May 23 2010

Loose Ends

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Gonna just give some updates on things going on over the last month and a half. I did finish my 30k hand goal for April, but unfortunately, I ended the month pretty horribly. Over the last 6k hands, I lost 10 buyins which is about $1000.

I would be lying if I said that in my bad slide I was playing perfectly. I was tilting a bit and some of my play definitely reflected that. After going through the hands, I am convinced it was mostly due to a bad run. There were 2 hands in there that I lost to river 2 outers that were a combined $600 pots (hand 1, hand 2). There was also a handful of hands where I flopped either a set, a straight or a flush only to get 50% of my stack in before the river only to lose to straights, flushes or full houses on the river. And yes, I paid off. Sometimes when you are in cooler situation after cooler situation, it gets hard to get away from those. See Daniel Negreanu on, well, any season of High Stakes Poker.

Here’s what the month ended up looking like.

April 2010 chart

It really wasn’t that bad overall, though. After rake back and some small tournament cashes, I only lost about $100. While the bad run really tilted me, when I reflect on it as a whole, it could have been a lot worse. I had 3 months last year with worse results. 2 of them where I lost more than $1000 overall and still ended the year up like $10k*.

Last year, my stake started around May so hopefully I can duplicate those results again over the next 7 months. I’m not starting out awesome. I decided to take a break from NLHE since I was running so bad and I do think it was affecting me mentally. So what did I do? I played some PLO. I’ve now started out the gate of this month with a steep dowslide. PLO is the Murphy’s Law of poker games. If there is a bad card that can come on the turn, rest assured it will come. Actually, I’m up slightly on the only game I’ve played any significant hands, but down overall. I don’t want to make it 2 losing months in a row, so gonna work on that over the next week.

For personal stuff, it’s been a typical end of the school year for the most part. Been just super busy with a lot of stuff going on. We have basically birthday season coming up with 4 of the kids having their birthdays between now and the end of August. We had Zoe’s party yesterday and today is spent recovering from that which consists of cleaning, dealing with tired/crabby kids and then more cleaning.

There are a couple of unique situations this year, though. For one, almost all of the kids have been sick over the last week (plus a couple of days). The only one who has avoided it has been Clayton. The second one is I have a new job that I will be starting next month. I won’t go into too much detail on it until I start it, but I am looking forward to it and am coming into it being very optimistic.

* Disclaimer of that was under the stake so I didn’t get to keep all that.


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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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Aug 17 2009

The 1k Club

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Friday was a special day for in poker. For the first time ever, I earned at least $1k in 1 day at the cash tables. Of course, this is the highest I’ve ever played regularly before. I had taken shots at $200nl before, but I have been able to stick it out in that game for the whole month. Both have been very good for my mentality when it comes to poker.

But this is intended on being a weekly poker update. I was attempting to play 10k hands this last week in hopes to catch up to my 30k monthly goal, but some family stuff ended up getting in the way. I needed to play 6k hand between Friday and Sunday to accomplish that, but only managed about 3300 hands falling short with only 7500 hands for the week. Despite missing my goal, I can’t be all that upset as my results for the week made up for any disappointment I felt.

Driven by my $1200 day on Friday, I ended the week $1900 on the positive side of things even with losing money 3 days this week. Alright, alright. They weren’t terrible days with the largest only being 1 buyin or around $200, but still, it took quite a few hands out where I wasn’t making money and had to make the ground back up.

My month is going well too as I’m up almost $3k so far and well on my way to destroying my previous best, so hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself there, but the games are good. As long as I keep playing well, I don’t see any reason I shouldn’t finish strong. Another month like this, and I’ll soon be posting about my exploits in the 2/4 games. My lofty goal for the year was to hit $400nl and with it being in reach, I feel really good about my game right now.

My graph of my month to date. Isn’t it pretty?



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Aug 09 2009

Short and Sweet

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So first week in August is in the books. Was a rough week in terms of me trying to find time to play. That has been putting my 30k hand goal for the month in jeopardy. It was a pretty awful week though. Last weekend we were at my inlaws to see my BIL and his family while they were up from vegas. I still tried to play but got sick on Saturday and didn’t do much of anything but sleep.

The rest of the week, we just had stuff going on. We had 2 taekwondo testings to attend and then this weekend we went to Fargo to visit with my other BIL who is moving his family back to California. Yeah, we’ve been traveling a lot. I still tried the best I could to at least keep up and play as much as I can so I can make a run at Iron Man this month. I can miss 6 days during the month, and still hit it. I’ve used 2 of those up so far so gonna have to be super diligent for the rest of the month.

The little bit of poker I have played has gone well. I’ve been able to stick it out at the 200s and have been running really decent. Let’s just say that if I can maintain this for the month and I hit my 30k hands, I’ll be very happy with my monthly results. I only have 3500 hands put in so far, so that means I’m really gonna have to kick it in the ass if I want to even come close to hitting that. Fortunately, the kids start school in a couple of weeks, so that will hopefully give me a bit more time once they are going to bed at a reasonable hour.

If you want to track my progress, I made a little chart to track my progress to 30k. I’m well on my way, but behind where I would like to be. Looking to catch up this week so hopefully I will have better news to report on that front next time.


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