Tuesday, May 30, 2006

 

Moving on up bitches!


It's May 30th. It's close enough to the end of the month. As Mr. George Jefferson points out, this month wasn't half bad. I almost got a piece of the pie.

Enough talkin', more stats. This is my month's end stats for $0.50 6-max NL.


I must admit, I didn't keep very good track of my live winnings. Woops. Going through my online bank statement yields a fairly accurate winnings tally of $1800 (EDIT: Remembered that one of my $350 deposits was not poker related).

Online play was pretty decent today. Played around 500 hands (2 hours) for a rough gain of $140 (last night's session was a small loser). That brings my monthly bankroll total to $1437.37, or a net gain of $1237.37. Sum that with my live winnings and we have a total monthly gain of: *drumroll*$3037.37

Saturday, May 27, 2006

 

Day ??

Who cares what day it is, it's all one big session right?

I'm ashamed to say that I'm currently ripping CDs from such fine artists as Celine Deon and Luther Vandross for my mom's new iPod. Somehow purchasing doilies has become a viable option to enhance my apartment's decor. But I digress.

The work week last week was balls poker-wise. Goat balls. Rancid herpes-laden goat balls dipped in shit. Mmmm Mmmm.

Tuesday I played like a jackass. I went from $1316.92 to around $1090 in one night. I called off my stack with TPTK for about 4 of those buy-ins. I'm still at a loss for whether or not TPTK is a strong hand at these stakes. When you hold AK vs a A72 flop you are just as likely to have a donkey jam their AT as you are to run into 77. In fact, I'd say you're more likely to run into Ax than the set, I just happened to run into quite a few sets and two-pairs. I'm going to make the lay down against tight opponents, but against opponents who are 20%+ pf raise with aggression factors over 2.5, I've decided to simply pay off their sets. What can you do?

Wednesday was the worst case scenario for having a crappy day like Tuesday. I played marvelously on Wednesday, but the poker gods did not shine their grace upon me. Well... maybe they did, if that shining was in urine and fecal matter form. Some people like that shit. Mer schiezza biter!

There's no point in sharing bad beat hands because they are examples of the "gambling" aspect of hold'em. I played the hands fine.

I played live on Thursday. While waiting 3 hours for a NL seat, I made the mistake of sitting down at the limit table ($4/$8). I'm a decent limit player, very capable of crushing the competition here. But damn. You really cannot expect any short play session to yield profit with the extremely loose action there. You just can't. You really feel like you are gambling in that you have no control over the hand. You can't control action, you cannot bet people off their draw and you simply are up against too many draws to be able to survive to show down. I quickly lost my $200 buy-in and quit.

My NL seat finally becomes available ($2/$5 spread-limit $200 max bet, $200 max buy-in). I quickly double up through a post flop coin flip when my Js10s meets a limped QQ on a 3s 10c 5s flop. I turn the flush. Then I try to put a moves on an absolutely retarded player. He calls me down all the way to the river with no pair and no draw. Board was 4s 7d Jd. I thought he might have 56 or drawing to the flush. The turn brings my bluff (69os) some validity with a 5c. I bet out again, he calls. River brings a non-diamond 9. He moves all-in. I have a dilemma. This smells of missed-draw, and I can beat 56 as well as Ax of diamonds assuming the x isn't a 9. We can count our opponent out for having a jack because he didn't raise. So I decide to make the "sick" call. Villain flips over Ah 9h. I'm absolutely floored. I've never seen anyone play a hand like that in my life. I'm sickened and leave the casino down $400. Can't win 'em all.

Just goes to show you can't run sophisticated plays on unsophisticated players, nor can you expect to figure out a hand when your opponent doesn't even know what they're doing.

Fast forward to Friday. 3 day weekend and my birthday weekend! Fuck yeah! The boss lets me off work at around 3:30pm. I decide my luck has to turn and I head over to the same casino. $2/$5 NL spread limit $200 max buy-in. My bluff is picked off and I have to re-buy an extra $100. A while later I put down a sweet bluff to get my stack to $300. I get moved to the main table.

I triple up by gambling with an OESFD with 2 all-in before me. Can I get a hell yeah for 6c7c in position?

My stack stayed about the same all night. It dipped to about $550 at one point and was quickly boosted to over $1000 within minutes. There was really only one interesting hand that night...

I am in the BB with QQ (suits don't matter)
I have about $900, villain has about $200. (SB)

I raise my standard raise to $20. Villain calls.

Flop comes 10 K 24

Villain bets out $100.

This is an interesting hand because the flow of the game is that the strong hand has been checking to the raisor, and this guy has been playing that way all night. Why is he betting into us here? I figured it out pretty quickly in that he was bluffing/thinking his 10 was good. To boot, I've been following up pre-flop raises with continuation bets all night. If he checked to me, you can be certain that I'm betting here. Why would someone who has seen this tendancy of mine, bet out with a K when he knows I will give him the opportunity to check-raise me? Instead of trusting my read I went ahead and laid down the hand face up because I am drawing extremely thin against a King. He kindly shows his 10 9. I congratulate him on a hand well played and was sort of sick that I didn't trust my read.

I snapped him off later with AK vs his AQ on a 10 J Q flop. Ladies and gentlemen, please bet out your flopped straights... please? Slow playing is such an outdated mode of play that is so grossly over used and/or used inproperly that you are just giving away money. I was surprised when the turn was an A, and the river was a blank that he still called off all his chips when one card beat him. Oh well.

I cashed out with about $1080 ($780 profit).

