Apr 01 2010

Back In The Saddle

Published by under Personal

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 03 2009

Back in the Black

Published by under Poker

I was trying to look back and it seems I haven’t given a real poker update in a while. I think the last full one was back in January after my atrocious month. I lost nearly $700 that month which forced me to move down to the 25′s and 10′s. I also switched to the full ring games since the variance was killing me and I have friends who have been cleaning up on the full ring games.

I did pretty well at them but really wanted to get back to the stakes I had become accustomed. I was able to play at lower stakes, but was anxious to move up since I knew I could beat them. I was fortunate enough to find some one to stake me for the 100s back at the end of April. I had a bad run there and broke about even through May.

In June, I found some good games and made some adjustments that paid off well. All told, I did just over $3k in that month. My first $3k month ever so I was pretty stoked about that. With the stake, only half of that was my share, but it still was more than plenty to finally but me in the black for the year. Also a good feeling as I hadn’t ever had a loosing year in poker and certainly didn’t want to make this my first.


My good run also allowed me to move up to the 200s. I have played the 200s before but never other than taking shots or chasing bad players. Progress always feels good. Unfortunately, I had a bad run which is bad when trying to move up stakes. That was what killed me back in January forcing me to drop down stakes. While I still had enough to stay at the 200s, I dropped down early in the month until I built my confidence back up. I had a long break even stretch during which I thought I was playing well. It took me a couple of weeks that I was playing far to passive and it was costing me money. It was difficult to see the leak in my stats so it took me a while to come to that realization.

By the time I made the adjustments, I wasn’t able to overcome the slide I had taken at the 200s but fortunately, I had plenty of bonuses last month that eased the pain. I only suffered a $700 or so slide. Bad enough, but coulda been worse and still put me at a reasonable profit for the stake.

This month, I’m taking another stab at the 200′s as I believe I’ve fixed a lot of my issues. Last month I played about 26k hands and I would like to shoot for 30k this month. I’ll try and post weekly statuses to force me to evaluate my progress. If I can run like I did in June with a higher volume, I expect good things for the month.

But guess what, it’s already the 3rd and I only have 600 hands under my belt. Saturday I had intentions of putting in a few hands but got hit with the flu at my inlaws and really didn’t feel much like playing. Hopefully I can make up my ground. Good news is I am currently on a 5 day streak of winning sessions. In June I ended the month with 13 winning days. Seems like a good sign to me.


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