Friday, May 25, 2007

Bread and Butter

Here's the $5+R PLO8 tourney from last weekend. As you can see i have the bridesmaid dress on. I was thinking of doing a 'Journey to the final table' with this one but I'm not sure if the interest is there for PLO8. Anyway the pokerhand website seems to be down or sold or something. This is a bit of a dose as all the hands i have linked on my posts are not retrievable anymore. I had a look at Brian Townsend's blog some others and it seems to be the same deal everywhere.

I've had a relatively quiet poker week since two mammoth sessions on Friday and Saturday last weekend. Just played a small bit of PLO on the $0.50/$1 tables during the week and made a small profit which i lost on MTTs and STTs.

Following some advice from 4CardGrind I've opened another account on Pokerstars which i'll use for holding my bankroll. Just a small security measure since I'm posting my balance at the end of each post. If i decide to post any hands i play using that account it'll be the Hero-Villain story that people use.

As regards my goals for the month I think i achieved all of them. Number 1, i always made sure i had a winning attitude when sitting down to play. Not too sure if I've been play tighter but i think i've been bluffing less, which is good i think. Especially in PLO. I learned that not everyone plays the nuts, the hard way. Taking that extra 5 seconds and engaging the brain is a life saver. The days of 'Aaahhhh fuck you I'm all in' are hopefully done. Playing less and longer sessions is working for me. Its easier be patient when you know you gonna be playing for a while. And finally, I tripled my bankroll which is also nice.

Won't be playing much poker this weekend cause I'm goin to see Nas in Dublin on Sunday. Seen him the last time he was in Eire and it was well sick, so I'm looking forward to this one. I'll put a descent session in during the week and post some hands and that.

Current Balance: $2671

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Journey to the Final Table. NL Hold'em.

I made two final tables this weekend. One in NL hold'em and one in PL Omaha H/L. This post is a little insight into my game and should explain why i make some of the decisions i do in tournament poker. IMO, the most important part of the tournament is getting a good start and some chips together. With chips you can do damage but without chips you are nothing. I hope this is an interesting read, and it should give some indication of the magnitude of things that need to go your way to make a final table. Any thoughts, comments or criticisms welcome.

My stats from this tournament are:
You finished in 7th place (eliminated at hand #10007081214).

400 hands played and saw flop:
- 10 times out of 48 while in small blind (20%)
- 14 times out of 46 while in big blind (30%)
- 27 times out of 306 in other positions (8%)
- a total of 51 times out of 400 (12%)

Pots won at showdown - 14 out of 19 (73%)
Pots won without showdown - 39

    Which obviously shows very tight play. Often my style(tight/loose,passive/aggressive) can be mood dependant, or card dependant. I didn't get a particularly great run of cards, but what i did get were some great situations which i was lucky enough to be involved in and take advantage of. My stats for the PLO8 tournament are more loose aggro, playing 33% of hands.

    The average chip count for the final table is ~$650,000. So once i had a stack of $10,000 the aim was to run it up to approximately $650,000 gradually.

A Good Start.
-Up to $10,000 by the $75/$150 level.
    By the $75/$150 level i had tripled my starting stack of $3000 up to $9000. This run started with one of the luckiest folds i have ever made. Whilst holding QQ in the BB the action before me went loose limper in EP, then a strong raise and a strong button re-raise. I folded after some pain and both showed AK (river coming an A) to split the pot between them.
    One of a very few bluffs i made all tournament (aside from steals) was with J3o in the cop. My brother was beside me at the time and he dared me win the blinds, then UTG+1 raised 3x. Willing to give it a go anyway, I re-raised, he called, and i was lucky enough to catch a K on the flop to bet, which was enough to take down a $3000 pot. I assume he had a pair of some sort.

Double up and double down between $100/$200 and $200/$400 level.
    Holding AJs in the big blind i flat call a button raise and unknown to myself catch a very lucky flop. A26 with two hearts. Obviously the button will bet here 90% of the time, with or without an ace. I reasoned my best play in this spot was to check raise all in. By doing so i represent a flush draw(and take it down if he has no piece) or i just might get called by a weaker ace which is what happened.
    Two levels later i make a raise with AJo from MP and get a caller in the sb. My continuation bet gets check-minraised on a paired board. I really should have let go now but fearing i might be getting bluffed, i re-raised. There are really no hands i can beat that the sb would call and check-raise this flop, so an obvious overplay on my part with this hand.
-A missed doubling up opportunity.
    In the same level i flat call a raise with AA from the sb, and lead at a K high flop. I am really praying he has a K and comes over the top but he says he has JJ and folds. An easy double up missed if i had pushed all in pre.

