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Friday, January 26, 2007

grpah for the month, including losing at 10/20

just lost teh biggest pot of my life

FullTiltPoker Game #1675655747: Table Mardi Gras (6 max) - $10/$20 - No Limit Hold'em - 6:00:47 ET - 2007/01/26
Seat 1: CALLINGDONKEY ($1,801)
Seat 2: PaddyHat ($4,769.70)
Seat 3: donkamentking ($1,166.15)
Seat 4: WSODice ($3,830.60)
Seat 5: HotMama087 ($800)
Seat 6: Ben Roberts ($3,385.50)
CALLINGDONKEY posts the small blind of $10
PaddyHat posts the big blind of $20
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
donkamentking raises to $70
WSODice folds
PaddyHat raises to $220
donkamentking raises to $1,166.15, and is all in
PaddyHat calls $946.15
PaddyHat shows [Jc Jh]
*** FLOP *** [3h 7c 4c]
*** TURN *** [3h 7c 4c] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [3h 7c 4c 7s] [Td]
donkamentking shows a pair of Sevens
PaddyHat shows two pair, Jacks and Sevens
PaddyHat wins the pot ($2,340.30) with two pair, Jacks and Sevens
donkamentking is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $2,342.30 | Rake $2
Board: [3h 7c 4c 7s Td]
Seat 1: CALLINGDONKEY (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: PaddyHat (big blind) showed [Jc Jh] and won ($2,340.30) with two pair, Jacks and Sevens
Seat 3: donkamentking showed [Ac Qh] and lost with a pair of Sevens
Seat 4: WSODice didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: HotMama087 is sitting out
Seat 6: Ben Roberts (button) is sitting out

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I get coached

So today I got coached by 2p2's clayton. He's a very good player, and i learnt lots and lots.
I'm gonna take more lessons in the future

weird last few days all around, won 41k yesterday, lost $500 today. I'm at least 1PTBB/100 better than before tho, imo.

poker coaching is very worthwhile, and i should probably get back to picking up students again.

Tomorrow I go to dublin, for coke/blow/hookers. maybe some alchopops? (j/k)
Might be a bit of a waste of time poekrwise, but should quite simply jsut be lots of fun although i've begun to dislike plane rides.

pfff trip report later

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

money post

well i was up $700 yesterday

-$1k today.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007


freebie vid. i'll probably take it down soon. i don't really do much in it.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Today was gay

I dunno why I keep blogging so much, but here's today

really fustrating as I was getting coolered all over the place. some seriously wack stuff. At teh end, it was kinda gay. I guess I might jsut book a loss for the day. I dunno. Gonna watch some tv then maybe get back to teh tables later.

I played really bad after all the coolers, a mistake on my part. Also, The huge downswing kinda happened when i was WAY too tired to play, and should have napped. My own fault

update: even YO!

Saturday, January 20, 2007


+$930 in 606 hands. i need to play more hands

Thursday, January 18, 2007

One Year On

Enough of all my random posts about winning monies. I randomly checked that today is pretty much exactly 1 year on from when i started my blog. Back then I think my BR was around $1.2k, give or take a couple of hundred.

At that stage I was just a typical micro stakes player, who was winning because of bonuses and rakeback, but not THAT much clue as to why. I was probably playing breakeven poker at NL25 without much of a clue about poker. I realised this, as you could see that I was also selling stuff on ebay, and I was also selling cigerettes to people in my halls. Now I don't bother with any of that, simply because it's not worht my time. I had no idea I'd be as good as I am now, or how good I could eventually be. In fact, I have to admit that I don't really think I'm that good really now. Just know how to play basic ABCish poker and try not to make too many errors.

