Month: March 2014

Monkey CASH

Analysis of my poker playing skill through my Poker Manager app has shown me my cash game win rate is significant lower than my tournament win rate so naturally I’ve kept a distance from cash games. Lately I’ve been running bad in tournaments, something like the 0-15 in 12 days so I decided to try something different. My bread and butter are low to mid stake tournaments but with running and playing so bad I’ve been strictly playing freerolls, bad thing is they run every two hours. I’ve been trying my hardest to play my way out of this funk but waiting two hours to play with my busy schedule is very hard to do.

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Sunday though Thursday I only played 3 or 4 tournaments and I had zero cashes. Running and playing bad these past few days and work caused me to decrease my time at the tables this week, but all for the best getting away sometimes helps you get you’re mind right especially after a prolonged losing streak. So Friday I came home after work, cracked a beer and got to it. I played 2 tournaments and was quickly eliminated from the first but the in second one I accumulated a vast amount of chips early and became chipleader halfways through. I played my aggressive raise with anything game till we hit the bubble then I started thinking about how I hadn’t cashed in almost two weeks and I tightened up. The players around me got more aggressive and pretty much I got short and shoved with K-Q and got called and eliminated with A-A. I cost myself the victory by getting nervous on the bubble but I needed to secure a cash and I did that. I got a 5th place finish out of 66 runners and I won 2 mbtc, damn it felt good getting that monkey off my back!

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Sketchy

Saturday a played a handful of tournaments, I had a few near cashes but nothing. In one I was chipleader sitting at 15,000 with 16 players left and got into a raising war with the player that was 2nd in chips with 14,300 on a 5-6-7 board. After the dust settled and all the money was in the middle I had 3-4 and he showed 9-8!!!!

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Cooler!!

Luckily in between tournaments I sat at some juicy low limit nlh cash game tables and cleaned up. One hand I got it all-in with K-J of hearts vs J-10 off-suit on a J-3-4 two heart board and hit a flush. In an other hand I got it all-in with aces vs K-10 on a 10 high board and it held. Both times I doubled up to 8 mbtc, not too shabby for someone that hardly ever plays cash games. In the future I plan to find a balance between online cash games and tournaments in an attempt to expand and take my game to greater levels.

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I played a few cash game sessions and tournaments on Sunday and ended losing some mbtc back. I finished the week with only one final table but I increased my bankroll to 36 mbtc not too bad but surely I could of played better. I can’t complain, I had a winning week and with a some more focus and little bit of luck my results without a doubt will improve.

Good luck out there.

Jermain the DONKEY

I suck. Well not really, I’m kind of running bad and this new super aggressive style that I’m playing is causing me to swing more wildly. I’m not going to make excuses for myself, losing has made me play like an idiot and I’ve resorted to making desperate plays at times.

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Thank god for freerolls because I’m currently in 9 tournament losing streak, luckily I’ve stuck to a strict bankroll management plan and I’ve entered plenty of freerolls. I’ve lost 4 mbtc this week bringing my bankroll 31 mbtc. This is my first losing week since I made my 10 buy-in deposit after going bust a month ago. I’ve got to remain positive, poker is like climbing a mountain sometimes you have to descend for a bit in order to reach the top. There is plenty of peaks and valleys on this road we travel and what makes a pro is how you handle yourself during trying times.

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Don’t give up keep climbing

When running bad and going though losing streaks go out, have fun, visit friends and family. Don’t let the eventual downswings get you down, get away from poker clear your mind and remember there’s a beautiful world out there.

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Good luck at the tables.

Turning the CORNER

I’ve always promoted playing a tight aggressive style but lately I’ve been deploying an extremely loose aggressive style. I’ve been playing position making raises and reraises with any two cards and the second I sense weakness in my opponents I usually move in on them. This style is extremely dangerous and I do not suggest playing or using it unless your very confident in you’re reading abilities. This style is very high risk, very high reward….

