Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pour some "SUCKOUTS" on me

And then you can get one of these...


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Save the Date: SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2011

It's time for another AWESOME poker tournament!

Plan on being there. All money raised goes directly to patients with Colon Cancer.

We are looking for prize donations also. We accept poker related stuff, cash, and online poker funds (fulltilt money, pokerstars money, or bodog), or anything else you think would be a nice prize to get. Every single prize we give out is donated, so any bit you give is appreciated.

Thanks for your consideration.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bellagio gets robbed

$1.5Million dollar robbery

You can click above for the story, but here is the summary. Guy runs into the casino and steals $1.5 million dollars worth of chips. But where is he going to cash those in? I don't get it. Certainly you can't cash it all in in one day, nor can you cash in $5,000 a day for 300 days straight. I can't even imagine there is a black market for something like that. So what does he do with all those chips???

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The HAWK results

Don't forget it's the 2nd Sunday night of every month at 8pm central time. I actually cashed for probably the 3rd time in as many years. I got in late, so no shots of every knockout. Hope to see everyone again next month!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Lately, I feel like I am always the bubble or close to it.


How often do you use the "float". The popular thing used to be the C-bet, but now that everyone is doing it, good players on every poker site are starting to use the float. You know that at least 75% of the time, you will see a c-bet (continuation bet).

You have 3 choices after the c-bet.

1)Fold. If you missed the flop, which is 67% of the time, you can safely fold and only be out the pre-flop bet. But since your opponent only hits the flop 33% of the time, you might feel like you are folding to a bluff and wish you had another option.

2)Re-raise. Regardless of your cards, you show strength with the re-raise. Now 67% of the time (when your opponent missed the flop) you should expect that they will fold. However, there is a good part of the time when they started with a strong hand (AA, KK, QQ, or AK) or you might be playing against a super aggro player, and in those two cases they will shove over your re-raise. Either way, you will have to fold unless you feel you have the NUTS hand, and that gets expensive.

3)Call. This is where we get the "FLOAT". First of all, you give virtually no information with calling here. You could have a monster hand, a drawing hand, or absolutely nothing -which is when you are really floating. Secondly, you get to see a free card. If you are drawing, you may hit. If you have two over cards, you may suddenly have the best hand. In either case, you have improved with good value. And thirdly, if you are in position or not, a bet on the turn takes out all the bluff c-bets. Because the bluff c-bet is much more popular now, you will certainly get more value by floating in this situation.

In any case, you need to be careful to pick your spots, but the "FLOAT" should definitely be a part of your weaponry when playing online.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I am so Lucky!

Shove from the small blind and get lucky! That's how I roll....

Still can Luckbox it anyway.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The HAWK returns for the winter

Trusturgutshot makes the right read preflop. No good after the turn.
Tom D runs into pocket rockets
I got no traction the whole time, so shoved a short stack into Ace high. BYE ME.
Mandalgan collects a knockout after bustin' Aces
Roy gets knocked out after being dominated pre-flop
Adam shoves with his pocket pair and gets knocked out by Mandalgan
Mandalgan takes out Todd with a set of 9's. Congrats to Todd for 3rd place
Congratulations to Andybel for first and Mandalgan for taking 2nd
How they all finished. See you next month!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Private Tourney 11/6/10 open to any readers

As posted on

We're hosting our first poker tournament of the WCOFF Poker Series this Saturday at 5pm EST.  Entry Fee - $5.00

In order to locate the tournament, click the "Private" tab in the tournament lobby & it is also possible to locate our tournament by clicking on Requests, then Find Tournament by ID:

Tournament #195590173 (11.06.10 17:00 EST)

The Password to join our tournament is - wcoff

Our tournament has been set up with a 9 handed payout structure and it is possible to view the percentage payouts on this link:

If you are new to Full Tilt, you can download the software to play - HERE.

Based on the number of entries we get for this first tournament, WCOFF will be including a satellite league entry for 2011 as part of the prize payout, so invite your friends and let's get more entries into this first tournament. Feel free to share this invite with others you feel would be interested in playing in our WCOFF Poker Series.

