Friday, 21 August 2009

Older and wiser

As I was doing pretty well this month, I decided to move back up to NL100. It didn't go well. I'm not sure I've mentioned this on my blog, but it's very rare I have a good weekend at poker, at least online. I tend to do well on weekdays and donk a little back at the weekend to the recreational players. I think I've got this leak plugged now and it's pretty easy to do. I just imagine their screen to have no fold button, and control the hand that way. Stop being an overly aggro spew monkey. Profit.

Anyway I decided to wait till Friday night to have a pop at NL100 again. I bluffed two rivers giving my opponents far too much credit for being able to fold a hand. Seeing triple figure stack sizes again fooled me a little. Also they have stats on me being retarded, so guess I should have known better. So I'm now a little under £200 down. But then I suddenly start to smack flops right in the face. In the next 30 minutes I flop two sets, a straight, a flush and top two pair. I lose all pots to go about £800 down. Two oversets, a bigger flush and the others got legitimately outdrawn in standard spots. I had initially said I'd stop if I somehow managed to lose £500 (a kind of bleh contingency as I never expected to be down at all the way I've been playing) but I just shrugged and carried on as I basically fist-pumped every spot where I got the money in, I just got coolered to hell. I upped and downed a little and eventually ran KK into AA and lost QQ vs AK, so I canned it after 3k hands and a £1k loss. Kind of shellshocked to dump 10 buyins in one session, and it being a doubly expensive one. Really glad I didn't blog after it cos it would have been a total Soap Emo fest. So that was last Friday.

I went out for an Italian with friends on the evening and got quite drunk finishing up on Dominican Republic rum cocktails. A few of which were made with '151' which was developed by NASA in 1965. Saturday I did nothing but gradually get a worse and worse hangover (funny stuff that rum) and get really good at Archery on Wii Sports Resort. I also messed up the diet a bit more by having a takeaway that was apparantly a Thai Red Curry. Was it fuck.

After a little play on Monday for a small profit (back at NL50) I then turned 26 on Tuesday. A quite astonishingly young age if you read a few blogs ;-) I got a pretty hideous shirt from mother. That's going back. And then general smellies/money/boy presents.

I've since had another few meals out with friends and family and completely buggered up my good progress on the weight loss, not finding time for the bike either. I felt guilty today and really wanted to do 30km. I had to jack that in at 22km though as my arse was fucking killing. I've always loved running and thus have basically never cycled in my life (apart from ploughing my face into a brick wall when I was a teenager - that's another story) so my arse isn't used to such a pounding. There's a joke in there somewhere. I have a weight loss bet on with Briggsy as to who can lose the most before we fly out to Vegas. To be honest he's really let himself go these last couple of years, and although he knows it I hope reading this will give him a further kick up the arse! I really should lose the bet and I don't especially mind either if it gets Briggs back on the right track. I might get a stone shifted in the next four weeks, we'll see mate! Lion fish!

Anyway good news in that I'm only £120 away from making back the £1k I lost last Friday. In the last three days I've done pretty well at NL50, taking the monthly total to 46 buyins in 36k hands, at 13bb/100. That's pretty damn EPIC! Just a shame NL100 had to go so badly, I do fancy another shot before month end!

Also, wanted to write a few quick thoughts down about the top sportsmen in the world. I think that this current crop of top athletes is just something else. I envy my dad's generation as he has more of a basis of comparison, but really, just how good are Bolt, Federer, Woods, Messi, Mayweather et al?!? It stands to reason that we are going to continue to improve, but to see Bolt just completely demolish the field and blitz his previous 'amazing' world records was something else. In the 200m tonight he moved up three places in the first twenty metres, taking into account the stagger for the corner! I can't stop watching that in BBC iPlayer! Yes bad timing to mention Woods, but still. I'm not a huge tennis fan, but whenever I see Federer I just think, "Wow, how could there have ever been anyone better?" I also think that Messi is going to go down as the greatest ever footballer, eclipsing Pele and Maradona. Anyway don't really know where I'm going with this, guess I just wanted to show some appreciation. Good luck all :-)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

More good grinding

I've continued plugging away at just NL50 this month, and well, results are good.


