Friday, 28 January 2011

Finally On Target

Had another good session at full ring last night, with the hour mark approaching and me starting to close down tables i was only up $15, however a rush of big pairs later and some flips with the shortstackers I logged off $80 up..

Couple that with about 7 or 8 winning heads-up battles for roughly $10-$15 a shot (I pick on shorts stackers) over the week and at last I find myself on target for the month with an hourly rate of over $10!!

The recovery has been pretty drastic but it only confirms that I need to stick to my best games, I’ll probably pretty much wrap up for the month as its my daughters 4th birthday and really wanna make sure she has a wicked weekend, bit annoyed that my mrs has scheduled her party during the Arsenal game but I guess I may be able to sneak into the bedroom to keep tabs – Arsenal should really be turning over Huddersfield big time!

Not much else to report, for those who care my balls are finally back to normal a couple of weeks after the snip – I may even man up and try and put them to use…..

Monday, 24 January 2011

Not on the Riverbed yet!

At the time I was really thinking to myself “why do you bother” but I got myself some motivation from a mate, I had emailed him my blog post and he replied – “If you read between the lines of your post. You’re an addict going no where but to the bottom of the river!” and “It’s a sad picture mate, read it back….” I think the he was just on a wind up but to be honest it did kind of make me think a bit, I need to sort myself out and come up with a poker plan – looking at my stats what I need to do is obvious, drop 6 man tables and don’t play Omaha! I avoided it for ages last year and need to keep it out of any plans!

So basically the plan was to multi-table the Full Ring tables and have occasional Heads-Up games if I can find suitable opponents, unfortunately life got in the way of poker this weekend so I didn’t get to play much but in the two hours I did manage I absolutely crushed, playing full ring made it all seem a bit slower, I cant remember the last time I 24 tabled and actually had time between hands to think, looking back I can only think of a few hands, one where I had KK and the flop came 107x and I was a little worried of a set when my $10 bet was reraised all in but I was very surprised to see the villain show up with 78. Second one I had A10 of clubs and the flop came with two clubs and a ten for top pair, the villain check raised me and I was half tempted to fold but ended up staying in and hitting the flush to win a stack, I was really expecting AA or KK but the villain had 99…

Anyways graph is here

Im now $180 up for the month, I need to play for another 3 or 4 hours to clear about $100 in bonuses so it looks like I can recover and get my arse back on target!

Friday, 21 January 2011

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back!

I have no idea what is wrong with me, my poker story is basically groundhog day, grind for a few days, a week win steadily then Tilt and Lose….Grind for a few days win steadily then get drunk and degen and lose.

Following my last post I played a few short sessions Tuesday and finished up $115, not many hands played just awesome game selection. I took a break Wednesday and went back to it last night.

Last night. Oh what a night.

Again game selection was key, I was playing Football Manager and scouting the heads-up tables for fish, when I found one I’d put FM on hold and play, it wasn’t a hugely successful night but I was up about $50 and approaching a bankroll of $1100.

Then two bad things happened. My mrs went to bed and I opened up a can – I figured that as I was playing opponents with $25 stacks or less the damage wouldn’t be too bad if I got unlucky – I didn’t figure in the fact that if I got drunk I wouldn’t know when to quit or If I got drunk tilt is magnified by a hundred.

I went to a Omaha table and found some ugly Hungarian dude with $25, 2 hands later he has $75 - WTF.

I don’t quit I carry in, at one point he had over $200 over my money, I somehow come back and win it all back. And head to the safe haven on No Limit Hold’em

Hit and Run, Hit and Run – im getting worked up at these clowns. I lose a $90 pot when I flop trip 5’s I bet the shit out of it but the river brings the 3rd diamond and I cant fold.

Back to Omaha, again I double some tard up twice…. At this point I’ve lost the plot im on my 5th pint can, not enough to be hammered but with tilt as well I genuinely cant remember what really happened.

