Thursday, July 26, 2012

Return To Same

2 full days off and didnt miss the game 1 bit.    Thought i would try my luck for a couple of hours of so tonight and its just beyond a joke the stuff im having to be a part of .    I hate the game right now and its absolutely nothing to do with money.

Got 3 hands i can pick from tonight:

1)   3 limps to my BB on 3/6NL hi lo.  Shove 180$ with AA4x and lose to 3445.

2)  £1/£2 pl hi lo.  Min raise button with A4J9 (suits dnt matter) and blinds call.  Flop is J99 and pot is now £12.   bb proceeds to get £200 in with Q934 and bang Q hits turn.

3)  same game as 2).   Call raise with KK99 and call cont bet on a 994flop.   turn is a 5 and b4 ive noticed ive clicked the "fold to any bet" button which means i autocheck then autofold to mateys £13 river K bet into a pot of £26.

All 3 or any of these 3 pots wind me up beyond belief.  Obviously 2) is the worst by a country mile and is the most £ too as well as a 3out sickner.  Obv 3) is my fault but ive emailed that site to see if theres a way to disable that button.  If not might have to think about dropping that site as i cant afford slip-ups any more.  Ive prob hit this button many times in the past but it but hardly ever costs anything.

"Only!" a £270 loss but hatrid for the game is at an all time low, nothing comes close to this in the past.   -£1,915 for July and seriously considering taking 3 weeks off.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Worst Session In Months

Arrrrgh about an hour ago i had got out of the months hole again then proceeded to go -$2,500 ish playing no higher than 2/4.   Ran so bad.  Main site shows $2,100 below allin ev and im down on 2nd site too a few hundred.  Was playing deep on 2/4 hi lo vs maniac fish and just basically got robbed although actually my biggest pot was 3way against a reg for $2,500 when the fish was only in that pot for $400.  No more detail anyway, feel sick thinking about it still.

About £1,200 down on the day , -£1,645 for the month, not sure where i go from here.  Have to see how i feel 2moz or beyond, at least theres other stuff to do outside then the olympics if i dnt feel like tryin to grind back.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Still Struggling

Same sort of pattern.  Dug out of hole again and cant move forwrd then had a horrendous Sat night even though games were great, was pure run bad and tracker confirms that.  Took a full day off yesterday unplanned and felt better for it, norm a day off for me is just cos im hungova.   Only played a little today (tough while weather so good) but gonna try and play more in the evnings this week until a busy weekend off and the Olympics starting as a further distraction.  Be nice to get out of the hole for July but its not a complete disaster as long as i dnt have another 1 or 2 of those awful days in the next week.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tough Shocking Stuff

Since last post i just cant get anything going again.  It wouldn't be so bad but today ive had 2 of the worst sessions back to back (with a long break inbetween to calm down).  Coolers , outdraws etc etc .   Not in best of moods to begin the day so this stuff just compounds it and makes it near on impossible for me to enjoy the game.    About to shut early (not even 7pm) for the night i think.    Struggling to get much hi lo action too which isnt helping when im tryin to focus on just playing 1 site either.    Hmmmm just won a 3way allin pre with AKKJdbl std for $600 vs AAxx and J778 so maybe got lucky in nick of time to reduce the hurt.   Yeh made £100 back, still -£350 on day.  Cant handle playing more though just seems like bingo at mo.  Moan Over......

Monday, July 16, 2012

Nearly Back

Still struggling to enjoy/motivate/bother playin much and today was the most ive raked in a day since i got back and still under $300 gross rake.   Considering i had quite a hangover though it was a big step in right direction and i also had a run good day wiping out the prev week of run bad according to tracker.  Since last Wednesday i had a couple of break even days and a few small wins to push me back to around -£500.  Today though ive won over £700 and now sit at +£217 for July.  Yes i get to use the ++++++++++ key.  Bit sad to shut down 10:30pm ish but knackered and games a bit drier to figure good time to stop.  Havent quite let my clock slide to a 3or4am sleep yet, keep waking up disgustingly early before 10am, surely this will change soon :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Vegas Stuff (Part 2)

Following the $1,500 i had a week until the $3k last chance at anything big.  My 2 buddies had gone home so i pretty much intended playing as much cash games as possible.  Up to this point i had played cash 9 times but all short sessions and was around +$300 over that time.

I know i had a couple of days where i didnt step outside which i wasnt proud of but what the hey !  My main focus this year (or attraction) was sitting on 1/2 big  O   (5card plo8 with a $5 bring in).   Like most games these could be bad at times but also very juicy on other occasions.  I actually played this game every day for the last 9 days of my trip, anything from 2hrs to a lenghty 15hour session !!!
I think i was absolutely drunk as can be on 2 of those days but actually recorded really good results those days.   

