Sunday, 31 January 2010

If only....

Upgraded to Windows 7 today, great piece of kit. Backed up and transferred everything across no bother. Also noticed there is a hefty update to v1.10 of HEM which has a big currency and EV fix. Great I thought! Well no :-/

As you can see from the SS above, my database is completely mashed. I have not played 500k hands this month, nor have I made $22k. Good job I've been keeping a mega detailed Excel spreadsheet in 2010.

Will play tomorrow and see if it's importing OK and I won't bother touching it, otherwise it's a full wipe and new DB time :-(

Friday, 29 January 2010


As a side to my usual games I've been playing a bit of Rush Poker over on Full Tilt. I hope you know what it is by now, cos I'm not explaining. Anyway it's absolutely tons of fun to play. My biggest downfall at the tables is image, and this almost totally eradicates it from all but the sharpest of note takers. The HEM HUD can't keep up with the action!

Anyway played a little more tonight, ran up a few buyins and decided to check my stats for the month on Full Tilt. I was pleasantly surprised!

Some days I've totally nitted it up, some days I've gone crazy and bet/3bet every flop. Really is tons of fun and hopefully I can keep plugging and build a reasonable secondary BR. I'm at $625 from $150 so a great start!

Have confirmed today that I'm going down to the Pokerstars UKIPT Manchester with Soap on the second weekend in February. Looking forward to this as the buyins are pretty much spot on for me. Big enough to warrant my A game, whilst not too big to be playing wary. I won't be playing the Main Event, but probably every side event. Might try and drum up some staking for the £300 game, am undecided how much I want to put in play. We'll see anyway.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Running good whilst running bad


So yeah I totally crushed today running waaay above expectation. Guess I'm not allowed to whinge about -EV if I don't accurately balance my blog posting range ;-)

The running bad bit is unfortunately pretty bad though. I was sat on 6 of 8 Bad Beat Jackpot tables, and yes you already know what's coming. It was dropped on one of the other two tables. Pretty gutting to see the BBJ counter drop from $240k to $40k in the space of a few seconds, and know that you would have been $6k better off had you even been dealt into the hand :-(((((

But...after a squiffy week of downswing, lesser focus and tons of socialising (which kind of run into each other) I've got my month back on track to being a monster, with a nice $500 day yesterday too.

Outside of poker I had my first gym session of 2010 yesterday. Ouch I'm feeling it today. Also not told you about my knee for a while, it feels good after a long break. Will be hitting the bike again soon and testing it out in the gym, as I want to get fitttttt again by summer. Extra Ts for emphasis! I ordered that HDC HD2 phone too, which looks pretty awesome. It's a bit of a monster but runs Windows so I can sync my whole Outlook as well as some important Office documents, so I should be super organised. This will replaced my ageing iPhone, so unfortunately I won't know where I am anymore, but will know what the weather's like outside ;-)

Good luck all in your last push for January :-)

Wednesday, 20 January 2010


Pretty yacky downswing at the moment. Am -£1.3k since last post. I really feel like I shouldn't be either. I seem to have gone approx 10k hands not ever making a top pair type hand after raising preflop. Especially in 3b pots. I am bleeding in those something chronic the last 10k hands.

Today I am -£700 and EV says -£170. Nice slap in the face! I'm now well down on EV this month even after my amazing results in week 1. I've also played 50k hands already so the sample counts for something!

Anyway I'm changing the pace up a bit. Might grind the micros at Full Tilt for a bit, trying out that new "Rush Poker". I played it for 15 mins a few days ago; and I have to say, the concept is first class and quite surprisingly the execution is too! :-)

I've also been playing increasingly longer sessions, which is probably adding a bit of wear and tear to my psyche. I also went to bed at 8am last night (morning). Not good. Might try a bit of HU action, who knows. But definitely changing up the approach next couple of days. Glgl :-)

Saturday, 16 January 2010

As is

Monetary wise pretty much the same as last time I posted. Had a seven BI downswing the session after I posted the pretty amazing graph last entry. Then kind of yo-yo'ed back and forth a bit, eventually making it all back today.

