Thursday, 28 August 2008

Slit wrists time

Just had horror afternoon finishing -$1.4k. The very definition of running bad. This is all within a couple of hours, not spread out over weeks all you tourney players!

AA (2): Stole blinds, won small pot.
KK (9): Vs AA 4 (Yes FOUR) times. Big losers on rag flops. Stole blinds or won small pots the other 5.
QQ (11): One AIPF vs AK, lost. Twice all in on turn vs 1 pair on board and rivered both times. All others <$20 pots.
AK (20): Largest pot won $30 flopping broadway. Twice all in on turn TPTK vs naked flush draw, lose both. Twice all in on turn TPTK vs mid pair and flush draw, lose both. Once all in on turn TPTK vs mid pair and str draw, lose.

I'm now even for the month after an absolute disaster the last couple of days. It's been sick setup after setup. Bah I need to go back in time and not play these last two days, then I could still play NL200 next month. Going to have to drop back down again :-(


Played two sessions today, both swingy as hell. Evening I was +200, -500 then finished on +300. Later tonight I was just constantly losing ahead and behind and was -1.2k at one point. I've finished the day -800 which sucks balls as EV graph says -80 and that doesn't take into account races/pot odds/retardedness of opponents etc. Crappo!

Monday, 25 August 2008

The weekend

Friday I ventured up to Newcastle to help Soap get Hold Em Manager on his laptop. He's been playing a lot more cash lately and for the amount of information this program can tell you relative to his stakes it's a no brainer for him to have it. His results have suffered since though, I'm sure that'll turn!

Later in the evening myself, Ben, Rich and JT play the £20 Second Chance at the G. And yes we were drinking. I made early promises to Candice and Monika that I would behave this time ;-) I really struggle to take these seriously anymore. I was sat next to Phil from the NPF and a couple of other forum members whose names I don't recall/didn't ask! I donked around early calling a raise in position w/78 the very first hand. I had posted both the SB and BB for arriving late, and assumed I just make up the extra 75 to match the raisers 150 bet. Nope, the 75 is dead and I have to put in another 150. I nonchalantly make the rest up hoping not to give away the fact I clearly have garbage. Flop is 89T two spades and the early raiser fires out a nervous cont bet. I pounce and make a 3x raise. The SB cold calls (lol) and raiser folds. Turn is an offsuit J and he insta shoves. This is like QJ or a flush draw ALLLL of the time, I think it out and decide to fold this time and of course he shows the flush draw and his proud bluff. I make a mental note to snap off anything from him in future and this is further confirmed with some horrible play from him later on. Still I think I win most retarded move of the evening...

I open KT clubs on the button for 3x and a young competent looking player min raises me out of the big blind. INSTA TILT. This is obvious mega strength but he min raised me out of position so I must be mega aggressive and take this down just so I can shout in his face afterwards how gay min raising is. I decide to just flat in position and make a move on a favourable flop. I flop an absolute monster with AK3 all diamonds giving me second pair, no kicker, no flush draw but some awesome backdoor draws. Running K-K for quads, running J-Q for broadway, running Club-Club-Club (on the 6th "Ocean" card obviously) for the flush etc etc. He leads into me for a pot sized bet. I can only really fold out black Queens which he never plays this way, but the enormity of my backdoor draws and the fact that he MIN RAISED ME means this is a clear shove. He sighs, calls, shows AA for top set saying "But I think you have a diamond". HAHAHA what a shit read youngster! I got the KT for second pair, awesome draw. Obviously the turn bricks cos I run terrible in tourneys. I reload.

I then see total garbage for infinity number of orbits. Phil plays one hand all night and still manages to double up on a really poor table. This point is emphasised even further when Ben is moved from his table to mine. The table chat is good though and I'm having a good time. This is aided by a decent two pint per level pace. I am flirting outrageously with the middle aged female dealer who was trying her hardest to set a stony demeanour with her dealing and I really didn't want this to happen. I can't remember her name, Christine was it? She loosens up a bit though and we all have a laugh, especially at her "I just knew" read with AK ;-) I see 63 off for the gazillionth time so get the iPhone out to play some virtual poker alongside. The game is pretty sweet and I pass it around to let people play a few hands.

Back to the live game and Rich exits first from the four of us, proving once and for all that he is the fattest. I eventually see 66 (Wahay!) UTG (sigh) but shove anyway cos I am FEARLESS BABY! (Sorry been watching Scotty Nguen clips). It gets through and I decide to show. I don't know why, this clearly doesn't achieve anything. Very next hand in the BB a tight, straightforward player opens from MP. It's folded to me and I see JJ. I decide to Hollywood it a bit and get a coin out out of my back pocket and flip it, then turbo shove whatever face it lands on to make it look like I am gambooling with a small pair and get him to call w/A9,AT or ideally TT-66 etc ;-) He insta calls and flips QQ and I look like a complete, super dickhead. It's all smiles and handshakes though at a nice friendly table. I sincerely wished Ben the best of luck and left to play 1/2 cash.

