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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Live poker is really boring

Last two days I met up with one of my best friends from school, Lewi. We actually kinda lost touch for 3 yrs, not bothering to chat until the 3rd year of uni (last year), when one time when we were obviously both very bored on msn, we messaged each other.

Him: hi
Me: hi
Him: whats new?
Me and Him: yadayadayada... do you play poker?

Obivously it kicks off cos I'm playing NL25/NL50 and he's playing NL600. Anyway fast forward to Wednesday we pop down to teh gutshot. The donkament going at 8pm is a £30 +£30 'rebuy or add-on'. Basically £30 for 1500 chips and you get either one rebuy or one add-on for 2000 chips, so baiscally its a £60 buyin for 3500 chips. I get bored after the first break, and start pushbotting, get caught out BADLY but double to be big and then get the table broken. This is good cos i now have a table which probably respects me and has no idea I'm about to run them over.
Now I don't ever want to play postflop given stack/blind ratios, so obviously I'm pushbotting. This proves complicated because they're usually too stupid to realise whats going on, but just see me as crazy wild because they wouldn't ever dare 'put their whole tournament life at risk' in the crazy way that I did. I pretty much shoved 2.5 times per orbit once it got down to 14 left andf two tables, and absolutely raped it. tbh I got seriosuly unlucky to have no good starting hands, and lost 1 big pot with AJ vs JJ which i was actually considering passing. never mind, i shove 2 hands in a row and steal it all back. Live donkaments are easy, cos people are suck pussies. People obviously think I'm some kinda idiot, because they'd never shove without a pair, and i was making people fold AK, which tbh was fucknig crazy. motherfucking Q high is good vs my range, wtf are you doing you idiots?
The guy to my direct left was having the worst of it, because unless he was UTG, he was facing a shove almost every time. Eitehr someone raises/shove in front of me, or it folds to me and i shove. I never walked him once. Eventually he calls with K6 and lolo what did you expect? obivously I have T7s. He wins, nvm, i have 5x the number of chips he has. I shove next hand, Q7 vs some nits 66. holla i win FT time.
This last all of two hands when i shove Q6 into the bb who snap calls KQ, nvm out 7th. I was pissed simply cos the damn thing too so long. I got like £173, but first was £1.3 so i was obviously rather pissed off since I felt I should have won. I got called a 'one trick pony', but tbh wtf do you want? If I play like everyone else, I pray for good cards and almost never get to make the final table until i run AA into KK like 4 times, which is pretty much what everyone else was doing to get to the FT.
layed cash games after and ended +£50.

That was then, next day I win $380 online, then go to the gutshot and blow £350 almost instantly. A pretty terrible blow up.

Nvm, today was even crazier and can be found here. I would definitely recommend reading, so as you never fall into this terrible situation yourself. This is an example of some of the times when I can have totally mental blowups, and it wasn't even playing poker. I basically end up betting $1k/hand on blackjack, twice after losing the first one (and then obviously I continue gambling at $200 and $500/hand because I'm still not ahead).

I'm not gonna post a full report, but basically I should break $6k this month as long as I don't have any crazy rediculous losing days this weekend. I won't do a yearly round up properly, cos I really can't be bothered and dont care, but I think I am around $30k, which is solid cos I totally sucked at poker untill August.

Bring on next year. gl to all

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Stay home, grind lots, run hot

Since Dec 22nd, I've been running liek this:

My flatmate Damien told his mother that i was staying in the flat alone during Christmas, so she told Damo to invite me for Christmas dinner. His family is cool, and last time I went I kinda slept the whole way through so it would have been nice to go and actually show them that I don't sleep 24/7. However the holiday games are awesome, and I've been feeling a bit of money pressure recently so decided that I'd try and make some monies. Thus I ddin't go to Leeds, and stayed by myself for Chirstmas. I've been running really good, helped by the fact that party is really easy right now.

hand below is vs a guy who is actually probably pretty ok, or at leasy PAHUD tells me that.
It's pretty obvious he has a big pp, and I didn't rule out QQ, but LOL at him having boat + FD outs, I'm running extremely well for him not to hit.

beat: wasn't full stacked preflop

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ BB (5 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

saw flop|saw showdown
BB ($200)
UTG ($189.60)
MP ($267)
Button ($191.85)
SB ($843.80)

Preflop: Hero is Button with 6s, 5s. SB posts a blind of $1.
1 fold, MP raises to $7, Button raises to $23, 2 folds, MP calls $16.

