Archive for April, 2007

Breaktime

As we’ve mentioned a few times over the past month…we are taking the month of May off from hosting tournaments at the Big O. This will give us a little time to catch up on our rest…and sanity…and recharge the batteries.

We’ll be back to hosting the weekend of June 1st.

See everyone then…

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2007
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Big O Schedule

Defending Champ…ScottMc

Here are the events for the rest of April 2007, be sure to leave a comment or email me to reserve a spot.

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Thursday, April 26th - $50 Big O Freeze Out Tournament
Time: 7:00pm
Buyin: $50, no rebuys or add-ons
Format: Each player starts with 25,000 chips and we’ll use the usual blind structure
Note: We must have at least 10 players signed up in order for the tournament to run.
Bonus chips: Sign up by Wednesday, April 25th for 1,500 bonus chips. Show up by 7pm on Thursday, April 26th for 1,500 bonus chips.

CONFIRMED:

  1. Armando
  2. Clara
  3. Henry
  4. Carol
  5. Toby
  6. Jim
  7. Stacey
  8. Michael
  9. Rico
  10. Rocky
  11. Mellissa
  12. Justin

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BLINDS: 20 minute blinds

BLIND STRUCTURE
* Level 1 - 100/200
* Level 2 - 200/400
* Level 3 - 300/600
* Level 4 - 400/800
* BREAK - 5 minutes

* Level 7 - 500/1000
* Level 8 - 600/1200
* Level 9 - 800/1600
* BREAK - 5 minutes

* Level 10 - 1000/2000
* Level 11 - 1500/3000
* Level 12 - 2000/4000
* BREAK - 5 minutes

* Level 13 - 3000/6000
* Level 14 - 4000/8000
* Level 15 - 5000/10000

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
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Big O Recap: Weekend at Mookie’s Tournament

Initially 21 people signed up to play the $20 bounty/rebuy tournament ($10 went to the prize pool and each player had a $10 bounty on themselves). We added another table to the poker room planning for 7 players at each table. I was anxious and excited to have the first tournament with the newly installed projector on the ceiling.

As I typed the player’s names into Tournament Director, I paused and smiled while I typed in M-i-a-m-i-D-o-n-k. Mr. Rogers, LobsterDon and now MiamiDonk…nice. We had a last minute cancellation which left us with 20 players but still went with 3 tables.

Each player started with 10,000 chips with blinds starting at 100/200 going up every 20 minutes. There was 4 rounds of unlimited rebuys. Once a player’s stack hit 5,000 or below they could rebuy…$10 for 10,000 chips. We were looking to break the Big O rebuy record of 23. With the lineup of donkeys we had I knew the record was going down.

I started at a table with Jim, Scott R., MiamiDonk, JJ, Steve and Justin. Within minutes I pulled my first donk move of the evening doubling through Jim when my QJ turned two pair to crack his KK. Not too long after that I padded my stack when AK held up against Justin’s flush draw.

My stack was growing quickly however that all changed when I flopped a straight with 85o on a 9h 7h 6h board. I check-raised Don all in and he beat me to the pot with the MOOOOOOOK…T8. Doh! beaten by my own hand. His hand held up and he doubled through me bringing me back to the pack.

Along the way people were rebuying left and right with most of the rebuys coming from table 2 which had ScottMc, Carol, Rico, Stacey, Bern, Mark and Anna. Table 1 was right behind them and included Michael, Henry, Mrs. Mookie, Josh, Weak and April.

During the last level of rebuys our table went crazy with Don leading the way by moving all in blind multiple times. Many others followed suit but instead of creating more rebuy situations we basically just passed chips back and forth.

By the end of the rebuy period we had easily surpassed the rebuy record with 26 rebuys. ScottMc, Henry and Carol led the way with 3 apiece. Nearly everyone took the optional $10 add-on for 10,000 chips creating a nice prize pool of over $800 including bounties.

Throughout the tournament my sister was passing shots of Patron to both Don and JJ at my table and others at the other two tables. Don was drinking them like water earning himself another nickname for the trip…Donny Patron!

