Month: June 2014

New PLAN

2014 isn’t turning out to be so great, 6 months in and I’m already down $883! My online game has really taken off but my live game has taken a nose dive. I feel like not having a casino close to my house running cash games and tournaments is not allowing me to put in the heavy volume that you need to succeed at poker. Bad luck and bad play is also a cause of the problem, I estimate I’ve thrown away $515 due to bad play. I’ve played 13 tournaments and only cashed in 1 and I’ve played 3 cash game sessions winning 2 so it’s not really bad luck it’s amateur play.

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Last year I lost a little over $100 playing a somewhat of a busy schedule, this year I’ve played significantly less but traveling and different stresses haven’t allowed me to get comfortable in the new rooms I’m playing in. I need to strongly consider getting professional coaching to help me improve my game and take it to the next level but my ego and pride plus money makes it hard to ask for help. This year I’ve also up’ed my tournament buy-ins, I traveled to the City of Commerce to play the Million guaranteed tournament at the LAPC for $150 (I finished 50 out of the money) the player that busted me went on the finish 3rd for 40k! I also played a couple $100 buy-in tournaments in surrounding Palm Springs casinos and Morongo Casino but I was unsuccessful in cashing in any. Those tournaments had some huge fields so I know variance also comes into play.

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Playing the World Series has been my dream since I started playing and this year I actually got a chance to go. I failed to qualify for the $1500 event that I really wanted to enter while playing on wsop.com but I got a chance to play a $235 buy-in Rio deepstack event. My luck didn’t fair to well and I misplayed Aces after the first break and went busto vs A-5. I’ll use it as a learning experience but the good thing is I got to meet one of my favorite poker player personality’s Bryan “The Icon” Micon and I also totally enjoyed my vacation to the fullest.

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I’ve decided to pull out $500 of my savings and dedicate myself to building it up playing $10-$50 tournaments twice a week and grinding at least 2 cash game session sessions a month. I will only play 1/2 nlhe at Pechanga before or after there $50 tournament and 2-4 limit at Morongo before there $10 Sunday tournament. I plan on playing 100 hand cash game sessions or 2 hours max and leaving if I lose my buy-in or if I double my money. I will also follow the hated Chris Ferguson bankroll plan and move up the limits accordingly.

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Hopefully I stop playing like an idiot and my plan works and my luck turns around. Till next time good luck out there.

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You sleep, I TRAIN

Practice makes perfect. Pretty simple.

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I started to put in the heavy online tournament volume in preparation for my Vegas trip but I’m still shaking off some rust. That 2 week break is really killing me, I’m currently in a 10 tournament losing streak. I can easily accumulate chips but my lack of playing time has caused some impatience, and I keep bluffing my stack halfways through the tournament. I know as long as I get used to playing my game again I’ll be okay plus all the 10 tournaments I played were freerolls so I still broke even. I also played 1 cash game session and won 1 mbtc bringing my online bankroll to 86.95 mbtc….Once I get to 100 mbtc I’m moving up the limits.

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I played a live $10 Rebuy tournament at Morongo Casino Sunday and ran extremely well. I navigated myself through 60 players and made the final table with the chiplead! In these low limit tournaments the stacks are so shallow at the final table and the blinds escalate so rapidly that even though I had the chip lead I was still pretty short. I lost a big pot blind vs blind when I held JJ vs 10-7 all-in preflop. He flopped a full house. After that a conversation started regarding a chop 6-handed lol and we agreed at $138 a piece. If I would of won that pot with the Jacks I wouldn’t of chopped. I didn’t want to risk not cashing in the tournament with 4 BB’s as I’m trying to build back my bankroll so I didn’t want to gamble.

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I feel pretty confident in my game and I feel playing online and putting in the heavy volume has helped me plug some leaks in my overall game. Now the next step the WSOP.

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Good luck out there.