Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Drunken Session With Hand Histories

a night of drink and footie last night, Arsenal doing the business although leaving it late to convert one of there 28 shots...

along side the footie i was drinking and decided to enter a few tournaments, i started with 2 $6 stt's and bubbled both in 4th. i should of quit then.

did about 6 or 7 mtt's costing about $20 and did rubbish in all of them, no real bad beats that i can remember just me not having the patience.

i finished up the mtt's early and did some cash play, a little heads up and then 2 tabled 25nl 6-max, a drop from my usual 9 tables but the football was my main focus!!

luckily i managed to claw back all my tourney losses and was about to retire to bed when i see my mate Mug is still playing, a quick phone call and it seems he is pissed as well so we decide to do some cash tables together and abuse our opponents - we decided on two 5nl tables 6 max.

below are some hand histories from the game, i got stacked twice by mug, basically me being a dick trying to stack him with absolute junk, luckily the other players were just as terrible and i actually ended up $5 on the day

Full Tilt Poker Game #15017798706: Table Oops (6 max) - $0.02/$0.05 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:40:53 ET - 2009/09/29
Seat 1: AdamMugDonald ($4.77)
Seat 2: gerandres ($2.83)
Seat 3: hoopkans ($6.19)
Seat 4: pennpin ($4.93)
Seat 5: Fratzouille ($5)
Seat 6: MRJD1943 ($7.75)
MRJD1943 posts the small blind of $0.02
AdamMugDonald posts the big blind of $0.05
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MRJD1943 [2h 7h]- HAMMER TIME
gerandres calls $0.05
hoopkans folds
pennpin raises to $0.15
MRJD1943: I HAVE THE HAMMER - i tell it like it is
Fratzouille folds
MRJD1943 raises to $0.60 - you gotta raise your strong hands
AdamMugDonald raises to $4.77, and is all in - lol he knows i tell the truth
gerandres folds
pennpin folds
MRJD1943: HAMMER TIME? - contemplating sick call
MRJD1943 has 15 seconds left to act - sipping my cider
MRJD1943 calls $4.17
AdamMugDonald shows [Ac Qs]
MRJD1943 shows [2h 7h] - two live cards!!
*** FLOP *** [7d As 3c]
*** TURN *** [7d As 3c] [Js]
*** RIVER *** [7d As 3c Js] [Ts]
AdamMugDonald shows a pair of Aces
MRJD1943 shows a pair of Sevens
AdamMugDonald wins the pot ($9.10) with a pair of Aces nearly got him!!
MRJD1943 adds $2.02
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $9.74 | Rake $0.64
Board: [7d As 3c Js Ts]
Seat 1: AdamMugDonald (big blind) showed [Ac Qs] and won ($9.10) with a pair of Aces
Seat 2: gerandres folded before the Flop
Seat 3: hoopkans didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: pennpin folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Fratzouille (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: MRJD1943 (small blind) showed [2h 7h] and lost with a pair of Sevens

Full Tilt Poker Game #15017545941: Table Oops (6 max) - $0.02/$0.05 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:28:33 ET - 2009/09/29
Seat 1: AdamMugDonald ($5.04)
Seat 2: kisska561 ($1.41)
Seat 3: hoopkans ($5.24)
Seat 4: Da_Online_Grind ($3.13)
Seat 5: flanb ($5.05)
Seat 6: MRJD1943 ($5)
MRJD1943 posts the small blind of $0.02
AdamMugDonald posts the big blind of $0.05
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MRJD1943 [2s 2d]- quack quack
kisska561 calls $0.05
MRJD1943: I HAVE PAIR - i tell truth again!
hoopkans folds
Da_Online_Grind calls $0.05
flanb folds
MRJD1943 raises to $0.25
AdamMugDonald folds
kisska561 calls $0.20
Da_Online_Grind calls $0.20
*** FLOP *** [3d 8s 6s]
MRJD1943 checks
kisska561 checks
Da_Online_Grind bets $0.80
MRJD1943 calls $0.80 - not sure why i call
kisska561 folds
*** TURN *** [3d 8s 6s] [5s]
MRJD1943 bets $3.95, and is all in - hmmm, i guess a gutshot is good
Da_Online_Grind calls $2.08, and is all in
MRJD1943 shows [2s 2d]
Da_Online_Grind shows [5h 5d]- oops, need a 4 or a spade
Uncalled bet of $1.87 returned to MRJD1943
*** RIVER *** [3d 8s 6s 5s] [4c]
MRJD1943 shows a straight, Six high - bingo!!!
Da_Online_Grind shows three of a kind, Fives
MRJD1943 wins the pot ($6.13) with a straight, Six high
Da_Online_Grind is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $6.56 | Rake $0.43
Board: [3d 8s 6s 5s 4c]
Seat 1: AdamMugDonald (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: kisska561 folded on the Flop
Seat 3: hoopkans didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Da_Online_Grind showed [5h 5d] and lost with three of a kind, Fives
Seat 5: flanb (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: MRJD1943 (small blind) showed [2s 2d] and won ($6.13) with a straight, Six high