I only quit when a bloke im playing sits out and says “ill be back, I need a piss” I take this as a sign that im obviously a ripe fruit that he wants to pick so I log off and go to bed – ive been playing heads up for 3 hours.

The damage actually wasn’t to great, $70 down for the night, but $120 down for the drunken degen session.

It could have been a lot worse, check my Omaha Graph and some of the big hands I won, they could easily of gone the other way.

Not sure what to say, should I quit and use the $950 odd in my account for something useful? I am ever going to be a sensible winning player or am I a drunken degenrate bum?

Will update my figs for the month tonight.

PokerStars Game #56281715488: Omaha Pot Limit ($0.25/$0.50 USD) - 2011/01/21 0:30:44 WET [2011/01/20 19:30:44 ET]
Table 'Tantalus XX' 2-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: tommy arra ($95.15 in chips)
Seat 2: The_Shocker7 ($92.70 in chips)
The_Shocker7: posts small blind $0.25
tommy arra: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to The_Shocker7 [Qh 6s Ah 7d]
The_Shocker7: raises $1 to $1.50
tommy arra: raises $3 to $4.50
The_Shocker7: calls $3
*** FLOP *** [9h 5h 4c]
tommy arra: bets $7
The_Shocker7: raises $22.55 to $29.55
tommy arra: raises $61.10 to $90.65 and is all-in
The_Shocker7: calls $58.65 and is all-in
Uncalled bet ($2.45) returned to tommy arra
*** TURN *** [9h 5h 4c] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [9h 5h 4c 6h] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
tommy arra: shows [6c 9c Qd 5c] (two pair, Nines and Sixes)
The_Shocker7: shows [Qh 6s Ah 7d] (a flush, Ace high)
The_Shocker7 collected $184.90 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $185.40 | Rake $0.50
Board [9h 5h 4c 6h 3c]
Seat 1: tommy arra (big blind) showed [6c 9c Qd 5c] and lost with two pair, Nines and Sixes
Seat 2: The_Shocker7 (button) (small blind) showed [Qh 6s Ah 7d] and won ($184.90) with a flush, Ace high

PokerStars Game #56278542814: Omaha Pot Limit ($0.25/$0.50 USD) - 2011/01/20 23:27:55 WET [2011/01/20 18:27:55 ET]
Table 'T #827537478' 2-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: Stolichnaya8 ($141.75 in chips)
Seat 2: The_Shocker7 ($88.15 in chips)
Stolichnaya8: posts small blind $0.25
The_Shocker7: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to The_Shocker7 [Tc 9d 9h Js]
Stolichnaya8: raises $1 to $1.50
The_Shocker7: raises $3 to $4.50
Stolichnaya8: calls $3
*** FLOP *** [Ac 9c 3c]
The_Shocker7: checks
Stolichnaya8: bets $5.50
The_Shocker7: calls $5.50
*** TURN *** [Ac 9c 3c] [2s]
The_Shocker7: checks
Stolichnaya8: bets $17.50
The_Shocker7: calls $17.50
*** RIVER *** [Ac 9c 3c 2s] [2d]
The_Shocker7: bets $54.50
Stolichnaya8: calls $54.50
*** SHOW DOWN ***
The_Shocker7: shows [Tc 9d 9h Js] (a full house, Nines full of Deuces)
Stolichnaya8: mucks hand
The_Shocker7 collected $163.50 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $164 | Rake $0.50
Board [Ac 9c 3c 2s 2d]
Seat 1: Stolichnaya8 (button) (small blind) mucked [Jc Kh Ts 5c]
Seat 2: The_Shocker7 (big blind) showed [Tc 9d 9h Js] and won ($163.50) with a full house, Nines full of Deuces

