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Monday, August 28, 2006 

Sportsbook bonuses

Someone emailed my BonusRoundup account with a site that does bonuses for sportsbooks.

If you're planning to hedge your Mansion bet, check out or

Most are $50 bonuses

If you're unsure about the reliability of a sportsbook, check out

Saturday, August 26, 2006 

Mansion Sportsbook

I just made my biggest bet ever.

"Pittsburgh Steelers 2006 Superbowl Champs Promotion

Simply visit the MANSION Sportsbook and place a minimum Point Spread (Handicap) bet of USD 1,100 to win USD 1,000 (or currency equivalent) on the Pittsburgh Steelers for their game on Thursday 7 Sep 2006. (00:30 GMT 8 Sep 2006)

If your bet is not a winner, MANSION will refund your losses of USD 1,100 (or currency equivalent). "

I signed up for Mansion through for an extra $90 bonus.

Good luck!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 

Rough night

Quick synopsis:

Played Pot Limit Omaha hi/lo Chiptalk tourney - Finished 10th of 13

Played $11 Rebuy tourney - rebought twice + add on. At 400/800, guy raises to 2k, I push all in for 8k in the BB with 99. He thinks a while, finally calls with QJo. Flop Qxx and I'm out. :(

PartyPoker Mini Step 2 - Second hand - KK in BB. 2 Limpers, 20/40 blinds I raise to 200, First limper reraises all in, other guy calls, I reraise all in, he calls.

Me: KK
MP1: AQo
MP3: T6s

Flop T6x of course

I'm knocked out in 8th and win a token back to mini step 1

I play mini step 1

Second hand again - Another guy pushed on first hand with T7 and spiked a 7 to beat a guy who called with Ax. Now its my turn. I have AQ UTG, I call, he pushes, folds around I call.

Me: AQ
Him: A3

I'm ahead until the river which brings a 3 and I'm knocked out again.

Not my night I guess.

Saturday, August 19, 2006 

Almost a good showing

I played the $11 Rebuy and Addon Tournament last night at Pokerstars. After seeing Hit21Hit from PSO being on the leaderboard at Paradise, I took a look at some of the tournament tracking sites and holy crap. The guy has made like $60k plus since May playing the $30 and $100 R&A tourneys.

So I decided it is time for me to step it up a notch and start playing some of these bigger prize pool events more. First place for this one pays 13k and I've probably played in about 10 of them before and I've cashed once.

I started off not getting any hands to play. I managed finally to triple up near the end of the rebuy period when I got KK in against JJ and KQ. I then had almost 4k chips and the addon got me to about 6k.

I picked my spots here and there and was somewhere around 16k chips at the 400/800 level when this hand happened:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t800 (9 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

saw flop|saw showdown

Button (t71415)

SB (t29913)

BB (t16010)

UTG (t65448)

UTG+1 (t10845)

MP1 (t59550)

MP2 (t26652)

MP3 (t8680)

CO (t28480)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 2c, 5s.

UTG calls t800, 2 folds, MP2 calls t800, 3 folds, SB completes, Hero checks.

Flop: (t3200) Qs, 4c, 6c (4 players)

SB checks, Hero checks, UTG checks, MP2 checks.

Turn: (t3200) 3s (4 players)

SB bets t2400, BB raises to t7200, UTG raises to t64598, MP2 calls t25802 (All-In), SB folds, Hero calls t7960 (All-In).

River: (t111160) Ad (3 players, 2 all-in)

Final Pot: t111160

Hero has 2c 5s (straight, six high).

UTG has 6h 6d (three of a kind, sixes).

MP2 has 3d 3c (three of a kind, threes).

Outcome: UTG wins t60080. Hero wins t51080.

After that I called a couple raises and missed the flop. Then I tried to reraise a button steal with 33 out of the BB and he called. Flop came KQ8, I froze and checked and he bet big like usual and I folded. He was running over the table, I tried to make a stand and it didn't work, sigh. I then had about 37k chips left. I should have just called to try and hit the set. Instead I lost 1/4 of my stack.

Waiting for a hand I finally got TT with 27k chips at 1k/2k. I raised to 6k and another guy min reraised me to 10k. I call. Flop Q86. I didn't think I had the best hand but the pot was the size of my stack so I pushed and he called with AA. I luckily hit the river T and doubled up. He had the last laugh later though.

We got into the money and I was UTG with QQ and 67k chips at 3k/6k. I pushed and guy i had beaten earlier with my tens called his last 20k with AQ. He hit the Ace of course and I was down to 40k.

Next round I'm on the button with A8 and the CO open raises and I push. SB comes over the top all in, CO calls. CO has 99, SB has TT. Flop comes...Ace...9...7 and I'm screwed and the river is a Ten just to rub it in more. I finished 85th place out of like 1400 for $90. I maybe should have waited the orbit and moved up another pay level and hope for a better spot but I was tired and needed to either double up or go to sleep.