and finally a sensible hand -

Full Tilt Poker Game #15017668778: Table Carew (6 max) - $0.02/$0.05 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:34:33 ET - 2009/09/29
Seat 1: tamabond ($1.11)
Seat 2: MRJD1943 ($5.68)
Seat 3: teng818 ($6.72)
Seat 5: AdamMugDonald ($4.80), is sitting out
MRJD1943 posts the small blind of $0.02
teng818 posts the big blind of $0.05
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MRJD1943 [Ts Tc]
tamabond folds
MRJD1943 raises to $0.15
teng818 calls $0.10
*** FLOP *** [6h 3h Td]
AdamMugDonald has returned
MRJD1943 bets $0.30
teng818 calls $0.30
*** TURN *** [6h 3h Td] [Jc]
MRJD1943 bets $0.90
teng818 raises to $6.27, and is all in
MRJD1943 calls $4.33, and is all in
teng818 shows [Ad Jd]
MRJD1943 shows [Ts Tc]
Uncalled bet of $1.04 returned to teng818
*** RIVER *** [6h 3h Td Jc] [7d]
teng818 shows a pair of Jacks
MRJD1943 shows three of a kind, Tens
MRJD1943 wins the pot ($10.61) with three of a kind, Tens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $11.36 | Rake $0.75
Board: [6h 3h Td Jc 7d]
Seat 1: tamabond (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: MRJD1943 (small blind) showed [Ts Tc] and won ($10.61) with three of a kind, Tens
Seat 3: teng818 (big blind) showed [Ad Jd] and lost with a pair of Jacks
Seat 5: AdamMugDonald is sitting out

$100 session

a bit over really and best day at these stakes in a while, grinded $40 over 500 or so hands at 25nl and won $70 by stacking someone heads-up and then finding a shortstackintg euro-donk, got a bit lucky with the stacking i had ace jack spades and pushed on a K 10 5 flop with two spades, the river queen giving me a straight to beat his KQ.

Football tonight so may do some MTT's whilst i watch, have a new idea/challenge based on some free money i have in a few sites but will post on that another day!

bankroll a healthy $627

Monday, 28 September 2009

PPT, Bankroll Boost and Live Tourney Blog

Not been playing much since last post, have been doing the odd day of cash to grind out the remaining iron man and only have 1 day to go, these sessions have been pretty much break even with a profit of $4 over 1361 hands, however rakeback and a small transfer of funds from a win on another site now sees the bankroll over $500 - positive movement still.

Friday night i played a home game at mine, we call it the PPT, £1 rebuys basically, with only 6 players and two of them stoned off there tits it seemed an easy way to cash and eventually I split the £50 prize for 1st and 2nd with my mate Mug, we would of love to play out the headsup but it was 1am as at 4 handed we played for nearly an hour, the £5 for 3rd seemingly to attractive a prize to bubble for!!

Sunday night I did two small buy-in tourneys, I made notes throughout hoping it would make good reading....

my two tourneys

$3 tourney 471 entrants top 54 pay
$2 1rebuy and 1 addon 454 entrants top 45 pay

1st break 9pm

$3 im 48/244 – 3.8k chips
$2 im 18/374 – 6k chips

feeling knackered took some painkillers after footie which did nothing so having a few drinks, currently 2 bacardi and lemonades down

9.09 $2 game - call min raise with KJ flop comes AKJ shortie goes all in 700 with ace 6, river ace.
9.19 $2 game - raise to 550 (10xbb) preflop after a load of limps with QQ get two callers!! Flop comes 9 high a 1.4k bet gets the 2k pot
9.22 feeling drowsy…need the alchol buzz to kick in

9.25 $2 take down a 1.3k pot with 88 on a j795j board, too many checks so i get away with a little stab
9.32 $2 shove with AQ on AQ5 board get called by A8 and board runs out KK for a split pot, grr would have been over 11k.
9.35 $2 bluff gets picked off, stack down to 4.2k
9.43 $2 game is down to shit, lose an all in with QQ to AJ on J23 flop, turn jack

