Friday, 21 November 2008

I'm an idiot

Tilted yesterday for first time in aaaages. Really thought I'd got past this but I guess it's my own fault for playing tired. I was getting completely setup all over the place, then got outdrawn in a couple of spots and BOOM red mist descends and I hurricane off a handful more buyins.

Knocking the volume challenge on the head as don't want to grind 10 tables when playing badly. I think I need to drop this number too, but I'm playing devil's advocate because if I'm bored my play can also drift. Guess it's more things to work on.

Anyway I'm going to make a video of me four tabling and explaining every spot and thought process. I've done this previously and it helps review your own play tremendously when you watch it back.

Take a break, chillout, when you know you're feeling frustrated and making emotional decisions, LOG OFF!

EDIT: Made a video but lacked confidence talking in ANY spots whatsoever and consequently played badly and lost another $200. Fuck this I'm writing off the weekend and am out to get drunk!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

On track...

4.4k hands @ 5.9 bb/100 so far.

4.2k of those were today and were a total slog. I setup a new HUD last night and won over a buyin in about 30 mins on one table, just playing with my layout. I've been playing waaay tighter ten tabling, averaging at 20/16 where my norm has been 28/22 ish. I'm in two minds about this. It could be very nice to mass-table until I go away, nitting it up and making a steady dollar, then opening up again and take shots with fewer tables further down the line. Trouble is you can get a bit rusty :-/

I'm definitely in a good mindset though. I'm dieting pretty heavily to get some pounds off for the beaches in December, and shall be running and gyming it relentlessly along the way. The running is really tough. Back when I was fit there's a class course I'd set out where I could do 5,6 or 8 miles x-country on a mix of paths and dirt tracks, but it's just too dangerous to do in this weather. Could easily knack the knee or break an ankle. So I've been mindlessly running around a few fields in my footy boots :-( A bit of Rocky music certainly helps though!

Anyway, lots more running, gym, poker and feeling hungry scheduled. I'm off for a yoghurt, good luck all :-)

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

A plan for the rest of the month

My cash play this month has been terrible. I've barely barely played and when I have it's been with a whimsical attitude that I'm just donking around and it doesn't matter that I lose a few buyins, I'll win it back in the long run. Not with that type of attitude you fucking dick head!! A sharp $200 loss here and there soon adds up and I am essentially break even this month, even after the nice tournament score.

I'm going out tonight and tomorrow am flying to Bristol to meet up with some Uni mates whom I've not seen for a while and as I'm going away in the new year we decided to get together for a weekend of partying. Looking forward to Bristol as I've not been out there and apparently it's boob capital of the UK ;-)

I will undoubtedly spend a lot of cash so I'm going to take that - along with the ~5 day break from playing - as motivation to play a shit load for the rest of November. Throw in the fact that it's Christmas coming up and I'm then going away for a few months I really need a kick up the arse. Sod the fact that it's cold and dark now, get a grip you pussy you're not bi-polar nor have you got that arsey weather disease. You're just a lazy bastard!

When I get back on the 17th Nov, I shall play 25k hands of NL100 and be a 5bb/100 winner for the remainder of November.

Abusive/motivational posts welcome in comments!

Monday, 10 November 2008

Cashed in LEOCOP Main Event

First tier for $2k, 65/668.

Very disappointed as was in a great position with ~120 runners left. I re-raise QQ and get it in pre flop versus AK. I flop a set on KQ8, for the board to run KQ88K. I had an above average stack and that pot would have put me top 5 in chips. Instead I'm short and basically end up folding to the money.

I had chipped up well all through the game in similar fashion to below post which I realise now is far far too long and yes I do talk a good game! ;-) I made an astute fold w/AA on a low board when my opponent showed a straight. Then doubled my growing stack calling A6dd on the button in a multiway pot, and shoving over the pre flop raisers continuation bet on 345dd and get there versus QQ. I'm decent favourite here versus most of his range for cbetting strongly into 5 players I think, and its still a flip versus AA.

