Posts Tagged ‘Happy’

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

 

IPoker, $235 Buy-in (250/500 blinds, 50 ante) No Limit Hold’em Tournament, 9 Players
Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager – The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

CO: 22,152 (44.3 bb)
BTN: 18,848 (37.7 bb)
Hero (SB): 11,024 (22 bb)
BB: 24,812 (49.6 bb)
UTG+1: 4,039 (8.1 bb)
UTG+2: 18,514 (37 bb)
MP1: 4,585 (9.2 bb)
MP2: 7,335 (14.7 bb)
MP3: 24,862 (49.7 bb)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Ah Ac

 


5 folds, CO raises to 1,100, BTN folds, Hero raises to 2,500, BB folds, CO calls 1,400

Flop: (5,950) Jc 6h Qh (2 players)
Hero bets 2,500, CO raises to 13,450,

Hero calls 5,974 and is all-in

Turn: (22,898) Qs (2 players, 1 is all-in)
River: (22,898) 7h (2 players, 1 is all-in)

Results: 22,898 pot
Final Board: Jc 6h Qh Qs 7h
CO showed 9d Qd and won 22,898 (11,874 net)
Hero mucked Ah Ac and lost (-11,024 net)

 

Yes the irony of me using a gif from a show called workaholics, while I play a game for a living was not lost on me either.

 

You ever see an episode of the price is wrong where it seems like the contestant has no clue what they are doing. Yeah that was about 90% of my month summed up.

Yeah so that was about how PLO went this month. I started off on a terror, but things quickly went bad once I moved up. For the most part I ran pretty terrible, and also I think that I was over estimating how aggressive players would be and the stack off ranges that they would have in situations (looking over my results there is about zero semi bluffing that goes on at 25PLO). As a result I was calling too many raises in too many spots, and just feeling like I was running into the top of peoples ranges when in fact they were not as wide as I would have perceived.

PLO start of April

So I was up about 1k over the first week, and with a new game coming out and a need for a new computer I decided to go ahead and buy a computer. Little did I know that I was going to go ahead and lose enough money to buy a second computer over the next week but that’s life; full of surprises. I really tried to push through my downswing at PLO but I was really frustrated and just could not get my head straight.

So in true fashion we reach the eleventh hour of the month and I am short on the month again. So I hit up the bread and butter games and load up some MTTs over the weekend. The tournaments went pretty good, but it sticking with the story I managed to come ninth in the big $11 on Saturday. I scored about $750 for the effort but first was 15k so I bit disappointed, also at the final table three players where all in ahead of me and none eliminated so that left a little sour taste in my mouth.

Sunday was a new day and had some bigger games on the go. I was in a mega satellite for the Irish open ($5k prize) which I had really high hopes for. The play is terrible on Ipoker and wit thirty players going to Ireland I was actually pretty sure that I would have a good chance of getting a prize. Anyhow recently doubled up and then this hand comes up.

http://lifeafterrake.com/2014/04/02/how-everyone-feels-playing-aa-in-a-nlhe-mtt/

Needless to say that was pretty disappointing, especially with the way that I have been running in any game with some nice prize on the line. I am just your typically MTT player feeling like he is due at this point. With tournaments on the go there is nothing to do but put your head down, suck it up and make sure to close out the rest of the games the best you can. Anyhow to add insult to injury I managed to finish 18th in daily double A, 11th in daily double B, 13th in a 4k on stars, and 13th in $5r on ipoker. BLAH BLAH BLAH. But it was not all doom and gloom. I did manage to finish third in the iPoker $10r for $2200. It was with a little mixed feeling that I finished third. I was chip leader with 13 left, then lost a bunch of my chips near the final table bubble and was about 7 of 9 left. Three handed I was easily the best player but left with the shortest stack, then bad turn card peels in one hand and that is all she wrote. In the end I did manage to scrap out (and I lose the term loosely) 3k over the weekend and a little weight has been lifted over the run bad all month.

As I mentioned I got myself a new computer, the thing is amazing I upgraded pretty good and actually got myself something that I will be able to play some games. It was really close between getting a console or a new computer but the extra money for the computer made the most sense. Also a lot of the xbox one console exclusives make their way to the PC so I think that in the future I might still get a PS4 (I big kid can dream big).

Titanfall is the first FPS game that I have played in ages, and needless to say I spent the majority of the first week standing on a spot and spinning like a human pylon for the more experienced players. As the week went on I did get a better at the game and I actually managed to get to the end of my first level 50 character.

On another proud not I managed to read two novels this month. I have really been a little too involved with poker and got away from reading, writing, thinking, doing anything else in general. I decided that I would read the Divergent books. The story was nothing amazing (miles better than anything that I could write) but was a little refreshing just to get involved into a story again.

Now it’s April. To be honest, I have no clue what direction I am going to take this month. I am really thinking about getting in a big tournament grind this month. Tournaments just come so naturally to me and after a bit of the slow start that I have had this year I would like to just get back to the things that work. I have also had some really success on ipoker playing tournaments.  I have played about 200 games which is less than what I would put into a week or two on that site if I was playing tournaments fulltime.  Well you saw the PLO graph so I will let this one speak for itself.

 

ipoker graph

I know that I keep saying it but I really want to get more posts on the blog. I feel like ever week that I have ideas, stories, hands that I want to share, get a little lazy or decide to put in a few more hours of poker and next thing I more another week has passed since I posted on the blog. The nice thing about playing tournaments is the wind down time at the end of a session when you have two of eight tables left. So I think that each day I am going to focus on using that wind down time productively to post and write.