2nd break

$3 im 49/90 with 5765
$2 im 179/203 with 3170

on 2nd can of strongbow

22:05 $2 bluff upto 4.2k
22:13 $2 get a treble up!! 10s to good for AQ and AK! 12k now and 35/170
22:18 $3 rush of blood, lose half of my stack with blind on blind battle my a9 into aq now 63/69 hard work to get into money now
22:28 $3 double up flop top pair turn trips and call all in against flush draw and hold! Now 32/62 should cash at least
22:32 $2 pick up extra 2k with AK>jk now 32/126
22;46 $3 flop straight with J10 on Q89 board get all in with 1010 and end up splitting a 20kpot
22:50 $3cash bubbleburst, 32/50
22:52 $3 lose 21k pot all in preflop AA against 55 , 5 on the flop fucking joke
cash a sad depressing $6.36
22:54 $2 tiltshove aj into ak down to 4k
22:56 out of $2 ace 9 allin hit an ace and a 9 but lose to a rivered gutshot

tourneys are fucking gay, who calls 55 all in!!! grrrr.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

1st night went well

so my quest to bang out iron man as quick as possible started well, felt extremely comfortable and booked in a 1 buy-in profit over the 40 minutes or so it took me to reach 50 full tilt points 9 tabling $25nl.

Later on in the night once the mrs fell asleep i fancied a bit of poker again, i had been drinking but i decided to lower the stakes and tables and play 4 tables of $10nl - 6 max for a little bit more action. The players were terrible but in my drunken state i didnt take full advantage winning about $10, to finish the night i looked around the $50 nl hu tables for a donk, the criteria for this is as follows -

buyins in for less than $30
Eastern European

Haha, maybe a little racist but certainly french and russian players are terrible from what ive seen, i won a fair whack for the night and am tempted to withdraw this for when PES 2010 comes out in a few weeks.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Taking a shot

right bankroll is at $445 today, with take two bonus to come and rakeback to come i am happy to not play and start October with a $500 roll.

Slight problem is that although i dont want to play, and with my mrs's birthday and a home game on Friday meaning i dont have time to play - i have to play!!

i still need another 4 days at 50 full Tilt points to earn iron man....Balls!!

basically i have decided that i am going to 9 table $25nl, i know im nowhere near rolled for this but it will only take me 30 minutes roughly to clear this.

ill report back tomorrow on how the 1st session goes, hopefully i dont expereince the sick coolers i have had at this level this month.

I think super nit is the only way to get through it!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

22nd Sept Update

as promised an update of how ive done since my last crash...looking quite good, plodding along at 5c/10c but anytime i see a shortstack at 25c/50c i jump on and crush - these players are terrible!

obviously not the greatest bankroll management but seeing as they only have about $25 and im 1 tabling i think its a fair shout to be playing in these games - my lifetime graph shows that i do ok?!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Heres Mug...

was gonna do an update but the graphs i sent to my work e-mail address must of been picked up and blocked by the companys email content scanner, in short im winning a bit on cash.

so as great alternative blog post, here is my mate Mug.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Tourney Night

So last night was a planned tourney with me and my mate Mugdonald both playing in a number of cheap tourneys under $5, mug had himself a bottle or 2 of wine and a chinese takeaway, I had a crate of strongbow and a bag of dorito's - we kept each other updated through Facebook chat.

Just to let you know, Mug is a friend met through work, he is pretty keen on poker and his nickname Mug was earnt through his initial play of poker .... when he used to say "i probably shouldn't call" or "you'll go mad if i hit" you knew a mugging was going to commence!!

he has recently deposited $100 onto full tilt and although he has struggled with cash, he is a very solid tourney player with as you'll see later a decent Sharkscope.

anyways back to the night, nothing really went right for me, only one cash in a lot of tourneys, a lot of sick beats but these have to be expected in these cheap donkaments... mug on the other hand had a good night, earning tickets in two satelites and taking a small cash in the daily dollar.

the graphs say it all really...

at the risk of sounding bitter, i spoke to mug and it seems he rarely lost a hand when he was in front, even letting me know when he cracked AK with AQ for a monster pot.... me on the other hand just seemed to have no luck losing with overpairs to underpairs as exit hands in 3 tournaments.... ah well anyway there are two hands i want to highlight, not bad beats - just want some opinions

I was fuming after this hand but this is totally my fault, i was trying to keep the donkish Nuxita in with a weak hand, trying to tempt a re-raise on the flop but with two flushes and a straight out i should of killed the hand off on the turn.

