Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BBT4 and other updates

Another month has gone by since my last post. Dang. Time for me to put something up here for all two of you readers (assuming you are still checking in once in a blue moon).

First, some pimpage. The Battle of the Bloggers Tournament Series, Vol. 4, starts up again on March 1 and runs through May 31. Your wandering poker blogger AlCan'tHang has done it again, with a few tweaks to keep things fresh. All the details are on Al's blog, but the gist is, there will be seven WSOP seats awarded, 2 for the Main Event and 5 for prelims. The tourney series, which as usual is on FullTilt, will consist of the following:

The weekly events:

Tournament: Brit Blogger Game
When: Sundays at 16:00ET
Game: NLHE
Buyin: $5 + $0.50
Password: donkament

Tournament: Riverchasers
When: Mondays at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $24 + $2 (or $26 token)
Password: riverchasers

Tournament: Blogger Skillz Game
When: Tuesdays at 21:30ET
Game: Rotation of non-NLHE games
Buyin: $10 + $1
Password: skillz

Tournament: The Mookie
When: Wednesdays at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $10 + $1
Password: vegas1

In addition to the weekly events, Miami Don will be hosting the Big Game on the following dates at 21:30 ET (Password: donkey):

March 1, 2009: NLHE Super Stack ($69 + $6 or $75 token)
April 19, 2009: NLHE Rebuy ($24 + $2, with one $24 rebuy and one $24 add-on)
May 31, 2009: NLHE Super Stack ($69 + $6 or $75 token)

The above copied and pasted shamelessly from B.W.o.P.'s blog, because I'm too lazy to retype it all.

If I play in any of these events, it will be early on, with the hope of cashing in at least one tourney so I can have enough in my bankroll to play more events later. As my roll stands now, I would go broke if I played in a couple of weeks worth of tourneys and didn't cash in any of them (a likely outcome). The Brit Blogger game looks good because of the $5.50 buy-in; maybe I can do a few of those.

Al is also the host of the Poker from the Rail blog at FullTilt, and there are a couple of guest posts there that I want to recommend. As a dedicated micro-stakes player, I very much appreciated and enjoyed the two articles there by my friends Gracie and GCox. Good stuff and well worth reading and remembering.

As for my poker adventures, things have been going pretty well over the past month. I've had a streak of winning sessions at the very low stakes LHE cash games, and a couple of cashes in tournaments, including my biggest in a while: a third place finish in a $4.40 180-person SNG on PokerStars for a $80.00+ profit. That is a welcome boost to my Stars roll, basically doubling what I had there when I entered the tournament. Now I am hoping to catch another nice cash like that on FT to give me some more breathing room there.

There has been more news here in Texas about proposed legislature for legalizing poker, slot machines at race tracks, or full-fledged resort casinos. Whether any of the proposals will make any progress is anybody's guess, but I think poker on its own probably has a better shot than the gambling stuff. At least the case is being made in several locations that poker is a game of skill, and that should work in its favor in the minds of the lawmakers. Or so we can hope.