Sunday, 23 March 2008

Good day, bad week.

I shouldn't post 'pokers going ok' posts. The day after last post I dropped $1k, playing $30 turbos. HOW?!?! I played like 60 games. Craziness. 30-buyin downswing in 60 games. BOOO turbos.

On the upside, I actually cashed in some mtts this sunday. Played quite a few games, satted into the million, FT 750k, and the 80k at pp, and played a 200k at titan and 40k at ft, $10 stars rebuy and a few others. Out of those I only cashed in the million, busting in ~500th for $700 or so, and the $10 rebuy for $150. I also found $50 at my sunpoker account and used it to play a smallish mtt and took 2nd for $750, so a decent profit for the evening.

My FT roll is crazy low, considering it was at 6k 3 weeks ago and I haven't cashed out. *vomits slightly* I'm sure I can beat these turbos. They're soft. I don't really know whats happening. If I don't get out of this rut soon Im going to have to rethink all this.

FT: $2450
PP/rileys: $450
Stars: $1600
($750 withdrawn from sunpoker)

2008 total: $14,200
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $44,800

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Poker stops hating me for now.

Played 1 session with mostly $60s after my last post, and after dropping yet another ~400, I've dropped down to mostly 27-38 games. Thankfully, these have been going great - made back that 400 and about 600 more, my stars roll is getting more healthy.

Not been putting in as many games as I'd like because of travelling back home for the holidays, but did about 72 today which is good, about 24 yesterday and 50 the day before. Going to try and keep it up for now, leave mtts for a while.

FT: $3850
PP/rileys: $500
Stars: $1050

2008 total: $14,350
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $44,950

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Sundays suck.

How do I manage to not cash in a single mtt AGAIN???

SO MANY COOLERS AARRGGG. And some fairly shocking play. but jeez, could one 80:20 go my way once please??!?!

Played the million, satted into the FT $500 million, played a bunch of others. Lost count of how many horrific hands there were. Doubled up in the FT million with quads vs fullhouse which was the one saving grace to let me hold onto my sanity, but then just lost huge pots with KK, ace flops, QQ and king flops, made a terrible calldown purely from tilt. I literally would've bet money that he had AK. Basically out now. AA < QQ for top 20 stack in the 80k on pacific, flopped top set vs flush/straight a bunch of times. Poker doesn't like me at the moment. But it wasn't all luck...my deepstack play basically sucks. I think I need to play cash, and that would then hugely improve my deepstack mtt game. But I'm going to play cash for a while at least, so I guess that's not really an option. Maybe I'll get some coaching sometime in the future.

Not that the shortstack shove fests that are turbos that I should be good at are going well either. Meh. BOO.

Ok, rant over. Going to start my high volume few weeks tomorrow with 72 sngs. That's my plan anyway. ...I'm kind of at a loss. This downswing is making me doubt if I can play. I know it's just come after a big upswing, so it's a bit of a shock, but literally I've had 1 or 2 winning sessions in my last 10-15. I really think I'd like to get some coaching for cash games at some point, it would make my overall game so much better. I've come across quite a few concepts recently that I'd been blissfully unaware of...and they've made me realise how much I suck. Eh, whatever, I'll stop feeling sorry for myself now. I've lost nearly $4k in like a week though, so I think it's justified. Time to move down limits for a while I guess.

I just doubled in the FT million with 99 > JJ - maybe things are changing. Final table one time?

...Ha, nono, top two < quads.

FT: $3900
PP/rileys: $500
Stars: $400 (another $600 deposited)

2008 total: $13,750
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $44,350

Friday, 14 March 2008

Easter cometh.

Still not going great. Well, it started off good, made 700$ playing 1 set of 12 turbos just after last post, but have since lost that and then some. Which kinda sucks. Feel like I'm playing ok though.

Played a ton of sats on the weekend and didnt win ANY so in semi tilty mode I registered for a bunch of the sunday majors :S which I'm not rolled for. But hey, taking a shot every now and then isnt so bad... except that I didn't have a single cash. Byebye $800.