I get up this afternoon at about 2:30pm after getting to bed at roughly 6:00am. In about 400 hands I'm able to recoop all of my last week's online losses by some solid aggressive play, a bit of gambling (I called a $10 stack's all-in with 3s4s when I had a stack of $200 and won...weeeeee. Actually the odds aren't all that bad against any two non-paired cards, in fact it ended up being about the same as calling an all-in with AK vs villain's TT if the case arose).

Ending online bankroll for the day (Berfday dinner and BEVERAGES)...

$1352.37

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

 

In the beginning...

I forgot to post the series of events that brought me to making the 800 million and 1th poker blog.

You see, I have a tilt problem. Am I a good player? Yes. Am I better than most? Yes. But none of that matters if you can't manage your bankroll or tilt. Success at poker begins with bankroll management. I don't care if you're Phil Ivey. I don't care if you win 90% of your sessions, if you play out of your roll you will go broke. I can attest to this. I've done it. I've gone broke many times.

Some recent events in life have made me aspire to play well and manage my bankroll properly. To make a long story short, I want the option to go pro by this time next year. This isn't saying I will. This isn't saying I will reach my $$$$$ amount goal (yes, 5 figures) that I won't share here. I simply want to have the option to go pro if I desire.

Here is a copy (some edits) of my original post on the FCP forums that lead me to this blog.

In light of my recent post of an admitted problem of playing above my stakes, I've decided to post results on a daily basis (well, days that I play). It's a rare opportunity that someone is willing to post their entire bankroll status in public view with the intent of being completely honest (if I go broke, you will know). This post will benefit me by having to be accountable for poor decisions (I'm not planning on making any this time), and will benefit some newer players on proper b/r techniques and game selection. The selected program is obviously tailored to me and my specific strengths, but I think people will be satisfied with what can be learned combined with comment from veterans.

I'm at work now and have a lot of driving to do afterwards. But tonight I've decided to deposit $200 and start over. My short term goal (2-3 months) is to get to $3000, take out $1000 for the few tilt fests I've had since I stopped playing for a living and tried to gamble up a bankroll after several weeks of successful management. From $2000 I can start launching an attack on a multitude of games.

Gameplan:
For now I'm going to be playing $20 HU LHE. I think my bankroll is not strong enough for many HU players, but I have a few year track record of being a winning HU player. I feel very comfortable with 10xbuy-in.

I may throw in the odd $11+rake 10 person SNG as the play is God awful and I certainly feel comfortable with the amount of buy-ins I have even though it's a shared bankroll. And I'm going to leave the option open for playing ABC poker at 0.10/0.25 NL once I hit the $300 mark.

Just for reference, when I've gone broke before it's exclusively becuase I've taken my money to cash-game tables that were out of my b/r. For some reason, I do not tilt my way to the higher buy-in SnGs.

Once I get my b/r back to $500, I will introduce the 0.25/0.50 NL game ($50 max), probably 2-4 tabling. These are so ripe.

At $600 I'll move up to the $30 HU SNGs and possibly introduce HU NL to my gameplan again. My perception of the HU game is skewed pretty badly right now because I've been playing mostly LHE and it will take some time to re-adjust (funny enough, I have no problem adjusting to the cash game).

At $1000 I will introduce the $1/$2 Short-handed LHE to the game and take my SnGs to $50. I will stay at the 0.25/0.50 NL level playing ABC poker until I have at least 20k hands logged and have a proven record of crushing the game (6BB+/100).



The gameplan has obviously changed. My strengths have always been tournaments, SnGs and Heads Up. Cash games have always plagued me, but now I'm feeling fantastic about my cash game.

To summarize my new gameplan, I am no longer playing HU LHE. I am not playing any SnGs or much limit 6-max. I am exclusively playing cash games and tournaments, however, I've skimped on the tournaments lately because they take a big chunk of daily profits to play tournaments that have decent prize money. If you read below you can tell that I have had some immediate successes in tournaments. It's been awesome. I'm at a point in my poker career that I can tell the difference between a good "lucky" session and a good "well played" session. My tournament finish of 36 out of 932 has been my best to date. Obviously, my 9th place finish was better (out of 932 as well ironically enough) but I was getting good cards and getting my money in against morons. When I took 36th I bluffed almost my entire stack. It's awesome to know you can go deep in a tournament without getting cards.

As for future plans, I plan to stay at 0.25/0.50 NL 6-max for a while. At least until $2000, maybe higher.

Just for reference for all of you fans of "turn $xxx into $xxxx in "y" days," type threads, my deposit of $200 was on 5/2/06 and I've only been counting days that I've actually played NOT including live winnings. To date, I've turned $200 into $1300 in less than 13 days played. Also, I no longer plan to withdrawl the $1000 from my online bankroll and put it into my personal bank accounts in part due to the monster win I discussed when I went to play live. Plus, I really didn't need that extra money anyhow (it's going into the "buy a house" fund), since the job pays just fine.

For those that actually are following this I intend to be as honest as is appropriate. If all goes well there will be a time where I will no longer share exact bankroll figures and I hope people can respect that (and I hope even more that I reach that point). That being said, if there's any questions anyone wants to ask about any part of my game (including bankroll and stats at this point) please feel free.

 

Day 13 - 5/17/06

Yah I know, I had two day 10's. Day 12 is now null and void. Day 12 sucks anyway.

The point of this blog was to be as honest as possible. There are 800 million poker blogs out there, but not many that will give you an in-depth honest look into someone's bankroll and playstyle. Therefore I've decided to post a hand I completely donked. It's ugly.

