap cards, so i know i might get sucked out. Flop is 6-6-x. i go all in for the last half of my stack and get him to call. sure enough, he's on K-x, i forgot what now, but the turn doesnt help him and the river is a 6 so i get full house and double up! feeling good!

Next hand i get is pocket 10s. i call the straddle and raise 500 again, this time i get 3 callers. argh. Flop is A-J-x. Theyre betting like crazy so i fold my tens, losing almost half my stack again. oh well..

After folding a few hands, i see pocket queens. i manage to win and almost double up again! wohoo now im REALLY thinking cash out... but i decide to play a bit more out of respect to the guys and of course i really love playing at that table hehe.

Now after like two hand, i see pocket queens again. wow. i raise half my stack into the pot and get misha to set me all-in, everyone else fold. He even pretended to think about it twice before he show ACES. For some reason, i felt my queens were gonna hold up, and i felt pretty confident about it. Blame it on some crazy new theory the grouch and i was observing all throughout the night. Turn is a queen of course! Aces cracked! tripled up my stack, wanted to play soe more but misha kept on going all-in pre flop after that hand, so i do the right thing and cash it out.

i love that game! i'll be back so watch your backs! hehe.

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  • The best poker I've ever played has always entailed peace. A relaxed comfort. Eyes open, ears open, radar up. Absorbing my opponent's every message. Taking them as they come. Not mixing what those messages are with what I want them to be. It's like an aerial view. A view from above the myriad luck-dependent reactions of those many people who never gain such a peace. And when you gain that view, that peace - when you'd rather have the truth, no matter how disappointing, over a false hope, no matter how desirable - then you're a player. The hand you're on slips into a stream of thousands of other hands, no one of which, because of your lofty view, seems unduly important, no false fearful emotions rise within you. When you gain the peace of lofty perspective, you're a player, and when you're a player, you're free.- from "King of a Small World" by Rick Benett
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