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About Rocketwadster

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  1. Here's the skinny on this whole mess, from a non-bias perspective (at least I think I am not biased one way or the other, as I have great respect for Daniel and Howard, however, I have very little for the defendant, but she is not the focus of my comments, just the catalyst):Daniel has had problems with Howard in the past (from back in the day regarding Annie). For Daniel to take Howard's side (even though it is most likely through Daniel's associations with many other members of FTP and not because Daniel and Howard are chums), with such vigor and gusto, proclaiming how off the wall the lawsuit is, speaks volumes in my opinion. Daniel has been known to say the first things that enter his mind, regardless of the consequences, many times in the past, however, his gut-reaction comments have seemingly not hurt him in the long run before, and I don't see these particular comments hurting him in this instance either. If I am not mistaken, Daniel made many disparaging comments in the past concerning Doyle and Chip (regarding them being partners/possibly cheaters), and yet Doyle is constantly (playfully) making fun of Daniel's golf game in his blog, so perhaps Daniel has patched things up with Howard (like he seems to have done with Doyle). Nevertheless, even if Daniel and Howard are still at odds, for Daniel to take Howard's side must imply that it is fairly cut and dry in regards to what the defendant is owed from FTP.As for the plaintiff, it appears that the lawsuit has not hindered her tournament poker game at all these past few months, as she has been on a tear. Sure, she may have lost some sponsorship for tourney costs (however, if I recall the case correctly, she claims she was not provided with much of anything all this time anyhow). Not sure of the exact timeline of the beginning of the end for her with FTP, but it probably had something to do with an episode of Poker After Dark where she admitted to cheating in a game (can't recall the exact details, but that was when I lost the little bit of respect I had for her, as it seemed like she was only a known "pro" due to her (somewhat questionable) good looks). Mind you, I may be getting her confused with someone else that was on that episode, so if it wasn't her, I apologize for any confusion or harm this may have caused. Nor do I know what romantic ties she may have had with any members of FTP that may have caused the split (I love gossip though and would love to hear some "true" details). For her to go our on such a limb would indicate that she either honestly believes she is owed something, or she is indeed bat-shit crazy. Should she end up losing the case, I fear the worst may end up happening, which would definately not be good for anyone involved, directly or indirectly.Bottom line is that if someone was owed something from someone else, they should receive it, and if they were not owed owed it, shame on them for trying to steal something that they were not entitled to.
  2. I had no idea that what I had was contagious. Sorry for infecting...
  3. He called the first two bets on the turn cold, so I can't see anyone folding for the next two...raise it up!
  4. At the low limits, two pair hands and set hands are going to call two bets regardless, so you may as well raise it up to build the pot while you have the current nuts IMO. The only hands that are going to fold are non-nut diamond draws and any hands that were going low on the flop. You want the non-nut diamond draws out just in case (cant get the nut-diamond draw out IMO regardless).
  5. I don't think you have any fold equity in the hand (at those stakes, with those stacks), so Im not sure about the push (meaning what does it do but ensures that you see all 5 cards). A small case could be made for just calling here, perhaps saving you a bit of money if a scare card comes (ie. board pairs), since you aren't really drawing to the nuts here at all (an offsuit 8 would give you the current nuts, but he may still have redraws that are better than yours (nut flush draw, two pair/set, etc.).I would have rather check/called the flop, or led out and called the raise (keeping the pot small while we have a rather weak hand right now, but with potential).
  6. The answer to your specific question on the river is a definate yes IMO. I don't like the pre-flop raise FWIW.
  7. Been perusing my old posts from back in the day, and found quite possibly the single greatest post about SNG's pertaining to PLO8 in the history of mankind. I'm not very tech-savvy, so I don't know how to show a link to the article, but suggest that everyone, and I do mean everyone, do a search for one of my old posts called "The Typical Bubble Hand" from the tournament forum. It will change your life (and improve your SNG results)...You can all thank me later...
  8. As I am sure you are aware, the optimal strategy for SNG's (regardless of the game), is to play for third place, and go from there. Howard Lederer has a good article (from Full Tilt tips - not on his website), which discusses the how's (tight early, fast late) and why's - which you allude to in your OP that you are following, which is good. However, your late strategy leaves much to the imagination, and while I agree it would be near impossible to describe each and every situation as to what you are doing, it appears that you need to also include high only hands in your aggressive "late" strategy. I myself learned this a while ago to my benefit from these very forums - (check the older posts as they are a wealth of information), as I had similar experiences back in the day where I thought I was playing optimally in the late stages, but in fact was actually too tight (due to not getting involved with the high only hands).Excellent reference material would be to look up posts from guys like JackKingOffsuit or CheckyMcFold (but don't say I sent ya...)
  9. The concept of pushing or pulling is very relevant here, as you have a very good drawing hand, so do you want to push people out of the pot, or pull them in? Note: There is a very good article in the lastest issue of 2+2 internet magazine which discusses (albeit in limit O8) how best to proceed against 2 opponents when you have nut-low draw and top two pair with low wheel draw (this example is nut-low draw and nut-flush draw with low wheel draw- but the similarities are relevant).I'm pretty sure that the min-raise was there due to the presence of the 2 on the flop. If you had a naked ace-two, you would probably (in his mind) have to fold (even though its only $0.50), thereby reducing the chances that you could catch runner runner to win part of (if not the whole) pot.
  10. I am very surprised by the lack of responses to the "Ribbo" comments I placed in this topic, as I believe that the concepts he discusses are very relavent to hands such as this. I thought for sure that there would be tons of back and forth discussions, but alas, no. Maybe I'll copy some of Rolf Slotboom's articles and see how they fare...lol
  11. The problem here is that many times when you have non-nut hands, the nut hand is out there against you, especially multi-way. For example, I lost three $100 buy-ins in 3 laps with second-nut flush with nut low (quartered as nut flush was there with nut low - 2 players), nut straight with second-nut flush re-draw and second nut-low (lost it all when nut low and nut flush got there 2-players), and second nut flush with second nut low (lost to nut flush and nut low - 2 players). My hands would be considered huge, and while I haven't checked the math to see what my percentages could have been, they had to be good against the ranges of my opponents. lost of money to be made at this game, I agree, but the fluctuations can be huge.
  12. If you think PLO8 is a waiting game, try playing Stud 8...now THAT takes patience...
  13. I agree that the hand you posted is differnt (in that there were only two cards to a low on board on the flop), but the concepts that Ribbo talks about are very similar, in that this flop is not a great flop (its good, but not great) for your hand when you think about it, even though you have the nuts right now.
  14. My tastes must be way off from you clowns (in no particular order, my 10 favorite, only because I can't narrow it down to 5):Reservoir Dogs (better than Pulp Fiction IMO)The Usual Suspects12 MonkeysMementoThe Princess BrideA Christmas StoryBlack Hawk DownApocolypse NowBladerunnerThe Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  15. I agree. Your chasing half the pot at best here. I must have been tired when I first read it.
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