Tuesday, March 29, 2005


First quarter results: Room for Improvement

Live Poker:

Tournies: 7. Cashed once. Buy ins £710 winnings £100

Dealers' Choice Cash: 5 times. Sat in with £570 cashed out £1090

Live overall -£90


SNGS: 24 played. In the money 4 times. Buy ins $266.50 prizes $85.50. Total -$181

MTT's 8 played. In the money 2 times. Buy ins $122 prizes $438 +$316

Cash games. Numerous sessions on Party and poker stars. At least 9000 hands now on my database. Including bonuses +$771

Overall online +$906.

Not in Big Dave D's or Milkybarkids range but not too bad.

Interestingly, I had a good weekend. 5th in a $22 PLO on 'Stars for $230+ and $200 in bonus on Party yesterday. Before that I had a silly run -$300+ on 'Stars. Probably was a bad idea playing after my kidney diagnosis.

I am going to take a break for the next week. I was thinking of a couple of days in London at Gutshot's festival but I don't seem to run well in live comps at moment.

If, health considering, I play live again soon I think it will be cash games. Spilling off £90 a throw at the cardroom seems to be bad game selection. It's just the temptation of the big pools there. (£11000 plus on sunday!).

Monday, March 28, 2005


Groundhog Day

Got a distinct feeling of deja vu at my local cardroom. My second vist in 3 days followed a familiar pattern, sucking in the rebuy event and winning in the cash game. As ever the place was packed, 91 runners for a £30 PLHE rebuy comp. Generated £11000+ prize pool. I got off to my usual awful start and had 3 rebuys quickly. I got up to 2400 chips at the end of the rebuys and decided not to top up. I was already looking forward to the cash game!

I then got a marvellous piece of luck with the last hand of the second level (50/100 blinds). I have AQo in the bb and 4 limp. I decide to check. Flop A6Q two hearts. All check. Turn is 9 clubs. I bet 300 into a 500 pot, one caller, next player makes it 1200, next player lumps 4000 in. I call my remaining 2100 along with raiser. 3 of us allin. I have AQ my foes have A9 and 96 neither has a flush draw. King on river and I am chipped up!

Wheels fall off with AQ again vs AJ. Flop 9TJ I miss my outs. I then get AK allin vs short stacks 33. Flop AK2 turn J river 3!

That decimates me and I go allin in bb with T8 suited hit a four flush but miss.

I get a seat in the £20 cash game, sit down with £50 and first hand in 7 card stud hi lo get quads on 4th street and split with a low in a 4 way pot. Things turn shitty when I get trip tens in 5 card Omaha and my foe has AK for a flush draw. I have QQTT8 and board is 9T2 turn J river Q!

I pull up another £50 and get very lucky. In 5 card O8 I have A2KK4 in blind. No one raises. Flop A5K. Turn 7 river gives me flush. My 4 foes have AAxxx 23xxx 23xxx 23xxx, so I was stumped for any of the pot until the river. That got me up to £170 and I lost a little back and left up £55.

I seriously should consider playing the tournies less!

My next post will be my end of month stats. It makes gruesome reading!

Friday, March 25, 2005


Live Forever

Made my first trip of the month to my local cardroom last night. Lucky I got there early as they ended up turning people away. Over 100 runners for a £8000 prize pool. £20 Pot Limit Hold 'Em.

I had my usual Tourney. £100 worth of rebuys and top up and short stacked when the "freezeout" started. worked it up to a decent stack then misplayed AK, overplayed 55 and made a weak call in bb with A8 (foe had AK then!) and was out.

Luckily the £20 cash game had an open seat and after 2 and 1/2 hours I left up £105. £5 profit for the night (paid for taxi anyway!).

I don't seem capable of getting far in live tournies but live cash I have had a good run, though I probably just bokked myself now!

With it being a public holiday in UK I will probably go Sunday night too.

This might be my last live poker for a while. I recently had a blood test and after further tests have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney disease. In a few months time my kidneys will be totally out of action and I have been put on a transplant waiting list and will have to undergo dialysis. An effect of the kidney problems is I have been failing to produce red blood cells, making me anaemic. The doctor has nixed my flying to Slovenia next month, which is a REAL pisser and I am in for some pain and a need to adjust to regular dialysis.

I'm keeping my chin up. Theres always internet poker i guess!

Sunday, March 20, 2005


The Corrections

One of the benefits of PokerTracker, which I posted about recently, is that it keeps you on top of how many big bets you win (or lose!) over time. The short term can trip you up.

