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February 23, 2008

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Gotta run. Going to a big poker tourney tonight, I think.

Arrgh: Finished in the money, fifth place out of maybe thirty. Sucked, though, because I was up in chips late in the game but this one guy had my number. I didn't believe him when he had be beat, lost an all-in bet; then, when I had pocket kings and an ace showed on the flop, he bet big, and I did believe him and turned in my hand... he had a five-fuckin'-three. He destroyed me. I just cannot get a read on him. He bets big with good cards; he bets big with shit. Basically, he bets big. It's a mystery whether he's sitting on pocket queens or an 8-3 offsuit.

What makes it worse is that I'm a good short-handed player and most of the people in the end didn't seem to know the difference between regular play and short-hand play. From playing in tourneys on-line, I know I almost always win once it's down to three because people just don't understand the power of position in a short game. In regular poker, you're playing your cards; short-handed, you're playing position, not quite exclusively but pretty much so.

So, I thought I could win. Didn't. Since she's probably going to blog about it, I don't think it's letting out secrets to note that Ari Goes Down won after being very, very down late in the game. I was happy for her to win, partly because I was sitting next to her and she had a very cool tendency to consistency fold her small blinds and let me have them. Pretty nice to consistently get back your small blinds for nothing at all.

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posted by Ace at 07:05 PM

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