March 31, 2009

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March 26, 2009

€10 Rebuy win and general update...

Am getting a bit behind with my updates, need to get the ball rolling once more!

Have been playing a fair few MTTs the last couple of weeks, and was very pleased to take down a €10 rebuy with 228 runners for over €1900. Went into the final table 7/10 in chips, so wasn't really expecting a huge score, but things just went my way I guess. I really took home my advantage 4 handed as the others seemed to have one eye on the payout chart. Playing MTTs full time is the one form of poker I haven't really tried my hand at yet, so this experimentation with MTTs has been interesting. I might have a proper crack at being an "MTT pro", at least for a short while, in the next 2 or 3 months.

Below is a screenshot of the win just incase you didnt believe me ;)


Have been playing a little more limit hold 'em with my own bankroll over the last couple of weeks, although only about 7-8,000 hands as I game select very earnestly. Still, its been going well for me, especially considering I was all for quitting LHE after a downswing about a month ago. It's not something I could play solely without mixing in other forms of poker, but it's nice to know I have a reasonable hourly rate playing it (with a decent sample size to draw that conclusion from).

I will try and play some more Heads-Ups before the month ends, and I pay out on my Blonde Staking deal. I will soon have one eye on the BlackBeltPoker.com grading which I will be partaking in from the end of April. It's been a while since I played some of the format's they are wishing players to play, so I will probably train myself up a little before it all begins!

Blonde Stake-Watch:
March 12th Bankroll: €2062.00
March 13th Bankroll: €3923.00
March 14th Bankroll: €4329.50
March 15th Bankroll: €4258.70
March 18th Bankroll: €4277.97
March 22nd Bankroll: €4219.37
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March 18, 2009

Heads Up status

I really can't explain it, I'm having a really great run at Heads Up STTs, and my consistency this year is a thing of beauty; but I just can't bring myself to play a Heads Up match at the minute. You'd think I'd enjoy what has arguably been easy money in recent times. Perhaps if I had a break from poker in general I'd come back refreshed, and get back into a game that is obviously profitable for me.

Hopefully I'll find some motivation from somewhere, but for now, here's an update on my Heads-Up stats for 2009...

2009 HEADS UP stats:
Played: 1493
Won: 828
Lost: 665
Win percentage: 55.5%
Total ROI: 9.25%
Avg. Profit per game: €2.95
Hourly Expectation: €27.82
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Heads Up-Profit: €3750

Rakeback: €600


Blonde Stake-Watch:
March 3rd Bankroll: €1544.25
March 4th Bankroll: €1914.00
March 5th Bankroll: €1934.50
March 8th Bankroll: €1889.00
March 10th Bankroll: €2103.00
March 11th Bankroll: €2054.00
March 12th Bankroll: €2062.00
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March 13, 2009

Black Belt Poker Launch in Soho

Had an ill-fated journey down to London on Monday. My girlfriend, who was giving me a lift to Newark train station about half an hour away, decided to go and fetch our cat from the vets shortly before we were meant to leave. Of course she was late back, and I ended up missing the train, by an agonizing 30 seconds (it was pulling out from the platform as I ran onto it).

So I'm now unable to meet my friend who lives in London and who is putting me up for the night. She is unwilling to leave her house keys somewhere hidden, and isn't thrilled about the prospect of letting me in at 2am with her having work in the morning. So I make the decision to get a black cab to her house thinking this would be the best remedy. Wrong!

£50 in cab fees later, having now picked up the keys, I'm now stuck in a traffic jam near Trafalgar Square. I tell the Cabbie (who was an awesome chap who I had a good chat with!) that I'll walk the rest of the way, and get my Dad on the phone to guide me there using Googlemaps! Lol...

So I arrive in the middle of the presentation that Neil Channing is giving, although I believe I only missed the very beginning. This new venture sounds very interesting, and I imagine I will be talking more about it once the website goes live at the beginning of April.