Recently I have been on PokerStars as the bonus has attracted players into the full ring Limit O8 games. Usually the only $2/$4 or $3/$6 Omaha limit games running regularly there are 6 handed, which I've tried but I'm not aggressive enough for.

Anyway, I got ahead $160 or 40 big bets at $2/$4 limit in 220 hands, yummy! The inevitable correction came yesterday!

For conspiracy theorists I tempted fate by cashing out $1000 to try the 20% $200 max bonus on PartyPoker this coming week. I sat down at two $3/$6 LO8 games and over 3 hours lost $240 or.....40 big bets! (bigger big bets too, ouch!). Pokertracker comes into it's own here. Analysing the hands I played too many (twice as high saw flop than winning session). I stayed in hand too long (a ridicolous number of losing river bets called).

Still ahead for 2005 but now down $100 for March. I have about 2 hours of play on PokerStars left before I get $150 from an old bonus and after Tuesday I will be back 4 tabling PartyPoker for that $200. Lets hope I get my poker "head" back on.

Sunday, March 13, 2005


Was my foe on drugs?

PokerStars Game #1348639272: Omaha Hi/Lo Limit ($2/$4) - 2005/03/13 - 05:12:56 (ET)Table 'Ontake' Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: jaguar90 ($154 in chips)
Seat 2: woodymocha ($74 in chips)
Seat 3: c.c.z. ($113 in chips)
Seat 4: redsimon ($98 in chips)
Seat 5: Bond001 ($28 in chips)
Seat 7: tugboat2648 ($50 in chips)
Seat 8: four_treys ($480.50 in chips)
Seat 9: ickday1969 ($113.50 in chips)
Seat 10: towt ($135.50 in chips)
ickday1969: posts small blind $1
towt: posts big blind $2
*** HOLE CARDS ***Dealt to redsimon [Ac Tc Ad 2d]
DARTHVADER has returned
jaguar90: calls $2
woodymocha: folds
c.c.z.: folds
redsimon: raises $2 to $4
Bond001: folds
tugboat2648: folds
four_treys: calls $4
ickday1969: calls $3
towt: folds
jaguar90: calls $2

*** FLOP *** [Jh 7c 5c] Nice. I'm nut lowing nut flushing...do I ram it or keep my foes in?
ickday1969: checks
jaguar90: checks (damn they all checked!)
redsimon: bets $2
four_treys: raises $2 to $4 (Yum)
ickday1969: calls $4
jaguar90: folds
redsimon: calls $2 (hmm if he has set Ill take one off)

*** TURN *** [Jh 7c 5c] [9c] (Hit my nut high)

ickday1969: checks
redsimon: bets $4
four_treys: calls $4 (damn no raise)
ickday1969: calls $4
*** RIVER *** [Jh 7c 5c 9c] [4d] Yumm nut nut, probably 3/4 but life can be unfair!)ickday1969: checks
redsimon: bets $4
four_treys: calls $4
ickday1969: folds
*** SHOW DOWN ***
redsimon: shows [Ac Tc Ad 2d] (HI: a flush, Ace high; LO: 7,5,4,2,A)
four_treys: mucks hand (???!!??)
redsimon collected $24 from pot
redsimon collected $24 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***Total pot $50 Rake $2 Board [Jh 7c 5c 9c 4d]

Seat 4: redsimon showed [Ac Tc Ad 2d] and won ($48) with HI: a flush, Ace high;
LO: 7,5,4,2,A

Seat 8: four_treys (button) mucked [Ks 6h 6s Kd].

Pretty odd hand to raise on flop then check call on 4th and 5th street. Oh well!


Who said Pokerstars games are tight?

PokerStars Game #1348682631:
Omaha Pot Limit ($10/$20) - 2005/03/13 - 05:44:01 (ET)
Table 'Iduna' Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: nazzdog ($3964 in chips)
Seat 2: Sarrom ($3198 in chips)
Seat 3: Darwinism ($1940 in chips)
Seat 4: alwaysnice ($1917 in chips)
Seat 5: jdags21 ($4966.50 in chips)
Seat 6: donnydnm ($3218 in chips)
Seat 7: naithan ($6931 in chips)
Seat 8: sprägäri ($4588 in chips)
Seat 9: Par65 ($16420.05 in chips)
Darwinism: posts small blind $10
alwaysnice: posts big blind $20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jdags21: folds
donnydnm: folds
naithan: folds
sprägäri: calls $20
Par65: raises $70 to $90
nazzdog: folds
Sarrom: folds
Darwinism: calls $80
alwaysnice: calls $70
sprägäri: raises $360 to $450
Par65: calls $360
Darwinism: calls $360
alwaysnice: raises $1467 to $1917 and is all-in
sprägäri: calls $1467
Par65: calls $1467
Darwinism: calls $1467