We've had a few WCOFF members ask if we could host regular tournaments and keep an ongoing points standings with the winner earning a seat in a WSOP event next year. We're definitely open to that as long as the interest is high enough to warrant the investment. So spread the word and let's have some fun on Saturday night.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Why you haven't seen me lately

Just tired of this stuff:
Full Tilt Poker Game #24288536009: $8 + $0.80 Tournament (187929052), Table 10 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 00:23:19 ET - 2010/09/29
Seat 1: fins1378 (2,235)
Seat 2: chiefbmw (1,928)
Seat 3: chrisp200 (4,675)
Seat 4: gaby26 (3,080)
Seat 5: peedccc (5,280)
Seat 6: jamyhawk (5,495)
Seat 7: ChildOfJesus (17,110)
Seat 8: cincimusicman (2,555)
Seat 9: CPOner (5,670)
jamyhawk posts the small blind of 80
ChildOfJesus posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to jamyhawk [Js As]
cincimusicman folds
CPOner raises to 400
fins1378 folds
chiefbmw has 15 seconds left to act
chiefbmw folds
chrisp200 folds
gaby26 folds
peedccc folds
jamyhawk calls 320
ChildOfJesus has 15 seconds left to act
ChildOfJesus calls 240
arielcdg (Observer): gaby folde k j antes
*** FLOP *** [9s 9d Ac]
jamyhawk bets 550
ChildOfJesus calls 550
CPOner folds
*** TURN *** [9s 9d Ac] [9c]
jamyhawk checks
ChildOfJesus bets 1,120
jamyhawk calls 1,120
*** RIVER *** [9s 9d Ac 9c] [4d]
jamyhawk checks
ChildOfJesus bets 4,540
jamyhawk calls 3,425, and is all in
Uncalled bet of 1,115 returned to ChildOfJesus
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ChildOfJesus shows [9h Qc] four of a kind, Nines
jamyhawk mucks
ChildOfJesus wins the pot (11,390) with four of a kind, Nines
gaby26 has been disconnected
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 11,390 | Rake 0
Board: [9s 9d Ac 9c 4d]
Seat 1: fins1378 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: chiefbmw didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: chrisp200 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: gaby26 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: peedccc (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: jamyhawk (small blind) mucked [Js As] - a full house, Nines full of Aces
Seat 7: ChildOfJesus (big blind) showed [9h Qc] and won (11,390) with four of a kind, Nines
Seat 8: cincimusicman didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: CPOner folded on the Flop

9Qoff is a hand I forget to call raises with all the time... Now I know.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Daniel Tosh

Tosh.O is the best comedy in years I have seen. HEE LARIOUS.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Up and Down and now UP!

 So I went on a terrible run online. See the big drop at about 2800 games played. I went probably 200+ games without any decent cashes and I created a huge slide on the graph. 

As you can see, over the last 50+ games I started the run back upwards. Here's what helped me a lot:
1)I stopped playing Super Turbos. I wrote some time ago about how profitable they were for me, but they create a different mindset of play. It was affecting my regular poker play, and then my regular poker play affected my Super Turbos. It was a vicious cycle that ended in -EV. 
2)On the advanced filters, I dropped off all super turbo and turbo tournaments. I wanted to get back to playing online like I play live and visa verse. The faster you play, the more variance. Ask this guy about Rush poker and variance. Ay yi yi. Anyway, I want the most opportunity to play the most hands. After my recent success in Las Vegas playing a deepstack tournament, I wanted to give myself as many hands as possible to play against my opponents. The more hands, the more I learn about their play and if I lose a big pot, I'm still able to chip my way back to a big chipstack. 
3)I only play the $10 tournaments. Obviously, I would play even higher stakes if possible, but I'm not bankrolled for that. I found that any tournaments for less than $10 and people will shove because someone knocked at their door, or they are ready to leave their house. That must be why someone shoves with 92off. I've seen some crazy shit. 

So trying to play higher stakes and non-turbo type tournaments has proven to be +EV for me. 

