Sunday, April 12, 2009


So I guess it's time for an update - as usual after starting out this blog in a flurry of activity it's kind of fallen by the wayside over the last few weeks. Going to try and update on at least a fortnightly basis from now on.

Online cash first -not really too exciting, I'm just under break-even after aprox. 10K NL HE hands at $10 in March. Obviously this isn't ideal, but considering I was down 15 buy-ins at one point I'm quite happy about getting it back to break-even. The plan is to move this bank-roll to a new cage for the start of May and get a good deposit bonus/rake-back deal. I haven't played any NL HE hands in April at all yet.

I have played lots of PL Omaha though :). I originally tried to learn this game at some stage last year but I only got in about 200 hand before I got distracted. I knew I wasn't going to have much time for too many hands in April due to work and exams so decided to give it another go. Man it's a super game, I'm enjoying it immensely and the standard is so much lower than for the HE equivalent. I've been 2-tabling 6-max $20 and I'm up about 10 buy-ins. I'm not sure how many hands this is over but I'd guess maybe 3k or so.

Two other bits of news - first off I qualified for the Irish Open through Paddy Power. I had decided ages ago that I wasn't going to play this year due to exams, but I saw the Last Chance Saloon sats advertised and decided, fuck it, I'll give it a go and see how it works out. I played 6 or so $30 rebuys, qualifying for 2 of the $300 finals, and getting enough cash to almost cover the buy-in for one more. In the first I went out inf the first level when I was on the wrong end of a set over set, can't remember too much of the second one except that I went out around the half-way mark. In the third I was going well and fancied my chances before it all went pear-shaped and I went out in 15th with 8 tickets. I thought that was probably that, but I ended up buying straight into the last of the four finals, and for once I played well and ran good, and got one of the eight tickets.

In the Open itself, I basically blew it during the fourth level. I was at a super soft starting table, I actually can't believe how bad a couple of the players were. I didn't get any big hands, but was steadily building up a stack with well-timed agression. And then I donked off about 12k with 45 suited - I flopped a pair and a straight draw and ended up paying off the original raisers pocket kings. I called off 4k on the river when there was no-way I could possibly be ahead, was truly terrible. Even thinking about it now makes me wince. I went out in the 5th level when I shoved my 7 BBs with A8 into KK and didn't improve. Ended up going on the tear after this and did about €250 in the Jackpot in the early hours, can't remember a single hand.

Finally, I played the Sunday warm-up on Stars yesterday with one of the steps tickets I built up a while ago. I went out in 120th or so for about $950 - delighted with how I played overall, but disappointed not to go deeper. I got screwed hands wise because of four tools on my table who slow played every hand for three hours or so - they started about 100 out from the bubble and continued on afterwards. I was seriously pissed off with this as it means a massive reduction in the amount of hands I saw, and by the time I was eventually moved tables my stack had fallen below average. Went out when I shoved 15 BBs into from the SB into an early raise and he called with AQ.

Thats about it for the moment.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Moment of Madness

Bad day at work, was very tired from lack of sleep and didn't get much done tbh. Got home, made some food and decided to play a few hands before either going out or going to bed early. 5 and 1/2 hours later and I have to force myself to stop.

Unfortunately it ended up another loosing session, but I'm so much happier with my play tonight, with a couple of notable exceptions. I went through my database and found some small leaks, nothing major really but It definitely helped. Really feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things, and the time just flew past. I ran really bad overall, especially for the first two hours or so, but manged to stick with it and came through. Fecking blew all the good work with this beauty of a hand - I actually cringed when I went back over it.

Party Poker, $0.05/$0.10 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 5 Players - Hand History Converter

BB: $10.80
Hero (UTG): $20.51
CO: $14.92
BTN: $13.85
SB: $10

Pre-Flop: 7 8 dealt to Hero (UTG)
Hero raises to $0.30, CO folds, BTN raises to $1.20, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.90

Flop: ($2.55) 8 2 T (2 Players)
Hero bets $2, BTN raises to $5, Hero raises to $19.31 and is All-In, BTN calls $7.65 and is All-In

Turn: ($27.85) Q (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

River: ($27.85) 6 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: $27.85 Pot ($1 Rake)
Hero showed 7 8 and LOST (-$13.85 NET)
BTN showed As Ah and WON $26.85 (+$13 NET)

I hate myself for playing that badly, but it really was an isolated incident tonight. I went back through the database for the 1.7k hands I played and I lost 3.5 buy-ins with AA, KK, QQ, JJ and AKS - net, i.e. including the times I won with those hands. And it wasn't a case of playing them badly, no slowplaying and after watching them again there was only really one hand I should have got away from.

I'm much happier about my game now and hopefully I can keep it at this level for the next few weeks, may even post some winning sessions :) In fairness the only way is up from here, so I'd fucking better start winning.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Apparently I suck at poker

Have not had a good weekend online, bankroll is down to about $75. Playing very poorly tbh. I assumed that I would be beating these levels pretty easily, but it's not turning out that way. It hasn't helped that I've been a bit unlucky in big hands, a few set over sets and one bigger house did me for a bout 5 buy-ins, but even without those hands I'd still be a big loser over the 4.5k hands I've played since I started. Going to spend the next hour or so going through the data to see what the big leaks are, and hopefully plug the before I go completely busto.

