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So it has been a while since I updated the blog.  A lot has happened, cliffs notes;

 

  1. Changed from PLO to Spin and Gos on Pokerstars
  2. Got some backing and am now involved in coaching with a stable
  3. Got account locked from Stars to investigate why I crush so hard
  4. Moved from Montreal
  5. Still allowing boardgames to monopolize my time (yeah, you love that joke)
  6. Back in Scarborough

So since my last post I have really been focusing on my NLHE game and actually just getting back to having a bit more fun in my spare time.  I joined a stable for Spin & Gos in October and it was been pretty well sunshine and rainbows since.  Sure it’s poker and there is variance but nothing like that mean ugly PLO game.

Once I joined the stable I got away from the blog a bit, and was thinking about just putting the thing to rest but I have been pretty excited about poker over the last few months and wanted to get back to blogging, trying to get my volume up and just try to spread my infectious love for games.  Since I was really focusing on my games over last few months I have been trying to get the instagram account going and doing my focus there.  It is an easy way for me to share my work and thoughts with people.

So how have Spins been going?

 

all dates

 

As you can see been consistently make chips in games.  While there is variance in multipliers and sometimes I move up and loss or win chips at different buy ins I think that this graph shows how much better the variance is in Spins compared to PLO.  Really the only hiccup in the graph was when I decided to start and play $30 spins towards the end of 2015.  However I am playing much better, and very happy with the rate that my game is improving.  It was a little sad funny not haha funny but Stars actually locked up my account in January to investigate why I was playing so good and wanted to know the relationship between me and my coach and backer.  It took a few days to explain to them that I am getting consistent coaching  from these guys and that is why my game has been improving, also I did play over half a million hands of poker over the last two years so would think that I have improved some over that time.  After nearly a week they were “satisfied” with my answers and unlocked my account so that I could resume play.  But were they?  Because after another 3-4 weeks I get a message about not being able to cash out or move funds since they want to talk to me and investigate my game further.  This goes on for about a week and more emails and answers to many questions they finally decide that perhaps I am actually good at poker and am allowed to keep my money.  It makes for a bit of a funny story now, but at the time it was pretty frustrating and stressful.

This account investigation was all happening right around the time that we moved from our place in Montreal back to Scarborough.  I think that is why it was leading to more frustration and worrying because I was in the middle of a move and all of the sudden I could not take my cash out for a few weeks.  Montreal was a lot of fun but it was time to move on from there.  I had a pretty good opportunity to get out of my lease since a friend of mine was coming back to Montreal for a short period of time and was looking for a place.  So we assigned our lease to him and away we went back to Toronto.  Since this was all short notice and we did not really have an idea on were we wanted to go next we just took a small truck load of stuff that we needed and move to Lesley’s parents basement for now.  They had some work that they wanted my help with (new floors, painting, etc..) so we could get the basement into a place that we could live in for a few months while we decided if we are staying in Toronto, Ontario, Canada or abroad.  

 

The major thing that Lesley and I have discussed since been back is actually trying to get some time and money invested into some smaller ventures.  She is very into jewelry making at the moment, and I would still like to get a twitch channel up and going for poker and games in general.  So we are making that our focus while we have some time at her parents place.  We are thinking that we might look into getting a place in Ontario but away from Toronto since we can get a lot more space and we may even look at setting up a studio in our new place.  We still have a lot of work to do on our ideas and small ventures so time will tell where we end up.  For me this means getting my twitch channel up and productive.  Also I have a lot of work to do with the stable and I am always trying to get new students/players into the stable.  I think that twitch should help get in blood into the team.  Also will be a fun way to have some hangouts and chat about board games, video games, and miniature games.

Going to do my best to do updates a few times each month but think that I am going to keep anything more frequent on instagram and twitter since its better for that I feel.

 

Will keep you all posted, have a good one.

 

September is in the books

Posted: October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

So the end of the month has passed and Spin’n’gos still seem to be going strong.  I actually caught a bunch of bad variance towards the end of the month and lost nearly 40 buy ins over two days.  My chips won over those games was not terrible so it was just a bunch of bad draws for prize pools and not wining any of the good draws that I got.  Over the last weekend I had no spins >6x and I don’t think that I even had a great win rate in the 6x spins that I did play.  All that being said I did manage to bank a few buck and put up a decent win rate over the few weeks that I did play.  My goal for October is to get in more games, and hopefully move up.  I have applied to get staked and I am hoping that this will help me improve my game and be aggressive moving up (since I do not need to have my own bankroll).  After getting in those first 1k games the spins seem like the are going to be profitable and actually a lot easier to grind then PLO.

