Monday, November 23, 2015


I didn't play nearly as much this past month but the account is still doing fine - $559.  That includes two or three $10 tourneys that I didn't cash in.

Monday, October 19, 2015

I haven't played since almost a week ago but I certainly had a good 30 days.  

There were no huge downswings this time thanks to good luck and playing a little better.  

Balance $523.59

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Well it's been a month and I still have money so it's time for another update I guess.

The bankroll shot up to $355 a few days after my last update and then I went on tilt for the first time calling off with 2nd and 3rd best time and time again to lose almost $200 in a couple of days.  Bad times.

I have since rebuilt back up to $344 still sticking to the $25 zone/rush tables on Bovada.  My plans are to stay at this level for the forseeable future as I gain experience with NL cash.  It feels good to recover everything that was lost after that downswing but I know there are plenty more downswings in my future if I stick with it.

Friday, August 14, 2015

My latest try

6 days after my last post I cashed out a little over $1,000 again after running my $2,000 down to $1,500 playing mostly 2/4 with a little 3/6.

 I then jumped up to 4/8 and made $65 but figured the $1,500 was at risk doing stupid stuff like that so I cashed out down to $500.

 In the next 2 weeks I made $250 at .5/1 and 1/2 and then lost all of that in one night playing 1/2. I made $300 playing 2/4 in the following 3 days and then my last entry was a negative $127 playing 2/4 and 3/6. I quickly lost the remaining $653 playing 3/6 and 4/8 with some 2/4 thrown in. I think.

So all told in 3 1/2 months I made around $1,750 playing poker on Bovada which neatly lines up to my MTT score. Yay me.

 I certainly have proven that I can't handle the swings of limit poker above .5/1. I get much too emotional watching the money go up and down. I have never been able to disassociate myself from the money. I've always been much too invested in following it's progress and that's something the good players don't do. They concentrate on the skill of the game, not the $$s going up and down.

I have said all of this to say I finally deposited more $ on Bovada at the beginning of July to play MTTs. I quickly lost the $150 playing cash omaha and one $33 MTT. 2 weeks later I tried again with $50 deciding I would try zone NL poker at the $25 tables.

I have never been a good NL cash player, always way too loose and constantly trying to outplay the other players at the table. Zone poker allows me to fold hands and instantly be seated at a new table so I play less hands. I have been playing ABC poker, just stealing slightly more than usual since the tables are a little too tight pre-flop IMO. I have found that I hardly tilt since I am not trying to outplay anybody after a beat - it is a table of entirely new anonymous players that don't know that I just screwed up or got screwed. The play is typically bad so I am interested to see where it takes me this fall as the tables load back up with football gamblers.

Pokertracker tells me I am 11 hours and 2,400 hands into this experiment and my bankroll is up to almost $240.  I am looking forward to playing 3 or 4 hours a week and see where the cards take me.

Monday, March 31, 2014

March was a wild ride

March was puttering along better than expected as I beat up on the 1/2 and 2/4 games and then, playing out of my bankroll, I lost $300 in a 3/6 game very, very quickly - then another $250 4 tabling 2/4 on tilt. Then I moved up to 10/20 for 3 hands and survived it, winning 2 of the 3 for $200. Then I lost more at 3/6 and much more at 4/8 and got some back at 8/16 and finally started to rebuild my roll at 2/4. I bounced from $1360 in my account to a low of $370 and then was back in the high 800s playing 2/4 and 1/2 when I accidentally entered a $15.50 satellite to a $109 MTT using my rake back points. I won the 9 person satellite and decided to enter the $10,000 guaranteed 6 max LIMIT event last Wednesday. There were 143 entrants and at least 100 didn't know what the hell they were doing. I had a nice chip stack for most of the night and when we got into the money with 27 left I was in the top 3. Going into the final table I had the chip lead and then my turned flush lost to flopped quads and I threw away more chips to the point that I had to double up twice to keep from going out in 5th. I recovered to get 3rd and $1787.50!!! I literally went from less than $400 in my account and feeling depressed about making the same old mistakes over and over again to over $2600 in a matter of 7 days. I finished the month at 2/4 and played/ran well to the point that I was able to cash out a little over $1,000 yesterday to leave me at $2,000 for more 2/4 in April. I plan to play 5,000-8,000 hands of 2/4 in April and hopefully make somewhere between $400 and $1,000. For the month I made $2,169.53 which barely beat April of 2009 for my best month ever! Through 4500 hands in 2014 I'm running at 3.6 BB/100 at 2/4 which is pretty insane but not as insane as 8.76 BB/100 through 4,000 hands at 1/2! Tiny sample size but these are the worst players I've ever seen. The only players that compare are probably the 2005 Party Poker days. Good times. Here's the particulars of March including some ugly tilt #s in 3/6 and 4/8:

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Year So Far

Monday, March 03, 2014

February 2014

I played 2300 hands of 1/2 and around 500 hands of 2/4 and I ended up making $475 for the month. For the year I am running over 8 BB/100 at 1/2 and 7.8 BB/100 at 2/4 and obviously am really enjoying winning again. I am going to stick to mostly 1/2 for March and hopefully have a bankroll that will support 2/4 come the end of the month. 2/4 seems to run more than 1/2 on this site and there have been times when I 3 table 2/4 exclusively because of that but I know that's courting trouble. Yesterday I got in a 650 hand session exclusively at 1/2 so hopefully there's a lot of that happening in the next few weeks. The bankroll is now just shy of $1,100.