Friday, October 03, 2014

September Profit

Another solid month with a bit of run good in there for good measure.   Wish the run good had been at the business end of any of the 3 scoop mtts I cashed in as it could have a been a huge month with a few more slices of luck deep.  Anyways cant complain as final profit was £5,621 even with taking nearly 5 days off at the end of the month.

Don't think im going to play any of the EPT London mixed game events, was tempted but just doesn't seem worth it when I factor in all the costs and effort for what's likely to be smallish fields.  Save those sort of buyins for next years WSOP methinks. Off to Caribbean for the 10th year in a row during November so plenty to look forward to at the moment.  Even though there's still 3 months left of this year it feels like im kind of winding down for 2014 already :) and I seem to have been more chilled the last month so hopefully can keep this mindset going.  A good example was the test today when I went up £600 in an early session before returning to a mental swingy session.  Rivered for a pot where I would have gone up to +£1,500 I went on a big downswing and was probably down over £1,500 before finishing -£660 but was still happy with that strangely enough.  Graphs say I should be £1,200 better than that so its just evening out some of the run good of late.    Actually hope that 5/10 game runs again as it was a lot of fun and I can take the hits and devolve myself from the money at the moment when im playing which is essential at those stakes for sure.  Anyway hopefully can get back into a good routine once the small bug ive got clears and exercise and grind the poker well together like most of Sept.  GL at the tables !

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Profit

Another good solid month which, once again, im very pleased with given it's summertime still !
The only blips were mid month for a few days and didn't finish well the last 2 or 3 days dropping a bit.
Final figure of £6,033 taking me to a year total of over £40k.   Was hoping for a £4k/month average at the start of the year and nicely above that although its probably all run good that makes that bit up.

Obviously going to try and keep the same going in Sept, will also try and play several WCOOP events some of which I can play for free as I have lots of fpps to use up that I haven't included as rakeback profit anywhere.  GL anyone that still reads !

Monday, August 11, 2014

10 Game FTOPS Time

Im hoping i'll go deep and update here as I go but this could be a big fail :)

7:30pm start and I have multi entered so its 2 x $530 so its an expensive one if I don't cash.   6 max so gonna have to have hardly any cash games alongside.

Have started the month well though so its out of profit.  had a few days off over the weekend as was away for a friends wedding.  hoping to motivate myself to play 2 or 3 others this week at $215 a pop. Justifying the large entry as I ditched the £550 plo option at DTD this week which had 1 re-entry and still unlikely to go to Barcelona.

edit 25mins in , structure isn't brilliant for a $530 more suited to a $215.   not hitting well maybe missed couple of bluff spots in plo but overall shocking start on both tables.  2803 and 3913 from 5k starting stack  :(

8:55pm  settled in but stacks nvr been above 5k on each table./// survived one allin and got back only to lose a capped pot pre in limit holdem board ran out a9756 with me holding aa and matey 88 rivered it urrrgh.... cant hit up and down straight and flush draws and low draws on 7th in stud8 missed a few of them for not even half the pot./....mega frustrating but enjoying it and just glad to be alive in 2 still.

9:20pm out of 1 got crippled on plo hand before busting in nlh aq vs QQ with 15xbb.  only 3300 in other one which could fly in shortly

9:55pm break 3100  :(

22:08 haha get above starting stack first time vs guy calllin all way with Q83 in stud8 and nothing apart from a gutshot on 5th , even paid me halfbet on river off with king high. .........next hand k9k vs a 9 raiser I reraise and same guy has aa(3) disguised and I have to call it back off.....sums my night up at moment 2600 .....2mins later back to back aaxx in plo and got bit action without allin on both ...back to 4900 lol ........ couple mins later double up to 10k aj107 allin on k97 board vs 3pair...had been check to me in position and I bet big for fold equity so easily committed when he chkraise...average chips aint gonna sit on them though :)

10:55  22k peak stack as said above not sitting back and a lot more luck lately but people don't fold often ....LISTEN TO SELF DONT BLUFF MUCH AT MO :)
av 15k  11th/48 pays 18

11:55 another good hour and nice scary scoop pot in o8 right at break....47k   6th/20  hoping to at least cash and get my money back !   crazy razz 6mins level was in 90% of pots and dealt huge hands although didn't really progress was fun :)

00:16
in money 7th/18 still not in profit though $1060 entries , $937.50 cashed lol.  