I've been doing pretty good playing live. I had a great trip to Vegas and then I won my first tournament in our monthly poker series that is starting it's third year. 1st year I finished in 2nd place for the season. 2nd year I did not cash 1 single tournament. Crazy. 3rd year and 1 tournament played = 1 tournament won. It's a long season, but I am making great reads and feeling very good about my style of play.

Tournament 2 is next week. We shall see.

Go CK in the Detox Series.

Stay patient....

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Las Vegas ... so good to me

So another year and another profitable Vegas trip. Who would have thought it would be this good?

Last year, you may remember that one of the guys in my poker club (Mike Eise) won a bracelet and as a result, I got a check for $12,000.

Then, earlier this year, another member of our poker club (Jordan Portel) won $46,000 and I got a check for $750 (and Hawkette got a $750 check too).

Now, my wife (Hawkette) cashed in a $1500 event, after she won the buy in based on her play in our monthly tournaments. So we get a check for $2464 after we pay back the dues to the poker club. Not too shabby, I say...

She finished 212th out of 3,097 players. I was so much more nervous watching her than I ever am playing myself. Crazy stuff....

I played the Deepstack Venetian tournament on the first full day we were in Vegas and really loved the structure. I thought it was fantastic. I played with CK and we got to talk/hang out on each break. I played for 12 hours and then got knocked out around 90th of 696 players. I played between 15-20 bb's most of the day. It made a lot of my decisions difficult. I was really bummed to play for 12 hours and miss the money by just about 30 players, but it was the warmup I needed for the next tournament to come. Congrats to CK for finishing 4th for a payout of $21K. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

So the next day, I played in the RIO deepstack. It's a $175+$25 buy in with 469 players that day. $15,000 in starting chips and 25/50 blinds which will move up every 30 minutes. My first table was looser than anything I had seen the entire day before. Even the dealer was saying this was the craziest play she had ever seen in a deepstack tournament this early. With 300bbs pots were raised and reraised and we even saw 2 all in's during the first 30 minutes. There wasn't a single pot that someone won by buying the blinds during the first 2 levels. It was crazy. I won  a big hand early when my draw got there putting me at about 400bb's, so I just sat back and watched the crazy action after that.

Unlike the previous day, I rarely got below 20bb's. Every time I got close, I was able to chip back up to 25-30bbs. I kept the pressure on the average sized stacks and my favored hands held up against the shorties.

Next thing I knew, we were talking chop with 14 players left. It would be about $4,000 per player. It literally took 45 minutes to negotiate a chop, so finally with 12 players left, we decided to give the 3 chip leaders $5569 each and the rest of the field $4902. I was 3rd in chips at the time so got the bigger end of the chop. I was thinking about the first prize: $18,000, but even as one of 3 chip leaders, I only had 11 bb's. Overall, I was happy with my payout for a $200 tournament.

I wish I could find more tournaments like that one in Saint Louis. I guess I just have to wait until next year. If you are going to be in Vegas during the WSOP, you should definitely check out the deepstack tournaments. I thought the RIO was much softer than the Venetian, but the Venetian had much better payouts.

Oh, and don't forget the tournaments at O'Shea's. They are great for drunk play. I played 3 of them while there this past weekend and chopped for 1st in 2 of the 3. $45 buy in usually gets you a $300 payout if you chop the final 3 spots. They run them almost every 2 hours every day. You can usually find some very loose play in the 12am and 2am tournaments. So fun!

Hope you run well. Stay patient. . .

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hawkette cashed in 212th place in event number 45 for $3428. Congratulations Baby. You ROCK!
Hawkette just made day 2 of the $1500 event 45. Go Baby go!!!!!

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Just chopped for $5569 in the RIO deepstack. Final 12 chopped and I got just over 4th place money because i was one of the 3 chip leaders. Everyone else got $4900.


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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Playing the $550 deepstack at the Venetian at noon today.

