Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Feb/March/April Update

Yoyo, been a long time since i posted too (end of January). In Feb I put in a reasonable amount of hands at pretty much all 400nl = profit! Heres the graph and PT screenshot shizzle for that:

I actually profited from tournies as well in Feb, not by much but about $1500 or so. If I remember rightly I came pretty close to some big final tables in the Sunday majors but no dice.

Then in March I was a bit busier with uni work and getting on the sauce so didn't play too much. However when I did play, game selection and running good = profit :-) Heres the graph:

Had a bad tourney month in March though, lost about 3k, mainly due to WSOP satellites starting and me running exceptionally bad in them hehe. So far for WSOP I'm in for $4893 after 6 attempts at the weekly $650 on stars and one attempt at the $1050 on fulltilt. No big deal though as I've been doing well on cash. In the first satellite I had QQ vs AQ allin pre for enuf chips for a seat but wasn't to be. Kad and Marky qualified on the first attempt tho so well done to them. I'll qualify before we head off to Vegas no problem, if it costs me more than $10k, whatever, don't really care, I know I'm +EV in all of these sats.

Unfortunately my finals are in the last week of April so I'm not playing much this month, but I have had a good result coming 3rd in the $50 rebuy on stars for $5500. I'm prob gonna fail my exams tho because I haven't done anything all year and don't have many notes to revise from, whoops!

After exams I have all of May and nearly 3 weeks in June to concentrate on cards (well I do have my final year project to do hehe).
My goal for that time is to get my bankroll high enough to play 5/10 at the Bellagio when I go over to Vegas and maybe play some side events, and obviously the main event :-)
To do that I'm prob gonna play a lot of 2/4 and 3/6 and maybe some 5/10, basically game selecting the best tables I can find at msnl on party and fulltilt.

Some other stuff - High Stakes Poker finished yesterday, was a great season and there were some awesome hands, especially when the big names got on the tables towards the end. My favourite hand of the whole show was in the last episode where David Benyamine and Antonio Esfandiari played a sick pot, where Esfandiari tried to outplay Benyamine. Unfortunately it didnt work that time. For what its worth, I think Antonio is the best live NLHE player on high stakes poker. His reading of weakness is something I can only hope to learn.
Also, 24 season 6 is just getting better and better every week, my favourite season so far. If anybody hasn't watched every episode of every season yet, for gods sake get on with it!!!

(As a sidenote, I've been reading about the Marc Goodwin / Ram Vaswani / Phil Ivey golf fiasco today, and in my opinion, Marc and Ram are completely out or order not paying Ivey what he is owed. So what if Ivey hustled / angle shot them, they accepted the bets and wanted to keep gambling higher and higher to get their money back, so they owe what they lost. Whether they will gamble with Ivey again is their own decision.)

Right, time to close this one, I won't be posting again until after exams at the earliest, and I'll try to update a few times in May. It's my 21st on May 16 so come to Cov, will prob hit up lava/ignite as I'm too lazy to venture further away from the flat!

Quick run down


3.6k hands 50NL, 9.95BB/100, $362+
48k hands 100NL, 2BB/100, $1.98k+

I had good run at 100NL for the first couple of weeks but hit a bad run of cards and tilted for a while. I dropped to 9 tabling 50NL for confidence and moved back up just before feb.


4.6k hands 50NL, 5.47BB/100, $257+
27.4k hands 100NL, 4.22BB/100, $2.3k+
13.9k hands 200NL, 0.9BB/100, $500+

I had a good week at 100NL, so I took a shot at 200NL. I had a 2k upswing, got cocky and proceeded to lose most of this the following week. Dropped back down to 100NL, and made some money back. I carried on the month alternating between 100NL and 200NL although never really feeling comfortable/making much headway at 200NL. I think the 50NL was random times, maybe at the start of the month and in evenings messing around.


1 hand 25NL, 70BB/100 hands, $0.3+ - result!
53 hands 50NL, 153BB/100, $66+ - now I’m on fire
55k hands 100NL, 3.4BB/100, $3.8k+
7.2k hands 200NL, -1.87BB/100, -$545

Still can’t manage to break into 200NL. I was happy with my play this month at that level, but the cards weren’t with me. I think when on a bad run at 200NL I didn’t play a good game because I got scared. I’m also not very happy with how I’m running slash playing at 100NL. I get bored too easily now I’ve play 200NL and dropped back down.


First week-

$1.6k loss at 200NL

Don’t the exact number of hands because its on my other comp. Getting bored of 200NL struggle now and my back roll has plummeted down to 5.5k after cash outs.

Targets for next 3 weeks (the rest of april)

Play 60k hands at 100NL
Play solidly over 10tables at all times

I feel I throw so much money at unknowns, rather than waiting to get a history with them before making more complex plays. So I plan to stop this, play solid and hopefully regain the love from the poker gods which I wasn’t feeling in April

update after ages

So been a fun couple months. Been playing ~50 hours a month and doing fairly well. Here's my current status:

Bankroll: $30,000
World Series: Qualified for $10,000 seat + $1,000
Paid for: Flight to vegas, have $1,000 saved
Current Limit: $400NL w/ an 8bb/100 win rate over 35,000 hand sample

My final year exams are March 23rd - June 5th so no more serious poker until after that. That means two months off :(

Then its try to win ~10 buy ins online by June 19th so I can use that as spending money in Vegas. Vegas trip is June 19th - July 14th, followed by graduation. Come back in August, find somewhere to live and play 80,000 hands a month and live / eat / breath poker and try to become one of the best players online. Hopefully it will all work out. Next post will be when I amin Vegas. Gl everyone with exams, cards and life