One thing I have noticed is that my effective rakeback this month is nothing short of AWESOME. Hopefully I will cling on to 4th in the RTR rake race, but a MSNL reg has put in a double shift this week to try and topple me. If I do, as it stands I will have earned 70% rakeback! RakeTheRake are pretty damn amazing value. Link on the top right of the blog if you've not already got an account.

Anyway, full day off for me tomorrow. At a mates son's Christening, then drinks all day. Looking forward to first full day off in ages! :-) Have a good weekend all :-)

Thursday, 14 January 2010


There can be no other word for it. Absolutely crushing!

I want to get this on the blog before the run ends! The last few days of my HEM reads, $875 $785 $1075 and $650 today. Check out my last 9k hands...

...pretty incredible heater. 38bb/100. EV line included for Soap - just the 5 buyins above EV, not totally luckboxing! Have had tons of nuts vs second nuts type hands, and my decreased tables and increased focus has helped me in knowing who I can exploit later in hands. Long may this continue :-)))))))

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

$1k day


Ordinarily I'd completely take my foot off the gas, go out and get extremely drunk tomorrow at the pool game, and forget about logging any more hands till next week. Well not this time!

I've logged 53 hours since Jan 4th, if I can continue the volume and run at even a quarter of my current winrate, I could be on for a pretty special month. Just need to keep my head down and plugging away! :-)

Monday, 11 January 2010

So close

When you're playing on a Bad Beat Jackpot table you can understand that I absolutely shit myself when I flopped this and it ran out two possible backdoor quads!

Still not to be...someday!


Just shy of 5k hands today, to total just over 24k for Jan, since the 4th. I really feel a bit pokered to death at the moment. This is todays graph...

So yes thinly veiled brag. But had a total rollercoaster day. Felt great at lunch time, shit at tea time, and now, well just knackered! Pleased, but knackered!

Take note volume slackers!

Maybe a day off tomorrow, who knows. I might feel better after a good 16 hour sleep, the mobile shall be getting turned off!

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Good volume, results improving

Have played a little under 20k hands in Jan, and I didn't start playing till the 4th :-)

Also these past couple of days I've only been 4-6 tabling and really concentrating on my poker. Saying that there were a few hours of sessions where I felt I was wandering slightly and playing bad poker. Wanting to push things too hard to generate action. Today was a good example of this. I had an airey fairey session this afternoon, I ran bad, had to fold a couple of times where I didn't want to, and then start pushing things way too hard. This is tilt and I must start to recognise this sooner. Anyway thankfully I quit, got some food, got my head on straight and boom...


In general life stuff I feel like a proper hermit. With the amount of poker I play I guess you would think thats normal, but for me it really isn't. I do an awful lot of travelling day-to-day, but my car hasn't moved all week. I walked into town to do some shopping yesterday, and I dug the car out and cleared the drive today. Bloody hard work that was! It has promptly snowed heavily again which in the space of 20 minutes, totally shit all over my two hours hard graft. WP weather, gg.

Been cutting down on the food too. I'm sure I ate more in two days over Christmas than I have all this week! Am in a constant state of hunger but really must get my portions under control before I do a David Benyamine. Also, Man Utd are shit. I feel really down about the team. But, when you consider we have no defence, have been playing worse than a Championship side in the last 10 games, yet are still somehow 2nd... I guess I should take the positive and run with it.

Also if you've not seen it already, this image is amazing. Click for big...

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Grind on the mind

There's two foot of snow outside, with more on the way. It has to be -11 deg C here tonight. I couldn't get out this evening to play pool, and I suspect there is no way on earth I'll be going anywhere tomorrow. There is an icicle forming off the back roof that is currently ~4ft long. To put that in perspective, that's about three Azz's. Massive. I'm hoping it'll make six Azz's by morning.

