Wednesday, March 19, 2008

North Caroline. Take Your Shirt Off!

This one's for North Carolina! C'mon and raise up
Take your shirt off, twist it 'round yo' hand
Spin it like a helicopter
North Carolina! C'mon and raise up
This one's for you, uh-huh, this one's for who?
Us, us, us

Having moved to the US from England in 2000, I now live in Greensboro, NC.

Anyone reading this blog since the beginning may remember that I bought a very nice (and expensive!) custom-made poker table last July. (Photos on July/August archive.) Anyway, it has had very little use so far other than teaching my 4-year old daughter, Narena, how to play!

So, I've spoken with Damn Ringer from the Cardrunners forum (VT Hokie Poker on Full Tilt) who lives in Charlotte, NC about arranging a live game and a regular meet-up for any poker players from around this area.

Ideally I'd like to get a few players together for a social time; playing poker and drinking, and hopefully it will also be an opportunity for us to improve our game through discussing poker, and to help us maintain an interest in playing.

If anyone reading this lives nearby and is interested, then please either e-mail me, leave a comment here, or PM me on 2+2 or Cardrunners.


Anonymous said...

I am novel20 and I live in Raleigh.

Smart Money said...

OK great. E-mail me if you're interested.

JPhil said...

OMG novel20!!!

I would like to live in North Carolina so bad right now!!!


Smart Money said...


VT Hokie Poker said...

you weren't kidding dude.

that table is awesome! I'll talk to PD and FP today... hopefully we can get a number of solid FR players from online.

VT Hokie Poker said...

oh and i've got the full tilt poker chip set and cards! so we can feel like we are still online... just one tabling.

Smart Money said...

lol, great!

gamboooool said...

well I'm about 7 hours away but if you were to ever hold some kind of annual event maybe me and a few others of us from the midwest might be able to plan a little trip... at the very least I'll be sure to let you know if I'm planning on passing through that area

Smart Money said...

An annual event could definitely work. I have loads of room here at my house, and there's plenty of other stuff to do too.

Definitely let me know if you're passing through too.

Dave said...

HI mate.

Been watching you play for about an hour so i can improve on my game and see if there is any way i can change. I just a little bit curious about what ur thought process was for this hand tonight?
Did u put him on AK? Cheers mate. Keep up the good work. I think i can learn alot from you.

Dealer: Hand #5754734452
Dealer: Narena posts the small blind of $2
Dealer: BP posts the big blind of $4
Dealer: w2s0o0p9 raises to $8
Dealer: chosunkid has 15 seconds left to act
Dealer: chosunkid folds
Dealer: CMUBALLER folds
Dealer: Obetti folds
Dealer: Carraway221 folds
Dealer: byteme060599 calls $8
Dealer: Narena raises to $34
Dealer: BP folds
Dealer: w2s0o0p9 folds
Dealer: byteme060599 calls $26
Dealer: The flop is [4s 2c Qd]
Dealer: Narena has 15 seconds left to act
Dealer: Narena bets $44
Dealer: byteme060599 raises to $175.70, and is all
Dealer: Narena has 15 seconds left to act
Dealer: Narena calls $131.70
Dealer: byteme060599 shows [Ad Qc]
Dealer: Narena shows [Td Th]
Dealer: The turn is [7h]
Dealer: The river is [4c]
Dealer: byteme060599 shows two pair, Queens
and Fours
Dealer: Narena shows two pair, Tens and Fours
Dealer: byteme060599 wins the pot ($428.40) with
two pair, Queens and Fours
Dealer: Narena adds $182.70

Smart Money said...

One word: "TILT"

I think it was immediately after this hand, which I lost as a 97% favourite!

Full Tilt Poker, $2/$4 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 7 Players - Hand History Converter

SB: $207.10
BB: $483.20
chislodc: $955.40
Hero (UTG+1): $422
MP: $321.90
CO: $469.20
BTN: $424

Pre-Flop: Ac As dealt to Hero (UTG+1)
chislodc raises to $16, Hero raises to $50, 5 folds, UTG calls $34

Flop: ($106) 2d Ad 6c (2 Players)
chislodc checks, Hero bets $52, chislodc raises to $905.40 and is All-In, Hero calls $320 and is All-In

Turn: ($850) 8d (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

River: ($850) 4d (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: $850 Pot ($3 Rake)
chislodc showed Ah Td (a flush, Ace high) and WON $847 (+$425 NET)
Hero showed Ac As (three of a kind, Aces) and LOST (-$422 NET)

I knew the guy had a Queen in the handed you posted, but I was just too fuming to think straight!

I sat out of all my tables for 30 minutes after to cool down.

I finished the session up nearly $2k, so it worked out OK in the end! :)

VT Hokie Poker said...

hey man.

I talked to fuzzy and he said he's definitely in and pd said she'd be interested. Anyways now we just need to put a date on the game.

I don't think i can manage to pull away for a weekend before may honestly. So guess we'll have to figure it out. lata.

p.s. how'd 2/4 session go last night? i ran ridiculous sick at 2/4 yesterday if ya check out my cr blog i wrote about it. Peace man.

Smart Money said...

OK, well let's aim for sometime in May then. Find out what date is best for you lot and let me know.

Last night went OK for me, I was down $1.6k after a short while, but finished the night about $1.2k up.

I'll check out your blog...

Anonymous said...

Count me in.

I'm leaving now so that i can get there for May. :) :)


Smart Money said...

Excellent. See you in May then!

Anonymous said...

About the 97% favourite hand. Is your standard cbet in 3bet pots always so small, around 50% here???

Or is it to trap the fish? Just wondering if its better to cbet smaller at FR.


Smart Money said...


No. The small cbet size here was completely opponent and situation dependent. I had raised him the previous hand pre-flop so I hoped he'd question my strength on this hand.

Soemtimes, I would check here, sometimes I would bet 2/3pot-pot, and sometimes just a small bet.

sttrow said...

I've just started to host home games myself (UK) and I was quite happy with my poker set-up until I saw yours.

LOL - mine looks like it's made out of lego or something now. Anyway, hope you get some games sorted.

Any chance of a link mate?

Smart Money said...


Link is up!

Pbear. said...

- could you take a look at my blog?
please ignore the stakes, he is a regular at .50 1 and knows i can play.

We have played 3k hands together, my image to him is v tag, so hence i check call flop.

i dont think he saw the other player in the pot.

we have three prevous hands where he overbet jams the turn, the two he has been called and shown the nuts, mostly shoving 3x the pot.

the fourth time he tried it was on me (for 3x the pot), and i folded.

Could you confirm what you would do here?

obviously the strength of my kicker is disguised, but he's limped with AK AQ in the past from MP also.


Smart Money said...

Against some opponents at higher stakes I'm sure I may be able to find a fold.

If he's good then he's probably ahead, figuring you have to call with any Ace. I'd call out of curiosity though!

goose said...

Hi mate, i've read your blog for ages now and you're a great player. I've improved my game a fair bit just through reading your posts.

Me and some mate have got our own blog up and running that's proving to be fairly popular.

Any chance you'd link us up, would be much appreciated if you do.

Keep showing us the way mate.

Goldseraph said...

where are your March results biznatch?

VT Hokie Poker said...

i'm with seraph.


VT Hokie Poker said...

what do you think of april 19th?

that day works for me.

Definitely get novel20 out as well... lets have a real life FTP grinder fest.

Smart Money said...

I'm in Vegas on the 19th. Any time after is fine.