This hand killed me, Badbumhole had been stealing my blind constantly and although A4 isnt great i have to make a stand? we were both average with 20 left of a 600 runner tourney not sure how he can call 3/4 his stack with KJ but if my hand holds i go 2nd in chips...any thoughts? do I wait for a better spot?

Thursday, 17 September 2009





New Start and brief recap of blog history

Great post last night, riveting reading im sure! Went to bed fuming, woke up just plain depressed.

My Poker journey/hobby/career/aspirations are at a crossroads, this Blog was started to help me overcome the demons of alcohol and tilt affecting my play as well as instilling some discipline in regards to bankroll management, game selection and all the key elements a poker player needs to be successful.

So has the Blog fulfilled it goals? Its only been going since April, so in the 6 months I have been blogging lets see how sensible I have been

• April – Start an account on PKR with $75 rakeback etc
• May – withdraw about $300 for Wedding expenses but…BUSTO go broke on the 13th May playing cash and then the deadly Casino Games
• June – get married, so a week or two off then I redeposit $75 on PKR, BUSTO my mid June, make a new account on Full Tilt, deposit $200 stake by my dad
• July – Bankroll rises to $900, withdraw stake, and then down to $500 and then RESULT! – I win $2020 by taking down the daily Dollar, I withdraw $1500 and buy the mrs a car, I have $100 as a bankroll but my month end – BUSTO, I lose $500 in one night playing heads up $2-$4
• August – Redeposit $200, by the 4th – BUSTO – get another $200 stake…..grind upto about $650
• September – bankroll fluctuates between $550 and $900, until last night when I snap and lose $300+ in one night putting me on $330

So yeah, BUSTO 4 times in 6 months. Looking at it ive deposited $750 and withdrawn $2000+ but I have no more money available so this $330 has to be grown into something and I need to keep disciplined.

The plan to restart from today 17th September is to restart at 5c/10c and grind away, might even do a run at $2 STTs, maybe heads up to see if I can find an easy profit maker, don’t wanna think about profit I just wanna build a huge sample size.

Will make some changes to the Blog, including a new name – I don’t even play on PKR FFS!

Good Luck All!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

I Fucked Up Again

just lost $300 (half my bankroll).... $50 in tourneys getting bad beated all over the shop then snapped ended up on a $3-$6 table and made a $110 bet on a K8K55 board... he had 77 i had air.

i knew this was coming.

im disgusted with myself bankroll is $340

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Moving Down

Right just finished another session and im down $50....not gonna bore both my readers with bad beats but as a record of my session

$50 pot QQ on 775 flop - villian has AA
$50 pot AJ push on turn AJ43 - villain has 33
$24 pot AA all in preflop - villain has 99 spikes a 9
$21 pot AA bet every street, call the river re-raise on a 1057KK board - villain has K10

yadda yadda yadda

bankroll is $630 so im moving down to 10nl and/or stts, hopefully with rake and bonus and god help me some profit i will move back to 25nl at the end of the month.

GL to you all and to me hopefully!

ps picture for my mate mug... looks like were all poo

Monday, 14 September 2009

Not A Pretty Post & special Degen Edit

This is not good, my staple game, my money earning game is meant to be 25nl, recently i have started 9 tabling, i have had some recent sessions where i have been losing, each session i have been playing well but hitting rubbish luck.. i have check my graph today and i was near sick, my bad luck is an illusion, it must be as over a decent sample size im down $439 overall.nearly 18 buyins.

i cant get the ev graph of all these hands so from Sept 1st only i am running $270 below ev... is this normal?

even sicker than this, when i do have a hand if i dont get sucked out on i run into a bigger monster -

AA is a loser. i have had this 23 times and im down $6.90
AKsuited is a loser. i have had this 21 times and im down $37.95
AKoffsuit is a loser. i have had this 62 times and im down $25.90
KK is a loser. i have had this 30 times and im down $54.13


what can i be doing wrong?

what do i do now? Should i Quit? How can i turn this around? Deep down i know i am a winning player but this has thrown me

Bankroll is still actually over $700 as overall im only down $100 for the month taking into account other games, with rakeback i might actually be even lol!