Just finshed 2 12-turbo 'sets' and ended up $350 or so, so thats something. My roi for the %60 games is hovering between 5-10% at the moment over ~130 games, which is fine, I'd be happy to sustain that. I'm also going to move most of my playing to stars, since their incentives are so much better, even without the rakeback I'm getting at fulltilt. I could get supernova without too much trouble i'm pretty sure.

Got 3 weeks off for easter, so i'm probably going to put in at least a week of high volume playing. I want to get totally robusto for the $60 turbos ASAP.

FT: $4450
PP/rileys: $650 ($3400 withdrawn...some deposited a while ago)
Stars: $600 (800 deposited - will deposit more probably)

2008 total: $15,100
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $45,650

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Down some.

Played a few dozen more $60 turbos - not running great in them at the moment. Down about $500 in them, and about $1k over all since last post. Im not too concerned in terms of results, simply that if I hit a serious bad run (say 50 buyins at the turbos, which is easily possible) it would undermine my confidence heavily, and take a large chunk out of my bankroll. I'm not really fully rolled for them anyway, and I'm a bankroll nit, so I'm going to move back down, and try 12-tabling the $33 games. I'll rack up a few thousand games and see how things go.

Nothing to note on the mtt front. I watched some PFX hand histories today, and one in particular of a competant LAG - it was just awesome to watch. He was totally running over the table, it redefined the phrase 'table captain' for me. It made me think that this style, at least in higher buyin games (was a $320 buyin) must be the most effective. He lost some huge races, but he had tons more chips than everyone else so it didnt really matter. I'd really like to try and cultivate a similar style, but it's difficult at the levels I play at... I sound like the donks complaining about playing bad players cos they don't respect raises :D But it's true that a hyper lag style wouldn't be as effective in lower stakes. Something to think about anyway. I don't understand how people get so good at so many variations of poker, it seems like there's a lifetimes worth of learning in mtts alone, never mind sngs/cash/omaha/stud etcetc. Guess some people are just super clever. Or have a lot of time on their hands.


I've redeposited a bit on stars (and will deposit a bit more), and when I get my money from pacific, I'll chuck $1k onto 2 more sites to give a nice range of mtts to choose from. Also I'm sure there are fishier sites than FT for sngs. Maybe back to absolute or pokerroom, or somewhere new like mansion, bodog or party. I really want to get back on the sat trail and play a couple of big sunday tourneys.



FT: $5200
PP/rileys: $3350
Stars: $350 ($450 deposited)

2008 total: $16,400
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $46,950

Sunday, 2 March 2008

More mtt goodness!

Was in almost exactly the same situation as a few days ago - the final table of the $26mtt at FT, and the final 2 tables of the $75mtt at FT. Bust out of the $75 in 12th or something, but managed to take down the $26mtt for $3.5k! Running so well in mtts at the moment. $8k this week, coupled with my $10k week about a month ago, it's been a pretty great start to the year!

Felt like I played well today. Watched some stinger and muddywaters mtt cardrunner vids and picked up some really useful tips, particularly on aspects of my game that I felt were quite solid before. Feel like i'm playing well at the moment, and luckily variance is on my side. For now.

Also played 15-20 $60 turbos. Thought I'd move up there permantly, unless I get a reason not too. Lost a bit, but we all know turbos are variance monsters.


Been giving some money to various charities to reduce the slight guilt of earning a living off other people losing... some to a lukemia charity, as my cousin had lukemia - she's been cleared now, but the cheomotherapy has left here with spleen/liver damage, etc, so it's a topic that I care about. If I ever did this as a 'job' after uni, I'd certainly be giving a percentage to charity.


Anyways, gotta be up early tomorrow.

FT: $6050 ($2500 withdrawn)
PP/rileys: $3400

2008 total: $17,400
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $47,950