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Old 09-07-2012, 08:44 AM   #2701
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ekw, where are you playing online? I finally turned on my laptop a while ago to flash some firmware to some routers and my previous pokerstars account wouldn't even begin to work. I wouldn't mind having an option for "what the hell am I going to do now?" sort of nights.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:20 PM   #2702
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I wouldn't mind having an option for "what the hell am I going to do now?" sort of nights.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:31 PM   #2703
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If you flop middle set and he does have a flush draw, why not call and get another street of value instead of check raising him out? I think even if he has QJs and a 15 out draw you're 60/40.
well, if it were just him, I might have c/c the flop then c/r the turn.
but the two other guys came along.
I did not want to let three hands draw against me.
(I am not saying I was right, I'm just letting you know my thought process)
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #2704
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ekw, where are you playing online? I finally turned on my laptop a while ago to flash some firmware to some routers and my previous pokerstars account wouldn't even begin to work. I wouldn't mind having an option for "what the hell am I going to do now?" sort of nights.
I am playing on Carbon (Merge network), though I have not actually played in a while.

you should check them out as well as the Revolution network which is the old "Cake", I believe. Lock moved out of Merge, bought Cake & renamed it.
or something like that.
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In May of this year, Lock Poker, the biggest member room on the Merge Gaming Network, bought the Cake Poker Network. At the same time, it left Merge and rebranded Cake as Revolution Gaming. Now, Revolution Gaming sits one spot ahead of Merge in the PokerScout.com rankings, boasting a seven day average of 1,240 cash game players.

In its latest weekly report, PokerScout.com shows Revolution Gaming as one of the few year-over-year traffic gainers in the industry, with its cash game numbers up 66 percent from the same time a year ago. On the other hand, the Merge Gaming Network has seen its traffic fall 20 percent.
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The Merge Gaming Network is one of the few remaining semi-relevant poker networks to still serve U.S. customers. According to PokerScout.com, it currently ranks as the 12th largest poker family in terms of cash games, with a seven day average of 930 players.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:44 PM   #2705
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well, if it were just him, I might have c/c the flop then c/r the turn.
but the two other guys came along.
I did not want to let three hands draw against me.
(I am not saying I was right, I'm just letting you know my thought process)
Gotcha, I must have missed that when skimming through. One thing I've seen in my (honestly limited) live play is players c/r or donk bet the flop when there are two of a suit out because they don't want to get sucked out on, when in reality they are just missing value. On the other hand, you have a good chance of getting called down with a 7 high flush draw so I guess it's 6 of one half dozen of the other.

c/n: Live 1/2 players are generally really, really bad.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:45 AM   #2706
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AJ711 - you may also want to look for "America's Card Room". I had forgotten about them.
also, in any case, you should sign up through a rakeback site like "Rake the Rake".
even if you don't play enough now to get any rakeback, you might later.
and even if you never do, it costs you nothing, and makes you eligible for a freeroll tourney or two. (I finished 2nd in one of my freerolls and won $800 !!)

sic - as a live 1/2 player, I am only "pretty bad".
I always start out thinking I am going to play like I do online, but I never do.
there are so many calling stations that I just can't work up the nerve to raise 3 or 4 limpers from late position with a marginal hand, because it's likely no one will fold.
I often don't even raise multiple limpers from the blinds w/ a hand like AQs, as I am "afraid" to play a speculative hand OOP in a bloated pot.

so, I usually end up playing some kind of weak-tight style, with varying success.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #2707
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last time I played 1/2, I fell into the "really, REALLY BAD, style of play". I've taken a long break since.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #2708
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I am trying to figure out if it's possible to play anywhere close to the aggressive online style in a live 1/2 game.
the most bizarre situations seem to develop.
EP limps in, MP raises to $10, seemingly to isolate the limper.
BTN, BB, SB and EP all call . . .
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:26 AM   #2709
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met a kid last month while i was in budapest/vienna...he played heavy online while in college. his buddy is in the final9 this year.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:12 PM   #2710
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nice!
it looks like we have to pin our hopes on Neek.
or maybe TurboJon & Strider.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:16 AM   #2711
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interview w/ Andy Bloch on Diamond Flush about FTP.

long. often confusing (for me, anyway), but some interesting stuff
http://diamondflushpoker.com/2012/09...th-andy-bloch/
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:15 PM   #2712
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anybody watch any of the Howard Lederer interviews on ukpokernews.com?
I realize it's not "new", but I haven't seen anything here, so here is link to part 1.
edit - I'm a doofus.
vids are on youtube.
look here:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...k&feature=plcp

CN - wtlw - ukpokernews has all day interview w/ Lederer on their site, broken up into a buch of vids.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:37 PM   #2713
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more poker news

Phil Hellmuth Captures Bracelet #13, Defeats Sergii Baranov At World Series of Poker Europe Championship Event
http://www.pokernewsdaily.com/phil-h...p-event-22628/

that tug you felt was the increase in the gravitational field of Phil's head.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:02 PM   #2714
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I recently had pocket aces cracked by QUAD jacks, when the other guy raised me all-in pre-flop. I flopped a full house. If that 4th ace would've showed up, I would've won about $7K of a bad beat jackpot!

