Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Prop Bet Olympics 2008


Let's get ready to RUMBLE!!

please see for the mirror of this post!

Games begin August 1, 2008.

By the way. W2d couldnt remember the bets......... :)
let me remind him!
overall prize Is changing STARS avatar in honor of the other!
Divisional Winner:
Rubbarose Division: 2-300 dollar hotel room and dinner for a 1 night vegas degen night.
W2D Division: 300-500 live tourney or satellite buy-in.

Each Bounty pays $50.00.

Rubba's Bracket:

1. win a tourney of more than 1k entrants

2. 6.5k br.

3. ft a sunday major.

4. win a cash game hand > 1k .

5. win 3 tournies in one 14 day period ( 250 min players).


1. Pocketfives PLB: 2,000+ .

2. Win 5+ $750K seats in one week .

3. Win a tournament with a $100 min. buy-in (100 min).

4. Be up at least 5 buy-ins at a cash table ($500 at $.50/$1...$1,000 $1/$2) min. .50/1.00

5. In an MTT....4-bet pre-flop with pocketfives and win the hand (somehow)...must save HH
I wish Eric the best of luck as he is a good man and a respectable friend.
But I plan to win this and take no prisoners and I will not feel guilty!
Good luck and Good night!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

does anyone win tournies? I certianly don't

so playing fun good as hell. feel like i can final table any tourney.

run the hell over final tables.

blow chiplead. don't win.


This is an automated message sent from Full Tilt Poker.

Full Tilt Poker Tournament #52060404 $30,000 Guarantee

NL Hold'emBuy-In: $100.00 + $9.00

317 playersTotal Prize Pool: $31700.00

Start Date: July 9 11:00 PM ET

Dear rubbarose,

You finished the tournament in 3rd place.

There has been $3550.40 added to your account.

You have earned leaderboard points for this tournament.To view your current leaderboard points use the My Promotions button in the Cashier window.


Full Tilt Poker Tournament #53907441 $11,000 Guarantee (Rebuy)

NL Hold'emBuy-In: $20.00 + $2.00202 players

Total Prize Pool: $11480.00

Start Date: July 6 12:30 AM ET

Dear rubbarose,

You finished the tournament in 2nd place.

There has been $1894.20 added to your account.

You have earned leaderboard points for this tournament.To view your current leaderboard points use the My Promotions button in the Cashier window.
Congratulations!Thank you for participating.
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Friday, June 13, 2008

6th place is not 1st. one time pls.

PokerStars Tournament #91350105,

No Limit Hold'emBuy-In: $100.00/$9.00310 players

Total Prize Pool: $31000.00 Tournament started - 2008/06/12 - 23:00:00 (ET)

Dear SpreadicuS,

You finished the tournament in 6th place.

A $1,457.00 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

You earned 215.72 tournament leader points in this tournament.For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at!Thank you for participating.

who says 5 betting the best player at the table with kqdd isnt the bets idea ever.

it is these impatient moves that have really taken me from being a dominating player to just another tilt monkey.

where in the past i wuold have looked at my stack and seeni ts value versus the field now I feel the need to push a coinflip and take the game out of my hands and into the flop.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Consistently making final tables

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Full Tilt Poker Tournament #47800666 Turbo Hundo NL Hold'em (Turbo)
Buy-In: $100.00 + $9.00236 players
Total Prize Pool: $23600.00
Start Date: May 11 3:00 AM ET

Dear rubbarose,

You finished the tournament in 3rd place.

There has been $2950.00 added to your account.
You have earned leaderboard points for this tournament.

To view your current leaderboard points use the My Promotions button in the Cashier window.

Thank you for participating.

CL three left you know the rest.

AJ vs. 1010 AIPF for 7/8 of total chips in play.

J high flop.

