Poker, novel-in-progress, and updates from rainy PDX.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Okay, it's been a long time and I'm sure I've lost my once tremendous readership, but I'm going to post some good content right now anyway.

The long story of the last few weeks made short: My wife and I are very close to buying a house. We should find out tomorrow whether or not we'll get the one we want.

In the meantime, I got my ass kicked at both $0.25/$0.50 and $0.50/$1.00 on Poker Stars. I still have some cash there, but it wasn't pretty.

So, I did what any logical poker player would do--I bought into Party for 300 big bets.

Now, I know what you're thinking. But really, I'm somewhat exaggerating the ass-kicking. I played 5,500 hands of $0.25/$0.50 on Stars, and finished down maybe 30 BB. But check this out: I only was dealt AA 11 times out of those 5,500 hands. I should have gotten it more like 25 times. And of those 11, I lost 5. So as you can see, it was a bad run.

I got slightly more dominated at $0.50/$1.00, but a grip of bad beats and rock-garden-esque tables contributed to that. Even so, it was only about -4 BB/100.

So I bought into Party, and I've been playing $0.50/$1.00. My win rate through 762 hands is 9.1 BB/100.

That's a little ridiculous, and I expect it to come down, but the games really do seem softer on Party.

Check out these stats. The sample sizes aren't big enough to be significant, but they paint a picture.

% of players seeing flop
Stars: 33.43
Party: 42.87

Avg. Pot
Stars: $7.99
Party: $6.09

So, around 10% more players to each flop, and two extra dollars in each pot. It adds up.

Heck, tonight I was playing with a guy who voluntarily puts into the pot 91.3% of the time, and raises pre-flop 30.43% of the time. Needless to say, he lost all his money, some of it to me.

After all this shit-talking about Party, the least I can do is offer you a bonus there. Use the code FOZ when you sign up for a free $25 when you deposit $50 or more.

On to less statistical, more legitimitastical content. This past weekend, the Vegas crew met up in Moclips, WA for a weekend of debauchery. Only trouble was, I thought it was next weekend, so I was only able to go for one day. Still, I drove my ass out there on Monday night and took Tuesday off.

These are the same guys I've been going to Vegas with every March for the past 5 years. This year, we couldn't go. So this was the makeup trip, and it was pretty damn fun. No Vegas, but still, pretty fun.

Although we were in the middle of nowhere, that didn't stop us from gambling. There was an Indian casino maybe 20 miles from our cabin, so on Monday night we all sat down at one of their $3 blackjack tables.

Now, I generally think blackjack at an Indian casino is pretty worthless. You don't get free (alcoholic) drinks, and there usually aren't any small-limit ($1 or $3) tables. Thankfully, this place had a $3 table, and it wasn't long before we were taking up all the seats. I started with $30 and the idea that I would count cards, but I had already had 4 imperial pints of Guinness, so I didn't do a very good job. A few times I increased my bet size after a ton of small cards came out and won. But I also lost two straight double downs where I had 10 or 11 against 4 and 5 showing. Pff.

I ended the night up $4, as ridiculous as that sounds.

Gotta go to bed now... will post some more stuff this week. Um, more interesting stuff. I need to dig into my Vegas archive for some more high-rollin' stories. Until then...


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