Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 - Year In Review

Wow, I haven't posted anything on this blog in over a year. Writing a blog about something you do everyday, even though you may like it a lot, can quickly become tedious. There is also an issue of not wanting to educate my opponents, especially as the games have gotten somewhat tougher since the UIGEA. I do, however, think that posting about my hands, in the absence of being able to discuss them with people who's opinions I trust and respect, really helps me with my play, so when I am up for it I will post hands and/or thoughts from time to time.

The past year has been incredibly trying, both in life and in poker.

I lost two of my six siblings months apart after having been out of contact with them for more than ten years. Watching a loved one die is not something you get over quickly, and though it happened in June it's still as though I was in that hospital room just hours ago. It may or may not be related, but after shaving my head at least once a week for about 12 years straight, I decided to let it grow out so I could actually have a functional haircut and discovered I am already going grey. I'm 27 ferfucksakes.

On the poker side it was an ok year. There were some extended periods of running bad which led to bad play and I don't feel I've grown much as a player, but I can only believe that 2008, in both life and poker, will be a better year.

One thing that has definitely gotten worse in regards to my poker play is bet sizing. I've playing pretty much 100% on Full Tilt the last three months and the 'Bet Pot' button has resulted in much laziness, which has caused sloppy play and goofy bluffs when I easily could have won the pot by betting smaller on previous streets. MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY!!! No more bet pot button for me.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Very small sample obviously, but it's difficult to log tons of hands on party when there is only one $200 PLO table going at any given time on Party and I have hardly played this month. Check out that monster VP$IP. The games are so loose passive that it is profitable to play almost anything. Other than opening and 3 betting, I didn't make a single pot sized raise preflop over the course of these hands. Mostly I'm raising 3-5BB with some pretty speculative hands, bluffing occasionally and getting super super paid when I smash the flop. I guess I busted pokertracker because no, my WTSD is not 141%. PFR should be quite a bit higher, around 40%. but it dipped drastically over the last 250 hands or so of my session tonight when the table became infested with shortstacks.

Tonight was the swingiest session I've had in a long time. At one point I was stuck $1600 between $200 NLHE and PLO, none of it due to tilt. Within a couple hours I rebounded and booked a $1200 profit, which is good, because I am fiending to buy a Wii. I don't know why but I wannnnnnts it.

This is how good the games are on party right now: (Thank you Bill Frist, you sack of donkey cum)

***** Hand History for Game (?) *****
$200 PL Omaha - Wednesday, November 15, 01:53:57 ET 2006
Table Table 126336 (No DP) (Real Money)
Seat 9 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 3: diplopia ( $99 )
Seat 4: Hero ( $442.85 )
Seat 9: jamboree12 ( $537.60 )
Seat 1: dboy88 ( $447.28 )
Seat 10: ruallinyet2 ( $122.20 )
Seat 8: JEMAPA ( $52.50 )
Seat 5: RJT0408 ( $287.77 )
Seat 2: Muzuri ( $95.14 )
Seat 6: Asonev ( $0 )
Seat 7: lucol ( $449.73 )
ruallinyet2 posts small blind [ $1 ].
dboy88 posts big blind [ $2 ].

Dealt to Hero [ ]
CALL Muzuri, $2
diplopia folds
RAISE Hero , $9
CALL RJT0408, $9
lucol folds
CALL jamboree12, $41
ruallinyet2 folds
dboy88 folds
Muzuri folds
CALL Hero , $32
CALL RJT0408, $32

Flop: (Pot: $169)
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BET Hero , $166
RJT0408 folds
RAISE jamboree12, $332
CALL jamboree12, $69.85

Turn: (Pot: $736.85)
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River: (Pot: $736.85)
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jamboree12 shows [ ]three of a kind Sevens .
Hero shows [ ]three of a kind Sevens .
JEMAPA doesn't show [ ]two pairs, Aces and Sevens.
Hero wins $780.70 from side pot #1 with three of a kind Sevens with Ace kicker .
Hero wins $200.50 from the main pot with three of a kind Sevens with Ace kicker .

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Omaha Only

90% PLO this month so far. The rest Limit Omaha H/L (at which I have finally accepted I suck) and a tiny bit of NL. It has been a lot of fun playing omaha again even if the swings are tough on the stomach. I had two days last week where I was stuck in the neighborhood of 10 buyins only to finish + on the day. Anyway, here are my midmonth Omaha stats for bragging purposes I suppose (click on pic). I am lazy and ok with that. I am going to try to ramp up how many hands I play for the rest of the month. I ordered a digital camera and a ipod with my FPPs today though. Very nice.

Also, here is a hand where my opponent, who is a 19/10 solid type TAG made very confusing flop and turn calls. I would almost never play AAxx this way FWIW and I would hope he would know this. Strange!

PokerStars Game #6982414733: Omaha Pot Limit ($5/$10) - 2006/11/11 - 14:47:05 (ET)
Table 'Gliese' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: BuklaH ($1337.75 in chips)
Seat 4: beset7 ($1137 in chips)
Seat 6: kappa124 ($1626 in chips)
Seat 7: BMryan ($1005.65 in chips)
Seat 8: pierre507 ($1589.50 in chips)
Seat 9: regista8 ($690 in chips)
regista8: posts small blind $5
BuklaH: posts big blind $10

Dealt to beset7 [ ]
RAISE beset7 , $25 to $35
FOLD kappa124
CALL BMryan, $35
CALL pierre507, $35
FOLD regista8

Flop: (Pot: $120)
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CHECK beset7 :
BET pierre507, $117
RAISE beset7 , $351 to $468
CALL pierre507, $351

Turn: (Pot: $1056)
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BET beset7 , $634 and is all-in
CALL pierre507, $634

River: (Pot: $2324)
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beset7 : shows [ ] (a pair of Aces)
pierre507: shows [ ] (a straight Five to Nine)
pierre507 collected $2321 from pot

Total pot $2324 | Rake $3

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