I'm out third.

can't complain is a crap shoot tourney like the turbo hundo.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

One time Win PLS

I got completely pwned HU. 2-1 CL and lost a 2k hu sng. oh rubba,

first time playing 40k on UB. 14 played left im 5th in chippies.
777 <> 999
I have 50k
Button 75k
CL of tourney has 1100000
Button raises 2.5x I call from BB with 77.
flop come 9d 7d 6c (DING DING DING)
ship me the big win...........come on now :)
I check.... ( rub my hands together furiously and cackle)
I am gonna make a UB Final table after bubble the last 4 OMG.
First place is 10k. SHIP me the monies...........weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
BB bets 2/3 pot.
I pause take deep breath. Smile. Stretch..............
Reraise 3x bet (want it to lok like I'm making amove at the pot as I had just made a uber weak
move at a pot on river and gotten snap called by a weak hand).
BB insta-reraises all in.............. (UG.......No way he must have JJ - AA) there is no way.
YES! oh NO
BB turnes over 99 for the flopped higher set.
Brick! another brick on the WALL!
wsop all over again.
out 14th for 240.
I totally took out my frustration on the FT of the 22k on Full tilt.
raise. No reraise. 3-bet fine 4 -bet.
I think i knocked out 6 of 9 last players. But in order to win you must take out the last player.
I put myself in position to win and totally got impatient. tried to win the hu match in one hand. Rather than successive small battles.
2.2k buh bye.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New favorite poker related quote!

Whether he likes it or not, a man's character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Damn! This blog sucks!

Sorry for my blog-tardiness.

the truth of the matter is poker and life has been very difficult of late.

I had to withdraw the majority of poker funda off site at the end of march and took on a backing deal so that I could continue to play.

You know what comes with a backing agreemnt and changing of playin withonly 50 % of yourself?????????????????????????????

the ol................ (drumroll please)!

12k downswing! that's right folks. thats a 5 figure loss playing tournies under 80 dollars. p-the-fuckin-ownage.

this makeup figure is down in the 2-3k figure now after a nice 2k 3 hour session last night.

2 seats to stars 535 and outright win of 75 dollar tilt 45 person for 1.2k.

I won something. Oh my F'n G-D!

wonderful weekend with the fam for passover and a beautiful monday!

cheers to you.

big poker week ahead. plan on satting into thursday 1k wsop sat on tilt.

Main goals:

4k profit this week. Out of makeup by friday night!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Double Final Table......

PokerStars Tournament #83594070, No Limit Hold'emBuy-In: $10.00/$1.001928 playersTotal Prize Pool: $67400.00

Tournament started - 2008/04/13 - 22:00:00 (ET)

Dear SpreadicuS

,You finished the tournament in 4th place.A $4,044.00 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

You earned 441.44 tournament leader points in this tournament.For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at!Thank you for participating


PokerStars Tournament #84448890, No Limit Hold'emBuy-In: $30.00/$3.00

450 playersTotal Prize Pool: $13500.00 Tournament started - 2008/04/13 - 23:00:00 (ET)

Dear SpreadicuS,

You finished the tournament in 4th place.

A $945.00 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

You earned 263.12 tournament leader points in this tournament.For information about our tournament leader board, see our web site at!Thank you for participating.

Friday, March 7, 2008

WSOP Steps... Great post on 2+2

" I start at both steps 4 and 5, I've just been playing these steps while doing schoolwork. I just run PT, and sharkscope people prior to the sit and go. I don't join tables with a bunch of very good regs (though I have by accident).There's alot of scared money in the step 6's and I just abuse that, and I did a bunch of ICM work on SNGPT for these kinds of steps. People tend to crack, and tilt when 3 handed and HU, and I just take advantage of it because I don't care nearly as much as they do.If you're someone starting at step 1 I suggest following a system where you have to have multiple tickets to the next step before you play it. Say you start at step 1 - I'd say have 7 step 2's before you play Step 2, 6 Step 3's, 5 Step 4s, 4 Step 5s, and 3 Step 6s. You'll be far more confident, and you're likely to play much better when the stakes get very high. Also, you yourself should not take the small bubbles into account @ Step 6(0-500,500-1000,1000-1500), they matter a bit, but they are insignificant compared to 1500-12500, and alot of decent SNG players have a hard time disregarding money bubbles almost completely. "

Running bad and feelin worse

To say I have been running bad for the last 2 weeks is an understatement.