00:55   11th/15 was up to 4th but lost couple of key pots in stud8 happy though but relying on that luck more again ;)   37k av 49k  money doesn't really jump much until final 6 table so certainly not waiting too long.

01:24  crippled lost a key big pot in  o8 with A294dbl std vs A2106 flopped flush draw on a kj10 flop but matey chk called with bottom pair.....mayb could got him off it on jack turn but chose to take free card at flush ...chk chk river :(   12/12 in need of a lot of luck but still in with a good shot

01:36 gutted could get anything playable the rest of o8 and dribbling away in stud I went with K98ddd, improved to a pair and flush draw by 6th but was against naked jacks from the start that held up.  $1,275  , the most annoying bit is the stacks had evened out ridiculously.  with 12 left there were top 8 stacks between 65-80k  so a double up would have been even more valuable than normal.  bust pot was about 45k I think :(   For the record top 3 paid 20k,13.5k and 10k  148 entries but only 118 unique ones as most people entered it twice !

Guess that rolls me into the others I wanna play.  As noted earlier did ok on the few cash games I had alongside until the later stages so made just under £500 on the day :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Review

Summer months are historically slow for me except the odd vegas bink but this was my 2nd best ever July at £6,811.  Was slow but steady the first 2-3 weeks but running ok.  Finished off with a bang though finding the right games and playing well and running even better in them.  Actually ahead of ev across all 3 sites ive played.  Volume wasn't huge but was ok given the weather which I still found plenty of time to enjoy.  Overall though im still struggling a bit to enjoy the games and find myself getting worryingly bored very quickly in some sessions. More of same for August planned, been indecisive about trips to Nottingham and Barcelona and currently think im going to skip both unless I feel it will help me as a last minute thing closer to the time.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vegas And WSOP Review 2014

Was a late booking this year as no decent bargains were grabbed early like the year before.  In the end I plugged for a flight+hotel combo on expedia which seems to often be the cheapest way of doing vegas these days.   Stayed at the same place as the winter trip which meant I had to taxi everywhere due to the heat.  The plus side though was being right next to a CVS pharmacy, no resort fee (equals the taxi fees nearly), having no casino in hotel, and a comfy hotel I like and have stayewd at many times before.   Trip over wasn't great with delay then sit on tarmac delay (due to our food going on the plane next to us apparently! , don't think captain was bluffing as he sounded shocked - maybe a double bluff though )   Case was within the last 10-20% and then the close taxi rank was shut.   Don't get me wrong I wont let any of this ruin my trip and I was glad all this wasn't on the way home.  Finally on arrival my luck changes and without asking I get a free upgrade for the full 23 nights im staying.  1 bedroom suite with separate living area and kitchen > 1 room with microwave and fridge.

Back a year ago I was eyeing up doing the full 5 or 6 weeks of the series but when it came to the crunch i left it so late the schedules were all out and apart from missing a good first week it made sense to go mid series as there was a 7 day gap before that with only 1 decent event in it.  

Right rather than try and do the trip as it went i will just try to summarise different aspects overall:

Food/Booze/Exercise/WSOP/Nugget/Binions/Venetian/Aria/Gambling/Cash Games/World Cup

Lets start with the shortest one, WORLD CUP.   Poor poor watching but it did allow me to have a mental break from the poker with lots of booze the first game but not so much the second.  The best part of it allowed me to catch up with some old poker mates from years gone by, some of which not seen for years.

FOOD:   Similar to last year as a whole i ate a lot healthier than i do at home and less of it as well !  Very please with that as it seems to have started becoming a habit over there which is good for the long grinds required at times

BOOZE:   Drank about the same i would at home which is still a bit much but needed to odd blowout.  Summary:  completely wasted once, drunk twice and tipsy twice.