I finished the Sun Poker promo for PSO. Now I just have to play 250 more raked hands for the August reload bonus. Hopefully I will get my Nevada Jacks set soon!

I'm going to play a live game today with a bunch of people in the area from Hopefully it will be a lot of fun. $25 tournament of which $5 is a bounty on each person. Should get to see a lot of cool poker chips too.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 

Lasseters Casino risk free promo at Boogster has increased their bonus for Lasseters Casino to $100 until the end of the month.

You can deposit $100 and get a $100 sticky bonus so basically the promo is risk free!

You will have to wager $500 for the boogster bonus. After that you will have to play a bunch if you want to withdraw. The bonus is sticky so you can only play with it, you can never withdraw it. You'll have to end up with more than $100 left after the casino wagering requirements to withdraw (either $2000 or $10000 depending on the game you play). Check the Terms and Conditions for full details.

I'm going to hopefully do this in the next few days. Good luck!

Monday, August 14, 2006 

Poker in general and my new site!

First the new site -

I came up with this idea last year but never had the time to get it all together.

The site is 98% done and features listings of all the big affiliate sites so you can compare their bonuses. Check it out and let me know what you think and how I can make it better!

Now to poker-

I decided to play in the 7 card stud tournament with the people. Monday nights they just get a little side game that usually fills up one table and the game changes each week. I made it to the last hand before break when my 2 pair got smacked by a flush on the river and I was out in 8th out of 8 players.

I realized how bad a stud player I am. Either that or I was just really card dead. I need to brush up on games other than hold'em. It is also strange how out of place I feel on a 7 stud table because I feel very comfortable on a 7 stud hi/lo table and pretty comfortable on a razz table.

I may pick up some books on stud and omaha. I have Super System 2 and Play Poker Like the pros but I think I really need in depth books for them.

I mostly played 2/4 on Sun Poker over the weekend and was about even overall. I have about 680/1000 points needed for my PSO promo. I've almost worked off the $150 deposit bonuses and will deposit again for the August $100 bonus after that. I'm still down without the bonuses but they should keep me in positive territory once I clear them.

That's about it for now. Check out the new web site! I hope you all find it a nice resource.

Friday, August 11, 2006 

Chiptalk 2nd Quarter Tournament of Champions

Last night was the Single Table Tournament of Champions for the 2nd quarter which I was fortunate to sneak into 1st place in points last week with a 2nd place finish.

Last night was a single table with the top 9 points earners.

It started out well and I was picking up lots of nice hands early. We started with 1500 chips and I worked up to 2100 early.

I see AKo UTG and to my left is a short stack of 500 chips at the 25/50 blind level. He is a very aggressive player and I know he will push with any decent hand. So I decide to try a play that I recently read in Harrington on Hold'em 3. He says many top pros like to limp reraise with AK UTG. This gives the appearance that you limped with aces and even if you get called you still have AK and are only really dead to AA. AK vs KK is still only a 70/30 underdog.

So I'm hoping either I can pull this limp reraise off OR short stack goes all in with a dominated hand.

Short stack indeed pushes, folded to me and I call of course.

I have AKo he has KTs

Of course he flops a flush draw, I hit my ace on the turn and then he flushes on the river. Oh well. The play worked as I had hope and I was just on the wrong side of the percentages that time.

I'm only about a third of the way through HoH3 but I feel like between that, my experience at the WSOP and some things I've picked up in some of the podcasts I've been listening too that I've really gotten better at reading the action. I guess paying more attention helps too. I think I've been doing less multitasking while playing also.

So anyway I managed to get my stack back up by stealing some pots and I got into the money with 3 left as the short stack. Didn't really see many good hands but I managed to push and not get called for a few rounds. I pushed almost every time I was on the button but mostly folded in the blinds unless I had something half decent. Luckily I then find JJ in the BB and the SB pushed all in with 63s. JJ held up and I was second in chips now. I managed to knock him out and then first hand I check raised a flop all in with a flush draw and took the pot down. I was now up 8k to 4k in chips and I raised to 600 with ATo, opponent reraises all in. I call he has A5 and my kicker holds up and I win the tournament yay! Net $68 win (It was a $20+2 tournament).

As added prizes I get a $20 gift certificate from and a custom dealer button from :)

Thanks to Curatio for pointing out my stupid hand history that I posted (and now fixed). Man I need to get my challenge going again. You are doing so well keep it up!

I have about 400 of the 1000 points I need on Sun Poker to get my Nevada Jacks set. Hoping to get it by our next tournament in mid September.

Have a good weekend!