ScottMc started level 5 (blinds at 500/1000) with only 20,000 chips but went on a heater sending Carol to the rail in 20th place. He was feeling bulletproof and made a loose call against Rico and got there on the river to add another bounty to his collection. It was about this time we noticed one of the reasons why people call bloggers ghey…JJ and Jim wore almost identical shirts. Awww how cute….twinkies!

Down to 18 players, we broke down to two tables. Don won his first ever bounty at the Big O when his JJ held up against Steve’s TT. April knocked Josh out in 17th while I collected a bounty when I won a race against Mark.

Weak amassed a nice stack early but ran KK into AA and was on a shorter stack midway through the tournament. He ended up being another victim of ScottMc’s finishing in 15th when his Hammer was cracked.

Henry’s night was ended when his pair of Jacks fell to Anna’s AK when she went runner-runner flush. Stacey was crippled when she lost a big pot to Scott and was knocked out soon after by her own hubby Jim in 13th place.

The blinds continued to climb while my stack stayed stagnant. Every pot was raised preflop and I waited for a spot to shove. JJ raised in EP to 15K with KQ and I jammed my 30K stack with AJ. He called and the King on the flop meant it was time for me to leave the table in 12th place. Who said AJ was gold?

I was of course besides myself after being eliminated. I managed to steal JJ’s phone when he wasn’t paying attention and called his wife explaining everything that had happened. She felt sorry for me and agreed to email me a picture of JJ from his college days. Come to find out he put himself through college by stripping for cash…they used to call him “Lil’ Cubbie”.

Revenge is a bitch my friend. Welcome to the Hall of Donks.

Anna was the next to go after she managed turn to a straight only to get rivered by ScottMc who ended up with Broadway. By this time ScottMc’s stack was overflowing with chips.

Nothing was stopping his run as he added even more to his stack after he got all in with KK against April. Suck, re-suck. Two pairs for April on the flop but the river brought a King and a set for ScottMc. April finished in 10th place and on the final table bubble.

With 9 players remaining the final table was formed. Here were the final table players and their chipcounts:

  1. ScottMc - 299,000
  2. JJ - 88,000
  3. Bern - 62,000
  4. Justin - 43,000
  5. Mrs. Mookie - 37,500
  6. MiamiDonk - 34,500
  7. Jim - 30,000
  8. Scott R. - 29,000
  9. Michael - 18,500

Before the final table action began April got in touch with JoeSpeaker for our first dial-a-shot of the evening. I managed to get a few words in with him before passing the phone around to the rest of the group. Good times. A few minutes later Donny Patron got in touch with a very drunk AlCantHang and another round or three of dial-a-shots went down.

Just how drunk was Al? After the dial-a-shots, I took the phone and we talked for a good 10 minutes before he asked me to put Mookie on the phone. Mookie? This is Mookie!

With the blinds at 2,000/4,000 and ScottMc holding nearly half the chips in the play the rest of the final table faced an uphill climb. I was away from the table when it happened but Bern got mixed up in a hand with JJ and finished in 9th place.

A very short stacked Michael was eliminated at the hands of Jim and ended up being the bubble because the Big O’s biggest chop ever took place. For being the bubble boy Michael won an Iron Cactus gift card compliments of Henry and Carol.

The chop…Let me first start by saying MiamiDon is one smooth talker. I think he must have been a used car salesman in a former life. No one gets the nickname MiamiDon without being a “friend of ours” or a car salesman. :) With barely enough chips to post the next round of blinds he helped orchestrate a chop that saw ScottMc give up 6 of his bounty cards to the others while taking 1st place money outright.

The other 6 each got a bounty card to go along with whatever bounty cards they had collected throughout the evening and then chopped 2nd-5th place money.

Congratulations to ScottMc on the dominating performance and his first Big O victory. What a comeback from only 20,000 chips at the first break.

After the tournament we decided to get a $50NL cash game going with .25/.50 blinds and a mandatory live straddle. The lineup was tough and over the course of the night/early morning included April, Don, Weak, ScottMc, Scott, Jim, JJ, Michael, Mark, Steve and yours truly.

