Mike Matusow on High Stakes Poker

*************************************************************** As for me, I spent the other night at the bowling alley with my brother and some friends. The last time out I bowled terribly, averaging around 115. On this night, I had my mojo, with a 157 followed by a 133. The last two games I fell apart and gave all of my winnings back, with a pitiful 100 and a 107. From there we headed to my friend Ted’s place for pool and Mille. I ended up making a deal with Zvi, probably the best Mille player in the world, that we’d play three games of $1000-$3000 Mille, followed by a heads up no limit hold’em freeze out for whatever the figure was after Mille. I was actually ahead of Zvi in Mille up until this set of games, but man was he ridiculously lucky this time out. He beat me the first game worse than any beating I’d ever seen. The game is played to a total of 1200 points, and he smoked me 1320 to -70! So sick. I ended up losing all three games of Mille and was stuck $49,000 going into the heads up hold’em match. To increase my chances of holding him off, I made sure to put together a really slow structure: 10,000 each in chips, 20 minute levels:
25-50
50-100
75-150
100-200
150-300
200-400
250-500
300-600 etc. He started out with a bit of a lead as he caught me trying to bluff about four hands in a row. That ended up being a really good thing for me in the long run, though, as the bluffs were cheap and it allowed me to switch to a very simple strategy of value betting with the best of it since he essentially turned into a calling station, despite the fact that I completely abandoned bluffing. The final hand was a doozey, and it could have gone either way: Blinds were 100-200 and I made it 500 on the button with 7s 4s. He called in the BB with 2d 6d. The flop came 10h 4d 3d. Zvi checked, and I bet 800. Zvi check raised me to 2000 and I called the bet. The turn was the Jh and Zvi bet out 2500. Based on the way he’d play hands up until this point, when he bet that Jack on the turn I felt strongly that he was on a draw. He had close to 3000 left after betting the turn, so the dilemma was whether or not I should just call to see if the draw hits first, or to raise him now before he gets there. It was close to 5:00am by that point, which made me lean towards moving all in. I did, and he called obviously. The river blanked, and I escaped a rather significant beating of close to $100,000. Phew! *************************************************************** My sleep schedule is back on being a bit of a mess, especially considering that I’ve been waking up when my wife is off to bed! 5:30am this morning I woke up, and have been doing hockey research for a couple hours. Soon after this blog I’m going to try and write about 3000 more words for my book. If you want to read an unedited excerpt from the upcoming book, you can find it in the Poker Books section of the FCP forum. Tonight, I’ll be taking my family to a show, La Femme at MGM. Before then, I have an important meeting this afternoon which I’m looking forward to. Tomorrow at noon I have a lunch meeting about another project that I’m excited about (no, I can’t tell you what it is!), and aside from that, I’ll just be sweating the hockey games, and the Raptors games too. The Raptors, at just 23-23 are leading their division! Man, are those two conferences lopsided or what? If you are interested in Fantasy Hockey at all, my team, the Cheap Thieves are looking really solid right now in every aspect]]>

 
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