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

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Loving PLO on Full Tilt.

Pokerstars has taken a back burner for the last while and i've been playing PLO ($0.50/$1) 6 handed on full tilt almost exclusively. I can really see my game sharpening up a huge deal. I always buy in for $50 on the tables and run it up until thte table is dry, or if i'm getting creamed i've been able to leave (sometimes!).
The main improvement i've had is playing each street rather than check-raise, ship-ship-ship. It really helps a load in certain spots. I love catching people who like to value bet their non nut hands on the river with check raises and what not. The most difficult but rewarding part has been finding the right spots to bluff and what flops to continuation bet.

I'll keep playing PLO on full tilt until i can run the balance there up to about $2500 before i think about taking any shots at $1/$2. Really liking $0.50/$1 at the moment. No doubt the most profitable game i've played yet.

I bluff tooo much.

Can't help it.

It could be an addiction.

I just saw this sick hand while railing Humberto Brenes on the Sunday millions tonight. Earlier he was outdrawn for a $100k pot with TT vs 99 on a 578 board and had rebuilt. Then this happened!! He's on $300,000 now. gl.

Balance on full tilt is now $1200 and pokerstars remains at $1000.

Current Balance: $2200

Friday, August 3, 2007

Some Casino Time

Dismal tournament post =(
    I played the €200 freezeout last night in the Macau casino. It was a wicked game but I don't think i've played soo bad in a long time. It was the most passive i've played in ages. Nothing to do with the buy in or anything, it just seemed to be the mood i was in. Early on i got up to about 11k from 8k with KK vs JJ. Following this, I was playing uber tight, and it seemed to be on the side of tight passive =(. I don't really know why as my table was relatively soft and i really could have took advantage of it.
    I kept telling myself i'd open once the antes kicked in. Two sickening folds i made cost me momentum and playing chips. With a tight~ish limper utg and EP (100/200 level) I make it 900 with TT from MP. The sb calls and the limper utg ships for 2700 more. I gave him credit for a descent hand and dumped. The sb then called and lost with AQo vs his 77. Later with about 8000 in the 150/300 level, i made a raise with AQs from MP with a limper in front to 1000. I get a loose caller in the blinds and the limper asks how much I'm playing, and then flat calls. Flop comes down AQT all spades. Its checked to me and i reluctantly made a 2000 bet. The player in the blinds makes an obviously loose call and the limper ships all in. In this spot i really don't think he's bluffing with the caller in the blinds. Also i've seen him to be aggressive when he hits flops. I can't get KJ out of my mind here, and maybe he has KQ with the Ks. With 5000 left behind, i cringed and folded. The player in the blinds also folded. Later he said he had AT.
    So I'm still playing uber tight, and i've no chips but i manage to get back up to about 7000. There was about 40 runners and we are down to the final two tables in the 300/600 level. Theres a limper utg in my bb, sb completes and we see a flop of J-rag-rag all spades. Its checked to the turn which is another low spade, and then i bluff the river and get called by a 9 high flush. I hate bluffing the river. Really bad play by me. After that I'm down to 4000 and end up shipping with KTo in the cut-off and get called by QJo in the sb (!!wtf!!) and AJ in the bb. I flop top pair but AJ makes a straight on the river.

Revitalizing cash game post =)
    Afterwards, I'm feeling really unsatisfied by the tournament and sat down with €120 at a round of each cash game. It was €1/€2 hold'em and then €1/€1 Omaha. The second hand i play, I've got (A7)99 in hearts. Everyone limps. I can't believe how loose these games are. Fucking goldmines!!! The button makes it €10, i call, everyone calls!! Flop comes down KJX all hearts. Checked to the button who pushes all in, I'm all in, he is drawing dead with QhThXxXx and i double up straight away.
Note to self: Poker is easy. Flop the nuts, check it, player goes all in. Call. Easy Money.
    Then in hold'em i limp with AJ utg, theres a small raise (doesn't really matter) everyone calls. I call. Flop top 2 pair(AJ5 all spades). Check it, a guy bets, ridiculously loose (slash semi-retarded) button calls, i call. I've got the bettor on a draw and the button on an Alice in Wonderland fantasy. Turn is a 6 (AsJs5s6x) I check again he bets, button calls. If I'm playing my usual game i ship here, but I'm playing uber passive so i call. River is a J for my house. (Nice one for making it easy poker gods) I check but no-one bites. Cost myself a little money here as the button had 56, two pair on the turn and a 6 high flush draw. Pot was about €80/€90.
    Eventually the games breaks up and I've about €300. We stared playing €1/€1/€5 omaha exclusively and then a couple of rounds of €1/€1/€5/€10. Pretty savage game. I really enjoyed it, even though i didn't play too good. I was in such an uber passive mood and I don't think i bluffed once. Which isn't a bad thing when the game is so loose, but I definitely could have made more. There was never any doubt as to where anyone was in a hand and something that should be milked for all its worth. In the end i left with €360 after a peak of about €450.

    I lasted all of 20minutes in the $100k monthly freeroll i mentioned in my last post. One of the lads ran me up saying they were heading out and i proceeded to bluff my whole stack off on the phone to him, lol. Guess i just wanted to got out.
    Haven't played much online. Bankroll is still about the same. I've been letting my brother play for me on my pokerstars account and its floating about $1000. I played 30mins on Omaha during the week and lost this hand. Again notice the passive check-call on the turn!! Ffs, what am i doing!?!

Current Balance: ~$1600