Month: April 2014

Change UP

One thing I’ve realized about poker  over these past 10 years is change is constant. You can’t get comfortable because poker is constantly evolving and moving in different directions. Last year my local cardroom closed down, where I made a small profit constantly playing small stakes nlhe tournaments and it caused me to search for a new room. I’ve lost money ever since and it caused me to drop down to the micro online games. I think my losing has something to do with the mental aspect and also with my comfort level.

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I played the first half of the week in my regular fashion playing my favorite tournament over and over. I ran bad Monday- Wednesday I didn’t cash in any of the 9 tournaments I played in. On Thursday I got home ready to grind but when I turned on my computer my favorite tournament was gone, just like that. I contacted support and they said It was removed but it will return, there just wasn’t a set date.

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This kind of tilted me, my bread and butter tournament was gone, my number one money maker was gone but for how long? I started grinding the low-limit cash games and had some immediate success, but eventually I lost it all back and a couple tournament buy-ins. I also played a couple higher buy-in tournaments and didn’t cash at all. Sunday they finally brought back my tournament and I played 4 of those. The first three my confidence was shot and I lost fairly quickly. The last one I played a had a deep run but two away from the money I missed my flush draw against the chip leader and got busted.

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Overall I had one of my worst weeks grinding the low-limits. I played 15-16 tournaments and cashed in zero (It hurts seeing that number) and I had a few crappy cash game sessions bringing my bankroll to 73 mbtc. I lost 3 mbtc this week but it feels like a 100 mbtc. I got to keep my head up because downswings eventually happen. I’m just going to look at the bright side this is only my second losing week in three months and I only lost 3 mbtc. Can’t complain too much.

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Good luck out there.

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PROFIT

The number one reason I play poker for is profit. Don’t get me wrong I have fun playing poker but I’d rather be on the beach sipping a Corona, with a pretty senorita by my side than at the poker tables grinding my ass off. When it all comes down to it poker is work and if you not mentality and physically ready to work chances are your going to fail or not be as successful as someone that gives there all to there craft. People that have dreams of becoming a professional poker player must remember it’s hard work to have the will to drive you to win continuously and it’s the hardest you’ll have to work for an easy living.

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With that being said I had a decent week but I only made 3 final tables, 2 down from my weekly average. I feel like this week was fueled by lack of motivation and fear of failure. I had a busy work week at my regular job so I understand my lack of motivation was mostly from fatigue, but the fear of failure came from watching the leaderboards. I cracked the low-limit leaderboard this week on Thursday at 43rd place and jumped to 23rd place by Saturday. So this week I watched myself closely moving up and down the board when I should of been watching my play and my bankroll.

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I usually have a deep run early in the week but this week I didn’t have one till Thursday! I was getting nervous but I kept my head on straight and kept grinding and finally I got lucky. Thursday morning I built a big stack early in a tournament and rode it to the final table and a 2nd place finish. Once at the final table I played a conservative game and let the other players do my dirty work unfortunately it gave a great player an opening and he took advantage. He ran over the table by raising and re-raising every chance he got and by the time we got heads up he held an 8 to 1 chip lead and was made quick work of. I wasn’t too disappointed, I made some nice profit and it wasn’t like I wasn’t trying to win, it just wasn’t in the cards.

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Friday I told myself I was going to play all day after work but prior obligations restricted me from putting in the heavy volume I wanted to, but all for the best, I still handled my business and played a 66 sng freeroll and proceeded to run over the field. I think I would of won the tournament but when we got 4 handed I lost internet connection while about to raise in the big blind with pocket kings!! When my internet connection came back I was mid hand facing a bet on the flop, I called and led on the turn and river but my opponent stuck it out with the 10-4 on a ten high flop and hit two pair on the river! I was left severely crippled after that hand and was shortly eliminated after my K-Q failed to improve against A-6. I got 4th place and I was so mad at myself for playing that time out hand that way but I put it past me and I will use it as a learning experience.

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Saturday was supposed to be an all day grind session but I ran extremely hot in my second tournament. Put it like this a starting stack in this tournament is 1,500 by the time we got to the 2,300 average I had 17,000! I played an “controlled aggression” strategy from there and coasted to the final table. Once there I won a big three-way pot with K-Q vs 4-4 vs K-J after spiking a queen on the turn. The player in second place turned hyper aggressive and eliminated the 3rd place player and heads play started with me holding 70% of the chips in play. I even built it up to 88% but my opponent didn’t care he proceeded to chop me down and before I knew it I only held a slight chip lead.

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This player kept raising the button and c-betting away so I decided if I got a chance I would slow play him because nothing else was working. He raised on the button and I called with Q-10 the flop came Q-6-2 and I quickly checked. He bet a quarter of his stack, I paused for a second and called. The turn came a Jack I quickly checked, he bet a little less than half is stack, I paused once again and called. The river came an other Jack and I quickly checked again and he shoved all-in. I snap called and he showed 6-9 I WON!!!!! I was so pumped I literally switched up my style  and changed gears like the pros talk about and took the victory from my opponent’s hands!!