FullTiltPoker Game #644962520: Table Ellsworth (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:15:38 ET - 2006/05/18
Seat 1: xero_luck ($55.80)
Seat 4: jbrooo ($18.50)
Seat 5: LJJones ($147.45)
Seat 6: Advance_Luck ($48.90)
xero_luck posts the small blind of $0.25
jbrooo posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LJJones [Ah Tc]
LJJones raises to $2
Advance_Luck folds
xero_luck folds
jbrooo raises to $3.50
LJJones calls $1.50
*** FLOP *** [9s 4d 8d]
jbrooo bets $3
LJJones raises to $9
jbrooo raises to $15, and is all in
LJJones calls $6
jbrooo shows [Ks Kc]
LJJones shows [Ah Tc]
*** TURN *** [9s 4d 8d] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [9s 4d 8d Jc] [2d]
jbrooo shows a pair of Kings
LJJones shows Ace Jack high
jbrooo wins the pot ($35.40) with a pair of Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $37.25 | Rake $1.85
Board: [9s 4d 8d Jc 2d]
Seat 1: xero_luck (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: jbrooo (big blind) showed [Ks Kc] and won ($35.40) with a pair of Kings
Seat 5: LJJones showed [Ah Tc] and lost with Ace Jack high
Seat 6: Advance_Luck (button) didn't bet (folded)

This hand has 3 significant mistakes.

1. Calling the re-raise. It's so tempting to call a min-raise especially in position. I'd say that in the scheme of things, this was the lessor of my mistakes but a mistake none-the-less.

2. Re-raising on the flop. I do this a lot and I make a lot of money doing it, especially in position. Bluffing against a limp-re-raise is about as bad as it gets.

3. Calling. Yeah, it's only $6 bucks. Rule of thumb, if you catch yourself thinking or saying "Yeah, but it's only $xx," you're fucking up.

That hand was so bad that it made me quit playing for the day.

The rest of the day was actually pretty good and my ending bankroll was: $1316.92. I saw about 850 hands 4-tabling over 3 hours.

Basically, I've stopped looking at my cards. If I sense weakness, I'm going to attack and it's been extremely profitable. Fold equity has been extremely high at these tables. If I have a good draw I'm betting/raising with it 90% of the time. If you've got a good draw, why not win the pot right there and fall back on the draw if your opponent calls? Players at this level are far too weak to call down with middle pair. Betting/raising the draw is generally a good choice because you win the pot %Fold_Equity + %Draw_Hit times. So long as %Fold_Equity > 0, this is better than just $Draw_Hit alone. Of course, it puts more money at risk but that's not a bad thing. It means that when your draws hit there is going to be more money in the pot anyway, and if your opponent has shown some aggression you might even be able to get a full buy-in where you wouldn't have been able to if you just called until you hit.

Here are my 6-max stats to date. Very small sample size but at 3500 hands you start to see some convergence.

Game Type: NL ($0.50) 6-max
Number of Sessions: 34
Winning Sessions: 22 (64.71%)
Total Won: $608
Number of Hands: 3514
Total Hours: 45.33
BB/HR: 13.41
BB/100: 17.30
VP$IP: 43.63%
Average Pot: $8.76
Percent Flops Seen: 44.17%

Monday, May 15, 2006

 

Day 11 - 5/15/06

I played like a douchebag yesterday (Sunday). No two ways about it. I was so off my game I felt like Pee Wee Herman at a singles mixer. I will not dignify that day with a number. We are going directly from Day 10 to Day 11 with neither being Sunday. Sunday will henceforth be known as Day 10.5. At any rate, it reminded me that I need to set a better stop-loss. Losing $140 at $50 NL is 280BB. That's a hell of a swing.

Today was looking down. Don't try playing poker when you are distressed. Don't play poker when you're trying to quit smoking. Just don't. After losing another $40 or so I sat out from all of my tables, walked down the stairs of my apartment, knocked on my neighbor's door and got a smoke. Man did I feel better. Ownage commenced.

I 3-tabled $50 6-max for about 3 hours and 700 hands. There aren't that many interesting hands but I made about $220. A lot of my winnings were due to continuation bets and picking up orphaned pots. The only comment I can share about picking up pots is to not make your opponent curious. Don't min-bet. Don't min-raise. Bet the pot with authority. Bet with position. I'm not sure what it is in the software at Full Tilt at least, but the speed in which the bet is jammed out can vary. Maybe I play this game WAY too much, but you'll notice that sometimes your call comes out slowly, sometimes it zooms out. Same with continuation bets. Don't change how you bet according to the whether or not the flop helps you. Bet the same percentage whether you have it or whether you want to take it down. Read the texture of the flop. If there's a draw out there and you're getting a caller, fire again if the draw misses. It's definitely a poker virtue to be able to identify ALL possible draws within seconds. I know it sounds elementary, but I guarantee you that even the best players mis-read a possible draw every once in a while.

The other item is to know your enemy. Get Pokertracker (http://www.pokertracker.com/). No seriously... go now. If you don't have it already you are losing money. It's nice to finally be able to justify a product when proof arises that a product saves you money. The other day I was up against an absolute nit. I knew this because of Pokertracker and PokerAceHud. His pre-flop raise was about 2%. His "Fold to Flop Bet" was about 88%. He was a winning player though over 1k hands that I had on him. I end up having AK and raise it up from the button. He calls in the BB. Flop is A 10 2 rainbow. I like my flop. I bet the pot as I always do. He raises hard. Ok... I just got raised by an ultra-nit. Easy easy easy fold. He shows 10 10 and I thank pokertracker for saving me $40. It doesn't even cost $40 and you can get it for free through a variety of sources. I don't want this blog to seem like an infommercial so I'll leave it to you and www.google.com to figure it out.

Today's crazy hand belongs to 3 dudes with pairs in their pocket.