I don't want to blow my own trumpet a bit here, but that is the single best >20k sample at NL50 6max I've ever seen, and I've read a lot of 2+2 threads! Obviously better winrates are attainable at HU but I'm pretty pleased with the fruits of this month's labour. Thirty three buyins in 12 days, at a rate now over £40 p/h.

That $1250 from RTR will definitely be going straight into the bank now to cover my 50p Fixed Limit Omaha losses to Azz on the flight to Vegas. I'm also reasonably comfortably rolled for NL100 which is quite an achievement considering how nitty I have been with BRM. Vegas obviously the main contributor there, my car being not far behind, and a not-so-close third is buying healthy food! Super healthy diet combined with lots of gym and bike is starting to show some rewards, I'm definitely trimming down and should hopefully be looking and feeling great for Vegas :-) Expensive business eating healthy though! But yeah, the BRM... I think I'm still going to nit it up and play NL50 for this week, and if I can rattle off a few more buyins then I'll hit NL100 at the weekend.

I've kind of lost track with this blog entry, wanted to talk poker a bit more but my mind has gone to mush. One thing I have been doing is calling a lot more instead of 3betting. A big part of my profit has come from regulars thinking I couldn't possibly have that hand, as I would have 3bet preflop. TYVM another buyin :-) I'm also making what I used to consider reasonably 'big folds' as if they were nothing. I've have to re-adjust hand reading somewhat as there are only very few people making moves at NL50, but the radar seems to be spot on at the moment. Roll on more good, controlled grinding. Good luck all :-)

EDIT: Soap for Prime Minister!

Friday, 7 August 2009

Good grinding

I've put in some decent hours on the tables since the last post. Albeit at NL50. Good news though, I'm crushing. You'll remember a few posts ago I talked about sustaining a 10bb/100 winrate at NL50 over a reasonable sample (10k+). Well, I've done it...



That's nearly 17 buyins in a week, and when rakeback + bonus is considered, is a nice hourly rate of around £35 ph. I'm still waiting on an RTR payment from last month where I won $1250 in their rake race. I was going to put this straight into play but I might just bank it and play another week of what has been pretty much stress free poker at NL50. I was actually below EV for the month too, but I caught that up today. I'm not too arsed about moving up, all I'm really wanting to do this month is have an easy life and be able to bank a nice wedge for Vegas in September.

Only thing that is wanting me to move back up is to be able to rake a Killarney package with Ladbrokes. After The Derby and Helicopter VIP days with them, I really want to go to this. This would be a lot easier at NL100, as at my volume of play I'd be a cert for a €1.2k package. I will have other opportunities to win one but they are mostly ~100 runner, one package MTTs. I can never be arsed in such a structure.

The helicopter day was awesome by the way. Honestly one of the best experiences of my life. Being in command of such sensitive controls in what is effectively a flying bubble is really exhilarating. I'll post some pics in another entry when Ladbrokes get round to putting official pics and video (a la Derby) that I can also include.

I did make a somewhat brief and somewhat disastrous return to NL100 temporarily the other evening. Holmes informed me of a super donk sat at one of his tables, so I also sat. Soon to be joined by Soap. Let the minraising commence. After getting 3bet by one regular in the same spot for the fourth orbit in a row, I decided to trap with 2nd pair, but was very wrong as top set is good sir. Nice timing. Soap also spazzed out after an early minraise from Holmes and also got it in pretty bad with a naked flush draw, but as any really good tournament player does, binks off the diamond anyway. I also lost a race for a stack before finally getting the donks remaining €50, so not a profitable visit at all!

Lifestyle wise I am back in training and on a super healthy diet. I've managed to borrow an exercise bike and have been giving that some hammer. It's great because as I've done naff all for so long, you really see improvements fast. First session I barely managed 20 mins and only did 6km. On Tuesday I did 20km in under 40 minutes. I actually think I over exerted slightly as I've been feeling the knee since, so didn't do any leg work at the gym yesterday, or cycle today. Doesn't feel like anything major. I'll be breaking the trend of Weetabix and berries for breakfast, and cous cous for lunch this weekend when I'll be venturing up to Newcastle for a BBQ with the lads. Good luck all :-)