I had a good evening, caught up with Jen Mason who I hadn't seen for a while, and fellow WWE enthusiast Snoopy who I had a good chat with. Also spoke with Dean from Blonde Poker and circuit regular Kevin O'Leary.

I hung round until the end, as I really hadn't much else to do in London. Ended up going for a very nice Chineese meal with Neil Channing, Nik Persuad and the legend that is Mickey Wernick; along with some other poker players interested in Black Belt Poker. Lots of interesting poker discussion and stories ensued, and despite the horrible journey getting there, it was worth it as I had an enjoyable evening.

I'm not a huge fan of London so I pretty much left straight away the next morning. Felt a bit of a tool as I disembarked the train, as I had been watching The Green Mile on my iPod Touch, and it was nearing the end at a very sad moment when the sodding train pulled in! "I've got something in my eye, honest!"

March 10, 2009

DTD £300 Deepstack, March 7th

I played the £300 tournament at DTD at the weekend. A great atmosphere at this one, and seemingly good value as in the first hand I watched a guy 4-bet all in on the river with the board reading JQxTx holding KJ?!! The other guy, as was obvious to the rest of the table, had AK.

My first table was interesting, with the uber-agressive Pete Linton sat on my direct right (at least I had position on him). Left the table with 16k (from 10k starting stack), largely thanks to flopping top set with TT in a pot. My text table though I felt very comfortable on. I was winning a lot of pots uncontested and felt a little like the table captain. Of course in that situation, you occasionally get people going after you with marginal holdings.

Now with about 20k, I raise up AQ in the cut-off, to see a flop with the big blind of QJ4 (rainbow). He checks, I bet, he calls. Turn is a harmless looking 5. He checks, I bet, he raises. I had been engaging the chap in chat throughout this hand, and my read had been up to this point that he was definitely weak. Having seen him overshove a hand earlier, I could not put this guy on a set or QJ, and had to factor in that he might have air, as my chatter may have indicated weakness too. I make the call. He then bets v.small on the river so I obviously call. He has the 45. Ugh. Still, nothing I could do here and I'm back down to starting stack.

Shortly after, I opened in mid position at 200/400 (25) to 1100. Called by Mr. 45 in the cut-off, and the short stacked small blind shoved. I made a complete maths based decision here. My read was that I had a coin-flip, and if I shoved Mr. 45 would fold. It was about 4.5k to me into a 8.5kish pot. I shoved and indeed Mr. 45 passed (showing AJ). The big blind had A8 suited so was feeling good about the decision until the Ace flopped.

With the 3.6k I had left, I picked up A7 UTG and made the obligatory shove and ran into Jacks.

Sigh.

Still, I enjoyed the tournament, and there was some quality table talk, so I can't complain about that aspect of the evening. I just wish I ran better in these things!

March 02, 2009

Back to Heads Up...

I have been employing a new method since I started playing heads up STTs again. I am not sitting in empty games myself, and am sharkscoping all my opponents. I am playing only those opponents that satisfy at least one of these conditions: A poor ROI, are playing above their average stake by a reasonable amount, are classified as being on "Super Tilt" or have played very few games. I am avoiding winning players, and those that are break even or very slight losers over a long timeframe.

This has obviously hurt the volume of games I have been able to play, definitely by at least half. But my results since I have started this have been very good, so I shall continue to experiment with this, and see if there are enough fish to go through using this method, as opposed to always trying to play 2 games while I'm playing heads up.

My sharkscope (Heads up games only, since 5th Jan 2009), is looking pretty sweet. I wish I hadn't burnt out and wasted all that time with Limit Hold 'em last month. Perhaps playing this "less volume/more fish" method will prevent me from burning out so quickly?!


2009 HEADS UP stats:
Played: 1314
Won: 720
Lost: 594
Win percentage: 54.8%
Total ROI: 7.61%
Avg. Profit per game: €2.31
Hourly Expectation: €22.74
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Heads Up-Profit: €2450

Rakeback: €460


Blonde Stake-Watch:
Starting Bankroll: €1200
March 1st Bankroll: €1256.75
March 2nd Bankroll: €1439.25
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