Everyone sits for 50BBs apart from two guys directly opposite me, one a young internet pro, and an older businessman who both buy for the max. This is the worst place for the money to be and I decide to nit it up and shortstack £100 also. Very first hand at a full table, UTG FUCKING MINRAISES. The red mist descends and I grab chips and make it something ludicrous like £28. Internet pro calls, business man calls and UTG looks like he's going to re-raise, thankfully he doesn't and just calls. Still not an ideal result for me! Flop is 9d5h3h, UTG checks and I ask the dealer how big the pot is. He helpfully replies "a lot". I give a wry smile and waited for him to count it as I didn't know how much I made it preflop but didn't want to give anything away. He doesn't move but the nice internet pro tells me there's about £100 out there and I only have one move. I guess he's folding then! I shove and take it down. Everyone thinks I have a monster here, and I did on the flop. I had Kh9h but everyone assumed I had QQ+. I take down a nice early pot and the beers continue.

My stack yo-yos from £150-80 for a couple of hours. Was a great game though with the young pro and businessman being by far the most active. Ben busts from the tourney and joins us at cash. He wins a nice 4-way all in pot w/AA but loses half it back soon after making a horror call w/2 pair on a 4 straight board. At least I save the shit poker for a £20 tourney ;-) Rich times a move nicely w/77 on a broadway flop and folds to the re-raise. Later JT busts and we all chip in £20 for combined £80 for him to gambool it up at blackjack. Sorry I mean minbet perfect strategy. But whatever.

I am now horribly squiffy and Monika jokes about cutting me out of the rounds. She's far too sweet for that though and they continue until right through to 5am. I play AJ tricky three way on a J6x flop with the internet pro and business man. I check back the flop in position after raising on the button. Turn is the a blankish 6 I was looking for, pro checks, businessman bets pot. I know he is bluffing but ideally I want him to put me in on the river which I'm pretty sure he would, so I flat call. Internet pro squeezes to a really gay amount a little more than a minraise. He had been very active but not stupid, clearly a very good player. I hated this bet amount but he really is putting me on 77-TT a lot of the time here. Businessman folds pretty quickly and I shove for not a lot more knowing I beat any Jack and expecting to see overs/and/or flush draw. He insta calls though and announces quads. I guess that line makes sense too! I am super super gutted here for some reason, I guess I'm a bit of a live fish and get much more involved and attached to the monetary aspect. I win and lose this much in a heartbeat regularly online. I guess the beer didn't help. He is cool though and offers to buy us a round so I only lost about £127 here instead of the full £130 :-D

It's pretty near chucking out time now so I don't reload but proceed to lose another £80 or so at Blackjack. JT proves that he has been playing incorrectly all this time despite showing a £5 return on the £20 we each gave him. I get berated for telling him to split 88 against a dealer T. I assure him this is correct, but we get screwed and I get the obvious "See I told you so!" response from him. This tilts me even further as you shouldn't be results oriented with BJ or poker, but he's my lift home so I'm nice ;-)

We make a late stop at the Jesmond bakery for some cold pizza, pasties, sausage rolls etc. There was quite a lot of choice actually. Which made it even more surprising when Ben asked for a whole unsliced loaf of brown bread and just ripped into it dry! Strange guy! We talk to some Greek guys outside about football and other bollocks, but they were annoying so we soon leave. Back to Ben's and the shop downstairs had was open so I get some steak crisps and Lucozade for the monster hangover that is surely only a few hours away.

Next day I set up Ben's Hold Em Manager which has turned on his boomswitch and he's delighted to be winning again now :-) Guess he's stole Soap's luck ;-) I drive back and get some rest as it's my sisters 21st on the Saturday.

This really was great to see everyone. My dad gave a cracking speech in between the horrible cheesy DJ's choice of tunes, and much fun was had. My sister being 21 and having lots of female friends there, with me being the fabled "older brother" obviously had it's advantages too. She was definitely a 9 ;-) Important thing was though that Sis had a great time, and she definitely did! Great occasion and great to see all the family :-)

Sunday I slept all day and I've not done much today either. Had a nap this afternoon and played for a couple of hours, logging a $250 loss. Pretty shitty actually, AK vs KQ in preflop loses, and a lot of races lost. I think I was all in preflop about 7 times, lost 3 as large favourite, lost 3 races, but won one with my AK beating KK! Still waiting for that $2k day at 1/2. It'll come! ;-)

Won't be playing tomorrow as out all day but hoping to put some wins together this week for a more substantial cash out at the end of August. You mustn't be results oriented though ;-)

Good luck all!

