Tuesday, 26 January 2010

WBCOOP Event # 1

This one will be a short post as theres not a lot to be said....

I raise AK suited, get flat called by Q9 and lose about 300 chips.

a few hands later...

PokerStars Game #38722848824: Tournament #280000001, Freeroll Hold'em No Limit - Level II (15/30) - 2010/01/25 22:11:47 WET [2010/01/25 17:11:47 ET]

Table '280000001 28' 9-max Seat #4 is the button

Seat 1: Ivydrive (1610 in chips)

Seat 2: dEuCeWilD77 (1925 in chips) is sitting out

Seat 3: ButtonDog (1925 in chips) is sitting out

Seat 4: Cdub512 (1265 in chips)

Seat 5: cctruckee (2585 in chips)

Seat 6: DennisC98 (1940 in chips)

Seat 7: Durrrell (2810 in chips)

Seat 8: mclaughlin04 (760 in chips)

Seat 9: While25 (3180 in chips)

cctruckee: posts small blind 15

DennisC98: posts big blind 30

*** HOLE CARDS ***

Dealt to Ivydrive [Jc Js]

Durrrell: folds

mclaughlin04: folds

While25: folds

Ivydrive: raises 60 to 90

dEuCeWilD77: folds

ButtonDog: folds

Cdub512: raises 1175 to 1265 and is all-in

cctruckee: folds

DennisC98: calls 1235

Ivydrive: raises 345 to 1610 and is all-in

DennisC98: calls 345

*** FLOP *** [3s 9c 3c]

*** TURN *** [3s 9c 3c] [Qs]

*** RIVER *** [3s 9c 3c Qs] [4s]

*** SHOW DOWN ***

DennisC98: shows [Qc 9s] (two pair, Queens and Nines)

Ivydrive: shows [Jc Js] (two pair, Jacks and Threes)

DennisC98 collected 690 from side pot

Cdub512: shows [4h 4d] (a full house, Fours full of Threes)

Cdub512 collected 3810 from main pot
Admittedly... a bit of a loose call however being a freeroll i thought i'd gamble early on given the opportunity to try to build a nice stack to play with.
GG me. Roll on Event #2 tomorrow

Saturday, 23 January 2010


I havent updated for a while so thought i'd pop a few words up on the blog.

2010's been a bit tough so far in general. I hit something of a wall in the 9 man sngs and was getting somewhat disillusioned with my long breakeven stretch followed by a downswing rather than the upswing i was waiting for! As a result i decided to leave the 9 man sngs and make the transition across to the mtt sngs with some success. I've been playing a lot of the $12 45 and 180 seat sngs. I had a few early results in the 45s and then started running bad and the opposites happened in the 180s. I won a $12 180 man sng a couple of days ago which was nice.

I've started throwing in a few mtts as well on the side and went very deep in a $5.50 mtt on Stars the other day. Eventually busting in 23rd out of 5926 players which i was reasonably pleased with. Shame my AK didnt flip a bit better else i felt i could've gone a lot deeper and probably made the final table, or even taken it down... Im currently playing the nightly $70k on stars as i forgot to unregister from it after I satellited in.
It's currently going quite well though. Well above average chips and fast approaching the money... I seem to have found my tourney mojo again that i was moaning about having lost a few posts ago!

As well as playing the mtt sngs, ive found a new love for the 6 max hyper turbos. They're quite fun, push fold poker from the word go and can be reasonably profitable if you put the volume in and do some table selection... It's just a shame Stars don't run them more often or to some set schedule! I've emailed them twice asking for the schedule but they say one doesnt exist (i find this hard to believe though - how can a schedule not exist...) and tell me to just use the search facility - Not quite what i was looking for but oh well.

I've also found a little trick with them to improve me rakeback. Rather than relying on buying the cash bonuses where even the $4k bonus open to just Supernovas works out as $0.016 per fpp, if you play the hyper satellites with your fpps instead, you can achieve in the region of $0.018+ per fpp regardless of your vip status (if you're a reasonable player) then just unregister and have the T$'s instead...

I am slacking a bit when it comes to volume though and changing from the $16 9 mans to the $12 mtt sngs has affected my volume even further as ive been playing lower volume and opting to tile the tables instead of stacking them. I may move back to stacking though and increase my volume in them then unstack them once i make the Final Table. I'll see how things pan out for the rest of the month. The lower volumes really not helping me in chasing Supernova this year though. I'm going to have to rely on moving up stakes later in the year if i want to make it i think. Either that or seriously increase my volume.

I've recently treated myself to a nice new quick PC on Windows 7 with dual screen set up, and moved my old pc upstairs, wired it up to my 42" plasma screen so i have the option to play there now too as a backup option which is nice. I'll try to get some pics of my new set ups in the near future up here along with some graphs and charts. I've just made the money in this $55 mtt so i think i'd better go and concentrate on turning it into a win seeing as its made me stay up all night to play it (05.53am here now in Wales!)