*Edit damn near lost the plot after this post, absolute marathon session mainly at started with some heads up at 25c/50 and won $30 off an absolute donk in 5 hands... i then decided to just play 1 table of 25c/50c 6 max as i was watching tv, it started off great my stack had grown to about $75 and i looked like i was recovering when this hand happened -

do i get this totally wrong, he limps then makes a huge re-raise, then i flop an open ender, with 8 outs for the straight and 2 card for a set im 40% chance to improve?

sigh, from then on i move up to 50c/$1 heads up and manage to win about $40 back, and a little bit up on the degening when i run into trouble.

i find a bloke who has lost 13k sitting (stats taken from Poker Table Ratings) with $56... i proceed to get butt fucked, i guess i didnt play these hands well, probably as i did not give him any credit at all.

this is shocking, i guess i was hero calling hoping he had absolute air.

another poo hand, i was convined i was ahead and in my mind the gutshot was security if not.

from here on I launch the comeback.

villain had become passive and i wasnt to confident with mid pair, but nice to claw a pot back.

brave bluff 1

brave bluff 2

no idea if a bluff or not? i think he was on the ropes here...

i quit here as was completly knackered, our heads up was over 200 hands and i had clawed back to a $8 profit..

overall my degen session had earnt me $12 plus another $8 or so rakeback

overall for the day i was down $93.... at least i run good....

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Live Trip Report - £55 1rebuy or add-on

So Thursday night i went down the Rendevous Casino with my dad and two mates for the £55 freezeout,7500 starting stack and 30 minute levels, on arriving we found out you were also allowed one add-on or rebuy but i didnt bring enough money.

Anyways out of 57 runners i still managed to draw my dad and mate mug on my table,first through rounds i was a total nit, every pot was limped or min-raised with 3 or 4 to the flop, i decided to rock up and see who the fish were, and luckily there were a couple.

During the course of the first few rounds a couple of latecomers joined the table, i knew they were decent players Darren Baxter and i think Tondy Adderley (i class good as being on Hendon Mob lol), they were both chatting about playing some GUKPT games and were solid players.. by the break i had an average stack which was then put below average as i didnt add-on.

I managed a double up on a strange hand, i have KK and reraise a min raise and we go two to the flop... flop comes jack high all clubs, i dont have a club but cant resist a cbet when he checks, villain calls and a King of clubs comes on the turn to give me Trips but 4 clubs are out, villain checks again and i take a free river. the river pairs the board five me the full house and the villain bets, i reraise all in and he calls after an age an flops over 45 of clubs, bad play from him i think!

from then all i cruise to the last two tables, stealing my way but eventually i have around 11 Big Blinds when a much discussed hand comes.

I have AQ on big blind with 11k and it gets raised to 3k, im about to shove when the small blind beats me in the pot.....old man has me covered and although i have tagged him as overly aggresive he has also shown aces and queens since i have been sat next to him... i fold and original raiser calls tabling KJ to Old Mans KQ - Fuck.. my hand would of held winning by a flush but -can you put your tourney on the line 3 ways with AQ? the general consensus was that it was an insta-ship?

only other hand to note,i have AJ diamonds in cut off and raise 3xbb, dealer calls, flop comes Q66 two diamonds and i check, he over bets the pot like 4k and i instaship... he mucks in disgust and i feel warm inide that i "bluffed" him off.

my mate on the rail informed me later that he had 3 4 off suit.

anyways i then play survival poker but it never looks likely to get going so as midnight approcahed i picked uo the birthday drinks and my table looked a bit bemused when at midnight i had a double shot of Sambuca!

still with a 10bb and less stack you dont need to be sober but i literally pick up no hands and eventually bust 13th and 3 off the money when my K5 bib blind defence runs into KJ - 5 on the flop but flush on the river

All in all a great tourney, i felt very comfortable and enjoyed the game, i didnt feel over matched and cant wait to go again

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Small Withdrawal and i cant win?!

made a small withdrawal to pay for dinner and drinks for tomorrow night and since then i have been stuck in a rut, i have been doing sessions of 9 tabling 25nl and every session i seem to get stuck around $80 before i grind it back by the end of say 1000 hands, this morning the same thingh happend, i lost $25 with 55 on a K52 flop (villain had KK) i lost $25 with AA on a 237 rainbow flop (villain had set)

only trouble is i had to leave for work so couldnt win the money back...

tonight im actually playing a decent live game at the Rendecous Casino in Brighton Marina, its a £55 freezeout which my dad is staking me in.... now i should be excited but i actually feel a bit nervous, i have played there loads (and final tabled twice) but still get the noob nervous feeling... i expect a few pints should help me.

note if anyone knows where i can find some free training videos for multitabling microstakes please let me know in my comments!