Full Tilt Poker Game #640794236: Table Coolidge (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:43:03 ET - 2006/05/16
Seat 1: RIVERASS ($92.55)
Seat 2: Cheetohresin419 ($20)
Seat 3: dendog07 ($16.30)
Seat 4: LJJones ($61.35)
Seat 5: ks22 ($20.10)
Seat 6: ONTILT0603 ($15.05)
dendog07 posts the small blind of $0.25
LJJones posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LJJones [4c 4s]
ks22 calls $0.50
ONTILT0603 raises to $1
RIVERASS raises to $2.50
dendog07 folds
LJJones calls $2
ks22 folds
ONTILT0603 raises to $4
RIVERASS raises to $11
LJJones folds
ONTILT0603 raises to $15.05, and is all in
RIVERASS calls $4.05
ONTILT0603 shows [Ac Ad]
RIVERASS shows [Qd Qc]
*** FLOP *** [4h 6s 2s]
*** TURN *** [4h 6s 2s] [As]
LJJones: =*** RIVER *** [4h 6s 2s As] [Qh]
ONTILT0603 shows three of a kind, Aces
RIVERASS shows three of a kind, Queens
ONTILT0603 wins the pot ($31.70) with three of a kind, Aces
LJJones: WOW
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $33.35 | Rake $1.65
Board: [4h 6s 2s As Qh]
Seat 1: RIVERASS showed [Qd Qc] and lost with three of a kind, Queens
Seat 2: Cheetohresin419 (button) is sitting out
Seat 3: dendog07 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: LJJones (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: ks22 folded before the Flop
Seat 6: ONTILT0603 showed [Ac Ad] and won ($31.70) with three of a kind, Aces


Not only is this hand crazy, it's worth commenting on my pre-flop play. So why am I calling a big-stack/tight player's raise with pocket 4's? It's pretty simple. There's only a handful of situations in which you are able to snipe a buy-in off someone and most of them involve being a pre-flop underdog. Especially at the levels I am currently playing, if you hold A7 to an A79 flop, you can bet your ass that you are going to get a buy-in from AK/AQ. Not only that, but the tables very quickly turn once a "dominated" hand takes the lead. Look at the odds. A7 vs AK pre-flop is 25/75 in favor of AK. On a flop of A79 our friend AK is now drawing to 3 outs and is an 8 to 1 dog (12%). That's good stuff. Same with pocket pair. 44 vs AA is 18/82 or so. If the flop comes 4 8 2 AA is now drawing to 2 outs (or running straight) for a wopping 8%. This is where money is made in cash games. Almost every profitable situation against competent opponents includes being a pre-flop underdog.

Back to the point. Our friend the opening-raisor is also the big-stack and the only person at the table that can double me up. Yes, this is a serious consideration. If the original raisor had $5, I'm folding. It's not worth it. But since I can get entangled in a hand with someone who can pay us off, I'm going to take a shot at it knowing I'm behind. Obviously a raise to $11 and the subsequent all-ins is way too much for us.

Ending bankroll: $1,229.12

Sunday, May 14, 2006

 

Day 10 5/13/06 - 5/14/06

Woke up feeling like shit. Decided to go on a road trip to Cache Creek casino 1 hour away. Got there about 1:00pm. I was expecting the $1/$2 NL $100 max buy-in game that they usually spread, when I got there they had bumped it to $2/$4 $200 max buy-in. I only brought $300 anticipating the lower stake game, but at that point I had driven an hour and had enough to get started so I sat down.

To be honest there were no really interesting hands. I wasn't challenged. I didn't have to make any tough decisions. The table was so fucking weak-tight-weak it was ridiculous. By weak-tight-weak I mean that not only were they weak-tight in the traditional sense, but they'd also make HUGE mistakes with top pair no kicker on paired boards, straight boards, and boards with 3-4 to the flush already. Fucking money. One gentlemen dropped about $1400 before he called it a night. He actually called an all-in pre-flop with 3c4c.

The other part of the winning table formula was the min-raising. Opening bets were generally $8. Everyone slow played their rockets, AK, AQ etc. It was just stupid. The first really big pot I won was with 78 on the button. Flop comes down Q72 rainbow. Everyone had limped and the pot was about $30. People opened the bet for $10. 2 callers and then one min-raiser. I had already called the $10 bet knowing that I was behind but that I'd get paid if I hit. I call the extra $10. Turn is a beautiful 7. Action is 3 way and I'm able to sucker 2 other people into a $100 bet. Took down a $500ish pot. Never looked back. My stack peaked at about $1100 and I left with $910 at 2:30am. My last two hours of play included a lot of terrible pre-flop calls by my opponent making decent hands on the flop. But I had fun and made some decent money.

My only interesting comment about the session was "good tilt." People often only associate tilting with getting outdrawn and steaming. This is NOT true. "Good tilt," is just as bad. Good tilt is where you make friends at the table and throw them some softballs where you otherwise wouldn't. Here's an example.

Everyone limps (5 way), I have 8s7s in the CO. I limp as well. Button makes it $16 total. Every limper calls. This is fucking money when you hold 8s7s. I call the $12. The Button is a nice guy, I've been chatting it up with him all night, even bought him a beverage. Flop comes down 773 with 2 hearts. It checks to me, I check through knowing that Button has a big pocket pair. He bets $20. I *know* from previous conversations that he does not want to get entangled with me in a hand. He even joked about putting down KK pre-flop if I came over the top and was all in pre-flop. I'm not a big fan of slow playing, but on a flop like 773 with 2 hearts I can easily make it look like I'm drawing to a flush by calling. I don't. I raise his $20 bet to $60 total. He tanks and mucks.

Moral of the story. If you are serious about poker you need to set priorities at the table. Are you there to make friends, or are you there to make money? Last night I lost out on $200-$400 by lobbing softballs to people. On the flip side I also won an extra $100-$200 just by the respect I was getting. I was one of the largest stacks in a poker room of about 25 tables. I'll tell you what, it's a nice feeling to have rail birds pointing at "the citadel," that was my chip stack and whispering to friends.