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Totally what my style consists of

I’ve played 8 tournaments this week, I had two 1st place finishes, I REPEAT TWO 1ST PLACE FINISHES both in a 66 player 6max tournament format and I final tabled the Donkdown Freeroll for an 8th place finish out of 206 players. What an amazing week!!! I almost doubled my bankroll increasing it to 35 mbtc. I owe all this this success to a lil tweak I’ve discovered while talking to a friend. A non-poker playing friend of all people! I was telling my her I was struggling finishing out tournaments and that I wasn’t a big winner. She said that I should go all out, that I wasn’t winning so what did I have to lose? I thought she was crazy at first, but as I went home I thought to myself it’s worth a shot. I had some success years ago playing a super aggressive position playing style and I can’t remember having better time at the tables raising and reraising my opponents into submission.

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My opponents

On Wednesday I played the Donkdown freeroll my first tournament using this style and right away it showed success. I raised almost every hand in position with anything and made huge reraises when I had the best hand. Putting players constantly to the test confuses them and forces them to make big decisions for their tournament life, and usually they make the wrong move. I coasted into the money and finished 8th out of 203 players easily where last week I struggled to reach 11th place.

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Big BTC freeroll every Wednesday!!!

The very next day I jumped into a 66 player 6max tournament and practically ran over the field. I made the final table 1st in chips and only gave up the lead for two hands when we were 3 handed. I started heads up play with an 8 to 1 advantage in chips but quickly saw a portion disappear after two quick double ups and losing a couple small pots to my ballsy opponent. The final hand came with me on the button, I raised with Q-2 and my opponent called the flop came 2-5-10 and I made a continuation bet, my opponent called. The turn was a 4 putting a flush and straight draw out on the board, I bet once again and my opponent quickly called. The river was an 8 and I didn’t know what to do, I tanked and bet the minimum, immediately my opponent moved all in. I thought for while and convinced myself he was bluffing. I made the call and sure enough he had J-3 for the missed straight and my duces where good!

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I totally did the Hevad Khan after winning in that fashion

Two days passed and I played a few tournaments but with this style you either run deep or get eliminated in a quick fiery fashion, so I was busted fairly quickly in the tournaments I played after my victory. Then yesterday happened, I woke up early and jumped into an other 66 player 6max tournament and from the get go I started running over my table! I played almost perfect poker and came into the final table with a dominating chip lead, I eliminated 5/6 of the players and easily won my heads up battle all while driving to play a live tournament at Pechanga Resort and Casino! (Don’t try this at home kids!)

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Check out these 1st place stats!

All I can say is don’t be afraid to try different things, it’s insane to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

Good luck out there.

Focus on the PRIZE

Poker is just one long session. Make the right decision and in the long run you’ll show a profit, let the cards the fall where they may. You cant control the outcome of the cards, all you can control is how you play the cards you’re dealt. It’s a pretty simple way to live by, the hard part is retaining your focus and discipline in high pressure situations and times of great despair when all seems lost……But never give up, I fucken repeat never give up. Ever.

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I didn’t have a great week money wise, I didn’t lose Bitcoin I showed a small profit. 3 cashes and 2 final tables out 7 tournaments in fields of 42-228 players increasing my bankroll by 23% bringing my total bankroll 18 mbtc. These fields on sealswithclubs.eu are pretty soft and playing a tight aggressive style is slowly showing a profit, I just make sure to avoid trouble hands and never give up!!

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My first cash was a 8th place finish of 66 players, it was a min cash that I would of never got if I would of gave up when I lost half my stack early but my style doesn’t consist of throwing the towel in when times get tough or extremely difficult. My second cash was in a 11th place finish in a 228 player Donkdown freeroll that I had no business cashing in. I made the top 40 and the money with 5 big blinds and slowly grinded my way to an 11th the place finish while never having more than 10bbs to play with in the whole tournament! It wasn’t a huge cash but by far one of my most patient and disciplined tournament’s I’ve ever played.

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My last cash of the week was a 5th place finish out of 42 runners. I played a tight game and got extremely lucky on the bubble to get to the money. With 5 of us left I was sitting on the short stack 6,300 at 400/800 $50 ante, action was folded around to me in the small blind I have J-9 of clubs and I called. The big blind who was second in chips doubles the bet and I call leaving me with 4700, the flop comes 9-2-4 I check and he bets 2400. I pause and check raise all in, he snap calls and shows J-J. Lol I’m not perfect.

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Just remember to tell yourself during hectic stages in a tournament/cash games or life in general to never give up!

Good luck out there.