EXERCISE:  Similar to last year and to food.   Somehow my motivation for the gym goes up in vegas and i probably averaged 6 out of every7 days with an hour in the gym usually just walking with a little light jog in there but it tied it perfect with a half of football usually and set me up so well so the day ahead often.  Note to self was to try same at home but my motivation slides and it happens a couple of times the first week back before ive got into old habits.  The 1/3 stone i lost out there has nearly all gone back on too :(

CASH GAMES:
Managed to go the whole trip without running any part of a board twice but this obviously affected variance more.  Saw myself go nearly $4,000 in the hole in the first 6 days with all 5 days i played being losing ones !  Managed to play a bit better and run a bit better the rest of the trip generally though and i think only 2 days of the 11 i played on were losers after that first week.  The amazing part of it all was after all that i finished +$50 overall !!!   Biggest losing day was -$1,200, biggest winner was +$1,880.   Won on big O, Lost on 4 card pl hilo, Lost little on plo/nlh/o8.  If i read this before my next trip, advice is stop trying to make things happen and be more patient.

GAMBLING:  A loss but one i was ok with and didn't spend too much time on casino gambling this trip.

Right onto the tournaments section which really forms the make or break of any wsop trip for me, start with the lesser ones and leave the wsop ones until last:

ARIA:  Had a plo one lined up here but didn't play for good reason elsewhere but did play a nightly 7pm meeting up with some other brits and hitting the booze hard.  It was fun and despite entering right at the break my stack actually went huge pretty quick before the luck changed and i bust a few tables out.  Mission accomplished though, was fun kind of night off

BINIONS:  Only played 1 plo8 mtt here and it wasn't great.  Was my only re-entry of the trip and still didn't make it deep.  Dealers weren't great as they never deal it so didn't get many hands per level.  Standard was bad but i wasn't patient that day and looked to get stacked or go home.

GOLDEN NUGGETT:   Played 6 games here (costly in taxis :(  ) but it was worth it.  With a limited schedule on the venetian this year it meant downtown trips were plentiful which was fine as its a different vibe which is fun for a change.  I played 6 x $240 mtts here but didn't cash in any.  That said i got a good stack a few times but never sat on it as i know how quick the blinds go up later in the tournament.  Best one was having 3 x average with about 30 players left of the original 100 but still bust that 3 tables out not even near the bubble :)   I don't regret it as it seems to be the style im more comfortable in mtts these days, esp live, just don't like to fold into the money unless i feel its worth it.

VENETIAN:  My favourite room where i spend >90% of my winter trip in.  Unfortunately there was only 1 of my mtt types on while i was out there this year.  $600 plo8 but fortunately this was a good one for me.  I had already bust the noon golden nugget in plenty of time to play this 4pm and i was surprised it got 160 runners as they had capped the plo a week earlier at about half that.   Ended up chopped it 5 ways as the shortest stack but i was last to agree just to make sure i was happy with 3rd place money, chipleader only got close to 2nd place money so i was happy with $10,300.   This was 9 days into my trip so i had already lost $5,000 on mtts and was $3,000 down on cash at the time so was good timing.

WSOP:  In Order i guess

$2,500 Stud8/Omaha8,  Made day 2 of this it was the only highlight of my first week in Vegas which was terrible overall.  Unfortunately i had lost a few key pots in the last level of day 1 so wasn't stacked at all and went out 30minutes into day 2 about 70-75% into the field.

$1,500 HORSE,  Truly awful and summed up that first week as this was on day 6 and i didn't even make the 2nd break.  My table draw wasn't great but it just didn't happen

$1,500 PLO:  Only event i turned up a little late to as taxis were slow around that time.  I lost 1/4 of my stack in the first few hands playing everything and not long after i called a reraise and bluff check raised the cont bet on a A83rainbow flop convinced the guy didn't have AA.  Fortunately he folded quickly or i was left with even less than half stack :)   VS same guy i got allin on a 664flop with AK44 vs A567 in the 2nd level only for the turn to come 5 but the river was my quad 4 !  Actually got quite a decent stack after that and made it pretty deep.  After moving tables twice i hit a table i knew wouldnt break until we hit the money.  This table was a lot tougher though and i had to survive another allin for my life once i had dribbled chips away.  I missed an opportunity to gamble with a 2nd nut flush draw vs 2 made straights which would have hit but at the time i felt one of them could easily have my hand crushed with the nut flush draw.  Other than that i went against my morals a bit and limped into the money right at the end of day1.