Cashed in the $45 O'sheas tourney last night as a warmup. We did a 4 way chop at the end. Hope it is a sign of good things to come.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The only thing I want to say is that JJOK is in our prayers. Visit his site to tell him yourself. See the right side of my blog for his link.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Who has the best rock voice of all time:

1)Robin Zander
2)Robert Plant
3)Freddie Mercury

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

All in after the flop

I'm about ready to quit. I'm sorry but I am running into the above situation over and over and over again.....

Can you tell me I'm wrong?

Friday, May 14, 2010

I have been super swamped lately. Had a major change at work, and became very busy. This limits my time to share on here and to catch up on other blogs. I run through them once in a while, so don't be surprised to get a comment from me on a 3 week old post.

At work, I was promoted again. I am now in charge of all of Saint Louis Sales for my company and will begin opening new markets soon. It is very exciting, but also very challenging.

Poker has been up and down for me lately. I was invited to play in a home game recently and then invited back the next month. I took 3rd the first time and won it outright the second time. I wanted to write a long post about it, but probably won't. The bottom line is, these are a bunch of players that don't study and don't understand any of the math in poker. It's funny to watch someone raise from 800 to 1000 then fold to my reraise. Or they min bet all the way to the river and then call my shove when I "get there" because they priced me in.

As fun as that was, my online play has been horrid. Here is my Sharkscope graph of about the last 750 games I have played:

You can see that the last 300 games has been on a pretty bad down swing. I am thinking I need to dive back into Poker VT and find my leaks. It is weird to not feel like I am playing bad, but be on such a slide. I would love to say that Fulltilt poker has been screwing me, but I'm sure I have a serious leak I need to fix.

I'm all booked for Vegas. Hawkette won a seat to event #45 and travel expenses, so I'm tagging along. I may play some 300-500$ buyins, but I'll leave the WSOP to her. Good luck BABY!

Hope the tables are treating you well. Stay patient....

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Paris Hotel in Vegas

Anyone have any connections to the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas? I'm looking for two "comp" tickets to the Cheap Trick Sgt Peppers concert on June 26th.

I'll be in town for tournaments but want to see this performance if at all possible.

Thanks in advance if anyone tries to get them for me. I can swap some FT or PS funds in exchange for them.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More BBT5 fun

Mookie tonight, I shoved with 11BB's into AA.

Monday night, I shoved A10 (with 15BB's) from the SB into AA in the BB.

At least I'm not going out on suckouts.....

Monday, April 26, 2010

to prove Schaubs wrong

I'm in first right now. Let's see if this jinxes me:

Damn! Schaubs might be right....

System: A $0.30+$0.05 $1 Main Event Satellite will be starting in 2 minutes. At least 30 seats will be awarded!
1Queens Up1: hey mitch
VinNay: till final table
jamyhawk: you should for a whole tourney then blog it
VinNay: or in all-in situations
VinNay: gotta look
Dealer: VinNay has 15 seconds left to act
Dealer: VinNay has requested TIME
jamyhawk: just figured you are blind
jamyhawk: no look
jamyhawk: bs
VinNay: ooooooohhh...i might have to call....
jamyhawk: bs
jamyhawk: bs
jamyhawk: bs
jamyhawk: bs
jamyhawk: bs
Dealer: jamyhawk shows [Jc Jd]
Dealer: VinNay shows [Qs Qh]
jamyhawk: you were lying
Dealer: jamyhawk shows two pair, Aces and Jacks
Dealer: VinNay shows two pair, Aces and Queens
Dealer: VinNay wins the pot (5,020) with two pair, Aces and Queens
cmitch: slow roooolllllllllllllllllllllllll

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tornado in Missouri

Last night a tornado touched down right by my parents house. My dad said he heard the sirens and looked outside and saw a ton of debris spinning in the air over the treetops. It only affected about 250yards square. It was really weird to see the next day, since there was no damage all around this area, and then suddenly you see tons of really big trees down.

Most importantly, no one was hurt. My parents house had two spot where the trees went through the roof like spears, but they didn't penetrate past the attic. The neighbor was not so fortunate since they had a tree completely take out their bedroom roof and was left hanging 3 feet above the bed.

My mother described it as the scariest moment in her life. Here are some pics (all of these were taken from my parents 1/8 of an acre lot):