Archive for April, 2010

Apr 07 2010

Out of the Gate Slow

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1st week is down for my 30k goal month. I’m a bit off pace to start out. By my count, I should have about 6700 hands done, but I just have 5800. 900 isn’t that bad and I’ll try and catch up this weekend.

So far, I’ve really been liking Rush. It’s been giving me the freedom to squeak in a couple hundred hands when I have 15 minutes, so it’s been a little easier getting hands in. I’ve read several posts from people saying they thing the players are too tight and the rush format allows people to be patient. If that’s the case, I haven’t seen it. There are a ton of pretty tight regs in the game, but they can only play 4 tables. So my tables aren’t like they were when I was playing the normal games which was like 4 or 5 tags, 2 laggy regs and 1 recreational player. I think I see a lot more laggy regs and rec type players at rush. The only issue I’ve had is it’s harder to tag them. I have to come up with a better process for that as I think color coding players is probably more important in rush.

I’ve had some nights I’ve played pretty well. Other nights, I think I’m the mark at the table. Either way, I started out pretty decent for the month so far. See for yourself.


I’ll try and post updates at least once a month. That way JT can lick his chops as he notices me fall ever so short on my motivational prop bet with him. I hope you get something nice with that $100, JT.


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Apr 06 2010

Testing and Braggery

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The title pretty much sums it up. I’ld like to say that there is some grand moral statement in this post, but there isn’t really. I’ld also like to say that I know how to spell “I’ld” but my spell checker is freaking out so apparently I don’t.

Oh well.

Basically just putting this up for 2 reasons. 1 is to brag about me flopping quads. The other real main reason is to test out the hand converter plugin I installed. Seems to be a success.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold’em – 9 players – View hand 627579
The Official Hand History Converter

MP1: $56.40
MP2: $110.55
CO: $71.55
BTN: $254.70
Hero (SB): $106.25
BB: $57.90
UTG: $100.00
UTG+1: $45.00
UTG+2: $101.95

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with T of hearts T of spades
4 folds, MP2 raises to $3.50, 2 folds, Hero calls $3, 1 fold

Flop: ($8.00) 9 of diamonds T of clubs T of diamonds (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets $4, Hero raises to $12, MP2 calls $8

Turn: ($32.00) 6 of hearts (2 players)
Hero bets $19.50, MP2 calls $19.50

River: ($71.00) J of clubs (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets $39, Hero raises to $71.25 all in, MP2 folds

Final Pot: $149.00
Hero wins $146.00
(Rake: $3.00)


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Apr 01 2010

Back In The Saddle

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If you happen upon my blog, it really looks like I feel of the edge of the Earth. There have been days in the recent months where I’ve felt like I have too.

I would recap the goings on in our world over the last few months, but frankly, I don’t want you to read that much and certainly don’t want to type that much. If I did, I would have been keeping it up to date better than I have.

I keep this one kinda short and mostly about poker. Those of you who don’t care, feel free to find something a bit more to your liking. don’t worry. You won’t hurt my feelings. I’m married and have 5 kids, the only feeling I have left is anger and that one doesn’t care if it gets hurt.

So let’s finish up last year. I had a decent year last year and the stake I was on went well. All told, I ended up making about $10k under the stake (only half was mine) but it at least was enough that if I need it. I likely have a staker in the future. Pretty sure he was pleased with the end result.

I quit the stake at the end of the year, though. Work was really burning me out and didn’t feel much like playing. I have not played much at all this year. I doubt I even played over 15k hands from January through March. Yeah, I could look it up, but the details aren’t important right now. Stick with me.

Enter Rush poker though. I haven’t been super motivated to play much, but I actually like Rush. There are a bunch of people I know who are sour on it. In a future post I’ll go into all the reasons I like rush. Mashing it in here wouldn’t do it justice.

I have a goal of playing 30k hands this month. Ok, sure. I’ve said that before, but for realz this time. Actually, I have a lot of things going for me right now that I think I can do much better than just 30k hands, but we’ll start there as that seems to have been my hurdle last year. To motivate myself, I even have a bet going to make sure I make it. Due to the bet, I’ll also be motivated to post regular updates back on here. Aren’t you guys lucky?

Despite all the motivation, I still seem to have great powers working against me at the moment. I was all ramped up to start my awesome month. I was even listening to Tommy Angelo’s Poker Enlightenment series again (awesome series for any DC subscribers) to get me in the right mindset. But instead of hand after hand of poker bliss, I was greeted by a broken drain pipe and a trip to Lowe’s on my schedule.

But tired and all, I pushed through enough hands to start out my month for Iron Man. I ran horrible, but I think I played decently. I had 3 hands allin preflop and lost all 3. Lost a flip, QQ vs A4 and AK vs KQ. I was also pleased to see that there was plenty of play to take advantage of. The games have not dried up and seems to be plenty of action to be had. This is good especially if I can follow through and put in the hands I think I am capable of doing.

Ok, I think that’s long enough. I know it’s time to wrap it up once it’s getting to the point where I want to write tl;dr when proof reading. I’ll be back. I promise.


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