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Posted: April 15th, 2014, by ray zee

finally got busted out in a tournament lately where i had the worst hand.

hit top pair with two back door draws and bet it out and had to call the player who plays with lots of hands in big pots. this time he slow played aces and got me. had a good chance as i picked up a draw and had lots of out then.

thats why i am not fond of tournaments as one hand decides your fate way too often.


Posted: April 11th, 2014, by ray zee

small tournament last night with a bunch of great guys to play with. no hands for many rounds but managed to be almost even till two of us in the blinds see a free flop. he flops top pair and i flop top and bottom. he makes a bigger two pair to win and i am out of the tournament.

so it goes but who cares as that is just the ups and downs. those that get upset dont understand the simple math of the situation.

Posted: April 6th, 2014, by ray zee

tough night  last time. first hand i post and turn a nut straight in un raised pre and un bet flop . two guys basically got all in before me and i raised the last bit i could. both beat me on the river. oh well. -played for hours and ground my way near even then played a hand way too fast and got called on the flop. he had two pair against my open ended straight and flush draw. i lost again so no chance for the cash that night.

usually when you lose you can see that you could have won if played better. but some nights its no hope.

Posted: April 6th, 2014, by ray zee

we have lots of snow in the mountains this of the biggest ever. in a few days its getting to get warmer and maybe the start of flooding in the valleys.

it rarely floods much over the river banks but the few times it has it has been widespread. i think all over the north and northwest might have the flooding this year if the warm weather hits hard.

ill be watching for the run on sand bags  soon.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, by ray zee

springtime is in the air and with spring comes some good and bad for the poker games. we lose the early starters who golf, fish, run, etc as they are all outside later in the day. especially with daylight savings time and the more daylight we have.

so the game owners need to lure them back in and also get new players to join in on the games. that take some work but otherwise the games are in jeopardy in rooms without a lot of walk-ins during the day and night.

if you like money you have to work at making it and not get lax.

Posted: March 28th, 2014, by ray zee

this weekend in whitefish there is going to be a nice 300 buyin tournament two days long. mostly all locals will be in it and some good all around games going.

montana has an active poker community and overall good games and bad games like anywhere else. rake can be high or fair depending on where you play and what town you are in.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014, by ray zee

players are harder to read nowadays. i mean for tells from body signals. why is that? only reason i can think of that makes sense to me is that they care less about the money so the pressure on them when betting or having to face a call isnt bothersome anymore.

money just doesnt scare people like it used to. it seems that way and probably is true as it is easier to get. people get broke and are back in action quickly, and not so way back when.

Posted: March 21st, 2014, by ray zee

yesterday my friend pizza russ came back into town for a few days. russ plays what looks like he is a maniac. well he really is but the thinks his way through the hands well. so he fractured the game single handedly and broke six players all by himself in about 15 minutes. he does these things often as well as go broke often. but he gets away with it with his very forceful play and betting. he gets the whole table calling him down and he gets every dollars worth of value from his winning hands. we can all learn from him.

Posted: March 17th, 2014, by ray zee

spring is on the way here. the bald eagles have returned to their nest and one has been sitting there so must be eggs on the way.

this coming week gets cold but it cant hold off for long. soon the grass turns green and the rivers go up. this year was a big snow year so i have to watch the river for flooding.

summer traffic hasnt arrived so going places is still quick.

Posted: March 14th, 2014, by ray zee

funny hand tonight. omaha and two of us flopped flushes and he bet a small amount all in. so i called and he said king high flush. i said thats good.

then blank and then board paired. i knew i had one of those and at least trips now. i hemmed and hawed and announced i might have a full but cant find it. for some reason i couldnt see the other card that was paired but after about 20 long seconds i found it and showed.

got the usual dirty looks like you couldnt possibly have missed it and was stalling or slow rolling. but all was good as it became clear what happened. but the loser never is happy.