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Good progress

I logged a decent session on Tuesday and a very good one today. I played half NL100 and half NL200 on Tuesday. I lost $400 at NL100 and won $600 at NL200! Guess I should move up to where they respect my raises eh ;-) NL100 was just unlucky for most of the cash, QQ rivering a Q vs my KK when all in the turn sticks in the memory. I also made a couple of moves I really should have saved for NL200. Anyway pleasing to win at the higher level and I continued that today with a nice $730 win. So my stats for NL200 so far are 9k hands @ 3BB/100, which is great as it's what I set myself in my last post. Lets hope I can continue to grind out a nice profit for the end of the month, I fancy a holiday!

Also Happy Birthday me for the 18th. Twenty five seemed so far away not too long ago! Didn't really do much, just spent some time with the family which was nice. It's my sister's 21st next Monday and she's having a big party for family and friends so will be nice to see everyone there too.

I've bought a couple of books which arrived today. The Mathematics of Poker by Bill Chen (been meaning to get this ever since it came out) and The Poker Mindset by some unknowns. Had a flick through and the Maths of Poker looks like it's going to need a pen and paper accompanying the read, as well as regular 'flick backs'. I didn't do A Level Maths but I did do Physics so I'm hoping I still understand all the mathematical principles, maybe a refresher might be needed!

The Poker Mindset looks to be very easy reading, with help on tilt, bankroll, downswings and everything that goes along with playing a lot of poker. Some interesting takes on different concepts which I'm hoping will help hone my approach that little bit more.

Good luck at the tables :-)

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Sticky, sticky

I've played solid NL200 since the last post. Friday I played around 3k hands for a $1k loss. Was a really horrible session and it must be the umpteenth Friday a row where I've logged a big loss! I flopped three sets all night, two of them were beat by bigger sets already on the flop, and the third got flushed on the river when all in on the flop. AA and KK were big losers and I also managed to flop a flush vs bigger flush. Hurrah!

Today I played 2k more hands and it was pretty much the same, I raced down to -$800 and it was looking like I have to drop back to NL100 and grind out another $1k to move back up. Thankfully I hit some hands and developed some reads/picked on some tendencies and ground back to even. My graph for the month thus far looks pretty terrifying with a huge monetary drop in the last couple of days, but view the same graph in BB instead of $ value and you see it's only a small blip.

The money involved is quite something. $1/2 is no high stakes by any means, but over 8 tables today I had over $3k in play. To someone non poker world savvy, this must seem crazy. I'm comfortable with the money though I think. At least so far. I actually ran up a 750BB stack at one table too:

NL200 is definitely a big jump in quality. It's taken ~8k hands to fully realise. There are spots where I'm folding TT preflop with three bets infront of me which just never happen at NL100. It's so much easier to manipulate and see flops at the lower level. Still I'm enjoying it despite being a -4bb/100 loser at the moment for 8k hands. I am not worried at all and am sure this is just a sticky patch of variance. I experimented with some spazzy bet sizes and overbets, and am very pleased with how they are working thus far. ABC is very exploitable at NL200. There are some really tough tables, even as I type there are a couple fully populated with solid regulars. They must be stupid. Dish the pride and make your life easier and find some fish! Aim for the rest of the month is to get out of the NL200 hole and beat it for ~3BB/100 when all is said and done. Come on this sticky patch can't last forever! Won't be playing tomorrow as have made social arrangements but am really looking forward to playing at the moment, which I'm sure is a good thing.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008


So after the $1k day, I then win $650 the next and $850 today. Today was mainly NL200. I played a mix this afternoon and have just played purely 1/2 this evening on 8 tables for the first time. An early conclusion is that it's harder, but not much. There's probably one better player to each table, and the regulars can actually play post flop which they can't at NL100.

