Saturday, October 20, 2007

$60 shot on $0.50/$1

I sat down tonight with $60 after coming home from town and put it on $0.50/$1 in a shit or bust effort. I also took a $30 buyin on $0.25/$0.50 to keep me from being bored. I made 3 huge hand in a row after waiting for about 20-30mins. They were 2 huge pots and then a nice small pot afterward that probably did not merit getting as big as it did, but my guess is the villain was floating in order to steal it from me. The 2 big pots came from a villain who was most likely tilting or else had no idea what he was at.

$98 pot: flopped 2nd nuts and a redraw to a flush

$195 pot: flopped top set and the guy chases his draw after the board pairs on the turn!!

$45 pot: check the turn to give the floater a chance to steal.

Then an hour later:

$75 pot: Nuts vs 2nd nuts to finish the session off.

I probably could have got a 3/4 pot to a pot bet off the 2nd nuts. Maybe the 1/2 pot bet would have been better if the flush hit. Hard to tell, im not sure about this one.

Current Balance: $1046

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Getting there

I don't know if its a regular thing for people to get a lot of abuse at the tables online. Well i've been getting an excessive amount recently. The only thing I can guess is my aggressive play makes people very uncomfortable. I get huge abuse when i reship double suited run downs against aces and win. People hate losing with aces. I get called donk 'once' a day. Loads of other names aswell. Whats up with that?? Then this guy here calls me a mutt for reshipping with a straight and flush draw against him. I had been folding to his pot raises all day. Like he wouldn't do the same with that hand!? Anyway fuck it, im having a good time right now with PLO on stars.

Current Balance: $763

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Finding my groove again with PLO on pokerstars. Had a couple of good sessions now, hopefully it'll remain the same for another while. I'm beginning to think winning and losing in poker has a lot to do with your frame of mind. Not much to report other than every other session has been a monster for me recently on PS.

Current Balance: $642

Monday, October 15, 2007

Yum Yum

Back on the up .. for the time being!! Finally i can dodge flushes and hit em.
Some big hands from the session.. i win a nice pot against aces to get back in contention.
Then later i am reminded i am but a wee fish!

Note the lack of brm. Im a little disappointed in this. I did drop down to short stacking $0.10/$0.25 for a while but that brought me down to an uber low of $50. AKA Square One!

Current Balance: $378

Sunday, October 14, 2007

New low!

wow i must be retarded. I plyed about 2 hours of $0.25/$0.50 PLO and blew $260. I don't understand how it can happen that you can play for so long and keep losing!? Thats pretty crazy. Maybe my hand selection isn't the best.. i have no idea? I'm shocked ive come this low! Time to invest in some brm!!

Current Balance: $101

Saturday, October 13, 2007


This post is just a quick update on whats been happening over the last month and a half. Basically i have been swamped with work i've had to do at college for my PhD and regardless i've been playing poker when i didn't really have the time. My play during this period has been really down. I bust my FTP account following many runs of going over $1000 and below $300. It was all on the $0.25/$0.50 tables. My pokerstars account has experienced the same fate and it has largely been to bad brm and most of all bad play i think. Right now im going to start rebuilding on PS. Wish me luck!!

Current Balance: $330

Saturday, August 18, 2007

There'll be ...

... ups and downs, smiles and frowns ...

What do i mean by that?? Well, for the past 2 weeks i ran like a demon on full tilt, this week it was like i was trying to run through a brick wall! Nothing was working for me at all. My semi-bluffs/draws missed, when i had my money in ahead i ended up behind. In all i dropped $700 from the full tilt account. I got some genuinely sick beats. No 60/40 bullshit.

Flop the nuts and lose to a 4 outer!
I fail to see how bpl21 got $60+ into this pot with 3rd pair and a gut shot (not a double belly buster!).

Bottom set and second nut flush draw to top 2 pair.

I don't want to bore anyone too much by going through a sickening run of 50/50s that i've lost. When coming in for half a buy in at $0.50/$1 its hard to avoid them. Perhaps playing for a full buy in at $0.25/$0.50 is worth dropping down to. Guess i was asking for trouble since i was playing outside of my bankroll rules. Thats the risk i guess when playing too high. My confidence at the tables took a hit from this 'bad run' and my play deteriorated as a result. Playing passive in wrong spots and too aggressive in others, etc.

I switched to playing on stars again recently and took a major hit worth -$400. The balance on stars now lies at $600 and the full tilt roll is also on $600. I haven't posted my checkyourbets graph before. It only covers my progress/regression on stars and i have not been tracking my full tilt progress on it. Its a bit late to start doing that now.

The main thing different i need to do right now is slow down(once again) and drop limits to $0.25/$0.50. I made a decision before to play fewer and longer sessions which i think has not been working for me in the long run. I'm going to switch this up to more frequent and shorter sessions. Even though the thought of playing a stop-win irritates me, its seems the better choice to bag a couple winning sessions and stay fresh at the tables. I know i can play top quality poker but periods of fatigue and a lack of concentration means that intermittently some sessions can be very costly. This new approach is an attempt to reduce these bankroll burners. During these types of sessions i find myself completely oblivious as to who the target is at the table. The most likely explanation is that i become the target when playing so bad =(

Current Balance: ~$1200