Flogging Franklstein

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Yay! It's Payday Friday!

But that is not what this post is about. Thinking about titles is hard.

My current bathroom reading fare is Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em. It's format is in honor of Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf. Like Penick's book, it had small, easy to read sections culled from the notes Phil Gordon has taken throughout his poker career.

I am reading this book at the same time I am re-reading Dan Harrington's books for the second time. As I go through the Little Green Book, I am finding myself recalling the more detailed discussions that Harrington presents. There is alot of good stuff about tournament play in Phil's book. I think I will find myself reading it over and over again whenever I find my poker thought processes out of whack.

Speaking of poker, I wanted to share with you myfinal hand of last nights WWdN: West Coast Warm-up. If you look at the hand, it appears I played like a total fool. There is some truth to that.

The tournament started at 9:00 Mountain time - aka my bedtime. There were 35 players, and the top five paid. This hand is on the final table, eight players left, and I am the short stack. This hand takes place at about 11:00.

PokerStars Game #3694388879: Tournament #18321964, Hold'em No Limit - Level VIII
(200/400) - 2006/01/20 - 00:55:34 (ET)
Table '18321964 2' Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: The_Venetian (6774 in chips)
Seat 2: patrickjst (9081 in chips)
Seat 3: L0K1 (5475 in chips)
Seat 4: Frankl66 (4561 in chips)
Seat 5: darval (9056 in chips)
Seat 7: bedheadmick (9648 in chips)
Seat 9: Darzog (7905 in chips)
The_Venetian: posts the ante 25
patrickjst: posts the ante 25
L0K1: posts the ante 25
Frankl66: posts the ante 25
darval: posts the ante 25
bedheadmick: posts the ante 25
Darzog: posts the ante 25
Frankl66: posts small blind 200
darval: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Frankl66 [Jc 9c]
bedheadmick: folds
Darzog: folds
The_Venetian: folds
patrickjst: folds
L0K1: raises 800 to 1200
Frankl66: calls 1000
darval: folds

LOK1 had been stealing the blinds given the opportunity any chance he got. I thought he was doing it again here (it turns out he was, as you will see), so I called.

*** FLOP *** [4c 2h 8s]
Frankl66: bets 800
L0K1: raises 1200 to 2000
Frankl66: calls 1200

My bet was probably too small there. (Or was it??? - we shall see.)

*** TURN *** [4c 2h 8s] [7s]
Frankl66: checks
L0K1: bets 2250 and is all-in
Frankl66: calls 1336 and is all-in

At this point in the game (not just the hand) I am getting really tired, so I am not thinking straight. I have nothing, yet I called after the flop. Now I have to call all-in because I am pot-committed. At this point I have been up for 20 hours (since 3:00 in the morning - I couldn't get back to sleep.) I am giving up on the game so I can go to bed.

*** RIVER *** [4c 2h 8s 7s] [6c]
Frankl66: shows [Jc 9c] (high card Jack)
L0K1: shows [2c 7d] (two pair, Sevens and Deuces)
L0K1 collected 9647 from pot
Frankl66 said, "hammer@!!!"

LOK1 was bluffing from the start with THE HAMMER!, and he got his two pair on the turn. It was just as I thought initially - though the Hammer never occurred to me. It should have, though, since poker bloggers love to play the Hammer. I told you I was tired.

LOK1 went on to win the tourney. Congratulations, LOK1.


Blogger Wil Wheaton said...

It's not your fault, Frankl. You were up against the HAMMER. You're supposed to go broke, no matter what.

1/27/2006 10:32 PM  

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