Saturday, July 30, 2011


I decided not to make the trip to Legends casino today. I like the game but having to sit for almost 3 hours to play 2 hours is not what I wanted to do.

I decided to go down to Jokers casino and play in the 3PM tournament with a $40 buyin and 20 minute rounds. Of all of them this one is the one I like to play.

I was doing well in the beginning stages of the tournament and in fact most of the tournament I was getting my stack to grow. I can't say I was running over the table but I was at least making good decisions on when to play and I really think my bet sizing was good.

I made it to the final table and ended up going out in 9th place. My JJ lost to AA. What a good time to run into those.

Looking forward to get back to a cash game.

Have a good weekend......

Thursday, July 28, 2011


After going to Jokers Casino the last few nights and them not having a game I was going to go one more time to see if they were going to get the $2-10 Spread game going.

I arrived just after 8:30PM and they had a game already going. I was next on the list to sit down at the table. I felt comfortable with my game at this time and figured if I just waited for my hands like I do with the $3-$6 game I should be fine.

The players in seats 8 and 9 were running over the table. In fact they were raising just about every pot. They both had built up sizable stacks of about $300. I watched both of them through the time I was there give back their stacks to the table. It was something to watch.

Now, my stack was dwindling down. Throughout the night I had 4 pairs and either ended up throwing them away or loosing to a better hand. I won 2 or 3 pots and that was it for 2 1/2 hours of work.

I played tight aggressive and I am not sure that was appropriate for this table. Lesson learned. Not sure when I will play next. I might head back up to Legends since I like the $3-$6 game.

Total Time: 11 1/2 hours
Time: 2 1/2 hours
Buy in: $140
Cashout: $0
Running BR: -$67

Monday, July 25, 2011


I usually stay out of the politics but this time I just don't understand. We really need a balanced budget. Now if my wife and I ran our house like the government runs the nation we could have a debt limit. Wouldn't that be interesting. We just don't have enough money to get through the end of the month dear. That's ok, we can just increase the debt limit and we should be fine.

We have worked hard to be somewhat debt free. Our house mortgage is the main debt. Actually that should be a good thing because in our lifetime we should be able to sell the house for more than we bought it for. Isn't that the way things are supposed to be for home owners?

Ok, I just read something else on the internet news wire. Now we have a US trucking company that has been supplying money to the terror network? My goodness people. Lets shut down the trucking industry. Put out the sign from the Attorney General and the FBI and whomever else that they are shutting this down. Isn't that what they did with online poker?

Sometimes you just get tired of all the BS that goes on around you and you have to just stand up and yell. What in the world are you doing?

If the government would bring back online poker maybe we could help pay some the debt that the government has gotten themselves into.

I need to go relax or stop reading all of the good news online.

Have a happy day.....

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday 7-22

This last weekend I was going to try and play at one of the casinos over in Lacey, WA. We were so tired Saturday evening after the wedding was done we just decided to stay in the room and sleep. We were both really tired.

The next morning we woke up and headed to Spanaway for breakfast with C's Sister and her husband. Great visit and we like the restaurant we go to for the great food.

We headed home and on the way we decided to take our time since there was no big rush. We drove by Snoqualmie Casino and then went through downtown Northbend. We got back on I-90 and drove to the exit for Roslyn. Remember Northern Exposure, this is the town that was represented. We drove to Cle Elum via the back roads and then got on I-90 again.

When we got to Ellensburg we drove through the canyon following the Yakima River. It was a nice drive at 35 MPH. Road Construction. We didn't care. We drove through Selah and then when we got to Yakima we took highway 97, as that is the highway before the interstate was made and we used to drive it in the 70's going to college from home.

A 4 hour trip took 6 1/2 hours. It was fun.

