Thursday, 10 September 2009

'H' from Steps has died


Tragedy.

Pokerwise I've made a bit of a mini recovery playing solely HU on Ladbrokes. I can't be bothered grinding the normal stakes before Vegas because another big swing could put a real dampener on things. Steady away though I've been making a pretty consistent £50 a day on the HU tables and it's all been easy so far. I ran pretty badly today but am enjoying the change of pace. Decided on taking the laptop away with me which will help for emails to clubs for guest list malarkey, and to have a quick 30 min blast on the HU tables every day when we're all getting ready to go out :-)

I have been doing some grinding elsewhere though. I've made a small deposit on Pokerstars to see how I like the software and see if I can grind a bit of a roll there. I quite like these gay little projects. It's not great cost effective use of my time, but is +HapinessEV for sure :-) This will lead to a final decision on whether I want to move the majority of my roll there next year and attack Supernova benefits. Good news in that I can comfortably 20 table 6max cash. The software is top class, and along with TableNinja you have an amazing array of time savers and automation just a key press away. TableNinja is the single best piece of poker software ever. Full stop. I had though that 20 tables of 6max would be a time-out fest, but I didn't even hit the time bank once in a one hour session (1400 hands!). I think I have to send an email to support to have it raised to the maximum 24 tables and will take that approach as I continue to build. I am obviously incredibly exploitable playing this style, but it'll certainly do the trick up to NL25.

I've been for consecutive 3 mile runs these last two days also. My knee feels pretty good. Perhaps a little bit fatigued today but nothing compared to how my shoulders, back, arse, thighs and calfs feel! Got another few miles to get through tomorrow too before I drink some of my hard work away at the weekend. Potential home games evening on the cards with pool/darts/table tennis/poker and a few beers on the menu! Hope you all have an enjoyable end to the week :-)

Friday, 4 September 2009

Can't get going

September so far has been rubbish. I'll log on, bluff off a buyin in the first few hands, saying to myself "he has to have a set here to call" and boom yes, shows me the set. I've also turned a couple of hands into bluffs on the river with disasterous consequences. Think I'm 0/5 in >100bb river bluffs. Villain either has the hand I'm trying to rep, or I I'm not picking the right opponent for this move :-S

I'll then get coolered a couple of times and lose an 80/20 to go £250-300 down. This has happened each of the three times I've sat down to play a proper session. I'll then grind back up and finish about £100 down and feel like I've achieved something, but not really. So I'm a few hundred down at the minute, EV says I should be £50 up but can't whine too much about that over ~5k hands. Let's try again...

EDIT: Fuck you weekend retards. 80% of £ goes in good, but you somehow get there in the most hideous of ways. Am now -£800, EV says -£300 but that can't account for Captain Retardo calling down and backdooring the world. Also, fuck you combinatorics.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

August Review

In a nutshell, went really well. Much better than I could have hoped for the stakes I've been playing, with the target of locking in a win before Vegas achieved nicely. Also having read Soap's and Holmes' blogs (on right) I should really do a proper monthly breakdown and keep better records. I rely on HEM too much. Anyway here's an attempt but it will be slightly out as I've played two sessions on mates' computers where my play hasn't been tracked.

NL50: £2,100 (51k hands - 90/10 6max/HU)
NL100: -£920 (3k hands 6max)
Tournaments: Only played free/bonus entries and won nothing
Rakeback (20%): £550
RTR: £620
PPs (10%) and other bonus: £310

Total: £2,660

Chuffed to bits with that result as I've effectively been a NL50 pro in August. Also if I'd had the 10 buyin downswing at NL50 instead I'd be looking at a £3k month. Crazy.

Saturday I played the £75 Will Hill added tourney at Aspers with Holmes, Soap and Jackal. Also had a catch up and chat with Teamdobbs and recognised many more faces in a 100+ runner field. Not going to discuss stuff in depth here but I chipped up nicely and was always above average. I then ran a bluff against the tightest player in the entire tournament (any guesses in comments?) which actually sounds a lot worse than it was. He has such a narrow range (ergo easily identifiable) and on this board by the river he folds most of it. Just a shame for me he turned 'a two outer' for the nut boat. Anyway by that time I'd had a few beers watching the mighty Man Utd overturn the scum of the Premiership (I fucking hate Arsenal) and was quite ready to go out and join a few friends for more drinks. Before that though I made a couple of quick stops at the Blackjack tables
inbetween checking on mates still in the tourney, to eventually win my buyin back.

Yet again it's taken me till today (Tuesday) to recover from a weekend where I only got drunk once. My sleeping pattern was thrown well out of whack though, but still, getting old! Vegas is only 18 days away now so I'm going to eat super clean in a final push to shift another half stone or so. I'm also going to try and log 20k hands in 12 days, as I've realistically only got till the 13th to play properly as I've got other commitments including going to Blackpool for the Newcastle game on the 16th. I'll make a conscious effort to update the blog regularly in that time, as it'll help keep me motivated. Good luck for September everyone :-)