Flop: ($49) Qc, 9s, 4s (2 players)
MP checks, Button bets $34, MP calls $34.

Turn: ($117) 7s (2 players)
MP bets $45, Hero calls $191.85 (All-In), MP calls $89.85.

River: ($443.70) Kc (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $443.70

Results below:
MP has Qh Qs (three of a kind, queens).
Hero has 6s 5s (flush, nine high).

Outcome: Hero wins $386.70. MP wins $57.

I've been playing pretty solidly recently, and been making some goot monies. I feel a lot better when playing, and haven't really been losing any big pots which is good.
I've been sitting down and NOT donking off a stack immediately, which is actually great. Anyway, only wanted a quick post as I have to wake up in 3hrs time to wait for my new monitor to get delivered.

Friday, December 22, 2006

lolo run hot at life

So last night I dropped $800 playing a bit dumb. Some rediculous shoves that in retrospect i can easily do with strong hands and get paid because imo there should be no way i get called in those spots.

Here is teh trip report from when some of the UK's SSNL ballas met up.

Today my boiler got fixed in like 30 seconds by the plumber. HOLLA

The house is nice and warm, and I'm about to go shower. I've called up the delivery service and my 30" monitor is at the depot, and will be getting delivered on the 27th now. Not too much of a problem I guess. Also I emailed uni, in response to my lack of attendance.

My main goals for the next 2 weeks are basically to play LOADS of poker, and do some revision. I'll hopefully get my room all tidied up and ready for the carpetting to come up. There's a tonne of crap that I'll be throwing out simply because i keep too much crap.

The main thing that has been going on online is the brandi rose/captain tom/newhizzle action. This is definitely one of the biggest threads in recent 2p2 history and is absolutely crazy. Check it out in NVG on 2p2.

Recently there was a thread in SSNL about which 3 posters you'd most want with you on a deserted island to help u pozz NL200. My name did come up a couple of times, but not much. Big 3 were True, Jamougha and dbitel, which is prety jsutified since they've been 3 of the most successful SSNLers of recent times and really are playing MSNL now.
It did get me thinking though, as tehre were names listed who I don't really rate, and whom actually ask me for help a lot. I think this stems from me not really bothering to explain what I'm thinking most of the time in strat posts. Usually I give 1 or 2 lines and expect that to be it. It's mainly cos most of what I was thinking has been said before, or there really isn't much to be said without strong reads. Even then what I mean by 'reads' doesn't mean 'ZOMG I CAN READ HIS SOUL' more 'what is his hand range given his past betting patterns and the hero-villain history? What range does he put me on and have I misrepped my hand?'

The above was written in the morning, right now its 9.20pm and I jsut finished a session. Up around $280 with 500 hands left for the party bonus, which I assume will be around 1.25hrs of play at 6-max NL200. Afterwards I might switch out and play NL50 whilst simultaneously donking it up in some $11 donkaments, probably on stars but maybe FTP.

Tonight I'm gonna log in a load of LHE and donakments I think. Fuck doing anything else I'm SO tired. I've been playing on party recently, cos the tables are very good and the current reload bonuses that are stackable. So fat I'm almost done with one, but I have like up to 8 to do if I can. Pokerstars have also got a reload going on, so tonight's LHE will be at both stars and party. I'd probably better check my neteller balances to make sure I can max out all the reloads since I have like $9k on Fulltilt doing nothing since I'm not playing there right now

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Plans Plans PLans

I've noticed I don't always post about whats going on, and i've been cheating by posting a lot in the SSNL cheese thread.

My aim for the rest of the month is 30k hands, which shouldn't be much of a problem.

Probably play 10 out of the 14 days, so 3k hands a day. If I push real hard, and don't go home at Christmas, probably 40k hands.
I think it would be kinda nice for me to able to play some poker without having to be concerned about anything else. I think I'm almost defintiely gonna take a Gap year next year to play poker.

Although I've always said that 'I don't really like playing poker', the opportunity poker has given me is not something I'll pass on easily. Now I think that I'd really like to spend some time playing the game and really working hard at it.

