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Bloggery With Intent To Chronicle Poker – Gettin' Jiggy Wit It

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Everyone has a story to tell, especially poker players.  All stories are not bad beats and all do not have happy endings - but in reality, when you follow poker as your given path, there is no ending, it’s one long game.

I got back to Las Vegas late Sunday and slept half the day away on Monday before meeting a friend for dinner at The Steakhouse at Circus Circus. A few years ago, a friend of mine who had lived in Las Vegas for nearly a decade but had moved to Chicago, flew into town while I was covering the World Series of Poker. He owed me a steak dinner and he told me he was going to take me to the best steak place in Vegas. Imagine my surprise when he called me and told me to meet him at Circus Circus.

“The place with the evil clowns,” I laughed.

“Just trust me,” he said.

Several hours and a fully stomach later (not an easy feat with me mind you), I was sold. I'd eaten steak at some of the best places in Vegas and paid exorbitant prices for those meals. Circus Circus was as good, or better than all those places and unlike most Vegas steakhouses they actually give you side dishes and a salad as part of the meal, not a la carte. Now anytime I have someone visiting and I want to take them out for a good meal, I take them there. And no, they aren't paying me to write this... just one fat man's opinion.

Today, I decided to dedicate at least 3-4 hours to playing some small limit poker and building up my meager bankroll. Prior to today, I had turned my starting bankroll of $100 to $105. Not exactly something to write home to Mom about. I started out with some .05/.10 Pot Limit Omaha at Full Tilt – three tables with $10 at each table. I lost the full $10 with a wrap/nut flush draw against a guy who was in love with his aces. None of my outs hit though and he was rewarded for his brilliant play (yes, that's sarcasm for those who didn't get it). Another $10 went down the drain about 20 minutes later when I flopped a set and lost to a player with a wrap/flush draw. Sometimes poker isn't fair, but it is what it is and you have to take the bad with the good.

Down $20 already, which is nearly half of what I had sitting at Full Tilt, I decide to get up from the cash game and take a different approach. I signed up for two $2 heads up SNG's of the PLO variety. Over the past five years or so my ROI online is probably about 10-20% – if you take away heads up matches it's probably negative 25% or so... they have definitely kept me afloat, especially Pot Limit because at the lower limits people don't grasp the concepts correctly all the time.

I split the first two and signed up for two more. Those two were over quickly. I decided to mix it up a little and play some NLHE heads up SNG's. Normally I avoid NLHE games, even at lower limits because people tend to play no limit holdem better because of the amount of poker literature available on the subject. However, today was an exception as I think I managed to catch people who were playing for real money for the first time ever... at least that is the way it seemed to me.

Here's an example of how easy it was for me. I limped in with K-3 suited from the small blind and the big blind made it 60 to go with the blinds at 10/20. We both started with 1,500 and I'm down to about 1,200 after I tried to pull a bluff early and he over shoved and I folded. I call and the flop comes A-K-K. Money flop for me. He bets pot of 120 and I minimum raise it to 240. This was the same exact thing I had done previously when I folded to his over shove. Well, he shoves again and I of course snap call. I figure he has an ace but nah it's pocket 9's. Pocket 9's? Really? I guess it is only $2 but I can't help but laugh. Needless to say, I cruise to victory in that one after doubling up.

I'm not going to bore you with all of the details of my heads up matches. I lost a few but won more than enough to erase the $20 loss I had started the day with away. It takes a little bit longer to increase the bankroll in heads up SNG's than it does in cash games, but I also can't lose $10 in one hand either, so maybe playing these is the correct course of action for me until I get the bankroll at least doubled up to $200. I ended the day up $8 for the day bringing my bankroll to $113. Go me!

Song Of The Day –  Gettin' Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith

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