Live action at PECHANGA

My in town poker room closed down last November, now I’m without a home. I’ve been trying local cardrooms, but it’s hard finding that place your comfortable in. I feel like my game has been suffering due to the lack of stability but I think I’ve found a solution at Pechanga Resort and Casino. It’s right off the 15 Fwy in the beautiful city of Temecula C.A and boasts one of the biggest poker rooms in California. It’s a 40 minute drive from my home, the closest of all the nearby rooms and I best thing is I happen to work close by.

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Hands down one of the most beautiful casinos in California

Sunday’s they run a pretty sweet tournament. It starts at 11am, it’s a $45 buy-in, 20 minute levels, $5000 starting stack and 5k guarantee. I’ve looked around for guarantees and buy-ins similar to that amount, and for that you’re going to have to drop at least $100. So yesterday I made my way down to check it out. To say the least I was very impressed.

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Even Will was Impressed

I roll up to a giant poker room full of players, 200 phony up $45 and play starts sharply at 11am. I play my tight early level game for a while till I pick up K-K and make a raise…everyone folds. A few levels pass and I get bored so I raise in late position with 8-2 off suit lol I get called by an older man and he checks in the dark from the small blind. I lead out on the flop and turn as he checks loudly and pounds the table. Finally on the river I slow down and check behind and he shows the flopped two pair.

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I almost fell into the old man’s trap!

I lost almost half my stack after my failed bluff attempt so I tighten up till I  get A-A vs. A-10 and double up. I few hands later double up again with a flush so I’m sitting pretty. So I think..about an hour passes three levels go by and I go completely card dead and my 25,000 drops down to 13,000 and on top of it my table gets broken, so I’m sitting at 13bbs and table full of monster stacks raising and reraising each other, then this hand comes up.

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23,000ish my high point

With the blinds at $500/$1000 $100 Ante I look down at two beautiful Queens. I take my time pause, contemplate, and explore my options… “Should I raise?” Definitely! “Should I call?” No “Should move all in?” Yes I only had 13k and I felt like applying maximum pressure would give me the best chance to win the blinds and antes. The player next to act after me tanks for a few seconds and moves in for 22k, action folds to the player on the button who quickly moves all in for 40k. The player to my left turns over A-Q and the button turns over K-K leaving me with one out. A-Q and I miss and the button takes down a massive pot, leaving me with a 45th place finish out of 200.

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No!!!!! Not the cooler!!!!!

I was pretty much crushed by the cooler but I sucked it up and took it in stride. Overall I played a great tournament and just couldn’t go on that sick run that it takes to win one of these. 1st place paid $1,801 so you’ll definitely see me playing this event again, hopefully with different results…..Till next time I wish you all good luck and don’t get coolered!!!!

My bankroll vs. Online POKER

Online poker. Once a click of a mouse away for Americans, now just a distant memory. I used to play on Pokerstars, it was fun playing in my underwear. Now with the DOJ shutting down online poker in the USA except for a few states, players have to go to other means. Enter Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency introduced as open source software in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto.

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I’ve been playing poker for bitcoin on a website called sealswithclubs.eu with some success. They run a ton of freerolls, have weak fields, and they have speedy withdraws and deposits. When I first started playing a made a $50 BTC deposit and almost immediately I doubled it playing tournaments and cash games. I  withdrew half and stored it in a digital wallet and continued playing. I few weeks ago I went on tilt and lost my online bankroll…

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Two days ago I withdrew 10 mbtc from my digital wallet and placed it in my sealswithclubs account. I’ve played 6 tournaments and I’ve made 3 final tables. First it was a 6th place finish where I flopped 2 pair and and got it all in vs. the chipleader’s top pair and he got lucky and rivered a higher 2 pair. The second was a 2nd place finish where I lost a big pot heads up with K-Q vs. A-J (very dumb) but won a nice amount of BTC & the last one was a 4th place finish where I lost my last 10bbs with A-8 vs. K-6 but played a well balanced tournament.

Overall I increased my bankroll to 15 mbtc and I was impressed with my game. 3 final tables in fields of 18-66 players boosts my confidence. I know if I don’t go on tilt continue playing a tight aggressive game in these low buy-in tournaments I’ll continue showing a profit. I feel playing online definitely is helping my game and I suggest it for anyone looking to take there game to a different level.

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Good luck at the tables whether in real life or online in your boxers. Oh yeah happy Green Friday.