 

Spins September

Away from poker I have been really plugging away on painting models and working on my games.  I have started an Instagram account @arukidinme where I have been posting a lot of my pictures.  I think that I am going to make a better effort this month to cross post my pictures over to my blog once a week.  Since Tuesday has been a consistent day off of poker I think I am going to make that my day to update this blog with model pictures and perhaps get in the poker update also.  I have painted up nearly all the base Zombicide Rue Morgue models and also some of my favorite survivors.  A lot of time and care went into some of the characters since they are such fun models.  Also have been working on my scenery stuff and should have that completed this month.

 

Now that it is October I can actually feel how close I am to getting my Ghostbusters game and can not wait.   Also there are still a handful of games that I would like to get before Christmas.  I actually think that I am going to have to put up some of my painted models to try and get a few dollars and make space for new games/models.  There are a few items sitting around collecting dust and I think it might be time to part ways with them.

 

Also its the first week of new TV shows, I have been very impressed with Limitless so far.  The characters are all pretty amazing and entertaining so far, a good mix of action, rumor and mystery.  Minority report has been pretty good too but it is missing something, and has just not blown me away.  The special effect are amazing and I am wondering if after watching ten episodes that is all I am going to have to say about the series.

 

Trying to get away from writing walls of text when I blog so will leave it there.  I might dwell on this Minority report thing tonight and write up an actually wins and loses list from the series premieres and season premieres so far.

Have fun not matter what you do and check in later.

 

Chris.

 

First week of Spins in the books

Posted: September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Thought that I would give a quick recap of the first week of Spin and Goes.  Started off super hot and then variance caught up to me, been on a 200 game breakeven stretch but really can not going to complain.  Pretty happy with my results so far.  Been very few difficult decisions and have maybe something around 25-50 spots that I want to look over when I have time this week or next, but do not have any glaring leaks that I feel are costing me too much money at the moment.  I do still want to work out a better strategy for 11bb play HU and MW then I have been incorporating but have a bunch of work on the go so not a ton of extra time to provide to poker.  One thing that I can not work on but I hope turns around is my performance in the bigger multiplier games.  At the $7 level I am under my 40% win rate when the multiplier is 10x or greater.  Keep in mind that this is a small sample size and a few wins over the next few games will go a long way to improving that winrate.

Below is the graph, put the chip graph over the dollars (chips are in Orange, Cash Green) to give a better sense to that while the dollars might be going down at times it is really just the random prizes that dictate when you are going to have good sessions/days/weeks.

 

 

Also as I mentioned had a bunch of work the last two days (did little to no poker each week day this week.  That is fine, the work is getting close to done and going to be pretty happy with the finished project.  I have also been really trying hard to keep up on my painting.  Having an Instagram account up now I want to try and have three to four pictures a day posted.  The last month I have been really falling behind on these so need to just keep focused on finishing projects, and getting them posted.

 

Also there was some pretty good sales on at the Steam store the last week or two.  This past weekend all Warner Brother titles where on sale so I finally pulled the trigger on the Batman Arkham trilogy.  Now I just need to dedicate a bunch of time to playing through them.  Also the week prior there was some other great sales on and I got, The Witcher 2, XCOM: Enemy unknown, Saints Row IV.  I managed to get all six games for ~$30 which is such a steal for a bunch of A++ games that I have not even managed to spent a minuet playing yet.

Going to do my best to keep firing out these short blogs and get them up each week as oppose to just letting this thing collect dust for a month or two at a time.

Thanks for stopping by, will get back to you all soon.

Before my Las Vegas trip I managed to get my hands on my season three zombicide kick starter pledge.  I am going to try and get up pictures of the models that I have been working on.  These are the V.I.P zombies, a lot of fun and cool models.  These are the pictures after the first layer, will add the photos after shades, dry and detail later this week.

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So it has been nearly forever since I posted my last update.  Since my last post life has been a constant roller coaster.  Like the old school ones, where you go up really high just to fall as equal far but much quicker then the ride up.  Followed by a bunch more ups and downs, a few sharp turns and a grinding halt.  I think that the graph sums up pretty well how things have gone since February.  I have moved down and try to get some confidence back but all that keeps happening is that I lose money in absurd spots.  While there is not a ton of green on the blog I have still managed to come out ahead by nearly 10k after rake back, bonus and MTT scores.

YTD cash July 2015

Year over year has not been much better, every month it feels like I lose more and more to the run outs in all in pots and its really getting to a boiling point for me.   As you can see below my green line (money won) and orange line (allin EV corrected) are trying to plot on different graphs.  June and first week of July was pretty nice, I actually moved back down to 25plo to get back some confidence and actually scored the top spot on poker table ratings for the month.