I am super confident playing deep early in a tournament, and it's always nice to have a big stack in the mid/late stages. I struggled after losing the QQ vs AK hand with never more than 25BBs where I basically turned into a super nit. Don't know if I should be opening up a little more in these situations, and also the fact that in this case the first cash was a little more than usual. But I just feel I have no room to play as getting a 10% edge in preflop just isn't poker. Might give Harrington a re-read as I've been very happy with my game on the whole in the last few tournaments I've played, despite being disappointed results wise.

Never got chips in behind until the final hand, where I push KQ in the hijack and the button has AK, yay to be dominated for tournament life!

Still nice to cash from what was essentially a free seat :-)

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Worst outcome for a deep live tourney?

Bubble.

I've dropped over $1k online already this month so decided to take a break and play the Stanley £50 + £500 added on the first Tuesday of the month.

Bitterly disappointed in finishing 15/120 where they paid 11 of a frankly very, very poor field.

9k starting chips on 25/50 allowed for plenty of early maneuverability, although I folded the first orbit to try and put some players into groups in my head. One guy directly opposite me looked to be the most active and had heard he plays cash quite high online. I was not in the greatest position to beat up on him though. I picked up KK on the next orbit and the active player limped utg. I raised it up so just me and him heads up to a 744 flop where he folds to my cbet. After a while I had figured out that I had very tight straightforward players to my left, and a few passive limpers to my right. Ship the free chips! So I start raising limpers when I'm around the button and chip up nicely to around 15k. One older guy had been showing his hands a lot which was awesome as he was raising 99+ AJ+ and limping anything else playable. I can obviously exploit this all day long and the other active player clearly knew I was doing this. This sets up a later hand nicely.

After the break I'm dealing and it's also ante time. I ask the player opposite me to take care of the antes and I can handle the rest. I'm not to bad at moving the cards around but my experience when dealing has been undoubtedly horrible previously. I'm sure dealing myself crap can't continue for this long though and on this table it doesn't really matter anyway.

A few levels later I isolate a limper to 4.5x with A4o in the cutoff. The small blind flats and the limper also comes along. I like isolating larger especially with a big stack. I think the SB would re-raise AK here and possibly flat AJ AQ and 77+. When in reality he should be raising with anything. I had seen this player flat an early raise in the BB already, and lead an insignificant flop for 30% of the pot. Then check the turn and check fold the river. So obviously a weak stab. Back to my hand though and the we are 3-way to a KQT flop. This sucks for my hand if checked to me. So many one pair & straight draw hands check/call here so if it's checked to me I need a miracle to win this pot. I also get check raised a fair bit but I'm not putting any sets in either players range. This flop however is awesome if I can raise a bettor. The SB obliges and weak leads again, the limper goes away and I insta ship it all in and he folds relatively quickly. I elect not to show. A few "must be nice to flop the nuts with AJ" calls come from across the table. I smile.

I do the same again later with the mighty 83s but the same player ships it all in preflop this time. I need to do the pot odds sums and this takes a lot longer live than when you have nice figures to look at on your computer screen. Eventually I figure I'm getting 2.4-1 which is sooo borderline. If I had 5k more I think I'd have made this call as I was sure he didn't have a pair. He tended to act quite confident when he did, something along the notion of "knowing he's ahead" in those tiny marginal coin flip situations. I decide to fold and get a bit of jip from a couple of players for Hollywooding. I am never Hollywooding in a live tourney. These things are soo fucking slow anyway and me of all people are dying to see more hands. Someone says "If you're going to call you're going to call" which I'm fairly sure makes no sense at all, but arguing back is definitely -EV.

