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 :(

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

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.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

June Figures

Sorry for delay, small loss but doesn't tell full story as been in vegas for most of it.  Hopefully a decent review of that to come, so lazy lately.

June:   Loss of £358

Saturday, May 31, 2014

April/May Figures

Both months followed a very similar trend where by I spent the first 3 weeks in a small loss hating playing bad and running bad before playing and running well the last week to 10 days of the month and escaping with an ok profit given a bit behind on ev overall.  Vegas soon.

April - £2,876
May - £2,370

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

March Figures

I could write an essay about March and would probably enjoy it but im ready for bed so im gonna keep it shortish..  About a week ago I remember saying to someone this months been great even though it was likely to be same as Feb or slightly less profit.  For some reason(s) my work ethic and motivation have clicked somewhat and for the first time this year I felt in a good routine with a good poker/life balance.  I guess its no surprise that since I said that ive been playing some of my best poker and posting some huge results.  Ive ran mega good also to finish well over ev again even though a week ago and the rest of the month I was below ev.  Ive even started playing limit O8 a lot more to fill in gaps and as im not tilting/getting angry as much its going well so far all be it over a smallish sample.

Final figures including rakeback for month was +£7,104 (about double what it was a week ago!)

April hopefully much of the same.  Originally I was going to go abroad around now for a week or 2 but I might just leave it now unless my routine falls off balance I don't want to change anything.  Some ftops to play in the coming days (missed horse today as bit hungover).  I think the best thing about my current game is the pure variety im playing.  Theres so many different variants to choose from I can often mix several different types at same time to fit my mood or whichever games are the best at the time.  GL all

Friday, February 28, 2014

Feb Profit

Off for a boozy weekend tomorrow so doubt I will get the chance to play any more this month.  On the face of it a decent month at £4,488.   Hides a lot of stuff though.  Volume low for various reasons,  vegas for some of the month, jetlag, motivation/boredom, new car searching etc.  £1709 of vegas profit hidden in there too.  Just had a decent final day at +£1,200ish too which obviously helped that final figure. 

March would like to do more volume, I did try a few mtts last night but cant say I enjoyed them even though I went deep in them all and cashed in one I found it ultra frustrating on the final busts which were all for huge pots.  That said I might try some more if cash games are dry which they have been at times this month.  Expect to book a wsop trip too but haven't yet as no major deals around so might wait until venetian bring their schedule out mid march so I can fine tune what I want to play before booking.  Might pop abroad end of March to a warmer climate but nout planned as of yet.

edit: $500 above ev for Feb