Everyone decided on a couple of rules at the beginning, play everyone hard and no hard feelings. What a tough, intense game it was for such small stakes. Although I felt outmatched at times and lost a couple of big pots early I managed to escape with just a $5 loss.

ScottMc kept the momentum by running over the game at times. He was in a lot of pots and kept the pressure on while building a nice stack. Pride was more at stake than the actual money as no one wanted to be outplayed.

This was by far one of the toughest $50NL games I’d seen mainly due to the fact that everyone was playing like thousands were on the line. I probably learned more in that game than I have over the last year.

Play finally winded down after 3AM and most people left while Don, Jim, JJ and I hung in the poker room until 4AM talking about all kinds of things. When we could barely stay awake we said our good-bye’s and this ended the Weekend at Mookie’s.

I want to first thank Mrs. Mookie for putting up with me over the last few weeks preparing for this weekend. She puts up with a lot of crap from me and this weekend was no different. Thanks to everyone who made it out for the weekend. It was a lot of fun and it was great meeting JJ for the first time and seeing Don and Weak again.

Later this year I’ll begin planning the next Weekend at Mookie’s which will probably take place in April 2008.

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Weekend at Mookie’s Part I

Weekend at Mookie’s Part II

Weekend at Mookie’s Part III

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
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Big O Events Schedule

Defending Champ…Michael

Here are the events for the rest of April 2007, be sure to leave a comment or email me to reserve a spot.

Saturday, April 21st - Weekend at Mookie’s

Time: Golf-10am, BBQ-5pm, Poker-7pm

BBQ: We will provide the meat (hamburgers, hotdogs and fajitas). If you plan on attending please sign-up to bring a side dish, snacks, cokes, or desserts.
Golfers: I need to get your handicaps ASAP so I can start making the teams and pass this information to the golf course. We won’t be using any modified scoring system, I’ll try to split up the teams as even as I can.
Poker: $20 buyin bounty/rebuy tourney with $10 rebuys. There will be a $10 bounty on each player. Cash games will start as soon as a table opens up.

GOLF

We have moved the venue to Lago Vista Golf Club due to course conditions at Crystal Falls.

Directions: Go HERE for a the golf course address and directions.

Cost: $45+tax/person which covers green fees, golf cart rental, unlimited range balls, and lunch (hamburger and fries)

Prizes: If everyone kicks in $5 we’ll pay $80 to the winning team. We’ll also have prizes for closest to the pin and the longest drive.

Teams:

  • Guppies
    • Godfrey
    • Arnie
    • Scott M
    • Mark
  • Trout
    • Bubba
    • Rocky
    • Henry
    • Carol
  • Goldfish
    • Rico
    • Jim
    • Steve
  • Donkeys
    • Don
    • Jeff
    • Armando

BBQ SIGN-UP:

  • Armando/Clara/Don/Aaron/Jeff - hamburgers, hot dogs, fajitas
  • Henry/Carol - drinks/chips
  • April - dessert
  • Michael - cookies
  • Jim/Stacey - baked beans/macaroni salad
  • Anna
  • Scott M
  • Mark

POKER

  1. Armando
  2. Clara
  3. Henry
  4. Carol
  5. Jim
  6. Stacey
  7. Scott R.
  8. Scott M.
  9. April
  10. Justin
  11. Zach
  12. Josh
  13. Mark M.
  14. Don
  15. Aaron
  16. Steve
  17. Jeff
  18. Michael
  19. Anna

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Thursday, April 26th - $50 Big O Freeze Out Tournament
Time: 7:00pm
Buyin: $50, no rebuys or add-ons
Format: Each player starts with 25,000 chips and we’ll use the usual blind structure

CONFIRMED:

  1. Armando
  2. Clara
  3. Henry
  4. Carol
  5. Toby

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BLINDS: 20 minute blinds

BLIND STRUCTURE
* Level 1 - 100/200
* Level 2 - 200/400
* Level 3 - 300/600
* Level 4 - 400/800
* BREAK - 5 minutes

* Level 7 - 500/1000
* Level 8 - 600/1200
* Level 9 - 800/1600
* BREAK - 5 minutes

* Level 10 - 1000/2000
* Level 11 - 1500/3000
* Level 12 - 2000/4000
* BREAK - 5 minutes

* Level 13 - 3000/6000
* Level 14 - 4000/8000
* Level 15 - 5000/10000

Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
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Big O Recap: Mikey Likes It

You know how I know you’re gay? You say things like this:

“…then my mom asked me if I’m gay. When I said no, she asked if I’m bi-sexual…” spoken by a half-drunk Big O regular whose name rhymes with cycle.