I'm feeling really sick right now, and i mean in the sore throat sense, little drowsy etc etc that kinda thing. Tried to play some today, but really didnt 'feel' it. The sore thorat bugged me. Was a little swingy, lolostacked 1st orbit after flopping a set. np I was up a little, but only 750 hands. Aim is to make $10k this month, which is a tallish target considering how much i've already made/played this month. I've basically played zero hands in 7 days. However, I'm feeling a LOT better about my game and have been 'enjoying' poker a little.
I'm still tilting a little crazy tho, eg the NL10 we played yesterday where i dropped 10 stacks just donking around. Like, erm, kid, you know you just blew £50 for no reason? So I went and flipped playing blackjack, ONE TIME $100. lets gogogog. good thing i won it. lolo
Also, my interpoker bonuses that I've been stacking for ages are expiring on 18th Dec. So I'm now gonna casinowhore lots and lots, well, when watching tv. It's actually not worth my time if I couild be playing poekr instead.

In life issues, nothing much is going on. I handed in an assignment which was why i haven't played any poker recently. I went to Alex's Bday dinner, which is cool and stuff although I was fucking tired having been to Brighton all day. I've managed to watch the whole of season 3 of scrubs in 2 days. Holla. I'm still not totally sold on the programme, but its the next best alternative. Almost all of teh 'good' ones have been watched to death by me, as have films. The stuff I've missed, I probably wouldn't like (and yeah, I definitely have researched this hard).
As a mini-follow up to the previous post, I'm still reading 2p2 WAAAAAAYYYY too much. Doing my best to cut it down.
Tomorrow I'm gonna try and buy my Xmas present for, well myself. Looking for a duffel coat. Probably no poekr since I'm not feeling that goot, although if I'm ok I'll do a short session. I'll try and get some casinowhoring in.


Saturday, December 09, 2006

I feel like blogging. gogogog

Wow today I actually feeel like blogging. Kinda weird since I was trying to log on to 2p2, but the forums were down so I was like 'ZOMG WHAT THE HELL DO I DO WITH MY LIFE NOW???'
It's really sad, but when I wake up (I'd like to say in the morning but that's obviously not the case) the first thing I do is turn on the computer, get a drink, take a piss and then sit down and load up 2p2. It's not my homepage, hotmail is, but I never check my mail until AFTER I've read the cheese thread in SSNL and then checked BBV in case there is some uber-awesome thread that happened overnight.

Past few days pokerwise have been ok. Won some monies. Only played 6k hands this month so far, which is at the quater mark. I wanna do like 15k hands one of these weeks and 10k one of the others. I just found out the exchange rate has dropped, so err... i better play more. I wanna be like tickner and play 40k hands in 6 days (fucking animal).

I'm taking the next couple of days off, since i'm meant to get pretty intoxicated and have had like zero sleep. Today I'm gonna have lunch with damo (my housemate) and then take a nap. My other housemate francesca is going on a pub crawl so I'll join them later, then at8pm have to get to brick lane for a curry, AND then a house party in clerckenwell where theres gonna be like 2 DJs and whotnot (at a houseparty YO!)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Wow this blog almost got cancelled

I couldnt figure out how to log in with the new version of blogspots, so was about to just leave it and start another blog.


a lot of stuff has happened since last time. Can't remember much apart from True being on panorama (he's matt hopkins the 20 yr old poker 'pro' who helps the reporter win/lose monies'). Then I also met up with rupert ONE TIME for some Gutshot action. I also went to wales to meet up with true again. wow i really suck at writing, and i'm too tired to write up proper reports.

In terms of my last month, I may or may not do a round up. tbh I pretty much made $2000 last month after rb and bonuses, which is pretty painfull. It's not exact but I guess I don't really need to sweat the small stuff. I broke even for VERY long stretches a lot of it due to bad logic/play. I went to True's house on Wednesday and have watched a lot. I have some new weapons to my game, and some new lines to be taking.

Bring on december. I might not play tonight, thats cool but will definitely play a lot for the rest of the week. I'd love to start putting in the long sessions, but I still don't think I'm focused enough to do so. I need to play a lot, since there are a lot of Xmas parties coming up that I'm pretty much required to go to.

Coming up I have a bit of schoolwork to do, and also get an application in to UCAS for uni's next year. I am seriously considering doing nothing next year and just playing poker. This Xmas holiday will actually be very important in my decision i think, since I am gonna play 'pro' for 3 weeks straight and see if I feel the love.

Today I have some stuff to sort out, including class to go to. I made a video last night at NL25 and this can be found here.