ngokevin

It's the final table of the tournament. There are 8 players left. I have an above average size stack about 8 times the the size of the pot (M=8). I'm in early position, UTG+1, with JJ. I raise ~2.2x. It folds around to the BB. The BB is the chipleader, a southern guy who isn't much of a thinker. I just saw him 3bet shove over a shortstack with 99, and raise/call with KQo. He 3bet shoves, putting me all in.

After a few seconds of thinking, I called. I was getting 2.2:1 odds on my call (call 34k to win 71k), and guessed that it was good. I was willing to take the variance hit in order to secure a chip lead to take down the tournament. Trying to learn how to risk a probable cash-out to make a go for first place (reduce the ITM% to increase the ROI%). I said that I guessed 2.2:1 odds was good against his shoving range, so let's do the math and see if that checks out.

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Nothing like a win to get things back on track. I went back to my bread-and-butter, the Saturday freerolls at the Final Table. Through the dozen or so times I've played these freerolls, I've amassed an insane ROI. After three hours of play, we chopped four ways for $260.

Building a Personalized Poker Buddy App

I have been thinking about building a personalized mobile app for myself to assist me in all things poker. I always try to look to my hobbies for inspiration to build and develop. With insomnia at time of writing, I was reading Rework by 37signals to pass the time. It said to make use of fleeting inspiration as it came. And this idea may click. The app will have two faces. A poker tracker on one side, and a handy tournament pocket tool on the other.

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Poker Sessions #19 to #27 - Downswing

Since returning from a three-week personal/work/family trip in Florida, things have not gone too hot. Busted out of a $5K (-$80), out of a freeroll (-$60), a $3K (-$90), a couple of small $300s (-$90), a couple of $1500s (-$100), and a couple more $5Ks (-$160). That totals for a -$480 dip. Though I try not to be results-oriented.

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Back from an overnight flight from AK with a healthy dose of lack-of-sleep with a drop of jetlag. Against better judgement, I headed to Final Table to play the 11am freeroll. It was one of the first times I played with my hoodie up, but it wasn't to hide my poker face; it was to create a happy place where I could close my eyes. I cashed 5th out of 30 for $65. Interestingly, the owner of the club jumped in with a $200 bounty, stating his earnings would go to the dealers.

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$80,000 tournament, first place paid $20K, 15 people left. I had a healthy stack with at least a guaranteed $790 payout after I had put $225 in. With AA, I lose an 80/20 (80% chance to win) all-in after the flop to bust out right before the substantial pay bumps. Shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and then acceptance. After playing solid for 10 hours, I do the long skate home, can't help but thinking of the thousands I was practically guaranteed. Just to rub it in, the club posted on FB the picture of the guy that sucked out on me right after I busted pretty saying "look how many chips he has!!!".

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