September 22, 2006 - Tournament Experiences At The Borgata/ Poster Updates I know... I know... It's been over a week since my last blog... oops my bad ... BUT I do have a reason... I've been working on a project for the last two weeks from morning till night which you all will be able to see very soon. I have sent out over 50 posters to all my friends and fans that have emailed me with their info.. It's been approximately 5 business days now so you all should be expecting to receive the posters within the next day or two. I have made a decision which might or might not come as a shock to some people. I have decided to donate 100% of my profit earning sales from the posters to 4 of the charities that I have selected which are 1) Helping the unfortunate in Asia, 2) MS Foundation, 3) Make A Wish Foundation, and 4) Baby Hannum (Paul Hannum's precious angel). A Note To My Friends and Fans: When you've received my posters, I'd appreciate it if you'd drop me a message and let me know what your thoughts are on it... Was it to your satisfaction? Now finally I'm gonna get to the main subject which is POKER!!! I was just at The Borgata and had played in 2 events. The first one was the $2500 no-limit event. I made it about 6 hrs into the tournament before gettin knocked out. During the 6 hrs of play I was moved to a diffent table 3 times... Well the 3rd table change was the brutal one. I sat right down on the big blind and picked up QJ(s) everyone mucked, action gets to the button and he just limps in and calls, small blind also called as well. Now QJ suited could be a raising hand but I checked because it just seems a bit strange why the button would only limp and not raise in that position. Normally players would only play it that way because they're holding a big hand and wanna slow play it to get the most out of it. And because that was the first hand I played on that table I wasn't sure what his style of play was like so just to be on the safe side I checked my option. The flop came Q(c) 10(s) 3(c).. small blind checks, I bet out 3500.. the button immediately mucks.. the small blind thinks about it a bit and calls my bet. Turn is a 4(h).... small blind moves all in... I think for a bit and because the 4 is a blank card and I have played with this player numerous times in a live game I know he would call my bet with a crappy hand. I put him on a flush draw and was making a move so I called his all in bet. He turns over 8(c) 5(c).. so I was correct on my read.. and THE RIVER.... comes a yucky 10(c) which he hit his draw and made a flush. He got me barely covered in chips so out the door I go. 10K Main Event day...I was sat at a table with only 1 real known name which was Phil Laak. I picked up a fairly large amount of chips during the first 3 levels. During level one I picked up a 12k pot with AA's on my big blind. There were 3 players involved in the hand... The small blind, me, and one middle position limper. I raised 100 when it got to my option and both players called. Flop comes K (rag) (rag). I bet out 600, player in middle position raises to 1200.. small blind mucks... I raised it to 3500 and he calls. Turn comes a blank card but now there a possible flush draw on board. I bet out 5k and he calls.. River comes a Q(d) which makes it 3 diamonds on board with a possible flush and straight draw... It was a bad river card for my hand so I check and he checked. I turned over AA's and he turned over K 10 so I took the pot down. After the 4th level I couldn't pick up a hand to play with and just sat patiently and blinded away some of my chips. After about 3 levels later I happen to pick up 88's... a player in middle position makes a raise and gets to my action I go over the top and raised it to 5k. small blind calls my raised and so did the other player. The flop came 7 5 2 (rainbow)... best possible flop for my hand... The small blind bets out 12k... middle player mucks... I think about it for quite some time and made such a bad decision and called his bet. Turn pairs the 7... He moves all in... And because of my bad call on the flop I basically committed myself to the pot and I only had about 12k left so even though I had a feeling I was beat and should of laid my hand down, I made a dumb mistake again and called. He turned over QQ's.. the river was no help and out the door again for me... This time it wasn't because of luck but it was because of the bad play on my part... Until next time everyone...