Sometimes when you’re grinding it out at the cash tables it can seem like an eternity between sanghoki hands, especially with the speed of hands played. It’s as if with the higher hands per hour you feel like you should get an even higher rate of playable hands. Or maybe that’s just me.

Either way, I’m not sure there is anything more disheartening than finally getting a nice pocket pair, getting a good spot to get your chips in and finding not one, but two higher pairs. And the only way it can get worse for the two lower pairs is to see the highest pair hit quads on the flop. Three big pairs quickly become two big losers.

Action was at a 25c/50c table toritto looked down at pocket jacks and made it $1 to go, Mase77 sneakily smooth called with his pocket rockets – then things got messy. In the big blind was badboyrobbie, living up to his name he made an all in move with his pocket queens. Being short stacked it was only for $7, but that push inspired Mase77 who sensed that this was the time his rockets would pay off, and he pushed all in for $40. That left toritto, and with everyone covered he made the call and we had 3 players to the flop.

With the cards flipped Mase77 was in the lead with the aces, but in these hands anything can happen, and I’m sure everyone felt like they had a chance to win the pot. That was of course until the flop; two aces saw that little 100% come up real quick and no more cards were needed. It almost seems cruel to get all your money in with such a good starting hand, and be dead after the flop.

If you’re badboyrobbie or toritto and that was your first decent starting hand in a session, I’m preaching to the converted. Grinding ain’t easy.

Welcome to the Team!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first official blog post here at CarbonPoker!

The name is Phil, and I’ll be around the joint from now on, getting my paws on a bit of everything – helping out with the community and also working behind the scenes.

My poker career began almost three years ago, where I ended up busting out a full table of experienced players on my very first attempt. My victory may have had something to do with flopping the absolute nuts very frequently, but at the time I just assumed I was naturally gifted with the cards, and on the fast-track to the World Series. The subsequent months certainly brought me back down to Earth, but in the process made me a stronger player. I’m no shark, but enjoy an intelligent win just as much as anyone.

I enjoy the social side of poker far more than the potential earnings. Home games, though hardly lucrative and very slow, are a personal favorite of mine and help keep an average player guessing. I fit the description of an average player perfectly, so mid-beers I just have to ask myself: “Who is playing to win?” Amidst all the laughter and merriment, there’s a serious battle of minds going on, and the mix of fun and personal poker development is an opportunity that can’t be passed up. Where to go from there? Onwards to the fun and frenzy of online poker stardom!So here I find myself as the youngest member on the Carbon Poker team, helping build this intriguing network with every keystroke. Poker is a serious sport, and although those who say “play to have fun” are said to be merely unskilled enough to compete professionally, the saying still stands. It’s all about fun, and hopefully I, and every new member, can find it here.

Look forward to seeing you at the tables!

Phil @ Carbon Poker