Monday, April 23, 2007

3 more sessions at $25 NL

My 2nd session went much like my first. 4 hours this time and I went down $75 pretty quickly. Was down around $100 at one point and came back in the last hour to finish an $11 loser.

3rd session I won $23. It was nice to finally build some big stacks without getting in the hole too badly first. I also won our weekly online $11 tourney for $85 so my little bankroll got a nice boost.

4th session I won a little over $30 after losing 2 $3.30 turbo 6 max sngs and one $6.60 turbo. I bubbled in two of the three. Sigh. So I'm now up to $530 with 38 days until Vegas.

Here's a hand from that cash session. Resident maniac going crazy so I reraised him all-in. I really thought he had crapola from how he had been playing. Very surprised to see him with AK there but I got lucky to win a race. It's nice when mistakes work. That helps. I think a fold would've been a much better play even though it was 50/50 in my mind (at worst) if he had a real hand or not.

*** HOLE CARDS ***Dealt to Whatever [8h 8d]
1 fold
Whatever: raises $0.50 to $0.75
2 folds
billybroyles: raises $7.75 to $8.50
Whatever: raises $40.75 to $49.25 and is all-in
billybroyles: calls $20.30 and is all-in
*** FLOP *** [7d 5d 9s]
*** TURN *** [7d 5d 9s] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [7d 5d 9s 7c] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
billybroyles: shows [Ad Kh] (a pair of Sevens)
Whatever: shows [8h 8d] (two pair, Eights and Sevens)
Whatever collected $55.70 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $57.70 Rake $2 Board [7d 5d 9s 7c 4s]
Seat 1: Whatever showed [8h 8d] and won ($55.70) with two pair, Eights and Sevens
Seat 5: billybroyles (big blind) showed [Ad Kh] and lost with a pair of Sevens

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Thursday update

Not much happening.

I haven't played in the deepstacks in a couple of weeks. The last one I played I went out in like 175th or so. Got short by getting badbeat in a 12k pot with AK to KQ on a K hi flop and he spiked the queen on the river.

I decided to move up my cash games to $25 6 max. Duh. My bankroll is still over $400 so it should be no problem. I'll move back down if I get under $250. Last night I 3 tabled and immediately got stacked 3 times. Oops. flush over flush, top 2 to a set, and straight with 77 to a dudes 97 higher stragith that I never would've guessed. I settled down after that and got back to even and quit. Played for a little over 3 hours.

I have a goal to get over $1,000 before my Vegas trip the first weekend of June. Playing $25 NL certainly makes it possible but I'll have to run good since I'll probably only have 10 sessions at most. 30 hours. Hmmm. It could happen. $60 a session. Yea. Possible but not probable. I'll have to move up to the $50 tables once I get to $750 probably. We'll see. Gotta have a winning session at $25 first.

I see a ton of flops at 6 max. The players are just so passive for the most part. I raise in late position pretty much every orbit and let it go if I get played back at unless I have a big hand or draw (of course). I also call a lot of raises in late position and try to take pots away no matter the cards. It usually works out because people see me as a bit of a crazy player and don't understand when I push in big pots I have a huge hand. It certainly works at the 6 max $10 tables. We'll see how it goes a step up.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Wow it's been some time since my last update

Let's see.....

Party Poker stopped accepting US players since I last updated. I cashed out $150 from PP and used my last $55 or $90 I forget to enter a 45 person sng.

Must have been around $55 since I think 1st paid around $720. I had the chiplead with 12 left but an M of like 4 or something stupid and I went out in 10th or so. Oh well.

BoDog was at around $54 or so and I decided to bet a couple of football games with the goal of having a decent sized Super Bowl wager. Didn't workout. Sports betting. Duh.

My PokerStars account dwindled to around $20 at the beginning of this year and I deposited $50 mainly to see if I still could. It worked fine. I've increased that to around $450 now by cashing twice in the $22 deep stacks MTT and winning a 1500 FPP 9 person satellite for $215. I think I've played in 4 of those and won twice. Wow. Talk about soft.

I have finished 14th and 17th in the deep stacks in the 3 times I've played - all being in the past 5 weeks. My 17th was horrible because I was 3rd in chips with 20 left. I think first paid in the $2,400 range. 17th was around $108 or so. After playing for 8 hours at 1:15a I made a horrendous play versus one of the 2 chipstacks at my table that could hurt me (of course the top 3 were at the same table thank you pokerstars). I took a week off but I think I'm ready to try again tomorrow night. Patience, patience. Last time I twice folded 33 straight hands. Crazy.

I also started a $1.20 sng experiment. Started with $12 in this separate 'bankroll' and will stay at this level exclusively playing sngs until I hit $100. Then I'll branch out to $5 18 & 9 persons and $3 45 persons. Assuming I get there, of course.

3/28/2007$0.60 4th
3/28/2007$6.00 1st
3/31/2007$4.20 2nd
4/2/2007$4.20 2nd

So I'm up a total of $5.20 to $17.20. Woo-hoo.

Oh yea, I've also had success playing NL cash at the $10 max 6-max tables. Hadn't played NL cash in a few months and I wanted to start slow. It sure is fun playing bad micro-limit players. I wish it paid better.

PokerStars $455.49

Oh yea, one more thing. It sure is nice to play at a level that agrees with me emotionally. I remember all of those nights playing 2/4 limit on party poker. The horrible suckouts and how worked up I would get. That can't be healthy. I like to think that I've learned something in the meantime and I'll handle things better if/when I ever work it back up.