Anyway, on with the blog for today. I took the shuttle to Legends Casino this morning. Today I decided to play Omaha Hi/Lo if I couldn't get into the $3-$6 game. I was at the Casino at 1230 and was able to put my name on the board for the Omaha Hi/Lo $2-$4 and the $3-$6 Limit Hold'em game. I was hoping they would be able to get the $3-$6 game going. No such

I sat down at the Omaha table for only my 2nd time playing this game. The dealer told me I should be able to pick it up in about 30 minutes. I have heard this before. Well, I won the first pot and then started loosing my buy-in. How was I going to stop this slide. I started playing very tight, just throwing my hand away each time and watching everyone play, trying to figure out this game and what I was looking for.

I was down to about 1/4 of my buy in left when the floor asked me if I still wanted in the $3-$6 game that was getting ready to start. I couldn't get out of my seat fast enough. I went up to the desk and bought in again and figured I would give myself a fighting chance to get back to where I need to be.

I played about 1 1/2 hours at the hold'em table and by the time they announced that my shuttle was getting ready to leave I had gotten both buy ins back and was positive with my cashout. Whew. I know I won't be doing that again.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Buyin: $200
Cashout: $13
Total BR: +$73
Per Hour: $9.12

Have a good weekend......

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday 7-15

Here it is the end of the week. My scheduled ride up to Legends Casino is not going to happen today.

We are taking off in the morning for Olympia, WA and will be staying the night in Lacey. Hopefully I will be able to find a Casino near there where I can play some poker. Being on the West side of the mountain I am hoping to find some good games.

I have been doing my studying on Low-Limit poker and reading a couple of other books. I am learning that it doesn't have to happen like a definite procedure as what cards to play but the decisions you make are somewhat more important on when you play your hands. I guess at that point it is not what hands you play but when and how you play the hands.

I really enjoyed this last weekend and learned alot by playing the four hours at the $3-$6 limit game and really would like to go back up to the NorthernQuest and play again. Putting in the hours is really what I need to help me with the Cash Games.

I have been watching the ESPN3 WSOP. It is so nice that ESPN is doing this and streaming it on the internet. Makes it nice to watch Poker when you want to and see all of the hands. Keep up the great work.

Many things are going on in my life right now. Trying to maintain focus and making sure I get the things done in my personal life that need to be done. I know this is my Poker blog but I think some of my personal stuff has to enter into here to see the mindframe I have when trying to make it as a poker player.

I have always been a person that doesn't let too much out to people but sometimes the effects of holding stuff in affects other things that you do. Lets hope I can continue on my march to being a good poker player and make a living at this and also maintain the personal life at home. I know that I need to travel to play in better casinos but also need the funds and BR to be able to achieve this. I will keep working on my goals.

Have a good Weekend.....

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Since my wife was making a trip up to Spokane for a class I decided to ride along and be dropped off at NorthernQuest and play some poker. I figured the bigger the Casino I would have more chances of getting to play in a Poker game.

We arrived at around 9:30AM and I went into the casino as Cindy took off for her class. I headed straight for the Buffet since I figured if I ate a big breakfast I could get past lunch and Cindy would pick me up around 4PM. This had the makings of a good long session for me to really check out my skills.

It was after 10AM when I was able to get my name on the board for a seat in the $3-$6 Limit game. My name was 5th in line. Since they had already started an Omaha game it was going to be slow in getting this new game started. They also had a Tournament going at this time so waiting for some of these people to bust out that could help our game to get

It was around 11AM when the game finally got 9 people signed up and they were ready to start the game. I exchanged my buyin for chips and sat down in seat number 9.

It was a few hands in and I got 55 and started betting and I was being called on all streets. The flop was xA5. I lost the pot to AA. Ok, not a good start but I was here for the duration and would keep going. I knew this time my constraint was time not the money that I bought in with. I just needed to play my game.

About 2 1/2 hours go by and I was down to one stack left and decided to rebuy in and keep it going. I new varience was going on and I needed to just keep playing through the hands. I decided to tighten my starting hands and see what would happen.