PokerStars Game #56276526398: Omaha Pot Limit ($0.25/$0.50 USD) - 2011/01/20 22:51:17 WET [2011/01/20 17:51:17 ET]
Table 'T #827537478' 2-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: Stolichnaya8 ($114.60 in chips)
Seat 2: The_Shocker7 ($59.95 in chips)
Stolichnaya8: posts small blind $0.25
The_Shocker7: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to The_Shocker7 [8s 7s 6d Js]
Stolichnaya8: raises $1 to $1.50
The_Shocker7: raises $3 to $4.50
Stolichnaya8: calls $3
*** FLOP *** [5d Kh 8h]
The_Shocker7: bets $4.50
Stolichnaya8: calls $4.50
*** TURN *** [5d Kh 8h] [9s]
The_Shocker7: bets $10
Stolichnaya8: raises $37.50 to $47.50
The_Shocker7: raises $3.45 to $50.95 and is all-in
Stolichnaya8: calls $3.45
*** RIVER *** [5d Kh 8h 9s] [Jh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
The_Shocker7: shows [8s 7s 6d Js] (a straight, Five to Nine)
Stolichnaya8: shows [9h Ah 4h 9d] (a flush, Ace high)
Stolichnaya8 collected $119.40 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $119.90 | Rake $0.50
Board [5d Kh 8h 9s Jh]
Seat 1: Stolichnaya8 (button) (small blind) showed [9h Ah 4h 9d] and won ($119.40) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 2: The_Shocker7 (big blind) showed [8s 7s 6d Js] and lost with a straight, Five to Nine

Monday, 17 January 2011


I had taken a break from the cash tables whilst i regained some confidence, i have been battered at the tables last week, almost half my bankroll lost - including a $100 tilt session at Omaha.

MTT night did not go well, I must of dusted of about 10 mtts without even one cash.

tonight i decided to dip my toe in the water, just a little heads-up...

about ten hands into my first game i lose with KJ on a Kxx flop when villain shoves with 9s which hits the turn.

he then types in "EZ GAME" and leaves the table.

i then lose a bit more to end up $72 down a quick check of my EV says i should of won $20

im getting killed on all ins. LOL EV

i've just redeposited some money which was needed as my bad run was so bad... it now means i am down for money the year already. in my figs below ive now addded in my share of the $335 cash win on ipoker as otherwise i just look so bad, and to be fair its money won at poker.

anyway the sick stats are here im about $380 on stars cash games, of the NLH games I am about $270 below EV - that cannot be right.

anyway, im back tomorrow, well behind platinum star pace so still to decide whether i am gonna hit the tables hard or ease myself back in.

HU $104.00
6-Max -$393.00
Full Ring -$30.00
Omaha -$76.00
Tourneys $85.00
Bonuses $90.00
Other Sites $168.00
Total -$52.00

Bankroll $900.00

Withdrawn -$48.00

Hours 33

$ per Hour -$6.67

VPP's 3672
Platinum Pace 4097

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Another Sunday MTT Schedule

Poker has not gone well last few days... i have lost, lost Degened and lost...........

i would say its a near $400 downswing and not helped by a degenerate session at heads up Omaha a game i already no i shouldn't play.

that was Friday and i havent played since but tonight i am using up my last few tickets and doing some MTTs, im also playing some small staked mtts on ipoker, was hoping to sat into their big $200k game but failed twice.

will update a bit later, full post tomorrow with depressing stats

Friday, 14 January 2011

Hating 6 Max

gonna have to avoid the 6 max tables, just taken another battering.

no doubt im playing shit and need to adjust but im nearly 10 buyins below EV in like 12k hands.

down for the month, hugely down on cash.

and my balls hurt.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Testicle Tilt!

damn in just over 2 hours im off for a vasectomy - happy days....

at only 29 a lot of people feel i'm too young for it but wih 4 kids and my latest Melina being an absolute devil (still not sleeping through at 8 months) i deffo dont want any more kids...

hopefully by the time im 50 all the kids will be out living their lives and me and the wife can enjoy our life and go travelling etc.

as for poker today's poker session have felt like a vasectomy for sure, my balls are sure aching after running down $100 in EV in just 2k hands, most frustrating thing is that it took me 12 days to get into profit for my cash play and now im back $100 down for the month and only up due to bonuses/mtt's - sucks to be me

I feel I really need to work on my 6 max play as im 10 buyins down for the month, does anyone know of some decent vids or reading material?

have self banned tonight already have no idea if ill be in pain but hopefully a KFC will ease the pain

hope everyone else is doing better then me!

