TKE House Fundraiser 3

I visited my Alma mater Sam Houston State last weekend for my fraternity annual Big Bamboo Bash Party. The party was on Friday night and had planned a poker tournament fundraiser for Saturday. The best time would be in the late afternoon but we had to reschedule around the NFL Draft that was going to start at 3pm and run all day. We decided to start at 12:30pm and make it a turbo that would end around 3pm.


Well the party was fun and of course with late night drinking comes hangovers. We also had a 10am meeting saturday morning that ran late so with the combination of that, an early start and the draft the tournament was cut from 2 tables to 5 players.

The Players were J.D. , Chavo, Padilla, Flounder and myself. We started with 2500 in chips with 15min blinds of 25/50 and rebuys for the 1st 3 levels. We also decided to play winner takes all. Padilla was getting lunch so he was being blinded out but that didn’t stop the rest of us from getting in some big hands. Chavo and flounder were involved in a big hand with a board of 73Q Flounder shows KQ and Chavo shows a set of 7s that hold up for the win and Flounder has to rebuy.  A few hands later JD limps in from UTG and it is folded to me in the BB and I look at AA and raise JD min raises me and then i make a 3rd raise and JD calls. the flop is all low cards and I shove and JD calls for less and shows KK. I win and JD is forced to rebuy. We get to the break and everyone adds on for 4ooo in chips.

Now the blinds are at 200/400 and the chip average is 7500. with the blinds being high people started to get involved in big pots right away. Padilla made a move from the SB with Q9 when the flop came all low cards but Flounder called with AK high and eliminated Padilla. a few hands later Chavo raised with a weak Ace Preflop and was called by JD. Chavo pushed when an Ace hit the board but JD called with a better kicker and Chavo was out next. Chavo blames his performance on the draft starting at 3pm even though he went out around 2pm.


Now 3 handed i had about 15-20% of the chips in play so I pushed whenever i picked up an A or saw a flop and hit or had a draw. I ended up building up to about 12000 after a few all ins vs JD.  JD hit Flounder for a big pot when his AK beat Flounders QQ and a few hands later  Flounder was gone.

Heads up I was down 4-1 in chips i got it to about even when the blinds were at 1500/3000. JD raised from the BB to 6k I reraised all in from the BB for 9k more.  I showed AK and JD had QT, whoever won this hand was going to win the tourney and I was a 3/2 favorite but when the flop came down J98 i was pretty much drawing dead. JD took the pot and won the tourney.

With the blind structure and payout I had to play the way I did and being hungover and tired I think i played well.


TKE House Fundraiser

I put together a small tourney for my fraternity to help raise money for the new house. The best time to do it was the day of the fraternity’s Bid Day Party (last Sat) at around 3pm. I figured everyone would be drinking but I put the tables off to the side and tried to get people to confirm in advance.

Of course come the day of the tourney 4-5 people bailed but we got 3-4 new players sign up on the spot. We ended up with 14 players and 2 tables. The structure was $30 buy in for 3k unlimited $20 rebuys for 3k and a $20 add on at the break for 5k.

I got off to a great start as I was still counting money and setting up stuff I was dealt 7s8s in the SB. I call and so do 4 other players. I flop a flush draw check and so does everyone else. The turn is another spade and I bet out and get called by the BB. the river is a blank I value bet my flush only to get called by a bigger flush.  Thanks Rusty….

The next hand I flop a set and have to fold when the board contains four clubs by the river and the other player bets out. I push a few hands later with a weak Ace and have to rebuy. A few hands later I get low again and on a flop of AJ7 I push with my A5 vs a weak player. He calls with J5 and the river brings one of his 2 outs ….J! Thanks again rusty. Rebuy #2….

I get another rebuy but by now the blinds are at 150-300 and I have 10BB. I get 10s9s in the BB 5 peole to the flop of QJ3 there is action ahead of me and I decide to push with my draw. I hit the 8 on the turn and win my 1st pot of the night. I make it to the break and add on for another 5k. After the break I take out a player with JJ and then we soon get down to the final table of 8.

At the final table 2 players are really active and start taking players out. We quickly get down to 4 players. I pick up a few small pots here and there and have a medium stack. Henry and Pat get into a huge pot where pat moves all in on the river on a board with a possible flush. Henry makes the call with a straight and Pat shows a losing set.  Pat has about 3bb and I take him out on the Bubble a few hands later. Henry gets it all in vs Ocie with AT vs AK and is sent out in 3rd.

I play Ocie heads up with about a 60k to 40k lead over him and the blinds at 3000/6000.  Ocie raises on the Button to 16000 I push with 88 and he calls with Q5. Flop brings a Q and I am crippled.  I ge t an A7 the next hand and ship my last 20k he calls with AT and I am out in 2nd.

The Fundraiser made $250 for the House and I Donated my $60 profit to the House as well.

