Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Tommy Angelo has suggested I hide cash all over the house.

Well, he didn't actually suggest it to me. More like he suggested it to anyone who could read - he put it in Elements of Poker.

And he didn't literally say to hide it all over the house. Which I couldn't do anyway because the step-ma has taken all the good spots.

But he did suggest that I/we would play better if I/we knew I/we weren't going to run out of money.

Makes sense to me.

(It'll probably make sense to you, too, if you use your finger to cover the "I"s or the "we"s.)

So my plan, when I finally reload, is to have 10 buyins for .10/.25 NLHE on FTP and 10 buyins in a new savings account I'll start over at ingdirect.ca.

Furthermore, I won't jump levels until I have 10 buyins for the new level on the site and in the account.

Lop. Lop. Lop.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

new plan: do nothing

I've surrendered ... but just for the moment. I sent the last of my BR - not even a small fortune - to swd805 as a stake in some future event.
In fact, that event just got decided today: I now have a 3% stake in today's $750k gtd. If he FTs it, I'm guaranteed at least $300. Gogogogogogo!

swd805 and I haven't had the most productive of partnerships to now; here's hoping that the third time's the charm!

I had hoped that by giving away my BR I'd be able to keep the software closed. No such luck; I've been freerolling like a nutball.

It's not gotten me anywhere.

I've returned to Tommy Angelo's Elements of Poker; lopping off that C-game, one element at a time.

I haven't gotten very far with the book, mind you. Every time I open it I start from the beginning again. That's not a bad thing: I keep discovering little points I thought I'd remember the first time but didn't.

Like this one:

When you are winning, and you reach a point in the session when the happiness you will gain by winning more money will be much less than the pain you will endure if you lose, quit. Away from the table you can examine how and why this imbalance occurs. Meanwhile, learn to trust the quitting voice, and to react without question.

I should be giving me permission to quit when I want, not Tommy Angelo. But I second-guess myself so much and I punish myself so much and I ignore my own wishes so much (flashback to 1986!) that it has more of an impact when it comes from someone else.


Just like I'm always looking for the fundamental reasons that I suck at poker, I'm always looking for the fundamental reasons I suck at life. It's no coincidence that I believe when I fix one I'll fix the other.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

already posted you-know-where

How to prepare/defend?

He made the right call on the flop, given what he had.

Should I have played more defensively?

Should I be better prepared for the worst?

Should I have checked the flop and waited to see what came on the turn, just in case it was a danger card? Risk winning less to risk losing less?
(I anticipate the argument that I should have slowed down when my opponent called the flop because he might already have the flush; let me say that once again I knew he didn't, that he only had one spade. I fired again on the turn because I hadn't anticipated the additional straight draw. Oh, and don't bother asking how I knew he only had one spade 'cause I've answered similar questions a zillion times before and no one ever believes that I 'just knew'. )

Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 94169
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Jeniojon (UTG+2): $4.25
Slyone_90 (MP1): $10.61
spainfish (MP2): $2.59
imaass (CO): $4.67
d3llanAA (BTN): $2.51
ebbelwoi333 (SB): $3.65
Hero (BB): $10.00
domson23 (UTG): $7.71
mopsturtle (UTG+1): $2.89
Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BB with TT of hearts TT of clubs
domson23 calls $0.10, 1 fold, Jeniojon raises to $0.20, 1 fold, spainfish calls $0.20, 3 folds, Hero calls $0.10, domson23 calls $0.10
Flop: ($0.85) TT of spades 22 of spades QQ of spades (4 players)
Hero bets $0.85, domson23 folds, Jeniojon folds, spainfish calls $0.85
Turn: ($2.55) JJ of clubs (2 players)
Hero bets $2, spainfish calls $1.54 all in
River: ($5.63) 44 of clubs (2 players - 1 is all in)
Final Pot: $5.63
spainfish shows AA of spades KK of hearts (a straight, Ace high)
Hero shows TT of hearts TT of clubs (three of a kind, Tens)
spainfish wins $5.26
(Rake: $0.37)

posted on fulltiltforum.com

Nitty volume game not going so well

I'm playing the volume game. Eight-tabling at .05/.10. I'm folding almost everything and just playing the best hands. I'm folding small pairs virtually every time and only playing medium pairs in position. I only play AJ if it's been folded to me and I can raise with it in late position. My VPIP is less than 10 at almost every table. The only time that changes is when I get a run of good cards. My PFR is going to be the same as my VPIP in most situations.
In other words, I'm on auto-pilot.

Should I be more alert for sets? Should I reduce the number of tables I play so that my radar can be better-tuned?

If not, what should I do?

Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players - View hand 93794
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

dotsu (BTN): $1.70
pearlxman (SB): $9.55
Hero (BB): $10.00
DraftDodger7 (UTG): $2.23
DedUSSR (UTG+1): $2.00
Bobobowser (MP1): $14.27
TightTeddie (MP2): $11.08
Halfbeasty (CO): $13.73
Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BB with AA of diamonds KK of hearts
3 folds, TightTeddie raises to $0.30, 3 folds, Hero calls $0.20
Flop: ($0.65) KK of diamonds TT of diamonds 99 of spades (2 players)
Hero bets $0.65, TightTeddie raises to $1.76, Hero calls $1.11
Turn: ($4.17) 88 of spades (2 players)
Hero checks, TightTeddie bets $2.50, Hero calls $2.50
River: ($9.17) AA of clubs (2 players)
Hero checks, TightTeddie bets $4.44, Hero raises to $5.44 all in, TightTeddie calls $1
Final Pot: $20.05
Hero shows AA of diamonds KK of hearts (two pair, Aces and Kings)
TightTeddie shows 99 of clubs 99 of diamonds (three of a kind, Nines)
TightTeddie wins $18.72
(Rake: $1.33)

Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players - View hand 93799
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Hero (BTN): $12.27
DEALER ME IN (SB): $10.55
Piggedi (BB): $6.53
sadism (UTG): $4.14
dotsu (UTG+1): $3.49
7gifojaluz7 (MP1): $2.00
7Oleg7 (MP2): $1.99
ivanontilt (CO): $11.50
Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BTN with AA of clubs KK of diamonds
5 folds, Hero raises to $0.35, DEALER ME IN calls $0.30, 1 fold
Flop: ($0.80) AA of spades 33 of spades 22 of clubs (2 players)
DEALER ME IN checks, Hero bets $0.80, DEALER ME IN calls $0.80
Turn: ($2.40) 88 of clubs (2 players)
DEALER ME IN checks, Hero checks
River: ($2.40) TT of diamonds (2 players)
DEALER ME IN checks, Hero bets $2.40, DEALER ME IN calls $2.40
Final Pot: $7.20
Hero shows AA of clubs KK of diamonds (a pair of Aces)
DEALER ME IN shows 88 of diamonds 88 of spades (three of a kind, Eights)
DEALER ME IN wins $6.72
(Rake: $0.48)

Full Tilt Poker $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em - 7 players - View hand 93800
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Da Griz (UTG): $4.46
Chacha-inn (UTG+1): $2.04
iknowJS (MP): $5.96
EllendeAnja (CO): $2.50
ThePark911 (BTN): $8.60
whatsup9650 (SB): $9.90
Hero (BB): $11.31
Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BB with 66 of spades KK of hearts
4 folds, ThePark911 calls $0.10, 1 fold, Hero checks
Flop: ($0.25) KK of diamonds JJ of spades 77 of hearts (2 players)
Hero checks, ThePark911 bets $0.10, Hero calls $0.10
Turn: ($0.45) 55 of spades (2 players)
Hero checks, ThePark911 checks
River: ($0.45) 66 of diamonds (2 players)
Hero bets $0.25, ThePark911 raises to $0.50, Hero calls $0.25
Final Pot: $1.45
ThePark911 shows 55 of hearts 55 of diamonds (three of a kind, Fives)
Hero mucks 66 of spades KK of hearts
ThePark911 wins $1.36
(Rake: $0.09)

I'm down a buyin again and I can't really take it anymore.

Beyond my own mistakes and the coolers, it's been a rough weekend for bad beats, too. If I weren't playing so conservatively and leaving tables when I start to tilt I'd be in much worse shape; I'm doing my very best to minimize my losses. I'm only down two buyins since Thursday.

Simple suggestions?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

the nit method, cash game version

Here's the short version of the story:

In the first session, the one at the bottom of the list, not only did I play 'marginal' hands (88 was common), I couldn't let go of those that started well but whose value was dramatically diminished by the flop. I called four-bets and shoves from short-stackers because I knew I wouldn't lose 'much', despite my instinct that I was behind.
Overall, some bad play. I lost the most with QQ, for example. Even some of my KK losses were preventable; I just *knew* my opponent had the AA.
I lost half a buyin with 33 when my opponent's 88 hit a better set on the turn (my set was on the flop). The best part of that match? It was a classic SB vs. BB battle (I was in the small, so I could very easily have let my 33 go).

I still have trouble not raising with AQ and AJ, let along tossing those hands. But I'll keep working on it. I know that there are at least two keys to the level I'm playing: volume and stacking opponents with solid hands.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I played another nine sngs and at first I was sure I wouldn't be doing it again. One after another - bang, bang, bang - I was busting out.
I finished out of the money in five of the nine, which definitely isn't good. But the other four finishes made up for it, happily.
I finished third in two and first in two.
Here's the summary of the two sessions; the most recent is on top:

It's still not exactly where I want it (25% ROI), but the improvement is encouraging. That improvement, by the way, is in spite of several mistakes this time around, with 88, Qh2c (don't ask), TT and a Jx hand I can't even find now. Ugh.

Still, here are the overall results:

One other thing I learned this time around: don't try to chat on AIM. It's very bad. :-P

experiment with $1 turbo sngs

After spending a couple of hours with BDiddy, watching him play two 16-table sessions of $20 DoNs on Stars and then playing two myself, this morning I decided to experiment with a similar playing style on FTP with their $1 Turbo SNGs.
As you can see, the results weren't horrible. I made a couple of mistakes, once not shoving AA pre-, another time shoving J8o when someone had already shoved before me (I survived that one, barely, and even managed to restore my stack to some dignity before finally going out with 55 versus a much sexier AcTc).
Still, if I'd only gotten third in one more event I would have been up overall.

I'll probably try it one more time. I want to see if I can make at least 25% ROI overall. To do that I'd be spending $11.25 and I'd have to win $14, a gain of $5 or 55% over this morning.

Sounds like fun.