Monday, 7 September 2009

I Took a Break - and did i play this hand wrong

i heeded my advice and took almost a complete break from poker this weekend, this was made possible by me logging on Friday night and losing $50 or so at mu usual stakes, following my degen pattern of recent nights i jumped onto a $200 heads up table... 6 hands later i had won a $170 pot the rivered K on a 10552 board giveing my AK a better 2 pair than my opponents KQ... with this win my bankroll was a healthy $805 so i insta quit and made a mental note to take a few days off.

Saturday i went to "work" with my dad and as customary he got me to play a MTT on his paddypower account, we elected fot the $10 rebuy with 80+ runners, top 10 pay with a healthy $1000 to the winner, i managed to get a decent stack early and was top 10 in chips all the way down to 2 tables, then with 15 left i am 9th and the play has slowed down dramatically, this hand then happens

I have pocket 9’s in Big Blind, bloke with above average chip stack of about 27k makes it 1200…. Folds round to me and re-pop him to 4k (I have 16k) he calls.

Flop comes 9102 rainbow…nice…. I check trying to get him to bite but he checks behind, turn is a jack…. Damn I cant slowplay now as there is a straight draw, I bet 5k and he goes all in…….i have to call and he flips over pocket jacks.

could i get away from this? should i be re-raising 9's preflop? would he fold if i bet the flop? grrr very disappointing to exit 15th after playing so well.

Saturday and Sunday i had football, my Saturday team losing 4-2 but with me scoring, my Sunday team win 3-1 but i dont assist or score, in fact i dont do a lot apart from float around the half way line, every time i get the ball i pop it off inside to a free man.... WTF i used to be a beast of a winger skinning entire teams but now im 28 and can barely run.

anyways thats me going off the course, on Sunday evening i go on to earn my 1 full tilt point for the Take Two bonus and i win an extra $20 or so.

Bankroll is $830 but i will be withdrawing $80 tonight to pay for my drinks on my upcoming birthday.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Losing The Plot in a roller coaster session

No idea what has happened to me last two nights but i think a break from poker may be required.

The same night i posted, i went back on and played $50ml heads up i was doing my usual plan of finding shortstackers, i was up about $30 everything was ok and i felt fine.

i then run out of shortstackers but find a player i have marked as a donk, we run an even match until i make a big push with J8 on a J79 board and of course run into a slowplayed pocket aces.

The red mist descends and i find myself playing Omaha Headsup losing a little more and then 600nl headsup, 200nl and stud heads up.

luckily i take some small wins and leave with a banroll still intact at the $700 mark

last night i was planning to take the night off but my mate suggested we do some cheap tourneys (under $2 as he has $100 bankroll) i enter a $3 90 manner and a $2 rebuy.... 30 minutes in im 3/300 in the rebuy and 5/40 in the 90 manner and im about $15 up on my solitary open cash table - happy days.

however i lose my 20k stack in 3 hands in the rebuy, AK losing 3 times to underpairs...i elect not to rebuy and effectively crash out in epic fashion. In the 90 manner i lose a massive chiplead pot with JJ losing to AK and a rivered King... 4 hands later i have AK and lose to A7 and im out..... at this stage i can feel the tilt coming and opening up 3 more cash tables to hit my 50 ftps was probably not a good idea.

Obviously I lose about $90, run Kings into Aces for a full buy-in, Hit my ace on the flop with A 10 and run into an optimistic underpair hitting trips on the turn and of course my obligatory tilt shove bluff running into a flush.

I was absolutely steaming, bankroll was at $600 and i logged off and stuck on Football Manager and have a few cans....after the tilt had subsided and being bored at the wifes cold case/ghost whisperer tv choices i went back online.

I found my mate and saw he was doing some $2 STT's - exciting stuff but a game is a game, whilst i was waiting for him i loaded up a set of 6 $3.80 Super Turbo's and bubbled 4 not cashing in any... the last 3 hands i was on the phone to my mate and said look i bet i get sucked out on and i did... the final insult being Jacks losing all in preflop to 45 flopping a full house.

Tilt is a funny creature, i was so pissed off and steaming but i went on to win both the $2 STT's and also won $50 heads-up....get in! another can and i went to find someone else headsup.....i then lose $70 and am back to square one...both in bankroll and mindset...i look at the $600nl heads up tables but luckily decided to just try a $100 table.. 6 hands later i have hit a flush and a rivered two pair and make $60 before the villain disappears, i then move to a $100 6 max table and the following hand happens....

