Sunday, November 30, 2008

Time to get back to the grind.

Sorry for the delay in posting, but I needed to take a bit of a break from playing as I was putting in a lot of hands, but wasn't thinking about anything that was happening and caused me to shed off a lot of profit in the last 2 weeks. I've dropped quite a bit of my bankroll since taking a shot at 100nl and needed a few days off to clear my head. I also think that I am not spending enough time studying and hence hurting my overall play as well. So for now, I am going to spend at least equal time studying as I am playing. If I play for 3 hours one day, I will not play again until I have spent 3 hours studying/watching vids whatever.

So now to the update:

Cake: $556.84
Stars: $185.02
Tilt: $205.54

Total: $947.40

RB: $349.63 @ 23,641 hands

Monday, November 24, 2008

Oh the swings....

Here we are again trying to find our reasonings for such large swings but I again have to tell myself that there is just a lot of variance in poker. I don't think any of us really know how much variance can play in our game. Granted our play makes that part of it but I feel that I am playing ok. I did a video over the weekend of 2 tables at 50nl on Cake. Feel free to criticize, praise, whatever. I need to get better and I can take it.

Cake: $896.04
Stars: $189.28
Tilt: $205.54

Total: $1290.86

RB: $320.79 @ 21,827 hands

Friday, November 21, 2008

slow and steady

Well, I didn't get to do my video Wednesday night because I ended up playing a 10nl donkfest game with a full table of guys from Pokertrikz. We had a full table going for about 2 hrs and Trikkur ended up a little over 10 buyins and I ended up down almost that much. Was crazy. Played probably close to 1k hands yesterday however and recouped my losses from Wednesday and I now sit poised to rebuild up to that 2k mark. Rakeback is going to be a big boost this month as I'm approaching 300 alraeady and still have 10 days left.

Cake: $1288.67
Stars: $189.28
Tilt: $205.54

Total: $1683.49

RB: 18,012 hands for $277.40

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Reality Check

Well......So much for 100nl for now :) I played quite a bit yesterday and got my arse handed to me overall and humbly moved back down to 50nl with no second thoughts. I then continued to run bad/tilt and had to stop because I couldn't differentiate between the two. I was able to recoup some of it late last night after I had a couple hours to get away from the game. Overall, I ended up dropping about $500. I am hoping to get a video done this evening and hope to have that posted up tonight. See yall later!

Cake: $1232.81
Stars: $205.48
Tilt: $205.54

RB: $242.84 @ 15,708 hands

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

100NL begins

Well, the journey has made it to a new level and one that I think will be my mainstay unless things go really well. I ventured into 100nl yesterday and finished my first session down about 1.5 buyins. I think it was mainly jitters at first. The first semi big hand was very early when I had watched the guy to my left lose a big pot to a big suckout. He had about a half stack left and when he was in the BB, he shoved after 2 people limped. The very next hand, utg limped and I was on the button w/ A9 and raised, he then again shoved his half stack. I thought that there was a very good chance that he was just steaming still and ended up calling. He showed AJs and took a half stack from me. Soon after that, I had KJs in the bb vs a SB open. Flop was J high and 2 diamonds (not mine) and sb bet out pot and I called. Turn was a blank and he shoved. I called and he showed AJ and I didn't improve again. I saw people calling down much lighter and maybe it was the combination of the boaords, but I didn't get any respect at all with my bets. Had to close out at the end of the day down about $160 but was able to play after I got home and was able to recoup that as well as annother $150 or so. Overall, up about 1.5 buyins at 100nl.

Cake: $1729.31
Tilt: $205.54

RB: 13,595 hands $194.84

Looking forward to analyzing some hands today and spotting some weeaknesses.

Here's my overall graph for the month of November so far:


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Quick weekend update

As I finish out the night, I realized that there are sooooo many donkeys playing in the weekend night times. Was a bit frustrating for a while as I played probably 1k hands pretty much breakeven after I would stack someone then someone would stack me by hitting their 2 outer on the river and stuff like that. I am not sure how many hands I got in today, but it was quite a few. I'll get them all emailed over to PT tomorrow for analyzing. Cake updated at some point while I was playing and has me at 11,004 hands and a rakeback of $152.62. Was able to add a couple more buyins tonight after all was said and done. 100 is getting very very close as I have the BR if I include my rakeback.

I'm really hoping that I have turned the corner. Here's my stats for the month that I have been able to import into PT. I'm missing about 1k hands or so, but this is close.


Cake: $1513.25
Stars: $210.98
Tilt: $205.54

Total: $1929.77

No bankroll update

Well, after waking up late this morning, I realized that I had missed my race. I've been exhausted and hadn't pre-registered due to not really being sure if I wanted to get my tail up on the one morning I didn't have to. Decided that I would lay in bed and have a few cups of coffee instead.

My wife has to work today so I hope to get in a few hands this afternoon and crank it up a little bit. I am so close to that 100nl level yet still quite nervous about making the leap. I just remember how much of a backslide I took when I moved up to 50nl a few times. With the rakeback funds that will be due to me in December, I am only about $50 away from the $2k bankroll that I need. I've played very few hands at 100nl so far and what I have played turned out well given that I was able to stack my sb opponent on my very first hand. Then I played like a chicken and decided to leave and I haven't been back. I'll likely just play 3 tables of 50 and 1 table of 100 for a little while to try and keep myself not focused on the pot sizes too much. I know it's all about the BB's but when moving up, it's sometimes difficult to see that.

