Archive for February, 2008

Feb 26 2008

Crazy Day of Poker

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Yesterday, Amy took the kids to McD’s and then to TaeKwonDo so that I could play some poker. I still needed to get a few more points to finish my goal for the month. She does, after all, still want that TV and I’m gonna make a sincere run at it this year.So I got home, sat down and plugged away for a few hours. I’ve been trying to concentrate on getting my hands in recently and not get to hung up on results. I’ve been at this a while now and I know swings come and go. I think I can beat the games I’m playing and it’s just a matter of having the motivation to put the hands in.

88 minutes and 542 hands later, I was complaining to everyone within IMs reach of what a horrible day I was having. And indeed, it was shaking up to look like one that would measure up to the marks of one of my worst days. Not thee worst, but probably in the top 5 or 6. I left the tables after I had donked off a stack and determined a break was in order. Surely I can find some high point in all that carnage. But no. It was riddled with coolers and FPS (fancy play syndrome).

Check out the chart for yourself. Being in the red for $323 wasn’t something I wanted to mar what had been turning out to be a reasonable month. But as I said, swings have and will happen. I tried to not let that affect me and continued on.

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Amy was giving me the opportunity to play, and my goal was to make points, so make points I was gonna do. I played another 35 minute session right before Amy and the kids got home. I was playing well, and although I think I misplayed a hand where I had a monster draw that negated some positive results for the session, I still etched out a measly $3. Wasn’t gonna put a big dent in that early skirmish, but certainly helped my psyche that I could play well enough to not break my entire bankroll, at least.

But that big drop still held firm in the back of my mind eating away at me. I know I will have to sit down and evaluate my play there, but just the fact that it happened, was wearing on me. While it wasn’t by any means the largest I’ve lost in a day, it had been a while since I had lost, what is to me, a significant amount. I let it go, though, and helped the kids to bed, tried to help Amy relax (she had 4 kids at McDs and TKD, afterall) and then after I cleaned up for the evening, sat down for once last stretch to try and reclaim some of the lost money and pride. It’s hard to separate ego from poker.

As demoralizing as that first session was, my last session was every bit of a poker hot streak as I’ve had. For better or for worse, I think that first session was affecting my play and I wasn’t backing down on big hands. Not always the smartest way to play, but I had sound reasoning behind my moves I was making, and in the end, they worked out. My last 24 minutes of poker with the 167 hands blazed by and wiped clean my deficit for the day and scooped $338 from the tables to put me in the black for the day. I don’t know that I’ve ever been so pleased with a $17 profit for what ended up being almost 1000 hands, but pleased I was.

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It was a crazy ride, but I’m just happy it ended on a high note. It’s easier to not let those downswings affect you when the last swing was a positive one. I even think the positive variance tastes just a bit sweeter since it wiped out such a horrible swing.

Oh and the TV? I’m a little 10% of the way there. It will take me the better part of the year to do it, but it’s as good of a goal as any.

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Feb 20 2008

But Then, What Fun Would The Internet Be???

Published by under Entertainment,Tech

This article is a bit tech heavy, but the idea is still amusing:

The hardware is of course begging to be used in other ways — how about a program that locks you out of Ecto and your forum accounts when you’re right trashed? No more embarrassing comments that you can’t take back!

Isn’t drunk blogging half all the fun of blogging?

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Feb 18 2008

Anniversary

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So what does a couple with 4 kids do on their anniversary? Well, I don’t know how everyone else does it, but we had a nice meal (Thanks again Amy), spent the evening watching a year and a half old kiddie movie from on demand. And then I made a blog post while Amy crashed. Oh yeah. The romance is alive and doing well. :)

Since it was Presidents Day, at least Amy got the day off. Benefits that the daycare parents are either teachers or work for the government.

Since we’ve switched to digital pictures, we haven’t been putting up any new photos on the walls. So I decided to do some playing around with our photos and ended up getting Amy some editing photos to go with the frames I got her for Valentines. Click here to check out the images. I think they turned out pretty well for what was really my first shot at making some B&W digital photos.

Happy Anniversary, Amy. I wouldn’t change anything over the past 12 years.

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Well, maybe those new glasses. I’m still trying to get used to those.

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Feb 14 2008

Hung Like a Barnacle???

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This is just to amusing not to post. Yeah, I’m bringing out the adolescent humor, but it’s valentine’s day. Us guys have to have something today too.

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Feb 05 2008

January Poker Update

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I actually wanted to get back into the swing of playing again in January. Problem is that right after the Holidays, it was difficult to find time. But I knew that going into it. I still ended up playing more than I had in December, but only had 500 hands played.

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Fortunately, I ran pretty well over the month. In fact, as you can see from the chart, I ran almost 30 ptbb/100 in all. I ended up making almost $120 when it was all said and done (the chart doesn’t show some tournament and omaha results). I actually lost a bit in playing the 100′s but I ran so well at the 50′s, that it more than made up for it.

I played a lot of short sessions. The new Poker Tracker software, shows that I played 10 and was profitable in 8 of them. They were a lot of short sessions though as I only played 4 hours the whole month in ring games.

It’s good to have a stat tracker again though. I haven’t had much in the way of stats since around August. Cake wasn’t compatible with the tracker I was using and then when I switched to linux, I didn’t have a native one that worked. I was about to go through the struggle of getting the old version of PT to work using wine, when I noticed that there was a beta version of the new version available. The new version worked almost flawlessly in wine without any modification.

It will be good to be able to go through hands again as I try and get back into the swing of it. I do have a lot of goals that I would like to meet, and most of them have to do with as much I’m playing rather than how well my results are. If I get back to playing comfortable and a reasonable number of hands, the results will come. Already this month, I’ve played more than I did throughout January, so I’m off to a  good start.

Add on to the fact that I have bonuses running at both Stars and Full Tilt, I expect that I should start the year off well in February. I’m excited and looking forward to it. Hopefully I live up to my expectations. I’ll elaborate a bit later about what my motivation actually is, but I do have some additional motivation to make this my year to really succeed and have my poker game take off.

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Feb 05 2008

Happy Lunar New Year

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I really wanted to embed this, but I couldn’t find the code, so linky, linky, linky.

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