I'm pretty stoked to be able to play lots on Weds and Thurs, which are usually my non-poker days. I'm hoping to break 20k hands by Sunday, I'm at 6k at the moment and have clawed back £200 today to be a little under £400 down for Jan. Gogogogo work ethic!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010


Big word that one. If you take it for it's true meaning. I'll start with some context...

[EDIT - Essay alert!]

New Years Eve for me could be perceived to have been a bit of a disaster. Sorted out a small house party with a few close friends and it promised to be a great night of friendly banter, drinks, entertainment and merryment. That was cut short before 11pm by a phonecall telling Libby that her sister had overdone things slightly and was being rushed to A&E. So Twedd and Libby have to leave and the party is cut short. Shortly before midnight we decide to head round to Dawson's mam's house to wish her Happy New Year and for me to be firstfoot. She always thought I was a bit of a cheeky bugger so it should be pretty amusing. It's at this point I must tell you that I'm in Tow Law in Co Durham, which is approximately ten billion feet above sea level, there is two foot of snow, and it's coming down so thick you can barely see two lamposts ahead of you.

The plan was to hop a fence and take a shortcut through a field. Should be a five minute walk max. Fortunately though I was the only one with enough ability to get over said fence, Dawson and Ony wimped out and walked the long way around. I was already over so I hotfooted it through the field and back onto the street to meet them halfway. I say fortunately because the events that followed us taking the long way around have definitely impacted a few lives!

As I was walking down to meet them, I saw Dawson and Ony crouching behind a car. I initially thought that they were making snowballs and about to ambush me. They weren't. They had almost walked past an old lady who had slipped and fell under a car at the side of the road, unable to free herself. Ony heard a faint cry for help and could just make out the top third of a person covered in snow, stuck under a car. We pulled her out and myself and Dawson carried her home, got her warm and called her family. Turns out she'd left the pub at 11.20, so she'd been stuck for about 20 minutes. It was one of Dawson's friends aunties, who is well known throughout the village for being the old fiendly chatterbox, so she would have been sorely missed. She'd maybe have been found in the next hour or so if a few locals had been in the pub, but certainly in a worse condition. I don't wish to speculate about such a matter, but it was deathly quiet where we found her, subzero temperature, and snow falling the heaviest I've ever seen. My New Year ticks over with me on my own on a deserted street, cold, and covered in snow to the degree that I look like a walking Jack Frost.

In the week after Christmas and before New Year, I used the downtime to get my finances in order and sort out a proper poker plan for 2010. As you can tell from my blog, my record keeping has been basically non-existent. I can tell you how much I've roughly won in a month, but I would bank varying amounts, downswing a larger bankroll than usual, and generally fritter away money day-to-day like it was going out of fashion. That's going to change. Correction. That HAS changed :-)

With Ben's help, I have successfully created the world's second-most-complex (behind his obviously) poker finance tracker in excel. I'd been up in Newcastle for FA Cup weekend and kind of a Vegas re-union. We played the Soccer Saturday drinking game at Agers, before the premiere of the DVD compilation I made of all our Vegas footage. Was well received and I had a great time making it, even if it did take forever! We then play more drinking games watching the darts, and then in true Vegas style, play beer pong. Yes, we were hammered!

Next day I see Man Utd lose to Leeds. Words cannot describe how much I hate Leeds. But with them being so out of my awareness for so long, I kind of feel a bit numb about the defeat. Still we were shite and deserved nothing less. I had cinema tickets booked for the evening though.