I win another decent pot when the button min-raises, the SB completes and I also complete with 94s. The flop comes K94 and I'm obviously loving the flop, as I put the button on AK preflop and had planned to take most flops away from him. No need to now though and the SB actually leads for pot. I flat call hoping for a magical shove from the button who duly obliges, the SB folds and I obviously call to see AK hoping to fade overcards counterfeiting me on the turn. Another nice 9 on the turn and he misses his K on the river for a nice win. He is pretty disgusted with me actually, saying "9-4?!?" in that condescending angry tone. Again saying anything back is -EV.

A level later and the old guy who'd been showing his hands limps, so I do the standard isolation raise this time with QQ. One of the sit tight younger players flats me on the button, and the active cash player comes along in the SB. Limper folds. Flop is KQ5, I make my standard cbet, tight play folds and active player ships it all in. I call and take him out and am now sitting pretty on ~30k when the average is 11k. He had K2hh for top pair and backdoor flush draw which got a bit of berating from a few players, but I don't hate his play, especially against me!

A few hands later the old guy this time decides to raise in EP and I flat in the hijack with AJo, again planning to move on a lot of flops as he is so straightforward. Flop comes T42 which is perfect for me to monkey lots of chips into as he whiffs overcards so often here. He sighs loudly and gives a long, loud "Cchheecckk" in a deep sad voice. This is obvious weakness so I decide to bet......woah woah woah! Wait a minute! Remember what Mike Caro taught you Andy! So yeah I check behind. The turn brings another T to which he curses under his breath and then lets out the loudest, saddest "Cccchhhheeeeeeeecccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk" ever. Honestly it must have lasted about five seconds! I think he has a minumum of KK here, a full house is unlikely as he limps 44,22 and I actually wouldn't be surprised if he had quads. I am now in pretty uncontrollable laughter at the table and again check behind. He min bets 600 into me on the river, I laugh some more and fold to which he is clearly massively unhappy considering how active I have been and also that he did infact have quads. I giggle uncontrollably in between hands for the remainder of the evening.

Despite being sat on Table Number 3 we are broken up and I cry a little inside. Also because I am now card dead for about 3 hours. I see more plays which makes me happy I made the trip though. Like 88 check calling an all in on the turn on JJK9 board where the all inner spiked a Q on the river to win with AQ. 88 guy goes ballistic but bless him he probably doesn't realise it was a coinflip. Also the structure is now increasing one heck of a lot and it's fast becoming a shove fest.

I get moved again and I am down to just above average now after my extended card dead period and not ever, ever being able to steal. I eventually do get a few steals through and am above average with ~20 players left.

I gained a significant amount of chips in one hand on this table. The cutoff opens for 2.5BBs and the button flats. Both cover me with 14BBs. Now it's a little interesting as I think they were mates and had soft played each other in the blinds a few times already. I look down at KQ do a few rough sums and decide that I do have enough fold equity and I have a really snug image. And given positions and I don't think the button would flat call a hand that dominates me I decide to shove. Cutoff insta mucks, button goes into the tank. I'm obviously happy with a fold here but my preflop read and the fact that he's tanking now means I'm sure it's a flip if he calls. He eventually calls with 99, we see a flop of AJ4 giving me billions of outs and I catch a T on the river for the nuts. I wasn't 100% on this move preflop but ending up with the nuts obviously makes it the correct play ;-) He again is massively unhappy with losing, especially to a straight on the river! LOL! I guess it's only me that ever loses races then!

I am seated next to Dom's brother from NPF and I had raised a couple of his limps legitimately with KK and AJ. he was very tight and straightforward. After the second one he tells me he's not limping anymore! I then told him my hands in the break so I think he'll be playing me honestly.

Then the next orbit it's passed to his SB and me in the BB. I just have him covered for 65k on 400/800/300 which is also an indication of how short everyone is. He makes it 28k total and I look at 77 in the BB. I honestly think this is the single worst hand to have here. 66 I can fold. 88 I ship. A9+ I ship. With my stack size I elect to fold as I can effectively re-steal against mid stacks and still apply pressure in position. He told me he had A8 and I believe him, it's just these type of decisions that I lack practice in, not being a regular tournament player.

