Thursday, January 12, 2006


Well as usual, it was a blast. Thanks to Jordon and Trip for putting this thing on.
I stayed around the chip lead for much of the tournament but one misstep cost me a chance at the money. I had played the entire tournament with one thing in mind, my starting hand had to have both a good hi hand draw as well as a good low hand draw, my focus was to only play pots that I could scoop.

I maintained that until the faithful hand that sent me packing. I was in the BB when I was dealt Kh,7h,7c,8c. No low draw so I would have folded this hand usually, but being in the big blind, with a pair, double suited, possible straight flush draw mmmmmmm and what else. Well anyway you know I played the hand or I would not be crying like this in public. In classic fashion there are two hearts on the flop, a small bet is made, I make my flush on the turn, I bet, he bets and Im all in. He turns over not only the nutt flush but the nutt low with the A2 of hearts.

What this taught me is to not change my strategy because I am in the BB, in any other position I would have folded that hand and more than likely made the money.
All it takes is one misstep when you are walking through a mine field and you go BOOM!


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

DADI Tonight

Jordan and TripJax are hosting the next Donkeys Always Draw Invitational, and this time it's going to be an Omaha 8 Hi/Lo game.

WHERE: PokerStars
WHEN: January 11th, 9PM EST
BUY-IN: $10+$1
PASSWORD: blogsaregay

See you there.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Multi Table Strategy

When I play in multi table tournaments with large fields, I have a problem keeping my focus for the 5 or 6 hours that it takes to get to the big money. When I play at a live event, I don't have this problem (I am focusing on my opponents actions and reactions).

If there are any other players, like me, who suffer from poker attention deficit syndrome I have a suggestion for you. I have started using my chip set to keep my actual chip stack in front of me. This forces me to look at what I'm pushing in before I make that emotional call to the bully that's pushing me around. It's easy to click that mouse to make a bet but when you have to physically count out the chips for the call, it will slow you down and make you think. It is the same mentality when a shopper uses a credit card versus using cash. It is much harder to pull that money from your wallet but that credit card is soooo tempting.

Since I have started doing this, my multi table finishes have been much better. Last week I played in 3 multis with the following finishes

* 20th out of 600 in a 7CS multi
* 91st out of 2,137 in NLH
* 485th out of 2,066 in NLH (due to my bad timing on a bluff)

Try this in your next multi and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Nothing that a few SNG s can't fix!

2006 got off to a rough start for my online bankroll. I hit a sour run on a 2/4 table and before I knew it I was down 200 bucks. I decided to change things up and go back to the comffy surroundings of SNG tournaments. Things changed in a hurry. In the last three days I have played 10 SNGs and monied in 7 of those

I won three 2 table tournies
2nd in two single table tournies
3rd in two single table tournies

This more than made up for my early losses!

In effort to polish what little skill that I have in Omaha, I jumped into a 20 multi in which I took a beating, so the next DADI should be interesting.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year !!!

As I reflect on 2005, it was a great year in many ways.

First off, my family did not experience a single loss of life. As my family grows older, that is something to be very thankful for. Another great thing was On December 26th, I became a first time Grandfather.

From a professional prospective, God continues to bless me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years with Sears but my career path is taking a turn in two weeks as I had another opportunity that is just too good to pass up. I look forward to my new opportunity.

In hobby land, (which is golf, golf and more golf), I recorded my first and only DOUBLE EAGLE. For those of you who do not play golf, that is getting a 2 on a par 5. I hit about a 300-yard drive and from 170 yards I knocked it in the hole! A double eagle is one of the rarest accomplishments in golf. Only seven were recorded last year in the state of Georgia (while there were over 500 hole in ones). I also shot an 80 which was my best round of the last 10 years or so.

In my poker life, I had a great year. I participated in my first live event ever. It was in Biloxi at the Grand. It was a $200 + $20 buy in. Over 300 people were in it and I finished 27th, it was a blast. Online, I had a solid year. A few of the highlights that I remember were winning $1000 by finishing 2nd in the mini-steps, an $800 win on a 7 card stud multi tournament, and just a few weeks ago finishing 8th and winning $1080 in a $30 NLH event. And while I didn’t win a lot of money, I was proud of my 3rd place finish in the DADI. The field was full of great players and I was fortunate to catch cards at the right time.

While it is not that sexy, I have listed my “Things To Do In 2006” list.

1) Be the best Christian that I can be.
2) Put a floor in my attic.
3) Plan a family trip to Hawaii.
4) Shoot even par.
5) Buy another piece of rental property.
6) Participate and money in a WSOP event.
7) In online poker, finish 2006 in the black by at least 5k this year.
8) Refine my poker betting strategy.
9) Restore my 1977 Corvette
10) Last but not least, make new friends.

Have a great 2006!
Kelly Joyce Sr.