Sunday, 27 July 2008

More tourney love

Not really.

Wanted to play the CPC Summer special, so loaded up a few more tourneys to play alongside. First to go is the $50 double chance at Ladbrokes. I lose with top full vs quads and don't bother to top up. Next in the CPC special I flop a straight with KQ on 9TJ, play it fast but other guy thinks he can make me fold w/AQ. I don't oblige, but up pops the K on the river. I then buy in for a $40 CPC satellite. Next to bust is the £7k gtd on crypto, QQ < A7 obviously. And in the CPC satellite I shove over a player who has been very active pre flop w/ATs and tons of fold equity. Obviously I pick the wrong retard to make fold and he snaps off with 88 for 75% of stack and holds. Ahhh I run good in tourneys.

Decided to play a bit of FL tonight. I was actually at every FL table on crypto at one point, there really isn't many games going. I started at 5/10 and 3/6 but after an hour left the 5/10 as I am severely under-rolled and wasn't able to buy in at any more tables. I ended up playing three $3/6, one £2/4 and one $2/4. The rate at which you can rack up MPPs continues to astonish me. I booked a nice win and some more bonus, giving me ~$1600 in IP now. That can stay in too as I'll only withdraw from Ladbrokes this month. I'm wondering if I actually could make a go of finishing in top 10 on leaderboard to rake a CPC package. This could be my only hope as Jesus clearly isn't going to let me win a tournament! I'm going to hammer the FL for the rest of the month and try and clear the £500 bonus, then will re-assess MPP accumulation and bankroll etc.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, hope it stays nice tomorrow :-)

Friday, 25 July 2008

More hard graft

Two hours poker tonight for just under $300 and I'm putting together some nice wins at the end of the month. Hoping for another sunny day tomorrow so I can spend some time in the garden again :-)

Edit: Played some FL for $120 more and a chunk of bonus. Also thinking about moving to SNGs after watching some expert strategy videos...

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

It's late/early

But it's been worth it!

Played pretty loose as you can see and ran pretty hot. Day off in the sun tomorrow I think :-)

Monday, 21 July 2008

Drunken fool

Ok so the BBQ turned into a PPITO instead due to bad weather (Putting pizza in the oven) but nonetheless was a cracking good laugh. Getting onto the beers so early in the afternoon is a really really bad idea for me. But I keep doing it anyway.

We watched the golf where between all of us there was money riding on pretty much the entire leaderboard! A laptop was being shared for some low stakes poker donking, and Mario Kart on the Wii is a lot harder than it's N64 counterpart. After many beers and with my new slender figure (more later) I was well and truly trollied by about 5pm. This coincided with me getting a hold of the laptop and deciding to take a new two point approach to $.10/.20 NL.

1) Open shove any two.
2) When opened before you, call and bet/raise pot every street.

Whilst I feel that there are two fundamental flaws to this strategy it sure was a hoot to play. Comments in the chat box were hilarious inbetween me breaking 3 tables! T5 beating QQ AIPF sticks in the memory and despite the obvious crazy action I only finished $40 down after half an hour of retard clicking. Definitely ++++ Happiness EV :-)

A late decision is made to all go and play the £10/£10/£10 at Grovesnor. Bad idea. I think I might have been the first person out of the entire tournament despite turning up late. I saw 7 hands:

2) 78s AIPF vs AK - RELOAD

So I take the walk of shame and do actually go and play Blackjack. I sit for £40, play for I don't know how long, chip up and leave at £100. I crack on with the table a bit and teach a couple of students the basics and they bought me a beer, cheers lads. So I have four £25 black chips in my back pocket. Now this is where things get hazy...

I sit at £1/2 NL and play only a few hands I think. I remember seeing a flop w/77 and making a massive commotion of having to fold as Ad definitely had a monster, but I probably denied him action by being a complete tool. Sorry mate! I think I get up and leave after this, still £80+ to the good and having over £160 on me in cash.

I hang around the poker room still drinking, asked every female member of staff for a dance, tried to sit on the final table, demanded to deal the final table, shouted across the casino floor, and definitely went "Wooooo!" far too many times. Surveys were also conducted as to who was the fattest out of me and Rich. It's clearly Rich, but it's been a running joke.