HU $146.00
6-Max -$254.00
Full Ring $8.00
Omaha $5.00
Tourneys $94.00
Bonuses $90.00
Total $89.00

Bankroll $895.00

Withdrawn $194.00

Hours 27

$ per Hour $3.30

VPP's 3192
Platinum Pace 3133

Monday, 10 January 2011

Breaking Even

jesus a third of the way through the month and im only up $16 for 19 hours worth of game time, volume has been pretty decent and im bang on pace for Platinum Star. I guess all i need to do is hit a few winning sessions!

One thing i have decided is that Sunday night will be MTT night, the TV on Sunday is absolutely shit, basically from 6pm till gone 10pm my mrs watches Got to Dance, Dancing on Ice and Wild at heart - all terrible terrible shows.

not sure what bankroll management i should use? should i been playing $10 games and lower?

still havent made time to review Hand Histories or look at training vids etc.... there just isnt enough time in the day... if anyone has any links to training vids (preferably free) let me know!


Thursday, 6 January 2011

ipoker is softer then stars

played a little on ipoker last just 1 table under my stake at $200nl, it was meant as something to pass the time whilst i watched MOTD but i ended up turning in a $340 profit in about an hour.

all profits mainly due to the bloke to my immediate right..... his VP was never below 80!!

2 hands below -

GAME #2581522617: Texas Hold'em NL $1/$2 2011/01/05 22:28:35
Table Carballo (No DP)
Seat 1: nils6985 ($187.65 in chips)
Seat 3: sh1thead1943 ($270.00 in chips)
Seat 5: PriceIess ($50.00 in chips)
Seat 6: Degol82 ($60.00 in chips)
Seat 8: navara2010 ($68.75 in chips)
Seat 10: blablonae2411 ($57.00 in chips) DEALER
nils6985: Post SB $1.00
sh1thead1943: Post BB $2.00
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to sh1thead1943 [SA D8]
PriceIess: Raise (NF) $6.00
navara2010: Call $6.00
blablonae2411: Fold
nils6985: Call $5.00
sh1thead1943: Call $4.00
*** FLOP *** [CA S7 D2]
nils6985: Check
sh1thead1943: Check
PriceIess: Check
navara2010: Bet $12.00
nils6985: Fold
sh1thead1943: Raise (NF) $264.00
PriceIess: Fold
navara2010: Allin $50.75
*** TURN *** [C6]
*** RIVER *** [HK]
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $347.75 Rake $3.00
sh1thead1943: Shows [SA D8]
navara2010: Shows [H2 SQ]
sh1thead1943: wins $347.75

GAME #2581564579: Texas Hold'em NL $1/$2 2011/01/05 22:54:21
Table Carballo (No DP)
Seat 1: nils6985 ($141.65 in chips) DEALER
Seat 3: sh1thead1943 ($468.05 in chips)
Seat 5: AdruFrK ($225.35 in chips)
Seat 6: Degol82 ($63.00 in chips)
Seat 8: iZeeeeMe ($211.35 in chips)
Seat 10: mrlog ($57.00 in chips)
sh1thead1943: Post SB $1.00
AdruFrK: Post BB $2.00
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to sh1thead1943 [S6 H7]
Degol82: Fold
iZeeeeMe: Fold
mrlog: Raise (NF) $6.00
nils6985: Call $6.00
sh1thead1943: Call $5.00
AdruFrK: Fold
*** FLOP *** [S3 C6 D3]
sh1thead1943: Check
mrlog: Check
nils6985: Bet $12.00
sh1thead1943: Call $12.00
mrlog: Fold
*** TURN *** [S10]
sh1thead1943: Check
nils6985: Check
*** RIVER *** [D9]
sh1thead1943: Check
nils6985: Bet $33.00
sh1thead1943: Call $33.00
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $107.00 Rake $3.00
nils6985: Shows [HK H8]
sh1thead1943: Shows [S6 H7]
sh1thead1943: wins $107.00

i wont include this earnings as part of my stars figures but will probabaly track them seperately..

aiming for a decent hour on stars at least tonight, i want to try and stay ahead of platinim star pace in case i need a day off next week when i get a vasectomy - ouch!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Rocky Start

I’ve started the month with a lot of enthusiasm and determination, first two days were great, +$70 in cash and +$100 from my tourney night, next 3 days including this morning down -$232!