Friday, May 12, 2006

 

Day 10 - 5/12/2006 : I laughed, I cried, I threw up a little bit.

I finally added up all of my HU SnG stats for the last few sessions. I'm now 22 and 14 for a win-rate of 61% and change. My focus has switched from HU SNG to cash games and tournaments, so don't expect many more HU SnG updates.

Part of my downswing between days 7,8,9 was in part due to playing Single Table Sit-N-Gos. This was part of my master plan when I peaked over $1000.

5/5/2006:
2 $30 SnGs - No money

5/6/2006:
1 $30 SnG: No money
1 $20 SnG: No money
1 $10 90 person MTT: I played this mainly because I wanted to play against Andy Bloch. I surpassed him. I took 4th (I think) for $90.

Bottom line, I need to stay the fuck away from Single Table Tournaments.

Not sure if I'm calling it quits for tonight, but I'm definitely taking a break for a while. Just finished up a MTT in which I played superbly. I got nothing in the way of hands and made my whole stack on pure aggression. I must say I was apprehensive about playing this tournament when I noticed that the tourny had exactly the same amount of people as the tourny I played 2 nights ago (another guarantee - 932). In that tournament I lose at the final table as a 92% favorite on the flop when AA meet JJ on a Q82 flop. A Jack turns. Needless to say, that steaming hunk of shit of a hand has been boiled in my brain. Any reminder of that tournament makes me throw up. The tournament fires up and it gets interesting early.

I saw one of the craziest hands I've seen in a while:

Full Tilt Poker Game #633080905: $17,000 Guarantee (4046584), Table 67 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:21:47 ET - 2006/05/12
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
MicStephens folds
BRYAN1972 folds
Ranger raises to 100
jykng folds
nicnic folds
Tommydal folds
IGetOutDrawn calls 100
Teh_Ninjaness calls 75
LJJones calls 50
*** FLOP *** [4h Kc As]
Teh_Ninjaness checks
LJJones checks
Ranger bets 200
IGetOutDrawn raises to 1,000
Teh_Ninjaness raises to 1,305, and is all in
LJJones folds
Ranger folds
IGetOutDrawn calls 305
Teh_Ninjaness shows [Ad Kh]
IGetOutDrawn shows [4c 4d]
*** TURN *** [4h Kc As] [Ah]
*** RIVER *** [4h Kc As Ah] [4s]
Teh_Ninjaness shows a full house, Aces full of Kings
IGetOutDrawn shows four of a kind, Fours
IGetOutDrawn wins the pot (3,210) with four of a kind, Fours
LJJones: WOW
Teh_Ninjaness stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,210 | Rake 0
Board: [4h Kc As Ah 4s]
Seat 5: IGetOutDrawn (button) showed [4c 4d] and won (3,210) with four of a kind, Fours
Seat 6: Teh_Ninjaness (small blind) showed [Ad Kh] and lost with a full house, Aces full of Kings

Please pay special attention to the guy with quads' screen name. Fucking comedy.

The tournament obviously went on. As I said, I played some awesome poker. Got down into the money when it happened... AGAIN!

Full Tilt Poker Game #633486388: $17,000 Guarantee (4046584), Table 4 - 800/1600 Ante 200 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:07:44 ET - 2006/05/13
Seat 3: LJJones (51,206)
Seat 7: H3 (18,328)
*EVERYONE ANTES FOR 200*
charliec123 posts the small blind of 800
stubborn_ass posts the big blind of 1,600
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LJJones [Js Jd]
pattC folds
LJJones raises to 4,800
tg77 folds
Poker_Man3 folds
drdrillem folds
H3 calls 4,800
charliec123 folds
stubborn_ass folds
*** FLOP *** [8d 6d 4s]
LJJones bets 14,000
H3 calls 13,328, and is all in
LJJones shows [Js Jd]
H3 shows [7h 7d]
Uncalled bet of 672 returned to LJJones
*** TURN *** [8d 6d 4s] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [8d 6d 4s 7s] [Qh]
LJJones shows a pair of Jacks
H3 shows three of a kind, Sevens
H3 wins the pot (40,256) with three of a kind, Sevens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 40,256 | Rake 0
Board: [8d 6d 4s 7s Qh]
Seat 3: LJJones showed [Js Jd] and lost with a pair of Jacks
Seat 7: H3 (button) showed [7h 7d] and won (40,256) with three of a kind, Sevens

Fuck me in the eye. Twice in this tournament. I had a great stack, now I have an average stack. Almost immediately I start playing some ultra-aggressive poker. To be honest, I think there was some tilt mixed in, but mostly I was playing the same way I was to get my stack. Then this hand happens...

Full Tilt Poker Game #633500161: $17,000 Guarantee (4046584), Table 4 - 800/1600 Ante 200 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:13:24 ET - 2006/05/13
Seat 3: LJJones (33,213)
Seat 5: Poker_Man3 (29,219)
*EVERYONE ANTES AND POSTS THEIR FUCKING BLINDS*
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LJJones [Tc Kd]
LJJones raises to 4,800
tg77 folds
Poker_Man3 calls 4,800
drdrillem folds
H3 folds
charliec123 folds
stubborn_ass folds
*** FLOP *** [Qh Kh Js]
LJJones bets 28,213, and is all in
Poker_Man3 calls 24,219, and is all in
LJJones shows [Tc Kd]
Poker_Man3 shows [Ah As]
Uncalled bet of 3,994 returned to LJJones
*** TURN *** [Qh Kh Js] [Ac]
*** RIVER *** [Qh Kh Js Ac] [Qd]
LJJones shows a straight, Ace high
Poker_Man3 shows a full house, Aces full of Queens
Poker_Man3 wins the pot (61,838) with a full house, Aces full of Queens
Heeber (Observer): omg
Heeber (Observer): omg
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 61,838 | Rake 0
Board: [Qh Kh Js Ac Qd]
Seat 3: LJJones showed [Tc Kd] and lost with a straight, Ace high
Seat 5: Poker_Man3 showed [Ah As] and won (61,838) with a full house, Aces full of Queens

I liked my bet on the flop. Any player worth their keep would have taken more time than this assclown did before calling. If he calls, I'm still in very good shape against his range. He obviously did. The turn and the river were strategically designed to give me a hardon, and then show me pictures of Kathy Liebert naked on the river. Kathy Liebert is the antidote to Viagra.