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This week I played 14 tournaments, cashed in 3 profiting 12 mbtc and bringing my bankroll to 76 mbtc, nothing’s better than showing profit.

Good luck out there.

Bitter SWEET

Last weeks blog was all about running hot, this weeks is blog is similar but has a different tune. Overconfidence was my number one problem this week. Without a doubt I had some wicked bad beats (nothing new) but I seen myself constantly putting money in the pot in situations where airing to the side of caution was the optimal play. Lack of patience was my second problem, this week I found myself a couple times with a favorable chip stack only to give it up by getting myself in trouble by playing too many hands. Overall I was not happy with my play this week, I lost focus and played like an idiot and it surely cost me money.

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Hello! Hello! Anybody home?

The week started off with a 7th place finish. I held a slight chip lead with 8 remaining but I got stuck playing 3 handed with a hyper-aggressive player that kept shoving all-in on every hand. He shoved in my big blind and I called with A-10 he showed K-7 flopped a King and took half my stack. A player was eliminated at the other table but the hyper player didn’t quit or skip a beat he kept raising and raising. Finally I got fed up and called the rest of my stack with K-7 when he shoved on my big blind. He showed A-8 and flopped an Ace. I should of waited for a better spot but my I got impatient and tried to make something happen when nothing was there.

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Very true

Tuesday I played a couple tournaments during the day and had no luck till night time I seemed to pick up steam. I entered a 66sng 6-Max Freeroll and totally ran over the field, I even had connection problems at the final table and got blinded down. My connection returned 3 handed and despite having a severe chip a disadvantage I’ve battled back and won the tournament!!! I played a perfect tournament up to getting timed out and I got really lucky to win it after blinding down. This was totally my high point of the week and I love how my relentless aggressiveness constantly puts me position to win.

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1st place stats

I believe winning in that fashion set the tone for the next few days and put me in a zone of overconfidence. I played 7-9 tournaments and didn’t cash in any and to make matters worse I ran extremely bad and lost 3.2 mbtc playing low limit Bitcoin cash games. Wednesday thur Saturday I played some of the worse tournament and cash game poker I’ve played in a while, I really let myself down. I need to clean this up if I ever have plans of becoming a professional poker player.

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Sunday was actually a great day, It started off with a 7th place finish where I lost most of my chips on a cooler with 10-6 on a 10-6-2 flop when my opponent showed 6-6 (It happens). Then I got a 4th place finish where I played ok but I just went card dead at the end and then I finished the day up with an other 7th place finish. Overall I had a decent week I played 15-17 tournaments cashed in 5 and increased my bankroll by 8 mbtc bringing it to 64 mbtc tournament buy-ins!

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Grinding at the low limits

This week was bitter sweet, I finally got even online but lapses in judgement made a week of celebration into one where I had to have a great Sunday in order to make up for my bad play. It’s a learning process.

Good luck out there.

Running HOT

I’m having a great week playing tournaments, I’m so close to getting even online I can taste it. Playing my aggressive, raise with anything in position style has proven to be much more valuable than my prior tight ABC approach. I can’t picture myself ever getting away from this style. Raise after, raise makes your opponents easy to manipulate and easier to read. At the same time it’s easier for them to play back at you so at times I use “controlled aggression” and it shows with my multiple cashes this week.

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The week started off nice with a 2nd place finish out of 66 players, I held the chip lead when heads up play started and despite having my opponent all in twice with the lead I just couldn’t pull it out. I wasn’t disappointed with the outcome I played my best and I understand sometimes it’s just not in the cards. Tuesday I entered my first Poker Fraud Alert Freeroll that runs simultaneously with there podcast and had a nice little run. I played some great poker and got some good cards but sadly at the final table I received a bad beat when my Q-Q lost to J-J and I ended up with a 4th place finish. I really enjoyed playing on there site and I received a speedy cash out so for sure you’ll see me playing on there more often.

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Tune in every Tuesday

Wednesday I got to the final table 4/6 in chips out of 66 players and got 4th after my A-K got out flopped by A-J when all the money went in pre-flop. Thursday I played two tournaments and I didn’t cash in any, Friday I took the whole day off and went out for drinks with friends and relaxed after a busy week. Saturday a grinded all day and had two cashes both 7th places finishes (I could of done better) out off 66 runners and I also had a few winning cash game sessions. Sunday I’m not even going to lie my heart wasn’t in it and I kind of threw away 3 tournaments by playing hands out of position and repeatedly gambling with calling stations. Old habits die hard.

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Yes!

Overall though I had one of my most profitable weeks grinding at the low levels. I played 13 tournaments, cashed in 5, and also turned a profit grinding at the cash game tables. I won 20 mbtc this week bringing my bankroll to 56 mbtc, 4 more to go and I’ll finally be even!!!

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Good luck out there and hopefully you run HOT!