Saturday, July 28, 2007

Grinding again.

I luff to bluff. Just can't help it. Omaha is just the game to play deep stacked if bluffing is your game. On this hand i made a check raise bluff with just the bare Ad. It works a high % of the time, but the player in this hand repumped with his J high flush. Ballsy/stupid, i don't know. Against me its probably ballsy. Although, he hadn't been playing with me all that long.
Anyone else think this is a tough fold?

I'm in the process of building up both my bank rolls on full tilt and pokerstars. The poker stars bankroll is back over $1000 now. The full tilt roll is on about $650, so there's a bit of work to be done there. I have a ticket for $100k monthly freeroll for goldstar+ which is on today. A bit of luck early on in this one wouldn't go astray.

Imagine having these skills at the poker table!! It would be too easy.


Current Balance: $1640

Monday, July 23, 2007

I did it again!

Last weekend (13th-15th) i ran though a total of $1000 of my bankroll. I was playing my usual (25c/50c) PLO cash on Sunday 15th and my roll was on a comfortable $1800. I had lost about $200 from playing on friday. I dropped another $200, which was pretty sickening. Basically i was consistently losing races. I really don't think my play was lacking. Originally, I had $500 in my LepRecon777 account and $1500 in another one on stars. The $500 became ~$120, and i stuck it on $3/$6 and short stacked it. After missing every flop i limped into i shipped it with this hand preflop and got felted.
Feeling a little tilted afterwards i think and i took $1000 from the other account and transfered it over to my LepRecon777 account. I was left with $500 in my other account, called 'UstackMe', (i won't be using it again), with which I started playing $1/$2 and $2/$4 PLO. I could not win a race. It was that simple. I was playing the short stack approach to PLO at $1/$2 and $2/$4. An example of some spots that i stuck my money in are: hand1, hand2, hand3.
Once i finished off the last of the bankroll in that account i quit. I didn't play then for the rest of the week as i was really pissed with poker. I handed the LepRecon777 account over to my brother who played a bunch of MTTs with it. He ended up breaking even with the account so i took it from him with $1000 left in it. I played a bunch of MTTs and no cash games on friday and didn't catch any breaks. So with ~$890 in the account i stopped playing it.

I deposited $200 on full tilt on friday last. Really, i just wanted a change from Stars as i was sooo sick of it after last weekend. I played exclusively PLO cash (& 1 $30 PLO tourney) and some PLO8 ($0.50/$1). Each time i came in for a buyin of $50 and ran with it until the table dried up. By the time i went to bed i had doubled my stake and the balance on full tilt was just under $400. I withdrew $200 and left $200 on the account at that site. I found the games there waaaaay easier, and really just walked over the PLO tables. It took me forever to make anything on PLO8 and it wasn't till the last half hour that i was able to run the stake of $50 up to ~$130 before i left.
I didn't play any poker on saturday and then on sunday evening i played the bloggerment and some PLO cash on fulltilt. The bloggerment was a good game and i enjoyed it till kenn sickened me and took out my KK with JQo!!! AArrrGGHhhh!! I guess i would have still had chips if i hadn't donated to Bluescouses cause with A5s vs his KK, and in another hand i ended up calling a nice value raise he made against me on a dangerous board. I would have had more value in the hand if i rebluffed when he raised my blocker bet. Ahh well. At the same time i was playing some PLO cash $0.50/$1 and i ran well and played well. I was able to pump the $200 i had on that site up to $677. So in total my bankroll is now ~$1500. I still got some sickening beats. He would have lead out or at least check-raised with top two.

I'm a bit disappointed i didn't post when i was down. But i think its very hard to post when losing. I'll try do it in the future but no promises! Also, i shouldn't have got so impatient and gambled it up on $1/$2 and higher. The damage is done now though, so i'm back in repair mode!

With the €150 i won in the cash game with the lads at the start of the month i'm going to play the €200 monthly freezeout in the macau. Colin won a satellite to the tournament and is selling me the ticket for €150. He wants 10% if i come first(only first), which i hastily agreed to. In hindsight i can't believe i did as thats such a crap deal. I should have just bought the 10% off him for €50. I would be happier whilst playing the tournament.

Current Balance: $1567

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Stuck in Neutral

One thing about poker is its tolerable to break even but at the same time incredibly boring. I've been mixing it up between Hold'em and Omaha cash (25c/50c). I don't know how many times i've sat down at a Hold'em cash table and within 5-10mins I have doubled or tripled my buyin. I'm not the type to hit and run so usually ill end up playing for 10/20mins more. By that time (while still playing loose aggro!) I've unloaded it all and am usually lucky if i have my initial $30 stake left. My fault, certainly for not adjusting strategy.
I assume a lot of players find it hard to judge the optimum time to leave a table, whether you are winning or losing. Harder than that is having the discipline to leave, when you know you should. My guess is, that the decision whether to reload (when felted) or stay (when stacked), is solely dependant on who at the table has a lot of chips. If the player is very live, reload/stay, if the player is competent/good, it is perhaps worthwhile looking for another table.

I've been in and out of quite a number of holes paying Omaha. Its some hell of a rollercoaster ride. I can see my game improving all the time. The constant jamming approach to playing the game has pretty much filtered itself out of my game and i've begun playing more small ball. I've become more adept at picking off and inducing bluffs.

Usually when we play home games we would head to someones gaff and everyone would put up €10 or €20 and we play a sit and go which pays 1st 2nd 3rd .. etc. This week we played a cash game (25c/50c) after the usual tourney, which is very unusual for us. After dropping a buyin early on with JJ vs AJ all in pre (€80 pot) i came out of the game €150 better off! There was one sick bluff i made that i'm very proud of. I'm playing about ~€200 and colin is utg with something similar. He raises to €2, its folded to me in the sb and i call with KJo, Darren in the bb calls. The flop comes T97, rainbow. I lead out for €4 which was called by the bb(Darren) and the initial raiser(colin). At this point I'm done bar a K or Q on the turn. The turn comes a T. I checked and bb(darren) bet €8 which colin flat called. I was reasonably confident neither had a T and bumped it up to €20. Darren dumped it immediately. Colin (initial raiser) thinks for ages and eventually folds QQ face up. I was surprised he was that strong, but i think it was a good fold given the situation. He can't put me on much else apart from a ten or a bluff in that spot.

Current Balance: $2005