I then am forced to fold a lot until I pick up 55 in the hijack. I have the cutoff and button covered and the blinds cover me but I make up ~70% of their stacks. So I shove. I think folding is too weak here. The button insta shoves behind and I lose the race to AK. I now have about 5BBs. I fold 43 and 72 and then it's my BB. With me having paid antes the previous hands I have another 1.5BBs after I pay the blind and it's going in no matter what. The button minraises, I put the rest in blind. He flips over KK and I have 73hh. The flop is an absolute no hoper K58sss the turn gives a tiny bit of help with the 4h but I miss my straight on the river and exit in 15th for no money. Proper bastard.

The prize structure was massively top heavy, I really think they should pay 20 from 120 runners. And if the field is of this standard I'd expect to cash 80% of the time. I'll definitely be playing this game again. There was an eventual five way chop for £1k each but I left before the final table and drove home in record time with Spin Doctors - Two Princes on the radio :-D.

Got in at just before 5am and couldn't sleep for another hour. Struggled in the gym today and not looking forward to getting up and going for a run in the morning. Has to be done though. I did two miles cross county in my footy boots yesterday and was dead after two miles. I had no breath and my legs were knackered too. It's normally one or the other, not both at the same time! Have really let the fitness slip but as long as I'm hard on myself and keep it up I normally see massive improvements after about five runs. The knee hurts too but this blog is already too long! No poker today, am off for a nap now!

Bonus funny poker video

Monday, 3 November 2008

November

Can't believe it's November.

Anyway, October ended well winning another $2k in the last week which made for a nice withdrawal and another nice surprise on the exchange rate.

Also congrats to Soap who is on fire it seems, shipping the $55k on Betfair last month and the $100k on Stars within the first 30 hours of November! Well done mate!

I've decided to play steady away a couple of hours everyday if I can in November, and actually log some volume. This started well a nice $370 on Saturday. I was out all day playing snooker and then a league pool game on Sunday night, had a few beers so didnt play. Then have played today and had a horrible session, losing $650 but EV telling me I should only be -$150. Again this discounts situations where you are all in on the river. So when I bet three streets with AQ on AQ872 versus I fish I expect to be good an awful lot, but no good old 8T backdoors a flush on me with his 70BB stack to which I am never folding. Sigh. I really don't mind this stuff actually, its obviously great in the long run, just slightly depressing when you add it to losing several two-outers in a short space of time.

Anyway, no need to get down, I won a very nice seat to the LEOCOP IV Main Event tonight worth $1.1k which I think means Ladbrokes European Online Championship Of Poker and has $250k added to the pool. The top prize was Hatton tickets and a holiday in Vegas, 2-3rd was a London shopping trip, 4-13th was a seat in a satellite to the Poker Million VII, and 13-20th was the LEOCOP ME seat.

It was a VIP Freeroll which I qualified for by raking a stupendous amount over the summer. A nice gesture I suppose but I have nothing good to say about Laddies VIP Club. Their promotions are absolute tosh and target only a handful of players. This was proven furthermore this evening with an absolute crapshoot of a structure. 30 players left and average stack 8BBs. Well thanks Laddies for making all but the first two levels a 10BB flip-fest. Skill will prevail!

I actually managed to avoid showdown for most of the tournament, then I lost A9 vs KJ for 6BBs, won AA vs AK for my then remaining 11BBs. Then made a good call with A4 vs QJ for 8BBs but lose obviously. Then double my remainder up with KK as K7 pushes from the SB into my BB. Then I fold a lot into the prizes. Then I lose QQ vs 99 for nearly all my stack. I have 1.5BBs left and there are 18 players remaining. I decide I either want a holiday or the ME seat, not another frigging satellite seat. So I go into suicide all in mode aiming for busto or robusto. I actually win a couple of pots before crashing in 15th for the ME seat.

Looking forward to it on Sun 9th Nov. Satellites are running now, get yourselves in there, more dead money for me to take down ;-)