Offline had a good weekend, finished up €400 after a couple of very drunken hours in the jackpot - I can only remember one hand and I played that one badly so I'm not sure how I managed it. Was out after the rugby as well, but was to wrecked to go play on Sat night. Possibly the fact that I was hung-over all weekend affected my play online.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Back to square one

So finished work early, which is great on a Friday cause I'm in a client's premises which is only 20 minutes from home. Decided to get a few hands in before going out for a few drinks - ended up being 45 minutes of pure shit. Ran bad and played worse, this hand being truly terrible.

Party Poker, $0.05/$0.10 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 5 Players - Hand History Converter

CO: $8.14
BTN: $20.28
SB: $5.13
BB: $5.81
Hero (UTG): $10.12

Pre-Flop: T A dealt to Hero (UTG)
Hero raises to $0.30, CO folds, BTN calls $0.30, SB calls $0.25, BB folds

Flop: ($1) 6 6 8 (3 Players)
SB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

Turn: ($1) 9 (3 Players)
SB checks, Hero bets $0.60, BTN raises to $1.20, SB folds, Hero calls $0.60

River: ($3.40) 7 (2 Players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $2, Hero raises to $5, BTN raises to $9, Hero calls $3.62 and is All-In

Results: $20.64 Pot ($0.62 Rake)
BTN showed 8 8 and WON $20.02 (+$9.90 NET)
Hero showed T A and LOST (-$10.12 NET)

I've no idea what I was thinking on the river there, seriously shit play.
And the call on the turn isn't great either. And this hand was just one of a few bad ones tbh. Reallistically I'm going to have to put alot of work in to just get back to the level I was playing at a few months ago.

Graph for the three session to date is as above. Which means I'm basically back to where I started. Not good, but probably not too surprising considering how rusty I am.

Going to head out for a few pints now, in two minds about whether I'll play some live cash later or not. Which probably means I will.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Opening Post yeah, a blog, nice. Inspired by Chris Ferguson's $0-$10k challenge from a couple of years ago, I'm going to record my attempt build a bankroll on ipoker. And probably some other random stuff too. I'm almost certain none of it will be remotely interesting to anyone, but I figure having a public record of this might help me to stick at it.

I've been playing poker for about five years, started on-line playing tournaments on Ladbrokes, had a few nice wins within in the first year playing pretty much ABC poker. Since then I've basically drifted about both online and live, playing in spurts really and with little or no discipline. Online I'm in profit overall, but I think with some discipline I could have greatly increased those profits. Live I estimate I'm break-even, possibly a small loser. I'd say I play 3-5 live tourneys a year, and play drunken live cash maybe once every two weeks on average.

Since Christmas I've been saving all the money I can, putting it into deposit accounts. I've cut back on all my luxury spending, withdrawn most of my online cash and basically shut-up shop. I'm not sure why I'm doing this, I'm not saving for anything particular, I guess at the start I wanted to see what was the bare minimum I could live on comfortably and now its turned into a bit of habit. I'm astounded at how much money I've managed to save to be honest.

Anyway, I logged into one of my ipoker accounts the other day and discovered I had exactly $200 left there that I had forgotten about. So I've decided to build myself an online roll using this to start me off.
I'm starting at $10 NL 6 -max and going to play mainly cash. Bank roll rules will be the usual, must have at least 20 buy-ins for the next level before I can move up. I won't buy into any tournament for more than 5% of my roll either. Obviously this could all go pear-shaped and I could lose it all in one session, but I won't be moving down levels below $10. I'm going to try and play about 15 hours a week for the moment, but this will be entirely dependent on how tired I am after my day-job and other outside factors. I've also got tax exams coming up in April which is going to curtail my poker playing somewhat for a time at least. Luckily I don't have a significant other at the moment so at least I won't have that eating into my poker :rolleyes:.

So before this gets all tl;dr, details of my first two sessions, last night and tonight. Was just below break-even last night as I got back into the swing of things, and made a three buy-in profit tonight to get things rolling. See graph above Had a couple of interesting hands, this being my favourite - I don't think I played it too well, but the guy started abusing me in chat afterwards which always makes me lol

Party Poker, $0.05/$0.10 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 5 Players - Hand History Converter

UTG: $12.08
CO: $2.99
BTN: $3.11
Hero (SB): $10.20
BB: $15.32

Pre-Flop: 5 5 dealt to Hero (SB)
3 folds, Hero calls $0.05, BB raises to $0.40, Hero calls $0.30

Flop: ($0.80) 6 K 8 (2 Players)
Hero checks, BB bets $0.70, Hero calls $0.70

Turn: ($2.20) 5 (2 Players)
Hero checks, BB bets $1.10, Hero raises to $2.70, BB calls $1.60

River: ($7.60) 5 (2 Players)
Hero bets $6.40 and is All-In, BB calls $6.40

Results: $20.40 Pot ($1 Rake)
Hero showed 5 5 and WON $19.40 (+$9.20 NET)
BB showed and LOST (-$10.20 NET)

Had a couple of dodgy hands as well, really have to remember not to three-barrell with nothing at this level at least :)