Just to recap:

THE TURN
Turn

THE RIVER
River


In other news, my cash game is still good. My 6-max is on fire. I quad-stacked in about 90 minutes. I played very aggressive and got caught making an awesome bluff. It was so well set up, that the 2nd nut straight had to tank for a long time before calling (flop was 3 clubs, I had AcKx) on the river. The way I played my draw was exactly the same as someone who flopped a flush. I had put my opponent on an overpair, and I was right, so I pushed over him on the river. Unfortunately, his pocket pair wasn't that much of an overpair and he had connected with the river to make a straight. The point was, it is sometimes better to get caught than to get away with a bluff. A different guy at the table called me down with Queen high in one hand. Needless to say, I got a ton of action from him.

I don't have a very large sample size for 6-max but I'm at 25BB/100 and it actually seems sustainable.

Full ring was boring. Nits, nits and more nits. I think I'm going to switch to 6-max exclusively, but we'll see.

Today's finishing bankroll: $1,144.97

 

Days 1-9

DAY 1

Just finished up Day 1. Changed the plan a little already by starting at the 0.10/0.25 NL table straight off the bat. I think 8 buy ins is ample for this level.

Played 10 games of HU LHE
CODE

Game Buy-in Rake W/L Tot. Won
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 1 40

Daily Winnings: 30
Winrate: 0.6

Cash Table:
Started off at one table. After securing a buy-ins worth of winnings I decided to 2 table.
Played well, got good cards, went for 39.44BB/100 (variance of the good variety over a very short span, 249 hands)

At the second table I went up a couple bucks and decided to take a shot at a pre-flop aggressor when I held AQ and the board was 225. Turns out he liked his holdings and I went down 2 bucks under buy in.
46 hands, -2.83BB/100

End of Day 1 bankroll standings: $275.50
Daily Gain: $75.50

Best hand of the day:

FullTiltPoker Game #600562824: Table Riviera - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:34:08 ET - 2006/04/28
Seat 1: LJJones ($30.20)
Seat 2: count_aight ($19.10)
Seat 3: fluiddude ($43.45)
Seat 4: BoominKid ($22.90)
Seat 5: shawneyboy ($23.40)
Seat 6: millennium ($26.90)
Seat 7: Strega ($56.55)
Seat 8: fmdt2000 ($18.45)
Seat 9: Mollys Moby ($36.20)
Mollys Moby posts the small blind of $0.10
LJJones posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to LJJones [Qh Kc]
count_aight folds
fluiddude folds
BoominKid folds
shawneyboy folds
millennium raises to $0.50
Strega folds
fmdt2000 folds
Mollys Moby folds
LJJones calls $0.25
*** FLOP *** [7d 3d Kh]
LJJones bets $1
millennium calls $1
*** TURN *** [7d 3d Kh] [Jc]
LJJones bets $3
millennium has 15 seconds left to act
millennium calls $3
*** RIVER *** [7d 3d Kh Jc] [Qc]
LJJones bets $5
millennium calls $5 <------- she has the second nuts and is calling
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LJJones shows [Qh Kc] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
millennium shows [Th 9h] (a straight, King high)
millennium wins the pot ($18.15) with a straight, King high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $19.10 | Rake $0.95
Board: [7d 3d Kh Jc Qc]
Seat 1: LJJones (big blind) showed [Qh Kc] and lost with two pair, Kings and Queens
Seat 6: millennium showed [Th 9h] and won ($18.15) with a straight, King high

Why she called on the flop, I have no idea. At least on the turn she was open-ended, but jeez.



Day 2

Got off to a pretty crappy start today. Lost the first 3 SnGs I played. I opened up my game selection to $10 HORSE (only played 1) and some short handed 0.25/0.50 now that the bankroll is ample. At the end of the evening I treated myself to a $5 tourny, went out in 115 out of 360.

CODE

Game Buy Rake W/L net gain
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
BONUS 0 0 10
HORSE 10 0.5 1 20
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 1 40

Total Winnings: 51.5 (Bonus + SNG)

Win rate: 0.666666667
Cumulative Win Rate: 0.631578947


Cash game went well today. I only had one major blow out and that was when I had JJ UTG, raised it to 5xBB only got one caller.

Flop is Q79 rainbow. I bet out, get a caller. I have him pinned on 10's or 8's or even AK at this table. I felt AQ would be re-raising. Turn brings a 10, I decide to test the waters since a 10 does not bring any reasonable draw (68 but I'm not worried), again, another call. On the river there is ~$15 in the pot (River was a deuce or something), I check to him, he throws in his last 4 bucks, I call. He shows the MIGHTY Q7 SOOOOOTED­.