*** FLOP *** [8s 3h Ts]
Darwinism: bets $23 and is all-in
sprägäri: calls $23
Par65: raises $1557 to $1580
sprägäri: calls $1557

*** TURN *** [8s 3h Ts] [3s]
sprägäri: checks
Par65: bets $10848
sprägäri: calls $1091 and is all-in

*** RIVER *** [8s 3h Ts 3s] [Th]

*** SHOW DOWN ***sprägäri: shows [Qh Kc Ah 6c] (a pair of Tens)

Par65: shows [5d 4d Jh 8h] (two pair, Tens and Eights)

Par65 collected $5296 from side pot-2

Darwinism: shows [Kh Kd 2d 5c] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
Darwinism collected $69 from side pot-1
alwaysnice: shows [4c 7s 5s Ac] (a flush, Ten high)
alwaysnice collected $7665 from main pot

*** SUMMARY ***Total pot $13033
Main pot $7665. Side pot-1 $69. Side pot-2 $5296. Rake $3

Board [8s 3h Ts 3s Th]
Seat 1: nazzdog folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Sarrom (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: Darwinism (small blind) showed [Kh Kd 2d 5c] and won ($69) with two pair, Kings and Tens
Seat 4: alwaysnice (big blind) showed [4c 7s 5s Ac] and won ($7665) with a flush, Ten high
Seat 5: jdags21 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: donnydnm folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: naithan folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: sprägäri showed [Qh Kc Ah 6c] and lost with a pair of Tens
Seat 9: Par65 showed [5d 4d Jh 8h] and won ($5296) with two pair, Tens and Eights

Needless to say Spragari was from Helsinki....


Keeping Track

Recently downloaded pokertracker for omaha. (Available in beta testing form from www.pokertracker.com). Pokertracker for Hold em has been around a while, but I don't play enough HE cash to get it.

Interesting stats! I have 5700 LO8 games from Party/Empire and the downside of four tabling is clear! 0.76bbs won per 100 hands, officially weak-passive. I only have 76 Pokerstars hands on the database and that shows 24 bbs/100 hands!! Shows the necessity to have a big sample size, I guess.

The interesting feature of Pokertraker is it can show how your foes play. I was amazed by the stats of some of the biggest winners in the Party games I play. Some were seeing the flop 80% of the time. Guess once I have 20-30000 hands these will just be glitches as I cannot see how you can win playing that loosely.

I saw the flop 21% of the time, which was looser than I thought I was playing.

As well as my spreadsheet of balances on sites, MTT results and SNG results pokertracker is a welcome addition to my arsenal.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


Downsides of bonus chasing

After my foray into Partypoker where I cleared the $200 bonus at the weekend and made a small ($48) profit 4-tabling Limit Omaha H/L, I took out my roll and took up FulltiltPoker's 100% $600 bonus offer.

Disaster struck. First off very few games when I play. Only one micro blind PLO8 game and I'm used to several O8 tables, spoilt by Partypoker and PokerStars I guess. First day I won $49 on one $1/$2 Limit Hold em table, lost $50 on the other and spilled $60 on a $2/$4 table. Dusted myself down and tonight spilled $120 at $2/$4 limit Hold em and gave up in disgust.

I am certainly not one to believe online is rigged theories but I seemed to be cursed by second best itis and outdraw flu. Too much Omaha and too little Hold Em played recently I guess.

Still ahead for March but the $250 profit has shrunk to barely $30. Back to the drawing board!


Ups and downs

Looking good for my Slovenia trip. Hopefully I can win a bit of buy in money at my local cardroom before the festival in Nova Gorica in April.

I am hopeful to visit the cardroom this Friday (11th) Easter week up to 4 times (!) and possibly once in the week before I fly out.

The down was after finding a £399 direct flight to Vegas and good cheap hotel accomodation I found out at work that I couldn't have the time off in June. Sometimes a 9 to 5 job sucks.

Hopefully my leave entitlement will be there later in 2005. I went to the Four Queens festival in 2003 and fancy a revisit as it offers reasonable priced events.

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