$10,000 to $40,000 in the $300/$600 level.
    I'm dealt A3o in the sb. It is folded around to the button who has been raising a lot of hands recently, and he has doubled up recently aswell. He raises the button as expected. I reraised all in here. Two reasons: I want to take the pot down there and then, ie a steal, and i feel my ace is most likely good to the buttons range. He insta-calls, so i obviously assume i'm way behind, but he show KQ and i win the race and double through.
    In EP i'm dealt 75d. The bb is all in in this hand and i limp. This is worthwhile as i get to see a cheap flop and the likelihood of someone bluffing me off the best hand is low. The sb completes and we see a flop of J86 all diamonds. He checks, i bet my flush and he raises all in!! I call, fully expecting to see a jack with a A,K or Q of diamonds. He shows a black 64!! I guess he wanted to steal the sidepot, but that was free dough for me.
    That brings me up to the $35,000 mark. I win a small pot with 45s in the sb, and there is not much more action for me till i get dealt KK in the bb. I got really frustrated with this player. He is rather loose aggro and raises my blind. I reraise and he calls. After flopping top set i try slow playing but he doesn't bite, and ends up making running flush cards for a 6high flush with his A6o!! For fuck sake, what kinda donk calls a reraise with A6o and then doesn't even use his position once?? For this kind of stupid play i steal a nice pot off him when he min raises utg. Most likely some suited trash, probably Jh9h given his interest after calling the turn raise, otherwise a pair like JJ or QQ are possible too.

A courtesy double up and a tight fold.
-Just stack maintenace till the $800/$1600 level.
    After a raise with 99 and a call i see a flop of Q92 oop(out of position). Begging for some action i make a weak continuation bet, which gets raised. With some hollywood i let the timer run down. He says "will show u" and i reply "f it" and ship. I assumed he had a Q, but he called with JJ and i double through.
    Not too long later the same player makes a strong raise utg, and i have AQd in the bb. I could assume he is steaming and give him some action, but i gave him respect and folded.

Excessive action from trueye
-$65,000 to $120,000 in the $1000/$2000 level
    A loose aggressive player who had built a stack without showing down many hands was on the button when i raise AQs in EP. He's probably the player i am most happy to see call, as im pretty sure i've the best hand. Being oop i really need to hit the flop, else it'll be hard to play. The flop is good, AK7 rainbow. There is ~$15,000 in the centre and i make a weakish looking continuation bet. Its a small enough bet that he might call and try take it off me on the turn if i check. This is exactly what happened, and exactly what i hoped would happen (unless he has pocket 7s). I then check-raised the turn all in. I assume he had no piece of it. Later i make a flush against him that gets paid.

No cards survival.
-A lot of folding from $1000/$2000 till $4000/$8000, stack size oscillates between $120,000 and below $100,000.
    For then next three levels i run completely card dead. Survival is of paramount importance so any opportunities to take blinds i took advantage of. The entire time there was a really loose aggressive player directly on my right. This killed a lot of hands i could play and really i was looking for something big to double through him asap. Unfortunately this never happened as i couldn't get dealt anything strong enough to play him. He eventually went broke with 88 vs JJ. I'm then in the cop when the player who just bust him and doubled up is in the bb. Players who have just won pots are very vulnerable to stealing. Since they've just doubled up/won a big pot, they don't want to get involved and give it all back with a sub-premium hand. Taking advantage of this (along with my super tight image) and stealing their blinds is absolutely essential. Else if they limp the next hand, ill raise pre-flop to isolate, and then steal on about 80% of boards.

Another cdu and winning a race.
-Finally some hands in the $4000/$8000 level.
    Later i get lucky and someone randomly donates chips to my cause. I call a min raise with J7s in the bb and get excessive action from K high. Why does everyone assume checking the turn is weakness?!?. Luckily the board blanks on the river and i double up.
    Then came the essential race. I raised with JJ from utg+1 and the bb pushes. Its not my tournament but i really could do with winning this one. Luckily i do and i'm in a great chip position for making the final table.
    With $300,000 in the $4000/$8000 level, i'm up in the top 5 chip spots so i use my stack to accumulate some more chips with medium strength hands until i reach about $500,000 by the final two tables. The average for the final table being ~$650,000.