On a seperate note, I added a new section to the blog where I will be listing some video's of my play. The first one has been posted and I look for this to help improve my play as well as others. Please feel free to leave comments. I think I'll put up a new post each time for comments. I'm hoping to do this on a weekly basis, if not more so.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Good Streak Continues

Man, what a long day this has become. I spent a lot of my day actually working today and not playing poker. Was able to issue a few policies today and also worked on a few other quotes. I have a large 5 car policy that I am hoping to get issued on Saturday. We'll see how that goes.

Just got home from bartending (almost 1am) and fired Cake up and decided not to play as I am quite tired. Decided to just update this and go to bed. Need to open the bar at 10am so need to get some sleep.

Today was a pretty dang good day for poker. I played ~600 hands and finished up almost 4 buyins. Was a great run, even after have KQ lose to QJ on a 4QQ flop. Yup, J on the river sinks me.

Cake: $1392.86
Stars: $210.98
Tilt: $205.54


Rakeback: $137.80 after 9929 hands.

I am really close to start taking shots at 100nl and I honestly say that I am a bit nervous. Think I'll girnd away at 50 for a while.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good Day on the tables today

Wasn't able to play as many hands as I wanted today, but I was able to get in 1k hands. Worst hand was when I had KQs that I had raised first in and flopped trip queens only to get rivered by QJ when a J hit the river. That was early on and was down a stack quickly. Bounced back and was able to recover that and add 3 more to it to finish up $150 and change.

Cake: $1234.84
Tilt: $205.54
Stars: $210.98

Total: $1651.36

RB: $120.43 at roughly 8100 hands this month.

New Video

Decided to video tape 2 tables yesterday and had a couple people from pokertrikz join one of them for some very interesting hands. I am working on adding commentary to it as well and hope to have it uploaded today. I'll post a link once I do as there are some very interesting hands that come up. Looking forward to some comments on it once I can get it rendered properly.

Played pretty consistently yesterday and was able to get in 2k hands at a good winrate(+6ptbb/100) and added to the bankroll once again. I don't want to jinx myself, but I THINK that I might actually have finally figured out how to beat this level. Maybe I'm just running good. Not sure yet, but I'm gonna keep on truckin.

Cake: $1087.12
Stars: $$210.98

Total: $1503.64

Rakeback: $101.35

I was looking at my rakeback totals so far and it's amazing how fast it runs up at 50nl. I played 2k hands yesterday and earned $26 in rakeback. That's a half buyin! If I can get to my 25k hand goal for the month, that will put me around $350 in rakeback for the month. 7 buyins goes a long way :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mini Update

Just a really quick update. I received my new office pc yesterday and have begun setting up shop. I really like it but I think I may need a new graphics card. The 19" WS monitor is quite nice. Trying to fumble around finding things with Vista but overall doesn't seem too bad. Was able to get some my poker clients installed but no HEM or PT3 yet. Will try and get that today. I also want to move all my music over to it today.

Overall a pretty satisfying since last update. Broke over the 1k mark at cake but had AK run into AA and QQ run into KK to drop me back down a little bit below.

Cake: 981.27
Tilt: 199.27
Stars: 231.48

Rakeback: 59.72

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gruelling Week

Well, don't have a whole lot of poker to report on as I've been just kind of maintaining. I have had an extremely gruelling week of work. I got my new computer ordered and it should be here on Monday. I re-wired my office and got my new network up and running. Worked Thursday day, thursday night serving, Friday in my offfice, Friday night bartending, Saturday worked all day open to close bartending and then then worked with my dad today building walls in his new shop. I'm whooped! Looking forward to hooking up my new pc tomorrow. Anyhow, bankroll sitting at the following:

Cake: $822.02
Stars: $231.48
Tilt: $199.72

Rakeback: $42.33

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Settling in???

Well, now that the election is over, I can stop paying attention to all the BS that has been going on and hope to get some more playing in. I feel that I am getting a little more comfortable playing 50nl consistently and trying to not fall into the same pits that I have on the last couple months. I moved some money off of Cake over to stars for someone that was looking to cash out of Stars and I had dvery little there so I was more than happy to do it for him. I moved $300 off and working on rebuilding that up. We'll see how that goes. If I can have a descent month, I could be bumping up on 100nl after rakeback next month. We'll see. I'd like to get in about 25k hands in at 50 this month, but I have a lot of stuff going on at work that is taking presedence right now.

Cake: $817.63
Stars: $331.63
Tilt: $199.72

Total: $1348.98

Rakeback: ~$30

Sunday, November 2, 2008

November comes in nicely

Well, I still haven't received my rakeback yet, but the last couple days have gone pretty well on the tables. Hoping that it isn't a fluke and I can continue the grind. I also had a person that I had staked finish up their series of tournaments and got a 50% ROI on it so that gives me a small ($60) bump in my bankroll at stars. Raisindye is to play 5-6 trny's in the FTOPS and would really like him to run well in one or more :)

Anyhow, quick update:

Cake: $759.93
Tilt: $199.72
Stars: $79.13
Rakeback to come: $270.53

Total: $1309.31