Full Tilt Poker Game #14458710476: Table Joyner (6 max) - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:34:09 ET - 2009/09/03
Seat 1: JimboRich1 ($39)
Seat 2: SGA7204 ($30.90)
Seat 3: justinio ($62.60)
Seat 4: jonny flynn ($100)
Seat 5: FSobotka ($20)
Seat 6: MRJD1943 ($109.45)
JimboRich1 posts the small blind of $0.50
SGA7204 posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MRJD1943 [9c Jc]
justinio raises to $3
FSobotka folds
MRJD1943 calls $3 - Suited connectables in position
JimboRich1 folds
SGA7204 folds
*** FLOP *** [Jh Jd 8h] - Sweet
justinio checks
MRJD1943 bets $7.50 - villain was a nit so i put him a hand before and expect a call
justinio has 15 seconds left to act
justinio raises to $24 - my read is right - has has aces!
MRJD1943 raises to $106.45, and is all in
justinio calls $35.60, and is all in
MRJD1943 shows [9c Jc]
justinio shows [9h Kh] - flush draw - oops
Uncalled bet of $46.85 returned to MRJD1943
*** TURN *** [Jh Jd 8h] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [Jh Jd 8h 2c] [2s]
MRJD1943 shows a full house, Jacks full of Twos
justinio shows two pair, Jacks and Twos
MRJD1943 wins the pot ($123.70) with a full house, Jacks full of Twos
justinio is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $126.70 | Rake $3
Board: [Jh Jd 8h 2c 2s]
Seat 1: JimboRich1 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: SGA7204 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: justinio showed [9h Kh] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Twos
Seat 4: jonny flynn is sitting out
Seat 5: FSobotka didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: MRJD1943 (button) showed [9c Jc] and won ($123.70) with a full house, Jacks full of Twos

i insta-quit after this as it leaves me at a bankroll of $740, this could so easily of been zero... it was only a month ago that i went busto losing $500 in one session, i have since grinded up from $260 but what is the point if i can snap like this?! if i lose this bankroll i will probably quit the game as it will prove i do not have the discipline and maturity for the game - this blog is a godsend for me looking at this all with some perspective.

FFS i have a kid coming (as well as 3 already) and i cant do this degen shit!!!

rant over.

here is my graph, if you efectively start it at the $100 down mark i have broken even since with sick degenerate swings, also included summary.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

knowing when to quit

$115 lost in 500 hands, i know i havent played great and made a few bluffs but sometimes you just run shit.

bankroll now down to $700 and i might have to knock 6 handed tables on the head, a 30buy-in bankroll cannot sustain 4-5 downswings let alone 10-15 which can happen.

any help or comments re bankroll management are welcome - do you think i can play $25nl 6 max with a $700 bankroll?

enjoy my graph from lat 2 days

Buying Hand Histories

as i have moved up to 25nl i have decided to spend £25 to purchase 3million hand histories from handhq.com, i have found this info very useful as it immediately lets me know who the regulars are and of course has the vital stats which i need to narrow them down to ranges...

word of warning though, importing these hands into poker tracker takes ages, i attemped to do it all in one go and it took 18 hours to import 1.5 million, i then attempted some of the housekeeping tools like updating the cache and some 20 hours later it hadnt finished!!

my advice is to import 100k hands at a time and set the housekeeping to run afterwards.

last night i played my biggest session in a while, 1000+ hands with a small profit of $26, with i guess around $10 to come in rakeback, not a great result but seeing as i was down $60 with some typical donk beats early i am happy enough - as long as the bankroll is growing then i need to be happy.

on a non poker note my mrs is pregnant! with 3 girls already i really need this to be a boy, it really is shit or bust - come on baby boy - one time!!

ill leave some hand histories, feel free to comment on what a donk i am!