East Texas Poker

I was invited to east Texas (Groves) by a fraternity brother of mine, Chavo, for a poker tournamnet. I helped him set it up as far as blinds and chips. I also told him I would deal and play so that we could use a full size table and keep everything moving along. The structure we made was a $20 buy in for 5k in chips and optional unlimited rebuys and an add on in the 1st hour. We started with 14 players (2 tables) and the blinds were 20min long:

  • 25/50
  • 50/100
  • 75/150
  • Break
  • 100/200
  • 200/400
  • 300/600
  • 400/800
  • Break
  • 500/1000
  • 1000/2000
  • 1500/3000
  • Break
  • 2000/4000
  • 3000/6000
  • 4000/8000
  • 5000/10000

I think i played well overall, i didn’t play that many hands before the break but after the break I had about 8-9k after doing the $20 add on. The blinds were 100/200 I picked up JJ on the button there was a preflop raise 600 I called along with the SB. The flop was 993 and the sb bet out 500 into the 2k pot the pf raiser folded and i reraised to put him all in and he called his last 1k. He showed TT and with no help on the turn or river i eliminate a player and move up in chips. A few hands later I get AK in the CO and I raise it and get 1 caller to my right. The flop is A rag rag he checks I bet 2/3 pot he raises all in for a small amount more so i call and he shows A9 no 9 on the board and I win another pot and eliminate another player. We play a few more levels and then we get down to 10 players right before the break and are ready to combine tables.

At the break I tally up the prize pool we have $640 in the pot and I had sent Chavo a payout that paid 3 spots for 1 table and 4 spots for 2 tables. So I do the math for 4 places 40%/30%/20%/10% but Chavo says no do it for 3 places I ask if he is sure and i do the math for 1 table 50%/30%/20% or $320/$180/$140.

We take a break when we come back we lose a few players and are quickly down to 6 players. I am a short stack after i get it all in UTG with AQ vs 5 players I hit top 2 pair the board shows a possible flush and there was river action but the bet was a bad timed bluff and was called by another ace to win a side pot but i survived and picked up the main to quintuple up. A few hands later 2 players get it all in and the middle stack wins putting us at 4 players, 1 away from the money. Chavo and I are really short and the other 2 have large stacks. The blinds are 4k/8k when Chavo moves all in on the button for 8k and I look down at 2s2c in the SB and I only have 4k left. I tank for a bit and realize that if i fold i may make it into 3rd but if i call and win i also get 3rd and have chips to go for 1st. I decide to fold and hope the BB has a hand or gets lucky. Chavo shows AK the other player shows 97 the flop is 45J the turn is a 6 and the river is a 3 giving the chip leader a straight and eliminating chavo in 4th. I go all in on the BB 2 hands later i hit a pair but 4 dimonds on the board gives him a flush and I am out in 3rd. As soon as I am eliminated they decide to chop $250 each and call it a night.

All in all i think the tourney was ran well, it lasted around 6 hours and i think everyone had a good time. I had fun and I think I played well.

Bombs Over BYA’A

Here is an article about one of my TKE Fraternity Brothers fighting in Iraq…

Fighting bombs with bombs

Servicemembers find explosives-laden city is better handled by air

By Sean Kimmons, Stars and Stripes

Sean Kimmons/S & S
Capt. Michael Martin, commander of Palehorse Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, looks over the targets of homes rigged with explosives before calling in an airstrike.

Sean Kimmons/S & S
A Stryker sits in the foreground as a plume of dark smoke from a 500-pound bomb blast rises into the air during a clearing operation in Bya’a in southern Diyala province.

BYA’A, Iraq — The “Husky” mine-clearing vehicle rolled into this southern Diyala province village as one hefty piece of machinery. Hours later, it was towed out in damaged sections by a recovery team.

Two mines destroyed the vehicle as it was freeing up a passage within this small village on the Tigris River.

Nearby, numerous roadside bombs and booby-trapped homes rigged with homemade explosives were found. It turned out that the abandoned village of roughly 30 homes was heavily fortified with bombs believed to be planted by fleeing al-Qaida in Iraq fighters.

Houses laced with explosives have delayed U.S. and Iraqi forces from pushing south into areas where coalition presence has been nonexistent in past years. Main roadways are also peppered with roadside bombs, adding to the slowdown in an operation launched two weeks ago.

Rather than jeopardize lives, leadership from the U.S. Army’s 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment decided to pull back its troops and fight bombs with bombs.

Slow steps forward

As the sun began to set Sunday, six Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons roared up high and dropped eight 500-pound bombs on marked targets. Massive explosions ensued and plumes of dark smoke rose hundreds of feet. Several buildings were leveled and left smoldering into the night.

The clearing duties were part of Operation Dragoon Pursuit — the 2nd Cavalry’s share of an Iraqi-led offensive dubbed “Good Tidings of Benevolence.” More than 30,000 Iraqi security forces are said to be involved.

The goals are stability in the region and helping local government rebuild in a province recently plagued by suicide bombers.

The operation “denies them places to hide,” Capt. Michael Martin, commander of 2nd squadron’s Palehorse Troop, said of insurgents.

Last week, a home exploded near Bya’a that wounded four U.S. troops and killed one Iraqi Army soldier and wounded three others.