Same night, I dropped the final $20 into a quarter slot machine and hit for a grand


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Old 10-08-2012, 04:43 PM   #2715
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That sucks, at the local card room that I play, aces full of tens beat by four of a kind or better would have got you 40% of at least $20K.

40% - to best losing hand
20% - winning hand
remaining 40% - table share with other players.

I have won one $1,100 table share over the last eight years of playing there, but not the big payouts.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #2716
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That sucks, at the local card room that I play, aces full of tens beat by four of a kind or better would have got you 40% of at least $20K.

40% - to best losing hand
20% - winning hand
remaining 40% - table share with other players.

I have won one $1,100 table share over the last eight years of playing there, but not the big payouts.
how often do you play there?
just trying to get an idea of how many visits/hands that 8 years represents.
something tells me the jackpot drop is -EV.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:10 PM   #2717
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I'm going to Las Vegas next week for the PBR world finals.
I also will be playing a bit of poker.
most likely 1-2NL.

both excited & a bit nervous, even though it's the same money I play with in AC.

any casino recommendations?
must play places?
must avoid?
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:24 PM   #2718
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how often do you play there?
just trying to get an idea of how many visits/hands that 8 years represents.
something tells me the jackpot drop is -EV.
No way of knowing really. One guy has had a share of the jackpot five times and has been going there about as long as I have. Other people have never had any luck.

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I'm going to Las Vegas next week for the PBR world finals.
I also will be playing a bit of poker.
most likely 1-2NL.

both excited & a bit nervous, even though it's the same money I play with in AC.

any casino recommendations?
must play places?
must avoid?
I like the Venetian (good 1-2 games and evening tourney there), Bellagio and MGM Grand's poker rooms. Mirage's is OK, but it's not very big and the action can get kind of slow if it's not busy. Same with the Hard Rock.

Venetian and Bellagio have the best drink service IMO. Venetian room also has a new, affordable Asian noodle restaurant a couple hundred feet from the entrance.

I have heard the Wynn is also good, but I have never played there, so I don't know what the limits are.

Good luck!

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Old 10-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #2719
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No way of knowing really. One guy has had a share of the jackpot five times and has been going there about as long as I have. Other people have never had any luck.



I like the Venetian (good 1-2 games and evening tourney there), Bellagio and MGM Grand's poker rooms. Mirage's is OK, but it's not very big and the action can get kind of slow if it's not busy. Same with the Hard Rock.

Venetian and Bellagio have the best drink service IMO.

I have heard the Wynn is also good, but I have never played there, so I don't know what the limits are.

Good luck!
thanks!
I have been browsing at http://www.allvegaspoker.com/
looking at reviews and seeing what games different places spread.
it seems some places have dumped 1-2 for 1-3.
I think 1-2 is a better fit for me.
I called one of the rooms and she said they were changing over to 1-3 at the end of September.
She said people liked it better because "it was the same game, but you could have more money on the table"

I think one of us is confused at the concept of what a BB is.
after all, if I played 5-10 NL, I'd really have a lot of money on the table.
maybe 5 times as much as 1-2 NL
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I remember playing 1-2-2 NL about six or so years ago at the Luxor. Yep, two BBs and you could only buy in for max $40. Lots of action, but you had to be lucky to win. And if you won, you were smart and left.

Some of the poker rooms are small, so if it's not busy, be prepared to wait a long time for a new game to start.

I recommend sticking to the bigger rooms for more variety, tourists etc.

I forgot, Planet Hollywood's poker room is pretty nice as well. I would call it mid-sized.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:22 PM   #2721
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unfortunately - I'M the tourist!

but hopefully I won't be that bad.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:28 PM   #2722
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Yeah, I am too when I go to Vegas. HA!

I meant that you'll find that tables that are full of skilled locals. Better to find the fun tables with out of towners having a good time.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:32 PM   #2723
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I'm hoping to find a place full of drunken convention monkeys!
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:45 PM   #2724
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flying out tomorrow.
I'm pretty psyched. running through stuff in my head & resolving to play better.
we shall see how it goes.

expect a recap when I get back next week.
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updates? I heard about the WSOP winner last night, but won't spoil it for you guys
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