I have not cashed in a significant tourney in almost three weeks. I am emotionally wrapped up in a ball of frustartion. If a bad beat is possible I think I am creating them for myself.

"Maverick, Engage..................Engage!"

"Engage, Dammit!"

Warp 9.9.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Shout out to the crew! OMFG....


after all the dialgue about maximizing your potential and evolving as a player. How about following through on goals and walking the fucking talk. HELL YES!

I am so impressed!

11k win of 50k on stars! omfg.
Comptonmasta PWNS 7.5k.
i am inspaired and impressed.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Shoutout to REX!

All I have to say is Oh my Fukin G-D. Ship the 37k & FTOPS Blue light Special.
Nuff said.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Perspective and Poker......

So last night I completely imploded in the $300 buy in FTOPS event.

5600 entrants and I go out 754th. What do you do when you throw at least 4oo dollars in the toilet and possibly 200k?

Go outside and kick the dog?

Drink yourself into oblivion?

Yell at your wife and slam at least 76 doors?

My heart was racing....Sadness bursting from my chest. I could feel my old red film of anger moving across my eyes. The ideas of which item to throw are on the forefront of my mind. And what do I see?

My 15th month old daughter is handed to me. She is directly from the bath. She is wrapped in a green towel, as the stem, with a hood shaped as the flower. She giggles, looks me directly in my eyes and snuggles her head into my neck. She doesn’t move for least two minutes.

The SADNESS. The ANGER. The self HATE. Slowly and sweetly drained away. I knew everything was going to be ok. Where is there a place for self hate and deprecation when an embodiment of love is cuddled in your arms for warmth and safety? I could never imagine wanting my daughter to see that darkness.

There is no great measure of yourself as a man or even more so as a person as your image in your children's eyes. More than anything else in my life I have pledged to be a great father. There is no failure. There is no quitting. It has to be a decision to provide unconditional love to your child from the day they are born to the day you die.

I know that my father did and does not know this. I spent a lot of my childhood expecting and wanting this love and got left wanting. I swore to his face I would grow up and be a better father than him. I pledge my life to this.

Poker is a game of perspective. Analyzing where you’re at any given table and not allowing your inner voices effect what you know is the real truth. Put yourself in the best position to win and DO NOT EVER; EVER give up ship when you have just started onto the path to success.

On Sunday I quit myself before the real game even had begun. This is not a decision I would make as a friend, husband, and father. If I am going to ever follow through with my lifelong poker goal of placing a WSOP bracelet around my wrist. This focus, passion and perspective are mandatory.

Taking a Popsicle stick into a gun fight. That's what I did.

By the way. I love my daughter Carolina Rose.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I suck Some more.............. 20k with 20 til bubble of ftops 9

don't know what to say.

out 22nd in 13.5k.

796 players left in ftops #9. i have 23980 at 400/800. Im out 754. 738 pay. i open push drawing to 10 outs with one card to come.


expensive. 12 to go............. out 6th

Monday, February 4, 2008

Play for first (Following a read)....... thoughts?

