LAPC Days 1-2: Much Funness, $1k NLHE, $1k HORSE
February 12, 2022
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Today I walked into the Commerce and immediately ran into His Dudeness, Jimmy the "GobboBoy" Fricke. He was with BrandiFan who I met, we walked up the stairs, decided to do a last longer bet for $100, and go register for today's $1k HORSE. In line we run into Scott Clements who wants in, and from there it goes bat****. I love the Commerce casino. Everybody here is so awesomely ****ing degenerate. Here is the list of 40 people that handed me $100 trusting that this last longer would happen fair.

In order of entry with errors for writing in corners:

SCOTT CLEMENTS
JIMMY FRICKE
BRYAN DEVONSHIRE
TIM VANCE
CARDSHARPS
BRANDIFAN
JASON NEWITT
CHRIS SOMEBODY who's still in I think
BOBBY DEPPE
KEVIN SONG
STUMAN
TYSON MARKS
JOHN CERNUTO
JACK WARD
DAVID LEVY
MARK GREGORICH
RAYMOND DAVIS
CHAD BROWN
ERIC PRATT

At this point see Jerry Buss. I say, "Jerry! How are ya!"

"Bryan! How are ya?"
"Good! Ship me $100."
"Ok! What for?"
"Last longer. Everybody's in it." I show him the page, he says, "Raymond Davis is in? Oh I'm in for sure then."

JERRY BUSS

Then I see FatalError, invite him in, and HisNittiness says, "I don't know, err, who's in... let me see the list... oh Tim Vance is in? You should write his name like four times bigger and you'll get way more entries."

JON AGUIAR
TIM FU
DAN O'BRIEN
TERRY CROWE
ANDY ZOLO
ALAN BERRY
ALI PRESCOTT
MARIA HO
ROCKY ENCISO
WILL THE THRILL
KEITH BUDNER
CHRIS AMARAL
ROBERT GOLDFARB
E TAY
CHRIS RESLOCK
CRAIG CHAIT
JEREMY CLLAUGHLIN
JEFF BARTLET
ROY WINSTON
JEFF MADSEN
JASON MERCER

Phew. Is that not the most ridiculous list for a last longer ever?

I busted first.

39 players paid with a c-note, one paid with 5 $20's, it's a name you know. Any guesses?

Has anybody ever seen a last longer this, ... whatever?

So, as I was saying, I busted first.  As I was headed out the door two people were like, "HEY!  WTF!  WHERE YOU GOING!"  Will the Thrill and David Levy :).  Love you guys!  Wouldn't that be the silliest story ever of the disappearance of Devo?  Hustles 40 suckers for a $100 last longer to blow a $1k tourney so he can head to Mexico with his glorious three dime profit.  I went downstairs to go gambool. 

Since games are getting tougher these days and my bankroll is to the point where I really shouldn't be playing 10-20, I decide to go play 5-10 which turns out to be whiffle ball.  $5-1500 buy-in, average stacks were about $1k.  They were baaaaaaad.  Like real bad.  Like I saw this hand.  Limped pot.  Flop.  Woman bets $40.  Dude calls, everybody else folds.  Woman turns cards face up on the felt for a good 4 seconds.  It's top pair, top kicker.  She says whoops, retrieves her hand.  Turn.  She bets.  River.  SHE BETS.  Like, how in the hell can you decide that it's a good idea to put one hundred American dollars into a pot, with no more cards to come, when the guy KNOWS WHAT YOU HAVE. 

So anyways I beat up on that game for about a dime when INS shows up or something and everybody turns white, young, in hoodie, headphones, and huge stacks.  I ask for a table change to the one with the most setup requests, warnings, seat changes, and "make scrambool"s.  I get moved to a table that is at least as diverse as Las Vegas, but unfortunately nobody at this table sucks really.  I have a Russian to my left and my right, and I've played on this secret internet site that Russians like so I know that there is some EV nearby at least. 

After about an hour we play this silly hand.  Right hand Russian limps, I make it $60, bad player calls, good player calls, 2 folds, good player with $4k stack makes it $300 fairly quickly.  I have $2350 to start the hand.  I make it $1k, everybody folds, kid tanks, I'm calling if he shoves, and after about 2 minutes he folds kings face-up.  Wow I've never seen anybody muck kings to me before.  Everybody says show, I say, "I'll let him and only him see only if he wants to and only if y'all agree not to force him to show."  They agree, and he looks at my AKo. 

I learned something in that spot.  People don't screw around in big pots in cash games as much as I think they do.  AK, while it is the nuts and should never be folded in a tournament ever, is definitely the anti-nuts in cash-games, unless you somehow effectively turn ace-king into a bluff pre-flop.

I can also totally understand why the kid made the decision that he made, and while I think he's ahead of my range enough that he should stuff, I think the overall equity is pretty close.  He knows that I'm a tourney donk.  He knows that I'm playing like one due to this earlier hand where I got $900 in on the flop which contained $250 in the pot four ways with AQo on a Q97dd board.  Turn 7, river Q, I honestly think "Sheesh overkill" as I table my hand, and then realize that I pulled off the ol' 4% when I see his set of nines.  So, the kid's gotta assume that AK is in my range, but he also knows that I might just muck AK.  He's assuming that QQ is not in my range, and knows that KK and AA are in my range.  However, due to him having kings, there are 6 combinations of aces, one combination of kings, and eight combinations of AK.  Since I'm assuming he's a young professional, he probably realized that it is close and didn't want to risk $2400 on the hand.  Cut his losses for $300, he was already up a ton on the session. Poker Videos

On the first table I was wondering where all the ass-kicking internet college kids were in these 5-10 games.  They're super juicy.  I found them later in the evening, guys like the ones mentioned above.  Man it woulda been nice to have that kind of income potential back in college when I was grinding 9-18 in the Terrace. 

So anyways, it was like midnight and I wanted to get this $4k in last longer money out of my pocket and get home.  There was still twelve or thirteen left when got up there, so I just handed the list and money to Matt Savage.  Bet he wants to go to Mexico right about now.  Matt has done a hell of a job here at the Commerce.  Cheri did a great job, but Matt has somehow found a way to fill big shoes and make improvements in ways that I've never even heard of before.  Super impressed with everything. 

I got to experience the structure all the way to my 13th place finish in my first event, a $1k NLHE.  Basically I went 5k - 20k - 30k - 50k by about the fifth hour.  Top 5 in chips easy.  Then I went card dead like nobody's business with about 140 players left.  My stack never got below $23k or above $67k, and I finally busted at the 1500-3k/500 level when I shipped 48k in a spot where it was literally profitable to shove any two cards, and this was the first time that it was good timing to do so.  I looked, was happy to see Kc5c, shoved, and ran into QQ gg me. 

Bunch of this nonsense for the next couple of weeks.  Poker poker poker...

Peace and good luck,

Devo

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