Thursday, 21 August 2008

Good session

Came 2nd in a $26 90 player for ~$350 and 4th in a $7 rebuy for ~$450. GL to cottlad from pfu who's still in. Would've been cool to be HU for the win, but never mind. Also had a nice profit from the sngs on ipoker.

Mostly playing good, though bust a few tourneys stupidly, really need to work on concentrating the whole time and not phasing out/blowing up/being a donk. Still, nice to have a good session.

Fulltilt: $3200
Rileys: $
Stars: $0
AP: $0
Ipoker: $2250
Pokerroom: $850

total online: $6300

LIVE: +$1200

2008 total: $19,250
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $49,850 <<< so close again!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008


Just finished unbelievably frustrating session, but I'll write about the last few days first.

Had a pretty terrible sunday. Satted into a load of big majors - $300 big deal on pokerroom, sunday warmup, PP 80k, 250k on ipoker, and played the FTOPS 24, and a ton of smaller ones. Cashed in one (one!) for $150 or something. Was pretty damn tired and not playing well at all, towards the end was tilting so bad was just open shoving every hand of the last few tourneys to get it over with.

Played again monday feeling better to begin with but started feeling a bit of the tilt set it, and again towards the end of session started to get 'lets bust this ****' syndrome. So had a break today and started playing this evening and felt a lot better, playing well and not tired, and no tilt. Having said that, bust most of my tourneys fairly early, ended up with a minor cash in a $75 (lost huge pot QQ < 88 to put me in top 5 with 60 left and then a big flip TT < AJs against the table donk) which left me with 2 games - $26 mtt which I again bust on a flip and a $33 8.5k on ipoker. Ran really well last few tables, won a few sizeable flips and 60/40s (and 40/60s) to give me a huge chiplead going into FT. FLopped quad aces early on to have 1/2 the chips in play 8 handed, cruised to 3 handed with 2/3 chips, then promptly lose A4s < J8o and AJs < A9o to the same guy within 3 hands to go joint 2nd, then shove 10bbs with A2s, and get called by new chippo with JJ and thats that.

WTF? How to I not take that down? Or at least get HU for a minimum cash of 1.3k? ARG.

Having said that the ~$800 is very useful, and makes up for some of the losses of the last few days. Coming 1st makes up for all of it and puts me over 50k total. Sigh.

Fulltilt: $2950
Rileys: $
Stars: $0 ($150 deposited)
AP: $0
Ipoker: $1550
Pokerroom: $900

total online: $5400

LIVE: +$1200

2008 total: $18,350
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $48,950

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Running good.

Well it seems like the 2 week stretch of pain has reversed - just finished a 6hr session, winning a $26 90player for ~$550 and coming 2nd in a $33 10k on pokerroom, for $1500. *big grin*

It's great remembering what winning is like again. Also awesome that I have a roll on the 3 sites now, dont have to worry about redepositing... for a little while :)

Fulltilt: $3600
Rileys: $50
Stars: $0
AP: $0
Ipoker: $1000
Pokerroom: $1550

LIVE: +$1200

2008 total: $19,300
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $49,900 << sooo close...

Friday, 15 August 2008

Decent session

Just finished a nice session, winning a FTOPS main event seat (T$535 if I decide to take the money), PP 80k seat and placed 2nd in a $20 mtt on ipoker for ~$1k; ended up about $400 + seats overall. I've been thinking about sats recently... surely I really really shouldnt play the ftops game? $500 is like 15% of my roll. But I won my seat right? meh. I'll probably unregister. Maybe I should stop playing sats (unless I'm just playing for the T$), except for ~$100 mtts that I'm happy taking shots in, like the PP 80k. In fact, yes. That.

I've just unregistered.


I'm tired.

Fulltilt: $3250 ($1000 withdrawn)
Rileys: $50 ($200 deposited)
Stars: $0
AP: $0
Ipoker: $1150 ($300 deposited)
Pokerroom: $150 ($300 deposited)

LIVE: +$1200

2008 total: $17,700
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $48,300

Just seen I've made nearly double the £1200 I spent on hols since getting back about a month ago which is pretty awesome. Obviously I've spent money too, but it feels great to have made some monies and to have a $4K+ roll again. Am feeling good about poker atm :)

Thursday, 14 August 2008


Long day yesterday. Played 2 sessions, which lasted ~5hrs each. First one ended up getting deep in quite a few, again busting a lot, (more KK < AQ/AJ) but made the final table of a $5 rebuy, busting 5th for ~$500. Bust kinda stupidly, which was disappointing, but a decent cash. Only ended up a few hundred on that session though - deposited on pokerroom and ipoker, lost quite a bit from each.

Then the night session, once again got deep in a couple - 16k freezout, which I ended up busting in 27th/1100 (SIGH) on a flip, and a $5 6max rebuy. I had a MONSTER stack (300bbs+) just after the rebuy period (1st hand after break managed to get it in good with TT on 85xcc board for 250bbs...<3 rebuys) cruised along chipping up, then down to last 3 tables I lost KK < Ax AIPF for big pots 3 times (2 of them were runner runner). Survived each time though, scraped to final table where my luck changed and won K2 > K8 and A8 > AK to take me to HU. We were 40bbs deep when hu so it was a grind, opponent was good but no match :P Ship the $2100!

Soooo satisfying. I've been getting deep a lot, feels great to finally close one out. Seems I've been getting deep in a lot of rebuy tourneys. They're great, allow for lots of play and the ones on FT don't have too many runners and so dont go on for 9hrs.