I wake up on Ben's couch wrapped up in freshly washed elasticated bed sheets (nice). I grab my phone and wallet from the table and it's not looking good. I have £30 in the wallet and have sent multiple, completely incomprehensible text messages to a couple of girls. I'm going to share as typed. Bear in mind it's an iPhone with a QWERTY keyboard and predictable text for more interesting mistakes :-)

"Do as you're a sexy lady ;-) How's about what we would want?x"

"Hey hot stuff, I think if you were full of it and we were to be wntertaining each other there would be nothing that could just go! Just whta a you wearing?x"

"I want to love with you with me and we may find dome aujsy place for both of us ;-)x"

Move over Casanova! Still I've seen worse Briggs ;-)

So I'm also over £100 lighter than when I last remember. Did I sit back down and play cash? How did I lose it? I honestly have absolutely no idea. I have a horrible feeling I may have open shoved £100 with crap and lost it that way, but you'd really think I'd remember that! I'm really laid back and carefree anyway, so when I get shitfaced I completely mentally shutdown and forget hours and hours. If anyone can shed any light here please leave a comment!

Sunday saw the long awaited 5 a side comeback. I was shit. I think I get at least a 20% worse hangover than most people, and also play 20% worse than most of the squad on a hangover. Add to that I've not kicked a ball properly since November of 2007 and my overall %age isn't looking too good. Ben managed to jink it round me once, and meg me once for good measure too. For anyone who hasn't seen Ben play football this is catastrophically bad on my part. I returned the megs a couple of times though. I also managed to score (take note Azz) but overall had a touch like an elephant and couldn't beat a traffic cone!

I was then forced to have a cold shower (shithouse JJB) and quickly drive home for my local pool league game. Thankfully it was a pretty clear drive because I'd taken a severe turn for the worse after footy. Despite being vice-captain and a very capable pool player, I decided to sit out for the good of the team. I had by now developed really bad shivers and shakes, and my eyes were like piss holes in the snow. Cue more piss taking.

I've played a little tonight for $180 profit, depsite still struggling and not playing anything resembling any kind of A game at all. I caught some nice cards. Still the knee feels good (!!!) after a decent test on Sunday, and I'll hit the running again tomorrow. Off to finish watching Lost Season 4. Crazy stuff!

Friday, 18 July 2008

Nothing much to tell you...

I've played a bit. Just a bit. My volume this week is less than a quarter of what it was last week. I'll have to step that up next week.

I've made the $800 back plus a little more to put me a little bit up for the week. Just won a nice $480 in a short session. I had planned to play all night through but feel great winning that so quickly, so I think I'll watch a film now and see if I fancy playing more later.

I've mainly been training and dieting like a bastard the last fortnight. I let myself get pretty horribly out of shape after the knee injury, the last 3 months especially. But I'm putting that right, running 6 miles four times a week, eating correctly and continuing my 3x weekly gym routine. I don't know how some people train like this on 9-5 jobs! The food and the beer is the hardest part. I play pool twice a week and in the pub environment am pleased with myself that I've stuck to orange and water so far. My sweet tooth goes after about a week, but God do I fancy a pizza!

BBQ at Rich's tomorrow, plus Nintendo Wii warrioring and maybe even a quick poker game. I'll have to work especially hard at 5-a-side on the Sunday to run off all the food and beer. This will be the first time I have kicked a ball outside my back garden in 10 months!! Also the first proper test for the knee with multi-directional fast movement. I shall be sure to update you on the knee early next week. Have a good weekend :-)

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Miss flop, give up. Hit flop, lose.

A trend of relentless accuracy for todays play unfortunately. I have lost just over $800 in 3k hands. I've had four under sets, a few smaller flushes and countless numbers of overpairs being bust. This is the worst type of session I find. I didn't exactly get mega unlucky as in losing to two outers etc, just every hand I had was always beat. TT-KK was done by a solitary overcard on the board an outrageous percentage of the time. I even flop sets with AA and lose to flushes. I really couldn't win a thing. Any raise with broadway cards would see a low flop and vice versa, and any big ace would see non pairing broadway cards appear. Yack.

