Archive for January, 2008

Jan 30 2008

And Just Like That, It’s Gone

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What the poker gods giveth, the poker gods taketh away. I started playing the $100s again, well, because that’s what I’m gonna need to be playing to get anywhere close to achieving my goals. Again, the start isn’t so good. Unlike my foray back into these stakes in December, though, I don’t think they are from bad play. But that’s how it goes. One day you win as a 92% dog, the next day you lose all the coin flips. Doesn’t sound fair does it.

I had a little bit of time between kids vomiting to play a few hands this morning.

PokerStars Game #14934267810: Hold’em No Limit ($0.50/$1.00) – 2008/01/30 – 12:52:04 (ET)
Table ‘Siegena III’ 6-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: MaAnthony ($98 in chips)
Seat 2: sterr005 ($19.55 in chips)
Seat 3: Cracky x ($202.85 in chips)
Seat 4: sawseech ($99 in chips)
Seat 5: jluu25 ($109.30 in chips)
Seat 6: Praepman ($130.50 in chips)
sawseech: posts small blind $0.50
jluu25: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [9♥ 9♠]
Praepman: folds
MaAnthony: raises $2 to $3
sterr005: calls $3
Cracky x: folds
sawseech: folds
jluu25: folds
*** FLOP *** [4♦ 6♣ Q♣]
MaAnthony: bets $5
sterr005: raises $11.55 to $16.55 and is all-in
MaAnthony: calls $11.55
*** TURN *** [4♦ 6♣ Q♣] [3♥]
*** RIVER *** [4♦ 6♣ Q♣ 3♥] [6♥]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MaAnthony: shows [9♥ 9♠] (two pair, Nines and Sixes)
sterr005: shows [T♦ 6♦] (three of a kind, Sixes)
sterr005 collected $38.60 from pot

This hand showed what I had to deal with too. The guy was playing like every hand and would randomly push. I couldn’t make my typical continuation bets because I would get pot committed in awkward situations. I would get into positions where I would have to call with my modest holdings due to the fact that he didn’t have enough to get me to fold. And then, he sucks out.

And then…

PokerStars Game #14934309203: Hold’em No Limit ($0.50/$1.00) – 2008/01/30 – 12:54:19 (ET)
Table ‘Siegena III’ 6-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: MaAnthony ($99 in chips)
Seat 2: sterr005 ($22.60 in chips)
Seat 3: Cracky x ($217.85 in chips)
Seat 4: sawseech ($98.50 in chips)
Seat 5: jluu25 ($107.80 in chips)
Seat 6: Praepman ($131.35 in chips)
MaAnthony: posts small blind $0.50
sterr005: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [K♠ T♠]
Cracky x: folds
sawseech: folds
jluu25: folds
Praepman: raises $3 to $4
MaAnthony: calls $3.50
sterr005: calls $3
*** FLOP *** [5♥ K♥ T♥]
MaAnthony: checks
sterr005: bets $1
Praepman: calls $1
MaAnthony: raises $14 to $15
sterr005: raises $3.60 to $18.60 and is all-in
Praepman: folds
MaAnthony: calls $3.60
*** TURN *** [5♥ K♥ T♥] [4♠]
*** RIVER *** [5♥ K♥ T♥ 4♠] [3♥]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MaAnthony: shows [K♠ T♠] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
sterr005: shows [A♥ A♠] (a flush, Ace high)
sterr005 collected $47.75 from pot

This one wasn’t as much of a bad beat, but I was pretty certain I was ahead. I felt so disheartened when that last heart fell. Poker stars doesn’t show the hands until showdown, but I figured I was beat then. It was probably kind of a risky call preflop, but the button was raising a lot of hands folded to him, and I figured I was getting odds when the donkey to my left was calling (and I knew he was calling). I didn’t expect him to show the aces though. I didn’t think he was THAT passive preflop. The donkey eventaully built his stack up to around $70, lost a bit back down to $50 and then left before I could get my money back from him.

Might have to venture back to the 50s, but I think I’m gonna try and stick this out for a while. I am plenty bankrolled for it, so it’s just a matter of me not being a pussy.

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Jan 30 2008

Pukalypse Now

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It seems to be the end of the world. #1, #3 and #4 all have the flu. #3 and #4 have been sick especially over the last few nights throwing up at regular intervals. We are going through our rations of popcicles with astonishing speed. I’m also beginning to become accustomed to the smell of stomach acid.

I’m home helping with the kids today since I wouldn’t be much good at work anyway. I was getting up about every 45 minutes last night to assist with sickly kids (emptying puke buckets and changing pajamas) and am far too tired to have any chance of having anything close to a productive day. Hell, I have trouble keeping focus at work lately even when I am rested.