Tightest fold of my life!
-The final table bubble and under pressure from the big stack in the $15,000/$30,000 level.
    After some winning some small pots and avoiding big confrontation i'm up to $500,000 on the bubble of the final table. I'm dealt AQo on the button and make a standard raise. The bb is the chip leader and has been playing excellent big stack poker pushing everyone around. He was re-raising a lot and putting people to a decision for their chips on numerous occasions. He hasn't been playing with me long enough to observe my tight play but i doubt he cared really! His range for reraising me here is very large. I'll guess any pair, any ace, two paints maybe even a suited connector. I can't believe i caved to the pressure, but i really did want to make the final table so bad, and there was about three/four short stacks left. Its definitely a hand that will haunt me but a mistake i won't make again. Maybe it was a good fold or even a lucky fold i don't know. But when playing for first i think this is exactly the type of hand i need to lay the hammer down with.
  If anyone has any opinions please share.

Losing a race at the final table.
-A walk on my first big blind and then no cards till i see 66.
    My final hand came with 66 in the bb. This was the first hand i had seen after folding for 3or4 orbits. The villain from before raised from the sb and i shipped. I'm pretty much guaranteed a call unless he's raising absolute dirt, so maybe a fold could be justified. If i did fold, I'd be left with playing push-fold poker for survival. But if i double up ill have a good chip stack and position on the most aggressive player at the table. His A9o made a pair of aces on the turn and that's game over.

Any thoughts, comments or criticisms welcome.

Current Balance: $2640

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Quick Update

After the tournament on Saturday i played the $20+$2 Omaha H/L $4000 guaranteed. Along side this i played a $30+3 turbo Omaha H/L sng and an Omaha H/L cash table. Generally i don't like playing cash tables and sngs at the same time as the mentality is very different for both. Usually ill multitable cash or sngs but i think i just wanted to gamble it up a bit.

PLO8 Cash and Sng
The $30 sng i went out in 5th, due to over aggression on my part. I went a bit crazy with the first hand i played on the cash table(25c/50c). Now this happens quite a bit for me! Usually ill bluff the balls off the first hand or just g crazy with a draw. It actually helps me settle, win or lose. I limped in EP with A2JT suited to the T. There was a caller behind and the BB raised it up. I flat call the raise and the limper reraised it. Now, this is where things started to get weird. The BB flat calls the reraise. I was thinking i have A2, 5 handed, so i don't mind playing a big pot. If i push all in however, i might lose one of the players. Since i have A2 i want a big pot before the flop played 3way. So i re-raised it to $20 total, which left me with $10 behind. I was hoping for an all in from the limping reraiser and then the BB would surley call. Instead the action went call, call. So there is $60 in the pot before the flop, which ended up completely missing me, maybe i'm a fish as i can't fold with only $10 behind. So i lost that buyin. I rebought for another $30 and i think i was down another $20 before leaving.

$20 Omaha H/L
Things went well for me throughout the tournament but i ended up bubbling. There were about 250 runners and i placed 30th. My chip count peaked at about $50,000 which is enough for the final table but i really wasn't playing my A game and could hold-on to my stack. I doubled a short stack whilst holding A349 on a J92 board. He held AJ23 and i was genuinely shocked when he showed a pair of jacks. I really thought my pair of 9s was good, as i was putting him on a strong low hand given his raise pre. I simply thought the flop missed him and i was good(I think he went on to win). Then on the bubble i got involved with a speculative hand that i will accept a lot of criticism for. The raiser was very loose aggro and the players in the blinds had tightened up a great deal. Given this, i thought my hand would be worth seeing a flop in position. I had A2Q9 suited to the A and the flop came A88. He made a suspicious AAxx type bet which i wasn't going to buy. It seemed more a 23xx bet. My big mistake in the hand was on the flop (i think?). I should have pushed all in or folded then. Instead i called and then the turn card committed me. I'm behind to AKxx and drawing thin against any ace with low cards (which is the hand i would rather have). Luckily i had a coin flip but i missed/he hit and was out in 30th.

My roll was down to $1500 then. I had made the plan in my own mind to try and keep that a new zero mark. Unfortunately it is just above $1400 now but I'm going to try keep it above $1500 in the future. This will basically mean slowing down and dropping to lower stakes sooner if i am losing.
I didn't play Sunday(apart from the blogger tourney) or Monday. I played last night (Tuesday) even though i was feeling a bit run down. I was pretty tired from work and not really feeling like going to battle on the cash tables but i did anyway. It was soon obvious that my game wasn't sharp. I lost 2 buyins of $30 on 25c/50c and they can be attributed to basically 2 hands.