Been playing well and putting in a lot of volume, though I'm noticing leaks I think... late stages often around a 10-20bb stack I tend to 3bet allin alot over late position raises (with any hand I'd open raise with basically), but I think i'm doing it too wide. Lots of players tighten up insanely in the late stages, and I consistantly find myself getting called and being dominated. Also people have taken to open limping big hands with shortish stacks behind them (maybe just me? lol) to induce the shove. Which I often do...

Anyways, probably going to carry on what i've been doing - if I can keep getting to final few tables with this regularity hopefully some more nice scores are on the way.

Fulltilt: $4000
Rileys: $0 ($150 deposited)
Stars: $0 ($300 deposited)
AP: $0 ($300 withdrawn)
Ipoker: $50 ($500 deposited)
Pokerroom: $0 ($250 deposited)

Wow. Didnt realise I made that many deposits. And lost them all. Hm. Need to bankroll manage better on new sites.

LIVE: +$1200

2008 total: $16,950
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $47,550

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

This is getting silly.

Yep, did it again. Got deep in a bunch of tourneys and bust like 14th in all of them. ARG. 2 of them were rebuys ($5 and $20) bust 12th in the $5 running A7s into AK and 20th in the $20 when KK < AQs AIPF for 40bbs. Also bust a few 90player fts early against 4 outers, etc.

It's so frustrating...I can feel a big score coming, I'm playing great for the most part, just a matter of time. Wish it would hurry up though, I'm starting to worry about my bankroll again.

oh and in the last 90 player of the night I mentioned yesterday, I busted 8th losing 2 40/60s in a row, whcih I was fine about, except I missed 1 hand getting a drink - had kings, 2 allins, I would flop quads, lol.

Sigh. Back to it tomorrow I guess.

Monday, 11 August 2008

for the love of god...

man I hate this game sometimes. Got down to final few tables in a $20 rebuy and 9.5ko on ft, bust both, the ko QQ<99 for huge pot, the rebuy was in top 3, then guy who was shoving at least once, usually twice per round for 15-20bbs and had stolen my blinds lots open shoves the button, I call bb with a8 for 15bbs, he flips a9 - sigh. Think it was a good call though. Then run AK into AA and i'm crippled.

Also final tabled a 90 player, bust out first hand of the final table AK < AT, and got to final 2 tables, busting again.


last game still going, ft of a 90 player again...just lost big pot though, down to 7th.



Friday, 8 August 2008

Live donkaments ftw!

Well I've been in sheffield for the last few days sorting out uni stuff. Got my keys to my house for next year, which is great, except when I got there there was no phone, no internet and no hot water. And I lost my mobile. It felt very odd being totally disconnected from the outside world... you kind of take it for granted normally. Also meant I had to unregister from the FTOPS events I'd satted for which was very annoying as I was looking forward to them, but I might buy in to some others instead with the T$.

Anyways, went out to the casino every night with a mate who plays a lot. In short: £50 1r+1a, ok stack at end of rebuy, card dead, ninja-shortstack, chopped a pot after guy slowrolled KK preflop against my A6 allin shove, he flops a set - flushed board ftc (I laughed lots), went out A6 < AK aipf, flop a 6 river brings the resuck, bust 14th, top 8 pay.

£10r, halarious, 1000chip rebuys, didnt rebuy, ok stack at end of rebuy, ridic card dead, double with AA, miss 15 outs in a big pot, bust standard in 14th top 10 pay. (pattern at all...?)

£30 + £20r, didnt rebuy, ok stack at end of rebuy, redic card dead, ninja, etcetc but this time chip up a bit with some nice hands and then win monster pot 11 handed (with JJ, 3 way allin on 359 flop - they flip 66 and A4...), chippo going to FT, obv cheesies ftw :P Ship the £800!

So that was pretty satisfying. Promtply lost a buyin and a half in a super juicy £1/£1 game, so all in all I think I ended up about £450 just for poker, although probably more like £350 for the trip overall, including taxis/food/bought some dvds, etc. Still, pretty happy with the result. Was slightly anxious on the train home carrying my laptop and nearly £1k in cash though!

So, online I'll carry on satting to bigger events, hopefully have a decent sunday. And I'll probably research the live scene in bristol a bit more. Live play bores me senseless but I cant argue with the potential for money making, the players are just so piss poor. Shame they're so bloody irratating too.

Fulltilt: $2200 (including ftops T$)
Rileys: $50
Stars: $0
AP: $250

LIVE: +$1200 (includes some older cashes, total is minus expenses, e.g. taxis)

2008 total: $16,150
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $46,750

Just realised how much I want to break 50k. I've been hovering around 45 for months now and I want to actually show some progress. Tentative goal for the summer...

Sunday, 3 August 2008

More frustrations...

Keep coming close to decent scores, made the final table of a bunch of smallish mtts and bust out 7-9 in all of them. Also had a 20buyin downswing in the sngs, which is always fun. Been 12 tabling the $33 games on fulltilt for the sng madness promotion. I lost $600 playing the games, but at least I made $20 for coming 6th in one of the 2hr slots, so that's ok. *sigh*

So I'm going to give the sngs a rest for now. Really feel like a decent mtt win is around the corner. 2 FTOPS events coming up, plus I'm going to a casino a few times next week for a £50 1r+1a, and a £10 rebuy, so hopefully I can put in a good showing there too.

I'm up $1550 since coming back from hols, so am on track to make back what I spent. Hopefully I'll do significatly better though.

Fulltilt: $1800
Rileys: $50
Stars: $0 ($1000 withdrawn)
AP: $250

2008 total: $14,550
Grand total (since 01/03/07): $45,150