Anyway I'm tired and clearly whinging. I did a 6.5 mile cross country run in under an hour today, which is pleasing progress. I'm aiming to get fit and lose a few pounds for the annual P&G International Football Tournament that's in London this year at the end of August. Hopefully the knee holds out and I can kick a ball competitively. Can't believe it will be nearly a year since I last did!

Friday, 11 July 2008

No updates = no play

I've not played much poker at all this week. When I have it's been very short and very sweet. This is today for example:

That included a horrific all-in-on-the-turn-when-drawing-dead-non-semi-bluff at hand #530. I'm currently playing a $5 $2k GTD tourney and am top 20 from 138 remaining of 284. I'm only playing it cos I got an email from Ladbrokes advertising it and I thought it was a freeroll. I'm stupid. It's like a preflop raise as the buyin and is totally insignificant after such a session. Think I'm going to take a chance to get into the big chips ASAP as I'm getting a bit of a headache, and as you know I'm not a big fan of tourneys!

Only been a couple of short cash sessions so the rake race is well and truly lost this week. I'm not sure if it's +EV me going for this anymore. As previously mentioned I am picking off sooo much value from the regulars when I do play that it's affording me a lazier standpoint. I've already made a smidge under $4k this month from poker (inc rakeback) which along with some regular work and an £1800 out of court settlement windfall for a traffic accident, I have taken the foot off the pedal this week. I've helped a mate who has just move into a new house with some stuff, and we've still got the garden to do yet. Will still obviously play though and hopefully see a $6k month :-)

I got an email today from the Interpoker Platinum Club telling me I can rake a CPC package if I'm top 10 from their entire player PC field in the next few months building up to it. Bit of a bugger as I won't be able to get top 10 but I sure could rake a hell of a lot. Why don't they just say rake 30k MPPs before Nov and you get a package? That's about ~$18k in rake paid for a $5k package. Howay IP PC, you know it makes sense :-)

Monday, 7 July 2008

Out of sulk

Amazing how a nice $300 win at the cash tables can make you feel better!

Am obviously still bitterly disappointed, I wouldn't have especially minded losing $100 in that hand on the cash tables, but argh, tournaments! I had played the initial satellite very well and bulldozered a weak field, and also accumulated a big stack in the final with some nice early play. I then get it all in with 1 Billion% equity only to lose. The fact that I really, really want to go to the CPC meant it was a bitter pill to swallow. I would have been in prime position and playing confidently, I really fancied myself! I don't know how the full time MTT pros do it!

The red mist descended and I did well to stay away from the cash tables until I'd had a good couple of hours to cool off. This meant that I've only played about 6 hours total for the weekend which is double points on the rake race. I reckon the other regs will have logged at least 12 each so I'm resigned to just scraping into the top 10 for about $150 bonus. This is pretty crap, but considering I've won $2600 for the week I don't care in the slightest as the others won't be anywhere near that. They can continue to 20+ table and I'll pick off all the extra value from them all month, tyvm :-)

Fingers crossed for a another good cash week and hopefully I can attack the CPC route again. Good luck all :-)

Sunday, 6 July 2008

CPC brutal beat

The worst kind possible.

That was for monster chip lead in level 3. With my push/fold stack I then run KQ into AK and GG, FUCK OFF TOURNAMENTS!

Saturday, 5 July 2008

A profitable Saturday evening in

Avoided the socialising this weekend to log some hands and play a CPC satellite. I played a pure cash session this afternoon for an hour for just under $400. Later this evening I played 4 cash tables for a further $170 whilst playing a $40 CPC satellite to the $250 final tomorrow. I breezed a seat, chip leading the entire way. Roll on tomorrow for the final step towards the Caribbean :-)

I had wanted to log some more hands today, but I have been distracted watching the original Star Wars films. I saw Episode I The Phantom Menace a lot on Sky when I was a teenager, and kind of worked out the rest of the story from snippets I'd catch when they were on at Christmas time and comedy skits of the films. But I'd never watched the original three in full, until now. I really enjoyed them and will watch Episodes I, II and III soon too. Suppose I can't push myself into playing too much when I've won ~$600 and a $250 seat in a few hours :-)

That means I've made back the losses I drunkenly pissed away Thursday night, and with rakeback (I'm loving Hold Em Manager) I'm at $2250 already for July. Hoping this continues and I manage to win a few CPC packages along the way too ;-)

Good luck all :-)

Friday, 4 July 2008

Drink much?