Hold 'em Cash
The first was JJ in the BB. I reraised a LP raiser and played a $20 pot oop heads up. With $18 behind, the flop came QQ8 with 2 spades. I made a pot committing continuation bet ... villian ended up showing down KQs for the winner. Then on another table, a new player arrived and after sitting through the blinds he limps in MP and i raise on the button with 99. He calls and check-raises me on an 8 high board with 2 hearts. I can beat a flush draw and A8, but would some really check raise A8?? Memories of 'ahh fuck it' come to mind and it ended up all in. He showed down TT for the winner.
Wish i didn't play last night as it goes against my fewer and longer sessions goal for the month. Definitely not going to play next time i'm not juiced for it. It simply way less profitable.

Bloggerment 8
I played the Blogger tourney on Sunday night. I haven't played it for ages as i've been away most weekends recently, so i was happy to give it a crack of the whip. Not much to report on my game as i went out in 10th. I over-committed myself with 67 on a 78x board. It was obvious i was behind when the sb check-raised me. I called trying to make 2 pair and get a stack that would give me a good shot at making the money but no joy.
I very nearly went out first, which was actually fairly scary. (Down to $700 after AT got drawn out on by two flushes!). Admittedly i could have gotten away way cheaper. First out is the so called 'Walk of Shame' with which, comes an accompanying dunce pic for your blog. No thanks, i don't want that! So, you can understand the terror rush. Its a strange feeling as i have never had any qualms about busting outta tourney first before!

Sammy Farha
My all time favorite pro is Sam Farha. The essence of cool at the poker table. I saw this video of Sam vs Phil Helmuth on youtube recently. I was laughing so hard at how much he wound up Phil and got him to call a raise with 3rd pair on the river! This is so funny cause I always see Phil making those stupid small bets on the river to get a cheap showdown and so many amateurs call and then get ridiculed for their play against him. Look how embarrassed he is after the hand, hahahaha, he even forgets what Sammy had, and starts blubbering. lol.

Current Balance: $1441

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Final Table #6

I made my 6th final table of this mission tonight. The final tables so far are: 2nd in the $20 Omaha H/L for $935.48, 6th in a $10 Omaha for $150, 6th in a $3 Hold'em for $120, 1st in a $2 Hold'em heads up for $256, 2nd in a $4 Hold'em for $144 and today a 2nd place in a $5 hold'em for $685. Hopefully if i keep getting this far that tournament win that has been avoiding me up to now will eventually come around.

I ran 99 into TT heads up. He limp re-raised me. This is actually the second time that this happened when i have been heads up in a tourney holding 99. Both times 99 was no good. To make things extra sick we both made sets on the flop so no matter what the money was going in there. I then pushed, maybe a bit too hard, with a (weak) flush draw and overs cards on the last hand. His top pair held up.

Playing the cash tables with Pahud and Poker-tracker has been really productive. Recently, it helped me make a really tough call against an aggressive player. I had QQ on the button on a K high flop. To make things worse the flush hit the river which was also a possibility. You can't have everything though, and in the end I made the call as his betting seemed strange and his stats backed up the fact that it would be worth giving him action.

Current Balance: $1591

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

One Dime

Had a good session today which included winning two $20 sit and go's back to back!! In the middle of all this i gave the sickest beat ever. I mean ever-ever-ever-ever. I flopped top two pair and made a weak bet hoping i might get bluff check-raised or a little action. Well, i did get check raised, and was happy out till i saw his set of 9s. Then came two running flush cards to the rescue!! 25/1 shot = no problem. No training required. Just relax and let the money come to you.
I can safely say my bad run has come to an end (at least for the moment).

For anyone else having trouble with their sit and go strategy, i have found the diamond in the rough.

For a little more solid advice, my friend forwarded me a link to the STT Strategy Guide from boards. Although, i have to admit, i haven't got around to reading it yet! But its probably just as good!!

I have only just gotten Pahud and Poker Tracker working in conjunction recently. I can't imagine playing online cash again without them. They expose the players you want to give action to and those you want to avoid playing big pots with very quickly. Heres a random button bluff against a loose player. Generally these plays are dumb but what can i say, stolen water tastes sweet!!

Right at the beginning of the session I made a very marginal check-raise-all-in with 88 on a T956 board. I had no idea or stats on the player but i had seen he was active whilst i was waiting for the big blind. It was just one of those feelings you get that the guy is just jerking you around with something like JQ or JK. An expensive play, but it worked out this time.