Day 2 checked table redraws and made notes (as i do for all day 2s) .  Think i had about 18k but average might have been about double that or more at that time.   As it turned out i managed to chip up to 30-40k uncalled pushing my draws on flops and getting folds where i was expecting to be called more.  Massive key hand came when button big stack limped nad i raised pot from the bb with KQJ9hhdd.    Flop came A,10,8xhh .  He tried to push me off with a jack high flush draw and i hit my straight on the turn.  Flopped a nut flush draw soon after with aces against a tough thinking played.  Flush came on turn but i guess i bet too big on the end trying to make it look like a dry ace.  That took me to peak stack of about 100k with average about 75-80k at that time i think.  Went wrong after that and i lost 2 flips to a dutch chap to my left.  Both of these were huge key pots but the hands played themselves. eg 2pair vs pair + f draw.and flush draw and straight draw and pair vs aces in reraised pot.  That guy finished me off AQ23 vs AQ9J when i was really short, he went on to get 2nd for $180k i think, i finished 50th/1000ish for just under $5k.

$240 NLH Deepstack.  Was in the mood to play one of these one day.  over 1000 runners so decent prizes up top.  Hit loads first table and had a huge stack but soon lost it after my table broke.  Ended up about 200th but it was ok for a change, blinds go up very fast really.

PLO8 $1,500  Made mistake of playing this the day after arriving last year, not good.  This year i hoped for a deep run and it seemed on at times but at other times it just didn't happen.  I lost a chunk early and got caught bluffing in a tricky pot too.  Survived an allin though and just seemed to push on from there.  When i moved tables i had a key double up almost immediately in another tricky pot where i hit the perfect river card to make my hand look bluffey and get paid off after the longest tank vs me the whole trip.  Again i thought i would push on from there but 1 guy was literally hitting flops 90% of the hands he played.  It was sick to watch but i didn't mind as it was another brit and that table ended up being one of the most fun tables i played the whole trip.  Cant remember my bust position but i had been crippled by another allin gamble and dribbling away in other missed pots before then.  I think i finished between 150th and 200 out of about 1000 runners. 

8GAME, This was the day after the above and i hope for a good table draw having cashed in the 10game last year i knew this was key.  I was rewarded and it was clear 2 of 3 of the players were NLH players and the others weren't much better.  Fast forward 6-8 levels and i was the only survivor on my original table of 7.  That said i never had a huge stack just a good one or an average one.  Table was completely the other way then with 2 guys that played the $50k HORSE and only 1 weak spot left (other than maybe me now !)   Overall i was happy with my game though and i held in there until busting the last level of the day.

PLO8 $3,000  This was the big one of the trip and after finishing 11th last year i was hoping for another deep run.  Wasn't to be though as i never really got going.  Bust hand though would have put me right back in as it was 3 way to the flop in a rereraised pot which then went hu.  I hit my straight on the turn but matey hit his higher one on the river.  To be honest it was fine as i had half a stack and was gambling to get a stack again as i knew he had aces and i had a relatively weak high hand only type to try and bust them with.  As it was i went and got incredibly drunk (still drinking 6:30am) on the cash tables and couldn't miss later in the night. Ended up being my best cash session of the trip at $1,880.

So overall i bought into $14,330 of mtts and ended up making $745 profit.  Met a lot of old faces ive played before and got to know them better as well as meeting lots of new ones im sure i will see again.   Socially it was a good trip for the most part, boredom didn't kick in much at all really.

Well that's it for now.  Im not booking anything until August but ive got a few things to choose from at the moment. 

DTD Nottingham   £550 PLO 6MAX AUGUST
EPT Barcelona   1,100 EURO  NL HILO, PL HILO AND LIMIT HILO ON 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS  AUGUST
St Maarten USUAL HOLIDAY/FESTIVAL I GO TO IN NOV , ALTHOUGH MAY GO EARLY.

In decisive on all of the above at the moment.  Too hot for poker but im trying to still put time in online for the time being.  Thanks for reading anyway.