On my way to see Avatar in IMAX 3d, I take a wrong turn and miss the Yellow Car Park at the Metro Centre. I curse my inability and aggresively turn round between those kerbed car park divides with plants in the middle. These ones were particularly high with rockeries in the middle of them. Yep, you already know what's coming next. I way overdo the pace thinking that what I see ahead of me is slush and although I might lose it a little bit, it won't be much and we all like a little powerslide from time to time. Nope that is solid ICE! I skid the split second I turn the wheel, my rear end kicks out and I gear down and start to gun it to get out the slide before I hit this divide. It's all ice though, I have no grip and in what seems like about 10 minutes I see the huge kerb slowly approach, like in a Jaws film, about to take a huge chunk out of the nearside front of my car. Dur dum, dur dum. What happened next can only be appreciated by a poker player...

In years past I would have belted out a large 'FUUUUUCCCCKKKKKK' and smashed my hands into the steering wheel. Upon coming to rest - got out and kicked a hole in the side of my car, grab my de-icer from the side compartment, and in a fit of revenge fuelled rage, gone back and systematically de-iced the offending area of tarmac. Take that ice!

But I didn't. As the kerb neared, I thought to myself 'Meh, I'm going to hit that' in that really gay way you console and re-assure yourself in your head. Like getting it in good on the turn only to be two-outered on the river, I accepted with an inner-peace that I am now screwed and it was going to cost me a lot of money.

I limped the car into a proper parking spot and got out and checked the damage. To my amazement I hadn't lost a panel. The wheel however was bashed up and into the wheel arch and was facing ~30deg in the opposite direction to which it should be so my front wheels kind of looked like this / \ I locked up and walked to the cinema.

One thing you have to absolutely do this year is go and see a film on the new IMAX 3d screen at the Metro. The best cinematic experience I've ever had, overtaking Independance Day with my cousins when I was a young un. The effects and digital imagery in Avatar makes the LOTR trilogy look like that 1930s Lost World film with plasticine dinosaurs. Then put that into 3d. Absolutely incredible. Ignoring that side of things though, I absolutely loved the film. I think this stems from my over-playing of Final Fantasy VII on the playstation, as there are a few parallels from that storyline. Go see it!

I get the car recovered to a mates house as it would have cost £90 more to go back to mine, and he also knows a few local mechanics. I book the car in, and spend the day playing poker, losing nearly 13 buyins nine tabling NL50 over the course of the afternoon. So I don't yet know how much my car is going to cost, it could be upwards of £500 if the axle is bent, and I've just lost £600 playing poker. Remarkably, I feel great.

So I see in New Year alone, cold and covered in snow. But I potentially helped save a life. A few days later I bin my car then before it's fixed lose £600 at poker. Thankfully the wishbone took the impact so a relatively cheap £100 fix.

Follow those events and it's negative, positive, negative, negative, small positive. It would be a fair assumption to say I am now feeling good because the last major thing to happen to me was a positive. Well it wasn't actually. I missed getting home and saying goodbye to my sister by about 5 minutes. She's off to Aus & NZ for 3 months.

Yet I feel great. I feel focused and driven. I ambled through last year, playing a bit of poker and making some money, but had no plan for anything, at all. I didn't know where I'd be or what I'd be doing in two days time. My spending was ridiculous.

Back to that word 'resolution'. If something is brought to a resolution, it's solved, done & dusted. I've never written out a meaninful list of 'resolutions'. I've made false promises to myself at New Year, but nothing is a true resolution unless it actually becomes resolved, and only you can do that.

Even though it is Jan 5th and I have done absolutely nothing, I feel a great sense of achievement in that I've actually made 'resolutions' which I feel compelled to achieve, which in itself I feel has 'resolved' a part of me that needed addressing. I feel my base level of general happyness, midset and focus has risen quite dramatically in the last couple of weeks having done this exercise.

In poor 2009 record keeping style, I made ~£2.2k in December. I can't wait to post my first detailed Month End report in 2010, even if I'll have to work extra hard to make it a good one :-) One of my resolutions is to play 15k hands a week, so I best get busy. Good luck all and best wishes for 2010 :-) I'm looking forward to it!