Friday, May 12, 2006


Days 1-9


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

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.


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:


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.


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:

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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