Friday, October 27, 2006

Update

I've really been on top of my game lately. Not only have I gotten back on my game, but I'm really enjoying Poker again. Since I last posted, I've been playing a full mix of games including Limit Full Ring, Sit n Go's, and Tourney's. My bankroll is much more comfortable now after winning a satellite to the $530 Sunday Million. I cashed out a few hundred to cover some B-day presents for the Wife, and I'm left with $768.62 currently. I sold the Tournament Dollars to an ITH buddy for the SharkDAQ.

The SharkDAQ is a fund for up and coming MTT players that will be used weekly to stake ITH'ers for the Sunday Million. The purpose would be to give EV+ MTT players money to be able to play in these and get some experience, while also increasing the value of the fund. It's really an amazing idea put together by some awesome people.

Here's the bankroll breakdown:


Total Bankroll
$768.62
Limit bankroll
$314.81
Tourney Bankroll
$189.00
Sit n go Bankroll
$134.81
Staking Bankroll
$130.00

Updates will come more frequently now, I promise...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Switching Gears

I've decided I can't handle grinding it out at the Full Ring tables and I'm going to go crazy there. Due to this I'm going to hit the Multi-table tournaments hard again. They're so much more exciting. So with my measely roll of about $42 I'm hitting the $1 tourneies on stars and I played a $4.40 180 person sit n go last night and took down 3rd for $85 bucks. Good way to start. So now I atleast have the roll for the $1 tourrnies and I'll throw in some $5 ones even though it is over the bankrol goal of 100 buy-ins.

4 Tournaments played so far
75% ITM
982% ROI :-)
and 1 final table

I've managed the tilt pretty well lately and really feel like I can make a run at building my tournamnet bankroll.

Results to follow.

Switching Gears

I've decided I can't handle grinding it out at the Full Ring tables and I'm going to go crazy there. Due to this I'm going to hit the Multi-table tournaments hard again. They're so much more exciting.

So with my measely roll of about $42 I'm hitting the $1 tourneies on stars and I played a $4.40 180 person sit n go last night and took down 3rd for $85 bucks. Good way to start. So now I atleast have the roll for the $1 tourrnies and I'll throw in some $5 ones even though it is over the bankrol goal of 100 buy-ins.

4 Tournaments played so far

75% ITM
982% ROI :-)
and 1 final table

I've managed the tilt pretty well lately and really feel like I can make a run at building my tournamnet bankroll.

Results to follow.

Switching Gears

I've decided I can't handle grinding it out at the Full Ring tables and I'm going to go crazy there. Due to this I'm going to hit the Multi-table tournaments hard again. They're so much more exciting.

So with my measely roll of about $42 I'm hitting the $1 tourneies on stars and I played a $4.40 180 person sit n go last night and took down 3rd for $85 bucks. Good way to start. So now I atleast have the roll for the $1 tourrnies and I'll throw in some $5 ones even though it is over the bankrol goal of 100 buy-ins.

4 Tournaments played so far

75% ITM
982% ROI :-)
and 1 final table

I've managed the tilt pretty well lately and really feel like I can make a run at building my tournamnet bankroll.

Results to follow.

Friday, September 08, 2006

It's been awhile

Real life tends to get in the way of this hobby of mine quite frequently these days. I withdrew about $420 dollars 2 months ago and there has been no activity in my poker account until 2 weeks ago. I put in $25 dollars at pokerstars, hit the $1.75 turbos hard, won a bunch, went on tilt, lost a bunch, grinded some limit Full Ring tables and won a bunch, and then hit the tilt button again and here I sit with about $53 dollars. I've made a conscious effort as of late to stay away from the tilt thing and excercise some bankroll management.

So this is it, one last chance, I will try to build this bankroll into something meaningful. If I go on tilt and lose it all once more, I've made a promise to myself that I will quit Poker and leave ahead of the game by several thousand dollars.

Every quest needs a goal so here goes: my 53 dollars is split into 2 bankrolls;

a) $30 for .05/.10 limit full ring, which is now $33.20 after a few hundred hands
b) $20 for turbo sit n go's (which I love by the way), I'll start with $1.75's and work upwards. This is playing above the $20 bankroll, but I've never had trouble with these they are incredibly beatable.

By the end of this year I hope to be playing .25/.50, and $6.50 turbo's. Wish me luck.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Free Money

Free money can apparrently be found daily at the WPEX poker room. Here I was expecting to find extremely tight play because of the great rakeback deal, and instead I find the loosest bunch of fishies I've ever seen. Some of the play there is just rediculous, I highly reccomend checking it out. I receive my $20.00 in rakeback today, what a great deal!

Only played one tournament this weekend, a $10+1 rebuy limit game on stars. Was in the top 20 for the majority of the time, then around bubble time I loosened up and took some hits. Called down my KQ against big slick when a K hit the board. dropped me to about 8k with 600/1200 blinds. 3 hands later I see AA and cap pre-flop against the table chipleader, I re-raise his bet on the flop to put me all-in on a K57 rainbow board and he shows 55. Ugh, re-raising on his 55 pre-flop was pretty questionable play but what can you do. Out in 30th when top 18 make the money. Overall I lost about 30 dollars over the weekend.

I really need to find or schedule some time to play more Poker. 50 hours a week at my real job+time spent with the new baby+6 hours of sleep a night+working in a few hours of poker= approximately 31 hours a day. It's just not working. So I find myself in a predicament; I do too well at poker to give it up, that would just be a bad business decision. However I can't quit the job unless I build up a solid bankroll to work with. Help!!!!!