It was nice to cold 4bet AA and get insta-shoved on by KK, but I did lose a lot of medium all-in spots. I also 4bet bluffed J8o preflop for a buyin early this afternoon against an overly aggro player. I flopped a gutshot plus my pair outs, but his AK got there on the river. Argh why can't I hit one of these monkey plays one time?!? I probably made my money back due to the image this play setup, but would have been nice to win the 60/40 to go with it ;-)

I think I suck at FL. I don't know why. I really shouldn't. My stats say I'm a losing player though. It's just an easy way to get rakeback and bonuses. I think every retard playing any two at 5/10 takes me to the cleaners every time and I don't have the bankroll or patience for it anymore. I've only got $300 in crypto now so I doubt I can rake the Flip Mino this month. Unless I deposit and play NL100. I won't be if Laddies NL200 continues to go well though, not worth it at all. I'm comfortable with the bet sizing and will stick with it unless I encounter a large downswing. Most of the players are the same and I should be able to continue to pick my spots. I bet I'll be pretty nervous in my first $1k pot though which I'm sure will be along soon, hope it goes the right way :-)

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

$1k day

Another one :-) That's three in total now (give or take $20) for the year.

I made some adjustments to my play and actually calmed things down a bit, although preflop I am still playing more hands than most. A video came out on Cardrunners last week that basically told people how to crush NL100. At first I was pretty pissed off with it as it encouraged a style I've been getting away with for months and months, but I think a few retardo-monkeys at Ladbrokes have seen it too and are re-raising me and squeezing me in any spot they can. That'll do me, I moppped up a lot of dead cash today :-) Still it's going to help a lot of better the regulars I'm sure.

Glad to log a good score as I had a bad losing session for $150 on Friday night, so this tips the month nicely. I'm delighted in how I played, this is the most focused I've ever been while 8 tabling. Really think I've got 8 handled well now. May drop one or two at NL200 though. I've had loads of sleep last night and even today, so I'm sure that's helped. Looking forward to attacking NL200 when I'm next feeling super fresh.

I'm going to log an hour or two on Interpoker now, as I can rake a Flip Mino through Rake The Rake this month quite easily. Looks canny!

Also, knee update: It's fucked. Royally fucked. Can't run. So P&G World Cup at end of August will be purely a social event for me :-( It's creaking and cracking at any slight movement, and I'm getting a lot of general friction inside the knee when walking. Need to arrange to see the GP I think!

Run well, on the tables and off!

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

First August cash action

Yes I'm lazy. Have been out and consequently drinking quite a lot lately and haven't wanted to play when hungover. That's done now though and I felt fresh and attacked the tables today. Won $200 at NL100 and lost $80 or so at FL. I had quite a few 2nd-10th nuts type of hands today that ended up paying off a better hand. Shame could have been an awesome day.

I am playing so many hands lately. Today was 27/21. Think I may have to tame this at NL200. I think I have a significant edge post flop at NL100 and rarely get 4 bet preflop, so it allows me to outplay a lot in position. I'm sure the regulars will pick up and adjust for this at NL200. Looking forward to some more interesting dynamics. Think I'll play halfie half tomorrow, four tables on NL100 on one monitor, and four of NL200 on the other. Gogogogo me! Run good please!

Also, congrats to Rich for taking down the Laddies $3k GTD Tuesday night, and he's on the final table again tonight!

Sunday, 3 August 2008

July review

July was good, finishing on around $6k for the month. Still no joy with the CPC though will be looking at upping the effort on that front as I've not played even a satellite since getting one outered in the final a few weeks ago. There are some IP Platinum promotions that are worth me playing some extra volume on cypto as well this month. Also I've left a bit more money online this month than normal. I hope that if I can string a few wins together at the start of the month, I can move up to NL200. I've said it before and it's been a long time coming, but hopefully it can happen soon. I'm really looking forward to it.

I played in the Poker Player Mag tournament at the weekend at the Grosvenor. Was a great atmosphere with absolutely amazing NPF support. A lot of the info on the tournament can be found in the Live Updates area so check that out if you want a rundown. The structure was OKish in that it's better than normal but still rubbish from my outlook as a >100BB cash player. In the first two levels I had to fold a couple of mid sized pots, that if won would have given me so much more flexibility. All of a sudden it's then push fold poker, which I did for a good eight levels. My first exit hand occured when I pushed late w/K9 to run into AT in the SB. I thought that was it but no I am left with a solitary 100 chip on the 600/1200 level :-) I see garbage for the rest of the orbit, then pick up K5cc UTG. My chip (lol) was going in anyway to maximise any return, but nice to see a top 30% hand! I get a few calls and on a A24 flop I get protection from KQ which I love, but I miss my pair, straight and chop outs. I was a bit tired anyway but bloody hell one tabling a ten seater game of poker is sloooooowwwww. I'm used to 900 hands an hour, not 20! Thankfully a great atmosphere was good entertainment and it was nice to meet a few new people.

Also found this video of Soap's German lovechild playing an online SnG. He has his dad's (once) blond locks as well as his temperament ;-)