For their sake, I hope they recover quickly. I have always had trouble dealing with the kids not feeling well.

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Jan 29 2008

Crossblogging

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Jus asked me to participate in his blog. I think it will be good for both of us as I pointed out in my intro post. The subject matter probably won’t be the same, but I encourage everyone to check it out. See where it takes us.

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Jan 29 2008

I Run Goot

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To get back to the grind of facing more competent opponents, I dropped down to the $50′s for January. I didn’t really have a shot at making gold star for the month anyway, I just wanted to get back into the swing of it. So far, I’m running pretty well…

PokerStars Game #14821915468: Hold’em No Limit ($0.25/$0.50) – 2008/01/25 – 20:04:02 (ET)
Table ‘Anza’ 6-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: serpentinpa. ($13.35 in chips)
Seat 2: MaAnthony ($59.15 in chips)
Seat 3: lildrum ($66.05 in chips)
Seat 5: 7SevenThree3 ($28.25 in chips)
Seat 6: Donarturo ($140.50 in chips)
Donarturo: posts small blind $0.25
serpentinpa.: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [Q♦ Q♥]
MaAnthony: raises $1.50 to $2
nertz is connected
lildrum: calls $2
nertz has returned
7SevenThree3: folds
Donarturo: folds
serpentinpa.: folds
*** FLOP *** [J♥ 7♠ 8♥]
MaAnthony: bets $3.50
lildrum: calls $3.50
*** TURN *** [J♥ 7♠ 8♥] [J♦]
MaAnthony: checks
lildrum: bets $6.50
MaAnthony: calls $6.50
*** RIVER *** [J♥ 7♠ 8♥ J♦] [Q♠]
MaAnthony: checks
lildrum: bets $15.50
MaAnthony: raises $30.50 to $46
lildrum: raises $8.05 to $54.05 and is all-in
MaAnthony: calls $1.15 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
lildrum: shows [9♠ T♠] (a straight, Eight to Queen)
MaAnthony: shows [Q♦ Q♥] (a full house, Queens full of Jacks)
MaAnthony collected $117.05 from pot

Luck is a powerful part of the game. Let’s hope it holds.

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Jan 29 2008

2007 Poker Update

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I know I’m a bit late with this, but it’s been a while since I’ve had a poker update. The last update I gave was way back in November.  With all the stuff going on with my computer and just life in general, I kinda fell out of the habit. I also fell out of the habit from playing poker period. That is represented by my results too.

I ended the year alright. In November, I only played about 1700 hands. A little more than I needed to get into my affiliate’s freeroll for the month (1000 raked hands). With bonus, rakeback and profit for the month, I made just over $525. Not bad for the amount I had played, but my whole time at Cake, I did well.

December, wasn’t nearly as well. After my computer crashed at the end of November, I decided to go back to stars for a couple of reasons. First off, stars runs the best on linux for any of the sites using a full client and  not a slimmed down java client. Next was that they had a reload bonus going on, so I did my deposit to have the bonus available. It took me a bit to become accustomed to the not-so-retarded players I found at stars than I would normally see at cake. I didn’t run so well. I don’t have a break down of how I did, but I think I lost almost 2 buyins ($200). I did play a bit at cake, since I was able to get it to run. That included the affiliate freeroll for November. I finished ITM in that tourney for $40 and made another buyin just messing around. My final results for the month were about -$50, but other than the tournament, I only played like 300 hands for the month.

I wasn’t as diligent as I am now at keeping track of my results at the beginning of the year as I was later on in the year, but I know I started with a BR between 2400-2500. Taking my bankroll into consideration with my cashouts that I made throughout the year, I made a profit of just over $2700. Not quite as well as I had done in 2006, but if you count just poker results (I had $1000 from a sportsbook promotion), my results were similar. Just short of $3k. I was hoping to do a lot better than I had the previous year, but the fact is, I played way more in 2006 than I did in 2007.

So now it’s 2008. I would like to get back to playing more often like I had in 2006. I think I can really make a run at making a reasonable supplemental income from my hobby. I’m not off to a good start as I’ve only played  a few hundred hands so far, but I have goals that I would like to accomplish for each month and for the year. They are obtainable, but I need a bit more will power to stay on it. Maybe what I need is a poker sponsor. You know, kinda like addicts have to keep themselves on the wagon? I could use some help staying on the poker wagon. Any volunteers? My wife really wants that new TV.

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Jan 29 2008

Wake Me When It’s Over

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Feels like -38? After about -20, it’s all to cold to tell the difference any more. This is why I hate winter. I can handle the snow, I can handle the dry air, I can handle the fact that no one can drive when there is the least bit of snow/ice on the ground. This cold just eats at you though. The really tough part? It was 45 2 days ago. A 63 degree swing in 2 days.

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