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Posted: April 24th, 2014, by ray zee

won a local tournament today. i guess i was very lucky as i was down low on chips early on. then won a double up and went up from there all night.

did win every big confrontation and each one the opponent picked up a big draw on 4th street and missed. thats tournament poker.

small tournaments are fun no matter how you come out. this time it was more fun.



Posted: April 21st, 2014, by ray zee

the last few years commercials on tv have gotten a lot better. they are much more funny and creative. maybe finally some great minds are starting to realize bad ,loud, driving hard at you commercials just get the channel beeped off.

interesting ones make you want to stay and watch. which of course gives them a chance to get you to buy whatever they are selling.

still there are way too many and too much time allotted to the dumb things.




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.