I did make one person go on tilt bad enough that he actually left the game and left the poker room and cash out. He was on the Omaha list but he didn't even do that. Another person early on in the game only played about 30 minutes just long enough to get his buyin back from the tournament he played earlier. At least he was honest about what he was doing.

Spending the 4 hours playing this game helped me to understand how to play this low-limit game. A lot of limping, calls and not very much raising going on. Looking to make something on the turn and river. I saw hands from other people where they would call down looking for the flush or the straight. I just refrained from playing that game and just watched.

At the end of the session I was able to stack my chips and go home a winner. I went and got a bite to eat at FatBurgers. Yummy good. Cindy came in and we talked for a little bit and then headed home. We both had very good days.

Time: 4 hours
Buyin: $200
Cashout: $240
Total BR: +$60
Per Hour Rate: $10

Have a good week.......

Friday, July 08, 2011

Friday July 8

I decided to let someone else do the driving today. I headed over to the pickup point for the shuttle to take me to Legends Casino in Toppenish.

I sat down on the bench and it was just a few minutes when I could hear the shuttle coming around the corner. The shuttle stopped in front of the Community Center and I walked slowly over to the shuttle door. As I was walking onto the shuttle the two women in the back of the bus started thanking me for coming today. Evidently they must pick up at least 3 people to be able to continue. I was that third person.

We did pick up one more person from Benton City and we were on our way. Today I was going to play some poker. We arrived at the Casino and I went inside and put my name on the list for the $3-$6 game. I noticed they had a list already for a $2-$4 Omaha game. I figured it would be like last week and by 3PM they would have a game.

I went off to the Buffet to get some food and found out I even was able to get lunch at a Seniors discount. Yes, anytime I can get stuff at a discount I am happy.

The day kept going and the game never materialized. I ended up going around the casino and found a Dueces Wild Video Poker and decided to put some money in it and play that for a while. I walked away the first time with some profit and that was fine with me. After checking again on the poker game which wasn't happening still, I went back to the Video Poker machine and kept playing.

It was now getting later in the day and I knew that even if a game was to start I was not going to be able to stay very long. The shuttle was going to leave at 5PM. I instead watched the card table game Ultimate Texas Hold'em. After a period of time watching I decided to try and play the game. Really, not a great idea for me. I really do not like table games and try to stay away from them.

I didn't do well and ended up stopped playing. It was around 4:30PM now and I knew at that point my day was not going to go as planned. At 4:45PM they announced the Tri-Cities Shuttle would be leaving at 5PM and that was my day at Legends.

The ride home in the shuttle was nice. It was good to have been driven to the casino and back home.

The game of choice in Legends in Omaha. If I want to play there I will have to learn the game. Tomorrow I am off to NorthernQuest in Spokane. I am hoping and am sure they will have a game I can play.

Have a good weekend.....

Friday, July 01, 2011


I drove to Yakima Legends today to play in a poker game.

I arrived at the Legends at 2PM today and ended up waiting for an hour for a game to start. I signed up for the $3-$6 Limit Cash Game. It was nice to get started playing at 3PM. I knew I would only be able to play for an hour at that point since I wanted to get home before Cindy arrived home from work.

I have played a lot of Tournaments in No-limit and playing in a Cash Limit Game is really different for me. Last Friday I felt like fish out of water and was unsure how to play appropriately.

This week I knew what I was doing and I even came away from the session feeling better about what I am trying to do with the game.

It can be frustrating to have the best hand (AA) and not win because someone called all of my raises and beat me on the river for a straight. I can't do anything about that and that is part of the game. I have to continue to play my game and work through playing the best hands that I can.

I will work on my hand reading ability to see if I can see or forsee what the players are going for.

After an hour and a half sitting at the table I gathered my chips and cashed out for the day.

The drive home was fun as I went the back way to Prosser and then got on the highway and completed the journey.

Time: 1 1/2 Hours
Start: $100
End: $100
BR: + $20

Have a fun weekend.......