Full Tilt Poker Game #14415132238: Table Armor (6 max) - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:27:11 ET - 2009/09/01
Seat 1: MRJD1943 ($25)
Seat 2: Felicissimus ($79.93)
Seat 3: Carava33io ($47.50)
Seat 4: Fill_Lock ($25)
Seat 5: SlavSlav ($25.10)
SlavSlav posts the small blind of $0.10
MRJD1943 posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MRJD1943 [2s 2h]
Felicissimus folds
Carava33io raises to $0.85
Fill_Lock folds
SlavSlav folds
MRJD1943 calls $0.60 – SET MINING
*** FLOP *** [Jh 2d Ah] – I HIT
MRJD1943 checks
Carava33io bets $1.75 – GOOD BOY
MRJD1943 raises to $4 – LETS BUILD THE POT
Carava33io raises to $9 – SWEET, HE HAS AK
MRJD1943 raises to $24.15, and is all in – SUCK ON MY SET
Carava33io calls $15.15
MRJD1943 shows [2s 2h]
Carava33io shows [As Ad] – OH NOES
*** TURN *** [Jh 2d Ah] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [Jh 2d Ah Kc] [2c] - MWAHAHAHAHAHA
MRJD1943 shows four of a kind, Twos
Carava33io shows a full house, Aces full of Twos
MRJD1943 wins the pot ($47.60) with four of a kind, Twos
Carava33io adds $2.50
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $50.10 | Rake $2.50
Board: [Jh 2d Ah Kc 2c]
Seat 1: MRJD1943 (big blind) showed [2s 2h] and won ($47.60) with four of a kind, Twos
Seat 2: Felicissimus didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Carava33io showed [As Ad] and lost with a full house, Aces full of Twos
Seat 4: Fill_Lock (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: SlavSlav (small blind) folded before the Flop


Seat 1: mjoni ($53.05)
Seat 2: MRJD1943 ($25.41)
Seat 3: justsouko ($54.52)
Seat 4: toomanymind ($25)
Seat 5: vadg ($25), is sitting out
Seat 6: 300warrior ($25)
toomanymind posts the small blind of $0.10
300warrior posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MRJD1943 [Ac Ks]
mjoni calls $0.25
vadg has returned
MRJD1943 raises to $1.10 – STANDARD RAISE
justsouko folds
toomanymind folds
toomanymind adds $0.10
300warrior folds
300warrior adds $0.25
mjoni raises to $1.95 - AH HE RE-RAISES AGAIN!!
mjoni calls $4.25
*** FLOP *** [9d 5h 7c]
mjoni has 15 seconds left to act
mjoni bets $22 – WHY DID HE THINK ABOUT IT???
MRJD1943 has 15 seconds left to act
MRJD1943 calls $19..21, and is all in – I THINK HE HAS AIR
mjoni shows [As Th] – CONFIRMED SOUL READ
MRJD1943 shows [Ac Ks]
mjoni has been disconnected
Uncalled bet of $2.79 returned to mjoni
*** TURN *** [9d 5h 7c] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [9d 5h 7c 8d] [Tc] – THANKS RIVER
mjoni shows a pair of Tens
MRJD1943 shows Ace King high
mjoni wins the pot ($48.62) with a pair of Tens
mjoni has reconnected
MRJD1943 adds $25
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $51.17 | Rake $2.55
Board: [9d 5h 7c 8d Tc]
Seat 1: mjoni showed [As Th] and won ($48.62) with a pair of Tens
Seat 2: MRJD1943 showed [Ac Ks] and lost with Ace King high
Seat 3: justsouko (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: toomanymind (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: vadg is sitting out
Seat 6: 300warrior (big blind) folded before the Flop



Puffinburger has 15 seconds left to act
Puffinburger folds
pokerjoe117 raises to $0.85
weweze calls $1.75
pokerjoe117 has 15 seconds left to act
pokerjoe117 calls $1.15
*** FLOP *** [3s 2c Tc]
weweze calls $4 - HMMMM
pokerjoe117 has 15 seconds left to act
pokerjoe117 calls $4 - HMMMM
*** TURN *** [3s 2c Tc] [4h]
MRJD1943 bets $32.71, and is all in – LETS FINISH THE HAND OFF
weweze calls $11.41, and is all in - HE MUST HAVE A SET?!
pokerjoe117 folds
MRJD1943 shows [Qh Qs] - – OH WOW A GUTSHOT
weweze shows [Ad 4d]
Uncalled bet of $21.30 returned to MRJD1943
*** RIVER *** [3s 2c Tc 4h] [5h] – THANKS RIVER
MRJD1943 shows a pair of Queens
weweze shows a straight, Five high
weweze wins the pot ($38.78) with a straight, Five high
MRJD1943 adds $3.70
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $40.82 | Rake $2.04
Board: [3s 2c Tc 4h 5h]
Seat 1: Puffinburger didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: pokerjoe117 (button) folded on the Turn
Seat 3: MRJD1943 (small blind) showed [Qh Qs] and lost with a pair of Queens
Seat 4: weweze (big blind) showed [Ad 4d] and won ($38.78) with a straight, Five high
Seat 5: mrsreznor didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Fredrikson didn't bet (folded)