My best day was +$1,330 and my worst was -$800.  Unlike many others i refused to run any board twice as i wanted to embrace variance this trip and as we were paying rake every half hour the time it took to sort some of those boards out did my head in.  I had a lot of fun at times and managed to get back a decent chunk of my mtts and other casino losses in the end.  I remember one night i refused to let myself go to bed until a French fish had left and ended up playing until 6am when he bust.  It was worth it as that night i went $500 down before finally finishing $800 up, most of that coming from him.  Over the course of 11 separate days played i made $2,335 on that game. 

Other games played were 1 session of 5/5 Big o (+$250) and 2 sessions of 5/10 Big o (+$395).  A drunk 1/2 NLH first night with mates (-$360).  I also played 1/2 plo8 at the Venetian 3 times.  This game ran in the middle of my trip and was really juicy at times but died off mid trip and didnt seem to run any more.  Shame as it didnt run at wsop either and Venetian comps $2 an hour as well as being a nice card room with the the best set of dealers generally.  +$600 for that one.

I lost $945 on other sports and casino betting which was fine given the entertainment value.  Most of this was when my mates were around and i wasnt as focused on poker.

When the $3k plo8 game came i wasnt really in the best mood but still felt confident at the start.  My table was fine although maybe a bit tight but apart from 1 hand i just couldnt seem to push the action of get anything going.   Started with 9k and that 1 hand was a 4way allin where i was freerolling the other big stack to about half the deck to scoop him on the turn.  A perfect 4 card would have scooped the pot too and put me up to 20k on only the 2nd level.  The other hit of 2 pair or an ace would have seen me go up to 13 or 14k which still would have been a big jump early on. 

Board was AK37 and i held A265 vs KJJ7 (the other big stack on a nut flush draw) vs KKxx (high only hand 2nd big stack) and a 4th shortie stack allin with a similar hand to mine with no high.  Unfortunately after this nothing seemed to go right and i even tilted a bit without throwing it away though.   I remember paying off a tight texan after i had bet a 10,7,7 flop xhh then checked turn in position after gettin 2 callers on flop. board read 10,7,7,8,6 and i just couldnt throw my 7233 away as my low looked good or even my 7 if this guy had been on naked A2hhxx or sim but he had AK27.  In reality i should have lost more that hand so i should have been happy really.  That said the blinds were catching up so it just frustrated me at the time.  Still want to play that mtt again next year and i hope they keep it $3,000 as it definitely increased the fish more from a $5k it had been prev years.

So overall on the trip i lost $4,020 made up of:
MTT :   -$6,295
Cash:    +$3,220
Other:      -$945

Lots of fun and will take another shot next year. Happy i cashed in at least 1 mtt and happy i took a significant chunk of the losses back on the cash games.  I doubt i will go out there again before then but ya never know.  Im still in frame of mind where i would rather go holiday elsewhere and just settle for once a year in vegas, especially since im not keen on Holdem games much any more.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Vegas Stuff and June Figures

a $4,020 loss in vegas added to a loss before i left made me -£3,010 for June, my first losing month since June 2011 :(

I started well on the trip cashing in a plo8 at Binions.  5th/81 for $1,100 return from my $210.  My first cash for about 20 tourneys in vegas and since 2009.  Could have easily bubbled but could just as easy have min cashed or even won it.   After refusing a ridiculous deal 5 way i guess i was doomed to crash out in 5th.

My play the first week or so was limited to a few short sessions and a few tournaments as i had a couple of mates out so was chilling and treating it more like a holiday.

After a failed horse mtt at Golden nugget where i went deep but the structure got too fast i decided after selling approx a 1/3 to enter the wsop $2,500 Stud8/Omaha8 mtt.  I was glad i entered but def could have had a better table.  There were only 2 weak spots with solid internet pros about as well as Andy Bloch (won horse wsop), elky and some other known faces hitting my table.  I started well but never really got going and crashed out about 6 hours in i think.   Didnt regret playing it though and will try and target that one again next year.

Fast forward to the $1,500 plo8 wsop event and i was well relaxed and up for this one.   I got off to a flyer and took a calculated gamble 2nd level with AKJ8 on a Q,10,2 flop 3way.  Was still left with half starting stack if i missed but i was up against 2 sets and hit my straight to go above 10k really quickly (4500 starting stack).   They had a tracking software going that dealers updates every break so after 2 hours i could see i was 10th (950ish entrants) and after 4 hours i was up to 7th.   Unfortunately and unusually i couldnt move on from this.  Normally if i get a stack early in plo8 mtt i cruise through.   Average stack eventually caught me up and i lost on a 23J flop with A24x with flush draw vs JJ73 to have got a seriously good stack again.  A table move just into level 5 hadnt helped but thats poker.  Was such a weak field and i definitely want to play again next year.

More to come in another post with summary figures, cash games and the $3k plo8 event to cover.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Welcome Back

Vegas report to come.....

Since i got back i had couple days off then have just run so bad playing last 48 hours.  On my main site im already $1,000 behind ev on allins and overall im sitting at -£912 (which is £250 worse really as cleared a bonus)  Hoping to turn this around fast as i wnna play a lot between now and start of olympics but i was struggling for motivation before i started and now its just tough as hell.