Current Balance: $1031

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Could be back on track!

I experienced the sickest hand so far for the mission in an $8 MTT. I had been building my stack slowly whilst avoiding confrontation from the other big stacks. At the $75/$150 level i have $15k in chips and am the chip leader of the tourney with 300 runners left. Top 150 get paid. So the field was about 1500 strong at the start.
After my recent episode where i lost a huge stack with JJ vs KK against another big stack deep in a tourney, i think im ready to fold everything up to QQ against heavy action. This is where the story starts, ... i get dealt KK in the sb. With a short stacked limper the other big stack at the table makes it 3x. I reraise big, and the short stack follows suit. Then the big stack pushes all in!!! My initial reaction was instant anger, like, "what the hell is goin on?!?". So i call hoping to see QQ or AK but no joy, he had AA and that was him doubled up. How incredibly lucky is that!! Two big stacks, other guy KK and you hold AA. As it happened i managed to finish in 28th place in that tournament whilst suffering the pains of the short stack all the way through. So it wasn't all a loss.

The most recent expense to my bankroll has been STTs. I've lost a lump on $20 STTs. Getting the bubble quite a lot. I tend to push the action on the bubble, and usually end up at either end of a 55-45. When i win these 50-50s it usually give me great momentum to go ahead and take 1st spot, but I've been losing them consistently and its costing me. I'm going to look into varying my strategies around the bubble. Maybe applying limited pressure and avoiding all ins for more than half my stack.
I think i might just have broken the karma of bubbling with the last STT i played. On the bubble, I folded JJ preflop, which is shit hot for a fish like me! I was up against AK, KK and A6. As it happened the BB woke up with KK but i would have been happy with the fold even if i was against just AK and A6.

I made back most of my losses playing a $2 heads-up tournament, winner-takes-all. Heads-up is definitely the strongest part of my game. I made back losses i experienced earlier in the mission by playing heads-up tournaments.
The level of play in this particular tournament was pretty soft. I didn't come up against any real competition until the quarter and semi rounds. In the quarters the guy was a serial bluff raiser. After a raise and a reraise (i reraised from the bb with A6), I lead out with a bet of $220 into a $600+ pot, and a board of AA8 rainbow. It left me with exactly $700 behind (suggesting i might fold). I'm praying the guy comes OTT and thats just what he did. All in with KTo and drawing dead! I think that was the biggest hand. The rest of the matches i was usually playing small pots.

Note: I hit a low of $500 !!

Stopped off to dump some cash on the omaha tables quickly. This is the only bit of cash game Omaha i've played in over 2 weeks. What a sick game!! Only 82% to double. Then i get a ton of abuse for re-raising him.

>>>laneythedog said, "thats what u get"
>>>laneythedog said, "dont ever raise a rasier"
>>>laneythedog said, "omaha lesson for u lep"
>>>laneythedog said, "i wish u had a thous dollars"
and then,
>>>laneythedog said, "THATS WHAT U GET FOR PLAYIN JUNK"

!!! Can you believe that?!!

He says he didn't like me raising cause he could have had AAA. The way i saw it, he either had AAA with the flush draw (explain the weak bet). Else I'm way out in front. So, you either got it, or you don't. Mightn't be the best way to play it but i rather being assertive than passive.

Current Balance: $785

Friday, May 4, 2007

Can't find a Grape

Over the last two days i've played a couple of cash games and sit and go's. Its way less fun posting a loss than a win, but its gotta be done. The sit and go's i played were two $20 and one $30 STT.

The first of the two $20 tourneys i raised a limper on the button from the sb with KJd. I led into a 789 board with 2 diamonds to get raised, so i ship and he calls with A6o!! With no diamonds! But there you go, shit happens. Perhaps a bit of over play on my part in the early levels. I don't usually like to gamble against player i consider weak(partly the reason for my raise from sb), I rather race with good/better players as i think playing more flops with weaker players is +EV.
The other $20 i bubbled after a gruelling battle which reached the end of the 200/400 level. I placed second in the $30STT. Heads up i'm 2:1 behind and chose to limp-reraise all-in with A2 and he calls with KTd. A rivered T wins him the tourney.

