Friday, January 30, 2009

January in the books

Well it was a good month. With the $285 fpp bonus I made $941 and cashed out $691 to take my account back down to $2k as I build towards $100 NL in 3 or 4 months.

I'm slowly learning some NL concepts and figuring out how to adapt to various situations I encounter. It's all fairly new to me even though I've dabbled in NL for 5 or 6 years now. I've been a victim of fancy play syndrome in the past. I am determined to stay on the keep it simple stupid path this time - at least through the $100 level.

Here's my monthly graph. The huge dip occurred back on 1/21 when I went on tilt for the first time. Not pretty but I got it back almost as fast as I lost it that night. I think I've fixed the leak that made the tilt that night worse. The first 9k hands or so was at 1/2 6 max LHE. I have given up on that game for now.

Running at 5.16ptbb/100 thru 18k hands of $50 NL. I'm excited to see what happens in February when I put in 20k hands of NL. I hope to have my first $1,000 month.

Goals for February:

20k hands of $50 NL.
Retain Goldstar.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Why I need to play more NL (part 2)

This is last night's session that was cut short after an hour and a half unfortunately. If I can continue to follow my simple rules I see good things ahead for me in NL. I made the mistake of going on tilt in my last big session last week and that set me back a little over 3 buy-ins. I feel very good about the way I've played since though.

I still plan to cashout everything over $2,000 after Wednesday's session as I build my online roll $250 each month. My goal is to switch to $100 NL when I hit $3,000 online. That should give me around 100,000 hands at $50 NL and plenty of experience to handle what should be a very similar game.

BR $2,545.85 after clearing my $285 fpp bonus.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This is why I need to play more NL

That's my $50 NL graph since starting last month.

Here's LHE this month:

Oh I entered my first 32 man $5.25 HU sng yesterday and won it. Made a questionable play in the first match with 77 getting it aipf versus AK on the 1st hand and winning the flip. I won one other race with 88 beating AQ and besides that I pretty much dominated the donks. Play was stunningly bad as expected but I made some hands against the crazies too.

Hopefully the last week and a half is kind to me and I cash another decent sized check to bring home. Oh, I'm working on a $285 25k fpp bonus as well. I should be able to get that by the end of the month. If I transition to NL those will be few and far between as I don't see myself getting to Platinum playing 20k to 25k hands a month - well unless I am able to climb the ladder to 1/2 I guess.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Even after making $56 at 2/4 following a favorite fish I couldn't book a win. I still have plenty of improving to do but I feel like I'm close to breaking out of this funk.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

VPP plans

Well I put in 2300 hands last night and made exactly $90. A lot of frustration and some massive pots lost on river beats (including a $66 3 way pot where I flopped 2 pair but folded to a raise and reraise on the river after 2 guys got there with gutshots). I was able to finish on top thanks to a huge fish that ran at 85/21/1.90 over 160 hands and went through $150. So that was fun.

My Platinumstar dreams are dying hard so I am going to attempt to get there playing 1/2 6 max LHE. It won't be easy and I certainly run the risk of going on another downswing and coming up short but hopefully I've learned something in the past 3 weeks that will help. The 50k fpp $650 bonus is calling.

I'm gonna try to put in a massive session 4 and 5 tabling Wednesday for 1200 VPPs or so and gather another 300 VPPs 1 tabling this week and then do the same thing next week and see where that leaves me. Right now I'm just over 2k VPPs so I have a long ways to go with the month almost half over.

One of the differences between this month and last is that I am NOT going to play more than 5 tables at any one time and will be mostly sticking to 4. There is no way I am a winning player right now when 6 and 7 tabling 1/2 6 max. Sad but true.

Monday, January 12, 2009

My awesome 1/2 LHE 6 max graph

My downswing roughly coincided with me starting to use the pt3 HUD and apparently springing a massive leak. In spite of the graph I'm only down $12 since the end of November. Yay for mtts and 8k hands of $50 NL!

I plan to get back on the 1/2 6 max LHE horse tonight and do some 4 tabling.

After cashing out $568 on the 1st my bankroll is back to $1907.