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Coming To Terms With Being A Douche Bag

How did I not see the signs? Why didn't my friends and/or family tell me? All this time I've been a douche bag while playing poker and only now am I coming to this realization. Let me explain...

I decided to drop a few duckets into my PokerStars account in preperation for the WPBT event coming up March 30th. I hadn't played any online poker since the HORSE tournament so I was itching for some fishing. I went ahead and reserved my spot for the tournament...ninth person to register...then set my sights on a SNG. I like the PokerStars SNG's cause they give you a better chance to recover from a bad beat or bad play. They do take a little longer to play than at Party Poker, but I don't mind that. At Party Poker one slip up and you're basically sent packing. I needed a change of scenery so the upcoming tournament was a perfect excuse to drop some dough over at Stars.

My first SNG was pretty ugly as both of my critical losses came when I had two pair losing to a higher two pair. But it was never like me having 5 4 two pair to K Q two pair. No, it was more brutal. The first time I had A 10 two pair and joker man caught a J on the river having A J two pair. Same scenario on the second (my last) hand when my A 9 got spanked by A10 when he caught it on the river. Erm, that sucks. Moving on to the douche bag portion of this story.

On my 2nd SNG I was doing well early due to some timely luck. I hit trip 10's on the river to take out Q's in the hole after a good bit of our chips had hit the center of the felt. I expected to catch some shit from the guy - as I played the hand horribly - but strangely it was another player (some name to do with Wolverine) who blasted off at me with, "Hey TripJax, why don't you quit being a douche bag and bet normal." This caught me off guard as I hadn't even been in a hand with this guy and wasn't sure what the hell he was talking about. Then it hit me...it was my "9" betting. You see, my favorite number is 59, but above and beyond that, I just like to raise with an amount ending in 9. I've been doing it for as long as I've been playing online poker. I don't even think about it anymore...I just do it. For instance, if the big blind is 40 and I'm looking for a raise around the 3X range, I might put in a raise to 129. No big deal right? Guess some people disagree with my laid back thoughts...

Borrowing from my recent response to another player questioning my chip amount to enter a casino game, I quickly responded to Wolverine with, "I'll mind my chips, you mind yours." For a while he kept quite, but when I took a decent pot to move into 2nd place - all the while using my usual betting pattern - he started up again with his nonsense. Of course the douche bag comment made it's second appearance which really made me laugh, but at the same time made me question some of the people that play online. I mean who was I up against here, Tony G? I decided to ask the guy how he sleeps at night calling a guy he does not know, who has done nothing to him, a douche bag. He came back with some unmemorable drivel and I knew it was time for chat time to be over. I changed the chat box to stats and focused on the game at hand, which had gotten down to 4.

Unfortunately I bubbled when, in the small blind, I pushed my $3.5k stack in the middle with KQ suited trying to bully the big blind. He was in no mood for bullying and called me with AQ. No help and no fun for me on the bubble. I stuck around to watch the rest mainly because the jack hole who was talking shit was in the game still as well as a player who had given me some support. After my comment asking how he sleeps at night, this other player commented with "right on Jax." I was glad to know I had some help there. Therefore, I wanted to see this one through in hopes of seeing the good guy take down 1st place.

To no surprise, the jack hole started critiquing the good guys play once they were heads up. He started giving him a hard time about folding so much. My favorite line of the night was when the good guy wrote, "Great...another $10 pro." Genius line. It summed up what everyone feels when any jackass starts writing about how good they are and how bad you are. I was laughing hard on that comment. Unfortunately they took a while to play and I fell asleep while watching. I was chilling on the bed while playing/watching and some sort of force came over my eyes and made them close. The battery on my laptop met its demise not long after which woke me up. It was time to call it a night...officially.

If you are reading this and think my betting style is lame, let me know. I don't mind constructive criticism and am willing to listen. It was just the douche bag part that ended any chance that I'd listen to that penis wrinkle. On the other hand, if you think it's no big deal, let me know that too. I guess I just wanna get an idea what other people think. It's not the first time anyone has chimed in on the chat about my betting, but it was the first where they were jack asses. I have had players ask why I do it, which doesn't bother me. In the end, what's the big deal?

Just a heads up...I've started another blog to take notes on a book I'm reading so my entries here will probably suffer just a little over the next month. But it should only be temporary and I don't expect to miss too much blogging here. I have too much fun with it and will have plenty to write about with all the games coming up as well as poker on TV. See you all at the next event at PokerStars...leave a comment if you wanna play and need details...

posted by TripJax @ 1:08 AM,

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