“The worst thing we can do is be in a hurry,” Lt. Col. Myron Reineke, the 2nd Cavalry’s commander, recently told a group of Iraqi commanders. “It’s better to do it right than fast, where more could get injured.”

The 2nd Cavalry, out of Vilseck, Germany, is all too familiar with the explosive devices, commonly made from nitrate-based explosives like fertilizer.

At least seven of its soldiers have already been killed by exploding homes this year. Six of them perished during one incident in January.

Ghost town

Martin and others sensed there could be trouble in Bya’a. When his troops arrived in their Stryker armored vehicles, Bya’a was a ghost town surrounded by a belt of roadside bombs.

As much as 60 percent of the village’s homes had signs of booby traps, including trip wires, crush wires, pressure plates and 55-gallon drums placed against buildings.

Martin, 31, of Sacramento, Calif., estimates that his unit has encountered about 50 house and roadside bombs in less than two weeks within his sector.

Though residents may someday return to Bya’a, it was deemed too dangerous to save many of the homes. Martin said the Iraqi government has taken ownership of the continuing issue of displaced Iraqis in Diyala by setting up restitution funds.

“This was unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” Martin said of the bomb-infested village. “It’s a complicated situation. [But] we’ve determined that saving houses did not outweigh the casualty risk.”

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Montez, 31, of Denver, and his explosive-trained German shepherd, Britta, were ready to clear the village until his Army counterparts chose to use the F-16s to drop bombs instead.

“I’m pissed off that I’ve been out here for 13 hours and haven’t got to search,” said Montez, who just replaced a Marine dog handler injured in last week’s blast. “But at the same time, if it’s that bad it’s better to do what they’re doing.”

He then couldn’t resist the chance to poke fun at the Army.

“I always hear soldiers dogging the Air Force. But they sure are quick to call in close air support [from Air Force jets],” he said jokingly.

The bombing campaign was the first to be seen by Pfc. Jeremy Stevenson, a Palehorse troop medic.

“I think they should bomb the hell out of the place,” he said after a bomb exploded a half mile away, followed by a concussion wave. “If not, you’re just putting people’s lives in danger for no point.”

TKE UFC and Poker

My Fraternity Alumni Association hosted a party on Saturday that included the UFC fight and a poker tourney. The fight was in London so the time over here was an odd 2pm. There was a bout 15-20 people there and after the fight we had a 6pm poker tourney scheduled.

The fights ended at about 5pm and I asked around to who was playing. only about 8 said they were playing. We had planned around 20-30 but i had 16 confirmed the day before. I also had dealers lined up but they canceled along with half the players. We ended up lowering the buy in from $60 to $40 to get participation up.We were able to get a hold of a few more players and started at about 6pm with 10 players.

I dealt and played to start but as soon as we lost a player i was able to just play. Out of the 10 players some had experience playing but it was more of a laid back home game atmosphere. I had played with 3-4 of the players before and felt I could do well if I didn’t get any bad beats. I had played a little with Prof back in college mostly $.25/$.50 cash games at parties but not a lot of tourneys. He has an aggressive style and I knew he would do well. Phillip deals a lot but doesn’t play so I know he has some knowledge of the game but little playing experience. I taught Jennifer to play so I have a pretty good read on her (she doesn’t think i do). The structure was pretty slow to start and designed around a 20 person tourney so with 10 it gave everyone a lot of play.

I took a hit early from my girlfriend when we were 7 handed at the 50/100 level. It was folded to her in the SB she called I raised from the BB to 300 with JsJh she called. flop was Td8d3d she bet out 300 and i called. turn was a 6s she bet 300 and I called. River was a 6c she bet 1000 and I put her on flopped top pair or maybe 2 pr. I thought my Jacks and 6s was the best hand so I called and she tables pocket 8s for a boat. WOW well played. She later knocks out my roommate Phillip with a board of 7797A Phillip had 7s full of 9s and she revealed 79 for quads. what made this hand great is she bet out when she flopped the boat check called the turn and bet enough to put him all in on the river and he called. Well played again. She was now the chip leader and after knocking out JD with her QQ we were down to 3 players Jennifer chip leader, Prof close 2nd and Myself with only about 1/10th the chips in play.

3 handed lasted a long time I pushed a lot and won some hands uncontested I did get called 1 time by prof when I held Jc9c he had KcTc I got lucky to hit my 9 and J and him not hitting a strait. As the blinds went up i found myself 2nd in chips I was in the BB when prof moves all in for 3,500 i call and show KK vs A6 my kings hold up and I am heads up with my girlfriend.

She suggests a chop but I say no lets play it out. I don’t know if it was the jagar shot i took or the fact she beat me last time we played heads up but i felt like playing it out. A few hands in heads up I moved all in with 55 from the button she called with Q5s and my 5s held up to give me the win.

We played a 2nd tourney for $20 + $10 with 12 players I went out in 5th and decided to call it a night.

It was a fun night, I played well and I am very proud of how my girlfriend played.

The Beast

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