Something that most micro stakes players don't know, is what it means to play ABC poker. What they think is ABC, is generally EXTREMELY weak-tight. It's also usually a little bit too loose.
Some of the most important things to learn (there's more, but this is what comes to mind) :

1) value betting
2) position
3) relative hand strengths
4) implied odds
5) image

1) learn to value bet. It's simple. If you have a strong hand, please bet it. If you have a decent draw, and it just got there, bet. If you have a set, and someone bets into you or raises, reraise. Also make it big amounts, like pot sized. not minraised. not to $20 after dude bets $8 into a $16 pot. make that shit $33 to go!

2) this is totally misunderstood by many low stakes players. They undestand position is important, but they don't really know why. It's mainly because it's a lot harder to play marginal holdings optimally, and harder to extract value.

3)This is mainly kicker problems. For example in a standard raised pot, going broke with KJ on a KK6 board looks VERY bad because there's virtually no hand you beat. Assuming it's unlikely villain just decides to straight up bluff you out of nowhere (although this does happen) you pretty much don't beat ANY legit hands. You are smoked.

4)This is people overestimating implied odds. For example the odds of floping a set are 7.5-1. However dbitel calculated that actually you need closer to 18-1 odds to call preflop with a small pp. This is because you are not guaranteed to stack someone everytime you hit, and also you can get hit by set over set or some otehr random FD/OESD. I think the calculation was that if you have 33 on 3xx without knowing what xx is, the set will stand up by the river only 68% of the time vs a reasonable range (KQ+, 44+ etc etc). This shows that flopping a set is not the be all and end all (although saying that, you should almost NEVER fold a set on the flop)

5) This is so important. Both the villain's image, and how he perceives you are so key in so many hands that I think many hands are almost impossible to give good analysis on without a full breakdown of the images and history.

The above isn't really an in depth analysis, just a general obsevation of what I've seen. (for real analysis pay me $50/hr for coaching... j/k, well sorta, i do coach for $50/hr). Obviously I could try and give a breakdown of exactly how to play certain situations, but that would take ages and a lot of effort. What I'm saying is these are the things that took me a long time of thinking before I started making any money.

I've come a long way since when I first started, and so can you. The are key things though in doing so.
First off I'm pretty dope at math. Ok I'm not eactly lighting the world on fire at uni, and there are many people that are WAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaYYYY better than me at math. However I have a good grasp of numbers, did GCSE early, pwned A-level, doing a heavyish math based uni degree, etc etc. This is kinda essential because although the general math of poker is not that hard, and you should learn it quickly, it is something that you should pretty much 'get' straight away. A by product of this is that the kids that were good at math in school are good at logical thinking, which is key in poker.
You really have to want to win, and not just at poker, everything. When I play games, I hate to lose. It got to the stage that at 14yrs old I sat myself down and had to teach myself not to 'want' to win everything. It still pisses me off when I don't win these days, but I've learnt to not be so pissed about the small stuff. You know, football, basketball, games of pool, etc etc. However I always wanna win at poker cos its money YO!

One of the biggest factors separating MSNL, the better SSNLers and everyone else below is the number of hands played. This comes from the above point about math/logic skills. Also a lot of us grew up playing computer games, so are used to very hectic screens. The point is, we (yeah i'm gonna go with 'we') play a LOT more hands than most SSNLers and uNLers. We play 6-12 tables and put in 3-6hrs a day. Most micro players i see don't. Many only play 1-2 tables. Now I understand that it's tough initially to play more, and also understand that many people just play recreationally so don't want to have to 'grind'. This point is for those who really want to move up fast, and make mad monies. You HAVE to play more tables. 4 is like the minimum unless you plan to play 10hrs a day.
My only thoughts are that a lot of micro players want to take things seriously, but when they play 4hr sessions and churn out like 250 hand sessions I wanna cry. That's about a 30min session for me at 6-tables.
The bankroll is important, and its good to be properly rolled. However don't equate skill level to bankroll. I wouldn't suggest playing outside of your roll unless you had a huge sample size that you beat a level, and were only underrolled because of non-poker related stuff. My point is that -5 buyin sessions happen almost every week. Well, almost, maybe 3 weeks out of 4. Maybe more depending on how much you play. The point is, 20 buyins really doesnt cut it and you are gonna want in the region of 40.

