I’m back!!! Sorry for the wait, I’ve just been distracted by life. Exhaustion, work, and a crappy social life has been taking up most of my time. I’ve been very distracted and my game has definitely suffered. I lost 80% of my online bankroll by taking shots in bigger games and playing when not feeling 100%. I totally tilted and strayed away from my profitable hyperaggressive style.
The huge swings in the higher buy- in tournaments caught up to me and ate my bankroll up, but I did have some nice results. I won a 5 chip 6max tournament for my biggest bitcoin cash and multiple other small cashes but nothing like I know I can accomplish.
I currently have 20 mbtc in my online account and I plan to follow a strict bankroll management plan and return to the profitable path I was following before I lost my focus. One highlight is my cash game skill has improved drastically, a tight aggressive ABC style shows consistent profit in the lower limit games because the players are extremely weak and will call you down with anything so don’t bluff!!
My live game has improved drastically both in tournaments and cash games but only the cash sessions have shown profit. I’ve had some deep runs in 300+ player tournament fields at Pechanga Casino and a 15th place finish event 5 at the HPT at Agua Caliente casino, but bad luck and bad reads derailed any cashes or final tables.
Lately I have been profitable playing 1/2 NLH cash games. A super tight patient aggressive game is totally the right approach for these levels and it shows. I’m currently on a 6 game winning streak with a little over 400+ won!
So my time away has been a little up and down. I understand now that to be a professional you have to be a professional away from the tables. You can’t let anyone or anything get in the way of your dreams. Focus is easily lost if you allow distractions into your life.
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.
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.
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.
I’m playing the best poker of my life right now. Yeah it’s against some of the weakest players and at the lowest limits online but a few months ago I was getting my ass handed to me playing the same limits! I owe all my success like I said before to changing my ABC style into a relentless controlled aggression style, combined with plenty of tournament experience. I’m also putting all my efforts on improving my cash game skills and I know with a little practice and a higher bankroll my results will improve.
This week I played 17 tournaments and I had 6 cashes. I had an 8th, 7th, 6th, 6th, 3th, & a 2nd winning 11.80 mbtc. In the tournament where I placed 2nd place I put my money in the middle with 18 outs on the flop but I just didn’t get there, or else I would be writing a very different blog! I feel like my tournament game is at a very high level right now, and it’s just a matter of time till I start moving up the stakes. I’m playing my best and I’m starting to recognize more betting patterns, timing tells, and other little nuances of the game that’s increasing my bankroll and increasing my confidence.
I also played 8 cash games sessions and won 4 but for only 1.08 mbtc. My cash game skills still need work, I dropped down to the lowest limits online and I saw a small profit. It could of been I little higher but constantly bluffing, mistakes, and bad luck really threw a wrench in that. I also had some crazy bad beats including AA losing to K-K twice!
Overall I had a decent week at the tables, I put in the heavy volume that I really wanted to do and I won 12.88 mbtc bringing my bankroll to 85.88 mbtc. I feel like I’m well on my way to finding that perfect balance and I’m excited to see some better results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.