Full Tilt Poker Game #5115941188: $16,500 KO Guarantee (38150935), Table 10 - 6000/12000 Ante 1500 - No Limit Hold'em - 4:49:14 ET - 2008/02/04
Seat 4: rubbarose (679,514) Good sized Chiplead. At this point in the tournament I felt like I wanted to play for first and work on getting HU with 5-1 adv. I had seen blur push very aggresive preflop but laydown marginal hands post.
Seat 7: blur5f6 (403,990)
Seat 8: jared03 (197,496)
rubbarose antes 1,500
blur5f6 antes 1,500
jared03 antes 1,500
rubbarose posts the small blind of 6,000
blur5f6 posts the big blind of 12,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS *** [Ad 8h]
jared03 folds
rubbarose calls 6,000 - I really like to limp here with A rag.
blur5f6 has 15 seconds left to act
blur5f6 raises to 36,000
rubbarose calls 24,000 - His small reriase looked weak. I could have been a stronger play but hadnt seen that from blur all tourney.
*** FLOP *** [5d 9d 7s] - I liked the flop - gutshot/overcard/backdoor flush draw.
rubbarose checks - Planning a reraise entire time. (probably getting impatient. it was 2am with work in 4 hours.)
blur5f6 has 15 seconds left to act
blur5f6 bets 42,000
rubbarose raises to 642,014, and is all in - barely pause before I reriased all-in. Truly felt like he would lay down most hands here and I would have expanded my chiplead. A poor judgement and a large amount of wasted equity and chipstack.
blur5f6 has 15 seconds left to act
blur5f6 has requested TIME
blur5f6 calls 324,490, and is all in - A Ballsy call for all your chips (KUDOS). I probably would made the same with small flushdraw/gutterball.
rubbarose shows [Ad 8h]
blur5f6 shows [6d 2d]
Uncalled bet of 275,524 returned to rubbarose
*** TURN *** [5d 9d 7s] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [5d 9d 7s 3d] [4h]
rubbarose shows Ace Nine high
blur5f6 shows a flush, Nine high
blur5f6 wins the pot (809,480) with a flush, Nine high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 809,480 Rake 0
Board: [5d 9d 7s 3d 4h]
Seat 4: rubbarose (small blind) showed [Ad 8h] and lost with Ace Nine high
Seat 7: blur5f6 (big blind) showed [6d 2d] and won (809,480) with a flush, Nine high
Seat 8: jared03 (button) folded before the Flop

that is a 2.5k hand.

Played for First and Finished 3rd......

Details to follow.............

2 am after being up for almost 24 hours afraid to drink/diet coke/energy drink coffe duee to work in 4 hours.

need the hand history to illustrate following a read and trying to end a final table with thre eepople left with one play.

HH to come.

would i play it differently...................................................maybe.


Rubba Takes 3rd in $16.5k KO

Thursday, January 31, 2008

A real blogpost: What does poker mean to me and who am I?

Poker is another test of what my potential is. I feel like I have spent my life pushing myself to all the limits I can imagine. Whether it was drugs & gangs as a teenager, being a wandering hippie on gratefull dead or widespread panic tour, or playing in the main event of the world series of poker I have always pushed moments of time.

Longevity, consistency and long-lasting success are my main issues. I tend to find ways to fail. Call it self-destruction, blow-ups or self deprecating behavior. I excel in those moments. I know how to hate myself and make my life as difficult as humanely possible.

Poker tests the self destructive portion of myself more than anything else i have ever experienced. More than drugs or alchohol. I have spewed thousands of dollars away in sitting at 10/20 with a bankroll of 4k. I have registered for 1k sng on stars with a 2k BR and won.

What happens when you place a frustrated drinking man online with 5k at his disposal in front a computer late at night? for me this is my greatest test of wills.

I run good when my momemtum is with me. When it slows down I have reasons to be afraid.

What is consistency and how is it maintained.

I need to build a concrete 25k bankroll to feel comfortable.

I need to play at least 2 events in the world series this year.

I need to pay off all of my families debts so that i don't see that worry and burden on my wifes face.

I Want to be consistently happy.


I am looking for to playing the blogger based HU challenge. I really feel like hu poker is a truly pure form of the game that competes with any classical game like chess.
Bring it on bloggers!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Poker, Poker, Poker

Thanks so much to cmitch cmitch

Thanks so much to VIRGE!!/

These words are for you!

Poker is Confidence.

Poker is Discipline.

Poker is Focus

Poker is Momentum.

Poker is Community!

My greatest challenge each and every moment on felt and beyond exist in that moment of decision.

Do I make the easy decision. Push it in and pray use less brain, don't use skill and knowledge. When skill and knowledge are used in any decision making process and you choose wrong it hurts so much more.

I fear putting all my effort into anything and failing. To lose in that situation hurts me to the core.

There have been a few moments in my life I have exerted maximum effort and made all the right choices and failed. Those moment hurt and haunt me.

Yet, the highs that come from exerting everything and succeeding out weigh the negative. Friday night i put it all aside and played balls out confident and intelligent poker. I folded spot that were tenuous at best and played for first.

There should not be any other place to play for.

I Wanna Play Poker!

Saturday, January 26, 2008


gg rubba