Since July 2014

However things quickly took a turn for the worse in Vegas.  For the first time in five trips I came home a loser.  In fact Lesley and I could not cash in any games.  I actually could not cash in a plo MTT where I had nearly 8% of the chips in play at the end of late registration.  I managed to stone cold bubble the game which paid ~4k to first (I finished 13th).  Cash games where not any kinder, and I was actually just looking forward to getting home and grinding some more online.  However that all went sour pretty quickly.  To be fair I was probably still a bit annoyed about the trip and being down so much and I quickly was getting tilted over nothing.  Add on a bunch of bad beats and yada-yada and next thing you know I have lost about 70bis, and about 40 below.  I actually would have lost less money this month if I decided to fold every hand instead and donate my blinds.  The only good news is that after those first few bad sessions I decided to move down to the micros and try to 10plo and get back into good habits and tilt less however I just managed to lose about every all in pot which has not helped my attitude this week.

BB July 2015

 

So what’s a guy to do?  Well going forward I think that I am going to draw down my bankroll and start at the micros and just spin up my bankroll.  Also I am really going to put in a bunch of focus away from poker and enjoy as much of the summer as I can.  My coach actually went from 2plo to 100plo in a matter of three weeks, so I do not see why I can not take $300 and a few months and slowly work my way back up to SSPLO.  I think the plan is going to be:

$300 grind to ~$500 take shots at 10plo

$400 to $800 grind 10plo, take 10bi shot at 25plo once I get to ~$800

$1000 to $2500 At 25plo I am going to grind until I have 100bi, I will take a 10bi shot then.

$2000+ 50plo

I am unsure if I am going to play zoom or regular tables for the challenge.  I am thinking that it might be zoom for 5plo and 10plo and then regular tables after that.  Also really not putting any time restraint or volume goals.  I have way too much fun stuff to do over the next six to eight weeks to be worried about getting in 1k more hands.  I will be trying to get in as much as I can but this week is the Just for laughs festival, end of the month is Pokerstars party and rib fest in Toronto, and mid august is music festival in Montreal.  Add in some video games, board games, painting and other random stuff there is little sense in letting some bad poker sessions ruin my attitude all summer.

 

Going to do a separate post for all other non poker updates since this is just such a downer

How has the February shots gone you might ask?

 

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More then two weeks into February and things are going pretty well.  February has been filled with typical trials away from poker, along with some at the tables.  For a change I did not run terrible while moving up a stake.  It took ~2500 hands before the cooler hit.  To be fair I was on quite the heater prior to running bad, and it was at least some comfort that I was ahead of where I started the month when I decided to move up.  None the less poker is pretty hard when you can not win a turned over hand and then to make matters worse, my computer started to cry when the new Note Caddy update came out.  As a result I decided to revert to the older stable version, and I must have done something and messed up all my notes, my 800 custom notes :'(.  The good news was that I did not complete this update until after my weekend sessions I did have plenty of time to correct and write some notes.  I also had a bunch backed up but not them all and there was going to be a lot of work to do.  So I put my head down over the week and got done a bunch of them.  I also managed to get in a few Skype calls for some reviews and hand analysis which always helps.  Also crying about it was not going to get them done so all I could do was work.  I did manage to get most of them back up before the weekend.  I also found some time to look over the first few thousand hands at 100plo and looked to see what the better regulars are doing and how I can incorporate some of that into my game.  So after having my notes crap out, running well below expectations I managed to break out on Sunday and really run well and put in a good amount of hands.  After getting my notes up I managed to put in ~6500 hands between Saturday and Tuesday and finally ran like the sun towards the end.  I am really happy about this mainly because I want to put in the majority of my volume at 100plo this month so that I can start to really clear some bonus dollars and I want to get in as many hands as possible this year at mid stakes and the sooner that I can get through 100plo the closer I am to the higher stakes.  Obviously a profitable poker player is most happy about his winrate, but I am pretty happy with the trimming that I have made from my ranges.  I think that so far this month I have done a good job of getting out of some of those trashy good looking hands that I play.  The biggest contribution to this is probably the fact that I continue to trim tables as I move up.  I also just keep working on my game and hands that looked like ones way will look a lot different now.

Another thing that has probably helped the focus a bit this week is adding in some zoom to my game.  At the smaller stakes I was very vocal about staying away from zoom.  The majority of the games at regular tables are good and you can often find great seats.  At 100plo I can really start to see a shift from this and the games at the zoom tables are starting to look more appealing.  For instance, as I write this blog, there are 18 tables of zoom compare to 6 of regular tables.  The average pot size at zoom is $24, which is as high as five out of the six tables.  At 50plo there are 17 zoom tables compared to 11 regular tables.  The average pot is $13 compared and 4 of the 11 regular tables have higher average pot size.  As you can tell there are a lot more tables running at the smaller stakes outside of zoom, where at 100plo often there are the same four players at a table fighting over a single weaker players money.

