Saturday, July 01, 2006

Congrats, Rizen

I spent all day today sweating my friend, Eric "Rizen" Lynch, at the final table of the $1500 Pot Limit tourney. He was chipleader 3-handed but suffered a few brutal beats and busted in 3rd, winning $104,544 in the process. The final table was pretty exciting and featured a ton of 2 and 3-outers. It'll make for great television, October 3rd, on ESPN. Congrats, Eric, you played really well.

Last night I won my biggest ever pot in a cash game, stacking a guy at 10/20 NL. Here's the hand history:

BB ($1806)
UTG ($1495.83)
UTG+1 ($1203)
SchaeferBeer ($1940)
MP1 ($1923.48)
MP2 ($1429.76)
MP3 ($2244.50)
CO ($1950)
Button ($3565.29)
SB ($3535.50)

Preflop: SchaeferBeer is UTG+2 with Qd, Qs. SB posts a blind of $10.
1 fold, UTG+1 calls $20, Hero raises to $80, MP1 calls $80, 3 folds, Button calls $80, 2 folds, UTG+1 calls $60.

Flop: ($350) 9d, Qh, Kd (4 players)
UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $270, MP1 calls $270, Button folds, UTG+1 calls $270.

Turn: ($1160) 5s (3 players)
UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $860, MP1 calls $1573.48 (All-In), UTG+1 folds, Hero calls $713.48.

River: ($4306.96) 3s (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $4306.96

Results below:
Hero has Qd Qs (three of a kind, queens).
MP1 has Kh Jh (one pair, kings).
Outcome: Hero wins $4306.96.

I was pretty worried about JT but I wasn't folding. It's pretty fun when you can find people like this at stakes as high as 10/20. When I bet that much on the flop and turn, KJ is good exactly 0% of the time and I'm probably not folding. I guess KJ gets there 9% of the time but anyway, I'm excited. I won more in that pot than I did for my tourney finish. This was the third time I've ever played 10/20 NL and winning a big pot was fun. Carl recommends a site called Card Runners for NL instruction and I'll probably join. $20/month is insanely cheap for good lessons.

I'n flying back to Seattle tomorrow to spend the weekend with my family. I'm excited to see my brother, sister, pop and mom. On the 4th I'm heading to an apartment near Mercer with a great view of Lake Union and the Space Needle. Beers will probably be consumed. I come back to Vegas on the 5th and my schedule looks like this:

July 7: $2500 NLHE
July 8: $1000 NLHE (rebuy)
July 10: $1000 NLHE
July 11: $2000 PLHE
July 13: Fly to Boston
July 17: Fly to Vegas
July 18: $1500 NLHE
July 19: $2500 PLHE
July 21: $2000 NLHE
July 22: $5000 PLHE
July 23: $1000 NLHE (rebuy)
July 24: $1500 LHE (shootout)
July 25: $1500 NLHE
July 28: $10000 NLHE

That's $41,500 if I play all those tournies, assuming $6K in each $1K rebuy event and I don't satellite into the Main Event. Hopefully I'll make some day 2s and maybe even a final table. If I don't cash in any more events I will be BUSTO by the end and my poker bankroll will be gone. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

I'll try to get some pictures up soon. I'm excited to come home. Peace.


DeAnna said...

Hi Brandon, You don't know me, and the way that I stumbled on your blogs is just completely random. I wouldn't normally even look at the page that came up, but for some reason I did. I am way across the country and am not even close to your age, but I found your writings very interesting and you seem to be well spoken. From what I did read, it seems as though you have the world at your feet and are genuinely good at heart. I know you've probably heard this before, but this regular drinking can become a real problem. I am not saying you are an alchoholic ... just that it could become a problem I know not any person would want. I am an only an occasional drinker, but have people close to me who are alchoholics. It is truly a strange disease that you won't realize you have until it's too late. I have been through tremendous struggle, and am now currently having to start my life completely over. I wish I had it as easy as you do. You seem to be in such a good place right now and have lots of support - I would hate for something like alchohol to ruin it for you. If you want to know more about alchoholism, I would strongly recommend going to a couple of AA meetings. They are held all over the world and you can find them every week of the year. I personally go to Alanon .. and even if I had not had experiences with alchoholism, would find the information VERY useful just for life in general.
I did enjoy your blogs and will probably check back sometime.

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Anonymous said...

Wow that was a pretty random comment from a stranger!!!! YIKES

Anonymous said...

Good to know good-hearted strangers and "psychos" are still out there. It's aaaawesome that reaching out and trying to help someone is such a wierd thing these days. Obviously in Brandon's case it's a little strong, but nevertheless an outstanding gesture.

In all seriousness, you should check out this Homosexuals Anonymous group a friend of mine goes to. It's located in the closet.