Texas Holdem

Are you prepared for the WSOP?

The beast that is the World Series Of Poker is among us. It’s massive player fields with equally massive prize pools are only a few short weeks away. Are you ready? Have you prepared? Do you have what it takes to survive these 1000+ player fields filled with a bevy of established poker professionals and gaggles of amateurs taking their one shot? Can you navigate through these enormous minefields, and take home the coveted WSOP gold bracelet? Do you have it in you?

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I’ve been on grind mode as of late. Moving over to Nitrogen Sports has been a blessing in disguise. I’ve been showing consistent profit in their bigger regular tournaments. Moving up the stakes to the 25 mbtc level was hard at first, mostly do to the mental aspect of the game, but I’ve learned to take breaks from the tables when I’m running bad and take a mandatory 15 minutes a day minimum, to study on my game away from the tables. It’s really been helping, I’ve ran 65 mbtc I won playing freerolls, up to 900 mbtc! I’ve mostly been playing there 750 mbtc guaranteed daily tournament, I’ve entered about 20 and have placed 3rd twice, 2nd twice, and 1st also twice! Even though these tournament have small fields, it’s a great boost of confidence and bankroll and I’ll use this nice run as a stepping stone heading into the WSOP.

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Barring a huge score early at the WSOP, this year I’am only scheduled to play the Colossus event and the Lucky 7’s event both with a buy-in under $1000. I see these tournaments as being some of the most profitable, due to the large amount of recreational players entering. I play with these kind of players daily online and I can see some very profitable situations arising due to there the lack of live play, very long days and just the fact that these tournaments will be the highest buy-ins these players will ever pay in there whole career.

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I plan on continuing my regular poker schedule but I will be tossing in a few live events a week before I head to Vegas. I will definitely be studying hard in preparation these last few precious weeks. I have trust in my game plan, my experience at the LAPC has really helped get me ready for the long haul these higher buy-in tournaments could be. I plan to be well rested and have no stress on my arrival to Vegas so I just pre-registered for the Colossus flight #D May 30, 2015. So if you see me in the halls at the Rio, come up say hi and buy me a beer!

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I hope you are prepared for a deep run as I definitely feel I am. I wish you all a successful, enjoyable, profitable WSOP. I look forward to writing my next blog post on the feeling of winning my first braclet! So until next time, good luck out there.

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Grinding my face OFF

Call a doctor my face has literally fallen off!! Ok that’s a bit of an exaggeration but in all sincerity, I’ve played 30+ online tournaments in three weeks and have been extremely successful. I’ve made 10 final tables a 6th, 5th, 2x 4th, 3rd, 3x 2nd (including a chop) and 2x 1st places!! I won 69 mbtc more than doubling on online bankroll, bringing it to 128 mbtc. I’ve had most of my success in 6max tournament format, I chopped a 5 chip 6max tournament heads up on a Saturday and won it outright the next day!!

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I also played 2 “live” tournaments during these 3 weeks, and had no success. I headed down to Morongo Casino and tried my luck at one of there daily $45 morning tournaments and proceeded to get my flush chased down by a 2 early position players trips when the board paired on the river. I rebought for $20 and played tight for about an hour, then I finally shoved my last 11bb’s with A4 in the big blind and got called by AJ and I was out. I also played the Sunday 5k guarantee at Pechanga and played super aggressively. I raised and reraised every chance I got and build a loose, crazy image. I shoved all-in preflop with AA and got called by a bigger stack’s QQ, I was looking and feeling good till the queen came on the the flop and I was out!

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I did play one $1/$2 nlhe live cash game session at Pechanga and had great success winning $254 =127 big blinds!! My first hour was boring and uneventful, it consisted of 1 or 2 won small pots and lots of folding! I took a break and came back to the table to find a few new faces and also the table dynamics had totally changed. I started catching cards and made the nut flush on the river to crack a set of kings and I also won a nice pot with quad 3’s. I owe my low limit cash game success to being patient, waiting out the fishes is one of the major characteristics that all winning poker players possess, the kids call it “old man game”.

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Overall I had some had some decent success, nothing to quit my job over but I feel like I’m setting a strong foundation. This path I look to journey down is full of pitfalls and obstacles and all this experience that I’m gaining by “grinding my face off ” will do nothing but bring me one step closer to that BIG score that we all chase.

Good luck out there.

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.

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!

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.