Total Bankroll: $347.70
Daily gain: $72.20

Day 3

Another day of success. My BB/100 is nearly 10 at this point at 0.10/0.25. Nothing to write home about in such a small sample (1500 hands), but it seems very maintainable since I haven't been running overly well and have been sucked out a few times and had a few blow ups. If I can control the few blow ups (not continue betting after on the turn) I think I can easily get this to 15BB/100. My original goal was 6 - 8... whatever I wrote above. I'll be able to see more clearly once I hit 10k hands. I'm hoping to log 2k hands tomorrow. I'm going to up my cash game tables to 3-4 and maybe not play any HU SnGs.

I didn't get that much play time today. Took the son and the dog to the park, had coffee with friends.

To appease Actuary, I'm taking this all to blog format. Anyone who's actually following this, I will have a link in my signature. I have actually found that I don't need readers or people to keep me in check. Simply making a day's end report makes me reflect on everything I did for the day.

HU results:

CODE

Game Buy Rake W/L Winnings
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 0 0
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
BONUS 0 0 0 10
HU LHE 20 1 1 40
HU LHE 20 1 1 40


Daily HU winnings + bonus: 25
Daily Win Rate: 3/5 = 60%

Cumulative win rate: 15/24 = 62.5%

Cash-game: Juicy again.

CODE

session_start session_end site_abbrev table_name game_level co_seat minutes_played co_won total_hands
5/1/2006 01:59:16 5/1/2006 02:35:01 FTP Count Diero NL ($0.25) 8 36 0.2 39
5/1/2006 01:58:03 5/1/2006 02:08:11 FTP Grand Canyon NL ($0.25) 6 10 1.7 4
4/30/2006 16:37:19 4/30/2006 18:37:57 FTP Grand Canyon NL ($0.25) 8 120 27.45 105
4/30/2006 16:13:14 4/30/2006 18:44:13 FTP Upland NL ($0.25) 9 151 10.45 154
4/30/2006 02:22:28 4/30/2006 02:43:26 FTP Kris (6 max) $0.25/$0.50 (6 max) 6 21 -0.8 28
4/30/2006 00:22:37 4/30/2006 02:47:07 FTP Churchfield NL ($0.25) 8 145 14.25 134
4/30/2006 00:13:47 4/30/2006 02:02:17 FTP Ducharme NL ($0.25) 1 109 1.15 103
4/30/2006 00:12:30 4/30/2006 00:20:01 FTP Ferrell $0.25/$0.50 5 8 1.4 13


Total Won in cash game: $55.80

Hmmm, don't know why things aren't adding up, but I am too tired to figure it out.

Ending b/r: $412.50

Not too bad, doubled my b/r in 3 days of moderate effort. I suppose I should brace myself for some downswingin'.

Day 4

Best Day Yet!

I played almost exclusively cash games today. I was 3-tabling for a few hours. 2 of the tables were hot and perpetually threw decks at my hand, one was cold. Not only do I blow up twice at this table for about 20 bucks total (called an all-in with TPTK... so stupid), but when I finally get my break with 88 in the BB and a flop of KJ8, I meet UTG's limped JJ. Hurray!

Never-the-less my BB/100 is now nearly 15 over 2k hands. I got in about 500 hands today, far shy of the 2k I wanted. To be honest, I was happy with my winnings and wanted some Dairy Queen.

Best part of the day was sitting down with fellow FCPer, RON MEXICO™!11!!11!. He kept convincing me to go South. I gave into the Mexican charm. I'm still not gay, because the balls didn't touch.

Cash game winnings:

[code]
session_start session_end site_abbrev table_name game_level minutes_played co_won
5/1/2006 22:01:36 5/1/2006 23:51:58 FTP Fairfield NL ($0.25) 110 -48
5/1/2006 21:52:13 5/2/2006 00:38:59 FTP Grand Canyon NL ($0.25) 166 36.55
5/1/2006 21:46:41 5/2/2006 00:42:34 FTP Riviera NL ($0.25) 176 77.1


Total cash: $65.65

For good measure I played exactly 1 HU LHE $20 SnG. Not only did I win, but just as I won... MY BONUS WAS RELEASED OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG.

Total winnings, $19 + $10 bonus dollars.

Daily Winnings: $94.65
Current B/R: $507.05

Bah... the math is off again... but fug it. The important thing is my b/r at the end of the day.

Day 5!1!1

Best day yet!! Woohoo! So nice to be able to say that back to back. I'm not going by days since I don't play every day. Yesterday was for the ladies, today was for poker.

Again, I'm stopping early as I'm a bit drained from work and ended up doing really well.

Played roughly 650 hands quad tabling. Even did a HU SnG while quad tabling with little problem.

I played 2 HU LHE SnGs ($20)... took both.

My record is now 18 Wins and 9 Losses for a cumulative win-rate of 66.67% (over a miniscule sample size).

I've only seen about 3k hands at 0.1/0.25. I'm thinking I want to see at least 10k before I move up. I really want a solid b/r before moving up, but also I want to have the players at this level figured out, as I know from the past that 0.25/0.50 plays about the same. At 3k hands my BB/100 has moved up to 19BB/100 hands. Easy money!

As for my play, I made some nice laydowns (one actually ended up being the best, but the river would have brought the suckout anyway which made me feel better. In retrospect it was a good laydown at any rate... I had AQos to a 7A8 board with 2 diamonds, turn brought another diamond and 2 other players were betting huge). I folded a flopped full house. I came in in the hijack with 4s5s [limped]. SB completed, BB checked. Flop is 454. I'm hoping one of them has a 4. They check to me, I let one card come for free. Turn is a J. SB decides to get brave and bets out, I smooth call the pot sized bet (0.75). River brings... another ****ing jack. Now he bets the pot again ($2.25). I have only a dollar invested in the hand (4xBB) and have to call 8xBB where there is a huge probability I'm beat. At the same time if he bluffed at the J turn he had to bluff again on the river. On the negative side I had my first suckout. I put the moves on a relatively short stacked player with an over pair when I held AK, basically put him all in on the flop, he calls and I go runner-runner for the ace-low straight.