 

Anyhow 700 words of poker is enough for me, and its my life so you are probably starting to hear the blah, blah, blahs.  So I will leave you with some gems from this week.

This was probably my favorite, was pretty sure that no one had the straight, and I blocked a lot of the sets and had some nut outs.  Couldn’t get the turn fold and got priced into a call.

 

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Next Favorite was getting it in preflop, with AA vs AA vs KKds, runit twice, AND SCOOP IT.

http://www.boomplayer.com/poker-hands/Boom/13051611_EA306BBDD8

 

Which one of the three below do you think I am?

 

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Outside of poker I have been pressing away at painting some miniatures.  I actually have joined an escalation league at my local games-workshop store.  You start with a kill team which is 200p points and typically one or two units.  You paint and bring to play and as the weeks go on your army grows.  This seems like the perfect thing for me since I am just getting back into warhammer 40k.  I was not going to post any pictures until I got some models completed, but I think that I am going to post some of the near finished models that I have and show some before and after pics with the basing.  It is really an underrated component of the model and the images should drive home the fact that a 15-20 min on each models base can really go a long way.  I am very happy with the way my latest models have turned out and I am probably get near 100 minis on the year painted.  I still think that my goal is going to be to paint he GW two player box to sell and use that to pay for my hobby.  At the moment I am in for ~$300 in WR40k and I actually could field about ~1000 point army with that.  With the escalation league coming up though I think that I am going to finish my blood angels formation and buy some of the new models to paint.  The newest models are the harlequins and they have a joker/jester type of feel to them and I think that I could really have some fun painting them.  My zombicide models are behind on shipping due to the west harbour labour disputes or whatever but that is fine.  I do however check my emails twice a day waiting for the shipping info, but not holding my breath at this point.

Anyhow going to wrap it up, will get a quick update before Thursday with a handful of pictures from my killteam.

Can’t forget get the Giraffes, I typically do not include the Orange line (expected value) since there is so much noise and variance in PLO, but I was definitely on the worse side of it for a week (-15bis over a few thousand hands).  Don’t worry we closed that gap pretty quick.

mid feb 2015

 

 

So the first month of the year is behind us and I am about two weeks behind on my blogs, and I am pretty far behind where I would be happy with volume wise.  I was pretty sick the last two weeks of January and got in very little playing.  If you look at the cash graph there was barely any additional hands played since my previous blog.  In the end profit wise I am pretty happy with the way the month has gone.  I managed to put about $3300 in the green, and am pretty close to where I want to be for February and 100plo.  I did have the TCOOP the first Sunday of February but could not even muster a min cash :(.  I am pretty disappointed with that because I was going to you anything that I won in that game for a shot at 100plo.  I do think that I did pretty well at 50plo over January and am ready to start and push my bankroll at 100plo.  I won about 5.5bb/100 (9.5 EV bb/100) and also scored up about $1200 in rake back. I did want to have 30k VPPs cleared before the start of January but with the little amount of volume that I got in I was not even close.  I am going to start the month off at 50plo to get back into the grove, but then want to start and take shots over the weekend at 100plo.

I have been working more MTTs into my schedule and this has helped a lot.  I also started to add some NLO8 games in place of some of the NLHE games and those have gone pretty good.  I think that over February I am going to focus on playing the PLO and NLO8 tournaments, and maybe add a few NLHE games on the weekend.  The majority of my cashes in NLO8 have come at games <$10 BI but I think that is a bit of variance and learning.  I would say that I am decent at O8 and with a bit of work will feel more confident in the $27 and $82 MTTs.   Over all MTTs I had a net winnings of about $1790 and an ROI of 180%.  This ROI is high and not sustainable, but I am pretty sure that I should be able to probably get something >100% with how poorly the PLO MTT field has been so far.

 

Here are the graphs, you will notice that the down swing in cash was pretty well balanced by the profits in MTTS.

 

jan Cash

 

jan MTTs

With games I also did not do much the last two weeks.  I finally broke and got myself some Warhammer 40k models.  I decided to get myself some of the new blood angel models.  Also I have picked up the Deathstorm two army battle box.  I think that I am going to paint this set and try to sell it on ebay afterwards.  I am not sure how much I will be able to mark it up, but I am hopefully that I should be able to make a few hundred that I can use to finance my hobby a bit further.  The worse case scenario I have some good looking models for the display case.  The painting has been slow going the last week of January, but I am ready to push on in February.  As I get some of the units painted I will be posting the pics here.  I am going to keep the paint schemes as close as possible to the box and book.  Also once I have the set completed I might end up heading to my local games-workshop and playing out the campaign (three missions).  If I managed to do this I will put together some reports and pictures.

 

February Goals;

-Play majority of my hands at 100plo

-Get in more then two blog posts a week for the rest of the month