Yesterday afternoon I played more to take me over $2k for the month in two and half days. I then go out to play pool in my local league, celebrate and get quite hammered, and then you can guess what. I come home steaming and load up the poker. KK loses to JJ and AA loses to QQ and then all of a sudden I decide I can win every pot. I fail.


Thursday, 3 July 2008

New software

OK so the new Ladbrokes software update really put back my playing progress yesterday. I really like the software but I couldn't get it going with my Poker Tracker and Poker Ace Heads Up Display to satisfaction. After hours of faffing I decided to take the plunge and buy Hold Em Manager, and I'm really glad I did.

Poker Tracker (v2) was developed for Fixed Limit poker, whereas Hold Em Manager was programmed with the No Limit player in mind. I can see 3 bet stats, and much more relevant position and pot dynamics information. Furthermore the HUD is superb and highly manipulative. It has rakeback & bonus options, as well as powerful graphing functions.

I've been killing NL100 in the start to July too, the volume is a little bit off what I'd like it to be but now I'm sorted with my tracking software I should put that right. This is the first two and half days :-)

Good luck all :-)

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

June end, July start

June wasn't too great poker wise. I only made around $1500 which is a shame because I was nearly on for a corker of a month at FL. I played some NL50 in the last few days of June to try and tip my bankroll back over $2k in order to attack the Ladbrokes rake race in July. I did so with some gusto, winning $650 (13 buyins) in only 3k hands. After withdrawing I have left myself with:

Ladbrokes BR $2k, Interpoker BR $1k.

I enjoyed a drunken poker session at the Grov £20+5.50 double chance last Friday. We played some blackjack before hand as it was late starting, and managed to win our entries and ~£50 more which all clubbed together into a drinking pot. Myself, Ben and Rich are all pretty handy players - them even more so at tournaments - and we all made the final two tables from ~70 runners if I remember correctly, despite the copious amounts of beers consumed. Had we all final tabled I had already decided I was shoving over one of their raises/stealing their blind from any position with any two cards!! Anyway I finished 13th my two pair running into a better two pair in a blind vs blind situation. I was really pissed off at this too as I badly wanted to final table with my mates! Ben bubbled in 10th and Rich chopped three ways for £200 and bought us a kebab on the way home :-)

I've since thought about 'running bad' in tournaments. I have concluded that you have to play an absolute shit load for this to have any correlative meaning at all. Say that situation where I got knocked out happens another two weeks in a row, you might say that's running bad, it's unlucky yes, but short term variance in tournaments is just soooo massive and misunderstood that it leads to lots of comments at live tables that really piss me off! The advice givers are the best! One guy told me he made quads the other week. I make quads everyday! Anyway that's slightly harsh as we all start somewhere, and I certainly lightened up somewhere around beer number 4 in level 2 ;-)

July is pretty much going to be exclusively NL100 cash at Ladbrokes. The rake race is worth a decent amount of money on top of my winrate and it doesn't make sense to play FL. I hope I can stick it out and really log some hours, but I can see me needing a break at some point, whether a bit of FL is the answer...well I'll cross that bridge later.

I played two sessions today, and they both followed an amazingly similar trend. Win $300, get two outered, six outered and lose a 50/50 and drop to even. Then grind away back to $300 up. So I'm going to bed now at $750 for the first day of the month, which despite the beats, I would snap Mr Poker God's hand off if he offered me that for 30 more days :-D

I might post a few hands tomorrow as I ran one awesome bluff very deep with KJ, and I think I lost 3 buyins in 3 consecutive hands on one single table, which I haven't had anything near like that happen before. Also interesting is that I have been playing 25/21 while 8 tabling, which I haven't been able to do before. I'm really happy with these numbers and hope I can keep this aggression up. I'm getting better with more tables obviously but playing so many hands does mean I'm timing down more often on the bigger decisions.

Labrokes are upgrading their client for tomorrow too which I hope doesn't change things too much, as I have a nice layout going on at the moment.

Good luck all :-)

[Wow, it's late, I'm tired, and I waffle!]