This was just one of the many funny conversations that took place Friday night at the Big O. The best part about playing a home game especially at the Big O is taking a seat amongst friends after a long week of work and shooting the shit while trying to steal each others chips.

The poker room was packed as 20 players showed up for the rebuy/bounty madness. The rebuy period lasted one hour and I spent most of that time out of my seat processing a Big O record 24 rebuys.

Before the rebuy period ended Mike Baaa called Mrs. Mookie’s all in on the flop with KJ while she had AK. Mike wasn’t able to find a miracle on the turn or river and decided to call it night finishing in 20th place.

I couldn’t build my stack at all since I was consistently sitting on 2nd best hands and became a POD…Pay Off Donkey. I limped into the first break and after taking the add-on I was well below average with only 24,000 chips.


Late in level 5 (500/1000) David raised in late position and was called by Justin and Skip. The flop was JJx and David pushed all in and Justin pushed all in behind him. Skip had both players covered and called with J5. David had AK and Justin was way ahead with AJ. Nothing crazy happened on the turn or river and Justin tripled up while knocking David out in 19th place.

Brad knocked Scott out next and Rocky took the remaining crumbs of Skip’s stack. Mellissa eliminated Toby in 16th place while Bubba took out Carol.

Audie had started the evening off slow and wasn’t able to amass any chips. After the break things started to turn around for him and he started making some hands. He won his first bounty of the night sending Greg to the rail in 14th place.

Mrs. Mookie was running short on chips and went to the races with AJ against Brad’s TT. The Tens held up and a dozen players remained. Brad continued to roll by knocking out Bubba and we were on the final table bubble.

I was very short on chips sitting on less than 20K. With blinds at 1500/3000 Audie raised it up big UTG and it folded around to me in the BB. I thought about just calling blind since I was short, but decided to look…QQ. I threw in the rest of my paltry stack and Audie insta-called with AK. Things were looking great for me until the nasty river brought an Ace. Ouch. Out on the final table bubble, breaking my streak of 5 straight final table finishes. I guess it wasn’t so bad getting knocked out by a great American hero…

Here were the final table finishers and their chipcounts:

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  1. Michael - 175,000
  2. Brad - 114,000
  3. Audie - 101,500
  4. Justin - 65,000
  5. Rocky - 49,500
  6. Henry - 45,500
  7. Mellissa - 36,000
  8. Jim - 33,500
  9. Rico - 24,000
  10. Lee Anne - 15,500

Since I was out of the tournament I turned my attention to the cash game and didn’t see any of the final table action. Rocky started things of quickly by knocking out Lee Anne and then Mellissa.

Brad sent Rico to the cash game and they were getting close to the money. Play continued for almost another hour when Henry knocked Brad out in 7th place. This put the final 6 on the bubble but they made a save making Brad the unfortunate bubble boy.

Rocky ended Jim’s night in 6th and Audie knocked Henry out in 5th. This was about the time Michael started trying to tilt Audie by repeatedly calling him Audie Murphy. Justin was the victim of Audie’s wrath and bowed out in 4th place.


Down to three players with even chipstacks play slowed down a bit and it would be another 30 minutes before an elimination. Rocky and Michael got all in on a flop that gave Rocky a pair and Michael an OESD. The turn brought the necessary straight card for Michael and Rocky’s bid to become the first multiple winner of 2007 fell short.

Heads up Michael held the chiplead but this matchup lasted nearly 40 minutes as the lead shifted back and forth. There were a couple of suckouts for each side but in the end Michael was able to pull out the win. Congrats !

Posted on Sunday, April 1st, 2007
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