Friday, June 23, 2006

No poker today.

Well last night was softball night and its bad enough in the wife's eyes to leave for two hours to play softball, but to play poker too when I get home, forget about it. It was a depressing 12-10 loss after taking the lead into the 7th innning the other team hung up 8 runs in the bottom of the 7th to take us down. However, as always the beer was nice and cold afterwards.

No poker was played last evening, but I hope to hit it hard this evening and over the weekend. It's so much easier to play til 3am when you don't have to get up at 6:00 the next morning. Some thoughts I've been having regarding my game in the offtime: I really think I need to pick a bread and butter game that I play regularly. Lately I find myself jumping around and at any given time I could be playing some $1/$2 limit, A $10 rebuy, a $100 limit tourney, etc... I mean I have positive win rates in all of them, but I feel like I have Poker ADD and I should try to play just one on a regular basis. Also I may be playing above my bankroll. I'm not sure how that works if I'm playing limit and tourney's do I need two seperate bankrolls($600 for limit and a seperate amount for the tourney buy-ins)?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Trying WPEX

Squeezed in about an hour and a half of limit last night at WPEX (World Poker Exchange). Some of you may be familiar with this site. I deposited the minimum of 20 dollars there because I wanted to try this out after all I'd read about it at ITH. I have to say I am quite impressed with this site. I'm not exactly sure how they can continue to run the site as they do but for now it is one hell of a deal. If you're not familiar with the site, they are offering rake free poker. And even better, they take the rake out first, and pay you the rake back every Monday. This is nice because you are used to paying rake at every other site, so when you get this back it really seems like a bonus.

As for the games, I found an extremely loose game with a huge fish sitting on my left. This guy was capping every street when he paired up on the board, and it took about 20 minutes to take his stack. I imagine this will be a rare occurrence at that site as it will most likely attract a lot of grinders.

I played .50/1.00 limit with my 20 bucks just to try out the software, but now I've made that into about 48 dollars, and I already have about 4.50 coming in rakeback on monday from that 90 minutes of play. I think a good player at this site could actually turn about 5BB/100 with this rakeback structure. As for the 48 dollars I may take it seriously and start grinding away there until I find a reason not to.

Will this be a new trend in online poker, only time will tell. But it sure would be nice if the traffic picked up on this site and the bigger sites had to try and keep up.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Squeezing in some poker

Well as you read this blog you will start to learn a little bit more about me and my life outside of poker. 2 weeks ago my wife gave birth to our first child, what an amazing experience. I'm just now starting to get back into playing on a daily basis. So last evening I played two games:
1) a $15 turbo single table tournamnent - These things are a bit of a crapshoot, but they're fun and pretty easy to make it to the money on. After stealing a few blinds the first two orbits I'm dealt pocket Aces. I raise to 3x the BB Button with 200 chips goes all-in, BB with 1100 goes all-in, I obviously call. They showed AQ and JJ respectively and with an A on the flop, they found an early exit. Long story short, I took it down for $67.50
2)I played in the 10:15 p.m. eastern time 10+1 rebuy at stars. I've been questioning if these are really wise to play in for me, as I have a bit of tilt to me. This tourney had its share od bad beats for me. I played real tight up to the first break for a change(didn't want to damage the bankroll too bad with the costly strategy of trying to double up on any 2 cards like some do). Had my stack up to 3700 with no rebuys, not even at the beginning. I'm dealt AQs and raise UTG limper to 4x BB and he pushes all-in, I reluctantly call and see AJo from him. The flop comes J8J and that takes half my stack. I add on at the break for a total investment of $21 for the tourney and build that stack up to 12k by break #2. Right after the break I lose about half my stack when my KK loses to two pair on the river. My M was getting low so I pushed JJ on the button to be called by a big-stack with A10o. You guessed it, an A on the turn. Oh well

Good to be back playing
Winnings/losses for last night:

Turbo +51.50
Rebuy -21.00
Winnings +30.50

My first blog post

Ahhhh....yes my inaugural posting to my new blog, so much to say. OK not really, but I'll explain a little bit about myself and what you can find on my blog. I started playing Texas Hold em' last year sometime online, and was instantly hooked. I had the good fortune of wining a $20 buy-in tournament on pokerstars after about a month of play and took down about $2250 for the win. Needless to say a win like that right off the bat was enough to go straight to my head. I started playing in $100 dollar buy-in games acting like a high-roller and throwing money around like I didn't need it. I thought I didn't need to practice bankroll management, because I had obviously mastered this simple game. The harsh realities of Poker set in very soon after.

Over the past year I've done a lot of growing up in my life outside and inside the poker room. I stumbled upon an amazing poker resource late last year at www.internettexasholdem.com. This website proved to be an invaluable resource for poker, and I haven't looked back since.

Poker has allowed me to earn some additional income to my full-time job through the last year, and for that I am extremely grateful. However I want to take my game to the next level, cut the variance to a more standard level, and treat my game as more of a job than an entertaining hobby. I've decided to begin thinking outloud on this blog, mostly poker related, some miscellaneous topics. My goal is not to get 100's of people reading it, but rather to track my progress in a semi-public way, to allow incoming analysis from anyone who may stop in to read my thoughts.

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