Total net for cash games: $102.95
total net for HU matches: $20*2 - $1*2 = $38
Bonus: $10!!11!!

For a daily win of $150.95.

Total bankroll: $658.00

Not bad, tripled my b/r in 5 days.

Day 6

Played about 100 hands online, but had our weekly tournament (15 players). I start off really well, I make a good call to double up, then I bust the nut flush on someone to have about 3.5 buy-ins. I bluff a little bit more to get to 4 buy-ins and the tables merge. The bad beats tonight have been sick. Q9 beats QQ on a 995 flop (all-in pre flop). Ac2c beats AA (all-in pre-flop), then there was my luck. Blinds are now 1000/2000 and I have about 80k (M = 10). Worst_Player_Ever limps UTG. I look down at AJ, it's folded to me so I make it 6500 total. Folds around... Worst_Player_Ever goes all-in. He did this before when I took a similar course of pre-flop action when I had AQ... I tanked it and called, he shows A6os. This was about 2 months ago. Recalling this horrid play I think about it, announce to him my memory and call (I have him by about double-triple)... he flips over the mighty A9os. Flop is blah,blah,blah turn is a blah, and on the river I deal a 9. He quickly resorts to the "I Just knew it..." from the book entitled "Hold'em Donkeys catch phrases."

Later on the blinds are now 4k/8k, and I have about 60k. My M value is decreasing by the second. There's only one player I respect out of the 5 remaining and only 2 that know when to fold. The player I respect has been catching some hot cards and was already the chip leader. He's UTG and doubles to 16k, I look down at 55. Harrington says to do it... so I push. Folds around, he gives me the "I know I'm beat," spiehl and calls with AdJd. Flop 10d9d2c, Turn: Ah, River: Jc. And I'm out. In retrospect I played some fantastic poker, I just couldn't win a domination then couldn't win a coin flip. I don't think I'd change anything I did and if I won that coin flip I would have taken the tournament 80% of the time (payouts are $20 for 3rd, $60 for 2nd and $220 for 1st so you should definitely be playing to win).

Came home and played about 100 hands while trying to set up PokerAceHud... man that thing doesn't work very well. I lost about $30 or so. First loss, but I was playing like crap. Made one good fold and one bad call... started playing some very aggressive poker and did VERY well. Some opponents made some horrid calls when they "knew they were beat," but called anyway, but it was a successful trip into a different flavor of cash game playing (aggressive play actually pulled me out of the hole a bit).

My B/r is now around $620, and I lost $20 for the buy-in for the live tourny... subtract that where you want.

Days 7,8,9

Overall, this weekend was great. I laughed, I cried, I threw up a little.

I get my son on Friday night. After bath, dinner, bedtime story, I fire up the quad tabling. Take a shelling...weeee.

On Saturday the anti-biotics my son was on for an allergic reaction to a tetnis shot made it impossible to take him anywhere (poor kid couldn't be 10 feet from a toilet), so that meant quad-tabling all day for me. I took some more shellings. Not so much because I was playing poorly, my luck just sucks. Over 5.5k hands poker tracker is showing that 1. I've had aces less than any other hand (granted, I haven't lost with them in the 17 times I've had them [should be around 28 or so], 2. I'm actually in the red for flushes... I'm losing money on them via suck-outs and no less than twice have I had the 2nd nuts vs the nuts.

I finish Saturday with the bankroll at a pathetic $412.

Sunday, same deal. I'm stuck at home, can't take the boy anywhere.

Sunday starts with a roar. I end up quad-tabling to the $550 range. At this point I give 0.25/0.50 6 max NL a shot. So soft. Instead of a nut peddler I am actually able to maneuver and play hold'em. I get hit in the face with the deck at the $50 short-handed table and by end of the evening (after some more shellings at the $25 table) I am at around $670. I decide to treat myself to the $24+$2 19k guarantee. 932 entered.

After a few hours of some solid tourny play, I realize that I may have a chance at winning this thing and close out all other tables. With about 28 left, I take the chip lead. I'm winning every hand that I was a pre-flop favorite in. I only sucked out once against a super-small stack (A7 vs A8: turn is a 7).

Big pairs were a missing element from this tournament for me. I made all of my money off jamming AK and being called by AJ, AT, etc.

So finally I get KK on the button (about 14 left). I make it 12k (3k blinds). UTG limp/calls. FLop is J8J. He bets out 9k into a 30k pot. I raise him to 30k. He min-raises to 57k (dunno how that happened). I folded. In retrospect this is 55-TT, including 8's. I can't see a hand that would limp-call with a jack. At any rate, I laid it down with a formidable chip stack still.

Some aggressive play puts me in about 7th after the first few hands at the final table. Then it happens. I'm on the button and the most beautiful AA is dealt to me. Folds to CO who makes it 25k (blinds were 6k I think). I smooth call, ready to jam just about any flop. Flop comes Q82 rainbow (something like that). He has me covered and bets about 4/5th of my stack.... beautiful. I push the rest in, he flips over JJ. Turn: J. River: Who cares? It wasn't an ace.

This wasn't the worst bad beat I've ever had statistically, but it certainly stung. I felt I was outplaying all of my opponents and would have had a great shot at winning (would have been in 3rd with 225k, CL had about 250k). The payscale quickly ramped up from the $380 for 9th (8th got $580, and 6th was slightly over $1k, 3rd was 2600, 2nd was 3400, 1st was 5100) and I certainly would have made top 6 with a stack of 225k. Bah.

On a positive note, I hit a milestone in pretty quick time, my b/r total is now: $1013

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