At the 10c/25c tables i can account for losing about $100. Firstly the easy hands.
Cracked KK
I held KK in the sb and there was a limper in EP, a raise in LP. I reraise. The limper reraises and i push. He shows QQ and turns a set. -1 buyin. I guess he could have had AA just as easy, so i could be considered lucky he held QQ and unlucky he turned the set. On another table i reraised an active short stack who raised in LP with $12 behind. I'm holding AQo and it ends up all in. His KQ hit a K and thats half my stack. Trying to make something happen with the rest of that buy in i raised from 25c to $3.25 after 4 limpers enter the pot. I was holding AK in the sb. I get two callers and decided to just push my remaining $11 in on a KT9 board. Probably not a good play. I'm only getting called if i'm beat, but i can't really check-fold or bet-fold whith $11 left. If im lucky, someone has stuck around with KQ or KJ suited that wants to pay me off. Didn't work like that however, the EP limper calls with 99 for a set.
-2 buyins.

Same overpair vs same set x2!
During all this i ran JJ into a set of 4s, twice!! The first hand i think i should have been able to get away from. Both hands could have been easy folds, well lesson learned now. Both situations i wasn't giving either player too much credit for a hand. The first player was relatively passive and i really should not have given him action when he was reraising me. I think it was a 945 board. I went with him hoping he'd show A9 or something like that but no joy. His concealed set was good.
The second hand i held JJ on the button to raise and get a caller in the blinds and MP weak-limper called. The player in the blinds lead out into a 468 board with two clubs. I really considered folding as i hated the board and wasn't fond of raising. The only card I'd be comfortable seeing on the turn was a non club J, so calling wasn't an option. I thought maybe he was playing 89 or 78 or a flush draw and figured the MP limper would fold 80% of hands. If he played me for high cards or just for isolating the weak limper i would have to fold most hands on this board. With that line of thinking i pushed in and he called with 44 for a set.
-4 buyins
Perhaps a good deal of over-thinking the hand on my part and the simple answer was the right one. There was a lot of hands beating me on that board and the rest i'm probably even money against, so a big -EV play there. With regard to these decisions with JJ, they were slightly impulsive and didn't give enough consideration to the players i was against so thats something to work on.

Definitely not going to be over playing big pairs in the future. At the moment my confidence in my game is taking a hammering. Some good things i can take away from this session was in the couple of hands i was outdrawn i really wasn't bothered. Did all i could, so i was happy with my play. I lost $80 in each session and stopped playing. I think setting out a max to lose in a session isn't a bad idea. Its a good quitting point to have when things aren't working out. Big change from sitting down with a target to reach, which is how i played before. I wanna play like that again so bad!!

Current Balance: $725

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Back against the Wall

After the great run i had over the easter break i have taken quite a hit. My bankroll now lies at $880 :( I had plans of making this post and showing a ton of 60/40s that i have lost playing omaha in one particular session and blaming it on that, but upon reflection its obvious that its not the sole cause of destruction. After taking some nasty hits, i went down the classic road of gambling it up to make it back. This has involved pushing some very marginal hands and situations in an effort to regain what i lost. Often this would happen after buying into a higher table at a min buyin. I could double/triple my buyin and then push a draw and lose it all. Instead of just leaving it another buyin seems to be the best option. Then enter major tilt. Its incredible how much damage you can do to your roll in a few sessions like this. I've talked to a couple of players who have experienced similar a pain and they agree that you can feel the tension building in the front of your forehead, and you know you are self destructing. You know you are not playing your best game by any means but yet cannot take yourself away from the table. Even if you double once or twice usually the end result is the same, that you stay till all is lost.

With this all said my back is now against the wall. Its shape up or ship out time. Even though it kills me to do it, I'm dropping down the blind levels. This is absolutely necessary to get back on track. Its a new month and with that (hopefully) a new beginning. Most importantly i have got my hunger back. I'm gonna cream those 10c/25c tables, lol. I'm setting out some goals for this month. In order of preference here they are:

1. To gain complete attitude control at the tables at all times.
2. To increase my ratio of pots played to pots won.
3. To eliminate impulse reactions and eradicate tilt.
(-If I am forced to reload more than once I must sit out 10mins.)
4. To have fewer and longer sessions.
(-I am intending to post twice weekly now, and after every major session)
5. To double my bankroll.

On another note, Chris Ferguson has just started a $0to$10,000 mission on full tilt. Its definitely worth a look. I have no doubt he'll get there before me. Going to blame that one on time constraints, lol. This mission was done and blogged by a player on pacific by the name of McFly, i think. I read the blog before but i have lost the link. I'd love to add it to the blog list so if anyone comes across it could you please leave me the url.

Current Balance: $880