I feel at the moment that I have a lot of adjusting to do, especially now as I am playing a lot of shallow stacked 6 max as opposed to years of playing Full Ring normal tables.

There is a ton of work for me to do, some stuff I can do now, and other stuff I will need to build up a decent sample size first….. one of the main things is definitely checking my hands, what im planning to do is review every hand where I put in over $15 and review whether I played the hand badly, if im unsure ill post in the RTR forum.

Also at the moment I’m struggling with when to call when shortstacked villains just shove there $10 over my $1.35 opening raise, maybe this is something I should read up on, I’ve seen shit ranging from pocket 2’s, ace 7 and even queen 9 but when I seem to call its always AK or JJ+!!!

The one positive to take so far is that I am settled on my “grinder” session so I can farm VPPS and achieve Platinum Star, basically I load up 12 full ring and 12 6 max of the 20-55bb 50c tables and fire away, last night I played 1500 hands in an hour and earnt 200 VPPs….

Anyway so at the moment it isnt looking great, I’ve had to reinvest the withdrawal I made earlier plus a little bit more so my figures at present are

HU $11.00
6-Max -$148.00
Full Ring -$38.00
Omaha $11.00
Tourneys $94.00
Other -$7.00
Bonuses $10.00
Total -$67.00

Bankroll $989.00

Withdrawn -$56.00

Hours 14

$ per Hour -$4.79

I feel confident I can turn this round, its all a bit of a journey this year – one thing I know that there is no hiding, I want my figures out in the open, no more resetting my stats after a losing month!!

Tonights plan is 30 minutes of “Grinder” mode then self ban and get hammered and watch Arsenal Rape Shitty. Or that’s the plan J

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Big Tourney Night

good start to the year so far, up about $60 and have also had an experiment running 24 tables of the 20-50bb tables where I can really farm some VPPS and I reckon I may have a chance of platinum star if I could log some long sessions at this.

anyways tonight is a mega mtt night so far im in the following

$200k guaranteed - iPoker ($320 buyin)
$40k guaranteed - Stars ($11)
$42 guaranteed - Full Tilt ($11)
$12.5k guaranteed - Stars ($22)
$60k guaranteed - Stars ($3r)
$2k guaranteed - ipoker ($22)
$4.5k guaranteed - ipoker ($5)

also added

$20k guaranteed - stars ($5)

obviously the $400 outlay is 40% of my bankroll but i have actually only registered for the $3k rebuy out of my bankroll, the rest are tourney tickets from bidibot or steps and the ipoker are under stakeage...

I will update with hopefully a huge bink!!

unregged from from full tilt and $3 rebuy, max 6 tables at once i think!

out of big $200k tourny couldnt fold KK on 789 flop villain had 79............

unregged from all tourneys now, will stick to the 4 i have running :-(#

out of $5 $20k had 99 on 10 high flop, knew he didnt have over pair but he did have A 10 - C*** so cant be arsed now

now opened up 2 cash tables to go alongside my two remaining stars tourneys

gonna cash in both (fingers crossed) fucked off the cash tables $6 down and about $50 under EV FML, AK losing to AQ for full stacks AIPF

estimated 1 hour till im pissed

yay cashed the $22 game, guaranteed $30 but im a steady 58/343 at the moment

got $72 for 97th in $22 game, will soon bust the other game for $27 as just open shoving as cant be arsed

will tally figs tomorrow