Monday, August 07, 2006 

Sun Poker and Chiptalk tourney

I started the Sun Poker promo for the Nevada Jacks chips over at PSO. So far things have not gone well and I'm down about $75 on the deal. I have $150 in bonuses to work off though. My No Limit play is just getting me killed. On my first table I got all in with KK on the turn and he rivers 2 pair (UPDATED CAUSE MY MEMORY SUCKS)

Game #3123141524: Hold'em NL ($0.25/$0.50) - 2006/08/04 - 20:55:45 (ET)
Table "Bialystok" Seat 1 is the button.
Seat 1: Digger62 ($39.50 in chips)
Seat 2: mookie99 ($32.55 in chips)
Seat 3: cmarston sits out
Seat 4: scottwire ($49.25 in chips)
Seat 5: Duxer ($65.57 in chips)
Seat 6: ticsmon ($75.63 in chips)
Seat 7: ($30.35 in chips)
Seat 8: luntunone ($13.92 in chips)
Seat 9: SigEp200 ($20.55 in chips)
Seat 10: TehNutz ($28.30 in chips)
mookie99: posts small blind $0.25
scottwire: posts big blind $0.50
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to scottwire [Kd Kh]
Duxer: calls $0.50
ticsmon: calls $0.50 calls $0.50
luntunone: calls $0.50
SigEp200: calls $0.50
TehNutz: folds
Digger62: folds
mookie99: calls $0.25
scottwire: raises to $4
Duxer: folds
ticsmon: calls $3.50 folds
luntunone: folds
SigEp200: folds
mookie99: folds
----- FLOP ----- [3h Ts 8c]
scottwire: bets $7
ticsmon: calls $7
----- TURN ----- [3h Ts 8c][Jh]
scottwire: bets $20
ticsmon: raises to $64.63 and is all-in
scottwire: is all-in $18.25
Returned uncalled bets $26.38 to ticsmon
----- RIVER ----- [3h Ts 8c Jh][Qs]
DPChrist joins the table at seat #2
----- SHOW DOWN -----
ticsmon: shows [Qd Tc] (Two Pairs, Queens and Tens, Jack high)
scottwire: shows [Kd Kh] (A Pair of Kings, Queen high)
ticsmon collects $98 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot $101 Main pot $98 Rake $3
Board [3h Ts 8c Jh Qs]
Seat 1: Digger62 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: scottwire (big blind) showed [Kd Kh] and lost
Seat 5: Duxer folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: ticsmon showed [Qd Tc] and won ($98) with Two Pairs, Queens and Tens, Jack high
Seat 7: folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: luntunone folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: SigEp200 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 10: TehNutz folded before Flop (didn't bet)
****HAND ENDS****

I'm doing a little better on the limit tables. 2/4 is tight as hell but its a lot faster gaining points of which I need 1000 of to clear my promotion.

Thursday night was the tournament. I built a big stack in the middle of the tournament and had a huge chip lead until the final table. I got heads up with the guy who runs chiptalk and we battled hard back and forth. It looked like I was about to win when we got all in on the flop and I outdrew him on the turn only to see him redraw on the river. I then managed to get sucked out on and my final hand I had JJ against his A8 and he ended up hitting the ace and two pair on the river. So a 2nd place finish for $100 and the chiptalk 2nd quarter points victory :) I wanted the win though...sigh.

That's it for now. No more flop be with you...I need to think of something else...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 

July Report

Online Cash Games: $1,079.02
Bonus Money: 25.74
Total Online: $1,104.76

WSOP event cash: $1,578.00
Vegas Live games: -$500.00

Not a bad month but could be better. I mostly played on PokerFantasy where they were running a promotion that if you got 1500 points you would get a Nintendo DS Lite or $120 bonus and you wouldn't even have to use up your points to get it. So I emailed them today to find out if I got enough for the month. WOW I got 1500.92 points. Talk about cutting it close. My wife wants to get the DS and we'll buy Brain Age and Mario and maybe something else.

I just started the Sun Poker promo over PSO in order to get more Nevada Jacks chips. I got my first set as a cash game set with only 25cent to 5 dollar chips. i've only ever used it once though so I've decided to get another set and be able to use them for tournaments as well. Byebye dice chips yay :) Hopefully our next tournament will be mid September or so.

Not much else to report that i can think of. Hopefully SunPoker will bring good fortune and may the flop be with you (and me).

  • NL = No Limit Holdem
  • PLO = Pot Limit Omaha
  • CP = Crazy Pineapple
  • TD = Triple Draw
  • UTG = Under the Gun (first to act)
  • MP = Middle Position
  • LP = Late Position
  • CO = CutOff (one before the button)

About me

  • I'm Scottwire
  • From NJ
  • Hi there. I started this blog mainly to keep track of how I'm doing playing poker as well as to vent, share my thoughts and feelings, and allow friends and family to follow along. Thanks to everyone following along whether I know you or not. About me - I am currently a web developer who is trying to become a successful Entrepreneur with my wife. We love to travel and are trying to become successful enough to do that as we please :) That's us in a nutshell.
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