Oh I also read a lot of the strategy posts on, and chat to a lot of the regulars. In fact I almost never post HH's anymore, just ask other people. I'm also considering a coach, probabaly in the $150/hr region.

Right now I have a $19k+ BR after numerous cashouts. In fact from Jan last year, I still didnt really make money until Aug.
Before then, I bonus whored. Pretty much the best, easiest and fastest way to build a bankroll. Check out pokersourceonline, I have a link on the left under 'poker links' on the left. But at the same time save some sites like FTP for rakeback. You'll want to save either interpoker or sunpoker for rakeback too on crypto, in case you ever want to play there.

This is kinda a general review for the kinda stuff that you'll need to do to beat up to NL100. NL200 imo is slightly different, but pretty much the same thing. NL400? I dunno, I don't have any sample size, although I am up lifetime at it.

what it do

what it do bloggers?

without really realising it, this might be my best week ever. Started on the 10th of jan and finished yesterday. i know the graph says 10 days, but it lies i'm too lazy to make it look better.

taking today off, because i have homework and am sleepy. Tomorrow I get back to it, hope to play 6k-10k hands friday till sunday (inclusive). If I run goot, I might start taking shots at that mansion $100k guaranteed. I suck at donkaments in general, but if I run well, $100 buyin donkaments wont be not thang.


funny session

2.6k hands +$400. bit swingy, LOADs of coolers. things could be worse

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

lol today


back to back $1k days. holla

fwiw i played 1.2k hands at NL100 this morning before class, came back and mixed it up at NL200 and NL400. managed to stack two people in the space of 15 hands at NL400, so it looks like i spiked.

month so far

just a pic.

hopefully it doesnt go bad. +$500 from other computer

Monday, January 15, 2007


Maybe not the most PC of titles. The above is actually a screenname of a 2p2 SSNL regular.

It is MLK day.

I've been really busy this month in general, and wish I could play more, but I suck at playing hands. I've made some money this month, not that much though. I've also been extremely tired. My sleeping pattern is rediculously out of wack.

Currently I'm playing 7-9 tables on party. I'm only using my 30" monitor, and have the 20" and 19" on my second computer. So far I haven't actually figured out a use for having two computers.

I've watched a lot of tv recently, I really like the apprentice. There's a new series in America, and lol Donald Trump's daughter Ivana is HAWT. She seems pretty competant but I am a little annoyed. There's a new 'gimmick' thing with the whole sleep in teh tent fiasco. I think that this is really bad. This happens to shows when they start to get stale, they bring in new gimmicks.
The apprentice as a show is almost done, there's a couple of seasons left in it MAXIMUM. Also there's not as much focus on the actual task, it's all about the people and their 'feelings'. The show needs to go back to the bare bones of a big task, and everyone working hard/failing.

Ok I'm off for a nap now, then hope to get in a medium length session later this evening.

Friday, January 12, 2007


i just went rostucko, and can now 12-table on party.


below is a pic of my month so far. note: my first session was on the 10th, so barely any hands obv

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Well, I've just had a really fustrating start to the day

I was 9-tabling both crypto and party, and playing 'decently' although I think 9 is maybe 1 table too many for me just now.

I didn't stack anyone, but did manage to get stacked several times. I'm on a buit of life tilt, simply because the session was a little fustrating, things wouldn't run my way and you know, usual beats etc. I'll be back at the tables later tonight after a bit of a break. Hopefully I'll clock another 2k hands tonight

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Week Break

So i haven't played much, pretty much just had a week off. I say this every month, but this month the goal REALLY IS to clock around 40k hands.