Oh how could I forget...  Ive booked some flights over to the US today! Flying into San Francisco on March 8th, driving down the coast through Big Sur, etc then inland across to Scottsdale and Phoenix, up to the Grand Canyon, across to Vegas for a few days and then over to LA to fly home 15 days later. It should be a nice break from the same daily routine and grind i've become stuck in recently. A nice holiday's somewhat overdue! I've been before but my girlfriends never been to the US and it'll be our first proper holiday abroad since being together (over 6 years now!) so she's really excited. It should be a blast :) I'm in Vegas for 3 nights but am undecided as to whether to play poker or not yet. I may try to avoid it as I find live poker a drag and have every intention of going back for just poker in the near future so may keep it to just tourist stuff for the first time... I'll see how i feel.
If anyone has any tips on things to do or places to visit while over there it'd be welcomed. I currently just have my route planned, tickets booked to the Ducks v Avalanche game in LA and a few other things in mind to do so my schedule is open to suggestions :)

Finally, Next week is the WBCOOP so i look forward to seeing all my fellow bloggers grinding it out at the tables. Say hey if you're at my table!

All the best for now!

Thursday, 7 January 2010

First time for everything...

Online Poker
I have registered to play in the WBCOOP PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! You too can Play Poker Online at PokerStars.com and take part in the WBCOOP which is open to all Bloggers by registering on WBCOOP to play.
Registration code: 427465

Let me know if you're also playing and ill keep an eye out for you. Feel free to follow me at the tables. I'll post updates as the events progress.

I'll make a proper post shortly regarding the sng grind so far in 2010.
Its been quite a nightmare to be fair so far... Info and graphs to follow :)

Thanks to DaleRoxxu and his excellent blog for informing me and encouraging me to sign up for this excellent promotion from Stars... check out his blog if you haven't already! http://daleroxxu.blogspot.com/

Friday, 1 January 2010

Goodbye 09, Hello 2010

Happy New Year!

2009... Not my best poker year ever. I've struggled in both finding motivation to play and in running well. The two probably go hand in hand somewhat!

I've always been a tournament player at heart however have for some reason lost the will/ability to play the bigger mtt's. Even now that im back into the swing of playing sngs, i rarely feel like playing mtts. I feel a little lost almost with them and quickly find myself asking why i bothered buying into it as i cant be bothered to play and just donking off my chips, the first reasonable excuse i get to do so... Its quite frustrating as i learned my poker game in the MTT's and have got some reasonable scores over the years. I just cant motivate myself for any length of time.

Ive even dabbled in cash games this year and do for some unknown reason plan to do so again in 2010 at some point... Despite never getting on with them! If i can learn to love them though, i can see an easier and more flexible 'grind' with better long term profits. This won't be till later on in the year i'd imagine though as i need to build up a healthy roll in the sngs first!
Ive played the sngs consistently throughout the year and especially towards the end of the year. Its obviously where ive concentrated all my efforts and can see that being the case for most of 2010. Ive made a reasonable profit in November and a lackluster profit in December but thats down to being pretty lazy and not playing for half the month and also a prelonged breakeven stretch as i'll come onto in a minute...

so to summarise... 2009 was largely a write off play wise apart from a couple of good months in the summer and a reasonable end to the year once i discovered i could multitable sngs profitably so didnt have to play 4 tables max at a time anymore! lol Ive learned a lot in the latter part of the year and i think it sets me up for a good and profitable 2010.

2009 Total Profits: +$4723.71

Hardly anything to write home about but not too shabby considering how much i played for most of the year.

Sharkscope graph - Pokerstars, all games 2009.

Most of the sngs i played on Stars have been from the last 2 months of 2009 and 2 months ago i was actually down $250 for the year!

As for December, So much for me making Platinum star... I quickly realised i wasn't putting in enough volume so just had a quietish month and hit goldstar again a few days before christmas and then pretty much took the rest of the month off apart from the odd game here and there for fun. The last few days ive had a nightmare with internet connection. Im only getting speeds of 0.13 mb/s so im waiting for a BT mechanic to come out on Saturday to hopefully put it right! I'm 95% sure its not my pc or router as ive tried a new router, changed every setting and piece of hardware under the sun and checked the speed through various other means with no joy. As a result its meant ive got no confidence in the connection so dont want to do any multitabling which is going to delay my start to 2010 grinding a little!

Once again, i have no Holdem Manager graphs to post as they're split over pcs... Im hoping to upgrade my setup very shortly so if i get around to it in Jan i may end up with split graphs again. Im sure putting them together is possible but it seems like far too much hardwork! lol

December Totals: +$574.55

Although i did lose a $100 in that prop bet with my friend which ive not included which does drag my actual profit for the month down even more which is quite worrying!


Plans for 2010..

With business not going too well in the current climate im not sure what that spells for the future of my company so im kinda expecting to end up taking the plunge into becoming a full time poker player as opposed to just a rec player (even if i do spend more time playing these days than i do working) this year. As a result, im starting 2010 with the mind set that poker is my main source of income. Luckily, my girlfriend of 6 years is fully supportive aslong as i can bring in atleast a couple hundred a week at the moment as her jobs quite well paid so its not as if i starve if i fail. I just have to get a real job. This is not in the plan though as i dont do failing :)

I'm going to play almost exclusively at Pokerstars grinding sngs, as ive been trialing for the past 2 months.

I plan to shoot for Supernova this year. It should be achievable with some commitment... We'll just have to wait and see how that goes at the moment as a year in the poker world is a long time indeed. Many things can happen in the space of 12 months so fingers crossed they'll be of the good variety!

GL in 2010, See you at the tables!