This month is the first time in ages that I've felt pretty sure that I will too. The main goal is to not tilt, and I hope I don't have to play too many sessions where I am chasing 5 buyins to break even. I'm gonna play about 5k hands of NL200 the first few days (2-3 days max I'm gonna say), then drop 10k hands at NL400. I'll set a shot 'stop-loss' at 5 buyins, but I'm really expecting not to have to. I'm really confident about things right now. Tomorrow I'm gonnaget my ass through the first 3 eps of 24, and then a couple of CR vids. Monday I think I have class, and also need to see my tutor, but then will clock 2k hands in the evening. Actually forget what I said about hands before I play NL400, if I have class/am slightly tired I'll be at NL200 and maybe NL100 if I'm really tired, but if I'm fresh I'll be at NL400. Lets not beat around the bush, I'm fed up of NL200 monies and I've seen several players whom I consider weak playing NL400, as well as an array of fish.

new setup is:

Thursday, January 04, 2007

What UP?

This year's been a little slow, I've spend pretty much ALL my time watching 'the wire'. So obviously I'm almost done with season 3.

Pokerwise I played my first session today. Decided NL200 monies wasn't good enough, so i moved up


biut of a fustrating session, being down X amount really didnt bother me.

Biggest losers. Holla!

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ Hero (4 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: Plain Text)

UTG ($832.70)
Button ($348.20)
SB ($553.60)
Hero ($428)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 8c, Kc. SB posts a blind of $2.
1 fold, Button raises to $8, 1 fold, Hero calls $4.

Flop: ($18) 4c, Ac, 5c (2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets $4, Hero raises to $16, Button raises to $28, Hero raises to $66, Button raises to $104, Hero raises to $222, Button raises to $340, Hero calls $424 (All-In), Button calls $348.20 (All-In).

Turn: ($853) 3d (2 players, 2 all-in)

River: ($853) 4h (2 players, 2 all-in)

Final Pot: $853
Results below:
Hero has 8c Kc (flush, ace high).
Button has Ah As (full house, aces full of fours).
Outcome: Button wins $853

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ BB (6 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: Plain Text)

Hero ($396)
BB ($537.06)
UTG ($841.08)
MP ($488)
CO ($425.90)
Button ($312.65)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Js, Jd. Hero posts a blind of $2.
3 folds, Button calls $4, Hero (poster) raises to $18, 1 fold, Button calls $16.

Flop: ($44) 6c, 9c, 8c (2 players)
Hero bets $34, Button calls $34.

Turn: ($112) 2h (2 players)
Hero bets $78, Button raises to $156, Hero calls $394 (All-In), Button calls $312.65 (All-In).

River: ($622) 9d (2 players, 2 all-in)

Final Pot: $622

Results below:
Hero has Js Jd (two pair, jacks and nines).
Button has 9h Ts (three of a kind, nines).
Outcome: Button wins $622.

Monday, January 01, 2007

The Big Picture

As shown above! for a $4316 total


  • £25 from willhill monthly
  • $120 stars reload
  • $1085 from party reload + surprise surpirse + winter promo + pick your gift

  • $100 froma flip because I lost monies at NL(0.10).
  • $450 from play whilst clearing $400 in bonuses
  • $800 from my gambling problems

  • (£200) cash games after my blowup tilt
  • +£80 in total from donkament

total $6681 for teh month. Wow I didn't bother to total before, but I was closer to $7k than I thought. Could have broken $7k, but as can be seen below I got AI preflop with AA vs KK vs QT and lost in the $500 pot when KK spiked. kinda gay because I went on lifetilt right there, before spending 5hrs to come off lifetilt. A terrible way to welcome the new year, playing a 6.5hr session to get unstuck. The games were good though and I'd probably have got unstuck a lot sooner had I actually run well or not got outdrawn in tough spots.

So pre living costs I hit $19861 total, butI'm gonna -$4861 this month cos I bought a new comp and am gonna start withdrawing more. So BR back to $15000 but tbh it probably makes no difference if I had $10k, $15k or $20k right now, I'm staying at NL200 until I feel I dominate the level, and even if I'm jsut a mild winner its really good money if I can get the hands in. In the past BR was to 'keep score' but now I almost don't care, I'm just keeping it updated incase I do care sometime